The Ten Plagues (Chronological Listing)

The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt were not accustomed to receiving commands from others, particularly from such "lowly" people as Moses and Aaron. Their message came directly from The God Of Creation, but the Pharaoh was of no mind to listen. But then, the Pharaohs didn't believe in the True God - their "gods" were various idols, and such natural things as bulls and reptiles and the Nile River. They worshiped created things, rather than The Creator. That was the primary reason that God targeted a number of Egypt's "gods" directly with The Ten Plagues.

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Cycles in the History of Israel

Daniel's 70 Weeks (490 years) gives a major clue that God determines and measures the redemptive history of Israel in Cycles of 490 years which equates to 70 Sabbatical Years.. In particular, it defines the last of these Cycles as running from the Ezra Decree to restore Jerusalem (458 BC) to Messiah's sacrificial atoning Death and Resurrection (AD 33).

Matthew 18:21,22 implies there is something special about seventy times seven times:

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Jude verses 24 and 25

Jude 1:24  Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25  To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

It is not we who keep ourselves saved, but God who keeps us.
The dominion and power are his, both now and forever.
 

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Luke 8 verses 4 to 15

Luke 8:4  And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:

5  A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
6  And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
7  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
8  And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
 
9  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
 
10  And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
11  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
13  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
14  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
 
Notice that the parable does not speak of anyone losing his salvation. The parable does indicate that there are those who seem to be saved but are actually not saved. These are pictured in verse 13. 

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Galatians 5 verses 22 and 23

Galatians 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 The Bible speaks of "bad trees" producing "bad fruit" as evidence of non-conversion, whereas "good trees" produce "good fruit" as evidence that the Holy Spirit has regenerated that person.

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