God's Super Freeway - Part VI
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles, please, to chapter 11 of the book of Isaiah. We will read the entire chapter, and then we will be prepared to talk about it. As we read it, I would like for you to recognize that it falls very naturally into two sections with a definite division in verse 10. All that comes before is the first section; all that comes after is the second section of chapter 11.

I would like for you to keep in mind that as we read, if the question comes in your mind, “What does this mean?”, it means exactly what it says. Chapter 11 of the book of Isaiah is one of the better known chapters of the book as much preaching has been done from it.

Three Interpretations

There are three interpretations which are placed upon it. One of them is what we call a spiritual interpretation . The individuals who hold that interpretation do not believe that there is anything in this chapter that would ordinarily be considered literal. They only put a spiritual significance on it.

For example, you will see when we talk about the ingathering of Israel that they say that happened on the day of Pentecost when there was a great ingathering in the Church because they have no way of explaining the Scripture if they do not believe in the inspiration of the Word of God in its entirety without spiritualizing it.

Then there is another group who takes this chapter and says, “Of course this means what it says. These are literal places, literal things, literal people, but it certainly did not occur during the reign of King Ahaz,” as you remember Isaiah, chapters 7-12, refer to, “and since it didn't take place at that time, some fellow evidently got happy with his pen and added a lot to what Isaiah had already written. Since we don't have any idea who he was, we don't have any idea what he is talking about except that whatever he said was literal; it wasn't spiritual.”

Then there is another group of people, and I make bold to declare that I belong to that group, who believes that the Holy Spirit is the author of the Bible and that the Bible means exactly what it says. If there is something in the Word of God which has not been fulfilled, which seems to have been prophesied, we believe it will be because we believe that not one jot or tittle of God's Word, not one little phonetic sign in the Hebrew alphabet will pass away until the Word of God is fulfilled.

Follow as we read Isaiah, chapter 11:

Isaiah 11

1And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
3And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
6The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea [first section ends here] .
10And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
11[Second section begins with verse 11] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
12And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
13The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
14But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
15And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.
16And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

Recognize with me, as we begin a verse by verse discussion of this chapter, that we are introduced to the Lord Jesus Christ in the first verse, for there we read:

Isaiah 11

1And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

These are words that are not familiar to us as far as everyday language is concerned, so we might read the verse this way: “There shall come forth the shoot of the stump of Jesse, and a fruitful Branch shall grow out of his roots.”

Keep in mind that in the previous chapter we were introduced to the rod of God—a dead stick—and that rod was the Assyrian who was the troubler of Israel from the days of Sennacherib and Tiglath-pileser on down to the present hour, on to the day when the Antichrist himself will make his appearance as the last chastening rod in the hand of God.

Jesus, the Living Branch

By way of contrast, instead of talking about a dead stick, we are going to talk about a living Branch. From the days of Solomon, after his glorious reign, the kingdom of Israel as a mighty flourishing tree was cut down and nothing but the stump was left. From time to time little shoots would come out of that stump and reign as king for a brief period of years. Then they would dwindle away and die. Finally, the last fruit made its appearance and passed from the scene, and the nation existed no more as a nation, and the stump was dead for all practical purposes of speaking because God said that no one would sit on that throne any more until His own Son sat on David's throne. So, as Isaiah, with the eye of prophecy, looked down through the corridors of time, he recognized a Branch coming out of that stump, and that Branch was a fruitful Branch, and he knew that the One of whom the prophets had written was making His appearance.

If you are not familiar with the Bible, you are saying, “Aren't you claiming too much to say that Branch is the Lord Jesus Christ?” No. We met Him, you remember, in chapter 4 of the book of Isaiah, and when we looked at verse 2, we remembered who the Branch was, for we read:

Isaiah 4

2In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

Occasionally, we do meet people who say, “You're talking about the Old Testament, and all I'm familiar with is the New Testament. Is there anything in the New Testament that would convince us that this Branch that you are talking about in Isaiah, chapter 11, is the Lord Jesus Christ?” Yes. Turn to the book of Revelation, chapter 5. You are introduced here to a heavenly scene, when all of Heaven is waiting for the book of God's plan to be opened and no one seems worthy to open the book. We read in verse 5:

Revelation 5

5And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Who is able to open the book? The One who is called the Root of David . The next verse tells us that this is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.

Turn now to Revelation, chapter 22, and notice that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself makes personal claim to the fact that He was the Branch of whom Isaiah spoke. In verse 16, we read:

Revelation 22

16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring [or offshoot] of David, and the bright and morning star.

Going back to Isaiah, chapter 11, we are absolutely convinced that this first verse is speaking of none other than the Lord Jesus Christ when He makes His appearance, as we shall see before we are through with this chapter, on the earth.

Anointed By the Holy Spirit

Look at the second and third verses of the chapter. There we have recorded for us the anointing of the Lord Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit. In verse 2, we read:

Isaiah 11

2And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

Somebody says, “Now, wait a minute. You said the Spirit, but there are seven spirits listed in that chapter.” No, there are not seven spirits. There is one Spirit with a sevenfold characteristic, and that one Spirit is identified in chapter 1 of the book of Revelation as the Holy Spirit. So we say to you that in verse 2 there is the anointing of the Lord Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.

Do I hear someone saying, “What is so unusual about that? Everyone knows that when the Lord Jesus Christ came up out of the baptismal waters in the Jordan River after being baptized by John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit came out of Heaven in the form of a dove and lighted on His shoulder. The voice from Heaven said, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

Yes, it did happen that way, but we're not talking about the anointing of the Lord Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit when He came the first time. We are talking about the anointing of the Holy Spirit when He comes the second time. You say, “How is that?” Look at verse 3:

Isaiah 11

3And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: [notice carefully] and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

Did He do any of those things when He came the first time? Did He slay the wicked when He came the first time? No, He never stood in the presence of death but what He dismissed death and brought life. He didn't slay the wicked when He came the first time. He didn't judge anybody when He came the first time. He didn't even settle any disputes when He came the first time. People came to Him when He was here the first time and said, “Will you talk to my brother and make him give me what belongs to me? He has all of Dad's money. He wants it all, and I ought to have some of it.” The Lord Jesus Christ said, “I didn't come to be a settler of your disputes. Nobody made Me a judge and divider over you. I came to die for you. I came to save you.”

Judgment and Justice

The first time He came, He did not come with the idea of judging; but when He comes the second time, He is going to come with that idea of judging, and that is why we say to you that these Scriptures describe the anointing of the Holy Spirit on the Lord Jesus Christ when He comes the second time. You will notice that when He comes the second time, He will settle all disputes, but we won't need to worry about any unfairness. Did you notice there in verse 3:

Isaiah 11

3…he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

That is all any normal human judge can do—judge on the basis of what he sees and on the basis of what he hears. He doesn't see everything, and you know that. He doesn't hear everything, and you know that. There has been a great deal of injustice dispensed in the name of justice down through the centuries. Some of it could have been avoided, but much of it couldn't because men were judging after the sight of their eyes and after the hearing of their ears. But when the Lord Jesus Christ comes, He won't need to because He is the omniscient Son of God. He is going to take care of the poor, and He is going to reprove everybody who does injustice to the meek of the earth. Justice will be the order of the day. In order to make sure that it will be:

Isaiah 11

4…he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

If I needed anything to convince me that this passage of Scripture is talking about the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ on the earth the second time, this would be it. When I read the words that I have just read, I am reminded of what is recorded in chapter 19 of the book of Revelation, which everybody agrees is a very definite description of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ in glory. It reads:

Revelation 19

11And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15And 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.

Did you notice the statement, “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations”? What did we read in Isaiah, chapter 11, verse 4? “With the rod of his mouth, with the breath of his lips, he shall slay the wicked.” Look at verse 5:

Isaiah 11

5And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins [ waist would be a better translation] , and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

Everything will be done in righteousness and faithfulness, and when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to earth in the manner which is described in the passage of Scripture, not only will human beings be affected, but all of God's creation will be affected. Look at verse 6, and notice the paragraph which goes down through verse 9. Recognize that the animal creation will have changed natures, just like you and I if we are truly born again at this very moment, have a changed nature, for we are made new creatures in Christ Jesus. When the Lord Jesus Christ comes again this new creation will affect even the animal kingdom. Look at what happens:

Isaiah 11

6The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

This is either literal or it's spiritual. If you are going to spiritualize it, I don't know what you can say about it. I guess you can take the flight into your imagination and not bother to come back. If you are going to say it is literal, then you are going to have to recognize that that time has not come as yet because the only time that a leopard shall lie down with a kid in our age is when the kid is inside the leopard. Leopards don't lie down beside baby goats peaceably.

How would you boys and girls like to have a wolf or a lion for a pet? Oh, a few foolish people do it now. You read in the newspaper off and on about somebody getting clawed to death because somebody tried to keep a lion as a pet and they kept it a month too long. That old wild nature came out, and it clawed somebody to death.

Nature Changed In the Millennium

In the millennial reign of Christ, when the Lord Jesus Christ is here, the children who are living on the earth can have the lions and the wolves for pets. That is what it means when it says: “A little child shall lead them.”

I never talk about this passage of Scripture without mentioning a pet peeve of mine. I am so distressed at people misapplying and misquoting Scripture. I don't know how many times somebody has told me about their little boy being a witness to their old granddaddy who hadn't been to church in sixty years, and because the little fellow warted him, he went to church and got saved. I always say, “Praise the Lord.” Then the individual says, “You know, the Bible says, “A little child shall lead them.” Well, it doesn't say any such thing. It doesn't say that a little child shall lead their granddaddy to get saved. It says that a little child shall lead a lion around as a pet. We ought to be accurate in our quotation of Scripture.

Don't misunderstand me. If you have a little child who can influence an old man to come to Christ, you encourage him to do it, but don't say that the Bible says, “A little child shall lead them.” Just say, “All that come unto the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved if the Father draws them.” That is more accurate.

Look at verse 8. What an amazing thing we read:

Isaiah 11

8And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.

A sucking child is a nursing child. When Isaiah wrote this, he meant a child less than three years old because mothers nursed their children then until they were three. They weaned their child at the age of three, so the weaned child is a child three years or above, and a nursing child is one three or below. You notice the nursing child shall play on the hole of the asp—a poison reptile. They will play all around there, and the mother won't run out and grab the baby and say, “Oh, what a narrow escape!” She won't need to because the asp won't bother the baby. The little weaned child, three or four years old and inquisitive, sees a hole in the ground and wonders what is in it. He puts his hand in. Ordinarily, the mother would scream, “No!”, but not during the Millennium. There is no need to get excited. He will pull out a cockatrice, which is a small, very poisonous snake. He will pull it out and play with it because when the Lord Jesus Christ has returned, we read in verse 9:

Isaiah 11

9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Here God speaks of His dwelling place—the earth—as His holy mountain, because in Isaiah's day, the dwelling place of God was the holy mountain of Moriah. Now, the Lord Jesus Christ has come to the earth, and the whole earth is His dwelling place, and righteousness shall cover the earth. This is a literal prophecy of a time that is going to come upon the earth. Don't you wish it was here? Don't you wish the time had come when justice and equity would be the order of the day, and where there would not be hurting or destroying in all of God's holy mountain?

Time of the Lord's Return

How close is it? How much longer do we have to wait? Well, that is the reason I am interested in the second part of this chapter. I have said to you many times when I have been dealing with the prophetic Word that my soul thrills to think that I am living in the generation that is seeing so much of the fulfillment of God's prophetic Word. The light that Peter said was lighted and shining in a dark place is getting brighter day by day. Look at verse 10:

Isaiah 11

10And in that day [when the Lord Jesus Christ comes] there shall be a root of Jesse [keep in mind Jesse was David's father] , which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest [dwelling place] shall be glorious.

My, what a difference. Do you remember what we read in chapter 10 about the rod in God's hand? God said He used the Assyrian as a rod in His hand for the chastening of His people; and all the time that God was using him, the Assyrian was saying, “I'm going to conquer this nation and I'm going to conquer that nation.” But Isaiah, looking down through the corridors of time, saw the Lord Jesus standing in view of the whole world, as though He was one single flagpole on a lonely hill, and he saw the whole world coming to the Lord Jesus Christ to claim His rule and His righteousness for themselves.

Who can be so foolish as to say that this passage of Scripture is being fulfilled in the hour in which we live? Are the nations going to the Lord Jesus Christ like that? You know they are not, and there is no point in taking time to discuss it.

As the nations of the world are gathered together, Isaiah sees something that warms his heart. Remember he was a Jew, and he loved his people, and as he saw all of the Gentile nations of the world gather before the Lord Jesus Christ, he saw another crowd. They were different because they have always been different. God never permitted them to be assimilated into the peoples of the world. That is not true of any other people. All other people finally lose their identity through intermarriage. That won't be true of the people of whom Isaiah was a part. It won't be true. It hasn't been true. Wherever you see a Jew, he is still a Jew. God has permitted nothing to mar that identity.

The Regathering of Israel

As the great crowd of nations that are coming to this ensign on a hill, Isaiah sees another crowd that has a peculiar identity all its own and he describes it in verse 11:

Isaiah 11

11And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
12And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

Somebody says, “That's right. I remember reading in my Bible when they came back from the Babylonian captivity.” You do, do you? When did you read in your Bible that Israel and Judah came back from the Babylonian captivity? If you read your Bibles very carefully, you found that only remnants of Judah came back, and most of Israel did not. How can you possibly stretch the dispersion of Babylon to the four corners of the world? How can you possibly stretch the dispersion of Babylon to the islands of the sea, in verse 11, recognizing the phrase, “the islands of the sea,” as another phrase for coastal cities which represents the large cities all over the world that are the seacoasts of various nations in which Jews gathered by great numbers?

You cannot make the Babylonian captivity apply to this. There is only one thing that you can say and that is that the second recovery of which Isaiah speaks is yet future, that God is going to recover His people again from the places mentioned in this verse, from the coastal cities and the four corners of the earth. Notice when He recovers the outcast of Israel—the ten tribes—and when He recovers the dispersed of Judah—the two tribes. The accuracy of the Word of God is indicated here because the word that is translated “outcast,” refers to people who have been gone a long time, and the word dispersed refers to people who haven't been gone quite so long. Of course, you know that the ten tribes of Israel were dispersed long before the two tribes of Judah were dispersed.

Notice in verse 13, when God gathers them back again:

Isaiah 11

13The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.

This verse is saying that all of the jealousy and the hatred and the bickering between the ten tribes and the two tribes will be gone and the nation will present a united front against their enemy. Notice in the last part of verse 14:

Isaiah 11

14…they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.

Notice that the enmity of the nation of Israel will be turned against those of the East, against those of the land of Edom and Moab, and of Ammon, and recognize that those are Old Testament names for what we call the Arabic nations today.

We are getting pretty close, aren't we? If you will look again at verse 11 and accept these words at their ordinary, primary and literal meaning, you are going to have to recognize that when the Lord Jesus Christ comes again—that is, in that period of time—He is going to gather back to Himself and to the land of Israel all the Jews who are located in Assyria, all the Jews who are located in Egypt and Pathros, which is southern Egypt, and Cush, which is Ethiopia. He is going to have to gather back all the Jews located in Elam, Shinar and in Hamath.

Prominent Nations In Prophecy

If He is going to gather back the Jews from those places under the circumstances which are described here, because they are described as being gathered back from leading nations, [listen carefully now] either these nations or someone occupying their territory are going to have to become prominent and march across the stage of history once again.

When I began teaching this years ago, people smiled at the thought that Egypt could possibly be strong enough to prevent anybody from leaving her, or that anybody would want to take refuge in Egypt. But what have we seen in our generation? We have seen Egypt become one of the leading nations of the world. “Not very big,” we said, but big enough to say to great big Uncle Sam, “I want the Suez Canal and I'm going to take it, and I dare you to do anything about it.” And they did. We said, “They will go broke, and they will have to come and ask for our help, so let's settle this thing peaceably.” But the amusing thing, if that is the correct word, is that they didn't go broke. They made more money out of it than the United States did when she had it under her control.

You see how close we are to the end. Where is Egypt? A nation that at one time was nothing is one of the leading nations of the world today. Of course, you glance down there at Assyria and say, “What about Assyria?” In place of the words Assyria , Shinar and Hamath , you can use the one word Iraq , and represent to yourself the fact that Iraq, in the Middle East, is demanding the attention of the United Nations because of what she says is the unfairness of the nation of Israel to the rest of the Arabic world. You see how close we are getting to the very end.

Of course, you look at the word Cush , and you know that that is Ethiopia, and you recognize how that nation has forged ahead in our day. Look at the word Elam , and recognize we are talking about Iran, or what was more commonly know as Persia , and realize how God is getting the stage set for the final end, because these nations have come out of the curtains of oblivion and are marching across the stage of the world's history again, demanding the attention of the world. God said it would happen before the Lord Jesus Christ comes.

Notice, please, the first part of verse 14:

Isaiah 11

14But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west…

Does that mean very much? I like the Septuagint version of the translation that is before us, because I think it makes altogether different the meaning of that particular verse. The Septuagint version translates that verse: “They shall speed their wings in the ships of the aliens.”

How are they going to be regathered from the four corners of the world? How are they being regathered now? With the ships of aliens. Aliens in the Scripture is everybody that isn't a Jew. Yes, the nations of the world are making possible the return of the nation of Israel to the land over which they are now flying a national flag and which must be taken into consideration as among the nations of the world. Yet, when Isaiah wrote these words, there was one little king by the name of Ahaz, ruling over two tribes who had been largely depleted. Little King Ahaz trembled in his boots when anybody breathed down his neck, but what do we see here? We see the nations of the world making possible their return in their ships, if you please.

Of course, that won't seem so unusual to the people of the day who live in that hour, because we do that sort of thing every day for anybody. We provide our ships and our airplanes for anybody who needs a free ride anywhere; and we will be so used to it that when the word comes to help the Jews get back to the land of Palestine, we will be right there doing it without a bit of trouble.

Here is the miracle that is in this chapter. Look in verse 15, where we read that in that day, when the nation of Israel is being gathered back to the land:

Isaiah 11

15…the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.

There is no difference of opinion in the minds of men as to what river it is. It is the Nile River. When God says that He is going to shake his hand over it and smite it in the seven streams, be careful that you read this verse carefully. He doesn't say that He smitheth into seven streams, He says that He is going to smite it in the seven streams, and the Nile River in this area is in seven little streams. He is going to smite the Nile River and He is going to dry it up. What is this He is going to do? He is going to destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea.

What is the Egyptian sea? I do not have time to enter into a detailed discussion as to how this can be identified, but any good source book on this material would give you the same information that I could give you. I am going to give you the best one with reservation. The Interpreter's Bible is thoroughly unreliable as far as its theology is concerned. If you have an Interpreter's Bible , which is a seven volume commentary, watch it, because it is thoroughly unreliable as far as its theology is concerned; but there are some marvelous articles concerning topography and geography in this set of books. Those articles are highly dependable, highly authoritative, well documented, so that the Interpreter's Bible in this respect, at least, has become an authority on the identification of Bible places in modern terms. It declares, without any apology, that the Egyptian Sea is the Red Sea, and the tongue of the Egyptian Sea is that little stream that has been widened into what we know today as the Suez Canal.

What does God's Word say? When God gets ready to bring His people back, He will smite the Nile River and the Suez Canal and will make a super highway in the places where those are, so that in verse 16:

Isaiah 11

16And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria [Iraq] ; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

You say, “I don't see how God can dry up a river and blow up a canal and make a super highway all in one operation to get people back.” Why don't you understand how God can do it when you see every day of your life manifestation of the monumental work that man is able to do with the tremendous earth-moving machines that his creative genius has invented? What man can do, God can do.

Conclusion

I'm not going to argue just how it is going to be done, but I am going to say to you that the things that you have seen happening in your lifetime relative to Egypt and the Suez Canal, relative to Iraq and to Iran, relative to the Arabic nations in binding themselves together to make a formidable imprint upon the stage of the world should remind you that the light is getting brighter as the night gets darker, and the time when the Branch is going to make its appearing is not too far off. Thank God. You see, the Bible is an up-to-date book.


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