THE FIFTH PLAGUE – A PESTILENCE (MURRAIN)
"Then Jehovah said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, behold, the hand of Jehovah is upon thy cattle which are in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the herds, and upon the flocks: [there shall be] a very grievous murrain. And Jehovah shall make a distinction between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt; and there shall nothing die of all that belongeth to the children of Israel. And Jehovah appointed a set time, saying, To-morrow Jehovah shall do this thing in the land. And Jehovah did that thing on the morrow; and all the cattle of Egypt died; but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not so much as one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. But the heart of Pharaoh was stubborn, and he did not let the people go."
Because Pharaoh still remained steadfast in his obstinacy, therefore the land of Egypt was stricken with consecutive plague, terrible pestilence, which attacked the cattle stayed in the fields.
To the plague on the cattle in Egypt corresponds in present-day reality the socialist ideology, which "poisoned" the atmosphere of peace and stability among the upper classes of the nations of the Christianity. That high society would like eternally to use extorted privileges.
The weak organisms are most susceptible to the pestilence. Capitalistic conditions, exploiting the workforce without sentiment, they did not win to themselves neither liking nor the attachment of people. The people were conscious that employers consider them only as a work animals, therefore their hearts were full of humiliation and bitterness. Being still impoverished, demeaned and exploited they were looking for reforms, which would improve their existence. Their fate, however, could not be improved earlier as much as the day of the second invisible presence of Christ dawned.
God always warned rich men before the results of merciless exploitation of poor people. From Divine inspiration the Apostle James admonished exploiters: "Come now, ye rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you (...) Ye have laid up your treasure in the last days. Behold, the hire of the laborers who mowed your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth out: and the cries of them that reaped have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth ... behold, the judge standeth before the doors." (James 5:1).
With the beginning of seventh millennium the Great Judge and Defender of the down-trodden came, Jesus Christ. He permitted to revolutionary writers, Marx, Engels, Lenin and others to formulate various socialist slogans, which as a fresh puff of wind began to air the atmosphere of Christianity, musty because of injustice and selfishness. It’s little wonder therefore that down-trodden people got a breath of fresh invigorating air with delight. Quite the opposite all the employers. In the same air they felt the pestilence, which caused, that the “work cattle” begins to be ill. The workers became less and less effective in their jobs, whereas they were more prone to strikes and revolts.
The proletarians from the more developed countries of Europe, for example, Russia, Germany, or France, they were also more enlightened and intelligent. Because of this they were the most susceptible class to the socialist propaganda. The working class of these countries was showed as the "cattle in the field."
In benighted countries of Asia, South America and some of European as Spain and Portugal, the people were kept in ignorance, mainly religious. Because of such limitations the proletarians of these countries did not understood of socialist ideals, therefore they had been showed not as staying in the fields, but rather as the "cattle in farms and cowsheds" which survived during the fifth plague.
The proletarians while stricken by "pestilence" of socialist propaganda they stopped to be obedient working force supporting the old unjust social order. Saying the pictorial language, all the herds of Egypt which were staying in the fields – they died.
The land of Goshen, where the Israelites lived, was not afflicted by this plague. This represents the situation of the God's children, who know the plan Salvation of their Father and, thanks to it, they are not susceptible to the revolutionary ideas of socialism. They see in the socialist revolution the historical justice movement, nevertheless they are avoiding to become involved in the class struggle as the citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom.
Added by: Andrzej