Q. I have been teaching the prophecy in Isaiah and when reading chapter 5 I could see us , the US, as the vineyard that was established to produce good fruit and we have, until recently. Now we kill the innocent, kick God out of public places etc. I now see chapter 5 as a warning to us and an explanation as to why our country is suffering. We no longer as a nation are producing what God intended for us to produce and as a result the woes are directed at us today. My question is , am I reading to much into this or is it possible this is a prophecy that applies to us and to any nation that fails to do what God established them to do?
A. Although the Lord clearly identified Israel as the vineyard in Isaiah 5:7, the similarity to the history of the US is unmistakable, and this is what I believe the Lord is showing you. It proves the old adage that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. I don’t see any problem in pointing out this comparison as long as you don’t lose the historical meaning of the passage in the process.