Who has heard such a thing?
Who has seen such things?
Can a land be born in one day?
Can a nation be brought forth all at once?
For as soon as Zion was in labor,
she brought forth her children. Bible other translations

“Can a nation be brought forth all at once. This phrase shows us that this section of Isaiah is about the future when Christ comes from heaven and fights the battle of Armageddon, conquers the earth, and sets up his kingdom on earth, that will happen on a day like no other day (Zech. 14:3-7). There have been events that have foreshadowed this final event, such as the return of Judah to the land of Israel, but no past event has fulfilled this prophecy literally or fully.

Associated with Christ’s conquest of the earth and setting up his Millennial Kingdom will be the building of the temple described in Ezekiel 40-48, the Sheep and Goat Judgment (Matt. 25:31-46), and the Resurrection of the Righteous (Rev. 20:1-4). [For more on Jesus’ kingdom on earth, see Appendix 3, “Christ’s Future Kingdom on Earth”].

Commentary for: Isaiah 66:8