Isaiah Chapter 2 – Lord Reign in Me – Today!
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you can’t miss the fact that the world seems to be unraveling at a rapid pace. Every day the headlines bring a new problem, a new conflict, a new tragedy; Russia invades Ukraine; Iran is building a nuclear bomb; Boko Harem slaughters an entire village; ISIS butchers Christians… there’s so many bad things happening it’s hard to keep track of them all! There’s lots of hand-wringing, but it seems that nothing can be done to get things under control. “Can’t the UN do something?” Sure, they can hold another meeting, or pass another resolution.
But friend let me tell you, it won’t always be that way, and Isaiah chapter two gives us a glimpse of what the future holds: The Day of the Lord.
The “Day of the Lord” is not so much a day, but a period of time. Now is the day of man, but when Christ returns and establishes His Kingdom, it will be the Day of the Lord. That period, the Millennial Kingdom, is a period of one-thousand years where Christ will reign from Jerusalem in righteousness and justice (see also Psalm 72, Isaiah 11:4-9, Jeremiah 23:5-6, Luke 1:32-33 and 19:12-27, Matthew 5:18, Rev 20:4-6):
During the Millennial reign, the Lord Jesus Christ will be King, and Jerusalem will the superpower of the world. The Lord Jesus will rule the nations with justice and righteousness, and all disputes will be settled by Him without war:
“He will rule them with an iron scepter.” Rev 19:15
… it will be a time of perfectly administered and enforced righteousness on the earth!
But mankind will not submit to God easily, it will require the judgment of God to bring mankind to the place of being willing to humble themselves to Christ. Verses 6-22 describe what’s referred to as the “Seven Year Tribulation” (see also Dan 9, Dan 12, Matt 24, Rev 11, Rev 13), where the pride and arrogance of man will be brought down.
Isaiah paints a picture of humanity that’s relevant to his time, and yet it also fits perfectly in our time. Fortune-tellers (false religions, pundits), silver and gold (riches), ships of Tarshish (ships, planes, trains)… mankind has build up an empire on this planet that is truly majestic and capable of great things, Mankind is in awe of all that he has accomplished. But when the Day of the Lord comes, none of these things will hold a candle to the judgment that God will bring to this earth:
In that day, mankind will witness firsthand the mighty hand of God, and there will no other conceivable response than to bow down and worship the Lord God Almighty.
But, why wait? Hear what the Lord encourages Judah to do:
In other words, while there is a future promised where all will submit to the Lord Jesus, and He will reign in righteousness, Jesus can reign in our lives, and in our hearts RIGHT NOW – TODAY!
There’s a song we used to sing at our church, “Lord Reign In Me,”
Reign in your power.
Over all my dreams,
In my darkest hour.
You are the Lord
Of all I am,
So won’t you reign in me again?
That’s my prayer today, that I would humbly bow down and submit my heart, my mind, my dreams, and my life to Christ, so that Christ may reign in me, today!