Isaiah 9:1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such [as great] as was in her vexation [the correction of Israel by the Assyrians and the later Babylonian captivity of Judah], when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
Isaiah prophesies about the great light of Christ when he comes in the flesh, and midway through the chapter turns to the correction of physical and spiritual Israel in the tribulation.
Jesus was to come when religious darkness filled the land of Judea, but that darkness in first century Judea which at least made a pretense of godliness; would not be nearly as great as the wickedness that was in the days of Isaiah when Israel was corrected by Assyria.
A prophecy of the coming of Christ
9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light [Messiah the Christ]: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
The faithful elect rejoiced when Messiah came, and they will rejoice when he returns
Isaiah 9:3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy [the people being in bondage to sin]: they joy before thee [the redeemed and faithful will rejoice with a great rejoicing when Christ returns] according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
Jesus Christ the Lamb of God has broken the yoke of bondage to sin with his sacrifice
9:4 For thou [Messiah the Christ through his perfect life of faithfulness to God the Father, and HIS sacrifice and resurrection as our High Priest, has broken the yoke of Satan and the oppression of sin from off the backs of the sincerely repentant.], hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor as in the day of Midian. 9:5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
9:8 The Lord sent a [the] word [Jesus Christ] into Jacob, and it [he came to Judah of Israel] hath lighted upon Israel.
In the latter days God will humble Judah and Ephraim and the Ten Tribes (Hosea 5:5) in great tribulation. This correction will also come upon today’s Spiritual Ekklesia because of the overspreading of our rebellions and sins against our espoused Husband.
In Isaiah’s time God brought the Assyrians up against Israel, and later Judah went into the Babylonian captivity. In our time a Babylonian system [the now rising New Federal Europe] which will include the Assyrians [Germany, Austria and Hungary] will dominate Israel and Judah again.
9:9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart, 9:10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build [rebuild] with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars. 9:11 Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin [Syria] against him, and join his enemies together; 9:12 The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
Because physical and spiritual Israel will not turn back to God in wholehearted zealous repentance in our day, they will be cut off from Christ (Rev 3:14-22) and cast into 42 months of great correction.
9:13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them [the correction comes from Jesus Christ by God’s tool of Assyria with her allies], neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.
9:14 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day. 9:15 The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
It is the leaders, elders and teachers of today’s Church of God groups which cause the people to err from Christ and godliness to make idols of men and organizations and false teachings.
9:16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia is full of sin and they know it not (Rev 3:14-22); persisting in our spiritual adulteries with false teachings and false traditions; while idolizing organizations and apostate leaders.
9:17 Therefore the LORD shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
Because we are proud and arrogant, rejoicing in our sin and thinking ourselves righteous; the Eternal will reject us into the great tribulation of HIS correction and we shall be afflicted and devoured by sufferings; so that we might be humbled and turn to God the Father and Jesus Christ in wholehearted sincere contrite repentance.
The conditions will become so severe that men will care only for themselves and will only be concerned about preserving themselves for one more day at a time.
9:18 For wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke. 9:19 Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother. 9:20 And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm:
In Isaiah’s day Israel was against Judah and in this latter day every man and family will be against every other person just to survive in the time that tries the whole earth.
9:21 Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: and they together shall be against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out to correct wickedness.
In the spiritual sense, the lines below refer to those who pervert or reject the sound doctrine [teachings] of God’s Word and teach false ways for their own gain.
Isaiah 10:1 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;
Woe to those who turn the spiritually needy away from God’s teachings and judgments; and take away the truth from the spiritually humble so that they become a prey for the personal gain of the false teachers. Most of today’s elders do not give justice to the brethren nor teach them to live by every Word of God, and they take more than they should.
10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!
What will such false teachers do in the time of their correction in great tribulation? Do you think that Jesus Christ will help you after you have rejected his ways for your own false traditions and idols of men?
10:3 And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?
Without zealous enthusiasm for learning and living by every Word of God we are cut off from God; who then will save us from the flood of tribulation sent by Jesus Christ to correct us?
10:4 Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
Assyria was a tool in the hands of Jesus Christ to correct physical Israel; and Assyria [Germany, Austria and Hungary as the core of the New Federal Europe of Babylon the Great] will be one of the tools in the hands of Jesus Christ to correct his wayward flock today’s Spiritual Ekklesia who have grown lukewarm for him and the Word of God.
The tribulation is NOT an issue of an evil enemy attacking a good Israel! Rather as in the past, it is an issue of Assyria [Germany] and her allies being used by Jesus Christ to correct his wicked wayward people, both physical and spiritual Israel; for all of their enormous abominations against the Word of God the Father!
10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine [Jesus Christ’s] anger, and the staff in their hand is mine [Jesus Christ’s] indignation.
Ancient Assyria [modern Germany, Austria and Hungary, and allies] was sent to correct a nation of hypocrites in ancient times, and today they will be used [as part of Babylon the now rising New Federal Europe] to correct physical Judah and Israel along with the Spiritual Ekklesia in this end time. We claim to be godly while rejecting any zeal to live by the Word of God; which makes us hypocrites indeed.
10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. 10:7 Howbeit he [Assyria] meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart [he has been called by God] to destroy and cut off nations not a few.
In ancient times Assyria took Israel into captivity; some years later it was Babylon which took Judah into captivity. In this end time tribulation it will be Babylon which will include Assyria [Germany] in its confederacy, which will correct both physical and spiritual Israel!
In our day the now rising New Federal Europe will correct us, they do not mean to do this but Jesus Christ has inspired them to do the will of God and correct physical Judah and Israel and the spiritual nation of the Ekklesia; that through the affliction of the flesh the spirit might possibly be saved.
10:8 For he [Assyria] saith, Are not my princes altogether kings? 10:9 Is not Calno [the Assyrian city of Calnah] as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus? 10:10 As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria;
After Assyria corrected Israel in ancient times, God brought Assyria down by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon
10:11 Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols? 10:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
10:13 For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man: 10:14 And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.
In this latter day after Germany and her allies in the New Europe of Babylon the Great have corrected both physical and spiritual Israel and Judah as the tool of God in our time; Babylon [the New Europe, including Germany] herself shall be corrected for her pride in thinking that they had defeated the Anglo Judaeo American power by their own strength when we were given into their hand by Almighty God for our wickedness.
10:15 Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no [as if it lived and was not wood] wood.
10:16 Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he [Jesus Christ] shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.
After two years of prosperity the New Europe will go to war against Asia and the armies of Asia will counter attack against Europe. They will then pour down through the Middle East to secure the resources as they gather for a final show down at Jerusalem; then Messiah the Christ will come with his resurrected saints and destroy all that resist him at the valley of Hinnom.
Shall the tool boast against the user? Shall Assyria [Germany] and Babylon the New Europe including Germany boast itself against God? Therefore Babylon and Assyria will also be corrected by Jesus Christ, and the now repentant spiritual and physical Israel and Judah shall be delivered.
Daniel 2:33 His [the New European Babylon] legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Daniel 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
The Holy One [Jesus Christ] will came as a flame of fire to destroy all who resist or pollute the righteousness of the WORD of GOD! Jesus Christ will come with his resurrected chosen and they will destroy both the armies of Asia and the New Europe which are gathered at Jerusalem.
Isaiah 10:17 And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day; 10:18 And shall consume the glory of his forest [symbolic of armies; the trees being men and all the trees together being a forest or army], and of his fruitful field, both soul [spirit, the false religion] and body [the physical government]: and they shall be as when a standard-bearer fainteth.
The standard or flag is the symbol of the national government and when the flag falls it is indicative that the government has fallen.
10:19And the rest of the trees [representative of people] of his forest shall be few, that a child may write [count] them [a very small number, almost as if a child could count them].
The men of Europe and Asia who survive at Jerusalem shall be so small in number that a child could count them.
10:20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him [serve Babylon and Assyria] that smote them; but shall stay [bow before, serve and obey] and upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. 10:21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.
After the resurrection of the zealous, faithful and chosen Jesus Christ will come with God’s chosen and the Kingdom of God will be established over all the earth and all flesh will sincerely repent and God’s Spirit will be poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28).
The correction of Jesus Christ on today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will result in contrite repentance in tribulation, and the correction of Christ on physical Judah and Israel will turn them to God and bring an overflowing of repentance and righteous zeal for the Holy Word of God the Father!
10:22 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
A remnant of physical Israel and Judah will be left and they SHALL turn to zealously live by every Word of their God!
10:23 For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land. 10:24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.
God speaks to the Spiritual Ekklesia of this latter day. Be not afraid, but take your correction like men and turn to a passionate zeal to live by every Word of your Mighty God.
This correction is only for a short time and then the redemption of the repentant will be accomplished. Repent and rejoice that your redemption is at hand!
In a short time [42 months] the anger of Christ to correct spiritual and physical Israel and the nations of the earth will end.
10:25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.
10:26 And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb: and as his rod was upon the [Red] sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.
After the New Europe of Babylon the Great attacks Asia, Asia will become a scourge to the New Europe, and the armies of Babylon the Great [the New Europe] shall be destroyed as the army of Pharaoh was destroyed at the Red Sea.
Daniel 11:44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
The yoke of Babylon on spiritual and physical Israel will be destroyed by the men of the East and the coming of Messiah. The yoke of bondage to Satan and sin will be destroyed by sincere repentance and the victory of Christ over all the forces of darkness.
Isaiah 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
The armies of the East will come down through Turkey, Syria and Jordan as well as the entire Middle East, and shall marshal at Har Magiddo for the great battle of the coming of Christ with all his chosen resurrected elect.
10:28 He is come to Aiath, he is passed to Migron; at Michmash he hath laid up his carriages: 10:29 They are gone over the passage: they have taken up their lodging at Geba; Ramah is afraid; Gibeah of Saul is fled. 10:30 Lift up thy voice, O daughter of Gallim: cause it to be heard unto Laish, O poor Anathoth. 10:31 Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.
10:32 As yet shall he remain at Nob that day: he shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem [which at that time will be occupied by Europe].
Daniel 11:45 And he [the political ruler and false prophet] shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain [after fleeing from Europe before the men of the east to that city]; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.
At this point Jesus Christ will come with his chosen elect to destroy both Babylon and this army from the East and establish himself as King of kings over all the earth, and set up the Kingdom of God.
Christ will fill the rebellious wicked with the fear and terror of the might of God, and he will humble and crush the pride of the haughty, to complete contrition.
Isaiah 10:33 Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled. 10:34 And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron [Christ will destroy the companies of armies], and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.
Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
Jesse is likened to the root and trunk of a tree and the Branch shall rule over and save all humanity and the Gentiles shall be grafted into spiritual Israel; and the millennial Sabbath rest of the Kingdom of God pictured by the seventh day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread; will be glorious.
11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD [respect and love for God the Father in heaven]; 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 11:5 And righteousness [living by every Word of God] shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness [absolute unshakable loyalty to the God Father in heaven] the girdle of his reins.
When the Holy Spirit is poured out on all flesh after the day of the Lord (Joel 2:28), peace will reign over all the earth including even the beasts.
11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 11:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.
11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Just like people rally around and follow a national banner, all the peoples of the earth shall rally around and follow Adoni Nissi.
Adonai Nissi is a name for God found in Exodus 17:8-16, translated “the Lord is my banner.” When Moses lifted his arms to the Eternal, his troops are victorious and when he lowered his arms, his troops were defeated. This demonstrates that when God is our focus and we zealously live by every Word of God. He will deliver us: and when we lose our focus on the Word of God and lean to our own ways we shall falter and be overcome by the Pharaoh of this world.
11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
As Jesse was a root of Christ who would be God made flesh and placed in the womb of Mary [Miriam] to be born into the surrogate family of Jesse, Jesus Christ as the very Creator was the root of Jesse!
This next verse shows that Christ returned Judah from their captivity once and he will save them again a second time after their final tribulation correction: Bringing them along with Israel back to Palestine from all the places to which they will soon be scattered.
11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
The broken bands of brotherhood of Judah and Israel will be restored
11:13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
After the death of Solomon God dissolved the brotherhood between Judah and Israel for a time (1 Kings 11 and 12).
Zechariah 11:14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
When Christ comes, Judah and Israel will be gathered together to Palestine under the banner of Jesus Christ the King of kings and under the banner of David king of a once again united Israel. See The Dynasty of David article about the restoration of the brotherhood of Israel and Judah.
Even after the tribulation many millions of Israel [the British people, America, Scandinavia, the Low Countries and Judah etc.] will still be left, and they will remain in their latter day lands while a representative number will return to occupy th eland from Egypt to the Euphrates river.
In the millennium Jordan, Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and the Palestinians will serve Israel, and all of the land from Egypt to the Euphrates river shall be given to a reunited Israel.
Isaiah 11:14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines [Gaza] toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom [Turkey] and Moab [Jordan]; and the children of Ammon [Jordan] shall obey them.
Millennial Israel will dominate the Middle East.
11:15 And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. 11:16 And there shall be an highway [Messiah will lead Israel with a high hand once again, just as he led Israel out of Egypt after the Passover.] for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
Jesus Christ will clear the way for representatives of all the modern nations of Israel to return into the land promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.