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The Millennium, part 2


 An expository study of Isaiah, chapter 11

We have seen several Messianic prophecies already in the book of Isaiah. It would be difficult to make references to the coming Messiah without including His second coming and His millennial reign. The prophets generally put all these details into one package and left it to future generations to sort them out and develop them. This is why, it seems to me, that the interpretation of prophecy is the one element of Scripture that improves as we draw nearer to its fulfillment.

However, in chapter 1l the word is directed quite specifically to the thousand-year reign of the Messiah, which we call the Millennium. In chapter two, we studied Isaiah’s first prophecy concerning it, although, as already mentioned, there are glimpses of His earthly reign in other Messianic prophecies. There will be more later. It is a happy and encouraging theme for the Christian, who lives in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. Certainly it was the same for the remnant of oppressed Jews, living in Old Testament times.

The Assyrian Threat


12. An expository study of Isaiah, chapter 10

Assyria, enemy of Israel, was a very real power in world history. It defeated the northern kingdom of Israel and came down to Jerusalem to overthrow it in the time of King Hezekiah. This is Isaiah's prophecy of those soon-coming events and is meant to strengthen Judah's resolve against their threat. In like manner, the Word of the Lord and the sure promises of the Almighty bolster His people to this day.  

Justice and defense for the needy

Chapter 10 begins with some particular complaints that God has against the legislative and judicial system in Judah. He calls their attention to evil statutes that they have drawn and unjust decisions made by their judges (v.1-2). God takes notice of those things in a nation, particularly in the physical nation, which is called by His name. He does not tolerate it, when the rights of the poor are ignored and not enforced. They have little means of procuring these rights and they lack ways, in which to defend themselves, if they are accused. Orphans and widows are of great concern to God and Judah's treatment of them is a chief cause for coming judgment. “A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, is God in His holy habitation” (Ps.68:5).