This week in our review of Isaiah Decoded we’ll continue with Chapter 2 – The Archtyrant – Candidate for Perdition. What we see essentially in the rest of chapter 2 is Dr. Gileadi discussing aspects of those who follow the Archtyrant and those who follow God’s Servant. What we see in this discussion is God executing a complete separation of the Wicked and the Righteous at the end of the world.
Two Primary Themes
When we look at the overall themes of Isaiah’s ladder to heaven, what we see is a pathway that leads us to become like God and ascending into life and peace. The opposing theme that we see in Isaiah’s ladder is descending into death and hell for those who follow the Archtyrant.
“All who follow this divine model become like Jehovah, the God of Israel. They assume increasingly important roles in ministering to others of God’s people, which, in turn, aids their ascent further up the ladder. The king of Assyria/Babylon, on the other hand, heads in the opposite direction, moving down the ladder. Instead of reaching his divine potential, he descends to damnation and loses his crown. They are condemned souls “whose worms do not die and whose fire will not be extinguished: they will be a horror to all flesh.” (Isaiah 66:24.) Although God gives us all the chance to choose life or death, joy or misery, beauty or ignominy, at some point time is going to run out for the world. God’s plan includes closure, and human history will come to an end. Our mortal existence wasn’t meant to last forever; instead, it prepares us for a better life ahead. 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.” P.41
God Separates the Righteous and the Wicked
At the end of the world, God executes a complete separation of the Righteous and the Wicked. Those who follow God’s Servant experience deliverance and salvation - those who don’t are eliminated as chaos and darkness envelops the world.
“In the end, those who choose evil, though they may believe in God, exit the earth before the Millennium begins. God sends the king of Assyria/Babylon against them, who, in the course of conquering the world, commits wholesale genocide. Persons who repent, on the other hand, God protects both directly and indirectly. Although the archtyrant will seem to wield all power, his influence will not be the strongest force in the world. Jehovah and his servant, whom he sends to minister to his people, will provide a powerful counterforce to which all who live God’s law may look for deliverance.” P.43
“So that those times will not catch people off guard, they will have a perfect example of righteousness and a perfect example of wickedness—God’s servant and the king of Assyria/Babylon. God will provide a clear-cut choice between good and evil. No one will participate in those events wearing blindfolds but will have eyes open. As contrary as it may sound, people will choose “rebirth,” “inheritance,” “deliverance,” “salvation,” and “exaltation”—or “ruin,” “disinheritance,” “punishment,” “suffering,” and “humiliation.” If they miss out on God’s blessings, it will be because they decide it.” P.47
Those Who Descend into Death and Hell Disappear
Those who descend into death and hell at the end of the world disappear as the earth is cleansed in preparation for Yehovah-Yeshua’s return. Those who remain who God delivers ascend into life and peace. For Isaiah’s ladder to heaven, this scheme of categories for those that disappear and remain Dr. Gileadi indicates in Figure 18, P.43.
“The king of Assyria/Babylon will be a direct cause in the disappearance from the earth of the three lowest levels on the ladder—all who are determined to do evil, who refuse to heed God’s warning to repent. They can’t remain on the earth because in that day the earth itself ascends a level on the ladder also. It goes through “ruin” and “rebirth” and becomes a new Paradise—a new version of the old. The earth’s physical condition responds to the spiritual condition of its inhabitants. A complete cleansing of the earth will mark the beginning of the millennial age. Only those who ascend to Zion/Jerusalem or higher will remain on the earth after the catastrophic events of the “last days” (see Figure 18).” P.42
The Endtime Tyrant Tries Loyalties
Another purpose of the Endtime Tyrant is to test people’s loyalties. If they follow the Tyrant and descend into evil, their fate is slated to perish with God’s Endtime judgments. On the other hand, those who endure the Endtime trials and prove loyal to God ascend to His covenant people and pass into the millennium of life and peace. This pattern Dr. Gileadi refers to as the descent before the ascent which he illustrates in Figure 24, p.53.
“As we ascend toward heaven—as we grow spiritually more refined—God’s word becomes more exacting and his requirement for loyalty greater. According to this pattern, we must temporarily descend into “humiliation” before we ascend. That descent is part of God’s test of loyalty for all who ascend (see Figure 24). God proves the measure of our covenant relationship, testing the level of our commitment. He adapts this trial to our own circumstances.” p.52
“We see a “type” or precedent of such humiliation before exaltation in the life of Jacob, ancestor of God’s people. You may remember that Jacob paid tribute to his brother Esau, even stooping down to him, before God established Jacob permanently in the Promised Land. Job is another example, when his friends scolded him in his tragedy, before God “blessed the latter part of Job[’s life] more than the first.” (Job 42:12.) This humbling at the hands of others isn’t meant to create a victim mentality or cause a persecution complex, nor make us wallow in “suffering” and “humiliation,” no matter how much we must bear. Instead, it is a chance to exercise faith in God—that God will, in fact, deliver us.” P.52,53
Endtime Gathering of Israel
This Endtime deliverance of God’s people results essentially in God remembering His covenant with Abraham – to restore his descendants and those graphed or adopted gentiles as His chosen and covenant people.
“Isaiah predicts, however, that at the end of the world [Israel] will see spiritual and political “rebirth.” That event will usher in the Millennium. When they again prove loyal to him, God will reconstitute the whole nation of his people, and they will again receive the blessings of the covenant he made with them at Sinai.” P.54
America’s Righteous Endure
In Isaiah’s Endtime prophecy, he identifies a righteous Endtime super-power that began as a faithful nation but now has turned evil and whom the world relied upon for protection. This Endtime super-power Dr. Gileadi identifies as America. Isaiah predicts that the Tyrant invades America and carries out his operation of destruction. Nevertheless, the righteous who endure are preserved.
“…the only nation today that fits Isaiah’s description of “Egypt” is America. So to see how Isaiah’s structure works, we may apply both names—“Israel” and “Egypt”—to America. In that sense, America is a composite entity …, as are other endtime entities. In a future rerun of past events, we may expect to see a scenario develop like that of Isaiah’s time: when Egypt’s inhabitants choose evil, preferring idols and becoming spiritually estranged, Egypt’s economy crashes and civil war sweeps the land; when Egypt’s politicians take matters into their own hands and mislead the nation, God empowers the king of Assyria against them.” P.63
“As many countries depend on modern “Egypt” to defend them against “Assyria,” they are appalled when Egypt itself is smitten. In spite of military alliances, Egypt is no help. People had looked up to Egypt and held it in awe. Now they look down on it, as all countries, including Egypt, fall prey to Assyria’s treachery. The archtyrant destroys the nations and their lands by fire and the sword and annexes them into his world empire. Ultimately, in Isaiah’s scenario, the only people who survive are Zion/Jerusalem and levels higher on the ladder.” P.65
Perdition is Destroyed for All Eternity
The Tyrant who attempted to raise himself above God now God destroys as he seeks to annailate His Covenant People. For those who qualify for Perdition, who reject God are disorganized both body and soul forever.
“From the days of the Hebrew prophets, a long line of anti-God tyrants has made an appearance as “bad guys” on the world stage. Every age has produced villains who try with their might to thwart God’s plan for his children. Their atrocities make them ready candidates for Isaiah’s lowest category. Although few descend to that depth, they labor as hard for evil as those on the highest levels labor for good. Perhaps each in his own way also qualifies as a type of the endtime Antichrist, who seems to have all their character traits rolled into one. This tyrant of all tyrants will accomplish more evil and destruction in the earth than anyone has before, at which point God will destroy him and his kind forever.” P.69
“Speaking of persons on the very bottom rung of the ladder, Isaiah says “They are dead, to live no more, spirits who will not resurrect; you have appointed them to destruction, wiping out all recollection of them.” (Isaiah 26:14.) P. 69
Descending Into Death and Hell
Those who follow the Archtryant into wickedness, but who don’t qualify for eternal dissolution, will die and suffer in hell until the terms of justice have been met. That sequence looks like this.