I apologize for being so late in posting another chapter. Hurricane Matthew came our way and I just got my internet on.
In chapter one, Isaiah had a vision for the things concerning Judah, “In that day.” Now in this chapter, Isaiah has a new prophecy, a revelation in future times, “The Day of the Lord.” Isaiah foresaw “future things” that would happen in regard to Judah and Jerusalem.
Verse 1 – The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
Verse 2 – Now it shall come to pass in the later days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.
Verse 3 – Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Verse 4 – He shall judge between the nations, and shall rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
Isaiah speaks about a day when not only Israel but all the nations will stream toward this mountain that represents the presence of God on earth. Revelation 21 depicts the fulfillment of this prophecy in the New Jerusalem, where only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life will be allowed to enter. This is a promise from God All Mighty!
Verse 5 – O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the Lord.
Ephesians 5:8 – For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light –
Verse 6 – For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled with eastern ways; they are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they are pleased with the children of foreigners.
The people were following the Assyrian empire superstitions, divination – claiming to know and control the future or by interpreting omens – fortune-telling. God forbid these practices and He hasn’t changed!
Verse 7 – Their land is also full of silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures; their land is also full of horses, and there is no end to their chariots. (Deuteronomy 17:14-20 prohibited kings from accumulating precious metals and military assets, horses, and chariots).
Verse 8 – Their land is also full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.
Verse 9 – People bow down, and each man humbles himself; therefore do not forgive them.
The work of their own hands – idols. Putting confidence in our own efforts and making our possessions mean more to us than the One who gave them, is a form of “Idol worship.” That is a huge insult in the face of God, the Creator of all things, in whom we place our trust.
Verse 10 – Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty.
Verse 11 – The lofty looks of man shall be humbled the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
All human pride will be humbled, Isaiah expressed. God’s people had sinned so bad that people would flee to hiding in places like caverns and rocks, places of refuge and safety, they would think.
Verse 12 – For the day of the Lord of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up and it shall be brought low – (future judgment coming)
Verse 13 – Upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan;
This day is one of judgment of sinners. The object of these verses were God’s people. He was angry because of their rebellion. Although when the phrase “In the day of the Lord” is used, its is usually meant to be the final judgment.
Verse 14 – Upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up;
Verse 15 – Upon every high tower, and upon every fortified wall;
Verse 16 – Upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all the beautiful sloops.
Verse 17 – The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,
Verse 18 – but the idols He shall utterly abolish.
Every fence; every high tower built for defense; all the prosperity, is representative of arrogance built on abundance. In that day all will be brought low and only the Lord will be exalted and lifted up.
Verse 19 – They shall go in the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily.
2 Thessalonians 1:8, 9 – in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. (9) These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.
Revelation 6:15, describes kings, great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave, every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains.
Verse 20 – In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which they made, each for himself to worship, to the moles and bats,
Verse 21 – To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the crags of the rugged rocks, from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily.
Verse 22 – Sever yourselves from such a man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for of what account is he?
“Whose breath is in his nostrils” refers to mankind’s mortality. We don’t put our trust in man. People can be unreliable, selfish, and shortsighted. Trust only in the all-knowing faithful God who is perfect in His love for you.