Isaiah 13:12 (NIV)

I will make people scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.


I stopped when I read verse 12 today because I was like, “What?! Is this referring to Babylon or is it referring to us, today?” I know that Babylon is a term that is used to describe all that is wicked and unholy, just as Egypt is used as a reference term for the place that Believers have been delivered from. While I did find the answers I was looking for, yes, this is a descriptor for Babylon, the ancient city in the Bible, it’s also one for us today. However, I couldn’t find anything that addressed what was on my mind when I read verse 12. Namely, doesn’t this mean that there’s going to be some sort of disaster that wipes out most of humanity?

Now, I don’t know if this verse means that most of humanity is going to be wiped out in some sort of disaster or not. I suppose after the last year or so I’ve been far more open and aware of things happening that I never thought of before. I never thought that I’d see the world come almost to a halt.

I grew up in the cold war near Washington, DC. While I didn’t experience any of the drills that people had in the fifties and sixties, my parents did. During the Vietnam War, my father aligned and fired Minuteman missiles. As a child, I asked my Dad all sorts of questions about working on missiles. I think that this was likely one reason that I frequently thought of world annihilation. When I joined the USAF I worked on the bombing and radar systems of B-52 bombers, so I wasn’t far from nuclear weapons. I often visited the alert pad, the place where the B-52s sat, loaded with nukes, ready to destroy the world, to fix planes when they had problems.

In 1989, when the cold war effectively ended, I remember breathing a sigh of relief. After that, I don’t think I ever gave a second thought to the world ending again until 2020. When everything shut down it opened my eyes to what could happen. I don’t know if that’s odd or not, being a Christian. I suppose we’re supposed to be waiting on the Second Coming of Christ, but I’m not, not really. Not in the sense that some people push forth the idea, “REPENT! THE END IS NIGH!” sort of stuff. I know that the Lord is coming back. I know that no one knows the date or the hour (Matthew 24:36). I know that He’s going to come like a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2). However, my urgency about deliverance in salvation lies in the fact that “people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27 NIV).

Therefore, this is the message that people need to hear. I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating. When I check the statics for today, to see how many people have gone onto judgment, since yesterday, I see 105,000 people, so far, as I write this sentence. Most of them probably thought today was going to be like any other one, and age isn’t a factor. I can tell you with no joy that last night, someone near to my church family, lost four children under the age of 11, in a fire. Death does not discriminate.

This is why we need Jesus in our lives. This life will pass away, our lives are like flower petals in the wind, blowing here and there and then gone, never to be seen again. In Christ, we have eternal life, where there will be no more pain, suffering, death, or disease. Every tear is wiped away and we can live in peace, full of joy, living here, today, with the promises of God, and tomorrow, with God, in our Home, where He has a place for you, and me.

Do you know God? God knows you and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. Nothing is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so that we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.