This week in our review of Isaiah Decoded we’ll look at chapter 2 – The Archtyrant, Candidate for Perdition. Starting at the bottom of Isaiah’s Ladder to Heaven is Isaiah’s category of Perdition and is represented in the Endtime Anti-Messiah who Isaiah identifies with the Kings of Assyria and Babylon anciently. This Endtime Archtyrant/Anti-Messiah initiates the beginning of the end of the world. Known as Perdition, a title meaning destroyer and like Cain and Judas this Endtime Anti-Messiah knows God at the final judgement and still rejects His salvation. Erecting himself as the god of this world at the end of the world, he is God’s instrument for destroying the Wicked and trying the Righteous.
The End of the World
We’ll begin our discussion of chapter 2 by understanding the time period and events that are referred to as the End of the World or the Endtimes, which is a sub-section of the Last Days.
One of the patterns that we see in the scriptures is a cycle of apostasy and restoration. This cycle occurs seven times in the Book of Judges and is connected to Israel obeying God’s Law enumerated in the Torah. During the Times of the Gentiles, which started when the Jews rejected Yeshua as their Messiah, we see three periods of apostasy. The first apostasy occurred after Yeshua’s apostles were killed, the Christian Church rejected the Law, and Antisemitism set in. The second period of apostasy occurs when there is rejection of the Law restored through America’s covenant of life under God expressed in the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution. A third apostasy occurs when God’s Endtime Servant restores the fullness of the Gospel, which the Gentiles reject.
This second apostasy initiates this time period known as the Last Days – when the Gentiles reject the Law restored to America and Messianic Israel rises and grows in America and worldwide.
“Because Isaiah’s Seven-Part Structure transforms the entire Book of Isaiah into an apocalyptic prophecy, his writings may be read on two levels, the first pertaining to his own day or soon thereafter, and the second to “the last days” … (’aharit hayyamim). Indeed, the world’s end-time scenario is set in motion by the apostasy of God’s people in that [last] day…”
The Times of the Gentiles come to an end when the Gentiles have rejected the fullness of the Gospel restored through God’s Endtime Servant, which is then taken to gather the literal House of Israel and grafted-in Gentiles – The Work of the Father. And, finally, the Day of Jehovah(Yehovah) occurs when the Righteous are saved and the Wicked are destroyed.
** Messianic Israel is a movement worldwide primarily of Christian believers and to a lesser extent of Jews who see the laws and covenants in the Torah as still being relevant and are integrating Yeshua(Jesus) in with an observance of the Law. It is this group from which Isaiah's Endtime Spiritual Kings and Queens will originate who will gather the House of Israel worldwide.
“As the end of the world draws near, everything becomes more intense: evil becomes stronger, but so does good. Under such circumstances, many will ascend the ladder, while many others will descend. Isaiah’s seven-part structure shows the world polarizing into two camps in the “last days,” one aligned with God and one against him. The conflict between them will decide each side’s fate. At some point, time is going to run out for the world. In that endtime scenario, the king of Assyria/Babylon is a crucial player. When he arrives on the scene, we will know that the end is near. Because his appearance is one of the first things to occur among Isaiah’s new versions of ancient events, he heralds the end of an era for humanity, but also the beginning of a new one. In his days, political evil escalates more than ever before, much as happened with Hitler in Germany prior to World War II. In response, many people either go over to him or renew their commitment to God. Things come to a head as people realize that the world’s days are numbered, that they face a point of no return. The world will never be the same again after the archtyrant appears.”