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fortress [mibtsar] also shall cease [shabath]
from Ephraim ['Ephrayim], and the kingdom [mamlakah] from Damascus [Dammeseq],
and the remnant [sha'ar] of Syria ['Aram]: they shall be as the glory [kabowd] of the children [ben] of
Israel [Yisra'el], saith [na'um] the LORD [Yahovah] of hosts
fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, And sovereignty from Damascus And
the remnant of Aram; They will be like the glory of the sons of Israel," Declares
the Lord of hosts. NASB
When the nation of Israel split, the northern portion called itself Israel, but was sometimes referred to as Samaria or Ephraim or the northern kingdom. Splitting away from Judah and in opposition of Gods chosen line of David, the northern kingdom was cursed and eventually destroyed.
Judah, being the line of the chosen will of God, was the southern portion of the split nation.
Here we have Ephraim being numbered along with Damascus and Syria, in that they are all condemned and destroyed.
Damascus representing the capital of opposition, and Syria representing the organized opposition against Gods people, and Ephraim representing Gods people that have rebelled against Gods plan, then all three will follow the path and destiny of Babylon which we have already studied. They will all be destroyed.
Wherever there is opposition to God, who is truth, then there is opposition to truth. And all opposition to truth means the embracing of lies for ones foundation for life. Lies get you nowhere and thus opposition to God will find you at the short end of the short stick and doomed for certain.
Even the children of Israel, which is a reference to the people of the northern kingdom, are condemned because they oppose God and Gods plan. Calling yourself something spiritual is certainly not enough to make you spiritual. Phony is as phony does, and those people represent all believers who claim God, claim to know God, but in fact reject Gods plan in favor of doing things their own way.
The bible makes it very clear that right things done in the wrong way, are wrong.
Wrong things done in the right way, are wrong.
Wrong things done in the wrong way are certainly wrong.
Only when right things are done in the right way, are they right.
Gods plan, Gods mandates, Gods defined process, Gods defined procedures are all the right things, ant they must be done as Gods specifies in order to be of spiritual benefit.
Doing things your own way, are a huge waste of time. Presuming your way is also Gods way, is a fools assumption.
In order to know what is right, and how to do it right, must be learned, lest you follow in the path of Ephraim, Damascus and Syria, and end up in failure and a wasted life.
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