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Book of Isaiah

Isaiah Chapter 2

Theme: Prophecy concerning the last days: the Millennial Kingdom and the Great Tribulation.
Isaiah chapters 2 through 5 hold one far-reaching prophecy. These chapters look to the last days concerning Israel (all 12 tribes). As we study these chapters, the LORD makes it very clear that He is speaking the whole of Israel which will be brought back together. God always thinks of Israel as ONE nation.

The last days of Israel need to be set apart from the last days of the church. God is not talking about the church in these chapters. What God says to Israel does NOT apply to the church. I think that the apostle Paul proves this fact.
Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, (KJV)  

Isaiah did NOT know about the church. If he had known, it would NOT have been a new revelation in Paul's day. From Paul's day to the present time the church has been God's organization through which He is giving His message to the world, but
the church will be removed from the world when Jesus comes in the clouds in the Rapture (1 Thes.4:13-18; 1 Cor.15:51-52). Isaiah's message looks beyond the time of the church to the day when God will begin to move in a new way toward Israel. This time is called the Great Tribulation Period (Mat.24:21), which Daniel calls the Seven Weeks (Dan.9:25-27), and at the close of which Messiah will set up His Millennial Kingdom (Rev.20:1-8).
http://hisservants.org/rapture,_second_coming_h_s.htm
http://www.judgmentcoming.org/noah_millennium_judgment_again.html

Preview of the Future for Judah and Jerusalem (2:1-22)


Isaiah 2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. (KJV)

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw. . .  meaning the vision that he saw, although a new one, it agrees to what went before, the prophecy of future things. Concerning Judah and Jerusalem . . . which are the people of God, and what should befall them and their enemies in the latter day: this Chapter stands for this and the three following chapters.

Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. (KJV)

And it shall come to pass in the last days . . . it shall come to pass is found 131 times in the KJV, andwhen the LORD speaks these words, you can believe it shall happen! In the last days; in the times of the Messiah (Jer.48:47; 49:39; Eze.38:8, 16; Dan.10:14; Hos.3:5; Acts 2:17; 1 Jn.2:18), and from the conversion of the Gentiles here promised, which was not to be until that time, for this really was the last time and state of the church in the world; the Jewish schooling was to be abolished, but Christ's institutions were to continue to the end of the world. The days of the Messiah started in the latter part of the Old Testament dispensation, near the close of their civil and church state, at the end of which He was to come (Hab.2:3). http://www.godcannotlie.org/habakkuk_ch2.htm
That the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains . . . the mountain of the Lord's house is the Temple of the LORD which is upon Mount Moriah. It shall be exalted above the hills (Mic.4:1); shall be placed and settled in a most visible and glorious manner, being advanced above all other churches and kingdoms in the world. All nations (Gentiles), whom you now despise, and judge to be hated and forsaken by God, shall flow unto the mountain of the LORD'S house, and they shall come in great abundance, and with great eagerness, like a river (Isa.11:9; 25:6, 10; 30:29; 66:20; Eze.20:40; Dan.9:20; Mic.4:1-2; Zec.8:3). It seems to mean the supremacy of the kingdom and interest of Christ in all civil and religious conditions.
And shall be exalted above the hills . . . (Mic.4:1) Mount Zion is above Mount Sinai, meaning that the Gospel dispensation is better than the legal one. It shall be exalted by a greater sign or miracle than was done in Sinai, Carmel and Tabor. The law was given on Sinai (Ex.34:1-4), and many wonders done there (Ex.19); but on Zion the Messiah Himself appeared, and His Gospel was published, and miracles done by Him. And in the latter day, when Christ, and He alone, shall be exalted, as He will be at the time this prophecy refers to (vs.11), the TRUE church will be exalted; the glory of the Lord will be risen upon her; the interest of Christ will far exceed all other interests; His religion will prevail; the kingdoms of this world will become His; and His dominion will be from sea to sea, and from the rivers to the end of the Earth (Ps.72:8). This may also mean that the Kingdom and church of Christ, shall be as a city upon a hill (Mat.5:14); and however murky the church is now, being in the wilderness, it will in the last days be visible to all!
And all nations shall flow unto it . . . meaning that many people out of all nations shall be converted, and come freely and willingly to join themselves to the TRUE church of Christ (Isa.60:4-5).
The mountain of the Lord's house . . . the Temple was built on the mountain of the Lord, Mount Moriah, highly visible to all the people of Jerusalem. In the last days the Temple will attract the nations (Gentiles), not because of its architecture and prominence, but because of God's Presence and influence.

***** Again let me say that this is not speaking of the last days of the church. The last days of the church apply to the time of spiritual apostasy. Paul makes this very clear! 1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (KJV) . . . If you are a TRUE child of God, it makes you sick to look around and see all the blatant and deliberate sin. Even supposed Evangelicals are giving in to non-Biblical lifestyles, compromising and accepting them.

The latter times of the church and the last days of Israel are not the same thing, although there is some overlapping, but they do NOT refer to the same time period. The last days of which the apostle Paul refers to above, is the Great Tribulation period. The Lord Jesus Christ made it clear, when His disciples asked Him. Luke 21:7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? (KJV) . . . This refers to the destruction of Jerusalem, in the last days, because in Luke 21:8-12, Jesus spoke of the Great Tribulation period. The Great Tribulation will end with the Coming of Christ to the Earth (Zec.14:1-5; Rev.19:11-21), and the setting up of His Kingdom. The first section of Isaiah, chapters 2-5, deals with the Great Tribulation period and the Kingdom that shall be set up on this Earth.

The mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains . . . pertains to the nation of Israel AFTER the church has been removed at the Rapture (1 Thes.4:13-18). The word mountain in Scripture often means a kingdom, an authority, or a rule. Daniel makes this clear in his prophecy. Daniel 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. (KJV)
The LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains meaning that it shall be above all the kingdoms of this Earth. ALL the kingdoms of this world shall become the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will be King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev.19:16). One main reason that Israel is such a hot spot today, and such a sensitive piece of real estate is because it is the EXACT spot that God has chosen to be the political and religious center of the world during the Kingdom Age. God's Kingdom will be exalted above ALL the kingdoms of this world.

Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (KJV)

And many people shall go and say . . . this prophecy speaks of the multitude of conversions among the Gentiles in the latter day (Zec.8:20-21). Some interpret it of the gathering of the people to the Messiah.
Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob . . .  this expresses the concern that truly gracious souls have for the house of God and His worship in it; they go up to it, considering it both as their duty and their privilege.
And he will teach us of his ways . . . the LORD, the God of Jacob, the covenant God and Father of His church and His people, who often in this prophecy go by the name of Jacob. He is the Teacher, and there is none that teaches like Him. Happy are they who are taught of God, and who have heard and learned of the Father, and come to Christ. God taught men by His Son, when He was here on Earth, He was a Teacher that came from God, taught the way of God in truth and with authority, as the Scribes and Pharisees did NOT teach. He also taught by His Spirit, sent after Christ ascended to the Father’s right hand (Jn.14:16), to teach all things and bring all things to remembrance (Jn.14:26). The things taught them are the ways of the Lord; His ways of love, His grace and mercy in the salvation of men. The Right Hand of God: (Mk.16:19; Lk.22:69; Acts 2:33; 7:55-56; Rom.8:34; Col.3:1; Heb.10:12; 12:2; 1 Pet.3:22).
And we will walk in his paths . . .  for they show the truth of their conversion, and they obey the instructions given to them.
For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem . . . meaning the doctrine of the Messiah (Isa.42:4), or doctrine of justification by faith in Christ's righteousness (Rom.3:28; 5:1), together with all other doctrine, called the Word of the Lord, of which the Lord Jesus Christ is the Author, Preacher, Sum and Substance of. He is the righteousness, peace, reconciliation, life and salvation to ALL who believe in what He did on the cross. The word of the Lord from Jerusalem: for the success of this Promise (Lk.24:47; Acts 1:8; Rom.10:18).

*****Both civil government and religion will center in Jerusalem in the Kingdom. The Lord Jesus Christ will sit upon the throne of David. One of the main concerns of those who live on the Earth will be to discover and do (obey) the will of God. People will really and truly seek to learn His ways and walk in His paths. What a wonderful world it will be!

Isaiah 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (KJV)

And he shall judge among the nations . . . Christ shall set up and use His authority among and over ALL nations, not only giving laws to them, as other rulers do, but doing that which no other powers can do . . . convincing them to triumph over and change their hearts.
And shall rebuke many people . . . either verbally, by His Word and Spirit, reproving or convincing the world of sin; or by His judgments on His relentless enemies, which obstruct the spread of the Gospel. Neither shall they learn war any more (Mic.4:3). He shall root out all those great hostilities which were between the Jews and Gentiles, and between several nations, subduing men's pride, passions and lusts, which are the causes of all wars and arguments.
And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks . . . instruments of war shall be no more used, but shall be turned into instruments of farming, much more advantageous and useful to mankind.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more . . . this clearly proves that this prophecy belongs to future times; for this has never yet had its fulfillment in any sense; not in a literal sense; for although there was a universal peace all the world over, at the birth of Christ, in the times of Augustus Caesar, yet there afterwards were, as our Lord foretold there would be, wars and rumors of wars, and nation should rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom (Mat.24:6-7), and so it has been, more or less, ever since. And even though Christ has made peace by the blood of his cross (Col.1:20), and wherever the Gospel goes, it gives men peaceable dispositions, and reconciles them to God and Christ, yet there have been contentions and quarrels among the people of God, and which yet still continue . . . until in the latter day of the spiritual reign of Christ.
http://www.godcannotlie.org/col_ch1.htm
After the hour of temptation (Rev.3:10) is over that shall try all the Earth, after the slaying of the witnesses and their rising (Rev.6:9), after the battle at Armageddon (Rev.19:11-21), when the beast and false prophet will be taken and cast alive into the lake of fire (Rev.20:10), there will be no more wars in the world (rev.21:4), nor any persecution of the saints; and then and only then will the peaceable Kingdom of Christ appear, and all His subjects, and the members of His church, will live in the greatest unity and harmony together . . . they shall no more envy and vex one another; and of this peace there shall be no end (Ps.72:7; Isa.9:7; Lk.1:33).

*****He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people. The period of the reign of Christ on the Earth during the Millennium shall be another trial for mankind. As I understand it, there will be many judged during that time; and also, multitudes will be saved during that time as well.

They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks. The rule of the Lord upon Earth at this time will be absolutely just and righteous. He shall require (demand) the all nations practice justice and fairness with each other. For the first time in history, ALL countries will dwell together in peace. Only during the Kingdom Age will the people be able to beat their swords into plowshares. This Passage comes to mind: Psalm 2:9-12 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. 10  Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (KJV) . . . This Passage has no reference to Christ's First Coming. This speaks of His Second Coming (Zec.14:1-5; Rev.19:11-21), when He comes to judge this Earth. This Passage offers NO apology for how He shall rule! He is going to come, and He shall put down the rebellion that has broken out . . . and He will break them with the rod of iron. He is not going to pussyfoot around with those who TRY to go against Him or His people! He said it, and He is going to do it just that way.

Joel 3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. (KJV) . . . Joel tells us that during the Tribulation, just the opposite will be true: the people will beat their plowshares into swords. In fact, we are living in times like that right now. The idea of disarming nations and disarming individuals is, in my humble opinion, contrary to the Word of God. In the New Testament the Lord Jesus said: Luke 11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: (KJV) . . . IF you want to have peace and safety, you must have law and order. The prophecy of beating swords into plowshares will be fulfilled during the Millennium, when the Lord Jesus reigns. It will be then that you will be able to leave your doors unlocked, and you will be able to walk the streets at night in safety. No one will be drafted, because there will be no more war. There will be no more need for weapons for defense. The Kingdom that the LORD is going to establish upon Earth will be one of peace. He is the Prince of Peace. BUT . . . until then violence and bloodshed seems to be on the increase day by day. Jesus says keep your door locked and stay armed!

Isaiah 2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD. (KJV)

O house of Jacob . . . this is either an exhortation of the prophet to the men of his generation, to attend to the light of the law, which the Lord had given them, or an appeal of the nations to the people of Israel, and are the words of the converted Gentiles to the people of the Jews, being concerned for their conversion and spiritual welfare, as will appear in the latter day; when they will not only encourage one another to go up to the house of the Lord, as in the preceding verses, but will be very concerned that the Jews, the posterity of Jacob, share with them in all that light and glory that shall be risen upon Zion; as follows:
Come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord . . . Come ye, seeing the Gentiles are ready and resolved to go to the LORD'S House. This seems to mean, to force and provoke the Israelites, to go with them, or before them. Jews and Gentiles should always walk in the light of the LORD (Jn.8:12); taking heed that they do not reject that light which is so clear that even the blind Gentiles will discern it. When we walk with Jesus on the narrow road (Mat.7:14), it is a comfortable and pleasant journey, because we are blessed by God the Father.

*****When Isaiah speaks of Israel, Judah and Jerusalem, he means precisely these people and places. Judah means Judah, Israel means Israel, and Jerusalem means Jerusalem. If Isaiah uses figures of speech (symbols), he will make it perfectly clear that they are symbols. We should be careful of the mistake of trying to fit prophecy into some unbiblical religious saying which fits into some church's program.

Isaiah 2:6 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers. (KJV)

Therefore . . . for the following reasons.
Thou hast forsaken . . . will certainly forsake and reject the body of that nation.
Because they be replenished from the east . . . replenished, rather filled with the superstitions of the East, Syria and Chaldea.
And are soothsayers like the Philistines . . . soothsayers are forbidden by the LORD (Deut.18:10-14; Mic.5:12). The Philistines were southwest of Palestine.
And they please themselves in the children of strangers . . . please themselves, rather, join hands with, enter into alliances, matrimonial and national, which are forbidden (Ex.23:32; 34:12, 15). In the children of strangers; either, #1. In the children begotten by them upon strange women; Or #2. In strangers, as this phrase is used (Neh.9:2; Isa.60:10).

Seven National Suins of Judah

#1. They were influenced by others from the East, joining them in alliances (Isa.2:6), these were soothsayers (workers of witchcraft) like the Philistines. They were to trust the LORD completely (Lk.12:22-29).
#2. They intermarried with other nations and produced many strange children (Isa.2:6; Neh.13:23-24).
#3. They have multiplied riches and live to increase their treasures (Isa.2:7; 1 Ki. 10:26-29; 2 Chron.1:15).
#4. They multiplied horses and chariots for war (Isa.2:7; Deut.17:16-17; 2 Chron. 1:16-17).
#5. Their land is full of idols and false gods (Isa.2:8; 1 Ki.21:26; 2 Ki.17:12; 21:11, 21; 23:24)..
#6. They worship the work of their own hands instead of Jehovah (Isa.2:8; 57:5; Jer.2:28).
#7. The common man and the great man alike bow down to these idols (Isa.2:9; 5:15; Ps.49:2; Jer.5:4-5).

Isaiah 2:7 Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots: (KJV)

Their land also is full of silver and gold . . . gold was forbidden to be heaped together (Deut.17:17). Solomon disobeyed (1 Ki.10:21, 27).
Neither is there any end of their treasures . . . horses, chariots were forbidden to be multiplied (Deut.17:16). But Solomon disobeyed (1 Ki.10:26)). Horses could be used effectively for war in the plains of Egypt; not so in the hilly Judea. God designed there would be as wide as possible a difference between Israel and the Egyptians. He wanted His people to completely depend upon Him, rather than on the ordinary means of warfare (Ps.20:7). Also horses were connected with idolatry (2 Ki.23:11), therefore His objection: so the transition to idols (vs.8) is natural.

Isaiah 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: (KJV)

Their land also is full of idols . . . full of idols (Isa.57:5; Hos.4:11-13; 8:4).
They worship the work of their own hands . . . they worship their own creations, not the Creator.
That which their own fingers have made . . . the Jews denied Almighty God as their Creator, which is absurd, disrespectful and ridiculous.

Isaiah 2:9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. (KJV)

And the mean man boweth down . . . the mean man in rank, not morally base, but opposite of the great man. Boweth to idols. ALL ranks, high and low were idolaters.
And the great man humbleth himself . . . where a mean man bows to idols, the great man (in God’s eyes), humbles himself.

Therefore forgive them not . . . forgive them not, cut off these hopeless idolaters. Such an insult is not strange, considering the heinous and inexcusable nature of the crime. The incredible condition of the prophets, who spoke such things, did not speak from any confused passion, but by Divine inspiration! They spoke with an eager enthusiasm for God's honor and glory, which was always dearer to them than any and all the interests of men, and from a reverent care and fear lest others should be infected by sinful counsel or example. Yet, Isaiah’s words may be taken as a prediction, Thou wilt not forgive them, in other words, Isaiah knew that the LORD was determined to utterly destroy them because of their sin (Rev.18:6).

*****In verses 6-9, Judah adopted new ideas from the heathen and incorporated them into their own religion, as so many cults do today. They embraced all kinds of sinful ways from Assyria and Babylon. Before long they had joined the rest of the nations in worshiping the creature more than the Creator.

Isaiah 2:10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty. (KJV)

Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust . . . this is spoken sarcastically, with scorn. The sense is, since such dreadful calamities are coming upon you, you will be ready to hide yourselves in rocks and caves of the Earth (Isa.2:19; Rev.6:15-17), but all to no purpose.
For fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty . . . for fear of the glorious and terrible judgments of God. For fear literally, from the face of the terror of the Lord.

Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. (KJV)

Lofty looks of man . . . literally eyes of pride (Ps.18:27).  
Shall be humbled . . . by calamities. God will so defend His honor in that day (Judgment Day), that NO one else shall be exalted (Ps.2:6-8; 22:27-31; 47:2-9; 67:4; 72:8-11; Zec.14:9).
And the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down . . . as they bowed down voluntarily before their idols. The punishment shall suit the sin.
And the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day . . . His justice and power shall be magnified, and the vanity and impotency of all other gods shall be revealed. The day of the Lord is the time of God's taking vengeance upon sinners, which is mentioned quite often: (Isa.13:6, 9; 34:8; Jer.46:10; Eze.7:19; 13:5; 30:3; Joel 1:15; 2:1, 11, 31; 3:4; Amos 5:18, 20; Oba.1:15; Zep.1:7, 14, 18; 2:2-3; Zec.14:1; Mal.4:5; 1 Thes.5:2-3).

Isaiah 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: (KJV)

For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty . . . the history of mankind has had many days of the Lord, but there is one of these days coming that shall finally come in the last days, that shall begin with horrifying judgment, a seeming never-ending day in which God shall be all in all (1 Cor. 15:28; Eph.1:23; 2 Pet.3:10).
And upon every one that is lifted up . . . the LORD has a coming day of reckoning. He will punish all the proud, conceited and mighty, He shall cast down everything that is exalted.

And he shall be brought low . . . the LORD intends to bring down all the proud ones, those who think they can rule himself and the world without God. Zephaniah mentions the day of the LORD in Zep. 1:17-18. This section of the prophecy is to be fulfilled in the future, at the Second Coming of Christ.

Facts about the Day of the Lord:
#1. It is the day of the Lord's sacrifice. This refers to the destruction of the multitudes at the battle of Armageddon (Zep. 1:7-8; Isa. 34:6; Jer. 46:10; Eze. 39:17-21; Rev. 19:11-21).
#2. His bidden guests in that day are to be the beasts and birds who will eat the dead bodies; those slain at Armageddon (Eze.39:17-21; Mat. 24:27-28; Luke 17:34-37; Rev. 19:17-21).
#3. Princes, king's children, robbers, merchants and all other classes will be destroyed in that day (Zep. 1:8-18).
#4. It will be a day of desolation and destruction of houses and vineyards, and especially of men who should have enjoyed their homes and crops (Zep. 1:13).
#5. It will be a great day of the Lord (Zep. 1:14).
#6. It will be a day of wrath (Zep. 1:15).
#7. It will be a day of trouble and distress (Zep. 1:15).
#8. It will be a day of waste and desolation (Zep. 1:15).
#9. It will be a day of darkness and gloominess (Zep. 1:15).
#10. It will be a day of clouds and thick darkness (Zep. 1:15).
#11. It will be a day of trumpet and alarm (Zep. 1:16).
#12. It will be a day of distress upon men so that they will walk like blind men (Zep. 1:17).
#13. It will be a day of bloodshed (Zep. 1:17).
#14. It will be a day of the Lord's wrath which men will not escape (Zep. 1:18).

Isaiah 2:13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan, (KJV)

Cedars and oaks are symbolic for proud and arrogant nobles and princes (Amos 2:9; Zec.11:1-2; Rev.19:18-21). Bashan iseast of Jordan, north of the river Jabbok, and was famous for fine oaks, lush pasture and cattle. Possibly oaks refers to their horrid idolatry (Isa.1:29).

Isaiah 2:14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up, (KJV)

High mountains and hills seem to refer to the high places on which sacrifices were unlawfully offered, even in Uzziah's (same as Azariah) reign (2 Ki.15:4). It could also mean places of strength and security in which they trusted, rather than in God.

It is usual with the prophets to describe God's judgments upon men by the shaking and smoking of the mountains, the trembling of the earth, and such things.
Volcanoes: (Ex.19:18; 20:18; Deut.4:11; 5:23; Judg.5:5; Ps.97:5; 104:32; 144:5; Isa.34:9-10; 64:1-3; Jer.51:25; Mic.1:4; Nah.          1:5-6).
Earthquakes: (Job 9:6; Ps.18:7; 46:2-3; 104:32; Jer.4:24). As judgments: (Ps.18:15; 60:2; Isa.13:13-14; 24:19-20; 29:6; Nah.1:5). Prophecies of: (Eze.38:19; Zec.14:4; Mat.24:7; Mk.13:8; Lk.21:11; Rev.11:19). Instances of at Sinai: (Ex.19:18; Ps.68:8; 77:18; 114:4-7; Heb.12:26). When Korah, Dathan, and Abiram were swallowed up: (Num.16:31-32). When Jonathan and his armor-bearer attacked the garrison at Gibeah: (1 Sam.14:15). When the LORD revealed Himself to Elijah in the still small voice: (1 Ki.19:11). In Canaan, in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah: (Amos 1:1; Zec.14:5). At the crucifixion of Jesus: (Mat.27:51). At the resurrection of Jesus: (Mat.28:2). When Paul and Silas were in prison at Philippi: (Acts 16:26). All this tells me that Almighty God is in complete control of His Universe at all times . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.hisservants.org/books_god_controls_his_creation.html

Isaiah 2:15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall, (KJV)

Towers were often built on the walls of cities, and the fenced walls around the cities were strongly fortified.

Isaiah 2:16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures. (KJV)

Tarshish is in southwest Spain, near Gibraltar. It includes the adjoining region: a Phoenician colony; hence its connection with Palestine and the Bible (2 Chron. 9:21). The name was also used in a wide sense for the West Indies (Is.66:19; Ps.48:7; 72:10). Ships of Tarshish became a common phrase for richly laden and far-voyaging vessels. The judgment shall be on all that minister to man's luxury (Rev.18:17, 19).  
Pictures were ordered to be destroyed (Num.33:52); pictures still to be seen on the walls of Nineveh's palaces. It is remarkable that while all other ancient civilized nations, Egypt, Assyria, Greece and Rome, have left monuments in the fine arts, Judea, while rising infinitely above them in the possession of the lively prophecies (Acts 7:38), has left none of these. The fine arts, as in modern Rome, were so often associated with idolatry, that God required His people in this, as in other respects, to be separate from the nations (Deut.4:15-18). One translation may be a little more enlightening: All that is beautiful to the sight; not only paintings, but all luxurious ornaments (Rev.18:12, 14, 16).
Verses 15-16 tell that the ships of Tarshish (Ps.48:7) brought riches and precious things from the remote parts of the world (Rev.18:12-16).

Isaiah 2:17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. (KJV)

God, through Isaiah repeat the same as in verse 11, for a forceful confirmation. It is repeated, in part to reassure us of the certainty of it, and in part to inject it deeper in people's minds, because they are very reluctant to believe and consider things of this nature.

*****In verses 10-17, the prophet goes on to show what a desolation would be brought upon their land when God would have forsaken them. This may refer mainly to their destruction, first by the Chaldeans, and later by the Romans, or it may reveal just how God awakens and humbles proud sinners, and to put them out of self-importance and pride with that which they delighted in and depended upon more than God. We are here told that sooner or later God will show them that He hates self-reliance and pride.

Isaiah 2:18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish. (KJV)

Idols literally mean vain things, nothings (Ps.115:4-8; Isa.41:24; 44: 44:8-9; 1 Cor. 8:4). Josiah was one good king who destroyed idolatry (2 Ki.23:3-20, 24-25). Of all the 39 kings of Israel and Judah, only 8 kings out of the 20 kings of Judah were considered good (Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Amaziah, Azariah [Uzziah], Jotham, Hezekiah and Josiah).     
Before the Babylonian captivity, the Jews were most prone to idolatry; but in no instance, ever since. For the future fulfilment (Zec.13:2; Rev.13:15; 19:20).
God will reveal the impotency of idols to help their worshippers, and thereby destroy idolatry in the world.

Isaiah 2:19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. (KJV)

And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth . . . they are the idolatrous Israelites; caves abounded in Judea, a hilly country; and were hiding-places in times of alarm (Josh.10:16; Judg.6:2; 1 Sam.13:6).  
For fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty . . .  the fulfilment of this answers exactly to the threat in verse 10. They . . . are the idol worshippers.
When he ariseth to shake terribly the earth . . . shake the earth, (see verse 14), and the heavens also (Heb.12:26), meaning severe and universal judgments.

*****The Book of Revelation repeats what man will do in that Day of Judgment:
Revelation 6:15-16 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: (KJV) . . . This world is getting more and more evil, immoral and vile with each passing day. TV is full of politics, government, commerce, art, the pomp, pride and self-righteousness of man . . . and man’s religion, most of which is cultic, meaning it opposes the Holy Word of God!

Judgment Day is coming, when ALL of man's pride is going to be brought low, and the Lord Jesus Christ will be exalted on Earth as He well should be! In today’s world, the Lord Jesus is NOT being given His proper place in government, nor in society, nor in business, nor in the pomp and ceremony of the world  . . . and worse yet . . . not even in the religion of the world. He is totally left out! His Holy Name is even being forbidden to be spoken by chaplains and preachers by the government.
http://www.infowars.com/the-name-of-jesus-has-become-a-dirty-word-in-politically-correct-america/
http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/lawsuit-chaplains-banned-from-saying-jesus.html
http://jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20America/Apostasy/military-no_jesus.htm
http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/lawsuit-chaplains-banned-from-saying-jesus.html
When the LORD Jesus comes again, men are going to run for the caves of the Earth. I don't know whether men were ever cavemen or not, but a day is coming in the future when men are going back to the caves, because they fear God!

Isaiah 2:20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; (KJV)

On Judgment Day, all idolaters will abandon the gold and silver idols they made for themselves to worship. They will abandon their gods to the rodents and bats, which are unclean animals and birds (Lev.11), which lived amidst tenantless ruins (Rev.11:13), and into the despicable and darkest places, where moles and bats live, 
where before they set up their idols in high and honorable places, where they might be seen and worshipped. This great and sudden change proceeded either from #1. true repentance, which filled them with shame, and grief, and indignation against themselves, and all the instruments of their wickedness; or #2. from a conviction of the vanity of their idols, which afforded them no help in the time of their need; or #3. from a just fear lest God's judgment should have fallen more heavily upon them, if He found them practicing idolatry; and IF this profession of repentance they might, if it were possible, either prevent or lessen their calamity.

Isaiah 2:21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. (KJV)

When the LORD comes on Judgment Day to shake the earth (see vs.14), people will run and hide in holes and caves in the rocky hills and mountains to try their best to escape from His wrath and try to hide from His power and glory. They will NOT be able to hide, nor escape the wrath of His power.

Isaiah 2:22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of? (KJV)

The high ones (vs.11 & 13) whom the people trusted, shall be brought low (Isa.3:2-3), therefore they depend on them, instead of on the Lord (Ps.146:3-5).

*****Almighty God will bring down the highest and proudest of the sons of men into such contempt and misery. We should never admire nor place our trust in man, whose life and strength depends in his life, and therefore can quickly be stopped and taken away in a moment. There is NO real value in man, without dependence upon God.

Do NOT put your confidence in man. You and I live, but we do not know whether we will ever take the next breath. That is the weakness of man . . . if he stops breathing, he is out of the picture, no matter how high up he was or is! Man is just temporarily in this life on Earth, but the LORD is eternal! Do NOT put your confidence in man. Put your confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ today and always.

Special Comments

Latter Times


Again let me say that this is not speaking of the last days of the church. The last days of the church apply to the time of spiritual apostasy. Paul makes this very clear! 1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (KJV) . . . If you are a TRUE child of God, it makes you sick to look around and see all the blatant and deliberate sin. Even supposed Evangelicals are giving in to non-Biblical lifestyles, compromising and accepting them.

The latter times of the church and the last days of Israel are not the same, although there is some overlapping, but they do NOT refer to the same time period. The last days of which the apostle Paul refers to above, is the Great Tribulation period. The Lord Jesus Christ made it clear, when His disciples asked Him. Luke 21:7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? (KJV) . . . This refers to the destruction of Jerusalem, in the last days, because in Luke 21:8-12, Jesus spoke of the Great Tribulation period. The Great Tribulation will end with the Coming of Christ to the Earth (Zec.14:1-5; Rev.19:11-21), and the setting up of His Kingdom. The first section of Isaiah, chapters 2-5, deals with the Great Tribulation period and the Kingdom that shall be set up on this Earth.

The mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains . . . pertains to the nation of Israel AFTER the church has been removed at the Rapture (1 Thes.4:13-18). The word mountain in Scripture often means a kingdom, an authority, or a rule. Daniel makes this clear in his prophecy. Daniel 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. (KJV)
The LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains meaning that it shall be above all the kingdoms of this Earth. ALL the kingdoms of this world shall become the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will be King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev.19:16). One main reason that Israel is such a hot spot today, and such a sensitive piece of real estate is because it is the EXACT spot that God has chosen to be the political and religious center of the world during the Kingdom Age. God's Kingdom will be exalted above ALL the kingdoms of this world.

Seven National Sins of Judah

#1. They were influenced by others from the East, joining them in alliances (Isa.2:6), these were soothsayers (workers of witchcraft) like the Philistines. They were to trust the LORD completely (Lk.12:22-29).
#2. They intermarried with other nations and produced many strange children (Isa.2:6; Neh.13:23-24).
#3. They have multiplied riches and live to increase their treasures (Isa.2:7; 1 Ki. 10:26-29; 2 Chron.1:15).
#4. They multiplied horses and chariots for war (Isa.2:7; Deut.17:16-17; 2 Chron. 1:16-17).
#5. Their land is full of idols and false gods (Isa.2:8; 1 Ki.21:26; 2 Ki.17:12; 21:11, 21; 23:24)..
#6. They worship the work of their own hands instead of Jehovah (Isa.2:8; 57:5; Jer.2:28).
#7. The common man and the great man alike bow down to these idols (Isa.2:9; 5:15; Ps.49:2; Jer.5:4-5).

Millennium vs Tribulation


He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people. The period of the reign of Christ on the earth during the Millennium shall be another trial for mankind. As I understand it, there will be a many judged during that period; and also, multitudes will be saved during that time as well.

They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks. The rule of the Lord upon earth at this time will be absolutely just and righteous. He shall require the all nations practice justice and fairness with each other. For the first time in history, ALL countries will dwell together in peace. Only during the Kingdom Age will the people be able to beat their swords into plowshares. This Passage comes to mind: Psalm 2:9-12 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. 10  Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (KJV) . . . This Passage has no reference to Christ's First Coming. This speaks of His Second Coming, when He comes to judge this Earth. This Passage offers NO apology for how He shall rule! He is going to come, and He shall put down the rebellion that has broken out . . . and He will break them with the rod of iron. He is not going to pussyfoot around with those who TRY to go against Him or His people! He said it, and He is going to do it just that way.

Joel 3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. (KJV) . . . Joel tells us that during the Tribulation, just the opposite will be true: the people will beat their plowshares into swords. In fact, we are living in times like that right now. The idea of disarming nations and disarming individuals is, in my humble opinion, contrary to the Word of God. In the New Testament the Lord Jesus said: Luke 11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: (KJV) . . . IF you want to have peace and safety, you must have law and order. The prophecy of beating swords into plowshares will be fulfilled during the Millennium, when the Lord Jesus reigns. It will be then that you will be able to leave your doors unlocked, and you will be able to walk the streets at night in safety. No one will be drafted, because there will be no more war. There will be no more need for weapons for defense. The Kingdom that the Lord is going to establish upon earth will be one of peace. He is the Prince of Peace. BUT . . . until then violence and bloodshed seems to be on the increase day by day. Jesus says keep your door locked and stay armed!

The 3rd Prophecy in Isaiah
Ten Predictions . . . Unfulfilled
 

#1. This will happen in the last days -- the day of the Messiah, the Millennium, the day of the Lord (Isa. 2:2; Mic. 4:1).
#2. The mountain of the Lord's house shall be exalted above all hills and mountains; that is, exalted as the location of the Messiah's capital building above any other building or city, or any other hill or mountain (Isa. 2:2).
#3. All nations shall go up to honor and worship the Messiah in His temple (Isa. 2:2; Mic. 4:1; Zech. 14:16-21).
#4. Many people shall go and say, Come, let us go to Jerusalem to the temple of Jehovah where His Messiah reigns. He will teach us His ways, and we will walk in His paths (Isa. 2:3; Mic. 4:2).
#5. Out of Zion shall go forth the civil laws for the whole earth (Isa. 2:3; Mic. 4:2).
#6. The Word of God will go forth from Jerusalem; that is, the missionary program will go forth until the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the water covers the sea (Isa. 2:3; 11:9; 52:7; 66:19-21; Mic. 4:3).
#7. He (the Messiah) shall judge among the nations (Isa. 2:4; 11:1-10; Mic. 4:3).
#8. He shall rebuke many people (Isa. 2:4; 11:4-5; Zech. 14:9,16-21).
#9. They (all nations) shall beat their sword into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks (Isa. 2:4; Mic. 4:3).
#10. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isa. 2:4; Mic. 4:3).

Zephaniah mentions the day of the Lord in Zep. 1:17-18. This section of the prophecy is to be fulfilled in the future, at the Second Coming of Christ.

Facts about the Day of the Lord:

#1. It is the day of the Lord's sacrifice. This refers to the destruction of the multitudes at the battle of Armageddon (Zep. 1:7-8; Isa. 34:6; Jer. 46:10; Eze. 39:17-21; Rev. 19:11-21).
#2. His bidden guests in that day are to be the beasts and birds who will eat the dead bodies; those slain at Armageddon (Eze. 39:17-21; Mat. 24:27-28; Luke 17:34-37; Rev. 19:17-21).
#3. Princes, king's children, robbers, merchants and all other classes will be destroyed in that day (Zep. 1:8-18).
#4. It will be a day of desolation and destruction of houses and vineyards, and especially of men who should have enjoyed their homes and crops (Zep. 1:13).
#5. It will be a great day of the Lord (Zep. 1:14).
#6. It will be a day of wrath (Zep. 1:15).
#7. It will be a day of trouble and distress (Zep. 1:15).
#8. It will be a day of waste and desolation (Zep. 1:15).
#9. It will be a day of darkness and gloominess (Zep. 1:15).
#10. It will be a day of clouds and thick darkness (Zep. 1:15).
#11. It will be a day of trumpet and alarm (Zep. 1:16).
#12. It will be a day of distress upon men so that they will walk like blind men (Zep. 1:17).
#13. It will be a day of bloodshed (Zep. 1:17).
#14. It will be a day of the Lord's wrath which men will not escape (Zep. 1:18).

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