Impartial Grace: Isaiah 66

For I know their works and their thoughts: the time comes, that I will gather all nations and languages; and they shall come, and shall see my glory

It shall happen, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me,” says Yahweh.

(Isaiah 66:18, 23 emphasis added)

God caused these scriptures to be written and they cannot be ignored. His chosen people were freed from captivity. There was a movement among the people to rebuild the Temple and start Temple worship anew. God warns them that their worship is empty and meaningless if it is done purely for show. It is an affront to Him when we are only going through the motions. God tells us that it is His plan to restore Zion’s City to greatness. Jerusalem will be beaten down, but it will rise again to great stature. Believers are called to rejoice in this good news. The City will prosper and grow. It will be evident that Zion’s good fortune is a blessing from God. Everyone will know that He is Sovereign over all. God will exercise His judgment on those who are His enemies. His fire will come over them. He has seen the works of all men. He knows the thoughts of all men. “I know their works,” says the Lord. There will come a time in which He will say, “Enough.” He will then gather together all the nations. His glory will be known to them. “They shall see My glory.”

Christians look to God and say, “Amen.” Let it be precisely as it is written. God knows the heart of every man and the heart of every man is evil. He knows our works. There is none that can stand before Him fully righteous. All nations will come together. His presence will command the attention of every person ever created. Every person will see His glory. That’s the gospel. We will see God’s glory. He’ll see to it!

God’s enemies will be judged by God and their punishment will be meted out fairly. God’s punishment has a finite end and a glorious purpose. God says, “All mankind will come bow down before me.” That is “The Blessed Hope.” This is Impartial Grace.