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The Second Exodus: Do we flee “in haste?”

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The Second Exodus

From Wikipedia: The Water Was Divided (1984 illustration by Jim Padgett, courtesy of Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing)

When is the Second Exodus? When do we flee? And do we flee “in haste?” This is an article I wrote as a Facebook note about two and a half years ago and then completely forgot about until recently when people started to comment on it and share it. So I thought I would post it on the website as well.

Until recently my understanding of the Tribulation was that we would flee into the wilderness and attempt to “endure until the end.” With this understanding I was thinking that we needed to get with like-minded Torah pursuant brothers and attempt to buy land and build shelters and store up food and water and medicine and supplies for the long haul—whether that be 3.5 or 7 years.

However, lately I have been leaning heavily toward the understanding that the first exodus is the pattern for the second exodus, as it says in Isaiah 46:10, “Making known acharim (end-times things) from reshit (the beginning), and mikedem (from ancient times) the things that have not yet happened…” In other words, the second Greater Exodus is going to look a whole lot like the first.

This seems to make sense—we end our exile in the nations on a future Passover, we’re gathered in the “wilderness of the peoples” (Ezekiel 20:34-35), and we travel back to Israel on the “highway of the remnant” (Isaiah 11:16, 35:8-10, 43:16 & 19, 51:10). He lowers mountains, raises valleys, dries up the seas, and leads us back by the cloud and the pillar. I’m not sure if cars and trucks will be functional or not, but we learn in Isaiah 66:20 that we will have horses, chariots, covered wagons, mules, and camels to assist our elderly and little ones.

And we don’t need to stockpile food or water or clothing or medicine. One, we likely wouldn’t be able to carry it all even if we had it. And two, YHWH will provide food and water to us in the wilderness like He did to Israel the first time His people were in the wilderness on their way to the Land. And the account of the first exodus makes it clear that their clothes didn’t wear out and that there was no sickness or disease in the camp (so long as there was no sin in the camp).

As for shelter, I’m not sure whether we are to buy tents that we take with us when the time comes or not. Or if that is part of the “plunder” we leave “Egypt” with when we plunder Babylon on our way out into the wilderness.

The Israelites don’t appear to have lived in tents in Egypt as they were not wanderers. We know they travel from Egypt to Succoth (Sukkot) the first day of the exodus, and there set up the first camp. We know that they lived in booths (sukkot) in the wilderness. But booths are apparently not tents as they are two different words—tent (ohel) and booth (sukkah). So did they build structures at each campsite? Or perhaps built their sukkahs at the first camp and then disassembled them and used them repeatedly? I’m not sure we know, do we?

But since the pattern is that YHWH provides for His children in the wilderness and leads them into the Land, providing their food and water and healing and protection, it would seem unlikely that He would leave us without shelter–regardless of how He chooses to provide it.

This is a long introduction and I apologize. But I’m trying to share my understanding and how it has become clearer over time. So here is what led me to post this today: I was reading in Isaiah when I came across this interesting passage in chapter 52:

10 The Lord has bared His holy arm

In the sight of all the nations,

That all the ends of the earth may see

The salvation of our God.

11 Depart, depart, go out from there,

Touch nothing unclean;

Go out of the midst of her, purify yourselves,

You who carry the vessels of the Lord.

12 But you will not go out in haste,

Nor will you go as fugitives;

For the Lord will go before you,

And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.


“But you will not go out in haste, nor will you go as fugitives.” But didn’t Israel go out in haste the first time? I looked up the Hebrew word “chippazon” and it only appears three times in Scripture:

“Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the Lord’s Passover.”Exodus 12:11

“You shall not eat leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat with it unleavened bread, the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste), so that you may remember all the days of your life the day when you came out of the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy16:3


And then again here in Isaiah 52:12. The first two times are about the first exodus and the last time is about the second exodus. But here’s where my question came about, because the first two times say that the Israelites left “in haste,” but in Isaiah we read that we will not leave “in haste.” Same word.

If the second exodus is patterned after the first exodus and they left in haste, why do we in the second exodus not leave in haste and why do we not flee as fugitives? Is it because YHWH will go before us and be our rear guard? No, I don’t think so, since He did the very same thing during the first exodus.

The only thing I’ve come up with thus far is maybe Pharaoh (the anti-Messiah) and/or the kings of the nations of the exiles are simply destroyed on the front end this time around and therefore are not around to follow after us into the wilderness. But I honestly don’t know, so I thought I would ask and let iron sharpen iron.


When is the Second Exodus?

And as to the “when” of the exodus, I have this question: If the pattern of the exodus holds true, then there should be 10 plagues before we head out of Babylon/Egypt. Do we know how long the original 10 plagues took? Days? Weeks? Months?

I know there has been some speculation that maybe the Tribulation starts at Sukkot. I guess that could be possible if the definition of tribulation includes the time of the plagues leading up to the Passover exodus, but wouldn’t this require the plagues to take 6 months? Did they take 6 months? Do we have a timeline from the Scriptures?

I don’t claim to know anything, I’m simply seeking truth. I fully appreciate the fact that “now we see dimly as in a mirror.” This is why I do not fight or divide over issues like the calendar. I think a couple of things are clear: We should practice what we know as of now and continue studying and seeking. We will all know definitively when He returns.

I fear for those in the camp who the Master returns to find beating one another. The second greatest commandment is to love one another, not tear one another apart because we are convinced that our view is the correct view when most of us didn’t have the same view of the same issues a year ago or 5 years ago or 10 years ago.

I love the body of Messiah and pray that we will love one another and have the unity of the Spirit while we continue to seek to be obedient and go deeper in the Word and seek His truth.

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29 Responses to "The Second Exodus: Do we flee “in haste?”"

  1. April Hill Posted on February 15, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Perhaps the anti-messiah exiles us out into the wilderness this time.

    • admin Posted on February 15, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Interesting thought April.

  2. Mel Wiggins Posted on February 15, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    what about the sign of Rev 12:1:4 and it’s alignment in 2017 and the prophecy of Micah 5:3

    • admin Posted on February 15, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      I haven’t heard about an alignment in 2017, definitely feel free to post some info here about it. My understanding is that the astronomical sign of Rev. 12 occurred in the past and was the sign of Yeshua’s birth. Folks like Dr. Ernest Martin and Daniel Gregg believe that this proves a birth date on the Fall holy day of Yom Teruah (the Day of Trumpets) on the first day of the seventh Biblical month (what Judaism calls Rosh Hashanah). Are you suggesting that the sign will occur again? YHWH works in cycles, so that is certainly possible.

      Here’s what Dr. Michael Heiser says about it as discussed in his book The Unseen Realm:

      With respect to the use of astronomy for the dating of Jesus’ birth, I believe the most coherent view is that laid out by Ernest Martin in his book, The Star that Astonished the World. Martin’s book is available in print or for free at: (See especially from Chapter 5 onward, including the appendixes). Using the astronomical signage in Rev. 12 along with the account of the star in Matthew, Martin posits September 11, 3 B.C. as the birth of Jesus.

      I know of no New Testament scholar who has bothered to take Rev. 12 as astral signage and correlate that material with Matthew like Martin has. Even Bruce Malina, who recognizes the astral significance of Rev. 12 fails to do so. The better-known attempts at astronomically interpreting what the Magi saw (without Rev. 12) also fail to factor in certain synchronisms with the Jewish calendar that would have been theologically significant (e.g., a correlation with Tishri 1). The date produced by Martin’s work is the only method I have ever discovered by which all the factors involved in the discussion work together without omissions. Note from his companion website More Unseen Realm

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  3. Herbal Prepper Posted on February 23, 2016 at 10:21 am

    IDK if this will help anyone here much, but I have done a 3 part study on the second greater exodus and have a timeline that is different than what most think about. Let me know if this helps anyone. I can also give more insight(maybe) to the Rev 12 sign folks are referencing to happen in 2017.

    Here is my FB page channel link to the study. I have many other diverse bible studies on that page as well. Shalom!

    • admin Posted on February 27, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks for the comment! Sorry, no outbound links, but you’re welcome to further explain.

  4. J. Jury Posted on February 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you- thank you- thank you for this great 2nd Exodus study!

    There tends to be a movement to get all wrapped up in fear, and try to build “second exodus encampments” and whatnot. To me, this is trying to build something by the hand of man, and not trusting in the Father to lead us out in HIS timing.

    Your article points out the error of this perfectly.

    Thank you!

    • admin Posted on February 27, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      You’re welcome, thank you for taking the time to read it! If you haven’t already, please take a second to Share it via the above social buttons. Shalom!

  5. Dorit Ruchamah Posted on February 27, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Just a few scriptures to back this understanding:

    I think Pessach will be relevant top keep an eye on. All people seem to say Yeshua fulfilled the spring feats. But I see Yeshua referring himself to a future Pessach which will be fuller.. It hadn’t been fully fullfilled. Luke.22:15ff also that combined with John 11:52 and Jer. 16:15 seem to indicate the same.

    • admin Posted on February 27, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Dorit!! If you haven’t already, please take a second to Share it via the above social buttons. Shalom!

  6. guy smith Posted on February 27, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Not the wilderness,Rather Mount Zion in Jerusalem (joel 2:32) I have made 20 short videos which address this topic of the gathering of “The Remnant of israel”. The videos can be found on

    • admin Posted on February 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks for the comment! Sorry, no outbound links, but you’re welcome to further explain.

  7. Katriel Posted on February 27, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    The Second Exodus is not associated with the 7 year tribulation.

    • admin Posted on February 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks for the comment! Sorry, no outbound links, but you’re welcome to further explain.

  8. Robert Posted on February 28, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Thank you for the scripture you posted it is very good.

    In regard to the time to leave. He tells us in Revelation 12. I made a video of it a while back. You may find it useful as I have found the scriptures you have quoted as useful.

    Yahuwah Bless.

  9. Robert Posted on February 28, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Just noticed you don’t allow links. Apologies If people do a youtube search for “The signs of Revelation 12” by Robert-Aaron Richmond they shall find it.

  10. Sandy Posted on February 28, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I really liked your essay, I do think it is well thought out. I really appreciate your sentiments about not beating up the other servants. None of us know fully now and to pretend we do is ignorant.

    • admin Posted on February 28, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Thank you Sandy, shalom!

  11. Tracy Posted on February 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    The bowls, vials and trumpets of Revelation would appear to replace the ten plagues of Egypt on the second Exodus. The correct time to leave Babylon, the literal physical place though a metaphor, is when you hear the call, when you wake up to the celestial alarm clock ringing. It’s not about fear, but obedience. There is a sense of urgency though as we are told that she will be completely destroyed by fire within one hour and that no one will ever live in her again. When she is burning is too late to leave. There will be no survivors. All t would take is Yellowstone erupting or a nuclear attack and the whole US power grid would go down. The nuclear power plants and storage facilities would ensure complete destruction (nuclear fire and waste) that no future generations would find the land inhabitable, not even wild beasts, over the entire continent. The colors mentioned in Rev 18 are scarlet (red), linen (white) and purple (navy blue). The merchants crying from afar about never being able to trade with her again are a direct reference to commerce and the greatest stock market in the world is not far from our lips, the NYSE on Wall Street. The time to leave is now. Yah will make a way for everyone who seeks Him, who trusts in Him and is obedient to Him.
    Next is where should you go? It’s not so easy to get residence in Israel. However the east side of the river is friendly and welcoming and fairly easy to get residency, regardless of religion or ancestry. A word to the wise, be prudent.

    • admin Posted on February 28, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks for the comment Tracy! Is the “east side of the river” not hostile toward our faith? I’ve never looked into it, but assumed that the prevailing religion of the region would cause major issues for us. Shalom

  12. Yahservant Posted on March 4, 2016 at 11:00 am

    When is the Second Exodus?

    It starts in twenty six weeks.

    If interested there will be a pre-exodus meet up to discuss the matter with like spirited people who can be on the beach in Otter Rock Oregon at noon on March 22, 2016.

    The paramount observation you broight forward that I suggest people take to heart is we don’t need to be stockpiling f9d, water, medicine, or clothing as the gloomndoom teachers enjoy promoting.

    Another important insighy is hpw we don’t flee in haste, it seems we are to raise our banner (ensign) at our exit, we won’t be sneaking out of Babylon but flaunting pur faith, loudly. HalleluYah!

  13. p Posted on April 10, 2016 at 5:02 am

    We will be faithful unto death and have hope to receive the crown of life (Rev 2:10). We Pray that we do not have to flee in winter or on the Sabbath Mat. 24:20-21 because we understand it will be a physical effort as it was for IsraEL in the Exodus, when they fled Egypt. (Mat 24:16 “then let those who are in Yehudah = Judah flee to the mountains.) Rev 12:6 as the woman flees to the wilderness and we know Abba Father is a God of Patterns and in past history His Church fled to Iralian and Swiss Alps from 554-1814AD; Eze 4:15-17, Num 14:34-35 from Roman Empire and Napoleon. Gal. 6:16, Rev 12:16-17 The woman was protected so ha-Satan takes out his wrath on her weak, lukewarm offspring that are left behind. We listen for Your Command Luke 21:36 and pray we are worthy to escape these things that will come to pass and to be able to stand before our Ha Mashiach on the last (7th) Trump when we, the Elect will be raised uncorruptible and changed in a twinkling of an eye. We will be faithful until death. His GLORY is HID in the HEARTS of ALL men, until a twinkling [LIGHT = revelation] of an EYE = [UNDERSTANDING] in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. “HalleluYAH! Holy, Holy, Holy is YHVH! The whole Earth is full of His Glory!” (Kadosh= Holy (santified), Holy, Holy is Yehowah Lord of Hosts (Armies)! The Whole Earth is full of His Kavod = Glory, dignity, honor or respect. “alleen maar niet eenzaam” in Dutch, “allein aber nicht einsam”, in German, (“alone but not lonely”) is what YOU have shown us even long before You entered our lives and circumcised us in our spirit, ABBA our gratitude is to YOU for always having been there, especially in time of trouble and dangers. You were there by Your Spirit, but now You are not just with us, but IN us. You will provide and protect us and keep us in Shalom. Todah Rava ABBA YEHOVAH in Yehoshua’s Holy Name.

  14. Mark Posted on April 12, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    It starts with Sukkot. The last place you went to Sukkot.

  15. Deborah Posted on May 9, 2016 at 10:16 am

    I have been studying the Septuagint translation of 1851 translation by Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton and have found many passages not in the NKJ and this is one of them.

    Actually all of Jeremiah 38 but here a little just to give you a taste of what is to come.
    Jeremiah 38:7-9 For thus saith the Lord to Jacob; Rejoice ye, and exult over the head of the nations: make proclamations, and praise ye: say The Lord has delivered His people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I bring them from the north, and I will gather them from the end of the earth to the feast of the Passover: and the people shall beget a great multitude, and they shall return hither. They went forth with weeping, and I will bring them back with consolation, casusing them to lodge by the channels of waters in a straight way, and they shall not err it it: for I am become a father to Israel and Ephraim is my first-born.

    So that says a lot.

  16. Paul Posted on August 1, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Shalom, very good note, I am sharing it on my not yet finished note. its [deleted link] any feedback is appreciated.

    • One Torah Posted on August 20, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks for the comment! Sorry, no outbound links, but you’re welcome to further explain.

  17. Matthityah Posted on August 8, 2016 at 4:09 pm


    We’re living in the time of the feet heading towards the toes in Daniel 2

    His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that an even (stone [Moshiach; see;,] ) was cut out without hands, which struck the tzelem upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no trace was found of them; and the even (stone) that struck the tzelem became a great mountain, and filled kol ha’aretz. This is the chalom (dream); and we will tell the pesher thereof before the king. … And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay and part of iron, the mamlachah shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with baked clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the mamlachah shall be partly strong, and partly fragile. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with baked clay, so the zera of the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, even as iron is not mixed with clay. And in the days of these melachim shall the G-d of Shomayim set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these mamlechot (kingdoms), and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the even (stone) was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great G-d hath made known to the king what shall come to pass after this; and the chalom (dream) is certain, and the pesher (interpretation, explanation) thereof trustworthy.
    (OJB Daniel 2:33-36,41-45)

    The toes are seven years long and the toe nails are 3,5 years long, then the end of the toes after the nails Moshiach suddenly comes.

  18. Rob[South Africa] Posted on August 9, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Exo 23:20 “I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you on the way and [ BRING YOU TO THE PLACE I HAVE PREPARED. ]
    Exo 23:21 Pay attention to him, listen to what he says and do not rebel against him; because he will not forgive any wrongdoing of yours, since my name resides in him.

    Rev 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had [ A PLACE PREPARED ] by God, so that there They might nourish her for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

    Eze 20:34 I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you were scattered, with a mighty hand, with a stretched-out arm and with poured-out fury;
    Eze 20:35 then I will bring you into THE WILDERNESS OF THE PEOPLEs and judge you face to face.
    Eze 20:36 JUST AS I judged your ancestors in the desert of the land of Egypt, so will I judge you,’ says Adonai ELOHIM.
    Eze 20:37 ‘I will make you pass under the crook and bring you into the obligations of the covenant.
    Eze 20:38 I will rid you of the rebels who are in revolt against me – I will bring them out from the land where they are living, but they will not enter the land of Isra’el; then you will know that I am ADONAI.

  19. George Posted on August 23, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Read Tim McHyde’s “Escape all these things” for the answer

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