BIBLE: Isaiah Chapter 51 – Headline “Fill ‘er Up” []

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Isaiah 51

  • Isaiah 51 parallels Isaiah 35 describing the same event; the re-gathering of the Jews after the seven year tribulation and before the 1,000 year millennium when Jesus reigns on earth.
  • I call it the day of “Yom Kipper” or “The Day of Atonement” which is a Jewish feast day. The two days of Rosh Hashanah represent the rapture and resurrections as God’s main harvest. After Rosh Hashanah there are seven days of affliction in which Jews are instructed to afflict their souls in preparation for the Day of Atonement. These seven days represent the seven year tribulation. At the end of the seven years of tribulation Yom Kippur follows, representing the return of God to the Jews as well as the Jews returning to God. It is known as the Day of Return, the Day when Jesus returns to set up His kingdom on earth. It is the Rock that becomes a mountain (a kingdom) in Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.

  • Above, how Jewish Feasts are patterned after end times prophecies.

The Lord Comforts Zion

Isaiah 51:1 “Listen to Me, you who follow (pursue) after righteousness,
You who seek the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ):
Look to the Rock from which you were hewn (cut),
And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug.
  • Such a comparison: One is the Rock of God and the other is the pit of Satan.
  • The righteous understand they were redeemed from the pit of Satan by the Rock of God.
  • Scripture has much to say about the Rock and the Stone as describing Jesus.
    • Romans 9:33
      As it is written: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
    • Corinthians 10:4
      and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.
    • Isaiah 28:16
      [A Cornerstone in Zion] Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.
    • Ephesians 2:20
      having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
    • See: Topic: Jesus as the Rock and Stone

Isaiah 51:Look to Abraham your father,
And to Sarah who bore you;
For I called him alone,
And blessed him and increased him.”
Isaiah 51:For the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) will comfort Zion,
He will comfort all her waste places;
He will make her wilderness like Eden,
And her desert like the garden of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ);
Joy and gladness will be found in it,
Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.
Isaiah 51:“Listen to Me, My people;
And give ear to Me, O My nation:
For law will proceed from Me,
And I will make My justice rest
As a light of the peoples.

Isaiah 51:My righteousness is near,
My salvation has gone forth,
  • ►The Hebrew word for salvation is the same word for Jesus’ name in Hebrew: “Yeshua”. And Jesus loves to use the meaning of His name: to deliver and to save.

And My arms will judge the peoples;
The coastlands will wait upon Me,
And on My arm they will trust.
  • The “Arm of the Lord” is the Son while the fingers are the Spirit.

Isaiah 51:Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
And look on the earth beneath.
For the heavens will vanish away like smoke,
The earth will grow old like a garment,
And those who dwell in it will die in like manner;
But My salvation (Jesus Yeshua) will be forever,
And My righteousness will not be abolished (broken).
Isaiah 51:“Listen to Me, you who know righteousness,
You people in whose heart is My law:
Do not fear the reproach of men,
Nor be afraid of their insults.

Isaiah 51:For the moth will eat them up like a garment,
And the worm will eat them like wool;
But My righteousness will be forever,
And My salvation from generation to generation.”
Isaiah 51:Awake, awake, put on strength,
O arm of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ)!
Awake as in the ancient days,
In the generations of old.
Are You not the arm that cut Rahab apart,
And wounded the serpent (dragon)?
  • ► The definition of Rahab is Leviathan. Throughout scripture the Leviathan is Satan. He is described as a serpent, dragon, crocodile, sea monster, and beast which is in the sea (of people). Satan is always a reptile.
Isaiah 51:10 Are You not the One who dried up the sea,
The waters of the great deep;
That made the depths of the sea a road
For the redeemed to cross over?
  • An obvious reference to the Hebrews crossing the Red Sea during the Exodus.

Isaiah 51:11 So (in like way) the ransomed of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) shall return,
And come to Zion with singing,
With everlasting joy on their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness;
Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
  • ► Saying: Joy shared is multiplied. Sorrow shared is divided.
  • ► Note: Isaiah 35:10 has identical wording:
    And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
    And come to Zion with singing,
    With everlasting joy on their heads.
    They shall obtain joy and gladness,
    And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Isaiah 51:12 “I, even I, am He who comforts you.
Who are you that you should be afraid
Of a man who will die,
And of the son of a man who will be made like grass?

Isaiah 51:13 And you forget the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) your Maker,
Who stretched out the heavens
And laid the foundations of the earth;
You have feared continually every day
Because of the fury of the oppressor,
When he has prepared to destroy.
And where is the fury of the oppressor?

Isaiah 51:14 The captive exile hastens, that he may be loosed,
That he should not die in the pit,
And that his bread should not fail.

Isaiah 51:15 But I am the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) your God (‘ĕlōhîm),
Who divided the sea whose waves roared—
The Lord of hosts (Yᵊhōvâ ṣāḇā’) is His name.
  • ►Note: “Dividing”
  • God is known for “dividing”. He divided the darkness from the light; the seas from the dry land, the days of the week, the species of animals, and the Jews from the Gentiles.
  • The Hebrew word for “Holy” means “to separate.”
  • To divide also means to have boundaries. God gave His Laws to keep man’s sins within a boundary for a “civilized” civilization.

Isaiah 51:16 And I have put My words in your mouth;
I have covered you with the shadow of My hand,
That I may plant (establish) the heavens,
Lay the foundations of the earth,
And say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’ ”

God’s Fury Removed

Isaiah 51:17 Awake, awake! (Come alive! A resurrection)
Stand up, O Jerusalem (like the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel),
  • Ezekiel 37:10
    So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath (breath of life) came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

You who have drunk at the hand of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ)
The cup of His fury;
You have drunk the dregs of the cup of trembling (judgment),
And drained it out.
  • During the tribulation the Jews will suffer like they have never before suffered, even worse than the holocaust…unimaginable.
    • Jeremiah 30:7
      Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble (a seven year famine), But he (the remnant Jews) shall be saved out of it.
    • Daniel 12:1
      Prophecy of the End Time
      “At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people (the Jews) shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book.
    • Matthew 24:21 
      For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Isaiah 51:18 There is no one to guide her
Among all the sons she has brought forth;
Nor is there any who takes her by the hand
Among all the sons she has brought up.

Isaiah 51:19 These two things have come to you;
Who will be sorry for you?—
Desolation and destruction, famine and sword—
By whom will I comfort you?

Isaiah 51:20 Your sons have fainted,
They lie at the head of all the streets,
Like an antelope in a net;
They are full of the fury of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
The rebuke of your God (‘ĕlōhîm).
Isaiah 51:21 Therefore please hear this, you afflicted,
And drunk but not with wine.

Isaiah 51:22 Thus says your Lord (‘āḏôn),
The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) and your God (‘ĕlōhîm),
Who pleads the cause of His people:
“See, I have taken out of your hand
The cup of trembling,
The dregs of the cup of My fury;
You shall no longer drink it.
  • Three references to God in one verse (the trinity?):
    • ‘āḏôn
    • Yᵊhōvâ
    • ĕlōhîm

Isaiah 51:23 But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you,
Who have said to you (Lit. your soul),
‘Lie down, that we may walk over you.’
And you have laid your body like the ground,
And as the street, for those who walk over.”

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