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Who Does Isaiah See?
Transcript of Who Does Isaiah See?
Who Does Isaiah See?
Christ in His millennial glory in the millennial Jerusalem:
The Branch of the Lord
- He is seated on His Throne of Glory!
- We receive a description of the throne, its height, and the glorious garments of the King.
- However, Isaiah can only speak of His surroundings and cannot utter details about the Man Himself.
- Isaiah is confronted with the depths of his unworthiness to even talk about Jesus!
"HOLY, HOLY, HOLY!"
Beholding ministry: anointed to perceive His beauty
Burning ministry: anointed to display His beauty
Proclamation ministry: anointed to truthfully speak of His beauty
"WOE IS ME, FOR I AM UNDONE!"
"Undone" can be translated “destroyed.” Isaiah is destroyed by the revelation of King and the seraphim’s witness. After seeing the King, the Lord of Hosts, Isaiah realized that his witness and the witness of his nation were not worthy with the Holy.
"HERE I AM! SEND ME!"
Before Isaiah could prophesy, he first had to be purified.
Israel’s national hope is a restored Zion with the Messiah ruling from Jerusalem bringing peace to the nations. The emphasis of the seraphim is upon the Lord of hosts’ glory filling the earth.
The “Trisagion” emphasizes the completeness or perfection of God. God is eternally happy as the consummation of all perfection.
God is transcendent in His majesty. He is "other than" all things. No one can compare with the God who lacks not, yet overflows with all His excellencies. Nothing in all of creation is comparable to Him. He alone is God, transcendent in power, glory, and purity.
Whatever was spoken in the past did not produce the reverence, the weight, the shaking. It did not invoke the majestic Presence. It shook nothing, provoked nothing.
Realizing that he and Israel would not survive this confrontation with the Holy One, the prophet cried out, “Woe is me, I am destroyed.”
Isaiah was then commissioned to speak forth the truth of God’s holiness and Israel’s sinfulness. The shocking part of Isaiah’s commissioning was that the message would be the very thing which would further the process of judgment.
Matthew 13:12: Jesus states the key principle in moving forward with Him at this point: spiritual hunger and fervent seeking out for understanding God’s Word. God gives more to the hungry. To those who scorn His wisdom and His Word, even what they have will be taken away from them.
This was Israel's condition and coming judgment.
"LORD, HOW LONG?"
When will this hardening and blindness end? When will the covenantal promises be fulfilled?
A remnant will be restored but not until the Day of the Lord has destroyed the land and the unrighteous have been removed.
A holy seed shall remain. A remnant shall be maintained, and out of this stump a shoot shall come forth. Out of the holy seed a shoot shall branch forth, the Messiah.
"Typically of Isaiah, hope is the unexpected fringe attached to the garment of doom. "