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Isaiah's prophesies of End Times!
The prophet Isaiah started his prophetic ministry in 740 B.C. He prophesied many times throughout his book and particularly pointed to the coming of a savior -Yeshua the Messiah. The various stages of Yeshua's life is described in great detail way before the prophesies were fulfilled over 700 years later. He describes Yeshua's birth, death by crucifixion, his resurrection and his second coming.
Isaiah also refers to Israel as the place, God has chosen as the future City of Righteousness, the Faithful City. Isa 1:26-27.
Isaiah is the first book of the prophets in the bible although there were many other prophets before him such as:
Elijah 875 B.C.
Obadiah 853 B.C.
Elisha 848 B.C.
Joel 835 B.C.
Jonah 793 B.C.
Amos 760 B.C.
Hosea 753 B.C.
Micah 742 B.C.
Isaiah is the 9th prophet in the above list and this is a very significant number. It represents God's judgement times which is the main content of Isaiah's book - he prophesies the judgements of the world, of each nation that comes against Israel!
He was the 9th prophet yet his book was placed in the bible at the beginning of the prophets section, why was it so placed?
The answer to this question is that the book is of major significance during these end times and therefore needs to be so placed as the first prophetic book to be read. Because the content is very important not only historically but also very relevant to these end times, it also supplements the book of Revelation and other end time references in other prophetic writings of the Bible.
It is also no coincidence that out of all the ancient parchments found in the Qumran caves just over half a century ago, Isaiah's writings were found intact and readable (in Hebrew) and now on display in a Jerusalem Museum.
Many scholars focus on the book of Daniel as the companion to the book of Revelation and tend to miss out on the benefits the book of Isaiah offers.
The purpose of this hubpage is to travel through Isaiah's writings and see the links to the end times and the book of Revelation. I will endeavour to point you to key points of interest, however, I would suggest you read through the chapters in Isaiah as you go through this hub and cross reference to Revelation.
There are many important messages in this book relevant to all peoples! The book also provides information on coming prophesies to watch out for, it also provides a beautiful picture of the new kingdom to come. The book speaks to the wicked and the righteous, to Israel and the nations. It speaks to kings and paupers. It is an exciting book that should not be ignored!
Isaiah's book takes us through the Day of the Lord. This day is sometimes interpreted as the day Christ was born, however, the context refers to the 1,000 years of Christ's reign when he returns the second time with the multitude after the 7 years tribulation period. Chapt 2:6
Isaiah's first reference to the ' last days' is seen in chapter 2:2. The number 2 is God's specific number that refers to Yeshua as his son who has two roles:
1) Yeshua's first coming as the saviour of the world
2) Yeshua's second coming as the Ruler -King of the world.
The phase, 'In the last days ' is mentioned several times throughout the book and as you will see is linked to Yeshua's return, judgement on the nations and includes the period of tribulation.
There is also another significant meaning to the number two:
1. Moses was a deliverer of God's people out of slavery from Egypt however, the Israelites and the Jews today refer to Moses as their saviour. He was a human savior, whereas,
2. Yeshua is a spiritual savior who came straight from God to deliver the world from the slavery of sin and soon to deliver us from the Babylonian slavery that has desecrated God's people for hundreds of years through false religion and humanism that is known as the Great Apostasy!
We now continue to read through Chapter 2 where Isaiah speaks to God's chosen on how they have turned from God's teachings. they now behave like the Gentiles and the pagan ungodly people of the world. They seek wealth and status and do not give God the glory for what they do or have. They trust in Man rather than God.
Because of this God removes his blessing from his people so they become vulnerable to the worldly influences and environment.
In Chapt 4:2 there is reference to 'that day of the Lord'. he gives his people hope and a future promise that they will take part in that Day of the Lord.
Isaiah then speaks of wickedness and lists the types of wickedness as well as the woes that accompany these. (Revelation also mentions 3 woes.)
Moving on now to Chapter 6 Isaiah is called to enter into the presence of the Holy One -sitting on His throne. The awesomeness of this sight became too much for Isaiah and he felt unworthy, wretched, guilt ridden, sinful and impure in the Almighty's presence, imagine how we will feel when we become face to face with our creator!
Whereas we have been atoned for by Yeshua, Isaiah had not had this, therefore God himself atoned isaiah and made him clean. God then commissioned Isaiah to prophesy to the people.
" Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving. Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed." Chapt 6:9
What did God mean by this verse? He was speaking to his people Israel, he has blinded them from seeing the future prophesy, particularly of Yeshua's ministry, as this was part of God's plan for Yeshua, to be crucified. Various other historical events had to take place also. Prophesy is evidence to God's work and his overall plan, it is a witness to the world. So everything has a time and a place and a purpose. It was inevitable that God's people remained blinded to the savior so that prophesy was fulfilled. The prophesy that proclaimed the coming of a savior to save the world and to set them free from sin so that they may enter into God's kingdom. The same reason why Judas betrayed Jesus - it was part of prophesy and had to be fulfilled in order to testify and verify God's word! God has provided evidence of his existence in many ways - one is through prophetic fulfillment.
Yeshua provided the atonement for us, the same atonement that God had given to Isaiah, so that we may be clean enough (spiritually cleansed) to stand before him!
Today is the time for Jewish people's eyes to be opened - to understand and accept Yeshua as the savior - their stumbling block is they do not understand the concept of Christ being part of God.
To use an analogy if we think of a long pencil strip of mercury and lay it on a flat surface. The mercury is complete- whole. But if we pinch a piece in our fingers and draw it away from the whole it becomes a separate piece of mercury but then if you let go, it bounces back to the whole. The son of God is that part, that originated from the whole and for a while became a separate part to perform a task on earth but then returned back to the whole afterwards. If you look at this analogy it becomes obvious that Christians are not idolatrous, serving two Gods or replacing Hashem with another. The son and Hashem are one and the same! Hashem is way beyond human he is able to put on several hats, he is able to do all things!
Even though the analogy shows Yeshua connected to Hashem, he is still a second part of God - as God is triune - In Genesis there is evidence that God was speaking to the wind, and wisdom - two other parts of him. He said 'Let us make....' The Wisdom is Yeshua and the Wind is the Holy Spirit, these are NOT THREE SEPARATE GODS, but are one with three different functions. It is a difficult concept to grasp and needs faith to accept what we do not fully understand - yet!
Chap 8:12-15 God speaks of Israel as two houses - Judah and Jerusalem, historically relevant but also symbolic of Jews and Christians in these end times. Yeshua, is known as the Lion of Judah and represents the leader of gentile believers! The story of Israel being split into two parts has great significances and is a study on its own. But it is sufficient to understand that Judah is one of the 12 tribes but also is a separate part of Israel - yet part of the whole. What I mean by this is that followers of Christ (Christians) have been grafted in to Israel as wild (untrained, unlearned) Jews.They have their own identity yet related to Judaism. Their roots are in Judaism!
Isaiah writes In this chapter that God advises Jews and Christians who are faithful to him, but to those who are NOT true to Him he says they will stumble.
There are many Jews today who live secular lives and do not look to their creator God. but rather to Man. There are many Christians today who do not KNOW Yeshua personally. In other words they know about him but don't know him. They are not spiritually connected only humanistically connected, as are religious cults and satan himself!
These people have mere 'head knowledge' rather than a heart for God and a desire to change their attitude and life style.
When a believer makes a decision to follow Christ, they follow this by water baptism and this then is followed up by the receiving of the Holy Spirit, our counsellor! These three stages form a complete transformation from a worldly perspective into a life of 'walking in the spirit'. With this a complete change takes place in the person's whole perspective regarding Godly and spiritual things.
Often believers make the first step and possibly go through the waters of baptism but that is where they stop and it is this point that hinders any spiritual progression! If you read about Peter one of the 12 disciples, he is a perfect example of the change that takes place when a believer is baptised by the Holy Spirit. Peter changed from a cowardly disciple to a courageous apostle where he did great works in the Name of Yeshua!
Moving onto Chapter 9, Isaiah prophesies Yeshua's birth and mission to reach out to the Gentiles. And describes this in detail. Verse 2 Yeshua's ministry gives freedom to the oppressed, shattered the yoke that bound them in chains, setting the people free from slavery of sin and lawlessness. Verse 6 "For unto us a child is born...He will be called Wonderful Counsellor Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. He will reign on David's throne and over his Kingdom... forever!"
The rest of the chapter talks of God's anger against his people who have committed adultery (meaning they have forgotten their first love- God - and turned instead to idols). During this time God raises his hand up. When God raises his hands it means he is exercising his punishment - or judgement.
In chapter 10 Isaiah describes injustice, as it was in that time, but also relates it to today. Society's poor people are deprived of their rights, the victims are those who are described as fatherless, widows and disabled. it is referenced to all those who are needy whether, spiritually, emotionally, physically or environmentally.
God then has a message to Assyrians- this represents any nation who is an instrument to deliver God's judgement or punishment. These nations are not necessarily Godly nations and often pagan ones. You need to recognise at this stage that because God is in control of all things and all peoples regarding his overall plan, (He is in control of leaders and nations but allows individuals to make their own choices, hence the stubbornness of many leaders) that he is able to use any nation for his purpose. He used ancient Babylonia to invade Israel and take over israe,l as a punishment to the Jewish people for their ungodly behaviour. Throughout history God has used nations to bring his back -slidden people back to himself.
The pre-tribulation and tribulation period described in Revelation, particularly reference to 144,000 Jewish witnesses, is a way that God once again attempts to bring his back-slidden people back to himself.
Coming back to the Assyrian nation - God had called the nation to exercise punishment on his people however, the nation instead of doing what God wanted - that is to punish Israel, Assyria became jealous and hated God's chosen so much that Assyria planned to completely destroy Israel.
The nation plans to totally destroy God's people! This is not God's plan and therefore angers God who then turns his judgement onto the Assyrians - they will be destroyed.
This again was an historical event but also a prophesy for today. We see many Arab nations against Israel and their plan is for Israel's destruction, They plan to 'drive them into the sea' (in other words completely destroy and remove them and the land from the face of the earth) God avenges this and it is described what will happen to these nations in many of Isaiah's chapters; also cross referenced in Revelation where Babylon is mentioned.
Babylon represents all nations that are against Israel in these last days. There is much more meaning to Babylon in Revelation but to simplify it for the purpose of this study it refers to enemy nations.
All through history God has watched over his chosen people and every time they strayed into worldly pursuits i.e idolatry and humanism, he uses the enemy to bring them back to himself! How else can he do it? If God's people do not hear his voice or listen to his messages or follow his word and they will not listen to the Christian's message of salvation then he has no other means of getting through to his people- he has to use the enemy.
God's people have for centuries been a stubborn people - they argue amongst themselves - some say the Bible is literally God's word, others say it is fictional and is only of historical significance, others say that Genesis is just a story - it did not happen and therefore they embrace the evolutionary theory and the big bang theory- this is what raises God's hands!
This is what causes him to turn on his people to punish them! Those who remain faithful to God and his word are blessed but those who reject God and his word are those who will come under the judgement that is set for all the nations who reject God. But God never totally rejects his people- their is always a remnant that remains to continue the fulfilment of God's promise to Abraham.
These comments are in no way - replacement theology. God has never replaced his people with any other nation or by Christians- Israel is still and always will be the Apple of his eye.
Justice comes upon the enemy nations because eventually God's people (Jews and Yeshurun (Christ's followers) will destroy the enemies of Israel. Assyria will be destroyed by those who dwell in Israel Chapter 10: 17.
V25 The Lord will come to the rescue of Israel..
CHAPT 11 refers to Yeshua's second coming and the beginning of the 1.000 years millennium period. This is evidenced by verse 5. Yeshua's righteousness and faithfulness...
V6, The wolf will live with the lamb...A little child will lead a lion...all the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord.
V10, In that day... the nations will rally to Him...in that day the Lord will reach out His hand a second time to proclaim the remnant (first time was the rapture of his people) from the different nations .. He will assemble the people.
V13, There will be no more jealousy or hostility between Israel (between Jews and Christians)-THEY WILL BE AS ONE- AS GOD'S ARMY. (This is a post tribulation event). See Revelation.
V15, The river Euphrates dries up so the remnant can walk across streams in sandals.
CHAP 13, Ancient Babylon returns at the end times as the LAST DAYS BABYLON, spoken of in Revelation Chapter 17 and 18.
Isaiah 13:4, God's multitudes forms an army of nations - The Day of the Lord is near. This is the Day of God's wrath which is the 7 year Tribulation period which is the punishment on the wicked. V12 says, I will make man scarcer than pure gold.
CHAP 14 Lord will have compassion on Jacob (Jews) once more ...will settle them in their own land others will join them in unity. Israel will possess the nations as menservants and maidservants in the Lord's land - this is a great promise and a great turn around of events - God has always said that his people are the head not the tails and Ishmael was to be servant to Isaac!
This is also why Jews are hated so much by the Arab nations because they know what God has ordained for them - they know they will serve the Jewish people in the end - it was ordained long ago when Esau lost his birth right to Jacob.
Chapter 16:5 " In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man (Yeshua) will sit on it - one from the house of David, one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness.
Isaiah then prophesies what would happen to enemy nations (in the past but also in the future) in chapters 14, 15,17, 18,19, 20, 21, It also refers to last day events that will take place during the 7 year tribulation period. See also Revelation between chapters 6 and 15.
Chapter 22 is a very important chapter - it refers to Israel looking to their own strength against their enemies, they have forgotten the victory of Joshua at the walls of Jericho, they have forgotten the victory over Pharaoh and the parting of the sea, they have forgotten it was "not by might or by power but by God's Holy Spirit! Zech 4:6. In other words they can do nothing- it is God who fights against the enemy on their behalf! If they remember that and give him the praise - he will deal with their enemies as before! Chapt 22: 10 " You counted the buildings in Jerusalem and tore down houses to strengthen the walls. You built a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the Old Pool, but you did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago."
Chapter 22:12, "The Lord, the Lord Almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth. But see, there is joy and revelry, ...."Let us eat and drink," you say, for tomorrow we die!"
Verse 14,The Lord Almighty has revealed this ....." Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for, "
What is God saying here to the people of Israel? There are many secular Jews in Israel, many do not acknowledge God's existence and there are religious Jews who do not take God's word literally and their are other Jews who accept God as their Lord and accept the word of God but do not acknowledge the need to obey it today. They allow themselves to follow the ways of the world! There are many spiritually blind Jews in Israel. Also there are many Jews who have suffered so much from the holocaust and from attacks on Israel during these last days, that they have lost faith in their God. God is sending this message to all of the Jews above. Mourn for Jerusalem, fast and pray as you used to, read God's word and believe, repent from your sins of adultery, rebellion, stubbornness and disobedience. Accept what God has done for you - he has come as a savior to you, accept this and be atoned for through the blood of Christ!
In Verse 20, God speaks of the solution to the above: " In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah. I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will be a seat of honor for the house of his father. All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots - ...In that day, declares the Lord Almighty, the peg driven into the firm place will give way....
This speaks of Yeshua as the savior of the world, and many will turn to him for salvation but in that day (of judgement) many will fall and only a remnant will get through. Many followers are unrighteous and continue to live carnal lives, living not as God requests but as the world behaves. Many people who believe they are saved will be surprised at the time of judgement.
Chapter 24 Speaks of the devastation of the earth and again cross reference to Revelation.
Chapter 25:6 The Lord promises a banquet - a feast of rich food for all his people, the best meats and wines - this banquet is to take place on the Mountain of the Lord! Mount Zion (Jerusalem). Verse 8 " He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The Lord has spoken!"
Chapt 26 Introduces us to a song we shall sing at that time. This cross references to Revelation 21.
An important message is in chapter 26:20, it tells God's people what to do during the tribulation period (those who were not believers at the time of the rapture), " Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. .."
Chapt 27:12 " In that day the Lord will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, O,Israelites, will be gathered up one by one. And in that day a great trumpet will sound. ... Cross reference with Revelation (seventh Trumpet?)
Chapt 28:16 " See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed. ... Yeshua is referred to as all of these! He is there for us as our sure foundation!
In chapter 29:10 God speaks to false prophets and false seers and to those who fight against Mount Zion. " The Lord has brought over you a deep sleep: He has sealed your eyes (the prophets); he has covered your heads (the seers). For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll..."
Chapter 30: 8 , he says to Isaiah, " Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness. These are rebellious people, deceitful children, unwilling to listen to the Lord's instruction. They say to the seers, "see no more visions!" and to the prophets, " give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions....
God has granted their request for now many people are following false teachers, preachers and prophets. They are being mislead into spiritual idolatry and spiritual adultery, to believe a great lie! They have accepted a false gospel - the prosperity gospel, the gospel that denies the need to repent of sin and guilt or the need to turn from the sinful behaviour they practice.
Chapter 32, Brings us back to yeshua, "See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice..... It goes on to say that eyes will be opened and ears will hear! The mind of the rash will know and understand and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear. .. V17, The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.....
Chapter 42 refers to Yeshua as the servant of the Lord. V6, " I the Lord have called you in righteousness;... I will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives...
Chapter 43:11, States that Yeshua is the only savior! " Apart from me there is no savior. ...
Chapters 44 and 45 Yeshua speaks to the chosen (Jacob - the Jews and Jeshurun - the Gentile believers who have been grafted in).
Chapter 49 Yeshua speaks of his mission. " Before I was born the Lord called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name. ... He said to me (God said to Yeshua)" You are my servant, ...he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, ...God says to Yeshua, " It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.
Chapter 55 in particular verse 6 is Yeshua's invitation to us and it speaks of God's grace, love and promises!
Chap 56 is instruction on how to behave in these last days. And is as follows:
1. Maintain Justice
2. Do what is right
3. Hold fast
4. Keep the sabbath (Saturday not Sunday) without desecrating it.
5. Keep from doing evil
6. Let no one who belongs to the Lord say the Lord will exclude him from his people.
7. Anyone called by God to live a pure life should not say to himself - he is useless and fruitless.
Chapter 57 answers an important question that is a stumbling block for many. " The righteous perish and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.
God also has a message for evildoers, those who sacrifice children in ravines, who are adulterers and prostitutes etc... they mock because the righteous perish, God says to them that the day of God's wrath will be upon them- the tribulation and the judgement day as read in the following chapters. Such evildoers exist today, there are many people who practice rituals that involve child sacrifices. There are secret societies such as Bohemian Grove that do just this and there's video clips of it taking place. Go to Youtube for Alex Jones video on World Leaders and Ba'al worship. You will see a ritual actually taking place.
These things God sees and that is why we are close to the end times. Yeshua will come soon because behind the scenes evil is at its peak! God will soon avenge this evil done to mankind.
Onto more positive scenes - the beautiful New Jerusalem! Isaiah 65:17 and Revelation speak of the New heaven and New earth.
Chapter 66:15 refers to God's vengeance, on those left behind -who survived the previous tribulation (also God's wrath and vengeance!) "See the Lord is coming with fire, and his chariots are like a whirlwind; he will bring down his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For with fire and with his sword the Lord will execute judgement upon all men, and many will be those slain by the Lord. (This is post tribulation) Cross reverence to Revelation chapter 19:11
Finally for an explanation of God's purpose in all of this and how it involves us. " From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me" says the Lord. Isaiah 66: 23