An Excerpt From the New Idolatry
As God’s people were delivered AFTER the 10 plagues, I personally believe that those who are alive at the Lord’s second coming will not escape until the very end, at the moment the Lord Jesus Christ comes to earth simply because “the bible says so.” In the book of Matthew, His Coming and our escape are subsequent events, with the rapture immediately following His return to Earth:
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of the trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:30, 31)
The words of Paul also harmonize with the words of the Lord in Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians:
For 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. THEN WE WHICH ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and we so we shall ever be with the Lord. (I Thess. 4: 16,17)
There are only two sets of saints: those who are alive and those who have died in Christ. If we have died, we are already with the Lord in spirit. If we are alive, then we will either die before He returns or be made immortal AFTER He returns. Like the children of Israel lived to escape the 10 plagues, the elect of God in Christ shall also live to escape earth’s judgment. We need to be strong, and take comfort in the fact that the enemy shall not prevail against us.
In the book of Numbers, we find that not only were God’s judgments upon Egypt, they were also upon the many gods that the Egyptian’s worshipped for as the scripture clearly states: “ AMONG THEIR GODS THE LORD ALSO EXECUTED JUDGMENT.” (Numbers 33:4) God makes it even plainer in Exodus with “For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.” Exodus 12:12)
If we are to understand the overall consequence and symbolic meaning of the plagues, we need to understand who the Egyptian gods were and what the Egyptians believed was the authority and power of each of the gods that they worshipped. To these gods, prayers were invoked and sacrifices were made for centuries. The whole picture becomes understandable when we realize the extent of the identification of the demon gods with the land, the water and the sky of Egypt.