Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
(as opposed to the darkness of the previous chapter)
We are living in the UNTIL. Think of the current age as the prophetic summer between the spring and fall moedim (often translated feasts, but more accurate would be appointed times).
These appointed times clearly outline God’s plan of redemption for the world through the Messiah. It is good to be familiar with them. The four spring feasts were fulfilled by Yeshua - down to the last detail - when He came the first time as the Lamb of God. We can expect no less when He returns as the Lion of Judah, to keep His appointment with us and fulfill the fall feasts.
Verse 2 continues, speaking to Israel –
The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory.
You shall be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of the LORD will name.
Jacob got a new name , Israel, after struggling with the LORD overnight. The word Israel means both struggles with God and prince with God. Revelation 2:17 tells us that believers will also get a new name.
Abraham, Sarah, and Jacob all got new names. Contrary to popular opinion, Paul did not get a new name; Paul was his Roman name and Shaul was his Hebrew name. This is still a common practice today, especially with Jews moving to Israel. Many will choose a Hebraic name for themselves.
You shall also be a crown of glory
In the hand of the Lord,
And a royal diadem
In the hand of your God.
You shall no longer be termed Forsaken,
Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate;
But you shall be called Hephzibah,
For the LORD delights in you,
And your land shall be married.
So shall your sons marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So shall your God rejoice over you.
The next two verses are also some of my favorites in all of scripture:
I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
They shall never hold their peace day or night.
You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent,
And give Him no rest till He establishes
And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Again, land, especially Jerusalem, is the object of praise because it is CENTRAL to God’s plan.
It is a blessing to be a watchman on the walls of Jerusalem. Psalm 122:6-9 contains a command.
Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces.”
For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good.
Jerusalem is the reason there are so many 24/7 prayer rooms. It is the FOCAL POINT of the Lord’s return. They do not rest, knowing that when the Messiah returns, Jerusalem will be a praise in the earth! The city of our Lord! His dwelling place!
Continuing with verses 8-9, Isaiah switches gears a bit:
The Lord has sworn by His right hand And by the arm of His strength:
(remember, Yeshua IS the right hand of God)
As food for your enemies;
And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine,
(As a grafted-in member of the household of God, I no longer am included in the categories of enemy and foreigner)
But those who have gathered it shall eat it, And praise the Lord;
Those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.”
Verse 10 is a command to get ready:
Prepare the way for the people;
Build up, Build up the highway!
Take out the stones,
Lift up a banner for the peoples!
Verse 11 continues:
Indeed the Lord has proclaimed
“Say to the daughter of Zion, (speaking to future generations of Jews)
And His work before Him.’”
This is far prophecy that goes beyond the first coming of Jesus.
Zechariah 9:9 is clearly written in first-coming language:
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.
Of course we know that Yeshua fulfilled this prophecy when He rode into Jerusalem to face His death.
But Isaiah confirms that this is second coming/end times context in verse 12. speaking of the people of Israel and the city of Jerusalem. This has not happened yet. Many Jews today are saved, but the nation of Israel still awaits final redemption. It says:
And they (God’s followers – you and I) shall call them (the daughters of Zion)
The Redeemed of the Lord;
And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.
Okay, I want to go back to verse 11 for a moment. What does it mean when it says His reward is with Him?
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
And there is still part 3 of our salvation yet to come, at the resurrection when we receive our immortal bodies. We humans are three part beings - mind, body, spirit - and all three of those things need saving, each in its own turn.
- Justification - redemption by the blood of the Lamb. A one-time deal. This is the salvation of our spirit. We are given the Holy Spirit as a downpayment to our future restoration (Ephesians 1:14, 2 Corinthians 1:22)
- Sanctification - the lifelong process of becoming like Him, through obedience. This is the salvation of our minds. We are to renew our minds every day, taking bad thoughts captive, and so on. We are earning future rewards. We are the bride being refined.
- Glorification - our final salvation at the resurrection, when our mortal bodies are changed into immortal bodies at the glorious return of Yeshua.
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