Describing Israel as “the people of light”, Netanyahu evokes the prophecy of Isaiah 60

“We are the people of light, they are the people of darkness – and light shall triumph over darkness” (ref. 1), said Benjamin Netanyahu today during an address to the nation of Israel about the unfolding war against Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, and the like. He went on, “It is now a time to come together for one purpose to storm ahead to achieve victory in joint with joint forces and a profound belief in justice, a profound belief in the eternity of the Jewish people. We shall realize the prophecy of Isaiah”. (ref. 1)

This is not the first time that Netanyahu has describe this unfolding war as one between light and darkness. The last time, however, it was a tweet and the PM’s office subsequently deleted that tweet after backlash from social media (ref. 2). This one comes after my last post wherein I explain the prophecy of Isaiah 61, that Judah will in due time become anointed and holy, that they might be called “trees of righteousness”.

Notice in his remarks, Netanyahu mentioned “a profound belief in justice.” In Hebrew, the word “justice” is צדק “tzedek”, which also literally means “righteousness”. Righteousness, of course, is an epithet for Jesus Christ.

Netanyahu also spoke of “the eternity of the Jewish people” (ref. Joel 3:20), which is something else that I covered.

So you see, this is the sort of thing that Isaiah 49:7 says would happen in these last days concerning the servant of Isaiah 49: “Kings shall see and arise”.

… Kings [leaders of nations] shall see and arise, princes [saints, the 144000] also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee [the servant of Isaiah 49, me].

Isaiah 49:7

As for “the prophecy of Isaiah” that Netanyahu spoke of – the idea that Israel and Judah are the people of light, and that light will triumph over darkness – that must be Isaiah 60:1-3.

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Isaiah 60:1-3

So the light in this context is the Messiah and King of Zion himself, Jesus Christ, who is one with God the Father.

So after the day of the LORD, when the kingdom of God is established (ref. Revelation 19:11-21, Isaiah 66:8, Isaiah 10:21) and after the remnant of Judah has been made holy (ref. Joel 2:28-29, etc), the whole world will begin to see Zion and also Jews differently.

For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

Isaiah 60:12-15

For, thereafter, every nation that joins “the commonwealth of Israel” will be blessed, and every nation that opposes the King of kings and his kingdom will be cursed (ref. Genesis 12:3).

Concerning the unfolding war, this final war of mankind that will culminate at Armageddon, whatever the government of Israel and the IDF decide instinctively is almost certainly right, because in all likelihood Israel in these last days is being guided by an angel of God, if not by God himself. So, never mind what the United Nations thinks, or what the Geneva Conventions say. Eventually the organisation that is the UN will be dissolved, and Geneva is not neutral either.

Towards the end of these last days, and this is before Jesus Christ and the army of the saints, there will be considerable glory for the IDF. The IDF will be strong enough to even seize parts of at least 2 neighbouring nations, to help secure the promised land.

In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD [the archangel Michael] before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Zechariah 12:6-9

All of Gaza also is to be taken.

For Gaza shall be forsaken… Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant… And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah…

Zephaniah 2:4-7

For sure, the days of Hamas are numbered. The IDF will do things, and achieve their objectives. This is necessary for the immediate security of the Negev. And then on the day of the LORD, the saints of God and the angels of God will destroy the remainder of all of Gaza.

… thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast. And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.

Ezekiel 25:16-17

In one day, the day of the LORD, all of the promised land will be taken.

And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;

Isaiah 10:17

Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

Isaiah 66:8

In regard to the end of Hamas, notice that Isaiah 60:18 specifically mentions the Hebrew word “hamas”, as in “violence”. There is also “gates”, which is something else that Netanyahu brought up in his address.

Violence [in Hebrew literally “hamas”] shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

Isaiah 60:18

So, in this unfolding holy war, rest assured that good shall prevail over evil, and light shall triumph over darkness.


1. Shannon Vavra (25 October 2023), “Netanyahu Evokes Religious Prophecy in Israel-Gaza War Speech”, thedailybeast.com

2. Bhagyasree Sengupta (26 October 2023), “Israeli PM Netanyahu’s office deletes children of darkness post after social media outcry”, republicworld.com