In that day the LORD will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on the earth below. Isaiah 24:21
In the previous chapters of Isaiah, he prophecies about the destruction or punishment of various nations around and including Israel. Some of the nations were to be totally destroyed, while others were left in existence, but under great destruction.
Now he prophecies of a time, that has yet to come, in which God will destroy the entire earth and all who do not follow Him will be punished. On this day, God will not only punish those on the earth, but also those in the heavens above–the demonic spiritual realm.
The humans listed for the punishment are the kings. These are the leaders of each of the nations. Some may think, “good, I’m not included in that punishment. It is only the leaders, and I am not a leader.”
Think about it. How can a leader be punished? By hurting his nation or his people. When the economy is hurting, the leader is hurting. When the people are being taken into captivity, the leader is hurting because he has no one to lead. When great disasters are occurring in his nation, he is hurting because it is costing his nation.
In the process of punishing a king, the people can feel the effect.
Along with that, every person is a leader to some amount or more. If you are married with children, you are a leader of your children and family. If you are a boss at a work place, you are a leader. If you have a younger brother or sister, you are a leader to them.
As a believer, you are to be a leader to new believers. God has called all believers to make disciples of all people in the world. That means you must lead them in what it means to follow Jesus–being a leader.
Do not live your life in a way in which God will have to punish you some day when Jesus returns. Lead the way in living for Jesus.
As you live for God, and spread the gospel message, the people of this world will be changed. This change will take place from the bottom level worker, all the way up to the king of the nation.
I pray today that you will live for God; that you will make disciples of all people; that you will lead others to Jesus; that God will not have to bring punishment upon you; and that you will know the salvation Jesus provides.