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When God sent Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt, He said, “…I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments” (Exodus 6:6 Exodus 6:6Why say to the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
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). Yes, the wonders and miracles of that first exodus are recorded for us. But God says there will be another exodus, and that exodus will pale the first one into insignificance (Jeremiah 16:14-15 Jeremiah 16:14-15 14 Therefore, behold, the days come, said the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD lives, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 15 But, The LORD lives, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands where he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave to their fathers.
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)! How will this happen, and how might we be involved in this coming event? From Prosperity to Captivity Before we look at this actual exodus, it’s important to know what God will be rescuing His people from! Because of Israel’s continual disobedience, God will bring sevenfold punishment upon them (Leviticus 26:18 Leviticus 26:18And if you will not yet for all this listen to me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.
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, 24, 28). Hundreds of scriptures detail this coming punishment, which no people in history have ever had to endure (Ezekiel 5:9 Ezekiel 5:9And I will do in you that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all your abominations.
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; Matthew 24:21 Matthew 24:21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
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). God says that He will first bring famine and pestilence and then military defeat to Israel (Ezekiel 5:12 Ezekiel 5:12A third part of you shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the middle of you: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about you; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.
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). Together, this will kill two thirds of Israel. God says what food is left will be taken by the invading armies, and the Israelites will resort to cannibalism for survival (Deuteronomy 28:49-53 Deuteronomy 28:49-53 49 The LORD shall bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies; a nation whose tongue you shall not understand; 50 A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favor to the young: 51 And he shall eat the fruit of your cattle, and the fruit of your land, until you be destroyed: which also shall not leave you either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of your cows, or flocks of your sheep, until he have destroyed you. 52 And he shall besiege you in all your gates, until your high and fenced walls come down, wherein you trusted, throughout all your land: and he shall besiege you in all your gates throughout all your land, which the LORD your God has given you. 53 And you shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters, which the LORD your God has given you, in the siege, and in the narrow place, with which your enemies shall distress you:
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; Ezekiel 5:10 Ezekiel 5:10Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the middle of you, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in you, and the whole remnant of you will I scatter into all the winds.
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). Being overthrown and occupied, the remaining third of Israel will be scattered and taken into captivity. Many will be deported overseas as slaves in labor camps (Deuteronomy 28:68 Deuteronomy 28:68And the LORD shall bring you into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spoke to you, You shall see it no more again: and there you shall be sold to your enemies for slaves and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.
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; Jeremiah 30:8 Jeremiah 30:8For it shall come to pass in that day, said the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off your neck, and will burst your bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
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; Revelation 18:11-13 Revelation 18:11-13 11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buys their merchandise any more: 12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, 13 And cinnamon, and odors, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
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). At this time God says He will have no pity (Ezekiel 5:11 Ezekiel 5:11Why, as I live, said the Lord GOD; Surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things, and with all your abominations, therefore will I also diminish you; neither shall my eye spare, neither will I have any pity.
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; 7:5-9). The oppression of the Beast power will be unimaginable. Satan is leading the Beast power, and he wants to destroy God’s holy seed. Millions more Israelites will die in captivity, leaving only a tenth left at Christ’s return (Amos 5:1-3 Amos 5:1-3 1 Hear you this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel. 2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken on her land; there is none to raise her up. 3 For thus said the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel.
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; Isaiah 6:11-13 Isaiah 6:11-13 11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the middle of the land. 13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.
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). Of the approximately half a billion Israelite descendants today, some 450 million will die! This catastrophic time is referred to as “Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:5-8 Jeremiah 30:5-8 5 For thus said the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. 6 Ask you now, and see whether a man does travail with child? why do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? 7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. 8 For it shall come to pass in that day, said the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off your neck, and will burst your bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
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). Israel Will Remember God in Captivity God says that the few Israelites who are left will remember what He said, and know that He warned them about this coming punishment (Ezekiel 6:8-10 Ezekiel 6:8-10 8 Yet will I leave a remnant, that you may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when you shall be scattered through the countries. 9 And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations where they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which has departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall loathe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations. 10 And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil to them.
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). They will have been warned by the gospel being preached before the Tribulation and will be reminded by the messages of God’s two witnesses during the Tribulation. Israel will have gone from world leaders to beleaguered captives. The world will be astonished at what has happened to Israel (Deuteronomy 28:37 Deuteronomy 28:37And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations where the LORD shall lead you.
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; Ezekiel 5:14-15 Ezekiel 5:14-15 14 Moreover I will make you waste, and a reproach among the nations that are round about you, in the sight of all that pass by. 15 So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment to the nations that are round about you, when I shall execute judgments in you in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it.
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). God makes powerful comparisons to the total fear Israel will be experiencing at this time (Deuteronomy 28:66-67 Deuteronomy 28:66-67 66 And your life shall hang in doubt before you; and you shall fear day and night, and shall have none assurance of your life: 67 In the morning you shall say, Would God it were even! and at even you shall say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of your heart with which you shall fear, and for the sight of your eyes which you shall see.
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; Ezekiel 7:17-18 Ezekiel 7:17-18 17 All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water. 18 They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be on all faces, and baldness on all their heads.
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). He says they will be “trembling like a bird,” and the sound of shaking leaves will terrify them (Hosea 11:11 Hosea 11:11They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, said the LORD.
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; Leviticus 26:36 Leviticus 26:36And on them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as fleeing from a sword; and they shall fall when none pursues.
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). Yes, Israel will believe they have no hope and will be at the end of their rope (Isaiah 49:14 Isaiah 49:14But Zion said, The LORD has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.
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). The Great Rescue Begins The last trumpet sounds, and Christ returns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords! The armies that fight against Christ are quickly destroyed. The remnant of Israel sees Christ’s return, and their captors are defeated. But they are still scared, maybe even more! What will happen now? Concerning this remnant of perhaps 50 million, God says, “I will bring them back, because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside…I will whistle for them and gather them, for I will redeem them; and they shall increase as they once increased” (Zechariah 10:6-8 Zechariah 10:6-8 6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy on them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the LORD their God, and will hear them. 7 And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yes, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD. 8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.
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). This is not like the first exodus, where all of Israel was in Egypt. Now Israel is scattered around the globe (Isaiah 11:11-12 Isaiah 11:11-12 11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
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). Yet every Israelite who is alive at this time will be rescued (Amos 9:9 Amos 9:9For, see, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall on the earth.
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). God will use mighty miracles to gather them. Israel to See Miracles Again One of the first things God will do is make paths for His people to return. As it was for ancient Israel, the Red Sea will again be parted, and they will walk across on dry ground. The Euphrates River will also be divided (Isaiah 11:15 Isaiah 11:15And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over with dry sandals.
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; 43:16; Zechariah 10:11 Zechariah 10:11And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt shall depart away.
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). The Bible also describes a large highway for Israel’s return (Isaiah 11:16 Isaiah 11:16And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
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; 35:8-10; 43:19). The remnant of Israel will be returning to Jerusalem from the north and the south, and a path will be provided. Whatever obstacles are in the way, God will miraculously remove them (Isaiah 40:3-5 Isaiah 40:3-5 3 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: 5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.
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). God will also bring physical healing (Isaiah 35:3-6 Isaiah 35:3-6 3 Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. 4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you. 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
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; Jeremiah 33:6-7 Jeremiah 33:6-7 6 Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. 7 And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first.
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). And God will bring spiritual healing and open their minds to the truth. The Greatest Miracle of the Second Exodus By far this spiritual healing is the greatest miracle of all. Before Israel returns to Jerusalem, God will again offer great and wonderful promises to them (Ezekiel 20:33-36 Ezekiel 20:33-36 33 As I live, said the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: 34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein you are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. 36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, said the Lord GOD.
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). With this New Covenant God will now offer salvation and His Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 11:19-20 Ezekiel 11:19-20 19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: 20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep my ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
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; 36:24-28). When God begins bringing His people back from captivity, they will be a humbled people. They will be overwhelmed with emotion and be eager to return to God (Jeremiah 31:7-9 Jeremiah 31:7-9 7 For thus said the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish you, praise you, and say, O LORD, save your people, the remnant of Israel. 8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travails with child together: a great company shall return thither. 9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
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; 50:4-5). With real repentance, individuals will begin receiving God’s Spirit. And unlike their ancestors, they will have the heart and desire to obey God. Israel will again grow from a small handful to an innumerable multitude (Hosea 1:10 Hosea 1:10Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said to them, You are not my people, there it shall be said to them, You are the sons of the living God.
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). And they will finally become the model nation God wants them to be. Our Part in This Coming Exodus With some 50 million Israelites scattered all around the world, perhaps some of us will be involved in leading them back to Jerusalem. God says He will send shepherds to this remnant, to feed them and take care of them (Jeremiah 23:3-4 Jeremiah 23:3-4 3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. 4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, said the LORD.
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). As a spiritual priesthood, we may be with them on their journey back home. Yes, you and I could be able to reach down, wipe away their tears and calm their trembling hearts. To these people we might say, “This is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21 Isaiah 30:21And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.
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). Yes, God has offered us the privilege to be part of the incredible restoration of Israel. It begins with this awe-inspiring second exodus and ends with them finally being born into the Kingdom of God! UN Tim Groves is a member in the Jefferson, Georgia, congregation.

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