ISAIAH 34
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4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down [be prostrated], as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

If taken literally, it is not easy to affix a definite idea to the word heavens as contradistinguished from the hosts of the heavens: but waiving this, it is not possible that the celestial luminaries should fall down to this earth, which is not half their size; and yet to fall down can mean nothing else: whereas, if taken for rulers and the systems in which they rule, the figure is clear and beautiful.

Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, April 1855



6 The sword of Yahweh is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for Yahweh hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.

The rainbowed angel


In this march, he arrives at Bozrah in Edom, where his presence confronts the forces of the Russo-Assyrian king;

"and all the men that are upon the face of the land shake at his presence."

He causes them to turn their swords against one another. He smites every horse with terror and blindness, and his rider with madness (Zech. xii. 4).

He pleads against them with pestilence and with blood; and rains upon him and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone (Ezek. xxxviii. 22).

This is the crisis which fairly inaugurates

"the war of that great day of the all-powerful Deity"

in the field of Armageddon (Apoc. xvi. 14,16);

"the great winepress of the wrath of Deity" (xiv. 19).

Eureka 10.6.