1 A prophecy against Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:2 Raise a banner
on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of
the nobles.3 I have commanded those I prepared for battle; I have summoned
my warriors to carry out my wrath — those who rejoice in my
triumph.4 Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude!
Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together!
The LORD Almighty is mustering an army for war.5 They come from faraway
lands, from the ends of the heavens —the LORD and the weapons of
his wrath — to destroy the whole country.6 Wail, for the day of the LORD
is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.7 Because of this,
all hands will go limp, every heart will melt with fear. 8 Terror will seize
them, pain and anguish will grip them; they will writhe like a woman in
labor. They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.9 See, the
day of the LORD is coming — a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger
— to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.10 The stars
of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun
will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. 11 I will punish the
world for its evil, the wicked for their sins.I will put an end to the arrogance
of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. 12 I will
make people scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake
from its place at the wrath of the LORD Almighty, in the day of his burning
1.Read slowly this passage a couple of times and let the language and
imagery sink in.
2.What was your emotion as you read this passage? How would “the
day of the Lord” in this passage compare with your notion of the
day when Jesus comes back? Are they different? How so? And
3.How would reading this passage alert you of the immensity of God’s
power and his judgment when Jesus comes back?
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.