A 2nd Exodus
“Now all these things happened to them as an example, and they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.” 1 Corinthians 10:11
In the first 12 verses of chapter 10 of 1 Corinthians Paul speaks to the ‘church’ concerning the Exodus through the wilderness as an example to us of what is to come. Is Paul implying a similar event in the future that will impact God’s people ? A 2nd Exodus, if you will ? Let’s see what the Word says .
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the child of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16,17
Hopefully we all understand the only Scripture existing in the day this was written was that which we call the ‘Old Testament’ – the Torah, the Prophets and the other writings , (because what we call the New Testament had not been written down yet). If these were the only existing Scriptures, do they support, in any way, what Paul is speaking to the congregation at Corinth, and, by extension, to us today ?
Let’s go to the Prophet Jeremiah. He speaks of a second exodus that will so exceed the first one that they will no longer speak of the first exodus….. “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, that it shall no longer be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 15 But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north , and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. 16 Behold, I will send for many 1 fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks
. . . . . . 19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles ( the nations ) shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.””
KJG Jeremiah 16:14-21
Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The 1 LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 8 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel (Abraham’s seed) out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land. KJG Jeremiah 23:7-8
So we see in Jer. 16 & 23 It talks of a time in the future that the seed of Israel will no longer talk of the first exodus. Let’s see if this has happened yet. Have you ever been to a traditional Passover Seder (service)? The whole service is a recounting and looking back to the first time the LORD brought them out of Egypt. At the Seder they will read the whole account in Exodus of the hardships, plagues, all they had to go through, and their deliverance from their land of bondage. It is the most significant event in the history of Israel. They repeat this recounting every year at Passover. So we see that the second exodus, spoken of in Jer. 16 and 23, has obviously not taken place yet (even though some of Israel is back in the land at the present day), since they continue to talk about the first exodus even to this day.
But you might say “ this is speaking to Israel and the Jews and I’m part of the New Testament Church. How can this apply to me ?” Well, let’s go back to Paul, the teacher sent to the Gentiles (nations).
In Paul’s letter to the congregation at Ephesus, he makes a very familiar statement in verse 8 – “for we are saved by grace through faith”. Surprisingly, in virtually the same breath, he relates that if we are ‘covered by the blood of Messiah, we are a part of the citizenship of Israel and therefore heirs to the covenant of promise’. In Galatians 3:29 Paul makes this declaration – “And if you be in Messiah, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
(Abraham – the ancestor of the seed of Israel). In addition, Paul reminds the congregation at Rome those of the nations are grafted into the Olive Tree of Israel and not the other way around.
We said all that to say this. When the Prophet Jeremiah speaks of a future ‘bringing out’ and that it applies to ‘the people of Israel’, we must understand every born-again, blood-bought believer is part of that group and this future event applies to them.
The Scriptures declare that a matter will be established on the word of two or more honest witnesses. Jeremiah is one. Let’s go to the Prophets Hosea and Ezekiel for two more witnesses. Ezekiel 20:32-38, Ezekiel 37 along with Hosea 2:14-23 reference the same future event. Please notice Hosea 2:23 is the same wording as in Romans chapter 9. Verse 14 of Hosea 2 speaks of ‘the valley of Achor’ as a ‘door of hope’. Achor is a Hebrew word for trouble or tribulation. At the end of the valley of tribulation is the Door to the Light of the Kingdom.
There is a future event coming upon the earth, preceded by ‘before-shocks’ rather than after-shocks ( Yeshua calls them birth-pangs), some of which having been going on for centuries.
In Matthew 24, Luke 17 and Mark 13 Yeshua (Jesus) speaks of a future event of great destruction the likes of which man has not seen or will ever see again . . . the same event spoken of by Jeremiah, Hosea, Ezekiel, Joel, Paul, Peter and others. It is a second ‘bringing out’ of God’s people from all the places where they have been scattered . . . and then the end will come (Matt. 24).
This is the event of which Paul admonishes and warns the congregation at Corinth . . . and the Congregation of today . . . this event is coming. And the birth-pangs leading up to this event are not to be underestimated in their severity. The time of the plagues in Egypt was the birth-pangs of that day bringing about the birth of the congregation of Israel. The first exodus – the time in the wilderness – purified and prepared the people for the Promised Land. There were 42 camping places in their time in the wilderness. The future birth-pangs will precede the re-gathering of the Congregation of Israel – every born-again believer – and the second exodus will be the ‘bringing out’ and bringing into the wilderness for a time of purification and preparation before stepping into the Land and the Kingdom. And this will take place over a period ‘a time, times and half a time’ – 42 months. At the first Passover (the beginning of the Exodus) they were told to ‘go into their houses, shut the doors and stay until the destroyer had passed over’( Ex.12:22-23). In the time to come we are told in Isaiah 26:20-21 to “go into your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.” Is this a coincidence ?
So how does this event connect to the ‘rapture’? The ‘rapture’ (harpazo – a sudden, forceful snatching away or snatching out) will take place. When ? Exactly when God determines. We won’t take time to get into that debate here. Let it suffice to affirm the Scriptures do tell us there will be this ‘snatching out’. What the Scripture does not confirm is the Congregation of God’s people being snatched out before anything bad happens. It’s just not there. The Word does tell us to persevere (to hang on) and He will keep us during the time of testing ( Rev. 3:10); to pray to have the spiritual foundation for the emotional and mental stress of what will be taking place around us ( Luke 21:36); and pray that your time of fleeing the destruction is not in the winter or on the Sabbath ( Matt. 24:20). And what Paul says to the congregation at Corinth just confirms that fact. “Now all these things happened to them as an example, and they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.”
Ezekiel 20:34 “And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. 36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD. 37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant:”
So is there a wilderness time for God’s people? If so, then we need to be aware and prepared and in prayer that we will be spiritually, emotionally and physically ready.
3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. 4 They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams. 5 One will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, ‘The LORD’s,’ and will take the name ‘Israel’. Isaiah 44:3-5
“For on my holy mountain, on the high mountain of Israel – declares Yahweh – is where the whole House of Israel will worship me.” Ezekiel 20:40
Shalom – R & J