This chapter is a bit confusing, and I believe that it has led a bunch of people to believe a lot of foolishness.
1 And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots shall bear fruit.
2 And the Spirit of Jehovah shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah.
Who is being described in the above verses?
Jesus Christ, God the Son.
And, those two verses have been completely fulfilled.
In verses 3-5, we know that they WILL certainly be fulfilled when He returns.
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of Jehovah; and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither decide after the hearing of his ears;
4 but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth; and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist, and faithfulness the girdle of his loins.
But, what about the rest?
6 And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Jehovah, as the waters cover the sea.
Well, I don’t know if you’ve been watching any National Geographic documentaries, but I’ve seen quite a few. Nothing like verses 6-9 has happened yet.
But, we have descriptions of the millennium, and it is clear to me that this is the thousand year reign of Christ that follows the Great Tribulation.
However, this next verse looks like it has been fulfilled.
10 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the root of Jesse, that standeth for an ensign of the peoples, unto him shall the nations seek; and his resting-place shall be glorious.
Well, I guess that it’s somewhat possible to see this also as a prophecy of the Millennium, but it certainly is much easier to see this as having been fulfilled over the course of the past two thousand years.
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord will set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, that shall remain, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
A second time? When was the first?
Well, it was in Isaiah 10, and it refers to the return of the Jews from the first captivity (or, Diaspora).
So, this ‘second time’ must be… the second Diaspora, right?
But, if this is the return from the second Diaspora, then this is referring to something that has happened in our recent history.
Do you get the feeling that we’re bouncing about a bit in time?
Yeah, me too.
12 And he will set up an ensign for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and they that vex Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
14 And they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines on the west; together shall they despoil the children of the east: they shall put forth their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
And yes, I can attest to the fact that verses 12-14 have been fulfilled.
Gaza, the land of the Philistines, has been subdued by Israel. The Palestinian territories of the West Bank have been subjugated. And Jordan (Edom, Moab and Ammon) is very careful to not make Israel upset. In fact, Jordan does a lot in cooperation with Israel.
So, 12-14 has definitely been fulfilled.
But, what about verse 15?
15 And Jehovah will utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his scorching wind will he wave his hand over the River, and will smite it into seven streams, and cause men to march over dryshod.
Not happened. It looks like it WILL happen. And, it’s been prophesied to happen in Isaiah 19 (which I haven’t gotten to yet, as of this writing). However, it appears that we might be seeing this prophecy fulfilled over the next few years.
16 And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people, that shall remain, from Assyria; like as there was for Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
How did the people of Israel come out of Egypt?
They were thrown out.
How did the Jews of Syria, Iraq and surrounding countries come to Israel?
They were thrown out.
I think that the parallels are significant. And yes, I believe that this prophecy has been fulfilled.
But, let’s not end there.
The prophecy really continues on through to chapter 12.