In our study of Isaiah chapter fourteen, we will look at the origin of evil and God's plan to restore peace to His creation. This will help us to better understand God's mercy and grace.
"The Lord will have compassion on Jacob; once again he will choose Israel and will settle them in their own land. Aliens will join them and unite with the house of Jacob." NIV translation
The prophet speaks of a time that is to come which is commonly called the Millennial Reign. There are those that say this verse was fulfilled with the establishment of Israel as a nation in 1948 but it has not.
"Nations will take them and bring them to their own place. And the house of Israel will possess the nations as menservants and maidservants in the Lord's land. They will make captives of their captors and rule over their oppressors." NIV translation
We can see that this has not been fulfilled as Israel is scorned by many nations today. This will happen when Jesus returns and establishes His kingdom on the earth which will be based in Jerusalem. At that time, there will be no more debate about who owns the city or who rules the earth.
"On the day the Lord gives you relief from suffering and turmoil and cruel bondage, you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: How the oppressor has come to an end! How his fury has ended!" NIV translation
Upon Jesus' return, the Jewish people will be delivered from the tribulation that they have faced. This new "king of Babylon" will be defeated and there will be joy and singing in Jerusalem.
"The Lord has broken the rod of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers, which in anger struck down peoples with unceasing blows, and in fury subdued nations with relentless aggression." NIV translation
The rulers of all the nations that oppressed God's people have been stripped of their power. It is acknowledged that it was Jesus who accomplished this.