- Isaiah 24:1, 3, 19
- "Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it
upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof."
- "The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken
- "The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved
- These verses are cited by S.D.A.'s in support of their belief that the earth will be
desolate for a thousand years during which time Satan will be "circumstantially
bound" on the earth. (The righteous will have been taken to heaven). A S.D.A.
publication comments as follows:
- "The implication is almost unavoidable that the destination of the righteous at the
second advent is heaven - not the earth from which they are removed at the last
followers have all been destroyed at the second advent. The righteous . . . are removed
from his [Satan's] domain. The earth is in utter desolation, with dead bodies everywhere .
. . Satan is consigned by divine fiat to the earth, there for one thousand years to ponder
on the results of his rebellion against God." 2
- If the earth is to become completely desolate who are the "few men left"? (vs.
6). Why is every house shut up so that none can enter? (vs. 10). Who is crying in the
streets for lack of wine? (vs. 11 ). Who is it that sings for joy? (vs. 14).
- Isaiah refers to the LORD of hosts reigning in mount Zion, "and in Jerusalem, and
before his ancients gloriously." (vs. 23). This time is referred to by Isaiah in
chapters 2 and 65. Both of these passages require the continued existence of mortal people
on the earth. Note the following: Isa. 2:3 (these are not righteous immortals since they
go to Jerusalem to learn cf. Zech. 14:17); Isa. 65:17-20 (the sinner being an hundred
years old shall be accursed likewise indicates the continued existence of mortal nations
on the earth.)
- The saints will not be removed to heaven. "They shall be priests of God and of
Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Rev. 20:6). This reigning, will
be on the earth: "And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign
on the earth." (Rev. 5:10).
- The apparently absolute expressions of desolation on the earth must, therefore, be read
in a limited sense. This conclusion is further indicated by noting parallel expressions in
Jer. 44:2,6 in which Jerusalem is referred to as a desolation with no man dwelling
therein, yet Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left certain of the poor of the land for
vinedressers and husbandman. (Jer. 52:16).
- God will not leave the earth utterly desolate with no inhabitants since "the LORD
said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the
imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more
every thing living, as I have done." (Gen. 8:21).
- Seventh-day Adventists Answer Questions on Doctrine, (Washington: Review and
Herald Publishing Ass., 1957), p. 495. Return
- Ibid., p. 492. Return