With a flash of his pen,
the prophet Isaiah leaps forward in time, across the
centuries to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The
Hebrew prophets bring together the two comings of
Jesus as though they were one in time. The two
mountain peaks of His coming line up so as to
prevent us from seeing the valley between them. With
one coming we see the suffering of the Messiah and
with the Second Coming we see the "glories to
follow" at a time yet in the future. We are now
carried in time to when Jesus shall return and reign
as King of Kings.
Jesus Christ alone is the
hope of mankind. He is the greatest person who has
ever lived. Men either curse His name, or it is in
His name millions pray each day.
Isaiah takes us to the
time when the dream of every world statesman will be
EDEN RETURNS WITH THE
"We pass from the picture
of the character and rule of the King over men to
that fair vision of Paradise regained, which
celebrates the universal restoration of peace
between man and the animals. The picture is not to
be taken as a mere allegory, as if 'lions' and
'wolves' and 'snakes' mean bad men; but it falls
into line with other hints in Scripture, which trace
the hostility between man and the lower creatures to
sin. . ." It is "the scene of the future glories of
redeemed humanity. . ." writes Alexander Maclaren.
"And the wolf will dwell
with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie
down with the young goat,
And the calf and the
young lion and the fatling together;
And a little boy will
Also the cow and the bear
Their young will lie down
And the lion will eat
straw like the ox.
The nursing child will
play by the hole of the cobra,
And the weaned child will
put his hand on the viper’s den.
They will not hurt or
destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth will be
full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the
Hengstenberg, "is fulfilled only as to its
beginning; and the complete fulfillment still stands
out for that future in which, after the fullness of
the Gentiles has been brought in, and apostate
Israel has been converted, the consequences of the
fall shall, in the outward nature also, be removed."
This passage is probably
both symbolic and literal. In application, the
metaphor speaks of spiritual peace in human hearts
today. Christ is the Prince of Peace and He alone
brings peace to our sinful hearts. He alone can tear
down the hostility between Jews and Gentiles.
Because He has removed the enmity, we can have an
intimate love relationship with the LORD God.
However, in this passage
there is the fullest manifestation of peace. There
is no sin. Therefore, because righteousness reigns
there is peace. In the superlative sense the Prince
of Peace reigns. With sin removed, hostility is also
removed, and there is universal peace.
There will be a
transformation of nature.
Moreover, there is coming
a day when the curse of the Fall will be completely
removed from the earth (cf. Romans 8:18-22). The
beauty and harmony of the Garden of Eden will be
restored. The world will be filled with peace
between the wild beast and domesticated animals,
nature and man, as well as God and man. The future
peace in the millennium is all embracing.
All ferocity in the wild
animals is gone. All of nature is in perfect harmony
with the will of God. The Messiah will "return the
whole earthly creation to its original condition"
(Hengstenberg). Imagine a world in which all enmity
will disappear from men, beasts. It will be a time
of perfect harmony.
What is the basis
of this change? (v. 9)
"For the earth is full of
the knowledge of the LORD . . ."
How will all this take
place? "For the earth will be full of the knowledge
of the LORD as the waters cover the sea." This
"knowledge" is an intimate love relationship with
Yahweh. It is a first hand, experiential knowledge
in the heart of man. The Old Testament uses the word
to express sexual relations between a man and his
wife. All permanent lasting change begins in the
heart of man with a change in his thinking about the
Lord. God brings about that radical change. It is
like raising the dead.
When will this
change take place?
Jesus had some
interesting words for His disciples regarding the
restoration of the kingdom in Acts 1:6–8. We would
do well to listen to the Master teacher.
Nothing like what is
described by Isaiah has ever taken place in the
world. The Messianic King and His kingdom is
contrasted with all earthly kingdoms and nations. It
is the very opposite of all human kingdoms in our
day. What he is describing is reserved until the
days of the Second Coming of Christ.
It will be a time of
permanent and continuous peace. All hostile
antagonism will be completely wiped out.
If this passage sounds
strange and difficult for you to accept then
remember Jesus rode the unbroken colt, had the
rooster crow at the precise moment when Peter denied
Him, and had Peter cast a net and catch a certain
fish with a coin in its mouth at a precise place at
the exact moment it was needed to pay the Master's
tax! This passage is perfectly reasonable if we
leave it in God's hands to fulfill His own way at
His own timing!
acceptance of Gentiles into the Messianic Kingdom
will not be at the expense of the remnant of Israel
THE ENSIGN AMONG THE
"Then in that day
The nations will resort
to the root of Jesse,
Who will stand as a
signal for the peoples;
And His resting place
will be glorious."
The Messianic king will
bring about the restoration of Israel in vv. 10–16.
The Messiah will have a worldwide influence.
The prophet makes it
clear who this individual is. He is "root of Jesse"
(v. 10b). This is parallel with "the stem of Jesse"
in verse one. The "root of Jesse" is a shoot or
"branch" from the "stump of Jesse." The King Messiah
comes from this shoot. Like the "branch" this "root"
(sores) became a Messianic term among the Jewish
interpreters (cf. Isaiah 53:2; Revelation 5:5;
22:16). The coming of the Messiah will restore the
house of David, and therefore the root of Jesse. God
passed over Jerusalem, the Temple, priests and
political leaders and went to the lonely despised
Nazareth, and Jesus was born in Bethlehem because
that was the residence of the father of the family
of David. God was sovereign in the life of Mary and
Joseph, and the census of the Roman government! His
timing was perfect.
Jesus will draw all
men to Himself.
The Perfect Ruler, Prince
of Peace will draw all men unto Himself. The ensign
was the standard, the banner or flag that drew the
troops together. Messiah stands as the central
rallying point of the remnant and the Gentiles (cf.
Philippians 2:9-11; Jeremiah 31:33-34; John 3:14;
Matthew 24:31). The remnant gathers around Him.
Jesus said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the
earth, will draw all men unto Myself" (John 12:32).
"Then it will happen on
that day that the Lord
Will again recover the
second time with His hand
The remnant of His
people, who will remain,
From Assyria, Egypt,
Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath,
And from the islands of
And He will lift up a
standard for the nations
And assemble the banished
ones of Israel,
And will gather the
dispersed of Judah
From the four corners of
There will be a great new
exodus. Is the current return of the Jewish people
to Israel the one foretold here? It is perhaps a
preparation for that day; however it is probably not
the fulfillment of these verses. Isaiah is speaking
of believers being gathered back by the hand of God.
It is a believing "remnant" he has in mind. Today
there is only a handful of believing Jews in Israel.
Most of them are non-religious Jews. Isaiah pictures
Jerusalem restored and the Lord Jesus reigning in
person in Jerusalem. He is the banner that draws all
nations to Jerusalem to seek Him.
The remnant is envisioned
coming from every part of the earth to Jerusalem.
Isaiah focuses on the nation of Israel and one great
final ingathering of the Jewish people. Romans
chapter eleven comes to mind when we read this
passage in Isaiah. What a glorious day that will be
when God’s chosen people turn to Him in Christ.
Isaiah "is thinking of a
deliverance so great that it can only be performed
by God." It will be as in former times when He
brought His people out of Egypt.
FOR MESSIANIC SALVATION (12:1-6)
Isaiah reaches a grand
climax declaring the LORD God is my salvation, my
strength and my song.
"Then you will say on
"I will give thanks to
You, O Lord;
For although You were
angry with me,
Your anger is turned
And You comfort me.
"Behold, God is my
I will trust and not be
For the Lord God is my
strength and song,
And He has become my
Therefore you will
joyously draw water
From the springs of
And in that day you will
"Give thanks to the Lord,
call on His name.
Make known His deeds
among the peoples;
Make them remember that
His name is exalted."
Praise the Lord in song,
for He has done excellent things;
Let this be known
throughout the earth.
Cry aloud and shout for
joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel."
Only that which is
eternal lasts. When we realize our journey through
this earth is only passing we then recognize the
real thing is yet to come. We are living in two
worlds: the now, and the yet to be. The daily world
news reminds us that world peace as we know it is
only temporary. Perpetual, permanent peace will only
come when Jesus returns to reign as King of kings
and Lord of lords.
Only that which is done
in the Spirit of the LORD is of lasting quality.
Anything done in the flesh is temporary and
destructive. When we yield ourselves to the Holy
Spirit we are investing in eternity.
Only when there is a
transformation of man's spirit can there be a
transformation of man's environment. When the soul
of man is radically transformed we will then witness
a radical change in our society.
Only when we realize the
ultimate victory is in God's hands, not man's, do we
have lasting hope. When we recognize the sovereignty
of God we can enjoy our everlasting hope.
Only when we are obedient
do we bring delight to the Lord. When we are
obedient we have a heart that fears the Lord. The
Messiah delights in the "fear of the Lord." What is
my attitude toward Him?
Who is this Ruler, this
Prince of Peace? He is the baby born of a virgin,
the child with the four names, the Stump with a
Sprout that budded in God's perfect timing. He is
Immanuel, God with us. Isa. 7:14; 9:6-7; 11:6-9;
Phil. 2:8-11 When God is with us we have perfect
11:6-16 Our Blessed Hope
Christ in the Old Testament