2001-09-08 - Messiah: His Final Call to Israel
Isaiah lived in Jerusalem and continued his ministry there. He sees the world writhing in pain and anguish. In contrast, with the suffering of the times, he, looking westward, sees a mighty spiritual movement and proclaims, "These...shall shout; for the majesty of Jehovah, they cry aloud from the sea (the West) ." Obviously these have the joy of the Lord in their soul; for, notwithstanding which they are enduring, they are shouting for the majesty of Jehovah - He is sovereign of the universe and will solve the problems of the world in due time. These joyous ones send a message to those in the East, saying, "Wherefore glorify ye Jehovah in the East, (probably the Holy Land), even the name of Jehovah, the God of Israel, in the isles of the sea." This message from the Western world seems to electrify, spiritually speaking, those addressed, who take up the battle cry of the saved: "Wherefore glorify ye... the name of Jehovah... in the isles of the sea." Then the prophet sees the spiritual movement fanning out to the utmost part of the Earth. Everywhere the songs are being sung, the heart of which is "Glory to the righteous." Thus in the Tribulation, Isaiah sees a world-wide revival.
"In that day," the song which consists of Isaiah 26: 1ff. will be sung in the land of Judah, State of Israel. This song deals largely with prophecy. In verse nine appears this statement : "When thy judgments are in the Earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness." Those singing this song will do so with sincerity of heart. According to the statement, "When thy (God's) judgments are in the Earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness." What is the meaning of this sentence? Since the prophet is talking about the Tribulation, "in that day," the judgments referred to are the special judgments which God will send upon the world at that time and which are set forth symbolically and graphically in Revelation chapters 6,8,9 and 16. Who will learn righteousness at that time? The prophet answers this question : "The inhabitants of the world."
Next week, we will discuss the significance of this phrase "the inhabitants of the world."
In His Service,