Before continuing on with our examination of the human and overt activity that took place in the Old
Testament phase of the Angelic Conflict, it seems wise to be reminded that all such activity, then and now,
is under the observation and interaction of angels, fallen (Ephesians 6: 12) and elect (Hebrews 13:2).
Every day, the people of God make corporate and individual choices that either brings glory or failure into
view and write another chapter in the annals of the Angelic Conflict. NEVER lose sight in the fact that
each and every decision of a spiritual nature that all of us make on a daily basis, scores victory for God or
a victory for Satan. Leading a soul to believer that what he/she does or doesn't do on a daily basis doesn't
really matter is a key element in the strategy of the devil. No one knows better than he (the devil) that each
time a soul is saved and that each time a believer makes a choice that honors God another proverbial nail is
driven into the devil's casket.
This daily process begins with the set of priorities that we have established for ourselves, reflected in our
attitudes, speech, and behaviors, no matter where we are or what we are doing! Glorifying God in the midst
of this Angelic Conflict goes WAY beyond merely avoiding sin. Atheists and spiritually dead unbelievers in
the Person and Works of the Lord Jesus Christ can (and often do) live traditionally moral lifestyles for a variety
of reasons, but bring NO glory to God! Atheists and spiritually dead unbelievers in the Person and the Work of
the Lord Jesus Christ can (and often do) engage in a host of humanitarian or professional services that provide
a lifetime of temporal blessings to multitudes, but bring NO glory to God.
Born again believers who are out of fellowship with God can choose to live a traditionally moral lifestyle,
practice"religion", and engage in a variety of humanitarian works or professional services that provide a
lifetime of temporal blessings to multitudes, but bring NO glory to God.
AS a born again believer spiritually matures, he/she will come to realize that not one second goes by each day
when one is either glorifying God, self, or the devil in the presence of unseen angels, fallen and elect. He/she
learns that what glorifies God is NOT what we do for Him with our human power or abilities, but what HE does
through us (John 15:5) with His divine power!
This was true in all of the past and present dispensations, and will remain so throughout the unfolding of our
personal and corporate history.
The inevitable course that the majority of Man will choose to take outlined in Romans 1: 8-32, never changes.
Only a minority of each generation of Man will choose for God and be saved, and only a minority of those
save will enter into or remain in the post salvation plan that God has each one of us.
Upon departing Egypt, the people of God entered the wilderness of Shur.
After traveling the days, they found no drinkable water. Water, in the naturally hostile environment of
the Middle East, was second only to air to breathe.
A regular supply of water was needed to insure survival for humans, flocks of animals as they travelled,
and for vegetation when they settled.
In response to the grumbling of the people, God, through Moses, changed the bitter water at Marah into
In addition to providing for the water, God made a conditional covenant with the people of Israel, declaring
that IF they obeyed the Word of the Lord, they would not experience any of the plagues that they saw being
inflicted on the Egyptians when they were there.
The Jews then travelled on and set up camp in Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy
From there, the people of God journeyed to the wilderness of Sin, located between Elim and Sinai.
Human nature is amicable as long as SELF is being satisfied. As soon as SELF becomes dissatisfied, it acts
up like an infant that needs to be fed, changed, comforted, or reassured, with little regard or recollection of
the faithfulness of ones who already provided for them.
Those who God places in positions of leadership will always be the one who will receive the heat when the
masses are dissatisfied.
It was in the wilderness of Sin that the people began to grumble over the lack of food. They were going as
far as to say they were better off when they were in Egypt! How often do born again believers bemoan their
own hardships and "feel" that were a lot better off when they were "salves" to the devil's world, but were
"blessed" for it!
It was then that God, on a daily basis, provided the manna from Heaven six out of seven days.
The seventh day was a Sabbath, a day of rest, and there was no manna found on the ground to be collected,
but there was a double portion given on the sixth day of each week that provided enough for them for two days
(Exodus 16: 29:30).
This manna was provided to the people of God throughout the forty years of time that they would spend out
in the wilderness).
The people of God continued on through the wilderness of Sin, and upon arriving at Rephidim, once again
found no water for Man or beast. They grumbled to Moses about this, o the point that Moses was concerned
about a revolt.
But God, through Moses, provided water out of the rock at Horeb.
Note that during these times of deprivation and provision, both Moses and the people were put in situations
where they had to rely on God to come through for them. This, too, would become a common characteristic
in the lives of all who choose to serve God in the dispensations to come.
At Rephidim, Moses was about to learn of another means of deliverance, and a key point for all warriors in
the realm of spiritual combat need to learn as well.
While at Rephidim, the people of God were approached by Amalek with intentions of war.
Moses instructed Joshua to lead the people of God into battle, while he (Moses), Aaron, and Hur would
establishan observation post on the top of a nearby hill.
As long as Moses held his staff upright, the battle would go in favor of the Jews, but when he tired and
loweredthe staff, the battle would go in favor of Amalek. It was with the human help of Aaron and Hur
that the staff was upheld by Moses, resulting in Joshua and the Jews defeating Amalek in battle.
Ultimately it was the Lord’s battle, and His power that brought about the victory, but Moses learned that
other people, in addition to him (Moses), were to take part in the execution of God’s plan.
his experience set the stage for the establishment of the internal administration of justice within the camp
Moses’ father-in-law, suggested a judicial system to manage the daily cases that were being presented to Moses for
judgment (Exodus 18: 25: 26). The Lord acknowledges our individual passion and devotion, but there is
more strength in a multi-strand chord than in a single rope. There are times when we will be called to stand
alone, and there will be other times when more can be accomplished with mutual support of divers individuals.
On the third month following their exodus from Egypt, the people of God arrived in the wilderness of Sanai, and set up
camp in front of Mount Sanai.
Click here to go to the next segment.