Moses as Messiah, Rejected Deliverer:

Moses’ Manifold Mysteries of Messiah
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BY LEVI
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Imagine that God (a.k.a. Elohim YHVH), willing to show forth His brilliance in engineering a panoramic paradigm of redemption for humankind (one that spans thousands of years as His glorious plan unfolds), had to choose but one person to perform the most crucial role in professing Messiah and the Kingdom to come in the shadows of the Old Testament. Out of all the personage of the Bible who performed their parts as players in His living parables, that man, undoubtedly, was the holy prophet Moses (a.k.a. Moshe in Hebrew).
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Indeed, no prophet, sage, priest, rabbi, or scribe better epitomizes the Jewish faith than the wilderness prince who- through the mighty hand of God- delivered longsuffering Israelite slaves from their Egyptian bondage. Not only was Moses chosen for this feat that covers such a large portion of the Old Testament/Tanakh (and almost all of its first five books, the Torah), but he did so with Divine signs for worldly wonders that have been retold in Jewish cultural celebrations and ceremonial feasts since their exodus, over three millennia ago.
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Now imagine the unthinkable: that from the Mishna to the Talmud (both Babylon and Jerusalem versions), from the Midrash to mystical musings in the Kabbalah, and indeed from all the Jewish (and Christian) writings that have covered the globe since his day, the “big picture” of Moses’ life has yet to be properly told. What I, the scribe of these articles, imply by this bold assertion is that exegetes and theologians have never been able to see the forest for the trees, as the old adage goes. While many writers have been spiritually inclined scholars who poured over scriptural hard truths and brought the world amazing insight on Moses, concerning laws of righteousness and the plight of the Jewish people since the Bronze Age, few have gained comprehension of how the transcendent truths form a prophetic and timely tapestry of God’s messianic professing of world history.
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Hence, with their outward patterns and superscribed confessions of the Divine, they have not been able to seamlessly weave together the entire symbolic picture from the plight of Moses’ life, nor summarize exactly why the Creator of the universe invested so much of His own time and work, walking Moses by the hand from the time of his birth until, at 120 years of age, he walked mysteriously away to die on a high mountain. Suppose for a moment that the entire life of Moses, including the years thereof, reveals God’s messianic instructions for humanity since Adam and Eve? If this transcendent/panoramic perspective is not perceived, those who look only to Moses and the Torah, specifically rabbis who deny Divine inspiration for the New Covenant, cannot discern the greater mysteries of Messiah.
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And it is not merely I, the humble scribe, who posit this, for the truth of their lack of full comprehension is written in their Tanakh and Septuagint (Hebrew and Greek Old Testaments). God revealed almost three millenniums ago that His chosen people would not discern His overarching objectives until the end of the age, near the arrival of their awaited King Messiah (cf. Isa. 6:9-10; 7:13-14; 8:14-18; 11:9-10; 25:7-8). According to Scripture, the Book is delivered like a “sealed scroll,” for the messianic contents within it have not been properly discerned (see Isa. 29:10-14); yet a promise is left for our time, affirming that there will come a day when “the [spiritually] deaf shall hear the words of the book, and [spiritually] blind eyes shall perceive out of obscurity and out of darkness” (29:18; intrpl. mine). Further, “Those who also erred in spirit will come to comprehension, and those who murmured [against God and His ways] will learn doctrine” (29:24; intrpl. mine).
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Hence, throughout the enigmatic Book of Isaiah, the most insightful prophet of them all (in my opinion) writes metaphorically of the coming “Stumbling Stone” and other messianic portents that would render the people clueless about the panoramic, redemptive plan of God. Many of them would even forget the Great Sabbath millennium of His promised “rest and refreshing,” and God would have to restore all these things at the end of the age, before universal peace and understanding could prevail in Israel and among the nations of Earth (see Acts 3:19-22).
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But they also have erred through wine, and through intoxicating drink are out of the way [erred from the Divine pathway]; the priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink [spirit of the world], they are swallowed up by wine, they are out of the way through intoxicating drink [NB: God must repeat Himself in the scriptural symbolism for the spiritual drunks]; they err in [spiritual] vision, they stumble in judgement. For all the tables [hearts] are full of vomit and filth [their spewing and regurgitating of unclean doctrines]; no place is clean. “Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk [the simple just nourishing His precepts]? Those just drawn from the breast [spiritual/scholarly infants]? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little [compared back and forth].” For with stammering lips and another tongue [in a foreign language] He will speak to this people [Israelites], to whom He said, “This is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest,” and, “This is the refreshing” [Great Sabbath]; yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD [YHVH] was to them, “Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little [burdensome],” that they might go and fall backwards [revisit the past], and be broken and snared and caught. (Isa. 28:7-14) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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Framework For All 22 Biblical Millenniums, IM
Framework For All 22 Biblical Millenniums, IM

For me the question becomes, ‘How can most Jews- and indifferent Christians, as well- learn the entire Moedim Paradigm [appointed times structure] of God if but so few people will even take the time to learn and consider the historical Judeo-Christian teachings of the coming millennial Sabbath?’ Further, how can they learn to interpret all symbolism concerning the signs of the times in the Old Testament if they refuse to learn in the way of parables, as taught by the Messiah?

Indeed, there is a biblical “measuring line” and “precious Cornerstone” for a “sure foundation,” as the prophet posits as the remedy for ignorance and false doctrines, but who will hear of His measurements and “hear for the time to come?” (See Isa. 42:43.) Although God has indeed “performed and done” all the works, “calling the generations from the Beginning” (Isa. 41:4), the Lord reveals that “Surely there is no one who shows, surely there is no one to declare, surely there is no one who hears your words” (41:26).

It is as if we are still the generation of ancient Israelites murmuring in the wilderness of the world; the manna from Heaven no longer amazes us when we begrudgingly gather it; the miracles of God’s interventions no longer inspire us for greater faith in entering the promised Kingdom. We do not care to search out the deep things of God, to discern glorious works; we just want to finally arrive in a land flowing with milk and honey. Some people believe that secular humanism can carry us along to an awaited utopia, socially engineered by bureaucratic elites, and others believe that their religious ceremonies and acts of human compassion grant them a ticket for a better world in the afterlife, but few among Christians and Jews fully trust and earnestly search the Word of the Living God for their answers. Life gets in the way, and time flies by, and too many of us leave the world as spiritually undiscerning as the day we entered. The passage in Jeremiah echoes forth for our age, that “My people have not known My ways.”
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Nevertheless, it is not my intent with this article to critique the blessed works of the entire Household of God, or to do so in whatever articles may follow on meek and holy prophet Moses, but it is to revisit the entire life and plight of the ancient deliverer of Israel to summarize all associated prophetic times and messianic symbolism for Bible believers who truly seek to discern the panoramic picture of Divine redemption. My intent is to provide scriptural comparisons and correlations to help lift the religious veil from the eyes of the Jerusalem Bride of Messiah, and it must be lifted rather quickly for the holy citizenry to see out of obscurity and darkness. And with this in mind, we shall proceed to the birth of Moses.
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BORN IN PERSECUTION, DELIVERED THROUGH WATER
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The first panoramic truth of Divine time to consider in the life of Moses is that he lived for 120 years, which, in the concept of Jubilee Years (i.e., every fiftieth calendar year, a concept that he delivered from God), points us to 6,000 years. God wanted to show that the coming Kingdom of Heaven would come at the end of six millennial days, even as the children of Israel entered the Promised Land after Moses ascended the mountain to deliver his life into the hands of God. Hence, Moses represents the Word of God- His commandments, instructions, and laws- from the very beginning of the age, since Adam. And the Law (or Lawgiver) must be taken out of the hands of the people and placed in God’s hands before the people can enter into the awaited promises. The Law can only deliver the faithful to the door of the coming Kingdom, but Yeshua (like Yehoshua after Moses) must be followed in faith.
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If we learn the language of God, we find that the Law has been a guide as “signs of the times” that increases our faith. As God explained to Noah, His Spirit would not strive with carnal mankind forever, for his days would be 120 years- pointing us to the door of the Great Sabbath millennium. Moreover, the 120 years of Moses’ life point the way for those who look for the coming Kingdom in Israel, at 120 Jubilee Years, but only those who graduate from Moses to Yeshua will enter or remain; the bitter and rebellious, who hate God’s Word, will be left to die in the spiritual wilderness of the world, just as an entire generation fell as corpses in the wilderness upon their rebellions. They could not enter the Lord’s Sabbath Kingdom, just as King David explained.
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The next Mosaic portent of Divine time can be found at the time of Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage, when they sacrificed the paschal lambs before their national exodus. Moses was 80 years old at that time, and 80 Jubilee Years are 4,000 calendar years. To make this assertion simple, God waited until Moses was 80 years old to conduct the first Passover (Pesach) and lead the chosen people from bondage, and this looks to the world deliverance from demonic taskmasters (sin enslavement) when the “Lamb of God” was sacrificed on the cross, at 4,000 years from Adam (80 Jubilee Years).
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Yes, it really is that simple. Looking back at the exodus, we find a living similitude or an orchestrated parable of what would later be accomplished through the Suffering Servant Messiah. Hence, the 40 years that Moses and the Israelites spent in the wilderness directs us to consider the 40 Jubilee Years (i.e., 2,000 years) that Bible believers have been sojourners in the spiritually desolate world, waiting on the coming Kingdom of God.
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Moreover, the entire life of Moses was divided into three parts of 40 years each to show us the spread of God’s Word on Earth, which, when heeded, will lead us to the coming Kingdom of Heaven. Rather than God simply telling us how things are and will soon be, He showed us his omniscience and omnipotence by guiding the ancient trials of His biblical people. After all, He is God, and He can and does do that. He intervenes. He does as He pleases. He shapes history to witness to Himself and His plans for humankind. He is not the distant and detached deity of the late agnostic Einstein, nor is He the historical victim of earthly circumstances that have spiraled out of His control. He sits as a Stone upon His fiery throne of glory, and the entire universe bows humbly before Him. He separated Moses from Egyptians and Israelites at 40 years old, teaching him as a shepherd in the wilderness, and this points back to Abraham who was called to separate unto God at 40 Jubilee Years (2,000 years from Adam). Abraham was the very beginning of God’s creation of a holy nation and deliverance through Messiah. Then, God had Moses deliver His people from bondage at 80 years old, which looks to the Lamb of God’s Passover at 80 Jubilee Years (4,000 from Adam). Finally, Moses and the children spend 40 years on a journey to the Promised Land, and this symbolizes 40 Jubilee Years (2,000 years since the “Second Adam” was crucified), with the promised Kingdom that the elect will enter with Yeshua at 120 Jubilee Years (6,000).
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As Jewish tradition teaches, Egypt symbolizes the world, and the Israelites who escaped bondage symbolize people from all over the world who find deliverance and liberty in God. In the beginning, in Genesis, we first entered paradise through Adam and Eve, just as Israel entered Egypt to live off the choicest land in the ancient kingdom (see Gen. 47:6). Rather than Joseph (Yoseph) calling the elect family to Egypt to live in peace and prosperity, and for them to survive during a cursed earth of famine, our Mashiach ben Yoseph (a.k.a. Jesus Christ) brought our first parents into the paradise region during a time of increasingly arid conditions and drought in the Mesopotamian region, after the Holocene Optimum.
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So, just as God knew that Israelites would socially descend from their plush paradise of peaceful living, favored among Egyptians, to slaves loathed for their high reproduction rate and belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, God also knew that mankind would fall into spiritual bondage before deliverance through Christ. And just as Adam and Eve were chased out of paradise and forbidden to reenter, for they brought a curse upon the earth, the Egyptian army chased the Israelites into the wilderness after God cursed their former homeland. Whereas, Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit of knowledge (knowledge of good mixed with Satan’s evil intent), the children of Israel were commanded out by God to prevent them from further assimilating into Egyptian culture and learning their mixed fruits of paganism.
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We cannot fully fathom why God did some of the things that He did, or why He allowed some of the evils that He allowed, without comprehending transcendent truths concerning His ultimate objectives: specifically, that He has been working to orchestrate historical events for the a higher purpose of a world deliverance. Some people may respond to this by arguing that God should not allow evil, even if for the greater good, but it is not for me to judge God and His higher wisdom. They can do so at their own risk.
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With liberty there naturally comes enslavement to earthly sin and potential for evil, as we have historically witnessed time and time again, and for me it is enough that we have a wiser God who utilizes all aspects of human nature to point us in the right direction- that we might ultimately make better decisions from hearts that are faithful and believe in His Word. An everlasting witness has been given with Scriptures for those who will escape this current age of mortality, and my goal is but to show that all these things indeed fit within a timely paradigm of biblical symbolism. We discern cycles in weather and seasons, as the Messiah said, but people are largely unaware and undiscerning of “the signs of the times” for renewed humanity.
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Now I [Paul] say, That the heir [inheritor of the world], as long as he is a child [has little wisdom and comprehension], differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all [master of what he or she shall inherit]; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed [moed] of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world [enslaved to nature]: But when the fullness of the time was come [end of the 4th millennial day], God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons [or siblings]. (Gal. 4:1-5) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Whom the Son would set free would be free indeed (see John 5:39), and in the exodus from Egypt we see this truth written in the shadows of old. Over the process of time, humanity became more and more enslaved to sin, suffering its results (see John 8:34), and the dark spiritual taskmasters ruled harshly over us. The demonic will was for us to always do the will of Satan, our adversary, just as the taskmasters of Egypt made the Hebrews do the will of Pharaoh. In fact, they increased their hardship as they began to have faith in God and demand release for spiritual liberty. So as we continue in our investigation of Moses, we should keep in mind that the Pharaoh of Egypt subrogated Satan in this oppressive world. He served as a type of the true Evil One and his oppression that God seeks to deliver humankind from.
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Moses, on the other hand, symbolized God’s deliverance brought forth from the bitter waters of the Word. Persecution and trials would lead to a glorious redemption and the defeat of evil. Moses showed that God would fulfill His earlier promises given to the patriarchs and matriarchs of the faith, but specifically he points to Christ- the Deliverer of Rom. 11- who was drawn out of the waters of the Word: “Search the Scriptures, for in them you think that you have everlasting life, and they are that which testifies of Me” (see John 5:39).
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Moses, who received his name from his Egyptian mother, which means drawn out- for she pulled him out of the Nile River- foreshadowed Christ when He was discovered and delivered into the hands of oppressive Roman rulers- the world empire that reigned harshly over 1st century Judea. Just as Moses’ Hebrew mother could no longer hide her infant son from the Egyptians, for they demanded that the Hebrew midwives kill any male child upon delivery, Jews of the 1st century feared the Romans and the persecution that the nation would face if they did not deliver Christ into their hands (see John 11:50).
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egypt-moses infantI will now reiterate and make this as plain as I can. Pharaoh sought to kill all the male infants of the Hebrew slaves, but Moses escaped his wrath in the land of Egypt, just as King Herod sought to slay the infant Messiah (see Matt. 2:16), but His parents were directed by an angel of God to escape his wrath in Egypt.
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So what we have here is the fact that Moses was hidden from Egyptian Gentiles until they discovered him in the water where the Pharaoh’s daughter and her maidens bathed. Christ, on the other hand, was hidden in the waters of the Word from Gentiles, at least until the crucifixion when He was delivered to the Romans. The idea of an awaited Messiah who would conquer the world and its evils was entirely a Jewish belief, delivered to them from God, Elohim YHVH, at least until Jews delivered the Word of God into Greek hands.
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Egyptians utterly depended upon the Nile River for their lives and livelihoods, but the whole world depends upon the Word of God for everlasting life. Moses became a prince among the Egyptians, but in the fullness of time he became the vessel of God’s judgment on the wicked land; Christ, on the other hand, has been our “Prince of Peace,” but the world will face the Apocalypse of God for having broken the everlasting covenant. Moses was hidden in the reeds of the Nile River, but Christ was (and still is in many ways) hidden in the canon of Old Testament passages; the word canon means river reeds or canes used for measuring, and it denotes a full measure of books included in Divine Scripture. Hence, we have a New Covenant canon and an Old Covenant one.
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For some readers, these correlations of Moshe to the awaited Jewish Moshiach are mere coincidences shared by two Israelite, religious leaders. Sure, there are interesting similarities, especially with both infants escaping infanticide by depots ruling over the Hebrew people, and both delivered into the hands of those despotic empires, but what is the point in my drawing these peculiar things out of the waters of the Word? In all transparency, my goal, as far as nonbelievers are concerned, is to construct an overwhelming, overarching paradigm of circumstantial evidences and scriptural support for God’s panoramic plan, to compel reasonable people- still in doubt- to consider it for their own spiritual enlightenment and future salvation.
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If God, who is so much higher and wiser than I (and I believe all others), put millenniums of work into orchestrating these events, from shadows of the Law to their fulfillment in the substance of Jesus Christ, it only seems just and right that someone like me, whom He has made to comprehend these things, does his part in further unveiling them. God wanted to show that Moses, a Levite, lived among Gentiles in order to deliver His suffering people, but Christ, born under the Law of the Levites (cf. Ex. 2:1; Gal. 4:5) is the true Deliverer hidden in the River of Life, as the Deliverer known to the nations. Christ has been our Prince, but He is also the coming Judge who will submit the world with a “rod of iron” to deliver the entire Household of God (see Isa. 11:1). As Moses gave us the Word of God in the shadows for deliverance, and his life confesses the panoramic plan of God, the Messiah is the Word of God in the substance and our Manna from Heaven (cf. John 1:14; 6:31-33).
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As we continue by exploring Moses’ ill-treatment by Israelites in bondage, we should perceive parallels to how Christ was, and still is, treated by His chosen elect. Just as Joseph’s brothers were at first hostile to the idea of Joseph becoming a prince over them, Israelites also rebuked Moses, exclaiming, “Who made you a prince over us?” (See Exod. 2:13). And this is the same pattern of denial before acceptance in which many Jews and Gentiles treated Christ. In fact, many Christians refuse to allow the Lord to rule over their lives and lead them with His higher virtues and wisdom; they merely follow the collective faith, kicking and screaming and murmuring against God the entire way.
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The fact is, Israelites did more than initially resist Moses and loathe his plan of deliverance; they actually reported him for an act of murder to their Egyptian taskmasters. They brought informal charges against him by making it known, even as they brought charges against latter prophets and the Suffering Servant Messiah. Moses had killed an Egyptian who was abusing an Israelite slave, and for this act the Pharaoh sought his life. The awaited deliverer of Israel first had to escape death at the rejection of his fellow countrymen.
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In the same way, the Messiah’s authority was vehemently questioned (see Mark 11:28), and Jews made public the fact that He performed miracles- destroying demonic taskmasters in dark spiritual places (cf. Mark 5:13-14; Luke 4:36-37). Moses escape infanticide and then death by Egyptians as a man when he sought to become Israel’s deliverer, but he merely foreshadowed the greater event of Christ escaping death in the resurrection. It took many signs and wonders before the twelve tribes of Israel accepted Moses as their deliverer, and Christ had to perform many signs and wonders in Judea before He gained a trusted band of Jewish followers- twelve apostles who symbolize the twelve tribes and the deliverance He brings to the elect of the world.
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Bible Archaeology; PDI Moses and Israelites Escape Oppressors
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Moses and Israelites Escape Oppressors

Moreover, brethren, I would not that you should be ignorant [ignoring facts], how that all our fathers were under the cloud [heavenly cloud of witness in the wilderness], and all passed through the sea [rightly dividing of the waters of the Word]; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat [doctrines of God]; And did all drink the same spiritual drink [refreshing Word]: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ…Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples [prophetic examples, as a paradigm to follow]: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world [world-age] are come. (1 Cor. 10:1-4, 11) KJV; intrpl. mine

Scripture records that the Egyptian princess had compassion for infant Moses. She was purifying herself when she saw his ark in the river then heard Moses cry. Likewise, when we seek cleansing through the Word of God, we find the Deliverer and hear His cry for compassion in the Gospels. Then, we each provide an open door of our heart to take Him in.
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Yet this does not mean that Christians have sole possession of the Messiah. In the story of infant Moses, his sister Mariam watched the little ark that sat in the reeds along the river (see Exod. 2:4). (NB: Mariam, mother of Yeshua, also followed at a distance as her son was delivered into Roman hands.) What this indicates is that the Jewish family of the Messiah was meant to perceive Messiah at a distance as Gentiles took Him in, and though many of them have forgotten Him, and even denied Yeshua haMashiach as their appointed Savior, they will come around in the fullness of time. Yeshua was nursed on the nourishing milk of the Word among His countrymen, just as Moses was by his mother before they let him go (2:7-9). Thus, the connection has not been broken but merely prolonged until the Apocalypse, like the plagues on ancient Egypt.
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As the exodus story unfolds, many Egyptians began to show kindness to their Hebrew slaves and shared their jewelry and wealth, perceiving that God was favoring them and punishing Egypt; likewise, Jews will receive honor and greater wealth as the earthly family of Messiah, after they begin to follow God for deliverance, even if for a time they have suffered- like Moses’ family- for letting Him go (see Zech. 14:14). As Moses returned from the wilderness after his initial rejection, Christ will return a second time to save His nation from global oppression and trials prophesied for the Apocalypse.
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And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion [Zion] the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob [Israelites]: For this is my [God’s] covenant with them, when I shall take away their sins. (Rom. 11:26-27) KJV; intrpl. mine
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In the upcoming articles on Moses, we will- if God permits- get much deeper into these Divine mysteries and correlate the plagues on Egypt, the signs in the wilderness, the appointed feasts, and much more to the panoramic plans of God for redemption and deliverance of the world elect. There is nothing secret that will not be unveiled, as Christ has said, and the most astonishing parallels are yet to come. This article merely covers the 120 years of Moses’ life as fitting with the panoramic plan of redemption for mankind, so it will take several articles- God willing- for us to discern how everything concerning the ancient prophet fits perfectly together in God’s moedim template of messianic times and spiritual symbolism.
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