Isaiah 8


Verses 20-22

“21 They will pass through the land,[g] greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against[h] their king and their God, and turn their faces upward.”

“22 And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.”

Verse 20 To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.

The verse is a prophecy rather than a warning.  The message of this prophecy is that the unbelievers of this testimony will have no future in Heaven.

The text is more informative and explanatory than it is authoritative.  Its aim is to explain perhaps to Isaiah or to the readers in general, why some people would not believe in the message; in the good news.   The ‘messenger’ explains that whoever hears the message and did not believe, it was so, because they have already been set for destruction due to something that surpasses our understanding.

Some modern day bible ‘explorers’ hold this very truth against God. Why is it that some are meant to believe and some aren’t?  Why the Pharos of Egypt’s heart was made to harden by God? Why doesn’t God transform us to the people He wants us to be without allowing us to stray away from his will?

No one can answer these questions using supporting biblical evidence. However, we know that God didn’t tell us everything in the bible. In fact, we know that there is a lot of information that God is holding from us, for an unknown reason.  Now, some of this information could be to do with who we are in essence, and what happened to us, before we took part in the physical reality. A hypothetical answer could suggest that our essence/spirit/soul had been affected by evil somehow, before we came into this realm.  This ‘evil-infection’ was somehow based both on our personal free will in the spiritual realm and on our ancestors’ personal free will in this physical realm.

So, as spiritual beings, each and everyone of us might have opened up to evil to a degree or another. This evil-infestation must have shaped each one of us to a degree or another.  Some of us could prove to be ‘redeemable’ in this reality and could respond to cleansing and healing, but some would prove to be far gone.

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This hypothetical theory does not claim to have anything to do with the truth, but it sets an example to how the Unknown Ultimate Truth could be possible without infringing free will or affecting God’s perfect attributes of love and justice.

Verse 21

“21 They will pass through the land,[g] greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against[h] their king and their God, and turn their faces upward.”


Literal Interpretation:

This verse continues prophesying about those who will not believe the message. Verse 20 says that these will have no dawn which means no future in Heaven.

In verse 21, there seems to be a description of what will happen to these people in the near future, perhaps as a punishment plan.

They are described to be passing through the land.  So, the reader assumes that there might be a good reason for leaving one’s land to go astray; which could be war or starvation.

While passing through, or moving from a place to another, trying to escape their ordeal, there will be a starvation. The starved people will feel devastated and will become angry and speak with angry words against their King and their God.  They will even dare to lift up their faces towards Heaven to argue with God.

However, the phrase ‘passing through’ is very intriguing.  There is also a mystery in the identified noun ‘the land’.  So, let’s analyse the verse in at a deeper level.

Philological Interpretation:







Those are who will ‘pass through’ the land (or the worldly life) hungry and then angry with God.

22: The speaker (Jesus or the Holy Spirit) might be talking about the souls of these people after they have already experienced physical death. When these people find themselves surfing on the face of the earth, hungry. What provided me with this understanding is the fact that He said: “They will look to the earth”. This means that they are no longer a part of it. According to many Near Death Experiences, when the body dies, the soul often rises high up, moves around and looks downwards to the earth. But when these souls look downwards, they will not see what is happening on earth, but instead what is happening in Hell. When looking downwards, they will think that what is beneath them is the earth they left, but they soon find out that it is something else. The speaker says that they will see “distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish”, which is what people see in Hell. And they will be thrust into thick darkness, means maybe shoved, pushed, etc, towards Hell.