Exodus 11:21-23 … Darkness

Exodus 11:21-23 “21 And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.

22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:

23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.

Ra is the ancient Egyptian sun god. By the Fifth Dynasty in the 25th and 24th centuries B.C.E., he had become a major god in ancient Egyptian religion, identified primarily with the noon sun. He was believed to rule in all parts of the created world: the sky, the earth, and the underworld. He was associated with the falcon or hawk.

Ra was worshipped as the Creator god among some ancient Egyptians, specifically followers of his cult at Heliopolis. It was believed that Ra wept, and from his tears came man. Montu was an ancient god, his name meaning nomad, originally a manifestation of the scorching effect of the sun, Ra, resulting in the epithet Montu-Ra. YHWH defeats Ra handily in this plague.

This Darkness is a foreshadowing of final death, of spiritual death, of evil, which is near. This darkness is not only seen, but is so thick that it is literally felt; a darkness that is far more than merely the absence of light, it is the eerie, discomforting and foreboding darkness.

What God did here, He also had done at Creation: He separated, made a distinction, and He divided the darkness from the light.

The idea that no one could “move from his spot”, that is, they couldn’t even see to move around, is a taste of the true malevolence of spiritual darkness, or “chosek”, that renders humanity helpless and hapless.

Meanwhile, Israel was celebrating joyously for they were experiencing light, they knew the time of deliverance was near.

Will the “church” react the same when they are in the midst of the judgments of the tribulation? Or will they too cower in fear because of their lack of knowledge of the scriptures waiting for a “rapture”?

Also see the significance of the 3 days of the absence of light coincides ideologically with the 3 days Yeshua was in the grave.

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