Future Temple Site

A few years ago my wife and I took a group of 46 young people to Israel to do evangelistic ministry. During this time we found it very interesting to visit places where furniture and harps are being made and stored for the third temple that the Jews hope to be able to rebui … More

Future

God gave Isaiah the gift of seeing the future. In this passage, Isaiah looks ahead to the time when God’s righteous kingdom (the millennium) will be established and the temple in Jerusalem will be the center for the worldwide worship of the Lord (vv. 1-3). Revelation chapter 21 depicts the glorious fulfilment of this prophesy. In Isaiah’s day, the temple of Solomon was still standing. In the last days this temple will be rebuilt. It will attract the attention of the nations, not because of its architecture and prominence but because of God’s presence and influence. God made a covenant (promise) with His people and will never break it. God’s faithfulness gives us hope for the future.

This describes a wonderful future of peace when instruments of war will be converted into instruments of farming (v. 4). It is also a time when we will be taught God’s laws and will obey them. Although we know that eventually God will remove all sin and thus the causes of war, conflicts, and other problems, we should not wait for Him to act before we begin to obey Him. This will be a time when God shall rule with a “rod of iron” and will compel all nations to practice justice toward one another (Rev. 2:27). Just as Judah was told, we should walk in Him right now (v. 5). This will be a time of complete international peace and safety unlike any other time in the history of the world.

Application

In the light of the future glory of God’s temple, Isaiah appealed to the people to “walk in the light of the Lord” (v. 5). As a Christian today I should have a similar motivation as I await the return of Christ in the rapture (l John 2:28-3:3).

Isaiah 2:1-5 (English Standard Version)

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths." For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD.

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