Monday, August 31, 2009

Isaiah 60:14, The Conversion of the Enemies of the Church

"The sons of those who afflicted you shall come bending low to you, and all who despised you shall bow down at your feet; they shall call you the City of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel."

As a postmillennialist, I believe that Christ in the Gospel will conquer the predominant share of the world. There are frequent promises pointing to this in Isaiah, such as the one above. What makes this one especially precious is that it is an encouragement to us believers, that those who persecute us in this life will be humiliated by the conversion of their own children. Think about the humiliation of the parents of these Islamist terrorists who have become Christians. And here is a whole page dedicated to testimonies by converted former Muslims. While their former companions are killing Christians, such as this murder in Somalia, these new disciples of Messiah Jesus will sing His glories with us at the great marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:6-10).

This Messianic triumph is prophesied by this same Isaiah, in the well-known Christmas passage, chapter 9, especially verse 7, "Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end." God the Father has promised to subdue the enemies of Christ beneath His feet (see Hebrew 1:13). As we are His body, our enemies are His enemies, and He overcomes them before our eyes. Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

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