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Isaiah 13 and Isaiah 14, are a pronouncement of God's judgment on Babylon. In these chapters, we see that although the prophecy begins with the judgment of the Babylonian empire, it ends up with a pronouncement of the God's judgment on Babylon in the last days (see Revelation 17-18, even 19).
All this was future of course. Isaiah prophesied in the 8th century BC, Jerusalem was sacked by Babylon in the 6th century BC (586 BC). Israel fell to Assyria in 722 BC, Babylon destroyed Nineveh, Assyria's capital in 612 Bc.
The key to understanding the Lord's timing is found in Isaiah 14:1-2
Is. 14:1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. The strangers will be joined with them, and they will cling to the house of Jacob.
Is. 14:2 Then people will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them for servants and maids in the land of the LORD; they will take them captive whose captives they were, and rule over their oppressors.
"For" indicates the cause or reason for all of what has been said before this verse, namely the judgment of Babylon. In other words, the Lord's move to do mercy to Jacob and restore Israel to the Land is the reason the time is up for all those powers which oppose God.
From all this we learn:
God is sovereign. After all, he spoke of Cyrus (Isaiah 44:28, Isiah 45:1), the Persian king who would conquer Babylon, about 200 years before he ever was born!
God determines the times - see Isaiah 14:1, see also Dan. 2:21
The turmoil in the nations is a reaction to God's move as is clear from these chapters. The devil is not in charge, God is.
The last days - at some point in the prophecy, God addresses the king of Babylon as Satan (Isaiah 14:12) -- thus this prophecy both looks forward to those ancient times and looks even further to the future, to the last days (see Revelation 17-19). The prophecy will be fulfilled in the coming future; indeed it has begun to be fulfilled even in our times.
- We prayed much (for almost an hour) into Isaiah 14:1-2 "Lord have mercy on Jacob."
- We prayed for the Lord to hasten the Day!
- We prayed for bringing back of Israel into the Land
- We prayed for the bringing back of Israel to God
- We prayed from Zech 12:10 for the day Israel will see her savior and understand
- We prayed for different hindrances to the bringing back of our people to the land; such as bondage to comfort and materialism.
- We prayed for the Lord to break the power of the Ministry of Interior which has waged war, practically, on Messianic Jews wanting to come home to Israel
- Some who work with Holocaust survivors in the land prayed for their salvation that they might see the sufferings of Messiah and be comforted and released from any bitterness regarding God.
- We prayed for the Lord to break the stronghold of the anti-Messiah attitude in the land
The Body of Messiah in the land - leaving Babylon
God's advice to His people is: Isaiah 48:20 Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldeans! With a voice of singing, Declare, proclaim this, Utter it to the end of the earth; Say, “The LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob!”
Isaiah. 52:11 Depart! Depart! Go out from there, Touch no unclean thing; Go out from the midst of her, Be clean, You who bear the vessels of the LORD
See also Jeremiah 50:8, Jeremiah 51:45, Revelation 18:4
There were two kinds of believers in Sodom. Lot of whom the scriptures say: 2Pet. 2:7"....and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked. And there was Lot's wife, whose heart remained in Sodom (the Babylon of the day..) and who perished with it.
What kind of believer do you want to be?
We prayed for the Body of Messiah in the land
- We prayed for the work of God by the Holy Spirit to sanctify His body and make it bridal (Revelation 19:7)
- We prayed for the work of the Word of God in our hearts -- to divide between soul and spirit (See Hebrews 4:12)
- We prayed into God's promises in Ezekiel 36. That He would cleanse us, give us a pure heart, put His Spirit within us and cause us to walk in His statutes. that He would deliver us from uncleannesses, that he would grant us repentance (see Ezekiel 36:25-31)
- We prayed he would sit as a refiner and refine us His body, that our offering is pleasant to Him. (Malachi 3:3-4)
- We prayed for the Word to take central place within the Body - that it might not be deceived by many deceptions that are arising within the land and coming from abroad as well.
We prayed for our government and our security situation in the last bit of our meeting
- We prayed for a wall of fire around Israel to protect it from its enemies. Zech 2:5
- We prayed for our leadership in both the government and the military for courage, wisdom, strategy, and decisiveness. (Our government's indecisiveness in 1973 to preempt the Egyptians and Syrians who were about to unleash their might against Israel was incredibly costly.)
Blessings from Jerusalem,