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The Defeat Of Pharaoh's Magicians
Although they are not named in the Old Testament, two of the Egyptian Pharaoh's "magicians" that opposed Moses and Aaron at the time of the Exodus are identified in the New Testament. Note how they are described within an anti-Christian context (see also Many Antichrists?):
"3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, Reprobate concerning the faith." (2 Timothy 3:1-8 KJV)
"The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians"
Unlike his first appearance before the Pharaoh (see Moses' Return To Egypt , Bricks Without Straw and Aaron: The Prophet's Prophet), Moses now had the confidence, in the LORD, that nothing was going to stop what the LORD was going to do to set His people free, as He promised to Abraham centuries before (see The Exodus Prophecy). The Pharaoh's magicians, by means of their fraud and/or Satanic power, tried to match the miraculous God-given power of Moses. While they were able to change their rods into snakes, as Moses did, they were powerless to prevent Moses' serpent from eating their serpents alive.
"7:8 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 7:9 When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Show a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.
The magicians were also able to turn water to blood, but unlike Moses, the magicians had no water to drink after they did so.
"7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. 7:21 And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
Moses then caused lice to come everywhere throughout the land, which the magicians could not do. They then admitted that they were losing: "8:19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God."
"8:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt. 8:17 And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt. 8:18 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast. 8:19 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." (Exodus 8:16-19 KJV)
Moses then afflicted the magicians themselves, "9:11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians." The Pharaoh himself remained defiant (the coming death of the firstborn would bring about his surrender in due time), but his magicians were finished.
"9:8 And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. 9:9 And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt. 9:10 And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast. 9:11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians." (Exodus 9:8-11 KJV)
Fact Finder: As the apostle Paul described in 2 Timothy 3:1-8 (quoted above), the time prior to Christ's return will be rife with "wizards." What will they be doing?