The Ten Plagues is one of the
most epic and detailed stories in Scriptures. It provides a foundation
for our understanding of God's judgment.
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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
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
2. Offer of Grace
3. Clear Warnings
4. Judicial Process
5. Moral Requirements for Prophets
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.