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Isaiah Sixty Three

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Isaiah 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

cometh from Edom. The answer to this question is the returning Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will evidently come to the great host of armies of the Beast assembled all the way from Edom on the south to Armageddon on the north. See on Isaiah 34:5-6; Revelation 14:20. The “great slaughter” (Isaiah 34:6) will apparently commence at Bozrah, the capitol of Edom (or Idumea), then continue up the great “valley of Jehoshaphat” (Joel 3:2), climaxing in the valley of Megiddo, near Armageddon (Revelation 16:16), the “Mount of Slaughter.”

Isaiah 63:2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?

red in thine apparel. His apparel is red, as one treading in a winepress, because “He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God,” and thus He has a “vesture dipped in blood” (Revelation 19:13, 15).

Isaiah 63:3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.

Isaiah 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

day of vengeance. The long-awaited “day of vengeance” is sure to come, though Christ clearly indicated it would be deferred until His second coming. See on Isaiah 61:2.

Isaiah 63:5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.

Isaiah 63:6 And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.

Isaiah 63:7 I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.

Isaiah 63:8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

angel of his presence. Christ in a pre-incarnate theophany was suffering with, and for, His people even prior to His incarnation.

Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

his holy Spirit. A noteworthy Old Testament reference to the Holy Spirit. Vexing Him is, no doubt, tantamount in this age to quenching or grieving the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30).

Isaiah 63:11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?

Isaiah 63:12 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?

Isaiah 63:13 That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble?

Isaiah 63:14 As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.

Isaiah 63:15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?

Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

Isaiah 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants' sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Isaiah 63:18 The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.

Isaiah 63:19 We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name.