And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.Isaiah 25:6-8
After praising God for his protection, Isaiah takes us to an incredible setting. It is a feast and it is being hosted by God, Himself. The best food and drink are provided as God feasts with his people. All of the redeemed are a part of this incredible event. This feasting is not something that is evil or grotesque. We see the people of God enjoying the goodness of God with God Himself in a way that brings Him honor and glory.
Then there is an incredible statement made that should excite us to our very core. God will destroy “the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.” What is it that God is destroying? What is the covering and the vail?
The answer to this is made clear in verse 8. The cover and vail that is destroyed is death itself! God had told Adam that in the day that they disobeyed him they would “surely die.”
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.Genesis 2:17
The Bible is clear that sin has brought about death. It is the effect of the curse that every person who has ever lived has had to deal with.
The soul that sinneth, it shall die.Ezekiel 18:20a
For the wages of sin is death;Romans 6:23a
God has dealt with sin. He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sin. Those who have trusted Him are saved from the curse of sin, and from death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life! If any man come to me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and he who lives and believes in me shall never die!” Romans tells us that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.”
In these verses we see God ending death itself. It says “He will swallow up death in victory”! What an incredible statement. He puts death to death!
The text also says that He will wipe away every tear. This is spoken of in Revelation 21:4 as well.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.Revelation 21:4
Think of it! All of the effects of the curse will be known as “former things”! This is what is meant when the text says “the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth.” How do we know this will happen? “The mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”
One hymn writer put it this way:
When fadeth the day and dark shadows draw nigh,
With Christ close at hand, it is not death to die;
He’ll wipe ev’ry tear, roll away ev’ry care;
We’ll say “good-nigh”t here, but “good-morning” up there.
History is going somewhere. The curse is broken, and death will come to death. Everyone is going to spend eternity somewhere. Do you want to spend eternity with death, pain, and tears as a “former thing” or do you want to be like the rich man who “lifted up his eyes being in torment”?
• Have you accepted God’s gift of salvation?
• Are you living for eternity today?