Isaiah 23:1 The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them. 23:2 Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Zidon [Sidon], that pass over the sea, have [made rich] replenished.
Isaiah 23 is about the demise of the main trading cities of Lebanon; conquered by Nebuchadnezzar in the ancient past. In those days Tyre was a market to the nations and traded with Egypt and the Greeks in ancient times.
In our time Lebanon will be allied to the New Europe as per Psalm 83; and they will be overcome by the armies of Asia as they overrun the Middle East in the near future.
When Christ comes the Canaanite survivors who dwell in the Lebanese coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon to this day, will be removed to the land of the Sabeans (Joel 3:4-8) and Lebanon will be returned to Syria which will become a protectorate of Israel.
23:3 And by great waters the seed of Sihor [the Nile or one of its branches], the harvest of the river [trading in Egyptian resources], is her [Tyre’s] revenue; and she [Tyre] is a mart of nations.
Many shall mourn at the fall of Syria Lebanon to the armies of Asia as they move toward and surround Jerusalem.
23:4 Be thou ashamed, O Zidon [Sidon in Lebanon]: for the sea hath spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, I travail not, nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins. 23:5 As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.
Those of Tyre and Sidon who are able will flee the advancing Asian armies
23:6 Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle [part of Tyre is on an island]. 23:7 Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days? her own feet shall carry her [to flee far] afar off to sojourn.
Jesus Christ is determined to bring down the pride of Tyre and Sidon and the pride of all humanity, to humble them and bring them to sincere repentance.
23:8 Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth? 23:9 The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.
These things were fulfilled partially by Nebuchadnezzar in the past, and they will be fulfilled much more fully late in the tribulation.
23:10 [The Asian armies will] Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tarshish there is no more strength. 23:11 He [Jesus Christ will call the Asian armies to come up against Babylon the Great and her allies] stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the LORD hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof.
23:12 And he said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, O thou oppressed virgin, daughter [descendant] of Zidon [Sidon]: arise, pass over to Chittim [Crete]; there also shalt thou have no rest.
Because Tyre and Sidon [Lebanon] and the Greeks will rejoice at the fall of Judah and will ally themselves to the king of the north [the New Europe] and will make merchandise of Judah during the tribulation; Jesus Christ will correct them strongly.
23:13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans [Babylon] this people was not the Assyrian for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and [the New Europe will build their power and Christ will take them down by the armies of Asia] he brought it to ruin.
In this end time the German, Austrian and Hungarian peoples [the modern descendants of Assyria] will be the foundation of the strength of the New Europe [the king of the north or Babylon the Great].
23:14 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for your strength is laid waste.
The merchants with ships will be dismayed for the fall of Tyre; the city which made them rich.
Speaking of the destruction of Tyre by Nebuchadnezzar in ancient times.
23:15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot [and be rebuilt as a trading city]. 23:16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered. 23:17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire [commerce], and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.
Speaking of the destruction of Tyre by Nebuchadnezzar in ancient times; the city would be abandoned for seventy years and then would be reoccupied until our time. The Asian armies will overrun many peoples including Tyre and When Christ comes he will deport the surviving residents of Tyre to a far land.
Joel 3:4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon [Lebanon], and all the coasts of Palestine [the Palestinians]? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;
3:5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things: 3:6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.
3:7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head: 3:8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans [probably in India near modern Goa], to a people far off: for the Lord hath spoken it.
Isaiah 23:18 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the LORD: it shall not be treasured nor laid up [by them]; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.
In the end time because of her sins, the riches of Tyre that remain will be given to Israel, possibly to the priesthood of the line of Zadok which will serve in the Ezekiel Temple.
The tribulation on the whole earth
Most of these things happened in part in the past as an example for us, and as a fore-type of what is now right in front of us today.
Isaiah 24:1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. 24:2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
Everyone will suffer and be humbled, both the great and the small.
This is correction from Jesus Christ for the overspreading of the abominations of humanity including the proud idolatry of men in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia.
24:3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word. 24:4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
The tribulation is coming because we tolerate false doctrines and fail to rebuke sin; because we have BROKEN the New Covenant by transgressing the Word of God our Father and because we have committed spiritual adultery against Jesus Christ our espoused Husband!
24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they [even the called out Spiritual Ekklesia have broken their New Covenant with God to live by every Word of God] have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 24:6 [the tribulation is coming to humble and turn men to live by every Word of God] Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
The nations will be corrected including the city of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar because the people did not delight in the doctrine and Word of God.
24:7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. 24:8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. 24:9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.
24:10 The city of [religious] confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem and the temple in 586 B.C. and in our time Jerusalem will be occupied for 42 months.
24:11 There is a crying for [lack of food and drink] wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. 24:12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.
After the whole earth has been brought down to contrition in the 42 month tribulation in our time; Jesus Christ will come with his saints to harvest the earth.
24:13 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.
Even today’s Spiritual Ekklesia has departed from Christ-like zeal for the Word of God; therefore Jesus Christ will take away all our joys and give us the affliction of humbling correction.
If humanity is corrected and made desolate because of their transgressions; how much more shall we who have committed ourselves at baptism to the New Covenant and are supposed to be zealous for our espoused Husband be corrected for our idolatry and lack of Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God?
Let us sincerely repent and glorify God the Father and Jesus Christ the King of kings, and live by every Word of God so that we might be saved.
24:14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.
After Christ comes humanity will sincerely repent and they will sing for joy at their deliverance from Satan, sin and death.
24:15 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires [Let us be humbled in the fire of correction and sincerely repent to glorify God.], even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.
The earth with its great pride and reveling in sin will be humbled.
24:16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! The treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
Great trials shall overtake and correct all nations along with Judah, Israel and today’s lukewarm apostatizing Spiritual Israel.
24:17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. 24:18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. 24:19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
The earth will be shaken with a great earthquake at the resurrection of the chosen, BEFORE another great earthquake which will come when Christ returns with his bride to take rule over the earth.
Revelation 11:17 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: . . .
At that time, seeing the resurrection of the faithful and all of these things, many in Judah and Israel will believe what God’s prophets have explained to them. Then many will sincerely repent, glorifying God the Father and the Messiah!
Then they will delight with great jubilation to receive him when Christ returns with the resurrected faithful, entering Jerusalem as King of kings over all the earth.
When the resurrection takes place, the world especially Israel and Judah will know that God’s two servants have spoken the truth and they will turn to glorify God and accept the coming of Messiah the Christ in whole hearted repentance.
. . . and the remnant [especially of Judah and Israel] were affrighted [when they see the resurrection], and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Isaiah 24:20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard [the whole earth shall quiver in a massive worldwide earthquake], and shall be removed like a cottage [like a tent can be moved]; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.
When Christ comes he will destroy all wickedness and resistance to the Word of God.
24:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high [proud] ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. 24:22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison [of the grave], and after many days shall they be visited.
The wicked will lay in their graves for many years and will then be visited and raised up in their appointed time.
24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed [by the glory of Messiah], when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.
God the Father and Jesus Christ are praised for demonstrating his great power and humbling the earth.
Isaiah 25:1 O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. 25:2 For thou hast made of a city [the entire Babylonian Mysteries system] an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.
The peoples of the earth will be humbled and sincerely repent when Jesus Christ has destroyed the proud and self-willed; and every false way.
25:3 Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee.
The mighty on this earth will be humbled before Messiah the Christ.
25:4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. 25:5 Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.
25:6 And in this mountain [the Holy Mount in Jerusalem and in the government of Messiah] shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
Jesus Christ will bring down the mighty oppressors and save the humble who acknowledge their need for his salvation.
25:7 And he will destroy in this mountain [Christ did this during his physical ministry when he gave up his God-hood to be made flesh and die for the sincerely repented sins of humanity] the face of the covering [the veil of sin] cast over all people, and the vail [of sin which separates people from God the Father in heaven] that is spread over all nations.
Jesus Christ has destroyed the veil of sin that separates humanity from God the Father in heaven by dying for sincerely repented sin. Next he will correct us and bring us to sincere repentance so that his sacrifice can be applied to us, thereby saving us.
25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people [their sins] shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.
After Judah and Israel see the resurrection they will rejoice to see the LORD of their deliverance stand upon the Mount of Olives and from there ride into Jerusalem to become King of kings over all the earth!
25:9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
25:10 For in this mountain [the Holy Place in Jerusalem] shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.
Moab [the dominant people of Jordan today] will be humbled and they will serve God the Father and Messiah the Christ.
25:11 And he [the Messiah, the Christ] shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands. 25:12 And the fortress of the high fort of thy [Jordan’s] walls [defenses] shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust.
This humbling of Jordan will primarily begin with the Asian armies flooding through Jordan just before Christ comes, and when Christ comes the people of Jordan and Palestine will accept him as their Deliverer and turn to live by every Word of God.