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See, a king will reign in righteousness
and rulers will rule with justice.
Each one will be like a shelter from the wind
and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.
Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will listen.
The fearful heart will know and understand,
and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
The King who will rule in righteousness is Jesus Christ Himself. There is a day coming in which the Lord shall return and establish His kingdom upon the earth. Those who are faithful now and endure until the end will rule and reign with Him during His kingdom age. When it speaks of rulers or princes who will rule with justice these are those who faithfully serve alongside Jesus Christ during His millennial reign. This is a great contrast to the leaders of Isaiah’s day. The leaders of Isaiah’s day were committed to wickedness and sin. But when the Messiah reigns it will be a time of peace like no other. This is why the coming of Jesus Christ and His coming kingdom is always what gives us hope as followers and believers.
Descriptions such as shelter from the wind, refuge from the storm, streams of water in the desert, shade of a huge rock in a parched land are things that usually describe God and His loving care of His people. Those who serve alongside Jesus during the Millennial reign will reflect the character and nature of who He is. During our lives now we are being prepared to rule and reign with Jesus Christ. This is why it is important to understand this world is not our home. This world is passing away. But there is a day coming in which our lives will truly begin at His return.
Jesus during His earthly ministry often used the phrase “those who have ears to hear”. The people of Isaiah’s day were spiritually blinded and deaf. They failed to heed the word of the Lord. Because they rejected the word of the Lord, they experienced the consequences of this action. But this speaks of a future generation of Israelites who would have eyes to see and ears to hear. Who would recognize the Messiah and would live under His rule and reign. Satan is the god of this world and he blinds the hearts and minds of many with his lies and deception. During the millennial reign Satan will be bound for one thousand years (Rev 20:1-3).
The fearful heart will know and understand. When a person is filled with fear, every decision they make is based on fear. But the time of the millennial reign will be a time of perfect peace. Jesus shall rule with a rod of iron from the throne of David in Jerusalem. There will be no place for fear, there will only be perfect peace.
Those who stammered were those who were consumed with heavy drink and alcohol. They stammered because of the influence of alcohol and their words were not clear. During the millennial reign of Christ there will be no room for this. It will be a time of righteousness and peace.
When we understand the hope that is to come we stop focusing on this world and what is taking place. If we believe this world is our home, we will become filled with discouragement because of the impact of sin and wickedness. This world is passing away. God is daily accomplishing His purposes in our lives and in the nations of the world. He has called us to watch and pray and await His return. May we be busy with the business of our Father and fix our hearts on the return of our Lord and Savior.