19 And Babylon, glory of kingdoms, the splendor of that the Chaldeans’ pride themselves in, will be like Sodom and Gomorrah’s catastrophic overthrow by God. 20 It will not be inhabited forever, and it will not be lived in even after generation and generation, and no Arab will pitch a tent there, and shepherds will not allow their animals to lie down there. 21 But wild animals will lie down there, and their houses will be full of howling creatures, and the daughters of an ostrich will live there, and goats will dance there. 22 And hyenas will answer in its widowed palaces, and jackals in the pleasing temples; and its time is close to come and its days will not be prolonged.
Isaiah’s prediction about Babylon is clear. It will be totally destroyed, and left uninhabited, except for the occasional wild animal straying into what was once a palace or temple, and dancing there. It will be like Sodom and Gomorrah. The destruction of these two evil cities was a direct result of God’s judgment, and was often used as a simile for his judgment upon other cities or nations.
Jesus warned that his second coming will be like that too, only on a global scale. Like Noah’s flood or Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction by fire, the only hope is to escape it, because no one will live through it. The good news on both counts is that God had provided a means of escape, an ark for Noah, and an angel for lot. But most of the world ignored Noah’s ark, and Lot’s wife looked back, and was lost.
As we keep seeing in these Prophets, the LORD is the author of both the judgment and the rescue. Isaiah’s message to the Israelites is that God sees the oppression they are experiencing under Babylonian rule, and his judgment upon Babylon will be severe. The implication is that his power that can destroy mighty Babylon is available to deliver repentant Israel.
Jesus taught the same thing about his second coming. It will bring death and destruction to all – except those who are ready for it. Are you ready for the Lord Jesus to return?
Come, Lord Jesus.
 Genesis 19:24; Deuteronomy 29:23; Jeremiah 49:18; 50:40; Zephaniah 2:9.