Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture
Isaiah 21 has the prophet talking about what’s coming for Babylon. Babylon is called the Wilderness of the Sea because the great plain of Babylon was divided with lakes and marshes, so it was referred to as a “sea.” Elam and Media are the ancient names for the peoples of Persia, modern day Iran. God has often used one evil nation to punish another, which is what Isaiah is talking about here with Persia conquering Babylon. The Persians didn’t remain on God’s good side as they were conquered soon after by a long list of other nations.
God tells Isaiah to put a watchman in the tower. “For thus the Lord said to me: Go, set a watchman; let him announce what he sees.” It’s going to be quite a show as the riders come. The watchman stands there gazing across the horizon. “Then he who saw…
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