ISAIAH 18
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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.

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.


Bro Thomas