Plagues of Egypt #1

 April 19, 2020

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As you know, we are in the midst of some kind of a plague, pestilence, or whatever you want to call it. It is happening and it has happened before. The one we are having now is getting more world-wide attention universally than ever before. On one hand I don’t think we are ready for the great tribulation, I don’t think the saints of God are ready, but there comes a time that God is going to say, “Ready or not, here I come,” because He has given us plenty of warning. And if you haven’t taken the opportunity to get your soul ready, there is coming the midnight cry and there are going to be some that aren’t ready. So, let’s put it this way. No, I don’t think we are ready. I never would have thought that a thing like a pandemic would be able to take the whole world economy down. I never would have thought it would be a thing like a disease that would do it. But, who knows, this could do it. This could take the economy down. It’s possible. And you know, it’s only God that sustains all things. God upholds all things with his mighty power. So, if God is not ready to let the economy go, He will uphold it, He will build it back. If He is ready to pour out the terrible plagues upon us, then nothing will stop it. And I am thinking about all these plagues; I think I mentioned this last week. Let’s look at the plagues of Egypt.

When I first looked at this, I thought, “Oh, easy thing, one-hour teaching, all done. We can quickly look at this.” But this is so deep, there is so much here and I want to start off just reading two verses in Exodus, chapter 5. To put this in context, Moses was called, the burning bush got his attention. He was with Jethro, his father-in-law, and he was content to stay with Jethro. But God got his attention at the burning bush and he did indeed call him and Moses responded. Moses then came toward Israel, he met Aaron and let me just pick up here. Let’s go to the last few verses of chapter 4 first, verse 29:

29 And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:

30 And Aaron spake all the words which the Lord had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.

31 And the people believed: and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.

So, the initial response of the announcement to God’s people that the Kingdom of God is coming, the goodness of God is to be manifest and that we are all going to be delivered from our bondages: the initial response was, “Oh, hurray! Good news! Wow! Isn’t this wonderful?” But there came a time, when the enemy began to resist them and they began to say, “I don’t know. Is this worth it?” In essence, “I would rather be a slave,”. So, let’s start here a little bit in chapter 5. It says,

And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh…

By the way, there are not initially going to Pharaoh to threaten Pharaoh. They are not going to say, “If you don’t do this, here’s what’s going to happen, we are going to send a plague.” But first, let me go back into chapter 4 again for a minute. Verse 21 of chapter 4. This is after his wife circumcised his youngest son. It says,

21 And the Lord said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh…

In other words, when God gives instructions, He wants it done exactly the way He said it. When He gave the pattern for the tabernacle, He said, “See, thou everything…,” and I am paraphrasing, “…according to the pattern that I have given to you. Everything. I want every measurement right, I want every material – gold, silver, brass, whatever it is – I want it all. I want all the dimensions; I want it exactly the way I said.” Because everything has a meaning.

So, He says, “When you go to Pharaoh, do everything that I showed you to do.”

…which I have put in thine hand…

In other words, the power… Or, here He is saying to Moses, “I have put the authority in your hand.” Now, this is God’s authority. And He can give it to whomever He will. He can give it to a king, He can give it to a Nebuchadnezzar. He can give it to a Cyrus. He can give it to whomever. He can give it to a donkey. The power to speech. He is a great and mighty God.

So, He said,

…see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart…

Now, wait a minute. Does this sound like an oxymoron? God is saying, “Here is what I want you to do to make him do it, but I am going to make him so that he won’t do it.” We are going to have to ask some questions here. What were the purposes of what God is doing? But let’s get a little further in before we ask the questions.

…that he shall not let the people go.

22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:

23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.

Did you realize that that was announced to Moses before they got to the tenth plague? I had forgotten that. How many times have I read this and thought, “He kept the big ace card, ace or trump, or whatever it is, he kept the big one until last He had His secret, nobody knew He held it and then He laid that one down. And that one did the job.” But actually, He revealed it to Moses beforehand, “Here is my trump card. Here is what I am going to play. This is going to be the last one. But I am going to harden his heart right up to that point.”

Now, we are going to find terms here; we are going to find three different terms, about the hardening of the heart when we go through these different plagues. First of all, we are going to find where God says here, “I am going to harden his heart.” Then you will find the term, “And Pharaoh’s heart was hardened.” And then we will find the term, “And Pharaoh hardened his heart.” So, in other words, “How did Pharaoh harden his heart? How did Pharaoh harden his own heart?” By hearing… What happens to your heart when you are hearing the word of God, hearing the truth, and refusing to accept it. It may not be even refusing to believe it, but refusing to yield to it, refusing to accept it and failing to act upon it.

The devil believes the word of God. He knows the word. He knows it. But he refuses to accept it and somehow, he is deceived enough to believe and still thinks that he can wiggle out of it and in some manner, even overcome God. Even though he, the devil, has actually seen and knows more of the power of God than you and I have ever heard of. I believe that the devil, Satan, was there, and he saw creation take place. He saw power that he could never have conjured up. How could he be so deceived as to believe he could win over that? Over a God that can throw galaxies, gazillions of them, gazillions of miles out, and create it all? Create the whole laws of physics, everything. How could he possibly then believe that he could out-fox God?

So, when we see Pharaoh’s action in this…, Pharaoh’s response to these plagues… Pharaoh is the personification of Satan. He is a type of Satan; whenever you see what Pharaoh is doing, you can see this is the work of Satan. This is what Satan does, this is the way he thinks, this is the way he acts, this is what he thinks he can get away with. He will go right down to the wire until he is actually totally destroyed. And that is exactly what happened to Pharaoh. He went right down to the very end. Not only down to the tenth plague, but after that when the children of Israel were down by the Red Sea, he said, “I am going to gamble one more time, I think I can win.” And he lost everything. Everything, everything. The whole army of Egypt. Wiped out. So now let’s go to Pharaoh.

And afterward Moses went in and told Pharaoh,

Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.

Now, he made it very simple. He didn’t just come in and say, “We would like to escape. We would like to get out of here.” He made it very a gentle, reasonable request. “We would like to go have a feast.”

Now listen to what Moses said, “Thus saith the Lord God…” I am going to write this out: “Lord God.” The word Lord here is Yahweh. And we pronounce that Jehovah. The Hebrew way is YHWH and we say Jehovah. [A sister wrote it on the board in Hebrew.] The word God here is Elohim. Elohim is not a peculiar name for God. Elohim (god) could very well be spelled with a little g. Because what happened when Rachel took those little idols in her saddle and stole them from her father, what she did, what she stole were her father’s elohim. So, they weren’t the almighty God, there were just a god. Or, gods. It usually means a plurality god. So what Moses was saying to Pharaoh is, he said, “Jehovah, the Elohim.”

Egypt has many Elohim and these plagues are really going against the many gods of Egypt. So, Moses is introducing to Pharaoh a God that Pharaoh has never heard of before. Pharaoh is trusting all these other gods – frogs, lice, flies, bulls, locusts… These are all gods that are being Egypt’s gods. Hebrew word for gods, plural, was elohim. Now, Moses is introducing something to Pharaoh that he doesn’t like. So, listen to Pharaoh’s response here:

And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord…

Who is Jehovah? I have never heard of Him. Who is he? Who is He… “that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not (Jehovah) the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.”

And they said, The God (or their little word god) of the Hebrews hath met with us…

Maybe Moses said elohim, but I am not sure that Pharaoh understood Hebrew. He probably spoke in Egyptian. But here it is in our Bible in English. And he said, “The God of the Hebrews hath met with us.” He didn’t say Jehovah this time.

The God of the Hebrews hath met with us, let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the Lord our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.

Now again, Moses is bringing up the possibility of pestilence. In other words, if we don’t obey Him, what’s going to happen to us? Much less what’s going to happen to you, Egyptians, if you don’t allow us to do this?

[Rita says on the tape that it was God, the Creator in that passage.]

God has many names. And by the way, God had not introduced Himself to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as Jehovah. He introduced Himself as Elshadai. What does Elshadai mean? It means the Almighty God, or the God Who can supply everything you need.

And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens.

So, Pharaoh had a higher priority than the worship of God, their god was work. Work and construction was one of his gods. Oh, my goodness, they had lots and lots of gods. “Get you to your burdens.”

And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.

And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying…

Notice the term “taskmasters and officers”. The taskmasters were Egyptians; the officers were the Hebrew people that were giving the orders to the other Hebrew people. But the taskmasters were on top of this chain and Pharaoh was on top of them. So, you see, we have kind of a chain of command here: Pharaoh, taskmasters, officers, down to the lowly slaves. A pyramid system like many organizations and church denominations.

And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

So, what was the point of straw in making brick? They used the clay to make brick. And what they would do is they would mix the clay with straw. And the straw held the clay together and made it adhesive. It’s like the equivalent of using re-bars when you pour cement, although they are much stronger than straw, of course. But they didn’t have steel re-bars in those days. So, they made these bricks and they made them in the oven or kiln, a furnace. You notice that one of the plagues that Moses worked was the boils that came from the ashes from the furnace, from the very instrument of this part of their slavery: their task, the burning of these bricks in the furnace. So, we go on.

And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.

In other words, he is saying, “You, guys, have too much spare time. Lay it on heavy.”

So, they did, they laid it on and they announced to the Hebrews, “you must collect your own straw, and you will still make as many bricks as you did every other day. Now let me go down and verse 14,

14 And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten…

So, the Hebrew supervisors, shall we say officers, the privileged upper class of Hebrews, those who were most compromised with the world, were the once who were beaten first.

…and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore?

15 Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?

16 There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.

So, who is getting the brunt of this thing so far? The Egyptians or the Hebrews? The Hebrews are getting it. But he said, “You are idle! You are idle!” Notice, so far there are no plagues. It’s just Pharaoh turning the screws down tighter on God’s people.

17 But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the Lord.

You, guys, are wanting to have a big picnic, a holiday, because you don’t have enough to do.

18 Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.

19 And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task.

20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh:

21 And they said unto them, The Lord look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.

What happened to that “hooray” and “yippee”? What happened to that “Oh, praise the Lord, we are going to be free!” It fizzled out pretty fast, didn’t it? “It’s getting worse for us.”

I am wondering if we are not going to experience things more difficult than we have ever had before, before we see the anointing and the power and the glory of God began to deliver us. You know I don’t know what’s going on in the big demonic round table headquarters where the devil and all of his favorite world leader are having a big powwow. I don’t know exactly what they are cooking up, but they are cooking something up. We don’t know; it is a mystery; we probably don’t need to know, but we will see; something will come forth. And we will overcome in it.

22 And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me?

23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.

 “Why did you bother to send me? I went to Pharaoh and I made things worse. I asked him for a break and he turned it down and not only he turned it down but he made it worse. You made a fool out of me. God what are you doing? Go find somebody else to do this job. Obviously, I failed. All that throwing down of those rods and my rod (serpent) eating up their rods and all that, didn’t do a bit good. Pharaoh still isn’t impressed!”

Chapter 6:1, Then the Lord said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.

Pharaoh wasn’t ready to release any of them yet. Pharaoh had a good thing going. Pharaoh had free labor, they were building him his treasure cities, Rameses and Python. The pyramids of Egypt. They had to be built by slaves. And how did they do it? People are still marveling today how they got those massive rocks up, up, up unto these pyramids. Wonders of the world. Somewhere I saw somebody had invented some little sling contraption that would lift them up and they could roll them. I don’t know how they did it but Pharaoh had a good thing going. He had slavery; he had free labor. And all he had to do was to give them a little food, let them grow a few vegetables and things like that, catch the fish, grow leeks and garlics… They were in bondage, but life was going on.

And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord:

I am who? I am Jehovah. Listen to what He said here:

And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty (El Shadai)…

I never revealed myself to unto Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as Jehovah.

…but by my name Jehovah (here they have written it out right now) was I not known to them.

Let me go down to verse 5:

And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.

How many years earlier had He made that covenant? 430 years earlier. What is 430 years? I was just curious what happened 430 years ago? Let’s go 430 years in the past. What was 420 years ago from today? 430 years ago from today would be 1590. Do you know what was going on in 1590? The King James Bible would be published (1611) just 21 years later. The pilgrims would sail to America just 30 years later (1620).

You, brethren don’t know your history. Do you know what was happening to the saints? Persecution. Terrible persecution. The Roman Catholic church was burning our fathers at the stake, they were beheading them, they were being “merciful” to some of the women by drowning them; but some of them they burnt. It was happening in Holland, in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, it was happening in Czech Republic. Some of the worst, the most virulent of persecutors were the French, the Spanish, and the Italian (all Roman Catholic).

Where did you hear some of the worst stories of disease and death in the beginning about this Corona virus? How about Italy; those nations where the cases per capita population were the highest? You can say, “Oh, America has had a whole lot more than Spain has.” Well, yes, they are a lot larger nation than Spain. There is a lot of blood. There is a lot of innocent blood on some of those nations. And more too. I am not excluding Russia, China, or anything. I am just saying 430 years ago there had been a lot of innocent blood shed in Western Europe. And England has its share, but not quite as much.

And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.

Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord…

There He said it again; He used that term – I am Jehovah. He is introducing Himself with a new name now to the children of Israel.

…and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians…

You see, it didn’t look that way at first. So, when it doesn’t look that way at first what has to happen to us? What do we rise up in? It’s the thing called faith. In other words, if God said He is going to do something regardless of what the circumstances look like, you have to believe that if God said He is going to do it, He is going to do it.

How many of you have had occasions in your life when God promised you something and for a season of time, maybe a long season of time, everything looked like it was going to be totally opposite of what was said? Is there a brief example that you can give?

Rita: The Lord spoke to me one day about my daughter conceiving a child. He said, “Your daughter will bear a child.” That was in 2009. And I had to wait six years to bring it to pass and in those six years my faith was being tested and I had to believe. And in that time (my other daughter) Shayne gave birth to another baby. Carrie said, “Well, mom, maybe He meant Shayne.” I said, “No, He meant you.” And in 2015 she (Carrie) had a baby. It took six years. And then later she had another one.

This is an example… For you, it didn’t turn worse personally. But there are times when God gives a word and says, “I am going to do something,” and the circumstances actually turn worse against you. And the heat comes on. And the cost, and the expense, and everything else begins to build up contrary to the promise. Now, make sure that you have the promise of the Lord. Don’t conjure up just one that you worked up yourself. If you’ve got the word of the Lord and it’s the true word of the Lord, it’s going to happen. If it’s you who wanted it and said it, it might or might not happen.

So here is the key of hearing the voice of God. They were hearing the true voice of God. God spoke very clearly to Moses at this time.

…and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

A stretched out arm – Remember God has an arm. It doesn’t look like my arm. But when He reaches His arm out, it will take in everything and accomplish anything that he wishes..

And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God…

Now, that’s not the word Jehovah there, that’s just a word God.

…and ye shall know that I am the Lord…

There is the word Jehovah.

…your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the Lord.

And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.

Now, let me go back to this covenant of Abraham for a minute. It’s back in Genesis chapter 12. Let’s read the covenant of Abraham.

12 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

So Abraham had to go out to the land, walk all over the land, but not claim it and not own it. In other words, he had to go out as a sojourner. Just a pilgrim, just a traveler.

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Sometimes we forget about that last part of that covenant, “all families of the earth”. Because that last part of that covenant that God made with Abraham extends not just to the Hebrew people, not just to the natural seed of Abraham, but to all people, all tribes, all nations.

Jesus came and you say, “Did Jesus really fulfill that covenant in His coming?” Well, yes, He did in a sense. But in another sense, He limited most of His ministry to just the Hebrew people. Nevertheless, what was the final word that Jesus gave the disciples before He left? Go ye where? Go ye into all the world, to all the nations, preach to them, make disciples of them. In other words, all the nations. Now, did the disciples immediately do that? No. It was comfortable in Jerusalem. And how did God get them stirred up out of Jerusalem? Tribulation sent them out. However, not every apostle was fast to move. Peter was kind of slow to move, but God got his attention, didn’t he? And how did God get Peter’s attention? He had that vision and he saw all these unclean animals and God said, “Go ahead, eat. They are all for you.” There was a lesson in there. What God was trying to say to Peter was, “You are going to have to stop calling these things unclean. You are going to have to look out to these other nations. And while we are at it, I am sending you to a Roman centurion.” You know some of the Israel’s favorite people were not these Romans. Of course, they didn’t like the Romans. The Romans were holding the whole nation captive; Israel was a captive nation. But this particular Roman centurion and his whole house were seeking the true God. Did Peter learn immediately? No, he didn’t, not necessarily, but slowly, slowly, slowly, Peter had to get over it and Peter learned. Look, this covenant is for all nations.

Even the Syrophoenician woman that came to Jesus. Jesus was testing her. He said, “Look, this is food for the children, not for dogs.” But she pressed in and he gave it to her. Prophetically he was saying, “Yes, it is for you, but I am going to test you to see if you really want it.” And she said, “Yes, I will take whatever the dogs get.”

Going back to the Hebrew nation in Egypt here. So, the Lord says, “Go speak to Pharaoh again. Go.” So now we are going to come to the beginning of these plagues. I want to write these plagues before we go and read them. I want to write them out on the board here. Because it is a very interesting list. There are ten of them. I am just giving you a background here. There are ten.

  1. Blood – water: the water became blood
  2. Frogs
  3. Lice
  4. Flies
  5. Murrain
  6. Boils
  7. Hail
  8. Locusts
  9. Darkness
  10. Death of the first born

The thing about this death of the first born. Remember one of God’s first announcements to Moses was, “Tell Pharaoh, Israel is my son. And if you don’t let my son go, I am taking your first-born son.” Now this was actually retribution in a sense because Pharaoh had already taken the sons of Israel. Let me go back and read this little passage here. This is in Exodus 1 and verse 8:

Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

See, Joseph was a blessing to Egypt. He saved the whole nation of Egypt as well as many nations around.

And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:

10 Come on, let us deal wisely (that means deceitfully and shrewdly) with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.

11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters…

So, this is where the slavery began because the Egyptians were threatened by them.

…to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.

12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

These people were multiplying. They were growing. And, by the way, one of the goals of the global movers and shakers, one of the things they want to do is reduce the fertility rate of the world. And thus, to reduce the bringing forth of children. This is part of the background of the abortion movement. This is also the foundation of so-called family planning. It is to reduce the population of children. And they give you all kinds of arguments that the planet cannot support so many people… How many years ago, back in the sixties, the planet was maybe two billion or something. “Oh, it will never be possible, we can never support four billion.” Well, we are supporting four, we are supporting six. What are we now – seven billion or something today? We can support all that God gives us. The planet can do it. The Earth can do it. But that is not a globalist aim.

I remember reading somewhere one time… You remember, Kissinger (Secretary of State under President Nixon) has been involved in this thing for a long time (incidentally his name added up to 666 so he was supposed to be the antichrist). And do you remember McNamara? He was the secretary of defense under President Johnson. I think he started off under Kennedy. He left his job after a change of administration and he went to work for what was called the World Bank. And I remember reading a statement that he had written that the population of the world needed to be reduced by something like a third or two-thirds or something like that. By the way, go and read the book of Revelation. It says that the world population is going to be reduced by a third and then it says a third again in another place and I think it’s another third. So, whether they do it or whether the devil does it, it looks like it’s going to happen. There is going to be a great and terrible thing happening in the Earth. And somehow these evil men are going to carry out their wickedness.

I am reading here about what happened then. That didn’t stop them. Verse 13:

13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:

That word “rigour” means “with harshness.” They weren’t just slaves that worked 8-4 or 9-5. No. They worked them, they worked them, they worked them. I mean the whips were on their backs all the time.

14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage…

This is the first chapter here.

…in morter, and in brick…

Jeremy knows something about brick and mortar, don’t you? Mortar and brick, that’s rigorous work, isn’t it, handling that caustic, harsh and heavy material all the time?

…and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.

So that population control plan didn’t work. They just kept multiplying. They just kept having more children, more children. And they began to grow. They began to increase. They began to become a nation.

15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives…

Oh, we have another idea; we are going to do birth control. We are going to do abortion. Oh, let’s do after birth abortion, which is really what they were trying to practice at this time.

Do you know that the state of Virginia has basically passed a law permitting after birth abortion, which means infanticide after the baby is born that they can kill it? Didn’t you hear the Democrat governor of Virginia in that interview? He was describing the law, “Well, if the baby is born anyway, then the mother and the doctor will have a discussion and we will keep the baby comfortable for a while but if they make the decision, then they can go ahead and do it.” But the baby has already been born and breathing. But they have a law in Virginia. And this is what the liberal thinking, abortion, baby killing people of that persuasion believe; this is what they would like to pass in all the states. It was very shortly after that that our liberal Democrat governor, Mr. Cuomo, gleefully signed the new late term abortion law in New York State. Gleefully. I mean they made a big ceremony of it. This is the man who is trying so hard to save the lives of everybody so that we don’t get Corona virus, and killing the economy of the state by shutting it down in the meanwhile. But he doesn’t mind killing all the babies! But let’s be kind to the grandmothers that are in the nursing homes. Well, let’s go on.

This is what the king of Egypt decided – he got to the midwives:

…of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:

16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife…

The use of midwives today is higher because they don’t want to go to the hospitals because of all this plague. Did you know that? The midwife births have increased since the Corona virus. Going back to the way it was in the beginning.

…to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools (They had birthing stools.); if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.

17 But the midwives feared God…

Listen to this. These could be Egyptian’s midwives; they feared God.

…and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.

18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?

19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively…

They are strong! These women have been out working. The Egyptian women are just sitting around the house. Hebrew women are working, they are strong, they are healthy, they are not like that.

…and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.

In other words, they delivered their babies before the midwives would even get there.

20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

What does it mean “he made them houses?” He provided households for them. So, God blessed them.

22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.

Now that is why the infant Moses was put into the river in a basket by his mother because she knew that if these Egyptians found her son they would just throw him into the Nile River. They must have had new midwives now and maybe soldiers were just coming in and checking to do surveillance and enforcement.

Now, you notice the prominence of the very first plague here. The first plague involved blood and the river. Not just water in general, though other water was affected, but especially this Nile River. And it was the Nile River that was the life-blood of Egypt. And the first thing that the finger of God touched was that Nile River. You are going to notice also that as we get into these plagues that the Egyptian sorcerers were able to do some of this. Only the first two, the blood and the frogs.

 This is something I can’t do. I can’t turn water into blood. I can’t make frogs. These Egyptian sorcerers they had some pretty powerful dark power. They did. I mean Satan has some power; he can do some cheap tricks. And you know some of these cheap tricks the devil can do are going to get people to believe, “Oooh, it’s the hand of God! Look, he made frogs!” Well, yes, they made frogs. And God knew what they wiould be able to with the devil’s power to accomplish some of these tricks.

So, the first plague was blood. Now, let me talk about the gods of Egypt. The blood went against three of their gods. I am going to put their names up here. I don’t know what these really mean. One of them is Kajum. So, this god is the source of the Nile. And then this god Hapi is the spirit of the Nile. Spirit of the Nile is full of blood.

Osiris, you have heard of Osiris. That is one of the main god’s of Egypt, and that was his bloodstream. So, Osiris, and by the way, this Osiris is one of the descendent names of Nimrod. Isis and Osiris. Semiramis and Nimrod. When you change them into a different language, they take up a different name because the names are not just names. The names have a meaning in their language. We give our kids a name that have absolutely no meaning to us. A little baby is born… Do you remember when the IRS used to put out these little books to do your taxes? They had all these pictures of missing kids. And I used to go through them and look at these missing children. I never knew who they were. I noticed a name of this one little girl was Cabbagepatch. Why would you name your child Cabbagepatch? Because that was the days of the cabbagepatch dolls craze. See, we give our kids names that we have no idea what they mean. But if you name your kid Jacob, expect him to be a supplanter. There are no young mothers here that are going to name their children. Children have a name that means something. And so, these names meant something.

So, the blood of the river. The river is the first thing that is being attacked with blood. Let me read it. Chapter 7, verse 3:

And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.

But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.

Listen to me. Answer my question now. What were God’s purposes in these plagues? God has specific purposes. And if there is a plague today, and if God’s hand is in it, He has a purpose. He has a specific purpose and He has specific gods that He is after. Maybe you can identify the gods. This Coronavirus thing, this is after our gods. What gods are being hit by this thing? Yes, sports, entertainment, Hollywood, theatres, drinking, carousing, partying. Is God going to be able to take care of us in all this? Yes. But you see, we always used to say, “When the great tribulation comes, this is what’s going to happen. This is what’s going to happen. This is what’s going to happen.” These things are happening already! And I am not sure we are in it yet. But I could be wrong. It could be the beginning.  In these plagues you will see God systematically take down the arrogant power of the most powerful worldly kingdom on this earth.

You know what else is being hit today, as it was then? Religion is being hit, especially the big megachurches that can’t meet. They can do their life-streaming and all that, but you cannot sustain this big thing forever with internet life-streaming and zooming. They won’t be able to do it for long. They are going to run out of money, they are going to run out. People like to gather together. They get the thrill of the spirit of the thing in them – whether it’s the right spirit or whether it’s just the thrill of the crowd.

Janet, when she went down to Texas years ago to see her daughter, she got into one of these mega, mega churches. And she gave the description of what it was like. She said when she walked in, the music was just uplifting, perfect. It was just, “Oooh, cheer, everybody felt so good.” But the ushers were cowboys, “Move along, move along, move along.” Everybody goes filing in, row upon row, filling the seats while this glorious rapturous music was playing. The pastor gets up. He’s got such a positive user-friendly message, charismatic message. He was so full of smiles and everything. And then when it was over, it finished, timed right to the clock. When it was over, the ushers in the parking lot were like cowboys, “Move them out, move them out, move them out.” The cars were lined up miles down the road, waiting to come in and taking place for the next round. They were going to have two, three rounds that day. Each exactly an hour long. You cannot sustain that with a computer meeting. You can’t keep that up. People will do it for a while and they are going to miss this crowd spirit. If people don’t come, they are not going to be putting money in the basket to feed this hungry beast. These are gods. And there is a whole lot more that I can’t even think of. We will know them when they fall. We will know them.

We have the blood, this was duplicated by the Egyptians, it happened in Goshen as well, the Hebrew people, their water was polluted too. They were able to get clean water, by the way, by digging next to the river where filtration would carry the water through the sand. They could get clean water that way. It would filter out the blood and the dead stinking putrid fish. So, their beautiful gods, the Nile is being brought down. You cannot realize how important the Nile is to Egypt. It is big, mega god, important. The Nile flooded every year, made the farm land fertile. It was the most beautiful… They worshiped it. And they literally made it a god. Let’s study more of these plagues as we continue. May God bless each of you.