9 Watch! The day of Yahveh — coming, cruelty and wrath and burning anger, making the land a desolation, and he will destroy its sinners from it. 10 Because the stars of the sky and their constellations will not flash forth their light; the sun will hold back when it comes out, and the moon will not allow its light to shine. 11 And I will punish this evil planet and wicked ones for their iniquity. And I will put an end to the pride of arrogant ones, and I will bring down the self-importance of tyrants. 12 I will make homo sapiens more rare than gold and humanity more than the gold of Ophir. 13 For this reason I will make the sky shake, and the land will break loose from its place because of the wrath of Yahveh of armies, and in the day his anger burns.
taking down an evil planet
Isaiah uses cosmic language, even though he is still describing the overthrow of the Babylonian empire. He is inviting the Israelites to watch this event take place, because as they do, perhaps they will get a glimpse of that distant time in which these words will have their ultimate fulfillment. The downfall of the tyrants who ruled this evil planet as part of Nebuchadnezzar’s empire was like a dress rehearsal for that future day which will be known in eternity as the day of Yahveh. On that day, the LORD will destroy all his enemies, and make the planet desolate. He will make homo sapiens more rare than gold on that day.
Are you a friend of Yahveh, or his enemy? I ask you this not out of criticism, but out of concern. Just as surely as God took down his Babylonian enemies, he will most certainly take down the rest of his enemies. Not one of his enemies on this evil planet will escape his wrath.
But there is a way for escape. Jesus Christ took upon himself all the wrath of Yahveh when he died as our substitute on the cross. He endured the death that purchased freedom from that fate. To appropriate his payment for our own sins, all we have to do is believe in him, and trust him.
LORD, we confess being a part of this sinful planet you plan to take down. We also confess Christ, our Savior and substitute. Rescue us through him!