And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains…
I. THE PERIOD REFERRED TO. The reference is not to the Gospel era as a whole, but to an advanced period of it, even the time of the great millennial prosperity. The golden age of the Greeks and Romans was the past, but our golden age is yet to come.
II. THE CHEERING TRUTH DECLARED. "The mountain," etc. Often has Zion languished, but she is to become a praise in the whole earth. In this striking figure two things are embraced —
1. Elevated position.
2. Permanent duration.
III. THE GENERAL INTEREST AWAKENED. We have here —
1. The invitation given. "And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob."
2. The considerations by which it is enforced. "And He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem." It is the seat of Divine instruction on the one hand, and the centre of holy influence on the other.
IV. THE HAPPY RESULTS DECLARED (ver. 4). This is —
1. A consummation most devoutly to be desired.
2. Absolutely certain in its realisation. "They shall beat their swords into ploughshares."
3. The means whereby it win be accomplished. By God judging or ruling among the nations, and rebuking or working conviction among them.
Parallel VersesKJV: And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.