THE PLAGUES OF EGYPT
Many have heard of the plagues God sent to Egypt to set Israel free. Many look at this as a past event and not as something that may indeed happen to us all. They also look at these events as a great punishment because Pharaoh and the Egyptians had done great wrong. However, we know that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, he made Pharaoh a great house so this great deliverance could be known. This paper may indeed challenge the beliefs that this is SOLELY a past event and may open your eyes to the possibility that these plagues may have not only set Israel free, but us as well.
First, I want to point out, that each of these plagues is symbolic of something each of us encountered, or have yet to encounter in our lives. You see, God opens his mouth in dark sayings, in parables. Like the boy who cried wolf, as children we learned we also should not “cry wolf”, it did not matter if there was a literal boy or wolf, what mattered was the revelation that we should not lie or exaggerate. Jesus used parables to teach those who weren’t ready to receive the truth. He also stated, the Kingdom of Heaven is a mystery, and a mystery is a truth that needs to be uncovered. The Ten Plagues are no different. Each are symbolic, each drive us closer to freedom, and each are sent by God to deliver us from our Carnal Mind.
So, for this essay’s sake, let’s not concern ourselves with what literally happened, let’s allow the Holy Spirit to show up what these plagues and all the players involved represent. The stage is set, now let Christ the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our faith give us the rockin’ cliff notes.
Let’s start, by looking at the major players involved. There is God, Israel, Pharaoh, Plagues and Egypt. Each mean something, and scripture holds the key.
Consider what is taking place. God is setting Israel (God’s child) free from the Rule of Pharaoh. – Symbolically, God is setting the “Christ In Us” free from the Rule of the Flesh, which is the Carnal Mind.
In Hebrew, Pharaoh means: “Great House”, but in Greek, something remarkable become clear. In Greek Pharaoh means: “His Nakedness” … Isn’t that something? Israel is a slave to “His Nakedness”. Isn’t this also what sent Adam running, wasn’t it “His Nakedness” that he became so ashamed of, he ran and hid from God?
Isaiah 30:3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
Here Isaiah tells us, Pharaoh is OUR SHAME, and EGYPT is our CONFUSION.
Isn’t that something? Aren’t we all slaves to our Shame, Our Nakedness, at points in our lives? Doesn’t our insecurity make us do horrible things? Isn’t our lack of self worth, our lack of understanding in who we are keep up from Righteousness, Peace and Joy? And before being set free from our ignorance, aren’t we all SLAVES in the land of CONFUSION? (Which is EGYPT according to Isaiah)
Israel’s main job as Slave in Egypt was to BUILD UP EGYPT and STRENGTHEN their walls. And the mucky earth was the main material used.
And like Israel, aren’t we also slaving away in the muck and mire of our lives to make up for our guilt, shame, and lack of self worth? Don’t we also beat ourselves up? Don’t we say how unworthy we are, aren’t we reminded every time we step foot into a man made church that we are a SINNER destined for hell? Aren’t we ashamed that we don’t do enough for God, that we don’t tithe enough, volunteer enough, study enough, WORK ENOUGH? And so long as we are SLAVES to our SHAME we will continue to strengthen the walls of “our” CONFUSION (Egypt). That is of course, until God sets us free.
Which brings us to the plagues God sent Egypt, but what is really going on here?
EX 9:14: 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.
God sends these plagues to our HEART. And what is our heart? Well remember, wherever your treasure is, there your heart shall be. Our Thoughts, Our minds… This is where the plagues are sent. To deliver us from our Carnal ways and thoughts… Why, you ask? “So, that we will know there is none like God in the Earth.” It is so we will know God and his truth. This is a HEART WORK, an inside work, so God will be known to us intimately.
The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.
Children never listen when they are told something once. They need some prodding. They need to be reminded and then they need to experience the consequences for not listening or believing what their parent says. We are called by God but we all don’t listen at first. So God intervenes. He knows we love the Fleshpots of Egypt. He knows we are addicted to the rule of our Carnal Mind. We have lived our lives believing we are in control, that doesn’t change overnight. And since we are so stubborn… he uses MOSES which in Hebrew means “Drawing Out” – He draws us out of our ignorance and this is how he does it.
#1: WATER TO BLOOD
17Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. 17 18 The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.’ “
WATERS? Multiple waters? … How many times have you considered ONE river to have MANY WATERS? … Well the NILE is symbolic of where we draw our life from. The Nile is our sustenance in the world. The Nile was the sole source of Egpyt’s life. It is our life in the world before knowing the God is Israel. – But let’s get a witness in scripture to back this up.
In Revelation 17, we learn… The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
This “Nile” which is the source of Egypt’s life, is symbolic of the WORLD where the Whore of Babylon sits. This is our life before realizing how corrupt it is, without God.
Hosea 4 1Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. 2By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
In Egypt (CONFUSION) there is no knowledge of God. There is no truth, no mercy, no understanding, no freedom. This is why God must STRIKE the WATERS of our life. Our lives become foul to us, we then need to find a new source of LIFE. We are like the DEAD FISH floating to the top of the bloody Nile. The world is an offence to us now. We no longer want to DRINK (partake) of its WATERS, or EAT (Assimilate) anything that comes out of it. We want a way out of the world. We want to get back to God.
So what do we do? We get RELIGION. This is where we find God right?… Wrong? But it is an important step in setting us free. You see when Man first wants to know God, the Carnal mind is still very much ruling. PHAROAH isn’t going to let you go that easy. So we scurry off to the nearest church and it is great for awhile… until PLAGUE NUMBER 2 hits.
3And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneading troughs:
4And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.
All of a sudden you are told what to do, how to do it, what you can eat, what you can’t eat, what you can do in your bedroom, in your life, in your home, in your free time, with your money, etc, etc… You become infested with FROGS. They are everywhere.
…come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneading troughs:
CROAKING AGAIN, AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN… these FROGS get into your house, your bed, your kitchens, everywhere… So what are these FROGS, you find Croaking, when you finally leave the world for God and head toward Religion?
And I saw three unclean spirits like FROGS come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
Frogs are UNCLEAN SPIRITS (THOUGHTS)
14For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
The Frogs are all the religious mumbo jumbo we begin to believe when we first seek God. We listen to their CROAKING and we allow these doctrines of men affect every area of our lives. From our homes, relationship, and what we eat, to what we wear, how we act, and even sex. The FROGS (False Teachers/beliefs) torment us, night and day.
7And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.
Of course the “Magicians” don’t have a problem producing the FROGS (false teaching) as well. For the Magicians are a perfect allegory for many False Teachers, Pastors, Priests, Evangelists, etc. of our time.
So, we end up immersed in Religious False Teaching. They consume every aspect of our life. Soon, we begin to question, “Just what am I doing here?” – We want FREEDOM from it. But things only get worse. These Croaking Frogs, show us just how corrupt we are. And PLAGUE NUMBER THREE hits.
#3 – LICE
16And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
So the Aaron smites the DUST. The DUST? Isn’t that what our 1st Man Adam is formed in? And what is dust again? … Dead Flesh – Even scripture compares Dust to the lies, idolatries, and false teachings of man… So, now even our carnal nature torments us. The very LIES, we believed these false Teachers (Frogs) taught us, becomes a plague unto us as well. We, like Paul say, “The Good I want to do I CAN’T DO, that which I DON’T WANT TO DO, I DO… Who will save me from this LICE?” … Okay, I added the Lice part in, but you get my meaning.
The DUST, symbolic of the LIES the carnal religious man taught us becomes a parasite, it attaches itself to our thinking and slowly SUCKS THE LIFE out of us.
The word LICE from Strongs: Kanan means: (To fasten, as in a Gnat attaching its sting) We know the STING OF SIN attaches itself to us. It begins to such the LIFE out of us, we are Dead in our trespasses, we acknowledge we need a Savior, we want this plague to end…
But the problem is, we are still looking to PHAROAH (our nakedness/shame) to set us free. We think PHAROAH holds to the key to our freedom. We believe the religious mumbo jumbo we are force fed. We try as hard as we can to do everything the FROGS tell us, but nothing we do takes the STING of this last plague (Lice) away.
We want peace and we aren’t finding it. So some may even go from one church to another, one religion to another, trying to find the perfect Pastor but then God sends his next plague upon us…
#4: Swarming Flies
21Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.
So God sends a swarm of flies to deliver ISRAEL (CHRIST IN US) from EGYPT (CONFUSION) AND PHAROAH (SHAME/NAKEDNESS)… The question is what are these FLIES?
Dead FLIES cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking odor: so does a little folly in him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.
Let me break that down for you, As FLIES make foul physical medicine. FOLLY makes foul the words of men who have the “reputation” of wisdom and honour… I don’t know if you caught that.
At this point in our walk. We have bought, hook, line, and sinker, everything our religious leaders have told us. Even though, believing their words caused us great shame, guilt, failure, and suffering… You see, these Croaking Religious Leaders have the reputation of wisdom and honor. But we see their folly, every time they fall. We put them on a platform and believed all that they have said. But now, we find no peace in there words. For many, at this point, they leave their search for God all together.
Today more and more leave the man made Church because their Pastors have fallen, lied, cheated, stolen, prostituted, drugs, molestation, etc. etc. This FLY FOLLY is enough to make anyone want to run away from those RULING (Teaching) in Egypt (CONFUSION). You get tired of hearing them say, Do this and Do that, and then you find they don’t do it themselves. Or you try to meet with them, but they have no time for you. At this point, you say, “I’ve had enough… I WANT OUT!”
And when you finally want out, it is the best time for God to send his NEXT PLAGUE:
#5: Disease of Beasts
Now I want to remind you, that all of is symbolic of what is ACTUALLY taking place within us. You inside of us, there is Christ, Pharaoh, Egyptians, Cattle, etc etc… It all takes place within our mind.
You see these are all symbols. I’ve showed you the symbolic meaning of Egypt, Pharaoh, Frogs, Flies, Lice, etc… so Beasts is no different. So this plagues kills off EVERY BEAST of EGYPT… Mind you, NOT the BEASTS of ISRAEL. (that is very important to note)
So when God decided to kill off every Beast of the Egyptian and save every Beast of the Israelite, we really are looking at a symbol of how God begins to JUDGE OUR THOUGHTS.
The cattle are symbolic of our thoughts. Every BEAST (thought of man) birthed in EGYPT (Confusion and Ignorance) is DESTROYED… Every BEAST (Thought of Man) that is birthed in ISRAEL (Christ) is SAVED.
Once we have had it with the plagues of the Frogs, Lice, and notice the Fly Folly of our so called Religious leaders, it is then, God begins to weed out the wrong thoughts and strengthen the right ones.
6And 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.
The Thoughts of GODS SON are alive. The Thoughts of CONFUSION and LIES begin to die.
9And 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. 10And 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. 11And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians.
In the book of Lamentations we find out how important Boils are in finding out if a man is Leprous or not, unclean or not. A man with Boils you AVOID. This is symbolic of how we begin to know the difference between HEALTHY TRUTH and SICKLY LIES.
God made it so Israel could differentiate CHRIST IN THEM from the EGYPTIAN (carnal/antichrist) IN THEM. The Law DOESN’T allow ISRAEL to go near anyone with Boils.
And so, this plagues sheds light on which thoughts are clean (Christ) and which are unclean (Egyptians).There was a time we were ruled by the EGYPTIAN (confusing, lies, and unclean thoughts and teaching) but now we see the error, as we once saw the FOLLY in those spreading these lies.
And so there become great division between the FLESH and the SPIRIT, the Egyptian and the Israelites. Which has prepared perfectly for what God sends next.
# 7 HAIL
8Behold, 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.
Good ole, Isaiah helps to make it clear.
Isaiah 28: 1Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! 2Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.
You see God sends a TEMPEST of HAIL and FIRE to destroy everything that Egypt (confusion) has created. And God does this with his VOICE, His WORD OF TRUTH. And, we begin to see things differently, we can no longer hold on to the ignorant teachings of yesterday, or listen to the foolish croaking of those pastors, and we have parted company with those with boils, those who are unclean.
And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.
His VOICE is what destroys the works of Israel. His truth. At this point we’re still in EGYPT. We’re uncomfortable in our own beliefs, we see the hypocrisy of the man made religion, we find it hard to listen to their lies, we even begin to have new thoughts as God rids us of the wrong thoughts. But, God still needs to drive us headlong out of the RELIGIOUS and CARNAL SYSTEM of Egypt and Pharoah (Confusion and Shame) so he sends the LOCUSTS!
Locusts devour the harvest. They devour every-last bit of the false beliefs we held in our hearts. Literal Locusts in the form or Men, may even drive us out of the man made religion, because we have been questioning what they teach now, our cattle is blessed while theirs has died. And the DARKNESS hates the LIGHT.
Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast:5And 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:
God DEVOURS all of our ignorant OLD WAYS AND THINKING. And this is when the most important plague happens.
Right after God destroys our beliefs in all these false doctrines and ideas, this plague humbles us the most, and sets us up for perhaps the greatest blessing of all.
21And 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.
WE REALIZE we DONT KNOW ANYTHING about GOD. We have laid down our pride, our ignorant beliefs, we stop saying I SEE, I UNDERSTAND, and we pray, GOD GIVES US LIGHT.
This is what happened to Paul, he too, took part in these plagues. Knocked off his high religious horse and made BLIND…
DARKNESS… For the first time since we began seeking God, we realize His Ways are above ours and we don’t know the first thing about TRUTH.
And only after we learn that can the last and final great plague happen. So we are SET FREE.
#10: DEATH OF FIRSTBORN
The 1st born of everything in EGYPT DIES. Please catch the marvelous symbolism. The 1st BORN in EGYPT (Confusion) killed. Every Nature birthed out of CONFUSION, and SHAME is killed.
You see, the 1st shall be last in the Kingdom, and the last shall be first. Did not Jesus say, you must be born again?
After these plagues, we are finally ready to lay down our carnal lives and be born again.
The 1st Man (Adam) lays dead in Egypt, while the 2nd Man (CHRIST) is driven into the wilderness to be tested and tried.
This is OUR STORY PEOPLE. This is our journey, from bondage to the wilderness. And coming soon, the journey from the wilderness to the Promise Land.
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