Wonderful things. long planned and sure

Isaiah 25:1-2 Lord, You are my God, I shall exult and praise You, for You have done wonderful things, long planned and sure. You have turned cities into heaps of ruin, fortifications into rubble. Buildings are swept away, never to be rebuilt.    For this, many cruel nations will then respect You and treat You with awe.

Isaiah 25:4a & 9 Truly, You have been a refuge to the poor and a help to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the tempest and shade from the heat. On that Day, people will say: See this is our God – we have waited for Him and He will deliver us. This is the Lord, for whom we have waited, let us rejoice and exult in His deliverance.

Isaiah 25:4b & 11-12 For the enmity of the godless is like a storm, like the desert heat, but You silence the clamour of the foe and their noise dies away. For the hand of the Lord will come upon this mountain and the inhabitants will be trampled under Him, as straw is trodden into a dunghill. They will try to escape, but the Lord will bring down their pride, despite their clever plans. He will destroy the fortified defences, they will be brought down to dust.

Isaiah 26:4-6 Trust in the Lord forever! For He is an eternal Rock, He humbles all those high and mighty dwellers of a towering city. He levels it to the ground – lays it to the dust, so that the oppressed may tread it underfoot.

                                                            Reference: REB, NIV, KJV. Some verses abridged.

You silence the enemy – Those who hate Israel. Psalms 83:13-17, Isaiah 34:2-3

despite their clever plans – They devise a cunning plot against them. Psalms 83:2

this mountain – this refers to the holy Land. Micah 4:2

the inhabitants trampled – All of the Middle East virtually wiped out. Ezekiel 30:2-5

cities ruined – The fire storms and earthquakes of a huge CME will do this.  Isaiah 17:1-3, Habakkuk 3:12-13, Revelation 6:12-17

the proud dwellers of a tall city – Babylon; the ungodly peoples. Jeremiah 50:22-24, Revelation 18:8

fortresses and defences into rubble – All military installations, missiles, etc will be destroyed. Psalms 76:3, Amos 5:9

nations will be in awe – All false religions and gods will be discredited. Isaiah 2:17-18, Isaiah 66:17

refuge to the poor and needy – This is a metaphor for the Lord’s righteous people. Isaiah 41:17, Psalms 70:1-5

He will deliver us – those who keep the faith and trust the Lord. Psalms 72:12-14

shade from the heat – the strike on earth of a superheated Coronal Mass Ejection.  Isaiah 30:26, Isaiah 43:2, Isaiah 31:5, Isaiah 60:2, Zephaniah 2:3, Psalm 61:1-5

on that day – The Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath, the next prophesied event. His enemies are punished, but His faithful Christian believers will be protected and will soon move into the holy Land, to fulfil their destiny.