Isaiah, 700 years before Christ, prophesies the last phase of the world, from the time of Christ to the end of the age. Throughout, many will be appealing and urging people to turn to Christ. Here is how God reaches out to us.
The word that Isaiah the son of Amos 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 unto it.
And our title this evening is ‘God Appeals to Our Souls’. And I shall be looking at this second chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah in a kind of expository manner, because here are the great appeals to the soul from almighty God. This is a prophecy given some 700 years before the coming of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s about our present age. It is about a period that the prophet calls the last days. And when he uses that term he means the days of Christ, the days of Messiah, the last age of the Earth which is the time between the coming of Christ, which was over two thousand years ago, and the end of the world when the predictions and the prophecies are that Christ shall return in power and in glory. And that period of time, however long, that age is what is meant by the prophecies of old as the last days, the last age. And Isaiah looks forward to that time in this great prophecy.
And he describes in this chapter one major thing and that is the work of God in the age, in the saving of souls. Saving people out of this world, out of godlessness and preparing them for eternity and the prophecy is about that. And I’d like to go through these verses, they’re so remarkable and so wonderful. It says in the first verse ‘concerning Judah and Jerusalem.’ It says that because the prophecy is cast as an appeal to the Jews of that time. It is cast as an appeal to them. This is what God will do, this depicts his mercy and his kindness. And you, that generation, should turn to him also, and should repent and believe in him. And so the address is to them, but the prophecy proper begins in verse two. ‘It shall come to pass in the last days.’ So it’s quite clear where Isaiah, inspired by God is going. And he uses poetic language to describe the coming age, our age.