THE SIXTH PLAGUE – BOILS
"And Jehovah said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. And it shall become small dust over all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt. And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man and upon beast. And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boils were upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians. And Jehovah hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them, as Jehovah had spoken unto Moses."
"The festering boils" were the sixth plague, which afflicted, from command of God, the land of Egypt. Moses and Aaron took from the turned off the kiln (heb. kibshan) the handfuls of soot (heb. piyach), which Moses tossed into the air in Pharaoh presence. The dust raising over the Egyptian land produced festering boils on men and beast. Pharaoh magicians did not avoid of this plague also.
Characteristics of sixth plague are pointing out to the Jewish problem, which is swelling during the second invisible presence of our Lord. The kiln represents "the furnace of affliction," in which the Jewish nation found itself because of disregarding the Covenant made with God beside Mount Sinai. (Isa. 48:10.) The crucifixion of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, completed the measures of the sins of this "stiffnecked people." (Exod. 33:3; Acts 7:51.) Punishment for their disobedience had to last as much as to the end of the "Times of the Gentiles." (Luke 21:20-24.)
Expression of our Lord "the times of the Gentiles" relates to the period of punishing of Israel for prophetic "seven times." (Lev. 26:18,21,24,28.) On the other hand the same period defines the time of Divine permitting to the universal rules of the Gentiles powers of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. These four world powers are presented in pictorial language of Bible as "the [four] horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem." (Zech. 1:18, 19.) Owing to the biblical key of counting of the prophetic time "each day for a year," "the seven prophetic years", every year 360 days long, they determine the period of 2520 years (7 x 360 = 2520). These years elapsed from 606 B.C. to 1914 A.D.
606 + 1914 = 2520
In 606 B.C. the Israelites have been deprived of sovereignty. From then on they were in the captivity of these, mentioned above, four empires.
After the revolt of Bar-Kokhba was crushed through the power of Rome (135 A.D.), Jews have been "led captive into all the nations" and they stopped to exist as the nation at all. (Luke 21:24.) Their sovereignty was reduced to ashes. In 1878, however, biblical "double" that is the time of Divine disfavour had passed (Jer. 16:18), and from then the Jews began gradually to come back to their fathers' land. Their sovereignty began also to rise from the ashes. Since events of 1914 the conditions of settling in the Promised Land became very improved and, after the Second World War, in 1948, the state of Israel came into being.
The soot and ash are settlings, the remainder of the metallurgic fire and smoke, after the work of melting. The smoke is the biblical symbol of the memory of fiery experiences. (Rev. 14:11; 19:3; Isa. 34:10.) The tossing out of soot or ashes brings about recurring smoke. "The soot of kiln" represents memory of sufferings experienced by Jews in exile. The soot was thrown out toward heaven, what is pointing out to the Jewish problem appearing once again during second invisible presence of the Lord, problem coming from the High, from God. The dispersed Israelites are being gathered together by the Lord in the Promised Land, where, in the close future, the New Covenant will be made with them. (Jer. 31:31)
When Israel was turned in the ash, the whole world forgot about momentous part of this chosen nation in the Divine Plan. But the Almighty God always remembered about the promise given to Abraham that in his "seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed." When the Divine time came on the realization of this promise nobody and nothing could disturb in this. The restoring all the rights to Israelites gradually, gathering them together in the fathers' land and the restoring of the state proved that they began to come back to the Divine favour. All this however began to cause for the world community the growing problems on the social plane and political as well. Equalization of Jews in rights with other nations caused that representatives of this race, having the exceptional abilities and intellectual potential [thanks to the influence of Mosaic Law and the Divine discipline], they had begun to lead everywhere. Motivated by self-interest envy began again to stir up anti-Semitic reluctance.
The main problem however created return to the Holy Land the Jews, legitimate host of it, after almost two thousands years of the absence. The Arab nations don’t want at any price to let Israelites for the calm existence in the former land of Canaan, among them. Arabs are also Abraham children, but from other mother, slave-girl of Sarah, Hagar. The family jealousy because of main promise given to descendant from the mother Sarah did not expire to our day. Just the opposite. When the Arabian world saw the today's good luck of Israel, the family envy exploded with doubled strength, moving to the international arena.
Since Six-Day War in year 1967, in which Israel in the surprising and amazing way defeated all the Arabian armies, hatred expressed by the terror became the almost everyday occurrence. "The boils of conflicts" reached far beyond the zone of Middle East, similarly as a raining of soot caused illnesses in the whole land of Egypt. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict festering more and more has become for the world "a rock too heavy for any people to remove" (Zech. 12:3). This conflict has become the test, the dilemma forcing everyone to take a definite stand on it: if to support Israel, and its biblical rights to Holy Land or to support Arabs, owners of the huge oil deposits indispensable for the world economy?
Spiritual Israelites of this Gospel age are keeping trace of fulfilling biblical prophecies and they also have privilege, given to them by God, to comment destiny of Israelites according to the flesh (Isa. 40:1,2; Ezech. 37:4). In the light of the Scripture they explain today's activity of God regarding this nation.
In the conditions of prevailing everywhere selfishness, it is difficult to be surprised too much the position of the world leaders, if they for the sake of the interest of their state are pushing away the moral rights. Outrageous is however the attitude of churches and religious denominations in the matter of the Israeli-Arabian conflict. They know the Scripture, therefore they know the history of the chosen nation as well as they claim to be the spokesmen of God.
Unfortunately, it is result of so-called "theology of the replacement," the false doctrine, being taught by "the fathers" of the early church, who were biased in the anti-Semitic way to the Jews. They claimed that Jews, for the crucifixion of Jesus, once and for all lost their name of chosen nation. They announced in the obvious contradiction with the statements of the Scripture that Israel according to the flesh was replaced by the spiritual Israel. These statements are clearly distinguishing between spiritual Israel and fleshly Israel, and they equally clearly are speaking about returning the Divine favour to Israel according to the flesh in the final times: "For if the casting away of them [is] the reconciling of the world, what [shall] the receiving [of them be], but life from the dead?" (Rom. 11:15).
Such groundless and hypocritical position take today the pope and The World Council of Churches (federation of Protestant churches). Having thrown aside the biblical truth, they by no means can to cope with this problem, so they judge it in secular way, imitating the entire world. They remind in their attitude of Pharaoh wizards – Jannes and Jambres, who also were covered with the festering boils. It must be however underlined that responsibility of religious leaders towards God is a lot larger.
This is the example of Protestants position:
"As you can see, the attempt of perception of the relationship between the present political history of the state of Israel and the prophecies of the Old Testament is delusive and vain. These prophecies relate anymore to the Jews history. Neither present nor future events in the state of Israel are specified in these prophecies. The content of the prophetic promises relate anymore to the real Jewry as such, but it becomes heritage of 'Israel of God' – that is of community of the new-born Jews and Gentiles". "Znaki Czasu" (The Signs of Time) 11-12/1980; the periodic publication of Adventist Church.
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"Hitler realized the success of his false ideology depends on the using of the ancient armour which is hatred. It should have showed to the German nation the object, to which could be attributed all this, what is nagging and importunate, all, what is contemptible, object being absolute antithesis of Aryan man, Hitlerite, and which the existence and actions will be presented as the causes of all difficulties and failures which the state has to deal with. Jew has become a such object. Hitler hated also others; Marxists and communists were continuously the object of his frantic attacks. The difference lain however in this that they could to get out of an oppression by renouncing of the their previous opinions and defecting to the national-socialist side. Jew however was the eternal victim, having of no way out and no possibility of running away from the storm of hatred". From the speech of Atorney General of Israel, Gideon Hausner, at the Adolph Eichman trial (1961)
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