Isaiah

Isaiah Chapter 18

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN What people are designated as "scattered and peeled"? Which is the "land that shadows"? What are the vessels of bulrushes? How can rivers spoil a land? We have now come to a chapter, short indeed, but full of thrilling interest to every lover of the Word of God, and especially to all to whom the study of Prophecy is a delight, as indeed it should be to every Christian in these portentous days. I say of thrilling interest, since it deals with events which, although future, s...

Isaiah Chapter 19

CHAPTER NINETEEN The burden of Egypt. Who is the "cruel lord"? The conversion of Egypt. The blow that heals. Jehovah's threefold blessing. We have found, I trust, something of a "living issue," as it is termed, in each of the "burdens" that have preceded the one to which we have come, and this surely should lead us confidently to expect no less from that most ancient seat of civilization, Egypt. How often is the inspired Word of God treated as if it were nothing more than a profane and very...

Isaiah - Introduction to Chapters 40-66

DIVISION THREE Chapters 40 to 66 Introduction: The Manifestation of God in His Ways with Israel This third part an integral portion of the book and the writing of the same author, not a Deutero-Isaiah. The divine and human authorship both attested by the same mark of "three" impressed upon it. One cannot approach this last part of our book that speaks so clearly and directly of our Lord, both as to His sufferings and the glory that shall follow, without...

Isaiah Chapter 20

CHAPTER TWENTYEgypt a symbolic nation of vain-confidence. The three years' sign.The nakedness not the extreme as with us. The discord of evil. In conformity with a plan that frequently governs the prophetic writing, after having taken us down to the end of the ways of God with the earth, as far as to millennial blessedness, we are, in this very short chapter, taken back that Israel, seeing the complete humiliation of Egypt, may be warned against putting confidence in a nation that cannot even...

Isaiah Chapter 41

CHAPTER FORTY-ONE Jehovah's challenge to idolatrous Gentiles. The hasty constructionof gods that are to protect from a threatened danger. Jehovah's lovefor Israel expressed by every form of wording. The paradise on earth.Where and what is "Har-mageddon"? None but God can tell howthe earth came, so none but He can reveal the future. The significant "three" is clearly impressed on this chapter. Jehovah challenges the idolatrous Gentiles, next turns to His beloved Israel, and then there is agai...

Isaiah Chapter 39

CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE The embassage from Babylon and its consequences. We again drop poetry and return to prose, which certainly appears more harmonious with the contents of our short chapter, recording the failure in the testimony of a true saint, followed by the announcement of divine chastening on the nation. The beloved Hezekiah, whose sincere intention was to "walk softly," has a more dangerous trial to undergo than the threatening of an open and powerful enemy, or the suffering from an ...

Isaiah Chapter 14

CHAPTER FOURTEEN A complete revolution; the slave becomes the master, issuing in a song of triumph over Babylon. Sh'ohl and its shades. Lucifer; for whom does that word stand? The problem of the existence of evil in the world: whence could it come, the one Creator being absolute Good? Our foe's first appellation now borne by the Lord Jesus. Significance of the points of the compass. Philistia; its teachings. Who is the "flying serpent" here? Israel expects no "rapture." No deliverance shall...

Isaiah Chapter 21

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE The Burdens of countries, known by emblems. Babylon first; why emblemed by "desert of the sea." The prophets grief at the vision. The watchman and what he sees. Significance of the roar of a lion. The second scene, the return of theexpedition. Babylon fallen. Burden of Dumah: the source and meaning of that word. God hears the cry of a condition. Burden of Arabia. In the next two chapters we have four "burdens," linked together by each of their subjects being expressed, not i...

Isaiah Chapter 37

CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN Hezekiah's second step: he sends to the prophet. Jehovah's encouragement. The letter. Hezekiah's growth. The song, the sign. The deputation of three, in telling the result of their mission, communicate their distress to the King; their torn clothes, and sorrowful faces speak clearly enough, but they do not give him the words of Rabshakeh in full. Hezekiah may have weakened through fear, and stripped Jehovah's House, but now, at the end of his own resources, he turns at ...

Isaiah Chapter 8

CHAPTER EIGHT Hebrew names are divinely intended to teach truths: The refusal of Shiloah: Where those waters are still flowing: The invasion of Immanuel's Land: Counsel as to consulting the dead: The Rock of the Word: Sorrowful condition of the deluded. The opening words, "Moreover the Lord said," mark a new subsection of the prophecy, which we may say began with the child Shear-Jashub in chapter 7, ascended to the Son, Immanuel; descends again to the lad Maher-shalal (ver. 1), and finally ...
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