Christian Churches of God

No. 105z




Moses and the Gods of Egypt

(Edition 3.0 19950415-20001212)

This paper explains the way in which Moses dealt with Pharaoh. The tasks and plagues inflicted on Egypt are explained in relation to each of the gods of Egypt that God was refuting.



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(Copyright ã 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000 Wade Cox

Summary by Piet Michielsen, Ed. Wade Cox)

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Moses and the Gods of Egypt

The story of Moses is not just the story of the liberation of a group of slaves from Egypt in the second millennium BCE. It is the blueprint of the plan of salvation. Moses was the prototype of the Christ or Messiah.

Moses’ Life as the Plan

The plan of salvation is depicted from the circumstances of Moses’ birth and the stages of his life. Moses’ life was divided into three stages of 40 years. He lived to be a 120 years of age (Deut. 34:7).

The first forty years were spent in Egypt. The second forty were spent in Midian as a shepherd (Acts 7:29) and the last forty were spent in the wilderness.

The first Forty Years

The symbolism of the three forty year sequences can only be understood from the Jubilee system and The Sacred Calendar. From the plan of salvation as outlined by the week and the Sabbath; we get the concept of six thousand years followed by the millennial system, or reign of Jesus Christ from Revelation 20:2-6 lasting one thousand years. Peter understood this equation of a day for a thousand years at 2Peter 3:8.

More importantly from Moses' life, we understand the six thousand year sequence was to be broken into three stages of approximately forty jubilees each. That is 40 x 50 = 2000 years. The first phase was to be from the creation of Adam to the movement of Abraham, to establish the nation Israel.

The magnitude of the first phase is not understood. The understanding of human anthropology is a separate subject and is examined in the works Cox, Creation: From Anthropomorphic Theology to Theomorphic Anthropology (No. B5), CCG, 1990, 2000; and also The Nephilim (No. 154) CCG, 1996.


The attempt to destroy Moses in childhood, was a reflection of the attempt to destroy Christ in his childhood, from the destruction of the children by Herod in Matthew 2:13-14.

Christ was also symbolic of the redemption of all Israel and thence the planet. Christ was to have been called out of Egypt (Hos. 11:1 quoted in Mat. 2:15), which was used as the symbol of the world system under the rebellious host.

The Second Forty Years

Moses fled into exile from Egypt, after having killed the Egyptian overseer (Acts 7:27-30).

The significance of the time spent in tending flocks, was to demonstrate that Israel would spend forty Jubilees, which is 40 X 50 = 2000 years, from Abraham to Messiah, in developing its history and its biblical tradition, in other words, its store of wisdom.

The Third Forty-Year Period

The redemption of the world as "Greater Israel" would start with Messiah, as it had started for physical Israel with Moses.


The serpents

The serpent/rod ate the serpents of the Egyptians (Ex. 7:10-13) showing that Yahovah is supreme

2. Blood

The Nile and all the Egyptian water was turned into blood and the fish died (Ex. 7:17). The attack here is on Buto and the deities of the Nile delta.

3. Frogs

The frogs represented the spirits, not only of Egypt, but were also indicative of the unclean spirits of the last days, who are like unto frogs, which come out of the mouth of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet (Rev. 16:13).

4. The Flies

This sign was to put a division between Israel and the Egyptians, since the land of Goshen where the Iraelites lived was not affected by this plague. The flies also were the symbol of Baalzeebub, the god of Ekron.

5. The Plague of the Cattle

The bull was held sacred in Egypt to Apis and. thus the slaying of the cattle was a direct attack on the manifestation of Apis.

6. Boils

Pharaoh would still not let Israel go and so a plague of boils was sent on the Egyptians (Ex. 9:8-12). The magicians also were afflicted, demonstrating their inability to control this problem. This condition will apply in the last days, when men shall be again afflicted with terrible sores, arising from the mark of the beast (Rev. 16:11).

7. Hail

The Egyptians were given twenty-four hours’ notice to get their stock into shelters, or they would die in the field, both man and beast. This plague will again be used in the last days (Rev. 11:19; 16:21). Those who feared the Lord went into shelter; those who did not died in the fields (Ex. 9:21).

8. Locusts

The locusts were used to complete the stripping of the fields that had been started by the hail (Ex. 10:3-6).

9. Darkness

This was a direct attack on the power of the supreme deity of Egypt, the Sun God Ra or Amun-Ra. This thick darkness was over Egypt three days, but the people of Israel had light where they dwelt (Ex. 10:21-23).

10. The Killing of the Firstborn

God resolved to kill the firstborn of Egypt (Ex. 11:4), but to protect Israel, so that the distinction between the two peoples would be known. The firstborn were holy to the Lord and the symbol of the fruits of a nation.

The Ordinance of the Passover ceremony was then established as occurring in Abib, or Nisan, which from this ceremony, was established as the beginning of the sacred year. The Passover lamb was Messiah and he was killed in accordance with the requirements of that ceremony, as the expiation from sin and redemption. The lamb was to be killed on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening. In the first month in the fourteenth day of the month at evening we are also commanded to eat unleavened bread and so until the twenty-first day of the month at evening (Ex. 12:18). This is the feast of Unleavened Bread from 15 Abib to 21 Abib inclusive.

After the killing of the Passover, the blood was spread on the doorposts and lintels and Israel stayed indoors. The significance of the Passover is that it was the night that the death angel passed over Israel. He was to be killed exactly as this ceremony dictated, to open up the way for Israel into a relationship with God

The Israelites camped at Pi Ha Hiroth in front of Baal-Zephon. Some read Baal-Zephon as the Lord of the Typhon or Destroyer, others the Lord of Winter. We are however dealing with another concept of divinity and the tenth plague of Egypt. Thus we are dealing with the ten deifications of Egyptian lands and Osiris.

While there, the Israelites were overtaken by the Egyptian Army. Christ placed himself in a Pillar of Fire and Cloud between Israel and the Egyptian host. The story is well known from Exodus 14:10.

Moses was commanded to lift up his rod and to divide the sea and then to go forward, so that the chariots would be driven in and the Egyptian host drowned. This represented the last hardening of Pharaoh's heart by the Lord. Thus this was the tenth and last plague. In this way God dealt with the gods of Egypt through Moses and delivered Israel.