As the story of the coronavirus plague infects various media outlets, our concerned minds, and loved ones’ bodies, while also preparing for Passover, I found myself exploring how the story of Exodus foreshadows an even more significant story of the Second Exodus, which the Bible tells us will one day overshadow the story of the first Exodus causing people of the future to not even talk any longer about the story of Moses and the Israelites fleeing Egypt. Have you heard yet of the Second Exodus? Keep reading to learn more.
History of the Exodus
Bible students know that the twelve tribes of Israel relocated to Egypt to escape famine per the invitation of Joseph, Jacob/Israel’s youngest son. After hundreds of years though, long after the days of Joseph, the Israelites lost favor with the Egyptian leadership and became slaves under Pharaoh forced to build many structures, pyramids, etc. The Israelites were treated poorly and repeatedly cried out to God for deliverance from this oppression. Consequently, God sent His prophet, Moses, an Israelite adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter as an infant, to set the Israelites free from the captivity of Egypt. After many plagues and by following God’s instructions to survive such plagues, the grace of God miraculously set free His people from Egypt upon crossing the Red Sea. They then also became known as “Hebrews” for it means “to cross over” or “to pass over” or “to traverse”. Consequently, because of God’s grace, the Israelites or Hebrews were commanded to remember such an event known as Passover and to honor God by keeping His commands (Numbers 15:37-41). To read the story of the Exodus, read Exodus 3-15.
Woven within the Exodus story is an interesting fact that many Egyptians also left Egypt alongside the Israelites upon recognizing the One True Living God during the plagues and evidently wanted to align themselves with Israel and their God instead of the Egyptian gods (Exodus 12:37-38,49). Imagine if numerous plagues transpired in our land and it made the news that authentic, obedient believers in Jesus were spared from the coronavirus and other plagues (being they like the Israelites stayed indoors/at home after marking their doors with the blood of the lamb as their leader, Moses, instructed). Surely that would get the attention of non-believers causing some to want to come into relationship with God through Jesus. Hence why we see many also fled alongside of the Israelites in the Exodus story.
Throughout the remaining passages of Torah, many references instruct the Israelites as well as the mixed-multitude in the ways or laws of God and moreover, how God’s law applies both to the natural Israelite as well as the foreigner who aligns themselves with Israel (Exodus 22:21-24; 23:9; Leviticus 18:26; Numbers 9:14; 11:4; 15:13-16,30; Deuteronomy 10:12-22; 12:12;16:11-14; 26:10-14; 29:9-15).
Similarly, we see in the story of Ruth, Naomi was of Jewish descent, specifically of the tribe of Judah of Israel while Ruth was the dreaded Moabite. However, Ruth aligned herself with Naomi and the Jewish people stating, “Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God..” (Ruth 1:16). No where does Ruth say, “Your people will be my people, your God, my God, but I will keep doing my Moabite thing (rejecting the ways of God).” Instead, the Book of Ruth praises Ruth for abandoning her former lifestyle held captive to sin and crossing over to believe in the One True Living God while becoming an ancestor of King David and eventually Jesus (Ruth 4:13-22; Matthew 1:5-6).
In yet another interesting example, Scripture reveals Caleb was technically a “Kenizzite”, therefore, not a natural Israelite, and yet because he “wholly followed the LORD” was considered of the tribe of Judah and given his inheritance as a son of God (Numbers 13:6,32:11-12; Joshua 14:6-15).
Upon such spiritual concepts of an “enlarged Israel” consisting of natural born children of God as well as adopted children of God already been hinted at in the Law and Prophets, the Apostle Paul builds on such concepts in his writings as well. In Romans 2:28-29, Paul explains to the Gentile Romans that what God has been after from the beginning is people’s hearts and if one has received the Spirit of Holiness, also referred to as the Holy Spirit or “Spirit of Adoption” in Romans 8 as well as in Galatians 4:6, that they are likened to a spiritual Jew. In Romans 11, the Apostle explains Gentiles who believe Jesus is Messiah and have received His Spirit are grafted into God’s olive tree further symbolizing they have been embraced or made one in God’s family tree. Likewise, in Galatians, another letter written to Gentiles, Paul clarifies believing Gentiles are adopted into Abraham’s lineage and considered heirs to the covenants God made with His natural children (Galatians 3:26-29). In prior verses found in Galatians 3:15-18, Paul explains God’s covenant with Abraham, a covenant that came prior to the Mosaic Covenant at Mt Sinai where God’s instructions were formally given and documented, that no one can alter God’s covenants or do away with them, rather each new covenant is built upon the previous ones providing a clearer story of God’s love. He further clarifies as newly adopted children of God, heirs to God’s covenants of promise, we don’t strive to earn our salvation or adoption by obeying God’s laws, but just the reverse, we strive to obey our Abba Father BECAUSE we are His kids and heirs with an inheritance. Moreover, when we love God and love others as the law teaches us to do, we are fulfilling God’s laws of love. In a different letter to Gentiles, but with the same message, the Apostle Paul explains in Ephesians 2:11 and onward, that these newly adopted sons and daughters of God must stop self-identifying and behaving as Gentiles, but rather recognized they are now apart of the enlarged Israel having become citizens of Israel and members of God’s household (Ephesians 2:11-19;3:6; 4:17-24). Paul strives to teach that while there is a genetic difference as well as gender differences physically, spiritually we are one in the same viewed as God’s children.
Meanwhile, many years later, we see the Apostle John advocating for believers in Jesus, not specifying only Jewish believers or Gentile believers, but rather ALL believers, to obey God’s laws as an expression of their love for God and as means to distinguish who is truly apart of God’s family, enlarged Israel, seeming to reiterate Jesus’ teaching of you will know them by what they do, their fruit (1 John; Revelation 12:17; 14:12; Matthew 7).
The Soon Coming Second Exodus
Now that we understand the overall story of the First Exodus, the concepts of being aligned with or adopted into an enlarged Israel, having been given God’s Spirit of Adoption, the Spirit of Holiness, which seals us as legit sons and daughters of God and consequently, causes us to want to obey our Abba Father, we can explore other Biblical passages indicating an even greater story will unfold often referred to as the Greater Exodus or the Second Exodus.
Select verses inspired by the Holy Spirit, penned through the prophet Jeremiah, indicate that the LORD will cause ALL of the remaining members of Israel to miraculously return to the land of Israel once again. In fact, the prophet explains it will be such a huge ordeal that the original exodus story won’t even be discussed any more, but instead, this miraculous moment will be remembered (Jeremiah 16:14-17; 23:3-8). Today, Jews and Christians alike celebrate Passover still referencing the first Exodus so obviously this event of the Second Exodus has not transpired yet.
Furthermore, Jeremiah pens in Chapter 3 verses 14 through 18, that the LORD will gather His people, Israel, individually stating “one from a city, two from a family” which Jesus also expressed in His interpretation of two will be in a field, one will be taken, or two in a bed, one will be taken in Matthew 24:31-41.
Likewise, the prophet Isaiah speaks to the same event in Isaiah 11 as well as Chapter 43 and others. Additionally, the prophet Ezekiel seems to describe the same event in Ezekiel chapters 36 through 37 as does the Apostle Paul in his writings found in 1 Corinthians 15 and 1 Thessalonians 4-5.
In other words, numerous passages throughout the Bible indicate that God’s people in covenant, whether of Jewish descent or Gentile descent, are gathered to Mount Zion/ Jerusalem, if they are not already there, on the day the Lord returns. To read specific passages, check out my article “Where Are We Raptured To?” .Therefore, it would appear, based off a plethora of Biblical clues, that at some point in the relatively near future, there will be a Second Exodus of people being miraculously gathered from proverbial Egypts or Babylons to the land of Israel, specifically gathered to Mount Zion/Jerusalem.
As we celebrate Passover this 2020, may our vision of the future become made clear looking forward to the greater, Second Exodus!
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