What comfort can we find from the prophetic message of Isaiah 51 in the end-times?
God’s people were going through tough times in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. Enemy nations threatened them from without and apostasy threatened them from within. Isaiah the prophet ministered to the nation of Judah at a time when hope for the future was besieged by seemingly insurmountable challenges. The Lord knew that in facing these trials, His people would lose sight of the things of heaven and the promises He made them. So the Lord gave Isaiah a message for those who feared for their troubled nation and those who feared the perils their sins put them in. He gave them a message of comfort, found in Isaiah 51:3.
“For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody .”
Let’s look at each these promises.
The Lord will comfort Zion. God’s people go through no trial in which He is not present. As we approach the greatest trial to come upon the entire world, He will send His people comfort through the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. He will guide us into all truth concerning His Scriptures and they will give us a peace that the world cannot give us.
He will comfort all her waste places, make their wilderness like Eden, and cause its desert to be like the garden of the Lord. Our battle with sin and its agents has left the faith of many among us as “waste places”, “wildernesses”, and “deserts.” Though their faith be laid waste, God promises to restore them to their former Edenic glory. This is a revival that can only come through seeking the comfort of the Holy Spirit.
Joy and gladness will be found in it. When our battle with sin is over and God’s people are brought into the heavenly city, joy and gladness will take the place of the despondency that will prevail among the earth. Those whom the Lord will save at His coming will be filled with thanksgiving beyond measure. All heaven will take part in singing the harmonious melody, praising their deliverance and their Deliverer for all eternity.
But who shall be delivered? Who shall sing this song of victory? Isaiah 51 makes it perfectly clear. The singing ones will be those who follow after righteousness and seek the Lord. These children of Abraham will listen to the Lord and His law will be in their hearts.
In the last days, God’s people in all the earth will face the same trials as His people in the days of Hezekiah. Yea, they are facing them right now. Nations rise up against them and the enemy is sowing the tares of false doctrine among them. Many of us are tempted to focus on the issues the world sees as problematic. This diverts their attention away from the comfort (and the Comforter) provided for us in the end times and leaves us to fear for our lives as those who know not the Lord.
Only those who allow the Lord to write His law upon their hearts will be comforted by the Lord. They will have a peace in the end times that will surpass human understanding. They alone will enter His covenant and will sing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb (Jer. 31:31-33; Rev. 15:2-4). Standing upon the sea of glass, God’s people will have gotten the victory over the antichristian kingdom and over sin. The peace of heaven will be theirs and their sin-weary hearts will be comforted by the Lord forever. Such a victorious deliverance will always be worthy of song.
“…Let the nations now rejoice.
Jesus saves, Jesus saves;
Shout salvation full and free,
Highest hills and deepest caves,
This our song of victory,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves.”