Isaiah 49:1-8 Listen to Me, you coasts and islands, pay heed, you peoples far distant.
The Lord called and named me before I was born. He made me His spokesman. My reward is to be with God.
The Lord said: Israel, you are My servants, through whom I shall win glory. My [Isaiah’s] task is to bring back Jacob to the Lord, that Israel would be gathered again to God. Is it too simple a task for you, to restore the 12 tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel? They will be a light to the nations, so that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.
The Redeemer and Holy One of Israel says: You were once despised and in subjection, but the Lord has chosen you and kings will honour you. In the time of My favour, I will answer you and will help you on the Day of Deliverance. I have formed you and destined you to be a light for the peoples, restoring the Land and living once more in its desolate places.
Isaiah 49:9-13 I say to the captives: go free – to those in darkness: come out. Everywhere there will be pasture, water in plenty. It will not be too hot, for the One who loves them will guide them along highways and level paths.
They are coming – some from far away, the North, West and the lands of the South. Shout for joy, you heavens, earth rejoice, burst into song you mountains. For the Lord has comforted His people and has compassion on them in their distress. Reference: REB, NIV, KJV. Verses abridged.
‘His spokesman’: Ecclestiasticus 48:24-25 Isaiah reveals what is to be, the secret of things to come. His task is to ‘restore the people of Jacob and bring back the survivors; His servants, through whom He will win glory’.
The survivors are those who have come through the soon to happen, fire judgement of the nations. Isaiah 13:9-13
The Lord’s people, now every faithful Christian; are the ‘Seed’ of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Galatians 3:26-29 They are destined to be a ‘light to the nations’ and spread the gospel around the world. The Lord will answer their prayers for help on the Day of deliverance. Isa 30:26, Isa 63:4, Zechariah 9:14-17. pay heed you peoples far distant
Christians, all of His righteous people, scattered around the world. They will be joined by the few Christian Jews who survive. Isaiah 29:1-4 They will ‘come from far distant places, from all directions’, and settle in the new country of Beulah. Isaiah 62:1-5
‘It will not be too hot’ and they will be guided and their needs provided for. Amos 9:13-15 They will restore the Land and buildings, and live there in safety and prosperity. Hosea 2:14-23, Ezekiel 36:8-12. so that My salvation may reach the ends of the earth’. This will be achieved by the 144,000 – 12,000 selected from each tribe, who will go out in pairs to preach the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of Jesus. Revelation 14:1-7, Isaiah 66:19 The final fulfilment of Luke 10:1-10
No mention is made of the Millennium reign of Jesus, therefore this restoration of the holy Land and gathering of His people, is before that event. This is in order for His people, all the Christian Israelites, Romans 8:16-17, to fulfil their destiny, to fulfil the promises made to the Patriarchs, and to prepare for the Return of Jesus. It is them who say: Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.