Friday, September 19, 2008

The Sword of Vengeance - Isaiah 34:5

The Sword of Vengeance

Isa 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.

Idumea is the land of Edom, the descendants of Esau. They were continuously enemies of the Hebrews. The righteous sword of the LORD'S judgement shall come upon the cursed people who come against His covenant people. Edom, represents all the nations who oppose God's truth and plans.

Isa 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.

This would be as a sacrifice taken for sins. Not taking from the sacrifice of Jesus. Jesus died for all who would receive him. Now those who reject him will receive the sacrifice of the vengeance and judgement of God. Even as a sacrificial victim paid for the sin of the one bringing the sacrifice, so the bloody judgment of sin at Armageddon will be a payment for the penalty of sin. This is the end time vengeance of God upon the evil nations.

Isa 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.

Unicorns were not the legendary one horned animals; they may be the now extinct animals called the aurochs. The aurochs’s horns were very symmetrical and often appeared as one in profile. Fighting aurochs was a popular sport for Assyrian kings. Julius Caesar described them in his Gallic Wars as: “a little below the elephant in size, and of the appearance, color, and shape of a bull. Their strength and speed are extraordinary; they spare neither man nor wild beast which they have espied. (Answers in Genesis)

Metaphorically it was the strong men who opposed the LORD. Horns stood for power and bulls could refer to soldiers; as in those around the cross of Calvary.

Psa 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
Psa 22:13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

Isa 34:8 For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.

It was the time to take vengeance on the antichrist for the abuse of God's people, especially the martyred Jews.

Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Isa 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.
Isa 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.

Revelation 8 and 16 describes the outpouring of the wrath of God upon the earth. One-third of the earth's vegetation, one-third of the oceans, and one-third of fresh waters will be destroyed and unusable.

Isa 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.
Isa 34:12 They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing.
Isa 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.
Isa 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.
Isa 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.

Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

The demons and foul spirits, with the old dragon have no place to go but gather with the animals awaiting the coming of the LORD and the casting of the old dragon into the bottomless pit for a thousand years. Jesus is Lord of all, all must bow to him.

Psa 72:8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
Psa 72:9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.
Psa 72:10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

Isa 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.

Seek out and understand the book of the Lord; read this prophecy of Isaiah, for in it are prophesies of coming events that shall be fulfilled. The earth is the LORD'S and he will command the animals to obey him and to be gathered together in the end times.

Isa 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.

Israel shall be divided by tribes according to the territory promised to them through the Abrahamic covenant.

Gen 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

The world is ripe for judgement; the antichrist time is near. I believe that Jesus will destroy the evil on earth and bind satan and his angels for a thousand years. He will restore the beauty of the creation as in the beginning. Nations will serve him and the glorified son's of God will by kings and priests. Following this satan will be loosed, many will follow him and be destroyed. Satan will be cast into the Lake of fire and we shall live in a new heaven with the Lord forever in peace.

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