Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, "Does it grieve you my friends, that the name of God is being taken in vain and desecrated? Does it grieve you that we are living in a godless age... But, we are living in such an age and the main reason we should be praying about revival is that we are anxious to see God's name vindicated and His glory manifested. We should be anxious to see something happening that will arrest the nations, all the peoples, and cause them to stop and to think again."
Isaiah 3-5 explains the process of implosion from removing resources and leadership to being conquered by another nation unless the church repents of its sin.
God Removes Resources & Overthrows Leadership
The Lord took all the supplies of food and water from Jerusalem and Judah along with the military, politicians, judges, pastors, businessmen and workers. He made children govern them, people oppress each other, young rise up against the old and inferior against the honorable. No one would take leadership without having answers and their sin exposed like Sodom. The righteous enjoyed the fruit of their deeds but the wicked got what they deserved. Youths oppressed God's people and women ruled over them. Guides led them astray and confused the direction of their paths (Is. 3:1-12). God removes resources and overthrows leadership because sin causes implosion.
God Judges Pride and Injustice
The Lord judged the people including elders and leaders who ruined the vineyard and plundered the poor to their own advantage. The women of Zion were proud, flirted with their eyes and drew attention by the way they dress. The Lord brought sores on their heads, mad them go bald and removed the beauty of their clothing and accessories. The gates of Zion mourned after the men are killed in battle (Is. 3:13-26). God judges pride and injustice toward the poor by killing men in spiritual battle.
God Washes Away Sin
Seven women took hold of one man to remove disgrace and be called by his name. The Branch of the Lord would become glorious. The fruit of the land was the pride of Israel's holy survivors. The Lord washed away the filth of Zion's women and cleansed Jerusalem's bloodstains by a spirit of judgment and fire. The Lord created a canopy of glory using a cloud of smoke by day and flaming fire by night as a refuge from heat, storm and rain (Is. 4:1-6). God washes away sin and returns His glory and protection if His people repent.
Consider this the point of no return. If the church fails to repent of sin, pride and injustice toward the poor, God commands desolation, brings fruitlessness, burns in anger and empowers nations to defeat the country where the body of Christ resides.
God Commands Desolation
He planted a loved one's fertile vineyard with the choicest vines. He cut out a winepress but it yielded only bad fruit. Judge between the builder and the vineyard as you consider why it yielded bad grapes. He commanded the vineyard to become a wasteland with thorns and no rain. The vineyard of the Lord Almighty was Israel and the men of Judah as the garden of His delight. He looked for justice but saw bloodshed, for righteousness but heard distress (Is. 5:1-7). God commands desolation for His people if they shed innocent blood and are unrighteous.
God Brings Fruitlessness
God declared that all fields and great houses would be left unoccupied. The vineyards would yield little fruit. People pursued alcohol and parties while disregarding the Lord's deeds and disrespecting His works. Therefore He exiled people for their lack of understanding, leaders died of hunger and masses were parched with thirst. Many entered hell humbling the pride of mankind. The Lord Almighty will be exalted by His justice and show Himself holy by His righteousness. Sheep graze in their own pasture and lambs feed among the ruins of the rich (Is. 5:8-17). God brings fruitlessness to His people if they disregard Him, disrespect His works and lack understanding of His word.
God Burns in Anger
Woe to those who glory in deceit and ask God to rush His works so they may understand it. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, and substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, heroes at drinking wine and justify the wicked for a bribe but deny justice to the innocent. Because they rejected the law of God and despised His word, tongues of fire consumed them, their roots decayed and their flowers blew away as dust. God's anger burned against His people (Is. 5:18-25). God burns in anger if His people do not trust His working and timing while calling evil good and good evil.
God Empowers Nations
He lifted up a banner for distant nations. No one grew tired, stumbled or slept. Their arrows were sharp, all their bows were strung and chariot wheels were like a whirlwind. They roared like young lions and seized their prey with no one to rescue. If one looked at the land, they would see darkness and distress (Is. 5:26-30). God empowers nations to be the means of judgment against His people.
Consider the process of implosion in the church and how repentance begins with you and me in #3 below so we don't enter into the point of no return in #4-#7:
1. God removes resources and overthrows leadership because His people sin causing implosion.
2. God judges pride and injustice toward the poor by killing its men in spiritual battle.
3. God washes away sin and returns His glory and protection if His people repent.
4. God commands desolation for His people if they shed innocent blood and are unrighteous.
5. God brings fruitlessness to His people if they disregard Him, disrespect His works and lack understanding of His word.
6. God burns in anger if His people do not trust His working and timing while calling evil good and good evil.
7. God empowers nations to be the means of judgment against His people.