1 Send ye the lambs for the ruler of the land from Selah to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.
(Moab (from Lot) was encouraged to send lambs to Jerusalem. This would cause Moab to gain Israel's trust and provide sanctuary for Jews during the Tribulation.)
2 For it shall be that, as wandering birds, as a scattered nest, so shall the daughters of Moab be at the fords of the Arnon.
(The Moabites would leave their homes, like wandering birds leave their nests, in order to give sanctuary to the Jews that will be fleeing the Antichrist. Moabites may also leave their homes because they may think the Antichrist will invade their land.)
3 Give counsel, execute justice; make thy shade as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; betray not the fugitive.
(The outcasts will be the Jews fleeing the Antichrist during the middle of the Tribulation.)
4 Let mine outcasts dwell with thee; as for Moab, be thou a covert to him from the face of the destroyer. For the extortioner is brought to nought, destruction ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.
(The destroyer is the Antichrist.)
6 And a throne shall be established in lovingkindness; and one shall sit thereon in truth, in the tent of David, judging, and seeking justice, and swift to do righteousness.
(Christ will sit upon the throne in truth at the end of the Tribulation. Christ is Right and Just in His Nature. The rest of this chapter focused on then present day Moab...)
(Verses 6-12: a lamentation for Moab because of the destruction that was to soon come. How soon?)
(The Jews had heard of the pride of Moab. Moab was boastful and the things Moab was boasting about would not come to pass.)
7 Therefore shall Moab wail for Moab, every one shall wail: for the raisin-cakes of Kir-hareseth shall ye mourn, utterly stricken.
(Because of verse 6, Moab would be mourning when they fell due to pride.)
8 For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah; the lords of the nations have broken down the choice branches thereof, which reached even unto Jazer, which wandered into the wilderness; its shoots were spread abroad, they passed over the sea.
9 Therefore I will weep with the weeping of Jazer for the vine of Sibmah; I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for upon thy summer fruits and upon thy harvest the battle shout is fallen.
10 And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the fruitful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither joyful noise: no treader shall tread out wine in the presses; I have made the vintage shout to cease.
(There would be no gladness, joy, singing, or even a joyful noise.)
11 Wherefore my heart soundeth like a harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kir-heres.
12 And it shall come to pass, when Moab presenteth himself, when he wearieth himself upon the high place, and shall come to his sanctuary to pray, that he shall not prevail.
13 This is the word that Jehovah spake concerning Moab in time past.
14 But now Jehovah hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of a hireling, the glory of Moab shall be brought into contempt, with all his great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and of no account.
(Within three years, the glory of Moab would be dishonored and only a few would be left alive. This judgment would come to pass by the Assyrians.)
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
(The burden (a weighty or mournful prophecy) of Damascus. Damascus was the capital of Syria located 130 miles northeast of Jerusalem.)
2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken; they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
3 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.
4 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.
5 And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the standing grain, and his arm reapeth the ears; yea, it shall be as when one gleaneth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
6 Yet there shall be left therein gleanings, as the shaking of an olive-tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost branches of a fruitful tree, saith Jehovah, the God of Israel.
(Very few people would be left in the land. This was compared to the amount of olives on an olive tree after harvest. Only a remnant would remain.)
7 In that day shall men look unto their Maker, and their eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
8 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.
(The remnant would recognize the judgment was Right and Just, which would cause the remnant to look to God and not to the idols they made with their own hands.)
9 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.
10 For thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength; therefore thou plantest pleasant plants, and settest it with strange slips.
11 In the day of thy planting thou hedgest it in, and in the morning thou makest thy seed to blossom; but the harvest fleeth away in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
(There would be desolation because the people had forgotten God, ignored the source of Salvation, and not been mindful of their true source of strength. Do people remember these three attributes today?)
12 Ah, the uproar of many peoples, that roar like the roaring of the seas; and the rushing of nations, that rush like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 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.
14 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.
(This was a "global" warning, an everlasting warning from God to all of Israel's enemies. This warning was especially focused on Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation.)
1 Ah, the land of the rustling of wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia;
2 that sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of papyrus upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth, to a people terrible from their beginning onward, a nation that meteth out and treadeth down, whose land the rivers divide!
(Isaiah was calling attention to the Ethiopians. Some have tried to apply the following to the United States however, Isaiah (being an Old Testament prophet) would focus on everything except events that occur during our dispensation. He would focus on everything leading up to Pentecost and everything after the pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church.)
3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and ye dwellers on the earth, when an ensign is lifted up on the mountains, see ye; and when the trumpet is blown, hear ye.
(God commanded all to see and hear. The rest of the verse referred to the ensign and trumpet - the Messiah and the Rapture.)
4 For thus hath Jehovah said unto me, I will be still, and I will behold in my dwelling-place, like clear heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
5 For before the harvest, when the blossom is over, and the flower becometh a ripening grape, he will cut off the sprigs with pruning-hooks, and the spreading branches will he take away and cut down.
6 They shall be left together unto the ravenous birds of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth; and the ravenous birds shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.
(The Ethiopians and other nations following the Antichrist will be destroyed and left in the fields to be devoured by vultures and wild animals during the battle of Armageddon.)
7 In that time shall a present be brought unto Jehovah of hosts from a people tall and smooth, even from a people terrible from their beginning onward, a nation that meteth out and treadeth down, whose land the rivers divide, to the place of the name of Jehovah of hosts, the mount Zion.
(At the end of the Tribulation and the beginning of the Millennium, the Ethiopians would bring gifts to the Jews.)
(This post covered more end time events and specifically focused on the Moabites and Ethiopians.)