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34 And he
shall cut down [naqaph] the thickets [cabak] of the
forest [ya`ar] with iron, [barzel] and Lebanon [Labanown]
shall fall [naphal] by a mighty one. ['addiyr] KJV-Interlinear
34 And He
will cut down the thickets of the forest with an iron axe, And Lebanon will
fall by the Mighty One. NASB
The finality of the invasion will result in the ultimate and total annihilation of the northern invading army.
The army of the north is described as a forest, dense and thick. That makes it massive to the point beyond counting.
If you have ever been flying over a forest or driving down a highway through a forested area, then you have some idea as the massive magnitude of these invading armies. Huge numbers of people, spread in all directions over miles and miles and miles of territory.
Its demise will be as a forest being cut down with an axe, as trees are generally cut down with an axe. When an axe is used, there is nothing left but a stump.
Where once you could only see a short distance between trees, then after the use of an axe which cuts down all of the trees, then there is no forest and nothing to see, for many miles. It is all gone.
He, is singular. It does not refer to the defenders of Jerusalem, or any other invading army, such as the army of the west or the army of the east, which will be a part of this last and final great battle. Each counter attacking on the respective flanks of the northern army.
By this time, if you remember the study of the Armageddon campaign, the southern army which will begin this whole war, has already been defeated when the northern army double crosses it.
To fall by a mighty one, 'addiyr,' means a glorious one, and this is an epithet of Jehovah, a personal reference to Jesus Christ.
Lebanon, has not been referred to until now, and even though it is a reference to a geographical area, it does not describe the empire of Assyria, because that nation was spread out over what is present day Syria and Iraq.
Lebanon is a direction relative from Jerusalem, or the north.
The finality of this battle, the reference to the general direction, the use of final days of history references, in that day, all point not to the upcoming Assyrian invasion, nor even the Babylonian invasion that would follow, nor any other invasion after that, but is a reference to the final great battle of history.
In the battle of Armageddon, Satan is the ultimate commander over all of the invasion forces, north, south, east and west. They are all there to destroy Jerusalem. They will all fail.
This chapter outlines the final results of the northern invasion component of that battle. Not only will they fail, but they will be totally destroyed, with not one single survivor.
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