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Friday, September 20 2013

Exodus 9: The Plagues Upon Crops And Livestock

"Let My people go"

The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) began the plagues upon the obstinate Pharaoh with troubles in the great Nile River, a source of life and bounty for millions of people (that had also saved Israel when they first sought refuge there; see Genesis 47: Jacob's Israel In The Land Of Goshen), but which had become a theater for the idolatrous "Nile gods" of Egypt. It was also used as a place of murder, wherein the Pharaoh ordered all newborn male Israelite infants to be cast into the waters (see Exodus 2: The Drawing Of Moses) where they would drown or be eaten by the many Nile crocodiles that infested the waters (see also The Dragons Of The Bible).

The plagues then moved inland, not yet upon the cities, but upon the resources that fed them. Notice that the plagues were precisely targeted, "And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children's of Israel."

"9:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses [see also The Meeting Of Moses And Aaron and Moses And Zipporah], Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 9:2 For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, 9:3 Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain. 9:4 And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children's of Israel." (Exodus 9:1-4 KJV)

The Pharaoh was a hard man, upon himself. The wrath and destruction were in his power to stop at any time, but "the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go."

Herd

"9:5 And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land. 9:6 And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. 9:7 And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go." (Exodus 9:5-7 KJV)

Then came "a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast." The sorcerers (see also What Is Sorcery?) had by then stopped adding to the destruction by imitating the true miracles done by Moses and Aaron, but they remained in their places of offense. So "the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians."

"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. 9:12 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken unto Moses." (Exodus 9:8-12 KJV)

Notice how the plagues upon Egypt were following a pattern that will be repeated to an end-time Emperor who will be even more obstinate; the "four horsemen of the apocalypse" that will bring famine and pestilence in the same way, for the same reason (see The Horsemen Of The Apocalypse and The Battle Of The End-Time Prophets).

"9:13 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 9:14 For I will at this time send all my plagues 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. 9:15 For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. 9:17 As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go? 9:18 Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now. 9:19 Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die." (Exodus 9:13-19 KJV)

The wrath was not indiscriminate. Anyone who repented and heeded the Word of God was spared the troubles.

Flax Plant

"9:20 He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: 9:21 And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field." (Exodus 9:20-21 KJV)

The main agricultural crops were then targeted (see also Ipuwer's Exodus for an Egyptian historical account, identical to the Biblical account).

"9:22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.

9:23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.

9:24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 9:25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.

9:26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail." (Exodus 9:22-26 KJV)

The crop destruction is also a testimony to the accuracy of the Scriptures. The events of the Exodus occurred in early spring, the time in Egypt when "the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled" but "the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up."

"9:27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. 9:28 Intreat the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer.

9:29 And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the LORD; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the LORD'S. 9:30 But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD God.

9:31 And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled.

9:32 But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up.

9:33 And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread abroad his hands unto the LORD: and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth.

9:34 And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants. 9:35 And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses." (Exodus 9:27-35 KJV)

Fact Finder: Egyptian flax is stated in the Scriptures above. What was flax used for?
See Linen In History And Prophecy


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This Day In History, September 20

480 BC: The Greek fleet under Thermistocles defeated Persian naval forces of Xerxes. The Persian empire and Xerxes are recorded the Bible's Book of Esther (see Has Another Haman Arisen?; also Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia).

357 BC: Alexander the Great was born. The young Greek king conquered much of southern Europe, the Middle East and southern Asia before dying at age 34 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).

451: The Battle of Chalons in what is today France - regarded by some historians as the largest battle in the ancient world. Roman forces under Flavius Aetius defeated Attila the Hun (see Legions Of Men And Angels).

Galileo Galilei 1187: Saladin began his Siege of Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1260: The Prussian Uprising against the Teutonic Knights began.

1378: The Great Schism in the Roman Catholic Church began when Robert of Geneva (known by some as "the Butcher of Cesena") was elected as anti-pope Clement VII. The division went on for almost four decades, during which there were 2 and sometimes even 3 competing popes at one time (see The Struggle For The Papacy).

1519: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan left Spain with 5 ships on the first-ever around the world voyage. Although Magellan himself was killed in the Philippines, and 4 of the ships were lost in the 3 year exploration, 1 ship did return home after successfully circling the earth. The voyage proved that the earth was indeed round (which believers in the Holy Bible already knew - see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible) and that North America and Asia were separate continents.

1586: An Englishman, Anthony Babington, Roman Catholic priest John Ballard, and 5 others were executed for high treason. In an attempt to surrender England back to Roman Catholicism, they planned to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I (ruled 1558-1603) and install the Roman Catholic rival, Mary Stuart (Mary, Queen of Scots) on the English throne. Mary was also executed a few months later, on February 8 1587.

1633: Galileo Galilei was brought to trial before the Church of Rome's "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith." Galileo was later released after he "repented" of his "heresy" - his correct teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun (see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).

1697: The Treaty of Rijswijk was signed by England, France, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire and the Dutch Republic. It ended the Nine Years' War (1688-97).

1854: The Battle of the Alma during the Crimean War. The victory by the British and the French left the Russian naval center of Sevastopol vulnerable and endangered the entire Russian position in the war.

1870: Italian troops under Victor Emmanuel II conquered Rome in the name of the Kingdom of Italy. The population of the city, the Romans, later voted to become part of the Italian Kingdom.

1909: The Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the South Africa Act 1909. It created the Union of South Africa from the British-established colonies of the Cape of Good Hope, Natal, Orange River Colony, and the Transvaal Colony.

1934: In New Jersey, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested for the kidnapping and murder of the infant son of U.S. aviator Charles Lindbergh. He was found guilty and executed by electrocution in 1936.

1952: Scientists confirmed that DNA holds hereditary data.

1967: The British liner Queen Elizabeth II was launched at Clydebank, Scotland.

1973: The Lesbian tennis player Billie Jean King, at age 29, defeated long-retired professional tennis player, Bobby Riggs, at age 55, in "The Battle of the Sexes" tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.

1977: Vietnam, as a single nation again, became a member of the United Nations. The Vietnam War, in which the U.S. involved itself, years after the war had already started (after another imperial power, France, had divided Vietnam into North and South), was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people.

2005: Simon Wiesenthal died at age 96. The Jewish Holocaust survivor became famous as a relentless Nazi war criminal hunter.

2011: The U.S. military ended its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, thereby allowing sodomites (Official dictionary definition, from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: "Sodomite: a person who has anal sex with another person; someone who practices sodomy") and lesbians (Official dictionary definition, from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: "Lesbian: a woman who is sexually attracted to other women; a female homosexual") to serve openly for the first time.





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