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Isaiah Two

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Isaiah 2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

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 mountain. In such prophecies, mountains are symbolic of kingdoms. In the coming kingdom age, the Lord will be acknowledged as king over all the earth (Isaiah 9:6-7), with His throne at Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3). See also Zechariah 14:9.

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.

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 pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

swords into plowshares. Never will there be a true and lasting world peace until the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) comes to enforce it.

Isaiah 2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Isaiah 2:6 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.

please themselves. That is, “join hands with,” making alliances with their pagan neighbors to the east (especially Egypt and Chaldea), with their occult religions—much like the eastern religions in the modern world—and also with the pagan Philistines to the southwest.

Isaiah 2:7 Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots:

Isaiah 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:

full of idols. The people of Israel were being led away into the pagan pantheism of the East (Assyria and Babylonia) and the occultism of the Philistines (Isaiah 2:6), both of which involved idolatry.

Isaiah 2:9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.

Isaiah 2:10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.

hide thee in the dust. The prophecies of Isaiah 2:10-22 will be fulfilled in their ultimate sense in the coming great tribulation period of the end-times. Note the context (Isaiah 2:12).

Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

Isaiah 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

the day of the Lord. This is the first, and thus definitive use of the prophetic phrase, “the day of the Lord” in the Bible. The phrase often applies precursively to an imminent judgment of God (as in Isaiah 3:1), but primarily and ultimately to the time of the great tribulation.

Isaiah 2:13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

Isaiah 2:14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,

Isaiah 2:15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,

Isaiah 2:16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.

Isaiah 2:17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

Isaiah 2:18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish.

Isaiah 2:19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

shake terribly the earth. While the first nine verses of this chapter focus on the sins of Judah and Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:1), the coming judgment on the Holy Land is only a type of the judgment on the whole world in the last days, and the remainder of the chapter leaps ahead to a vision of this great end-time judgment. Compare the same scene in Revelation 6:15-17.

Isaiah 2:20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;

Isaiah 2:21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

Isaiah 2:22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?