Power of the North Made Simple
Posted by adventbiblestudy on September 20, 2014
Power of the North Made Simple
I’ve been hearing a lot about what some people claim to be the power of the north. Most claim it refers to Russia. They don’t have a single verse from the Bible to back up their claims. Some say all you need to do is draw a straight line from Jerusalem to Moscow. They must be making up their own maps like they make up their own interpretations. Sure they’re only a few hundred miles off, but where does the Bible tell anyone to rely on a map? Let’s take a look at what the Bible says.
Jeremiah 25:9 NLTse I will gather together all the armies of the north under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, whom I have appointed as my deputy. I will bring them all against this land and its people and against the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy you and make you an object of horror and contempt and a ruin forever.
Jeremiah tells us those armies from Babylon were the powers from the north. I can’t think of anyone who can argue with that. I don’t see anyone drawing a line due north to Babylon. Are those prophets today saying God doesn’t know geography? I’m going to play it safe and figure God was not referring to physical geography when He was talking about the power of the north He was trying to teach about.
I prefer to stick to basic rules of context which relies on the Bible to explain itself. One of those rules tells us a symbol always points to something much greater than itself. Since Jeremiah already told us those northern armies represent Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar, the power of the north today has to point to something far greater than Babylon. Since Babylon was a world power, the world power of the time, the capital of the world when God used north as a symbol to point to Babylon, the symbol must point to something greater than a world power. So we have a choice here. To believe those self proclaimed prophets who don’t use the Bible, and ask if they are telling us Russia is the world power of our day and Moscow is the capital of the world. Or we can look at the Bible to find another power greater than Babylon.
The other rules of context I follow to learn a deeper lesson is to look at the introduction and summation of the chapter to find the main theme. Once we see the main them, we know the main lesson the chapter is teaching.
Jeremiah 25:2-6 NLTse Jeremiah the prophet said to all the people in Judah and Jerusalem, (3) “For the past twenty-three years–from the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah, until now–the LORD has been giving me his messages. I have faithfully passed them on to you, but you have not listened. (4) “Again and again the LORD has sent you his servants, the prophets, but you have not listened or even paid attention. (5) Each time the message was this: ‘Turn from the evil road you are traveling and from the evil things you are doing. Only then will I let you live in this land that the LORD gave to you and your ancestors forever. (6) Do not provoke my anger by worshiping idols you made with your own hands. Then I will not harm you.’
Its not by chance God opened this chapter by telling us He keeps trying to give a message and people don’t want to listen. Why? They are too busy making up their own messages. Just little things like trying to blame all the world problems on Moscow. God’s message is simple. ‘Turn from the evil road you are traveling and from the evil things you are doing. Only then will I let you live in this land that the LORD gave to you and your ancestors forever. Do not provoke my anger by worshiping idols you made with your own hands. Then I will not harm you.’ Stay away from evil and away from those idols. Isn’t making up messages a form if idolatry? It sure is a from of spiritualism. We still need to examine the summation so we get more of the lesson.
Jeremiah 25:32-38 NLTse (32) This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: “Look! Disaster will fall upon nation after nation! A great whirlwind of fury is rising from the most distant corners of the earth!” (33) In that day those the LORD has slaughtered will fill the earth from one end to the other. No one will mourn for them or gather up their bodies to bury them. They will be scattered on the ground like manure. (34) Weep and moan, you evil shepherds! Roll in the dust, you leaders of the flock! The time of your slaughter has arrived; you will fall and shatter like a fragile vase. (35) You will find no place to hide; there will be no way to escape. (36) Listen to the frantic cries of the shepherds. The leaders of the flock are wailing in despair, for the LORD is ruining their pastures. (37) Peaceful meadows will be turned into a wasteland by the LORD’s fierce anger. (38) He has left his den like a strong lion seeking its prey, and their land will be made desolate by the sword of the enemy and the LORD’s fierce anger.
There are 2 major details to look at in the summation. The chapter used Babylon as a symbol to point to something much greater. Look at how Jeremiah described the world wide event.
nation after nation
most distant corners of the earth
fill the earth from one end to the other
You will find no place to hide; there will be no way to escape
Its easy to see how this points to something much greater than Babylon and involves the entire world. The other details show how evil shepherds, leaders of the flock will mislead people. Has God ever chosen a shepherd to lead His people using their own words, concepts, and total lack of Biblical evidence? Now what does the Bible say that far greater power the north points to?
Isaiah 14:12-21 NLTse “How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world. (13) For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. (14) I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’ (15) Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths. (16) Everyone there will stare at you and ask, ‘Can this be the one who shook the earth and made the kingdoms of the world tremble? (17) Is this the one who destroyed the world and made it into a wasteland? Is this the king who demolished the world’s greatest cities and had no mercy on his prisoners?’ (18) “The kings of the nations lie in stately glory, each in his own tomb, (19) but you will be thrown out of your grave like a worthless branch. Like a corpse trampled underfoot, you will be dumped into a mass grave with those killed in battle. You will descend to the pit. (20) You will not be given a proper burial, for you have destroyed your nation and slaughtered your people. The descendants of such an evil person will never again receive honor. (21) Kill this man’s children! Let them die because of their father’s sins! They must not rise and conquer the earth, filling the world with their cities.”
The Bible clearly show the throne in the north will destroy the world. I can’t see anyone argue with that. The Bible identified the one who sits on that throne as the shining star. Are people gonna argue this points to Moscow because they have a star on their flag? I’d rather let the Bible explain who the shining star is. In this case it it a simple matter of translation. Isaiah 14:12 KJV How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! Lucifer means morning star. Some Bibles translate it as morning star, other as Lucifer. Now we see when north is used as a symbol, it points directly to Satan who is the only power greater than the world power of Babylon. God made that clear in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream when Daniel told him the world powers to follow Babylon would diminish in glory. Do those self proclaimed prophets these days think God forget that detail? That’s what happens when the clay tries telling the potter what to do. The clay cracks under pressure. Modern day prophets cannot rewrite the Bible to say Moscow will become a world power more glorious than Babylon was. God said it ain’t gonna happen. This is so elementary I am surprised they can get people to fall for their tricks. We also have to check the introduction and summation in Isaiah 14 to understand and theme and lesson.
Isaiah 14:1-8 NLTse But the LORD will have mercy on the descendants of Jacob. He will choose Israel as his special people once again. He will bring them back to settle once again in their own land. And people from many different nations will come and join them there and unite with the people of Israel. (2) The nations of the world will help the LORD’s people to return, and those who come to live in their land will serve them. Those who captured Israel will themselves be captured, and Israel will rule over its enemies. (3) In that wonderful day when the LORD gives his people rest from sorrow and fear, from slavery and chains, (4) you will taunt the king of Babylon. You will say, “The mighty man has been destroyed. Yes, your insolence is ended. (5) For the LORD has crushed your wicked power and broken your evil rule. (6) You struck the people with endless blows of rage and held the nations in your angry grip with unrelenting tyranny. (7) But finally the earth is at rest and quiet. Now it can sing again! (8) Even the trees of the forest– the cypress trees and the cedars of Lebanon– sing out this joyous song: ‘Since you have been cut down, no one will come now to cut us down!’
A lot of those wannabe prophets will isolate verses like these and claim it pointed to physical Israel and still does. So far we’ve seen how symbols always point to something much greater. It is a rule of context followed throughout the Bible. God does not forget His rules any more than He forgets how His prophecies fit perfectly together. Isaiah delivered this message to physical descendants of Jacob. The prophecy points to a fulfillment the spiritual descendants of Jacob will see. Which of course is much greater than physical Israel. Evidence in the prophecy shows it has a spiritual meaning and fulfillment. When was the last time you saw physical trees singing? Has anyone?
Isaiah 14:28-32 NLTse This message came to me the year King Ahaz died: (29) Do not rejoice, you Philistines, that the rod that struck you is broken– that the king who attacked you is dead. For from that snake a more poisonous snake will be born, a fiery serpent to destroy you! (30) I will feed the poor in my pasture; the needy will lie down in peace. But as for you, I will wipe you out with famine and destroy the few who remain. (31) Wail at the gates! Weep in the cities! Melt with fear, you Philistines! A powerful army comes like smoke from the north. Each soldier rushes forward eager to fight. (32) What should we tell the Philistine messengers? Tell them, “The LORD has built Jerusalem; its walls will give refuge to his oppressed people.”
What do you think that fiery serpent represents? Can you see when you study the Bible in context it reveals more than expected and gets easier to understand. This is something those wannabe prophets don’t want you to learn. If people studied on their own, they would be out of business. I wish people would stop sending them tons of money. Can’t you see they use money to deceive people? They build elaborate sets to impress people. They give the world an image and message they want. People tune into them, see the elaborate sets and figure, those people are making money, they must know what they are talking about. In answer to that all I can say is, when Jesus was in the temple court teaching some of the most important lessons and parables the world would ever hear and see, some one asked Him a question. Jesus had to borrow a penny to answer that question. Where would the world be today if people lost their interest in Jesus because He didn’t have a penny to His name?