Isaiah 49: 24-26.
24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?
25 But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
Was there a “lawful captive”? Looking into the near future for Israel when this question was asked, there were those who would be taken into captivity by Cyrus, under God’s direction. But, looking into the far future, the captives of the Antichrist were among those marked by Antichrist for the complete extermination of the Jews. The Lord will snatch these captives of Antichrist from his hands, those whom Satan will instigate to endeavour to exterminate the Jews.
The assurance is given that the Lord Himself will contend with those that contend with His people. The passage again points to the time of Armageddon and the Second Advent. With the statement “I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh: and they shall be drunken with their own blood” (Rev. 14:20). All the world will discover and recognize that Jehovah is Israel’s Savior and Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
All the efforts of the combined nations to establish “peace and safety” in the earth, however sincere the motive, however good the intention may be, are foredoomed to failure. The world’s last great conflict, in which the Jewish question will be uppermost, will see the fulfilment of the Scriptures which make known that righteousness can be established in the earth only by the Personal Advent of Christ in judgment upon the foes of God and in the deliverance of His people.