“Oppression – God the same yesterday, today forever – we all may remember Charleston Heston as Moses shouting, “Let My People Go!” That is what I wrote in my notebook while in the process of writing Beyond Babylon. By this point I was aware of the Lord’s concern for His people in this condition, so Mr. Heston’s portrayal of Moses in the 1956 movie ”The Ten Commandments” came to mind. The scribble was written prior to the Lord leading me to the Nancy Mears’ prophetic word titled, “Let My People Go.” After reading Ms. Mears’ prophetic word, it was evident that the Lord was again opening the door to share further interpretation for what He wanted me to know.
After the Lord had used Ms. Mears to confirm what I had written in my notes, the normal course of action was to revisit the story of the Israelites in the book of Exodus. Due to the way in which the Lord brought about this divine occurrence, I believed there to be a correlation between the Israelites’ oppression in Egypt and the oppression on these present-day, born-again Christians. What I discovered were certain shared aspects relating to the Hebrews’ injustices and the oppression experienced by a remnant of God’s children.
For those who are not familiar with the story, here is a synopsis followed by what I believe the Lord wanted me to see.
The children of Israel were under three Pharaohs during the famine in Egypt. Under Pharaoh #1, Joseph had risen to a position of influence, and as a result, the children of Israel had favor, were prosperous, and began occupying territory. According to Exodus 1:7, they “were fruitful and increased abundantly; multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.”
With Pharaoh #2, and after the passing of Joseph, the status of the Israelites changed. Exodus 1:8 tells us, “Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.” And when he saw the population of Israel increasing, he imposed hard labor with cruel working conditions in an attempt to “kill their spirit” and “stop their growth.” When that also failed, he issued an order to kill the firstborn sons, and when that didn’t work, he ordered the newborns to be thrown in the river, one of whom was Moses. Saved by Pharaoh’s daughter, Moses proceeded to grow into an adult, kill an Egyptian, flee to Midian, and eventually get married.
In the meantime, Pharaoh #2 died and the children of Israel continued in their affliction under Pharaoh #3. In their oppression, they cried out to God. He heard their groaning and “remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (Exodus 2:24) So He gave Moses the assignment to be the liberator of His people and commissioned him to go “to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:10)
In Chapter 5, God commissioned both Moses and his brother, Aaron, to tell Pharaoh #3, “Let My people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the desert.” Pharaoh refused. Through means of miracles, God continued to warn him, yet he rejected God’s command to liberate His people. Eventually, Pharaoh allowed the children of Israel to leave Egypt, but after they were gone, he changed his mind. By then, it was too late.
What you have just read is an abbreviated account of the Lord’s people, who initially prospered and were fruitful as strangers in a foreign land under Pharaoh #1. They were later subjected to Pharaohs #2 and #3, both of whom exhibited fear, insecurities, the abuse of power, and control. (Exodus 1:10, 16) More importantly, the story reveals God’s response to Pharaoh’s refusal to obey His command: “Let My People Go!”
The Children of Israel Prosper in Egypt
The children of Israel were under three Pharaohs during the famine in Egypt. Under the reign of Pharaoh #1, Joseph had risen to a position of influence, and, as a result, the children of Israel had favor, were prosperous, and occupied territory as outsiders in a foreign land. According to Exodus 1:7, they “were fruitful and increased abundantly; multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.”
Egypt represents this world, where the early and present-day saints are considered aliens and strangers in a foreign land. (1 Peter 2:11) The relationship between this Pharaoh and Joseph symbolizes the favor of secular leaders upon the children of God when they operate in their true anointing, rather than spiritually-dead works. Joseph’s leadership skills epitomizes those leaders whose anointing has been imparted to the people whom they have spiritual oversight. The children of Israel represent those people of God whose leaders have imparted into them–leaders who have intentionally and strategically trained and activated born-again believers in their individual callings to take dominion, which has in turn provoked them to line up with the scriptures.
How do we know this? The Bible tells us that all the children of Israel were fruitful; they abundantly increased; they multiplied and grew, not just mighty but exceedingly mighty; and they filled the land.
“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”
Absent of oppression and with the proper scriptural foundation where all of God’s children are walking in their true calling and spiritual gifts, the aforementioned paints a picture of the body of Christ in which the Lord is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in every Christian and not just the few. (Ephesians 3:20 KJV)
The Shift from God’s Lineage to the Lineage of Satan
With Pharaoh #2 (and after the passing of Joseph) the status of the Israelites changed. Exodus 1:8 tells us that “Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.” And when he saw the population of Israel increasing, he imposed hard labor with cruel working conditions in an attempt to “kill their spirit” and “stop their growth.”
Pharaoh #2 represents a shift for the children of Israel from God’s original intention that they be fruitful and powerful to a place of powerlessness. Out of fear, Pharaoh #2 changed what God destined for the Israelites and attempted to replace it with works that would “kill their spirit” (oppression) and “stop their growth” (hinder them spiritually).
Pharaoh #2 also epitomized the turning point in Christianity where the early apostles once changed the world to the world’s effect on the church in this present day. (Acts 17:6) At what point do we stop and ask, “What happened?” The exploits on the same level and intensity as in the days of the early apostles have been absent from today’s Church.
(Excerpt taken from Beyond Babylon, Chapter 11.)
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