188: Isaiah 22:21-25

COPYRIGHT WARNING

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 188

The Messiah will be “A Peg in a secure place”; A righteous and just ruler to fasten all the hopes and dreams of every person.

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 22:21-25 “I will clothe him with your robe And strengthen him with your belt; I will commit your responsibility into his hand. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem And to the house of Judah. The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut; And he shall shut, and no one shall open. I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, And he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house. ‘They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the posterity, all vessels of small quantity, from the cups to all the pitchers. In that day,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘the peg that is fastened in the secure place will be removed and be cut down and fall, and the burden that was on it will be cut off; for the LORD has spoken.’

New Testament Fulfillment:

Revelation 1:12-13 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, “These things says He who is holy, He who is true, ‘He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens…’ ”

Matthew 16:19 “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Application:

Clearly, Isaiah’s description in chapter 22:21-25 is directed at the Messiah. Key phrases such as: The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut; And he shall shut, and no one shall open and I will clothe him with your robe and strengthen him with your belt, are allusions to Revelation Chapter 3:7 where Jesus says: He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens.

In Revelation Chapter 1:13, Jesus is described as clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. This robe that Jesus wears is figurative of His righteousness in which He will rule with perfect justice. The belt that Jesus is seen wearing is illustrative of truth and is an reference to His method of judgment which is based on truth. Jesus always looks at the heart of the person when He judges, not at the outward appearance.

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth

Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments…

The language of Prophecy 188, from Isaiah 22:21-25, is a clear reference to Jesus as the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. He is seen in fulfillment of these promises by His final disposition in the Book of Revelation as King of kings and Lord of lords over the whole universe.

The statement here in this prophecy of Isaiah 22:13, I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, is a reference to Old Testament history. When the walls of the Temple were being built, the builders were not permitted to use a hammer.

1 Kings 6:7 And the temple, when it was being built, was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built.

As the bricks of the Temple were formed, nails or pegs had square heads that are described as similar to a dice. The ends of these nails were bent to prevent their removal. As a particular brick was wet and being formed, a peg would be inserted into the wet clay of the brick while it was still soft. As the brick hardened, the peg was securely fastened.[1] These pegs were usually placed near the windows and doors of a room so that items could be hung upon them.

When Isaiah says, I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, And he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house. They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, in 22:24-25, he is making a reference to this method of attaching a peg into a secure place. The idea here is that the Messiah will be a secure and firm ruler, with absolute authority. All of the former pegs or security that man had set up on the earth will be done away with when Messiah comes to rule the earth.

A second interesting point here is made by Isaiah’s reference to the Peg, as it will be cut down. This is an apparent reference to the Messiah’s death by crucifixion in the midst of His ministry.

the peg that is fastened in the secure place will be removed and be cut down and fall…

This is similar language to Daniel’s prophecy (Prophecy 310) which speaks of the Messiah as cut off, also a reference to His death. Both of these amazing prophecies from Daniel and Isaiah predict the Messiah’s death.

This is why it is not wise to “pin” all of your hopes on the systems of this present world, as very soon all these things will pass away. Jesus as the Messiah will set up a new kingdom in which He will rule over all the governments of men with complete fairness, righteousness, and justice. One of the interesting aspects of this new rulership is that all those who are living now for Jesus, as their Lord and Savior, will be a part of the future rulership of earth when He returns to set up His kingdom.

Revelation 1:6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 5:10 “And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”

Luke 22:28-30 “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

If you will “Pin” all of your hopes on Jesus today as your Messiah, you will never be disappointed. He is the one to whom men have longed for as their King. Jesus will rule with perfect equity over every minute detail of life. In His coming kingdom, we will not be restricted by the redundant laws of man but instead, be released to enjoy all the fullness that life has to offer, without sin. No one will enjoy their existence more than when Jesus is set up as Lord and King over the earth.


NOTES:
[1] William Barclay, “City of the Great King”, the “Royal Caverns” of Josephus. See “Quart. Journal,” Pal. Explorer Fund (No. 7.), pp, 373, 374, and cf. p. 34. and IVP Bible Background Commentary on the Old Testament

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