Two paths – part 1

The Bible tells us there are only two paths for mankind…not one, not three, but two. There are only two destinies for mankind, no more, no less. Many would like there to be more categories or posibilities, and many believe there actually are more possibilities, but really, they are deceived. There are only two.

Nowhere are these two paths so clearly laid out as in the book of Isaiah.

The Little apocalypse

Isaiah Chapters 24-27 is sometimes known as “The Little Apocalypse”, or “Isaiah’s Apocalypse” a reference to the book of Revelation and the future events that will transpire during the soon coming DAY OF THE LORD.

Isaiah 24:  Behold, the Lord lays the earth waste, devastates it, twists its surface, and scatters its inhabitants. And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the female servant like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the creditor like the debtor. The earth will be completely laid waste and completely plundered, for the Lord has spoken this word.

 The earth dries up and crumbles away, the mainland dries out and crumbles away, the exalted of the people of the earth dwindle. 5 The earth is also defiled by its inhabitants, for they violated laws, altered statutes, and broke the everlasting covenantTherefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live on it suffer for their guilt. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth decrease in number, and few people are left.

This is a resounding indictment against the “inhabitants of the earth”. Prior to Isaiah, Chapter 24, we see God’s Righteous judgments on several individual nations; however, Isaiah 24 is very clear that now God is judging the ENTIRE EARTH because of sin. In-fact, God is not only judging “earth-dwellers”, but also fallen angels.

Isaish 24:21: So it will happen on that day, (day of the lord)
That the Lord will punish the rebellious angels of heaven on high,
And the kings of the earth on earth.

Isaiah Chapter 34 characterizes the intensity of destruction for those who rebel against God. But, there is a silver lining in this dark cloud. In stark contrast to the destruction presented in Chapter 34, Isaiah 35 details God’s gracious redeeming work and the incredible beauty set aside for those who follow Him. Two paths, two destinations.

God is both righteous AND merciful. If God regarded sin with a “wink”, or if He just “looked the other way”, then He would not be a Righteous and Holy God. Because God is Righteous, sin and sinners will be judged and condemned. However, God does FREELY and GENEROUSLY offer mercy, grace and SALVATION to ALL PEOPLE through the Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus).

Isaiah Chapter 34: “God’s Wrath against the Nations”

God Beckens us…”COME NEAR, you nations, to HEAR and LISTEN. Oh peoples! Let the earth and all that is in it HEAR…and the world and all that comes forth from it….

FOR the LORD is ANGRY at ALL the NATIONS, and HIS WRATH is against ALL of their ARMIES.

God does not mince words in Isaiah 34. HE tells us like it is. The LORD (YHWH) has promised His Followers that there is a day coming when HE will right all the wrong that His people have suffered at the hands of evil-doers. But He also reminds us that vengeance is HIS…HE will repay. God’s followers are to trust in and believe that God is a JUST JUDGE. Our job is NOT to judge, but to love and forgive…and TRUST in GOD’S WORD. But…..vengeance is YHWH’s, HE will repay.

Be assured, judgment looms over the wicked, but righteousness and everlasting life over those who trust in GOD.

In Isaiah 34, God specifically calls out EDOM as the RECIPIENT of His end-time judgment. Why Edom and who are they? The Edomites were an historic group of people who descended from Jacob’s (renamed Israel)’s twin brother Esau. The Edomites embodied everything that the Lord hates. They rebelled against God. They mocked, scorned and enjoyed their brother Israel’s suffering, defeat, and exile. They plotted and schemed against all that was good and their own wickedness sealed their fate.

The literal Edomites have dissappeared, becoming a part of the nations in which they migrated …..but the Edomite SPIRIT is still around. Whenever you see someone who hates God (YHWH/ELOHIM), hates ISRAEL (Jew and Gentile Christian), Hates God’s Word, hates God’s laws, hates God’s precepts, and especially hates God’s Son Jesus …you have an Edomite. They are the persecutors of God’s people. Edomites can come in all forms, from all nations and all ethnic groups. They can come in the form of a religious zealot, a self-proclaimed athiest, a world leader, or a common laborer…it matters not. They can even masquerade as a Christian or a Jew, and yet rebel against God’s Word and those who hold God’s Word dear. They are an Edomite in their hearts.

Herod the Great (older), a God hating Edomite, tried to kill the baby Jesus by slaughtering all the little toddler boys in Judah two years old and younger at the time of Jesus’ birth. It was an Edomite, Herod Agrippa I, who presided over the trial of Jesus just before His crucifixion. Another famous Edomite, Herod Antipas, had John the Baptist killed for preaching the truth. This same Edomite, Herod Antipas, had Jesus’ disciple James (the brother of the disciple John) executed with a sword.

In the past, the Edomites were well known. Today; however, they have disappeared as an identifiable people group who has blended into the nations, making them more difficult to spot. Who are they? We shall know them by their “fruit.

Presently, God is allowing us to walk alongside one another, sheep and goats, Zion and Edom….but make no mistake, God is MEASURING and DIVIDING. What do we know about SHEEP? Sheep are FOLLOWERS who RELY on their shepherd. Sheep are pretty helpless and can do nothing by themselves. Contrast this with the goats who have goatherds. Goats are very “independent” and willful. A goat doesn’t follow anyone. A herd of goats goes where it wants, and the goatherd follows behind. Instead of grazing, goats “browse”—foraging for whatever strikes their fancy.


Matthew 25:31: “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, just as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats33 and He will put the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left. (In the bible, “right” symbolizes good and “left” symbolizes evil)

34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 

40  the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of Mine, you did it for Me.’

41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you accursed people, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44 Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or as a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ 

45 Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for Me, either.’ 

46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

GOATS🐐 Jesus tells us that goats are generally selfish, self-obssesed, and unconcerned about the feelings or welfare of others. They mill about, foraging for “food”, for whatever looks pleasing to their eyes. If they DO help another, it’s primarily to feel better about themselves, OR to be seen and applauded by others for being a “hero”. Do we see this in our present age? Yes we do! Just look at twitter and facebook. The general attitude on social media can only be described as “mean-spirited”. True “conservative” Christianity is being maligned or censored while ungodly values are being glorified. At the same time, there are plenty of people tweeting, posting, and showcasing their own “good works” – smile for the camera!

SHEEP: 🐏 In contrast, God’s people will live a LIFESTYLE of kindness and compassion, coupled with HUMILITY. Jesus is NOT telling us that our GOOD DEEDS make us SHEEP. He’s telling us that HIS SHEEP, those who LOVE and FOLLOW HIM…will do good deeds BECAUSE they are SAVED, not in order to be saved, and definitely NOT to impress others. Motive matters!

One more thing. Because the parable about the SHEEP and the GOATS is one of several END TIME PARABLES in Matthew 25, we should also consider the context (end-times). For this reason, there may be more here than meets the eye. This parable may not merely be about compassion for the poor and needy, although in both the old and New Testament, the Lord has always had a special place in His heart for the poor, the needy, the widow and the orphan. However, just one chapter prior to this, in Matthew 24, Jesus warned us that those who FOLLOW HIM in the LAST DAYS would be severely persecuted. This means that many, many people who believe, or say they believe, will FALL AWAY from the faith because they’re AFRAID.

Matthew 24:9: “Then they will hand you over to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 And at that time many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another11 And many false prophets will rise up and mislead many people.

As God’s people, we are called to share our faith with the LOST…THE SPIRITUALLY HUNGRY, the SPIRITUALLY THIRSTY, those who are strangers to God’s Covenants and His ways, the spiritually naked (those not yet clothed in the Righteousness of Christ), those who are sin-sick (the sick need a doctor), and those who are in prison (in bondage to sin). There is an extra-urgency to do this in these last days because time is short.

Jesus appears to be labeling those who CALL themselves Christian but neither walk the walk nor talk the talk as GOATS. Like the tares, these luke-warm Christians (GOATS) living in the LAST DAYS grew up alongside the sheep, but never really believed, were more than happy to accept a false Gospel (not based on the Word of God), and left those who never heard the message of the TRUE GOSPEL – hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick, and in bondage to sin.

Isaiah 34 tells the sorry tale about the fate of ALL who currently inhabit “Edom” (the GOATS, the wolves, the dragons, the jackals (dragons), the unclean birds, and the snakes).

God gives mankind plenty of time to make our choice – 6000 years. He even provides AMPLE WARNING about what WILL happen to us depending on which “path” we choose – ZION or EDOM.

God’s timing is written into the 7 day week pattern – six days for man to go his own way, but the 7th day (Sabbath) belongs to YHWH. God has MERCIFULLY given mankind a seven “day millennial week” for the completion of ALL THINGS. Man has 6000 years to go his own way, BUT the 7000th year, the final 1000 years, is GOD’S TIME…and it is THE “DAY” OF THE LORD. This “day” KICKS OFF with God’s JUDGMENT of sin and sinners COINCIDING WITH His reward and glorification of His Righteous Saints (the SHEEP in right standing with God because they TRULY BELIEVE in their hearts that Jesus was RAISED from the dead and they CONFESS WITH THEIR MOUTHS (SHEEP) that JESUS IS LORD! GOD’S SHEEP live a life that reflects their FAITH.

Romans 10:9: that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

The Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the earth, as symbolized by the nation of Edom. Isaiah 34 details the “end-game” for the “Edomite” and all the “Edomite nations” who REBEL against the ONE TRUE GOD (FATHER/SON/HOLY SPIRIT).


Isaiah 34:4: And all the host of Heaven will be dissolved,
And the sky will be rolled up like a scroll;

All its lights will also wither away
As a leaf withers from the vine,
Or as one withers from the fig tree.

The hosts of Heaven will be dissolved and the sky will be rolled up like a scroll. Where else do we see a similar description? We see a similar description in both Matthew 24, Revelation 6 and 12.

Rev. 6:12 And I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earthas a fig tree drops its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place

Matthew 24: 29: But immediately after the tribulation of those days (birth pains) the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

Note; In this verse (Mat. 24:29), the word “tribulation” is not referring to the final 3.5 years known as the GREAT TRIBULATION.

When Jesus breaks the sixth seal, the “DAY OF THE LORD” will OFFICiALLY begin. This is the time when God says “enough is enough”. The “great separation” will be COMPLETE, everyone has, for the most part, made their “choice” — Jesus Christ or satan, Zion or Edom. There is no “third” choice!

This is the start of the final 3.5 years, when the 7 Trumpets prepare to SOUND!! GOD (FATHER/SON/HOLY SPIRIT) is announcing JUDGEMENT!


Can people REPENT and RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST once the Rapture has occurred? Yes, God will always, always accept a genuinely repentant heart, even unto the very end. The only thing that can’t be repented of is taking the mark of the beast. However, the Bible is pretty clear that very few WILL repent, and that number will get smaller and smaller as we move through the GREAT Tribulation period.

There are ONLY TWO – paths, trees, cities, peoples, suppers, destinations

Path of the Wicked🐍

  • TREE: the TREE OF DEATH: knowledge of good and evil APART from God
  • CITY/WOMAN: Mystery Babylon, mother of harlots and abominations
  • SUPPER: The “Great supper” of GOD (slaughter at Armageddon)
  • DESTINATION: hell/lake of fire – separated from God FOREVER – ETERNAL DEATH.

Path of the Righteous✝

  • SUPPER: Wedding supper of the Lamb (Rejoicing, joy, peace, happiness)
  • DESTINATION: Heaven/Paradise – joined to God and the Lamb FOREVER – ETERNAL LIFE


Isaiah 34: And a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
Wild oxen will also fall with them
And young bulls with strong ones;
So their land will be soaked with blood,
And their dust become greasy with fat.

8 For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
A year of retribution for the cause of Zion.

Its streams will be turned into pitch,
And its loose earth into brimstone,
And its land will become burning pitch.

10 It will not be extinguished night or day;
Its smoke will go up forever.

From generation to generation it will be desolate;
None will pass through it forever and ever.

Jeremiah 49: 17 Edom will become an object of horror; everyone who passes by it will be appalled and will hiss at all its wounds. 18 Like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah with its neighbors,” says the Lord, “no one will live there, nor will anyone of mankind reside in it.

This is the exact same language that God uses to describe the fate of MYSTERY BABYLON.


Isaiah 13:19: And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
The beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride,
Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 It will never be inhabited,
Nor will it be settled from generation to generation;

Rev. 19:1: “Hallelujah! Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God, because His judgments are true and righteous; for He has judged the great prostitute (mystery babylon) who was corrupting the earth with her sexual immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her.” And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! Her smoke rises forever and ever.

Who OR WHAT dwells FOREVER in Edom/Mystery Babylon? 🐍🐲👿🦎🐀🦇🕷


Isaiah 34: 11:  But the cormorant (pelican) and the bittern (heron) shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness. (unclean “birds” represent DEMONS – Matthew 13:3-4)

13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.

14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island (wolves), and the satyr (goat demons) shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.

15 The tree snake will make its nest and lay eggs there,
And it will hatch and gather them under its protection.
Yes, the VULTURES will be gathered there,
Every one with its kind

16 Seek from the book of the Lord, and read:

Not one of these will be missing;
None will lack its mate.

For His mouth has commanded,
And His Spirit has gathered them.
17 He has cast the lot for them,
And His hand has divided it to them by the measuring line.
They shall possess it forever;
From generation to generation they will dwell in it.

At this point, God is telling us once he throws down THE FINAL judgement, people will nEVER dwell in Edom/Mystery Babylon AGAIN. HOWEVER, Edom/Mystery Babylon WILL have “inhabitants…BUT THEY’RE NOT PEOPLE! 😲The sad truth is that at the time God judges Babylon/Edom, HE IS telling us that HE no longer considers the inhabitants of these “places”…. HUMAN!. Humanity will NEVER AGAIN inhabit these unclean places!! God calls ALL the inhabitants of Edom/Mystery Babylon: “devils, hateful and unclean “birds” (fallen angels), jackals (dragons), wild beasts, goats (satyr),snakes, etc”.

Once people take the mark of the beast, they will no longer be made in the image of God (PEOPLE)….but ARE now “remade” into the image of the beast (satan) AND ARE CONSIDERED BEASTS, WILD ANIMALS, AND UNCLEAN BIRDS BY GOD.

Nebuchadnezzar, the man who became like a beast

The Bible foreshadows this end time event in the figure of King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel Chapter 4). In this story, King Nebuchadnezzar of ANCIENT BABYLON (the physical prototype for end-time BABYLON) refused to acknowledge that YHWH (GOD) is the One True God! As the story goes, King Nebuchadnezzar was walking along his rooftop looking out at what was probably one of the most beautiful cities in the ancient world, and said to himself “Look at all this that I have made”…and while the words were still in his mouth, he lost his mind and became like a beast of the field.

The prophet Daniel had warned him 1 year earlier that this would happen UNLESS he acknowledged the MOST HIGH GOD – which he did NOT. The difference between the judgement of Nebuchadnezzar and the judgement of end-time Babylon /Edom is that Nebuchadnezzar only had to remain in this “beast-like” condition for 7 years. Once he acknowledged that the GOD OF ISRAEL (Father/Son/Holy Spirit) is the ONE TRUE GOD, then his mind was restored and his kingdom was given back to him. This isn’t going to happen to those who dwell in Babylon/Edom at the end of days. Their sentence as wild beasts will be permanent..lasting FOREVER.

Daniel 4:24:  this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king: 25 that you be driven away from mankind and your dwelling place be with the animals of the field, and you be given grass to eat like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven; and seven periods of time will pass over you, (7 years) until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.

In keeping with this FINAL JUDGMENT, the once mighty palaces of BABYLON / EDOM will desolate, overgrown with thorns, nettles and brambles. Edom/Mystery Babylon, as we know it today, will be TOTALLY DESTROYED forever and ever, for ALL GENERATIONS…and her “smoke” will go up FOREVER. Utter, complete and total destruction for ALL PEOPLE (King and slave) who choose this path. And as it was with King Nebuchadnezzar, the people who CHOOSE to REJECT the ONE TRUE GOD will no longer be seen by God as PEOPLE (made in HIS IMAGE)…but as totally evil and depraved WILD and UNCLEAN ANIMALS who have given themselves over to the spirit of rebellion, satan and his minions and have REMADE THEMSELVES INTO THE image of the beast (satan).

Revelation 19 tells us that God has prepared a “GREAT SUPPER” for the VULTURES who hover over the DEAD BODIES gathered together in EDOM/MYSTERY BABYLON. 😲.

This is the SUPPER that you don’t want to be at! 🤢


Isaiah 34:15:  There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.

Matthew 24: 27 For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

Pay attention to the phraseThere shall the vultures also be gathered in Isaiah 34:15, this is the same phrase that Jesus uses in Matthew 24. Once Jesus is seen in the clouds removing His people at the Rapture (“coming of the Son of Man”), He gathers the “dead body” (EDOM) TOGETHER where the VULTURES GATHER. It’s time for THE BATTLE/WAR of ARMAGEDDON, and the GREAT SUPPER OF GOD (Rev. 19:17-18). The vultures represent satan and the fallen angels, the demonic realm that has wanted to devour humanity SINCE THE BEGINING.

What mankind doesn’t realize is that SINCE the garden of Eden, when Adam WILLINGLY HANDED the dominion that GOD GAVE US over to satan (the serpent), it has only been by the MERCY OF GOD that the fallen angelic realm has not already totally devoured us.

Genesis 3:14: Then the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all the livestock, And more than any animal of the field; On your belly you shall go, And dust you shall eat All the days of your life;

Genesis 2:7: Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living person.

1 Peter 5:8: Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Well, THE DEVILS are finally going to get their chance.


Matthew 24:27:  For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.


Rev. 19: 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great

Ezekiel 39: And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.

Revelation 17:16: And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the prostitute and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire.

Armageddon is the final and ultimate conflict between the forces of LIGHT and the forces of DARKNESS. Armageddon is not a single battle – it’s a WAR! The Bible tells us who wins. GOD WINS THIS WAR (EASILY!)and then He likens THE “GREAT FEAST” that HE offers up to that of a fallen army whose men have perished on the battle field. They will not be buried or given any dignified funerals. Instead, their corpses will be eaten by the wild birds and beasts of the DESERT (fallen angelic realm).

This “GREAT SUPPER OF GOD” is symbolic of what it is going to be like for ETERNITY for those who have REBELLED against the ONE TRUE GOD WHO CREATED THEM in HIS IMAGE AND HAS LOVED THEM enough to SACRIFICE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON…FOR THEM! But Sadly, instead of receiving God’s FREE gift of GRACE, they either knowingly, or through deception, CHOSE to align themselves with the FALLEN angelic realm (unclean birds and wild beasts) whose only desire is to EAT THEM ALIVE, to TOTALLY and UTTERLY DESTROY THEM FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER!

When you worship the very thing that seeks to devour you …….

Psalm 106:20: So they exchanged their glory For the image of an ox that eats grass.

1 Peter 1:24: because
All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,

Think of the SORROW! Think of the WEEPING and GNASHING of teeth! 😭Esau (Edom) sold his birthright for a bowl of soup. He did not think the birthright was worth anything, until he found out that it was WORTH EVERYTHING. But then, it was too late. Too late for Edom. No going back. Choices have consequences, and this one has ETERNAL consequences.

We started out this post recognizing that mankind has a choice between ONLY TWO PATHS leading to two very different destinations.

If you are now on the wrong path, it’s not too late to change direction! TURN AND RECEIVE JESUS! How to be saved!


Please join us in our next post when we discuss the other path depicted in Isaiah 35 – the path of RIGHTEOUSNESS. That one will be a much more ENJOYABLE READ!

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