Isaiah

This is where we see that Ezekiel’s Fire is a nova event.

In this chapter, we’ll see:

  • The day of the great slaughter
  • The greatest earthquake since The Great Flood
  • A moon as bright as the sun
  • A sun that is seven times brighter than normal
  • The day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people and heals the stroke of their wound

That last one should look awfully familiar, since we have clearly seen it several times already. Binding up the bruise and healing wounds is the kind of wording that is central to salvation.

We’ve also seen the other four points, but not quite like this. Isaiah 30 gives us a snapshot of something global and earth shattering. This planet-wide catastrophe will leave no one unaffected and knock everything down.

The First Part Of Isaiah 30

The first seventeen verses of Isaiah 30 are a painful indictment of Israel’s rejection of God. The irony is that we Christians have rebelled against God in similar ways. When I read Isaiah 30:1-17, I see a lot of churches with the same spiritual problems. I can hardly believe some of the spiritual and moral corruptions that our pastors and seminaries have led us into.

We MUST repent of our sins so that God will return His hand of protection to us.

It’s time for your church to pray that God will reveal the sins in your midst. I was in a church once, that did that. We came together to pray that God would reveal sin in our church, and days later, we found that the assistant pastor had been committing adultery. But, moving on…

God Waits To Bless Israel

So, up to verse 17, Isaiah 30 was talking about the past – for Israel. But, God does not leave His people in the past without a promise. And that is what happens in verse 18:

Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.

Isaiah 30:18 (NKJV)

When we become rebellious, God reaches out and gives us a thump – to teach us that our rebellion is futile. God has done that with Israel. For two thousand years – and more – the Lord has demonstrated to the children of Jacob that they could not save themselves by their own might and power – that they needed the Lord. And, the only way that you can have the Lord is by faith and obedience.

God promised that He would wait. The fact that this pause is two thousand years longer than we would like, means nothing. When the time is right, it will happen. But, let’s move on to the next verse.

The Return of Jacob At Jerusalem

Again, this is a physical people, at a physical place, at a specific point in time. I know that some are surprised by my need to stress this, but there are lots of Christians who are confused about this issue.

For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you.

And though the Lord gives you The bread of adversity and the water of affliction, Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, But your eyes shall see your teachers.

Isaiah 30:19-20 (NKJV)

TRANSLATION NOTE: The words ‘though’ and ‘yet’ are NOT in the original Hebrew.

This is salvation and spiritual transformation. It’s the Return of Jacob to God. But, it includes something that none of us would be looking for:

The bread of adversity and the water of affliction

And, I believe that this points to what God said in Zechariah 13:

I will bring the one-third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”

Zechariah 13:9 (NKJV)

It appears that – when God refines the Children of Jacob – that He will cause them to suffer great hardship. Jerusalem and the rest of Israel will be devastated. Transportation networks will be destroyed. Electricity will be out. No cars or trucks will run. Large buildings will have been turned into rubble. For those buildings that survive, there will be no water running in the pipes. It will take months – if not years – for Jerusalem to recover and thrive again.

The suffering would be terrible. But, it will be suffering that has a purpose. The next verse describes eloquently:

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.

Isaiah 30:21 (NKJV)

THAT is the Holy Spirit.

There is nothing in this world that is more precious than eternal salvation and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That is worth any amount of suffering. But, my heart is heavy at the thought of what they will go through.

And, how will God grant them eternal salvation and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?

When Peter spoke of Jesus to the Sanhedrin in Acts 4, he said this:

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12 (NKJV)

There is literally no other way to salvation and the Holy Spirit, except through Christ. And, there is no other way to Christ, except through faith. And, faith is…

…the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)

You should read all of Hebrews 11. It’s the most powerful chapter on faith in the Bible. It demonstrates conclusively that salvation is impossible without faith.

Israel Turns Away From Idolatry

In verse 22, we see the result of their changed heart:

You will also defile the covering of your images of silver, And the ornament of your molded images of gold. You will throw them away as an unclean thing; You will say to them, “Get away!”

Isaiah 30:22 (NKJV)

These new Christians in Israel will no longer study the Talmud. They will no longer worship their rabbis, or their gold and silver plated Torah scrolls. They will no longer look to their traditions and their customs as their source of purity and righteousness. They will no longer wrestle with God, but will submit to Him, through the same exact faith in Jesus Christ that saved us.

Then, there will be a moment when the time of trial will be over. The next two verses describe the blessing that Israel will receive after this time of difficulty is over:

23 Then He will give the rain for your seed With which you sow the ground, And bread of the increase of the earth; It will be fat and plentiful. In that day your cattle will feed In large pastures. 24 Likewise the oxen and the young donkeys that work the ground Will eat cured fodder, Which has been winnowed with the shovel and fan.

Isaiah 30:23-24 (NKJV)

Notice how this parallels exactly what God promised to do for Israel in Ezekiel 36 and Ezekiel 37. And, in one sense, this blessing has already begun in the Land of Israel. Before the Jews came, it was a barren, disease-ridden land. After the Jews took possession of their land, it became a lush, productive paradise. But, as good as it is now, it will be even better.

Israel Saved In The Day Of Ezekiel’s Fire

This is where we get to the main point.

Now, these next two verses demonstrate that prophecies flip back and forth between the event being prophesied and the results of that event. Verses 23 and 24 describe the end result of verses 18 to 22. And, the next to verses flip back to the catastrophe that brings the children of Jacob back to God:

25 There will be on every high mountain And on every high hill Rivers and streams of waters, In the day of the great slaughter, When the towers fall. 26 Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, And the light of the sun will be sevenfold, As the light of seven days, In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people And heals the stroke of their wound.

Isaiah 30:25-26 (NKJV)

In the day of great slaughter?

Who is being slaughtered?

Well, we know, from Ezekiel that the army of Gog and Magog gets slaughtered. In fact, they will turn on each other as they run away. But, Zechariah also speaks of a terrible number of people dying in the Land of Israel. Two thirds of will die. That’s close to ten million people. But, ‘the great slaughter’ won’t be limited to just Israel.

This will be a global catastrophe. This is why I believe that it will be our job, as Christians, to warn everyone to get out of their buildings when Gog and Magog comes, even if you are living in Zap, North Dakota. By the way, those of us who understand the connection between seismic activity and solar events will definitely understand why the world will suffer catastrophic earthquakes when the nova event of Isaiah 30:26 happens. But, I’ve gotten ahead of myself. The core point is this:

In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people And heals the stroke of their wound.

THAT is salvation. You cannot interpret that phrase in any other way, unless you twist the context of the chapter, itself. Therefore, every passage in the Bible that talks about the salvation of Israel… must also be directly talking about the same moment in time. And, it is this salvation narrative that links the core prophecies together.

Ezekiel’s Fire

This allows us to collect each description of the salvation of Israel and combine them together. When we do that, it becomes clear that a nova event is coming. Again, here is where Isaiah 30 describes this solar event:

Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, And the light of the sun will be sevenfold, As the light of seven days,

That is the first part of Isaiah 30:26, and the implications are truly horrifying. For a moment in time, the Sun expands in brightness by seven times. That is exactly what a nova event would do, and it will do tremendous damage and bring our civilization to its knees.

What do OTHER passages say about this moment in time?

Well, Ezekiel says this:

And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord.

Ezekiel 39:6 (ASV)

The Day Of Slaughter And Great Earthquakes

I particularly do NOT want to actually see the second half of Isaiah 30:25. I want to place this with all the other terrible times described in Revelation that happen after the Resurrection. Here again is that part of the verse that I dread so much:

In the day of the great slaughter, When the towers fall.

Here’s how Zechariah describes that moment:

And it shall come to pass in all the land,” Says the Lord, “That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, But one-third shall be left in it:

Zechariah 13:8 (NKJV)

Zechariah 12 and Zechariah 13 both speak of Israel’s return to God, in the same way that Isaiah 30 and Ezekiel 36-39 do. But, Zechariah’s account adds another dimension:

The death of two thirds of those in the Land of Israel.

This is the ‘great slaughter’ that Isaiah 30:25 is talking about. And, it represents another confirmation that Isaiah 30 and Zechariah 12-13 speak of the same moment in time. But wait, this great slaughter is connected to the last four words of Isaiah 30:25:

When towers will fall.

What could those words refer to?

We already saw this in Ezekiel 38 , but it bears repeating:

19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, 20 so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ … 23 Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” ’

Ezekiel 38:19-23 (NKJV)

Two Thirds Of The World Die?

THAT will be a HUGE earthquake, and it will be global. And, this brings me to an important point that we’ll cover in more detail when we get to Zechariah. But, I want to raise it here.

If two thirds of everyone living in the land of Israel die from this fantastic earthquake…

…how much of the rest of the world dies from this earthquake?

I’m not looking forward to the answer to that question.

The Rest of Isaiah 30

Now, I could go on. But, since the chapter divisions were NOT God-inspired, this is a good place to stop. Stephen Langton, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury was the one who set the chapter divisions for the Bible, and we should not feel bound by them – especially since we have no proof that Stephen was a Christian. Having said that, someone probably needed to divide up the end times vision that begins in Isaiah 24 and ends at chapter 35. That’s a lot of text to try and keep track of, so I understand the need to do what he did. Just understand that chapter divisions should always be treated with suspicion.

And, as you read through Isaiah 24 through 35, remember that the Return of Jacob is at the core of end times prophecy.

Isaiah 13 And 14

Isaiah 30 gave us a piece that we needed to understand the puzzle of Ezekiel’s Fire. Of course, the rest of Isaiah has much more to say about all this. And, it’s more than a little unsettling. And, Isaiah 13 and 14 also connect us to Ezekiel’s Fire, but it adds a little extra to this story – the destruction of Babylon.

 

 

FOCUS:

Could be. But, let’s add something from the next chapter:

For Jehovah will have compassion on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the sojourner shall join himself with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.

Isaiah 14:1

That word ‘For’ means that Isaiah 13 is for the purpose of God having compassion on Israel. And, there is only one compassion that God could be talking about:

Salvation in Jesus Christ

 

Let’s look at Isaiah 13. It talks about the destruction of Babylon. It is something of a puzzle because it is clear that Babylon has never been destroyed in the way that God describes in this chapter of Isaiah.

It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall shepherds make their flocks to lie down there.

Isaiah 13:20

For those of you who know the history of Babylon, you know that the city of Babylon was never destroyed. It was abandoned, after the death of Alexander the Great. And yes, even today, the Arabian DOES pitch his tent there and shepherds DO make their flocks to lie down there.

So, this is in the future.

However, when it DOES happen, it will be like this:

And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

Isaiah 13:19

You can read the description of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19. That description paints a picture of a quick, complete and awesomely violent destruction.

How Babylon Could Be Destroyed

There are lots of natural ways that such a destruction could occur. A volcano could do that, as well as a small asteroid. But, there are no natural ways that would keep people from living there, unless the area has become poisoned – like too much salt, which is the situation  in the area around what was once Sodom and Gomorrah. It also could become unlivable if access to water was taken away.

These things COULD happen. However, natural disasters are hard to predict, and most of those that evoke the kinds of destruction at Sodom and Gomorrah… well …there aren’t many of them that could do that. And, few seem to be in the area of the Middle East – such as a big volcano.

The only other natural disaster that could cause something like this, would be a nice, big space rock. That would do it, but we don’t see any such rocks aimed at us, yet.

So, I believe that this leaves us with a far less natural destruction of Babylon. And, I know of only one unnatural cause that would keep someone from ever returning to an area:

A nuclear bomb.

I sufficiently dirty nuclear bomb would leave the area uninhabitable for thousands of years.

Enter Iran – The Medes

And, Isaiah tells us who will use it:

Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who shall not regard silver, and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.

Isaiah 13:17

It is interesting that God refers to the Medes here, and not the Persians. Take a look at this map:

Medes and Persians – from ourfarm.org

Now, compare that map, with this one:

Iran – from emapsworld.com

Did you notice where Tehran – the capital of Iran – is?

Right.

Where the Medes are.

So when Isaiah 13 describes the Medes, we know that it is referring to Iran.

This Really Is Iraq

And, Babylon?

Well, verse 19 mentions the Land of the Chaldeans, and a look at the first map will tell you that this is Iraq. Now, let me mention something else.

Some people like to spiritualize things. They like to see allegory in everything. And, there is some truth to this approach, because the Bible DOES often use allegory. But, having a bias towards interpreting passages of the Bible as allegory… well …it’s dangerous.

It’s dangerous because you wind up twisting the Bible and corrupting the message that God is trying to convey. A quick read of the last few verses of the Bible will tell you about how God feels about those that corrupt the words of God. And yes, I DO know that those verses refer to the book of Revelation. But…

…do you think that it’s safe to corrupt the words of God?

I don’t think so, and you shouldn’t either.

I’m saying this because when the Bible says something like, ‘the Land of the Chaldeans’, it’s specifically pointing to the land where that physical group of people lived/lived. This cannot be allegory. This really is an area that we also call Mesopotamia. Trying to make this about some other group, or people, is a corruption of the message.

This really is a piece of land in a place that we now call Iraq.

The World Punished

All of that is bad, but here is what bothers me the most about these verses that also come from Isaiah 13:

For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in its going forth, and the moon shall not cause its light to shine.

And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity: and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

I will make a man more rare than fine gold, even a man than the pure gold of Ophir.

Therefore I will make the heavens to tremble, and the earth shall be shaken out of its place, in the wrath of Jehovah of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

Isaiah 13:10-13

Um… THAT is BAD. I do NOT want to be caught up in that. And, I do not want YOU caught up in that.

I can see how the Sun would be darkened by a nuclear weapon used on Baghdad, or elsewhere in Iraq, but I’m uncertain about what God means when He says that He will ‘punish the world for their evil’.

Does Iran hit America with that EMP weapon that Reza Kahlili has been warning about for years?

THAT could be. That very well could be, and it gives me chills when I think about that.

The other chilling element is this verse from above:

For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in its going forth, and the moon shall not cause its light to shine.

Isaiah 13:10

Think that verse through for a moment.

What could cause that?

Smoke. Dust. Ash. Lots and lots.

However, this would not occur with just one – or even five – nuclear weapons. I’m not quite sure how many nuclear weapons that you would need, but surely more than Iran has, right now.

Does this mean that this is a natural event?

Or, a nuclear weapon coupled with a natural event?

Isaiah 14 – Israel Saved Because of Isaiah 13

Could be. But, let’s add something from the next chapter:

For Jehovah will have compassion on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the sojourner shall join himself with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.

Isaiah 14:1

That word ‘For’ means that Isaiah 13 is for the purpose of God having compassion on Israel. And, there is only one compassion that God could be talking about:

Salvation in Jesus Christ

Ezekiel’s Fire

So, if Isaiah 13 will result in Isaiah 14, then this might tell us that the events of Isaiah 13 also include the events of Ezekiel’s Fire. Remember that Ezekiel’s Fire includes a tremendous amount of volcanic activity. In fact, it will be the greatest, most violent volcanic eruption in world history – greater than the eruption of Mount Tambora on April 10th, in 1815.

Think about that for a moment. That one volcano gave us the Year Without A Summer in 1816. The Sun became so dim that you could see the spots on it with the naked eye – and presumably not go blind. New Jersey had frost in late June. There was lake and river ice in Pennsylvania in July and August. Europe had its worst famine of the 1800s. Trees, rice and water buffalo were killed in China. People starved.

Again, what was the reason for this?

Israel.

And, we see this purpose repeated in the final verse of Isaiah 14:

What then shall one answer the messengers of the nation? That Jehovah hath founded Zion, and in her shall the afflicted of his people take refuge.

Isaiah 14:32

A Warning To Anti-Zionists

This should be a warning to all who are anti-Zionist. A truly massive amount of destruction is going to happen because of that tiny spot on the map called Israel.

If God will do all that for tiny Israel…

…what will He do to you, if you are AGAINST Israel?

Resisting and rebelling against God is a VERY dangerous thing. VERY dangerous.

Isaiah 17

A friend of mine called me up from the Netherlands a few years ago. We talked about what we were up to and mutual friends that were still in Israel. Then we stumbled onto the subject of eschatology, and I said that the next big thing that’s going to happen is Gog and Magog and the salvation of Israel.

“No it’s not,” he responded.

I was taken aback. Here I was, incredibly knowledgeable about Israel and the Bible and eschatology, and this… this …Dutch person DARES to disagree?

“Why?” I growled menacingly.

“Damascus hasn’t been destroyed yet,” he replied – blissfully ignorant of how close he was to being rhetorically torn limb from limb.

I sat and blinked for a moment. I remembered reading something in the Bible about Damascus being destroyed, but I thought that it had already happened – and that the prophecy didn’t apply to the future.

I sputtered a bit in deflated indignation before flipping through the scriptures that referred to Damascus. Sure enough, it needed to be destroyed.

Once THAT was clear, I did a quick search of the history of Damascus and found that it had NEVER been destroyed. The Assyrians had captured Damascus, burnt parts of it, and then rebuilt it. It had never been ‘taken away from being a city’.

This destruction of Damascus is an incredibly serious problem.

Why?

Well, if Damascus has never been completely destroyed, then it is going to be completely destroyed in the very near future. (There’s not a lot of future left in our ‘future’ – if you know what I mean.)

But, there’s worse.

It appears that a lot of Israelis are killed also. A LOT of Israelis. In fact, I can see how this fits with Zechariah 13 when it speaks about the same time frame:

And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith Jehovah, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

 – Zechariah 13:8

If there is anyone out there that can prove that all of this has already happened, and that there is going to be no massacre of Israelis in the future…

…well, my joy would be boundless.

However, until someone can prove that Isaiah 17 and Zechariah 13:8 have ALREADY been fulfilled, I live in dread of the future. But, let’s start working through the terrible predictions of Isaiah 17.

Damascus Will Be Destroyed

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken; they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. And the fortress shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria; they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith Jehovah of hosts. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.

Isaiah 17:1-4

If you’ve been reading your newspaper, or at least omegashock.com, you will have heard about the vicious civil war that is happening in Syria. That civil war is tearing that country apart, and it has reached into Damascus itself. If this goes on for too long, there will be nothing left, except rubble. So, I think that we can see how Damascus could be destroyed so completely. But, the mention of Aroer is a problem.

Jordan Destroyed

Why?

Aroer is SOUTH of Amman, the capital of Jordan, and is not anywhere near Syria. In fact, it’s right around the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea. Jordan would need to be destroyed for Aroer to also be destroyed. And that is very distressing news for someone like myself who likes that plucky little kingdom.

Israel Damaged Severely

Of course, we can’t stop there because Isaiah speaks of the ‘glory of Jacob’ being made ‘thin’. That also fills me with dread.

The question is whether this happens BEFORE the coming of Gog and Magog, or at the same time. I would love to say ‘at the same time’, but I’m not sure that we can. The phrase that makes me hesitate is this one:

…the fortress shall cease from Ephraim…

Remember that Ezekiel describes Israel as being without walls or defenses when Gog and Magog comes. This indicates that something has happened to Israel that removes her ability to defend herself. At this moment, there is no army in the world that could successfully invade Israel.

Even if the reports of Israeli stockpiles of nuclear weapons are a sham, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are more than capable of stopping any army coming from the north. So, when I see ‘the fortress shall cease from Ephraim’, that tells me that something has neutralized the defenses of Israel.

What could possibly cause this?

One possibility has already begun:

The financial collapse of the world financial system

This might eliminate the ability of Israel’s enemies to mount an attack on Israel, and allow Israel to shrink her army to something little more than a police force.

That is one possibility, but it would take time for that to occur.

The Coming Of Gog And Magog

Other possibilities include another big war, sabotage, an American/NATO invasion of Syria, an Israeli nuclear strike on Iran, etc. None of those possible scenarios are pleasant to contemplate. But, some comfort can be found in these three verses:

In that day shall men look unto their Maker, and their eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. And they shall not look to the altars, the work of their hands; neither shall they have respect to that which their fingers have made, either the Asherim, or the sun-images. In that day shall their strong cities be as the forsaken places in the wood and on the mountain top, which were forsaken from before the children of Israel; and it shall be a desolation.

Isaiah 17:7-9

That undoubtedly includes Gog and Magog, because it seems to indicate the salvation of Israel. We will see what happens. Just be ready for the worst.

Now, here are the last two verses of Isaiah 17:

The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but he shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like the whirling dust before the storm.

At eventide, behold, terror; and before the morning they are not. This is the portion of them that despoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

Isaiah 17:13-14

This appears to be Gog and Magog, along with their defeat at the hands of God. It also makes me wonder if this is a hint at timing. The big, final invasion could reach into Israel in the late afternoon/early evening – and be destroyed before morning arrives.

Isaiah 19

This chapter has never ceased to amaze me. It foretells of the Nile drying up, Egypt becoming Christian and uniting with Israel and Syria.

Astounding.

No, it’s more than that.

It’s positively mind blowing.

Actually, there really are no words to adequately describe how incredible all that is, from the viewpoint that we have today.

Furthermore, since this prophecy has yet to be fulfilled, we must assume that it is in our future. AND, since we are in the last days, there isn’t much future left for us to see all this happen. So, Isaiah 19 MUST play some part, somehow in the Ezekiel Tetrad.

(Unless someone can prove to me that it has already happened?)

It’s just so hard to imagine how all this will come about. But, our failure to imagine is no barrier to God’s will. God said that He would do this, so it will be done.

Egypt Will Fear Israel

I don’t want to go through all of Isaiah 19, even though it is a VERY interesting chapter to read. I just want to focus on those parts of the chapter that matter to our discussion:

In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he shaketh over it.

And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined against it.

Isaiah 19:16-17

Egypt will be afraid of Israel?

No… it appears that they will become afraid of God.

To a certain degree, Egypt already IS afraid of Israel. But, I’m not sure that ‘terror’ would be an accurate description of what she feels now. Something changes… or happens, to make Egypt afraid of both Israel AND God.

The miracles that God will do in Israel would make ANYONE terrified, although I won’t rule out the possibility that Israel will be forced to use nuclear weapons in the near future. And, a nuclear explosion would make ANYONE afraid.

However, the possibility of Israel being involved in some kind of nuclear war is very disturbing, just by itself.

As of this writing, it is  possible that Israel may feel forced to us nuclear weapons against Iran’s nuclear weapons development program. The Iranians have already begun weapons development in the Fordo bunkers, south of Tehran. Currently, these bunkers are more than 200 meters under ground, and able to withstand any conventional attack.

Will Israel use a nuclear weapon against Iran?

Only time will tell.

Egypt Becomes Christian – Unites With Israel And Assyria

Isaiah then goes on to talk about how Egypt will become a Godly nation, which means CHRISTIAN!

(Like I said. Mind-blowing.)

Then, Isaiah 19 ends this way:

In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.

In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.

Isaiah 19:23-25

That is amazing, and we already have indications that the Nile could start drying up soon, since the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam will be completed in the summer of 2017, as of this writing. Once that dam starts to fill up… if a drought hits at the same time …well, that would do it.

My question is whether this happens BEFORE Gog and Magog, or after.

We’ll see.

Isaiah 31

This chapter follows right after the fateful chapter 30, the one that contains this verse:

Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that Jehovah bindeth up the hurt of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

Isaiah 30:26

Warning Against Trust In Egypt

As we go along, you will see that Isaiah 31 is connected to Isaiah 30, even though it starts out like this:

Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek Jehovah!

Isaiah 31:1

God has ALWAYS cautioned Israel against trusting in Egypt, or ANYONE who is not God. And, God is going to prove that, here.

Another interesting question is about Egypt.

Is it literally Egypt?

Is this a euphemism for any nation, except God?

I’m inclined to believe that this is literally Egypt.

The scenario that is foremost in my mind is one where an economic collapse cripples the ability for Israel to defend herself, by herself. She then makes an ill-advised treaty with Egypt for mutual self-defense. Then, when Israel needs Egypt most – i.e., when Gog and Magog come down – Israel will be defenseless to this great army. We will need to wait and see.

Jehovah Defends Jerusalem

For thus saith Jehovah unto me, As the lion and the young lion growling over his prey, if a multitude of shepherds be called forth against him, will not be dismayed at their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so will Jehovah of hosts come down to fight upon mount Zion, and upon the hill thereof.

As birds hovering, so will Jehovah of hosts protect Jerusalem; he will protect and deliver it, he will pass over and preserve it.

Isaiah 31:4-5

Many have tried to connect this with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. But, I strongly disagree – in light of the verses that follow.

The important thing to remember is that… in the midst of all this destruction …God will protect Jerusalem. So, if you see something begin to happen – something that looks like Gog and Magog – get up to Jerusalem. It’s the only safe place that God has promised to protect.

Israel Turns To God

Turn ye unto him from whom ye have deeply revolted, O children of Israel.

For in that day they shall cast away every man his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.

And the Assyrian shall fall by the sword, not of man; and the sword, not of men, shall devour him; and he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall become subject to taskwork.

And his rock shall pass away by reason of terror, and his princes shall be dismayed at the ensign, saith Jehovah, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 31:6-9

THAT is a retelling of Ezekiel 38 and 39. This is the salvation of Israel and the destruction of her enemies.

But, it adds the Assyrian.

Is this really Assyria?

And, do we need to add Assyria to Gog and Magog?

(And indeed, the list
of those who are in Gog and Magog
WOULD include large parts of what
once was the Assyrian empire.
)

Isaiah 33

I think that this chapter also offers some important insights. We ignore them at our peril.

Woe to thee that destroyest, and thou wast not destroyed; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! When thou hast ceased to destroy, thou shalt be destroyed; and when thou hast made an end of dealing treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.

Isaiah 33:1

Hmmmm… Could this be the United States?

The US has destroyed others, and has never been destroyed. America HAS dealt treacherously with those that had not dealt treacherously with them. And, I truly believe that a time is coming when the world will deal treacherously with America.

In verses 2 through 6, Isaiah goes on to beg God to intervene, as well as to praise Him for His power, mercy, justice and righteousness.

Furious Diplomacy

Then verse seven offers an interesting clue:

Behold, their valiant ones cry without; the ambassadors of peace weep bitterly.

Isaiah 33:7

This tells me that this strong nation will engage in furious diplomatic activity. Because of the verses that follow, it appears that this diplomatic activity is for the purpose of stopping the invasion by Gog and Magog. Here’s this verse from Ezekiel 38:

Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take the spoil? hast thou assembled thy company to take the prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take great spoil?

Ezekiel 38:13

This means that there is enough time for diplomats to accuse the leadership of Gog and Magog of engaging in ‘illegal’ military activity. So, there will be plenty of time for the ‘ambassadors of peace’ to weep bitterly. Of course, diplomacy that isn’t backed up by military might will ALWAYS be doomed to failure.

Gog and Magog will be a time of terrible fear. Everyone will think that all is lost. What is left of the army of Israel will believe that they cannot win. Those that have sought for a global ‘New World Order’ and an end to warfare, will be very, very bitter at the coming of Gog and Magog.

The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: the enemy hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth not man.

Isaiah 33:8

This is another clue.

Gog Guarantees Israel’s Security, Then Breaks That Agreement?

This might indicate that Gog and Magog might have been involved in securing peace in the Middle East – replacing the United States as the guarantor of security for Israel and her neighbors. We are already beginning to see how the Arabs are making overtures to China, and some alliance might be cobbled together to replace the US as the regional policeman.

As I write this, Russia and Iran are working very, very closely to defeat the rebels in Syria. Russia’s star in the Middle East is rising quickly, and America’s is falling.

Could it be that America falls even further, and leaves a power vacuum in the Middle East?

I think that the answer is a definite yes. What worries me is that America might have become the victim of either a nuclear war, or an EMP attack.

Alternative – Financial Implosion

The alternative would be almost as bad:

A financial implosion that is so catastrophic that the US military must completely retreat from the world and destroy her nuclear weapons.

That last bit seems impossible to me. As I’ve said earlier, even Russia kept her grip on her nuclear weapons when everything fell apart in the aftermath of the breakup of the Soviet Union.

So, even if everything fell apart in the US, America would still maintain an operational nuclear capability. This might leave us with the logical conclusion that America has become the victim of an attack that destroys her nuclear weapons, as well as her ability to project conventional military power to the rest of the world.

The Destruction Of America

But, whatever happens…

…I believe that Isaiah 33 represents a catastrophic and cataclysmic destruction of America.

Please. Everyone. You MUST prepare for this eventuality. I will be talking about this later, but this should concentrate your minds.

With America destroyed, Gog and Magog will step in to fill the military power vacuum in the Middle East. Israel and Egypt will be unable to fill that vacuum, and will have their own troubles to deal with. Other regional powers, such as Turkey and Iran will not be trusted by the region, but Russia (and maybe China) might offer itself as a trustworthy guarantor of peace.

Russia certainly has built up a pretty good image, so far.

But then, a moment will come when Gog and Magog will abrogate their peace agreement with Israel and the rest of the Middle East.

Gog And Magog Attacks

And then… attack:

The land mourneth and languisheth; Lebanon is confounded and withereth away; Sharon is like a desert; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.

Isaiah 33:9

And yes, I cannot think of any greater mourning than when you see such a great army come down to destroy everything that you love as they seek to destroy you.

This will be horrifying to watch, and only those who see and believe in these prophecies will know what is about to happen.

Because THIS is about to happen:

Now will I arise, saith Jehovah; now will I lift up myself; now will I be exalted. Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath is a fire that shall devour you. And the peoples shall be as the burnings of lime, as thorns cut down, that are burned in the fire. Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.

Isaiah 33:10-13

God will rise up and defend Israel – and defeat Gog and Magog, utterly. And, at the same time, unleash Ezekiel’s Fire.

Israel Trembles

However, most Israelis will NOT understand that God is about to do this. They will be terrified. They will expect to die, terribly – and, most will.

The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling hath seized the godless ones: Who among us can dwell with the devouring fire? who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?

Isaiah 33:14

And, there are a lot of sinners and godless ones in Israel today.

Weren’t we all sinners and godless, before we were saved?

But, the Christians in Israel will publish a message of peace and victory through faith in Jesus Christ. It will be a tremendous opportunity to share the gospel – to preach peace and salvation.

Jerusalem – The Test Of Faith

And, we will tell them that this moment in time was prophesied to come, and that they
have nothing to fear – if they listen to the truth of God and accept their True Lord and Savior.

What will we also tell them?

They must come to Jerusalem, if they want to survive.

It would take an act of faith to do that, and only those who choose such an act of faith would live. There will be an uprising of Arabs that will fight to destroy Jerusalem, and most Israelis would consider Jerusalem to be a dangerous place – that it would be safer to stay away.

But, avoiding Jerusalem out of fear… well …it would probably cause Israelis to die. For most of Israel, when Gog and Magog comes, survival will depend upon being in Jerusalem.

I guess that all of this will be a test of faith, and two thirds of Israel will fail the test – as described in Zechariah 13:8.

Isaiah goes on to speak of the rewards of righteousness and faith in verses 15 to 18 of chapter 33. And then, he says something interesting:

Thou shalt not see the fierce people, a people of a deep speech that thou canst not comprehend, of a strange tongue that thou canst not understand.

Isaiah 33:19

Those who pass the test of faith and go to Jerusalem will not be confronted by those of Gog and Magog who speak Russian, Farsi, Turkish, etc.

Of course, we will have our own battles against those who speak Arabic. But, the Palestinian Arabs will fail one last time in their attempt to capture Jerusalem.

Israel Saved – The People Forgiven

And then, Isaiah ends chapter 33 with:

Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tent that shall not be removed, the stakes whereof shall never be plucked up, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken. But there Jehovah will be with us in majesty, a place of broad rivers and streams, wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby. For Jehovah is our judge, Jehovah is our lawgiver, Jehovah is our king; he will save us. Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not strengthen the foot of their mast, they could not spread the sail: then was the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame took the prey. And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.

Isaiah 33:20-24

Israel will truly be saved. And, it is this moment of forgiveness that points to the fact that this is the same moment in time as Ezekiel’s Fire. However, the idea that Jerusalem will have broad rivers and streams… well …that is mind-blowing for those of us who have lived there.

However, Isaiah 30 did say:

And there shall be upon every lofty mountain, and upon every high hill, brooks and streams of waters, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.

Isaiah 30:25

This certainly has NEVER happened before. But, it will – in a future that is far closer than many think.

 

Conclusion

So, Isaiah 30 gives us more insight into the events surrounding the events of Gog and Magog, but not so much about the army. But, our goal was more limited. We only needed to see:

  • The day of the great slaughter
  • The greatest earthquake since The Great Flood
  • A moon as bright as the sun
  • A sun that is seven times brighter than normal
  • The day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people and heals the stroke of their wound

That last point brings us to the most important chapter of this book, and the key to all of this.

 

 

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