A REVELATION Revelation. It has been said that if you know what is in the Torah (the first five Books of Moses), you can understand what is in Revelation. I explained Revelation’s three woes last week but what I didn’t tell you is that all of the plagues of Egypt are contained in the three woes. I needed something to talk about this week.
This transcript is not exactly like the recording but it doesn’t vary by much and all the essential scriptures and quotes are there. Click here to listen to the Midrash. Some excellent comments were made and questions asked.
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The 8th, 9th and 10th plagues approach in Torah Portion “Bo”, the 10th plague being the death of the Egyptian firstborns and the salvation of the Israelites.
It has been said that if you know what is in the Torah (the first five Books of Moses), you can understand what is in Revelation. I explained Revelation’s three woes last week but what I didn’t tell you is that all of the plagues of Egypt are contained in the three woes. I needed something to talk about this week.
OUR ATTITUDE ENTERING INTO TRIBULATION
It turns out that the final generation’s punishment will be much expanded, tripled actually, over what the first generation of Israelites suffered in Egypt. Nine plagues happened in Egypt followed by the death of the firstborns.
I will get to that in a moment but first, let’s talk about what we should be doing as we head into our troubles.
Exodus 10:1 Yahweh said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I may show these my signs among them,
Exodus 10:2 and that you may tell in the hearing of your son, and of your son’s son, what things I have done to Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that you may know that I am Yahweh.”
YHVH will do His mighty signs on the earth for all to see for the purpose of us explaining to unbelievers what is happening and why. We are to share with everyone the gospel message before fleeing to the wilderness even while we also will be experiencing the same troubles. We will be testifying just like the two witnesses in Jerusalem during the first 3.5 years of Tribulation. The Gospel is the Passover message and the Passover is the gospel message as well as the announcement of the soon arrival of our King and His Kingdom.
We will tell the story of this great event in the future.
Exodus 12:26 It will happen, when your children ask you, ‘What do you mean by this [Passover memorial] service?’
Exodus 12:27 that you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of Yahweh’s Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians, and spared our houses.’” The people bowed their heads and worshiped.
But the next time this event is told, it will be different.
Jeremiah 16:14 “Therefore behold, the days come,” says Yahweh, “that it will no more be said, ‘As Yahweh lives, who brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;’
Jeremiah 16:15 but, ‘As Yahweh lives, who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the countries where he had driven them.’ I will bring them again into their land that I gave to their fathers.
YHVH will gather His people from everywhere on earth and their Tribulation will become the impetus for returning to Him with all their hearts (Deuteronomy 30:1).
Exodus 10 begins with three final plagues only two of which will be experienced by the final generation. Unlike the first time, where the distinction was made between the Egyptians and the Israelites with the fourth plague, the distinction for this generation will not happen until the 10th plague of death. In fact, Exodus 11:7 mentions again the distinction between the Egyptian and the Israelites again. This has prophetic implication for the final generation.
Other events will happen on earth during and after YHVH’s woman flees to the wilderness. So as the two witnesses are dying and being resurrected at that future Passover, YHVH’s people will be fleeing from everywhere, including from modern Israel, to get to the wilderness.
So, Egypt’s first nine plagues will be the sum total of all three woes visited on us at the end of days which is triple the punishment over that first generation.
Some of the plagues of the two witnesses are left unspecified. In Egypt they were specified and I believe it likely we will see those or similar plagues to the lice, flies, killing of livestock and boils of man and beast which are not specified in Revelation. Revelation says of the two witnesses:
Revelation 11:6 These have the power to shut up the sky, that it may not rain during the days of their prophecy. They have power over the waters, to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.
The “every plague” is unspecified and could include all of what happened in Egypt plus whatever else they have in mind.
The altar will be destroyed halfway through the seven years at a Passover season. The two witnesses will be killed and Yeshua will raise them after three and a half days (Revelation 11:9, using the principle of a day for a year) just as His Father raised Him. This will confirm the 3.5 year halfway mark of the altar’s operation, as well.
This will happen to confirm the resurrection to the world. This miracle will be meant for those of YHVH’s rebellious people who deny the resurrection. Who are these people? The Jews and Muslims from the other two monotheistic religions are still trapped. Christians will rejoice when this happens because it will validate our testimony that Yeshua is both God and King and that He died an actual physical death on the cross and was resurrected three days later.
The 8th plague of Egypt, locusts, are the final generation’s first woe in Revelation 9 – biological warfare by the governments and pharmaceutical companies against the earth’s entire human population. This woe also contains the giving of the seven Noahide laws to the whole earth. These laws were not given to the first generation because there is no such thing as Noahide laws in scripture. There is only YHVH’s laws in scripture. But the Noahide laws will be an added burden on YHVH’s people at the end of days because of 3500 years of rejecting His law.
Let’s compare the locusts from Exodus to Revelation.
Exodus 10:3 Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and said to him, “This is what Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me.
Exodus 10:4 Or else, if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country,
Exodus 10:5 and they shall cover the surface of the earth, so that one won’t be able to see the earth. They shall eat the residue of that which has escaped, which remains to you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which grows for you out of the field.
Here is the parallel in Revelation:
Revelation 9:3 Then out of the smoke came locusts on the earth, and power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
Exodus 10:21 Yahweh said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness [choshek] which may be felt.”
Exodus 10:22 Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days.
So, as the time draws near for YHVH’s people to flee, we can expect to see this time of darkness. There is a principle we can use to help us understand, the principle of a day for a year. Three days equals three years. It is possible that the darkness will cover the earth for three of the three and a half years.
This darkness will correspond to the altar’s construction and operation in Jerusalem with the two witnesses preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom from there. As it was in Goshen, so will it be in Jerusalem. Let me show you this in scripture.
Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and Yahweh’s glory has risen on you.
Isaiah 60:2 For, behold, darkness will cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but Yahweh will arise on you, and his glory shall be seen on you.
Isaiah 60 opens with a call for Zion, which is both Jerusalem and her scattered people, to shine forth light. The construction of the altar will mark the beginning of the 7 year Tribulation period, according to Daniel 9:27. During the first 3.5 years, 42 months corresponding to the first generation of Israelites’ wandering in the wilderness, YHVH’s operational altar in Jerusalem will be the bright spot on earth even though it will be operated by corrupt Levites who are part of the “great whore culture”. There will be light there as long as the two witnesses are there and as long as the altar is burning. Those not in Jerusalem will be lights in the spiritual darkness of the world.
Darkness on the earth during the first 3.5 years will parallel the darkness in Egypt. The prophets mention the physical and spiritual darkness of the end times.
Joel 2:1 Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of Yahweh comes, for it is close at hand:
Joel 2:2 A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn spreading on the mountains, a great and strong people; there has never been the like, neither will there be any more after them, even to the years of many generations.
The “day” referred to references the Day of the LORD which is seven years. We know the Joel 2 passage will happen sometime toward the end of the first 3.5 years when YHVH’s people are still in bondage in the world. The word for “darkness” is “choshek” (Strong’s H2822). This is the same word used for the darkness that fell on Egypt in Exodus 10.
The parallel in Revelation is:
Revelation 9:2 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.
There also is another darkness that will happen after the Tribulation is over.
Matthew 24:29 But immediately after the oppression of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken;
Matthew 24:30 and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.
Matthew’s darkness event will come immediately after seven years, after the last 3.5 years of Islamic rule all over the planet. We know this darkness is different even though the Greek word for darkness, “skotizo”, is related by James Strong to the Hebrew word “choshek”, the darkness in Egypt. However, I believe Strong made a mistake here. In the first Tribulation event in Egypt, the darkness was so thick people could not see.
Exodus 10:23 They didn’t see one another, and nobody rose from his place for three days; but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
However, in the Matthew 24 event, people do see. They will see the sign of the Son of Man appearing in the sky and the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. Let’s not confuse these times of darkness. One comes during the first half of the Tribulation and one follows immediately after the Tribulation.
The darkness plague with its Revelation parallels will end woe number two and immediately will begin woe number three which is the persecution of YHVH’s righteous woman as she flees to the wilderness. She will have given birth to the Kingdom through travail she suffered (Revelation 12:1-6). She will flee at a future Passover when the two witnesses are killed and resurrected. The third woe which parallels the death of the firstborns in Egypt will be Satan’s pursuit of her as she flees to the wilderness in Revelation 12:7-17 like Pharaoh pursued the first generation.
FLEEING TO SAFETY
The fleeing of the final generation will be like the first:
Exodus 11:4 Moses said, “This is what Yahweh says: ‘About midnight I will go out into the middle of Egypt,
Exodus 11:5 and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of livestock.
While we will suffer triple plagues, we will not suffer death. That will be reserved for the rest of the world left behind when the woman flees to safety. The Israelites were saved from death the first time and we will be saved from death the second time even as the dragon sends water after her (like the Red Sea experience).
Revelation 12:15 The serpent spewed water out of his mouth after the woman like a river, that he might cause her to be carried away by the stream.
Revelation 12:16 The earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon spewed out of his mouth.
As woe number three, the persecution of YHVH’s people commences at some future Passover, they will flee to the place where their ancestors were in the wilderness of Kadesh Barnea in Jordan. They may also gather in other places like Gilead, Bashan, Mount Carmel and the mountains of Lebanon but I believe we will all finally gather in Kadesh Barnea because it was the launching ground for the Children of Israel to move north with Joshua to the place where they crossed the Jordan river adjacent to Jericho.
Be encouraged. All of this information is not here to scare but to inform you. The reason our ancestors in Egypt endured their Tribulation was for the purpose of instructing this generation that will usher in the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven.
YHVH chose His specific people of this generation for this purpose. He will make us go through this, therefore He made us able to go through this. But we need to know and understand what we will endure. We need to not hope for a rapture that will never come or for less of a punishment or even the same kind and quantity of punishment than what our forebears endured. Three thousand five hundred years of rebellion against God and treason against our King have come and gone. This generation now has the honor and blessing of being chosen to atone for all of that.
Now to a different subject and one that you may be tired of hearing about: YHVH’s calendar.
Before the Passover happened, YHVH gave instructions to Aaron and Moses, part of which was when to start the annual Feast calendar.
Exodus 12:1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
Exodus 12:2 “This month shall be to you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year to you.
I won’t tell you how setting the calendar is the line of Aaron’s job only and forever and that any non-Levite who does creates a calendar is usurping that office. I also won’t tell you that it is the job of every other Israelite from all of the 12 tribes to simply obey the annual calendar as set by the Levites. I won’t tell you the calendar as set by the Levites is Biblical Israel’s official calendar so the equinox and other calendars in use by Hebrew Roots and others is a crime against YHVH. I won’t tell you these things because of all the objections I’ll get mostly because the Levites are with the Jews and the Jews teach mostly apostacy and they despise Yeshua. No Matter. They despised Yeshua when He was living on earth but He still followed their calendar.
What I will do is debunk Psalm 81:3 as a new moon reference which is used for calendar instruction because this is one of the primary verses used to justify the people, not the Levite priests of YHVH, setting a calendar. This verse has become the basis of disagreements over whether the new moon is the fully dark, the sliver or the fully lit moon.
Psalms 81:3 Blow the trumpet at the New Moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.
Using only the Hebrew, here is what it says:
Taqa shofar chodesh keseh chag yom
Blow trumpet month fulness feast/sacrifice day
A “chag” is both the Feast day and its sacrifice. Those two things get lumped together in one word – “chag”. So, using the English now, we get:
Blow the shofar in the month on the fulness of the day of sacrifice.
Right away, we should recognize that blowing the shofar has to do with a Feast and its sacrifice and not the start of a month.
The basis of people using this verse to make claims about whether this is a renewing first-of-the-month ritual or a full middle-of-the-month ritual is the word “keseh”.
Apparently from H3680; properly fulness or the full moon, that is, its festival: – (time) appointed.
We will see that keseh is used as an alternate for moed, “appointed time”.
Keseh comes from the root word “kasah” which means covered, concealed.
A primitive root; properly to plump, that is, fill up hollows; by implication to cover (for clothing or secrecy): – clad self, close, clothe, conceal, cover (self), (flee to) hide, overwhelm.
Kasah is used 149 times in scripture but the only other place where the keseh variation is used is in Proverbs 7:20.
Proverbs 7:20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed [keseh, the appointed time].
…The yom keseh or when the day is full here. But nothing in Proverbs 7:20 stipulates whether his coming home will happen at the beginning of the day or at the end of it.
For clarification on the use of any scripture for doctinre, we must understand its context. The context of Psalm 81 has to do with Passover, not Sukkot. In reading the entire Psalm, we find out that Asaph, the Temple singer, wrote this Psalm in the Second Temple period as a call to the Jews to attend the Feast of Passover. He was calling those still left in Babylon and those living in the land, as well, to come for Passover. I will get to the context in a minute, and show you in the scripture what it says, but first I want to show you what the Law says about Feasts and renewed moons.
Here is what the priests did to herald new months.
Numbers 28:11 “At the beginnings of your months [chodesh], you shall offer a burnt offering to the LORD: two bulls from the herd, one ram, seven male lambs a year old without blemish;
Numbers 28:12 also three tenths of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, for each bull, and two tenths of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, for the one ram;
Numbers 28:13 and a tenth of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering for every lamb; for a burnt offering with a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the LORD.
Numbers 28:14 Their drink offerings shall be half a hin of wine for a bull, a third of a hin for a ram, and a quarter of a hin for a lamb. This is the burnt offering of each month throughout the months of the year.
Numbers 28:15 Also one male goat for a sin offering to the LORD; it shall be offered besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.
Note that this commandment does not involve blowing a trumpet or shofar to herald the renewed month. The sacrifices are what introduce the renewed months. Nowhere in the ritual for the new month are we instructed to blow the shofar. Sacrifices cannot be performed by anyone other than the Levites and they must be done at the Temple so we can acknowledge the new month but we cannot do the ritual to announce its arrival.
The reason some people believe the shofar announces the beginning of the month is because of a couple of misunderstandings about this verse:
Numbers 10:10 Also in the day of your gladness [simchah, Shemini Atzaret, the 8th day of Sukkot], and in your solemn days [moed – appointed times], and in the beginnings of your months [rosh chodesh], ye shall blow with the trumpets…
Oh! There it is! You shall blow with the trumpets! No. That is not the answer. Continue reading the verse to understand it correctly.
Num 10:10 “Also in the day of your gladness [Simchah], and in your set feasts, and in the beginnings of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over [over something. What shall you blow your trumpets over?] … your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be to you for a memorial before your God. I am Yahweh your God.”
The Levites blew the trumpets over the olah sacrifices (burnt offerings) which happen at all of the seven annual Feasts, over the peace offering and over the burnt offerings of the new moons.
So now, where does Psalm 81:3 explain when the new moon happens? Simchah is associated with Shemini Atzaret, all of the Feasts have sacrifices and two of those Feasts are done at the full moon instead of at the first moon, and peace offerings can be made on any day of any month. Psalm 81:3 is not about announcing the start of any month. It is about the sacrifices. That is a misunderstanding brought about because of our lack of having a Temple.
There is another problem with the way Psalms 81:3 is interpreted. The trumpets in Numbers 10:10 which are used to blow over the sacrifices are the silver trumpets, not shofars as in Psalm 81:3. Why is this? It is because, quite simply, the silver trumpets are blown only by the priests but the shofars are blown by the people which can include the Levites when they are not functioning in official capacity.
Shofars were never blown in any of the temple rituals except for the Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24) and the Jubilee (Leviticus 25:9) at Yom Kippur. Otherwise, shofars represent YHVH’s voice (Exodus 19:16, 19, 20:18), our voices of praise (Psalms 98:6, 150:3), war (Joshua 6:4-20, Judges 6:34, Judges 7:16-22) and the crowning of kings (2Sa_2:28, 2Sa_18:16, 1 Kings 1:34-41, 2 Kings 9:13). Shiba the Benjamite blew the shofar to announce his defiance of the tribe of Benjamin joining David (2Sa_20:1) and the shofar was blown during King Asa’s reign when the Jews renewed the Mosaic Covenant (2 Chronicles 15:10-14).
Thus, Psalm 81:3 is the people’s participation in praising YHVH and celebrating His Feasts. In this case, participating and celebrating Passover. This is not an example of the people doing the priest’s duty of praising the sacrifices or bringing in a new month.
Asaph is calling the Jews to come celebrate, make a joyful noise during Passover. We know this is the case because Psalms 81:4 calls the appointed time a statute in Israel. All of the Feasts are by statute in Israel.
Starting with Psalms 81:6, we read that YHVH removed from Jacob’s neck/shoulder a burden. This is a Hebrew idiom for the oppressive labor forced on the Israelites.
Jacob’s hands were delivered from the “boiling pots”. Another Hebrew idiom for what was happening in Egypt. The heat was getting turned up, as it were. This idiom of the pots is akin to our modern American idiom about the frogs being heated up in the boiling pots. In fact, the frogs in the boiling pot should be another clue what Feast Asaph is talking about even to us today!
How do I know that verse 6 is an idiomatic reference to the Israelites’ hard labor? Read verse 7.
You (Israel) called on YHVH in your trouble and I (YHVH) delivered you.
When did the people call on YHVH? When they were in Egypt. Where did YHVH deliver the Israelites to? Mount Sinai.
Mount Sinai was covered with a cloud and thunder as Asaph explains in verse 7 after which there was the testing at the waters of Meribah also mentioned in verse 7.
In verses 8 and 9, we read the instructions to Israel to NOT to worship strange gods. Where was this instruction given? At Mount Sinai. When was the Mount Sinai event? Roughly two months after the Passover.
Verse 10 repeats what YHVH said in Exodus 20:1: I am YHVH your Elohim who brought you out of the land of Egypt. Then Asaph continues with: “Open your mouth wide and I (YHVH) will fill it”. This is another Hebrew idiom meaning YHVH wants to fully satisfy His people’s needs!
Verses 11-16 is Asaph lamenting what could have been if the Israelites had only obeyed YHVH’s commandments and had not gone after other and strange gods. They would not now be in Babylon from where few of them come for the Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread.
Psalms 81:3, used the way it is by Hebrew Roots folks and others to define the monthly “new moons”, is completely out of context and brings confusion to today’s congregation rather than clarity. It is Doctrine by Extrapolation.
Why did Asaph write this ever so brief summary of the Exodus?
We find out in verse 11. “BUT My people”, starts YHVH… The preceding account is being concluded now by Asaph who is trying to teach Israel why they are always in trouble with YHVH. “BUT My people”, says YHVH, “would not listen to me and Israel would have nothing to do with me after all that I did for them: Delivering them from the their hard labor in Egypt and giving them living water in the desert.”
Psalms 81:11 But my people didn’t listen to my voice. Israel desired none of me.
Verse 12 says YHVH let them do whatever they wanted. He let them walk after their own lusts and after their own counsel (their own religious and other ways and ideas).
Verse 13-15 says:
Psalms 81:13 Oh that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!
Psalms 81:14 I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their adversaries.
Psalms 81:15 The haters of Yahweh would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever.
Psalms 81:16 But he would have also fed them with the finest of the wheat. I will satisfy you with honey out of the rock.”
If they would have listened to YHVH and walked in His ways the story would have been much different. He would have delivered their enemies into the hands of Israel and Israel would have ruled the known world, not as an empire with vassal nations under covenants but as a singular ruling nation elevated over all the other nations!
Blow your shofar any time you want but don’t announce that you are starting a renewed month since you cannot perform the sacrifices because that is in the authority of the Levites only. Every day is a good day to blow your shofar in remembrance of why this generation is about to endure the toughest time in the history of the planet, a time like there never was and never will be again.
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