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!