This blog is designed to make you "think". Also to encourage,exhort,edify and "Warn" the saints of God as we see the day of The Lord on the horrizon.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Finger of God! Part 1

It saddens me, that many Christians are interested in prosperity, controversy, or the latest conspiracy theory, but for the most part, not the least bit interested in learning about perseverance, endurance, long suffering, and patience.

Many of today's Christians think they are above ever having to suffer any type of persecution at all. And as for tribulation well, that's just plain out of the question. They believe that they are just going to go from their air conditioned pews, straight to Glory any day now, and they will see no tribulation!

The minute anyone brings up the concept of God's people having to suffer, they are accused of having a martyrs complex, and told that God's people are not appointed to His wrath. That is true, because God is not going to destroy His own people by His wrath. But He is going to allow them to go through tribulation. The wrath of eternal destruction by fire, comes at the end of the tribulation!
The time of Tribulation and the destroying of the wicked by fire are two separate events.
God has proven that He can keep His own through the fire and be with them in the fire!

He kept the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace; Christ was with them in the furnace. He didn't take them out of the furnace; He was with them in the furnace and protected them from any harm at all.

The Church will be with God in their glorified bodies in total safety when he renews the earth by fire.
Just as Noah was in the ark, when God renewed the earth by water....just as he took Lot out of Sodom before its total destruction.

During the time that God's plagues are poured out, during the great tribulation, His people will be divinely protected, just as the Hebrew children were protected from the plagues of God's wrath that were poured out on Egypt.
Israel was kept through plagues and through death, and yes believe it or not they were kept right there in the same City that the Death angel passed through...they weren't whisked off to a different place....they were divinely kept by the blood of the spotless Lamb the power of Almighty God as the death angel passed over.

Exodus 7
God killed the fish and He poisoned the water supply of Egypt.

Exodus 8
Then He smote the land with frogs, and He infested the land with lice both man and beast.

Exodus 8:19 the magicians got it!
Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

Listen, in the last times, some people will see and know God is moving on the earth and still harden their hearts, and stiffen their necks, and curse Him to His face.

God sent swarms of flies upon the people of Egypt, yet He drew a line and He made a difference between His people and the people of Egypt. In these last days God is going to make the difference clear between His people and the people of the world.

Exodus 8:22-23
22. And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.
23. And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.

Does God change? NO!

In Exodus 9 God again gave warning to Pharaoh, who yet still hardened his heart against the living God!

God then said he would send a grievous murrain-(hoof and mouth type disease) upon the horses, asses, camels, oxen and sheep of Egypt. Yet at the same time this was the promise to Israel, His people:

Exodus 9:4
And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children’s of Israel.

He then sent pestilence and the cattle of Egypt died, but the cattle of Israel did not….

Then God sent boils upon both man and beast in Egypt.

God hardened Pharaohs heart, and did all these things that man might understand the power and authority of Almighty God and that there was none like HIM in all the earth!

Then God sent rain and great and grievous hail, hail that killed both man and beast on whom it fell. Thunder and fire came with the hail it was so great, it crushed the herbs and felled the trees.

Exodus 9:26
Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail

Yet when it was over Pharaoh again hardened his heart against God!
Pharaoh was not one who was willing to humble himself before God. He was a lot like many of the world’s leaders today.

So God promised to send a plague of locusts…every plant that escaped the plague of hail would be consumed by the locusts…

In the midst of this Israel held a feast unto the LORD, they honored God!

God did these things in the land of Egypt and showed His power over Pharaoh, for an example to us that would follow generations later…to show His power, His Glory, His Mercy, His ability to keep His people.

God raised Pharaoh up that His Glory could be seen in all the earth. God raises up leaders and He takes them down, and He causes them to do His will, even if he has to put a hook in their jaw!
Exodus 9:16
And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to show in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

Next God caused a great darkness, a darkness that could be felt, a literal and a spiritual darkness, to fall upon Egypt. But there was light in all the dwellings of Israel.

In the midst of this God gave Israel favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so much so that they gave of their best possessions to Israel for their journey out of Egypt.

Yet Pharaoh would not let Israel go….so God sent one last and final plague upon them…the plague of death to the first born in every household in Egypt…except those of Israel who had been forewarned to place the blood of the Lamb without spot or blemish….upon the overhead portion of their door ways…

God said, “When I see the blood I will pass over you.”

The blood has not lost it’s power saints, it has not lost its power, and God shall pass over you, and you shall not suffer eternal death….because of the blood of the spotless Lamb!

The Lord shall always keep and deliver His people, because God does not Change!

In Part 2 we are going to look at the plagues that God will pour out during the great tribulation.

And examine just what the plagues of Revelation are, during the time of the great tribulation, which is to try all the earth?

We will examine why the earth is to be tried?

The great tribulation is actually God's Mercy still at work, because it is yet an opportunity for men to acknowledge and Glorify God!

God’s people are not appointed unto His Wrath, but they are appointed to tribulation, much tribulation! But they shall come forth as Gold!