— Jehovah B’Kerev Harets —
“The LORD in the midst of the earth”
This name of the Lord is the unquenchable longing of all the saints of the Lord, as was written in Isaiah 26:8,9, “Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” So it was, that when the beloved of the Lord, in their generation waited upon the Lord, or desired Him in their innermost soul, or would painfully remember Him, they would be filled with a sober reflection, and due consideration of His judgments “IN THE EARTH”!
In ancient days, men would bethink themselves of all of the acts which the Lord once did in the Exodus Generation — and for good reason! For it was here first, in the field of Zoan (Psa. 78:12,43), that the Lord first declared his intention in “smiting” the Egyptians and “sealing” the Hebrews, namely, “to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth (i.e. Jehovah B’Kerev Harets)” (Exo. 8:22)! Asaph, a companion of David in all of his wanderings, a true prophet, remembered God thus in Psa. 77 & 78. This was a heartbreaking experience to the man, for the works of the Lord seen in that former time were not seen in his! This caused the man of God to intercede… till the Lord answered! The longing was that the Lord’s works would be known once more in the earth — not only in heaven!
This is manifested in His righteous judgments filling the earth, to an inescapable degree, even as it was in the days when the Lord “came down” (Exo. 3:8), and laid siege against His enemies: the land of Egypt. The Lord then declared that this was the one intention He had in thus judging in Egypt, that all would know His name is: Jehovah B’Kerev Harets! BEHOLD THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM!
Thus in the grand finale of redemptive history, when two witnesses shall arise, as long ago in the land of Egypt (doubtless in response to the “affliction, cry, and sorrows”, Exo 3:7, of His people in that hour), doing works and wonders comparable only to Moses, Aaron, and Elijah! Again, it was in both the Lord’s smiting & sealing, by which He was made famous as the Lord in the midst of the earth! And so shall it be in the end of the world! Every man will be brought into irresistible awareness of the Lord all about them: seeing their works, directing their steps, guiding the bullets, and heavy artillery, ordaining every plague, commanding every world ruler — ALL for better or worse! No more will the scorn of the apostates doctrine reign supreme over God’s heritage any more, to wit, “The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth” (Ezek. 8:12; 9:9)!
Yet, in this final hour, it will not be in the one single geographical location of Egypt only, but a worldwide working of His might power, in the judgments which he shall execute to save and to destroy, to smite and to heal, to take captive and to liberate! O what glory awaits on this Day to which those hasten who hear the joyful sound ringing, as it is written, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” The unstoppable progress of His kingdom, and majesty over all things, will cause the world to confess, indisputably, “He is the LORD in the midst the earth, and shall surely be LORD of the whole earth!”