A glimpse of a day in the future of mankind when promises have been fulfilled and God’s kingdom on earth has been fully established – this is what the prophet Isaiah speaks about in his book. He paints a detailed picture of this special day. All eyes are on the Branch from Jesse. Jesse is King David’s father whose lineage brought forth Jesus from Nazareth. Isaiah uses big brush strokes to describe Jesus’s impact on the earth population (Isaiah 28:16):
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it
will never be stricken with panic.”
The Cornerstone serving to protect those who trust in the Lord is the same Rock causing others to stumble. With Jesus comes the distinction between people who choose to follow Him and people who refrain from doing so.
Prophet Isaiah describes a last exodus when all peoples and nations will rally to the Cornerstone. The glorious assembly under the umbrella of the Lord of lords and the King of kings signifies that the days of God’s people in the diaspora will have finally come to a close. No longer will there be predator societies where the strong abuse and devour the weak. There will be no more predators whatsoever! And what is true for human societies will also apply to the animal kingdom. The lion and the lamb will lie side by side; abuse between species will come to a complete stop; a child will be able to play with a snake.
There is no doubt in my mind that this new reality is going to happen. The picture Isaiah paints in his predictions is real. The reason we hear about such prophecies is to confirm the new normal: life without violence. And as believers we already live in that reality – citizens of God’s kingdom are kind, compassionate and humble; they don’t believe in predator mentality; they follow Jesus who pursues peace.
Once the greatest exodus the world has ever seen is completed, the beautiful tapestry of diverse peoples representing the kingdom of God will be so inspiring. Unbeknownst to them, the people of Israel have given birth to believers from all kinds of different nations and tribes. Father Abraham will wipe his eyes, I’m sure. Astounded, prophet Isaiah says (Isaiah 12:5-6):
“Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;
let this be known to all the world.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”
Let the troubled times not fool you. They are the waves of pain we all have to go through. The time of the Last Exodus represents a period of intense labor pains. Through it all, believers all over the world learn to trust in the Lord. Signs and wonders will happen, and in the end our eyes will see what the prophets have foretold us a long time ago. We will chime into Isaiah’s song of praise proclaiming right then and there that the Lord has done glorious things.
Now is the time to look up in hope and expectation. All we need is the Lord – the Lord is all we need.