On this mountain u the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever.
Here is a marvelous prophecy of “all peoples”—Gentiles and Jews together—at God’s messianic feast, celebrating the overthrow of evil and the joy of eternity with God. It shows that God intended his saving message to go out to the whole world, not just to the Jews. During the feast, God will end death forever ( 25:7-8 ). The people who participate in this great feast will be those who have been living by faith. That is why they say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us” ( 25:9 ). See also chapter 55 for another presentation of this great banquet. 25:8 When the Lord speaks, he does what he says. It is comforting to know that God’s plans and activities are closely tied to his word. When we pray according to God’s will (as expressed in the Bible) and claim his promises (as recorded in the Bible), he hears us and answers our requests.
Part of this verse is quoted in 1 Corinthians 15:54 to describe Christ’s victory over death. God’s ultimate victory is seen when death, our ultimate enemy, is defeated (see also Hosea 13:14 ). Another part of this verse is quoted in Revelation 21:4 , which describes the glorious scene of God’s presence with his people.
Tyndale House Publishers. Life Application Study Bible, NIV