About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Verse 1 begins with the
word "woe". This
"woe" really means a sigh, not exactly the "woes"
you see in the book of Revelation.
wings" in verse 1. The
land that the "woe" is directed to is the land along the river
of "whirling wings", and as the NIV says, it's
There has been much
debate just what land the prophet is talking about here.
Some have said Egypt. Others think of this a bit more symbolically and have said
The whirling or rustling
of wings suggests birds. It
has been said by many that the
Note the word
"along" in verse 1. Some
translations use the word "beyond" instead, which may be
similar in some people's mind. Other
translations use the word "shadowing".
It thus seems then that at least on one side of the river is the
land of "Kuwsh".
Verse 2 speaks of
Those adhering to the KJV
say that this people being talked about here is
Some understand this
particular people to be Ethiopians.
One thing we do know for sure according to verse 2 is that the
messengers are Ethiopians who are sent to other peoples.
I would think that the Ethiopian messengers wouldn't be sent to
themselves. Still, some
believe the tall smoothed-skinned people are Ethiopians.
One reason for this is because their men routinely shaved their
One problem that some
have concerning this particular tall smoothed-skinned people being
Israelis is that verse 2 says their land is divided by rivers, and that
really doesn't fit the land
Note that in verse 3 that
the whole world will see a banner raised from the mountains.
Some suggest that this banner might be the Ark of the Covenant
that some say is located in an ancient church building in
When thinking of a banner
being raised on a mountain, this type of thing is often in association
with a nation preparing to go to war.
I believe this is what is being talked about here.
The words "trumpet sounding" confirms this thinking.
In verses 4 and 5 we see
the Lord sitting back until harvest time.
Whether this is a symbolic harvest time or the literal harvest
time of the year, I just don't know.
Whatever the case, these verses speak of some kind of judgment
that seems to be upon Israel, that is, assuming you think the aggressive
nation with strange speech is actually Israel.
Verse 6 speaks of the
destruction. Verse 7
suggests to me the remnant of
The last phrase of this
chapter clearly refers to
Isaiah 18 is a very small
chapter in the Bible but it has many interpretations, and for me, it is
very difficult to comment on the exact meaning of the chapter.
Maybe we will just have to wait and see how things turn out as we
get to the end of this age. Many
of these difficult passages will become clearer to us then.