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The Antichrist by Arthur W. Pink

17. The Nail

|In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall the Nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the Lord hath spoken it| (Isa.22:25). The last ten verses of this chapter should be read carefully. They furnish a striking foreshadowment of the End-time. Shebna was holding some office over (note |government| in v.21) Israel. Apparently he was a usurper. God announced that he should be set aside in shame, and the man of His choice -- Eliakim -- should take his place. These historical figures merge into prophetic characters. In v.22 we read that God says, |And the key of the house of David will lay upon His shoulder, so He shall open, and none shall shut; and He shall shut, and none shall open.| As we know from Rev.3:7 this refers to none other than the Lord Jesus, and of Him it is here said, |And I will fasten Him as a Nail in a sure place; and He shall be for a glorious throne to His father's house| (v.23). Then, in the closing verse of the chapter we read, |In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall the Nail that is fastened in a sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall.| Just as Eliakim foreshadowed Christ, so Shebna pointed forward to the Antichrist; and just as in v.23 we have a prophecy announcing the establishment of Messiah's Kingdom, so in v.25 we have foretold the overthrow of the false messiah's kingdom.
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