1 Come near, nations, to hear; and peoples, listen closely! Let the land hear, and everything which fills it; the world and all its offspring. 2 Because the anger of Yahveh burns against all the nations, and wrath is poured out against all their armies; he has put them under a ban, he has given them up for slaughter. 3 And their slain will be thrown away; and their corpses, their stench will go up. And mountains will melt with their blood, 4 and the whole sky army will dissolve. And the skies will roll up like a scroll, and all their army will wither like the withering of a leaf on a vine, or like withering of a fig tree. 5 When my sword is drenched in the sky, watch! It will descend upon Edom, and upon the people of my ban, for judgment.
dissolving the sky army
Isaiah uses apocalyptic imagery to describe judgment upon Edom. Edom is only one of many nations presently under Yahveh’s ban, and all of those nations would eventually be overcome by the Assyrian and Babylonian empires. They are devoted to destruction. But, before God destroys them, he will first defeat their sky army. There is a battle going on in the sky, dissolving the sky army, and then the sword of the LORD will descend and annihilate Edom. What was the message for the inhabitants of Edom? Isaiah was telling them that they might think they are safe, but their fate is sealed. Such is the message for all those nations, and individuals who have turned against the Lord today.
LORD, we run to you for our security and find safety only in your grace.