We are going to look at the first four verses of Isaiah chapter two. First, I want us to read them and then we will go back and look at certain portions.
Isaiah 2:1-4 The Word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
I have always been drawn to the Old Testament Scriptures. The first time I picked up a Bible to read I began at the beginning. The first line was: In the beginning God created. So right at the get-go I was introduced to the Creator of all things - even the Creator of me. I have found it intriguing ever since. And when I found out how mystical it was and the hidden life that was in it, I fell deeply in love with the Lord and His Word. Even back in those early days there were times when I felt I had once experienced what I was reading. The Word lived for me, and it still does!
Isaiah 2:1 The Word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
It is interesting that it is not said that Isaiah heard the Word but that he saw the Word. Now, we know that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Word, so it was a revelation of Him that Isaiah really received. The revelation of the Lord revealed to Isaiah things concerning Judah and Jerusalem, and, as we shall see, things which also concern us in this day.
As I said earlier, the Scriptures are very mystical. It is necessary for us to see the Word of God that is below the information, just as the body of Jesus covered the reality of the Christ in Him so that people could not see Him as He truly was, for they could only see the Nazarene. Likewise, the body of the information in the Scriptures covers up the divine life in them.
Now, the first verse says that the Word Isaiah saw was concerning Judah and Jerusalem. The rest of the verses of our text will confirm what I am going to say next. If we think of Judah and Jerusalem only as those locations in Israel we will miss what God wants us to understand. We will miss the divine life in the Word.
The word "Judah" means "praise." Thus, the people of spiritual Judah will be a praise people; they will praise the Lord and the Lord Jesus Himself is the true Judah. He is called the Lion of the tribe of Judah in Revelation 5:5. Those of us who are under the Lordship of Jesus Christ are of His tribe; we are those who praise Him. So, you see the word Judah mystically speaks of the Lord and His chosen ones - the Lion of the tribe of Judah and those who praise Him as their King.
"But I thought Israel was God's chosen people!"
Well, they are and they aren't. It depends on how you look at it. Listen to what the apostle Paul says about it: For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. Romans 2:28-29. Jesus is a true Jew and anyone who is under His Lordship is a true Jew, but being born in the land of Judah does not make a true Jew. Again Paul says, For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, in Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. Romans 9:6-8. So, you see, being born in Israel doesn't make people the chosen of God. An Israelite can become a member of the chosen of the Lord, but it depends on his relationship with the Lord. The same is true for Christians. Christians can become the chosen people of God, but it depends on their relationship with the Lord. Many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 20:16). Alright, this is one of the things that Isaiah's prophecy is all about - people being called and chosen.
Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
The last days are not the last days of time. The last days of any person's life are the days of his maturity. The same is true spiritually. Your last days, as the Scriptures speak of them, are the days of your spiritual maturity. Jesus told His disciples, I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. John 16:12. They were not mature enough spiritually to receive what Jesus had for them, but the days would come when they would be mature enough to receive and understand. That would be their last days, their days of maturity. There are many promises in the Scriptures of what the Lord would do in the last days. Of course, everyone doesn't come into their last days at the same time. Some Christians never come to their last days because they do not grow spiritually. They remain babes on a milk diet. Everyone that uses milk is unskillful in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:13-14. It concerns me that so many Christians never become spiritually mature. They just don't seem to see the need. One of the greatest miracles is that insatiable hunger for the Word. Without that, no one can come into his last days of spiritual maturity.
It shall come to pass in the last days that the Mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains. Now, do not think of literal mountains. The Mountain of the Lord's house is His Kingdom, and the Lord's house are those chosen ones who have become the dwelling of the Lord. The Mountain of the Lord's house will be established in the top of the mountains. There are many religious movements and many churches, but the Lord's house will be established above them all. His house will be in the top of the mountains, exalted above the hills. And it shall come to pass.
Then the prophecy says that all nations shall flow unto it. It doesn't say that all of the nation of Israel will flow into it. It doesn't say that all of Christianity will flow into it. It says all nations! There will be people from every nation coming into the Lord's house, and these people will become a new race of people (Matthew 24:34-35). They will be a new race because they will take on the divine nature of the Lord; they will become as He is (Matthew 10:24-25). At the beginning of this message we said there was a difference between a Jew and a true Jew, and that all Israel were not the Israel of the promise. So it is with Christianity! Even Christians must likewise become a new race of people, those who inhabit the house of the Lord that is established in the top of the mountains. And it shall come to pass.
Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Many people of many lands will say, "Come, and let us go up to the Mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob." Don't let the term "God of Jacob" lead you into the old way of thinking. Jacob, as you know, became an Israel. The God of Jacob is the One who takes a Jacob and makes a true Israel. The name Jacob means "deceiver." We are all Jacobs until God makes us a true Israelite or a true Jew or a true Christian.
Now let's see what happens when we come to the house of the God of Jacob. He begins teaching us of His ways, and we learn to walk in His paths. We who were a Jacob are becoming an Israel. We are becoming Zion and Jerusalem, and out of us will flow forth the Word of the Lord. And it shall come to pass.
He will teach us of His ways. He will teach us as He did Moses. He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel. Psalm 103:7. It is one thing to see the acts of the Lord; it is quite another to know His ways, how He did those acts. How does He teach us His ways? His ways come through the prophets and apostles. He teaches us through the ministry of Moses, Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and all the other prophets and apostles - not only of those in the Scriptures but also those He is raising up today. After we learn His ways, then we can walk in His paths. We will be able to walk in the paths of the prophets and apostles. And it will come to pass.
Isaiah 2:4 And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
The Lord shall judge among the nations. All authority in heaven and in earth is His; He is Lord over the whole universe. But His Lordship is active among the nations that have come to the Mountain of the Lord's house. They are under the creative hand of the Lord; He rebukes many people. The Hebrew word for "rebuke" is yakach and means "to correct" or "to chasten" as is explained in Hebrews 12:6, 10: For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives...that we might be partakers of His holiness. In this way He judges among the nations and rebukes many people.
Because of the chastening of the Lord the people will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. The plowshares were used to break up the ground. Before any planting could be done, the ground needed to be broken up and prepared for the planting. You will remember in the parable Jesus gave of the sower that some seed fell upon stony places. The ground was not plowed and prepared for the seed; therefore, the birds, representing evil spirits, came and ate the seeds (Matthew 13:4, 19). Jesus was teaching His disciples that the hearts of men must be prepared for receiving the Word of the Kingdom. Thus, beating the swords into plowshares means that a most important function in the Lord's house is the preparation of hearts to receive the Word of His ways. Their fallow ground must be broken up. Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you. Hosea 10:12.
And their spears into pruning hooks. The pruning hooks are used for pruning the fruit trees and grape vines. This speaks of the pruning of our lives that we may bear more fruit, the precious nature of the Lord. Jesus teaches us about this in the 15th chapter of John. I am the true vine, and My Father is the Husbandman. Every branch in Me that bears not fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit. John 15:1-2. Both the breaking up of fallow ground and the pruning takes place in the Lord's house. The Lord is creating His people, and it shall come to pass.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. We are talking about the nations who are going up to the Mountain of the Lord's house. The worldly nations still may be warring against each other, but it will be different among those of the Lord's house. The war that Isaiah is talking about is the war that takes place within us - the war of the flesh against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would. Galatians 5:17. When a Christian sets his heart to walk with God, it doesn't take long for him to realize that his flesh nature is his greatest enemy. The Apostle Paul speaks of this warfare in his Epistle to the Corinthians: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. II Corinthians 10:4-5. This war takes place within us as we are putting off the old man and the new man is being birthed in us.
We are learning the ways of the Lord; we are learning to walk in His paths. The Mountain of the Lord's house is being established in the top of the mountains. And it shall come to pass!
Copyright © 2012 by Henry DuBose