Isa 29:1 Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.
Ariel refers to Jerusalem. The word Ariel means Lion of Judah or as in Ezekial 43:16, hearth or altar of God, the place of sacrifices and burnt offerings.. The word for altar in the Hebrew was arieyl. Woe to Ariel, the Lion as conqueror, who was proud of past glory. Yet, year after year you kill sacrifices, but your heart is not towards God.
2 Tim 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2 Tim 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Isa 29:2 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel.
God does chastise his people, if they will not obey him. Distress,heaviness and sorrow, as a burning away of that which is not good.
Heb 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Isa 29:3 And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee.
Isa 29:4 And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.
The LORD will send enemy nations to chastise them, to humble them and to bring them down low, speaking from out of the dust. Your voice will be as if it were a familiar spirit, eerie and not as your voice; it will be as a whisper from the dust. Familiar spirits stay with families for generations. Often the voice of a departed one speaking in a seance: a spiritualist meeting to receive spirit communications, will bring the voice of a familiar spirit, an imitation of a dead persons voice.
Remember it was pride that sent lucifer the high ranking angel to earth and in the form of a serpent he was cursed to eat dust.
Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
Isa 29:5 Moreover the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly.
The enemy nations who were allowed to afflict Jerusalem, will not escape. Their judgement will be greater, being heathens and not under God's covenant protection. They shall be as fine dust and as chaff that is separated from wheat, that is passed away and burned in the fire.
Psa 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Isa 33:11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
Isa 29:6 Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.
Isa 17:13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
The presence of the glory of the LORD.
Exo 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.
Isa 29:7 And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.
To the nations who come against Jerusalem; you will be as in a nightmare.
Isa 29:8 It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.
There will be no satisfaction or gain for their efforts. It is like serving satan, the fruit is stolen and you are left hungry and thirsty. You are not blessed in all that you do. It is not like that for Gods people. They may suffer for a time, but then God blesses them. In His Son Jesus, we are blessed.
Psa 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Psa 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.