THE CEDAR IN LEBANON
Ezekiel, chapter 31.
I will be as the dew unto Israel. He shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as (a Cedar in) LEBANON...(Hosea 14:5).
"The 'trees of Lebanon' denotes the Trees which the Holy One uprooted and planted in another place, as it is written: 'The cedars of Lebanon which he planted.' (Psalm 104:16), (Ezekiel 17:3,4). Zohar III.127b; Amos 2:9.
My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon into the Sea. And I will convey them by Sea in floats unto the place thou shalt appoint me...(If there is place named Lebanon in the East it is because the name was brought there from its original place in Central Europe, and because there is also a place named Lebanon in the West)....(1 Kings 5:9)...
Behold, the Assyrian was a Cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs..
The Cedars in the Garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chestnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the Garden of God was like unto him in his beauty...(Ezekiel,chapter 31).
Ye shall know them by their fruits...(Matthew 7: 15-20).
"Lebanon denotes the ringleader." Commentary on Isaiah, The Dead Sea Scriptures, by Theodor H. Gaster, p.307.
O Assyrian, rod of mine anger...(Isaiah 10). (Micah, chapter 4 to 5:6).
I will break the Assyrian (the World leader) in my land...(Isaiah 14:25).
Now the axe is laid to the Root of the Tree...(Matthew 3:10).
"When the Lord hath brought to completion that which He means to do on Mt. Zion and Jerusalem, I will then call to account the king of Assyria for the fruit of his arrogant heart and the pride of his haughty looks. For see what he has been saying: my own brain and brawn (for Oh how clever I am) I have accomplished it all--He has shifted the bounds of the people and rifled their stores.
The reference is to the annihilation of Babylon. The bounds of the people are the statutory laws of (God's) people, which (the man of lies) summarily sets aside: while the rifling of the stores refers to the deception which he practices on the masses." Commentary on chapter 10 of Isaiah, The Dead Sea Scriptures.