kjv@Isaiah:1:1@ The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
kjv@Isaiah:1:2@ Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
kjv@Isaiah:1:3@ The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
kjv@Isaiah:1:4@ Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
kjv@Isaiah:1:5@ Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
kjv@Isaiah:1:6@ From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
kjv@Isaiah:1:7@ Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
kjv@Isaiah:1:8@ And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
kjv@Isaiah:1:9@ Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
kjv@Isaiah:1:10@ Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
kjv@Isaiah:1:11@ To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
kjv@Isaiah:1:12@ When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
kjv@Isaiah:1:13@ Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
kjv@Isaiah:1:14@ Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
kjv@Isaiah:1:15@ And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
kjv@Isaiah:1:16@ Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
kjv@Isaiah:1:17@ Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
kjv@Isaiah:1:18@ Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
kjv@Isaiah:1:19@ If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
kjv@Isaiah:1:20@ But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
kjv@Isaiah:1:21@ How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
kjv@Isaiah:1:23@ Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
kjv@Isaiah:1:24@ Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:
kjv@Isaiah:1:25@ And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:
kjv@Isaiah:1:26@ And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.
kjv@Isaiah:1:27@ Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
kjv@Isaiah:1:28@ And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
kjv@Isaiah:1:29@ For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
kjv@Isaiah:1:30@ For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
kjv@Isaiah:1:31@ And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.
home:BookOfIsaiah gives us a good background to Isaiah. We find ourselves in great rebellion, the LORD seeking to correct but, no correction being taken. If not for a remnant the nation would have already been destroyed.
The Lord is telling before hand what He is going to do as is right. He has been open and up front for generations telling them how it would be if did not keep their end of the covenant. He has extended the time before hand in patience and long suffering. Now is the time that He will act.
This prophecy of the Branch of Jesse appears to me to be of our Lord's millennial kingdom(?). There still seem to be poor and meek and wicked for Him to judge over, and nations. A second gathering of the remnant will be performed.
The Lord intends to use Babylon to accomplish His will on the one hand but, will punish them for their evil on the other. All of their strength and glory will come to nothing. He does not give up on Israel but, drives them hard to purge them. That He must drive them this hard says so much about the sin nature we are under; it is no little thing.
Removed from the context of the passage the section on Lucifer can be looked at as a description of the Devil; which may or may not be the author's intent. In context, we might think of it as a description of the king of Babylon who had similarities to the Devil and may have been heavily under his influence. The remainder of the prophecy in context namely the desolation of the city of Babylon has for a long time been fulfilled; the city ruin only recently haven been located by aerial satellite in Iraq. Plans are being made by some to rebuild it. It is mentioned again in latter day prophecy.
The thought of invading troops walking freely through our streets is something we as Americans have not had to face. The long dreaded enemy of the Moabites, the lords of the occupation, doing as they pleased to whatever or whomever they pleased is one thing, but, to have it told to you three years in advance and to be told why another. You would know that you had done wrong!
The judgement continues throughout the region; Israel, Moab, and now Syria and beyond. The impact was devastating to all. History confirms that the Babylonian Empire was brutal and massive. It was not by accident nor their own doing however, but God's used their violent possessive treacherous nature to achieve His righteous purposes. Everyone had to take notice and the prophecies of Isaiah had to have been known/searched by many I would think.
Let's not forget that the Lord has created all nations. The God of Israel is known by these nations mentioned after frequent encounters. Now He is making Himself obvious. Egypt to this day has a strong Christian presence.
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