Chapter 17: Israel is scattered
The burden against Damascus. Damascus will become a ruinous heap, and Israel (the northern kingdom, referred to as Ephraim, its dominant tribe) will wane.
This is a sort of metaphor for the end of the world, and in those last days; “… a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect… And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands…” (Isaiah 17:7-8) People will finally respect God and stop worshiping worldly things. I do like how it says those who look upon God will have respect for him. I personally don’t believe you can look at God with sin.
God’s judgment will bring man’s work to nothing. “…thou shalt make thy plant to grow, and… make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap… of grief and of desperate sorrow.” (Isaiah 17:11) Essentially in the last days harvests will deceive and many will not grow or produce fruit. Many nations will rush against Syria and Israel like the rush of many waters. These nations will also be rebuked, however.
Chapter 18: The Scattered People
Ethiopian help is not required to deal with Assyria. The Lord will cut off Assyria’s sprigs with pruning hooks. Ethiopians will come to Zion to worship God. Through this God will raise a Gospel Ensign and send messengers to the scattered people to bring them to worship in Zion.