The three final plagues – locusts, darkness, and death of the firstborn – were the most frightening and the most devastating. Fekhri Hassan estimated that as many as one-third of Egypt’s population died in these last plagues. What was God trying to tell Pharaoh? The plague of locusts consumed whatever the hail had left behind. Then darkness that could be felt settled upon the homes of the Egyptians, giving them time to consider their choices and what was coming next. The Ipuwer papyrus mentions strange phenomenon of heavy darkness. Was God trying to reach the Egyptians’ hearts while they meditated? In this lecture, Francois du Plessis explores the Bible and the archaeology connected with the tragedy of the death of the firstborn in Egypt and reveals the longsuffering of a God who is not willing that any should perish.
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