Twilight: The Restoration of Israel
by the Rev. Andrew KuyvenhovenMonthly Theme:
Isaiah's God is the Holy One of Israel. In God's presence we have to be morally clean. God has chosen his Servant, who will rule in righteousness in a kingdom of peace.
"In the day of salvation I will help you ... to say to the captives 'Come out,' and to those in darkness, 'Be free!' " (Isa. 49:8–9).
"In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you," says God.
God promises that there will be a second great deliverance. Just as God's people once walked out of their chains in Egypt, so there will be another "exodus." On that day God will order the captives to "come out!" and those who sit in darkness to "be free!"—to join in the celebration of the Year of Jubilee (or: "the time of God's favor").
When will this prophecy come true?
This great hour is now, says the apostle Paul. "I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2). The great restoration began with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
That means you and I are living in the day of the great ingathering, which is also called the restoration of Israel. During this time more children of Israel have had their natural birth outside of the Jewish family. "The children born during your bereavement," O Jerusalem, are numerous. And mother Jerusalem says: "I was bereaved and barren ... but these—where have they come from?" (49:21).
Some say that another "day of grace" is still coming for the ingathering of the Jews. But Paul was not counting on it, and neither should we.
This is the hour for all Jews and Gentiles to become Christians. Come out of captivity! Let Christ set you free!