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The Exodus Prophecy
The Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt is one of the most famous events of Bible History:
"12:37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. 12:38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle. 12:39 And they baked unleavened cakes [see Christ's Feast of Unleavened Bread] of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.
"Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years"
The Exodus was not however a mere happen by chance event. It was prophesied to Abraham, not only long before the Israelites came out, and not only long before the Israelites went in, but long before the Israelites that went in were even born. The far in the future Exodus was revealed to Abraham by the LORD as part of the covenant that He made with Abraham that not only would the then-childless Abraham have children of his own, but that they would return from a foreign land to the land promised to Abraham and his descendants.
First, the promise that Abraham would have children of his own:
"15:1 After these things the word of the LORD [see 'The God Of The Old Testament'] came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
And then, the LORD's prophecy to Abraham of the Exodus:
"15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great Darkness fell upon him. 15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 15:14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15:15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
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