The Lord says to Pharaoh in verse one “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt, after that he will let you go from here.”
We cannot take things into our own hands, or give up and abort the process, if we are going to see the victory of Christ enforced. Every test we go through is to increase our endurance level so we can handle anything.
Consider it nothing but joy, my [b]brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
God told Moses who now had become highly favored amongst the Egyptians to gather silver and gold from the Egyptians which will eventually be used as construction materials for the ark of the covenant.
This is an example of the wealth of the wicked being laid up for the just as it says in Proverbs 13:22. It takes money to restore the earth and we are the called out ones to give the earth a makeover. It is time for us to not fear money but fear God. God will give us favor and people who even hate God will give to us not knowing it will be used to fulfill God’s will.
“See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.” Jeremiah 1:10
The Lord told Moses that He will strike Pharaoh and the land of Egypt with one more blow which will be a knockout. The plague of death in which every firstborn including Pharaoh’s son the heir to his throne will be killed at midnight. There was nothing that could hit Pharaoh and the people of Egypt harder, it will cause them to wail like no one ever before, but now they will beg the Israelites to go, setting the way for the children of Israel to finally be released from slavery.
If we just can maintain our faith in God every battle will end with His victory enforced. We who were once outcasts, nobodies, through the test of time, being proven through round after round of opposition, and yet enduring, respect and favor will be given, even from our enemies.
The battle was already won with the resurrection of Jesus. Satan thought he had the final blow but before the count was finished Jesus got up and in His getting up Satan was knocked down. We now the body of Christ are called to enforce this victory throughout the earth in every sphere of society.
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. Habakuk 2:14
There are too many Christians living in defeat, ground is not being taken but rather it is being lost. Your defeated foe continues to operate as if he was victorious. Society sees more of his imprint in everything than they do the Lord. Why is this? Let’s look at Acts 3:17-21 from the amplified for understanding.
17 “Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance [not fully aware of what you were doing], just as your rulers did also.
Some of us have simply been ignorant, we have not been taught or have learned for ourselves what as a citizen of the kingdom of God really looks like. We don’t understand our IPA; our identity in Christ, our purpose, or our God given assignment.
18 And so God has fulfilled what He foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ (Messiah, Anointed) would suffer. 19 So repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins] and return [to God—seek His purpose for your life], so that your sins may be wiped away [blotted out, completely erased], so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord [restoring you like a cool wind on a hot day];
The question you need to ask yourself is have I truly repented? If we have we will not continue to live in habitual sin, repentance frees us from sin because we turn our heart towards God, and God empowers us through the Holy Spirit. He then leads us in living out our purpose, which goes far beyond church attendance and daily devotions. It is a way of life. It is knowing our assignment on earth and being about doing it. It is only as we walk in God’s will that we walk in His presence which brings continual refreshing.
20 and that He may send [to you] Jesus, the Christ, who has been appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must keep until the time for the [complete] restoration of all things about which God promised through the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.
Each of us are called to the work of restoration. God desires to redeem the earth to bring it back to it’s original purpose. God is a creator, Satan is a deceiver. All things are to be used for God’s glory. We are looking for things to get worse before Jesus returns but as we see here, He is waiting until all things are restored before He returns to complete what we have done to usher in the Millennial reign. It is time we get to work and stop being idle as it says in Luke 19:13 in the parable of the talents our job is to “occupy until He comes.” As Colossians 1:20 says “we are to reconcile all things to Christ.”
Which mountain has God called you? What is your part to play in the discipling of the nations? What talent and gifts has He placed within you and are you utilizing them for His glory?
God told Moses that though Pharaoh witnesses all these miracles and initially lets the people go it will still not be enough. He will harden his heart and try not to let the people go and even greater miracles will be released.
It is like a boxer not agreeing with the outcome of a fight and demanding another match. Pharaoh as we will see regrets this decision and with his army chases after Israel. While Satan is allowed to roam on the earth He has no authority to rule unless we let him. There is no rematch, He has no other chance, He is eternally defeated. What we must do is silence him by giving him no place until Jesus returns and Satan is thrown into the lake of fire for eternity.
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. Revelations 20:1