Isaiah 41 to 45
Israel is at the ends (geographical extremities) of the earth and in the island. Israel must return to the Almighty. God is pleading with us to return to Him (Isaiah 43:26). Israel will return. Israel will have transported African slaves in chains, possessed the Suez Canal and India and vast resources. Israel will be called names derived from Jacob such as Yank, Union Jack, Jock. By returning to God all the Seed of Israel shall be justified and find glory.
The Book of Isaiah
Chapters 41 to 45
Chapters with Brit-Am Commentary
Summary of Individual Chapters:
Chapter 41: The Islands will be called upon to return to the truth (41:1).
God will raise up his righteous representative to overcome his enemies (41:2-3).
God is the beginning and end and knows all that will be (41:4).
Israel is the servant of God (41:8) and the servant-people from the ends of the earth.
Israel in the last Days will be in the geographical extremities of the earth, e.g. America, Australia,
New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia, Netherlands, etc.
Israel will be at the ends of the earth and in the best places thereof (41:9).
God will help Jacob and Israel meaning the Ten Tribes and Judah (Isaiah 41:14).
All of the Israelites will return to the Land of Greater Israel and re-possess most of the Middle East, much of which is now desert. Miracles will happen. There will be climatic changes (41:18).
Chapter 42: Israel who are in the Isles will return to His Law (Isaiah 42:4).
God has called Israel in righteousness to become a Brit-Am (Covenant of the People) and a
Light to the Nations (42:6). They were to reveal the truth and release the imprisoned (42:7).
God is the Almighty and will not give HIS glory to another (42:8).
Prophecy reveals what will come about (42:9). They who are sea goers and live in the Isles at the
ends of the earth are called upon to praise God with a new song (42:10).
This message is also applied to "Kedar" (42:11) which we have said in some
contexts refers to North America, see our publication "Ephraim". At all events
the emphasis is on the Islands (42:12). God will bring His people back both in the physical sense
and in the spiritual one (42:14-19). The Troubles of Jacob and Israel (Joseph and Judah) will
have been the result of transgression (42:20-25).
Chapter 43: Jacob and Israel (The Ten Tribes and Judah) will be redeemed (43:1).
God will be with us no matter what happens (43:2). Egypt will be given over for Israel to redeem itself.
Cush (India, Africa) and Seba will be ours (43:3).
Peoples will be subjected under Israel and God will bring Israel back from the east and from the west (43:3-4). Israel and Judah will return from the north and south, from afar, and from the corners of the earth (43:6). Every member of Israel has been called by God by HIS name (43:7). Israel and Judah are the witnesses of God in this world (43:10). The Casdim (Chaldeans) oppressed us and came against us in their ships because God wanted it so (43:14). The final return of Israel will be accompanied by miracles that according to the simple meaning of certain verses will be comparable to those of the original Exodus from Egypt (43:16-21). Israel has not called out to God (43:22) nor offered sacrifices but has sinned (43:23-24). God will forgive us (43:25).
Literally God is almost pleading with us to return to Him for both His sake and our own (Isaiah 43:26).
Chapter 44: Jacob and Israel must hear God (44:1).
Jacob is HIS servant and Jeshurun (Yeshurun) HIS chosen one (44:2). In the End Times many of the
descendants of Israel will be Divinely Inspired (44:3). The Israelites will return.
Some will express their return more in the religious sense while others will identify with Judah. They will openly acknowledge their Israelite descent (44:3). There is Only One God and HE is Everything (44:6). The People of Israel will bear witness as to the existence of God (44:8).
The Muslims and heathen will be ashamed of the idolatrous past and Israel
should look at their uselessness and not go in their pagan ways (44:9-20).
Israel is the servant-people of God. He has not forgotten us (44:21).
Creation will see that God has redeemed Jacob and glorified Himself in Israel (44:23).
God is true. The Bible is true. The wise academics who deny this are fools (44:25).
God will have mercy on Judah who is HIS servant. Jerusalem and the cities of Judah will be restored (44:26). Cyrus is the shepherd of the Almighty and shall enable the Temple to be rebuilt (44:28). We have explained that "Cyrus" meant both the Persian Emperor of that name who released the Jews from Babylon and ALSO a future leader of the Ten Tribes, a Messiah son of Joseph, leader of the Ten Tribes.
Chapter 45: God calls to his "annointed" Cyrus (45:1)
[see the Brit-Am Commentary in full. This verse is not addressed primarily to Cyrus but to the Ten
Tribes in Exile.]. God will prepare the way before him and give him the treasures of darkness
and riches of secret places (45:2-3). Jacob is the servant of God. He is called "Jacob" (Yank,
Union Jack, Jock) even though he is not aware of its meaning (45:4). The God of Israel
looked after Jacob even though Jacob did not know him (45:5). He shall rebuilt the city and release the Captives who belong to the Almighty (45:13). Produce reaching Mitsrayim (Egypt), tall men of Saba in Africa shall submit to the Chosen and belong to them. They will acknowledge that God is with the Chosen (45:14).
An identifying sign of Israel in Exile was that they should rule Egypt, most of Africa, and India as the British did (45:1-4,14). So too in the future Joseph will be instrumental in the Restoration of Judah (45:13). That which comes to Egypt [via the Suez Canal], the trade of India [Cush], and of the Sabeans [of Black Africa], shall come over [the sea] unto you. They will be yours, in chains they will come unto you.
This was fulfilled by the British and Americans and the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (45:14). The British Navy eventually everybody forced everybody to stop this trade.
The God of Israel hides Himself (45:15 See our commentary and the book "Ephraim" for more details on these matters). They who make idols shall be ashamed but Israel will be saved (45:16-17). Israel is called to come out of the nations, not worship the wood of an idol nor pray to a god that cannot save (45:20). True Prophecy is to be found only in the Israelite Bible besides whom there can be none other (45:21). God is calling to Israel to return and worship HIM (45:22).
God hides HIMSELF amongst His people including the Lost Tribes of Israel (45:15).
God has not made Himself unavailable to the seed of Jacob, just the opposite (45:19).
They who are escaped from among the nations are to assemble together and reject their idolatrous beliefs (45:20).
God is calling to Israel to return and worship HIM (45:22).
By returning to God all the Seed of Israel shall be justified and find glory (45:25).
Chapters with Brit-Am Commentary:
Samuel 41 to 45
[Isaiah 41:1] KEEP SILENCE BEFORE ME, O ISLANDS; AND LET THE PEOPLE RENEW THEIR
STRENGTH: LET THEM COME NEAR; THEN LET THEM SPEAK: LET US COME NEAR TOGETHER TO
" O ISLANDS" quite often connected to
the Lost Tribes. The Malbim
says they are being called to return to the truth. In Hebrew "Island" is "ey"
. Some say that as well as island this word can also denote a coastal area. I
only saw one real example and even that was uncertain.
[Isaiah 41:2] WHO RAISED UP THE RIGHTEOUS MAN FROM THE EAST, CALLED HIM TO HIS
FOOT, GAVE THE NATIONS BEFORE HIM, AND MADE HIM RULE OVER KINGS? HE GAVE THEM
AS THE DUST TO HIS SWORD, AND AS DRIVEN STUBBLE TO HIS BOW.
"RIGHTEOUS MAN FROM THE EAST": The future
Messiah son of David from Judah. Others said it referred to our forefather
Abraham or to Cyrus the ruler of Persia and deliverer of the Jews.
[Isaiah 41:3] HE PURSUED THEM, AND PASSED SAFELY; EVEN BY THE WAY THAT HE HAD
NOT GONE WITH HIS FEET.
He pursues his enemies by a way his feet
had not touched or do not touch. By airplanes?
[Isaiah 41:4] WHO HATH WROUGHT AND DONE IT, CALLING THE GENERATIONS FROM THE
BEGINNING? I THE LORD, THE FIRST, AND WITH THE LAST; I AM HE.
God foretells the future. The future is
hidden in the Bible. The Bible is worth reading. Even if we do not understand
all of it consciously on a higher level it reveals to us things that will later
become apparent to us. God is first and last.
[Isaiah 41:5] THE ISLES SAW IT, AND FEARED; THE ENDS OF THE EARTH WERE AFRAID,
DREW NEAR, AND CAME.
[Isaiah 41:6] THEY HELPED EVERY ONE HIS NEIGHBOUR; AND EVERY ONE SAID TO HIS
BROTHER, BE OF GOOD COURAGE.
They are all
to fight against the Messiah. We can see signs of this at present where most nations of the world frequently gang up to condemn Israel for defending its very existence.
[Isaiah 41:7] SO THE CARPENTER ENCOURAGED THE GOLDSMITH, AND HE THAT SMOOTHETH
WITH THE HAMMER HIM THAT SMOTE THE ANVIL, SAYING, IT IS READY FOR THE SODERING:
AND HE FASTENED IT WITH NAILS, THAT IT SHOULD NOT BE MOVED.
[Isaiah 41:8] BUT THOU, ISRAEL, ART MY SERVANT, JACOB WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN, THE
SEED OF ABRAHAM MY FRIEND.
"ISRAEL, ART MY SERVANT" a key
expression. Israel is the servant of God. Israel is being spoken of and all the
Prophecy is concerned with Israel.
[Isaiah 41:9] THOU WHOM I HAVE TAKEN FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, AND CALLED
THEE FROM THE CHIEF MEN THEREOF, AND SAID UNTO THEE, THOU ART MY SERVANT; I HAVE
CHOSEN THEE, AND NOT CAST THEE AWAY.
"THE ENDS OF THE EARTH": i.e. Israel in
the last Days will be in the geographical extremities of the earth, e.g.
America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia, Netherlands, etc.
"THE CHIEF MEN THEREOF": In Hebrew "Atziliah"
which can also mean "the best places thereof".
I once saw a book that discussed parchments made out of animal skins. The best
cowhides (it said) come from North America due to the climate and environment of
"THOU ART MY SERVANT": Israel is the servant of God.
[Isaiah 41:10] FEAR THOU NOT; FOR I AM WITH THEE: BE NOT DISMAYED; FOR I AM THY
GOD: I WILL STRENGTHEN THEE; YEA, I WILL HELP THEE; YEA, I WILL UPHOLD THEE WITH
THE RIGHT HAND OF MY RIGHTEOUSNESS.
[Isaiah 41:11] BEHOLD, ALL THEY THAT WERE INCENSED AGAINST THEE SHALL BE
ASHAMED AND CONFOUNDED: THEY SHALL BE AS NOTHING; AND THEY THAT STRIVE WITH THEE
[Isaiah 41:12] THOU SHALT SEEK THEM, AND SHALT NOT FIND THEM, EVEN THEM THAT
CONTENDED WITH THEE: THEY THAT WAR AGAINST THEE SHALL BE AS NOTHING, AND AS A
THING OF NOUGHT.
[Isaiah 41:13] FOR I THE LORD THY GOD WILL HOLD THY RIGHT HAND, SAYING UNTO
THEE, FEAR NOT; I WILL HELP THEE.
[Isaiah 41:14] FEAR NOT, THOU WORM JACOB, AND YE MEN OF ISRAEL; I WILL HELP
THEE, SAITH THE LORD, AND THY REDEEMER, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL.
When Jacob and Israel are mentioned
together, one refers to Judah the other to the Lost Tribes. Which of the two is which
appears to be a subject of debate amongst the Commentators.
[Isaiah 41:15] BEHOLD, I WILL MAKE THEE A NEW SHARP THRESHING INSTRUMENT HAVING
TEETH: THOU SHALT THRESH THE MOUNTAINS, AND BEAT THEM SMALL, AND SHALT MAKE THE
HILLS AS CHAFF.
"MOUNTAINS" = other nations.
[Isaiah 41:16] THOU SHALT FAN THEM, AND THE WIND SHALL CARRY THEM AWAY, AND THE
WHIRLWIND SHALL SCATTER THEM: AND THOU SHALT REJOICE IN THE LORD, AND SHALT
GLORY IN THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL.
Enemies from all over the world will
come against Israel and be driven away.
[Isaiah 41:17] WHEN THE POOR AND NEEDY SEEK WATER, AND THERE IS NONE, AND THEIR
TONGUE FAILETH FOR THIRST, I THE LORD WILL HEAR THEM, I THE GOD OF ISRAEL WILL
NOT FORSAKE THEM.
There are indications
that in the Last Days a new Exodus will take place and miracles will occur just
like in the previous one. These verses can also be applied to the migrations of
the Lost Ten Tribes from place to place in the course of history. God will not
forsake His people.
[Isaiah 41:18] I WILL OPEN RIVERS IN HIGH PLACES, AND FOUNTAINS IN THE MIDST OF
THE VALLEYS: I WILL MAKE THE WILDERNESS A POOL OF WATER, AND THE DRY LAND
SPRINGS OF WATER.
When all of the Israelites return to the
Land of Greater Israel and re-possess most of the Middle East much of which is
now desert miracles will happen. There will be climatic changes. What is now
desert was once in part fertile cultivated land. In the future it will return to be
watered and cultivated.
[Isaiah 41:19] I WILL PLANT IN THE WILDERNESS THE CEDAR, THE SHITTAH TREE, AND
THE MYRTLE, AND THE OIL TREE; I WILL SET IN THE DESERT THE FIR TREE, AND THE
PINE, AND THE BOX TREE TOGETHER:
[Isaiah 41:20] THAT THEY MAY SEE, AND KNOW, AND CONSIDER, AND UNDERSTAND
TOGETHER, THAT THE HAND OF THE LORD HATH DONE THIS, AND THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL
HATH CREATED IT.
[Isaiah 41:21] PRODUCE YOUR CAUSE, SAITH THE LORD; BRING FORTH YOUR STRONG
REASONS, SAITH THE KING OF JACOB.
[Isaiah 41:22] LET THEM BRING THEM FORTH, AND SHEW US WHAT SHALL HAPPEN: LET
THEM SHEW THE FORMER THINGS, WHAT THEY BE, THAT WE MAY CONSIDER THEM, AND KNOW
THE LATTER END OF THEM; OR DECLARE US THINGS FOR TO COME.
[Isaiah 41:23] SHEW THE THINGS THAT ARE TO COME HEREAFTER, THAT WE MAY KNOW
THAT YE ARE GODS: YEA, DO GOOD, OR DO EVIL, THAT WE MAY BE DISMAYED, AND BEHOLD
Let the idolaters prove themselves. Let
them try and predict the future.
[Isaiah 41:24] BEHOLD, YE ARE OF NOTHING, AND YOUR WORK OF NOUGHT: AN
ABOMINATION IS HE THAT CHOOSETH YOU.
[Isaiah 41:25] I HAVE RAISED UP ONE FROM THE NORTH, AND HE SHALL COME: FROM THE
RISING OF THE SUN SHALL HE CALL UPON MY NAME: AND HE SHALL COME UPON PRINCES AS
UPON MORTER, AND AS THE POTTER TREADETH CLAY.
A conqueror will come from the North and
East. Again this could
historicaly refer to Cyrus King
of Persia as we will see.
[Isaiah 41:26] WHO HATH DECLARED FROM THE BEGINNING, THAT WE MAY KNOW? AND
BEFORETIME, THAT WE MAY SAY, HE IS RIGHTEOUS? YEA, THERE IS NONE THAT SHEWETH,
YEA, THERE IS NONE THAT DECLARETH, YEA, THERE IS NONE THAT HEARETH YOUR
[Isaiah 41:27] THE FIRST SHALL SAY TO ZION, BEHOLD, BEHOLD THEM: AND I WILL
GIVE TO JERUSALEM ONE THAT BRINGETH GOOD TIDINGS.
[Isaiah 41:28] FOR I BEHELD, AND THERE WAS NO MAN; EVEN AMONG THEM, AND THERE
WAS NO COUNSELLOR, THAT, WHEN I ASKED OF THEM, COULD ANSWER A WORD.
[Isaiah 41:29] BEHOLD, THEY ARE ALL VANITY; THEIR WORKS ARE NOTHING: THEIR
MOLTEN IMAGES ARE WIND AND CONFUSION.
The worshippers of idols bring no
benefit but rather arouse negative forces.
[Isaiah 42:1] BEHOLD MY SERVANT, WHOM I UPHOLD; MINE ELECT, IN WHOM MY SOUL
DELIGHTETH; I HAVE PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM: HE SHALL BRING FORTH JUDGMENT TO THE
"BEHOLD MY SERVANT" remember [Isaiah
41:8] BUT THOU, ISRAEL, ART MY SERVANT: They shall judge and rule over the other
nations and instruct them.
Others (such as the Malbim)
say that in this case "my servant" refers to the future Messiah. The passage can
be understood in both senses.
[Isaiah 42:2] HE SHALL NOT CRY, NOR LIFT UP, NOR CAUSE HIS VOICE TO BE HEARD IN
Cf. "THE WORDS OF WISE MEN ARE HEARD IN
QUIET MORE THAN THE CRY OF HIM THAT
AMONG FOOLS" [Eccles. 9:17].
[Isaiah 42:3] A BRUISED REED SHALL HE NOT BREAK, AND THE SMOKING FLAX SHALL HE
NOT QUENCH: HE SHALL BRING FORTH JUDGMENT UNTO TRUTH.
He shall not oppress the downtrodden and
broken. He shall not take unfair advantage of the weak. On the contrary he
shall build up and heal.
explains a bruised reed to be he who was
by physical lusts, and "smoking flax" he who was misled by his intellect. Mercy
will be shown to all and a pathway of understanding will be laid out.
[Isaiah 42:4] HE SHALL NOT FAIL NOR BE DISCOURAGED, TILL HE HAVE SET JUDGMENT
IN THE EARTH: AND THE ISLES SHALL WAIT FOR HIS LAW.
Israel who are in the Isles will return
to His Law.
[Isaiah 42:5] THUS SAITH GOD THE LORD, HE THAT CREATED THE HEAVENS, AND
STRETCHED THEM OUT; HE THAT SPREAD FORTH THE EARTH, AND THAT WHICH COMETH OUT
OF IT; HE THAT GIVETH BREATH UNTO THE PEOPLE UPON IT, AND SPIRIT TO THEM THAT
[Isaiah 42:6] I THE LORD HAVE CALLED THEE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND WILL HOLD THINE
HAND, AND WILL KEEP THEE, AND GIVE THEE FOR A COVENANT OF THE PEOPLE, FOR A
LIGHT OF THE GENTILES;
"A COVENANT OF THE PEOPLE" in Hebrew
"Brit-Am". Israel will be a "Brit-Am". In the Middle Ages the name Britain was sometimes
written as "Britammia".
The Welsh called themselves, "Bryth
, or Briths
In Biblical Hebrew "brith"
says that "Brit-Am" means Israel.
This is why we chose the name "Brit-Am" for our organization. "Brit-Am" represents the
Lost Ten Tribes returning. Other reasons were that "Brit-Am" hints at Britain
from whom many of those to whom we direct our message originate. Our friend
Cecil Davis pointed out that "Brit-Am" can also be understand as a shortened way
of saying "Britain and America".
"A LIGHT OF THE GENTILES": On the whole the
have instructed and enlightened other nations. They have served as an example, a light, of fair play and striving for justice. This claim is pertienent despite the numerous exceptions that can be adduced against it. Everything nneds to be considered in the context of time and place and in relation to what was accepted amongst neighboring nations.
[Isaiah 42:7] TO OPEN THE BLIND EYES, TO BRING OUT THE PRISONERS FROM THE
PRISON, AND THEM THAT SIT IN DARKNESS OUT OF THE PRISON HOUSE.
"THE PRISONERS FROM THE PRISON": A large
portion of the early settlers of America (one-third according to some estimates?) were released prisoners
from Britain. Most of the first
colonisers of Australia were
The Jews were released by Allied soldiers from German concentration camps and
then set up the State of Israel.
Israel on the whole in its exile is blind and imprisoned by circumstance and
historical experiences. This prevents us from going upwards and acting,
feeling, and thinking as we should.
[Isaiah 42:8] I AM THE LORD: THAT IS MY NAME: AND MY GLORY WILL I NOT GIVE TO
ANOTHER, NEITHER MY PRAISE TO GRAVEN IMAGES.
allow the respect due to Him to be given to others.
[Isaiah 42:9] BEHOLD, THE FORMER THINGS ARE COME TO PASS, AND NEW THINGS DO I
DECLARE: BEFORE THEY SPRING FORTH I TELL YOU OF THEM.
[Isaiah 42:10] SING UNTO THE LORD A NEW SONG, AND HIS PRAISE FROM THE END OF
THE EARTH, YE THAT GO DOWN TO THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS THEREIN; THE ISLES, AND
THE INHABITANTS THEREOF.
This could be seen as applied to all the
peoples of the earth but applying it to the Lost Tribes of Israel fits just as
well if not better according to the context.
End of the earth = most Israelites dwell at the geographical extremities of the
earth when Jerusalem is consider the center.
"GO DOWN TO THE SEA": Seagoers.
ISLES = islands and coastland dwellers.
[Isaiah 42:11] LET THE WILDERNESS AND THE CITIES THEREOF LIFT UP THEIR VOICE,
THE VILLAGES THAT KEDAR DOTH INHABIT: LET THE INHABITANTS OF THE ROCK SING, LET
THEM SHOUT FROM THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS.
See the book "Ephraim". Some of the Amerindians were descended from
son of Ishmael. Kedar
can be applied to North America.
[Isaiah 42:12] LET THEM GIVE GLORY UNTO THE LORD, AND DECLARE HIS PRAISE IN THE
[Isaiah 42:13] THE LORD SHALL GO FORTH AS A MIGHTY MAN, HE SHALL STIR UP
JEALOUSY LIKE A MAN OF WAR: HE SHALL CRY, YEA, ROAR; HE SHALL PREVAIL AGAINST
The enemies of Israel are the enemies of
[Isaiah 42:14] I HAVE LONG TIME HOLDEN MY PEACE; I HAVE BEEN STILL, AND
REFRAINED MYSELF: NOW WILL I CRY LIKE A TRAVAILING WOMAN; I WILL DESTROY AND
DEVOUR AT ONCE.
[Isaiah 42:15] I WILL MAKE WASTE MOUNTAINS AND HILLS, AND DRY UP ALL THEIR
HERBS; AND I WILL MAKE THE RIVERS ISLANDS, AND I WILL DRY UP THE POOLS.
[Isaiah 42:16] AND I WILL BRING THE BLIND BY A WAY THAT THEY KNEW NOT; I WILL
LEAD THEM IN PATHS THAT THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN: I WILL MAKE DARKNESS LIGHT
BEFORE THEM, AND CROOKED THINGS STRAIGHT. THESE THINGS WILL I DO UNTO THEM, AND
NOT FORSAKE THEM.
Israel in Exile are as if blinded and in
[Isaiah 42:17] THEY SHALL BE TURNED BACK, THEY SHALL BE GREATLY ASHAMED, THAT
TRUST IN GRAVEN IMAGES, THAT SAY TO THE MOLTEN IMAGES, YE ARE OUR GODS.
to worship idols.
[Isaiah 42:18] HEAR, YE DEAF; AND LOOK, YE BLIND, THAT YE MAY SEE.
"Deaf" are they who do not hearken to
Scripture and to the comforting of Prophecy. "Blind" are they who do not see the
truth and maybe almost cannot.
[Isaiah 42:19] WHO IS BLIND, BUT MY SERVANT? OR DEAF, AS MY MESSENGER THAT I
SENT? WHO IS BLIND AS HE THAT IS PERFECT, AND BLIND AS THE LORD'S SERVANT?
"PERFECT" in Hebrew "Meshullam".
Some say that this is another name for the Messiah. Alternately he who is good
in the eyes of God is considered "blind" in the eyes of others (Amos
Chacham, "Daat Mikra").
[Isaiah 42:20] SEEING MANY THINGS, BUT THOU OBSERVEST NOT; OPENING THE EARS,
BUT HE HEARETH NOT.
[Isaiah 42:21] THE LORD IS WELL PLEASED FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS' SAKE; HE WILL
MAGNIFY THE LAW, AND MAKE IT HONOURABLE.
Usually understood in Hebrew as meaning:
God wanted for the sake of His righteousness and purifying force to magnify the Torah
and expnand it. The Torah is an empowerment. God gave us a Torah (Law and Instruction) that is all-encompassing, detailed, and
demanding in order to purify and empower us for the sake of His glory in which
[Isaiah 42:22] BUT THIS IS A PEOPLE ROBBED AND SPOILED; THEY ARE ALL OF THEM
SNARED IN HOLES, AND THEY ARE HID IN PRISON HOUSES: THEY ARE FOR A PREY, AND
NONE DELIVERETH; FOR A SPOIL, AND NONE SAITH, RESTORE.
"A PEOPLE ROBBED": This may happen to all
Israel in the Last Days. Judah can also be referred to on occasion in Prophecy
under the term "Israel." Judah was robbed and a prey for all throughout all
Europe and all the lands of Islam.
In the Last Days Israel will be transformed and become the agency of the
Almighty to spread instruction and direction to all.
[Isaiah 42:23] WHO AMONG YOU WILL GIVE EAR TO THIS? WHO WILL HEARKEN AND HEAR
FOR THE TIME TO COME?
[Isaiah 42:24] WHO GAVE JACOB FOR A SPOIL, AND ISRAEL TO THE ROBBERS? DID NOT
THE LORD, HE AGAINST WHOM WE HAVE SINNED? FOR THEY WOULD NOT WALK IN HIS WAYS,
NEITHER WERE THEY OBEDIENT UNTO HIS LAW.
All the troubles that have come upon us
were due to our disobedience.
[Isaiah 42:25] THEREFORE HE HATH POURED UPON HIM THE FURY OF HIS ANGER, AND THE
STRENGTH OF BATTLE: AND IT HATH SET HIM ON FIRE ROUND ABOUT, YET HE KNEW NOT;
AND IT BURNED HIM, YET HE LAID IT NOT TO HEART.
[Isaiah 43:1] BUT NOW THUS SAITH THE LORD THAT CREATED THEE, O JACOB, AND HE
THAT FORMED THEE, O ISRAEL, FEAR NOT: FOR I HAVE REDEEMED THEE, I HAVE CALLED
THEE BY THY NAME; THOU ART MINE.
Jacob and Israel when juxtaposed often
represent both Judah (the Jews) and Israel (the Ten Tribes): Which of the two is which is
not so simple and appears to be controversial. It may sometimes change according to the context. When Judah and Israel are
juxtaposed then it is clear that Israel represents the 10 tribes and Judah the
Jews. It should therefore follow that when Jacob and Israel are juxtaposed and
the two entities are being discussed that Israel be the Ten Tribes and Jacob be
Judah. The Malbim
however claims the opposite whereas earlier commentaries disagree with him.
We should make a detailed study of this subject.
[Isaiah 43:2] WHEN THOU PASSEST THROUGH THE WATERS, I WILL BE WITH THEE; AND
THROUGH THE RIVERS, THEY SHALL NOT OVERFLOW THEE: WHEN THOU WALKEST THROUGH THE
FIRE, THOU SHALT NOT BE BURNED; NEITHER SHALL THE FLAME KINDLE UPON THEE.
Many nations shall come against you like
walls of fire and water (Targum
but shall not overcome you.
[Isaiah 43:3] FOR I AM THE LORD THY GOD, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, THY SAVIOUR: I
GAVE EGYPT FOR THY RANSOM, ETHIOPIA AND SEBA FOR THEE.
"ETHIOPIA" in Hebrew "Cush".
The term "Cush"
could be applied to Ethiopia and the Sudan, to all of Africa, to India, or to
Central Asia. Here as will be explained we believe the reference is to India.
"ETHIOPIA AND SEBA
FOR THEE" in Hebrew the word translated as "FOR THEE" is "tachtecha"
literally "underneath you" also implying subjected to you.
represents the mighty Negro nations that from Saba in the Sudan branched out at
a late date and overran most of Black Africa intermingling with, conquering,
and/or replacing the previous dark peoples of the area.
We will see Isaiah predicted that the Lost Tribes would gain possession of India
and Egypt and transport slaves from Africa. This is what the British did.
[Isaiah 43:4] SINCE THOU WAST PRECIOUS IN MY SIGHT, THOU HAST BEEN HONOURABLE,
AND I HAVE LOVED THEE: THEREFORE WILL I GIVE MEN FOR THEE, AND PEOPLE FOR THY
We have been very bad and the Prophets
frequently tell us why. Even so there is also a good side to our character and
looking back we have achieved something. God too recognizes this.
[Isaiah 43:5] FEAR NOT: FOR I AM WITH THEE: I WILL BRING THY SEED FROM THE
EAST, AND GATHER THEE FROM THE WEST;
from both east and west.
[Isaiah 43:6] I WILL SAY TO THE NORTH, GIVE UP; AND TO THE SOUTH, KEEP NOT
BACK: BRING MY SONS FROM FAR, AND MY DAUGHTERS FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH;
north and south.
[Isaiah 43:7] EVEN EVERY ONE THAT IS CALLED BY MY NAME: FOR I HAVE CREATED HIM
FOR MY GLORY, I HAVE FORMED HIM; YEA, I HAVE MADE HIM.
[Isaiah 43:8] BRING FORTH THE BLIND PEOPLE THAT HAVE EYES, AND THE DEAF THAT
[Isaiah 43:9] LET ALL THE NATIONS BE GATHERED TOGETHER, AND LET THE PEOPLE BE
ASSEMBLED: WHO AMONG THEM CAN DECLARE THIS, AND SHEW US FORMER THINGS? LET THEM
BRING FORTH THEIR WITNESSES, THAT THEY MAY BE JUSTIFIED: OR LET THEM HEAR, AND
SAY, IT IS TRUTH.
God tells us where the Lost Ten Tribes
are and what they will do. It is written in the Bible.
[Isaiah 43:10] YE ARE MY WITNESSES, SAITH THE LORD, AND MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE
CHOSEN: THAT YE MAY KNOW AND BELIEVE ME, AND UNDERSTAND THAT I AM HE: BEFORE ME
THERE WAS NO GOD FORMED, NEITHER SHALL THERE BE AFTER ME.
We are witnesses of God.
[Isaiah 43:11] I, EVEN I, AM THE LORD; AND BESIDE ME THERE IS NO SAVIOUR.
[Isaiah 43:12] I HAVE DECLARED, AND HAVE SAVED, AND I HAVE SHEWED, WHEN THERE
WAS NO STRANGE GOD AMONG YOU: THEREFORE YE ARE MY WITNESSES, SAITH THE LORD,
THAT I AM GOD.
[Isaiah 43:13] YEA, BEFORE THE DAY WAS I AM HE; AND THERE IS NONE THAT CAN
DELIVER OUT OF MY HAND: I WILL WORK, AND WHO SHALL LET IT"
[Isaiah 43:14] THUS SAITH THE LORD, YOUR REDEEMER, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL; FOR
YOUR SAKE I HAVE SENT TO BABYLON, AND HAVE BROUGHT DOWN ALL THEIR NOBLES, AND
THE CHALDEANS, WHOSE CRY IS IN THE SHIPS.
[Isaiah 43:15] I AM THE LORD, YOUR HOLY ONE, THE CREATOR OF ISRAEL, YOUR KING.
[Isaiah 43:16] THUS SAITH THE LORD, WHICH MAKETH A WAY IN THE SEA, AND A PATH
IN THE MIGHTY WATERS;
[Isaiah 43:17] WHICH BRINGETH FORTH THE CHARIOT AND HORSE, THE ARMY AND THE
POWER; THEY SHALL LIE DOWN TOGETHER, THEY SHALL NOT RISE: THEY ARE EXTINCT, THEY
ARE QUENCHED AS TOW.
Here he is
of the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea.
Some say this will repeated at the Bosporus where a narrow sea strait divides
the European part of Turkey from Asia.
Extract from "Ephraim" chapter five in the 2nd edition and chapter six in the
The Bosporus Straits were spoken of by Jerome (d. 420 CE). He was the first
to translate the Bible into Latin and had consulted with Jewish sages. These
scholars reported to Jerome the tradition that Israelites exiled by the
Assyrians had reached the Bosporus Straits and passed over them to the north
Jerome says: [on ZECARIAH
10;11: "AND HE SHALL PASS THROUGH THE SEA..." ] "The Hebrews say that the
Assyrians and Chaldeans
took the Jews into captivity not only to Persia and Media but also to the
Bosporus and the north; and at the end of days God in his mercy will call them
back from there:"
By "Jews" taken into captivity by the Assyrians Jerome is actually referring
to Israelites from the northern Ten Tribes.
these were not "Jews" which appellation refers to
from the southern kingdom dominated by Judah. Jerome was therefore recording the
tradition that the Ten Tribes or part of them had reached the
Traits and from there passed into Europe.
At all events within fifty years of the north Israelites' exile the Bosporus had
become a Cimmmerian
centre5 and was to remain so for about 150 years. Welsh tradition6 claimed that
their ancestors the Cymry
led by Hu
of the Sons of Don had come across the "Lazy Sea" (i.e. Mediterranean) to
in the British isles. He had arrived from
which was just opposite Byzantium. In other words
stood on the Asiatic side of the Bosporus in the place where the port of
had been. Defrobane
may be some kind of linguistic derivation of Daphne. The
who came from DEFROBANE
opposite Byzantium called themselves
and the Scandinavian peoples contained an underlying ethnic stratum from the
of Celtic culture. In Scandinavian mythology one version (reported by
Grammaticus7) concerning the origins of their ancestral gods said that they too
came from the area of Byzantium, and that one of their ancestors ruled over a
city in the nearby Hellespont called Dana8!
This is what
[ZECHARIAH 10:6] AND I WILL STRENGTHEN
THE HOUSE OF JUDAH, AND I WILL SAVE THE HOUSE OF JOSEPH, AND I WILL BRING THEM
AGAIN TO PLACE THEM; FOR I HAVE MERCY UPON THEM: AND THEY SHALL BE AS THOUGH I
HAD NOT CAST THEM OFF: FOR I AM THE LORD THEIR GOD, AND WILL HEAR
This is the re-union of the
[ZECHARIAH 10:7] AND THEY OF EPHRAIM
SHALL BE LIKE A MIGHTY MAN, AND THEIR HEART SHALL REJOICE AS THROUGH WINE: YEA,
THEIR CHILDREN SHALL SEE IT, AND BE GLAD; THEIR HEART SHALL REJOICE IN THE
[ZECHARIAH 10:8] I WILL HISS FOR THEM,
AND GATHER THEM; FOR I HAVE REDEEMED THEM: AND THEY SHALL INCREASE AS THEY HAVE
[ZECHARIAH 10:9] AND I WILL SOW THEM
AMONG THE PEOPLE: AND THEY SHALL REMEMBER ME IN FAR COUNTRIES; AND THEY SHALL
LIVE WITH THEIR CHILDREN, AND TURN AGAIN.
[ZECHARIAH 10:10] I WILL BRING THEM
AGAIN ALSO OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT, AND GATHER THEM OUT OF ASSYRIA; AND I WILL
BRING THEM INTO THE LAND OF GILEAD AND LEBANON; AND PLACE SHALL NOT BE FOUND FOR
Egypt and Assyria could apply to areas
Gilead means Syria and Lebanon means Lebanon. These areas will be re-populated
by the LTTs.
[ZECHARIAH 10:11] AND HE SHALL PASS
THROUGH THE SEA WITH AFFLICTION, AND SHALL SMITE THE WAVES IN THE SEA, AND ALL
THE DEEPS OF THE RIVER SHALL DRY UP: AND THE PRIDE OF ASSYRIA SHALL BE BROUGHT
DOWN, AND THE SCEPTRE
OF EGYPT SHALL DEPART AWAY.
[Isaiah 43:18] REMEMBER YE NOT THE FORMER THINGS, NEITHER CONSIDER THE THINGS
[Isaiah 43:19] BEHOLD, I WILL DO A NEW THING; NOW IT SHALL SPRING FORTH; SHALL
YE NOT KNOW IT? I WILL EVEN MAKE A WAY IN THE WILDERNESS, AND RIVERS IN THE
[Isaiah 43:20] THE BEAST OF THE FIELD SHALL HONOUR ME, THE DRAGONS AND THE
OWLS: BECAUSE I GIVE WATERS IN THE WILDERNESS, AND RIVERS IN THE DESERT, TO GIVE
DRINK TO MY PEOPLE, MY CHOSEN.
[Isaiah 43:21] THIS PEOPLE HAVE I FORMED FOR MYSELF; THEY SHALL SHEW FORTH MY
[Isaiah 43:22] BUT THOU HAST NOT CALLED UPON ME, O JACOB; BUT THOU HAST BEEN
WEARY OF ME, O ISRAEL.
[Isaiah 43:23] THOU HAST NOT BROUGHT ME THE SMALL CATTLE OF THY BURNT
OFFERINGS; NEITHER HAST THOU HONOURED ME WITH THY SACRIFICES. I HAVE NOT CAUSED
THEE TO SERVE WITH AN OFFERING, NOR WEARIED THEE WITH INCENSE.
[Isaiah 43:24] THOU HAST BOUGHT ME NO SWEET CANE WITH MONEY, NEITHER HAST THOU
FILLED ME WITH THE FAT OF THY SACRIFICES: BUT THOU HAST MADE ME TO SERVE WITH
THY SINS, THOU HAST WEARIED ME WITH THINE INIQUITIES.
We have not rebuilt the Temple even
though with a little effort we may have been able to.
[Isaiah 43:25] I, EVEN I, AM HE THAT BLOTTETH OUT THY TRANSGRESSIONS FOR MINE
OWN SAKE, AND WILL NOT REMEMBER THY SINS.
God will forgive us.
[Isaiah 43:26] PUT ME IN REMEMBRANCE: LET US PLEAD TOGETHER: DECLARE THOU, THAT
THOU MAYEST BE JUSTIFIED.
[Isaiah 43:27] THY FIRST FATHER HATH SINNED, AND THY
TEACHERS HAVE TRANSGRESSED AGAINST ME.
Not all our ancestors were always as
good as they should have been. Perhaps we have a chance to rectify what they
corrupted for their sake and for the sake of our children.
[Isaiah 43:28] THEREFORE I HAVE PROFANED THE PRINCES OF THE SANCTUARY, AND HAVE
GIVEN JACOB TO THE CURSE, AND ISRAEL TO REPROACHES.
"PRINCES OF THE SANCTUARY" in Hebrew
which can also be taken to mean religious leaders in general. Our religious
shepherds have not lead us correctly. They will be punished yet because of their
bad teaching both Jacob and Israel will have to suffer.
[Isaiah 44:1] YET NOW HEAR, O JACOB MY SERVANT; AND ISRAEL, WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN:
[Isaiah 44:2] THUS SAITH THE LORD THAT MADE THEE, AND FORMED THEE FROM THE
WOMB, WHICH WILL HELP THEE; FEAR NOT, O JACOB, MY SERVANT; AND THOU, JESURUN,
WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN.
is another name for Israel. A Phoenician inscription has been discovered
which shows North Israelite involvement with the Phoenicians whose chief cities
[Isaiah 44:3] FOR I WILL POUR WATER UPON HIM THAT IS THIRSTY, AND FLOODS UPON
THE DRY GROUND: I WILL POUR MY SPIRIT UPON THY SEED, AND MY BLESSING UPON THINE
Our descendants will be better than us.
They will be Divinely Inspired. Somebody has to be, sometime.
[Isaiah 44:4] AND THEY SHALL SPRING UP AS AMONG THE GRASS, AS WILLOWS BY THE
[Isaiah 44:5] ONE SHALL SAY, I AM THE LORD'S; AND ANOTHER SHALL CALL HIMSELF BY
THE NAME OF JACOB; AND ANOTHER SHALL SUBSCRIBE WITH HIS HAND UNTO THE LORD, AND
SURNAME HIMSELF BY THE NAME OF ISRAEL.
They will return and reclaim their
heritance and acknowledge their Israelite descent.
[Isaiah 44:6] THUS SAITH THE LORD THE KING OF ISRAEL, AND HIS REDEEMER THE LORD
OF HOSTS; I AM THE FIRST, AND I AM THE LAST; AND BESIDE ME THERE IS NO GOD.
Only One God.
[Isaiah 44:7] AND WHO, AS I, SHALL CALL, AND SHALL DECLARE IT, AND SET IT IN
ORDER FOR ME, SINCE I APPOINTED THE ANCIENT PEOPLE" AND THE THINGS THAT ARE
COMING, AND SHALL COME, LET THEM SHEW UNTO THEM.
[Isaiah 44:8] FEAR YE NOT, NEITHER BE AFRAID: HAVE NOT I TOLD THEE FROM THAT
TIME, AND HAVE DECLARED IT? YE ARE EVEN MY WITNESSES. IS THERE A GOD BESIDE ME?
YEA, THERE IS NO GOD; I KNOW NOT ANY.
The People of Israel will bear witness
as to the existence of God.
[Isaiah 44:9] THEY THAT MAKE A GRAVEN IMAGE ARE ALL OF THEM VANITY; AND THEIR
DELECTABLE THINGS SHALL NOT PROFIT; AND THEY ARE THEIR OWN WITNESSES; THEY SEE
NOT, NOR KNOW; THAT THEY MAY BE ASHAMED.
God in their own image. So do others. This is a graven image.
[Isaiah 44:10] WHO HATH FORMED A GOD, OR MOLTEN A GRAVEN IMAGE THAT IS
PROFITABLE FOR NOTHING?
[Isaiah 44:11] BEHOLD, ALL HIS FELLOWS SHALL BE ASHAMED: AND THE WORKMEN, THEY
ARE OF MEN: LET THEM ALL BE GATHERED TOGETHER, LET THEM STAND UP; YET THEY SHALL
FEAR, AND THEY SHALL BE ASHAMED TOGETHER.
[Isaiah 44:12] THE SMITH WITH THE TONGS BOTH WORKETH IN THE COALS, AND
FASHIONETH IT WITH HAMMERS, AND WORKETH IT WITH THE STRENGTH OF HIS ARMS: YEA,
HE IS HUNGRY, AND HIS STRENGTH FAILETH: HE DRINKETH NO WATER, AND IS
HE DRINKETH NO WATER, AND IS FAINT: With one does not imbue liquids one will probably tire out quickly.
It is very important to drink water.
Without enough water especially in heat all kinds of terrible things can happen
to a person. Children especially sometimes forget to drink and become sick when a simple glass of water could have made all the difference. Not only water but all kinds of liquids help though pure water on its own may be best of all.
Water is very healthy, good for the complexion, good for the body, and thirst-quenching.
I once did a course in First Aid in the Israeli Army. They said that when
soldiers are exerting themselves it is important that they be encouraged to drink since many are
not used to exertion and tend to ignore their natural
Therefore sweet drink should be provided. Sugar in itself may be harmful but it
does encourage drinking and therefore lessens the risk of dehydration. Sugar also gives a quick energy boost and helps placate those under stress.
[Isaiah 44:13] THE CARPENTER STRETCHETH OUT HIS RULE; HE MARKETH IT OUT WITH A
LINE; HE FITTETH IT WITH PLANES, AND HE MARKETH IT OUT WITH THE COMPASS, AND
MAKETH IT AFTER THE FIGURE OF A MAN, ACCORDING TO THE BEAUTY OF A MAN; THAT IT
MAY REMAIN IN THE HOUSE.
[Isaiah 44:14] HE HEWETH HIM DOWN CEDARS, AND TAKETH THE CYPRESS AND THE OAK,
WHICH HE STRENGTHENETH FOR HIMSELF AMONG THE TREES OF THE FOREST: HE PLANTETH AN
ASH, AND THE RAIN DOTH NOURISH IT.
In Ancient Times forests and trees were
plentiful all over the Land of Israel. Green vegetation especially trees
increase precipitation and lower the temperature. The Arabs chop down and burn
all the trees and graze goats intensively. Goats eat up the roots of all
greenery. Then top soil is blown and washed away. What was once fertile country
turns into a desert.
[Isaiah 44:15] THEN SHALL IT BE FOR A MAN TO BURN: FOR HE WILL TAKE THEREOF,
AND WARM HIMSELF; YEA, HE KINDLETH IT, AND BAKETH BREAD; YEA, HE MAKETH A GOD,
AND WORSHIPPETH IT; HE MAKETH IT A GRAVEN IMAGE, AND FALLETH DOWN
[Isaiah 44:16] HE BURNETH PART THEREOF IN THE FIRE; WITH PART THEREOF HE EATETH
FLESH; HE ROASTETH ROAST, AND IS SATISFIED: YEA, HE WARMETH HIMSELF, AND SAITH,
AHA, I AM WARM, I HAVE SEEN THE FIRE:
[Isaiah 44:17] AND THE RESIDUE THEREOF HE MAKETH A GOD, EVEN HIS GRAVEN IMAGE:
HE FALLETH DOWN UNTO IT, AND WORSHIPPETH IT, AND PRAYETH UNTO IT, AND SAITH,
DELIVER ME; FOR THOU ART MY GOD.
[Isaiah 44:18] THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN NOR UNDERSTOOD: FOR HE HATH SHUT THEIR EYES,
THAT THEY CANNOT SEE; AND THEIR HEARTS, THAT THEY CANNOT UNDERSTAND.
[Isaiah 44:19] AND NONE CONSIDERETH IN HIS HEART, NEITHER IS THERE KNOWLEDGE
NOR UNDERSTANDING TO SAY, I HAVE BURNED PART OF IT IN THE FIRE; YEA, ALSO I HAVE
BAKED BREAD UPON THE COALS THEREOF; I HAVE ROASTED FLESH, AND EATEN IT: AND
SHALL I MAKE THE RESIDUE THEREOF AN ABOMINATION? SHALL I FALL DOWN TO THE STOCK
OF A TREE?
We worship money and material
acquisitions but we are the ones who create these things.
[Isaiah 44:20] HE FEEDETH ON ASHES: A DECEIVED HEART HATH TURNED HIM ASIDE,
THAT HE CANNOT DELIVER HIS SOUL, NOR SAY, IS THERE NOT A LIE IN MY RIGHT HAND?
[Isaiah 44:21] REMEMBER THESE, O JACOB AND ISRAEL; FOR THOU ART MY SERVANT: I
HAVE FORMED THEE; THOU ART MY SERVANT: O ISRAEL, THOU SHALT NOT BE FORGOTTEN OF
We are the servant-people of God. He has
not forgotten us.
[Isaiah 44:22] I HAVE BLOTTED OUT, AS A THICK CLOUD, THY TRANSGRESSIONS, AND,
AS A CLOUD, THY SINS: RETURN UNTO ME; FOR I HAVE REDEEMED THEE.
We will be redeemed and delivered.
[Isaiah 44:23] SING, O YE HEAVENS; FOR THE LORD HATH DONE IT: SHOUT, YE LOWER
PARTS OF THE EARTH: BREAK FORTH INTO SINGING, YE MOUNTAINS, O FOREST, AND EVERY
TREE THEREIN: FOR THE LORD HATH REDEEMED JACOB, AND GLORIFIED HIMSELF IN
[Isaiah 44:24] THUS SAITH THE LORD, THY REDEEMER, AND HE THAT FORMED THEE FROM
THE WOMB, I AM THE LORD THAT MAKETH ALL THINGS; THAT STRETCHETH FORTH THE
HEAVENS ALONE; THAT SPREADETH ABROAD THE EARTH BY MYSELF;
[Isaiah 44:25] THAT FRUSTRATETH THE TOKENS OF THE LIARS, AND MAKETH DIVINERS
MAD; THAT TURNETH WISE MEN BACKWARD, AND MAKETH THEIR KNOWLEDGE FOOLISH;
God is true. The Bible is true. The
"wise" academics who deny this are fools.
[Isaiah 44:26] THAT CONFIRMETH THE WORD OF HIS SERVANT, AND PERFORMETH THE
COUNSEL OF HIS MESSENGERS; THAT SAITH TO JERUSALEM, THOU SHALT BE INHABITED;
AND TO THE CITIES OF JUDAH, YE SHALL BE BUILT, AND I WILL RAISE UP THE DECAYED
Judah and Jerusalem will also be
[Isaiah 44:27] THAT SAITH TO THE DEEP, BE DRY, AND I WILL DRY UP THY RIVERS:
[Isaiah 44:28] THAT SAITH OF CYRUS, HE IS MY SHEPHERD, AND SHALL PERFORM ALL MY
PLEASURE: EVEN SAYING TO JERUSALEM, THOU SHALT BE BUILT; AND TO THE TEMPLE, THY
FOUNDATION SHALL BE LAID.
Cyrus the King of Persia enabled the
Jews to return from their Babylonian Exile. Isaiah prophesied about Cyrus around 60
years prior to his existence. Josephus says that Cyrus saw his name written in
the Book of Isaiah and so fulfilled the Prophecy. Isaiah was prophesying both
concerning his own time and the period immediately after and also for the Last
Days. In a way Cyrus represents the Lost Ten Tribes as we will see. Cyrus may
have been descended from the Lost Ten Tribes. He belonged to the
clan who ruled Persia. Pasargadae
could mean "Sons of Gad".
President Truman who assisted the Jews in creating the present State of Israel
once declared to a visiting delegation, "I am Cyrus".
Cyrus is also recalled in the first verse of the next chapter (ch.45): see
[Isaiah 45:1] THUS SAITH THE LORD TO HIS ANOINTED, TO CYRUS, WHOSE RIGHT HAND I
HAVE HOLDEN, TO SUBDUE NATIONS BEFORE HIM; AND I WILL LOOSE THE LOINS OF KINGS,
TO OPEN BEFORE HIM THE TWO LEAVED GATES; AND THE GATES SHALL NOT BE
Adapted from "Joseph" chapter eight.
Explains Isaiah 45:1 and Isaiah 45:14:
The Prophet Isaiah had already predicted that a ruler named Cyrus would be the
one to free the exiles. Cyrus was recalled by NAME in Isaiah 44; 28, "To his
anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held..." and in the next verse, 45;
1: "That says of Cyrus, He is my shepherd..."
Both traditional and modern commentators usually understand Isaiah chapter 45 to
be referring to Cyrus the King of Persia. Cyrus was the King of Persia who
conquered Babylon and enabled the Jews to return to Judea and rebuild the
Isaiah prophesied about 100 years before Cyrus. Josephus relates that CYRUS was
shown his name written in the Prophecy of Isaiah and this is what led him to
allow the Jews to return. Not only did Cyrus conquer Babylon and help the Jews
return to their land, he also conquered Egypt and ruled over
south of Egypt. Nubia
was known as Cush.
Cyrus also ruled over regions to the west of India and parts of Pakistan-India
itself. The following verse in Isaiah can therefore be applied perhaps to Cyrus:
"THUS SAYS THE LORD, THE LABOR OF
EGYPT, AND MERCHANDISE OF ETHIOPIA [in Hebrew: "CUSH"],
AND OF THE SABAEANS,
MEN OF STATURE, SHALL COME OVER UNTO YOU, AND THEY SHALL BE YOURS: THEY SHALL
COME AFTER YOU; IN CHAINS THEY SHALL COME OVER, AND THEY SHALL FALL DOWN UNTO
YOU, THEY SHALL MAKE SUPPLICATION UNTO YOU, SAYING, SURELY GOD IS IN YOU; AND
THERE IS NO ELSE, THERE IS NO OTHER GOD" (Isaiah 45;14).
We, however, believe this verse is not
addressed primarily to Cyrus but to the Ten Tribes in Exile. Some proof of this
has already been indicated: Concerning the idea of Cyrus, the following points
should be noted:
There is a principle that Prophecies
that were written down, even when they were fulfilled shortly afterwards, will
have a wider application in a later period especially towards the Latter Days.
Admittedly Prophecies are usually designed to accord to some degree with contemporary
events or with things that would occur shortly after. The main gist of the
Prophecies however was for the Latter Days. Even the Commentators who apply all
of the chapter to Cyrus have to admit that it does not exactly fit in key
details. It must have a wider application.
Even in the verses where the name CYRUS
is expressly mentioned, the sages understood the verse as applying to Cyrus only
in a PARTIAL SENSE.
"The Holy One, Blessed He, said to the Anointed-Messiah, I have a complaint
against Cyrus, I said he will build my House and gather in my exiles but he went
and said, Whoever amongst my people wants to go up can do so [and build the
House themselves]..." (Megilla
i.e. the expression in the verse Isaiah 45;1: "...to his anointed, to Cyrus,"
was understood as applying to two different people, to the Anointed-Messiah and
Alternately the verse was formulated in deliberately ambiguous
language giving Cyrus the potential if he so wanted to have done more than he
The Commentary Daat
(Isaiah 45): <<For the address to Cyrus was not "To Cyrus his Anointed-Messiah"
but rather it was said, "To his Anointed-Messiah, [and] to Cyrus," as if to two
The whole of this Prophecy of Isaiah is arranged in an oracular style of mainly
short paragraphs with no necessary strong connection between them. The
expression concerning "LABOR OF EGYPT, AND MERCHANDISE OF ETHIOPIA [in Hebrew,
AND OF THE SABAEANS"
is not necessarily connected to the preceding verses concerning Cyrus. The
following verses return to speak only of Israel. The verse itself speaks of an
ultimate acknowledgement of the God of Israel by the captives. This could only
apply to Israel. Israel is discussed before Cyrus is spoken of, and afterwards
Israel is again mentioned. In Isaiah 43;3 it says "FOR I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD,
THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, YOUR SAVIOR, I GAVE EGYPT FOR YOUR ATONEMENT, ETHIOPIA
UNDERNEATH YOU." Here Egypt, Cush,
are linked with Israel and can be understood in the Hebrew as being placed under
A simple reading of Isaiah chapter 45 does not leave much room for Cyrus, the
emphasis is on Israel.
This is the verse we are primarily
"THUS SAYS THE LORD, THE LABOR OF EGYPT,
AND MERCHANDISE OF CUSH,
AND OF THE SABAEANS,
MEN OF STATURE, SHALL COME OVER UNTO YOU, AND THEY SHALL BE YOURS: THEY SHALL
COME AFTER YOU; IN CHAINS THEY SHALL COME OVER, AND THEY SHALL FALL DOWN UNTO
YOU, THEY SHALL MAKE SUPPLICATION UNTO YOU, SAYING, SURELY GOD IS IN YOU; AND
THERE IS NO ELSE, THERE IS NO OTHER GOD" (ISAIAH 45;14).
One may take this verse as perhaps applying to Cyrus though there is no
necessity to do so. Even if it is taken as applicable in part to CYRUS the
context and the similar verse in Isaiah 43;3 concerning Israel says, "Egypt for
your atonement, CUSH
underneath you." This shows that the primary application is to Israel. In all
the rest of chapter 45 following verse 14, Israel is addressed to and mentioned:
"Israel shall be saved" (45;17) "the seed of Jacob" (45; 19), "all the seed of
Israel" (45;24). You may yet not be convinced but take the verse as applying to
Israel and consider our explanation:
According to our understanding of the Prophet Isaiah (43;3 and 45;14 and the
verses around them) it was predicted that the Lost Ten Tribes would rule over
India, Egypt and much of Negro Africa. The trade with India would be theirs, the
recompense arriving (via the Suez Canal) at Egypt would be theirs, and they
would transport Negroes (many of whom were large-bodied) across the seas in
chains. The whole passage ends on the point that in the Last Days they will
return to worship the True God. In their own way they had always subconsciously
acknowledged the One God Of Israel to some degree, but had publicly worshipped
something else as explained at length elsewhere in our book, "Ephraim. The Gentile Children of Israel".
In the Last Days
Israel will then worship the True God and descendants of the Negro slaves will
also see the truth and bear witness to the God of Israel. We identify the Lost
Ten Tribes headed by Britain and America as Israel. If we consider Britain and
North America as one "Anglo-Saxon" entity then the Prophecy indicates that the
Lost Ten Tribes are amongst them. The British ruled India. Economically they
gained very much from trade with India, they ruled Egypt and controlled the Suez
Canal linking the Mediterranean Sea with the East. They also controlled much of
Africa and Negro Slaves in chains were sent by them and others acting on their
behalf across the Sea to North America and to the West Indies. They have an
ambivalent attitude towards the God of the Bible but formally worship in a way
described in Isaiah in the rest of chapter 45.
This is the simple meaning of the verse, BUT in order to understand and
appreciate this plain meaning there are several other factors to consider.
The King James version says:
"THUS SAYS THE LORD, THE LABOR OF EGYPT, AND MERCHANDISE OF
AND OF THE SABAEANS,
MEN OF STATURE, SHALL COME OVER UNTO YOU, AND THEY SHALL BE YOURS: THEY SHALL
COME AFTER YOU; IN CHAINS THEY SHALL COME OVER, AND THEY SHALL FALL DOWN UNTO
YOU, THEY SHALL MAKE SUPPLICATION UNTO YOU, SAYING, SURELY GOD IS IN YOU; AND
THERE IS NONE ELSE, THERE IS NO OTHER GOD" (ISAIAH 45;14).
The expression "labor of Egypt" is an
accurate translation but the words in Hebrew [yagiat
can also be rendered as "that which comes unto Egypt".
The "merchandise of Ethiopia" can also be rendered as the "merchandise of
is the Hebrew word translated as Ethiopia. "Cush"
was also the Egyptian word for the region of
meaning southern Egypt and the Sudan. The Greeks applied the name "Cush"
to the whole of eastern Africa1. On the other hand, ethnic and geographical
names such as "Kash"
are also found throughout early Indian histories as well as in neighboring
areas. In Modern Hebrew "Cushi"
usually means a Negro of African origin and India is known as "Hodu".
In Biblical Hebrew however there is no distinct name for India. Both Ethiopia
and neighboring parts of Africa and India would have been referred to in
Biblical Hebrew as CUSH.
The ancient Sumerians and Assyrians used the same term ("Meluccha")
both for Ethiopia and for northwest India. Classical Greek Geographers (such as
referred to the area northwest of India as the "Ethiopia of Asia".
The Aramaic Translations to the Bible often translate "Cush"
both of which mean India. The famous commentator
also equated "CUSH"
with India. There was a close connection between India, Ethiopia, and Africa.
The Rabbinical Commentator and international traveler
Ezra noted similarities between Ancient Egypt and India. The verse in Isaiah may therefore be
referring to India under the name
[Isaiah 45:2] I WILL GO BEFORE THEE, AND MAKE THE CROOKED PLACES STRAIGHT: I
WILL BREAK IN PIECES THE GATES OF BRASS, AND CUT IN SUNDER THE BARS OF IRON:
[Isaiah 45:3] AND I WILL GIVE THEE THE TREASURES OF DARKNESS, AND HIDDEN RICHES
OF SECRET PLACES, THAT THOU MAYEST KNOW THAT I, THE LORD, WHICH CALL THEE BY THY
NAME, AM THE GOD OF ISRAEL.
[Isaiah 45:4] FOR JACOB MY SERVANT'S SAKE, AND ISRAEL MINE ELECT, I HAVE EVEN
CALLED THEE BY THY NAME: I HAVE SURNAMED THEE, THOUGH THOU HAST NOT KNOWN ME.
[Isaiah 45:5] I AM THE LORD, AND THERE IS NONE ELSE, THERE IS NO GOD BESIDE ME:
I GIRDED THEE, THOUGH THOU HAST NOT KNOWN ME:
[Isaiah 45:6] THAT THEY MAY KNOW FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN, AND FROM THE WEST,
THAT THERE IS NONE BESIDE ME. I AM THE LORD, AND THERE IS NONE ELSE.
[Isaiah 45:7] I FORM THE LIGHT, AND CREATE DARKNESS: I MAKE PEACE, AND CREATE
EVIL: I THE LORD DO ALL THESE THINGS.
[Isaiah 45:8] DROP DOWN, YE HEAVENS, FROM ABOVE, AND LET THE SKIES POUR DOWN
RIGHTEOUSNESS: LET THE EARTH OPEN, AND LET THEM BRING FORTH SALVATION, AND LET
RIGHTEOUSNESS SPRING UP TOGETHER; I THE LORD HAVE CREATED IT.
[Isaiah 45:9] WOE UNTO HIM THAT STRIVETH WITH HIS MAKER! LET THE POTSHERD
STRIVE WITH THE POTSHERDS OF THE EARTH. SHALL THE CLAY SAY TO HIM THAT
FASHIONETH IT, WHAT MAKEST THOU? OR THY WORK, HE HATH NO HANDS?
[Isaiah 45:10] WOE UNTO HIM THAT SAITH UNTO HIS FATHER, WHAT BEGETTEST THOU? OR
TO THE WOMAN, WHAT HAST THOU BROUGHT FORTH?
[Isaiah 45:11] THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, AND HIS MAKER, ASK
ME OF THINGS TO COME CONCERNING MY SONS, AND CONCERNING THE WORK OF MY HANDS
COMMAND YE ME.
[Isaiah 45:12] I HAVE MADE THE EARTH, AND CREATED MAN UPON IT: I, EVEN MY
HANDS, HAVE STRETCHED OUT THE HEAVENS, AND ALL THEIR HOST HAVE I COMMANDED.
[Isaiah 45:13] I HAVE RAISED HIM UP IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND I WILL DIRECT ALL HIS
WAYS: HE SHALL BUILD MY CITY, AND HE SHALL LET GO MY CAPTIVES, NOT FOR PRICE NOR
REWARD, SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS.
[Isaiah 45:14] THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE LABOUR OF EGYPT, AND MERCHANDISE OF
ETHIOPIA AND OF THE SABEANS, MEN OF STATURE, SHALL COME OVER UNTO THEE, AND
THEY SHALL BE THINE: THEY SHALL COME AFTER THEE; IN CHAINS THEY SHALL COME
OVER, AND THEY SHALL FALL DOWN UNTO THEE, THEY SHALL MAKE SUPPLICATION UNTO
THEE, SAYING, SURELY GOD IS IN THEE; AND THERE IS NONE ELSE, THERE IS NO GOD.
As we explained above the above verse
can be explained to say: "That which comes to Egypt [via the Suez Canal], the
trade of India [Cush],
and of the Sabeans
[of negro Africa], shall come over [the sea] unto you. They will be yours, in
chains they will come unto you"."
This was fulfilled by the British and Americans.
[Isaiah 45:15] VERILY THOU ART A GOD THAT HIDEST THYSELF, O GOD OF ISRAEL, THE
A God who hides himself. In Hebrew
"hides himself" is "Mistatar"
from the root "Sater".
This is also the root for the Roman god "Saturn" who may originally have been
based on a Hebrew or Phoenician prototype. Some of the Romans were descended
Edom had several areas of settlement including to the southeast of Israel and to
the north and off the coast of the Phoenician Island of
Edom was heavily influenced by Israelite and Phoenician culture. The ancient
pagans used to identify foreign gods with figures from their own pantheon. In
some sources both the Phoenicians and Romans identified the God of Israel with
Adapted from "Lost Israelite Identity" Chapter Twenty:
<<The Israelites were identified by
others with a pagan god. The Celts of Gaul and Britain were also identified with
this same god and in pagan thought this would imply that the Celts and
Israelites had a mutual source of origin*1.
Ancient peoples (e.g. the Greeks and Romans) often registered abstract
cultural values and historical facts in Mythological terms. A certain god or
of heroic status (such as Hercules) would be used to represent a whole ethnic
group in one phase of its existence whereas another such image would be used to
that same people at a different stage. By considering aspects of these
mythologies in conjunction with information gained from other sources further
affirmation may be obtained for conclusions which have already been tentatively
reached. Classical Greek and Roman legends may be understood as recording an
Israelite migration to Britain and the west. These legends conform to ideas also
expressed in British Celtic mythology and in popular Jewish Rabbinical lore*2.
SATURN AND THE TITANS
"When the LORD your God will cut off the
nations from before you, whither you go to possess them, and you succeed them,
and dwell in the land.
"Take heed to yourself that you be not snared by following them, after that they
be destroyed from before you; and that you inquire not after their gods, saying,
How did these nations serve their gods" even so I will do likewise. (Deuteronomy
The Greeks (and after them, the
Romans) said that Uranus was the first god. Uranus begat the Titans from his
(i.e. earth). Amongst the Titans was Saturn also known as
was considered to be the same as the
god "Baal Zephon".
The Egyptians identified Baal
Zephon (i.e. Saturn or
with Seth who figured in their own mythology often as representative of the
or Israelites. Saturn (i.e.
Kronos*3) deposed Uranus and
became king of the gods in his place. Saturn, in his turn, was also deposed by
his son, Jupiter called Jove by the Romans. Jupiter expelled Saturn (from the
east) who went to Italy and after a sojourn there continued to Britain where he
and the Titans established a kingdom and lived happily ever after.
Note: Saturn represented Israel or the Northern Israelites (Ten Tribes) and was
exiled and went to Britain. The Arabs had a similar tradition based on Jewish
was a Phoenician writer believed to have lived ca.600
and is known to us due to his being quoted by other authors who came later.
Philo of Alexandria (in Egypt) in about 54
whom the Egyptians call Thouth,
excelled in wisdom among the Phoenicians ...Kronos
then, whom the Phoenicians call ISRAEL*4, who was king of the country and
subsequently after his decease was deified as the star Saturn had an only
begotten son ..called Jehud...he
arrayed his son ...in royal apparel and sacrificed him"5.
means Judah. Sanchuniathon
identifies the Israelites with Saturn.
In the Bible (Genesis ch.22) it is
related how Abraham was commanded to sacrifice Isaac who in terms of the
Biblical promise was considered his ONLY SON. At the last minute an angel
appeared to Abraham and prevented him from putting his son to death. The
Phoenicians were heavily influenced by the Israelites and often amalgamated
Israelite traditions to their own pagan ones. From the above quotation from
one can see that Kronos-Saturn
was identifiable (in their eyes) as Israel; other pagan sources tried to equate
the God of Israel with Kronos-Saturn.
They also identified the Canaanite Phoenician god Baal with Saturn6 (
and Baal amongst the Israelites was sometimes confused with their own God.
"Baal" in Hebrew literally means "Lord" or "Master" and after acquiring pagan
idolatrous connotations the term became anathema to the Israelites. Originally
the appellation may have had a legitimate applicability and names bearing the
may not necessarily reflect idolatrous influences.
Some sources associated Saturn (Kronos)
with Mount Cassius in Phoenicia which was also known as Mount
Saturn was called Baal Zephon
which the Greeks rendered as
means "hidden" " the same as Saturn. The Romans therefore used a Hebrew name for
this god which name was synonymous with the term employed by the Canaanites.
The Egyptian god Seth (known also as
i.e. "Baal Zephon")
represented the Hyksos
"shepherd-kings" of old who had left Egypt13. The
had been Hebrews and according to Martin Bernal, "The
Seth was the Israelite God"14. Other traditions located the Titans and Saturn in
the west. One version said that the Titans had been thrown into
meaning an underground region located (said Homer) in the Atlantic Ocean.
understood Homer as connecting
Tartarus with the vicinity of
on the Spanish Atlantic coast) and the west.
(Hymns of Delos, 174) as referring to the
(of Gaul) as Titans. A similar source (Etym.Magnum
220,6) states that Cyclops (one of the Titans) was the father of
(i.e. the Galatians) and ancestor to the
are also known from Irish sources as settlers in ancient Ireland and are
referred to as Galion.
As stated, Kronos
(i.e. Saturn) was believed to have been deposed and to have gone west and to
rule in the "Isles of the Dead" meaning the British Isles.
all the defeated Titans, except Atlas, were banished to a British island in the
farthest west (or some say confined in
It is worth noting the implied
worship of Cronus
(Saturn) by the Celts in the following reference:
"It is said also that the ancients
sacrificed human victims to
Cronus, as was done at Carthage
while that city stood and as is still done among the
and certain other western nations" -Dionysus of
Roman Antiquities I.36 16.
Saturn according to Classical Mythology had been exiled together with his
brothers, the Titans. A source used by Plutarch (Isolde
31, no.259) says that the Titan,
Typhon, fathered "Hierosolymus"
[i.e. Jerusalem] and "Iudaeus"
meaning Judah*17: Cronos
were originally probably the same. The god
was frequently depicted as a two horned deity and the name "Kronos"
derives from the Hebrew "Keren"
meaning "horn " in Hebrew. Similarly a horned god of the British Celts was known
The same root "sater"
(to hide) as that found in the name Saturn was also employed by the Prophet
Isaiah in connection with Israel:
"Verily thou art a God that
derived from the verb-root STR
which is also the root of Saturn without the vowels], O God of Israel, the
"They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to
confusion together that are makers of idols" (Isaiah 45;16).
Pagan religions (especially those of the Northern Israelites) took Hebrew
Biblical concepts and confused them with idolatrous ones. The God of Israel was
in some cases identified with pagan idols or represented in idolatrous fashion.
This was forbidden but happened:
Whatever the forces of idolatry seemed to offer was only at the very best a
weak reflection of the One God who is directly reachable by those who
acknowledge him. This truth will ultimately be clear to all and all those who
took another path will be confounded.
"If your heart turn away, so that
you will not hear, but shall be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve
"I denounce unto you this day, that you shall surely perish, and you shall
not prolong your days upon the land which you are passing over the Jordan to go
to possess it.
The Lost Tribes of Israel were
exiled because they worshipped other gods (2-Kings 17;7 22), they confused Baal
with the God of Israel (Hosea 2;16). This confusion was transmitted to
foreigners who identified Baal (i.e.
Saturn) with the god or progenitor of Israel. The foreigners also equated him
with the god or progenitor of the western Celts especially those of the British
Isles. The pagans believed that
Kronos and his followers (i.e.
the ancient Israelites) had been deposed from the east and had gone to Britain
and the west. To some extent these equations were peculiar in application to the
Jews and to the Western Celts and were based on fact:
(i.e. Baal) and Cernunnos
i.e. Saturn), or Bel
in the guise of Cernunnos,
were worshipped in the British Isles. The Jews and the western Celts did have a
common ancestry and once worshipped the same God. The identification of the
Western Celts with Israel is proven by the Bible and through history*19 and so
these facts are echoed in Mythology.
[Isaiah 45:16] THEY SHALL BE ASHAMED, AND ALSO CONFOUNDED, ALL OF THEM: THEY
SHALL GO TO CONFUSION TOGETHER THAT ARE MAKERS OF IDOLS.
[Isaiah 45:17] BUT ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED IN THE LORD WITH AN EVERLASTING
SALVATION: YE SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED NOR CONFOUNDED WORLD WITHOUT END.
[Isaiah 45:18] FOR THUS SAITH THE LORD THAT CREATED THE HEAVENS; GOD HIMSELF
THAT FORMED THE EARTH AND MADE IT; HE HATH ESTABLISHED IT, HE CREATED IT NOT IN
VAIN, HE FORMED IT TO BE INHABITED: I AM THE LORD; AND THERE IS NONE
[Isaiah 45:19] I HAVE NOT SPOKEN IN SECRET, IN A DARK PLACE OF THE EARTH: I
SAID NOT UNTO THE SEED OF JACOB, SEEK YE ME IN VAIN: I THE LORD SPEAK
RIGHTEOUSNESS, I DECLARE THINGS THAT ARE RIGHT.
[Isaiah 45:20] ASSEMBLE YOURSELVES AND COME; DRAW NEAR TOGETHER, YE THAT ARE
ESCAPED OF THE NATIONS: THEY HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE THAT SET UP THE WOOD OF THEIR
GRAVEN IMAGE, AND PRAY UNTO A GOD THAT CANNOT SAVE.
[Isaiah 45:21] TELL YE, AND BRING THEM NEAR; YEA, LET THEM TAKE COUNSEL
TOGETHER: WHO HATH DECLARED THIS FROM ANCIENT TIME? WHO HATH TOLD IT FROM THAT
TIME? HAVE NOT I THE LORD? AND THERE IS NO GOD ELSE BESIDE ME; A JUST GOD AND A
SAVIOUR; THERE IS NONE BESIDE ME.
[Isaiah 45:22] LOOK UNTO ME, AND BE YE SAVED, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: FOR I
AM GOD, AND THERE IS NONE ELSE.
God is calling to Israel to return and
[Isaiah 45:23] I HAVE SWORN BY MYSELF, THE WORD IS GONE OUT OF MY MOUTH IN
RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND SHALL NOT RETURN, THAT UNTO ME EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW, EVERY
TONGUE SHALL SWEAR.
[Isaiah 45:24] SURELY, SHALL ONE SAY, IN THE LORD HAVE I RIGHTEOUSNESS AND
STRENGTH: EVEN TO HIM SHALL MEN COME; AND ALL THAT ARE INCENSED AGAINST HIM
SHALL BE ASHAMED.
[Isaiah 45:25] IN THE LORD SHALL ALL THE SEED OF ISRAEL BE JUSTIFIED, AND SHALL