Book of Isaiah  

Highlighting chapters and verses that contain prophecies about the Millennial Kingdom of God after the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ [Yeshua haMeshiach to our Messianic brothers].   A brief description of what is in each chapter will precede the typed verses, describing the prophecy and how we can know it pertains to the future, or has already been fulfilled. Scripture passages are in bold text.  2nd Coming prophecies are in bold red text, and Millennial Kingdom of God are in bold green text.  Fulfilled prophecy is in bold dark red. 

 

Historic context of Isaiah: After Solomon died, his son Rehoboam took over rule of the whole 12 tribed Kingdom of Israel which had been united into one kingdom-nation under king David.  Under years of heavy taxation first with David’s son Solomon, and then to a greater extent under Solomon’s son Rehoboam, the ten northern tribes of Israel broke away and became known as The House of Israel, a totally separate nation, while Solomon’s son retained rule over the remaining southern kingdom, called The House of Judah (2 Chronicles 10).  Verse 19 of 2 Chronicles 10 states the condition that existed (and probably still exists today) between the northern 10-tribed House of Israel and the House of Judah.  “So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.”  This statement, right from the Bible, does not square with modern-day Christian beliefs and theology about the name “ Israel ” and who most Christians believe Israel is.  But in these Bible prophecies in the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, as well as all the minor prophets, a distinction has always existed between Israel and Judah , the House of Israel and the House of Judah.  They were not the same, biblically, to these holy prophet-writers.  After many years of practicing idolatry God prophecied he was going to have this northern House of Israel conquered and deported.  This is all recorded in 2 Kings 17. Right up to the three year siege and conquest of the northern 10 tribes of Israel , 2 Chronicles 31-32 records king Hezekiah’s attempt to stir up a spiritual revival in the ten tribes of Israel to the north of Judah .  (Hezekiah was king of the southern kingdom, the House of Judah.)  Right after the siege and deportation of Israel , a very proud and emboldened Sennacharib attempts to conquer Jerusalem .  Isaiah was residing in Jerusalem with Hezekiah throughout this whole period of time.  This now is about halfway through Isaiah’s life when the ten tribed northern kingdom, The House of Israel, with its capital in Samaria, was taken captive and deported enmasse to the shores of the Caspian Sea by the Assyrian Empire (2 Kings 17).  2 Kings 17 also states that the Assyrians moved other peoples into the “ land of Samaria ” to replace the 10 tribes of Israel they had just deported.  They become lost historically a few centuries later, and to this very day, even to the Jews, it is a mystery as to where “The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel” really are and who they are.  Isaiah lived in the southern kingdom, The House of Judah, to the south of Samaria .  Sometimes when the name Israel is mentioned in these prophecies it refers to the Israel of this captivity, but as we shall see, more often than not it also refers to a future captivity from the lands where they now live (wherever that may be), and their ultimate rescue and regathering by the Lord at his 2nd coming.  The Babylonian captivity came upon the House of Judah almost 80 years after Isaiah’s death.  As we shall read in these prophecies the Lord gave Isaiah, Jesus will re-gather all of Israel back to the Promised land at his return.  (This cross-references with Ezekiel 36.)  So much of what modern Christians believe today about the return of the Jews to Palestine --thinking this is a fulfillment of prophecies about Israel returning to their land--is somewhat in error.  God did prophecy through Zephaniah in Zephaniah 2:7, “And the coast [of Palestine ] shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah : they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the Lord their God shall visit them and turn away their captivity.”  [“in the evening” refers to the end times, obviously just before the Lord’s return.]  So be aware of the difference between what Isaiah prophecies for “ Israel ,” and for “Judah & Jerusalem.”  Often these prophecies are not speaking to the same people.  Isaiah knew this, during the period of the “divided kingdom” after Rehoboam, as did Jeremiah and Ezekiel later.  The Lord knows where these ten tribes are right now, what nations they have become, even though we might not have a clue.  Even the Jews have debated for centuries about where these “ten lost tribes” may be, and they don’t have a clue either.  But the very fact they vigorously debate about it amongst themselves attests to the reality of the matter.  Let’s just say it’s for God to know and for us to find out later what nations these tribes became.  How do we know they became nations?  God promised kings and nations would come from the loins of Abraham.  The 12 Arab kingdoms came from his son Ishmael.  Would he do any less for the 12 sons of Jacob, grandson of Abraham, 12 sons who became 12 tribes of Israel ?  Let’s begin  the book of Isaiah.  The culmination of Isaiah’s life was his interceding to the Lord for Hezekiah and Jerusalem when Sennacharib was attempting to conquer Jerusalem, found in 2 Chronicles 32:1-23 and 2 Kings 18:17-37; 19:1-57.  This cross-references directly to Isaiah chapters 36-37.  Isaiah is said to have died a martyrs death, sawn in half by the wicked king Manasseh, Hezekiah’s son (anywhere from 695BC to 680BC).   It is the Lord who will regather the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel and lead them back into the promised land of Israel .  It is the Lord who knows who and where they are.  They are historically lost from our view.  This website will not speculate further on this issue.  I am merely pointing out historic fact Christians and Jews alike prefer to ignore, but was very relevant to the prophets who wrote down these visions and prophecies for the Lord (you might say they were his “personal” Scribes).  

 

Isaiah 1:1-31

 

Isaiah 1:1-20,  A warning to Judah and Jerusalem to repent (vs 18-20).  Vs 21-26 God prophecied to set about to cleanse Judah and Jerusalem .  Calling Jerusalem “the City of Righteousness ” has 2nd coming-Millennial overtones, so I’m going to classify this as 2nd coming in context. Vs 27-31 pertain to God’s judgment on Judah .  Could pertain to Nebuchadnezzar’s captivity of Judah and Jerusalem as well as be a type of future captivity and purification in the end times.  If this is taken in context with chapter 2 of Isaiah, it also refers to end times and as well as the Babylonian captivity. This pattern of a first fulfillment (which is now history) and later fulfillment during the end times is found throughout Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.  Get used to this pattern if you want to properly understand these prophecies.  I have given cross-references to key Scriptures in Revelation wherever I have identified the same prophecy in both books, so you can see some of these are definitely Messianic/2nd Coming of Jesus prophecies.  Sometimes a prophecy about a captivity will start out with the earlier one which is now historically fulfilled, and by the end of the prophecy will be describing the military downfall and captivity leading up to the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ.  So also be aware of these shifts in timing.  Halley would often mention the historic fulfillment but miss this shift in context to tribulation/2nd coming.

 

Isaiah 1:1-31, “The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.  Hear, O heavens!  Listen, O earth!  For the Lord has spoken: ‘I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.  The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner’s manger, but Israel does not know my people do not understand.’  Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption!  They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.  Why should you be beaten anymore?  Why do you persist in rebellion?  Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted.  From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness—only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil.

        Your country is desolate, your cities burned with fire; your fields are being stripped by foreigners right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.  The Daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut in a field of melons, like a city under siege.  Unless the Lord Almighty had left us some survivors, we would have become like Sodom , we would have been like Gomorrah .

        Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom ; listen to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah !  The multitude of your sacrifices—what are they to me?’ says the Lord.  ‘I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.  When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts?  Stop bringing meaningless offerings!  Your incense is detestable to me.  New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—I cannot bear your evil assemblies.  Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates.  They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.  When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen.  Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean.  Take your evil deeds out of my sight!  Stop doing wrong, learn to do what is right!  Seek justice, encourage the oppressed [margin: rebuke the oppressor].  Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.  Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord.  ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.  If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.’  For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

        See how the faithful city has become a harlot!  She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her—but now murderers!  Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water.  Your rulers are rebels, companions of thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts.  They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow’s case does not come before them.  Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel , declares: ‘Ah, I will get relief from my foes and avenge myself on my enemies.  I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.  I will restore your judges as in days of old, your counselors as at the beginning.  Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness , the Faithful City .’

        Zion will be redeemed with justice, her penitent ones with righteousness.  But rebels and sinners will both be broken, and those who forsake the Lord will perish.  ‘You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks in which you have delighted; you will be disgraced because of the gardens that you have chosen.  You will be like an oak with fading leaves, like a garden without water.  The mighty men will become tinder and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire.’”

 

Isaiah 2

Isaiah 2:1-3-4, All people will go up to the mountain of the Lord--God will teach them, the law will go out from Zion, the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem, implements of war converted to farm implements.

 

 Isaiah 2:1-4, “This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains [mountain symbolically represents the word “nation” in Bible prophecy, but it means both here, as Jerusalem sits on top of a mountain in a chain of mountains]; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.  Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob.  He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’  The law will go out from Zion , the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem .  He [the Lord, Yeshua, Jesus Christ] will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples.  They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.  Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.  Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.”

 

Vs. 6-9-22, Day of the Lord (end times), 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, effect it has on inhabitants of the world.

 

Verses 6-22, “You have abandoned your people, the house of Jacob.  [House of Jacob and House of Israel are synonymous]   They are full of superstitions from the East [how true this is, the Judeo-Christian English speaking democracies have absorbed a lot of “eastern religions” over the past couple decades];  they practice divination like the Philistines and clasp hands with pagans.  Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures.  Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots [reference to the millions of cars in our lands].  Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made [i.e. we have made idols out of our jobs, we serve our careers the way we ought to be serving God.  How true this is.].  So man will be brought low and mankind humbled—do not forgive them.  Go into the rocks, hide in the ground from the dread of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty!  [cf. Rev. 6:15-17]  The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

        The Lord Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled), for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty, and all the oaks of Bashan, for all the towering mountains and all the hills, for every lofty tower, for every trading ship [Hebrew: every ship of Tarshish] and every stately vessel.  The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols will totally disappear.

        Men will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from dread of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.  [Direct cross-reference to Revelation 6:15-17!]  In that day men will throw away to rodents and bats their idols of silver and gold, which they made to worship.  They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags from dread of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.  Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils.  Of what account is he?”

 

Isaiah 3

 

Isaiah 3:1-3, Jerusalem and Judah loose their supplies from the Lord.

 

Isaiah 3:1-3, “See now, the Lord, the Lord Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support: all supplies of food and all supplies of water, the hero and warrior, the judge and prophet, the soothsayer and elder, the captain of fifty and man of rank, the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter.”

 

4-12, boys will be their officials, children will govern over them.  They parade their sins (8-9).  10, “tell the righteous it will be well with them.”  12, Women will rule over them.  Again, could have been the societal circumstances of Judah before Nebuchadnezzar conquered them, but points to our times and society as well throughout the world and especially our Western democratic societies, just before the end, where people are openly parading their sinful lifestyle before all with pride (read between the lines on this one, folks).  Verse 10 is a message of encouragement to believers, the righteous in the Lord.  vs. 16, Women of Zion are haughty, 18, what will happen to them.  Again, if taken in context with Isaiah 4, which comes right after it, this also refers to society in Judah and Jerusalem just prior to the 2nd coming, i.e. leading up to  and into the tribulation.

 

Verses 4-26, “I will make boys their officials; mere children will govern them.  People will oppress each other—man against man, neighbor against neighbor.  The young will rise up against the old, the base against the honorable. 

        A man will seize one of his brothers at his father’s home, and say, ‘You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!’  But in that day he will cry out, ‘I have no remedy.  I have no food or clothing in my house; do not make me the leader of the people.’

        Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the Lord, defying his glorious presence.  The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom ; they do not hide it.  Woe to them!  They have brought disaster upon themselves…”  (Vs. 10) “Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.  Woe to the wicked!  Disaster is upon them!  They will be paid back for what their hands have done.

        Youths oppress my people, women rule over them.  O my people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path.  The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people.  The Lord enters into judgment against the elders of his people: ‘It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses.  What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?’  declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

        The Lord says, ‘The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, tripping along with mincing steps, with ornaments jingling on their ankles.  Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion ; the Lord will make their scalps bald.’

        In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, the earrings and bracelets and veils, the headdresses and ankle chains and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, the signet rings and nose rings, the fine robes and capes and cloaks, the purses and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.

        Instead of fragrance there will be stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding [remember the holocaust?  That may have been a foretaste].  Your men will fall by the sword, your warriors in battle.  The gates of Zion will lament and mourn; destitute, she will sit on the ground.”

 

Isaiah 4

 

Isaiah 4:1, so few left (after WWIII, the tribulation) that seven women will lay hold of one man.  After WWII the ratio of women to men in Germany was five to one.  God is saying of Judah and Israel, that the ratio will be 7 to 1.  Vs. 2-6, Shikinah glory of the Lord (and probably the resurrected saints, cf. Dan. 12:1-3) covers all of Jerusalem in the Millennial Kingdom of God.

 

Isaiah 4:1-6, “In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, ‘We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name.  Take away our disgrace!’  In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors of Israel . Those who are left in Zion , who remain in Jerusalem , will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem .  The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion ; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire.  Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over all the glory will be a canopy.  It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.”  This is decidedly a Millennial Kingdom of God prophecy about the city of Jerusalem which will be built and established by Jesus and the saints right after his 2nd coming.  Why?  Because the Shikinah glory has never covered Jerusalem like this describes, thus it is yet for the future, and so all of Isaiah 4 has to be taken in context with these verses (5-6). 

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