The Greater Exodus

Paul writes to us in 1st Thessalonians Chapter 5:

“1) Now brothers, as to the times and the seasons, you do not need to be written to. 2) For you yourselves know very well that the day of YaHuWaH comes as a thief in the night. 3) For when they say “Peace and safety!” then suddenly destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they shall not escape. 4) But you, brothers, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.” (1 Thes. 5:1-4)

It sure seems that we are living in that season where the Day of YaHuWaH is near. A manufactured worldwide crisis that justifies aggressively imposing on the world’s population a biological weapon, in the form of gene editing technology, that is being called the “Covid-19 vaccine.” This is a sign of the times if there ever was one; considering that, if we are made in the image of YaHuWaH, and this shot has the capability of modifying people genetically, this is the attempt at the re-creation of people into the image of the beast. This is the case as of this writing on May 11, 2021, and although some red states are pushing back against “vaccine passports” and liberal nonsense and oppression, it doesn’t appear the deep state isn’t in control in the US. We are living in a world that is beyond George Orwell’s 1984 and for those who see or know no solution, it is terrifying and can lead to despair. The difference between 1984 and the world we live in is that we have a solution. There is no solution in 1984 but YaHuWaH, our mighty Creator, has given us a solution in His Son Yahushua and tells us in His written Word that He will deliver His people by way of an exodus in the latter days in which He will gather His people from all over the world and bring them home to the promised land. One of the biggest events in history up to this point is the first exodus out of Egypt, led by Moses. Most people in Christendom seem to be unaware that there is even a prophecy about a second, and greater, exodus that will take place. The prophecy of a second exodus is a major prophecy prevalent throughout the Prophets telling us of an event that will be one of the biggest and most spectacular events in all of history. There is a great multitude of Scripture discussing this matter and although a lot will be covered here, it is by no means the totality of Scripture regarding the greater exodus. A few verses from the Torah and Prophets to introduce this matter are the following:

“1) And it shall be, when all these words come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you shall bring them back to your heart among all the nations where YaHuWaH your Elohim drives you, 2) and shall turn back to YaHuWaH your Elohim and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your being, you and your children, 3) then YaHuWaH your Elohim shall turn back your captivity, and shall have compassion on you, and He shall turn back and gather you from all the peoples where YaHuWaH your Elohim has scattered you. 4) If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under the heavens, from there YaHuWaH your Elohim does gather you, and from there He does take you. 5) And YaHuWaH your Elohim shall bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. And He shall do good to you, and increase you more than your fathers.” (Deuteronomy 30:1-5)

“And the children of Yehudah and the children of Yisrael shall be gathered together, and appoint for themselves one head, and shall come up out of the earth, for great is the day of Yizreel!” (Hosea 1:11)

“And I shall take you from among the nations, and I shall gather you out of all lands, and I shall bring you into your own land.” (Ezekiel 36:24)

Some verses that clarify that there will indeed be a second exodus from Isaiah:

“11) And it shall be in that day that YaHuWaH sets His hand again a second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Asshur and from Mitsrayim, from Pathros and from Kush, from Eylam and from Shinar, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. 12) And He shall raise a banner from the nations, and gather the outcasts of Yisrael, and assemble the the dispersed of Yehudah from the four corners of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:11-12)

“And there shall be a highway for the remnant of His people, those left from Asshur, as it was for Yisrael in the day that he came up from the land of Mitsrayim.” (Isaiah 11:16)

In verse 16 here, where the word “highway” appears, the Hebrew word corresponding to that is Strong’s H 4546 mcillah, meaning: thoroughfare, causeway, highway, path, or way. It can be literal or figurative, but in almost all cases where the word mcillah/highway appears, it is clearly a physical road/highway. Keep in mind the point about its possible meaning as being either literal or figurative when we soon examine some verses from Isaiah chapter 35. The next point to make is that this is a bigger event, a greater exodus, than the first one led by Moses. From Jeremiah:

“14) Therefore see, the days are coming, declares YaHuWaH, when it is no longer said, YaHuWaH lives who brought up the children of Yisrael from the land of Mitsrayim, 15) but, YaHuWaH lives who brought up the children of Yisrael from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them. For I shall bring them back into their land I gave to their fathers.” (Jeremiah 16:14-15)

Also, from the book of 2nd Esdras, a book found in the 1611 King James Bible and the Cepher. From 2nd Esdras from the Cepher, which is also referred to as 4 Ezra:

“29) Behold, the days come, when El Elyon will begin to deliver them that are upon the earth. 30) And He shall come to the astonishment of them that dwell on the earth.” (2nd Esdras 13:29-30)

“10) YaHuWaH shall lay bare His set-apart arm in the eyes of all the nations. And all the ends of the earth shall see the deliverance of our Elohim. 11) Turn aside! Turn aside! Come out from there, touch not the unclean. Come out of her midst, be clean, you who bear the vessels of YaHuWaH. 12) For you shall not come out in haste, nor go in flight. For YaHuWaH is going before you, and the Elohim of Yisrael is your rear guard.” (Isaiah 52:10-12)

Just as in the exodus out of Egypt, He goes before you and and guards your backside as well. Here also we see how this will be a worldwide event for all to see. And now, from Isaiah chapter 35:

“8) And there shall be a highway, and a way, and it shall be called ‘The Way of Set-apartness.’ The unclean does not pass over it, but it is for those who walk the way, and no fools wander on it. 9) No lion is there, nor any ravenous beast go up on it, it is not found there. But the redeemed shall walk there. 10) And the ransomed of YaHuWaH shall return and enter Tsiyon with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (Isaiah 35:8-10)

Here in verse 8 we see that there is a highway, and a way. The word for highway as it appears here is Strong’s H 4547 maslul, meaning: thoroughfare. No designation of this being literal or figurative. The word for “way” is Strong’s H 1870 derek, meaning: a course of life. Whereas mcillah appears in Isaiah 11:16, and does mean a physical highway, here in chapter 35 YaHuWaH makes clear that this highway is both a physical highway but also that it is for those who walk the way, the course of life that He has instructed us to do, that will find themselves on this highway. This is subtle and powerful the way that this appears in Isaiah 35:8 making the subtle distinction between H 4546 mcillah and H 4547 maslul with maslul definitively meaning physical thoroughfare/highway. Also important to note here is that we are told the unclean does not pass over it. The word here for “unclean” is Strong’s H 2931 tame, meaning: unclean. The same word tame appears 38 times in the book of Leviticus where we are given all sorts of instruction about what is clean and unclean. And although some will say clean/unclean is different from it being sin, it is still obviously an important matter because the unclean, the same things that make one unclean according to the Torah, will not be found on the maslul during the second exodus according to Isaiah 35:8. So clean/unclean may as well be as important as sin/non-sin. Verse 10 tells us the ransomed of YaHuWah will enter Tsiyon. Some other verses to show us the destination of this second exodus is Tsiyon in Jerusalem:

“4) In those days and at that time, declares YaHuWaH, the children of Yisrael shall come, they and the children of Yehudah together, weeping as they come, and seek YaHuWaH their Elohim. 5) They shall ask the way to Tsiyon, their faces toward it, ‘Come and let us join ourselves to YaHuWaH, in an everlasting covenant, never to be forgotten.’ (Jeremiah 50:4-5)

“9) We would have healed Babel, but she is not healed. Let us leave her and each go to his own land, for her judgment reaches to the heavens and is lifted up to the clouds. 10) YaHuWaH has brought forth our righteousness. Come and let us relate in Tsiyon the work of YaHuWaH our Elohim.” (Jeremiah 51:9-10)

“8) See, I am bringing them from the land of the north, and shall gather them from the ends of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labour, together – a great assembly returning here. 9) With weeping they shall come, and with their prayers I bring them. I shall make them walk by rivers of waters, in a straight way in which they do not stumble. For I shall be a Father to Yisrael, and Ephrayim – he is My first-born. 10) Hear the word of YaHuWaH, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He who scattered Yisrael gathers him, and shall guard him as a shepherd his flock. 11) For YaHuWaH shall ransom Ya’aqob, and redeem him from the hand of one stronger than he. 12) And they shall come in and shall sing on the height of Tsiyon, and stream to the goodness of YaHuWaH, for grain and for new wine and for oil, and for the young of the flock and the herd. And their being shall be like a well-watered garden, and never languish again.” (Jeremiah 31:8-12)

There are some very interesting passages in Scripture found in 2nd Esdras regarding a crowning ceremony taking place in Tsiyon. Being that the destination for YaHuWaH’s people is Tsiyon in the second exodus, the following passage appears to be a ceremony taking place at the culmination of the exodus. Also, there is an interesting parallel between these passages and Revelation 7:9 which we’ll examine. From 2nd Esdras chapter 2:

“38) Arise up and stand, behold the number of those that be sealed in the Feast of YaHuWaH; 39) which are departed from the shadow of the world, and have received glorious garments of YaHuWaH. 40) Take your number O Tsiyon, and shut up those of yours that are clothed in white, which have fulfilled the Torah of YaHuWaH. 41) The number of your children, whom you longed for, is fulfilled: beseech the power of YaHuWaH, that your people, which have been called from the beginning, may be hallowed. 42) I Ezra saw upon Mt. Tsiyon a great people, whom I could not number, and they all praised YaHuWaH with songs. 43) And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature, taller than all the rest, and upon everyone of their heads he set crowns, and was more exalted; which I marvelled at greatly. 44) So I asked the angel, and said, Sir, what are these? 45) He answered and said unto me, These be they that have put off the mortal clothing, and put on the immortal, and have confessed the Name of Elohim: now are they crowned, and receive palms. 46) Then said I unto the angel, What young person is it that crowns them, and gives them palms in their hands? 47) So he answered and said unto me, It is the Son of Elohim, whom they have confessed in the world. Then began I greatly to commend them that stood so stiffly for the Name of YaHuWaH.” (2nd Esdras 2: 38-47)

In verses 40 and 42 we see that this ceremony is taking place in Tsiyon. Also note how they are clothed in white in verse 40, how Ezra could not number them in verse 42, and how they receive palms in verse 45. Now compare with John’s vision from Revelation 7:9:

“After this I looked and saw a great multitude which no one was able to count, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and palm branches in their hands.” (Rev. 7:9)

It is a great multitude that no one can count, as Ezra could also not count them. They are also dressed in white and have palms in their hands. This appears to be the same group as described in Ezra’s vision of the ceremony at Mt. Tsiyon. Reading Revelation 7:9 and comparing with 2nd Esdras chapter 2, verses 45-46, we are told where and how they came to have palm branches in their hands. John’s vision of this great crowd is in the shamayim(heaven). We know this because the throne is in the shamayim according to Revelation 4:2 that they stand before. So this is perhaps when the great catching away takes place? Chronologically: the exodus, then the ceremony in Tsiyon, then this scene in the heaven as described in Rev. 7:9? Also interesting to note is Revelation 14:1:

“And I looked and saw a Lamb standing on Mt. Tsiyon, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s Name written upon their foreheads.” (Rev. 14:1)

Are the 144,000 a different group than the great multitude that John and Ezra could not count? it is speculated by some that the 144,000 are leaders of the different groups everywhere in the earth that YaHuWaH will gather for the exodus to Tsiyon. We are also told that this exodus will take place when His wrath is being poured out; Judgment. This would parallel the first exodus when Judgment was poured out upon Mitsrayim/Egypt.

“And I shall bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the lands where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out.” (Ezekiel 20:34)

“Listen! They flee and escape from the land of Babel, to declare in Tsiyon the vengeance of YaHuWaH our Elohim, the vengeance of his Hekal.” (Jeremiah 50:28)

“9) We would have healed Babel, but she is not healed. Let us leave her and each go to his own land, for her judgment reaches to the heavens and is lifted up to the clouds. 10) YaHuWaH has brought for our righteousness. Come and let us relate in Tsiyon the work of YaHuWaH our Elohim.” (Jeremiah 51: 9-10)

The first exodus of course commenced at Pesah/passover. Yahushua is of course the Pesah/passover lamb and is referenced as a Lamb, or the Lamb, in 26 different verses in Revelation. Will the second exodus also commence at a passover? Is the reference of “midnight” in the parable of the wise and foolish virgins a reference to passover perhaps?

“And it came to be at midnight that YaHuWaH struck all the first-born in the land of Mitsrayim, from the first-born of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the first-born of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the first-born of livestock.” (Exodus 12:29)

“And at midnight a cry was heard, See the bridegroom is coming, go ye out to meet Him.” (Matthew 25:6)

One of the most important things to take away from reading this or studying this matter is what mistakes not to make, because as we will see from Ezekiel, not all will make it to the land who are on the exodus, just as in the first. Paul gives us healthy admonition in 1st Corinthians about this matter. Doubting/lack of faith and complaining are mistakes not to make:

“1) For I do not wish you to be ignorant, brothers, that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2) and all were immersed into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3) and all ate the same spiritual food, 4) and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed, and the Rock was Messiah. 5) However, with most of them Elohim was not well pleased, for they were laid low in the wilderness. 6) And these became examples for us, so that we should not lust after evil, as those indeed lusted. 7) And do not become idolaters as some of them, as it has been written ‘The people sat down to eat and to drink, and stood up to play.’ 8) Neither should we commit whoring, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell. 9) neither let us try Messiah, as some of them also tried, and were destroyed by serpents, 10) neither grumble, as some of them also grumbled, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11) And all these came upon them as examples, and they were written as a warning to us, on whom the end of the ages have come,” (1st Corinthians 10:1-11)

The admonition from Ezekiel:

“35) And I shall bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and shall enter into judgment with you face to face there, 36) As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Mitsrayim, so I shall enter into judgment with you, declares the Master YaHuWaH. 37) And I shall make you pass under the rod, and shall bring you into the bond of the covenant, 38) and purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me. From the land where they sojourn I bring them out, but they shall not come into the land of Yisrael. And you shall know that I am YaHuWaH.” (Ezekiel 20: 35-38)

YaHuWaH means business! Some final verses from Zephaniah that are among my favorites regarding the greater exodus. For if YaHuWaH be for you….who can be against you?

“15) YaHuWaH has turned aside your judgments. He has faced your enemy. The Sovereign of Yisrael, YaHuWaH, is in your midst. No longer need you fear evil. 16) In that day it shall be said to Yerushalayim, Do not fear Tsiyon, do not let your hands be weak. 17) YaHuWaH your Elohim in your midst, is mighty to save. He rejoices over you with joy, He is silent in His love, He rejoices over you with singing. 18) I shall gather those who grieve about the appointed time, who are among you, to whom its reproach is a burden. 19) See, I am dealing with all those afflicting you at that time. And I shall save the lame, and gather those who were cast out. And I shall give them for a praise and for a name in all the earth where they were put to shame. 20) At that time I shall bring you in, even at the time I gather you, for I shall give you for a name, and for a praise, among all the peoples of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, said YaHuWaH.” (Zephaniah 3:15-20)

HalleluYah! Whose captivity shall He turn back before their very eyes? Perhaps it is this generation and perhaps it is you reading the verse and claiming it.

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