Isaiah Chapter 60


  • Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
  • 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
  • 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

This could be referring to none else but the 2nd coming of Christ and His reign upon the earth. No where in history has this happened as yet. We have had plenty of darkness covering the earth but no place has there yet been plenty of peace between Israel and the rest of the world. Enemies constantly surround them. They have been despised and mocked throughout the world, mistreated and shamed terribly. Christ is coming to deliver Israel from their enemies and rule and reign. Unfortunately a false shepherd arises first. This is where they will have to be careful not to follow the false shepherd. He does not come as an army from Heaven that every eye shall see. He will come as a deceiver and make a covenant with Israel but will break the covenant after 3 1/2 years. There will be a great tribulation. At the end of those 7 years, Jesus returns with those that were resurrected at the rapture of the believing Church 7 years previous. (Pre-trib rapture). Some hold to the teaching that it happens in the middle of the 7 years (mid trib) and some believe the church goes through all of it. (post trib). I hold with pre-trib myself.

The reason for Israel's many sufferings has been because of their rejection of the true Messiah who visited them over 2000 years ago. Christ himself predicted the taking over of the land of Judah by the Roman army in 70 A D. They have been scattered and driven into other nations for hundreds of years and had no place of their own until the year 1948. Even since then they have had constant wars and battles to remain in existence.

This will change during the reign of their true Messiah and Christ which is none other but Jesus Himself. Then this tiny despised nation will be the place in which the Lord rules the whole entire earth. They will no longer be a despised people but a respected people. The Gentile nations will come to their light. This despised Israel will one day be the most honored and respected nation in the entire earth.

  • Isaiah 60:4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
  • 5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
  • 6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall show forth the praises of the LORD.
  • 7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.

Those still scattered at the coming of Christ shall be gathered to Israel in the latter days. Surrounding nations will bring into Israel gold, flocks, supplies, riches and many material substances. Gentiles shall come and be subject to them. There will be peace like never known before. Swords will be made into plows. Animals will not even hurt. There will be no war. Diseases will be gone. All believers and faithful followers of Jesus Christ will be with Him at this time reigning with Christ and resurrected if they were dead in Christ. This also is the final gathering which actually started in 1948 but they don't recognize Jesus as the Messiah until the 2nd coming of Christ when they will be gathered in full.

  • Isaiah 60:8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?
  • 9: Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.

Even other nations will help in the re-gathering of Israel. They will bring the children of Israel back to their land.

  • Isaiah 60:10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

Other kings and nations will help build the cities again. God smote Israel in their disobedience and rebellion. He allowed other nations to oppress them when they rejected their true Messiah but now His mercy has turned back to them and they are restored to a greater state than in the time of David and Solomon.

  • Isaiah 60:11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

Other nations shall come and serve Israel.

  • Isaiah 60:12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

All nations that do not serve this nation blessed of God will be destroyed.

  • Isaiah 60:13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
  • 14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Those that persecuted and oppressed Israel will one day bow themselves down at the soles of their feet.

I didn't say this the bible says this.

  • Isaiah 60:15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

The once hated and forsaken nation will be an eternal place of excellence and joy.

  • Isaiah 60:16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
  • 17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.

They will also know who the Lord is and will serve the Lord continually. They will have lasting peace and righteousness. I'm looking forward to this time.

  • Isaiah 60:18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

Wow, no more violence. No bombs, no shootings, no destruction.

  • Isaiah 60:19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

The Lord Himself shall bring light to the city. They will not need the sun or the moon. This is also prophesied in the book of Revelation close to the end.

  • Isaiah 60:20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

No more night. Joy and happiness will prevail.

  • Isaiah 60:21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
  • 22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.

There will be no sin; all will be peace and righteousness. The land will be fruitful and there will be plenty for everyone. Such time of rejoicing this will be for Jews and Gentiles who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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