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The Messianic Kingdom of Peace

Isaiah 11:6

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.

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Isaiah 11:1-9
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

About this painting

This painting is about Isaiah 11:6, a part of the prophecy of Isaiah in which he describes a vision of the coming Messianic Kingdom. The vision gives an image of the paradisiacal condition in the renewed future world as a consequence of the messianic reign.
Left in the foreground of the painting we see a stump from which a young shoot comes up.
This image is taken from Isa. 11:1
The ‘shoot’ that comes up from ‘the stump of Jesse’ is at the same time the ‘root of Jesse’ (verse 10): Jesus the Messiah. He is descendant of David and Lord of David at the same time. (Matt. 22:41-46, Rev. 22:16)

After His resurrection from the dead, Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ Matt. 28:18
He ascended into heaven, but will return to this earth. Then his Kingdom will be fully and gloriously revealed. The qualities and righteous reign of the Messiah are described in Isa. 11:1-5
Those who persist in their resistance against the Messiah will find death in the end. Rev. 2:27, 19:15.
The curse that came over creation as a result of the sin of man (Gen. 3) will be lifted by then, and the relationship between man and animal, and amongst the animals, will be restored as it was in the situation before Genesis 3.
Any form of disharmony will be banished by then.
In that situation even a child may guide the previously wild animals.
‘They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea’.
It is a very comforting prophecy in a violent time. Judgements will take place, but right through them God establishes His Kingdom.

Prior to Jesus' second coming, evil will increase dramatically:
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 2 Thess. 2:8

Now creation is still groaning:
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Rom. 8:18-23

5 ‘And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’ Rev. 5:5

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