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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Isaiah 60

 

 

Verses 1-22

The Millennial Reign of Christ - The prophecy of Isaiah 60:1-22 is directed to the people of Israel. The Lord will arise over the Jewish people and His glory will be seen among them.

John Watts interprets this passage of Scripture as a prophecy of the time of Israel's return from Babylonian Captivity, which the king of Persia will send Ezra back to Jerusalem with a great amount of wealth. 87] I believe Isaiah 60:1-22 refers to the Millennial Reign of Christ on earth as well as the eternal age of the new heaven and earth because of Isaiah 60:19-20, at which time Jesus will enter into an eternal reign beyond millennial reign and after the great judgment day. This description in the book of Isaiah of Jerusalem's future glory is similar to Revelation 22:1-5.

87] John D. W. Watts, Isaiah 34-66, in Word Biblical Commentary: 58 Volumes on CD-Rom, vol 25, eds. Bruce M. Metzger, David A. Hubbard and Glenn W. Barker (Dallas: Word Inc, 2002), in Libronix Digital Library System, v 30b [CD-ROM] (Bellingham, WA: Libronix Corp, 2004), notes on Scene 4: Zion's Day Dawns ( Isaiah 60:1-22).

Isaiah 60:19, "The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory."

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

Isaiah 60:1Comments- We find a similar statement in Isaiah 9:1-2, "Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined." Matthew will interpret Isaiah 9:1-2 as the arrival of Jesus' public ministry on earth, saying "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up." ( Matthew 4:14-16)

Isaiah 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Isaiah 60:2Comments - Even as we are approaching the Second Coming of the Lord, we see a world that is falling deeper into darkness, sin and fear. At the same time the Church is shining more glorious than in its history.

Isaiah 60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Isaiah 60:3Comments- The prophecy of Isaiah 60:3 has a two-fold meaning. It foretells events of Jesus" birth ( Matthew 1:1-2) and of His reign as King of Kings in all of His Father"s glory.

Matthew 2:1-2, "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."

Isaiah 60:4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

Isaiah 60:5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

Isaiah 60:5 — "because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee" - Comments- The "sea" represents the nations of the earth.

Isaiah 60:5"the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee" - Comments- The ASV reads, "the wealth of the nations shall come unto thee." We see this take place at Jesus' birth ( Matthew 2:11).

Matthew 2:11, "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

Isaiah 60:21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

Isaiah 60:21Comments- Mankind was created for God's glory ( Isaiah 43:7; Isaiah 43:12, Ephesians 1:13-14).

Isaiah 43:7, "Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him."

Isaiah 43:21, "This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise."

Ephesians 1:13-14, "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Isaiah 60:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/isaiah-60.html. 2013.

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Monday, October 21st, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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