Jesus Will Deliver Jewish Captives on His Way to Jerusalem

The Second Coming is in context to the Battle of Jerusalem. Jesus will march to Jerusalem to win the Battle of Jerusalem to end the Armageddon campaign (Rev. 19:11-21).

To understand the Second Coming we must have a right paradigm. The necessary paradigm is in knowing that Jesus will rule the earth with the natural human processes not suspended, yet significantly enhanced by the supernatural dimension of the Spirit.

There are three types of people on earth when Jesus appears in the sky. First, the redeemed will be raptured during Jesus’ worldwide procession across the sky. Second, the reprobate who took the mark of the Beast. Third, the resistors or the unsaved survivors (Jews and Gentiles) of the Great Tribulation who refused to worship the Antichrist.

The Second Coming procession: 3 stages

Stage #1: Jesus’ procession across the sky: to rapture the Church (Mt. 24:30-31; Rev. 1:7)
Stage #2: Jesus’ procession on the land: traveling from Egypt through Jordan (Isa. 63; Hab. 3)
Stage #3: Jesus’ procession into Jerusalem: to the Mount of Olives followed by His coronation

An essential part of the Second Coming procession involves Jesus marching up from Egypt through Assyria back to Israel. As He marches through the land, He will free Jewish slaves in order to bring them to Israel. In this, He will function as the “greater Moses.” The Lord will also send others from Israel to lead Jewish survivors back to the land (Isa. 66:19-21) and will command Gentile kings to serve Him in this (Isa. 11:11-16; 49:22-23; 60:3-4, 9).

WHY DO WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS?

First, the situation of many Jews being in prison is one of the most prominent features in Second Coming passages. The fact of Jews in prison camps as seen in Old Testament Prophets, is usually overlooked. However, it is emphasized in Scripture. This reveals the nature of Satan’s rage against Israel as well as what God will use to purify Israel and the Church. God will require the Church to stand with Israel in this crisis. The Church will be brought to maturity and evaluated by God based on our responses to Jesus’ leadership in the standing with Israel (Mt. 25:31-46).

Second, it gives us insight into God’s heart towards His people who lose much because of sin. As God’s people repent, God will restore much more, especially in the age-to-come. The God who will do this for Israel, will act in this same spirit towards all who call on His name.

Third, many Second Coming passages in the OT cannot be understood without seeing this major part of the End-Time drama. The drama is magnificent in producing fascination in our heart.

JESUS IN ISAIAH 42 AND ISAIAH 49

Two Second Coming prophecies concerning Jesus must be studied together, Isa. 42:1-17 and Isa. 49:1-26.They have many significant parallels related to Jesus’ Second Coming procession. In both passages, Jesus is described as God’s Servant who establishes His covenant with compassion to establish justice in all the earth. Jesus’ world-wide commission is confirmed in covenant terms. The points of great emphasis in the covenant include, Jesus releasing prisoners then taking the captives on an Exodus type journey back to Israel.

Jesus releasing prisoners (Isa. 42:6-7, 22-24) then taking the captives on an Exodus type journey back to Israel (Isa. 42:14-17).

6 I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people (Gentiles), as a light to the Gentiles, 7 to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house. (Isa. 42:6-7)
10 Sing to the LORD a new song, and His praise from the ends of the earth… 13 The LORD shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war. He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; He shall prevail against His enemies. 14 “I have held My peace a long time, I have been still and restrained Myself. Now I will cry like a woman in labor, I will pant and gasp at once. 15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills…16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them. 17 They shall be turned back…22 But this is a people (Israel) robbed and plundered; all of them are snared in holes, and they are hidden in prison houses; they are for prey, and no one delivers; for plunder, and no one says, “Restore!” 23 Who among you will give ear to this? Who will listen and hear for the time to come? 24 Who gave Jacob for plunder, and Israel to the robbers? Was it not the LORD, He against whom we have sinned? For they would not walk in His ways, nor were they obedient to His law. (Isa. 42:10-24)

Jesus releasing prisoners (Isa. 49:9, 19-21, 24-25) then taking the captives on an Exodus type journey back to Israel (Isa. 49:9-12).

8 Thus says the LORD: “In an acceptable time I have heard You…, and in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You as a covenant to the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; 9 that You may say to the prisoners, ‘Go forth,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’ “They shall feed along the roads, and their pastures shall be on all desolate heights. 10

They shall neither hunger nor thirst, neither heat nor sun shall strike them; for He who has mercy on them will lead them, even by the springs of water He will guide them. 11 I will make each of My mountains a road, and My highways shall be elevated. 12 Surely these shall come from afar (East); Look! Those from the north and the west, and these from the land of Sinim (Egypt or the South) .” (Isa. 49:8-12)

In Isaiah 42, we see God’s word to the Gentiles about Jesus ruling all nations. In Isaiah 49, God presents Jesus’ 2-fold task to first win Israel, then all the Gentile nations.

OUTLINE OF ISAIAH 49

Jesus as God’s Servant, is given a 2-fold task to win Israel and all the Gentile nations (49:1-7).

Jesus’ work is to free the End-Time Jewish prisoners (49:8-13).

Israel finds this too difficult to believe during her trials (49:14).

God answers Israel unbelievers with prophetic promises (Isa. 49:15-26b).

All the nations will know that Israel’s Messiah is God (Isa. 49:26c).

JESUS’ 2-FOLD TASK TO WIN ISRAEL AND ALL THE GENTILE NATIONS (49:1-7)

5 The LORD says, Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him…6 Indeed He says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should…raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’ (Isa. 49:5-6)

The Father declared that restoring Israel to God is not a large enough mandate for Jesus world leadership. He is of such stature that He must be mandated to save the entire world!

Isa. 49:1-8, gives us a “a report of the commissioning of Jesus.” Jesus personally speaks of this. God called Jesus from Mary’s womb calling Him by name and appointing Him to rule the earth from the throne of David as He restored Israel and became the light to Gentiles (Isa. 49:1-6); God chose Him and anointed Him (Isa. 49:7-8).

JESUS’ WORK: FREEING THE END-TIME JEWISH PRISONERS (49:8-13)

Jesus’ commission is confirmed in covenant terms as He promises to release the End-Time prisoners (Isa. 49:8–9). The Father “heard” and “helped” (anointed) Jesus for ministry at the first and Second Coming.

8 Thus says the LORD: “In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You as a covenant to the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; 9 that You may say to the prisoners, ‘Go forth,’ To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’ “They shall feed along the roads, and their pastures shall be on desolate heights.” (Isa. 49:7-9)

God gives Jesus as a covenant of the nations (Isaiah 42:6) that results in restoring the earth from the curse of sin to its Millennial glory. The desolate heritages of the earth will come under His leadership

Jesus will free “prisoners” at His Second Coming.

Jesus will personally lead some back Israel from Egypt and Assyria. He will send others from Israel to lead Jewish survivors back (Isa. 66:19-21). He will mandate that the leadership of nations help in this cause (v. 23).

Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand…11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young. (Isa. 40:10-11)

Jesus will take the captives to on an Exodus type journey back to Israel (Isa. 49:9-12). This is deliberately described as a repeat on the Exodus. God guided Israel with the pillar of cloud and fire (Exod. 12:21) and led them to water (Exod. 17:6). The way to Israel is through desert heat and over difficult mountains.

9…They shall feed along the roads, and their pastures shall be on all desolate heights. 10 They shall neither hunger nor thirst, neither heat nor sun shall strike them; for He who has mercy on them will lead them, even by the springs of water He will guide them. 11 I will make each of My mountains a road, and My highways shall be elevated. 12 They shall neither hunger nor thirst, neither heat nor sun shall strike them; for He who has mercy on them will lead them, even by the springs of water He will guide them. 11 I will make each of My mountains a road, and My highways shall be elevated. 12 Surely these shall come from afar (East); Look! Those from the north and the west, and these from the land of Sinim (Egypt or the South). (Isa. 49:9-12)

They will graze on desolate high hills and mountains. He will lead them in a way that keeps them safe from the searing heat of the desert sun. The white blazing sand of the desert reflects the sun’s rays nearly as severely as the rays themselves.

Even the weakest will be able to walk on these roads. God made mountains, calling them “My mountains.” He will level them and remove all other obstacles to His mandate in bringing Israel home.

They will come from every corner of the earth (Isa. 43:6: 49:22). They shall also come from the land of Sinim (Gen. 10:17). The land of the Sinim or Syenites (v12) stands for Aswan in southern Egypt. (Ezek. 29:10; 30:6).

Jesus will lead His people with tender compassion as He provides for every need. He will provide water in this desert journey to Israel.

7 The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water…. (Isa. 35:7)

Worldwide worship breaks forth at the Second Coming (Isa. 49:13; 44:23) because of the glory that awaits Jesus (v.5-12) and Israel (v16-26). All creation is made aware that Jesus is coming to the earth to deliver the people and creation itself.

13 Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! and break out in singing, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people, and will have mercy on His afflicted. (Isa. 49: 13)

ISRAEL FINDS THIS TOO DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE (49:14)

14 But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.” (Isa. 49:14)

27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my just claim is passed over by my God”? (Isa. 40:27)

Israel is overwhelmed with grief at her crisis during the Great Tribulation. Many will not lay hold of these prophetic promises.

Unsaved Israel throughout Isaiah is pictured as an old wretched, rejected barren wife who lost everything, but she will have children around her as bright ornaments. (Isa. 51:11, 16, 18-20; 52:1; 54:1-8; 66:7-14). Israel will be decimated in the End-Times.

GOD ANSWERS ISRAEL’S UNBELIEF (ISA. 49:15-26B)

God answers our unbelief by revealing His thoughts. First, a mother and her child are deeply bonded by life (baby in her womb then at her breasts). Second, Israel is near and dear enough to Him as to write her on His hands. The tattoo on the hand or arm was common even in ancient days.

15 Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. 16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me. (Isa. 49:15-16)

The affection of God transcends all human examples of love. God uses the strongest terms of being bonded to Israel. He asks a rhetorical question focused on a mother’s connection to her children who nursed at her breasts.

God speaks His promise of restoration to Israel (Isa. 49:17–18). The gathering of Israel from the nations; the mother of Israel’s sons shall be adorned with her children as a bride at her wedding.

17 Your sons shall make haste (to return to Israel); Your destroyers and those who laid you waste shall go away from you (be killed). 18 Lift up your eyes, look around and see; all these gather together and come to you. As I live,” says the LORD, “You shall clothe yourselves with them all as an ornament, and bind them on you as a bride does. (Isa. 49:17-18)

Israel is commanded to lift her downcast eyes because she will surely see her sons coming from all directions. Just as a bride clothes herself in finery, so will Zion deck herself with children. Zion’s children will be her glory (Isa. 61:10; Zech. 9:16). The main fulfillment of this passage is to Israel at the end-of-the-age. However, this passage encouraged the exiles in Babylon.

The return of the family is overwhelming (Isa. 49:19–21). The emphasis is on the reversal of the crisis. Isaiah’s clear picture of the End-Time crisis in Israel includes her “land of destruction” being wasted as her places are made desolate. Israel’s children will be lost (killed) as she wanders as a desolate captive nation.

19 “For your waste and desolate places, and the land of your destruction, will even now be too small for the inhabitants; and those who swallowed you up will be far away. 20 The children you will have, after you have lost the others, will say again in your ears, ‘The place is too small for me; give me a place where I may dwell.’ 21 Then you will say in your heart, ‘Who has begotten these for me, since I have lost my children and am desolate, a captive, and wandering to and fro? And who has brought these up? There I was, left alone; but these, where were they?’” (Isa. 49:18–21)

To say in her ears means to say “in her hearing.”

Wretched Israel thought she was finished without hope of recovery. Suddenly, because of Jesus’ return, she will be utterly amazed as her children fill the land to overflowing. She is stunned over the turn of events.

She is pictured as thinking to herself over this indescribable reversal of fortunes. She is overwhelmed with joy as she asks, “who is responsible for doing this” for Israel? God answers this question in the next verse.

The story of Israel’s wretchedness and hopelessness is our personal story as well.

Who is responsible for Israel’s sudden reversal of fortunes? Jesus, at the Second Coming, will raise up a standard to call Israel’s children from the nations to come to Israel (v. 22–23). Jesus will raise His hand in power, causing Gentile kings to honor and serve His purpose in Israel.

22 Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations, and set up My standard for the peoples (Gentiles); they shall bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders; 23 kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers; they shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth, and lick up the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD, for they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.” (Isa. 49:22-23)

Jesus will set up a banner that the nations will recognize as a call to bring the Jewish survivors back to Israel (Isa. 11:12; Isa. 62:10). Jesus will personally lead some captives back to Israel from Egypt and Assyria. He will send others from Israel to lead Jewish survivors back (Isa. 66:19-21).

Jesus will mandate that the leadership of nations help in this cause as He commands Gentile kings to provide for Jewish survivors to get home to Israel (Isa. 11:11-16; 49:22-23; 60:3-4, 9). Gentile kings will bring some back personally.

The nations who attacked and hated Israel will serve and honor her. This will include bringing her children from around the world to Israel.

Kings and queens will extravagantly care for and nourish Israel’s children that are in their nation. They shall “bow down,” as they are conscious of guilt and thus “lick the dust” under Israel’s feet. In other words, they will humble themselves to Israel as part of their humbling before God for personal and national restoration.

In part, kings and queens have bowed at the feet of the God of Zion, through Christian history in investing their wealth in bringing Israel to salvation.

Israel’s condition just before Jesus’ Second Coming is as prey and captives of evil nations who are mighty and terrible and who contend with and oppress Israel. Jesus will reverse this.

24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty (Antichrist’s system), or the captives of the righteous (awe-inspiring) be delivered? 25 But thus says the LORD: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, I will save your children. 26 I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood… All flesh shall know That I, the LORD, am your Savior, And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Isa. 49:24-26)

God asks a rhetorical question (v. 24) then makes a prophetic declaration (v. 25) that He will contend with those who contended with Israel.

Since slave labor is free labor, it is seen as a valuable resource to evil nations. The mighty leaders of evil nations will not easily give up their slave labor. However, what is impossible for man is possible with God (Mark 10:27). How will these nations be motivated to give up these captives? It is by the Second Coming of Jesus.

Israel’s children will come from all the nations in which they were held captive. This is a restatement of vv. 22-23. The word righteous (v. 24) is translated by some as “awe-inspiring” or “a captive of an awesome one.” It is parallel to the next phrase translated “the terrible” (v. 25).

The Lord will send a great panic that causes a civil war among the enemy. Israel’s enemies will turn on each other to devour one another.

13 It shall come to pass in that day that a great panic from the LORD will be among them. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor, and raise his hand against his neighbor’s hand… (Zech. 14:13)

When Jesus calls Israel home, it will require that He raise His hand in power to strike mighty and terrible ones in the nations of the Antichrist with His sword and rod of iron.

15 Out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron… (Rev. 19:15)




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