Q. Can you explain what is going on in Isa. 26:19-21? Thank you very much, I appreciate your time given.
A. I believe Isaiah 26:19-21 is the passage Paul had in mind when he said “According to the Lord’s own word …” in 1 Thes. 4:15. There’s no Old Testament fulfillment of this passage, nor did the Lord say anything like this in the New Testament. And as we’ll see, the similarity between Isaiah 26:19-21 and Paul’s message 1 Thes. 4-5 is striking.
But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead. Isaiah 26:19.
(For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Thes. 4:16)
Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. Isaiah 26:20.
(After that we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. 1 Thes. 4:17. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thes 5:9)
See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer. Isaiah 26:20.
(While people are saying peace and safety destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains on a pregnant woman and they will not escape. 1 Thes 5:3)