Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.CHAPTER 63
The Executor of the Day of Vengeance
1. The glorious appearing (Isaiah 63:1) 2. The day of vengeance (Isaiah 63:2-6 Rev_19:11-21 corresponds to this marvelous description of the coming King. Before in this section we read of the day of vengeance, the Lord’s intervention in behalf of His people and the overthrow of their enemies. The day of vengeance is now beheld by the prophet. The acceptable year is closed and judgment sweeps the earth. Often this chapter is quoted as meaning the salvation work of Christ. It has nothing to do with that. It is His judgment work. It is unfortunate that the sixty-third chapter is not ended in our Bibles with the sixth Isaiah 63:7-19 belong to chapter 64.
I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.CHAPTER 63:7-19-64:12
The Great Intercessory Prayer
1. Jehovah’s loving kindness and power in the past remembered (Isaiah 63:7-14) 2. Their deepest need (Isaiah 63:15) 3. The cry of faith, Thou art our Father (Isaiah 63:16) 4. The increasing plea (Isaiah 63:17-19) 5. The prayer for Jehovah’s manifestation (Isaiah 64:1-4) 6. Confession and humiliation (Isaiah 64:5-7) 7. The cry for mercy and help (Isaiah 64:8-12) This is one of the greatest prayers in the Bible. The prophet no doubt prayed it first of all, and the Spirit of Christ through him. But its full meaning will be reached when the faithful remnant of Israel in the end time cries for help and deliverance during the great tribulation. When Daniel discovered that the end of the Babylonian captivity was at hand, he uttered a great prayer Daniel 9:1-27. The same beautiful spirit of a contrite heart, confession of sin, trust in Jehovah, pleading for Jerusalem and expectation of deliverance, which characterizes Daniel’s prayer is seen in this great prayer. Many of the prayers in the book of Psalms are the prayers of the remnant suffering in the land before the Second Advent.
The remaining two chapters contain the answer to this prayer.