5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.

When an alarm was blown it portended great evil. See also Joel 2:1... When an alarm was blown it portended great evil.

Eureka 8.6.

6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.

The beasts being substituted for the metals represent of course the same dominions. The lion was a very appropriate symbol for the Assyrian dynasty; and it was as well understood to represent it in the days of the prophets, as it is now that the lion and unicorn are symbols of the British power. Hence, speaking of the overthrow coming upon Judah by Nebuchadnezzar, Jeremiah says...

7 The lion [of Babylon] is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.

13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.

Clouds - a multitude: Whirlwind - rushing and ferocious, demolishing everything in its path. No escape from the coming wrath for those who remained.

As a horse is warlike, so he is also a swift creature, and is therefore not only the symbol of conquest, but also of the speediness of it

Eureka 9.4.5.

14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

The choice is ours - cleanse ourselves of sin and be saved, or indulge the pleasures of sin for a season and perish.

14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

The prophets are full of such terrible forewarnings and declarations of coming evil. The judgments foretold have all been accomplished, and for long dreary centuries, the world has been witness of the desolation that has reigned in a land once fertile and full of human activity and joy; and a beholder and inflictor of the ignominy that has for ages been the portion of an exiled race, once the honoured inhabitants of the Lord's land.

In this we are interested as words cannot express. Assembled... as the children of Zion (for we are such by adoption, though not of Jewish blood), to call to remembrance the death of Zion's king, it is part of our joy to re-contemplate the hope that God has given us concerning the end of Zion's desolation, at His manifestation in power and great glory. They are no vain words that we sing when we say,

"The Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody."

Such is the declaration of the word of inspiration. Yahweh, who hath established the desolation, will bring to pass revival and prosperity and the gladness. So He hath promised, as we know.

"He hath torn, and he will heal us: he hath smitten, and he will bind us up" (Hos. 6:1).

"In my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee" (Isa. 60:10).

"He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock" (Jer. 31:10).

"For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer" (Isa. 54:7-8).

The desolation of Israel seems a small thing in the estimation of the children of the present world. They do not realise what glories were involved in the Mosaic constitution which God gave to Israel. They do not know the wretchedness that results to the human race from the absence of divine government. They cannot appreciate the unutterable goodness that will come to all people with the rebuilding of the house of David, and the extension of its shadowing power to every country under heaven...

"If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy."

Her night has been long and dark and bitter. She has

"drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury. She has drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out" (Isa. 51:17).

She lies speechless on the ground. But there is an end to her affliction. Yahweh commanded his servant Isaiah to speak comfortably to Jerusalem and to cry unto her, that her warfare should be accomplished, her iniquities pardoned, when she should have received of the hand of the Lord enough for all her sins (Isa. 40:1). Again, saith he.

"Hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine . . . Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again: but I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee."

How long she should have to suffer was not at that time revealed. Jesus referred to the period of her affliction, saying she should be

"trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles should be fulfilled" (Luke 21:24).

The duration of these times of downtreading, characterised also by Gentile ascendancy, was approximately foreshown to Daniel and John. By the light of what was revealed to them, we are enabled to be assured that the time of deliverance is at hand-nay, that the time definitely appointed for desolation, is in the past.

Seasons 1.66.