Today we read the second chapter of Philippians and two chapters of Isaiah.
August 14: Philippians 2, Isaiah 14, Isaiah 15 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Philippians 2. Paul urges the believers to imitate the humility of Christ. Verses 7-11 are in the form of a hymn and shows how Jesus, even though he always is God, emptied himself and became obedient to the cross, even unto death. Look at that! They should work out their salvation with fear and trembling. Yes, salvation is past tense (for by grace have you been saved), present tense (work out your own salvation) and future tense (you will be saved). God is independent of time (He exised before time and space and created both). Then Paul ends with talking about Timothy and Epaphroditus.
Isaiah 14 speaks of the return of Israel to their own land, the fall of Babylon and the haughtiness of Lucifer. It ends with prophecies about Assyria and the Philistines.
Isaiah 15 is a prophecy against Moab.
Chapter 14 starts with a wonderful promise
Next is a prophecy against Babylon.
Notice the central position of Babylon in today’s Middle East.
Saddam Hussein had restored the ruins of Babylon to show the greatness of Iraq. The picture below shows a U.S. soldier after invasion of Iraq.
Yes,, Babylon shall come to an end.
Jesus saw Lucifer, also called Satan fall from heaven as lightning strikes.
The Prophet Ezekiel also foresaw Satan being thrown out of heaven.
Isaiah also prophesied the destruction of Babylon
Next is a prophecy against Assyria.
The destruction of Philistia is also foretold. It is interesting that the tribe of Dan could not take the land of the Northern Philistia, so they settled in the very northern part of Israel. Their failure to take their allotment of the promised land continues to this day.