What is the “mountain of the Lord’s house”?
In verses 2-3 we read, “2- And it shall come to pass in the last days, when the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it. 3- And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” From this we learn that in the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s house will be established, all nations will be able to get to it and will learn in it.
The mountain of the Lord’s house is the temple. Today we have 124 working temples around the world. What a wonderful gift it is to live near temples and be able to do the Lord’s work and learn of His ways. I am blessed to have three temples within 1 1/2 hours distance in traffic, and a fourth temple 2-3 hours away. The temple is an awesome blessing in my life.
In verse 4 we read, “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plow-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks—nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” We see here that also in the last days, there will be no more war. These things are definitely cause for rejoicing.
It’s hard to imagine a world where everyone learned of the Lord and there was no more war, but it will be because the scriptures say it will. It’s an awesome thing to look forward to.
What sins did Isaiah see in the last days?
Isaiah prophesied dualism, which means he prophesied of things that applied in his time, before Christ came to Earth, as well as in our time. The things in this chapter were written for the people of his time, as well as for us in the latter days.
“O house of Jacob, come ye and let us walk in the light of the Lord; yea, come, for ye have all gone astray, every one to his wicked ways (v. 5).” Isaiah says the house of Jacob had gone astray. Just as Jacob house, we have gone astray.
One of the things that applies to our day is that people listen to others rather than God, “hearken unto soothsayers like the Philistines (v. 6)”. We think a lot today of gaining knowledge, but I think few people are concerned with learning the truth. More and more people are claiming to be wise in everyday topics and it is becoming much easier to turn to their knowledge rather than asking God for the truth. The truth can be found through scriptures and from the mouths of the prophets and apostles.
Also, people care too much about their wealth. “Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures (v. 7).” People today worship false idols and they have pride in themselves, but do not thank the Lord for all that He gives to them. “Their land is also full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made (v. 8 ).” Worst of all, they forget God and want to remove Him and faith in Him from their lives and the lives of others around them. “And the mean man boweth not down, and the great man humbleth himself not (v. 9).”
When the savior comes again the wicked who worship idols will want to destroy them when they realize they should have worshipped the Lord. “In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which he hath made for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats(v. 20); To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for the fear of the Lord shall come upon them and the majesty of his glory shall smite them, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth (v. 21).” People fear being caught doing wrong. If only everyone could see these things are not good to worship. I believe this world would have a lot less sin and evil if we all were less concerned with these worldly things and could see Jesus Christ as our Savior and God as a true and loving father in heaven.