The promise of Isaiah 65 is that God is doing a new thing. There will be a new creation: a new heaven and a new earth. In this new dispensation things are going to change big time. “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox.” No longer must one consume another to survive in this new world. The old ways—dog eat dog, human eat human, male against female, race against race, nation against nation—no longer apply.
What’s taking God so long? Doesn’t God see the suffering, the injustice, the tragedy of this world? In Fyodor Dosto yevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, the atheistic intellectual Ivan chronicles the daily outrages, absurdities and humiliations suffered by the destitute and oppressed peasants of Russia. He dares his seminarian brother to offer a counterargument. Either God does not exist or God is heinously indifferent. Is God active, or has this prophecy been forgotten?