Moses Part 4

Moses, the man of God

A study

Part 4

The Vision of the Burning Bush

Exo.2: 23 – 3:12, Acts 7: 30 – 34

God remembers His covenant with His people

After 40 long years of patient waiting, there came a great breakthrough in the life of Moses. The children of Israel sighed by the reason of the bondage and they cried and their cry came up unto God. And God heard their groaning and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel and God knew their plight.

Now Moses led the flock of his father-in-law in the desert and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb and the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. Moses looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire and the bush was not consumed. And the Lord God called unto Moses out of the midst of the bush. And the Lord said I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry and known their sorrows. I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. I am come down to deliver them and to bring them up out of that land unto a land flowing with milk and honey. Come now therefore I will send you unto Pharaoh that you may bring forth my people out of Egypt.

A Typology

The book of Exodus records the historical account of the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt under Moses and this historical account, forms a type of the future deliverance of Israel from a worldwide dispersion by the One greater than Moses, the Lord Jesus Christ. Egypt is always a type of the world in Scripture. And God sending Moses back to the Israelites in Egypt is a type of God one day sending His Son back to the Israelites, who are at present scattered throughout the world.

The burning bush was a picture of Israel undergoing persecution under Pharaoh in Egypt in the past. (Exo.2: 23-25; 3: 7-9) It is also the picture of Israel undergoing persecution under Antichrist all over the world in the future. The picture is the same as that of the 3 Hebrew men – Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah – being cast into the fiery furnace in Babylon during the days of Nebuchadnezzar. (Dan.3: 19-25) The bush burned during Moses’ day but it was not consumed; and the Israelites were cast into the furnace during Daniel’s day, but the fire did not harm them.

Ever burning but Never consumed

God Himself was in the midst of the fire in both instances. He spoke to Moses “out of the midst of the bush.” (Exo.3: 4, Deut.33: 16) And Nebuchadnezzar saw a fourth person “in the midst of the fire,” whom he identified as one “like a son of the gods.” (Dan.3: 25) The picture in both instances portrays the nation of Israel ever burning in the fires of Gentile persecution, with God Himself residing in the midst of the nation and in the midst of the fiery persecution. Israel cannot be destroyed because God cannot be destroyed. Gentile persecution of Israel is persecution directed against God Himself. (Matt.25: 41-45) Cain was also a type of Israel. One brother Cain killed another brother Abel, who offered an acceptable sacrifice to God. Similarly in the anti-type, Israel, a first born son of God (Exo.4: 22) killed the Lord Jesus Christ, another first born Son of God. (Rom.8: 29, Acts 3: 15) But God promised to Cain, saying, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. (Gen.4: 15)

The persecution of the Jewish people began 3500 years ago in Egypt, and it will be brought to an end at the conclusion of the Great Tribulation after a worldwide persecution of the Jewish people under the reign of Antichrist. Between these two times, Israel is dwelling in a continuous fire, but never being consumed, because God Himself resides in the midst of the fire. Anti-Semitic (anti-Israel) nations have risen and fallen throughout history, and they will in days ahead. And the epitaph on their tombstones has always been and will always be the same, in keeping with the principle laid down by God in Gen.4: 15 and Gen.12: 3 – Risen and fallen in accordance with this nation’s attitude toward and treatment of the nation of Israel.

The enemies of Israel

The Amalekites hold the dubious honor of being the first of the nations to war against Israel. God literally “put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” Today archaeologists can find no trace of this nation. Then the Assyrians, like the Amalekites made the same fatal mistake by moving against Israel. The Assyrians, thus committed national suicide. So complete has been the destruction of the Assyrian civilization that no trace of these people remains today. God has brought the matter to pass through the principle set forth in Gen.4: 15 and Gen.12: 3.

The same fate is awaiting all other nations, which persecute the Jews. Germany, which persecuted the Jews during 1939–1945 and the Middle East Nations who are presently persecuting the Jews will experience the same fate. Babylon, which persecuted the Jews during the days of Daniel will rise up again under Antichrist and severely persecute the Jews in the last days. Finally Babylon will also experience the same fate. All these nations, by warring against Israel, are in reality warring against God.

This Persecution is due to Israel’s past disobedience

Israel, because of their past disobedience will undergo severe persecutions, before being restored to their Promised Land as a theocracy. (Lev.26: 27,28, Deut.28: 15-68) Israel cannot emerge from the furnace until the end of the Tribulation when Messiah returns and re-gathers all of them and restores them to their land. (Ezek.36: 21,24,28, Jer.16: 14-16, Deut.30: 3-5, Matt.24: 31) At that time the nation will emerge from the most intense fire of all, that of the Great Tribulation. This time is called “the time of Jacob’s trouble” – when the furnace will be heated “seven times more.” (Jer.30: 7, Dan.3: 19) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake (Jews’ sake) those days shall be shortened. (Matt.24: 22) But afterwards, the seventh day (the seventh millennium) will dawn (Heb.4: 4,9), the “Sun of righteousness” will arise “with healing in His wings.” (Mal.4: 2) “The Prince of Peace,” will raise Israel up to “live in His sight.” (Isa.9: 6,7, Hosea 6: 1,2)

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