In this chapter we see how Judgment of God shall come and how it transform the very temper of the times. In such changes we see God’s hand, and the times are directed by the Principle of Wisdom. Think of a nation like the US raised on the libertarian principles (and when Enlightenment had set the stage to remove the dark recesses of social backwardness), the new nation was raised to a pitch and naturally fed on the social philosophers of the day, the founding fathers were ready to create a brave new nation. Here was the Bill of Rights and men of high stature to preserve their new constitution. The heady times of a just society was rung in and from the highest office in the realm the President could boldly warn Europe and rest of the world (still living in notions of divine rights of kings and effete nobles) to shudder, and he could assert that changes were coming. Who shall not be stirred by such lofty idealism? We have heard and studied the course of the new Republic. Now does any one wonder ‘where on earth has those tumultuous idealism gone? The times we now see about us are that of craven fear and sorry strivings of puny intellects to keep a show going. Alternate Reality,- what a sorry phrase mouthed by clowns? Instead of Bread and Circus we have now lies and nastiness. This is how the times conspire.
When a statesman says, peace in our time it merely brings on war. Remember Prophet Isaiah had already spoken on these changes, “How is the faithful city become an harlot! It was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it…, Thy silver is become dross.” Recession and economic evils are pendant on the times. No man shall control the times when God has decided to punish a nation in which not as many ten righteous men can be found. ” Thy princess are rebellious, and companion of thieves… (Is.1:21-27)”. Wisdom of God overturns the high minded idealism of men who have discarded God as a bogey and made the times so different from what they set out to achieve. We see it in the US and everywhere. God is not mocked. His wisdom controls and directs the temper of times and judgment falls on ungodly nations in the twinkling of an eye. Prophet Isaiah in this chapter refers to Babylon and Chaldea. These apply to our times as well. Prosperity that nations seek shall only present a doleful picture of meanness and it is their new reality.
Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.
2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.
4 As for our redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.
5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.
6 I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke.
7 And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.
8 Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:
9 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.
11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.
12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.
15 Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee.