The Exodus that Eclipses the Exodus from Egypt

Written by Hadassah Lerner, His Lighthouse, Inc.

“However, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ 15 but it will be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ For I will restore them to the land I gave their ancestors.” Jeremiah 16:14-15

The deliverance from Egypt is a central theme all throughout the Bible. The mighty miracles that the Lord did to deliver His people from bondage are remembered every year at Pesach by Jewish families. Remembering as though one of those who were saved from Pharaoh’s hand. For Christians, the Exodus is a picture of what Messiah Jesus has done for us by being the Passover Lamb whose sacrificial blood is on the door of our hearts and His deliverance from a life of sin and bondage. The threads of the Exodus story are woven throughout the whole of scripture. The magnitude of the work of God is one we go back to again and again to remember His great love and faithfulness.

So now these two verses in Jeremiah tell us that there is a day coming when the Exodus from Egypt will no longer be our pivotal point of reference for the Lord’s greatness. There is a day coming and an event happening that will eclipse the first Exodus. It will be so grand and glorious and awesome and horrifying in scope that we will use it as our point of reference.

And what could be so grand as to eclipse the Exodus from Egypt? The future ‘exodus’ from all the points where the Jewish people are now living. The sheer numbers of Jewish people make this a larger event. There are 6 million in the United States alone. What will it take to draw that many Jewish people into the Land who have not taken the opportunity to come now. Sadly, the next verse in Jeremiah tells us:

16 “But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the Lord, “and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks…”

We have seen seasons of Fishermen gently calling the Jewish people to leave their country and go home to Israel. Many have aided in physical, financial, and psychological ways to encourage this Aliyah. Many years ago, there was a season of ‘Hunters’ in Europe. Those who first tried to push the Jewish people out. Then murdered them instead. There was an open door at the beginning to leave, but it all seemed too unreal and the signs of the times were not correctly read nor heeded. Six million did not understand what was obvious and they died simply because they were Jewish.

The rise in anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel is a warning to us that we are entering another time of the Hunters. There has been a long season for Jewish people to return to the State of Israel in peace and joy (since 1948). Many have come and made wonderful lives for themselves. Most have not. Most have assimilated into their birth country and have not turned their hearts toward Home. Many say that if things get bad, then they will go to Israel. The Question is: why wait? And by making Israel a second choice, a back-up plan, they are disdaining the great covenant gift that God has given them.

It is time for the Jewish people to come home. Come today before it gets worse. Wake-up and understand that it IS going to get worse. These are the birth pangs of Messiah. The ingathering of the Jewish people is a sign of the times and a preparation for His return.

If you are Jewish, don’t wait any longer. Come now while you can come with ease and with joy. If you wait, you will be forced out and will be running for your lives. If you are Gentile, prepare to fulfill God’s mandate for you to carry His people home on your shoulders. Aiding and assisting in whatever ways are needed to help the Jewish people home.

Praying God’s Will – The Importance of Intercession

Jesus, our Intercessor modeled and taught His disciples how to pray. He never neglected to pull away to seek His Father’s will. Jesus’ disciples witnessed His faithfulness to pray, so much that they said, “Lord, teach us how to pray.”

Intercession involves relationship. It takes time – reading His word – getting to know God’s will over a matter. If we are uncertain of His will, we can simply pray, “Not my will but Your will O Lord!” I love the verses:

1 John 5:14-15  Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Amazing! Praying God’s will assures us that God hears and will answer. If we allow God’s Spirit to intercede through us as shown in Romans 8 below, we can be effective intercessors and watchmen for God’s kingdom purposes. I believe it is the calling of all who believe on the name of Jesus Christ.

If you do not know where to begin, start with the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:5-15. There are many prayers in the Bible such as Paul’s prayers. These prayers have been used throughout the ages by the saints.

An intercessor is like a secretary. He reminds God of His word, so He can perform it. Jeremiah 1:12 tells us that God watches over His word to perform it.

The following are verses regarding Jesus, the Intercessor, who always lives to intercede for us:

Isaiah 53:12  Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Romans 8:26  Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Romans 8:27  Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:34  Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

Hebrews 7:25  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.