Bible Study of the Book of Isaiah
By Neville V. Stevens
The New International Version of the Bible is used throughout unless otherwise specified.
Bible prophecy is designed to teach lessons for all humanity and to explain what God requires of all. Through it all we can learn through history and resolve not to make the same mistakes.
This chapter begins with an oracle concerning the ancient city of Tyre. At first blush, it may seem that the city of Tyre is of little consequence for Bible prophecy in these last days. Yet because of its strategic position in days of old it became the principal trading port for merchandize from all over the Mediterranean and was the gateway to the Middle East. This sea port became renowned for their trading and for their seamanship. It has a long history and is an old, old city. Throughout their trading history the city of Tyre enriched many peoples far and wide. Tyre was like a storehouse and a shipping agent for the produce of the whole region – from the eastern end of the Mediterranean to the Pacific.
ISA 23:1An oracle concerning Tyre: Wail, O ships of Tarshish! For Tyre is destroyed and left without house or harbor. From the land of Cyprus word has come to them. Even the ships of Tarshish (a city on the southern border of Spain) traded with them; hence we see that there is much dismay at the sudden destruction of the city. As the reader will be aware, Spain is today a de facto Muslim country in all but name. Spain is also the gateway to the rest of Europe for Muslim insurgents wanting to migrate. And if this is not wholly true today, then it soon will be.
ISA 23:2Be silent, you people of the island and you merchants of Sidon, whom the seafarers have enriched. Sidon is close to Tyre, but it was to Tyre that Sidon looked for trading goods. The people of the Island of Cypress were also enriched and Cypress comes in for mention in V12.
ISA 23:3On the great waters came the grain of the Shihor; the harvest of the Nile was the revenue of Tyre, and she became the marketplace of the nations.
ISA 23:4Be ashamed, O Sidon, and you, O fortress of the sea (Tyre), for the sea has spoken: "I have neither been in labor nor given birth; I have neither reared sons nor brought up daughters." This is the sea speaking here metaphorically, which ties into a certain monster that arises out of the sea in Rev 13:1. This monster has no offspring and neither does he care much for any human being. Satan generally sides with his own offspring, called the children of the devil in 1John 3:10. But the monster that will arise from the sea cares for no-one and nothing, and his only desire is to kill and destroy everyone and everything. So Satan gives him the power to do just that (Rev 13:1). His target will be every tribe, people, language and nation, as well as blasphemous belligerence towards the Great God of Heaven (V6-7). But we’re starting to jump way ahead of the theme relating to the destruction of Tyre.
ISA 23:5When word comes to Egypt, they will be in anguish at the report from Tyre. Tyre was the principle trading port for the Egyptian Nile produce as Isaiah states above in V3.
ISA 23:6Cross over to Tarshish; wail, you people of the island. And not without good reason would the people of the eastern seaboard of the Mediterranean seek out a safe haven after their trading city is destroyed. Of all places they will choose Tarshish in Southern Spain – the Muslim gateway to Europe. What occurs that brings about this great change in fortunes will all unfold as we progress in this Bible Study. But be aware that in the next chapter, major changes are prophesied for the whole earth as the Lord God punishes the whole world for their wickedness. The beast that arises from the sea is complicit in triggering these events.
ISA 23:7Is this your city of revelry, the old, old city, whose feet have taken her to settle in far-off lands? As long ago as the days of Isaiah the prophet, people were emigrating to other lands through this port city of Tyre.
ISA 23:8Who planned this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, whose merchants are princes, whose traders are renowned in the earth?
ISA 23:9The LORD Almighty planned it, to bring low the pride of all glory and to humble all who are renowned on the earth. Well, all the arrogant have had their moments, and its time to bring it all to an end. All of this was planned a long time ago by the Great God. The city of Tyre was strategically important to many men of renown along the way. Alexander was one who had to conquer it because of its significance to the whole region. Much later there were the Crusading Knights Templar who conquered and held it for a time because of its strategic value as the port to all Europe.
ISA 23:10Till your land as along the Nile, O Daughter of Tarshish, for you no longer have a harbor. Tarshish traditionally traded with Tyre to avail themselves of Middle Eastern products and produce. It was a principal port of call for the whole Mediterranean. God is referring to the ‘Daughter’ of Tarshish. In other words, a later generation of Tarshish. God is telling them to start tilling the earth as the Egyptians do along the Nile, and to start producing their own food as there will be no more plunder. Another power has taken over from their trading nations and this power cares for no-one.
While it’s obvious from Bible prophecy what is to occur, most people can’t recognize these things in their earlier stages. For instance, a behemoth in the Middle East is in the early stages of arising. It will take over all the territories of the former Babylonian Empire and will be called the Medo-Persian Empire. Although rightly today, we might call it the Kurdish-Persian Empire. The present bloc of nations that is emerging will stretch from Afghanistan to Turkey at the very border of Greece. In fact, they’ve already infiltrated the Greek Island of Cyprus, developing a Muslim enclave on the Eastern side, much to the dismay of the Greeks.
The principle player in this will be given a large sword to conquer and destroy. He’ll do astounding damage and destroy many people, but his days will be short. At the height of its power, its principal city in the Empire will be Babylon in Iraq today, and this city will control the trade of the whole earth. No-one will buy or sell without the sanction of Babylon. At the present time, New York is the central hub of commerce throughout the world. It’s no coincidence that Satan sought to destroy the World Trade Centre in New York in order to destroy the commercial power of America. It’s also no coincidence that the secondary target on 9/11 was the Pentagon. Satan had hoped to eliminate America’s powers of retaliation for the 9/11 outrage. On both counts Satan failed and all he really accomplished was to alert the West to the enemy we recognize today as Islam. Prior to this, the general view of Islam was that they were degenerates who never ever accomplished anything. Like the unreasoning beasts that they are, their only interest seemed to be to persecute and kill Christians and Jews. Mind you, their rulers took good care of themselves as they do today with their obscenely lavish lifestyles.
The long history of Islam is absolutely appalling. When they had no Christians or Jews to kill, they set out to kill each other. They have always lived in a state of endless turmoil, without any form of vision for self-development. Their history began with the warlord Mohammed who had visions of conquering the entire Middle East with himself as ruler. He picked off all the easy targets in the region to consolidate his base. Like all despots, he failed to see the emergence of powers beyond his borders, which were consolidating to get rid of the murderous troublemaker.
In one of the great epic ironies, Mohammed sought to use religion to create the view that he was a benefactor to the whole region through his new-found ‘enlightenment’. Rather than proclaiming himself king, he portrayed himself as a prophet through a whole range of lying distortions. His master stroke of deception was to claim that he had been taken to heaven and had stood in the presence of God – and defied anyone else from upping the ante on this. But the real irony is that Mohammed sought the advice of the Jews living in the region to flange together a religion.
Noting that the Jews didn’t eat pig meat, he banned it from his religion too. He realized the Jews kept the Seventh Day Holy every week, so he decided that the sixth day would be holy to them, actually preempting the Jews by worshiping a day earlier. Of course Islam doesn’t keep anything holy, and Friday is not a day of rest to them. One of the great lessons from the Jews, Mohammed noted, was their ability to live in peace with their neighbours, and this is what Mohammed sought to do through religion to protect himself from his amassing enemies across the border. And so Islam was born.
The treachery continues today as Islam claims to be a peaceful religion – and they even have ‘useful fools’ who promote this fiction for them – while plotting the death and destruction of the West and any other nation that fails to cooperate with them. They breed like rabbits and have successfully established themselves in the major countries of the world.
But yet another power will arise who will hate this city of Tyre and all those who control it – those whom we would recognize today as the Muslim hordes. This other power that will arise will be different. Historically we know that a mighty king called Alexander the Great came and conquered the Persian Empire. Alexander set up his base by first incorporating all of Macedonia into his Empire, which was known as the Greek-Macedonian Empire. From this base, he set out to conquer all the Middle East, including Babylon. And one of his first conquests in the Middle East was the City of Tyre. This turned out to be a long siege, but Alexander refused to move on until he accomplished it. Alexander had absolute power over all the territory from Greece/Macedonia to Afghanistan and everything in between – all the way to Egypt. At the end of all his conquests, he came to a sudden end.
Isaiah didn’t detail all these things, such as the Greek-Macedonian Empire, in his day, because they were for a future time, but later prophets did. Yet what Isaiah did prophesy leads us into these events so that we, who live in these latter days, can understand how and why they all unfolded.
Just to input something of interest that relates to Tarshish in Spain: Jonah was a prophet who wrote the Book bearing his name in the Bible. He was sent by God to go to Ninevah in the Kurdish heartland today. The land was called both Media (from where we get the name ‘Medes’) and Assyria. To cut a long story short, Jonah decided to flee to Tarshish in Spain (Jonah 1:3) and we all know the story of how he was swallowed by a giant sea creature, which spewed him out on dry land. He then went to where God had told him to go. Amazingly, the ruler of Ninevah, the city in Media or Assyria, repented and turned to God in obedience. And this set off a chain of events that gained God’s favour, which we partially covered in earlier chapters. Even today, the Kurds are a different breed of people to those around them. Notwithstanding, they were used by God to punish His people, the House of Israel for their rebellion against Him long ago. As you’ll recall from earlier chapters, These Assyrians hammered Syria and their city Damascus and seized power over the whole region including the conquest of the northern Ten Tribes of Israel. In so doing, they were actually performing a service to God, who was determined to teach Israel a lesson – one that they would understand and never forget. They spent generations in exile and slavery, and never returned to their ancestral homelands. Instead, they gradually filtered through to live in Europe.
ISA 23:11The LORD has stretched out his hand over the sea and made its kingdoms tremble. He has given an order concerning Phoenicia that her fortresses be destroyed. Here we see that God stretches out His hand over the sea – and its kingdoms. So Almighty God is speaking of the Mediterranean Sea and all the kingdoms that surround it. Through the prophet Isaiah, God makes known a prophecy that will affect all the nations around this sea. He singles out one particular group of people for destruction, namely the Phoenicians. Many of the Phoenicians were forced off-shore by the Israelis when they took the Promised Land and drove out many of the former inhabitants. Many Phoenicians migrated to coastal regions of northern Africa. Hannibal appears to be a Phoenician according to limited evidence. They were renowned as sea-farers. Yet even in the days of David and Solomon, they occupied the territory of both Tyre and Sidon.
ISA 23:12He said, "No more of your reveling, O Virgin Daughter of Sidon, now crushed! "Up, cross over to Cyprus; even there you will find no rest." This is an indication that new players are controlling Sidon and driving out the former occupiers. When God gives the order for the destruction of Tyre and Sidon, the inhabitants will be forced out and to seek refuge in the Island of Cypress to the north-west. Still they won’t find any rest. Cypress is an divided Island today with two nations claiming sovereignty. On the east, the Muslim Turks have taken over from the Greeks who occupy the territory to the west. Neither side is prepared to give ground, and the acrimony continues with minor skirmishes periodically. The Greek-Macedonians won’t tolerate this for much longer! Perhaps the Muslims have forgotten the lesson of Alexander the Great and how he dealt with their forebears. My advice to the Muslims is: Don’t get too arrogant! You definitely won’t like what arises from the sea! And Muslims in Cypress will find no rest in that day.
ISA 23:13Look at the land of the Babylonians, this people that is now of no account! The Assyrians have made it a place for desert creatures; they raised up their siege towers, they stripped its fortresses bare and turned it into a ruin. You might find it of interest to know that it was a Mede from the land of Media (a Kurd or Assyrian) who took over the kingdom from Nebuchadnezzar’s son Belshazzar (Dan 5:30). He took the title of King Darius, though you will note that he is also referred to as King Cyrus in the Book of Daniel. Darius was the man, and Cyrus was the spirit ruler of the heavenly realms. It was Cyrus who was virtually deified by the Persians, and they’ve even built a huge monument to his memory.
It could be argued that the Prophet Isaiah wrote all this about Tyre and Sidon centuries before and that it could relate to conditions that existed then. But this is what God says elsewhere in the Scriptures concerning this:Eze 28:21-26 "Son of man, set your face against Sidon; prophesy against her 22 and say: `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " `I am against you, O Sidon, and I will gain glory within you. They will know that I am the LORD, when I inflict punishment on her and show myself holy within her. 23 I will send a plague upon her and make blood flow in her streets. The slain will fall within her, with the sword against her on every side. Then they will know that I am the LORD. 24 " `No longer will the people of Israel have malicious neighbors who are painful briers and sharp thorns. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign LORD. 25 " `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will show myself holy among them in the sight of the nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob. 26 They will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God.'" And who’s maligning the House of Israel today? The definition of maligning is ‘to assail with contemptuous language’. You hear it every day, and it’s coming from Islam! The weird thing about Muslims is, they hate the Western nations with unbridled contempt, but they all want to live in their countries, and will do almost anything to get there.
It’s worth noting that Ezekiel lived more than a hundred years after Isaiah and was, in effect, adding the postscript to what Isaiah said.
So it’s quite clear that these things will occur around the time when God brings all the scattered Israelites back to the Promised Land – the Land He gave to His servant Jacob. If this evidence is not enough, the Prophet Joel really nails it! Joel is speaking of the same hordes that are now known as Muslims and who refuse to budge from God’s Holy Land. Yes, there is going to be a big showdown, and who do you suppose is going to get hit first when God’s Kingdom is established? It’s the Muslim hordes!
Joel 3:4-8"Now what have you against me, O Tyre and Sidon and all you regions of Philistia? Are you repaying me for something I have done? If you are paying me back, I will swiftly and speedily return on your own heads what you have done. 5 For you took my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples. 6 You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, that you might send them far from their homeland. 7 "See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them, and I will return on your own heads what you have done. 8 I will sell your sons and daughters to the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, a nation far away." The LORD has spoken.
Joel 3:9-12"Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack. 10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, "I am strong!" Notice that God invites them to turn their farm tools into weapons for a war. At a different time, God tells His people to turn their weapons into farming tools and equipment in preparation for peace. 11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD! 12 "Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nations on every side. So God is going to lead them down the Valley of Jehoshaphat to challenge God’s warriors. It’s a big mistake for these silly fools who think they can fight God. The 14th Chapter of the Book of Zechariah details the outcome of this event. The slaughter will be so great that the survivors are going to rethink their positions: Zech 14:16 "Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles." It’s amazing what can result from a bit of shock and awe.
Joel 3:13-17"Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow-- so great is their wickedness!" 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine. 16 The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel. 17 "Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her."
The Book of Revelation also speaks of this event:Rev 14:19-20 "The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God's wrath. 20 They were trampled in the winepress outside the City, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses' bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia."
So all this gives us a fairly good idea of how God views traders and shipping ports like Tyre and Sidon, which He gives as an example, that traded in the plunder of His people Israel and who sell them as slaves. All this was planned long, long ago, and for those who have doubts, the Book of Revelation confirms it nearly 800 years after Isaiah wrote of it.
At the fulfillment of the above prophecies, the Lord God will dwell in Zion and Jerusalem will be holy – just as the prophet Joel wrote. In the next couple of verses, the prophet Isaiah again relates the days of old and foreshadows a time in the future when Tyre would again become a major trading port.
ISA 23:14Wail, you ships of Tarshish; your fortress is destroyed! Tarshish in southern Spain had a reputation for selling white Europeans as slaves to the Arabs and other Middle Easterners. They were called Janissaries. Many of these were children who were raised and trained to fight against their own people. These slaves were the primary back-loading cargo to the Middle East and North Africa. Tarshish was a huge trading base for slaves. From memory I think it was Pliny who noted that these Janissaries were white-skinned, blue-eyed children, in other words, Israelites.
ISA 23:15At that time Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, the span of a king's life. But at the end of these seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:
ISA 23:16"Take up a harp, walk through the city, O prostitute forgotten; play the harp well, sing many a song, so that you will be remembered."
ISA 23:17At the end of seventy years, the LORD will deal with Tyre. She will return to her hire as a prostitute and will ply her trade with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. The prostitute mentioned here relates to the greatest of prostitutes – Satan himself, whom Tyre will be endeavouring to emulate. They will have no regard for God’s people Israel, nor any form of morality, but will be motivated purely by monetary gain. This aptly describes the conduct of a prostitute, and the prophet goes on to confirm this with the mention of profits and earnings.
ISA 23:18Yet her profit and her earnings will be set apart for the LORD; they will not be stored up or hoarded. Her profits will go to those who live before the LORD, for abundant food and fine clothes. What the precise situation was in Isaiah’s day is unclear, apart from the fact that the House of Israel was carried off as slaves, and sold to the Greeks and elsewhere, in and around the Mediterranean. No doubt the plunder of the ten northern tribes of Israel made some of these merchants from the shipping ports very rich. So here we see that their ill-gotten gains will be plundered as the spoils of war by the servants of God for all ‘those who live before the LORD’
And now we come to the time of the end in Isaiah’s prophecies. A time of severe devastation when the earth will be laid waste and thoroughly plundered!
ISA 24:1See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; he will ruin its face (that is, the landmass) and scatter its inhabitants--
ISA 24:2it will be the same for priest as for people, for master as for servant, for mistress as for maid, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor.
ISA 24:3The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered. The LORD has spoken this word.
ISA 24:4The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish.
ISA 24:5The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Some might be tempted to say, ‘Well wait a minute! Most of the inhabitants were not given God’s Laws, Statutes, and the everlasting Covenant!’ The truth is that the 12 Tribes of Israel were given these, and they were supposed to be the light of the world to teach them to other nations. Yet these teachers chose to learn the way of the heathen and to forsake God’s requirements. Thankfully, a tiny minority chose to obey God and to preserve His teachings out of love, obedience and respect for the one True Creator God. And believe it or not, it’s these who have kept the door open for an eventual good outcome. If not for these, God would have rung down the curtain on all mankind and wiped them off the face of the earth.
We have a situation today, where most of Christianity do not believe God requires them to obey Him. They mumble something about Jesus Christ did it all for them and so they no longer have to obey God’s Law. How could they get it so wrong? Not only does God require obedience of all Christianity, and all the House of Israel, but He also requires it of the whole world! And just to emphasize this point, God is going to devastate the earth and everything in it to the point where there will be few men left.
ISA 24:6Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth's inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left. Does anyone seriously believe that God is going to allow disobedience to prevail in the earth forevermore into the future? What is wrong with having laws in place to guide us all? And why wouldn’t a Great King establish His own Law, when He rules the entire earth? For all those detractors, didn’t God emphasize this point in the closing chapter of the Scriptures that the Lord Christ used? The Scriptures says, ‘Remember the Law of my servant Moses, the Decrees and Laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.’ (Mal 4:4) It’s certainly true that God gave these Laws for all Israel, but it’s also true that God’s Laws are universal, and anyone who wants to live in His Kingdom, which will fill the entire earth, will be bound by these same Laws and Decrees.
At the present time, the vast majority of Israelites are totally consumed with pleasure-seeking and the acquisition of consumer goods. Whatever they acquire is never enough. They want to experience all that the world has to offer and to experience every pleasure known to man. Obedience to the Creator and His Law is the furthest thing from their minds. Well, God foreshadowed long ago that there would be a day of reckoning, when He would make His presence known to a disobedient people. The Great Creator God will no longer allow His Name to be defamed by a disobedient and belligerent people to whom He has bestowed such great favour. The day of reckoning will bring such chaos and devastation, that the primary thought will be for survival.
ISA 24:7The new wine dries up and the vine withers; all the merrymakers groan.
ISA 24:8The gaiety of the tambourines is stilled, the noise of the revelers has stopped, the joyful harp is silent.
ISA 24:9No longer do they drink wine with a song; the beer is bitter to its drinkers.
ISA 24:10The ruined city lies desolate; the entrance to every house is barred. This is what people do when confronted with marauders. If you want the perfect example of this, then look at South Africa today. It has the highest crime and murder rate in the world. And this came about when the world enforced the rule of Nelson Mandela on them, ending the rule of the white Europeans in favour of black rule. Once apartheid was ended, anarchy prevailed. White Europeans have been forced to barricade their houses like fortresses to keep out the black marauders. And it all began with a black president in South Africa. Are you getting the message? What about the other black nations in Africa, who have black presidents? How are they faring? Have you noticed Zimbabwe? Nigeria? Uganda? Sudan? Perhaps the reader can understand now why God doesn’t favour black rulers. Would you want your hard-earned tax dollars going to these degenerates as ‘carbon offsets’? This is the scenario that is developing under the auspices of the black President of the United States. He wants your money to go to his own homeland, the place of his birth.
ISA 24:11In the streets they cry out for wine; all joy turns to gloom, all gaiety is banished from the earth.
ISA 24:12The city is left in ruins, its gate is battered to pieces.
ISA 24:13So will it be on the earth and among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest. This is speaking of the gleanings of the olive harvest and the grape harvest. (The grape harvest occurs in the vineyard, which is a reference to God’s vineyard.) These ‘gleanings’ or ‘remnant’, who are left alive, will have a very great change of heart.
ISA 24:14They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the LORD's majesty. There won’t be a lot of people left who will exalt God and acknowledge Him in that day. Remember Isaiah, chapter 8, where he references this? Isa 8:18-22 "Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion. 19 When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. 21 Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. 22 Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness."
ISA 24:15Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; exalt the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea.
ISA 24:16From the ends of the earth we hear singing: "Glory to the Righteous One." But I said, "I waste away, I waste away! Woe to me! The treacherous betray! With treachery the treacherous betray!" Isaiah experienced first-hand the treachery that develops when everything goes wrong, and all hope is abandoned. Treachery and betrayal become commonplace as people seek their own survival. The prophet Micah spoke of this type of treachery and betrayal, and the Lord Christ quoted from this in Matt 10:35. Micah wrote of the day of the Watchmen and the scheduled time of their arrival. Micah speaks of the treachery and betrayals that will ensue and warns to be careful with your words. Micah 7:4-7 "The best of them is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen has come, the day God visits you. Now is the time of their confusion. 5 Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of your words. 6 For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-- a man's enemies are the members of his own household. 7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me."
I don’t want to state the obvious, but if betrayals are going on all over the place, and people are famished, and looking up, they curse their God, you get a fair idea of who will be marked for betrayal as a primary target. Those who repent and turn to God and honour Him will be immediately betrayed and marked for slaughter.
ISA 24:17Terror and pit and snare await you, O people of the earth.
ISA 24:18Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit; whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare. The floodgates of the heavens are opened, the foundations of the earth shake. Yes, flooding is a real problem now, and so are earthquakes. And all this at a time when terrorism has become endemic across the face of the earth!
ISA 24:19The earth (landmass) is broken up, the earth (landmass) is split asunder, the earth is thoroughly shaken.
ISA 24:20The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls--never to rise again. What have we been saying about all the mountains collapsing? The guilt of the rebellion by Satan resulted in the original landmass being broken up prior to Adam’s appearance on earth. It was during this rebellion that the original continent broke up and the pieces slid violently across the face of the earth, pushing up mountains and forming the terrain that we see today. All this will be repaired, and the useless mountain ranges will no longer exist. Forget all about what geologists would have you believe with their childish, amateurish renditions about plate-tectonics, cold deformations of mountains, etc. If they collectively had half a brain, they’d recognize the madness of their theories. Geologists today have no idea what they are talking about! Everything they believe is based on fiction!
God is determined that this type of rebellion never occurs again. To this end, He names those who began it all:
ISA 24:21In that day the LORD will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on the earth below. This confirms the truth of the previous verse concerning the guilt of its rebellion and who is to be punished for it all. Notice the link between the powers of the heavens, that is, the rulers of the heavenly realms, and the kings on the earth below. So, of course, God is going to repair the damage to the earth, and the perpetrators – Satan and his demons – will be punished!
ISA 24:22They will be herded together like prisoners bound in a dungeon; they will be shut up in prison and be punished after many days. This prison is called the Abyss. It’s a terrifying place to be, and demons don’t want to be sent there. There was a time when demons begged Jesus repeatedly not to send them there: Luke 8:30-31 "Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss." Obviously, the Abyss is not a good place to be; it literally terrifies the demon hordes. As you will notice from this verse, incarceration in the Abyss is not the final punishment – this comes after many days, and after they are locked away in prison. As God has made very plain, there will be no place for them on earth, or anywhere else for that matter. Death is the only remedy.
ISA 24:23The moon will be abashed, the sun ashamed; for the LORD Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders, gloriously. Ah, the moon! The symbol of Islam and their demented view of everything! The terror they inflicted on others will be returned on their own heads and Islam will be wiped off the face of the earth. And what about the phrase, ‘the sun ashamed’? Who was designated as the ‘light-bringer’? He’s also referred to as Lucifer or the devil. He is presently the ruler of the earth, and soon he will be shamed with imprisonment. With the dawning of a new day, a new Sun will arise with healing in His wings: Mal 4:1-3 "Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire," says the LORD Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them. 2 But for you who revere my Name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. 3 Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things," says the LORD Almighty." So the former light-bringer, Lucifer, will be replaced by the new Sun of Righteousness, and this will usher in the new dawn that Peter spoke of in 2Pet 1:19-21, when the Morning-Star begins to illuminate a dark world. The sun promotes growth and provides the means for sustaining life. Without the sun no life could survive. The present ‘light-bringer’ turned out to be a liar and a murderer from the beginning, and hence his days are numbered. In fact, he was given six millennial days to do all his work, but the Seventh Millennial day belongs to the new Sun of Righteousness, who will arise with healing in His wings.
ISA 25:1O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. Those who know their God will be aware that much planning has gone into everything connected with the coming Kingdom of God.
ISA 25:2You have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified town a ruin, the foreigners' stronghold a city no more; it will never be rebuilt. This is a reference to Babylon – Satan’s principle city of residence. In speaking of herding Satan and all his demons together and imprisoning them, it’s interesting to note that the city of Babylon will be turned into a fiery hell-hole and will become the Abyss for the imprisoned rulers of the heavenly realms.
ISA 25:3Therefore strong peoples will honor you; cities of ruthless nations will revere you.
ISA 25:4You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall
ISA 25:5and like the heat of the desert. You silence the uproar of foreigners; as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is stilled.
ISA 25:6On this mountain 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. I don’t suppose it will make much difference to those who, through self-righteousness, disagree about drinking the finest aged wines. They even substitute grape-juice when they observe ‘the Lord’s supper’ – a flagrant misnomer for the Passover which must observed on the correct day. So now they know that God disagrees with them! If they lack the character to drink and appreciate a good wine without turning into a legless lunatic, well there is something seriously wrong with their character and their doctrine.
ISA 25:7On this mountain (the Temple Mount) he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations;
ISA 25:8he will swallow up Death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. This particular ‘death’ is the name of a certain spirit ruler, who is spoken of in Revelation, chapter 6. Death and Grave are two horrifically evil demon rulers who will do astounding damage. You will note that these two names are capitalized in the Book of Revelation to indicate two distinct personages.
ISA 25:9In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation." God’s people will then know the meaning of salvation, when they realize that God has rescued them from the hand of their enemy. The pudding-headed nonsense about ‘salvation’ today is just ridiculous. It’s a little galling to hear people running around claiming to be ‘saved’ when they have never served God or obeyed His Law in their entire lives. Such people will soon find that they haven’t been saved from anything, and they need to brace themselves for what is coming. They would do well to try to understand the climactic upheaval that is coming and why. Recall what you have just read a few verses ago: ISA 24:5 The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the Laws, violated the Statutes and broken the everlasting Covenant.
And now we return to God’s Holy Mountain, Jerusalem. With it comes a warning to Moab who seems to believe Jerusalem belongs to them. So here God plans to teach them some humility:
ISA 25:10The hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain; but Moab will be trampled under him as straw is trampled down in the manure.
ISA 25:11They will spread out their hands in it (that is the manure), as a swimmer spreads out his hands to swim. God will bring down their pride despite the cleverness of their hands. Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humour? Here the Moabites are depicted using their hands to swim around in feces. In such circumstances, I don’t think the men of Moab will have much pride left! We covered details of the women of Moab earlier, who will tend the flocks and turn to the Lord and actually pay tribute in lambs to the Holy Mountain of God.
ISA 25:12He will bring down your high fortified walls and lay them low; he will bring them down to the ground, to the very dust. The men of Moab might have been enjoying themselves in the cities, but the woman were busy in the field. God generally holds the men responsible for the demise of a nation, but with one exception as we found in the earlier chapters. This is the example of the women of Jerusalem who tarted themselves up to be alluring, immediately before disaster struck. Their actions were at least partially responsible for God’s retribution. As we’ll see in the next chapter, bad influences have to be removed before God brings His people home.
In this next chapter, we find that the City of Jerusalem will become a safe haven for the survivors of God’s people.
ISA 26:1In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts. This song is about the City of Jerusalem, a strong City, where God makes its walls and ramparts salvation for all survivors. This song is, once again, the Song of Moses, where it climaxes with these words: Deut 32:43 "Rejoice, O nations, with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies and make atonement for his land and people." As God has said, this Song of Moses will be sung.
ISA 26:2Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith. The City of Jerusalem will taken by force by armed men of force! The world will believe them to be transgressors – such is the mentality of those who have driven themselves mad with political correctness. Perhaps the reader will remember when Jesus told His disciples to arm themselves with swords to fulfill the Scripture that says ‘He was numbered with transgressors’. Jesus later told Pontius Pilate that if His Kingdom were of that time, then His servants would fight.
In thisV2 above, we see that the Gates of Jerusalem will be opened to allow a righteous nation to enter – a nation that keeps faith. Prior to this, when the Holy City is stormed and taken, everyone – and I mean everyone! – will be driven out or slaughtered and the City cleansed. Only then will the gates be opened to allow a righteous nation to enter. And which nation would this be? It’s the same nation that remained faithful to God and His Holy City for millennia, even through the most callous of holocausts that they’ve endured during these many centuries. It’s the Lord’s own tribe through whom He was born as a man. It’s the Jews. Judah will be restored and allowed to enter the Holy City. Yet even then, a secondary slaughter will occur and this is mentioned in the Eze 9:1-11. You don’t put new wine into old wineskins, and so new wineskins will be the order of the day. In this account of Ezekiel, there will be a selection process where only those who are fully compliant with God and have grieved for the Holy City and the horror that has been done in it, will be spared. These will be the new wine skins, and the old wineskins discarded. The old wine is better and the new wine skins will preserve it. The rest will be utterly slaughtered, including men, women and children. These who are identified for slaughter by the omission of the mark, are the ‘progressives’ who were prepared to compromise God’s Holy City to His enemies. We won’t go into all that Ezekiel wrote about these things, because there are things there that require voluminous explanations; not least of which is the reference to the Glory of God. The Glory is where God’s sapphire Throne is, and this Glory moves around from place to place. The Glory is God’s dwelling place. If you read the passage from Ezekiel carefully, you will understand this.
ISA 26:3You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. And this perfectly describes the righteous nation that keeps faith, and whose mind is steadfast. Wavering, indecisive people are unstable in all their ways. They can never be trusted. Obviously, there is no place for such people in God’s Kingdom.
ISA 26:4Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
ISA 26:5He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust.
ISA 26:6Feet trample it down-- the feet of the oppressed, the footsteps of the poor.
ISA 26:7The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth. There is more to this verse than meets the eye, and this will become more evident when we get to Isaiah, chapter 40. Nevertheless, there is an important reference to the pathways of God’s people in Isa 40:3-5 "A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. 5 And the Glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken." Here we see another mention of the Glory of God. In addition to this, we see the pathways that God will provide for the return of His people. These will be level and easy to navigate, once the mountains and hills are leveled – which we mentioned earlier on.
ISA 26:8Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your Laws, we wait for you; your Name and renown are the desire of our hearts. And who will traverse these level pathways to return? God clearly reveals that it’s those who walk in the way of His Law! And who is it that upholds God’s Name and reputation or renown above all else? God actually mentions some of these people who teach righteousness (which is mentioned in the next verse), and this is how they are described: Mal 3:16-18 "Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his Name. 17 "They will be mine," says the LORD Almighty, "in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not." I’m sure everyone hopes his own name is written in the Scroll of Remembrance (The Book of Life), but if they don’t fear Him as well as reverence and honour His Name, then their names are probably not written in this Book.
There are some clarifications however. When a person truly repents and turns to God in obedience to His Law, they are given a down-payment of His Holy Spirit which qualifies them for entry of their names in the Book of Life. Yet their names can be blotted out of the Book of Life if they turn away and willfully cease to obey God anymore. This is made very clear inHeb 6:4 "It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, 6 if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace." As we can see, it’s a very serious matter! Those who folded up and turned away during the mild days would’ve had great difficulty when things get tough. These weak, wimpish people wouldn’t have made the grade anyway.
ISA 26:9My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. When judgment comes upon the earth, there will be changes to human behaviour. Then people will learn what righteousness is! Almighty God hates the play-acting of self-righteous dopes who want to grandstand to everyone else about their delusional qualifications for teaching about God. In so doing, they make others twice the sons of hell as they are. Their every waking moment is spent trying to enhance their own image in the eyes of others. How would such people cope with trying to explain the judgments that will come on the whole earth?
ISA 26:10Though grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the LORD. These are the very points we’ve been making. Even when grace is shown to these people, they still don’t learn the way of righteousness. They seem to believe they can trump the Majesty of the Great King with their own brand of righteousness. Obviously, there is a lot of cleaning-up to do in the House of Israel and in the churches who actively teach hostility to God and His Law.
ISA 26:11O LORD, your hand is lifted high, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame; let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them. They fail to see that God’s hand is lifted up, which is God’s way of saying they are marked for slaughter. As long as His hand is upraised, disaster will continue to befall them. Even more to the point, the very fire God has reserved for His enemies will consume them also.
ISA 26:12LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us. How refreshing it is to see gratitude towards God for things accomplished, without the holier-than-thou vanity of people who are so proud of their own accomplishments. How well I remember a certain ministry that always spoke of other’s vanity by way of ‘evaluation’. Yet this very ministry comprised the most arrogant, vain creatures imaginable, who somehow believed they were running God’s government on earth. They never did understand that the Church is the people – not the ministry – and certainly not these ministers. God shattered this organization because of the foolish and worthless conduct of these ultra-vain ministers. In God’s eyes they were contemptuous!
ISA 26:13O LORD, our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your Name alone do we honor.
ISA 26:14They are now dead, they live no more; those departed spirits do not rise. You punished them and brought them to ruin; you wiped out all memory of them. You can take your pick whether this is speaking of humans or demons but there are plenty of demons who are now dead and will never rise again. All memory of these departed spirits is removed. We still remember many of the human despots who have ruled however, like Hitler and Stalin; both of whom had an obsession with killing Jews. Obviously, neither Hitler or Stalin will rise again, yet generations later, we still remember them as the evil overlords they were. Both were the puppets of demons. There’s plenty of these humans still around today. There’s presently one in the White House.
ISA 26:15You have enlarged the nation, O LORD; you have enlarged the nation. You have gained glory for yourself; you have extended all the borders of the land. The Land of Israel, the Promised Land was established anciently to accommodate just a few million people, and even today, with a population of about 6 million, the Israelis are running short of land. Naturally enough, God intends to expand the territory. Of course the evil prince Obama would like to reduce its size, but he’ll have to be content with having his own accommodation reduced in size – and of this he can be certain!
Under the auspices of God’s army, the Promised Land will be expanded from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Babylon. So contrary to Obama’s evil ambition, the Holy Land will soon be bigger not smaller. We’ll get to this in detail in Isaiah chapter 27.
ISA 26:16LORD, they came to you in their distress; when you disciplined them, they could barely whisper a prayer. When God expands the borders of His Land, the exiles will return in a pitiful state and in need of a lot of help.
ISA 26:17As a woman with child and about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pain, so were we in your presence, O LORD.
ISA 26:18We were with child, we writhed in pain, but we gave birth to wind. We have not brought salvation to the earth; we have not given birth to people of the world. Little Israel was like a young bride who married young, and while seeming to be pregnant gave birth only to wind. Their efforts will be rewarded because they did try to provide a homeland and salvation for their fellow Israelites. After WW2, this salvation was offered to all the surviving Jews, but even in their weakened state in the aftermath of the world war, they still had to fight the Arabs who vowed to wipe them out. In spite of their hard work and ingenuity, the Israelis still don’t have peace.
Speaking of giving birth to wind, it’s something that politicians are very good at. They like to promise the world and deliver nothing. The White House administration is very good at this, like promising change but delivering chaos. Endless talk, but no decisions! The captain of the ship beckons to the watchman, ‘What is left of the night?’ The watchman replies, ‘You are heading straight for the rocks!’ ‘Don’t worry about that! I only want to know the time!’ snarls Captain Obama.
Politicians and religious leaders alike have done nothing to bring salvation to the earth. Instead they’ve brought only war and acrimony, plunging into wars that they had no desire to win, but only to win the hearts and minds of their enemies. The result is that they have succeeded only in turning the whole world against them. Apparently they weren’t wise enough to learn from history. They should have pounded their aggressive enemy until there was no fight left in them and few remained. Then the problem would no longer exist.
By an odd coincidence, the Prophet Hosea speaks of another birth, only this time the child doesn’t come to the opening of the womb.Hos 13:12-15 "The guilt of Ephraim is stored up, his sins are kept on record. 13 Pains as of a woman in childbirth come to him, but he is a child without wisdom; when the time arrives, he does not come to the opening of the womb. 14 "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O Death, are your plagues? Where, O Grave, is your destruction? "I will have no compassion, 15 even though he thrives among his brothers. An east wind from the LORD will come, blowing in from the desert; his spring will fail and his well dry up. His storehouse will be plundered of all its treasures." As it turns out, this is an ominous statement for a number of reasons. We’ve been speaking of Judah, but now Ephraim comes back into the picture with the childbirth parables. In one parable, the birth results in only wind, and in the other, the child doesn’t even come to the opening of the womb. Neither succeeds in bringing salvation to the world. Instead, Ephraim must be ransomed from the power of the Grave and redeemed from Death. And here we see further mention of the two spirit entities spoken of in Rev 6:8. These two creatures are thoroughly evil, just like so many of Satan’s other lieutenants. Death is the master of plagues, while Grave is a master of destruction. Death seems to be making some progress with his plagues now, though not of the magnitude he’d hoped for. His hope is to kill millions.
Meanwhile, back to Isaiah’s theme concerning little Judah. They realize they haven’t delivered salvation from the hands of their enemies. Neither have they succeeded in convincing the world that the real enemy is Satan and his demons. And herein lies the crux of the whole matter. Christians and Jews alike must have mastery over the forces of evil. Equally, they must come to the recognition about the identity of God’s enemies. Who was it that tried to prevent the custodians of the Holy City from entering the Holy Land after WW2? Who wants to control the Holy City Jerusalem to the exclusion of the Jews? Even ‘blind Freddie’ knows it’s Islam!
Christians feel it’s not their problem. In truth, they couldn’t care less. If God wants to set His base in Jerusalem in fulfillment of Bible Prophecy, they feel He should do it Himself. Generally speaking, Christians are only interested in rewards in the afterlife. Oddly enough, they don’t seem to understand that God gives His Holy Spirit only to those who obey Him.Acts 5:32 "We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him." Those who obey God will receive His Holy Spirit! Those who don’t obey, won’t! And neither will they live again. You have but one shot in this lifetime to prove your obedience to God. If you refuse to obey the Laws that God gave to His servant Moses, then you are but dust, and to dust you will return. Rom 8:11 "And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you." Without God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in you, then you are merely dust, and without His Spirit, God will never give life to your mortal bodies either now or forever. You have only one shot at life! The resurrection is only for the obedient and no other.
And now the prophet addresses the Jewish people who have obeyed God in obedience to His Law for literally thousands of years. So there are advantages in being a Jew as the Apostle Paul states:Rom 3:1 "What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2 Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God." So it’s just as well God chose the Jews to preserve the Scriptures that Jesus used, because mainstream Christianity today would have deleted them.
ISA 26:19But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead. Doesn’t this confirm that God gives His Holy Spirit to those who obey Him, and doesn’t this also confirm that it’s through God’s Spirit that we are raised from the dead?
ISA 26:20Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. Some may think this is a bit of a stretch, but this is a reference to another time when the people of Israel observed the Passover in Egypt. They were told to go into their rooms or houses and shut the door and wait for God’s wrath to pass by or pass over, while He destroyed His enemies of that time. Such a time is coming again.
ISA 26:21See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer. There will be dead everywhere with no-one to bury them. When God emerges from His dwelling place, the whole world will see it. Just remember the lesson of Passover.
ISA 27:1In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword, his fierce, great and powerful sword, Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea. You will notice that at the very outset in the Garden of Eden, God identified two entities. Human, and another, which was not human! God referred to this non-human as a serpent. This serpent was the enemy of God, who sought to corrupt God’s instructions. This serpent, of course, was Satan the devil. Concerning the Leviathan, this requires lengthy explanations, which are provided later in this study.
ISA 27:2In that day-- "Sing about a fruitful vineyard:
ISA 27:3I, the LORD, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it. God’s vineyard Ephraim has certainly had a good run; they have prospered beyond their wildest dreams.
ISA 27:4I am not angry. If only there were briers and thorns confronting me! I would march against them in battle; I would set them all on fire. The briers and thorns mentioned here are America’s enemies, and God confirms that He would march against them in battle and set them all on fire. But it’s not these enemies that God is concerned about now. It’s His own people Israel, whom He has blessed and nurtured, yet they turn away from Him. So now they’ve forced God to react against them. It might have helped if America had been a bit more like God and marched against them in battle and set them all on fire, reducing them to ashes. Instead, America sought to win their hearts and minds! Now it’s left to others to take care of America’s enemies, which just happens to be God’s enemies of old.
ISA 27:5Or else let them come to me for refuge; let them make peace with me, yes, let them make peace with me." Makes sense to me! Almighty God is certainly not the One that Ephraim should be provoking and the sensible approach is to make peace with Him while you still have life.
ISA 27:6In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit. Yes, these days are coming! The fruit of a vineyard are grapes from which wine is made. Without going into a lengthy digression, wine symbolizes the Blood of the Lord Jesus – the One whom all Christians are supposed to emulate. In days to come, Israel will bud and blossom and fill the world with this fruit. Christianity will fill the earth and no other religion will be tolerated. So sorry to alarm all those advocates of multiculturalism! But what of Judaism? Well, the Jews will have their own epiphany, which is described in Zech 12:10-14. They will certainly grieve and mourn for the One they pierced and mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child. They will be deeply repentant for their rejection of Him as this Scripture shows. What is more, they will recognize Him as the Mighty One, the Promised Messiah, which contrasts spectacularly with the concept of most of Christianity today.
ISA 27:7Has the LORD struck her (the vineyard) as he struck down those who struck her? Has she been killed as those were killed who killed her? As we’ve been saying all along, Islam started this world war and while they presently have a few victories through terrorism, their end will be total annihilation – and they won’t survive! Ephraim, on the other hand, will survive, though with catastrophically reduced numbers. In fact, just a remnant will survive.
ISA 27:8By warfare and exile you contend with her (the vineyard) -- with his fierce blast he drives her out, as on a day the east wind blows. Yes, warfare and exile will do it, and the warfare comes primarily from the direction of the east wind, and as God states elsewhere, the east wind from the desert [regions] of the East. Islam has inherited most of the desert regions of the Middle East, and then, of course, there’s Africa – from where the hurricanes that batter the coast of America emanate. Even when Muslims live in areas that are not desert they seemed to have a penchant for turning it into desert. They must be about the most slothful and indolent people on earth. They seem to create nothing but squalor. Some may argue about the wealth and splendor created by petro-dollars, but whom does this benefit? The opulence of the palaces are for the benefit of their rulers. Most other developments are funded by foreign aid or foreign investors.
ISA 27:9By this, then, will Jacob's guilt be atoned for, and this will be the full fruitage of the removal of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones to be like chalk stones crushed to pieces, no Asherah poles or incense altars will be left standing. I guess the time has come for Jacob’s (Israel’s) guilt to be dealt with and a good starting point would be to stop putting superstitious nonsense in place of God. Every pagan religion seems to have some form of ‘life after death’ promise, and they lavishly serve their gods in the hope of it. Not so with most of Christianity today! Instead, they bypass the service aspect and spring straight for the rewards in heaven. It’s merely a pagan idea that they’ve adopted from sources apart from God’s Word, and it’s based on pagan superstition. For those who disagree, God plans to make it a whole lot easier to believe that ‘dust you are and to dust you will return’, unless you atone for your guilt and turn to God in repentance. Everyone who sins breaks God’s Law because sin is lawlessness (1John 3:4). Lawlessness means failing to uphold the Law, and God is concerned with His Law!
ISA 27:10The fortified city stands desolate, an abandoned settlement, forsaken like the desert; there the calves graze, there they lie down; they strip its branches bare. This certainly describes the outcome of war when the battle is lost. Desolation becomes commonplace.
ISA 27:11When its twigs (of the vines) are dry, they are broken off and women come and make fires with them. For this is a people without understanding; so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor. Yes, well the term ‘Creator God’ is no longer in fashion among the inhabitants of the vineyard. They are at the forefront of divesting in any mention of Him in any public place. This hostility has in part been brought about by the belief in the theory of evolution. God is making a timely reference to Himself as the Creator God.
ISA 27:12In that day the LORD will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, O Israelites, will be gathered up one by one. 13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the Holy Mountain in Jerusalem. And here we see the destination of many of the exiles, specifically Assyria (the land of the Kurds today) and Egypt. Notice that God states that the Israelites will be gathered up one by one? The verses above specifically mention the Wadi (River) of Egypt, which is the Nile, and the Euphrates River in Iraq. Everything between these two points will be mown down, and this naturally includes the present inhabitants, who happen to be Muslims. So there’s some good news for you!
Speaking of the Israelites, God further clarifies whom He is speaking of in the following verses. Most people realize that the two areas in this world consisting primarily of Christian principles are Europe and America. These two areas have the greatest concentration of Church buildings and congregations than any other area on earth. Since Jesus was sent only to the ‘lost sheep of Israel’ you would expect this to be so. With this in mind, shouldn’t we assume that the focus of all end-time Bible prophecy would relates to these two areas? In both these areas, Europe and America, there is a strong perception among the people that Jesus Christ will return and either gather them together as a holy nation – or cart them off to heaven (as many believe). When and why Jesus’ return will occur is not generally understood, but most believe it, rightly, to be true. The last couple of verses we have read from Isaiah certainly confirm it.
For a number of reasons, God has all but omitted Europe from specific Bible prophecy. That is, they are not specifically referred to by name, but only inference. It’s inferred that they will be gathered at the appointed time, and at a time when there is little hope of survival for man or beast. I guess Europe’s conduct concerning the Jews throughout the ages, as well as during WW2, is going to be revisited upon their heads. They will suffer the ‘eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ retribution for their conduct, which still continues today with anti-Semitism becoming rife. At that time, they’ll come to the realization that Judah is not the enemy! What is more, they will be forced to realize that salvation is of the Jews (John 4:22) – just as the Lord Christ stated! For all those Christians who think they are ‘saved’ now, they are in for a rude awakening. I know it sounds very ‘spiritual’ to be speaking of salvation as some indefinable state, but the truth is that salvation means to be saved from the hands of the enemy. Luke 1:69-80 "He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us-- 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his Holy Covenant, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. Here we see the father of John the Baptist, speaking of his son, as the means by which salvation would come; that is, salvation from the enemy. 76 And you, my child (John the Baptist), will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the Rising Sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel." Did you notice that this prophecy concerning John was to prepare the way for the Rising Sun that will come to us from heaven? That prophecy, concerning John, is for a future event. The life of John the Baptist was cut short before he could fulfill all that is written of him, but then, this also occurred with the Lord Jesus. There are unfulfilled prophecies still to be fulfilled by both of them.
This is what was meant concerning ‘salvation’ in the days of Jesus and the Apostles, and in fact, this is what occurred about 40 years after Jesus’ departure. There was a worldwide pogrom against Christians and Jews, which lasted for hundreds of years. And it all began with the destruction of Herod’s Temple. There is quite a bit of historical evidence where many Christians gave themselves up willingly and went to their deaths confident of the resurrection in the future. This is confirmed inHeb 11:35 where Christians were tortured but refused to be delivered in the hope of a better resurrection. This is the type of faith exhibited by Jesus, and this is the kind of faith that God requires of all His sons and daughters. Where does mainstream Christianity get the idea that God is only interested in flowery lip-service? God is interested only in works that prove their faithfulness. Why on earth would Jesus go through that torturous death if mere lip-service would’ve sufficed? I don’t know whether the reader is aware of this, but Jesus didn’t have to go through this death – instead He chose to do it because it had to be this way: Matt 26:53-54 "Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?" If Jesus had requested twelve legions of angels to be put at His disposal, one can only imagine the killing power of such a force. In order to extract Jesus from the situation He was in, it would only have required the presence of Michael or Gabriel, either of whom could have slaughtered everyone in sight. But Jesus said that His request would have brought twelve legions of angels! The reason being that such a request would have meant the end of mankind altogether and the end of God’s Plan for a ruling human family in His Kingdom.
The second part of the question is that the Scriptures must be fulfilled – all Scripture – and Jesus was every mindful of this. The fulfillment of the Scriptures is in complete contrast to the beliefs of so many Christians today, who choose to believe that Bible Prophecy is of no importance. Especially the only Scriptures (the Old Testament) that existed in Jesus time! This is why we are going through the Book of Isaiah to identify all the Scripture that has yet to be fulfilled. As the reader would have noticed, there is plenty of it! As a point of interest, it was the Book of Isaiah that Jesus was referring to when He said it must happen this way. For those interested, they can read the whole chapter ofIsaiah 53. As an interesting footnote, this is the chapter that so many Christians like to quote as evidence that Jesus was fulfilling Scripture. All of which is commendable, and it’s a good starting point, but it stops short of detailing the whole picture of what will occur before Jesus returns as the Rising Sun from heaven.
As all Bible students know (or should know), God had many servants down through the ages. When God called Moses to redeem His people Israel from slavery, they were required to fight the enemy all the way to the Promised Land. And once in the Holy Land they were required to fight to clear it of the heathen. God’s army, or as David put it, the Armies of the Living God, generally distinguished themselves in battle, and they realized that failure would make them very vulnerable to the enemy.
Yet Jesus knew when He built His Church that Christians would need to live in peace and be faithful to His teachings for 2,000 years, and if the Church were to survive, then His followers must be blameless in everything. It was the willingness of the early Christians to be martyred for God that inspired an even greater following. If Christians were willing to lay down their lives for God, or even for their friends, then they were certainly the type of person that God required for His eternal family. After all, the most faithful Son of all, Jesus, certainly did this, and God requires this type of service from all His sons and daughters. This is why God’s rewards are so lavish and great! But before any rewards are given out, everyone must prove him or herself. God is not one to fall for worthless platitudes and insincerity. He wants proof of conduct – and this means obedience to everything that is written in the Scriptures.
So we see that Bible prophecy is advancing towards the establishment of the Kingdom of God, and forceful men will lay hold of it (Matt 11:12-15). These forceful men will be of the clan of Levi just like Moses and just like John the Baptist. What places them in the Levite clan is not their ancestral linage (though God’s servant and prophet had to be a true Levite), but their determination to fulfill what is required of them and the logical state of their minds. Recall Isa 26:3 where is speaks of those ‘whose minds are steadfast’. These men (and women) are hand-picked by God just as all the Apostles were, and they are not deceived by stupid, human reasoning. They are not persuaded by the so-called merits of multiculturalism, political correctness, global warming propaganda, ad nausea, or any of the alarmist views of the ungodly heathen. The Lord Jesus referred to this Levite clan as the ‘elect’ and stated that it was not possible to deceive them: Matt 24:24-25 "For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that were possible. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time." Well, it’s not possible to deceive the real elect! So if anyone has fallen prey to some of these propaganda issues that are so prevalent today, then they need to get a grip on themselves and come to their senses. What is more, it seems that Christians today are embracing these mad views in increasing numbers as a badge of righteousness. If they are so easily deceived by men like Al Gore with his mad theories about global warming, and like Obama who supports his views, then they’ll be prepared to believe anything! Just remember that Jesus warned you ahead of time, and once someone advances down the road to deception, he will, indeed, believe anything. There are powerful seducing spirits ever ready to control your mind, and these have a large repertoire of ‘signs’ and ‘miracles’ designed to deceive anyone – other than the very ‘elect of God’.
And now we come to the next chapter, to a prophecy concerning this same sort of drunken stupor, which has become so prevalent in the greatest nation on earth. It seems that most of the crazy propaganda that is sweeping the earth emanates from this nation. It’s déjà vu of their former estate over 2,700 years ago when they adopted the ways of the heathen, alienated their Creator God, and finished up defeated and enslaved.
The latest offering from Obama is nationalized health care. He wants to control the health resources of the people and to take the nation to oblivion in order to fund it. The Democrats saw it as manna from heaven where hard-working Americans would be forced to fund the medical excesses of the undeserving. Remember the term, ‘spread the wealth around’? Satan knows that health care is an emotive issue that always garners support from those who believe in the ‘wonders’ of medical science. Never mind that dangerous medical drugs are killing more people than any form of disease! Some of these widely promoted drugs have horrific side-effects, and while they seem to relieve some symptoms, they create extreme problems in other parts of the body. There was a bit of news recently about a mini-epidemic of cleft-palate births in one town in the US. Immediately, the pundits sought to blame the local landfill garbage collection area, presumably in the hope of gaining compensation from the government. There are garbage disposal landfills all over America so you would have to be gullible to believe that this cleft-palate deformity in one isolated area is caused by landfills.
It never occurred to anyone to check the prescription records of the local doctors. It’s a good bet that one of these has been issuing medications that are dangerous to pregnant women and which are known to cause cleft-palate in developing babies. There is a growing incidence of these high-rate medical cells spreading across the country, and yet no-one ever suspects the medical practitioners. Their culpability should be obvious to any person with a logical mind.
Well, the upshot of all this is that the Republicans have woken up to the madness of Obama, and have firmly resisted him. So while Obama is fiddling with this, the nation is burning with increasing unemployment, which is now in double digits. In some ways it’s reminiscent of when Nero fiddled while Rome burnt.
So what is driving all this madness that we see today? It’s satanic deception, and it’s quickly overpowering the whole nation! Honouring the Creator God is rapidly becoming a thing of the past as more and more people slide into the fiction that they are masters of their own destiny. They are quickly forgetting that it was the hand of God that led to their great prosperity and well-being; and now they must face the reality that it’s also the hand of God that will bring their destruction. When God raises His hand, the destruction will begin. The chapter begins by speaking of woes – a foreboding of terrible calamities.
ISA 28:1Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim's drunkards, to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley-- to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine! And what city would this be? Who are these fools who act as if in a drunken stupor, who pass destructive legislation against the well-being of the people? It hasn’t always been this way, of course, but only a fool today would not be alarmed by the present madness emanating from the nation’s capital. Just remember that Obama and his crazy cronies have four years of his term to do their destructive work and this is advancing very efficiently. Unheard of things are now being proposed at enormous expense while the unemployment figures show 10% of the people out of work, and this figure is growing.
At such a time in their history, do the people really need to be engrossed in Obama’s mad vision of wealth redistribution and legalization of the status of illegal immigrants? And now Obama is rapidly descending on the nation’s funding apparatus, which are the banks and financial institutions, to demonize them as undesirables. These banks and financial institutions are the vehicle that made America great – believe it or not!
Leaving aside the fiction that banks lend depositors funds (they don’t!) and that depositors funds could have funded the enormous amounts of capital that was actually created by banks through the mere stroke of a pen, we find that funding has been expanded by multiples of the value of depositors funds. In fact, the working capital of the nation is in the order of 20 times the value of depositors funds. As such, every loan created by a bank is cancelled out of existence once the loan is repaid – because the funds were not real in the first place. They were created from nothing and revert to nothing when repaid. This is how the banking system works. Of course, it’s a lot more complex than this. There’s the central clearing house where bank loans are cancelled out on the basis of equilibrium, that is to say if two different banks lend a million dollars, then these are cancelled out because within hours the money is redeposited into the banking system somewhere. So to keep it all neat and tidy, equal loans between banks are cancelled out in the Central Clearing House. The government too, has the means to create money, but it’s usually referred to as ‘printing money’. Of course they don’t actually print the newly created money; it begins its existence as merely a ledger entry that can be drawn upon. When the deficit begins to balloon, they issue treasury notes – often to foreign nations, who hold these things with a promise of redemption at some future time. The Treasury, of course, doesn’t have access to the magic of a central banking clearing house, so their money creation becomes the deficit.
In God’s Kingdom there will be a banking system, which will be administered by the Tribe of Levi exclusively. This is God’s way, and what is more, every nation on earth will be required to pay tithes to the Levites or else disaster will befall them. As a point of interest, only Levi is authorized to collect the tithe, which is specifically stated in the Book of Hebrews(Heb 7:5-10).
ISA 28:2See, the Lord has one who is powerful and strong. Like a hailstorm and a destructive wind, like a driving rain and a flooding downpour, he (the one who is powerful and strong) will throw it forcefully to the ground. Does anyone really believe that God can’t empower one of Satan’s rulers to bring destruction to a recalcitrant and stubborn nation? All God has to do is to raise His hand and these rulers will bring devastating power to bear on the glorious beauty of Ephraim’s principal city – Washington! These spirit rulers have been planning this for years now, and they’re anxious to do it.
ISA 28:3That wreath, the pride of Ephraim's drunkards, will be trampled underfoot. That wreath is the glorious city of Ephraim – presently! It’s the present ruling Capital where decisions of national importance are taken. As we read on, we find that this wreath will be replaced by God’s Wreath (V5) when He alone will preside over the remnant of Ephraim’s people.
ISA 28:4That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley, will be like a fig ripe before harvest-- as soon as someone sees it and takes it in his hand, he swallows it. You’ve got to admit that Washington really is set in a lush and beautiful area! There is no Capital City in the whole world that is so gloriously beautiful.
ISA 28:5In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people. Notice the words ‘a glorious crown – which denotes rulership. America has a wreath rather than a crown because they are not governed by royalty or kingship. You’ll also notice that God will not be a glorious crown or a beautiful wreath to all the American people, but only a remnant! This will be after Ephraim’s glorious city of Washington is thrown forcefully to the ground.
ISA 28:6He will be a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate. God is referring to a man who makes judgments and who leads a force that turns back the battle at the gate. The remnant of Ephraim will see these things and realize that their only hope is the Kingdom of God, which will be in the process of being taken by force. Today, Ephraim has a hard time identifying the enemy. For years now they’ve been brainwashed by their own political correctness to believe that they are fighting two wars in Islamic countries because of a few isolated terrorists, though the catch-phrase for ‘terror’ is now ‘man-made disasters’. And now you know what God means by Ephraim’s drunkards.
Instead of holding all of Islam accountable for the tens of thousands of terrorist acts committed around the world, Ephraim decided to try ‘to win their hearts and minds’. Why would anyone want to win the hearts and minds of these evil creatures? Why not just slaughter the lot of them and continue until they holler ‘uncle’? After nearly ten years of viewing their atrocities, have any hearts and minds been won? Well, in contrast to those who turn back the battle at the gate, Ephraim in these latter days has done just the opposite! They always turn back on the day of battle and allow the enemy to regroup and come at them again.Ps 78:9 "The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle; 10 they did not keep God's covenant and refused to live by his law. 11 They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them." The ‘wonders’ is right! No other nation on the face of the earth has been the recipient of the bountiful blessings enjoyed by America. They’ve had it all – power, wealth, strength, influence, glory and praise like no other. So when God says that He will be a beautiful wreath and a glorious crown, He also confirms that a new order of things will occur. It’s found in these words in Rev 5:12-13 "In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" 13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!"
The Lamb is the Son of God and He will inherit all that God gave to Ephraim, power, wealth, strength, etc. The significance of this is that Ephraim is also a son of God. In order to understand this clearly, we need to give a little background. There was a time, in the days of Jacob, when his son Joseph had a dream. Joseph was a prophet (he was also the father of Ephraim), and he related the dream to his father Jacob. In the dream, Joseph saw the sun, moon and 11 stars (planets) and they all bowed down to him. Jacob was angry with him for suggesting that he himself and Joseph’s mother and all his brothers should bow down to him – but still he kept it in mind. The account is found inGen 37:9-11. Much later, Jacob did bring it to mind when he blessed Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Jacob could see that Joseph had excelled them all in greatness by becoming first lord of Egypt under Pharaoh. The account of Jacob’s blessings on Joseph’s two sons is found in Gen 48:11-22. So Joseph was the greatest over all his brothers, and Ephraim inherited that quality of greatness from his father Joseph.
Almighty God tracked the progress of Ephraim down through the ages to ensure that he would fulfill the prophecies concerning him. Not only did Joseph become the greatest of the Tribes of Israel, but his son Ephraim also became greater than his brother Manasseh, as well as all the other 11 Tribes of Israel combined. Britain and western Europe combined have never aspired to the power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and praise of Ephraim. Ephraim (America) had to fight two world wars to rescue them, and has fought numerous wars since in their defense. Only America has been able to adequately fund these enormous commitments, and always with only sparse support from Britain and Europe.
Just so there is no misunderstanding about this, Ephraim is presently a son of God in Bible prophecy.Jer 31:20-21 "Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him," declares the LORD. 21 "Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take. Return, O Virgin Israel, return to your towns." Notice the descriptor here of ‘Virgin Israel’? The term ‘virgin’ denotes purity, and when Ephraim, or Virgin Israel return to their ancestral lands, they will have been purified! Though only a remnant will return, they will be pure of all their crazy excesses of these latter days.
Setting up the road signs, guideposts, and the highways won’t be easy, or even possible, until the Holy Land is cleared of the Muslim hordes, and for that matter, until Judah has also undergone a cleansing process and have their minds straightened out. God’s ways will be demonstrated to them in no uncertain terms, and they will begin seeing their enemies as ashes on the ground, blown away by the wind. Then they will know what needs to be done, and they will join God’s army to accomplish it. As a point of interest, after the Levite Army – the Army of the Living God – begins their work and they are joined by the survivors of Judah, another tribe will join them. Can you guess who this will be? And of course, it will be Ephraim – the remnant of the mightiest nation on earth.
Thus far, there has been no commitment to rid the Holy Land of these vile Muslim creatures, but all this is about to change. The purpose of war is to kill the enemy, and if Ephraim is not prepared to do it now, then God will choose others to do it. And before this study is finished, you will understand what to expect. Many will live to see it with their own eyes.
And now back to the Book of Isaiah and the continuation of the description of the present state of Ephraim – the United States of America.
ISA 28:7And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions. Well, we’ve certainly seen the priests and would-be prophets having a field day with everything that is happening today, but with completely false ideas about it all. It’s as if they’re all in a drunken stupor! The law-makers in Washington can’t seem to render a decision on anything.
ISA 28:8All the tables are covered with vomit and there is not a spot without filth. The legalization of partial-birth abortions, turning the US armed forces into a clubhouse of homosexuals, the collapse of the housing boom which resulted from giving sub-prime mortgages to the undeserving who had no means to repay the loan (remember Acorn and Freddie Mac and Fannie May and the community organizers who enforced these mortgages with blackmail of the lending institutions?). For eight years under the Bush Administration, the country enjoyed unprecedented prosperity and the nation was kept safe. Now the nation is going down the gurgler economically, and the threat of terrorist attacks seems to be without end. Is the present administration rendering good decisions? They’re like vomiting drunkards, befuddled with alcohol and incapable of doing anything right. Instead, they listen to a silver-tongued liar and deceiver who predicts good outcomes while rendering appalling decisions and attempts to use his house majority to bulldoze them through. His administration line-up is like looking into the faces of the depraved and the insane.
The prophet Isaiah goes on to ask the question about whom God is trying to teach. Would God be trying to teach little babies who have just been taken from the breast? Obviously not! Almighty God is delivering a message to the rulers of the people!
ISA 28:9"Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast? And what a message it is! In the next few verses we’ll know the outcome of this message from God.
ISA 28:10For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there." Every successful nation must live by rule of law, and this means that every rule of law must be considered on other established rules. Of course God had in mind that rule among the House of Israel would be based on His Eternal Law, but Ephraim doesn’t even want any references to God’s Commandments displayed in any public place.
God’s servants follow these very precepts in the Word of God. To them, it’s precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, and there a little, because this is how the Word of God is structured. It’s not His servants that God is trying to teach – He’s already taught them! All His sons were taught by God just as Jesus and the Prophet Isaiah predicted. Instead, it’s the rulers of the people to whom God is directing His message. These are ultimately responsible for all that will happen. It’s the people who will be the pawns in this outrageous game of chance, but it’s also the people that will pay the consequences. And why wouldn’t this be so? Who voted this callous, deceitful madman into power and elected him to the White House? Sure, out of the Ten Tribes of Israel, five were wise and five were foolish, but it was the foolish that won the day because they believed the murderous lies that emanated from the lips of their President Obama. Unbelievably, they wanted the ‘prosperity’ that he promised! They actually wanted him to spread the wealth around. The wealth of the nation is better in the hands of those who know how to control it.
But it wasn’t just spreading the wealth among the American people, this President wants a cap-and-trade policy where the American people would pay Africans and Middle East scumbags for the right to produce ‘green-house’ gases. With this type of madness in full bloom, what is the next step? Will America start paying the African despots for the water the American people use? When will the American people rise up and say ‘Enough of this black beast!’ But then, this wouldn’t be politically correct, would it?
Well, God has a solution! The people don’t want to listen to Him, let them listen to their enemies, the ones with foreign lips and who speak in strange languages.
ISA 28:11Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people,
ISA 28:12to whom he said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest"; and, "This is the place of repose"-- but they would not listen. God gave them rest and He gave them peace, but they were not prepared to listen. Instead they preferred the madness of deception. They didn’t want a white Israelite in the White House; instead they wanted a black African. And what is the record of black Africa? Once the British and the Dutch left Africa, the whole continent went to hell in a hand-basket. What honourable nation is there in Africa? Every nation is ruled by a black despot who scarcely resembles anything human. And this is apparently what the American people wanted when they elected a black, Muslim President – howbeit, a slick, slimy snake of a man.
ISA 28:13So then, the word of the LORD to them will become: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there-- so that they will go and fall backward, be injured and snared and captured. So go on America, make all your silly, socialist rules that have failed in many other nations in the past, don’t learn from historic mistakes, keep the rules coming that favour the undeserving over the decent, law-abiding citizens, keep doing the same things over and over, and expect a different result.
At this point, it’s worth reminding the reader who God’s people are, and He makes this very clear:Amos 3:1-2 "Hear this word the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel--against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt: 2 "You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins." So go ahead and drench yourself with multiculturalism and political correctness if you have a mind to do so, but be aware that God has no interest in any other race or nation on earth except the whole family of Israel. Apart from the 12 Tribes of Israel, the whole population of the earth belongs to Satan the devil and he is at liberty to do as he pleases with them. As you are probably aware, Satan is not known for his kindness even to his own brood. He is a despot, par excellence, and has been a murderer and a liar from the beginning.
ISA 28:14Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem. These present evil creatures that rule in the White House have suddenly decided that they must give God’s Holy Land to God’s enemies – the protestations of the Israelis notwithstanding. Hussein ‘the insane’ Obama has set his course to favour the Muslim hordes over God’s people Israel, and he will use whatever force or coercion is necessary. Meanwhile, God is planning other things, and this surprise agenda will hit so hard and so rapidly, that the people won’t know what hit them. They’ll be literally left shell-shocked!
Presently though, the American people are living in the twilight zone. They imagine they can make agreements for peace with the very people whom they’re supposed to be killing – the very ones who have killed thousands of Americans, and who persist today with the ambition to kill them all. These Muslim enemies are the very ones you can never make peace with, because they have the mind of Satan whom they worship as ‘Allah’.
But still the US Administration persists with their peace agreements, because they think they know how to make peace. They don’t! And now God has issued this warning:
ISA 28:15You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with Death, with the Grave we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place." Who is this they’ve made an agreement with? Believe it or not, they have made an agreement with two of the most destructive and evil creatures – rulers of the heavenly realms both – and the very two that God has specifically named in the Book of Revelation. God Almighty gave this Revelation to Jesus Christ to show His servants what must soon take place (Rev 1:1). God Almighty and Jesus Christ happen to know Death and Grave very well, and He names them in Rev 6:7-8 "When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" 8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth." Notice that Death and Hades (another name for Grave) are capitalized here because these are their names. It’s unlikely that their names will appear in the covenant mentioned in Isa 28:15 above, because the covenant will be with the ‘horse or nation’ not the rider.
So the planned effect is to buy off the Muslim hordes in order to avoid the overwhelming scourge that is sweeping the earth. Since Death and Grave plan to marshal 1.5 billion people in their planned conquest, you can already identify their ‘useful idiot’ nations will render whatever assistance is necessary to destroy both America and the Israelis.
America talks about their friends and allies in the war on terror. In this regard, it’s not even clear that Britain and Western Europe are their friends anymore. Former PM Blair has just been grilled by an ‘Iraq war’ inquiry to see if he can justify Britain’s entry into the war. Britain seems to have forgotten the terror attacks they have suffered from Muslim extremists, and by now, even Tony Blair would realize that Islam is not a peaceful religion. As for the rest of Europe, forget it! Though it should be said that Germany has been a stand-out nation in the prevention of any form of holocaust against the Israelis – and it’s greatly to their credit! The rest of Europe can’t wait to see the little nation of Israel disappear from the map. They seem to be reading Ahmadinejab’s play book.
What about the other ‘useful idiot’ nations. Ahh, Russia! Those slimy, lecherous people who supply nuclear powerplants, enriched uranium, and anti-aircraft systems to the Persians (Iran)! Russia – the decrepit remains of a former empire, who hates America with a vengeance, and who knows that the Persians are prepared to do what they lack the guts to do. So they use their veto power in the UN Security Council to thwart any threat to the Iranians in the hope that Iran will launch an attack. Russia is indeed a useful idiot to the Muslim hordes.
China, that old communist regime that has lived in limbo for centuries is now making their presence known. They’ve learned the Western way of marketing, having abandoned their Communist ways of collective farming as an enforced lifestyle and learned to love the smell of money. After America and Japan, China is today the world’s third largest economy. They would like to the largest economy, and with America out of the way, this dream might be realized. The Chinese know that America saved them from the Japanese in WW2, but they can’t forget that America granted Taiwan independence from them. They forget the good things America did for them; they still retain the old grudges of yesteryear, and their own embarrassment of holding to the failed Communist system for so long. They retooled their economy based on the America system of manufacture, finance and development, but still they hate America. Call it jealousy, or lasting grudges, or the craven madness of the oriental mind, America would not be missed.
Then there’s Pakistan, an ‘ally’ of America. How did this decrepit nation become an ally of America? Well, it all started with Bombardier (bomb thrower) Colin Powell when he was secretary of State in the Bush Administration, and who, incidentally, endorsed Barrack Hussein Obama for President. America needed a base near Afghanistan for the war, and the choice was either India or Pakistan. Lo, and behold, Bomb-thrower Powell made the argument to choose Pakistan. Perhaps Pakistan was easier to bribe, who knows, but it’s also the home to A. G. Khan, the man who made a fortune selling nuclear weapons secrets to all the despots of the earth, including Iraq, Libya, Iran, and it now seems likely, to North Korea, who recently detonated a nuclear device underground. Pakistan is a country where Jews and Christians are routinely murdered. Even Hindus are fair game to their atrocities, because they too are considered to be infidels. India, on the other hand, have no such hang-ups, and have a tendency to tolerate all religions and have even done much to abolish the ‘untouchables’ stigma. This didn’t feature at all in Colin Powell’s argument for choosing Pakistan. Pakistan is 100% Muslim – or it will be when they have finished killing all the Indian Hindus. For the record, I’ve never trusted Colin Powell, and have always seen him as a lying deceiver.
The Far East houses the largest Muslim nation on earth – Indonesia. How devout are they? Well, this is where Barrack Hussein Obama learned to sing the Islamic call to prayer in perfect Arabic. He calls it the most beautiful sound on earth. Obviously, the Indonesians are very happy about their famous Muslim son Obama, whom they knew as Barry Soetoro as a student growing up there. So the Obama/Soetoro saga is the only visible link favourable to America. Otherwise, like any infidel nation, America is hated by the Indonesians.
South America! What a disgusting array of nations! Yes, they are divided by national boundaries, but they are still largely the same people with the same mindset. Feel free to keep score if you must, but be aware they can all be tarred with the same brush, and Satan and his rulers are marshalling them all to bring destruction to America from the south. They will flood over the borders and wreak havoc, death and destruction everywhere. If you believe otherwise, then you don’t know the extent of the arch-rebel of the universe, Satan the devil. Satan owns them all, and they will serve their master. Forget all about the pretense of Catholicism – it’s not a regulator of human behaviour. But surely you have discovered this for yourselves.
Now back to the theme of the Book of Isaiah. So a number of things have come into play. Firstly, the US administration, under their Muslim President, will sacrifice the Israelis to Death and Grave. Then they will trumpet their ‘virtue’ as Muslim lovers and expect the overwhelming scourge to pass them by.
ISA 28:16So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed. There will be a lot of dismayed people on earth at that time, but those who seek Zion will never be dismayed. The prophets of old longed to see Zion come, and a sure foundation laid. Here you will see the hope of the ages and the advance of God’s peace. This peace will be based on justice, and I mean real justice, where the guilty will be made to pay – with their lives, never to live again.
ISA 28:17I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place. While God’s justice will be enacted in Zion and the Holy Land, the day of reckoning will come for Ephraim. Their refuge, their safety, is all based on a satanic lie formulated by a satanic Muslim who deludes the people into believing they will be safe, based on delusions authored by Satan himself.
So what happens next? How strong and reliable will the covenant with Death and Grave be? God Himself answers:
ISA 28:18Your covenant with Death will be annulled; your agreement with the Grave will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it. Well, God couldn’t be fairer than that! He’s told them in advance. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a trumpet blower to sound the warning and perhaps change the course of history by getting rid of this evil creature in the White House? It won’t happen! America is too far gone now to return to God and to restore sanity, so disaster will come like the waves of the sea.
ISA 28:19As often as it comes it (the overwhelming scourge) will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through." The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror. I hope the reader understands the message because it relates to sheer terror. I know the reader thinks he knows what sheer terror is, based on a few planes crashing into buildings and a few other incidents of shootings, etc, but you’ve seen nothing yet! When God uses the term sheer terror, He means what He says.
ISA 28:20The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you. This is a reference to peace and comfort – none of which will be available to man or beast.
ISA 28:21The LORD will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim, he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon-- to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task. When God rouses Himself to do His work, it will seem very strange to the general perception. It will seem alien to all the expectations of the people. In their mind, God is not supposed to be waging war on the hordes surrounding the Holy Land. Rather, He’s supposed to be whisking people away to heaven in a rapture (whatever that means). In any event, it seems to be strangely ungodly to those who never knew the Great Creator God. To most people, it’s expected that life would go on forever, and that after death they would face some sort of judgment and finish in heaven. In their minds, God is making a mockery of all they believed.
God answers them directly:
ISA 28:22Now stop your mocking, or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the LORD Almighty, has told me of the destruction decreed against the whole land. Yes, this whole chapter is about Ephraim and the City set at the head of a fertile valley, also described as a beautiful wreath and a glorious crown – the pride of all Ephraim.
Now God uses a parable to explain His position. He uses the analogy of a farmer and points out that the farmer doesn’t go on ploughing forever. At some point he must plant seed or the ploughing was all for nothing.
ISA 28:23Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say. At some point everyone must listen and learn from their Creator, and as the Prophet records in V29 this is wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom.
ISA 28:24When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing the soil? The answer is no – he must plant some seed. Neither is God going to continue to plough the field – He also wants to plant some seed! So when a sower goes out to plant some seed, he expects a return on his investment. Some of the seed will fall on stony ground or on poor soil contaminated with tares and weeds, but other seed will fall on fertile ground and yield many times the return on his investment.
ISA 28:25When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cummin? Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field? This is exactly what a good farmer does. With a little diversification he grows a balanced crop.
ISA 28:26His God instructs him and teaches him the right way. God doesn’t generally occupy His time teaching farmers to grow cereal crops. This is a parable, and God is not speaking of farmers but someone else.
ISA 28:27Caraway is not threshed with a sledge, nor is a cartwheel rolled over cummin; caraway is beaten out with a rod, and cummin with a stick. Different grains need different treatment if it’s to find itself used in bread.
ISA 28:28Grain must be ground to make bread; so one does not go on threshing it forever. Though he drives the wheels of his threshing cart over it, his horses do not grind it. The purpose of grain is to make bread, which is a staple of life. But there is much more to this parable. For instance, Jesus is the Bread of life. Bread represents His Body – just as wine represents His Blood. At this point I don’t want to get sidetracked in explanations about this, even as important as they are. So we’ll go on to the next verse:
ISA 28:29All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom. Now, this verse is extremely important, and this can’t be emphasized enough, assuming of course, that the reader has a desire to be a servant of God. It speaks of ‘wonderful in counsel’ and ‘magnificent in wisdom’. What are these terms referring to? To begin with, who is ‘wonderful in counsel’? This may well be the most important lesson you will ever learn. The Counsellor is a promised gift from God that is given in addition to the down-payment of His Holy Spirit. Combined, they become a double-portion of God’s Holy Spirit. The Counsellor is the Spirit of Jesus.
This is the account of the Counsellor, which Jesus promised the Father would give to those who obey Him and love Him.John 14:15-31 "If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-- 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." After His resurrection, Jesus Christ appeared to His disciples as promised. They saw Him – and touched Him after He had presented Himself to the Father. They saw the wounds on His body and understood that He was bodily resurrected. His body was no longer in the tomb. Just to add a little perspective here; if a body is still in the grave, then that person has not been resurrected. They are dead, and they remain dead – until the resurrection. If they died without God’s Holy Spirit, then they are dead forever. Dust they are and to dust they return. There is no resurrection for them. Without God’s Holy Spirit, they are like the animals that perish. There is no difference.
Jesus said, the Counsellor, which is the Spirit of Truth will remain with His disciples forever. This means that those who receive this double-portion of God’s Spirit will have eternal life.
V22"Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?" At the time, the disciples thought it would be a good idea for Jesus to appear to the world, and to prove that He had risen from the dead. They reasoned that if this happened then everyone would believe Him to be the Son of God. But Jesus had already explained that the world cannot accept Him or His Spirit. So when you see present-day ‘evangelists’ parading themselves on the world stage, masquerading as disciples of Jesus and craving attention and recognition for themselves, you can be sure they don’t have the Spirit of Christ. Their sanctimonious message is not the testimony that Jesus gave. And just for the record, God makes it very clear what that Testimony is! It’s found in Rev 19:10 "At this I fell at his feet to worship him (the angel of God). But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! FOR THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS IS THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY." Do these ‘evangelists’ teach the Testimony of Jesus? Not only do they not teach Bible Prophecy, they cannot even understand it!
In this study, you’ve already seen a random sample of the many Bible Prophecies for these last days – and all from the Scriptures that Christ used and taught. Can you even imagine these ‘evangelist’ dunces teaching such things? They would be booed and run out of town. The reason why they have their audience is because of the sanctimonious and emotional uplift they present, designed to siphon off the people’s money. These preachers are not servants of God, and God doesn’t even know them. Jesus made this very plain:Matt 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23 Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' You’ve seen all the stage acts, where evangelists ‘cast out demons’, pretend to heal the sick and conjure up all sorts of ‘miracles’ – and it’s all fakery! They are merely consummate deceivers who refuse to do the will of the Father!
In the Book of Psalms we find this:Ps 119:113-115 "I hate double-minded men, but I love your Law. 114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. 115 Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!" I have yet to see any evangelist preaching on the world stage that advocates obedience to the Commandments of God. These preachers exhibit an arrogance that is detestable to God! No wonder they are called evil-doers!
Continuing inJohn 14:23 "Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. 25 "All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. The Counsellor is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in Jesus’ Name. This Holy Spirit will teach all things and remind the one who receives it of everything Jesus has said. Without this Holy Spirit, the additional double-portion, then you cannot understand the Testimony of Jesus, which happens to be the Spirit of Prophecy. Continuing: 28 "You heard me say, `I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, 31 but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. "Come now; let us leave." So there you have it! Jesus Christ does exactly what the Father commands Him, because He loves the Father and the Father is greater than He.
Though it’s a bit off-topic, Jesus continued His dialogue in the next verse:John 15:1-8 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." We’ve already seen that ‘the vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the House of Israel, and the men of Judah are the garden of His delight’ (Isa 5:7). Jesus is confirming that He is the True Vine and the Father cultivates and prunes that vine in order to bear much fruit. The branches represent Jesus’ disciples. 5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."
And just to link this into verses we read back inIsa 17:10-11 "You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress. Therefore, though you set out the finest plants and plant imported vines, 11 though on the day you set them out, you make them grow, and on the morning when you plant them, you bring them to bud, yet the harvest will be as nothing in the day of disease and incurable pain." I think most Christians know they’ve imported a whole lot of vines that are not the True Vine. They’ve ignored their Saviour and therefore their harvest will be nothing. This will become obvious to them in the day of disease and incurable pain. That day is fast approaching!
Just to complete the comments on the last verse we read from Isaiah:ISA 28:29 All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom." We need to address this last phrase. What, then, is the Wisdom of God? We find that Jesus Christ is both the Power of God and the Wisdom of God to all those whom God has called. 1Cor 1:24 "But to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." Without that magnificent Wisdom, you will understand nothing!
At the time Paul wrote the above verse, Christians and Jews were headed for a persecution that was to last hundreds of years. These true believers were hunted down and killed. So the Wisdom of God had to be fully grasped if people were to lay down their lives willingly in honour of their Creator – as they were required to do if they were to follow Jesus. They were not to fear death! Early Christians died in droves in the hope of a better resurrection. Jesus had previously warned His followers, the Church, that the prince of the world is coming and that he had no hold over Him. The worst that Satan could do was to kill them, but he couldn’t shake the Wisdom of God in those who possessed it. These were faithful and obedient people and they honoured God above their own lives. These people were tasked with this responsibility to make it known to the prince of the world and all the rulers of the heavenly realms that God’s eternal purpose will be accomplished:Eph 3:10-11 "His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to His eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord." In speaking of the Church here – the one that Christ built, it is not referring to any church that doesn’t have the Wisdom of God or the Testimony of Jesus. Such churches are merely unfruitful branches that need to be pruned out and thrown in the fire. This is exactly what will happen! This judgment comes from God – not me!
It just happens that the next chapter begins talking about false prophets and fake seers who are like the blind leading the blind. So we begin to see the great importance of the Counsellor and the Testimony of Jesus.
As we saw, the previous chapter,Isaiah 28, spoke of the principal city of Ephraim and all the woes that will befall it. Now the prophet reports on the City of Ariel, the City where David settled – Jerusalem. Judah and their City are not exactly blameless, and they need to be brought to book over many issues and purified of their sins.
Anciently, Ephraim had chosen Bethel as their principle and holy city, and make no mistake about it, Bethel was a very special place as Jacob himself confirmed. We read all about this in the early chapters. Today, Ephraim rules in a different place, and in a different city. Washington is that city. Every nation on earth today, focuses on everything Washington has to say. So in this regard, Washington too, is a very special place. If Washington falls catastrophically, then America falls with it. In the previous chapter, God foretells of this very event.
And now the focus turns to Judah and their Holy City. You’ll recall how Judah came under attack with the enemy at their very gates. Yet God had no plans to destroy Jerusalem at that time. Instead, God sent the Archangel Michael, who protects God’s people Judah (Dan 12:1) to slaughter all 185,000 of the enemy at the gates of Jerusalem (Isa 37:36-37). That was then, and this is now, yet Judah has yet to face this again. Jerusalem will be besieged and once again the enemy will be at the gate. This time there will be fellow-servants with Michael as we learned in Rev 19:10. These are human and they are servants of Almighty God. These are an elite task force who will turn back the battle at the gate.
ISA 29:1Woe to you, Ariel, Ariel, the city where David settled! (Jerusalem) Add year to year and let your cycle of festivals go on. Jerusalem has had years of contending with the enemy that surrounds the Holy Land. Today, they are demanding Jerusalem for themselves, and the whole world seems to believe that by acquiescing to their demands this will bring peace. How wrong they are! The only standout in the region, who has vowed never to concede any part of Jerusalem is the present PM Benjamin Netanyahu! Even in his own cabinet, there are dissenters, who want peace so bad that they are willing to concede the Holy City of God – to God’s enemies! Well, Almighty God has other ideas. He plans to take it right to the brink, and to the point of despair. Then suddenly, everything will change!
ISA 29:2Yet I will besiege Ariel; she will mourn and lament, she will be to me like an altar hearth. There is quite a bit of mourning going on right now, as many Israelis see circumstances closing in on them.
ISA 29:3I will encamp against you all around; I will encircle you with towers and set up my siege works against you.
ISA 29:4Brought low, you will speak from the ground; your speech will mumble out of the dust. Your voice will come ghostlike from the earth; out of the dust your speech will whisper. When all hope seems lost and death seems inevitable, God makes a pronouncement that help is on the way. At that time, the whole House of Israel will know they backed the wrong horse. And those they backed will be reduced to dust and ashes and blown around like chaff. And just to remove any misconceptions about the severity of this attack by the Servants of Almighty God – God makes it very graphic and clear in the following verses.
ISA 29:5But your many enemies will become like fine dust, the ruthless hordes like blown chaff. Suddenly, in an instant,
ISA 29:6the LORD Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire.
ISA 29:7Then the hordes of all the nations that fight against Ariel, that attack her and her fortress and besiege her, will be as it is with a dream, with a vision in the night--
ISA 29:8as when a hungry man dreams that he is eating, but he awakens, and his hunger remains; as when a thirsty man dreams that he is drinking, but he awakens faint, with his thirst unquenched. So will it be with the hordes of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion. Yes, they will be stunned, amazed and reeling with shock and awe. These evil creatures will see their own people blowing past them as dust and ashes.
Now God continues to address His people Judah and the many visions they had for peace, together with the false predictions of America and Europe for settling the Middle East crisis. Firstly, no prophet of God has arisen among them, yet they want to predict outcomes over which they have no control. And of course, this is a direct result of listening to Washingon.
Many would-be prophets have arisen among the House of Israel and succeeded only in telling lies in God’s Name. They don’t have the Spirit of Christ, nor do they have the Wisdom of God. So what the hell do they think they’re doing? Are they trying to pick a fight with God? Whatever their motivation was, they have certainly succeeded! In their drunken stupor, which God speaks of in the previous chapter (28:7) in regard to drinking wine and beer that the House of Israel is going to be stunned and amazed at what they see! All their false predictions will lead to disaster.
As we’re about to see, God is giving exact details about what to expect and He takes them straight to the source of the relevant prophecy today inV11 below.
ISA 29:9Be stunned and amazed, blind yourselves and be sightless; be drunk, but not from wine, stagger, but not from beer. They’re drunk all right, drunk on their desire to be seen as important and mentally incompetent enough to provoke God.
ISA 29:10The LORD has brought over you a deep sleep: He has sealed your eyes (the prophets); he has covered your heads (the seers). For generations these weird people have been teaching their own lying prophecy and deceiving the people. Ephraim has been the source of most of these false prophets.
And now God calls them to task and humiliates them:
ISA 29:11For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say to him, "Read this, please," he will answer, "I can't; it is sealed." 12 Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, "Read this, please," he will answer, "I don't know how to read." And what Scroll would this be that is sealed from understanding? This Scroll is identified in the Book of Revelation in the 5th and 6th chapters. God the Father handed it to Jesus, sealed with seven seals (Rev 5:1). Of all those who dwelt in heaven and in earth, only Jesus Christ was given the task of opening the seals. Who then, would understand the Scroll when Jesus opened the seals? Only those who have the Spirit of Christ, that is the Counsellor, whom God sent in Jesus Name. This Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10) and without the Counsellor, no-one can prevail to understand the prophecies.
You will notice that these seven seals detail the appearance of what are called the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. The very reference to four horsemen is a clear indication of war, and the very first horseman rides out set on conquest (Rev 6:1-2). Even the most illogical of false prophets could hardly miss that! There is even a reference to them in the Book of Zechariah, and this just happens to tie in with the theme of this chapter, as recorded by Isaiah, and the fate of Judah and Jerusalem. The Book of Zechariah speaks of these riders and horses and refers to them as the horses of the nations. It further identifies them as the nations that surround the Holy Land and Jerusalem.
This is what Zechariah recorded:Zech 12:1-14 "This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: 2 "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. Here God is confirming that He is the Creator who made all things. He then confirms that Jerusalem will send all the surrounding nations reeling with shock and awe. In other words, they won’t know what hit them! Prior to this, however, both Judah and Jerusalem will be besieged, just as Isaiah stated. V3 "On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves." Well that’s fair warning! However, they’re unlikely to heed the warning. And now we come to the reference to the four horsemen of the apocalypse: 4 On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness," declares the LORD. "I will keep a watchful eye over the house of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. 5 Then the leaders of Judah will say in their hearts, `The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the LORD Almighty is their God.' The leaders of Judah are going to have their own epiphany, an enlightenment of stunning perplexity. The people, or Sons of Jerusalem, were taught by God – just as Jesus confirmed in John 6:45. He said this was written in the prophets, and indeed it is. It’s written in Isa 54:13, and here these sons are identified as Jerusalem’s sons – the Sons of Jerusalem. If you have read this far in this study of Isaiah, then you are being taught by the Sons of Jerusalem – just as they have been taught by God. Obviously, those who are taught by God have the Lord Almighty as their God, and God considers them His sons.
Well, once the leaders of Judah perceive in their hearts that the people of Jerusalem are strong, and that Lord Almighty is their God, they will take heart and follow the Sons of Jerusalem and with stunning effect:V6 "On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume right and left all the surrounding peoples, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place. So this is good news for all those who love Jerusalem! Mind you, it seems they are in the minority today. The Western World seems to want to favour the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. So they’ve backed the wrong horse, and these four horsemen of the Apocalypse are about to be hammered!
And now God expresses the desire to save the dwellings of Judah first, so that these dwellings can house the House of Judah. The reestablished House of David will be the Sons of Jerusalem, and they will occupy the City of David. God wants the House of Judah to have equal opportunity to live in their houses without fear. The exploits of Judah against the marauding hordes will earn them a very great honour. But first they must see the demonstration of force that will clear the Holy City and empower them to do likewise. They will witness for themselves the very great power of God in the hands of His servants, the Sons of Jerusalem.V7-9 "The LORD will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem's inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah. 8 On that day the LORD will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the Angel of the LORD going before them. 9 On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem. Notice the reference to the Angel of the Lord going before them. The House of David will be like God, because they will have been taught by Him, and empowered by Him as His very own sons.
Just as Jesus said, ‘salvation is of the Jews’, so we see demonstrated what ‘salvation’ means. It means ‘salvation from our enemies’. And so Judah will become a part of the House of David, and together as a unified force, they will bring all nations under attack until the Holy Land extends from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates River.
Still, there is one thing that must be addressed. This is the rejection of the Mighty One, whom they could not accept as the Messiah when He appeared on earth. The Jews well know whom they pierced by their orchestrated plot to condemn Him. Leaving aside the fact that it was the Jews who converted to Christianity and took the message to all the world in the days of the Apostles, still it was the religious Jews of that day, who persisted in the rejection of Christ and developed, along with pagans, their anti-Christ theme. Strange as it may seem, it had to be this way. Otherwise, how would the following verses be fulfilled? Holier-than-thou Christians may feel superior to the Jews for this, but they had better understand this: They rejected Jesus also! They didn’t follow Him as they were required to do. They took His Name and called themselves Christians, but rejected everything that both Christ and the Scriptures have to say about the Kingdom of God. Because of their rejection of the Laws of God and His Annual Holy Days, they are inferior to the Jews who maintained their obedience to the Laws that God gave to His servant Moses. This is why God has favoured the Jews above the Christian nations in establishing His Kingdom. This may seem offensive to Christians generally, but they will just have to wear it.
You want to see real repentance? Here you have it:V10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. 11 On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great, like the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, 13 the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, 14 and all the rest of the clans and their wives. The Jews had to reject Jesus because it was fore-ordained to be this way. Otherwise these Scriptures would not have been fulfilled. Jesus Himself said, "Father, forgive them because they don’t know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34). And now we know that God will forgive them and also reward them for their obedience to the Law over the past two centuries or so.
You might have noticed thatZech 12:1 above is directed towards Israel. God intended to clearly show who has His favour. It’s not the House of Israel – it’s the House of David! And just one more verse from the Book of Zechariah: Zech 13:1 "On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity." Christians today had better hope that they distinguish themselves as much as the Jews have done, because, if they don’t, they won’t join the Jews in the Kingdom of God. Just remember that the Jews have been assigned the task of preparing a place for you in God’s Kingdom. But first you must endure the coming holocaust just as the Jews have done in the past. This will be make-or-break time for all those who chose, in the past, to serve God according to their own ideas. And this takes us back to the theme of the Book of Isaiah.
ISA 29:13The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men. As we’ve said many times, God doesn’t respond to mere lip-service, and this is the extent of the worship of most Christian churches today. They make their own rules for worship, and these don’t include the Laws of God. They are certainly not whole-hearted in their worship of God. It’s merely human emotion that doesn’t come from the heart. As God says, their hearts are far from Him.
ISA 29:14Therefore once more I will astound these people (the House of Israel) with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish." The intelligence of the intelligent today is certainly going to vanish. They’ll have no answer for anything. All their mad theories will vanish as they’re shown to have no validity. And don’t these people love to appear intelligent with all their cockeyed ideas about everything. Such people just crave attention! What a worthless, useless brood they are!
ISA 29:15Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, "Who sees us? Who will know?" Just analyze some of the Congressional Bills being presented by the US Administration today. It’s what is hidden in these that the Administration doesn’t want the people to see! They don’t realize that God sees it all. And it’s a work of darkness – of impending doom.
ISA 29:16You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, "He did not make me"? Can the pot say of the potter, "He knows nothing"? We’re seeing far too much of this today, where people are rejecting the Creator God in favour of theories about evolution. God is going to make it clear to all these pompous morons just who is the clay! Well, all I can say to this is that if God didn’t make you and shape you, then you have no hope of survival. So don’t be bragging that God didn’t make you. You’ll soon find that your pompous ‘intelligence’ is a death sentence. The Creator God, the Potter, will ensure that this is so.
ISA 29:17In a very short time (after these things unfold), will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field and the fertile field seem like a forest? There are a few things that can be deduced from this. Firstly, it describes Lebanon as a fertile field rather than a densely populated area. I don’t know what the reader’s perception about Lebanon is today, but the government is presently in a coalition with a Hezbollah political party. Hezbollah is a Shiite terrorist group and considered one of the most radical and dangerous terror groups in the world. Hezbollah is largely financed by Iran, and to a lesser degree by Syria. Not surprisingly, they too, want the Israelis wiped off the face of the earth. President Amadinejab of Iran also wants the ‘great satan’ America wiped off the face of the earth, and has predicted this outcome in the near future. So whether consciously or knowingly, Lebanon has become involved with bad company, and this is against the interests of Almighty God. So when the cities of Lebanon are wiped off the face of the map, just call it justice. Their cleared land will be put to good use growing crops, which will grow so well in the fertile soil that they will look like a forest.
ISA 29:18In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see. Yes, this is still talking about the same Scroll that was sealed, and which was unsealed by the Lord Christ Himself and the knowledge passed on to the sons who were taught by God. No-one else has ever understood this Scroll because they were not taught by God, but it didn’t stop many would-be prophets from using their own interpretation – all of which was sheer nonsense. Yet God tells us that the deaf will hear it and the blind will see it but only out of the gloom and darkness that is descending on the earth. People will be desperately seeking answers to the gloom and darkness that will be evident everywhere. They will get the answers from an unexpected source.
Once more God will favour the type of people He likes. These are the humble and poor in spirit rather than the pompous, haughty and arrogant ones.
ISA 29:19Once more the humble will rejoice in the LORD; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. These will contrast strikingly with those who blame God for their predicament, and who stand as mockers of, not only of God, but also those who seek God’s forgiveness in humility.
ISA 29:20The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down--
ISA 29:21those who with a word make a man out to be guilty, who ensnare the defender in court and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice. Well, you know the type. Whenever anything goes wrong these types seek a scapegoat and through innuendo and hearsay, they do everything possible to convict the innocent. God says these ruthless creatures and the mockers will vanish and disappear – in fact, they will be cut down! Hacked to death! And just a word of caution to those silly enough to try to bring charges against the humble and needy – those who rejoice in the Lord God, such treachery will be repaid with surgical precision and the offenders will disappear forever – never to live again.
The only survivors in this coming holocaust will be the promised remnant. This small number of people will survive and will be brought back to their ancestral homeland in the Holy Land.
ISA 29:22Therefore this is what the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, says to the house of Jacob: "No longer will Jacob be ashamed; no longer will their faces grow pale. Yes, it is speaking about the House of Jacob or Israel as distinct from the House of Judah. The day is coming when God will remove the shame of the survivors and they will no longer need to be afraid.
ISA 29:23When they see among them their children, the work of my hands, they will keep my name holy; they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel. The reference to their children is a bit ambiguous, but one thing to keep in mind is that many of the captives taken into slavery will be neutered and unable to bear children. We see a reference to this later in the study of the Book of Isaiah: Isa 56:3-5 "Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the LORD say, "The LORD will surely exclude me from his people." And let not any eunuch complain, "I am only a dry tree." 4 For this is what the LORD says: "To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant-- 5 to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off." To be perfectly honest, I don’t know if this is the full explanation to the reference about their children being the work of God’s hands, but it is certainly a part of the full explanation. There will be a lot of men who feel they have nothing left to live for after castration.
If you think logically about all this, and consider who the evil architect of this great calamity is, and you come to the realization that it’s Satan and his demons who want to rid the earth of the Tribes of Israel, you will realize that they won’t want to see the House of Israel breed back again to become a nation once more. In time, the men will be routinely castrated, and the women raped to produce the enemy’s own offspring. The truth of this is evidenced through history.
Nevertheless, we do know that the House of Israel will breed again, and become a population like the stars of the sky. So when God speaks of the work of his hands in regard to children, He is speaking of remedial work for these eunuchs. But as I’ve said, there may be other aspects to this as well, like children being restored to their mothers and fathers.
ISA 29:24Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding; those who complain will accept instruction." Well, the remnant will gain understanding of the meaning of the Sealed Scroll at the proper time, especially when they see the evidence of it all unfolding, and at that time they will accept instruction. This will be helpful to many instead of the silly arguments that some church groups like to present today. Many of these church groups have never known God, yet they still feel qualified to advance their own theories about Bible Prophecy.
In this chapter, God begins by referring to obstinate children, who formulate plans that are not God’s. Forever forming alliances, but not by God’s Spirit. In so doing, they heap sin upon sin.
ISA 30:1"Woe to the obstinate children," declares the LORD, "to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin;
ISA 30:2who go down to Egypt without consulting me; who look for help to Pharaoh's protection, to Egypt's shade for refuge. In V15 of the last chapter, God’s speaks of those who make their own plans, and here He confirms that they are not His plans. We can recall from Bible history that Jacob and his 12 sons went to live in Egypt in the time of severe famine. It just so happens that God has said that some Ephraimites will return to Egypt. Hos 11:1-6 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. 2 But the more I called Israel, the further they went from me. They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images. 3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. 4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them. 5 "Will they not return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them because they refuse to repent? 6 Swords will flash in their cities, will destroy the bars of their gates and put an end to their plans." Well, it seems that all their present plans will end in failure. And some of them will seek to live in Egypt to escape the hell-hole that is coming in their own land. In the scenario that is now developing, where else would they seek refuge? Europe, Asia, the Middle East? None of these will be options! Americans will be hated by everyone, even more so than they are today. In that day, it will be considered fashionable and desirable to kill them, largely because of the satanic tendency of people to destroy the ‘tall poppies’ – the rich and influential. We’ve already seen that highways will be built from Egypt and Assyria for the return of the House of Israel, and many of these refugees to Egypt will be escaping from the land of the Kurds (Assyrians and Medes). It’s these Medes of Media who will gain control of the Persian Empire after the mad ‘Mahdi’ of Iran has accomplished his task with his large sword (Rev 6:4).
Anciently, in the final days when the House of Israel was under siege and about to go into captivity, they tried to form alliances with Egypt to combat the Assyrian invader. But Egypt’s help proved to be worthless.
ISA 30:3But Pharaoh's protection will be to your shame, Egypt's shade will bring you disgrace. Egypt is not the place to seek help or refuge! Both the House of Israel and the House of Judah have, in days gone by, and even today, experienced the uselessness of Egypt and the situation continues to be no different.
ISA 30:4Though they have officials in Zoan and their envoys have arrived in Hanes,
ISA 30:5everyone will be put to shame because of a people useless to them, who bring neither help nor advantage, but only shame and disgrace."
ISA 30:6An oracle concerning the animals of the Negev: Through a land of hardship and distress, of lions and lionesses, of adders and darting snakes, the envoys carry their riches on donkeys' backs, their treasures on the humps of camels, to that unprofitable nation,
ISA 30:7to Egypt, whose help is utterly useless. Therefore I call her Rahab the Do-Nothing. So this is God’s clear view of His feelings towards Egypt. The fact that the term ‘gypsies’ is derived from the name Egypt speaks volumes against the Egyptians in general. Gypsies are harlots, thieves, liars and plunderers. Traditionally, they lived nomadic lives and in primitive circumstances, relying on horse-drawn carriages, donkeys and camels. This gypsy lifestyle continues to this day. This says much about the mentality of Egyptians.
ISA 30:8Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness. Here we have another mention of the Scroll. About 130 years after the obstinate nation – Israel – went into captivity, a new prophet arose, called Ezekiel. God sent Ezekiel to that obstinate nation with a lasting message – one that has survived to this day as the Book of Ezekiel. This is what God taught Ezekiel concerning the House of Israel: Eze 2:3-10 "He said: "Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day. 4 The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says.' 5 And whether they listen or fail to listen--for they are a rebellious house--they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6 And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house. 7 You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. 8 But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you." So here was Ezekiel being sent to the House of Israel who had gone into captivity far from their homeland over 130 years before. Ezekiel was told to consume a Scroll that God gave him, and to take the message to the House of Israel. By eating and consuming the Scroll, it ceased to exist for nearly six hundred years until it was again given to the Prophet John. Yet at that time, Ezekiel was told to deliver its contents to the House of Israel from memory and to illuminate its portent for their future.
Eze 2:9-10"Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, 10 which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe. Eze 3:1 "And he said to me, "Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel." 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat." 3 Then he said to me, "Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it." So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. 4 He then said to me: "Son of man, go now to the house of Israel and speak my words to them. 5 You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and difficult language, but to the house of Israel-- 6 not to many peoples of obscure speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you. 7 But the house of Israel is not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for the whole house of Israel is hardened and obstinate. 8 But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are. 9 I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house." 10 And he said to me, "Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you. 11 Go now to your countrymen in exile and speak to them. Say to them, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says,' whether they listen or fail to listen."
Now back to the Book of Isaiah and this continuing theme:
ISA 30:9These are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the LORD's instruction. The Lord’s instruction comes through His prophets and the prophets are rarely sent with good news. To a prophet, God’s message is sweet in the mouth, because the final outcome of the message is glorious. Traditionally though, the House of Israel has never seen it as such. The House of Israel is rebellious towards God and don’t want His interference in their lives. They don’t want to be warned by God’s prophets and neither do they want to hear the message of the messenger.
ISA 30:10They say to the seers, "See no more visions!" and to the prophets, "Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions. The House of Israel is good at believing illusions and delusions for that matter. They seem willing to believe anything that contradicts God as their Creator God.
ISA 30:11Leave this way, get off this path, and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!" In other words, get out of here and leave us alone! We don’t want advice from you or the Holy One of Israel. We’ll decide for ourselves how to conduct our lives, and God can take it or leave it!
So God responds to them:
ISA 30:12Therefore, this is what the Holy One of Israel says: "Because you have rejected this message, relied on oppression and depended on deceit,
ISA 30:13this sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant. This high wall implies a defense barrier from external forces – which will collapse suddenly.
ISA 30:14It will break in pieces like pottery, shattered so mercilessly that among its pieces not a fragment will be found for taking coals from a hearth or scooping water out of a cistern." The high wall is already cracked and bulging and when it collapses, there will be no fragments left to do any form of work. This high wall that is supposed to protect the American people is already on the pathway to betrayal. When it collapses it will render any form of protection useless. It’s the government that is supposed to protect the American people, and today, their sole aim seems to be to expose the people to external threats.
ISA 30:15This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. Totally exposed the people will realize that the hand of God is upraised against them, but repentance will be far from their minds. Instead of realizing they have pursued the wind and reaped the whirlwind, exposing themselves to the enemy, they will make plans to flee. God says that when this event occurs, quietness and trust will be their strength. At such a time, repentance towards their Creator God should be paramount, and they should be prepared to take their punishment and trust in God that He will deliver them. But they would have none of it!
ISA 30:16You said, `No, we will flee on horses.' Therefore you will flee! You said, `We will ride off on swift horses.' Therefore your pursuers will be swift! And here we have it! The pursuers are your enemy – the ones whom you thought to ‘win hearts and minds’. As an observation, just days ago (Feb, 2010) President Ahmadinejab of Iran announced that he was forming alliances with the black nations of Africa. He claimed to have cultivated these alliances over the past few years. In America today, which group has the highest conversion rate to Islam? It’s a no-brainer! It’s the black Africans. It’s no secret that these people have organized nationwide gangs of thugs and criminals that are feeding off the drug cartels.
The drug cartels! These are run and organized by the Latinos from South America, just over the American border. These too, have nationwide gangs who are considered very dangerous. You don’t go unarmed among these treacherous people – something the authorities are very mindful of. So today, America is being besieged by the enemy from all sides and is becoming increasingly vulnerable.
And this will be the outcome of shattered defenses:
ISA 30:17A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill." In other words, totally exposed and at the mercy of the enemy.
ISA 30:18Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! There won’t be too many people waiting on the Lord God for deliverance, they’ll be too busy trying to flee by whatever means is available.
And now the story switches to Zion, to those who live in Jerusalem. They will have teachers and they will have God’s protection, even though they must suffer some affliction leading up to this:
ISA 30:19O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. 20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." 22 Then you will defile your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, "Away with you!" Here we see an example of those who listened to God and believed His messenger, and their teachers will live right among them to instruct and guide them. They will have instant access to God and He will respond immediately to them.
ISA 30:23He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows. 24 The oxen and donkeys that work the soil will eat fodder and mash, spread out with fork and shovel. 25 In the day of great slaughter, when the towers fall, streams of water will flow on every high mountain and every lofty hill. 26 The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the LORD binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted. The people of Zion will have peace and prosperity and freedom from fear in that day. And just to put this into perspective as to the timing of it, this is the time when God arises to shake the earth with fury:
ISA 30:27See, the Name of the LORD comes from afar, with burning anger and dense clouds of smoke; his lips are full of wrath, and his tongue is a consuming fire.
ISA 30:28His breath is like a rushing torrent, rising up to the neck. He shakes the nations in the sieve of destruction; he places in the jaws of the peoples a bit that leads them astray. Placing a bit in the mouth is what you do to horses, and this is precisely what is meant! God is speaking of the horses of the nations just as the Scroll indicates.
ISA 30:29And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice as when people go up with flutes to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel.
ISA 30:30The LORD will cause men to hear his majestic voice and will make them see his arm coming down with raging anger and consuming fire, with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail.
ISA 30:31The voice of the LORD will shatter Assyria; with his scepter he will strike them down. The scepter is also called His punishing rod in the next verse.
ISA 30:32Every stroke the LORD lays on them with his punishing rod will be to the music of tambourines and harps, as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm. In the Book of Revelation this very verse is referenced in Rev 2:26:27 "To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations-- 27 `He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery' -- just as I have received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." You see here that Jesus Christ has been given authority from the Father to do precisely this. What is more, the Churches of God, who overcome to the end will also be given this authority. But not just any Church! And certainly not mainstream Christianity who have never obeyed God’s Commandments and Statutes or God’s Holy Days for that matter. Long, long ago, God identified this Church that would arise in the last days and identified its founder. This identification is found in Zech 11:17, which we’ve already covered in earlier chapters. His name was Herbert Armstrong.
ISA 30:33Topheth has long been prepared; it has been made ready for the king. Its fire pit has been made deep and wide, with an abundance of fire and wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of burning sulfur, sets it ablaze. And this is the final scene when the king of the earth (Satan) is confined in his specially prepared prison to serve his 1,000 year sentence.
ISA 31:1Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD.
ISA 31:2Yet he too is wise and can bring disaster; he does not take back his words. He will rise up against the house of the wicked, against those who help evildoers. The House of Israel has become absolutely mindless in their determination to help evildoers – both at home and abroad. This mad concept of ‘winning the hearts and minds’ of evildoers is the reasoning of the deranged. Why would the House of Israel be trying to ‘win the hearts and minds’ of God’s most virulent enemy? Namely the Muslim hordes! These disgusting people have vowed to seize God’s City Jerusalem, and to wipe His people Israel off the face of the earth. This is not only a treasonous and treacherous act against God, but similarly, it is also against the people of the House of Israel, many of whom now have the wit to see who the enemy really is. The present Administration, led by a Muslim President, is hell-bent on deluding the people.
As for winning hearts and minds, it doesn’t seem to be working. At the beginning of the Iraq war, America sought to establish a base in good ol’ Turkey – the same nation that has sought membership in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), but America were refused when they got there, so they sailed through the Suez Canal and established their base in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia realized that after the First Gulf War, when Saddam Hussein conquered Kuwait, that the Iraqis were dangerous to their well-being, and allowed the US to launch the war from their lands. Just a century ago, the Turks had a caliphate over the entire Muslim Middle East – virtually over the entire former territory of the ancient Babylonian Empire, which later morphed into the Persian Empire, over which the Medes gained ascendancy – and finally the Greek-Macedonian Empire! We are presently seeing the Persian Empire emerging once more with de facto rule of Iraq virtually in place, Syria is sitting at the table, and Lebanon is virtually ruled by Hezbollah, Iran’s militant terrorist wing. So the northern block of Shia Islam is virtually in place. The American Administration, however, hopes to divide Iraq into three territories – one for the Sunnis, one for the Shi’ites and the other for the Kurds. Persia (Iran) has other ideas and have made their feelings known! The Persians (Iranians) have in mind to deliver a coup-de-grace that will propel them to prominence and domination of the region. What is more, God plans to raise His hand and permit it in order to punish the House of Israel for their treachery against Him. Procedural planning is now in place and the Persians have not been shy in stating that their ambition will come to fruition. The American Administration is presently scoffing at them, and mumbling something about ultimatums for sanctions, which expired in Dec, 2009, and were not acted on. Now they are talking about on-going diplomacy – whatever that means!
About the only Muslim nation in the region that is showing any form of resistance to the emerging behemoth to the north is Egypt. Unfortunately, the Egyptians think that if they can defuse the Hamas-PLO-Israeli dispute over land, then peace might be restored to the region and everyone will calm down. What they don’t understand is that all the nations of the earth are deceived into believing that the Middle East dispute is all about land and the alleged mistreatment of Muslims. So the whole world is rallying to the wrong side and it’s all leading to WW3. The real enemy is the arch-rebel of the universe Satan and all his rulers of the heavenly realms, who want to wipe all Jews and Christians off the face of the earth. Even a drover’s dog should be able to understand this! It’s evident throughout the world. Everyone should now know that Muslims consider it their duty to kill all ‘infidels’.
ISA 31:3But the Egyptians are men and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out his hand, he who helps will stumble, he who is helped will fall; both will perish together. God is reminding us of an age-old problem that existed in the days of Moses. The Egyptian Pharaoh, who would not let God’s people go, considered himself to be a god. In fact, Pharoah was a god – a demon, just like Allah and just like all other pagan gods. But none of them are the God – the Invincible One. God makes the point here that the Egyptians horses are flesh and not spirit. In contrast to this, the ‘horses and chariots’ of God are spirit. They are invisible to the human eye except when God chooses to reveal them. This is the evidence of this: 2Kings 6:16 "Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." 17 And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha." These are the same chariots that Elisha saw when Elijah was lifted up and taken elsewhere. This account is found here: 2Kings 2:11-12 "As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up [into the] heaven[s] in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, "My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!" And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart." It may seem offensive to some that Elisha referred to Elijah as ‘my father’, but Elijah is destined to become a father to a whole nation. In the lead-up to this, Elijah will command the spirit ‘horses and chariots’ of God. These spirit craft will be engaged in saving and preparing a place for Israel. At that time, they will be known as ‘the chariots and horsemen of Israel’ and the commanders or horsemen will be men! These are the true servants of God, and they will establish the Kingdom of God by force.
ISA 31:4This is what the LORD says to me: "As a lion growls, a great lion over his prey-- and though a whole band of shepherds is called together against him, he is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor-- so the LORD Almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights. And how is the Lord Christ described in the Sealed Scroll, which relates to the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, which we’ve been mentioning? He’s described as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev 5:5). And who would the LORD Almighty send to do battle on Mount Zion? He will send His Mighty Son Jesus – the Great Lion and the ferocious adversary of all God’s enemies.
ISA 31:5Like birds hovering overhead, the LORD Almighty will shield Jerusalem; he will shield it and deliver it, he will `pass over' it and will rescue it." Well, we all know the story of the Passover in Egypt, don’t we? This is what God is referring to. And infiltrators into Jerusalem will be dealt with as the Passover did back in Egypt. God has no intention of providing a safe haven for deceitful and insincere interlopers. This will be the preliminary act of separating the sheep from the goats.
ISA 31:6Return to him you have so greatly revolted against, O Israelites. 7 For in that day every one of you will reject the idols of silver and gold your sinful hands have made. Well, we all know about returning to God (Mal 3:7-9) because we extensively covered it in earlier chapters. Just for the record, God is not interested in mere lip-service.
ISA 31:8"Assyria will fall by a sword that is not of man; a sword, not of mortals, will devour them. They will flee before the sword and their young men will be put to forced labor. The weapons of God are spirit and they are capable of knocking down whole cities leaving no trace, just as they did in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.
ISA 31:9Their stronghold will fall because of terror; at sight of the battle standard their commanders will panic," declares the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, whose furnace is in Jerusalem. Yes, there will be a battle standard unfurled against the bow of the ships that hover overhead like birds.
ISA 32:1See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers (plural) will rule with justice. We’ve seen how the invisible rulers of the heavenly realms have ruled over the past six thousand years, and this is the beginning of the evidence that God plans to replace them with those of the human kind.
ISA 32:2Each man (a reference to the rulers in the previous verse) will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. So these rulers will provide comfort, protection and support.
ISA 32:3Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. Remember how Jesus so often said, ‘Let he that has ears to hear, let him hear’? In that day, people will open their eyes to see what is really happening, instead of being deluded by liars and deceitful people. The scales will fall from their eyes and they will no longer be deluded by Satan’s propaganda in all its forms.
ISA 32:4The mind of the rash will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear. There have been some rash judgments concerning the propaganda that continues to emanate from from unreliable sources. It seems that people will believe anything. For instance, what sort of crazy mind would believe that a gas like carbon dioxide, which represents only 0.3 percent of the atmosphere could cause global warming. Yet people seem to want to listen to a satanic idiot like Al Gore.
ISA 32:5No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected. Yes, well we’ve just mentioned Al Gore. Of course he’s just one part of the equation where people are easily duped. Just about every theory known to man is based on utter crap. As long as it’s presented as ‘science’ people fall over each other trying to appear ‘scientific’. They lack the brains to think for themselves! This is also true of those who set themselves up as teachers of God’s Word, and what a pudding they’ve made of it! They’ve deceived many people and exposed them to unheard-of risks that have been prophesied for these last days.
ISA 32:6For the fool speaks folly, his mind is busy with evil: He practices ungodliness and spreads error concerning the LORD; the hungry he leaves empty and from the thirsty he withholds water. Let’s do a mini-study on this last phrase. We begin with the fool ‘who spreads error concerning the LORD’ and ‘withholds water from the thirsty’. Jer 2:13 "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water." These ‘cisterns’ cannot hold water – living water! So what is meant by this? Jeremiah explains: Jer 17:13 "O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water." So the Living Water is the LORD. The Living Water is also a gift from God: John 4:10 "Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." And now we clearly learn what the Living Water is: John 7:37-39 "On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified."
Obviously, the fool mentioned in this verse from Isaiah is not going to be flowing Living Water to others and so the thirsty will remain thirsty. Even worse, as Jeremiah points out, they will be in danger of being written in the dust. You can figure out for yourselves what this means.
ISA 32:7 The scoundrel's methods are wicked, he makes up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just. Well, ditto for this as well. We’ve seen all these crafty, cunning manipulators working away, deceiving the people, and they seem to have a natural propensity to ‘appear as angels of light’. They speak absolute nonsense, yet people still believe them.
ISA 32:8But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands. Praise God that there are still a few of these left in this darkening world. Noble people are the very antithesis of those described above. Honour and decency is becoming hard to find in this increasingly deluded world. In this verse, God speaks of the noble man and then begins to address women.
ISA 32:9You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me; you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say! Well, women like Ophra Winfrey have enormous influence in America. Some credit her, at least partially, with Obama’s electoral victory. Obama dutifully installed some women like Winfrey in powerful administrative positions. One of them actually claimed the system worked when the ‘underwear’ bomber nearly succeeded in blowing up hundreds of people on a commercial aircraft. It’s a personal observation that influential women like to be complacent over important things, watering down things that should be acted upon.
Why am I speaking only of American women? Because this is what God is speaking about. American women live in God’s Vineyard – the place where the grape harvest occurs:
ISA 32:10In little more than a year you who feel secure will tremble; the grape harvest will fail, and the harvest of fruit will not come. Do you really believe that God wrote this verse over two millennia ago for the purpose of warning of a bad year for the grape harvest? He is speaking of a bad year for His Vineyard – the United States of America!
ISA 32:11Tremble, you complacent women; shudder, you daughters who feel secure! Strip off your clothes, put sackcloth around your waists. This doesn’t look to good for women!
ISA 32:12Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines
ISA 32:13and for the land of my people, a land overgrown with thorns and briers-- yes, mourn for all houses of merriment and for this city of revelry.
ISA 32:14The fortress will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted; citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever, the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks,
ISA 32:15till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest. God speaks of the time when the Holy Spirit will be poured out on the House of Israel: Eze 39:25-29 "Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will now bring Jacob back from captivity and will have compassion on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy name. 26 They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety in their land with no one to make them afraid. 27 When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will show myself holy through them in the sight of many nations. 28 Then they will know that I am the LORD their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. 29 I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the house of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD." It should be noted that Ezekiel, chapt. 39 is the chapter that precedes the description of the Temple that will be built. Chapters 40-48 detail the plans for the New Temple – yet to be built, the River of Life, and the allocation of territory for the House of Israel.
ISA 32:16Justice will dwell in the desert and righteousness live in the fertile field.
ISA 32:17The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
ISA 32:18My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.
ISA 32:19Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely,
ISA 32:20how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.
While some people are complacent enough to believe they have peace from the enemy, they have yet to understand that real peace comes from peace of mind. There is no greater peace of mind than to acknowledge and serve the Great Creator God.
Consider for a moment what God has been speaking of. He’s been speaking of His Vineyard as a whole nation. He has spoken about their City, which is Washington. He has spoken of redeeming them from disaster and settling them once more in their own ancestral tribal lands after bringing them back from captivity. God has spoken of Satan and his rulers, and foreshadowed the replacement of them with those who have known the consequences of sin and the heartbreak it brings. And He has also spoken about those He is trying to teach. He rose up early to send teachers and instructors to guide you into all Truth, but for the most part, the House of Israel would have none of it. So He reversed His offer, and the line upon line, here a little and there a little, would describe the incremental destruction that would befall a stubborn nation.
Since God has spoken of the destruction of His Vineyard, He now speaks of the one who is appointed to bring it about.
ISA 33:1Woe to you, O destroyer, you who have not been destroyed! Woe to you, O traitor, you who have not been betrayed! When you stop destroying, you will be destroyed; when you stop betraying, you will be betrayed. This destroyer, and all other destroyers, are rulers of the spirit realm, and they eagerly await God’s permission to destroy the House of Israel. The funny side to all this is that they seem to have missed God’s intention completely. God says that when this one stops destroying, he will be destroyed! Somehow they are driven by the hope that if they successfully wipe out the whole House of Israel, then God’s whole Plan will collapse and He will have failed to find a replacement for them. Of course they know that God has said that a remnant would be saved, but Satan and his rulers reason that what if they launched enough fury to kill them too – what would God do then? If Bible Prophecy failed, then God would have an obligation to wipe the slate clean and start all over again.
So based on this crazy reasoning, Satan and his rulers are prepared to give it all they’ve got, andRev 12:12 makes Satan’s fury very clear.
ISA 33:2O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress. It’s a good start to seek God early and turn to Him for help. Those who do so will be heard; those who don’t will be destroyed by the wave after wave of calamities.
ISA 33:3At the thunder of your voice, the peoples flee; when you rise up, the nations scatter. You can be sure of this!
ISA 33:4Your plunder, O nations, is harvested as by young locusts; like a swarm of locusts men pounce on it. Satan has to keep his brood happy, so they are given the right to plunder at will. Like swarms of locust they will pounce on everything of value. Have you noticed in time of disaster, the masses almost immediately start plundering the belongings of others. The Haitian earthquake was a good example of this.
ISA 33:5The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness.
ISA 33:6He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. You don’t see a lot of fear of the LORD from people today.
ISA 33:7Look, their brave men cry aloud in the streets; the envoys of peace weep bitterly. We’ve seen a few of these envoys of peace in recent years. They don’t seem to have brought much peace. Perhaps they should read Sun Tzu’s classic book again (The Art of War) and learn to ‘know thy enemy’. None of these envoys of peace seem to understand the enemy at all!
ISA 33:8The highways are deserted, no travelers are on the roads. The treaty is broken, its witnesses are despised, no one is respected. When you send out envoys of peace, you expect them to return with a valid peace treaty that can be relied upon. Just as Neville Chamberlain brought back a useless agreement signed jointly with Hitler, so the Obama Administration is using Chamberlain’s playbook. It seems no-one ever learns from history.
In this present moment in time, which is the peace treaty that is occupying everyone’s time? Yes, it’s the ‘PLO/Hamas’ moment – anxiously waiting for the signature[s] on a piece of paper. Oh, Joy! Success! Peace at last! Enshrine the piece of paper in the annals of history! Obama has saved the world!
ISA 33:9The land mourns and wastes away, Lebanon is ashamed and withers;
Sharon is like the Arabah, and Bashan and Carmel drop their leaves.
ISA 33:10"Now will I arise," says the LORD. "Now will I be exalted; now will I be lifted up. So now you know when the Mighty One will arise – He’s coming to save Zion! Justice will begin with His house – the House of Israel. He begins with an indictment against them, saying they conceive chaff (V11 below) So what is chaff? Here’s a definition: Isa 40:21-24 "Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? 22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. 23 He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. 24 No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff." This is the chapter that relates to the appearance of John the Baptist much later. Earlier in this chapter we find these words: Isa 40:6-8 "A voice says, "Cry out." And I said, "What shall I cry?" "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever." Despite all the political correctness today, the Word of God stands forever, and the people are grass! After God blows on them they become chaff and are either blown away or burned.
And now God’s indictment about what the House of Israel has conceived. It’s just chaff and straw. And it’s their own breath, their stupid words that will consume them.
ISA 33:11You conceive chaff, you give birth to straw; your breath is a fire that consumes you. Who are these idiot peace envoys?(see V7) You’ve seen a few of them, including Jimmy Carter who accused the Israelis of operating an apartheid system against the Muslims living in their country. Then there’s the Goldstone report that castigated the Israelis, blaming them for everything that has happened in the Middle East. He seems unable to find fault with any Muslim, but, in his view, the Jews are Satan personified. So get ready to do your duty as per God’s instructions in V8 "The treaty is broken, its witnesses are despised, no one is respected" Let’s hope Carter, Goldstone and all the others get what’s coming to them, because they are going to have a lot of blood on their hands.
Since the people have given birth to chaff and straw – in other words, become just like Gentiles – they’ll find that their own stupid mouths will ignite the flames of destruction.
ISA 33:12The peoples will be burned as if to lime; like cut thorn bushes they will be set ablaze." Well this is the obvious outcome! Their mouths are in top gear and they are heading for oblivion. Perhaps they should have sought God’s advice while they still had time. In the absence of this, there’s another saying, when you are up to your neck in crap, shut your mouth!
ISA 33:13You who are far away (House of Israel) hear what I have done; you who are near (Zion), acknowledge my power! Now would be a very good time for the present citizens of Jerusalem to acknowledge God’s power and start cleaning up their act.
ISA 33:14The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: "Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?" They’ll have plenty to think about when they learn what happened far away. The sinners and godless in Jerusalem will have to be cleaned out – most of whom will be Muslims.
ISA 33:15He who walks righteously and speaks what is right, who rejects gain from extortion and keeps his hand from accepting bribes, who stops his ears against plots of murder and shuts his eyes against contemplating evil--
ISA 33:16this is the man who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. His bread (manna) will be supplied, and water will not fail him. This is the type of noble man that God spoke of earlier. And just a reference to manna: Rev 2:17 "….To him that overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna."
ISA 33:17Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar.
ISA 33:18In your thoughts you will ponder the former terror: "Where is that chief officer? (President) Where is the one who took the revenue? (Treasurer) Where is the officer in charge of the towers? (Secretary of Dept of Defence).
ISA 33:19You will see those arrogant people no more, those people of an obscure speech, with their strange, incomprehensible tongue. The present administration is certainly arrogant, and trying to decipher what they are saying or what they are trying to accomplish is virtually impossible. Frankly, I’ve never seen such incomprehensible and incoherent policies in all my life.
In the aftermath of it all, the people will look with hope to Zion
ISA 33:20Look upon Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved; its stakes will never be pulled up, nor any of its ropes broken.
ISA 33:21There the LORD will be our Mighty One. It will be like a place of broad rivers and streams. No galley with oars will ride them, no mighty ship will sail them. This is a reference to the River of Life that will flow from under the threshold of the Temple. Eze 47:1-2 "The man brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was flowing from the south side." So the water flows from the eastern and southern sides of the Temple, and will branch out to form broad rivers and streams. For all you fishermen, it will be filled with fish of all kinds (Eze 47:10).
ISA 33:22For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.
ISA 33:23Your rigging hangs loose: The mast is not held secure, the sail is not spread. Then an abundance of spoils will be divided and even the lame will carry off plunder. The Holy land will seem like an un-seaworthy ship for a little while, but then suddenly the spoils will be divided and there will be an abundance for everyone including the lame, who might otherwise be slow to get to it.
ISA 33:24No one living in Zion will say, "I am ill"; and the sins of those who dwell there will be forgiven. Illness is the result of sin, though not necessarily the sin of the sufferer. There are many sinful things being done today in the name of medicine including antibiotics and other drugs that destroy the immune system. Yet people seem to believe in the ‘miracle’ of medicine. God envisions the day when no-one in Zion will be ill because their sins have been forgiven. This is a reminder of Ps 103:2-5 "Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-- 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." I’m sure all you oldies would like your youth renewed like the Eagle’s. You wouldn’t want to live an eternal life as a 90 year old semi-invalid, would you? God has made provision.
ISA 34:1Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it! Take note of this last phrase, ‘and all that comes out of it’. It refers to an attack by Satan and his demons on God Himself – a great war in heaven. You’ll see a reference to it in V5 below.
ISA 34:2The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath is upon all their armies. He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter. Though it may not seem evident so far, we are about to find out that God is speaking of our very time now. God takes issue with the nations of the earth and their armies. These armies have sought to destroy God’s people Israel and they’ve been powering up for this very outcome. God views it as defiance of Him. When He says, ‘I will give them over to slaughter’, He will actually have them fight one another – mainly over the spoils of war. Many, however, will fall under the hand of God and under the ‘Armies of the Living God’.
ISA 34:3Their slain will be thrown out, their dead bodies will send up a stench; the mountains will be soaked with their blood. And this will be the outcome. Finally, there’ll be few men left on earth.
And now we come to two verses that needs considerable explanation. Contrary to popular belief, God is not suggesting that He is going to dissolve all the universe, together with galaxies, stars and planets! These are the verses in question:
ISA 34:4All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved and the sky rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree. Firstly, you will note the mention and comparison of a rolled-up or sealed scroll. This is the same scroll that has been mentioned again and again in the Book of Isaiah and details the Seven Seals. Don’t believe me? This is a quote from that Scroll: Rev 6:12-17 "I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14 The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place." Here we see the same reference to the stars – but with a difference. This time the ‘stars’ are going to fall to earth. Give the Creator God credit for knowing that the literal stars of the sky cannot fall to the earth! He is not referring to the literal stars at all. And the answer to this we will get to in a moment. First notice the next three verses and take note: Rev 6:15-17 "Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"
The next verse in the Book of Isaiah gives us the clue to what God is referring to when it says, "My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens". It concerns a great war in heaven. Satan is, again, planning a coup on the throne of God, and he, his rulers and all his demons will launch the attack. This is described inRev 12:7-9 "And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. And just to put this into a time frame, we find this: V10 "Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down." Following this war, Satan will no longer have access to God, so he won’t be able to accuse the Brothers anymore before God.
As a matter of interest, back in antiquity, there was a time when Satan himself flung a third of the stars to earth:Rev 12:3-4 "Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. 4 His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth." He’s ruled over them ever since. These are his kings, princes and generals as well as common demons. Jesus spoke of a similar event when He was on earth that had already occurred prior to the creation of mankind: Luke 10:18-20 "He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." Notice that the ‘snakes and scorpions’ are the ‘spirits’ or demons that submit to you. They dare not refuse to submit to a servant of God. These spirits or demons accompanied Satan when he fell to earth like lightning.
And this is the account of the stars that fall to earth as a result of war in heaven:
ISA 34:5My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; see, it descends in judgment on Edom, the people I have totally destroyed. After the next war in heaven, the Mighty Christ will take up His sword against Edom. You can draw your own conclusions as to why Edom/Esau would be the prime target after the battle in heaven, but there are a few things you need to know about Esau. Esau had the chance to be a servant of God like his brother Jacob, but he chose to associate with the snakes and scorpions of this earth. God makes it very clear that He hates Esau in the Levite Book of Malachi (the Messenger). Mal 1:2-5 "I have loved you," says the LORD. "But you ask, `How have you loved us?' "Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" the LORD says. "Yet I have loved Jacob, 3 but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals." 4 Edom may say, "Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins." But this is what the LORD Almighty says: "They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the LORD. 5 You will see it with your own eyes and say, `Great is the LORD--even beyond the borders of Israel!'" God has made the point that after He takes the sword to Satan and his demons in the heavens, He will descend to earth to get busy on Esau/Edom, and this will be a bloodbath, as you will find in later chapters of this study.
Edom is Esau, the brother of Jacob, who not only despised Jacob and sought to kill him, he also treated his father Isaac with contempt, ignoring his admonition to avoid marrying strange women – the pagans of the region. Esau interbred with the parasite nations of the Middle East and greatly earned the disfavour of Isaac and Rebekah. In fact, Esau literally dissolved into the Arab and Canaanite population through marriage, far removed from the line of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God despised him for many reasons, and planned endless calamities to befall him. Esau despised the birthright and the bloodline of the righteous men who had gone before him. In a similar way today, we have the whole House of Israel pursuing multiculturalism. They too, despise their birthright and bloodline, and want to embrace the culture of the heathen while actually embracing the notion of turning out ‘coffee-colored people by the score’ as the old song goes. There is a certain madness that prevails today, that wants to deny the origins of the Western nations – most of whom think they are Gentiles.
ISA 34:6The sword of the LORD is bathed in blood, it is covered with fat-- the blood of lambs and goats, fat from the kidneys of rams. For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in Edom. Bozrah is Edom’s city, the city of Jacob’s brother Esau. What God is doing here is making a distinction between Esau’s city, Bozrah, and Jacob’s City Jerusalem (see V8). Bozrah is south of present-day Jordan and in the Saudi Arabian Peninsula. Esau’s brood extends all the way to Yemen, including the region of Mecca and Medina, the pagan religious sites of Islam. Anciently, Bozrah was Esau’s capital city.
ISA 34:7And the wild oxen will fall with them, the bull calves and the great bulls. Their land will be drenched with blood, and the dust will be soaked with fat. We’ll leave comment about this great slaughter of Edom until we get to chapter 63 of the Book of Isaiah.
ISA 34:8For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion's cause. And this is what it is all about. God intents to establish Zion above all other nations, and this is where the Kingdom of God will be. After the Lord Jesus has put down all rebellion, and destroyed all dominion, authority and power, and put all His enemies under His feet (as ashes), He will hand the Kingdom to the Father (1Cor 15:24-26).
As for Jacob’s brother Edom or Esau, God will continue to turn the heat on him until he ceases to exist in any form:
ISA 34:9Edom's streams will be turned into pitch, her dust into burning sulfur; her land will become blazing pitch!
ISA 34:10It will not be quenched night and day; its smoke will rise forever. From generation to generation it will lie desolate; no one will ever pass through it again.
ISA 34:11The desert owl and screech owl will possess it; the great owl and the raven will nest there. God will stretch out over Edom the measuring line of chaos and the plumb line of desolation.
ISA 34:12Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom, all her princes will vanish away.
ISA 34:13Thorns will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds. She will become a haunt for jackals, a home for owls.
ISA 34:14Desert creatures will meet with hyenas, and wild goats will bleat to each other; there the night creatures will also repose and find for themselves places of rest. ‘Wild goats’ is a reference to when the angels separate the sheep from the goats. The goats represent those who will be thrown into the fire. Matt 25:32-33 "All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left." V41 "Then he will say to those on his left, `Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels." God gives reasons for the separation of the sheep from the goats, but we won’t go into it all now.
ISA 34:15The owl will nest there and lay eggs, she will hatch them, and care for her young under the shadow of her wings; there also the falcons will gather, each with its mate. What God is saying here is that Esau will be removed from their land and be replaced by jackals and birds of prey – a fitting replacement!
After the parable about Esau, the next verse is a continuation ofV8.
ISA 34:16Look in the scroll of the LORD and read: None of these will be missing, not one will lack her mate. For it is his mouth that has given the order, and his Spirit will gather them together. And this is exactly what we will do! We will look in the Scroll of the LORD and read it!
ISA 34:17He allots their portions (for the Tribes of Jacob); his hand distributes them by measure. They will possess it forever and dwell there from generation to generation. So what does the Scroll of the LORD have to say about this? This occurs between the opening of the Sixth Seal and the opening of the Seventh. Rev 7:1-8 "After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: 3 "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." 4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. REV 7:5 From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed,
from the tribe of Reuben 12,000,
from the tribe of Gad 12,000,REV 7:6 from the tribe of Asher 12,000,
from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000,
from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,REV 7:7 from the tribe of Simeon 12,000,
from the tribe of Levi 12,000,
from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,REV 7:8 from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000,
from the tribe of Joseph 12,000,
from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.
These are not just believers, they are servants of God (V3) and they serve Him! We’ve made it very clear over and over, that there is a difference between real service to God and merely giving lip-service – so we won’t go into it now, but it will be discussed at length in later chapters. And now we’ve read it in the Scroll of the LORD and no-one has any excuse for ignoring it. Unless of course they want to wait for the hell that comes after this, but we’ll defer from discussion of this for a while until later in these chapters, when we reveal more about these 144,000 and who they are.
Now we see a comparison between the land of Jacob and the land of Esau, which will become a hell-hole of tar pits and marauding beasts. The land God gave to Jacob and his sons will be in stark contrast to Esau’s land.
ISA 35:1The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. Remember how God said Lebanon will become a fertile field (Isa 29:17)? Lebanon will be given to Zion for growing crops. As a point of interest, Zion will also keep the farm lands of the Golan Heights which Syria is trying to take possession of. As we all know, Syria is notorious for interfering in the affairs of Lebanon. Syrians will be lucky to escape with their lives, and not too many of them will be that lucky. And, anyway, the whole nation of Syria will be swallowed up by the expanding Promised Land, which will extend from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates River – and even beyond this in days to come. In fact, the Kingdom of God will fill the whole earth – just as Daniel says in Dan 2:35.
And here’s some more good news for Zion in the lead-up to all this:
ISA 35:3Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;
ISA 35:4say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you." After seeing the destruction in Bozrah as well as Mecca and Medina, it will be Muslim knees that are shaking through fear! After the Lord Christ has drenched His sword in the heavens against the demon hordes, He will descend on their human brood – those who have the very characteristics of snakes and scorpions.
At that time, there will be a complete change of heart, and Jerusalem and the Jews will have their eyes opened to understand God’s Truth.
ISA 35:5Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. It’s going to be a tremendous time of reversals and changing fortunes. The vanquished will become the conquerors, and the Jews will sweep through all the surrounding nations like a flaming torch among sheaves of wheat.
ISA 35:6Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. This will result from the River of Life that we’ve already discussed.
ISA 35:7The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.
ISA 35:8And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it. In the next two verses we find that it’s only the redeemed, those who’ve been ransomed, that will walk there.
ISA 35:9No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there,
ISA 35:10and the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. These last few verses are self-explanatory of God’s intentions, and the Holy Land will become like the Garden of Eden.
And now we come to the inset chapters of Hezekiah’s reign, which we extensively covered in the early chapters. Isaiah lived through the reigns of numerous kings. He saw the House of Israel fall and go into captivity at the hands of the Assyrians. He then saw Sennacherib turn his armies south and to begin destroying Judah’s outlying towns and cities, until finally they were at the gates of Jerusalem.
ISA 36:1In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah's reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. 2 Then the king of Assyria sent his field commander with a large army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. When the commander stopped at the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Washerman's Field, 3 Eliakim son of Hilkiah the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary, and Joah son of Asaph the recorder went out to him.
ISA 36:4The field commander said to them, "Tell Hezekiah, " ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: On what are you basing this confidence of yours? 5 You say you have strategy and military strength--but you speak only empty words. On whom are you depending, that you rebel against me? 6 Look now, you are depending on Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff, which pierces a man's hand and wounds him if he leans on it! Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who depend on him. 7 And if you say to me, "We are depending on the LORD our God"--isn't he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah removed, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, "You must worship before this altar"? In fact, it was King Ahaz, Hezekiah’s father that did this, although Hezekiah was co-regent at the time.
It was the king of Assyria who gave him the plans for this pagan altar and is now at the gates to attack him. Remember how earlier in this study we gave the account where, during the co-regency of Ahaz/Hezekiah, Ahaz removed the Bronze Altar in favour of the pagan one? Yet he still used the Bronze Altar for enquiring of God personally. And here is Sennacherib’s commander telling all the people how Hezekiah violated God’s instructions with pagan installations. These rulers knew very well what the consequences would be, but Hezekiah didn’t seem to realize what he and his father had done. This is the account of what the Commander of the Assyrian armies was referring to when he spoke to Hezekiah:2Kings 16:10-16 "Then King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria. He saw an altar in Damascus and sent to Uriah the priest a sketch of the altar, with detailed plans for its construction. 11 So Uriah the priest built an altar in accordance with all the plans that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus and finished it before King Ahaz returned. 12 When the king came back from Damascus and saw the altar, he approached it and presented offerings on it. 13 He offered up his burnt offering and grain offering, poured out his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his fellowship offerings on the altar. 14 The bronze altar that stood before the LORD he brought from the front of the temple--from between the new altar and the temple of the LORD--and put it on the north side of the new altar. 15 King Ahaz then gave these orders to Uriah the priest: "On the large new altar, offer the morning burnt offering and the evening grain offering, the king's burnt offering and his grain offering, and the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their grain offering and their drink offering. Sprinkle on the altar all the blood of the burnt offerings and sacrifices. But I will use the bronze altar for seeking guidance." 16 And Uriah the priest did just as King Ahaz had ordered." No doubt Hezekiah was somewhat amazed by the Assyrian Commander’s knowledge of this offence against God. Here was a pagan ruler castigating Hezekiah for an offence against the LORD God Himself, which shows the hypocrisy of these creatures. We have the same hypocrisy today where Muslims commit horrific atrocities with their indiscriminate killings, yet always seem to be able to find fault with God’s people Israel.
Even more surprising are the next couple of verses.
ISA 36:8" `Come now, make a bargain with my master, the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses--if you can put riders on them! 9 How then can you repulse one officer of the least of my master's officials, even though you are depending on Egypt for chariots and horsemen? 10 Furthermore, have I come to attack and destroy this land without the LORD? The LORD himself told me to march against this country and destroy it.'" Is God in the habit of conferring with pagan, human kings? Not at all! God does, however, confer with the rulers of the heavenly realms – the spirit rulers, and they know better than to violate God’s people and property without His permission. These spirit rulers tremble with fear for the Power and Might of the Great Creator God.
The Assyrian army had already successfully marched against the country, destroying every city and town en route. But now they stood before the City of the Great God, Jerusalem – and this was another matter, of which the Assyrians were unaware.
ISA 36:11Then Eliakim, Shebna and Joah said to the field commander, "Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, since we understand it. Don't speak to us in Hebrew in the hearing of the people on the wall."
ISA 36:12But the commander replied, "Was it only to your master and you that my master sent me to say these things, and not to the men sitting on the wall--who, like you, will have to eat their own filth and drink their own urine?"
ISA 36:13Then the commander stood and called out in Hebrew, "Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria! 14 This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you! 15 Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the LORD when he says, `The LORD will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.'
ISA 36:16"Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then every one of you will eat from his own vine and fig tree and drink water from his own cistern, 17 until I come and take you to a land like your own--a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards.
ISA 36:18"Do not let Hezekiah mislead you when he says, `The LORD will deliver us.' Has the god of any nation ever delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria? 19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand? 20 Who of all the gods of these countries has been able to save his land from me? How then can the LORD deliver Jerusalem from my hand?" Never challenge God! A belated lesson that Sennacherib will learn the hard way!
ISA 36:21But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, "Do not answer him."
ISA 36:22Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary, and Joah son of Asaph the recorder went to Hezekiah, with their clothes torn, and told him what the field commander had said.
ISA 37:1When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the temple of the LORD. 2 He sent Eliakim the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary, and the leading priests, all wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. 3 They told him, "This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the point of birth and there is no strength to deliver them. 4 It may be that the LORD your God will hear the words of the field commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, has sent to ridicule the living God, and that he will rebuke him for the words the LORD your God has heard. Therefore pray for the remnant that still survives."
ISA 37:5When King Hezekiah's officials came to Isaiah, 6 Isaiah said to them, "Tell your master, `This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard--those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. 7 Listen! I am going to put a spirit in him so that when he hears a certain report, he will return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with the sword.'" Notice the phrase, "I am going to put a spirit in him"; this refers to a negative thought directly planted into his mind. God is well able to do this either for good or for bad. Remember when God created Adam, He planted the knowledge of a whole language into his mind so that he was able to speak. Today, human beings are able to do similar things with computers, but God can do it with the human mind – a ‘computer’ that is magnitudes superior to anything that humans have devised.
ISA 37:8When the field commander heard that the king of Assyria had left Lachish, he withdrew and found the king fighting against Libnah.
ISA 37:9Now Sennacherib received a report that Tirhakah, the Cushite king of Egypt, was marching out to fight against him. When he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah with this word: 10 "Say to Hezekiah king of Judah: Do not let the god you depend on deceive you when he says, `Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.' 11 Surely you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries, destroying them completely. And will you be delivered? 12 Did the gods of the nations that were destroyed by my forefathers deliver them--the gods of Gozan, Haran, Rezeph and the people of Eden who were in Tel Assar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, or of Hena or Ivvah?"
ISA 37:14Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: 16 "O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 17 Give ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see; listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God.
ISA 37:18"It is true, O LORD, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands. 19 They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. 20 Now, O LORD our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O LORD, are God."
ISA 37:21Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word the LORD has spoken against him: "The Virgin Daughter of Zion despises and mocks you. The Daughter of Jerusalem tosses her head as you flee.
ISA 37:23Who is it you have insulted and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride? Against the Holy One of Israel!
ISA 37:24By your messengers you have heaped insults on the Lord. And you (Sennacherib) have said, `With my many chariots I have ascended the heights of the mountains, the utmost heights of Lebanon. I have cut down its tallest cedars, the choicest of its pines. I have reached its remotest heights, the finest of its forests.
ISA 37:25I have dug wells in foreign lands and drunk the water there. With the soles of my feet I have dried up all the streams of Egypt.' All this is the type of bragging and boasting that Almighty God will not tolerate from the rulers of the heavenly realms. This same thing happened more than a century later when Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, pulled the same stunt. He was boasting and bragging, and while the words were still in his mouth, he was driven out of his kingdom and became a wild beast. This is the account: Dan 4:28-33 "All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 he said, "Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?" 31 The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, "This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. 32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes." 33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird." What is so remarkable about this is that Nebuchadnezzar, a ruler of the heavenly realm, actually repented before God and praised Him, acknowledging his guilt: V34-35 "At the end of that time (seven times or years), I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. 35 All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "What have you done?" Nebuchadnezzar concluded with some good advice for everyone: V37 "Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble." After his sanity was restored, Nebuchadnezzar no longer had the demon ruler influencing him and he saw things clearly. We’ll have more to say about this later in the study.
And now back to the siege of Jerusalem – Isaiah continues to quote God:
ISA 37:26"Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained it. In days of old I planned it; now I have brought it to pass, that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone.
ISA 37:27Their people, drained of power, are dismayed and put to shame. They are like plants in the field, like tender green shoots, like grass sprouting on the roof, scorched before it grows up. Remember the words ‘like grass’, because these words will come up when we get to chapter 40, and they have an important meaning.
ISA 37:28"But I know where you stay and when you come and go and how you rage against me.
ISA 37:29Because you rage against me and because your insolence has reached my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came.
ISA 37:30"This will be the sign for you, O Hezekiah: "This year you will eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
ISA 37:31Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above.
ISA 37:32For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
ISA 37:33"Therefore this is what the LORD says concerning the king of Assyria: "He will not enter this city or shoot an arrow here. He will not come before it with shield or build a siege ramp against it.
ISA 37:34By the way that he came he will return; he will not enter this city," declares the LORD.
ISA 37:35"I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant!"
ISA 37:36Then the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning--there were all the dead bodies! 37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.
ISA 37:38One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer cut him down with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son succeeded him as king. Ararat is a region in Eastern Turkey today. It’s just north of the land of Assyria, the homeland of the Medes. Mount Ararat is the site where Noah’s Ark came to rest. Jer 51:27 associates the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz with the kings of the Medes who took over Babylonia.
Speaking of Mount Ararat and Noah’s Ark, the Ark has now been found by a group of Chinese explorers and have documented the find with videos and photos. The huge wooden beams are well-preserved even after 4000 years.
ISA 38:1In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, "This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover."
ISA 38:2Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 3 "Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
ISA 38:4Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: 5 "Go and tell Hezekiah, `This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. 6 And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.
ISA 38:7"`This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised: 8 I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.'" So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down. When you think about it, this was quite a miracle!
In the next few verses, you’ll see that Isaiah inserted a writing of Hezekiah after he had recovered from his illness. It’s an account of his suffering and his repentance and acknowledgement that he deserved to suffer, and that in the end he benefited from the chastisement.
ISA 38:9A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
ISA 38:10I said, "In the prime of my life must I go through the gates of death
and be robbed of the rest of my years?"
ISA 38:11I said, "I will not again see the LORD, the LORD, in the land of the living;
no longer will I look on mankind, or be with those who now dwell in this world.
ISA 38:12Like a shepherd's tent my house has been pulled down and taken from me.
Like a weaver I have rolled up my life, and he has cut me off from the loom; day and night you made an end of me.
ISA 38:13I waited patiently till dawn, but like a lion he broke all my bones; day and night you made an end of me.
ISA 38:14I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am troubled; O Lord, come to my aid!"
ISA 38:15But what can I say? He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this. I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul.
ISA 38:16Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live.
ISA 38:17Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.
ISA 38:18For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.
ISA 38:19The living, the living--they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.
ISA 38:20The LORD will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the LORD.
ISA 38:21Isaiah had said, "Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover."
ISA 38:22Hezekiah had asked, "What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the LORD?" This is apparently how Hezekiah phrased his request for a sign that God will spare his life. The sign, as we read above was that the earth’s rotation would be reversed to allow the sun’s shadow to go back ten steps on the stairway of Ahaz (Hezekiah’s father). The choice of this miracle by God was not done at random, but had a specific meaning in regard to Hezekiah. He was being given 15 years to reverse some of the bad decisions made by his father Ahaz, while he was actually co-regent with him.
As for going up to the Temple of the LORD, we find that Hezekiah did indeed go up to the Temple of the LORD, and what is more, he took the emissaries of the King of Babylon on a grand tour of the wealth of the nation:
ISA 39:1At that time Merodach-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift (beware of Greeks – and Babylonians – bearing gifts, as the old saying goes), because he had heard of his illness and recovery. 2 Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses--the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine oil, his entire armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.
ISA 39:3Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, "What did those men say, and where did they come from?" "From a distant land," Hezekiah replied. "They came to me from Babylon."
ISA 39:4The prophet asked, "What did they see in your palace?" "They saw everything in my palace," Hezekiah said. "There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them."
ISA 39:5Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the LORD Almighty: 6 The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your fathers have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD. 7 And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon." I guess the reader knows all about Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – all princes of Judah and descendants of Hezekiah (Dan 1:6).
ISA 39:8"The word of the LORD you have spoken is good," Hezekiah replied. For he thought, "There will be peace and security in my lifetime." I don’t know about you, but if I knew that my offspring were to become enslaved eunuchs in a foreign land because of my conduct, I would not be saying that it’s good. I would rather have no peace and security in my lifetime that to inflict this on my progeny. However, Hezekiah did receive God’s favour for other events in his life, which are detailed in the Book of Kings. We have this verse: 2Kings 18:5 "Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him." We have to conclude that, the kings that this is referring to, are the two kings before and after him, who were Ahaz and Manasseh – neither of which had much going for them. There were far more righteous kings before Hezekiah, including King David – the man after God’s own heart, and the one who will be resurrected to rule over the Tribes of Israel. Yet, Hezekiah was the man of the moment through his trust in the LORD, and the contrasting conduct of his son Manasseh bears this out. Manasseh was totally evil: 2Kings 21:1-16 "Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother's name was Hephzibah. 2 He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, following the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. 3 He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah pole, as Ahab king of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. 4 He built altars in the temple of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, "In Jerusalem I will put my Name." 5 In both courts of the temple of the LORD, he built altars to all the starry hosts. 6 He sacrificed his own son in the fire (the worship of Molech, where little children were burned to death to satisfy a diety), practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger. 2KI 21:7 He took the carved Asherah pole he had made and put it in the temple, of which the LORD had said to David and to his son Solomon, "In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever. 8 I will not again make the feet of the Israelites wander from the land I gave their forefathers, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them and will keep the whole Law that my servant Moses gave them." 9 But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites. 2KI 21:10 The LORD said through his servants the prophets: 11 "Manasseh king of Judah has committed these detestable sins. He has done more evil than the Amorites who preceded him and has led Judah into sin with his idols. 12 Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. 13 I will stretch out over Jerusalem the measuring line used against Samaria and the plumb line used against the house of Ahab. I will wipe out Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. 14 I will forsake the remnant of my inheritance and hand them over to their enemies. They will be looted and plundered by all their foes, 15 because they have done evil in my eyes and have provoked me to anger from the day their forefathers came out of Egypt until this day." 2KI 21:16 Moreover, Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end--besides the sin that he had caused Judah to commit, so that they did evil in the eyes of the LORD.
So, on second thoughts, perhaps we should give Hezekiah a pass for not caring too much for his offspring. He seemed to know more about his own offspring than anyone else. Perhaps he recognized what his wife Hephzibah was, the mother of Manasseh, and recognized that nothing good could come from her. She was the mother of the wicked. Lo and behold, we find inIsa 62:4 that God symbolically refers to Jerusalem as Hephzibah – the mother of the wicked! But with a difference! In Isaiah chapter 62 God is speaking of a wedding of the House of Israel, when they will be wedded to the Promised Land, and Jerusalem will be their mother. We’ll get to that chapter soon.
It’s worth adding an inset to all this. From the time of King Ahaz onward, the Kingdom of Judah became a vassel state of every dominating empire that came along for many centuries in succession: Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians and Greeks. With their sovereignty lost, it wasn’t until the Roman Empire that it was restored. But only with a Rome-appointed monarch called Herod, who was not of the line of David, but a half-breed Arab! Though, technically, he was a half-breed Edomite, the distinction between these two are sparse. He managed to cultivate a group of Jews, who called themselves Herodians, because they sought messianic ambitions through Herod – even though he was not of the kingly line of David. The Herodians were also known as the Sadducees or at least closely associated with them. Perhaps the significance of all this will be expanded on later.
With the conclusion ofChapter 39, the historical record of Isaiah’s day ends. There is no further mention of the kings and rulers of his era, and the rest of the Book is all about the coming Kingdom of God and all the events that lead up to it. From this chapter forth, you will see references to the appearance of Jesus Christ, together with all that He was prophesied to endure, including His death. Having qualified as the Eternal Ruler for the replacement for Satan, you will see reference to His grand entrance as the Messiah King, the Mighty Warrior. Perhaps the reader won’t be surprised to find out that one of the Lord Christ’s first targets will be Esau/Edom and his territories, which today, stretch all the way to Mecca and Medina. In the upcoming chapters, you’ll read of an absolute bloodbath as the Lord Christ makes war. Remember how Jesus said "I have not come to bring peace, but a sword’. You’ll find out what He meant in these remaining chapters.
So what we are saying is that the rest of the chapters (40-66) detail all the events that will lead to the ultimate establishment of the Kingdom of God.
With the House of Israel gone into captivity, and transported far from their ancestral lands, we find the rest of the Book of Isaiah is dedicated to their prophesied return. To facilitate this, we find that God will first establish Jerusalem as the Capital of the world, and all power will be in the hands of the people of Jerusalem.
In chapter 39, after the appearance of King Manasseh and all the atrocities he committed, God prophesied of Jerusalem going into captivity. This occurred a few decades after Manasseh’s death. Then it was Judah’s turn to have their city taken and ravished, and the people taken into captivity. This all happened long after the Prophet Isaiah was dead, so no historical accounts of this are given by Isaiah. Isaiah, however, considers God’s Word concerning this to be a fait accompli, and he prophesied way beyond it. Like all the contemporaneous prophets of his time, Isaiah prophesied of the last days, the end of this present era and the prophesied Kingdom of God.
So now we come to the chapter that prophesies of the appearance of John the Baptist. Just bear in mind that the Prophet Isaiah wrote this with the sure knowledge that another prophet would arise at a future time; one that would not be considered conventional in the eyes of the religious. Yet, he would be a prophet and more than a prophet. Of all those born of women, there would be none greater than John the Baptist, yet Jesus added that those who are least in God’s Kingdom will be greater than John. He was the one appointed to be the messenger and who would precede the appearance of the Mighty Christ.
John the Baptist died early, barely reaching the age of 30. He fulfilled what was prophesied of him by preceding the arrival of Jesus Christ, but never fulfilled much else, and certainly not all that prophesied by his father Zechariah (himself a Levite priest and prophet). The account of Zechariah’s prophecies is found inLuke 1:62-80.
John spoke fluently about the Kingdom of God because he had the Spirit of Prophecy, which is the Testimony of Jesus. John’s message wasn’t a pleasant one, yet he forcefully delivered it, never shrinking back from his obligations to God. There was considerable difference between his style of preaching, than that of Jesus. The reasons for this become very obvious once Bible Prophecy is understood. You’ll learn that another one like John the Baptist must arise who will prepare the way for the Mighty One, Jesus Christ – as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. No longer will Jesus appear as a Lamb, but as we’ve learned from the Scroll of God, He will be the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
And so begins the rest of the Book of Isaiah which is virtually pure prophecy rather than a historical record. Isaiah begins by envisaging the return of the people of Jerusalem after they go/went into captivity.
ISA 40:1Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. ‘My people’ here is speaking of the people of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the City of Judah, and the Jews have never forgotten it. They had a tradition of saying, while in exile and when observing God’s Holy Days, ‘Next year in Jerusalem!’
ISA 40:2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins. Judah and Jerusalem certainly suffered double for all their sins. The House of Israel went into captivity once, but Judah suffered this ignominy twice! Judah was first conquered and led into captivity in 586 BC by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. The second time was in 70 AD. On top of this, Judah has been persecuted almost to extinction down through the ages, including 70 years ago in the European Holocaust. So this prophecy begins with words of encouragement for their hard service towards God. He begins with ‘Comfort, comfort, my people’. It may have gone unnoticed by many, but God says there that Judah’s hard service has been completed. What hard service would that be? Well, while Christianity has been basking in their holier-than-thou attitude towards the Jews, and see themselves as the logical replacement for God’s people Judah, they’ve forgotten to whom God chose to entrust the Scriptures. Without the Jews, there would be no Scriptures! Throughout all their exiles and enslavement, they still managed to preserve the Scriptures. In contrast to this, the House of Israel went into captivity and preserved none of the scrolls containing God’s Word. At great risk to their own lives, the Jews managed to preserve what scrolls they could, ensuring a legacy for all those who would follow.
When the House of Israel went into captivity, they followed a practice of burying or concealing their valuables so they wouldn’t fall into the hands of the enemy. The Jews were different! They buried or concealed the Scrolls to prevent them being destroyed by the enemy. These scrolls were far more valuable to the Jews, just as they are today, than all the wealth that perishes. If you wonder why so many Jews today are wealthy and influential, perhaps you’ll understand it’s because of their priorities. The same can’t be said for Christian organizations today; their priorities, largely speaking, is for wealth. So God’s choice in who should preserve the Scriptures is the right one.
Remember what the Apostle Paul said?Rom 3:1-2 "What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2 Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God." Did you notice the word ‘entrusted’? What part of the Scriptures could God entrust to mainstream Christianity today? The Old Testament – the very Scriptures the Lord Jesus used? They’ve virtually rejected it in favour of some pagan idea about going to heaven when they die. They think because Jesus went to heaven when He died, they can claim the same privilege. Yet there is nothing in the Scriptures to support this view. Why, then, would God entrust the Scriptures to such people, when He has the Jews in His service?
Could a prophet possibly arise from mainstream Christianity who could understand the Scriptures and teach them? Mainstream Christianity lacks even the basic platform or foundation on which to start understanding the Scriptures. Truth be told, they aren’t interested in what God had to say unless it’s to their personal benefit.
And so it was that God called a prophet to service, immediately before the appearance of Jesus, and as Jesus would later say, ‘More than a prophet’.Luke 7:24-30 "After John's messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: "What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 25 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is the one about whom it is written: "`I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.' 28 I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." 29 (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus' words, acknowledged that God's way was right, because they had been baptized by John. 30 But the Pharisees and experts in the law (Scribes) rejected God's purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.) John was born of a woman, and there was none greater than he, as Jesus stated. Then Jesus adds, that those who are least in the Kingdom (among those who are born of God as sons and daughters), will be greater than John the Baptist. John died, and has not yet entered God’s Kingdom. Others, who do exploits will precede him. John will, of course, be resurrected to live in God’s Kingdom.
Jesus described John as a man who is not blown around like a reed in the wind. He was not the least bit swayed by the propaganda of his time by those who were filled with arrogance and saw themselves as something special. The most regaled people of that time were the religious leaders, namely the Scribes and Pharisees. Now, these people really dressed to be noticed! They draped themselves with ridiculous regalia to elevate themselves above all the people. Not so John! He never dressed to be noticed and had nothing but contempt for those who did. We’ve all seen the ridiculous regalia of present-day ‘evangelists’ who appear on television looking like the Scribes and Pharisees. Not a word they utter will in anyway benefit the people! God loves humble people, not the stage-managed conduct of those who use extravagant props to delude the people that they are humble – when they are anything but! Such people would look pretty silly dressed like that if they were called upon to take the Kingdom of God by force. Thankfully, they never will!
Baptism is an outward pledge that a person is willing to lay down their lives for God. In so doing, their past sins are washed away and forgiven. It’s certainly not an act that eliminates the requirement to lay down their lives if God requires it; in fact, just the opposite. Baptism usually follows teaching from God’s servants and the acknowledgement that God’s way is right. NoticeV29 above, where is says all the people, and even tax-collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right – because they had been baptized by John. In short, they were able to understand that God’s way is right because they had been baptized by John.
There came a time when a replacement for Judas Iscariot had to be found, in order that there be 12 Apostles. And so they chose Matthias to be the 12th Apostle. The condition set for this selection was that it had to be a man who had been present from the beginning of John’s Baptism to the time when Jesus departed from them:Acts 1:21-26 "Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from John's baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection." John’s baptism is a little different to the run-of-the-mill baptisms that occur today. Firstly, it was the act of entering into death and being raised in a resurrection that was the primary function of John’s baptism. In so doing, the former sins of the participant were washed away and forgotten by God. With this commitment they were cleansed in the eyes of God. Anyone who is not prepared to lay down their lives for God as both John and Jesus did is worthless for the Kingdom of God. You’ll notice in the eulogy given by Jesus after John’s death that there was none greater than John born of women. Like Jesus, John was led as a lamb to the slaughter – and this is what Jesus was referring to as greatness. The reader should be well-aware that the act of Jesus laying down his life for God is what ensured His greatness forever. Anyone who loves His life more than God is not worthy of Him. Matt 16:25 "For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it." This is something that is confirmed again and again in the Scriptures, but this is the very thing that most people choose to ignore.
On the other hand, the Scribes and Pharisees rejected God’s way for themselves because they had not been baptized by John. This speaks volumes for how God does things, and the purpose of His messenger, who is appointed to precede the True Messenger. Without God’s message through the messenger, you will understand nothing. What is more, when the events foretold by John become evident in these last days, how many mainstream Christians will acknowledge that God’s way is right? Believe me, very few! God’s way to them will be alienated by false hopes and weird expectations that emanate from the rejection of the Prophets and the Scriptures that Jesus used.
And now we come to the prophecy in the Book of Isaiah concerning the messenger who is appointed to precede the appearance of the Mighty One.
ISA 40:3A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.
This is later quoted in the Book of Matthew in reference to John the Baptist.Matt 3:3 "In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the desert, `Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'" 4 John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire." So you can see here that John was not duped by these deceitful religious leaders. Very aptly, he referred to them as a ‘brood of vipers’. And incidentally, this was a term frequently used later by Jesus Christ in reference to the religious elite of His day. Be sure it’s firmly fixed in your mind that Jesus was not referring to the Jewish people – but their religious leaders!
Continuing on in the Book of Matthew, in the very next verse, John speaks of Jesus appearing, and right on cue, He does appear:Matt 3:11-16 "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire." Here we see in John’s parable that the ‘wheat’ is gathered into the barn, but the ‘chaff’ will be burned up with unquenchable fire. So the ‘wheat’ is baptized with the Holy Spirit, but the ‘chaff’ is baptized with fire. Now we see that baptism also means to receive God’s Holy Spirit or, alternatively, it can mean death by fire. At a fundamental level, baptism is an outward sign that the recipient is willing to submit his life to God totally, and even as a martyr for God. In short, baptism is considered by God to be a legal document or obligation that a person will be willing to go as a lamb to the slaughter for God, just as His Son Jesus did.
You’ll also notice that this refers to an event in the distant future – in fact, in our day – when the Mighty Christ will return as a mighty Conqueror and gather His people ‘into the barn’, and destroying those who have lived among them, but who are not His people. These are sometimes referred to as ‘tares’ – a noxious weed. This is further evidence that, when Jesus returns, there will be another messenger who will prepare the way for Him after the style of John the Baptist.
The physical act of Baptism began with John the Baptist. It’s based on the cleansing rituals of the Temple. If a person is willing to repent of his past ways, then God is prepared to wipe clean past sins and no longer hold them accountable for the sins committed in ignorance. But with forgiveness comes obligation – towards God. Jesus Christ it the living example of this. He was baptized by John, even though He was without sin. He went on to fulfill all His obligations towards God the Father. As a result, He is now transformed from a slaughtered Lamb to the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Still, it’s incumbent upon us all to remember that He went as a Lamb to the slaughter, the price that God required in order that all His offspring would live. His offspring are those who have the Spirit of Christ.
Paul made this statement:Rom 8:9-14 "You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you." It’s not what most people believe, but anyone who does not have God’s Holy Spirit will never be raised from the dead – they will never live again! And if you don’t have the Spirit of Jesus, then you don’t belong to Him. V12 "Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation--but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. This is what a son of God is: someone who has the Spirit of God. The Spirit of Christ is also called the Counsellor (John 14:25), which is an addition to the Holy Spirit of God – sometimes referred to as a double-portion of the Holy Spirit.
In the matter of baptism, we need to add one further comment on precedents, and we find that John was an antecedent of Moses. When Moses led all the Israelites out of Egypt, they were sinful people who needed to be cleaned up in order to stand in the presence of God – which they certainly did in their wilderness travels. The remarkable tie-in between Moses and John is that Moses baptized the entire 12 Tribes of Israel:1Cor 10:1-5 "For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert." As a special note, this is the verse that proves that Christ was the God of the Old Testament. A further link between Moses and John the Baptist is found in the Book of Deuteronomy, where Moses is addressing the Levites: Deut 18:15 "The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him." John the Baptist was that prophet. However, when asked under questioning by priests and Levites, he said he was not.
John 1:15-24"John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, `He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'" This again confirms that Jesus was the Spiritual Rock that accompanied the Israelites in the desert – not God the Father as some like to suggest. "16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known." 19 Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ." John was quite adamant in making it clear to the priests and Levites sent to him that he wasn’t the Christ. He further stated that neither was he Elijah, nor was he the prophet spoken of by Moses. V21 "They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No." 22 Finally they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" 23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the desert, `Make straight the way for the Lord.'" 24 Now some Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?" So John said that he was neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor that Prophet spoken of by Moses. John knew that another would come after him who would prepare the way for Mighty One, Jesus Christ, when He returned to shake the earth and redeem all 12 Tribes of Israel from exile. John died and never saw any of it. And neither have any of us up until this present day!
After this considerable digression we get back to the description about John the Baptist and his baptism of Jesus. We see that John has been actively preparing the way for Jesus, when suddenly He appears at the Jordan River where John is baptizing:V13 "Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" 15 Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented. 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." I’m sure everyone has their own ideas about what this means, but let me say at the outset, Jesus Christ already had God’s Holy Spirit without measure – that is, in unlimited supply. The Holy Spirit descending on Him was not to impart it to Him, but to set an example of ‘fulfilling all righteousness’. It was to illustrate to all who were there, that God’s Holy Spirit is imparted to those who are baptized by John.
And now we return to Isaiah’s description of the ministry of John the Baptist:
ISA 40:4Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. I know today’s ‘geologists’ will disagree with this because of their amateur and senseless ideas about what happened to the earth in antiquity. In many ways they’re just like the Pharisees and Sadducees with their arrogance. They go to extraordinary lengths to demean the idea of a Creator God by promoting mad theories that cannot be justified by the facts on the ground. These idiots speak about ‘plate tectonics’ – a fancy tag, but without any evidence to support it. The continents are no longer moving, as they once did in one tumultuous landslide when the landmass was broken up and all the mountains, valleys and river systems were formed. Today the landmasses are stable, though seriously damaged and with localized unstable rock formations and stresses that make it prone to earthquakes. Jesus Christ foretold of earthquakes and calamities in the last days, which will be a subtle reminder that the earth needs some repairs – geologically speaking. To this end, the mountains will be leveled, the valleys raised and the earth restored to its original form. To those readers who haven’t read our earlier literature at our website about what happened to the earth, the landmass of the earth is to be restored to its original shape. That shape is the symbol of God’s greatness! There’s a reference to this shape on our homepage.
ISA 40:5And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken." I don’t want anyone to get apoplectic about this, but the Glory of the LORD is His dwelling-place and everyone on earth will see it. It’s a huge craft that moves above the earth. In this very chapter of Isaiah, we’ll come to the part that describes God’s dwelling place where He sits enthroned just above the earth so that human beings look like grasshoppers. God’s dwelling-place is constructed of Spirit – the invisible substance that human beings can’t see. You’ll recall how Jesus was taken up into the clouds from the Mount of Olives where the Glory of the Lord was waiting for Him.
ISA 40:6A voice says, "Cry out." And I said, "What shall I cry?" "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.
ISA 40:7The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. When grass withers, it is very easy to burn up, and this will be the fate of those who fail to make a distinction in their only shot at life. For them, there is no afterlife.
ISA 40:8The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever." The words of our God have been made very clear about the ‘withering grass’. Human beings must acknowledge their Creator God in obedience or suffer the fate of all the wicked.
ISA 40:9You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!" I don’t think the average Christian is too worried about the towns of Judah. Many of these self-righteous cretins believe that God hates the Jews and think they are under a curse. Christianity in general has yet to learn just who is under a curse! And when they do learn, they’ll understand fully the reasons why.
ISA 40:10See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. The definition of recompense is ‘Payment or reward for services rendered’. In the Book of Revelation, which is directed to the Churches of God, we find mention of Jesus’ return, when He says ‘My reward is with me’ (Rev 22:12). So both the Books of Isaiah and Revelation are in agreement on this, and both are speaking of the same event – the return of the Lord Christ. Therefore the rewards spoken of here are for services rendered. How many Christians today actually serve their Creator God as servants? Of course, God has something in mind other than mere lip-service! The real servants of God are pressing forward to establish God’s Kingdom, which they will take by force. They will also rally the towns of Judah and get them motivated to join them – which they will as soon as they realize how strong the sons of Jerusalem are and that the LORD Almighty is their God (Zech 12:5).
Presently, the last call is going out to the Churches of God. Jesus Christ is knocking, ‘Is anyone listening?’ (Rev 3:19-20). If not, then they are on their own to face the greatest calamity to ever befall the earth. Instead, God will call the men of Judah, who have proven themselves through hard service in the past. These will be God’s faithful servants once again, and the Churches of God will be left to prove their faithfulness by going as sheep to the slaughter.
ISA 40:11He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. This is somewhat in contrast to the worthless shepherd who cared nothing for the flock. He cared only about promoting himself and his own interests. You’ll recall from Zech 11:17, which we spoke of in earlier chapters, that this worthless shepherd was the one who established the Churches of God in these last days. As the parable concerning him shows, his name was Armstrong.
There’s been a change in plans concerning the Church members of Armstrong. Armstrong is now dead – and Jesus isn’t! Jesus is the True Shepherd. The Churches of God should be pleased about that. Why would you want a Shepherd that doesn’t take care of the flock? Well, the True Shepherd does, and with kindness and tenderness, yet this same True Shepherd is well able to fight off marauders, to protect the flock.
This True Shepherd is the same Mighty One who, alongside God the Father, created all things. You will see again and again God’s contempt for those who deny Him as the Creator God. The following verse is a measure of that contempt.
ISA 40:12Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?
ISA 40:13Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor? This is a complete reversal of reality. God actually sends a Counsellor to instruct human beings! This Counselor, as we have noted previously, is the Spirit of Christ, and with it, God’s Holy Spirit becomes a double portion. The true Churches of God received only a down-payment or partial payment of God’s full Holy Spirit. They have yet to receive the Counsellor, which is the Testimony of Jesus, and which is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10). Church of God members must surely realize they never had the Spirit of Prophecy! Do they really believe that it was the Spirit of Prophecy that led them to conjure up all their fake prophecies? Most of it was conjured up in the mind of a very foolish and worthless shepherd. Like silly sheep, with nowhere else to go, they believed him, even in the absence of any Scriptural support. What possessed them to believe such nonsense? None of these false prophecies had Bible origins and they are certainly not supported by the prophets.
The truth is that many have assumed they have understood the mind of the LORD, and then proceeded to instruct Him on their ideas about ‘salvation’, which many believe is some kind of birthright if they say the right words accompanied by a suitable emotional outburst at some evangelist meeting.
ISA 40:14Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding? God’s Word is truth, and He is the author of all knowledge. Anyone who contradicts God or His Word (The Scriptures) is in error.
ISA 40:15Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
ISA 40:16Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.
ISA 40:17Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing. Now you know God’s true feelings! What is man that God should be mindful of him? Notice what David wrote: Ps 8:3-9 "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!" God gave mankind stewardship over all His creation. Today we have lunatics who believe that polar bears, spotted owls, whales and the tiny Smelt that lives in the irrigation reservoirs of California, are more important than humans! God gave man sovereignty over all His creation to rule over them.
And just another snippet about this: Jesus Christ is the appointed ruler of all the earth, and when His reign begins – with his return – and after He has destroyed all dominion, authority and power, and put all His enemies under His feet, God will put everything under His feet (1Cor 15:24-27).
So have the rulers of the heavenly (demon) realms authority over human beings? No, they haven’t! This is why human beings should not listen to them! But of course, human beings have been beguiled by them, and they, along with their master Satan, have deceived the whole world. Didn’t Jesus give His disciples power over these demons? Why then, do human beings listen to these demon-inspired madmen? Sure they can sound very convincing, but to those who know the mind of God, because they’ve been taught by Him, the motivation of these evil creatures is very obvious. And if you really want to know the truth, all these tree-hugging, polar bear and spotted owl lovers, together with all the ‘global warming’ advocates, are purely demonic and they serve their father the devil. The fate of the animals will not concern anyone when they see the fate of their own fellow-citizens, and especially when they find themselves looking down the barrel of the same fate. This whole naturist approach is merely a satanic ploy to distract from the real danger and the real enemy. You’ll notice that none of the Muslim hordes have made any effort to raise taxes to save the planet! All this madness has emanated from the Western nations – the ‘head-in-the-sand’ dreamers who are blinded to reality.
Thankfully, God plans to open the eyes and minds of the Jewish people in the towns of Judah, and to take an active role in rescuing these Western dreamers. Remember, salvation is of the Jews – just as Jesus stated.
ISA 40:18To whom, then, will you compare God? What image will you compare him to? We see plenty of neo-paganism among this world’s churches. We see images, supposedly of God, looking like a long-haired sissy and a weakling. Do any of these people understand what a 30 year-old man, who is a carpenter and a stone-mason would look like? He was very fit and very muscular, and He certainly didn’t have long hair. Neither did anyone else of that era. Look at all the Roman statues and busts of that era. No-one had long hair! The long-haired freak era began in the era when the KJV of the Bible was printed in 1611. Obviously, in their minds, Jesus looked just like this. Fashions come and go among human beings, but it seems that the image of Jesus is locked into that former era, when men clamoured to look like women.
ISA 40:19As for an idol, a craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and fashions silver chains for it.
ISA 40:20A man too poor to present such an offering selects wood that will not rot. He looks for a skilled craftsman to set up an idol that will not topple.
When we get to Chapter 41, you’ll see two verses that are completely out of context. Some versions insert them as they appear in some manuscripts, but other versions omit them altogether (like The New American Bible). The Jerusalem Bible makes a note that they should appear in this chapter (chapter 40), and dutifully name the verses, 41,6 and 41,7 which follows Isa 40:20. It’s generally thought to be a scribal error that should be corrected by insertion into chapter 40, following V20. Either way, it’s no big deal. These are the verses in question: ISA 41:6 each helps the other and says to his brother, "Be strong!" ISA 41:7 The craftsman encourages the goldsmith, and he who smooths with the hammer spurs on him who strikes the anvil. He says of the welding, "It is good." He nails down the idol so it will not topple. With the uncertainty of these verses, I prefer not to comment on them. They certainly don’t belong in chapter 41.
ISA 40:21Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
ISA 40:22He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. You know as well as I that the clouds above form a canopy over the earth. Jesus entered that canopy when He ascended to heaven in the clouds. God is making clear the proximity of the Glory Mothership.
ISA 40:23He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
ISA 40:24No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.
ISA 40:25 "To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One. Mohammed and the Pope seem to think they are! The Archbishop of Canterbury is not far behind them either. In fact, all those who teach lies in God’s Name are on a par. If only these mad creatures would get a grip on themselves!
ISA 40:26Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. I know this is a bit confusing, but the starry host is actually referring to the angels. When God brings them, one by one, to speak to Him, he actually calls them all by name. God also has a name for all the stars in the sky.
There will be a time when the ‘stars’ of the sky will plunge to earth. These are the stars or angels that developed a wrong spirit – thoughts that were contrary to God – and they acted on it to challenge God. To illustrate the point, in the Book of Revelation there is a reference to a star who fell from heaven, and he was given a key to the Abyss, which he unlocks and begins to release demons, including a certain ruler called Apollyon the destroyer (Rev 9:1, 11).
Similarly, among the stars of Jacob, there are many people today who openly challenge God.
We’ll leave all this aside for the moment concerning the starry host, but just note in the next verse that Jacob and Israel are mentioned. Remember the dream that Joseph had, where he identified his father and mother as the sun and moon, and all his brothers as stars? (Gen 37:9-11). It’s also no coincidence that God says that the House of Israel will number like the stars.
ISA 40:27Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God"? God proceeds to give a partial, but very important, answer to this question. The answer happens to relate to a national disease that is spreading through the House of Israel. This disease is being enforced on the children in schools, through the forced teaching of the theory of evolution – which denies the Great Creator God. Anyone who wants his cause to be regarded by God must first acknowledge who He is!
It’s not as if they don’t know; instead arrogance has befallen them to the point that they feel they don’t need God anymore.
ISA 40:28Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Of course they’ve heard and of course they know! Yet in their arrogance they think they’re smarter than God. They think they’re too smart to acknowledge their Creator God. They come up with fanciful theories about how all the organs and parts of a human have evolved even with every part interdependent on the other, yet they can’t explain the origins of life itself. In fact, after many mindless theories, they now concede that there is no answer. Their latest offering by way of explanation is that life came from another planet in bacteria form. When people get to be this stupid, you can understand why God refuses to hear them or react to their cause.
So God is not interested in those sorts of stupid people! Instead, God favours the humble, the down-trodden, those who wait on the LORD God for deliverance.
ISA 40:29He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
ISA 40:30Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
ISA 40:31but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Those who hope in the LORD, and retain their faithfulness towards Him, are those whom God will favour. Yet there’s a lot more to this verse! This is a description of the beginnings of God’s Army. They will soar on wings – like eagles, like a mighty bird of prey. They will swoop in and attack, and their prey will have no hiding place. These servants of God will have their youth renewed, they will be tireless, and as one prophecy states: Zech 12:8-9 "On that day the LORD will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the Angel of the LORD going before them. 9 On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem."
Whether you choose to believe it or not, these are the very people linked in this 40th chapter to the one who prepares the way for the Lord Christ. The reader needs to think long and hard about where he stands. Events will emerge so fast, and with such ferocity that your choice of a decision will be taken from you.
ISA 41:1"Be silent before me, you islands! Let the nations renew their strength! Let them come forward and speak; let us meet together at the place of judgment. ‘You islands’ is typically speaking of the region bounded by sea – west of the Euro-Asia and African continents. In short, America! And to a lesser extent – England.
And now God turns to the east to another island/continent, and speaks of one He has chosen as His servant.
ISA 41:2"Who has stirred up one from the east, calling him in righteousness to his service? He hands nations over to him and subdues kings before him. He turns them to dust with his sword, to windblown chaff with his bow. I know it will pain some people to hear this, but this ‘one from the east’ is from the only Israelite nation in the eastern hemisphere that is east of Jerusalem. And this happens to be Australia. So this ‘one’, who will turn God’s enemies to dust and windblown chaff will come from Australia.
I think we’re all practical enough to know that you cannot turn someone to dust with a sword, and neither can you use a bow to reduce someone to windblown chaff. Both the sword and the bow are symbols for the weapons of God. These are such devastating weapons that no-one can stand against them. Whole nations will be subdued when faced with these weapons, knowing they can’t match them regardless of what human technology they use. God is very specific about two men, who are called the two witnesses (Rev 11:3-5). If anyone tries to harm them, they have the power to call down fire, which will descend from the sky to burn them up like grass.
ISA 41:3He (the one from the east) pursues them (see V1 above. This is a reference to the nations who are presently renewing their strength after years of war) and moves on unscathed (denoting a certain invincibility), by a path his feet have not traveled before. This is not speaking about those who live in the region and have traveled all over the place. This is speaking of someone who has never been there. These nations that are renewing their strength are those that surround the Holy Land. So what God is saying in V1 is for ‘you islands’ to be silent, and let these nations renew their strength so they can meet God in the place of judgment. I don’t think there is a Christian on earth today who hasn’t heard of the Battle of Armageddon. This is the battle where God opens the way for the nations of the earth to regroup and lead an attack on Jerusalem. These nations, the very generations who, from the beginning have made themselves enemies of God! God will set the trap and they will be crushed. Their blood will flow to the depth of a horse’s bridle (Rev 14:20). This is the ultimate battle that takes the fight out of all God’s enemies
ISA 41:4Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD--with the first of them and with the last--I am he." The beginning of our era began after the flood when the descendants of Noah began to increase on the earth. One of the first notable acts was the building of the City of Babylon, which Nimrod the tyrant built. And this is where Satan made his home. It’s hardly surprising that this is the area where the Garden of Eden was. He chose to set up his throne on the forbidden land! He could have chosen anywhere, but nowhere else was good enough for him. He wanted God’s Garden! Since then, his ambitions have never changed.
ISA 41:5The islands have seen it and fear; the ends of the earth tremble. They approach and come forward…. These are the generations from the beginning that God calls forth.
These next two verses are omitted for the reasons given in Chapter 40. They don’t belong here.
ISA 41:6each helps the other and says to his brother, "Be strong!"
ISA 41:7The craftsman encourages the goldsmith, and he who smooths with the hammer spurs on him who strikes the anvil. He says of the welding, "It is good." He nails down the idol so it will not topple.
ISA 41:8"But you, O Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend,
ISA 41:9I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, `You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. I think all will agree that America is far removed from Jerusalem – virtually on the other side of the earth.
ISA 41:10So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
ISA 41:11"All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.
ISA 41:12Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.
ISA 41:13For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
At this point, God turns to little Israel and gives the same assurances. In a later chapter, we will again see reference to ‘little Israel’ that positively identifies them. When ‘big Israel’ is no more – so to speak, ‘little Israel’ becomes the only ‘Israel’!
ISA 41:14Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you," declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
ISA 41:15"See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce the hills to chaff. So God is going to make ‘little Israel’ into a threshing sledge and they will be a ‘threshing sledge’
ISA 41:16You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up, and a gale will blow them away. But you will rejoice in the LORD and glory in the Holy One of Israel.
ISA 41:17"The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
ISA 41:18I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys.
I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.Remember how we referred to the River of Life emanating from the threshold under the Temple of God? And how it goes out to form rivers, creeks and lakes, all of which are filled with every variety of fish? In Joel 3:18, you will find another reference to this River of Life flowing from the LORD’S House.
ISA 41:19I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.
I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together,
ISA 41:20so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it. In these verses, God is virtually describing another Garden of Eden. This is how the Holy Land will bloom and grow.
And now God addresses all of Israel, challenging their crazy reasoning and demanding they set out their arguments for their visions of utopia. Their ‘brave new world’ approach seems to be based on their great wealth and their belief that they’re sinless (Hos 12:8).
ISA 41:21"Present your case," says the LORD. "Set forth your arguments," says Jacob's King.
ISA 41:22"Bring in your idols to tell us what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come,
ISA 41:23tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad, so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear.
ISA 41:24But you are less than nothing and your works are utterly worthless; he who chooses you is detestable. Those who choose Ephraim (America) for deliverance have backed the wrong power. God has chosen Jerusalem, and as all nations will find out, salvation is of the Jews.
ISA 41:25"I have stirred up one from the north, and he comes-- one from the rising sun who calls on my name. He treads on rulers as if they were mortar, as if he were a potter treading the clay. That is, one from the north and from the east (where the sun rises). In modern parlance we would say ‘One from the North-east’, and in this case, north-east of Jerusalem. The land referred to as North-east of Jerusalem is the land of Media – where the Kurds live. Darius/Cyrus was a Mede who took over the Medo-Persian Empire. He’s renowned for letting his Jewish captives go and for financing the re-building of the Temple of God. The present light-bringer or rising sun is still Satan – until the dawning of a new day. This one from the north-east is Cyrus who comes from the present rising sun – yet calls on God’s Name. The present-day Kurds are the descendants of the ancient Assyrians, who were ferocious fighters in their own right. You will notice the Kurds are far more honourable that the nations around them – Iraq, Iran, Syria or Turkey for that matter.
Cyrus is a very unusual being in that he was one of the stars or rulers who were swept to the earth by Satan’s rebellion or the Dragon’s tail as it’s sometimes described. Yet he has deep regrets for this and knows he’s on the losing side. He originally made his debut in the form of Darius, King of the Medo-Persian Empire, which included all of Babylonia and all the territories to Egypt. At the height of his power, he chose to let God’s people go and return to their land. He even consented to fund the building of Jerusalem and the Temple. In this day and age, you can just imagine the reaction from the Muslims in these very same territories, if this were to happen today.
Well, God is again calling Cyrus to duty. What is more, God will give him astounding power to crush all other rulers who give him trouble.
And now God addresses the House of Israel directly.
ISA 41:26Who told of this from the beginning, so we could know, or beforehand, so we could say, `He was right'? No one told of this, no one foretold it, no one heard any words from you. No one in ancient Israel knew anything about what was to happen until the flood of war swept them away and they were taken into captivity. The situation is exactly the same today, and this is exactly what the True Messenger stated in Jerusalem/Zion concerning the time of the end. His message to the ‘lost sheep of Israel’ was that they would be dancing, feasting, marrying or fornicating and they would know nothing until the flood came and swept them all away (Matt 24:37). Jesus likened it to the days of Noah.
ISA 41:27I was the first to tell Zion, `Look, here they are!' I gave to Jerusalem a messenger of good tidings. The messenger referenced here is the messenger that precedes the arrival of the True Messenger Jesus Christ. This messenger was the first to identify the enemy and to tell the House of Israel that these Babylonians, in our day, would sweep across the earth, killing and maiming and seizing property that was not their own. What is more, they would also impose their own law – Sharia Law. The House of Israel believed none of it!
To add to their insults and defiance against God, they even elected a ‘Babylonian’ President – a Muslim! They even duped themselves into believing that he wasn’t a Muslim – even after he, himself, confessed that he was.
ISA 41:28I look but there is no one-- no one among them (the House of Israel) to give counsel, no one to give answer when I ask them. Just try to get an honest, straight answer from your Muslim President! This man is evil personified, but perhaps this is not evident to you yet – but it will be!
ISA 41:29See, they are all false! Their deeds amount to nothing; their images are but wind and confusion. Confusion! There must be a stronger word than this to describe the madness today. Commonsense has been turned completely upside down. Common madness prevails in the hallways of Washington and the White House.
ISA 42:1"Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.
ISA 42:2He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. No evangelical revivalist meetings, no emotional and staged shows for popularity. No salve for the eyes or balm for the heart. Instead, he will take an axe to the tree and let the chips lay where they fall.
ISA 42:3A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; (let the people themselves snuff out the smoldering wick. After all they started the fire!)
These verses are quoted inMatt 12:15-20 "Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick, 16 warning them not to tell who he was. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: 18 "Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. 19 He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. 20 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory. 21 In his name the nations will put their hope." This last verse is slightly different from the one in the Book of Isaiah. Isaiah wrote: ‘In his law the islands will put their hope.’
ISA 42:4he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope."
ISA 42:5This is what God the LORD says-- he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:
ISA 42:6"I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,
ISA 42:7to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
ISA 42:8"I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. The glory spoken of here is His Spirit – the Spirit of prophecy. He says above in: ISA 41:27 I was the first to tell Zion, `Look, here they are!' I gave to Jerusalem a messenger of good tidings.
ISA 42:9See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you." The way that God announces these things in advance is through the Spirit of Prophecy – which also happens to be the Testimony of Jesus (Rev 19:10).
ISA 42:10Sing to the LORD a new song, (the Song of Moses and the Lamb of God – Rev 15:3) his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.
ISA 42:11Let the desert and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.
ISA 42:12Let them give glory to the LORD and proclaim his praise in the islands. Just to make a point about ‘the islands’. The Tribes of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, predominantly live on ‘islands’ – separate from the Euro-Asian continent. Ephraim and Manasseh occupy North America, England, Australia and New Zealand. These are the ones who have English as their first language. Ephraim is the mightiest of them all – just as Ephraim was anciently, when he ruled over all the Ten Tribes of Israel.
ISA 42:13The LORD will march out like a mighty man, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies. This is what we’ve been saying all along! The Mighty One will arise like a warrior, like a Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and when He raises the battle cry, His enemies will be defeated.
ISA 42:14"For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant. This is the description of a warrior in battle, who awaits deliverance through victory. He describes Himself as like a woman in childbirth, who awaits delivery of the new birth. This reference of Himself to a woman is also a reference to a woman spoken of in Rev 12:13. This woman is the House of David who will be empowered to go through the birth of a whole new nation. This woman will precede the arrival of the Mighty One, the True Messenger.
ISA 42:15I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into islands and dry up the pools.
ISA 42:16I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. This closely resembles the message of John the Baptist, which can be found in Luke 3:4-6.
ISA 42:17But those who trust in idols, who say to images, `You are our gods,' will be turned back in utter shame. They surely will! They’ll be shipped right back to where they came from and their feet will never step on Holy Ground. There’ll be no place for weak, superstitious people who are easily shaken by false omens and crazy arguments.
ISA 42:18"Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see! Today we have the deaf, dumb and blind raving on about good outcomes, confident that they have the ear of the LORD. They have visions of peace and refuse to consider any other outcome. The last thing they want to hear is the message from God’s messenger, the one committed to Him.
Cynicism abounds, people hate the message and don’t want to hear God’s Truth. So they attack the messenger:
ISA 42:19Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one committed to me, blind like the servant of the LORD? And this says it all! When did the House of Israel ever listen to the prophets of God? Their own visionaries and prophets of the House of Israel were always wrong – because they were false prophets! The Prophets of God, however were considered to be deaf, dumb and blind and were thought of as maniacs. Consider these verses: Hos 9:7-8 "The days of punishment are coming, the days of reckoning are at hand. Let Israel know this. Because your sins are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired man a maniac. 8 The prophet, along with my God, is the watchman over Ephraim, yet snares await him on all his paths, and hostility in the house of his God."
ISA 42:20You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing." God says the House of Israel has seen many things that should have alerted them to what was happening, but they weren’t watching and taking note. God’s real servants have been watching, and this is why they are appointed to be watchmen over Ephraim.
ISA 42:21It pleased the LORD for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious. Along with our God, the Watchmen teach God’s Law, and they obey God’s Law, because this is what righteousness is.
ISA 42:22But this is a people plundered and looted, all of them trapped in pits or hidden away in prisons. They have become plunder (that is, slaves), with no one to rescue them; they have been made loot, with no one to say, "Send them back." This is their problem, a problem of their own making. There will be no-one to rescue them for some years. God’s servants will be too busy establishing a new homeland in their ancestral allotments.
ISA 42:23Which of you will listen to this or pay close attention in time to come? Who knows? The House of Israel is so caught up in domestic matters, they are not paying attention to the forces of evil that are gaining ground and threatening the Western World. They are not putting to death the mass murderers from Guantanamo, instead they want to give them a fair trial as citizens of the United States – or release them as they’ve done for so many of them already. There’s a rule of law that specifies that enemy combatants out of uniform must be summarily shot and this has persisted to this very day through the Geneva Convention. Yet the holier-than-thou attitude still prevails in America: ‘No-one has the right to take another man’s life’. What the hell do they think war is all about? The whole purpose of war is to kill the enemy! If you read the Laws and Statutes that God gave to Moses, you will see how far off base the House of Israel has gotten. America sends their sons to war to kill the enemy – but only in self-defense. They have to be pelted with bullets first before they can react. Most of the enemy is out of uniform, and carrying guns while barricaded for war, but the soldiers must not shoot first. The mentality seems to be that it’s better that a thousand American sons die than for one ‘innocent’ enemy combatant to perish.
This is not the way to wage war! Read God’s instructions to the ancient Israelites when they were on their way to the Promised Land. They were fighting the very same hordes that America is fighting today. God’s instructions were to kill them all – men, women, children, and in some cases, even the animals. God doesn’t want them to live, and He certainly doesn’t want them to breed and become a threat again. There is no place for them on earth because God plans to establish righteousness, and such people don’t fall into this category. Even the House of Israel would have trouble qualifying today, as in the past, but God Himself chose them to be a righteous nation, and He will see this out right to the end, and will accomplish it. The rest of the inhabitants of the earth were given no such undertaking; no promises or assurances. They are categorized as Satan’s offspring, and as Gentiles, have no rights to life – except when they come under the light to the Gentiles, and turn to God and are grafted into the tree of Israel. Then they become true Israelites in every sense. You can’t get much fairer than this. In the past, Gentiles worshipped demons, but today, they have the opportunity to worship the Great God. The choice is theirs. Perhaps some of them may even be willing to fight for God to establish His Kingdom. In fact, we already have some!
ISA 42:24Who handed Jacob over to become loot, and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned? For they would not follow his ways; they did not obey his law. We now live in the days when obedience to God becomes paramount – it’s a matter of life or death. Whether anyone chooses life or death is up to them. If anyone refuses to obey God’s Law, then they have already chosen death.
ISA 42:25So he poured out on them his burning anger, the violence of war. It enveloped them in flames, yet they did not understand; it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart. This is the outcome for disobedience to God’s Law. Is anyone listening? Does anyone take it to heart? It’s certainly not evident today! What is more, the war has already begun! And there’s a coup de grace coming.
ISA 43:1But now, this is what the LORD says-- he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. After God pours out His anger on them – the violence of war – He will begin to lead them back to their ancestral homeland, to their appointed allotments in His Kingdom.
ISA 43:2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. When someone goes through such catastrophes, it’s certain they will need a lot of help. God is prepared to give this help to those who repent and turn to Him in obedience. God will provide the pathways for these people to return.
ISA 43:3For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. (This is the link between Cush and Sheba/Seba, from where the Queen of Sheba came in Ethiopia. This is also the place where the Ethiopian eunuch came from in the service of Queen Candice). Cush and Sheba will enter the battle to do what the House of Israel failed to do. Perhaps the reader is beginning to realize the meaning of the title ‘Savior’ and what it means to be saved. There is no-one who is saved yet from what is coming. Your Saviour is going to rescue you provided you have returned to God and obey His Law. The lawless will never be saved! Instead, they will be turned away. There is no place for those who don’t obey their Creator God.
ISA 43:4Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life. Yes, there will be some bartering with the enemy once they acquire hostages. Total destruction of the enemy will not be possible while they hold hostages, so exchanges of hostages will occur. Not an ideal situation, but nevertheless a useful tool for the preservation of God’s people when held by the enemy.
ISA 43:5Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. How typical of the disgusting hordes from the Middle East! They have a long history of taking children as slaves, and they even had a name for these light-skinned children. They were called Janissaries. They take all your children as slaves and play things, and there is no disgusting act that these evil Muslim creatures will not do – even to children. So here God is telling you that your children will be gathered from the East, and you will be gathered from the West. The west: due west of Jerusalem in the farthest reaches of the earth – that is, America. So let’s not be ignorant of what we are dealing with here. The founder of Islam, Mohammed, took a 9yo girl as a bride, so don’t expect anything different from his followers.
ISA 43:6I will say to the north, `Give them up!' and to the south, `Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth--
ISA 43:7everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made." So the House of Israel is going to be scattered after they’ve been defeated by the violence of war. They’ll be gathered from all points of the compass; that is, all who have survived.
ISA 43:8Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf. And this is the very point God made earlier. Because of their blindness to the Truth, and their reluctance to hear it, they will suffer what is inevitable. Here God offers them hope for a good outcome after they’ve suffered the penalty of their self-imposed blindness and deafness of their former lives.
ISA 43:9All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble. Which of them foretold this and proclaimed to us the former things? Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right, so that others may hear and say, "It is true." Maybe it was the Mayans as some lunatics are now suggesting. They’re even making documentaries on the History channel, suggesting that the Mayans prophesied about our day. Are these people seriously suggesting that God chose these evil creatures to foretell His intentions? Does God lack the determination to empower His servants the Prophets? God makes this point in Amos 3:7-8 "Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. 8 The lion has roared-- who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken-- who can but prophesy?" Indeed, the Lion has roared! This is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah that has unsealed the Scroll and revealed the Truth. This is what we’ve been teaching in this ministry, and this is what we’ve prophesied about. Now that this has been revealed, how could the servants of God not prophesy?
ISA 43:10"You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. There are two witnesses. Levi is one, and Judah the other. Doesn’t this remind you a little of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ? One was of the Tribe of Levi, and the other of the Tribe of Judah – and one precedes the other.
ISA 43:11I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.
ISA 43:12I have revealed and saved and proclaimed-- I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God. Yes, it seems the present foreign god is the Mayan one, who seems to have peaked the attention of the neo-pagans within the House of Israel. People who listen to these foreign gods are in a heap of trouble, believe me! Don’t ever look to foreign gods for instruction about anything! Leave that sort of nonsense to the blind and deaf, who see and hear nothing.
ISA 43:13Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?" God is already active in giving advice and instruction as the long, dark night approaches – the hell-hole of a tribulation that has no precedent in the annals of history.
ISA 43:14This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "For your sake I will send to Babylon and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians, in the ships in which they took pride. Only a fool would suggest that the Babylonians are anything other than the Muslim hordes that surround the Holy Land. Yet, the false prophets never believed God! The reference to Babylon and their ships in which they took pride, is also spoken of in the Book of Revelation: Rev 18:9-19 "When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. 10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: "`Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!' 11 "The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more-- 12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; 13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men. 14 "They will say, `The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.' 15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn 16 and cry out: "`Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! 17 In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!' "Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. 18 When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, `Was there ever a city like this great city?' 19 They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: "`Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!"
This is the same Babylon spoken of by Isaiah concerning their ships. God made the point of giving elaborate descriptions of this one and only Babylon, together with their ships. But no-one, it seems, believes God. What we see here is a prophecy about this city that gains control of the trade of virtually the whole world, where, eventually, no-one can buy or sell without the permission of Babylon. You’ll notice that Babylon virtually produced nothing. Their entire economy was based on trade – dishonest trade – which speaks of plunder. This tremendous volume of plunder comes from the wealthiest nations on earth, and this is why it’s so plentiful. Defeated nations are ripe for plunder.
God speaks of Babylon as the harlot woman. So who is this harlot woman that founded Babylon? It’s none other than the greatest harlot of all – Satan the devil. And here we see him adorning himself like a harlot, as he remembers the former days when God created him – and when he was adorned with great beauty:Eze 28:11-13 "The word of the LORD came to me: 12 "Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared." The one who was in the Garden of Eden was the serpent, which is Satan the devil. You’ll notice that the Garden of Eden was located near the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers (Gen 2:14). As a point of interest, you’ll note that the city of Babylon is too. You can actually view the rebuilt city of Babylon on Google Earth. V14 "You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. 15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. 16 Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. 17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. 18 By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. 19 All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.'" This is a reference to the residence of the King of Tyre, and also a prophecy about his future residence. Same being, different city! A generation or so later, Alexander the Great came along and conquered both the cities of Babylon and Tyre, and then set up a vast empire covering the entire Middle East.
It’s very clear that this account of the king of Tyre is speaking of an angelic being who once walked with God among the fiery stones in God’s heavenly sanctuary. From the day he was created he was adorned with every type of precious stone, which begins to suggest the ways of a woman. It’s also clear that this is speaking of the King of Tyre, which being a seaport, Tyre actively engaged in shipping and trade – especially dishonest trade, the theft and plunder of the innocent. Slave auctions were commonly held in Tyre. As we covered in earlier chapters, Tyre was a city and port that was extensively involved with trade in the whole Mediterranean region. So this king or ruler first ruled from Tyre and now we find in the Book of Revelation that he emerges in Babylon. This is hardly surprising, because it was prophesied!Zech 5:5-11 "Then the angel who was speaking to me came forward and said to me, "Look up and see what this is that is appearing." 6 I asked, "What is it?" He replied, "It is a measuring basket." And he added, "This is the iniquity of the people throughout the land." 7 Then the cover of lead was raised, and there in the basket sat a woman! 8 He said, "This is wickedness," and he pushed her back into the basket and pushed the lead cover down over its mouth. 9 Then I looked up--and there before me were two women, with the wind in their wings! They had wings like those of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between heaven and earth. 10 "Where are they taking the basket?" I asked the angel who was speaking to me. 11 He replied, "To the country of Babylonia to build a house for it. When it is ready, the basket will be set there in its place."
Typically, this prophecy is delivered in the form of a parable, which concerns a woman in a basket – a wicked woman! This wicked ‘woman’ is to be relocated once the house or residence has been built. This is a future prophecy and one that is fulfilled long after Nebuchadnezzar, who previously rebuilt Babylon to its former majestic state. Babylon will once again be the headquarters of this wicked ‘woman’ – the Harlot of Babylon – just as the Book of Revelation states.
A little over a hundred years after the House of Israel went into captivity (around 720 BC), Nebuchadnezzar came along and redesigned Babylon into a magnificent, glittering city, over which he took great pride. Remember what happened when he became vain and conceited about it, even after being warned by Daniel a year before?Dan 4:28-34 "All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 he said, "Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?" 31 The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, "This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. 32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes." 33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird. 34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever." It’s quite remarkable what can happen when someone’s sanity is restored, and their mind is no longer dominated by an evil spirit. The evil spirit in this case was Satan, who chose the site of the Garden of Eden for his residential city of Babylon. Babylon is situated between the two rivers of Euphrates and Tigris.
And now we get back to the arrival of the great city of Babylon, spoken of in the Book of Revelation:Rev 17:1-6 "One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. 2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries." 3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. 5 This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY - BABYLON THE GREAT - THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus." This gives you a fair idea of who this woman’s target is. Primarily, it’s the saints – those who have God’s Holy Spirit! This is what a saint is! When Satan is cast to earth for the last time (Rev 12:10), his primary target will be: Rev 12:17 "Then the dragon was enraged at the woman (this is a different woman entirely) and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring--those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus." This is one of the best definitions you will find to identify what a saint is. God gives His Holy Spirit only to those who obey Him! This ‘woman’ whom the dragon is enraged against is, in fact, the opposition to Satan. This woman is pure – not a harlot like Satan!
And now back toRev 17:3 to make some comments. The ‘scarlet beast’ on whom the harlot Satan rides is a very powerful and evil creature. The scarlet beast is being ridden by the ‘Scarlet woman’ regaled in purple and scarlet – Satan himself, and the headquarters is Babylon.
In our lifetime, Saddam Hussein arose to power in Iraq, and rebuilt Satan's ancient City of Babylon, right on the ruins of the old. It even includes the throne room of Nebuchadnezzar (Saddam Hussein saw himself as the avatar of Nebuchadnezzar). Before he was deposed, he completed it by installing the roof. But it still remains empty. Once the roof was completed, he became engaged in a war that deposed him. Even while under threat, and after preparing the City of Babylon, he was obsessed with destroying God's City Jerusalem, and attempted to destroy it by lobbing 39 Scud Missiles into Israel. These scuds were miraculously deflected and didn't cause much damage. But still you can see whose signature was on all this! It was Satan's. Satan hates God’s Holy City. Babylon, in the former Garden of Eden, is his city and the place where he will rule from.
We find this description of the harlot woman and the beast she rides inRev 17:6-8 "I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. 7 Then the angel said to me: "Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come." So this scarlet beast will arise from the Abyss. The great harlot Satan is riding him and steering him to achieve his objectives, though Satan will find that this creature is not so easy to control! Then perhaps Satan will realize why God imprisoned him in the Abyss in the first place. Such a creature is not easy to control and Satan will learn this the hard way. This scarlet beast will muster allies and form alliances in the Middle East that will actually hate Babylon and will destroy it. It seems the scarlet beast’s ambitions are equal to Satan’s, and he’s not prepared to settle for second best, which is how he will see Babylon. He wants control of the real thing – God’s Holy City of Jerusalem. To this end, he will create astounding chaos and bring destruction to many people. When he thinks the time is right, he will make his move against the Holy City.
And just to put a few things into perspective. Don’t expect to see the emergence of this scarlet beast any time soon. It will be years before you see this, provided you survive and are still alive. Prior to all this, the House of Israel will go into captivity and will cease to exist as a nation. All the House of Israel will be plundered and the people killed or enslaved. We’ve already revealed where the first blow will be struck in the present-day, mightiest power on earth, which God refers to as Ephraim. From that moment on, cascading catastrophe will ensue until there is nothing left to be called a nation. The plundering will go on for years. Satan and his City of Babylon will control the distribution of the plunder.
As for Britain and Europe, their destruction will be a fait accompli without the enormous power of the mighty Ephraim to protect them. They will fall like nine-pins and will be no more. Virtually all prophecy concerning the House of Israel relates to the mightiest power on earth today: Ephraim! Anciently, it was Ephraim that ruled over and controlled the northern Ten Tribes in their appointed territories with contiguous boundaries, and this is how it is today. America is Ephraim today – not Manasseh, regardless of what the false prophets might like to suggest. America today, comprises of all the Tribes of Israel. All are represented there. Bible prophecy is almost silent concerning Britain and Europe. In our own generations we can recognize the reasons why. It was Europe that persecuted the Jews mercilessly for centuries, which culminated in the 20th century holocaust. Why would God favour the Europeans when they deliberately set out to persecute their very saviours? Salvation is of the Jews – remember? It was the mighty power of Ephraim that brought the Holocaust to an end!
Ephraim has been the bastion against evil and wickedness for the past hundred years. They’ve pounded on these evil creatures all over the earth. It was always America that arose to the occasion of threats and lawlessness among the nations, even when their own nation was not under threat. The Americans were peace-makers and the benefactors of the downtrodden, and they did it without any thought of gaining from it. This illustrates the vast difference between America and the rest of the world. Most wars are started to seize the wealth of others through territorial gains. This was never a consideration for the United States of America. The wars they fought were designed to protect the downtrodden, the defenceless and the vulnerable – and never did America seek reparations. Instead, they aided their enemies after the conquest, and forgave them, providing material support to get them on their feet again. All these things should remind people why God has such a great love for Ephraim. Jesus Christ told many parables, most of which relate to the ‘lost Tribes of Israel’. And I can tell you this: America has fulfilled much of what Jesus said in these parables relating to humanitarian qualities. It’s a brave man who ventures to falsely accuse America of anything in view of their righteous history. It’s amazing just how many of the benefactors of America’s benevolence are prepared to criticise and accuse them. Yet, they are strangely silent when it comes to criticizing God’s enemies.
By now, the reader will understand that we are still in the process of seeing the seals of the Scroll being removed. Don’t even imagine seeing the Trumpet Plagues or the Seven Last Plagues until this is all fulfilled. It will take years for these other plagues to be fulfilled. If you are a studious reader of God’s Word, you will understand that these latter plagues are directed primarily against Satan’s brood – all those other than the 12 Tribes of Israel. For the atrocities these creatures have committed, God intends to hammer them into the ground.
What is more, it will take years for the Holy Land to be cleared first of the Muslim vermin that lives there and for the land to be prepared for the arrival of the remnant of the House of Israel. In addition to this, much of the Holy Land must be redesigned to comply with God’s standards, so skilful servants of God will engage in this. Those with multiple skills are especially favoured by God. He is, after all, a Creator Himself, and this is why human beings were given creative minds. Book-learning is good, but God tends to favour those who actually do something to hone their skills. Perhaps the reader is aware that God gave Adam a job. His job was to work in His garden, to maintain it and keep it in good shape (Gen 2:15), and to develop the skills to do so. Animals were given the skills for living and surviving through instinct, but human beings are different. They must learn to be creative and to develop the skills to be such. Slothful and indolent people are generally not favoured by God. In fact, you could say they’re pretty boring people! You see a lot of such people living around the ghettoes in the cities. Most of them are the dregs of society and are useless, worthless, lazy people, who never do anything productive.
And just to revert back to the last verse we read in the Book of Isaiah, which is as follows:ISA 43:14 This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "For your sake I will send to Babylon and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians, in the ships in which they took pride. Now there’s a bit of justice for you! Are these people going to be employed as paid workers? No! They will be worked as slaves – a fitting retribution for their atrocities. What is more, they will either work or die, and all this will be with God’s sanction. You might have guessed by now that the Creator God is not a big fan of ‘human rights’ – especially for His enemies! He intends to inflict on them what their actions deserve!
As we continue now in the Book of Isaiah, we see that God states His credentials, with an admonition to remember who He is.
ISA 43:15I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel's Creator, your King." As Israel’s Creator, He imparted to them a creative mind. It’s no secret today that the most innovative and inventive people on the earth today are the Israelites. Which nation on earth compares with them as the most accomplished nations on earth? Has God been with them down through the ages to bless and support them? The answer to this is obvious, especially when you compare the development of the other nations who are not of the House of Israel. The rest of the people on earth belong to Satan, and Satan has none of the creative qualities of God, so he was unable to impart to them anything of value. The majority of Gentiles have lived like pigs down through the ages, with only a fleeting and rare glimpse of any form of accomplishment.
The House of Israel should be grateful that God is their Creator, otherwise they might have finished up like the Gentile Hordes. Without God’s intervention, they might never have reached their respective destinations.
ISA 43:16This is what the LORD says-- he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters,
ISA 43:17who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: God made a pathway for the House of Israel after their captivity anciently. They finished up in Europe, England, North America and Australia. To do this, God picked a fight with their captors and wiped them out, enabling the migration of His people Israel. This is also how it was when God led them out of Egypt when He wiped out the pursuing army.
ISA 43:18"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. Well, the House of Israel has certainly complied with this. Not only have they forgotten the past, they’ve also failed to learn from history. Of course, God didn’t mean it in this way, but by way of comfort to a nation ready to emerge once again from captivity.
ISA 43:19See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. This is what we’ve been saying. Everything will be renewed according to God’s assurances, and streams will flow in the wasteland. We’ve already spoken of the River of Life that will separate into many springs and streams throughout the present Holy Land and beyond.
Even the wild animals will honour God. The Great God even speaks of lions being led around by little children:Isa 11:6 "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. :7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest. 9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea."
ISA 43:20The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen,
ISA 43:21the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.
So God has revealed some new things about peace, joy, happiness and security – things that He has planned for the future.
ISA 43:22"Yet you have not called upon me, O Jacob, you have not wearied yourselves for me, O Israel. God makes all the plans, but Israel does all the ignoring. As long as everything is going well, Israel feels they don’t need God. God, long ago, took note of this. He has also noticed that when disaster befalls them, there’s a sudden resurgence of acknowledgement of Him. God knows His people well!
ISA 43:23You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with grain offerings nor wearied you with demands for incense.
ISA 43:24You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses. Doesn’t this beat all? The House of Israel makes no offerings to God of any description, and they certainly don’t lavish anything on Him, yet they hope to claim rewards from Him! Are they completely mad? The purpose of sacrifices and offerings to God is to give Him the best you have. Those who decide they won’t give God His dues, why would they imagine that they have favour with God? Of course, offerings and tithes don’t benefit God personally, instead they benefit the giver. After all, what could anyone possibly give God that He doesn’t already have? Those who long for God’s Kingdom, and are prepared to support it now, are the ones who will reap the rewards. Those who don’t will finish up discarding their riches in the streets.
This is what God says to the House of Israel:Eze 7:1-4-27 "The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, this is what the Sovereign LORD says to the land of Israel: The end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land. 3 The end is now upon you and I will unleash my anger against you. I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices. 4 I will not look on you with pity or spare you; I will surely repay you for your conduct and the detestable practices among you. Then you will know that I am the LORD." We keep speaking about the end, but now we’ll quote details of what it entails: V5 "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Disaster! An unheard-of disaster is coming. 6 The end has come! The end has come! It has roused itself against you. It has come! 7 Doom has come upon you--you who dwell in the land. The time has come, the day is near; there is panic, not joy, upon the mountains. 8 I am about to pour out my wrath on you and spend my anger against you; I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices. 9 I will not look on you with pity or spare you; I will repay you in accordance with your conduct and the detestable practices among you. Then you will know that it is I the LORD who strikes the blow." The ‘end’ spoken of here is the end – the end spoken of by all the prophets. The reader should realize that the Prophet Ezekiel lived about 150 years after the House of Israel went into captivity and left their ancestral homeland as slaves. Yet under the inspiration of God he prophesied of the final end – the last days – as the former Prophet Isaiah wrote it in Isa 2:2.
Ezekiel continues with an eloquent description of all that will happen at the time of the end:V10 "The day is here! It has come! Doom has burst forth, the rod has budded, arrogance has blossomed! 11 Violence has grown into a rod to punish wickedness; none of the people will be left, none of that crowd--no wealth, nothing of value. 12 The time has come, the day has arrived. Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller grieve, for wrath is upon the whole crowd. 13 The seller will not recover the land he has sold as long as both of them live, for the vision concerning the whole crowd will not be reversed. Because of their sins, not one of them will preserve his life. 14 Though they blow the trumpet and get everything ready, no one will go into battle, for my wrath is upon the whole crowd." They’ll know they’re under attack, just as they knew on 9/11. They’ll blow the trumpet for war, but no-one will go into battle. They’ll have no means to defend themselves. Cascading calamities will befall them on every side, and they’ll be without hope. V15 "Outside is the sword, inside are plague and famine; those in the country will die by the sword, and those in the city will be devoured by famine and plague. 16 All who survive and escape will be in the mountains, moaning like doves of the valleys, each because of his sins. 17 Every hand will go limp, and every knee will become as weak as water. 18 They will put on sackcloth and be clothed with terror. Their faces will be covered with shame and their heads will be shaved. 19 They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be an unclean thing. Their silver and gold will not be able to save them in the day of the LORD's wrath. They will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it, for it has made them stumble into sin. 20 They were proud of their beautiful jewelry and used it to make their detestable idols and vile images. Therefore I will turn these into an unclean thing for them. 21 I will hand it all over as plunder to foreigners and as loot to the wicked of the earth, and they will defile it. 22 I will turn my face away from them, and they will desecrate my treasured place; robbers will enter it and desecrate it."
There will be nothing of value left. The whole country will be stripped bare and the people transported as slaves in chains:V23 "Prepare chains, because the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of violence. 24 I will bring the most wicked of the nations to take possession of their houses; I will put an end to the pride of the mighty, and their sanctuaries will be desecrated. 25 When terror comes, they will seek peace, but there will be none. 26 Calamity upon calamity will come, and rumor upon rumor. They will try to get a vision from the prophet; the teaching of the law by the priest will be lost, as will the counsel of the elders. 27 The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with despair, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. I will deal with them according to their conduct, and by their own standards I will judge them. Then they will know that I am the LORD." As you will see, they will try to get a vision from the prophet, but will find a famine of God’s Word. The Law of the priest will be lost, and there will be no more counsel from the elders.
And just to put this into perspective, Ezekiel lived over 130 years after the House of Israel went into captivity. They were long gone! Ezekiel was actually a captive in the land of Babylon when he wrote all these things and he was specifically instructed to send his message to the conquered House of Israel and to speak of their final end, and what is more, their final redemption.
ISA 43:25"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. This is the reward one gets from paying God His dues. Anyone who refuses to must review their past:
ISA 43:26Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence. So you don’t need to pay God His dues because you’re innocent and have no sins that need to be blotted out. Try making this case to God and see where you finish up! As a matter of fact, God answers it Himself:
ISA 43:27Your first father sinned (this was Jeroboam); your spokesmen rebelled against me. Just remember, we’re reviewing the past (see previous verse). Jeroboam started off well at the beginning, but soon realized that his popularity would be enhanced by giving the people what they wanted. Soon he was taking advice that was contrary to all that God demanded. The people wanted idols to worship – along with all the sexual promiscuity that comes with it. Remember the days when Aaron made a golden calf for the people and the people rose up to ‘play’. Jeroboam did exactly the same thing. In fact, he made two golden calves. When people propose sexual promiscuity in all its forms, they are emulating the worship of golden calves. Whether you think this is a bit of a stretch, or not, is your own judgment to make, but the penalty is the same.
ISA 43:28So I will disgrace the dignitaries of your temple (the place where people worship), and I will consign Jacob to destruction and Israel to scorn. So anyone who wants to argue with God had better pack their bags for a long and arduous journey – in chains! It should come as no surprise that God will disgrace the toxic mix of doctrines emanating from the churches. We’re already seeing the disgusting sexual conduct of some of these dignitaries who preside over the churches, and we’ve seen some of them disgraced. God intends, however, to bring His own disgrace upon them – and not only them! God intends to consign the whole nation to destruction and scorn.
Now settle down, everyone. Don’t be too alarmed that God might require something of you other than mere lip-service. God is interested in the whole Nation of Israel, not just its component parts, the citizens. Yet individual citizens must obey God and set an example for the rest of the nation. God has reserved the Church for this very purpose. In days to come, God will require more than mere physical offerings, He will require their lives, and in this they must not fail to offer their lives in faith to God. This is the prophesied function of the Church that they must be prepared to follow the Lord Jesus as sheep to the slaughter. This is your duty.
I would hasten to add that this ministry or Brotherhood is not the Church that Christ built, in the same way that the ministry of John the Baptist was not the Church. Our role is completely different, and this is to take the Kingdom of God by force – driving out all the Muslim scum that are occupying Holy Ground. As a point of interest, this was Moses’ role too, anciently, but he too, died before he got there and was buried in Mount Nebo.
ISA 44:1"But now listen, O Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen.
ISA 44:2This is what the LORD says-- he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. Speaking of Moses, it was he who first penned the name Jeshurun – meaning the upright ones or even the chosen ones, and we’ll find they are also referred to as the holy ones. This was in the Song of Moses where the name is mentioned three times, and this is the only place in the whole Bible where it’s mentioned, except for this reference in Isa 44:2. Jeshurun is a part of Israel, who serves God as His servants, and Jeshurun actually numbers 144,000. These are mentioned in the Book of Revelation, in the Sealed Scroll as a matter of fact (Rev 7:4-8). For that matter, so is the Song of Moses mentioned in the Book of Revelation (Rev 15:3). These 144,000 Israelites are chosen by God in equal numbers from all the Tribes of Israel – except one. This exception is the Tribe of Dan and in their place Joseph is given a double portion.
So what other evidence is there to link Jeshurun with the 144,000? We find this in:Rev 14:1-5 "Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. 3 And they sang a new song (this is the Song of Moses) before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4 These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. 5 No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless." In Rev 15:3, we find that those who sing this Song of Moses and the Lamb, are given harps by God. They are also offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb.
It goes without saying that the seal God puts on the 144,000 is His Holy Spirit. This should be obvious to all. But it also includes an outward sign as well, which is placed on their foreheads (Rev 7:3). This sign or mark is the Name of God to let everyone know that they are under God’s Seal. The remarkable follow-up to this is that Satan then decides that all his brood must be marked in the same way – not with God’s mark, but with the mark of the beast.
If you study the following verses carefully, you will find that Jeshurun is identified as the faithful and obedient leaders of the people in the Song of Moses (the Song of Moses begins in DeuteronomyChapt. 32): Deut 33:3-5 "Surely it is you (God) who love the people; all the holy ones are in your hand. At your feet they all bow down, and from you receive instruction, 4 the law that Moses gave us, the possession of the assembly of Jacob. 5 He was king over Jeshurun when the leaders of the people assembled, along with the tribes of Israel." This is actually a prophecy which follows the long, dark night of Israel’s defeat and captivity and the dawning of a new day that follows, when the holy ones of the House of Israel are sealed and protected. And the appointed figure is 144,000. The long, dark night will, of course, last for many years and the nations of Israel will be a virtual war zone during this period.
Following the mention, in the last verse ofIsa 44:2, of Jeshurun, whom God has chosen, we see a description of the Promised Land, and how God plans to pour out His Spirit on the children and descendants of Jeshurun.
ISA 44:3For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
ISA 44:4They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams. Children will be born in great abundance, and their minds will be pure in acknowledgement of God.
ISA 44:5One will say, `I belong to the LORD'; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, `The LORD's,' and will take the name Israel. This is a reference to what we just read in Rev 14:1 – ‘…and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. It’s understandable that their children will use similar identifications on themselves. David also wrote about the children of God’s servants who love His Name: Ps 69:34-36 "Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and all that move in them, 35 for God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah. Then people will settle there and possess it; 36 the children of his servants will inherit it, and those who love his name will dwell there."
There’s little point in expanding on the identity of Jeshurun and the 144,000, because, regardless of the evidence, there will still be multitudes of people claiming that their church is the 144,000 – even though they have never obeyed God’s Law and still persist on telling lies in His Name. Such people have literally thrown their lives away! Most of the Christian nations today still believe themselves to be Gentiles. They seem to believe that God did away with the House of Israel and that Israel is lost forever. This contradicts everything God has said concerning His people Israel!
ISA 44:6"This is what the LORD says-- Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.
ISA 44:7Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come-- yes, let him foretell what will come. This is an age-old problem, when people who are not taught by God, assume themselves to be master prophets and then proceed to invent their own prophecies to suit the occasion. Somehow their prophecies always seem to favour themselves, while everyone else burns. The only possible way for these people to foretell what will come is to believe the Scriptures, instead they choose to ignore them.
This verse is the reason for this study of the Book of Isaiah. It’s this Book of the prophet Isaiah that declares all that happened after God had established His ancient people – and the final prophesied outcome. Why would we need false prophets when God declares it all through His servants the prophets?
ISA 44:8Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one." Well, of course God proclaimed it and foretold it long ago! This is the purpose of Bible prophecy! It has nothing to do with the fanciful notions of men.
ISA 44:9All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame. As we’ve implied many times before, if you defend evil, then you will be considered evil – by God Himself! Evil comes in many forms, and even in its lesser form it is unproductive of righteousness. For instance, ‘political correctness’ is lying deceit and has damaged many people, far more than it was designed to favour. And now you are seeing, daily, the downside of it all. Ordinary, decent citizens have become the victims. All this political correctness has done is to embolden the undeserving, so now they feel justified in stealing your car or mugging you on the street. Taken to its extremes, we saw maniacs blow up the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and now your President believes they should be given Miranda Rights and be considered equal to all the real American Citizens. Perhaps if we had less of these ignorant and shameless people who speak up for these evil creatures, things would have been entirely different. So says the LORD God!
ISA 44:10Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit him nothing? There’s a lot of gods being shaped today, but they are not the only One and True God. Multiculturalism is widely encouraged, where the worshipers of foreign gods are free to practice their religion. It would be pointless to point out that Multiculturalism is absolutely forbidden by God in any form, because the House of Israel is not listening. Under God’s Law, foreigners must assimilate into the Tribes of Israel and leave their religious culture behind. In other words, they must be grafted into the tree and become true Israelites and serve the One and Only True God. And incidentally, Allah is not the One and Only True God – Allah is the devil! Anyone can see by the ‘fruits’ or conduct of his followers that the characteristics of the devil as a liar and a murderer is evident in all Muslims.
And it gets sillier every day! I was speaking to a Jehovah’s Witness recently, who had come from Spain – which is a hell-hole for Muslims. She started bemoaning the plight of the Somali people, saying they were so poor that they had to resort to piracy. She said that something should be done to help them by the richer nations. I’m afraid I wasn’t too kind to this silly woman and reminded her of Mogadishu and Blackhawk Down, when a million Somalis turned on their benefactors, who were there to arrest Warlord Mohamed Adide and to ensure that UN food-aid got through. This conversation reminded me of the sickening state of some of these crazy religions that pose as Christians.
ISA 44:11He and his kind will be put to shame; craftsmen are nothing but men. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and infamy. I guess all idolators, who serve foreign gods, are destined to learn the hard way!
ISA 44:12The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of his arm. He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint. Those who work to shape images will waste away. There’s plenty of people today shaping their images, but all to no avail.
ISA 44:13The carpenter measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in the form of man, of man in all his glory, that it may dwell in a shrine. Ditto to the previous comment! Men like to present themselves as glorious and hopefully enshrine their image forever. I’m afraid that pride-filled lunatics gain no favour with God.
So in this regard, the prophet relates a parable about the right and wrong use of material things:
ISA 44:14He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.
ISA 44:15It is man's fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it.
ISA 44:16Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, "Ah! I am warm; I see the fire." From the tree he acquires all the comforts of life, but instead of being contented with that, he decides to make an idol from what brought him comfort.
ISA 44:17From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, "Save me; you are my god." He doesn’t give thanks to God, but instead decides to fashion his own god from his own possessions, and then superstitiously imagines that an inanimate object will save him.
ISA 44:18They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand. Superstitious people are blind and dumb, and you see it every day.
ISA 44:19No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, "Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?"
ISA 44:20He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?" Eventually he feeds on ashes because there is nothing left to eat. He then looks at the worthless object and asks himself if it was all a lie. He deluded himself by believing that material possessions would sustain him and save him. In the want of all things, some people, like the man in this parable, will come to their senses and realize where it has led them. There is nothing like an empty belly to bring a man to his senses to face reality – and God knows it!
As you probably noticed, this is a parable about trees and forests, and cutting them down to burn for a good purpose – or otherwise.Chapter 44 is also the chapter that begins with the mention of Jeshurun the upright ones. In the Book of Revelation it says this: Rev 7:2-4 "Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: 3 "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." 4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel." It seems to be a good decision to wipe out the trees, which have become the object of worship – according to God’s parable. The ‘Save the trees’ brigade are going to feel humiliated! So will the environmentalists who think that the land and sea are under threat because of the activities of mankind. Of course, they’ve also expanded this to include the air as well. Well it’s the air, that is the wind, that is to cause their downfall. Then they too, can feed on ashes when their lies and deceit are swept away.
It may seem like only a parable, but God counsels the reader to remember it, because it will have wide-spread ramifications in days to come.
ISA 44:21"Remember these things, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I have made you, you are my servant; O Israel, I will not forget you.
ISA 44:22I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you." When God sweeps away all the material things, along with these will go many of their sins and their pride, which caused them to sin in the first place. But Jeshurun will be protected as the holy ones.
ISA 44:23Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel. The 144,000 will certainly stand out from the crowd.
ISA 44:24"This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,
ISA 44:25who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense, (We’re seeing plenty of these today. God will make fools of these diviners who, for instance, predict catastrophe because of carbon dioxide. In fact the madness and nonsense of the ‘wise’ in all its forms will be severely dealt with, and especially those who venture to teach evolution in place of their Creator).
ISA 44:26who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, `It shall be inhabited,' of the towns of Judah, `They shall be built,' and of their ruins, `I will restore them,' (God will certainly carry out the words of His servants – because God’s servants teach the Word of God. What is more, He will also fulfill the predictions of His messengers. This is something that the false prophets cannot claim! Instead, they’ve painted themselves into a corner with their lying deceit! And none of their predictions come true.)
ISA 44:27who says to the watery deep, `Be dry, and I will dry up your streams,' (When God restores the original landmass of the earth, the Mediterranean Sea will disappear, along with its streams, like the Gulf of Aqaba, the Persian Gulf, the Black Sea and anything else in which it protrudes: Rev 21:1 "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea." The landmass will close on the Mediterranean Sea, and it will no longer exist. Once the gaps in the continents are closed, beyond the single, restored continent, there will be the Great Sea bordering it – but no more Mediterranean Sea!
Prior to this though, there’s a lot of building and restoring to be accomplished, and God intends to call a former ally to duty.
ISA 44:28who says of Cyrus, `He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, "Let it be rebuilt," and of the temple, "Let its foundations be laid."' Here we see that God calls on an important ally from antiquity. This is the same spirit ruler that gained God’s favour anciently, when he allowed God’s people of Judah to return to the Holy Land, and to rebuild the Temple. It was Cyrus who financed it. This is a story that will continue to unfold as we progress through this Study of the Book of Isaiah.
With all these things still to occur in fulfillment of Bible prophecy, you can be sure that the House of Israel will be a long time in captivity before they’re all brought home to their ancestral lands. Because of this long period, God has arranged to restore the youth of His servants the prophets so they can continue to do their work and to remain as witnesses to all that occurs. More about this later in this study.
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