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burden [massa'] of the valley [gay'] of
vision [chizzayown]. What aileth thee now ['ephow], that thou art wholly gone up [`alah] to the housetops [gag]? KJV-Interlinear
1 The oracle concerning the valley of vision. What is the matter
with you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops? NASB
The fourth oracle, or prophecy, is given against Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the site of Mt. Zion, noted as the dwelling place of God, the source of truth and Gods revelation, the vision. But now is referred to as the burden of the valley, as the general population has disregarded Gods word, and replaced it with their own opinions.
Emotion has set in and truth has no value where emotion rules.
This prophecy shows the light of the world as growing dark, where truth that shows the realities of life when disregarded, brings darkness in the thinking of people and society. This leads to irrational thought and behavior, as well as mindless escapism and ideas of self-salvation or self-defined-truths, which are not truths.
People who lack clarity of thought, take pride in their own opinions, and go so far as to mock truth or the sources of truth.
And now, when reality sets in and it does not look pretty for those who have ignored it, then alarm seizes control over the general population.
The roof tops are typically flat and when there is some news or alarm, then people run to the roof tops to see what is going on, or what is coming. Today we run to the television or to the internet for news happening now.
Interesting is the contrast, in that when God warns, it is far enough in advance that one can prepare. But when you have to run to the roof top and see the threat advancing, then there is no time to prepare.
And so for years and decades and centuries and more, Gods warnings have been ignored. Even now, when there is clarity of truth, people will still argue against it. Their argument based on nothing of substance, nothing of truth.
And this is one of the great distractions, personal opinions that have no basis in fact or reality.
Even in those final years at the end of history, when the entire world will have been crumbling all around, with the obvious clearly there, people will still ignore it and will still be shocked and surprised when it all crashes down on top of them.
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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.