The great prophet Isaiah, writing for us (1 Pet 1:12) things which will all be fulfilled (Matt 5:18) tells us this:
22 “For I will rise up against them,” says the Lord of hosts,
“And cut off from Babylon the name and remnant,
And offspring and posterity,” says the Lord.
23 “I will also make it a possession for the porcupine,
And marshes of muddy water;
I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,” says the Lord of hosts.
24 The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying,
“Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass,
And as I have purposed, so it shall stand:
25 That I will break the Assyrian in My land,
And on My mountains tread him underfoot.
Then his yoke shall be removed from them,
And his burden removed from their shoulders.
QUESTION: WHERE will God break the Assyrian?
ANSWER: In His land.
16 You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”
17 Thus says the Lord God: “Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?
BACK TO ISAIAH 14:
26 This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth,
And this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.
27 For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
And who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
And who will turn it back?”
QUESTION: Who would try to annul ANY of God’s plans?
1. Folks who don’t know God.
2. Folks who know God but sadly don’t know the fullness of the word of God, who might prefer to embrace or even craft their own humanistic “mercy plan” that defies scripture. It will never work. Never has. In fact, Matthew 5:19 warns us of the jeopardy of going down that path.
The glorious New Testament, being completely in line with the glorious Old Testament. confirms the fulfillment of this prophecy, yet to occur in its completeness, at the end of this age.
8 And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
PLEASE DON’T MISS THIS: “…all nations…”
1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”
4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
6 Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her.
7 In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’
8 Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.
If you care to read further in Revelation 18 and 19, you’ll see the world bemoaning the destruction of Babylon and all it stands for/stood for, and the saints rejoicing over the holy intent and purposes of God’s plans. The magnitude of this prophecy is not fully comprehensible at this point, but someday it will make even more sense to us all.
The God of all mercy is, without contradiction, the righteous Judge, the King of the universe and the Commander of the armies of heaven. He is holy, and at war against all unholiness.
We are invited to press into the word to understand the plans of heaven.
We’re even invited to pray those plans into effect.
And we’re warned against ignoring them, or worse yet attempting to annul them by word or teaching or by embracing the philosophy of man.
For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it?
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