Just as there are patterns to human history, there are patterns to mankind’s rejection of God. When God blesses His people, it usually takes only a few short years before they look at God’s blessing as the result of their own efforts. This invariably leads to a spiral downwards into sin and rebellion against God. We see this throughout the Bible, and we experience it right now in our own churches.
This is laid out in the first seventeen verses of Isaiah 30. So, I invite you to read Isaiah 30:1-17 on your own, and see if your own church, community and nation are following this same path.
Are you and your church looking to God for a solution?
We MUST repent of our sins so that God will return His hand of protection to us.
God Waits To Bless Israel
So, up to verse 17, Isaiah 30 was talking about the past – for Israel. But, God does not leave His people in the past without a promise. And that is what happens in verse 18:
Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
Blessed are all those who wait for Him.
Isaiah lived at the time of the beginning of God’s judgment upon Israel.
So, when God spoke of the beginning of that judgment, through Isaiah, who was He speaking to?
Was He speaking to us?
Of course not. God was speaking to the people that He was about to judge and bring into captivity:
I am mystified by those who believe in replacement theology. They claim that God’s references to Israel apply to the church. Yet, they seem unable to see who God is actually speaking to.
Does God abandon His promises, after He has made them?
Of course not. Otherwise, you and I are in a HEAP of trouble!
When we become rebellious, God reaches out and gives us a thump – to teach us that our rebellion is futile. God has done that with Israel. For two thousand years – and more – the Lord has demonstrated to the children of Jacob that they could not save themselves by their own might and power – that they needed the Lord. And, the only way that you can have the Lord is by obeying Him.
Physical Jacob Blessed At A Physical Jerusalem
But, it’s also not just about a ‘long enough’ period of time. It’s also about the ‘right’ time. The Lord has waited for the perfect moment to save Israel, to bring the children of Jacob back to Himself.
For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem;
You shall weep no more.
He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry;
When He hears it, He will answer you.
Just to hammer the point home:
When God said ‘Zion at Jerusalem’, was He using allegory, here?
Of Course not.
When God speaks about a specific geographical point on Earth, God really is talking about a specific place. If you think otherwise, then I’m not sure how you can continue to believe that the Bible is true.
Who were the people that God was referring to?
The children of Jacob… Israel!
And, who will God respond to and hear?
The people at Jerusalem. A time will come when God will pay extra attention to them.
I could be suffering a little ‘Jerusalem Syndrome‘, but I’ve always felt that God was physically closer to Jerusalem than any other place on earth. I’ve been to a lot of places on this planet, but there’s nothing like Jerusalem. But, be careful about such feelings, ‘cuz that’s how you get that syndrome thing.
The Indwelling Of The Holy Spirit Upon Jerusalemites
And though the Lord gives you
The bread of adversity and the water of affliction,
Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore,
But your eyes shall see your teachers.
TRANSLATION NOTE: The words ‘though’ and ‘yet’ are NOT in the original Hebrew.
Since verse 19 signifies the transformation that verse 18 speaks of, we must assume that verse 19 is speaking of the Return of Jacob to God. And, verse 20 reinforces this point by saying that your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore and that your eyes will see your teachers. This is important because God will give the residents of Jerusalem something that no one would look forward to:
The bread of adversity and the water of affliction
And, I believe that this points to what God said in Zechariah 13:
I will bring the one-third through the fire,
Will refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name,
And I will answer them.
I will say, ‘This is My people’;
And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”
It appears that – when God refines the Children of Jacob – that He will cause them to eat food and water that isn’t as good as they are used to. In fact, they probably won’t have as much of it as they are used to. And, that makes a lot of sense.
Jerusalem and the rest of Israel will be devastated. All transportation networks will be destroyed. All the power will be out. No cars or trucks will run. Buildings will have been turned into rubble. If any buildings survive, the plumbing won’t work. If any refrigeration units survive, there will be no electricity to keep them running.
Food will spoil extremely quickly. What doesn’t spoil will be eaten up, and then people will be left with… Well, I don’t know what people would eat under such circumstances. It would be worse than the Siege of Jerusalem in 1948.
It would take months – if not years – for Jerusalem to recover to a point where it could become a city that thrives. The suffering would be terrible. But, that suffering would have a purpose that the next verse describes eloquently:
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
“This is the way, walk in it,”
Whenever you turn to the right hand
Or whenever you turn to the left.
THAT is the Holy Spirit.
There is nothing in this world that is more precious than that. Having eternal salvation and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is worth any amount of suffering. But, my heart is heavy at the thought of what those who live in the disaster zone will go through.
And, how will God grant them eternal salvation and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?
When Peter spoke of Jesus to the Sanhedrin in Acts 4, he said this:
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Saved By Faith In Christ
There is literally no other way to salvation and the Holy Spirit, except through Christ. And, there is no other way to Christ, except through faith. And, faith is…
…the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
You should probably read all of Hebrews 11. It’s the most powerful chapter on faith in the Bible. It demonstrates conclusively that salvation is impossible without faith. But, that leads me to a question about the Millennium:
With God physically ruling from Jerusalem…
…will faith even be possible?
You and I accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, through faith. But, with Jesus ruling the world from Jerusalem, everyone will actually see Him with their eyes. They will know His power and understand that His promises are real. It would seem to make faith an impossibility.
How could anyone attain salvation after Jesus Returns?
I have pondered this question for more years than some of you have been alive, and I am no closer to an answer now, than I was then.
Whatever that process of salvation is – or is not – one thing is completely and absolutely clear:
The foundation of salvation cannot and will not change.
The ONLY way that ANYONE in the Millennium will have salvation, is through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Their sins will ONLY be paid for by His death on the cross. They will ONLY be cleansed of sin by His blood.
All of that is part of the reason why I find it so hard to believe that the Children of Jacob will be saved after Jesus Returns. Of course, our lack of understanding is not a barrier to God’s ability to save His people. It will happen, just as He said that it would.
Israel Turns Away From Idolatry
In the next verse, we see the result of their changed heart:
You will also defile the covering of your images of silver,
And the ornament of your molded images of gold.
You will throw them away as an unclean thing;
You will say to them, “Get away!”
These new Christians in Israel will no longer study the Talmud. They will no longer worship their rabbis, or their gold and silver plated Torah scrolls. They will no longer look to their traditions and their customs as their source of purity and righteousness. They will no longer wrestle with God, but will submit to Him.
And no, this will NOT be a return to the Torah. The New Testament is very, very clear that the Law was ONLY a foreshadow of Jesus Christ. Those who claim that the Millennium will mark the return of the observance of the 613 laws of Moses, are deeply, deeply in error.
In fact, those who persist in making those claims are – by implication – denying Christ.
But, let’s move on to the next two verses that describe the blessing that Israel will receive after the time of suffering is over:
23 Then He will give the rain for your seed
With which you sow the ground,
And bread of the increase of the earth;
It will be fat and plentiful.
In that day your cattle will feed
In large pastures.
24 Likewise the oxen and the young donkeys that work the ground
Will eat cured fodder,
Which has been winnowed with the shovel and fan.
Notice how this parallels exactly what God promised to do for Israel in Ezekiel 36 and Ezekiel 37. And, in one sense, this blessing has already begun in the Land of Israel. Before the Jews came, it was a barren, disease-ridden land. After they took possession of their land, it became a lush, productive paradise. But, as good as it is now, it will be even better.
Israel Saved In The Day Of Ezekiel’s Fire
Now, these next two verses demonstrate that prophecies flip back and forth between the event being prophesied and the results of that event. Verses 23 and 24 describe the end result of verses 18 to 22. And, the next to verses flips back to the catastrophe that brings the children of Jacob back to God:
25 There will be on every high mountain
And on every high hill
Rivers and streams of waters,
In the day of the great slaughter,
When the towers fall.
26 Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun,
And the light of the sun will be sevenfold,
As the light of seven days,
In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people
And heals the stroke of their wound.
Verse 26 is the main focus, because THAT is the verse that talks about the solar flare that we are concerned with. However, the context of that solar flare will also be verse 25.
Why is this important?
Well, God says this in the second half of verse 26:
In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people
And heals the stroke of their wound.
THAT is salvation. You cannot interpret that phrase in any other way, unless you twist the context of the chapter, itself. This salvation is the same central element that you will find in all the passages that speak of Ezekiel’s Fire. And, when you look at all the passages that describe Israel’s salvation, you will notice that this return to God happens at a specific moment in time.
Every passage in the Bible that talks about the salvation of Israel… must also be talking about the same moment in time. When Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Zechariah speak of the salvation of Israel, they are all talking about the same moment in time.
This allows us the collect each description of the salvation of Israel and combine them together. When we do that, it becomes clear that a solar flare is coming. Here is where Isaiah 30 describes this solar flare:
Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun,
And the light of the sun will be sevenfold,
As the light of seven days,
That is the first part of Isaiah 30:26, and the implications are truly horrifying. The Sun either turns the Earth into a scorched cinder, or it hits us with a solar flare. The lesser of the two possibilities is the solar flare, but it is only a minor relief that we have confirmation of this eruption from the Sun, from other passages. This solar flare will do tremendous damage and bring our civilization to its knees.
What do OTHER passages say about this moment in time?
Well, Ezekiel 39 says this:
So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward.
If the Bible says that you know Yehovah as your God, this means that you are saved. This also means that Ezekiel 39 is another view of the events surrounding this moment of salvation – the same events as Isaiah 30. Ezekiel 39 and Isaiah 30 are talking about the same moment in time.
But, does Ezekiel 39 refer to a solar flare?
Actually, it does, here:
And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord.
– Ezekiel 39:6 (ASV)
And THAT is why I wrote the book Ezekiel’s Fire – and why you should read it!
TRANSLATION NOTE: I chose the American Standard Version for that verse since the moron who translated it for the NKJV thought that the Hebrew word for island – אי (pronounced: ee) – meant coastland. And, I am so very tired of incompetent and corrupt translators. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Is This Revelation 16?
Of course, there is another ‘fire’ from the sun, in the Bible, and we find it in the Book of Revelation:
8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.
And, we know that this happens BEFORE the Battle of Armageddon, which begins at the sixth bowl/vial.
When the fourth bowl/vial is poured out, will the sun be seven times brighter?
Will the pouring out of this bowl/vial make the moon as bright as the sun is right now?
It could be. If so, it might point to Gog and Magog happening at the time of Armageddon. However, the timing is off. In Ezekiel 39, this fire happens AFTER Gog and Magog. In Revelation, it happens BEFORE Armageddon. That’s a serious problem for those who wish to claim that the coming of Gog and Magog is actually Armageddon. But, I leave that for you to decide.
The Day Of Slaughter
By the way, what is the context of that fire in Ezekiel 39?
The coming of Gog and Magog.
THAT will certainly be quite a bit of slaughter, and would certainly be enough to fulfill Isaiah 30:25. But… unfortunately …the armies of Gog and Magog will not be the only ones to die.
As we look at other chapters in other books of the Bible, we see that Zechariah also gives us a view of the salvation of Israel. Only this time, we see this:
And it shall come to pass in all the land,”
Says the Lord,
“That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die,
But one-third shall be left in it:
The death of two thirds of those in the Land of Israel.
This is the ‘great slaughter’ that Isaiah 30:25 is talking about. And, it represents another confirmation that Isaiah 30 and Zechariah 12-13 speak of the same moment in time.
I know of many who love Israel, and they hate the thought of so many Israelis dying. In fact, they hate this thought so much that they refuse to even see this prophecy. But, ignoring a prophecy doesn’t make the prophecy go away.
So, this is the day of the great slaughter. Two thirds of Israelis will die. The vast army put together by Gog and Magog will be annihilated.
But wait, this great slaughter seems to be connected with something:
When towers will fall.
Hmmmm…. now, THAT is interesting. “When the towers fall,” are the last four words of Isaiah 30:25.
What could those words refer to?
Well, Ezekiel 38 has something to say about this, here:
19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, 20 so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ 21 I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord God. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22 And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” ’
THAT is interesting. So, there won’t be just a solar flare. Both Isaiah and Ezekiel speak of a gigantic earthquake. And, verse Ezekiel 38:22 also mentions brimstone, and that means the eruption of one – or more – volcanoes.
And yes, there are volcanoes in Israel – up on the Golan Heights.
In fact, the Golan is chock full of dormant volcanoes. But, not the Jerusalem mountain range. If you walk around the Golan and places nearby, you’ll see lots of dark, volcanic rock, and many of the ancient buildings that archeologists have uncovered were made with it.
So, not only do we have the biggest solar flare in the history of the world, but we also have the coming of Gog and Magog, the destruction of that army, the death of two thirds of all in Israel and a massive earthquake.
My heart breaks just to think of it.
NOTE: Not The Gog And Magog Of Revelation
Now, as a side-note, some have tried to argue that Ezekiel 38 is actually describing the events of Revelation 20. This cannot be true. In Revelation 20, it is Satan that brings Gog and Magog. In Ezekiel 38, it is God. In Revelation ALL the nations come. In Ezekiel, most are left out. In Ezekiel 38, there are seven years of cleanup, afterwards. In Revelation 20, a New Heaven and a New Earth appear, immediately afterward.
But, let’s continue through the rest of Isaiah 30:
27 Behold, the name of the Lord comes from afar,
Burning with His anger,
And His burden is heavy;
His lips are full of indignation,
And His tongue like a devouring fire.
28 His breath is like an overflowing stream,
Which reaches up to the neck,
To sift the nations with the sieve of futility;
And there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people,
Causing them to err.
Okay. THAT is a scary passage. God is going to do something terrible to the world, and You do NOT want to be caught up in that. So, let’s talk a bit about what God is going to do, in terms of this passage.
First of all, verses 27 and 28 speak of nations and peoples, so this is not about what happen within the land of Israel. This is about what God does to the rest of the world, those nations OUTSIDE of Israel. Here is what will happen:
- Thick rising smoke – while there are lots of things that can cause such smoke, we do know that other passages refer to ‘brimstone’. This means volcanoes, lots of them – across the world. And… um …we’ve been noticing a little bit of that, already.
- Devouring fire – the solar flare – Ezekiel’s Fire – could certainly do all that. Since we’ve never seen that before, here on Earth, I’m not sure what to say. A solar flare that big could do quite a bit of devouring. However, we also have volcanoes to deal with. Volcanoes have done quite a bit of ‘devouring’ in the past.
- Sifting the Nations – this solar flare will destroy – at a very minimum – the power grids of every country that didn’t protect their electric infrastructure from the effects of Electromagnetic Pulse. But, I’m not sure that ANYTHING can protect a power grid from a solar flare this size. The best that we can hope for is that the power grids of countries near the equator might survive. Might.
- Sieve of futility – when a power grid goes down in a developed country, most of the population in that developed country will die – unless they have easy access to food and water that are not dependent upon electricity, in some form. Some studies on this topic have shown that 90% of a population will die, if the electric infrastructure dies and stays dead for more than 18 months.
- Bridle that causeth to err – you’ve noticed, by now, how foolish we and our leaders have become. Well, in Ezekiel 38, God said that He would put hooks in the jaws of Gog and Magog. He said much the same thing, as well, in Ezekiel 39.
The point is that God is going to cause a massive amount of destruction in the world. It is going to be a horrific time for almost everyone, which is part of the reason why I am writing this. I do NOT want you to be caught by what is going to happen.
And for those of you who think that this passage speaks of another time… well …I have only one thing to say:
Your theories won’t protect you.
But, let’s continue going through Isaiah 30:
29 You shall have a song
As in the night when a holy festival is kept,
And gladness of heart as when one goes with a flute,
To come into the mountain of the Lord,
To the Mighty One of Israel.
30 The Lord will cause His glorious voice to be heard,
And show the descent of His arm,
With the indignation of His anger
And the flame of a devouring fire,
With scattering, tempest, and hailstones.
TRANSLATION NOTE: The incompetent and corrupt translator strikes again. The words ‘Mighty One’ above is actually צור – pronounced: tsoor. It means rock or flint. Even the interlinear version gets it wrong. There is literally no way that צור could ever mean ‘mighty one’. And, it is an evil thing for the translator to do this.
It is time for these corrupt men and women to be called out and publicly excoriated for this sin that they have committed against us.
The Assyrian Dismayed
So, we add a devouring fire, a blast, violent storms and lots of hail. Then, God mentions something interesting in the next verse that might give us another clue:
For through the voice of the Lord
Assyria will be beaten down,
As He strikes with the rod.
Hmmmm… Assyria. Interesting.
Could this give us another clue about the identity of those involved in Gog and Magog?
Is Turkey part of this grand alliance of Gog and Magog?
I believe that they certainly will be. However, trying to make Gog and Magog JUST about Turkey is beyond foolish. But, I think that we’ve already established a good case for who participates in Gog and Magog.
Then, in the last two verses of Isaiah 30, God adds an interesting word:
It’s not even Hebrew. It’s Phoenician, and it’s as ugly and horrifying as you can possibly imagine.
Because it’s all about the murder of little children. We even have a quote from Plutarch about what was done there:
“But with full knowledge and understanding [the Carthaginians] offered up their own children, and those who had no children would buy little ones from poor people and cut their throats as if they were so many lambs or young birds.”
—Plutarch, Moralia II.171C
(From: biblicalarchaeology.org )
Carthage was originally a Phoenician colony that grew to become its own empire. And, like all Phoenicians, they murdered their firstborn children as a part of their worship of Baal Hamon and Tanit. And, that sounds just like what our own horrible civilization is doing. The only difference is that we murder our children before they are born, instead of after.
So, why is God using this Phoenician word?
Well, Tophet is also the name of a spot just outside Jerusalem, at the end of the Hinnom Valley (aka, Gei Ben Hinnom, Gei Hinnom or Gehenna). That’s where ancient Jews rebelled against God by murdering and burying their precious children – usually, their firstborn.
I’ve always said that there’s a special place in Hell for those who harm children, and God has taken that name and used it for that ‘special place’. We already know what ‘Gehenna’ is. That’s Hell. Well, I would think that the worst part of Hell is Tophet. And yes, there are places in Hell that aren’t as bad as others.
It depends on how evil you are. And, since the Antichrist is the most evil person to have ever lived… well …Tophet is where he will spend eternity. And, there’s a reason why I mention this, but let’s read the passage first:
32 And in every place where the staff of punishment passes,
Which the Lord lays on him,
It will be with tambourines and harps;
And in battles of brandishing He will fight with it.
33 For Tophet was established of old,
Yes, for the king it is prepared.
He has made it deep and large;
Its pyre is fire with much wood;
The breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone,
Wait. God is talking about casting a king – singular – into a special place in Hell. Not kings. King. This would seem to indicate that this is someone special.
Well, here’s another passage about a ‘king’ who gets thrown into a place that sounds a lot like Tophet:
19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.
THAT is Armageddon. And, it sounds like Isaiah 30:32-33.
Is this proof that Isaiah 30 is about Armageddon?
It certainly sounds like it. But, we should also remember that Gog is a king, and he also will be sent to Tophet. And, there’s a big difference between Gog and the Antichrist:
Gog is actually buried – Ezekiel 39:15
The Antichrist is NOT – (see above)
However, you will need to decide whether Isaiah 30:33 is referring to God sending Gog to Hell, or whether this is a reference to the destruction of the Antichrist. Remember that how you answer this question will determine how you will prepare – or if you will prepare – for what is coming.
Comparing The Armies
So, Isaiah 30 gives us even more insight. It directly connects to the salvation of Ezekiel 36 and 37. It also connects with Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 and 39. It connects with Zechariah 12 and 13 and explains why planes trains and automobiles stop running. Except for an important issue of timing, it even seems to connect with Revelation 16 and 19.
So, let’s look at whether Isaiah 30 is talking about the first army of the Antichrist, Armageddon, or some time before both.
Not The First Army Of The Antichrist
This literally cannot be the army that captures Jerusalem at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. Such a massive amount of destruction would make it impossible for the Antichrist to rule. He would be finished before he’d begun.
The Antichrist would not only have everyone in his army killed, but all of the infrastructure that he would need to rule the world would also be destroyed.
Not Even Armageddon
It is a lot easier to see how Isaiah 30 is talking about Armageddon. Both Isaiah and Revelation speak of the sun. Both talk about a special place in Hell, reserved for the leader of this army. The problem is that the difference is in the details.
In Ezekiel, the fire rains down AFTER Gog and Magog.
In Revelation, the sun scorches the Earth BEFORE Armageddon
In Ezekiel, Gog is BURIED in the Valley of Hamon Gog, East of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).
In Revelation, the Antichrist is THROWN ALIVE into the Lake of Fire.
We also have a problem with how Israel is saved. Isaiah 30 is directly about the Children of Jacob returning to God. Revelation 16 and 19 are not. And, I believe that the method of salvation is important here. I believe that it will be too late to accept the sacrifice of Jesus, when He is returning in the clouds.
I have committed my life to Christ, through faith, not by sight. And, I believe that the Children of Jacob will do the same. Having said that, what I believe does not keep God from saving whoever He wants to save. I am certainly not the one who decides how people are saved.
However, the main point is about when Gog and Magog comes, and whether you should take steps to prepare for that. It’s pretty clear that the coming of Gog and Magog is not the capture of Jerusalem by the Antichrist. It’s less clear about whether or not that this is Armageddon.
If you claim that this is about Armageddon, you will not prepare for Ezekiel’s Fire.
If you believe that the Return of Jacob happens before the Antichrist, you will do more than just prepare.
But, let’s go to the conclusion of this section to address this issue more directly.
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