Yet this is what the Sovereign Lord says: 'It will not take place, it will not happen, for the head of Aram is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is only Rezin. Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people. The head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah's son. If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.'
The Lord gives Isaiah the words to encourage Ahaz in the face of this trial. The plans that the enemies have made will not happen because they are the plans of men. He also warns Ahaz that he must either stand in his faith or fall completely. This can be a reminder to us that we, too, must trust completely in God especially in the difficult times. This is a normal part of our growth as Christians as we see through the study in Nehemiah 3 and the meaning of the valley gate.