SECOND EXODUS OR RAPTURE?
Will there be a second Exodus? Most theologians agree that the prophecy given to Abraham; that his seed through Isaac would remain captive for 400 years in a land that is not theirs, [Genesis 15] was fulfilled when Moses took the descendants of Jacob out of Egyptian bondage.
But was it?
In Exodus 12:40 we find that at the time the children of Jacob were delivered, they had lived in Egypt for 430 years. Now this presents a problem. Throughout the bible whenever a prophetic number of years are given; they have never fallen short by one day.
Joseph told Pharaoh there would be seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. What would have become of Joseph in Egypt had the years of plenty lasted only three years, or the years of famine ten years? Pharaoh would not have regarded the God of Joseph, and Joseph himself would never have enjoyed the benefits of becoming Vizier of Egypt.
This unswerving divine signature is also evident in the narrative of the Babylonian captivity prophesied by Jeremiah. Daniel Babylonrecognised through writings when the prescribed seventy years would be fulfilled and fasted for the release of his people. Daniel’s timing was so correct; the principalities and powers and the spiritually wicked, went into immediate action to prevent Daniel from receiving his answer. Yet Ezra [Edras] who was also captive in Babylon prayed consistently for Judah’s release; but to no avail. The return to Juda did not take place under Ezra’s leadership until the seventy years was complete.
“ For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord.For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” Jer 29:8-10: [KJV]
At this point let us remind ourselves of the promise made to Abraham:
Gen 15: 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
Iniquity of the Amorites – Time of the Gentiles
When the Most High spoke to Abram concerning the deliverance of his descendants from “a land that is not theirs” he told him that they would not be delivered until the fourth generation because the iniquity of the Amorites was not yet full, [Gen 15:16] in other words, the cup of their sins had to be full before he begins his judgement upon Egypt. This seems confusing, but only when we forget that the Hebrews were captive in Egypt, and the Amorites were living in the land they were about to possess.
The Amorites were a powerful nation, and are said to be the sons of Canaan [Gen. 10:15-16; 1 Chron 1:13-14] the largest and most powerful of the seven nations dispossessed by the Hebrews.
Another clear indication of a Second Exodus is an interesting discourse between Moses and the Almighty in the Book of Jubilees. God tells Moses that the children of Jacob will sin and be given into the hands of the Gentiles and thus cast out of the land, but in the ‘latter days’ they will return to their possession.
The judgement preceding the Second Exodus is again confirmed by the Messiah who places the event beyond Moses, the Assyrian – Babylonian captivity, and the Prophets when he prophecies:
“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Luke 21:24.
To presume that the words of the Messiah was fulfilled in 1948 with the birth of the state of Israel is folly, since the fulfillment of the times of the Gentiles has the same meaning as it did for the Amorites; the onset of the judgement of the Most High. Clearly this prophecy is yet to be fulfilled.
Rapture or Deliverance
Replacement theology in Biblical interpretation asserts that the Church replaces the tribes of Israel in God’s plan, and theologians debate whether there will be a pre-tribulation or post -tribulation rapture. There will be no rapture for the Hebrews, who will possess a physical land on earth, also known as the Kingdom of Heaven. The kingdom of God is within us, but the kingdom of heaven is a geographical location on earth. It is the kingdom of heaven because the Most High has chosen to reside there. “His foundation is in the holy mountains.” Ps 87:1
To assume that the advent of the Messiah or a new Covenant has negated the word of the prophets is wishful thinking. It would be beneficial for Gentile believers and the Lost House of Israel to simply take God at his word:
“For, lo, the days come, says the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, says the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it” (v3). See also Jer.12:15; 16:14-15; 23:1-8.
So it is the Second Exodus, and not a false rapture that the Hebrews should be anticipating. If redemption [or rapture] was designed for the Church first, the scriptures would have made that clear, but redemption is for the Hebrews first, because the Most High will never forget his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but in his mercy, provision has been made for the believing Gentile from all nations:
For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob. Is 14:1
This scripture and many others are specific about whom the God of Abraham will deliver when the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled. At the appointed time, the punishment of our iniquity will be accomplished [numbered and finished] and we will never go into captivity again. Lamentations 4:22