Isaiah seems to show that God’s people have left him and so after some time, Jehovah leaves his people. His people then experience Jehovah’s indignation. There is a refining of his people. Once refined, Jehovah turns his attention back to his people and blesses them in front of nations.
Isaiah 1:4,9 “Woe to the sinful nation, the people heavy with error, an evildoing seed, ruinous sons! They have left Jehovah, they have treated the Holy One of Israel with disrespect, they have turned backwards.” (vs.9) “Unless Jehovah of armies himself had left remaining to us just a few survivors, we should have become just like Sodom, we should have resembled Gomorrah itself.” // Compare Malachi 1:6,7; 4:5,6
Isaiah 1:15 “And when YOU spread out YOUR palms, I hide my eyes from YOU. Even though YOU make many prayers, I am not listening; with bloodshed (or rendered “bloodguilt” – Ref.) YOUR very hands have become filled.” // Parenthesis mine // Compare Lamentations 3:42-45
Isaiah 1:21,22,25-27 “O how the faithful town has become a prostitute! She was full of justice; righteousness itself used to lodge in her, but now murderers. Your silver itself has become scummy dross. Your wheat beer is diluted with water. (vs.25) And I will turn back my hand upon you, and I shall smelt away your scummy dross as with lye, and I will remove all you waste products. And I will bring back again judges for you as at the first, and counselors for you as at the start. After this you will be called City of Righteousness, Faithful Town. // God’s people needed cleansing back then and so do today partly because they are adulterating their worship by promoting and protecting false doctrine such as “1914” as being part of Jehovah’s word. – See Isaiah 1:4,9 comments
Isaiah 2:2-4 “And it must occur in the final part of the days [that] the mountain of the house of Jehovah will become firmly established above the top of the mountains, and it will certainly be lifted up above the hills; and to it all the nations must stream. And many peoples will certainly go and say: “Come, YOU people, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will instruct us about his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For out of Zion law will go forth, and the word of Jehovah out of Jerusalem. And he will certainly render judgment among the nations and set matters straight respecting many peoples. And they will have to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore.” // This has not happened yet but it will begin with Michael standing up – Daniel 12:1. Notice also the “straightening” work – See Malachi 3:2-4
Isaiah 2:10,20,21 “Enter into the rock and hide yourself in the dust because of the dreadfulness of Jehovah, and from his superiority. (vs.20) In that day the earthling man will throw his worthless gods of silver and his valueless gods of gold that they had made for him to bow before to the schrewmice and to the bats, in order to enter into the holes in the rocks and into the clefts of the crags, because of the dreadfulness of Jehovah and from his splendid superiority, when he rises up for the earth to suffer shocks.” // Compare Zephaniah 1:12-18; Revelation 6:12-17
Isaiah 3:5 “And the people will actually tyrannize one over the other, even each one over his fellowman. they will storm, the boy against the old man, and the lightly esteemed one against the one to be honored.” // Compare Jeremiah 13:14; Mathew 24:10
Isaiah 3:8 “For Jerusalem has stumbled, and Judah itself has fallen, because their tongue and their dealings are against Jehovah, in behaving rebelliously in the eyes of his glory.” // This happened in the past and will happen again in our future – Daniel 11:35
Isaiah 3:24 (according to the American Standard Version😉 “And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet spices there shall be rottenness; and instead of a girdle, a rope; and instead of well set hair, baldness; and instead of a robe, a girding of sackcloth; branding instead of beauty.” // This happens with the start of Jerusalem being conquered in our day – See timeline and compare Revelation 11:2 comments.
Isaiah 4:1 “And seven women will actually grab hold of one man in that day, saying: “We shall eat our own bread and wear our own mantles; only may we be called by your name to take away our reproach.” // I find this a very interesting verse. The time period seems to be when God’s people are being cleansed because It appears that this verse is talking about preceding verses. It is biblically fine for a man to have more then one wife (See marriage). It also agrees with Jeremiah 8:8-10; Malachi 2:13-15 in the circumstance where the husband of a wife is falsely worshiping Jehovah and the wife desires to have a husband who serves Jehovah properly. In Malachi 2:15, it brings out that it should be the desire of both husband and wife to have a sacred marriage – Which would include the desire to please their creator and treat each other according to Jehovah’s will (which is based upon love). It is also interesting that these woman mentioned here in Isaiah 4:1 offer to literally support themselves – it seems they just want the basics to be known to be married (or closely associated) to a man serving Jehovah properly. However, it may also reflect the desire to be called by anyone’s name other then by their husband’s, due to the degree of disgrace on his people. This account could be literal and / or spiritual. // This should not be confused with the “ten men out of all the languages of the nations will take hold, yes, they will actually take hold of the skirt of a man who is a Jew, saying: “We will go with YOU people, for we have heard [that] God is with YOU people.” (Zechariah 8:23). Isaiah 4:1 seems to be based upon the desire to take away reproach that is brought upon God’s people as described in chapter 3 – There seems to be a common theme especially from 3:24 thru 4:1. Zechariah 8:23 is about nations trying to save themselves – not so much about taking away reproach because they had not been of God’s people.
Isaiah 4:2,3 “In that day what Jehovah makes sprout will come to be for decoration and for glory, and the fruitage of the land will be something to be proud of and something beautiful for those of Israel who have escaped. And it must occur that the ones remaining in Zion and the ones left over in Jerusalem will be said to be holy to him, everyone written down for life in Jerusalem.” // This seems to occur when Michael stands up. See Daniel 12:1; Isaiah 11:1-5 comments
Isaiah 5:1-7 God’s people are referred to as “wild grapes” which are not fit for use – They are supposed to be good grapes but they are not so they “are destined for burning down”.
Isaiah 5:13 “Therefore my people will have to go into exile for lack of knowledge; and their glory will be famished men, and their crowd will be parched with thirst.” // This is a spiritual famine. See Revelation 11:2 comments.
Isaiah 5:21,24b-25 “Woe to those wise in their own eyes and discreet even in front of their own faces!” (vs.24b) “..because they have rejected the law of Jehovah of armies, and the saying of the Holy One of Israel they have disrespected. That is why the anger of Jehovah has grown hot against his people, and he will stretch out his hand against them and strike them. And the mountains will be agitated, and their dead bodies will become like the offal in the midst of the streets.” // This “wisdom” is not based upon Jehovah’s teachings (see “1914” as an example).
Isaiah 6:8 “And I began to hear the voice of Jehovah saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I proceeded to say: “Here I am! Send me.” // Isaiah volunteered for an assignment to be used by Jehovah but he knew Jehovah’s own people would not be responsive. This assignment would be “Until the cities actually crash in ruins, to be without an inhabitant, and the houses be without earthling man, and the ground itself is ruined into a desolation; and Jehovah actually removes earthling men far away, and the deserted condition does become very extensive in the midst of the land. And there will still be in it a tenth, and it must again become something for burning down, like a big tree and like a massive tree in which, when there is a cutting down [of them], there is a stump; a holy seed will be the stump of it.” (11-13) // God’s people would be “refined” to the core, a “stump” would remain – Compare Isaiah 11:1-5; Daniel 12:7 . This could also define the length of the current assignment of the “Elijah” for our day.
Isaiah 9:6,7 See Who is this mighty God?
The following is taken from the Isaiah page:
Isaiah 9:6,7 The correct translation is past tense, as seen in the NETS and Tanakh (1985):
Isaiah 9:6,7 (NETS);
“Because a child was born for us,
a son also given to us,
whose sovereignty was upon his shoulder,
and he is named Messenger of Great Counsel,
for I will bring peace upon the rulers, peace and health to him.
(7) His sovereignty is great,
and his peace has no boundary
upon the throne of Dauid and his kingdom,
to make it prosper and to uphold it
with righteousness and judgement
from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord Sabaoth will do these things.”
Isaiah 9:6,7 (vs.5-6; TANAKH);
“For a child has been born to us,
A son has been given us.
And authority has settled on his shoulders.
He has been named
‘The Mighty God is planning grace;
The Eternal Father, a peaceable ruler’ –
(6) In token of abundant authority
And of peace without limit
Upon David’s throne and kingdom,
That it might be firmly established
In justice and equity
Now and evermore.
The zeal of the LORD of Hosts
Shall bring this to pass.”
Compare mistranslation of Isaiah 9:6,7 (NWT); “For there has been a child born to us, there has been a son given to us; and the princely rule will come to be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. To the abundance of the priestly rule and to peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom in order to establish it firmly and to sustain it by means of justice and by means of righteousness, from now on and to time indefinite. The very zeal of Jehovah of armies will do this.”
Isaiah 9:13-17 “And the people themselves have not returned to the One striking them, and Jehovah of armies they have not sought. And Jehovah will cut off from Israel head and tail, shoot and rush, in one day. The aged and highly respected one is the head, and the prophet giving false instruction is the tail. And those who are leading this people on prove to be the ones causing [them] to wander; and those of them who are being led on, the ones who are being confused. That is why Jehovah will not rejoice even over their young men, and upon their fatherless boys and upon their widows he will have no mercy; because all of them are apostates and evildoers and every mouth is speaking senselessness. In view of all this his anger has not turned back, but his hand is stretched out still.” // Compare Jeremiah 17:13 and Daniel 11:33-35. The term “in one day” most likely denotes a short period of time – how short? – Time will tell. // Bold lettering is mine.
Isaiah 10:5-7 “Aha, the Assyrian, the rod for my anger, and the stick that is in their hand for my denunciation! Against an apostate nation I shall send him, and against the people of my fury I shall issue a command to him, to take much spoil and to take much plunder and to make it a trampling place like the clay of the streets. Though he may not be that way, he will feel inclined; though his heart may not be that way, he will scheme, because to annihilate is in his heart, and to cut off nations not a few.” // It is interesting that “Though he may not be that way” denotes actions of a nation or nations against God’s people may not be the way the nation would normally act – Compare Daniel 12:7; Revelation 13:7
Isaiah 10:16-22 “Therefore the [true] Lord, Jehovah of armies, will keep sending upon his fat ones a wasting disease, and under his glory a burning will keep burning away like the burning of a fire. And Israel’s Light must become a fire, and his Holy One a flame; and it must blaze up and eat up his weeds and his thorn bushes in one day. And the glory of his forest and of his orchard He will bring to an end, even from the soul clear to the flesh, and it must become like the melting away of one that is ailing. And the rest of the trees of his forest – they will become such a number that a mere boy will be able to write them down. And it will certainly occur in that day that those remaining over of Israel and those who have escaped of the house of Jacob will never again support themselves upon the one striking them, and they will certainly support themselves upon Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, in trueness. A mere remnant of Jacob, to the Mighty God. For although your people, O Israel, would prove to be like the grains of sand of the sea, a mere remnant among them will return. An extermination decided upon will be flooding through in righteousness” // See comments for Isaiah 9:13-17
Isaiah 11:1-5 “And there must go forth a twig out of the stump of Jesse; and out of his roots a sprout will be fruitful. And upon him the spirit of Jehovah must settle down, the spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the spirit of counsel and of mightiness, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah; and there will be enjoyment by him in the fear of Jehovah. And he will not judge by any mere appearance to his eyes, nor reprove simply according to the thing heard by his ears. And with righteousness he must judge the lowly ones, and with uprightness he must give reproof in behalf of the meek ones of the earth. And he must strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; and with the spirit of his lips he will put the wicked one to death. And righteousness must prove to be the belt of his hips, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.” // Compare Jeremiah 33:15; Zechariah 3:8; 6:12; Isaiah 9:6,7; 32:1,2,16-18 // It might be possible that the term “out of the stump of Jesse” could refer to the “core” of faithfulness to Jehovah (in this case) – This is based upon the thoughts of Isaiah 10:16-22 and Isaiah 6:8
Isaiah 11:6-9 “And the wolf will actually reside for a while with the male lamb, and with the kid the leopard itself will lie down, and the calf and the maned young lion and the well-fed animal all together; and a mere little boy will be leader over them. And the cow and the bear themselves will feed: together their young ones will lie down. And even the lion will eat straw just like the bull. And the sucking child will certainly play upon the hole of the cobra; and upon the light aperture of a poisonous snake will a weaned child actually put his own hand. They will not do any harm or cause any ruin in all my holy mountain; because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah as the waters are covering the very sea.” // This will certainly be symbolic and literal starting with Michael standing up (Daniel 12:1). See also Revelation 21:1-4
Isaiah 11:10 “And it must occur in that day that there will be the root of Jesse that will be standing up as a signal for the peoples. To him even the nations will turn inquiringly, and his resting place must become glorious.” // See comments for Isaiah 11:1-9
Isaiah 11:11 “And it must occur in that day that Jehovah will again offer his hand, a second time, to acquire the remnant of his people who will remain over ..” // Most likely, this is referring to Revelation 11:11-13 as the “second time”. The first time would be described at Zechariah 3.
Isaiah 12:1,2 “And in that day you will be sure to say: “I shall thank you, O Jehovah, for [although] you got incensed at me, your anger gradually turned back, and you proceeded to comfort me. Look! God is my salvation. I shall trust and be in no dread; for Jah Jehovah is my strength and [my] might, and he came to be the salvation of me.” // Compare Hosea 14:1-9; Micah 7:18; See comments for Isaiah 11:6-9. Notice also how God’s people learned to fully trust in him and not in themselves.
Isaiah 13:4-20 “Listen! A crowd in the mountains, something like a numerous people! Listen! The uproar of kingdoms, of nations gathered together! Jehovah of armies is mustering the army of war. They are coming from the land far away, from the extremity of the heavens, Jehovah and the weapons of his denunciation, to wreck all the earth. (vs.6) “Howl, YOU people, for the day of Jehovah is near! As a despoiling from the Almighty it will come. That is why all hands themselves will drop down, and the whole heart itself of mortal man will melt. And people have become disturbed. Convulsions and birth pains themselves grab hold; like a woman that is giving birth they have labor pains. they look at each other in amazement. Their faces are inflamed faces. (vs.9) “Look! The day of Jehovah itself is coming, cruel both with fury and with burning anger, in order to make the land an object of astonishment, and that it may annihilate [the land’s] sinners out of it. For the very stars of the heavens and their constellations of Kesil will not flash forth their light; the sun will actually grow dark at its going forth, and the moon itself will not cause its light to shine. And I shall certainly bring home [its own] badness upon the productive land, and their own error upon the wicked themselves. And I shall actually cause the pride of the presumptuous ones to cease, and the haughtiness of the tyrants I shall abase. I shall make mortal man rarer than refined gold, and earthling man [rarer] than the gold of Ophir. That is why I shall cause heave itself to become agitated, and the earth will rock out of its place at the fury of Jehovah of armies and at the day of his burning anger…(vs.17) “Here I am arousing against them the Medes, who account silver itself as nothing and who, as respects gold, take no delight in it. And [their] bows will dash even young men to pieces. And the fruitage of the belly they will not pity; for sons their eye will not feel sorry. And Babylon, the decoration of kingdoms, the beauty of the pride of the Chaldeans, must become as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. She will never be inhabited…” // During the approximate 45 day period, the nations realize that there is a God and they realize who his people really are. They also realize that they have to destroy “Babylon” to drastically increase their possibility of survival and to show their submission to Jehovah’s arrangement. They also have seen great signs not only showing them that there is a God and what he wants and what he is going to do to unrepentant ones but they see manifestations of His great power – For most, they realize they have no choice but to show repentance and also destroy Babylon’s organization – For others who are stupid, they will not repent and so will be destroyed when Michael stands up. Compare Revelation 6:12-16; 11:11-18; 14:6-12; 16:1-21
Isaiah 14:1-7 Jehovah chooses his people and people are joyful: “For Jehovah will show mercy to Jacob, and he is yet certain to choose Israel; and he will actually give them rest upon their soil, and the alien resident must be joined to them, and they must attach themselves to the house of Jacob. And peoples will actually take them and bring them to their own place, and the house of Israel must take them to themselves as a possession upon the soil of Jehovah as menservants and as maidservants; and they must become the captors of those holding them captive, and they must have in subjection those who were driving them to work. (vs.3) And it must occur in the day when Jehovah gives you rest from your pain and from your agitation and from the hard slavery in which you were made a slave, that you must raise up this proverbial saying against the king of Babylon and say: “How has the one driving [others] to work come to a stop, the oppression come to a stop! Jehovah has broken to rod of the wicked ones, the staff of the ruling ones, the one striking peoples in fury with a stroke incessantly, the one subduing nations in sheer anger with a persecution without restraint. The whole earth has come to rest, has become free of disturbance. People have become cheerful with joyful cries.” // Notice the timing: Alien residents attaching themselves to God’s people, Jehovah has broken the staff of the ruling ones, and the whole earth is free from disturbance – The main fulfillment of this is when Michael stands up – Daniel 12:1. Also it is important to not how God’s people were “captives” just before this – And how their power is to be dashed to pieces – Compare Daniel 11:33; 12:7; Revelation 6:9-11; 7:1-8; 11:2-3; 20:4 comments.
Isaiah 14:12-25 as part of a proverbial saying against “the king of Babylon” (14:4), these verses can parallel Satan’s attitude which is based upon greed. Notice parts: “O, how you have fallen from heaven, you shining one, son of the dawn! How you have been cut down to the earth, you who were disabling nations! As for you, you have said in your heart, ‘To the heavens I shall go up. Above the stars of God I shall lift up my throne, and I shall sit down upon the mountain of meeting, in the remotest parts of the north. I shall go up above the high places of the clouds; I shall make myself resemble the Most High.’ (vs.15) “However, down to Sheol you will be brought….(vs.20)…because you brought your own land to ruin, you killed your own people. To time indefinite the offspring of evildoers will not be named…..”
Isaiah 16 could show a similar attitude and actions of nations and people in our near future where they may try to “conceal” God’s people from persecution: (vs.3);”..Make your shadow just like the night in the midst of noontime. Conceal the dispersed ones; do not betray anyone fleeing. May my dispersed ones reside as aliens even in you, O Moab. Become a place of concealment to them because of the despoiler. For the oppressor has reached his end; the despoiling has terminated; those trampling down [others] have been finished off the earth. (vs.5) “And in loving kindness a throne will certainly be firmly established; and one must sit down upon it in trueness in the tent of David, judging and seeking justice and being prompt in righteousness….(vs.14) “And now Jehovah has spoken, saying: “Within three years, according to the years of a hired laborer, the glory of Moab must also be disgraced with much commotion of every sort, and those who remain over will be a trifling few, not mighty.” // All those who submit to Jehovah and are judged worthy will be spared on the day of his wrath. Nineveh is a good example. However, as time went on, they ended up being overthrown because they went back to their bad ways. This will probably happen to some during Michael’s reign. Compare Isaiah 65:20; Daniel 7:25; Revelation 12:15,16
Isaiah 17:4 “And it must occur in that day that the glory of Jacob will become lowly, and even the fatness of his flesh will be made lean.” // compare Revelation 11:2
Isaiah 17:7-9 “In that day earthling man will look up to his Maker, and his own eyes will gaze at the Holy One of Israel himself. And he will not look to the alters, the work of his hands; and at what his fingers have made he will not gaze, either at the sacred poles or at the incense stands, In that day his fortress cities will become like a place left entirely in the woodland, even the branch that they have left entirely on account of the sons of Israel; and it must become a desolate waste.” // This indicates God’s people (see verses 10-11) finally looking to God for direction and not to “what his fingers have made.”
Isaiah 17:10,11 “For you have forgotten the God of your salvation; and the rock of your fortress you have not remembered. That is why you plant pleasant plantations, and with the shoot of a stranger you set it. In the day you may carefully fence about the plantation of yours, and in the morning you may cause the seed of yours to sprout, [but] the harvest will certainly flee in the day of the disease and incurable pain.” // By protecting false doctrine from being tested against inspired scriptural reasoning, people show that they are putting more faith in false doctrine then Jehovah’s word itself! – they have “forgotten” Jehovah! I firmly believe this has happened with more then one false teaching – See the Why Satan link and the “1914” link. // The timing of this scripture is seen in Isaiah 17:7.
Isaiah 19 // I believe an important key to understanding it is found in the verses 23-25; “In that day there will come to be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will actually come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria; and they will certainly render service, Egypt with Assyria. In that day Israel will come to be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, namely, a blessing in the midst of the earth, because Jehovah of armies will have blessed it, saying: “Blessed be my people, Egypt, and the work of my hands, Assyria, and my inheritance, Israel.” It seems that all involved are enjoying blessing from Jehovah’s arrangement.
Isaiah 21:8-10 According to The NIV Interlinear Hebrew-English Old Testament: “And the lookout shouted, “Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower; every night I stay at my post. (vs.9) Look, here comes a man in a chariot with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: ‘Babylon has fallen, has fallen! All the images of its gods lie shattered on the ground!’ ” (vs.10) O my people, crushed on the threshing floor, I tell you what I have heard from the LORD Almighty, from the God of Israel.” // This corresponds with the timing of when the Babylon in Revelation falls because when it falls, God’s people are in a “crushed” position. – See Daniel 12:7; Revelation chapter 18 comments
Isaiah 24:3-6,20 “Without fail the land will be emptied, and without fail it will be plundered, for Jehovah himself has spoken this word. The land has gone to mourning, has faded away. The productive land has withered, has faded away. The high ones of the people of the land have withered. And the very land has been polluted under its inhabitants, for they have bypassed the laws, changed the regulation, broken the indefinitely lasting covenant. That is why the curse itself has eaten up the land, and those inhabiting it are held guilty. That is why the inhabitants of the land have decreased in number, and very few mortal men have remained over.” (vs.20) “The land absolutely moves unsteadily like a drunken man, and it has swayed to and fro like a lookout hut. And its transgression has become heavy upon it, and it must fall, so that it will not rise up again.” // See Isaiah 10:16-22; 9:13-17
Isaiah 24:21-23 “And it must occur in that day that Jehovah will turn his attention upon the army of the height in the height, and upon the kings of the ground upon the ground. And they will certainly be gathered with a gathering as of prisoners into the pit, and be shut up in the dungeon; and after an abundance of days they will be given attention. And the full moon has become abashed, and the glowing [sun] has become ashamed, for Jehovah of armies has become king in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and in front of his elderly men with glory.” // The phrase “the army of the height in the height” can refer to fallen angels and the phrase “the kings of the ground upon the ground” can refer to the fallen angels who “control” kingdoms (to an extent) on the earth. Any humans (including human kings) that fight against Michael when he stands up are destroyed at that time – they are not allowed to live. However, Satan (which would include any angels under his authority) is hurled “into the abyss” for 1,000 years. Compare Psalms 2:12; Revelation 16:13,14; 19:17-21; 20;3 . The phrase “his elderly men” reminds me of the “24 elders” mentioned in Revelation – See Revelation 4:4 comments. The phrase “Jehovah of armies has become king in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem” happens in a manner that Jehovah’s son Jesus (also known as “Michael” or “the Lamb”) represents him as he takes rulership over the earth – See Jehovah’s organization link; Psalms 2; 110:1; Daniel 2:44; 12:1; Revelation 7:10; 14:1 // Compare Mathew 6:9-13
Isaiah 25:1 “O Jehovah, you are my God. I exalt you, I laud your name, for you have done wonderful things, counsels from earlier times, in faithfulness, in trustworthiness.” // This is an excellent example with excellent reasons why we should also laud God’s name Jehovah.
Isaiah 25:2-5 “For you have made a city a pile of stones, a fortified town a crumbling ruin, a dwelling tower of strangers to be no city, which will not be rebuilt even to time indefinite. That is why those who are a strong people will glorify you; the town of the tyrannical nations, they will fear you. For you have become a stronghold to the lowly one, a stronghold to the poor one in distress that he has, a refuge from the rainstorm, a shade from the heat, when the blast of the tyrannical ones is like a rainstorm against a wall. Like the heat in a waterless country, the noise of strangers you subdue, the heat with the shadow of a cloud. The melody itself of the tyrannical ones becomes suppressed.” // Here we see Jehovah has turned his attention back to his people – protecting them. Other blessings are mentioned starting with the next verse.
Isaiah 25:6-9 “And Jehovah of armies will certainly make for all the peoples, in this mountain, a banquet of well-oiled dishes, a banquet of [wine kept on] the dregs, of well-oiled dishes filled with marrow, of [wine kept on] the dregs, filtered. And in this mountain he will certainly swallow up the face of the envelopment that is enveloping over all the peoples, and the woven work that is interwoven upon all the nations. He will actually swallow up death forever, and the sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces. And the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for Jehovah himself has spoken [it].” (vs.9) “And in that day one will certainly say: “Look! This is our God. We have hoped in him, and he will save us. This is Jehovah. We have hoped in him. Let us be joyful and rejoice in the salvation by him.” // This “envelopment that is enveloping over all the peoples” could be what is or part of what is next described as “death” and/or imperfection. This “death” is condoned by Satan but Jehovah “swallows it up” // Also notice the timing: God’s people had reproach but Jehovah takes it away – this happens after the three and a half years time period of tribulation for God’s people – Compare Revelation 11:2,3; 21:1-5 comments.
Isaiah 26:4,7,15,19 “Trust in Jehovah, YOU people, for all times, for in Jah Jehovah is the Rock of times indefinite. (vs.7) The path of the righteous one is uprightness. You being upright, you will smooth out the very course of a righteous one. (vs.15) You have added to the nation; O Jehovah, you have added to the nation; you have glorified yourself…(vs.19) Your dead ones will live. A corpse of mine – they will rise up. Awake and cry out joyfully, YOU residents in the dust! For your dew is as the dew of mallows, and the earth itself will let even those impotent in death drop [in birth].” // This is a song mentioned in verse one that is sung “in the land of Judah”. We see here that God’s people will have learned their lesson to only trust in Jehovah, “for all times”. // I believe that this song includes the entire first 19 verses of this chapter – It is difficult to figure but it seems to flow together. // Notice how it is not by any works of God’s people that Jehovah is glorified but it was by his works – Compare Revelation 7:10,11; 14:6,7; 19:6-8 comments.
Isaiah 26:20,21 “Go, my people, enter into your interior rooms, and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourself but for a moment until the denunciation passes over. For, look! Jehovah is coming forth from his place to call to account the error of the inhabitant of the land against him, and the land will certainly expose her bloodshed and will no longer cover over her killed ones.” // This seems to be a frightening time because of the term “Hide yourself” and that errors are going to be accounted for against humans. This most likely is the day of wrath of Jehovah spoken about in Revelation. Compare Revelation 6:12-17; 11:16-18
Isaiah 27:1 “In that day Jehovah, with his hard and great and strong sword, will turn his attention to Leviathan, the gliding serpent, even to Leviathan, the crooked serpent, and he will certainly kill the sea monster that is in the sea.” // This an interesting verse due to different translator’s renderings. The American Standard Version renders it as: “In that day Jehovah with his hard and great and strong sword will punish leviathan the swift serpent, and leviathan the crooked serpent; and he will slay the monster that is in the sea.” THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE translates it as: “That day Yahweh will punish, with his unyielding sword, massive and strong, Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will kill the dragon the sea.” // Most of the translations that I have looked at put a semicolon before the thought of “he will kill..” – I believe that there are two instances spoken about here – One is that it is punished and the other is that it is destroyed – This is supported by Satan’s demise as spoken about in Revelation – See Revelation 20:3,7-10
Isaiah 28:14-19 “Therefore hear the word of Jehovah, YOU braggarts, YOU rulers of this people who are in Jerusalem: Because YOU men have said: “We have concluded a covenant with Death; and with Sheol we have effected a vision; the overflowing flash flood, in case it should pass through, will not come to us, for we have made a lie our refuge and in falsehood we have concealed ourselves”; therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “Here I am laying as a foundation in Zion a stone, a tried stone, the precious corner of a sure foundation. No one exercising faith will get panicky. And I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the leveling instrument; and the hail must sweep away the refuge of a lie, and the waters themselves will flood out the very place of concealment. And YOUR covenant with Death will certainly be dissolved, and that vision of YOURS with Sheol will not stand. The overflowing flash flood, when it passes through – YOU must also become for it a trampling place. As often as it passes through, it will take YOU men away, because morning by morning it will pass through, during the day and during the night; and it must become nothing but a reason for quaking to make [others] understand what has been heard.” // This will be true of any false teaching of man – They have fooled themselves that their false teaching is going to protect them from adversity but it does not – They do not even realize that they are teaching falsehood because they refuse to check it against scriptural reasoning – Compare Isaiah 17:10,11 comments and Daniel 11:33-35.
Isaiah 29:13,14 “And Jehovah says: “For the reason that this people have come near with their mouth, and they have glorified me merely with their lips, and they have removed their heart itself far away from me, and their fear toward me becomes men’s commandment that is being taught, therefore here I am, the One that will act wonderfully again with this people, in a wonderful manner and with something wonderful; and the wisdom of their wise men must perish, and the very understanding of their discreet men will conceal itself.” // This has the same thought as Isaiah 28:14-19 with comments. // The timing for this vision for our day is made clear in verses 17-24.
Isaiah 29:17-24 “Is it not yet but a very little time and Lebanon must be turned into an orchard and the orchard itself will be accounted just as a forest? And in that day the deaf ones will certainly hear the words of the book, and out of the gloom and out of the darkness even the eyes of the blind ones will see. And the meek ones will certainly increase their rejoicing in Jehovah himself, and even the poor ones of mankind will be joyful in the Holy One of Israel himself, because the tyrant must reach his end, and the bragger must come to his finish, and all those keeping alert to do harm must be cut off, those bringing a man into sin by [his] word, and those who lay bait even for the one reproving in the gate, and those who push aside the righteous one with empty arguments. (vs.22) Therefore this is what Jehovah has said to the house of Jacob, he that redeemed Abraham: “Jacob will not now be ashamed, nor will his own face now grow pale; for when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in the midst of him, they will sanctify my name, and they will certainly sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and the God of Israel they will regard with awe. And those who are erring in [their] spirit will actually get to know understanding, and even those who are grumbling will learn instruction.” // There are numerous places in these verses which show the primary fulfillment of this is to be in our near future – When Michael stands up – Daniel 12:1-3 Notice too “Jacob will not now be ashamed” – denoting that he had reason to be ashamed – See verses 13,14; 24:3-6 comments
Isaiah 30:8-11 “Now come, write it upon a tablet with them, and inscribe it even in a book, that it may serve for a future day, for a witness to time indefinite. For it is a rebellious people, untruthful sons, son who have been unwilling to hear the law of Jehovah; who have said to the ones seeing, ‘YOU must not see,’ and to the ones having visions, ‘YOU must not envision for us any straightforward things. Speak to us smooth things; envision deceptive things. Turn aside from the way; deviate from the path. Cause the Holy One of Israel to cease just on account of us.’ ”
Isaiah 30:20,21 “And Jehovah will certainly give YOU people bread in the form of distress and water in the form of oppression; yet your Grand Instructor will no longer hide himself, and your eyes must become [eyes] seeing your Grand Instructor. And your own ears will hear a word behind you saying: “This is the way. Walk in it, YOU people,” in case YOU people should go to the right or in case YOU should go to the left.” // Notice how Jehovah hid himself from his people but then he lets himself be found by them and his people’s ears are hearing how to walk straight – compare Malachi 4:4-6; Daniel 11:35; Lamentations
Isaiah 31:1,3 “Woe to those going down to Egypt for assistance, those who rely on mere horses, and who put their trust in war chariots, because they are numerous, and in steeds, because they are very mighty, but who have not looked to the Holy One of Israel and have not searched for Jehovah himself. And he is also wise and will bring in what is calamitous, and he has not called back his own words; and he will certainly rise up against the house of evildoers and against the assistance of those practicing what is hurtful. The Egyptians, though, are earthling men, and not God; and their horses are flesh, and not spirit. And Jehovah himself will stretch out his hand, and he that is offering help will have to stumble, and he that is being helped will have to fall, and at the same time they will all of them come to an end.” / This could prefigure those who help God’s people when they are rejected by him and God’s people being helped. Daniel 12:7 mentions that the power of the holy ones is dashed to pieces just before Michael stands up. However, those who have tried to help God’s people will be rewarded after Michael stands up – Daniel 12:1; Matthew 25:34-46 // This is also a good example to only put full trust in Jehovah – not man – See Jeremiah 10:23
Isaiah 32:1,2,16-18 “Look! A king will reign for righteousness itself; and as respects princes, they will rule as princes for justice itself. And each one must prove to be like a hiding place from the wind and a place of concealment from the rainstorm, like streams of water in a waterless country, like the shadow of a heavy crag in an exhausted land. (vs.16) “And in the wilderness justice will certainly reside, and in the orchard righteousness itself will dwell. And the work of the [true] righteousness must become peace; and the service of the [true] righteousness, quietness and security to time indefinite. And my people must dwell in a peaceful abiding place and in residences of full confidence and in undisturbed resting-places.” // Notice the timeframe – When Michael stands up (Daniel 12:1). Also see Revelation 5:9 where the Lamb has co-rulers. // Compare Isaiah 11:1-5 comments
Isaiah 33:14 “In Zion the sinners have come to be in dread; shivering has grabbed hold of the apostates: “Who of us can reside for any time with a devouring fire? Who of us can reside for any time with long-lasting conflagrations?” // Compare Jeremiah 17:13; Revelation 11:18
Isaiah 34:1-3,8 “Come up close, YOU nations, to hear; and YOU national groups, pay attention. Let the earth and that which fills it listen, the productive land and all its produce. For Jehovah has indignation against all the nations, and rage against all their army. He must devote them to destruction; he must give them to the slaughter. And their slain ones will be thrown out; and as for their carcasses, their stink will ascend; and the mountains must melt because of their blood.” (vs.8) For Jehovah has a day of vengeance, a year of retributions for the legal case over Zion.” // Verses 4-7 talk about a lot of blood from those destroyed by Jehovah – Compare Revelation 11:18; 14:18-20; 19:11-18 . This happens when Michael stands up – Daniel 12:1
Isaiah 35:1,4-10 “The wilderness and the waterless region will exult, and the desert plain will be joyful and blossom as the saffron. (vs.4) Say to those who are anxious at heart: “Be strong. Do not be afraid. Look! YOUR own God will come with vengeance itself, God even with a repayment. He himself will come and save YOU people.” (vs.5) “At that time the eyes of the blind ones will be opened, and the very ears of the deaf ones will be unstopped. At that time the lame one will climb up just as a stag does, and the tongue of the speechless one will cry out in gladness. For in the wilderness waters will have burst out, and torrents in the desert plain. And the heat-parched ground will have become as a reedy pool, and the thirsty ground as springs of water. In the abiding place of jackals, a resting-place for [them], there will be green grass with reeds and papyrus plants. (vs.8) “And there will certainly come to be a highway there, even a way; and the Way of Holiness it will be called. The unclean one will not pass over it. And it will be for the one walking on the way, and no foolish ones will wander about [on it]. No lion will prove to be there, and the rapacious sort of wild beasts will not come up on it. None will be found there; and the repurchased ones must walk [there]. And the very ones redeemed by Jehovah will return and certainly come to Zion with a joyful cry; and rejoicing to time indefinite will be upon their head. To exultation and rejoicing they will attain, and grief and sighing must flee away.” // Notice the timing : Those redeemed by Jehovah return and rejoice and blind ones see and deaf ones hear – This will be true on both a spiritual and physical level – Compare Revelation 21:3-4 and Zechariah 3:4 as an example of “error to pass away”.
Isaiah 40:3-5 “Listen! Someone is calling out in the wilderness: “Clear up the way of Jehovah, YOU people! MAKE the highway for our God through the desert plain straight. Let every valley be raised up, and every mountain and hill be made low. And the knobby ground must become level land, and the rugged ground a valley plain. And the glory of Jehovah will certainly be revealed, and all flesh must see [it] together, for the very mouth of Jehovah has spoken [it].” // This is a straightening work that is needed for God’s people so that they can be accepted by him – because they are crooked. This measuring can only take place when they are “straight”. John the Baptist, who was also known as the “Elijah” of the first century eluded to this. Jesus also spoke of an “Elijah” for our day too – See Elijah and compare Zechariah 5:7,8; Ezekiel 43:10,11; Daniel 11:35; Revelation 21:9-21comments
Isaiah 40:29-31 “He is giving to the tired one power; and to the one without dynamic energy he makes full might abound. Boys will both tire out and grow weary, and young men themselves will without fail stumble, but those who are hoping in Jehovah will regain power. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not tire out.” // This reminds me of those holy ones of God who have their power dashed to pieces but then after Michael stands up, they regain power and shine brightly – Daniel 12:3,7
Isaiah 41:13 “For I, Jehovah your God, am grasping your right hand, the One saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I myself will help you.: // It is comforting to see that after some time in “sackcloth” Jehovah turns his attention back to his people – Compare Isaiah 12:1,2 comments.
Isaiah 42:1,6,7 “Look! My servant, on whom I keep fast hold! My chosen one, [whom] my soul has approved! I have put my spirit in him. Justice to the nations is what he will bring forth.” (vs.6,7) “I myself, Jehovah, have called you in righteousness, and I proceeded to take hold of your hand. And I shall safeguard you and give you as a covenant of the people, as a light of the nations, [for you] to open the blind eyes, to bring forth out of the dungeon the prisoner, out of the house of detention those sitting in darkness.” // This “servant” is Jesus. We also see how he is to be a light to the nations and to open the eyes of the blind ones. These “blind ones” very well could be blind to the truth. Other prophesies speak of a literal healing of the blind. Here we also see Jesus “releases” ones from prisons. These prisons can be “spiritual” and literal. God’s people will be cleansed and they will remember the way to walk in uprightness. – Compare Isaiah 11:1-5; Malachi 3:1-4; 4:4; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 2:10; 5:5-7
Isaiah 42:16,17,20-25 “And I will make the blind ones walk in a way that they have not known; in a roadway that they have not known I shall cause them to tread. I shall turn a dark place before them into light, and a rugged terrain into level land. these are the things that I will do for them, and I will not leave them.” (vs.17) “They must be turned back, they will be very much ashamed, those who are putting trust in the carved image, those who are saying to a molten image: “YOU are our gods.” (vs.20) “It was a case of seeing many things, but you did not keep watching. It was a case of opening the ears, but you did not keep listening.” (vs.22) “But it is a people plundered and pillaged, all of them being trapped in the holes, and in the houses of detention they have been kept hidden. They have come to be for plunder without a deliverer, for pillage without anyone to say: “Bring back!” (vs.23) “Who among YOU people will give ear to this? Who will pay attention and listen for later times? Who has given Jacob for mere pillage, and Israel to the plunderers? Is it not Jehovah, the One against whom we have sinned, and in whose ways they did not want to walk and whose law they did not listen? So He kept pouring out upon him rage, his anger, and the strength of war. And it kept consuming him all around, but he took no note; and it kept blazing up against him, but he would lay nothing to heart.” // Here we see a figurative spiritual blindness and a plundering (possibly literal too) that was is brought upon God’s people by themselves and they then experience Jehovah’s anger. – See Lamentations – This happens immediately after the fall of literal Jerusalem today and continues for approximately three and a half years.
Isaiah 43:1,5,10,11 “And now this is what Jehovah has said, your Creator, O Jacob, and your Former, O Israel: “Do not be afraid, for I have repurchased you. I have called [you] by your name. You are mine.” (vs.5) “Do not be afraid, for I with you. From the sunrising I shall bring your seed, and from the sunset I shall collect you together.” (vs.10) “YOU are my witnesses,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “even my servant whom I have chosen, in order that YOU may know and have faith in me, and that YOU may understand that I am the same One. Before me there was no God formed, and after me there continued to be none. I – I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no savior.” // Humans can claim to be one of the witnesses of Jehovah but this is the time when Jehovah himself gives this title to his people – those who have learned to serve Jehovah with exclusive devotion and no longer pollute their worship. // See Isaiah 17:10,11 comments // Also, concerning the collecting of Jacob and Israel together – Compare Revelation 6:9-11 comments about two groups.
Isaiah 43:25 “I – I an the One that is wiping out your transgressions for my own sake, and your sins I shall not remember.” // Compare Zechariah 3:3,4 // When someone sins against Jehovah, it is only Jehovah that can forgive them.
Isaiah 44:24-26 “This is what Jehovah has said, your Repurchaser and the former of you from the belly: “I, Jehovah, am doing everything, stretching out the heavens by myself, laying out the earth. Who was with me? [I am] frustrating the signs of the empty talkers, and [I am] the One that makes diviners themselves act crazily; the One turning wise men backwards, and the One that turns even their knowledge into foolishness; the One making the word of his servant come true, and the One that carries out completely the counsel of his own messengers;..”
Isaiah 45:5-7,17,20-25 “I am Jehovah, and there is no one else. With the exception of me there is no God. I shall closely gird you, although you have not known me, in order that people may know from the sunrising of the sun and from its setting that there is none besides me. I am Jehovah, and there is no one else. Forming light and creating darkness, making peace and creating calamity, I, Jehovah, am doing all these things.” (vs.22) “Turn to me and be saved, all YOU [at the] ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no one else.” (vs.17) “As for Israel, he will certainly be saved in union with Jehovah with a salvation for times indefinite. YOU people will not be ashamed, nor will YOU be humiliated for the indefinite times of eternity.” (vs.20-25) “Collect yourselves and come. Bring yourselves up close together, YOU escapees from the nations. Those carrying the wood of their carved image have not come to any knowledge, neither have those praying to a god that cannot save. Make YOUR report and YOUR presentation. Yes, let them consult together in unity. Who has caused this to be heard from a long time ago? [Who] has reported it from that very time? Is it not I, Jehovah, besides whom there is no other God; a righteous God and a Savior, there being none excepting me? (vs.22) Turn to me and be saved, all YOU [at the] ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no one else. By my own self I have sworn – out of my own mouth in righteousness the word has gone forth, so that it will not return – that to me every knee will bend down, every tongue will swear, saying, ‘Surely in Jehovah there are full righteousness and strength. All those getting heated up against him will come straight to him and be ashamed. In Jehovah all the seed of Israel will prove to be right and will boast about themselves.’ ”
- Interesting how Jehovah creates peace and calamity to accomplish his will (compare Isaiah 46:8-11) – Of course, his motives are for the end results to be based upon love and for love of righteousness.
- Also, it is interesting how Jehovah invites ones to turn to him and be saved – See Psalms 2:12 and Revelation 7:9,10; Isaiah 46:8-11 is similar.
- Regarding “from the nations” and “all YOU [at the] ends of the earth”; This shows how Jehovah wants everyone to be saved. Compare Amos 9:11,12; Acts 15:14-18
Isaiah 46:8-11 “Remember this, that YOU people may muster up courage. Lay it to heart, YOU transgressors. Remember the first things of a long time ago, that I am the Divine One and there is no other God, nor anyone like me; the One telling from the beginning the finale, and from long ago the things that have not been done; the One saying, ‘My own counsel will stand, and everything that is my delight I shall do’; the One calling from the sunrising a bird of prey, from a distant land the man to execute my counsel. I have even spoken [it]; I shall also bring it in. I have formed [it], I shall also do it.” // Compare Isaiah 45:5-7
Isaiah 47:8-11,13-15 “And now hear this, you pleasure-given [woman], the one sitting in security, the one saying in her heart: “I am, and there is nobody else. I shall not sit as a widow, and I shall not know the loss of children.” But to you these two things will come suddenly, in one day: loss of children and widowhood. In their complete measure they must come upon you, for the abundance of your sorceries, for the full might of your spells – exceedingly. And you kept trusting in your badness. You have said: “There is no one seeing me.” Your wisdom and your knowledge – this is what has led you away; and you keep saying in your heart: “I am, and there is nobody else.” And upon you calamity must come; you will know no charming against it. And upon you adversity will fall; you will not be able to avert it. And upon you there will suddenly come a ruin that you are not accustomed to know.” (vs.13) “You have grown weary with the multitude of your counselors. Let them stand up, now, and save you, the worshipers of the heavens, the lookers at the stars, those giving out knowledge at the new moons concerning the things that will come upon you. Look! They have become like stubble….There will be no one to save you.” // Compare Jeremiah 8:8-14; Daniel 11:33-35; Revelation 11:2,3 // The phrase “in one day” denotes a short time and could mean a literal day in this case but as far as I have realized, time will tell.
Isaiah 48:1,2 “Hear this, O house of Jacob, YOU who are calling yourselves by the name of Israel and who have come forth from the very waters of Judah, YOU who are swearing by the name of Jehovah and who make mention even of the God of Israel, not in truth and not in righteousness. For they have called themselves as being from the holy city, and upon the God of Israel they have supported themselves, Jehovah of armies being his name.” // This shows that just because one calls themselves by God’s name, it does not mean they are worshipping him correctly. Compare Isaiah 43:10
Isaiah 48:9-11 “For the sake of my name I shall check my anger, and for my praise I shall restrain myself toward you that there may be no cutting you off. Look! I have refined you, but not in [the form of] silver. I have made choice of you in the smelting furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake I shall act, for how could one let oneself be profaned? And to no one else shall I give my own glory.” // Many people are willing to fight or undergo suffering for their God but who will stand by their God when their God turns on them because of their wrongdoing? // Compare Exodus 32:11-14; Isaiah 65:8,9; Ezekiel 36; Mathew 6:9-13
Isaiah 49:6 “And he proceeded to say: “It has been more then a trivial matter for you to become my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back even the safeguarded ones of Israel; I also have given you for a light of the nations, that my salvation may come to be to the extremity of the earth.” // This appears to be Jehovah speaking to Isaiah but it looks more like it describes Jehovah’s servant “Sprout!”. It makes me wonder if Isaiah realized how much of the book of Isaiah would influence nations. – Compare Isaiah 11:1-5 comments
Isaiah 49:13,22,23,26 “Give a glad cry, YOU heavens, and be joyful, you earth. Let the mountains become cheerful with a glad outcry. For Jehovah has comforted his people, and he shows pity upon his own afflicted ones.” (vs.22) “This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “Look! I shall raise up my hand even to the nations, and to the peoples I shall lift up my signal. And they will bring your sons in the bosom, and upon the shoulder they will carry your own daughters. And kings must become caretakers for you, and their princesses nursing women for you. With faces to the earth they will bow down to you, and the dust of your feet they will lick up; and you will have to know that I am Jehovah, of whom those hoping in me will not be ashamed.” (vs.26) “…And all flesh will have to know that I, Jehovah, am your Savior and your Repurchaser, the Powerful One of Jacob.” // Especially will the nations know who God’s people are when he lets everyone know – See Revelation 11:11-13 comments.
Isaiah 50:1 “This is what Jehovah has said: “Where, then, is the divorce certificate of the mother of YOU people, whom I sent away? Or which one of my creditors is it to whom I have sold YOU people? Look! Because of YOUR own errors YOU have been sold, and because of YOUR own transgressions YOUR mother has been sent away.”
Isaiah 51:10,11 “Are you not the one that dried up the sea, the waters of the vast deep? The one that made the depths of the sea a way for the repurchased ones to go across? The the redeemed ones of Jehovah themselves will return and must come to Zion with a joyful outcry, and rejoicing to time indefinite will be upon their head. To exultation and rejoicing they will attain. Grief and sighing will certainly flee away.” // Just as Jehovah parted the Red sea to allow deliverance from Egypt, this will happen for God’s people in our near future. Their power will be dashed to pieces but them Jehovah will step in to deliver them and to show the nations that these ones are his people – Compare Daniel 12:7; Revelation 11:11-18
Isaiah 52:13 thru 53:12 I find this a fascinating account about prophesies of God’s servant Jesus. I also wonder if some of these verses were explained to Jesus’ disciples to help them understand the sufferings he had to go through. (Luke 24:25-27,44-48)
Isaiah 53:12 “…and he himself carried the very sin of many people..” reminds me of the accounts in Revelation where he is symbolized by a Lamb – See Revelation chapter 5.
Isaiah 54:5-8, 11-14 “For your Grand Maker is your husbandly owner, Jehovah of armies being his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Repurchaser. The God of the whole earth he will be called. For Jehovah called you as if you were a wife left entirely and hurt in spirit, and as a wife of the time of youth who was then rejected,” your God has said. “For a little moment I left you entirely, but with great mercies I shall collect you together. With a flood of indignation I concealed my face from you for but a moment, but with loving-kindness to time indefinite I will have mercy upon you,” your Repurchaser, Jehovah, has said.” (vs.11) “O woman afflicted, tempest-tossed, uncomforted, here I am laying with hard mortar your stones, and I will lay your foundation with sapphires. And I will make your battlements of rubies, and your gates of fiery glowing stones, and all your boundaries of delightsome stones. And all your sons will be persons taught by Jehovah, and the peace of your sons will be abundant. You will prove to be firmly established in righteousness itself…” // The term “for a little moment” does show how he does leave his people entirely for a brief time – This would be the approximate three and a half years of sackcloth – See Revelation 11:2,3 // Also, the term wife reminds me of the Lamb’s wife mentioned in Revelation 21:9-14 and the importance of a proper “marriage” – Malachi 2:13-17 // Compare Isaiah 11:1-5 comments
Isaiah 55:1-3 “Hey there, all YOU thirsty ones! Come to the water. And the ones that have no money! Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk even without money and without price. Why do YOU people keep paying out money for what is not bread, and why is YOUR toil for what results in no satisfaction? Listen intently to me, and eat what is good, and let YOUR soul find its exquisite delight in fatness itself. Incline YOUR ear and come to me. Listen, and YOUR soul will keep alive, and I shall readily conclude with YOU people an indefinitely lasting covenant respecting the loving-kindnesses to David that are faithful.” // The waters and food of spiritual truth are free. It is possible that material things under Michael’s reign will be free too but if so, there will probably be applied the principle that “the worker deserves his food”. I can not say for sure but we will see. // This “fatness” is a spiritual fatness – the one kind of “fatness” one should be glad to have.
Isaiah 55:6,7 “Search for Jehovah, YOU people, while he may be found. Call to him while he proves to be near. Let the wicked man leave his way, and the harmful man his thoughts; and let him return to Jehovah, who will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will forgive in a large way.” // This could be part of what is explained as seeking Jehovah and his righteousness. Also, this is a good example for us to follow concerning Jehovah’s mercy.
Isaiah 55:11 “so my word that goes forth from my mouth will prove to be. It will not return to me without results, but it will certainly do that in which I have delighted, and it will have certain success in that for which I have sent it.”
Isaiah 55:13 “Instead of the thicket of thorns the juniper tree will come up. Instead of the stinging nettle the myrtle tree will come up. And it must become for Jehovah something famous, a sign to time indefinite that will not be cut off.” // I thought of this verse this fall season when I could see so many blooming weeds in my field – It took me a whole day to remove all of them. So this is something else I look forward to.
Isaiah 56:4,5 “For this is what Jehovah has said to the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths and that have chosen what I have delighted in and that are laying hold of my covenant: “I will even give to them in my house and within my walls a monument and a name, something better then sons and daughters. A name to time indefinite I shall give them, one that will not be cut off.” // These “eunuchs” can be literal or spiritual in nature. However, the point that I like the most is the principle of the passage – That is, Jehovah does reward those faithful to him and does not forget them.
Isaiah 57:11-13 “Whom did you become frightened at and begin to fear, so that you took up lying? But I was not the one that you remembered. You took nothing to your heart. Was I not keeping silent and hiding matters? So you were in no fear even of me. I myself shall tell forth your righteousness and your works, that they will not benefit you. When you cry for aid your collection of things will not deliver you, but a wind will carry even all of them away. An exhalation will take them away, but the one taking refuge in me will inherit the land and will take possession of my holy mountain.” // When the need arises to protect a false doctrine, it is necessary to lie – because it is not based upon truth. And by lying (which would include supporting a false doctrine without checking it against God’s word), one shows they do not fear Jehovah and actually fear going against the doctrine more. This is why it is absolutely necessary to continually test our understanding of scriptures and the way we worship Jehovah – So we can worship Jehovah properly and give Him the proper respect and glory that he deserves. – See the introduction of the “Why Satan..” link. // The “collection of things” of these people will be carried away. // Compare Joel chapters 1,2; Isaiah 10:16-22
Isaiah 59:1-3,14,15,19,20 “Look! The hand of Jehovah has not become too short that it cannot save, nor has his ear become too heavy that it cannot hear. No, but the very errors of YOU people have become the things causing division between YOU and YOUR God, and YOUR own sins have caused the concealing of [his] face from YOU to keep from hearing. For YOUR own palms have become polluted with blood, and YOUR fingers with error. YOUR own lips have spoken falsehood. YOUR own tongue kept muttering sheer unrighteousness.” (vs.14) “And justice was forced to move back, and righteousness itself kept standing simply far off. For truth has stumbled even in the public square, and what is straightforward is unable to enter. And the truth proves to be missing, and anyone turning away from badness is being despoiled. And Jehovah got to see, and it was bad in his eyes that there was no justice” (vs.19,20) “And from the sunset they will begin to fear the name of Jehovah, and from the rising of the sun the glory of him, for he will come in like a distressing river, which the very spirit of Jehovah has driven along. (vs.20) “And to Zion the Repurchaser will certainly come, and to those turning from transgression in Jacob,” is the utterance of Jehovah.”// See Lamentations; Malachi 3:1; 4:5,6 comments.
Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, O woman, shed forth light, for your light has come and upon you the very glory of Jehovah has shown forth.” There is no word or phrase for “O woman” in the original text but an explanation is given in the Ref. footnote: “…because the one addressed as “you” and the verbs in Heb. are fem. sing. …” // This is talking about God’s cleansed holy people that experience the “dashing of their power to pieces” at Daniel 12:7 and see the comments on the phrase “come on up here” at Revelation 11:12. This is translated by the Emphasized Bible as; “Arise–shine For thy light |hath come|,–And || the glory of Yahweh || |on thee| hath beamed;” // Also, the word “Arise” denotes an increase in stature or position.
Isaiah 60:10 “And foreigners will actually build your walls, and their own kings will minister to you; for in my indignation I shall have struck you, but in my goodwill I shall certainly have mercy upon you.” // This shows the turn around. This thought that God would “strike” his people is unthinkable to some who believe that they are serving Jehovah properly – but they have forgotten to seek Jehovah’s will and they continually pursue the will of false gods (false doctrines) instead – thus they are acting as apostates and are adulterating their worship – However, for those who change their ways, God will show mercy on them and bless them.
Isaiah 60:11,12 “And your gates will actually be kept open constantly; they will not be closed even by day or by night, in order to bring you the resources of the nations, and their kings will be taking the lead. For any nation and any kingdom that will not serve you will perish; and the nations themselves will without fail come to devastation.” // Compare Psalms 2:12; Revelation 21:22-27
Isaiah 60:15-17 “Instead of your proving to be one left entirely and hated, with nobody passing through, I will even set you as a thing of pride to time indefinite, an exultation for generation after generation. And you will actually suck the milk of nations, and the breast of kings you will suck; and you will be certain to know that I, Jehovah, am your Savior, and the Powerful One of Jacob is your Repurchaser. Instead of the copper I shall bring in gold, and instead of the iron I shall bring in silver, and instead of the wood, copper, and instead of the stones, iron; and I will appoint peace as your overseers and righteousness as your task assigners.” // This is another example of where God’s people were left but then Jehovah turned his attention back to his people and his people no longer were ashamed but could now be proud and at the same time be peaceable and righteous in their ways. // Keep in mind the time period – This covers the time of “sackcloth” of approximately three and a half years right into the reign of God’s servant known as Jesus or Michael or “sprout” or “David”. // Compare Revelation 21:22-27
Isaiah 60:18-21 “No more will violence be heard in your land, despoiling or breakdown within your boundaries. And you will certainly call your own walls Salvation and you gates Praise. For you the sun will no more prove to be a light by day, and for brightness the moon itself will no more give you light. And Jehovah must become to you an indefinitely lasting light, and your God your beauty. No more will your sun set, nor will your moon go on the wane; for Jehovah himself will become for you an indefinitely lasting light, and the days of your mourning will have come to completion. And as for your people, all of them will be righteous; to time indefinite they will hold possession of the land, the sprout of my planting, the work of my hands, for [me] to be beautified.” // See Isaiah 54:11-13 comments and Revelation 21:22-27
Isaiah 60:22 “The little one himself will become a thousand, and the small one a mighty nation. I myself, Jehovah, shall speed it up in its own time.” // The number of the remaining ones who have endured are “small” and it is only by Jehovah’s will that they become a “mighty nation”. Compare Isaiah 10:16-22 where it indicates that there are “few” left remaining – a cleansing has occurred (Daniel 11:35).
Isaiah 61:5-9 “And strangers will actually stand and shepherd the flocks of YOU people, and the foreigners will be YOUR farmers and YOUR vinedressers. And as for YOU, the priests of Jehovah YOU will be called; the ministers of our God YOU will be said to be. The resources of the nations YOU people will eat, and in their glory YOU will speak elatedly about yourselves. Instead of YOUR shame there will be a double portion, and instead of humiliation they will cry out joyfully over their share. Therefore in their land they will take possession of even a double portion. Rejoicing to time indefinite is what will come to be theirs. For I, Jehovah, am loving justice, hating robbery along with unrighteousness. And I will give their wages in trueness, and an indefinitely lasting covenant I shall conclude towards them. And their offspring will actually be known even among the nations, and their descendants in among the peoples. All those seeing them will recognize them, that they are the offspring whom Jehovah has blessed.” // Again we see that God’s people experienced shame before they are blessed by Jehovah. Notice the covenant relationship too – not “with” but “towards”. This reminds me of Jesus concluding a covenant with his disciples in the upper chamber (Luke 22:28-30)
Isaiah 62:1-5 “For the sake of Zion I shall not keep still, and for the sake of Jerusalem I shall not stay quiet until her righteousness goes forth just like the brightness, and her salvation like a torch that burns. (vs.2) “And the nations will certainly see your righteousness, [O woman,] and all kings your glory. And you will actually be called by a new name, which the very mouth of Jehovah will designate. And you must become a crown of beauty in the hand of Jehovah, and a kingly turban in the palm of your God. No more will you be said to be a woman left entirely; and your own land will no more be said to be desolate; but you yourself will be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Owned as a Wife. For Jehovah will have taken delight in you, and your own land will be owned as a wife. For just as a young man takes ownership of a virgin as his wife, your sons will take ownership of you as a wife. And with the exultation of a bridegroom over a bride, your God will exult even over you – See Revelation 21:9-27 (The Lamb’s wife); Malachi 2:13-17 ; Isaiah 54:6,11-14; 61:5-9
Isaiah 63:9,10 “During all their distress it was distressing to him. And his own personal messenger saved them. In his love and in his compassion he himself repurchased them, and he proceeded to lift them up and carry them all the days of long ago. (vs.10) But they themselves rebelled and made his holy spirit feel hurt. He now was changed into an enemy of theirs; he himself warred against them.” // The phrase “And his own personal messenger” is literally “And the messenger of his face” (Ref. footnote).
Isaiah 64:5-12 “…Look! You yourself became indignant, while we kept sinning – in them a long time and should we be saved? …(vs.7) “And there is no one calling upon your name, no one rousing himself to lay hold on you; for you have concealed your face from us, and you cause us to melt by the power of our error. (vs.8) And now, O Jehovah, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are our Potter; and all of us are the work of your hand. Do not be indignant, O Jehovah, to the extreme, and do not forever remember [our] error. Look, now, please: we are all your people…(vs.12) …Will you stay still and let us be afflicted to the extreme?” // Here we see a definite change in attitude of God’s people who are experiencing God’s indignation. The ones remaining have learned to worship Jehovah properly with humility – Compare Lamentations 3:42-45
Isaiah 65:8,9 “This is what Jehovah has said: “In the same way that the new wine is found in the cluster and someone has to say, ‘Do not ruin it, because there is a blessing in it,’ so I shall do for the sake of my servants in order not to bring everybody to ruin. And I will bring forth out of Jacob an offspring and out of Judah the hereditary possessor of my mountains; and my chosen ones must take possession of it, and my own servants will reside there.” // This reminds me of the scripture that states that on account of the chosen ones those days would be cut short – The chosen ones will have straightened their worship – Compare Exodus 32:11-14; Isaiah 48:9-11; Ezekiel 36; Malachi 4:5,6; Matthew 24:22
Isaiah 65:11-15 seems to be talking about those who worship Jehovah in wrong ways but do not desire to straighten their course. Verse 15 states that Jehovah will put them to death. This could allude to those who act wickedly against the covenant that is mentioned in Daniel 11:32.
Isaiah 65:17,20-25 “For here I am creating new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart. (vs.20) No more will there come to be a suckling a few days old from that place, neither an old man that does not fulfill his days; for one will die as a mere boy, although a hundred years of age; and as for the sinner, although a hundred of years of age he will have evil called down upon him. And they will certainly build houses and have occupancy; and they will certainly plant vineyards and eat [their] fruitage. They will not build and someone else have occupancy; they will not plant and someone else do the eating. For the days of a tree will the days of my people be; and the work of their own hands my chosen ones will use to the full. They will not toil for nothing, nor will they bring to birth for disturbance; because they are the offspring made up of the blessed ones of Jehovah, and their descendants with them. And it will actually occur that before they call out I myself shall answer; while they are yet speaking, I myself shall hear. (vs.25) “The wolf and the lamb themselves will feed as one, and the lion will eat straw just like the bull; and as for the serpent, his food will be dust. They will do no harm nor cause any ruin in all my holy mountain,” Jehovah has said.” // Compare Revelation 21:1-4 // Notice the timing of these blessings – They are when Jehovah turns his attention back to his people which is for our near future. These blessing happen after Michael stands up – See Daniel 12:1
Isaiah 66:15,16,19,20 “For here Jehovah himself comes as a very fire, and his chariots are like a storm wind, in order to pay back his anger with sheer rage and his rebuke with flames of fire. For as fire Jehovah himself will for a fact take up controversy, yes, with his sword, against all flesh; and the slain of Jehovah will certainly become many. (vs.19) “And I will set among them a sign…who have not heard a report about me or seen my glory; and they will for a certain tell about my glory among the nations. And they will actually bring all YOUR brothers out of all the nations as a gift to Jehovah … up to my holy mountain, Jerusalem…” // This seems to cover the most of the time period of the 45 days and into the beginning of Jesus’ 1,000 year reign. It is also interesting how it is stated how the nations would bring “all YOUR brothers out of all the nations…up to” Jehovah’s holy mountain. It makes one think this could be somewhat literal – However, it could simply represent that they would help with assisting Jehovah’s people to get to where they are going – I think this will be interesting to see how this is going to be fulfilled. // Compare Revelation 11:11-18; 14:6,7; 19:11-21