God has not abandoned you, Isaiah was saying. Your best days are still ahead. Because of God’s grace He is coming to save you; your hope doesn’t need to depend on your ability, but rests completely on God and His love for you.
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Horses with vipers for tails and mouths belching fire, brimstone, and smoke teem across the Euphrates in myriads. What are we to make of this terrifying picture?
It is not clear whether the sixth angel sounded the trumpet before the five months of torment and testing had ended, or whether the swarm of supernatural scorpionesque locusts had completed its mission.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, which is a time of preparation to celebrate the most momentous event in earth's history since the creation itself.
Chapter 39 marks the endpoint to the first historical era represented in Isaiah. Remember, this is a complex book recording the events of ancient Judah (and Israel) over the span of one hundred and fifty years.
Assyria used weapons and threats, but that failed. The Babylonian’s subtle use of flattery and gifts worked because Hezekiah failed to take their matter to the Lord.
Are these actual monsters that will rise up out of some sepulchral chasm cleaving the mantle of earth? Or is their appearance allegory rich with symbolical meaning?
The fifth trumpet seems either definitely metaphysical or highly allegorical, so how do expositors who take the historical or more specifically preterist views read these verses?
There is a spiritual maxim, here. God will present us with the same kind of trouble again and again.