THE EIGHTH PLAGUE – A LOCUSTS
"And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews (...) if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to-morrow will I bring locusts into thy border: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail (...) And Pharaoh's servants said unto him (...) let the men go, that they may serve Jehovah their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed? And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh (...) And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence (...) And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and Jehovah brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all the night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the borders of Egypt; very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing, either tree or herb of the field, through all the land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against Jehovah your God, and against you. Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and entreat Jehovah your God, that he may take away from me this death only. And he went out from Pharaoh, and entreated Jehovah. And Jehovah turned an exceeding strong west wind, which took up the locusts, and drove them into the Red Sea; there remained not one locust in all the border of Egypt. But Jehovah hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go."
This time Moses and Aaron warned Pharaoh very clearly that results of the next plague, the locust, will be the especially devastating. Their announcement corresponds to the activities of God's people before the First World War. They heralded the ending of the "Times of the Gentiles" (1914) and the impending three phases of destruction of Gentiles’ powers: war, revolution and anarchy.
The same event is showed in the vision of the Revelation as the cry of an eagle "flying in mid heaven, saying with a great voice, Woe, woe, woe, for them that dwell on the earth." (Rev. 8:13.) Entire next chapter of the Revelation describes the invasion of the communist "locust" in two "air raids": of the year 1917 (9:3) and the year 1939 (9:15).
In the Scripture, the locust's destructive power is the prophetic illustration of the revolutionary activity of the communism, that is the movement used by God to the destruction of the old devilish world.
As the inevitable after-effect of led earlier a propaganda campaign and organizational preparations, in 1917 took place the outbreak of the Great Socialist October Revolution. After crashing the counter-revolution and putting into practice the dictatorship of the proletariat, Soviet Union has become the first country, which established in its entire state the communist ideology and from then it propagated it worldwide.
The quick spreading of the communist ideology falls mainly on the period after the World War II. In the result of this war the socialist system took under its control fourth part of the territory of the earth and third part of the population of the world. Like the locusts are irresistible in their voracity, similarly the communist ideology, since 1945, it also unceasingly pushed forward, now and again in new regions of the world, aiming at their capture.
The appeal of Pharaoh's courtiers to their ruler to let Israelites go was similar to a opinion prevailing among high society of Russia before the October revolution. Situation in the country was more and more depressing: a nationwide crisis, disorder in industry and transport, the decrease of industrial production causing mass unemployment; sharp increasing of the cost of living leading to the unrests, dissatisfaction because of the food shortages and military failures etc. etc. All this has caused the discontent with the czar’s rules and has stimulated the aristocracy and bourgeoisie to attempts of saving the situation on their own initiative.
"On 15 March Nicolaus II, seeing the impossibility to bringing the revolution under control, having discouraged to himself everyone around, abandoned by generals and the closest surroundings as well as even the dynasty, he signed, in his own name and on behalf of his 13-year-old son, the abdication, giving back the throne to his clumsy brother Michael. The Grand Duke Michael however dared not reach for the crown and on 16 March he signed the act of the resignation and acknowledged the Provisional Government as the de facto executive. This government, which chairmanship took over on the strength of czar's last decree before the abdication the Prince Lwow, had the bourgeois and parliamentary character." The excerpt from the book "General History 1871-1918" (the Polish edition, p. 446)
Like the efforts of Pharaoh's servants did not hold back the coming of the plague, similarly the activities of the Provisional Government, intended to preserve if only the part of the previous order, they did not manage to prevent the victory of the communism.
The wind which brought the locusts into the entire land of Egypt blew all that day and all that night. In symbolic language of Bible, the wind represents the teaching or ideology (Eph. 4:14), and also the war (wind in the vision of Elijah). Both these meanings are characterizing suitably the expansion of communism. Ideology and the circumstances during two world wars have become the carrier, which brought about, that the destructive communist "locusts" conquered the huge territory of Russia (1917/18) and then, since 1939 they flew in the wide world.
Essential sign, confirming aptness of such interpretation of the biblical illustration, there is also the direction from where the locust came. It was the east wind which brought the locusts. Geographical east, Eastern Europe and Asia has become the terrain, where the today's "locusts" has developed. Their victorious march westward also began from there. Countries of the Western Europe and America, where the old order of the world is the most strongly fortified, they became the main aim of expansion of the communistic "locusts."
The locust plague came when Moses stretched out his rod over the land of Egypt. The rod represents the God's authority being expressed by his Word. God's people learned from the Scriptures the lesson which says socialism is the result of the historical justice, therefore it will to have in the second presence of Jesus Christ the growing Divine support. The understanding of this truth had been wide announced before the world. Commentaries on this theme found their expression in publications of the Bible Students, and especially in fourth Volume of the Studies in the Scripture published in 1897. These earlier comments, relating to socialism and communism, they were complemented thanks to the understanding of the majority of the visions of Revelation in 60th and 70th of the past century. Nevertheless, already these earlier comments underlined firmly, that the fall of the czarism in Russia clearly confirmed the end of so-called "Times of the Gentiles" (1914). By the time of the expiring of this long ago determined time limit, the Lord God did not allow to the permanent dethroning of reigning powers.
The locusts devoured all the vegetation and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had spared. Every house in Egypt was filled of them up in the degree unparalleled so far. The description says that the locusts covered the surface of the whole land till it was black with them. This mention testifies about the quantity of these insects.
When Bolshevik party captured the power in the entire country it immediately introduced long ago planned the dictatorship of the proletariat. Bolsheviks, having tightened their grip on power, began political persecution of all opposition. Even every the lack of the loyalty disclosed in relation to this system was being punished. All these, who hoped on the quick fall of this "people's government," and they decided to survive it, they have been bitterly disappointed, because they were forced to active support of it (Rev. 9:6). Revolutionaries destroyed without scruples all things that reminded them of hateful czar's order as well as all supporters of it.
The first Soviet government (the Council of People's Commissars) began to announce various decrees, having on the aim to win the largest possible support. This is first of them: (1) "The Decree on Peace" outlined measures for Russia's withdrawal from the First World War without "payment of indemnities or annexations," (2) "The Decree on Land" outlined measures by which the peasants were to divide up rural land among themselves, (3) "The Workers' Decrees" outlined measures for minimum wage, limitations on workers' hours, and the running of factories by elected workers' committees. These decrees were destroying in lower social classes, the working class and peasantry, the love and attachment towards the czarism (that is symbolic greenness), arousing in the same time the liking and support for "the Workers' and Peasants' Government."
The locusts became the first plague, which threatened life of the members of Pharaoh palace. This plague was withdrawn on the request of the Pharaoh who addressed to Moses and Aaron, as follows:
"Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against Jehovah your God, and against you. Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and entreat Jehovah your God, that he may take away from me this death only" (Exod. 10:16,17).
Similar tendencies appeared in so-called christian countries of the West, which, being menaced with the activity of the communism were attempting to hold back the expansion of terrible enemy through co-operation and direct dialogue.
The Lord, on Moses request, changed the wind from the east into the gale from the west, which carried the locusts away from the Egyptian land and swept them into the Red Sea. This part of the biblical picture started to fulfil since 1977, in which took place the breakthrough in the relations between socialism and catholicism. In the same year was held the first from the major gatherings of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Belgrade. During this meeting, all block of socialist countries, with USSR in the lead, was for the first time accounted for the complying to the decisions of the Helsinki Final Act (1975). In Helsinki thirty-five states, including the USA, and all European states except Albania and Andorra, signed the declaration in an attempt to improve relations between the Communist bloc and the West. Later there the organizations were created to monitoring compliance to the Helsinki Accords and Human Rights. While these provisions applied to all signatories, the focus of attention was on their application to the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies.
In such a way was arising the opposite wind, wind from the West, which effectively limited the locusts activity to the region of "Red Sea." The sea is biblical symbol of revolutionary masses.
Activity of pope John Paul II and Western countries in the Third World could be also included to the gusts of this "wind." In this region they were replacing the socialism through the insincere using of the slogans of justice and human rights, protecting in reality their own businesses.
This "wind from the west" however has increased to the violent blast, when the coalition of western countries, with the Polish pope in the lead, with western banks, they launched the frontal attack against socialism. It took place in Poland towards the end of the seventies of the past century. Aroused and skilfully fueled discontent of Poles was used ultimately to the inciting of the general revolt of the working class and the conquest of the socialist powers.
In this way has been fulfilled the prophetic sentence of the author of the fourth volume of the Study in the Scripture, who wrote (1897):
"As intimated the movement [socialism] will be crushed under the combined power of Church, State and Capital and later lead to the great explosion of anarchy, in which, as indicated in the Scriptures, all present institutions will be wrecked."
When Pharaoh saw that the plague withdraws, he doggedly refused to release of Israel once again. Today, when Satan saw the turn in the situation unfavourable for his empire, he reacted similarly. Until now, the communism aimed continually at the overthrow of the systems on which devilish power is based. Now, the same systems, with the common effort began to paralyse destructive activity of the communist ideology. In this situation Satan decided to support still the rules of the West in their instrumental usage of Christian religion and merciless capitalistic exploitation.
The same supporters of today's spiritual Pharaoh are showed also in vision of the Revelation (9:20, 21):
"And the rest of mankind, who were not killed with these plagues, repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and the idols of gold, and of silver, and of brass, and of stone, and of wood; which can neither see, nor hear, nor walk: and they repented not of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts."
If the Bolshevik scourge of God did not persuaded of the Western countries to do desirable reform, if they still are letting nominal Christianity to be overrun by devilish teaching, if there lasts universally the uncontrollable desire of growing rich; therefore there is necessity of final tenth plague.
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