Question: With so much craziness in the world, are the prophecies of Isaiah already starting to be fulfilled?
Answer: Although Isaiah’s prophecies deal with a specific end-time scenario called the “Day of the Lord”—God’s Day of Judgment upon a wicked world—the backstory of that time period contains elements already familiar in our culture today. Here is a disheartening list of some societal ills, knowing that their fulness must inevitably bring upon us a fulness of God’s wrath:
“Woe to those who enact unjust laws, who draft oppressive legislation—denying justice to the needy, depriving the poor of my people of their right” (Isaiah 10:1–2).
“Your rulers are renegades, accomplices of robbers: with one accord they love bribes and run after rewards” (Isaiah 1:23).
“As for my people, babes subject them; women wield authority over them. O my people, your leaders mislead you, abolishing your traditional ways” (Isaiah 3:12).
“Woe to those who acquit the guilty for a bribe but deny justice to the innocent!” (Isaiah 5:23).
“Woe to those who suppose what is evil to be good and what is good, evil! They put darkness for light and light for darkness; they make bitterness sweet and the sweet bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).
“The look on their faces betrays them: they flaunt their sin like Sodom; they cannot hide it. Woe to their souls; they have brought disaster upon themselves!” (Isaiah 3:9).
“Their land is full of idols: they adore the works of their hands, things their own fingers have made” (Isaiah 2:9).
“The godless utter blasphemy; their heart ponders impiety: how to practice hypocrisy and preach perverse things concerning Jehovah, leaving the hungry soul empty, depriving the thirsty [soul] of drink” (Isaiah 32:6).
“How the faithful city has become a harlot! She was filled with justice; righteousness made its abode in her, but now murderers” (Isaiah 1:21).