[Yeshayah 6 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)]
1 In the year that king Uzziah [Melech Uziyah] died I saw also Yahweh sitting upon a throne [kisse], high and lifted up, and his train filled [robe] the temple [Heikhal].
2 Above it [Him] stood [ministering the flaming] seraphim: each one had 6 wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, , is Hashem Tzva'os; z is full of His .
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy [Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh], is Yahweh Tz'vaoth: the whole earth [kol ha'aret] is full of His glory [kavod].
Seraphim Identical with Cherubim
There is no obscurity about the etymology of seraph. It signifies burning, fiery, deadly. The fiery serpents sent among the people (Num. xxi. 6) are styled by Moses seraphim. By the saints, the seraphim and cherubim of Messiah's throne, the whole earth is to be filled with his glory.
Being incarnations of Spirit, they will be more than a match for all the powers of the world. They will cast down their thrones, overthrow Babylon, waste the land of Assyria, reap the harvest of the earth, tread the winepress of wrath, and as a stream of devouring fire destroy the body of Daniel's fourth polity with their burning flame.
4 cherubim with 6 wings each = 24 [elders] about the throne. This vision is taken up in Rev 4: 4-8.
9 And He said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
What is the meaning of this? Does it not show that the Jews lack understanding? For as Mr. Stern says, they can discern jewels and diamonds, but higher things are hid from them in our time.
"Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and be converted and be healed".
According to Mr. Stern's interpretation, the great light of his nation was sent to bring darkness! What a desperate strait Mr. Stern must be in when he finds himself compelled to sustain his theory by such injustice to his own Scriptures. I referred to the 53rd chapter of Isaiah as showing that the Messiah was to be a personage at first rejected.
I now refer to Psa. 118:22 for the same purpose, "The stone which the builders refused is become the head of the corner". The builders of Israel were to reject their chief corner stone; will they deny that the chief corner stone of their political edifice is the Messiah? Then he was to be rejected by the builders. Is the Messiah of Mr. Stern's expectation to be rejected? Jesus of Nazareth was rejected by the head men of Israel, and therefore he answers to this prophetic intimation of David. I next refer to Isaiah 8:14.
"He shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and shall be broken, and be snared, and be taken. Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him".
Who has been the stone of stumbling to Israel? Jesus of Nazareth. And God has hidden His face from them; for are they not now broken and snared and taken? Have they not been for 1,800 years wandering in darkness? Jesus of Nazareth has ascended into Heaven, and by the testimony of the Apostles, is sitting at the right hand of God; and the binding of the law and the sealing of the testimony among his disciples is now going on. How complete is the correspondence between Jesus and the Messiah foretold by the prophets. (Time called.)
Bro Roberts - Was Jesus of Nazareth The Messiah?
Partial restoration of the nation before Messiah's advent
13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and in it [the land (which has been waste - enjoying her sabbaths in the absence of the diaspora)] shall return [to fruitfulness when there is a partial restoration of the Jews Ezk 38], and shall be eaten: [the preadventual colonization of the "tenth," whose people are to return, and browse it (the land) with their cattle] as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed [zera kodesh] shall be the substance thereof.
A tenth of Israel occupied by Jacob's seed prior to Messiah's return. Greater Israel in the Aion of Aions is 10 times larger in land mass. Current estimates in 2017 suggest Israel is about 22 100 sq kms. This is less than a tenth of the Greater Israel envisioned by Bro Thomas' so we may yet see further territory gains for Israel before the Lord returns. The proposed annexation of Judea and Samaria is a tantalising prospect. The US administration under President Trump has invoked territorial gains for Israel though this is strongly resisted by Palestinian leadership and its sympathisers. The expanding settlements into so-called 'occupied land' may also account for the difference. Bro Thomas suggested that in the Kingdom age Israeli territory will cover and area aprox 360 000 sq miles.
This immigration and settlement is therefore not spread over the whole land; but principally confined to the midst or navel of the land; to that part, in other words, styled by Isaiah "a tenth." His words are, "a great forsaking in the midst of the land. But yet in it a tenth, and it shall return and be eaten."
By reference to this passage the reader will see that it is part of a prophecy concerning the desolation and subsequent restoration of the people and land of Israel. It predicts that in the midst of the widespread ruin a tenth part should escape utter desolation; and that the people should return and occupy it, and browse it with their cattle, which is implied by the phrase, "and shall return, and shall be eaten."
This is restoration in a limited degree-a restoration of a tenth part of the land, in the midst of it. What proportion of the nation will occupy this tenth part is not revealed; but of this we are informed, namely, that be it large or small only "one third part" will survive the calamities inflicted upon them by God's invasion of the country, and siege and capture of Jerusalem: for, "thus saith Yahweh, it shall come to pass in all the land, that two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, Yahweh is my God"-that is, Jesus, "whom Yahweh that made both Lord and Christ."
...He [Gog] captures the Holy City; but fails to subdue the country. The post-millennial Gog aims at both, but succeeds in effecting neither.
Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, Feb 1854