Read 184.) Isaiah 22:1 thru 25:12. We’re now halfway thru the Bible, and reading in the first of the Major Writing Prophets, Isaiah, who served the Lord from about 750 to 681 BC, nearly 70 years. From every indication, we have reason to believe that we are right in about the 725 to 722 BC window, where the Assyrian Empire is the greatest threat, and God is going to use it to chasten His people for their some 675 years of unfaithfulness to Him. This is going to result in the 10 northern tribes of the Kingdom of Israel to be taken away into exile. The first 3 chapters of our reading are prophecies concerning judgment, whereas chapter 25 breaks out into great praise and worship of the Lord.
Chapter 22 is of Jerusalem, the capital city of the Kingdom of Judah; and speaks directly to that time when Babylon comes for her in 586 BC. When Judah was to be taken, even then, she was not going to turn to the Lord v.11, but rather, they would fatalistically eat and drink of the last that they had v.13, and never be forgiven for their utter faithlessness v.14. With verses 15 thru 19, and 20 thru 25, we read of very specific prophecies concerning 2 different men; one bad, and one good. We will read more of these 2 very soon, in II Kings and here, in Isaiah. Chapter 23 is about a Mediterranean seaport city named Tyre. It is north of Israel and a part of coastal Lebanon. It, too, will be taken by Assyria, but allowed to be rebuilt 70 years later. With all of chapter 24, it is the “day” the earth DIES! We find nothing, but future prophetic pronouncements concerning the 7-year Tribulation, and the 1,000-year Millennial Reign of Christ. See! Everywhere, it is, “the earth,” “the world,” the nations.” The first 13 verses are most severe Tribulation, while 14 thru 16a is of the Millennium. With the second part of verse 16, we go right back into Tribulation. Then, with the last parts of verse 23, we are reading of Millennial glory once again!
Chapter 25 is praise and worship, but also contains great Millennial hope for the time of Christ’s reign over all the earth. Note it! Praise and worship in verses 1 thru 5, Millennial glory revealed in verses 6 thru 9; and to the end, a declaration of judgment upon Moab to Israel’s east, in what is Jordan today. The mountain frequently mentioned in 6 thru 10 is Zion in Jerusalem, the highest point of the city. Next, a good king rises in Judah, and Isaiah reveals some of the greatest glories yet to come! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell