Isaiah 5:28-30. “Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses’ hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind: Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea,they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it. And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.”
These three verses describe the power of the armies that will march against Judah and Jerusalem. Their number and their power will be terrifying. Their many hundreds of horses, their armed chariots with flying wheels, their thousands of bows and arrows, will be unstoppable. I find the last few words in verse 30 to be especially poignant: Anyone looking at the land will see only darkness and sorrow. Not even the light of the heavens will dispel the gloom.
And now, in Chapter Six, we will take a step away from the darkness of these prophecies in Chapter Five, and get a wonderful glimpse of the holiness of God.