Isaiah continues the description of a world fallen apart, from disaster to calamity, to utter chaos.
Thus, the picture of a world without doctrine. And this does not mean some third world situation wherein the culture is barbaric or native, but it applies to all manner of humanity where people have chosen their own way and have rejected Gods way.
This definitely includes the self-righteous who pretend or reason that what they do, is Gods will, when in fact it is merely their own will of convenience. They just do not want to accept Gods process for the spiritual life. They want things their way.
We studied earlier that unbelievers reject Christ and thus presume that they have the right to approach God on their own terms. Those terms are arrogance. And likewise, believers who reject Gods pattern and process for spiritual growth, apply that same arrogance of self-promotion and self-justification, which God rejects, to their own detriment.
The entire Bible is focused on Jesus Christ, mans loss and the need for salvation, mans need for spiritual growth and completion, and the unfortunate but inevitable rejection by man which leads to all of the problems that occur in the world. From generation to generation, people simply do not learn, but repeat the same indifferent attitude which leads to the repetition of problems that have plagued prior generations.
This all will lead to the final generation of our own dispensation, the Church Age, wherein we will witness what both Christ and Paul described as the ‘Great Apostasy.’
That will lead to the Rapture and that will in turn lead to the greatest Tribulation in all of human history. These prophecies, which we are studying right now, not only apply to every generation which rejects Christ, but especially to that final generation which will live, and die, in the Tribulation.
When studying the Book of Revelation, one needs to keep in mind the many descriptions of human character and human suffering, that have been described in the Old Testament, and then you will see more clearly, the phenomenal magnitude of rejection and suffering that will occur in that future seven year period, of the Tribulation, and just why it is going to occur.
‘Taking hold,’ is an expression of pleading, of supplication, of begging or demanding.
‘Brother,’ refers to kinsman of one of the same kind.
‘Of the same house,’ refers not only to a family line or neighborhood or same region, but to a group with similarities, as in color or race, or culture.
‘Has clothing,’ is a reference to wealth or something that resembles wealth. If you have more than I, then you are wealthier than I. It matters not the nature or degree of your possessions, but only that you have resources and I do not.
‘Ruin,’ indicates the state of society.
So, when God is rejected, when doctrine is rejected, then disaster falls upon mankind. When you reject God, then your destiny is disaster. This does not mean that it will occur now or soon, but occur it will.
When an entire society, and especially when the world falls totally away from God, then people will lose their way of self-preservation, they will lose their ability to care for themselves, they will look to others to do for them, that, which they refuse to do for themselves. The promises of a socialistic world are the fulfillment part and parcel, of this prophecy.
A society that refuses to depend on God, learns to depend on a society that cannot care for them. They not only learn that dependence, but demand it, and when it slips away from them, then they will fight to keep it, but want someone else to be responsible, never themselves.
Does this remind you of any recent protests over the last few years, or of protests at any time?