God's altar, Jerusalem itself, is doomed! The city where David camped is doomed! Let another year or two come and go, with its feasts and festivals,
and then God will bring disaster on the city that is called "God's altar." There will be weeping and wailing, and the whole city will be like an altar covered with blood.
God will attack the city, surround it, and besiege it.
Jerusalem will be like a ghost struggling to speak from under the ground, a muffled voice coming from the dust.
Jerusalem, all the foreigners who attack you will be blown away like dust, and their terrifying armies will fly away like straw. Suddenly and unexpectedly
the Lord Almighty will rescue you with violent thunderstorms and earthquakes. He will send windstorms and raging fire;
then all the armies of the nations attacking the city of God's altar, all their weapons and equipment - everything - will vanish like a dream, like something imagined in the night.
All the nations that assemble to attack Jerusalem will be like a starving person who dreams he is eating and wakes up hungry, or like someone dying of thirst who dreams he is drinking and wakes with a dry throat.
Go ahead and be stupid! Go ahead and be blind! Get drunk without any wine! Stagger without drinking a drop!
The Lord has made you drowsy, ready to fall into a deep sleep. The prophets should be the eyes of the people, but God has blindfolded them. 111
The meaning of every prophetic vision will be hidden from you; it will be like a sealed scroll. If you take it to someone who knows how to read and ask him to read it to you, he will say he can't because it is sealed.
If you give it to someone who can't read and ask him to read it to you, he will answer that he doesn't know how.
The Lord said, "These people claim to worship me, but their words are meaningless, and their hearts are somewhere else. Their religion is nothing but human rules and traditions, which they have simply memorized. 214
So I will startle them with one unexpected blow after another. Those who are wise will turn out to be fools, and all their cleverness will be useless." 3