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Invaders From The North

"North" is an easily discerned direction on the compass, but from the perspective of Bible History, and Prophecy, it is sometimes used to describe a direction of arrival, not necessarily of origin. Just as, for example, when the armies of Egypt invaded Israel, natural obstacles (in that case, The Mediterranean Sea) dictated that they did so from the south, even though Egypt is to the west of Israel. So too, when the armies of Babylon (which is to the east of Israel) invaded Israel, they did so from the north to avoid having to go through the vast desert of Arabia.

The principle is also found in the modern-day world. During the Cold War era between the US and the USSR, the bulk of an attack upon the United States by Russia would not have come from the east or west (i.e. across the vast oceans) as most people thought, but over the Pole, from the north (Canada spent the Cold War era sandwiched between the two superpowers, the US on its southern border, the USSR on its northern border; the Canadian-built Mach 2.5 (i.e. 2½ times the speed of sound in the 1950s) interceptor, the CF-105 Arrow, shown in the photo, was designed to shoot down Soviet nuclear bombers, on route to targets in the United States, as they were entering Canadian airspace over the high Arctic, from the north. Canada is soon to find itself again sandwiched between two superpowers, the US, and the EU - see the Fact Finder question below).

From The North

The Arrow When the Babylonians invaded Israel (see Why Babylon?), they came in from the north, even though Babylon was to the east. The Lord makes the distinction Himself in describing the Babylonians coming "from the rising of the sun" (i.e. from the east) but at the same time also describes them as being "from the north":

"I stirred up one from the north, and he has come, from the rising of the sun, and he shall call on my name; he shall trample on rulers as on mortar, as the potter treads clay" (Isaiah 41:25 RSV)

"The word of The Lord came to me a second time, saying, "What do you see?" And I said, "I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north." Then The Lord said to me, "Out of the north evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. For, lo, I am calling all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north, says The Lord; and they shall come and every one shall set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its walls round about, and against all the cities of Judah." (Jeremiah 1:13-15 RSV)

Babylon's own fall is spoken of in duality, historically and prophetically, one the fall of an ancient empire (see Ancient Empires - Babylon), the other the fall of the present confused religious/economic world of "Babylon" (Babylon literally means confusion). When the historic Babylon fell, the people of Judah were allowed to return to the land of Israel (i.e. see Nehemiah and Ezra); when modern-day Babylon falls, all of Israel is going to return to the land of Israel (see Many More Are Coming Home and Spiritual and Physical Gatherings, also Physical and Spiritual Israel):

"The word which The Lord spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, by Jeremiah the prophet:

"Declare among the nations and proclaim, set up a banner and proclaim, conceal it not, and say: 'Babylon is taken, Bel is put to shame, Merodach is dismayed. Her images are put to shame, her idols are dismayed.' For out of the north a nation has come up against her, which shall make her land a desolation, and none shall dwell in it; both man and beast shall flee away."

"In those days and in that time, says The Lord, the people of Israel and the people of Judah shall come together, weeping as they come; and they shall seek The Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion [see Who, What or Where Is Zion?], with faces turned toward it, saying, 'Come, let us join ourselves to The Lord in an everlasting covenant which will never be forgotten.'"

"My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray, turning them away on the mountains; from mountain to hill they have gone, they have forgotten their fold. All who found them have devoured them, and their enemies have said, 'We are not guilty, for they have sinned against The Lord, their true habitation, The Lord, the hope of their fathers.' Flee from the midst of Babylon, and go out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as he-goats before the flock. For behold, I am stirring up and bringing against Babylon a company of great nations, from the north country; and they shall array themselves against her; from there she shall be taken. Their arrows [i.e. in the modern-day world, missiles] are like a skilled warrior who does not return empty-handed." (Jeremiah 50:1-9 RSV)

Fact Finder: Who will be the end-time "King of the North" as described by the prophet Daniel in Daniel 11?
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