Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks: And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel(vv.7-8).
In order to understand the Spirit’s narrative mode we have to understand that the earth belongs to God. “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein(Ps.24:1)”. Adam was formed of the dust and fashioned in the image of God who had put him there for a purpose. The Garden was planted by God. It is to be understood as a snapshot of the earth. “”And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden”. The detail ought to tell us that garden was localized from the rest for our instruction, just as on an operating table only the area where the surgeon will make an incision is exposed and rest of the patient’s body shall be covered. God tells of the rise and fall of Israel, a certain spot as localized as the garden. It is thus the Spirit sends Isaiah to predict the desolation of Judah and Jerusalem. When Jerusalem is cited it is a stand in for many other cities. It is how the Spirit has used man and place, For example when he mentions Sodom, Egypt he is actually referring to the great city ‘where also our Lord was crucified'(Re.11:8).
Man also is a stand in for many others. Sin in one has created template for many other sinful personages. Connection between Sodom and Jerusalem holds on account of sin. Sinful men created the great city of Babylon, destruction of which is detailed in the Book of the Revelation. “For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities (Re.18:5). God is long suffering and merciful and when he judges any part of his domain He is just and only does what must be done. By the same token Jerusalem of Isaiah could be a stand in for any great city since inhabitants create it. It is on account of the manner sin works with people we see history of nations in so many way repeat. Isaiah records Rezin the King of Syria on one hand and the King of Assyria on the other as instruments of God to shake them up.
The Kingdom of Judah was not content with the gentle streams of Shiloh and their iniquities are about to show consequences.
If Jerusalem had stood apart from the rest what instruction in righteousness the Spirit could provide us? King Saul began well but his sinful nature overtook him as he consolidated power to an extent God seemed as though an enemy. At one point Old Samuel chides him thus, “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams (1 Sa.15:22)”. Obedience is a quality that we associate with Jesus Christ who came to take away our sinful nature once and for all. “…For by one offering he (Jesus) hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified(He.10:10-14)”, From the verse attributed to Samuel it was spoken under the inspiration of the spirit of Christ. What is the role of the Spirit but to glorify the Son? For that reason when Jesus Christ says,'”He (the Spirit) shall receive of me…(Jn.16:14)” it is clear that the spirit of Christ inspired the Venerable Seer to speak for the occasion and for all ages. In short everything of the Old Testament shall contain some useful nugget of truth for instruction in righteousness. The Law of Moses merely points to the perfect atonement we have in Jesus Christ.
Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.
Twin monarchies of North and South would not stand since God had found their ways as ungodly as we see around us now. Polar vortex is not as strange as global warming is. Same conditions cause them so no part of the earth is immune from them. Sinful man found in materialism an ideology and in its pursuit what did he lose? Reverence for God and it was not begun overnight. Being liberal what is good if free speech has merely produced hate and violence against minorities and ‘them’? When a President claimed God placed him in the White House and makes a case for war ( as war on terror in 2003) one would think God shall be on the side of the just. Do we see from its consequences that God had anything to do with war on Iraq? Sinful man shall do worse unless he realizes his folly.
Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
Siberian winter conditions move over to Northeast and Midwest America and in places where snow was unheard are in the grip of cold snap. It merely shows no part of the earth is enclosed by God from all harm. As longs as man has let problem of sin persist judgment of God may strike without warning over place and man. Babylon could be New York or Shanghai. Also significant is that the Spirit places emphasis to the verse by inserting ‘God is with us.’
To sum: disobedience of Adam rendered every one sinful and therefore death. Isaiah when employed by God to predict desolation he said that he and his sons were signs and wonders. He was a forerunner for Jesus Christ. When God chooses man for His service he is an antitype for God the Son. What sin and salvation work leave their distinct identity: in one group death and desolation and in the other fruitfulness and eternal life.