New Defender's Study Bible Notes
28:1 above all nations. This magnanimous promise (conditional in part) was implicit in God’s original promise to Abraham. Because of Israel’s disobedience, it has been set aside in the present age. Nevertheless, it will ultimately be fulfilled when Israel as a nation turns back to the one true God of creation and redemption, the Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 2:2-4; Zechariah 14:9,17).
28:25 all the kingdoms of the earth. This prophecy was literally fulfilled when the Romans finally destroyed the city and the temple, and the people were carried away into all nations (Luke 21:24). It was precursively and partially fulfilled in the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities.
28:35 sore botch. A severe ulcer or tumor in the skin.
28:37 a proverb, and a byword. Here is another prophecy dealing with Israel, remarkably fulfilled over a thousand years later. Not only was it continuously fulfilled during the almost 1900 years when the people of Israel had no homeland, but even with the establishment of the nation of Israel in 1948, Israel continues to be “an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword among all nations.” In addition, most of its people worldwide continue to believe in the evolutionary “gods” of nature.
28:49 a nation against thee. This prophecy was fulfilled in part by the cruel nation of Assyria, then Babylonia, but ultimately by the mighty Roman empire.
28:53 of thine own body. This desperate descent into cannibalism actually occurred, one such instance being recorded in the siege of Samaria by the Syrians (II Kings 6:26-29).
28:66 none assurance of thy life. During their long exile, the people of Israel would be subject to severe persecution in many nations. This prophecy also has been literally fulfilled, again and again, even into modern times (e.g., the Nazi holocaust), with apparently more yet to come in the last days, during the great tribulation.
28:68 Egypt again with ships. This was literally fulfilled when the Romans destroyed the city of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Thousands of Jews were indeed deported to Egypt in ships as slaves.