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Judgment of Ethiopia

Isaiah 18:1–18:7
The prophet now turns his attention to the land of Ethiopia (Cush). Cush is a land that included modern Ethiopia, the Sudan and Somalia. the land shadowed with buzzing wings possibly refers to locusts and probably pictures the armies of Ethiopia. The king of Ethiopia had he … Read more

Judgment of Damascus

Isaiah 17:1–17:14
The fall of Damascus was a warning to Ephraim in the Northern kingdom of Israel. Both Ephraim, representing Israel, and Damascus, representing Syria, would be defeated (vv. 1-2). The emphasis in this chapter is on the God who controls the armies of heaven and earth (v … Read more

The Explanation of Moab’s Fall

Isaiah 16:1–16:14
Instead of coming to Jerusalem, with the Assyrian armies coming, the Moabites fled all the way south to strongholds in Edon, such as the city of Petra (v. 1), which was about 50 miles south of Moab’s southern border. From here the Moabites sent an appeal to the king of Judah to g … Read more

Proclamation Against Moab

Isaiah 15:1–15:9
This chapter opens with a historic reminder of the fall of Ar, the capital of Moab and their chief fortress (v. 1). For centuries, Moab, located east of the Dead Sea, had been an enemy of Israel. The Moabites were the product of Lot’s incestuous union with his daughter (G … Read more

The Fall of Lucifer

Isaiah 14:12–14:23
In his military might this great king had laid low the nations, including Phoenicia, Philistia, Egypt, Moab, Edom, Cilicia, and much of Judah (vv. 12-15). But he would fall like a morning star. The brilliance of a star in the early dawn suddenly vanishes when the sun rises. Senna … Read more

Death to The King of Babylon

Isaiah 14:1–14:11
Isaiah warned that Judah would one day be taken into captivity by Babylon and this happened in 586 B.C. Jeremiah prophesied that this captivity would last for 70 years. After this, Babylon would be judged and the Jews were permitted to go home (Jer. 25:1-14). The picture in … Read more

Enemies Will be Punished

Isaiah 14:24–14:32
The key word in the closing verses of this chapter is purpose. God is in sovereign control of the rise and fall of all nations, as He works out His divine purposes in the world. Isaiah shows us how Assyria was His tool to accomplish His purposes at this time in hist … Read more

Babylon Will be Punished

Isaiah 13:1–13:16
This passage starts off expressing Isaiah’s “burden of Babylon” (v. 1). The prophet was carrying a heavy weight because of the solemn nature of his message. He was announcing judgments that would involve April 27, 2011he destruction of many cities and the slaugh … Read more

The Lord Will Destroy Babylon

Isaiah 13:17–13:22
In the closing verses of this chapter, Isaiah speaks of the destruction of Babylon. The city of ancient Babylon was a magnificent place, covering over 100 acres that was surrounded by a double walled system of defense. History reveals that the walls were 85 feet thick and … Read more

Peace at Last

Isaiah 11:1–11:16
The Lord would cut down the forests and the mighty trees, but God’s kingdom will arise by a shoot coming up from the stump of Jesse, David’s father (Rev. 22:16). Isaiah undoubtedly was thinking of God’s promise to David (2 Sam. 7:16) that a Descendant of David will rule ove … Read more

A Song of Praise

Isaiah 12:1–12:6
This chapter is a hymn of praise. “Salvation” is a key theme in this song. The refrain in verse two “The Lord, even Jehovah, is my strength and my son; He is also my salvation,” was sung at the Exodus (Ex. 15:2) and at the re-dedication of the templ … Read more

Arrogant Assyria is Judged

Isaiah 10:1–10:19
Isaiah pronounced woe on the people (vv. 1-4). Israel’s leaders were guilty of six things: They were (a) making unjust laws, (b) issuing oppressive decrees, (c) depriving the poor of their rights, (d) taking away justice, (e) hurting widows, and (f) robbing the fatherless. … Read more

The Returning Remnant of Israel

Isaiah 10:20–10:34
Once Assyria’s army was destroyed, a small group of God’s people would stop relying on Assyria and start trusting God (vv. 20- 23). Those who remained faithful to God despite the horrors of the invasion are called the remnant. The key to being a part of the remnant was fai … Read more

The Government of the Promised Son

Isaiah 9:1–9:7
This chapter opens with prophecy of the coming Christ child who, though he is not named as such, is obviously the child that is to be born and shall rule upon the throne of David. Those who have suffered will not be in pain (v. 1). The people in darkness saw a great lig … Read more