26 This is
the purpose [`etsah] that is purposed [ya`ats]
upon the whole earth ['erets]: and this is the
hand [yad] that is stretched out [natah] upon all the nations [gowy].
"This is the plan devised against the whole earth; and this is the hand
that is stretched out against all the nations. NASB
The word for purpose, ‘etsah,’ means advice, counsel, plan, by means of prudence or foresight or judiciousness or farsightedness.
The word for proposed, ‘ya ats,’ means to advise or deliberate or results, to determine.
The phrase, whole earth, means just that. It refers to the entirety of the known earth. And back in Isaiah’s day that would include all of the known nations from northern Africa, throughout the Middle East, and further east through Persia and beyond into India and beyond. Today, the known earth refers to the entire planet.
And since this prophecy applies to the final days of history, then the reference applies to the entire planet, or all nations or all of humanity.
The demise and destruction of Babylon, which is symbolic of the removal of Satan and his influence over humanity, as well as the demise and destruction of Assyria, which is symbolic of the removal of the evil of man over humanity, has been determined with great deliberation and forethought and consideration by God, and that removal of evil would obviously have an impact on the entire planet, on all nations, and on all people.
This destruction will come as a means of the application of justice in judgment from God.
The need for this destruction will occur because of Satan’s evil, and man’s adherence to evil, rather than to God’s truth.
By the time the Tribulation arrives, every principle of truth and every guideline of divine establishment will have been violated and thrown out by the people and the nations of the world. The world in effect, brings all of this judgment on itself because of its own rejection of truth, in favor of the ludicrous systems of belief influenced by Satan and invented by man.
The hand that is stretch out, is the sovereign will of God.
Jesus Christ controls history. Satan does not control history. Man does not control history.
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