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Saturday, July 13 2013
The Water and The Blood
"Forthwith came there out blood and water"
The turning of water to blood at the time of the Exodus (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Exodus) is well-known as one of the signs that were given to the Pharaoh by the LORD (i.e. Jesus Christ; see The Kingdom Of The LORD God), through Moses (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Moses) and Aaron (see The Meeting Of Moses And Aaron). 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?].
"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 13
1174: William I of Scotland, a leading rebel in the Revolt of 1173-1174, was captured at Alnwick by Henry II of England.
1260: The battle of Durbe; the Livonian Order was defeated by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
1410: Poland and Lithuania defeated the Teutonic Knights at Tannenberg.
1534: Ottoman forces captured Tabriz in Persia (known today as Iran).
1558: During the Valois Hapsburg War, the French under Marshal de Thermes were defeated by the Flemish and their allies, aided by the English fleet, at the Battle of Gravelines.
1573: During the Eighty Years' War: the Siege of Haarlem ended after 7 months (the area of New York City, earlier known as New Amsterdam, known as Harlem was named after Haarlem in the Netherlands by the Dutch when they were the colonial power in eastern North America).
1585: A group of 108 English pioneers, led by Sir Richard Grenville, arrived to establish a colony in the wilderness of what is today known as Roanoke Island, North Carolina.
1621: Albert the Pious, cardinal, son of Holy Roman emperor Maximilian II, nephew of Philip II of Spain, died at age 62. He ruled the Spanish Netherlands jointly with his wife Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain. He managed to control only the 10 southern Catholic provinces (today Belgium and Luxembourg), while the 7 northern Protestant provinces (today the Netherlands) rebelled.
1643: During the English Civil War, the Parliamentarians were defeated by the Royalists under Prince Maurice at the Battle of Roundway Down.
1662: Charles II granted a charter to establish the Royal Society in London.
1837: Queen Victoria became the first British monarch to live in Buckingham Palace.
1854: The Battle of Guaymas in Mexico. General Jose Maria Yanez repelled a French invasion by Count Gaston de Raousset-Boulbon.
1863: The New York Draft Riots. Opponents of military conscription began 3 days of riots that became among the worst in U.S. history.
1878: The Ottoman Empire was further reduced with the signing of the Treaty of Berlin. The Caucasus was given to Russia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina to Austria. Romania became independent and the treaty also confirmed Britain's right to occupy Cyprus. Listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire; also, The European World Wars.
1882: The British destroyed forts built by the Arabi Pasha threatening the Suez Canal after three days of firing by battleships led by Sir Beauchamp Seymour in the Egyptian rebellion.
1892: A heat wave in New York City killed 260 people in 24 hours.
1919: The British airship R34 landed back in Norfolk after making the first-ever Atlantic aerial round-trip. It set out from Scotland to North America on July 2.
1943: The greatest tank battle in history ended with Russia's defeat of Germany at Kursk, south of Moscow. Almost 6,000 tanks took part, 2,900 were lost by Germany. There were at least 230,000 casualties in the battle.
1977: A massive power failure, attributed to budget shortfalls that limited required maintenance, caused a blackout throughout New York City. Looting and rioting immediately broke out, with police arresting at least 3,000 people.