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Isaiah 15-16Edit

TO: Judah and Jerusalem
ABOUT: Judah and Jerusalem
CONTEXT: Comparison of Judah and Jerusalem to Moab.

Chapter 15 is a short prophecy about the fall of the minor kingdom of Moab. We again see familiar words: desolate, howl, weeping, destruction.

Chapter 16 continues this context but intermixed with it is another prophecy of the coming of the Messiah connecting the prophecy once again to Judah and Jerusalem in the midst of the reign of Christ.

1 Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.

5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.

A prophecy of the coming king during the time of the establishment of his rule and he would rule in the house of David. This is Christ during the first century.

The prophecy ends with the specific timing of the destruction of Moab, that of three years.

Isaiah 17Edit

TO: Judah and Jerusalem
ABOUT: Judah and Jerusalem
CONTEXT: Comparison of Judah and Jerusalem to Damascus.

Damascus is considered the oldest city in the world even today. So what do we make of Isaiah 17:1?

1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

I looked through the scriptures and through quite a few historical documents about this city and never found where it was ever completely wiped out as a city.

Jerusalem was, however.

4 And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.

This chapter does reference the tribes of Jacob in the midst of destruction, once more as a warning to Judah of what will befall them for acting in the same way as these other nations.

9 In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.

Isaiah 18Edit

TO: Judah and Jerusalem
ABOUT: Judah and Jerusalem
CONTEXT: Comparison of Judah and Jerusalem to a nameless nation beyond Ethopia.

7 In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.

Ouch. Zion, Jerusalem, its people scattered, its lands and rivers spoiled, the city itself “trodden under foot”. Remember this phrase. It will be used again to reference the holy city, Jerusalem. I guess they lost their salty savour?

NT References:
Isa. 18:7 - Matt. 5:13; Luke 21:24; Rev. 11:2

In Truth and Love.

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