The Book of Isaiah Bible Study Chapter 13 Part 3

Our next reading is Isaiah 13:17-22

v17: I will stir up: G-d is doing this. 

  • The Medes: This is the only reference that part of this time of trouble was also applicable to the time of Isaiah (or slightly thereafter).
  • Will not regard silver… gold they will not delight in it: The Medes were not interested in plunder or in being bribed. They were wrathful and wanted bloodshed – human destruction. 

v18: Note: These people are going to deal in a very barbaric and cruel way with other people. Their sole purpose will be to cause pain, suffering and death on others.

v19: As when G-d overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah: Sodom and Gomorrah were not defeated through human means. Fire came down upon them and brought about their destruction. This verse is referencing a supernatural event. G-d’s end day’s wrath will not be able to be explained scientifically. 

v20: Note: This verse was not fulfilled in the time of the Medes and the Persians. Babylon was still inhabited after they had conquered it. The impression is that this verse is alluding to eternal judgment. 

v21: Wild beasts…owls…ostriches…wild goats: This is not a place inhabited by humans. It was going to become a place that the wild animals took over. 

  • Wild goats will caper (dance): The animals are going to be happy with the destruction that takes place there. 

v22: Citadels: Palaces. Luxurious buildings

  • Her time is near to come…her days will not be prolonged: This time of Babylon’s destruction will not be a long, drawn-out process. When G-d’s judgment falls on Babylon it is going to be sudden (Rev 18:9-10, 17-18). 

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