Survival, this is going to be a different way to look at surviving the End Times (which will be discussed on the Third Exodus).
So let do a little review the first Exodus you will recall Moses is called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Once Pharaoh release them they are stuck once they reach the Red Sea. With Gods help and Moses staff the Sea is parted and they walk through. Moses takes them to Mount where he receives from God the Law an instructions on many other things. The people wanted to go to the promise land but weren’t willing to obey God. They complained and wanted to go back to Egypt, so God had them wander in the wilderness for 40 years. You would had thought after they went around the same mountain over and over again they would have learned that God was in control. It wasn’t until all that generation died that HE allowed them to enter in to the promise land.
I discussed this topic on night with my spouse which is in Exercise 3 . At the time I had heard these messages on the second Exodus I was unaware of the parallel that we will discuss in the next topic Exodus #2
Now you are looking at this picture of Jesus baptism and wondering what does HE have to do with the second Exodus? More than I ever imagined. This is a quick overview not in detail.
After the Israelites crossed over into the land there were many obstacles that they had to deal with and learn to rely on God. Some of them did and some not. Many over the years disobeyed and God allowed them to be captured, then God allowed them to return to Israel. Did they learn their valuable lessons or did they return to their old ways? You know that FREE WILL He gave us has gotten us in trouble every time (especially when we can do it without consulting or asking for Gods’ help). So how is God going to bring them in again, only by His Son Jesus!
When Jesus was baptized it did many things, but this one is the one that parallels the first Exodus. God choose the Israelites for His people it was when they crossed through the Red Sea (a type of baptism) that He made a covenant with them. This was a new beginning, He was taking them to the promise land, some might say back to Eden where it all began.
This is what Michael S. Heiser in his book The Unseen Realm has to say about Jesus leading a new Exodus.
The description of the baptism of Jesus added to the unfolding drama-for those who knew what they were reading. Mark’s account of the baptism provides some key insights that connect to the Old Testament worldview we’ve been tracking.
Mark 1:9-11 (DLNT) 9 And it came about during those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. 10 And immediately while ascending out-of the water, He saw the heavens being divided and the Spirit like a dove descending to Him. 11 And a voice came from the heavens, “You are My beloved Son. With You I was well-pleased”.
There are two items in this passage whose importance is not conveyed in English translation.
First, Mark’s note that the heavens were “split apart” is significant. The Greek lemma (word) is schizo. Mark’s choice of the term in connection with the water baptism of Jesus has drawn the attention of scholars because of the use of schizo in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament used by Jesus and the apostles. Not coincidentally, schizo is the verb used in Exodus 14:21 to describe the miraculous parting of the sea.*
(Not in the published text: English 21 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the Lord carried back the sea with a strong south wind all the night, and made the sea dry, and the water was divided.
Greek21 ἐξέτεινε δὲ Μωυσῆς τὴν χεῖρα ἐπὶ τὴν θάλασσαν, καὶ ὑπήγαγε Κύριος τὴν θάλασσαν ἐν ἀνέμῳ νότῳ βιαίῳ ὅλην τὴν νύκτα καὶ ἐποίησε τὴν θάλασσαν ξηράν, καὶ ἐσχίσθη τὸ ὕδωρ.)
Think back to our discussion of the exodus event. The deliverance from Egypt was a victory over hostile gods. In Exodus 15:11 Moses asked the rhetorical question, “Who is like Yahweh among the gods?” The answer was obvious no one. The exodus event was a release from exile. Yahweh brought his people out of Egypt to reconstitute them as a nation and re-establish his Edenic kingdom rule on earth.
Mark wants readers to see that a new exodus event is happening. The kingdom of God is back, and this time it will not fail because it’s being led by the visible Yahweh, now incarnate as Jesus of Nazareth. The imagery is even more startling when we factor in Jude 5. Jude has Jesus leading a people out of Egypt. The reference was to the visible Angel,who was Yahweh in human form, who brought Israel out of Egypt into the promised land Judges 2:1-2; cf. Exodus 23:20-23).
Second, Mark 1:11 has God’s voice from heaven pronouncing, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” We tend to think of this declaration as a sentimental one, or perhaps some verbal token of affection. It is far more than that. When God refers to Jesus as his “beloved” he is affirming the kingship of Jesus-his legitimate status as the heir to David’s throne. ….
the appearance of Yahweh in the man Jesus of Nazareth. That much become evident to friend and foe, human and diving. The strategy behind the appearance of the king, however, is cloaked. It had been over five hundred years since the return of Judah from exile. The emergence of Jesus, born and raised in obscurity, from the water launches a battle of wits that entangles both the divine and the human realm.
The next parallel we see is Jesus going into the wilderness for 40 days and tested three times. Some say this is a parallel to the test of Adam and Eve, which I agree, but they were also the same test the Israelites were given. The Israelites went 40 years, Jesus just 40 days!
There are allot of reasons why Jesus was not accepted. We have the advantage to see the scriptures in full and question could they not see this? The scriptures are obscure for a reason, guess who else was trying to decipher them? Satan! Once Jesus was baptized, Satan knew who Jesus was. Jesus brought us out of Egypt and into a new covenant that only he could do.
This brings us to the last Exodus which I know will bring about much discussion with your fellow believers.
As I explained in the post PRESIDENT RACE 2016; answered words the Lord spoke to me again on the subject. This time it wasn’t a long dissertation just a few but profound words, “You will now have your second Pharaoh”. The thought of a Pharaoh brought another vision. The first Pharaoh, was it the current President or was the statement for the one in Egypt? At that point I focused on the Egyptian Pharaoh. He was a king of sorts and ruled over the Israelites very harshly. When Moses appeared again on the scene asking for the release of God’s people, the Pharaoh said no. God then harden his heart. God brought about ten plagues before Pharaoh let the people go. The thought of a second Pharaoh ruling over the body of believers was not what I expected, but lets understand why this would happen.
Has not God called us back to him over the years? Have we responded then go back to our old ways like the Israelites? Could this second Pharaoh be the anti-christ? If it is the anti-christ where are we in the timeline of the End of Days? Many of you have been taught various timing on the tribulations. Have you ever considered why the scripture gives us a possibility of three? Could it be to obscure which one it is so we will study it more or could it be to distract Satan? So many questions not answered.
I have pulled from the internet at random sites for each stance on the subject of The Great Tribulation. This is so you can find the answers through scriptures on which one you will hold fast too. I am praying for the first or pre but, believe and preparing for the post. Please do not jump to any conclusions check out them all and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the right answer to you.
Remember HE is coming back for a purified without blemished bride.
*One of the better scholarly works on Mark’s use of the Old Testament to portray the events of Jesus’ life and ministry as a new exodus is Rikki E. Watts, Isaish’s New Exodus and Mark (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1997); rev, and rept. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001).