Isaiah - Zionist Prophet Interceding for the Nations
by David, Editorial Staff, Tents of Mercy Network

Israel's Love/Hate Relationship with "The Nations"

The positive feelings originate from:

The negative feelings issue from:

Judgment of the Nations

The Hebrew Scriptures say some pretty harsh things about the nations. Numerous references to the nations are an illumination of the depravity of humanity in sin, opposing God's plans and rebelling against His sovereignty. These include scathing rebukes and terrifying previews of judgment such as:

"Behold, the name of the LORD comes from far, burning with His anger, and in thick rising smoke: His lips are full of indignation, and His tongue is as a devouring fire; and His breath is as an overflowing stream, that reaches even unto the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction ..." (Isaiah 30:27-28 mod. ASV)

"I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, made them drunk in My fury ..." (Isaiah 63:6)

Hope and Longing for the Nations

Yet together with with this exposé of evil and judgement of the nations, we also see the revelation of God's heart love for all peoples. Isaiah received astonishing revelation from both sides of this "coin." In addition to seeing God's redemption of the Jewish people, this Israeli - Zionist prophet saw that a time will come in which the nations will come to Israel not to make war against her, but in order to learn to obey her God:

"Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that ... Many people shall come and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways...'" (Isaiah 2:2-3)

"For the Nations shall seek Him ..." (Isaiah 11:10)

Isaiah overcame the human tendency to think only of our own people group, and as an intercessor, perceived God's desire to release and redeem all peoples. He received a download of God's expansive heart, not only for His first covenant people, but for all of humanity:

"It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Nations ..." (Isaiah 49:6)

"Alsothe sons of the foreigner who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him ... Even them I will bring to My holy mountain ... For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples." (Isaiah 56:6-7)

"The peoples shall come to your light ... and they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord." (Isaiah 60:3-6)

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