A Voice in the
" Top of the Mountains "
"And it shall come to pass in the end times, that the mountain of the
house of Jehovah shall be established on the top of the mountains, and
shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come and let us go up to the mountain
of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob. And He will teach us His
ways, and we will walk in His paths. For out of Zion the Law shall go
forth, and the Word of Jehovah from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among
the nations and shall rebuke many people. And they shall beat their
swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation
shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war
These words are somewhat mirrored in Micah ch4, and also includes...
"But they shall each one sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and
there shall be no cause for trembling. For the mouth of Jehovah of Hosts
has spoken." (Mic4:4)
"There shall yet be old men and old women sitting in the streets of
Jerusalem; and each man with his staff in his hand because of great age.
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in
its streets." (Zec8:4-5)
Thus, when it says "in the -END- times", it is obviously not -today-
which, when we view prophecy, we know we are in the 'end' times. But our
end times today are the days leading up -to- these just quoted. Today,
if somebody wishes to go up to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to worship,
they are prevented... both by the Islamic squatters and their Muslim
mosques, as well as Israeli politics and police. Nor is everybody
clamoring after the teachings of Jehovah; the world religion is
worshiping -self- and self-deification. In fact, many religions and
denominations are -divesting- from Israel; refusing to do business or
purchase products produced in Israel. Swords are not being made into
plowshares; but rather Iran is stiving to produce nuclear weapons for
the sole purpose of obliterating Israel off the map. And as this is
being written in May, many of Israel's neighbors are amassing tens of
thousands of missiles to be fired against Israel; and as one reads from
various sources, it is pretty much assumed that -war- is about to break
out again most any time soon; and in the context of this knowledge the
US (muslim) president is placing sanctions against Israel militarily.
The war drums are beating, and Israel is systematically being boxed in.
So, as we understand prophecy from Ezekiel, Zechariah, Revelation we see
the preparations (presently) in progress for the great calamities that
are yet to come. Thus, also knowing prophecy, we understand that this
passage is for the times -AFTER- those calamities and warfare.
In other words, for as fearsome as things presently appear to be lining
up against Israel, this passage (along with many others in Scripture)
gives us the assurance that Israel will ultimately MAKE IT...SAFE AND
SOUND as a nation. They will -NOT- be "wiped off the map". We do know
that 2/3 will be killed, but Israel and Jerusalem will be built up with
the third who remain, who will be "refined" (Zec13:8-9) as Messiah comes
to establish His righteous rule.
But that refining process (for Israel) is also judgment upon the world.
God will judge "among the nations" (vs4); as Jesus spoke of separating
between the sheep and goats, those nations that supported Israel vs
those who treated them rotten. (Mt25:31-46)
Judgment is for idolatry; as ch47 speaks of the downfall of the Queen of
Heaven/Babylon, and the book of Revelation speaks of the ruination of
Babylon and Jezebel. Not only have "the nations" been guilty, but so has
the "church". vs6-9 describe 'eastern' idolatry, and the church has
Charismania today embraces shamanistic rituals like the eastern (Hindu,
TM, Yoga, Pacific Island, etc) religions. When they claim to prophesy
and heal they are calling upon the fortunetelling arts. The KJV and NKJV
get this totally all messed up: It's not about being "pleased". The NASB
and NIV speak of strike bargains or clasp hands...like hand shakes? But
the word is actually "clap/slap". Thus, if one is familiar with seeing
people of the eastern religions at worship, one immediately recognizes
the distinctive "clap" they do. They will bow to the image/idol and
hands in 'prayer' position (like "praying hands"), they clap. They throw
the offering towards the idol, bow and clap. They utter words of prayer,
bow and clap.
Israel had taken to the pagan religions around them. They would join
with them, bow and -clap- together to the idols. And notice...
"Their land is -FULL- of idols... people prostrate themselves, men bow
low; therefore You do not forgive them" (vs8-9)
This reminds me of what the US president Obama, the muslim, has been
doing when he has visited various foreign countries... Saudi Arabia,
Japan, China, etc. How many pictures are there of him bowing -low- to
his hosts. And with his Islamic background he -knows- what he is doing.
In eastern cultures, the lower one bows, the more 'subservient' they are
placing themself to the one before whom they are bowing.
They have been bowing -low- to the idols.
Thus the symbolism of the mountain of Jehovah being established on the
'top' of the mountains. Those who have been haughty against God have
bowed -low- to the idols in subservience to them. When Messiah comes in
judgment He is going to take all the haughty things and bring THEM
"low". (vs12) He is going to humble -everything- and -everybody-: the
cedars of Lebanon, the oaks of Bashan. (vs13) Trees in olden days were
often where rulers/leaders would sit under their shade and rule. e.g.
1Sa14:2,22:6, Jdg4:5 Thus, a -tall- or -big- tree was symbolic of the
greatness of the one sitting under it in rulership.
The "high mountains" and "hills" (vs14) were where they set up their
shrines, altars and groves to their pagan idols.
And here might be one Biblical reference to America, the "ships of
Tarshish" (vs16) along with "Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and their
young lions..." (Ezk38:13) And also Is23:14, 60:9. Some prophecy
scholars consider the "young lions" to be the British empire, the
British crest being comprised with lions; and while the USA is
'independent' of Britain, historically the British commonwealth and USA
have a 'history', and today we are 'close' allies.
What will be the nature of this end times judgment?
"And they shall go into the caves of the rocks, and into the holes of
the earth, for the terror of Jehovah, and from the glory of His majesty;
when He rises up to make the earth tremble. In that day a man shall
throw his idols of silver and gold, which they made each man to bow down
to, to the moles and to the bats; to go into the crevices of the rocks,
and into the clefts of the cliffs, from the terror of Jehovah, and from
the glory of His majesty; when He rises up to make the earth tremble."
This is mirrored...
"And I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a
great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the
moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a
fig tree drops its untimely figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. And
the heavens separated as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every
mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the
earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men,
every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the
rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us
and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the
wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is
able to stand?" (Re6:12-17)
What is the cause? IDOLATRY..!!
"In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth" (Gen1:1)
But man says, No, I don't want anything to do with God. God did not make
me. There was this "point singularity"... this "big bang". Where the
'substance' for this big bang came from, nobody seems to know. But over
mathematically impossible eons of b'zillions of years matter just
somehow coalesced, and eventually complex things like DNA and various
stuff just -happened- to select themselves and arrange themselves. And
on and on... you-all know the story... Well, the Bible even prophesied
that this would be man's substitute as a consquence of his rejection of
"knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking
according to their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His
coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they
were since the beginning of creation [uniformitarianism]. For of this
they are willfully ignorant: that by the Word of God the heavens were of
old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the
world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the
heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same Word, are
reserved for fire until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly
But God is not just annihilating everything. He is not zapping it out of
existence. Some people would prefer that, because then there would be no
consequences for their disobedience and rejection of God; they would not
have to appear before His Throne. (Re20:11)
They will hide in the rocks. Many are already, even today, building
these fully-stocked underground bunkers to survive against global
calamity. But the question is asked of them, "How is he to be
But once the calamities are over, and Messiah is setting up His reign,
those who survive will be making treks to Jerusalem to learn of God. And
where they are trying to wipe Israel off the map today; in that day...
"Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: In those days ten men out of all languages
of the nations shall take hold and grasp the sleeve of a man who is a
Jew, saying, Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with
Will idolatry be erased from the minds of all the people of earth? No.
At the end of the Millennium when satan is loosed temporarily from the
pit, he will rally the world against God and Israel one last time...
"Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be set loose out
of his prison and will go out to lead astray the nations which are in
the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to
battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. And they went up over
the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the
beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured
If all of Millennial Kingdom humanity was truly obedient to God in their
hearts, they would not follow Satan. But for those who follow God and
are obedient to Him...
"For all the peoples walk, each one in the name of his god; but we will
walk in the name of Jehovah our God forever and ever." (Mic4:5)
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