Isaiah now turns to warnings and prophecies of the downfalls of Babylon, the Philistines, the Assyrians and Lucifer himself. In the next few chapters (13-23), he prophesies against the nations. As you will see, his writing is very descriptive, very colorful, very direct. He, too, like the other prophets we’ve studied, doesn’t beat around the bush. God doesn’t beat around the bush. He means what He says.
First up is Babylon. Isaiah wrote this c. 725 BC, 186 years before the first fall of Babylon happened in 539 BC. Remember, the Old Testament prophecies were a 2-fold fulfillment — short-term and long-term. The first fall was in 539 BC, when King Cyrus and the Medes and Persians came. We’ll dig into that story when we get to the Book of Daniel.
Furthermore, God’s capital city was Jerusalem. Satan’s capital city was and will be Babylon. From the time of Isaiah’s prophecy, it took over 100 years for Babylon to become the next superpower nation.
Above all, understand that God sees the future as if it were the past. God’s been there already. Bible prophecy is better than a fortune teller, or a horoscope, because it’s certain to happen. If God said it, it will happen. Curious? Let’s dig in…
Isaiah 13 – Proclamation Against Babylon
The burden against Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
2 “Lift up a banner on the high mountain,
Raise your voice to them;
Wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of the nobles.
3 I have commanded My sanctified ones;
I have also called My mighty ones for My anger—
Those who rejoice in My exaltation.”
4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains,
Like that of many people!
A tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together!
The Lord of hosts musters
The army for battle.
5 They come from a far country,
From the end of heaven—
The Lord and His weapons of indignation,
To destroy the whole land.
6 Wail, for the day of the Lord is at hand!
It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore all hands will be limp,
Every man’s heart will melt,
8 And they will be afraid.
Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them;
They will be in pain as a woman in childbirth;
They will be amazed at one another;
Their faces will be like flames.
9 Behold, the day of the Lord comes,
Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger,
To lay the land desolate;
And He will destroy its sinners from it.
10 For the stars of heaven and their constellations
Will not give their light;
The sun will be darkened in its going forth,
And the moon will not cause its light to shine.
11 “I will punish the world for its evil,
And the wicked for their iniquity;
I will halt the arrogance of the proud,
And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold,
A man more than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens,
And the earth will move out of her place,
In the wrath of the Lord of hosts
And in the day of His fierce anger.
14 It shall be as the hunted gazelle,
And as a sheep that no man takes up;
Every man will turn to his own people,
And everyone will flee to his own land.
15 Everyone who is found will be thrust through,
And everyone who is captured will fall by the sword.
16 Their children also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes;
Their houses will be plundered
And their wives ravished.
17 “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them,Isaiah 13 NKJV
Who will not regard silver;
And as for gold, they will not delight in it.
18 Also their bows will dash the young men to pieces,
And they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb;
Their eye will not spare children.
19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
The beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride,
Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 It will never be inhabited,
Nor will it be settled from generation to generation;
Nor will the Arabian pitch tents there,
Nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there.
21 But wild beasts of the desert will lie there,
And their houses will be full of owls;
Ostriches will dwell there,
And wild goats will caper there.
22 The hyenas will howl in their citadels,
And jackals in their pleasant palaces.
Her time is near to come,
And her days will not be prolonged.”
God’s timing is always perfect!
Last night, I was looking around on Amazon Kindle. I opted to try Kindle Unlimited and there are a lot of interesting books that I can read for free. One that just happened to pop up in the “suggested titles” based on the books I’ve already downloaded was, “Babylon: The Bookends of Prophetic History” by Dr. Andy Woods (Amazon Affiliate Link). Now, I’ve heard a lot about Andy Woods lately. He’s touted as one of many well-known Bible scholars and preachers who have NOT gone “woke”.
I start reading it and he first talks about the Tower of Babel from Genesis 11, but then he goes into Isaiah 13-14! Thank you, Lord! Amazing timing! God is AMAZING!
He explains why Isaiah 13-14 prophesied not about the first fall of Babylon in 539 BC, but the coming, future fall of Babylon as depicted in the Book of Revelation chapters 16-20. And he gives 7 “clues” as to why it is in the End Times. (Pages 18-19)…
- Verses 6 & 9 use the expression, “Day of the Lord” as to when the fall of Babylon will occur. This phrase usually refers to a time of divine judgment yet in the future.
- In verses 10-13, he predicts that there will be many signs and wonders in the sky that didn’t happen in 539 BC. Jesus speaks of these regarding His 2nd coming in Matthew 24:27-30.
- Verses 11-12 indicate that Babylon’s judgment will be felt throughout the whole world. That mankind will be “scarcer than gold.” That also hasn’t happened yet.
- In verse 19, he compares Babylon’s destruction to the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah. Ancient Babylon’s decline was gradual, not immediate like that of the first sin cities.
- 20-22 say that Babylon will never be inhabited again. Yet, it’s been in inhabited several times. Even Saddam Hussein tried to rebuild Babylon (62 miles from Baghdad) and even try to reconstruct the famous hanging gardens (pictured above). And we know what happened to him.
- In 14: 5-8, Isaiah says that there will be a time of global peace. That definitely hasn’t happened yet.
- Finally, Isaiah 14:1-4 foretells of Israel’s spiritual restoration that will happen right after Babylon’s demise. Paul even writes about this in Romans 11:26-27)
Let’s check out chapter 14…
For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. The strangers will be joined with them, and they will cling to the house of Jacob. 2 Then people will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them for servants and maids in the land of the Lord; they will take them captive whose captives they were, and rule over their oppressors.
Fall of the King of Babylon
3 It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve, 4 that you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say:
“How the oppressor has ceased,
The golden city ceased!
5 The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
The scepter of the rulers;
6 He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke,
He who ruled the nations in anger,
Is persecuted and no one hinders.
7 The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
They break forth into singing.
8 Indeed the cypress trees rejoice over you,
And the cedars of Lebanon,
Saying, ‘Since you were cut down,
No woodsman has come up against us.’
9 “Hell (Sheol) from beneath is excited about you,
To meet you at your coming;
It stirs up the dead for you,
All the chief ones of the earth;
It has raised up from their thrones
All the kings of the nations.
10 They all shall speak and say to you:
‘Have you also become as weak as we?
Have you become like us?
11 Your pomp is brought down to Sheol,
And the sound of your stringed instruments;
The maggot is spread under you,
And worms cover you.’
The Fall of Lucifer
12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’
15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit.
16 “Those who see you will gaze at you,
And consider you, saying:
‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
Who shook kingdoms,
17 Who made the world as a wilderness
And destroyed its cities,
Who did not open the house of his prisoners?’
18 “All the kings of the nations,
All of them, sleep in glory,
Everyone in his own house;
19 But you are cast out of your grave
Like an abominable branch,
Like the garment of those who are slain,
Thrust through with a sword,
Who go down to the stones of the pit,
Like a corpse trodden underfoot.
20 You will not be joined with them in burial,
Because you have destroyed your land
And slain your people.
The brood of evildoers shall never be named.
21 Prepare slaughter for his children
Because of the iniquity of their fathers,
Lest they rise up and possess the land,
And fill the face of the world with cities.”
22 “For I will rise up against them,” says the Lord of hosts,
“And cut off from Babylon the name and remnant,
And offspring and posterity,” says the Lord.
23 “I will also make it a possession for the porcupine,
And marshes of muddy water;
I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,” says the Lord of hosts.
24 The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying,
“Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass,
And as I have purposed, so it shall stand:
25 That I will break the Assyrian in My land,
And on My mountains tread him underfoot.
Then his yoke shall be removed from them,
And his burden removed from their shoulders.
26 This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth,
And this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.
27 For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
And who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
And who will turn it back?”
28 This is the burden which came in the year that King Ahaz died. (716 BC)
29 “Do not rejoice, all you of Philistia,
Because the rod that struck you is broken;
For out of the serpent’s roots will come forth a viper,
And its offspring will be a fiery flying serpent.
30 The firstborn of the poor will feed,
And the needy will lie down in safety;
I will kill your roots with famine,
And it will slay your remnant.
31 Wail, O gate! Cry, O city!
All you of Philistia are dissolved;
For smoke will come from the north,
And no one will be alone in his appointed times.”
32 What will they answer the messengers of the nation?Isaiah 14 NKJV (bold emphasis mine)
That the Lord has founded Zion,
And the poor of His people shall take refuge in it.
What hell is like and the fall of Satan
What do you think about that really descriptive language that Isaiah uses? Very visual, right? Think about it — back then, yes, they had artists, but there were no books or movies. So that the people would get a clear vision of what was to come if they didn’t repent of their sins, the prophets had to use detailed, vivid imagery with words.
Here are some points to ponder…
- People are conscious in hell. Its inhabitants know each other! They sneer at the newcomers.
- However, it’s not a huge frat party! There is great pain! Contrast that with John’s description of Heaven in Revelation 21.
- Hell is a forever fire. Dante wrote in “Inferno”, “All hope abandon you who enter here.” Imagine that, no hope whatsoever. Isaiah actually wrote this for the Jews to give them HOPE.
Verse 12 starts the fall of Satan, or Lucifer. His name means “light bearer”. He was an angel of light. He’s the master deceiver. Lucifer may have been an archangel like Gabriel and Michael. He was musical, too! Heaven’s worship leader? Pastor Sandy Adams said in his message on these chapters…
“He went from worship leader, to entertainer, to celebrity, to worship hoarder, to devil.”Sandy Adams
Let’s fast forward to the 1st century and see what Jesus, James, John and Paul have to say….
In the Gospel of Luke, this took place when the 70 disciples returned from the first mission that Jesus sent them on…
17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”
18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:17-20 NKJV
“…the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels…”Matthew 25:41
James, Jesus’ brother, writes…
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from youJames 4:7 NKJV
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.1 John 4:4 NKJV
And finally, Paul wrote…
2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 NKJV
And he assures us…
20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.1 Thessalonians 5:20-24 NKJV
Here are some questions for you…
- Have you submitted YOUR life to God?
- Are you part of the called or the Chosen?
- Are you a Child of God?
- Do YOU have the ASSURANCE and CONFIDENT HOPE that when you die you’ll be in Heaven with Jesus?
- Where would you rather spend ETERNITY — Heaven or hell?
If your answers are “no” or “I’m not sure”, then you haven’t accepted the True Salvation of Jesus Christ.
If you’re not sure if you’re saved or not, if you truly want to be born again and have the assurance of salvation, receive the Holy Spirit, and get a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven after you die, or that you won’t be left behind at the Rapture, which can happen at any moment, this is what you have to do…
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
Soli Deo Gloria! To God Alone Be the Glory!
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