So many prophetic insights can be gleaned from the biblical ‘Daughter of Zion’ figure. Through her eyes and story, we can get a good overall picture for end time events and the significance behind them.
The ‘Daughter of Zion,’ who we found in Part 1 will be a Millennial Kingdom Matriarch for God’s people, is commonly associated with “birth pangs,” or with a woman who is “in labor” or is “in travail.” This signals a coming “birth(s),” which is a key sign frequently associated with significant end time event(s) to come.
But first, it causes us to recall the first time that God addresses childbirth (through Eve), which was in the Garden. Because of Eve’s transgression, God promised to make childbirth a very painful process from that time on. And because of the serpent’s evil deception, God promised to put enmity between the serpent and Eve, and between the serpent’s seed and her seed.
Last days events that play out are merely a worldwide culmination of this ongoing spiritual war between the serpent’s seed and the woman’s seed- a war that has existed since God created man. The woman’s seed is that which continued through the Abraham-Isaac-Jacob line, as well as through others who have been “grafted in.” True committed believers in Jesus Christ, as a whole, will find themselves in a larger and more intense battle in the current end times. This battle is against the serpent’s seed, which is Satan’s army here on earth- the anti-Christ Chaldeans.
When birth pangs, or “birth pangs like those of a woman in labor” are mentioned in scripture, we can usually relate these terms to the spiritual battle between the woman’s seed and the serpent’s seed and the practical manifestation(s) thereof. In the case of the ‘Daughter of Zion,’ (representing Eve), her “birth pangs” are highly indicative of upcoming “birth”-related events.
This ties back to our ‘Daughter of Zion’ figure’s life being a good “picture” of end times events. What does the ‘Daughter of Zion’s birthing process symbolize? I will address some of her birth pains described in scripture, which prophetically and symbolically can represent:
1) Coming Chaldean-caused social unrest;
2) Coming Chaldean-caused war;
3) The “birth” of God’s people or a “nation”; or
4) The birth of a significant specific person in God’s kingdom.
The first two (#’s 1 and 2) both lead into, or are caused by, God’s wrath in the last days; the latter two (#’s 3 and 4) represent God’s deliverance of his people and his restoration of his Kingdom.
In this passage, I will examine social unrest and war (#’s 1 and 2 above) through the person who is the ‘Daughter of Zion’ and the related prophetic signs via her birth pains in these last days. (In my next passage, Part 3, I will address the deliverance and restoration of God’s people- (#’s 3 and 4 above) – through the lens of the ‘Daughter of Zion’).
Birth pains and Chaldean-caused social unrest
I have already described the anti-Christ Chaldeans on this site as a very powerful, worldwide criminal cabal. In aggregate, they are able to oppress and hold captive entire societies around the world because they “own” and control societies’ most important people (in positions of power) and institutions. They work through their dedicated army of likely hundreds of millions of people who have taken secret blood oaths and pledges of loyalty.
Scripture makes it clear that Chaldean criminal activities, tactics and false idol worship will ultimately be uncovered. In a prophecy against ‘Babylon,’ the prophet Isaiah described a “dire vision,” one he said caused his body to be, “racked with pain, pangs seized me like those of a woman in labor.” Isaiah observed, “The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot” (Is 21:2). He is describing large-scale pillaging and plundering of societies in the last days. These are the days Jesus himself described as being the “beginning of sorrows (travails)” that involve many other warning signs as well, including the persecution of his sheep. In the ‘Daughter of Zion’s country (‘Babylon’-U.S.), these travails are described further as follows:
- “Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.” (Is. 21:3)
This Chaldean criminal activity is further described by the prophet Joel, who prophetically warns a couple of times, “The day of the Lord is near.” Joel expounds on Isaiah’s vision:
- “At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale.” (Joel 2:6)
Here, Joel observes that this “army of locusts”:
- Charge like warriors
- March in line, and march straight ahead
- Plunge through defenses
- Rush upon the city and run along the wall
- Climb into houses and enter through windows (like thieves)
I mentioned before on this site that scripture describes how the anti-Christ Chaldeans are a “law unto themselves.” Their activity is the root of end times “lawlessness,” even in the western “civilized” world. Lawlessness and corruption of this magnitude in any society naturally leads to social unrest and upheaval once it is discovered or reaches a point of obvious tipping point of oppression of the particular nation’s citizens.
Furthermore, given lying, deceptive and corrupt Chaldean leadership in any country, that particular country cannot keep its obligations and promises to other countries. Its deceptive, underhanded deeds and dealings are then discovered, and this leads to conflict and war. This will be the case in the end times, especially for ‘Babylon’-U.S. and the country of Israel.
Birth pains and Chaldean-caused war
In my prior passages, I have established that God created the anti-Christ Chaldeans as a tool of judgment against his people. While the anti-Christ Chaldeans have been responsible for scattering his sheep worldwide, and exist worldwide as an organization themselves, two primary countries should be in focus in the last days- Israel and the United States. While upcoming war will be worldwide, these countries should be a focus because they hold significant population sizes of God’s people, and therefore likely have high levels of anti-Christ Chaldean persecution and war-provoking activity. This is activity that targets God’s people, but also ravages these societies at-large. It is also activity that serves to oppress other nations. Our bellwether signs learned from the ‘Daughter of Zion’ are consistent with the view that these two countries should be kept in focus.
Anti-Christ Chaldean-initiated invasion- Israel
God, in speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, warns his people Judah of upcoming judgment and captivity at the hands of the Babylonians. In describing a great army “who are coming from the north” God asks the following questions:
- “Where is the flock that was entrusted to you, the sheep of which you boasted? What will you say when the Lord sets over you those you cultivated as your special allies? Will not pain grip you like that of a woman in labor?” (Jer. 13:21)
Does the above scenario sound familiar? Recall from my last passage the ‘Daughter of Zion’ being betrayed and abandoned. Birth pains in this scenario signal a coming attack as a result of God’s judgment and “fierce anger” for the ‘Daughter of Zion’s and the country of Israel’s sinful ways.
Recall this is an ongoing spiritual war (i.e. ‘Daughter of Zion’s seed/people versus the serpent’s seed- the Chaldeans), which leads to, and manifests in, physical war. In Part 1 of the ‘Daughter of Zion’s story, I provided scripture about a spiritually empty, barren country of Israel and how, the ‘Daughter of Zion’s allies had betrayed her, and furthermore that priests and elders will perish in the city while they search for food to stay alive. Similarly, we learn that the condition of the country of Israel’s so-called “holy” leaders (i.e. kings, prophets and priests) is utterly decrepit and misguided in the last days. (See my passages about the Last Days Country of Israel). We find the following in the book Jeremiah:
- “So put on sackcloth, lament and wail, for the fierce anger of the Lord has not turned away from us. In that day, declares the Lord, the king and the officials will lose heart, the priests will be horrified, and the prophets will be appalled.” (Jer. 4:8-9)
Similarly, the prophet Isaiah describes his nation’s spiritual condition in his day, and prophetically for the last days. Isaiah continues the “birthing” analogy and laments as follows:
- “We were pregnant, we writhed in pain, we gave birth to wind. We have brought no salvation to the earth, nor brought any life into the world.” (Is. 26:18)
Unfortunately, God’s people have not been a light for themselves or for the Gentiles. They do not recognize or know their true savior Jesus Christ, and therefore are unable to preach about him to the rest of the world.
As a result of the country of Israel’s starved and ignorant spiritual condition in the last days, God turns Israel over to its own Anti-Christ Chaldean dialectic, imprisoning system. This controlling system shows those in Israel the consequences of their immoral ways. These collective ways, as a country, when uncovered by others- both (former) “allies” and enemies, will bring an invasion, described by God through the prophet Jeremiah:
- “At the sound of horsemen and archers, every town takes to flight.” (Jer 4:29)
The people of Israel will be forced to flee upon attack.
Here, the ‘Daughter of Zion’ is once again a highly important, symbolic sign that foretells the attack above. God observes her dressing up for her lovers (also symbolic for Judah-Israel’s lovers), and reminds her, “Your lovers despise you; they seek your life” (Jer. 4:30). Then, through the prophet Isaiah God observes:
- “I hear a cry of a woman in labor, a groan of one bearing her first child- the cry of the Daughter of Zion gasping for breath...” (Jer. 4:31)
And so God’s promise to/through Eve in the Garden about painful childbirth indeed carries through, including symbolically. Here, Zion must prepare to be attacked by her enemies. The child to be “born” here also has significance, but I will address this in a future passage.
Anti-Christ Chaldean-initiated invasion- ‘Babylon‘
Like the war coming on the country of Israel, as just described, so will war against the nation of ‘Babylon’ take place. (I described both of these invasions in detail in future passages). In the meantime, within our scope for this current passage, I will view the war against ‘Babylon’ through the eyes of the ‘Daughter of Zion’ and in terms of birth pains that can be attributed to her.
I described earlier in this passage how destructive anti-Christ Chaldean tactics (via Isaiah’s vision) in a society like ‘Babylon’ bring on war. In ‘Babylon,’ it is God’s own people, as I discussed in a previous passage, who “raise a banner on a hilltop” as a battle cry against the Chaldeans with the effect of the rest of the world seeing. God says:
- “I have commanded my holy ones; I have summoned my warriors to carry out my wrath- those who rejoice in my triumph.” (Is. 13:3)
This is the manifestation of the “woman’s seed” at enmity versus the serpent’s seed. Members of the holy ‘Jacob’-Judah remnant raise a “banner” as a sign of injustice and persecution. This causes an “uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together,” and it ultimately leads to an attack on the nation of ‘Babylon’ by “faraway lands” (See Is. Ch. 13).
In fact, God encourages that nation of ‘Babylon’s destruction at the hands of these nations that he uses as a vehicle for his vengeance. God says:
- “Take up your positions around Babylon, all you who draw the bow. Shoot at her. Spare no arrows; for she has sinned against the Lord.” (Is. 50:14)
God sees the Babylonian-Chaldean’s pride, frolicking and rejoicing as part of their actions in, “pillaging my (God’s) inheritance.” (Jer. 50:11)
So God eventually turns over the Babylonian-Chaldeans to their enemies to be invaded and plundered themselves. This time, as a result of God’s sovereign plan, God first uses his own people in ‘Babylon,’ and summons compliant nations. This means that the capital and foremost country of the anti-Christ Chaldean kingdom gets invaded. It will then be the Chaldean leaders and their people- living in a land of luxuries- who are gripped by terror and, “writhe in pain like that of a woman in labor” (Is 13:8). Leaders in the nation of ‘Babylon’-U.S., we are told, react as follows:
- “The king of Babylon has heard reports about them, and his hands hang limp. Anguish has gripped him, pain like that of a woman in labor.” (Jer 50:43)
Note again the significance of birth pains to the last days situation in the nation of ‘Babylon.’ There is a strong link between the ‘Daughter of Zion’ and ‘Babylon,’ just as there is with our other end times figures. I will discuss Zion’s direct link in more detail in my next passage, Part 3.
God will take vengeance on behalf of his people in these last days. Watch the U.S. and the country of Israel closely as these societies continue to unravel and become increasingly perplexed as a result of being caught in an anti-Christ Chaldean “trap” and “web” of crime, oppression and imprisonment that they, themselves, have long participated in and supported. Their own “system” now comes back to haunt them.
With this relatively ominous news now out of the way, my next passage (Part 3) will also provide some good news- that is, God’s deliverance of his people and the restoration of his Kingdom.
Grace & Peace,
Lion’s Lair (LL)