Something about modern Christianity befuddles me, we pass out a single book of the bible and its usually either Mark or John. I was thinking about what the Hebrews would have passed out in the days after Micah, I believe they would have passed out Isaiah. Why?

One phrase says it all in 66:22 “hv’ød”x]h; #r<a’’h’w> ~yvid”x\h;û ~yIm:åV’h;“, which in english is translated “the new heavens and the new earth“. Isaiah for all its mystery is a micro-canon of revelation, it begins with “#r<a,ê ynIyzIåa]h;w> ‘~yIm;’v’ W[Üm.vi” in 1:2 which in english is translated “hear heavens and give your ear earth“. Before Isaiah allows his readers to see the completion of God’s redeeming work he situates the suffering servant Jesus (John 12:41), in between his acknowledgement of creation and his note of consumation in the new heavens and new earth.

Barry G. Webb closes his commentary in the BSTNT series saying, “In the second half of the book the new creation unfods from his saving work like a bud bursting into bloom, and the last verse challenges us to never take it lightly, but to ponder (as we shall for all eternity) the greatness of our redemption, and the terrible fate from which we have been saved. What can we do but worship?” 

Isaiah 66:22-24 22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the LORD, so shall your offspring and your name remain. 23 From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the LORD. 24 “And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”