“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; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance” (Genesis 15:13-14).
“He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years” (Acts 7:36).
A total of 430 years passed by between Genesis 15:13-17 and the giving of the Law at Mt Sinai (Galatians 3:16-17). I promised Abraham that it would be in the fourth generation that this great exodus of his children would take place. “… in the fourth generation they shall come hither again.”
Taking the tribe of Levi as an example we trace his genealogy: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Levi, Kohath, and Moses. Moses had two sons by his wife, Zipporah — Gershom (stranger, Exodus 2:22) and Eliezer (deliverer, Exodus 18:34; 1 Chronicles 23:15, 17). The four generations that were in Egypt were Jacob, his son Levi, Levi’s son, Kohath, and Kohath’s sons Aaron and Moses. Moses’ sons were not born in Egypt, but in Midian, where he lived in exile forty years.
I prepared a nation for exodus through many years of suffering as slaves in Egypt, where they served under cruel task-masters for 215 years. But a total of 430 years had passed from My promise to Abraham and the Exodus.
Not only did I prepare My people through suffering, I prepared them through manifesting My great power through signs and wonders. Deuteronomy 6:22 says, “And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore [severe] upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes.”
In Deuteronomy 26:8 it is recorded, “And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness [terror], and with signs, and with wonders.”
Once again in this day, I am preparing to “bring out a people” from all over the world. A people who are washed in the Blood of Jesus, whose garments are spotless, and who have oil in their lamps, and an extra supply for the dark night of tribulation and trials which they are even now beginning to endure. This is the time spoken of as the “The time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). Let not your heart be troubled, for “when you see all these things come to pass, lift up your head, for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28); but continue in the faith, for “we must with much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).
I will also do great signs and wonders in these last days to bring the nations back to Me, for unless they see signs and wonders they will not believe (John 4:48).
He Sent Me Back to Tell You by Gwen Shaw
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