Day 211: Isaiah 31-33

(The previous post covered prophecies against Israel and Judah mostly concerning the end times.)

Isaiah 31
1 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!

(A woe (warning) to those in Judah who put their trust in Egypt and not in God.)

2 Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words, but will arise against the house of the evil-doers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.

(God is wise. He always makes profitable decisions. This includes bringing evil. In order to create (profitable) long term, God destroys (evil) in the short term. God is Right and Just by bringing this evil to those who do evil.)

3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit: and when Jehovah shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall stumble, and he that is helped shall fall, and they all shall be consumed together.

(When God stretches forth His Hand both Egypt and Judah will fall. Egypt because it led Judah astray. Judah because it allowed Egypt to lead it astray. Also notice, horses were flesh and not spirit. This could be applied to all animals.)

4 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.

(Jehovah will protect Jerusalem as a lion.)

5 As birds hovering, so will Jehovah of hosts protect Jerusalem; he will protect and deliver it, he will pass over and preserve it.
6 Turn ye unto him from whom ye have deeply revolted, O children of Israel.

(A plea to the Israelites to turn back to God from whom they had deeply revolted. The Israelites had completely turned away from God.)

7 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.
8 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.
9 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.

(Verse 9 was concerned with not only the Assyrians but also the Antichrist.)

Isaiah 32
1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in justice.

(A King will rule in Righteousness (Christ). This was concerning the Millennial reign.)

2 And a man shall be as a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest, as streams of water in a dry place, as the shade of a great rock in a weary land.

(The "man" here was Christ.)

3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

(Those who see and hear Christ during His reign will be made aware (see) and will be given understanding (hear).)

4 And the heart of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.

(The heart of the rash (those who act quickly) will have understanding and those who stutter will speak clearly.)

5 The fool shall be no more called noble, nor the churl said to be bountiful.

(People will be seen as who they really are. The fools will not be called honorable and the stingy (churl) will not be called wealthy.)

6 For the fool will speak folly, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise profaneness, and to utter error against Jehovah, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and to cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7 And the instruments of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the meek with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.

(Verses 6-7 offered descriptions of the people mentioned in verse 5.)

8 But the noble deviseth noble things; and in noble things shall he continue.

(Causality: Those who are noble will do noble things.)

9 Rise up, ye women that are at ease, and hear my voice; ye careless daughters, give ear unto my speech.
10 For days beyond a year shall ye be troubled, ye careless women; for the vintage shall fail, the ingathering shall not come.
11 Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones; strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins.
12 They shall smite upon the breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
13 Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city.

(Judah will become desolate.)

14 For the palace shall be forsaken; the populous city shall be deserted; the hill and the watch-tower shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks;
15 until the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be esteemed as a forest.

(The Spirit will bring profitability. Again, this was specific to the Millennium.)

16 Then justice shall dwell in the wilderness; and righteousness shall abide in the fruitful field.
17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and confidence for ever.

(Verse 17 made it clear that Righteousness was a cause. Some of the effects of Righteousness were peace, quietness, and confidence.)

18 And my people shall abide in a peaceable habitation, and in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting-places.
19 But it shall hail in the downfall of the forest; and the city shall be utterly laid low.

(The city being brought low was a reference to Jerusalem at Armageddon.)

20 Blessed are yet that sow beside all waters, that send forth the feet of the ox and the ass.

(Next, Isaiah looked specifically at the Antichrist...)

Isaiah 33
1 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.

(The Antichrist will begin the Tribulation with a seven year deal with Israel which results in peace. In the middle of the deal, three and a half years, he will break this deal and set himself up as "god" and begin to overtly destroy the Jews.)

2 O Jehovah, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou our arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

(Isaiah requested that God give favor to His people during the destruction from the Antichrist.)

3 At the noise of the tumult the peoples are fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations are scattered.
4 And your spoil shall be gathered as the caterpillar gathereth: as locusts leap shall men leap upon it.

(The Antichrist's armies will be destroyed.)

5 Jehovah is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with justice and righteousness.

(God is exalted and has filled Zion (Jerusalem) with Justice and Righteousness. This was written as already fulfilled but also should be seen as something during the Millennium.)

6 And there shall be stability in thy times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge: the fear of Jehovah is thy treasure.

(Wisdom and knowledge bring stability while Christ reigns in Jerusalem.)

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

(Making peace with the Antichrist is a worthless attempt.)

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

(This mentioned the Covenant between Antichrist and Israel during the Tribulation. The Antichrist will break this Covenant midway through the seven year period. Satan/Antichrist only destroys in the long term.)

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

(Lebanon had many cedar trees and would be withered away. Sharon was along the Mediterranean and was known for its fruitfulness. Bashan and Carmel will be without fruit as a tree sheds its leaves during seasons of fruitlessness.)

10 Now will I arise, saith Jehovah; now will I lift up myself; now will I be exalted.
11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath is a fire that shall devour you.
12 And the peoples shall be as the burnings of lime, as thorns cut down, that are burned in the fire.

(The Antichrist and his followers will be judged.)

13 Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
14 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?
15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from taking a bribe, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from looking upon evil:

(The how of escaping God's wrath.)

16 He shall dwell on high; his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks; his bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.
17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold a land that reacheth afar.

(Those who live during the Millennium will see Christ.)

18 Thy heart shall muse on the terror: Where is he that counted, where is he that weighed the tribute? where is he that counted the towers?

(Paul referenced this verse in 1 Corinthians 1:20.)

19 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.

(After their judgment, the enemies of God will not be seen.)

20 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.
21 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.
22 For Jehovah is our judge, Jehovah is our lawgiver, Jehovah is our king; he will save us.

(God is our Judge, Lawgiver, and King. He will save us.)

23 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.

(The spoils of Armageddon will be abundant, so much so that even the lame will have their share.)

24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.

(This post covered prophecies specific to the Tribulation. We are now halfway through the Book of Isaiah.)

Day 212

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