By Richard Lodwick

Exodus 9:13-34 (KJB) And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 14 For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. 15 For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. 16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. 17 As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go? 18 Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now. 19 Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die. 20 He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: 21 And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field. 22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt. 23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. 24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field. 26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail. 27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. 28 Intreat the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer. 29 And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the LORD; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the LORD’S. 30 But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD God. 31 And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled. 32 But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up. 33 And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread abroad his hands unto the LORD: and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth. 34 And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants.

Look at V 23. We have here the words “thunder, hail, & fire.” All three are again saying that the intensity and severity are now going to ratchet up terribly! O, what a terrible time was set to engulf the entire nation of Egypt. ALL would suffer. Pharaoh, peasants, & priests. No one will be exempt. Cattle would die! Men would die! The rebellion and stubbornness of men are on display here! A quick review of Revelation will reveal that nothing changes! I want you to step back and ponder this situation and remember that their king… could have stopped this at any time. In our country, we elect our leaders and there is the possibility of the same catastrophic situation. THEY had a king, WE have a president, but when that office is held by an evil godless man, this nation will be on a collision course with what we are reading here! If we study only to see history and view not the present simultaneously, the study is of no real help! Did you notice also that crops were destroyed? See the totality and severity of anger and judgment? Does America really think she can escape after Abortions (worship of pleasure & sex without responsibility), removal of God from government schools, replaced with the worship of the environment (mother earth, Et. Al. (see Job 38:28); humanism, socialism, hedonism, pantheism, and the promotion of Sodomy? Read Lu.  17:26-28, 1Tim. 4 2Tim. 3, & Ps. 106:34-38.

But God says fire is going to accompany this plague!  It was not a sudden flash of lightning alone, tho some think that is meant, but a devouring fire, walking through every part, destroying both animals, and vegetation; and its progress was irresistible. If indeed it was lightening the inference here is that it would hit and run along the ground. However it was, thunder and lightning and hail non-stop day and night, and it was horrendous. The judgment of God is NEVER to be trifled with! Imagine, if it was, lightening that hit and then ran through a street, or field!  Perhaps it was fireballs of hail! BUT, know this well, the plagues of Egypt will be repeated on this earth in the Great Tribulation! Read Rev. 8:7, 11:19, & 16:21. WHY? Godless kings and godless people! But we have a miracle within a miracle here. Which was a miracle within a miracle, as Aben Ezra observes; and very wonderful indeed it was, that the hail did not quench the fire, nor the fire melt the hail, as Philo the Jew says. What a display of God’s power!