Summary of passage: Those who follow false gods will all meet their end together, God says. For because of them God is about to come and gather all the nations to see His glory. He will set a sign (Jesus) amongst them and send out missionaries to the distant lands who have not heard of His glory to proclaim it. They will bring believers from all nations to God’s holy mountain in Jerusalem as they offer themselves to the Lord. God will select some of them to be priests. Their names and descendants shall endure on God’s new heavens and new earth. All mankind will bow before the Lord and they will see the dead bodies of those who rebelled (their bodies decaying, on fire, and loathsome).
11a) They will meet their end together and because of their actions God will come and gather all the nations and tongues
b) God’s glory through the sign (Jesus) and through missionaries that proclaim Him. They will bow before the Lord and see the dead bodies of all those who rebelled.
12a) Isaiah says God’s people will gather together and experience God’s glory. Their names and descendants shall endure. The obstinate will die, their dead bodies strewn out for God’s people to see what happens to the rebels–burning bodies and loathsome to behold forever.
1 Corinthians says no one can fathom the great things God has prepared for those who love Him.
Mark quotes Isaiah, saying unrepentant sinners get thrown in hell where their worm does not die nor their fire quenched.
Revelation reveals the great white throne with Jesus upon it. The dead were judged by Jesus according to what they had done. Each person was judged from the beginning of time. Those whose name were not found in the book of life were thrown into the lake of fire for eternity.
b) Personal Question. My answer: I pray my name is in the Book of Life and I will experience God’s majesty for eternity.
Conclusions: I’m really beginning to like the book of Revelation. It lays it all out with no wiggle room. Maybe that’s why some people don’t like it. People who want to fudge God’s laws or those who don’t want to believe the bad that is to come if you don’t accept Jesus.
I like how Isaiah ends with the most important choice we all have: to accept God or to reject Him. Then he lays out the consequences of Man’s decision.
End Note: Tarshish is modern-day Spain. Libyan is the modern-day country of Libya in Africa.
Lydia is in modern-day Turkey: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Anatolia_Ancient_Regions_base.svg
Tubal is in modern-day Turkey: http://bibleatlas.org/regional/tubal.htm