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Isa 59:2

“so that he does not listen.” God does not hear prayers simply because people pray. Everyone sins, but some people are prideful and unrepentant about their sin, and God will not listen to the prayers of those people. It is the prayer of a righteous person that accomplishes much (James 5:16). There are a number of verses that say God does not answer the prayers of the wicked (cp.Job 35:12-13; Prov. 15:29; Isa. 1:15; 59:1-2; Ezek. 8:17-18; Micah 3:4; Zech. 7:12-13; and James 4:3). [For more on God not hearing the prayers of the wicked or honoring their sacrifices, see commentary on Amos 5:22].

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Isa 59:18

“repay the coasts and islands.” The meaning is that God’s righteous justice will extend to all parts of the earth. It will even reach to the coastlands and islands.

Isa 59:19

“So they will fear the name of Yahweh from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun.” The phrase “from the rising of the Sun” was a way of referring to the east, so this verse foretells a time when many who come from the west and the east will fear God. The ultimate fulfillment of this prophecy of Isaiah 59:19 will occur in Christ’s Millennial Kingdom when Christ rules the earth as king. At that time the earth will be full of the knowledge of God (Isa. 11:9; Hab. 2:14), and there will be many people there from many countries who had been granted everlasting life based on how they had lived. Jesus taught that at the feast in the Kingdom, many would come from the north, south, east, and west and eat with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but the Jews who rejected God would be cast out (Matt. 8:11; Luke 13:28-30).

[For more verses in Isaiah that speak of the Millennial Kingdom, see commentary on Isaiah 2:2. For more on Christ’s future kingdom on earth, see Appendix 3, “Christ’s Future Kingdom on Earth”].

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Isa 59:21

“that is upon you.” This is speaking of the time of the New Covenant, when the gift of holy spirit will be in all the believers.

[For more about the holy spirit as God gave it in the Old Testament and then after the Day of Pentecost, see Appendix 6, “Usages of ‘Spirit.’” For more about the gift of holy spirit being “upon” in the Old Testament and “in” after the Day of Pentecost, and the differences between holy spirit in the Old Testament and after Pentecost, see commentary on Eph. 1:13, “promised holy spirit.” For more about the holy spirit being the gift of God and not a “Person” called “the Holy Spirit,” see Appendix 11, “What is the Holy Spirit.” For more on the holy spirit and new birth, see Appendix 1, “The Permanence of Christian Salvation.” For more on Christians being part of the New Covenant, see commentary on 2 Cor. 3:6, “new covenant”].


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