Isaiah 13-17

Chapters 13-23 are oracles against the nations.   The message was given to Israel ABOUT the fall of the surrounding nations. Today we will read 13-17.

  • Babylon
  • Assyria
  • Philistia
  • Moab
  • Damascus


  • Cush
  • Egypt
  • Edom
  • Arabia

MAP – Middle East: Then and NOW | Reading the Bible ...

Babylon- These prophecies are both a short term fulfillment and a long term fullfillment.  Basically, we are looking at a news show with a split-screen (Like Fox News or CNN)

Babylon is the up and coming “superpower” as a nation (one view)  However, Babylon is also symbolic of all evil, pride, oppression, or power that exalts itself against the Lord.  ( second view-Revelation 18).  This is a prophecy that we will see mixed both near and far prophecies.

Isaiah 13


See, the day of the Lord is coming
    —a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger—
to make the land desolate
    and destroy the sinners within it.



Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms,
    the pride and glory of the Babylonians,
will be overthrown by God
    like Sodom and Gomorrah.

Chapter 14

Always look for the Hope.  God is compassionate for “His People” (us)  There is a return of His people

The Lord will have compassion on Jacob;
    once again he will choose Israel
    and will settle them in their own land.
Foreigners will join them
    and unite with the descendants of Jacob.

(Foreigners will join….that is referring to Gentiles…you and I are included in His Mercy!)

So if Jesus is the King of Kings.  Who is the King of Babylon??

HUGE double reference.  As we see the historical context of the fall of the Babylonian King “near reference”.  The King of Evil is Satan himself when we look at the “far” prophecy.

ARE YOU READY FOR IT!!!! THIS IS THE HISTORY OF SATAN- “Morning Star” translation is Lucifer!

12 How you have fallen from heaven,
morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.[d]
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,
to the depths of the pit.

Only Scripture interprets scripture: so where can we cross-reference this? Glad you asked:

Ezekiel 28:14.  The “near” reference is the King of Tyre.  The “far” reference is the destruction of Satan.

‘You were the seal of perfection,

    full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden,
    the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
    carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
    topaz, onyx and jasper,
    lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.[b]
Your settings and mountings[c] were made of gold;
    on the day you were created they were prepared.
14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
    for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
    you walked among the fiery stones.
15 You were blameless in your ways
    from the day you were created
    till wickedness was found in you.
16 Through your widespread trade
    you were filled with violence,
    and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
    and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
    from among the fiery stones.
17 Your heart became proud
    on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom
    because of your splendor.
So I threw you to the earth;
    I made a spectacle of you before kings.
18 By your many sins and dishonest trade
    you have desecrated your sanctuaries.
So I made a fire come out from you,
    and it consumed you,
and I reduced you to ashes on the ground
    in the sight of all who were watching.
19 All the nations who knew you
    are appalled at you;
you have come to a horrible end
    and will be no more.’”

(His end will be at the last battle in Revelation)

Ch 15-16  Moab.  Who are the Moabites?  

The Moabites were a tribe descended from Moab, the son of Lot, born of an incestuous relationship with his oldest daughter (Genesis 19). From Zoar, on the southeastern border of the Dead Sea, they gradually spread over the region on the east of Jordan.  They have been a thorn in the Hebrews side ever since.  (I would love to talk about more but this post is sooooo late).

Map of Ancient Israel (Illustration) - Ancient History Encyclopedia

In short, an enemy will come from the North and free the refugees and push them towards Edom and around towards Judah.  To take the refugees or not to take the refugees…that is the question???

Yes- why you ask?  Think if Ruth…she was a Moab (and I like her).  She gave birth to the line of David (and I like him half the time)….So they bring lambs as a tribute (how symbolic)…and a VERY cool double prophecy…

The oppressor will come to an end,
    and destruction will cease;
    the aggressor will vanish from the land.
In love a throne will be established;
    in faithfulness a man will sit on it—
    one from the house  of David—
one who in judging seeks justice
    and speeds the cause of righteousness.

Well the answer is NO-Their tribute was with empty hearts.  They were prideful and continued to worship false gods…So God’s verdict for Moab is:

But now the Lord says: “Within three years, as a servant bound by contract would count them, Moab’s splendor and all her many people will be despised, and her survivors will be very few and feeble.”

I TOLD YOU I STRUGGLE WITH ISAIAH!  THIS IS HARD.  BUT, my goal is to understand 1% more than I did last time.  So let’s keep moving forward!

Try reading this one.  When you see “In that Day” look for the double prophecy.  Historical and Future.  You can do it.  BUT the one thing I want to point out is the beauty of Repentance.  Regardless if you view it as the falling of Damascas or the final battle in Revelation…People are Saved!

In that day people will look to their Maker
    and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.
They will not look to the altars,
    the work of their hands,
and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles
    and the incense altars their fingers have made.

See Merideth…no one noticed I was 9 hours late to post!!


7 thoughts on “Isaiah 13-17

  1. Bull crap! I noticed you were running late! 😛😁😂 I was actually kinda glad though bc I was having to get caught up on all my errands and chores. I was going to text you but never got around to it…🙄 You do know you can take a “sick day” anytime. We won’t be mad. 😁


    1. Ummmm one day (I forget what was going on) I texted this man named Lucas and I was telling him that I just wasn’t going to have time…I gave him the 300 things I had to do he said “well, then you better get started on it now” HAHAHA!

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  2. Btw..I had already decided if you had not posted by the afternoon that I was sending a search party out for you!! Js 🤷🏻‍♀️


    1. I will tell you the truth. I made a commitment to get my pre-read and my research in BEFORE I ever get on Facebook. Well, I am a teacher and they announced the re-openeing plan…and Facebook Live feeds are like watching a train wreck…you have to watch. Man! It’s like watching a scene from the book of Judges or Kings. People are mean to each other! The world is like a scene that could be written into the Bible! So that is what I did last night till like 2:00 am. I set the alarm for 4:00, I got my stuff, let the dogs out, made coffee and the next thing I know it is 6:45…and I had to be at work at 7:30! Uggg I picked Facebook over THE BOOK! AND then when I did my read and the whole read was about satan I about fell over!!

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      1. 😂😂😭….I will agree with you. It’s a big fat mess. I was talking to one of my “teacher” friends last night about it. There is just no “perfect” answer here. It’s going to be a mess no matter how you look at it. Somebody is going to be mad no matter what the outcome! We think they should have at least held off until after Labor Day to even try to start. When I was little (100 years ago), you started school after Labor Day and ended school before Memorial Day. That’s back when you had an amazing summer every year and thought it would never end! 😁 🥰…Im afraid the teachers are about to really understand the phrase “overworked and under paid”!!! Their job is going to be impossible!! In my opinion…🤷🏻‍♀️
        Text time you want Lucas to do something…call me…or better yet…call his wifey! 😘😁🙌🏼 We will light a fire under his tail feathers! 😛


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