Has God Hardened the Hearts of Modern Arab Pharoah’s?

One of the curious and interesting facts about the Exodus account of Israel’s supernatural deliverance from Egyptian oppression is that God says to Moses (Exodus 7:2-4),

You shall speak all that I command, you and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of this land. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart and though I multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt,  Pharaoh will not listen to you.” 

The question I ask myself is why would God find it necessary to harden Pharaoh’s heart? Is that really fair to Pharaoh? He could have accomplished the exodus of Israel from Egypt in perhaps one or two plagues…maybe three. I (as Pharaoh) may have been able to “tough it out” through the first two, water to blood and maybe frogs…but the third plague—-gnats-— would have sent me “over the edge” for sure.

The answers are more complex. 

  • In previous blogs I outlined how Israel’s deliverance was prophesied to Abraham over 400 years in advance. So the time for mercy was now passed and God’s wrath and judgment on Israel’s oppressor, Egypt, had arrived. Part of that judgment was that God would amplify the pride already resident in Egypt’s king/Pharaoh and turn it against him in judgment.
  • He was also judging the Egyptian people and indeed the entire country suffered greatly through each and every plague.
  • God is also jealous for His own name. The Egyptians worshiped a pantheon of gods. Every plague targeted one of their gods. In Ex. 7:5 God says… “the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.” Hardening Pharaoh’s heart had the effect of stiffening Pharaoh’s resistance against letting the Israelites go. He wanted everyone in Egypt to know that the God of Israel alone was God. All others were imposters.

Today I see a similar phenomena happening.

Arab leaders seem to act stubbornly and at times irrationally. They resist any notion of coming to a peace with Israel even if there is great benefit for their nation and even themselves. Abba Eban, a recently deceased and great Jewish historian, once put it this way…

“the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity”

Yasir Arafat was a great example.

President Clinton had negotiated a seeming winning formula for peace, although at great price to Israel. He had convinced Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to return well over 90% of the Judea and Samaria to Arafat and the PLO. Incredibly, Arafat turned it down much to the shock of both Barak and Clinton. This despite the fact that had he made the deal he was essentially being granted his own kingdom with him at the head. In addition it would have significantly weakened Israel’s security had there been a convenient “falling out” at some later date. For many reasons he just couldn’t make the deal.

An amazing opportunity missed…thank God!

There are many strategies our Arab brothers could pursue if they wanted to successfully wrest control of Israel from our people but somehow they seem to always do the thing that makes success impossible.

It seems that each and every Arab leader is suffering from a severe case of God inspired “hardness of heart”. I for one am very thankful for this condition.

One word of caution to Arab leaders around the Middle East…

Hardness of heart is a sure sign that God is preparing to pour out his judgment on Israel’s oppressors or enemies. Beware–God is jealous for His name. The God of Israel and the God of Islam cannot both be God and all agree that there is only one God.

Joel Chernoff

~The views contained in The Joel Chernoff Report are not necessarily views held by the MJAA~


6 responses to “Has God Hardened the Hearts of Modern Arab Pharoah’s?

  1. Christopher Hernandez

    Wow, this is uncompromisingly true in every aspect of its explanation. God is definitely in control, and I for one, am glad that Y’shua has predestined me to be on the right side of this seemingly never ending battle. I pray that this blog is not used in a way to degrade Arab’s themselves, but moreover, to inspire us to pray for the Jewish and Gentile alike, so that they may know the glory that is in our Lord, and so that they might not have to endure His coming wrath. May God have mercy and righteous judgement on those who do not yet believe, and may they be blessed with the promise of the Holy Spirit as they surrender their lives to Christ.

    Is it too much to pray for them? I do not want to come across as ignorant towards those who are outspoken and steadfast in their verbal and physical abuse of Israel, but I am trying to learn how to manage the middle ground. Is there any middle ground? Should I hate those who hate Israel? Or, should I pray for those who persecute me? God’s plans will be carried out, and every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that Y’shua is Lord.

    Thanks for the blog. I really appreciate it. It would be nice to see a response, but I understand if you are busy. Blessings in Y’shua.

    • Shalom Christopher,
      God loves the Arabs and will use Israel to break the yoke of Islam and redeem our Arab cousins. Check out Isaiah 19. I look forward to that day.
      Joel Chernoff

  2. Shalom!
    As I read this post, what comes to mind is my experiencing one of the most “bitter sweet” [?] moments among other “surreal” expereinces when I was in Jerusalem on her 40th anniversary of Jewish of control. I was in a taxi driven by a Sephardic Sabra believer. As we waited in traffic immediately in the on coming traffic was a Arab cabbie with a full bright head covering who also stopped.in backed up traffic—right across from my driver’s window. It was like time stood still. FACE TO FACE the drivers just stared at each other. There was no expression of strife or tension. But surprisingly, I saw just painful tenderness in this Arab’s face towards my driver and I was frozen with awe. That particular day in Israel is etched in my mind forever.

    As for the Arab leaders… their hearts are in the hands of the Lord and He turns them whichever way He wills.

    The sovereignty of God is s spiritual truth that some people may have difficulty in understanding its meaning because it is allusive truth in today’s Covenant of Grace.Somehow the sovereignty of God is mainly associated with the Hebrew covenant and now grace takes its place. But Rav Sha’ul [Paul] wrote 3 whole chapters on the sovereignty of God [Romans 9-11], teaching the non Jewish believers that the spiritual truth of God’s sovereignty is His Divine Prerogative that remains on Israel’s behalf.
    The Sovereignty of God can be be summed up with Proverbs 16:4 AMP:

    “The Lord has made everything [to acommodate itself and contribute] to its own end and His own purpose—even the wicked [are fitted for their role] in the day of calamity and evil.” Proverbs 16:4 AMP


  3. Scott D. Elam

    Shalom Joel:

    Great blog so far….
    Keep up the good work.

    Can’t wait to see you some day at the new Kehilat Rosh Pinah building in OKC. It would be a good house warming party for our congregaton.


  4. Well, we all know that Mitchell is an Arab-American, so why are we surpirsed Obama named him special envoy to the Middle east?

    It really is galling to witness all of these shenanigans by his minions and be told by his “adoring” press brownosers that he will be the president who will -finally settle the situation. If it was that easy, why even their favorite womanizer could not do it?…..

    It is because God is the only one who would bring peace to the region, and that NOT by men’s connivings by His sovereing hand.

    We must pray the US does not suffer greatly if we side with those who hate Israel.

    Obama could not respond well to the “abortion question”, he WILL not be able to respond well to the “Israel Question”, because there is NO READY answer for that, nor will ever be one, until the PEACE MAKER for excellence comes on the scene.

    I pray for Israel now more than ever and even more for the US, because there will be great pain given to us if we forget Israel.

    Blessings to all.

  5. This is so true and a blessing for me the more
    I pray for Israel the harder it gets for me here and I get more distractions. This is all so true.

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