289: Isaiah 66:18-19
The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 289
During the Millennial reign of the Messiah, all nations will come to Jerusalem to see His Glory.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 66:18-19 …It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory. I will set a sign among them; and those among them who escape I will send to the nations: to Tarshish and Pul and Lud, who draw the bow, and Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands afar off who have not heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 25:31-32 When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
In this final prophecy of the Messiah from Isaiah, the Lord gives us a glimpse into the last one thousand years of the earth in which Jesus will set up the kingdom of His “father,” David, in Jerusalem. All the nations will be gathered before the Lord, and He will separate the righteous nations from the evil. Those who favored the Jews during the final three and one-half years of the Great Tribulation will receive “most favored nation status” and be allowed to go into the one thousand-year kingdom under Jesus. Those nations which persecuted and assisted the antichrist in seeking to oppress and destroy Israel and the Jews during those last three and one-half years will go into everlasting punishment.
The following verses from Matthew 25:33-46 have incorrectly been applied to those who pay attention to, and take care of, the less fortunate on the earth. In fact, the context and location of these verses spoken by Jesus come from the section of the New Testament where Jesus is describing His return to earth. At that time, He will set up His kingdom and separate the nations into two categories: the sheep and the goats.
Matthew 25:33-46 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?” And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” Then He will also say to those on the left hand, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.” Then they also will answer Him, saying, “Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?” Then He will answer them, saying, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.” And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
Certainly in principle, these verses could be used to encourage believers to help and care for the poor, the sick, the prisoner, and the needy. The heart that God has for the Jews during the persecution of Israel, in the last three and one half years of the Great Tribulation, is the same heart that He has for the poor and needy through all the ages. God has not forgotten His people—the descendants of Abraham through Isaac. Even though a majority of Jews have persisted for 2,000 years, in rejecting the One who was pierced for them, the Lord maintains His great love and desire to save all Israel.
It will be through the last three and one half years of the Great Tribulation, that the Lord will fulfill the seventieth week of Daniel Chapter 9 (Prophecy 309). Jesus, having removed His church from the world before the seven-year Tribulation begins, will turn His attention back to Israel and draw out a remnant who will both believe in and receive Him as the long-awaited Messiah.
Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
When Isaiah wrote the following text from chapter 12, He was thinking of the people who had been in exile in Babylon for seventy years. We cannot, however, limit this prophecy solely to those who returned from Babylon with great joy. It is absolutely certain that the Lord intended that this verse would also be applicable to the Jews who find that Jesus is their Messiah, during the final three and one half years of the Great Tribulation.
Isaiah 12:1-6 And in that day you will say: “O LORD, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. 2 Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’ ” 3 Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation. 4 And in that day you will say: “Praise the LORD, call upon His name; Declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted. 5 Sing to the LORD, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth. 6 Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”
The fact that this verse from Isaiah is applicable in two places of history concerning Israel, is very significant to our understanding of Bible prophecy. As with the prophecy of Isaiah 61:1-2 (Prophecies 279-282), Jesus fulfilled part of the words of Isaiah in His first appearance on earth (The acceptable year of the Lord) and will fulfill the rest of that verse (The day of vengeance of our God) during the seven-year tribulation.
It will be upon the end of the seven-year Tribulation, when Jesus returns to earth with His church, that He will fulfill this 289th prophecy of Isaiah 66:18-19. At that time, the Messiah, whom an eternal throne was promised by God, will finally be realized. Jesus will sit upon the throne of His father David and rule over the earth from Jerusalem.