The time of Wrath in Israel and Zion

The time of Wrath in Israel and Zion

A time of wrath is coming upon the whole earth. All nations will be punished for their sins, none will escape. Those nations that escape wrath in this age because of their allegiance with the anti-Christ also known as Assyria will be punished in the next age. The Lord’s vengeance will start with His own people, from the time wrath starts to its end,it will be over five years, (Refer to Calculating the times).

This article looks at the challenges Israel and Zion will go through and focuses mainly on the book of Lamentations though other relevant citing are added. The anti-Christ will be released at the re-unsealing of the second seal, he will be followed by the third horse that represents famine and plague followed by the fourth horse of death and Hades. In those days, truth will not exist and will be replaced by deception thus betrayal will be on the rise. The whole world will suffer the same fate as Israel and Zion. A look at what Israel and Zion will go through will help one understand what is to be expected by Christians who will be left alive and all people in general.

The Lord has a day of vengeance, upon all the inhabitants of the earth,
Zephaniah 1:14 The great day of the Lord is near; near and coming quickly.
The cry on the day of the Lord is bitter; the Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry.
15 That day will be a day of wrath—a day of distress and anguish,
a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness—16 a day of trumpet and battle cry
against the fortified cities and against the corner towers.
17 “I will bring such distress on all people that they will grope about like those who are blind, because they have sinned against the Lord.
Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like dung.
“I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.
“I will sweep away both man and beast; I will sweep away the birds in the sky
and the fish in the sea  and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.”“When I destroy all mankind on the face of the earth,” declares the Lord,
Jeremiah 9 22 Say, “This is what the Lord declares:
“‘Dead bodies will lie like dung on the open field,
like cut grain behind the reaper,   with no one to gather them.’”
Isaiah 13 See, the day of the Lord is coming a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger—
to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.
10 The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light.
The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.
11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins.
I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
12 I will make people scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the Lord Almighty, in the day of his burning anger.
 
Isaiah 24 The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers,
the heavens languish with the earth. The earth is defiled by its people;
they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes
and broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt.
Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.
17 Terror and pit and snare await you, people of the earth.
18 Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit;
whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare.
The floodgates of the heavens are opened; the foundations of the earth shake.
19 The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder,
the earth is violently shaken. 20 The earth reels like a drunkard,
it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion
that it falls—never to rise again.

Jeremiah 4  23 I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens,
and their light was gone. 24 I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking;
all the hills were swaying.25 I looked, and there were no people; every bird
in the sky had flown away. 26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert;
all its towns lay in ruins before the Lord, before his fierce anger.

When will the time of Wrath come upon Israel and Zion
The child who will be born in Revelation 12 to be Christ’s extension of His rule over the nations will be a sign of the time the war by the River Euphrates will take place. It’s at after the War at the Euphrates that Assyria’s army will overflow to Israel. This will be God’s vengeance on Israel and Zion for their sins; nothing will be able to save from the Lord hand in that day.
Isaiah 8: 4 For before the boy knows how to say ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria.”
Isaiah 7  16 for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste. 17 The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria.”
Amos 8 The Lord has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob: “I will never forget anything they have done. “Will not the land tremble for this, and all who live in it mourn
The whole land will rise like the Nile; it will be stirred up and then sink
like the river of Egypt. “In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord,
“I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.
10 I will turn your religious festivals into mourning and all your singing into weeping.
I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads.
I will make that time like mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day.
(…rise like the Nile, only to sink indicates the fall of Egypt at the war by the River Euphrates indicating the time when Israel’s will be attacked)
Isaiah 18 This is what the Lord says to me:“I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine,  like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”
For, before the harvest, when the blossom is gone and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he will cut off the shoots with pruning knives, and cut down and take away the spreading branches. They will all be left to the mountain birds of prey and to the wild animals; the birds will feed on them all summer, the wild animals all winter.

Assyria and the Armies of the North are the Lord’s Instrument of destruction in Israel and Zion

Isaiah 7  18 In that day the Lord will whistle for flies from the Nile delta in Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria. 19 They will all come and settle in the steep ravines and in the crevices in the rocks, on all the thorn bushes and at all the water holes. 20 In that day the Lord will use a razor hired from beyond the Euphrates River—the king of Assyria—to shave your head and private parts, and to cut off your beard also.
Isaiah 8 therefore the Lord is about to bring against them the mighty floodwaters of the Euphrates—the king of Assyria with all his pomp. It will overflow all its channels,
run over all its banks and sweep on into Judah, swirling over it,
passing through it and reaching up to the neck.
Its outspread wings will cover the breadth of your land, Immanuel

In those days, the Trumpet of Warning shall go forth to the people of Zion.
Joel 2:1-11 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill.
Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming.
It is close at hand a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness.
Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes,
such as never was in ancient times  nor ever will be in ages to come.

Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes.
Before them the land is like the Garden of Eden,
behind them, a desert waste— nothing escapes them.
They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry.
With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops,
like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle.
At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale.
They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers.
They all march in line, not swerving from their course.
They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead.
They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks.
They rush upon the city; they run along the wall.
They climb into the houses; like thieves they enter through the windows.

10 Before them the earth shakes, the heavens tremble,
the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine.
11 The Lord thunders at the head of his army;
his forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command.
The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?

The Challenges that will cause great morning and lamentation

Sword in Zion and Israel
Israel and Zion should not trust in their warriors on the day the Lord sends the Assyrian army. Though the armies of Israel and Zion prepare for war, they will not go out to fight because the armies that will attack Zion and Israel will be many and without number. After the sword those left will start betraying each other for survival
Amos 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Israel:
“Your city that marches out a thousand strong will have only a hundred left;
your town that marches out a hundred strong will have only ten left.”
Amos 2 13 “Now then, I will crush you as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.
14 The swift will not escape, the strong will not muster their strength,
and the warrior will not save his life. 15 The archer will not stand his ground,
the fleet-footed soldier will not get away, and the horseman will not save his life.
16 Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that day,” declares the Lord.

Ezekiel 714 “‘They have blown the trumpet, they have made all things ready,
but no one will go into battle, for my wrath is on the whole crowd.
Zechariah 11 Open your doors, Lebanon, so that fire may devour your cedars!
Lamentation 2 20Should priest and prophet be killed in the sanctuary of the Lord?
21 “Young and old lie together in the dust of the streets;
my young men and young women  have fallen by the sword.
You have slain them in the day of your anger; you have slaughtered them without pity.
22 “As you summon to a feast day, so you summoned against me terrors on every side.
In the day of the Lord’s anger no one escaped or survived;
those I cared for and reared  my enemy has destroyed.”
 
Lamentations15 “The Lord has rejected all the warriors in my midst;
he has summoned an army against me to crush my young men.
In his winepress the Lord has trampled Virgin Daughter Judah.
Isaiah 2 A nation has invaded my land, a mighty army without number;
it has the teeth of a lion, the fangs of a lioness.
It has laid waste my vines and ruined my fig trees.
It has stripped off their bark and thrown it away,
leaving their branches white.

Jerusalem will be built in a way that is secure, the kings of the nations will not believe that it is possible for foes to enter Jerusalem, however because of the blood of the righteous shed by her prophets and priests, enemies will enter Jerusalem. The blood of the righteous here could be referring to the two witnesses who will be killed in Jerusalem or the blood of the saints through history including the blood of Jesus Christ The Messiah.
 
The Lord has warned against false prophets who do not expose the sins of Zion and Jerusalem, because of them, the people of Jerusalem will be taken into captivity.
Lamentation 2 14 The visions of your prophets were false and worthless;
they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity.
The prophecies they gave you were false and misleading.
Lamentation 4 12 The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the peoples of the world, that enemies and foes could enter the gates of Jerusalem.
13 But it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests,
who shed within her the blood of the righteous.
14 Now they grope through the streets as if they were blind.
They are so defiled with blood that no one dares to touch their garments.
15 “Go away! You are unclean!” people cry to them.
“Away! Away! Don’t touch us!” When they flee and wander about,
people among the nations say, “They can stay here no longer.”
16 The LORD himself has scattered them; he no longer watches over them.
The priests are shown no honor, the elders no favor

After the Sword, many will be Lament in Zion and Israel after the slaughter of many by sword
Zechariah 11 Wail, you juniper, for the cedar has fallen; the stately trees are ruined!
Wail, oaks of Bashan; the dense forest has been cut down!
Listen to the wail of the shepherds; their rich pastures are destroyed!
Listen to the roar of the lions; the lush thicket of the Jordan is ruined!
Jeremiah 818 You who are my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me.
19 Listen to the cry of my people from a land far away:
“Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King no longer there?”
“Why have they aroused my anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?”
20 “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.”
21 Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips me.
22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?
Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?
Micah 7 What misery is mine! I am like one who gathers summer fruit
at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat,
none of the early figs that I crave.
The faithful have been swept from the land; not one upright person remains.
Everyone lies in wait to shed blood; they hunt each other with nets

Jeremiah 14 17 “Speak this word to them:
“‘Let my eyes overflow with tears night and day without ceasing;
for the Virgin Daughter, my people, has suffered a grievous wound,
a crushing blow. 18 If I go into the country, I see those slain by the sword;
if I go into the city,  I see the ravages of famine.
Both prophet and priest have gone to a land they know not.’”
19 Have you rejected Judah completely? Do you despise Zion?
Why have you afflicted us so that we cannot be healed?
We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing
but there is only terror. 20 We acknowledge our wickedness, Lord,
and the guilt of our ancestors; we have indeed sinned against you.
21 For the sake of your name do not despise us; do not dishonor your glorious throne.
Remember your covenant with us and do not break it.
22  Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain?
Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, Lord our God.
Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.
 
In days of wrath, God will not listen to prayers; hunger and famine for Word
(The time of Grace in this age will have finished, Christ will have left the Heavenly temple as High Priest and the declaration gone out ‘No one could enter the temple Whoever is righteous let him be righteous still’) He will not accept their offering for they did it out of duty and for show, not His honor, because they do not Value the Word of God, a day of famine for the Word will come.
Amos 8 11 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. 12 People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east,
searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.
13 “In that day “the lovely young women and strong young men will faint because of thirst.
14 Those who swear by the sin of Samaria—who say, ‘As surely as your god lives, Dan,’ or, ‘As surely as the god of Beersheba lives’ they will fall, never to rise again.
Lamentation 2 9 the law is no more, and her prophets no longer find visions from the Lord
Jeremiah 14 11 Then the Lord said to me, “Do not pray for the well-being of this people. 12 Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword, famine and plague.”
Hosea 9They will not pour out wine offerings to the Lord, nor will their sacrifices please him.
Such sacrifices will be to them like the bread of mourners; all who eat them will be unclean. This food will be for themselves; it will not come into the temple of the Lord.
Amos 4 “Go to Bethel and sin; go to Gilgal and sin yet more.
Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three years.
Burn leavened bread as a thank offering and brag about your freewill offerings—
boast about them, you Israelites, for this is what you love to do,”
declares the Sovereign Lord.
Jeremiah 14 10 This is what the Lord says about this people:
“They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet.
So the Lord does not accept them; he will now remember their wickedness
and punish them for their sins.”
Hosea 2 10 So now I will expose her lewdness before the eyes of her lovers;
no one will take her out of my hands. 11 I will stop all her celebrations:
her yearly festivals, her New Moons, her Sabbath days—all her appointed festivals.
Lamentation 2 The Lord has rejected his altar and abandoned his sanctuary.
He has given the walls of her palaces into the hands of the enemy;
they have raised a shout in the house of the Lord as on the day of an appointed festival.
LamentationsIn the days of her affliction and wandering
Jerusalem remembers all the treasures that were hers in days of old.
10 The enemy laid hands on all her treasures;
she saw pagan nations enter her sanctuary—
those you had forbidden  to enter your assembly.
Lamentation 2 6The Lord has made Zion forget her appointed festivals and her Sabbaths;
in his fierce anger he has spurned both king and priest.
LamentationsThe roads to Zion mourn, for no one comes to her appointed festivals.
All her gateways are desolate, her priests groan,
her young women grieve,  and she is in bitter anguish.

A call to morn for the Grain and drink offerings,
Isaiah 2 Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth grieving for the betrothed of her youth.
Grain offerings and drink offerings are cut off from the house of the Lord.
The priests are in mourning, those who minister before the Lord.
Joel 1 13 Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar.
Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God;
for the grain offerings and drink offerings  are withheld from the house of your God.
Lamentation 2 10 The elders of Daughter Zion sit on the ground in silence;
they have sprinkled dust on their heads and put on sackcloth.
The young women of Jerusalem have bowed their heads to the ground.
Lamentation 2 18 The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord. You walls of Daughter Zion,
let your tears flow like a river day and night; give yourself no relief,
your eyes no rest. 19 Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water  in the presence of the Lord.

Severe famine, women will cook and eat their children

The Eternal King foretold and warned the women of Zion against complacency and pride in their beauty, through the prophets He warned Israel of a drought and famine so severe causing people to feed on one another if they do not stop their sins and repent. Because they did not turn whole heartedly from their wicked ways, repenting and seeking the Lord in truth, their food in the farms will be ruined leaving the land bare, there will be no rains and where food once grew, only desert vegetation will survive, there will be no water, the wells and rivers will dry  
Isaiah 9 19 By the wrath of the Lord Almighty the land will be scorched and the people will be fuel for the fire; they will not spare one another. 20 On the right they will devour, but still be hungry; on the left they will eat,  but not be satisfied. Each will feed on the flesh of their own offspring:21 Manasseh will feed on Ephraim, and Ephraim on Manasseh; together they will turn against Judah.  Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised
Jeremiah 14 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:
“Judah mourns, her cities languish; they wail for the land, and a cry goes up from Jerusalem.
The nobles send their servants for water; they go to the cisterns but find no water.
They return with their jars unfilled; dismayed and despairing, they cover their heads.
The ground is cracked because there is no rain in the land; the farmers are dismayed
and cover their heads. Even the doe in the field deserts her newborn fawn
because there is no grass. Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights and pant like jackals; their eyes fail for lack of food.”
Isaiah 2 10 The fields are ruined, the ground is dried up;
the grain is destroyed, the new wine is dried up, the olive oil fails.
11 Despair, you farmers, wail, you vine growers;
grieve for the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field is destroyed.
12 The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree—all the trees of the field—are dried up. Surely the people’s joy is withered away.
Isaiah 7  23 In that day, in every place where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels,  there will be only briers and thorns. 24 Hunters will go there with bow and arrow, for the land will be covered with briers and thorns. 25 As for all the hills once cultivated by the hoe, you will no longer go there for fear of the briers and thorns; they will become places where cattle are turned loose and where sheep run.
Hosea 2 … I will strip her naked and make her as bare as on the day she was born; I will make her like a desert, turn her into a parched land, and slay her with thirst.I will not show my love to her children, because they are the children of adultery. Therefore I will block her path with thorn bushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way. 12 I will ruin her vines and her fig trees, which she said were her pay from her lovers; I will make them a thicket, and wild animals will devour them. 13 I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals;
she decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers,
but me she forgot,” declares the Lord.
Amos 5 16 Therefore this is what the Lord, the Lord God Almighty, says:
“There will be wailing in all the streets and cries of anguish in every public square.
The farmers will be summoned to weep and the mourners to wail.
17 There will be wailing in all the vineyards, for I will pass through your midst,” says the Lord.

The women of Zion were (are) warned against complacency and the pride in their beauty;
Isaiah 32 You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me;
you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say!
10 In little more than a year you who feel secure will tremble;
the grape harvest will fail,  and the harvest of fruit will not come.
11 Tremble, you complacent women; shudder, you daughters who feel secure!
Strip off your fine clothes and wrap yourselves in rags.
12 Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines
13 and for the land of my people, a land overgrown with thorns and briers—
yes, mourn for all houses of merriment and for this city of revelry.
14 The fortress will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted;
citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever,
the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks

Isaiah 216 The Lord says,  “The women of Zion are haughty,
walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes,
strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles.
17 Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion;
the Lord will make their scalps bald.”18 In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, 19 the earrings and bracelets and veils, 20 the headdresses and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, 21 the signet rings and nose rings, 22 the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses 23 and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.
24 Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope;
instead of well-dressed hair, baldness;  instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding. 25 Your men will fall by the sword, your warriors in battle.
26 The gates of Zion will lament and mourn; destitute, she will sit on the ground.
Just like it had been prophesied, the drought and famine will be so severe, women in Zion and Israel will eat their own children to stay alive
Lamentation 4 1 How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull!
The sacred gems are scattered at every street corner.
2 How the precious children of Zion, once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter’s hands!
3 Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert. 4 Because of thirst the infant’s tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth; the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them.
Lamentations11 All her people groan as they search for bread;
they barter their treasures for food to keep themselves alive.
Lamentation 2 18 Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children,who faint from hunger at every street corner.
12 They say to their mothers, “Where is bread and wine?”
as they faint like the wounded  in the streets of the city,
as their lives ebb away in their mothers’ arms.
20 “Look, Lord, and consider:  Whom have you ever treated like this?
Should women eat their offspring, the children they have cared for?
Lamentations19My priests and my elders  perished in the city
while they searched for food  to keep themselves alive.
20 “See, Lord, how distressed I am! I am in torment within,
and in my heart I am disturbed, for I have been most rebellious
Lamentation 4 9Those killed by the sword are better off than those who die of famine; racked with hunger, they waste away for lack of food from the field.
10 With their own hands compassionate women have cooked their own children, who became their food when my people were destroyed.
11 The LORD has given full vent to his wrath; he has poured out his fierce anger. He kindled a fire in Zion that consumed her foundations.
The Lord had warned Israel and Zion; do not trust in foreign alliance,
Trust in the Lord Who is Mighty to save and help in times of trouble. Israel and Zion ignored the warning therefore they will be ashamed for the alliance with Egypt and Assyria who will betray them. This betrayal will turn Israel and Zion into slaves as they submit to Assyria for food and water. The nations around them will become their enemies, and those who were once allies will turn to enemies
Isaiah 30: 1-7 1“Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the Lord, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; who go down to Egypt  without consulting me; who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection,  to Egypt’s shade for refuge. But Pharaoh’s protection will be to your shame,   Egypt’s shade will bring you disgrace. Though they have officials in Zoan
and their envoys have arrived in Hanes, 5  everyone will be put to shame because of a people useless to them, who bring neither help nor advantage, but only shame and disgrace.”
Isaiah 31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the Lord.
Yet he too is wise and can bring disaster; he does not take back his words.
He will rise up against that wicked nation,
against those who help evildoers But the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God;
their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the Lord stretches out his hand,
those who help will stumble, those who are helped will fall; all will perish together
Jeremiah 2 26 “As a thief is disgraced when he is caught, so the people of Israel are disgraced—
they, their kings and their officials, their priests and their prophets.
27 They say to wood, ‘You are my father,’ and to stone, ‘You gave me birth.’
They have turned their backs to me and not their faces;
yet when they are in trouble, they say,  ‘Come and save us!’
28 Where then are the gods you made for yourselves?
Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble!
For you, Judah, have as many gods as you have towns.
Hosea 10 The people who live in Samaria fear for the calf-idol of Beth Aven.
Its people will mourn over it, and so will its idolatrous priests,
those who had rejoiced over its splendor, because it is taken from them into exile.
It will be carried to Assyria as tribute for the great king.
Ephraim will be disgraced; Israel will be ashamed of its foreign alliances.
Samaria’s king will be destroyed, swept away like a twig on the surface of the waters.
Hosea 11 “Will they not return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them
because they refuse to repent? A sword will flash in their cities;
it will devour their false prophets and put an end to their plans.
My people are determined to turn from me.
Even though they call me God Most High, I will by no means exalt them.
Lamentations19 “I called to my allies but they betrayed me. 17The Lord has decreed for Jacob that his neighbors become his foes; Jerusalem has become  an unclean thing among them.
Jeremiah 84 17 “See, I will send venomous snakes among you, vipers that cannot be charmed,
and they will bite you,” declares the Lord. 14 All your allies have forgotten you; they care nothing for you. I have struck you as an enemy would and punished you as would the cruel,
because your guilt is so great and your sins so many.
15 Why do you cry out over your wound, your pain that has no cure?
Because of your great guilt and many sins I have done these things to you.

Israel and Zion will submit to Assyria, for food, but this food will come through hardship,Assyria and Egypt will not be of any help
LamentationsAfter affliction and harsh labor, Judah has gone into exile.
She dwells among the nations; she finds no resting place.
All who pursue her have overtaken her in the midst of her distress 
Lamentation 4 17Moreover, our eyes failed, looking in vain for help; from our towers we watched for a nation that could not save us.
18 People stalked us at every step, so we could not walk in our streets. Our end was near, our days were numbered, for our end had come.
19 Our pursuers were swifter than eagles in the sky;
they chased us over the mountains and lay in wait for us in the desert.
20 The LORD’s anointed, our very life breath, was caught in their traps. We thought that under his shadow we would live among the nations.

Lamentation 5 We must buy the water we drink; our wood can be had only at a price.Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary and find no rest.
We submitted to Egypt and Assyria to get enough bread.
Our ancestors sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment.
Slaves rule over us, and there is no one to free us from their hands.
We get our bread at the risk of our lives because of the sword in the desert.
10 Our skin is hot as an oven, feverish from hunger.
Lamentation 5 11 Women have been violated in Zion, and virgins in the towns of Judah..13 Young men toil at the millstones; boys stagger under loads of wood.
14 The elders are gone from the city gate; the young men have stopped their music.
15 Joy is gone from our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning.

Because of Israel and Zion’s many sins their enemies will rule over them, hunting them without cause
LamentationsHer foes have become her masters; her enemies are at ease.
The Lord has brought her grief because of her many sins.
Her children have gone into exile, captive before the foe.
7When her people fell into enemy hands, there was no one to help her.
Her enemies looked at her and laughed at her destruction.
Lamentation 3 52 Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird.
53 They tried to end my life in a pit and threw stones at me;
54 the waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to perish.
55 I called on your name, Lord, from the depths of the pit.
56 You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.”
57 You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”
58 You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life.
59 Lord, you have seen the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause!
60 You have seen the depth of their vengeance, all their plots against me.
61 Lord, you have heard their insults, all their plots against me—
62 what my enemies whisper and mutter against me all day long.
63 Look at them! Sitting or standing, they mock me in their songs.
64 Pay them back what they deserve, Lord, for what their hands have done.
65 Put a veil over their hearts, and may your curse be on them!
66 Pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the Lord.

Though Zion will be like a queen among the nations, her crown will fall
She will be like a widow. Her children who are the kings and princes of the heavenly kingdom will be destroyed, and those living at the time will go into destitution.
 Lamentations1How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations!
She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave
 Bitterly she weeps at night, tears are on her cheeks.
Among all her lovers there is no one to comfort her.
All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies

Lamentation 515 Joy is gone from our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning
16 The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!
12 Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders are shown no respect
17 Because of this our hearts are faint, because of these things our eyes grow dim 18 for Mount Zion, which lies desolate, with jackals prowling over it.

The Royals of Zion will suffer the same fate and become destitute and famished
Lamentation 4 5 Those who once ate delicacies are destitute in the streets. Those brought up in royal purple now lie on ash heaps.
6 The punishment of my people is greater than that of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment without a hand turned to help her.
7 Their princes were brighter than snow and whiter than milk,
their bodies more ruddy than rubies, their appearance like lapis lazuli.
8But now they are blacker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones; it has become as dry as a stick.
LamentationsHow deserted lies the city, once so full of people!.All the splendor has departed from Daughter Zion. Her princes are like deer that find no pasture; in weakness they have fled before the pursuer.

Lamentation 4 1 How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at every street corner.
2 How the precious children of Zion, once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter’s hands!
Lamentation 2 How the Lord has covered Daughter Zion
with the cloud of his anger! He has hurled down the splendor of Israel
from heaven to earth; he has not remembered his footstool in the day of his anger
Lamentation 2 17 The Lord has done what he planned; he has fulfilled his word,
which he decreed long ago. He has overthrown you without pity,
he has let the enemy gloat over you, he has exalted the horn of your foes.
The Lord determined to tear down the wall around Daughter Zion.
He stretched out a measuring line and did not withhold his hand from destroying.
He made ramparts and walls lament; together they wasted away.
Her gates have sunk into the ground; their bars he has broken and destroyed.
Her king and her princes are exiled among the nations

Because of the many sins in Zion and Jerusalem, they will be despised, enemies will laugh and scoff at them.They will be mocked in songs with no one to comfort them in the day of calamity
Lamentation 2 15 All who pass your way clap their hands at you;
they scoff and shake their heads  at Daughter Jerusalem:
“Is this the city that was called  the perfection of beauty,
the joy of the whole earth?”
16 All your enemies open their mouths wide against you;
they scoff and gnash their teeth and say, “We have swallowed her up.
This is the day we have waited for; we have lived to see it.”
LamentationsJerusalem has sinned greatly and so has become unclean.
All who honored her despise her, for they have all seen her naked;
she herself groans and turns away.
Her filthiness clung to her skirts; she did not consider her future.
Her fall was astounding; there was none to comfort her.
“Look, Lord, on my affliction, for the enemy has triumphed.”
14 “My sins have been bound into a yoke; by his hands they were woven together.
They have been hung on my neck, and the Lord has sapped my strength.
He has given me into the hands of those I cannot withstand.

18 “The Lord is righteous, yet I rebelled against his command.
Listen, all you peoples; look on my suffering.
My young men and young women have gone into exile.
Lamentations11“Look, Lord, and consider, for I am despised.”
12 “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look around and see.
Is any suffering like my suffering that was inflicted on me,
that the Lord brought on me  in the day of his fierce anger?
13 “From on high he sent fire, sent it down into my bones.
He spread a net for my feet  and turned me back.
He made me desolate, faint all the day long.
Lamentation 3 14 I became the laughingstock of all my people;
they mock me in song all day long.
15 He has filled me with bitter herbs and given me gall to drink.
16 He has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me in the dust.
17 I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is.
18 So I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
Lamentations17 Zion stretches out her hands, but there is no one to comfort her.
20Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death.
21 “People have heard my groaning, but there is no one to comfort me.
All my enemies have heard of my distress; they rejoice at what you have done.
May you bring the day you have announced so they may become like me.
22 “Let all their wickedness come before you; deal with them
as you have dealt with me because of all my sins.
My groans are many and my heart is faint.”
 
In that time, The Lord will be like an enemy to Zion and Israel, like a bear lying in wait, like a lion hiding in the bushes, he mangles Israel and Zion destroying them completely.
It is good to remember, because of God’s great love, Israel and Zion are not completely consumed, The Lord’s Mercy endures forever, though He Has punished, He will remember them. Indeed at the end the Lord promises to send teachers who will guide them in righteous paths.
 
Lamentation 2 How the Lord has covered Daughter Zion
with the cloud of his anger! He has hurled down the splendor of Israel
from heaven to earth; he has not remembered his footstool in the day of his anger.
Without pity the Lord has swallowed up all the dwellings of Jacob;
in his wrath he has torn down the strongholds of Daughter Judah.
He has brought her kingdom and its princes down to the ground in dishonor.
Lamentation 2 11 My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within; my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed,
because children and infants faint in the streets of the city
Isaiah 22 Therefore I said, “Turn away from me; let me weep bitterly. Do not try to console me over the destruction of my people.”

Lamentation 2 In fierce anger he has cut off every horn of Israel. He has withdrawn his right hand at the approach of the enemy.
He has burned in Jacob like a flaming fire that consumes everything around it.
Like an enemy he has strung his bow; his right hand is ready.
Like a foe he has slain all who were pleasing to the eye;
he has poured out his wrath like fire on the tent of Daughter Zion.
The Lord is like an enemy; he has swallowed up Israel.
He has swallowed up all her palaces and destroyed her strongholds.
He has multiplied mourning and lamentation for Daughter Judah.
He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden; he has destroyed his place of meeting.
Lamentations16 “This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears.
No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit.
My children are destitute because the enemy has prevailed.”
 
Lamentation 3 1I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of the Lord’s wrath.
He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light;
indeed, he has turned his hand against me  again and again, all day long.
He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones.
He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship.
He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.
He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains.
Even when I call out or cry for help, he shuts out my prayer.
He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.
10 Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion in hiding,
11 he dragged me from the path and mangled me and left me without help.
12 He drew his bow and made me the target for his arrows.
13 He pierced my heart with arrows from his quiver

Jeremiah 10 20 My tent is destroyed; all its ropes are snapped.
My children are gone from me and are no more;
no one is left now to pitch my tent or to set up my shelter.
25 Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you,
on the peoples who do not call on your name. For they have devoured Jacob;
they have devoured him completely and destroyed his homeland.
Lamentation 3 48 Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed.
49 My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief,
50 until the Lord looks down from heaven and sees.
51 What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city.

Though He Has punished, His mercies endure forever and His compassion new every morning, therefore trust in the Lord
Lamentation 3 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord
Lamentation 3 27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.
28 Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him.
29 Let him bury his face in the dust, there may yet be hope.
30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace.
31 For no one is cast off by the Lord forever.
32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.
33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.
 
Israel will repent in the last days of wrath, they will seek Jesus Christ and will bind themselves with Zion in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten
Jeremiah 50:3-5 3A nation from the north will attack her and lay waste her land.
No one will live in it; both people and animals will flee away.
In those days, at that time,” declares the Lord,
“the people of Israel and the people of Judah together
will go in tears to seek the Lord their God.
They will ask the way to Zion  and turn their faces toward it.
They will come and bind themselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant
that will not be forgotten.

Lamentation 5 Remember, Lord, what has happened to us;
look, and see our disgrace. Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
our homes to foreigners. We have become fatherless, our mothers are widows.

Jeremiah 14 Although our sins testify against us, do something, Lord, for the sake of your name.For we have often rebelled; we have sinned against you.
You who are the hope of Israel, its Savior in times of distress,
why are you like a stranger in the land,  like a traveler who stays only a night?
Why are you like a man taken by surprise, like a warrior powerless to save?
You are among us, Lord, and we bear your name; do not forsake us!

Lamentation 5 19 You, Lord, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation.
20 Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long?
21 Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return; renew our days as of old
22 unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.

In those days, after Israel repents and binds herself in an everlasting covenant with God, the Lord will answer
Jeremiah 31 18 “I have surely heard Ephraim’s moaning: ‘You disciplined me like an unruly calf,
and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return,
because you are the Lord my God. 19 After I strayed, I repented;
after I came to understand,  I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated
because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’
 
Hosea 11 “How can I give you up, Ephraim?  How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim?
My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.
I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I devastate Ephraim again.
For I am God, and not a man the Holy One among you.
I will not come against their cities.
10 They will follow the Lord; he will roar like a lion.
When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west.
11 They will come from Egypt, trembling like sparrows,
from Assyria, fluttering like doves. I will settle them in their homes,” declares the Lord.
Isaiah 65  I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
and from Judah those who will possess my mountains; my chosen people will inherit them,
and there will my servants live. 10 Sharon will become a pasture for flocks,
and the Valley of Achor a resting place for herds, for my people who seek me.

Ezekiel 36 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices. 32 I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign Lord. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, people of Israel!

 

 

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