July 31, 2007
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- The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
- Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
- I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.
- The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.
- They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.
- Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
- Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:
- And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
- Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
- For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
- And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
- I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
- Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
- And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.
- Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.
- Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
- Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
- Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.
- And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
- It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
- But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
- And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.
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- For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.
- And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.
- And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,
- That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!
- The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers.
- He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.
- The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.
- Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.
- Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
- All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
- Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
- How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
- For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
- I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
- Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
- They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
- That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
- All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
- But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
- Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
- Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
- For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD.
- I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.
- The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
- That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
- This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
- For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
- In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.
- Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
- And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.
- Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times.
- What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.
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- The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence; because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence;
- He is gone up to Bajith, and to Dibon, the high places, to weep: Moab shall howl over Nebo, and over Medeba: on all their heads shall be baldness, and every beard cut off.
- In their streets they shall gird themselves with sackcloth: on the tops of their houses, and in their streets, every one shall howl, weeping abundantly.
- And Heshbon shall cry, and Elealeh: their voice shall be heard even unto Jahaz: therefore the armed soldiers of Moab shall cry out; his life shall be grievous unto him.
- My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee unto Zoar, an heifer of three years old: for by the mounting up of Luhith with weeping shall they go it up; for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction.
- For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.
- Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have laid up, shall they carry away to the brook of the willows.
- For the cry is gone round about the borders of Moab; the howling thereof unto Eglaim, and the howling thereof unto Beer-elim.
- For the waters of Dimon shall be full of blood: for I will bring more upon Dimon, lions upon him that escapeth of Moab, and upon the remnant of the land.
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- Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.
- For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.
- Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.
- Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.
- And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.
- We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.
- Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl: for the foundations of Kir-hareseth shall ye mourn; surely they are stricken.
- For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah: the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are come even unto Jazer, they wandered through the wilderness: her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.
- Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.
- And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease.
- Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kir-haresh.
- And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail.
- This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning Moab since that time.
- But now the LORD hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.
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- The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
- The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
- The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.
- And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.
- And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
- Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel.
- At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
- And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.
- In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.
- Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:
- In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
- Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
- The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
- And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.
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These chapters introduce a section which deals with God's judgment upon ten different Gentile nations, as well as on Israel and Judah. He begins with Babylon, which took the nation of Judah into captivity. Of course, Isaiah's prophecies were being given over one hundred years before that captivity took place. His prophecy includes the fact that Babylon would be overtaken by the Medo-Persian empire (13:17-22), which occurred nearly 200 years later in 539 B.C.. Eventually the beautiful kingdom was destroyed. God promised that the spot on which Babylon sat would be left abandoned, and that has been the case ever since. The fact that Saddam Hussein wanted to rebuild Babylon is a testament to the fact that it had been rendered desolate as the Lord had promised. It is interesting that Isaiah would write that Babylon would become the inhabitation of "wild beasts of the desert... doleful creatures, and owls...and satyrs shall dance there" (13:21). The term "satyrs" refers to demons.
Throughout its history Babylon has been associated with false religion. We see in Genesis that after the great flood there arose a leader named Nimrod who led the people in rebellion against God (Gen 10:8-10). His kingdom was established at Babel, which is , of course, where the tower was built in opposition to God that resulted in the confusing and multiplication of languages (Gen. 11:9). Babel, as is obvious from its name, was the area that would someday become known as Babylon. It started out in opposition to God, it overthrew Judah, and even today the nation of Iraq, which is the county in which the ancient city of Babylon would be found, is an international leader is producing men who not only hate the Bible, but are actively attempting to see Christianity eradicated from the earth. Finally, in the book of Revelation God refers to the one-world religion that follows the leadership of the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet as "Babylon the Great" (Rev. 17:5), and refers to the headquarters of the one-world political and economic system as "Babylon" (Rev. 18:2,10). It is interesting to note that in Revelation18:2 the Bible states that when Babylon falls at the end of the Tribulation it will become "the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird." Apparently demonic activity is never far from that place.
In chapter 14 the impending judgment of Babylon is continued. In verse 4 it is specifically mentioned that the pronouncements are being made against the king of Babylon. Yet in verse 12 it becomes obvious that in the midst of this prophecy something more is being revealed. Isaiah's statements turn from the king of Babylon to Satan himself. In verse 12 he calls him Lucifer, which clearly moves out of the realm of an earthly king. He refers to him as the "son of the morning", which would seem to indicate that Lucifer had a special position in the angelic host. Ezekiel 28:14 refers to him as "the anointed cherub that covereth", which would further bolster this idea. Ezekiel 28 also gives insight into what Satan's sin was. Remember that Lucifer was a created angel, and thus was made without sin. Ezekiel 28:15 states,
"Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee."
Lucifer was perfect, and held a high position of service to the Lord, but then he chose to sin. What was this sin? Ezekiel 28:17 tells us,
"Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness."
Lucifer became filled with pride because of his wisdom, beauty, and position. Apparently he decided that he was going to overthrow God and establish himself as ruler of the universe, for Isaiah 14:13-14 records for us his five statements:
"I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."
Notice Lucifer's expression:
It was his decision that he was not going to allow God to tell him what to do, and that he was thus going to establish himself as the authority, that destroyed him.
Satan came to sin because of his refusal to allow God to rule in his life, and his desire to be his own authority. I wonder how many Christian make the same type of decision on a daily basis? To be filled with self, to willfully disobey, and to reject God's leadership and authority, is the same problem that Lucifer had. Let's be careful that we not follow in his footsteps.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery