The Last Watch

The Egyptians are Destroyed by James Tissot

Exodus 14: 24:

24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, (KJV)

24 During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. (NIV)


See, it’s not just us!  The Israelites just knew it was over.  After all they had been through, all of the waiting to just get away from the Egyptians, they thought their chance at freedom was gone.  Why?  Because the Lord waited until “the last watch”.  As He does in our circumstances, He wanted to show His people that He could save them, despite the fact that it looked like all hope was lost!  And He used this story – and many others – to show us that, so we can get through our Red Seas, watch our enemy get swallowed up, yet again, and have our story encourage others!  Notice how the KJV uses “the morning watch”.  We associate morning with breakthroughs and miracles, because the Bible says “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”, but the Israelites thought their morning was bringing anything but joy!  And, just like the enemy can use confusion as a weapon against us, God can use confusion as a weapon against the enemy…and God’s weapons are greater!


Tori Gay


Painting by James Tissot “The Egyptians are Destroyed” in Public Domain