Around 1400 B.C. God chose a man named Moses to be His servant. At the time of Moses' birth the pharoah of Egypt issued a decree ordering that all the firstborn sons of the Jews were to be killed. I believe that Satan inspired the pharoah to take this action because he was aware of God's plans to deliver the Jews from bondage in accordance with God's plan to bless the whole world through the Jews. The scriptures make it clear that the devil has a general if not specific knowledge of God's prophetic plans:

"12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he KNOWETH that he hath but a short time." (Revelation 12:12)

I believe that Satan has tried to inhibit God's plans at two other major prophetic events in history. The first is when he inspired Herod to prevent the birth of Jesus Christ by killing all the newborn children in Bethlehem. The second is when he inspired the Nazis (who were willing human servants for this evil) to wipe out the Jews before God brought them back to their land in Israel in 1948. Just as Satan failed in both of these attempts so too he failed with Moses. Thus, God commanded Moses to reveal Him and His laws to His chosen people, the Jews.

"1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. 6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. 7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; 8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt." (Exodus 2:1-10)

God did send Moses to Pharoah and Pharoah set the Jewish slaves free to go to the land of milk and honey, Israel. However, before they arrived in Israel God had Moses write down His laws for the people to live by. These laws included many types of sacrificial offerings that the Jews were to give to God and several holy days they were to observe throughout their lives. God also commanded them to build a tabernacle where they could perform the sacrifices. When the Jews entered the land of Israel they replaced the temporary tabernacle with a more permanent structure called a Temple under the reign of King Solomon. Though these laws had a temporal purpose for the Jews they also had a spiritual aspect to them:

"16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." (Colossians 2:16-17)

When Jesus arrived on the earth He came to fulfill the tenets of the Law of Moses:

"17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew 5:17-18)

In the Law there were seven feasts that the Jews were to observe every year. Jesus fulfilled the first four feasts with His first coming to earth. It is possible that He will fulfill the final three feasts with His second coming.

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