Ends of the Earth Part 2
In my last article we looked at the Biblical phrase “the ends of the earth.” We saw this encompasses all the island nations from Japan through to New Zealand, in fact all the countries on the immediate western side of the international dateline. We also saw that New Zealand is the “End of the Earth” or the “Uttermost part of the Earth”. But the Bible doesn’t just mention where these nations are, it commands them to do certain things. Let’s take a look (they’re mostly self explanatory):
“Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.”
O Lord, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, worthlessness and unprofitable things.”
The Jeremiah prophecy is a confirmation that what God commanded in Isaiah 45:22 would happen, in fact the Good News of God’s kingdom reached the “End of the Earth” (New Zealand) on 25th December 1814. By the 1850’s over 60% of the Māori people of New Zealand had turned to God!
The Lord reigns; Let the earth rejoice; Let the multitude of isles be glad!
The immediate result of turning to God is gladness and rejoicing. But this is just the beginning…
They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing; for the majesty of the Lord they shall cry aloud from the sea. Therefore glorify the Lord in the dawning light, the name of the Lord God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea. From the ends of the earth we have heard songs: “Glory to the righteous!”
Isaiah is telling us to sing, to cry aloud and glorify God, and Israel (the furthest place from New Zealand) has heard our singing! This is an open invitation from God for us to develop the arts and our musicians and to basically “Get it on” for Him musically. This is a natural progression/expression of the gladness we feel from connecting with our Heavenly Father.
Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you coastlands and you inhabitants of them! Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory to the Lord, and declare His praise in the coastlands. The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war. He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; He shall prevail against His enemies.
Here Isaiah shows us the effects of our singing. Firstly, the inhabitants of Kedar join in the celebration. The interesting point here is that Kedar is a son of Ishmael and represents the Arab Muslim world. The prophetic praise that comes out of the ends of the earth is a key part of the warfare that brings Muslims into relationship with their true Messiah.
Not only that but our praise also stirs God into action! He stirs up His zeal. He goes forth like a man of war, shouts aloud (there’s that loud music again) and prevails against His enemies. There is something prophetic in the praise from the ends of the earth that not only impacts the Muslim world but also stirs God into war! Now that is very exciting.
Not only are we to praise God, we are also commanded to make prophetic proclamations on His behalf. Check these out:
Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.’ ”
Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldees! With a voice of singing, declare, proclaim this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say, “The Lord has redeemed His servant Jacob!”
“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’ ”
Whilst we are commanded to sing God’s praises as a prophetic witness to Muslims, we are also commanded to sing and proclaim that God’s salvation is coming to the Jews and to declare that God will keep Israel as a shepherd does His flock.
This is the return trip of God’s Good News that started in Jerusalem and went to the end of the earth (it got there in 1814) and this is how it returns back across the nations to Jerusalem.
Get out the instruments people, we’ve got a party to start!
I pray God richly blesses you as you meditate and act on what He’s saying to you out of this article.
Pray Safe, and let’s party