The Christian Foundations of Australia

Very significant is Edwards's understanding of "Isaiah 42:4" — in which God predicted, around B.C. 740, that "the isles shall wait for His Law. This and such prophecies of the gospelizing of islands [cf. too Genesis 9:27 and 10:2-5]" — explains Edwards — "I believe to have a threefold accomplishment, to each of which the prophecies had an eye.

"By 'isles' is meant…particularly Europe…. The conversion of that, is principally aimed at in these prophecies…. Then they have a glorious accomplishment in the gospelizing the isles of Britain and Ireland, and making of them so glorious a part of the Church [cf. Isaiah 49:1-6 & 49:12]….