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9 In that
day [yowm] shall his strong [ma`owz]
cities [`iyr] be as a forsaken [`azab] bough [choresh], and an
uppermost branch ['amiyr], which they left [`azab] because [paniym] of the
children [ben] of Israel [Yisra'el]: and there shall be desolation [shamamah]. KJV-Interlinear
9 In that
day their strong cities will be like forsaken places in the forest, Or like
branches which they abandoned before the sons of Israel; And the land will be a
In that day, is a reference to the time or period of Gods judgment. It is a technical phrase reserved for a specific time in the future, where God alone will be recognized as the one and only sovereign and judge over man and history. It is used for the closing events of history, after which man and Satan will cease to rule this world.
The strong cities, refer to the secular attitudes of people who look with pride at what they have achieved in building cities, architecture, roads, industry and so forth. And where this pride of accomplishment will rule the boastings and awe of people, then all they see is the greatness of their own construction and ordered society, never once thinking of the larger masses of the poor, upon which their cities were most likely built.
Because in case you haven’t noticed, the world cannot function without the very wealthy and the very poor. This is by Satan’s design, not Gods. Therefore, the pride of the haves is at the expense of the have-nots.
And then it will all be gone.
The forsaken bough and the uppermost branches, refer to that which is left behind when foresters go through a forest, cutting down trees for logs and lumber. They first cut the tree down, then they remove the limbs and the top most portion of the tree, then they cut or buck the tree into varying lengths of logs and these logs are taken away to be used for whatever construction purpose that they were cut down for.
The branches and the tree tops are left behind to rot back into the forest ground. The branches have no names, no identity, and no use, and they are forgotten for their uselessness, because they are worthless.
And so the proud cities of man and of history, will fade into the annals of the useless and the worthless, to be forgotten and never thought of as though they never had any importance ever.
And of course this might be something that you should consider in the event that you believe that all of this bible stuff is a waste of time, because you would be really referring to your own value, or rather the lack of it.
Just because we do not live in that end of days, time, does not make our indifference toward God and doctrine, any less a violation of Gods mandates, and any less of a failure than those future people will have.
Do what they do and you will most certainly end up with nothing.
Or, you could do something else, like dedicate yourself to a daily bible study.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.