Long ago, God warned the people not to ask for king but they failed to listen to Him. Just as Samuel prophesied, King Saul brought death, destruction and misery upon the people, all because they refused to hearken unto our Lord. Down throughout the ages, by election, military force or deceit, kings and rulers have oppressed their citizens, being wholly ignorant and spiteful of the true God. No man, woman or child is guiltless, for each of us has played a part in our collective rebellion. The focus of this article however, is how God views the world’s rich, elite and powerful, and how their end will come. Heed His words with fear and trembling.
Isaiah 24: 1-23
Verses 1-2 [All mankind has sinned, therefore destruction is coming]
“Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and meketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
Verses 3-4 [This present world will be destroyed]
The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word. The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world langisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
Verses 5-6 [Earth defiled from the sins of mankind]
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction. When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done. They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.
Verses 15-16 [The merchants have engaged in deceit and lies]
Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea. From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
Verses 17-18 [Earthquakes and torrents of rain]
Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the pit shall be taken in a snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.
Verses 19-20 [The earth is dissolved]
The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. 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 raise again.
Verses 21-23 [Kings of the earth punished]
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. 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. 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.”
Our world is in turmoil and chaos because collectively we have rejected the LORD our God, forsaking His commandments and laws. Events placed in motion long ago will soon be fulfilled, as the end of days draws nigh. Turn ye, each of us unto Jesus Christ in repentance of sin, that we may be saved. But woe unto the kings and rulers who have rejected thee and forsaken thy laws.
May 28th, 2011