1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:
Ho! Land of widely o'ershadowing wings extending from beyond to rivers of Cush
Oy to the Eretz Tziltzal Kenafayim (Land of Whirring Wings, i.e., Ethiopia), which is beyond the rivers of Kush;
(Other passages in Isaiah plus Ezekiel 38 compared lead us to the rational conclusion that Tarshish is the Jewish protector)
There is, then, a partial and primary restoration of Jews before the manifestation, which is to serve as the nucleus, or basis, of future operations in the restoration of the rest of the tribes after he has appeared in the kingdom. The pre-adventual colonization of Palestine will be on purely political principles; and the Jewish colonists will return in unbelief of the Messiahship of Jesus, and of the truth as it is in him. They will emigrate thither as agriculturists and traders, in the hope of ultimately establishing their commonwealth, but more immediately of getting rich in silver and gold by commerce with India, and in cattle and goods by their industry at home under the efficient protection of the British power.
And this their expectation will not be deceived; for, before Gogue invades their country, it is described by the prophet, as "a land of unwalled villages, whose inhabitants are at rest, and dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates; and possessed of silver and gold, cattle and goods, dwelling in the midst of the land." (Ezek. 38:11,12,13).
Elpis Israel Ch 17
"A land of wings" is a figurative expression, like that of "wings of the God of Israel." Isaiah, predicting the invasion of the Holy Land by the king of Assyria, says,
"The stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel!"
That is, his dominion shall overshadow it from the Mediterranean to the Euphrates. This is a beautiful allusion to the eagle-winged lions of Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian power. A winged lion is used in Daniel as the symbol of Assyria under its Ninevite dynasty. When the sovereignty was transferred from Nineveh to Babylon, the prophet represents the wings as being plucked.
Nineveh lost its wings, and could, therefore, overshadow no more. It was once a City of Wings, and Assyria a land of wings; so that if the prophet had any message to proclaim to it from afar, he might have exclaimed,
"Ho, land of the overshadowing wings!"
A city or land of wings, then, is a city or land having dominion; and if the wings are wide-spreading, which is indicated by a widely extended shadow, the dominion is extensive, perhaps very extensive, if an intensive word be used to express the idea of shadowing.
But all lands have not wings, because all lands have not dominion. Canada and the West Indies, Hungary and Lombardy, have no wings. The wings of the mighty overshadow them all. They have no dominion over their own lands, even; hence none dwell under their shadow. Austria, on the other hand, is a land of overshadowing of wings.
So are Russia, Turkey, France and Britain. Belgium is a lion without wings. Its dominion is restricted to its home-land-a land which overshadows none but its own people. But we need add no more under this head; for by this time, the reader will certainly perceive what is meant by the figurative expression, "land of widely o'ershadowing wings."
"Extending from beyond to"-ashr maivr le, pronounced asher mai-aiver le. ASHER is the relative pronoun who, which, that, singular and plural, masculine and feminine; and agrees with its antecedent kenahphahyim, wings. Hence, literally, wings that from beyond to, that is "wings extending from beyond to," as I have given it in the text.
Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, May 1853.
The Lion-power of England has not yet attained the westward bounds of the dominion marked out for it in the providence of the Holy Ones. Its increment will be truly Tarshish-like, extending along coasts and their more immediate vicinities. Isaiah says it is to reach
"to the rivers of Khush;"
that is to the Tigris and Euphrates, till it meets the Persian province of Gog's empire. From thence it will occupy the south western coast of the Persian Gulf, and the western coast of the Arabian sea to the Straits of Babelmandeb, or Dedan and Sheba.
From the Straits it will extend along the Red Sea till it meets the Russo-Assyrian, or Gog, again on the confines of Egypt, which he will have recently conquered, and annexed to the Russian empire. From this boundary it will border on the Russian conquest to the southern extremity of the Dead Sea, and along its eastern shore to the Arnon and ascending that river to about the same parallel as Samaria, and thence eastward to the Euphrates.
This boundary gives it Edom, Moab, and Ammon, which are countries lying between the Red Sea, Dead Sea, river Arnon, and Euphrates. The reader can procure a map of the east, and by tracing this boundary, he will see the extent of the empire in that part of the earth allotted to the British Lion as the full stretch of its dominion before the actual manifestation of the king of Israel as the Stone prepared of Yahweh to fall upon the image and grind it to powder.
The dominion of Asia, will be the real ground of the coming conflict between the powers that be, whatever apparent cause may seem to bring it about. The final possession of the Holy Land will determine that question; that is to say, the power that shall conquer and permanently annex that country to its domain, will have the dominion.
If Russia obtain it, the British Lion will have received its death wound. The consciousness of this it is, that will make Britain as inveterate against Gog as she was against Napoleon I, who purposed the foundation of an eastern empire that should include Egypt and Palestine, and annex Persia and Hindostan.
Napoleon having conquered Europe sought the annexation of the Russian empire, which, if effected, would have prepared him for another effort in the east. If he could have carried out his schemes, Nebuchadnezzar's image, with some modifications, might have stood upon its feet nearly forty years ago.
This would have been premature; besides that a toe kingdom, which France is, was never designed to become the Clay-element cementing the pedestal. It is of the Iron, not the Clay; and therefore not intended for purposes of confederation, but rather as an element to be confederated, transiently indeed, but still combined in one dominion with other constituent parts.
The confederating power is not of the iron element of the image, but commingling itself with the iron pieces; a union, however, which must be very brief, as represented by the brittleness of iron where its constitution is invaded by clay.
The Clay-element not only forms part of the feet, but of the toes also; this goes to show that the Clay-power obtrudes into the toe kingdoms, and moulds them to itself, but which cannot apply to Britain, seeing that it is found in antagonism to it in the Holy Land, where the power of the image stands arrayed in complete armour, like Goliath ready for combat, and about to be slain by a little Stone from David's sling.
Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, March 1858
2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!
; which sendeth by sea whirling things even upon vessels of fleetness on the surface of waters! Go swiftly, ye fleet messengers, to a nation carried away and oppressed; to a people terrible from this and onward; a nation prostrate and trodden down, whose lands rivers have spoiled. *
Britain on the Euphrates, and the Assyrian as a cloud to cover Israel's land, will bring face to face, in the heart of Asia, the friend and foe of God's oppressed, dispersed, and captive nation. Policy and interest will identify Britain with the Jews, while many of its people will sympathise with them on religious principles.
But the Jews are enemies to Jesus; and the British government, while they profess to venerate him, pay no respect to his teaching or commands. Their pride must therefore be humbled before either of them can be employed as allies in the work of the evening time.
Hence, "two-third parts" of Judah in the land are cut off by the Assyrian, leaving the other third for the purposes of the Deliverer: while the powerful fleet of the overshadowing power, cooperating in the war against the Russo-Assyrian, is broken and dispersed.
The testimony in support of this is found in the forty-eighth psalm, which contains a prophecy parallel with this of Isaiah.
"As we have heard so have we now seen concerning the city of Yahweh hosts, concerning the city of our Elohim-the Elohim will establish it throughout the age."
It refers, then, to the time when Zion exists as "the city of the great King," with the "Elohim manifested in its palaces for protection." But before this manifestation "the kings were assembled (against her;) they rushed along together; but when they saw, they were in great consternation; they were confounded; they fled in terror. Trembling seized upon them there, a pang as of travail."
After predicting this headlong flight of the Assyrian's kings, he goes on to say, "by an east wind thou wilt break in pieces the ships of Tarshish"-of that Tarshish which, having partaken of the general dismay, shall be among the first to place its ships at the victor's disposal, to bring Zion's sons from far to their fatherland. Thus will Britain, and the Jews already in Judea, be prepared for cooperation in the work of the evening time.
Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, May 1853
The knowledge of God was kept alive by the ministry of the prophets, and His requirements miraculously-attested embassage going out from Judea in the name of Christ, summoned "all men everywhere to repent," and to
"turn to God from idols, to serve the living and the true God, and to wait for his son from heaven".
Though the result of this appeal was not very bountiful as regards widespread and effectual "repentance towards God and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ," yet a humanising effect was produced in vast communities of the human race.
The basis of European civilisation was laid in the substitution, in 300 years, of State Christianity for Paganism as the religious constitution of the Roman Empire. The work of the apostles while it accomplished the primary object of taking out a people as the associates of Christ in his coming glory, has indirectly reclaimed the population of Europe from a state of utter barbarism to a state of comparative enlightenment, in which they are more fit to be operated upon by that dispensation of judgment and instruction which is about to come into force in all the world.
The nation, "terrible from their beginning hitherto," is a nation whose future is bound up with this coming dispensation. Though "meted out and trodden down," God has not cast them off for ever. This He cannot do, for He has pledged His word to the contrary:
"If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel, for all that they have done" (Jer. 31:37).
"Though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet I will not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure" (30:11).
When this "correction in measure" has reached its appointed limits, the nation terrible from their beginning hitherto will become terrible again in the same way. Israel is again to be employed as the instrument of those wonderful acts by which the world, at the coming of Christ, is to be taught righteousness.
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.