An Invitation to Believers (Isaiah 59; Isaiah 60)

Scripture reading – Isaiah 59; Isaiah 60

Isaiah 60 is a prophetic portrait of the Second Coming of Christ, and His Millennial Kingdom. This is the second of two devotionals for today.

Isaiah 60

With the exclamation, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, And the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee” (60:1), the Second Coming of Christ and His Millennial Kingdom was foretold.

The Millennial Reign of Christ (60:2-10)

Spiritual darkness is the current state of the world, but when Christ returns the darkness will be lifted, and all the earth shall see Him coming in the brightness of His heavenly glory (60:2b-3). Isaiah prophesied to Jerusalem, “the Gentiles shall come to thy light” [the light of the Messiah who will reign in that city], and the Jews, the sons and daughters of Israel, will return to their land (60:4-5a).

During the reign of Christ in His Millennial Kingdom, New Jerusalem will become the center of the world (60:5-6). Gentile nations will bring the wealth of their commerce to Jerusalem (60:5), and all people will gather to worship the LORD, and rebuild the city (60:7-10).

The Gates of New Jerusalem will Open to All (60:11-22)

What a great day that will be! For the first time since the fall of man, the world will know universal peace (60:11), for all who rejected Christ will be excluded from His kingdom (60:12). In that day, the Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem (60:13), and even those whose fathers had persecuted God’s people, will come and “bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet” (60:14a). They will call New Jerusalem, “The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel” (60:14b).

Jerusalem will be enriched and sustained by the nations, like a nursing infant is nourished by its mother (60:16). God’s people will know, that their “Savior, and [their] Redeemer, [is] the mighty One of Jacob” (60:16).

When Christ rules the earth, the land of Israel will be at peace (60:17). There will be no more violence, waste, or destruction in the land, and the walls of that city will be named “Salvation,” and its gates “Praise” (60:18).

There will be no need for the sun to give light by day, nor the moon by night, for the LORD will be “an everlasting light,” and His glory will illuminate Jerusalem (60:19-20; Revelation 22:5). What a great day when the sorrow and “days of [Jerusalem’s] mourning shall be ended” (60:20). God’s people will be restored to their land, and will be planted and nourished by the LORD (60:21-22).

Closing thoughts – The wickedness, and violence of our world moves the hearts of believers to yearn for the peace Isaiah prophesied would come. Believers have the assurance, when Christ reigns, not only the world of men, but nature itself will be at peace: “25The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, And the lion shall eat straw like the bullock” (Isaiah 65:25).

The world longs for peace, but has rejected Christ, the Prince of Peace. I urge you, turn from sin, and put your faith in Christ who paid the penalty of your sins by His death on the Cross, and is risen from the dead!

Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

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