The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, he was astonished that there was no one to intercede; so his own arm worked salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him.
He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak. According to what they have done, so will he repay wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay the islands their due.
From the west, men will fear the name of the LORD, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the LORD drives along. “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins”
“The Redeemer will come to Zion.” Many people long for this, both Jew and Gentile, that this event may soon come about – the Redeemer coming to His people in Zion. So what do we understand from this phrase? Most likely the Messiah’s coming at the end of the age to redeem His people Israel and begin His earthly reign?
But think about this. When He comes at the end of the age, He will be coming to all of us – to be seen by all, hidden from no one, to deal with each of us as our faith in Him, or lack of it, deserves. In Zechariah 14:3-9 we see the Messiah coming to fight against the nations; setting foot on the Mount of Olives which then splits in two; and becoming king over the whole earth.
Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost. It will be a unique day, without daytime or nighttime—a day known to the LORD. When evening comes, there will be light. On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter. The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.
So… at this point can it be said that He has come to just a part of Israel – just to those in Jacob who repent of their sins?
It must be that what Isaiah prophetically foretells here is something else – a different event, which is to come some time before that final arrival of the Messiah to rule and reign on earth. A significant turning point for the people and nation of Israel, leading to a much fuller restoration of the nation than we’ve yet seen, as can readily be seen in the verses which follow, in Isaiah 60. But yet somehow not all will yet see Him and know Him. He will come to some, but not yet all; coming at this point just to those who repent of their sins.