Chapter 14 starts off with a bold declaration – the LORD will have mercy on Jacob and will again choose
For wherever you go, I will go;
And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people,
And your God, my God.
This woman really got it! By attaching herself to the God and the people of Israel, she became the great grandmother of King David. Talk about receiving a blessing!
Zechariah 8:23 says, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’
I am not sure if they teach this verse in seminaries, but personally I had never heard it until I began my own study of Jewish roots. And it LEAPT off the page at me! Again, the context of Zechariah 8 is the last days. What an exciting time we live in, to see the fulfillment of this verse!
But not all are excited. Satan works hard to stir up sentiments against Israel, even among the church. Perhaps especially in the church. Many still cling to replacement theology - the idea that the church has replaced Israel in God's plan and favor. The only logical thing then for them to do is to pick up the pro-Palestinian (Read: Anti-Israel) cause, so that their theology may be justified.
Lucifer actually means morning star. The devil only imitates the true Morning Star. Revelation 22:16 clearly tells us who the true Morning Star is:
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
Is it a coincidence that a certain modern movement that publicly flaunts sin have adopted the very word into their festivals?
And on her forehead a name was written:
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.
We have already seen in a previous post that physical Babylon is gone. The passage is using imagery to speak of spiritual Babylon. My next post will elaborate on this spiritual Babylon, which has its roots in physical Babylon.
Isaiah 14 continues with more destruction of God's enemies. Verses 24-25 speak of the destruction of Assyria. Assyria WAS then destroyed by the Medes in 612 BC when Nineveh fell, 26 years before the fall of Judea to Babylon.
But the LORD has His purposes. He and His purposes are sovereign - He raises up nations for His own purposes. This is confirmed in verses 26-27.
This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth,
And this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.
For the Lord of hosts has purposed, And who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out, And who will turn it back?”
We can rest in the knowlege that He is in complete charge.
Most of the remainder of Isaiah 14 is a prophecy against
However, after a Jewish uprising in 135 AD, Roman Emperor Hadrian changed the name of the Holy Land to Palestina... knowing full well that the Philistines were the ancient enemies of the Jews. And if you ever turn on the news, you will see that the name Palestine is still trying to be used against the Jews today.
The ultimate fake news. Don't be fooled; the people fighting for the land called the West Bank (may I interject a rhetorical question here... West Bank of WHAT??) are a mixture of Arab people from all over the Middle East, many of whom made their way to the land in the 1800s and early 1900s as the Jews began restoring the devastated land.
The founder of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Yasser Arafat, was Egyptian. The current president of the Palestinian Authority was born in Israel proper, in Safed. And the "Palestinian" people are not just fighting for the kidney-shaped piece of land known to the world as the "West Bank" (aka the biblical heartland - the mountains of Israel). When they chant "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" at their pro-Palestine rallies, they are speaking of the entire land, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.
Do not keep silent, O God!
Do not hold Your peace,
And do not be still, O God!
For behold, Your enemies make a tumult;
And those who hate You have lifted up their head.
And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”
For they have consulted together with one consent;
They form a confederacy against You:
The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites;
Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
Assyria also has joined with them;
They have helped the children of Lot. Selah
Deal with them as with Midian,
As with Sisera,
As with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,
Who perished at En Dor,
Who became as refuse on the earth.
Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb,
Yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
Who said, “Let us take for ourselves
The pastures of God for a possession.”
O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
Like the chaff before the wind!
As the fire burns the woods,
And as the flame sets the mountains on fire,
So pursue them with Your tempest,
And frighten them with Your storm.
Fill their faces with shame,
That they may seek Your name, O Lord.
Let them be confounded and dismayed forever;
Yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
That they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord,
Are the Most High over all the earth.
What will they answer the messengers of the nation?
That the Lord has founded Zion,
And the poor of His people shall take refuge in it.