Isaiah 30

Just as there are patterns to history, there are patterns to the rejection of God. When God blesses His people, it usually takes only a few short years before they look at God’s blessing as the result of their own efforts. This invariably leads to a spiral downwards into sin and a rejection of God. We see this throughout the Bible, and we see it right now in our own churches.

This is laid out in the first seventeen verses of Isaiah 30. So, I invite you to read Isaiah 30:1-17 on your own, and see if your own church, community and nation are following this same path.

Are you and your church looking to God for a solution?

We MUST repent of our sins so that God will return His hand of protection to us.

God Waits To Bless Israel

So, up to verse 17, Isaiah 30 was talking about the past – for Israel. But, God does not leave His people in the past without a promise. And that is what happens in verse 18:

Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
Blessed are all those who wait for Him.

Isaiah 30:18

Isaiah lived at the time of the beginning of God’s judgment upon Israel.

So, when God spoke of the beginning of that judgment, through Isaiah, who was He speaking to?

Was He speaking to us?

Of course not. God was speaking to the people that He was about to judge and bring into captivity:

Israel.

I am mystified by those who believe in replacement theology. They claim that God’s references to Israel apply to the church. Yet, they seem unable to see who God is actually speaking to.

Does God abandon His promises, after He has made them?

Of course not. Otherwise, you and I are in a HEAP of trouble!

When we become rebellious, God reaches out and gives us a thump – to teach us that our rebellion is futile. God has done that with Israel. For two thousand years – and more – the Lord has demonstrated to the children of Jacob that they could not save themselves by their own might and power – that they needed the Lord. And, the only way that you can have the Lord is by obeying Him.

Physical Jacob Blessed At A Physical Jerusalem

But, it’s also not just about a ‘long enough’ period of time. It’s also about the ‘right’ time. The Lord has waited for the perfect moment to save Israel, to bring the children of Jacob back to Himself.

For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem;
You shall weep no more.
He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry;
When He hears it, He will answer you.

Isaiah 30:19

Just to hammer the point home:

When God said ‘Zion at Jerusalem’, was He using allegory, here?

Of Course not.

When God speaks about a specific geographical point on Earth, God really is talking about a specific place. If you think otherwise, then I’m not sure how you can continue to believe that the Bible is true.

Who were the people that God was referring to?

The children of Jacob: Israel!

I know that for most of you, this seems like an unnecessary bit of reasoning, but there are many who seem to be unable to see the obvious. It really is amazing to me how some people seem to be unable to understand that when God talks about Israel, He really means the physical descendants of Jacob: I-S-R-A-E-L!

And, who will God respond to and hear?

The people at Jerusalem. In fact, I suspect that some of us might want to pay careful attention to those brothers and sisters in Christ who are there, already. God might be paying extra attention to them.

I don’t want to take this too far, but I’ve always felt closer to God in Jerusalem. It’s almost as if calling out to God in other places of the world was ‘long distance’, but in Jerusalem… it seems more like a local call. But, that could just be me and my crazy thinking.

The Indwelling Of The Holy Spirit Upon Jerusalemites

Moving on…

And though the Lord gives you
The bread of adversity and the water of affliction,
Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore,
But your eyes shall see your teachers.

Isaiah 30:20

Adversity and affliction have been a huge part of Israel’s past. Just look at the past 2500 years of Jewish history. Up to now, the only thing more difficult than being a Jew – was being a Christian.

In fact – while in Israel – I joked with many of my Jewish friends that the people that threw them out of THEIR homes – threw us out, also. The true Christian church has a shared history of being persecuted alongside the Jewish people.

But, one day God will give them what we have had:

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
“This is the way, walk in it,”
Whenever you turn to the right hand
Or whenever you turn to the left.

Isaiah 30:21

THAT is the Holy Spirit.

We’ve had the Holy Spirit for two thousand years, and God is going to give it to them, too – when He saves them.

How will He save them?

By causing them to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior – in exactly the same way that God saved us. Each individual Israeli will hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and individually accept the sacrifice of Jesus. Each Israeli will individually believe that Jesus is what He said that He is. Each Israeli will be individually baptized.

Israel Turns Away From Idolatry

And, when Israel finally welcomes Jesus as their Messiah, this is what they will do:

You will also defile the covering of your images of silver,
And the ornament of your molded images of gold.
You will throw them away as an unclean thing;
You will say to them, “Get away!”

Isaiah 30:22

These new Christians in Israel will no longer study the Talmud. They will no longer worship their rabbis, or their gold and silver plated Torah scrolls. They will no longer look to their traditions and their customs as their source of purity and righteousness. They will no longer wrestle with God, but will submit to Him.

23 Then He will give the rain for your seed
With which you sow the ground,
And bread of the increase of the earth;
It will be [a]fat and plentiful.
In that day your cattle will feed
In large pastures.
24 Likewise the oxen and the young donkeys that work the ground
Will eat cured fodder,
Which has been winnowed with the shovel and fan.

Isaiah 30:23-24

When we get to it, notice how this parallels exactly what God promised to do for Israel in Ezekiel 36 and Ezekiel 37.

Take a moment sometime to look at the changes that have happened to the Land of Israel. Before the Jews came, it was a barren, disease-ridden land. After they took possession of their land, it became a lush, productive paradise.

Israel Saved In The Day Of Ezekiel’s Fire

But then, in the midst of all this blessing, we have an ominous note:

25 There will be on every high mountain
And on every high hill
Rivers and streams of waters,
In the day of the great slaughter,
When the towers fall.
26 Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun,
And the light of the sun will be sevenfold,
As the light of seven days,
In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people
And heals the stroke of their wound.

Isaiah 30:25-26

Now, we are focusing on verse 26, because THAT is the verse that talks about the solar flare that we are concerned with. However, the context of that solar flare will also be verse 25.

Why is this important?

Well, God says this in the second half of verse 26:

In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people
And heals the stroke of their wound.

THAT is salvation. You cannot interpret that phrase in any other way, unless you twist the context of the chapter, itself. This salvation is the same central element that you will find in all the passages that speak of Ezekiel’s Fire. And, when you look at all the passages that describe Israel’s salvation, you will notice that this return to God happens at a specific moment in time.

Every passage that talks about the salvation of Israel… is also talking about the same moment in time. When Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Zechariah speak of the salvation of Israel, they are all talking about the same moment.

This allows us the collect each description of the salvation of Israel and combine them together. When we do that, it becomes clear that a solar flare is coming. Here is where Isaiah 30 describes this solar flare:

Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun,
And the light of the sun will be sevenfold,
As the light of seven days,

That is the first part of Isaiah 30:26, and the implications are truly horrifying. The Sun either turns the Earth into a scorched cinder, or it hits us with a solar flare. The lesser of the two possibilities is the solar flare, but it is only a minor relief that we have confirmation of this eruption from the Sun, from other passages. This solar flare will do tremendous damage and bring our civilization to its knees.

What do OTHER passages say about this moment in time?

Well, Ezekiel 39 says this:

So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward.

Ezekiel 39:22

If the Bible says that you know Yehovah as your God, this means that you are saved. This also means that Ezekiel 39 is another view of the events surrounding this moment of salvation – the same events as Isaiah 30. Ezekiel 39 and Isaiah 30 are talking about the same moment in time.

But, does Ezekiel 39 refer to a solar flare?

Actually, it does, here:

And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord.

Ezekiel 39:6 (ASV)

And THAT is why I wrote the book Ezekiel’s Fire – and why you should read it!

The Day Of Slaughter

What is the context of Ezekiel 39?

The coming of Gog and Magog.

And, we know that Gog and Magog is going to be slaughtered. Just read Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39.

THAT will certainly be quite a bit of slaughter, and would certainly be enough to fulfill Isaiah 30:25. But… unfortunately …the armies of Gog and Magog will not be the only ones to die.

As we look at other chapters in other books of the Bible, we see that Zechariah also gives us a view of the salvation of Israel. Only this time, we see this:

And it shall come to pass in all the land,”
Says the Lord,
“That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die,
But one-third shall be left in it:

Zechariah 13:8

Zechariah 12 and Zechariah 13 both speak of Israel’s return to God, in the same way that Isaiah 30 and Ezekiel 36-39 do. But, Zechariah’s account adds another dimension:

The death of two thirds of those in the Land of Israel.

I know of many who love Israel, and they hate the thought of so many Israelis dying. In fact, they hate this thought so much that they refuse to even see this prophecy. But, ignoring a prophecy doesn’t make the prophecy go away.

So, this is the day of the great slaughter. Two thirds of Israelis will die. The vast army put together by Gog and Magog will be slaughtered.

Gigantic Earthquakes

And something else will happen:

The towers will fall.

Hmmmm…. now, THAT is interesting. “When the towers fall,” are the last four words of Isaiah 30:25.

What could those words refer to?

Well, Ezekiel 38 has something to say about this, here:

 

19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, 20 so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ 21 I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord God. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22 And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” ’

Ezekiel 38:19-23

THAT is interesting. So, there won’t be just a solar flare. Both Isaiah and Ezekiel speak of a gigantic earthquake. And, verse 22 also mentions brimstone, and that means the eruption of one – or more – volcanoes.

And yes, there are volcanoes in Israel – up on the Golan Heights.

In fact, the Golan is chock full of dormant volcanoes. Not so, the Jerusalem mountain range. If you walk around the Golan and places nearby, you’ll see lots of dark, volcanic rock, and many of the ancient buildings that archeologists have uncovered were made with it.

So, not only do we have the biggest solar flare in the history of the world, but we also have the coming of Gog and Magog, the destruction of that army, the death of two thirds of all in Israel and a massive earthquake.

Ouch.

My heart breaks just to think of it.

NOTE: Not The Gog And Magog Of Revelation

Now, as a side-note, some have tried to argue that Ezekiel 38 is actually describing the events of Revelation 20. This cannot be true. In Revelation 20, it is Satan that brings Gog and Magog. In Ezekiel 38, it is God. In Revelation ALL the nations come. In Ezekiel, most are left out. In Ezekiel 38, there are seven years of cleanup, afterwards. In Revelation 20, a New Heaven and a New Earth appear, immediately afterward.

Global Destruction

But, let’s continue through the rest of Isaiah 30:

27 Behold, the name of the Lord comes from afar,
Burning with His anger,
And His burden is heavy;
His lips are full of indignation,
And His tongue like a devouring fire.
28 His breath is like an overflowing stream,
Which reaches up to the neck,
To sift the nations with the sieve of futility;
And there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people,
Causing them to err.

Isaiah 30:27-28

Okay. THAT is a scary passage. God is going to do something terrible to the world, and You do NOT want to be caught up in that. So, let’s talk a bit about what God is going to do, in terms of this passage.

First of all, verses 27 and 28 speak of nations and peoples, so they speak of what God does to the rest of the world, those nations OUTSIDE of Israel. Here is what will happen:

  • Thick rising smoke – while there are lots of things that can cause such smoke, we do know that other passages refer to ‘brimstone’. This means volcanoes, lots of them – across the world. And… um …we’ve been noticing a little bit of that, already.
  • Devouring fire – the solar flare – Ezekiel’s Fire – could certainly do all that. Since we’ve never seen that before, here on Earth, I’m not sure what to say. A solar flare that big could do quite a bit of devouring. However, we also have volcanoes to deal with. Volcanoes have done quite a bit of ‘devouring’ in the past.
  • Sifting the Nations – this solar flare will destroy – at a very minimum – the power grids of every country that didn’t protect their electric infrastructure from the effects of Electromagnetic Pulse. But, I’m not sure that ANYTHING can protect a power grid from a solar flare this size. The best that we can hope for is that the power grids of countries near the equator might survive. Might.
  • Sieve of futility – when a power grid goes down in a developed country, most of the population in that developed country will die – unless they have easy access to food and water that are not dependent upon electricity, in some form. Some studies on this topic have shown that 90% of a population will die, if the electric infrastructure dies and stays dead for more than 18 months.
  • Bridle that causeth to err – you’ve noticed, by now, how foolish we and our leaders have become. Well, in Ezekiel 38, God said that He would put hooks in the jaws of Gog and Magog. He said much the same thing, as well, in Ezekiel 39.

The point is that God is going to cause a massive amount of destruction in the world. It is going to be a horrific time for almost everyone, which is part of the reason why I am writing this. I do NOT want you to be caught by what is going to happen.

And for those of you who think that this passage speaks of another time… well …I have only one thing to say:

Your theories won’t protect you.

But, let’s continue going through Isaiah 30:

Ye shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come unto the mountain of Jehovah, to the Rock of Israel.

And Jehovah will cause his glorious voice to be heard, and will show the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and the flame of a devouring fire, with a blast, and tempest, and hailstones.

Isaiah 30:29-30 (ASV)

The Assyrian Dismayed

So, we add a devouring fire, a blast, violent storms and lots of hail. Then, God mentions something interesting in the next verse that might give us another clue:

For through the voice of the Lord
Assyria will be beaten down,
As He strikes with the rod.

Isaiah 30:31

Hmmmm… Assyria. Interesting.

Could this give us a clue as to the identity of Gog and Magog?

After all, this is the same moment in time that Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39 speak of. And, when the Assyrian Empire was destroyed, they could have moved into Turkey.

Is Turkey part of this grand alliance of Gog and Magog?

I believe that they will be. Some have even tried to make a case for Turkey being Gog, but that just does not ring true. We’ll try to deal with this issue a bit later.

32 And in every place where the staff of punishment passes,
Which the Lord lays on him,
It will be with tambourines and harps;
And in battles of brandishing He will fight with it.
33 For Tophet was established of old,
Yes, for the king it is prepared.
He has made it deep and large;
Its pyre is fire with much wood;
The breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone,
Kindles it.

Isaiah 30:32-33

God Demonstrates His Power To The World

So, Isaiah 30 leaves us with a return of Israel AND great destruction in the world – a blessing and a curse, mixed together. As much as I want to focus on the blessing, I really can’t – because few of us will survive to see the blessing, if we do not prepare for the curse.

God is going to show His power by blessing Israel and judging the nations. It will be incredible, awesome and terrible all at once. The world will be shaken, and it will be a fantastic demonstration of God’s power.

Those that do not pay attention and prepare will die. So, please listen and prepare.

[NEXT: ISAIAH 31]

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