THE NEW EXODUS
Michael F. Blume
© 2001 Michael F. Blume
(7) And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. (8) Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. (9) 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 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 to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Rameses. (12) But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. (13) And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigor: (14) And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigor.
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John wrote several of the New Testament Books.
His Gospel and first Epistle read begin much like the book of Genesis.
1 John 1:1
Each of these books begin with a reference to the "Beginning." And if you continue reading each reference, you will see that they also speak about the light. We know that Jesus is that Light! John's Gospel also speaks of a series of days in the first two chapters as does Genesis.
John spoke of the New Genesis. The beginning of the New Genesis involved the coming of the true Light, Jesus Christ. New creatures would be made in this new Genesis. It involved a New Covenant. But his book of Revelation does not speak of the New Genesis but of the New Exodus. As in the first Exodus of Israel from Egypt, where Israel was persecuted and in bondage beneath Egypt, John begins Revelation by speaking of the Church, including himself, in persecution. In fact, John informs his readers that he was in the Isle of Patmos due to persecution!
And Moses is called to deliver Israel at the scene of a burning bush, out which The Great I Am spoke to him. John likewise is shown the burning candlestick that any student of the Bible knows is in the shape of an almond tree, with six branches and a main stem.
The pattern is the same in Exodus and Revelation!
John hears Jesus call Himself the I AM.
It is interesting to note that "I am that I am" refers to Him who was and is and is to come. The eternal one. Jesus used that title in Revelation 1:18.
So John sent word to the seven churches in Asia Minor who were beneath persecution of Jerusalem and its priests and Christ-rejecting Judaists. John was told that an Exodus would shortly come to pass!
After Moses saw the burning bush, as John saw the burning tree, Moses soon saw the Exodus of Israel from Egypt. The Church was about to enjoy the New Exodus from the persecuting Jerusalem and Rome.
In Exodus 6, God gave the seven "I wills" of God, showing God's perfect (seven) will.
In other words, to learn what the perfect will of God for your life is, simply realize that God initiates the work in that will for you. God is the strength, God is the author and finisher. Israel failed to enter Canaan because they lost sight of the fact that God would perform the work through them against the fearsome Canaanites, so Israel need not fear defeat.
The church was going to have to know that God is in control and that the great tribulation to come upon Jerusalem would bring no harm to the church, and that the troubles up until that day would likewise not destroy the church, God was with that persecuted Church! He was in their midst, as the vision of the Lord in the midst of the candlesticks proved, for the candlesticks were the churches. He will run the show. He is in control.
This was very relevant to Moses, in his burning bush confrontation, since Moses previously took on all of Egypt himself and failed miserably. Moses was shown that he is a branch and God is the instigator of the victory through Moses. If we can see that in any trouble we have today, we will always overcome!
The message is still the same to the church today! Worry not over your trials. God is in your midst! You shall overcome if you trust in Him.
John was shown this same picture to give this message to the persecuted churches of the time that they might likewise see this and win. We require a revelation of Jesus Christ in any troublous situation, because when we see Him like this, we will see ourselves as branches abiding in Him. And we shall overcome through faith!
John was their companion in tribulation.
"Im am in it with you, too, church. You are in the midst of persecution headquartered in Jerusalem where the Jews forced the hand of Rome against you. But I am here on Patmos ("my killing"). And I have a revelation to share with you concerning all of your sufferings. Very soon you're coming out of it all. I just saw the burning bush!"
Compare the following:
Both of these men actually turned around to see this vision! Surely God is directing us to understand that an Exodus of sorts is about to occur in the context of Revelation.
The seven branches on the candlestick were the seven troubled and persecuted churches in Asia Minor. You see, God was showing them that they were the light of the world, finding their source of light in Jesus Himself, who was in their midst! And they were being persecuted. God did not want the bushel of persecution covering the light of the Church. He wanted the Church to shine forth to all the world. And as God set Israel free to journey to Canaan and establish them as His Kingdom on Earth so as to bring Christ into this world for salvation, He was about to set the Church free from the persecution of Jerusalem to shine forth the Lord in all His glory from out of their midst!
God showed Abraham the same same picture of the burning bush but described it as such:
A burning lamp was seen in the darkness of persecution and bondage. Israel would come out of the trouble as the nation enslaving them would be destroyed. The burning bush of Moses was foretold to be a burning lamp. And this connects us to John's visions where He saw the seven burning lamps of the candlestick as follows:
These lamps are the candlesticks, or the churches! Branches of the Lord.
Truly, we need a revelation of Jesus when times get hard.
The church was being persecuted during the writings of Romans. And Paul applied the truths of the victory of Jesus on the cross, as foretold in Genesis 3:15, to the situation where they would have to see this victory they held in Christ through the cross and overcome their persecution in a New Exodus Victory!
The entire Book of Revelation concerns the need for God's Church to see themselves in victory in Christ, that they might overcome the heavy persecution of Jerusalem in that early day, while God would destroy Jerusalem. And we can glean faith and victory from this same book today whenever we are in tribulation, for their victory through faith in being In Him is there for us as well.
1 John 5:4
The persecuted Apostolics of pre-70 AD days were about to experience an Exodus par excellence!
Isaac was weaned and grew to be able to feed himself. It was no coincidence that at that very celebration, Ishmael jealously mocked Isaac and caused an uproar. It was then that Ishmael and his mother were thrown out of the household, and Isaac was freed from the pressure to flourish and grow in the home.
Likewise the elder brother of flesh, persecuting Jerusalem, was oppressing the Church. And after the truths of Christ were made known to the Church through the ministries of the Apostles before 70 AD, the bondwoman and her son were dealt with by God, Himself. Paul referred to the near day when God would end the persecution against the church and deliver the Church into freedom as follows:
The persecuting bondwoman and her son would be cast out soon!
Jerusalem was even called Egypt in Revelation.
An Exodus occurred in both Egypt and Sodom. Sodom, of course, was the wicked city where Lot lived, and from which Lot experienced an Exodus, also!
The angel of death was about to destroy Jerusalem and the church would escape in glorious Exodus!
That is the reason we read the following allusion to the Exodus of old in Revelation.
Exodus 12 shows how the blood of the lamb that was stricken on doorways would turn the Hebrew homes into places of refuge from the wrath to hit Egypt. Because blood was placed on a doorway, we see that the thought of entrance and a place of indwelling is emphasized.
Jesus is the door. He was smitten and stricken for our salvation.
And we must abide in Christ, as inside the door that was struck and embloodened. Hyssop was the instrument used to strike blood on the doors, and is referred to as the smallest of trees as follows:
1 Kings 4:33
Hyssop is the smallest of trees. It is therefore likened to faith that is considered as the smallest of seeds, yet able to spring forth into the greatest of trees. The key is that our faith must be locked onto our position in Christ, that we might overcome any trial including persecution and its bondage.
By faith we must see ourselves in Christ as more than conquerors!
We must stay within Christ in a position of faith until we see the light of the victory and spiritual Egypt is smashed!
John saw the resurrected Christ when he saw the following:
A lamb as it had been slain, but standing! Resurrection!
These were redeemed by the Lord! They were kings and priests.
This is the church!
Notice the typology in the following:
As strange as it may sound, amongst all the animals sacrificed, the ass had the privilege of being redeemed by the blood of a lamb, showing the thought that Israel was redeemed by God out of Egypt's bondage. But it is clearly understood when you realize that an ass is a beast of burden, and Israel was beneath the burden of slavery. Deliverance is salvation!
The people standing there listening to Jesus would see the kingdom!
Then we read:
The Greek term used from which "decease" was translated is "exodos"! It was His departing!
His death in Jerusalem was the Exodus for us from any trial we may ever experience! You will have an Exodus out of any problem you ever enter into so long as you apply the blood of Jesus' death to your life!
We see a grand display of an exodus in Revelation 12.
A woman is paining to be delivered. The man-child must be born, revealed and manifested. The devil seeks to devour the child.
A deliverer was to come to Israel in Egypt. But Pharaoh sought to slay every man child to obstruct his coming.
The same occurred at Christ's birth.
Moses and Jesus slipped through and both went into the heart of Egypt, itself!
We then read that the man-child ascended to the throne, similarly as Moses ascended to the throne in Egypt.
Jesus later died and ascended to the throne of God. Now, this is where the issue of 70 AD comes into play 40 years later. The death of Christ and His ascension are intrinsically linked to our victory over trouble and bondage of persecution.
Moses attempted to free Israel and it was not until 40 years after Moses' rejection of the throne and his independent attempt to liberate Israel, that only ended in his defeat, that God used Him to deliver Israel from Egypt. Now, Jesus did not independently find defeat when He ascended to the throne. But Jesus did ascend, and forty years later came the time for the Church's Exodus from Jerusalem. The time periods are the same in the Exodus of Moses and the Church.
Israel escaped Egypt when the blood of the lamb gave them victory while it brought wrath of death upon Egypt.
Israel went into the wilderness in Exodus. She would be there for the precise same time that the siege against Jerusalem took place - 3.5 years. Time came to judge the Egypt of Jerusalem, and free the church in a new Exodus! Just as in Egypt, Satan frantically tried stopping the church.
They overcame by the blood of the lamb. They utilized the truths of the cross in their confrontation with the persecution from Jerusalem and they overcame! Let this be an example to us of ever looking to the blood for victory! We may be going through troubles some 2000 years after Christ shed that blood, but that blood still gives us victory today! We still overcome by the blood of the Lamb!
Revelation 5 showed us the victory of Christ's sacrifice and resurrection (Rev.5:6), and indicated how it affects us to reign as kings and to minister as priests (Rev. 5:9-10). The persecuted Church of pre-70 AD times had to know how to experience Exodus out of any situation by looking back to the blood of the sacrifice of Christ as their means of victory.
Why the blood? Why the sacrifice?
We were baptized into the death of Christ, which is
represented by the blood. And that experience caused us to
remain in Christ and be buried and risen with him to ascend and be
seated above all powers. Since we linked with the Lord at the
point of our baptism into His death, we therefore see that reference to
the victory through the blood is simply a reference to the embodiment
of all truths pertaining to our positions in Christ due to that baptism
into His death.
Daniel tells us that war ensued also with Michael, in a time of trouble such as never was.
This time of trouble is what Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24.
Matthew 24 links this to 68-70 AD when Jerusalem was destroyed by Rome and the church escaped in a New Exodus.
Notice that an Exodus is mentioned amongst the reference to a time of trouble such as never has been. Revelation speaks of that Exodus, and the warfare of Michael in chapter 12 of that Exodus connects us to Daniel 12's reference to Michael's warfare, where we read of a time of trouble such as never has been.
Pharaoh went mad after Israel left, and demanded that the armies of Egypt pursue Israel and haul them back into slavery.
Pharaoh was defeated by the plagues upon his kingdom, and salvation came to Israel.
The church had to come to a place of faith in those days of Jerusalem's persecution, that they might overcome and be the light to all the world that they were meant to be. That is the reason that God showed John the vision of the Lord in the candlesticks. The branches were the Church. We're kings and priests by the blood, so we must apply that blood to our troubles and get the victory that kings and priests should enjoy!
You see, it was woman against woman.
Paul taught that Jerusalem of his time was corresponding to the Hagar/Law of Moses. It was Mount Sinai Judaism. Law of Moses was intended to be a schoolmaster to bring Jews to Christ, but their rejection of Christ made them the child of the Jerusalem of Hagar, the bondwoman. The Church, on the other hand, was of their mother the Jerusalem which is above - Spiritual Jerusalem. New Jerusalem, in contrast to the Old Jerusalem.
The former mother of Abraham's first son, Ishmael, was Hagar. And she was only intended to be a handmaid. She was never intended to be the rival of Abraham's wife, Sarah. And the children of this spiritual Hagar were the Jews persecuting the Church, while the Isaac, son of Sarah, was the company of Christians.
Time came for Hagar and her son to go. 68-70 AD would be that time. They would be removed from hindering the church any further.
See the prayers:
Overall, the entire inception of the New Covenant was the revelation of Jesus Christ. There were those who still clung to Law and persecuted the Church who accepted Christ. Jerusalem and her children of Law had to be removed so that the Church could progress. Hence, Exodus.
So, Pharaoh chased after Israel.
When the devil sought to retake the people of the Church and hold them in bondage, the woman received eagle's wings to escape. This is the church's faith manifested. The believers realized their union to Christ and learned from John's letter. John foretold that this would occur in this twelfth chapter of Revelation. They took flight by exerting faith in what the Word said who they were. They recalled Jesus' words about fleeing Jerusalem when they saw her encompassed about with armies.
Notice God's words to Israel after they escaped Pharaoh's clutches at the Red Sea.
They received Eagle's wings, just like this woman in Revelation 12, after Pharaoh was clearly defeated by the lamb's blood, in correspondence to the victory for the Church through the blood of the lamb in Rev 12:11.
But Pharaoh was daunted. He saw the Red Sea open up and Israel flee like a woman with eagle's wings from his grasp. So he set out to send his armies through the Red Sea to once again seize the Hebrews.
Egypt's flood of soldiers were vomited out after the Hebrews. But look what God did next!
Read the corresponding words in Revelation.
Notice the words of Moses' song describing this very event when the soldiers were drowned.
This is precisely the same terms used in Revelation 12!
We then read in Revelation 13 that 3.5 years ensued, but the church was sealed from the wrath.
Like blood on the doorways of Egypt, saving the Hebrews, before the wrath of God came upon Egypt, we read this:
John "heard" a representative number depicting the church as follows:
Then he "saw" or "beheld" the actual number.
And he heard them cry this:
Salvation! Deliverance! The Church made it through in victory!
After this, the Beast destroys the harlot who rode atop him to persecute the church, as Rome destroyed Jerusalem after being used by Jerusalem to persecute the church.
It was God's coming against Jerusalem, since we read the following:
Since it was God's will being fulfilled in destroying Jerusalem, it is in effect God coming against Jerusalem in wrath. Thus we read that Jesus came in wrath, the wrath of the lamb, when Rome destroyed Jerusalem.
The church was then free to be the light she was born to be! After Rome smashed Jerusalem, the church flourished. It was the burning bush it was called to be. True branches of Christ.
People, we must realize that we are always in bondage without a revelation of Jesus Christ and who we are in Him. When you get that revelation, God will reveal Himself through you, and no Babylon-spirit of Egypt or persecuting Jerusalem will ever hold you down!
Jesus went into the Holiest of Holies upon His ascension into glory, and he took the sealed mystery and opened up the Gospel hidden from the foundation of the world. But 70 AD came, and it was high time for the church to shine forth and to silence Jerusalem and cease the Pharisees' and chief rulers' persecution. The bondwoman and her son had continued for forty years after they killed Jesus to persecute the Church. Hagar and Ishmael hurt the Sarah and Isaac of the church. But what saith the scriptures? "Cast out the bondwoman and her son!" And that time arrived! Jerusalem was going down! The devil-possessed city was to be destroyed.
The Church would now proceed and be the light to the entire world! She would prophesy to all nations and peoples, just as Jesus first told them.
Only one message was told to be preached to all the world. Acts 2:38! Repentance and remission of sins in Jesus' name. Compare the above scriptures with the following!
If you suffer any form of bondage that hinders your testimony from shining forth, realize who you are by seeing a revelation of Jesus Christ, and you in Him, and enjoy a New Exodus every time!
Michael F. Blume is a a minister with Rightly Dividing the Word. He is senior pastor at Breath of Life Church, Portage la Prairie, MB. His website’s address is: www.mikeblume.com
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