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(America Is in Prophecy)
Read Isaiah 18 Completely
There Are Four Countries not One
America Is the Main Country
Messengers Attack America
The Attack Happens in the Future
America Brings a Present to the Lord
Where Is the Land of Cush?
From Where Do the Messengers Come?
Avoid the Tragedy
We Can Still Save Some Lives
Jesus Is the Messiah
Isaiah 18 and the Future of America
From Where Do the Messengers Come?
Messengers Come From Beyond the Rivers of CushIn Isaiah 18, the "land shadowing with wings" or whirring wings is not the focal point of the chapter. It is an un-named nation "which is beyond the rivers of Cush". As mentioned earlier, in the chapter the third country is not the focus of destruction. Instead, it is a nation that sends its ambassadors to the fourth country mentioned in verse two.
Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:
Readers find the mention of "Ethiopia" in verse 1 and assume that the passage is about it. The passage is not about "Ethiopia". The real name here is "Cush". The real identity of Cush does not change the reference to America later in the chapter. Cush is a nation that helps identify another nation which is the "land shadowing with wings". The "land shadowing with wings" is not the focal point of this chapter either. Instead, it is a nation that sends its ambassadors to the nation in verse two.
The land of whirring wings would be the land beyond the rivers of Cush from the perspective of the people of Israel who were the first intended listeners. In verse 1 "beyond" must mean on the other side of the rivers of Cush or Iraq with respect to Israel; that is, the land east of Iraq. There are two countries that are mentioned in the Bible east of the Tigris and Euphrates: Persia, known today as Iran (mentioned 25 times) and India (Esther 1:1 and 8:9). The country just beyond Cush is Iran. Other countries that are beyond the rivers of Cush are Pakistan, Afghanistan, India at least a dozen more.
Iran Could be the Country that Sends the MessengersThe country that sends its "ambassadors" to another country in the way described in this passage could be Iran. Today we see an unprecedented threat to America from one of these known as Iran. When Soviet Russia developed its nuclear program America could rely on Russia understanding the principle of mutually assured destruction. Each country knew that a first strike would most likely result in both countries being destroyed. Neither America nor Russia wanted that. What’s different today? Iran has entered the picture. Iran does not necessarily believe the theory of mutually assured destruction, and moreover, Iran may not care. It would be an honor for Iran to destroy America even if Iran was destroyed themselves. Iran is not a sane country or a peaceful country. Iran has embarked on a mission to develop nuclear bombs. If Iran wanted uranium for peaceful purposes only, they would let international inspectors verify what they were doing with it. The spin-off technology Iran has procured can be used to separate uranium isotopes needed to make nuclear bombs. Iran is making nuclear warheads. Iran has developed the Shihab or "shooting star" missile for offensive purposes. Here are some reasons to suspect Iran.
Pakistan Could Also be the Country that Sends the MessengersIt is possible. Pakistan, for example, lies beyond the rivers of Cush. Pakistan recently increased its stockpile of nuclear weapons to over one hundred according to the Washington Post and many other news media. The power structure of the country shifted when Pervez Musharraf resigned in 2008. The Taliban are still gaining ground in Pakistan, becoming stronger and may have the ability to take control of the country. They are capable. Now reports indicate Al Qaeda leader Zawahiri is calling an Arab Spring in Pakistan.
Other Countries May Also be the OneIn addition, groups such as Al-Qaeda or the Taliban may get help from hostile powers such as North Korea. On Memorial Day, May 25, 2009, North Korea announced it tested an underground nuclear device. They provided advance warning and the USGS verified a 4.7 magnitude event (USGS details). America is too confident that no other country can touch it.
America Needs Stop the Proliferation and Intercept The CarriersThe more weapons America's enemies have the more destruction that can be brought about. The United States must prevent hostile nations from developing nuclear devices. Next, it must prepare to intercept as many messengers, envoys, ambassadors or carriers as possible. Homeland Security is a priority. America has a problem and it has no option to than to deal with it immediately.
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