Isaiah 49: 22-23.
22 Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up Mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up My standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for Me.
If you will go back to chapter 11, verse 11, you will see a similar description of the way God is going to bless Israel when Messiah reigns from Jerusalem. The ensign refers a standard or a banner around which the nations shall rally.
In Is. 11:10, we see some of the ways in which the world will be blessed when all the nations turn to Messiah and worship Him, helping His people to return to Israel. Here is a list of some of the ways both the Jews and the Gentiles will be blessed under Messiah’s rule:
- Gentiles shall seek Christ or rally around Him as their banner (11:10)
- They will enjoy His glorious rest (11:10; Matt. 12:21)
- He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles (42:1; Mat. 12:18)
- He shall be the light to them (42:6′ 49:6)
- They shall help regather Israel among all nations (49:22)
- The shall be humbled under Israel
- They shall be an inheritance of the Jews under the Messiah (54:3)
- They shall come to the Light of Israel. in the Millennium (54:3)
- The forces of the Gentiles shall be converted and come to Israel (60:5-12)
- They shall be a blessing to Jews (60:16; 61:6)
- They shall acknowledge Israel as the people of God in that day (61:9)
- They shall see the righteousness of the Messiah and of Israel (62:2)
- Peace and glory will be extended to them by the Messiah (66:12)
- They shall be evangelized by the Jews in the Millennium ( 2:2-4; 52:7; 66:19; Zech. 8:23; 14:16-21)
Verse 23 in today’s passage shows the complete submission of the Gentiles to Messiah, finally putting away their hatred for His people and trusting in Messiah during the Millennium.
It is hard to imagine such a world, isn’t it? The song we sing at Christmas, Joy to the World, is actually about this Millennial world in which “the Lord has come; let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, and heav’n and nature sing!”