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Book of Isaiah

Isaiah Chapter 11

This chapter is a prophecy of the Messiah, and gives an account of His descent, as Man; of His qualifications for His office, as a Judge and King; of His performance in this office, of the peace within His Kingdom; of the spread of the Kingdom among the Gentiles, by the preaching of the Gospel; and last but not the least . . . the last and universal conversion of the Jews.

The descent of Christ Jesus, the Messiah, from David the son of Jesse, under the titles of a rod and branch, is described as unpleasant and obscure, expressed by stem and roots, His gifts and qualifications for His work, in general and particular, and the performance of it, both with respect to good and bad men, in the fear of the Lord, is with all equity, righteousness and readiness. The peace of His Kingdom is symbolically expressed, by words of savage and tame creatures, with the savage animals becoming tame, thus losing their hateful and hurtful nature, through the efficiency of the Gospel, spreading the knowledge of Christ all over the world, mainly among the Gentiles, compared to those savage creatures, who, upon the exhibition of Christ in the Gospel; would seek Him, and find rest in Him, which will be followed or accompanied with a collection of the Jews out of all lands, and the conversion of them, which will be brought about by the power and grace of Almighty God. All obstructions being by Him removed out of the way; the results of which will be, peace among themselves, and obedience among the Gentiles.

Theme: The Person and power of the King; the purpose and program of the Kingdom.
Chapter 11 is a continuation of the prophecy began in chapter 7 and will end with chapter 12. There is progression and development all through this section of prophecies which were all given during the reign of Ahaz. In the preceding chapters we have seen a time of judgment, a time that the Lord Jesus called the Great Tribulation period. Chapter 11 is one of the great Messianic prophecies of Scripture. It speaks of the Coming of Christ Jesus to establish His Kingdom and the kind of program He will have. In chapter 12 we will have the conclusion of this section where we will see the worship of the Lord in the Kingdom.

The Person and Power of the King (11:1-2)

Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: (KJV)
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse . . . does NOT mean Hezekiah, as some think, because he was now born, and must be at least ten or twelve years old. This could mean none other than the Messiah, as both the text and context show, and as is accepted by many Jewish writers. He is called a rod, either because of His unpromising appearance, arising out of the stem of Jesse; from him, in the line of David, when that family was like a tree cut down, and only its stump left in the ground  . . . which was the case when Jesus was born of this family. Jesse's family was at first just a poor, obscure one; it became very well-known in David's time, and in some following reigns; but from the Babylon captivity, until the time of Christ, it was very low; and at the Birth of Christ was low indeed, Jesus’ supposed, earthly father being a carpenter, and his real mother Mary a poor, peasant virgin, living Nazareth; and it seemed very unlikely, under these circumstances, that this humble Person would ever be the King Messiah, and be so great as was foretold that He would be; and have the power, authority and wisdom He had; and do such mighty works as He did; and especially be the Author of eternal salvation (Heb.5:9; 12:2); bringing forth such wonderful fruits, and be the Cause of such great blessings of grace. And a King shall come forth from the sons of Jesse . . . and the sense is, that even though Jesse's or David's family should be brought so very low as to be as the stem or stump of a tree, without a body, branches, leaves, and fruit; yet from there would arise a mighty King, even the wonderful King Messiah, who is spoken of by so many impressive and majestic Names and Titles (Isa.9:6). This is observed for the comfort of the people of Israel, when distressed by the Assyrians, as in the Chapter 10, when those high ones, compared to the loftiest cedars in Lebanon, and to the tallest trees in the forest, should be hewn down, and a rod should come out of Jesse's stem, which would rise higher, and spread more than ever they did. See Matthew Chapter 1 for the kingly linage of Jesus. http://www.godcannotlie.org/matthew_ch1.html
And a branch shall grow out of his roots . . . the roots of Jesse, or out of his family, compared to the stump of a tree; meaning either his ancestors, as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Boaz and Obed; or His later generations, such as David, Joseph and Mary.  

*****It is interesting that it says a rod out of the stem of Jesse. David is not mentioned here; Jesse, David's father is the one mentioned. Of course that means He is in the line of David, but WHY does Isaiah go back to Jesse? The royal line did begin with David. David’s father Jesse was a farmer, a sheepherder who lived in a little out-of-the-way place called Bethlehem. But by the time of Jesus, the line of David had sunk so far back to the level of a poor peasant. The line of David no longer belonged to a prince raised in a palace, but it DID belong to the Holy One raised in a carpenter shop. Isaiah, therefore, very carefully says that the rod comes out of the stem of Jesse.
Branch means a live sprout. This is the second time we have had a reference to the Branch. The first time it was mentioned was in Isaiah 4:2. There are eighteen words in the Hebrew language translated by our English word branch. This is one of the titles given to the Lord Jesus Christ. In Isaiah Chapter 53, He is a root out of a dry ground. This Branch was a poor Nazarene (Mat.2:23). Christ had a very humble beginning, born in lowly Bethlehem, a city of David, but a city of Jesse also. See Names of Christ in Special Comments at the end of this chapter.

Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; (KJV)

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him . . . the rod and branch, the King Messiah, was qualified when the Spirit of the Lord rested on Him (Mat.3:16-17; Mk.1:10-11), for His office and the discharge of it. This clearly reveals that the Kingdom of Christ is of a spiritual nature, and administered in a spiritual manner, for which Christ Jesus was abundantly furnished by the Spirit of the Lord resting on Him; by whom is meant the Third Person in the Triune nature of our awesome God.
The Holy Spirit is a divine Person, truly God, yet distinct both from the Father and the Son; so that here is a clear proof of the Trinity. Christ was filled with the Spirit from the womb, and He descended and rested upon Jesus at His baptism; He was anointed with Him to be Prophet, Priest and King, and received His gifts and graces from Him without measure (Jn.3:34).
The spirit of wisdom and understanding . . . which appeared in young Jesus’ dispute with the doctors (Lk.2:46); in His answers to the ensnaring questions of the Scribes and Pharisees (Mat.22:41-46); in His entire ministry; in His conduct at His apprehension, trial, condemnation and death; as also in the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding He imparted to His disciples, and does to all His people through the Spirit of Christ (Rom.8:9; 1 Pet.1:11). The Spirit of wisdom and understanding . . . these perfections in Christ are necessary qualifications for a Ruler and a Teacher, and both these offices are found in the Messiah. It is clear that they show a practical and perfect knowledge of all things necessary for His reign in the Kingdom.
The spirit of counsel and might . . . of counsel (advice, guidance), which made Him fit to be the Wonderful Counsellor (Isa.9:6; 11:2; 28:29), and qualified Him to give right and proper advice to the sons of men; and of might or power, to preach the Gospel with authority; do miracles in confirming it; bear the sins of His people, for He had endured the punishment on the cross, where He obtained eternal redemption for them. Of counsel and might, of forethought and carefulness, to give good counsel; and of might and courage, to execute it; which are two necessary qualifications of a ruler. Redemption of our souls, only by Christ: (Ps.111:9; 130:7; Mat.20:28; Mk.10:45; Lk.2:38; Jn.5:24; 14:6; Acts 4:10-12; 20:28; Rom.3:24-26; 1 Cor.1:30; 6:20; 7:23; Gal.1:4; 2:20; 4:4-5; Eph.1:7; 5:2; Col.1:14, 20-22; 1 Tim.2:6; Tit.2:14; Heb.9:15; 1 Pet.1:18-19; Rev.5:9-10).
The spirit of knowledge . . . Christ Jesus had the knowledge of God the Father; of His mind and His will; of the Scriptures, and all things contained therein; of the Law and Gospel; all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge were hid in Him, which He communicates to His saints because the Word (Jn.1:1-2) was with the Father from the beginning! Of knowledge, PERFECT knowledge of the whole will and counsel of God the Father, especially the salvation of men, which was the His Great Work performed on the cross (Jn.3:16), also of all secret and hidden things of the hearts of men, the knowledge of which is ascribed to Christ (Mat.9:4; Rev.2:23). The knowledge of God the Father: (Jn.1:1-3; 5:19; 6:38-40; 7:16, 28-29; 8:28, 38, 40; 10:30; 12:49).         
And of the fear of the Lord . . . not a fear of caution or horror, but of reverence and respect; a care to please Him, and a great reluctance to offend Him, which so well agrees with the Messiah towards His Father. TheMessiah, Christ Jesus, had a deep respect and reverence for God the Father! He had a firm desire to do His will, and always did the things which pleased Him. Since the unique Jesus was God and Man, He knew in advance the pain and agony that He would suffer before and at the cross.
Hebrews 5:7-8 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; (KJV) . . . Jesus was Man, so He did fear what lay ahead: (Mat.26:37-38; Mk.14:33-34; Lk.22:420-44; Jn.12:27-28). He prayed desperately . . . yet He prayed with us sinners in mind! Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. (KJV) . . . Had the Father stopped the procedure of the cross, we all would have to pay the penalty of sin. Consider the following:
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)

You are free to choose between two masters. Each of the two masters pays with his own kind of wages. The wages of sin is death. That is all you can ever expect or hope for in life without God. Christ’s wages is eternal life; a new life with God that begins on Earth and continues forever with Him in Heaven.

Eternal life is a free gift from God. It is NOT something that we earn, or something that we must pay back. Consider the foolishness of someone who receives a gift given out of love and then offers to pay for it. Our salvation is a GIFT of God, NOT something of our own doing (Eph.2:8-9). God saved us because of His mercy, NOT because of any good things we have done (Titus 3:5). This verse is the heart of the Gospel.
Any laborer is worthy of his hire, and so it is with the wages we shall receive at the end of this earthly life. The wages the sinner (unbeliever, Jn.8:24) shall receive will be eternal death in the lake of fire (Rev.20:15). Eternal life is in NO way the wages of our righteousness for NOTHING can earn it. It is "the gift of God." We receive eternal life only by the amazing grace of God! Jesus Christ our Lord, is the righteous Channel to it, and the ONLY Channel to it (John 14:6). “Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen!” (Rev. 1:5-6).
Death and life are before ALL people who hear the Gospel. The one is the proper reward for sin; the other, the absolutely free "Gift of God" to sinners, “in Jesus Christ our Lord.” The one is the conscious sense of the hopeless and eternal loss; the other is the conscious possession and enjoyment of eternal Heaven.
Deut. 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: (KJV) . . . May I suggest you choose life with Jesus!

Ten Symbols of the Holy Spirit
#1. FIRE: zeal and refining power (Isa.4:3-4; Ps.104:4; Mal.3:1-4; Mat.3:11; Lk.3:16; Jn.2:17; Acts 2:3)
#2. DOVE: gentle, harmless, and comforting power (Lk.3:22; Jn.1:32-33)
#3. WATER: life-giving and infinite power (Jn.7:37-39; Rev.21:16; 22:1, 17)
#4. WIND: resurrection power (Eze.37:9; Jn.3:8; Acts 2:2)
#5. OIL: consecration and anointing power (Ps.45:7; Isa.61:1-3; Lk.4:16-21; Heb.1:9; Jam.5:14-16)
#6. SEAL: redemptive and keeping power (Eph.1:13; 4:30; 1 Pet.1:5)
#7. EARNEST: ownership and guarantee power (2 Cor.1:22; Eph.1:13;14)
#8.  RAIN: life-giving and quickening power (Ps.1:3; Joel 2:23-32; Hos.6:3; 10:12; Zec.10:1; Jam.5:7)
#9.  DEW: refreshing and stimulating power (Ps.72:6; Hos.14:5)
#10. GIFT: joyful, gracious, and liberating power (Acts 2:38-39; 4:31-33; 2 Cor.3:17-18; Heb.:9)

*****Isaiah brings us the sevenfold spirit which rested upon the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev.1:4; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6). The abundance of power is the sevenfold Spirit: #1. of the Lord; #2. of wisdom; #3. of understanding; #4. of counsel; #5. of might; #6. of knowledge; and #7. of the fear of the Lord. The number seven in Scripture does not necessarily mean only perfection. The primary thought is fullness, completeness. John 3:34  For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. (KJV)

We are cautioned, to be filled with the Spirit (Eph.5:18).  Some of us just have a little, others have more. Very few Christians are really filled with the Spirit. Very few are full, running over on all sides . . . the Lord Jesus was the Exception of that.

The prophet Isaiah having warned of the Assyrian, and comforted God's people with the Promise of their deliverance from that formidable enemy, now proceeds further, to declare that God will do greater things than that for them, that He will give them their long-expected and much desired Messiah, and by Him will work wonders of mercy for them. This was the manner and work of the prophets, to take the time to tell of particular deliverances, to set the people's minds upon their great and everlasting deliverance from all their enemies by the Messiah. And having said that the Assyrian yoke would be destroyed because of the Anointing (Isa.10:27), the prophet now shall more clearly state WHO that Anointed Person was.

The Purpose of the Kingdom (11:3-5)

Isaiah 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: (KJV)

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord . . . Christ would be accurate, precise and very exact in the management of His government and the great power committed to Him. The Spirit with which He shall be clothed shall give Him quick understanding in the fear of the Lord. This is just one result of the Spirit's resting upon Him, His quick understanding of the reverence of the Lord,  whereby He has a quick and sharp discerning of him that feared God and him that feared him not. Christ knew immediately that Nathanael was an Israelite indeed, in whom there was no guile (Jn.1:47), and the Scribes and Pharisees to be utter hypocrites (Mat.22:18). He knew religious fear of God, when it lies dormant in the yet un-awakened sinner (Mat.12:20; Acts Ch.10; 16:14).
And, he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes. . . or according to the outward appearance. Since Jesus IS God, He could see the heart of a person to know the truth . . . the external show of holiness and religion people can easily put on; like the Scribes and Pharisees who were outwardly righteous, could fool men, but they could NOT fool Jesus, because He knew their hearts.
Neither reprove after the hearing of his ears . . . He needed NO testimony of any man, for He knew what was in people’s hearts; nor did He regard the boastings of a Pharisee, any more than his outward actions; nor would He reprove or condemn anyone upon any human testimony. He did, and shall judge according to works: (Ps.62:12; Pro.24:12,29; Isa.59:18; Jer.21:14; 25:14; 32:19; Lam.3:64; Eze.7:8-9; 18:30; Hos.12:2; Zec.1:6; Mat.16:27; Rom.2:6; 2 Tim.4:14; Rev.2:23; 18:6; 20:12-13; 22:12).

Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. (KJV)

But with righteousness shall he judge the poor . . . the Messiah shall indeed judge all people righteously! The poor in today’s world are often oppressed by crooked, greedy lawyers and judges. That will NEVER happen the Kingdom of Christ! Some interpret the poor here to be the poor sinner, those that realize their spiritual poverty (Mat.5:3), and who come and acknowledges his sins and transgressions (1 Jn.1:8-9), and prays for pardoning grace and mercy, and hungers and thirsts after righteousness; such Christ justifies with His righteousness (1 Cor.1:30), acquits and discharges them from all sin and condemnation, and also protects and defends them against all their enemies and oppressors. Judge may mean here rule, as in (Ps.67:4). The Messiah will see that impartial justice is done to them everywhere.
And reprove with equity for the meek of the earth . . . He shall take the part of the meek, lowly and the humble, who realize their sins and unworthiness, when they apply to Him for grace, righteousness, pardon and eternal life; and for their sakes rebuke the wicked that would distress and oppress them, and in a just and fair way of righteous revenge, He will bring trouble to them that trouble the meek ones.
And he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth . . . He shall smite the consciences of earthly and unregenerate men, by the ministration of His Word, the Rod of His strength, so that they shall be convinced of sin, and be humbled for it, and be brought to repent towards God, or He shall smite the nations of the Earth, the anti-Christian states, and destroy them (Rev.19:15). Rod of His mouth (Rev.1:16; 2:16 19:15, 21).

And with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked . . . It is the duty of rulers to defend and deliver the poor (Ps.82:3-4), and the honor of Christ is that He is the poor man's King (Ps.72:2, 4). He shall dependably debate for the meek of the Earth.  
Some see this as, He shall reprove or correct the meek of the Earth with equity. If His own people, the meek of the land, do wrong in the Millennial Period, He will correct their transgression with the rod of His mouth. The meek: (Ps.22:26; 25:9; 69:32; 147:6; 149:4; Isa.11:4; 29:19; Mat.5:5). The breath of His lips is His judicial decisions (Isa.30:28; Job 15:30; Rev.19:20; 20:9-12). He as the Word of God (Rev.19:13-15) comes to strike the blow which shall decide His righteous claim to the Kingdom, previously assumed by Satan, and the beast (Dan.7:11; Rev.13:1-10; 19:19-21; 20:10), to whom Satan gives his power. It will be a Day of Judgment to the Gentile dispensation, as the First Coming was to the Jews.

*****In verses 3-4, the wicked should be the wicked one. Satan will have his peak of success on Earth during the Great Tribulation, especially the last 3 ½ years.

There will be NO deliverance from man for the world at that time. Israel will cry out, but help will NOT come from the north, south, east or west. Help will come only from above. At that time the Messiah will come and establish His Kingdom.

WHY??? . . . the Lord Jesus is Coming to Earth is quite clear! This Earth needs an honest and upright Ruler which it does NOT have! Dear one, the world has not voted for Christ Jesus . . . neither would it vote for Him! BUT . . . Almighty God has indeed voted for Him! And since this is God's Universe, it will be God who will establish Christ Jesus as King Messiah here on Earth and He is going to judge this world . . . NOT with the sight of His eyes. There will NOT be a lengthy court case, where in the end the criminal is turned loose. NO way!! The whole thing is realty quite scary! There will be just TWO judgments, one for believers (1 Cor. 3:10-15; Rom.2:16; Mat.25:46) and one for unbelievers (Rev.20:11-15).

I believe that after Jesus comes in the clouds (1 Thes.4:16-17) at the Rapture to remove saints (Rev.3:10), so they do not have to go through that horrible troubling time (Mat.24:21), the Tribulation Period begins. It seems to me that during the Tribulation period, that Judgment Day in Heaven for believers will take place.  

Then 1,007 years later there will be Judgment Day for unbelievers at the Great White Throne.

One day, ALL people who have ever lived, shall take their turn to stand before Judge Jesus Christ. You do NOT have to go through the Great Tribulation  . . . nor do you have to stand before that terrifying Great White Throne Judgment where the Great Judge shall condemn all there to the lake of fire.

Isaiah 11:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. (KJV)

And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins . . . the Great Messiah shall be adorned in righteousness! He will be strengthened by it, and ready at all times to accomplish it. He loved righteousness, and did acts of righteousness all through the whole course of His life; and by His willing obedience, worked out an everlasting righteousness for His people. He is and shall be a King that reigns in righteousness, and that righteousness is the scepter of His Kingdom. Every part of His government is righteous; honest, just and true are all His ways.
And faithfulness the girdle of his reins . . . He was/is faithful to God the Father, who had appointed Him as King and Head of the church. He was/is faithful as a Prophet (Deut.18:15), in declaring His mind and will; and He is a faithful High Priest (Heb.8:1; 9:7, 25; 10:21), as well as a merciful one.

Nine characteristics of Messiah’s reign (Isa.11:3-5; 32:1; 42:1; 61:3; 65:18; 66:18; Jer.23:3; Mic.Ch.4; Zec.Ch.14; Rev.Ch.20)

Facts about the Kingdom (11:6-9)

Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.  (KJV)

And the wolf also shall dwell with the lamb . . . verses 6-9 describe the wonderful peace of the Messiah's Kingdom (the Millennium, Rev.20). All wild and tame creatures shall live together, with savage beasts (wolf, lion) that once killed docile creatures (lamb, calves), then would lie peacefully next to them. It will be a time of the restitution of all things; with things shall be like it was in the Garden of Eden before sin showed its ugly head (Gen.2:8-9; Isa.35:1-2, 7-10; 41:18-19; 51:3). The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb also speaks symbolically of people, compared to wild creatures, who through the power of divine grace, and with the Gospel preached, shall become tame, mild, meek and humble . . . who had once been as ravenous wolves, having worried Christ's sheep (Jn.10:7-14), made havoc of them, breathing out slaughter and threatenings against them, as Saul did (Acts 9:1), yet through converting grace, would become as gentle and harmless as a baby lamb.
And the leopard shall lie down with the kid . . . those people who are like the leopard, for the fierceness of his nature and many spots; who can no more change their hearts and their actions, than that creature can change its nature or its spots, shall be changed by the power of God’s amazing grace, as to lay aside their rage against the saints, alter their course of life, and join in the Gospel and ordinances.  
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together . . . just as the calf and young lion shall live, feed or lie down together, so too shall people do the same. All people shall live and walk together with no fear of danger.
And a little child shall lead them . . . savage beasts shall become through the grace of God so docile, that they shall be led, guided and governed by the ministers of the Gospel, Christ's babes and sucklings (Ps.8:2; Mat.21:16), to whom He reveals the great things of His Gospel (Mat.11:25).

*****In verse 6, each animal is coupled with the one that is its natural prey. There shall be a proper state of all things under the Prince of Peace (Isa.65:25; Eze.34:25; Hos.2:18). These may also be symbols for people of matching animal-like characters (Eze.22:27; 38:13; Jer.5:6; 13:23; Mat.7:15; Lk.10:3). There shall, be a literal change in the relations of animals to man and each other, and restoring the state in Eden, may be a more likely interpretation (Gen.2:19-20; Ps.8:6-8), which describes the restoration to man, in the Person of the Son of man, of the lost dominion over the animal kingdom of which He had been considered to be the merciful Representative under God, for the good of His animal subjects (Rom.8:19-22). This verse may apply to the future state when all things will be restored to their original state before man fell. By Adam's sin, death and bloodshed were introduced into the Creation (Rom.5:12). In the Millennium, these will all be removed and the wild, savage nature of animals shall become tame.

Isaiah 11:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. (KJV)

And the cow and the bear shall feed . . . meaning that they shall eat together in one church state, at one table, or in one pasture, upon the wholesome food of the Gospel, the valuable doctrines of Christ; who although before they had different dispositions, the one tame and gentle, the other cruel and gluttonous, brutal and inhuman, worrying the lambs and sheep of Christ . . . but now of the same nature,  having no ill will to one another, and having no fear of each other.
Their young ones shall lie down together . . . the calf and the young bear down together in the green pastures of Gospel decrees, with no injury done by the bear to the calf, for they are of one mind, agreeing in doctrine and practice.
And the lion shall eat straw like the ox . . . kings shall be nursing fathers to the church, and feed on the same Gospel provisions; and there shall be a great agreement between them who were before compared to lions for their strength, power and cruelty, and ministers of the Gospel, who are compared to oxen, for their strength and hard work.

Comment on kings during the Millennium: Cyrus, Darius, Artaxerxes and other Persian monarchs, as well as Alexander the Great and Demetrius, gave many privileges and freedoms to the Jewish people, and were generous supporters to their Temple. But the prophecy was more remarkably and fully fulfilled in the favor which Constantine the Great, and other Christian rulers from his time to the present day, have shown to the protestant church, but most seem to agree that the striking accomplishment of these predictions is yet in the future. (Isa.49:7, 23; 52:15; 60:3, 10-11, 16; 62:2; Ezra 1:2-4; 6:7-12; 7:11-28; Neh.2:6-10; Est.8:1-10:3; Ps.2:10-12; 68:31; 72:10-11; 138:4; Rev.21:24-26). Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. (KJV)  

All those who stand out against the Messiah’s reign, will be forced to yield and to repent of their opposition. They shall be made to bow down to Him and lick the dust. The Promise to the church of Philadelphia seems to come from this (Rev.3:9). The Great Messiah shall indeed will make those of the synagogue of Satan to come and worship before His Feet.

This may also mean the willing subjection which kings and kingdoms shall pay to Christ, the church's King, as He reveals Himself in the church (Ps.72:11). All kings shall fall down before him. And by all this it shall be made to appear: #1. That Christ Jesus is the Lord, the sovereign Lord of all, against whom there is no rising up. #2. That those who wait for Him, by depending on His Promise and an acceptance to His will, shall not be made ashamed of their hope.

Isaiah 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. (KJV)

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp . . . there shall be absolutely NO fear or danger of poisonous snakes (false prophets, false teachers, wicked oppressors).  
And the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den . . . and suffer NO damage. This is to be understood of regenerate persons, both new born babes, and those who are weaned and live by faith in Christ, who shall NOT be hurt by the poison of false teachers, nor by the force of violent persecutors, who in the Millennium shall be NO more. A cockatrice is an unusual serpent, supposedly hatched from the egg of a cock. Some say it is a kind of adder, more venomous than the asp, which was thought to poison even with its breath.

*****Nine ways the Messiah’s reign will be superior: (Isa.11:6-8; 2:1-4; 4:1-6; 61:3; 65:18; Zec.14:16-21; Rev.Ch.20).

Isaiah 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (KJV)

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain . . . my holy mountain is Zion (Jerusalem). The seat of government and of Messiah's Throne is put for the whole Earth (Jer.3:17). The holy hill of Zion in the latter day, after the destruction of the Antichrist, will mean no more persecution of the saints; there will be no more injury no mors harassment by wicked men, compared to the above mentioned creatures, either for their cruelty or cunning.
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea . . . sea, just as water finds its way into every deep cave and cranny, so too shall Christianity pervade every crevice of the Earth (Hab.2:14). As verses 1-5 describes the personal qualities of Messiah, and verses 6-9 describe the regenerating effects of His Coming on creation, so verses 10-16 describe the results in the restoration of His people, the Jews, and the conversion through them of the Gentiles.

*****The Kingdom of Christ shall extend over the entire Earth, and His reign shall be eternal. Extent of His reign: (Isa.11:9; Ps.72:8; Hab.2:14; Mic.4:1; Dan.7:13-14; Zec.14:9; 16:21; Rev.11:15; 20:1-10).

The Program of the Kingdom (11:10-16)

Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. (KJV)

And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse . . . the ‘key’ to this verse is in that day. That day begins with the Tribulation and extends on into the Millennial Kingdom. The Gentiles shall have a part in this Kingdom. The Messiah was to spring from Jesse. Root or shoot from the root (Isa.11:1; 53:2; Rev.5:5; 22:16).
Christ, when He became incarnate (Jn.1:14), was like a root underground, hidden to men, as to the glory of His Person, and the fullness of His grace, and was mean, wretched and contemptible in their view, and with respect to His divine nature, He is called the root and offspring of David (Rev.5:5). His being the Creator and Preserver of all, and as Mediator, He is the root from Jesse, they have their being in Him; they are rooted and grounded in Him.
Which shall stand for an ensign of the people . . . in the care of the Gospel of Christ, for the gathering of the people of God to Him, where they may stand permanently and prominently, as a banner lifted up to be the rallying point of an army or people (Isa.5:26; Jn.12:32).  The people, is the Gentiles.
To it shall the Gentiles seek . . . to it, the Banner, to Christ, indicated by the root of Jesse, and set up for an ensign, banner, of the people; they realize their need of Him, and that there is something extremely valuable in Him, therefore they seek Him, not hypocritically, but sincerely with their whole hearts. They seek Him for advice and counsel, for He is a most Proper Person to be consulted on all occasions, He being the Wonderful Counsellor (Isa,8:19; 9:6; Jer.10:10). This is a prophecy of the calling of the Gentiles, and which had its accomplishment in part, in the first times of the Gospel, and will be completely fulfilled in the last days.
And his rest shall be glorious . . . that which Christ gives to those that seek Him, which is both a spiritual rest here, from the burden and guilt of sin, and the oppressive power of it; from the bondage, curse and condemnation of the law, and from a sense of divine wrath, and an eternal rest after this, a rest in glory. The bodies of the saints at death rest in the grave, and their souls rest in the Arms of Jesus; and after the resurrection, body and soul will rest together for eternity (Phil.3:20-21). http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.1.htm

Seven-fold establishment of His reign (Isa.11:10-16), which shall be a reign of Peace and faith (Isa.11:10; 3:1-4; 12:1; Mic.4:3).

Isaiah 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. (KJV)

And it shall come to pass in that day . . . spoken of before, and which includes the whole Gospel dispensation.
That the Lord shall set his hand again the second time . . . which means that there was a first time, in which the Lord exercised His power in the recovery of His people out of the hands of their enemies; and that was the deliverance of them out of Egypt, and which was typical of the deliverance of the Lord's people in the times of Christ. There are some who say that Moses was the first redeemer, and the Messiah the Second; so this second time refers to the times of the Messiah, and not to the time of the deliverance from the Babylon captivity.
To recover the remnant of his people . . . this seems to mean the calling and conversion of the people, when the Lord claims, possesses and enjoys them as His own. They may be called a remnant, with respect to those who have already been called.
Which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt . . . Egypt, and other places following, being joined with Assyria, show that this cannot be the deliverance from the Babylon captivity; but means several places where Christ would have people in Gospel times, and who would be found out, and called by grace; some of which already have been, as in Babylon and Egypt (1 Pet.5:13), and others will be hereafter, according to the prophecies (Ps.68:31), or it could refer to the deliverance of God's people from the tyranny of the Roman Antichrist, called Egypt (Rev.11:8) and Babylon (Rev.18:1, 21), at the time of his ruin.
From Pathros . . . some understand this to be Parthia (Acts 2:9), for many of this country were converted in the first times of the Gospel; the Apostle John's first Letter is called by the ancients the Epistle to the Parthians.
And from Cush . . . or Ethiopia; from whence some have been called (Acts 8:27), and others will, according to prophecy (Ps.68:31). Some say the southern parts of Arabia, along the Red Sea.
And from Elam . . . a province in Persia (Dan.8:2), the inhabitants of this place are called Elamites (Acts 2:9), some of these heard the apostles speak the wonderful things of God in their own language, and were converted.
And from Shinar . . . in Chaldea, in the plain of which the tower of Babel was built (Gen.10:10), wherefore some say from Babylon.
And from Hamath . . . meaning either Antiochia, as some say, or Cilicia, as others. Some say this is a country which lies towards the Mediterranean Sea, over against Cyprus, above Mount Libanus, where Tripoli now is.
And from the islands of the sea . . . or of the west; the European islands, particularly England, Ireland, and Scotland, and others. Some refer this prophecy to the times of the Messiah.

Gentiles will seek the Messiah

The Gentiles are all other nations besides Israel, showing that when the Messiah reigns, the entire world will be blessed, for all men will look to Christ for safety and deliverance. There will be only two classes of natural men in that day . . . Jews and Gentiles, and both will share the eternal blessings of Christ as Ruler of Earth. In today’s world, there are three groups: Jews, Gentiles and the church (1 Cor.10:32). http://www.godcannotlie.org/1_cor_ch10.htm
For a very enlightening account of this topic, see a great article written by Dave Hunt about Jews, Gentiles and the Church:

Gentiles will seek Him as well as the Jews and the rest He promises will be glorious:

  • Gentiles shall seek Christ, rally around Him as their banner (Isa.11:10).
  • Gentiles will enjoy His glorious rest (Isa.11:10; Mat.12:21).
  • Christ shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles (Isa.42:1; Mat.12:18).
  • Christ shall be Light to them (Isa.42:6; 49:6).
  • Gentiles shall help regather Israel from all nations (Isa.49:22).
  • Gentiles shall be an inheritance of the Jews under the Messiah (Isa.54:3).
  • Gentiles shall come to the Light of Israel in the Millennium (Isa.60:3).
  • Most of the Gentiles shall be converted and come to Israel (Isa.60:5:12).
  • Gentiles shall be a blessing to Jews (Isa.60:16; 61:6).
  • Gentiles shall acknowledge Israel as the people of God in that day (Isa.61:9).
  • Gentiles shall see the righteousness of the Messiah and of Israel (Isa.62:2).
  • Peace and glory will be extended to the Gentiles by the Messiah (Ias.66:12).
  • Gentiles shall be evangelized by the Jews in the Millennium (Isa.2:2-4; 52:7; 66:19; Zec.8:23; 14:16-21; Rev.Ch.7).

These prophecies are so clear that there was no excuse for the Jews of Christ's day to misunderstand God's eternal program for Gentiles in connection with Israel, and the apostles had no grounds for refusing to take the Gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 10:9-35; 11:1-19; Gal.2:1-18).

Isaiah 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. (KJV)

And he shall set up an ensign for the nations . . . nations always refers to the Gentiles, the gathering of the Gentiles, which the Lord would do . . . this He has done in the ministration of the Gospel, in which Christ is lifted up and held forth as the only Saviour of lost sinners (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12), the sole Author (Heb.5:9; 12:2) and glorious Captain of salvation (Heb.2:10), for them to flee to, and lay hold on. This, Christ still does today and will continue to do, until ALL His people (Jews and Gentiles) are gathered in from the several parts of the world.
And shall assemble the outcasts of Israel . . . those of His people among the ten tribes, that were scattered about in various countries, when the Gospel was preached throughout the world by the apostles, were called by it, and gathered into Gospel churches among the Gentiles, of whom the first churches of Christ consisted; and so it will be in the latter day, when all Israel shall be saved (Rom.11:26-27). http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_romans_ch.11.htm
And gather together the dispersed of Judah . . . the Jews were scattered all around like lost sheep, among the nations of the world; some of which were looked up, and found out, and brought into the sheepfold, in the first times of Christianity; and others will be in the latter day.
Even from the four corners of the earth . . . which show that this cannot mean the return of the Jews from the Babylon captivity, which was only from one corner of the Earth, one version says; from the four winds of the earth, a phrase similar to that in (Rev.7:1).

*****What is the ensign? That Ensign (banner) is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not some banner that will be lifted up, but Christ will be the rallying center for the meek of the earth (Mat.5:5) in that day. That will be the day when the meek will inherit the earth. That is God's plan. That is His program, and He will bring it to pass.

Regathering of Israel: (Isa.11:11-12; 14:1; 27:12; 43:5; 60:9; 66:20; Jer.30:10; 31:8; 32:37; 33:7; 46:27; 50:4; Eze.16:53; 20:33-40; 34:11; 36:24; 37:11-19; 39:25; Hos.2L14; 3:5; Amos.9:13; Mic.4:6; 5:7; 7:11; Zec.2:6; 8:1-8; 10:6; Mal.3:18; Mat.3:18; 24:31).  

Isaiah 11:13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. (KJV)

The envy also of Ephraim shall depart . . . with which it envied Judah, on account of the kingdom of the house of David, and the Temple being in that tribe; not that this is the thing intended, only referred to. The meaning is, that whatever envy or jealousy existed in the Gentile against the Jew, or in the Jew against the Gentile, would be no more, when gathered into one Gospel church state; when the Gospel in its power and purity shall take place, and the Earth shall be filled with it.
And the adversaries of Judah . . .or of God's professing people,
Shall be cut off . . . all opposing the Gospel of Christ shall be no more, as the Turks and anti-Christian cults.  
Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim . . . this is repeated to confirm it; and the sense is, that all conflicts, disagreements, hatreds and hostilities, shall cease among the people of God, and there shall be total and perfect peace and harmony among them.

There shall be a National union of Judah and Israel in the latter days(Isa.11:13. Eze.37:15, 19; Zec.10:6).   

Isaiah 11:14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them. (KJV)

But they shall flee upon the shoulders of the Philistines towards the west . . . meaning that Ephraim and Judah, who shall not only agree among themselves, but cheerfully join together against the common enemy. Some interpret it of the ships of the Philistines, Genoese, and Venetians, that shall bring the Israelites from the west to the east, and carry them in ships by sea. The Philistines were the sworn enemies of the Israelites, and lay to the west of the land of Israel, and when the Gospel was sent into all the world, it began to be preached in the parts of Palestine, whereby many were converted and embraced it, as foretold they would (Ps.87:4), and fleeing upon their shoulders, means the route of them, and their subjection to the Gospel, and these may also design the enemies of the people of God now, the anti-Christian states, some of which will fall away from the THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (Rev.17:5), who receive the Gospel, hate the whore, eat her flesh, and burn her with fire (Rev.17:16), which will be brought about by the preaching of the Gospel by its ministers, who will fly in the midst of heaven (Rev.14:6), and proclaim the fall of Babylon (Rev.18:2), and call upon, the Lord's people to come out of it (Rev.18:4).
They shall spoil them of the east together . . . the Syrians and Arabians, who lay east of Judea; whereby way will be made for the kings and kingdoms of the east to know, receive and profess the Gospel of Christ (Rev.16:12).
They shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab . . . they shall stretch out their hand, and lay hold on these people, and bring them into subjection to them; which is to be understood of the sending out of the Gospel, by the hands of the ministers of it, into those countries where the Moabites and Edomites formerly lived; and thereby bringing them into submission to Christ and His churches.
And the children of Ammon shall obey them . . . that have the rule in the house of God, submitting to the laws and ordinances of Christ.

There shall be full possession of the Promised Land (Isa.11:14; Gen.15:7, 18; 12:1; 13:14; Num.34:1-12; Isa.60:12; Eze.47:13-48:35).

*****Verses 13-14 states there shall be a happy time between Judah and Ephraim, and both shall be safe from their adversaries and have dominion over them. The union between Judah and Israel at that time was a symbol of the uniting of Jews and Gentiles, who had been so long at variance in the Gospel church. The house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel (Jer.3:18) and become one nation (Eze.37:22); so the Jews and Gentiles are made of twain one new man (Eph.2:15) and, being at peace one with another, those that are enemies to them both shall be cut off; for they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines (vs.14), as an eagle hastens to her prey (Job 9:26), shall spoil those on the west side of them, and then they shall extend their takeovers eastward over the Edomites, Moabites and Ammonites. The Gospel of Christ shall be successful in all parts of the world, and some of all nations shall become obedient to the faith.

Everything that might possibly hinder the progress and success of the Gospel shall be removed . . . as when God brought Israel out of Egypt, He dried up the Red Sea and Jordan before them (Isa.63:11-12; Ex.14:21; Josh.3:16; Neh.9:11; Ps.78:13; 114:5-7; 136:13-16); and later when He brought up the Jews out of Babylon, He prepared the way for them (Isa.62:10), so when Jews and Gentiles are to be brought together into the Gospel church, all obstructions shall be removed (vs.15-16), and difficulties that seemed impossible shall be strangely accomplished, the blind shall be led by a way that they knew not (Isa.42:15-16; 43:19-20). Converts shall be brought in chariots and in litters (Isa.66:20). There are some who think it is the further attainment of multitudes to the church that is pointed at in that obscure prophecy of the drying up of the Euphrates River, that the way of the kings of the east may be prepared (Rev.16:12), which seems to refer to this prophecy.

One thing to consider: when the time comes for the Lord to bring in nations or certain persons home to Himself, divine grace will be absolutely victorious over all opposition. At the Presence of the Lord, the sea shall flee and Jordan shall be driven back and mountains shall move (Zec.14:1-5); and all those who set their faces toward Heaven will find there are NO difficulties or obstacles in the way as they thought there were, for there will be a highway there (Isa.35:8; 49:11-12; 57:14).

Isaiah 11:15 And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. (KJV)

And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea . . . some interpret this to be the Egyptian river Sichor, or the Nile; while others think it is a bay of the Egyptian sea, so called because it is in the form of a tongue. The destroying of it means the drying up of it, so that people might pass over it dry . . . the reference is to the drying up of the Red Sea, when the Israelites came out of Egypt, and passed through it, as on dry land (Ex.14:21); and it seems to mean the destruction of Egypt itself, not actually by the Romans, in the times of Augustus Caesar, but instead the symbolic destruction of Rome, which is spiritually called Egypt (Rev.11:8), and the utter destruction of it, by a curse, from the Lord Himself; and which will take place in the battle at Armageddon (Rev.16:16).  
And with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river . . . in reference to Moses's stretching out his hand over the Red sea, and the Lord's causing it to go back with a strong east wind (Ex.14:21). Some understand this to be the river Nile while others think it is the Euphrates River, which is commonly understood in Scripture when the river, without any explanation is made mention of.
And shall smite it in the seven streams . . . which have made some think the river Nile is meant, because it had seven streams, (gates or mouths), by which the sea issued into it . . . but it may be observed, that the Euphrates River was drained by seven ditches or rivulets by Cyrus, when Babylon was taken, by which means his soldiers entered the city dryshod, to which the allusion may be here; or it may mean the entire destruction of the Turkish empire, in all its branches; for seven, may signify a multitude, even the many kingdoms, people and nations, under that jurisdiction.
And make men go over dryshod . . . or with their shoes on, for the river and its streams were dried up. The men seem to mean the kings of the east (Rev.16:12). All these phrases mean the removal of all obstructions out of the way of God's people in those parts, in coming over to the Christian religion, and their embracing and professing that.

 Isaiah 11:16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt. (KJV)

And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people . . . meaning although the river was dried up, and all hindrances and obstacles being removed, the way will be clear for multitudes to walk in without interruption, like a large highway, with all false religions kingdoms being destroyed, where the Gospel of Christ with its way of truth, righteousness and holiness, will be clearly visible to the remnant of the Lord's people; who will be at this time in those parts, in which they will be directed to walk in right ways, and not err (Isa.35:8-10).
Which shall be left from Assyria . . . those left in Egypt, and means the remnant, according to the election of grace, that shall be in any of the anti-Christian countries, who shall at this time be brought to the knowledge of Christ, and to walk gladly and willingly in His ways.
Like as it was to Israel in that day that he came up out of the land of Egypt . . . meaning as there was a highway made through the Red Sea, in which Israel passed on dry land, when they came out of Egypt, and went through the wilderness to Canaan's land. A great super highway will extend from Assyria to Egypt over the great land bridge of Palestine. It seems that the nations of the world shall come over this highway to Jerusalem to worship (Zec.8:20-22; 14:16-18; Rev.15:4; 21:24). There shall be a supernatural regathering of Israel (Isa.11:11-15; Mat.24:31; Mk.13:27).

Special Comments

Divine interposition: Millennium (Isa.11:1-12:6; 2:1; 11:1-16)
Messiah's ancestry (Mat.1; Lk.3; Isa.11:1)
Sevenfold anointing of the Messiah (Isa.11:2. 61:1; Mat.3:16; Jn.3:34; Acts.10:38; Rev.1:4)

Nine characteristics of the Messiah’s reign (Isa.11:3-5; 32:1; 42:1; 61:3: 65:18; 66:18; Jer.23:3; Mic.Ch.4; Zec.Ch.14; Rev.Ch.20)

Extent of His reign (Isa.11:9; Ps.72:8; Hab.2:14; Mic.4:1; Dan.7:13-14; Zec.14:9, 16-21; Rev.11:15; 20:1-10)

Sevenfold establishment of His reign (Isa.11:10-16)

Peace and religion (Isa.11:10; 2:1-4; 12:1; Mic.4:3)

Regathering of Israel (Isa.11:11-12; 14:1; 27:12; 43:5; 60:9; 66:20; Jer.30:10; 31:8; 32:37; 33:7; 46:27; 50:4; Eze.16:53; 20:33-40; 34:11; 36:24; 37:11-19; 39;25; Hos.2:14; 3:5; Amos 9:13; Mic.4:6; 5:7; 7:11; Zec.2:6; 8:1-8; 10:6, 9; Mal.3:18; Mat.24:31)

National union of Judah and Israel (Isa.11:13; Eze.37:15, 19; Zec.10:6)

Full possession of the Promised Land (Gen.15:7, 18; 12:1; 13:14; Num.34:1-12; Isa.11:14; 60:12; Eze.47:13-48:35) http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_israel_promised_land.htm

Supernatural regathering of Israel (Isa.11:11, 15-16; Mat.24:31; Mk.13:27)

Names, Nicknames and Titles of Christ

Adam (1 Cor.15:45) Advocate (1Jn.2:1) Almighty (Rev.1:8) Alpha and Omega (Rev.1:8) Amen (Rev.3:14) Angel (Gen48:16; Ex.23:20-21) Angel of His Presence (Isa.63:9) Anointed (Ps.2:2) Apostle (Heb.3:1) Arm of the Lord  (Isa.51:9-10) Author and Finisher of our faith (heb.12:2) Beginning and end of the creation of God (Rev.3:14; 22:13) Beloved (Eph.1:6) Blessed and only Potentate (1 Tim.6:15) Branch  (Jer.23:5; Zec.3:8) Bread of life  (Jn.6:48) Bridegroom  (Mat.9:15) Bright and Morning Star  (Rev.22:16) Brightness of the Father's glory (Heb.1:3) Captain of the Lord's host (Josh.5:14) Captain of Salvation (Heb.2:10) Carpenter (Mk.6:3) Carpenter's Son (Mat.13:55) Chief Shepherd (1 Pet.5:4) Chief Cornerstone (1 Pet.2:6) Chiefest among ten thousand (Song 5:10) Child (Isa.9:6; Lk.2:27, 43) Chosen of God (1 Pet.2:4) Christ (Mat.1:16; Lk.9:20) The Christ, Messiah (Mat.16:20; Mk.14:61) Christ, a King (Lk.23:2) Christ Jesus (Acts 19:4; Rom.3:24; 8:1; 1 Cor.1:2, 30; Heb.3:1; 1 Pet.5:10, 14) Christ Jesus our Lord (1 Tim.1:12; Rom.8:39) Christ of God (Lk.9:20) Christ, the chosen of God (Lk.23:35) Christ the Lord (Lk.2:11) Christ, the power of God (1 Cor.1:24) Christ the wisdom of God (1 Cor.1:24) Christ, the Son of God (Acts 9:20) Christ, Son of the Blessed (Mk.14:61) Commander (Isa.55:4) Consolation of Israel (Lk.2:25) Cornerstone (Eph.2:20) Counselor (Isa.9:6) Covenant of the people (Isa.42:6) David (Jer.30:9) Daysman (Job 9:33) Dayspring (Lk.1:78) Day Star (2 Pet.1:19) Deliverer (Rom.11:26) Desire of all nations (Hag.2:7) Door, the (Jn.10:7) Elect (Isa.42:1) Emmanuel (Isa.7:14) Ensign (Isa.11:10) Eternal Life (1 Jn.5:20) Everlasting Father (Isa.9:6) Faithful and True (Rev.19:11) Faithful Witness, the (Rev.1:5) Faithful and true witness, the (Rev.3:14) Finisher of faith (Heb.12:2) First and last (Rev.1:17; 2:8; 22:13) First begotten (Heb.1:6) First begotten of the dead (Rev.1:5) Firstborn (Ps.89:27) Foundation (Isa.28:16) Fountain (Zec.13:1) Forerunner (Heb.6:20) Friend of sinners (Mat.11:19) Gift of God (Jn.4:10) Glory of Israel (Lk.2:32) God (Jn.1:1) God blessed forever (Rom.9:5) God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim.3:16) God of Israel, the Saviour (Isa.45:15) God of the whole earth (Isa.54:5) God our Saviour (1 Tim.2:3) God's dear Son (Col.1:13) God with us (Mat.1:23) Good Master (Mat.19:16) Governor (Mat.2:6) Great Shepherd of the sheep (Heb.13:20) Head of the body (Eph.1:22-23; 5:23; Col.1:18, 24) Heir of all things (Heb.1:2) High priest (Heb.4:14) Head of every man (1 Cor.11:3) Head of the corner (Mat.21:42) Holy child Jesus (Acts 4:30) Holy One (Ps.16:10; Acts 3:14) Holy One of God (Mk.1:24) Holy One of Israel (Isa.41:14; 54:5) Holy thing (Lk.1:35) Hope, our (1 Tim.1:1) Horn of salvation (Lk.1:69) I AM (Ex.3:14; Isa.46:9; 48:12; Jn.8:58; Rev.1:8) Image of God (Heb.1:3) Israel (Isa.49:3) Jehovah (Isa.40:3) Jehovah's fellow (Zec.13:7) Jesus (Mat.1:21) Jesus Christ (Mat.1:1; Jn.1:17; 17:3; Acts 2:38; 4:10; 9:34; 10:36; 16:18; Rom.1:1,3,6; 2:16; 5:15,17; 6:3; 1 Cor.1:1,4; 2:2; 2 Cor.1:19; 4:6; 13:5; Gal.2:16; Phil.1:8; 2:11; 1 Tim.1:15; Heb.13:8; 1 Jn.1:7; 2:1) Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom.1:3; 6:11,23; 1Cor.1:9; 7:25) Jesus Christ our Saviour (Tit.3:6) Jesus of Nazareth (Mk.1:24; Lk.24:19) Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews (Mat.27:37; Jn.19:19) Jesus, the Son of God (Heb.4:14) Jesus, the Son of Joseph (Jn.6:42) Judge (Acts 10:42) Just Man, Just Person, Just One (Mat.27:19; 27:24; Acts 3:14; 7:52; 22:14) King (Mat.21:5) King of Israel (Jn.1:49) King of the Jews (Mat.2:2) King of Saints (Rev.15:3) King of Kings (1 Tim.6:15; Rev.17:14; 19:16) King of Glory (Ps.24:7-10) King of Zion (Mat.21:5) King over all the earth (Zec.14:9) Lamb (Rev.5:6,8; 6:16; 7:9-10,17; 12:11; 13:8,11; 14:1,4; 15:3; 17:14; 19:7,9; 21:9,14,22,23,27) Lamb of God (Jn.1:29) Lawgiver (Isa.33:22) Leader (Isa.55:4) Life (Jn .14:6) Light (Jn.8:12) Light, everlasting (Isa.60:20) Light of the world (Jn.8:12) Light to the Gentiles (Isa.42:6) Light, true (Jn.1:9) Living Bread, the (Jn.6:51) Living Stone (1 Pet.2:4) Lion of the tribe of Judah (Rev.5:5) Lord (Rom.1:3) Lord of Lords (Rev.17:14; 19:16) Lord of all (Acts 10:36) Lord our righteousness (Jer.23:6) Lord God Almighty (Rev.15:3) Lord from heaven (1 Cor.15:47) Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Pet.1:11; 3:18) Lord Christ (Col.3:24) Lord Jesus (Acts 7:59; Col.3:17; 1 Thes.4:12) Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 11:17. 16:31; 20:21; Rom.5:1,11; 13:14) Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour (Tit.1:4) Lord of glory (Jam.2:1) Lord of Hosts (2 Sam.5:10; 1 Ki.18:15; Ps.24:10; 84:12; Isa.1:9,24; 2:12;  3:1,15; 5:7,9,16,24; 6:3,5; 8:13,18; 9:7,13,19; 10:16,26,33; 13:4,13; 14:22-24,27; 17:3; 18:7; 19:4,12,16-18; 19:20,25; 21:10; 22:14,25; 23:9; 24:23; 25:6; 28:5,29; 29:6; 31:4-5; 37:15-16,32; 44:6; 45:13; 47:4; 48:2; 51:51; 54:5) Lord of hosts is found 273 times in the KJV of the OT. Lord, mighty in battle (Ps.24:8) Lord of the dead and living (Rom.14:9) Lord of the Sabbath (Mk.2:28) Lord over all (Rom.10:12) The Lord's Christ (Lk.2:26) Lord, strong and mighty (Ps.24:8) Lord, the, our righteousness (Jer.23:6) Lord, your holy one (Isa.43:15) Lord, your redeemer (Isa.43:14) The Man Christ Jesus (1 Tim.2:5) Man of sorrows (Isa.53:3) Master (Mat.23:8) Mediator, the only (1 Tim.2:5; Jn.14:6) Messenger of the covenant (Mal.3:1) Messiah (Dan.9:25-26; Jn.1:41) Messiah the Prince (Dan.9:25) Mighty God (Isa.9:6) Mighty One of Israel (Isa.30:29) Mighty One of Jacob (Isa.49:26) Mighty to save (Isa.63:1) Minister of the sanctuary (Heb.8:2) Morning Star (Rev.22:16) Most holy (Dan.9:24) Most mighty (Ps.45:3) Nazarene (Mat.2:23) Offspring of David (Rev.22:16) Only begotten Son (Jn.1:18; 3:16,18; 1 Jn.4:9) Only begotten of the Father (Jn.1:14) Only wise God, our Saviour (Jude 1:25) Overseer (1 Pet.2:25) Passover, our (1 Cor.5:7) Plant of renown (Eze.34:29) Potentate (1 Tim.6:15) Power of God (1 Cor.1:24) Physician (Mat.9:12) Precious Cornerstone (Isa.28:16) Priest (Heb.7:17) Prince (Acts 5:31) Prince of Life (Acts 3:15) Prince of Peace (Isa,9:6) Prince of the kings of the earth (Rev.1:5) Prophet (Deut.18:15,18; Mat.21:11; Lk.24:19) Propitiation (1 Jn.2:2) Rabbi, Rabboni (Jn.1:38,49; 3:2; 6:25; 20:16) Ransom (1 Tim.2:6) Redeemer (Job 19:25; Ps.19:14; 78:35; Pro.23:11;         Isa.41:14; 43:14; 44:6,24; 47:4; 48:17; 49;7,26; 54:8; 59:20; 60:16; 63:16; Jer.50:34) Resurrection and the Life, the (Jn.11:25) Redemption (1 Cor.1:30) Righteous Branch (Jer.23:5) Righteous Judge (2 Tim.4:8) Righteous Servant (Isa.53:11) Righteousness (1 Cor.1:30) Rock (1 Cor.10:4) Rock of Offence (1 Pet.2:8) Root of David (Rev.5:5; 22:16) Root of Jesse (Isa.11:1,10) Rose of Sharon (Song 2:1) Ruler in Israel (Mic.5:2) Salvation (Lk.2:30) Sanctification (! Cor.1:30) Sanctuary (Isa.8:14; Eze.11:16) Saviour (Lk.2:11) Saviour, Jesus Christ (2 Tim.1:1,10; Tit.1:3; 2:13; 2 Pet.1:1) Saviour of the body (Eph.5:23) Saviour of the world (1 Jn.4:14) Sceptre (Num.24:17) Second Man, the (1 Cor.15:47) Seed of David (2 Tim.2:8) Seed of the woman (Gen.3:15) Servant (Isa.42:1; 52:13; 53:11; Mat.12:18) Servant of rulers (Isa.49:7) Shepherd (Zec.13:7; Mat.26:31; Mk.14:27) Shepherd and Overseer of souls (1 Pet.2:25) Shepherd, Chief (1 Pet.5:4) Shepherd, Good (Jn.10:11) Shepherd, Great (Heb.13:20) Shepherd of Israel (Ps.80:1) Shiloh (Gen.49:10) Son of the Father (2 Jn.1:3) Son of the Blessed One (Mk.14:61) Son of the Highest One (Lk.1:32) Son of David (Mat.9:27) Star (Num.24:17) Sun of Righteousness (Mal.4;2) Surety (Heb.7:22) Stone (Mat.21:42) Stone of Stumbling (1 Pet.2:8) Sure Foundation (Isa.28:16; 1 Cor.3:11; 1 Pet.2:6) Teacher (Jn.2:3:2) True God (1 Jn.5:20) True Vine (Jn.15:1) Truth (Jn.14:6) Unspeakable Gift (2 Cor.9:15) Very Christ (Acts 9:22) Vine, the (Jn.15:1) Way, the (Jn.14:6) Wisdom (Pro.8:12) Wisdom of God, the (1 Cor.1:24) Witness (Isa.55:4; Rev.1:5) Wonderful (Isa.9:6) Word (Jn.1:1) Word of God (Rev.19:13) Word of Life (1 Jn.1:1) Victor . . . our victory through Christ Jesus (1 Cor15:54-57; Phil.3:20-21) Thank You Jesus!

Ten Symbols of the Holy Spirit
#1. FIRE: zeal and refining power (Isa.4:3-4; Ps.104:4; Mal.3:1-4; Mat.3:11; Lk.3:16; Jn.2:17; Acts 2:3)
#2. DOVE: gentle, harmless, and comforting power (Lk.3:22; Jn.1:32-33)
#3. WATER: life-giving and infinite power (Jn.7:37-39; Rev.21:16; 22:1, 17)
#4. WIND: resurrection power (Eze.37:9; Jn.3:8; Acts 2:2)
#5. OIL: consecration and anointing power (Ps.45:7; Isa.61:1-3; Lk.4:16-21; Heb.1:9; Jam.5:14-16)
#6. SEAL: redemptive and keeping power (Eph.1:13; 4:30; 1 Pet.1:5)
#7. EARNEST: ownership and guarantee power (2 Cor.1:22; Eph.1:13;14)
#8.  RAIN: life-giving and quickening power (Ps.1:3; Joel 2:23-32; Hos.6:3; 10:12; Zec.10:1; Jam.5:7)
#9.  DEW: refreshing and stimulating power (Ps.72:6; Hos.14:5)
#10. GIFT: joyful, gracious, and liberating power (Acts 2:38-39; 4:31-33; 2 Cor.3:17-18; Heb.:9)

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.

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!

Future Regathering of Israel

The prediction here is that the Lord will gather Israel again a second time. This indicates a previous gathering. When? At the time of the gathering of all members of the thirteen tribes who wanted to return to their own land after the Babylonian captivity. This was the first gathering of Israel from among the nations as pictured in Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. They kept coming back in great numbers until they were a great nation again in the days of Christ. He then predicted their defeat by the Romans and the complete destruction of their city and Temple again as in the days of Nebuchadnezzar over 600 years before.

Furthermore, He predicted the captivity of Israel, or the Jews, among all nations again (Lk.21:20-24), declaring their house would be left desolate until the latter days (Mat.23:37-39). The statement again the second time could not have been fulfilled until the first gathering from Babylon and other nations had been accomplished and their second dispersion (scattering) had come to pass, which was in A.D. 70 when the Romans took them captive among all nations (Lk.21:20-24). God has not regathered them since this dispersion; and if it is ever to take place it will have to be in the future. According to the prediction by Isaiah, the gathering WILL take place again the second time and then the Messiah will rule over the nation forever (Isa.9:6-7; 11:1 thru 12:5).

When God gave the Law of Moses, He knew that Israel would not obey it in the future. He made many predictions that they would be scattered among the nations (Lev.26:27-33;Deut.4:27; 28:40-68; 30:3; 1 Ki.14:15; 22:17;  2 Ki.20:17-18; 21:12-15; 22:16-17; 23:26-27; Isa.Ch.3; 5:1-6; 6:9-13; 7:17-25; 29:1-4; Est.3:8; Ps.59:11; Isa.27:13; Jer.9:16; 23:1-2; Eze.20:23; 36:17-20; Joel 3:2; Zep.3:10; Zec.2:6; 10:9; Jn.7:35; Jam.1:1).

God also made predictions of Israel’s being regathered and restored:
(Lev.26:40-45; Deut.30:1-10; Isa.2:1-4; 4:2-6; 11:10-16; 27:13; 30:18-26; 32:15-20; 33:13-24; 40:9-10; 44:1-5; 49:13-23; 51:11; 52:1-12; 61:4-9; 66:7-22; Jer.12:14-16; 16:14-15; 24:6; 30:2-11; 31:23-40; E#ze.11:14-21; 16:60-63; 17:22-24; 20:33-44; 34:11-31; 39:25-29; Dan.12:1; Joel 2:18-32; 3:1; Amos 9:11-15; Oba.1:17-21; Mic.2:2:12-13; 4:1-5; Zep.3:14-20; Zec.1:14-21; 2:8; 10:6-12; Ch.14; Mal.3:4; 4:2-6).

Israel shall be gathered again in the last days to serve their Messiah in their land. These predictions were made when Israel was one nation, and they must be fulfilled with both houses of Israel, not with Judah only. There is not the slightest reference to Judah being cut off and the ten tribes being blessed and led to a new promised land, as is sometimes incorrectly taught. BEWARE of false prophets and false teachers that will lead you to HELL!

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



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