Archive for July 15th, 2017

This chapter is largely about what happens when the Lord returns in His second coming. From verse 1, Isaiah is talking to all nations. Gods judgment has now moved from Sennacherib in the previous chapter, to the whole earth and the time of the Great Tribulation. This will be a time which will be worse than anyone has ever seen (v.2). Isaiah talks about the stench of the corpses and the mountains flowing with blood, and then says that heaven will rot away and the skies will roll up like a scroll, the “host of heaven will fall as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree.” This verse is echoed in Revelation 6 verse 13 when John is talking about the Great Tribulation.

Isaiah uses Edom, the traditional enemies of Israel, as a picture for those who are enemies of God, and their land as a picture of Armageddon and how it will be after the great battle there. Isaiah says in verse 8 “the Lord has a day of vengeance and a year of recompense for the cause of Zion”, in other words He will fight this battle for His people and the land will be laid waste. Then animals of the wilderness will inhabit this deserted land: hawk, jackals, ostriches, hyenas, satyrs, owls and kites. Satyrs (in some translations) are a mystical animal, the Hebrew word for owls is ‘the daughters of screaming’ and for jackals is ‘the howling ones’, so there is a possibility that these animals represent demonic powers that will fill space no one else can live in.

The comforting thing about this passage is that the Lord will bring about vengeance against His enemies and our enemies; we don’t have to do anything, the Lord will look after it all. The Lord defends His people and brings judgment against those who stand against His own. If we are children of God then we need never fear about those who attack us and our faith. God will deal with all that. We just have to do as He commands us, and leave the rest to Him. It might seem sometimes, that those who do bad things are getting away with what they do, but be assured, the Lord sees it all and will take vengeance for us. Matthew 5:44 says, “love your enemies and pray for those who despitefully use you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven”. Let us leave it all to God today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Father God, help me to follow Your ways, and trust You to act in vengeance for me. Amen.

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