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Sunday, October 15 2017
Was The Exodus Pharaoh A Firstborn?
"The heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses"
"Firstborn" has profound Christian significance in history and prophecy (see The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Church Of God and The Patriotism Prophecy).
The Messiah is the firstborn of God the Father. He then became the firstborn of a physical parent - for a purpose that is directly related (no pun intended) to His being the firstborn child of God (see also A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation).
"1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him" (Colossians 1:15-16 KJV)
When the Firstborn died, He not only returned to His spiritual place as the Son of God (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Ascension To Heaven and A Biography Of Jesus Christ: At The Right Hand Of God), He made possible the yet-future birth of a more numerous Firstborn, plural - those of the first resurrection at the time of the Messiah's return (see the Fact Finder question below).
"8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." (Romans 8:29 KJV)
Passover began, in Egypt, as a direct portrayal of the sacrifice of the Firstborn for the salvation of the repentant firstborn (see The Beginning Of The Passover Prophecy and The Days Of Passover: Why Observe The True Christian Holy Days?).
"11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts." (Exodus 11:5 KJV)
Notice that the death of the unprotected firstborn of Egypt included everyone, from infants to old-age adults, and even "all the firstborn of beasts." The Pharaoh's firstborn son died too ("the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne"), but the Pharaoh himself survived. Why? Weren't Pharaohs the firstborn sons of the Pharaoh before them?
Some have imagined that someone, for some unexplained reason, put the Passover blood over the door of the Pharaoh's palace, but if that were correct, the Pharaoh's firstborn son would not have died.
Others guess that the LORD spared the Pharaoh from the death of the firstborn that night so that he could perish with his army in the waters with his army that pursued the Israelites into the Sinai. But the record states that Pharaoh's army, not the Pharaoh himself, were drowned i.e. "... all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them" (Exodus 14:28 KJV)
The name of the Exodus Pharaoh is not recorded. But a major clue to his identity is that he was almost certainly not the firstborn of the previous Pharaoh. In all probability, he had an older brother who, for whatever reason, either did not reign at all (i.e. he died as a child), or he died while reigning, but without any children to succeed him - to which the throne would pass to his own immediate younger brother. There are numerous historical examples of that, from the time of ancient Egypt, to the present day throughout the Middle East and Europe.
Perhaps, if the Pharaoh had himself been a firstborn, he might have been more personally concerned about the LORD's warning about the death of the firstborn that was about to happen. But instead, "9:35 ... the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses." (Exodus 9:35 KJV)
Fact Finder: When will those saved by the Blood of the Firstborn be truly "born again"?
This Day In History, October 15
1066: Edgar the Aetheling was proclaimed King of England. He was the last legitimate male member of the royal line of Cerdic of Wessex.
1080: Heinrich (in English, Henry) VI of Germany was defeated by Rudolf of Rheinfelden at the Elster River; Rudolf was killed in the battle (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1211: Latin Emperor Henry of Flanders defeated the Nicaean emperor Theodore I Lascaris at the Battle of the Rhyndacus.
1529: Ottoman (Turkish) forces lifted their siege of Vienna, Austria. The military struggles through that time determined whether Europe would be Roman Catholic or Islamic (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1582: The Gregorian calendar began in Italy and Spain. 10 days were skipped to correct the accumulated seasonal error of the Julian calendar - October 5 was followed by October 15, although the days of the week were not affected.
1764: Edward Gibbon observed a group of Church of Rome monks singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome. The scene inspired him to begin work on his famous The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1783: In France, the Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon achieved the first human ascent, by Jean-François Pilatre de Rozier (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).
1815: After his defeat and capture by the British at the Battle of Waterloo the previous June, Napoleon Bonaparte arrived under guard at the island of St. Helena where he was held in exile until he died in 1821.
1839: Britain's Queen Victoria proposed marriage to her first cousin, Albert. The marriage between Victoria and Albert was promoted by their uncle Leopold I, king of the Belgians.
1894: Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French army, was arrested for treason, tried, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison on Devil's Island. He was proven innocent in 1930, 36 years after his conviction. The "Dreyfus Affair" became one of the most famous stories of French history.
1917: Mata Hari (actual name Margaretha Zelle), 41, a Dutch spy for Germany during the First World War (1914-1918), was executed by a French firing squad at the Vincennes Barracks outside Paris (see also The Art Of War and Fake News - News, Or Noose?).
1945: Vichy French Premier Pierre Laval was executed by firing squad for his wartime collaboration with the Germans during the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1946: Hermann Goering, 53, high-ranking Nazi official under Adolf Hitler, committed suicide in his prison cell 2 hours before his scheduled hanging for war crimes (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator).
1962: The "Cuban Missile Crisis" day 2 of 15. U.S. President Kennedy was first shown U-2 spy-plane photographs of Soviet missile sites in Cuba taken the day before. Kennedy and his advisors (some of whom, including Theodore Sorensen, wrote books years later in which they admitted it) knew that Soviet ballistic missiles in Cuba were of no more threat to the U.S. than those 5,000 miles away (or from the numerous Soviet nuclear submarines right off the U.S. coast in sight of land), however after the Bay of Pigs failure, he believed that another embarrassment from Cuba would have been politically disastrous to his approval rating as president. He therefore took the world to the brink of nuclear war to defend his re-election (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1964: Nikita Khrushchev was ousted as First Secretary of the Soviet Union Communist Party. He was replaced by Leonid Brezhnev, and Alexi Kosygin as Prime Minister.
1970: Anwar Sadat became president of Egypt, succeeding Gamel Abdel Nasser.
1971: Iran (known until the 1920s as Persia) celebrated 2500 years as a nation. It was Persia that defeated the Babylonian Empire (see The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall) and freed the people of Judah from their Babylonian captivity (see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia).
1990: Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize for his removal of the Berlin Wall and the "Iron Curtain" in Europe.
2013: A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines.