Lift up an Ensign

Isaiah 5: 26-27.  “And He will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:  None shall be weary nor stumble among them: none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken.”

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The destruction of Jerusalem and Judah by Nebuchadnezzar would come in waves until the area was completely desolate.  God was going to plant a banner (ensign) to summon the nations that were far away to come to Jerusalem as His military rendezvous, to fight His battles against His apostate people.  How different this is from the time when He was Israel’s banner, Jehovah-nissi, and His banner over them was love, after the overthrow of Pharaoh (Exod. 17:15).  Man cannot trifle with God and expect to get away with it.

“Hiss unto them (the Chaldeans)” is an interesting picture.  It is a beekeeper, who hisses to his bees to entice them to leave their hives and settle on the ground.

Verse 27 makes it clear that the armies invading Jerusalem and Judah will not hesitate to move. They will be well-armed, and there will be nothing to hold them back from the destruction of the city and its people. They will not be weary, will not take a misstep, will not be hampered by their clothing or their footwear. They will be ready.

Today is election day in America.  We are not just having another election. We are deciding whether our nation will continue to be the “land of the free and the home of the brave,” or slide into the cesspool of socialism and one-world government.  A lot of us understand exactly what is at stake, but too many do not. They will vote on personality, not on issues.

It feels a little bit to me as if God is preparing His armies against apostate America.

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