Isaiah 60

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After speaking to people in apostasy, Isaiah sees the restoration and its great light in comparison to the darkness in which the people had been struggling (verse 1).  The darkness is great when people refuse Light, and so wickedness in the world grows and increases – even trying to push Light out and away, making the darkness greater (verse 2).  The restoration of the full Gospel will come to the Gentiles (meaning non-Israelites, meaning other tribes than Judah), with even the ordinances restored so that converts will be anointed as kings and priests (verse 3).  All people will by these ordinances be “gathered” (verse 4).

So many will be gathered, in fact, that the Church will almost not be able to keep up with the influx of converts (verse 5).  They will bring their wealth with them, sacrificing to become converts and tithing as required for temple covenants (verse 6).  Nabaioth and Kedar are the sons of Ishmael (with Nabaioth known as the eldest and so receiving inheritance, and Kedar being the military leaders of those tribes), and so Isaiah is specifically mentioning them (Muslims) as part of the great influx into the church that is soon to come (verse 7).  They will be temple workers even, working side by side with us.  We will teach them the restored ordinances, and they will teach us how to live like covenant keepers (a concept we understand but are not good at in practice).

Isaiah asks who all these converts will be (verse 8), and the Lord explains they will be the tribes of Abraham (through both Isaac and Ishmael, with 12 tribes each).   He tells them that this will happen through the Americas (North and South) where the Gospel will be restored (verse 9).  Converts will travel to become part of the restoration, and even leaders of countries will come to America as the tribes begin to be gathered (verse 10).  As the tribes begin to fulfill the justice they chose, they will finally receive mercy as He opens the temple to them.  There will be so many converts, with so many needing their own temple work done as well as the temple work of their ancestors, that temples will be open day and night to get it all done (verse 11).

Only Zion will have peace (verse 12), and only because the priesthood will be restored in both authority and power (verse 13).  The Law of Opposition still stands, though, and because the Lord, who is the greatest Light, does return soon, then so does the world grow in darkness.  There will be great persecution of the members of the Church, so that few will remain as members (verse 14).  But as the Lord’s plan continues to unfold, those that persecute the saints will one day beg forgiveness and ask to be admitted into the Church (verse 15).  Isaiah says the Lord has promised to reward those who can endure these difficult times (verse 16).  He will remove oppression, so that all are prospering and so that there are peacemakers for leaders and righteous lawmakers (verse 17).   There will be no more contention, and no more violence (verse 18).

Isaiah sees even further ahead, when the earth returns to its original state and place, surrounded by such brightness that there will be no more day and night (verse 19).  There will be no more sorrow, and the people will have peace (verse 20).  The people will live by righteousness (verse 21) as the Lord has promised.

Because He is one who keeps His promises (verse 22).

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