ISAIAH 59:19 IS THE RETURN OF THE CHRIST

 

(Isaiah 59:19 NKJV in all verses)

19 So shall they fear
The name of the Lord from the west,
And His glory from the rising of the sun;
When the enemy comes in like a flood,
The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.

 

The religious group Iglesia Ni Cristo (1914) presents this prophecy of Isaiah to have been fulfilled when their organization reached the shores of Hawaii when their then Executive Minister, Erano Manalo, officiated a special worship service on July 27, 1968. They explain that the first phrase of the verse, “so shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west” is the actual establishment of their organization in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. They further explain that this prophecy was fulfilled when God’s glory is already evident from the rising of the sun or the Philippines - meaning that the Iglesia Ni Cristo (1914) is already well established and widely recognized there.

 

Their claim to this specific prophecy shows a great deal of irresponsibility in presenting scriptural passages without first fully ensuring that its contextual integrity is beyond reproach and is truthful with its prophetic meaning. Just because they have read the directions west and east, could they have already concluded the prophecy to be pointing to that specific gathering in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. They failed to consider the preceding and succeeding verses of this chapter, or worse, they simply pretend that Verse 19 is the only relevant verse while the other twenty verses in the 59th Chapter of Isaiah are all negligible. How convenient?

 

VERSE 19 IN CONTEXT

The 19th Verse of Isaiah Chapter 59 is part of a contextual message that could safely be pinpointed to begin with Verse 16 and ends with Verse 20 (even Verse 21). Let us bring to light the contextual message of these verses:

 

(Isaiah 59:16-20)

16 He saw that there was no man,
And wondered that there was no intercessor;
Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him;
And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.
17 For He put on righteousness as a breastplate,
And a helmet of salvation on His head;
He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing,
And was clad with zeal as a cloak.
18 According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay,
Fury to His adversaries,
Recompense to His enemies;
The coastlands He will fully repay.
19 So shall they fear
The name of the Lord from the west,
And His glory from the rising of the sun;
When the enemy comes in like a flood,
The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.

20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion,
And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,”
Says the Lord.

 

The central topic of this cluster of verses is God’s salvation (v. 16), and judgment (v. 18), as evidenced by the mention of the words repay, fury and recompense. Another elemental factor necessary in understanding the contextual message of this Isaiah prophecy is the key figure, the prophesied personality who will do the salvation and righteousness of God. He is mentioned multiple times in this cluster of verses as Him who “put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head…  the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak” (v. 17). The same prophesied personality was mentioned as God’s Standard whom He will lift up (v. 19), and Redeemer (v. 20).

 

Why is it very important to know first the contextual theme as well as the prophesied personality? This is the only way we can pinpoint the time element ‘when God’s name and glory shall be feared from the west and from the east.’ Without carefully doing so, one will end up believing in an arbitrary interpretation of God’s prophecies. 

 

Could this be the case of the Iglesia Ni Cristo's (1914) claim of Isaiah 59:19? Could the prophecy have been fulfilled when they held their first congregational service in Ewa Beach, Hawaii on July 27, 1968? 
 

GOD’S AGENT FOR SALVATION

The Son of God Yeshua is the Savior of mankind by virtue of His appointment to be God’s only legitimate representation who will perform God’s salvation (Isa. 63:9) and judgment (Jn. 5:22, 27). How could we pinpoint Him to be the prophesied personality in this prophetic context at hand? Let us compare some parallel prophecies that point to the same entity:

 

Verse 16 – "His own righteousness"

Compare with Isaiah 42:6, 1 – Called in righteousness and given as a Covenant to the people and justice to the Gentiles.

 

Verse 17 - "He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing"

Compare with Revelation 19:13 – “He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.”

 

Verse 19 - "The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard"

Compare with Isaiah 11:10 – ““And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,
Who shall stand as a banner to the people”

 

Verse 20 – "The Redeemer"

Compare with John 3:16 – God’s Son as the Savior of the world

 

Without any shadow of doubt, The Christ Yeshua was the prophesied personality in the context of these prophecies as proven by parallel prophecies and evangelical fact.

 

SO SHALL THEY FEAR

Going back to Verse 19, when is the time specific to this prophecy when people ‘SHALL FEAR the name of The Lord God from the west and His glory from the rising of the sun?’ Did it happen on July 27, 1968? Did the SPECIAL WORSHIP SERVICE officiated by their then Executive Minister Erano Manalo signal the fulfillment of this prophecy? Let's find out.

 

The time when people shall fear the name and glory of God from from both east and west as mentioned in Isaiah 59:19 is the time when God commissions His Son to perform His salvation and judgment unto the world, thus, the day of judgment.

 

How can the integrity of this understanding be proven by a parallel prophecy?

 

(Revelation 6:12-17)

12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

 

The Lord Jesus has shown Apostle John the events that will take place on His return, or the day of judgment. When there will be great celestial and terrestrial disturbances that has never happened in the past wherein even ‘the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place,’ which man SHALL NOT FEAR GOD? What is simply shown when even the kings, the commanders, the mighty men, and all slave and free man hide from God and His Lamb? That ALL MEN ‘SHALL FEAR THE NAME AND GLORY OF GOD from across the world - from the west and from the east (Isa. 59:19).

 

How sure are we that this will take place on the day of judgment?

 

(Revelation 6:17)

17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

 

There is no other GREAT DAY OF THE LORD’S WRATH wherein, no one is able to stand, but the day of judgment! In this case, the prophecy in Isaiah 59:19 pointing out mankind's great fear on the name of The Lord ties up with the apocalyptic vision of John concerning Judgment Day!

 

CONCLUSION

In order to understand the definite time referred by the prophecy in Isaiah 59:19, one cannot escape from the necessity to study this within the contextual frame of the prophecy. And that should include both the preceding (verses 16 & 17) as well as the succeeding verse (verse 20). Jumping into a conclusion just by basing it in verse 19 would take one away from the light of the prophecies and would cause him/her to commit an arbitrary interpretation and gross misrepresentation of God's prophetic words. 

Therefore, it is for one’s best interest to disregard the illogical and invalid interpretation of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (1914) on this prophecy as well as on all other prophecies upon which this organization’s existence was wrongfully established.

 

(John 8:32) 

". .. the truth shall make you free.”

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