“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 13, “A Prophecy Against Babylon,” cont’d

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“Song of Intercession,” William McDowell.  WONDERFUL!

Immanuel, Emmanuel – Means “God Is With Us.”

Firebrands – Those passionate for a cause. 

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Dross – Scum Skimmed From The Surface of Silver 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.

“A Prophecy Against Babylon,” cont’d, Isaiah 13:6) Howl ye, For The Day Of The Lord Is At Hand; It Shall Come As A Destruction From The Almighty.  Amos 5:18; Revelation 6:17.  7) Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt:  8) And they shall be afraid:  pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth (in labor):  they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.  9) Behold, The Day Of The Lord Cometh, Cruel Both With Wrath And Fierce Anger, To Lay The Land Desolate:  And He Shall Destroy The Sinners Thereof Out Of It.  10) For the stars of Heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light:  the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.  Matthew 24:29.  11) And I Will Punish The World For Their Evil, And The Wicked For Their Iniquity; And I Will Cause The Arrogancy Of The Proud To Cease, And Will Lay Low The Haughtiness Of The Terrible.  12) I Will Make A Man More Precious Than Fine Gold; Even A Man Than The Golden Wedge Of Ophir (More Rare Than The Gold Of Ophir).

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, The Day Of The Lord Is At Hand—Able To Happen To Happen At Any Time—not because people have almost reached it as a destination, but because It May Burst In Upon People Without Further Warning.  v7, 8, limp … melt … afraid:  These images describe the depth of the people’s fear.  A woman in childbirth:  This is a familiar image of stress in The Poetry Of The Bible.  v9-11, iniquity … arrogance … proud …. haughtiness … terrible:  The common element is pride, which brings the nation’s down (2:6-22).  v12, mortal:  The Hebrew word speaks of the inherent weakness of humanity (Psalm 8:4).  

John Gill’s Expostion Of The Bible – v12, I will make a man more precious than fine gold
Which may denote either the scarcity of men in Babylon, through the slaughter made of them; so things that are scarce and rare are said to be precious, ( 1 Samuel 3:1 ) or the resolution of the Medes to spare none, though ever so much gold were offered to them, they being not to be bribed therewith, ( Isaiah 13:17) or that such should be the fear of men, that they would not be prevailed upon to take up arms to defend themselves or their king, whatever quantity of gold, even the best, was proposed unto them, a man was not to be got for money: even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir;  which designs the same thing in different words. ( Daniel 5:29 ) . This is interpreted by the Jews also of the King Messiah; for in an ancient writing F7 of theirs, where having mentioned this passage, it is added, This Is The Messiah, That Shall Ascend And Be More Precious Than All The Children Of The World, and all the children of the world shall Worship And Bow Before Him. Some take “Phaz”, the word for fine gold, to be the name of a place from whence it came, and therefore was so called; and that the kingdom of Phez, in Africa, has its name from hence; and Ophir is taken to be Peru in America; though others place it in India; and the Arabic version renders it, “a man shall be more precious than a little stone that is” brought “from India”; and the Septuagint version is, “than a stone in”, or “of sapphire”.

Matthew Henry’s Compact Bible Commentary – 6-18, We have here The Terrible Desolation of Babylon by the Medes and Persians.  Those who in the day of their peace were proud, and haughty, and terrible, are quite dispirited when trouble comes.  Their faces shall be scorched with the flame.  All comfort and hope shall fail.  The stars of heaven shall not give their light, the sun shall be darkened.  Such expressions are often employed by the Prophets, to describe the convulsions of governments.  God Will Visit Them For Their Iniquity, Particularly The Sin Of Pride, Which Brings Men Low.  There shall be a general scene of horror.  Those who join themselves to Babylon, must expect to share her plagues, Revelation 18:4.  All that men have, they would give for their lives, but no man’s riches shall be the ransom of his life.  Pause here and wonder that men should be thus cruel and inhuman, and see how corrupt the nature of man is become.  And that little infants thus suffer, which shows that there is an original guilt, by which life is forfeited as soon as it is begun.  The Day Of The Lord Will, Indeed, Be Terrible With Wrath And Fierce Anger, Far Beyond All Here Stated.  Nor Will There Be Any Place For The Sinner To Flee To, Or Attempt An Escape.  But Few Act As Though They Believed These Things.  


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