Vision of the Altar. * 1I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and he said:
Strike the bases, so that the doorjambs totter till you break them off on the heads of them all! Those who are left I will slay with the sword; not one shall flee, no survivor shall escape. 2Though they break through to the nether world, even from there my hand shall bring them out; Though they climb to the heavens, I will bring them down; p Ps 139, 8 . 3Though they hide on the summit of Carmel, there too I will hunt them out and take them away; Though they hide from my gaze in the bottom of the sea, I will command the serpent* there to bite them; 4Though they are led into captivity by their enemies, there will I command the sword to slay them. I will fix my gaze upon them for evil, and not for good, q Jer 44, 11 . 5I, the Lord God of hosts. I melt the earth with my touch, so that all who dwell on it mourn, While it all rises up like the Nile, and settles back like the river of Egypt; 6I have built heaven, my upper chamber, and established my vault over the earth; I summon the waters of the sea and pour them out upon the surface of the earth, I, the Lord by name. r Am 5, 8 .
7Are you not like the Ethiopians to me, O men of Israel, says the LORD Did I not bring the Israelites from the land of Egypt As I brought the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans* from Kir? s Dt 2, 23; Jer 47, 4 . 8The eyes of the Lord GOD are on this sinful kingdom: I will destroy it from off the face of the earth.
Epilogue: Messianic Perspective
But I will not destroy the house of Jacob completely, says the LORD. 9For see, I have given the command to sift the house of Israel among all the nations, As one sifts with a sieve, letting no pebble fall to the ground. 10By the sword shall all sinners among my people die, those who say, “Evil will not reach or overtake us.“ 11 *On that day I will raise up the fallen hut of David; I will wall up its breaches, raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old, t Acts 15, 16 . 12That they may conquer what is left of Edom and all the nations that shall bear my name, say I, the LORD, who will do this. 13Yes, days are coming, says the LORD, When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the vintager, him who sows the seed; The juice of grapes shall drip down the mountains, and all the hills shall run with it. u Jl 3, 18 . 14I will bring about the restoration of my people Israel; they shall rebuild and inhabit their ruined cities, Plant vineyards and drink the wine, set out gardens and eat the fruits. 15I will plant them upon their own ground; never again shall they be plucked From the land I have given them, say I, the LORD, your God.