Isaiah 33:15-17. “He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil: He shall dwell on high: his places of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him: his waters shall be sure. Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.”
These verses answer the question in yesterday’s passage: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”
The answer is clear. Those who escape will be those who walk, or behave, righteously. After making that statement, Isaiah goes on to be quite specific about exactly what that righteousness looks like.
- Speaking uprightly–being honest, being respectful
- Despising the oppression of the poor, taking advantage of their need
- Refusing to accept bribes
- Refusing to listen to talk of murder and bloodshed
- Refusing to observe that which is evil
Those who live in such a manner will have a fortress of rock, which is probably a reference to Petra, where Israel will flee for safety during the final years of the Tribulation. There, food and water will be plentiful.
The last generation alive on this earth when Messiah comes will see Him with their own eyes. They will see Him in all his power, His glory, His beauty–the beauty of holiness.
They will be permitted to look at any part of their land, even if it is far away, and see that it is finally free of their enemies.