"And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh." (Isaiah 66:23-24)
From month to month and from week to week, there will be no end to the countless crowds of people who come to acknowledge the supremacy and grace of the Almighty God. As Isaiah said earlier, "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 (Isaiah 2:2)." The word behind worship means to descend or to bow down. The restored state of Christ's Kingdom will bring with it a renewed sense of the fear of God. Gone will be the shallow and fleshly worship that focuses on stirring up the emotions while leaving one feeling empty in the aftermath. Every believer has the responsibility of encouraging others toward biblical worship in this age. The world is destined for a reverent and sincere worship of the King, so why would God expect less of His people now?
Like Malachi's, Isaiah's prophecies end on a very serious note. More than physical death is intended here, because to transgress against God by the rejection of His Word, and ultimately His Son, is to incur eternal damnation. According to the text, the bodies of those slain in the final battle of Christ's return will be visible for all to see. Perhaps the offensive move and subsequent overthrow of the Gentiles mentioned by Ezekiel (Ezekiel 38 and 39) reflects a different side of the Battle of Armageddon and the result of that will be the dead described here by Isaiah. In any case, those who reject the righteousness of God through the rejection of His Son are destined for a fearful end. The Lord seems to use the ancient rubbish heaps on the south side of Jerusalem as an illustration of the carnage and chaos for which the Lord's enemies are destined. In biblical times, trash and even the bodies of criminals would be deposited on the burning rubbish heaps which lay in the valley south of the city. It was in reference to this when Jesus illustrated the fearful end of all who are not secure in the salvation offered only by Jesus Christ (Mark 9:44). Seeing the burning bodies of God's enemies, Isaiah pens a word of warning; because beyond the rotting corpse of a human body is seen an eternal destiny. The flames of hell await the one who rejects the salvation of God; and if the visible display of rotting and burning flesh serves to turn a sinner from the error of his way, then the object lesson has accomplished its mission. Knowing the hardness of men's hearts, the Lord appropriately closes this magnificent salvation book with a stern admonition. Mankind is hopelessly lost. He is evil in his nature and alienated from the very mind of God; yet, great hope exists. The Holy One of Israel, Yeshua the Messiah is the sinless sacrifice Who died on a cross for the sins of mankind (Isaiah 53). He rose from the dead on the third day (I Corinthians 15:3-4). In the sight of many witnesses (Acts 1:9), He returned into heaven to take His seat at the right hand of God (Hebrews 10:12); and now He awaits His sure return. In His infinite grace He leaves behind this command to all who choose to hear it ...
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.