Biblical Commentary        
The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

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 into it.

And many people shall go and say, You come, 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.

And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords
into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.

O house of Jacob, you come, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Therefore You have forsaken Your people the house of Jacob, because they are replenished from the east,
and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.  Their
land is also 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: their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of
their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: and the common man bows down, and the great
man humbles himself: therefore forgive them not.

Enter into the rock, and hide you in the dust, for the fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty.  
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.

For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one who is proud and lofty, and upon every one who
is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: and upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up,
and upon all the oaks of Bashan, and upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted
up, and upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall, and upon all the ships of Tarshish, nad upon
all pleasant pictures.  And all 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. And the idols He shall utterly
abolish.  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 arises to shake terribly the earth.

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; to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the
ragged rocks, for the fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake terribly
the earth.

You cease from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?

I. Introduction
II. The mountain of the LORD's house...
III. O house of Jacob...
IV. The day of the LORD of hosts...

I. Introduction

A vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

II. The mountain of the LORD's house...

The vision of Isaiah would take place in the last (or latter) days.  Times past is the Patriarchal
Age, or the days of the patriarchs.  Time present (for Isaiah) is the Mosaic, or Prophetic Age, or
the days of the prophets.  The last days is the Present, or Christian Age, or the days of the New
Covenant.

Peter refers to the last days in his sermon on the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel on the Day of
Pentecost in Acts 2 (v. 16,17).  When Peter says that the actions of the beginning of the Christian
Dispensation are the fulfillment of Joel's prophecy of what would happen in the last days, he
defines the Christian Age as the last days.  It is inspired testimony.

The LORD's house is the church.  Paul defines "the house of God, which is the church of the
living God, the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15).

The church is established above and beyond any earthly government.  It is not subject to the
laws  and regulations of any government.  The church is above every king, every dictator, every
president, every prime minister -- any and every governmental authority.

Neither is the church limited to any nationality.  God's people will not any longer be limited to a
single nation, like Israel.  God's people, those w ho comprise the church, those who are a part
of the house of God, shall come from every nation.  Regardless of their nation of birth,
regardless of their language, regardless of their race, regardless of their class or caste,
regardless of their income, men and women of all nations will com and be a  part of the church.

These people will become a part of the church, not by birth, as did the children of Israel, but by
faith.  They will be people who will want to be taught the ways of God, and who will be obedient
to it.  It is a matter of "trust and obey, for there's no other way."  It is faith and obedience.

Remember the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mouth:  "Not everyone who says to Me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is
in heaven" (Matthew 7:21).  That is what the prophet Isaiah foretells of the church.

The beginning of the house of God, the church, will be in Zion or Jerusalem.  Jesus, Himself,
refers to this prophecy: "Then He said to them, Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for
the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and
remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  And
you are my witnesses of these things.  Behold, I send the promise of My Father to you; but wait
in the city of Jerusalem till you are endowed with power from on high." (Luke 24:46-49).

The beginning of the church would change the nature of the kingdom of God upon the earth.  
Israel and then Judah and Israel, were physical kingdoms which expanded their territory and
their citizenship by the use of the sword and spear, through warfare.  Now, the kingdom of God
would not be of this world, and its warfare would not be a physical warfare: it is a spiritual
kingdom, conducting spiritual warfare.  It would be spread through the capture of the hearts,
minds and souls of men; not by the capture of their bodies.

"Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world.  If My kingdom were of this world, then would
My servants fight that I should not be delivered to the Jews, but now My kingdom is not from
here." (John 18:36).

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole
armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we do not wrestle
against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual armies of wickedness in the heavenly places.  
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and
having done all, to stand." (Ephesians 6:10-13).

The tools of war will be turned into the tools of farming, for the seed of the word of God must be
planted, and the doctrine of Christ must be used to prune.  Rather than fighting with other
nations, each will seek to recruit other nationalities to the kingdom of God, the church.

"And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority is given to me in heaven and in earth.  
Go therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have command you, and lo, I
am with you always even to the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:18-20)

III. O house of Jacob...

Isaiah pleads with the house of Jacob to walk in the light of the LORD.  He pleads with them to
listen to His words, to follow His words.  But, alas, they would not.
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