“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 65, “New Heavens And A New Earth”

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“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton

“New Heavens And A New Earth,” Isaiah 65:17) For, Behold, I Create New Heavens And A New Earth:  And The Former Shall Not Be Remembered, Nor Come Into Mind.  2 Peter 3:13.  18) But Be Ye Glad And Rejoice For Ever In That Which I Create:  For, Behold, I Create Jerusalem A Rejoicing, And Her People A Joy.  19) And I Will Rejoice In Jerusalem, And Joy In MY People:  And The Voice Of Weeping Shall Be No More Heard In Her, Nor The Voice Of Crying.  Revelation 7:17.  20) There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days:  for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.  Ecclesiastes 8:12.   21) And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.  Leviticus 26:16.  22) They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat:  for as the days of a tree are the days of MY People, and MINE Elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.   23) They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are The Seed Of The Blessed Of THE LORD, And Their Offspring With Them.  Hosea 9:12.  24) And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I WILL ANSWER; and while they are yet speaking, I WILL HEAR.  Psalm 32:5.  25) The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock:  and dust shall be the serpent’s meat.  They shall not hurt nor destroy in All MY HOLY MOUNTAIN SAITH THE LORD. 

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – For, behold, I CREATE NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH  This Prophecy began to have its Accomplishment in The First Times Of The Gospel, when through the Preaching Of It there was a New Face Of Things appeared in Judea, and in the Gentile world, So That The Whole Looked Like A New World; And This Was All The Effect Of Creating Power, Of The Mighty, Powerful, And Efficacious Grace Of GOD Attending THE WORD, To The Conversion Of Many Souls; A New Church State Was Formed, consisting of persons gathered out of the world, the old national church of the Jews being dissolved, and Gospel Churches everywhere set up; New Ordinances Appointed, TO CONTINUE TILL CHRIST’S SECOND COMING AND THE OLD ONES ABOLISHED; A New Way Of Worship Observed, at least in a More Spiritual and Evangelic Manner; A New Covenant Exhibited, or The Covenant Of Grace Held Forth In A New Form Of Administration, The Former Waxen Old And Vanished Away; AND THE NEW AND LIVING WAY TO THE FATHER, THROUGH CHRIST, MADE MORE MANIFEST:  This Will Have A Further Accomplishment At The Conversion of the Jews, Which Will Be As Life From The Dead, And Things Will Look Like A New World With Them; Their Blindness Will Be Removed, The Veil Will Be Taken Away From Them; they will part with all their legal rites and ceremonies, and the traditions of the elders, AND EMBRACE THE MESSIAH, AND ALL HIS TRUTHS AND ORDINANCES; OLD THINGS SHALL PASS AWAY, AND ALL THINGS BECOME NEW:  And It Shall Have ITS Complete Accomplishments In The New Jerusalem State, WHEN NOT ONLY CHRIST WILL APPEAR, AND MAKE ALL THINGS NEW IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE, AND THAT COMPLETELY; But Even In A Literal Sense There Will Be New Heavens, And A New Earth, Which John In Vision Saw; And Which Peter Says he and other Believers Expected, ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE OF GOD, When These Heavens And Earth Shall Be Dissolved And Pass Away; see ( Revelation 21:1 Revelation 21:2 Revelation 21:5 ) ( 2 Peter 3:13 ) : and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind;  either the old heavens and earth, which shall pass away, and be no more seen; or the former state both of the Jewish, and Gentile world; or the former troubles, as in the preceding verse, taken in the sense of affliction and persecution; all antichristian troubles shall cease in The Latter Day, after the conversion of the Jews, and especially in the New Jerusalem state; see ( Isaiah 2:4 ) ( 11:9 ) ( Revelation 7:16 Revelation 7:17 ) ( 21:4 ) .

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v17, 18, I CREATE, may also be translated “I AM CREATING” or  “I AM ABOUT TO CREATE.”  New Heavens and A New Earth:  GOD Will Fashion A New Cosmos That Will Be Ready For HIS PRESENCE and for the enjoyment of HIS PEOPLE.  Former encompasses everything up to The Creation Of The New COSMOS (Revelation 21;4).  Be Glad and Rejoice means “to be openly, deliriously happy.”  Saints are called upon to Celebrate By Faith The Coming Glorious SALVATION (66:10).  CREATE Jerusalem signifies that it will be entirely New.  v19, MY People:  This title for the citizens of Jerusalem is also used in 63:8.  weeping shall no longer be heard:   For similar ideas about GOD’S COMING SALVATION, see 25:8; 35:10; 51:11.  v20, the child shall die one hundred years old:  On one level, these words indicate a return in the coming Kingdom to the extended life spans that are noted before the Flood (Genesis 5).  It appears that people will not be affected by disease and aging in the same way as in our present world.  v21, 22, houses … vineyards:  The life of Blessing in the coming Kingdom is presented in terms that would have been readily understood by the people of Isaiah’s day (Micah 4:4).  Industry will not be limited to these twin pursuits, but the Happy, Blessed Life is indicated by them.  As the days of a tree indicates longevity and stability and the words long enjoy reinforces these ideals.  v23, They shall not labor in vain:  These Words Speak Of GOD Reversing The Curse.   v24, Before they call, I WILL ANSWER EXPRESSES THE TRUTH THAT THERE WILL BE NO DELAY BETWEEN PETITION AND PRAISE.  v25, The figures (wolf, lion etc.) represent the restoration of nature and the coming of Universal Peace.  Dust shall be the serpent’s food indicates the specific curse in Genesis 3:14 will be consummated.

Quest Study Bible – v17, “New Heavens And A New Earth,”  It’s possible that Isaiah was thinking of the end of this present Heaven and earth, With GOD Beginning All Over Again.  But its much more likely that he was using the word Create to mean Transform.  If so, he was saying that When GOD BRINGS SALVATION TO HIS PEOPLE Everything Will Be Completely Transformed.  v20, “Why consider 100-year-old’s as mere youths?”  Some see this as The New Order in the Kingdom or millennial age.  Others see this in more general terms, as a figure of speech.  Either way, WHEN GOD TRANSFORMS HIS WORLD, THERE WILL BE NO UNTIMELY DEATHS.  No one will die in infancy and 100-year-old’s will be considered young.  These images portray One Central TRUTH:  The New World Is Going To Be Better Than The Old.  Amen.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v17-25, In The Grace And Comfort Believers Have In CHRIST, We Are To Look For This New Heaven And New Earth.  The former confusions, sins and miseries of the human race, shall be no more remembered or renewed.  The Approaching Happy State Of The CHURCH Is Described Under A Variety Of Images.  He shall be thought to die in his youth, and for his sins, who only lives to the age of a hundred years.  The Event Alone Can Determine What Is Meant; but it is plain that Christianity, if universal, would so do away violence and evil, as greatly to (and so) lengthen life.  In Those Happy Days, All GOD’S People Shall Enjoy The Fruit Of Their Labors.  Nor will children then be the trouble of their parents, or suffer trouble themselves.  The Evil Dispositions Of Sinners Shall Be Completely Mortified; All Shall Live In Harmony.  Thus The Church On Earth Shall Be Full Of Happiness, Like Heaven.  This Prophecy Assures The Servants Of CHRIST, That The Time Approaches, Wherein They Shall Be Blessed With The Undisturbed Enjoyment Of All That Is Needful For Their Happiness.  As Workers Together With GOD, Let Us Attend HIS ORDINANCES (LAWS), AND OBEY HIS COMMANDS.  Amen. 

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