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The Ensign Of Our Father's House
More and more people are becoming happily aware of the reality that it was Jesus Christ who led the Israelites out of Egypt at the time of His Passover (see also 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' and The Trysting Tent).
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
But Christ was not the leader of a lawless mob, set free unto anarchy. True freedom is based on law and order, legally-protected and enforced inalienable rights for all. Those who rejected true freedom in favor of Satan's lawless perversion of "freedom" (in effect, free-dumb from hearing His spoken word) were destroyed, either by themselves due to their foolishness, or by the LORD to protect the righteous from the anarchists (a word that, although unrelated in origin and definition, is, in their case, ironically, and appropriately, similar to antichrists).
"10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness [see 'The God Of The Old Testament']. 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." (1 Corinthians 10:5-12 KJV)
"Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father's house"
Once out in the wilderness of the Sinai (see also The Wilderness of Sin), the LORD established a military-precision marching and camp order, by ancestry of the sons of Israel (see the Fact Finder question below for the historic and prophetic reasons of His doing that).
"2:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses [see The Master's Messenger] and unto Aaron [see Aaron: The Prophet's Prophet], saying, 2:2 Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign [see Ensigns] of their father's house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch.
Fact Finder: (a) What was the practical purpose of the LORD establishing military order in the ancient Israelites after He had fought their battles for them to set them free? Who is the ultimate "ensign" of our "father's house"? (b) On the day of His return, is Christ going to be leading an army? Why?