Fear and the pit and the snare Are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth. Isaiah 24:17
The LORD’s Judgment on the Earth
Chapter summary (24-26). The focus in Isaiah now shifts again, as the prophet looks beyond the immediate future and the judgment due specific peoples, to speak of divine judgment in a broad, general way. The message of Isaiah is that history moves purposey toward God’s intended end. Judgment on all nations will surely come, and Yahweh will triumph over all. God will raise the righteous (26:1-19), and in that last, great day the Lord will exalt Israel as He promised from the beginning. These chapters define God’s relationship as Judge to the whole world and declare that He will punish sin. They then go on to praise God, for His judgment on the nations means the salvation of Israel and the triumph of God over evil.
Personal application: Often it’s necessary to destroy the illusory works of man to see the reality of God.
Universal judgment (24:1-6). The coming judgment affects everyone, whatever their social status. Wealth and position are powerless to protect against God’s intent to punish sin. The surface of the Earth itself will be twisted and ruined, quite possibly by drought. It’s futile to try to find security in this world, when this world itself is totally vulnerable to the coming judgment of God.
It shall come to pass in that day That the Lord will punish on high the host of exalted ones, And on the earth the kings of the earth. Isaiah 24:21
They will be gathered together, As prisoners are gathered in the pit, And will be shut up in the prison; After many days they will be punished. Isaiah 24:22
Then the moon will be disgraced And the sun ashamed; For the Lord of hosts will reign On Mount Zion and in Jerusalem And before His elders, gloriously. Isaiah 24:23
⇒ Thank you Lord for showing us the beginning and the end, chapter by chapter throughout the Bible so that we may know to fear You and not men.
The LORD’s Judgment on the Earth
24 1 Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty and makes it waste, Distorts its surface And scatters abroad its inhabitants. 2 And it shall be: As with the people, so with the priest; As with the servant, 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. 3 The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered, For the Lord has spoken this word. 4 The earth mourns and fades away, The world languishes and fades away; The haughty people of the earth languish. 5 The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, Because they have transgressed the laws, Changed the ordinance, Broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, And those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, And few men are left. 7 The new wine fails, the vine languishes, All the merry-hearted sigh. 8 The mirth of the tambourine ceases, The noise of the jubilant ends, The joy of the harp ceases. 9 They shall not drink wine with a song; Strong drink is bitter to those who drink it. 10 The city of confusion is broken down; Every house is shut up, so that none may go in. 11 There is a cry for wine in the streets, All joy is darkened, The mirth of the land is gone. 12 In the city desolation is left, And the gate is stricken with destruction.
13 When it shall be thus in the midst of the land among the people, It shall be like the shaking of an olive tree, Like the gleaning of grapes when the vintage is done. 14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing; For the majesty of the Lord They shall cry aloud from the sea. 15 Therefore glorify the Lord in the dawning light, The name of the Lord God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea.
16 From the ends of the earth we have heard songs: “Glory to the righteous!” But I said, “I am ruined, ruined! Woe to me! The treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously, Indeed, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.” 17 Fear and the pit and the snare Are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth. 18 And it shall be That he who flees from the noise of the fear Shall fall into the pit, And he who comes up from the midst of the pit Shall be caught in the snare; For the windows from on high are open, And the foundations of the earth are shaken. 19 The earth is violently broken, The earth is split open, The earth is shaken exceedingly. 20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, And shall totter like a hut; Its transgression shall be heavy upon it, And it will fall, and not rise again. 21 It shall come to pass in that day That the Lord will punish on high the host of exalted ones, And on the earth the kings of the earth. 22 They will be gathered together, As prisoners are gathered in the pit, And will be shut up in the prison; After many days they will be punished. 23 Then the moon will be disgraced And the sun ashamed; For the Lord of hosts will reign On Mount Zion and in Jerusalem And before His elders, gloriously.