Tyre (and Sidon)-You can find Tyre on the coast just above Israel. Tyre was a trading city that was very wealthy and very evil. They controlled much of the trading through the port of the Mediterranean Sea.
These cities will fall and the event will devastate the other world powers who depend on their ports for profit. Their evil ways will be disciplined and Isaiah warns them to flee! Get on your boat and go to Tarshish!
8 Who planned this against Tyre,
the bestower of crowns,
whose merchants are princes,
whose traders are renowned in the earth?
9 The Lord Almighty planned it,
to bring down her pride in all her splendor
and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.
Tyre will be restored as an image of how wealth should properly be managed by God’s people.
18 Yet her profit and her earnings will be set apart for the Lord; they will not be stored up or hoarded.
The Next 4 chapters might be titled “The Apocolypse of Isaiah” or “God’s Purpose in Judgement”.
Think of it like a movie camera focused in and slowly pulled back. It is focused on Judah, then Israel, then surrounding nations, and finally the whole world. There is NO DOUBT you will see End Time Prophecies as you read this. God’s universal judgment on sin and his victory over evil in the end.
I am going to pull out a few verses BUT the whole read (worth hitting “listen” at the top too) is worth hanging on every word.
5 The earth is defiled by its people;
they have disobeyed the laws,
violated the statutes
and broken the everlasting covenant.
True story BUT…
The floodgates of the heavens are opened,
the foundations of the earth shake.
19 The earth is broken up,
the earth is split asunder,
the earth is violently shaken.
20 The earth reels like a drunkard,
it sways like a hut in the wind;
so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion
that it falls—never to rise again.
When God conquers he will open the New Heaven and the defiled earth will be gone! (I can’t wait for Revelation!)
I basically underlined the rest of the read, but here are a few: (maybe one, is the one you need today)
Chapter 27 ends with a Double Reference both “near’ and “far” prophecy. The judgment of the lost and the restoration of his people from the Babylonian Captivity, and the gathering of HIs people after the apocalypse:
12 In that day the Lord will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, Israel, will be gathered up one by one. 13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.