LEBANON: LIKE A "WOMAN GIVING BIRTH"?
THE "BIRTH PANGS"
"The time is but short before Lebanon goes back to grassland and the grassland is no better than scrub" was not merely a period of the prophet Isaiah's day, for Jeremiah prophesied: "O you who are dwelling in Leb'a.non, being nested in the cedars, how you will certainly sigh when there come to you birth pangs, the labour pains like those of a woman giving birth!" (See Jer 22:20-23 & Zech 11:1-3).
Further scrutiny of the prophecy of Isaiah reveals important developments yet to be fulfilled: "...out of the darkness even the eyes of the blind ones will see... rejoicing in Jehovah Himself... because the tyrant must reach his end..." (Isaiah 29:18-20).
WHO IS THE TYRANT?
AND WHO IS LIKE A "WOMAN
Jehovah Himself is creating "new heavens" and a
(Isaiah 65:17). And the heavenly "woman" of God will soon give new
Spirit birth to her anointed sons
"Look! Their very heroes have cried out in the street; the very messengers of peace will weep bitterly. The highways have been made desolate; the one passing over the path has ceased. He has broken the covenant; He has contemned the cities; He has taken no account of mortal man. The land has gone mourning, has withered away. Leb'a.non has become abashed; it has mouldered. Shar'on has become like the desert plain; and Ba'shan and Car'mel are shaking off their leaves. "Now I will rise up," says Jehovah, "now I will exalt Myself; now I will lift Myself up. You people conceive dried grass; you will give birth to stubble. Your own spirit, as a fire, will eat you up. And peoples must become as the burnings of lime. As thorns cut away, they will be set ablaze even with fire."" (Isaiah 33:7-12 NWT).
(Cont. on Lebanon 2).