1 ¶ "Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman," says the LORD.
2 "Enlarge the place of your tent; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; Lengthen your cords And strengthen your pegs.
3 "For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left. And your descendants will possess nations And will resettle the desolate cities.
4 "Fear not, for you will not be put to shame; And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; But you will forget the shame of your youth, And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
5 "For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the LORD of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth.
6 ¶ "For the LORD has called you, Like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, Even like a wife of one's youth when she is rejected," Says your God.
7 "For a brief moment I forsook you, But with great compassion I will gather you.
8 "In an outburst of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, But with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you," Says the LORD your Redeemer.
The basic message of Isaiah involved an urging of Judah to return to God. By the time of the writing of Isaiah the northern kingdom of Israel had already gone deeply into apostasy, having become immersed in idolatry and fleshly desires. They were to fall to Assyria in 721 B.C. The southern kingdom of Judah is sandwiched between two pagan political forces, Assyria to the northeast, and Egypt to the southwest. Judah was inclined to form alliances with these pagan nations for protection. What they desperately need to learn was dependence upon God. If the nation of Judah would learn to depend on the Creator of the Universe, they would find deliverance. Isaiah also reveals that ultimate deliverance is to come through the Messiah, through whom all men will see the salvation of God (see Isaiah 40:5 with Luke 3:6 and Acts 4:12).
The Bible reveals that the prophecies of Isaiah have all been fulfilled. We know from Old Testament history that the predicted Babylonian exile has occurred, and that God did indeed deliver his faithful people from captivity (see Ezra, and Nehemiah). Isaiah predicted that the Almighty God of heaven would raise up deliverance through King Cyrus (41:1-48:22). This has been fulfilled.
Isaiah also pointed forward to the ultimate deliverance which would come thorough the "Suffering Servant" (49:1-53:12). The glory that would accompany his great work is anticipated in chapters 54:1-57:21. The book closes with pleas for immediate repentance on the part of Isaiah's contemporaries (58:1-59:15) and with a realization that things will not be made fully right until the Messiah appears on the scene (59:16-66).
The Messiah has appeared, therefore Isaiah's prophecies have been fulfilled.