Exodus 7: God's Staff-Serpent-time Consumes Magic Staff-Serpent-times
It was on the 21st of March that Aaron and I had the conversation where the prompting of "What's Next?" resulted in seeing the staffs and serpents in Exodus 7 (and Jasher 79) as time symbols.
8 Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 9 “When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘Work a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.’” 10 So Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh, and thus they did just as the Lord had commanded; and Aaron threw his staff down before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. 11 Then Pharaoh also called for the wise men and the sorcerers, and they also, the magicians of Egypt, did the same with their secret arts. 12 For each one threw down his staff and they turned into serpents. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the Lord had said. ~ Exodus 7:8-13
As the serpent and staff of God ate up those produced by the secret arts, so will God's timeline of history prevail over the skewed timeline produced by the secret arts in our day. This corrupted shemitah numbering 860 from creation will be 86-ed, in a figure, eaten up by Shemitah 861 like one snake might consume another. Only one will remain, but yet as having consumed the other. It is said that, you are what you eat, and this is pertinent.
In advance of the confrontation with Pharaoh, Moses had met with I AM at the burning bush, where he received a commission. It was there that the staff was first turned into a serpent and then back again into the staff, as a sign.
1 Then Moses said, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say? For they may say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’” 2 The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.” 3 Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. 4 But the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”—so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— 5 “that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” 6 The Lord furthermore said to him, “Now put your hand into your bosom.” So he put his hand into his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous like snow. 7 Then He said, “Put your hand into your bosom again.” So he put his hand into his bosom again, and when he took it out of his bosom, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. ~ Exodus 4:1-7
Moses had been directed to grasp it by its tail, which is not how you would handle a normal snake. This speaks of sequence and magnifies this as a time sign, of the supernatural restoration of the earlier form. This interpretation is lent further support by the leprous hand sign (like snow - frozen water-as-time).
This next account is specially related to the one above.
Genesis 41: Pharaoh's Dreams of the Cows and Ears - 7 Years of Abundance eaten up by 7 years of Famine
In Pharaoh's dream, we understand the Nile to represent the river of time, using the same metaphorical language found in the books of Daniel, Ezekiel, Revelation, Exodus, and Joshua, among others. Pharaoh saw himself standing on the bank, which is to say, witnessing a passing of time that is in accord with the convention of this age.
17 So Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, “In my dream, behold, I was standing on the bank of the Nile; 18 and behold, seven cows, fat and sleek came up out of the Nile, and they grazed in the marsh grass. 19 Lo, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such as I had never seen for ugliness in all the land of Egypt; 20 and the lean and ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows. 21 Yet when they had devoured them, it could not be detected that they had devoured them, for they were just as ugly as before. Then I awoke. 22 I saw also in my dream, and behold, seven ears, full and good, came up on a single stalk; 23 and lo, seven ears, withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them; 24 and the thin ears swallowed the seven good ears. Then I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.” 25 Now Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh’s dreams are one and the same; God has told to Pharaoh what He is about to do. 26 The seven good cows are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one and the same. 27 The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven thin ears scorched by the east wind will be seven years of famine. ~ Genesis 41:17-27
The 7 years of plenty were devoured or swallowed up by the 7 years of famine. The cows and ears compare to the serpents and staffs.
In the days of Joseph and the famine in Egypt, the 7 bountiful and 7 famine years were consecutive, and so it is today. Yet, there's a twist. There is a prophetic layer where this grain of salvation applies on a level beyond that which saves people during a literal famine. This is demonstrated in the wonderfully rich and very exciting typological prophecies of Joseph and Benjamin - Part I and Part II. What's recorded in the scriptures is there as a historical account but yet is also there for a prophetic testimony. This informs us very particularly about our day, when the 7 bountiful and 7 famine years are consecutive, as before, yet also are one and the same, in the very way that was so colorfully illustrated by Pharaoh's doubled dream - as the famine shemitah swallows up the bountiful!
We believe we are now well into the 5th year of the bountiful shemitah and that what is essential for salvation is being grown and stored away in the spiritual granaries. Fill up and watch carefully over your silos, family!
Here's a bit of personal history regarding the interpretation of Pharaoh's dreams. After the Spring of 1994 passed without witnessing the resurrection that I later came to identify as the Bride Theft, I knew that the 1st shemitah from 1991 was not the one appointed for fulfillment. I found hope in this pattern of Pharaoh's dreams and the salvation provided through Joseph's stewardship, and my sights were set on 2001. Again, I suffered a crushing disappointment as hope was deferred. After that rough lesson about how the simple pattern of the consecutive sevens did not begin in 1991, I had no clue about how this might apply in these last days. Aaron advanced a hypothesis over a year ago, speculating that it might relate to the reset, and it appears to us now that, yes, it does indeed!
Before moving on we should note some of the other elements relative to the accounts of Genesis 41 and Exodus 7. These bracket Israel's season of living in Egypt. Israel was brought into the land of Egypt by means of the severe famine that was the subject of Pharaoh's dreams about time periods eating up the previous time periods. Israel was brought out of Egypt about 4 centuries later when a significant role was played by the staff-serpent of God that ate up the staffs-serpents of those who practiced the secret arts. It should be noted that the wise men and magicians of Egypt failed in both cases while God's agents had the victory.
Another version of this notable pattern of the shemitah, devoured and devouring, appears in a passage of scripture that contains many of the elements that are being highlighted to us so brilliantly!
Awaiting Part 3, Lord willing!