Similarities between Isaiah 24-27 Apocalypse & Revelation
A Harvest of Grapes
The coming tribulation upon Israel is described in Isaiah 24:1-13, and is compared to a grape harvest in verse 13: “When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.” Revelation also speaks of this grape harvest: “And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe” (Revelation 14:18).
A Praising Remnant
In Isaiah 24:14, a faithful remnant of Israel is described, praising the Lord’s majesty as He appears over them: “They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.” A remnant is also mentioned in Revelation 14:1-3, with the Lord standing over them as they sing praises to His majesty, before His throne: “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads … And they sung as it were a new song before the throne….”
A Song about the Righteousness of the Lord
In Isaiah 24:15-16, those survivors sing about the righteousness of God and they call upon all people to join them: “Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea. From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous….” The survivors in Revelation 15 also sing about God’s righteousness and include all nations: “…Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest” (Revelation 15:3-4).
Judgment upon the Earth
Isaiah 24:19-20 describes the judgment of God, the likes of which the earth has never seen: “The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. 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.” It’s stated very similarly in Revelation, at the opening of the sixth seal: “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake … And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places” (Revelation 6:12-14).
The Judgment of Satan, His Demons and the Kings of the Earth
It is also written in Isaiah 24:21-22 about God’s judgment of Satan, his demons and the kings of the earth: “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.” That’s exactly how it’s reported in Revelation: • In Chapter 12:7-9, Satan and his demons are expelled from heaven. • In Chapter 20, Satan is bound and cast into the bottomless pit. • In Chapter 6:15-17, the kings of the earth are judged. • In Chapter 20:10-15, the final judgment is explained, which will be upon the devil, the beast and the false prophet, along with everyone else whose name is not written in the Book of Life.
Signs of the Sun and Moon
Isaiah 24:23 tells us how the sun and moon are affected by the judgment: “Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed….” Similarly, in Revelation, we read: “… and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood” (Revelation 6:12).
The King and His Elders
Isaiah 24:23 talks about how the Lord will rule before His ancients as King on Mount Zion and as King in Jerusalem: “…when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.” Several times in Revelation, twenty-four elders are mentioned, who sit upon the throne, wear crowns and apparently reign with the Lord. They worship God’s almighty and everlasting power: “And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned” (Revelation 11:16-17). In Revelation 14:1, we also see the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and in 14:3 we read: “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.”
Joy Over a Destroyed City
Isaiah 25:1-2 speaks about joy over a city that has been destroyed and will never be rebuilt: “O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.” Revelation talks about the destruction of the great city, Babylon, which will be destroyed and never found again. That will also be praised: “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all” (Revelation 18:20-21).
Nations That Will Fear the Lord
Isaiah declares how nations will fear the Lord: “Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee” (Isaiah 25:3). The same is found in Revelation: “Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? For thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest” (Revelation 15:4).
The Storm of the Terrible Ones
Isaiah mentions a blast, or a storm that comes from the terrible ones, from which God will protect His people: “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall” (Isaiah 25:4). Revelation describes that scene in more detail: “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth” (Revelation 12:15-16). The terrible ones are the beast that came out of the sea and the antichrist (the false prophet).
Death Swallowed Up and Tears Wiped Away
Isaiah 25:8 describes how God will swallow up death and wipe away tears: “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.” We read the same thing in Revelation: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
A Song of Praise
In Isaiah 26:1, the redeemed sing a song of praise in Judah: “In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah….” The same thing occurs in Revelation 14:3: “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.”
The Judgment of Satan, the Serpent
Isaiah refers again to the judgment of Satan, the serpent: “In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea” (Isaiah 27:1). John describes the same thing in Revelation 19:20, while Jesus comes with a sharp sword in Revelation 19:15. Then, in Revelation 20:2: “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.”
Isaiah 26:20 speaks of a moment of indignation, or wrath: “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” A similar passage is found in Revelation 6:16-17, as the wrath begins: “And said 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: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”
Finally, in Isaiah 26:21 it says: “For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” This punishment is found in Revelation 6:10, 11:18 and 16:6 as well: “And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:10). “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth” (Revelation 11:18). “For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy” (Revelation 16:6).