Jesus Prays for the New Exodus

The Lord’s Prayer and the New Exodus

by Brant Pitre

For almost two thousand years, Christians have recited the words of the Lord’s Prayer, the only one that Jesus is recorded as having taught his disciples (Matt. 6:9–13; Luke 11:2–4). In the second century, Tertullian declared it to be “truly the summary of the whole gospel,” and, much later, St. Thomas Aquinas deemed it “the most perfect of prayers.”

But what does the prayer actually mean? More specifically, what did Jesus himself mean when he taught it to his disciples? And how would they, as first century Jews, have understood its language and imagery? These are important questions, and modern commentators have spilled an enormous amount of ink in the attempt to understand the prayer in its first-century context. Despite the widespread agreement that the Lord’s Prayer reflects the heart of Jesus’ message, questions still remain regarding exactly what the prayer reveals about how Jesus understood himself, his mission, and the coming of the kingdom of God.

Several years ago, N. T. Wright published a brief but thought-provoking article in which he argued that the Lord’s Prayer should be understood as a prayer for the “new Exodus.” Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets had expressed the hope that God would once again redeem the people of Israel in much the same way that he had done in the Exodus from Egypt. In this new Exodus, God would release his people from slavery to sin and death, put an end to their exile from the promised land, and gather them, along with the Gentiles, into a restored kingdom and a new Jerusalem. According to Wright, the ancient Jewish hope for a new Exodus is the key to unlocking the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer:

The events of Israel’s Exodus from Egypt, the people’s wilderness wandering, and their entry into the promised land were of enormous importance in the self-understanding and symbolism of all subsequent generations of Israelites, including Jews of the Second Temple period. . . . When YHWH restored the fortunes of Israel, it would be like a new Exodus—a new and greater liberation from an enslavement greater than that in Egypt. . . . And the Lord’s Prayer can best be seen in this light as well—that is, as the prayer of the new wilderness wandering people. . . . This can be seen more particularly as we look at each of the clauses of the Lord’s Prayer from a new Exodus perspective.


For more information on the New Exodus, especially as it relates to the fulfillment of end-time prophecy, check out my updated New Exodus page.

For more of Brant Pitre’s analysis of the Lord’s Prayer, click here to read or download the 28-page study.

Peter Goodgame

2 thoughts on “Jesus Prays for the New Exodus

  1. I met Christ in 1975 and have been studying His Word ever since. I think that all the signs are out in the open and are so obvious that we, like the first century Jews are missing it. Here is copy of an email I sent to all my friends and family. I won’t say I am 100% sure but I feel it’s within an 80% certainty but you judge.
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    Hi Di:

    Sent this mail to all I know but I didn’t have your email then… Hope you take the time to read and be aware about what’s coming just over the next year.

    I don’t know if you are still invested in the stock market but I have knowledge from a good Authority that by Sept. 11, 2015 there will be a total wipe out of the U.S. financial markets. We’ll start seeing the rumbles before or soon after the first blood moon in April. I have never been sure as I am now about this… Hope all is well with you. Mel

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    Subject: Re: Very Important if not urgent Info
    Date: Thur, 18 Dec 2014 17:29:53 -0800

    I’ve done a lot of research these past weeks and I can only conclude that there is an overwhelming substantiation that we are within a year of significant global events that have never been seen before. I feel that I would be derelict if I do not share these signs with those I care for and love. By all means do your own research and come to your own conclusions… I’ll list both, the spiritual and the physical manifestation about what is about to happen and where we are now in God’s calendar.

    Spiritual Evidence:
    After checking NASA info on the rare occurrence of blood moons falling on Jewish Feast days (also called appointments by God in Genesis) and finding out that this rare event won’t happen again for at least another 500 years, I can only conclude that the 2015 blood moons (#8 since first coming; 8 being the number of new beginnings) IS the final warning for the body of Christ to get our act together. For those aware of the 7th blood moon tetrads in April and October this year (7 being a symbol of completion) We have witnessed the acceleration of potentially catastrophic global problems are ready to pounce upon us since the first blood moon last April in addition to prophetical events such as:

    Wholesale beheading in the Middle East (fifth seal of Rev. 6:9) This only leads me to believe that the sixth seal is about to be opened since God says that the moon will turn into blood and the sun will be black (happening on March 20, 2015 solar eclipse dividing the 2014-2015 blood moons). “The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes” (Joel 2:31.) Again these signs will not happen again in our sky for hundred of years in the future. Other prophetical signs:

    On Sep 11 2014, 10 Arab nations leaders allied with Obama, just as Rev 17:12 describes it (notice that Rev 17:16 says these 10 leaders hate the whore[U.S.] (any doubts Arabs hate us?) Rev 13:11 describes this beast as looking like a lamb with 2 horns which perfectly describes a bison which is native only to U.S. plains. Consider also that the U.S. uprooted or replaced 3 Kings (powers, nations) of England, Germany, and Russia after WWII and has been the undisputed world power ever since! (Dan 7:24).

    A lot of Jews missed the first coming because they had preconceived ideas and made up their own mind as to how the Messiah’s first coming was going to happen… I think a lot of us are doing the same thing today! That’s why Jesus said to them in Matt 16 2-3: “He replied to them, when it is evening you say, It will be fair weather, for the sky is red, and in the morning, It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and has a gloomy and threatening look. You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.”

    Consider that after Obama was anointed the “new messiah,” soon after the 2007 election and then he was declared the “prince of peace” by the Nobel crowd for doing NOTHING, and then “coincidentally” desecrated the holy place of Jesus birth EXACTLY 1260 days later on March 22, 2013 (Matt 24:15). Now this particular Friday was personally picked by Obama which falls on a day that is not in winter (day before) or the Sabbath (next day) and is the ONLY calendar day that meets Jesus’s criteria in the Jewish calendar for decades to come that such a day would fall in between winter and the Sabbath! (see Matt 24:20.)


    “So also when you see these signs, all taken together, coming to pass, you may know of a surety that He is near, at the very doors.” Matt 24:33.

    So it’s time to understand that: “So then those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him.” Romans 8:8, BUT “[there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit” Romans 8:1.

    As some of you know, comet ISON that was supposed to be the brightest comet ever broke apart as it rounded the sun in Nov 2013 and those pieces are coming back our way now…. Something is coming and would explain why the gov has been buying millions of bullets, body bags, mobilizing troops, militarizing police depts., and building FEMA camps while they have built for themselves hundreds of bunkers (See Rev 6:16) all over the U.S.

    Now let’s find out more about this 6th seal and read Rev 6:12: “When He [the Lamb] broke open the sixth seal, I looked, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun grew black as sackcloth of hair, [the full disc of] the moon became like blood. And the stars of the sky dropped to the earth like a fig tree shedding its unripe fruit out of season when shaken by a strong wind.” Today we know that shooting stars are not stars but asteroids or meteorites and any impact would create a mega-quake and the debris (rocks and chunks of asteroid) would look like like large shooting stars dropping down to earth and the dust would turn the sun black and the moon red as the dust settles.

    Now for the physical (here) evidence:

    In May 2014 in a news conference with Sec Kerry, the french foreign minister said:

    FOREIGN MINISTER FABIUS: (In French.) “We have 500 days to avoid the climate chaos.”
    I think this was a slip up of the tongue when something heavy is weighing down the mind.

    What climate chaos??? The only thing that would create chaos with the climate is something big hitting the earth! Also, is it coincidence that 500 days from 5/13/14 is September 23-24, 2015, four days before the last blood moon of the tetrad? Is it also a coincidence that this last blood moon will be the first Super Blood Moon in a tetrad (when moon is closest to earth)? Again, is it “coincidence” that Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement is also September 23-24, 2015? Is it coincidence that this date is also the end of the 7th Hebrew Shemitah? Is it possible that this could be the 120th jubilee (6,000 years) and the beginning of a new one? (Genesis 6:3 where years (שָׁנָה) means “a measure of time). Is it possible to have that many coincidences without rhyme or reason? I don’t think so…

    If nothing is happening in the near future, then why has our gov. shut down pretty much ALL of early warning sites for near earth objects if not to keep non gov. observers to detect and warn us of what’s coming? Anyone remember 1996 or 97 when astronomers warned about a ELE impact on its way 20-30 years away? Then they said that it was going to miss us and not to worry about. Don’t you find strange that in 1998 Hollywood came with a movie called “Deep Impact” complete with a black president (Morgan Freeman) to show us what is going to happen?

    I can only conclude that something big will hit the Atlantic Ocean in the near future that will wipe out the East and Gulf coast for at least 50-100 miles inland. An impact like this will affect the Madrid fault in the Midwest and California’s San Andreas fault line in the West, and who knows, awaken Yellowstone super volcano in the process? Why are they pulling the money out from the sites that are keeping a watch over these space objects?
    As well as:

    Yet, we have plenty of money for social programs, weapons for the Middle East and other BS programs.

    And why “on Friday, March 16, 2012 Obama issued another unconstitutional executive order. The National Defense Resources Preparedness EO allows the government to confiscate your property without due process under the direction of Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security. Obama’s EO allows the president to “take actions necessary to ensure the availability of adequate resources and production capability, including services and critical technology, for national defense requirements” in the event of a “potential threat to the security of the United States.” The resources include food, transportation, and communication capabilities of the U.S. How many Americans even knew this happened or even be concerned about it?

    Indeed, America is not turning to God and is fast sleep while its judgement is about to fall while most church Christians who haven’t bothered to know Him and His plans through the Word. For them Jesus’ coming will indeed come like a thief in the middle of the night.

    So I close with this:
    “And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Sardis write: These are the words of Him Who has the seven Spirits of God [the sevenfold Holy Spirit] and the seven stars: I know your record and what you are doing; you are supposed to be alive, but [in reality] you are dead. Rouse yourselves and keep awake, and strengthen and invigorate what remains and is on the point of dying; for I have not found a thing that you have done [any work of yours] meeting the requirements of My God or perfect in His sight. So call to mind the lessons you received and heard; continually lay them to heart and obey them, and repent. In case you will not rouse yourselves and keep awake and watch, I will come upon you like a thief, and you will not know or suspect at what hour I will come” Rev 3:1-3.

    I believe we can know if we discern the times that are now upon us.



  2. Sorry I didn’t include a follow up message to the one above:
    Follow up mail on 12/20/14
    Hi again:

    In response to the previous email about what may come to pass next year there were some valid questions posed to me to validate my conclusions and I wanted to share with all of you the answers to these important inquiries. Thanks be to God that: “If any of us is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him (James 1:5). Specifically, the questions involve 2 scriptures, so let’s answer each one in order. I love that line in the movie “Matrix” when Neo is told: “If you want to know how deep the rabbit hole goes, take the red pill.” So let’s see how deep is the hole that our current world finds itself in:

    “But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matt. 24:36

    These words spoken by Jesus were in answer to his disciples’ direct question that wanted to know when He would return after all the signs He had listed as to what to watch for prior to His second coming. To understand Jesus’ meaning here one must know a little bit of Jewish customs and euphemism of the culture. The phrase “no one knows the day and hour” was readily understood by the disciples as to the full meaning of His words. He was referring to the custom of a watchman appointed by the religious authorities to mark the beginning of the new month. Once the full lunar cycle ended the current month, the watchman would go after midnight and look toward the horizon looking for the first sliver of light of a new moon. He knew that it was imminent but did not exactly which of the days or the hour that sliver of light on the new moon would appear to mark the beginning of the new month was going to happen. That is why in Matt 24:42 He advised them and us, “Watch therefore [give strict attention, be cautious and active], for you do not know in what kind of a day [whether a near or remote one] your Lord is coming.” This also puts into a new perspective the parable of the ten virgins (remembering He’s addressing believers not lost people) where five of them were not paying attention or were being cautious. That’s why I did not put any dates on my previous mail but only the signs that are clearly visible to all of us today. Nobody could deny these signs of wars, rumors of war, earthquakes in different places, famines, violent times, and that we are as in the days of Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah. Now for the second scripture:

    “Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition) (2Thess 2:3).

    Once again no well informed Christian would deny the apostasy found in most churches today… But what about the revealing of the lawless one, the son of perdition? Well, let me run this by you and remembering that I like many other Christians, I was waiting for this man in a global sense rather that the local geography of the restored land of Israel and its hostile neighbors. Like many others, I was expecting that someday some dude would appear on global T.V. and declare: “Hi, I am the long awaited Satan and I am here now to destroy you.” Come on, the Master of master deceivers would not be that obvious nor be that direct. It’s like that silly notion that the rapture of Christian is going to be so obvious by disappearing in the sight of unbelievers as portrayed in the “Left Behind” non-sense fantasy and thus eliminating the element of faith required to come to God in repentance. I explained why this is not so in my book “Our Real Life in Christ.”

    I believe that this man was revealed this past September 2014 and most of Christianity totally missed it. Again let me remind you that the Jews also missed the first time because of their mind set. Jesus told them clearly what signs they missed in Luke 7:20-22 ” So the men came to Jesus and said, John the Baptist sent us to You to ask, Are You the One Who is to come, or shall we [continue to] look for another? In that very hour Jesus was healing many [people] of sicknesses and distressing bodily plagues and evil spirits, and to many who were blind He gave [a free, gracious, joy-giving gift of] sight. So He replied to them, Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the good news (the Gospel) preached to them.”

    In the world we live today many roll their eyes and say these miracles “never happened or there is no proof.” To this I answer with this question: Would ANY of us give up our deepest set of religious values and beliefs of a Jewish religious upbringing of the day and then on top of that get tortured, crucified, beheaded, torn limb for limb by wild animals in a Roman Coliseum to perpetrate and perpetuate a “lie”? If anyone answers yes to this then the only one perpetuating a lie is yourself! A no answer acknowledges a self evident truth. So let’s see if the revelation of the lawless one may already have happened. Please open this link and observe that on 9/11/14 Obama gave a speech about the war against Isis.

    Although the T.V. angle of the camera did not show the horns on Obama, the white house purposely released the official photo of this event to the world media and was seen worldwide.

    So what is the message Obama is sending to the world by releasing this picture? In my book I mentioned that in the 60’s I was heavily involved in the occult but did not share much of my experiences during that time, so let me tell you one that I did not forget at all. One of the leaders of this group confided in me that a few years earlier a “special” child had been born and that his birth was marked on 2/4-5/1962 by the great conjunction of the planets when the sun was in total eclipse, and you could see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn all within 13 degrees of the eclipsed Sun! and that this child was their long awaited “messiah” and was “taken in” and was being protected and groomed for world leadership to bring about the “age of Aquarius, that we now

    know it started 12/21/2012.” Getting the picture yet? Obama IS sending a message to this crowd by identifying himself as Baphomet (see picture above and notice crescent moon symbol), an ancient “god” known by many names including allah found in the Epic of Atrahasis engraved on several tablets dating back to around 1700 BC in Babylon, which showed that he was being worshiped as a high deity among other gods who were considered to be his brothers but taking orders from him. Many inscriptions containing the name Allah have been discovered in Northern and Southern Arabia as early as the 5th century B.C., including Lihyanitic, Thamudic and South Arabian inscriptions. Remember the Roman columns in Denver in the acceptance speech and which happened to be a replica of the temple of Zeus in Pergamum (Rev. 2:12-13} and identified as the seat of Satan?

    Muslim today gather once a year in Mecca and worship a black rock believed to be a meteorite and the early muslims are found in the Bible: “And when the town clerk had calmed the crowd down, he said, Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of the sacred stone that fell from the sky? (Acts 19:35). In short, by revealing himself to the followers of Baal as the fake “messiah” God has revealed him to us too! What other purpose is there to release this ‘horned picture’ as an official picture of Obama to the world as Baal and as the 13th imam to the muslim jihadists???

    The Bible tells us that Satan will come as a false messiah in a man and that he would duplicate just about everything to appear as the false jesus. He’s got the false star of Bethlehem in 1962; he suddenly came in the world stage from being a nobody to the most powerful position in the world at a dizzying speed. He has been the most lawless president EVER! I can on and on. Why do you think no one can find anything about Obama’s early years?

    Remember what the Jews, who had no idea about his birth in Bethlehem said in John 7:27 “No, we know where this Man comes from (Nazareth); when the Christ arrives, no one is to know from what place He comes.” So he’s faking a “mystique” about his origins and anyone that threatens this aura of mystery ends up dead like that lady in Hawaii who issued the fake birth certificate and the gentlemen who were part of his inner circle of his years in the church of “reverend” Wright that threatened to disclose his homosexuality (Dan 11:37) and a lot more that we don’t know about yet.

    If any of this is not convincing then I don’t know what is…. I hope this answers those questions and again do your own research about these things. Blessings!



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