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Book of Isaiah
Isaiah Chapter 34
Introduction to Isaiah 34-35 . . . These two chapters with their strong apocalyptic character introduce us to two great paths.
The intensity of destruction characterizes the first in chapter 34. The beauty of God’s gracious redeeming work radiates in chapter 35. They both are almost wholly lifted from history and time and portray the great picture of the future. The historical names are more symbolic whether it be Edom representing the enemies of God’s people or the usage of the wilderness to paint the despairing scene around His godly ones.
There are only TWO paths . . . not one, not three, TWO! The New Testament, be it in Matthew 25 or in Revelation 20-22, also portray these two FINAL destinies of mankind. Although we would like to make more categories, as many cults try to do today, we CANNOT tamper with God’s Holy Word, and we CANNOT change it! BEWARE of those who try to do so! They are satanic deceivers!
With the conclusion of chapter 33 we have seen the six WOES pronounced at that time by Isaiah. This part of the Book of Isaiah accurately concludes with an aftermath (an outcome of what would be) . . . a description of God's judgments of the world which is set forth in Isaiah Chapter 34; and a conclusion . . . a description of the Millennial Kingdom, found in chapter 35.
THEME: The final world clash -- the Battle of Armageddon.
Judgment has been the theme all the way through this section. We have looked at six woes and followed an advancement in the matter of prophecy. We saw as Isaiah looked down through the centuries to the time of judgment that was coming in the future, which the Lord Jesus called the Great Tribulation (Mat.24:21). Beyond that we saw the Coming of the King Messiah.
After Christ takes the church out of the world (1 Thes.4:13-18), those who remain will go through the terrible Tribulation period, which will end with the War of Armageddon.
This chapter is a prophecy of the destruction of all the anti-Christian nations of the world, and particularly of Rome, symbolized by Idumea; which is introduced with a call to a general attention to it, it being a very awful and solemn affair (vs.1), utter and universal destruction is declared, as the effect of God's wrath (vs.2), which is expressed by a dreadful scene of blood, to the melting of the mountains with it, and by the dissolution of the heavens, and the hosts of them (vs.3), mainly the destruction of Idumea is denounced by the sword of the Lord being on it, and bathed with the blood, both of the common people, and of their princes, signified by various sorts of creatures (vs.5), the cause of which is the Lord's vengeance for the controversy of His church and people, injured by Edom or Rome (vs.8), whose desolate and calamitous state is represented as being like that of Sodom (vs.9), and should be no more inhabited by men, nor governed by princes, but be the dwelling place of wild beasts and unclean birds (vs.11), all which is confirmed by the Word and Spirit of God (vs.16).
Utter Destruction Declared (34:1-7)
Isaiah 34:1 Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. (KJV)
Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people . . . nations is symbolic for Gentiles. Here we have the fatal doom of ALL the nations that are enemies to God's church and people, even though only Edom is mentioned, because of the old enmity of Esau to Jacob, which was typical, as much as that more ancient enmity of Cain to Abel, and flowed from the original enmity of the serpent to the seed of the woman (Gen 3:15). The LORD through Isaiah tells the people of all nations to take notice of what He was about to say and do, and if they were generally concerned and willing, they will, be instructed, and so delivered from the calamity here denounced.
Let the earth hear, and all that is therein . . . not the land of Judea, but all the Earth, and the inhabitants of it. In Isaiah 1:2, God called heaven and earth to witness His judgment upon His people Israel. In this chapter God now calls only the nations of the Earth to witness His final judgment upon the nations.
The world, and all things that come forth of it . . . which may either be understood either, #1. All the trees and fruits, and other productions of it; for it is usual with the prophets, to turn their speech to these senseless creatures. Or, #2. All the inhabitants of the world, as some ancients understand this general expression; which also is forceful and admonishes the proud and disrespectful sons of men no matter how great and glorious they may seem to be; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return (Gen.3:19).
Isaiah 34:2 For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. (KJV)
For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations . . . not only upon the Assyrians, and those nations which were united with them, but upon ALL other enemies of God’s people, ALL the nations of the Earth, that have committed fornication with the whore of Rome (Rev.17:1), or have given in to her false worship, superstition and idolatry; which is the reason of God's wrath and outrage against them, and of such severe punishment being inflicted on them (Rev.18:3).
And his fury upon all their armies . . . the armies of the kings of the earth, gathered together at Armageddon, to make war with Christ, and those that follow Him (Rev.16:12-14).
He hath utterly destroyed them . . . not only devoted them to destruction, but actually destroyed them, with an utter destruction.
He hath delivered them to slaughter . . . to be slain with the sword of Him that sitteth on the white horse, which proceeds out of His mouth (Rev.19:21).
***** Carefully observe the words chosen to describe this judgment: indignation, fury, utterly destroyed and delivered to the slaughter. These are the strongest possible expressions that could be used. The judgment is universal, and it is severe. It is not only the time of Jacob's trouble (Jer.30:7), but it is the time of the Earth's travail. Our Lord spoke of this as a time of suffering that will be unparalleled in the history of the world (Mat.24:21). The seal, trumpet and vial judgments in the Book of Revelation all intensify and confirm this. Whether you believe it or not, the Earth is moving toward the judgment of God. Instead of a wonderful day coming for sinful man, a time of severe judgment is coming. IF we are honest with ourselves, we can see the world situation is VERY near to what it was like just before the Flood! Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (KJV) . . . WHAT did God do then? He brought the Flood in judgment of their wickedness! THAT is what He shall do again in the Great Tribulation Period! Dear one, you do NOT have to go through that horrible time. All God the Father asks is that you accept His only begotten Son (Jn.3:15-18, 36) to save you. Simply have faith in what Jesus did on the cross for you!
Isaiah 34:3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. (KJV)
Their slain also shall be cast out . . . in open fields, and there lie unburied, and become food for the fowls of heaven, who are invited to them as to a supper, even the supper of the great God (Rev.19:17-18).
And their stink shall come up out of their carcasses . . . so that they shall become loathsome and abominable to the living, and none shall come near to bury them; a symbol of their loathsome and abominable sins, the cause of this destruction.
And the mountains shall be melted with their blood . . . this means that such a great number was slain upon the mountains, and the great amount of blood shed there would run down in large streams, and carry part of them along with it, as large and hasty showers of rain wash away the earth (Rev.14:20).
*****This description of the supper of the great God is to me the most terrible and repulsive in the Bible. It confirms what the Lord Jesus said when He was here on the Earth and what the Book of Revelation teaches about the coming judgment upon this Earth.
I know that many people doubt this coming judgment in the Great Tribulation Period, just like people doubt the severity a bad storm can cause. People hear warnings, and they decide to stay. They didn't believe the storm was going to be that bad, so instead of evacuating, they all got drunk. They ridiculed the storm forecast, and they all were killed. You can do the same thing about the judgment that is going to come on this Earth. God says that judgment IS coming, so it IS going to come!~ God CANNOT lie (Tit.1:2).
Isaiah 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. (KJV)
And all the hosts of heaven shall be dissolved . . . the sun, moon and stars often come under this name in Scripture (Gen.2:1. Deut.4:19; 17:3; 2 Ki.17:16; 21:3; Jer.19:13; Zep.1:5). It’s as if the very heavens themselves, and the sun, and moon, and stars, were affected with the judgment (Isa.13:10).
And the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll . . . books in Isaiah’s time were then written on scrolls, which then were rolled up; and when they were rolled up, no one could read any word in it . . . symbolically here it means that no more shall any man be able to see those substantial lights of Heaven, for they shall all be obscured and confounded. This phrase is also used (Isa.8:1; Rev.6:14).
Here it signifies that there would be such a change in the heavens, as that not a star should be seen, much less the sun or moon; and this could refer to the utter removal and elimination of all dignities and offices, supreme and subordinate, civil and ecclesiastical, in the coming Roman Empire.
And all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree . . . meaning the stars would fall down . . . this may mean the big shots in office, who shall fall from their positions, in which they had shone with much splendor and grandeur, they shall fall as leaves fall from trees in autumn, or as unripe and rotten figs fall from the fig tree when shaken by a violent wind; the same symbol is used in rev.16:13.
*****When a leaf falls from a tree, you cannot glue it back on the branch. It simply will not work. Once a leaf falls, it is dead. Dear one, the fact is . . . God’s judgment is coming, and you cannot stop it! What can you do? See what the Holy Word of God states about avoiding the judgment verdict: Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (KJV) . . . Jesus is your only chance of reaching Heaven (Jn.3:15-8, 36; 5:24; 8:24; Acts 4:12; 1 Jn.5:1-13)
Idumea, Represents All God's Enemies (34:5)
Isaiah 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment. (KJV)
For my sword shall be bathed in heaven . . . sword (Jer.46:10). Or knife for sacrifice for God does not here appear as a warrior with His sword, but as One about to sacrifice victims doomed to slaughter (Eze.39:17). Bathed, intoxicated with anger (Deut.32:42). In heaven reveals where God's purpose of wrath is formed. The sword is the sword of the Lord, as it is called in the verse 6. This is GOD speaking! This projects the vengeance of the Lord, the punishment that He will inflict on the wicked, said to be bathed in heaven, because God’s holy and determined wrath were there prepared. I also believe that this looks to the last days, and mean the entire Roman authority, both the civil and religious Roman Pagan Empire (Rev.18). This probably means the principal men that are in the highest places and offices, in whom the sword of the Lord shall be first drenched, and be as it were satiated and intoxicated with the blood of them (Rev.18:3).
Behold, it shall come down upon Idumea . . . with great force and vengeance, having a commission from Heaven to execute. Idumea is here especially mentioned, because the Edomites were hard-hearted enemies of the Jews, and so are here put for all the enemies of God's church and people, all the anti-Christian states, mainly Rome (spiritual Babylon). Upon Idumea; upon the Edomites, who, although they were related to the Israelites, and were circumcised as well as they; yet they were their most confirmed and relentless enemies, watching for any opportunity to pounce on them, and always ready to join with all that attempted to destroy them. Idumea is not named exclusively, but as a whole, for all the enemies of God's church.
And upon the people of my curse, to judgment . . . those whom I have cursed, and devoted to utter destruction.
Upon the people of my curse to judgment . . . cursed describes the great whore (Rev.17), and all the people of God's curse, and righteously so . . . those who have cursed and condemned His people are committed to destruction, and doomed to be accursed (1 Cor.12:3; Gal.1:8-9). On all God’s enemies shall judgment pass, and be executed; they shall hear: go, ye cursed, both in Isaiah’s time and at the fall of Babylon, and at the general judgment in the last days. Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (KJV)
*****When we take the sword down here on Earth, it is for vengeance or some secret motive. But, anytime that God takes the sword, it is always for justice and righteousness! His sword is bathed in heaven, and it is going to fall in judgment.
Idumea is Edom, and Edom is Esau, and Esau represents the flesh. Esau represents ALL those in Adam who rebel against God and His people. God said, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated (Rom.9:13). God shall judge Edom because they are against Him, against His people, against His Holy Word of Truth, and against every thing that is right and good. See more on Idumea in Special Comments at the end of this chapter.
Isaiah 34:6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. (KJV)
The sword of the LORD is filled with blood . . . shall drink its fill of blood. The symbol is that of a great glutton or drunkard, who is almost impossible to fill with meat and drink. Multitudes shall be slain by it; the LORD here is that holy and divine Person that is described as a warrior, as a General of an army, with a sharp sword, by whom many are slain, such a number as that it is filled with the blood of them (Rev.19:11-21).
It is made fat with fatness . . . not only filled with the blood, but fattened by it; the reference is to ravenous creatures gorged and full with the blood of others, and thereby made fat; perhaps this may refer to Christian princes, the sword in the hand of the Lord, who shall be enriched with the plunder and spoil of the anti-Christian states:
And with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams . . .by lambs and goats and rams, the LORD means wicked people of ALL ranks and conditions, high and low, rich and poor. Blood and fat are the parts especially devoted to God in a sacrifice (2 Sam.1:22).
For the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea . . . Bozrah was a chief city of the Edomites, and indicates a fortress, being no doubt a place very well-fortified. Rome being the chief city of the Antichrist and the anti-Christian states, that great city, which John in the Book of Revelation describes as reigning over the kings of the earth; there and in all the anti-Christian kingdoms will be a great slaughter of wicked men, called a sacrifice of the LORD, because it is by His order and direction, and for the honor of His justice, and being acceptable to Him; and this seems to refer to the blood sacrifices being the Lord's in the last days; this slaughter and sacrifice is called the supper of the great God (Rev.19:17).
Isaiah 34:7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. (KJV)
And the unicorns shall come down with them . . . no one knows what a unicorn is. Unicorns convey the idea of loftiness, power and pre-eminence (Job 39:9-10). Is it a rhinoceros, wild ox or bull? This is not something that should trouble us. It was a beast of great strength and fierceness; and I feel certain that it is a symbol used in this place, to indicate their high ranking princes and rulers. The KJV of the Bible has six references to unicorns: (Num.23:22; 24:8; Job 39:9-10; Ps.29:6; 92:10).
And the bullocks with the bulls . . . the lambs and goats (vs.6) are the less powerful Edomites; bullocks and bulls are all the classes, young and old Edomites, the same as the kings, captains, and mighty men in (Rev.19:18).
And their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness . . . or their land shall be made drunk with blood; and the dust of the Earth thereof thickened by it. This is a just revenge on the whore of Rome, who has been made drunk with the blood of the saints, and now blood shall be given her to drink, even her own (Rev.17:6).
Intention of the Lord (34:8)
Isaiah 34:8 For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. (KJV)
For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance . . . the time which the LORD has appointed to take vengeance on the Antichrist, his 1260 days, being up, in which he is to reign; these being expired, the time is come for the LORD to avenge the blood of His saints (Rev.18:20).
And the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion . . . the church of God’s TRUE people, which has been for many ages abused and injured by the powerful anti-Christians, for which the LORD will have a dispute with them; He will appear in favor of His people, and plead the cause of Zion, and repay their enemies for all the injuries they have done to them. They that have led into captivity shall go into captivity, and they that have killed with the sword shall be killed with it (Rev.13:10). This will be a time of double repayment (Isa.40:2; Jer.16:18; Rev.18:6); and therefore possibly the word is used in the plural. It will be the time of rewarding the Antichrist as he has rewarded others; and it will be the time of the dead, that they shall be judged, and rewards given to God's servants the prophets (1 Cor.3:13-14). http://www.hisservants.org/a_jesus_judgment_according_to_works.htm
*****Recompenses for the controversy of Zion . . . Zion’s controversy is the LORD’S controversy. Almighty God shall get revenge on ALL those who have oppressed Zion (Deut.32:35, 43; Rom.12:10; Heb.10:30). Edom wanted to extend its borders by laying hold of its neighbor's lands and had incited Babylon to cruelty towards fallen Judah (Ps.137:7; Eze.36:5); because of this, Edom shall suffer the same herself (Lam.4:21-22). The final end of the controversy between God and all enemies of Him and His people is also predicted (Isa.61:2; 63:4; 66:14-16; Mal.4:1, 3; 2 Thes.1:7-9; Rev.11:18; 19:2).
This is the day of the Lord's vengeance. We see this again in Isaiah 63:1-6. You cannot do anything to stop it, just like there is nothing you can do to stop Niagara Falls from flowing. God says that things have to be made right upon this Earth. To make them right He has to put down the evil and rebellious man upon this Earth. Most people will NOT bow to God; but, since this is God's Universe, where will they go? The LORD has only one place for them, and that is called Hell. You may have your own idea of it, but it without doubt is much worse than a place of literal fire. God's Word is unbreakable and the Lord Jesus said: Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (KJV)
BEWARE dear one, it is very wise to know what the weather report is when a storm is forecast, and then it is extremely wise to make arrangements to escape it.
See end of Daniel Chapter 12, Special Comments, for the different number of days in the Great Tribulation: . . . . . .. . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_daniel_ch12.htm
Isaiah 34:9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. (KJV)
And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch . . . the streams and the land which seem most secure from this danger, Idumea shall be dealt with as Sodom and Gomorrah were, utterly destroyed, as it were, by fire, or burning pitch and brimstone thrown down upon it from Heaven. Images from the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen.19:24-28; Deut.29:23; Jer.49:17-18).
One version states: the rivers of Rome shall be turned into pitch, of which may be meant the maritime places belonging to the Roman control, the same on which the third vial will be poured (Rev.16:4), by which the rivers and fountains of waters will become blood; and which refers to this very time, when blood shall be given to the whore of Rome to drink (Rev.17:6). The reference to this and some following clauses, is to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Jer.49:17).
And the dust thereof into brimstone . . . and so easily to catch on fire.
And the land thereof shall become burning pitch . . . clearly points to the destruction of Rome by fire (Rev.17:16).
*****The country shall become like the lake of Sodom. The streams that once both watered the land and pleased and refreshed the inhabitants, shall now be turned into pitch, shall be congealed, shall look black, and shall move ever so slowly, or not at all. These streams will be turned to lazy streams of pitch; and the dust everywhere shall be turned into brimstone . . . so inflammable has sin made their land that it shall take just the first spark of the fire of God's wrath upon it to catch on fire and, when it has started, it shall become as burning pitch. The fire shall be so complete, that not a house or town be on fire, but the whole country . . . and it shall NOT be in the power of ANYONE to suppress or extinguish it. God is always in control!
Isaiah 34:10 It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever. (KJV)
It shall not be quenched night nor day . . . it, the burning pitch (vs.9), will be long burning, and shall not be extinguished until it is utterly consumed. The burning of Rome will long continue, especially the smoke of it, the kings of the earth and others are represented as standing and looking at it, and lamenting for it (Rev.18:9).
The smoke thereof shall go up for ever . . . this very phrase is what will be used by the saints in their hallelujahs, at the burning of Rome (Rev.14:11; 18:18; 19:3).
From generation to generation it shall lie waste . . . the land shall be no more fertilized and cultivated, nor the city rebuilt; when Babylon is once fallen, it shall never be raised up again, but always remain desolate (Isa.13:20-22; Jer.51:60-64; Mal.1:4; Rev.18:2).
None shall pass through it for ever and ever . . . no inhabitants in it, no travelers through it; it will be so horrible and terrible, as none will care to dwell there nor to travel through it (Jer.49:18). It shall be totally ruined, and shall remain as a display of God's vengeance to all succeeding ages.
Isaiah 34:11 But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness. (KJV)
But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it . . . the word cormorant is rendered pelican in (Ps.102:6), the cormorant and the bittern both are unclean fowls according to the law (Lev.11:17; Isa.14:23).
The owl also and the raven shall dwell in it . . . these also were unclean creatures, and these, along with the former and other creatures mentioned after, love to dwell in desolate and devastating places; and so Rome or spiritual Babylon being destroyed, will become a cage of every unclean and hateful bird (Rev.18:2).
And he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion and the stones of emptiness . . . He is the LORD, and the reference is to builders, that make use of the line and plummet, as to build, so to pull down. The symbol is from an architect with line and plummet-line (2 Ki.21:13; Isa. 28:17; Amos 7:7-9; Jam2:13). God will render to it the exact measure of justice without mercy. Emptiness is desolation. Edom is now an utter waste of stones.
Isaiah 34:12 They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing. (KJV)
They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there . . . they shall try to heal their breaches, but in vain; the remnant of the people shall seek for any fit person, and offer the kingdom to him; but they shall not find any one who shall be willing to take over the government.
And all her princes shall be nothing . . . shall be nothing, either shall be lost and cut off, or shall have no courage or strength left in them. Shall come to nothing; the above mentioned civic and religious rulers who are clothed in luxury and live like princes, these shall be no more; the same with the merchants of the Earth, which like the merchants of Tyre are princes (Rev.18:3).
Isaiah 34:13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls. (KJV)
And thorns shall come up in her palaces . . . palaces is where their kings and princes lived, and kept their courts, both the civic and religious rulers, here will be the tokens of God's curse, as thorns are, these being the people of His curse (vs.5).
Nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof . . . referring to Bozrah which means a fortress; referring to the towers and fortifications of the city of Rome, and all other fortified cities within its control.
And it shall be a habitation of dragons . . . literally, as it symbolically had been the seat of the old dragon, the devil, and of the beast to whom the dragon gave his power, seat, and authority; and who, although he looked like a lamb, he spoke like a dragon (Rev.13:11). Dragons: (Isa.13:21-22; 35:7; 43:20; Rev.12:3-4, 7, 9, 16-17).
And a court for owls . . . or a dwelling place for ostriches.
Isaiah 34:14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. (KJV)
The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the islands . . . the wild beasts shall take up their home in Rome; of these creatures, the first of which some see as monstrous ones, and the other wild cats (Isa.13:21-22).
And the satyr shall cry to his fellow . . . this is the only place the word satyr is in the KJV of the Bible. Satyr means the hairy one; from which word the goat gets its name; these creatures are described by the ancients as half goats and half men; of which some render it demons; and with this well agrees the account of spiritual Babylon or Rome as fallen, that it shall be the habitation of, devils, and the hold of every foul spirit (Rev.18:2). See Isa.13:21-22 in:
The screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest . . . there being no people to disturb her. The name Lilith, appears to be a night bird, which flies and is heard in the night. The Jews call a she demon by this name, which, they say has a human face, and has wings, and destroys children as soon as born. And find for herself a place of rest . . . because there shall be no men left to disturb or scare them (Isa.17:2).
Isaiah 34:15 There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate. (KJV)
There shall the great owl make her nest . . . great owl or some say the arrow snake, so called because its darting on its prey. Some say this great owl is the same as the bittern (vs.11), while others think it is two different birds. Another thinks that one kind of serpent is here meant, so called from its leaping up, and which may be said to make nests, lay eggs and hatch them, as follows.
And lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow . . . lay its eggs, sit upon them, and hatch them, and when hatched and running about, gather them under their wing, especially when in any danger.
Gather under her shadow . . . cherishes, to protect her young under her wings (Jer.17:11).
There shall the vultures also be gathered, everyone with her mate . . . vultures usually gather together and feed where dead carcasses lie.
Isaiah 34:16 Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them. (KJV)
Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read . . . there are many ideas as to what
the book of the LORD is, but it seems to me it is best to understand that it of this book of the prophecy of Isaiah; which being sought and read at the time when these predictions will be fulfilled, it will be very easy to see, by comparing events with prophecies, how everything will be exactly accomplished. This book being called the book of the Lord, was written by divine inspiration, just as ALL other parts of the Bible are. I also believe that the Book of the Revelation may be intended as well, which at the destruction of spiritual Babylon (Rome), it too will be looked into. Far too few people are in agreement about the prophecies in it, but when God’s prophecies through Isaiah are fulfilled, and they check out what Isaiah and the apostle John wrote, the prophecy will be accomplished EXACTLY as stated. Babylon will be a habitation of devils and unclean birds (Isa.34:11-15; Rev.18:2). They will find that all things shall come to pass exactly as was written.
Not one of these shall fail . . . not one of these beasts or birds before mentioned shall be wanting here, or be deprived of its prey.
None shall want her mate . . . the vultures, the satyr, or any other would each have their mates, so shall it be; that this prophecy shall be exactly fulfilled, even in its smallest circumstances.
For my mouth, it hath commanded . . . when the LORD speaks, these beasts and birds, shall assemble in the above mentioned place.
And his spirit, it hath gathered them . . . My mouth, His Spirit; such sudden changes of persons are often with the prophets. God's Spirit may be put for His might and power, as it is in many places of Scripture. Hath gathered them; hath brought all these creatures together, as He formerly brought the creatures to Adam (Gen.1:30) and to Noah (Gen.6:19), by an instinct which He put into them. God's Spirit will gather these creatures commanded by His Word to live around this place of everlasting burnings (vs.9-10).
*****If more people would seek and read the book of the LORD (the Bible) today, they would not find even one prediction of God that has ever failed, among the many things that have already been fulfilled. Thousands of verses and details have been fulfilled to the letter, which prevents all possibility of guess work on the part of the prophets. This assures us that the countless details of predictions to be fulfilled in the future will also come to pass to the letter. God assures us here that not one prophecy will fail.
Isaiah 34:17 And he hath cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it unto them by line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein. (KJV)
And he hath cast the lot for them . . . the Targum adds: by his word.
And his hand hath divided it unto them by line . . . the Targum adds: by his will.
The reference is to the dividing of the land of Canaan by lot and line, to the children of Israel, for their inheritance and possession; and in like manner, it is suggested that Rome and its territories shall be distributed to those wild beasts and birds of prey, and everyone shall know and take its proper place and portion.
They shall possess it for ever . . . as their inheritance, allotted and appointed to them.
From generation to generation shall they dwell therein . . . (vs.10). Just as conquerors divide their land by lot, so God will give portions of Edom to the wild birds and animals (Num.26:55-56; Josh.18:4-6).
*****There is an assurance given in (vs.16-17), of the full accomplishment of this prediction, even to the smallest condition of it. Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read. When this destruction comes, people can compare the event with the prediction, and will find it to answer precisely. I believe that the book of the prophet Isaiah is the book of the LORD (in the Bible), and we should consult it, for it is of divine origin and authority. 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (KJV) 2 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (KJV)
We must not only read the Word of God, but see into it, and consider what it really is saying to us. An abundance of useful knowledge might thus be extracted, by a diligent search, out of the Scriptures, which cannot be gotten by a quick reading of the Word.
Idumea originally extending from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea; afterwards they obtained possession of the country east of Moab, of which Bozrah was capital. Petra or Selah, called Joktheel (2 Ki.14:7), was the capital of South Edom. David conquered Edom (2 Sam.8:13-14). Under Jehoram they regained independence (2 Chron.21:9). Under Amaziah they were again subdued, and Selah taken (2 Ki.14:7). When Judah was captive in Babylon, Edom, in every way, insulted the Jews and killed many of them whom the Chaldeans had left, and so were held guilty of fratricide (killing a brother) by God, for Esau, their ancestor, was the brother of Jacob. This was the main cause of the condemnations of the prophets against Edom (Isa.63:1; Jer.49:7; Eze.25:12-14; 35:3-15; Joel 3:19; Amos 1:11-12; Oba. 1:8,10, 12-18; Mal.1:3-4). The LORD through Nebuchadnezzar humbled Idumea accordingly (Jer.25:15-21). The LORD shall humble the Antichrist in the Great Tribulation!
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