Did God Really
DAY OF THE LORD: WHEN CHILDREN
ARE DASHED TO PIECES
HUMANIST CLAIMED CRUELTY: Isaiah
13:9, 15-18 contains this message from God: Behold, the day of the Lord
cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger. . . . Every one that is found
shall be thrust through. . . . Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before
their eyes . . . and their wives ravished. Behold, I will stir up the Medes against
them. . . . [T]hey shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes will
not spare children.
Humanists, in general, do not understand
scripture. And that makes sense. They are the blind leading the blind (Matthew
15:14). Their key error here is that they've taken prophecies about two separate
events, separated by thousands of years, and combined them. The prophecy in Isaiah
13:9 is talking about something different than the prophecy in Isaiah 13:15-18.
A key phrase we need to understand is "the day of the LORD."
Day of the Lord
"The day of the LORD" is a phrase from Amos
that refers to the second coming of the Messiah. This is the day when Jesus Christ
returns in judgment. The first time the Son of God came, just over 2000 years
ago, He came to bring salvation through His death on the cross. When He returns
He brings judgment.
Lets read Isaiah 13 verses 9-11 so we have the
9Behold, the day of the Lord is coming,
with fury and burning anger,
To make the land a desolation;
And He will
exterminate its sinners from it.
the stars of heaven and their constellations
Will not flash forth their light;
sun will be dark when it rises
And the moon will not shed its light.
Thus I will punish the world for its evil
wicked for their iniquity;
I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud
abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.
Prophecy often has dual
fulfillment. It will be describing things that will happen in the near future,
and at the same time events that will happen in the far future. The near and far
future events are related, often with the near future events giving a picture
(foreshadowing) of the far future events. The near future events are thus a tangible
warning that the far future events will happen, and people need to change their
waysturn to the Lord and away from sin.
Please Open Your Bible
to Isaiah 13
The day of the LORD refers to a time when the
Lord will return to judge (punish) the entire world. This time is also referred
to as the end times, as described in Revelation, and in this case it is specifically
about Babylon's destruction during the end times. So this prophecy is about the
far future, when Jesus Christ returns.
Isaiah chapter 13 begins by talking
about the Babylonian Empire, which at the time of the prophecy is still in the
future. Verses 1 through 5 talk about this near future Babylon, with verse 5 referring
to the near future destruction of Babylon by the Medes.
In verse 6, with
the phrase "for the day of the Lord is near" the prophecy switches to
the far future and the Babylon of the end times. This continues through verse
14. Then in verse 15 the prophet Isaiah returns to talking about the near term
Babylon, describing the coming time when the Medes will commit atrocities in the
captured land of Babylon. Verses 15-19 are on the next page. Notice that these
are descriptive, not prescriptive. In other words, they are describing what the
Medes will do, not what God says they should do. This is a description of the
brutality of war as practiced by the Medo-Persians.
who is found will be thrust through,
And anyone who is captured will fall by
16 Their little ones also will
be dashed to pieces
Before their eyes; their houses will be plundered
their wives ravished.
Babylon Will Fall to the Medes
I am going to stir up the Medes against them,
Who will not value silver or
take pleasure in gold.
18 And their bows
will mow down the young men,
They will not even have compassion on the fruit
of the womb,
Nor will their eye pity children.
Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans pride, will
be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
humanists are mixing two widely separate time periods to make it seem God is to
blame for the cruelty of the Medes. In reality it is humanistic cruelty that is
NEXT ACCUSATION: The God of the Bible
displayed his sadistic tendencies by employing a variety of other means to torment
and kill people.
He caused the earth to open
and swallow entire families (Numbers 16:37-32); he used fire to devour people
(e.g., Leviticus 10:1-2; Numbers 11:1-2); and he punished the Israelites with
wars, famines, and pestilences (e.g., Ezekiel 5:11-17).
sent wild animals such as bears (II Kings 2:23-24), lions (II Kings 17:24-25),
and serpents (Numbers 21:6) to attack people; he sanctioned slavery (e.g., Leviticus
25:44-46); he ordered religious persecution (e.g., Deuteronomy 13:12-16); and
he caused cannibalism (Jeremiah 19:9).
Now they are really trying
to pile it on, without any explanations of what exactly they are claiming. Let's
see if we can sort it all out. Well go through these one by one. [In the