Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament prophetic book of Ezekiel, and more specifically, is found in the thirty-second chapter of the book. This particular chapter contains the final prophetic word concerning Pharaoh king of Egypt, and the land of Egypt itself. Through the prophet Ezekiel, the Lord delivered an incredibly lengthy and powerful prophetic word concerning the land of Egypt, as well as to the king who ruled over them. The prophetic word released to and through the prophet Ezekiel began in the twenty-ninth chapter and continued through and concluded with the thirty-second chapter of the book. Four entire chapters within the prophetic writing of Ezekiel were devoted to the land of Egypt, and to Pharaoh king of Egypt who was ruler over that land. Perhaps what is so incredibly striking about the prophetic word that was declared unto Pharaoh and the land of Egypt, is that not only would this be the second time the Lord would unleashed His devastation, His judgments and His destruction within and upon the land, but it would also be the second time the Lord would do so while His own people were present in the midst of the land. THERE COMES A SECOND! WHEN THE LORD SENDS HIS JUDGMENT A SECOND TIME! THE FOLLOW UP JUDGMENT! While it may have come centuries later—centuries after the first devastation of the land of Egypt, centuries after the people of God were delivered and brought up out of the land of Egypt, and centuries after the children of Israel were led by the Lord through the wilderness and then brought into the Promised Land—there did indeed, and there would indeed come a second judgment. There may have been a considerable length of time that transpired and elapsed between the first spoiling of Egypt and the second spoiling of Egypt, but there would come a second spoiling of the land of Egypt. There might have been a considerable length of time that elapsed between the first devastation of the land of Egypt and the second devastation of the land of Egypt, but nonetheless and alas, there would come a second judgment. The land of Egypt may have recovered from the first devastation and spoiling the Lord unleashed upon and released within the land, but there would come a second point in time when the land of Egypt would find themselves staring in the face of judgment, calamity, catastrophe, spoiling and devastation. Through the prophet Ezekiel, the Lord delivered a very specific, and a very pointed and powerful word concerning the land of Egypt, and the king who ruled over the land—a land and ruler who had experience the judgment of the Lord centuries earlier.
In order to properly understand what is written and recorded within these chapters of the prophetic book of Ezekiel, it is necessary to first direct our attention to the Old Testament book of Exodus, and then to immediately follow that up with a focus on the prophetic book of Jeremiah. Both of these books—both books found within the Old Testament—bring us face to face with a proper understanding of the prophetic word the Lord released within the earth through the prophet Ezekiel. The stage begins to be set for the judgments the Lord would release within and upon the land of Egypt through the words the Lord spoke unto Moses—words which are recorded in the first seven verses of the chapter. It is within these seven verses that we discover the words the Lord spoke unto Moses concerning His judgments which would be released upon Pharaoh king of Egypt, and upon the land of Egypt as a whole. “And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land. And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them. And Moses and Aaron did as the Lord commanded them, so did they. And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh” (Exodus 7:1-7). Within these seven verses we discover the word of the Lord concerning Pharaoh, and how it would be the Lord Himself who would harden the heart of Pharaoh that he might not let the children of Israel go. As a result of this hardening of Pharaoh’s heart, the Lord would multiply His signs and His wonders in the land of Egypt, thus displaying His great power and might to all of Egypt. Through Moses the Lord revealed that Pharaoh would not hearken unto, nor would he listen unto them, and as a result of his stubborn refusal to listen and act in response to the words of Moses, the Lord would lay His hand upon Egypt, and bring forth His armies, and His people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. Furthermore, the Lord declared that the Egyptians would know that He was indeed the Lord, and would know such when He would stretch forth His hand upon Egypt, and bring His children Israel out from among them. We cannot, we dare not, we must not forget this passage sets the stage for the showdown between Moses the man of God and Pharaoh the king of Egypt. This particular passage would set the stage for a showdown in the land of Egypt between the gods of Egypt and the God of the Hebrews.
It’s worth noting that in verses eight through thirteen of the same chapter, we find Moses being instructed by the Lord to perform a very specific sign before Pharaoh and before all His magicians. It’s incredibly powerful to note how Moses and Aaron not only appeared before Pharaoh king of Egypt, but they also appeared before the magicians within the land of Egypt. Consider if you will the language that is found within this particular set of verses—language that concerns the showdown of serpents. THE SHOWDOWN OF SERPENTS! “And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent. And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the Lord had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said” (Exodus 7:8-13). When standing before Pharaoh and his servants, the Lord spoke unto Moses and instructed him to have Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and that the rod of Aaron would become a serpent in the sight of Pharaoh. It’s worth pointing out that this wasn’t the first time a rod turned into a serpent, for you will recall that when Moses stood before the angel of the Lord within the burning bush, Moses was instructed to cast his rod down in the sight and presence of the Lord. When Moses cast his rod down upon the grown before and in the sight of the angel of the Lord, his rod turned into and was transformed into a snake—a snake which Moses was then instructed to pick up by the tail. When Moses saw that the rod he had cast down to the ground became a serpent, he initially fled from before it. It was from this place of fleeing from the serpent, however, that the Lord would speak unto Moses and instruct him to put forth his hand, and take the serpent by the tail. To the natural mind this wouldn’t and doesn’t even make sense, for you never grab a serpent or snake by the tail, for it would be very easy for the serpent to turn back and strike you. The Lord was not only instructing Moses to turn and face the serpent, but to also do that which to the natural mind didn’t even make sense. Moses did indeed put forth his hand and caught the serpent, and it became a rod within his hand once more. In the wilderness before the angel of the Lord in the midst of the burning bush, it was the rod of Moses that was cast down, transformed into a serpent, and then picked up by Moses, thus causing it to become a rod once more. It was Aaron’s rod before Pharaoh, however, that would not only become a serpent before Pharaoh, but would also swallow the rods of the magicians which themselves had become serpents. GRABBING THE SERPENT BY THE TAIL! WHEN SERPENTS OF EGYPT ARE SWALLOWED UP BY THE SERPENT OF THE LORD OF HOSTS!
When you come to the fourteenth verse of the seventh chapter, you come to what would be the first of ten plagues—ten judgments—which the Lord would unleash within and release upon the land of Egypt. “And the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the p >Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand. And thou shalt say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear. Thus saith the Lord, In this thou shalt know that I am the Lord: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall loathe to drink of the water of the river. And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone” (Exodus 7:14-19). THE FIRST PLAGUE: THE WATER(S) OF EGYPT TURNED INTO BLOOD! In the Old Testament within the land of Egypt the Lord would turn and transform water into blood, yet in the New Testament the Son of God would turn water into wine—wine which would be the symbol of the very blood of the Lamb of God which would take away the sins of the world. Permit me to say so, but I would dare say that the very first plague released within the land of Egypt would not only be a shadow and type of a miracle that would be performed by the Son of God at a wedding and Cana, but would also cause blood to run within and throughout the entire land of Egypt. WHEN BLOOD FLOWS THROUGHOUT THE LAND OF EGYPT! I do not believe it is any coincidence that the first plague was blood flowing within and throughout the land of Egypt, but was necessary, for that which makes possible the deliverance of the people of God is the blood—without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sins. It’s worth pointing out that the very first plague within the land of Egypt was water turned into blood, and blood flowing throughout the land of Egypt, and the final plague was directly connected to blood as well, as the children of Israel were to take of the blood of the lamb and with hyssop put it upon the side doorposts, and the top doorpost of their homes. There would be no death that would ensue when blood flowed throughout the land of Egypt, but when the blood of the lamb was daubed upon the doorposts of the houses of the children of Israel, a sacrifice was made, and a lamb was slaughtered. Not only that, but directly connected to blood upon the doorposts of the houses of the children of Israel was death being unleashed within and throughout the land of Egypt—death which would ultimately be the final plague before Pharaoh agreed to let the people of God go. WHEN THE LORD CAUSES BLOOD TO FLOW THROUGHOUT THE LAND OF EGYPT.
“…and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt” (Exodus 7:20-21). How absolutely powerful are those words—“AND THERE WAS BLOOD THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND OF EGYPT”—for the Lord caused His first plague to be blood being present throughout all the land of Egypt. When you come to the eighth chapter of the same Old Testament book, you will read of the second plague the Lord unleashed within and upon the land of Egypt—“And the Lord spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me. And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: and the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bechamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadintroughts: and the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants” (Exodus 8:1-4). According to the word spoken unto Moses by the Lord, Aaron stretched forth his hand with his rod over the streams, and over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt. Aaron did as the Lord had instructed, “and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.” As a result of the first plague, there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. As a result of the second plague, frogs covered the land of Egypt. When you come to the thirteenth verse of this chapter, you will find the Lord hearkening unto Moses’ petition concerning the frogs, yet the aftermath and wake of the presence of the frogs within the land was incredible dire and severe—“And the Lord did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields. And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank” (Exodus 8:13-14). When you come to the sixteenth verse of this same chapter, you will find the Lord speaking unto Moses concerning the third plague He was going to bring upon and release within the land of Egypt—“And the Lord said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt. And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it because lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt” (Exodus 8:16-17). What is worth noting and pointing out concerning this particular plague is that when the magicians of Pharaoh sought to replicate and duplicate this plague, they could not do so, and even they acknowledged that it was the finger of God. Scripture doesn’t record the aftermath, the devastation and the destruction of the lice upon man and beast, but it does reveal that even after this, the heart of Pharaoh was still hardened.
When you come to the twentieth verse of this chapter, you will encounter the fourth plague the Lord would release within and upon the land of Egypt. “And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me. Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground wherein they are. 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. And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be. And the Lord did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants’ houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies” (Exodus 8:20-24). As a result of the plague of flies within the land of Egypt, Scripture records how the entire land of Egypt was corrupted by the swarm of flies that had completely consumed the entire land of Egypt. WHEN RIVERS STINK AND THE LAND IS CORRUPTED! Please don’t miss the devastation that was caused by the plagues which the Lord had released upon the land of Egypt, and know that there were still more plagues which were to come. As you come to the ninth chapter of the book of Exodus, you will come to the next plague the Lord would unleash within and upon the land of Egypt—“Then the Lord said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, Behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thy cattle which is in the field, and upon the horses, and upon the asses, and upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous Murray. 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. And the Lord appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the Lord shall do this thing in the land. And the Lord did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one” (Exodus 9:1-6). By destroying all the cattle and livestock within the land of Egypt, the Lord was not only cutting off a supply of food, but the Lord was also cutting off that which would be used to perform certain tasks within the land that cattle and livestock were used for. It’s absolutely amazing to see the progression of the plagues which the Lord unleashed within the land of Egypt, for the Lord would indeed multiply His signs and His wonders within and throughout the land of Egypt.
In verses eight through twelve of the ninth chapter we encounter the next plague unleashed upon the land of Egypt—this time it would be a plague of boils upon both man and beast. “And the Lord said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkled it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with brains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt. And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with brains upon man, and upon beast. And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians” (Exodus 9:8-11). WHEN THE MAGICIANS CAN NO LONGER STAND BEFORE THE MAN OF GOD! It was this particular plague that not only touched the physical bodies of all those within the land of Egypt, but it would be this plague that would effectively dismiss the magicians from the presence of Pharaoh, and more importantly from the presence of Moses and Aaron. It would be as a result of this plague that the magicians not only would not be able to replicate the plague itself, but also could not stand before Moses and Aaron. How absolutely incredible it is to consider the reality that there would come a plague that would not only touch and consume all the Egyptians within the land, but would also once and for all dismiss the magicians from before Moses and Aaron as they confronted Pharaoh. Beginning with the thirteenth verse of this same chapter we come to the very next plague that would be unleashed upon the land—“And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. And in the very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go? Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grevious hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now. Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die” (Exodus 9:13-19). Scripture goes on to reveal that the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt. So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grevious, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field” (Exodus 9:23-25). With this plague the Lord smote every herb of the field, and broke every tree within the field, thus further compounding the devastation that was unleashed within the land of Egypt.
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Go in. Unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: and that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the Lord. And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me. Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to. Morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast: and they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which growth for you out of the field: and they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day” (Exodus 10:1-6). “And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grevious were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the tress, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt” (Exodus 10:14-15). Beginning with the twenty-first chapter of the tenth chapter we encounter the second to the last plague which the Lord would unleash upon the land—“And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: 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 10:21-23). In the first verse of the eleventh chapter we find the Lord speaking unto Moses concerning one final plague He would send upon the land of Egypt—“And the Lord said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether” (Exodus 11:1). When you come to the fourth verse, you will discover the final plague and judgment the Lord would unleash upon the land of Egypt—“And Moses said, Thus saith the Lord, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: and all the firstbornin the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of the beasts. And there shall be a. Great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more” (Exodus 11:4-6). “And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the Fairborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle” Exodus 11:29). With this final plague—the death of the firstborn—the plagues, the judgments, the signs and the wonders of the Lord in the midst of Egypt were completed, and the people of God would be thrust out of the land of Egypt. How absolutely incredible it. Is to consider that when the people of God departed from the land of Egypt, they departed from a land that had been utterly and completely devastated and destroyed by the judgments of the Lord, and that had experienced the death of all its firstborn.
When you come to the final few verses within the forty-first chapter of the prophet book of Jeremiah, you will discover the remnant of the people of the house of Israel beginning to make their journey down into the land of Egypt. “Then took JOhanan the son of Korean, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of NEthaniah, from Mizpah, after that he had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, even mighty men of war, and the women, and the children, and the eunuchs, whom he had brought against from Gibson: and they departed, and dwelt in the habitation of Chimhamn, which is by Beth-legend, to go to enter into Egypt, because of the Chaldeans: for they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of NEthaniah had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon made governor in the land” (Jeremiah 41:16-18). The entire congregation came unto Jeremiah to inquire of the Lord through him concerning their journey down into the land of Egypt. Jeremiah urged and implored them to remain in the land, but also issued a chilling warning should they ignore the word of the Lord to remain, and instead depart—“But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the Lord your God, saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell: and now therefore hear the word of the Lord, ye remnant of Judah; thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there: then it shall come to pass that the sword which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die. So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them. For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; as mine anger and my fury hath been poured forth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem; so shall my fury be poured forth upon you, when ye shall enter into Egypt: and ye shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and ye shall see this place no more. The Lord hath said concerning you, O ye remnant of Judah; Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that I have admonished you this day. For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the Lord your God, saying, Pray for us unto the Lord our God; and according unto all that the Lord our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it. And now I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not obeyed the voice of the Lord your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you. Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the prestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go and to sojourn” (Jeremiah 42:13-22). The remnant which remained in the land of Judah would ultimately journey down into and sojourn within the land of Egypt, and there within the land of Egypt a prophetic word came unto Jeremiah—“Take great stones in thine hand, and hide them in the clay in the brick kiln, which is at the entry of Pharaoh’s house in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah; and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will set his throne upon these stones that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal p a billion over them. And when he cometh, he shall smite the land of Egypt, and deliver Cush as are for death to death; and such as are for captivity to captivity; and such as are for the sword to the sword. And I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt; and he shall burn them, and carry them away captives: and he shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd putteth on his garment; and he shall go forth from thence in peace. He shall break also the images of Beth-Shemeth, that is in the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of the Egyptians shall he burn with fire” (Jeremiah 43:8-13).
In the Old Testament book of Exodus we notice and discover the first devastation and spoiling of the land of Egypt while the people of God were present in the midst of the land as slaves. The Lord sent His signs, His wonders, His judgments within and upon the land of Egypt, and upon Pharaoh because Pharaoh refused to let the people of God go in order that they might worship Him. What’s more, is that you will discover that there was further devastation and destruction that would befall Pharaoh and the land of Egypt, for the horses and chariots with their riders which pursued the children of Israel in and through the wilderness would be drowned and destroyed by the waters of the Red Sea. Within the land of Egypt the Lord unleashed devastation, spoiling, calamity, and destruction upon the land of Egypt itself, while in the wilderness the Lord would release that judgment upon the army of Egypt itself. In all reality, we might very well say that it was the Lord of hosts who put a hook in the jaw of Pharaoh in order that he might lead his army out of Egypt and into the wilderness to somehow destroy the people of God—or at least attempt to do so. By the time we come to the fifteenth chapter of the book of Exodus, we not only find the entire land of Egypt in absolute disarray and ruin because of the signs and wonders of the Lord, but we also find Pharaoh’s entire army being destroyed by the same waters that provided salvation for the people of God. The thirty-second chapter of the prophetic book of Ezekiel concludes a four chapter prophetic word that would concern the entire land of Egypt, and Pharaoh king of Egypt who ruled over it. Even within the prophetic language found within the book of Ezekiel, we find the Lord describing how he would put a hook in the jaw of Pharaoh in order that He might unleash His judgment upon and within the land. Consider the language that is found within the thirty-second chapter of this particular book—“Thus saith the Lord God; I will therefore spread out my net over thee with a company of many people; and they shall bring thee up in my net. Then will I leave thee upon the land,, I will cast thee forth upon the open field, and will cause all the fowls of the heaven to remain upon thee, and I will fill bye beats of the whole earth with thee. And I will lay thy flesh upon the mountains, and fill the valleys with thy. Height. I will also water with thy blood the land wherein thou slimmest, even to the mountains; and the rivers shall be full of thee. And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord God. I will also vex the hearts of many people, when I shall bring thy destruction among the nations, into the countries which thou hast not known” (Ezekiel 32:4-9). The Lord goes on to describe how the sword of the king of Babylon would come upon Pharaoh king of Egypt, and upon Egypt, and that by the swords of the mighty would He cause the multitude of Egypt to fall, the terrible of the nations, all of them
There is something that is found in the latter part of this particular chapter that I feel warrants some strong consideration. “It came to pass also in the twelfth year, in the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit. Whom dost thou pass in beauty? Go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised. They shall fall in the midst of them that are slain by the sword: she is delivered to the sword: draw her and all her multitudes. The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword” (Ezekiel 32:15-22). The Lord describes all the nations and lands that were cast down into the pit and were thrust into the midst of the grave with the uncircumcised. The nation and land of Egypt would be no different from the other nations mentioned here, for Egypt too would join these other nations and peoples in the midst of the pit. What I absolutely love within this passage of Scripture is what we read in the twenty-seventh verse—“And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living” (Ezekiel 32:27). WHEN THE LORD CASTS THE WEAPONS OF WAR INTO HELL ITSELF! Please don’t miss the significance and importance of what is recorded within this verse, for within this particular verse we read of the weapons of war which man had made being cast down into the very depths of hell, the grave and the pit itself. WHEN THE LORD CASTS THE WEAPONS OF THE ADVERSARY INTO THE VERY DEPTHS OF HELL! WHEN THE LORD CASTS THE WEAPONS OF THE ENEMY INTO HELL ITSELF. I find this to be an incredible powerful prophetic word—especially in this generation—for the Lord desires that the weapons of the adversary be cast into the very depths and bowels of hell itself. It’s one thing for no weapon which is formed against us to prosper, but it is another thing altogether for those weapons which are formed against us to be cast into hell itself. The Lord desires that the weapons which have been formed against you, against your home, against your marriage, against your family, against your children, against your finances, against your relationships, against your job, against your heart and mind, to be cast into the very depths and bowls of hell. Lest you think this is mere speculation and holds no weight or truth, consider if you will the language that is found in the final book of Scripture—the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone” Revelation 19:19-20). “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10). WHEN THE WEAPONS OF THE ADVERSARY ARE CAST INTO HELL! WHEN THE ADVERSARY JOINS HIS WEAPONS AND DEVICES IN THE VERY FIRE OF THE LORD’S JUDGMENT! Let us this day find great solace, comfort, peace, hope and joy in the reality that not only will the weapons of the adversary be cast into hell, but the adversary and his minions will themselves join their weapons and devices in the midst of the fire of the Lord’s judgment. WHEN THE ADVERSARY JOINS HIS WEAPONS AND DEVICES IN THE FIRE OF THE LORD’S JUDGMENT!