For false Messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
As time and again Pharaoh hardened his heart against God, the worried Israelite must have wondered how come he could not see the light, change, and repent. God knew that in this event He was making His grand entrance on the scene of World History. Until today God is marveled at through their remembrance.
The narrative of a king or nation standing against Israel trying to destroy it was going to be repeated several times in History. It even has its place today. Egypt therefore needed to be a test-case for God’s children of all generations to remember and use as a precedent.
I am reminded of Herod Antipas who lived a double life. While in Jerusalem he acted as an observant Jew in order to please Israel, but when he was in his palace of Caesarea he would live a totally ungodly Roman lifestyle. Only the believers, the true followers of God from the Nazarene Sect, the disciples of Yeshua knew the difference, so to top it all, Herod Antipas is also guilty of initiating a persecution against the followers of Yeshua. In the end He is recorded as having been eaten by worms for not giving glory to God (Acts 12). Such is the fate of the hypocrite who pretends to be godly in order to attract people to himself, when he is actually a fake and a farce. He is soon revealed as he does not give glory to God but takes it to himself.
As the world gets darker and darker, we see many nations, even those who profess to believe in the God of Yeshua, becoming spiritually darker and darker. These nations will give rise to the one who, while professing and promising messianic expectancies of peace and plenty, will be in direct challenge to God, changing times and seasons and taking glory to himself (Daniel 7:25; 2 Thessalonians 2:4). In those days only those who know their God will know the difference (Daniel 11:32). For this reason, this Pharaoh-like/Herod Antipas-like king will also try to exterminate them.
Like Pharaoh who thought he was God and could challenge Him, like Herod Antipas who thought he could deceive the people and who did not give glory to God but took it for himself (Acts 12:23), one will rise to deceive the people. Many will be deceived in those days (Matthew 24:5,11, 24) except for those who know their God (Daniel 11:32), except for the true followers of God, those from the Nazarene sect, the disciples of Yeshua. We will recognize him as he will not give glory to God but take it to himself.
May we in those days remember the mighty victory of the God Hosts against Egypt.