Habakkuk prophesied prior to the first exile. In Habakkuk 1, He prophesied of the pending attack by the Chaldeans. Habakkuk had a question or almost a complaint about what was happening. As things developed in Habakkuk 1, his question became how long until You return and righteousness reigns. In Habakkuk 2, he receives the answer to his question and much more. Habakkuk is a message that is for more than just the Israelites of Habakkuk’s time period; it is message for all time periods. It is something the believers of today should take to heart and fully apply to their walk.
1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say to me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved (concerning my question).
Habakkuk is waiting to hear from Yehovah. He tells us that God put him on a strong tower and that he will watch. The second watch in Habakkuk 2:1 comes from the Hebrew word צָפָה tsaphah (H6822). It means to lean forward such that one would peer into the distance. Habakkuk is waiting to hear from Yehovah in a vision, prophesy.
Habakkuk had several concerns that he had voiced previously. Starting with Habakkuk 1:2
2 Yehovah how long shall I cry, and You will not hear! Cry out to You violence, and You will not save!
It seems that Habakkuk has been calling out to Yehovah for a while about the violence that has been occurring. Violence in this case denotes injustice. However, Yehovah has not answered Habakkuk. He continues in Habakkuk 1:3-4.
3 Why do You show me iniquity, and cause to behold iniquity? For spoiling and violence before me: and there are raise up strife and contention. 4 Therefore the Torah is slacked, and judgment does never go forth: for the wicked does compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceeds.
Habakkuk sees violence and contention. The Torah is not followed and justice is twisted. He wants to know how long will this continue. As Habakkuk 1 continues, the Chaldeans are raised up to march against the land of Israel. This comes as a judgment against Israel, because they rebelled against Yehovah. Habakkuk now cries out, will Israel survive?
This is a cry we should all be crying today. Are there any righteous? Romans 3:10-12
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understand, there is none that seek after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.
That does not mean that we cannot do good, Matthew 6:33.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Now is the time to seek with all our heart. So that we can answer, how may I server You?
2 And Yehovah answered me, and said, write the vision, and make plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it. 3 For the vision yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Yehovah answers Habakkuk. He tells Habakkuk to write the vision on tablets. This will make it more permanent and seen by many. It is to be declared among the people, not just Habakkuk’s generation, but for all time.
Habakkuk’s vision is for an appointed time. However, the message is for all time. It is a message that we should hasten to. Yet it is a message of patience and longsuffering. It is a call to righteousness. And now is the time to listen and obey the message.
4 Behold, his soul is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Those that exalt themselves are not righteous, but the righteous one will live by faith. This is quoted in Romans 1:17.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Today, we are not to live by our own strength or wits. A believer is to live by faith. We are to go from faith to faith. If we would do that, we would build our faith as a mustard seed. This is our measure of faith, Romans 12:3
3 For I say, through the grace (charis) given to me, to every man that is among you, not to think more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.
But there is another faith we live by. It is “The Faith”. Jude expresses this in Jude 3.
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write to you, and exhort that should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints.
This is the faith that is the total knowledge and doctrine of God. It is an unchanging faith. It is the basis for everything a believer says and does. It is something we must protect and guard against those who would change it. If this is not secure in us, then our measure of faith will not be faith at all. It will be vain. We must know our faith if we are to live by faith.
5 Yes also, because he transgresses by wine, a proud man, neither keeps at home, who enlarges his desire as sheol, and as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathers to him all nations, and heaps to him all people:
It is interesting in this verse that it starts out with “he”. This makes sense based on the word man. Man comes from the Hebrew word גֶּבֶר geber (H1397). It is in the Bible 68 times. גֶּבֶר geber (H1397) is translated man 64 times, mighty 2 times, man child 1 time and every one 1 time. It refers to a valiant man or warrior. It’s root meaning is strong man, warrior emphasizing strength or ability to fight.
Later in this verse there are words that would indicate the use of feminine pronouns. This is at the discretion of the translator. What is important to understand here is that conceptually neither is wrong. Throughout Habakkuk 2, there is a discussion that sometimes relate to Satan, strong man and other times to the Great Whore or Harlot, Babylon. These are not mutually exclusive. Satan employs the Great Harlot to accomplish his means. As such, within the discussion of Habakkuk 2; both Satan and the Great Whore will be discussed within the boundaries of the Hebrew intent.
These that lift up their own souls, who are puffed up, transgress because of wine. This is not the wine of the vine, it is the wine of the harlot, Revelation 17:1-2.
1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying to me, Come hither; I will show to you the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
This is the spiritual realization of the physical Chaldeans. The Chaldeans were Babylonians. The Great Whore is the Harlot Church. It is Babylon in the scriptures. The wine is the doctrine of the harlot. It will cause believers and non-believers alike to be spiritually drunk. If one spends too much time under her influence, they will be like those in Isaiah 5:20-23.
20 Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe to wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! 22 Woe to mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: 23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
This man, his desires grow, but are never satisfied. He has gathered all nations to him to serve him, but it will not be enough. Just as in Proverbs 27:20.
20 Sheol and destruction are never full; So the eyes of man are never satisfied.
They will continue to gather to themselves, but will never be satisfied. As opposed to believers, those in the Kingdom of God, Proverbs 13:25.
25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, woe to him that increases not his! how long? and to him that loads himself with thick clay!
Now the vision is shifted and judgment has come against Satan and Babylon.
These load up with clay. This is not physical, it is spiritual clay, Isaiah 64:8.
8 But now, Yehovah, You our Father; we the clay, and You our potter; and we all the work of Your hand.
The clay that is being referred to in Habakkuk 2:6 is the people of the earth. Babylon cannot be satisfied until all is hers. All nation will serve, but she will still not be satisfied.
7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex you, and you shall be for booties to them? 8 Because you have spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
Suddenly, a force unbeknownst to Babylon will rise up and bite Babylon, Ezekiel 28:7-8.
7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon you, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, and they shall defile your brightness. 8 They shall bring you down to the pit (shachath), and you shall die the deaths of slain in the midst of the seas.
Babylon will not see it coming. Babylon has caused too much pain and sorrow. It has caused men to sin and unrest in the land.
9 Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil! 10 You have consulted shame to your house by cutting off many people, and have sinned thy soul. 11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.
The prophesy continues against Babylon. He thought that he could set his home far above those he had corrupted. But the stone, the people will cry out and disrupt the walls. It is built on wood that will not survive the fire. The fire that comes from the rising sun that brings the fires of Baptism and the restitution of the land.
12 Woe to him that builds a town with blood, and establishes a city by iniquity! 13 Behold, not of Yehovah of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?
Town and city come from two different Hebrew words. However, both are referring to Babylon. It is built on blood of the people. The blood represents the sins of the people. These people believers and non-believers alike, who unknowingly serve the harlot thinking they serve God. However, they are under the influence of the wine of her fornication. That is why it is established on iniquity. So many think that they are out of Babylon, but only take it with them. Just because one changes a few things, it does not change the foundation. Many observe the doctrines of the harlot. God is not looking for a partial change, He wants to remake us into something completely different, a new creation. Until one goes back to the pure word, they are under the influence of the harlot.
14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Yehovah, as the waters cover the sea.
The influence of the Harlot and Babylon will only go on for so long. We are quickly approaching the day when the knowledge of Yehovah will fill all the earth. This prophesy goes all the ways back to Moses in Numbers 14:21 and to the very beginning.
21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of Yehovah.
There is a time coming when all will know the glory of Yehovah. This will happen in the Restitution of All Things. But for now, we must contend with Babylon and fight for the righteousness of Yehovah and contend for His Faith.
15 Woe to him that gives his neighbor drink, that puts your bottle to and makes drunken also, that thou may look on their nakedness! 16 You are filled with shame for glory: drink you also, and let your foreskin be uncovered: the cup of Yehovah’s right hand shall be turned to thee, and shameful spewing on your glory.
The worst part of all this. Those who are under the influence of the harlot, they are spreading the spiritual drunkenness throughout the lands. They feed it to others who do not know any better. Those who spread it think they are doing the work of Yehovah. They are spiritually drunk.
They claim it will uncover the foreskin and it is spiritual circumcision. But it is no circumcision at all. It actually inoculates others against the truth. They are naked. Yet those that spread it claim they are those of Isaiah 61:10.
10 I will greatly rejoice in Yehovah, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decked with ornaments, and as a bride adorned with her jewels.
They spread a lie founded in dead works. Not only are these uncovered, but they have no circumcision. They are as naked as the day they were born.
The cup that is being referred to is the same as the one in Psalm 75:7-8.
7 But Redeemer the judge: He puts down one, and sets up another. 8 For in the hand of Yehovah a cup, and the wine is red; It is full of mixture; and He pours out of the same: But the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring out, drink.
The right hand is Yeshua who is bringing judgment on these. Their end is coming. They will have to either get in line with righteousness or they will not survive into eternity. For they are neither clothed nor circumcised.
17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover you, and the spoil of beasts, made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. 18 What profits the graven image that the maker thereof has graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusts therein, to make dumb idols? 19 Woe to him that says to the wood, awake; to the dumb stone, arise, it shall teach! behold, it laid over with gold and silver, and no breath at all in the midst of it.
Yehovah is taking them to task at this point. He is telling them that all their idols will be of no value, they are merely things of the earth. They never could help those who put their trust in them. It was a lie from the beginning.
20 But Yehovah in His holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
This should bring to mind Psalm 11.
To the chief Musician, of David.
1 In Yehovah put I my trust: how say to my soul, flee as a bird to your mountain?
2 For, lo, the wicked bend bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.
3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
4 Yehovah in His holy temple, Yehovah’s throne in heaven: His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the children of men.
5 Yehovah tries the righteous: but the wicked and him that loves violence His soul hates.
6 Upon the wicked He shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: the portion of their cup.
7 For the righteous Yehovah loves righteousness; His countenance does behold the upright.
The prophesy against the strongman, Babylon and the great whore is coming. We need to faithfully wait patiently for the appointed time. In the mean time, we live by faith knowing that Yehovah’s word does not go forth void, Isaiah 55:6-11.
6 Seek Yehovah while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return to Yehovah, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our Redeemer, for He will abundantly pardon. 8 For My thoughts not your thoughts, neither your ways My ways, says Yehovah. 9 For the heavens are higher than the lands, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not there, but waters the lands, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper whereto I sent it.
We need to realize that time is shorter than we think. Although, the prophecy tells us that it is coming at an appointed time. That appointed time is quickly approaching. It is time to repent and turn towards Yehovah with all our hearts and all our souls and all our might. We are to answer the call of Revelation 18:4.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, come out of her, My people, that you be not partakers of her sins, And that you receive not of her plagues.
Now more than ever, it is time to put off the works of darkness. It is time to return to the faith of the First Century, righteousness. The one that Yeshua gave to the Apostles who wrote of it. If, we want to fully share in the glory that is about to fill all the lands.
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