An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 9 - Prophetic Truth - Page 37 of 223
There was no need to fight that battle, all that the people had to do
was to set themselves or take their stations, stand still and see the
salvation of the Lord:
'So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round
about' (2 Chron. 20:30).
Jehoshaphat, like David, Solomon and the best of men, was in himself a
failure (see 2 Chron. 20:31 -37) but the type still holds.  Just as Edom said
concerning Jerusalem, 'Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof'
(Psa. 137:7), so will the nations at the time of the end.  Indeed almost
identical words have been reported in the Press recently.  The presence of
Israel in the Devil's millennium will prove a great disturbance to the false
peace that for the time obtains and so all nations will be gathered against
Jerusalem to battle, as in the day of Jehoshaphat, so they will gather again.
'Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when He
fought in the day of battle.  And His feet shall stand in that day upon the
mount of Olives' (Zech. 14:3,4).
It is this war upon Jerusalem and Israel that necessitates beating
plowshares back again to swords, and which ends with the judgment of all the
heathen in the 'valley of decision'.  In that day 'Egypt shall be a
desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against
the children of Judah ... but Judah shall Dwell for Ever, and Jerusalem from
generation to generation.  For I will cleanse their blood that I have not
cleansed: even I the Lord that dwelleth in Zion' (Joel 3:18 -21 margin).
Here is proof that at the selfsame time that Israel are restored (Joel 3:1)
the nations will be gathered unto this valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:2), that
at the selfsame time when Judah and Jerusalem are safe for ever, Egypt shall
be a desolation.  Yet after all this, Isaiah declares that:
'In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria,
even a blessing in the midst of the land: whom the Lord of Hosts shall
bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My
hands, and Israel Mine inheritance' (Isa. 19:24,25).
(For a fuller examination of Isaiah 19, see the article Egypt8).
It is an axiom of all rational thought that 'a thing cannot Be, and Not
Be at the same time'.  'In that day' includes too many opposite events to
allow us to think of the Millennium as a period of unsullied glory and
perfect peace from the beginning of the thousand years to the end.  What does
fit all that is said, is that Israel will be a nation 'born at once' (Isa.
66:8), whereas gross darkness will still envelop most of the nations.
Nevertheless, light and truth shall radiate from Zion as a blessed centre,
until at last the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters
cover the sea.  God's ordination at the beginning was that 'the evening and
the morning' should constitute a day.  A thousand years in His sight are like
a day that is past, and the Millennial day may conform to the same pattern.
The Millennial reign begins with an 'evening'.  When the Lord comes the
second time to inaugurate that reign, He comes to Make War at the first (Rev.
19:11).  There is not a word to warrant the idea that at the stroke of the
clock, the moment the thousand years commence, all will be peace.  The Lord
will reign in Zion in the midst of enemies.  The nations will learn slowly
the law of the Lord from Jerusalem, and only as the thousand years (the day
of the Lord) come to their close, and the Day of God succeeds, when all