The Offer of Salvation to the Gentile Nations

55:1 to 56:8

    This is a far eschatological prophecy describing life during the Messianic Kingdom. If you ask most believers about the Great Commission they will normally direct you to Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus came to them and said: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Yeshua told them to go and make disciples of all nations. But if the foundational story of the Bible is the Great Commission, is it mentioned anywhere else in Scripture? Yes, in the book of Revelation. If we see its culmination in the Bible with every tribe, language, people, and nation around the throne of God (Revelation 5:9, 11:9, 14:6), was the Great Commission also present at the beginning of the Bible? Yes, at the call of Abraham.

    God said to Abraham: I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you (Genesis 12:3). God said all. The offer of salvation is to be made to every tribe, language, people, and nation on the face of the earth. This means that what we actually have in Genesis 12:3 is the Great Commission. Therefore, Jesus never “gave” the Great Commission, He “reviewed” the Great Commission of Genesis 12:3. This is the story of the Bible. It starts in Genesis, runs through the First Covenant and flows into the 66 books. It’s one cohesive theme. It unifies all sixty-six books of the Bible to form one story. God’s desire is to see all peoples on the earth given the offer of salvation through His one and only Son Jesus Christ.

    We know that God offers salvation to both Jews and Gentiles. However, by the end of the Great Tribulation all the Jews still gathered at Bozrah will accept Christ just before the Second Coming. After a seventy-five day interval (see my commentary on Revelation Ey – The Seventy-Five Day Interval), the thousand-year reign of the Messiah from Jerusalem begins (see Db - The Nine missing Articles in Messiah’s Coming Temple). Therefore, there will not be any Jewish conversions during the Millennium - only Gentile conversions. In other words, the blessings for Israel will not be limited to Israel. And those who respond to the invitation of God in any age will be blessed with an everlasting Covenant or the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34).

    It is not unusual for Isaiah to alternate between different time periods. Normally he alternates between near historical and far eschatological prophecies. But here, Isaiah begins to alternate between far eschatological prophecies and prophecies about the Suffering Servant. The way you can distinguish between the two is the context.

    A far eschatological prophecy about the final restoration of Zion (49:14-26)

        How the Suffering Servant died (50:1-11)

    A far eschatological prophecy of comfort to the last Jewish generation before the return of the Messiah at the end of the Great Tribulation (51:1 to 52:12)

        Why the Suffering Servant died (52:13 to 53:12)

    A far eschatological prophecy pointing to Israel’s national regeneration (54:1-17) and the offer of salvation to the Gentile nations during the Messianic Kingdom (55:1 to 56:8)


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