Will God Bless a Nation

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God’s Blessings to Obedient Nations

Book of Isaiah Chapter 60

We should all understand that there is no one more secure than those who place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!

The truth is, in the last days of human history, the Lord Jesus Christ will return to set up God’s Kingdom on this earth for 1000 years!

It is after this that God will create a New Heaven and a New Earth for all His people and the history of this world will be over and no other books will be written about this earth, it will not exist as a place for the living!

Rev_19:3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Throughout history, the city of Jerusalem has been destroyed time after time but it has always been rebuilt.

There was the Assyrian destruction, the Babylon destruction, and the devastation by Rome recorded in the Bible and many battles surrounding Jerusalem since that time.

The nation of Israel is so tiny, one would wonder why it is constantly in the news today.

It is really very simple. Most all this world hates the God of Israel and not Israel itself!

It astounds me that so many in America ridicule the Christian because of our faith in Jesus Christ and say we all worship the same God. If that is so true then why is the Nation of Israel always under the attack of all Muslim countries?

The truth is Jerusalem will continue to be the focus of the world, simply because of what God says and the rest of the world trying to stop what God said He will do! They will find that this is impossible!

If everyone in the world truly believe we all worship the same God, then why does this entire world try to end the future of Jerusalem as described by the Word of God.

What does God say?

Rom_3:4 God forbid: yea, “let God be true, but every man a liar”; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

What else does God say?

*****Isa 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

It is said that in the East that the Sun does not rise as we understand the rising of the Sun. In the East, the Sun leaps above the horizon.

When those people feel it is time for sunrise, then suddenly it is already up in all its glory.

We should clearly understand that this is the same way the Lord will return. When we know that we live in the last days before the Lord returns at any moment the Glory of the Lord will appear in the Eastern Sky.

Why the Eastern Sky? So, the world will clearly see that the Messiah is much brighter than the Sun He created!

Of course, we also know that the only thing that will happen before this day is, the Lord will meet the Church in the clouds!

Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

There is still coming a day when Jerusalem will be lit by the glory of God and in New Jerusalem there will be no darkness at all.

The world seems to think that light comes before darkness but this is backwards and this has always been backwards.

God brought light into a dark world!

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And why will the Lord appear in all His glory and bring a new light to Jerusalem because again after the Church has been removed, this world will be in total darkness, not because the Sun does not shine but because this entire world will be in the darkness of sin and depravity!

God again will bring light to darkness, when He brings the glorious Light of the Lord, into this dark and evil world!

*****Isa 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

We may think of New York City as the one point of light in this world but the fact remains that it is the city of Jerusalem that is the one point of light on the entire surface of this earth!

Jerusalem is still known as the city of God!

Even those of Islam and other false religions, call Jerusalem the Holy City!

Psa 68:15 The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan.
Psa 68:16 Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.

What did Moses ask of God?

Exo_33:18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

How did God respond?

Exo 33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

God did not say to Moses, let me show you how powerful I am.
God did not say let me show you all my infinite wisdom.
God did not say let me show you all my glorious possessions.
God simply said to Moses, “Let Me Show You My Goodness”!

The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is God’s Goodness, (Good News) and God’s Goodness comes from God’s “Mercy”!

The “Glory” of God’s goodness is seen in the “gift” of His Son!

When the Sun arises in the morning, it will always show God’s creation in it’s true colors.

When the Son of God first came to shine His Light upon this earth, He opened our eyes to the truth of the Word of God!

We should clearly understand that the Church has no light of its own, that Light is of Jesus Christ!

We will see that again darkness will cover this earth after the “Rapture” of the Church and again this earth will be covered in spiritual darkness.

Just as Egypt lay in “thick darkness” by the words of Moses, the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.

When Jerusalem is lightened again by the Lord, the glory of God will shine from King Jesus on the throne of God!

Again, the Lord will arise upon this earth and His glory will be centered on the city of Jerusalem. (Zion)

We know that the Lord ascended from the Mount of Olives and this same place is where He will return.

The Book of Leviticus describes this event.

Lev 9:23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people.
Lev 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

It is Jerusalem that is destined to first receive the Light and the Glory of God, when the Messiah returns but the whole world will be witnesses!

There is nothing that can stop the return of the Lord because it is destined by God Himself!

Isa 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

Rom_11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

God has made this “Covenant” (this guarantee) with the children of Israel.

Isa 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

But many Gentiles will also flow into the City, lit by the Glory of God!

*****Isa 60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Isa 60:4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

It is the “Glory of the Lord” the King of kings, the Lord of lords, that will draw all nations to Jerusalem!

The Millennial Kingdom will be a time of worship and centered in Jerusalem it will be the place of worship!

It is these Gentiles who make sure that the “remnant” of the Jews gets back home.

This could also mean that some of the Jews will carry dear Gentile friends to be with the Lord, just as Oriental mothers carried small children on their hip with their arm around them to keep them from falling.

This could also describe Jerusalem as the Mother of all the children of God!

In any case, it is the flow of God’s people that remain after the 7 years of tribulation and the wrath of God, into the Holy City!

The Holy City of Jerusalem will not only be the center of worship but it will also be the center of world-wide commerce!

*****Isa 60:5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

Once we are enlightened by the Word of God, our eyes can be opened to the truth!

The eyes of God’s chosen nation will be opened and they will flock to the truth of God!

Hos 1:11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

Rom 11:15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

The entire world left after the 7-year Tribulation Period will flock to the “City of God”!

Isa 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

Those that cannot come by land will come by sea along with all commerce by sea.

We know that most of the wealth of this world is now used for evil purposes or hoarded for personal gain but in the time of Christ, all the wealth of this world will finally be used to promote the truth of God and the care of those who have a great need.

The wealth of this world will be used in the service of the true Church!

What cannot make it by sea will come by land!

*****Isa 60:6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.
Isa 60:7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.

It could be said that this not only represents the world financial system, operating under the leadership of the Lord but we can see that this area represents those that remain of Ishmael being turned to Christianity and those that remain of the daughters of Lot.

They all shall show praise to the Lord. Notice this is Jehovah, the Holy God of Israel and not those imaginary gods they had been led to believe!

The truth is there will be no one in the world of that day, who will be homeless.
No one will be naked in need of clothes.
There will be no one starving for lack of food.

There will never again be a famine of the Word of God!

Repeatedly we also see the descendants of Ishmael return to the Lord.

We should also understand that these animals are not brought to the Lord for sacrifice but to be included in the service of the church!

All people will gladly present their offerings to the Lord!

The Lord does not need anything we have but He will always accept offerings that come from the heart!

And then “Who are these fly as a cloud”?

*****Isa 60:8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?

In fact, has we have seen in other lessons, those that would return to Jerusalem are in such a great number, they are compared to the clouds.

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Those that come to the Lord will be as the gentle dove!
They will be loving.
They will be harmless.
They will be meek and humble.
They will return as if they had lost their mate and had found Him again.
The dove mates for life and so does the true Christian to the Lord Jesus!

*****Isa 60:9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
Isa 60:10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, “but in my favour have I had mercy on thee”.

Just as in the days of Solomon, all will try their best to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His wisdom.
Just as in the days of Cyrus, it will be the Gentile world that will finance the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple for another time after the wrath of God.

Even much greater than the wrath of God, is His mercy!

During the Church Age, we actually live in the day of God’s “Mercy”!

God has provided a means for eternal salvation for each and every believer because of His “Mercy”!

God will restore Israel because of His “Mercy”!

These are the two promises God has made with His created humans and He just ask us to trust Him and why not, what in this world is so promising as the Word of God!

Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

There have been many kings who have tried to take Jerusalem throughout history who have tried to make the city of Jerusalem the dominant capitol of this world and they have failed.

These include Solomon, Cyrus, Darius, Artaxerxes, Alexander the Great, Constantine, Theodosius, Charlemagne, just to name a few that we may know, but when the “King of kings” sits on the throne of Israel the city of Jerusalem will truly become the “City of Peace”!

During the time of the Messiah here on this earth for those 1000 years, God will rule with a “rod of iron” that is used with “Mercy” and “Grace”!

Therefore, the gates of the city of Jerusalem will be continuously open!

*****Isa 60:11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.
Isa 60:12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

During the 1000 years of the Millennial Kingdom, this world will actually know what peace is all about!

There will be no fear of enemies entering the City of Jerusalem nor any other city.

When I was growing up, we could roam anywhere and were safe in doing so.
Those days will return for the children born during the Millennial reign of the Lord!

All who seek the Lord will be able to see Him in person!

Those who are poor will kneel, side by side by those who were kings at the feet of the Lord.

There will be no disagreement with anything that the Lord will do or what the Lord will say!

Rev_19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Many call New York City the city that never sleeps and it is sin that keeps this city awake but Jerusalem, when the Lord Jesus sits on the throne, will never sleep because of righteousness!

There will be no lawlessness at all because, all who will not serve the Lord will perish!

Those who say that a loving God would never do such a thing are fools who ignore the truth of God!

Psa 2:10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
Psa 2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Psa 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

There only be one law and that will be the Law of God, in fact it will be much like Heaven on Earth now under the direct law of God.

The Lord Jesus died on Calvary’s cross because He was rejected! During the Millennial reign of Christ all those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ will be removed from this earth and will perish!

Jerusalem will be a place of beauty!

*****Isa 60:13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
Isa 60:14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

We know the Temple of the Lord will have been rebuilt and Jerusalem will be a place of beauty!

It can be said that similar materials used to build the Temple of Solomon will be used to build this new Temple, some say the Temple described by Ezekiel. (Ezekiel 41-42)

This Temple will also be a place of reverence, for our Lord Jesus will honor this Temple with His presence!

The truth is, it was many of the Jews who persecuted the Church and since these have been converted even they will serve in the Church and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords!

There will also be Gentiles of many nations who will do the same!

Jerusalem which is now home to most every religion on the face of this earth, will again be known as the City of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel!

The city that has been called so may names such as barren and desolate, will become a true thing of beauty.

In truth, the door of salvation has been wide open since the Messiah, Lord Jesus Christ first came to establish His Church!

The world is just so full of darkness that most cannot find the doorway to Christ, because of the darkness of sin in their lives!

Mat_7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

God will soon execute judgment upon all that is evil and all darkness will be removed and the way to the Lord will be clearly lit!

Some things will still never change:

1) Access into God’s presence is still only granted to those who call on the name of Jesus Christ!

The Lord Jesus Christ is “that Gate”, “that Door” that leads to eternal life!

Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Joh 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

2) Access into God’s presence is granted only to those who now know the truth of God’s Word, this will never change!

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

3) Access into God’s presence is only allowed to those who turn away from sin and turn toward the Lord. (Repent)

Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
Heb 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

These things will never change in any age since the time of Christ.

And the city that has seen so much turmoil since the time of King David will then become the City of Peace!

*****Isa 60:15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.
Isa 60:16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

Zion was once forsaken by her Maker, as a wife is forsaken because of her adulteries.

Jer_13:27 I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? when shall it once be?

It must be that same Maker who would make Zion an eternal excellency and a joy for many generations!

Jer 30:17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
Jer 30:18 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof.
Jer 30:19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
Jer 30:20 Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.

God will always do what He says He will do and it is this very thing in which we must place our “faith”!

Now, the wealth of the world will be used to promote the “Gospel” of the Lord Jesus Christ centered upon Zion, Jerusalem!

*****Isa 60:17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.

Time and time again, the gold of the Temple had been stolen or given away and replaced with brass and so with the silver and the other valuables but now all these things would be returned to do what they were intended to do!

Jerusalem has gone through so many hands and devastation all these years that in reality much of the world hates this city.
Even today not many, including many Jews, even want Jerusalem declared the capitol city of Israel.

In the day of the Messiah, Jerusalem will become the most prized possession of all the citizens of this earth and all the nations of this world will provide to make this so!

All the government of the world, will be centered in Jerusalem and true peace will be the theme of the government and righteousness will be the law of the land!

Righteousness is not only doing things right but it is doing things that are morally right!

Righteousness is the character of God!

Psa 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

For 1000 years this world we live in now, will undergo a major transition.

*****Isa 60:18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

The truth is there will be no prisons, no jails, no police officers and no need for a military because there will be no violence in the streets when the Lord sits on His throne in Jerusalem.

Isa 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Isa 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Isa 11:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
Isa 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.
Isa 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Isa 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
Isa 35:9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
Isa 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

This will be a world that has repented because it will only have in it a people who have repented and returned to the Lord!

The prophecies of God will continue to be fulfilled!

Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Salvation comes by the purpose of God through the Lord Jesus Christ!

It was the Lord Jesus Christ (Messiah) who came to this lost world to restore those who would commit themselves to Him to that harmony of God which had been lost because of the sin of Adam! (Disobedience to the Word of God)

Salvation is our wall of protection because it is assured by the Lord!

Praise is our gateway into the presence of God!

God warns us today to think about these promises before it is too late:

Psa 50:22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
Psa 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

To be saved is to live in the “Glory” of the Lord forever!

*****Isa 60:19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
Isa 60:20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

Without the darkness that sin has brought to this world all who have committed themselves to the Lord during the Tribulation period will see a new light!

Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

That Light was the Son of God at that time and it will be the glory of the Son of God who will light up this world in the 1000 years He will sit upon His earthly throne!

Eze 43:2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.

Just as light enters a dark room, The Lord Jesus Christ will scatter all the darkness of this world, leaving no place for it to hide there will not even be a shadow of darkness.

There will be no ignorance of the Word of God. The truth of God will be constant and there will also be no shadow of change in God’s Word!

What we find if we look is, that the Word of God is consistent from the Book of Genesis through the Book of Revelation and we have never seen our God change in anything that He has said or that He has ever done.

This will always be true!

When all the world does the right things according to the Word of God, we will once again know the paradise of God!

*****Isa 60:21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
Isa 60:22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.

Once again, the world will be a people planted by their Creator, the work of the hands of God!

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Gen 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

In truth, we all as sinners have realized that pain and sorrow are the only fruits of sin. Once sin has disappeared all sorrow will go with it!

I have said many times that we cannot truly enjoy a good day until we have been though a bad day.
We will never know the truth of joy until all sorrow is gone from this world!

When the Lord Jesus Christ was upon this earth the Church began with 12 fishers of men and by the end of the 1000-year Millennial Kingdom it will have grown into a strong nation!

None of these things will find their completion until the Lord returns, first to take His Church out of this world and second to rid this world of sin!

When it is time, the Lord will come quickly!

What is the Lord waiting on?

2Pe_3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The Lord will not return until that very last soul is saved to end the Church Age!

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Our Redeemer

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The Redeemer Who Comes from Zion

Book of Isaiah Chapter 59

Today in this lesson before we get to the importance of our Redeemer, we will see how God describes our world.

The world believes that humanity is basically good and occasionally do bad things but this is far from the truth.

The truth is humanity is basically evil and on occasion some do good things!

If we go back to the Book of Genesis chapter 3 we will see not the origin of sin because the origin of sin was in Heaven. What we will see is a description of the entrance of sin into humanity.

Genesis chapter 3 gives us an historical event that took place!

Most all the world believe in an Adam and Eve, and they should, and the sin of disobedience against a Holy God was passed down through these two historical figures!

If Adam was not a real person who brought sin into humanity then there would be no need for Jesus to redeem humanity.

Therefore, this is the reason such a great attack on the Creation facts of the Book of Genesis!

So how are these things seen in the eyes of God?

First God will make some things very clear. There is no one that He cannot save and there is no prayer that He cannot hear if it comes from the heart of someone seeking Him!

Verse 1:

*****Isa 59:1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

God is also very clear about His salvation. If you are not saved from eternal separation then it is not because He has lost His ability to save. In other words, the fault is your own and not His!

Instead of running to God, the truth is this world flees from Him!

Repeatedly, we have seen where we can only be saved by “faith” in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ to purchase us from the slave market of sin!

The hand of God cannot be shortened because it is connected to the arm of God, which arm is the Lord Jesus Christ!

It is by sin and the rejection of the truth of God that humanity cannot be saved but God will still deal with everyone!

It is very important that we understand what sin is and then understand that we are sinners. We are not sinners because we sin, we sin because we are sinners, it is in our heritage passed down from generation to generation!

When we understand that we are sinners, it is only then we will realize we need a Redeemer, we need a Savior!

God did not just create us all and then move on somewhere else doing God things, God truly cares for each and every one of us!

Those who believe that God has just gotten too old to care for us or to care about us, do not understand that God cannot age and His Word will never change!

God would not have made Himself known to us if He did not want to share our lives with us but sin places a wall between us and our God!

*****Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

It is sin that stands as a barrier between us and our Creator. The greater the sin the greater the barrier. Where sin sets in, guilt begins!

Sin caused a wall of separation between Him and Adam and sin still does the same today to all humanity!

Mic 3:4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Those who are wicked in this world do not even realize the dilemma they are in!
They have a problem that is disastrous and they believe they are safe in a dying world but that is far from being true!

When God’s “Grace” cannot reach us because of that wall between us, then we are faced with eternal separation and an eternal death of misery beyond our imagination!

There are many times when we have a need to reach for the help of Heaven but it will not come if we have sin in our lives that has not been forgiven, simply because we have not asked for forgiveness.

Psa 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

God looks into the heart to see the truth of each of us!

What is sin? Sin is any transgression of the law of God.

There are 613 laws in the Old Testament that the Jews had to follow and it was impossible for them to do this.

Most of this world think only of the Ten Commandments but even these cannot be kept by anyone!

The Lord Jesus simplified these laws so we all could understand what God was saying.

Mar 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mar 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

If we truly obeyed these two laws we would have no problem with sin but even these laws become impossible to do in this evil world!

God says there is just no natural affection for one another in our world!

The Jews had been separating themselves from the Lord for many years and we can see that has not changed for the biggest part of our world today.

When we say these things to the world we are accused of so many things, including being evil ourselves but we should remember it is not we that say these things, it is a Holy God and we are just passing along His message!

Then God gives a picture of what He is talking about.

*****Isa 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

We use our hands in almost everything we do but when God says they are covered with blood, God is talking about the murder of the innocent.

We could say that we are not murderers and all murderers certainly should be punished and they are certainly sinners but then do you support abortion which is the murder of innocent children.

If we stand against the truth of God, we are murderers just as if we committed the crime ourselves!

When we read the Scriptures, we can see that only a very few of God’s prophets lived to die of old age, they were murdered for preaching the Word of God which is all true.

Do you support the truth of the Scriptures?

Only the Apostle John died of old age of the 12 Apostles of the Lord, the rest were murdered for preaching the Words of Jesus, which we now call the “Gospel of Jesus Christ”.

Do you support the truth of the “Gospels”?

Do you realize that if God has laid it on your heart to witness to a certain person and we refuse and that person ends up in Hell, we have just become a murderer!

There is the sin of commission and there is the sin of omission.

Commission is knowingly committing sin and being disobedient to God.
Omission is failure to do what is required of us being disobedient to God.

It is a terrible thing that our hands are so bloody that even our fingers are defiled!

Defiled means, made dirty, polluted, soiled, corrupted, sinful!

To tell just one lie is impossible because that one lie will have to be defended by another and then many others.

To lie is an intentional violation of the truth and therefore an intentional violation of the Law of God and shows that you do not love the Lord with all your heart. To lie is to deceive and the great deceiver is Satan himself.

Perverseness is acting in opposition to what is proper and the Word of God has given us all the proper ways to act!

And God continues.

*****Isa 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

Justice is doing what the Word of God commands and those that reject the Word of God do not want to see true justice for God’s people. In fact, they are only interested in fulfilling their own desires for personal justice as they see it themselves!

These are the same people that call all good things bad, and all bad things good!

Justice is an attribute of God:

Psa 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

When we refuse to allow justice to move forward we are violating the intention of the Lord!

Divine justice is that side of Divine righteousness which exhibits fairness!

Job 36:17 But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.

To serve the Lord, who will never do wrong, is to follow in His example!

Gen 18:25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

Those that try to satisfy their own justice are only searching for vain glory of themselves. We can put many politicians in this category today. They forget they were chosen to serve the people and serve their own vain glory!

They speak lies, they conceive mischief, and they bring forth iniquity (sin) and they are proud of themselves for what they have accomplished which is vanity (nothingness)!

We have a government full of freeloaders, who do nothing but hinder the truth and expect to be paid for it and even more expect to live off that nothingness the rest of their lives. Wake up America!

What else does God say?

*****Isa 59:5 They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
Isa 59:6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

Many believe that the “cockatrice” to be the horned viper which is very poisonous but only about a foot long. To me this is a picture of the devil!

The Word of God says that those who get to see the antichrist will be amazed at his nothingness!

Jesus said all those who twist the Word of God into something that is no longer true are all the true vipers!

Mat 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Mat 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
Mat 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
Mat 23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

Those whose actions are to plot evil and mischief and cause methods to trap the innocent are the most terrible of all. They are poisonous and they spread their poison as far as they can get away with and even when it seems they are crushed that viper is still dangerous!

We all know that you cannot make garments from the spider’s web. The spiders web is intended to be a trap for some innocent passerby!

These false doctrines put forth by these deceivers serve no purpose except deception! Also, their attempt to disguise their sin is easily seen through if we will just look at their actions.

Mat_7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat_7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Their works are all of sin and the power to violence is in their hands unless they are stopped!

*****Isa 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

It’s sad but there some people who dream about being evil and when they wake up they go about performing what they dreamed about, in fact they rush to perform it. They are so full of mischief they cannot help themselves!

Most everything they accomplish causes harm to innocent people some things even causing the death of some totally innocent person. These people even claim to take delight and pleasure in the things that they do.

A good example of these things will happen on the upcoming day of celebrating our National Freedom Day. Many will begin their day with the intent of overdoing alcohol and in the end, many innocents will be injured or die and there are many other examples of these who run to do evil.

Their thoughts are thoughts of sin and it shows in their conduct and their actions with no regard for others! They have made them own selves’ gods!

They show no concern for wasting their own lives and destroying the lives of others and when one day ends another will begin with the same actions and the same results.

Pro 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

Rom 3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:

Therefore, they never know peace!

*****Isa 59:8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

They will never know peace because they have no desire for peace and in fact peace can only come to those who do things the right way. The right way is according to the Word of God!

Isa 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

The way to eternal life is straight and all those who choose their own path are traveling a “crooked path”!

Mat_7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

They cannot see the light of Jesus, for the darkness of this world!

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

In fact, they really do not know how to escape from this dark world! (Therefore, this is our job to show them, that there is a way)

*****Isa 59:9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.

The truth is, God will never deliver any of these without a complete change of their mind and their actions and they know it.
God has already passed “judgment” on all those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ!

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

If they have a sinless thought God will think nothing of it!
God will not revenge their wrong because they are already sentenced to death an, eternal separation from our Holy God!
God will not even punish their enemies who are just as guilty in sin!

God will never take vengeance for what one sinner does to another sinner! (Wake up sinner)

God will not take vengeance for what one evil nation does to another evil nation but God will provide for those who love Him in any case, understanding that God may just select to take many home to be with Him.

Some would call them martyrs but God just calls it “Come On Home” my child.

Psa_116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Those that reject the Lord may look for a brighter day but they will only remain in darkness!

A sinner can truly come to only one conclusion, “all the world is just as sinful as they are”.

Just ask one and you will see!

Either they will recognize that what they do is not really sin at all but simply the freedom to be their own god or they will say that they are no different from the rest of the world. They most all have a desire to take what they wish especially from those who are innocent and those that try to do good!

God says: 2Ti_3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

They grope around as blind people in a blind world.

What does God say for the believer to do?

Mat_15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

*****Isa 59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.

Notice these who love sin are aware that they are in darkness and in a pathetic sort of way, they are looking for their own lighted pathway that simply does not exist!

They have some vague sense of what “Brightness” is, comparing it to the noon day Sun but they are just as “dark” as if they were at midnight!

From verse one, we know they know that God has the ability to save them but they are like Judas and they cannot find it in their heart to repent!

These people want to be saved, but they just love their sin too much to give it up! “And So, Goes Our World Of Today”

Pro 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Pro 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

When we seek for the Lord in places that do not know the Lord enough to obey the Word of God, then He will not and cannot be found!

*****Isa 59:11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.

Since only trained bears actually roar, bears do have different modes of making noises and they usually get alone to do these noises.

Likewise, the dove when it has lost its mate, will get alone and mourn by itself.

This is the state of many who would love to be saved when they are alone but as the dove they refuse to give up their mate (sin) and like the bear they do not care for those who would take away their freedom to sin!

They look for salvation to come to them without having to give up their sinful behavior but this will never happen and as time passes eventually they will become very angry at those who claim freedom from the wages of sin!

Many people think to repent is to say, “I’m sorry” and even though this is a small part of it, true repentance is walking away from that old life with no regrets!

Psa 119:155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.

We already know that God keeps a written record of our sin and upon repentance that record is blotted out but for those who do not that record just accumulates.

Psa_51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

God is always ready to show His mercy and God has already taken the first step by the substitution of the Lord Jesus Christ in payment for our sins but we must take the next step and that next step is a leap of faith.

*****Isa 59:12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
Isa 59:13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

Before God will hear us, we must confess our sins!
Our sins testify against us!
Our sins rise up against us as our witness to this world!

When we openly confess our sins to the Lord, it makes us aware of just how sinful we are!

When we repeat a sin, and then confess it, we will then feel the shame of repeating any sin.

Our sin will constantly haunt us all our days! It would be a whole lot better if we do not wait to be so old to confess our sin to the Lord.

The Lord will forgive and forget but we on the other hand will still find it hard to forgive ourselves, once we know the Lord!

It takes a close personal relationship with the Lord to clear a guilty conscience!

Sin is a rebellion against the Word of God and His Son!

Israel had professed to be the followers of God but the sin of rebellion was their greatest sin.

Rebellion is denying the Word of God as the truth!

We cannot claim to know the Lord and reject what He says!

Jesus said: Luk_6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

The more we deny the Lord in our hearts but still confess Him with our mouth, the dirtier we become!

Mat 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Mat 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Mat 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Mat 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

God will never deliver such a people!

*****Isa 59:14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Isa 59:15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

How can there be a better statement of America today than “truth has fallen in the street”.

We live in a land of perverted justice, where the guilty have more rights than the innocent and because riches can be made from this, it is allowed!

Shame on us as a nation to allow these things.
Shame on juries that allow this to keep happening in the name of justice!

Justice can only happen when the truth succeeds!

Justice stands so far off today it cannot hear those who make an appeal for justice!

False witnesses prevail over the truth and true witnesses are not allowed to testify or even be called!

Equity, which is true justice, is not even allowed into the court room because it would go against the ideals of an evil society.
Justice must remain outside the courtroom!

What a shame. Oh, did I write these things, no Isaiah was told by the Holy Spirit to tell us all about this world we live in today!

Psa 82:2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
Psa 82:3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Psa 82:4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
Psa 82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

Truth cannot fail, it can only be ignored!

When we are “Born Again” into the family of God and repent from our evil ways, we then make ourselves the prey of this evil society!

Truth that should be the social fabric of every society and ground work of morality is tossed aside. This is the worst thing that can happen to any people and to any nation!
Here we are today in a society that has become blind, abiding in darkness. The church has been quiet or in more cases have accepted this as our future just to keep the doors open.

The Word of God has become an old relic of little use!

The true church must raise up its voice and at least go down fighting!
God says we are on the winning side, so in a Godly and Holy way, why do we not prove this to be the truth!

Once we allow falsehood to take the place of the truth, then lying cannot be discredited and moral goodness and moral law will become non-existent!

This world we live in has forgotten that we have a God who has His eyes on everything that goes on in this world!

The real truth is, that those that trust the truth of God do not live in a hopeless world, in fact this world is not even our home!

When God saw these things in the past He sent us a Savior and this same Savior will return to gather those He has already Redeemed and take them own Home in just a short time!

*****Isa 59:16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

These Scriptures tell a story of mankind that should cause us great shame but more than that great concern.

Why as a human race do we not defend those who are being mistreated?
Where has the love for one another gone?
Why is it that certain groups with very big mouths think that they have rights that no one else does?
Why do we not defend good and condemn evil as it should be?

I believe our Holy God “was and is” certainly disappointed in His creation!
God gave the human race the knowledge and wisdom to overcome the obstacles of evil in this world and most of this world has just joined in to absorb more evil and less good!

Since there was no one who would stand in behalf of the “truth” and in behalf of “right” over wrong, God took drastic measures to save those who would have “faith”!

Eze 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

Have you been a boss with skilled men under you and requested for something to be done and that thing that was done did not meet your standards of quality and you decide you would have to do this thing yourself to get it right?

Then think about what God is saying here!

That “therefore” means because this thing called “salvation” could not be done right by anyone on this earth, God decided He would have to do this thing Himself!

Why is this thing so hard to understand?

The only skills available to overcome sin are the attributes of the Eternal Living God, Jehovah!

Our God then became our Savior!

Why is this so hard to understand?

Not one human could pay the price for sin, even for their own sin without eternal death, much less for the sin of this entire world so Jehovah God had to be the Intercessor.

For this reason, the “LORD” stepped into this world to save His own creation, the entire human race!

Why is this so hard to understand and accept as the truth?

The arm of the LORD is the Lord Jesus Christ!
Not just some Messenger, not just some Prophet, but our Savior!

Why are these things so hard to understand when God says them over and over again!

Psa 98:1 O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
Psa 98:2 The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

This world we live in is always seeking some champion!
Some find him in sports, some find him in politics, some find in in so-called religion, some find him in philosophy but God looked at the champions of the world and not one stood for those who are oppressed and slaves to sin!

There was no one on this earth that stood for “righteousness” which just means doing all things right and the right way is according to the Word of God!

God came to make things right!

*****Isa 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.

What is the nature of our God? “Righteousness”

If you miss this then you are wrong, we are in a war for our salvation!

We will lose that war without the Lord Jesus Christ!

In church, we sing about our “victory in Jesus” and many have forgotten the truth of that song!

There is no victory without Christ Jesus!

If the Lord Jesus Christ is my “righteousness” then it stands to reason that without Him I have no righteousness at all!

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Rom 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

We also see that “righteousness” also includes “vengeance”.

Much of the religious world have decided what a loving God will do and will not do, while ignoring what Jehovah has said He will do!

If our Loving God found that there could be no human Intercessor and He had decided that He must leave the portals of Heaven and become that Intercessor for the human race then certainly He would be angry at those who rejected His actions to save us all and why would we expect Him not to be?

Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

If you had done such a thing for your own family, you would certainly be angry if your actions were rejected!

We call all believers the “church”, “Bride of Christ” and these things are certainly true, so then why would we not expect God not to be angry enough to be vengeful to all unbelievers?

In fact, this Scripture says the Lord will wear “zeal” as a cloke.
Our Savior will have a great zeal for salvation!
Our Savior will also have a great zeal of anger for all those who reject Him and His salvation plan!

Zeal is a great eagerness and a great desire to accomplish these things He came to do!

The Lord first came to save!
The Lord will next come for vengeance!

The breast plate of righteousness because He will do “all” things right!
The helmet of salvation because no evil thoughts are His intention!
The garments of vengeance are to are the tools of His arsenal.
The cloke of zeal is His love for the believer combined with His displeasure for who reject Him.

How does God expect each believer to dress?

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Most of this world still does not realize that we are in a war and it is much better to be on the side of the Lord because this is the winning side!

God says we will certainly reap what we sow!

*****Isa 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

It should be obvious that those who reject the work of the Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation, will see the “Judgment” of God!

An old saying from my past was “they don’t believe cow horns toot”!

When God is ready, He will execute a “just” retribution to all those who reject His message!

God is perfect in “Righteousness” and God is perfect in “Judgment”, because “perfection” is also an attribute of Jehovah God!

Mat 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

Who are the adversaries of God? These are those who claim to know the Lord as their personal Savior but, serve their own selves and actually hinder the truth of God.

Who are the enemies of God of God? These are those who serve in false religions.

Those “islands” are all those who have made themselves to be God, in many cases we say Atheist but this goes beyond these to all others.

1Pe_4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

The truth is we will certainly reap what we have sown, all people will be repaid exactly what is due them and we already know that the wages of sin is “death” eternally separated from the Living God!

There will be great fear in the “Day of the Lord”!

*****Isa 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

Our enemy is called by different names. The serpent, the devil, Satan, the roaring lion, the deceiver and there are other names.
Some say he has great power but his power is limited! He is a crafty deceiver who refuses to make himself known. He has obtained many followers many of those unknowingly. He is the force behind the principalities and powers that rule this sinful world for riches and power that they hold over the head of the poor and they plan to keep it this way in defiance of the Lord.

Think back to the tower of Babel and we can see our world has not changed at all since that time!

Gen 11:3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
Gen 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

These people will be much more than confused when the Lord returns!

When this enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him!

Once we understand the truth of God and submit to the Lord Jesus Christ and are saved by the “Grace” of God, we have a new owner and the Holy Spirit takes up a permanent residence with us.

Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

It is only by the power of the Triune God that we can resist the Devil!

2Co 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
2Co 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

We not only proudly wear the seal of our Savior upon or soul but that same sealing does not allow Satan to ever possess us again!

The seal of the Holy Spirit says that we belong to Jehovah God! We have a new owner who is much more powerful than Satan and his followers!

It is the Holy Spirit who plants the Standard of God upon our soul and that Standard is the Lord Jesus Christ!

He is much stronger than our enemies!
He is much wiser than our enemies!
He is much closer to us than our enemies can ever get!

The soul cannot live in the devil but the soul has life by the Holy Spirit!
The soul can live without the devil but soul cannot live without the Holy Spirit.

When the heavens depart as a scroll and the Lord appears, all His enemies fill have a true and sincere fear of the Lord that will overwhelm them all!

Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Our Lord has made promises and all of them will be fulfilled!

*****Isa 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
Isa 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

Our Redeemer, the One who purchased us with His own blood out of the slave market of sin and set us free from sin’s bondage after He has removed us before His wrath shall come to Zion and bring us with Him.

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Isaiah knew all these things because it was the same Holy Spirit who fills each believer that gave Him these words!

The truth and the promise of God is, once we are filled with the Holy Spirit who will teach us the Word of God, then these things can never depart from us and since the Holy Spirit cannot die, neither can the soul of each believer!

Each and every adopted child of God will enter into the Kingdom of the Messiah and experience the glory of the Lord in the presence of God!

These Scriptures shows us the promises our Father made to our Redeemer.

This promise is for the Redeemed of Jacob!

Gal 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

This promise is for the Church!

Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

What did Jesus say to His Father?

Joh 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

When we have received the Word of God and we have recognized the truth of God and have believed, then we can understand the promises that God has made with the knowledge that God has never broken a promise He has ever made!

Amen!

The Mercy of God

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The Mercy of God to Mankind

Book of Isaiah Chapter 55

Mercy can be described as showing compassion to those who live in misery. The Lord Jesus Christ is God’s act of mercy to all who have lived in this world!

When the Jews sought forgiveness of their sin, the High Priest then approached the “Mercy Seat” of God.

We should understand if we do not seek God at the “Mercy Seat” we will certainly face God at the “White Throne of Judgement”!

This should be a simple matter of choice for everyone, yet most of the world rejects this truth.

The High Priest of Judaism could not go to the “Mercy Seat” without the blood.

No one can approach God without the blood, so He has washed every believer in the blood of His Dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!

Heb_9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

For thousands of years people have sought for peace and it has been thought that it would take one mighty nation to bring that peace by fear of reprisal.

It is obvious that we have never seen true peace in our world and it cannot ever happen by the works of mankind.

Jehovah God has from the beginning offered true peace but His message has been rejected!

God says if the entire world will accept His message and trust in His Word and then apply His message to their lives, then our world can be a world of true peace.

In a world that has tried every other way available, why would we not give God an opportunity to prove His truth?

The real problem is, that the super-rich of our world do not ever want peace because there is no profit in peace! The gift of salvation is “free”!

The Lord Jesus Christ died so that we can be at peace with God. The only God, the God of creation!

It is sin that separates us from a Holy God and only through the Lord Jesus Christ can this separation be eliminated and “eliminated forever”!

God says we can begin to know these things if we would just become more “Spiritually minded” and not be so “worldly minded”!

So, God freely extends His invitation to all the world:

*****Isa 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

As this world approaches the day of the Lord and the “Rapture” of the righteous (the true Church), we as Christians must keep in mind our work is not complete until we die a physical death or God calls the Church home.

For every soul that is saved 10 more find their way to Hell!

We know this world is more evil now than it has ever been and most people will remain sinful and carnally minded, but there are always some who hunger and thirst for righteousness and need help getting there.

Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Until each of these precious souls come to the Lord, the Lord will not return!

We should not be confused with the wine and the milk.

No one would serve spoiled milk! Milk would be as new milk in its freshest state. That being true we can also expect that wine to be the freshest of fresh squeezed grape juice and not some alcoholic drink which serves no purpose as a gift of God!

Some say “yayin” is related to fermented and it is in some cases but the term “yayin” can also refer the action of pressing out the juice of the grape (to tread out), hence the juice of the grape that is trodden out and that first pressing is the freshest of the grape juice.

There is no place for “wine” in the life of the Christian!

Our righteous God is not in the business of giving us anything that would “alter our mind”, except the Holy Ghost!

It is in our best interest to get even more busy in whatever ministry the Lord has given to each of us, while the “Day of the Lord”, gets even closer with every day that passes.

Most every true Jew is looking forward to the Messianic Kingdom of the Lord and this Scripture describes the peace and righteousness in the day the Lord sets up His Kingdom here on this earth.

Isa 54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
Isa 54:14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

We see that these things are for every human being that is taught of the Lord!

What did Jesus say to the woman at the well?

Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

We can see that the Lord our God, offers something that this world does not have the ability to offer!

Even if we are worthless and wicked, God still makes this offer. All that is required is a thirst for righteousness and that thirst can be and will be quenched!

Isa 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Isa 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

If the truth is known, water was such a valuable resource in these times of Isaiah that many a stranger had to actually pay for the water they received from private wells.

It’s important that we see that the gifts of God come without cost!

We can just imagine the friction that was caused with the buyers and sellers of that day, as Isaiah cried out with this message of God.

In fact, in our world today, most people just believe that nothing of value can be free yet God still makes His gifts to be free!

What is the truth of the weary traveler in this world today? Until that thirst is quenched the mind will never be at rest!

The salvation of the Lord still remains a free gift:

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Then God adds, why would we ever want to spend our money on things that can never satisfy us.

*****Isa 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

What God is saying is, while Christianity is life eternal without spending, life in this carnal world is of continual spending and has no lasting profit and no lasting satisfaction!

God has never had His hand in those who seek the riches of this world, this is Satan’s tool of destruction!

1Ti_6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

This would include all the things that money can buy!

We eat what is good when we absorb the Word of God and the “Gospel” of Jesus Christ!

The Bible speaks of the “bread of sorrows”:

Psa 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

The Bread of tears:

Psa 80:5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

The bread of wickedness:

Pro 4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

Notice in this Scripture we see the “yayin”, the fermented wine of violence! (God would never endorse such a thing)

The bread of deceit:

Pro 20:17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

The Lord Jesus Christ said He was the true “bread of life”!

Joh_6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

Joh_6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Joh_6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

God says to listen diligently. “Listen” with care and not carelessly nor neglect nor reject what is said!

The spiritual blessings of the Lord are richer than anything this world has to offer!

The “soul” that delights in the gifts of God will certainly be “satisfied”!

Psa 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

1Jn 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
1Jn 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

The word “come” is used more than 600 times in the Scriptures. God says to listen to what He has to say with an open mind and then “come” so you can accept His free gift of eternal life!

*****Isa 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Submission to the Lord is His greatest requirement! We must yield our own will so we can conform to the will of God! This submission must come from the heart and the guiding principle must be “love”!

It is also obvious that we can see that the Lord is seeking a personal relationship with all those that come to Him!

One by one, God will take each one of us separately by Himself and reason and counsel with Him.

The Lord is saying that my sin and His redemption are much too important to Him to discuss in a crowd.
To sacred, to be discussed around the noise and distraction of this world.

In fact, as we take one step toward to Lord He will take two steps toward us!

Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

This issue of coming to the Lord is the most important decision we will ever make in our life time! This issue involves eternal life in glory or eternal life in damnation!

When we come to the Lord and listen diligently to His Words we will understand that everlasting covenant, that the Lord will present to us, again, freely.

What are the sure mercies of David?

Psa 89:35 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.
Psa 89:36 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.
Psa 89:37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

Of course, the seed of David in His human form was the Lord Jesus Christ and since every believer will be adopted into the family of God, then we are part of that seed that will endure forever!

And “Selah” means pause and think about this for a moment. All God’s creatures should pause and think about what God is saying!

The mercies of David are all about the “Grace” of God!

It is the Lord Jesus Christ that was freely given for this world. (John 3:16)

*****Isa 55:4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

God gave us the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.

A witness is one who gives evidence and sometimes at the expense of his life.
A witness must be an eyewitness of the things he has seen to be a true witness.

What did the Messiah say? Joh_16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

The Messiah could not be a witness if there was no Holy Trinity!

1) The Father sets Him forth as His gift to sinners. “Behold I have given Him.”

2) The Son declares, “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.

Joh_18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

3) He was anointed with the Holy Ghost, and with power for this particular work.

Luk_4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

There could be no other witness to all people other than the Messiah given to us from God, the Lord Jesus Christ!

The Lord Jesus Christ was His Fathers witness of the truth of a Holy God!

Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Jesus Christ came because the entire world was in darkness!

Joh_12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

The Messiah came to restore the true knowledge of God because the truth of God was no longer being given to the people!

*****Isa 55:5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

Most people do not realize that the prophet Isaiah was murdered for such statements as he made in verse 5.
Isaiah died by being sawn into while he was still alive. (this is the hate of those who hate the truth)

The Jews would not accept that the Messiah would come to save the Gentiles!
Even while these Jews were in captivity by Babylon they could only see the Messiah bringing vengeance to all the Gentile nations.

It was only the nation of Israel that had knowledge of the Holy One of Israel, all other nations worshipped idols of one sort or another and were sitting in darkness. Some Gentiles in all these nations will certainly one day run to the Lord having gained the knowledge of the Lord.

Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Rom 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Since the day that Jesus arose from that borrowed tomb, He has been witnessing to all this world!

This prophecy is carried out every day in some nation other than Israel!

We must be among the “called of God” to be saved!

Notice that once knowing the truth, those that are called will not walk but they will run to meet the Lord!

BUT, the truth is, there is only a certain time allowed in all the ages!

In the time of Noah, God allowed Noah to preach for 120 years while he built the Ark.

In the Church Age, God will allow the time of the “fulness of the Gentiles”

In the time of the 7 years of Tribulation, God will allow that time.

During the Millennial Kingdom, God will allow 1000 years.

So, the truth is then, we must all seek the Lord while He can be found in our own age!

*****Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Isa 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

The agent of salvation is the Lord Jesus Christ. Regardless how this world responds to this truth, it is not meant to be inflammatory, it is only meant to guide those who are lost, to reality.
Those that disagree make themselves heard because they have rejected the Word of God and have chosen to die in damnation!

It does not say to seek peace, or to seek joy, or to seek happiness but it says to seek the Lord!
When we accept the Lord as our Savior, we are filled with the Holy Spirit and it then we will find all these other things.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Eph 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

If we have the Holy Spirit abiding within us we will have the fruit of the Spirit!

To seek is to look and search for, inquire, investigate, to pursue.

It is only those who know they have a need who will actively seek the Lord.

God knows we all have a need for salvation and a personal relationship with our Creator and He has provided that means for us.
The next step is ours to take!

There is no need for us to cling to helplessness, nor hopelessness, nor unhappiness when we have another option, and that option is the Lord Jesus Christ!

Act 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

We must know that the Lord is as near as a sincere heart!

Included in seeking the Lord is to forsake the path we now travel.
Also included in seeking the Lord is changing the way we think.
Both of these things are bound up in repentance!

Repentance is a complete change of mind.
Repentance is a complete change of purpose.
Repentance is a complete change of direction.

These things mean we have become aware of our own guilt and our own sinfulness!
These things mean that we have become aware of God’s mercy through the Lord Jesus Christ.
These things mean we have begun to hate sin and want no part in it ever again!
These things mean that we realize that by the “Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ we can be “justified” (just as if I had never done these things).

Pardoned means forgiven as if we were never guilty!

Most all of us feel that urgent need for forgiveness and that forgiveness can only come by Jesus Christ!

We may ask ourselves why Islam has so many followers or why Confucius has so many followers and all so called religions?

This is easily answered, to be a follower or disciple of these things, there is no requirement to give up sin!

Even the Atheist cling so hard to their own sin, they reject all authority other than their own! They give their own selves full authority over all religion! They are more wrong than all others!

So why is Jehovah God teaching us all these things?

*****Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

When we are lost to the ways of the Lord, we just don’t think right!
When we are lost to the ways of the Lord, our way, the path we travel is always wrong!

God created mankind to be the most intelligent of His creations but if we cannot think in the ways of the Lord how can we have a personal relationship?

Amo_3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

My own thoughts and my own way of thinking will still leave me here on earth till I die!

My thoughts cannot reach into Heaven but the thoughts of the Jehovah God can reach me where ever I am, at any time!

Until we think as the Lord thinks we will never know salvation! We cannot think in the way of God until we are filled with His Holy Spirit!

1Co 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

When the Holy Ghost begins to deal with us when we are lost and brings conviction in the way we think then sin grows to be a heavy burden that we want to get rid of.

If you have ever suffered through cancer or some other disease, then you certainly wanted to get rid of it as quick as you could.

Once we become aware of the tragedies of sin, it will be no different, we will want to be rid of any sin we know we have!

Many think this impossible but our Savior does the impossible!

No way of thinking that we can have, can come close to the thoughts of God.

Once we come to know the Lord as our Savior, then God simply blots out all our sins and they no longer exist in the mind of God and there is no record of them in Heaven!

The truth remains, that until we believe in the greatness of God shown in the Genesis record of creation, we will never understand the Bible.

2Ti_3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

We may be slow to think the way that God thinks but Jehovah God is never slow to forgive when we seek forgiveness!

God gave us His words, bound together with His love and the Word of God will accomplish what God sent it to do because it is all true!

*****Isa 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

The Word of God is our contact between a loving God and each believer!

Psa 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
Psa 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psa 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

It is our God who chose to make Himself aware to His creation!

Psa 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Psa 19:2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
Psa 19:3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Psa 19:4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Psa 19:5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
Psa 19:6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

The Word of God has been given to us in figure and symbol, in prophecy and song, in history and science, and at last in the Person of Jesus Christ and since He has come we have the explanation of all the plan of God!

It is only the Word of God that can bring God’s creation to fulfillment of purpose.

Mankind can only realize the possibilities of their own lifetime!

The Word of God has purpose.
The Word of God is spoken.
The Word of God is written.
The Word of God is “lived”!
The Word of is Powerful!
The Word of God is TRUE!

The Word of God is prosperous and it will accomplish what God intended for it to do!

Col_3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

The Word of God cannot fail!

*****Isa 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Isa 55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

The Christian life must be an extension of the life of Christ Jesus!

It is because the Word of God is like seed, that the work of the Husbandman can be accomplished.

It is the job of the Church to be that sower of the seed, (the Word of God). In reality, this is our greatest purpose after we know the truth of God and have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior!

Once we have been pardoned, we can serve the Lord with joy!
Once we have been pardoned, we can be led forth with peace!

Even all of God’s creation will benefit and therefore break forth in a joyful demonstration!

It is a fact that when Israel was removed from their land the land became a desert that no one wanted.

It is also a fact that since Israel is returning to the land given to them by the Lord, that land has blossomed and now every nation is seeking to have a part in a land that is no bigger than the State of South Carolina, where I live!

To the Jew in the day of Isaiah that 70 years may have seemed like an eternity but the Lord never forgot His people and no doubt these great words given to Isaiah should have brought great comfort to them, if they only trusted in the Word of God!

There was no power on earth that was going to keep these Jews in Babylon for more than those 70 years!

Hear in this chapter of the Book of Isaiah, we see God revealing man’s necessity and God’s answer to those needs, while inviting all of us to take part of it.

God says these things are free, they require no money!

God says just open your ears and at least listen to what He has to say before you continue down a path that leads to eternal death.

God will turn a life lived in the deserts of sin to a life lived in the garden of salvation!

God is not picky, God will take whosoever will call upon His name.

It is the LORD, Jehovah who is that sign of everlasting peace, mercy and grace that can come from nowhere else!

God will never hide His face from the believer!

God purposes fulfil themselves and the results are certain!

It is certain that God will have a people to live with Him throughout all eternity, we are a foolish person if we do not want to be a part of His family!

How do we begin this new life?

We seek the Lord while He can be found!

Questions?

Let’s Pray!

The Lamb of God

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The Lamb of God Who Takes Away Our Sin

Book of Isaiah Chapter 53

When we read the prophets in the Word of God today, we still read of things that have not taken place but if we compare those things to the amount of Bible prophecy that has been fulfilled, we should have no doubt about those remaining prophecies being fulfilled.

So much of Bible prophecy is now “history” so it is hard to imagine that so many would deny the truth of God!

It is hard to imagine that this chapter of Isaiah can be denied as the truth. These prophecies are given in such detail that it is heartbreaking to learn of so many things that our Savior has done for each and every one of us. Especially since we were all His enemies when He came to provide a means that we all could be saved.

Jesus Christ did not die for the few that believed Him. Jesus Christ came and died for His enemies, all non-believers!

We know that the wages of sin are death, the eternal separation from a loving God. This was a debt that we did not have the ability to pay because it would take our own life. So, the Lord Jesus Christ substituted Himself for each of us!

1Pe 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1Pe 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Jesus Christ died in our place and we cannot be saved unless we realize this truth!

In reality, the Lord has purchased every believer out of the slave market of sin to be set free from sin’s bondage.

The only purchase price acceptable to a Holy God was for He Himself to pay the penalty for our sin!

1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1Co 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

There should be no doubt that as believers, we belong to the Lord, who came to present all those who believe back to His Father in Heaven to live with Him for eternity.

All it takes to be saved is “faith” in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ, so why are there so many who reject this truth?

So, God ask who will believe this report given to Isaiah, by the Holy Spirit?

As we go through these words we should notice the prophecies that have been fulfilled.

*****Isa 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

When we look at this passage we should see that word “our” as Isaiah who was the writer and the one who preached these words, plus the Triune God, led here by the Holy Spirit.

2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

We have already said many times that the Messiah, The Lord Jesus Christ, is truly the “Arm of God”!

Isa 52:10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Why would this report be so rejected? Why would a Holy God come to this earth in the form of man, as the Messiah and then be beaten to an inch of His life and displayed on a cross until He died a physical death?

A report is a statement made to the facts existing, or of events that occurred, at some distance of time or place in which we ourselves were not witnesses to!

In fact, the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is a report of the activities and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ to provide for the salvation for every human being who has lived upon this earth!

In this report, we begin to get the picture of what God will do to deliver us from the bondage and condemnation of sin!

It is also a fact that no other report has ever had so much documentation and that was then authenticated as this one from eye witnesses.

Some were friends for sure.

Some were Jews.
Some were Gentiles.
Some of them were even enemies.

The first preachers of the “Gospel” of Christ were even backed up by great signs and unexplainable miracles.

And by the way, those of Islam, Jesus Christ was much more than just a Prophet, He was and is God in the flesh so do not ever say we worship the same God!

Mar 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Yet with all this proof the “Gospel” is rejected as the truth by most of those who hear it.

Joh 12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
Joh 12:38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?

But who will be the blessed of the Lord?

Joh 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed”.

No one would ever believe that a Holy and very Powerful God could ever be a Servant to His own creation but just read some more!

And how does the truth of the Messiah at His first coming begin?

*****Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before “him” as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

To grow up then He would have to be born. Jesus was born in Bethlehem of the virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit!

Most of us have seen children tender and innocent all over the world but especially in third world countries that are poor and abandoned and live in conditions that they have no control over.

This is the picture we get of the Messiah as He was raised by a very poor family in remote and threatening conditions.

Luk 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luk 9:58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

That “Him” in this Scripture of course is our Heavenly Father as He has His eyes on all His children but especially His Own Son!

Our Messiah was born a helpless babe in very meager surroundings.
Even as an infant, He was in great danger of Herod. Not in His death but in changing the prophecy of His first coming.
(The Word of God must remain true at all costs)
Our Messiah was not save from Herod by a great army nor the heavenly angels but He escaped to a foreign land.
As a child, this Babe of God, spent His days in a carpenter’s shop not in doing what a child gets to do. He had to help support His earthly family.
The Messiah was gentle and harmless as a Lamb!

As the Messiah, to the world it seemed that Christianity would die along with Christ on that cross but, it was just the beginning as in a few days the Holy Spirit came upon the Church.

There is no church without the Holy Spirit involved! Just foolish people gathering together in man-made fellowship!

We must clearly understand that once false teaching takes place, it is very hard to get people back on the right track!

It is the Holy Spirit who is the means of “all” Biblical inspiration!

It is obvious that it was not the person of the Messiah that was so important at His first coming, “it was His message” He came to give to this lost world!

The Messiah came as a servant and gave that example with His life.
The Messiah came to bring the New Covenant of God and He showed that with His “grace”.
The Messiah came to begin the message of the Church, which message was to remain, “unaltered” until He returns.
The Messiah also remained the “arm of God” and we should never be misinformed, even as a babe in Bethlehem, He possessed all the power of a Holy God!

The Messiah concealed, but did not hide, His true self in the body of a man named Jesus who became our Savior!

Joh 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

He may not have had a physical beauty that was the desire of others but He certainly had a beauty in His warmth for His creation.

God loved what He was doing for us and it showed!

1Jn 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
1Jn 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
1Jn 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1Jn 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

But the truth is, the true Messiah was despised by His own people and by most of the world then and today!

Shame on all those who reject the truth claiming they know the truth!

*****Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Just as Jehovah God was despised by the nation of Israel, He presented Himself in that manner for all the world to see.

Isa 49:7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

Most men paid no attention to the words of Jesus showing contempt for the “Gospel” message.

They also showed contempt for the Lord on the night and day of His Crucifixion.

All the world of that day held themselves to be greater than the Messiah!

We can see that not much has changed in the nearly 2000 thousand years since our new life came by His cross!

The Lord at no time had a great following and even some that did follow turned back at the truth of the “Gospel”. Those that stayed, stayed because they accepted the Word of God as the truth.

Joh 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Joh 6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
Joh 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? “thou hast the words of eternal life”.

Our Lord was a man of sorrows because this is the way He felt about those who rejected His message. The Lord so wanted this world to understand His message to miss out on His wrath when He returns!

Eze_18:32 For “I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth”, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

It truly wounds the heart of God to be rejected! We have this example but there are many others.

Jer 10:18 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will distress them, that they may find it so.
Jer 10:19 “Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it”.

We have the wrong impression of the Messiah when we think people flocked to Him, that only happened when He was performing miracles such as the miracle of healing or the feeding of the 5000.

In most cases if Jesus was seen walking down the street most people would move to the other side rather than be near to Him.

A servant was not welcomed by the average person and treated as a slave in most cases! Somewhat like a leper.

The Jews and the world of that day rejected any thought that the true Messiah would suffer to save humanity and it was the downfall of that generation and many generations since that time.

First: This world denies that they need a Savior to make them acceptable to God. They think they can do this on their own (wrong).

Second: This world dismisses the idea that God would send His Son to die for the sins of this world. (The world is wrong again)

We know that the Messiah was 100% man yet 100% God but it is very possible that all these things weighed so heavy on the flesh side of Christ that He actually looked older than His flesh side was.

Joh 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? (We know that Christ was no more than about 33 when He died)
Joh 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. (His age is eternal)

We already know that when the Messiah came to this earth, He set aside all His Heavenly Glory which He always had. This had to be done for Christ to bear all the temptations and trials of the human flesh as well as the mockery and His rejection.

Talk about miracles, maybe the greatest miracle of all was the fact that the Lord God did not go ahead and destroy this world.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you it would have been better to not ever have existed because nothing, “NOTHING” is greater that having the opportunity to spend eternity with Jehovah God in Heavenly surroundings.

In coming to this earth, Christ Jesus took the sins of the entire human race upon Himself and died so He could bury all those sins.

*****Isa 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

The Son then had to suffer the rejection of His Heavenly Father and then feel the “Judgment” of God upon His person!

Mat_27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

We may think we have had grief in our life time but the Lord felt grief more intensely than any other human being as He witnessed the only salvation plan acceptable to His Heavenly Father being rejected by this world and it is still rejected today.

This does not make the message of Jesus untrue. It only makes this world to be foolish!

These things were written some 700 years before the Messiah first came to this earth and He said Himself that He would come again. We can still see that the prophet has written these things as if they had already taken place in which each one was completed in the day of Christ!

The Messiah came and He paid the ultimate price for all our sin because He had no sin in Himself! (Jesus Christ was “innocent” of any wrong doing)

Had He been a sinner, He would be just like Muhammad, Buddha, Confucius and any other false god, their bones still lying in their graves!

The Messiah will certainly return!

Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him “shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation”.

It is by the death of the Messiah at His first coming that showed the world the power of Holy God!

*****Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

What is the truth?

1) The Lord Jesus Christ suffered because He paid the penalty for “our” transgressions.

2) The suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ “was the only remedy” by which we have been restored to spiritual health.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The “chastisement” of God, is the pain He would have inflicted on each of us but the greatest of all our “chastisement”, the Father inflicted upon His Son who came to be our substitute!

Jesus Christ died in “my” place and Jesus Christ died in “your” place because we were unable to survive this chastening of our Father in Heaven!

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Jesus Christ bore “all” our sins with His human body!

1Pe 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in “his own body” on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Jesus Christ suffered once to bear the sins of all others! (there will be no second time)

Heb 9:28 So Christ was “once offered” to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

The death of Jesus Christ was the most horrible of deaths as we see in these words of Isaiah.

In truth, it was only by the death of the Lord Jesus Christ that the “demands” of a righteous God could be met!

The death of Jesus Christ was a legal transaction in which Christ dealt with the sin problem “for the entire human race”.

Pro 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
Pro 3:12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Therefore, only through the Lord Jesus Christ can we ever get to God’s Heaven!

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, “ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him”.

We must never be intimidated over this truth, by those who believe otherwise, or our politicians, our any other human being!

Our answer should always be “that this is not what we say, this is what God says”, and “we believe what God says”!

How did God see each of us in this world?

Isa 1:6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

God saw each of us as the worst of all lepers. Those who reject the salvation of the Lord are still seen in this manner!

Those who have accepted that God “is who He says He is” and trust in the salvation work of the Lord Jesus Christ, then, “we are healed”!

We as humans could never be healed by our own suffering!
We as human beings could never be healed by our own works!
We as human beings do not possess the power to save ourselves, in any way, in any form, or in any fashion!

There are in this world some very precious people but no one is good enough to get to Heaven with their own goodness.

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

These are the reasons God made a way for us to be reunited with Him!

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

The truth is, most of this world would rather remain in darkness from this truth!

Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Joh 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Joh 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

*****Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Sheep require a shepherd! The shepherd is so close to his flock that he knows each of his sheep at a glance especially in the days of Isaiah. The truth of the sheep is that they will wander away from the flock. This is the nature of the sheep and they will get lost not able to find their way back to the flock!

We as human beings have strayed for our Holy God. Because sin is natural to us because it has been passed down from generation to generation because to the sin of Adam!

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

To return to our Holy God then we must obey the true Shepherd:

Rom 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

It is by our nature to lusts after the things of others. Our flesh constantly lusts for more and more!

A second helping.
A larger house.
More riches.
More power.
More recognition.
Greater desires.
Then there is the lust of the flesh. Fornication, adultery, or some form of abnormal or illicit sex.

God warns us:

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

There was no sinless man upon this earth. There was no man who could even carry such a burden as was required. God in His wisdom did the only thing that was available to Him.

God came Himself to die for our sin!

We need to trust God in all things but if we miss this most important thing, it will all be for nought!

1Co 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Faith must always be distinguished from “human wisdom”

Our intellect has nothing to do with our “faith”!
Our “faith” must stand on the “power of God” to do as He says He will do!
Our proof is this Love letter He has given to us, we call the Bible. There is no more sure proof than the Word of God!

2Pe 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Jesus Christ is the only method for us to be free from our sin nature!

*****Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Christ, the Servant of God suffered unjustly for our sin but He willingly did this thing!

Jesus Christ, as the Son of God came to die for our sins but the things that He suffered were uncalled for!

He suffered a false judgment. (uncalled for)

He suffered from harsh and cruel treatment not thought humane enough for mankind. (uncalled for)

Yet He humbled Himself and submitted to this treatment and He committed Himself to the work that our Heavenly Father had sent Him to do.

1Pe 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
1Pe 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1Pe 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

He was brought as a lamb because He was the Lamb, the Lamb of God.

Joh_1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Joh_1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

We should notice this one thing. This is the way that Christ has always been treated by “unbelievers”!

I can somewhat understand rejecting the message of Jesus Christ. What I have never understood is the anger and the hatred of those who reject Him. (Why all the hatred) Even the atheist who say there is no God show hatred! (what cause do they have)

Why can they not just go about their business and leave the Christians alone!

Sometimes the atheist and the unbelievers who say there is no God at all, are the worst. Makes no sense, if there is not a Holy God then why do they worry about our message and try every way possible to destroy Christianity. Just makes no sense!

The Christ, the Messiah willingly gave His life for His enemies even those with all that hatred!

*****Isa 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

What did we see in the short time Christ the Messiah walked upon this earth? The unbelievers and the atheist of that day allowed and the super religious of that day allowed, the Lord Jesus Christ to be unjustly seized and arrested illegally by a violence that concealed itself as the formalities of the legal process.

As far was the Jews were concerned, this innocent man called Jesus needed to be removed from the face of the earth!

It was the prophet Isaiah that wrote about these things hundreds of years before they happened.

It should be no astonishment today that these same types are trying their best to remove all Christians from the face of the earth or at least silence the truth of the “Gospel of Jesus Christ”.

This world has never changed for the better in all these years and it never will because this world will only get worse.

2Ti_3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

We must know this is true and continue to spread the “Gospel” in any way that we can.

Remember that our Father in Heaven may call us home early but if not, we will be removed from this earth just as Jesus was.

Act 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Everyone else may be content to wait on the “Rapture” but I am ready to go home whenever my Redeemer calls me home.

It truly bothers me that there is so much hate in this world “that is camouflaged as good”!

Everything about the trial of the Lord Jesus Christ was illegal by all the laws of that day, the Jews and Rome.

There was a false trial, with false witnesses, with a guaranteed outcome!

The truth is, the ministry of the Lord had been misunderstood just as it is today!

Even greater than this, the death of the Lord Jesus Christ was misunderstood!

The Lord Jesus Christ had come to die! The Lord Jesus, the Son of God was stricken by His Father for He carried the sins of this entire world and the wages of sin are death!

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

The Lord Jesus Christ had volunteered to do this for us!

“He was cut off out of the land of the living”

“for the transgressions of My people was He stricken”

The death of Jesus Christ was a test of His love for us! Had the Lord Jesus said no, we would all burn in Hell!

Joh_15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

The Lord Jesus Christ was treated as if He had no rights at all by the world that He had created!

We should be able to see that our world has never improved at all and has truly only gotten worse.

Therefore, Jesus gave us this commandment:

Mat_10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, “is not worthy of me”.

And this is not all!

*****Isa 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Even though Jesus Christ, the true Messiah, was innocent of all charges brought against Him, His grave was to be in the place of convicts.

The Jews considered it a disgrace to be buried amongst the common people and not placed in the family sepulcher.

We should observe that Joseph the earthly step dad of Jesus had already been buried and to the Jew this should also be the place of His burial.

There was probably a place where the convicted, the criminals, and such were buried and this is where the body of Jesus would have ended if not for a believer.

This thing did not come to pass because a man of wealth Joseph of Arimathea a secret believer, gave the Lord his own tomb he had prepared for himself.

Mat 27:57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:
Mat 27:58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
Mat 27:59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
Mat 27:60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

So, we can see that the prophet Isaiah even had these things right!

All these things were to take place although Jesus had been innocent of all charges and everyone knew this to be true.

Jesus in all His years had done no violence.
Jesus in all His years had never had a deceitful word for anyone.
Jesus in all His years had only spoken the truth.

We see that the truth, can bring rejection or can even be ignored, will bring hatred when it points out sin in someone’s lifestyle.

So, we see even the Son of God, the Messiah, had a purpose when He first came to this earth!

The Messiah came to die!

*****Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

We should clearly understand that though evil men were following their own design and were stirred and acted by the Devil, it was our Holy God that did govern and overrule the sufferings of the Messiah!

Jesus said: No one had the power to overcome Him unless it was given to them by Jehovah God!

Joh 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

And we see that it was Judas who had the greatest sin! Judas knew the Lord was innocent of all charges.

It was the devil that had placed in the heart of Judas to betray the Lord and Judas lacked the faith to stand firm with the Lord!

Jas_4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

We must clearly understand, God does not need any help for His plan of salvation to work! God just gives us an opportunity to be a part of His plan. It must remain a privilege that we are given the opportunity to serve our Holy God!

The Messiah was delivered to the cross by God who was determined to provide a means for the fulfillment of the Law!

Act 2:23 Him, “being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God”, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

Luk_24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, “that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me”.

The Messiah came to die in order to have the victory over sin and it pleased His Father in Heaven to do this thing!

It is because our Father in Heaven was pleased with this sin offering that the pleasure of Jehovah will prosper in the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ!

The Father united with the Son in the power of the Holy Spirit to provide our only means of salvation!

The Messiah had to die in our place, yours and mine, so that we could be saved from the destruction of this world.

Jesus Christ was the “Substitute” as the Lamb of God.

Jesus Christ was not a martyr put to death for His beliefs. Jesus did not die just so He could be our example of following Him with our own cross.

Jesus was offered up as the only sacrifice, acceptable to God for the sin of this world since the time of Adam!

Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

No other sacrifice will ever be needed.

*****Isa 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Most of this entire world is aware that sin demands punishment!

There are thousands in this world devoted to the eradication of sin but the prisons just stay full and increasing.

The Jews had a better idea of what Jehovah was saying but they never took the next step and have still not today.

God by providing His own sacrifice for all sin was then an act of “Grace”.

“God’s Riches At Christ Expense”.

The work of Christ was complete and God requires our “faith” in this work of Jesus Christ to be saved!

It is by the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross that we can be justified!

Justified= (Just as if I had never sinned)

Rom 5:1 Therefore “being justified by faith”, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2 By whom also “we have access by faith” into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The sacrifice of the Lamb of God was the fulfillment of the law of God which is above all man-made laws and the only law by which sinners can be saved!

The righteous demands of our Holy God were met completely through Christ’s complete payment for our sin! This is the meaning of propitiation.

Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Rom 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

God was satisfied with Christ and if we cannot be satisfied with Christ, we cannot be saved!

The death of Christ resulted in forgiveness for all sinners which includes all humans in this world from the time of Adam!

1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

It is a sad thing that the work of Christ on that cross does not satisfy our world today! It’s too late to remember the past, it is gone!

The “Gospel” is still the only power of salvation today!

*****Isa 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

The Messiah is back in Heaven today patiently waiting until He returns but just as this Scripture gracefully says, “the Lord Jesus is the greatest human to have ever walked on the face of this earth”!

Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Because the Lord Jesus poured out His soul unto death, He is still working to carry out God’s work on this earth!

Because we have been filled with the Holy Spirit of God then Jesus Christ will help each of us that believe to be witnesses of the salvation plan of God.

We can draw comfort in knowing that we have peace with God because of the work that our Savior has done, so that there is no work for us to do, “except to believe”!

We can draw comfort in knowing we have God’s guarantee of eternal security because of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ!

We can draw comfort in knowing we have our Intercessor sitting at the right hand of God.

We can draw comfort in knowing that we will never see the wrath of God!

Our wonderful Lord has made a way for every believer and He even prays for our success!

Joh 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
Joh 17:10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
Joh 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
Joh 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
Joh 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
Joh 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Joh 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Joh 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
Joh 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Joh 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Joh 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
Joh 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Joh 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Amen

The Day of Salvation

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The Day of Salvation

Book of Isaiah Chapter 49

Salvation in the Scriptures is the “Gracious” deliverance from sin by our Holy God. Salvation in truth is the release from all that is evil and an introduction into all that is good and an introduction into the knowledge of true life that is also eternal!

Those who are “lost”, are all those who have lost their way and are not seeking the Lord. By Salvation that lost soul is brought out of a bondage to sin, out of the shadow of death that haunts everyone, and brought into a true life of eternal liberty of the sons of God, truly free from the evil of this world!

The truth is, how could we know salvation, if we neglect the salvation plan of God?

Heb 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
Heb 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

Salvation shows the love that God has for His creation, we who had no means to save themselves!

Rom 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Rom 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Rom 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Here we see the love of God and the prophecy of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who first came to provide the only means of salvation for this lost world!

*****Isa 49:1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

Isaiah has spent a lot of time addressing the Jews and many times those same words can be applied to all people but here we see that Jehovah is addressing everyone in this world in every age.

All the nations of the world are addressed because this announcement the Jehovah should concern all nations and all people. It will also be obvious that this Servant who is doing the speaking, is too great to be any private individual on this earth, whether prophet, teacher, or anyone else!

We should also notice that the Lord is speaking to all nations because He knows these Jews will continue to reject His doctrines and His salvation plan and they have, even to the day we live in now. This does not mean that there are no saved Jews for there are many but in the Old Testament God deals with nations and in the New Testament God deals with individuals because it is individuals who can change nations.

The Lord says to “hearken” which means just to listen as He presents the truth. The trouble with our world today is they have been taught to reject the message of Jehovah without taking the time to listen to what God has to say. Sad very sad!

Heb 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
Heb 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

The truth is, it is the Lord Jesus Christ who is referred to in this Scripture and fulfilling the prophecy of the Virgin birth, and His name was to be Jesus:

Luk 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
Luk 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Luk 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Luk 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Luk 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

God also told Joseph the truth of Mary who had not yet become his wife:

Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Mat 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Mat 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

No one can fulfill the prophesies, the Scriptures and the Old Mosaic laws, as did the Lord Jesus Christ, the true Messiah.

*****Isa 49:2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;
Isa 49:3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.

It is a fact if the Lord had come in this time of today, He would not be allowed into the Church that He had started because He spoke like a sharp sword and in most places today they only want someone to tickle their ears and the young generation of today cannot stand someone who speaks with authority!

Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Heb 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

We know that Jesus was prophesied but not revealed in the Old Testament.
God had set aside a time to reveal His Son and His plan of salvation!

Gal_4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Gal 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ was God’s weapon, smoothed and polished, perfect so He could pierce deeper but He was kept in God’s quiver until the time would come that God would reveal Him!

In verse three we should understand that Israel as a nation is not intended.
Israel in fact was the chosen nation of God to bring to the world the truth of the Word of God and the message of salvation and they had failed in this task.

This servant, the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ would replace Israel and bring that message Himself and is addressed here as Israel. We can also be assured that this Servant would Himself be a Jew.

The Messiah was a Jew and when the Messiah returns He will still be a Jew!

Our Savior would be glorified in this work that He came to do. He came to do the work that that we could not possibly do! Again, prophecy fulfilled.

Joh 13:31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
Joh 13:32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.

It is only the Lord Jesus Christ who could be the “Brightness of His Father’s Glory”

Then the Lord admits that all the work that had been done in Israel, had been in vain.

*****Isa 49:4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.

We should remember the Messiah was 100% human and 100% God at the same time.

Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

So how did the human side of the Lord feel, when Israel rejected Him. “Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain:”

But notice the Lord did not linger in sadness very long, because He knew where His strength came from And God’s Plans Never Fail!

What is the truth of the human side of the Messiah?

Mat 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Mat 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
Mat 23:39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

How humble was the Messiah?

Joh 11:35 Jesus wept.

How did Jesus feel when He had taken the all the of the world upon Himself? All the sin from the past, from the time of Adam and all the future to a time that only He knows which is what he came to do.

Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

The truth is, the Lord gives us the greatest example of what we should do when we are overcome by the things of this world.

We must realize that we must lean more heavily upon God the Father!

*****Isa 49:5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.

Despite this failure of Israel, God still loved this world enough to send His Son the Messiah.

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

So, we know that the Messiah was called to do God’s will. Israel had failed to proclaim the salvation of the Lord, so the Lord Himself came to this earth and proclaimed the “Gospel” the “Good News” of salvation and the future of this world we live in now.

The Messiah will fulfill every purpose that He has had, since the beginning of Creation!

Heb 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

The Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, came to be His Father’s Servant and He has been faithful to His calling.

Each Christian is now called to be like Christ and be a Servant to our Heavenly Father!

Where Israel failed, the Messiah succeeded.

We must also realize the even though the Messiah first gave His time to Israel, who rejected Him, God had greater plans than this and the Messiah was sent to take the salvation message throughout this world.

The salvation plan of God cannot be stopped!

Christ established the Church and it is now the job of the Church to carry the message of God to this lost and dying world.

Upon salvation, we are to be witnesses to the goodness of God.

We must follow the example the Christ Jesus has put in place to have the greatest success and we will realize that most of this world will reject this message of God but we are never to allow this to hinder us in our mission even if it leads to our death as it did Christ.

Luk_9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Our Savior, the Messiah was called to live a life of total trust in God.

Joh 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
Joh 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

God rewards all His servants according to the work they do after salvation and we should be able to see that there is no certain group that should be included in the Church. The Church is sent to the world because that was the real mission of the Messiah.

Rom_10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

*****Isa 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

One of the greatest things we should see in these Scriptures is that the work of salvation is the work of the Messiah, Christ Jesus!

Jehovah said it was His work but Salvation can only come by the Lord Jesus Christ!

Psa 98:2 The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.
Psa 98:3 He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

The salvation of this world and everyone else, can only come by the Lord’s plan!

This is His plan and He just wants us all to be a part of His plan!

We also know that the Lord Jesus Christ is the arm of God and salvation can only come by Jesus Christ.

Isa 52:10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Jesus put it this way in plain words easy to understand.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

No matter how much the world hates this truth and no matter who penalizes the Christian for clinging to this truth, this truth cannot be changed.

The truth is the truth even if the whole world denies it!

The world also denies that this person sent by God, is Himself the Savior but this is still the truth!

If people wish to be saved to a life eternal, they must approach God through the person of Jesus Christ, this is the complete truth!

This Person sent by God, (“God Himself”) was given the awesome task of providing a means of salvation for all those who live upon this earth, this is also the truth!

Because this message is so important and requires “faith” and “repentance”, this message must be taken to every human being so they will get an opportunity to make a choice to believe the truth or to accept the world’s false message.

So, it is the proclaiming of this message of God that cannot fail.

Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

This is the truth of God and the only truth this world needs to understand!

Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Rom 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

This is the truth!

Those that despise the truth of God will see the shame of that decision in the not too distant future!

*****Isa 49:7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

At the Second Coming of the Messiah this world will see the truth of the Lord again!

The nation of Israel will be raised from degradation to the highest honor. The world absolutely rejects this truth also but it is still the truth!

We can see that the Lord, the Messiah, was despised when He preached His message of salvation on this earth and He is despised today because that message has not changed and all those that trust in the Lord and are called by His name, (“Christian”) are despised today.

Jehovah God gave these words to Isaiah so we would all know this truth and we are not to yield to this world but continue with the message of God being even more determined!

We are to be “faithful” in the work the Lord has given us to do because the Lord will be faithful in the things He has promised to those that trust Him!

Psa 2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Psa 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

When our Lord was on this earth He allowed Himself to be ridiculed, beaten, and even death but to the surprise of this world, He raised up out of that tomb and allowed the world to see His resurrected body near 50 days and He was exalted by Jehovah and called home for a time that only God knows.

What else is the truth? There is coming a day when those kings and rulers who are left will lay down before the Lord and who will then be convinced that He is truly Jehovah God, who has held true to the all the promises He has made by His prophets!

Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

This day has not come yet but it is still the truth whether this world believes it or not!

When the Lord, the Messiah returns, He will fulfill the promised covenant He made to Israel!

*****Isa 49:8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
Isa 49:9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.

Even though we know that Cyrus was a tool in the hand of God and was used to bring freedom to the Jews who were captivity because of King Nebuchadnezzar, we should understand this Scripture applies to God’s servant as the Lord Jesus Christ.

It was Jesus Christ who was called to be God’s covenant for all people!

The Lord Jesus did not make a New Covenant because the Lord Jesus Christ was in His person that New Covenant!

The life of Jesus Christ is still the Christians greatest asset!

Joh_14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; “but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also”.

It is through the Lord Jesus Christ that God pledges to fulfill all His promises being first the God of comfort!

2Co_1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

Some of these promises to the Jews were, raising up their land that had been destroyed, the liberation of the captives, and to supply the food and drink and the other needs that were required. This included the protection from the elements, “the Sun”, and to provide a smooth highway for their journey!

These are “in type” like the spiritual blessings the Lord provides to all the people of Jehovah!

It is through the Lord Jesus Christ, “Our Savior”, that God promises to set His people free from captivity!

The deliverance of Israel from Babylon is a clear picture “in type” of our Savior delivering God’s people from the bondage of sin!

The only time the Lord will not redeem and set free all those who place their trust in Him, is after their death!

Not only will the Lord set free all those bound and in captivity to Satan, He promises to guide these redeemed to a safe place and provide for them and protect them from all evil “forever”, which means in His own time and not time as we know it!

No matter where God sends His children, they are never out of reach of His long arm of provision and protection!

We also know that before any of these things take place, Christ had to suffer and die. It is through the suffering of Christ and that false trial and on that cross where He learned deliverance.

Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Heb 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Rom 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

So, to give freely is then act of God’s “Grace”!

*****Isa 49:10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.
Isa 49:11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.

We all face many obstacles in our Christian life and have many mountains to climb, with most all of them seeming to be impossible!

There are always those people and things that threaten our progress in our Christian life!

Notice, that the Lord does not say He will remove the mountains that we face daily. God says that He will make us a way.

Notice also that this passage is in the future tense.

No obstacles are too great for God’s people because no obstacle is too great for our Lord!

There would be no obstacle great enough to keep these Jews, who would be freed from Babylon, from getting back to Jerusalem.

There will be no obstacles that can keep all the Jews from going home today and certainly not at the return of Christ!

*****Isa 49:12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.

No doubt Isaiah completely understood this message he was trying to convey to these Jews caught up in Babylon but we can see how this passage has a more important bearing on the return of the Messiah!

The truth is when the Messiah returns the Second Time, the remnant of Israel will be saved but it is obvious that there will be many Gentiles also that will be saved!

Psa 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
Psa 22:28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.

What had God told Jacob?

Gen 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Gen 28:15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

What message had God given to Isaiah?

Isa 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Isa 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

We must realize that we are in these last days and we need to get busy serving the Lord while we still have an opportunity and more than the opportunity, a privilege!

God says people will come from far! God will remove every obstacle in the path of anyone, no matter where they are, if they decide to give their life to Him through the Lord Jesus Christ!

Rom_10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

It is then a time to rejoice when your name is written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life!

There is no other way to enter in to God’s New Heaven!

Rev_21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

*****Isa 49:13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

We will sing because of the eternal blessings that come with salvation!
We will sing because of the promises fulfilled in respect to Israel!
Even all the Heavens will sing.

Luk 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

In fact, the entire earth will have reason to break forth in song!

Isa 14:7 The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.

And the reason for all this rejoicing is simple, “for God has comforted His people”!

This earth will then be pure enough for the Lord to reign as King!

Rev 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

For the Jewish captives in Babylon, freedom still meant going home to Jerusalem which had been destroyed and it was not yet possible for them to worship in the Temple.

*****Isa 49:14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.

Many of God’s people feel the same today because politics are keeping the Jewish Temple from being rebuilt again.

Also, today, these things could be said about the Church, the condition of God’s church is desperate now but we seem to forget the truth of the Scriptures.

2Th_2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

We should remember that when the nation of Israel went into captivity it was because of idol worship but we also know that there were still many of these Jews who had remained solid with the Lord and had not submitted to false worship.

Many of these then felt abandoned and felt that the Lord had abandoned them.

It could be said that this same thing happens to the Church in places where wars and terrorist cause God’s people so much pain and suffering.

It is hard to sit here in America where these things do not go on and understand the misery of the persecuted Christian but this thing increases every day!

The persecution of the Church and the Jews is increasing worldwide and even many so-called Jews and so-called Christians have become our greatest enemies!

For these Jews, God had made plans for Cyrus to provide the finances to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple.
Jeremiah had said that this captivity would only last 70 years.

We must always realize that the plan of God requires patience, because He is waiting until that last soul will be saved and He will then quickly come with His vengeance.

It is easy to blame the Lord when we are suffering but we always seem to forget the many times we have forsaken the Lord.
We seem to forget that we do not know what tomorrow will bring but the Lord does and He has said we are on the winning side.
We seem to forget that even in our peril we are still in the hands of a loving God and cannot be removed from His hands!
We should realize that sometimes we cling too much to this world we live in and it is not even our home!

How does God answer these accusations?

*****Isa 49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
Isa 49:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

It could be said that no one loves a child more than that mother who gave birth to that child but there is One who does and it is the Lord!

It would be contrary to the nature of God to ever abandon His children but to become a child of God we must be born into the family of God!

Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Joh 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Joh 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

God has a love that will never let His children go at any time!

Psa 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Why are these things so true? It is because God is the true meaning of love!

Most of our world today has true love mixed up with carnal lust!

1Jn 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; “for God is love”.

1Jn 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, “but that he loved us”, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

God is love in His essence. His love is deeper, tenderer, truer, than any human love can be!

Here again we see that every believer is a work of the hands of God. Hands that never forgotten each and every vessel that He has ever created!

Even a vessel as stubborn as I am, God has chiseled into the palms of His hands!

These Jews knew that they would have no protection in Jerusalem because even the walls had been destroyed. Not many of them realized that God was already taking care of that problem.

God had sent Nehemiah to solve this issue.

God had sent Zerubbabel to build a new Temple.

Isa 26:1 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.
Isa 26:2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

To the believer we must always remember, it is the Lord Jesus Christ who is our wall of protection.

God promises our safety!

*****Isa 49:17 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.
Isa 49:18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.

God made a guarantee to these exiles. The descendants, still in captivity would return to Jerusalem and their return would be spectacular! Their destroyers and those who would stop the rebuilding process would leave them alone.

It is because those who have faith in the promises of God, are the jewels in God’s coffers.

Mal_3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

But what about the Church the bride of Christ?

Isa_61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

2Co 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

God looks at the true Jew and the true Christian to be as one!

And now Isaiah returns to the things of the future Millennial Kingdom.

*****Isa 49:19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.

The truth is, after Jerusalem was rebuilt it was never at any time over populated. When Gentiles were converted to Christianity, they did not seek to make Jerusalem their home.

After Christ Jesus ascended into Heaven there was a vast growth of the Church that would spread far beyond the limits of Palestine and during the Millennial Kingdom, God’s people will habitat the entire earth with an explosion of the population.

At this time, the sinners will have perished!

Psa 10:16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: “the heathen are perished out of his land”.

Then God teaches of children.

*****Isa 49:20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.

We know the Church was called out before the Tribulation period but once the Jews have returned to Mount Zion after the Tribulation period they will see other Gentiles who have made it through the Tribulation period by converting to Christianity.

It was the “Rapture” of the Church that had caused these Jews to become jealous of Jehovah God.

Rom_11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

These Jews had realized that the promises made to David were being fulfilled but they had not realized that the Gentiles would be a part of that also.

Joe_2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

God has always been a “whosoever” God and that will not change, even when God is fulfilling His promises to the Jews.

At that time, it is a fact that Jerusalem will not be able to hold all the people seeking residence in that place.

Then these Jews will say, “Who hath begotten me these”.

*****Isa 49:21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?
Isa 49:22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.

And Zion speaks again:

If we understand the Church as the “Mother”, The Bride of Christ, it is her privilege to bring forth the children of the Lord Jesus Christ, “Her Husband”.

It is the Church who carried the message of the Lord after the failure of Israel.

Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Lord will fulfill the promises made to the Jews but in the end this remnant of the Jew will be joined by those Gentiles saved during that same period.

There will be great increase to the Church and Zion will be bewildered at finding herself once more filled with children. We should remember Zion was left desolate by the destruction in 70 A D by Titus of Rome.

Lam_1:4 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness.

The Jewish exile was the time of Zion’s barreness!

Even the children of Israelites that had grown up in foreign lands were not even considered her children!

It remains a fact that many Jews will not be able to return to Zion without the help of some Gentile Christians!

Isa 60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Isa 60:4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
Isa 60:5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
Isa 60:6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.
Isa 60:7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.
Isa 60:8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?
Isa 60:9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
Isa 60:10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.
Isa 60:11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

So, it is the Gentiles who will have been the guardians of the children of Israel but only because Jehovah God has caused this to happen!

It is then, that these same Gentiles will kiss the ground where the Lord abides as King of Kings, and Lord of Lord.

This shows their willingness to serve the Lord and the Kingdom of the Lord, in whatever task He will have for them.

Rom_10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

There is no shame in serving the Lord in whatever task He has for us and it should be that way in the Church of today!

We must remain patient and wait on the Lord.

Psa_37:34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

Psa_27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

*****Isa 49:24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

In this time of Isaiah, Babylon was so powerful that the Jews could not believe the prophecy of Jeremiah and this was a great burden upon them!

The truth is, we must always find comfort in the Word of God! That can only happen when we accept every Word to be the truth when we rightly divide the Word of God.

Today the Jews have wondered for many years if they would ever be released from this world who tries its best to keep them in bondage.

The truth is, if they would accept the Word of God as the complete truth, they could take comfort knowing that the Lord will fulfill every promise He has ever made to them!

Even today the Church does not wonder so much about being released from bondage, the Lord Jesus has already taken care of this but the Church still wonders when the Lord will return and take us out of this evil world.

The truth is, if the Church would accept the complete Word of God as the truth, the Church also could find comfort in the Word of God.

1Th_1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Notice this Scripture does not say will deliver it says, “has delivered”. In the mind of God, this is something that He will not forget, the Church will not see the “wrath of God”.

The one thing we do not know is, the exact time when these things will take place but we should understand the “Rapture” could take place at any time.

1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

When we find comfort in the Word of God, then we can be patient and the Lord says while we are being patient, then it is best to be busy and go about the “Work” that the Lord has placed in our hands to do.

If the Jews would find comfort in the entire Word of God and quit listening to Rabbis who search for every excuse to ignore the truth of the Gospel, they also could find comfort.

They would not have to worry about those who are mighty today, trying to cause them harm!

What does the Lord say?

*****Isa 49:25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
Isa 49:26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

What does God say? God says no one is mightier than He is!
If any man on this earth, including Satan refuses to turn God’s people loose, then God will simply take them away and leave behind heavy damage or complete destruction!

Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

It would be easy to say, that Isaiah could not know of the weapons in existence today and that is true but the One who gave him these words for us, knows about all the weapons of mankind and also the feeble weapons of Satan.

No weapon can overcome the love of God!

Our God has a love that simply will not let us go!

God simply says, “I Will Save My Children”

Is He talking about the Jews, yes, He is talking about the converted Jews, then and now.

But that is not all!

Gal_3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

At no time is God talking about any other children beyond those of “faith” and that “Faith” in the Living God!

Heb_12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

How terrible will it be when the Lord returns to set His people free.

The Lord says He will feed them with their own flesh.
They will be drunken with their own blood.
Every human being of that day will come to know the Lord, some in a good way but many in a bad way. All the world will be believers!

There will be no one who is not a believer but it will be too late for those who have rejected Him at that time!

What do we know as the children of the Living God?

He is our Lord.
He is our Savior.
He is our Redeemer.
He is the Mighty One of Jacob.

That kinda says it all!

Questions?

Let’s Pray!

The Savior of Israel

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The Savior of Israel

Book of Isaiah 43

Today we will look at the true relation of Israel to Jehovah God. We know that God took a single family out of a city called Ur and over a period of time, God created the nation of Israel.

The Israel that was eradicated by Rome in 70 A D and resurfaced on May the 14, 1948, even that being a fulfillment of prophecy.

Isa_66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

On the very first day of Israel’s rebirth, it was the United States of America that confirmed that rebirth at the United Nations, fulfilling Bible prophecy!

In all those years, the Jewish people never lost their true identity.

No other nation has a history, as the history of the Jews and of Israel!

In the world of today, no other nation stirs up this world, good and bad, as the tiny nation of Israel.

In this lesson, we will see the enormous price Jehovah has paid to ransom this nation that He so loves.

And what is the truth of Israel?

Isa 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.

So, before this sinful world ends and the new world begins, Israel will again be redeemed by the Lord!

It was God’s intent that Israel be the nation that would carry the message of salvation throughout this world and so far, they have failed to do so and now this is the job of the Church until the Church Age is over when the Church is called out to Heaven.

It will be during the 7 years of Tribulation that Israel will be given that opportunity again and this time they will succeed in completing the work God has desired of them all these years!

Jer_30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

During the Tribulation Period.

Rev 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

The 144,000 or the perfect number of missionary/evangelist of Israel and the results:

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Rev 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

That “Deliverer”, is still Jesus Christ our Lord!

Even though this nation deserved the wrath of God, they will see the “Grace” of God. Sounds familiar does it not!

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

It will still require “Faith” and “Repentance”. God will never forgive sin without these things!

What is being “Born Again”?

*****Isa 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

It was the LORD, Jehovah who created this nation and He will save them in such a manner as if He created them again!

This is the same way the Lord saves each believer!

1Pe_1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Is salvation a creative act of God?

Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, “but a new creature”.

In our lesson today, Jehovah wanted Israel to know that He would not forsake them, He would again reach out to rescue them.

We should also understand clearly that if we cannot recognize the Lord as our Creator, and the true Creation account in the Book of Genesis, we will never truly understand the Bible!

God is in the business of “creating life”!

God is in the business of “forming us” if we abide by His Word. He gives us shape and forms our relations and our relationships.

God is in the business of “redemption”!

He created us, He paid for us, He will create us anew, He will make us a friend, a child, family.

He owns all those He has purchased with the Blood of Jesus Christ, we have a new owner!

1Co_6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

When a Hebrew sold themselves to slavery to pay some debt, they knew that time that was required of them was over when their name was called and their freedom was assured. It fact, a trumpet would sound announcing that freedom and we can be sure that each one of them heard that trumpet.

God knows our name and He has called us out of our wages of sin as the slaves of Satan and has paid our debt and has made us free.

Joh_8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

God’s ownership brings with it many marvelous things throughout our life time!

*****Isa 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

We should clearly understand this Scripture!

Just as it was with Israel, there will be some, if not many, calamities in our lives and some of them may be very great and God’s promise is that He may not stop them all but He will be with us through every one of them.

Our troubles may vary. Today some may be as waters and some of those, as raging rivers. Tomorrow, we may be asked to walk through the fire and the flame, to endure trials that we cannot even imagine, but again the Lord will be with us.

Our example of this in Scripture, is God walking with three Jewish boys, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego!

Dan_3:20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

Dan 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

We are to understand that these things are not just maybe but we will all go through some things in our lifetime that will cause us great grief!

The truth is God will never forsake those that trust Him and He will walk through that same fire with us and cross those raging rivers with us.

Many times, the will of God will allow us to avoid these things, or He will provide a means of escape or He will just hold our hand as we go through them.

These things are His choice and not our choice but we should remember these words:

Rom_8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

In all these things God expects us to continue in our ministry and every child of God has a ministry!

2Ti_4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

All these things are also true for the nation of Israel, which will find their fulfillment during the time of Jacob’s Trouble where the Lord will walk hand in hand with those who trust Him.

Throughout the history of Israel, God has always rescued Israel from all her distresses, this is not going to change today in our day!

There will always be a remnant that will repent and return to the Lord!

Just as it was with Israel, God has created every Christian and for us to be witnesses then we must remain in His safety until our task is done and God will then take us home to Heaven. In fact, God will most always use our physical death to be a witness to someone, either as a martyr, or to encourage some friend or especially some family member who is lost.

Throughout the history of Israel, God has always rescued Israel from all her distresses.

What the Lord is teaching is us is, that trials cannot injure those whose “faith” is in the Lord.

Satan will always be busy trying to get us to abandon the Lord and become useless in our ministry!

There is yet an even greater reason why we should trust the Lord! We will be on the “Winning Side”!

*****Isa 43:3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

First, we see the Lord says, “I have redeemed thee”.
Also notice, this is the great “I AM” who spoke to Moses!
“I have called thee by thy name”
“Thou art mine”

Next, we see the Lord says, “When thou passest through the waters I will be with thee”.
God will be with us in strange places.
God will be with us in dangerous places.

Now we see “I have ransomed thee”
God will give up everyone else for the sake of His people.
For Israel “God gave great nations” Egypt, Ethiopia, Seba. We see that God will always give the oppressor, the enemy, before He will ever give up even one His people!

1Co_1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

**For the Christian, God has given His choicest gift. The Lord Jesus Christ is much more precious than any nation!

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

There is nothing more precious to the Lord than to see His children enjoying life and being obedient to the Word of God!

Ecc_5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.

Those that know the Lord in a personal way are very precious to the Lord!

*****Isa 43:4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

Precious means something of great value! This are the words of the Almighty Living God showing the love of His great heart!

Before we can recognize the “preciousness” in God’s sight we must grafted into the family of God by “faith” in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Jews have been (“wast” past tense) precious since the time God’s promise was given to Jacob!

Gen 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

It should be obvious that the significance of these words points to the ministry of Christ and the Kingdom of Christ!

We must also realize that nation after nation fell by the sword of Israel before the birth of Jesus Christ and God will not forget this and He will surely keep every promise He has ever made to these wonderful people.

We must also realize that we are precious in the sight of God because He paid the ultimate price for “whosoever” will call upon His name, with the death of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are precious in the sight of God because of the workmanship that has been spent on us to make us valuable, and thank goodness God will continue to work of us until we are made perfect and then we can go home!

We are precious in God’s sight because we are fashioned and formed to be like the Lord Jesus Christ!

Every child of God is honorable because we have the Holy Spirit living with us.

God has removed us from the rim of Hell and has made us to be princes.

We are honorable when we are involved in the work that the Lord has given us to do!

1Co_4:10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

We may not be able to walk into the chambers of our President or even our own Governor but every child of God is honourable enough to go boldly into the throne room of God.

Heb_4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

We are honourable enough to be offered the greatest gift that could be offered to anyone and fools not to reach out and accept this gift!

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We are honourable because we are adopted into the family of God and born into His household.

Tit 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Tit 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Tit 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

We are most honourable to God because we are His creation, an earthly vessel. We were marred, not by the potter’s hands but by this world and became a thing without honor but in and by Jesus Christ, we have been created again, not remade but a complete new creation!

Knowing all these things why would we be afraid?

*****Isa 43:5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
Isa 43:6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;

What is the truth? God will certainly gather His people, the Jews, from the four corners of this earth and return them to the promised land!

Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Rom 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

We would be foolish if we do not see that as Christians we need to be involved in this work. (through our mercy they also may obtain mercy)!

The Jews have been afflicted by this world long enough and we need to stand with them and aid them in any way that we are able!

This does not just mean that we are to just be witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ but we are also to live our lives showing them by example that they are not alone and that God’s love will win them over just as it has the Church of Jesus Christ.

We must remember it is only through God’s covenant with Abraham that we have been saved!

Rom 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Rom 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
Rom 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
Rom 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Rom 4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
Rom 4:23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
Rom 4:24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Rom 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

And then God explains why humans were created.

*****Isa 43:7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Most everyone reach that point in their lives asking, “What am I?” “Why am I here?” “What purpose do I have?”

God says He created us so He could show us His Glory!

God says He made us so we could also be glorified!

God says He has formed us to know His truth!

2Co_6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

We will have God as our Father.
We will have His Son, Jesus as our Redeemer.
We will have the Holy Spirit to lead us until we are glorified.

Each child of God was not only created but they are formed and that work will be completed by the Holy Ghost by the time we meet Christ by death or by the “Rapture of the Church”.

Php_1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

We were saved, we are being saved daily, and we will be saved eternally.

This message from Isaiah certainly concerns these Jews in captivity who our called of God but this passage is also for those who are called by the name of Christ, which is “Christian”.

Many people are saved by “faith”. Being saved will make you a “Saint”. To be a “Christian” is to live our lives so that other people can see the Lord Jesus Christ in us, “called by His name”!

Creation, formation, glorification, are done by God and for His own glory!

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

What should every human being realize before we can begin our walk with the Lord?

Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

And to whom is the message of God sent?

*****Isa 43:8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

These are not people who are blind and people who cannot hear!

These are people who have eyes but cannot see the truth of God and people who have ears but cannot hear the truth of the Word of God!

In this Scripture, God is speaking to those disobedient Jews but we can see that it is really intended for all those who have rejected the truth of God!

The big difference today if we accept the Word of God as the truth, then we have heard these prophecies and have seen many of them fulfilled and many of them partially fulfilled to be fulfilled later. We are blind if we cannot see these things! We are deaf and dumb if we cannot believe what God says!

2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
2Co 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

It is those who are lost that we are to reach out to with this message of truth!

In fact, God says bring forth your brightest people of all nations and prove Him to be wrong.

God says to bring forth the gods that you serve and prove they have equal or greater power than Jehovah God!

*****Isa 43:9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

God says for all nations to gather together and one by one they could offer their arguments against the “Gospel” and the truth of God and then they could prove that the ways of the world are better. Reminds of the time of the Prophet Elijah.

1Ki 18:20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
1Ki 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

In our lesson, it is the Holy One of Israel against the gods of all the nations of the world.

The Lord is never too timid to challenge the ways of the world and is if the ways of the world can bring eternal life, when all proof points only to a life of destruction, that ends in eternal damnation.

God says for the world to send out it’s prophets and see who can predict the future in truth.

Let the world show proof of the existence of the gods they worship and any power they have besides the power of destruction and captivity.

Joshua said to Israel at one time:

Jos 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
Jos 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Jos 24:19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
Jos 24:20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.
Jos 24:21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.

Jos 24:23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.

The Lord God Jehovah will offer this same challenge to the world on any given day and the results will be the same. The truth of this world is always lie and deceit and the Word of God is always true!

This world will never be able to prove its false beliefs and its philosophy!

The truth of God is that this world does not possess the ability to stop the spread of the Word of God nor the power that is contained in the Word of God. God will simply not allow it!

It is only the rejection of the truth of God that hinders this world and will lead to its destruction!

Even this world will be witnesses to the truth of God and that day may not be very far off.

Luk 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Luk 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Luk 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

It would truly be terrible to be a witness of the truth of God in these days and then end up in Hell!

*****Isa 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

A witness is someone who testifies of the truth to help others in making the right decisions.

Today we see that witnesses in the court room support the lies of the world and the innocent are punished.

These things will never change until we make the primary qualification of a true witness, to have an intelligent faith in God.

In fact, our government will never change until the primary qualification of the politician, is to have a true faith in God!

It is the customs of this world that is the major destructive force of this world!

It is the Saints of God who are the true witnesses in this world, so it is the Saints of God, who the Lord has chosen as His servants.

Why?

1) They the Saints of God may know Him in a personal way.
2) That they might believe Him. Believe every Word He says, entrust all they are to Him, and stand on the promises of God.
3) That they know the true God of the Scriptures and value Him for all He is in His Majestic Glory!

If we cannot know, that we know, that we know, that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Messiah, and the only True God, and the Savior of this world, we do not know the True and the Living God!

There is no other means of salvation beyond the Lord Jesus Christ!

*****Isa 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

Jesus said it like this:

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Joh 10:30 I and my Father are one.

The world can pick up its stones and stone us to death but it will never change this truth.
The world can penalize all those that know this is true but it will never change this truth.
The world can close its ears to this truth but they will just be missing out on the plan of God.
The world can continue to be foolish but it will never change this truth!

Again, the LORD says:

Rev 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Rev 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Rev 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Some people will never accept the truth of God to their own demise but that does not mean we stop asking them to believe the truth!

There is no Savior beside the Lord!

*****Isa 43:12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.

Once Israel left the captivity of Babylon, there could not be found one who served a strange god.

Once the believer becomes a Christian, there cannot be found one who will serve a strange god.

There are many false Christians just as well as there are false Jews!

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Before the Church is was the Jew who was to teach the oracles of God!

Rom 3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?
Rom 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
Rom 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
Rom 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

A true witness then knows the truth of God!

Not one “idol” can announce the deliverance of any people!
Not one “idol” can deliver any people!
Not one “idol” can show the deliverance of any people!

It is only with deliverance that we can claim we have a true God!

What is the truth of the child of God?

Psa 84:9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
Psa 84:10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness”.
Psa 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psa 84:12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve the God of truth!

God has many witnesses:

1) Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

2) Act 14:16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.
Act 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

3) Psa 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

4) Joh_8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

5) Rom_8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

6) Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

If we as Christians cannot also be witnesses for the Lord we are not only failures in our Christian life, we are also committing the sin of disobedience.

Our God, our Creator, our Savior and Redeemer and His Word is the truth!

*****Isa 43:13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

There are so many good Scriptures in the Bible but how can this one not be one of the favorites of everyone?

God had this plan of salvation in mind before the creation of the first day!

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

No one and nothing can turn back the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ!

The worker. The One who causes this to happen is Jehovah God Himself!

Eph_1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him “who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will”:

His field of labor, is throughout all His creation, everywhere!

His object, is to gather all His people together who are living in darkness, blinded by Satan and enticed to sin by his methods.

The “Center” in which all this work is completed is the Lord Jesus Christ!

Isa 14:27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

God is everlasting.
God is unchangeable, always the same.
God can deliver His people out of any circumstance, no matter what it is.
God will accomplish His plan, either salvation, or judgment and no one, man or Devil, can hinder Him.

All opposition to Jehovah God is fruitless and foolish! There is no happiness outside the plan and the will of God!

God guarantees the deliverance of all those that abide by His salvation plan.

Whatever God does, is always the right thing to do, His Holy perfection demands that He does what is right!

God condemns all oppressors, dooming them to defeat and eternal judgment!

God promises all those who submit to His will victory, we are on the “Winning Side”! Amen.

Questions?

Let’s Pray!

Jesus Christ the Servant

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The Servant Nature of Christ Jesus
Book of Isaiah 42

We have been seeing that since chapter 40 in the Book of Isaiah, we get a picture of the New Testament and the life of Jesus Christ. In this lesson, we will see that when the Messiah first came, He came as a servant.
In all honesty, the Messiah first came to this world to teach us all to have the mind of a servant and the actions of a servant, just as He has given His example to follow!

Mat 12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
Mat 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
Mat 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
Mat 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.
Mat 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

Jehovah Himself came to this Earth to present His plan of salvation.

Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Next to Jehovah, Jesus Christ turns out to be the most important figure of prophecy!
In fact, Jesus Christ is the most important figure to have ever walked on this earth!

As a servant, the Lord came to mend the breach between Jehovah and His chosen nation Israel.
As a servant, the Lord’s mission was not only to Israel but also to the world, a “light to the Gentiles”.
As a servant, the Lord was also a Prophet, who was very patient and faithful in the work He came to accomplish at His first coming, despite the opposition He encountered.
As a servant, who was sinless and innocent, He came to suffer and die for the sins of all others!

The Lord Jesus Christ for His enemies so they could be saved!

Let’s begin:

*****Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

The very first thing we should notice is the Triune God at work.

The Holy Father is speaking.
This servant is the Lord Jesus Christ, Savior, and the Redeemer of this world, The Messiah.
The Holy Spirit is resting on Christ Jesus, the Messiah, to qualify Him for the work He will accomplish, which He did when He said, “it is finished” the words He spoke as He gave up the Ghost, on the cross.

What is the work of God’s servant, The Messiah?

1) He has a mission to Israel:

Isa 49:8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
Isa 49:9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.

2) He has a mission to the world:

Isa 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

3) He is to be the true Prophet, patient and faithful in His work, despite the opposition to the Word of God.
Each true prophet of God was a type of the true Prophet, the Lord Jesus Christ!

Isa 50:4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
Isa 50:5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
Isa 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Isa 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
Isa 50:8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
Isa 50:9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.
Isa 50:10 Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.

4) We also know that being innocent Himself He was to suffer and for the sins of all others:

Isa 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Isa 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Isa 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Isa 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Isaiah laid it all out many years before the Messiah came the first time!

With this Scripture and many others, no one can say the Word of God does not speak of the Holy Trinity, the Triune God!

*****Isa 42:2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

The Messiah will be humble, peaceful, not threatening and certainly not lawless as He adhere to all the Word of God.
The Messiah would never take part in any riot, nor cause a revolt.
The Messiah would be calm with a restful spirit.
The Messiah would speak of harmony, with each other and with the Living God.

Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
Eph 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

*****Isa 42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

Bruised reeds are useless so people break them and toss them away, but the Lord would not harm even one. He would not break or throw away anyone who is useless to society, because no one is useless to the Lord, when they follow His ways.

The Lord would be compassionate, like a dimly burning wick, instead of crushing the elements of goodness, He will strengthen and purify them!

BUT we should be aware the Messiah will bring forth “judgment” unto the truth of God.

Rom_3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

Christ had compassion upon the weak, those that had no purpose in life, upon all who had lost faith and hope, those who were wandering in this world aimless, the sick and the diseased, those who could not pay their debts, the blind, the lame, and the leper, the unclean of society.

*****Isa 42:4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

The Lord, the Messiah, would be steadfast in His mission!

The Lord would never show any sign of weakness. Even death was defeated by the Lord!

No obstacle and no opposition could stop the Messiah in His task!

He would not give up until true justice, truth and righteousness would be established on this world!

The Messiah is totally committed to the teaching of the Word of God and He will not rest until He has accomplished what He has come and will come to do!

This is the greatest example for every Christian!

We must never be ashamed of the Messiah and we must not fear what this world can do to us because we are like the Lord, death has been defeated.

1Co 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

It is Jehovah God that instructs us in all these things.

*****Isa 42:5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

The truth is we have God’s guarantee of the success of the Messiah!

It’s too late to try to understand how the Jews missed all the things, because we know God has a purpose in everything that happens in the world but is always the right time to come to the Lord.

Because we serve the Living God and not some figment of man’s imagination, we can know all these things are true!

And God has always known that many would not trust in the Messiah nor accept the truth of God but it does not change God’s plan in any way!

The world should understand the truth!

1) The world may deny it, but there is a Creator and God’s creative power is the guarantee that the Messiah will finish what He has already started!

We all breath God’s air and even the most powerful humans and the healthiest humans, and the most protected human, can last but a very few minutes without God’s air!

In fact, all things that sustain our life on this earth come from the Living God!

Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

God’s program for this world has been placed in the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ, the true Messiah.

Everything that the Messiah is sent to accomplish, is a fulfillment of the “will of God”!

What do we know?

The Messiah was chosen for the service of God.
The Messiah dwelt in the Love of God, His Father,
The life of the Messiah was held in the hand of God.
Then God says, “I have placed My Spirit upon Him”

This is the same for every Christian.

*****Isa 42:6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

The Messiah would come to do things right.

This world we live in has forgotten how to do things right!

This world is in desperate need of salvation before we destroy ourselves!

The Messiah would also be the tool to establish a righteous relationship with those who believe and establish a righteous relationship with each other!

The covenant God has given us is the New Covenant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Heb_12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

It would be the same for the Jew and the Gentile!

The Messiah would fulfill the covenant to Abraham (The Promised Seed) and the covenant to King David (The Promised King).

*****Isa 42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

The Messiah would be the cure to both physical and spiritual blindness. People would not have to wonder which way to go or how to handle their problems.

God’s Messiah would open all the eyes to the truth and set free all the captives held in the darkness of sin and yes, even death.

All these things are conditioned on the willingness to see the light of the Messiah, God’s Servant, The Lord Jesus Christ!

I certainly cannot understand why some people will not consider anything after this life.

*****Isa 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Isa 42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

God has a name but no one on this earth named Him. God named Himself!

Exo 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
Exo 3:15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

When we see, LORD written with all capital letters then that name is Jehovah!

Jehovah is the Living God, self-existent, eternal, self-sufficing, independent, omnipotent and therefore unique!
God’s glory cannot be shared with any other being that exist least of all man-made images which are vanity and nothingness!

It is God’s power that has already caused the fulfillment of many prophecies of the Bible and it is God’s power that will cause the fulfillment of the work of the Messiah!

Israel had been delivered time after time all by the power of God and there will be a final deliverance to these people.

God says before these things happen He would remind us again.

1Pe 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1Pe 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
1Pe 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

God is saying read the Book and you will see what He has already done and you will get a good idea of what He will do in the future.

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2Ti 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

So, if there are to be New Things then there is a need for a New Song!

*****Isa 42:10 Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
Isa 42:11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
Isa 42:12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.

If we as Christians cannot celebrate now, that Jehovah God has redeemed His people but has just not pick us up yet, we are sad bunch of Christians!

Whether we travel by sea, or by caravan, or live in the deserts or live in the rich communities, let us shout from the top of the mountains the saving “Grace” of Jehovah God, and the “Gospel” of the Lord Jesus Christ.

It could be true, that the Lord will not return until His message of salvation has reached to the ends of the earth!

Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Jesus said:

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Jesus even repeats Himself:

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Gal_3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

If we cannot praise the Lord for what He has already done, then we do not deserve to live because we are living in the sin of disobedience!

Psa 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

It is through the Messiah, that all human beings can be saved and all God ask of us is “faith” that He will save us!

There is no greater gift that can be given to anyone than eternal life, and to be in a place that we cannot even realize the glory of!

Isa_64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

The “Gospel” is here now and there is no saving power beyond the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ!

*****Isa 42:13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.

Certainly, when the Lord returns, He will go forth as a Mighty Man!

The message of the Lord, should be going forth in a “Mighty Way”, by the redeemed of the Lord even today and every day!

Why should we that know the Lord be praising Him today?

There is certainly coming the day the Lord will take the field before all His enemies!

The world will again meet Jehovah God in the flesh!

Jehovah knows that this world will not appreciate the Messiah.
Jehovah knows that His Christ would be rejected.
Therefore, Jehovah also knows these enemies would need to see the Messiah in all His power, go forth as a Mighty Man!

And therefore, we have this prophecy of these future events.

There is coming the day when the Lord will just have had enough of the mistreatment of His children!

The God of Love will become the God of Wrath!

Jer 25:30 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.
Jer 25:31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.

It has taken a lot of power and a lot of love and patience for the Lord God of this world to finally say “enough is enough”!

*****Isa 42:14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.

We must know that these are the very words of God Himself!

We should realize the pain and suffering that God has felt as He has allowed the Devil and his servants to prevail in this world.

One day soon, God will no longer allow these things to continue!

When God sees that His chastisement has no effect on the lost, He will bring all these things to an end, and they will then see His “Judgment”!

A travailing woman when she has reached her time will then be free of that pain. Such as described for what our Lord has been suffering as He has encouraged the lost to repent but now they all refuse.

Our God is more powerful than anything we know of, but it has also taken a lot of His power to refrain Himself from returning until that last soul is born and saved!

When the Lord reaches this point, He will destroy and devour at once!

Rev_22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

As we have already seen many times, the “time of Jacob’s trouble”, the 7 years of tribulation, will come to an end in a dramatic and a terrible way.

*****Isa 42:15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.

When the Lord God vents His frustrations on this world there will be great destruction, such as this world has never seen!

God will make waste the mountains and the hills and dry up even the best watered regions making them a wilderness of arid waste.

This is not only in nature but also kings and rulers and all those who set themselves against the Messiah.

Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Rivers will become dry land such as islands and all sustainable food products will perish, except for those that are used to sustain the redeemed of the Lord.

Isa_35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

Isa 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

*****Isa 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
Isa 42:17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.

These are not the spiritually blind, these are those who cannot see the pathway to Mount Zion through all the destruction.

These will be, for the most part the house of Israel which are blind in the way that they knew not.

God will provide that highway, the way of holiness for them to travel on

Isa 57:14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.

That stumbling block has always been the Christ, the Messiah when He first came to bring the “Gospel” message!

God will not forsake the Jews who turn to Him along with the strangers that dwell with them that have done the same.

In fact, God will never forsake anyone who repents and calls on His name at any time in their lifetime!

God will fulfill every promise He has ever made!

Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

The only limits to this promise is that it is done before we die a physical death!

There will never be the day the Lord will reject the true believer!

*****Isa 42:17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.

While those who have repented, and returned to the Lord with eyes wide open, all those who have not will be turned back!

They will suffer defeat and their personal god will have no power to help them no matter who or what it is!

The revelation of the glory of God will only cause confusion to those who have rejected Him all their lifetime.

They will feel utterly ashamed, like Judas but they will not find the power to repent.

Mat 27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

Judas, being ashamed of what he had become, could still not find in his heart, the “faith” needed to be redeemed from his sin.

So, will be this world we live in on the day of the Lord.

Isa 44:17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.
Isa 44:18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.

Note: Everyone in Hell is already a believer but it is too late for them!

But we do not have to join them there!

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