For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.
And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.
And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from your sorrow, and from your fear, and from the hard bondage wherein you were forced to serve.
That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!
The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers.
He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hinders.
The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.
Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.
Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD.
I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.
The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
THE THOUSAND YEARS|
After the Second Coming of Jesus
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Let's look closer at Romans 11 to see how this prophecy will be fulfilled. For Isaiah tells us that the Lord will yet choose Israel and the strangers shall be joined with them. . . .Paul explains how all Israel is saved.
Romans 11:1,7-26 Has God cast away His people? Certainly not!....What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it. . . .the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. Remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. Branches were broken off ...because of unbelief they were broke off and you stand by faith....continue in His goodness, otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in...and so all Israel will be saved.
Paul likens the remnant in Israel to a noble olive tree, some of whose branches have been broken off. He compares the Gentiles to branches from a wild olive tree, grafted into the parent stock. Through unbelief and the rejection of Heaven's purpose for her, literal Israel as a nation had lost her connection with God. However the stock remains and only those connected with the parent stock are considered Israel. All who are connected will be saved.
Jesus said, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and
prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
The Lord will set His people in their own land.
Judgment will be given to them over the wicked.
Daniel 7.21,22 I beheld, and the same horn (oppressive religious power) made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the
Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the
witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon
their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
I Corinthians 6.2-3
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?.. the world shall be judged by you,..
Know ye not that we shall judge angels?
Christ delivers His people, the true Israel. For 1000 years they live and reign in heaven with Christ. They will study the record books learning of the fair justice of God. With Christ they judge the wicked according to their response to the light given them which is revealed in their works.
Enjoying God's rest and peace in the heavenly kingdom — free from the tyranny of oppressive powers,
God's people praise Him for deliverance.
Rev.19.1,2 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and
power, unto the Lord our God:
For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and
hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
The King of Babylon
The King of Babylon here represents Satan. The usurper prince who has instigated and guided all the confusion and warfare against God and His people. It was the dragon (satan) who gave his power to the beast. It was satan who filled Babylon with his foul spirits (Rev. !8:2) Yet Babylon, that golden city has ceased, cast down, in Revelation 18. Now, for a 1000 years satan, the king of Babylon, is left to wonder to and fro in the desolate earth. Now deprived of his power and left to contemplate the part he has acted since he first rebelled against God.
Satan instigated others to rebel and bound them together in a confederacy to do all the evil possible to man, as a means of striking against God. In anger he and his fallen angels stalked the earth persecuting and harassing the populations of the world.
Yet now the earth is at rest and is quiet, even the wicked are placed beyond Satan's power. God has broken the staff of the wicked. He who persecuted is now being persecuted and none hindereth! The redeemed break out in singing. For God's people the captivity of Satan will bring gladness and rejoicing.
Trees are often symbolic of nations. Trees rejoice, nations rejoice, because there are no more tree cutters (conquerors). No more war, bloodshed and oppression.
Christ's third Coming and the second resurrection
The graves move and all the chief ones of the earth raise up — it stirs up the dead.
Rev. 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.
After the thousand years the wicked dead arise from their graves.
After the thousand years the wicked dead arise from their graves. All who have lived on earth: the mighty men before the flood, the great conquerors and kings of the nations, the ordinary citizens of earth throughout history — all who missed the blessed first resurrection will now be resurrected.
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
20.8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in
the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Satan quickly takes advantage of these people again, trying to lead them to conquer God's city, but now He is unmasked. The wicked
see him for what he really is. God reveals to them His justice in dealing with sin — Satan is revealed as the great deceiver.
Those that have united with Satan see the total failure of his cause and He becomes the object of
universal abhorrence as they see him for what he really stands for.
Satan's ambitions revealed.
It seems hard to believe, but Revelation 12:7-9 tells us that war broke out in heaven, and Christ (Michel) and His angels fought against the dragon ( Lucifer at that time) and the angels that sided with him. The great dragon was cast out, the one called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world. Why was there war in heaven? Who was this rebel and why did he rebel?
Ezekiel gives us a glimpse: (28:13-15)
You sealed up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
You were in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that you were created.
You were the anointed cherub that covers; and I set you so: you were upon the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the middle of the stones of fire.
You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you.
Lucifer was an angel appointed a very special position in heaven! The covering cherub by the throne of God. But this angel became centered on self. How did he fall?
He wanted to be god.
"I will be like the most high," he declared.
"I will exalt my throne above the stars of heaven."
This rebellious angel wondered: Why should God have all the power and authority? Why should God have laws? Why should the angels obey Him? To dispute the supremacy of the Son of God, thus impeaching the wisdom and love of the Creator, became the purpose of this prince of angels.
He had committed high treason against the just God and Creator of the Universe.
Why did God not destroy Lucifer at that time? If God had destroyed him then, all the other angels would reason: "Lucifer was right! He told us God and His laws were unfair and just look at what happened to him. God must be a tyrant. So God chose a course to reveal the true nature of the situation. He'd allow sin to unravel itself into it's natural consequences and demonstrate that God's way brings joy and Lucifer's way brings death, then and only then would God destroy all evil.
Now Satan's sentence is pronounced.
I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. 28.19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou
shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
For 6000 years Satan has made the earth to tremble. He destroyed the very fiber of peoples social,
emotion and spiritual health. For 6000 years he received and held people in the prison house of death.
But Christ has won the victory, Christ has shown His government to be vastly superior to Satan's. Now
Satan will be destroyed forever and God's people will never again be subjected to his tyranny or to his
prison house of death.
Satan never experiences the first death, the death of sleep from which one can be resurrected. When the
wicked were destroyed at Christ's 2nd coming, Satan continued to exist in this empty world. He did not
rest in a grave during this time. However He will experience the second death of total destruction.
The final destruction
Rev. 20:9 And fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 20.10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake
of fire and brimstone, with the beast and the false prophet.
Malachi . 4.1-3
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that
cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as
calves of the stall.
And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of
Satan will be destroyed.
Therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
Sin will be totally destroyed it will never again "rise, or possess the land, or fill the cities"
It will take place, the Lord has sworn that it will.
What the Lord has purposed to do no one can disannul it.