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Isaiah is the prophet of Salvation. He is also known as the truly "Universalist" prophet, by which is meant that He makes it clear that salvation is extended equally to all nations and not just to Israel. He lived to see the fall of Israel and the deportation of the Israelites to Assyria, and he prophesied of their "return" to God (through repentance). He is truly a "major prophet" whose prophecies greatly influenced the Apostle Paul in the New Testament.
Category - Bible Commentaries
In Isaiah 47:5-7 God says to Babylon,
5 “Sit silently, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans, for you will no longer be called the queen of kingdoms. 6 I was angry with My people, I profaned My heritage and gave them into your hand. You did not show mercy to them, on the aged you made your yoke very heavy. 7 Yet you said, ‘I will be a queen forever.’ These things you did not consider nor remember the outcome of them.”
Babylon, “the queen of kingdoms,” did not believe or follow the law of God, nor did she know the mind of God. She thought that her own false gods had given her power to enslave the nations and to force them to serve her. She despised the slaves, including “My people,” and believed she had the right to mistreat them at will.
She did not know that the law of God forbade mistreating slaves on the grounds that all men belonged to their Creator. Slave-owners did not have unlimited rights over their slaves. For instance, we read in Exodus 21:26, 27,
26 If a man strikes the eye of his male or female slave and destroys it, he shall let him go free on account of his eye. 27 And if he knocks out a tooth of his male or female slave, he shall let him go free on account of his tooth.
Yet Babylon thought it had the right to mistreat slaves. Such rights are granted by men, though not by God. The “daughter of the Chaldeans” believed that she could violate the law of God and still “be a queen forever.” Yet she did not “consider” (literally, take to heart) nor did she believe God would hold her accountable.
There are those who believe that only Israelites received the law of God and only Israelites will be held accountable to it. Jews go further by teaching that non-Jews are only responsible for the so-called “Noahide laws” in Gen. 9:1-7. If that were so, how could God hold Babylon responsible for mistreating her slaves, seeing that this was not one of the laws mentioned in Gen. 9:1-7? Neither could God hold non-Jews accountable for theft or adultery or rape or kidnapping, along with a host of other sins.
In fact, the feast days were to be kept by all, whether they were Israelites or not. This is made clear in Deut. 16:11 and 14.
God makes it clear in Isaiah 47:6, 7 that He did indeed hold Babylon accountable to the law that was given to Israel. In fact, the law was given to the foreigners in Israel as well, and there was to be one law for all men. All were equally accountable. Num. 15:16 says,
16 There is to be one law and one ordinance for you and for the alien who sojourns with you.
When Babylon finally fell to the Persian army, King Belshazzar was holding a great feast. Suddenly a hand appeared out of nowhere and wrote on the wall four words: “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin” (Dan. 5:25). It was interpreted by Daniel himself to mean that God was holding Babylon accountable for her sin-debt—that is, her violation of God’s law. The law of God is the expression of His nature, and in the end all the world is to be held accountable to that law (Rom. 3:19).
Isaiah 47:8, 9 says,
8 Now, then, hear this, you sensual one, who dwells securely, who says in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me. I will not sit as a widow, nor know loss of children.’ 9 But these two things will come on you suddenly in one day: loss of children and widowhood. They will come on you in full measure in spite of your many sorceries, in spite of the great power of your spells.”
This “queen” did not consider the long-term consequences of her sins, thinking, as so many world rulers do, that they are not accountable to any higher power for their actions. But in Rev. 18:4-7 we read of the consequences of her lawlessness:
4 I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; 5 for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Pay her back even as she has paid and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her. 7 To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as a queen and I am not a widow and will never see mourning.’
The basic principle of God’s law in Exodus 22:4 is “he shall pay double.” While this principle is nowhere found in the so-called Noahide Laws, Babylon is held accountable to this law.
Babylon thought she would never “sit as a widow, nor know the loss of children.” She thought that her royal status was permanent, ruling the earth by the mandate of heaven on account of Jerusalem’s sin. Her pride deceived her into thinking that she would never “sit as a widow,” which means, as John explains, she would “never see mourning.”
Yet “mourning” was certain to come when the mandate of heaven was to pass from her and be given to the saints of the Most High. We read of this “mourning” in Rev. 18:15, 18, 19,
15 The merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning… 18 and were crying out as they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, “What city is like the great city?” 19 And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, “Woe, woe, the great city in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!”
It was common practice to put dust and ashes on one’s head as a sign of mourning.
Babylon confidently relied upon “sorceries” and “spells” (Isaiah 47:9) to retain power. Such spiritual power is very real, but it is no match for the power of God that operates in those who know who they are in Christ. The spells work well only when God’s law allows it. In this case, when God gave Babylon the mandate of heaven (i.e., the Dominion Mandate), the spells worked well in blinding the people to the nature of their captivity to Mystery Babylon.
Rev. 18:23 says to Babylon, “all the nations were deceived by your sorcery.” The word “sorcery” is from the Greek word pharmakeia, “the use or administration of drugs.” While men differentiate between legal and illegal drugs, these are just man-made distinctions. Few realize just how the drug companies (“Big Pharma”) have used their drugs and vaccines as sorcery to control the minds of the people.
In the original captivity to the city of Babylon, the people of Judah were held captive with their full knowledge. But in the latter-day captivity of Israel to Mystery Babylon, the captivity was a secret, or “mystery.” Few people understood the captivity that arose when the Federal Reserve Act was passed by congress on December 23, 1913 and implemented in 1914.
Even fewer knew that the Federal Reserve Act was planned earlier in 1910, when high-level bankers used “sorceries” in a room that stood directly over the remains of an ancient altar of human sacrifice.
Their “spells” were cast over the nation and the world and remained quite effective over the vast majority of the population. Only the overcomers remained unaffected by those spells, while (as Paul says) “the rest were blinded” (Rom. 11:7, KJV).
God allowed those spells to take effect, because it was a necessary part of His plan to prevent the people from rising up and rebelling against Mystery Babylon. It was God’s intention to judge America for her sins committed throughout the previous century. If the people had fought to retain their liberty, they would have fought against the judgment of God, so God allowed the sorcerer-bankers to blind the people.
But a century later, the captivity began to come to an end in 2014 and ended fully in 2017, as I have shown in other studies of prophecy. This is why there is so much turmoil today. Mystery Babylon’s mandate has expired, and the Kingdom of God is rising.
God has raised up many to break the spells of the sorcerer-bankers that control the finances and economies of the world. The veil is being removed, and the people are awakening. Soon the Holy Spirit will be poured out upon all flesh, and the people will repent for allowing witchcraft, sorcery, and false religion to flourish in America.
The law of God will be re-established as the law of the land.
Isaiah 47:10 says,
10 “You felt secure in your wickedness and said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and your knowledge, they have deluded you; for you said in your heart, “I am, and there is no one besides me’.”
The implication is that the rulers of Babylon did not recognize God as a higher power but usurped His place as if they were gods in themselves. Thus, they claimed, “I am, and there is no one besides me.” To this, God responds, “there is no one besides Me; I am the Lord [Yahweh], and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:6).
In Isaiah 47:11 God says,
11 “But evil will come on you which you will not know how to charm away [shakhar]; and disaster will fall on you for which you cannot atone; and destruction about which you do not know will come on you suddenly.”
The sorcerers will not be able to “charm away” the evil that is coming upon them. Isaiah uses the term shakhar, which means “dawn.” The root word is a verb that means “to seek early or earnestly.” Whereas most men seek the dawn (which ends the darkness), these sorcerers believe that the darkness is actually light. Hence, when the dawn appears, they see it as evil and try to “charm away” the rising of the sun.
The light conquers darkness, however, and there is nothing they can do to prevent the rise of the Kingdom of Light.
The destruction comes on them “suddenly,” or, as it says in Rev. 18:10, “in one hour.” There are various ways of interpreting and applying “one hour,” but this shows that Babylon will fall rather quickly. There may be a specific moment in time when an executive order may be issued “in one hour,” ending the dominion of the world order, but in the long term, even a few years can be considered to be sudden.
The main point is that Babylon’s fall is inevitable, and we are now seeing it happen, if we have eyes to see.