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Bible Commentaries

Gaebelein's Annotated Bible

Isaiah 58

Verses 1-14

3. Jewish History in the End time: their Future Glory and the Glory of the Coming Age (58-59)

This third and last section of the vision of Isaiah can only be understood and appreciated if it is studied in the light of other prophecies which predict the final events with which the times of the Gentiles close. That period consists of 7 years, the last 3 1/2 being the great tribulation. According to these predictions a part of the Jewish nation will be back in their land. These returned Jews will consist of two classes, a faithful remnant who own their condition, trust in Jehovah and in the national promises, and an unbelieving mass. The latter will be the large majority and hate their own brethren. In their unbelief they will build another temple and eventually will accept the false messiah, the Antichrist. The struggles and troubles of the end time can easily be traced in this last section. The faithful remnant, their fears and hopes, their sufferings and prayers are written here, as well as their deliverance through the coming Of the King, the Lord Jesus Christ. The prophetic descriptions of the future of Jerusalem, the land of Israel, the restored nation, the spiritual blessings and the glories in store for this earth are the most magnificent in the entire book.


The Condition of the People, Repentance, and the Blessings to Follow

1. The Prophet’s commission (Isaiah 58:1 ) 2. The transgression and sins of Jacob uncovered (Isaiah 58:2-5 ) 3. The divine requirements (Isaiah 58:6-7 ) 4. What Jehovah promises (Isaiah 58:8-14 ) Once more the Prophet is commissioned to cry and this time to call the people to repentance. Such will be the case during the time of the end. The first advent of the Lord was heralded by John the Baptist, who called the nation to repentance. The Second Advent will be preceded by another call to repentance. It is before us in this chapter. See also Malachi 4:3-6 .

In Isaiah 58:9-14 we have all the great future blessings of the converted remnant of Israel described. It is the entire section in embryo.

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Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Isaiah 58". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". 1913-1922.