Many commentators call Isaiah 24-27 the “Little Apocalypse” because these chapters read similar to the Book of Revelation.
Today Isaiah proclaims the world’s destruction “Because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate…and few men are left.” On that day the Lord’s people will praise Him “For the Lord of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before His elders, gloriously”. His people will rejoice over their salvation for “He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces…We have waited for Him, and He will save us…We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation”. 🙌
When announcing Israel’s coming salvation, Isaiah says the Lord will punish Leviathan. Leviathan is mentioned several times in the Bible as a great, powerful sea monster. David said in Psalm 104:25-26 that God formed the sea for the sea creature Leviathan to play in. Here Isaiah is likely using Leviathan as a symbol for the wicked rulers of the earth that will be destroyed. Isaiah goes on to explain that the judgment will be used as a means to bring His people to repentance and draw them to Him. “And it shall come to pass in that day…And you will be gathered one by one, O you children of Israel…And shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.”
Isaiah says that Jerusalem will be destroyed due to their spiritual blindness and he rebukes the people bc they assume they are exempt from judgment bc they live in the city with the temple of the Lord. They falsely believe that their security comes from the temple building and their phony acts of worship but God isn’t fooled. The Lord says “…these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me…”
“They say ’Who sees us?’” Well God sees and, surprisingly He still desires reconciliation bc God is gracious and merciful. The Lord promises to restore His people; “The work of My hands, in his midst, They will hallow My name..These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding, and those who complained will learn doctrine.”
The Lord is the One to open the eyes of the spiritually blind. Later in the Story, Paul will say, “If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God” (2 Cor 4:3-4). BUT Jesus will say “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Therefore Paul can boldy proclaim “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed” (2 Cor 3:16). Amen!
(Isaiah 24:1-27:13, Isaiah 29:1-24)