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5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:
6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!
7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?
At the resurrection, the beginning of Micah's forty years will have arrived in which "the mystery of the Deity" will be finished. Is the Russo-Gogian Autocracy broken by the Stone-power before or after the end of this forty-year period? I should answer, In the course of it.
Again: Is it broken to pieces before or after the resurrection of the saints? After it, without doubt; for speaking of the destruction of the Clay power: that is, of a power that "ladeth itself with thick clay," by gathering unto it all nations, and heaping unto it all people, and thus accumulating what does not belong to it: Habbakuk says to its chief,
"Shall they not rise up that shall bite thee, unexpectedly, and awake that shall vex thee? . . . For the Stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it. . . . For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea. . . . Yahweh is in His holy place; be silent, all the earth before Him."
This is evidently a prediction of the resurrection of the power that is to destroy the Clay-dominion. The Clay-power stands unconsciously waiting for this in the Holy Land and City. The saints gathered unto Christ in the political air of heaven, will be witnesses of its prostration as Israel were of Pharaoh's.
All the glory of this will be due to the Ancient of Days, with whom "the chosen" only co-operate in the infliction of the first disaster upon the enemy, which is by pestilence, mutual slaughter, hail and thunder-bolts from heaven.
This cripples and disintegrates, but does not finally destroy, the Image. It is as a Moscow to Napoleon, which subsequently required repeated blows for the destruction of his power. Christ and the holy ones as clouds and hail grind the shattered fragments of the Russo-Gogian Image to powder. The Lion-man, the Bear, and the Leopard, or the gold, the silver, and the brass, must have their dominion taken away. These are borderers upon the Holy Land, and will demand the immediate attention of the Stone and Beam out of the timber; "who shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimroud in the entrances thereof: thus shall Israel be delivered from the Assyrian, when he cometh into the land, and when he treadeth within their borders" (Mic. v. 6.)
The taking of the saints up into the ærial will be to gather them there for the execution of judgment upon those who are to be the objects of Divine indignation; and to make them as the falling artillery of the clouds. For these reasons and others that might be adduced, it may be concluded that the resurrection will precede the overthrow of the Russian hosts upon the mountains of Israel.
The Christadelphian, Dec 1896
20 But Yahweh is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
But the holy ones raised from the dead, and Jerusalem and the Holy Land delivered, "Yahweh is in His holy palace," and for a time "all the earth is silent before Him," and trembling in expectation of what shall come next. At this crisis, He is as "an Ensign upon the mountains;" and the tranquility of the epoch is "dry heat impending lightning, as a cloud of dew in the sultriness of harvest." It will then be said of Jerusalem, "Yahweh is there."
The remnant of Judah in the land for the seven months ensuing the fall of Gog on the mountains of Israel will be occupied in burying the dead, and cleansing its surface from the slain (Ezek. xxxix. 11-16.) The destruction of Pharaoh and his host, which, with the plagues of Egypt, were well known to all that generation, did not cause the nations to confederate and to rush upon Moses and his people to swallow them up; nor did it forty years after deter the seven nations of Canaan from combining to preserve their country from conquest by Israel.
It is true that when, in addition to this, they heard that Yahweh dried up the waters of Jordan, and that the two Amorite powers east of that river had been exterminated, "their hearts melted, neither was their spirit in them any more;" nevertheless, the kings assembled their armies and contended for five years in numerous battles against Israel. Though melted with fear, they found no chance of escape but in resistance. Extermination was decreed against them. Death without resistance or with it was their only alternative; they accepted the latter, and perished sword in hand by the armies of Israel.
After the same type will it be with the Ten Toes of the Image, the Latin Kingdoms of the Babylonian dominion after the fall of the Czar and his hosts, the Pharaoh of modern times. Micah says, "Their ears shall be deaf." Whatever news may greet them from the Holy Land, will have no more effect upon the powers than Yahweh's message to Pharaoh. They are to be dashed in pieces as a potter's vessel; diplomacy or resistance, the result will be the same.
They are to become as the chaff of the summer threshing-floors. Fair warning, however, will be given, that Israel and their friends who, believing in the bursting forth of impending vengeance, may desire to escape it, may separate themselves from those who determine to resist. "I will be still, saith Yahweh; yet in my dwelling-place I will be without fear." This is subsequently to their overthrow at Bozrah-an awful pause between the treading of the Edom and Jehosaphat winepress, and Yahweh's roaring out of Zion, and uttering His voice from Jerusalem (Joel iii. 16.)
Bro Thomas - BEFORE AND AFTER THE RUSSO-GOGIAN OVERTHROW
The Christadelphian, Dec 1896