Ex 7:17          In This Thou Shalt Know That I Am Jehovah                        7/26/2009            ßà   

  • Speak Thou Unto Pharaoh, King of Egypt (Ex 6:29-30,12, 7:1)

 

 

 

 

#1.       The Sovereignty of God (Ex 7:3, 9:16, Prov 21:1, Rom 9:16-18)

 

 

 

 

  • Take Thy Rod, and It Shall Become a Serpent (Ex 7:9)

 

 

 

 

#2.       Get Thee Unto Pharaoh in the Morning (Ex 7:15-18)

 

 

 

 

  • And Moses and Aaron Did So (Ex 7:20, Deut 4:33-34, Ex 15:11)

 

 

 

 

#3.       Prophetic Forecast of God’s Future Judgments (Matt 2:15, Hos 11:1, Isa 41:4,8, 43:6, Rev 11:3-6, 13:13-15, Jer 25:15-16, Rev 7:4,12:6,14-16, 8:8, 16:4-5, 16:13, 9:2-11, 16:2, 8:7, Isa 60:2, Rev 16:10, 9:20-21, 9:15, Rom 11:26,)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 6:29 (2X). Today I shall not read everything in chapter 7 like I have done in the past, for most of you already know this story very well. I shall only lift out some salient points where I would like us to meditate on, for I would like to spend time on certain parallels between the OT and the NT, concerning the Exodus of the children of Israel out of Egypt. Literally Egypt is the house of bondage, referring to bondage of the flesh, or slavery. But spiritually speaking, Egypt is the house of bondage to sin and Satan, which is a bondage we are not able to break ourselves; Christ has to do this for us. Like the children of Israel were physically in bondage to Pharaoh, and were not able to escape, for deserts surrounded Egypt like an abundance of water surrounds the prison Alcatraz, so only God was able to set them free, which means spiritually that only Christ can set us free from this bondage to sin and Satan. And thus, when God’s command came to Moses:

  • Speak Thou Unto Pharaoh, King of Egypt (Ex 6:29-30,12, 7:1)

It is a order as bold as commanding to the Devil, “You must let so and so go free, or else God is going to punish you for refusing to let them go”. We read in Ex 6:29,

Ex 6:29  That the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, I am the LORD: Speak thou unto Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say unto thee.

And what was Moses’ response to that request? We read in Ex 6:30,

Ex 6:30  And Moses said before the LORD, Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken unto me?

Moses realized that he was a man of “uncircumcised lips”. This is not the first time we have seen this expression. We have seen this before in Ex 6:12 (2X). Check there for a moment. We read in Ex 6:12,

Ex 6:12  And Moses spake before the LORD, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?

What does it mean, “uncircumcised lips”? It means that his mouth was not always in control. It means that his words were often tainted with sin. And how could he, sinful Moses, command the much mightier Satan who was fully aware of all his sins? But from all the children of Israel there was not one who was more qualified to speak to Pharaoh. Moses was brought up in this palace of Pharaoh. Moses knew where every room was in the palace, and what it was used for. Moses was at home in this palace. And Moses knew this Pharaoh, who was most likely Thutmose III, for he grew up with him. But Moses was not familiar with the authoritarian style of this Pharaoh. And so, to come into the presence of this Pharaoh with a message that was more a command than a request, and which was a request that the king certainly did not like, was an action that required quite a bit of boldness. But God’s protection was with them personally, for the fear of God surrounded Moses and Aaron. God’s first message to Moses in this chapter was, “See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh” (Ex 7:1). He has respect for the 40 years you have spent in the desert. He shall not dare to harm you, for you are like one of his gods in his eyes. Moreover I have made Aaron your prophet, so that Aaron also will be under your protection.

#1.       The Sovereignty of God (Ex 7:3, 9:16, Prov 21:1, Rom 9:16-18)

Ex 7:3  And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.

God says to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, he will not believe you, he will not fear Me, for he does not know Me. Therefore I will keep multiplying my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt until he will let the children of Israel go free. And to make certain that I shall do my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, I have chosen this particular Pharaoh to rule at this particular time in Egypt, and I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that he will not hear.” Is it not amazing how much God is in control of every detail? Please drop down to Ex 9:16 (2X). When we speak of the sovereignty of God, we do not only recognize that He is in control of our salvation. We recognize that He is in control of when we hear, and what we hear, and how we hear. God says in Prov 21:1, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” And not only the king’s heart must be in the right place and time, but all the other people and things must be in the same place and time, so that every thing works together for good to them who are the sons of God, who are the called according to His purpose. And God is also merciful. But as soon as this your son, who has devoured your living with harlots, has opened his mouth, you kill for him the fatted calf. Then God says to Pharaoh in Ex 9:16,

Ex 9:16  And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

It tells us that God raised up this particular Pharaoh at this particular time, so that God’s name may be declared into all the earth. This famous verse has been duplicated in Rom 9. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 9:16 (2X). In this chapter of the Epistle to the Romans the apostle glowingly writes about the sovereignty of God. God says to Moses in Rom 9:15, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion”. And then we read in Rom 9:16-18,

Ro 9:16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Ro 9:17  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Ro 9:18  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

Now we are touching on the sensitive subject of "The Secret Providence of God". What is the Providence of God? Providence is the power of God that is sustaining and guiding human destiny (2X). It is derived from the verb "to provide". God provides for all the people in the world whatever they need. For His elect people God provides circumstances that lead them irresistibly to faith to believe God at His word, to submission and to love for Christ, and to a desire to serve Christ in all their works. But for all the non-elect God provides a hardening of their hearts and circumstances that lead them to further harden their hearts against God, against the laws of God, hatred against God's people, and against what God has written in His Word. God loves all His elect people, and God hates all those who have a hardened heart. Therefore providence is the power of God that is sustaining and guiding human destiny. And why is God's providence a secret? It is not a secret that God's power is sustaining and guiding human destiny. That has been known to all the faithful for as long as the NT is in existence, and it has been known to the secular world for as long as Webster's Dictionary has been in existence, which is at least 100 years. But it is a secret why God elects some to salvation and God reprobates others to pay for their own sins in Hell. It is only God who knows why there are so few of the elect. This is the secret of God's providence. Please turn again to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 7:9 (2X). Then God said to Moses:

  • Take Thy Rod, and It Shall Become a Serpent (Ex 7:9)

Ex 7:9  When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.

Why a serpent? Could God not have chosen a more lovely animal than a cursed serpent? Let us consider this for a moment. What does the serpent symbolize? Satan! Then the magicians also threw down their rods, and they also became serpents. But the serpent from Aaron’s rod swallowed up the serpents from the magicians. Why did God choose to generate serpents? It was to show Pharaoh that his palace was the home of serpents; it was the home of the Devil and his angels. But Pharaoh did not understand this, and Pharaoh hardened his heart against any of the messages God might have for him.

#2.       Get Thee Unto Pharaoh in the Morning (Ex 7:15-18)

God’s instructions to Moses are now directed toward doing the signs and wonders that He expected that will lead to the release of the children of Israel. We read in Ex 7:15-18,

Ex 7:15-18  Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand. And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear. Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.

And Moses commanded Aaron to stretch out his rod over the land of Egypt and all the waters that were in Egypt were turned to blood. Even the vessels with water in the houses of the Egyptians were turned to blood. Only the water that was in the ground was not turned to blood. Therefore the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink, for they could not drink of the water of the river.

  • And Moses and Aaron Did So (Ex 7:20, Deut 4:33-34, Ex 15:11)

Ex 7:20  And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.

Why did God choose to make so much blood? Let us look at this from the spiritual side. Blood represents the judgment of God. Clean water represents the pure Gospel. By turning all the waters in Egypt into blood God is declaring that there was no more Good news in all the land of Egypt. Even in the land of Goshen all the waters were turned to blood, for the children of Israel also had to learn that the first step to deliverance was that God’s wrath rests on all mankind. It is only by His grace that any of us can be saved. God’s wrath is great, and God Himself is very great. It made Moses extol the glory of God when he reflected on the last 40 years of his life. God wrote in Deut 4:33-34,

De 4:33-34  Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?

And also we read in Ex 15:11,

Ex 15:11  Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

You see, since our deliverance starts out with putting all nations under the wrath of God, it means that there is NONE who can claim that they began choosing to love God. Our God is a righteous God who will not have all mankind under His wrath if we did not deserve it. But the fact that He did have all mankind under His wrath means that indeed we all were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

#3.       Prophetic Forecasts of God’s Future Judgments (Eph 2:3, Rom 9:6, Matt 2:15, Hos 11:1, Eph 1:4, Isa 41:8, 43:6, Gal 3:29, Rev 11:3-6, 13:13-15, Ex 7:3-5, Jer 25:15-16, Rev 7:4,12:6,14-16, 8:8, 16:3-6, 16:13, 9:2-6, 7:1-4, 16:2, 8:7, Isa 60:2, Rev 16:10-11, 9:20-21, 9:15, 19:17-21, Rom 11:26)

When we consider the ten plagues that God is going to pour out upon Egypt, here in these chapters of Exodus, we realize that it is very bad to be nearsighted in these chapters. God is repeating all these plagues near the end of time, because each one of these plagues has a spiritual significance. Spiritually speaking, the country of Egypt represents the whole world that is in the clutches of Satan. The children of Israel in Egypt represent the children of God, who are still in their unsaved state, born in slavery to sin and Satan, born in the house of bondage, who are still by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (Eph 2:3) And the ten plagues that God pours out over Egypt, He is going to pour these over the whole world, because that was His intent to show to us from the beginning. But we have a God who is not a tribal deity with an excessive love only for the thirteen tribes of Israel, and He is not a God who is overly concerned with a little piece of real estate there east of the Mediterranean. But we have a God who has created the whole world and the whole universe, and who has a love for people all over the world, with the intent to put them in a new universe, also called the NH&NE, where only righteousness dwells. But before we talk about that, we first have to get a good grip on the terminology that God uses in the Bible concerning the Israel that He loves. We read in Rom 9:6, “For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel, Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children.” In other words, God has an Israel in view which is not made up of all the descendants of Jacob, but God has an Israel in mind consisting of all those who are God’s elect, elected from before the foundation of the world. This is whom God honors as the true Israel, the apple of His eye, the Israel of God. Now, where do we find this Israel in the Bible? I Have spoken about this very often, so I can be brief. We begin with the verses where the Lord Jesus and Joseph and Mary went into Egypt to flee from the wrath of king Herod the Great. When we combine the two verses Matt 2:15 and Hos 11:1 we can see clearly that the Lord Jesus is called Israel.

Mt 2:15  And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

Ho 11:1 ¶  When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

If Christ is called Israel, then all those who are in Christ are also called Israel. And who are those that are in Christ? God says in Eph 1:4 that all the elect were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. And thus they are those who were in Christ when He was crucified, and they were in Christ when He died, and they were in Christ when He was buried, and they were in Christ when He rose from the grave, and when He ascended into heaven. Now the question is: Which Israel is in view when we read about Israel in the Bible? The answer is: Let the context derive which Israel is in view, but always remember that we must be in harmony with the rest of the Bible. In what now follows are 15 steps that show parallel passages between most of the plagues that occurred in Egypt, and the plagues that God wants us to prepare for as we approach the end of time. You would do wise to take notes, for you cannot remember all 15 parallel passages that I am going to produce. #1. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 41:8 (2X). God speaks in this chapter about Israel who is oppressed, and who will be delivered from her oppression, just like we have read in Ex 5, 6 and 7. But the context reveals that this is another Israel, it is the NT Israel made up of a remnant from every nation on the earth, and who will be gathered and delivered from sin and Satan. We read in Isa 41:8,

Isa 41:8  But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

And then, in the following verses, God identified this Israel as the people whom He has taken from the ends of the earth, literally. In Gal 3:29 God declares that all the NT believers are the seed of Abraham. And thus, the Israel of Isa 41 is identified as the NT Israel of God. #2. Please turn one page to your right, to Isa 43:6 (2X). There we read that God commands the oppressors of the NT Israel to let them go, and we find this without much spiritualizing or squeezing the words. We read in Isa 43:6,

Isa 43:6  I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;

Again we have to say that we are not over-spiritualizing the Bible, but we are taking the words “from the ends of the earth” quite literally. #3. Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 11:3 (2X). Quite parallel to the two servants Moses and Aaron whom God sent to Egypt, God will send two witnesses who shall preach the Gospel in the NT period of time, and their preaching of the true Gospel shall be effective in delivering he NT Israel from her bondage. We read in Rev 11:3-4,

Re 11:3 ¶  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Re 11:4  These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

And then in the following verses God identified these two witnesses as servants parallel to Moses and Aaron, who have authority to smite the earth with all kinds of plagues. We read in Rev 11:5-6,

Re 11:5  And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Re 11:6  These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

And so we see that God chose words which seem to have been chosen awkwardly, but God’s purpose is now made much clearer by comparing the events in Exodus with events near the end of time.

#4. Please turn one or two pages to your right to Rev 13:13 (2X). Pharaoh’s magicians were allowed to imitate some of the miracles done by Moses and Aaron. But here we read that near the end of time the helpers of Satan will also be able to do miracles. We read in Rev 13:13-15,

Re 13:13-14  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Re 13:15  And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

#5.            Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Jeremiah, Jer 25:15 (2X). God declared in Ex 7:3-5 that He would bring disasters on Egypt. And likewise God declared that He will bring disasters through the whole earth, quite parallel to the disasters He brought in Egypt. We read in Jer 25:15-16,

Jer 25:15-16  For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them.

And here is another indication that the judgments of God upon Egypt are meant to be a warning to all mankind that similar judgments are in store over all the world. #6. Please turn again to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 7:4 (2X). God protected His own people from the last seven plagues. But here in Rev 7 we read that God is still in the business of protecting His people. Of course will God do that, for He is not willing that any of us should perish, but that all of us should be saved. We read in Rev 7:4,

Re 7:4  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

These 144,000 represent the church that is faithful to Christ, who will have a place in the wilderness of this world prepared by God, where she is fed and nourished. Please turn to Rev 12:6. There we read,

Re 12:6  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

And God protects her from Satan “for a time, and times, and half a time” like God protected the children of Israel from Pharaoh’s armies. We read in Rev 12:14-16,

Re 12:14-16  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

#7. Please turn to Rev 8:8 (2X). Water will again be turned into blood, like we read in the Prophecy of Exodus. And like it has symbolic meaning in Rev, so it also has symbolic meaning in Ex. We read in:

Re 8:8  And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

And please drop down also to Rev 16:3 (2X). Here the vials of the wrath of God are poured out.

Re 16:3-6  And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

#8. Please drop down to Rev 16:8 (2X). Satanic frogs will appear, by which God identifies the frogs in Exodus also as of Satanic origin. We read in Rev 16:13,

Re 16:13  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

These unclean spirits refer to false doctrines spoken by Satan the dragon, and by Antichrist – the beast, and by Antichrist – the false prophet. Satanic lies will be spread and believed throughout the church in the end times, with the result that the church will become like Babylon. #9. Please turn to Rev 9:2 (2X). The plague of locusts shall be repeated in the end time, but this time  the plague shall be far worse than was described in Exodus. We read in Rev 9:2-6,

Re 9:2-6  And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.  And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

These are not vegetarian locusts, but they represent demons who are sent to torture humans on the earth. But they are sent only to those who have not the seal of the living God on their forehead (Rev 7:1-4). Therefore the torture by these demons is of a spiritual nature, rather than physical, for their physical torture is reserved till after their judgment has been pronounced. #10. Please turn to Rev 16:2 (2X). God will send a plague like the plague of boils and blains that He sent on Egypt. We read in Rev 16:2,

Re 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

These noisome and grievous sores from the first vial of God’s wrath was like the boils and blains that we read about in Ex 9. #11. Please turn to Rev 8:7 (2X). The terrible plague of hail shall be repeated near the end of time. This was not simply hail, but it was great hailstones with lightnings which caused many fires. We read in Rev 8:7,

Re 8:7 ¶  The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

This hail and fire is going to be like the hail and fire poured upon Egypt in Ex 9. #12. Please turn to Rev 16:10 (2X). The ninth plague upon Egypt was a plague of total darkness, which reminds us that Hell is a place of outer darkness. They are in darkness and they are outside the Kingdom. Isa 60:2,

Isa 60:2  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Just like there was total darkness upon Egypt, except in the land of Goshen where the children of Israel lived, so there will be total darkness in the minds of all the unsaved people on the earth. None of them will understand that they are commanded to believe the Bible. We read in Rev 16:10,

Re 16:10  And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

This darkness was described in Ex 10, and it was a very thick darkness. But Rev 16:11 explains that the people shall blaspheme the God of heaven and will not repent of their deeds. #13. Please turn to Rev 9:20 (2X). Did Pharaoh repent? No, not at all! Even after the last plague Pharaoh was sorry that he had let Israel go, and he pursued them with his army. Likewise near the end of time people will not repent of their sins. We read in Rev 9:20-21,

Re 9:20-21  And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

We can see that murders, and sorceries, and fornication, and thefts have crept into our society, but the worship of idols is being practiced to a much greater extent than we can see. But like Pharaoh hardened his heart, so shall the wicked do in the days to come. #14. The last plague on Egypt was death. But death shall also be the last plague on this sin cursed earth. We read in Rev  9:15,

Re 9:15  And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

Not only here, but also in Rev 19:17-21 shall death be the last plague that comes upon all the wicked before they are arraigned before the Judgment throne of Christ. #15. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 11:26 (2X). The result of all these judgments upon unsaved Egypt was that Israel was delivered from their slavery to Egypt, the house of bondage. And the result of all these judgments upon the unsaved in the world is going to be that “all Israel shall be saved”. We read in Rom

Ro 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

But which Israel shall be saved? It is the NT Israel whom God is concerned about, not the OT Israel. And therefore “All Israel” refers to the complete body of all the elect whom God intended to save. And therefore God specifies in the previous verse that this is when “the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” It is true that history shall repeat itself, except that prophecy becomes a little more difficult, because God changed His terms after Christ died on the cross. OT language was changed into NT language, and many people will be deceived by superficially reading the Bible, and by hanging on to OT theology. Christ’s death on the cross was the hinge on which OT theology changed to NT theology. And since the ceremonial law was done away God changed many things, such as the meaning of eating and drinking the body and blood of Christ, and the meaning of resting on the Sabbath, and the meaning of Christ as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Therefore, as we approach the end of time we should not be surprised to find that there is much misunderstanding in all these things among the Christian community. But God is not the author of confusion, and thus we must clearly understand where all these errors come from. It is then no surprise that we see these errors appear everywhere the free-will gospel rears its ugly head. But since God loves His elect, He will make sure that all His elect shall hear and believe the true Gospel. And when we are again and again assured that the doctrines that we hold are true, we rejoice more and more that God has given us this truth. Praise God for the great love with which He has loved us.

AMEN.                 Let us turn to the Lord in prayer