Jan 12 2020

Revelation Wrath Path

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Revelation Wrath Path

Out of Egypt have I called my son.

Mat 2:15

by Craig C. White

We get the word Revelation from the Greek word apokalupsis (ap-ok-al’-oop-sis). Apokalupsis or Apocalypse is translated as Revelation. It means to reveal or disclose. So the Revelation of Jesus Christ is when Jesus returns to earth in all his glory and in judgment. The whole world will see the glory of God in Jesus. The Revelation of Jesus Christ will reveal God’s wrath and revelation of righteous judgment. During the Revelation or “second coming”, Jesus Christ will subdue all the armies that have gathered against Israel. While dispensing God’s wrath, Jesus will take a prescribed route. Many bible students think that Jesus will descend out of heaven and touch down on the Mount of Olives.

Zec 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

Jesus will in fact stand on the Mount of Olives but not at first. I think Jesus will take a more circuitous route during his Revelation. His route will be one that we have seen before. The route of Jesus Christ’s Revelation will be very similar to the route that Israel followed out of Egypt as God led them. Come with me as I follow the Revelation Wrath Path.

This commentary chronicles Jesus’ path of Revelation and vengeance at the end of the tribulation. Surprisingly this journey does not begin in Jerusalem. As a matter of fact it doesn’t end in Jerusalem either. Instead God begins the Revelation of Jesus out of Egypt!

Num 24:8-9 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows. 9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.

Hos 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

When Jesus was a boy God called him out of Egypt. Like many prophecies this one has two distinct applications separated by time. At Jesus’ second coming God will again call his son out of Egypt! That will be a day of wrath and revelation of righteous judgment.

Mat 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

Jesus will ride out of heaven into Egypt on a cloud. Trust me this is a scary cloud. The following verse was written long after God delivered the nation of Israel from Egypt; so it cannot pertain to Israel’s exodus out of Egypt.

Isa 19:1-2 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. 2 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.

Verse 2 (above) sounds like what is happening in Egypt today, however when Jesus passes through Egypt; the people will be completely confounded. The Revelation of Jesus Christ will be terrifying.

Jer 4:13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.

Christ’s return is a whirlwind tour! Habakkuk prophesies about Jesus next location. Check out the Revelation Wrath Path map bellow for these bible locations. Remember that the route of the Revelation of Jesus is very similar to the route that Israel took out of Egypt.

Hab 3:3-7 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. 5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. 6 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting. 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.

Notice that Habakkuk is telling us where Jesus is coming from! Habakkuk’s vantage point is in southern Edom (Jordan) as he describes Jesus’ path of fury across Eastern Egypt, then northwestern Saudi Arabia, and into Southern Jordan. “The Holy One” is on the march!

Revelation Wrath PathRevelation Wrath Path Map: Map of Jesus Christ’s return trip at the end of the 7 year tribulation period. Called “the day of the LORD”, or “the day of the LORD’S wrath”. Jesus will destroy all the armies that have come against Israel! It is a day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God (Rom 2:5).

Teman is the southernmost city in ancient Edom (southern Jordan). Jesus continues his Revelation Wrath Path from the Red Sea into Edom.

Jer 49:19-22 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan against the habitation of the strong: but I will suddenly make him run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me? 20 Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Edom; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitations desolate with them. 21 The earth is moved at the noise of their fall, at the cry the noise thereof was heard in the Red sea. 22 Behold, he shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread his wings over Bozrah: and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.

Reading carefully we can see that Jesus is coming “up” from the Red Sea (Gulf of Aqaba) north to Bozrah. Jesus has spread his vengeance over all of Edom (southern Jordan). Notice that Jesus’ path is circumnavigating the land of Israel just as the nation of Israel did in the exodus. Jesus’ Revelation Wrath Path follows the same route as the exodus!

Note: Edom (which is the land of Esau, Jacobs’ brother) would not let Israel pass through their land during the exodus out of Egypt. Israel had to go around Edom through the desert on the east side (Num 20:14-21).

Edom (southern Jordan) has demonstrated his hatred for Israel at other times. Esau and his descendants ransacked their brother Israel after he was defeated. Read about it in Obadiah (it is just one chapter).

The Revelation Wrath Path continues below; the prophet Isaiah prophesies about Jesus coming from Edom and Bozrah. Isaiah’s vantage point is from Moab near today’s Amman, Jordan. Isaiah sees Jesus just after he has poured out his wrath on all of Edom.

Isa 63:1-4 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. 2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? 3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. 4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

Some people say that in Isa 63:3 (above) Jesus is sprinkled with the blood of the cross. He isn’t. Christ shed his own blood on the cross. Here his garments are stained with the blood of Israel’s enemies. The Revelation of Jesus Christ will be terrible. Here the armies are amassed in Edom (see note below).

Note: Bozrah is a suitable site for the armies from the east of the Euphrates River to gather for their invasion of Israel. It is on a large desert plain on the west side of the North Arab Desert. U.S. armed forces gathered on the east side of this desert plain to invade Iraq during Desert Storm.

Below; the prophet Jeremiah foretells of the year of Moab’s visitation. Notice the similar imagery as in Jer 4:13 (see previous chapters); Jesus will spread his wings over Moab like an eagle taking his prey.

Jer 48:40-44 For thus saith the LORD; Behold, he shall fly as an eagle, and shall spread his wings over Moab. 41 Kerioth is taken, and the strong holds are surprised, and the mighty men’s hearts in Moab at that day shall be as the heart of a woman in her pangs. 42 And Moab shall be destroyed from being a people, because he hath magnified himself against the LORD. 43 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, shall be upon thee, O inhabitant of Moab, saith the LORD. 44 He that fleeth from the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that getteth up out of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for I will bring upon it, even upon Moab, the year of their visitation, saith the LORD.

Note: When Israel reached Moab during the exodus they subdued several Kingdoms and lived in their land until they entered the land of Israel. Moab was against them during this time. Israel finally pitched their camp on the east side of the Jordan River near Jericho (Num 33:50).

Jesus is now in Moab which is just across from Jericho east of the Jordan River. This is where the nation of Israel entered the land of Israel during the exodus and forty year wilderness wandering. The Revelation Wrath Path continues to follow the path of the Exodus. Jesus is about to turn west to enter the land of Israel. Below; Zechariah tells us that Jesus will save “the tents of Judah” before he saves the city of Jerusalem!

Zec 12:7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.

It may be that “the tents of Judah” (above) are those of Judea who fled to the mountains (see below). They have been living there for 3 ½ years.

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Revelation 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

“Wings of a great eagle” (above) refers to God’s supernatural help given to Israel in time of flight. This idiom is applied to Israel during the exodus in Exo 19:4. It is also applied to Israel’s deliverance from Jerusalem at the end of the tribulation in Isa 40:31. At the end of the tribulation Jerusalem will be devastated; however there will still be a remnant of believing Jews.

Zec 14:2-5 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

At last Jesus arrives in Jerusalem! He stands on the Mt. of Olives and saves the believing Israeli remnant that is bunkered at Mt. Zion (read my commentary “The last Jews in Jerusalem“).

Let me take a moment and make a side point. In Isa 63:3 Jesus proclaims that he has vanquished the enemies of Israel alone (see previous chapters). This verse specifically references the battle at Bozrah in Edom. I think that Jesus will fight alone until he will “save the tents of Judah first” (Zec 12:7), he then continues with the inhabitants of Judea into the city of Jerusalem. From Jerusalem Jesus sends armies into Gaza and up the coast of Israel to the cities of Ashkelon and Ekron (see chapters below). Jesus himself continues north out of Jerusalem.

Zec 12:5-6 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God. 6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

Above “The LORD of hosts (armies)” ignites the inhabitants of Judea to fight against their enemies in Jerusalem.

Zec 14:14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.

Guess what, the fight doesn’t end in Jerusalem. After Jesus delivers Jerusalem he will speak from Jerusalem, and send armies to Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza.

Amo 1:2-10 And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither. 3 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron: 4 But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad. 5 I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD. 6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom: 7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof: 8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD. 9 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant: 10 But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.

In verse 4 (above) “Hazael” was the King of Syria. In verse 7 “sending a fire” means that God will stir up a devouring army. In this case I think that the men of Judea will fight Israel’s enemies in Gaza then fight their way up the Mediterranean coast to the Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Ekron. This similitude of “sending a fire” is often used in the bible to mean that God ignites an army to overtake a city or region. In verse 4 above Jesus may also be sending an army into Syria and Lebanon. I think that Jesus will now tread the wine press inside the land of Israel! In Zephaniah (below) God gives us a time schedule for accomplishing the wars described in Amos 1:6-8 (above). It sounds like the inhabitants of Judea will vanquish their enemies in one day!

Zep 2:4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.

After Jesus saves the stranded remnant in Jerusalem he will journey north to tread the winepress of his wrath; he will tread inside the land of Israel but outside the city of Jerusalem (Revelation 14:20). This portion of the Lord’s crusade is called “the battle of Armageddon”. This battle is fought in the valley of Megiddo in northern Israel (see map above). God will gather the armies of Israel’s enemies there. The battle of Armageddon is a demonstration of God’s wrath and revelation of righteous judgment.

Revelation 16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Jesus crushes the armies of Israel’s enemies like grapes. Their blood flows like wine for one hundred eighty miles; the distance from Dan to Beersheba in Israel.

Revelation 14:19-20 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

The Lord Jesus Christ will go “out of his place” (namely, out of Jerusalem) to punish Israel’s enemies. All of Israel’s enemies will see the Revelation of Jesus Christ’s righteous indignation.

Isa 26:21 For, behold, the LORD cometh 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.

Jesus will punish the nations for their rebellion towards him. Then he will rule all nations forever. Amen.

Revelation 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

We have mainly looked at the path of Revelation and vengeance that Jesus will take when he returns to earth to destroy Israel’s enemies. “The day of the Lord” is a terrible day. It is a subject that deserves thorough study. It is a day to escape by all means.

Joel 2:10-11 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: 11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Jesus died so all people could escape this day of wrath.

1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

Wrath is the punishment of non-believers.

Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Do not harden your heart towards God!

Rom 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Because we sin, Jesus Christ’s blood was spilled so our life could be preserved.

Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Jesus has saved us from the wrath of “the day of the Lord” and from the punishment of our sin.

1Th 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ will reveal God’s wrath and revelation of righteous judgment.

Heb 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts,

Very interesting to read and hard to stop. – Alexandria

Israel's Beacon of Hope - eBookRead the companion story to “Revelation Wrath Path” titled Road to Perdition in my book Israel’s Beacon of Hope

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Jan 11 2020

Iran threatened to level Dubai

Iran threatened to level Dubai

Mystery Babylon alert!

By Craig C. White

After the recent row with the US, the first city that Iran threatened to bomb was Dubai. This is prophetically instructive. Years ago I wrote my commentary titled Dubai a case for Mystery Babylon.

Iran is ancient Persia. The Persians and Medes overthrew ancient Babylon. I think that the Bible tells us that Iran will also destroy Mystery Babylon. Iran or Persia is called Elam in the next verses. They describe the fall of Babylon and I think that they also describe the fall of Mystery Babylon. Arabia is much more appropriately described as the desert of the sea than is ancient Babylon. Ancient Babylon is nowhere near the sea.

Isaiah 21:1-2 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land. 2 A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

Dubai fits the description of the end time city called Mystery Babylon although I think that Mecca fits the bill even better. Either way Mystery Babylon is an opulent Arabian city in the desert by the Sea.

Dubai is very close to Iran and would be easy to bomb. Dubai is also allied with Saudi Arabia and with the US. So if Iran threatens Dubai they incite American allies to put pressure on the US to stop bullying Iran.

I find it very instructive that the first city that Iran threatens is Dubai. If you understand Middle East geopolitics and geography then Dubai is the practical choice. The Bible says that much of Arabia will burn with rivers of fire during the Tribulation. So perhaps the destruction of Dubai will only be the prelude to the destruction of Mecca. Either way it is important for Christians to understand the broad concepts of Bible prophecy. They are practical and follow the patterns of ancient world history. We are living in the end time. If we are wise then we can see the edges of end time events appear; like the Iranian destruction of Mystery Babylon.

Mystery Babylon will be rejected and destroyed by the next world empire. Remember that the next world empire will be revived from the last world empire. The Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire was the last world empire. Turkish President Erdogan is busy rounding up the nations that once belonged to the Ottoman Empire. Iran is allied with Turkey today. Saudi Arabia is despised by Turkey and especially hated by Iran. Iran is engaged in a proxy war with Saudi Arabia in Yemen. Iran’s proxy forces have already launched Iranian missiles at Mecca.

The Ottoman Empire ruled eastern Europe, northern Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East all the way to Iran including Israel. It is apparent that the next world empire will be a renewed Islamic Caliphate. Mecca in Saudi Arabia is the spiritual seat of Islam so one would expect it to be part of an Islamic Empire.

The Bible describes Mystery Babylon as a harlot that rides a beast. In the Bible a harlot describes a false religious system and a beast typically describes a world empire. This harlot will coexist with the next world empire but will be despised and eventually destroyed by it.

Rev 17:3-5 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Mystery Babylon is a city. Mystery Babylon is the Mother of false religion during the end time. The same people who conquered ancient Babylon will destroy Mystery Babylon. Mecca seems like the obvious choice. Dubai is a close second.

Iran threatened to level Dubai

Read my commentary titled Dubai a case for Mystery Babylon

Read this article on TRT World: Amid Soleimani crisis, Iran threatens to level Dubai and Israel. But why?

Read my first book The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist

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Jan 11 2020

The Great Al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul is being rebuilt

The Great Al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul is being rebuilt

By Craig C. White

The Al-Nuri Mosque is one of Iraq’s oldest mosques built in 1172 AD and is famous for its leaning minaret.

The Great Al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul is being rebuilt

In July 2014 ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the formation of his Islamic Caliphate from the pulpit of the Al-Nuri Mosque. During the battle for Mosul in June 2017 ISIS blew up the Al-Nuri Mosque as part of their jihad to destroy historic monuments.

So the ancient Al-Nuri Mosque is being rebuilt. Why am I telling you this? Because the book of Nahum chronicles the destruction of ancient Nineveh. The ruins of Nineveh lay in the middle of Mosul today. The Assyrians in Nineveh were destroyed by a flood and then pillaged by the Babylonians and Medes. I think that Nahum also predicts the destruction and flooding of ISIS in Mosul. Nahum says that the palace will be dissolved during the destruction of Nineveh and Mosul. The palace of Assyrian King Sennacherib was inundated with water during the flooding of Nineveh in 612 BC. Interestingly Sennacherib’s palace was rediscovered in Mosul in 2017 after ISIS was defeated in Mosul.

So Nahum says that the palace will be dissolved when Mosul is flooded. By definition a palace is a building with a large meeting hall. I expect Jesus Christ to return to stop an invasion into Israel that will be led by Turkey. After Jesus returns to northern Israel in a whirlwind of fire then he will travel to Mosul to destroy ISIS as they make one last stand in Mosul. This is the same path that Jonah took to Nineveh. When Jesus returns I think that he will burst the Mosul dam sending a seventy foot tall wall of water over Mosul. The rebuilt Al-Nuri Mosque may be the palace that Nahum identifies or perhaps Sennacherib’s rediscovered palace will finally be completely dissolved.

Read my commentary titled Showdown at Al-Nuri Mosque

View this photo essay on RUDAW: Famed mosque destroyed in recapture of Mosul from ISIS undergoes reconstruction

Read my book The End of ISIS is Near!

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Jan 10 2020

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Jan 09 2020

Elam does not always refer to Iran in the Bible

Elam does not always refer to Iran in the Bible

Sometimes it refers to the kingdom of Elam before it was absorbed by Persia

By Craig C. White

As a Bible prophecy student you may run across these verses in Jeremiah chapter 49. They describe the fate of Elam which often refers to Persia (or today’s Iran) in the Bible. Before you ascribe these verses to the end time fate of Iran please allow me to caution you. These verses don’t apply to Persia as a whole but to the smaller kingdom of ancient Elam.

Jeremiah 49:34-39  The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying,  35  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.  36  And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.  37  For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the LORD; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them:  38  And I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the LORD.  39  But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD.

Even though the term Elam is now used to describe Persia (or Iran); Elam was originally a separate kingdom located along the Persian Gulf northwest of Persia. Around 600 BC Elam helped Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to conquer Jerusalem and Judea.

Isaiah 22:6 And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.

God proclaimed Elam’s punishment in Jeremiah 49:34-39 because Elam had lifted its hand against Judea. God promised that the nations from the four corners of the earth would attack Elam and scatter them all over. That is exactly what happened.

The Assyrian King Assurbanipal conducted a series of devastating assaults on Elam between 647 and 646 BC. Around 600 BC the Medes conquered an already weakened Elam. In 596 BC Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar attacked Elam. After 539 BC the Persian Empire conquered Elam. King Cyrus made Susa in Elam one of Persia’s capital cities. During these invasions the people of Elam were deported to Assyria, Israel, Media, Babylonia, and Persia.

Elam as an independent kingdom ceased to exist when it became a part of Persia. Since then the name Elam has been used to describe Persia at large. Jeremiah 49:39 says that in the latter days God will once again bring the people of Elam back into their own land. It seems likely that this will happen after Jesus Christ returns.

Elam was a separate kingdom from Persia. Elam was then attacked over a period of one hundred years by every neighboring nation. The people of Elam were carried away to every other nation until Elam as a kingdom ceased to exist. Persia finally took control over Elam and converted it into one of their capitals. The term Elam is often used to describe Persia (or Iran) in the Bible. But Jeremiah used it to describe the smaller kingdom of ancient Elam before it was absorbed by Persia. So this passage is not about God’s judgement towards modern day Iran.

Elam does not always refer to Iran

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