Turn you to the strong hold, you prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto you;

Turn you to the strong hold, you prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto you;

The above promise is followed by the LORD saying it comes when He’s made us the weapon of His warfare, against those among us, drunken with power and pride, destroying us by deception and evil manipulation. The verse, Zechariah 9:12, is preceded, in verse 9, telling of the King coming, lowly, riding upon an ass, and upon the foal of an ass.

Zechariah 9
8 And I will encamp about mine house because of the army [the enemies and adversaries, in power and mixed among us], because of him that passes by, and because of him that return: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes [what before was only rumored – shmuw’ah, reported].
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes unto you: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you also, by the blood of your covenant I have sent forth your prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.
12 Turn you to the strong hold, you prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto you;
13 When I have bent Judah [the elect remnant] for me, filled the bow with Ephraim [double blessing – upon the people at large], and raised up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece [those drunken with power], and made you as the sword of a mighty man.
14 And the LORD shall be seen over them [as their King, the head of the BODY – see the mystery in Ephesians 5, in the previous post], and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning [as understanding]: and the LORD God shall blow the trumpet [calling His army to assemble, in ONE BODY], and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.

As we’ve seen, these later references in verse 9 above are related to what Isaiah says in Isaiah 8:18, after telling of those who waited for, and return to, the LORD their sanctuary, as disciples receiving His testimony (report).

Isaiah 8
13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both the [corrupted and polluted] houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem [those trapped by their own minds, corrupted and polluted by what they’ve been taught by those leading them].
15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
16 Bind up the [this] testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hides his face [paniym – presence, only seen after receiving the report] from the house of Jacob, and I will look for [wait to see] him.
18 Behold, I [the ass] and the children [the foal of an ass] whom the LORD has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwells in mount Zion.
19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits [the known dead – the misleaders who’ve led into desolation], and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter [those using their erroneous word to manipulate and control]: should not a people seek unto their God? [should they be looking] for the living to [among] the dead?
20 [shouldn’t they be looking] To the law and to the testimony [where He manifest His presence – “O Immanuel”]: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light [understanding] in them.

When the LORD speaks of the “whirlwinds of the south,” He’s telling of the war that follows, as in Isaiah 21, which is also described in the final two verses of Isaiah 8. They are referring to Zechariah 9:8 above, speaking of those who “pass by” this understanding, who remain in confusion (now delusion) and are swept away by this cleansing wind.

Isaiah 8
21 And they [those who don’t speak according to this word] shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry [because they refuse this bread of heaven, not knowing it’s the word from the mouth of the LORD]: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward [to the darkness for their false gods to help them].
22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness [even greater delusion, which takes them into perdition].

Isaiah 21
1 The burden of the desert of the sea [the people at large, without this word {water} of God]. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it comes from the desert, from a terrible land.
2 A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer deal treacherously, and the spoiler spoils. Go up, O Elam [those who’ve lived throughout all eternity]: besiege, O Media [My people awakened and finding themselves in the midst of this epic moment]; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.
3 Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travails [that must bring forth the son of man]: I was bowed down at the hearing of it [the rumor of it]; I was dismayed at the seeing of it [now seeing this reality, in the presence of the LORD].
4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure has he turned into fear unto me.
5 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink [this word]: arise [to life], you princes [those who will shine as the brightness of the firmament: this exposition], and anoint the shield [the protector – who is the sanctuary spoken of in Isaiah 8:14 above].
6 For thus has the LORD said unto me, “Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees.” [What do you princes see? the Lion of Judah?]
7 And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:
8 And he cried, “A lion: My LORD, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward [mishmereth – see Ezekiel 44 below] whole nights:
9 And, behold, here comes a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen.” And he answered and said, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he has broken unto the ground.” [Confusion ends, Babylon’s rule over the world ends, when God’s people see they are in a war, and the enemies and adversaries are among them, destroying them by their misleading words and untrue ideas.]
10 O my threshing, and the corn [ben] of my floor [the children the LORD has given me, brought forth in the threshing]: that which I have heard of the LORD of hosts [the Commander in Chief of the army of heaven], the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.
11 The burden of Dumah [of silence among those who aren’t declaring what is here seen]. He calls to me out of Seir [powers of Hell], “Watchman, what of the night [the time of ignorance]? Watchman, what of the night?”
12 The watchman said, “The morning [light – understanding] comes, and also the night [and the ignorance remain among those who choose it, because their deeds are evil – John 3: 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.]: if you will enquire, enquire you: return, come.”
[John 3: 11 Truly, truly, I say unto you, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and you receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and you believe not, how shall you believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13 And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.]
13 The burden upon Arabia [of those upon who darkness has come]. In the forest in Arabia shall you lodge [the self-righteous choosing darkness shall therein permanently remain], O you traveling [fleeing] companies of Dedanim [this time when right judgment rules].
14 The inhabitants of the land of Tema [the wise men of this world – among who the LORD’s presence is manifested] brought water [this word] to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread [understanding – rightly dividing the word] him that fled.
15 For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow [the LORD’s army – as in Zechariah 9:13 above], and from the grievousness of war.
16 For thus has the LORD said unto me, “Within a year, according to the years of a hireling, and all the glory of Kedar [darkness] shall fail [as Babylon, confusion, fails]:
17 And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar [darkness], shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel has spoken it.”

The word mishmereth, rendered “ward” in verse 8 above, means “watch, i.e. the act (custody), or (concr.) the sentry, the post; obj. preservation, or (concr.) safe; fig. observance, i.e. (abstr.) duty or (obj.) a usage or party.” It’s telling of the object of the watchman’s watch: the “shield” spoken of in verse 5, from the Hebrew word magen, meaning “a shield (i.e. the small one or buckler); figuratively, a protector; also the scaly hide of the crocodile:–X armed, buckler, defense, ruler, + scale, shield.”

The “shield,” in Isaiah 22:6, is uncovered (revealed) in Kir, meaning wall. The chapter is speaking of the war, and breaking down the walls, when Elam [eternity] is seen as the “quiver” wherein are God’s people. The word “quiver” is the six times used Hebrew word ‘ashpah, meaning “from the same as 825 [‘ashshaph – lisp, as in the mispronouncing the name Ephraimite] (in the sense of covering); a quiver or arrow-case.”

The word ‘ashpah is referring us to its definitive use in Psalms 127:5, where we are told of it as the place where a man’s children are. It’s speaking of what the watchman sees after He sees the LORD.

Psalms 127
1 Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain [without the LORD giving understanding, no man sees anything].
2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he gives his beloved sleep.
3 Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man that has his quiver [‘ashpah] full of them: they shall not be ashamed [they shall reach the end He promised], but they shall speak with the enemies [‘oyeb] in the gate.

Ezekiel 44
1 Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looks toward the east [watching for the sunrise of the new day]; and it was shut.
2 Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.
3 It is for the prince; the prince [I Am], he shall sit in it to eat bread [rightly dividing this word of God] before [paniym – the presence of] the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.
4 Then brought he me the way of the north [the darkness, whereby the word of God was closed] gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD: and I fell upon my face [paniym – at the LORD’s presence].
5 And the LORD said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with your eyes, and hear with your ears all that I say unto you concerning all the ordinances of the house of the LORD, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary [therein returning to the LORD our shield].
6 And you shall say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus says the LORD God; O you house of Israel, let it suffice you of [fulfill and end] all your abominations [that have caused your desolation],
7 In that you have brought into my sanctuary [the place where you were protected] strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when you offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations [the ways and ideas you put in the place of the Holy].
8 And you have not kept the charge [mishmereth] of mine holy things: but you have set keepers of my charge [mishmaereth] in my sanctuary for yourselves.
9 Thus says the LORD God; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.
10 And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols [put in My place]; they shall even bear their iniquity.
11 Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them.
12 Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the LORD God, and they shall bear their iniquity.
13 And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.
14 But I will make them keepers of the charge [mishmereth] of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein.
15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge [mishmereth] of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the LORD God:
16 They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge [mishmereth].

23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

Isaiah 22
1 The burden of the valley of vision. What ails you now, that you are wholly gone up to the housetops?
2 You that are full of stirs, a tumultuous city, joyous city: your slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle [but they are destroyed by following the misleading of evil men].
3 All your rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers: all that are found in you are bound together, which have fled from far.
4 Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labor not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.
5 For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the LORD God of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls [qiyr – kir], and of crying to the mountains [to powers that have arisen from the earth, in which they trust].
6 And Elam [eternity] bare the quiver [‘ashpah – of God’s children] with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir [breaking down the wall] uncovered the shield [magen – our sanctuary, in the LORD our protection].
7 And it shall come to pass, that your choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate [God’s people set for battle].
8 And he discovered the covering of Judah [the elect remnant], and you did look in that day to the armor of the house of the forest.
9 You have seen also the breaches of the city of David [God’s people divided under many antichrists], that they are many: and you gathered together the waters of the lower pool [and you kept this word of God from flowing].
10 And you have numbered [made many] the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have you broken down to fortify the wall [to keep this word from being heard].
11 You made also a ditch between the two walls for [keeping in] the water of the old pool: but you have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.
12 And in that day did the LORD God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.
14 And it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, “Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till you die,” says the LORD God of hosts.
15 Thus says the LORD God of hosts, Go, get you unto this treasurer [the Armory, where these treasure are kept], even unto Shebna [wherein is strength and vigor], which is over the house, and say,
16 What have you here? and whom have you here, that you have hewed you out a sepulcher here [place that hold the dead], as he that hews him out a sepulcher on high, and that graves a habitation for himself in a [false] rock?
17 Behold, the LORD will carry you away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover [‘atah – Psalms 109:29 Let mine adversaries {satan – the one “resisting” the cleansing of the priesthood} be clothed with shame, and let them cover {‘atah} themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.] you.
18 He will surely violently turn and toss you like a ball into a large country: there shall you die, and there the chariots of your glory shall be the shame of your LORD’s house.
19 And I will drive you from your station, and from your state shall he pull you down.
20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim [who God raises up] the son of Hilkiah [whose inheritance is Jehovah]:
21 And I will clothe him with your robe, and strengthen him with your girdle, and I will commit your government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open [the gate of Ezekiel 44 above], and none shall shut; and he shall shut [the gates of Hell – the mouth of men], and none shall open.
23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne [heaven – full understanding where I sit] to his father’s house.
24 And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s [Joseph’s and David’s] house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.
25 In that day, says the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place [the confusion and misleaders in which they have trusted] be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD has spoken it.

The word rendered “pass,” above in Zechariah 9:8 and Isaiah 8:21, is the Hebrew word ‘abar, meaning to cross over or cover, as in waters overflowing and covering. In Isaiah 8:8 it’s used to tell of the enemy that comes against God’s people, passing through Judah (our leaders), as a river “he shall overflow and go over [‘adar], he shall reach even to the neck [effecting the whole head]; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth [spirit] of your land.”

This quote (from Isaiah 8:8) is there immediately followed by the words “O Immanuel,” meaning God manifests His presence among His people, as Zechariah (9:8) also says is His response, there saying “I will encamp about mine house because of the army.”

It is against this army, mixed among us, to who many of God’s people have joined themselves, the LORD then says:

Isaiah 8
9 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all you of far countries: gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces.
10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
11 For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
12 Say you not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear you their fear, nor be afraid.
13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

This flood of words from enemies and adversaries mixed among us, which have rendered our leaders ineffective, is later spoken of, as both cause and effect, in Isaiah 24:5. The chapter tells a snare in which the earth now finds itself, that is the LORD’s glory: foretelling its coming, and Himself as our only salvation, through the deliver He sends. It’s that simple, hear and follow His voice. O, Immanuel! John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Job 33
13 Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.
14 For God speaks once, yea twice, yet man perceives it not.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night [when darkness, ignorance, covers the earth], when deep sleep falls upon men, in slumbering upon the bed;
16 Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,
17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
18 He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing [‘abar] by the sword.
19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
20 So that his life abhors bread, and his soul dainty meat.
21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
22 Yea, his soul draws near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show unto man His uprightness:
24 Then He is gracious unto him, and says, “Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.”
25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: he shall return to the days of his youth:
26 He shall pray unto God, and He will be favorable unto him: and He shall see his face [paniym – His presence] with joy: for He will render unto man his righteousness [His right mind].
27 He looks upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;
28 He will deliver his soul from going [‘abar] into the pit, and his life shall see the light [understanding].
29 Lo, all these things works God oftentimes with man,
30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened [giving understanding] with the light of the living.

Isaiah 24
1 Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty, and makes it waste, and turns it upside down, and scatters abroad the inhabitants thereof.
2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD has spoken this word.
4 The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed [‘abar] the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore has the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
7 The new wine mourns, the vine languishes, all the merry-hearted do sigh.
8 The mirth of tabrets ceases, the noise of them that rejoice ends, the joy of the harp ceases.
9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.
10 The city of confusion [Babylon] is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened [by ignorance], the mirth of the land is gone.
12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.
13 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land [when this leanness is seen] among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.
14 They shall lift up their voice [qowl], they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea [from among the people at large – not from the corrupted and polluted leadership].
15 Wherefore glorify you the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles [dry places where this word isn’t heard] of the sea.
16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs [this word repeated as given], even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me [because of the enemies and adversaries in power]! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 And it shall come to pass, that he who flees from the noise [qowl – this voice] of the fear [see Isaiah 8:13 above] shall fall into the pit; and he that comes up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.
19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited [see Hebrews 2:6 below].
23 Then the moon [corrupt civil government] shall be confounded, and the sun [the corrupt church] ashamed, when the LORD of hosts [outside these corrupt institutions] shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

The “ancients” (zaqen) are those spoken of in Job 33:15, dreaming, when God speaks and gives understanding in the time when ignorance covers the earth. His voice comes through the interpreter (Job 33:23), the messenger (Job 33:23) He sends to bring man back from the pit of Hell.

Hebrews 1
1 God, who at various times and in different manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, You are my Son, this day have I begotten you? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he brings in the first-begotten into the world, he says, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he says, Who makes his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8 But unto the Son he says, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.

Hebrews 2
1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the LORD, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
5 For unto the angels has he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that you are mindful of him? or the son of man that you visit him [See Isiah 24:22 above]?

Joel 2
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly [this appointed time]:
16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare your people, O LORD, and give not your heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and you shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army [of darkness], and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savor shall come up, because he has done great things.
21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.
22 Be not afraid, you beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree bears her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.
23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he has given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
26 And you shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that has dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
27 And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men [zaqen – ancients] shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun [the corrupt church] shall be turned into darkness [ignorance], and the moon into blood [corrupt civil government draining life from humanity], before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.
32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Psalms 95
1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if you will hear his voice,
8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation [when you doubted My presence among you] in the wilderness:
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
11 Unto whom I swore in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.