Isaiah 16:1-2. “Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion. For, it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.”
In 16:1, “the ruler of the land” is the occupant of the throne of Dave, to whom the tribute of lambs is to be paid by Moab, represented here by Sela, or Petra.This tribute had been sent to Samaria (2 Kings 3:4); now the lambs must be sent to Jerusalem and this will be the case, by way of Gentile tribute, when Christ comes to deliver Israel (15:5).
The plea in verse 1 is for Moab to shelter the Jews who survive Antichrist, and to protect them and nourish them. The Moabites are compared to wandering birds. A bird cast out of its nest will wander from place to place, seeking its home. This is the way the Moabites will react when Antichrist breaks his covenant with Israel, and the Jews are forced to flee or they will die. Moab becomes a place for them to hide, and to be taken care of. During this period, the last half of the Tribulation, Israel will become strong enough to take a last and victorious stand over Antichrist, who will have spent 3 1/2 years warring against those nations who rise up against him when they finally understand his true purpose.