Isaiah 24:4-6 – The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
Languish – To grow dull; to be no longer active and vigorous.
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
The earth languisheth or has grown dull in these last days. It is no longer an active and vigorous world as our Lord created it. It is fading away quickly. Here are four things that have caused this according to these verses.
- People are Proud – When people become proud, they begin to make bad decisions. They cannot make corrections because they can never admit they are wrong. When this happens to governments and nations, slowly they are destroyed from within. This process is more destructive than the invasion of a foreign army.
- People Transgress God’s Laws – When nations and peoples begin to not hold God’s laws in high regard and do not obey them, those nations will soon be filled with corruption. When people start to lie, cheat and become covetous as rulers, they will not govern with the people’s best interest.
- People Change God’s Laws – When nations no longer obey God’s laws, soon they will make new laws that change God’s laws. That has happened with Sodomites in this land. They have changed the laws of God for the laws of man.
- People Break Covenants– Nations no longer keep their agreements with one another. The average peace treaty lasts about two years. People’s word does not matter any more. Divorce is another example. Contracts for business do not matter. The answer now a days is if we add more paperwork, people will keep their covenants. The only thing that will change it is a regenerated heart in a godly people.
The results of the above actions is a cursed earth. We are suffering the consequences of a nation that has done the four things above. We have become spiritually desolate and eventually this nation, among others, will be destroyed by fire. This earth will sooner or later be burnt up with a fervent heat. Praise God! Then we will have a new heaven and a new earth. Thank the Lord!