The burden of Isaiah in this chapter is focussed on Assyria. King Ahaz relied on the protection of Assyria who has now turned to overrun Israel. In this chapter we shall also see how the Spirit telescopes immediate into the latter days. Assyria’s breaking of the covenant with Judah in one way fits their own apostasy. They broke their covenant with God (since the time God gave them the Law)many times over and in repaying the faithfulness of God by their backsliding they have invited all these on themselves. In the book of Daniel we read of antichrist breaking the covenant and it pertains to end times (Dan. 9:27), the verse 8 for example: “The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man”.
We have an intimation of the Marriage of the Lamb in this verse “Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty(v.17) The city of New Jerusalem descending from heaven was what Abraham looked for while he lived in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob fellow heirs of same promise.(He.11.9) There shall come a time when it becomes a reality: “they shall behold the land that is very far off(v.17b.) in contrast we have the nation of Israel in the time of Prophet Isaiah. They were hypocrites. “The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?(v.14). We read in the Book of the Revelation(Re.21:8) of a list of people that shall be judged and thrown into the lake of fire. Compare them with the v.15: “He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;”
7 Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
9 The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
10 Now will I rise, saith the Lord; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.
11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.
13 Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.
18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?
19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.
20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
21 But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
22 For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.
23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey.
24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.