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THE THIRD PLAGUE – THE GNATS
Exodus 8:16-19
 
 
"And Jehovah said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the earth, that is may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt. And they did so; and Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and there were lice [gnats] upon man, and upon beast; all the dust of the earth became lice [gnats] throughout all the land of Egypt. And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice [gnats], but they could not: and there were lice [gnats] upon man, and upon beast. Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as Jehovah had spoken."

Two first plagues did not break Pharaoh obstinacy. When he still did not want to let go Israel on the freedom, God ordered Moses so that Aaron hits the rod in the dust of the ground. In the result of this strike the dust of the ground turned into swarms of gnats. According to new translations, the used here Hebrew word "kinnim" marks gnats rather, not lice. Gnats in the unparalleled so far quantity have become the heavy plague for Egypt, both for people and for cattle.
 

 

It is the Lord, who "raiseth up the poor out of the dust" (1 Sam. 2:8). In his second presence He stood up for the poor men of all world, the colonial peoples since several centuries exploited relentlessly by Christian nations. The down-trodden nations of Asia, Africa and south America being kept in the humiliation and slavish dependence began to demand their laws at last – "the trampled dust of the earth" began to rise up to the existence.

The gradual process of freeing themselves of nations is one from many signs of approaching the Kingdom of God. Our Lord, Jesus Christ foretold this sign pictorially as "shooting forth" by trees before "summer time" (Luke 21:29, 30). This process first of all relates to reviving of the figs-tree, that is Israel.

To the time of fall of communism the world was divided to the three parts, as follows (according to UN):
 
 
The First World ....... The most developed capitalistic countries:
 
The Second World ..The socialist countries
 
The Third World ......The newly-be liberated countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America
 
 
Wikipedia: The term Third World arose during the Cold War to define countries that remained non-aligned with either capitalism and NATO (which along with its allies represented the First World), or communism and the Soviet Union (which along with its allies represented the Second World). This definition provided a way of broadly categorizing the nations of the earth into three groups based on social, political, and economic divisions. Due to many of the Third World countries being extremely poor, it became a stereotype such that people commonly refer to undeveloped countries as "third world countries," often used in a pejorative way. Over the last few decades, the term 'Third World' has been used interchangeably with the Global South and Developing Countries to describe poorer countries that have struggled to attain steady economic development. Third World countries includes most of Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

The gnats are feeding on the blood of human and cattle. When they attack with great swarms, the situation becomes unbearable.
 

 
 
The nations colonial and nations dependent from superpowers were for the long time the source of extremely cheap materials for developed economies. The situation began to change, when these nations began in great number to appear on the map of the world as sovereign countries. The growing needs of these countries brought about the nagging problem of developed economies. Countries poor, though affluent in indispensable materials, they were too weak to battle alone. That is why, when they are associated in unions, in pictorial language – when they join in swarms of gnats – they are able to dictate and manipulate the prices of the materials in their possession. In the result the world economy begins to grow weak and to lose equilibrium. For example, the energetic crisis of the world was brought about by the countries organized in an oil cartel, which dictated the high prices of the crude.

This plague relates to "people," that is the leaders of states, and to the "cattle," that is the working classes, which usually are carrying the the main weight of crises and economic failures.

The plague of gnats did not touch the land of Goshen, where Israel lived. The growing more and more world difficulties, economic and political, they have no influence on the spiritual good of God's people.
 
 
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