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Dr. Arnold Murray, DRE Newsletter # 199 - May 1995
The word "clouds" appears many II II waters were a wall unto them on their right
times in the Bible. [n this lecture we are hand, and on their left. ZJ And the Egyptians <!r 1 b
going to focus on what Father would want aAri i!:2 pursued, and went in after them to the midst
us to understand about clouds.
God promised Noah and you that He would never
flood the earth again in Genesis 9. As a sign of His
covenant, God placed the rainbow in the clouds. Every
time you see a rainbow you should be reminded of this
promise. Let's open our Bibles to learn more about
clouds. We will pick it up with brae I fleeing from the
bondage of Egypt and Pharaoh's army.
EXODUS 13:20-21 And they took their journey from
Succoth. and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the
wilderness. z; And the LORD went before them by day
in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way, and by
night in a pillar of fire, to gIVe them light; to go by
day and night
Always remember, the Old Testament contains types
and examples for our learning. God was with Israel night
and day. We do not have a part-time Father. He is
always with you. The Epyptians pursued Israel as God
led them to the sea. Let's go to Exodus 14.
J;,XOQ!L::L.. 14. 19 And the Angel of God, Which went
before the camp of Israel, removed and went behmd
them, and the pillar of the cloud went from before their
face, end stood behind them.'
Don't miss the significance of this verse. God moved
in a cloud from the front and stood behind Israel. \Vhy?
That is where the Egyptians were. He moved from the
role of leader to the role of defender.
EXPDlJ.S_14.2Q And it came between the camp of the
Epyptians and the camp of Israel, and it was a cloud
and darkness to them, but it gavi3 light by night to
these so that the one came not near the other all the
God established a buffer zone betwela the Egyptians
and His children to protect them. The cloud provided
troubling darkness to the enemy, but it gave comforting
light to His children. God will do the same today for
His children that serve Him. Which side of the cloud
are you on'!
EXODUS 14.'21 And Moses stretched out his hand over
LORD caused the sea to go back by
a strong east wind alJ that night, and made the sea
dry land, and the waters were divided.
The word "wind" in this verse is translated from the
Hebrew word "ruwach" which means Spirit. 111(' Lord
\\111 al\\ay:,; provide the way to His children that t()lIow
And the Children of Israel went mto
sea upon the dry ground: and the
......... ...Q of the sea, even a/l Pharaoh's horses, hiS
.' chariots, and his horsemen.
r would imagine at this point the thought that the
God of Israel is very real crossed the minds of several
EXODUS 14.24-25 And it came to pass, that in the
morning watch the LQRD 100kf!iQ unto the host of the
Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and
troubled the host of the Egyptians, And took off their
chanot wheels, that they drave them heavily. so that #'Ie
Egyptians said, "Let us flee from the face of Israel; for
the LORD ffghteth for them against the Egyptians."
God took the very wheels off the Egyptian's chariots.
Have you ever tried to pull a chariot with 110 wheels?
You have nothing to fear, if you are serving God. Just
as the death angel passed over [srael on Passover Day,
Satan must pass over those with God's truth today. God
protects His children! Let's follow through on this pro
tecting cloud of the Lord in Exodus 40
EXODUS 40.'34-35 Then a cloud covered the tent of
iiJecorigregation,-and the glory of the LORD filled the
tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter into the
tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon,
and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
Moses, nor anyone else, was allowed to enter the
tabernacle because the Lord Himself was there.
EXODUS 40,'36-37 And when me cloud was taken up
from over the tabernacl",. the children of Israel went
onward in all their journeys But if the cloud were not
taken uP. then they journeyed not till the day that it was
God even told them which days to travel based on
the presence of the cloud. Some might ask what differ
ence this might make, since Israel would wonder in the
wilderness for forty years anyway. At the time of these
events such a large group should move from time to time
to prevent disease. God was even watching out for His
children's personal health.
EXODUS 40:38 For the
cloud of the
upon the tabernacle by day,
in the sight
You might think of this cloud
fire was on it by night,
of ali the house of Israel,
as a protecting canopy. Do
you care what displeases
God? You should. That is
what gets man in trouble.
God will retaliate and COf
rect man, when we do that
which displeases Him. Let's turn to the New Testament.
I CORINTHIANS 10.1-2 Moreover, brethren, I would not
that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were
under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; lAnd
were all baptized unto Moses In the cloud and in the
They were baptized in the niist of the cloud and in
the sea. They bel ieved and lived.
I CORINTHIANS 10.3-4 And did all eat the same
spiritual -':;:;-eat;4-And --aid aJl drink the same spiritual
drink. for they drank of that spiritual Rock that foJ/owed
them. and that Rock was ChriSt.
They ate tile quai I and manna. They drank of the
living waters that cOllle only from the Rock.
But wJth many of them God was
not well pleased for they were overthrown In the wil
derness. 6 Now t,hese things were our examples, to the
intent we shculd not lust after evil thmgs, as they also
God was not well pleased because they \v'orshipped
OTher gods in the wilderness. They made a golden calf
t,) \',orship \\hile Most'S was on the mountain speaking
with God. 11ll3ginc IH)\v God felt. Many today would say,
"Well, I cCltainly wouldn't worship a golden calf'. Oh'!
If you worship the tiL';! Illessiah that retunls in the future,
you \', ill be \\ orshippillg a false god, antichrist. If you
allmv your or car payments to get in the way of
having time to study God's Word, you are worshipping
I CORINTHIANS 101-8 Nelthe( be ye idolaters, as
II IS written. "The People sat
down to eat and drink and rose up to play" g Neither
let us commit fornication. as some of them committed,
and fel! iT! one day three and twenty thousand.
Fornication is to practice idolatry. You may read of
the 23.000 that fell in une day in Numbers 25: 1-9. They
were playing around with other gods.
Neither let us tempt ChrISt, as
some of them a/so tempted, and were destroyed of
serpents ;0 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also
murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
It is difficult fur me to imagine how those which
saw the miracles God performed to bring Israel out of
Egyptian captivity could be tempted by a false god. The
destroyer, who is SataH, is waiting to see how many of
you may be tempted.
I CORINTHIANS _lP..JJ. Now al/ these things happened
unto them for ensamples. and they are wotten for our
admonllion, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
The ends of this world age are come upon you. This
is the generation of the fig tree, Study the warnings and
examples 'WTitten in God's Word so you won't be de
; CORINTHIANS 1072-13 Wherefore let him that thinketh
he standeth i8kfi-heecr lest he fall. There hath no
temptation taken you bur sucn as IS common to man.
but Goa IS faithful. Who Will not suffer you to be tempted
aDove thar ve are aD/e. but Will With the temptation also
maKe a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear
God will never give you burdens you aren't able to
handle. You can count on Him. He is faithful.
I CORINTHIANS 10.14-15 Wherefore, my dearly be
loved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men;
judge ye what I say
Let's skip to verse 21.
I CORINTHIANS 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the
Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of
the Lord's table, and the table of devils.
You cannot worship the Lord and Satan. The choice
is yours. Paul was one of the best Hebrew scholars of
his time; however, he spoke colloquial Greek. We are
going to the scripture to which the rapture believers
always point. Weare going to take another look at the
word "clouds" found in I Thessalonians 4: 17.
LIHESSALONIANS 413-14 But I would not have you
to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are
asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have
no hope. H For If we believe that Jesus died and rose
again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God
bring with Him.
The subject is where the dead are. Are they in a
hole in the ground? No, God will bring them with Him.
I THESSALONIANS 4.15 For this we say unto you by
the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and
remain unto rhe coming of the Lord, shall not prevent
them which are asleep
The Old English word prevent means to precede.
TIlOse which are alive cannot precede those which are
dead. They are already with God (EccL 12:6-7).
I THESSALONIANS 4:16 For the Lord Himself shall
descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of
the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead
in Christ shall rise first:
The trump in this verse is the seventh. The dead
in Christ shall rise first because they are already there.
Now, be aware Paul knew very well the protection that
God covered Israel with through a cloud in the Old
I THESSALONIANS 4,'17 Then we which are alive, and
remain, shall be caught up together with them in the
clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we
ever be with the Lord.
In colloquial Greek "cloud" also means a large group,
as Paul utilized this word in Hebrew 12: I. The word aIr
in this verse means breath, or spirit. When the Lord
returns to us, those which remain faithful to Him will
be gathered together with Him in spiritual bodies (I Cor.
15:52-53). Don't be tempted into idolatry, Stay under the
cloud of God's protection.
In His Service,
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