by Asher Intrater, , Revive Israel
This year represents a significant turning point and, as noted by many, a "Shemita" Sabbatical year in the Jewish reckoning. This winter marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in southwest Poland, near Krakow. An estimated 1.1 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis there between 1942 and 1945 (including several of my grandfather's family). On January 27th, the Soviets entered Auschwitz and freed the 7,000 remaining prisoners, all starving and freezing.
70 years ago - survivors of
Auscheitz (Wikiphoto by A. Voronzow)
Seventy years was the prophesied duration of punishment for Israel's sin through the Babylonian exile in present day Iraq (Jeremiah 25:11). Seventy years is described in the Scriptures as a period to fulfill historic prophecies and punishments (Daniel 9:24). The 70-year period is related to "visiting the sins of the parents" (Exodus 20:5) and a 70 year life-span (Psalm 90:10). Seventy years completes the cycle of one generation giving birth to the next, and the first generation passing away. Today the last witnesses of the WWII period are dying off. The current generation has little emotional connection to what happened then.
Since the end of WWII there has been a certain transfer of the "vision" to exterminate the Jews: from the Nazis to what has become radical Islam today. The Hebrew year, 2014-2015 has seen the declaration of ISIS, an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. This is a major development in the Islamic world view. All the terrorist groups, from Hamas to Hezbollah to Al Qaeda, were looking forward to the renewal of a Caliphate world-wide Islamic empire, but did not see themselves as that empire. ISIS is declaring that the Caliphate nation has begun.
Europe and the United Nations seem to have little understanding of the danger at hand. At this time, 70 years after the Holocaust, it is only the nation of Israel that speaks clearly of the threat of Islamic Jihad in our generation, and only representatives from Israel who quote from the Bible in the General Assembly of the UN.
During the same period, we have seen major developments in the Body of Christ. The largest number of believing Christians is to be found in Asia today, not in the West. The rise of the Church of Asia is a paradigm shift of dimensions not seen in almost 2,000 years. In addition the Messianic remnant in the restored nation of Israel is slowly and surely developing and maturing. This spiritual restoration of Israel is also a paradigm shift of prophetic importance not seen since the first century.
by Asher Intrater, , Revive Israel
Before Moses returned to Egypt, God told him that He would "harden Pharaoh's heart" (Exodus 4:21). However, God did not execute that hardening until the 8th plague, the plague of Locusts (Exodus 10:1). Pharaoh had already hardened his own heart 7 times in the first 7 plagues. Each time Pharaoh was offered an opportunity for grace and forgiveness; and each time he responded evilly. Only after the "fullness" of Pharaoh's hardening his heart in his own free will, did God harden his heart as an act of judgment.
Before Moses was sent into Egypt, God told him to throw his staff to the ground. It turned into a serpent (Exodus 4:3). This was a sign of Moses' spiritual authority over satanic forces, symbolized by the serpent. Yet there was another reason. God knew something that Moses didn't know.
Moses had been in the desert for forty years. The situation in Egypt had degenerated to the point that cabinet level ministers were so involved in occult worship that they could turn sticks into serpents (Exodus 7:12), turn water to blood (Exodus 7:22) and raise frogs out of the Nile (Exodus 8:7). Witchcraft was so rampant that the Egyptian kings wore crowns with snakes on them. Therefore, God prepared Moses ahead of time with the power to repel those satanic spirits.
Eye for an Eye
The death of the first born was the last and worst of the plagues. Remember that the Egyptian pharaohs had already been murdering innocent children for 80 years (Exodus 1:16). God's judgment is always preceded by grace and always perfectly righteous (what you do to others will be done to you).
The murder of the Jewish children in Egypt was the first type of "Holocaust", later to be followed by Haman, Herod, Nazism and today, Islamic Jihad. Islam claims that Mohammed is the final prophet of God, the culmination of all the Biblical prophets, including Moses and Jesus! But these Jihadists have more in common with the evil Pharaohs than they have in common with any Biblical prophet or apostle.
After the Ten Plagues, the Egyptian armies were destroyed in the Red Sea. Those armies came with weapons, ready to kill, pursuing the helpless multitudes who had been oppressed under brutal slavery for three generations. God's judgment was harsh because the crimes committed were so cruel.
God is a judge, a righteous judge. The Scriptures remind us over and over again that God's judgments are perfectly righteous (Psalm 96:13; 98:9; Revelation 15:4; 19:11). God's judgment includes:
1. Moral Justice
Islam claims to bring the judgment of God, but has none of the above.
Pharaoh's Egypt in Moses' time was perhaps the most demonic empire in history. However, it would seem from prophetic Scriptures that such an evil empire will rise again. It will be even worse. It will be a world-wide murderous, genocidal, demonic, tyrannical empire. The Exodus from Egypt is recorded in the Bible as history but also as prophecy. What will happen in the end times will be similar to what happened in Egypt.
[Note: The Hebrew root (Ts-R-R) is the same for the words Antichrist (Tsorer), Tribulation (Tsarot), and Egypt (Mitsrayim).] The story of the Exodus provides a biblical framework for understanding God's judgments and plagues in the end times.
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