Isaiah painted a bleak picture of the impending destruction that would come upon Judah. They would not escape God’s judgment. Those whom one would think of as superior in rank would become as empty of possessions and status as those of lower class. The land would become “entirely emptied and utterly plundered.” Where joy and happiness had been, only desolation would remain. As olives and grapes are overlooked in the harvest and are found by the gleaners, a remnant of godly people would escape the wrath of destruction. They would praise the saving hand of God as He reigned on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem was often referred to as the city of God. Eventually, the Lord’s church was established in that city as the family of God. Those who would submit to God’s rule would rejoice and praise Him. Death would be destroyed in God’s salvation as Jesus the Son of God would conquer death through His resurrection. His justice, however, would administer the proper punishment for sin.