Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Isa. 24-27; 29


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Isaiah Chapter Twenty-Four

  1. Chapters twenty-four through twenty-seven form what’s commonly called “Isaiah’s Apocalypse.”
  2. Isaiah’s Apocalypse begins with a view of the devastated earth (Isa. 24:1).
    1. The Lord destroyed the angelic world (Isa. 14:12; Ps. 18:7).
    2. The Lord destroyed Noah’s world (Gen. 6-8).
    3. The Lord will destroy the Tribulational world (Isa. 13:13; 24:1,19,20; Hag. 2:6).
    4. The Lord will destroy the Millennial world (2nd Pet. 3:7,10,12).
  3. The judgment is a world-wide judgment, affecting every human being (Isa. 24:1-6).
  4. All human-viewpoint rejoicing is brought to an abrupt end (Isa. 24:7-13), so that Divine-viewpoint rejoicing can truly begin (Isa. 24:14- 16a).
  5. This Divine wrath is administered to the inhabitant of the earth (Isa. 24:17), in a time when the heavenly citizens (Phil. 3:20) have been removed (Phil. 3:21; 1st Cor. 15:51-52; 1st Thess. 1:10; 4:16-17; Jn. 14:3).
  6. This Divine wrath will take captive all rebellion—angelic and human (Isa. 24:21-22; Rev. 20:2-3).
  7. The sun and moon will be “ashamed” as their light will pale in comparison to the light of the LORD (Isa. 24:23).
    1. The Millennial reign of Jesus Christ will exhibit a greater light than sun and moon can produce (Isa. 60:11,19-20). 
    2. In the new Jerusalem, on the new earth, there will be no need of sun or moon, and there will be eternal daytime (Rev. 21:23-25; 22:5).
    3. Remember that light was provided (Gen. 1:3) before the sun and the moon were established (Gen. 1:14-18).

Isaiah Chapter Twenty-Five

  1. Chapter twenty-five is a psalm of praise, prophetically looking forward to the eschatological theocratic kingdom of the Lord.
  2. Attention in this chapter must be given to what the Lord has done, is doing, and will do, from the perspective of the eschatological theocratic kingdom of the Lord.
    1. What the Lord has done references the Tribulation of Israel when He achieved past completed actions from the perspective of the Millennial reign.
      1. He has worked wonders, having accomplished eternal plans with perfect faithfulness (Isa. 25:1).
      2. He has destroyed His enemies (Isa. 25:2).
      3. He has defended His people (Isa. 25:4).
    2. What the Lord is doing references the presently occurring action from the perspective within the Millennial reign.
      1. He subdues the uproar of aliens.
      2. He silences the song of the ruthless.
    3. What the Lord will do references the Dispensation of the Fullness of the Times when He will achieve the yet to occur actions from the perspective of the Millennial reign.
      1. A strong people will glorify Him, and cities of ruthless nations will revere Him (Isa. 25:3).
      2. He will prepare a lavish banquet (Isa. 25:6).
      3. He will swallow up death (Isa. 25:7,8a).
      4. He will wipe away all tears (Isa. 25:8b).
      5. He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth (Isa. 25:8c).
      6. He will put an end to the final rebellion of pride (Isa. 25:9-12).

Isaiah Chapter Twenty-Six

  1. Chapter 26 begins with a song which will be the victory song of Jerusalem in the Millennium (Isa. 26:1-6).
  2. The daily life of believers and unbelievers in the Millennium is described (Isa. 26:7-10).
    1. Believers will finally live in a society when the righteous way is the smooth way (Isa. 26:7-8).
    2. Unbelievers will live in a society where their activity is inconsistent with the righteousness that the Lord reveals (Isa. 26:10).
  3. The writhing and anguish of the Tribulation is described (Isa. 26:11-19; 13:8; 21:3; Matt. 24:8; 1st Thess. 5:3), and appropriate warnings are issued (Isa. 26:20-21).

Isaiah Chapter Twenty-Seven

  1. Isaiah’s Apocalypse also features the punishment and destruction of Leviathan (Satan) (Isa. 27:1; Job 41:1-34; Ps. 74:14).
    1. The fleeing serpent.  נָחָשׁ בָּרִחַ nāchāsh bāriach #5175 #1281.
    2. The twisting serpent.  נָחָשׁ עֲקַלָּתוֹן nāchāsh ‘aqallāthown #5175 #6129.
    3. The dragon in the sea.  תַּנִּין tanniyn #8577.
  2. The Millennial vineyard (Isa. 27:2-6) will be quite different from the vineyard of Israel in the Dispensation of Israel, Age of Law (Isa. 5:1-7).
  3. The Millennial blessings can only come about through the Tribulational judgments (Isa. 5:8-13).

Isaiah Chapter Twenty-Nine

  1. Six woes are pronounced in Isa. 28-33. The first woe (Isa. 28:1) was detailed on TTB Day 184. The second woe is issued to Ariel—the southern kingdom of Judah (Isa. 29:1).
    1. אֲרִיאֵל ’ariy’ēl #740 Usually understood as “lion of God.”  אֲרִי ’ariy #738 lion + אֵל ’ēl #410 God.
    2. אֲרִיאֵל ’ariy’ēl #741 hearth, altar hearth, altar refers to the sacrificial altar in the Millennial temple (Ezek. 43:15x2,16).
  2. Jerusalem will become like a sacrificial altar to the Lord (Isa. 29:2).
  3. Only through such humiliation will Israel cry out to the Lord from the dust (Isa. 29:4).
  4. Israel’s spiritual blindness is a consequence of their blind adherence to their tradition (Isa. 29:13).
  5. The third woe is issued to the world forces of darkness (Isa. 29:15; Eph. 6:12; Ezek. 8:12).
    1. These forces of darkness, under Satanic leadership, pursue counsel apart from the counsel of God’s will (Isa. 29:15; Eph. 1:11), and teach that counsel to the human idolaters of this world (Ezek. 8:12; 1st Tim. 4:1).
    2. These forces of darkness are created beings who strive to deny their own creature-status, and who strive to claim the stature of God (Isa. 29:16; 45:9-13).
  6. The kosmos system of evil, put in place by the forces of darkness, will be brought to an end (Isa. 29:17-24; 1st Jn. 2:16-17).
    1. The adversary’s activity of blinding minds will come to an end (Isa. 29:18; 2nd Cor. 4:4,6 cf. Isa. 9:2).
    2. The system of lies will be replaced with understanding and instruction (Isa. 29:24; cf. Isa. 11:9; Jer. 31:34).