Behold, the name of the LORD comes from a remote place; Burning is His anger and dense is His smoke; His lips are filled with indignation. And His tongue is like a consuming fire (Isaiah 30:27).
The thirtieth chapter of the book of Isaiah is a caution against making an alliance with the Egyptians and a promise that God will personally preserve Judah from the Assyrians. As the passage transitions from the promise of divine protection to a description of God’s wrath poured out upon Jerusalem’s enemies Isaiah employs the language of visitation or “coming.” That the Lord is pictured as “coming” from a remote place is giving voice to the idea that God has been absent, allowing the Assyrians to run amuck in and around Judah, but now He has been aroused and He will come bringing fury and judgment with Him.
In this line of expression the “comings” or visitations of the Lord are seen as being truly awful things. When the Lord comes He comes to bring strength and deliverance for His own people and heap woe and destruction upon His enemies. This apocalyptic employment of the term of “coming” is grounded in the Scriptures from the beginning.