There has been much going through in previous post(s) with Exodus 10 and Revelation 9. Exodus 10 was a guideline for us to understand what is happening in these days that are very soon ahead of us. In Exodus 10:21 are things that are tied in with the last days that is in Revelation 9.
Below is a verse about the 3 days of darkness:
And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: Exodus 10:22
This did occurred back in the time when The LORD poured out judgments upon Egypt, and this was the 9th judgment.
This 3 days of darkness was clearly a time of separation:
They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. Exodus 10:23
There is a contrast between “darkness” and “light” that was described in these two verses. It is speaking to us not only the physical, but also of the spiritual, because there is a spiritual darkness that is coming across this earth. There is also another spiritual light that is coming from CHRIST to us. Moreover, there is a time of separation, division and provision.
There was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt, which Egypt represents the world here and the world was in darkness. There were both spiritual and physical darkness. The children of GOD had light in their dwellings during the darkness, and as to look in terms of today would mean that based on the scripture; CHRIST is the light within us and that dwelling is this fleshly body/tabernacle that we have. Looking in a spiritual perspective today, is that the world is being in spiritual darkness and the children of GOD are being filled with light. There is definitely a separation and a division in this 3 days of darkness that has took place in Exodus. GOD has clearly shown that the darkness HE had brought upon Egypt, which today would be upon the world is not affecting HIS children as HE is providing what they need both physically and spiritually. GOD is clearly showing a division of those of the world and those that are of HIM.
Let’s look at the Book of Jonah that represents the backslidden:
Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Jonah 1:17
At the time, Jonah was running away from GOD as HE asked him to go to Nineveh, but he went into another direction. Then he had ended up in the ship and was thrown into the ocean where the whale has swallowed him. He then spent for three days and three nights in the belly of the whale.
Due to rebellion, Jonah has entered into the belly of the whale for three days. What delivered him that he went through, was his repentance towards The LORD. Jonah represents the backslidden because he was the man of GOD, but he did not want to follow GOD’s instructions; so he had set off of his own path. It brought him a fish in a tribulation, that he had repented to The LORD and told The LORD that he would do what he had instructed him to. Therefore, the whale has vomited him up in the dry land and Jonah arose as he went to Nineveh. Jonah represents the backslidden, and those who have known The LORD, but they have took their own direction because they did not want to do what The LORD said and pay attention to HIM in their lives.
Now let’s look at Saul who represents the lost in Acts 9. Saul was a man who persecuted Christians (imprisoned Christians, having them tortured, beaten and even ordered their deaths) and he was a wicked man. Here is a picture of wickedness in this world. Saul had encountered CHRIST on his road to Damascus, and afterwards he had a 3 days period of blindness. At the end of that 3 days, a disciple of CHRIST called Ananias who had put his hands on him and healed him. Saul’s eyes were opened both spiritually and physically through the encounter with CHRIST, and he had became the follower of CHRIST which he went to preach the gospel of CHRIST after this.
This is about someone that you would not expect to come to The LORD, how he had an encounter that brought him to The LORD. Saul represents the lost in this world; those that are of the world, those who had no regard for The LORD and those who lives wickedly, just as Saul did.
These three days events have symbolic meanings of the bride, the backslidden and the lost.
Here are verses about GOD’s graciousness:
For if ye turn again unto the Lord, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him. 2 Chronicles 30:9
This is showing that GOD is eager, compassionate, merciful and loving towards those who have turned away from HIM, and then returning back to HIM. HE does not want them to be of the world and therefore face destruction.
And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not. Nehemiah 9:17
Even those who are rebellious and stiff-necked towards The LORD, GOD is still continuously wanting them to come back to HIM, regardless of what they have done, because HE does not want anyone to perish. These scriptures have clearly indicated that those who have turned away from The LORD, that HIS love and compassion wants them to repent and come back to HIM, no matter what they have done. Especially now we are in; the time is short. The grace of GOD knows no boundaries; HE extends HIS love to ALL, to everyone who turns to HIM with a sincere heart, for HE wish that none to perish.
For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. Mark 3:35
This is talking about spiritual family and The LORD is saying that whosoever shall do the will of GOD, the same is HIS brother, HIS sister, and HIS mother. This means it is HIS family, like a close family.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
The prime example of that is when CHRIST lay down HIS life for us. This also relates to Christian martyrs, who die in the name of CHRIST and lay down their life for a friend who they have in JESUS, for HE is everything to them.
And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. Luke 17:26-30
We are now as in the days of Noah. When destruction comes to the earth, only those who are found to be righteous can escape the destruction that will come.
Part 4 shall be continued in another post.
- King James Version Bible
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