I love the book of Isaiah. Something about the way he just gets right to it, right to the whole point, the whole reason, right to Jesus! I love it. For instance the passage I was studying tonight there were already hints in chapter 1 and then boom, chapter 2 gets right down to it. In 2:2 the founding of the christian church of Jesus’s followers is foretold and that not only will it be for the Jews but all nations shall flow into it. ALL! That includes the gentiles. Isaiah got it in a big way and knew how to tell it as such. We should all be more like Isaiah.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. (Isaiah 2:2)
The last days referred to here is two-fold. First, it refers to the church age, which we are in now, where Jesus’ disciples preached the good news of the Gospel far and wide, as if from a mountain top. The Gospel of Christ which is unshakeable as the mountains, as strong and sturdy, sure and true, yet it is greater than any mountain, more majestic, more thrilling, more life giving! And of course it is for the whole world – all of it, all of us!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
It doesn’t say that the Jews who believeth in Jesus, it says whosoever, that means all, any, me and you.
This passage also refers to the coming messianic kingdom when Christ returns to set up His millennial reign. For 1000 years Christ will rule from Jerusalem, the seat of His kingdom which will be established on Mt. Zion. He will live and dwell among us and all nations shall go there yearly to worship the Lord. From Mt. Zion He will teach, lead, guide, judge, rule. He will be just and perfect and the earth will finally know true peace. We know a type of peace now in that the Jews and Gentiles are united in faith in Christ and the love of God. But it’s a fragile peace that only includes those of each group who are believers, not all those who reject God and or the Gospel. So it is not the true peace yet to come.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3)
During the 1000 year reign of Christ on earth He will judge the nations, we will finally know true justice. He shall rebuke or punish many transgressors as he restores the world to the former peace and joy it was created with. The nations will know peace, true peace the world over, and they will rejoice beating their swords and spears into tools.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4)
So we are told to share the good news, the light, by proclaiming the gospels before the entire world. We should be telling everyone we meet, shouting the good news every chance we get. Whether it’s a clerk in a store or just the stranger beside you on the street. Don’t hide the light of Christ, take it out and share it with the world.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD. (Isaiah 2:5)