"The Fourteen Aims of Biblical Prophecy"|
of Don Isaac Abarbanel
The aim of Prophecy is to induce people to repent and to draw them closer to God. Biblical Prophecy predicts and these predictions can be categorized under distinct headings. Don Isaac Abarbanel was responsible for such a categorization.
Don Isaac Abarbanel (1437-1509) at various times was a minister and advisor to the several governments of his age in Europe (Spain, Portugal, Naples, Apulia, Corfu, Venice). He admired England which at that time was still only a small, sparsely populated country - the USA did not then exist. Abarbanel was also a prominent Jewish religious authority and philosopher and a foremost Biblical commentator.
The grandfather of Abarbanel had converted to Christianity and he had Christian relatives. This did not weaken but rather strengthened his resolve to defend Judaism against the physical and missionizing attacks of the Christian authorities who at that time severely persecuted the Jews of Spain and Portugal causing the death and coerced apostasy of a great number amongst them.
Abarbanel considered the Book of Isaiah to be the most important of the Prophetical books in the Bible. In his opinion Biblical Prophecy has 14 goals.
There may be points on which student and scholar may
not agree with Abarbanel or may wish to modify with qualification of their own.
Nevertheless, Abarbanel knew his sources and it is always worth taking his
opinion into account.
The Fourteen Aims of Prediction
according to Don Isaac Abarbanel
as Found in the Book of Isaiah
and as exemplified today
Iran openly calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Russia, China, and North Korea appear to be helping Iran attain nuclear capacity. All the Moslem nations in effect believe in destroying the State of Israel. Elements within the American administration, media, and ruling elites continually pressure Israel to take steps that for Israel would be suicidal. This was exemplified by the wicked Oslo Peace Process (1993-1994) whose horrific implications we foresaw at the time and warned against. In Europe the situation is even worse with muted criticism and pressure behind the scenes now turning into vicious open hostility. Within the State of Israel itself these advocates of self-destruction by Israel or of Intervention against Israel have allies and agents at the highest levels.
They will be punished.
It is made overflowing with fatness,
With the blood of lambs and goats,
With the fat of the kidneys of rams.
For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah,
And a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
Edom traditionally means Germany and Rome. "Batsra"
was a major city of Edom. "Batsra" was often taken to mean Byzantium since in
Hebrew the two names may be spelt similarly. Byzantium was located on the site
of present-day Istanbul where Turkey meets Europe. Byzantium -Istanbul was also
known as Constantinople. The Roman Emperor Constantine for administrative
purposes divided the Empire making Byzantium the capital. Later Rome retained
control of the western section of the Empire and Byzantium of the eastern. The
eastern section used the Greek language (instead 0f Latin) and was dominated by
Greek culture. Christianity also divided along Greek-Latin lines. Russia was
converted from the Greek side. The Moslem Turks eventually overran Byzantium and
so Russia came to regard itself as the guardian of Greek Orthodox Christianity
and the Russian Tsars as heirs to the Eastern Roman Empire of Byzantium. The
very title "Czar" (and "Kaiser") is a corruption of the Latin "Caesar". In
addition to the European lines we have also traced an offshoot of Edom amongst
the Japanese ruling classes. A Chinese scholar claimed Edomite antecedents for
the founders of Chinese civilization. cf. Isaiah 34;1 63;1
Ten Tribes had been exiled by the Assyrians and did not return in the Second
Temple Era. Isaiah 11;12 24;16 [but stay tuned: In addition to the above quite
a large portion of Isaiah will be seen to concern the Lost Ten Tribes].
future redemption will be similar in many aspects to the Redemption from Egypt
If we merit redemption sooner we will obtain
14 But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me,
And my Lord has forgotten me.”
8. The Return of Prophecy
In the time of Redemption Divine Presence and Prophecy will once again be found amongst the Israelites.
Wisdom and knowledge will increase. At present Biblical Prophecy no longer exists though cases of remarkable inspiration still occur. This however is not the same thing. Prophecy will return.Isaiah 11:
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
As the waters cover the sea.
5 The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
Isaiah 18;4 60;1
9. Wayward Jews Return to Judaism
In the Future Redemption all the sinners
of Israel who left Judaism and assimilated amongst the Gentiles (whether by
coercion or through seduction) will repent and return unto the God of their
A king from the House of David will rule and
be recognized as descended from David. He will possess wisdom and judgement.
After the final redemption there will be no
additional exile. God will change human nature.
After the final Redemption most of those
nations who remain will accept the God of Israel and turn to Zion for
This will be a true peace and not like the
"peace" that has become a curse word due to evildoers.
'It is impossible to rightly govern the
world without God or the Bible.'