Look to God for hope and salvation in the face of your toughest times and most oppressive battles. He is our victory. And our understanding and appreciation of his grace shines in contrast to evil and oppression. Evil will fall to the power of God our Saviour!
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.
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.
1 The Lord will have compassion on Jacob;
once again he will choose Israel
and will settle them in their own land.
Foreigners will join them
and unite with the descendants of Jacob.
2 Nations will take them
and bring them to their own place.
And Israel will take possession of the nations
and make them male and female servants in the Lord’s land.
They will make captives of their captors
3 On the day the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and turmoil and from the harsh labor forced on you, 4 you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon:
How the oppressor has come to an end!
How his fury has ended!
and rule over their oppressors.
12 How you have fallen from heaven,
morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,
to the depths of the pit.
Isaiah 13:1-3, 9-11, 14:1-3, 12-15
Evil is personified in the kingdom of Babylon. God used this nation, which was opposed to him anyway, to discipline his own children for their sin. Israel was overthrown and exiled as God gave them over to this strict oppressor.
So evil was Babylon that Lucifer himself is wrapped up in this prophecy. When we get to 14:12, we see Satan falling from heaven as God can no longer tolerate his pride and his plans to become greater than the Lord himself. Lucifer, like Babylon, will have a hard fall after trying to rise to the heights of supremacy.
God promises that he will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and humble the pride of the ruthless. This happened for Babylon within a couple of hundred years. The Lord had compassion on Jacob (the people of Israel), forgiving them and restoring them, while Babylon was brought to ruin.
Similarly, Satan was cast from heaven for his pride, and his final fall will be during the events of the Revelation. Jesus has already defeated Satan and the forces of evil. Death, which is the wages of sin, has been defeated in the resurrection of Jesus, and when we are all resurrected at the second coming of Jesus, there will be no more death forever more.
We wish there was no force of evil with which to contend. We wish there was no oppression in our world – past, present, or future – and we struggle to understand why God allows it even for a moment. Our understanding and appreciation of his grace, however, shines in contrast to evil and oppression. Our understanding of God as our Saviour who loves us and whose faithfulness is never-ending is amplified in the face of the Babylon’s of our world and Lucifer.
Look to God for hope and salvation in the face of your toughest times and most oppressive battles. He is our victory.