The Book of Isaiah: Is.34 Desolations

In the Book of Psalms we have passage that throws light on the chapter we are considering at present. Isaiah’s burden for Judah continues and here his attention is on all nations and it is directed in particular to the end times. We read of the time of the gentiles and it is judgment time. The Lord God has made an end to the old order and made wars to cease once for all. “Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth./ He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth;….Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth(Ps.46:8-10)”. These desolations are outward expression of the Lord God’s indignation and it upon all nations including Judah and Jerusalem. It is a signal for something new. “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;(Haggai.2:6)” The writer to the Hebrews quotes on the verse and adds, “…Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven(He.12:26)” and we know it refers to the time the Lord descended on Mount Sinai in fire. And smoke rose like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. (Ex.19:18). God visited in smoke and thunderings and it was for making a covenant with Israel. He called up Moses who went and was with God forty days and nights. He gave them commandments. Now let us consider the following verse “Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.” In the second instance while we speak of God shaking the heavens and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land let us not forget Jesus has gone up to heaven even as Moses did. What things that cannot be shaken may remain is what is founded on the foundation of the risen Christ, the Church. It is New Jerusalem and we are no longer considering the old but the new heaven and the new earth. With this as a context we can follow the burden of Isaiah.The key verse is v.4″And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down,” We read the same in the Book of the Revelation.

Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it.

2 For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.

3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.

4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

6 The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.

7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.

8 For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

10 It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.

11 But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness.

12 They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing.

13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.

14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.

15 There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.

16 Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.

17 And he hath cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it unto them by line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein.

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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