ISAIAH CHAPTER 13 an introduction
THIS study IS A COMPENDIUM OF PERSONAL THOUGHTS, BIBLE STUDY, AND SOME CROSS REFERENCES.
The following is an introduction
In Isaiah Chapter 13 there are prophecies that will happen in the next hundred or so years after they were preached, while others are for a time in the distant future. We are close to those future events still to be revealed.
This INCREDIBLE PROPHECY concerning God’s future destruction of Babylon is realized in the fact that Babylon was under Assyrian control when Isaiah preached it. At that time, Babylon wasn’t even considered to be a remote threat.
You read that right!
Babylon wasn’t even considered a potential threat to Jerusalem, or anyone else for that mater, in Isaiah’s day!!!
HERE ARE SOME FACTS ON BABYLON
Babylon is mentioned 287 times in the Scriptures. That’s more than any other city except Jerusalem which is mentioned 814 times.
I am using the King James Bible therefore when I say, “Babylon is mentioned 287 times in the Scriptures” I am referencing the King James Bible. That is the Bible God uses and Satan hates. I have no idea how many times “Babylon” is in those deceptive other modern Bible translations such as the ASV, NIV, GOOD NEWS FOR MODERN MAN, NKJV, and all the hundred plus other ones. Don’t care either.
BABYLON THROUGHOUT THE AGES
“the name Babylon is associated with organized idolatry, blasphemy and the persecution of God’s people. In the New Testament, the worlds system of the last days is characterized both religiously and commercially as Babylon (Revelation 17 and 18). Therefore, Babylon is a “Suitable representation . . . of the idolatrous, pagan world-system in opposition to God.” (Martin)
There are only two governments in the world; God’s government and the Babylonian, which is Lucifer’s government.
the capital of God’s government before the cross was the JEWISH TEMPLE which was located in Jerusalem. It once stood where the Muslim Dome of the Rock now stands. The Jewish temple will be rebuilt just before the seven-year tribulation begins or just after the clock begins its end-game countdown. One reason for that is the rapture removes the Church, resulting in the Temple once again being the seat of God’s government.
AFTER THE CROSS GOD GOVERNS THROUGH HIS CHURCHES.
CHURCHES is not a typo. D. L. Moody said that there is no universal invisible Church on the earth. I believe the Scriptures support that and I hope you do also.
All of today’s governments are BABYLONIAN GOVERNMENTS – including ours.
There are many different types of governments all of which are a form of Babylon Luciferian religion.
absolute monarchy – a form of government where the monarch rules unhindered, i.e., without any laws, constitution or legally organized opposition.
Anarchy – a condition of lawlessness brought about by the absence of governmental authority.
Authoritarian – a form of government in which state authority is imposed onto many aspects of citizens’ lives.
Commonwealth – a nation, state or other political entity founded on law and united by a compact of the people for the common good.
Communist – a system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single — often authoritarian — party holds power; state controls are imposed with the elimination of private ownership of property or capital while claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people (i.e., a classless society).
Confederacy (Confederation) – a union by compact or treaty between states, provinces or territories that creates a central government with limited powers; the constituent entities retain supreme authority over all matters except those delegated to the central government.
Constitutional – a government by or operating under an authoritative document (constitution) that sets forth the system of fundamental laws and principles that determines the nature, functions and limits of that government.
Constitutional democracy – a form of government in which the sovereign power of the people is spelled out in a governing constitution.
Constitutional monarchy – a system of government in which a monarch is guided by a constitution whereby his/her rights, duties, and responsibilities are spelled out in written law or by custom.
Democracy – a form of government in which the supreme power is retained by the people, but which is usually exercised indirectly through a system of representation and delegated authority periodically renewed.
Democratic republic – a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them.
Dictatorship – a form of government in which a ruler or small clique wield absolute power (not restricted by a constitution or laws).
Ecclesiastical – a government administrated by a church.
Emirate – similar to a monarchy or sultanate, a government in which the supreme power is in the hands of an emir (the ruler of a Muslim state); the emir may be an absolute overlord or a sovereign with constitutionally limited authority.
Federal (Federation) – a form of government in which sovereign power is formally divided — usually by means of a constitution — between a central authority and a number of constituent regions (states, colonies or provinces) so that each region retains some management of its internal affairs; differs from a confederacy in that the central government exerts influence directly upon both individuals as well as upon the regional units.
Federal republic – a state in which the powers of the central government are restricted and in which the component parts (states, colonies, or provinces) retain a degree of self-government; ultimate sovereign power rests with the voters who chose their governmental representatives.
Islamic republic – a particular form of government adopted by some Muslim states; although such a state is, in theory, a theocracy, it remains a republic, but its laws are required to be compatible with the laws of Islam.
Maoism – the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism developed in China by Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung), which states that a continuous revolution is necessary if the leaders of a communist state are to keep in touch with the people.
Marxism – the political, economic and social principles espoused by 19th century economist Karl Marx; he viewed the struggle of workers as a progression of historical forces that would proceed from a class struggle of the proletariat (workers) exploited by capitalists (business owners), to a socialist “dictatorship of the proletariat,” to, finally, a classless society — Communism.
Marxism-Leninism – an expanded form of communism developed by Vladimir Lenin from doctrines of Karl Marx; Lenin saw imperialism as the final stage of capitalism and shifted the focus of workers’ struggle from developed to underdeveloped countries.
Monarchy – a government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch who reigns over a state or territory, usually for life and by hereditary right; the monarch may be either a sole absolute ruler or a sovereign – such as a king, queen or prince – with constitutionally limited authority.
Oligarchy – a government in which control is exercised by a small group of individuals whose authority generally is based on wealth or power.
Parliamentary democracy – a political system in which the legislature (parliament) selects the government – a prime minister, premier or chancellor along with the cabinet ministers – according to party strength as expressed in elections; by this system, the government acquires a dual responsibility: to the people as well as to the parliament.
Parliamentary government (Cabinet-Parliamentary government) – a government in which members of an executive branch (the cabinet and its leader – a prime minister, premier or chancellor) are nominated to their positions by a legislature or parliament, and are directly responsible to it; this type of government can be dissolved at will by the parliament (legislature) by means of a no-confidence vote or the leader of the cabinet may dissolve the parliament if it can no longer function.
Parliamentary monarchy – a state headed by a monarch who is not actively involved in policy formation or implementation (i.e., the exercise of sovereign powers by a monarch in a ceremonial capacity); true governmental leadership is carried out by a cabinet and its head – a prime minister, premier or chancellor – who are drawn from a legislature (parliament).
Presidential – a system of government where the executive branch exists separately from a legislature (to which it is generally not accountable).
Republic – a representative democracy in which the people’s elected deputies (representatives), not the people themselves, vote on legislation.
Socialism – a government in which the means of planning, producing and distributing goods is controlled by a central government that theoretically seeks a more just and equitable distribution of property and labor; in actuality, most socialist governments have ended up being no more than dictatorships over workers by a ruling elite.
Sultanate – similar to a monarchy, a government in which the supreme power is in the hands of a sultan (the head of a Muslim state); the sultan may be an absolute ruler or a sovereign with constitutionally limited authority.
Theocracy – a form of government in which a Deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the Deity’s laws are interpreted by ecclesiastical authorities (bishops, mullahs, etc.); a government subject to religious authority.
Totalitarian – a government that seeks to subordinate the individual to the state by controlling not only all political and economic matters, but also the attitudes, values and beliefs of its population. [Me, I think that President Obama and his faithful liberal followers want this type of government.]
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Isaiah 13 and 14 were fulfilled when Darius the Mede and Cyrus King of Persia conquered Babylon in 539 BC.
You can read about that in Daniel 5:24-31.
GOD’S LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE IS OBVIOUS IN ISAIAH chapter 13 BECAUSE OF HIS ANNOUNCING HIS VENGEANCE AGAINST ISRAEL’S ENEMIES.
Every verse or passage of Scripture has a PRIMARY INTERPRETATION
and a secondary.
The PRIMARY interpretation is: what does the verse mean in the context where it is found. What is its purpose?
Where was it said
When was it said
Who said it
Who was it said to
Why was it said to the person it was said to
How does it fit into prophesy
WHY SHOULD I CARE.
Here are two SECONDARY ways to INTERPRET Scripture.
when the verse is PROPHETICAL:
many times in the Bible we read about Israel and her enemies. The primary prophecy often has a double prophesy one of a soon to happen event and the other a future distant event.
In the Bible many times the time element is missing. That’s because the focus is on Israel and not time. Also that’s the way God wants it [Daniel 12:4].
Another secondary application is a PERSONAL interpretation.
Sometimes a verse will speak to me personally. And my understanding of it may not be the way that the verse was meant. That is okay for personal use but
NEVER EVER BUILD A DOCTRINE ON IT OR MISUSE A VERSE TO SUPPORT A DOCTRINE that it was NEVER meant to support.
As I comment on Isaiah 13 I will tell you when I am using personal interpretation.
Be true to Scripture do not intentionally twist it or abuse it. When you do that to the Words of God, you do that to the LORD
Pray for understanding.
If a certain chapter is of interest to you, like Isaiah 13 and 14, read it a number of times before settling on an interpretation, look up the cross references.
Now, as we get into our study
Go and get your KING JAMES BIBLE and look up every Bible verse. You may want to write down the verses and look them up latter. If a verse speaks to you personally or if it is a help to you in your Bible studies then highlight it and write notes in the margin of your Bible. If you do not like marking up your Bible then get another one you can use for that purpose.
A good highlighter to use is the SHARPIE GEL HIGHLIGHTER. I guarantee that it will not bleed through. You can pick them up most anywhere pens and pencils are sold.
In my posts I always highlight to draw your attention to something I feel is important.
That’s it for now. Why not read Isaiah chapter 13 to get ready for Next week.