Isaiah 25 - Outline of Isaiah (MENU page)
I.D.2. Praise to Jehovah as deliverer and comforter of Zion, 25:1-12
1. O LORD, thou [art] my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name;
for thou hast done wonderful [things; thy] counsels of old [are] faithfulness [and] truth.
2 For thou hast made of a city an heap; [of] a defenced city a ruin:
a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.
3 Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee.
4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress,
a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones [is] as a storm [against] the wall.
5 Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place;
[even] the heat with the shadow of a cloud:
the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.
O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee...-
This song of praise will be sung by the believing Remnant of Israel, as they see their Messiah coming to establish His Kingdom in Jerusalem (24:23). Note that verses 2 and 4 are in the past tense, showing the time of this song. Those who sing, having been preserved through the Tribulation, raise their song at the time of Babylon's fall (cp. Rev 18:20 - 19:6). The remainder of the chapter is in the future tense, in anticipation of the blessings that will soon flow from Christ's Kingdom.
for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.-
They sing of what the Lord has done, in fulfilment of His Word. The song has three stanzas:
  1. Praise for the Lord's deliverance from the enemy (v.1-5)
  2. Praise for the Lord's provision for all people (v.6-8)
  3. Praise for the Lord's Personal Presence in the Messiah (v.9-12)
1. Praise for the Lord's deliverance from the enemy (v.1-5)
  • the destruction of Babylon, representing gentile world dominion. Those who remain of the formerly dominant nations (the 'strong' and 'terrible'), have come to fear the true God (v.2,3; cp. Eze 38:23; 39:21,22).
  • the preservation and restoration of Israel - The weak were made strong through the strength of their God (v.4). Though the terrifying powers of the world came together against God's people in the storm and heat of the Tribulation, the Lord has brought their violence to silence (v.5; cp. Isa 4:5,6).
6. And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things,
a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people,
and the vail that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death in victory;
and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces;
and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth:
for the LORD hath spoken [it].
in this mountain {ie., in Jerusalem, 24:23} shall the LORD of hosts make... a feast...-
2. Praise for the Lord's provision for all people (v.6-8)
9. And it shall be said in that day,
Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us:
this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
10 For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest,
and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.
11 And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them,
as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth [his hands] to swim:
and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.
12 And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low,
[and] bring to the ground, [even] to the dust.
And it shall be said in that day...- ie., in the Day of Christ's Kingdom in Jerusalem (24:23)
3. Praise for the Lord's Personal Presence in the Messiah (v.9-12)
  • Lo, this is our God...
  • this is the LORD {Jehovah}
  • the LORD's Salvation {ie., Yeshuah} - They will recognize and receive Jesus as the LORD God of Israel. cp. Isa 12:1-3
for in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest...-
'The hand of the LORD' is a reference to the Lord Jesus Christ. Established in His Kingdom in Jerusalem, He is seen as:
  • the LORD's Hand at rest, cp. Isa 11:10; 12:6; 18:4; Psa 118:14-16; 132:13,14; Zeph 3:15-17
  • the LORD's Hand in victory - The walls of Moab are brought down (v.12) with the walls of Babylon (v.2). "Thus Babylon and Moab are morally united in the prophecy. Babylon often appears as a political oppressor and Moab as a religious corruptor (Num 22 - 24); so in this vision they picture, in unity, Anti-Christ and the False Prophet." [in quotes, GWms]

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