"Many sources claim this symbol did not originate until the Middle Ages, but that is not true. It can be found on the frieze of the 2nd Century synagogue in Capernaum. It also appears as part of the 1st Century symbol of the Messianic Church, which combined the symbols of the menorah, the star of David and the fish.” [End of Quotation]
So it seems clear that the flag of Israel was divinely designed, and revealed through the prophet in Isaiah 11! There are several other references to “the ensign” of Israel which include:
Numbers 2: 2 in which each of the tribes of Israel in the wilderness encamped under its respective ensign (flag, or banner).
Isaiah 5: 26 in which he states that an ensign (a flag, or symbol) shall be raised “to the nations” (the Ten and the Two Tribes, by context), and shall “hiss” for them – or whistle for them to come home – from “the end of the earth, and they shall come with speed swiftly.”
Isaiah 11: 10 already commented upon, describing the ensign as featuring David’s symbol.
Isaiah 11: 12 again features the ensign before “the nations” or Tribes – the “outcasts of Israel” – to gather them together from the four corners of the earth.
Isaiah 18: 3 in which the prophet admonishes “hear ye” when the ensign is lifted upon the mountain and when the shofar is blown – the trumpet of assembly!
Isaiah 30: 17 in which a pole or staff (a flag-pole with an ensign) shall be lifted upon the top of a mountain to which His people are instructed to flee.
Isaiah 31: 9 treats of a day when Assyria and his princes shall be terrified of “the ensign (i.e., those represented by the ensign = Israel!) saith the Lord, Whose fire is in Zion, and His furnace in Jerusalem.” The fire and the furnace of Zion are the destructive forces leveled against God’s enemies of that day.
Zechariah 9: 16 promises that “the Lord their God shall save them in that day, as the flock of His people; for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon His land.”
Thus there can be no doubt whatever that the People of Israel are not only represented by a distinctive, divine ensign, or flag, or banner, but in the finality are themselves that entity! It is a remarkable prophecy of His extension of His hand “a second time, to recover the remnant of His people which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the Islands of the Sea” … thus assembling “the outcasts of Israel and gathering the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” Isaiah 11: 11, 12.
We note with great appreciation that the recovery of Jews from these named places has already taken place almost completely, except for the last-designated place which is indicative of all the other places in the earth to which His people have been scattered!
<HELafferty MD/USA September, 2010>
1. Theodor Herzl, The Jewish State (Filiquarian Publishing, 2006), originally published in 1896, pp. 85-86.
2. Dov Gutterman, "Israel — History of the National Flag,"
www.crwflags.com/fotw/Flags/il%7Dz1896.html. Accessed on March 5, 2008.
3. Alec Mishory, "The Israeli Flag," The Jewish Virtual Library,
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/isflag.html, p. 2. Accessed on March 5, 2008.
4. "Blue and White and the Israeli Flag," unsigned article on the website of Jewish Heritage Online Magazine, www.jhom.com/topics/color/flag.htm, p. 2. Accessed on March 5, 2008.
5. Dov Gutterman, "Rishon LeZiyyon Flag," www.crwflags.com/FOTW/FLAGS/il%7Dz1885.html, pp. 1-2. Accessed on March 5, 2008.
6. Alec Mishory, "The Israeli Flag," The Jewish Virtual Library,
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/isflag.html, p. 3-4. Accessed on March 5, 2008.
7. Madeline Harris Rabinowitz, "The Birth of the Flag of Israel: The Story of Morris Harris — Designer of the Flag of Israel," www.flag-of-Israel.org, pp. 1-2. Accessed on January 20, 2008.
8. Ibid., p. 2.
9. Dov Gutterman, "Israel — History of the National Flag,"
www.crwflags.com/FOTW/FLAGS/il_hist.html, p. 2. Accessed on March 5, 2008.
10. Ibid., p. 3. -30- <HEL>
On March 31, 2011 the President of the Permanent Council of the Western European Union (WEU) made the following announcement ”… on behalf of the High Contracting Parties to the Modified Brussels Treaty – Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.” Ten specifically denominated nations (horns)!
In later reports these are referred to as “The Ten.”
The full, brief text of the announcement is reproduced here as extracted from the WEU web site [N.B. yellow highlights are my emphasis – Ed]. It said:
The Western European Union has made an important contribution to peace and stability in Europe and to the development of the European security and defence architecture, promoting consultations and cooperation in this field, and conducting operations in a number of theatres, including Petersberg tasks.
Building on the achievements of the WEU and the principle of European solidarity, the EU has taken on crisis management tasks since 2000 and has now developed a Common Security and Defence Policy.
With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, a new phase in European security and defence begins. Article 42.7 of the Treaty on the European Union now sets out that, if a Member State is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, the other Member States shall have towards it an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power, and states that commitments and cooperation in this area shall be consistent with commitments in NATO, which for its members remains the foundation of their collective defence and the forum for its implementation.
In this context, we remain strongly committed to the principle of mutual defence of article V of the Modified Brussels Treaty.
The WEU has therefore accomplished its historical role. In this light we the States Parties to the Modified Brussels Treaty have collectively decided to terminate the Treaty, thereby effectively closing the organization, and in line with its article XII will notify the Treaty’s depositary in accordance with national procedures.
The Assembly of WEU has contributed substantially to the development of a European culture on security and defence. In accordance with the specific nature of CSDP, we encourage as appropriate the enhancement of interparliamentary dialogue in this field including with candidates for EU accession and other interested states. Protocol 1 on the role of national parliaments in the European Union, annexed to the Lisbon Treaty, may provide a basis for it.
The States Parties task the WEU Permanent Council with organising the cessation of WEU activities in accordance with timelines prescribed in the Modified Brussels Treaty preferably by the end of June 2011 In this respect, the WEU Permanent Council will rely on the WEU General Secretariat’s expertise and support and consult with the WEU Assembly as appropriate. It will in particular deal with the following aspects: implementation of the social plan for the WEU General Secretariat’s personnel, the Paris-based administrative services and the WEU Assembly’s staff, on the basis of the social plan of 2000 and in consultation with the personnel representatives; management of the pensions and settlement of issues related to the WEU premises in Brussels and Paris.
Associate members, observers and associate partners will be duly informed by the Presidency of the Permanent Council during the process. [End]
“The WEU has therefore fulfilled its historical role.” It is quite patent in the above text that the ten members of the WEU was legally ending its existence and ceding its entire authority and charter over to ALL the nations of the European Union (EU) as it is now known. This event is greatly important to our thinking.
A fellow student in Texas first brought this event to my attention; it was not publicized widely in either March or June so I had not noted it until about July, 2011. It is extremely relevant to Endtime prophecy and deserves some attention and examination.
What possible importance could such an event have in Bible prophecy? Why would one give it a second thought? Well, those are good questions; their answer may surprise and thrill you if you are a believer in God’s holy Word, and the predictions of His prophets!
Many have been convinced for a long time that the European Community is identical to the Beast of Revelation 17 and 18, upon which a drunken Harlot rides carrying a cup of filthy abomination in her hands. This present discussion shall concentrate on only a few verses of these chapters as overall discussion is beyond the scope and interest of this consideration.
The verses in which we are interested here are surely related to “The Ten”- the nations – referenced above. The reference is Revelation 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
For years Biblical scholars have watched the establishment and developments of the products of The Treaties of Rome (1957), the founding date of the European Economic Community (EEC) (and to Euratom, (the European Atomic Energy Community) – its first name – founded by those Treaties of Rome, of which this is a brief summary and extension:
The Treaties of Rome (1957)
• The Treaty of Rome (1957)
• The "British problem" and the enlargement of the EEC in 1973
• Progress in European integration and the enlargement to "the Europe of the Twelve" (1973-1986)
The overall purpose of these treaties was stated as “The Treaty establishing the EEC affirmed in its preamble that signatory States were ‘determined to lay the foundations of an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe.’ In this way, the member States specifically affirmed the political objective of a progressive political integration.”
This, we believe, was the origin of the Beast of Revelation 17. One surely must agree that the prophecy is quite transparent at this stage of its development – or, at least, so we are now convinced! Its destiny is to resist the Lord Jesus Christ when He appears among those nations. Their future is grimly forecasted by John in the next verse of the above text:
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
This development raises our antennae to great heights when we realize the connection between the two events, informing every student of the dire portent of the legal steps just undertaken by these unsuspecting Ten Horns of the Beast – those horns (powers) which have until recently been charged with matters of security and defense of the EU overall, HAVE JUST GIVEN THEIR POWER AND STRENGTH OVER TO THE BEAST (verse 13).
It seems to me that this is one of the surest, clearest conclusions (fulfillment) of prophetic forecasts; but it will be discounted and even missed by most scholars for some reason … such as ignoring any event which does not fit their preconceived notions. It shall be similar to their ignorance (ignore–ance) of the fulfillment of Zechariah 14: 2, in which the capture of half of Jerusalem was prophesied – and was fulfilled in June, 1949; yet, many students deny that fulfillment and look eagerly for yet another!
For years men have speculated over the Toes of the Image of Nebuchadnezzar; they were full of anticipation when the EEC was formed and headed for a membership of ten nations. But it went to 27 nations to date and many were disillusioned. Yet here, with “The Ten” could be the answer to the puzzle, for ten of the major members of the EEC (the WEU countries) being saddled with security and military matters for the EEC have come to the end of their charter and have turned their power over to the greater Beast!
To my simple mind, this confirmatory relinquishment of power portends the next major event for those nations – to make war with the Lamb Who shall overcome them! Although the prospect for this conflict lies some time in the future the wise scholar will keep these things in his mind and be strengthened by them. The fact remains that The Ten (horns/kings) were certain of only one goal – that of relinquishing their power to the Beast. They have now accomplished that goal!
The prophecy foretold a “one hour” association of the ten horns with the beast before they gave up their power to the Beast. The actual period of time was presumably 1957 to 2011, or approximately 54 years – a short time in prophetic affairs. Does that amount of time have any significance? We need to investigate further to determine that. <HEL MD/USA August 11, 2011>
 This assigns the former power of “The Ten” to all the 27 nations of The Beast.
 Here the “historical role” of The Ten is defined: it was always to fulfill its security/protective functions until such time as it deemed itself to have fulfilled those duties. Its raison d’etre all along was to turn over its authority to the Beast! That action is thus an excellent, reassuring event for the Watchers of God’s unfolding Plan!
Another Return to Egypt by Israel?
First, we quote extensively from Deuteronomy 28 – nearly 50 verses, all of which are germane to our subject. Please note the text highlighted in BLUE.
Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
Deu 28:16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
Deu 28:17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Deu 28:18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
Deu 28:19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
Deu 28:20 The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
Deu 28:21 The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.
Deu 28:22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
Deu 28:23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
Deu 28:24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
Deu 28:25 The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
Deu 28:26 And thy carcass shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away.
Deu 28:27 The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
Deu 28:28 The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:
Deu 28:29 And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.
Deu 28:30 Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof.
Deu 28:31 Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them.
Deu 28:32 Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand.
Deu 28:33 The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not (Babylon) eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:
Deu 28:34 So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
Deu 28:35 The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head.
Deu 28:36 The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation (Babylon) which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.
Deu 28:37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.
Deu 28:38 Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.
Deu 28:39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them,but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
Deu 28:40 Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.
Deu 28:41 Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.
Deu 28:42 All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.
Deu 28:43 The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.
Deu 28:44 He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.
Deu 28:45 Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:
Deu 28:46 And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.
Deu 28:47 Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;
Deu 28:48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.
The Siege of Rome – 70 AD
Deu 28:49 The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;
Deu 28:50 A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:
Deu 28:51 And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee.
Deu 28:52 And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.
Deu 28:53 And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:
Deu 28:54 So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave:
Deu 28:55 So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates.
Deu 28:56 The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter,
Deu 28:57 And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.
Deu 28:58 If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;
Deu 28:59 Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.
Deu 28:60 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.
Deu 28:61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
Deu 28:62 And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God.
Deu 28:63 And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.
Deu 28:64 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.
Deu 28:65 And among these nations (same as "Egypt" of verse 69) shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:
Deu 28:66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:
Deu 28:67 In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
Deu 28:68 And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt (identical with "all the nations" of verses 64 and 65) again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.
Is Israel Destined to Return to Egypt?
In the current issue of an online magazine appears an article entitled “Return to Egypt.” The author of this article beats a spurious drum calling for the return of Israel to the physical Land of Egypt – their being driven there from their Land by the Gogian host – and being again rescued from Egypt by the returned Christ.
We here respectfully refute this notion, scripturally.
Such an operation would necessitate a THIRD dispersion of His people of which there is not a shred of scriptural evidence. Indeed, Isaiah 11 indicates a final regathering of Israel a second time from the specific lands that are claimed to be those of Israel’s THIRD exile.
The 12th verse of Isaiah 11 actually defines the meaning of the prophecy when Moses nominates“Egypt” in Deuteronomy 28:68 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
This is the “Egypt” into which He sends them – the four corners of the earth! It is a fitting symbol for the world!
The four corners of the earth was the area of dispersion of Israel the second time from which they are now being recovered the second time. This is, I believe, the only occurrences in scripture equating the four corners of the earth to Egypt, but is obviously the meaning of the phrase. Usually the second dispersion, which is key to this specific prophecy, will specify from one end of the earth even unto the other as in Deuteronomy 28:64-65: And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. 65 And among these nations thou shalt find no ease ...
Notice carefully how this perfectly correlates with their destination being nominated as these “ends of the earth” being “Egypt” in verse 68; it is an innate feature of the orthography of the passages – one indicates the other; they are equivalents - they are one and the same destination expressed by two phrases. Preferable is the broader specificity of the two and thus the sensible conclusion that He would be scattering Israel at 70 AD “among all people” and not just to "Egypt;" and that it did occur in 70 AD for the second (and final) time.
We shall discuss several reasons why this is so in the following dissertation.
A simple but careful and thoughtful reading of Ezekiel 38 and 39 reveals NO activity of Gog and his cohort except coming “as a cloud” to cover the land – a phrase which I believe simply indicates an immense number of soldiers with their weapons. It is obviously a statement of Gog’s INTENT and not of its EXECUTION, for we immediately read of a wonderful reversal in the fortunes of the Northern/ Eastern/ Western/ Southern Host; the language of the prophet indicates an immediate comprehensive DEFEAT of the entire host: every other translation of Ezekiel 39:2 in my library except the A.V. indicates that every last one of the troops (not just 5/6) of that host shall be destroyed by the seven designated natural weapons enumerated in two verses of the 38thchapter: Ezekiel 38:21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother. 22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. SEVEN PLAGUES, all of which result in the demise of Gog! Ezekiel 38:23 outlines His sole reason for this enormous slaughter of the heathen: Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.
His deliverance of Israel in this Endtime is for the sake of His holy name on this occasion as well as earlier ones! He has personally guaranteed their safety and He shall bring it about.
The author also claims that in Isaiah 11: 9-13 that Isaiah establishes the ensign as Christ. He seems to exclude the Land itself as Ensign - at any rate he does not acknowledge the Land also as Ensign. It is undeniable that Christ is nominated Ensign in this instance, for He is the root of Jesse, the Son of David. But notice a qualifying phrase in the verse: Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. Even at the present time neither the returning Jews nor the Gentiles are able to seek Jesus Himself as the Ensign because He is not yet present there.
So the ensign is at the earliest stages Israel, the Jewish polity established in 1948, to which PLACE the remnant of Jacob has returned since that date – from the lands specified in that passage to the Holy Parcel which the Almighty created for them via angelic interference behind the scenes and unobtrusively to general observers. Ensign here means “banner” or “flag.” The Hebrew word is nace and is defined as Strong’s H5251: "a flag; also a sail; by implication a flagstaff; generally a signal; figuratively a token, banner, pole, sail, (en)sign, standard." Since the word also applies to Christ as the Ensign, it indicates the quality of attraction that He exhibits not only for His people but also for the Gentiles; in that sense he is a "banner, token, standard" unto which they shall resort!
So we certainly agree that the meaning of verse 10 is that the Ensign shall in the finality become Christ himself, after He appears. The earlier Ensign has been in existence since 1948, and to it have His people returned en masse and gradually, as Isaiah (and Ezekiel 36 & 37) revealed they should. By 1956, nearly ALL the Jews had been recovered from the listed lands (all Islamic!) with the exception of “the islands of the sea,” which designates all the other places on earth to which His people have been scattered. By that date their recovery from Islamic lands was nearly complete with the exception of Ethiopia (Kuwsh)!
They had been gathered to the “Ensign” which had been miraculously prepared for them - the State of Israel. This fact is obvious to our perceptive eyes as myriads of Jews have been regathered to THE LAND prior to the arrival of Messiah – but not yet to Messiah, the root of Jesse! That Land is the banner or flag to which His people have returned for over an hundred years. The word "ensign" is used only eight times in scripture, six of which occur in Isaiah, and with the exception of Isaiah 11:12 means a flag or banner (or the nation represented by that flag – in this case Israel).
Also, Isaiah 11 is the only description of the Ensign as “a root of Jesse” (Christ Jesus); all the others are land-specific. So the Ensign was to to be first established as the ancient Homeland to which the People would return. Then the PERSONAL Ensign (Christ) returns to it also, at which time He arranges for the “return” of all the other Israelites in the entire earth, including the Ten Tribes!
The author claims that Israel’s people now in the Land will be physically scattered once more into Egypt and the lands mentioned in Isaiah 11. Serious Question Here: What kind of reception would Jews receive if driven into those lands today? In Egypt, during the recent riots in Cairo, an American TV news reporter was assaulted by the riotous crowd in Tahrir Square, was beaten, kicked and sexually assaulted by scores of Egyptians repeatedly to the screams of “Jew! Jew! Jew!” And she wasn’t even Jewish. Do you think that ANY Jew dispersed into Egypt or Syria – or even Jordan – would live more than twenty minutes? Jews are “open season” in the Islamic world today.
About three years ago, in the “West Bank” two young Jewish men made a wrong turn into an Arab sector and were dragged from their car and killed by the local Arabs, one of which jubilantly appeared at an upper window of his home and displayed his hands, soaked with the blood of the victims! In a week after being deported today there would be no remaining Jews in all Islam to be regathered to Israel by Christ!
Now … as to the Gogian host rolling through Israel and driving Jews on down to Egypt, this notion comes from a long-standing confusion of Gog with the King of the North in Daniel 11: 40 – 45. [i] Almost all we know about the Gogian host is contained in Ezekiel 38 and 39. All else is supposition, extrapolation, and at this point in time, simply grossly erroneous guesswork! Fulfillment of prophecies since that earlier era has clarified the decisive differences in the identity of these figures beyond any doubt. The principles of prophetic interpretation must govern every investigation of prophetic matters. Any extrapolation of Gog’s activities MUST be governed by the completed history of Gog in Ezekiel’s two chapters – clearly detailing events from Gog’s conception of her evil plan to her invasion of the Land to her final destruction in it – so every supposition must be consistent with this primary account; must “fit” with this summary of events.
Gog in this encapsulated account is shown to come against Israel with clouds of personnel and equipment as if to “cover the land” and therefore overwhelm the Jewish State. But that intent is not realized at all! Gog’s utter destruction occurs in Israel; the despot and his cohort inherit graves IN ISRAEL “east of the Sea” of Galilee (according to Young) in the valley of the Yarmouk River.
I have in my files a photograph - a view of the Yarmouk Valley, east of the River Jordan near the Sea of Galilee: it would not transfer to this website. However, one can see that the river course is narrow and deep, and shall easily serve as a mass grave for millions of dead Gogians and other ungodly human rubbish! The biblical name of that place is Hamon-gog, meaning “multitude of Gog;” it is their final epithet!
The gruesome details of the curses (for Israel’s disobedience) of Deuteronomy 28 are set out above.
Studying them again we marvel at the utter devastation Israel would bring upon itself throughout the ages by disobedience to God. The aggressor of the returned people (having returned from Babylonian exile) – is the iron legions of Rome, merciless, cruel, heartless. By these He punished Israel (Judah) and caused them to be dispersed the second time.
At the Roman siege of Jerusalem it is estimated that 1/3 of the people starved to death; 1/3 of them were killed in the siege; and 1/3 of them were taken captive and sold as slaves. Josephus makes this particular point: that after the fall of Jerusalem the slave markets of the Middle East and Mediterranean were so glutted by Jews that the prices of slaves dropped almost to nothing. Hundreds of thousands were indeed, as the last verse specifies, sold into bondage to the Gentiles of every nation. This terrible assault upon God’s people and their subsequent dispersal from the Land is their “return to Egypt” spoken of by Moses! It is their return to the merciless, oppressive peoples of the earth who possessed them as property as in ancient Egypt, and cruelly worked them to death as slaves.
Can anyone really be serious in suggesting that this history can or shall repeat itself? Only The Shoah (the Holocaust) compares with this aggression against God’s people, and it also cannot be repeated.
How can we be ABSOLUTELY SURE this destiny of Israel shall not recur?
It’s really quite a simple matter of studying God’s word in which He tells us of His regathering of His people “a second time,” found in Isaiah 11; we know it practically by rote:
Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. 11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Does this account seem to infer that there shall be a third regathering? This second regathering has been in progress for over an hundred years – and for 63 years since the establishment of the State of Israel. Has our Father brought this about for the purpose of scattering His people abroad yet once more? Would not the nations say something like, “Where is their God? Has He gathered them back to their land to destroy them?” It would bring great discredit to His holy name.
Yahweh brought Judah into captivity to Babylon in Nebuchadnezzar’s day. He returned them 70 years later to Judea, giving them another opportunity to follow His ways.
They did not. So in 70 AD He sent the Romans to scatter them to all the nations (not just to Babylon, but to “Egypt” – to the entire antithetic world) and forced them to remain in Diaspora for nearly two millennia.
In our time He has miraculously brought almost six million of His people “home” to Israel, preparing them for the Second Advent of His Son. He has promised His infinite protection for them at this time – when He is building up Zion (a progressive activity, not occurring suddenly, as in bringing a great host out of the physical nation of Egypt as proposed) as He has clearly indicated in Psalm 102:13: Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. 14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. 15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. 16 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
This Endtime prophecy cannot be abrogated. One must consider ALL the information about Israel's return to their Land; ALL of it is important and must be accounted for and understood as written! To export Zion under force of arms to Islamic or other countries IS NOT SCRIPTURAL; and it would not reflect glory to His name – nor faithful adherence to His promise in Jeremiah 24:6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. 7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. This progressive and continuous recovery of Israel from the nations (I will bring them again ... will build them ... they shall return unto Me) is completely negated and given the lie by any other theory!
Who dares claim that Deity has not brought Israel home over scores of years and with great duress? Who doubts His ability and will to do so? Who would deny Him that triumph – that glory which much of the world gives to His Name for that very act, and for which His people thank Him each day?
To propose any other supposed outcome to the Jews’ present occupation of the Land is to deny the solemn promises of our Father. I should not think that is a desirable position to take!
This subject is extremely important for God’s people to understand – and proposes the Biblical
outcome for us to expect for His people Israel. To devise and insist upon other outcomes is to deny His holy word, to refuse His prophets’ words, and to lead others astray from His intentions.
We have addressed these issues at great length in writing several years ago with the same author person to person; we sincerely ask him and all those who retain this moldy, encrusted old theory to give it up. and to believe the scriptures instead of their private mythology of anti-Israel rhetoric. Because that is really what it is: anti-Israel rhetoric. John Thomas is not alive today to recognize his erroneous projections about the Gogian host and to retract and correct his expectations; but he would surely do so in great humility if he could do so! His consistent practice was intellectual honesty and scriptural harmony - alignment of God's word with historical accounts of what has transpired; he should YEARS AGO have altered his expectations in light of fulfilled prophecy!
Israel has already received its just punishments (as specified by Deuteronomy 28) for its idolatry and disobedience. That morbid series of events abruptly came to its end with The Shoah (the Holocaust) of Nazi Germany of 1933 - 1945. Just because Israelis have not yet become believers of God’s plan for them does not mean that He has continued to forsake them. That time of their recognition and repentance shall come only with the fulfillment of Zechariah 12 and 13 (q.v.) If one believes Israel still forsaken, let him peruse carefully Romans 11 through 15. And let him also study carefully the words of Micah 5:3 - Therefore will he give them up (abandon them, or forsake them), until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth (referring to Israel being brought forth “in a day”): then the remnant of his brethren (the remnant after the Holocaust) shall return unto the children of Israel (i.e., return to the LAND of Israel – for that is precisely what happened!).
This commentary is offered with respect and restraint. The writer invites any reasonable and scriptural rebuttal and is amenable to mature dialogue.
Shalom! <HEL MD/USA July 29, 2011>
[i] See two articles in eTPL prophecy section discussing in detail the differences between The Latter Day Assyrian, The King of the North, and Gog of the Land of Magog. You will recognize them by their titles.
Norwegian Terrorism Begins
July 28, 2011: For the first time, terrorists have struck in Oslo, the capital of Norway. Several huge blasts last week damaged the prime minister’s offices and other key installations. Almost immediately a gunman started to shoot attendees at a youth camp facility of the ruling Labor Party on an island near the city.
The number of dead even now remains unsure, but seven were killed outrightly in Oslo and over an hundred injured from mildly to critically. The killings on the island are still being tallied but appear to be around 75 dead. These assaults were more diffuse and occupied some extended time period. Police required over half an hour to reach the island and begin hunting the killer.
An article published later by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem reported these words – words which may contain the precise trigger for this series of attacks. The ICEJ said: “Commentators across the spectrum were quick to point out that Norway remains an 'open society' which has purposefully stayed away from controversial issues of foreign policy. It is better known for its brokering of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords and as the home of the Nobel Peace Prize than anything else. As a result, many believed Norway to be immune from this kind of 9/11 style terrorist atrocity. But the size and severity of today's attacks appears to demonstrate that no nation is truly safe.”
However, earlier this week an interview appeared on Fox News Network with Ambassador Svein Serje. In an interview with the Hebrew-language newspaper Ma’ariv, the ambassador said he has sympathy for Israel's terror victims but still maintains, "We Norwegians consider the occupation to be the cause of the terror against Israel. Those who believe this will not change their mind because of the attack in Oslo."
He asserted that the massacre by Anders Breivik, a right-wing extremist whose lawyer says was on drugs and is probably insane, "has an ideology that says that Norway, particularly the Labor Party, is foregoing Norwegian culture. Breivik was radically anti-Islam and anti-immigration. There is the rub!
The fact is: Norway has a long-standing policy against Israel's maintaining a presence in re-United Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. It appears that Norway will hold onto its opinion even in light of this horrendous attack by one of its own citizens!
Commentary Magazine's Alana Goodman noted, "Suggesting Israel is responsible for the terror attacks launched against it (Israel) is senseless enough on its own …. But for an ambassador to Israel reportedly to make this argument – at a time when the shock of the devastating Oslo attack is still lingering – is also profoundly callous. Maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise, considering Norway's long-standing anti-Israel sentiment, but the ambassador's timing and tone-deafness is striking."
Oslo is renowned for one thing: The Oslo Peace Accords. What are they?
The Oslo Peace Accords were begun in 1993, and were an attempt to reach a “two state solution” to the “Palestinian” demands for a state of their own in “Palestine.” This was a move which originated in Norway and was directly opposed to the will and purpose of the Almighty. Joel 3: 2 is a clear statement of His displeasure at having His Land “parted” or divided among His people and others. Here, the prophet writes the words of Yahweh: I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
We are rather surprised that retribution for Norway has been so long in coming. Eighteen years in the making, the Oslo Peace Accords would systematically divide the Land of Israel into “Israel” and “Palestine.” All the negotiations since that time – or attempts to negotiate (the Palestinian Authority is extremely reluctant) – have been based on those Accords.
The issue rapidly seems to be coming to a head as the Palestinian Authority moves toward its efforts in the UNO to have itself approved unilaterally as a legal “State of Palestine.” That move is said to be planned for September. Israel has stated that it will regard the PA move as illegitimate, and will annex all the Israeli-settled areas within the West Bank if the PA proclaims itself a State… You may imagine the repercussions of such an Israeli move!
The devastation in Norway, however, is but one of an immense wave of worldwide disruption and mayhem. The nations are being shaken, rocked, ravaged and degraded by seizures of many kinds. They are being tested spiritually, physically, emotionally, politically, ideologically, financially and morally in several unusual, abrupt ways. A veritable tsunami of trouble is sweeping over the polities of the world with almost no exceptions.
Can it possibly be that all these events are random occurrences? Can we not believe that the Creator is shaking the nations violently in order to get someone’s (everyone’s) attention? We read a dreadful, related message in Haggai 2:6: For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; 7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
Such a worldwide shaking as we now see has never occurred before! The occasion on which these words were written was the era of the rebuilding of the Lord’s House after the exiles returned from Babylon. Zerubbabel the governor and Joshua the high priest were being encouraged to build the Second Temple. But the implication of the prophecy goes far beyond that era. The prophecy of the House’s GLORY does not apply to that Second Temple and neither does the stipulation of PEACE, for the prophet writes in verse 9: The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts. The Shekinah – the glory of God above the mercy seat – did not inhabit the Second Temple, nor was it present in the temple that Herod built which succeeded it. Yet we are assured that the Millennial Temple shall manifest Shekinah again – and that it is the very person of the Lord Jesus Christ Who shall be there on David’s throne!
Not only was the Second Temple relatively shoddy in comparison with the first, but in no possible way can one claim that He gave “peace” at that time, nor at any time afterward. As so often in scripture, the word of the Lord is leaping far ahead into the future when the antitype of Joshua and Zerubbabel should appear in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ in eternal glory to populate the House of the Millennium.
We believe the great shaking to which the prophet referred in verse 7 also refers to that time.
Later, in the same chapter, we find this duplicate promise: Haggai 2:21 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; 22 And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.
The sentence is upon the political “heavens … and earth” of the era of the Millennial Temple, which we believe is our contemporary time. We behold thrones falling and kingdoms of the nations (heathen) being overthrown. The weapons of their overthrow here is every one by the sword of his brother.
How could an ancient seer better describe what we are witnessing in Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, “Palestina” (the infighting between Hamas and Fatah), Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq just to name a few of the more prominent nations being shaken and stirred with internal strife? And all these are Muslim nations!
We would venture to declare here that in the Eternal Mind the unrest in the remainder of the world is of secondary importance to that of the Middle East – for that is the arena in which the Almighty’s chief interest lies at the moment, and His beloved people dwell – in that place in which He has pleased to place His name forever: on Mount Zion (II Chronicles 33: 4, 7).
Zerubbabel and Joshua together represent the priesthood and kingship of Messiah who was born in the “province of Babylon” (i.e., in the flesh – Zerubbabel = born in Babel) and was saved by His Father (Joshua = Yah saved).
The Norwegians are derived from Nordic pagans. They have never truly known the salvation of the Lord. Their culture is guided by political correctness and social protocols. They really suspect nothing of Israel’s true future. They are not aware of Zechariah’s warning about Jerusalem in Zechariah 12: 3: And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Norway voluntarily burdened itself with Jerusalem and Israel from afar. When the Oslo Accords were revealed the world was surprised – and mostly delighted. Norway’s extremely liberal leaders are even now striving to show their esteem of “human rights” (but only of the “Palestinians”) and their “objectivity” in their stubborn rejection of Israeli occupancy of its own lands! Their unbridled allowance of Muslim migration to Norway for the same reasons was one huge concern of the murderer who invaded the youth camp and killed close to an hundred youth and others. He hated Muslims – and the Labor Party for allowing them nearly unlimited immigration to Norway. The Western nations which allow unlimited Muslim immigration are inviting backwardness, primitiveness, fundamentalism and civil regression. That apparently was the demented concern of the alleged assassin.
<HEL MD/USA July 28, 2011>
Parallel Between Moses’ Descent from Sinai to Israel, and Christ from Heaven to Israel
These two descents are comparable to each other in several ways, which we intend to discuss. The
account of Moses’ descent from Sinai with the tables of Law is recorded in Exodus 32. It does not begin
Exodus 32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, ‘Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.’
In the same way, the Second Advent has seemed to be delayed to our limited understanding; our impatience can be similar to that of Israel’s. We pray that our response to His seeming delay shall not be parallel to that instance! But in Luke 18:8, Jesus pointedly asked, When the Son of Man cometh shall He find faith on the earth?
It is apparent that the possibility exists!
But if your personal answer to the question, “Do you have faith?” is Yes! – then the answer is, “Yes, He shall find faith on the earth when He returns.” It shall be resident in you, if in no one else, if you hold fast.
Only each individual can assure this result – and must do so in faithfulness. Otherwise our result may be as contrary as that of Israel in the wilderness: here is the account of that failure:
Exodus 32:2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. 3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. 4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.
Here is clearly apparent the self-deception of Aaron, brother of Moses, the great Emancipator of Israel from Egypt! We see him willing to call things which are NOT as though they WERE.. “These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.”
How could Aaron be so obtuse? How could he attribute such power to a dumb calf made of gold? Did he think it really made no real difference if he mis-appropriated the source of this great benefit? Or believe it mattered not that he thus gave the glory of the Father unto another? It was a grave error; for the Almighty has specifically addressed this general issue of the idolatry of Israel in Isaiah 48:10: Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. 11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.
We can easily be guilty of this same sin – that of giving glory to other than our Father. We may do it in devotion to profession or avocation, or in worship of Mammon rather than Righteousness. The possibility of failure is so great. Our watchfulness and diligence is so necessary!
The result for Israel was dalliance of the gravest sort. Exodus 32:6: And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
“Playing” at the profession of righteousness is easy for some. The façade – the pretense – of faith is fairly easy to portray falsely in one’s life … until one’s actions are examined. By their fruits shall ye know them is not an empty, meaningless saying. Fruits borne by every plant are an unmistakable sign of its real identity. Words mean little, while actions tell the entire story!
It was so for Israel. When Moses appeared at the base of Horeb their activities revealed their gross error. He had been warned of God before he descended: Exodus 32:7 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: 8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 9 And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
Only Moses’ intervention was able to allay the Almighty’s fury: He said to Moses in Exodus 32:10, Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. 11 And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?
Some imagine Israel of today to be on a sure course to future destruction and scattering at the hands of their enemies, reasoning that the nation is unrighteous, and unrepentant – and for that reason He shall consume them by that means once again. That assessment (as to their unworthiness) is of course entirely true, just as it was true for those of Moses’ day. Their intransigent failure was quite apparent to him; it evoked a reaction from the Almighty which was dreadful. It almost induced Him to renounce His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and to re-constitute His people in another guise – as “seed” of Moses!
But Moses’ righteous reasoning – his advocacy for his people, analogous to the later intercession of Jesus for His people – prevailed even in the face of the impending wrath of the Almighty. He argued (pleaded) in Exodus 32:12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.
The same righteous reasoning is valid today. His people still do not deserve His favor. No merit on their part calls for leniency on His part. Yes … if the Father exercised His judgment on His people of today – ourselves included – on the same grounds as He threatened at Horeb, His people of today might be destroyed. But then the nations round about would seem to have complete justification for their hatred and bitterness toward the people of God in the Land – and ultimately for the Father Himself. Their agenda would thus be entirely validated – their cause given foundation! That eventuality would compromise His holy name – His eternal purpose with His people. His enemies would hand out sweets to their neighbors and rejoice in the destruction of their hated “Zionist Entity.” Islam would receive a psychological leg up on the Almighty for a short time, at least.
But there is an overriding factor: His concern today is for the sake of His holy name. He has informed us so in several reassuring passages in Ezekiel. Instead of destruction, He shall have mercy. Instead of condemnation, He shall exercise compassion upon them in abundance. His long-term investment in Israel shall not fail; but their vindication shall be due solely to His infinite mercy toward them!
Ezekiel 39:25 is one such confirmation of this certainty: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; 26 After that they have borne their shame (in the lands of their dispersion for 2,000 years), and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. 27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; 28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. 29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
This revelation is entirely in harmony with Ezekiel 20: 39; Ezekiel 36: 22, 32; Deuteronomy 9: 5; Daniel 9: 18-19, in all of which He places the emphasis on His holy name’s sake rather than Israel’s righteousness ... an act of the most tender mercy toward them, for their attainment by obedience has in reality been impossible. That encapsulated truth is elegantly stated by Paul in Acts 13:38: Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man (not through the Law) is preached unto you