Carole Yurewicz, Executive Assistant to the Executive Pastor
So these four chapters of Isaiah are definitely frightening! Isaiah 13:6 – “Scream in terror, for the day of the Lord has arrived – the time for the Almighty to destroy.” In my NLT Study Bible, Isaiah chapter 13 is entitled “The Day of the Lord,” and the subtitle is “A Message about Babylon.” So the first question that came to my mind was “exactly where was/is Babylon?” When I want to find out about something, as I do multiple times a day, I just “Google” it. I was surprised to realize that Babylon is in Iraq located about 53 miles south of Baghdad. All that remains is a large mound of broken mud-brick buildings and debris. I also came across a picture of the ruins taken from the summer palace of Sadaam Hussein which overlooks the ruins. I find it so interesting to put the verses in the Bible into today’s perspective. Isaiah chapter 13 is talking about the fall of Babylon, but it is also referring to the final judgment. Babylon is a representation of all the wicked and arrogant nations and any power independent of God
“The Day of the Lord” when God will have rule over all creation. As described in my Bible notes, “The ungodly receive the punishment they deserve, while the righteous enter in their full salvation.” As much as I cringe to read these chapters full of God’s wrath and destruction, I am glad to be reminded and assured that God is sovereign in his judging, and that all my wickedness and sin have been covered by Jesus. What a peace to know that I am secure, and that each person who chooses to follow the Lord is safe and secure as well. Believing that gives me a new enthusiasm to share that news with others.