Nuclear Holocaust

I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction. And I have created the armies that destroy (Isaiah 54.16)

Isaiah 33.1 Destruction is certain for you Assyrians, who have destroyed everything around you but have never felt destruction yourselves. You expect others to respect their promises to you, while you betray your promises to them. Now you, too, will be betrayed and destroyed!

Footnote: Hebrew for you, O destroyer . . . O betrayer. The Hebrew text does not specifically name Assyria as the object of this prophecy. Assyria continually broke its promises but demanded that others keep theirs. It is easy to put ourselves in the same selfish position, demanding our rights while ignoring the rights of others. Broken promises shatter trust and destroy relationships. Determine to keep your promises; at the same time, ask forgiveness for past promises you have broken. Treat others with the same fairness that you demand for yourself.

Does not this chapter of Isaiah sound a lot like nuclear holocaust in Islam, even oil spilt everywhere?

Isa 34:1   Draw near, O nations, to hear, and hearken, O peoples! Let the earth listen, and all that fills it; the world, and all that comes from it.
Isa 34:2   For the LORD is enraged against all the nations, and furious against all their host, he has doomed them, has given them over for slaughter.
Isa 34:3   Their slain shall be cast out, and the stench of their corpses shall rise; the mountains shall flow with their blood.
Isa 34:4   All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree.
Isa 34:5   For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; behold, it descends for judgment upon Edom, upon the people I have doomed.
Isa 34:6   The LORD has a sword; it is sated with blood, it is gorged with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams. For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah, a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
Isa 34:7   Wild oxen shall fall with them, and young steers with the mighty bulls. Their land shall be soaked with blood, and their soil made rich with fat.
Isa 34:8   For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
Isa 34:9   And the streams of Edom shall be turned into pitch, and her soil into brimstone; her land shall become burning pitch.
Isa 34:10   Night and day it shall not be quenched; its smoke shall go up for ever. From generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.
Isa 34:11   But the hawk and the porcupine shall possess it, the owl and the raven shall dwell in it. He shall stretch the line of confusion over it, and the plummet of chaos over its nobles.
Isa 34:12   They shall name it No Kingdom There, and all its princes shall be nothing.
Isa 34:13   Thorns shall grow over its strongholds, nettles and thistles in its fortresses. It shall be the haunt of jackals, an abode for ostriches.
Isa 34:14   And wild beasts shall meet with hyenas, the satyr shall cry to his fellow; yea, there shall the night hag alight, and find for herself a resting place.
Isa 34:15   There shall the owl nest and lay and hatch and gather her young in her shadow; yea, there shall the kites be gathered, each one with her mate.
Isa 34:16   Seek and read from the book of the LORD: Not one of these shall be missing; none shall be without her mate. For the mouth of the LORD has commanded, and his Spirit has gathered them.
Isa 34:17   He has cast the lot for them, his hand has portioned it out to them with the line; they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation they shall dwell in it.

 

Jer 9:10   "Take up weeping and wailing for the mountains, and a lamentation for the pastures of the wilderness, because they are laid waste so that no one passes through, and the lowing of cattle is not heard; both the birds of the air and the beasts have fled and are gone.
Jer 9:11   I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a lair of jackals; and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation, without inhabitant."
Jer 9:12   Who is the man so wise that he can understand this? To whom has the mouth of the LORD spoken, that he may declare it? Why is the land ruined and laid waste like a wilderness, so that no one passes through?

But then look at the wonderful blessing that follows,

Isa 35:1   The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus
Isa 35:2   it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God.
Isa 35:3   Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
Isa 35:4   Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you."
Isa 35:5   Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
Isa 35:6   then shall the lame man leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;
Isa 35:7   the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
Isa 35:8   And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not pass over it, and fools shall not err therein.
Isa 35:9   No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.
Isa 35:10   And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Troy Brooks