The Lord Establishes a New Heaven And New Earth

Susannah Wesley, mother of John Wesley spent one hour each day praying for her 17 children. In addition, she took each child aside for a full hour every week to discuss spiritual matters. No wonder two of her sons, Charles and John, were used of God to bring blessing to all of En … More

Blessing

All those that love and mourn for the Holy City are commanded to rejoice with Jerusalem (v. 10).  The imagery of a mother nursing her baby with fresh milk is illustrative of the nations of the world that shall look once again to Jerusalem for spiritual nourishment (v. 11). It is during that time that she shall experience peace like a river and glory like a flowing stream (v. 12). God is compared to a mother who comforts her child (v. 13). As God extends a spiritual rebirth to the nation of Israel during the time of her darkest hour, she will become the channel of God’s blessing to the Gentiles.

When God restores His people to Jerusalem in the Millennium, they will rejoice and prosper, but on  her enemies He will swoop down in judgment like a fire to slay them (vv. 14-18). So severe will that judgment be that Isaiah notes that the slain of the Lord shall be many (v. 16). The religion of the last days is described as an abomination (v. 17). Because God knows both their works and their thoughts, He shall come in furious judgment upon them (v. 18).

People outside Israel will turn to Him and worship Him (vv. 19-21). In fact the remnant of believing Jews will travel as missionaries to other parts of the world to tell Gentiles about God’s glory (v. 19). Some of them will even be selected as priests and Levites showing that all nations will be blessed through Israel (v. 21). This will usher in the final state of glorification, which shall be an unchanging state for both the redeemed and the damned (vv. 22-24). The redeemed will be in heaven, in their  glorified and fixed state looking down on the suffering in the lake of fire where the worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched (Mark 9:34; Rev. 20:14-15).

Application

Just as the converted Jews became a blessing to the Gentiles I want to become a blessing to all.

Isaiah 66:10-24 (English Standard Version)


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