A Review of Isaiah 60 by Keith E Gardner Always using the King James Bible
This verse and this entire chapter have been written to the elect and the called and chosen of God.We know this because the LORD exclaims “for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee”.This is the language of the rebirth of the soul.
“For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people” is our Lord GOD describing the beginning of that final day.“… but the LORD shall arise upon thee and His glory shall be seen upon thee” is the LORD telling His of His intension: Isaiah 42:9.He is telling His of the end to come that on that day we will not be dismayed.
In verse 3 our Lord GOD speaks of the Gentiles who are all those who have not been called and chosen.However, here the LORD is speaking of a particular portion of those who are Gentiles.He speaks of those who will “come to thy light”.The light our Lord GOD refers to is His gospel taken forth only by His called and chosen.“… thy rising” the LORD speaks of in this verse is His elect becoming His called and chosen.He tells us here that even the mighty men of the earth will respond to the call of God through His called and chosen.
In verse 4 the LORD is showing unto His called and chosen the fruits of their labor.He says “lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee”.They here are the elect of God becoming called and chosen by the word of the LORD given to them by those the LORD has already called and chosen.This is the process the LORD uses to gather all of His elect unto Himself.The sons and daughters the LORD speaks of are all the elect bought unto God by those who are called and chosen of the LORD.Henceforth, they become the children of the person who took them the word and they too will then continue this process until all the elect have been called and chosen: then the end will come.
We will see the work of the LORD as He brings all those called and chosen to whom we took His gospel unto us: Isaiah 49:20-23.The great glory of His works will cause us to fear His awesome might, but our hearts will be enlarged as we realize He is our All Mighty God.Please realize our hearts will be enlarged in Him not puffed-up in ourselves.Then “… the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto …” the called and chosen of the LORD as we are all credited with those whom we took the gospel of the LORD; all those who were called and chosen of God for they are “… the abundance of the sea …”.In this verse the sea represents the world: Isaiah 42:10.In Isaiah 42:10 the isles are all the lands of the world but, the sea is the world in its entirety.The “forces of the Gentiles …” are all those who are elect of God and consequently will be led by His called and chosen unto Him.
In verse 6 we see “The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah”.The multitudes of camels or dromedaries here represent the elect of God before salvation.The LORD will send His called and chosen unto all mankind that they will hear His truth.Midian and Ephah represent the lost of this world of which the elect are a part.However, the LORD sends His called and chosen unto His elect with His truth that He will pull them all from the lure of this world.In Revelation 18:1-5 the LORD is speaking of the influence of the churches on the world.In Revelation 18:2 He refers to the churches as Babylon and in verse 4 He is taking all who are his out of the church.Also based on verses like Isaiah 34:8-12 we know the LORD very often speaks of the lost as unclean birds and animals.Because the elect are lost along with the world until they are called and chosen by God they too are characterized as unclean birds and animals; in this case camels and dromedaries.We know these camels and dromedaries represent the elect of God because the last clause of the verse says “… they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD” which will only be done by those who truly seek the LORD: the elect.The verse continues to say we will bring gold and incenses and show forth the praise of the LORD.However, we have nothing therefore we can bring nothing so the LORD sees us as the gold and incense we will bring: 1 Corinthians 3:7-15.In 1 Corinthians 3:7-10 the LORD is telling us through Paul what His called and chosen will do.In verse 11 the LORD is telling us we must stick to His word only, the Bible.Anyone who brings anything other than the truth of the Bible is not of God.In verses 12 and 13 the LORD is telling us that we, His called and chosen, will take His word to both the elect and the lost and He will make the final determination by fire: Judgment Day.Judgment Day here is not simply the last day.It is the last day of life for every person whenever they may die.If they die as gold, silver or precious stones the LORD has saved them.If they die as wood, hay or stubble they will face His judgment during their deaths.This same principle applies to the last day of the earth’s existence; the LORD will take all of His and leave the rest for judgment: Revelation 11:3-13.In Revelation 11:3 the two witnesses represent all the called and chosen of God.In Revelation 11:13 seven and one thousand, 7 times 1000, both represent completeness.This is telling us the entire world will be destroyed and everybody on it.The remnant which was affrighted are those whom the LORD called to heaven before He began the earth’s destruction; His two witnesses or the called and chosen.We know this because they “gave glory to the God of heaven” and only the called and chosen will ever give glory to the God of heaven: Revelation 16:9. In 1 Corinthians 3:14-15 the LORD is rewarding His called and chosen for every one of His elect we bring unto Him.Our Lord GOD will bring all of His elect, whom we brought to Him unto us: Isaiah 49:20-23.The loss we will suffer are all those to whom we took the word of the LORD however, they were not elect.
In the first clause of verse 7 the LORD is telling us of all the flocks of Kedar that He will cause to gather unto us.He also speaks of the rams of Nabaioth that shall minister unto us.These are among those whom our Lord GOD is using to take His word unto the world.These are the descendents, confirmed and unconfirmed, of Ishmael which is to say the LORD will show His mercy on whomever He will; for there is no evidence Ishmael was like his father Abraham who was called and chosen of God.Regardless, from Ishmael came the nations of Kedar and probably Nabaioth from which many of the elect and called and chosen will come.The LORD continues saying “they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar and I will glorify the house of my glory”.This last clause of the verse is saying all those called and chosen of God will come up upon the altar of the LORD and they each will be a sacrifice unto our Lord GOD: Romans 12:1.This will be an acceptable sacrifice unto the LORD.He will then glorify the house of His glory which is to say the LORD will praise the house of His glory: Psalm 50:15.
In verse 8 the LORD posses the question “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows”? Here the LORD is speaking of those who are the acceptable sacrifice unto Him: His called and chosen.
In verse 9 the LORD is speaking of His as He says “the ships of Tarshish first”.We know this is a reference to all those whom the called and chosen have drawn to the LORD.He says He will bring our sons from far and the reference to silver and gold is simply another way of saying our daughters and sons in the Christ.He will bring them to us because He is the LORD who glorifies us.
“And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee.”In this clause we see the sons of strangers, which are the called and chosen who were the children of the lost, will build up the walls of those who took them the truth of the LORD.As they build the walls each one of them can be seen as a brick and the LORD is bringing them unto the one who took them His gospel: Isaiah 49:20-23.All of those called and chosen of the LORD are seen as kings: Revelation 4:4-11.We know this because the four and twenty elders spoken of in Revelation 4:4 are a representation of all the called and chosen of God; two represents the elect or called and chosen of God and twelve represents fullness: 2 x 12 = 24.Therefore the new heaven will be a place in which we will all minister to one another.The LORD closes the verse with “… in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favor have I had mercy on thee”.This is the LORD explaining our transition from the initial elect but living as the lost state to being called and chosen of Him.
In verse 11 the LORD begins by telling His called and chosen that we will minister continually unto the world; through radio, television, writing and interpersonal communications.By continually taking His gospel to the world the door will always be open that all who will come may come.However the LORD wrote the Bible that its truth would not be accepted by those who are lost, therefore, when the elect hear His truth only they will come to salvation.If one is not elect they may, via a humble heart, know His mercy in their end, 1 Kings 21:27-29 and 2 Chronicles 12:5-8, as it isonly the will of God that determines a mans end: Romans 9:15-16.If a man refuses to heed the will of God and simply continues in his own way believing as he will then he shall endure the full wrath of the LORD on Judgment Day.
The nations and kingdoms, all the people of the world, who will not serve the called and chosen of God are all those who will not here the word of the LORD: 1 Samuel 8:4-8.They are among those who are destined for damnation and destruction: “yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted”.
In verse 13 we read “The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together”.As we know from verse 9the LORD will glorify His called and chosen, therefore the called and chosen are “The glory of Lebanon”.Lebanon we know is the world and the glory of it are the called and chosen of God; we are represented here as “the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together”.We are all going to heaven to beautify the place of His sanctuary.
In verse 14 it speaks of “The sons also of them that afflict thee”.These are among those spoken of in Isaiah 49:20-23.As we have taken them the gospel of the LORD and it is through His gospel that He has healed them.The verse continues with “… all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet”.These are all those who were elect of God and have become called and chosen.They despised the called and chosen of God because prior to salvation they were as the world however, once the LORD opens their eyes and their ears their perception will change; they will realize they too are among the called and chosen of God.In Acts 26:13-18 you can read of this as it occurs more vividly in Saul’s life than it will in any of ours.Please realize that Saul, later named Paul by the LORD, watched the coats of those who murdered Steven who was called and chosen of God: Acts 7:51-60.The verse continues to say we will be called “The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel” because we are the servants of the LORD.
In verse 15 we see the called and chosen of the LORD are hated for the gospel we bring as we have been told we would be in Matthew 5:10-12.However the LORD promises to make His called and chosen an eternal excellency.We can comprehend this as we read Revelation 4:4 and realize the four and twenty elders represent the fullness (12) or all of the called and chosen (2) of God: 12 x 2 = 24.The LORD then says we will be the joy of many generations which I believe means we will be the joy of all heaven; as the Kingdom of God is from generation to generation: Daniel 4:34.
In verse 16 the Gentiles represent those lost to God while kings represent those called and chosen from among the Gentiles.The called and chosen of God will suck the milk of the Gentiles and suck the breast of kings.This is to say the called and chosen will take the gospel of the LORD to those elect among the Gentiles and they will then become kings; the called and chosen of God: Isaiah 49:20-23. These things will materialize on the last day and it is at that time all the called and chosen of God will know that He is our Saviour and our Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
In verse 17 the LORD is describing heaven.He is explaining how our existence in heaven will be infinitely better than here on earth; regardless of our position in this life.
In verse 18 the LORD continues to describe our existence in heaven and as we read verse 18 we can know it will be blissful.In verse 19 the LORD is telling His that His glory will replace the sun and the moon as He will be “an everlasting light”, our God and our glory.In verse 20 the LORD is telling us of the eternal bliss in which we will live as He says “… and the days of thy mourning shall be ended”.In verse 21 we see that heaven is the place of righteousness that will be forever.The LORD will once again, as He did in Isaiah 5:1-2, plant His vineyard however this time the work of His hands will always and forevermore praise His most holy name.
Verse 22, although I cannot substantiate it, seems to say the LORD will grow His called and chosen to suite their God given roles in heaven.The closest my earthly mind can comprehend would be an accelerated training program.As our Lord GOD says “I will hasten it in his time” I immediately begin to think of an accelerated training program for the lack of a better analogy.