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Book of Isaiah
Isaiah Chapter 32
This chapter contains a prophecy of King Messiah; although it does apply to Hezekiah, as a type of Christ, it shall have its full accomplishment in Christ Jesus, in His times; who is described as a Righteous King, and as having just princes ruling under Him (vs.1), and as a very great blessing, protection and comfort to His subjects (vs.2). There then follows a prediction of great light and knowledge that should be in His days (vs.3), and of the vileness, hypocrisy and covetousness of the Jews in His times (Vs.5), and of the destruction of their country, because of their vile sins, of which they seemed hard-hearted and unconcerned about it. They are called upon to lament, feel sorrow for their sins (vs.9), which would continue until there would be a very great outpouring of the Spirit, that would make the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field as a forest (vs.15). The result of which would be great peace, safety and success to the saints (vs.17), and destruction to their enemies, and above all the city of Rome (vs.19). The chapter is concluded with the happiness of the Gospel ministration, and the success of it (vs.20).
THEME: The Coming King, the Coming Tribulation, and the Coming Spirit.
This chapter is a bright note between the fifth and sixth woes; it is a ray of light to God's people in a dark place in that dark day. We will see the Person of the Glorious King, for there can be no Millennium nor any blessing to this Earth without Christ Jesus.
The Coming King Who
Shall Reign For Ever (32:1-5)
Isaiah 32:1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. (KJV)
Behold, a King shall reign in righteousness . . . this does not mean Hezekiah, as some Jewish writers say, for he was only a type of Christ, as some writers interpret it; he was NOT Christ Himself, who is King not only of the whole world, and of ALL the kings of it in general, He was specifically the King of saints; who reigns NOW in and over His TRUE church and people, being set as King by His Father over His Holy Hill of Zion (Jerusalem), and, being exalted at His Father’s Right Hand (Mk.16:19; Lk.22:69; Acts 2:33; 5:31; 7:55-56; Rom.8:34; Col.3:1; Heb.10:12; 12:2; 1 Pet.3:22). God the Father has made and declared JESUS as Lord and Christ (Messiah); where He does and shall reign until ALL enemies are put under His Feet (Ps.8:6; 1 Cor.15:25, 27; Eph.1:22; Heb.2:8). He shall reign in righteousness because all His laws are just; His ways of management are right; His scepter is a sceptre of righteousness (Heb.1:8): righteousness is the girdle of his loins and faithfulness the girdle of his reins (Isa.11:5).
And princes shall rule in judgment . . . the ministers of the Gospel, pastors of the churches, who are set over them and have the rule over them; and who rule well, and in judgment, and rule according to the Word of God. Saints shall rule: (1 Pet.2:5-9; Rev.1:6; 5:10; 20:4, 6).
*****This verse looks into the future Kingdom Age. The King is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. The character of Christ’s reign is righteousness and truth. The world has NEVER had a King or a Kingdom like this so far. Only Jesus can fulfill this!
Isaiah 32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. (KJV)
And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest . . . that man, King Jesus before mentioned; who had agreed to become a Man (Jn.1:14), was promised and prophesied of as such (Isa.7:14; 9:6-7; Lk.1:35; 2:11).
I believe that Jesus had often appeared in a human form as the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament, the phrase the Angel of the Lord is mentioned 618 times in the Old Testament and 17 times in the New Testament. I think that many of these times it was the pre-incarnate Jesus. Shall be as an hiding place . . . to the people under this government, especially to such as are oppressed or injured by those who are more potent than they. From the wind . . . from the rage and violence of evil men. And a covert from the tempest . . . Jesus is a SafePlace from any violent storm.
As rivers of water in a dry place . . . this awesome King shall be as refreshing as a welcomed oasis in the middle of a desert. This tells of the abundance of grace in Christ (2 Cor.12:9), and the freedom of it, which flows from the endless ocean of His divine love, and which greatly comforts and refreshes the souls of the Lord's TRUE people in this dry and barren land, and makes them cheerful and fruitful, reviving their spirits, making their hearts glad, and causing them to go on their way rejoicing. . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm
As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land . . . anyone who has ever been in the hot sun for any length of time, knows how wonderful a shady area can be. This amazing King will be our Shade and Shelter from the scorching sun. Such a weary land this world is to the TRUE children of God, who are wearied with sins, their own and others all around them, with Satan's non-stop temptations, with afflictions and troubles of all kinds. Christ is the Rock that is higher than they (Ps.61:2).
*****The Lord Jesus is not only King, He is also a Saviour-King, who bears the winds and tempest of the judgment of sin for us (Jn.3:15-18, 36). He is my rock, and my fortress (2 Sam.22:2; Ps.18:2; 31:3; 71:3; 91:2; 144:2; Jer.6:27; 16:19).
He is our everlasting strength (Isa.26:4), He is the Rock of our salvation (Ps.95:1). He is our hiding place for believers in today’s world as well (Ps.32:7; 119:114; Isa.28:17; 32:2). Please Do NOT pass Him by!
Isaiah 32:3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken. (KJV)
And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim . . . . this is not only the seers, prophets or ministers, but of all the righteous people, because all these are illuminated by the Spirit of God (Isa.61:1; Mat.3:16; Rom.8:9, 14; 1 Cor.3:16; 12:3; Eph.4:30;1 Jn.4:2-3), who shall have a clear understanding of Gospel Truths because the Holy Spirit shall be their Teacher (Jn.14:16-18, 26; 16:13; 1 Cor.2:10, 13; 12:3). Not only the watchmen (Isa.21:11; 52:8; 56:10; 62:6; Jer.6:17; 31:6; Eze.3:17; 33:7’ Hab.2:1; Heb.13:17; 1 Pet.5:2), shall see all truths clearly, but ALL, from the least to the greatest, shall know the Lord, and the Earth shall be filled with the knowledge of Him, as the waters cover the sea (Isa.11:9; Hab.2:14). Shall not be dim . . . could mean either #1. Of the princes or magistrates, who are instead of eyes and ears, both to the King and to the people, who, by their office, are to see and observe all things, and to hear all causes. These shall not shut their eyes, nor be blinded with gifts, to favor a rich man in an unjust cause; they shall not shut their ears against the complaints of the poor oppressed ones, as wicked princes usually do. Or, #2. The people shall not shut their eyes and ears against the good counsels and examples of their righteous King and rulers, as they had done before: both princes and people shall be reformed. This was done in a small way in Hezekiah's time; but shall be done far more fully in the days of Messiah, the King who, by His grace, changes men's hearts, and cures them of that willful and stubborn blindness they had been guilty of before; which clearly shows that this prophecy looks far past Hezekiah unto Christ.
And the ears of them that hear shall hearken . . . listen very carefully and attentively to the Word preached, and receive and embrace the doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, submit to and obey the ordinances of it. This is a prophecy of the great increase of spiritual light in the times of the Messiah.
*****In other words, there will be spiritual understanding given to all of God's people, for now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face (1 Cor.13:12). True spiritual values will then be established and made clear by the King. And anything that should have top priority will have top priority. In today’s evil world, moral values are gone. People simply have completely lost all moral values. For many years now our schools have been teaching the evolution, which makes man an animal. Moral values are NOT taught. If you support law and order and a high state of morality, you are looked down on and even called dirty names. Gays, lesbians and trans-genders are welcomed by many supposed ‘Evangelical’ churches. Pastors preform marriages on same couples.
I am NOT judging those people, but I am saying that this is WRONG according to the Holy Word of God, which I have taught for well over 40 years. But IF a person
says something against these people, it is considered a ‘hate crime’. Again, I am judging NO one! I am simply telling you that God is against ALL immorality and sexual perversion and wickedness of any kind: (Lev.18:22-24; 20:13-16; Mk.7:21-23; Rom.1:24-32; 1 Cor.6:9-11, 13-20; Gal.5:19-21; Eph. 5:5; Col.3:5; 1 Thes.4:3-5; 1 Tim.1:8-11; Heb.13:4; 1 Pet.2:11; Rev.19:20; 20:14-15; 21:9).
Some Scriptures come to mind: Genesis 6:5-7 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. (KJV)
Genesis 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly. (KJV)
Genesis 19:24-28 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. 26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. 27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: 28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. (KJV)
Matthew 24:37-44 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. (KJV)
God NEVER lies! He hates ALL sin! He warns us over and over again that He shall punish sin. Only when we believe Him in faith, can we be forgiven (1 Jn.1:8-9; 5:10-13). He waits with open arms for His rebellious children to come to Him. IF we judge ourselves, God won’t have to: (1 Cor.11:31).
Isaiah 32:4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly. (KJV)
The heart also of the rash . . . the rash are those who were careless and quick in judging things; which is simply ignorance and stupidity. Those who have been hasty have not given themselves time to consider what they have read or heard, and have on the spur of the moment received everything that has been suggested to them, shall now sit down, and calmly consider things, and when doing so gain an understanding of divine and spiritual knowledge, a knowledge of Christ, of His Person, His offices, His grace, His righteousness and salvation only through Him.
Shall understand knowledge . . . shall become more knowing and considerate in their judgments and actions. They will have a greater spiritual knowledge and understanding of these things, and a heart knowledge . . . not head knowledge.
And the tongue of the stammerer shall be ready to speak plainly . . . the tongues of stammerers that once spoke of the things of God darkly, doubtfully and unwillingly shall have a drastic change, for in the last days, men's understanding shall be enlightened, and their speech shall be reformed. Although this was in part fulfilled in Hezekiah’s time; this reformation shall go into effect in some measure by the powerful preaching of the Levites (Rev.7), whom shall be excited and encouraged to teach the good knowledge of the Lord (2 Chron.30:22), yet shall be truly and fully accomplished only by Christ, who brought this wonderful change to an innumerable company both of Jews and Gentiles.
Isaiah 32:5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful. (KJV)
The vile person shall be no more called liberal . . . the vile person (in the Bible means base and worthless men, or a fool, which in Scripture commonly means a wicked man. Liberal is noble-minded. This seems to mean that in Gospel times, the fools are those who have no spiritual knowledge of the Truths of the Gospel, but are quite ignorant of them, shall not be made princes, or spiritual rulers, and governors in the house of God. No one who is unworthy shall be advanced to places of spiritual honor and power. Vicious and worthless persons shall no longer be thought to be good and honorable because of their high and honorable places, as so many then and today commonly are . . . their wickedness shall be discovered and punished where ever it is found, and virtue shall be revealed and rewarded.
Nor the churl said to be bountiful . . . churl is false, fraudulent. The Targum says: the wicked man shall be no more called just, and they that transgress His Word shall not be called mighty.
*****In today’s world, there are many liberals (open-minded, compromisers). Nearly all the wealthy people are liberal. Why? They already have their wealth which is not being taxed, but the middle man is being taxed unmercifully to pay for new projects that these rich guys promote. The rich man could afford to be liberal. Lazarus sat on the floor and was fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table (Lk.16:21). That rich man was liberal (generous) with his crumbs, but that was all he was liberal with!
In our day a vile person is called liberal. In the last day, a vile person will no longer be called liberal, because he will be seen for what he really is, which is wicked. He is a child of the devil (1 Jn.3:10), and his heart works iniquity continually. The human heart is desperately wicked (Gen.6:5; Jer.17:9). Everything in that future day will be seen in its true colors. There will be no false values. Every person will be seen for what he/she really is. NO one will be able to put on a front, or try to be something that they are not! NO more hypocrites! This applies to everyone, not only Christians. The biggest hypocrites are those who pretend to be something they are not. All of this will take place when the Almighty King comes who will reign in righteousness. Hypocrisy: (Mat.7:3; 12:11; Ch.23; Mk.11:31; Lk.6:41, 46; 11:46; Jn.7:23; Rom.2:1, 21; Gal.2:14, 17; Tit.1:16; Jam.2:15-16; 3:10; 1 Jn.2:4).
Isaiah 32:6 For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. (KJV)
For the vile person will speak villainy . . . this is a reason of the assertion (vs.5), either #1. Such shall not be advanced to places of trust and dignity; for if they were, they would abuse them by unjust sentences and practices. Or #2. Men shall no longer be miscalled; for everyone will discover what he is by his words and actions. But a vile person, a fool, shall speak wickedness, and whose heart shall work iniquity (vs.5). Someone who has no understanding of Gospel Truths, cannot bring them to others. He will only speak foolish worldly things, and cannot be a spiritual guide and governor in the church.
And his heart will work iniquity . . . the heart of a wicked person (Gen.6:5; Jer.17:9) will form schemes of false doctrine, false discipline and false worship, which is totally disagreeable to the Word of God.
To practise hypocrisy . . . to make men think he is a very devout and religious man, when he has no good thing in him, and to put others upon a profession of religion that have none at all; which things are commonly done by foolish and ignorant preachers. This is rampant in today’s churches. Some of these preachers have such smooth words that they could sell ice to the Eskimos. BEWARE!!!
And to utter error against the Lord . . . false doctrines oppose the free, rich, sovereign grace of God; totally oppose the Deity, Personality, Son-ship, Offices, Blood, Sacrifice and Righteousness of Christ, and oppose the Person and operations of the Holy Spirit. BEWARE of false doctrine, which is damnable heresies (2 Pet.2:1) http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_f_d%20_false_doctrines.htm
To make empty the soul of the hungry; and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail . . . the hungry and thirsty are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness (Mat.5:6), and earnestly desire, the sincere milk of the word (1 Pet.2:2) for their spiritual nourishment and growth; whose souls become empty, when the doctrines of grace are not given to them, but false and fruitless doctrines are delivered, so that their souls are ready to die away, for want of the Bread of the Gospel.
His heart will work iniquity . . . a false teacher will devise wickedness, that he may execute them when he has a chance. BEWARE!
To practise hypocrisy . . . to do bad things with a presence of religion and justice, which he shall use to keep himself from the disfavor of his prince, and from the lash of the law. Or to practise profaneness or wickedness, as this word, sometimes, seems to mean.
To utter error against the Lord . . . to pass unjust sentences, which opposes the will and command of God.
To make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail . . . they take away the bread and drink of the poor, and give it to the rich oppressors.
Eight Evil Practices of the Wicked
1. Speaking wickednesss.
2. Working iniquity in their heart.
3. Being a hypocrite.
4. Uttering error (false doctrines) against the Lord.
5. Not feeding the soul of the hungry (Jn.6:51, 56).
6. Not giving drink to those who are thirsty ( Jn.4:10; 7:37-38).
7. Using evil means to take advantage of others (Isa.32:7).
8. Making wicked plans to destroy the poor and needy with lying words (Isa.32:8).
Isaiah 32:7 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right. (KJV)
The instruments also of the churl are evil . . . this seems to mean the instruments of the foolish shepherd (Zec.11:15), and may mean the wicked ways that greedy pastors or shepherds take to fleece the flock, and to increase their own gain.
He deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right . . . he (greedy shepherds) consults, contrives and forms schemes with great craft and cunning, to corrupt the poor and meek, the humble and afflicted souls, with false doctrines; even when these poor and needy ones, who want to have sound and comfortable doctrine delivered to them, speak and ask for that which is right and just, but cannot have it, because the man in charge is unfit to be a ruler in the house of God. He deviseth wicked devices . . . he uses his wit to do injury to others, without any inconvenience to himself. With lying words; with false and unrighteous decrees. When the needy speaketh right . . . because their cause is just and good.
Isaiah 32:8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand. (KJV)
But the liberal man deviseth liberal things . . . liberal, rather noble-minded. The man of a princely spirit consults and contrives, and brings things worthy of a prince and governor in the church of God. He that is one of a free spirit, is made free by the Spirit of God, and is led into the doctrines of free grace, will give out the same to others. As he has freely received, he will freely give, without any sinister, selfish, and greedy ends.
And by liberal things shall he stand . . . shall be approved under the government of the righteous King. The Targum says: the righteous consult truth, and they upon truth shall stand. Some think it strange that so many verses should be spent in affirming that which in effect was said in vs.5, it must be considered that these verses do not only contain a confirmation, that they should be called vile persons, or churls, or liberal that were so; but also a description of their qualities and practices, which was useful for their conviction, and for the instruction of others.
The Preceding Time of Trouble (32:9)
Before Christ the King, comes to reign, there will be a time of trouble, which will be the Great Tribulation Period.
Isaiah 32:9 Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech. (KJV)
Rise up, ye women that are at ease . . . on beds of down (luxury), unconcerned about the present or future state of the nation; who had their share of guilt in the nation's sins, especially pride, luxury, superstition, rejection of the Messiah, and contempt of His Gospel, and so should have their part in its punishment. Some think that the men of the nation are so called, because of their effeminacy (1 Cor.6:9-11). That are at ease . . . that indulge yourselves in idleness and luxury.
Hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear to my speech . . . careless means feeling confident or secure, who are unaware of their sin and danger. Daughters the same before called women; whom he here reproves and threatens for their sins, as he did the men before for seeking to Egypt for help, and many other sins, where the men were most guilty.
*****Why does Isaiah say this? Because women are naturally more sensitive than men, and they sense danger before a man does. I think that in the days prior to the Great Tribulation Period, ALL people, men and women, will become so unaware that they will not recognize the danger that is looming. People will be living in pleasure in that day to such extent that they will have no sense of coming judgment.
Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (KJV)
Matthew 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, (KJV) . . . Are YOU ready for Christ to come?
Isaiah 32:10 Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come. (KJV)
Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women . . . many days and years, either, #1. The time from this prophecy to the beginning of this judgment; Or #2. The time of the continuance of it, that it should last for above one year; as indeed this did, and no longer; for Hezekiah reigned in all but twenty-nine years (2 Ki.18:2), and Sennacherib came in his fourteenth year, and after his defeat and departure God promised and added to him fifteen years more (2 Ki.20:6). Again, ye careless women, as above.
For the vintage shall fail . . . during the time of the Assyrian invasion. And this is here added to qualify the foregoing Promise, and to warn them, that although God would give them so good a king, and there should be some reformation of their former abuses under the government of Ahaz; yet as there were many sins among them not yet repented of, so they would be severely chastised for them. The vintage shall fail, being spoiled by the enemy, or taken for their own use; so there would be no wine to cheer their hearts, and make them merry.
The gathering shall not come . . . of the other fruits of the Earth; when the time of harvest should come, at which there was a feast that bore that name (Ex.23:16), there would be no fruit to be gathered in; the consequence of which would be a famine, and such there was before and at the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans.
Isaiah 32:11 Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins. (KJV)
Tremble, ye women that are at ease . . . which may be considered either as an exhortation to repentance for their sins, of which, if a due sense was impressed on their hearts, would cause a trembling of body and mind, under a fear of expecting God’s divine wrath; or as a prediction, that though they were now quite tranquil and easy, and nothing disturbed them, yet such calamities would come upon them as would make them tremble.
Be troubled, ye careless ones . . . or confident ones that live securely, trusting in their wealth and riches, and confident that things will always continue as they are. Isaiah is telling them that trouble will come, and it would be much better if they were now troubled for their sins, and truly repented of them, than the terrible judgments threatened, and coming, might be prevented.
Strip ye, and make you bare . . . of your fine clothes, and beautiful jewelry, in which they prided themselves, which used to be done in time of mourning (Eze.7:27), or it might mean that they would be stripped not only of their richest clothes and decorating jewels, but of their ordinary apparel, and left bare and naked by the enemy.
And gird sackcloth upon your loins . . . as a token of mourning (Gen.37:34). The word sackcloth is thought by some understand it as a direction to gird their loins for a servant’s work, what would be their condition and circumstances when taken and carried captive by the enemy. They would no longer live at ease, and in pleasure, as mistresses, but would serve as handmaids.
Isaiah 32:12 They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine. (KJV)
They shall lament for the teats . . . either of the beasts of the field, that should be dried up, and give no milk, because of the great drought that should be upon the land; or because of the waste of the pastures by the enemy; or else of the women, their breasts, which would give no milk for their infants, because of the famine that would press down hard on them, and which would bring great weeping, both in mothers and children. There are some who think this to the fields, and are explained by them in the next clause; the fruitful Earth being compared to a woman, its fields are like breasts, which yield food and nourishment, but now would not have any, and therefore there would be cause of mourning.
For the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine . . . as the fields are when covered with corn and grass, and the vines with clusters of grapes, but now would not be, either through drought, or by being foraged and trampled on by the enemy.
Isaiah 32:13 Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city: (KJV)
Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers . . . the curse of the Earth, the natural productions of it, being uncultivated, and this because of lack of men, they being destroyed or carried captive by the enemy. This is to be understood of the land of Judea, and not Samaria. This respects not the desolation of the country by the Assyrian army, nor by the Chaldeans, but rather by the Romans, even their last destruction.
Yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city . . . not Samaria, the head of the ten tribes, as some say; but Jerusalem, the joy of the whole Earth. The houses of joy in it do not mean public houses, as taverns, where people meet to revel and carouse, but the houses of nobles, princes and rich men, who lived in great sensuality and carnal mirth, drinking wine in bowls, and chanting to the sound of the viol, and using all instruments of music; but now their houses, in which they enjoyed so much pleasure, would be demolished, and briers and thorns would grow upon the spot where they stood (Isa.5:6; 7:23-24).
Isaiah 32:14 Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks; (KJV)
Because the palaces shall be forsaken . . . the palaces of the princes and nobles shall be forsaken by them, they being forced to flee from the enemy, or being taken, and either slain, or carried captive.
The multitude of the city shall be left . . . to take care of themselves, and to the fury of their enemies, their princes and nobles being killed or fled. The multitude of inhabitants that were in it shall forsake it and flee, or be destroyed in it, so that few or none shall remain.
The forts and towers shall be for dens for ever . . . Ophel and Bachan, which some take to be the names of two towers of Jerusalem; of Ophel (2 Chron.27:3), but I think rather these may mean in general the high towers and strong fortifications of Jerusalem, which being cut out of rocks, when demolished served for dens for thieves and robbers, and wild creatures; and this being for ever, that is, for a very long time, shows that it cannot be applied to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans, and the seventy years' captivity; but it is to be understood of the last destruction, which continues unto this day.
A joy of wild asses . . . which delight in wild and desert places (Job 39:5-6).
A pasture of flocks . . . where flocks of sheep feed, instead of being inhabited by people.
The Promise of the Spirit (32:15)
Now we come to the place where the Promise of the Spirit is to be poured out in the last days.
Isaiah 32:15 Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. (KJV)
Until the Spirit be poured upon us from on high . . . meaning that Jerusalem shall lie in ruins until this time comes; which therefore cannot be understood of the outpouring of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, which, as it was before the destruction of the city by the Romans, so the desolation it was brought to by the Chaldeans did not last so long; but must be interpreted of a pouring forth of the Spirit in His gifts and graces yet to come, which will bring on the fulness of the Gentiles, and the conversion of the Jews, and until that time comes Jerusalem will continue in a ruinous condition; the sense is the same with that of: Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. (KJV)
And the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest . . . this will be the result: the fruit and the result of the outpouring of the Spirit in the latter day; that such parts of the world as were like a wilderness, barren and unfruitful, producing nothing but the briers and thorns of impiety, infidelity, superstition, and idolatry, would now become like a fruitful field; the Gospel being now preached everywhere, multitudes of souls being converted, churches raised and formed, and these filled with such as were laden with the fruits of righteousness; and such places where the Gospel had been preached and professed, and where churches had been planted, and there was a good degree of fruitfulness in word and works, now would be abundantly more fruitful, and the professors of religion more numerous, and look more like a forest, for number of trees, than a field. This shall be accomplished in the days of the Messiah.
This can only partially apply to the spiritual revival in Hezekiah's time; for its full accomplishment belongs to the Christian dispensation, first at Pentecost (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17), perfectly in coming times (Ps.104:30; Eze.36:26; 39:29; Zec.12:10), and when the Spirit shall be poured on Israel, and through it on the Gentiles (Mic.5:7).
***** When will the Spirit be poured out? The Spirit will be poured out during the Millennium when Christ reigns. That is going to be the greatest time of spiritual blessing and turning to Christ, for at that time He will reign in Person. That does not mean that every knee is going to bow to Him at that time. Every knee absolutely shall bow to Him eventually, but the Millennial Kingdom will be a time of testing. Joel mentions it: Joel 2:28-29 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. (KJV)
This looks forward to the Coming Kingdom. This prophecy was not fulfilled at Pentecost nor any time since then.
In Acts 2:15-21, Peter quotes from Joel 2:28-29, and explains the Passage. Peter did NOT say that Pentecost was a fulfillment of the prophecy in Joel, but that Pentecost was similar to what Joel described. The people who were filled with the Holy Spirit in Peter's day were ridiculed as being drunk early in the morning, and dear one, I think this happens throughout the world today, but people did NOT get drunk in the morning in Peter's day. Peter was saying that what was happening at Pentecost was similar to what would take place during the Millennial Kingdom.
What both Joel and Peter described will take place during the Kingdom Age when the Lord pours out His Spirit upon ALL flesh. On the Day of Pentecost it was poured out on ONLY A FEW PEOPLE, but it was similar to that which will occur during the Millennium. http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_acts_ch2.htm
Joel's prediction was of marvelous wonders: Joel 2:30-31 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. (KJV) . . . These tremendous signs have never yet taken place.
Also notice something else that Joel predicted, " . . . and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams . . . " (above Joel 2:28). Our young people are NOT fulfilling this prophecy, and our old men are in a retirement home. These things did NOT happen on the Day of Pentecost, neither are they happening today. This prophecy looks forward to the Coming Millennial Kingdom. Be careful of pulling out a few verses of Scripture and trying to build on them a prophecy. We are just to let the Word of God speak to us . . . line upon line and precept upon precept (Isa.28:10, 13) . . . as He wants to do it. This is the way God gives it to us.
Isaiah 32:16 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. (KJV)
Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness . . . in the desert part of the world, inhabited by Pagan cults; where the Scriptures, the rule of judgment, and where the Gospel, sometimes called the judgment of the Lord (Zec.7:9), had no place, now they shall have a place, and an abiding one it shall be, where men of judgment in spiritual and evangelical things, such as do justice and judgment, shall dwell there. Judgment . . . just and righteous judgment (rulings, verdicts), as the next clause explains. Justice shall be executed in ALL parts of the land, both in the barren and fruitful places, and shall be practiced by ALL God’s people.
And righteousness remain in the fruitful field . . . both the doctrine and practice of righteousness shall continue in the church, which will be the glory of it; the righteous men will be the settled constant inhabitants of it; these will be all righteous at this time (Isa.60:21), not only by profession, but in truth and reality. ALL God’s people shall be righteous! I cannot even imagine such a day! BUT it is coming!~
Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. (KJV)
And the work of righteousness shall be peace . . . the result of this prevailing practice of righteousness shall be contentment, happiness and prosperity. There shall be an inward peace of the soul forever more, for the righteousness of Christ applied removes the guilt of sin from the conscience, and it being perfect justifies us from all things, giving us a tranquility and serenity of mind, which is had by believing in faith (Rom.5:1).
And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever . . . the effect of righteous brings quietness to the soul, and can come only under the mighty Hand of God, amidst all the calamities of the world. Quietness is tranquility and serenity both of mind and heart. Assurance, or confidence comes from observing God's precepts, for they will produce in us a confident assurance of God's grace and mercy, and the knowledge that He will fulfill His Promises to us.
*****Isaiah 32:15-17 tells us that God acts from above to change people's conditions here on the Earth. It is ONLY from the Spirit of Christ (Rom.8:9) that we can we achieve TRUE peace and fruitfulness (Eze.36:22-38; Gal.22-23). This will happen to ALL God’s people in the end times. All believers can have the Holy Spirit with us now, for He is available to all believers NOW through Christ Jesus (Jn.14:16-18; 15:26; 16:13). But the outpouring mentioned here happens when the worldwide Kingdom of God is established for all eternity (Joel.2:28-29).
Isaiah 32:18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; (KJV)
And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation . . . Jews and Gentiles, and all the saints, shall dwell in peace and love one with another, and shall be free from all the outrages and persecutions of the enemy; which, when these happy times of the pouring forth of the Spirit and of the spiritual reign of Christ come, will be no more: My people; either the Gentiles, who then shall be my people; or the Jews, to whom this promise shall be made good upon their conversion to Christ in the latter times of the Gospel.
And in sure dwellings . . . where they may dwell safely and confidently, secure from all enemies, in no fear of them, and free from all hurt and danger by them.
And in quiet resting places . . . where they may sleep and rest quietly, and none would disturb them, nor make them afraid: and although all this may be understood of their private houses and habitations, it could be applied to the several Christian communities and churches to which they belong; where they shall enjoy much spiritual prosperity and safety, great peace and quietness, comfort and rest, under the ministry of the Word, and administration of ordinances. When this day comes, there shall be NO more cults! NO more false doctrines taught by greedy preachers wanting to line their pockets, never thinking of the poor people they rip-off. http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_cults_rich_preachers.1.htm
Isaiah 32:19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place. (KJV)
When it shall hail, coming down on the forest . . . the people of God will be peaceable and quiet, safe and secure, when the judgments of God, symbolized by a hail storm, shall come upon the Antichrist, and the anti-Christian states, symbolized by the forest, both because of their numbers, and their barrenness and unfruitfulness (Rev.16:21), and as so it sometimes is, by the character of divine Providence, that a hail storm falls not upon fields and gardens, and the fruits of the earth, but upon forests and desert lands; and as the plague of hail fell upon the Egyptians and not upon the Israelites in Goshen (Ex.9:26), to which some think the reference is here. So it will be when God comes to take vengeance on the enemies of His people.
And the city shall be low in a low place . . . this does not mean Jerusalem, surrounded with mountains, built under hills, and so under the wind, and not exposed to the fury of a storm. This means Babylon, built in a plain, in a low plain, and yet should be brought lower still. Spiritual Babylon is here meant, the city of Rome, that should in humiliation be humbled, as the words may be rendered, that is, brought very low, exceeding low (Isa.26:5), and which, at the time of the great hail, will be divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations shall fall, and Babylon be had in remembrance by the Lord to destroy it (Rev.16:19).
Isaiah 32:20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass. (KJV)
Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters . . . in places well-watered and cultivated, and ready to receive the seed sown, which grows up, and brings forth much fruit, and amply rewards the labor of the sower (Isa.30:23; 55:10-11). These words are directed to the ministers of the Gospel in the latter day (Isa.61:11; 2 Cor.9:9-11).
The Gospel Word is compared to seed, and the preachers of it to sowers of seed, who have a commission to preach the Gospel to every creature (Mk.16:15-16), in the latter day. They will sow the Seed of the Word by many waters or among great multitudes of people (Ps.65:9-13), meaning with great success, great numbers both of Jews and Gentiles will be converted (Rev.7).
That send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass . . . the ox and the ass were animals they used in plowing and sowing the ground (Deut.22:10; Ps.144:14; Isa.30:24). One of these might also be used to gather it in when ripe, and the other to tread and thresh it. The Jews had a law that these two animals should not work together (Deut.22:10), just as believers and unbelievers should NOT be yoked together (2 Cor.614-16), and from this it may be concluded, that these words refer to a time when this law should be abolished; and the Jews themselves apply it to the times of the Messiah, which undoubtedly points to Gospel times, and to those times when the Jews shall be converted, and great numbers among the Gentiles also, who shall join together in spreading the Gospel, and in promoting the Gospel of Christ.
***** The prophet seems to be reflecting upon his own unsuccessful labors, of which he complains (Isa.49:4; 65:2), and foreseeing that by the Spirit of God the great and happy success of his successors, the ministers of the Gospel, who sowed their seed upon all fit grounds, without any distinction between Jews and Gentiles; and who found the ground, meaning the hearts of the people, more moistened and softened, and better prepared to receive the good Seed of God's Word. This day has not yet arrived. But it shall come to pass!
The Reign of King Messiah
In Isaiah 32:1-8 we have a marvelous description of the reign of King Messiah and of the wonderful results which come from His taking the reins of authority into His Holy Hands. That this predicted King is the Messiah CANNOT be doubted, for He reigns in righteousness . . . and this means righteousness in the ABSOLUTE sense of the word. NO mere human monarch can do this, for only the King Messiah, being the God-Man, will be able to establish such a wonderful government. With Him there will be princes who will rule in justice. When we read this verse in the light of the New Testament, we come to the conclusion that these princes are none other than the saints who reign with Christ a thousand years (Rev.20:4), and who assist Him in the administration of His righteous government. According to the parable of the pounds (Luke 19:11-27) the one who takes his one pound and gains ten pounds will be granted the privilege of reigning over ten cities, and the one who with his one pound gains five others shall reign over five cities. I believe this parable represents the granting of awards and positions of honor and trust to the saints of God when the Lord Jesus returns.
According to 32:2 Messiah will be a Man and yet He will be the Hiding Place for mankind. The prophet foretold that Almighty God would enter the world by miraculous conception and virgin birth (7:14; 9:1-2, 6-7; 11:1-2), and He did come (Mat.1:16, 20-23; Lk.1:31;35; 2:7, 11; Jn.1:14). Great emphasis is laid upon the FACT that He is God and at the same time that He is Man. He is not God and Man but He is the God-Man. He is the only one in whom mankind can have confidence and can be saved (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12).
During the righteous reign of King Messiah, the curse will be lifted (Gen.3:17), and there will be no more sickness or physical infirmities. At that time people will not be interested in foolish, unimportant matters but all will seek each other's good and the glory of God. Every man will live for a purpose, high and holy.
Verses 9-15 is a vivid picture of the Great Tribulation Period. The women of Zion are addressed in verse 9 and are told of the time of distress which lies out ahead. It will continue for over a year (vs.10). From the Book of Daniel we know that this time of distress, the time of Jacob's trouble, will last for seven years, the last week of the 70 weeks referred to in Daniel 9:27. Destruction and desolation will be clear in every place throughout Palestine during that time, especially the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation. This desolate condition will continue forever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks; until the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be esteemed as a forest (vs.14-15). http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_daniel_ch9.htm
When that glorious time comes judgment shall dwell in the wilderness; and righteousness remain in the fruitful field (vs.16). The result of such a righteous reign will be peace, quietness, and confident assurance. NO more wars. NO more injustices will be done by anyone. Blessed will be those people who enter the Kingdom Age. The people who are called blessed here are those of whom we read in:
Matthew 25:31-46 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV)
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