“Intercession,” William McDowell
“The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth,” V, Isaiah 24:20) The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. 21) And it shall come to pass in That Day, That The Lord Shall Punish The Host Of The High Ones That Are On High, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. 22) And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. 23) Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, When The Lord Of Hosts Shall Reign In Mount Zion, And In Jerusalem, And Before His Ancients Gloriously. Revelation 19:4.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v16, But I said: The prophet could not join the oppressed’s hymn of Praise because he saw the treachery that would precede the rejoicing (33:1; Daniel 7:28; 8:27). v17, 18, Windows may be an allusion to the Flood (Genesis 7:11). In the Old Testament the word means “openings.” v19, 21, The Hebrew word to punish means to “to visit” (23:17). The host of stars (Jeremiah 33:22). is identified with fallen angels (Matthew 24:29; Revelation 12:4, 9). v22, prisoners: For a similar idea see 2 Peter 2:4. v23 (It’s, Jerusalem’s) elders may be a reference to angelic beings (* or ancients) who attend God’s Majesty.
Quest Study Bible – v18-20, “Is this a description of the end of the world?” Perhaps not the end of the planet, but perhaps the end of human society. Isaiah borrows a description from the early days of history to describe the last days: flood gates of the Heavens pictures the flood—God’s Judgment (Genesis 7:11). Then, in poetry that pushes the language to its limit, Isaiah Says That Those Who Trust Only In The World Will Find Themselves With Nothing.
Quest Study Bible – v21-22, “Powers in the Heavens,” This may mean Satan and the fallen angels. Later Jewish end-times writings pick up the idea of warfare among supernatural beings. The idea is also found in the New Testament (Ephesians 6:12; Revelations 12:7-9; 20:2-3). The phrase might refer, however, to the stars. Many believed the stars had power of individuals and nations.
Quest Study Bible – v23, “Will God Literally Reign In Jerusalem?” Some believe The Messiah Will Come To Earth, Rebuild The Jerusalem Temple And Reign Over The World. But others think this may describe The New Jerusalem after the destruction of the earth (Revelation 21:1-2). Either way, The Message Remains The Same. God Will Reign.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v16-23, Believers may be driven into the uttermost parts of the earth; but they are singing, not sighing. Here Is Terror To Sinners; the prophet laments the miseries he saw breaking in like a torrent; and the small number of Believers. He foresees that sin would abound. The meaning is plain, that evil pursues sinners. Unsteady, uncertain are all these things. Worldly men think to dwell in the earth as in a palace, as in a castle; but it shall be removed like a cottage, like a lodge put up for the night. It shall fall and not rise again; But There Shall Be New Heavens and a New Earth, In Which Shall Dwell Nothing But Righteousness. Sin is a burden to the whole creation, it is a heavy burden, under which it groans now, and will sink at last. The high ones, that are puffed up with their grandeur; that think themselves out of the reach of danger, God Will Visit For Their Pride And Cruelty. Let Us Judge Nothing Before The Time, though some shall be visited. None in this world should be secure, though their condition be ever so prosperous; nor need any despair, though their condition be ever so deplorable. God Will Be Glorified In All Of This. But The Mystery Of Providence Is Not Yet Finished. The Ruin of The Redeemer’s enemies must make way For His Kingdom, And Then The Son Of Righteousness Will Appear In Full Glory. Happy Are Those Who Take Warning By The Sentence Against Others; every impenitent sinner will sink under his transgressions, and rise no more, While Believers Enjoy Everlasting Bliss. Amen.