Once John was finished taking down the seven letters—after these things—the scene changes dramatically. John looks up as a portal opens in the sky, and the sound of a trumpet-like voice invites him to come up into heaven.
Once Isaiah answered God's call, the Lord revealed to him how hard it would be--it was a prophetic utterance that would be repeated many times by other Hebrew prophets as well as all four Gospel writers, and the Apostle Paul.
It would be another one hundred years and more before God’s judgment would come, years of noticeable decline for Judah as they continued to ignore their prophets and disregard God’s word.
Devoting all our time to looking good and feeling good, to pursuing our own ambitions, and working situations out for our own good at the expense of others, will end up in compromising God’s righteousness.
Isaiah spoke of God’s anger, but he began with God’s deep sorrow, with a Hebrew word, הוֺי | hôy, that is translated as ah!, alas!, ha!, ho!, O!, woe! It is meant as a cry of pain, and of lament.
The Branch has come in fulfillment of many prophecies, and He has given us His promise to return.
to be filled anew with God's glorious grace, to count on God’s lavish love, to operate in the power of the Holy Spirit, and to trust God’s guidance is to live in real reality, not the artificial reality idols occupy.
Throughout both the Hebrew and Christian Testaments, scripture teaches that social justice should be a natural product of our relationship with God
what we do (or do not do) about righteously tending and caring for the physical earth itself matters to God; what we do (or do not do) about hungry people and homeless people, marginalized people and people in need matters to God.
This first chapter provides the foundation for the rest of the book: God’s love for God's people, holding them to account for their sin, warning them about judgment and promising them forgiveness, redemption and restoration.