“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,” Isaiah 13:1) The Burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see. 2) Lift ye up a Banner upon The High Mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they go into the gates of the nobles. Jeremiah 50:2. 3) I Have Commanded My Sanctified Ones, I Have Also Called My Mighty Ones For Mine Anger, Even Them That Rejoice In My Highness. 4) The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: The Lord Of Hosts Mustereth The Host of The Battle. 5 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.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, 2, The Word Burden comes from the root meaning, “to lift up” or “to bear.” It is as though the Prophet were heavily laden with A Message From God that he must deliver because of It’s Sheer Weight (Nahum 1:1; Habakkuk 1:1). Babylon was the crown jewel of the Assyrian empire. This Oracle (Message) may refer to it’s destruction around 689 B. C. when Sennacherib quelled a rebellion there. Yet The Lord’s Overthrow Of Babylon, “the glory of kingdoms” (v. 19) Symbolizes His Triumph Over The World (v. 11). v3, 4, Sanctified Ones refers to the Victorious Armies of the earth who rejoice, wittingly (doing something that might cause problems) or unwittingly (unintentionally), In The Lord’s Exaltation (45:1-7; Joel 2:11). Many people represent all nation’s, who will be Instruments In God’s Hands For Judging Sinful Nations, though they themselves are sinners. v5, Far country … end of heaven refers to the whole earth (11:11, 12). His Weapons of Indignation; The nations are the tools God Will Use To Vent His Wrath Against Babylon.
Matthew Henry’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1-5, The Threatening’s of God’s Word press heavily upon the wicked and are a sore burden, too heavy for them to bear. The persons brought together to lay Babylon waste, are called God’s Sanctified or Appointed Ones, designed for this Service, and Made Able to do it. They Are Called God’s Mighty Ones, because they had their Might (Strength) From God, and were now to Use It For Him. They come from afar. God Can Make Those (He Chooses To Be) A Scourge And Ruin to His Enemies, (those) who are farthest off, and therefore least dreaded.