THE SIGNS THAT
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MOSES, AND THE SIGNS THAT CAUSE BELIEF
For you who are willing to look at the big picture (and those who are not will simply have to try), we find a most remarkable foreshadowing pattern in Exodus, revealing Yahweh's plan to bring His people out of "Egypt," or the world (as Egypt represents).
The book of Exodus opens with the birth of Moses and his flight from Pharaoh in Egypt to the land of Midian. There he encountered the burning bush and the word of Yahweh to return to Egypt and deliver His people. At that time Moses had essentially two questions concerning this formidable task - (1) Who shall I say sent me?, and (2) "What if they will not believe me, or listen to what I say?" It is the latter of these two questions that we will give our attention to in this writing. Let us see what Yahweh's answer was to this most important and, as we will see, highly revealing question. For your convenience, following is Yahweh's answer recorded in Exodus 4:1-9.
Then Moses answered and said, "What if they will not believe me, or listen to what I say? For they may say, 'Yahweh has not appeared to you.'" And Yahweh said to him, "What is that in your hand?" And he said, "A staff." Then He said, "Throw it on the ground." So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. But Yahweh said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail" - so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand - "that they may believe that Yahweh, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you."
And Yahweh furthermore said to him, "Now put your hand into your bosom." So he put his hand into his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous like snow. The He said, "Put your hand into your bosom again." So he put his hand into his bosom again; and when he took it out of his bosom, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. "And it shall come about that if they will not believe you or heed the witness of the first sign, they will believe the witness of the last sign."
"But it shall be that if they will not believe even these two signs or heed what you say, then you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground; and the water which you take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground."
Do you see the three witnesses or three signs here? Let us restate them. We will list them in the order in which they were to occur.
(1.) The staff was turned into a serpent, then returned to being a staff.
(2.) The hand placed in the bosom became leprous, and when returned to the bosom was restored.
These were the two specific signs Yahweh was to perform that were to persuade them to believe. If the first sign failed to persuade them, then there was the assurance that the second sign would cause them to believe. But, if neither of these signs were successful in persuading them, then the third sign was to be performed.
(3.) The water of the Nile poured out onto the ground would become blood.
These were to be the two-plus-one signs that Moses was to perform to cause the Israelites to believe. Now that we have laid these out, let us see what this most important testimony means for mankind.
What we find is that these three signs are the pattern for Yahweh's testimony of rich mercy that He will perform for mankind, particularly the first two, to cause men to believe and to deliver them from the bondage of this earth.
Just as there were to be three attesting signs in Egypt that would cause men to believe in Yahweh, and thus deliver them out of Egypt, so there are, or will be, three attesting signs that Yahweh will perform for mankind in order to deliver mankind from the ways and bondages of this earth (our Egypt). As written by Solomon - "That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So, there is nothing new under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Before Yahweh accomplishes the works that He is performing and will perform for His kingdom's sake, He foreshadowed these as preluding patterns laid out in the Old Testament. Those things which occurred in the Old Testament are patterns of that which will take place in the establishment of Yahweh's kingdom here upon this earth. "That which has been is that which will be." And this is exactly what we find here is these two-plus-one signs that were to be performed by Yahweh to cause the Israelites in bondage in Egypt to believe.
Of course on the higher kingdom level, Yahweh will not be taking a solitaire man and once again perform these identical literal works. No, when Yahweh fulfills these patterns on the higher level of His kingdom here on earth, He will perform them on a much much larger and higher scale - not a man, but men, many men (and women, of course), not a literal staff, and not a literal serpent, not a man's literal hand and bosom, but many individuals who will be the fulfillment of these things at His kingdom level.
When Yahweh turned the rod into a serpent, He was laying out a picture of what would take place in the future in His kingdom. Keep in mind that the will of Yahweh is to bring His kingdom to this earth - "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." So when Yahweh had Moses to place his hand in his bosom and it came out leprous, and to once again return his hand to his bosom and it was restored, He was foretelling another great sign He would perform in His kingdom on this earth that will equally cause men to believe.
These two signs - the rod turning to a serpent and back to a rod, and the hand entering into the bosom of Moses twice to first be leprous and then healed - are the two specific works that Yahweh will accomplish or perform in mankind in order to bear witness of Himself to the world in order that they might believe in Him. However, if these two signs fail, then there is a third and final sign - some water from the Nile is to be poured out on the dry sand and it will become blood.
What specifically are these two-and-one signs that Yahweh will perform on the vastly higher kingdom level that will bear convincing testimony to the world? We will answer this; but, the answer reveals truth which you have not been told in the church. The answer is extraordinarily clear and substantially confirmed, but is likewise uncomfortably revealing.
We will begin addressing this by examining the first sign given to mankind. And frankly, knowing what you know, you really should be able to provide on your own the answer to this first sign. Let us see.
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