THURSDAY, AUGUST 7
Scripture: Exodus 9:19-28, Matthew 24:14
There were those among Pharaoh’s servants who had already gained a fear of the Lord. What transpires at this stage of confrontation is the principle of ‘all versus none’. Verse 22 says, “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt—on man, on beast, and on every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.” All the land of Egypt experienced hail. Verse 26 says, “Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, there was no hail.” This will be repeated in the last days. All the land of Egypt – hail. None of the land of the Israelites – hail. All versus none. Unless we are ready for the all versus none, we are not prepared for what is needed in the last days. Concerning the conflict between Christianity and Islam, there is appointed an all versus none, most likely. Will we be ready for it? Matthew 24 makes it very clear – there is no mistaking it. Jesus is the One who said it. Because Jesus said it, we are forced to choose! Some of us will see it. Verse 14 is very clear, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” It appears that once again, there is an all versus none as a witness. Will we be ready? It seems like we should begin to think in those terms. If Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever, then all the things written in the Old Testament are for our instruction to walk out the last days. We need to be prepared in our heart and in our mind for an all versus none. Can we go there?