21 And it
shall come to pass in that day, [yowm] that a man ['iysh] shall nourish [chayah] a
young [baqar] cow, [`eglah] and two [shanayim] sheep; [tso'n] KJV-Interlinear
21 Now it
will come about in that day that a man may keep alive a heifer and a pair of
In an agriculture society, a single cow and two sheep represent poverty.
In the normal sense of an agricultural society, people are expected to possess herds and flocks with numerous animals, so the reduction to just three animals for the entirety of ones subsistence, means huge losses and huge poverty.
This is not only the poverty of a single person, but of a family, and then extends to the nation.
When people are lowered in life that they must survive on meager means, then when this applies to an entire nation, then that nation is in extreme poverty, and that means horrendous stress and a substandard life for all.
So, when Judah is overrun by Assyria and Egypt, then what will result is not only the humiliation of the defeat, as well as the fear and terror brought about by the invasion, but whoever remains must live in phenomenal poverty.
Recovery from that low state of life is extremely difficult if not impossible. It certainly does not happen overnight, and often times takes several generations to bring about some semblance of a recovery.
When these prophetic verses eventually apply to the Tribulational generation, then time simply will not exist for any type of recovery in the usual sense of historic recovery. The punishment of poverty will not only be extreme, but life will be beyond the unbearable.
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