Panorama of the Prophets

Isaiah Overview Part 2, Chapters 40-66


Ever notice how you can have different reactions when reading the Bible?

A)Sometimes – Conviction – 1 Chapter

   Another Chapter – Comfort


B)The reason typically for that has to do with the condition of our hearts!


C)When we find ourselves Challenged or convicted – it is usually because there is an area of our hearts that we need to deal with.


D)Or when we find ourselves being comforted it is because of something we are going thru

1)God’s word brings comfort and healing


E)Been said that the same Sun that hardens the clay – melts the wax.

1)It is contingent on the substance – in the same way the WORDS effective is contingent upon our hearts


Now what is interesting about the Bible is when you can read the same author – experiences both things

A)One chapter convicted – Next comforted


B)Well that is exactly what we see divinely laid out in the Book of Isaiah

1) Bible in Miniature 1-39 OT Condemnation

2)Ch. 40-66 NT Consolation and comfort

C)Having said that all throughout chapters 1-39 there is this glimmer of Hope – Isaiah prophesies of a coming Savior – Ch.7-9 Immanuel {God is with us}


D)That is consistent with the whole of the OT – which over and over – pointed to a Messiah

1)A coming Savior


Isaiah writes from a 3 fold perspective:

A)Past – Warning to Judah don’t follow the example of Northern tribes Israel – Assyrians


B)Present situation – current the trouble and their need to repent


C)Future – Coming Savior – restoration { Now and the not yet – blended together

1)Like a Dad – Present in his living room – sons toys his daughters shoes

2)Photo album –Past birth toddler yrs

3) Looking ahead to future – College weddings


D)Isaiah combines those three perspectives as he writes


Why was Isaiah Written?


Historical Purpose

Isaiah was sent of God to warn Judah of the sins that lead to Israel’s downfall and to warn of the evil that would lead to their own.

His message to them was twofold:

God will bring condemnation on Israel and Judah through the nations.

 He will also one day provide Salvation through Israel and Judah to the nations.



Doctrinal Purpose

The Book Comprehends all the great truths of the Old Testament regarding Salvation from Man’s sin.

Through Christ redemptive work

And the final glorious restoration of this earth.



Christological Purpose

Isaiah presents perhaps the most complete and comprehensive descriptions of Christ found in the Old Testament. His Virgin birth, life, death, Resurrection and 2nd coming are all depicted in this book –


Isaiah saw the dual aspect of Christ coming – and lays them out sometimes side by side in the same paragraph like two MT peaks –


Concerning Christ – Two MT Peaks

1.     Jesus comes to Save by Suffering.

  1. Jesus comes to Reign and to conquer


See’s both sometimes in the same Chapter

What Isaiah didn’t see was the Valley called the Church age in the middle of those two peaks


Last week our focus was on Chapters 1-39 – Lost of Woes – woes upon Israel Judah – surrounding nations.

A)For 39 Chapters things look pretty bleak – the storm clouds are hovering – thunder and darkness of a storm is brewing


B)Suddenly there is a rainbow – shines to his readers of the blessing that is to come!


C)Ch.40-66 the tone changes dramatically



Chapters 40-66 divide into three sections each having nine chapters


I.   Ch. 40-48 The Deliverance from God.

      II.  Ch. 49-53 The Deliverer from God.

     III.Ch. 58-66 The Delivered of God.



I.   Ch. 40-48 The Deliverance from God.


A)Ch. 40-42 The Deliverance is proclaimed.


B)Isaiah 40 is one of the great chapters in the Bible. It’s a classic.

1)And immediately you notice a shift in tone. From the first 39 chapters of Isaiah were full of “woes, as chapter 40 begins,  V.1-2



"Comfort, yes, comfort My people!" says your God. "Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the LORD'S hand double for all her sins."

A)Isaiah 40 begins a message of hope Now it’s time to comfort a downtrodden and contrite people..


B)God exemplifies a great Pattern in Discipline for parents to follow.

1)Discipline – then Comfort


C)Discipline without any comfort afterwards is bad

1)Comfort without any Discipline is enablement – worse


D)God the Father has a balanced approach.


Next Isaiah announces a Herald a Crier!

A)Verse 3 has significant New Testament implications. It tells us, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”


B)All four Gospel writers identify this voice as John the Baptist.

1)John was the forerunner, who set the table for Jesus’ ministry.


C)John prepared people for the love and forgiveness Jesus offered.

1) John’s goal was not to attract a crowd, or win a following, but to point people to Jesus.

This should be our mission. In a sense, we’re all forerunners of Jesus.

A)When famous conductor, Leonard Bernstein, was asked to name the most difficult instrument to play, he answered, “Second fiddle.”


B)Guys, we’re all called by God to play second fiddle. We’re to point people to Jesus, not promote ourselves!


C)What was the voice Crying to Proclaim Verses 6-8 are John’s message in a nutshell, “All flesh is grass, and its loveliness is like the flower of the field… the grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God abides forever.”


D)A dozen roses cost $30 – they’re beautiful for a few days - but how quickly they shrivel, and dry out, and die.


E)So it is with human achievement and beauty and righteousness.

1)Only God’s Word remains forever.


The Lord wants us to see the temporalness of our lives and the Eternal nature of His Word

A)Voltaire death bed 1778 100yrs – Christianity will die out


B)50 yrs later the Geneva Bible Society was using his house as a Distribution center for Bibles ….Europe

1)Who says God doesn’t have a sense of Humor

Isaiah 40:10-11 Example Both MT Peaks

10 Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, And His arm shall rule for Him;

Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.

11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd;

He will gather the lambs with His arm,

And carry them in His bosom,

And gently lead those who are with young.


Dual aspect of the Lord’s coming 2 verses

V.10 Strong Conquering ruling King

V.11 Tender Shepherd – Both peaks



The rest of chapter 40 describes Messiah’s grandeur. He holds the oceans in the cup of his hand, and measures the heavens with the width of his fingers.


Side note:

Verse 22 has interesting historical and scientific implications. The Lord says He “sits above the circle of the earth.”


Over 2000 years before Columbus discovered the New World, the Bible said the earth was round.


Man’s wisdom said the earth was flat, not the Bible. The God who created the earth certainly knows its shape.



Verse 26 tells us God numbers and names the billions and billions of stars.

That’s why Isaiah asks in verse 27, “Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel: "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my just claim is passed over by my God"?”


 The Jews complained God was unaware of their situation. How foolish!


Remember at the time the Jews would be reading this they would be in Babylon Captive. 70yrs

A)Reading this 150 yrs later – Receive comfort


Isaiah writes to comfort them:

If God numbers the stars, He’s surely aware of our needs, and He will come to their aid.


Isaiah continues Rd V. 28-31

A)What comfort to a group of pp who would have to travel 900 miles back Home


B)Wait upon the Lord – you shall renew your strength –


C)Great promise for us as well!

1)A Christian is a rechargeable battery.


D)When we run low of energy we can plug into the Holy Spirit for a fresh surge.

And the way to plug into the power is to wait on God. A)Think of waiting on God as a waiter serving a table in a restaurant – he’s attentive, compliant, engaged.


Bb)Worship and prayer -


B)Wait on God in the same manner and He’ll give you energy, elevation, and endurance.


First we gain new strength. - those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength

Our strength is renewed, the Lord meets our weakness with His strength.


Second we gain a better perspective.


The passage says we will mount up with wings like eagles.


Eagles sour, eagles fly above the normal terrain. Eagles see things from a higher vantage point, they can spot a fish in a lake several miles away on a clear day.


When we wait on the Lord, we gain a higher or a heavenly perspective on the things we are dealing with!


Third we gain extra energy.

We can run spiritually and do not get tired. God supplies us in our time of need with extra energy.


Fourth, we gain an extra ability to persevere.

We keep on walking without fainting. When we wait on the Lord, He enables us with the ability to endure.

Ch.41 Deliverance further proclaimed as God taunts the foreign gods of the other nations.

A)V.8 He refers to Abe as His Friend. – By Faith


B)Jesus us – no longer do I call you servants – Friend

1)Our Faith = Friend of God



Chapter 42 the ultimate deliverance will be through a Person – Jesus the Messiah.  V.1-4

"Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him;

He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.

2 He will not cry out, nor raise His voice,

Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.

3 A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.

4 He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands shall wait for His law."


In 42:3 is quoted of Jesus in Matthew 12:8, “A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench…”

A)This is how Jesus treats people…


B)Look at the river reed that’s been beaten down by the wind, or the torch made of flax that’s about burned out. 1)Rather than focus on what’s been lost, Jesus takes the little that’s left, and nurses it to health.

C) Jesus props up the person who’s been beaten down by life. He’s a splint. – Crutch – Hospital


D)The Smoking Flax is like the wick on a candle –he doesn’t quench or blow out

1)He fans the flame of the person who’s tired and burned out.


E)He doesn’t put out the fire He further ignites the fire.


Much of the rest of chapter 42 speaks of Jesus. He’s “a light to the Gentiles”, verse 6. He will “open blind eyes”, verse 7.

He does “new things”, verse 9.


Thus verse 10 tells us, “Sing to the LORD a new song, and His praise from the ends of the earth…”


The first half of chapter 42 speaks of Jesus’ first advent – the last half, His second.


Ch. 43-45 The Deliverance is promised.

A)V.1-2 Through Trials


In Isaiah 43:1-2 God makes a powerful promise to Israel“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters…”


 Here’s a key phrase. God doesn’t promise we’ll sail over the waters, but neither will we go under.

We’ll go through. Trials are inescapable, but God promises us what’s needed to get us through.


V.2 “I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”


A)The last half of the verse reminds us of Daniel 3 – and the three Hebrews God delivered from the Bab. furnace.


B)No matter the trial the Lord promises to get you through.

1)Come tide, flood, or fire – the Lord is able to deliver His people.


V. 5-6 the Lord promises to bring back His people to their land. Verses 5-6, “I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth…”


After World War 2 and the Holocaust, European Jews flocked to Israel from the west. Once the Jewish state was formed, Jews came from the east and the Arab countries.


In the early 1980s Jews from Ethiopia were airlifted from the south.


And in the 1990s Russian Jews streamed into Israel from the north.


The prophecy in these verses has been fulfilled in our own generation.

Jehovah, God of Israel, makes a statement in 44:6 that has important ramifications, "Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.”

A)Understand there’s only one first, and only one last - yet Revelation 1:17 uses the exact terminology in reference to Jesus.


B)Either there’s a contradiction or Jesus and Jehovah are one in the same.

1)Here’s a proof text for the Triune nature of God.


C)When a Jehovah Witness comes to the door take them to Isaiah 44:6 and Revelation 1:17.

1)You can even use their own heretical translation – where they have doctored passages


D)Turn to Isaiah 44:6 who is this speaking of? God

1)Revelation 1:17 Who? Clearly Jesus


Another Interesting note: Ch.44

A)In Isaiah 44 the true God promises to rebuild Jerusalem and it’s temple.


B)Chapter 44:28 and the 45:1 refer by name to the king of the east who will liberate the Jews from Babylon. Isaiah calls him “Cyrus”.


C)This Persian king won’t be born for 100 years - the fall of Babylon another 160 years –

This makes the mention of the name Cyrus one of the most amazing prophecies in all the Bible.

A)We’re told by the Jewish historian, Josephus, that when Babylon fell to the Persians, Daniel showed Isaiah’s prophecies to Cyrus.


B)He was so impressed one of the king’s initial decrees was to permit the Jews to return to Judah.


C)Cyrus even paid for the rebuilding of the temple with money from his own treasuries.


Isaiah 45:6 explains the purpose behind this astonishing prophecy, “That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other…”


25 book today that claim to be Scripture: You know what separates the Bible from all of them?

A)Prophecy – 2500 prophecies – 2000 fulfilled


B)Prophecy reveals God’s eternal nature.


Ch. 46-48 The Deliverance is prophesied.

God says of Himself in 46:10, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure…”


You and I live on the timeline. The words “past” and “future” are meaningful to us.

But God lives outside of time altogether. And the way He demonstrates that to us, is by declaring an event before it happens.


Chapter 47-48 God Prophesies of the Judgment that would come upon Babylon – { Not a Power yet}

A)But also how Babylon would be used to purify Judah.


B)They’re told in verse 10, “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”


C)The Babylonian captivity purified the Jews.

Seventy years in Babylon, the idol capitol of the world, was enough to convince the Jews of the vanity of idol worship.


D)After they returned to Israel they were guilty of other sins, but never idolatry.

1)Their captivity had a refining or purifying effect.


E)Trials purify – Bring out the impurities – in our lives    


The judgment God brings on the world in the last days – what the Bible calls the Great Tribulation – will also have a twofold effect:


It will punish the wicked, and purify the Jews. Again the Hebrews will pass through a furnace of affliction.

II. Chapters 49-53 The Deliverer from God.

A) Ch. 49-53 His Calling   Rd 49:1-6


B)Chapter 49 opens with the Messiah describing His preparation.

1)He was given a special name before He was born. He was polished like the shaft of a sleek arrow.


C)God destined Him to re-gather Jacob, and be a light to the Gentiles.

1)Of course, Jesus did the latter at His first coming, and the former He’ll do at His second.


As Isaiah continues we find that His calling is to Suffer. – One MT Peak


In chapter 50 Isaiah tells how Israel suffers because it turned it’s back on God.

 In contrast God’s other Servant, the Messiah, suffers to carry out the will of God.


Verse 6 he tells us, “I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.”


Here’s a detail of the crucifixion not mentioned in the Gospels – not only was His back beaten to ribbons, but His beard was plucked out.




Yet on the cross, even through His scars, you could see the resolve in His face.

Verse 7 says, "For the Lord GOD will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed...”


How did He maintain such confidence? In verse 8 Jesus tells us, “He is near who justifies Me…”

 God was with him.

Verse 9, “the LORD God will help me…”


In 52:14 takes it one step further. So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men;


Hebrew scholar Keil translates verse 14, “so disfigured, His appearance was not human…”

Apparently, Jesus was beaten beyond recognition. His face didn’t even look human.


Perhaps it was severe facial scarring that keep Mary from recognizing Jesus after His resurrection.


When He appeared, she thought He was the gardener. Remember Jesus bore the scars in His hands and feet, so why not His face?




Isaiah 53 focuses on the suffering Servant.

Martin Luther wrote, “If you want to understand the Christian message you must start with the wounds of Christ.”

Isaiah 52:13- Chapter 53 Suffering Servant


The passage is prophetic, but when you read it you get the impression, Isaiah was an eyewitness – standing at the foot of the cross.


He wrote describing it 400 yrs before it was even invented by the Persians.

A)We Spent about 5 weeks on this – great detail


B)Why Isaiah write about the Crucifixion in such detail and the gospels tend to only state the facts

1)And Jesus was crucified ….. nailed to a cross…?


C)Isaiah was describing a form of death that had not even been invented yet –

1)So He Describes it in detail


D)Where as by the time that Jesus came along and was crucified – Crucifixion was a common occurrence

1)The Romans had already Crucified – 30K Jews


E)So everyone living in Jesus day was well aware of what happened to a person who was crucified.


F)Like us describing Hanging – gun shot wound

1)Vs before guns invented

So Chapters 49-53 His Calling – to suffer

Ch. 54-55 His Comfort

A) Before we go further let me put chapters 54-66 in context.


B)Think of Isaiah 53 as a huge rock tossed into the lake. What happens after the rock’s entry?

1)Circular ripples and waves emanate.


C)The larger the rock the further out the ripples.

Chapters 54-66 are the ripples that emanate from the rock of chapter 53.


D)The cross of Jesus has far reaching ramifications. Not only does it pardon our sins, the cross pays for the restoration of the planet – even a new heaven and new earth.


In Isaiah 53 we cry at the cross, but in chapter 54 we’re told to dry our eyes, and wet our lips to sing!

A)Messiah’s suffering is a reason for our singing!

            RD V.1-3


B)Fruitfulness and life are the result


Chapter 55 is a great  invitation. "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”


The blessings of God’s kingdom are not purchased with money.   

A)What’s the currency of heaven? God’s blessings are bought with humility and faith and repentance.


B)Comfort in Knowing God is bigger than I am Isaiah 55 makes two important observations – about God and His Word.


In verses 8-9 God says, "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”


The word “theology” means “the study of God”, but the first truth our study uncovers is that God is infinite.


And since man is finite, this creates a problem for the theologian. How does a finite mind comprehend an infinite God?


We’re immediately faced with our limitations. This is one subject I can never master.


Yes, God reveals truth I can grasp, but He Himself remains beyond my ability to comprehend. His ways are higher! His thoughts are deeper!


I can only come humbly and grasp what He’s revealed. There is no room for pride or arrogance.

The fact that God is far greater than we are can excite you or frustrate you.

A)It excites me – when things are happening and I don’t have a clue I know that He does


B)He has a clue – He knows – I will just trust in His wisdom


C)Guys, we should never forget  that we are kindergarteners in the University of God.

Don’t get frustrated with the mysteries of God. Don’t bail out when you run across threads of theology you can’t reconcile.


Remember, “What’s over my head is still under His feet.” Always approach the study of God with a humble heart and a broken spirit.



Ch. 56-57 His Cry!

A)Chapter 56 – let’s us know there will be room for Gentiles in God’s future coming Kingdom.


B)V.7 Temple a house of Prayer for all nations!

1)Sunday Jesus quoted Mark 11:15 – Why upset

Exclusion happening – missed the point







III Ch. 58-66 The Delivered of God.

Ch. 58-59 The Condition of their Deliverance.

A)Isaiah 58 uncovers Judah’s hypocrisy.


B)Call to turn from their hypocrisy going  through the motions and get back to basics

1)Honoring the Sabbath and taking care of the poor


C)Notice how Ch. 59 ends


V. 20 "The Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,"

Says the Lord.


21 "As for Me," says the Lord, "this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants' descendants," says the Lord, "from this time and forevermore."


Condition deal with your sin


Ch. 60-65a The Completeness of their Deliverance

A)Isaiah 60 is a chapter of hope. It calls for God’s people to put off complacency. “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.”


B)In the world’s darkest day, God will raise up Israel as a beacon of light.


The last 7 chapters take us to the opposite Mt Peak as they look to the day when Jesus returns and establishes His earthly kingdom.

A)Everyone thinks most of our info about end times comes from the book of Revelation.


B)But not so - particularly when it comes to the Kingdom Age.


C)Revelation 20 tells us Satan will be bound, and the kingdom will last 1000 years,

1)but the rest of what we know about Jesus’ future reign we learn from the Old Testament prophets - and especially these last chapters in Isaiah.


Isaiah 60 tells us that during this time the tiny country of Israel will dominate the globe. Verse 12, “For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish”

A)It’s ironic, but the most battered and bloodied and maligned and hated nation on earth for the last 4000 years, Israel, will in the end rule over the whole earth.


B)The chapter describes how the world’s wealth will be used to build up Zion.


C)Isaiah 61 opens with the words Jesus quoted at the synagogue in Nazareth when he revealed to the people the purpose of His mission.


Jesus came to spread good news, heal hurts, issue pardons, and free those who are bound.


In Luke 4 Jesus read all the way down to the phrase, “the day of vengeance of our God…”


Jesus will come again to bring judgment, but today He wants to heal and help.


Even after his second coming, Jesus will heal Israel. He’ll swap a battered nation “beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” The rest of the chapter describes their “double honor”.


He says in 62:1, “For Zion's sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns.”


God is not through with the Jewish people. He’s made promises to Israel He’s determined to keep.


Notice in 62:7 we’re told the Lord will make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”

A)Today the city is a source of contention. One day it will be a reason for praise!





Isaiah 63 is a report from the final battle – the Battle for Jerusalem.

A)The Lord Jesus is seen coming out of Bozrah.

Bozrah was the city of Petra, near the Dead Sea.


B)It’s the sight where the Jews of the last days will run to escape from the Antichrist.

1)Now here comes Jesus out of Bozrah.


C)His Robe is red – why And Jesus tells us in verse 3, “I have trodden them in My anger, and trampled them in My fury; their blood is sprinkled on My garments… For the day of vengeance is in My heart…”


D)Notice what Jesus says in verse 5 “I looked, but there was no one to help… Therefore My own arm brought salvation…”


Jesus rescues Israel because He sees no one willing to defend His people.

A)Traditionally, the United States has supported Israel.


B)Apparently, by this time either that support has eroded, or we’ll no longer be militarily capable to fight.


C)The good news for Israel is we won’t be needed. 1)Jesus will return, and when He does He’ll destroy the Antichrist with the brightness of His coming. He’ll touch down on the Mount of Olives, and He’ll liberate the Jews held up at Bozrah.

A)He’ll come to Jerusalem, and establish His throne on the Temple Mount.



Isaiah 64 may be the prayer that prompts the second coming of Jesus…

A)It’s a prayer of repentance prayed by the Jews who somehow manage to survive the Great Tribulation, and flee to Bozrah.


They cry out for deliverance, “Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence… that the nations may tremble…”


In verse 6 the Jews repent and confess, “all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags…” Literally in the original Hebrew it reads, “like used menstrual cloths”.


Guys, that’s how God views our religious acts and good deeds. They’re dirty and filthy in His sight.


This is why we can’t save ourselves. There’s nothing we can do that will atone for our sin, or make us worthy before God.


And that’s why we need a Savior. The cross of Christ is our only hope. We need to trust in Jesus.

Isaiah 65-66 are the prophet’s grand finale’ –

Ch.65b-66 The Consummation of their Deliverance

A)These Chapters give us details into what life will be like when Jesus establishes His earthly kingdom and reigns 1000 years.


Verses 20-25 gives us a glimpse of life in the Kingdom Age, "No more shall an infant live but a few days, nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; for the child shall die one hundred years old…”


Notice, a person 100 years old is still considered a kid. I believe people will live as long as they did before the flood.


Verse 22 tells us, “For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people.”


The Kingdom Age will be a unique time.

A)The Earth will be shared with saints like us – folks who either died or were raptured, and have already received their glorified bodies –


B) along with sinners who survived the Tribulation.

1)Babies will be born –


C)This is the time when resurrected believers will reign and rule over the earth’s mortal inhabitants.


The remainder of the chapter describes how the curse of thorns and thistles will be lifted.

A)The Earth is transformed into an Eden. God will even end the hostility between the animals - verse 25, “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together.”


B)Isaiah 66:8 records an incredible prophecy, “Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children.”


C)Isaiah looks to the future rebirth of the state of Israel. He describes the momentous occasion as “a nation born in a single day”.

And that’s exactly how it happened.


D)Five months after the United Nations voted to partition Palestine, and make room for a Jewish state, the nation was born.


          On May 14, 1948, Jews in Palestine declared statehood. Without war, or coup, or civil war – as Isaiah said without labor pains – the nation Israel was birthed.


E)Never in the history of the planet has a nation been reborn after 1900 years of exile. The nation Israel is a bonafide miracle. It’s a nation born in a day!


F)Her most glorious days are still ahead Rd v.20-24