Read 201.) Isaiah 60:1 thru 64:12. From our last reading, we had arrived at a place in Isaiah where he is going to be given a lengthy prophecy filled with promise and hope concerning Israel’s future. The obvious word clues are there… it is the Millennial Kingdom under the rulership of Jesus Christ! It commences with the closing verse of chapter 59, and we continue in Chapter 60. It is about Jerusalem, Jesus’ coming, and the glorious establishment of His throne there! A number of the descriptive phrases used here, can also be found in Revelation 21 and 22, as descriptors of the Holy City, New Jerusalem, to come down from God out of heaven, at the commencement of the eternal state, after the Millennium.
Chapter 61 opens with that passage Jesus read from in His return to His own hometown synagogue in Luke 4. Because it was Messianic, and He claimed it for Himself, they wanted to kill Him, as He was saying to them that He was their Messiah! After 61:2a, right thru to the end of the chapter, we read of Israel’s glorious restoration and ultimate elevation. This will come to pass, after Christ returns for His Kingdom. He will do it Himself! Chapter 62 continues in this same vein. It is all only good! These promises made, will commence at His Return. They will last for 1,000 years, says Revelation chapter 20. And, then, after the Millennium, all that was promised to last forever, that would be everlasting, would also carry on right into the eternal state of things as we read of them in Revelation chapters 21 and 22, in the new earth that is to come. But, then, with chapter 63, and the first 6 verses, we go to the Tribulation, and the second coming of Christ, told us again in Revelation 19:11 thru 21. After those first 6 verses, Isaiah breaks forth in praise thru verse 14, and then a prayer, beginning at verse 15, unto the Lord, his God. Isaiah’s plea unto God continues into, and right thru all of, chapter 64. It would appear to even have its own prophetic content and nature, as though Isaiah was praying after God had used Babylon to destroy Jerusalem. See how he mentions the loss of their temple, with 63:18 and its burning in 64:11? These things did not even take place for another 100 years, in 586 BC!
We have one more reading in Isaiah, before we say goodbye to him. Isaiah chapters 65 and 66 are going to proclaim, as he comes to the end of his life and ministry, some of the most incredible things of all that he has said, making him to go out, as it were, in a blaze of glory. Watch for it soon. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell