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Isaiah 13 and the End Times

written by Asher Intrater
June 09, 2012

The Second Coming of Yeshua is a central event of New Covenant prophecy. It is also central to the Hebrew prophets of the Old Covenant, but is often overlooked because it is called by a different name: “The great and terrible day of YHVH.” By re-establishing the connection between these two terms, we will see a better consistency of the prophecies from the Old Covenant to the New. A clearer understanding will emerge about the events of the end times.

  1. The Book of Revelation describes the Second Coming primarily from the perspective of the spiritual battle between angels and demons (Revelation 12:7, 19:11).
  2. The Book of Joel describes the perspective primarily on the prayer, repentance and revival leading up to the Second Coming (Joel 1:14; 2:12, 28).
  3. The Book of Zechariah describes the end times’ battle primarily from the perspective of the battle of all the nations against Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:2, 9; 14:2-3, 12).
  4. The book of Ezekiel describes restoration in Israel (Ezekiel 36), resurrection of the dead (Ezekiel 37), the great war of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39), and the millennial Temple and kingdom (Ezekiel 40-48).
  5. In Yeshua’s discourse about the end times on the Mount of Olives, He quoted freely from Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and Zechariah (Matthew 24:29-31).

Isaiah chapter 13 is often overlooked as an end times’ prophecy. However, it is also describing the time of the Second Coming:

Isaiah 13:6 – Wail for the day of YHVH is close; it will come as destruction from Shaddai.
Isaiah 13:9 – Behold the day of YHVH is coming; cruel with wrath and anger.
Isaiah 13:13 – …in the anger of YHVH of armies and in the day of His burning wrath

The perspective of Isaiah 13 is the destruction of the forces of “Babylon,” quite parallel to the destruction of “Babylon” as described in Revelation 17 – 18. Isaiah describes his prophetic burden against Babel (13:1). [Babel and Babylon are the same in Hebrew.] He describes how the skies will be darkened (13:10). The world will be punished for its evil doing (13:11).

A horrible war will take place with many people killed (13:15). People will flee back to their home countries (13:14). Fire will be poured out as in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (13:19). These events will take place at the same time that Israel is restored as a nation, both spiritually and physically.

Isaiah 14:1 – For YHVH will have mercy on Jacob and choose Israel once again, and set them back in their own land. And the stranger [or, convert, sojourner] will be joined to them and be attached [grafted in] to the house of Jacob.

Parallel to Romans 11, this verse describes not only the restoration of Israel, but also a group of people from the nations of the world who will become spiritual partners with Israel. This can only be the end times’ Church coming into its place of partnership with Israel and being “grafted in to the Olive tree” of Israel (Romans 11:17-21).

This restoration of Israel to her calling and the partnership with the international Church will lead to the final defeat of Satan at the Second Coming of Yeshua. Isaiah 14:12 15 – How you have fallen from heaven, Lucifer, son of the morning! You will be brought down to hell to the lower sides of the pit.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.


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