Isaiah 60 – Israel and the Messianic
Previously, the redeemer comes to Zion to those who repent from their “transgression in Jacob.” So, Israel become the epicenter of what will spread out over the world as it should have been and will be in the Messianic Kingdom.
60 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.
Arise, shine. Israel and its newfound covenant with the redeemer is called to arise, shine and bear witness. Remember that prophecy is often cyclical. One could argue that this happened through the apostles after the resurrection. It will happen again in the last days when Israel is likely the last bastion of Christians on earth (we need to have a Revelation discussion). Either way, the light is the shekinah light. It is the visible manifestation of the presence of God. (Ezekiel 8-11). The earth becomes the darkest when Christ is on the cross and all the sins of the world are drawn to Him. The sky didn’t go black because of an eclipse or a storm. It was the physical manifestation of all the sins of the world being heaped upon the final scapegoat as He prepares to take them where God would never look at them again. The earth becomes darkest before the second coming of Christ as well (again, need to look at Revelation and Matthew 24:29-30).
The glory will be seen. Generally, God isn’t seen, but God will be seen. He will be over you and his glory will be seen upon you. It is much like how the moon gives light because it really reflects the light of the sun shining upon it. The light of Christ which is manifest both by Christ and by His people will be seen by all and it will be a beacon for the Gentiles or the nations to come to the light of Christ including the leaders of the world.
4 “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. 5 Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
When you lift up your eyes and see that the whole world has gathered to Israel, to Zion, and essentially to Christ with the cross as the Ebenezer, the view as that of Jews and gentiles together under the banner of Christ. What the faithful Jews of the new covenant will experience when the Abrahamic covenant is fulfilled will make them shine and their hearts swell with joy. The abundance of the sea and the wealth of the gentiles is both figurative and literal. Literally, the Messianic Kingdom is a kingdom of total abundance. Figuratively, the wealth of the gentiles (the nations) is the realization of God’s plan and love for the world coming to fruition by people who willingly choose Him.
6 The multitude of camels shall cover your land, The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; All those from Sheba shall come; They shall bring gold and incense, And they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord. 7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you, The rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you; They shall ascend with acceptance on My altar, And I will glorify the house of My glory.
8 “Who are these who fly like a cloud, And like doves to their roosts? 9 Surely the coastlands shall wait for Me; And the ships of Tarshish will come first, To bring your sons from afar, Their silver and their gold with them, To the name of the Lord your God, And to the Holy One of Israel, Because He has glorified you.
Some of these nations are the most anti-Jewish nations in history, but now they come and bring the “wealth” of themselves as an offering into the family of God. That is all to the glory of God.
10 “The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls, And their kings shall minister to you; For in My wrath I struck you, But in My favor I have had mercy on you. 11 Therefore your gates shall be open continually; They shall not be shut day or night, That men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles, And their kings in procession. 12 For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, And those nations shall be utterly ruined.
This is interesting. God’s wrath came to Israel through foreign kingdoms and empires. It is by foreign kingdoms, kings, and empires that God will also have mercy on Israel when they repent and enter the new covenant. Because the nations of the earth who come to Christ continue and the nations that oppose Christ are destroyed there is no need for gates to ever shut. Walls are often built to show strength and to show boundaries. The book of Revelation indicates strength and boundaries both figuratively and literally. In a figurative sense the strength of the walls of the New Jerusalem is that while the New Jerusalem is inhabited by the 12 tribes of Israel, all the nations of the world are one with Israel in Christ and the gates mentioned in Revelation are always open because everyone always has access to the throne of God and the trees and river of life.
13 “The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, The cypress, the pine, and the box tree together, To beautify the place of My sanctuary; And I will make the place of My feet glorious. 14 Also the sons of those who afflicted you Shall come bowing to you, And all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet; And they shall call you The City of the Lord, Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
The temple of the Kingdom (Ezekiel 40-48) is also built by gentile wealth. Remember that the reason any of this is beautiful or holy or glorious is because the Messiah is there. It isn’t a sanctuary or a temple or a city without Him. Because of Jesus all the “sons who afflicted you shall come bowing to you.” To whom? To Israel? Or to Yeshua who is, in essence, the new Jerusalem. He was despised and now every knee shall bow and tongue confess (and happy to do so). There is a type of meshing between Zion and Jesus. Jerusalem will finally live up to its name, City of Peace, because the Prince of Peace is there forever.
15 “Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, So that no one went through you, I will make you an eternal excellence, A joy of many generations. 16 You shall drink the milk of the Gentiles, And milk the breast of kings; You shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
Look what Jesus and Israel have in common. They were once forsaken and hated, but now Jesus is Lord, Savior, Redeemer, and the Mighty One of Jacob.
17 “Instead of bronze I will bring gold, Instead of iron I will bring silver, Instead of wood, bronze, And instead of stones, iron. I will also make your officers peace, And your magistrates righteousness. 18 Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, Neither [a]wasting nor destruction within your borders; But you shall call your walls Salvation, And your gates Praise.
Notice, throughout Isaiah, that the officers and magistrates didn’t seek God. They looked for silver and Gold. They didn’t bring peace or righteousness. They made strife, brokenness, and wickedness. Now, they seek the Redeemer and He brings the silver and Gold. They seek the Savior and He makes the officers and magistrates peace and righteousness. The walls that were previously built to hold off invaders had to be strong, but they fell. Now the walls will never fall and they are built with Salvation and Praise.
19 “The sun shall no longer be your light by day, Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory. 20 Your sun shall no longer go down, Nor shall your moon withdraw itself; For the Lord will be your everlasting light, And the days of your mourning shall be ended.
Revelation 21:23 and 22:5 reflect this. The shekinah light of Christ is the light of the City of God.
21 Also your people shall all be righteous; They shall inherit the land forever, The branch of My planting, The work of My hands, That I may be glorified. 22 A little one shall become a thousand, And a small one a strong nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.”
The condition of Israel changes from one of sin into righteousness because of the Messiah. The persecution of Israel ceases so Israel increases in numbers both with Jews and Gentiles.