Isaiah 27Edit

  • TO: Judah and Jerusalem
  • ABOUT: Judah and Jerusalem
  • CONTEXT: Wrath of God against those who fought against Him and the flourishing of the church.

27:1In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

Here the serpent leviathan, the serpent of the sea, is used in figurative language and is representative of something. We will see this again in Revelation stated as Satan, but again what is stated in figurative language represents something else. Suffice to say that this passage connects the chapter to first century events along with some of the following verses, once more supporting the original premise and helping us in our understanding of the book of Revelation.

27:2In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.

A reference back to Isa. 5, which is, of course looking forward to the final days of Judah.

27:4Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.

27:9b…when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up. 10Yet the defenced city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof. 11When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour.

Briars and thorns again. The altar of the temple destroyed to an extent that it “shall not stand up”, meaning that the destruction of the altar would be permanent. Jerusalem left desolate. God, who made Israel a nation will have no more mercy on them and show them no more grace.

27:7Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him?[KJV]

27:7 Has he struck them as he struck those who struck them? Or have they been slain as their slayers were slain? [ESV]


Here is my beginning, overarching premise explicitly stated!


God says essentially that He will destroy Judah the way that He destroyed those who came up against Judah (or other of God’s people) in the past. Look at the state of those nations, which no longer exist. Sodom, Gamorrah, Babylon, Moab, Assyria, etc. Isaiah compares Judah to these nations and speaks of an end to them. God’s power to move nations is turned from protecting Judah to destroying her.

This is the reason I posted this chapter by itself.

27:6He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.

27:9aBy this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin...
12And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel. 13And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

In the midst of all this desolation and destruction, Isaiah writes that those of Jacob will blossom and fill the world with fruit. Sin will be taken away, and all those who were taken into captivity under Assyria and Egypt (the northern tribes) would worship at Jerusalem. This must be the New Jerusalem, the church in whom all nations of the earth would be blessed.

NT References:

Isa. 27:1 – Rev. 12:9-15; 20:2
Isa. 27:9a – John 1:29; Rom. 11:27; Heb. 10:4, 11

In Truth and Love.

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