Isaiah 24:17 presents a very real picture of the dangers of living after major catastrophes in areas where mankind has lived. Cities especially are filled with dangerous traps, sink holes from all the underground passageways and sewer systems. The rubble left behind is a maze of death traps. After a major disaster, the survivors have to get about to find food and shelter, but the process takes their lives, especially when they are lone survivors.
Before the Savior of the World can come with his mighty saints, the world is going to be devastated. The world socialist system is going to destroy much of the world’s production industry, and it is also going to destroy city maintenance and repair systems. The “natural” disasters of the world wide fires and earthquakes will destroy the rest that is left from the world-wide plunder of a world wide government system.
The few that survive the holocaust of this world are going to find life very precarious. There are numbers of things to be alert and aware of, in a time when a person is famished, weak, wounded and in very poor condition. As they emerge from the rubbles that held them, they will be confronted by the remains of a thousand death traps. Areas they enter will be unstable and ready to fall on them in an instant. The ground they walk on could give way at any moment to the chambers below and trap them there.
The verse begins with the terror that overcomes people that still remain alive. They will be very easily spooked and overwhelmed with fear. Anything could spell the end of their lives and they know it. They will be very careful when they move, watching for anything that might be a threat to their safety and survival. Only God will be able to help them, since living on earth has become so dangerous.
An area not mentioned in this verse is the state of animals. They too will be dangerous and in danger.
In this state of precariousness, where life is hanging on by a thread, people will finally be ready to glorify God and beg for his help, the world over. There will be a revival, but only after the world and its systems are completely trashed and destroyed. All hope of mankind being able to wage a war against God must be removed before mankind will turn to Him for help. It is amazing how stubborn mankind is when it comes to that which is right and holy. It is a shame that God has to let things get so terribly bad before He can be accepted for who He is.
Accept God today, and don’t wait to the bitter end when things will get this bad!