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[Inner Wheels] > Isaiah 34 - Lamed - The Lord's Vengence

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Spoke 12

The Lord's Vengence

Isaiah 34 chain Nahum

For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

Isaiah 34 (vs. 8)

God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

Book 34 (Nahum 1.2)

The Letter Lamed signifies an ox-goad. Its grammatical function reveals its essence; it is prefixed to a word to indicate the preposition "to" or "for." It is the "pointer" letter. As a word, its name is cognate with pic (Lamad, Teach) which manifests with perfect clarity in the little Book of Titus (Spoke 12, Cycle 3). Its primary force manifests in its combination with Aleph in the word pic (Lo, No/Not) - the essential prohibitive command found exemplified in the Ten Commandments.

The thematic integration of Isaiah 34 with Nahum is absolutely astounding. Both speak of the Lord's vengence on disobedient people - the citizens of Ninevah in the case of Isaiah 34 and the whole world in the case of Nahum. Isaiah 34 and Nahum open with KeyLinked passages! We read:

Isaiah 34 (vs. 1f)Book 34 (Nahum 1.5f)
Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

There are actually three KJV KeyLinks between these verses. Any one of these three sets selects them (where "near" means "within one verse"):

  • KeyLink Set 1: (indignation, fury) [Verify]
  • KeyLink Set 2: (indignation near "the world, and all")
  • KeyLink Set 3: (fury near "the world, and all")

This means we have a triple set of KeyLinks connecting the opening verses of Isaiah 34 and Nahum! God has placed a direct pointer from Isaiah 34 to Nahum and from Nahum to Isaiah 34!

Triple KeyLink Set: (Indignation, Fury, The World and All)
Isaiah 34chainNahum

There is a sobering prophetic connection between the appearance of God's Vengence and the reference to "the world and all that dwell therein." The common theme is found in the phrases Nokem YHVH (The Lord revengeth) and Yom Nekem L'YHVH (The Day of the Lord's Vengence). Here is an interlinear view of these phrases:

Both Isaiah 34 and Nahum use the root (Nakam, Vengence), the difference being that Isaiah 34 uses the associated noun, whereas Nahum uses it as a verb. In both cases, the same three letters are used, only with different vowel points. This also gives example of the use of Lamed as a prefix - the thing that sets the Day of the Lord apart is that it is the Day for the Lord - the Day when He will come and accomplish His will that He has held back in His mercy, giving us all time to repent, if only we would heed His call!

The appearance of Nakam in both Isaiah 34 and Nahum, especially in the context of the Lord's Day of Vengence, is particularly striking becuase it is an extremely rare construct. There are only sixteen verses in the entire Hebrew Bible that even contain the Name YHVH and the root Nakam, and of all these, Isaiah 34 and Nahum are the only ones that speak of the day of the Lord's vengence! This is one of the most astounding KeyLinks!

KeyLink: The Day of Nekem L'YHVH
Isaiah 34chainNahum

Yet there is an even more astounding sign of divine design of Scripture. Both Isaiah 34 and Nahum use the same rare metaphor of ripe figs falling to describe the ease with which their enemies destroy them. We read:

Isaiah 34 (vs. 4f)Book 34 (Nahum 3.3f)
Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses: ... All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

The only other verses in all Scripture to use the metaphor of falling figs is found in the Sixth Seal (Rev. 6.13) when God's Day of Judgment comes. Searching the entire KJV for all verses containing the utterly simple set (fig, fall) [Verify] yields two and only two verses - Isaiah 34.4 and Nahum 3.12. The verses are not merely thematically correlated - they are linked with an astoundingly simple KeyLink:

KeyLink: Like Falling Figs
Isaiah 34chainNahum

Yet this is but the beginning of wonders! The verses quoted above are linked with two totally different KeyLinks! The divine structure of God's Word shines like His bright Sword! Searching the entire KJV for all verses containing the set (slain, carcases) [Verify] yields but two and both speak not merely of the slain, but speak of them in such numbers that "the mountains shall be melted with their blood" (Isaiah 34) and "there is none end of their corpses." It is a fearful thing to see the revelation of the Wrath of God! We have another KeyLink:

KeyLink: Carcases of the Slain Multitude
Isaiah 34chainNahum

Now to really understand what it going on here, and to recognize the overwhelming power of God it must bew kept in mind that this correlation arises from the deliberate action of Almighty God in the design of the Chapter Sequence of Isaiah and the order of the Books of the Canon. Think of what this means! If God's glory shine like this in the mere structure of His Holy Word, the glory of the content is ten thousand times greater! Oh! How I pray you will see the glory and power of the Gospel - preached in both the content and struuture of Scripture! Nothing like this has been revealed in the histoy of the Church - I believe this is a great and powerful sign that the Day of the Lord is truly soon approaching. Oh! Please bend your knee to the awesome God who has given us Jesus Christ to save us from His Wrath (Romans 5)!

There are many other links between Isaiah 34 and Nahum. I will return to this when I finish the basic documentation of the ten thousand wonders found elsewhere on the endless Wheels within the Wheel ...

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