The prophesies in the book of Isaiah are often so vivid and amazing.
We now look at Isaiah 9, verses 6-7:
1 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—
2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
The outcome will be great rejoice which is a clear result of Christ’s salvation (9: 3-5). Another outcome mentioned here is a gigantic victory in battle comparable to that of Midian, a reference to Gideon’s miraculous victory in Jud. 6-7. The destruction of all warriors in immense blood suggests that it is the Battle of Armageddon in Rev. 16:16-21 and the “oppressor” which in Hebrew is in the singular with a definite article, could be a reference to the antichrist. Amazingly the atlas shows that Megiddo, the site of this battle is indeed within Galilee!
Verse 6 starts with the word “For”, meaning ”all this is possible because" a child is born”. The same word also appeared in the beginning of verse 4 pointing to the victory over the oppressors. A Child is Born... a Son is GIVEN, important words that reflected the virgin birth and the deity of this son. This prophecy is so familiar to all believers.
The apostle Paul similarly wrote in Galatians 4: “In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman...” (Gal. 4:4). The New Testament bear witness that Jesus, the Christ is this Son who came into the world. In many places in the Scripture, Jesus Himself has set about to prove His origin which is in heaven. In John 4:25-26, to the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus clearly revealed Himself: she said, “When the Messiah comes, He will declare all things to us.” Jesus said, “I that speak to you am He”.
The first advent of Christ established His identity; it did not begin His reign, for He has yet to conquer all the enemies. The prophecy that “the government will be upon His shoulder” will come to complete reality at His second coming — Then will be a time when this Son will rule as king. We may say that Jesus now reigns above, and that is certainly true. But Isaiah envisions a time of universal peace and righteousness in this world. That has not happened yet. This time will come.
Counsellor, God, Father, and Prince are the permanent titles; wonderful, mighty, everlasting, and peace are the descriptives. Isaiah is affirming that the one who is coming will not merely have great titles, but will in reality be what those titles claim. What had been a hope, a faith, and a fulfillment for ages will surely become a reality some day. With a king such as this, peace is assured.
Jesus has brought peace with God through redemption by His death and resurrection, and will eventually bring total peace through His exalted reign over all the earth. The prophet anticipates that the present gloom at the prospect of war will be replaced by the joy of peace. That peace can only be accomplished through a King who is a Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. Righteousness and peace are impossible without Him. This is worthy of our pondering.
Isaiah had declared that in spite of the prospect of war, God has promised a glorious future ahead. The Messiah’s first coming was to lay the foundation of the glory that would follow, So now as we look forward to His coming again, the words of Isaiah hold out hope for us. Such hope helps believers to live above the oppression, the curse and the misery, fixing their eyes on the peace and glory that is yet to come.
The passage combines three essential features that we now know is so essential. There must be first a great ministry in Galilee. Next, is a great battle in Megiddo and then finally all is dependent on the birth of a special child. It seems so clear to us now but it is amazingly that Isaiah predicts hundreds of years before Christ was born.
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