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Isaiah 15 – 18

Isaiah 15 

Woe, Woe, Woe to Jordan

The armies from the East and North will sweep over northern Jordan [Moab].

Isaiah 15:1 The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence; because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence; 15:2 He is gone up to Bajith, and to Dibon, the high places, to weep: Moab shall howl over Nebo, and over Medeba: on all their heads shall be baldness, and every beard cut off. 15:3 In their streets they shall gird themselves with sackcloth: on the tops of their houses, and in their streets, every one shall howl, weeping abundantly. 15:4 And Heshbon shall cry, and Elealeh: their voice shall be heard even unto Jahaz: therefore the armed soldiers of Moab shall cry out; his life shall be grievous unto him.

Moab shall flee in confusion like a heifer starving for grass; for the armies of the North and East shall eat up the produce of the land like locusts.

15:5 My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee unto Zoar, an heifer of three years old: for by the mounting up of Luhith with weeping shall they go it up; for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction.

The Asian armies shall take all the produce and water in the land for their numbers, and the difficulties of bringing supplies from Asia.

15:6 For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing. 15:7 Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have laid up, shall they carry away to the brook of the willows.15:8 For the cry is gone round about the borders of Moab; the howling thereof unto Eglaim, and the howling thereof unto Beerelim.

The waters that are not taken shall be polluted with the enormous numbers of dead, and those that escape shall be chased by the young lions of the armies of Asia. 

15:9 For the waters of Dimon shall be full of blood: for I will bring more upon Dimon, lions upon him that escapeth of Moab, and upon the remnant of the land.

 

Isaiah 16 

Jordan shall repent after being destroyed and will be brought down to become a very small people; then they shall seek unto the Lamb of God the Messiah when he comes.

Isaiah 16:1 Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter [latter day descendants of] of Zion.

The latter day descendants of Moab shall have no place to rest when the men of the East come through their land.

16:2 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.

Moab is asked by Christ to hide those cast out for their zeal for God in a place prepared of God for his zealous faithful: A place of refuge from the storm of tribulation.

16:3 Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth. 16:4 Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for [until] the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.

Messiah the Lamb of God shall be established as King of kings and his rule shall be established by his justice, truth, mercy and the righteousness of every Word of God. 

16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.

Moab is very proud and like all the proud shall be humbled.

16:6 We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.

Moab shall be afflicted for his pride, as the leaders of today’s spiritual Ekklesia will be afflicted for their pride; for God is just and no respecter of persons.

16:7 Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl: for the foundations of Kirhareseth shall ye mourn; surely they are stricken.

The men of the North and the East shall despoil Moab.

16:8 For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah: the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are come even unto Jazer, they wandered through the wilderness: her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea. 16:9 Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.

16:10 And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease. 16:11 Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirharesh.

Moab shall pray and shall not be delivered.

16:12 And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail.

16:13 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning Moab since that time.

Because Moab rejoiced over the destruction of Judah; she herself shall be destroyed by the end of three complete years. 

16:14 But now the LORD hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.

 

Isaiah 17

The end of Syria and Damascus 

Syria shall survive this present situation, although in a greatly weakened state; then Syria shall rejoice at the fall of Judah, and will become an ally of the king of the north.  Then in the third year of the abomination the men of the North and the East shall flow over Syria in their response to the attack on them by the Babylon of the New Europe.

As the Asian armies destroy Jordan and the Palestinians they shall also destroy Damascus and Syria.

Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

In the Kingdom of God the desolated villages and countryside of Syria shall be pasturage for flocks.

17:2 The cities [villages] of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Israel and Syria shall be corrected

Deuteronomy 26:5   And thou shalt speak and say before the Lord thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:

Isaiah 17:3 The fortress also 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 the LORD of hosts.

The glory of Jacob being Judah and Israel, they shall be defeated and very few shall remain.

17:4 And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean. 17:5 And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn [grain], and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.

Yet, some of Judah and Israel and of Syria and the surrounding nations shall be left alive; and shall repent and look to their Creator. 

A few men shall be left like the remains of the harvest left in a field for gleaning.

17:6 Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel. 17:7 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.

As the Called Out will repent of looking to their own idols and false teachings during the tribulation; all humanity will likewise repent at the coming of Messiah with all his chosen.

The residue of Damascus and Syria shall repent and turn to live by every Word of God when their land has been destroyed.  What is happening now is only a minor foretaste of what will happen when the New Europe goes to war against Asia.

17:8 And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images. 17:9 In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.

Speaking of all heresies;  God is NO respecter of persons, and all those who set up false [strange] religions and idols will see their false ways destroyed by the Almighty. 

Indeed the correction of those who are the Called Out and are supposed to know better will be very severe.

17:10 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:  17:11 In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

We shall be corrected by a righteously angry and just LORD for all our sins, and so will all  the nations of the earth; to humble us and bring us to repentance for forgetting the Word of our God and for doing what is right in our own eyes.

17:12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! 17:13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

Babylon which enticed us into her sins, will be used to correct us; and Babylon shall then be destroyed by the coming of Christ for all her great wickedness .

17:14 And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

 

Isaiah 18

The tribulation will crush the pride of all humanity around the world; there is NO place of refuge except in zeal for all the teachings, ways, will and commandments of our espoused Husband, who is Lord of lords and King of kings; the Mighty Deliverer of all those who in sincere repentance wholeheartedly seek him.  His First Great Commandment is to “Live by Every Word of God”!

Matthew 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

And if we truly loved God we would please him and live by His Word (Deu 5:32, Deu 17:20, Deu 28:14)!

Even the nations far south of Ethiopia will be corrected and will  repent.

Isaiah 18:1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

Repentant peoples from across the world will send ambassadors with gifts and pledges of fealty to the King of kings at Jerusalem.

When the lands far distant to the South beyond Ethiopia, shall be corrected and repent, they  shall send ambassadors to the returned remnant of Judah and Israel and to the King of kings when he comes! 

18:2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation [Judah and Israel and Jerusalem] scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers [of armies] have spoiled!

Let all the earth rally to Adonai Nissi; the Lord our Banner of Salvation!   

Let all peoples of the earth hear him and cleave to him and the righteousness of every Word of God!  Let the millennial Sabbath of rest be pleasant and filled with the peace of faithful zeal for all the ways of God!

Why does today’s greater spiritual Ekklesia not have God’s peace among them?  Is it not because they are far from God, and because they have turned away from zeal for the Word of God towards a zeal for men and false traditions?

The only way to true spiritual unity is to be fully united in the Spirit of God and the sound doctrine of Jesus Christ. To t9lerare false teachings which lead people away from God the Father and Jesus Christ; for the sake of some so unity; is the height of spiritual division from God and is  ignorance and foolishness. 

In fact it is worse than that:  It is an outright LIE to say that spiritual unity actually means physical unity between men, instead of spiritual unity with Jesus Christ and God the Father!

Yes, you read correctly; I am calling out the false teachers who LIE and distort definitions of phrases, to claim that tolerating false teachings and disunity with Holy Scripture, is some kind of spiritual unity.  What a disgusting abomination, as these wicked men use the name of God and Christ to try and lead people away from zeal for the doctrines [teachings] and law of Almighty God!

Such men will be corrected in great tribulation along with all the dwellers of the earth.  After the tribulation when all men are repentant, they shall look to the banner of righteousness of the learning and keeping of all the doctrines [teachings] and Word of God our Father in heaven and his Mighty One who will establish his throne in Jerusalem!

18:3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.

After he has destroyed wickedness and rebellion out of the earth; the rule of the Messiah shall be pleasant and a sweet perfume of peace.

18:4 For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

The earth shall be pruned in the tribulation so that it bring forth much fruit during the millennial Sabbath of peace.

18:5 For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches. 18:6 They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.

When Christ comes with his resurrected chosen to rule; Israel and Judah shall be gathered unto him in their ancient land.

18:7 In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, [Israel and Judah]  whose land the rivers [of armies] have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.

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