Some reality talk about the Second Coming of Christ
8 For thus said the Lord of hosts, he sent me after glory to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye: 9 “Behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they shall become plunder for those who served them. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me.
Some translations pick “after his glory sent me” awkwardly rather than “he sent my after glory”. In hindsight, we come to a better understanding of the proper translation in 2020. It is because the Lord has already fulfilled how He brought the incarnate manner the son of man to glory from death. Let’s check out the interlinear translations.
New International Version
For this is what the LORD Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you–for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye–
New Living Translation
After a period of glory, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies sent me against the nations who plundered you. For he said, “Anyone who harms you harms my most precious possession.
English Standard Version
For thus said the LORD of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye:
Berean Study Bible
For this is what the LORD of Hosts says: “After His Glory has sent Me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of His eye—
New American Standard Bible
For thus says the LORD of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.
New King James Version
For thus says the LORD of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.
King James Bible
For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.
“Being sent after glory”, back then in 536 BC it did not make much sense in the mindset of the translators in the 16th century. I am not sure what kind of theology they held about the Second Coming of Christ. A certain amillennial approach would deny His coming to reign on earth for 1,000 years. It in fact refers to the Messiah coming first as a son of man, receiving glory in His resurrection, thus taking up His kingdom of heaven and earth as the Reigning Messiah as the son of man in glory. This is prophetically pointing to Christ coming in the Second Coming to deal with all the malevolent members against Israel.
The Almighty gave the diviner Bil’am plenty of years to repent from his crooked ways. Beginning in Numbers 22, he entered the canon with a fantastic journey showing signs and wonders.
בִּלְעָם, Bilʻam) is a diviner in the Torah. Bil’am is a type of ministers today in the Church. He is relevant only because the Lord Y’shua mentions him to the Churches in the Church Age. He is reviled as a “wicked man” in both the Torah and the New Testament (2 Peter 2:15, Jude 1:11, Revelation 2:14). Balaam refused to speak what God did not speak and would not curse the Israelites, even though King Balak of Moab offered him money to do so (Numbers 22–24). But Bil’am’s error and the source of his wickedness came from sabotaging the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land.
Today there are many social media Christian personalities and church ministers who sabotage your blessing in reaching the Promised Paradise. They do so just as Christ warned in Revelation 2. These are those today who push eating at the table of idols upon Christians and they also push sexual immorality or condone it in the Churches.
14But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. 15So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16Therefore repent.
According to Revelation (Revelation 2:14), Balaam told King Balak how to get the Israelites to commit sin by enticing them with sexual immorality and food sacrificed to idols. The Israelites fell into transgression due to these traps and God sent a deadly plague to them as a result (Numbers 31:16).
When Bil’am did not repent given the years that he had to, the Lord’s protection departed from Bil’am and the sword dropped on him in Numbers 31-
8 They killed the kings of Midian with the rest of their slain, Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian. And they also killed Balaam the son of Beor with the sword.
Moses was instructed to assembly one thousand warriors from every tribe to form a 12,000 (note that number in Revelation 7) strong army to take down the opponents of Yisrael. Yisrael is said in Zechariah to be “the apple of the eye of YHVH” (an idiom that means high sensitivity).
8 For thus said the Lord of hosts, after his glory sent me[b] to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye: 9 “Behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they shall become plunder for those who served them. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me.
The “Me” is in reference to the Messiah in His Second Coming. He will exact judgment on all who oppose Yisrael. He will exact judgement with the sword that proceeds out of His mouth upon all who practice Bil’am upon the Church. In Revelation 19 we learn the following sword, as in the sword that killed Bil’am in B’Midvar 31 as a foreshadow of the prophecies of the Messiah.
11Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13He is clothed in a robe dipped inb blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rulec them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.