Isaiah foresaw the humiliation of Satan. He also watched as God brought down all the power and pride of wicked principalities. “In this mountain shall the hand of the Lord rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill” (Isaiah 25:10).
Isaiah makes it clear: Satan’s humiliation happens on the mountain, in the place of prayer and worship, where Christ’s presence is manifested. Moab here was an actual enemy of Israel. But it became a symbol representing all that was evil and satanic.
Peter preached that Isaiah’s vision was already being fulfilled in the church at Jerusalem. “Those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:18-19). Peter reasoned that if the prophecies about Christ had been fulfilled to the letter, then all other prophecies would come to pass. And that included times of refreshing by being in the Lord’s presence.
Isaiah referred to such times of refreshing (see Isaiah 28:12). These are times when God chooses to revive and heal. And He does it not because we’ve earned it, but for the glory of His own name. Peter saw this fulfilled at Pentecost: Christ’s presence was manifested, bringing revival and refreshing to a crowd of thousands. Multitudes were set free, including whole families. We see this later when Peter brought Jesus’ presence into Cornelius’ house, and the entire household was saved.
Right now, I believe we’re in the very beginning of the last reviving. We’re going to see families brought out of captivity. Millions of backsliders will have their veils removed and wayward sons and daughters will be restored to their parents.
What is our part? We’re to do as Daniel did when he read Jeremiah’s prophecy and discerned the times: “I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes” (Daniel 9:3). Daniel did what we’re all called to do: come to God’s holy mountain. May every devoted servant of Jesus Christ in these last days meet there!
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon