Isaiah 13:8 Index
"And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames."
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" . . . they shall be afraid . . . "

  • Never since man was created had there been witnessed such a manifestation of divine power as when the law was proclaimed from Sinai. “The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel” (Psalm 68:8). Amid the most terrific convulsions of nature the voice of God, like a trumpet, was heard from the cloud. The mountain was shaken from base to summit, and the hosts of Israel, pale and trembling with terror, lay upon their faces upon the earth. He whose voice then shook the earth has declared, “Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. (Hebrews 12:26). Says the Scripture, “The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter His voice from His holy habitation” (Jeremiah 25:30), “and the heavens and the earth shall shake” (Joel 3:16). In that great coming day, the heaven itself shall depart “as a scroll when it is rolled together” (Revelation 6:14). And every mountain and island shall be moved out of its place.
    • The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again” (Isaiah 24:20)."Therefore shall all hands be faint” (Isaiah 13:7), all faces shall be “turned into paleness” (Jeremiah 30:6), “and every man's heart shall melt (Isaiah 13:7). And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them” (Isaiah 13:8). “And I will punish the world for their evil,” saith the Lord, “and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible” (Isaiah 13:11).
    • When Moses came from the divine Presence in the mount, where he had received the tables of the testimony, guilty Israel could not endure the light that glorified his countenance. How much less can transgressors look upon the Son of God when He shall appear in the glory of His Father, surrounded by all the heavenly host, to execute judgment upon the transgressors of His law and the rejecters of His atonement. Those who have disregarded the law of God and trodden under foot the blood of Christ, “the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men” (Revelation 6:15), shall hide themselves “in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains” (Revelation 6:15), and they shall say to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (Revelation 6:16): for the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17).
    • In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, ... to the moles and to the bats (Isaiah 2:20); to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth” (Isaiah 2:21). Then it will be seen that Satan's rebellion against God has resulted in ruin to himself and to all that chose to become his subjects. He has represented that great good would result from transgression; but it will be seen that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch” (Malachi 4:1). Satan, the root of every sin, and all evil workers, who are his branches, shall be utterly cut off. An end will be made of sin, with all the woe and ruin that have resulted from it. Says the psalmist, “Thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name forever and ever (Psalm 9:5). O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end” (Psalm 9:6). (PP340-341)

" . . . a women that travaileth . . . "

" . . . as flames."

  • As men look at one another in utter horror, eyes glased with terror, fear flashes forth with the intensity of a flame. (4BC 165)