The Messianic Age - Isaiah 25

https://sp2.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.607999844076554794&pid=15.101 O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt Thee, I will praise Thy name; for Thou hast done wonderful things; Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

02 For Thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

03 Therefore shall the strong people glorify Thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee.

04 For Thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

05 Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.

06 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

07 And He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.

08 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.

09 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.

10 For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under Him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.

11 And He shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as He that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and He shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.

12 And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall He bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust.

 

For the dunghill = In Madmenah, as in Isa 10:31 & Jer 48:2 R.V. is quite wrong “in the water of the dunghill”. Dung is never watered in the East, but dried, and used as fuel

(Ezek 4:15), and is found only in the streets of towns and villages.

 

Isaiah 10:31 Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.

 

Jeremiah 48:2 There shall be no more praise of Moab: in Heshbon they have devised evil against it; come, and let us cut it off from being a nation. Also thou shalt be cut down, O Madmen; the sword shall pursue thee.

 

Ezekiel 4:15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.

 

This chapter is of three clearly marked sections:

1.      It begins with a beautiful psalm of thanksgiving (vv 1—5 above), in which Israel celebrates Jehovah’s victory over some unknown city.

2.      Then, (vv 6—8) resume the themes of chapter 24 with a prophecy of the Messianic Dispensation under the figure of a feast, to which all nations, and not only the Jews, are invited. Then; the startling declaration (v 8) that death is to be swallowed up, or abolished forever. This is the clearest expression of immortality anywhere to be found in all the prophetic literature, and the music of it sounds on and on into the N.T.

2 Timothy 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

3.      After this there is another hymn of praise (vv 9—12) over the destruction of Moab.

 

Isaiah 26:20-21

20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

 

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

 

Luke 13: 24--25

24 “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able”.

25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying,” Lord, Lord, open unto us”; and He shall answer and say unto you, “I know you not whence ye are”:

 

John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence”.

 

1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

 

Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

 

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

 

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

 

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

 

The whole of God’s Word is for everyone to read, and to study, in an effort to disprove the Word for themselves (if they can), or; to discover the TRUTH which has been there all the time “since the world began”. However, to discover the truth one must make a concerted effort. (Mutually contrived or agreed on a concerted effort). It is of little use to heed advice from peers, who; through arrogance, or laziness have only a limited; or useless contribution to make. This will certainly, and irretrievably; affect your future, as well as inflict even more confusion upon you, and you will find it is Satan, the prince of this world, which causes confusion, not God. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/faithfuland%20true.htm

 

 Revelation 22:6 And he said unto me, “These sayings are faithful and true: and the LORD God of the holy prophets sent His angel to shew unto His servants the things which must shortly be done.

 

Ezekiel Chapter 37

In ecstatic vision Ezekiel is transported to the valley where earlier he had seen (Eze 3:22) the glory of Jehovah, and is made to pass up and down in it that he may see how full it is of dry bones—the bleaching bones of a slaughtered army (Compare slain v9).

               

Ezekiel 37:9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

 

Jehovah asks, “Can these become living men again?”  The idea of resurrection had not yet dawned upon the vision of the Hebrews. That it was possible for a departed spirit to enter the body it had just left and nearby which it was still hovering was conceivable—probably that was why Elisha shut the door, to prevent the spirit from going off.

 

2 Kings 4:33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the Lord.

 

But that spirits should return from bodies which they had departed so long that the very bones were bare and bleached—impossible! Ezekiel’s thou knowest is really a way of avoiding the answer “No!”

Jehovah bids him to prophesy to the bones: He will cause spirit to enter them; they shall be clothed with human bodies, and live. The prophet thus bidden to “launch out into the deep”—obeys. The dead bones stir with a rattling noise, each finding its fellow, and their bodies are re-formed. Yet they lack life. The prophet at Jehovah’s bidding summons spirit from the four winds—and the bodies pulsate again with life, the army stands once more in serried ranks as before its destruction.

Then Jehovah explains the vision.

The bones are Judah (Southern Israel) and Samaria (Northern Israel) The exiles are wont to say, “We are as nations almost dead—so near to death, reduced almost to bleached bones, that we can never live again.” But Jehovah will renew their life and restore them once again in Palestine. Very noteworthy in this splendid vision is that the miraculous result is achieved not by direct fiat of Jehovah but through the instrumentality of the PROPHETIC WORD, so mighty that its utterance insures the result.

 

The Symbol of the Two Sticks.

Ezekiel is to take two sticks—probably shaped like sceptres, (or so Schmidt suggests) the two pieces of a sceptre-shaped stick, and previously broken—inscribing on one “Judah and the southern tribes,” on the other “Joseph and the northern tribes.” He is to join them both together, and when he is asked the meaning of this symbolic action, is to say that it foreshows the reunion by Jehovah of Israel and Judah. They shall be one kingdom with one king, a new David. They shall be cleansed and righteous, and they and their descendants shall dwell forever in Palestine. Jehovah shall make a new covenant with them, prosper them, and show the world that they are His chosen people, by establishing His sanctuary permanently within their borders.

 

Those who read this book, and believe what God has here written for our learning, will not be troubled with all the puerile guesses and trifling comments of the natural man, but understand something of the grand revelations which can be only spiritually discerned.

 

 1 Corinthians  2:14 `But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of

 

 for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 

 Abingdon Bible Commentary 2:6—16, God’s Wisdom in a Mystery.

 

 Paraphrase: “Yet simply as the Divine message in Christ has been presented in Corinth, let no one imagine that simplicity precludes profundity (the quality or state of being profound or deep) To men of ripe understanding we impart wisdom: not indeed as this passing world understands that term, nor the dark powers who are in control of this world, though their days are numbered. To men of mature experience we utter as an open secret God’s hidden purpose which He cherished before the worlds were formed with a view to us sharing in His glorious life. Had the dark powers who influence human destiny been aware of this Divine purpose they would never have committed the monstrous folly of putting the Lord of Glory to the shameful death of a slave. They did not fathom the bold magnificence of the method of God’s Wisdom—the crucifixion; the path to glory—so in their craft and force they overreached themselves. It is otherwise with us. The wisdom that we impart consists of “Things which eye never saw, and ear never heard, Things which never entered into the heart of man, All that God prepared for those who love Him’.

 

1 Corinthians  2:9 But as it is written, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.

 

To us who have this discerning love God has unveiled His secrets through that Spirit who searches and discloses the deep designs of God. For as a man’s secret thoughts are hidden from his fellow men and are known only to his own spirit, so only the Spirit of God perceives the thoughts of God. However, it is that Spirit which issues forth from God Himself we have received, not the spirit which animates and blinds worldly-minded men. This has God added to all His other lavish gifts, so that we might know what is ours  in Christ.

The language in which we make this revelation known is not that acquired from human philosophy but that learned in the school of the Spirit, for we need a Spiritual medium to convey Spiritual TRUTH.

 

1 Corinthians  2:13 Which things also we speak,

 

                                 not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth

 

                                 but which the Holy Ghost teacheth;

 

                                 comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

 

Now the unspiritual man does not welcome the teachings of the Spirit of God, for they seem mere folly to him. He cannot understand them, for they are appraised only by spiritual tests. But the spiritual man can put all things to the test, and is himself subjected to no human test. For us Christians, by virtue of our spiritual fellowship, become the organ through which the mind of Christ finds expression. He lives in us; we share His thoughts. While this relationship holds good we may confidently quote the prophet’s challenge: ‘For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct Him.’”

 

LXX Isaiah 40:13 Who has known the mind of the Lord? and who has been his counsellor, to instruct him?

 

His counsellor = the man. Hebrew: App 14.II 'Ish.  First occurrence in feminine, Gen. 2:23, 'ishah = woman. 

Therefore, 'ish = male, or husband; a man, in contrast with a woman.  A great man in contrast with ordinary men (Ps. 49:2, where "low" are called the children of Adam, and the "high" = children of 'ish.  So Ps. 62:9 and Isa. 2:9; 5:15; 31:8).

When God is spoken of as man, it is 'ish (Ex. 15:3.  So Josh. 5:13.  Dan. 9:21; 10:5; 12:6, 7.  Zech. 1:8, &c.). Also, in such expressions as "man of God", "man of understanding", &c.  In the early chapters of Genesis, we have it in chapters 3, 33, 34 and 4:1(below).

 

Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.

 

Translated in Septuagint 1,083 times by (aner), Latin vir, and only 450 by (anthropos), Latin homo. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gogandmagog.htm

 

Attack Upon Israel by Gog.

Jehovah will entice Gog with his mighty army, which includes subordinate nations, to prepare an invasion  of the mountains of Israel, where the returned exiles are living in peace. Gog will descend upon the land like a devastating storm. But the sinister intent of Jehovah is evident in the initial, I Am against thee”. No wholly satisfactory explanation of Gog has yet been found, though many have been attempted. Some assume that it is a mythical name, but verse two tells against that view.

 

Ezekiel 38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

 

It is best to regard Gog as typifying the “foe from the north” associated with the eschatology of the Day of Jehovah. (See page 681ABC, Jeremiah 2:1—3) Israel the Chosen of  Jehovah.

Jehovah remembers in Israel’s favour its tender loyalty during the wilderness period. Being loyal, it was also secure under the protection of its God. For it was set apart as the Divine property, like the first fruits. Anyone who treated such sacred property as if it were his own incurred the guilt of sacrilege. Jeremiah shares with Hosea 9:10 the idea of the innocent happiness of the wilderness period.  

 

Jeremiah 2:1-3

1 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

3 Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord.

 

Attack Upon the Mountains of Israel.

Here Gog is represented as himself planning the attack on the Israelites, who are so confident of their safety that they dwell in unwalled cities. Jehovah may be regarded as causing these plans to arise in Gog’s mind. Gog’s motive is plunder, and, if verse 13 is part of the text, other nations watch the invasion with interest, hoping to trade for the spoil of goods and slaves. But Gog will take “no gain of money”; he is being lured on so that Jehovah may be glorified in his destruction.

 

The Doom of Gog.

Gog has been the subject of earlier prophecies—this may refer to “the foe from the north.” When he comes into Palestine he will be confronted not by a peaceful people, but by the wrath of Jehovah, manifested in physical convulsions, and reducing him to panic. Pestilence and slaughter will be Jehovah’s weapons. He that descended as a devastating storm on the land shall be the victim of a storm of hail, fire, and brimstone.

The Defeat of Gog.

Jehovah will strike his weapons from his hand, and his soldiers shall lie unburied, a prey to vultures and wild beasts—most terrible of fates to the Semites, who believed that tolerable conditions were possible only to those whose bodies were properly interred.

 

Amos 2:1 Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime:

 

Promise of Restoration.

This short oracle has no connection with the threats against Gog, but would fittingly follow Chapter 37. It is a promise of restoration for all Israel, Samaria and Judah alike.

 

Ezekiel 39:25-29

25 Therefore thus saith the Lord God;” Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;

26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against Me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.

27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and Am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;

28 Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them anymore there.

29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.

Amen.