What Was Past Has Become Present
It’s easy to see how people, throughout the ages, have seen “their era” as the “end of days.” Being eyeball deep into a study of both Isiah and Revelations there is a distinct, or so it seems, line of thought running between the two. It’s easy to see how some may have seen what was past has become present.
When reviewing our world today, if we look at how our world is transitioning from where we were to where we stand there seems to be a direct correlation between Isiah’s prophecies and John’s visions to what is happening, today, right outside in communities around the world.
For thousands of years men were considered the “head of the house” but today we see a narrative saying this must change and women should be strong and in charge. Running everything from households, to corporations to entire nations. Please don’t misunderstand, I am not attacking women nor am I saying this is wrong. What I am saying is what we are being told, more importantly what the very young are being taught, is that women should be in the position that men have held and that men should not be equal to women but should be subservient to women. This is to say nothing of the ongoing narrative that women no longer need men and boys no longer need a man teaching them how to be men.
If we look at the art world, fine art has completely changed over the past 100+ years. What used to be considered heinous is now considered beauty. Art used to glorify God. Art told stories about the Apostles, the Prophets, the Disciples or of God’s creations; today, not so much. It began in earnest with Picasso and his “deconstruction” of the human body. Then we were told that a “soup can” was art or a pile of dirt in the middle of an empty room with a stick protruding from it was to be accepted as art. These are not glorifications of God or God’s creations.
Don’t even get me started on what passes for clothing today. Fifty years ago people would’ve been arrested for what passes as articles of clothing or better still, they would have been laughed at for wearing rags. Clothing we used to throw in the trash heap, because they were to worn to even donate to the local charity, are now called “designer”.
Let these items sink in and then run through the list of backwardness / upside-down world you see in your neighborhood.
We learned in Isiah 3 CSB
1 Note this: The Lord God of Armies is about to remove from Jerusalem and from Judah every kind of security: the entire supply of bread and water,
2 heroes and warriors, judges and prophets, fortune-tellers and elders,
3 commanders of fifty and dignitaries, counselors, cunning magicians, and necromancers.
4 “I will make youths their leaders, and unstable rulers will govern them.”
5 The people will oppress one another, man against man, neighbor against neighbor; the young will act arrogantly toward the old, and the worthless toward the honorable.
6 A man will even seize his brother in his father’s house, saying: “You have a cloak — you be our leader! This heap of rubble will be under your control.”
7 On that day he will cry out, saying: “I’m not a healer. I don’t even have food or clothing in my house. Don’t make me the leader of the people!”
8 For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen because they have spoken and acted against the Lord, defying his glorious presence.
9 The look on their faces testifies against them, and like Sodom, they flaunt their sin; they do not conceal it. Woe to them, for they have brought disaster on themselves.
Is Revelations 17 NKJV the next step, the fulfillment of or completely unrelated to Isiah’s prophecy? From where I sit, the two seem to be interconnected.
1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,
2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. 5 And on her forehead a name was written:
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.
6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.
7 But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.