Beulah Land!

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The Gathering/ Isaiah Series  (Study 15)  Isaiah 60-62            Pastor Barry Bruce

 Israel’s Promised Light Isaiah 60:1-22 (selected), Ezekiel 38:8b-39:6

Chapter 60 of Isaiah is God’s promise, to the nation of Israel, that He will rescue her from “the darkness that will cover the earth” in the last days.  This darkness will include a large scale military attack upon Israel that will utterly fail because of God’s intervention.  This invasion is prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39.  The modern names of  the aggressors and potential allies are listed below:

               Aggressors:

Gog = Russia, Magog = Central Asia/ Afghanistan, Meshek/ Tubal/ Gomer and Beth Togarmah = Turkey,          Persia = Iran, Ethiopia/ Cush = Sudan, Put = Libya

     Allies:  (appear to do nothing but are not part of the attack)

               Sheba/ Dedan = Saudi Arabia, Tarsish = far off land across the ocean/ possibly Western Europe (America?)

Ezekiel’s battle of Gog and Magog occurs in the tribulation period, more specifically in the first 3 1/2 years. The strongest evidence for this view is that the attack will come when Israel is at peace (Ezekiel 38:8, 11). The description from Ezekiel is that of a nation that has security and has laid down its defenses. Israel is definitely not at peace now, and it is    inconceivable that the nation would lay down its defenses apart from some major event. When Israel’s covenant with the Beast/Antichrist is in effect at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th Week (also known as the 7-year tribulation, Daniel 9:27a), Israel will be at peace. Possibly the battle will occur just before the midpoint of the seven-year period. According to Ezekiel, Gog will be defeated by God Himself on the mountains of Israel. The slaughter will be so great it will take seven months to bury all of the dead (Ezekiel 39:11-12).

God promises through Isaiah  that after this event Israel will be lifted up: “nations will come to her light and kings to the brightness of her dawn.” (Isaiah 60:3)  “All will assemble and come to her.” (vs 4b)  and “the wealth of the seas will be brought to her” (vs 5).  “Midian and Ephah and all from Sheba (Saudi Arabia) will come, bearing gold and incense” (vs6b).  “All Kedar’s flocks (Islam) will be gathered to you, the rams of Nebaioth will serve you.” (vs 7a). Kedar and Nebaioth are Arabic tribes from which the founder of Islam, Mohammed, traced his direct descendents from.   In the lead of this good will to Israel are the ships of Tarshish (vs9a /ships from the West).  Could this be  America?   Even “Foreigners will  rebuild her walls”(vs 10) and “the nation or kingdom that will not serve her will perish; it will be utterly ruined”.  We know through prophecy, of course, that the Antichrist will attempt to harm God’s people and bring nations against Christ in the battle of Armageddon.   The word “Armageddon” only occurs in Revelation 16:16,  At Armageddon “the cup filled with the wine of the fury of [God’s] wrath” (Revelation 16:19) will be delivered, and the Antichrist and his followers will indeed be “utterly ruined!”

Jesus, Messiah Isaiah 61:1-2a, 8b, 10, Luke 4:16-21

In Chapter 61 the prophet confirms the Messiah, Jesus will bring both the promise of God to the Gentiles (non-Jews) and to Israel (the Jews).  His first and second coming are proclaimed in these passages.  Jesus Himself stood and read Isaiah 61:1-2a at the onset of His earthly ministry and concluded by saying “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”  His second coming is revealed in the remainder of the passage that He did not read that day because it would be fulfilled when He returned!

            …and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for    those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes…. In My faithfulness I will reward My people and make an everlasting covenant with them.             Isaiah 61:2b-3a, 8b

The chapter concludes with the promise of being “clothed with garments of salvation” and being “arrayed in a robe of righteousness”.  Jesus our “bridegroom” is also our high priest (who offers the blood sacrifice for our sins) and we are His bride made ready for that   awesome day where we will be joined forever with our Lord (Isaiah 61:10).

Beulah land! Isaiah 62:1-5,8a, 11-12, Revelation 22:12a, 20-21

Americans take names for granted.  So many name their kids what sounds nice, looks good in handwriting or is popular.  God on the other hand is big on names.  They always mean something and often times He has renamed His servants for the purpose of His plan. And of names, there is no other named but Jesus by which we must be saved:

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”  Acts  4:12

Our promise as believers is that “Our Savior” will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s name sake.  He will not remain quiet and “the nations will see His vindication… Israel will be called by a new name and so will God’s people:

We will be called Hephzibah = “my delight is in her” (lit. Hebrew)

Our land will be called Beulah = “Married/ claimed as a wife” (lit. Hebrew)

 This new name for us is the Bride of Christ!  The Lord has sworn this to us “by His right hand (Jesus is at the right hand of God: Acts 7:55-56, Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:20) and by His own mighty arm”.

 “See”…(do you see?) “your Savior comes!  “See”…(do you see?) “His reward is with Him” (Isaiah 62:11b)  The last book and the last passages in the Bible read the same as these last words in this verse.  Look, I am coming soon!  My reward is with Me… He who testifies to these things says, Yes, I am coming soon.”  Amen. (lit. “let it be”) Come ,Lord Jesus.  (Revelation 22:12a,20)  Are you ready Hephzibah, for Beulah Land?

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