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From Egypt to the Promised Land / September 1998

The Torah tells the story of ancient Israel coming out of Egypt and going to the Promised Land. Genesis gives us a beginning for all things including mankind. The story of Genesis walks us through many generations until we are introduced to Abraham. Abraham becomes the father of us all by faith. God establishes a covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Genesis concludes with Jacob and his family living in Egypt. The book of Exodus describes how Israel leaves Egypt and the formation of the Tabernacle. The books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy explain the events and teaching of Israel transitioning from Egypt to the promised land. Most of the setting is in the wilderness and the Torah concludes with Moses prophesying the future of Israel. Moses also prophesies to a future generation (the last generation) with a song.

Let me say it again. The Torah tells the story of ancient Israel coming out of Egypt and going to the Promised Land. The Torah is also the prophetic story of the last generation who will make their exodus from this world to the millennial kingdom.

Let’s assume for the moment that the God we serve is an awesome and incredibly wise God. Let’s say that He is so smart that He uses Israel’s departure from Egypt to typify everyone leaving the bondage of sin. Let’s say that He uses the symbol of the Passover lamb to illustrate the work of the Redeemer. Let’s say that He has planned to judge the whole world like He did Egypt by delivering the last generation in the midst of great signs and wonders. Let’s say that He warns that last generation by the very example of the first exodus from Egypt. Let’s say that the last generation heeds the warning, learns the lesson from the wilderness, and lives to see the coming of the Son of Man on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

That’s a nice assumption. I wonder how many of us can transition from thought to faith.

Setting assumptions aside, we do know that Moses had some very interesting things to say at the conclusion of the Torah that speak to the future and to a group of people that was not present that day.

Now not with you alone am I making this covenant and this oath, but both with those who stand here with us today in the presence of the Lord our God and with those who are not with us here today…
Deuteronomy 29:14-16

More precisely, Moses is speaking to a future generation that would see Israel disobey the Lord, be cast into the nations, and be returned to the land of Israel.

Now the generation to come, your sons who rise up after you and the foreigner who comes from a distant land, when they see the plagues of the land and the diseases with which the Lord has afflicted it, will say,
Deuteronomy 29:22

Moses goes on to say that the generation who sees those things will understand God’s punishment of Israel for failure to keep His covenant. Moses concludes that something special is being communicated to those people to prepare them for what is to happen.

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.
Deuteronomy 29:29

So what is the great secret that Moses is trying to convey into the future, to the last generation?

We are a people about to transition from Egypt (this world) into the Promised Land (the Millennial Kingdom). Like the children of Israel, we too will be making a journey through the wilderness (the Great Tribulation). The Torah is the prophetic story of us.

So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind in all nations where the Lord your God has banished you, and you return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, then the Lord your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. If your outcasts are at the ends of the earth, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back. And the Lord your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. Moreover the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, in order that you may live. And the Lord your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. And you shall again obey the Lord, and observe all His commandments which I command you today.
Deuteronomy 30:1-8

Moses is clearly saying that when Israel is gathered from the nations where they were scattered that something wonderful will happen. He is saying that the last generation will know the Lord and obey the Lord.

Let’s examine some of the parallels between the generation that entered the promised land and ourselves, the generation that will enter the millennial kingdom.

  1. Abraham prophesied that his descendants would go down to Egypt for 400 years and be brought up from Egypt back to the land. Moses prophesied that Israel would enter the land and be scattered into all nations, only to be gathered to the land again. Yeshua prophesied that we would be in the world until He would come again to gather us to His Kingdom.
  2. Egypt is a model for the world today. The world wants to enslave us and separate us from our rightful place with God. The world wants us to bow down to other gods.
  3. The wilderness experience is like the great tribulation experience. The tests in the wilderness are explained by Paul as tests for those at the end of the ages (us).
  4. The children of Israel left Egypt and camped 42 times in the wilderness. The rule of the antimessiah in the Great Tribulation is 42 months.
  5. Moses instructed the Israelites that the land of Israel was to have 42 cities and 6 cities of refuge. The Messiah instructed us to flee from city to city seeking refuge in the Great Tribulation, and that we would not flee to all the cities of Israel before He would return.
  6. The children of Israel were tested by God with thirst, hunger, and the heat of the desert. The tribulation saints will be tested by God with thirst, hunger, and the heat of the sun.
  7. The children of Israel saw God judge the gods of Egypt proving that only He was God. The tribulation saints will see God judge the gods of this world proving that only He is God.
  8. The children of Israel saw Moses and Aaron stand before Pharaoh and Egypt announcing judgments upon Egypt. The tribulation saints will see the two witnesses prophesy to the whole world and announce judgments upon the antimessiah and the earth.
  9. The children of Israel heard the actual voice of God from the mountain announcing the ten commandments. The tribulation saints will hear the actual voice of God from heaven announcing the seven thunders.
  10. Each tribe of Israel gave gifts to the tabernacle once it was set up to seal the altar. The tribulation saints will see God seal the tribes of Israel (the 144,000) after the altar has been shutdown.
  11. The children of Israel were taken to the wilderness to be transformed from slaves to free men. The tribulation saints will endure the tribulation and be transformed from corruptible to incorruptible.
  12. The children of Israel carried the gold of Egypt into the wilderness. They built golden idols and threatened to return to Egypt (to spend their money). The tribulation saints will carry their gold, silver, and cash into the tribulation. They will make money their god and threaten to return to the cities (to spend their money).
  13. The first encampment for the children of Israel was Sukkoth (huts, booths) where they set up their temporary dwellings (tents). At Sukkoth, the pillar of cloud by day and the fire by night appeared and led them throughout the wilderness experience. The tribulation saints will flee the cities and establish tents and temporary dwellings. While there, they will experience the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit and see the emergence of the 144,000 who will lead them throughout the great tribulation.
  14. The children of Israel were judged in the wilderness because of unbelief and disobedience. Only a small remnant made it into the promised land led by Joshua. Joshua’s name means “God is Salvation.” The tribulation saints will also be judged in the great tribulation if they have unbelief and disobedience. Those who have the testimony of Yeshua and keep His Commandments will cross the river Jordan (enter the millennial kingdom) led by Yeshua. Yeshua’s name means “Salvation.”

Moses spoke words of encouragement as Israel prepared to cross the Jordan. They are just as appropriate today for us entering the millennial kingdom.

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6

One of the big keys to understanding God’s plan for us is understanding Sukkoth (the Feast of Tabernacles). At the Messiah’s first coming, Passover was the dominant prophetic feast. All Israel was waiting for the Redeemer to present Himself to Israel at the Feast of Redemption. The Messiah was the Lamb of God (the Passover Lamb). As we look back on the Messiah’s first coming, we can see how He fulfilled the meaning of the first Passover, when the first born of Israel was passed from death to life. We can see how God became the savior of Israel and it was His plan to be savior of the world.

The prophetic holiday that presents His second coming is Sukkoth (the Feast of Tabernacles). As we look forward, we can see that we will dwell in temporary tabernacles before the Lord makes His dwelling place in Jerusalem. We can anticipate that we will go through the same tests that the children of Israel endured (this time we know the answers). The prophet Zechariah says (Zec 14:16) that we will celebrate Sukkoth (the Feast of Booths/Tabernacles) first with the Lord to mark the beginning of millennial kingdom.

Isn’t it fascinating that Moses also concluded his final instruction with the commandment to observe the Feast of Booths (Sukkoth)?

So Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel. Then Moses commanded them, saying, “At the end of every seven years, at the time of the year of remission of debts, at the Feast of Booths [Sukkoth], when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord your God at the place which He will choose, you shall read this law in front of all Israel in their hearing. Assemble the people, the men and the women and children and the alien who is in your town, in order that they may hear and learn and fear the Lord your God, and be careful to observe all the words of this law. And their children, who have not known, will hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as you live on the land which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess.”
Deuteronomy 31:9-13

Maybe you don’t know what the Feast of Booths is about. I heartily recommend that you find out what it is and begin observing it. It is your future and it shows you what you will be doing in the Great Tribulation — camping out with God.

On the day after celebrating Sukkoth, we dance with the Torah. It is called Simcha Torah (rejoicing with the Torah). In the millennial kingdom, we will first celebrate Sukkoth and then dance with the Bridegroom at our wedding. We will be dancing with the Word of God — the Torah. In that day, the Torah shall go forth out of Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Sukkot is the last Biblical holiday in the Torah teaching (Lev. 23:34-39). It is an eight day holiday beginning on 15 Tishri (October 4, 1998 at sundown) in the early fall. The holiday is also called the Feast of Booths or Feast of Tabernacles. It commemorates how our ancestors lived in huts and tents when they left Egypt and journeyed to the Promised Land. Prayer for water are common place and a special ceremony in the temple used water at the altar. The eighth day of the holiday is the day of the great feast. Modern observance of this holiday is accomplished by setting up and dwelling in a temporary hut (called a sukkah). The prophet Zechariah says that Sukkot will be the first holiday observed by us all when the Lord returns.

The Feast of Trumpets — 1 Tishri
The Day of Atonement — 10 Tishri
and The Feast of Tabernacles — 15 Tishri

These holidays are the prophetic picture of the second coming:

Trumpets — the resurrection and rapture
Atonement — the Day of the Lord (Judgement)
Tabernacles — the wedding of the Lamb

Rosh HaShanah

The Feast of Trumpets the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown on September 20, 1998. The 21st is to be a Sabbath rest.

Leviticus 23:24-25
“Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month, you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord.’”
Yom Kippur

The Day of Attonement is the holiest day of the Jewish year. It is a ‘fast’ day not a ‘feast’ day. It begins at sundown on September 29, 1998. It is to be spent in fasting, prayer and confession .

Leviticus 23:27-28
“On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the Lord. Neither shall you do any work on this same day, for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before the Lord your God.”

Letter to the Editor

Dear Monte & Lin,

I really appreciate this month’s issue [Yavoh, August 1998, The Tribulation Tests]. The message is strong, hard and to the point. I like that! I do have a little confusion over the whole Tribulation matter. Perhaps you can help… How do we combine the lesson on preparing for the wilderness with the spiritual lesson this month on our parallel with the children of Israel? One minute I feel like I should be packing & squirreling away food, on the other hand, I want to be totally reliant on God to supply my every need. How far does one go? I mean, when the children of Israel left Egypt didn’t they take clothes, household articles, tents, animals, etc.? If we aren’t going to have access to auto fuel, how will we travel? I don’t exactly have a caravan of four on the floor, shofar on the hoof, pack animals. We are on the coastline, home of hurricanes, floods, humidity, mosquitos, snakes, fire ants, and roaches. (I think I can handle everything but the roaches.) Excuse me while I work through this. Are we just a bunch of spoiled brats? We want to go through the Trib, as long as we have all our solar powered equipment, generators, survival gear, bomb shelters stocked with food, and a 3 1/2 year supply of mascara. To pack or not to pack. I’m afraid that if I pack it means I don’t trust God. Help! Maybe I’m suffering from residue rapturitis.

I want to be ready. Hey, I’ve prayed the “make-me-a-Trib-trooper” prayer, I believe in manna, I understand the mistakes the children of Israel made and I do not want to repeat them! My biggest fear is that I’ll fail along the way and God won’t be proud of me. I don’t want to fall short in the faith department. So, how much “lay by and storing” do we do?

You know, you can really get wigged out reading too much stuff about black helicopters, submarines, holocaust, concentration camps, Y2K, UN, New World Order, vaccines, food shortages, disaster preparedness comets, floods, earthquakes, fires, wars and the antichrist. Not to mention a continuous watch on Israel and deal with the anti-Semitic spirit in the “church.” I think I have a full dance card.

I’m going to write my own book, “Tribulation Princess,” a tongue in cheek approach to survival. What do you think? Includes beauty tips for high fashion camouflage, cooking ideas for the working woman who can’t boil water, and encouragement for the “I thought I was going to get raptured first” crowd. What do you think? Ha-ha. Don’t worry, not everyone down here is like me.

Again, we’re looking forward to you being here. Maybe everyone else isn’t thinking like me, but I know a few who are. We just need encouragement and truth. I’m thankful for your obedience to teach all of us goyim.

In Him
Rachel

Lion and Lamb Ministries receives numerous letters each month. Some ask questions and some are wonderful letters of encouragement. Time and space do not permit us to present them to you but this one had to be shared.

Our Response

Dear Rachel,

Thank you for picking my day up and encouraging me. I especially love your light heartedness. Your questions are on the lips of everyone I know. I hope these direct answers help you and others as we prepare.

Israel left Egypt in haste; but, they also had prepacked and knew they were departing beforehand. Yeshua says the same; you don’t have time to pack when it is time to go. I have encouraged you to have your own personal “Go-Bag” ready to go. Families should prepare a family bag with tents, cookware, sleeping bags. If you can prepare your escape destination with other things, all the better. We must be prepared to leave the large cities when the emergency comes — the chaos in the cities will be dangerous. If you are in the country, away from the large cities, then you should be preparing for other believers to come your way. Food stores and shelters should be prepared in advance. All of you should be in a community of faith with a common preparation plan for your escape destination. Your destination should be at least 15 miles outside any metro complex and within an hour’s drive. Think it through. What will you take? What will you store in advance? Be prepared to stay in your house for two weeks with no electricity or water in case you can’t escape at first.

You will have gasoline for your vehicles. Keep your tanks above 1/2 full. Buy gasoline containers and only fill them the day you leave. Do not store gasoline at home! Modern unleaded gasoline goes bad in three months and it is dangerous to store. The day you leave the city, fill your vehicle and extra storage tanks as you leave. Be prepared to pump gas from one car to another.

Pack what you need, not what you want. You will need the same items that you would need on a camping trip. If you have never been camping, learn now. A large amount of money is not an essential.

Gathering manna is our example for preparation. If you can do much for others, then do it so there will be no excess. If you can only do little, then do it so there will be no lack. Based on your skills, what do you anticipate that everyone will need? Mothers in particular should anticipate needs for children. Brings the tools of your particular trade (doctor, dentist, carpenter, etc.).

Other tips: Consider upgrading your vehicle. Keep your vehicle in top running order. Get the best tents and sleeping bags you can afford. You may be living in them three years. If you have a trailer, pack it. A small utility trailer can hold all your stuff for a quick departure. A travel trailer will be a lot warmer and private. A motor home is great but most can not afford it. You must plan to be mobile. Remember, your escape destination is only an assembly point for you and your brethren. It is your Sukkoth to begin the journey. You will not be staying there three and one half years; the Lord will lead us from there.

Preparing to leave the cities of Egypt is an act of faith. Not preparing is an act of unbelief. If I can encourage you in anything, it is this. The Lord is my deliverance. I am putting my life and my family in His hands. With God’s help, I am leaving Egypt and looking forward to the promised land. The tribe of Judah was the first tribe to leave. They were the first tribe across the Red Sea. They were first into any battle. My destiny is clear and with God’s help, I will fulfill it.

And it will come about that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you that you may become a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong.
Zechariah 8:13
The Lord also will save the tents [Sukkoth] of Judah first in order that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not be magnified above Judah.
Zechariah 12:7

All those who seek the Lord are welcome to join with me.

Shalom,
Monte