Saturday, August 27, 2011

“Mystery Babylon” to be Hit

“And on her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration [wonder].” (Rev. 17:5-6)

Today, when I heard hurricane Irene had hit Babylon, New York; I had to look it up on Google maps. Yup, there it is on Long Island. New York City is a part of “mystery Babylon. The following is from “Awake, Bride”, p. 265-266 on how New York City related to Revelation 11:8-12:

“During the Revolutionary War New York City was greatly damaged twice by fires, laid siege to, and many battles were fought there with patriots crying, "No king but King Jesus!" From 1788 to 1790, New York City was the capital of the United States of America. (Jerusalem is Israel's capital in which Jesus was crucified as King of the Jews, and later laid siege to and burned.) New York City is currently the most populous city ("great city") of the United States with over eight million people, and it is the city with the largest Jewish population outside of Israel (like Egypt housed the Hebrews for hundreds of years). It also has a large homosexual community ("Sodom"). The two olive trees and two candlesticks represent God's two anointed 'sons' (Zechariah 4:14), Jews and Gentiles. 'Witness' is another word for 'martyr'. Those who died in the 9/11 attacks were martyred for living in a Christian country which protected the Jews.
On September 11, 2001 Islamic terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers, and almost 3,000 people from 90 different countries died. The Muslims in Palestine were shown dancing in the streets and celebrating by passing out candy. This was the "white horse" of the first seal. Muslims have been slaughtering Christians around the world and leaving their corpses to rot. The "three and a half days" refers to the 3½ years of the Great Tribulation in which there will be more martyrs. The slaughter of believers will continue and increase until Rosh Hashanah, September 16, 2012 when the heavens and earth will shake at the Lord's coming, and He will call His people to Him.”
3,000 is the number of calf-worshippers killed when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the 10 commandments of YHWH (Ex. 32:28) on the very first Feast of Weeks, and 3,000 is how many got saved when the disciples proclaimed the wonders of God in different languages on the first Feast of Weeks, called Pentecost (Acts 2:41), after Jesus ascended to heaven. That about 3,000 were killed at the opening of the first seal to me means Jesus is preparing to return from heaven.
That America soon went to war against Babylon, Iraq is also interesting, because Peter preached to the expatriate Jews in Babylon, and established a church there that has lasted for 2,000 years. Yes, the real Mesopotamian Babylon, not Rome. Recall, because of their idol worship, God sent Nebuchadnezzar to carry the Jews into exile in Babylon beginning with Daniel and his three teen-age frieds. (Daniel died in Mesopotamia, and the Muslims venerate his tomb.)
“Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O you house of Israel, have you offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? Yes, you took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which you made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.” (Acts 7:42-43)

“The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, salutes you; and so does Marcus my son.” (I Peter 5:13)

Though Babylon, Iraq has been a center of power for anti-christs and their religions which worship the moon and stars, the religious center moved to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The black cube containing a black meteorite is called the Kabba which Muslims walk around and pray towards. It used to be a harem of religious prostitutes to many gods, but Mohammed through all of them out except the moon god and declared it to be the diety, al-ilah (Allah). It is the base of wickedness transferred to the desert (Zechariah 5:2-3, 6b-11). A few miles from Mecca on the coast is the busy seaport of Jeddah. Saudi Arabia is one of the wealthiest countries on earth to which all kings have had to 'kiss up'.

Babylon, Iraq has been subdued, but it will rise up again with the Mahdi army soon. Since the beginning of the 6th trumpet on August 23, 2011, God has cracked American icons, and New York has been hit with a hurricane which has paralyzed its subway system. It seems that “mystery Babylon” Mecca-Jeddah is due to be hit this fall during all the close asteroid movements and meteor showers.

“And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like to this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. Rejoice over her, you heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; for God has avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.” (Rev. 18:18-21)

I may have misunderstood the timing of the 5th and 6th seals. They may come close together to “avenge” the righteous blood of the saints. If so I would break the 6th seal into two parts, with the first part coming with the great earthquake about to hit the West Coast followed by the asteroids and meteors and the tail of Elenin this fall.
“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given to every one of them; and it was said to them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brothers, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, see, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.” (Rev. 6:9-13)

Dormant volcanos in the western United States have already been venting. A Santa Barbara hillside is venting. Citizens in San Diego county smell burning petroleum and 'rotten eggs' (sulfur); precursors to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. If the ring of fire on the west coast does what happened to Japan on the east side of the Pacific, all the ash would block out the sunlight. Pray that the volcanic activity does not set off the supervolcano at Yellowstone.

And the last part of the 6th seal, right before the 7th seal, 7th vial, and the final 7th trumpet of Messiah's return at midnight (Jerusalem time) on September 16, 2012.
“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every slave, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Rev. 6:9-14-17)

Ask God how you should prepare, and what you should do, if anything. Stay close to Jesus and your loved ones.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Bride in New Jerusalem while Earth Burns

The New Jerusalem of Revelation 21 is described as a huge cube with a side length of about 1350 miles with twelve gates. It would crack the Earth's crust, so I think it will orbit earth; and after Christ establishes His millennial kingdom on Earth, “the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it” (Rev. 21:24). In Hebrews 12:22 the New Jerusalem is called “mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.” The New Jerusalem is the Bridal chamber Jesus said He was preparing for Us (John 14:1-3), a royal pavilion. A pavilion is a large, luxurious tent often used by kings and nobles (see Jer. 43:10).

“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up on a rock.” (Psalm 27:5)

I am post-trib, and believe at Messiah's one return, believers will be “translated” like Enoch (Heb. 11:5) and be visibly (to those left behind) taken up “into heaven” like Elijah (II Kings 2:11). Read that chapter and you'll discover that Elijah, Elisha, and all the prophets of three towns knew the day Elijah was going to be translated by YHWH. From discovering the year of 2012 from the end of Daniel (12:9-12) and Rosh HaShanah (the unknown day and hour, or the 'hidden' day) from Mat. 24, I arrived at September 16, 2012 as the day of Christ's return. The description of the stars in Rev. 12:1 occurred on Rosh HaShanah, September 11, 3 BC, Jesus' birthday; that's why He opened the first seal on September 11, 2001. Certainly believers would know the true birthday of their LORD and recognize they were living in the last days. But I didn't until I trashed the “doctrines of men” and allowed God's Holy Spirit to teach me eschatology from His Word. I did not 'predict' a sign from heaven would occur on August 23, 2011; I simply counted 391 backwards from September 16, 2011 for the beginning of the 6th trumpet (Rev. 9:14-15) and vial. Israel did a surgical strike and killed a Islamic Jihad member that day, and God shook the East coast and cracked symbols of America without killing one person to give a final wake-up call before one-third of mankind is killed.
Counting backward 1260 days (Rev. 11:2-3) that brought me to April 6, 2009. I knew the "son of perdition" would have to be in power for the entire 3.5 years (x 360) of 1260 days of the time-period John gave in Revelation for the period in which the "temple court" (the Temple Mount, not the Temple itself) would be trampled by the Gentiles; this is what I call the "great tribulation" (Rev. 7:14) - there is no 7-year tribulation. John never says 7 years or two 3.5 year periods. Rev. 11:2-3 makes it very clear that the "great tribulation" to which John refers is a 3.5 year period. Jesus said, "In this world you'll have tribulation", so basic tribulation has been ongoing for 2,000 years. I believe the 3.5 year period of 66-70 AD which concluded Daniel's 70th week was a microcosm of what will happen to the whole world; in the end the world will be destroyed by fire (II Peter 3).

Throughout the Bible September 16, 2012 is known as “the day of the LORD” which is often shortened to “the day” or “that day” of Messiah's return to judge the Earth and resurrect the righteous.
Let's take a look at Isaiah 26.

“1In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. 2Open you the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in. 3You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you. 4Trust you in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:”
Note the similarities to New Jerusalem, a 'strong city' with 'gates' for 'righteous nations'.

“5For he brings down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he lays it low; he lays it low, even to the ground; he brings it even to the dust. 6The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy. 7The way of the just is uprightness: you, most upright, do weigh the path of the just. 8Yes, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, have we waited for you; the desire of our soul is to your name, and to the remembrance of you.”
In contrast those of the proud and 'lofty city' will be tread down by the 'poor' in spirit in their new resurrection bodies as they join their LORD in pouring out His judgments (Psalm 149:6-9), so that even the heathen will declare Yeshua is LORD.

“9With my soul have I desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit within me will I seek you early: for when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 10Let favor be showed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD. 11LORD, when your hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yes, the fire of your enemies shall devour them.”

Even now people still say these 'natural disasters' are not the work of the LORD's hand. Fire will devour them.

“12LORD, you will ordain peace for us: for you also have worked all our works in us. 13O LORD our God, other lords beside you have had dominion over us: but by you only will we make mention of your name. 14They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore have you visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. 15You have increased the nation, O LORD, you have increased the nation: you are glorified: you had removed it far to all the ends of the earth. 16LORD, in trouble have they visited you, they poured out a prayer when your chastening was on them.”
Isaiah recounts the history of Israel and how the ten tribes were carried off into Assyria to chasten them for worshipping other gods.

“17Like as a woman with child, that draws near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and cries out in her pangs; so have we been in your sight, O LORD. 18We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not worked any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.”
Because of their idolatry, Israel was not fulfilling its purpose during the divided kingdom. But at the end of the “birth pangs” we are in now, Yeshua Himself will establish His everlasting kingdom.

“19Your dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, you that dwell in dust: for your dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.”
Isaiah encourages the people that in the 'regeneration' they will be able to live again with joy.
“And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, That you which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, you also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that has forsaken houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundred times, and shall inherit everlasting life. (Matthew 19:28-29)

“20Come, my people, enter you into your chambers, and shut your doors about you: hide yourself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be over.”

Refer back to Psalm 27:5. After Yeshua takes us to New Jerusalem, the door will be shut, and the Earth will be burned. It will be a "little moment" about a day to purify the earth by fire, and we will enjoy the wedding feast for 7 days until we return to a new Earth.

I think He even gave us the time on Rosh haShanah of His return, at midnight Jerusalem time.
“And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him. . . . And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man comes.” (Mathew 25:6-10)

21For, behold, the LORD comes out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”
(end of Isaiah 26)

The LORD shall avenge the righteous blood of the saints (Rev. 6:10 and 19:2), and the innocent babies which have been slaughtered by the millions. The earth groans under the weight of that blood-guilt.

“For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” (Romans 8:22-23)

HalleluYah, our Bridegroom has purchased Us with His blood, and is coming to redeem His purchased possession. But Messiah will not rape us, there will be the 7th and final trumpet, and the shout “Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him.” Be ready for that final act of obedience to respond “YES” when the shout comes. Do not turn back like Lot's wife (Luke 17:32).

I love doing Bible studies; I can do it for hours. Others can pray for hours, and I am amazed. We all have different gifts, use yours to the fullest in this final year.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fulfillment of prophecy on August 23, 2011

Recap regarding how I arrived at the date of August 23, 2011 for the beginning of the sixth trumpet and vial.

In 2007 I began earnest study of the “feasts of the LORD” and their prophetic fulfillments. I discovered Messiah fulfillfed the Spring and Summer feasts in order at the end of His first coming. Yeshua became our Lamb sacrifice on Passover, He was entombed as the Sinless Savior during the feast of unleavened bread, and He rose the third day on the feast of first fruits. Yeshua is the resurrection and the life! He physically walked and ate with His disciples for 40 days in His resurrected body, and then ascended to heaven; and sent them His Holy Spirit 7 days later on feast of weeks (pentecost). 3 + 40 + 7 = 50 days

I discovered that the first fall feast was not named, nor was it known when to celebrate during Messiah's time on earth, because the Sanhedrin had to verify/sanctify the new moon; so it was the only feast no one knew the day nor hour to celebrate it. Jesus had answered His disciples exactly which day to expect Him to return. Those who know the feasts of the LORD, know Messiah returns on the “memorial for blowing trumpets”. The memorial of Joseph being raised by pharaoh to power and given a wife. In Hebrew ceremonies, the groom arrives after sunset to escort his bride to the wedding; he steals her away like a 'thief'.
“But of the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that I write to you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes on them, as travail on a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” (1 Thess. 5:1-4)

After some study, I knew Daniel predicted the year of Messiah's first coming as the Prince when God declared “This is my beloved Son” at His baptism in 29 AD, 483 years from Artaxerxes decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. By reading commentaries prior to the 1800's I learned it was traditionally accepted that Messiah then made a covenant of faith with many Jews, and was cut-off in the middle of the “week”, 3.5 years into His ministry. The remaining 3.5 years “until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured on the desolate” was fulfilled during the Israel-Roman War from 66-70 AD in which the Daniel's “holy city” was burned and destroyed.
As I read the entire book of Daniel, I discovered there was more than one “abomination of desolation”; in particular one which the reader should “understand”.
“Go your way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waits, and comes to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” (Daniel 12:9-12) 1290 years + 45 years more = 1335 years

I investigated as to when the Muslim abominations had been “set up” on the Temple Mount. The Dome of the Rock was constructed in 687 AD. The wooden Al-Aqsa Mosque was started between 670-674, and seen completed by Gaullic bishop Arculf who lived in Palestine between 679 and 682 (Medieval Jerusalem and Islamic Worship by Amikam Elad). Trying the years 674-679, I found that starting with the year 677 AD + 1290 = 1967 which was the year Jews regained the Temple Mount. Forty-five years later came to 2012. Daniel's prophecy of the year of Christ's return was “sealed” until the first seal was opened on September 11, 2001. I imagine others have discovered it as well. On January 11, 2009 I published my first video on how the first seals had already been opened.
Rosh haShanah in 2012 is September 16th.
“Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.” (Rev. 9:14-15)

The three and a half years of the tribulation equal 1260 days based upon 30 day months (Rev. 11:2-3). Using this verse as a time marker for the 6th trumpet, 12 x 30 + 1 x 30 + 1 = 391 days. Counting backwards 391 days brought me to August 23, 2011 for the beginning of the 6th trumpet.
As I studied Revelation, I noticed the parallels of the judgments of the trumpets and vials. On page 598 of J. Barton Payne' “Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy” I saw a chart which showed the trumpets and vials in tandem.
Counting backward 3.5 years x 360 days = 1260 days from September 16, 2012 came to April 6, 2009 for the beginning of Revelation's Great Tribulation. Though I had the bulk of my book, “Awake, Bride” completed before that date, and rushed a first edition, it had many typos, so I was able to include what happened on that date in my revision. I then began producing videos to accompany the book. Then with work and moving, I set it all aside for a season; during which time I had missed recognizing the first two trumpets and vials. By the time of Japan's quake and nuclear disaster, I was confused that the 3rd trumpet seemed to be out of order. Then I carefully reviewed the disasters since April 6, 2009, and came to realize everything was perfectly in order, and I published a fulfillment update to “Seals, Trumpets and Vials” and produced a video about it.

Well, I didn't know what 'sign' would occur at the beginning of 6th trumpet and seal on August 23, 2011, but just like the sign of the beginning of the Great Tribulation on April 6, 2009, it involves Obama "the son of perdition" and the US "that withholds" being “taken out of the way”. I think the earthquake jarring the US capitol is one of God's warnings to the American people to make sure they're on God's side in support of Israel and not on Obama's side who recently asked Netanyahu to apologize to Turkey when they ran Israel's blockade last year; the earthquake was God's response. It cracked the Washington Monument signifying America is damaged, and will be further damaged. Several Israelis were killed by Egyptian Muslims last week, and Israel killed an Islamic Jihad member in Gaza on August 23, 2011 as a sign that Israel eventually is victorious. ( The UN is already blaming Israel for that surgical strike. The UN also felt the earthquake of God's response.
I have been faithful to freely publish what Almighty God has enabled me to see in His Word. ( I pray many followers of Yeshua will study it and be prepared for His return on September 16, 2012.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Elenin's 2011 Prophetic Path

According to Leonid Elenin who discovered Elenin, this is Elenin's path through the constellations for the rest of 2011.

July 19th Elenin was 6 degrees SE of Regulus in Leo.
Early August, Elenin in Virgo
October 11th Elenin will be 6 degrees NW of Regulus in Leo.
October 16th, Elenin will be closest to the Earth, and then will pass through Cancer and Gemini.
End of October, Elenin will enter Auriga.
Early November, Elenin will be in Taurus.
Mid-November in Pleiades
End of November until the end of January 2012 in Aries

For the meanings of star and constellation names, please see Bullinger's “The Witness of the Stars” at The following is my interpretation based upon his writing.

Elenin's Path
July 19th Elenin was 6 degrees SE of Regulus in Leo.
Early August, Elenin in Virgo
October 11th Elenin will be 6 degrees NW of Regulus in Leo.
October 16th, Elenin will be closest to the Earth, and then will pass through Cancer and Gemini.
End of October, Elenin will enter Auriga.

Regulus (regal) means kingly.
Leo represents the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:9, Hosea 5:14, Rev. 5:5)
So Elenin will be making a crown linking Messiah, the promised Seed (star Spica) of Virgo (the virgin Mary) to the King (star Regulus) of the Lion (Leo) of the tribe of Judah.

Cancer represents a safe, circle sheepfold. Gemini represents the Two Witnesses of Jews and Gentiles. [Pisces represents believing Jews and Gentiles drawn together by a band of love] Auriga represents the Shepherd.
The sign of the coming King then draws close to Earth en route to collect His sheep who know His voice who are His witnesses in the earth as the Good Shepherd.

Isaiah 40:9-15 “. . . say to the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. . . . Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counselor has taught him? With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and showed to him the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket . . .”

After the stars (meteors) fall and the SIGN of Messiah's coming in heaven, then the saints are “caught up” on Rosh haShanah (feast of trumpets), and God's judgment falls.
Leonids are a meteor shower coming from the direction of Leo which occurs this November.

Matthew 24:29-31 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Elenin's Path
Early November, Elenin will be in Taurus.
Mid-November in Pleiades
End of November until the end of January 2012 in Aries

Taurus is the rushing bull (Leader) of judgment who is coming to rule.
Pleiades in its neck is the congregation of the Judge (Jesus). In Syriac, Pleiades is named Succoth which is 'booths' in Hebrew. The feast of booths will be October 12-19 this year.
Aries used to be depicted as a crowned Lamb (King Jesus).

King Yeshua will take up His Bride, judge the wicked, and then establish His physical kingdom (booths) upon the Earth.

Monday, August 1, 2011

South Sudan Fulfills Isaiah 18

Ray Bentley noted how South Sudan fulfilled Isaiah 18.

South Sudan was officially welcomed by the world as a new nation on July 9, 2011. I have an article on that day regarding its flag's (“ensign”) colors being a sign of the nearness of the sixth “trumpet” and vial.

Isaiah 18:1-3 “Woe [should be 'Ho'] to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia [kush]: That sends ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes on the waters, saying, Go, you swift messengers [malak], to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning till now [haleah means far away]; a nation meted out [measured] and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled [baza means cleave]! All you inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see you, when he lifts up an ensign on the mountains; and when he blows a trumpet, hear you.”

God is providing the description of this nation to the south of Kush, which is now Sudan and has the White and Blue Nile “rivers” (verse 1) flowing through it. The headwaters of the White Nile are in Kenya's Lake Victoria, and flow north through the middle of South Sudan, “cleaving” the country in two, and continuing into Sudan 200 miles north of Malakal, South Sudan; “messengers” is malak in Hebrew. South Sudan's oil rich mountain areas are still being “meted out” regarding their northern boundary after a two decades of being “trodden down”. It is estimated the Muslim Janjaweed killed 1.5 million Christians in Darfur since 1984, but there have also been ethnic fighting between black and Arab Muslims.

These agricultural smooth-skinned Christians in South Sudan would be a “present” of support to Israel.

“In that time shall the present be brought to the LORD of hosts of a people scattered [mashak also means to sow] and peeled [smooth], and from a people terrible [frightened] from their beginning till now; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.” (Isaiah 18:7)

Isaiah 18:4-6 were prophecies regarding an Ethiopian pharaoh in whom Israel would place their trust, and an Assyrian King. Pharaoh Taharqa met Assyrian Esarhaddon's troops at Ashkelon in 674 BC, and was able to fend them off. But in the “summer” of 671 BC, Esarhaddon conquered Taharqa in Memphis and pursued him back to Kush, taking his son captive. Both Taharqa and the king of Tyre were led away with hooks in their jaws (Ezekiel 29:2-4).

“For so the LORD said to me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat on herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. For before the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches. They shall be left together to the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer on them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter on them. (Isaiah 18:4-6)