Author: Ron Graham
This page provides an outline of Isaiah chapters 24 to 27 for your reference. The complete outline of Isaiah is spread over several lessons.
Chapters thirteen to twenty-seven of Isaiah deliver oracles from the Lord to various nations, principally to Babylon who will rise up to crush Judah and destroy Jerusalem. Isaiah first warns all these nations individually that God is over them and will take away their glory because of their sins. Having delivered these oracles to particular nations, Isaiah then, beginning with chapter twenty-four, looks to the much more distant future. He looks to the destruction of the whole world.
Chapter 24 is a poem about the doom of the wicked on the day of judgment.
Chapter 25 is a poem about the joy of the righteous on the day of judgment. At the end of this poem, the reference to Moab, Judah’s enemy, symbolises the powers of wickedness (cf Ephesians6:12).
Chapter 26 is a poem in which Judah represents the church of Christ. At the climax of this poem the righteous seek God in their distress. He will rescue them even though they die. The dead will arise. At that time God will punish the wicked and reward the righteous.
Chapter 27 is a poem about God’s gathering up of his people at the last day. The poem is prefaced by a brief statement that the Lord will punish Leviathan, the monster serpent of the sea which symbolises Satan.
The poem then pictures heaven as a fruitful vineyard to be enjoyed by those who make peace with God. The ingathering is pictured as a harvest and threshing. This poem assures us that despite the terrible destruction and deslolation, God will harvest the righteous and gather them one by one when the last trumpet is sounded.
The end of this poem refers to a theme of Isaiah, that a remnant shall be saved from all the territories of Israel and Judah after their desolation and destruction. The return of this remnant to Jerusalem is a foreshadowing of the ingathering and rapture of the church of Christ when the world ends.