The Great Middle East War - Scripture Passages
A prayer for the Lord to judge His enemies who have come against His people:
1 Do not keep silent, O God!
Do not hold Your peace,
and do not be still, O God!
2 For behold, Your enemies make a tumult;
and those who hate You have lifted up their head.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against Your people,
and consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
4 They have said, "Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
that the name of Israel may be remembered no more."
These enemies are Israel's neighbors:
5 For they have consulted together with one consent;
they form a confederacy against You:
6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites;
7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assyria also has joined with them;
they have helped the children of Lot. Selah
Prayer for judgment to come on Israel's neighbors in the same way that God dealt with other enemies who tried to destroy them take their land for their own possession:
9 Deal with them as with Midian,
as with Sisera,
as with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,
10 who perished at En Dor,
who became as refuse on the earth.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb,
yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, "Let us take for ourselves
the pastures of God for a possession."
Prayer that the enemies would come to know the Lord:
13 O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
like the chaff before the wind!
14 As the fire burns the woods,
and as the flame sets the mountains on fire,
15 so pursue them with Your tempest,
and frighten them with Your storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame,
that they may seek Your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be confounded and dismayed forever;
yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
18 that they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord,
are the Most High over all the earth.
Prophecy against Damascus:
1 The burden against Damascus.
"Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
and it will be a ruinous heap."
Prophecy against Jordan (Aroer), Palestinians in West Bank (fortress in Ephraim), and Syria:
2 "The cities of Aroer are forsaken;
they will be for flocks
which lie down, and no one will make them afraid.
3 The fortress also will cease from Ephraim,
the kingdom from Damascus,
and the remnant of Syria;
they will be as the glory of the children of Israel,"
says the Lord of hosts.
What these nations do to Israel that results in their judgment:
4 "In that day it shall come to pass
that the glory of Jacob will wane,
and the fatness of his flesh grow lean.
5 It shall be as when the harvester gathers the grain,
and reaps the heads with his arm;
it shall be as he who gathers heads of grain
in the Valley of Rephaim.
6 Yet gleaning grapes will be left in it,
like the shaking of an olive tree,
two or three olives at the top of the uppermost bough,
four or five in its most fruitful branches,"
says the Lord God of Israel.
The spiritual revival that Israel has as a result of these nations coming against her:
7 In that day a man will look to his Maker,
and his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
8 He will not look to the altars,
the work of his hands;
he will not respect what his fingers have made,
nor the wooden images nor the incense altars.
More description about the losses for Israel:
9 In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough
and an uppermost branch,
which they left because of the children of Israel;
and there will be desolation.
10 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation,
and have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold,
therefore you will plant pleasant plants
and set out foreign seedlings;
11 in the day you will make your plant to grow,
and in the morning you will make your seed to flourish;
but the harvest will be a heap of ruins
in the day of grief and desperate sorrow.
The fleeing of Israel's enemies and the uproar of the nations for what Israel does to their enemies:
12 Woe to the multitude of many people
who make a noise like the roar of the seas,
and to the rushing of nations
that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters;
but God will rebuke them and they will flee far away,
and be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind,
like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
The conflict between Israel and her neighbors is over in one night. Israel does to her neighbors what they sought to do to her:
14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble!
And before the morning, he is no more.
This is the portion of those who plunder us,
and the lot of those who rob us.
Judgment against Mt Seir (Edom) for trying to take both nations (Israel/Jordan), the "ancient hatred" against Israel, and the shedding of their blood during the calamity at the time of the Babylonian conquest (and again during Roman rule and during the Holocaust):
1 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2 "Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir and prophesy against it,
3 and say to it, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, O Mount Seir, I am against you;
I will stretch out My hand against you,
and make you most desolate;
4 I shall lay your cities waste,
and you shall be desolate.
Then you shall know that I am the Lord.
5 "Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end,
6 therefore, as I live," says the Lord God, "I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you.
7 Thus I will make Mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it the one who leaves and the one who returns.
8 And I will fill its mountains with the slain; on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those who are slain by the sword shall fall.
9 I will make you perpetually desolate, and your cities shall be uninhabited; then you shall know that I am the Lord.
10 "Because you have said, 'These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess them,' although the Lord was there,
11 therefore, as I live," says the Lord God, "I will do according to your anger and according to the envy which you showed in your hatred against them; and I will make Myself known among them when I judge you.
12 Then you shall know that I am the Lord. I have heard all your blasphemies which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, 'They are desolate; they are given to us to consume.'
13 Thus with your mouth you have boasted against Me and multiplied your words against Me; I have heard them."
14 'Thus says the Lord God: "The whole earth will rejoice when I make you desolate. 15 As you rejoiced because the inheritance of the house of Israel was desolate, so I will do to you; you shall be desolate, O Mount Seir, as well as all of Edom-all of it! Then they shall know that I am the Lord."'
Israel will return to the "mountains of Israel" (Golan Heights and West Bank) from the global exile and never lose them as an inheritance again, once they return:
1 "And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say, 'O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord!
2 Thus says the Lord God: "Because the enemy has said of you, 'Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession,'"'
3 therefore prophesy, and say, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Because they made you desolate and swallowed you up on every side, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you are taken up by the lips of talkers and slandered by the people"-
4 therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God! Thus says the Lord God to the mountains, the hills, the rivers, the valleys, the desolate wastes, and the cities that have been forsaken, which became plunder and mockery to the rest of the nations all around-
5 therefore thus says the Lord God: "Surely I have spoken in My burning jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, who gave My land to themselves as a possession, with wholehearted joy and spiteful minds, in order to plunder its open country."'
6 "Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and say to the mountains, the hills, the rivers, and the valleys, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and My fury, because you have borne the shame of the nations."
7 Therefore thus says the Lord God: "I have raised My hand in an oath that surely the nations that are around you shall bear their own shame.
8 But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come.
9 For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown.
10 I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt.
11 I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.
12 Yes, I will cause men to walk on you, My people Israel; they shall take possession of you, and you shall be their inheritance; no more shall you bereave them of children."
13 'Thus says the Lord God: "Because they say to you, 'You devour men and bereave your nation of children,'
14 therefore you shall devour men no more, nor bereave your nation anymore," says the Lord God.
15 "Nor will I let you hear the taunts of the nations anymore, nor bear the reproach of the peoples anymore, nor shall you cause your nation to stumble anymore," says the Lord God.'"
16 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
17 "Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own ways and deeds; to Me their way was like the uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity.
18 Therefore I poured out My fury on them for the blood they had shed on the land, and for their idols with which they had defiled it.
19 So I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them according to their ways and their deeds.
20 When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name-when they said of them, 'These are the people of the Lord, and yet they have gone out of His land.'
21 But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went.
22 "Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord God: "I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went.
23 And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord," says the Lord God, "when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.
24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.
25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
28 Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.
29 I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you.
30 And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations.
31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations.
32 Not for your sake do I do this," says the Lord God, "let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!"
33 'Thus says the Lord God: "On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt.
34 The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by.
35 So they will say, 'This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.'
36 Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it."
37 'Thus says the Lord God: "I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock.
38 Like a flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the Lord."'"
God will restore Israel to a nation, from a grave situation (Holocaust?). The revived nation will be known for their great military. The revived nation will be spiritually dead until the Lord's breath enters them:
1 The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.
2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry.
3 And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."
4 Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!
5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: "Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.
6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord."'"
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.
8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
9 Also He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live."'"
10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
11 Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, 'Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!'
12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
13 Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.
14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it," says the Lord.'"
The revived nation will be a united kingdom, with all the tribes of Israel represented in Joseph/Ephraim and Judah:
15 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
16 "As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: 'For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.' Then take another stick and write on it, 'For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.'
17 Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.
18 "And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, 'Will you not show us what you mean by these?' -
19 say to them, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand."'
20 And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.
21 "Then say to them, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land;
22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.
23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
King David will rule over Israel in the Millennium:
24 "David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.
25 Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children's children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever.
26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore.
27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
28 The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore."'"
A call for a spiritual revival in Israel:
13 Gird yourselves and lament, you priests;
wail, you who minister before the altar;
come, lie all night in sackcloth,
you who minister to my God;
for the grain offering and the drink offering
are withheld from the house of your God.
14 Consecrate a fast,
call a sacred assembly;
gather the elders
and all the inhabitants of the land
into the house of the LORD your God,
and cry out to the LORD.
The day of the Lord is about to begin:
15 Alas for the day!
For the day of the LORD is at hand;
it shall come as destruction from the Almighty.
Israel cries out to the Lord because of judgment:
16 Is not the food cut off before our eyes,
joy and gladness from the house of our God?
17 The seed shrivels under the clods,
storehouses are in shambles;
barns are broken down,
for the grain has withered.
18 How the animals groan!
The herds of cattle are restless,
because they have no pasture;
even the flocks of sheep suffer punishment.
19 O LORD, to You I cry out;
for fire has devoured the open pastures,
and a flame has burned all the trees of the field.
20 The beasts of the field also cry out to You,
for the water brooks are dried up,
and fire has devoured the open pastures.
Amos prophesies judgment on Damascus, Gaza, Lebanon, and Jordan:
1 The words of Amos, who was among the sheepbreeders of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
2 And he said:
"The Lord roars from Zion,
and utters His voice from Jerusalem;
the pastures of the shepherds mourn,
and the top of Carmel withers."
3 Thus says the Lord:
"For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
because they have threshed Gilead with implements of iron.
4 But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael,
which shall devour the palaces of Ben-Hadad.
5 I will also break the gate bar of Damascus,
and cut off the inhabitant from the Valley of Aven,
and the one who holds the scepter from Beth Eden.
The people of Syria shall go captive to Kir,"
says the Lord.
6 Thus says the Lord:
"For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
because they took captive the whole captivity
to deliver them up to Edom.
7 But I will send a fire upon the wall of Gaza,
which shall devour its palaces.
8 I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod,
and the one who holds the scepter from Ashkelon;
I will turn My hand against Ekron,
and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish,"
says the Lord God.
9 Thus says the Lord:
"For three transgressions of Tyre, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom,
and did not remember the covenant of brotherhood.
10 But I will send a fire upon the wall of Tyre,
which shall devour its palaces."
11 Thus says the Lord:
"For three transgressions of Edom, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
because he pursued his brother with the sword,
and cast off all pity;
His anger tore perpetually,
and he kept his wrath forever.
12 But I will send a fire upon Teman,
which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah."
13 Thus says the Lord:
"For three transgressions of the people of Ammon, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
because they ripped open the women with child in Gilead,
that they might enlarge their territory.
14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah,
and it shall devour its palaces,
amid shouting in the day of battle,
and a tempest in the day of the whirlwind.
15 Their king shall go into captivity,
he and his princes together,"
says the Lord.
Amos prophesies judgment on northern Jordan:
1 Thus says the Lord:
"For three transgressions of Moab, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
because he burned the bones of the king of Edom to lime.
2 But I will send a fire upon Moab,
and it shall devour the palaces of Kerioth;
Moab shall die with tumult,
with shouting and trumpet sound.
3 And I will cut off the judge from its midst,
and slay all its princes with him,"
says the Lord.
Amos prophesies judgment on southern Israel:
4 Thus says the Lord:
"For three transgressions of Judah, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
because they have despised the law of the Lord,
and have not kept His commandments.
Their lies lead them astray,
lies which their fathers followed.
5 But I will send a fire upon Judah,
and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem."
Amos prophesies judgment on northern Israel:
6 Thus says the Lord:
"For three transgressions of Israel, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
because they sell the righteous for silver,
and the poor for a pair of sandals.
Judgment against the Edomites for their pride:
1 The vision of Obadiah.
Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom
(We have heard a report from the Lord,
and a messenger has been sent among the nations, saying,
"Arise, and let us rise up against her for battle"):
2 "Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
you shall be greatly despised.
3 The pride of your heart has deceived you,
you who dwell in the clefts of the rock,
whose habitation is high;
you who say in your heart, 'Who will bring me down to the ground?'
4 though you ascend as high as the eagle,
and though you set your nest among the stars,
from there I will bring you down," says the Lord.
5 "If thieves had come to you,
If robbers by night -
Oh, how you will be cut off! -
Would they not have stolen till they had enough?
If grape-gatherers had come to you,
would they not have left some gleanings?
6 "Oh, how Esau shall be searched out!
How his hidden treasures shall be sought after!"
The Edomites (today's Palestinians) would be forced by their allies to live at their borders as refugees, deceptively using them as pawns for their own interests:
7 "All the men in your confederacy
shall force you to the border;
the men at peace with you
shall deceive you and prevail against you.
Those who eat your bread shall lay a trap for you.
No one is aware of it."
God will turn Edom over to foolishness that their iniquity would be complete and judgment would come:
8 "Will I not in that day," says the Lord,
"Even destroy the wise men from Edom,
and understanding from the mountains of Esau?
9 Then your mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed,
to the end that everyone from the mountains of Esau
may be cut off by slaughter."
God judged the Edomites for their violence against the Jews at the time of the Philistine invasion of Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 21):
10 "For violence against your brother Jacob,
shame shall cover you,
and you shall be cut off forever.
11 In the day that you stood on the other side -
in the day that strangers carried captive his forces,
when foreigners entered his gates
and cast lots for Jerusalem -
even you were as one of them."
God judged the Edomites for their haughtiness against the Jews when God punished them for their iniquity; during the "calamity" of the Babylonian conquest (2 Kings 22:16), after the Babylonian "captivity" (2 Kings 24-25), after the "destruction" of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 17:18-27), and during the "distress" when they tried to rebuild Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:17). There were similar offenses after the time of Obadiah where the descendants of the Edomites were haughty and delivered the Jews up in the time of the Roman rule and the time of the Holocaust:
12 "But you should not have gazed on the day of your brother
in the day of his captivity;
nor should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah
in the day of their destruction;
nor should you have spoken proudly
in the day of distress.
13 You should not have entered the gate of My people
in the day of their calamity.
Indeed, you should not have gazed on their affliction
in the day of their calamity,
nor laid hands on their substance
in the day of their calamity.
14 You should not have stood at the crossroads
to cut off those among them who escaped;
nor should you have delivered up those among them who remained
in the day of distress."
Final judgment on the Edomites will occur near the beginning of the Tribulation:
15 "For the day of the Lord upon all the nations is near;
as you have done, it shall be done to you;
your reprisal shall return upon your own head.
16 For as you drank on My holy mountain,
so shall all the nations drink continually;
yes, they shall drink, and swallow,
and they shall be as though they had never been."
As a result of judgment on the Edomites, Israel will repossess their promised inheritance:
17 "But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance,
and there shall be holiness;
the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
18 The house of Jacob shall be a fire,
and the house of Joseph a flame;
but the house of Esau shall be stubble;
they shall kindle them and devour them,
and no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau,"
for the Lord has spoken.
Returning Jewish exiles will dwell in the enlarged real-estate of the nation Israel:
19 The South shall possess the mountains of Esau,
and the Lowland shall possess Philistia.
They shall possess the fields of Ephraim
and the fields of Samaria.
Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
20 And the captives of this host of the children of Israel
shall possess the land of the Canaanites
as far as Zarephath.
The captives of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
shall possess the cities of the South.
21 Then saviors shall come to Mount Zion
to judge the mountains of Esau,
and the kingdom shall be the Lord's.
Judgment on Ammon:
1 Against the Ammonites.
Thus says the Lord:
"Has Israel no sons?
has he no heir?
Why then does Milcom inherit Gad,
and his people dwell in its cities?
2 Therefore behold, the days are coming," says the Lord,
"That I will cause to be heard an alarm of war
in Rabbah of the Ammonites;
it shall be a desolate mound,
and her villages shall be burned with fire.
Then Israel shall take possession of his inheritance," says the Lord.
3 "Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai is plundered!
Cry, you daughters of Rabbah,
Gird yourselves with sackcloth!
Lament and run to and fro by the walls;
for Milcom shall go into captivity
with his priests and his princes together.
4 Why do you boast in the valleys,
your flowing valley, O backsliding daughter?
Who trusted in her treasures, saying,
'Who will come against me?'
5 Behold, I will bring fear upon you,"
says the Lord God of hosts,
"From all those who are around you;
you shall be driven out, everyone headlong,
and no one will gather those who wander off.
6 But afterward I will bring back
the captives of the people of Ammon," says the Lord.
Judgment on Edom:
7 Against Edom.
Thus says the Lord of hosts:
"Is wisdom no more in Teman?
Has counsel perished from the prudent?
Has their wisdom vanished?
8 Flee, turn back, dwell in the depths, O inhabitants of Dedan!
For I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him,
the time that I will punish him.
9 If grape-gatherers came to you,
would they not leave some gleaning grapes?
If thieves by night,
would they not destroy until they have enough?
10 But I have made Esau bare;
I have uncovered his secret places,
and he shall not be able to hide himself.
His descendants are plundered,
his brethren and his neighbors,
and he is no more.
11 Leave your fatherless children,
I will preserve them alive;
and let your widows trust in Me."
12 For thus says the Lord: "Behold, those whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunk. And are you the one who will altogether go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, but you shall surely drink of it.
13 For I have sworn by Myself," says the Lord, "that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse. And all its cities shall be perpetual wastes."
14 I have heard a message from the Lord,
and an ambassador has been sent to the nations:
"Gather together, come against her,
and rise up to battle!
15 "For indeed, I will make you small among nations,
despised among men.
16 Your fierceness has deceived you,
the pride of your heart,
O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock,
who hold the height of the hill!
Though you make your nest as high as the eagle,
I will bring you down from there," says the Lord.
17 "Edom also shall be an astonishment;
everyone who goes by it will be astonished
and will hiss at all its plagues.
18 As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah
and their neighbors," says the Lord,
"No one shall remain there,
nor shall a son of man dwell in it.
19 "Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the floodplain of the Jordan
against the dwelling place of the strong;
but I will suddenly make him run away from her.
And who is a chosen man that I may appoint over her?
For who is like Me?
Who will arraign Me?
And who is that shepherd
who will withstand Me?"
20 Therefore hear the counsel of the Lord that He has taken against Edom,
and His purposes that He has proposed against the inhabitants of Teman:
Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out;
surely He shall make their dwelling places desolate with them.
21 The earth shakes at the noise of their fall;
at the cry its noise is heard at the Red Sea.
22 Behold, He shall come up and fly like the eagle,
and spread His wings over Bozrah;
the heart of the mighty men of Edom in that day shall be
like the heart of a woman in birth pangs.
Judgment on Damascus:
23 Against Damascus.
"Hamath and Arpad are shamed,
for they have heard bad news.
They are fainthearted;
there is trouble on the sea;
it cannot be quiet.
24 Damascus has grown feeble;
she turns to flee,
and fear has seized her.
Anguish and sorrows have taken her like a woman in labor.
25 Why is the city of praise not deserted, the city of My joy?
26 Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets,
and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day," says the Lord of hosts.
27 "I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus,
and it shall consume the palaces of Ben-Hadad."
A call for Israel to repent:
1 Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together,
O undesirable nation,
2 Before the decree is issued,
or the day passes like chaff,
before the Lord's fierce anger comes upon you,
before the day of the Lord's anger comes upon you!
A call for believers to live godly lives as the time of the Tribulation approaches, which they will be "hidden" from at the rapture (Isaiah 26:19-21):
3 Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth,
who have upheld His justice.
Seek righteousness, seek humility.
it may be that you will be hidden
in the day of the Lord's anger.
Before the Tribulation, judgment will come on Gaza and Jordan and Israel will posses their land:
4 For Gaza shall be forsaken,
and Ashkelon desolate;
they shall drive out Ashdod at noonday,
and Ekron shall be uprooted.
5 Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast,
the nation of the Cherethites!
the word of the Lord is against you,
O Canaan, land of the Philistines:
"I will destroy you;
so there shall be no inhabitant."
6 The seacoast shall be pastures,
with shelters for shepherds and folds for flocks.
7 The coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah;
they shall feed their flocks there;
in the houses of Ashkelon they shall lie down at evening.
For the Lord their God will intervene for them,
and return their captives.
8 "I have heard the reproach of Moab,
and the insults of the people of Ammon,
with which they have reproached My people,
and made arrogant threats against their borders.
9 Therefore, as I live,"
says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel,
"Surely Moab shall be like Sodom,
and the people of Ammon like Gomorrah -
overrun with weeds and saltpits,
and a perpetual desolation.
The residue of My people shall plunder them,
and the remnant of My people shall possess them."
10 This they shall have for their pride,
because they have reproached and made arrogant threats
against the people of the Lord of hosts.
11 The Lord will be awesome to them,
for He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth;
people shall worship Him,
each one from his place,
indeed all the shores of the nations.
Collateral damage in the judgment against Israel's neighbors extends to Ethiopia and northern Iraq:
12 "You Ethiopians also,
you shall be slain by My sword."
13 And He will stretch out His hand against the north,
and make Nineveh a desolation,
as dry as the wilderness.
14 The herds shall lie down in her midst,
every beast of the nation.
Both the pelican and the bittern
shall lodge on the capitals of her pillars;
their voice shall sing in the windows;
desolation shall be at the threshold;
for He will lay bare the cedar work.
15 This is the rejoicing city
that dwelt securely,
that said in her heart,
"I am it, and there is none besides me."
How has she become a desolation,
a place for beasts to lie down!
Everyone who passes by her
shall hiss and shake his fist.
Judgment against the area of Damascus, Lebanon, and Gaza:
1 The burden of the word of the Lord
against the land of Hadrach,
and Damascus its resting place
(For the eyes of men
And all the tribes of Israel
Are on the Lord);
2 also against Hamath, which borders on it,
and against Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise.
3 For Tyre built herself a tower,
heaped up silver like the dust,
and gold like the mire of the streets.
4 Behold, the Lord will cast her out;
He will destroy her power in the sea,
and she will be devoured by fire.
5 Ashkelon shall see it and fear;
Gaza also shall be very sorrowful;
and Ekron, for He dried up her expectation.
The king shall perish from Gaza,
and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.
6 "A mixed race shall settle in Ashdod,
and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
7 I will take away the blood from his mouth,
and the abominations from between his teeth.
But he who remains, even he shall be for our God,
and shall be like a leader in Judah,
and Ekron like a Jebusite.
8 I will camp around My house
because of the army,
because of him who passes by and him who returns.
No more shall an oppressor pass through them,
for now I have seen with My eyes.
Prophecy of the coming Messiah and His Kingdom:
9 "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the horse from Jerusalem;
the battle bow shall be cut off.
He shall speak peace to the nations;
His dominion shall be 'from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.'
God will use Israel to take back their inheritance with force:
11 "As for you also,
because of the blood of your covenant,
I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12 Return to the stronghold,
you prisoners of hope.
Even today I declare
that I will restore double to you.
13 For I have bent Judah, My bow,
fitted the bow with Ephraim,
and raised up your sons, O Zion,
against your sons, O Greece,
and made you like the sword of a mighty man."
14 Then the Lord will be seen over them,
and His arrow will go forth like lightning.
The Lord God will blow the trumpet,
and go with whirlwinds from the south.
15 The Lord of hosts will defend them;
they shall devour and subdue with slingstones.
They shall drink and roar as if with wine;
they shall be filled with blood like basins,
like the corners of the altar.
16 The Lord their God will save them in that day,
as the flock of His people.
For they shall be like the jewels of a crown,
lifted like a banner over His land-
17 For how great is its goodness
and how great its beauty!
Grain shall make the young men thrive,
and new wine the young women.
Restoration will be complete at the time of the "latter rain" (2nd outpouring of the Holy spirit at the end of the Tribulation (Joel 2:21-32) :
1 Ask the Lord for rain
in the time of the latter rain.
The Lord will make flashing clouds;
He will give them showers of rain,
grass in the field for everyone.
2 For the idols speak delusion;
the diviners envision lies,
and tell false dreams;
they comfort in vain.
Therefore the people wend their way like sheep;
they are in trouble because there is no shepherd.
God will use Israel to judge the "shepherds" (evil leaders of neighbors):
3 "My anger is kindled against the shepherds,
and I will punish the goatherds.
For the Lord of hosts will visit His flock,
the house of Judah,
and will make them as His royal horse in the battle.
4 From him comes the cornerstone,
from him the tent peg,
from him the battle bow,
from him every ruler together.
5 They shall be like mighty men,
who tread down their enemies
in the mire of the streets in the battle.
They shall fight because the Lord is with them,
and the riders on horses shall be put to shame.
6 "I will strengthen the house of Judah,
and I will save the house of Joseph.
I will bring them back,
because I have mercy on them.
They shall be as though I had not cast them aside;
for I am the Lord their God,
and I will hear them.
7 Those of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man,
and their heart shall rejoice as if with wine.
Yes, their children shall see it and be glad;
their heart shall rejoice in the Lord.
8 I will whistle for them and gather them,
for I will redeem them;
and they shall increase as they once increased.
God will preserve His people during the global exile and bring them back:
9 "I will sow them among the peoples,
and they shall remember Me in far countries;
they shall live, together with their children,
and they shall return.
10 I will also bring them back from the land of Egypt,
and gather them from Assyria.
I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon,
until no more room is found for them.
11 He shall pass through the sea with affliction,
and strike the waves of the sea:
All the depths of the River shall dry up.
Then the pride of Assyria shall be brought down,
and the scepter of Egypt shall depart.
12 "So I will strengthen them in the Lord,
and they shall walk up and down in His name,"
says the Lord.
Losses for Lebanon and Jordan:
1 Open your doors, O Lebanon,
that fire may devour your cedars.
2 Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen,
because the mighty trees are ruined.
Wail, O oaks of Bashan,
for the thick forest has come down.
3 There is the sound of wailing shepherds!
For their glory is in ruins.
There is the sound of roaring lions!
For the pride of the Jordan is in ruins.
Balaam's prophecy about Israel in the "latter days":
12 So Balaam said to Balak, "Did I not also speak to your messengers whom you sent to me, saying,
13 'If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord, to do good or bad of my own will. What the Lord says, that I must speak'?
14 And now, indeed, I am going to my people. Come, I will advise you what this people will do to your people in the latter days."
15 So he took up his oracle and said:
"The utterance of Balaam the son of Beor,
And the utterance of the man whose eyes are opened;
16 the utterance of him who hears the words of God,
and has the knowledge of the Most High,
who sees the vision of the Almighty,
who falls down, with eyes wide open:
The Messiah will destroy the "sons of tumult" and Israel will take their land as a possession "valiantly" (militarily):
17 "I see Him, but not now;
I behold Him, but not near;
a Star shall come out of Jacob;
a Scepter shall rise out of Israel,
and batter the brow of Moab,
and destroy all the sons of tumult.
18 "And Edom shall be a possession;
Seir also, his enemies, shall be a possession,
while Israel does valiantly.
19 Out of Jacob One shall have dominion,
and destroy the remains of the city."
20 Then he looked on Amalek, and he took up his oracle and said:
"Amalek was first among the nations,
but shall be last until he perishes."
21 Then he looked on the Kenites, and he took up his oracle and said:
"Firm is your dwelling place,
and your nest is set in the rock;
22 Nevertheless Kain shall be burned.
How long until Asshur carries you away captive?"
23 Then he took up his oracle and said:
"Alas! Who shall live when God does this?
24 But ships shall come from the coasts of Cyprus,
and they shall afflict Asshur and afflict Eber,
and so shall Amalek, until he perishes."
25 So Balaam rose and departed and returned to his place; Balak also went his way.