From the book of Isaiah 26th chapter verses 20-21
20)Come My people, enter into your rooms, and close your doors behind you; Hide for a little while, until the indignation runs it’s course.
21)For Behold, the Lord is about to come out from His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; and the earth will reveal her bloodshed, and will no longer cover her slain.
1)In that day the Lord will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, with His fierce and great and mighty sword, even Leviathan the twisted serpent; and He will kill the dragon who lives in the sea.
2)In that day, a vineyard of wine, sing of it!
3)I, the Lord, am its keeper; I water it every moment. Lest anyone damage it, I guard it night and day.
4)I have no wrath. Should someone give me briars and thorns in the battle, then I should step on them, and burn them completely.
5) or let Him rely on My protection, Let him make peace with Me, Let him make peace with me.
6)In the days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will blossom and sprout; and they will fill the whole world with fruit.
7)Like the striking of Him who has struck them, has he struck them? Or like the slaughter of His slain have they been slain?
8)You did contend with them by banishing them, by driving them away. With His fierce wind He has expelled them on the day of the east wind.
9)therefore through this Jacob’s iniquity will be forgiven; and this will be the full price of the pardoning of his in:
When he makes the alter stones like pulverized chalk stones; when Asherim and "incense altars" will not stand. (or as in another translation "groves")
10) For the fortified city is isolated, a homestead for the forlorn and forsaken of the desert; there the calf will graze, and there it will lie down and feed on its branches.
11)when its limbs are dry, they are broken off; women come and make a fire with them. For they are not a people of discernment, therefore their Maker will not have compassion on them. And their Creator will not be gracious to them.
12)and it will come about in that day, that the Lord will start His threshing from the flowing stream of the Euphrates to the brook of Egypt; and you will be gathered up one by one, O sons of Israel.
13)It will come about also in that day that a great trumpet will be blown; and those who are perishing in the land Assyria and who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord in the Holy mountain at Jerusalem.
Now this all sound kind of cryptic till you look at the patterns and symbols which reflect the authors intent.
First off "In that day" the "Day of the Lord" the favorable day of salvation and the day of the vengeance of our God as is spoken of in Isaiah 63:4 and Isaiah 61:2. Until just recently i never understood the connection of the day of redemption salvation freedom and comfort from the perspective of the day of vengeance. Any wife will tell you of the comfort when her husband defends her virtue before another. Any servant can attest to the liberation of the master who fends off unwelcome treatment from rival masters. In fact Isaiah 55:17 speaks of just this "No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgement you will condemn. This si the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication is from Me" declares the Lord .
The catch here is that it is in the day of His vengeance enacted that His servants and His bride receive their salvation. IN FULL. So now we are on the same page here we are speaking of the day of judgement. Abba’s calendar which is the Hebrew calendar places that at Rosh ha Shannah which is also called Yom Turrim or feast of trumpets and Yom ha din or day of judgement. Interesting that the day of judgement is also the day the trumpet sounds. Another day comes traditionally the night before and its called Ha Natzal wherein no trumpet is sounded so as not to warn of His coming. Coming for His bride as the thief in the night in darkness in silence. This year that day falls on September 11 which a Shabbat or a day of rest but the day before is also the evening of the beginning of Shabbat (remember the Hebrew day starts in the evening and ends in the evening) or the start of the day of rest.
Now let us look what happens In that Day.
1)the Leviathan is punished. Now Leviathan is also called the serpent and the dragon which lives in the sea. Leviathan as found in Strongs #3882 is taken from 3867 lavah to twine to unite to remain also to borrow (as a form of obligation)or cause to lend- abide with borrow cleave join. Now from this we get 3882 a wreathed animal a serpent (especially the crocodile or some other large sea monster) figuratively the constellation of the dragon; also as a symbol of Babylon-- Leviathan, mourning.
Now this IS interesting the wreathed or garlanded serpent or dragon is the one who empowers antichrist who is the one who come to conquer and is conquering. And then there is the symbol of Babylon which is the gate of the god whose symbol is a wreathed serpent. The wreath speaks of the thought of the unity of all into himself as the god of the day. The Romans used this ideology in the victors laurel. The winner of the competition was made god of the day and given a white stone that allowed when presented the bearer to go anywhere in the realm and eat or drink anything and stay anywhere FOR FREE. And the person got the taste of divinity for it was commanded he be worshipped as a god with all the full honors due him. So it is when the kingdoms of the world become the kingdoms of our God that the day will arrive! Babylon will fall. One other note about Leviathan. According to the Hebrew text he is not the fleeing serpent of the NASB but the piercing serpent. And we wonder why Paul told us to get on the Armor of light and keep it on and stand in the day of evil?
2)He will diligently tend a vineyard of wine. The vineyard is spoken of as Israel and the eklessia (the Greek idea of a group called out to the captain of the hosts in the midst of the camp) These are those who are marked by God to be protected in the day of His vengeance.
3)He will complete the necessary work that will finalize the redemption of Jacob on the day of the east wind. Here I am sent to Romans 11:26-27 which says (26)And thus all Israel will be saved; just as it is written "The deliverer will come from Zion He will remove the ungodliness from Jacob.
27)and this is My covenant with them when I take away their sins. (from Isaiah 59:20 and 21) Jesus is the one who delivers and on that day they will look upon Him whom they have pierced and they will mourn, right down to the wives and husbands mourning alone. (Zechariah 12:10) the altars will be pulverized and the groves and the Asherim will be taken down permanently.
4)the isolation or as the Hebrew text renders it desolation of the fortified city. It actually reads "the defenced city shall be desolate and the habitation forsaken and left like a wilderness; there the calf shall feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof.
Now this is out of a Tanach Hebrew and English Sinai publishing Tel; Aviv Israel. Now here the symbols change for the city is defenced but impenetrable by the enemy, it is defenced by watchmen on the walls who sound the alarm to muster the fighting force. The watchmen do their job so why is the city desolated or defeated with its populace taken or killed? See this is the only way you make a city desolate, you get in there and kill off or enslave the populace and destroy everything else. Else where in the Old Testament there are references to the city with watchmen. Song of Songs 3:3 and 5:7, Isaiah 62:6, Jeremiah 6:17 are some references. In song of songs the city is where the king woos his Shulamite bride. In Isaiah and Jeremiah the city is Jerusalem, the city of peace.
So now this city which in the gospels is spoken as being on the hill unhidden and a light to all who dwell "in the house" and "those coming in the house" (two very interesting phrases i assure you) and this implication remembering that in the New Covenant we have the answers to the puzzles of the prophets of the Old Covenant. The city of peace is the camp called the church and she is going to be made desolate? This city according to the Tanach will be " forsaken and left like wilderness; there the calf will feed and lie down." This entity or city called the church has another name according to Abba in the Old Testament for in this city is the place where God has chosen to live. So with that in mind it is also called the Mishkon or the Temple of God. In that case God is the defense right? Well what happens if Ezekiel chapters 9 and 10 were to happen? In them briefly, Ezekiel is taken to the second heaven to the valley of vision and there he sees the Kavod or glory of God in the same manner that he saw it in the first chapter, the Lord God upon His throne ( a rather mobile throne) leaving in stages the Mishkon or temple in Jerusalem or the city of peace.
It occurs to me that an explanation is needed as to the temple and the city. Very well then the Temple Paul tells us 1 Corinthians 6;19 that our bodies our hearts are the Temple of God. Additionally a good reading of the 2nd chapter of 1st Peter will tell you of the living stones rejected of men that form a habitation a priesthood to offer sacrifices to God. This is the city of peace where Gop0d reigns in the hearts.
Now imagine what would happen if this Mishkon called our hearts were to lose the presence the glory of God and we were like Samson totally unaware that the Spirit was gone, and the enemy came among us, and without God in us in Spirit we would be defenseless, even though WE HAD DEFENCED WATCHTOWERS!
I omitted one reference to the watchmen on the towers out of Isaiah 56:10 (though the chapter itself is just as intriguing) His watchmen are blind (His = God’s) all of them know nothing all of them are dumb dogs unable to bark, dreamers lying down who love to slumber;
11)and the dogs are greedy, they are not satisfied. (The next line identifies who the watchmen cum dogs actually are.)
and they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each one to his unjust gain to the last one.
12) "Come", they say, "let us get wine, and let us drink heavily of strong drink; and tomorrow will be like today only more so".
This is scary piece of text because in the New Testament there is a another text which marks out the qualifications for leadership in the church.
1st Timothy chapter 3
it is a trustworthy statement: If any man aspires to the office of overseer , it is a fine work he desires to do.
2)an overseer must be:
husband of one wife
able to teach
3) not addicted to wine,
free from the love of money.
4)one who manages his won household well keeping his children under control with all dignity
5)(for if that man does not know how to manage his own household how then shall he take care of the church of God?)
6)not a new convert, lest he become conceited and fall into condemnation incurred by the devil.
Now match them up and see what I mean by scary, for the indictment here is that the overseer or shepherd is none of the above in fact he is addicted to wine ,a lover of slumber, misleading others, lovers of ill-gotten gain or money, and without discernment.
Now this is reason enough for God to abandon them to their own devises isn’t it?
So this city is desolated and the calf comes. Now the calf is famous in the Old Covenant because it is the symbolic idolatry of the young nation of Israel fresh out of Egypt, being a major God in Egypt, who becomes the god they choose to sacrifice a person to as Moses is occupied with the Living God on the mountain. In fact Hebrew tradition tells us that a Shofar is blown made of a ram or antelopes horn but never a cows horn BECAUSE WE DONT WANT TO REMIND GOD OF THE INCIDENT IN THE WILDERNESS! So the god of Egypt joins the god of Babylon and In that day While the god of Babylon gets His being the antichrist being the Accuser of the brethren the city the church is left in ruins and the god of Egypt camps out in its midst!
How else do i identify the city with the church? Listen again. (from the Tanach)
11)When the boughs (branches) thereof are withered, they shall be broken off :the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefor He that made them will not have mercy on them, and He that formed them will show no favor.
Johns Gospel the 15th chapter tells us this
I am the vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
2)Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes it, that it may bear more fruit.
3) you are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4)abide in Me and I in you. As the branch abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5)I am the vine, you are the branches :he who abides in Me and I in him Bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing.
6If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch , and dries up: and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Jesus makes it quite plain as to the withered branches in Isaiah’s desolate city where the god of Egypt now sets and consumes. And did you notice the "they"? There is our women. You see when we don’t force the scriptures to yield our own patterns but carefully seek God’s thoughts they yield the truth all by themselves right down to the last detail.
Now why is this happening? Because they have no understanding(Tanach) or discernment(NASB). They are the blind drunk shepherd who is a greedy dog who says "hey tomorrow will be more of the same so lets ‘ get in the river and drink Him up’"
Now asks yourselves where you have heard that ideology recently.
Lastly the final verses
The Lord On that day will do a few more things
1)He will start a threshing from the Euphrates to the brook of Egypt. Now what is this place? Well according to Genesis 16:18 It is a covenanted allotment of land given to the descendants of Abraham, OF WHICH WE ARE A PART IN YESHUA (JESUS).The boundary is marked from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates. Now but what is the Egyptian river that is now a brook in Isaiah’s day? I am told (by the way my NASB is a chain reference concordance so please don’t think God’s voice is doing the telling here) to go to Exodus 23:31 and there is the answer!
The boundary is fixed by God for Israel from the red sea to the sea of the philistines , and from the wilderness to the river Euphrates.
Now a quick look at a map tells me that the red sea is in Egyptian territory and the Euphrates is in Assyrian and later Babylonian Territory.
Hold the phone Egypt and Babylon again? That’s right again.
Now the idea of threshing takes on a more meaningful face. Threshing itself is the violent beating of grain that has been winnowed to separate hull from kernel. The inner kernel is now beaten till its smashes for the preparation to grind into flour for the baking of bread.
We are told that we are housed in and earthen vessel containing a treasure which is Christ the hope of glory and that this inner self is to be purified by all who have the hope of Christ and glory within. (2Cor 4:7, Col. 1:27,1 Jn. 3:3 respectively)
But as always this too must be revealed and tested and so the threshing begins as the wheat has become separated from the tares and been brought out from the field by the reapers. Then its winnowed as the hull of deadness is separated from the inner kernel that will be revealed and processed.
Notice too the pattern of the threshing it starts from the land of Babylon and ends in the land of Egypt! Just as the land the city starts with a Leviathan who is punished and killed and ends up desolate and with the god of Egypt in its midst!
Last and best of all the great trumpet shall sound and in all of scripture there are only two. The great Trumpet or Shofar at Sinai or Horeb and the last Shofar of Ha Natzal! For there is another pattern that occurs as the threshing is taking place, the perishing in Assyria (Euphrates) and Egypt (red Sea) are gathered to come to worship the Lord in the Holy Mountain Of God. Mountain in Hebrew is Har and can be a great crag or a little bump in the road and as concerning the idea of the mountain we have this in the New Testament Hebrews 12:22 –24
But you have come to mount Zion and to the city of the Living God, to the heavenly Jerusalem, and the myriads of angels,
23)to the general assembly and the church of the first born who is Judge of all, and t6o the spirits of righteous men made perfect,
24)and to Jesus, the mediator of an new Covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.
Did you catch the location of all this? Its heavenly isn’t it?
That day will be an awesome and awful day depending on where you are when it comes. Are you of the vineyard? Or of the city?
The vine yard is a wonderful place where love is given away amongst the mandrakes in Song of Songs. But it is the Shulamite who has given herself to the one Called His peace. (Shlomo or Solomon)
Many of you stopped reading this long ago. Some of you curse me as you leave this site having toughed out the message because you like to complete what you start. You can mumble all you like but i have another unpleasant word for you my dears.
You have read it, and now you cannot deny that a watchman has sounded a horn to the ear of your spirit and you are warned.
You haven’t got a leg to stand on and you will be reminded on That Day when you hide under rocks to get away from the presence of an angry God.
Then there are those who have read this and cannot even see the print in front of them right now because their eyes are filled with tears. These have hearts that are in turmoil because they have enough discernment and they went and read the scriptures for themselves. They get the warning and don’t know what to do. They are the ones whose consciences alternately convict and acquit them.
They are the bridal party whether servant to the bride, servant to the groom, servant of the Living God, fellow watchman, or perhaps a bride themselves.
Now my dears wipe the tears from your eyes and blow your noses because you were mentioned in this passage too. Can you guess where? Do you know or suspect? No?
Check out Verses 2 and 3 of the chapter 27 and also look at 20 and 21 of chapter 26.
That’s right your the vineyard He protects and nourishes while He is dealing with the rest of the rabble.
It is to you that the Beloved gives this gift.
The Gift is a love song called the Song of Songs
Come let me sing it for you.