K² v 1-8. Woe. Jerusalem. w 9-12. Stupefaction. x 13,14. Reason. v 15-17. Woe. Lebanon. w 18,19. Illumination. x 20,21. Reason.
1 Woe (2nd of 6 woes) to Ariel, to Ariel (either a lion of El [God. 2 Sam. 23:20]; or the altar-hearth of God [Ezek. 43:15,16; and the Moabite Stone, line 12]. Jerusalem is called Har-el on old Egyptian monuments), the city (fig., put for Jerusalem. "City" is in the construct state: = city of this spot where David camped) where David encamped! add you all year to year (fig., put for festival); let them kill sacrifices (or, let the feasts go round. This is written to those who wouldn't understand prophecy. God's not happy with false religion!).
2 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be to Me as a veritable hearth of GOD
3 And I will camp against you round about, and will lay siege against you with a mount, and I will raise forts against you. (i.e. war material, powers)
4 And you shall be brought down, and shall speak out of the earth, and your speech shall be low out of the dust, and your voice shall be, as of one that has a familiar spirit (= an Ob. Evil consumption. Symbolic of Satan. See Lev. 19:31), out of the earth, and your speech shall mutter out of the dust. (or, peep, chirp)
5 Moreover the multitude of your strangers (i.e. adversaries, peoples of the "world") shall be like small dust (i.e. blowing dust), and the multitude of the tyrants shall be as chaff that passes away: yes, it shall be at an instant suddenly. (this is the woe!)
6 You shall be visited of the Lord of hosts (these judgments refer to the deliverance of Yehovah's enemies. 2nd Tribulation. Return of Christ) with thunder (indicates the event [at that] has already has happened. You hear the thunder AFTER the lightning has struck!), and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire. (God is a consuming fire. See Heb.12:29)
7 And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel (Here it is clearly Jerusalem), even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision. (i.e. a nightmare. They will be severely punished)
8 It shall even be according as when an hungry man dreams, and, behold, he eats; but he awakes, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreams, and, behold, he drinks; but he awakes, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul has appetite (all the world will wonder after that religious system): so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion (true Throne of God, Ariel).
9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry you all out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. (= stupefy yourself to be stupid. They are in a stupor)
10 For the Lord has poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep (i.e. the spirit of slumber. Quoted in Rom.11:8), and has closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers (i.e. revolving "revs" [only One is to be revered and that is God!), the seers has He covered.
11 And the vision of the whole is become to you as the words of a scroll (or document, in writing) that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned (i.e. in the ways of the "world" not God's Word), saying, “Read this, I pray you:” and he says, “I cannot; for it is sealed:”
12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, “Read this, I pray thee:” and he says, “I am not learned.” (here we have an impasse)
13 Wherefore the Lord said (Quoted in Matt. 15:7-9. Mark 7:6), “Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor Me (claim to be "Christians"), though have removed their mind far from Me, and their fear toward Me is a commandment of mortals in which they have been schooled: (i.e. taught by rote. Traditions of men - "rapture", "Easter", denominational-ism. See Ezek. 13:18-23)
14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for (quoted in 1 Cor.1:19) the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. (see Prov. 1:2. They will be fooled)
15 Woe to them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, “Who sees us? and who knows us?” (look around and see what socialism does. Beggars. Political heads)
16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, “He made me not?” or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, “He had no understanding?” (they say "There is no God and God didn't know what He was doing. Did you know that our U.S. Constitution was taken from God's Word? People are working overtime to try to change it.)
17 Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
18 And in that day (i.e. the Day of the Lord) shall the deaf hear the words of the scroll, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. (the Truth will come forward)
19 The oppressed also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the oppressed among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20 For the tyrant is brought to naught, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity (look for emptiness) are cut off:
21 That who bring a man into condemnation (i.e. by false witnesses to the true teachers of God's Word), and lay a snare for him that decides in the gate (i.e. in judgment), and turn aside the righteous for a thing of nothing. (they turn away truth for confusion. See 24:10)
L² y 22. The Word of Yahaveh. Spoken. z 23-. The work of Yahaveh. Seen. z -23. The work of Yahaveh. Effect. y 24. The Word of Yahaveh. Understood.
22 Therefore thus says the Lord, who redeemed Abraham (ref. to Pentateuch as well known), concerning the house of Jacob (see 2:5), “Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale. (We have the victory)
23 But when he sees his young children, the work of My hands, in the midst of him, (God i saying, When I look upon My children I will be proud of them)
they shall sanctify My name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall revere (or love) the God (= God the Creator) of Israel. (no longer falsely worshiping the Anti-Christ)
24 They also that erred in spirit (see v.4) shall know discernment, and they that murmured shall accept instruction. (They will accept the Truth on the Lord Day - i.e. the Millennium)