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4 For so Yahweh said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
...before he [the rainbowed angel] advances against the daemonial and idol worshippers of "Christendom" so called, "he cries with a loud voice as when a lion roars." Being "the lion of the tribe of Judah," his proclamations are the roarings of that lion; and the carrying of them into effect, is the noise of the roaring (Ezek. xix. 1-9).
Before the noise of his roaring lays waste their cities, and desolates their land and the fulness thereof, he is still awaiting the result of his manifesto to the nations of the west. Enthroned in Jerusalem his dwelling-place, he is fearless of attack.
"I will be still," says the Spirit: "yet in my dwelling-place I will be without fear -- as dry heat impending lightning, as a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest" (Isa. xviii. 4).
Such will be the condition of the political aerial, styled in Apoc. xvi. 17, "the air," at the crisis when "the lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and earthquakes, and great hail" (xi. 19; iv. 5) shall be about to rend the heavens, shake the earth, and beat down the corrupters of the world.
During this ominous sultriness, and portentous calm, the strong lion of Judah "sends of those who have escaped" "the whirlwinds of the south," of the saved remnant of Judah,
"to the nations Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, sounders of the truth, to Tubal, and Javan, and the isles afar off, that have not heard his fame, nor seen his glory; and they shall declare the glory" of which he is the king, "among the nations" (Isa. lxvi. 19).
But, they will not only declare his glory throughout the west; they will also make known the aion-evangile, the good concerning the millennial cycle, soon to commence in all its blessedness; and with a loud voice throughout the aerial, styled "mid-heaven," invite mankind to
"fear the Deity, and give glory to him, because the hour of his judgment,"
which is to destroy the catholic and protestant constitution of things, "has come" (Apoc. xiv. 6,7).
Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, at Zion, "still as dry heat impending lightning, as a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest...
"I will be still (yet in my dwelling-place I will be without fear)." In the common version it reads "I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling-place," or marginally, "regard my set dwelling." The text places the considering person in the dwelling, and at rest there; the margin, makes him exterior to it, and looking at it. A very important difference this, when we come to understand the locality of the dwelling-place.
"I will be still as dry heat impending lightning, as a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest."
This is the quiescence of Yahweh's Name-bearer, after beating down the Assyrian at eventide, by which he obtains forcible possession of Jerusalem. It is absolute quietude, or cessation from all hostilities, an armistice, as it were, obtaining from the descent to the Mount of Olives, and the commencement of the war between the King of Israel and the papal powers of the Roman West.
The words "yet in my dwelling place I will be without fear," are parenthetic and descriptive of the great King's perfect security and fearlessness, in the midst of fierce and warlike nations, among whom he has introduced himself "as a thief," with the intention of spoiling their governments of all their glory, honour, dominion, and wealth.
As if he had said, "though I forbear immediately to follow up the victory I have gained in delivering Jerusalem from the Russo-Assyrian Gog, the enemy will be too confounded to rally his forces and lay siege to the city, for its recovery out of my hand. I shall be in it, and hold it without any ground of fear from a threatened renewal of the siege."
... The "dwelling-place" of the fourth verse, is declared in the seventh verse to be "MOUNT ZION, the dwelling-place of the Name of Yahweh of armies." This mount on which "the city where David dwelt" formerly stood, was selected by Yahweh himself, as the place of residence for his Name in all the Age to Come, termed "for ever."
... The one crown is David's, which he wears by inheritance; the "many," are those he wins from the Beast and kings of the earth whom he overcomes in battle, when he "gathers the clusters of the vine of the earth," and casts its grapes, fully ripe, "into the great wine-press of the wrath of God."
Jesus, the Redeemer, comes to Zion; at that crisis, "reaps the earth," in the overthrow of Gog: then, as a dew-cloud, he rests in Zion, awaiting the full ripening of the vine clusters in the Roman West.
This "perfecting of the fruit" is accomplished when the acceptance, or rejection, of the trumpet-proclamation to the land of o'ershadowing of wings, and to other lands, has divided them into adverse and friendly nations. As hostile, they are "the Goats;" as friendly, they are "the Sheep" of the Imperial Fold.
This division effected, and the Royal Reaper, no longer still as dry heat and a cloud of dew, thrusts in his pruning-hook again, and having reaped the grape-clusters, treads them in the wine-press without the city, that is, beyond the limits of the land.