The Study of Last Things
by James T. Bartsch
Learning about the Future to Live Better Today
"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you." (Isaiah 60:1)
The Glory of Israel in Christ's Millennial Kingdom
1. Israel’s glorious, God-given light of righteousness in the Millennium will draw all nations to her (Isa. 60:1-3). In The New American Bible footnote 1 comments on the first six verses. It reads as follows: “[1-6] The Church makes use of these verses for the first reading of the Mass on the feast of Epiphany, for she sees in them symbols of her universality.” The Church is welcome to read these six verses, but they are not symbols of her universality. They are bold predictions of Israel’s glorious future, and they should be read with that in mind.
a. Israel is urged to revel in the dawn of the light of God’s glory (Isa. 60:1).
b. The dark gloom of the nations (both before and especially during the Tribulation) is contrasted with the future glory of Israel (Isa. 60:2).
c. In the Kingdom, Israel’s light will be a magnet to the Gentiles (Isa. 60:3).
2. During the Millennium, believing Jewish people will be restored to Israel from all over with wealth and glory. This restoration will be for God’s honor (Isa. 60:4-9)
a. Israel will rejoice at the return of her expatriates (Isa. 60:4).
b. Israel will rejoice in her prosperity (Isa. 60:5).
c. There will be Arab (Eastern) participation in the worship of Yahweh in Jerusalem (Isa. 60:6-7).
i. Arab wealth for the purpose of worship will be transported by camels to Jerusalem (Isa. 60:6).
ii. Arab contributions toward the worship of Yahweh in Jerusalem will include flocks from Arabia and rams from Jordan. They will be sacrificed on God’s altar and glorify His house (Isa. 60:7).
d. Western maritime cooperation in returning expatriates back to Israel (Isa. 60:8-9)
i. The expedited travel (Isa 60:8).
ii. The participation of coastal maritime nations (Is. 60:9a).
iii. The objectives of the maritime nations (Isa. 60:9b).
3. Earth’s nations to serve Israel in the Millennium (Isa. 60:10-14).
a. Gentiles to assist Israel (Isa. 60:10).
b. The accessibility of the city of Jerusalem (Isa. 60:11-12).
i. The policy of continually-open gates (Isa. 60:11a).
ii. The reason for open access (Isa. 60:11b).
iii. The penalty for international non-submission to Israel (Isa. 60:12).
c. The cooperation of Lebanon in the beautification of Jerusalem (Isa. 60:13).
d. The subservience of Israel’s former enemies (Isa. 60:14).
4. The wealthy, glorious, international supremacy of Israel in the Millennium, overlapping into the Eternal State (Isa. 60:15-22).
a. The reversal of past animosity (Isa. 60:15).
b. Israel the beneficiary of international nurture because of Yahweh’s salvation (Isa. 60:16).
c. Yahweh’s blessing of Israel during the Millennial age (Isa. 60:17).
d. Yahweh’s preservation of Israel from war and terrorism (Isa. 60:18).
e. The eternal glory of Israel as emanating from Israel’s God (Isa. 60:19-20).
i. The displacement of natural light (Isa. 60:19a).
ii. The supernatural source of light (Isa. 60:19b).
iii. The eternal presence of light (Isa. 60:20).
f. The condition of Jewish people and the land of Israel during the Kingdom (Isa. 60:21-22).
i. All Israelis righteous (Isa. 60:21a)
ii. Israel’s eternal possession of the Land of Israel (Isa. 60:21b).
iii. The supernatural power behind these two verities (Isa. 60:21c).
iv. Yahweh’s motivation for permanently establishing Israel as righteous people in the land of their inheritance (Isa. 60:21d).
v. The supernatural preeminence of the Jewish people (Isa. 60:22a).
vi. The Guarantor and timing of Jewish preeminence (Isa. 60:22b).
(Scripture quotations taken from the NASB 1995.)
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Updated April 18, 2021