Isaiah 6:1, “ In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.”
The above verse of passage of scripture has gone into various interpretation and applications. Most of which they implied that your Uzziah must die for you to see the glory of God in your life.
By implication somebody somewhere known and maybe unknown is not wishing you well or has assumed responsibility to make you not to prosper; therefore, such an individual has no options but to die so that you can live and prosper. Such a Gospel indeed, right?
But what exactly is this passage talking about? Who really was Uzziah and when did Isaiah see this prophecy? What was the prophecy really about? What was the condition of the people at the time he saw the prophecy? What is the glory that filled the temple that he saw and who was the Lord Most High that he saw on a high throne.
Let’s take a look;
While it is commonly believed that the vision occurred “in the year that King Uzziah died” (v. 1), it shows that Isaiah must have had some previous ministry (Chapters 1-5) since he is said to have ministered during the reign of Uzziah (1:1).
But careful and diligent study will reveal that Isaiah saw this vision anytime up to 12 months before the king’s death. That is, it would have occurred within the 12 calendar months before or shortly after the king’s death in 739 B.C.
In other words, this vision occurred “in” Uzziah’s reign.
Verses 1-5 shows that Isaiah was in the midst of a people in a sinful condition (Chapters 1-5) “a man of unclean lips” (6:5) set himself apart from that nation until he saw the vision of God and then realized that he too was part of the sin problem.
So Chapter 6 was dealing with the extreme depravity of the nation of Israel, contrasting it with God’s holiness. Here Isaiah also emphasized that the people lacked spiritual insight and would not turn from their sinful condition.
Isaiah “saw the LORD” (v. 1), whom he called “the LORD Almighty” (v. 3) and “the King, the LORD Almighty” (v. 5).
Isaiah may have seen the preincarnate Christ, who because of His deity is the Lord. Because the Apostle John wrote that Isaiah “saw Jesus’ glory” (John 12:41), The Lord; Jehovah: applied to Christ, John 12:41; and to the Holy Ghost, Acts 28:25.
Isaiah’s vision was in the temple (Isa. 6:1). Meaning he saw this vision of the Temple, not that he was physically there because he was not a priest.
Isaiah’s vision of the Lord (6:1-4) verses shows us Isaiah ministered during King Uzziah’s reign (1:1).
Uzziah had a long, prosperous reign of 52-years (2Chron. 26:1-15), and within this period many people were involved in sin (2Kings 15:1-4). Out of pride he, being not a priest, entered the temple and he became leprous, made ceremonially unclean (2Chron. 26:16-20) and so sent from the temple.
Now Isaiah saw three major things about God: (1) He was seated on a throne; (2) He was high and exalted; and (3) the train of His robe filled the temple..
To be continued…