Presents pamphlet #6420
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Having come this far in the great book of Isaiah, one should now understand that it is our Father's wondrous plan in this final generation to send the Assyrian upon the land who is going to subdue and take captive all the nations of the world. Armed with that basic understanding and underlying foundation, along with the acknowledgement of a few Hebraisms or figures of speech, this 20th chapter of "Isaiah" becomes very easy to understand. Of course a wise student always has the desire to dig beneath the surface to gain more precious pearls of wisdom and an even deeper understanding of that which is written. An example of that "digging" would be to uncover (translate) the meanings of the names and places that are spoken of or perhaps to take note of the "numerics" when they are presented to us. It is for that reason that we highly recommend to those who seek to labor for the rich rewards that labor brings, that they obtain at least some basics tools of research, like a King James Version of the Bible and a Strong's Concordance whereby they have the means with which to break back the English words to the original tongues of Hebrew, Chaldea, and Greek.
This 20th chapter of Isaiah continues with the burden or oracle that began in chapter 19, verse 1, concerning Egypt, that nation whose historical record is so indelibly etched in scripture and in whose land stands the world's most magnificent monument, the Great Pyramid of Giza... the Bible in Stone. Remember also that this burden is one of the "seven" burdens given to the nations (outlined on page 948 of the Companion Bible) who shall fall to Babylon the great in these last days. "Seven" denotes spiritual completeness in Biblical numerics.
Also, as we continue our study of Egypt's burden, let us be reminded from verse 17 of the last chapter (19) that the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt. To that end, we are able to observe and "see" in the historical ensample given for our understanding in these last days (1 Cor. 10:11) that is from the direction of the land of Judah that the Assyrian comes upon the land of Egypt.
Let us first dig a little and look at the meanings of the names and places used in this verse. The word "Tartan" is simply a title meaning "commander-in-chief" or "general" while "Ashdod" is a place meaning "powerful" (see BDB) or "impregnable", denoting that this city in Palestine was a "fortified place". Finally, the king of Assyria's name, Sargon, means the "prince of the sun".Isaiah 20:1
In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;
Now, if you locate the ancient city of Ashdod on a map, you will find that it lies about 30 miles from Gaza and would necessarily have to be taken on the way to the invasion of Egypt. Ashdod is also the city where the temple of the fish god, Dagon, stood.
The point to understand here is that even before the Assyrian himself, who is a type of the false-christ, comes upon the land of Egypt to take it and possess it, our Father has given fair warning to Egypt that it shall fall and end up spiritually naked and ashamed when the LORD comes and establishes Zion.
Here is the picture we "see" from Isaiah concerning Egypt, the sons of Ishmael, and even Ethiopia (Cush).
"At the same time" means at the time (in the year) Sargon sends his general to take and fortify the city of Ashdod. So we are given a timeframe for the wise to observe. At that time, the LORD by the hand of his servant Isaiah, the son of Amoz (the "strong"... therefore "Isaiah the son of the spiritually strong"), shall give a sign and a warning to Egypt and Ethiopia that they are headed for a great fall and shall end up naked and shamed and unable to stand before the LORD when He returns at the sound of the 7th Trump. At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
Our Father teaches us with pictures and types and analogies, etc., i.e. things that we can see with our flesh eyes. In fact, God's Word is much like a "picture book" for children in that its pages are packed full of illustrations and ensamples for us to "see". Here again the picture that we are given to "see" with our mind's eye is that of Isaiah being told to loose his clothing of sackcloth (see Rev. 11:3) and go barefoot, which is to be unshod with the preparation necessary for salvation (Eph. 6:15), to illustrate the shame and nakedness that would come upon Egypt (see vs. 4 below).
In contrast to nakedness and clothing depicting lamentation, we have a description of the spiritual clothing of the "zadok", the just ones, those who love and serve the LORD. Rev. 19:8 "And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." That is why we are admonished to hold fast to His Word, which is righteousness, and keep our garments on, lest we also appear (spiritually) naked and ashamed at His coming. Rev. 16:15 "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame."
The fact is, that all who do not have the "seal of God in their foreheads" (Rev. 9:4), which means to have His Word etched foremost in your mind whereby you are protected from the fiery (spiritual) darts of the wicked one, shall be ashamed at His coming and will seek to hide themselves from Him that sits on the throne, who is the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ.
The answer to the question, "Who shall be able to stand?", is that only those who have the gospel armor (Eph. 6) on and in place shall be able to stand. All others shall appear naked and ashamed, including Egypt and the Ethiopians who we know are going into captivity. They shall end up walking naked and ashamed before the LORD, in like manner as the Lord illustrates for us by Isaiah. Thus "the LORD has said"... and thus so shall it be!Rev. 6:15-17
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
"Like as" means we should "see" the analogy and understand it on a spiritual level. Also, 3 1/2 is the number of prophetic years given to the reign of the false-christ. However, since we know that Satan's defacto reign has been shortened (Mat. 24:22, Mark 13:20) to a period of 5 months (Rev. 9:5, 10), 3 is therefore the number of years of the prolonged captivity of the strongholds preceding his coming! If one is willing to open his or her eyes and "see" the signs and the warnings our Father gives to us, like what we are reading here concerning the burden of Ethiopia and Egypt in these last days, then he would wisely take heed when he sees the Assyrian's generals take the strongholds captive... for that means the king of Assyria is soon coming upon the land. And you know what? We are closer than many might think, so open wide your eyes and take a close look at the events that are now transpiring, especially those taking place in both Jerusalem and the land of ancient Babylon. A word to the wise is sufficient.Isaiah 20:3
And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;
The captives of Egypt and the exiles of Ethiopia, both young and old, i.e. all "those who had hopes of Ethiopia and who boasted of what Egypt would accomplish (see Moffat)" in providing for them and protecting them, "shall be dismayed and abashed" and shall cry out in utter despair. Remember, it is only those who look to true Zion, the Zion that the Lord has established (Isa. 14:32), who shall not appear spiritually buck-naked and ashamed at the sound of the 7th Trump! So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
Yep, they put their hopes and trust in the wrong place! Remember the root cause of all this was given to us in the preceding chapter. The people have been led astray by their charming leaders to follow after and put their trust in gods who are no gods and to follow after man's ways to peace and safety that seem right but that always lead to desolation. Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." The way to life is to follow Jesus Christ, the Tree of Life, to seek after righteousness, His righteousness. The way to death is to follow after that abominable branch, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, whose ways always lead to death. As it is written, if you partake of the fruit of that tree of the knowledge of good and evil, "Thou shalt surely die!" And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.
Let us go back and review an excerpt from chapter 19 to refresh our minds of the cause of why it is that Egypt and Ethiopia shall stumble and fall in these last days, because it is very important that we understand this.
The world leaders in these last days are drunken indeed and many have shown forth their true colors and what is really important to them, and it has to do with the gods of gold and silver and not righteousness!Just like it was in the days of old, the gods of Egypt in whom they trust will once again be destroyed by the judgment of the God of Israel upon the land of Egypt. And the counsel of their so-called wise men who are filled with the counsel of stupidity (antiwisdom) and familiar spirits rather than the knowledge of the ways of the LORD, shall likewise melt with fervent heat (2 Peter 3:10) and be consumed with the fire of His truth when He establishes Zion following the reign of Satan."Isaiah 19:3
And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.Some scholars translate "the stay of the tribes" as "the corner-stone of her castes".Isaiah 19:13-14
The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are deceived; they have also seduced Egypt, even they that are the stay of the tribes thereof.Egypt has been led astray by her leaders and she has become spiritually dried up, desolated. Surely she shall be deceived and seduced by the false messiah, that king of fierce countenance who shall come defacto and destroy "wonderfully". Again, "Why is Egypt going to fall?" Because of the foolish counsel of both her civil and religious leaders who instead of looking to the true "Corner-stone" as the head of their foundation, continue to reject that Corner-stone (Mark 12:10) and look to idols and her false gods and wizards.stay, pinnah, pin-naw', Hebrew 6438; feminine of Hebrew 6434 (pen); an angle; by implication a pinnacle; figurative a chieftain :- bulwark, chief, corner, stay, tower.
Remember Noph is the city of Memphis located near the Great Pyramid of Giza, the only remaining wonder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Yes, Egypt has the Bible in Stone right in their midst and still her princes are deceived and ignorant of what the "LORD of hosts has purposed upon Egypt (vs. 12 above)"! Therefore God has given them over to a reprobate mind!Ever seen a drunken man staggering and spewing forth vomit? Translate that image to the spiritual level and you will "see" how our Father views the spiritual leaders of Egypt who have become drunken with the wine of fornication from the chalice cup of Babylon! Rev. 17:2 "With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.
So, knowing the outcome of Egypt and Ethiopia, what then is the lesson to be learned from the burden or warning given unto Egypt? It is that to trust and rely on any other than the LORD God will cause one to fall in the great tribulation of the Assyrian, of Satan, when he comes upon the land in these last days!
There is only one way to escape from the king of Assyria, that abomination of desolation, and that is to look to the true "Zion that the Lord has established", which is to flee unto the mountain of God. That means you are to look to Him and His Holy Word, to absorb it, and seal it in your mind, for you "see", only He is our Rock and our fortress and our deliverer! Without Him we are completely defenseless against the onslaught of the Assyrian!Isaiah 20:6
And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?
If the LORD is not your Rock and your fortress, you shall not escape the shame and spiritual nakedness that shall befall all those who trust in man and his idolatrous traditions, all those who trust in the village, in the city, in that city Babylon the Great to provide for their peace and prosperity and homeland security. It is written... and so shall it be!Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my Rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
So there you have it, the burden and oracle to Egypt, that nation God said would always be a base nation, that land in which dwells the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Bible in Stone. Never let it be said that our Father does not give fair warning before He brings judgment! He gave fair warning unto Pharaoh and He shall give fair warning unto the kings and leaders of the nations in these last days!
What a time in which to live! Stay in your Father's Word and be blessed and comforted in "seeing (understanding) the visions of the prophets (Acts 2)" and in actually seeing them come to pass as they are written.
In the next chapter we are going to read concerning the burden of the "desert of the sea", which in none other than Babylon.
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