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Thursday, October 18 2018
A Bible Journey, 60: The Plague Of Locusts
"Else, if thou refuse to let My people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast"
The destructive plagues upon the ignorant Pharaoh ("ignorant" means to deliberately ignore what has been made known) intensified as they neared their completion (see A Bible Journey, 57: Waters Of Blood and A Bible Journey, 58: Let My People Go, That They May Serve Me and A Bible Journey, 59: The Plagues On Cattle And Linen). The Pharaoh was about to make history (see also Ipuwer's Exodus): "That thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD" ("the LORD God" was and is Jesus Christ; see A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name).
"10:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: 10:2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD." (Exodus 10:1-2 KJV)
The Pharaoh was free to obey or to disobey the commands of the LORD - as he did repeatedly. The Pharaoh's heart was "hardened" by the LORD is a figure of speech that describes the Pharaoh's stubborn refusal of the LORD's command - in the same way that anyone can make an already stubborn minded person behave in a stubborn manner, that they weren't yet doing, by telling them to do something. They can then be "hardened" further by further demands.
The next plague would be that of locusts that "shall cover the face of the earth." The Pharaoh was warned.
"10:3 And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me. 10:4 Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast: 10:5 And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field: 10:6 And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers' fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day. And he turned himself, and went out from Pharaoh.
Rather than heeding the warning, the Pharaoh again ignored and once again drove Moses and Aaron away.
"10:8 And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh: and he said unto them, Go, serve the LORD your God: but who are they that shall go?
So the locusts came upon the land. "They covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt."
"10:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left.
The Pharaoh then again "repented" when he was blessed by the LORD with a another means to humble himself. Notice carefully what the Pharaoh said: "I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. Now therefore forgive, I pray thee." Unfortunately, for him, his repentance was shallow and temporary.
"10:16 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. 10:17 Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and intreat the LORD your God, that he may take away from me this death only.
Then the plague of darkness "in all the land of Egypt three days."
"10:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.
The Pharaoh squandered his last opportunity to repent. After the darkness would come the death of the firstborn (also a clue as to the identity of that particular Pharaoh - he was not the firstborn son of the previous Pharaoh; see the Fact Finder question below).
"10:24 And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you.
Fact Finder: Why didn't the Pharaoh himself die at the death of the firstborn?
This Day In History
This Day In History, October 18
33: Agrippina (the Elder) died at age 47. Agrippina was related to a number of well-known Romans of Bible history.
320: The Greek philosopher Pappus of Alexandria (i.e. the Greeks were then ruling Egypt - see The Greek Empire: Alexander's Horns To The Four Winds and The Greek Empire: Cleopatra and The Ptolemies Of Egypt) recorded an eclipse of the sun and wrote a commentary on The Great Astronomer (see also When Do Eclipses Happen On The Christian Holy Days?).
1009: The Church of Rome's "Church of the Holy Sepulchre" in Jerusalem was completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah; the foundations were cut away right down to bedrock (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1016: The Danes defeated the Saxons at the Battle of Ashingdon.
1356: The Basel earthquake, the greatest recorded earthquake north of the Alps, destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland.
1469: Isabella of Castile (a region and kingdom of north and central Spain) married Ferdinand II of Aragon (a region and kingdom of northeastern Spain; see the map below), thereby uniting all of the dominions of Spain under one monarchy. They would later support the discovery voyages of Christopher Columbus (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy for a map of where Columbus actually went).
King Henry VIII of England married, and later divorced, the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, which led to the further divorce of England from the Church of Rome.
1685: King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes, thereby depriving the Protestant Huguenots of all religious and civil liberties that had been granted to them by Henry IV in 1598.
1748: The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, negotiated largely by Britain and France, with the other powers following their lead, ended the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748; also known as King George's War). The right of the Habsburg heiress, Maria Theresa, to the Austrian lands was guaranteed, but the Habsburgs were seriously weakened by the guarantee to Prussia, not a party to the treaty, of its conquest of Silesia.
1767: The Mason-Dixon Line, the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania was established. It had been surveyed 1763-1767, prior to the rebellion of the New England colonies, by English surveyors Charles Mason (who was a professional astronomer at the Royal Greenwich Observatory near London) and Jeremiah Dixon (also an astronomer, at the Royal Society of London) to settle a boundary dispute.
1860: British troops burned the Yuanmingyuan, the imperial summer palace in Beijing, China, to the ground.
1867: The U.S. took possession of Alaska after the purchase of the territory from Russia for just over $7 million.
1871: Charles Babbage died at age 79. The British mathematician and inventor originated the principle of the modern computer; published papers on mathematics, statistics, physics and geology; assisted in the establishment of a modern postal system in England; compiled the first reliable actuarial tables; invented the speedometer and the locomotive cowcatcher; he was instrumental in the founding of the Royal Astronomical Society.
1922: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was established.
1936: To rebuild the bankrupt German economy, Germany's new elected leader, Adolf Hitler (see Why Does Satan Love Liars?), announced his "Four Year Economic Plan" that would restore prosperity through the aggressive rebuilding of the German military (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion). Under that war-for-profit scheme, millions of civilian and military jobs would be produced by the created "need" for "defense" weapons and supplies for the endless wars that the corporate-sponsored politicians would then get the country into as a matter of "national defense."
It was a national policy later known in the U.S. as the "military-industrial complex" - a term used by President, and former Army General, Dwight Eisenhower when he warned that "freedom" must not become merely a mind-control marketing-slogan for perpetual (and very profitable for weapons manufacturers) contrived wars against invented enemies (see also Guns Versus Butter and What Happens After The Messiah Returns?).
1967: The Soviet Venera-4 spacecraft entered the atmosphere of Venus and transmitted data back to earth before losing contact 27 km. above the surface.
1975: Statements made by Pope Paul VI in Rome to a large gathering of cardinals, bishops and plates: "the Catholic faith made Europe," "No other human force in Europe can render the service that is confided to us, promoters of the faith, to reawaken Europe's Christian soul, where its unity is rooted", "the Catholic faith is the secret of Europe's identity, and in discovering that secret, Europe will go on to perform the providential service to which God is still calling it." (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1991: Azerbaijan declared independence from the USSR.