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People Will Come (Isaiah 66:15~24)
15 See, the LORD is coming with fire, and his chariots are like a whirlwind; he will bring down his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For with fire and with his sword the LORD will execute judgment upon all men, and many will be those slain by the LORD.
17 "Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following the one in the midst of those who eat the flesh of pigs and rats and other abominable things--they will meet their end together," declares the LORD.
18 "And I, because of their actions and their imaginations, am about to come and gather all nations and tongues, and they will come and see my glory.
19 "I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nations--to Tarshish, to the Libyans and Lydians (famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory among the nations.
20 And they will bring all your brothers, from all the nations, to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the LORD -on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels," says the LORD. "They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the LORD in ceremonially clean vessels.
21 And I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites," says the LORD.
22 "As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the LORD, "so will your name and descendants endure.
23 From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me," says the LORD.
24 "And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind."
All Nations Will See (66:15–24)
The book of Isaiah concludes with words of judgment and hope. God declares that those who persist in idol worship and continue to dishonor and rebel against Him will meet their end. But God’s glory will be made known and proclaimed throughout the world. He will be worshiped by people from all nations, not just His chosen people, Israel, as many will hear of His greatness and come before Him to offer their worship to Him. God has extended His invitation for salvation to all through His Son, Jesus Christ. Let us share the good news of the Gospel with people from all nations so that they too can receive God’s love and grace.
- What nations need more messengers of the Gospel? What can you do to help invite these nations to come the LORD?
A letter to God
The Kapu live in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Missionary activity resulted in winning many to Christ but the church struggles with nominalism. Pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to work in the hearts of the Kapu who do not yet have a personal relationship with Christ.
* All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.