-The four chapters from 24-27 can be called “Isaiah’s Apocalypse” as he prophecies the coming destruction of the earth and its evil. The earth is laid waste by the sins of its people against their Creator. God distorts the surface of it and scatters the people of the earth. Things are turned upside down and twisted into a new order. At God’s word, the world is completely despoiled (to spoil, plunder, prey upon, seize). The earth mourns and withers, it fades along with all its exalted people who went against the way of the Almighty. These are the ones who pollute God’s creation by going their own way transgressing His laws, violating His perfect statutes, and breaking the everlasting covenant in disobedience (Isaiah 24:1-6, Revelation 9:20-21; 11:18).
-In poetic form the descriptions of the cursed world is portrayed in the remainder of the chapter proceeding on into the next three chapters. The joy of the civilization ceases as terror, pit, and snare are unavoidable (Isaiah 24:17-18). The earth is described as broken asunder, split through, shaken violently, reeling to and fro like a drunkard, and tottering like a weak shack because of its heavy transgression. God wants glory from the east to the west and eventually punishes those who resist His goodness. “The LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and His glory will be before His elders (Isaiah 24:23).” *Application* We are at enmity with God and under His wrath unless we come to Him on His terms. His terms that He has chosen are on the basis of faith. There is no way we could ever pay for all of our sins and transgressions against Him in our own-limited strength. This is the beauty of the gospel. Jesus made a way back to the Father and His grace by His sacrificial atonement. Receive Him by faith and have God’s merciful-eternal pardon from the destruction that is on the way. You own way has no chance of winning in the end.
Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 24:4