The Day of the Lord

Isaiah 13:6. “Howl ye: for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.”

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If you will keep in mind that “the Day of the Lord” is a reference to the future, the Second Advent,  it will help you to understand that these are far-future prophecies. Babylon is going to be rebuilt at some point. There are those who believe Saddam Hussein tried to get that project  underway. Babylon is always representative of the rise of godlessness and evil, and in the Day of the Lord its destruction will be complete.

Those who mock at God and deny His existence will learn to their horror that He is indeed the only God, the Holy One of Israel. His judgments upon the world are sure, and those who have persecuted His people, Israel, are going to suffer for their pride and their hatred.  God’s judgments will be upon the whole world (tebel, the whole earth). 

Scriptures  for comparison: Is. 34:1-8; Joel 2:31; 3:15; Matt. 24:29; Mark 13:24; Luke 21:35.

The Gentile Nations

Isaiah 13:1-5. “The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see. Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.  I have commanded My sanctified ones, I have also called My mighty ones for Mine anger, even them that rejoice in My highness.  The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the Lord of hosts mustereth the host of the battle. They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the Lord, and the weapons of His indignation, to destroy the whole land.”

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Chapters 13-23 consist of prophecies about Israel’s  surrounding Gentile nations. Coming after the prophecies of the Millenial Kingdom, in which Jesus Christ, Messiah, will have all authority over the entire world, the doom of these nations under His anger is listed.

Babylon comes first. It includes the rule of the Chaldeans, which succeeded that of Assyria.  Verses 2-5 are descriptive of the Medes, who are mentioned in verse 17, and of the Persians; verse 4 mentions  kingdoms (plural). These powers are called “My consecrated ones” because they were chosen by God for the fulfillment  of the destruction of Babylon (verse 3). They didn’t necessarily know that they were being used of God, but the Persians did destroy idols , and Cyrus the Persian did rejoice in the recognition of God (ch. 44:28; 45:1, and Ezra 1:1-4). The Medo-Persian powers were to be “the weapons of His indignation, to destroy the whole land,” the land of the Chaldeans.

You can verify all this by reading about the history of Babylon, including its present state of non-existence.  God used other countries to bring Israel back to Himself, but those countries paid the price according to their mistreatment of His people.

Cry Out and Shout!

Isaiah 12:5-6. “Sing unto the Lord: for He hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”

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When I was in the touring choir in Bible college, we sang a piece of music from this passage that has been haunting me.  I can’t pull it up; can’t remember if it’s from Handel’s Messiah or not. I remember that the line “therefore with joy shall ye draw water from the wells of salvation” was in the song; also, “Cry out and shout,  ye people of God!”  But that’s it.  Anyone who may have been in the Pillsbury Baptist Bible College choir from 1965-67, if you can help me out, maybe I could get some sleep 🙂

These two verses wrap up this short but powerful and very exciting chapter. It has been such a blessing to me to take my time through these verses, dwelling on each phrase, sometimes each word. To consider the freedom all people will have in the Millenial Kingdom to praise God without restraint; to have Him dwelling among us!

It’s something to sing about!

This isn’t the music I’m thinking of, but it’s pretty, and I like it:

And here is the one I was remembering. My son Mike found it.  Don’t think he was in the choir back then, but he sure knows how to search 🙂

He is Lord!

Isaiah 12:4. “And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call  upon His Name, declare His  doings among the people, make mention that His Name is exalted.”

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For the first time in the history of the world, all people everywhere will acknowledge the glory of the Lord God, Jehovah, Messiah!  There will be complete freedom to praise Him, and to talk about His amazing goodness. His Name will be exalted above all other names.

Makes me want to be there, right now!

Rapturous Joy

Isaiah 12: 3. “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”

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Therefore refers back to the previous verse:  Messiah is the strength, the song, and the salvation of those who experience the Millenial Kingdom.

The word joy denotes a rapture never before experienced by God’s people. The joy will be unrestrained, at it will flow from the waters of salvation. The Messiah that the Jews rejected when Jesus walked the earth is now the source of all things for them.

In the New Testament, Jesus described Himself as the living water. Anyone who drank of the water He provided would never thirst again. He is the water of life, the source of peace and joy, and the beauty that exists where water is plentiful.

JAH Jehovah

Isaiah 12:2. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song: He also is become my salvation.”

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The only other place in which the construct  LORD JEHOVAH is used is in  Isaiah 26:4.  This double title establishes Him as LORD GOD;  it is the Lord most vehement.  It is the supreme Lord. Nothing nor nor one is above Him. His power is absolute.

After the Jews who come through the seven  years of the Great Tribulation have endured and turned completely back to the LORD GOD, they finally, with the rest of the world, find that He alone is salvation; He alone is strength; and He alone is the song, or the joy, the worship, the praise.

Worship in the Millenial Kingdom

Isaiah 12:1. “And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise Thee: though Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, and Thou comfortedst me.”

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This short chapter describes how we will worship Messiah, Jehovah, when He reigns over the whole earth from Jerusalem.

In that day: Always refers to end times Millenium. Jesus Christ, Messiah, is in complete control.

O Lord, I will praise Thee:  ALL the people, not just the Jews who are restored to their land, will praise Messiah.

Thou was angry with me:  The anger of God has been poured out, the Antichrist is defeated, and Israel is restored. While it is true that all people will honor Messiah, the Jews in particular will have more reason to rejoice as they acknowledge the righteous anger of God.

Thine anger is turned away: The time of retribution is past.

Thou comfortedst me:  Israel is restored  and reconciled to God. Peace is established.