ISAIAH 13:6-11, part two
Welcome back. If you are interested in eschatology, that is in prophecy, then I am going to try and give you plenty to contemplate. That’s because Isaiah 13: 6 – 22 is mostly about the end game. For example, In verse six the phrase, day of the LORD occurs. Whenever I read that phrase, I automatically think that this is about checkmate. Checkmate means – your king is dead, and the king of sin along with his followers will be removed from the earth, Revelation 20.
I have copied – pasted from the internet. Therefore, To keep things relatively easy
I have put quotes in ORANGE.
Verses from Isaiah chapter 13 are in BLUE.
Verses from other parts of Scripture are in RED
When I comment on a word or phrase in a Bible verse I will try to put the words in VIOLET.
We have covered the first five verses. And
Up to this point, we have pretty much examined ancient Babylon, Assyria, Medes, and Persia in light of Isaiah Chapter 13:1-5.
For an overview on the rest of the chapter I will quote
The Day of the LORD
by James T. Bartsch
Isaiah 13 is a prophecy which exemplifies a
dual fulfillment of the Day of the LORD.
One of those fulfillments was a historical fulfillment. This prophecy was fulfilled in history when the Medes conquered Babylon (Isaiah 13:1-5, 17-22).
But there will also be an eschatological fulfillment of this prophecy. Isaiah uses language so global, so extensive, and so cosmic in scope that it can only refer ultimately to the unprecedented devastation with which God will afflict the world during the Tribulation.
What is the Tribulation?
it is a period of seven years as prophesied by Daniel in Chapter 9:24-27. It is a time when God fulfills His covenant with Israel and when His wrath floods the earth because it has rejected His love as seen in His Son. It’s a time when the earth will be purged of sin so that Jesus can bring in the thousand years of peace joy and contentment as promised in Isaiah chapter 11.
This chapter is about the Day of the Lord. If you take, what Isaiah wrote literally then you must believe that is a future event. However if you read Isaiah chapter 13 allegorical then I suppose you can make it apply to anything you want it to.
Okay, strap yourself in, here we go. Let’s learn something. Learning is fun and I will try to keep it that way by just giving you enough to pique your interest to cause you to continue studying what will be in tomorrow’s newspaper headlines.
Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
Howl – the cry of a human being in horror or anguish. There will soon be a lot of howling as we enter into the end game of history.
Jesus said about those days to come
And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Rev. Roger Best has provided a list of places in Scripture describing the day of the LORD.
Take a look at what the Old Testament says will characterize the day of the Lord:
1. A day of Reckoning – Isa. 2:12
2. A day of Judgment – Isa. 2:13-17
3. A day Cruel, with Fury and Burning Anger – Isa. 13:9
4. A day of Destruction from the Almighty – Isa. 13:6; Joel 1:15
5. A day of Panic, Subjugation, and Confusion – Isa. 22:5
6. A day of Vengeance – Jer. 46:10
7. A day that Belongs to the Lord God of Hosts – Jer. 46:10
8. A day of Tumult – Eze. 7:7
9. A day of Doom – Eze. 7:10; 30:3
10. A day of Battle – Eze. 13:5; Zech. 14:3
11. A day of Clouds – Eze. 30:3
12. A day of Judgment for Egypt – Exe. 30:19
13. A day of Gloom and Darkness – Joel 2:2; Amos 5:18, 20; 8:9
14. A day that is Great and Awesome – Joel 2:11; 3:1
15. A day when the Sun and Moon grow dark – Joel 3:15
16. A day when Justice is Dealt Out – Obadiah 15
17. A day of Punishment – Zeph. 1:8
18. A day of the Lord’s Anger – Zeph. 2:23
19. A day that is Unique – Zech. 14:7a
Looking at all the passages that deal with the day of the Lord in the Old Testament, it is clear that this is the time that God’s Wrath will be poured out upon an unbelieving world sometime in the future.
THE DAY as used in the day of the Lord is a figure of speech for an occurrence yet to happen.
It is not a 24 hour day but extends for any length of time that is needed.
Man has had his day and now it’s God’s turn to have His.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Revelation 6:16 – 17
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
the phrase DAY OF THE LORD is not in Revelation, non the less it is described throughout it.
Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt:
MAN’S HOPE IS GONE,
and when hope is gone, fear, horror and despair move in.
And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
1st Thessalonians 5:3
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
Right now, today. People sense a cataclysmic event is soon to happen. Yet my Church has many empty pews. How about yours? Same thing? Perhaps not but then yours would most likely not be a Church that is preaching the whole counsel of God (Acts 20: 26-27), or else it is the exception.
I love small Churches but that’s a subject matter for another time.
The question is, in perspective of the gloom hanging over America why aren’t people seeking the true God of the Bible?
Isaiah 13:9-13, can only primarily and partially apply to Babylon; fully and exhaustively, the judgments to come, hereafter, on the whole earth. Compare Isa 13:10 with Mt 24:29; Re 8:12. The sins of Babylon, arrogancy (Isa 13:11; Isa 14:11; 47:7, 8), cruelty, false worship (Jer 50:38), persecution of the people of God (Isa 47:6), are peculiarly characteristic of the Antichristian world of the latter days (Dan 11:32-37; Re 17:3, 6; 18:6, 7, 9-14, 24).
the above is from
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
cruel as opposed to mercy.
Romans 1:32 describes modern America. My cross reference to that is found in Romans 5:20.
For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give
Mark 13:24 – 26
But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
Mar 13:25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
Mar 13:26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
Revelation 6:12 – 14
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
There was a heavy darkness when Jesus hung bleeding and dying for mankind.
And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
Luk 23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
In our darkest hour Jesus shines and grace abounds
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
I will punish the world
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
Some teach that when the Bible uses the word world, as here, it means in a local or national context. Therefore the following should be read and canned (preserved for later use).
Thus I will punish the world (tebel, 8398) for its iniquity and the wicked for their iniquity
Of the 36 uses of tebel, almost without exception the referent is the whole of planet earth, not some localized country. Isaiah 13:11 cannot possibly be limited merely to the Medes’ invasion of Babylon. This is Yahweh’s global punishment. “I will make mortal man scarcer than pure gold and mankind than the gold of Ophir” (Isa. 13:12, emphasis mine). If mortal man is scarcer than pure gold, and mankind scarcer than the gold of Ophir, Yahweh was predicting a catastrophic loss of human life over the entire planet. This is exactly what is predicted to happen in the Tribulation period
THAT’S ENOUGH FOR NOW
NEXT TIME PART THREE