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17 And the
light ['owr] of Israel [Yisra'el] shall
be for a fire, ['esh] and his Holy One [qadowsh] for a flame: [lehabah] and
it shall burn [ba`ar] and devour ['akal] his thorns [shayith] and
his briers [shamiyr] in one ['echad] day; [yowm] KJV-Interlinear
17 And the
light of Israel will become a fire and his Holy One a flame, And it will burn
and devour his thorns and his briars in a single day. NASB
The God of Israel, who we know as Jesus Christ, who was back then the promised Messiah, the Son of God, who walked in the Garden with Adam, who talked with Abraham, who led the Israelites out of Egypt, who appointed David, who was born Jesus and went to the Cross to provide salvation for all of mankind. Who is the ruler, the sovereign of all that is, who controls history, who gives life and takes life in accordance with the divine plan.
And so, as Israel will be destroyed by these words, and which was destroyed in due course at the hand of Assyria.
That same God, will destroy Assyria as completely and thoroughly, and even more so, than they destroyed Israel.
God is a fire. God is a flame. The fire is the burning light that provides warmth and heat and light by which to see and understand life. The flame is that same fire that can devour and destroy.
As Israel will be and was destroyed and absorbed into the conquering nations around it, but will survive throughout the ages until the Second Advent, it will not be so for Assyria. Once Assyria is destroyed, it will fade into oblivion and history never to rise again.
And on a single day, at the Second Advent, and this is a literal single day for that future event, then Jesus Christ will destroy not only the region to the north of Israel, but all of the world as evil will be defeated and obliterated, making way for the Kingdom of God here on the earth, which we call the Millennium.
Back in Isaiah's day, Assyria fell, but not in the space of a day, but over the course of many battles and years.
To devour the thorns and briers, means to utterly destroy the country. Not even the weeds will survive. That means total and complete destruction. All evil, all peoples in the invading forces, and in opposition toward God, who are alive at the Second Advent, will be destroyed. At the Second Advent there will not be even a single evil survivor.
During the seven years of the Tribulation, the entire population of the world, which may be in the many billions of people by that time (we are over seven billion now), will be totally reduced to a very, very small number. Perhaps only a few hundred or a few thousand believers that will survive to the end of the Tribulation.
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