Bible Study of the Book of Isaiah
By Neville V. Stevens
The New International Version of the Bible is used throughout unless otherwise specified.
ISA 45:1"This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
ISA 45:2I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. Anointing is commonly used to appoint kings. In the case of King David, it was Samuel the prophet that anointed him King of Israel on God’s instructions, even though it was a considerable time before he became king. Cyrus is such a one as will be anointed by God as king, to do what God asks of him. God makes it very clear that it’s He that sets up kings and destroys them: Dan 4:17 "The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men.'" No spirit ruler rules anywhere without God’s permission. When God grants sovereignty to a spirit ruler, the human executives of that nation are generally the very lowliest of men. Exceptions are rare. In this instance, in the Book of Daniel, Daniel is declaring to Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon, what is to happen to him. V16 says this, "Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let him be given the mind of an animal, till seven times (years) pass by for him." So Nebuchadnezzar was transformed into a beast and had the mind of a beast for seven years. This was the punishment Nebuchadnezzar suffered when he elevated himself above God. This information will be very relevant later in this study when we start discussion of the beasts that are to arise in these last days.
So Cyrus is a spirit being and a ruler of the heavenly realms. His constituents will be the lowliest of men and age-old enemies of God. God intends to grant rulership to Cyrus for the purpose of funding the building His Temple and the restoration of the City of Jerusalem. Cyrus will know in advance what his mandate will be. As long as he continues to fulfill it, he will remain ruler.
ISA 45:3I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Well, that’s Cyrus’ name all right, and Cyrus, being a spirit ruler of the heavenly realms, has continually existed since he first came to power. Though he was deposed after he became the ruler of the Medo-Persian Empire, which swallowed up the territories of Babylonia, God will once again take hold of his hand to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their armour. Perhaps the Prophet Isaiah didn’t know what the ‘riches stored in secret places’ in his day meant. Today, the power and wealth in the Middle East is fueled by petroleum, and this resource has a controlling interest throughout the world.
As a point of interest, Cyrus chose a man from the land of Media to be the human king. King Darius was a Mede. The maps in the back of your Bible will show you where Media is. It’s the same region where the ancient Assyrians lived, and they are the same people. In Darius’ day they were called Medes, but today they are known as Kurds. Kurdish lands have vast petroleum resources; they’re the continuation of the Kuwaiti formation, which extends from Arabia to clear-through the Kurdish homeland to the borders of Turkey. There are massive projects underway there to recover the hidden treasures of oil wealth. Not surprisingly, this has caused a great deal of animosity between the rulers of Iraq and the Kurds, who want independent sovereignty over the resource. In fact, the Kurds want total independence from Iraq, and want to rule their homeland in their own right. This is why there are proposals for the division of Iraq into three separate states – Sunni, Shia and Kurds. The Sunni first held power under Saddam Hussein. Now the Shia (allied with Iran) have the power. But today, a Kurd by the name of Ahmed Chalabi has become the champion of this Kurdish division of Iraq. His preference is for the Persians rather than the Arabs. The Persians (Iran) are presently the rising power, and they are destined to cause astounding destruction. To this end, they have been given a ‘large sword’.
ISA 45:4For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me. Cyrus doesn’t acknowledge God in the same way that Nebuchadnezzar did – which we covered earlier. There are subtle differences. Yet, he knows the value of complying with God’s instructions or the consequences of not doing so.
ISA 45:5I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me,
ISA 45:6so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the LORD, and there is no other. Cyrus was described earlier as coming from the north and from the rising sun. This has a double meaning. Cyrus comes from the north-east of God’s City Jerusalem, but he also comes from the rising sun which represents Lucifer – the present morning star. God makes it clear that a new sun will arise, which will replace the old, and this One is called the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2). God is also making it clear that there is no rising sun to bring light except Him! It seems that most rulers of the heavenly realms believe themselves to be the next rising star. They love power over others and will do anything to get it. Believe me; the present rising sun has a setting date!
Just to confirm that this was the intended meaning concerning the ‘rising sun’, God confirms in the next verse that He forms the light and He creates darkness.
ISA 45:7I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things. This confirms God’s explanation about the coming Sun of Righteousness. Prior to His arrival though, there will be a lot of darkness! God intends to give the dark forces a period of rulership to teach the House of Israel some much-needed lessons. Foremost among these lessons will be the meaning of salvation, and to get it firmly fixed in the minds of these rebels what they will be saved from! You’ll note in the next verse that, at a certain time, salvation will spring up – and righteousness will grow with it:
ISA 45:8"You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD, have created it. So you can understand what Peter says in: 2Pet 1:19-21 "And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star (sun) rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." Peter says that God’s servants await the dawning of a new day when the Morning Star or Sun arises in your hearts. Not the old morning star or lightbringer called Lucifer, but the dawning of the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2).
ISA 45:9"Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, `What are you making?' Does your work say, `He has no hands'? There are plenty of people who like to quarrel and find fault with their Maker. God describes them as broken pots or shards on the ground. As we’ll soon find out, these are the very people who object to the Work of God’s hands, and feel He has made a mistake in His choice of servants. The broken pots feel they are more eminently qualified to be the Work of God’s hands.
ISA 45:10Woe to him who says to his father, `What have you begotten?' or to his mother, ‘What have you brought to birth?' This example illustrates a situation where a child begins to blame his parents for what he is. He sneeringly blames his parents for his gene pool or his socio-economic level. God goes on to make the point that, as the Potter, He will make what he chooses, and warns everyone about questioning His motives or the work of His hands.
ISA 45:11"This is what the LORD says-- the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands? Concerning things to come is a reference to Bible Prophecy. With the fulfillment of all Bible Prophecy at hand, God makes His own choices of whom He will create to be His servants – the children of God. As the Master Potter, He will decide what He will make, and He wants the broken pots to think very carefully before raising criticism against Him. He’s the Creator God, and from the very beginning to the very end, He will bring about all that He has planned. This doesn’t sit too well with those whom God describes as broken pots in these final days as Bible Prophecy advances. Some of these people believe themselves to be comparable to God in holiness, and therefore more eminently qualified for honour than those whom God chooses as His servants.
ISA 45:12It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands (a reference to the Potter who creates with his hands) stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts. Here’s a reference to the starry hosts again. They may think they control everything, but God marshals them and they do as He commands – and they dare not refuse! There are none who want to be sent to the Abyss (Luke 8:31).
Speaking of the starry hosts, God makes a decision to marshal a certain star of the heavenly realms. This is yet another link to show that Cyrus is not human.
ISA 45:13I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the LORD Almighty." Let’s just say that the coercion comes in the form of a threat from Almighty God and Cyrus knows better than to resist.
So all you potsherds who think you know better than your Creator, God begins speaking of the Work of His hands – His true and trusted servants – whom God is with!
ISA 45:14This is what the LORD says: "The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush, and those tall Sabeans-- they will come over to you and will be yours; they will trudge behind you, coming over to you in chains. They will bow down before you and plead with you, saying, `Surely God is with you, and there is no other; there is no other god.'" (The name ‘Sabeans’ is derived from the word ‘Seba’ or ‘Sheba’, which relates to Ethiopia, and, for that matter, the Queen of Sheba of Solomon’s day.) And here we see an example of the exact opposite of the attitude of the potsherds. These people from Sheba acknowledge that God is with His servants – the Work of His hands, and that there is no other god.
What is linked to this are the products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush, which will all flow to God’s servants as plunder. What is more, God intends to give rulership of Egypt over to Ethiopia – just as it was in Joseph’s time, when Pharaoh showed great favour to Jacob and his twelve sons.
ISA 45:15Truly you are a God who hides himself, O God and Savior of Israel. In days of old, God did tend to hide Himself from everyone except His servants the prophets. For long periods in the past, God remained silent, and even in our day, while the potsherds were running rampant and trying to fashion and shape the Potter to their concepts and ideas and their perceptions of Him, He has continued to remain silent. But not for much longer! Remember what we read in the 42nd chapter? Isa 42:13-15 "The 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. 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. 15 I 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 45:16All the makers of idols will be put to shame and disgraced; they will go off into disgrace together. Those who tried to shape God into their own image will go off in the severest disgrace imaginable, and they’ll get what their actions deserve!
ISA 45:17But Israel will be saved by the LORD with an everlasting salvation; you will never be put to shame or disgraced, to ages everlasting. Israel is actually defined as 144,000 – the Jeshurun of the Song of Moses. Yet we also find that God is going to reap or harvest where He has not sown, as with the people of Sheba. Matt 25:24-27 "Then the man who had received the one talent came. `Master,' he said, `I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.' 26 "His master replied, `You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest." The bankers in this case are the Levites who collect the Tithe and will continue to do so forever in God’s Kingdom. You can dance around it all you like, but God will demand His money from those who persist in robbing Him (Mal 3:8-10) and it will be their money or their life!
So what about those who are harvested where God hasn’t scattered seed? These unlikely candidates will be highly favoured because they did what Israel would not do and failed to do!Rev 7:9-10, 13-17 "After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." Remember how those from Sheba (Sabeans) came over to God’s servants praising God as the one true God? These tall, black Sabeans are certainly not of the Tribe of Israel. And neither are all of this great multitude, who come from every nation, tribe, people and language. These represent every different kind of people on earth, including the Israelites. Then, as they gathered around the Throne of God, the question was asked about who they were: V13 "Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes--who are they, and where did they come from?" 14 I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
By following Jesus, and immersing themselves in the blood and death of Jesus in the Great Tribulation, these people emerge in white robes and stand before God. The very act of washing their robes indicates that they were covered in blood, and this is what the Great Tribulation is all about – a blood-letting time of horror and carnage. The washing of their clothes is spoken of figuratively, because God actually gives them clean white robes to wear. This is true also of those who are killed during the time of the Fifth Seal. These truly were the ones that set an example for all those who would afterwards turn to God:Rev 6:9-11 "When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" 11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed." These people went willingly as sheep to the slaughter. They laid down their lives for God and for others, and willingly became martyrs. They didn’t love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
The uncountable multitude, who likewise turn to God will be rewarded and become a part of the Family of God.V15 "Therefore, "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16 Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
As we previously indicated this all occurs within the timeframe of the opening of the Seven Seals – and immediately before the Seventh Seal is opened. All that occurs after this is against the whole world, and at a time when God restores the earth to its original shape, when mountains will crumble, valleys filled in, seas will disappear and every continent moved. Jerusalem, however will remain geologically locked into place and unmovable (Zech 14:9-11). All the landmasses of the earth will recede back toward Jerusalem to become a single continent.
The majority of those who’ve been chosen as the replacements for the present rulership of Satan and his demon rulers will have been selected and what follows are actually plagues upon the whole world with all its inhabitants. As we’ve already noticed, there will be 144,000 people from the Tribes of Israel sealed and in preparation for rulership as kings over nations and governors over cities, and there are an enormous number of people from every nation, tribe, people and language who’ve been specially selected because they chose to serve God, rather than Satan and his present rulers. These will be the ones who actually come out of the Great Tribulation, which will impact on the whole world. A time of unprecedented carnage and slaughter!
This still leaves many people on earth, including the survivors of the House of Israel. And this is when Satan makes his move to clearly delineate the difference between those who serve him, and those who serve God. As we’re about to see, the methods he uses are clearly a counterfeit of God’s methods of securing the identity of His people. The difference is that the mark will not be God’s Name, but the name of the beast – the first beast. To accomplish this, a second beast is recruited, one who arises from the land.
During the period of the opening of the Seven Seals, a vile beast under the auspices of Satan will arise and do astounding damage. This beast will follow after the Medo-Persian Empire. In the Book of Daniel, we see the time-frame for this:Dan 10:20 "So he said, "Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come; 21 but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince. 1 And in the first year of Darius the Mede, I took my stand to support and protect him.)" Gabriel came to tell Daniel what was written in the Book of Truth. This is spoken of again and again by the prophets and is referenced many times as the Scroll – as we’ve seen in the Book of Isaiah. This Scroll of Truth is revealed by the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
After the prince of Persia comes, the prince of Greece will come. Prior to this, however, Gabriel is commissioned to support and protect Darius the Mede. Darius the Mede is the one whom Cyrus empowered as his human protégé, and it’s Darius the Mede that took over the Babylonian Empire (Dan 5:30). Thereafter, it became the Medo-Persian Empire. Darius must have been well-positioned at that time to simply take over rulership from Belshazzar, king of Babylon. The Scriptures are not specific on who actually killed Belshazzar, but Darius won the day with a little help from Gabriel who protected him. Darius became the king over the Medo-Persian Empire. The same ruler of the heavenly realms, who God favoured in that day was Cyrus, whom God will again anoint as ruler. This is the very same scenario that will develop in our time.
What follows in the next few pages will seem more like a study of the Book of Daniel than the Book of Isaiah, but since God mentions Cyrus again and again in the Book of Isaiah, it’s incumbent upon us to see where he fits into fulfilling of Bible Prophecy in these last days. You’ll clearly see why Cyrus’ emergence is so important.
Speaking of the prince of Greece who will come (Dan 10:20) after the prince of Persia, we find a description of his nation-states in: Dan 8:21-27 "The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes is the first king (This was Alexander the Great, the King over Greece/Macedonia). 22 The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power. What Daniel saw was a shaggy goat, initially with one horn, but later when this was broken off, four more grew out of it. From this same shaggy goat (which is the King of Greece – V21 – and a demon ruler), a master strategist will arise. 23 "In the latter part of their reign (that is, the reign of the four kings who took over the former territories of the Alexander’s Greek/Macedonian territories), when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise. 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power (the same spirit ruler who gave Alexander his power anciently, will empower him, and this ruler is the King of Greece). He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. 25 He will cause deceit to prosper (note these words because the West is already being conditioned to believe deceitful lies. The most deceitful lie that has prospered lately is the madness called ‘global warming’. Ranking beside this is the theory of multiculturalism, which has now become a form of madness. Then there’s political correctness and the list goes on! How easily people are deceived by Satan’s wine of deception!), and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power (in fact he will be captured by a mighty angel and thrown alive into the Lake of Fire). 26 "The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future." The vision was sealed until the time came to unseal it, and this was done by the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. 27 I, Daniel, was exhausted and lay ill for several days. Then I got up and went about the king's business. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding." Daniel heard it all but didn’t understand it. Sometimes a prophet of God becomes literally exhausted trying to understand the meaning of what is written in the Scriptures. False prophets don’t have this problem; they simply invent their own interpretations and beguile others with it. Truth doesn’t randomly drop like manna from heaven! It has to be searched for from the Scriptures. As Jesus said, ‘Seek and you will find’ (Matt 7:7). How many people today do this? How many people today even care? After what he saw, Daniel concluded it was beyond understanding – for his time. But he knew it was sealed, and that a time would come when it would be unsealed in the distant future. In other words, in our day!
Daniel further references these four kings of Greece who get taken over by the large horn that emerges once more, and afterwards, a little horn suddenly arises, inDan 7:7 "After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast--terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. So this fourth king is not only more powerful, he also has ten horns – meaning ten kings or rulers. How many nations in the Middle East did Alexander conquer anciently and suborn to his authority? Well, this latter-day Alexander will do the same and become very powerful. V8 "While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully." This is the description of the second beast that arises and gives his allegiance to the first horn, whom we know through history as Alexander.
Now we need to examine all the former beasts referred to here in the seventh chapter of Daniel. Daniel has a vision of four beasts that arise and precedes to describe them.
Dan 7:1-28"In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream. 2 Daniel said: "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. 3 Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea. This is obviously not talking about human beings but demon rulers.
V4"The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given to it. Here's a beast who had his wings taken off and he becomes earth-bound and demobilized. This dream occurs after the death of Nebuchadnezzar and during the reign of his grandson Belshazzar. It relates to the Sealed Scroll that begins unrolling or opening in the very last days. This is the head of gold on the Great Statue that Daniel described, which Daniel confirms is the Kingdom of Babylon. It was written as a prophecy for the distant future, and though Daniel may not have known what it meant, he recorded what he saw. The heart of a man that was given it was the heart of Nebuchadnezzar formerly, but in these latter days, it was the heart of Saddam Hussein – who believed himself to be the incarnation of Nebuchadnezzar. Both were rulers of Babylon. Iraq is the nation of Babylon – the same nation of old. When Babylon became an empire, its borders reached throughout the entire Middle East. Daniel was well-acquainted with Babylon because he lived there. He knew other nations would arise in conquest, including Persia and Greece because he was told about the Shaggy Goat charging the Ram, and he was plainly told who the Goat and the Ram were – which we’ll get to shortly.
Now another ruler arises with a voracious appetite for power and begins to consolidate his power throughout the region.V5 "And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, `Get up and eat your fill of flesh!' These three ribs apparently relate to three women or nations (the first woman Eve was made from Adam's rib, and this is the identifier. You might like to ponder why God didn’t just create Eve in the same manner as He did Adam. Instead, He created her from one of Adam’s ribs. This was to have far-reaching implications in the overall plan of God – all of which we won’t go into now). This beast relates to the second part of the Great Statue and is the Kingdom of Silver. It also relates to the opening of the Second Seal. This is the Prince of Persia. This beast eats his fill of flesh all right! He succeeds in destroying the House of Israel, namely the ‘Prince among his brothers’ Ephraim. This is something he’s been vowing to do for years now, and he has the weapons to do it. In the second seal, this is describes as: Rev 6:3 "….It’s rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword’.
V6"After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.
Who and what is this beast? Well, he is obviously seeking four crowns for his four heads, and they're given to him. This is the ruler who consolidates his position by taking over a kingdom of four nations – the three ‘ribs’ of the Persian King, plus one more. This is the king of the Medes (Kurds today) and these are the four kingdoms God gives him: Iran, Iraq, Syria, and it now seems obvious that the other kingdom is Turkey. There are fierce border conflicts going on today between the Turks and the Kurds. The Turks want the Kurdish oilfields and have been severely provocative about it. Well, the outcome has been determined by God, and the Turks will lose! God has given Cyrus this assurance, and Cyrus is the prophesied ruler of this Kingdom! This kingdom represents the Bronze part of the Great Statue, because it emerges markedly inferior to the former two. Interestingly, God tells Cyrus He will break down gates of bronze (Isa 45:2) for him in order to give him absolute rule of his acquired territories. He also says He will cut through bars of iron. But eventually he will come to his end when the Shaggy Goat emerges knocking the ruler (the Ram) to the ground in conquest – though not before he fulfils his contractual obligations towards God. This is to free the Jewish hostages held in the empire, and to fund the building of the Temple.
The next beast on the scene is the iron beast as represented by the Great Statue. The iron part of the Great Statue was the legs, feet and toes. The fourth beast described below tramples underfoot everything in its path.
V7"After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast--terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. Well this is a whole new player - completely different from the others! Those readers who know their history will know that Alexander the Great came and conquered the Medo-Persian Empire, and he began by invading Turkey (referred to in history as Asia Minor). This is exactly what will happen when the King of Greece makes his move. The King of Greece is the fourth beast, and follows in the footsteps of Alexander the Great. I think everyone knows from history that Alexander conquered the entire Middle East and set up puppet rulers over ten conquered nations. Modern-day names and borders of these nations differ from the names of Alexander’s time, but they are still the same people.
The little horn
V8"While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully. While Daniel was thinking about these ten horns of the fourth beast, another little horn emerges. The identity of this little horn, as we will soon see, is the false prophet. Three of these horns will be uprooted before it.
And now we come to the verse where Daniel identifies the time sequence when all these things will be fulfilled, all of which corresponds to the time when the Books are opened:V9 "As I looked, "thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. 10 A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened."
Well, what a coincidence! The Book of Revelation, chapter 5 details this very prophecy of Daniel, and immediately before all the Seals are opened, which begins inRev 6:1. Rev 5:9-14 "And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth." 11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 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!" 14 The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped. Rev 6:1 "I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals." So here we see the very event described that Daniel prophesied about. As you will see from these verses, this is the time when the Lord Jesus takes over absolute power. At the completion of the events described in the Scroll, the whole earth will acknowledge the Creator God. This is God’s purpose, and He plans to ensure that rebellion never arises again.
Now we see Daniel’s description of the controlling power that will exist and which the Lord Jesus will destroy:
Dan 7:11-12"Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. 12 (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.) These other beasts, Babylon (Iraq), Persia (Iran) and the Medes (Kurds), which preceded the fourth beast, which also manifests itself as the former Alexander, have all been stripped of their authority but are allowed to live – but only for a period of time. Just one of these four beasts has absolute power and authority, and he acquires a second beast as his helper. This little horn arises to become the false prophet, giving his absolute allegiance to the first beast. Their names are Death and Hades (sometimes referred to as ‘Grave’ in the Old Testament).
There are two beasts specifically named as being thrown into the Lake of Fire. These are Death and the Hades:Rev 6:7 "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." These are exact ones to whom Daniel was referring. And as he confirmed in Dan 7:11 above, these are thrown into the Lake of Fire. This is confirmed in Rev 19:20 "But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse (Jesus Christ is the Rider of this white horse – see Rev 19:11), and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh." Note that the rest of them – the horses or nations that were controlled by the Beast and the False Prophet – are killed by the sword that comes out of the mouth of the Lord Christ. This sword is a weapon of war! The reason it comes ‘out of His mouth’ is because He is the Commander of armies and He commands the outcome – and it’s carried out. You will see later that when the Lord Christ appears suddenly, He goes out and slaughters many people single-handedly and gets His garments soaked in blood. At this appearance, He comes riding, not on a horse, but the foal of a donkey. But we’ll deal with this prophecy later.
Further confirmation of the fate of the Beast and the False Prophet is found in:Rev 20:10 "And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever (meaning for the rest of their lives until there is no more day and night for them, but only eternal darkness – death!)."
And now we see that the Beast and the False Prophet are identified as Death and Hades. These must surrender the dead that are in them. The dead, which God is concerned with here, are those who refused the mark of the beast and were promptly killed, and they’ll need to be judged on whether they fully complied with God’s instructions in this.Rev 20:14 "The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." The only people who have their names written in the Book of Life are those who have God’s Holy Spirit – and no other! But even those with God’s Holy Spirit are not immune to the penalty of disobedience, especially in regard to worshiping the image of the beast. And some may believe that God will forgive them if they do it when faced with death. Well, the judgment will confirm this one way or the other. If their names are not in the Book of Life, it means that it’s been removed! And they’ll be thrown into the Lake of Fire, where Death and Hades will be, and they’ll be burned up forever – never to live again! We all have one shot at life, and those who die without God’s Holy Spirit will never live again. This is one of the central messages of the whole Bible. It’s beyond belief that anyone could fail to understand it! Without God’s Holy Spirit there is no life in the hereafter.
One thing is certain that at the opening of the fourth seal, Death is already making an entrance, and following closely behind him is Hades or Grave. We now see that these are also the Beast and the False Prophet (who causes everyone to worship this first Beast).
And so, as we continue in the 7th chapter of Daniel, we see that Daniel further describes the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of Heaven.Dan 7:13-14 "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples (people of all nations), nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. This further confirms what Daniel wrote in Dan 2:44 "In the time of those kings (the kings that make up the Great Statue of gold, silver, bronze and iron), the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. 45 This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands--a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. "The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and the interpretation is trustworthy."
And now we get back again to the four great beasts that Daniel has been describing in the seventh chapter. We find that the fourth beast relates to the iron part of the Great Statue, while the first three beasts relate to the gold, silver and bronze. Daniel asks God’s angel for an explanation:Dan 7:15-28 "I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me. 16 I approached one of those standing there and asked him the true meaning of all this. "So he told me and gave me the interpretation of these things: 17 `The four great beasts are four kingdoms that will rise from the earth. 18 But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever--yes, for ever and ever.' 19 "Then I wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws--the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. 20 I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell--the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully. 21 As I watched, this horn was waging war against the saints and defeating them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.
Here we see that it’s the fourth beast that has the ten horns on his head. This one’s name is Death. Another horn arises, a little horn, and he begins waging war against the saints (saints are those who have God’s Holy Spirit). Truth is thrown to the ground, and this little horn begins to enforce worship of the Beast. Those who don’t have God’s Holy Spirit will accept the worship of the beast, and believe they have nothing to lose as long as it saves their lives. The saints, however, will not think like this, and so they will be sought out for destruction. This little horn will begin defeating them and putting them to death.
Now the angel begins to give Daniel further explanation of this fourth beast by way of clarification:V23 "He gave me this explanation: `The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. 24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom (that is, all the kingdoms that Alexander conquered anciently and of which he became absolute ruler. The Bible records that these ten kings only acquire power for one hour – immediately before they are mustered for an attack against Jesus Christ Himself. We’ll get to all this later). After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time (3½ years). ‘Handed over to him’ means the saints will be betrayed. People will willingly betray them if it means saving their own lives, and this is how high the stakes will be in that day. The set times and the Laws that this crazy beast will try to change are the keeping of God’s Holy Days (set times) and the Law of God – which the saints obey (God doesn’t give His Holy Spirit to those who don’t 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.").
It’s quite weird how Satan and his rulers have this obsession with the changing of ‘set times’. It’s been going on for centuries. We have mainstream Christianity that refuses to obey God and keep the Seventh Day holy. Instead they’ve opted to worship on the first day of the week – Sunday. Even this substitute ‘sabbath’ is not kept holy, and they’re free to do anything they like on this day. Then there are the Muslims, who fashioned a religion based loosely on Judaism (with the refusal to eat pig meat among many other things they’ve copied) and they even hijacked the concept of the Sabbath Day. But there was no way that they would observe God’s Sabbath Day, so they substituted it for Friday. Of course, they don’t even keep this day holy, but they just had to change God’s set times – otherwise Satan wouldn’t be happy. So now you can see the similarities between Islam and mainstream Christianity – neither will obey God!
Though there has never been a time like this in the history of mankind, thankfully, it will never happen again! Satan and all his demon rulers will be gone, and for a thousand years peace will reign on earth. And Daniel concludes this chapter by writing this:
V26-28"But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. 27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.' 28 "This is the end of the matter. I, Daniel, was deeply troubled by my thoughts, and my face turned pale, but I kept the matter to myself." Take particular note of what is written here. The Saints will take over sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven….. and all rulers will worship and obey Him (God). This verse details exactly what God intends. The Saints will replace the rulers of the heavenly realm and will take over all the kingdoms under the whole heaven. Like Jesus Christ, they will be part of the God Family and will bear His Name. No longer will they be a little lower than the angels, they will be lords over all the angelic beings. Even God’s 24 counsellors or elders will surrender their crowns (Rev 4:10). And they do so happily knowing that the new Family of God have experienced the disastrous consequences of disobedience to God and will never allow it to be repeated again. It should come as no surprise that even the angels long to look into these things (1Pet 1:12).
Just to recap on everything so far, the first king was actually the first horn on the head of the Shaggy Goat, which was broken off and replaced by four kings in the Greek-Macedonian region. Yet Daniel is told that these things would be sealed and reenacted in the distant future. These same four regional kings will make their debut, but they will be dominated by the King of Greece, who anciently was Alexander. He marshals all four of these regional kings to his authoritative power and becomes the most powerful ruler of the region.
Just to make a quick observation about present circumstances in the world. Greece has become an economic basket-case with colossal debt and with no means to repay. This is exactly the situation that existed in Germany at the start of WW2. In just a few short years Germany became the behemoth of the whole region! So don’t think for one moment that Greece is too far gone. It too, will be a behemoth. And to further confirm this, the whole world will be astonished when they see this beast arise from Greece (Rev 13:3) and the present situation gives the reasons why. It will be most unexpected! When Greece hosted the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, it was expected that the country would be propelled to affluence with trade and investment as has been the case with other nations hosting the games. Yet it never happened! Instead they began a downward spiraling that has led to their current predicament. What is more, they dragged Europe down with them as well. Europe has bled a trillion Euros to bail them out. It remains to be seen what the outcome of all this will be. It’s not a happy day for Europe with the Euro currency plunging to record lows as a result. Even more astonishing is that America is obligated to provide 20% of the bail-out money. So the whole world will be astonished to see this beast-power arise.
As we quoted above inDan 7, this king will arise as the fourth of four beasts which will arise successively, culminating in the Iron King, with large iron teeth and bronze claws that crushes and devours everything in his path. Yet he will extend his power to the entire Middle East, crushing the Babylonians, Persians and the Medes, bringing them into his empire as subordinates. At this point he will effectively have seven heads. The first four come from his own group of Greek-Macedonian nations, who took power when Alexander died anciently, but once again find themselves under the Shaggy Goat’s rule. Then, as the horned Shaggy Goat, he will attack the Ram, defeating him and swallowing up his Empire – consisting of the Babylonians, Persians and Medes and all their possessions. Through the conquest of these people he will marshal their armies into his ranks – just as Alexander did – and together they will continue the conquest. These three, Babylonians, Persians and Medes, represent the bronze claws. ‘Bronze’ representing their place on the great statue described by Daniel. From this point on, they crush everything in their path and spreading to the whole world (Dan 7:23).
And this is why the four beasts are described inDan 7 as terrifying beasts, because they are going to do terrifying acts. Collectively, they will do astounding damage throughout the Middle East, gaining power over ten nation states and will prove to be unstoppable. His power won’t be limited to the Middle East though, it will reach throughout the world, and will "devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it."
All these kings, kingdoms, beasts, horns, rams and goats, are the very people whom the Western nations have been warring against, ostensibly to ‘win their hearts and minds’. For the most part, all of this warring resulted from the actions of one man – Osama bin Laden. It’s this man who has inflamed the whole Middle East against America and the Europeans. The False Prophet, when he visibly emerges will undoubtedly choose a man like Osama bin Laden as his protégé, and possibly, even this man himself. Who knows, since it is Satan’s call! Regardless of who the chosen man actually is, this ruler of the heavenly realms will certainly choose a man that mirrors the conduct of bin Laden. All this ‘winning of hearts and minds’ nonsense has succeeded only in creating a behemoth in the Middle East and throughout the world – which is destined to destroy the House of Israel! Thankfully, God plans to rescue the remnant of them and restore them to their ancestral allotments in the Holy Land. Yet this will take some years to accomplish and will follow years of terror, destruction, carnage, death and horror!
Today, with all the pontificating about the rights of the enemy, and their reluctance to bomb them back to the stone age, the House of Israel will pine away, disgraced that they never did the obvious: to utterly destroy God’s enemies and, as it turns out, their own enemies. While they’re presently wallowing in self-righteousness, they are about to learn the lesson of the ages. They’ll certainly long for the return of the Mighty One Jesus.
In the 8th chapter of Daniel, the description of these two beasts continues, beginning with the appearance of the Ram, which represents the Medes and Persians. This Ram becomes very great, but at the height of his power, a Shaggy Goat emerges and deals a deadly blow, knocking him down and crushing him.
Dan 8:1-3"In the third year of King Belshazzar's reign, I, Daniel, had a vision, after the one that had already appeared to me. 2 In my vision I saw myself in the citadel of Susa in the province of Elam; in the vision I was beside the Ulai Canal. 3 I looked up, and there before me was a ram with two horns (Medes and Persians), standing beside the canal, and the horns were long. One of the horns was longer than the other but grew up later." This is a reference to the Persian Empire with the longer horn, but the other horn (the Medes or Kurds) grows up later to form the Medo-Persian Empire under Cyrus – the anointed one. It’s under Cyrus that the Ram surges forward and charges in all directions:
V4"I watched the ram as he charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against him, and none could rescue from his power. He did as he pleased and became great. You'll notice that he charges towards the west (Syria), the north (Turkey) and to the south (Iraq) and consolidates his power base as the Medo-Persian Empire. This is the ram that is later knocked down and conquered by the Shaggy Goat from Greece. This is the account of this later event:
V5"As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between his eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground. 6 He came toward the two-horned ram I had seen standing beside the canal and charged at him in great rage. 7 I saw him attack the ram furiously, striking the ram and shattering his two horns. The ram was powerless to stand against him; the goat knocked him to the ground and trampled on him, and none could rescue the ram from his power. 8 The goat became very great, but at the height of his power his large horn was broken off, and in its place four prominent horns grew up toward the four winds of heaven. 9 Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land. 10 It grew until it reached the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them. 11 It set itself up to be as great as the Prince of the host; it took away the daily sacrifice from him, and the place of his sanctuary was brought low. 12 Because of rebellion, the host of the saints and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground.
Here we can plainly see that this prophecy leads all the way to the establishment of the Temple and the reestablishment of the daily sacrifice. This spirit ruler actually sets himself up to be as great as the Prince of Hosts, claiming to be God, and sitting in the Temple as God. He even takes away the daily sacrifice for a number of years. This is a very plain reference to the Beast – and he comes from one of the horns of the Shaggy Goat. Just to clarify this, Alexander the Great was the first horn of the Shaggy Goat, but when this horn was broken off, four more grew in its place. And now we see in this prophecy that another horn arises from the former four horns. He starts small but grows in power towards the four winds of heaven. He attacks to the south, which is Egypt, the king of the south (Daniel gives considerable detail about this in Chapt. 11) He charges to the East against the Medo-Persian Empire. During these conquests, he throws some of the starry hosts (spirit rulers) to the ground and tramples on them. At this point, he will have absolute power over all the starry host (the fallen angels). Then he sets his sights on the Beautiful Land, determined to take possession of Jerusalem and the Temple of God.
Jesus Christ mentioned this:Matt 24:15 "So when you see standing in the holy place `the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel--let the reader understand-- 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains." How many readers have understood this? It's almost impossible to find anyone today who believes what the Bible says and are willing to acknowledge that the King of Greece is the Beast. Jesus even points the way to what Daniel said, but still they don't believe. Most readers have difficulty believing that a New Temple will be built, and that daily sacrifices will be made in it - until they are taken away by the Beast. Nor could they understand that the daily sacrifices will be restored some years later when the Sanctuary is reconsecrated.
As a point of interest, Jesus is speaking of this prophecy of Daniel as a future event. Not so, say the false prophets! They say it happened a couple of hundred years before Jesus (around 186 BC) and was fulfilled by Antioches Epiphanes, when he desecrated the Temple and poured pig blood on the Altar. Now why would these people say such a thing? The answer to this is a severe indictment on them, because it so happens that Antiochus Epiphanes was a Greek - just as the Bible says the Beast will be. So in believing this about Antiochus Epiphanes, they are virtually acknowledging that Daniel identified the Beast as the King of Greece. But they can't bring themselves to believe it because it contradicts their own [false] prophecies.
To be sure, there are similarities! Antiochus Epiphanes was the king of the Seleucid Empire, the eastern remnant of the Macedonian Empire of Alexander the Great. The Seleucid Empire lasted from 312-63 BC. Greek or not, Antiochus Epiphanes didn't fulfill the prophecy spoken of by Daniel - it was still a future event at the time of Christ!
Antiochus Epiphanes truly did believe he was a god. In the second book of Maccabees we find a long and harrowing indictment against him:2Macc 6:1-11 "Not long after this the king sent an Athenian senator to force the Jews to abandon the customs of their ancestors and live no longer by the laws of God; also to profane the temple in Jerusalem and dedicate it to Olympian Zeus, and that on Mount Gerizim to Zeus the Hospitable, as the inhabitants of the place requested...They also brought into the temple things that were forbidden, so that the altar was covered with abominable offerings prohibited by the laws. A man could not keep the sabbath or celebrate the traditional feasts, nor even admit that he was a Jew. At the suggestion of the citizens of Ptolemais, a decree was issued ordering the neighboring Greek cities to act in the same way against the Jews: oblige them to partake of the sacrifices (to demons), and put to death those who would not consent to adopt the customs of the Greeks. It was obvious, therefore, that disaster impended. Thus, two women who were arrested for having circumcised their children were publicly paraded about the city with their babies hanging at their breasts and then thrown down from the top of the city wall. Others, who had assembled in nearby caves to observe the sabbath in secret, were betrayed to Philip and all burned to death. " So let's just say that Antiochus Epiphanes, while not the prophesied beast, is certainly a good imitation of him.
The Apostle Paul also mentions about the Beast setting himself up in God's Temple:2Thess 2:3 "Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God." So apparently, Paul didn't know what he was talking about either - according to the false prophets! Because he, too, states that this prophecy is yet future! Paul knew what the Scriptures said, and this is where he got his information. In fact, from the Book of Daniel!
Continuing where we left off in the Book of Daniel, we find a continuation of these things:Dan 8:13-14 "Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, "How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled--the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host that will be trampled underfoot?" 14 He said to me, "It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated." So this gives us a bit of an idea what is going to happen. Suddenly, everyone turns to jelly in the Holy Land and most will succumb to the lying wonders the Beast performs, and so they rebel against God's Kingdom and His servants - the very ones who rescued them! When people become so gutless and exhibit hearts the size of a pea, you really can't expect too much integrity from them. Here was the perfect chance to be martyred for God and to have everlasting life, but instead they loved their lives more than God. Interestingly, Daniel has something to say about this too: Dan 11:31-37 "His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. 32 With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him." "Violated the Covenant" is a reference to God’s Covenant that all people of Jerusalem will be obliged to live by. With cunning flattery, this Beast will convince people that God’s Covenant is unrealistic and deprives them of their rights. He offers an alternative covenant, which he promptly breaks himself. We’ll get to this in a few moments.
Yes, there will certainly be a fight-back from the Temple Fortress! Those who know their God will know what this means, and they will also know the outcome. It's the final act before the Battle of Armageddon. In the lead-up to this, there will be people who are wise enough to instruct others, yet as with others in the time of Antiochus Epiphanes, they will have to put their lives on the line if they choose obedience to God.V13 "Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered. 34 When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them. 35 Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time." When people are captured, it becomes a real problem, because they're used as human shields by the satanic forces of the heavenly realms. We even see mad creatures today actually offering themselves as human shields on the side of Islam. You can be sure of one thing! Such traitors will be the first to be gunned down without the slightest qualm of conscience! There is nothing more detestible than a traitor.
V36"The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. 37 He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all." This certainly gives us the measure of this pompous fool! If he has no regard for his other colleagues, the demon gods who love to be worshipped, it's certain that he will have no regard for human beings. It's worth noting however, that he uses flattery to corrupt those who have violated the Covenant and turned against God.
Daniel even adds a lot more about the events that surround the desecration of the Temple and the end to sacrifice and offerings. It begins with the reign of the anointed one, Cyrus, and the later emergence of the beast:Dan 9:25-27 "Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the anointed one, the ruler, comes, there will be seven `sevens,' and sixty-two`sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two `sevens,' the anointed one (Cyrus) will be cut off and will have nothing." So at that time, Jerusalem will need to be rebuilt after disaster has befallen it. Roads and trenches - presumably site preparations - will be built, but in times of trouble, which is a fair indiction that wars will continue to the end. Yet after the departure of the anointed one, Cyrus, it faces destruction yet again. The Beast and his armies will arrive for the specific purpose of destroying the City and the Sanctuary, and trying to undo all that Cyrus set out to do. Continuing in V26 "The people of the ruler (the Beast called Death) who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one `seven.' In the middle of the`seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him." The end that is decreed for him is to be thrown into the Lake of Fire. He will be captured along with the false prophet and together they'll be thrown alive into the Fiery Lake (Rev 19:19-21).
I don't know what this covenant is that he will make with many, but half-way through the covenant period, he will renege and put an end to sacrifice and offering, and set up his abominable image in the Temple. A couple of things the reader can learn from this: Never take bad advice from anyone, and never do a deal with the devil! If you live in an Israelite country, you'll notice that your leaders are constantly violating this. They love to do deals with the devil and his detestible brood. They call it 'winning their hearts and minds' – and this is notoriously bad advice!
Continuing inDan 8:15-17 "While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man. 16 And I heard a man's voice from the Ulai calling, "Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision." Here we see that Gabriel looks like a man. He doesn't have wings or feathers, but he still looks very imposing. In fact, Daniel was overawed by his stature: 17 As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate. "Son of man," he said to me, "understand that the vision concerns the time of the end." The archangels of God are very powerful and have a rough, tough, super-imposing presence, and Gabriel is no exception. When mainstream Christianity exhibits their own renditions of Gabriel, he certainly doesn’t look like someone who would induce a terrified reaction. Instead, their rendition of Gabriel looks more like a woman! V18-22 "While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep (Daniel fainted), with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet. 19 He said: "I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. 20 The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes is the first king. 22 The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power. This clearly shows that the two-horned ram represents the Kings of Media and Persia.
In the latter part of the reign of the four kings that took over from Alexander when he died, a stern-faced king – the Beast – a master of intrigue, will arise. Like Alexander, he will rise to very great power, and vent his rage in the Middle East, knocking down nations like dominos:V23-27 "In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise. 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power (the devil gives him his power – Rev 13:3). He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. 25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power. Instead he will be thrown into the Lake of Fire by God’s archangels. V26-27 "The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future." And here we see that this vision has been sealed up until the distant future when the Lion of the Tribe of Judah breaks open the Seals to reveal the contents of the Scroll. Naturally enough, the contents of the Scroll are revealed to His servants the prophets. V27 "I, Daniel, was exhausted and lay ill for several days. Then I got up and went about the king's business. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding." This clearly shows that it was beyond understanding until the Seals were opened.
Now that the time has come for the Seals to be opened, the false prophets can go on vacation. They’ve exhausted themselves inventing their own renditions of Bible prophecy without any regard for the Scriptures that Jesus used while on earth – the Old Testament. What a field day of intrigue they’ve had. In fact, they’ve been masters of intrigue and in so doing, they’ve actually emulated the Beast, who also throws Truth to the ground and tramples on it. Perhaps the reader can now understand why God is so scathing towards false prophets. I wonder who’ll be the first to confess their woeful lies and distortions? If they don’t, then there is a place prepared for them where they’ll get more than a suntan. It’s the place where all ‘goats’ will be thrown!Matt 25:31-33, "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32 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." So the goats will be placed on the left, and this is what happens to the goats on the left: V41-46 "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. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' 44 "They also will answer, `Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' 45 "He will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' 46 "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." Those who take on the role of the goat, which is a reference to the mind of the Beast, and follow him by taking his mark in order to save their lives, will be thrown alive into the lake of fire. This punishment is confirmed in The Judgment: Rev 20:4 "I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years." And just to confirm these ‘goats’ are thrown into the lake of fire – along with Death (the beast) and Hades (the false prophet) we find it confirmed here: V11-15 "Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." So here we see a clear distinction between the sheep and the goats. The goats are those who received the mark of the beast. The sheep are those who refused it and were killed or beheaded. The goats are thrown into the same lake of fire as Death and Hades and suffer the same fate. Jesus Christ Himself confirms these things in Matt 12:36-37 "But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." Just to add to this, Daniel also spoke of this Day of Judgment: Dan 12:1-3 "At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people--everyone whose name is found written in the book--will be delivered. 2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge."
Down through the ages there have been many people who lived blameless lives in obedience to God, but never distinguished themselves in any particular way. These eventually died and were buried. They were never really tested to the degree that the saints and martyrs will be in these final days. So what happens to them? Well, they too, have a resurrection – at the end of 1,000 years (Rev 20:5). The exception to this are all the martyrs who gave their lives for God, as well as, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets (Luke 13:28). Just to confirm this, we find these words concerning martyrs for God in Heb 11:35-39 "Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. 37 They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated-- 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect." These martyrs went through all this suffering so that they might gain a better resurrection! And they did! They will be made perfect with all the saints who serve God faithfully in these last days.
And now we come to the further description of the beast with the ten horns as spoken of by Daniel, but now we find it spoken of in the Book of Revelation. This book confirms all that was prophesied by Daniel, right down to the description of the four beasts described in Daniel 7.
TEN HORNS and SEVEN HEADS
Rev 13:1-4"And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. 4 Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, "Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?" You’ll notice that this beast, described here, comes out of the sea and ‘resembles a leopard’, has ‘feet like those of a bear’ and a ‘mouth like a lion’. And isn’t this how Daniel described the first three beasts of Dan 7 as like a leopard, a bear, and a lion? In other words, this beast resembles all the powers he conquers because afterwards he rules over them and they become a part of his empire. This is what happened in the days of Alexander. And isn’t the fourth beast, who takes over and crushes all the beasts before him securing their kingdoms for himself, the very one who emerges as the beast with ten horns (Dan 7:7). Did you notice this verse above: The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. The dragon is virtually equipping this beast with similar powers to himself. And as we’ll find shortly, these all include magical powers and sorcery. Demons just love to involve themselves in this type of thing. Magicians are springing up everywhere now in television shows doing tricks, but now these things are real and unexplainable in human terms. They are demon sorcery! The function behind these shows is the ability of demons to make physical objects materialize and dematerialize – and even their human mediums who perform these lying wonders can dematerialize on cue. So don’t think for one moment that they are doing it through the power of their minds – as the mind-freak shows would suggest, they are doing it through the power of demons. It’s important to understand this if you hope to escape from being deceived.
We also saw this in the verses above: "Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast". By consenting to the authority of the beast, men will be literally worshipping the devil! So this makes it very clear why God will not tolerate such behaviour. There is no ‘free pass’ for anyone who succumbs to the beast and his authority.
Just to confirm that Satan the devil is the power behind the throne of the Beast with seven heads and ten horns, it’s plainly stated in these verses:Rev 12:1-6 "A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon (the lesser light) under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. This actually confirms the region where the Dragon or Satan lives and rules. It’s the same region that is subject to the conquest of the beast who comes after the likeness of Alexander.
The dragon or Satan is not one to go unnoticed; he puts his imprint and authority on all the rulers of the heavenly realms, and the Beast of beasts is no exception. In giving the Beast his power, Satan creates the illusion that the beast is a free agent to do as he wishes, but we see here the Satan retains his power behind the throne. Yet in the final outcome, everything doesn’t go Satan’s way, and he too will experience a rebellion among his rulers of the heavenly realms. But we’ll get to this shortly.
V4"His tail (a reference to his demon followers or rulers) swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6 The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days." The woman that gave birth to the Child was the House of David, and Jesus constantly confirmed that He was the Son of David. The House of David eventually became just two Tribes after the House of Israel went into captivity. These two Tribes were the Tribe of Judah and the Tribe of Levi, both of whom chose to remain faithful to God and the Holy City Jerusalem.
Continuing with the reference to the seven heads and ten horns, we find another woman, who is referred to as a harlot or prostitute. This woman certainly doesn’t remain faithful to God or Jerusalem, but to Babylon, the host city of so much evil in past generations. Today, it’s been rebuilt again by Saddam Hussein. As a proxy of a ruler of the spirit realm, Saddam knew the importance of this city of Babylon and completed the building of it for his master Satan. Sure, Saddam is now dead, but he paved the way for the other beasts to arrive and to fulfill Bible Prophecy. In his depraved and irrational mind, Satan wanted to set up his throne and habitation right where he formerly deceived the children of God in the Garden of Eden. In this case, it was the woman who was deceived. The Garden of Eden was in the very area of Babylon between the rivers – the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers (Gen 2:14).
And now we get to the description of this harlot woman, a detestible woman that holds absolute power over his subordinates.Rev 17:3-18 "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." Who’s this woman with seven heads and ten horns? We just read it in Rev 12:3 "Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns". As we’ll see in a moment, this dragon (which is the devil – Rev 12:9) gives his power to the beast, but still maintains power over him. The devil is the great harlot or prostitute and his city is Babylon on the Euphrates River.
We sometimes refer to the government of a country by the name of their city, for example, Washington, London, Moscow, etc. What we’re referring to is the ruling power. In the same way, Babylon refers to Satan, where anciently he built this city in the ancient location of the Garden of Eden – ever willing to venture into the forbidden in defiance of God!
Continuing inRev 17:4 "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." In the course of this study, we’ve seen quite a number of these abominations that the Bible predicts will arise in the earth. And here we see, yet again, the mention of the seven heads and ten horns. The message concerning these relates to abominable destruction and blood-letting throughout the earth. The Harlot who sits on this scarlet beast is the same being who was in the Garden of Eden – the Serpent or Satan!
And what’s the primary mission of this Great Harlot? To pour out the blood of the saints and to destroy anyone who bears the Testimony of Jesus.V6 "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 (at the time when this Book of Revelation was given, he was no longer in power. Instead, he was serving a long imprisonment in the Abyss), and yet will come (he’ll come all right – and in our day). 9 "This calls for a mind with wisdom (This type of Wisdom comes only through God’s Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the Wisdom of God – 1Cor 1:24 "Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God" – which relates to the Testimony of Jesus mentioned above in V6.). The seven heads are seven hills (or seven kingdoms) on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five (kings or heads) have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. (The eighth king is the one who follows after and gives his allegiance to the Beast who has rulership over seven kings and ten horns – the ten horns themselves also receive kingship, but only for one hour.) 12 "The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers." Under what circumstances would these ten kings receive power for just one hour? These are nations or former kingdoms, which have been brought under the power of the Beast and are subservient to him. The clue to this is in these words: "The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom" – These horns are waiting in the wings to become kings – and these are spirit rulers! So what is their purpose, and what do they hope to achieve? As we read in V13 above, their purpose is to give their power and authority to the Beast and to make war against the Lamb. All their power is accumulated together to storm the Holy City of Jerusalem, and it will take just one hour to set them on their course down the Valley of Armageddon. Prior to this, God will have prepared the Valley for this exact eventuality. This is where the Beast and the False Prophet will be captured. The Battle of Armageddon is too complex to deal with here, so we’ll defer it until later in this study.
Presently, we’re dealing with the Beast and the ten horns. After a while, the Beast will grow tired of Satan and his excessive demands. And in this next quote concerning this, we learn that the waters on which the Great Harlot sits is actually a reference to peoples, multitudes, nations and languages – rather than actual water.Rev 17:15 "Then the angel said to me, "The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh (or consume all the flesh in the city by burning it with fire) and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God's words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth." Here we see that the woman or great harlot is also a reference to Satan’s city of Babylon – which the Beast and the ten horns will hate! When they have had all they can take from this harlot, they will attack it and destroy it, killing everyone there, and leaving it a smoking ruin. God says He will put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose – which is to destroy Babylon. God fulfills this by agreeing to give the Beast his/their power to rule. This is the preliminary destruction of Babylon. Much worse is to come for Babylon, when God destroys it so utterly, that it won’t be found again. A great earthquake will open up and Babylon will literally be rolled off the resulting cliffs. Jer 51:24-26 "Before your eyes I will repay Babylon and all who live in Babylonia for all the wrong they have done in Zion," declares the LORD. 25 "I am against you, O destroying mountain, you who destroy the whole earth," declares the LORD. "I will stretch out my hand against you, roll you off the cliffs, and make you a burned-out mountain. 26 No rock will be taken from you for a cornerstone, nor any stone for a foundation, for you will be desolate forever," declares the LORD." God describes the earthquake that will accomplish this enable it to be rolled off the cliffs: Rev 16:17-20 "The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, "It is done!" 18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20 Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. 21 From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible." This is how Babylon disappears forever. And haven’t we been telling you from the beginning of Isaiah, chapter 40, that the mountains would be leveled? When God says above that every island fled away and the mountains could not be found, this is exactly what He means! God is going to restructure the landmass of the earth to what it once was when He first created it. In the process of doing this, all the cities of the nations will collapse. It’s beyond comprehension that people today are so obsessed with ‘saving the planet’, when God has other things in mind. The cities in which they took so much pride are going to be leveled, and there will be nothing left of value – unless they want to squat among the ruins and eat dust like a serpent – and this is likely to be their only option.
And now we read of the appearance of the little horn – the one who arises from the Abyss. He begins the process of deifying the first beast by making everyone worship his image (which, through sorcery, he is able to make this image speak), and he begins to enforce the first beast’s name on the foreheads or hands of everyone or to face death. We’ve now seen that this new Alexander will be called Death, and the second beast who supports Death will be called Hades. Let’s insert the links between these different entities:
Dan 7:11-12"Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. 12 (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.) There are two beasts specifically named as being thrown into the Lake of Fire. These are Death and the Hades and they are mentioned here: Rev 6:7 "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." And just so we can be sure that this is speaking of the Beast and the False Prophet, we find this in Rev 19:20-21 " But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the Rider on the Horse (This rider is Jesus Christ Himself – see comments below), and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh." In these next verses, we find that the Beast and the False Prophet are named as Death and Hades, and here it’s confirmed that they are thrown into the Lake of Fire: Rev 20:13-15 "The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." These verses clearly show that Death and Hades are none other than the Beast and the False Prophet!
The Righteous Ruler on the White Horse
We just read this verse above inRev 19:21 "The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the Rider on the Horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh." Which rider is this referring to? The identity is given in V11 "I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war." This is a little different from the general concept of most people concerning the Mighty One, Jesus Christ! He is a Mighty, Conquering Warrior who plans to bring justice to the earth through war! All living flesh will be the beneficiaries of this mighty conquest because it will restore peace to the earth! V12 "His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." This is what we’ve been saying all along! Jesus Christ is the Mighty Conqueror who will fight and destroy all His enemies. Lamentably, most of Christianity depict Him as a long-haired and effeminate weakling, which clearly shows they have never known Him!
But His servants know Him, and they serve Him. As a point of interest, when the seven seals of the Scroll are removed by this Mighty Warrior, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, He will again triumph:Rev 5:5 "Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals." (His triumph was His death and resurrection from the cross – Col 2:15, 1Pet 3:19. Jesus Christ suffered in order that we might live to replace God’s enemies.) So, here we see that the Rider on the White Horse, mentioned in Rev 19:21, is the Mighty One Himself, but with the opening of the First Seal, we see a different being riding a white horse. In fact, we see 4 riders riding four different horses; a white one, a red one, a black one and a pale one. Who then, is the rider on this white horse? Well, we don’t have to guess! Remember the great statue that Daniel described? Who was the head of that statue? It was the King of Babylon. And who was the Master of Babylon (Iraq) in our day? It was Saddam Hussein! He’s the ruler that presided over King Nebuchadnezzar’s territories. Saddam actually believed himself to be the reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar. What is more, Saddam actually rebuilt the City of Babylon, including Nebuchadnezzar’s throne room.
The White Horse of the Scroll
So what does the Scroll have to say about this first white horse?Rev 6:1 "I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, "Come!" 2 I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest." The rider, of course, is a ruler of the heavenly realms – a spirit being, and Saddam Hussein was his protégé. This ruler was given a crown (but with God’s consent) to make his entrance. Being an absolute tyrant, he became ruler by crushing his enemies. No-one in his country was safe from his madness. The jails and torture chambers were kept full all the time. But even this wasn’t enough, he was bent on conquest! For eight years he waged war against the Persians (Iran) but couldn’t prevail. Then he decided to conquer Kuwait, but again he failed. Being bent on conquest is one thing, but actually succeeding is another matter entirely. As far as the conquest of Persia (Iran) is concerned, it could not have happened. Prophecy must be fulfilled, and it so happens that the next horse to make its appearance is a red horse and this horse has become the proxy ruler of Iraq anyway through their Shi’ite Muslim rulers there.
The Red Horse of the Scroll
Which nation is represented next on the statue Daniel describes? It’s Persia that is represented by the silver of the great image, and it’s Persia that comes to prominence next and is represented as a fiery red horse:Rev 6:3-4 "When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" 4 Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword." What’s the largest ‘sword’ today? It’s nuclear weapons, but those nations that have them now are afraid to use them, but not the latest addition to the thermonuclear club – Persia! Not only have they vowed to destroy America and the Israelis, but they’re prepared to do it. If America was wiped out and no longer a superpower, how much peace would there be on earth? There would be none, because it’s the might and power of America that is holding it all back. But this red horse and its rider are given power to take America out of the way and to fulfill their goals. Even the Apostle Paul knew from the Scriptures that a man of sin would have to arise, but it wouldn’t happen until Ephraim is taken out of the way. Paul didn’t just pluck this from the air as the false prophets like to do! He read it and understood it from the Scriptures. 2Thess 2:3-12 "Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God." This couple of verses has nothing to do with the Prince of Persia, but, rather, what follows later. Nevertheless, there is one great restraining factor in the world today, and this is Ephraim, the mightiest nation on earth – at present! V5 "Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way." Paul knew from the Scriptures that this mighty one is Ephraim, who pounds on the nations to the ends of the earth. When Ephraim speaks, men tremble, because he is the exalted one of Israel. No nation dares to provoke Ephraim too much! None could defeat him in all-out war, and all the nations of the earth know it. What is more, Satan knows it too! So the primary role of Satan and his demon rulers is to get rid of Ephraim – the United States of America, then everyone can happily go ahead and kill one another – and take peace from the earth! Until this happens, the lawless one will have to wait in the wings – he can’t make his move yet! But once Ephraim is taken out of the way, all hell will break loose. V8 "And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10 and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness."
Any student of the Bible who has ever read the Book of Revelation will know about the beast and the false prophet. They would also know that anyone who falls for their delusional signs and wonders and accepts the mark of the beast will be condemned and thrown into the lake of fire. Paul gleaned all this information from the only Scriptures that existed at that time – the Old Testament. And this is what we’re doing in this study. When Paul wrote the words above, there was no Book of Revelation – this came years later.
So what is Satan’s highest priority? It’s very obvious! He must get rid of the mightiest power on earth, which continually frustrates his efforts, and this power is America. Satan and his demon rulers don’t understand the Scriptures. Without God’s Holy Spirit, and especially, without the Spirit of Prophecy, it’s not possible to understand them, and Satan and his demons certainly don’t have God’s Holy Spirit. Well, these rulers went to the greatest lengths to empower Saddam Hussein and to enable him to acquire nuclear weapons, but all their efforts failed. Then they turned to their next option, and with time running out, and as the sixth millennial day came to an end, they set their goals on Persia. The prince of Persia was only too eager to comply. He’s no slouch himself when it comes to destruction.
So as the rider of the Persian red horse makes his ride, he knows what he has to do and he’s racing ahead to accomplish it. He knows that the present administration of the United States will give him plenty of latitude, and he also knows that there will never again be another Muslim President in the White House. So it’s now or never! So far, there have been no restraints to his ambition, and he’s really not expecting any. At another time, wiser heads might have prevailed, but not with an African Muslim as President! This Muslim would ride America into the ground before he would ever oppose his god Allah.
Most informed people know today that President Ahmadinejab of Iran has messianic ambitions. He constantly speaks of the Islamic Mahdi – the messiah of Islam. He’s constantly steering public opinion to recognize him as the Mahdi. Who, then, is this Mahdi? History buffs will immediately recognize him as the one relating to British General Charles Gordon of Khartoum fame. At the time, the British were allied with the Egyptians in the occupation of Sudan. This is how one history book relates to the appearance of the Mahdi:‘In 1881, Muhammad Ahmed declared himself the Mahdi, the prophesied Muslim messiah who would rid the world of evil, and launched a holy war on the infidel occupiers of Sudan. The Mahdi led a victorious attack on Al Ubayyid in 1883, and went on to capture all of the Darfur region of Western Sudan, defeating the Egyptian army led by British Colonel William Hicks. In 1884 British General Charles George Gordon was dispatched to Khartoum to evacuate Egyptian troops. The Mahdi’s forces surrounded Khartoum and besieged the city for 10 months, while Gordon begged the British government for reinforcements. On 26 January 1885, two days before British reinforcements arrived, Khartoum fell and Gordon and his entire garrison were massacred. The British reconquered Sudan in 1898.’ (Micropedia World History, 2001, page 208, by Professor Jeremy Black).
Does this sound familiar? Isn’t this the sort of rhetoric we’re hearing from President Ahmadinejab of Iran? Ahmadinejab believes himself to be the next incarnation of this Mahdi, and believes he must rid the world of infidels. Naturally enough for a Muslim, the worst infidels are Christians and Jews. He has two primary targets: America, the most powerful and most populous Christian nation on earth, and of course, the Israelis. The Muslim President of the United States of America has recently begun to support Iran’s nuclear ambitions for ‘peaceful purposes’ even though the UN nuclear watchdog (the IAEA) has recently suggested that "nuclear weapons seem to be their desired objective". Being a Muslim, President Obama would happily see the Israelis destroyed so that he could hand the Holy Land to the Arabs and secure peace in his time. And this is where the madness of this man will backfire. He’s gotten Ahmadinejab’s priorities in reverse order. This ‘Mahdi’ knows exactly what has to be done, and this spirit ruler will carry it out. Then nothing will impede Islam’s ambitions to conquer the whole world – except one thing! God Almighty!
So why would God permit the destruction of America? The answer is: why wouldn’t He! After all the blessings God has lavished on America, they still can’t distinguish between good and evil. They seem to have a very unhealthy tolerance for the most evil of people, who happen to be God’s enemies! What is more, America is constantly trying ‘to win their hearts and minds’. And now the present US Administration is determined to hand God’s Land over to His enemies, and sacrifice the Israelis into the bargain! God intends to give them a little more time to think long and hard about this type of conduct, and He will certainly demonstrate to them the error of their ways. God intends to show His most favoured nation America just how evil His enemies are, and they will rue the day they ever thought otherwise.
So the Persians will successfully make their ride. Once this is concluded, what happens next? Well, the rider on the next horse takes his ride. So what’s the description of him? Well with the gold and silver of the great statue gone, we come to the bronze part, and God appoints the appropriate ruler.
The Black Horse of the Scroll
Now here’s a horse of a different colour! And he’s a dark horse. He seems to be very methodical and measured in all that he does. With the outcome of all that happens with the previous red horse, this rider of the black horse knows that it calls for some strategy or his nation will be overrun. His nation is sitting on considerable quantities of hidden treasure and could quickly become a target. So he does a deal with God Himself, and God responds favourably.
This is the description of the rider and the black horse:Rev 6:5-6 "When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!" As we’ve seen in the last few verses, God has appointed a living creature over each of these four riders and horses of the Apocalypse. The job of these four living creatures is to lay out the ground rules. John hears a rather cryptic comment coming from among these living creatures specifying the quantities of the daily rations. Some armies are forced to forage for food, but this is a clear indication that specific rations must be met. To be quite honest about it, this is a very generous daily ration. Four quarts of grain makes a lot of bread for one man. So why is God’s representative, the living creature whose cryptic voice John heard, stipulating generous rations? Well, the reason will become obvious as we reveal who this rider is. It’s Cyrus, the dark horse of the rising sun and the one who doesn’t usually see eye to eye with Satan.
The reason John was unclear about the comment of the living creature that he had heard, which sounded like a voice, was the comment about the oil and the wine. It would seem logical that a daily ration for an army might contain grain for bread, and perhaps some cooking oil and some wine to drink with their meals. Here we see that the oil and wine are not suggested as part of the rations, but the Black Horse is told not to damage them. Of primary importance in conducting war today is to protect the fuel supply. You may or may not know this, but Iran has plenty of oil, but no refineries. They actually have to import distilled fuels into their country. So Cyrus knows that his newly acquired kingdom (Medo-Persia) has to preserve fuel supplies and to capture other fuel supplies in the course of war. So refineries will need to be captured in operating condition. Why are we mentioning Iran (Persians), which was the Red Horse, in this context? Because Cyrus and his Median (Kurdish) forces will take over the Persian nation and will expand their borders southward, northward and westward! The Persians will have worn themselves out and depleted their weapon stocks destroying the mightiest nation on earth, and will be vulnerable to a takeover. God Himself chooses the ruler to do this. It’s an old ally of long ago called Cyrus.
Then there’s the wine! This is a reference to Satan’s propaganda. Satan, as the harlot that he is, is drunk on the wine of his own depravities, and it’s this wine that must be conserved at all costs for the armies of a power that is seeking global conquest. This wine is referenced inRev 18:3-5 "For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries." 4 Then I heard another voice from heaven say: "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; 5 for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes." These things have to be fulfilled, so the propaganda of her wine must continue until all nations have drunk of it. And drink of it they will!
The black horse ofRev 6:5-6 arises and is measuring out grain for wages and is warned against damaging the oil or the wine. The fact is that this is speaking of army rations, because the opening of the seals is all about war to the very end. In fact, the rider on the black horse is a reference to the emergence of Cyrus after the Prince of Persia has done his damage with his large sword. Cyrus will take over the country of Iraq and Persia, and jointly it will be called the Medo-Persian Empire. This is how the angel of God explained it to Daniel: Dan 8:19-21 "He said: "I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. n 20 The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes is the first king. 22 The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power." So the King of Greece is the one who destroys the Mede and Persian Empire, which at that time will be ruled by Cyrus.
We’ve learned a lot about Cyrus in preceding chapters and we know that God intends to break down iron gates and smash everything in his path in return for financing the building of His Temple and the City of Jerusalem. There are a number of things we can learn here from this. Firstly, there will be a need to rebuild Jerusalem after a disaster befalls the Holy Land. And secondly, that Cyrus will be ruler over the whole region from Persia to the Mediterranean. Just to put all this into some perspective, there will be two separate kings over the lands of Media (Kurdish lands) and Persia in the appointed time of the end until Cyrus takes power.Dan 8:19-21 "He said: "I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. 20 The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings (plural) of Media and Persia. 21 The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes is the first king." There is no doubt that the Persian rider (or ruler) will lose power to the Kurds (formerly called Medes). It will arise as the Medo-Persian Empire, just as it did in Daniel’s description of the great statue or image. Cyrus will prove to be a very worthy foe, and also an ally of God. For a while, God will rain hell on anyone who opposes Cyrus – God Himself anointed him as ruler and he will ride out as a conqueror with virtually no restraint. It will take a brave nation to oppose him.
And this brings us to the next Seal that is opened. And here we see the emergence of the Shaggy Goat or Beast, and the one who follows close behind him. That one is the false prophet. In the description of them, they are actually named. Their names are Death and Hades.
The Pale Horse of the Scroll
And now we see the opening of the next seal. This is the pale horse. We’ve already spoken a lot about this rider and the horse. This is what the Scroll says about them: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." Of all the seals, this is the one that plainly proves that these riders are spirit demons and all of them to one extent or another are bent on conquest. This last one certainly is, and he will go to any lengths to achieve his objectives. Note the words: ‘Its rider was named Death’. The horse itself, whatever colour, is merely the nation over whom the rider rules. It could be said that when these two monsters, Death and Hades, arise, imprinting their authority over the entire Middle East, the nations will be looking a little pale. They will have just undergone defeat, and will capitulate to the Beast and he will rule over them. The Beast’s combined power through conquest will number a fourth of the earth.
The first order of business for the Beast and the False Prophet after the conquest, will be to reorganize the religious beliefs of his hordes. The worship of Allah by the Muslims will cease immediately; instead they will have the worship of the image of the beast enforced upon them. Islam, as a religion, will cease to exist, to be replaced by absolute paganism. This won’t be much of a leap for Islam since it only changes their worship for Satan (Allah) to the worship of the Beast. And so the Beast hijacks Satan’s glory!
Consequently, the Beast and the False Prophet, together with all their hordes, will hate Babylon – Satan’s city of residence. They will turn and attack it, plundering and destroying it, burning it to the ground. By this time, Babylon will have developed so much power that the threat of its very existence must be removed. And a king like the legendary Alexander is just the one to do it. Now why would they want to destroy the city of the great ‘harlot’ himself – Satan? Well, by this time, Satan’s power will be fading, and the rulers of the heavenly realms who followed him in his rebellion against God are beginning to see him as the cause of their impending imprisonment. In the 14th chapter of Isaiah, we read a bit about this. Here we read that the departed spirits who were kings on the earth are now in the Abyss and awaiting the arrival of Satan (Isa 14:9-12). They were probably saying something like, ‘That pompous fool is about to join us!’ When he arrives, they will sneeringly respond, V10 "You have become weak, as we are, you have become like us." It won’t be a good day for Satan, and especially as he arrives in chains to begin a thousand year sentence: Rev 20:1-3 "And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time."
So there will be plenty of animosity coming from the Beast and the Ten Horns! They’ll hate both Satan and his city of Babylon and they’ll have good reason to do so.Rev 17:15-18, 18:1-3 "Then the angel said to me, "The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God's words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth." Well, this great city won’t rule over the kings of the earth anymore, and especially the iron Beast and his ten horns. Just remember that this Beast (Death) emerges from the Abyss where he spent many centuries incarcerated. He knows that ultimately it was Satan’s fault that led to his demise – and he has revenge in his heart! He will also know at that time what his ultimate fate will be and he will realize he has nothing to lose. The more destruction he can wreak on the earth the happier he will be.
In the next verse, we see a description of the activities of the Harlot City Babylon:Rev 18:1-3 "After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. 2 With a mighty voice he shouted: "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. 3 For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries."
You’ll recall how Daniel described a huge image of gold, silver, bronze and the lower part of it was iron, with two feet and finally ten toes composed partly of iron and partly of clay. The fourth part of this great statue was iron, and the fourth beast ofDan 7 is also like iron with iron teeth and bronze toes that crush everything in its path. This great statue that Daniel saw and described from Nebuchadnezzar’s dream is found in Dan 2:31-35 "You looked, O king, and there before you stood a large statue--an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. 32 The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. 34 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces AT THE SAME TIME and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth." Did you notice that this great statue, with all its component parts of Gold, silver, bronze, iron, and clay were broken to pieces AT THE SAME TIME?
This doesn’t exactly fit the fanciful prophecies conjured up by the false prophets, now does it? They disagree with everything Daniel wrote. Daniel identified Babylon as the city where Nebuchadnezzar ruled. ‘Not so’, say the false prophets, God and Daniel both got it wrong! These false prophets are either fixated with the idea that Babylon is the base of the largest Christian religion on earth - Rome, or, as some would have it, it’s the most powerful Christian nation on earth – America! One thing is certain; they didn’t get their crazed, mad reasoning from the Bible! Perhaps if they had gotten their information from the Bible instead of the dark recesses of their minds, they might have understood something about Bible Prophecy.
We find further explanations in the Book of Daniel concerning this great image that the false prophets conveniently overlooked:Dan 2:44-45 "In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. 45 This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands--a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. "The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and the interpretation is trustworthy." Which Kingdoms is the Rock going to strike and destroy? All the kingdoms that make up the great statue! That is, the gold, the silver, the bronze, the iron, and the clay – all at the same time. Why is this so hard for false prophets to understand? Which of the false prophets ever actually believed God? Daniel gave the interpretation through inspiration from God and stated that it was true and trustworthy. And what do we see? The false prophets say that it’s not true or trustworthy and needs to be re-interpreted! Such people are the perfect candidates to be goats. And they surely will be! If they are so incompetent that they cannot understand simple language, what are they doing prophesying in God’s Name?
The Balkans War
Leaving all this aside for the moment, remember the Balkan war when the Macedonians decided they’d had enough of the Muslim Bosnians, who never stopped persecuting the Christians? So they went ahead and started warring with them. The Western powers, under the influence of Democrat President Clinton, went berserk in favour of the Muslims and sent in NATO forces. And now the entire Balkan Christian community is outraged that the West chose to favour Muslims. Of course, when America was attacked by Muslims, they went to war against them themselves. But somehow, in the minds of the American Administration, this was different. They figured that they had the right to do it, but the Balkan Christians didn’t! These Christians were being killed, their houses burned down, and they were driven from their own homeland by these Muslim swine, but this didn’t count in the minds of the self-righteous West. So the West had to learn a lesson – a big lesson! And it came on 9/11! Did they learn their lesson? Were there any apologies for the Balkan Christians? No! Instead, they started rounding up the scapegoats: generals, presidents, soldiers and anyone else they could find, and tried them before the International Court for ‘genocide against the Muslims’. This is the type of insanity that prevails when a Democrat President comes to power. And now they have a Democrat President who is also a Muslim.
Thoroughly ostracized now by the self-righteous West, who can’t seem to recognize the enemy, the Balkan nations are primed to see justice done. It so happens that there are rulers of the heavenly realms, and two in particular, who hate the occupants of the Middle East – who also happen to be Muslims, but they dare not strike a blow while America is still the world’s only superpower. So, what has resulted from the Balkan war is a joint hatred for both Islam in general and the United States of America. Do you really blame them? Just imagine if Britain or France suddenly took a stance against their many Muslim insurgents and started killing them (just as Muslims happily kill Christians and Jews), and good ol’ self-righteous America launched a war against them to protect the Muslims. Would Britain or France be happy about that? No? Well, neither are the Balkan States! You may think the people of the Balkans are forgiving people and they’ll get over it. Perhaps they will, but a certain spirit ruler of the heavenly realms never will! This spirit ruler has experienced a long history of trouble from the Middle East, just as Alexander formerly did, and he is already jockeying for position and preparing himself for revenge. When they see the rider on the Red Horse deal the American Administration a death blow with his ‘large sword’, the Balkan states will begin preparing for revenge against their everlasting enemies, which, today is the Muslim hordes. They’ll bring to an end the worship of Allah, and under threat of death, the Muslims will worship the beast.
The Greek-Macedonians will consider justice done when they see America like a great ship floundering rudderless and abandoned by all their ‘friends’. Some of their ‘friends’, south-of-the-border-down-Mexico -way will storm the country, looting, killing and burning and Americans will be powerless to stop them. They can’t stop the thousands that are swarming in now, so how will they stop the millions? And especially when God rains calamities on these hordes and forces them to invade across the border! We’re already seeing this type of thing happening now.
In the back-wash to all this, there will be a fight-back by the Greek-Macedonians. Their other target – Islam – will be firmly in their sights! The four regional kings of Greek-Macedonia will arise, and the fourth will seize all the power, just as Alexander did anciently. The four kings who originally inherited Alexander’s power when he died, will now give that power back to him. The real power will be the Prince of Greece which is represented by the shaggy goat. I don’t want to go into it all now, because we’ve already partially covered it, but there is a difference between a sheep and a goat (Matt 25:32-46 and note that it’s speaking of Christians and the division between good and bad). In this case, the shaggy goat is representative of those who are bad. The ram, believe it or not, under the auspices of Cyrus, will actually fund the building of the Temple in Jerusalem. So I guess the ‘lost sheep of Israel’ can learn something from this. It’s just a personal observation.
The Balkan nations and Greece are predominantly Christian nations with a sizable population of Muslims. They’ll be easy to convince that a new strategy is called for when they see the Christian West destroyed. It will be nothing like Christianity or Judaism and it will certainly be nothing like Islam! These spirit rulers will wage war against them both! Under the auspices of the beast that arises from the Abyss, these people will all become pagans and worship a pagan image of this first Beast. What is more, once they destroy Babylon, Satan’s city, they will turn their minds to the destruction of Jerusalem – God’s City!
So what we see is that the whole region of Macedonia has an abiding hatred of Islam and especially those who live in their territory. And Greece is no exception. They too have these Muslim insurgents from Turkey and elsewhere encroaching into the Island of Cypress, and this has become a festering sore to them. A sizable chunk of Cypress is now wholly occupied by Muslims along with all the degradation and unrest that accompanies Muslim occupation.
We can expect to see in the years ahead the Greco-Macedonian Empire, described as a shaggy goat, with a horn growing from his head, which is the King of Greece. Formerly, when this king arose, and after the four horns that arose in his place anciently, Daniel spoke of yet another who would arise in the distant future – our day, and this one really is a master strategist and master of intrigue. It’s actually the same spirit being who once existed and will again. He will cause astounding damage and devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. Just when his ancient foes feel secure (and his ancient enemies were the Medes and Persians) he will make his move. Presently, Persia (Iran) is now openly threatening both the Israelis and Americans with total annihilation. Once they succeed with their threats, and their nemesis America is out of the way, the King of Greece will begin the process of arming for war. He’ll have to wait a few years until Cyrus performs his duty to God concerning the Holy City Jerusalem and the Temple.
Then the King of Greece will launch against them with a lightning strike that will leave them overwhelmed. He will extend his power to all the Middle East, and the nations will fall like nine-pins. Then he will take his stand against the Prince of princes – in other words, the Holy Prince Himself.
So this Goat (the King of Greece) attacks the Ram – who at that time will be the Medo-Persian Empire with Cyrus at the helm. Why is Cyrus called a Ram – the dominant member of a flock of sheep? Well, Cyrus has been given special duties by God to fund the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple. As an anointed servant appointed to this task, he certainly doesn’t fit the category of a goat – like Alexander! In many ways, Cyrus is quite remarkable. Just to put this into some kind of perspective, let’s note what Daniel had to say about him. This relates to the time when Daniel was falsely accused and thrown into the lion’s den.Dan 6:19-28 "At the first light of dawn, the king (the king was Darius but the spirit ruler was Cyrus) got up and hurried to the lions' den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, "Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?" 21 Daniel answered, "O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king." 23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24 At the king's command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions' den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones. 25 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language throughout the land: "May you prosper greatly! 26 "I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. "For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. 27 He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions." 28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian." Darius and Cyrus were both man and spirit, with Cyrus being the spirit part of the partnership. Dan 8:20 that identifies the Ram as two kings – one from the land of Media (Medes/Kurds) and the other from Persia. The king of the Medes/Kurds (Cyrus) supersedes the Persian king in Power (presently Ahmadinjab the ‘Mahdi’).
This is not the type of thing that Satan or the King of Greece will want to hear from Cyrus, where he praises the God of Daniel. The Beast’s ambition is to force everyone to worship him. Not the Great God, not the devil (Allah), or any other god – just himself and no other! This indicates a huge rift developing between Satan and the Beast, and this comes to a head with the destruction of Babylon.
In summary, just a further word about the Persians (Iran). They won’t feel secure (and this is what the King of Greece is waiting for –Dan 8:25) until they have destroyed the US Administration in Washington and left the country rudderless and without any central power. What is more, the Persians have a very large sword to do the job, and they also have the madman (Ahmadinejab) to instigate it. This man fully expects to emerge as the Mahdi – the Islamic version of a Messiah. For some years after this, the Persians will feel very secure and even invincible, and seek to put their imprint over the entire Middle East. Then Cyrus will arise taking power by knocking down nation after nation and subduing them. He will take control of all of Babylonia and God will empower him to do it.
Meanwhile, another power will be waiting in the wings, comprising four Kingdoms, which continued after Alexander’s reign anciently. This represents the Kingdom of Iron, vastly inferior in wealth, but comprising voracious spirit-beasts as rulers.
The Book of Revelation describes two beasts that arise in the last days.
This King of Greece is described as the first beast in the Book of Revelation, which arises from the sea (Rev 13:1) – the Mediterranean Sea where the Greek Isles are! This is where the first beast arose from, and this is when he received the fatal wound that was later healed. The dynasty of Alexander ended when he died and his empire was parcelled out to his four generals. This beast, who once was, now is not, will arise from the Abyss. This beast is presently under punishment in the Abyss and awaiting release. Presumably, this release will come after the prophesied war in heaven.
Yet another beast will arise, and this is the one who arrives from the land of Babylonia (though it’s not exactly clear where in Babylonia) and he will support the former beast by doing everything on his behalf, even forcing everyone to worship the image of the first beast as we’ve been extensively covering.
Rev 17:6"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." You’ll notice the great Prostitute rides this beast and controls him, but actually imparts all its own power and authority to him (Rev 13:3). 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 beast once was a king and ruler, but at present, he is not – yet he is coming! V9 "This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.
The Prostitute commands an empire of seven kings or kingdoms. Five of which have fallen to one powerful king, who exercises great power over the region. As we’ve already covered, this is Cyrus. Cyrus is the dark horse that is not too popular with the dragon because he is destined to favour God’s Holy City Jerusalem and fund its restoration. Satan wants a replacement ruler, so he stands on the seashore of the Mediterranean and waits (Rev 13:1). Sure enough, the ruler appears from the sea. This is the beast that is released from the Abyss – but is also destined for destruction when he is thrown into the Lake of Fire. In the meantime, he will rule with all the dragon’s power and authority and even the seat of his power (V3). This is the same ruler that once belonged or ruled the region of Satan’s throne in Babylon. It seems perfectly natural to Satan to call to duty the one who formerly defeated Cyrus and King Darius and took over the empire. This demon ruler has been in the Abyss for a long, long time, and he wants his territory back. From the dragon’s point of view, he wants him to do what he formerly did in the days of Alexander. He wants him to sweep across the sea and defeat Cyrus – the rebel ruler of the heavenly realm. Satan will see Cyrus’ promotion of Jerusalem as an act of treachery against him and his city Babylon, and will move to destroy him. Satan will know that God gave Cyrus his power and authority and finds he is powerless to steer Cyrus in the direction he wants. Satan’s only option is to call up the one who formerly defeated him. This being is called Death, and he formerly came in the form of Alexander the Great.
Rev 13:1And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. 4 Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, "Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?" This is the one who formerly defeated Cyrus. The Beast is Satan’s trump card and he plays it to good effect. The Beast will smash everything in his path without fear or favour and will astonish the whole world.
Here was see the natural proclivity of those who worship the beast. They worship him because no-one can make war against him. These types of peoples love tyrannical rule and care nothing for justice, fairness and mercy. The more destruction and slaughter he inflicts on others the more they will love and worship him. The whole world will worship him except – and this distinction is very significant – except those whose names have been written in the Book of Life from the creation of the world! (Rev 17:8). This is further emphasised in the following passage: Rev 13:5 "The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6 He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world."
And this is the explanation! Jesus Christ was not actually slain from the creation of the world, but was preordained or destined to be slain at the time of creation. At the time of creation, Adam was made in His image.
1Cor 15:45"So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit." Jesus Christ is both the first Adam and the last Adam, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. The human race began with Jesus – called the Logos at that time, and it will conclude with Jesus – the life-giving Spirit. As we’ve pointed out many times, if anyone doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ, he doesn’t belong to Him: Rom 8:9-10 "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."
The conclusion is that from the creation of the earth, beginning with Adam, there has been a thread of humanity that has continued in the likeness of Jesus by their very nature. In the Book of Revelation, God makes a clear distinction between those who were destined to be included in the Book of Life – which belongs to the Lamb – and to the rest of humanity. In this instance, the distinction is clear. All the world, other than those who belong to the Lamb, will worship the Beast. By their very nature, these worldly people will favour the carnage and destruction wrought by the Beast, including the slaughter of the Saints (Rev 13:7). (Saints are those who have God’s Holy Spirit. As an interesting aside, the Papacy can never figure out whether or not former popes, priests and nuns had God’s Holy Spirit. It takes hundreds of years to decide whether they were saints or not!)
So to the average church layman, don’t feel too isolated if you find yourself favouring the Christian/Jew-killing Muslims today. The answer is simple! You don’t have the Holy Spirit of God! If you did, you would see God’s enemies for what they are! Perhaps you are still in no-man’s land, but you are headed straight for the enemy camp, and this will become evident in days to come. As Jesus said, those who are not with Him are against Him. There is nothing in between.
Satan knows that time is running out for him. He knows the Kingdom of God is imminent, and in his mind, this calls for drastic action and he plans to make a fight of it. This beast, whom God has called Death, who has spent centuries locked away in the Abyss, calls upon an ally from among the spirit rulers. And this ally is perfect for his grand ambition. Called the ‘Grave’, this demon is ever ready to send as many human beings into the grave as possible. He does this in the full knowledge that he will soon be joining them when he and the beast are captured (Rev 19:20-21). Since this is no longer avoidable, he’ll take as many as possible with him.
And so the second beast or false prophet arises! You’ll find that this second beast receives his power from the first beast – rather than Satan.Rev 13:11-18 "Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666. Don’t waste too much time trying to figure this out. You’ll be told in the fullness of time, and at a time when you’ll really need to know. It’s God’s intention that only the wise need to know – and only at the appointed time. Just going back again to what we just read in Rev 13:8 "All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world." From this we get an idea of who the wise are! And notice the phrase, ‘from the creation of the world’.
Many, many times throughout the Scriptures, God confirms that He is the Great Creator, and gives due warning to those who say He is not. Some people have made it their life's work to discredit this. In their diminutive and feeble minds they see similarities between two species and conclude that they evolved from a more primitive species. But at the end of their chain of reasoning they can never seem to identify the alpha species - the actual prime source that triggered life. According to their no-creator theory, there has to be an alpha source capable of triggering life. But of course, they can't find it.
While their primitive minds continue to ponder these things, all around them is evidence of their madness. It's found in all matter. It's the atom! Now here's a particle that really stumps them. The atom has all the qualities of life, but is not life. It has momentum, tremendous energy sources, design and predetermined functionality, but no life. And neither is the atom the alpha particle - it consists of many particles which are predetermined to function in a prescribed manner. Leon Lederman, the Jewish physicist, has made it his life's work to discover the 'alpha' particle, which he refers to in his book of the same name as 'The God Particle' which, theoretically, operates the atom. By colliding atoms at high speed in a huge machine called a Large Hadron Collider (LHC), like the one in Cern, Switzerland, they can shatter the atom and release its energy and component parts. The purpose of this is to find that alpha (God) particle, which they are sure, in their own minds, exists. Of course, even if they do discover it, what can they do with it? Once separated it ceases to exist and disappears in a great flash of light and energy. Still, it keeps them amused.
Evolutionists, however, have none of this sophistication. Their only sophistication is their clouded mind and their lack of ability to reason. Every substance on earth is made up of an infinite variety of atoms - tiny functional machines that perform in perpetual motion against all physics theories to the contrary. Their energy source is self-contained and never depletes. Their component parts are in perpetual momentum forever and never change unless acted upon by an external force, either chemically or by mechanical force. In other words, they don't perpetually evolve into something else. They lack any intelligence to direct their future direction for the simple reason that they're created machines that function according to their blueprint. Any manmade machine that lacks a power source is not going to function. No machine made today has perpetual energy.
Wouldn't it be nice if these evolutionists would just admit that they have no evidence of life forming spontaneously, or that life forming by itself in any circumstances has the odds stacked against them in magnitudes greater than the very stars in the sky? And wouldn't it be nice if they acknowledged that all matter was comprised, inexplicably, of atomic machines that function without any form of external force. If only these evolutionists had the guts to admit they are hostile to the Creator God and want no part of Him, instead of constantly brow-beating others with their madness.
As we've pointed out, God made certain certain provisions from the creation of the earth, and such people are not a part of it. They have their lot with all the inhabitants of the earth, and because of their actions, they are without excuse.Rom 1:18-20 "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles." These people are utterly primitive, but to the ignorant they see themselves as intelligent. In their endless craving for recognition, they choose to demean the greatest intelligence of all - the Creator God.
Before evolutionists try to decide where life came from, why don't they first explain how matter came into existence with their trillions of trillions of component parts - the atom – the miraculous perpetual motion machine! At least particle physicists exhibit some practical intelligence by what they do, but evolutionists merely exhibit stupidity. As the Book of Romans says, the Wrath of God will be against all the godlessness and wickedness of men – and they’ll be without excuse. The Wrath of God is very real, and we’ll be seeing more details about it later in this study. At that time it will be too late to expect any mercy.
Just bear in mind that from the opening of the First Seal to the opening of the Seventh, the vast majority of all Bible Prophecy, as written by the prophets of old, will be fulfilled. In this time-frame, the embryonic mass or first-fruits of all future generations will be secured, and these servants of God will rule forever with him. Those who are gathered during and after the restoration of the earth will be mortal humans who will live and die eventually. They will, however, live to very great ages – like the life of a tree (Isa 65:20-22).
The Seventh Seal is actually the ushering in of the Seven Trumpet Plagues that are inflicted on the whole earth, but only after the servants of God from the Tribes of Israel have been sealed by God. Understandably, when God restores the earth to the way it was fashioned, and the mountains and hills are leveled to reflect what it was originally, it will be a very dangerous place to be. Yet when mankind is decimated, there will still be some survivors, and some of these will be Israelites.
And now after this long digression we get back to continuing the study of the Book of Isaiah:
ISA 45:18For this is what the LORD says-- he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited-- he says: "I am the LORD, and there is no other. God’s purpose is to make it habitable forever more, and the reminder of Satan’s rebellion, which destroyed the surface of the earth, will be gone. All the landmasses of the earth will be reassembled together into one continent, and there will be no middle or Mediterranean Sea. Instead, Springs of Living Water will gush forth forming ever-advancing rivers and streams, and these will emanate from under the threshold of the Temple.
ISA 45:19I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob's descendants, `Seek me in vain.' I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right. If you listen to some of the self-appointed evangelists and church leaders, you might imagine that God is speaking from a land of darkness. They strenuously ignore the message of the Scriptures that Jesus Christ used, and present only a sickening sob-story of sanctimony with the perpetual cry of ‘Give yo’ heart to the Lord!’ Never do they consider that God may be speaking the Truth regarding what is yet to come, and the reason is that they can’t accept that what God has declared is right. They have their own ideas on how the Kingdom of God should operate – and they don’t believe God is right. Of course these deceivers are well-aware that if they should speak the Truth, then their funding would dry up immediately.
ISA 45:20"Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save. Speaking of such people who speak nonsense in God’s Name – because they’ve never known Him – it’s not surprising that they will not be saved in the manner to which they believe they’re entitled. Instead, they are destined to be fugitives among the nations. Pursued, harassed and killed by enemies they never recognized. They were too busy priming the coffers to take any notice of what God has said through all the prophets.
ISA 45:21Declare what is to be, present it-- let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.
ISA 45:22"Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. It’s from the ends of the earth that God has said He will redeem His people Israel – as we noted in former chapters (Isa 41:9, 43:6).
ISA 45:23By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.
ISA 45:24They will say of me, `In the LORD alone are righteousness and strength.'" All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame. Righteousness and strength come from the LORD, and contrary to popular belief, stupidity and weakness don’t!
ISA 45:25But in the LORD all the descendants of Israel will be found righteous and will exult. Yes, it’s true. All the children born to the Israelites in God’s Kingdom will be righteous, and they will experience extreme happiness and elation – which is the meaning of the term ‘exult’.
ISA 46:1Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are borne by beasts of burden. The images that are carried about are burdensome, a burden for the weary.
ISA 46:2They stoop and bow down together; unable to rescue the burden, they themselves go off into captivity. This is clearly a parable about false gods and the consequences of acknowledging them. Does anyone really believe that through the wide diversity of religions today, anyone is really serving the One True God? People burden themselves with all kinds of pagan nonsense, and now they face the prospects for all their sins. They will go into captivity! Some Christians may say that they would never bow down to an idol, yet they firmly believe in the pagan doctrine that they will go to heaven when they die. What they believe is the doctrine of demons! These are the very same people who will go into captivity because of their pagan superstition. God has no interest whatsoever in those who fail to serve and obey Him! And time is going to bear this out.
ISA 46:3"Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Now this sounds ominous! God is addressing those who remain of the House of Israel. In this case the House of Jacob, whose name was later changed to Israel. What we are seeing here is a slight distinction of those who remain and those who don’t. We’re going to see some more of this distinction as we progress through the following chapters. Just bear this in mind.
ISA 46:4Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. And here God is speaking of a rescue. How this will come about is explained in V11.
ISA 46:5"To whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared? Well, the theory of evolution may be a candidate in the minds of many. They seem to believe it competes with their Maker and many believe it discredits Him. This theory has become their god. Only a complete fool would dismiss the obvious existence of Intelligent Design by a Great Creator.
Then we have the fools who believe they are too rich to believe in a Creator God, and so they use their wealth to create their own images. The work of their hands will not rescue them from anything! So God inserts this parable:
ISA 46:6Some pour out gold from their bags and weigh out silver on the scales; they hire a goldsmith to make it into a god, and they bow down and worship it.
ISA 46:7They lift it to their shoulders and carry it; they set it up in its place, and there it stands. From that spot it cannot move. Though one cries out to it, it does not answer; it cannot save him from his troubles. They may think that their gold will save them from any type of adversity, but God makes it very clear that it won’t! God set in motion the final outcome long, long ago. What He has said, that will He do. None will escape the penalty of their sins.
ISA 46:8"Remember this, fix it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels. The Creator God is not mincing words here! The House of Israel has rebelled just as they did anciently, and God knows how to get their attention. He warns them to fix it in their minds and take it to heart, because when they see it with their own eyes, they can’t say they weren’t warned.
ISA 46:9Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. In other words, learn from history and remember the former things that befell the House of Israel. When God arises to act, He will take into consideration all of these things. He’ll remember their treachery towards Him, and consider it to be complete justification of the actions He will take. Mainstream Christianity want to forget the former things that are recorded in the Bible. They consider them irrelevant. They are under the illusion that everyone goes to heaven when they die, so everything from the past can be forgotten. Why remember it, they reason!
ISA 46:10I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. God has made it all known from beginning to end that the day of reckoning would come. Out of all the hordes of Israelites on the earth today, God will make His selections of sons and daughters who will usher in the New Dawn. To this end, God will choose someone from the East, where the first rays of the sun makes its appearance.
ISA 46:11From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do. We covered this earlier and it relates to God’s servant, a man who is like a bird of prey, in fact, an eagle. This far-off land to the East is a reference to Australia – the only Israelite land to the East. This is where God’s servant Elijah comes from. Remember how Elijah went up in a fiery chariot? This is how Elijah will come, just like a bird of prey flying overhead. You might also like to remember the story of how Elijah was confronted by pagan adversaries and how fire came down from heaven to destroy them (2Kings 1:10-13). This same situation is prophesied concerning God’s two servants in Rev 11:3-6 "And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth." 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. 6 These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want." God doesn’t entrust this kind of power to those who are not His servants. Most people don’t have the type of character to handle this kind of power, and neither could they, since they have not been taught and trained by God as God’s sons are (John 6:45).
ISA 46:12Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, you who are far from righteousness. Righteousness is obedience to God’s Law. Disobedience is lawlessness! Anyone who willfully disobeys God’s Law is destined for slaughter because there is no place for them in God’s Kingdom.
ISA 46:13I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed. I will grant salvation to Zion, my splendor to Israel. When God summonses His bird of prey to Jerusalem from the East, God’s righteousness will be enforced! And believe me; it won’t take long to clear Jerusalem of the rebels.
Before beginning the next chapter, let’s recap on a few things. Remember how we mentioned that God would put His Name of the foreheads of His people Jeshurun? Well the mad beast that arises from the Abyss will enforce the name of the first beast to be put on the foreheads (or on the hand) of his recruits. This first beast will have already set up his power base as a ruler, so the second beast will be subservient to him. And now, as we’ve found, God’s servants will call fire down from heaven to destroy their enemies. This same beast from the Abyss will do the same on behalf of the first beast.Rev 13:11-17 "Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed." This is a second beast that exercises all the power of the first beast on his behalf. These two beasts are the beast and the false prophet. He might look like a lamb, but he speaks like a dragon – that is, like Satan himself. V13 "And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name."
So, Satan is to field two representatives; one a voracious beast and the other a false prophet. What is more, he plans to give them similar powers to God’s two servants, the witnesses. These powers are the ability to call down fire from heaven – just like God’s servants. Satan’s agents may lack the ability to strike the earth with a curse as often as they wish, as God’s servants are given, but they will attempt to offset this with all types of lying wonders through sorcery and preternatural acts. And of course, the Beast and the False Prophet will mark all their brood with the name of the beast on their foreheads. The prophesied result for anyone who receives this mark will be death forever:Rev 14:9-13 "A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, 10 he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus. 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."
Remember how Jesus said, "I will build my Church and the gates of hell will never prevail against it." If ever there was a definition for the gates of hell, this period of human existence will certainly define it. Anyone who accepts the mark of the beast or worships his image will actually enter the gates of hell.
Then there are those who refuse the name of the beast:Rev 20:4 "I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
The point being made here is that with Satan and all his demon rulers, they all try to emulate what God does, and some of them are powerful magicians; sorcerers who are easily capable of deceiving many people! What is more, they will offer inducements to those who worship the beast instead of the Creator God. Most people will fall for it because they’re already being prepared for it. They’ve believed many lies, so it’s only a short jump to believe this lie.
As we’ve already seen, the days of Babylon are numbered. The Beast and the False Prophet will hate Babylon – the home of Satan and the place of his throne – and will bring it to an end. This chapter speaks of her demise.
ISA 47:1"Go down, sit in the dust, Virgin Daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, Daughter of the Babylonians. No more will you be called tender or delicate. Satan loses his throne and his image is destroyed. He projected himself as a women and dressed like one, adorning himself with gold and jewels and all the trappings of a harlot, yet presents himself as a virgin daughter as prostitutes are prone to do. The whole purpose of a harlot is to be alluring to her clients, and Satan is no exception. He manages to get the kings of the earth to figuratively commit adultery with him. To get a clearer picture of the meaning, we find this in Rev 18:1-3 "After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. 2 With a mighty voice he shouted: "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. 3 For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries." With Babylon being a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, it’s hardly surprising that the kings of the earth are deceived into an adulterous relationship.
The whole point here is that some 750 years before the appearance of Jesus Christ on earth, the Prophet Isaiah foretells the destruction of Babylon. And it coincides exactly with the prophecies of the Book of Revelation. Both are talking about the very same city of Babylon, and the very same Babylonians.
ISA 47:2Take millstones and grind flour; take off your veil. Lift up your skirts, bare your legs, and wade through the streams. Gone will be all the allure and the excessive luxuries of Babylon. With their delicate living gone, they’ll have to take millstones and grind grain to make their own bread.
ISA 47:3Your nakedness will be exposed and your shame uncovered. I will take vengeance; I will spare no one." No-one in Babylon will be spared and the survivors will be led away naked and bare-footed. They’ll no longer be wearing their expensive adornments either – these trinkets will be torn from their bodies. And in a perverse twist, which we’ve already covered, this will be done by a former ally – the coming Beast!
ISA 47:4Our Redeemer--the LORD Almighty is his name-- is the Holy One of Israel. This verse is inserted to show that the LORD Almighty is the real ruler of this earth, and the harlot of Babylon is about to lose his position. Satan is the present ruler of this world, and his rulership is about to end – very ignominiously! His rule will be replaced by the LORD Almighty, but only after Jesus has put down all dominion, authority and power: 1Cor 15:24-25 "Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death." We’ve spoken a lot about Death and this is the very one referenced here. Death (the beast) will be thrown into the lake of fire along with Hades – the False Prophet (Rev 19:20). He is the last (ruling) enemy to be destroyed. There will be no more demon rulers after this.
ISA 47:5"Sit in silence, go into darkness, Daughter of the Babylonians; no more will you be called queen of kingdoms. It will be an ignominious end for the inhabitants of the city of Babylon. God remembers their conduct of old, when they desecrated and destroyed the Kingdom of Judah and the Holy City Jerusalem. God intends to bring it all down on their own heads. Of course, all those humans that lived in that day are dead and gone, never to live again. But there is one being that still exists, and this is the one on whom all the guilt is placed. This is the one who chose Babylon as His eternal city, who reigned from there anciently, and will again once it’s rebuilding is completed. This being, of course, is Satan the devil.
ISA 47:6I was angry with my people and desecrated my inheritance; I gave them into your hand, and you showed them no mercy. Even on the aged you laid a very heavy yoke. At that time, God’s people no longer cared to serve their Creator God, so God gave them into the hands of Satan himself, who treated them mercilessly and subjected them to slavery. God notes that even on the aged Satan laid a heavy yoke. The Jews can certainly tell you a thing or two about this. They were worked to death during the Holocaust!
ISA 47:7You said, `I will continue forever-- the eternal queen!' But you did not consider these things or reflect on what might happen. This reflects what God says in V5: ‘no more will you be called queen of kingdoms’. Satan should have reflected on what might happen!
ISA 47:8"Now then, listen, you wanton creature, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, `I am (I Am), and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.' Here God is addressing this ‘eternal queen’ as a wanton creature lounging around and imagining grandiose visions of herself. She even takes the Name of God, claiming there is no god beside her. And what does this refer to? It refers to God’s words in Ex 3:14 "God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: `I AM has sent me to you.'" This is exactly the title that Satan is claiming for himself. God even says this concerning His name ‘I AM’ in V15 "This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation."
So this wanton creature, Satan, is firmly convinced that he alone is god and there is none besides him. It’s not hard to understand why God favours humble people, rather than those whose arrogance billows out due to their excessively high opinions of themselves. Such people remind God of Satan the devil. Like Satan, such people masquerade as angels of light. The Apostle Paul made this observation:2Cor 11:13-15 "For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve." I think we’ve all seen enough of these pompous fools to know what Paul was referring to. Satan’s servants masquerade as servants of righteousness – and how well-practiced they are in this masquerade! You can pick the most extreme of these cases by the way they dress. Bishops, arch-bishops, popes and others like to dress lavishly just like Satan. Nothing in their demeanor resembles that of a Humble Carpenter! Well, they will be humbled, just like Satan the devil will be, and their end will be what their actions deserve!
God makes the point that all of Satan’s delusions will come crashing to the ground and even his many sorceries and potent spells will be useless to save him from what God has in mind.
ISA 47:9Both of these will overtake you in a moment, on a single day: loss of children and widowhood. They will come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and all your potent spells. Satan, of course, is the ultimate sorcerer, but perhaps he should have reflected on what might happen when he turned over his power to the Beast and the False Prophet! Did he really expect loyalty from them? The Beast who arises from the Abyss actually spent eons imprisoned there because of Satan (2Peter 2:4). Why would he have any loyalty to him? He won’t! Instead, he will cause everyone to worship him, by recruiting the False Prophet to enforce the worship the Beast, and jointly they will attack Babylon and leave it a ruin. Satan’s wanton, lounging around will come to an end. Speaking of masquerading and deception, there’s an interesting aside to all this. Initially, the False Prophet will enforce the worship of the Beast and the Dragon/Satan (Rev 13:4), but once the Beast is established, they will both turn against Satan and his city of Babylon. They’ll hate the city and Satan so much that they will utterly destroy it and leave it a ruin.
ISA 47:10You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, `No one sees me.' Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, `I am (I AM), and there is none besides me.' Satan was always careful to get others to do his dirty work, while he appears as an innocent by-stander. ‘No one sees me’ is his catchcry while he’s busily plotting behind the scenes. And all the time he thought he had God fooled. God has never been fooled by him, even from the day he was created. It was only a matter of time before he proceeded down the pathway to wickedness and was actively plotting against his Creator.
ISA 47:11Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you. So the queen of kingdoms is about to come crashing to the ground through an unforeseen event; something this creature never anticipated. He believed his powers of sorcery and his overriding authority over all lesser beings would hold him in good stead. Satan believes that as long as he gets others to commit outrages he can claim innocence. And as long as this remains true, then God will fail to indict him before the council of the holy ones. Almighty God is a God of Law, and He takes decisions according to Law.
ISA 47:12"Keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries, which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror. And this sums it up! He uses his sorcery to cause terror but always through other agents. He uses his great cunning to provoke others into committing these acts. Most of these decisions are taken in Council, where his counselors are subservient to him and allow him the final say. He steers all proceedings his way.
ISA 47:13All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Almighty God sits in council with reliable spirit beings and listens to their advice. These are called the 24 elders (Rev 4:10). Many things are discussed and decisions are made based on the facts and according to Law. Satan also has a council who gives him advice. But the counsel they give only serves to wear him out. Satan’s whole persona is steeped in the occult of astrologers and star-gazers who try to make predictions according to the signs they see in the stars, or the markings on a hand, or as it’s mentioned in the Bible, by examining a liver (Eze 21:21). Satan is so superstitious that he can’t help himself, and this is true of all the rulers of the spirit realm. Yet none of his deliberations are based on law, but on superstition. As a conjurer, his whole existence is based on lies, distortions and illusion. It’s hardly surprising that all his counselors base their decisions on the teachings of Satan. They’ve learnt his craft.
Lamentably, so have many other people today. You see them on game shows on television. They arrive with their lucky charms, lucky coins or other items and firmly believe these objects have mystical powers to bring a good outcome. What sort of minds do such people have to believe such nonsense? These things are inanimate objects with no powers to do anything, but these superstitious contestants can’t seem to understand this. In short, these people are pagans!
ISA 47:14Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. Here are no coals to warm anyone; here is no fire to sit by. As we observed earlier, Babylon will be burned to the ground and nothing will save it, not even Satan’s sorcery!
ISA 47:15That is all they can do for you-- these you have labored with and trafficked with since childhood. Each of them goes on in his error; there is not one that can save you. In the last days, prior to its destruction, Babylon will be the capital of the world for trafficking in stolen goods. In relation to Babylon and its trafficking in stolen goods, the Prophet Habakkuk has quite a bit to say. Hab 2:4-10 "See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright-- but the righteous [one] will live by his faith-- 5 indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied, he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples. 6 "Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying, "`Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion! How long must this go on?'" We’ll learn how long this must go on for in a few moments, but notice this wanton creature, who lounges around like the queen of kingdoms, piles up stolen goods and is described as being as greedy as the Grave and like Death is never satisfied. The mention of these two creatures is very important, because it’s these who destroy Babylon and leave it a ruin. V7 "Will not your debtors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their victim." Here we see a little poetic justice, where Death and the Grave suddenly turn on the one who gave them power, whom they were indebted to. Satan wanted them to do all his dirty work while he lounged around in Babylon. Instead, as God has predicted, they will turn on him and his city. V8 "Because you (Babylon/Babylonians) have plundered many nations, the peoples who are left will plunder you. For you have shed man's blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them. 9 "Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin! 10 You have plotted the ruin of many peoples, shaming your own house and forfeiting your life." Notice the words, ‘shaming your own house’. Babylon is Satan’s house from long ago, and will be again.
And now the question of when this is to occur:Hab 2:1 "I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. 2 Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. 3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay." Sure enough, it’s confirmed in the Book of Revelation!
More to the point, God also outlines something else that will happen in our day – at the appointed time of the end. All of which implicates Babylon, and specifically the Babylonians.Hab 1:5-7 "Look at the nations and watch-- and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. 6 I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwelling places not their own. 7 They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor." The Babylonians today are Muslims – at least until the Beast gets through with them – and their worship of Satan (Allah) quickly diminishes in favour of the Beast. These evil creatures are now embedded in virtually every nation – they’ve been sweeping right across the earth. These ruthless creatures are a law to themselves and promote their own Shariah law. About ten years ago, no-one would have believed it, but now they do! After a few calamities, people begin to see clearly, though by then it’s usually too late. This is why God sends prophets to warn, but again, people only believe when they see it come true. This is not the kind of faith that God requires. God stipulates that the righteous one must live by faith (Hab 2:4, Rom 1:17). It should be noted that what Paul said in the Book of Romans (Rom 1:17) was a quote from the Book of Habakkuk. What is more, Paul was speaking of the coming Wrath of God: Rom 1:18-20 "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." It’s very true that the Wrath of God is being revealed from heaven and for good reason. People today love to suppress truth about God. The theory of evolution denies the existence of God and many weaklings have succumbed to this nonsense; some of whom still claim to be Christians. Yet the Author of their faith claims to be the Creator (John 1:1) and they don’t believe him. By suppressing the Truth they continue in their wickedness. Is it any wonder they will feel the Wrath of God?
Well, the Book of Habakkuk is all about the Wrath of God and what will befall this earth. Just to put all this into perspective regarding the time frame, Habakkuk speaks of the Mighty Lord Christ returning from Teman (where a massive bloodbath occurs, which we’ll get to later) and describes his appearing. You’ll notice the reference to the ancient mountains and the age-old hills collapsing – just as we’ve been saying. This speaks of the time when all the valleys will be filled in to become flat ground instead of rocky craters, and the face of the earth is renewed.Hab 3:3-6 "God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. 4 His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden. 5 Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps. 6 He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed. His ways are eternal."
Perhaps one day the reader might like to take the time to understand the effects that will occur when God renews the face of the earth. Take particular note of where cities are located today and how vulnerable they are. And understand this: there will be people living there when these cities collapse. You won’t fail to see the wrath of God in action! The city of Babylon happens to be on the facies of two major continental blocs which will be moved when the Mediterranean Sea is eliminated. This earthquake is of a magnitude that has never been seen before on earth. It’s certain that a great earthquake will demolish what is left of Babylon, and it will be rolled off the resulting cliffs created by the earthquake.
Jesus did list earthquakes as being part of the beginning of sorrows or birth-pains.Matt 24:7-14 "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains. 9 "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."
And this just about summarizes all that we are seeing today. The nations are in turmoil and the United Nations are fielding armies to fight the Babylonians (Islam) on two fronts. Meanwhile, the kingdoms of Islam, both in Africa and the Middle East, are constantly at each other’s throats. Then, of course, there are the famines and earthquakes! Suddenly we are seeing major catastrophes occurring around the world in the form of earthquakes, and of magnitudes greater than in the recent past. It was obvious that the first major one in Indonesia, rating 9.2 on the Richter Scale, and the accompanying Tsunami, would shake loose other formations, causing earthquakes around the world. And this is what we are seeing today.
We’ve seen the precision engineering that goes into building tall buildings today to prevent them toppling or collapsing. None of this type of engineering went into building the mountains or formations of the earth. These were all born randomly and out of chaos and destruction. There is nothing stable about them other than they have settled over the millennia. In fact, it took several millennia for them to settle before God reestablished life on earth with Adam and Eve and a whole new creation.
It was predictable that ‘scientists’ would determine that these recent earthquakes are not unusual and they made mollifying statements that there are minor earthquakes every day all over the world. Had they been honest they would have described these as minor tremors, but no! They had to make out that earthquakes have always been a common, daily occurrence and there was nothing to worry about. Right on the heels of this crazy statement, the Haiti earthquake hit, followed by more aftershocks of major proportions. Within a matter of weeks, the Chile earthquake hit – a major one! This was followed by numerous major aftershocks that seem to never end. Across the globe Taiwan was hit by a major earthquake, and this was followed within days by yet another in Indonesia. These earthquakes are becoming so prevalent, that it’s hard to keep up with them. The more these major earthquakes occur, then the more the foundations will be shaken across the earth. There are many unstable formations that could give way at any time and other major earthquakes can trigger them. So expect to see really big earthquakes occurring in various places, and of great magnitude.
As for foreign assistance in these disasters, donor fatigue will quickly follow as people feel the futility of trying to aid so many victims. Naturally enough, the developed nations will feel the brunt of this and the accompanying accusations and hatred that results from donor fatigue. The developed nations are largely the Christian nations of the West, and particularly the American people, who have always been the most generous givers of aid.
Following the birth-pains or sorrows in all its forms, including famines and earthquakes, the Lord Jesus spoke of being hated by all nations. I would have thought the West is pretty close to this now with 57 Muslim nations spewing invective daily. We also find that the Christian nations will be handed over to be persecuted and killed because of Jesus (V9), adding that Christianity will be hated by all nations. Jesus noted that many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate one another (V10). During this time, the false prophets (V11) will have a field day deceiving people with their lies and promising good outcomes (as false prophets are prone to do). Then there will be a big increase in wickedness and the love of many will grow cold (V12). This speaks of very perilous times, and this will be greatly exacerbated by the hordes that sweep across the borders even though a wall or fence has been, or is being, built to keep them out. Since Obama became President, the progress of the wall has almost ground to a halt, and complaints are being made about the efficacy of the wall on the Democrat side of politics.
Just remember that Jesus came ‘only to the lost sheep of Israel’ and no other. What is more, His message is for them! So all this doesn’t auger well for Christianity or the House of Israel. But Jesus added these comforting words:V13 "But he who stands firm to the end will be saved". Did you notice the words, ‘will be saved’? Lying teachers and false prophets would have people believe they are already saved. The question is: Saved from what? Does this mean they don’t have to stand firm and endure to the end? Did Jesus get it wrong? No! These lying teachers got it wrong, and it will cost your life if you believe them.
The Lord Jesus was foretelling a time when the House of Israel would go into captivity. The end will not come before this occurs. Once the fatal blow is struck, millions will flood across the border, looting, burning, raping, killing, and these low-life creatures are masters at it. Just look at their history! They’ll keep at it until nothing of value is left and few Israelites remain alive. Ships will cart off the wealth of America in the biggest sea-trade of stolen goods in the history of the world.
Remember how inIsa 46:3 we saw mention of the House of Jacob being all that remained of the House of Israel? We suggested that you remember it. Well, now we come to the reason why.
ISA 48:1"Listen to this, O house of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel and come from the line of Judah, you who take oaths in the name of the LORD and invoke the God of Israel-- but not in truth or righteousness--
ISA 48:2you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city and rely on the God of Israel-- the LORD Almighty is his name: As we mentioned previously, the House of Jacob becomes just one Tribe after all the House of Israel goes into captivity, and they alone remain. They are called by the name of Israel – how miraculous is this that God predicted that the Jews would take the name of Israel rather than their ancestral name of Judah when they settled again in the Holy Land? These people are further identified as being from the line of Judah, and they call themselves citizens of the Holy City. In days of old, the House of Israel went into captivity and became the ‘lost sheep of Israel’ until they re-established to become nations in their own right in predominantly Europe and North America. Yet the Jews returned to their ancestral lands and their God, and called themselves ‘Israel’.
ISA 48:3I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass. God has foretold a lot of things that have yet to be fulfilled. When God chooses to act these too, will all come to pass, and most will happen suddenly. When all the looting and plundering is going on, and with the shipping of stolen goods, most of the parasites of this earth will be preoccupied. They’ll be less preoccupied with what the Israelis are doing, and more focused on dividing the spoils – at least for a time.
ISA 48:4For I knew how stubborn you were; the sinews of your neck were iron, your forehead was bronze. It’s true that the Jews are stubborn people. They’re not quick to understand truth – even God’s Truth. In many ways they resemble the pagan Muslims around them who worship the devil. (You don’t really believe that the god Muslims worship – Allah – is the Great Creator God, do you?) Yet even with their stubbornness, the Jewish people had the admirable quality of determination to establish the Holy Land, and in this regard, their stubbornness paid off. So God fought their battles for them and firmly established them. The nation bloomed until it became the envy of the whole Middle East. Islam is shocked and dismayed that they haven’t been able to match these amazing accomplishments and are well aware that their own citizens live like pigs – with the exception of the rulers and these hold the power.
ISA 48:5Therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced them to you so that you could not say, `My idols did them; my wooden image and metal god ordained them.' The Israelis can be rightly proud of their accomplishments, but they have yet to learn that the Rock, the Son of God, the One that accompanied them in the desert anciently, is the One who brought it all about. The Jews are not above superstition either, especially when they think they can conjure a peace deal with Muslims! Above all else, the Israelis had better learn very quickly that God forbids any type of peace deal with Muslims. They are God’s enemies, just as they were anciently when the Tribes of Israel were about to enter the Holy Land. They were told to kill all the occupants or drive them out. Nothing has changed today and the same hordes are still a thorn in the side of the Israelis. What is more, the hostility of these hordes has never ended.
ISA 48:6You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? "From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you. The Jews well-know what God’s instructions were millennia ago. Why don’t they admit them? Well, not much chance of that! Especially with Washington breathing down their neck to make peace with God’s enemies! From now on God will tell them of new things that will make an immense difference. These are hidden and cannot be seen yet, but God has already created them and they are available for use.
ISA 48:7They are created now, and not long ago; you have not heard of them before today. So you cannot say, `Yes, I knew of them.' These hidden things have already been created. What is more, they will be used to do what the Jews have failed to do! We’ve spoken of these many times and it was in something like this that Elijah was last seen flying away like an eagle. Of course, God could have given Elijah a nice white horse and he could have ridden away into the sunset as they do in the ‘spaghetti westerns’. Instead, God chose to demonstrate a prophecy for the future – in fact, our day. How did Elijah actually leave? In a flying chariot! How will he return? In a new flying chariot! So, to all you false ‘Elijahs’ out there, see if you can fake this one! An executive jet won’t qualify because God didn’t create it!
ISA 48:8You have neither heard nor understood; from of old your ear has not been open. Well do I know how treacherous you are; you were called a rebel from birth. Perhaps Judah was a rebel from birth, he was apparently called one, but it’s more important to learn what he is now. The Jews do, at least, hold fast to the Scriptures that Jesus and the Apostles used – the only Scriptures that existed in that time – the Old Testament. What is more, they obey and believe it (their understanding of it, however, is a little lacking). Christianity has not fared so well, generally speaking. This is in spite of the fact that Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1-5), and the One who spoke the Word throughout the whole Old Testament period. So it’s hard to imagine why Christianity is so uppity in regard to the Jews. What great things has Christianity-in-general done in service to their Creator? From what I’ve seen they’ve done nothing except tell lies in God’s Name. Perhaps they should study more closely what Jesus had to say in 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!'" They prophesied in His Name all right, and none of their prophecies came true! I have yet to see even one of these confess to being a false prophet and apologize to all those who were deceived by them. Fat chance of that! Their own reputations are more important than truth.
ISA 48:9For my own name's sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to cut you off. God is prepared to delay His wrath for a little while so that Judah can learn some vital lessons. The first lesson to learn is that the Sons of Jerusalem are strong. These are the ones who have been taught by God (Isa 54:11-17, John 6:45). They’ll demonstrate their strength by doing what ancient Israel failed to do, and this is to drive God’s enemies out of the Holy Land (Zech 12:4-9). Well, it won’t be pretty, but at least the Israelis will get the message. They’ll follow suit, and go out like flaming torches consuming the surrounding nations.
ISA 48:10See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. In short, God has refined the nation of Israel in the furnace of affliction. There is no group of people on earth that has endured the hundreds of years of persecution the Jews have suffered. It’s taken a lot to refine them and they’ve suffered terribly. Yet, through it all, they’ve remained faithful to God. God has refined them, but not as silver, and certainly not as gold!
As for refining, God has reserved this initially for the Levites who are refined like gold and silver:Mal 3:1-4 "See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the LORD Almighty. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, 4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years." The Levites, whom God has chosen, have already been undergoing a refining process, where lies and deceit have been stripped away, and replaced by the purity of God’s Truth. A true Levite cannot be deceived by Satan’s wine of deception. Just below, you will read of another group that God will refine like gold and silver and they will also be called Levites.
ISA 48:11For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another. God makes it clear that He refined them in the furnace of affliction for his own sake, so that He would not be defamed by satanic forces and accused of utterly abandoning His chosen people. Until they were purified, He could not yield His glory to them, yet He is determined not to yield it to any other!
As mentioned above, the time will come when God will refine a certain group of people, who are positively identified in the following verses. But first the appointed shepherd must fight a final battle and be killed.Zech 13:7-9 "Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!" declares the LORD Almighty. "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones (the common citizens). 8 In the whole land," declares the LORD, "two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. Here God speaks of a shepherd who is close to Him. This man is struck down in battle (by the sword). This occurs when the Beast arrives to take over Jerusalem and the Temple when those who know their God will firmly resist him. In the aftermath of this brief battle, God will turn His hand against two-thirds of the people of the land to destroy them. The obvious conclusion we can draw from this is that these two-thirds have folded to the influence of the Beast. But God will spare one-third, and these will be refined like silver and gold. 9 This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, `They are my people,' and they will say, `The LORD is our God.'" See Mal 3:3 about refining the Levites (which we quoted above). These people will be rewarded for their faithfulness and obedience to God. The reader will understand the importance of faithful obedience to God, both now and forever in the future.
In the next verse, God speaks of a day of plunder, when the inhabitants of Jerusalem will divide huge amounts of plunder:Zech 14:1-10 "A day of the LORD is coming when your plunder will be divided among you. 2 I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city."
In this next verse, we find that the LORD will go out and fight against the nations that He gathers against Jerusalem for battle. Here we see that the fight will be like the day of battle. Which day of battle will this be? This will be revealed when we get toIsaiah, chapter 63. This day of battle occurs some years before this final battle, which is called the Battle of Armageddon. You will also learn the location, which is specifically given, of this primary day of battle. It’s described as a blood-bath, which leaves the Lord Christ’s garments covered with blood. It’s a slaughter of Muslims when they are actively gathering for the worship of the devil (Allah). Perhaps this day of battle is what prompts the Beast and the False Prophet to dispense with Islam as a form of worship and enforce a new pagan religion, where the Beast becomes the object of worship. V3 "Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. 4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. 5 You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. 6 On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost. 7 It will be a unique day, without daytime or night-time--a day known to the LORD. When evening comes, there will be light. 8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter. Now here's a challenge for you. Which is the eastern sea? Or, for that matter, which is the western sea? Well as we stated before, there is to be a reshaping of the earth and all the continents will stand together and form a specific shape. Jerusalem will be geologically locked in place and all the continents will move towards her. The Americas will be joined once more to Europe and Africa eliminating the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea will be gone, and the only remaining sea will be what we know today as the Pacific Ocean. So towards both the east and the west there will be just one sea. In fact, apart from the new earth continent, the rest of the world will be covered by sea. V9 "The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name." So now we know that the earth will be re-formed into a new earth when the LORD becomes King over the entire earth. We also learn that Jerusalem will be raised up, elevated into a mountain and the LORD will reign from its heights. 10 The whole land, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up and remain in its place, from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. 11 It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.
ISA 48:12"Listen to me, O Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am he; I am the first and I am the last. Or, as the Book of Revelation puts it, the Alpha and Omega (Rev 22:13, 16)! So who is speaking here in this verse from Isaiah? It’s the same One who is speaking in the Book of Revelation. This is just a small prompt for those who don’t believe that the Lord Jesus is the God of the Old Testament. He is also called the Word or Logos.
ISA 48:13My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they all stand up together. The intent here is to draw a comparison of the foundations (landmasses) of the earth with the starry hosts, and when God summons them they all stand together – including the landmasses of the earth. The continents will no longer be separated, but will all stand together.
ISA 48:14"Come together, all of you, and listen: Which of the idols has foretold these things? The LORD's chosen ally will carry out his purpose against Babylon; his arm will be against the Babylonians. God will choose an ally to bring destruction against Babylon. We know who this ‘ally’ is, because we know who will hate Babylon. It’s the Beast and the False Prophet (aka – Death and Hades). It will probably be the first day of battle that prompts them in this, when millions of Muslims are slaughtered while attending the Haj. These two will outlaw Islam and enforce the pagan worship of the Beast.
ISA 48:15I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I will bring him, and he will succeed in his mission. Not only has God called him forth to succeed and complete his mission, but God also authorizes his release from the Abyss.
ISA 48:16"Come near me and listen to this: "From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I am there." And now the Sovereign LORD has sent me, with his Spirit. God has spoken through His prophets, both in the past and now in the present. And as He says, when these things happen – like the day of battle – He (God) will be there.
ISA 48:17This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. From the days of Moses, God has been teaching the House of Israel, all 12 Tribes, what is best for them. In the Book of the Messenger (Book of Malachi), God makes this final appeal: Mal 4:4-6 "Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel. 5 "See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse (utter destruction)." Well it seems that the House of Israel is determined to forget the Laws that God gave to His servant Moses on Mount Horeb (Sinai). Who’s to blame? It’s not Moses or Elijah or any of the Levites! These have been redeemed to precede the True Messenger! The House of Israel, however, failed all by themselves in refusing to remember the Laws of God’s servant Moses and God has planned utter destruction for them. Not only will they go into slavery, all their cities and everything they have built will be reduced to rubble. When all the mountains crumble and the valleys are filled in, cities, towns, bridges, dams, will be wiped out, leaving nothing of value.
ISA 48:18If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. If only they had paid attention to God’s Commandments, none of this would have happened – but they weren’t listening!
ISA 48:19Your descendants would have been like the sand, your children like its numberless grains; their name would never be cut off nor destroyed from before me." So who’s to blame? The Israelites did it all to themselves. Almighty God has specifically told them the difference between life and death and has counseled them to choose life.
ISA 48:20Leave Babylon, flee from the Babylonians! Announce this with shouts of joy and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth; say, "The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob." Presently, the Tribes of Jacob are still over there fighting the Babylonians, or more accurately, trying to win their hearts and minds. Now no-one is sure about anything anymore. No strategy seems to work. Remember how this 48th chapter of Isaiah began with these words: ‘"Listen to this, O house of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel and come from the line of Judah…." This is the servant Jacob that God is referring to in Isa 48:20. God is going to redeem these people – those remaining of the House of Israel and who are of the line of Judah. And this is where the Kingdom of God will begin – right among these people of Judah! It will be just as Jesus said in: Luke 17:20-21 "Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21 nor will people say, `Here it is,' or `There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within (among) you." This is where it will start – right among the Jews! Jesus was letting them know that the Kingdom of God was not just going to drop out of the sky, which the Jews at that time seemed to imagine from their careful observations in anticipation of its arrival. It will begin in the Holy City Jerusalem, and right among the Jews. Remember how Jesus told Pilate that His kingdom was not of that [age Gr: aion) – John 18:36. He further said that if it was of that age, then His servants would stand up and fight! Remember the question put to Jesus by one of His disciples while they were sitting on the Mount of Olives? Matt 24:3 "As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" This is the same time period – ‘the end of the age’ that Jesus was speaking of when he answered Pontius Pilate. At the end of the age, His servants will fight!
Continuing with the verses on the House of Jacob:
ISA 48:21They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow for them from the rock; he split the rock and water gushed out. There’s a lot that could be written about this verse, together with the living waters that flowed from this Rock – and what it all means. The Apostle Paul goes part-way in explaining it so we’ll leave it at that: 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." The Spiritual Rock that accompanied them was Christ! So let’s just quit the fairy tale nonsense taught by those who think Jesus was not the God of the Old Testament! He most certainly was! He is also the Word of God and the Creator God (John 1:1-5).
ISA 48:22"There is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked." Be advised all those who treat God’s Word frivolously! Just remember, sin (and wickedness for that matter) is the transgression of God’s Law (1John 3:4).
ISA 49:1Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name. Most of the prophets (if not all) were called from birth to be prophets of God. This is one of those strange facts about how God chooses His servants. Most of the prophets lived their lives unaware of this until God called them to duty. There are no prophets who believe that God called them because they lived such virtuous lives. None believed they were ever the virtuous epitome of righteousness. Every one of them came to God in deep repentance with their egos shattered and totally compliant with God’s instructions. And any attitude other than this would render them useless for any purpose.
Any who hold forth the assumption that they are better or smarter or more magnificent than anyone else is in violation of God’s Holy Spirit. Every true prophet knows that he is what God – as the Master Potter – has made him, and he takes no credit for this. Every true prophet accepts, wholeheartedly, that God has taught him, and that, of himself, he could have done nothing, and neither would he have understood anything. I make these comments because of the outrageous arrogance of those who claim to be prophets – and whose prophecies have never come true! Did God make mention of my name from birth as He did in the case of Isaiah? Yes, He surely did! If you knew what my given names mean (that were given me at birth), you would know this to be true!
ISA 49:2He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. Just to put this into some sort of perspective, you’ll recall that out of the Lord Christ’s mouth comes a two-edged sword. This two-edged sword is a weapon of war. From Christ’s own mouth He calls for war. The prophet (in this case, Isaiah) says God has made his mouth a sharpened sword.
ISA 49:3He said to me (Isaiah), "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor." Obviously, Isaiah is a little taken aback by this comment with God referring to Him as ‘Israel’, and protests that he is too old and well-spent in strength:
ISA 49:4But I said, "I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the LORD's hand, and my reward is with my God." Isaiah was saying that there is nothing left in him and surely his reward is now in God’s hand. Isaiah had witnessed the destruction and captivity of the House of Israel and had seen them slaughtered or taken away in slavery. How could he now be ‘Israel’ through whom God displays his splendor? (I don’t want to go into it all now, but there was a time when God told Moses to step back and He would destroy all of Israel and start a new Israel through Moses. Moses pleaded with God to reconsider). The point is that the prophet of the day will reestablish Israel as a nation.
The LORD now explains what He means by describing Isaiah as ‘Israel’:
ISA 49:5And now the LORD says-- he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength--
ISA 49:6he says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth." Isaiah never fulfilled any of these things in his time, but he certainly fulfilled them in Word. His word became God’s Word, and this Word is widely quoted in the New Testament, not only by Jesus Christ Himself, but also the Apostles. Isaiah established the initial part of Bible prophecy by writing it. Later, it will be fulfilled by others. Notice that God says of Isaiah, that it is not enough for him to bring back the Tribes of Jacob and those of Israel whom He has kept, Isaiah will also be a light for the Gentiles, and through him, God would bring salvation to the ends of the earth.
In the following verses, God speaks of the time of His favour when He will answer Israel, that is, in the day of salvation! For the purpose of this parable, Isaiah, as a prophet, is the archetype of Israel. It’s not that unusual for a prophet to be asked to emulate someone else. The Prophet Zechariah was told to take the equipment of a certain foolish shepherd and to act out his part inZech 11:15, which we explained at length earlier in this study of Isaiah.
ISA 49:7This is what the LORD says-- the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel-- to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: "Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you." This is a reference to those of Israel whom God has kept (see V6 above). It may not yet be evident that these are despised and abhorred by the nation but the time will come when they will be. In that day, all those who obey and hold fast to the Great Creator God will be despised and abhorred by the nation. And this nation is the one that Isaiah refers to again and again as Ephraim. It was Ephraim that ruled over all the northern Ten Tribes in His day. Today, for yet a little while, Ephraim is the mightiest power on earth!
ISA 49:8This is what the LORD says: "In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, (the reassignment of the desolate inheritances will be done by a Levite like Moses). The survivors of Ephraim, at that time, will be a Covenant for the people. Judah will be established in God’s Kingdom first, but afterwards, Ephraim will be next in line. Not the haughty and high-minded ones, but the humble, submissive and obedient ones – and there’s not too many of these today! As the largest Christian nation on earth today, the US has a lot to learn!
ISA 49:9to say to the captives, `Come out,' and to those in darkness, `Be free!' "They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill. So someone with a mouth like a sharpened sword is going to be calling the shots in the whole region – and this one will be a servant of God just like Isaiah, whose name God made mention of at birth. ‘Find pasture on every barren hill’ is a reference to the method God will use to feed them. Obviously, a barren hill is not going to have pasture, and if it did, are the people going to eat grass? No! God is going to feed them though, and this is mentioned in Rev 2:17 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it." These released captives will be fed along the roads and on every barren hill with God’s manna. When they get to the Holy Land they will eat the produce of God’s Land.
ISA 49:10They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.
ISA 49:11I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up. God will ensure their pathways are secure and out of reach of marauders.
ISA 49:12See, they will come from afar-- some from the north, some from the west, some from the region of Aswan." There are some specifics about this mentioned in the Bible. From the north is a reference to the land of Media to Turkey (where Seven Churches are spoken of in the Book of Revelation. In fact, the whole Book of Revelation is directed towards these Churches – Rev 22:16). From the West is a reference to the ‘Islands… of distant nations’ spoken of in Isa 49:1. Due west of Jerusalem is the heartland of the United States of America. The region of Aswan is in Egypt, where God has said many Israelites will return as in the days of Pharaoh. Once again, they will be redeemed again from Egypt, and once again, it will be through a Levite just like Moses under the direction of God as servants of God.
ISA 49:13Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. With the obsession today of trying ‘to win their hearts and minds’ the House of Israel will learn the hard way that these Muslim hordes don’t reciprocate their feelings. While the House of Israel is trying to ‘save’ them, they are actively killing their benefactors. As always, the House of Israel thinks they know better than God! As God said in: Isa 48:18, "If only you (Israel) had paid attention to my commands". And what is more, if only they’d used their sharpened sword to bomb them back to the stone age! That sharpened sword will now be in the hands of another! What is more, the afflicted ones will be under the protection of the sharpened sword in the hands of God’s servants.
ISA 49:14But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me." Zion (Jerusalem) is going to be bereaved and imagine that God has forsaken her. But God answers her in a comforting way and reassures her that her sons will hasten back (V17 below) – the Sons of Jerusalem!
ISA 49:15"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
ISA 49:16See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
ISA 49:17Your sons hasten back (the sons of Zion or Jerusalem), and those who laid you waste depart from you. Unless they’re complete fools, these Muslim hordes will be fleeing for their lives! And they had better have something underneath them other than a slow donkey or a camel, because if they are caught they will be killed – every last one of them! To use the holy vernacular, they will be ashes under the feet of the righteous population that will replace them. Then Islam will understand the meaning of Holy Ground! And just to add some insight to this, the Temple Mount will be scrubbed clean of the desecration of their Mosques, and these will be blown away in a spectacular fashion!
ISA 49:18Lift up your eyes and look around; all your sons gather and come to you. As surely as I live," declares the LORD, "you (Jerusalem) will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride. When the Sons of Jerusalem arrive, the population will quickly increase in the Holy Land, and particularly around Jerusalem.
ISA 49:19"Though you were ruined and made desolate and your land laid waste, now you will be too small for your people, and those who devoured you will be far away. Or dead, which is the preferred option! Though, some of these Muslim hordes, which surround the Holy Land, will be allowed to continue for a short time, as we’ve noted in our earlier studies.
ISA 49:20The children born during your bereavement will yet say in your hearing, ‘This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in.' This is another example that tells us that some years will pass before all is fulfilled. These children will be old enough by then to understand that more space is needed. It’ll be getting a bit crowded.
ISA 49:21Then you (Zion or Jerusalem) will say in your heart, `Who bore me these? I was bereaved and barren; I was exiled and rejected. Who brought these up? I was left all alone, but these--where have they come from?'" We’ve pretty much covered this, but these will come from other lands. When Zion or Jerusalem says ‘Who bore me these?’ this is a reference to her children and she asks where these have come from.
ISA 49:22This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders.
ISA 49:23Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed." Let’s just say that there will be some outstandingly faithful Gentiles in God’s service in that day. The point being made here is that they won’t come all uppity and haughty, but humble and thankful. For saving the holy children and coming with such a wonderful attitude, these people will readily be accepted into God’s Kingdom.
ISA 49:24Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives rescued from the fierce? Some would say no, but the brave would say yes! In fact, it would be an irresistible challenge to the brave – the real warriors of God.
ISA 49:25But this is what the LORD says: "Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. Well this is good news. Why waste a good fight when it’s in the offing? What is more, the ratio of the captives retrieved will be a 1000 to 1. For every captive taken and held as hostage, a thousand of the enemy will die. They’ll quickly get the message about releasing prisoners in a timely manner!
If you think this seems a little callous, let me explain something to the reader. It’s now ten years since 9/11 and the retaliation that took place to avenge this attack. It was assumed then that it was only the isolated few Muslims, called al Qaeda – the disciples Osama bin Laden. Since then, we’ve found that it’s all of Islam and now thousands of Islamic terrorist attacks have occurred across the globe, most notably, from the Western point of view, against the British, French, Australians, and of course Americans. So now we’re all entrenched in war, and what is the purpose of this war? To win their hearts and minds! We’re all supposed to be fighting to win the hearts and minds of these evil creatures! The true warriors engaged in these battles know the purpose of war is to kill the enemy! Everyone on earth knows this except the leaders of the West, and most notably, the US Administration. It’s become so bizarre that we’ve almost reached the stage where it’s considered better that a thousand US soldiers should die rather than one ‘innocent’ enemy combatant should perish. US soldiers apparently have no rights, and the slightest mistake is seized upon to charge them with murder. Meanwhile, captured, non-uniformed, enemy combatants are now mysteriously considered to be American citizens and are afforded all the rights of one – including Miranda rights. And there’s their defense right here! Were they read their Miranda rights when taken into custody? If not, then there is no case to answer because all confessions will be inadmissible as evidence. All of this just goes to show the state of mind of the present Administration! ‘Mad lunatics’ is the term that comes to mind!
Just to be very clear on this, enemy combatants out of uniform, can be summarily executed according to Geneva Convention rules. Such people should immediately face a firing squad in time of war. How does God feel about this? Well it just so happens that God has even more extreme methods in mind for the West’s oppressors. Not a quick bullet in the heart, but starvation! God intends to make them cannibalize each other:
ISA 49:26I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine. Then all mankind will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob." If you have a problem with this, then you have never known the LORD, your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob!
Perhaps it’s time to face reality! God is a God of vengeance and He will repay – and He certainly knows how to do this.Heb 10:30-31 "For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." This was a quote from Moses’ writings in Deut 32:35. The rest of what Moses said in this regard is very interesting: Deut 32:40-43 "I lift my hand to heaven and declare: As surely as I live forever, 41 when I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and repay those who hate me. 42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood, while my sword devours flesh: the blood of the slain and the captives, the heads of the enemy leaders." 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." So now is not the time to be lamenting for God’s enemies.
ISA 50:1This is what the LORD says: "Where is your mother's certificate of divorce with which I sent her away? (There was none! It was the House of Israel that received the certificate of divorce – Jer 3:8) Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? God has no creditors; He owes nothing to anyone – all mankind is a debtor to God! Because of your sins you were sold; because of your transgressions your mother was sent away. Because of the sins and transgressions [of the Law] by the people, their mother nation was sent into slavery. Has the House of Jacob, who comes from the line of Judah, learned anything from the past?
ISA 50:2When I came, why was there no one? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Was my arm too short to ransom you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you? By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea, I turn rivers into a desert; their fish rot for lack of water and die of thirst.
ISA 50:3I clothe the sky with darkness and make sackcloth its covering." Do they really believe that God is incapable of turning the tables on their enemies, even in the darkest hour? Well, when God calls and they refuse to answer, they have only themselves to blame. Presently, Judah has open ears to the siren song of America, luring them into making peace with God’s enemies, yet they’re not listening to God!
God goes on to clarify a few things about whom they should be listening to. Presently, God won’t address them personally, but only through His servant who has been taught by Him:
ISA 50:4The Sovereign LORD has given me (Isaiah) an instructed tongue, to know the word [Word] that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. This is something that only a true prophet would be familiar with. Also, a true prophet awakens to light – one of the nuances of this verse.
ISA 50:5The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back. No matter how much a true prophet receives insults, acrimony and derision, he stands firm and will not draw back.
ISA 50:6I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. Isaiah was familiar with this type of abuse. True prophets become the targets of all the maniacs. There is one prophet today who doesn’t draw back, but rather advances in the face of the enemy and delights in doing so. Let’s just say that he delights in making an example of these evil creatures and all their sycophant supporters who refuse to obey God – and who hate those who do!
ISA 50:7Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. Isaiah is not bragging or boasting, rather he’s just telling it like it is – and it’s true! Those who don’t want to listen to God’s servants can expect the worst, and it’s they that will be put to shame. The servants of God – His Prophets – are not the fairy-like, effeminate weaklings that others portray themselves as. As to the reference of ‘setting the face like flint’, God has imbued His servants with a toughness of mind, like the hardest stone, harder than flint. This reference is found in Eze 3:4-9 "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." God makes it very clear who it is that will be put to shame – and it’s not His servants.
ISA 50:8He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! It’s always a happy day when one of these morons confronts me personally. I personally have a very low tolerance for such people. Usually, their evil has contaminated so many others, that they now have a verdict of death hanging over them. Death can wait just a little longer, but in the meantime, they can expect to experience a lot of suffering. In the next few verses, you will find that those who don’t obey the word of God’s servant will have no standing with God whatsoever.
ISA 50:9It is the Sovereign LORD who helps me. Who is he that will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up. The Almighty is a fiercely jealous God, and anyone who stands against Him or His servants will get what their actions deserve. Believe me, they won’t be playing their little games for much longer. Such false accusers will have serious, serious problems to content with – and Almighty God will ensure this!
ISA 50:10Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God. ‘Obey the word of God’s servant’? That’ll be the day! They don’t obey God, so why would they obey the servant He sends? Those who walk in the dark and have no light will soon run out of options. Do they fear the LORD today? No, they don’t! Instead, they take outrageous liberties of Him, and assume that God will comply with their wishes.
ISA 50:11But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze. This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment. This about sums it up! These evil creatures like to light fires and go en masse with flaming torches to destroy those who fear the LORD. They walk in darkness and have no light, and God has said they will lie down in torment. Believe me, real torment! They should have trusted in the Name of the LORD.
ISA 51:1"Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
ISA 51:2look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many. When God speaks of the fathers, He is referring primarily to Abraham and Sarah, the parents of Isaac, and also to Isaac and Jacob. At other times, God speaks of Tribal fathers, and usually in derisive tones when they lead the people astray.
Just to expand on this a little, the Rock from which the House of Israel were cut, came through Abraham. Abraham is the father of the faithful. We could go into long digressions about the meaning of this Rock, which we’ve basically covered earlier. However, it should be brought to mind that the Rock that is cut out without human hands (as described by Daniel) and which struck the great statue destroying it all at the same time, is the same Rock which will set up a Kingdom that will never be destroyed. Informed Bible students will know that this Rock is the LORD Christ (1Cor 10:3-4). We can conclude that Abraham was cut from this very Rock (V1). In other words, Abraham had the Spirit of the Mighty One Himself, and He, God, reproduced Himself in Abraham.
And just to offset any suggestion that Abraham’s encounter with Hagar and the child she bore (Ishmael) has any rights under God’s Covenant with Abraham, it is plainly stated that Sarah is the mother of God’s people Israel. There is no linage of the blessings God gave to Abraham through Hagar – but only through Sarah who bore Isaac.
Ishmael falls into the same category as Abraham’s many children through Keturah – whom he married after Sarah died. None of them have any rights to the inheritance given to Abraham, that is, all the Holy Land. This inheritance is exclusively for the descendants of both Abraham and Sarah. For interests sake, this is the account of Abraham and Keturah:Gen 25:1-6 "Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. 3 Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Asshurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. 4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah. 5 Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. 6 But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east." Though Abraham took Keturah as a wife, the mention of concubines (plural) would indicate that she was considered a concubine rather that a replacement for Sarah as his wife. The names of Abraham’s other concubines (if any) is not known – other than Hagar. We can conclude from this that the sons of his other concubines (if any) are not important and are not named. The land to the east, where Abraham sent the sons of his concubines, includes Jordan, Arabia, Syria, Iraq and Iran today.
And so it was that Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. Former events had shown that Abraham’s offspring would be reckoned through Isaac and no other! And it’s certain that Sarah was the mother of them all. This is the account of what happened:Gen 21:8-14 "The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. 9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10 and she said to Abraham, "Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac." Here’s the early evidence of the state of mind of Ishmael. True to form, and just as it is today, Ishmael was mocking his half-brother Isaac, and God’s judgment was swift in coming. V11 "The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. 12 But God said to him, "Do not be so distressed about the boy and your maidservant. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. 13 I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also, because he is your offspring. 14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the desert of Beersheba." Beersheba was the southern-most town in the later allotments of the territory of the Tribes of Israel, and is on the border of Arabia. Ishmael is the father of the Arabs.
In view of the foregoing, it’s very obvious that God’s priority is towards the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jacob’s 12 sons. It’s hardly coincidental that all those whom God rejected, and who were not the offspring through Sarah, are now the enemies of all God’s people Israel. It’s now a mental disease that had its origins in the days of Abraham among the Ishmaelites (Arabs), and has been developing ever since. It so happens that this is very important information for our day and age. Today we have all these interlopers, the descendants of Hagar and Keturah claiming rights to God’s Holy Land. As part of their perverted religion of Islam, they also make the claim that it was Ishmael, rather than Isaac, that God asked Abraham to sacrifice on Mount Moriah (the Holy Rock and the place of the Holiest of Holies in the Temple). The fact that the Bible does not support their ideas about Ishmael being the proposed sacrificial lamb doesn’t faze these lying creatures at all. True to the precepts of their god (Satan), these too are liars and murderers, which they continue to confirm every day.
ISA 51:3The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing. This is where the Kingdom of God will first appear; it will eventually fill the whole earth. It’s from here that the Law of God will go out.
ISA 51:4"Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: The law will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations. Not only will the Law go out from God – meaning God’s Law – but His justice will become a light to the nations. Most people have no idea about God’s justice and what it means. It’s a reference to the might of His arm, and the means by which He will deliver salvation – that is, to rescue His people, and they will wait in hope for that! When it comes, it will come speedily and then all will understand that God’s justice is true righteousness.
ISA 51:5My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm. Yes, they’ll have to wait a little while, but the might of the arm of the Mighty One will come!
ISA 51:6Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. When the world sees the huge volumes of people dying – like flies – death will become very commonplace as the world, as we know it, fades away.
ISA 51:7"Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults. Here God is addressing those who know what is right! These are the ones who have God’s Law in their hearts. There will come a time when God will write His Laws in the hearts of all Israel so they will obey Him always. Jer 31:33 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the LORD. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people." Ezekiel expanded on this when he wrote: Eze 36:26-28 "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God." Anyone who believes they can get away with disobedience to God’s Law today will need to think twice if they ever hope to enter God’s Kingdom. Willful disobedience to God’s Law in His Kingdom will carry the death penalty.iYYHHhH kslj
Today, if you mention God’s Law to some church-goers, they immediately response with protestations about ‘grace’. When asked about this, they claim they are under ‘grace’ and no longer have to obey God’s Law. In extreme cases, they quote the spurious book called Galatians – that was never written by Paul (or any servant of God for that matter) – and claims that if you keep one of the Laws of God then you are guilty of all and it then rails on claiming that anyone who keeps God’s Law is under a curse. How do they not keep the 7th Commandment, which says ‘Do not commit adultery’? One can only imagine what these creatures do behind their wife or husband’s back. And apparently, God sanctions their bawdy behaviour through ‘grace’. How do you not keep the 8th Commandment – ‘You shall not steal’? Such is the madness of those who go on defying God!
As we’ve seen, this chapter begins with a mention of Abraham and Sarah, together with confirmation that the birthright promises came through Abraham and Sarah. And what do we find in the spurious book of Galatians? It states that Hagar, the slave-woman, corresponds to Mount Sinai in Arabia! (see Gal 4:25). The fool that wrote this didn’t seem to know where Mount Sinai is! It’s not in Arabia but in the Sinai Peninsula! God didn’t make two covenants, one with Hagar and the other with Sarah, as it states in that spurious book. And neither does Hagar ‘stand for Mount Sinai’. Most assuredly Hagar does not "correspond to the present city of Jerusalem because she is in slavery with her children" This is the clue to who actually wrote this nonsense. It has Arab fingerprints all over it! The whole book of Galatians is a spurious fabrication and is full of lying innuendoes and deceit. It is also the book most often used by Christianity today to justify their disobedience to God’s Law.
I don’t want to digress too much on this, but there was a time when Jesus encountered a Samaritan woman from the region of Samaria. These Samaritans claimed to worship God, but this was far from the truth.John 4:19-24 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem." 21 Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
So who were these Samaritans who was trying to emulate the Jews in worship but with their own substitutions for truth? We find the answer to this in the chronicles of the Kings of Israel. When the Ten Tribes went into captivity, the Assyrians populated Samaria with the lowliest of humanity.2Kings 17:24-33 "The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites. They took over Samaria and lived in its towns. 25 When they first lived there, they did not worship the LORD; so he sent lions among them and they killed some of the people. 26 It was reported to the king of Assyria: "The people you deported and resettled in the towns of Samaria do not know what the god of that country requires. He has sent lions among them, which are killing them off, because the people do not know what he requires." 27 Then the king of Assyria gave this order: "Have one of the priests you took captive from Samaria go back to live there and teach the people what the god of the land requires." 28 So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria came to live in Bethel and taught them how to worship the LORD. 29 Nevertheless, each national group made its own gods in the several towns where they settled, and set them up in the shrines the people of Samaria had made at the high places." What follows is the account of how they pretended to worship God, but still worshiped their own national gods! They were all steeped in paganism, but made an outward show of worshiping the One True God. 30 The men from Babylon made Succoth Benoth (a pagan god), the men from Cuthah made Nergal (a pagan god), and the men from Hamath made Ashima (a pagan god); 31 the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak ( pagan gods) , and the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire as sacrifices to Adrammelech and Anammelech (pagan gods), the gods of Sepharvaim. 32 They worshiped the LORD, but they also appointed all sorts of their own people to officiate for them as priests in the shrines at the high places. 33 They worshiped the LORD, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations from which they had been brought."
What we are seeing today is the same pagan mindset in the Arabs today. They’re not interested in serving the One True God, even though they counterfeit some of His requirements. Instead, they worship the source of all paganism – Satan! As Jesus said, ‘We Jews worship what we do know!’ And He added, ‘Salvation is from the Jews’. You would never convince Islam that salvation is from the Jews! Islam hates them! As Jesus confirmed to the Samaritan women:John 4:22 "Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem." Isn’t this what we’ve been teaching all along? These people will never worship in Jerusalem – when that specific time comes!
In the last verse we dealt with from this chapter of Isaiah, God is speaking of those who know what is right and have the Law in their hearts. God tells His obedient people not to fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults. In the next verse He goes on to declare their fate:
ISA 51:8For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever, my salvation through all generations." The faithful and obedient servants of God laugh at the reproach of men and are certainly not terrified by their insults! God’s servants consider them to be mere grass to be either consumed or burnt up just like an old garment.
ISA 51:9Awake, awake! Clothe yourself with strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old. Was it not you who cut Rahab to pieces, who pierced that monster through? Here we have the purpose of the arm of the LORD demonstrated. His arm slayed Rahab the monster, piercing him through – with a sword! The arm of the LORD doesn’t come bearing a bag of sweet candy or any other form of inducement, but a blood-soaked sword, and that sword will drink its fill of blood among all God’s enemies. This is the message to all people everywhere. They either worship God in Spirit and in Truth or suffer the consequences. Neither will the spirit realm be spared – they will die just as surely as human beings.
Quite apart from the fact that Rabab was a prostitute who lived in the days of Joshua, Rahab is also the name of a ruler of the heavenly realms. This Rabab lived and ruled in Egypt. God sometimes refers to Egypt as Rahab (Isa 30:7). David recorded this: Ps 89:10-13 "You crushed Rahab like one of the slain; with your strong arm you scattered your enemies. 11 The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it. 12 You created the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name. 13 Your arm is endued with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted." The Mighty Lord God killed this monster of the deep and pierced him through with His Sword. We’ll discuss the slaying of these monsters a little later when we get to a reference about the Leviathan.
ISA 51:10Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made a road in the depths of the sea so that the redeemed might cross over? God redeemed His people Israel from Egypt, and they crossed over the Red Sea. The writer of the spurious book of Galatians would have you believe they crossed over the Gulf of Aqaba and into Arabia on the third day after leaving Egypt, suggesting they covered 250 miles in two days with all their livestock. This would be a hard 3-day ride for a fast horse on flat ground. And even then you would need many changes of horses during this 3-day period. For 2 million+ people and their livestock, it would be impossible. One madman actually tried to build himself a following by claiming to have found the remains of Pharoah’s chariots and other items in the Gulf of Aqaba – and many believed him! Presumably, the Israelites must have crossed back again later to get to Mount Sinai. This is yet another example of the crazy nonsense we hear about today.
ISA 51:11The 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. Yes, there will be some ransoming of prisoners – most likely through an exchange of prisoners. It’s not the best solution, but it will serve its purpose at that time.
ISA 51:12"I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal men, the sons of men, who are but grass,
ISA 51:13that you forget the LORD your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor? The wrath of the oppressor will diminish very rapidly when they realize how much like grass they are and how quickly they burn to ashes.
ISA 51:14The cowering prisoners will soon be set free; they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread. Instead they will be rescued – and through God’s salvation.
ISA 51:15For I am the LORD your God, who churns up the sea so that its waves roar-- the LORD Almighty is his name.
ISA 51:16I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand-- I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, `You are my people.'" The people of Jerusalem will be God’s people, and these are the ones who take the fight to the enemy – just as God foretold long ago!
ISA 51:17Awake, awake! Rise up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the LORD the cup of his wrath, you who have drained to its dregs the goblet that makes men stagger. The present occupants of Jerusalem are under the gun from all sides and they have been threatened with annihilation. Only the Jewish people could understand the gravity of these threats, and especially now that the United States of America has a Muslim President. This evil, disgusting creature stands ready to deliver the Israelis into the hands of their enemies. This betrayal will be answered directly by God! The Israelis have drunk the cup of God’s wrath many times in the past – and yet have remained faithful to God. Now it’s Ephraim’s turn to drink of that cup – and drink it they will! The noise of their destruction will reverberate around the world when the unthinkable happens. All their ‘lovers’ whom they loved more than God’s forlorn City of Jerusalem will reap the rewards of their destruction and will plunder them, taking everything of value, including slaves.
Of all the sons that Jerusalem bore, there was none to guide her; none were able to take her by the hand and lead her to victory.
ISA 51:18Of all the sons she bore there was none to guide her; of all the sons she reared there was none to take her by the hand. But this is all about to change. Jerusalem will have sons she never knew. These Sons of Jerusalem will arrive at the critical moment and with such power that it will cauterize the brains of Islam and they’ll be left shell-shocked, bewildered and rudderless – and of course, dead! Finally, after three thousand years, God’s instructions will be carried out, and the pagan hordes will be driven from His Holy Land. What we are presently seeing are these hordes of degenerates trying to drive Israel from God’s Holy Land, and God intends to turn the tables on them. We’re also seeing the Christian nations actively plotting against the Israelis and in support of God’s enemies. For these Christian nations this is tantamount to a death sentence. Perhaps they should have taken the time to learn about the ways of God. They’re going to pay a terrible price for their insolence against Him.
ISA 51:19These double calamities have come upon you-- who can comfort you? -- ruin and destruction, famine and sword-- who can console you? Double calamities seem to be the lot of the Israelis at the moment. The whole situation is becoming farcical. The more the Israelis do to promote peace the more they are ostracized by the world.
ISA 51:20Your sons have fainted; they lie at the head of every street, like antelope caught in a net. They are filled with the wrath of the LORD and the rebuke of your God. Cradled in the vast sea of the Muslim hordes they’re just like an antelope caught in a net. Today, they are so vulnerable that it seems impossible that they will ever be free of threats of annihilation. God has made it clear so many times that His enemies must be driven completely out of His Holy Land, but the Israelis have been forced by the drunken stupor of the West to defy God. And so they continue to experience the wrath and rebuke of the LORD God. When God delivers justice, He wants them to recognize what His justice means. They will see it with their own eyes!
In the past the Israelis went out to war against their enemies, and because God was with them, they always prevailed. It wasn’t until they started listening to bad advice from America and Europe about giving away God’s Holy Land that things started to go awry. The crazed reasoning of the ‘two-state solution’ is about as provocative to God as it could possibly get. Despite their many victories over the Islamic hordes that surround them, the problem has become worse than ever. They’re forced to fight endless battles and skirmishes but can never achieve peace. This is because of the drunken foolhardiness of the Western Nations who want to keep Islamic hordes on their side – even at the expense of God’s Holy Land. Now the Israelis are the afflicted ones.
ISA 51:21Therefore hear this, you afflicted one, made drunk, but not with wine. The Israelis understand the problem better than anyone, but contrary to the desire of the American Administration, the Israelis drunken disorientation today is not caused by the same wine that America is drinking. The Obama administration is drinking from the wine of the cup of Satan, and they have gone completely mad. The Israelis, on the other hand, are not besotted by this wine and are ready to rise up and take the fight to their enemies, but not until Jerusalem’s sons take her by the hand with the cool clarity of reality.
ISA 51:22This is what your Sovereign LORD says, your God, who defends his people: "See, I have taken out of your hand the cup that made you stagger; from that cup, the goblet of my wrath, you will never drink again. When God defends His people, this will be the outcome. Never again will they drink of the cup or goblet of God’s wrath, and neither will they fall for the madness of Satan’s wine.
To God’s faithful and obedient servants, there is another cup from which they must drink. You’ll recall that long ago Jesus gave His disciples a cup, and told them to drink of it. In so doing, He was commemorating the Passover that occurred in Egypt. This cup was either a blessing or a curse with nothing in between. In Egypt when the first Passover was enacted, those who obeyed were spared. Those who didn’t, died. There is a very long and meaningful message in the observance of the Passover, which the Lord Jesus instituted while on earth. In the interests of brevity, we’ll defer this discussion at this present time.
God says He will put the cup of His wrath in the hands of their tormentors and they will suffer terribly at God’s Hand.
ISA 51:23I will put it into the hands of your tormentors, who said to you, `Fall prostrate that we may walk over you.' And you made your back like the ground, like a street to be walked over." This is the type of torment that these satanic hordes find amusing. Almighty God is going to make sure they don’t get too amused. When God puts the cup of His wrath in the hands of these tormentors, they won’t be doing any tormenting again! Won’t it be nice to see all these stone-throwing degenerates in the streets of Jerusalem crushed? I don’t think they’ll be too amused then. What is more, they’ll get a quick answer to their ploy of hiding behind women and children. The breeders of their offspring will get no special privileges and neither will their children – they’ll all suffer the same fate! Then they’ll understand the meaning of ‘Not a root or branch of them will remain, but they will be ashes under the feet of the righteous’ (Mal 4:3).
God wants the City of Jerusalem to be cleaned of all filth and vermin. Understandably, the human vermin will be the first to go.
ISA 52:1Awake, awake, O Zion, clothe yourself with strength. Put on your garments of splendor, O Jerusalem, the holy city. The uncircumcised and defiled will not enter you again. The ‘uncircumcised’ is a reference to God’s enemies. The ‘defiled’ is a reference to those who couldn’t get their loyalties right. These are the ones who sought to placate the enemy and make peace deals with them. We’ve reached the point in human history where these things are being closely monitored by God. The reference above to clothing themselves with strength and in splendor is a reference to Jerusalem’s sons. And indeed they are coming!
ISA 52:2Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, O Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion. No longer will Jerusalem sit forlorn and alone and without children. Her children will come triumphantly, and with overwhelming strength. They will establish Jerusalem as the City of the Great King. The King who will come is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He will live there forever.
ISA 52:3For this is what the LORD says: "You were sold for nothing, and without money you will be redeemed." As we said before, prisoner exchanges will be an option in certain circumstances, but the vast majority of prisoners will be rescued with overwhelming force and catastrophic damage.
ISA 52:4For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "At first my people went down to Egypt to live; lately, Assyria has oppressed them. In the beginning of their existence, Jacob and his twelve sons went to live in Egypt to escape the famine that was extant throughout the region. In this verse, God makes the point that lately, or in these latter days, the Assyrians have oppressed them. We’ve previously made the point that the Assyrians lived in the same region as the Medes anciently and the Kurds today, and they are all the same people. These same people will gain the upper hand with the Persians (Iran), and will take power over the whole region as they did in the days of the Medo-Persian Empire. In so doing, the Assyrians/Kurds will inherit the ruins of Jerusalem and its captive people. As we discovered in earlier chapters, God will appoint an ally called Cyrus, the same spirit being from an earlier time, and he will provide for the rebuilding of the Holy City and the Temple.
ISA 52:5"And now what do I have here?" declares the LORD. "For my people have been taken away for nothing, and those who rule them mock," declares the LORD. "And all day long my name is constantly blasphemed. Yes, Cyrus will put an end to this! By proclamation throughout his empire, Cyrus will ensure that the God of gods is reverenced and he will decree that Jerusalem be rebuilt. He will also release the prisoners.
ISA 52:6Therefore my people will know my name; therefore in that day they will know that it is I who foretold it. Yes, it is I." The captives will then know the Name of the One who freed them. These Jewish survivors will know that it’s the One they rejected long ago. There is a touching account of their repentance towards the Holy One, which can be found in Zech 12:10-14. This is an excerpt from it: "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." In that day, the Jewish people will realize that the One who died from a spear through His heart on the Cross really was their Messiah. They will grieve and mourn for Him as a Firstborn Son – the begotten First Son of God. This Son proved His faithfulness to God by laying down His life, and today He sits at the right hand of God the Father on His Throne.
ISA 52:7How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" As we’ve said many times, the LORD Christ must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet: 1Cor 15:24 "Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he "has put everything under his feet." Now when it (the Scripture) says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all." For those who are interested, the Apostle Paul was actually quoting from Ps 8:6. The eighth Psalm is recommended reading for anyone who wants to broaden their understanding. You’ll see why Jesus Christ often referred to Himself as the ‘Son of man’.
ISA 52:8Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy.
When the LORD returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes.Here God refers to His watchmen, those who watch over God’s interests. Together with Judah they will shout for joy. All of them will see with their own eyes when the LORD returns to Zion. As we just pointed out with the quote from Zech 12:10-14 – Judah will be deeply repentant! You might also like to read of Zechariah’s description of the return of the LORD to Zion: Zech 9:8-17 "But I will defend my house against marauding forces. Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch. 9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I know it will be grossly offensive to many to learn that the LORD Christ will arrive in Jerusalem on a donkey, but this is the way it will be. Many will look to the earlier fulfillment of this when Jesus rode into Jerusalem and the crowds laid palm branches before his feet. This account can be found in Matt 21:1-12. But now observe what happens in these last days after Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey and the people see Him with their own eyes: V9 "I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth." He will arrive after the time when Ephraim, the mightiest power on earth today, loses its ability to wage war. Jerusalem, the Capital City of the Israelis, will also lose its war-horses around the same time, and desperation will set in for the whole Western World. V11 "As for you (Jerusalem and her children), because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. 12 Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. Jesus made a Covenant of Blood with His disciples, and this Covenant is called The Passover. In that day, the prisoners of hope will renew their vows to the Blood of the Covenant and God will spare them – just as He did in Egypt! Through this Covenant, the obedient will take on the very nature of Jesus’ Body and Blood at that crucial time. Zechariah goes on to declare the outcome: V13 "I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and make you like a warrior's sword." Judah and Ephraim’s battle bow was broken, but now the battle will be fought with the LORD’S bow, which will be in the hands of Judah, and the arrows will be the men of Ephraim. A great army will regroup as a result, though Ephraim will no longer be the leader of this army, but will fight under an entirely different banner. Did you notice that the sons of Greece will be an adversary in that day? Isn’t this what we have been telling you? V14 "Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning (there’s nothing conventional about this arrow!). The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south, 15 and the LORD Almighty will shield them (His army). They will destroy and overcome with slingstones."
What does this remind you of? Remember when David went up against Goliath and slaughtered him with a slingstone? It just so happens that David’s exploits are spoken of inZech 12:7-9 "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." You’ll notice here a distinction between the House of David and Jerusalem’s inhabitants with that of Judah. The importance of this is that Judah must receive full billing and honour along with the House of David, and their dwellings must be secured for their return. And did you notice that the feeblest among them will be like David? Or that the House of David will be like God? Continuing Zech 9:15-17 ".… They will drink and roar as with wine; they will be full like a bowl used for sprinkling the corners of the altar. 16 The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. 17 How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women." God will save them as the ‘flock of His people’. How often have we said that ‘salvation is of the Jews’? It’s the Jews, who are hated by everyone today, that will provide salvation for Christians everywhere, and the Jews will be the Flock of His people! The House of David, the Jews, and some of the men of Ephraim, will combine to rescue Christians from the hands of their enemy. This is exactly what the commission was that God gave to John the Baptist, though he never fulfilled it at that time: Luke 1:69-79 "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. 76 And you, my child, 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." Someone just like John the Baptist and Moses will do all these things – just as God said through His holy prophets long ago.
ISA 52:9Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. Jerusalem will burst into songs of joy when they see that God has redeemed them. Then they will know that God is with them. What follows next is the baring of God’s Holy Arm – the Arm that carries the terrible swift sword!
ISA 52:10The LORD will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God. When will people see salvation and be saved? Here’s your answer right here – in the very Scriptures that Christ used when He was on earth. When the nations see the terrible swift sword in the hand of the Mighty One, and feel its wrath, they’ll know its time to release the prisoners! And if they have second thoughts (as Pharaoh of Egypt did) and go after them, they’ll realize they made a huge mistake.
ISA 52:11Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing! Come out from it and be pure, you who carry the vessels of the LORD. God is telling them to pack and leave their captors and return to Him and their ancestral homeland. What is more, they will plunder their captives of all they took in the conquest – and much more besides. You might recall that the gold vessels from the Temple of the LORD were taken to Babylon, and, in the days of Daniel being used at a great feast (Dan 5:1-6), when they saw ‘the writing on the wall’ (V26-28), but we won’t go into that now. The wealth they take will go to the LORD and provide the material for the vessels of the LORD. As we’ll see in the next verse, they’ll be in no hurry to leave until all the booty is delivered to them. This follows a similar pattern to what happened in the days of Moses. God told the Israelites to ask their neighbours for silver and gold: Ex 11:1-3 "Now the LORD had said to Moses, "I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely. 2 Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold." 3 (The LORD made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh's officials and by the people.)" We find that the gold and silver was used in the furnishing of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness (Heb 9:1-5).
ISA 52:12But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard. The LORD Himself will protect their departure and be their rear guard against any who have a mind to attack again. Their departure will be quite leisurely as they depart with their plunder of silver and gold. Just bear in mind that we’re referring to the men of Judah – not the survivors of Israel, which comes later.
And now we come to the last three verses of this chapter which identifies this Mighty One as He now appears with His arm bared for battle. Isaiah prophesied of Jesus suffering at the hands of His enemies when He appeared the first time. And who were His enemies at that time? And who was it that Jesus visited and triumphed over after the resurrection?Col 2:15 "And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." The Apostle Peter also mentions this and identifies these enemies as demons who are presently awaiting judgment in the Abyss. 1Peter 3:18-20 "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, 19 through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20 who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built."
ISA 52:13See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. As we just mentioned, Jesus Christ sits with God the Father on His Throne. Just before Jesus was arrested and killed, He was given the opportunity to back out of it. Matt 26:53 "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?" Jesus only had to say the word and the Father would have responded immediately! But Jesus acted wisely to ensure that all the Scriptures would be fulfilled. The LORD Christ previously said that nothing would pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Everything must be fulfilled – all that is written in the Scriptures, all prophecy, and nothing in the Law of God will be changed. Matt 5:18 "I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." Jesus said He was telling the Truth, but most Christians today believe He was lying. Has heaven and earth disappeared? No! And neither has anything that has been written in the Law and the Prophets!
And so it was that Jesus chose to act wisely and to fulfill the Scriptures that said it must happen this way. Jesus knew this had to be the outcome for His first appearance on earth. But He also knew that He would return to fulfill everything else that is written about Him in the Scriptures. All of God’s true servants know this too! There are people today that disagree with everything written about Jesus’ second coming. They’ve chosen to mollify it to suit their own ideas on how Jesus should behave. Jesus Christ suffered the ignominy of His first appearance, and now He will return with vengeance and will triumph over His enemies.
The following verse speaks of this humiliation and the suffering He endured that we might live. This is the verse that is widely quoted in Christianity in relation to Jesus:
ISA 52:14Just as there were many who were appalled at him -- his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness--
ISA 52:15so will he sprinkle many nations (with Israelites), and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand. Here we see in these two verses a reference to His first appearance and His second appearance. It will be a brave king that decides to argue with this Mighty One. Instead, they will shut their mouths! Even the things they have not been told about Jesus they will see with their own eyes, and the things they have not heard, they will begin to understand the meaning of.
As things presently stand, if any nation decided to round up all Muslims living in their borders and slaughter them, it would reflect good understanding on their part. But they will need a bit more enlightenment before they do this, and that day is fast approaching! However, it’s unlikely to ever happen among the nations of Israel! Soon it will be too late for that.
And now we come to the chapter that prophesies of the first appearance of Jesus as a man. It’s hard to believe that the Jewish people, who take such care of the Scriptures as the Sacred Word of God, could have failed to understand these prophecies. Who else could these Scriptures be referring to?
ISA 53:1Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? In this case, it’s certainly not the Jews in our day! They have never believed or understood these next five verses. Though to be fair, it was the Jews who took Christianity into the world in Jesus’ day. The House of Israel had long gone at that time, and only the Jews remained as a nation. Who has believed the message of the Book of Isaiah? And to whom did God reveal the arm of the LORD? It’s certainly not mainstream Christianity! They’re too busy spicing-up their doctrine to appeal to the gullible. What is more, they’ll know nothing until the flood comes and sweeps them away (Matt 24:39) just as it was in the days of Noah, but this time it will be a flood of war. As you can see, this V1 links ‘believing the message’ to the might and power of the ‘Arm of the LORD’. If you don’t understand one, then you won’t understand the other.
ISA 53:2He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground (that is, earthy, just like Adam, who was made from dust). He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. It’s beyond belief that people depict Jesus as a long-haired sissy with an effeminate body. Jesus looked like a typical Jew, who was also a carpenter/stone mason. In such a vocation, He would have been strong and muscular, and far more so than most tradesmen today. And of course, Jesus had short hair like everyone else in His day. Statues of dignitaries in that era all had short hair. Whereas we have Cardinals, bishops and priests today who are forbidden to marry, so it’s little wonder that they depict Him as having an appearance that is desirable to them. We now know that these religious monks and priests have rampant homosexual tendencies. Why would they depict Jesus as a masculine, man’s man?
ISA 53:3He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Just bear in mind that this prophecy was written 800 years before Jesus appeared. Like all Bible prophecy it was designed to identify something or someone in the future. This prophecy certainly identified the appearance of Jesus Christ. The religious authorities of His day refused to esteem Him and they despised and rejected Him. Today, Christians await the second coming of Jesus, but do they know what to expect? Are they expecting the might and power of the Arm of the LORD? Do they see Him as the Invincible One who will take His sword to the enemy and enforce peace on earth? Jesus’ first appearance is totally unlike His second appearance. It’s the same Jesus, but with the second appearance He will return as King of kings and Lord of lords. As we pointed out earlier, Jesus must reign until He has destroyed all principalities and powers, and when He has done this, He will hand the Kingdom to the Father (1Cor 15:24-25).
ISA 53:4Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. The principalities and powers, that is, the rulers of the spirit realm, killed the Son of God, and now the time has come to destroy them all. To this end, Satan and all the principle players among the rulers of the spirit realm will be imprisoned in dungeons to await trial. It’s been said by those who understand nothing that since these creatures are composed of spirit, rather than flesh and blood, they can’t be killed. They overlook the fact that the Son of God was killed, so why shouldn’t these evil creatures suffer the same fate? The terrible swift sword of Jesus kills both spirit beings and human beings, and many of both will be slaughtered by the Arm of the Lord Christ. What is more, from Satan to the least of them, they will all die and cease to exist forever. The Lord God has a habit of depicting these evil creatures as ugly and contemptible beasts. You’ll recall that even Nebuchadnezzar was transformed into a man-like beast that was scarcely recognizable. Even Satan has been transformed from a perfectly created specimen to a vile, dragon-like beast – and there is nothing desirable about him. Remember how we read this earlier: Isa 27:1 "In 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." This is the beast that arises from the sea, a leviathan – the one to whom Satan gives his power and authority. In many ways, he is not unlike Satan himself. Typically, it’s not long before he betrays Satan and destroys his city of Babylon, taking on all the characteristics of the most powerful ruler of all the heavenly or spirit realm.
We’ve provided a short article that deals with all the monsters described in the Bible, how they lived and how they died and the reasons for it. For further information about these monsters of the Bible, click here.
Not surprisingly, it was Satan that masterminded the death of Jesus when he entered into Judas Iscariot, betraying Him to his enemies. The death blow came when His heart was pierced by a soldier’s spear and His life’s blood poured out on the ground. Almighty God will see that justice prevails and His murderers will suffer the same fate.
ISA 53:5But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. People are healed of their transgressions because of this Sacrifice. Yet prior to Him suffering death, Jesus made a point of healing the sick, blind, crippled and diseased, and even raised Lazarus from the dead. He did this to show that healing comes from God to all who believe. The power to heal comes through faith in God. So does the power to cast out demons for that matter. Jesus also linked healing to forgiving sins – which caused some furor by the religious leaders of His time, who claimed He didn’t have the power to forgive sins (Matt 9:1-3). Sin of course, it the breaking of God’s Law (1John 3:4), and it’s incumbent upon those who are forgiven to sin no more.
ISA 53:6We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Let’s be completely rational about this. Jesus didn’t go through all this suffering so people could go on sinning! Jesus did it so we could be forgiven for our sins and become righteous and acceptable in God’s eyes – provided we quit sinning! The Book of Hebrews says it’s impossible to be reconciled to God if we willfully go on sinning, because such actions would require Jesus Christ to go through His sacrifice all over again: Heb 6:4-6 "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." So if anyone goes on sinning by refusing to obey God’s Law, it’s impossible to ever again gain God’s favour. Anyone who believes to the contrary is deluding themselves. This is not to say that on occasion we might sin through weakness or carelessness and be condemned forever. On such occasions, all of us must repent and endeavour to never do it again. On each occasion when we resist sin, we become stronger. Every child of God must fashion himself after the Son of God and exhibit the same obedience as Him.
ISA 53:7He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. All Bible students would know that Jesus did indeed open His mouth to Pontius Pilate – but not to the presiding ruler of the heavenly realms – Herod! Herod had his own religious group who held considerable power. These were also commonly called Herodians and commonly associated with other religious groups like the Scribes and Pharisees. The Herodians had a messianic view of Herod and saw him as a messiah and a true ruler. In Herod’s presence, Jesus refused to utter a word (Luke 23:9). Herod, you’ll recall, is the one who beheaded Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist, three years before.
Yet Jesus spoke openly to Pontius Pilate, who did everything in his power to release Jesus, even publicly washing his hands in protest to the whole saga of false accusations. Still, Pilate was mindful that Herod had sent Jesus back to him for judgment, and so to placate Herod and the violent crowd, he gave Jesus over to the judgment sought by the Jewish leaders and their followers. So Isaiah was making it clear that Jesus never spoke to those who led Him to the slaughter.
On the way to His execution, Jesus did indeed open His mouth to speak, but this time it was to those who supported and mourned for Him:Luke 23:27-31 "A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, `Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!' 30 Then " `they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!"' 31 For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?" It would be remiss of us to fail to follow up the meaning of this. After Jesus had been scourged and horribly disfigured, He still offered words of comfort to the daughters of Jerusalem. He was quoting from the Book of Hosea, which speaks of a time yet to come – as Jesus said. So what is the Book of Hosea speaking about? This Book is Ephraim’s Book, and it’s all about him. This Book concludes with this final verse: Hos 14:9 "Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them." Hosea wrote about what was happening in his time and the portent of this for the future. Jesus confirmed this when He quoted from this Book in reference to a time to come.
So what was the message Jesus conveyed to the Daughters of Jerusalem? This is what He was quoting from:Hos 10:7-10 "Samaria (Samaria was the country of the northern Ten Tribes of Israel) and its king will float away like a twig on the surface of the waters (there is more to this statement than meets the eye. It implies the king will be blown to pieces and will float away like twigs after a storm). 8 The high places of wickedness will be destroyed-- it is the sin of Israel. Thorns and thistles will grow up and cover their altars. Then they will say to the mountains, "Cover us!" and to the hills, "Fall on us!" 9 "Since the days of Gibeah, you have sinned, O Israel, and there you have remained (ever confident that no harm will befall them). Did not war overtake the evildoers in Gibeah? 10 When I please, I will punish them; nations will be gathered against them to put them in bonds for their double sin." And this is what Jesus was speaking about as a future event!
Those who are wise might also like to read the rest of the Book of Hosea. Here’s a brief sampling:Hos 10:13-15 "But you (Ephraim – the United States of America) have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception (just as Eve did, which resulted in being driven from paradise). Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors, 14 the roar of battle will rise against your people, so that all your fortresses will be devastated-- as Shalman devastated Beth Arbel on the day of battle, when mothers were dashed to the ground with their children. 15 Thus will it happen to you, O Bethel (Bethel was the capital of the Ten Tribes, and this corresponds to Washington today), because your wickedness is great. When that day dawns, the king of Israel will be completely destroyed."
God had hoped that Ephraim might have compassion on His Holy City Jerusalem and its inhabitants, and indeed it appeared that this would happen when Republicans ruled in America. But then a certain madness beset half the nation and they voted into power a Muslim President. Now everything has changed. This madman is determined to sacrifice Jerusalem and its inhabitants to God’s enemies. This act of betrayal will result in instant retaliation by God and the whole nation will drink the cup of God’s wrath and be totally destroyed. When God punishes them, nations will come and put them in bonds (slavery), and as God has said, ‘for their double sin". We’re already seeing the betrayal of Judah and Jerusalem, but the double sin is more than this. What, then, is the other sin? Well this relates to the King of kings and Lord of lords where He will reign forever in Jerusalem. So the second sin is about His followers – Christianity! In fact, the whole Book of Revelation is addressed to the Churches of God.
So while Obama and his cronies are actively campaigning against God’s Holy City and its people, they are also surreptitiously setting their sights on Christianity. Not content to remove all Christian teachings from the schools, and the Ten Commandments from all public places, and even the Oath of Allegiance, he has also stated that America is a Muslim country in a speech he gave in Egypt. He said that with a population of ten million Muslims, America was one of the biggest Muslim nations. This followed another faux pas when he referred to America as having 57 states instead of 50. It’s Islam that has 57 states across the world. So you can plainly see his mindset.
It may not be evident yet, but under his watch Christianity will be degraded and even outlawed. Jesus foretold this:Matt 24:9-14 "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."
This is further expanded on in the Book of John:John 15:18-20 "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember the words I spoke to you: `No servant is greater than his master.'" Who is it then that will be persecuted? The answer is the true followers of Jesus. Who, then, is the arch-persecutor of Jesus and His followers? Well it was Satan himself that entered into Judas Iscariot (Luke 22:3) to bring about His betrayal and death. It’s also Satan that will actively pursue those who remain faithful to Jesus: Rev 12:17 "Then the dragon was enraged at the woman 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." The ‘woman’ is the House of David. The House of David is from the line of Judah. It was established by a Levite priest, Samuel in fact, and this line was still evident when Jesus was born to the House of David – He was the Son of David. Samuel anointed David to be king of Israel. In this way, he prepared the way for him. Samuel was, in fact, a forerunner to John the Baptist. As we all know, it was John the Baptist that prepared the way for Jesus at His first appearance.
Who then, is the offspring of this ‘woman’? Firstly, they obey God’s Commandments! So this narrows the field down considerably! The identifier is: Who keeps the Seventh Day Sabbath holy? If anyone fails to honour God’s weekly Holy Day in accordance with the Fourth Commandment, then they flat-out cannot be a part of the offspring of the ‘woman’! And yet, obedience to the Commandments is not enough! Jesus said this:Luke 17:10 "So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'" The Jewish people keep God’s Commandments, and so do some Christians. Those who do obey have only done their duty towards God. So what else does God require of the offspring of the ‘woman’? The answer is as written: they must hold to the Testimony of Jesus! Everyone, it seems, has a view on what the Testimony of Jesus is. God, however, is very clear on the meaning: Rev 19:10 "….For the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy." Anyone, who has been teaching lies in God’s Name with their own concocted, false prophecies that never come true, does not have the Spirit of Prophecy! What is more, they can’t be the offspring of the ‘woman’. If they don’t hold to the Spirit of Prophecy they are nothing at all. The offspring must have the Spirit to recognize God’s Truth and the determination to hold to His prophecies – even if it cost them their lives.
To qualify to be a part of the ‘woman’ you must be attached to the Branch – the House of David. The House of David (in its embryonic form today) does obey God’s Commandments and they do have the Testimony of Jesus – the Spirit of Prophecy. This is what you have been reading in this study. The offspring, however, will be those who decided to sit on the fence and wait to see if God’s prophecies came true. The price they will pay for failing to believe God and the Word of His prophets will be to be hunted down by Satan and his demons. At that time, they will be forced to submit to death and lay down their lives, going as sheep to the slaughter. The persecution of these true Christians will set the example for the rest of the House of Israel. Just remember that both Jesus and the Jewish people have already suffered this penalty in advance of you. You must follow the example of Jesus, and also the example of the Jews in the holocaust. If you hope to share in Jesus’ glory, then you must also share in His death. And that day is fast approaching.
Jesus Christ was born through a branch of the House of David and that Branch came from David. In His final message to the Churches, Jesus emphasized that He was the Root and Offspring of David:Rev 22:16 "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." (The Bright Morning Star is the New Sun, the new Light-Bringer – also called the Sun of Righteousness in Mal 4:2 – the dawning of a new day.) Well, a new day will dawn, and this time it will be a righteous day. Justice will prevail, and the whole earth be judged by the fury of God’s wrath. His Kingdom will be established in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and many survivors will return to their ancestral lands. This will result directly from Jesus’ actions when He wipes out all His enemies. This will be a far cry from what occurred with His first appearance on earth. At that time, God the Father required Him to lay down His life in the face of His enemies. He fulfilled all God’s requirements and today He sits on the right hand of God the Father on His Throne.
Jesus never married and had natural children – contrary to the bizarre books that have made their appearance in recent years. This is reflected in the next verse in this study of the Book of Isaiah.
ISA 53:8By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. In all the species on earth, there is an overriding desire to reproduce oneself, whether animal or human. Because of biological problems, some people can’t reproduce themselves and they often have to resort to adoption. In most cases, adoption satisfies their desire to have children of their own and they love them as their own.
Since the Lord Jesus had no natural descendants, who can speak of them? It just so happens that we can speak of them once we know the Truth about how God reproduces His Family.
ISA 53:9He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. God’s Family must be prepared to give their all for Him, including their lives just as His Son Jesus did. Therefore, all His sons will be taught by Him and will obey Him.
ISA 53:10Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days (means reproduce Himself for many generations), and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. Although He died without physical offspring, yet we see here that He will see His offspring – those who have the very essence of Jesus. These people have the very Spirit of Christ – which God sends in Jesus’ Name as a Counselor to guide them into all Truth (John 14:25-27). God gives His Spirit to those who obey Him and this is given as a down-payment. Through His Holy Spirit you are empowered to do all that is required of you, but still you will be only unworthy servants because you’ve only done your duty. The Counselor, the Spirit of Truth, however, adds to this to become a double portion of God’s Holy Spirit, and this will lead into all Truth and the Will of the Lord will prosper.
ISA 53:11After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. In these last few verses from the Book of Isaiah, we’ve seen references to His suffering and His death in graphic terms, and we’ve also seen reference to His innocence. There was no violence in Him, nor any deceit in His mouth. After all He suffered, we find that He sees the light of life (as opposed to the blackness of death). This refers to His resurrection. Lo and behold, what do we find in the record of His death? His body had disappeared even though it was guarded by soldiers and the rock rolled away from the tomb. The soldiers testified that a mighty being had rolled away the stone. Satan and his demons panicked and tried to bribe the soldiers to lie about what they saw. Later, Jesus was seen by many people, and of course His dead body was never found – much to the consternation of those who killed Him.
ISA 53:12Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. While on earth the first time, Jesus was a humble carpenter and not numbered among the rich and powerful. His own brothers, who didn’t believe Him, tried to taunt Him into making a name for Himself: John 7:3-8 "Jesus' brothers said to him, "You ought to leave here (Nazareth) and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. 4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world." 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him." Jesus had no desire to be a public figure or to show Himself to the world and He told them why: V6 "Therefore Jesus told them, "The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil. 8 You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come." 9 Having said this, he stayed in Galilee." In contrast to this, those who call themselves Christians love to show themselves to the world in the hope of being famous. The world doesn’t hate them, as Jesus said, and this is because they neither have the Testimony or the Spirit of Jesus. The world accepts their own regardless of how bizarre they might be.
Jesus told His brothers that the time was not right for Him – the right time had not yet come. The time would come, however, when Jesus would have a portion among the great and He will divide the spoils with the strong. But first, He had to pour out His life and die. InV12 above from Isaiah, it also mentions that He was numbered with transgressors. To ensure that He fulfilled this, Jesus actually ordered His disciples to get some swords. They replied that they already had two, and Jesus said it was enough. Luke 22:36-38 "He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: `And he was numbered with the transgressors'; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment." 38 The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords." "That is enough," he replied." The right time had not come to use the sword and to make a break-out against the adversary. The Kingdom of God had to come first, just as Jesus explained to Pontius Pilate. John 18:36-37 "Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world (Gr. ‘aion’ or ‘age’). If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place (era)." 37 "You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
The transgressors that Jesus was numbered with were His own disciples. The world will see them as transgressors, but Jesus sees them as disciples, and what is more, He will make intercession for the transgressors/disciples (same verse). This is also confirmed in the Book of Hebrews:Heb 7:23-25 "Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them." Jesus always lives to intercede for His disciples, and especially when Satan accuses them before God day and night. As we are about to find out, Satan will be denied the right to stand before God and make his accusations once he is cast down from the presence of God.
This is when salvation comes and the power and the Kingdom of God:Rev 12:10-11 "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. 11 They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. 12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."
It’s these disciples of Jesus who are the strong and with whom He will divide the spoils of war as we read in the last verse of Isaiah (V12). And ‘dividing the spoils’ is a reference to war!
ISA 54:1"Sing, O barren woman (Jerusalem - see V11 below), you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband," says the LORD. This barren woman (Jerusalem) never bore a child. This is why Jesus was born in Bethlehem and not Jerusalem. Furthermore, we read in previous chapters about her sons who will come from afar. Others will be brought from various points of the compass.
ISA 54:2"Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. Jerusalem will be greatly enlarged and beautified as we will soon see in the verses below. When this happens Jerusalem will have a Husband. Her maker will be her Husband.
ISA 54:3For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants (the children of the desolate woman) will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities. These children or Sons of Jerusalem will dispossess nations and the desolate cities will be re-inhabited.
ISA 54:4"Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood (when she [Jerusalem] had no husband).
ISA 54:5For your Maker is your husband-- the LORD Almighty is his name-- the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. Well, He certainly will be in that day! Allah the devil will be stripped of his power and the King of kings will reign. Jerusalem’s Maker will be her Husband, and this Husband will make Jerusalem the jewel of the whole earth. We’ll get to this in a moment.
ISA 54:6The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit-- a wife who married young, only to be rejected," says your God. Rejected is the right word here! There is a maniacal trend going on today in Washington, which wants to reject Jerusalem as God’s Holy City and give it to Allah – who is Satan the devil and Islam’s god. If anyone believes that Jerusalem is not important to God then they are very, very wrong!
ISA 54:7"For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. The final act of betrayal is about to occur at the hands of the U.S. Administration. Even Judah will lose their nerve to stand up against this betrayal, and they will quickly learn they should have held their faith in God. Jerusalem will be overrun, but justice will prevail! This justice will see the utter destruction of Ephraim’s city Washington, along with all those who are presently in a drunken stupor from Satan’s wine of deception. Law and order will totally collapse, and the whole nation of Ephraim will be overrun and their whole world, as they know it, will disappear. The power and glory of America will be a fading memory.
ISA 54:8In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you," says the LORD your Redeemer. Thanks to the satanic ruling forces of Washington, God’s anger will surge against Judah and Jerusalem, but it will only be for a short time, and after that, everlasting kindness. God has made it clear He will have no compassion on Ephraim for a long, long time.
ISA 54:9"To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again. Didn’t Jesus liken these days to the days of Noah? Matt 24:37-39 "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man." God said He would never again bring a flood like Noah’s flood on mankind again. But still the similarity remains, because this is a reference to a flood of war. This flood of war will escalate all over the world as nations rise against nations, etc, in pursuit of the spoils of war – until there are few men left on earth! It will be just like the days of Noah, when there were even fewer left on earth. Isa 24:5-6 "The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth's inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left."
It was because of the violence of the people on earth that God destroyed them all in the days of Noah.Gen 6:11-13 "Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth." So there’s another similarity with the days of Noah.
Things will be different in Jerusalem after the surge sweeps through and God acts swiftly to drive out the insurgents and dispossess nations, driving them far from the border. Jerusalem’s Sons will be appointed this task.
ISA 54:10Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you. We’ve already said plenty about the mountains being shaken and the hills removed in Isa 40 and elsewhere. The whole surface of the earth is to be renewed and all the mountain ranges will be gone.
ISA 54:11"O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with sapphires. Here we see that God is referring to the afflicted City of Jerusalem in the foregoing verses. Jerusalem is certainly going to be restored with glorious and lavish enhancements. She will be adorned with beauty that the world cannot imagine.
ISA 54:12I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. You can see here just how much God loves Jerusalem, so you can understand why He will react to Jerusalem’s betrayal to His enemies.
ISA 54:13All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children's peace. This is the verse quoted by Jesus when He said, ‘All God’s sons will be taught by Him’ (John 6:45). We dealt with all this earlier, but to summarize, the Sons of Jerusalem have been taught by God. In short, God will only entrust Jerusalem to His sons – those who’ve been taught by Him. Does anyone seriously believe that God would entrust anything to those who have violated His Covenant, disobeyed His Law and corrupted the Scripture to suit themselves? Any who believes this are deluding themselves. This is specifically why God taught His own sons! Anyone who doesn’t understand what is about to happen has not been taught by God. Anyone who has been master-minding their own false prophecies without recourse to God’s Word, prophecies that never come true, had better take stock of their madness really quickly, because events are about to overtake them.
ISA 54:14In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. The greatest fear today is terror – Islamic terror! As we’ve said over and over again, there is a simple remedy! Wipe them all out! In such cases, the problem must be solved at the root, and the root of all problems today is Islam. God will ensure this happens. As we pointed out earlier, Islam will cease to be a religion forever. Dust they are and to dust they will return.
ISA 54:15If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you. God confirms that if there is an attack, it will not be His doing. The attackers will be so overwhelmed they will surrender, even knowing they will be enslaved and worked to death repairing all the damage they’ve done to God’s Holy Land in the past. What else is one to do with attackers who surrender? Give them a warm bed and three meals a day? Not likely! They’ll be considered to be grass – fit only to be burned up.
In regard to the Blacksmith spoken of in the next verse, there is another Levite spoken of whose name is Judas Maccabee. He is an historic figure and this is recorded in the Apocrypha and the Book of 1st Maccabees. His name means the ‘Hammer’. He was credited with fighting off the Seleucid kings who were persecuting the Jews. Jewish tradition held him to be a messiah. They also attributed this next verse to him – seeing the ‘hammer’ and the ‘blacksmith’ to be either similar or the same, though obviously, the village blacksmith wields the hammer to forge weapons fit for his work. The facts of history show that Judas Maccabee very much paralleled the latter appearance of the Blacksmith in many ways.
ISA 54:16"See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer (the weapon God forges for the Blacksmith) to work havoc;
ISA 54:17no weapon forged against you (the Blacksmith) will prevail, and you (the Blacksmith) will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me," declares the LORD. The heritage of the servants of God is to inherit a weapon of destructive power – a powerful destroyer, and no other weapon can prevail against it. The power of this weapon is similar to the one that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, destroying them so thoroughly that they have never been found. This is what God is referring to, and which we covered earlier, when God says He has created new things and they are created now (Isa 48:7).
And just a few words about the Seleucid kings, whom Judas Maccabee was fighting. The International Dictionary of the Bible gives this description on page 913, under the title of ‘Seleucids’:"The Seleucids took their name from Seleucus, a cavalry officer of Alexander. He was one of the Diadochi or "Successors", the name given to those remarkable military personalities who successfully divided Alexander’s empire after his death. By 312 BC Seleucus had established himself in command of Babylonia, Susiana and Media, and from this date his dynasty can be conveniently reckoned. By 301 he was master of Syria, founding Antioch and Seleucia to express the westward expansion of his kingdom and to balance Seleucia on the Tigris, its eastern bastion. …..The clash between the Seleucids and the Jews that brought the Maccabean revolt inhibited to a great extent Hellenizing influences in Israel." The article is longer than this but you get the idea.
As always, God gives us the heads-up on Bible prophecy in advance, so we may know what to expect. As we’ve been teaching all along, the King of Greece will come and he is the ‘Beast’ of the Bible. Obviously, it will be some years before this happens, and it will come at a time when the present mightiest power on earth is no more. America will be a ruin, and overrun with foreigners, but they won’t be forgotten. God’s love of Ephraim will prevail, and those who remain alive – the remnant – will be redeemed from wherever they’ve been scattered. I want to emphasize at this point that America will go into captivity, not because they are the worst nation on earth, but because they are the best. There never was such a righteous nation in human terms, and since the days of the founding fathers of the nation, liberty, equality and fraternity (brotherhood) has been the hallmark of their tremendous growth that has dwarfed all other nations.
It must be emphasized that God’s way is not our way – the human way. As we’ve said all along, if any nation finds themselves placating God’s enemies, then they can expect the worst. And from now on, if any nation seeks to sacrifice God’s Holy City Jerusalem or His chosen people Judah, then God will rain hell on them! The generation that does this will be totally destroyed, and God will turn His hand to the little ones – the new generation who don’t have this guilt on their heads. It’s these little ones who will enter the Promised Land (Deut 1:39).
After the Blacksmith comes and clears the Holy Land, and drives out all the degenerates, preparations will be made to repatriate God’s new generations to their own homeland. In what is called the ‘faith chapter’ (Heb 11), it speaks of those who long for a country of their own: Heb 11:13-16 "All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them." This is the kind of faith that God requires. He wants people who long with all their hearts to be in His Kingdom in a country of their own. Anciently these many people died in faith; they died waiting for the day when they will be resurrected.
Today, we have people whining and complaining about miniscule problems in their lives, never content, never happy, and always looking for someone else to blame for all their problems. Perhaps if they had a little more faith in God they wouldn’t have the problems. God has the remedy for those who exercise faith in Him, and He makes it clear He will save/rescue them in the time of their greatest need. At that time, all their former problems they whined about will be gone. And there is nothing like thirst and hunger to re-energize the mind to think rationally. This is why God instituted the Day of Atonement, so that people would see what their own shortcomings would result in. It’s a constant reminder of what to expect if we keep sinning against God.
In days to come all the faithful will welcome God’s salvation and He goes on to describe the outcome in the time of their greatest needs.
ISA 55:1"Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
ISA 55:2Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
ISA 55:3Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
ISA 55:4See, I have made him (David) a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of the peoples. The Book of Psalms that were written by David has a tremendous amount of information about the events of these latter days. We haven’t linked much of it into this study because of the sheer volume and the difficulty in incorporating it all. Nevertheless, David is a witness to the peoples, and more particularly today, the House of David.
ISA 55:5Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor." Yes, there will be foreign nations – Gentiles – who will hasten to learn Gods’ ways. They will recognize the prophecy of the ‘light to the Gentiles’ and respond. It’s going to take a leader and commander of the peoples, just like David, to get their attention though.
ISA 55:6Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. The time is coming when it will be too late and you will be on your own. It will be years before you are visited again, because it will take years before the Holy Land is endowed with the splendor that God speaks of here. Houses have to be saved and also rebuilt. Provisions must be made for the arrival of the huge numbers who will be repatriated. So time is of the essence. All these things must be completed before the Lord Christ hands the Kingdom over to the Father. But before He does this, He must put all His enemies under His feet, then the end will come (1Cor 15:24-25).
ISA 55:7Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. Almighty God is prepared to extend a pardon to those who forsake their own ways and thoughts and turn to Him in obedience. All must forsake their crazy notions of what to expect and start believing God if they hope for God’s mercy, and the time is now if they hope to escape the coming holocaust.
ISA 55:8"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. You would have a hard time convincing some of the religious lunatics about this. They seem to believe their way is better than God’s and God can take it or leave it. The elaborate promises they make to their followers is unbelievable! They haven’t believed a word that God has said, and neither do they care about obedience to His Law.
ISA 55:9"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Take a test. Are God’s thoughts more important to you than your own thoughts? Do you accept God’s Word without question? Do you live by every word of God? Was God’s inspiration on all the prophets who wrote His Word down through the ages? Are these the very Scriptures that Jesus Christ used? Did Jesus use them to prophesy of future events? Why then, are they not important to most of Christianity today? God’s Word, both the Old and the New Testament should be your whole life! You have absolutely nothing to gain by ignoring the message of God’s messengers.
ISA 55:10As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
ISA 55:11so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Everything in the Word of God must be fulfilled. Nothing that has gone out of God’s mouth will return to Him empty. It must be fulfilled exactly as He has said it!
Those who listen to God and learn from Him will receive their rewards.
ISA 55:12You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
ISA 55:13Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD's renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed."
If you want justice then be prepared to give justice and do what is right. Forget all the greed and cunning that typifies the lives of so many.
ISA 56:1This is what the LORD says: "Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed. The righteousness that God is speaking of here has not yet been revealed, but it involves justice – the type of justice that God will enforce. At the appointed time of salvation, people will appreciate God’s justice and will long to see it.
ISA 56:2Blessed is the man who does this, the man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil." In the day of salvation, the keeping of God’s Sabbath without desecrating it will be the biggest challenge of your life – especially to all those who thought it was not required. You will keep it or die. There’s a good chance that you will die if you keep it anyway, but if you are martyred for this reason, then you will see God’s salvation in the resurrection. In that day and at that time, your resurrection will come within days, and you will be gathered by God’s angels to await the killing of the rest of your brothers who serve God (Rev 6:9-11). Now is the time to be obedient to God and His Laws while you still have the choice. Don’t listen to the lying deceivers who tell you otherwise.
ISA 56:3Let 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." God has made it very clear that He will accept foreigners as His servants, not just for their obedience to Him, but also to make the Israelites jealous at the most momentous time in history. Self-righteous evangelists will be horrified to see foreigners accepted and they themselves thrust out and rejected.
ISA 56:4For this is what the LORD says: "To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant--
ISA 56:5to 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. As we mentioned earlier in this study, there will be a lot of eunuchs in that day. Castrating slaves to prevent them from breeding is an age-old tradition among the ruthless. And as you’ll recall, God describes the Babylonians (Muslims) as ruthless in Hab 1:6. These evil creatures have a long history of castrating slaves. Don’t expect the leopard to suddenly change its spots. Jer 13:22-23 "And if you ask yourself, "Why has this happened to me?"-- it is because of your many sins that your skirts have been torn off and your body mistreated. 23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil." So if you want your body mistreated by those who are accustomed to doing evil, don’t be asking why it happened to you when God has been making it plain all along. In addition to losing your testicles and perhaps other bits as well, if you have young children, just remember that the founder of Islam, Mohammed, had a penchant for 9 year old children. His followers are no different! They’re not happy with just one either, they like a whole harem of them. Don’t expect to see any form of humanity in these evil creatures! How could the children of the devil be any different?
ISA 56:6And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to serve him, to love the name of the LORD, and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant--
ISA 56:7these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations." And here you have it spelt out plainly. Who will have God’s favour in these coming days? It’s those who love God and serve Him, who keep God’s Sabbath Day without desecrating it, and who hold fast to His Covenant! It’s no good pretending to love God if you won’t obey Him! As for the House of Israel, the scattered Ten Tribes, they will find that foreigners have preceded them. God is no respecter of persons. Those who serve and obey Him gain His favour.
ISA 56:8The Sovereign LORD declares-- he who gathers the exiles of Israel: "I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered." Yes, this just confirms what we’ve just said. Besides God’s sons, whom He has taught, and besides the foreigners who have turned in faithfulness to Him, He will gather others. God confirms that He gathers the exiles of Israel, and the first of the Tribes of Israel to be gathered and restored will be Judah. They were exiled for ‘a brief moment’ – just a short period of time. For the ‘lost Ten Tribes’ it will be a different story. And God gives all the reasons why below:
ISA 56:9Come, all you beasts of the field, come and devour, all you beasts of the forest! Even the wild beasts of the forest will turn against them, and they’ll come in plague proportions.
ISA 56:10Israel's watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep. The watch-dogs are not exactly barking at the moment, are they? None of them seem to be noticing any danger. They seem oblivious to the evil forces building up all over the world who are intent on killing and maiming the innocent. "Nothing to worry about," they say, "they can’t get near us! We’ll make friends with them by winning their hearts and minds." Well, it hasn’t worked so far, has it? Not long ago there were only a few hundred active terrorists, now there are millions – all with the same mindset. And who’s shepherding the flock of the ‘lost sheep of Israel’ today? It’s Obama’s watch – the Muslim that the Democrats elected President.
ISA 56:11They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, each seeks his own gain. Like electing a President who wants to spread the wealth around! Greedy, grasping, lazy dogs who want everything for nothing! No matter how much they get they’re never satisfied. They don’t want to work to achieve success; they want the rights to share the success of others.
ISA 56:12"Come," each one cries, "let me get wine! Let us drink our fill of beer! And tomorrow will be like today, or even far better." Yes, like ‘change they can believe in’ as their slogan goes. These lazy dogs like to sit around besotting their brains with alcohol and drugs while they wait for things to get even far better. And what is the Obama Administration doing right now? Well, Obama has declared the banks and the insurance companies to be the enemy, and even the car companies have been given heavy burdens to comply with the fiction of global warming, or as they’ve now revised it, climate change. ‘Climategate’ was a defining moment in exposing these lying frauds and their scandalous behaviour. They sought fame and recognition so much that they were prepared to distort everything to deceive the gullible. With the earth getting cooler, their fanciful theories have just been demolished. Their theory about carbon dioxide heating up the planet has been demolished so they’ve pulled the ‘bait and switch’ routine. They’ll seize on anything to blame their own country for all the evil in the world and to compensate Satan’s brood with their ‘carbon-offsets’ scheme.
All big business is under fire by the madness of Obama. He doesn’t seem to understand that business, both big and small, is what provides jobs and creates prosperity. It would be remiss of me not to mention the restrictions Obama placed on the Oil Companies. He doesn’t want them competing with the Muslim countries of the Middle East. To this end, he reinstated the moratorium on offshore drilling that President Bush removed. Now he’s suddenly had a change of heart. He’s going to reinstate offshore drilling, but only in new areas, unproven areas, so far out to sea that striking oil is near impossible. In Crystal Bay, Alaska, however, there are proven reserves of 78 billion barrels, but these, Obama has announced, are off-limits because of environmental considerations. The way Obama’s going, the Saudi king will be bowing down to him!
To offset the growing dependence on Middle East oil, you’d think a sane President would be pulling out all stops to develop all oil reserves, but not Obama. It came as a complete surprise when he suddenly announced the release of oil exploration areas recently, until the trade-off was realized! The trade-off is a cap-and-trade bill to promote global warming (or as it’s now called – ‘climate change’) where the wealth of America will be spread around to the African and Middle Eastern hordes for the purchase of ‘carbon-offsets’. It’s becoming clearer that the proposed release of oil exploration areas will not take effect until the end of his term in office. Don’t expect this to be true of the ‘cap-and-trade’ environment bill though – this is high-priority in the mind of this demented President.
Did you noticeV10 above where it says: 10 Israel's watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep. The very ones who should be watching and warning and protecting the American people are asleep at the switch. Aliens are flooding into the country across the border, but they make excuses and down-play the threat. Never mind that these border insurgents have the highest crime rate in America and are the major source of illicit drug-supply! And what are Israel’s watchmen doing today? They’re defending their rights to illegal immigration. The situation is so serious now that Almighty God begins to comfort those who will suffer the most from these outrageous acts. And this begins in the next chapter.
The prophesied calamitous times are now just ahead – a time of extreme danger. A time when there will be no comfort for man or beast! It’s in this setting that God will make selections among those who are truly obedient to Him. God wants to spare them from this evil. It will be a time of horrific persecution such as has not been seen since the beginning of the world. With the current President of the US constantly confessing to all the evil degenerates of the world the sins of the American people and implanting in their minds that America alone is responsible for all their woes and misfortune, it’s hardly surprising that he has found willing ears. It’s just what these degenerate nations want to hear. Their reasoning is that if America was taken out of the way, then peace and prosperity would prevail over the earth. All that Obama’s ‘confessions’ have accomplished is to inflame the whole world. What is more, the nations of the earth have been emboldened knowing that this evil creature in the White House has no intention of retaliating against any outrage.
And so the stage is set for the worst persecution in earth’s history.
ISA 57:1The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Jesus perished at the hands of satanic assassins in a well-organized plan of attack. Jesus was totally innocent of all charges against Him. It should come as no surprise that the righteous will similarly perish. Jesus warned of this occurring in these last days: Matt 24:9-12 "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved." These people will be persecuted and put to death because of Jesus. If this doesn’t happen to you, it’s because you don’t belong to Jesus. Because of the increase in wickedness, every Christian will have to decide for him or herself, whether they love their lives more than they love God. If they make the wrong choice then they are certainly not Jesus’ disciples.
ISA 57:2Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. Those who are martyred for God can lay down their lives in peace, knowing God will resurrect them. God gives this absolute assurance. However, if you are caught trying to escape to save your life, expect nothing!
Jesus Christ built His Church for the very purpose of following His example. The Church must be prepared to emulate Jesus and to be willing to lay down their lives for others and to set this example for all the House of Israel. This is the reason why the Book of Revelation was addressed to the Churches (Rev 22:16) so they would know what to expect and what God expects of them. The ‘Testimony’ mentioned in this verse relates to Bible Prophecy (Rev 19:10). And this is something that the Church must acknowledge rather than their former, fanciful renditions of Bible Prophecy – which proved to be false.
Now we come to some severe criticism for a certain nation of people. These are the people of a nation where many people will be martyred. This particular nation is essentially divided into two, politically – Democrats and Republicans. And of course, it’s the United States of America. The States might be united, but the people aren’t! The acrimony is boiling over now from one side to the other. With the Democrat side in power, they are calling all the shots with no attempt at bipartisanship. They voted into office a virtual dictator who has no regard for anyone. Everything honourable and decent has been turned upside down.
Jesus told a parable about 10 virgins, five of whom were wise, and five were foolish. The Lord God lavished wealth and power on Ephraim, whom He describes as a son (Hos 11:1-3). America is the stand-out nation of the whole earth at this present time. Ephraim is representative of the ‘lost Ten Tribes of Israel’, just as they were anciently – as we saw in the earlier studies. Today we see that half are wise and half are foolish – just as the parable indicates. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to work out which half is foolish. It’s the half of the nation that voted this evil clown of a President into office.
ISA 57:3"But you--come here, you sons of a sorceress, you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes! Are you wondering who this is talking about? Notice the context. We’re speaking of a period when people are going to be betrayed and will hate one another, and righteous people are going to martyred. It’s the righteous who will be killed to spare them from evil. Who has the evil mindset today? Who are those who go berserk at any mention of God’s Name, either publicly or in schools? Who wants all references to God’s Commandments removed from public places? Who enforced the legalization of homosexuality? Whose agenda is it to rob the rich and spread the wealth around? Who is it that’s plotting to betray God’s Holy City Jerusalem in favour of the Muslims? Which side of politics spawned such organizations as ‘Code Pink’ and ‘Acorn’? These are the degenerates that are bringing America to its knees! Only the mentality of the Democrats could have spawned such evil. Not only are they evil, but God describes them as sons of a sorceress! God is calling them the sons of the devil – the harlot himself.
Just take a look at these rabid dogs as they gather at their Democrat political rallies. What hypocrites they are! They spit venom at everything that is good, and uphold everything that is evil.
ISA 57:4Whom are you mocking? At whom do you sneer and stick out your tongue? Are you not a brood of rebels, the offspring of liars? Isn’t this a good description of these rebellious creatures? Their constant mocking and sneering and their orchestrated lies and deceit would almost make the angels weep.
I won’t pretend that the following verses reflect their present actions, but they certainly reflect the mindset of it. In days of old, when God’s people rebelled against Him, they sought other areas for their devotion – anything that was contrary to God’s teachings. In so doing, they developed the minds of a sorceress. Everything was fair game, including lust and sex and all forms of human pleasure. They became steeped in superstitious religion, which was essentially paganism. They were drawn to it like automatons, walking in with befuddled minds in the hope of enhancing their pleasure. Today its drugs that provide the stupefying alteration of the mind – and they know it! The constant calls to have it legalized are a satanic call to alter the mind to acceptance of every vile practice that will bring about their destruction. It’s the same Sorceress, just a different method of implementation from that of old.
ISA 57:5You burn with lust among the oaks and under every spreading tree; you sacrifice your children in the ravines and under the overhanging crags.
ISA 57:6The idols among the smooth stones of the ravines are your portion; they, they are your lot. Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings and offered grain offerings. In the light of these things, should I relent?
ISA 57:7You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill; there you went up to offer your sacrifices.
ISA 57:8Behind your doors and your doorposts you have put your pagan symbols. Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed, you climbed into it and opened it wide; you made a pact with those whose beds you love, and you looked on their nakedness. As you can see, anything that defied God was considered fair game in days of old. Nothing has really changed among those who pay homage to the Sorceress. The rebellious continue to build their monuments to the devil and his ways.
ISA 57:9You went to Molech with olive oil and increased your perfumes. You sent your ambassadors far away; you descended to the grave itself! The ‘Grave’ is the same player that served Satan anciently. He is sometimes referred to as ‘Hades’ – as in Rev 6:8. How many ambassadors are being sent today to the most degenerate of nations in the Middle East – the former stomping ground of Grave? In concert with Death (mentioned by name in the same V8, Grave or Hades will cause astounding damage and the deaths of a huge proportion of humanity.
ISA 57:10You were wearied by all your ways, but you would not say, `It is hopeless.' You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint. Just as God warned that His ways are not our ways, or His thoughts our thoughts, so He is making the point that ‘all your ways’ are hopeless but they wouldn’t admit it. What they found to renew their strength is not clear, but you can be sure it was a mind-altering experience that had nothing in common with God’s Holy Spirit!
ISA 57:11"Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have been false to me, and have neither remembered me nor pondered this in your hearts? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me? Long ago, God warned of the penalty of disobedience by the Tribes of Israel. He spoke of them becoming so fearful they would flee at the sound of a fallen leaf (Lev 26:36). God has indeed been silent for a long time. This led to the catchcry of ‘God is dead’ just a few decades ago. The implication being that with God ‘dead’, everyone is free to do as he or she feels fit. The hippy era certainly got this off to a flying start.
ISA 57:12I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you. Chapters Lev 26 and Deut 28 have a lot to say about this. Both chapters are recommended reading, especially for those who refuse to believe that obedience to God is required. At least these chapters will give them a bit of an idea of what to expect – and it’s surely coming! It’s funny how people like to cloke themselves in ‘righteousness’ while teaching disobedience to God! God intends to exposed their ‘righteousness’ and everything they did in defiance of Him. People are going to realize that their ways are not God’s Way.
ISA 57:13When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you! The wind will carry all of them off; a mere breath will blow them away. But the man who makes me his refuge will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain." Those who seek God’s Kingdom with all their hearts will find refuge, and God will ensure that pathways are provided for them. In fact, God has spoken of super-highways where they will travel to the Holy Land. Notice the reference to this road in the next verse:
ISA 57:14And it will be said: "Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people." This is a reference to one of these highways, see Isa 35:8, 40:3, 62:10, Jer 31:21, – and it will be built.
ISA 57:15For this is what the high and lofty One says-- he who lives forever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. This is a mini-study in itself. Jesus Christ lives with God in His dwelling place, and serves God as His High Priest. God made provision for His Son to dwell in us through His Spirit, which is described as the ‘Counselor’ and the ‘Spirit of Truth’ (John 15:17). It’s also referred to elsewhere in the Scriptures as the ‘Spirit of Christ’. As a matter of fact, it’s mentioned that if anyone doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ then he doesn’t belong to Him: Rom 8:9-11 "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." Did you notice that the if the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, this same Spirit will raise you from the dead? But if not, then you will return to dust, never to live again. And 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 resist obedience to God don’t have God’s Holy Spirit.
Concerning the Spirit of Christ, it’s through His Spirit that we are led into all Truth. God gave this to His Apostles, and it was His intention to give this Spirit to all who would follow Him in obedience, namely the Church that Jesus built. But we should also understand that all the Prophets had this very same Spirit of Christ – the Counselor:1Pet 1:10-12 "Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he (the Spirit of Christ dwelling in them) predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things." This type of glory doesn’t extend to the angels, who are ministering spirits to the children of God. The angels never underwent the suffering of Jesus, and neither are they included among the children of God who are prepared to suffer as Jesus did in faithful obedience to God. But the angels do indeed long to look into these things.
As a point of interest, so do some demons long to look into these things. They made a big mistake when they joined up with Satan to rebel against God, and today some of them have deep regrets and try to reclaim God’s favour by making radical outbursts in support of Him. There is an example of this found inActs 16:16-18 "Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved." 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, "In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!" At that moment the spirit left her." So the lesson to learn here is to not be beguiled by silly ‘spiritual’ outbursts that have no real purpose other than to express the demon’s remorse for his ultimate fate. If you’ve ever witnessed a ‘spiritual revival’ meeting in progress, then you’ve surely witnessed some of these weird outbursts with people screeching and hollering and foaming at the mouth, and then falling flat on their backs. Believe me, this is not the Holy Spirit in action! This is a mass array of demons intent on deluding the people. Men and women of God don’t conduct themselves in this manner.
As we are now learning, the Scriptures that Jesus used predicted everything that was to happen, and the Prophets recorded it all. From the days of Moses until now, the Prophets searched intently and with greatest care to reveal all these things.
Concerning the role that the Church of God must play, it was God’s intention that they should speak the Truth without embellishment. And before they venture to speak the Truth, they should understand the meaning of it!Eph 3:10-12 "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. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence." As things presently stand at the moment, the Church of God should not be making anything known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, at least until they understand the manifold Wisdom of God. Jesus Christ is the Wisdom of God (1Cor 1:21-24) and they don’t seem to understand that Jesus came to destroy the devil’s work (1John 3:8). They seem to believe that Jesus only came to get everyone ‘saved’. Jesus Christ came to destroy the devil’s work along with the work of all the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms. All those, who’ve been called, are destined to replace all the rulers and authorities of the spirit realm. These evil creatures are the presently rulers of the earth and they are very, very active today. They’ve pervaded all the nations of the earth with the primary objective to destroy God’s people – the Tribes of Israel. The human rulers we see today are not the real rulers, but merely the puppets of these evil, spirit beings. Remember what the Apostle Paul wrote about this? It’s found in Eph 6:10 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." Well, the day of evil has come, even though it may not yet be evident. The struggle is not against flesh and blood! The real struggle is against the powers of this dark world – against the spirit forces of evil in the heavenly or spirit realm. So don’t be looking to the outward appearance of the man, but look to the underlying destructive intend of what he proposes. All these evil spirit forces are on alert to collectively destroy the House of Israel. Being what they are, these evil spirit beings don’t always agree on the methods used. These are as individual as the human rulers are today but they share the same overall goal.
Until the Churches of God start getting their act together and stop teaching false prophecy, they will never receive the addition of the Spirit of Christ. The Spirit of Christ is not given to false prophets! Can the Church of God really claim that any of their prophecies came true? All of them failed because they understood nothing. God’s intent (seeEph 3:10 again) will be realized when the Church finally recognizes that their false prophecies were mere figments of their imagination and this will be a defining moment for them. Then they will understand that the Testimony of Jesus really is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10). By that time, however, it will be too late to dream of their mythical ‘place of safety’ (in Arabian Petra, no less!) and Satan will throw all his forces against them, and we’re talking about war here: Rev 12:17 "Then the dragon was enraged at the woman 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." All Christians should understand that the Church never gave birth to Jesus – the House of David did! The Church is not the ‘Woman’ – the House of David is! At that time, God’s intent will be fulfilled and the Churches of God will hold to the Testimony of Jesus. This will be a nice change, won’t it? Instead of holding to the testimony of a false prophet, they’ll actually hold to the Testimony of Jesus – which is the Spirit of Prophecy. And those who do hold to it will receive a little help – depending on their willingness to serve God.
In contrast to all this in regard to the Spirit of Christ, there is a spirit in man that makes him different from the animals. This is the ability to think and to reason. Animals are driven by instinct and have no instinctive ability to determine right from wrong. As one dies, so does the other. The same breath of life ceases in both when they die.
ISA 57:16I will not accuse forever, nor will I always be angry, for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me-- the breath of man that I have created. The time will come when decisions will be made about who is worthy of life. God will not continue forever accusing the disobedient of their sins. The Judgment will end all that! God allotted six thousand years to the rule of Satan and his demons, and this has come to an end. Now it’s time for the judgment. And since Judgment must begin with the family of God, it should surprise no-one that some suffering will be experienced. 1Pet 4:12-19 "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?" 19 So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good." Peter was addressing faithful people who were suffering a painful trial because they were Christians. He was telling them not to think it strange that such persecution was being mounted against them. He was advising them that judgment must begin with the House of God, and their duty was to set the example for others who do not obey the Gospel of God. He confirmed that they must be blameless and not open to any form of justified criticism. So, in other words, don’t do anything that might result in accusations from anyone – and especially God. Neither should anyone push the limits to see how much they can get away with. God favours faithful, obedient, whole-hearted people who love their God so much they want to serve Him in every way possible – and like Jesus, even if it should require their lives.
ISA 57:17I was enraged by his (mankind – see V16 above) sinful greed (like wanting to spread the wealth around to the undeserving); I punished him, and hid my face in anger, yet he kept on in his willful ways. Obviously not God’s ways! And this is the message of this chapter.
ISA 57:18I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him,
ISA 57:19creating praise on the lips of the mourners in Israel. Peace, peace, to those far and near," says the LORD. "And I will heal them." Ever forgiving, God will restore them after their punishment – that is, those who are left alive, and this is described as a mere remnant. And of course, God is speaking about the mourners in Israel – the ‘lost Ten Tribes’.
ISA 57:20But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. Yes, we’ve already spoken of these wicked sons of a sorceress, and they will have no peace! They’re certainly good a flinging mud at everyone who disagrees with them!
ISA 57:21"There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked." This says it all!
The previous chapter spoke of the martyrdom of the saints and the descent into madness of the sons of the sorceress. It speaks of the terrible tribulation that will come on the House of Israel and confirms there will be no peace for the wicked. We also saw that God will provide a highway for those who make Him their refuge, and ensure they have supplies of food and drink during their journey to their ancestral homeland.
But now, during the calm before the storm, God offers some guidance and help as long as people want to learn His way and obey His Commandments. But the guidance is primarily towards Judah:
ISA 58:1"Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins. There is a clear distinction here. God’s people Israel have rebelled against Him, but the House of Jacob (who come from the line of Judah – Isa 48:1-2) have sinned rather than rebelled. They still make a pretense of obedience to God’s Law, even if only in a half-hearted way. You’ll find that God is considerably gentler to Judah than to the sons of the Sorceress who rebelled against Him.
ISA 58:2For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. This is a nation that seeks out God on a daily basis, and who are eager to know God’s ways. This is not speaking of a Church but a nation, and more particularly, one who holds national fasts in God’s honour:
ISA 58:3`Why have we fasted,' they say, `and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?' "Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. Notice that this is a nation that advocates fasting in obedience to God. How many nations do you know that does this? On the day of the fast ‘essential’ workers are asked to ignore the Fast and work to provide the essential services. This is not quite what God had in mind. In a 24-hour fast, it’s expected that some of the pleasing aspects of life might be forsaken in deference to God’s meaning for the Fast. For instance, bus tours, fast-food outlets and restaurants should be banned on this Day with no regard for those who choose to ignore the Fast. The Holy Land is not a multicultural society and people are soon going to realize this! God has no intention of accommodating those who don’t obey Him and He makes no provision for them.
ISA 58:4Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. There are people who all but pass out when they have to go without food and water for a day, and then there are others who become so irritable that they start shouting at others or even wanting to punch them. The purpose of the Fast is to be humble and thankful that each has been spared a much harsher and lengthier period of forced fasting. But it’s also more than this!
ISA 58:5Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?
ISA 58:6"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Fasting is a time when God’s people should be considering the needs of their own people, and more particularly in days to come, to consider those who are in harsh bondage and deprived of everything. The time of Fasting should be enlightenment to those fasting, to go all out to see to the needs of others and, dare I say it, to plan their release from bondage! Just by way of example, there is a young Israeli soldier who has been held prisoner for about four years by the Muslim dogs of Gaza. Releasing Gilad Shalit should have been the highest priority in Israel. I’m not going to consider the reasons why the Israelis have failed to do this, but I can tell you straight up, that this type of thing will be addressed with catastrophic results for anyone who takes a hostage from God’s Holy Land. The penalty will mean the death of tens of thousands of these hostage-takers with no regard for men, women or children. Unless Gilad Shalit is released in the very near future, Gaza will become a hell-hole of death and carnage. The day they took Gilad Shalit hostage was the day they signed their own death warrant! Every hostage they take from now on will multiply the death and carnage they will suffer.
ISA 58:7Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Well the Israelis might have turned away from their own flesh and blood, as in the case of Gilad Shalit, but God’s servants haven’t. Because the Israelis presently have the power to execute an attack to free their hostages, and have failed to do so – for whatever reason – they have emboldened the enemy to repeat the outrage. God’s justice awaits His enemies and the severest example will be made of them.
When we fast in accordance with God’s instructions, we’re able to understand much more clearly the needs and suffering of others. It instills within us a compassion and understanding of what it’s like. Sharing food with the hungry and providing them with the basic comforts should become second nature to us. This is the type of fasting that God requires! If you do this, then your mind will clear to have a better understanding of everything. What is more, God assures us that our health will greatly improve and our bodies will be healed. Yet, there is still more to it than this:
ISA 58:8Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. In that day, God’s light will dawn on the Israelis, and the dark influence of the sons of a sorceress will no longer be listened to. What is more, they will go out in righteousness, and the LORD will be their rearguard. There will be no more hostages snatched while God is guarding the rear. As you can plainly see from the language being used here, God is speaking of war. God has not forgotten the fourth Arab-Israeli war when Muslims attacked the Holy Land in 1973 on His Fast Day, the Day of Atonement! On the very day of the attack, just hours before the Israelis were attacked, the U.S. State Department warned the Israelis against a preemptive strike to defend themselves. As a result of listening to Kissinger (President Nixon was too distraught about his impending impeachment for the Watergate saga to comment at all) the Israelis all but lost the war. Having told Israeli PM Golda Meir not to preempt, Kissinger later admitted that he gave very bad advice. According to Henry Kissinger, had Israel struck first, they would not have received "so much as a nail." At that time, it was more important to the US State Department to protect the Soviet’s interests than to protect the Israelis. The Soviet’s had provided most of the weapons to Egypt and Syria and were backing them in the war. America didn’t want to risk a confrontation with the Soviets and delayed delivery of relief armaments to the Israelis.
The Israelis called on their God for relief, and this became the turning point of the whole battle. Three tank commanders, including Ariel Sharon, who later became Prime Minister of Israel, led an audacious thrust towards the Suez Canal and breached it with portable bridges, then drove hard into Egypt, circling south to prevent the Egyptian Third Army from escaping from the Sinai Desert. The Egyptian 3rd army was trapped and forced to surrender. To see the map of this engagement in the Sinai Desert, click here. The Israelis light rose in the darkest hour, just as God describes it below:
ISA 58:9Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
ISA 58:10and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
God certainly satisfied their needs in a sun-scorched land in that day!
ISA 58:11The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Remember how we read in the early chapters that Judah is the garden of God’s delight? Isa 5:7 "The vineyard of the LORD Almighty is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are the garden of his delight. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress." So at a time when there is no justice and no righteousness to be had anywhere, the men of Judah will be like a well-watered garden.
ISA 58:12Your people (Judah) will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. In today’s political climate, who else would do this but Judah? Today, the Obama administration is trying to prevent Judah from even building houses for themselves on their own land! The reader will be aware that God speaks continuously about righteousness and justice. The key word here being ‘justice’. Because of this outrage by Obama and his cronies, God’s justice will see their cities destroyed with no-one to rebuild them. Their buildings and their streets with dwellings will never be restored! Judah and their City, however, will be restored, and it’s they who will be called the Repairers of Broken Walls, and the Restorers of Streets with dwellings. The glory of Ephraim on the other hand, will fade away and will be just a distant memory. Their houses and cities will be overrun and destroyed, and as God has said, they will live in tents – if they’re lucky! Every act they commit against Judah from now on will just further add to rod across their back and their chains will get heavier.
Perhaps the reader can understand now why the Lord Christ said that ‘salvation comes from the Jews’. You don’t see too many Christians today keeping the Sabbath holy. In fact, they will go to almost any lengths to discredit the keeping of the Sabbath.
ISA 58:13"If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
ISA 58:14then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the LORD has spoken. Yes, God has spoken, but no-one is listening – except the Jews and a tiny minority of Christians in the Church Christ built. All others have served God in vain, while substituting their own ‘righteousness’ for God’s.
At the very least, the House of Israel, and Ephraim in particular, should have understood that God’s Kingdom will begin in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the City of God and the most Holy Place on earth. To be interfering with the Israelis desire to build and to make it habitable for others in need, is one of the most outrageous acts of betrayal against God that Ephraim could have done. They favoured God’s enemies over His people Judah. They’ve been well-warned, but they’re not listening. To be fair, not all Americans have this crazy mindset, but the trend is beginning to overwhelm them. They’ve become side-tracked by their own burgeoning national problems to worry about the fate of Judah. All these compounding problems are becoming very messy under the auspices of the madman in the White House.
God still makes a conciliatory gesture to remind the House of Israel that He has the power to stem the flow, but notes that they are so entrenched in disobedience to Him that they won’t listen – so God won’t listen to them!
ISA 59:1Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. And here we see another reference to the Arm of the LORD – the Arm that holds the terrible swift Sword. God would have happily fought their battles for them and saved them from the impending doom, but they wouldn’t listen to Him.
ISA 59:2But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. They didn’t want to listen to God, so now He won’t listen to them! They can wail and howl all they like, but until they turn to God in repentance and obedience, God will ignore them. Very soon they will have plenty to wail and howl about.
ISA 59:3For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters wicked things. Leaving aside the obvious crime rate in some of the ethnically-controlled cities, where blacks and Latinos control the streets and kill others on a daily basis, God has other reasons for mentioning hands that are stained with blood. He is, in fact, referring to the carefully planned betrayal of His people Judah and the Holy City Jerusalem. The Obama Administration is determined to hand them over to the Muslim hordes for extermination. By this means, Obama hopes to go down in history as the one who brought peace to the Muslim hordes, and since it will be ‘only’ Jewish blood on his hands, he will feel entirely justified. This President has spoken so many lies and muttered such wicked things that he has become the standard of the whole Democrat Political Party.
Just to offset any suggestion that the Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats, who is that promotes liberalism in defense of everything that is evil? Who wants to abandon Christian teaching in the schools? Who wants to actually promote Islam in the schools? Who objects to the Ten Commandments being displayed in a public place? Which President recently advocated sex education in the schools for students as young as seven? Who went overseas and bad-mouthed America to the Muslims? And who can’t provide a valid Certificate of Birth for himself? Who’s spent millions of dollars on court-cases to cover his lying deceit that he was born in America rather than Kenya? It’s Obama and the Democrats! Do these creatures really believe in justice and integrity?
Lying deceit is the force majeure of the Democrats and it’s all leading to catastrophe.
ISA 59:4No one calls for justice; no one pleads his case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments and speak lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil. They’ve abandoned any form of justice or integrity and rely on empty arguments to justify their actions. And now they’ve given birth to evil, and it seems there is no form of evil that they won’t contemplate. It’s rather interesting though, that Obama has an unexplained issue with his real birthplace in Kenya, and here we see a reference to giving birth to evil. As the reader will soon find out, this is an accurate description of his birth.
God further expands on this reference to giving birth to evil. Now we see a whole brood of vipers eggs hatching.
ISA 59:5They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider's web. Whoever eats their eggs will die, and when one is broken, an adder is hatched. Whenever the Democrats hatch an ‘egg’ it turns out to be a venomous adder. Obama has been busily adding these vipers to his administration. There is also a mention here a spider’s web. A spider’s web is designed to ensnare its victims.
ISA 59:6Their cobwebs are useless for clothing; they cannot cover themselves with what they make. Their deeds are evil deeds, and acts of violence are in their hands. These spider’s webs or cobwebs are not designed as clothing, but through the lies and deceit of this Administration, they’re set in place for what seems a noble purpose. A good example of this is the proposed civilian army that is planned to be loyal only to Obama – just like the Hitler Youth, who betrayed anyone who failed to pay allegiance to Hitler. Why is Obama so keen to establish this ‘youth army’? Because he wants to establish a spy network among the American people! He wants his private army to deal with anyone who demonstrates against him. He wants them to react violently towards all dissenters.
ISA 59:7Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are evil thoughts; ruin and destruction mark their ways. Well this is a good description of the hatched vipers and the cobwebs and it certainly illustrates their intent.
ISA 59:8The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace. So don’t choose the road of these vipers or you will never know peace! From what I’ve seen, these members of Obama’s youth army all seem to be the ethnics that occupy the ghettos of America. Some of these news items have filtered through to YouTube and can be seen there.
What of the rest of the American people who shied away from these venomous vipers? Those who were not beguiled by these venomous and satanic creatures?
ISA 59:9So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows. This contrasts with God’s assurances to Judah, who do see the light dawning and the darkness diminishing. Those of Ephraim, however, don’t have these assurances. Even though they look for light, all they see is darkness. These are the innocent ones who took no part in the evil viper’s plotting schemes. Nevertheless, they missed their opportunity to see the light and realize what was happening. Like so many people who live decent lives and instill good values to their children, they neglected to serve their Creator God in a meaningful manner. Since this was a low priority to them, they failed to understand where their nation was headed until it was too late.
ISA 59:10Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like men without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead. Once someone reaches this state, there isn’t much to look forward to.
ISA 59:11We all growl like bears; we moan mournfully like doves. We look for justice, but find none; for deliverance, but it is far away. Deliverance is indeed far away and this is the point that God has been making all along. Salvation is from the Jews and the Holy Land is the place of deliverance and there will be few that make it.
Those who do make it however, will be those who are deeply repentant for their offenses against God. This is the first stage of enlightenment.
ISA 59:12For our offenses are many in your sight, and our sins testify against us. Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge our iniquities:
ISA 59:13rebellion and treachery against the LORD, turning our backs on our God, fomenting oppression and revolt, uttering lies our hearts have conceived. Tyranny flourishes when good men do nothing, and this has become the standard of today. It all begins when people turn their backs on their God and begin uttering lies that their hearts have conceived. We’re all familiar with the sanctimonious, emotional nonsense taught in the churches today, where they believe that God will be impressed by their lip-service. By shrouding themselves in this emotional nonsense, they believe they are exempt from any form of obedience to their Creator. While they continue to live in cuckoo land, the streets are fomenting oppression and revolt – against them! You’ve already seen the proliferation of street gangs, organized by Blacks and Hispanics, spreading across the nation, and soon they will be coming to a city near you. And believe it or not, these are the very ones that Obama is recruiting for his ‘youth army’. Just remember that Obama was formerly an organizer in Chicago. For more information about Obama’s Youth Brigade just type in ‘Obama youth army’ in YouTube.
So what will the streets of your cities be like? Can you expect any justice or truth to emanate from these organized hordes of miscreants?
ISA 59:14So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Don’t expect any form of justice from these creatures! As for righteousness, forget it! There’ll be none. Truth will be a distant memory. In the absence of honesty you have anarchy – and this is God’s message to Ephraim.
ISA 59:15Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice. With truth nowhere to be found, there’ll be no chance of reasoning with these hordes. And who is it that becomes the prey? It’s those who shun evil, those who might venture to object to the rape, murder and carnage.
ISA 59:16He (God) saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm worked salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him.
ISA 59:17He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak. This is the Scripture that the Apostle Paul was quoting from in the sixth chapter of Ephesians. In Paul’s time, Christians were being hunted down and killed, and he told them to arm themselves with the armour of God and to stand firm against the evil ones: Eph 6:10-20 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should."
There’s a lot we could comment about in these verses, but for the moment, let’s just make sure that we understand who the real enemy is, and who these evil spirit beings are motivating against Christians and Jews. These evil puppets of Satan are all of Islam! They’re all driven by external forces under the auspices of the arch-rebel of the universe, namely Satan, whom the Muslims call ‘Allah’. These warnings in the Book of Ephesians were put there so that when the evil day comes, you will know what it all means. So when that evil day comes, you must stand firm and stand your ground as Paul emphasized. Christianity has been slow to learn because they’ve failed to understand the Scriptures, and now they must be prepared to lay down their lives to the Glory of God and go as sheep to the slaughter – just as the Scriptures say.
The enemy is real and they are coming! Satan has control of all the people on the face of the earth, with the exception of the 12 Tribes of Israel, who are God’s chosen people. Lamentably, the Tribes of Israel never did identify the enemy and took the myopic view that it was only a few Muslim terrorists and that the rest of Islam could be regenerated into something approaching human normalcy. How wrong they were!
Now under the auspices of a Kenyan-born madman in the White House, they’ve decided to take the cowardly path of placating Islam. Obama deliberately picked a fight with the Israelis in the hope of winning the favour of Islam, and half the American people barely noticed. The other half became preoccupied with the Tax Enough Already (TEA party) movement. Avoiding the withering taxation agenda Obama is proposing to undermine his country, became the highest priority. What was most notable however, was that Christianity barely murmured when it became obvious that Obama was about to make little Israel the sacrificial lamb to the satanic hordes. God noticed, and because of their insolence against His Holy City Jerusalem, they must now become the sacrificial lamb, just like Jesus. They must follow Him and go as sheep to the slaughter if they want to prove their worth to God. Remember the meaning of the word ‘justice’?
In the previous two verses of Isaiah, God says there was no-one to intervene and so He had to act to work salvation. So He donned the garments of vengeance! We’ll soon get to the chapter that deals with this, and what results from it. Just bear in mind that God is interested only in establishing His Kingdom to provide a homeland for the 12 Tribes of Israel. Since the 10 Tribes of Ephraim have no interest in this, and have utterly failed to hold off the hordes who plan to overrun the Holy Land, God plans to react to the threat personally. When God dons the garments of vengeance, His enemies should expect no mercy! Doesn’t it appear disgraceful that the mightiest nation on earth should be favouring God’s enemies over God’s Holy City and God’s people Judah? And let’s be perfectly frank about this. No rational American would consider Islam their friend, would they? After what they did on 9/11 most rational people would consider them the enemy. Which Islamic nation has raised its voice in protest against these continuing outrages? Not one! Instead they actively teach jihad to their children and promote all sorts of acts of terrorist violence against the West.
Have you noticed that the mental disease of ‘political correctness’ has not afflicted the Islamic nations? It’s a disease specific only to the Western nations. Muslims milk it for all its worth to accuse the West of all sorts of outrages, while they, themselves, continue to plot death and destruction against Christians and Jews – and especially Americans! Yet no-one seems to notice! It’s as if the Western nations are blind or even crazy. Regardless of what happens, the shrine of political correctness remains inviolate. The term ‘political correctness’ translates into ‘self-righteousness and hypocrisy’ and this is something that God hates!
ISA 59:18According to what they have done, so will he repay wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay the islands their due. The Lord Christ will deliver retribution to His foes, and He will also repay the islands for their failings, and these failings are due for punishment! And which islands is God taking about? On this occasion, God is speaking of a landmass bounded by sea where His people, the House of Israel, live. It’s in this island (we call it a continent today) that the ‘lost ten Tribes’ settled. Remarkably, this nation was settled in the beginning with 13 colonies. Many writers in the past have correctly observed that these correspond to the 13 Tribes of Israel (Joseph received a double portion through Ephraim and Manasseh giving them an extra portion in the allotments in the Holy Land). What is even more remarkable, these 13 colonies of the fledgling America were established precisely due west of the Holy Land.
And from where does God say He will call those who fear the LORD? The answer is ‘from the west’!
ISA 59:19From the west, men will fear the name of the LORD, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the LORD drives along. God has added a little more for clarification and it’s found here: Hos 11:10 "They will follow the LORD; he will roar like a lion. When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west." The Lamb of God that everyone knows so well, will become a Roaring Lion – also called The Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev 5:5). You will also notice that the previous verse (V9), in the quote from Hosea, is referring to Ephraim. God states that He won’t entirely devastate Ephraim to the point of total annihilation, instead there will be survivors (His Children) who come trembling from the West.
After the Lion of the Tribe of Judah dons His Garments of vengeance and exacts the retribution that Ephraim was so reluctant to do, He will appear in Zion, the City of God. We have already described how He will arrive, and it will be exactly as He did nearly two thousand years ago, when the people lined the road with palm branches.
ISA 59:20"The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins," declares the LORD. As we just said, this is where the Mighty Redeemer will arrive and where the Kingdom of God will be set up. I know there is a perception among Christians that Jesus will arrive in the clouds with all the saints the very next time He’s seen, but this is not the case. Before this happens when the Wedding of the Lamb occurs, the Lord Jesus must destroy all His enemies prior to handing the Kingdom over to the Father. He must reign until all this is accomplished (1Cor 15:24-26). In the meantime, all Bible prophecy must be fulfilled. Just to clarify the picture here about the Redeemer coming to Zion, to those who repent of their sins, God gives us the prophesied time-frame: Hos 9:9 "Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River (Euphrates) to the ends of the earth. 11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. 12 Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. 13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and make you (Zion) like a warrior's sword (the Sons of Zion will be like The Warrior’s Sword – a reference to the Mighty Warrior Jesus). 14 Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning. The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south, 15 and the LORD Almighty will shield them. They will destroy and overcome with slingstones. They will drink and roar as with wine; they will be full like a bowl used for sprinkling the corners of the altar. 16 The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown."
It’s a bit premature for people to believe that they will somehow arrive in the clouds with Jesus before the Holy City of Jerusalem is established along with the Kingdom of God.
ISA 59:21"As for me, this is my covenant with them," says the LORD. "My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever," says the LORD." I don’t think any Christian could truthfully say that the LORD has put His words in their mouth or that everything they speak and teach will last forever. And how do I know this? The reason is that they don’t teach God’s Truth and neither do they understand the Scriptures. For the most part, their doctrine has made a mockery of God! If God put the Tribe of Judah through the most horrendous holocaust imaginable in WW2, why does present-day Christianity imagine they have nothing to answer for? Most of them have steadfastly refused to even honour God’s Seventh Day Sabbath! And until they do, they don’t even have a foot on the threshold of salvation. In plain language, they will never be rescued. God has no intention of rescuing the disobedient!
As we saw in the last verse, God speaks of a Covenant with those in whom He has placed His Holy Spirit. And the words He has put in their mouth, the very words He taught them, will never depart from their mouths for generations to come and forever. When God teaches someone, He teaches them the Truth; it’s the everlasting good news for all who enter the Covenant of obedience.
ISA 60:1"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
ISA 60:2See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. The Glory of God will be over the City of Jerusalem, and her sons, when nations and kings come to pay homage. Jerusalem’s sons are those who are taught by God (John 6:44, Isa 54:13).
ISA 60:3Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. The ‘brightness of your dawn’ is a reference to the new dawn when the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2) arises to rule over all nations. The House of David comprises two Tribes that remained faithful to God – the Tribe of Judah and the Tribe of Levi. Even after the northern Ten Tribes went into captivity, they still remained faithful to God and His City Jerusalem. It should come as no surprise that in these latter days, two witnesses would appear – one from the Tribe of the Lord Jesus, Judah, and another from the Tribe of John the Baptist, Levi. It’s these two Tribes that will witness the destruction and captivity of the rebellious ten northern Tribes headed by Ephraim. It’s also the Tribes of Judah and Levi with whom God’s Covenant continues. Logically, who else would God choose to be witnesses?
Oddly enough, the House of David, which comprises the two Tribes of Judah and Levi, also have offspring.
ISA 60:4"Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm. As we previously made very clear, these offspring (both sons and daughters) of the House of David keep the Commandments and have the Testimony of Jesus (Rev 12:17). And just to inject an important point here. The Churches of God actively taught that they were the ‘woman’ spoken of in Revelation 12. This ‘woman’ gave birth to the child Jesus, and by no amount of reasoning could the Church suggest that they did this! It was the House of David which gave birth to Jesus. And Jesus plainly told the Churches this in Rev 22:16. Jesus said He is the offspring of David! In other words, the Son of David, which He confirmed many times during His ministry.
The House of David will rejoice to see their offspring arriving to their Promised Homeland and their hearts will throb and swell with joy that all these things have been accomplished.
ISA 60:5Then you (the House of David) will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. Jerusalem will sparkle like a jewel in the sun, and all the nations of the earth will pay tribute to Her. As God has said, what would one give for his life? The nations of the earth will pay a huge ransom to live in peace and they will learn the way of righteousness, and their greed and avarice will be extinguished. All their wealth will go to those who made it all possible – the House of David. Wars will be fought, nations defeated, and the adversary vanquished, then the rebuilding of the waste places will begin.
ISA 60:6Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the LORD. Notice the mention of Sheba here, which we earlier referred to. It was the Queen of Sheba, from Ethiopia, who came to hear Solomon’s wisdom. A thousand years later, Queen Candace sent an envoy in the form of her chief Eunuch to learn the meaning of the Book of Isaiah (Acts 8:26-28). In the last days, all from Sheba will come bearing gifts and proclaiming the praise of the LORD. Details of this has been covered in earlier chapters.
ISA 60:7All Kedar's flocks will be gathered to you, the rams of Nebaioth will serve you; they will be accepted as offerings on my altar, and I will adorn my glorious temple. Did you notice that rams and flocks will be acceptable as offerings on God’s Altar in that day? Most Christians today believe that animal sacrifices are abolished. Animal sacrifices will forever be a reminder of all that has happened in the last six thousand years. They most certainly will be an integral part of worship forever into the future. Not only will sheep, cattle, goats, poultry and fish be the food of human beings, but blood sacrifices will continue to be made – forever!
ISA 60:8"Who are these that fly along like clouds, like doves to their nests? I think we’ve pretty much covered this in earlier chapters when God speaks of a bird of prey flying in from the east: Isa 46:11 "From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do." This man and others like him, as blood-brothers, will all be flying in the clouds looking for prey. But they will return like doves to their nests. In a similar way, Jesus appears as a Lamb, but advances as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. As we’ve said before, God knows how to make peace. He makes peace by destroying all His enemies. This is also the appointed task of His servants. In case you missed it earlier, they fly along in fiery chariots and rain down fire from the heavens on their enemies (who just happen to be God’s enemies!). The Scriptures make it clear that the world will see these ‘eagles’ as transgressors, but God emphasizes that they are doves of peace, and they understand God’s way of making peace. Believe me, all those who remain faithful to God will be happy to see them coming!
ISA 60:9Surely the islands look to me; in the lead are the ships of Tarshish, bringing your sons from afar, with their silver and gold, to the honor of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor. Tarshish is in Southern Spain, and they will bring your sons from far away – as in America – and bring them from the West to the Holy Land.
ISA 60:10"Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Though in anger I struck you, in favor I will show you compassion. Yes, foreigners will rebuild the walls of the Holy City, and indeed the rest of the Holy Land – especially those who destroyed it! These will be worked as slaves until it breaks their backs! Then the whole world will understand God’s feelings in this matter. Of course, it’s also speaking of foreigners and kings of other lands funding the re-building of the walls and infrastructure.
ISA 60:11Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that men may bring you the wealth of the nations-- their kings led in triumphal procession. Once again, we see that there is a price to pay for past conduct. They either serve God’s people Israel or they will perish!
ISA 60:12For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly ruined. The nations of this world had better take this to heart. They either serve Jerusalem and the Holy People, or they will perish and be no more! Forget all the platitudes and the pussy-footing around with illusions of political correctness, this is the reality! This is how it will be. God has warned the nations many times over the millennia, and now it’s pay-back time. They either accept the olive branch or they get the rod of iron. Isn’t this what Jesus stated 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." So even the Churches who overcome and do God’s will to the end will be given authority over the nations. They will rule them with an iron rod and dash them to pieces like pottery – if the nations get out of line. As you can see from this verse from the Book of Isaiah above, this was prophesied millennia ago. The above verse from the Book of Revelation is a direct reference to this verse in the Book of Isaiah.
ISA 60:13"The glory of Lebanon will come to you, the pine, the fir and the cypress together, to adorn the place of my sanctuary; and I will glorify the place of my feet. What is wrong with the mentality of Christianity today that they think they are going off to heaven when they die to live eternally there? Where do they get this nonsense from? God’s Sanctuary is His Temple that is soon to be built. What is more, this earthly Temple will be the place of the Lord Christ’s feet forever: Eze 43:7 "He said: "Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever." So the reasoning of Christianity today is that they’re going to live in heaven forever, but Jesus will live on earth forever. Where to they get their crazy nonsense from? Certainly not from the Bible! They gleaned their nonsense from pagan religions and Satan was the author of these. It’s weird that so many Christians seem to align with pagans. Which god do they actually serve?
ISA 60:14The sons of your oppressors will come bowing before you; all who despise you will bow down at your feet and will call you the City of the LORD, Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Notice that it will be the sons of their oppressors, rather than the oppressors themselves who come bowing down. The reason being that the oppressors themselves will all be dead! And good riddance to them – it’s called justice. You’ll also notice that these people will bow down at the feet of God’s people, and God’s people will be named after the Holy City of Jerusalem. Which is why God’s servants are called the Sons of Jerusalem today. Not by their oppressors, of course, but by God Himself! God taught them, and He named them.
ISA 60:15"Although you have been forsaken and hated, with no one traveling through, I will make you the everlasting pride and the joy of all generations. From the ruins of Jerusalem will arise a new dawning, and everything will be rebuilt. Jerusalem will have everlasting pride and joy when it’s rebuilt using the wealth of the nations.
ISA 60:16You will drink the milk of nations and be nursed at royal breasts. Then you will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. Hopefully now, most Christians will have a better idea of what a Savior is! The LORD will be the Savior, the Redeemer, and He will redeem His people from the carnage of this earth. In other words, they will be rescued. There is wide disparity today between the prevailing ideas of Christianity’s concept of salvation and the reality of the rescue of God’s faithful and obedient people. If there is one thing mainstream Christianity needs to learn urgently, it’s the true meaning of ‘salvation’.
ISA 60:17Instead of bronze I will bring you gold, and silver in place of iron. Instead of wood I will bring you bronze, and iron in place of stones. I will make peace your governor and righteousness your ruler. If you can imagine these precious metals being used as building materials, you will get some idea of what Jerusalem will look like.
ISA 60:18No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. Within their boundary walls, the Holy people of God will live in safety. No longer will violence be heard in the land.
ISA 60:19The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. The original ‘light-bringer’ was Satan or Lucifer. No longer will he rule the light by day; instead another will arise. He will be called the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2). As the prophets proclaimed, it will be the dawning of a new day – a new order of things. This should not be confused with the teachings of certain madmen who are suggesting that a wicked New World Order (NWO) is about to arise. They rave on about former President Bush and the ‘Illuminati’, Freemasons, Knights Templar, Germans, and other mad fabrications, but they’ve utterly failed to notice President Obama or Islam. Their conspiracy theories have led them into the twilight zone. Most of these lunatics seem to be some sort of weirdo Christians. They ramble on incoherently just like demons. The thrust of what they seem to be suggesting is that America is conspiring to destroy the ‘innocent’ Muslim nations because they want their oil. At the mere mention of oil, both Dick Cheney and Haliburton are injected into the theory. These conspiracy theorists are rambling, incoherent lunatics – there’s no other way to describe them. I just wish they would stop posting their garbage to me! I don’t read it so they’re wasting their time.
ISA 60:20Your sun (Jesus Christ) will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. The Sun of Righteousness will continue forever, and never again will God’s people be overrun and suffer sorrow.
ISA 60:21Then will all your people be righteous and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor. Remember how the Lord Christ described Himself as the root and off-shoot (or off-spring) of David? An off-shoot is a branch that grows from the root. What God is saying in this verse is that He has taken a shoot from the Branch and planted it as the work of His hands. King David was a man just like Jesus; in fact, he is described as a man after Gods own heart (Acts 13:22). David was both a King and a Prophet, and David will also be resurrected to rule as king once more over the House of Israel. Jer 30:9 "Instead, they will serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them." And this verse adds a little more information: Hos 3:5 "Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days." So the shoot that God plants as the work of His hands is from the same stock as David and his famous Son Jesus. Jesus happily called Himself the Son of David. Christians, who’ve taken their name from the Christ, had better be very like both Jesus and David – and more particularly, like the House of David – which will continue forever. And just to complete the thought, this is what Jesus said to the Churches: Rev 22:16 "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." So the message is for the Churches, so I hope they get it. We’ve already mentioned that the bright Morning Star is the Sun of Righteousness. I hope the Churches understand this too.
And so the shoot God has planted will grow to become many:
ISA 60:22The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the LORD; in its time I will do this swiftly."
At a time when Christianity in general has rejected the message of the Scriptures that Christ used – the Old Testament – in favour of their own concocted doctrine of whimpish platitudes and sickening sanctimony, we find some of these very verses from the Old Testament being used by the Lord Christ as part of His teachings. Remarkably, Jesus quoted the first verse below and half the second verse and then stopped in the middle of the sentence and sat down. At the time He was in His local synagogue in His own hometown of Nazareth. He was asked to read from the Scroll, and did so, starting in Isaiah, chapter 61.
ISA 61:1The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
ISA 61:2to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor (this is where Jesus stopped reading from the Scroll and sat down) and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
ISA 61:3and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called [trees] of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. Jesus stopped reading after saying "to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor" and sat down. The account of this is found in Luke 4:18-20. The reason for this is that the day of vengeance had not yet come. The year of the LORD’s favor, however, had come. God had sent His Son Jesus, to proclaim freedom for the captives and to release from darkness the prisoners. Those living in darkness saw a great light – and that light was Jesus. He freed them from the bonds of error and darkness, and so began a ministry that has lasted to this present day. The importance of Jesus quoting from Isaiah chapter 61 is that it establishes the time sequence of what Isaiah wrote, and puts the prophesied ‘shoot that God planted’ on notice of what to expect. And you will soon see just how timely this is, because Jesus’ Day of Vengeance begins in a very dramatic way!
No doubt those in the Nazareth synagogue wanted Jesus to go on and proclaim the Day of Vengeance of God, because this was foremost in their minds. But that day was not the year of God’s favor for that! There was still 2,000 years to go to complete Satan’s allotted time of six millennial days – 6000 years in total. Perhaps those in the synagogue should have understood this, but they didn’t because they were too preoccupied with ridding themselves of the hated Romans – of whom, they believed, they were virtual prisoners. They were only prisoners when they were insolent and provocative towards them. Otherwise, the Romans largely left them alone. It was the priesthood that wanted power and the restoration of their kingdom. Most of these priests were not Levites, but had attained their priesthoods by simony, that is, bribery. They purchased their positions with money.
As we can plainly see from the previous verses, this is describing a time of grieving and despair as the people sit among the ruins and ashes of their former homeland. The Day of Vengeance will bring comfort to these mourning people. You can read an account of this mourning period inZech 12:10-14. Be sure to read all of Zechariah 12 to see how the Day of Vengeance begins to unfold. Then you will understand the meaning of the words above ‘for the display of His splendor’.
ISA 61:4They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Rebuilding will begin in earnest, while, simultaneously, the surrounding nations will be decimated to the point of extinction. The reader knows which nations surround the Holy Land today.
ISA 61:5Aliens will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. (They won’t necessarily get all the easy jobs though, but they will certainly be set to work and they had better do it without complaint).
ISA 61:6And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. Here we see that God’s people will be called ‘Priests of the LORD’ and they will be named ‘Ministers of our God’. Haven’t the Churches of God always believed that they would be ‘kings and priests’ in God’s Kingdom? Remember the ‘parable of the talents’ when the faithful servant was given control over so many cities according to their faithfulness with God’s money? In the parable, Jesus referred to them as ‘Stewards’ who administered his interests. In the Kingdom, God’s faithful people will have virtual rule over individual cities, and others will be Priests of God. In the KJV of the Bible, in Rev 1:6 and Rev 5:10, it renders it ‘kings and priests’, however the NIV version correctly renders it ‘to be a Kingdom and priests to serve our God and they will reign on the earth’ (Rev 5:10). This illustrates just one of the many mistaken renderings of the KJV of the Bible. The Churches will have a Kingdom and they will be priests to serve the Great God, and the priesthood will reign in all the cities. But the House of Israel will have one king over them: Eze 37:24 "My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees." As we said earlier, David will be resurrected to be king over all of Israel once the House of David is established for evermore.
So just bear in mind that this is God’s promise to the Churches today – those who presently follow God’s Laws and are careful to keep His decrees. So this rules out almost all of Christianity today. Those who keep God’s Law are in the minority. Soon these faithful people will be the offspring of the House of David (Rev 12:17). At that time they will understand the Testimony of Jesus (which is the Spirit of prophecy – Rev 19:10) and will willingly complete their service to God – just as Jesus did! Sure they’ll have to suffer the same shame and humiliation that Jesus did, but the outcome will be glorious:
ISA 61:7Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs. This is God’s promise to those who are obedient to God’s Law and who stand firm until the end (Rev 2:26).
ISA 61:8"For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them. Here God confirms His love for justice and this will come to fruition in the Day of Vengeance. He also confirms that He hates robbery and iniquity and these two are linked together. And what is God referring to? He makes it very clear when He speaks about returning to Him and robbing Him. Mal 3:6-10 "I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty. "But you ask, `How are we to return?' 8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, `How do we rob you?' "In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse--the whole nation of you--because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."
So now the reader knows what it will take to return to God. Your lip-service means nothing if you continue to rob Him. So what should you do? Should you send off a check/cheque to your favourite Church? Well, contrary to popular belief, the Churches have no right to collect God’s tithe. They are not the keepers of God’s storehouse – Levi is! Even Paul and Barnabas refused to collect tithes, and confirmed that it’s Levi who collects the tithe.Heb 7:5-10 "Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people--that is, their brothers--even though their brothers are descended from Abraham. 6 This man (Melchisedec), however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater. 8 In the one case, the tenth is collected by men who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living. 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham, 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor." What this confirms is that only Levi can collect the tithe for God and only Levi has stewardship of God’s storehouse. The Book of Hebrews even goes so far as to say that even though Levi was not yet born, he was still in Abraham’s body and figuratively paid the tithe to Melchisedec. I might add, that the tithe was delivered Melchisedec in the sacrifice of animals. Melchisedec didn’t physically take control of them. And here again, it’s Levi that has service over sacrifices, and yet Levi was still in the body of Abraham at that time.
The authors of the Book of Hebrews knew very well who collected the tithe and they were very familiar with the Book of Malachi (the messenger). They were also very familiar with the propensity of people to rob God. What is more, they knew that Levi is referred to as one man, a particular man, in the Book of Malachi, and he is the messenger of God. This is what is written about him:Mal 2:4-9 "And you will know that I have sent you this admonition so that my covenant with Levi may continue," says the LORD Almighty. 5 "My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. 6 True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin. 7 "For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek instruction--because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty. 8 But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi," says the LORD Almighty. 9 "So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law." Partially in matters of the Law all right – especially in the Law of tithing. There is only one messenger that precedes the True Messenger: Mal 3:1 "See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me." Paul and Barnabas knew that this was formerly fulfilled by John the Baptist and confirmed by Jesus Christ. But with the second coming of Jesus Christ it will be fulfilled again. Everything that was prophesied about John the Baptist in Luke 1:65-80 will be fulfilled. John died before he fulfilled it.
In short, there is only one man on earth today who is authorized by God to collect the tithe, and this is the man who gives true instruction and preserves knowledge about God’s Word. I know this is a big disappointment to some who believe otherwise and God is well-aware of their attitude. God takes special note of their covetousness:Mal 3:13-18 "You have said harsh things against me," says the LORD. "Yet you ask, `What have we said against you?' 14 "You have said, `It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the LORD Almighty? 15 But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly the evildoers prosper, and even those who challenge God escape.'" Was it only in the hope of gain that they served God? God thinks so! They covet the prosperity of evildoers and imply that God is unfair.
Then God makes a clear distinction between those who serve Him and those who don’t:V16 "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." Those who whine and complain and covet the prosperity of others and feel God is unfair can kiss their butts goodbye. If they don’t serve God as faithful sons and daughters then they will go the way of all men – back to dust! This is the reality of it all, and God won’t listen to your cries for help. God listens only to those who fear Him and honour His Name. He is the Creator God.
Remember what we just read a couple of verses back inIsa 61:6: "And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast." God has not forsaken His faithful people, and they will be richly rewarded for returning to God in faithfulness:
ISA 61:9Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed."
ISA 61:10I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
ISA 61:11For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations. Through your righteous example, righteousness and praise will spring up before all nations. You must set this example if you hope to be in God’s Kingdom.
ISA 62:1For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. The salvation for the people of Jerusalem will be like a blazing torch! Their salvation will come when they go out and consume the surrounding nations like a blazing torch, and like a fire in a woodpile. This is referenced in the prophecy in Zech 12:5-9 "Then the leaders of Judah will say in their hearts, `The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the LORD Almighty is their God.' Obviously, the people of Jerusalem are going to do exploits that will demonstrate to the leaders of Judah just how strong they are! The leaders of Judah will also acknowledge that the great strength of their exploits is because the LORD Almighty is their God. The leaders of Judah will not see the Sons of Jerusalem as armed transgressors, but as servants of God and they will follow their example: 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. 7 "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." Judah will get equal billing in this massive battle surge! In fact, this is when the second witness arrives on the scene. V8 "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." So this is where the big fight begins for the establishment of God’s Kingdom. And until God’s servants fight, there will be no Kingdom. God plans for His servants to first clear the Holy City of Jerusalem and also slaughter anyone who shouldn’t be there. Jerusalem will then be home-base for the servants and fighting warriors of God. Judah will align with them to continue the fight. In that day, the House of David will be like God to the extent of the power that God grants them – and that power is absolutely overwhelming! No-one will stand against the armies of the Living God.
ISA 62:2The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow. In that day, the nations will recognize the justice is righteousness, and justice will be the order of the day. God’s enemies can kiss their butts goodbye as well!
ISA 62:3You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD's hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
God speaks of Jerusalem now, and the long and hard service she has given over the many centuries:Isa 40:1-3 "Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak 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. 3 A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God." Obviously, it wasn’t Jerusalem that sinned but the people. Up until now, the inhabitants of Jerusalem haven’t exactly been pristine in their conduct towards God’s Holy City. They allow two Islamic mosques to desecrate the Temple Mount, and they also allow Muslims to come and go there as they please.
ISA 62:4No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married. Hephzibah means ‘My delight is in her’ from the Hebrew ‘hephtsi-vah’. Beulah means ‘married’ or even ‘lord of the married’. So Jerusalem will be married to the land, and the land will never be taken from her. She will never again be divorced or deserted and left desolate. In the lead-up to this, however, there are moves afoot by Ephraim to make Judah divest of Jerusalem and abandon it to God’s enemies.
You might recall in the study of Isaiah 39 that we mentioned the wife of Hezekiah whose name was Hephzibah. She was the mother of Manasseh, one of the most wicked of the kings of Judah that one could imagine. The thrust of what God is saying is that we are in a time of wickedness that is so extreme and so outrageous to God that He will punish all concerned. As a prior warning to all this, God is reminding us of what happened in the days of Hezekiah and his wife Hephzibah. The House of Israel had gone into captivity, and the House of Judah had been ravaged and destroyed, and the last remaining City was Jerusalem and they were under siege. They had 185,000 of the enemy camped outside the walls. This is the precise moment when God acted and slaughtered them all. The following morning, the men of Judah went out to find them all dead, and knew the Mighty Hand of God had done this. This closely approximates events scheduled to happen in the near future. And so Hezekiah and Hephzibah survived after all the enemy that surrounded the Holy City of Jerusalem was destroyed. So God referred to Jerusalem as Hephzibah, who was figuratively the mother of the nation and a witness to a great slaughter. Or asV1 above states, until Jerusalem becomes a blazing torch of salvation. Hephzibah certainly witnessed salvation in her day!
ISA 62:5As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. This is a little difficult to explain but the Sons of Jerusalem will be ‘married’ or become as one with the City of Jerusalem. The Bridegroom – the Lord Christ – will be married to Jerusalem, together with her land and her people. He will never again abandon them!
ISA 62:6I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest,
ISA 62:7and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth. I just hope that all those others who call on the LORD today share God’s concern for His City Jerusalem. Because if not, then their prayers to God are worthless, and especially when they recite ‘the lord’s prayer’ concerning ‘Your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth’. The Kingdom of God is their salvation and I hope they soon learn the meaning of the word.
ISA 62:8The LORD has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: "Never again will I give your grain as food for your enemies, and never again will foreigners drink the new wine for which you have toiled;
ISA 62:9but those who harvest it will eat it and praise the LORD, and those who gather the grapes will drink it in the courts of my sanctuary." In God’s Kingdom, His people will grow grapes and drink the fermented wine – which has alcohol in it. Just a subtle reminder to those who think it’s a sin to drink alcohol! Jesus Christ drank it while He was on earth, and commanded His disciples to drink it forevermore in honour of Him on every Passover. In regard to the Passover, the following words may seem a little fortuitous:
ISA 62:10Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations. Salvation is coming for the nations of Israel but only after they learn some severe lessons and acknowledge their disobedience. Half the people of Ephraim are presently acting like drunken lunatics, and these are the ones who presently hold power of government. David spoke of these coming desperate times, when the nation would descend into a drunken stupor. Psalm 60:3 "You have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine that makes us stagger. 4 But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow." And here we again see the mention of a Banner. Obviously, those who don’t fear God and who haven’t drunk of the wine of the Blood of Christ in accordance with His instructions, have been drinking something else! And they’ve gone mad! This type of intoxication comes from drinking Satan’s wine, which is described in Rev 14:8 as ‘the maddening wine of her adulteries’.
As for the Banner mentioned here, Moses recorded this:Ex 17:15 "Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner." So the Banner spoken of here represents the LORD God. As David pointed out, the Banner is unfurled against the bow (of a ship) for those who fear the LORD. The banner will certainly not be the ‘Stars and Stripes’ but it will be a Banner for war. As for the bow of the ship where the Banner is displayed for all to see, you have never seen it before, but it has been created. We referred to this earlier in this study: Isa 13:2-3 "Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles. 3 I have commanded my holy ones; I have summoned my warriors to carry out my wrath-- those who rejoice in my triumph." (Jesus Christ triumphed over the powers and authorities of the spirit world – Col 2:15). Those who rejoice in His triumph know who the real enemy is. They also rejoice to know that these spirit demons will be locked up in prison for a very long time. As for their human puppets, there is no place on earth for them either. There will, however, be a place for those who rejoice in Jesus’ triumph and who refute the code of these evil creatures by which so many have lived. Some people have been besotted by all this madness. Even now, Satan’s Shariah law is beginning to gain traction among Israelite countries – and so the madness goes on!
When the time comes to raise the Banner, God will begin to gather the exiles of Israel and the scattered people of Judah from wherever they’ve been driven or taken.Isa 11:2 "He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth."
At this time, the call will go out for salvation when the Savior comes.
ISA 62:11The LORD has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: "Say to the Daughter of Zion, `See, your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.'" These will be rewarded for their service and will receive recompense for their suffering. The Daughter of Zion is just a little different from the Sons of Zion (or Sons of Jerusalem).
ISA 62:12They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.
As we just saw in the previous chapter, the Mighty Savior is coming. This time, not as a Lamb, but as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah! And where does He come from? He’s seen returning from Edom and Bozrah! Edom or Esau was the brother of Jacob, and unlike Jacob, Edom married into the degenerate nations of the Middle East, including Ishmaelites (Arabs), Philistines and other Canaanites. He settled in the Arab peninsula adjacent to, and all along the Gulf of Aqaba. Edom’s capital city was Bozrah. God makes it very clear that He hates Esau (Mal 1:2-5). Even in this verse in Malachi, God makes it clear that He will demolish anything they build. And what have they been building in this general region? Satan’s cities of Mecca and Medina! Naturally enough, God intends to make good His promise to destroy their cities! But as you will see, it won’t only be the cities He destroys. He will destroy the people as well, and will arrive in Jerusalem drenched with blood all over His garments – the prophesied Garments of Vengeance.
ISA 63:1Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength? "It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save." It’s going to take a lot of might in order to save God’s people – contrary to popular belief! And here we see that the Mighty One sweeping through the region smashing, destroying and killing His ancient enemies – the ones He has hated from antiquity.
ISA 63:2Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress?
ISA 63:3"I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations (of Israel) no one was with me (and this just about says it all from the Muslim-loving degenerates in the House of Israel today). I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing. Here is a clear identifier of who it is that performs this task: Rev 19:12-16 "His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." n He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." To be sure, these verses from the Book of Revelation are a description of a later event, but it’s certainly Jesus Christ that deals with the southern hordes of Arabia in their holy cities of Mecca and Medina. This will take some of the fight out of the Islamic hordes – and this is the intended outcome in order to mount rescues of God’s people. You’ll notice in the description given of Him in Rev 19:13 above, His robe is dipped in blood to identify Him as the one who formerly stained his clothes in the slaughter of Edom’s cities and territories. You’ll notice this account in the Book of Revelation confirms what Isaiah wrote some 800 years before. Without Isaiah’s account, we would not have known the meaning of His clothes being stained with blood. On the Cross, His clothes were not stained with blood! He was crucified naked and his clothes were later claimed through the drawing of lots by the soldiers.
ISA 63:4For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come. The Lord Christ had vengeance in His heart, and His decision to deal with Islam and their habitations is well-founded. Islam is the anti-christ, and since they see Jesus as the adversary, they’ll know they picked on the wrong one to provoke a fight – especially when He has vengeance in His heart! As we read in Rev 19, the Lord Christ comes with a sharp sword to strike down the nations and to rule them with an iron scepter.
ISA 63:5I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so my own arm worked salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me. There is a lot that could be said here about why no-one gave Him support. This is a reference to the whole House of Israel, which the following verses from Isaiah demonstrate. Because the Tribes of Israel have never understood the Scriptures, they won’t even recognize the Mighty One – the Lord Christ.
ISA 63:6I trampled the nations in my anger; in my wrath I made them drunk and poured their blood on the ground."
There is nothing harder to take than ingratitude. The House of Israel has gotten so crazy now that they give God credit for nothing! They don’t even want to acknowledge Him as the Creator God let alone acknowledging Him for the many goods things He has done for them. Do they really believe they became the greatest and most powerful nations on earth by their own efforts? God followed them all the way and watched over them, heaping blessings on them that the human mind couldn’t even conceive of a hundred years ago. Sure there was a marked change in their attitude in time of war, but in times of peace, no-one seemed to need God anymore.
ISA 63:7I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us-- yes, the many good things he has done for the house of Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.
Were Gods’ blessings all for nothing? Did the House of Israel acknowledge them and give Him thanks? God certainly had an expectation that they should, but whether they would became another matter entirely.
ISA 63:8He said, "Surely they are my people, sons who will not be false to me"; and so he became their Savior. The prophet Isaiah could see a trend developing even in times of old, and that trend continues to this very day. Even in days of old, the Israelites had natural enemies who were always ready to devour them as a nation, but God watched over them and came to their aid – as long as they remained faithful to Him. You’d think this would be the very minimum that God could expect from them today, but no! The more they prospered the further they went from Him. With all their prosperity, they didn’t need God anymore. And to add weight to this, they decided that the Creator God didn’t exist and developed their own ideas about how they came into being. And of course, through their ‘superior’ intellect, they developed the idea that all life had evolved through chance. With this sudden switch of allegiances, they became total and utter fools – just as the Creator predicted! They became their own gods charting their own destiny. Soon the evil forces among them set out to remove all mention of God’s Name from their society. So God sounded the death knell. Now the tide of war must go against them. Already the forces of evil are building up against them everywhere, yet they don’t seem to notice. Unbelievably, they still believe these evil swine are their friends.
God foreshadows the time when the House of Israel – whom God refers to as Ephraim – reaching the limits of their strength and power.Hos 7:8-10 "Ephraim mixes with the nations; Ephraim is a flat cake not turned over.
Foreigners sap his strength, but he does not realize it. His hair is sprinkled with gray, but he does not notice. 10 Israel's arrogance testifies against him, but despite all this he does not return to the LORD his God or search for him."Ephraim’s hair is sprinkled with gray, but he doesn’t notice. Gray hair is a sign of old age, that is, time to go the way of all men – back to dust. It’s a sign that the day is approaching, but Ephraim doesn’t notice. As the Lord Christ pointed out, it will be like the days of Noah when the people knew nothing until the flood came and swept them away (Matt 24:37-39). This flood is not a flood of water, but a flood of war.
ISA 63:9In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them (This is Gabriel, who is assigned to the protection of the House of Israel. Michael is assigned to protect the House of Judah). In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. You’d think that people would surely learn something from the lesson of history and realize that God led them through all the minefields of the past, and in His mercy, brought them to this very day.
ISA 63:10Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them. This clearly shows that there are limits to God’s patience when His people rebel against Him and refuse to obey! In days of old, they rebelled against God and finished up being defeated and taken into slavery. They became known as the ‘lost sheep of Israel’.
After they rebelled and after God Himself fought against them and delivered them to the enemy, they began to think back to the days of old. They remembered being delivered from slavery in Egypt, and the power that God bestowed on Moses to secure their well-being:
ISA 63:11Then his people recalled the days of old, the days of Moses and his people-- where is he who brought them through the sea, with the shepherd (Moses) of his flock? Where is he who set his Holy Spirit among them,
ISA 63:12who sent his glorious arm of power to be at Moses' right hand, who divided the waters before them, to gain for himself everlasting renown,
ISA 63:13who led them through the depths? Like a horse in open country, they did not stumble;
ISA 63:14like cattle that go down to the plain, they were given rest by the Spirit of the LORD. This is how you guided your people to make for yourself a glorious name. God intended the name of Israel to be glorious. God has certainly done His part in this!
After people rebel against their Creator and receive just punishment for it, they then begin to seek salvation from all their woes. In such a situation, when the outlook is bleak, they begin to rethink their conduct and begin to appeal to God for mercy.
ISA 63:15Look down from heaven and see from your lofty throne, holy and glorious. Where are your zeal and your might? Your tenderness and compassion are withheld from us.
Then those whom God set His Holy Spirit among, began to reflect on what had happened. It’s a time for repentance, to atone for their shabby attitude towards God. Then they will realize why God Himself fought against them. Only then will God’s mercy return.
ISA 63:16But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.
ISA 63:17Why, O LORD, do you make us wander from your ways and harden our hearts so we do not revere you? Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes that are your inheritance. Why did God make them to wander from His ways and harden their hearts? The age-old problem was that they wanted to emulate the nations around them, to adopt their culture, and become multicultural. And of course, this always led to the worshiping of demons in the form of idols. That seemed to be the attraction, but the real attraction were the sex orgies that accompanied this pagan worship. Satan always makes sure he has plenty of inducements, like sex, drugs or anything else that will weaken the resolve for obedience to God.
It was in the days of Moses when something like this happened. This is the account:Num 25:6-9 "Then an Israelite man brought to his family a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 7 When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand 8 and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear through both of them--through the Israelite and into the woman's body. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped; 9 but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000." The Israelite man and the Midianite woman were already coupled up when Phinehas drove his spear right through both of them. All the people were in mourning because of a plague that had killed 24,000 of them, and in the midst of all this, along comes ‘Casanova’ to bed a pagan woman in front of them all. It was such a decisive act by Phinehas, and such a deterrent to anyone else pulling the same stunt, that God honoured Phinehas’ action and withdrew the plague. It was this type of sexual misbehaviour that started the plague in the first place.
There’s an interesting conclusion to this story. God blessed Phinehas with an everlasting blessing for the decisive action he took:Num 25:10-13 "The LORD said to Moses, 11 "Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites; for he was as zealous as I am for my honor among them, so that in my zeal I did not put an end to them. 12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him. 13 He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood, because he was zealous for the honor of his God and made atonement for the Israelites." And then God adds some more concerning the Midianites themselves and passes judgment on them: V16-18 "The LORD said to Moses, 17 "Treat the Midianites as enemies and kill them, 18 because they treated you as enemies when they deceived you in the affair of Peor and their sister Cozbi, the daughter of a Midianite leader, the woman who was killed when the plague came as a result of Peor."
This tells us a lot about our enemies today. They pretend to be friendly while simultaneously plotting our destruction. How easily people are deceived by silky-tongued liars – and it seems they never learn. Did you notice God’s judgment above? He said to treat them as enemies and kill them! As the House of Israel will soon find out, this is very good advice! You’ll also notice that God didn’t suggest that the Israelites try to win their hearts and minds! You’ll also notice that He didn’t suggest that they avoid killing civilians or women or children. Phinehas set the example of killing them, and one of those he killed was a woman – and God was pleased with him. God makes no distinction with His enemies – either man or woman.
Sooner or later, the House of Israel is going to understand that the Creator God has certain standards in mind for those who enter His Kingdom, and those who don’t qualify will not be there. All these things are examples, but in this day and age, no-one is listening or observing the downside of disobedience to God.
The Great God has given ample time for the House of Israel to come to their senses and to recognize the enemy. The enemy forces are building up everywhere. They’re breeding like flies, and literally sweeping across the globe. Almighty God has made it clear that not a root or branch of them will remain, and they will be ashes under the feet of the righteous (Mal 4:1-3). If the Western nations are not prepared to do it, then God will – and He makes this very clear!
ISA 63:18For a little while your people possessed your holy place, but now our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary. It’s not absolutely clear what this is referring to. In the days of Isaiah, the Temple was not overrun, but it’s very likely that foreigners were operating a business there, just as they did in Jesus’ day, when He drove them from the Temple. It’s a fact of life, even today, that the enemies of Israel want to occupy all the Holy Sites.
ISA 63:19We are yours from of old; but you have not ruled over them (the enemy who have trampled down the Sanctuary), they have not been called by your name. Only Israel is called by God’s Name! ‘Is-ra-el’ literally means ‘I am God Holy’. This is the account of how God gave this name to Jacob: Gen 32:27-30 "The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered. 28 Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome." 29 Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared." There are much deeper meanings to all this including the words ‘struggled with God and with men’ but we’ll leave that for another time. In summary, Jacob (Israel) struggled with God and would not let go until He blessed him. And so God bestowed His Name on him.
We should bring one other point to mind, however. The Prophet Joseph had a dream about the sun, moon and eleven stars (planets) bowing down to him. His father Jacob (Israel) rebuked him for suggesting that he, his mother, and all his brothers should bow down to him (Gen 37:9-11). Jacob correctly identified himself as the sun in this dream and Rachel as the moon – and he kept this in mind. Jesus Christ Himself is also the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2) and the Bright Morning Star (Rev 22:16). Just as Jacob struggled with God and with men, so must the children of Israel in these last days – before they see the Sun of Righteousness.
The time setting when Isaiah wrote the following verses was around 683 BC. It was prior to this (around 720 BC) when the northern Ten Tribes were conquered and taken into capitivity. Immediately after this conquest, the enemy surged into Judah and conquered all their towns until they arrived at Jerusalem. While they were preparing to storm Jerusalem, God Himself acted and slaughtered 185,000 of them at the very gates of Jerusalem (all of which was covered earlier in this study). The people of Jerusalem went out and actually collected all the plunder from their conquests.
In the aftermath of all this, some stragglers, who survived from the northern Ten Tribes, and all the foreigners from around about, took the opportunity to descend on Jerusalem and try to share in the prosperity of the new-found wealth. Traders, hucksters and others arrived in droves and the situation became untenable.
Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah was ruling in Jerusalem during this period, and he ruled for 55 years. The things this king did are almost beyond belief, but Jerusalem became a hell-hole of murder, mayhem and destruction as he instituted the vilest of pagan practices. Some of the details of Manasseh’s reign can be found in2Kings 21:1-17. Naturally enough, this attracted the foreigners from beyond the border, and they flooded in.
Isaiah cried out to God to intervene:
ISA 64:1Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!
ISA 64:2As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! Struggling to serve God in the midst of these pagan hordes, and especially with a king who supported them, was almost impossible! As we’ll soon see, there was a major fire in the Temple at that time, and Isaiah used this to appeal to God.
ISA 64:3For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. Isaiah was hoping that God would do the unexpected, as He had done in the past, and come to the rescue of the remaining few that desired to serve Him.
ISA 64:4Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
ISA 64:5You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them (God’s ways), you were angry. How then can we be saved? Isaiah knew that God would not save anyone who rejected His ways.
ISA 64:6All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Among these pagan hordes, ‘all of us’, including Isaiah, who desired to serve God, were being treated like lepers, and all their acts were considered to be like filthy rags. These were very difficult times!
ISA 64:7No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you (as Jacob did in the wrestling match with God); for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins.
ISA 64:8Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah, and the rest of them, who remained faithful to God were the clay in God’s hands. And like sons, they called the Great God their Father – because He made them from clay.
ISA 64:9Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look upon us, we pray, for we are all your people.
ISA 64:10Your sacred cities (of the Tribal areas) have become a desert; even Zion is a desert, Jerusalem a desolation. As we’ve said many times before, pagan cultures eventually begin to live like pigs, who love filth and squalor.
ISA 64:11Our holy and glorious temple, where our fathers praised you, has been burned with fire, and all that we treasured lies in ruins. Naturally enough, these pigs have desecrated everything that is holy to God. Isn’t this typical of all those who worship Satan? They had all sorts of foreign altars installed there for the worship of their gods, where they burned incense and sacrifices. They had piles of wood and straw for kindling and eventually the inevitable happened. They set fire to the Temple. It probably spread to the adjacent priestly quarters, destroying scrolls, priestly garments, furniture and who knows what. Anyway, all that the priests treasured was destroyed.
ISA 64:12After all this, O LORD, will you hold yourself back? Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?
God answers Isaiah!
ISA 65:1"I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, `Here am I, here am I." God was making it clear that ‘I AM here’. He revealed Himself to the Israelites at a time when they didn’t seek Him. He identified Himself as ‘I AM’. Ex 3:14 "God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: `I AM has sent me to you.'" So God was reminding His servants that it was He that initiated their salvation from captivity in Egypt, some 650 years before, even though they never sought Him. He chose them as His holy nation, but only because of their forefathers, who proved their faithfulness to Him.
ISA 65:2All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations--
ISA 65:3a people who continually provoke me to my very face, offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on altars of brick;
ISA 65:4who sit among the graves and spend their nights keeping secret vigil (for the spirits of the dead); who eat the flesh of pigs (something that Israelites are prone to do in defiance of God’s command to the contrary), and whose pots hold broth of unclean meat (like crabs, lobster and other filthy, forbidden things that people eat today);
ISA 65:5who say, `Keep away; don't come near me, for I am too sacred for you!' Such people are smoke in my nostrils, a fire that keeps burning all day. And doesn’t this about say it all for religious people today, who refuse to obey God and hold to His ways, and yet they think themselves holy! And so it was in Isaiah’s time! These filthy pigs would sit among graves, keeping secret vigil, and calling up the spirits of the dead. No doubt the spirit demons had plenty of advice to give them – but God’s advice they rejected!
ISA 65:6"See, it stands written before me: I will not keep silent but will pay back in full; I will pay it back into their laps--
ISA 65:7both your sins and the sins of your fathers," says the LORD. "Because they burned sacrifices on the mountains and defied me on the hills, I will measure into their laps the full payment for their former deeds." These people were offering sacrifices to demons, so there was no chance that God would accept their sacrifices on His Altar at any time in the future. You’ll soon see that Isaiah takes particular note of this, and describes how God feels about their pagan sacrifices, and emphasizes that they will never be reconciled to God.
ISA 65:8This is what the LORD says: "As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes and men say, `Don't destroy it, there is yet some good in it,' so will I do in behalf of my servants; I will not destroy them all. At that time they were under severe persecution from the pagans, who considered themselves far superior to God’s servants. Whether the Temple fire was an accident is open to doubt. It’s more likely to have been a malicious act.
ISA 65:9I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah those who will possess my mountains; my chosen people will inherit them, and there will my servants live. Here God was prophesying of the distant future. Isaiah was reaching a great age when death would not be far off. God was reassuring him, that although he would sleep with the fathers, he would awake to a different world where everything he had hoped for in his lifetime, he would eventually see with his own eyes. This is exactly what happened in the case of the Prophet Daniel. Daniel would sleep in the grave, and then arise to receive his allotted inheritance at the end of days: Dan 12:9-10, 13 "He replied, "Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand." V13 "As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance." The fact is that all the Prophets knew they would die and arise at the time of the end. All the major Prophets made reference to this one way or the other.
ISA 65:10Sharon will become a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a resting place for herds, for my people who seek me.
ISA 65:11"But as for you who forsake the LORD and forget my holy mountain, who spread a table for Fortune and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,
ISA 65:12I will destine you for the sword, and you will all bend down for the slaughter; for I called but you did not answer, I spoke but you did not listen. You did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me." It’s a fact of life that people today don’t seek to do what pleases God; instead they choose what displeases Him. The logical outcome for such people is that they won’t survive to enter God’s Kingdom. God has no interest in anyone who doesn’t seek Him. When things are going well, people have no interest in seeking God. They may offer some lip-service occasionally, but they have no interest in obedience to God. When things go badly however, they scramble to seek God’s help. God is telling them to seek Him while He may be found. In other words, don’t come whining and complaining after a lifetime of disobedience and expect God to intervene and save you when all hope is gone. Such people are destined for the sword, that is, death, and they will never live again. Such people are worthless and useless to God and have nothing in common with His faithful Son Jesus.
ISA 65:13Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "My servants will eat, but you will go hungry; my servants will drink, but you will go thirsty; my servants will rejoice, but you will be put to shame. Servants serve! They are ever mindful of what the Master requires of them. They know there are a limited number of years to their lifetime, and they either give faithful and obedient service to their Creator God or they don’t – and they will be judged accordingly. God knows who each and everyone of His servants are, and He actually refers to them as His ‘Treasured Possession’ (Mal 3:17).
ISA 65:14My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts, but you will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit.
The servants of God will consider the very name of these unfaithful people to be a curse. I’m afraid that mainstream Christianity will prove to be a curse all right. Already there are plenty of them being killed in Muslim countries, and the net is destined to spread wider. These mainstream Christians are being killed because of the perception that they serve God – which they don’t! As a result, their name and conduct have become a curse to those who truly serve God. Perhaps Islam is just getting some practice before starting on the House of Israel.
ISA 65:15You will leave your name to my chosen ones as a curse; the Sovereign LORD will put you to death, but to his servants he will give another name. The time will come when 144,000 of the Tribes of Israel (12,000 of each Tribe) will be given a new name – and it will be written on their foreheads as a seal (Rev 7:3-8). This tiny remnant among the hundreds of millions of Israelites today will be called servants of God (same verses). This is a reference to V9 above, when God says He will bring forth descendants from Jacob and Judah, and its these who will possess His mountains as His servants. These will form the core of the expanding Kingdom of God.
I don’t know what the new name will be, but be sure of this; it will not reflect the conduct of mainstream Christianity today, those who’ve been at the forefront of desecrating all of God’s Ways. All of them have taught lies in God’s Name and demeaned everything that God has written in the Scriptures. They care nothing for the Scriptures that Jesus Christ and all the Apostles used. Even when they concoct their own prophecies, they ignore the Prophets of old and pretend that God has given them a whole new revelation – the evidence for which cannot be found in the Sacred Word of God. And people believe them!
ISA 65:16Whoever invokes a blessing in the land will do so by the God of truth; he who takes an oath in the land will swear by the God of truth. For the past troubles will be forgotten and hidden from my eyes. David spoke of God’s Word being truth. Ps 119:43-44 "Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws. 44 I will always obey your law, for ever and ever." The Word that David was referring to is the very Scriptures from which the Lord Jesus took the title of ‘The Word of God’ (John 1:1). Reject this Word and you have rejected Jesus Christ Himself! Similarly, if you reject the Law of God that David obeyed, and confirmed he would do so forever and ever, then you have nothing to look forward to other than death forever. So the choice is either death or the Law.
God is still speaking and describes the new heavens and the new earth. The new heavens relate to the sun, moon and planets (just as the Prophet Joseph described) and these are going to be renewed – both literally and figuratively and in reality. And of course, there are 12 planets regardless of what ‘scientists’ think. After all, they can’t see behind the sun, so they don’t know what’s there. And Pluto is a planet – contrary to those who think they own the heavens and can say and do as they please.
ISA 65:17"Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. God intends to erase all memory of the former heavens and earth, and people will no longer remember what they looked like. The whole landmass of the earth will be reconstructed to what it once was, and will become a single continent. The Mediterranean Sea will cease to exist and the Atlantic Ocean will be squeezed out when God renews the face of the earth. All of which we explained earlier in this study.
The Prophet Joseph spoke of the sun, moon and 12 planets (11 plus himself –Gen 37:9) and these planets represented the 12 sons or tribes of Jacob – which Jacob acknowledged. Today, the 12 Tribes of Israel are under a threat. And where is this threat coming from? It’s coming from the father of the Arabs, who spawned the pagan religion called Islam that has engulfed the whole Middle East and beyond. It’s now sweeping the whole world.
It may have gone unnoticed, but it’s Ishmael who is the father of the Arabs, and he also had 12 sons (Gen 25:13-16). It’s these 12 sons and all their descendants that have arisen as the arch-rivals of Christianity and Judaism. They’ve now spread their venom all around the world. It’s these who are the anti-Christ today. No-one in their right mind would suggest that the threat of annihilation against Christianity and Judaism is coming from anywhere except from these swine. Satan and all his rulers of the spirit world are concentrating their efforts among these Muslim hordes to bring the destruction of all the 12 Tribes of Israel.
In the early days of Christianity, at the time of Christ, Satan and his rulers combined to destroy Christianity before it even got started. Their allies at that time were the Scribes and Pharisees, who felt their positions of authority over the people were being threatened by the new teachings of Jesus that seemed to be eroding their status. They were determined not to let this happen, so they became the anti-Christ – literally! This particular anti-Christ has gone completely and there is no trace of it today. Christians come and go freely in Judah (the nation of Israel today). This however, is not true of Muslim nations today. Christians and Jews enter Muslim countries at their own risk.
Even before this, Satan, through his protégé Herod, tried to devour the man-child as soon as He was born. All his efforts failed, however, so he went after the offspring of the Child. The Child, of course, was Jesus Christ. Even at the age of 12, Jesus astonished the Scribes and Pharisees with His knowledge of the Scriptures. His offspring were His disciples. Satan was unable to shut the door on these Jewish disciples of Jesus, and they took the message to the whole world eventually. In the meantime, Satan used his agents, at that time, the Jewish religious leaders, to continue the persecution of Christianity. And so it was at that time, that the Jewish Scribes and Pharisees were the anti-Christ – just as the Apostle John said:1John 2:22-23 "Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist--he denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also." Who is it today that denies the Father and the Son? Islam worships only one god, and flat-out denies that God could have a Son. Therefore, to them, God is not a Father! In their mind, Jesus is not His Son. So they deny both the Father and the Son. Does any Christian believe today that Islam worships the One True God? If they do, then they too are the antichrist. The whole Bible is about the Father’s sons who will become His Family. Jesus Christ is the firstborn of many brothers. Rom 8:28-30 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified." The brothers of Jesus are, like Him, the sons of God. The brothers of Jesus are those who have been called to be conformed to the likeness of God’s Son Jesus. God the Father predestined it to be this way. Whether professing Christians actually conform to the likeness of His Son Jesus is another matter entirely. Most of them don’t!
What the Apostle John wrote was 2,000 years ago, and now Satan’s alliances have changed. Who are the most lying people on earth today? It’s Islam! Who denies that Jesus is the Christ? It’s Islam! (Sure, they make the pretense of calling Him a prophet, but of a lesser standing than Mohammed.) Who emphatically denies that Jesus is the Son of God? It’s the Muslim hordes!
Jesus Christ came only to the Tribes of Israel, and in a bizarre twist to this, Satan has come only to the 12 tribes of Ishmael – the Arabs – for the purpose of destroying the 12 Tribes of Israel and inheriting their possessions. Recall what Sarah said about Ishmael:Gen 21:9-13 "But Sarah saw that the son (Ishmael) whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10 and she said to Abraham, "Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac." 11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. 12 But God said to him, "Do not be so distressed about the boy and your maidservant. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. 13 I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also, because he is your offspring." That nation of Ishmael has become the nation of Islam. The nation of Islam is not confined only to the Middle East; it’s wherever Muslims live throughout the world. They see the whole world as their nation, and they have visions of killing off everyone who doesn’t hold to their views. This nation of Islam wants all of God’s Holy Land and His Holy City Jerusalem, but they also want the inheritance and the possessions of all the Tribes of Israel, and are busily infiltrating them.
As we just quoted, the Apostle John spoke of the anti-Christ in his day. The days are coming when many more anti-Christs will appear. These are the ones who will deny Jesus as the Christ because He doesn’t meet with their expectations. These are the ones who are so besotted by their own self-righteousness, that they will expect Jesus Christ to return, and on bended knees, to plead with the nations to behave themselves. They need to understand the meaning of the title ‘Messiah’. If they don’t know, then ask any Jew! They’ll tell them, because they know what the Scriptures say.
So quite apart from the real anti-Christ today, we’re going to see professing Christians falling apart from doubts about Jesus. John also spoke of these in his day:1John 2:18-19 "Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us." It was the last hour for many Christians in that day, and there was a bloodbath of killing Christians that went on for decades. They were literally hunted down and killed throughout the Middle East. In John’s day, many former Christians became anti-Christs in order to save their butts. These took the side of the persecutors, and as John observes, they were really not Christ’s. What are the chances of the great hordes of Christians standing firm against the anti-Christ today? Would they really be prepared to die for the honour of God and His Son Jesus? The truth is that there is nothing in their teachings that has prepared them for this, and they will crumble at the first sign of adversity. They lack the mind of Christ to do as He did!
God continues in His response to Isaiah:
ISA 65:18But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. There’ll be quite a few things that God will create, after all, He is the Creator. Just one of these things will be Jerusalem, which will be a delight and a joy to its people.
ISA 65:19I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. These people will be from the Tribes of Israel (and even Gentiles who’ve been grafted into the tree) who survive to enter God’s Kingdom. As God has said many times, they will grow to become numbered like the stars in the sky and like the sand on the seashore. This means that they will be breeding and having many children.
ISA 65:20"Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. Besides having many children, they’ll live to a very great age. Because they’re still human, they will also die eventually. Everlasting life is reserved for those whom God seals with His Name, and whom God classifies as His faithful servants who are destined to be sons in His Kingdom.
ISA 65:21They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
ISA 65:22No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands. They will live long and fruitful lives and will be strong and capable to work with their hands – to be creative just like their God. I think most people would like to add a couple of hundred years to their lives and to be strong and youthful during the period.
ISA 65:23They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them.
ISA 65:24Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
ISA 65:25The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent's food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain," says the LORD.
Eternal life is not for everyone – obviously! But only for those who excel in obedience to their Creator God in this lifetime. There are suggestions that, in the Millennium, there may be selections made for the future. I’m not going to speculate on what may or may not be, but God created the universe for a purpose, and all indications are that He will populate it. When God pours out His Spirit on all the House of Israel, this will make them eligible for judgment at a future time. But the whole mystery of God has not yet been revealed.Rev 10:5-7 "Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. 6 And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, "There will be no more delay! 7 But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets." So God’s servants the prophets have not yet been fully appraised of all God plans to do in this regard, but the time will come. The reference to He ‘who created the heavens and all that is in them’ is a clue to what God has in mind. But we’ll all have to wait until the whole Mystery of God is revealed. This will come at the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet.
ISA 66:1This is what the LORD says: "Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? God’s House already existed in the time of Isaiah, but God speaks here of another – yet to be built. It’s where the LORD will dwell forever: Eze 43:7 "He said: "Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever." Ezekiel chapters 40 through 48 describe this Temple to be built. What is more, Isaiah also speaks of this Temple and describes its beginnings to completion.
ISA 66:2Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?" declares the LORD. "This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word. These may well be the most meaningful words you will ever hear. God has no interest in the arrogant, ego-driven maniacs who constantly pose as angels of light, yet are completely insincere. We’ve all seen them on television deluding everyone with their excessive and insincere fakery. God doesn’t esteem them and no amount of sacrifices will atone for this type of behaviour. Such people have chosen their own ways and they delight in their abominations. No amount of sacrifice will ever be accepted from them:
ISA 66:3But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a man, and whoever offers a lamb, like one who breaks a dog's neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig's blood, and whoever burns memorial incense, like one who worships an idol. They have chosen their own ways, and their souls delight in their abominations;
ISA 66:4so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring upon them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me." Why would God accept any form of atonement from such people? They’ve associated themselves with graves and demons and eating forbidden meat, and they still think they can offer sacrifices to God? Well, God makes it very clear what their end will be! When God called, they didn’t answer, when He spoke they never listened, so what use could they possibly be to God?
ISA 66:5Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: "Your brothers who hate you, and exclude you because of my name, have said, `Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy!' Yet they will be put to shame. These brother Israelites who hate those who tremble at God’s Word are prepared to glorify God, even though they hate His servants, in order to experience the joy of the truly repentant and contrite ones. God is simply saying to these, ‘Don’t do it!’ God won’t accept any form of offering from them and He will consider them to be abominations. They have already been earmarked for harsh treatment because of the millions that they’ve now deceived with their hypocritical behaviour. In God’s eyes, hating His servants is the last straw! God is a jealous God!
As for those who think that sacrifices and grain offerings are an abomination to God,Isa 66:20 below specifically states that the Israelites will bring grain offerings to the LORD’s Temple.
And now we come to the birth of a nation and the establishment of God’s Temple. As most informed people know, there is no Temple on the Temple Mount. All that remains is the Rock, the capstone or cornerstone of the Holiest of Holies, which is the most important and most sacred part of the whole Temple. This is presently covered with an abomination – the Muslim Mosque! It has to go, and it will be done in a spectacular way – and not by human hands.
It’s no small thing that the Temple Mount has been desecrated, and it’s even worse that pagans have been controlling the Mount and attending their mosque, which is situated right over the Most Holy Place – the Rock! Judah may be concerned, but they’ve done nothing about it! It came into their possession once again in 1967 when they drove the Muslims out. Immediately after this, and at the insistence of the US Administration, they turned it over to the Muslim hordes once again – virtually excluding the Jews from any form of worship there. The Jews know from the Scriptures that it will be taken back at the hand of the Messiah, but this still doesn’t excuse them for conceding it in the first place.
God has made provision for taking back the Holy City Jerusalem and killing anyone who has no right to be there.
ISA 66:6Hear that uproar from the city, hear that noise from the temple! It is the sound of the LORD repaying his enemies all they deserve. Both the City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount will be subject to extreme violence. Some may begin to think that the mosque standing over the Rock is the Temple from the reading of this verse. In fact, it’s the Rock that is the Temple: John 2:21 "But the temple he had spoken of was his body." Jesus body is the Temple and the Temple is also the Rock: Deut 32:4 "He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he." God also makes it very clear that when He acts it will be decisively, and His faithful people will see it. Isa 30:29-30 "And 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. 30 The 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." And just to make it very clear, the Rock that followed the Israelites throughout their desert travels was Jesus Christ: 1Cor 10:3 "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." It’s beyond belief that anyone cannot understand that Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament!
Jesus Christ has commissioned the Temple to be built on the Temple Mount (Eze ch. 40-48) where He will live forever. This Temple will house the physical Rock that is presently on the Temple Mount and covered with a mosque. The Temple will be called the House of God for all people.
Hence we read inV6 above of an uproar in the City and the noise from the Temple, when God is repaying His enemies all they deserve. And what a momentous time this will be!
Suddenly out of nowhere, Jerusalem gives birth to a son.
ISA 66:7"Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. It’s a son, not the Son. In fact, Jerusalem delivers many sons or children.
ISA 66:8Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children. A nation is born in a moment, and it begins with the sons of Zion.
ISA 66:9Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?" says the LORD. "Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?" says your God. No, there will be many more deliveries and a nation will emerge.
ISA 66:10"Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn over her.
ISA 66:11For you will nurse and be satisfied at her comforting breasts; you will drink deeply and delight in her overflowing abundance."
ISA 66:12For this is what the LORD says: "I will extend peace to her like a river (the River of life will extend further out as tributaries develop watering further and further beyond), and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream (the wealth of all nations will be brought to the Holy Land); you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees.
ISA 66:13As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem."
ISA 66:14When you see this, your heart will rejoice and you will flourish like grass; the hand of the LORD will be made known to his servants, but his fury will be shown to his foes. The Hand that holds the Sword of the LORD will be made known to His servants (see the next couple of verses) and His fury will be shown to His foes.
ISA 66:15See, the LORD is coming with fire, and his chariots are like a whirlwind; he will bring down his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. Notice the word ‘chariots’ – it’s plural! These ‘chariots’ are so fast that they would make the fastest man-made rocket look like it was stationary. There’s an account about these chariots in the days of Elisha: 2Kings 6:16:17 "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." As you’ll notice these fiery chariots were invisible to the human eye until the servant’s eyes were opened. Elisha could see them though. Elisha, of course, was the one who received the mantle of authority from Elijah. These fiery chariots were called ‘the chariots and horsemen of Israel’ (2Kings 2:12) and they travel in the air like a whirlwind. So there’s something to think about.
ISA 66:16For with fire and with his sword the LORD will execute judgment upon all men, and many will be those slain by the LORD. His chariots will do His bidding, and will execute judgment upon all men – those who are classified as God’s enemies.
ISA 66:17"Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following the one in the midst of those who eat the flesh of pigs and rats and other abominable things--they will meet their end together," declares the LORD. Yes, well these will be God’s enemies too! Some people just never learn. Be careful about who you follow!
Having eliminated those who eat pigs and other disgusting things, and who do other things in gardens, God is going to offer some inducements to Gentiles who have never seen or heard His fame. Because of the actions and imaginations of His own people, God will extend His mercy to others:
ISA 66:18"And I, because of their actions and their imaginations, am about to come and gather all nations and tongues, and they will come and see my glory. The fact is, God speaks of an uncountable multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language who will delight in serving Him (Rev 7:9-10). Amazingly, these will come out of the Great Tribulation that descends on the whole world.
God will send some of those who survive from the nations of Israel to these people, and as was the case with the Prophet Jonah of old, the people will listen to them.
ISA 66:19"I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nations--to Tarshish, to the Libyans and Lydians (famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory among the nations. 20 And they will bring all your brothers, from all the nations, to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the LORD--on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels," says the LORD. "They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the LORD in ceremonially clean vessels. 21 And I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites," says the LORD. In reference to the mention of people coming as ‘an offering to the LORD’, it’s worth noting that most offerings and sacrifices made in the Temple have to do with human beings. I know it’s thought by some that all the Temple sacrifices relate to the Blood of Jesus Christ, and it’s not true. For instance, the sacrifice of bulls and heifers certainly don’t equate to Jesus Christ – He is the Lamb of God. Gentiles will be offered to the LORD and accepted, though not as sacrifices. They will enter the ranks as God’s servants, and some will be selected as Priests and Levites. What is more, they’ll be accepted as true Brothers.
ISA 66:22"As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the LORD, "so will your name and descendants endure. 23 From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me," says the LORD. 24 "And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind." The worms that eat dead bodies are maggots, and they don’t die; instead they turn into flies. Hopefully, some of the flies will die though once the bodies are burned up.
And here we see one of the reasons why Christianity today has rejected the Word of God – the very Scripture that Jesus, the Apostles and all the Prophets used! And it’s found in this last paragraph: ‘from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down to me’. It’s the Fourth Commandment that they so strenuously object to.
For a summary of the meaning of the Scroll and the Seals, a brief article can be found here.
And this brings us to the conclusion of this study of the Book of Isaiah. Having read this far, the reader has either been taught by God – or not! Whether they take it on board and turn to God in obedience is up to them. But bear in mind, it’s now a matter of life or death. Choose life!
May God be with all those who turn to God in faithfulness and obedience!
Neville Victor Stevens.