ESV - 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
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Much prophecy has a near and far application i.e. two-fold. I believe Isaiah 61 is just one of those passages which speaks of Christ's two advents in one view. If we back up and look at a few key verses in chapter 60 it is obvious what is spoken of here has not occurred and will not take place until Christ comes back and establishes his kingdom on earth. I believe the passages below speak of Israel's blessings in that age. Isaiah 60:3 " And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising." v.10-13 "And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. " v.14 "The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel." v.19-21 "The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified." Especially notice v. 19, it compares very favorably with Revelation 21:23 "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." See also (Revelation 22:5). Revelation 21:4 "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." In fulfillment of Isaiah 61:2 (Christ's SECOND advent) there is no one to heal, no blindness, no sickness in the Millennial Kingdom. Luke 4:18 is dealing with Christ's FIRST advent and his earthly ministry. As scripture bears record there was a lot of sickness and disease. Isn't the accuracy of scripture amazing? Praise His name!
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