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Plagues Of The Pharaohs: Past and Future
The English word plague originated from a Latin word, plaga, meaning to strike, as with injury or illness. It is used to translate two different Hebrew words of the Scriptures.
The first, pronounced neh-gah, means to mark, as with an injury or illness. It is variously translated as plague, sore, stroke, stripes, stricken and wound i.e. the word could refer as much to injury as illness, as much from war as from biological catastrophe (although sometimes they could be combined, as in Biological Warfare). An example of neh-gah from the time of the Exodus:
"12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague [neh-gah] shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt." (Exodus 12:13 KJV)
The other Hebrew word, pronounced mag-gay-faw, also means to strike with illness or injury. An example from Exodus (note how the "plague" was intended to have a psychological effect upon the Pharaoh).
"9:14 For I will at this time send all my plagues [mag-gay-faw] upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth." (Exodus 9:14 KJV)
"I will break the pride of your power"
Although many regard what happened to the Egyptian Pharaoh at the time of the Exodus as unique to him, the use of national "plague" was applied even to the Israelites themselves when they became a lawless law unto themselves (see the Fact Finder question below).
"26:19 And I will break the pride of your power [see The Two Kinds Of Pride]; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: 26:20 And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. 26:21 And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins." (Leviticus 26:19-21 KJV)
The LORD has brought "plague" upon "Pharaohs" through all time - and will do so most spectacularly in the end time, some of which will be delivered through a modern-day Moses and Aaron, the LORD's two witnesses (see Two Witnesses and An Angel).
"11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Fact Finder: What does "violence to God's Law" mean?