Making The Mountains Sing: The Kingdom Of Christ – Part III
n the last two installments of the present work, we looked at how place/names in Scripture have an allegorical association, as opposed to a specific, physical longitude and latitude. This is particularly true in the numerous verses dealing with Edom and Israel. Thus, when the LORD says the land of Idumaea (a place/name derivative of the region of Mount Seir, where the descendants of the apostate Edom lived) will be “forever” a place of “brimstone,” He is communicating a Spiritual desolation which falls upon the evil associated with that identity:
“And the streams [of Idumaea] thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever” (Isaiah 34: 9, 10).
The identity of “Edom” is still being rendered by the militant racists, the locusts which devoured the “church” from the inside out, as the physical descendants of Esau – who may be ethnically traced to the Arabic people. Simultaneously, the Antichrist power, deeply embedded within the body of Babylon, identifying itself as the Christian Church, is inexorably marching towards the enthronement of the Jewish nation – transposing the properties of Spiritual righteousness to the physical descendants of Jacob.
In stark contrast to the everlasting “brimstone” associated with Edom, the prophet Isaiah described a time when everlasting “water” would come to the parched desert, and the Israel of God would rejoice, even as the LORD makes the mountains to sing:
“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12).
This Spiritually refreshing joy is juxtaposed with the power of darkness which opposes the people of the LORD – and that infernal identity comes under dozens of names. For example, the same prophet speaks of two enemies of the people of God:
“My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause” (Isaiah 52:4).
In reviewing such texts, the discerning believer will see the literalists are all blind guides who are leading masses of believers into the proverbial ditch, as they ignore the metaphoric identity of place/names, such as the aforementioned Assyrian, mentioned by both Isaiah and Ezekiel:
“Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs” (Ezekiel 31:3).
We note how the prophet did not say the Assyrian “was like” a cedar in Lebanon, he said the Assyrianwas a cedar in Lebanon, so if the literalists have their way, they might as well burn down what is left of the forests of Lebanon, in order to protect their holy ground – land which they claim is the literal acreage the LORD has forever promised to the physical descendants of Jacob:
“And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword…when he treadeth within our borders” (Micah 5:7).
Those versed in geography know the Assyrian capital of Nineveh in the Old Testament is in modern Iraq in the metropolis known as Mosul – more than a stone’s throw from any cedar in Lebanon – but most politically astute observers know that Hezbollah, who regularly threatens the “chosen people,” are in Lebanon, so who cares about precision in prophecy, anyway? But that’s precisely the point.
If the mountains are “singing” in the holy land, and the trees are “clapping their hands” at the righteousness of God, when our prophets literalize such deeply Spiritual concepts, and assign physical coordinates to places such as “the valley of decision” (Joel 3:14), are we not just asking to be deceived? Worse yet, If the evil is nested in a dusty land which the prophet tells us is scheduled to “become burning pitch” (Isaiah 34:9), don’t we feel just bit justified if we take part in that destruction – especially if we believe we are defending the LORD’s chosen at the same time?
Conversely, since the Spirit of the LORD is upon me, to preach deliverance to the captives, we speak the truth that all those who seek to literalize these extraordinary promises (and/or curses), will always end up on the wrong side of the equation.
The aforementioned Assyria provides an excellent example. Years ago, I was driving down to Los Angeles in Southern California on a speaking tour, I came into the region of the Angeles mountains, and in a desolate stretch of highway known as the Grapevine, my vehicle abruptly stopped running. With absolutely nothing in sight, I was distressed as there were no cell phones in those days – but the LORD sent a tow truck driver, who stopped and offered assistance.
He towed me down the remote mountainous stretch to a service station run by men who appeared swarthy and foreign to me; but my concerns were allayed when they exhibited a friendly and confident manner, which indicated that they were capable of fixing the vehicle. As I conversed with them, they told me they were Assyrians who had fled Iran when the Ayatollah came to power! Having foolishly assumed there were no more Assyrians, I was even more surprised when they told me they were Christians!
The short version of the story is they quickly fixed the car, charged me a fair price, and sent me on my way – with the knowledge the LORD had intervened in my plans in order to teach me something I needed to know. In retrospect, the desolate mountains, named after the angels, was more like Isaiah’s “mountains of Edom,” whereas the low land of the Assyrians was imbued with the peace of God – and those Christian transplants from the Middle East, occupied the very real “mountains of Israel,” where the Spirit of the LORD reigns.
“And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them in their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel” (Ezekiel 34:14).
----- James Lloyd
The New Testament Gospel has been steadily eroded to suit the politically correct world of this evil and adulterous generation. However, the LORD has promised He will always preserve a Remnant which is inhabited by the truth of His marvelous salvation. The James Lloyd book THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL REVISITED addresses the salvation once delivered to the saints.