The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 41:16
Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away,
and the whirlwind shall scatter them…
In illusion to the custom
of the Jews, who had their threshingfloors on the tops of hills and
mountains, where they took the opportunity and advantage of the wind in
winnowing their corn, which fanned it, and carried away the chaff, and
scattered it abroad; in like manner, it is suggested, the enemies of
the church and people of God should be dealt with, which are like the
chaff the wind driveth away, and is found no more, (Psalms 1:5) , and so Rome
Pagan was no more as such when subdued by Constantine, nor will the
Papal antichristian states, (Daniel 2:35) . Compare with this what is said of
literal Babylon, which will have its accomplishment in mystical
Babylon, (Jeremiah 51:33) :
and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord:
the Targum is,
``in the word of the Lord;''
and so it paraphrases the preceding clause,
``his word shall scatter them as the whirlwind chaff;''
and therefore in him the saints shall rejoice, because it is he that
destroys their enemies; so when Rome Pagan was abolished, and the devil
and his angels, or the Heathen emperors, were drove out of it and
destroyed, there was great joy among the people of God, saying, "now is
come salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power
of his Christ", (Revelation 12:10) (19:1,2) there will be great rejoicing in the
Lord likewise when Rome Papal falls, and the saints have got the
victory over the beast, (Revelation 15:2,3) (18:20) (19:1,2)
and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel;
whose arm alone has done the
above things, and to whom the glory is to be given: it is the true
character of believers to rejoice in Christ, in his person, offices,
and grace, and to glory in his being made unto them wisdom,
righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. (Philippians 3:3) (1 Corinthians 1:30,31) .
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 41:16". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=041&verse=016>. 1999.