12 And the
LORD [Yahovah] have removed [rachaq] men ['adam] far away, [rachaq] and
there be a great [rab] forsaking [`azuwbah] in the midst [qereb] of the
"The Lord has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in
the midst of the land. NASB
There have been several deportations with regard to Israel. Assyria, and Babylon both initiated massive deportations, moving people out of Israel and Judah, as well as the Romans many hundreds of years later.
But this is not the end of Gods disciplinary policy against a spiritually negative nation.
We know that the nation of Israel is symbolic of the nation of believers which God calls His nation. And when Gods own nation falls away from truth, then these judgments fall on the believing population in order to get them back on track with doctrine.
Nevertheless, this judgment also points to the last and final great judgment against Israel, which will occur in the Tribulation.
We know from our studies of Revelation, that at the mid-point of the Tribulation, there will be a great abomination occurring when the newly rebuilt temple is dedicated. At that time, the Bible warns all to leave immediately, if they have not yet already left Jerusalem and the nation. One would think that if people are aware of this prophecy they would have left, but then there will be many who will disregard the prophecy and warning, but then the warning is not really for them, but for our understanding of this event.
For it will be followed by an unleashing of the single most violent period in all of Israel's history.
And we have those days being revealed in these verses.
The violence will be phenomenal, the arrests will be massive, the movements or deportation of people out of the area will be thorough. None will remain, except a very, very small number.
But remember that there is a three and a half year window between the mid-point of the Tribulation and the Second Advent of Christ. That is a very long time for the suffering and atrocities that will be occurring. And this verse ends with the description that the suffering will be great.
Great desolation or forsaking, means desertion, emptying out, vanishing. And in that regard, people will be vanishing because they will be dead, dying, carted off for death sentences and worse.
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