Isaiah 2:2-4 – “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
This was a word that Isaiah spoke concerning Judah and Jerusalem. All this was to take place “in the latter days.” When is that? I believe the latter days is the time after Christ’s resurrection and before his second coming.
When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the 120 disciples at Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, those that saw the disciples thought they were drunk. But, Peter said it was a fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel that said “in the last days” God would pour out his Spirit on all flesh (Acts 2). Peter said that time had come; it was at hand. So, the word Isaiah spoke above was concerning the last 2,000 years, or the latter days.
What did Isaiah say would happen in the latter days, the last 2,000 years of history?
First, “the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains.” This is speaking of the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom that Jesus rules. The first words of Jesus’ ministry were “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” In Daniel 2, we read of a rock that was cut out of the mountain of God that crushed the statue that represented all the kingdoms of the earth. Here we see God’s kingdom, his government, being lifted up above every other kingdom and government in the latter days. Isaiah 9:6 says, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Jesus bears the government of God.
Then we read that it is to the kingdom of God and of Jesus that all the nations will flow. People from every nation, people, tribe, and tongue shall come to this kingdom (see Revelation). They are going to go this kingdom so that they can be taught the ways of God and walk in his paths. But, to go up into this mountain, this kingdom, they have to leave the mountain they are on, the kingdom they are currently in. And, they have to leave it completely. One cannot straddle two mountains. In reality, there are two kingdom’s – God’s and Satan’s. You can only be of one.
The mountain of the Lord, the kingdom of God, is Zion. And, it is out of Zion that the law and the word of the Lord go forth. I don’t think the word “law” here necessarily means a statue or rule because the Hebrew word for law can also mean the entire body of prophetic teaching. The law is often mentioned in the Bible in just this sense. So, it is the entire body of prophetic teaching, the witness of Jesus in the scriptures, which is the Holy Spirit’s ministry, that will go forth out of this kingdom in the latter days. In addition to that, the word of the Lord goes forth. If you study that phrase, “the word of the Lord,” you will see that it is a very clear reference to Jesus. He is the Word (John 1). So, what will go forth out of Zion, the kingdom of God? Jesus and the witness of him.
Then we read, “He shall judge the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples.” Shouldn’t it say “It will judge the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples?” We just read about the law and the word going out. Those are things, its. Ah…but that’s because it is speaking of Jesus, a person, a “he,” and a not a law, an it, like we would tend to think. It’s Jesus that judges between nations and decides disputes. It’s not governments of this world or any man individually that does this, but Jesus. In Matthew 25, Jesus says that when he comes in his glory he will judge between the nations.
What else happens in these latter days? “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.” Who is this referring to? Well, the kingdom God is here and not here at the same. It is already but not yet. Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is at hand for those that have eyes to see and ears to hear. So, for those that have already left the mountain they were on (the kingdoms of this world, the kingdom of darkness, Satan’s kingdom) and gone to the mountain of the Lord, God’s kingdom, this is a reality right now. They have already turned their swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks now. That’s to say they turned their weapons of destruction into instruments of production. Why? Because they are now in God’s kingdom, right now, today. And, his government is born on the shoulder of Jesus who is the Prince of Peace! This is a reality now for those who have truly entered the kingdom of God. Do you get it? This is now!
And, it will be a reality for every nation when Jesus returns.
For those that see, the kingdom is here now. The revelation and prophetic vision (the law) of Jesus (the word of the Lord) are going forth. For those that see this and enter in there is no more need for carnal weapons. There is no more need to learn war anymore.