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Friday, July 29 2011
Water And Blood
The turning of water to blood at the time of the Exodus is well-known as one of the signs that were given to the Pharaoh by the LORD, through Moses (see The Prophets: Moses) and Aaron (see The Prophet's Prophet). It was also however given to the Israelites alone, by Moses and Aaron, just prior to that, so that they might believe.
"4:9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land." (Exodus 4:9 KJV)
Thereafter came the famous turning the waters of Egypt into blood, amidst the phony "miracles" performed by the Pharaoh's magicians.
"7:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh's heart is hardened [see also Plagues Of The Pharaohs: Past and Future], he refuseth to let the people go. 7:15 Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river's brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand [see also Do You Want A Servant Or A Serpent?]. 7:16 And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear. 7:17 Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. 7:18 And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall loathe to drink of the water of the river.
"Forthwith came there out blood and water"
While many regard those events to be Bible History alone, like so many other events (and even people, such as Moses and Aaron - see below), they were in fact a prophecy of the future. As we shall read plainly from the Scriptures, it's going to happen again. The reason for that is because that Passover Exodus itself wasn't just a foreshadow of Jesus Christ, it was done by Jesus Christ.
"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. 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness [see The Mount Sinai Riot and A Journey Without A Destination].
Consider then the irony of Pontius Pilate literally, with water, washing his hands of the innocent blood of the Messiah, Who was being Sacrificed at the Passover that the Exodus from Egypt prophesied.
"27:24 When Pilate [see also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?] saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children [see 'His Blood Be On Us And Our Children']" (Matthew 27:24-25 KJV)
So too, the water and blood of the slain Lamb of God a few hours later.
"19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost [see Giving Up The Ghost].
Jesus Christ is the focus of all Bible History and Prophecy. Consider how "water and blood" events of history relate to "the LORD God," Who was Christ (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'), as He was in the past, as He is now, and as He will be in the future when another Exodus is completed (see The New Exodus and Mount Sinai).
"5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments [see Friends Of Jesus]. 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous [see The Yoke Of Freedom]. 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
Moses and Aaron were themselves living prophecies of "the two witnesses" who are going to do many of the same miracles, on a worldwide scale, just prior to Christ's return - including "power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will."
"11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days [see How Long Will 'The End Time' Last?], clothed in sackcloth. 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks [see Lampstands Or Candlesticks?] standing before the God of the earth. 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy [see Are We In Heaven Now?]: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
Angels too, at that time, will turn waters to blood. Why will the antichrist world (see Antichristians) have that happen? "For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets." Notice also that the blood will drive "frogs" out of the river, just as happened in the time of Moses and Aaron - the difference however is that those "frogs" will be demons ("unclean spirits like frogs") that will incite the world to the battle of Armageddon, where the returned LORD and His true people will be waiting for them (see also When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin).
"16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
Fact Finder: Are there also prophecies about "blood" in the heavens?
This Day In History, July 29
238: As the Roman Empire (see Ancient Empires - Rome and The Holy Roman Empire) continued to unravel, the Praetorian Guard (the bodyguards of the Roman Emperors) executed the co-Emperors Pupienus and Balbinus in Rome. Gordian III, at age 13, was proclaimed Emperor.
904: Saracen raiders sacked Thessalonica (known in the Holy Bible from the epistles to the Thessalonians), which at the time was the Byzantine Empire's second-largest city.
1030: Olaf II was killed at the battle of Stiklestad while attempting to recover his Norwegian throne from the Danes.
1565: Mary Queen of Scots married Henry Stuart.
1567: James VI was crowned King of Scotland.
1715: 10 Spanish treasure galleons were sunk off the Florida coast by a hurricane.
1793: John Graves Simcoe began the construction of a fort and settlement in a bay on the north shore of Lake Ontario. It is known today as the city of Toronto.
1830: Charles X of France abdicated.
1848: Hopes of a nationalist uprising in Ireland were dashed when an insurrection at Tipperary led by William Smith O'Brien failed.
1900: King Umberto I of Italy was assassinated at Monza by anarchist Gaetano Bresci.
1914: Austria-Hungary bombarded Belgrade, Serbia; the first military action of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1921: Adolf Hitler became the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party, later known by the abbreviation "Nazi." Hitler was later elected as the leader of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion)
1930: The airship R100 set out on its first passenger-carrying flight from England to Canada.
1947: 3 Jewish terrorists were hung by the British for an attack on the Acre prison that freed 251 convicted criminals, including murderers; in response, Jewish resistance leader Menachem Begin (a future Prime Minister of Israel) ordered the hanging of 2 British hostages, army sergeants Clifford Martin and Mervyn Paice, the same day. The action set off anti-Jewish riots across Britain, the first in Britain since the 13th century (listen to our Sermon The Balfour Declaration to understand that the present-day state of Israel came into existence because the British freed "Palestine" from centuries of control and occupation by Muslim forces i.e. listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1948: The first Olympic Games after World War II opened in London at Wembley Stadium.
1968: Pope Paul VI, in an encyclical entitled Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), declared that any artificial forms of birth control were prohibited by the Roman Catholic Church.
1996: China carried out a nuclear explosion at its Lop Nor nuclear testing ground. It measured 4.3 on the Richter scale.
2005: Astronomers announced the discovery of the dwarf planet that they named Eris (although many scientists reject religion, they nevertheless routinely name scientific discoveries and programs after pagan gods and idols).