When the Enemy Comes in Like a Flood

Isaiah 59:19 AMP
So [as the result of the Messiah's intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives].

When the enemy comes in like a flood
… midst a flood of lies, strong deception –2 Thess 2:10-12
… and intoxicating wine –Rev 17:2
Who will be able to stand? Who will remain and endure until the end?

Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,
… on those who hope in His mercy,
… to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.
–Ps 33:18-20

Those who fear the Lord have been given a banner
A banner to be displayed because of the truth –Ps 60:4-5
Those who fear the Lord,
those whose love of His truth will not grow cold;
His beloved will stand and endure.

When the enemy comes in like a flood
May you stand perfect
… firm, immovable, fixed, enduring,
… established of steadfast and sound mind
And fully assured
… complete, lacking nothing, finished
In all the will of God. — Col 4:12

May you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast,
and not be moved away from the hope, love and
truth of the gospel that you have heard. — Col 1:23

Stand firm then HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH and PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS … –Eph 6:14

May your love of the truth never grow cold!

Psalm 60:4-5
You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth, that Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and hear me.

Matthew 7:25
And the rain descended and the floods came and the wind blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock.

Matthew 24:11-13
Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

Reggie:
I would like to hear what is your take or result of study regarding the verse. I remember in the mid-80s how Morris Cerullo emphasized that the comma in the KJV is misplaced. He taught us that a more accurate rendition of the verse should be “…When the enemy comes in , like a flood the Spirit of the Lord..”

Thus the word “flood” did not refer to the enemy but to the Spirit of the Lord.

Reggie
I also looked at this and heard about the comma. :)

I know what you mean about the other versions

http://net.bible.org/verse.php?book=Isa&chapter=59&verse=19

thats why I like the amplified version for this verse — it seems to
combine the other versions. I agree the rushing stream which the Lord’s breath drives seems to be against the enemy. I also noticed that its the breath of the LORD from His mouth that puts the enemy to flight. This goes with the sword coming out of the Lord’s mouth in Rev 19:15.

It makes sense that the enemy has an opposite ‘stream’ or flood — instead of the sword which is truth — the enemy’s stream is lies.

However the original text might read, its good to know that no matter how big the enemies ‘stream’ or ‘flood’ seems to be — the LORD’s is BIGGER! And the enemy is put to flight (or devoured by the sword of the LORD!) I actually like this image!

Isaiah 59:19 AMP
So [as the result of the Messiah's intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives].

Revelation 12:13-17
Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child . But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah 46:7-10
Who is this that rises like the Nile, like its *streams turbulent at flood stage? Egypt rises like the Nile, like its streams turbulent at flood stage. Egypt says, ‘I will arise and cover the earth. I will destroy cities and the people who inhabit them.’ Charge, O horses! Drive furiously, O charioteers! March on, O warriors—men of Cush and Put who carry shields, men of Lydia who draw the bow. But that day belongs to the Lord, the LORD Almighty—a day of vengeance, for vengeance on his foes. The sword will devour till it is satisfied, till it has quenched its thirst with blood. For the Lord, the LORD Almighty, will offer sacrifice in the land of the north by the River Euphrates.

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From http://net.bible.org/verse.php?book=Jer&chapter=46&verse=7
*streams
The word translated “streams” here refers to the streams of the Nile (cf. Exod 7:19; 8:1) for parallel usage.

The hubris of the Egyptian Pharaoh is referred to in vv. 7-8 as he compares his might to that of the Nile River whose annual flooding was responsible for the fertility of Egypt. A very similar picture of the armies of Assyria overcoming everything in its path is presented in Isa 8:7-8.

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