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[LET MY PEOPLE GO, CONT.]
[the tenth plague]
Pharaoh's heart was again hardened and he refused to let the people go. He even refused to see Moses any more and said, 'for in that day you see my face you shall die.' Moses knew that deliverance was near and he responded, ‘You have spoken well, I will see your face again no more.’ (Ex. 10:28-29). Now the final plague was at hand. Special instructions had to be given to the Israelites. They had been slaves and had not received all that was due them; now they were to leave with much riches. They were to take whatever the Egyptians would give them for their departure. Especially were they told to take ‘jewels of silver, and jewels of gold.' (Ex. 11:2). Their accumulation of these items for their departure is significant. They portray that which every saint must have who is to be translated out of this world and enter the heavenly Kingdom. The foremost of these is gold. Gold is a type of that which is of the Spirit: spiritual importations and fruits. Also tried and proven character; that which has come through the ‘fires' of refining experiences as pure gold. Silver is a type of the soul and soul qualities. Also a type of the redemptive work of Christ. It is through the redemptive power of His cleansing and life that the soul is redeemed and made new, with its very fabric woven with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. The matter under consideration is not just that of salvation. Salvation, or preservation from death, is through the shed blood and resurrection life of Jesus Christ. But for those who go on to perfection (Heb. 6:1), receiving the gold of His spiritual workings and the silver of His complete redemption, there is to be an OUT RESURRECTION from among the dead (Phil. 3:11) or a TRANSLATION while living (I Cor. 15:51-54) into the GLORY of His heavenly Kingdom. The saved who fail to make this calling and election (II Pet. 1:10) will continue to live on earth, eventually receiving deathless life for their physical bodies: those having already died will be resurrected back to the earth in deathless physical bodies after the millennial Kingdom has been fully established. So my people, now is the time to let me do a perfecting work within you that you might be adorned with my gold and my silver, and that you might be fully ready to be received into the glory awaiting.
Further instructions were given by Moses to the people concerning that which would be the means of their protection during the final plague. They were to take a lamb for each household and set it apart on the tenth day of the month; then on the fourteenth day of the month, at even, they were to kill the lamb and sprinkle the blood on the two side posts and upper door post of their houses. Each family was to eat their lamb girded and ready to depart. (Read Ex. 12:1-13). The blood of the lamb on their houses was their protection during the final plague, which was the smiting of all of the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and of beasts. This tenth plague was the consummating judgment and constituted the final wrath of the Almighty upon Egypt and her gods. (Ex. 12:12). Now look with me, says the Lord, to the fulfillment of these things at the consummation of the age, which is drawing near. Surely I will bring to an end that which is called civilization in this day, for it is almost completely contrary to my will. It is based on the worship of many gods which are constantly placed ahead of or before me. Even millions of Christians are preoccupied with the ‘gods' of material things and pursuits of pleasure. They have little time for serious consideration of my Word and my ways. They are 'caught up' in the Babylonish systems which are destructive to real faith and dedication. They lean constantly on the ‘arm of flesh’ rather than leaning on me. (Jer. 17:5). They have hewn for themselves cisterns which can hold no water, and they have forsaken the fountains of living water, (Jer. 2:13). They rely on empty forms and dead works to try to accomplish my purposes. In the religious world it is either idolatrous organizations which hold my people captive, or idolatrous unbelief clothed in sophistry and worldly wisdom which leads my people astray. In the political world it is selfish and grasping opportunists who dominate the affairs of most nations, leading them into paths of eventual tyranny. In the commercial world it is traffic in everything, including the souls of men (Rev. 18:11-13), with very little consideration for the ultimate welfare of human lives. Thus judgment has already begun to descend, and it will not let up until a mighty cry has arisen, even as in the land of Egypt. (Ex. 12:30).
The death angel which went over the land of Egypt, slaying the firstborn in every family where the blood was not applied, is a type of the power of destruction which shall be unleashed from the atom, both in its deadly radiation and in its immense force of explosion. I say to you, my people, there are two signs given in my Word which are of the utmost importance. When they came to pass every Christian should have been alerted to the imminence of end-time events. The first was the explosion of the atomic bomb, for in releasing the atom's energy, the very powers of the heaven are shaken. (Luke 21:26). The second was the Jews declaring themselves a reborn nation, for this was the shooting forth of the fig tree. (Luke 21:29-30). Even so it is written, 'when you see these things come to pass, know [ ] that the kingdom of God is near at hand. Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.' (Luke 21:31-32). But my people are woefully uninformed and almost totally asleep and unaware of the significance of the time in which they live. A few here and there are beginning to awake, and they are beginning to sound the midnight cry which shall rouse the sleeping virgins. (Matt. 25:6).
It will be the atomic ‘death angel’ which shall ‘pass over' the earth to strike a death blow. All will be affected except those who have the blood of the passover lamb sprinkled on the 'doorposts' of their hearts. For it will be true again as it was true then, 'when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.’ (Ex. 12:13). It is the blood of Jesus Christ, applied by faith to the sin-stained soul, that washes it clean and preserves it from death. This is the present salvation enjoyed by Christians. (I Pet. 1:18-23). But it is that same blood that shall serve as a protecting shelter for even the physical body in the coming day of wrath. This is the meaning of the sprinkling of the blood on the lintel and the two side posts. The lintel was the upper door post and stands for the physical which will receive protection. The two side posts stand for the soul which receives both cleansing and preservation through the shed blood of Christ.
There is a further mystery that I would reveal to you with regard to the soul. So many confuse soul with spirit; yet they are separate and distinct. (I Thess. 5:23). Both body and soul are subject to death because of sin. Not so with the spirit; it is of the very substance of God who is ‘the Father of spirits.' (Heb. 12:9). The spirit within each human has been alienated because of sin and needs to be reconciled. But once reconciled through Jesus Christ, then its garments, soul-body and physical-body need to be saved or preserved from death. For when a spirit begotten of the Father is placed within an unborn fetus, its innate powers take of the living substance within the developing organism and form a finely tenuous vehicle called the soul. The soul then becomes the means or medium of expression through the physical. It becomes the seat or essence of what might be termed 'personality—the mental-emotional nature. Since the soul partakes of and is sustained by the life-forces of the physical, it is subject to death as is the physical body. 'The soul that sins, it shall die.' (Ezek. 18:20). Thus both body and soul need to be saved or preserved.
Now let us look more closely at the sprinkling of the blood. A door represents an entrance into something; also an exit. We have already seen that the doorway with its upper door post represents the outer or physical garment of the spirit, and the side posts represent the inner or soul garment. A spirit makes an entrance into the physical world through the doorway of embodiment within a fetus which is later born into the physical world. A spirit makes an exit from the physical world through the doorway of death. A spirit needs garments or vehicles for its growth in understanding and for its continued progress in the plan and purpose of God. Thus the death of either physical body or soul is a tragic loss for the spirit. In the type we have seen how the blood of the lamb was sprinkled upon both the upper and side door posts, showing that the blood which would later be shed by Jesus Christ would provide an atonement and release from death for both soul and physical body.
Cleansing and release come through the blood of Christ, but the importation of eternal life is through the engrafted seed of the living Christ. (James 1:21, I Pet. 1:23). When a soul is thus 'generated anew' through the incorruptible seed, it becomes a deathless vehicle for the spirit. In event of the death of the physical body, the soul then becomes a functioning vehicle for the spirit in the super-terrestrial realms. If the soul has not been saved it eventually perishes even as the physical body. Its life forces gradually abate and it slowly disintegrates. The spirit then ascends and returns to God who gave it. There is so much, my people, that I would like to reveal to you, but I perceive that you are able to receive only a little at a time. The concepts taught by the churches are so completely contrary to my Word that I must teach you anew. This is the day that I am restoring to my people the truths that have been almost completely obscured by the traditions of men. Therefore continue to keep your heart open for more of the revelation of my Spirit. To reveal all the details of the Passover ordinances would require a complete study in itself, and is beyond the scope of this particular prophetic word. It is sufficient now to show you the cleansing and preserving power of the shed blood of the Passover lamb. For in the coming days when the full force of the judgmental plagues descends upon the earth, only the applied blood will avail for protection and deliverance.
Since the final plague is the atomic 'death angel' which shall pass over the earth, it has a measure of fulfillment during the time of the tribulation. But its more complete fulfillment will be during the final days of wrath when all-out atomic war will destroy multitudes. It corresponds in the prophetic picture to the seven vials of wrath portrayed in the book of Revelation. (Rev. 16:1-21). Although in the type, the children of Israel were not fully liberated until the last plague was set in motion, there is a veiled mystery which needs to be lifted in order to see the complete picture. It has already been shown you in a measure. You will note that it was at midnight that the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, and there was a great cry in Egypt. (Ex. 12:29-30). This corresponds to the midnight hour mentioned in the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. (Matt. 25:6).
There are different ways in which l am able to smite the earth. The final smiting will be the atomic holocaust, but the actual beginning of the smiting will be my strange work of shocking the church world with the calling out of the wise virgins at the midnight hour. There is a veiled double meaning to the smiting of the firstborn. In a spiritual sense the firstborn are those who will enter first into the heavenly Kingdom as a firstfruits to their God. (Rev. 14:1-5), These are the wise virgins who will be received by the Bridegroom at the beginning of the tribulation. The result will be the 'smiting' of the careless church world, as a thief who breaks into the household (Luke 12:39) to take away the jewels. (Mal. 3:17). A great cry will go up from the nominal church world as the shock of what has happened begins to fully register. Thus the beginning of the deliverance of those who are fully mine from the 'Egypt' of this world takes place at the beginning of the tribulation period. The foolish virgins plus the tribulation saints will be taken at the close of the tribulation just as the final vials of wrath are ready to fall. Therefore there is a time-pattern which is somewhat veiled in the type. The fact that Pharaoh was willing to let the people go shows that Satan's power will begin to be broken when the firstfruits are glorified. This is also shown by the fact that when the 'manchild' of Revelation twelve is 'caught up' to God and to his throne, Satan is cast out of his heaven and into the earth. But because he knows his time is short he comes down with great wrath and causes great havoc before his power is completely broken. The havoc is portrayed in the plagues that came upon Egypt when Pharaoh repeatedly hardened his heart. The ‘hardening’ is seen in the "great wrath" which Satan has when he is cast down to the earth. (Rev. 12:12). Yet at the same time that he is 'hardening' his heart, his power is gradually being broken.
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