Exodus Chapter ix


The indications are probable that the first four signs given Pharaoh shadow (see Ezek. xiv. 21, 22) the four sore judgments that shall come upon Jerusalem as the Four Ages of Man, three of which - viz., the destruction of the First race by volcanic eruption and earthquake (see Num. xvi. 1-10), the destruction of the Second race by drought and famine (see Rev. viii. 8, 9), and the destruction of the Third race by the Deluge of Noah (see Gen. vii. 17-20) - are all matters of the past, while the fourth may now be in the course of fulfillment.

From the position the seven plagues that remain shadow the seven last plagues (see Rev. xv. 1-7; vi. 7, 8) pertaining to the final epochs of the Fourth age. 

Those referred to in these verses seem to be of the host of fallen which were overcome and cast down by the great Adversary. This is the host which, through fear of death, were under bondage to him that had the power of death, which is the devil; but they are no longer under bondage; they have been set free; they have gotten over the mark of the beast, and undoubtedly are, the host for whom justification was made by faith, to the end that they also might be saved. Jesus Christ was begotten; man was created and conformed to his image; man fell, and the Saviour came in the flesh, and took upon himself man's iniquity, through the operation of a law; laid down his life, and paid the penalty of man's transgression. Now if man had been justified by this, then the host which had been cast to the earth by the wiles of the Adversary would have been mere spectators of man's salvation, hopeless and without hope; but justification was made by faith, to the end that they also might be included. Through faith, therefore, they are included and justified, that one should not be perfected without the other. The baptism of John is an evidence and sign that repentance is necessary for the remission of sins, and, therefore, faith cannot follow except there be first repentance. The wonderful completeness of the plan whereby God, through Jesus Christ, reconciles all things to himself, whether things in earth or things in heaven, is inconceivably great, and beyond comprehension. Here and there the golden rays of light steal through and chase away the darkness which threatened to overwhelm all with its murky vail.