Isaiah to revelation connection
The world is getting darker. Maybe not physically but spiritually.
God is light and him Him there is no darkness or shadow and no variation due to change.
Jesus proclaimed that he was the light of the world.
What could this mean for us?
Well first the I must share the bad news.
I am reading through Isaiah. In the first part of his book, the prophet Isaiah has been prophesying about the destruction of the nations around Jerusalem (which all happened). In chapter 24 he talks about the end of days and the destruction of the entire earth which is yet to come. Spoiler alert, God will judge and punish evil.
“Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap, and those who escape the trap will be caught in a snare. Destruction falls like rain from the heavens; the foundations of the earth shake. The earth has broken up. It has utterly collapsed; it is violently shaken. The earth staggers like a drunk. It trembles like a tent in a storm. It falls and will not rise again, for the guilt of its rebellion is very heavy. In that day the Lord will punish the gods in the heavens and the proud rulers of the nations on earth. They will be rounded up and put in prison. They will be shut up in prison and will finally be punished. Then the glory of the moon will wane, and the brightness of the sun will fade, for the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will rule on Mount Zion. He will rule in great glory in Jerusalem, in the sight of all the leaders of his people.”
Isaiah 24:18-23 – NLT
God will reign on earth.
Evil will be punished.
God will rule.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
Revelation 21:1-7 – NLT
God is Light. He is light.
“I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city in all their glory. Its gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there. And all the nations will bring their glory and honor into the city. Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”
Revelation 21:22-27 – NLT
When Isaiah said that the sun and moon were dimmed did he see this future state of the earth that the apostle John was shown with the glory of God outshining them?
Evil will be judged and punished AND God will forgive sin.
“In Jerusalem, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world. It will be a delicious banquet with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat. There he will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth. He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The Lord has spoken! In that day the people will proclaim, “This is our God! We trusted in him, and he saved us! This is the Lord, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!”’
Isaiah 25:6-9 – NLT
It is God who will rule and reign.
It is God who will judge and punish evil.
It is God who forgives sin.
It is God who saves.
God is light. It can be overwhelming and intimidating to be in his presence. We are disrobed by his light. His light penetrates all our efforts to cover up our sin. Once exposed what will we do?
Or will we confess our need and fall on his mercy? God is light, and he is gracious and he is merciful.
In revelation 21 The one who was on the throne said, “it is finished!”
The one on the throne is Jesus. He declared while dying on the cross, “it is finished”.
It is finished. The price has been for our sin. My sins, your sins. It is finished.
Will you accept God’s gift of salvation today?
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
1 John 1:5-10 – ESV