The coming invasion

In listing out prominent words of end-time narratives in the prophets an interesting pattern based on the Hebrew parent root רב emerged:

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#7227 adj רַב rab, רַבָּ֔ה rabbah “abundant, many” Gen. 7:11 (the deep of the abundant)
#7231 verb רַבב rabab “to become many” “those who hate me” Psalm 25:19, Psalm 3:1, 38:19, 69:4, Jer. 46:20-24; “transgressions/apostasies” Jer. 5:6, 14:7
#7228 noun רַב rab “archer” Job 16:13, Jer. 50:29
#7232 verb רַבב rabab “to shoot or multiply (actively)” Psalm 18:4
#6150 verb עָרַב arab “become evening, grow dark” Can’t tell the difference between light and dark
#6148 verb עָרַב arab “to exchange, give in pledge, braid, mix” Ezra 9:2, Psalm 106:35
#6154 noun עֵרֶב areb “mixed people” Exodus 12:38
#6152 noun עֲרָב arab “Arabia” 1 Kin. 10:15, 2 Chron. 9:14, Isa. 21:13, Jeremiah 25:24, Eze. 27:21
#6153 noun עֶרֶב ereb “evening, sunset” Psalm 90:6
#4628 noun מַעֲרָב maarab “west” Isaiah 45:6, Psalm 107:3
#2724 noun חָרָבָה charabah “desert” Gen. 7:22, Ex. 14:21, Josh. 3:17, 4:18, 2 Kin. 2:8
#6158 noun עֹרֵב oreb “raven” Gen. 8:7, Lev. 11:15, 1 Kin. 17:4-6, Job 38:41, Ps. 147:9, Prov. 30:17, Songs 5:11, Isa. 34:11
#2717 verb חָרַב charab “to desolate, lay waste” Gen. 8:13, Isa. 34:10, Jer. 2:12, Eze. 26:2
#699 noun אֲרֻבָּה arubbah “lattice window” or “floodgate” Gen. 7:11, 8:2, Isa. 24:18, Hos. 13:3
#7241 noun רָבִיב rebibim “abundant showers” Ps. 72:6, Jer. 3:3, 14:2, Micah 5:7 “the remnant”
#6161 noun עֲרֻבָּה arubbah “a pledge” Prov. 17:18
#7257 verb רָבַץ rabats “to crouch down” (as an animal) Gen. 4:7, 29:2, 49:9,14; Num. 22:27, Isa. 13:21
#7251 verb רָבַע raba “to square”
#7253 noun רָבַע reba “a fourth part”
#702 אַרְבַּע arba “four”
#7250 noun רָבַע raba “mate” as with an animal Lev. 18:23, 19:19, 20:16 only

For more on Hebrew two-letter parent roots:, Gesenius Stems and Roots, Bi-literal origin of roots.

Thoughts are inevitably turned to a number of possibilities, but also realities. This word theme is no mistake or accident. But we also know it teaches us a spiritual theme–a spiritual Arabia, spiritual desert, spiritual mixing, spiritual wasteland, etc. It teaches that light mixing with darkness is bad, adulterous, idolatrous, abominable, and it angers the Lord.

Yet, what are we to make of the obvious “Arabia” designation to the entire theme? What of the fact that it is also used by God to mean west and sunset, when Arabia was not ever west of Israel? Or is God revealing some of his foreknowledge with us about what is to come?