Moses as Messiah, Apocalyptic Shepherd (Part 1) Ten Plagues:

Moses’ Manifold Mysteries of Messiah
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BY LEVI
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In the last article, we touched on how religion can be corrupted for personal gain, when religious leaders utilize it as a taskmaster for keeping followers enslaved to worldly works, much as the Egyptian taskmasters needed the Hebrews (Habiru people) to build their cities of treasures. I compared Moses (Moshe) delivering Israelite slaves (so that they could go serve God) to Jesus (Yeshua) delivering Israelites from severe and burdensome religious authorities, so that believers could worship God in both Spirit and Truth with the lighter yoke of the New Covenant.
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Although a new covenant of the heart was prophesied for all of Israel (see Jer. 31:31-33), many legal authorities at the time of Christ’s ministry had their livelihood invested in keeping established organizations firmly in place. Much like Islamic imams of our day, religionists had strict control over the people, and no one wanted to be banished or excommunicated from the hub of social significance and acceptance- the local synagogue- for association with rebels against the religion.
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In essence, Judeans in the 1st century could hardly be free when they feared to reach down and repair a latch on one of their sandals or to walk a foot too far, lest they break a religious interpretation of the Sabbath commandment- i.e., not working on the seventh day. The letter of the law and unscriptural religious traditions were amplified and strictly enforced, suppressing sincere worship while the Spirit of the Law was often altogether ignored by authorities.
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God had to break the hardened hearts of Egyptians before they would surrender and release His people from national enslavement. Indeed, the Creator had to unleash plagues of Hell upon the surface of the Earth before the Israelites would be released to serve Him, to learn His ways. So God, through Moses and Aaron, set out to perform a series of national woes and messianic signs, which are retold as Hagaddah traditions in Jewish homes (and many Christian homes) to this day during Pesach (Passover). In short, Elohim YHVH had to bring about great darkness on the land of Egypt before the diabolical taskmasters could begin to see the light of His truths, and the Israelites had to witness this hellish scourge of Divine retribution before they could act upon their newfound liberty and follow God.
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The sum of the matter is this: God sent His people into the choicest land of Egypt so that they could be cared for, grow in spiritual refinement and meekness, and increase in number as a nation, even as other nations and families in the region suffered famine (see articles on Joseph). Likewise, Israel, a land flowing with milk and honey, was a place of refuge; only, the famine without in surrounding nations was spiritual. Egypt eventually enslaved the people to their death cult/religion, and the original blessing of choice land for Israel transitioned into a curse of serving them; these things foreshadowed how Jerusalem and the religious priesthood was seen by God at the time He sent Messiah.   
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Israel had the oracles of God, His Word, and His priests and prophets. Nevertheless, the religious schoolmasters (see Gal. 3:24-25) began abusing their authority, most of them with self-appointed positions to become taskmasters over the people in increasing regulations, just as affliction grew gradually in Egypt when the children of Israel had to transition from honored guests to loathed slaves.
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As Pharaoh and his priests hardened their hearts against God to keep the Hebrew people enslaved, which enriched Egyptian nobles and elites, religious leaders of Israel “hardened their hearts” to God century after century until God demanded that His righteousness be formed within and liberty spread without. The religious taskmasters in Christ’s time wanted the people to remain so focused on their own outward works of righteousness under the Law that they would not hear of the inner redemption that God was bringing through their awaited Messiah. The priests would not surrender their ways for the promised Kingdom, as the Messiah said, and they hindered those who would. Hence, as God broke Satan’s hold over the Hebrew people at the first Passover- with Pharaoh and his taskmasters defeated as they escaped- God provided an escape at the Passover of Christ for those seeking liberty in serving God.
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The Law of God is enlightening and holy when not abused, but it must ultimately direct us to the Mercy Seat of God in the Most Holy Place, with Christ as the means of obtaining redemption and greater spiritual comprehension. The eternal Law was written to confess works of God through Messiah, but too many of the priests and religious leaders utilized it but for outward regulations, for person gain from the people while forbidding the people to listen to God. Few would reason over messianic Scriptures for themselves. We were always meant to graduate from the letter of the Law to the Holy Spirit, with the moedim feasts kept to teach us about God’s panoramic works, and to learn the truths from the witnessing shadows of confessions to their Substance. Moreover, Christ came to address religious abuse and false doctrines, and to grant liberty for the truly righteous who wish to worship God from within, where the Holy Spirit dwells among His servants and teaches the deeper meaning of the laws.
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Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Gal. 5:1) KJV
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When nations pass laws over centuries, they accumulate to such an extent that few if anyone ever knows all of them. People are not born innately knowing them, yet they are held accountable to them nonetheless. Lawyers and their aides, who look up case law from past judgments, are needed to settle matters in courts. Indeed, there is no end- at least until a society collapses under its own weight- to new laws and regulations and leaches who feed off such bloated and beastly systems. Earthly judges and justices are partial and interpret as they please. Virtues are lost as the letter of the law increases. Judges become judicial tyrants for their politics and worldview. And what all this means is that outward attempts at forming a righteous nation or society via regulations and laws can only bring people so far before corrupt judgments and fascism turns originally righteous attempts of governing into an insatiable beastly system. People are born into a system that becomes a bureaucratic god over them, even if they find some of the laws and regulations unjust.
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Thus, the only righteousness that can ever be achieved in life is by the Holy Spirit conforming our spirits within to the image of God. The laws of Scripture serve as a righteous tutor, at least until they are abused, misused, and manipulated by wicked and severe people. When Scripture is abused, the keepers of the Law mock the Spirit in which the good laws were originally based.
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Ancient Egypt and Judea serve as examples of God stepping in to deliver His people to Himself, to free them from unrighteous and severe taskmasters so that they could be separated and worship Him in Spirit and Truth. They confess a greater deliverance in the world: the global beastly system that lords over all people. In the dualistic fashion of Scripture, the plagues on Egypt confess the coming plagues and curses of the Apocalypse. As we continue in the story of the Hebrew exodus, we will examine these correlations.
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MOCKING THE DELIVERER’S MIRACLES
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And the LORD [YHVH] spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you [yourselves]: then thou [Moses] shalt say to Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent. And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents; but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. And he [GOD] hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened [listened] not unto them; as the LORD had said. (Exod. 7:8-13) KJV; intrpl. mine
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No doubt, God already knew that the sorcerer/priests of Pharaoh could demonstrate their rods becoming serpents- a performance that would harden Pharaoh’s heart against heeding the two lowly shepherds of Israel. Yet Pharaoh was given a chance to observe a greater Power by the fact that Aaron’s rod swallowed the other serpents. Hence, it is written that God has “swallowed up Death [the serpents] in victory” (see I Cor. 15:54-55). As written in the previous article on Moses, Messiah is the Rod of God’s deliverance, which the rod of Aaron only symbolized. He who knew no sin became sin for us, and by taking on the curse (becoming the serpent), he consumed the power of death- the serpents. He battled vipers during His ministry (see Matt. 23:33), and by His teachings and sacrifice, He left us the power to overcome the power of serpents in the world (cf. Mark 16:18; Luke 10:19). God knew that Pharaoh would mock, saying, “Show a miracle for yourselves,” just as He knew that the religious taskmasters in Judea would echo that sentiment almost verbatim; yet, like Pharaoh, they hardened their hearts at His signs and wonders. Indeed, we are still suspended in waiting for a global acknowledgment of Christ’s victory over sin, and it will come at the unveiling of Messiah:
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And He will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the LORD [YHVH] has spoken. And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; we have waited on Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” For on this mountain the hand [Messiah] of the LORD will rest…(Isa. 25:7-10) NKJV; intrpl. & emp. mine
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ONE OF TEN MESSIANIC PLAGUES: BLOOD IN THE WATER
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Rivers Blood-Red, PDI

After Pharaoh stubbornly resisted the first messianic sign of redemption for God’s people, the Lord YHVH began a series of ten, prophetic woes/curses to plague Pharaoh and his people, to break their hardened hearts.

The first was a direct strike on the heart of their religion: on the Nile River. As Pharaoh went for his morning stride to the riverbank, Moses had Aaron strike the Nile River with his rod, as commanded by God, and the water became blood. The rivers, ponds, and pools of water stank; the fish died; drinking vessels were contaminated; and the Egyptians were forced to dig wells alongside the river. From the muddy waters of their new wells, they drank and washed (see Exod. 7:15-24).
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Of course, Pharaoh was not yet convinced, and he commanded his priests duplicate the miraculous omen on fresh water, which they did to a lesser extent. So his heart was yet hardened, and for seven days he sat obstinate as he and his people endured a national stench and contaminated/polluted waters. That seven days serves as a shadow of seven millennial days in which mortals are allowed to hardened their hearts and resist God; on the 8th day (Shemini Atzereth: GWTG) all wickedness will be destroyed.
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As already covered elsewhere, God commanded Moses and Aaron to perform the same sign before Israel. The rod of Aaron entering the Nile (the Egyptians’ River of Life), and turning the waters to blood, symbolizes Christ- the Rod of God– confessing the blood of His sacrifice in Scriptures (i.e., the refreshing waters of the Word). Rather than bitter and undrinkable water healed by the tree cast in, as Israelites witnessed in the wilderness, fresh waters were made bitter and undrinkable for Egyptians. As when Christ battled the oppressive religious leaders, telling them that they had to drink His blood for eternal life (see John 6:54), which they refused to heed as symbolism for something greater, the Egyptians faced the same dilemma, only literally in the corporeal world.
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The righteousness of God’s judgment was expressed in the water turned to blood, but for them it reeked of death and was repugnant, just as Christ’s words about drinking His blood was anathema to many religious Jews in the 1st century; they simply did not comprehend much beyond their tangible worldview.
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For we [believers in Messiah] are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many [as the rest are], peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. (2 Cor. 2:15-17) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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Imagine God’s Word as water for a moment, as so many Scriptures compare it to, and consider what it actually, symbolically means (corporeal to spiritual) with the Egyptians, who wanted to keep the Israelites enslaved, digging their own muddy wells. They could not bathe and drink from the larger, flowing river, so they had to drink from smaller sources that they dug out of the earth. Do not all biblical religions do this at times, to some extent, at some point: dig their own muddied doctrines to drink from and bathe in when they find unwanted truths in Scripture, when they find the confessions of the River of Life repugnant to their senses?
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If it were not so, they would not write so many books that contradict the Word of God, twisting it with hardened hearts rather than drinking from its true doctrine. Muddy waters blur their vision, and it makes their stench before God repugnant; yet we are cleansed by the blood of the Lamb for clearer vision, with the fragrance of Life before God.
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TWO OF TEN MESSIANIC PLAGUES: FROGS/TOADS COVERING EGYPT
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After the initial sign of the “rod of God” that was cast down to consume the serpent/rods of the sorcerer/priests of Pharaoh, God had Moses and Aaron strike the Nile River with His rod, which thereafter stank of dead fish and blood. I explained that these messianic portents express that Christ, the “Rod of Jesse” in Isaiah, who will strike the nations with a “rod of iron” at His coming, was cast down by the priests of the Law in order for God to destroy the works of Satan. He who knew no sin became our sin and swallowed up the works of Satan (i.e., the serpents), and in the full plan of God, Death itself will be swallowed up in victory.
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Evil Spirit, Shadow Hunter, pdi
Evil Spirit, Shadow Hunter, pdi

Further, the waters of the Word- the true River of Life– confess the blood of Christ, although He was hidden within the Old Testament canon of Scriptures for a time, even as Moses was hidden in the reeds of the Nile until the Egyptian Gentile discovered the future savior of  Israel  and compassionately took him in- like the Messiah, making him a prince among Gentiles.

As we continue to explore the correlations and spiritual symbolism with the second plague- frogs and/or toads that came out of the Nile River and upon ancient Egypt- the panoramic narrative and Divine theme will remain the same: that God was orchestrating a national deliverance of Hebrew slaves to profess to His greater, longer works of delivering the elect from all over the world by the power of Christ’s blood and coming redemption. Further, all these things point us to a millennial Great Sabbath- a new paradise rest for the elect at the return of Messiah- that we should not harden our hearts against and miss. Otherwise, we will die in the spiritual wilderness of this wicked world and not enter the true Promised Kingdom with our Yeshua:

And Moses verily was faithful in all his [God’s] house [Tabernacle and spiritual Temple of the world], as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after [in the future concerning Messiah]; But Christ as a son over his house [both House of Israel and world elect]; whose house [or Temple] we are, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope [future deliverance] firm unto the end [end of the world-age]. Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me [God], and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest [Sabbath of Promised Land].) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (Heb. 3:5-13) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Apostle Paul was warning Christians and believing Jews about falling back and not heeding the foreshadowing examples of Moses in the wilderness, which we should look to for discernment as the Apocalypse approaches. Many, if not all, of the same plagues that struck Egypt during the Hebrew exodus will be repeated by the two witnesses (Moses and Elijah) before the elect enter the promised Kingdom of God. Not all Israelites entered the Promised Land under Joshua (Yehoshua) even after God had shown them so many miraculous works and witnesses under Moses, and Paul warns of believers not holding their faith “firm unto the end” and missing the Great Sabbath to come.
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What I, the scribe, am doing, on the other hand, is showing that both events (i.e., the Egyptian Apocalypse and the coming world Apocalypse) confess spiritual symbolism of the entire work of redemption of God: one that spans millenniums. Those plagues that did so much damage in a passing moment of time, as Pharaoh and his officers continued to harden their hearts against God’s truths, look to innumerable people who have hardened their hearts against the miraculous works of God- works in our world that have strong, historical foundations. The coming Apocalypse is merely the cap on works that are already discernible through biblical passages.
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frogsThe second plague (or national woe) that Pharaoh hardened his heart against was an invasion of frogs that multiplied from springs, ponds, and rivers to cover the entire territory of Egypt. Aaron, who served as a prophet before God (whom Moses symbolized), struck the waters with his rod, and frogs covered all the land and invaded all Egyptian homes- so much so that the ancient Egyptian could not remain untouched by the slimy, leaping amphibians (see Exod. 8:2-6).
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Although the sorcerers of Pharaoh duplicated the curse, it was so troublesome, and such an assault on Egyptian beliefs in cleanliness, that Pharaoh pleaded with Moses and Aaron to remove the invasive critters from the land (8:8-15).
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Thus, the question in begged: ‘What do frogs (or perhaps, more likely, toads coming from water) spiritually symbolize in a manner that concerns us all?’ The frogs/toads symbolize evil/demonic spirits that deceive, which is why in the Book of Revelation, one of the curses that is released by Messiah during the Apocalypse is of three evil spirits that resemble frogs; they will be released from a dried-up Euphrates River bed to deceive national leaders and draw them to the Battle of Armageddon (see Rev. 13-14). The true Rod of God (the Messiah) will release demonic curses from waters of God’s Word that leap upon all who harden their hearts against His plan of delivering His people for the promised Kingdom. Our bodies are like houses/temples for the Holy Spirit, but they can also be invaded by evil spirits, from spirits that subtly deceive to those who completely possess and destroy their hosts; so the invasion of Egyptian homes points to people who are hardened against God, to rebel against His Word. If they refuse the blessings and liberty of God, and all good things of the Word, they must face curses from the waters of the Word.
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Pharaoh pleaded with Moses to escape the plague of frogs, but once they were killed, gathered in heaps and burned, he again hardened his heart against God and His will for His people. In common Christian terminology, Pharaoh was a backslider. He began to cooperate with the Lord, then he rebelled after being humbled and went back to his old ways of obstinacy. If we submit to God, evil spirits are cast out of our houses and consumed by the fire of the Holy Spirit if they stay, and our hearts are cleansed from their contamination. Yet, if we turn back to evil and harden our hearts against God’s Deliverer and glorious works, an even greater number of woes often come upon us, as with Pharaoh.
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When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places [spiritual wilderness apart from leaching off the deceived living], seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house [person’s body] from whence I came out; and when he is come [to the person’s heart], he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished [reformed, refurbished in righteous living]. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. (Matt. 12:43-45)- Yeshua haMashiach, KJV; intrpl. mine
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When evil spirits are released as curses against those who harden themselves to God’s Word, and His will for their lives, they are unable to prepare undefiled doctrinal dishes, just as all food in Egypt was defiled because of the overflow of toads (8:3). Thus, it is to be expected that those who harden their hearts and rebel against Messiah can only prepare false or contaminated doctrines.
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THREE OF TEN MESSIANIC PLAGUES: DUST TURNED TO LICE
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The third of the ten woes visited upon the people of ancient Egypt was an unprecedented outbreak of lice throughout the land. What is often overlooked is that God instructed Aaron to strike the “dust of the land” with the rod, and the “dust of the earth” became lice in “man and in beast.” (See Exodus 8:16-17.) This is crucial to comprehending the messianic, prophetic symbolism of the arthropod outbreak.
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First, however, we should consider that the pandemic of parasitic critters could not be replicated by the priestly sorcerers of Pharaoh (8:18). All their enchantments had embarrassingly failed, and they found themselves before their master without an appropriate trick from their trade:
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Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said. And the LORD said to Moses, Rise early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me. (Exod. 8:19-20) KJV
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King Belshazzar, grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, of the ancient Babylonian Empire, recognized the finger of God and trembled at His handwriting on the wall. God warned him as he feasted with his elite 1,000: that the appointed time came for the Medes and Persians to take the empire, thereby delivering the Israelites of Judah so that they could return to their Promised Land and God from captivity (see Dan. 5:4-31); yet the Pharaoh of Egypt hardened his heart once again and would not listen to his own trusted sorcerers as they confessed the finger of God.
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To perceive the panoramic/messianic reason why the sorcerers of Egypt were not able to duplicate the third plague, which covered the Egyptian earth, we must first discern that dust signifies mankind’s humble origin. Mankind was created by the finger of God, and mankind was made to be dependent upon Him for life. There was no illusion or counter demonstration that the magicians of Egypt could perform to make the people of God dependent upon the Pharaoh as a god, as if they needed a mortal pretending divinity for their lives and wellbeing. Likewise, there is nothing that the coming Antichrist can do to make the elect worship him as a god. If it were possible, even the elect would be deceived, as Christ said, but it is not possible. We know the God whom we serve.
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In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it was thou taken: for dust thou art, and dust shalt thou return. (Gen. 3:19) KJV (God speaking to Adam)
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From a natural perspective, lice are parasitic and corruptive, but they are rarely fatal, just something that many poor people must tolerate. They latch onto hairs of their human hosts, defiling the heads invaded. In many poorer societies, the only means people have to rid themselves of the persistent critters is for all people in a family or village to shave all their hairs and burn or bleach all their bedding and clothing. Few are willing to part with such necessities and can replace them, so they endure lice as part of life. A female louse can lay over 100 nits (eggs) within her month-long lifespan, and since they grow resistant to scourges, exterminating the blood-suckers and their eggs is indeed a trying ordeal.
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From a Christian or Messianic perspective, Christ/Messiah is the Head of all humankind, especially the Body of Believers, commonly called “the Church” (cf. 1 Cor. 11:3; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:23). Hair, the natural covering of the head, is symbolic of those who grow from the Head (the First, the Beginning), like a spiritual covering (see 1 Cor. 11:5-15). We connect to Christ through the Spirit and have the mind of Christ.
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Head-Louse, Parasitical on the Blood of Life, pdi

Hence, the blind parasites, that latch onto the hairs to feed from blood and oils of warm-blooded creatures, are symbolic of the stubborn and blind who have their life through Christ yet refuse to see that they are but parasitic dust dependent upon His blood sacrifice for their being. They infiltrate believers for gain and shame the entire body, but they refuse to do more than leech off their hosts. They are not rooted and grounded in the Word of God. They despise the things in which they cannot see, and the body for them is but for a meal, not a soul in need of salvation. As written by King Solomon, “The bloodthirsty hate the upright one, but the just ones seek his soul” (see Prov. 29:10).

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As for the Apocalypse, Prophet Daniel warned that many of the Antichrist’s people will infiltrate those who resist him for the Divine covenant and “cleave to” the people of God with flatteries (see Dan. 11:32-35). In fact, we already see false Christians take over entire churches for the secular humanist agenda, such as confessed atheists leading congregations and homosexual “ministers” and “pastors” destroying traditional Christian assemblies from within, irritating and shaming the entire Body of Christ.
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Likewise, several synagogues have been infiltrated and taken over by unbelievers as leaders, homosexuals, and other kinds of carnal “rabbis.” Hence, the dust that covered the land of Egypt and its people and beasts symbolizes the blindness of spiritual parasites and corruption of the righteous by carnal humankind.
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“And whomsoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.” – Yeshua Mashiach (Matt. 10:14-15) KJV; quo. mine
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FOUR OF TEN MESSIANIC PLAGUES: LORD OF THE FLIES
 
Thus far, we have covered symbolism of a blood confession in Egyptian water (i.e., their river of life), and from the waters of the Word came a curse of frogs or toads, which in Revelation resemble evil spirits of deception. Thereafter, with Pharaoh continuing to harden his heart, we considered the blood-sucking, blind lice, brought forth from the dust of the earth to cover the land, as carnally-minded people who attach themselves to the people of God for worldly gain. The one thing that all these signs have in common (besides being messianic signs) is the Pharaoh’s hardened heart towards God’s corrective Word. In the fourth plague we continue along this narrative, and we find Moses and Aaron warning Pharaoh that God would bring down a great swarm of flies to cover the entire land, since he continued to harden his heart and not let the people go and worship before their God.
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Ba'al of the Flies, pdi
Ba’al of the Flies, pdi

The flies descending on ancient Egypt would “set a ransom” between Pharaoh’s people and the people of God, and this would expose the difference between the sanctified ones and those who refused deliverance (Exod. 8:22-23). In the region of Goshen, meaning drawing near, the Israelites would dwell in safety and cleanliness, without suffering the plagues.

According to Scripture, God said that the Egyptians would then “know that I am the LORD [YHVH] in the midst of the earth.” Apparently, as long as Egyptians saw that the Hebrews suffering the apocalyptic woes alongside them (to some extent), they could doubt that the Living God was actually among them in the world, with the purposes of protecting and delivering them.

The reason why God chose the fourth messianic sign to set a ransom between the two national camps is not explicitly disclosed in the exodus story, but throughout the Bible, the number four (also the Hebrew letter Daleth, meaning door) is associated with times of deliverance from trials (e.g., 4, 40, 400, 4,000). (See my Original Rock Ripples article to learn about this.)
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Christ came to complete the fourth millennial day, and His cross was the fulfillment of the sacrificial blood that the kohenim smeared on the four horns of the Temple’s Altar of Sacrifice, whereby the elect from the most distant places on Earth- the four corners of the world (figuratively speaking)- could be separated unto God for deliverance from death to everlasting life. Hence, consider that the Lord YHVH mentioning “that day,” saying, “In that day I will set apart the land of Goshen…that you may know that I am the LORD [YHVH] in the midst of the land,” for it suggests that His setting “a ransom between My people and your people” concerns something much greater. God alluded to the ransom of a distant time to come, on the fourth millennial day. The Messiah was known in the midst of the land, on Earth, on the fourth heavenly day, and He sets apart those who draw near to God from those who refuse His truths and harden their hearts to the Creator’s prophecies of deliverance.
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For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men [humankind], the man Christ Jesus [Messiah Yeshua]; Who gave himself [as] a ransom for all, to be testified in due time [at the appointed time]. (1 Tim. 2:5-6) KJV; intrpl. mine
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In fact, every year during Passover, many Jewish kids must find the special Seder bread that is symbolic of the paschal lambs, which traditionally their fathers hide. The child who finds it then holds it as a ransom (in order to continue in the orderly festivities) as he or she negotiates with their father. They do not perceive that doing so is a national confession of the Lamb of God, but they will in due time.
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Yet the question remains: ‘Why did God choose to associate the plague of flies with the ransom rather than one of the other woes?’ To solve this mystery, we must again look to the panoramic plan of deliverance and redemption. When Christ came as the true Ransom at the close of the fourth millennial day (from Adam), a popular name for Satan in Judea (and other regions of geographical Israel) was Beelzebub, meaning, lord of the flies. Christ stood in the gap between darkness and light and began calling out His own people to be separated from those who choose to abide in God’s wrath (sticking with their spiritual father, Beelzebub).
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Several times in their national history, the people of Judah looked to the “flies of Egypt” (as Prophet Isaiah wrote) to deliver them from foreign persecution (e.g., threats of annihilation from Assyria and the Babylonian Captivity), but in the exodus account God showed that deliverance does not come by joining the world during trying, apocalyptic times, but by being separated unto Him in the light. Moreover, the prophetic/messianic connection between the flies of Egypt and true deliverance from the Messiah are clear for those who want to see them, but they were recorded enigmatically and must be discerned via dual prophetic fulfillment.
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“Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.” But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!” Then he [Isaiah] said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel [God among us]. Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings. The LORD will bring the king of Assyria upon you and your people and you father’s house- days that have not come since the day that Ephraim [nation of Israel to the north] separated from Judah [nation of Jews and Levites to the south].” And it will come to pass in that day that the LORD will whistle for the fly that is in the farthest part of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. They will come, and all of them will rest in the desolate valleys and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all thorns and in all pastures. (Isa. 7:11-19) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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Hence, we find that renegade Israel and Syria threatened to destroy Jerusalem and Judah and install a puppet king on the throne of God, but God provided His own sign of deliverance: the son of a virgin who was named to profess that God was among them, ready to save them. It was a sign suitable for “in the depths or in the heights above.” Judah could not depend on the flies of Egypt (their armies) to save them; they had to trust in the Divine portents and depend upon the means of salvation offered by their God. The Israelites of Judah who had “God With Us” were saved, but the rest of Israel (the northern nation) was destroyed by the Assyrians, led into captivity and bondage, scattered like shepherdless sheep.
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When the Roman (like the Assyrians before them) came in a like manner to destroy Judea, the Jews who embraced Christ and trusted His Word (see Matt. 1:21-23) escaped to Pella of Jordan, while other Jews (the ones who managed to survive the national slaughter) were carried away in bondage under Roman captivity. Many of those who resisted the message of deliverance had tried to destroy the King of Kings (cf. 19:16; 2 Cor. 6:12; Eph. 2:21) and the nascent priesthood of the peaceful covenant (see 1 Pet. 2:5), but those who trusted in God’s means of deliverance had a Ransom.
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In the exodus account, we find that Pharaoh again agreed to let the children of Israel sacrifice before God during the fourth plague, only he wanted to keep it but a national event, within the borders of Egypt. Although sheep and shepherding were despised and considered abominable to Egyptians, they would endure this new sacrificial insult to their religion if they could but control it and prevent their slaves from obtaining liberty. Likewise, Satan could endure the cross in Israel as long as it did not spread beyond a band of zealous Jews and their national borders, to bring global liberty to Jews and Gentiles chosen by God for separation and true sanctification.
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And the LORD did so [brought the flies down upon the Egyptians]; and their came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants’ houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies. And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land [within Egypt]. And Moses said, it is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians [e.g., lambs, rams, ewes] to the LORD our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us? We will go three days’s journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us. And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me [entreat God on behalf of Pharaoh]. And Moses said, Behold, I go out from thee, and I will intreat the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, to morrow: but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD. And Moses went out from Pharaoh and intreated the LORD. And the LORD did according to the Word of Moses; and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one. And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go. (Exod. 8:24-32) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Soon, another third day will come when the chosen are raised to live in the Lord’s sight (see Hos. 6), but Satan will seek to prevent it. In Revelation, God says, “Come out of her, my people, so that you are not partakers of her sins, and that you do not receive of her plagues,” for the chosen people will have a Sukkot in the wilderness and appear before Elohim YHVH at Mount Zion.
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Concluding the fourth messianic sign and ill-omen of destruction to the hardened of hearts (and foolish unbelievers), we should be careful to trust in God rather than worldly people for sanctification and deliverance. Without the Word of God, we become as corrupting larvae offspring that irritates God, held in bondage to the Beelzebub (cf. Matt. 12:24; Mark 3:22-23) like flies stuck in the spiritual ointment before our Maker.
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Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary [anointing substance of the elect during prayers] to send forth a stinking savour [odor]: so does a little folly [futility, vanity] him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour. (Eccl. 10:1) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Due to the length of writing needed to correlate all ten plagues to God’s panoramic plan of redemption, ending with the first Hebrew Passover before they fled the land of Egypt, the fourth plague will conclude this article. See Part Two and Part Three for the remaining six plagues (which will be finished shortly).
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