The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 21:12
The watchman said, the morning cometh, and also the night,
&c.] Not only a morning, but a night; and as sure as the morning comes,
so shall the night; there wilt be a constant succession of morning and
night; as a morning of prosperity, so a night of adversity: the morning
of the Gospel dispensation was coming on, or of Christ's coming in the
flesh, which was attended with joy and cheerfulness; like the morning,
it dispersed the shadows of the law, introduced light, which gradually
and irresistibly spread itself over the Gentile world; but then
followed a night of darkness to the Jews, blindness happened to them,
which still continues; and to the Arabians, Saracens, and Turks, when
the bottomless pit was opened by Mahomet, which let out smoke and
locusts in the eastern part of the world; and to the western part, when
the Romish antichrist established himself as universal bishop: a
morning came on again at the Reformation, and a night will follow,
which is now begun; it is already a time of darkness, coldness,
sleepiness, and of error and heresy, which will issue in an eventide,
in a dark night: if it be asked what time it is with us, or how far we
are gone toward the night? the answer is, we are in and toward the
close of the Sardian church state; we are in the twilight, or in that
part of time which is neither day nor night, (Zechariah 14:6,7) the slaying
of the witnesses is yet to come, which, with the general spread of
Popery all over Christendom, will make it entire night; after which
will come on the morning of the spiritual reign of Christ, when the
light of the Gospel will be spread everywhere, and joy and gladness
will attend the saints in all places; and it will be a time of great
prosperity, both spiritual and temporal; which will be succeeded by
another night of coldness, deadness, and carnal security, and will last
till the second and personal coming of Christ; which will bring on the
morning of a glorious resurrection to the saints, after which there
will be no more night to them, though there will be an eternal one to
the wicked. The Targum is,
``the prophet said, there is a reward for the righteous, and
punishment for the wicked;''
and so the Jews elsewhere F4 interpret it of the morning of redemption
to the righteous, and of the night of darkness to the wicked; or, as
they sometimes express it F5, the morning is for the righteous, and
the night for the wicked; the morning for Israel, and the night for the
nations of the world. Dumah they sometimes F6 make to be the angel
appointed over spirits, who they suppose gather together, and say to
if ye will inquire, inquire ye;
seriously and in good earnest,
diligently and constantly, with all humility and reverence, by prayer
to God and by searching the Scriptures, and by application to the
watchmen, the ministers of the word, who make it their business to
study it, and have the mind of Christ:
return by repentance, and come to God, who receives
backsliders, heals their backslidings, and loves them freely; or, "come
again", to the watchman, and to the Lord, and renew your inquiries till
you get satisfaction.
F4 Gloss. in T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 94. 1. & in Bava Kama fol, 3. 2.
F5 T. Hieros. Taaniot, fol. 64. 1. & Kimchi in loc.
F6 T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 94. 1.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 21:12". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=021&verse=012>. 1999.