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Written by Victoria Radin   

Part I and Part II of The Closed-Womb Prophecy explained in great detail its ‘near fulfillment’ and its fulfillment in Yeshua. However, several scriptures therein did not find accomplishment in the Lord’s first advent. This lengthy prophecy started with a declaration that would lead to the Lord’s Millennial reign. In Isaiah 7:8 God announced that in 65 years, Ephraim would be shattered so that it would no longer be a people. Hoshea was the last king of the Northern Kingdom called “Ephraim” and was taken captive in 722 BCE by Assyria after which Ephraim ceased to be a people. Yet, a remnant did return from the lands to which they were scattered. So, this prophecy had to have been speaking of a future day when “Ephraim” would be shattered.

[1]“…and in another sixty-five years, Ephraim will be shattered as a people. (Isaiah 7:9b The Standard Jewish Bible For the English Speaking World

 The prophecy contained in Isaiah 7:1–9:7 is finally exhausted in the final years before the return of the Lord and concludes with His Millennial Reign. So, how does the Closed Womb Prophecy fit into these Scriptures as well as the entire prophecy?

Isaiah, Jeremiah and Amos each describes the city of Jerusalem as a virgin (Isa. 62:5; Jer. 31:4; Lam. 1:15, 2:13; Amos 5:2). And, Isaiah 8:8 cryptically identifies Israel as Immanuel, reminding the reader that God is with Israel.

“How shall I console you? To what shall I liken you, O daughter of Jerusalem?[2] What shall I compare with you, that I may comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion? For your ruin is spread wide as the sea; Who can heal you?” (Lamentations 2:13)

“He [Assyria] will pass through Judah, he will overflow and pass over, he will reach up to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings will fill the breadth of Your land, O Immanuel.” (Isaiah 8:8)

The ‘virgin’ city of Jerusalem gave birth to the nation of Israel, ‘Immanuel’ in 1948. God was with Israel during her (re)birth when she was immediately attacked by all the surrounding nations. Israel was without weapons and without friends in the world. Yet she defeated the vast, powerful armies of her enemies, because she could say, “God is with us”. Only God could have accomplished this feat.

“Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion [Jerusalem] was in labor, She gave birth to her children [Israel].” (Isaiah 66:8)

In view of this broader application of the prophecy, who are today’s modern-day ‘players’ in this end-time drama? Who are “Ephraim” and the “Syrians” addressed in the original prophecy?

“Ephraim” spiritually represents the enemies of current-day Israel living within its borders, the borders outlined by God Himself in Genesis 15:17. “Ephraim” represents the people who have appropriated for themselves, the land given by covenant to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob[3], i.e. the Palestinians. The Palestinians have an illegitimate ruler and a false religion, as did the original Ephraim that rebelled against the House of David (Judah) and they are currently attempting to form their own ‘kingdom’. Syria is representative of the enemies of Israel living in “far countries” (Isaiah 8:9-10) the names of which are outlined in Psalm 83:1-8 who boldly declare their desire to see current-day Israel “wiped off the map”.

Sixty-five years from Israel’s (re)birth in the spring of 1948 would be sometime after the spring of 2013. It is then that Ephraim (the Palestinians) “will cease to be a people” and the enemies of Israel in “far countries” will be broken in pieces. Their counsel together will not stand. Psalm 83:1-8:

“Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.’ For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You: The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot.

In each fulfillment of this prophecy, the son of the virgin is a “sign” named Immanuel (God is with us). He is the “sign” of deliverance from certain death. In the triple performance of this prophecy, God is with them to perform His Word….

  1. At the time it was spoken to Ahaz, God delivered His people, the House of David, from an attack by Pekah (the enemy within) and Rezin (the enemy from a far country).
  2. At the birth of God’s Son, Messiah Yeshua, (He came only for the lost sheep of the house of Israel[4]), God delivered His people from the enemy of their souls, giving everyone who trusted in Him, eternal life. All who are grafted in to the cultivated Olive Tree (Romans 11:24) are part of “All Israel” and are joined with Israel in being delivered from eternal death.
  3. At the End of Days, God will deliver Jerusalem and Israel [as well as all who trust in Yeshua] from their enemies, those from within and those ‘from a far country’, i.e. all those who have sought to divide God’s land that He gave by covenant to Israel:

“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.” (Joel 3:1, 2)

Then, this all-important prophecy that is the first Old Testament prophecy fulfilled in the New Testament will also be the last prophecy fulfilled in the New Testament.

“You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” (Isaiah 62:4, 5)

"You will arise, and have compassion upon Zion; for it is time to be gracious unto her, for the appointed time has come." (Psalm 102:14)

Kee Va Mo'ed! (The Appointed Time Has Come)

 



[1] The Targum of Johathan for Isaiah 7:9 reads “at the end of threescore and five years.

[2] “Daughter of” is a flowery term for “city of” in the Scriptures.

[3] Original covenant of Genesis 17 with Abraham, repeated to Isaac in Genesis 26:3-5, and to Jacob in Genesis 35:12

[4]But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matthew 15:24)

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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