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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 66:15-24

These verses, like the pillar of cloud and fire, have a dark side towards the enemies of God's kingdom and all that are rebels against his crown, and a bright side towards his faithful loyal subjects. Probably they refer to the Jews in captivity in Babylon, of whom some are said to have been sent thither for their hurt, and with them God here threatens to proceed in his controversy; they hated to be reformed, and therefore should be ruined by the calamity (Jer. 24:9); others were sent thither... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 66:22

For as the new heavens, and the new earth, which I will make ,.... Not "have made"; for this is not to be understood of the heavens and the earth made new in the beginning, and which continue so without any change or alteration; though sometimes the perpetuity of the church, which is here predicted, is set forth by the duration of those, Psalm 89:36 but either of the new state of things under the Gospel dispensation, which still continues, promised Isaiah 65:15 , or rather, since that... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 66:15-24

The manifestation of Jehovah. I. IT IS A MANIFESTATION IN FIRE . Very common is the representation of this coming by or in the element of fire. Its associations are of judgment , vengeance—devouring fire ( Psalms 50:3 ). So it is associated with the pestilence ( Habakkuk 2:5 ). It consumes God's enemies ( Psalms 97:3 ). Nor can we deny that such representations do in part enter into Christianity ( 2 Thessalonians 1:8 ; Hebrews 10:27 ; 2 Peter 3:7 ; cf. also ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 66:19-23

A vision of the future. From these verses, which present us with a glowing vision of future triumph and blessedness, we learn— I. THAT GOD MAY CALL US TO UNWELCOME BUT EXCELLENT SERVICE . The Jews could not have anticipated, nor would they have desired, such a disposition of themselves, and such a use of their powers as is indicated in the nineteenth verse. It was strange to their thought, alien to their sympathy. Yet it was a most admirable service, with which they... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 66:19-24

THE FINAL CONDITION OF THE CHURCH OF THE REDEEMED ON EARTH . When the enemies of God have been consumed, there shall go out from the Church missionaries, who shall convert the distant Gentiles, and unite them, and the Jews who dwell among them, into a single body of worshippers, which shall inhabit the new Jerusalem on equal terms, and join continually in a common worship of Jehovah. The awful destruction of the wicked, and their eternal sufferings, shall at the same time... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 66:22

.— As the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain . The "new heavens and the new earth," once created, continue for ever (comp. Revelation 21:1-27 ; Revelation 22:1-5 ). So shall your seed and your name remain. This statement is usually taken to be a promise of some special pre-eminence to the Jew over the Gentile in the final kingdom of the redeemed. But St. Paul speaks of all such privileges as already abolished in his day ( Colossians 3:11 ); and, if the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 66:22-24

Eternal suffering and eternal glory. Holy Scripture sets before us,. as Moses set before the people of Israel in the wilderness, a tremendous alternative—"life and death;" one the eternal foil and counterpart of the other, with the exhortation a thousand times repeated in a thousand different forms—"Choose life" ( Deuteronomy 30:19 ). Man's desire is to separate what God has inseparably connected, and to retain "everlasting life," "eternal glory," " endless bliss," but to get rid... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 66:22

For as the new heavens and the new earth - (See the notes at Isaiah 65:17).Shall remain before me - They shall not pass away and be succeeded by others. The idea is, that the state of things here described would be permanent and abiding.So shall your seed and your name remain - (See the notes at Isaiah 65:15). read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 66:22-23

Isaiah 66:22-23. For as the new heavens, &c. The new state of the church to be raised up under the Messiah; shall remain before me Unalterable. As the gospel dispensation is to be continued till the end of time, and not to be succeeded by any other; as it shall therefore remain, because it is before me, under my eye, my care, and special protection; so shall your seed and your name remain A seed of ministers, a seed of Christians. As one generation of both passeth away, another... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Isaiah 66:7-24

New people and a new age (66:7-24)Usually there is a long period of development before a group of people becomes a nation, but the new nation Israel will appear suddenly and unexpectedly, like a baby born before the due date (7-9). As with the birth of a baby, there is much rejoicing over the birth of the new nation (10-11). The ‘baby’ grows strong and active because God is the one who nourishes it. Under the controlling hand of God, Israel prospers (12-14).While Israel enjoys God’s blessings,... read more

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