“Glory To The Lamb,” Geoffrey Golden
Firebrands – Those passionate for a cause.
Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future) From God
Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God
Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister
Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future
Dross – Scum Skimmed From The Surface of Silver
Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.
“The Sign Of Immanuel,” lV, Isaiah 7:16) For Before The Child Shall Know To Refuse The Evil, And Choose The Good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. 17) The Lord Shall Bring Upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father’s house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim, departed from Judah, even the king of Assyria. Nehemiah 9:32; 1 Kings 12:16. 18) And it shall come to pass in That Day, That The Lord Shall Hiss For The Fly That Is In The Uttermost Part Of The Rivers Of Egypt, And For The Bee That Is In The Land Of Assyria. 19) And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v16, 17, For Before: Similar Prophecies were spoken of The Child’s Birth and Isaiah’s other son Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz (8:3): Israel and Syria would be destroyed before this Child and Isaiah’s son would reach maturity (see 8:4 where Syria is referred to as Damascus and Israel as Samaria). v18, 19, The invading hoardes are likened to swarming insects—the fly and the bee—blanketing Judah, a condition fulfilled in the Assyrian invasions.
Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary – v10-16, Secret disaffection to (or, being dissatisfied with) God is often disguised with the color of Respect To Him; and those who are Resolved that they Will Not Trust God, yet pretend they will not Tempt Him (are wrong). The Prophet reproved Ahaz and his court, for the little value they had for Divine Revelation. Nothing is more Grievous To God Than Distrust, but the Unbelief Of Man shall not make The Promise Of God Of No Effect; The Lord Himself Shall Give A Sign. How great soever your distress and danger; Of You The Messiah Is To Be Born, and you cannot be destroyed while That Blessing Is In You. It Shall Be Brought To Pass In A Glorious Manner; and the strongest consolations in time of trouble are Derived (Given) From Christ, Our Relation To Him, Our Interest In Him, Our Expectations Of Him and From Him. He (Christ) Would Grow Up like other children, by the use of the diet of those countries; But He Would, unlike other children, Uniformly Refuse The Evil and Choose The Good. And Although His Birth Would Be By The Power Of The Holy Ghost, Yet He Should Not Be Fed With Angels’ Food. Then follows a Sign Of The Speedy Destruction Of The Princes, now a terror to Judah. “Before This Child,” so it may be read. “this child which I have now in my arms” (Shear-jashub, the Prophet’s own son, ver 3), shall be three or four years older, these enemies shall be forsaken of both their kings. The Prophecy Is So Solemn, The Sign Is So Marked, As Given By God Himself after Ahaz rejected the offer, that it must have raised hopes far beyond what the present occasion suggested. And, If The Prospect Of The Coming Of The Divine Saviour Was Of Never-Failing Support To The Hopes Of Ancient Believers, What Cause Have We To Be Thankful That The Word Was Made Flesh! May We Trust In And Love Him, And Copy His Example.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v17-25, Let those who Will Not Believe The Promises Of God, expect to hear the alarms of His Threatening s; for who can resist or escape His Judgments? The Lord Shall Sweep All Away; And Whoever He Employs In Any Service For Him, He Will Pay. All, speaks a sad change of the face of that pleasant land. But what melancholy change is there, which sin will not make with a people (Sin Brings Trouble and Sadness)? Agriculture would cease. Sorrows of every kind will come upon all who neglect The Great Salvation. If We Remain Unfaithful Under The Means Of Grace, The Lord Will Say, Let No Fruit Grow On Thee Henceforth For Ever. Amen.