Eschatology in Isaiah – a millennium or not?

Premillennialists will frequently point to passages like Isaiah 11:6-9 and Isaiah 65:17-25 when looking for OT support for a millennium. The imagery of creation in harmony and extraordinarily long but not infinite lifespans is indeed quite interesting. But is that what Isaiah thinks he’s pointing to?

The largest chunk of writing on the project I’ve done so far has been investigating passages in Isaiah that talk about his eschatology. It’s not exhaustive, and it’s also the first time I’ve broken 6000 words for a continuous piece of writing. This also means I’m not going to try to boil down all of that 6000 words into this short blog post.

My basic conclusion is that Isaiah points to the time when the rule of Yahweh will be perfect. This is his primary referent. This is his hope.

This does not inherently rule out the existence of a millennium. What it does do is make you have to think more about whether you can use Isaiah to justify the existence of a millennium. You certainly can’t do it on a prima-facie basis, because you’ll be ripping the passages out of context.

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