Prophet Isaiah Part 2
3. The Day of the Lord
Prophecies about the coming Day of the Lord can be found in the writings of many of the Old Testament prophets, and Isaiah is no exception. This subject is covered from chapters 2 to 66. Unlike the dualism of the prophecies to Israel and Judah, most prophecies about the Day of the Lord are for an event yet to come. These foretell a time of awesome and frightening events leading ti the return of ct. many people think of it as “the end of the world,” although it is really just the end of this present evil age. Isaiah explains that the Day of the Lord will last for one year (34:8; 61:2; 63:4). The principle of a day for a year in prophecy also applies to the Day of the Lord (Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6). It is the year of the “Lord’s vengeance” or God’s wrath (Revelation 6:17).
In the early chapters on this subject (2, 13, & 24), Isaiah describes the effects of God’s wrath on this world. Men will hide in caves in terror (2:19-21), the earth will be shaken and possibly moved from its orbit (13:13), and the earth will become almost empty and a total waste (24:1, 3, 6). Isaiah also speaks of the Day of the Lord as a time of war (31: 8-9). These events are also described in the seven trumpets of Revelation 8-9, God further reveals through Isaiah that the “daughter of Babylon” will be destroyed in the Day of the Lord.
(47:1, 5, 7, 9) these verses are almost identical to those of Revelation 18: 7-8, 17-19, 21. This Babylon is the final end-time government and its religious system that will be destroyed at Christ’s return.
The time of God’s wrath will come to an end when “the great trumpet will be blown” (27:13) and Jesus Christ will return to the earth (Revelation 11:15). While the Day of the Lord often focuses on the wrath of God, this term is also used in a broader way by John in Revelation 1:10 to describe all the events – including the wrath of God, the Millennium and the events thereafter – that will happen after Christ’s return. Practically every Old Testament prophet who warned of God’s judgment on the Day of the Lord also spoke of restored peace and prosperity that will follow the judgment.
4. The Kingdom of God
The last major them addressed in Isaiah is the Kingdom of God that Jesus Christ will usher in with His return. The term “kingdom” is not used in Isaiah, but this future age is described in many of the chapters from the beginning to the end of Isaiah.
Here are some of the prophecies about the coming Kingdom:
2:2-4 – The Lord will set up His kingdom over all nations, teach man His ways and judge between the nations.
4: 2-6 – The “Branch” will establish Jerusalem and those who dwell there are holy.
9: 6-7 – “The government will be upon His shoulder.” He will be called “Prince of Peace” and “of the increase of His government there will be no end.”
11: 6-9 – All animals will live at peace with man and one another, and “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord.”
14: 1-2 – The Lord will resettle Israel in their land.
29: 18, 22-24 – The deaf shall hear, the blind shall see, and Jacob’s descendants will “hallow” the Lord’s name.
32: 1, 15-18 – A king a prince will rule in quiet and peaceful habitation.
35: 1-10 – “The desert shall … blossom as the rose,” the infirmed will be restored, and “waters shall burst forth in the wilderness.”
There are numerous prophecies about the Kingdom of God throughout chapters 44 to 66. It is a very important theme in this book. Everything written is leading up to the peaceful eternal government of God and, finally, to “new heavens and a new earth” – 65:17.
Besides the four major themes, there are some other important subjects in the book of Isaiah. They include:
1. Prophecies of judgment coming against numerous nations – chapters 13-14
2. Lucifer’s attempt to overthrow God – 14: 12-14
3. Sennacherib’s invasion on Judah, his defeat and death, and the extension of Hezekiah’s life – chapters 36-39
4. Chapters that speak of these who serve and obey God – 25-26, 54, 61-62
The prophecies of Isaiah are relevant in all generations, but they primarily point to the end of the age when Jesus Christ will return and set up the Kingdom of God. The warnings of the Day of the Lord and warnings to Israel and Judah are relevant for us today. If we listen to these warnings from God, then we can be assured of the promise of mercy and salvation through Jesus Christ that are explained in the book of Isaiah.
Short Outline of Isaiah
A. Discourses Concerning Judah and Israel chapters 1-12
1. Some promises and rebukes – chapters 1-6
2. The book of Immanuel – chapters 7-12
B. Prophesies against Foreign Nations chapters 13-23
C. The Judgment of the World and the Triumph of God’s People chapters 24-27
1. The judgments – chapter 24
2. The triumphs – chapter 25-27
D. Judah’s Relation to Egypt and Assyria chapters 32-38
E. The Great Deliverance of Jerusalem chapters 33-39
F. The Book of Consolation chapters 40-66
1. God’s preparation for certain deliverance – chapter 40-48
2. Jehovah’s servant, the Messiah, will bring the deliverance – chapters 49-57
3. The restoration of Zion and the Messianic Kingdom, with promises and warnings for the future – chapters 58-66.
May the Peace of Jesus Christ be with You