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)

"Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her; that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance." For thus says the LORD: "Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip, and bounced upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bones shall flourish like the grass; and the hand of the LORD shall be known to his servants, and he shall show his indignation against his enemies. "For behold, the LORD will come in fire, and his chariots like the whirlwind, to render his anger in fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire will the LORD enter into judgment, and by his sword, with all flesh; and those slain by the LORD shall be many. "Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one in the midst, eating pig's flesh and the abomination and mice, shall come to an end together, declares the LORD. "For I know their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory, and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations. And they shall bring all your brothers from all the nations as an offering to the LORD, on horses and in chariots and in litters and on mules and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the LORD, just as the Israelites bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD. And some of them also I will take for priests and for Levites, says the LORD. "For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the LORD, so shall your offspring and your name remain. From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the LORD. "And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh."

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