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Thursday, July 16 2015

Isaiah 28: The Lost Ten Tribes Would Love Today's "Free" World

"Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower"

The time of the prophet Isaiah (see also What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day? and Why Did Isaiah Say The Messiah's Name Is Immanuel?):

"1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah." (Isaiah 1:1 KJV)

Notice from the chart below that Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were the 10th to 13th kings of the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah). Their reigns, and Isaiah's ministry, coincided with the reigns of the last seven kings of the Kingdom of Israel before it was completely conquered in 721 BC (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes). Isaiah's ministry witnessed the fall of the Kingdom of Israel to the Assyrian Empire, after which the Kingdom of Judah continued on for another 135 years before it fell to the Babylonian empire in 586 BC.

Year
B.C.
(approx)
Kings of
Judah
Kings of
Israel
Notes
933 1 Rehoboam 1 Jeroboam I Division after Solomon
915 2 Abijah      
912 3 Asa      
911    2 Nadab   
910    3 Baasha   
887    4 Elah   
886    5 Zimri   
886    6 Omri   
875    7 Ahab   
874 4 Jehoshaphat      
855    8 Ahaziah   
854    9 Joram   
850 5 Jehoram      
843 6 Ahaziah 10 Jehu   
843 7 Athaliah    The only female ruler
843 8 Joash      
820    11 Jehoahaz   
806    12 Joash   
803 9 Amaziah      
790    13 Jeroboam II   
787 10 Uzziah / Azariah      
749 11 Jotham      
748    14 Zachariah   
748    15 Shallum   
748    16 Menahem   
741 12 Ahaz      
738    17 Pekahiah   
738    18 Pekah   
730    19 Hoshea   
726 13 Hezekiah      
721       End of the Kingdom of Israel
697 14 Manasseh      
641 15 Amon      
639 16 Josiah      
608 17 Shallum / Jehoahaz      
608 18 Jehoiakim      
597 19 Jehoiachin      
597 20 Zedekiah
     
586       End of the Kingdom of Judah

The capitals of the Kingdom of Israel (Shechem, Tirzah and the city of Samaria) were in Samaria - specifically, in the tribal territories of (west) Manasseh (see West Manasseh) and Ephraim (see Ephraim's Inheritance). As such, the area was also a federal capital region of the Kingdom of Israel, while the Kingdom of Judah maintained Jerusalem as their capital (see The Capitals Of Israel).

The time frame of Isaiah's work produced a different message to Israel than to Judah. To Israel, it was a matter of "Why you're now falling," while to Judah it was "That is what is going to happen to you too if you go corrupt as Israel has done." Notice how the iniquity and decadence (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy and Decadence In History And Prophecy) of the ancient people of Israel is very "modern" in character and attitude - the people of the "lost ten tribes," as they were going down, would be very much "at home" living in the Western nations of today. Been there, done that.

Nevertheless, the prophecy also revealed the time when the restoration of all good things will come, for all nations - including the return of not only the divided kingdoms of Israel, but the return of the united Kingdom of Israel itself (see the Fact Finder question below).

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"28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! 28:2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand. 28:3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet: 28:4 And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.

28:5 In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, 28:6 And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.

28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. 28:8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. 28:14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD,

Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. 28:19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.

28:20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it. 28:21 For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act. 28:22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.

28:23 Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech. 28:24 Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground? 28:25 When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place? 28:26 For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.

28:27 For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod. 28:28 Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen. 28:29 This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working." (Isaiah 28:1-29 KJV)

Fact Finder: When will the people of Israel and Judah become Israel again?
See When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?


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This Day In History, July 16

622: The beginning of the Islamic calendar (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1048: Benedict IX, known as the "Boy Pope," resigned from the Papacy.

1054: The "Great Schism" began between the Western and Eastern churches of the Roman Empire (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) over rival claims of universal pre-eminence. In 1965, 911 years later, Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras met to declare an end to the schism.

East and West Church of Rome
1212: During the Church of Rome's "Crusades" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa ended Muslim power in Spain.

1377: The coronation of Richard II of England.

1661: The first bank notes in Europe were issued, by the Bank of Stockholm.

1774: Russia and the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) signed the treaty of Kuchuk-Kainardji, ending their six-year war.

1790: The District of Columbia, formed from neutral swampland of the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia, was established as the capital of the U.S.

1917: The Bolsheviks began an attempt to seize power in Petrograd but were defeated. Trotsky was arrested and Lenin went into hiding.

1918: Nicholas II, the last Russian czar (the Russian form of "Caesar"), was murdered together with his family and entourage by the Bolsheviks at Yekaterinburg.

1931: Emperor Haile Selassie I signed the first constitution of Ethiopia.

1940: Adolf Hitler (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) ordered the preparations for the invasion of Britain. The invasion plans were later cancelled after the Royal Air Force won the "Battle of Britain" air war.

1942: Nearly 14,000 Jews were arrested in Paris as part of a Nazi roundup of the Jewish people in France (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).

1945: The U.S. detonated the first atomic weapon of destruction, a plutonium device named "Trinity," in the New Mexico desert.

1965: The seven-mile tunnel through Mont Blanc connecting France and Italy was opened.

1979: Saddam Hussein became the President of Iraq, succeeding President Hasan al-Bakr (see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).

1994: The fragmented Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 began 7 days of impacts on the planet known to man as "Jupiter" (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).

1999: John F. Kennedy Jr., 38, his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, 33, and his wife's sister Lauren Bessette, 35, were killed in a plane crash in the waters off Massachusetts. Investigators found that the inexperienced pilot, John Kennedy, who did not have an instrument rating, may have become disoriented in the darkness and put the small plane into a stall or spin from which he was unable to recover before crashing into the ocean.


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