“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 13, “A Prophecy Against Babylon,” III

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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,” lll, Isaiah 13:13) Therefore I Will Shake The Heavens, And The Earth Shall Remove Out Of Her Place, In The Wrath Of The Lord Of Hosts, And In The Day Of His Fierce Anger.  14) And It Shall Be as the chased roe (gazelle), and as a sheep that no man taketh up:  they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.  15) Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by The Sword.  16) Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled (looted), and their wives ravished (seized and carried off).  17) Behold, I Will Stir Up The Medes Against Them, Which Shall Not Regard Silver; And As For Gold, They Shall Not Delight In It.  18) Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary –  v13, 14,  heavens … earth:  The shaking of the cosmos, including the sun, moon and stars—which were worshiped by the pagans—signifies the overthrow of all that unbelieving exalt as rivals to God (2:12-18).  v15, 16, Everyone … children … houses … wives:  In the ancient Middle East, the brutalities of war extended to everyone, regardless of age, gender, or station.  v17, 18, The Medes, who lived in what is today northwest Iran, were fierce enemies of the Israelites.  Significant for dating This Prophecy is the fact that Persia, which conquered the Medes in 550 B. C. and in conjunction with the Medes conquered Babylon in 539 B.C. is not mentioned.

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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