Isaiah 24:1. “Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.”
After the accounts of God’s dealing with the individual nations surrounding and including Israel, this chapter now takes into view the whole scene, all the nations, as destined to come under the judgments of the Lord at the end of this age.
In chapters 13-23, the separate nations show differing conditions of the world’s alienation from God, influenced and directed by the hosts of spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies. All nations will experience God’s divine retribution in the coming Day of the Lord–not just Israel and its neighbors, but all nations of all the earth.
W.E. Vine’s Isaiah, p. 66, says this: “Babylon represents systematized corruption and oppression in all the earth: Assyria, antagonism against God’s people; Philistia, constant and closer hostility; Moab, human pride; Damascus, the ally of apostasy; Dumah, self-reliance; Jerusalem, mere profession; Tyre, worldly glory.”
It seems to me that the list above covers just about every nation in the history of the world as they rise and fall, one after the other. In their pride and human accomplishment, they fall to pride and carelessness, especially toward the things of God. What begins as an internal disintegration is taken advantage of by another stronger nation which defeats the weaker, and so the cycle continues even in this day.
America, take heed! We are not exempt from God’s judgment.
This chapter, from vv. 1-27, is a Tribulation and Millenium prophecy, written in the far future verb tense.What we need to remember is that it was far future in Isaiah’s day. It may not be that far away now, and indeed as we watch the activities and alliances in the Middle East, it would seem to be coming soon.