Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Would you be surprised if I told you that this prophecy was already fulfilled?
Most people think that this prophecy will be fulfilled in heaven. That is true, but frequently, there is more than one way to fulfill a prophecy. I’ll give you a quick example.
You’ve heard of the prophecy that Jesus will come again, right?
That prophecy is fulfilled in a Sacramental way, every time we go to Mass. Jesus comes again in the Holy Eucharist.
And it is true for this prophecy as well. It will be fulfilled in the End Times when all tears are wiped away and all evil erased from the earth.
But it has already been fulfilled in a metaphorical way, in the Catholic Church. Let me explain.
But first, before we can understand this prophecy and how Jesus fulfilled it, let me give you a little background.
Jeremiah 5:5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds. 6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.7 How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.
Who are these wolves and leopards
In Jeremiah’s prophecy, wolves and leopards are metaphorically, Gentiles. What he is saying in his prophecy is that God will punish the disobedient Jews by permitting the Gentiles (wolves and leopards) to conquer them. This, in turn, is a fulfillment of an earlier prophecy:
Deuteronomy 28:36 The Lord shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. 37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee.
This came to pass and is known today as the Exile. When God punished Israel by allowing the Gentile Nations of the world to conquer them and enslave them.
How is Isaiah’s prophecy fulfilled?
As we know, Jesus, a Jew of Davidic descent, established the Catholic Church. The foundation of this Church are also, all of them, of Jewish descent. The very first converts to the Catholic Church, were also, of Jewish descent:
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.….41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
This Jewish foundation brought the Word of God to all the Nations
Acts 13:47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.
And when the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and came into the Church:
Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
Thus, the prophecy has come true
From the time of the Apostles, the wolf and leopard (Gentiles) dwell in peace with the lambs and kids (Jews), in the Catholic Church.
Thanks for listening. Let me know what you think, below.