Monday, May 23, 2005

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Does the prophet speak of today?

(For Zion's sake I will not be silent and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be still, until her victory emerges like a brilliant light and her salvation like a burning torch.) - Yishayahu [Isaiah] 62:1

Does this prophecy speak of today? What has happened to the leadership of Israel? How can they turn their backs on their people and accept nothing to abandon their land?

How the faithful city (Jerusalem, the capital of the nation-state of Israel) has become a prostitute! Once it was full of justice and righteousness dwelled there, but now — murderers! Your silver has become debased and your wine diluted with water. Your rulers are knaves, thieves' comrades; they all love bribes and chase gifts. They do not judge the orphan, and the widow's case does not reach them.

Therefore, the Lord of Hosts says: "Woe! I will relieve Myself of My enemies and take revenge on My foes! I will sweep My hand over you and smelt your impurities as with lye, and I will remove all your dross. I will restore your judges as of old and your advisers as of yore. Afterwards you will be called 'City of Righteousness, Faithful City.'"

Zion will be redeemed through justice, and those who repent there through righteousness. All the rebels and sinners will be destroyed, and those who abandon God will perish.

-- Yishayahu (Isaiah) 1:21

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