New Century Version (NCV)
21 At that time the Lord will punish
the powers in the sky above
22 They will be gathered together
like prisoners thrown into a dungeon;
they will be shut up in prison.
After much time they will be punished.
23 The moon will be embarrassed,
and the sun will be ashamed,
because the Lord All-Powerful will rule as king
on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem's leaders will see his greatness.
I came across these verses in the Book of Isaiah during my reading and research on further teachings for my series, "The Alternative End Times Scenario". They do not have anything in particular to deal directly with my thesis that the end of days gathering of nations against Israel, the last days judgement of the earth, the assembling of a conglomeration (caliphate) of Islamic nations, and the long foretold Antichrist arising from within them, is soon. But, I found these verses really peaked my interest!
When you read this section of the Prophet Isaiah's book in King James english you can come away a little befuddled. But there are more contemporary versions that shed some light on this rather striking text. For teachers and students like myself, you almost get a little giddy at such a find, because within these simple verses, when read with understanding, we find the real backdrop of the End of Days.
What I mean for the uninitiated is that what the Word is saying to us here, is what it says continually over, and over again. That there will come a day when the earth and all of it's inhabitants both human and spiritual will be held accountable and judged. That a generation will come during a time of great tribulation and the LORD, Jesus, will come to rule the world from Jerusalem. Just a brief reminder, this was spoken some 500 years before Jesus appeared in earthly form, and some 2500 years from or present time.
The particular aspect of these verses that i would like to point out, is that when He comes again, it will not be just to judge mankind. In Isaiah 24:21, it says," and at that time the LORD will punish the powers in the sky above". This is not the prophet just speaking poetically or in hyberboley. These words are to be given the same weight, as if you believe that Jesus is coming again to rule from Jerusalem. And IF you don't accept or believe that, I would humbly suggest that you re-read your bible and examine your faith.
New International Version (NIV)
Might I bring this all full circle to today ? If you are finding yourself in some area that seems to be just too "powerful" to overcome. Might I suggest that you revisit Ephesians 6:12 ? That you ask for understanding, and wisdom for your situation, and God's grace and power to be the victor and not the vanquished. That if so long ago, in Isaiah and in John's revelation, that they saw a day of overall victory over the " powers of the sky above". That when HE comes again to execute that judgement in total, you will have come to the full knowledge like Paul that we battle both the seen, and the unseen until that day!