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Adult Sunday School -
Part 11 - Let my people go - by P.K.Odendaal - August 2012
Now that we have learnt what a type is and how one story is
mapped to another, we can look at Exodus and Revelation, in which Exodus is
mapped to Revelation. Both have the central theme of releasing God's people
from bondage into bliss.
To understand this story we must start with what belongs to
God has made the earth and it belonged to Him, but He
decided to give dominion over it, without any strings attached, to Adam and Eve,
to dress and to keep: Gen 1:26And God said, Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and
over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over
every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
However, Satan also wanted the earth and found a way to swindle
them out of their inheritance, by delusion and lies. So now it belongs to
Satan. This is confirmed by Satan in the temptation of Christ: Mat 4:8Again, the
devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the
kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; v:9And saith unto him, All these things will I
give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
So now, all that is on earth belongs to Satan by default.
However, we may claim deliverance from this tyranny in the name of God, because
we still have our own free will, which Satan could not annex, and we can choose
what we want. So we may be squatters (sorry for my degenerative word - Gods'
word puts it more softy) on earth whilst we serve God - and we must labour for
a living - on God's instruction to Adam. The fact that we are squatters on
earth is confirmed in this scripture : Heb 11:13These all died in faith, not having received
the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them,
and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims
on the earth. However, it is not as simple as I have stated it.
And this is exactly what God found when the children of
Israel called unto Him to deliver them from the domination of Pharaoh - a
nation in bondage and slavery: Exo 3:7And the LORD said, I have surely seen the
affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason
of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; v:8And I am come down to deliver them out of the
hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land
and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey;
However, Pharaoh did not want to let God's people go. He
wanted to keep them in bondage and slavery. The instruction from God that we
should work for our daily bread, was exploited by the kings of this world to
bring us into slavery - even today. And thus you find Israel then, and us now,
in bondage and slavery, although Israel, and we now, do not believe it. Joh 8:33They answered
him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest
thou, Ye shall be made free?
This was not God's purpose for us. He wants us to be free,
and therefore he has set two occasions where we would be freed from this slavery.
Firstly, Israel would be freed from Pharaoh and Egypt, and secondly, we will be
freed from Satan and this world.
God had to send ten plagues to Egypt to persuade Pharaoh to
let His people go. And this is precise what Revelation is all about. God will
be sending ten plagues (seven trumpets and three woes) onto the earth to
persuade Satan to let God's people go - so that they may be raptured from this
We thus expect that there will be some agreement or
correlation between these two sets of plagues - those in Exodus and those in
Revelation, but the timing of the two events are four thousand years apart, and
God cannot use the same plagues, although in principle they are the same - but
locusts are not real locusts in Revelation, but aeroplanes. God could not use
aeroplanes in Pharaoh's time, as he will be using in Revelations as so aptly described
by John here (not having seen one in real life) : Rev
9:7And the shapes of the locusts were
like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it
were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. v:8And they had hair as the hair of women, and
their teeth were as the teeth of lions. v:9And they had breastplates, as it were
breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of
chariots of many horses running to battle. v:10And they had tails like
unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was
to hurt men five months.
There is another interesting facet to the plagues in
Revelation, and that is the revenge of God on the kings of this earth, Satan and
men of sin, in that a series containing six is used over and over again, an
added complication which was not present in the plagues of Egypt. Although I
have postulated seven trumpets and three woes above, the truth is much more
complex. God sends seven seals, but only six seals are opened before the
seventh seal's trumpets start. The seven trumpets sound, but only six are heard
before the seven thunders sound, and only six thunders are heard before the
seven woes start .. and so on. It is much more complicated because of its
discrete and probably disjointed progression, due to the incorrect sequencing
of the book of Revelation during later compilation. Some of these visions are
also sealed as God told Daniel : Dan 12:4But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and
seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro,
and knowledge shall be increased.
There is a misconception that God will reuse the earth to
establish His thousand year kingdom, but that is based on an incorrect reading
of the scripture. Firstly, it is inconceivable that God would establish his
kingdom on an earth which belongs to Satan. God will not take from Satan which
was rightly swindled. Scripture says there will be a new heaven (sun and stars)
and a new earth. The sky can only change by going to a new planet, so to speak.
It also says the new planet will have no seas, whilst the earth have seas - and
what a mess this earth will be in after all these vials of wrath of God have
been poured on the earth. It is also doubtful whether God would establish His
kingdom on an earth which has been stained with the blood of the martyrs and
innocent people: Psa
106:38 And shed innocent blood, even
the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the
idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.
The way God will release His people from this earth will be
by a rapture after the great tribulation and the last trumpet : 1 Co 15:52In a moment, in
the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and
the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. and1Th 4:16For the Lord himself shall descend from
heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of
God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: v:17Then we which are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the
air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.