Read 202.) Isaiah 65:1 thru 66:24. Isaiah has given us so much, about Israel and Judah, and what was coming their way, about the End Times with its 3 component parts of the Tribulation, the Millennium and with this reading, even the Eternal State. But, most of all, we were told so much about Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. With this last reading, we get one more huge matter revealed for the first time, at the very end. With the first 7 verses of chapter 65, the Lord complains again of His people, and of their impending judgment to come. Beginning with verse 8, He holds out hope for a remnant; those who seek Him. But, for the rest, only judgment and doom. However, with verse 17, we have, for the very first time, mention of what will come with the advent of the Eternal State, after the Millennial Kingdom. Verse 17 takes us directly to Revelation 21:1. The end of verse 19 goes to Rev.21:4. This is Eternal State stuff, never before seen! Then, with verse 20, to the end of the chapter, it is of the Millennium.
We close Isaiah with chapter 66. It tells of judgment and of future hope again, but with one very special twist more… at the end! The last half of verse 2 is so incredibly important for us, because it is not required that a person only be humble and contrite, but that they also must be in awe of and tremble at His Word. So few pay any real heed to the Word of God at all, and it is a crying shame. Instead, even most humble and contrite people still choose their own ways. The judgment ends at verse 6. Verses 7 thru 14 are of the future Millennium. Then, within verse 14, it reverts back to the Tribulation. And, then, with verse 18, to Isaiah’s end, we are back to the Millennial Kingdom one last time.
But, see the last 3 verses. There is mention again of a new atmosphere and earth in verse 22. This is Revelation 21:1 talk, and pertains to the Eternal State of the very last 2 chapters of the Bible. However, verses 23 and 24, speak of an incredible activity that will take place during the Millennium, the 1,000-year reign of Christ, over this present earth. Do you see what is interesting there? Verse 24, and especially its very last lines. Jesus quoted those. Do you recall? He did. Read Mark 9:42 thru 49.
There are those who say, and teach, There is No Hell! They claim that it is not an Old Testament teaching, and even that it is not a New Testament teaching. They could not be more mistaken. Jesus, of all Bible characters, said more of, and warned more against hell, than all other Bible characters combined. In Matthew alone, some 16 times. See 5:22, 29+30, 10:28, 18:8+9, 23:33, and 25:41+46 for examples. Hell is a New Testament teaching, and Jesus taught it. But, with Mark 9, Jesus tells us of His Old Testament proof text and authority for Hell. Jesus quoted this last verse of Isaiah! Hell, it too, is what the Book is all about! See Revelation 20:11 thru 15, and 21:8!
Harold F Crowell