Judgment of The World

Dr. Ian Paisley, the fiery Irish cleric and politician was reputed to have been preaching one Sunday on the End Times - and in particular on the Day of Judgement. As he reached the climax of his address he said that on the Day of Judgement “there would be wailing and g … More

Judgment

In chapters 24-27 of this book Isaiah declares three ways that God will comfort His chosen people in this awesome day of judgment:

  1. The Lord will judge His enemies - Chapter 24
  2. The Lord will preserve His people - Chapter 25
  3. The Lord will restore the nation - Chapter 26

Position, power and wealth will be no protection against the wrath of God.  God will merely speak the word and the world will fade away (vv 1-4). Next is what it will be like on the earth during “the Day of the Lord” (vv. 5-13). In Israel the harvest was a great time of joy, but now there will not be joy because there will be no harvest. Like a farmer harvesting the last grape, God’s judgments will destroy the crops as well as the workers (v. 13).  The only joy expressed during this time will be done by the believing remnant who trust God. (vv 14-16).

In that day God will shake everything; man will stagger like a drunk and collapse like a flimsy hut (vv. 17-20). This time will effect not only the earth and its people, but also Satan and his hosts. God will judge the power in the heavens above but also the kings on the earth below (vv. 21-22). The climax of all this will be when “the Lord of hosts shall reign in Mount Zion (v. 23).

Application

As we see the results of sin in our land today, we can become depressed.  However, I need to hold on to God’s promises for the future and look forward to singing praises to Him.

Isaiah 24:1-23 (English Standard Version)

Behold, the LORD will empty the earth and make it desolate, and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the slave, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor. The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered; for the LORD has spoken this word. The earth mourns and withers; the world languishes and withers; the highest people of the earth languish. The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched, and few men are left. The wine mourns, the vine languishes, all the merry-hearted sigh. The mirth of the tambourines is stilled, the noise of the jubilant has ceased, the mirth of the lyre is stilled. No more do they drink wine with singing; strong drink is bitter to those who drink it. The wasted city is broken down; every house is shut up so that none can enter. There is an outcry in the streets for lack of wine; all joy has grown dark; the gladness of the earth is banished. Desolation is left in the city; the gates are battered into ruins. For thus it shall be in the midst of the earth among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, as at the gleaning when the grape harvest is done. They lift up their voices, they sing for joy; over the majesty of the LORD they shout from the west. Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; in the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise, of glory to the Righteous One. But I say, "I waste away, I waste away. Woe is me! For the traitors have betrayed, with betrayal the traitors have betrayed." Terror and the pit and the snare are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth! He who flees at the sound of the terror shall fall into the pit, and he who climbs out of the pit shall be caught in the snare. For the windows of heaven are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble. The earth is utterly broken, the earth is split apart, the earth is violently shaken. The earth staggers like a drunken man; it sways like a hut; its transgression lies heavy upon it, and it falls, and will not rise again. On that day the LORD will punish the host of heaven, in heaven, and the kings of the earth, on the earth. They will be gathered together as prisoners in a pit; they will be shut up in a prison, and after many days they will be punished. Then the moon will be confounded and the sun ashamed, for the LORD of hosts reigns on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and his glory will be before his elders.

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