1 Samuel 10 / Isaiah 54 / Revelation 17-18
To me this is like the days of Noah.
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.
"People" are the humans at large, running about in their busy lives, religiously taking care of their needs as good little animals are compelled to do, totally and completely ignorant of what God was doing and going to do. Whether or not they've purchased a chunk of salvation for themselves from one of the various myths that exist among the humans it doesn't matter because it takes a back seat to their "eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage," (normal everyday animal lives promoting their interests and taking care of their own—what matters to them), all of their goings about, unaware of what God is actually doing right under their noses.
Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
It's about being transformed away from this state of being totally ignorant of the Father, not because you're especially evil or belong to the wrong religious group, but merely because you're one of the animals who are all programmed to just be an animal. It's all they can be because they are bound to the earthly so their mind must be on earthly things. Their gods and their glory are banal and mediocre, because it must be just living for the next thing they can get for themselves to enhance their lives, something tangible and real that they can hold onto, that will do them some good—like a raise or a fat wad of cash, a new car, a girlfriend on the side or a remodeled kitchen.
All your sons will be taught by the LORD,
and great will be your children's peace.
The sons of God hope for something totally useless to the humans, something they find generally disgusting and utterly useless—something intangible, unreal and worthless. They hope to be just a little closer to the Father, to be able to hear the voice of the teacher a little clearer, to feel the ongoing assurance of the comforter who tells them plainly that they have been chosen to be for the Father's purpose, and He is giving them the guarantee of their sonship by the secret seal He has been sealing them up with.
They cannot find their validation amongst the humans or by them, which is why it's more beneficial for them to sever themselves from the humans at large than to remain mixed in with their lives, because that can only be a struggle against the purpose of the Father, which is to make them into creatures who are fundamentally different than the humans, via the change of nature that drives them, below everything else that exists in them and from where everything they are defined as springs out of. The humans they're all mixed in with are not good humans, even if we'd most likely consider them good humans who don't pose a health hazard to them. That comes straight from the animal nature which is bent on favoring itself and those it has chosen are the good ones (those who promote our struggle to survive best) versus the bad ones (those who obviously don't/can't/won't because they're too busy doing it themselves with and for their own group of good humans—according to them, usually and most likely those who share their own DNA).
"See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to work havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me," declares the LORD.
The servants of the Lord are those who have their hearts turned toward God, His own sons whose hearts have been turned toward Him by the spirit that is in them to do that for His sake, which ultimately becomes for their sake too, but only after going through Him. In other words, the process of the humans trying to get to their gods directly from themselves so that it ends up that the gods are actually serving the humans—because the humans just want to get another thing they think they need—doesn't work for God's sons.
Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea
Rejoice over her, O heaven! Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets!
The servants look like the servant of the Lord also spoken of by Isaiah. Though the whole nation lusted after foreign gods, some remained pure in their heart—even in the captivities and punishments, because God made them that way. Not by their effort, or who they were, or what they did; but because they had been chosen by God to be for His pleasure and so that He could accomplish His will through them. They are hated by the world of humans ar large because they have something the humans don't have—the secret word that is planted inside them that teaches them about the Father, and against the father of the humans. So they exclude, disfellowship, ban, threaten and kill them if they can get away with it.
In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints.
Throughout the book of Isaiah God promises to redeem Israel through the coming Messiah, but it's not about the group of natural humans called the nation of Israel, which is only a copy of the better thing. This redemption is for the servants of the Lord who were faithful to their Father because they chose Him and received from Him their new identity as sons instead of the animals they were before. Mere animals cannot be faithful to God, only sons who have been turned into another man, as per the Samuel/Saul exchange about those who are chosen to be anointed for the Father's purpose.
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
It is they who will be vindicated and redeemed by the Son, for the Father's sake; they will become kings and priests, like Saul was made a king. In order to be anointed as king, God had to make a new heart in Saul, so that he could be for God's purpose and so God could accomplish His will through him.
The people of Israel and Judah have provoked me by all the evil they have done—they, their kings and officials, their priests and prophets, the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem. They turned their backs to me and not their faces; though I taught them again and again, they would not listen or respond to discipline.
The LORD will call you back
as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
"For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you," says the LORD your Redeemer.
The bride whom God chooses and is making ready for the Son will be renewed and made pure; out of the earth He is gathering up His sons to be with Him where He is. Jesus the redeemer will wash her and make her a clean bride for himself. The servants of God (prophets) from old who chose the Father, and those who came after—those (saints and apostles) who chose the Son rather than their own life—will be called the sons of God and the bride of His son. Her name will be the New Jerusalem, and it will be filled with the righteous from both dispensations.
"Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." And he carried me away in the spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Both sets of names are written on the city and the righteous from both will live there.
With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again. Your merchants were the world's great men. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray. In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth.
The good wife is faithful to her husband and serves him in that same faithfulness. She is not the whore who pretends to be faithful and calls herself the bride, but she's just a whore. In the same way false, presumptuous Israel called itself the wife of God but were not ever interested in being a good wife, but only living for themselves.
The Lord protects his true bride as his precious jewel, the treasure of the Father. Those who have had their hearts turned toward the Father and the Son will be redeemed out of both dispensations and will live in the new city as the bride of God's Christ, His family. His name and the name of the city of God will be written on them because they will belong to Him, redeemed and vindicated.
I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches.
And the spirit of the LORD shall seize you, and you shall go into ecstasy with them and you shall turn into another man. And it happened as he turned his back to go off from Samuel, that God gave him another heart and all these signs came to pass on that day.
The spirit of God made Saul's heart like one of the prophets. A mere man could not be a king, and this incident is a copy for the sons' benefit, declaring that a mere man with an animal nature cannot be a son of God. He must be given another heart altogether, turned into another man.
"Is Saul, too, among the prophets?"