From the middle of December we have been studying the Book of Isaiah and looking back what it means to us forms the subject in this last post.
Firstly let us understand what do we mean by prophecies? “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Pe.1:21,20)”. It was God who revealed the burden to Isaiah and he was to speak as with Prophet Jeremiah ‘all that I command thee (Je.1:17).’
Isaiah refers to everlasting covenant. So let us place it as the rest frame against which man and nations are to be evaluated. Man as a rational being judges his world from appearances but not so with God. Everlasting covenant is demonstrative of divine Nature. Conclusive evidence of our righteousness is not in us but how God determines. He is a Just God. The scripture reveals it in terms of divine Will, its Fulfillment which the Holy Spirit has set down in symbols so man may be instructed in righteousness.
Having said this let us be clear that prophecy of Isaiah was not merely bound by his own time but Time which is God’s.
God created the heaven and the earth. Everlasting covenant* between God the Father and the Son (Ge.1.1; John1:1,10). The eternal word as the constitution validates it (Ps.119:89). According three fold narrative we have a symbol which is the lamb slain before the worlds began (Re.13:8) So when God clothed Adam with coats of skins we can infer its appropriateness, Similarly the signs (Ge.1:14) are valid for the heaven and the earth. In the holy city of God glory of the throne obviate these signs.
Isaiah has set down the salvation report and it touches the alpha omega aspect of God (Re.1:8). For example it is what everlasting covenant signifies and it fits with Jerusalem and New Jerusalem, heaven and earth with new heaven and new earth. We shall discuss one aspect here below:
Among the prophets Isaiah stands pre-eminent for the reason his prophetic writings give a 360° of God’s Salvation Plan as no other. He mentions the everlasting nature of triune God to which in such compelling imagery the law of the flesh and of the spirit that define the old and new covenant, the plan hangs as natural from the peg of the everlasting covenant coexisting with God. Isaiah asks “Who hath believed our report? (Is.53)” and gives us the clearest writing ever penned outside the gospels on the Saviour of the World,- the Word made flesh and who became our Saviour Lord. So there did exist a salvation plan before the worlds began and same everlasting covenant is promised as God making with the new earth(Is.55:3)”. Sure mercies of David refers to the atoning work of God the Son, the root of Jesse. Sandwiched between two bookends the covenant makes a compelling case for the narrative structure of the Bible relating to the Father Son relationship. What was in the divine Will God is predicted by Isaiah and the new heaven and new earth (Re.21:5) are fulfilled. So in a manner of speaking Salvation Report forms the core value of the book.
Consider the new earth. God asks the question “Where is my rest (Is.66:1)?” New heaven holds a visible symbol, Throne of God and of Lamb (Re.21.) The nations of Israel and the Gentiles that are left behind inhabit the new earth and New Jerusalem refers to the throne or the heaven. For the Jews Zion and New Jerusalem are interchangeable but symbol of the throne. Signs and wonders mentioned by Isaiah(8:18) refer to Christ and the Church.
“And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.(Je.32:40)”Here we have the promise of God. The Jews and the Gentiles shall worship God in spirit and truth.
Adam and Last Adam similarly signify Christ; symbolism of which we find in Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.
In the holy city of God the throne has composite symbols of the Lamb and of God. Symbol of the slain lamb before the worlds began never changes it memorial nature or symbol. It serves for the new earth as God for the nation of Israel on the new earth. Appropriately Adam and Last Adam invoke everlasting covenants under heaven and the earth and new heaven and new earth respectively.
Note: * A body has been prepared imply the everlasting covenant and it is the basis and to which the Spirit has set the emblem of the slain lamb which never changes.
Consider the Psalm quote in the Epistle to the Hebrews: “ Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:/6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure./7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God(10:5-7)”. Consequently those who have received Jesus Christ as the Savior in order to do the perfect will of God must abide in him (John 15:1). They are part of the throne of God and of Lamb. A remnant of the Jews shall be added to the Church, or the Body of Christ which explains most satisfactorily the body with which the Son of man fulfilled the mandate of the Father (Jn.3:16; He.10:14).The televangelists need to get their act together and produce fruits to show their abiding life in Christ.
Everlasting nature of God never changes; His making everlasting covenant with the new earth is with specific reference to New heaven and new earth.