Isaiah 6: 11-12. “Then said I, Lord, how long? And He answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.”
I imagine Isaiah seeing the heaviness of the message he must preach, and calling out to God, “Lord! How long do I have to preach all these things?” Isaiah knew the scriptures, and he knew that God would not cast off His people forever. He was just like all the rest of us; he wanted to know the end point.
God’s answer was clear. There would be utter waste and desolation. Most of the people would be removed to far away places. The houses would stand empty. The fields would become overgrown, and the vineyards would die.
But the next verse gives hope. There is always hope.