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Book of Isaiah
Chapter 27 refers to the same time period as the two previous chapters, and simply continues the same song. It speaks of the last days, and of what shall happen at that time, such as the destruction of the anti-Christian powers, and Satan at the head of them, the happy state of the church and its fruitfulness under the care and protection of the Lord, and His affection for it. We see here the peace, prosperity and flourishing condition of God’s people, the end of all their afflictions and chastisements, and the ruin and destruction of the city of Rome and all its inhabitants, and where the great whore committed fornication and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication (Rev.17:1-2). We also see the great gathering and conversion of the Lord's people, both Jews and Gentiles (Gal.3:27-29), by the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Rev.7).
Chapter 27 ends the threefold song of the Coming of the Kingdom which we have in chapters 25 through 27. The subject of this chapter seems to be the nature, the measure and the plan of God's dealings with His people.
The first verse seems like it should be connected with the last two verses of Chapter 26.
God’s Care of the Vineyard (27:1-6)
Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. (KJV)
In that day . . . this takes us into the future (Isa.2:2-4; 4:1-6). That day refers to the end of the evil world as we know it. It refers to the Day of the Lord, or the last days. It is a day that begins, as the Hebrew day did, in the evening, with the time of the Great Tribulation, and it goes on into the Millennial Kingdom, and it seems to me that it goes on into eternity, like a sunrise that never ends.
The LORD with his sore and great and strong sword . . . the Lord's sword is the Word of God, and here it is described as #1. Sore (2 Sam.2:17), #2. Great (Isa.29:6; 34:6; 36:4, 13; 54:7).
#3. Strong (Isa.40:10; Jer.21:5; 50:34). God’s Word is also: heavy (1 Ki.14:6), hard (Ex.1:14; 18:26; 2 Sam.3:39; Ps.60;3); grievous (1 Ki.12:4; 2 Chron.10:4; Isa.21:2); long (Dan.10:1); mighty (Lev.19:15; Deut.4:37; 7:21-23; 9:23; Eze.17:17; Jonah 1:4; proud (Ps.12:3); hottest (2 Sam.11:15); loud (Ex.19:16).
The apostle John describes the Coming of the Lord Jesus: Rev. 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. (KJV) . . . With that sword He will smite the nations. Is this a literal sword? Dear one, the tongue is really a sharp thing. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (KJV) . . . I believe that the Word of God is meant here. It is by His Word that Christ Jesus will smite the nations, and that will be all He needs! Dear one if by His Word He created all things (Jn.1:1-3), you can be sure that by His Word He shall judge you!
Shall punish leviathan . . . what kind of creature is the leviathan? It is evident from Job 41:1, that it was a very great and terrible sea-monster. But here it is certain that the expression is symbolic, and that by this leviathan, serpent, dragon (all mean the same thing) the prophet understands it to be some very powerful enemy or enemies of God (the singular number may be here put for the plural, as it is in many other places), and of His church or His people. It may well be called by these names, partly for their great might, and partly for the great terror and destruction which they cause upon the Earth, as the leviathan does in the sea. He seems to have a special respect to some particular enemy and oppressor of God's people; either the Assyrian emperor, who now was at that time; or rather the Babylonian one to come, who would be so. Some understand this of the devil; but although it may be applied to him in a spiritual sense, it seems to be literally meant of some potent and visible adversary; which seems to agree more with the following verses, and to the usage of Isaiah and other prophets.
The piercing serpent . . . which by its sting or bite pierces quickly and deeply into men's bodies. Or, the serpent, as this may be called, either for its length, or strength, or swift motion.
That crooked serpent . . . winding and turning itself with great variety and agility; where Isaiah seems to mean the craftiness and activity of this enemy, which being added to his strength makes it all the more terrible.
The dragon that is in the sea . . . or instead the whale, as this word is rendered (Gen.1:21; Job 7:12), which agrees better with the words that is in the sea, which possibly were added only to limit that general and unclear word to a sea-monster, and not to describe the place in which the enemy signified by this dragon had his abode. Sea, flood and waters, are all symbols of much people (Dan.9:26; Isa.17:12; Jer.47:2; Rev.13:1; 17:1, 15).
The sea, mentioned here may be symbolically understood to be the greatness of the empire of the Antichrist, and the multitude of his subjects, when compared with Rev.17:1, 15.
Isaiah is comparing God's slaughter of the wicked to the conquering of a great enemy. Although evil is a powerful foe, God will one day crush it and abolish it from the Earth forever.
Leviathan, another name for Satan (Isa.27:1 Job 41:1, 34).
Five facts about leviathan:
1. The piercing serpent ((Isa.27:1).
2. The crooked serpent.
3. He is a sea serpent (Isa.27:1; Ps.104:26).
4. He has seven heads (Rev.12:3; 13:1; 17:3, 7-12).
5. He is king over all the children of pride (Job 41:1, 34).
Such a monster is a fitting symbol for Satan (rev.12).
Isaiah 27:2 In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine. (KJV)
I agree with those who say that Chapter 27 should begin with verse 2, and that verse 1 belongs to Chapter 26. But this is not something to argue about. There is simply a change of subject at this point.
In that day sing ye unto her . . . this speaks of the Millennium (thousand years, Rev.20), after the mighty enemy shall be destroyed.
A vineyard of red wine . . . this speaks of abundance, fruitfulness, bounty and joy. This is such a contrast to Isaiah Chapter 5! There we had the song of the vineyard, but it was a funeral song. That vineyard was Israel, and God was going to bring judgment because she had not brought forth fruit. Here we are in the Millennium, and there is an abundance of fruit. Red wine is the choicest and best wine, which in those parts was red (Pro.23:31), and it is called the blood of the grape (Gen.49:11; Deut.32:14). The vineyard (God’s people, or church), is often compared to a vineyard (Ps.80:8; Isa.5:7), is now delivered from her great enemy, and blessed with peace and prosperity. Israel as a vine: (Ps.80:8-16; Isa.5:1-7; Jer.2:21; Hos.10:1).
Isaiah 27:3 I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day. (KJV)
I the Lord do keep it . . . I will secure it (vineyard), that neither men, nor beasts, nor drought shall spoil it; keep it from the things that can hurt it. The Lord shall protect His vineyard (church, people, Isa.5:7) from all the assaults of her enemies, and supply it with all necessary provisions: His ordinances, His Spirit, His grace and His power. The Lord is the husbandman (farmer) here, and never again will He ever let the vineyard out to others (Mat.21:33). He is the only husbandman, and He shall keep His eye continually upon it. He watches it night and day so that no enemy may enter. This should say something to those who believe that God is through with Israel. The Scriptures make it quite clear that God is NOT through with Israel.
Jeremiah 31:35-37 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: 36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. 37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD. (KJV)
God's Sevenfold Care of the Vineyard
1. The Lord shall keep it (vs.3).
2. He shall water it every moment.
3. He will keep it night and day.
4. He shall keep out all enemies of His vineyard (vs.4).
5. He would burn the briars and thorns.
6. He will force His enemies to make peace with Him because of His strength (vs.5).
7. He will cause His people to take root, blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit (vs.6).
Isaiah 27:4 Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together. (KJV)
Fury is not in me . . . God no longer has any anger towards His vine (Israel, the church, His people). God had been displeased with them, and had chastised them; but He is not without mercy towards them. God is merciful! (Ps.116:5; Joel 2:13).
Who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? . . . if there be any briers and thorns to fight against, I will burn them up completely. Briers and thorns are symbols of afflictions (Num.33:55; 2 Cor.12:7).
I would go through them, I would burn them together . . . God’s anger will be gone. If He finds briers and thorns growing, He will attack them and burn them up. Although sometimes the Lord struggles with His people, yet, when they submit to Him, He will be reconciled to them. Fury is not in Him towards His vineyard; even though He meets with many things in it that offend Him, yet He does not seek advantages against it, nor is He extreme to mark what is incorrect in it. He is an extremely patient God (Num.14:18; Ps.86:15; Nah.1:3).
Isaiah 27:5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me. (KJV)
Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me . . . Isaiah is still speaking of the enemies of God’s people (vineyard). If the enemies of God’s people want God’s protection, they simply must make peace with Him. For there is no peace to those who are not God's people, or to the wicked. Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. (KJV) . . . Take hold of my strength meansto take hold of His Arm, to stay it from giving the blow, not by force, which is impossible, but by humble submission and earnest prayer.
And he shall make peace with me . . . instead of opposing God, the wicked may reconcile themselves to God. When people stop rejecting God and His Word and turn to Him . . . God will make peace with them. The enemy can make peace with God, even as late as the Kingdom, for God NEVER ceases to show His love and His mercy. Eph. 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, (KJV) He is also rich in grace! 2 Cor.12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (KJV) . . . I have claimed this Promise as mine, as you can also do. When your doctor tells you that there is no more he can do for you, and you are in pain, this Promise of Jesus comes through EVERY time!
I thank God that He is rich in mercy and grace, which means that He has an abundance of them.
*****That he may make peace with me. Dear one, as far as I know, this is the only place in Scripture where it is even suggested that man can make peace with God. Man cannot make peace with God about the sin question. God has already done that. Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV) . . . When you are willing to agree with God and trust Him for what He has already done for us through Christ on the cross, THEN YOU WILL HAVE PEACE. You will NOT have it until then. We need to make peace with Him now, so we will hear the trumpet when Christ comes in the clouds for us at the Rapture (1 Thes.4:13-18).
Isaiah 27:6 He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit. (KJV)
He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root . . . meaning the posterity of Jacob, the seed of Israel, in a spiritual sense; such who are really Israelites, in whom there is no guile (Ps.32:2; Jn.1:47); these shall not be plucked up or rooted out of the vineyard (the church), for they shall take deeper root, for they shall be rooted and grounded in the love of God, and also in Christ (Eph.3:17). To take root; to be firmly settled in their possessions, and not tossed hither and thither, as they have been (Zec.12:2-3).
Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit . . . which mean the fruits of grace and righteousness, which shall appear in the people of God, in all parts of the world; for there shall be a great number of converts everywhere. Some interpret fruit to mean children's children; the sense is, that when the church in the last days, is settled and grounded in Christ, and in the doctrines of grace, it shall flourish with fruitful circumstances, abounding in grace and good works. Fill the face of the world with fruit . . . their posterity shall be so numerous, that their own land will not be sufficient for them, but they shall be forced to seek residence in other countries, and shall replenish them with people. This seems to be understood of the spiritual seed of Jacob, or of believers, who are often called God's Israel (Rom.2:28-29; 9:6; Gal.3:26-29). The trampled vineyard of Isaiah Chapter 5 will be restored in God's new Earth. God will protect and care for the vineyard, His people. It will no longer produce worthless fruit but will produce enough good fruit for the whole world. Gentiles will come to know God through Israel (Rev.7). I think this speaks of the Millennium.
*****This brings up a question that has been partially answered already in the Book of Isaiah: Why does God judge Israel more than other nations? LIGHT CREATES RESPONSIBILITY. In view of the fact that Israel had more light, her sin was blacker and her punishment was greater. She received more stripes (Lk.12:48) than the nations who smote her. Amos 3:2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. (KJV) http://www.hisservants.org/israel_h_s.htm
Israel’s punishment was very severe, but God did not destroy Israel as He did some other nations. Psalm 118:18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. (KJV) . . . God will NEVER allow Israel to be completely destroyed.
Jeremiah 31:35-37 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: 36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. 37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD. (KJV) . . . NO one will ever be able to do this!
God’s Chastisements on Israel and Her Enemies (27:7-9)
Isaiah 27:7 Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him? (KJV)
Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? . . . No. The Lord does smite His people by troubling dispensations of His Providence, but NOT as he does her enemies. He smites them in their persons, their families and their estates (Isa.57:17), just as He smote Israel, by allowing them to be carried captive, and as the Jews are now smitten by Him in their present state (Zec.12:3); yet not like He smote Pharaoh, with the ten plagues (Ex. Chapters 7-12) and him and his host at the Red Sea (Ex.14:23-31); or as He smote Sennacherib and his army, by an angel, in one night (Isa.37:36); or as Amalek was smitten (Ex.17:8-16), or as He will smite mystical Babylon (Rome), which will be utterly destroyed (Rev.18). All these had been enemies of God's Israel, who, although smitten by God, yet they were NOT utterly destroyed. The Jews returned from captivity, and although now they are scattered abroad, yet they continue to be a people, and they shall be saved. God deals differently with His own people, Israel, than with their enemies that smite them. He afflicts them, but He does not destroy them, as He does their enemies. He has no fury in Him towards His people, but His wrath against His enemies is sure. http://www.hisservants.org/israel_h_s.htm
Or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him? . . . those that are slain by the Lord for Israel's sake. Although Israel is slain, but not in such numbers, to such a degree, or with such an utter devastation as their enemies; although God’s people may come under judgment, that judgment will NOT be like that of wicked people. They are chastened, but not killed (2 Cor.6:9). There will be a massacre of the Antichrist and all his followers at Armageddon (Rev.19:11-21).
Isaiah 27:8 In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind. (KJV)
In measure, when it shooteth forth . . . any time that God sends affliction on His people in any way, He does it with mercy and moderation. He sends the affliction according to their strength, and He will never give them more than they can bear (1 Cor.10:13).
Thou wilt debate with it . . . God is said to debate or contend with men, when he executes His judgments upon them (Isa.57:16; Am.7:4). The afflictions of God's people differ from the afflictions of the wicked. How wonderful this is!
He stayeth his rough wind . . . He lessens the severity of the judgment. This could also mean to remove or take away (2 Sam.20:13; Pro.25:405), as many interpreters understand it. And so this could be rendered, removeth the enemies of God and His people. His rough wind by which sometimes vines and other trees are pulled up by the roots (1 Ki.19:11), for the prophet truly understands God’s most terrible judgments.
In the day of the east wind . . . in the time when God sends forth His east wind; which Isaiah mentions, because that wind in those parts was most violent, and most hurtful to trees and fruits, as hath been often observed, and therefore is used to signify the most grievous calamities. East Wind: (Gen.41:6, 23, 27; Ps.48:7; Job 27:21; Eze.17:10; Hos.13:15; Jonah 4:8;).
Isaiah 27:9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up. (KJV)
By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged . . . or expiated, atoned . . . not that afflictions compensate, or make amends or pay for sin, nor give satisfaction to divine justice for it; but afflictions are the means of bringing the Lord's people to the knowledge of their sins and bringing them to repentance and humiliation for what they have done, and then confession of them, and of leading them to have faith in the Blood and Sacrifice of Christ (1 Pet.1:18-19), by which the sins of the world (1 Jn.2:2; 4:14) have been expiated and atoned when a person believes in Christ in faith (Rom.5:1, 9; 3:24-28) the atoning work and Sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and which the Spirit of God brings near, and applies unto them.
And this is all the fruit, to take away sin . . . the LORD sent afflictions to purge Israel’s wickedness, to make them realize they were provoking His wrath. The sin of idolatry seems to be especially meant . . . unless it is the sin of the present day Jews, in their unbelief and rejection of the Messiah. If this is intended, they shall be convinced of their terrible mistake in the last days, when their sin will be taken away, purged and expiated through the atoning Sacrifice of Christ, the One and Only Saviour and Deliverer, Whom they shall finally embrace (Rom.11:25-28).
When he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up . . . all idolatrous groves and the images (Deut.16:21; Isa.17:8; Mic.5:14) shall not be worshipped; but shall be thrown down, demolished, and broken to pieces; and by abandoning their idolatrous practices, they will show the sincerity of their repentance. The Jews, after their return from the Babylonian captivity, never practiced idolatry literally, and one day they shall look on Him whom they have pierced (Zec.12:10), and they shall mourn (Zec.12:11). And when they shall renounce all their legal sacrifices, traditions of the elders, and their own righteousness, their idols, and look ONLY to the Sacrifice of Christ Jesus, and declare against all the idolatry of the church of Rome, and all anti-Christian worship.
*****It will not be their suffering for sin that will atone for Israel's sin. The sin of the nation Israel will be expiated ONLY by the precious Blood of Christ (1 Pet.1:18-19). Just as you were saved, that is the Way (Jn.14:6), and ONLY Way it will take place in the last days. Those who say that God is through with Israel simply have not read Passages of Scripture like this one.
His Severe Judgments Against Them (27:10-11)
Isaiah 27:10 Yet the defenced city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof. (KJV)
Yet the defenced city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness . . . although the Lord deals mercifully with His own people, and combines mercy with their afflictions, He does NOT deal this way with His and His people’s enemies. I do not think that the defenced city is Jerusalem, as many interpret it, nor literal Babylon, as others do; I think that it is mystical Babylon (Rev.17:5), the city of Rome, and the whole Roman or anti-Christian power, called the great and mighty city (Rev.18:10), which will be destroyed, become desolate and without inhabitants (Rev.18:21-24).
There shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof . . .
(Isa.7:25; 17:2; 32:13-14). There shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof . . . which means the utter destruction of it and its inhabitants (Rev.18:2). Some Jewish writers interpret this Passage to be Edom or Rome, and of the Messiah being there to take vengeance on it.
Isaiah 27:11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour. (KJV)
When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off . . . this city is compared to a tree, whose branches are not only gnawed and consumed by cattle, as in the verse 10, but which, in a hot dry summer, are withered and dried up, and are easily broken, and are fit for nothing but the fire, therefore it follows that:
The women come and set them on fire . . . gather the branches to burn them; as is commonly done with withered branches (Jn.15:6). It may mean the burning of the whore of Rome (Rev.17:1) by the kings of the earth; for as the whore is indicated as a woman, so the ten kings (revived Roman Empire, Dan.ch.2 & 7) shall hate her, and burn her with fire (Rev.17:16). http://lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_one_world_revived_roman_empire.htm
For it is a people of no understanding . . . the people that inhabit the above city are thick-headed and rash, having no understanding of God and divine things, nor of the Scriptures, and the doctrines of them; they are under a judicial blindness, are given up to strong delusions to believe a lie (2 Thes.2:10).
Therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour . . . God made all people, and He also gave them a free will, to choose between right and wrong, good and bad, God or the devil. If people choose to reject God and His goodness, and stay with the devil and his evil, He that formed them will show them no favor; but His wrath shall be poured out upon them to the uttermost . . . this shall be fulfilled in the Great Tribulation, which will be fulfilled with the seven vials (Rev. chapter 16), and in the destruction of Rome (Rev. Chapter 18), and the everlasting ruin of the worshippers of the man of sin (Rev.16:1-2). For, being like brutes without understanding, they shall perish without mercy because of their own choosing.
What Isaiah states about people of no understanding:
#1. They have no understanding of God, His plan, or His ways.
#2. God will have no mercy on them, because of their ignorance, rebellion, and persecution of Israel under Antichrist.
#3. He will show them no favor whatsoever.
*****Isaiah compares the state of Israel's spiritual life with dead branches of a tree that are broken off and used to make fires. Trees in Scripture often represent spiritual life. The trunk is the channel of strength from God; the branches are the people who serve Him. Tree branches sometimes waver and blow in the wind. Like Israel, they may dry up from internal rottenness and become useless for anything except building a fire. Are you a branch connected to the tree (or vine)? OR are you drying up spiritually? Again . . . this is YOUR choice! You can either be firmly joined to the tree or Vine, of be cast into the fire. John 15:1-6 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. (KJV) . . . YOUR CHOICE!
Their return (27:12-13)
Isaiah 27:12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel. (KJV)
And it shall come to pass in that day . . . when the song will be sung (vs.2), when God will have taken special care of His people, and is about to bring them into a flourishing condition; when their troubles and afflictions will come to an end, and when the city of Rome will be destroyed, along with all the anti-Christian powers . . . then will be the conversion of the Jews; for the spirit of antichrist stands in the way of that work (2 Tthes.2:7-8; 1 Jn.2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 Jn.1:7).
That the LORD shall beat off . . . or shall beat out; which is not meant in a way of punishment, but instead intended by threshing (Isa.21:10), and is as an act of mercy, as is evident from the following clause of this verse, and from the next verse. It is a symbol from some grains which were beaten out with a rod or staff (Isa.28:27-28), and then were carefully gathered and laid up.
From the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt . . . from Euphrates to the Nile, which were the two borders of the Promised Land (Josh.1:4; 13:3). http://www.hisservants.org/israel_promised_land_h_s.htm
This must mean all the Israelites which are left in the land; which are here opposed to those of them that are dispersed into foreign parts, such as Assyria and Egypt.
Ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel . . . which means either the small amount of the remnant, or rather God's particular and remarkable care of them, that not one of them should be lost (Lk.15:4-6 ).
Isaiah 27:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem. (KJV)
And it shall come to pass in that day . . . thewords: it shall come to pass is found 126 times in the Old Testament; 27 of those times are found in the Book of Isaiah, with only 5 being found in the New Testament. To me these words mean that what is said before this . . . shall indeed come to pass . . . it shall happen just exactly as recorded. When God says something . . . BELIEVE that He will follow through and fulfill what He said! God cannot lie (Tit.1:2). This verse is saying that when the Lord is about to do the things mentioned in this chapter. Jewish rabbis apply this text to the world to come, or times of the Messiah, when the ten tribes shall be returned.
That the great trumpet shall be blown . . . this does not mean the proclamation of Cyrus, but in last days. This could well mean at the Rapture. 1 Thes. 4:13-17 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (KJV) . . . After this great event, which is the very next one on God’s time clock; the Tribulation period shall begin (Dan.9:27). Trumpets shall also be blown in the Tribulation period (Revelation Chapters 8 & 9).
And they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt . . . when that day comes, a trumpet will be blown to call back from Assyria and Egypt, and all other countries, all the Israelites who are in exile there. They will come and worship the LORD in Jerusalem, on His Sacred Hill. Recall of all Israel: (Ps.107:2-3; Isa. 11:11-12; 35:1-2; 43:5-6, 21; 66:8; Jer.32:44; Eze.20:34; 36:11, 24; 38:14-23; Joel 3:2, 9-16; Mic.4:11-13; Hos.3:4-5; Zep.3:8-10; Zec.14:2-3; Mat.25:32).
And shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem . . . the holy mount is often indicated by Mount Zion and Jerusalem (Heb.12:22), where the Jews shall come, when gathered and converted, and worship God in spirit and in truth (Jn.4:23-24).
*****This section reveals that God definitely intends to restore the nation Israel to the Promised Land. This is not a question of whether Israel is going to be restored to their land . . . it is a question of whether or not you believe what Almighty God clearly states in the Word of God. You cannot symbolize this because Isaiah speaks about Assyria, Egypt, Israel and Jerusalem. These are real, literal places. Israel is absolutely going to be literally restored. This prophecy has never been fulfilled in the past. Its fulfillment still lies in the future. My friend, God shall recall the Jews from where ever they may be, He shall move them into their land. And when they come, they will worship Him . . . the Messiah, Christ Jesus! Just as Jesus, by His Spirit called you and me, He will call the Jews. We are not seeing the fulfillment of this today, but it certainly shall happen just as the Word of God states. It shall come to pass!
Commentaries on Old Testament Books
Book of Isaiah . . Isaiah's Mini-Bible
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JUDGMENT ON THE NATIONS . . . . . Isaiah Ch.13 . . Isaiah Ch.14 . . Isaiah Ch.15 . . Isaiah Ch.16 . . Isaiah Ch.17 . . Isaiah Ch.18 . . Isaiah Ch.19 . . Isaiah Ch.20 . . Isaiah Ch.21 . . Isaiah Ch.22 . . Isaiah Ch.23 . . Home Page
ISAIAH’S APOCALYPSE . . . . . Isaiah Ch.24 . . Isaiah Ch.25 . . Isaiah Ch.26 . . Isaiah Ch.27 . . Home Page
ISAIAH'S SIX WOES . . . Isaiah Ch.28 . . Isaiah Ch.29 . . Isaiah Ch.30 . . Isaiah Ch.31 . . Isaiah Ch.32 . . Isaiah Ch.33 . . Isaiah Ch.34 . . Isaiah Ch.35 . . Home Page
Isaiah's Historic Part . . Isaiah Ch.36 . . Isaiah Ch.37 . . Isaiah Ch.38 . . Isaiah Ch.39 . . Home Page
Isaiah Speaks of Messiah's Incarnation. . Isaiah Ch.40 . . Isaiah Ch.41 . . Isaiah Ch.42 . . Isaiah Ch.43 . . Isaiah Ch.44 . . Isaiah Ch.45 . . Isaiah Ch.46 . . Isaiah Ch.47 . . Isaiah Ch.48 . . Home Page
Isaiah's Introduction to the Suffering Servant
Isaiah's Suffering Servant Prophecy. . . Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Isaiah's Redemption Through the Suffering Servant . . . Isaiah Ch.49 . . Isaiah Ch.50 . . Isaiah Ch.51 . . Isaiah Ch.52 . . Isaiah Ch.53 . . Isaiah Ch.54 . . Isaiah Ch.55 . . Isaiah Ch.56 . . Isaiah Ch.57 . . Home Page
Isaiah's Vision of the Dispersion . . . Isaiah Ch.58 . . Isaiah Ch59 . . Isaiah Ch.60 . . Isaiah Ch.61 . . Isaiah Ch.62 . . Isaiah Ch.63 . . Isaiah Ch.64 . . Isaiah Ch.65 . . Isaiah Ch.66 . . Home Page