(Audio Discussion) The Judgement of Jerusalem – A Preceding Prophetic Sign Of The Last Days Return of The Redeemed Remnant of Jacob – Isaiah Chapters 8-12
The prophetic sequence of events presented in Isaiah chapters 8 through 12 present a very different eschatology of the timing and nature of last days return of the redeemed remnant of Jacob, to those proclaimed by all the various eschatologies of the streams of the judeo-christian religious polemic, and is especially in contrast to the popular worldview of the American Hebraic Roots “movement” that contends that the restoration of Zion will take place through “Ephraim” making his own way back to live in the contemporary labour-zionist state of Israel in a theological / eschatological unity and submission to rabbinical Judaism.
Recall that because of the continued apostasy and rebellion against YHVH by the 10 tribes of the ancient Northern Kingdom of Israel, YHVH issued the Northern Kingdom a bill of divorce (as recorded in Hosea) and the 10 tribes were finally completely conquered and dispersed into exile of the nations by the Assyrian King Shalmaneser in 721 BCE. (2 Kings 18:9)
The prophet Isaiah later declared another prophetic judgement would take place of the Southern Kingdom (Judah) and specifically the city of Jerusalem would suffer the same destruction by the Assyrian, as was given to the Northern Kingdom, also for reasons of apostasy and rebellion against YHVH.
Isaiah declared that YHVH stated distinctly that YHVH would be doing this judgement to Jerusalem and He would be using the Assyrian as the hand of His judgement.
Isaiah 10: 5 ¶ O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
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 As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria;
11 Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?
12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when Elohiym 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.
This prophecy Of Isaiah was not fulfilled at that time it was given in ancient history nor has it yet been fulfilled.
Whilst some of the Judean cities did fall under the Assyrian invasion in 701 BCE by the Assyrian King Sennacherib, and Jerusalem was fully surrounded and besieged, King Hezekiah listened to the prophet Isaiah and then interceded for the Kingdom of Judah. In His mercy, YHVH relented and dispatched His angelic host who routed the whole Assyrian army during the night. This all happened in Hezekiah’s 14th year of reign. The unfolding of events is recorded 2 Kings 18:13 through 2 Kings 19.
The Prophet Isaiah told Hezekiah that because of his intercession, YHVH would not allow the Assyrian to destroy Jerusalem and the southern Kingdom of Judah, but would save it for his own sake and for his servant David’s sake.
2 Kings 19:10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy Elohiym in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
2 Kings 19: 32 Therefore thus saith YHVH concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.
33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the YHVH.
34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.
The Judgement of Jerusalem and the Last Days Return of The Redeemed Remnant of Jacob
However… in the very text of Isaiah 10 the prophecy of the judgement of Jerusalem is presented in intimate association with the redemption and return of the redeemed of the remnant of the whole house of Jacob (note: the return would consist of the remnant of the 10 lost tribes of the northern house as well as the house of Judah. i.e. all the remnant ” lost sheep” of Israel would be also be brought back from their exile in nations). The Apostles testify that this would occur in the last days and so “all Israel would be saved”
We also read from the witness of the biblical prophets and from the testimony of Yahushua Melchizedek, that it is Yahushua’s mandated ministry, as the servant shepherd of His Father YHVH, to redeem and bring back the whole house of Jacob together with a mixed multitude redeemed of the nations, at the end of the 6th millennium, just as declared by the prophet Hosea.
Thus as we observe current events in the middle east it appears the stage is being set for the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 10 , and that only after Jerusalem has been conquered by the Assyrian, and the remnant of Judah has been pushed to the coast (Zephaniah 2:7) [the 1947 UN borders??] , that YHVH will then turn and judge the Assyrian for his arrogance, as declared in plain text in Isaiah 10. Then afterward YHVH will gather and bring back the redeemed remnant of Jacob (Isaiah 10:20 – Isaiah 12) , which will also include the repentant remnant of Judah that took refuge on the coastal areas as prophesied by Zephaniah 2:7b
Zephaniah 2:7: And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for YHVH their Elohiym shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.
This prophetic sequence of events presents a very different eschatology to that proclaimed by the streams of the Judaeo-Christian religious polemic, and is especially in strong contrast to the worldview of the American Hebraic roots movement that proclaims the restoration will take place when “Ephraim” physically gets up and makes his own way back to reside in the contemporary labour-zionist state of Israel through a theological and eschatological unity and submission to rabbinical Judaism.
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