Peace and Quiet

Isaiah 14:7-8. “The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. Yes, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.”

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In the Millenial Kingdom, the whole earth will be at peace. Animals will be at peace with one another, and with mankind; people will be at peace with one another. This is what happens when the Spirit of Jehovah permeates His creation.

The emphasis in these verses is on the fall of the rebuilt Babylon.  It will exist no more. In verse 8, the reference to the fir (cypress) trees and the cedars, is to be taken literally. The Chaldeans had cut down large parts of the forest to make use of the timber for rebuilding.

I’ve heard lots of jokes about “no feller is coming up against us,” but it’s actually a reference to those who cut down, or fell, trees.  A feller of that time would be called a lumberjack in America today.

The point is that even the forests are finally at rest, with no woodsman coming with an ax or a saw to cut down the trees.

We’ll look at the next three verses on Monday. They’re important, and will take some close examination.

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