Panorama of the Prophets

Isaiah Overview Part 1, Chapters 1-39


Intro: In Acts 20 Paul gathers the Ephesian Elders together for a mini Conference on the Island of Miletus.

A)One of the things that he said to them there – was that while he was with them – He had been faithful to declare to them the Whole counsel of the word of God.


B)Now does that mean that Paul had been faithful to teach the entirety of the OT scriptures to them? –

1)Could be – but he was only there 3yrs


C)More likely it meant that Paul had been faithful to declare to them the whole counsel of the Word of God

1)By revealing to them the Story line that runs throughout the Scriptures – Genesis to revelation { Scarlet thread of redemption


D)Man’s need and God’s remedy are highlighted over and over again.

1)The heart of God and the Doctrine of God is revealed


Paul the Apostle said a very interesting thing in Romans 6:17

But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.


That is a very interesting verse and at first glance it is easy to read it the wrong way especially that last line.

A)It is easy to read or interpret that last line as saying the form of Doctrine that has been delivered to you.


B)That is not what it says: It says that we have been delivered to a form of Doctrine.  A system of beliefs

1)The idea is given over to.


C)The word Form = a mold – clay or Wax form – God was created in the scriptures a Form of doctrine a mold of Belief

A system of belief called the Bible – God’s heart His plan – for man

We have been given over to that mold –and once you start getting the mold – understanding the mold – it starts molding you.


That is really what is the theme and the purpose of what we are doing right now on Wednesday nights here at CCV

A)The First Wed night of the month – Credo – Communion night


B)Each month on that night we are going to Tackle one major Doctrinal topic of the Bible.

1)The studies will follow the story line of the Bible revealing to us the Mold – Starting with who God is – going all the way to End times scenarios


C)Then on the other three Wednesday nights of each month we are going to take a Panoramic view of the Prophet books – Overview

1)But as we go through it we are going to see this form of Doctrine that we have been given to- laid out clearly in every book


D)First week overview followed by 2nd week – Focus Jesus {Isa 2wks overview

1)Common theme – Man sinned lost – But a Savior is coming


Tonight Isaiah

Isaiah has been called the prince of the prophets. His ministry was longer, his style more eloquent, his message more sweeping than any of the other prophets.


He served through the reigns of 4 different kings. Isaiah was on prophetic duty for nearly 60 years his watch lasted almost 6 decades - from 740-680 BC.


Isaiah’s writing style suggests he was highly educated. According to tradition he was a man of rank - a member of the royal family – cousin of King Uzziah.


Quote from Ray Stedman “The books of the Bible are like national parks. They are open to everyone to roam in, and are a delight to explore all by yourself. But each park has a characteristic peculiar to itself that distinguishes it from the others; and you appreciate a park better if you know what that characteristic is. I have learned to appreciate some of the distinct characteristics of the great national parks in the West. For instance, if you want to see nature's various moods, go to Yellowstone Park. There she pulls all the tricks out of her bag and throws everything together.

 If you want to see mountain grandeur and cool lakes, Glacier Park in Montana is the place to go. If you want to be awed and humbled and stirred, then go to the Grand Canyon. If you are looking for a quiet valley in which to rest and reflect, Yosemite fills the bill -- that is, any time other than midsummer, when some twenty thousand people are in the valley with you.

Sometimes I think of these books of the Bible like this. The book of Revelation is to me very much like Yellowstone National Park. It is full of spouting geysers and all kinds of weird symbolism and a variety of formations. The Gospel of John is more like Yosemite; quiet and deep and reverent. But there is no question that the book of Isaiah is the Grand Canyon of scripture. Geologists tell us that the Grand Canyon is a miniature history of the earth -- a condensed history, a pocket volume of the past -- just so, the book of Isaiah has long been recognized as a miniature Bible.”

How many books does the Bible have? Sixty-six.

How many chapters does Isaiah have? Sixty-six.

How many books are there in the Old Testament?  Thirty-nine,

Twenty-seven in the New Testament.


And the book of Isaiah divides exactly in that way.

The first half of the book comprises thirty-nine chapters.


There is a distinct division at chapter 40, so that the remaining twenty-seven chapters constitute the second half of this book.

Chapters 1-39 Focus is on Condemnation

40-66 Consolation

1st 39 chapters are Denunciatory

Last 27 Chapters are Conciliatory

The first 39 chapters the emphasis is on Govt and law the last 27 chapters emphasize  Love and Grace   


The New Testament begins with the history of John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, as he came to announce the coming of the Messiah, and it ends in the book of Revelation with the new heaven and the new earth.


Chapter 40 of Isaiah, which begins the second half, contains the prophetic passage that predicts the coming of John the Baptist:  The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the Lord;

And when you read on to the end of the book you will find that chapter 66 speaks of the new heavens and the new earth that God is creating.

A) So you find here in the book of Isaiah a remarkably close analogy that parallels the entire Bible.    THREE WEEKS TO COVER 1-39/ 40-66/ JC


Isaiah is quoted far more in the New Testament than any other prophet. Isaiah is mentioned by name 21 times, and chapter 53 alone is quoted or eluded to some 85 times.    


The book of Isaiah has been called “The Fifth Gospel”.

A)Some of the clearest Messianic prophecies come from the pen of Isaiah. 121 Messianic prophesies


Jesus’ virgin birth, His sinless character - His life, miracles, suffering, death, resurrection, second coming, and future Kingdom are all addressed by Isaiah.


In fact, the word “Isaiah” means “Jehovah is salvation”. His book proves Jesus is God’s Savior.


Only book in the Bible that gives Satan the name Lucifer and it is one of only two books that Describe his fall.


The book begins, “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.”


Isaiah  first served under King Uzziah

A)Uzziah was a good and godly king who reigned 52 years. His obedience to God created a stability that led to a season of prosperity.


For the next 18 years his son, Jotham, followed in his father’s footsteps. But Jotham’s successor, Ahaz, rebelled against God.


His 19 years of idolatry set the nation up for judgment…

And God’s means of discipline came in the form of the Babylonian army.



 Tradition tells us that Isaiah the prophet was martyred under the reign of Manasseh, one of the most wicked kings recorded by the Old Testament.

The story is that he hid in a hollow tree to escape the reign of Manasseh

Soldiers Sawn in half – Hebrews 11:37 The Martyrdom of Isaiah


One of the greatest modern Bible Discoveries has been the discovery of the dead sea Scrolls

A)In that Discovery truly amazing is the 24foot long Scroll of the entire book of Isaiah.


B)Why is it so important? – Well prior to this find in 1947 – bediom boy rocks – Cave –finds this scroll that was written in 200 BC


C)Suddenly we have a book of the Bible that is 1100 yrs older than the oldest manuscript that we had. {Ben hauser….


Here is what the best part is: The best part about the dead sea scrolls isn’t in what they found – it is in what they didn’t find

A)What they didn’t find with this manuscript written 1100 yrs before our earliest complete  manuscript is they didn’t find errors


B)1100 yrs of perfect continuity and scholarship. In fact there were only 9 letters that were different from the one manuscript to the other.


C)No other ancient writing holds up to that kind of Scrutiny – Not the philosophers/ not Shakespeare

1)Way more errors when those writings were past down


Amazing find for the evidence of the realiability of the Bible


Tonight focus Ch. 1-39 Theme is Condemnation

Here is how the first 39 chapters break down

1-12 Condemnation on Judah

13-23 Condemnation of the other nations

28-35 Condemnation of Judah and Israel together.

36-39 Condemnation of Assyria


Now if you are paying close attention you will notice that we left out v. 24-27 Why is that ?

A)Parenthesis – 24-27  Isaiah’s little Apocalypse


B)Isaiah takes a break to speak about a way off future set of Judgments and glory that the world has not yet seen.


Isaiah writes in verse 2, “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: "I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me.”

Following their exodus from Egypt, for 700 years God cradled, nurtured, taught, and disciplined Israel with the patience and perseverance of a parent.


Yet they refused to respond to His instruction.


At times God would punish His people with famine – at other times He rewarded them with prosperity – neither worked for very long.

They were perpetually rebellious. They broke his Law, and pursued idols.


In verse 3 God bemoans their tendencies, “The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master's crib; but Israel does not know, my people do not consider."


A few years back  Israeli policeman in Haifa, used this verse to bust a burglary ring. The thieves were loading their loot on an ox to make their get-away. When one of the oxen was caught it was made to go hungry for a few days, then turned loose.

And just as Isaiah said, it returned to “its master’s crib.” The crooks were arrested.


You’ve heard the old metaphor, “as dumb as an ox” – apparently, an ox is not so dumb. Isaiah is saying that Israel was not as smart as an ox.

An ox knows where to turn when it gets hungry - where to find the sustenance it needs  the OX knows where its bread is buttered, where it gets blessing and help.


But he says, "Not Israel. They don't know where to go." They are wandering off stupidly, ignorantly, and this amazes him. He simply cannot understand their stubborn refusal to turn back -- and the other nations around are just as bad.

What about you, are you dumber than an ox? Where do you turn when a spiritual hunger sets in?

A)Do you take a pill? Run up a bill? Take a drink? Consult a shrink?


B) Hey, it doesn’t take a smart guy to figure out the place to turn is Jesus. Even an ox returns to its owner’s crib.

1)At the feet of Jesus you’ll find what you need.


In verse 4 God says, “Alas, sinful nation, a people laden (or loaded down) with iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away backward.” Guys, if you’re not pursuing God you’re going backwards.

          Phillip Yancey makes an accurate observation about God’s approach in the Old Testament, “Jehovah does not think like a social worker. He behaves, instead, like a holy God trying desperately to communicate to cantankerous human beings.”

He vents His frustration. He gets upset. He’s not always delicate or diplomatic.


Notice in verse 4 the phrase “the Holy One of Israel. This is Isaiah’s favorite title for God. Of the 31 times it appears in the Bible, it’s used 26 times in Isaiah.

          In light of God’s holiness, Israel’s sin is that much more abominable.


In verses 11-14 God takes issue with their worship. Their sorry attitude and hypocrisy had rendered their sacrifices and feasts meaningless.

                  They’re acts of worship were worthless to God.


They offered a lamb with evil in their heart. Rituals are never a substitute for sincerity. The heart of the offerer is always more important than the offering

God says in verse 13, “Bring no more futile sacrifices.”


Guys, we can be guilty of the same offense. Don’t come to church - raise your hands, sing praises, pray a prayer, drop off an offering – then ignore the Lord the other 7 days of the week.


Now despite their hardness of heart their hypocrisy and rebellion God doesn’t give up on them. V.18

In verse 18 God makes an offer to His people, “Come now, and let us reason together," says the LORD, (in other words, let’s settle this out of court) "though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient…”


Guys, if you’re willing to let the Lord have His way in your life, He’s willing to forgive and forget.

He’ll take a sin-stained heart, and wash it white as snow.


Greg Opean / Brian Newberry Youth kid – God ever given up on You?


In the last of chapter 1 Jerusalem is compared to a harlot. She’s sold out to sin and compromised with idols. God will purge her with the fires of judgment.


The rest of Chapters 1-5 deal with Woes and warnings

Vineyards were familiar sights in Israel. They dotted hillsides all over the country. In the Old Testament the vine was symbolic of the nation, Israel.


In chapter 5 Isaiah plays off this imagery. Here’s the song of the vineyard in a nutshell… God plants it. Sin ruins it. God lifts its protection and judgment comes.


Guys, this analogy is not only significant to Israel, but it also applies to those who are believers. John 15 says Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches. If we abide in Him – if we have faith and stay connected – He prunes us, and transform us – we bear fruit.


But if we disconnect, we’re left on our own, and taken away.

            Let’s remain attached to the vine, and be a vineyard that bears much fruit.


The rest of chapter 5 consists of 6 woes or warnings. God will judge man’s sin.

Verse 8, “Woe to those who join house to house…” or developers who produce crowded conditions. God will thin out the crowd with His coming judgment.


Verse 11, “Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may follow intoxicating drink; who continue until night, till wine inflames them!”

Woe to the party crowd who drink away their days and nights. Did you know the only cells your body can’t reproduce are brain cells.

You’re born with 17 billion such cells, and every time you consume a large quantity of alcohol you kill off 10,000 cells. This is one of the reasons I don’t drink. I need all the brain cells I can get!


Verse 18, “Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity…” Here’s a person mocking God. He’s pulls his sin along, daring God to bring judgment.

          Verse 20, “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes…”

          Verse 21, “Woe to men mighty at drinking wine…

          Verse 22, “Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating wine…” They get men drunk in order to bribe officials and pervert justice. God is angry with Israel.


Something Changes in Chapter 6 – In the midst of the Woes Isaiah is given a vision of God


Chapter 6 begins, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.”

A)Uzziah was a great King – National reform and Revival – Uzziah was loved – and admired by the people


B)The older Uzziah taught and loved and guided the younger Isaiah. But now Uzziah is gone! Isaiah had lived his whole life in the shadow of Uzziah, now he finds himself on his own!


C)Eyes on men – God removes them – Confidence in mentor / pastor / Church  parent – God removes them from your life


It’s been said, "When you have nothing left but God, then for the first time you become aware that God is enough." That's exactly what Isaiah learned.


It was time to dial God direct. It was time for Isaiah to forge a firsthand relationship with God.


In that year, Isaiah was given a glimpse of God’s throne room. He saw the Lord in all His glory. Seraphim hovered around the throne praising God for His holiness.

We need a vision of God -   

You’d think Isaiah would say “Wow”, instead his reaction was “Woe”.

Up against God’s glory all he could focus on was his own sin man of unclean lips  


That’s when one of the angels took a coal from off the altar and purified his lips.




Suddenly, Isaiah was in a place where he could hear God speak, and he heard the voice of the Lord saying, V.8  “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” (Notice the Lord referred to Himself by the plural pronoun a reference to the trinity.)


Who will I send ? Here and I send him – Lord send that guy

See problem you are meant to be a part of the Solution.


Isaiah volunteered immediately, “Here am I! Send me.” I hope we’re as eager to be sent? And the Lord told him, “Go…”

God’s word to us all is go, but before we go, there first comes a woe! Guys, we’re not fit to be used by God until we’re first broken – and it takes a vision of God to strip away our pride and selfishness.


At the end of chapter 6 God gives Isaiah a message. We’ve been given good news to share, but Isaiah had a tougher mission. God told him his persistent preaching would harden people’s heart, and make them immune to His warnings.


Isaiah’s ministry was not intended to deliver, as much as to prepared Israel for an inevitable judgment. Afterwards he supplies them the hope to start over.


Chapter 7-9 The Hope for Israel is announced in the coming of a Child to be named Immanuel – God with us!

A)Special Child – Savior – Conqueror and a King


B)Look at these Chapters more in our 3rd Study on Christ in Isaiah.




Ch.8 Isaiah has two sons

Isaiah had two sons, and both boys were given prophetic names.

The older boy was named “Shear-Jashub” which means “a remnant will return”. Isaiah predicts judgment, but God always leaves a remnant for a new beginning.


In chapter 8 Isaiah has another son who gets the name “Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz”. I think I’d rather be the boy named “Sue”.


His weird name means, “speed the plunder, swift to the spoils”. Isaiah explains it in verse 4, “for before the child shall have knowledge to cry 'My father' and 'My mother,' the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be taken away before the king of Assyria."

It stood for the haste with which God would judge the enemies of Judah.


Another word of Hope in Chapter 11 “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots


All through the Bible God is saying I am going to judge man for his sin. Sin brings consequences – Rebellion brings judgment


But there is this ray of Hope that is not in some political agenda – but the ray of hope is in a person the Person of Jesus – Here he refers to as the Branch from the root of Jesse

V.10 Even for the Gentiles


Verse 2 describes the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of the Lord that rested on Jesus.

          Here’s the sevenfold ministry of the Holy Spirit. This is the work of the Spirit in Jesus’ life and in our’s. “The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,”

          Notice first, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus. The Spirit reveals Jesus.


          He also is “the Spirit of wisdom and understanding”


How we need supernatural insight. And discernment


The Holy Spirit is also “the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.” God’s Spirit and God’s Word provide us all we need.

The rest of chapter 11 looks beyond Assyria’s destruction to Messiah’s future kingdom. Verse 6, "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb…”  Verse 8, “The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den.”

Jesus will end the hostility between humans and animals.


Verse 9 says, “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”


Notice we’re told in verse 11, “It shall come to pass in that day that the LORD shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left…”


The first time was after Judah was taken captive by the Babylonians in 586 BC. They remained in Israel until 70 AD when the Romans drove them out.

A)Since then the Jews remained dispersed among the nations. Not until this last century did they begin to return to their land a second time.


We’re seeing Isaiah’s prophecy fulfilled before our very eyes. In our day, God has begun a second time to “assemble the outcasts of Israel”, just as Isaiah predicted in 11:12.


Isaiah 12 is a song of praise. After God’s judgment has been poured out He will restore and comfort Israel.


God’s people will thank Him for His salvation.

          I hope you’ve thanked the Lord for your salvation.

          I love 12:5, “Sing to the LORD, for He has done excellent things…”



Ch.13-23 Condemnation on the nations around Israel

Ch. 13-14  Babylon                       Ch. 14 Assyria and Philistia


Ch. 15 -16 Moab                           Ch. 17 Damascus


Ch. 18 Ethiopia                             Ch.19 Egypt


Ch. 20 -21 Babylon again             Ch. 22 Tyre


Ch.23 Assyria again

Ch. 14 We are introduced to Satan –

Chapter 14 focuses on the King of Babylon at the time of the city’s fall. Ultimately though, the person in view is not just Belshazzar – ancient Babylon’s last monarch - or even a future character like Sadaam Hussein, or the antichrist.


The real king of Babylon - the driving force behind the world’s rebellion – the author of the false religion, always associated with the city – is Satan.


Demons in other cities

          Satan’s judgment is described in ominous terms in 14:9, "Hell from beneath is excited about you, to meet you at your coming…” What a thought! Everyone the devil deceived and led into hell will rise up to meet him when he arrives.


Revelation 20 tells us that at the end of the Great Tribulation Satan will be bound in hell for 1000 years. When that day comes hell’s inmates will look at the list of new arrivals and see Satan on the schedule.

They’ll get excited! They’ll finally get the opportunity to vent their anger, and take out their frustrations.


Verse 10 records their taunts, “Have you also become as weak as we? Have you become like us? Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, and the sound of your stringed instruments; the maggot is spread under you, and worms cover you.'”


And that’s when God takes us on a flashback. He recounts Satan’s former glory, and how far he has fallen. Verse 12, "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” Satan did not begin as the epitome of evil.


Ezekiel 28:14 says that he was once an “anointed cherub”. He was the angel Lucifer.

And he had a vital role in the worship of God. He was an anointed cherub. Ezekiel calls him “the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty”.


We’re wrong to think of Satan as a slimely creature in a red suit, with pointed ears and horns. He’s a creature of glamour. He can come to us today in the most attractive forms. He’s the gorgeous blonde in the string bikini

the hip professor with his cool sounding arguments. Beware! Paul calls him “an angel of light.”

One day hell will get excited. They’ll greet him with the words, “How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!” Satan is now the weak one.

Isaiah goes back to the beginning – the angel Lucifer’s colossal mistake.


Here are the five “I wills” of Satan.

He says in verses 13-15, “For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.”


Pride entered his heart. Remember, the middle letter in the word sin is “I”.

Satan wanted to exalt himself… to be like God. Yet God tells him in verse 15, “Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.” Jesus sentenced Satan on the cross, and when He returns He’ll lock up the devil.


Verses 16-17 speak of Satan, "Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: 'Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities…?”


Amazed that was him?   See him in Comparison to Jesus – NOTHING

At the end of chapter 14 two kings are judged – the Assyrian and Philistine.



In chapter 20 Isaiah delivers a unique sermon. Perhaps you’ve heard sermons on nudity, but this was a nude sermon. The Lord tells Isaiah in verses 2-4,

          "Go, and remove the sackcloth from your body, and take your sandals off your feet." And he did so, walking naked and barefoot. Then the LORD said, "Just as My servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and a wonder against Egypt and Ethiopia, so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians as prisoners and the Ethiopians as captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.”


Often the prophets acted out their messages – sometimes in bizarre fashion. They would preach in what we could call “living parables. Ezekiel laid on his side. Hosea married a prostitute. Paul bound himself with a belt.

Here Isaiah walked naked for three years to communicate the bare facts to Egypt and Ethiopia.

For 3 years Isaiah wore nothing but his birthday suit as a warning to the nations in the Assyrian warpath. Because of their sin and idolatry, God will turn them over to the ruthless Assyrians who will take them away naked into slavery.



Now why all this emphasis on the judgment of the other nations -

A)Israel sitting in Captivity would be reminded of the Sovereignty of their God – he was going to deliver them –



Chapters 24-27 are known as “The Little Apocalypse. The judgments in these chapters are more global in scope, and parallel the book of Revelation.

          Isaiah 24:1 sets the tone, “Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste, distorts its surface and scatters abroad its inhabitants.”

          I believe these chapters speak of what the New Testament calls “the great tribulation” – 7 years before the coming of Christ when God will judge the wicked.


Verses 19-20 speak of cataclysmic upheaval that will take place in nature. “The earth is violently broken, the earth is split open, the earth is shaken exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut…”


Those who worship mother earth: Bummed when we trash it – they haven’t seen anything yet – Wait until they see what God does!  


          Chapter 25 paints a picture of when the Jesus returns.

          Verse 8 says, “He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken.” This is why we say, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus.”


          Isaiah 26 begins, “In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah…” This chapter is the song of praise the Jews will sing when Jesus reigns in Israel.

          The chapter ends with an incredible flurry...

          Verse 19 is a prediction of the resurrection of the dead. “Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise…” In Christ we overcome death.

Verse 19 sounds a lot like Romans 6:5, “If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” The resurrection of Jesus makes possible the believer’s resurrection.


          After speaking of our resurrection look at what Isaiah says in verses 20-21. It sounds amazingly like the rapture. “Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. For behold, the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity…” This is a provocative passage…


God’s people are taken into His chambers, and the doors shut behind the bride and Groom - while God punishes the wicked inhabitants of the world. Here in the Old Testament is a clear description of the pretribulational rapture of the Church.

          Guys, before God’s judgment comes down, the Church will go up!


Isaiah 27:1 tells us, “In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong, will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; and He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.”


In the Revelation, John uses Isaiah’s imagery for Satan. John calls him a dragon. Isaiah refers to him as a sea serpent.

          Leviathan is the serpent that’s countered God at every turn. When Jesus returns He’ll use God’s sword, and punish Satan for the evil he’s caused.


          Chapter 27 describes God’s preservation of Israel, and their return to the land He promised them. Verse 6 tells us, “Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob; Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.”

          Israel today is about the size of New Jersey – 1/7th yet it is the world’s 3rd largest producer of citrus fruit. Isaiah’s prophecy is being fulfilled.


Chapter 30 is God’s rebuke of King Hezekiah. With the Assyrians bearing down on him from the north, Hezekiah turned to Egypt in the south for protection. Verse 1 says, “Woe to the rebellious children… who take counsel, but not of Me…”

Here’s what Judah had to learn… verse 18, “Blessed are all those who wait for Him…” They turned elsewhere for help because they didn’t wait on God.

It’s been said, “Patience is letting you motor idle when you feel like peeling out.”


We have to be patient. God’s wristwatch is set to His time, not our time.


In verse 21 God promises Israel that in the midst of their adversity, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," God will not abandon them. The Spirit will remind them of the truth they’d been taught.


Here’s the lesson for us. Don’t give up. Be patient. Trust the Lord. In the His timing you’ll hear the Holy Spirit’s words whispering guidance in your ears.


          The Mid-East peace negotiators need to read Isaiah 31:4, “So the LORD of hosts will come down to fight for Mount Zion and for its hill.” When the nations of the world do eventually come to fight against Jerusalem, Jesus will defend the city.


Chapter 32 describes how life will be different when King Jesus reigns in righteousness. Folks will understand truth. The Spirit will be poured out. Justice will dwell in the land. The people will live in peace and security. What a day!



Isaiah 33 describes God’s judgment on Israel’s invaders – both then and yet to come. Verse 3 says, “When You lift Yourself up, the nations shall be scattered.”


Chapters 34-35 go way beyond the scope of any local conflict. Here the prophet looks through the immediate to the future and final days of man.


Chapter 34 focuses on the final battle – “the battle for Jerusalem, or what’s also called “the battle of Armageddon”. And chapter 35 describes the Kingdom age Jesus will set up on planet Earth after the conclusion of the battle.


          Notice the broad scope of the prophecy. Verse 2 tells us the whole world is a player, “the indignation of the LORD is against all nations…” Verse 4 implies both heaven and earth are the battlefield, “the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll”.

Notice too, verse 5 says, blood will be shed in Bozrah and Edom – the region near the Dead Sea. Understand, the staging area for the battle of Jerusalem will be the Valley of Megiddo, but the fighting will stretch as far south as Bozrah.


Remember too, that’s where the Jews, who fled from the Antichrist, will hold up – in Bozrah or Petra. And that’s where Jesus will finish slaughtering the wicked.


          In the aftermath of God’s final judgment, the earth will become desolate. But  35 verse 1 promises, “the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.”


But that’s just the beginning… You think Jesus did miracles at His first coming, wait until His second… Verse 5 says He’ll open blind eyes, and deaf ears. Verse 6, “the lame shall leap like a deer”. The land will be restored - Israel regathered.

          The thousand years Jesus reigns will be a millennium of miracles.


Isaiah 36-39 is a parenthetical passage inserted by Isaiah to explain how God fulfills His promises to Judah and delivers them from the Assyrian invasion.

          It parallels almost exactly with 2 Kings 18-20.


In chapter 36 Isaiah describes the Assyrian’s threat. In chapter 37 he recounts King Hezekiah’s prayer, and Isaiah’s own assuring prophecy. God’s deliverance is described in 37:36, “Then the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses - all dead. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh.” 


Chapter 38 tells us about Hezekiah’s sickness… his impending death - his prayer - his healing – the miraculous sign that confirmed His promise – and the blunder he made showing off his treasure to a group of Babylonian spies.


When you go home tonight read it over. As is all the Bible, it’s rich in insight!