Isaiah 2 is a little complicated chapter due to being not very specific and impossible for the Christians and Jews to understand unless they have read the Islamic scriptures well. Even if one has read the Islamic scriptures, it is a little hard to grasp as the chapter describes two different personalities without names and all are referred to as ‘he’. It speaks in present and future tenses and discusses two different times in future. This article will analyze these tenses and the verses and explain what they really mean.
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.
The chapter describes three different times and this verse speaks of the end times, and states that the whole world would become the believers of the true religion of God Almighty. The mountain of the Lord’s house refers to the true religion of God Almighty.
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; 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.
Please note that the verse speaks of “many people” and does not say “all the people”. This is again the end times. This is an indication that Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him), on his return, would settle in or around Jerusalem. More on this is explained below.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Matthew 7:22-23 confirms this prophecy. Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) would rebuke the Christians just like Prophet Isaiah does in Isaiah 1. Please note that Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) is referred to as a judge or a leader and not as a warrior expected by the Jews (Isaiah 3:2). The verse says that after that, there would be no more wars on earth as the whole world would have turned to the true religion of God Almighty. Verse five speaks of light or guidance coming to the Israelis. Verse six describes the place where that light would come from; the east. The location is described in a little more detail:
Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots: Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:
Among the three different times, this is the middle one, i.e. the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Here, we see a jump backwards from the end times to the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as can be seen by the tenses used. Previous verses used future tenses whereas this verse uses present tenses. Prophet Isaiah (peace be upon him) prophesizes that the guidance would come from the east whose people at the time of Prophet Isaiah (peace be upon him) were idol worshippers and living in a land filled with gold (oil). Verses nine to 17 discuss the period of justice at the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
And the idols he shall utterly abolish.
This verse is in future tense and prophesizes about the destruction of the idols of the pagan Arabs (the people in the east) by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Christians often use this chapter to prove that Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) has been prophesied but all this chapter prophesizes is the Jesus (peace be upon him) of Islam together with Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).