The Work of the Coming Messiah
Book of Isaiah Chapter 61
Most of this entire world will not be saved because they will fail to believe in the work of the Messiah.
The Hebrew word “Mashiach” (Messiah) is used 39 times in the Old Testament and every time it means “anointed”.
As Christians, we use it in the New Testament to refer to our Holy Savior but we have good reason because the Word of God says so!
The Messiah is the anointed One of God!
Psa 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: “therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows”.
If God says the Messiah is God then that is good enough for me!
Jesus is said to be the Messiah in the New testament:
Joh 1:41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, “We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ”.
The Woman at the well with Jesus is very aware of the Messiah and Jesus responds:
Joh 4:25 The woman saith unto him, “I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ”: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
Joh 4:26 “Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he”.
Christ is not the last name of Jesus, it is who He is, “Jesus the Messiah”!
In Prophecy, the word Messiah is only used twice and both times it refers to the anointed One of God.
Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah “be cut off”, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Dan 9:27 And “he shall” confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week “he shall” cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations “he shall” make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The first great promise of the Messiah comes from the first book of the Bible:
Gen 3:15 And “I will put enmity between thee and the woman”, and between thy seed and her seed; “it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel”. (enmity being the friendship of the world)
We do not need to wonder about the meaning of these things because Jesus the Messiah (the Christ) used this Chapter in the Book of Isaiah to claim He was this Messiah and even refers to His First and Second coming by His actions, which was missed by the Jews.
*****Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Isa 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
For all those that have a head knowledge of God as Holy and Divine and do not accept that God took on the ministry to provide salvation to all His creation, then their head knowledge is useless!
We will never know the truth of God until we realize and accept the ministry of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in relationship to our eternal salvation!
It is the Messiah Himself, that announces His mission at His First Coming and at His Second coming!
How do we know this? Listen to the Words of the Lord Jesus Christ, the true Messiah.
Luk 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Luk 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
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,
Luk 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luk 4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Notice how He stops before He says, “the day of vengeance of our God” because this describes His actions at His Second Coming!
It should be obvious that there must be “an acceptable year of the Lord”!
The term year in this passage does not mean “one Year” as our calendar states but a certain age with a beginning and an ending.
We call it the “Church Age”!
All the work of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ did, did not take place because of the “superhuman qualities” of His person but in the power of the Holy Spirit!
Without the work of the Father, the Son (the Messiah), and the Holy Spirit, there could be no one be saved!
God is Spirit!
Joh_4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
All true ministry is always inspired by the Spirit of God.
The only message to this lost world by the Holy Spirit is the “Gospel of Jesus Christ”
Joh_15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, “he shall testify of me”:
None of these things are confusing because the truth is never confusing!
It is the lies of the world that causes confusion because Satan is the master of deception!
Isaiah, by the Holy Spirit, laid all these things out about 700 years before the Messiah first came!
The Lord Jesus Christ said Himself that He was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy and His ministry and His actions proved this to be true!
Jesus Christ preached the “Good News”!
Even today the “Good News” is tossed aside because people just love “bad news”.
More riches come by “bad news” than any other thing in all this world!
The real “bad news” is that all sinners are Satan’s captives!
The “Good News” is that the Messiah came to deliver all those captives from Satan’s bondage!
1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
The Lord Jesus just ask us all to consider these words He is saying and surely, we can understand the truth.
Every word and every action of the ministry of Christ Jesus proved He is the Messiah!
God provides us with a choice: acceptance of His truth or vengeance if His truth is rejected.
Acceptance is being “justified” by the work of the Lord.
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.
Vengeance, is not speaking of revenge for making the wrong choice but only answering to the “judgment of God”.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;
Eze 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
God provides us a method to escape this death!
Eze 18:21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
From experience, I can tell you that once I realized I had sinned against our Holy God, I began to mourn for what I had done to Him and I still do at times!
We must never forget that each one of us that now know the Lord Jesus as our Savior were once caught up in Satan’s prison!
1Co_6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Not only that but we will mourn for our children, our friends, and our acquaintances who have not yet come to the Lord.
We will mourn for this sinful world!
If we are part of the Church then we need to mourn for those who are not part of the Church!
2Co 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
When the Jews would mourn in shame they would sometimes cover themselves with ashes but “salvation will replace ashes with beauty”.
Salvation will replace that mourning with the “oil of joy”.
Salvation will replace “heaviness” with the praise of God.
We will become trees planted in the Garden of God’s “righteousness” to glorify God!
Jer 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
Jer 17:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Psa_1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
*****Isa 61:4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
We already know that Isaiah was preaching to the Jewish captives in Babylon and his message was that Jerusalem would be rebuilt and the Temple.
This message extends far beyond this time, to the time of the Millennial Kingdom when this entire world will be transformed into a world such as the Garden of Eden.
But even greater than this, is the message of that wasted place of that lost soul where there is no sense of right and wrong!
Isa 58:12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
All those captives who have been made free.
All those trees planted by God’s river.
All those who have now called on the Lord will be employed in the building of the Church!
It had been the job of the Jews to spread the Word of God but that job has now been given to the Church and it seems we have forgotten that we have this job. (Shame on the modern-day Church)
Israel***Exo 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
The Church***1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
There have still been desolations for many generations that still go unrepaired!
Many in this world will certainly come face to face with their sin one day soon and “the message of God must be ready for them”!
*****Isa 61:5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
The message of Isaiah to the Jew was if they would repent and return to the Lord they could then assume the duties of taking the Word of God to the Gentiles, which they hated and rejected. Only in this sense, the Gentile would have been subordinate to the Jew.
Since this job now belongs to the Church, we are all on even ground. (We all stand on even ground at the Cross)
Gal_3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
In the time of the Millennial Kingdom, The Nation of Israel will be restored and there will be a restoration of many nations of this world.
Positions of authority will be given to those of the Church that were called out (the Rapture) along with whatever God had promised to King David.
People from all nations will be doing the day by day work to carry out God’s economy!
There will be no such name as foreigner or alien or immigrant and no one will oppress Israel or Jerusalem!
1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
*****Isa 61:6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
The Church having returned with the Lord for positions of authority and many other things, these Jews will once again be named the priests of the Lord to carry out what God had intended to begin with Israel.
It will also be these Jews who will minister in the Newly rebuilt Temple.
The Church has never been a part of the Jewish Temple, we are in ourselves a Holy Temple of God!
It had been the Gentiles that had gotten the glory on the Temple mount for many years but this would now be reversed and the things of God’s Temple will have all the glory in Jerusalem!
*****Isa 61:7 For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.
Shame comes to those who live in the captivity of sin!
Those Jews who felt great shame because the nation they knew had been humbled and were now in captivity.
It was not the captivity itself that brought that shame it was the sin of being disobedient to the Word of God and rebellion against Jehovah that had brought that shame!
My greatest shame comes from knowing that I allowed foolish sin to take control of my actions!
Sin will dominate your life if you allow it and in the end, it will take the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ to remove that sin!
What did God promise to Israel. The glory days for Israel as a nation had been the days of King Solomon. Great things are happening in Israel today but there is not much glory shown to them from this world! God has promised they would have double the glory of that time of King Solomon. Since we know that this has not yet taken place then it must be in the future and we as Christians should know this will take place during the time of the Millennial Kingdom of the Lord when King Jesus will sit on the throne of David as did his son Solomon!
It seems that besides the true Church, no one else in this world has any respect for the true Jew but honor and respect is still in the future for this great nation!
It is a fact that Israel as a nation do not understand the wrath of this world today. They certainly understand the wrath of the Muslim world because that has been a like a family feud since the time of Abraham and Isaac and Ishmael and Sarah and Keturah.
They do not understand the rest of the world that ignores the truth and condemns the innocent!
God says these things will end with that little Jewish nation on top.
Shame will be replaced with double honor.
Confusion and reproach will be replaced with double joy and double blessings.
Rebellion will be replaced with a double portion of the Holy Spirit.
Rejection will be replaced with a double portion of “Grace”!
Even the land they had in the time of Solomon will double in size.
This nation that has been in captivity for so long will then know double the freedom and the ending of all captivity. There will be a national “Jubilee” in Israel.
Lev_25:9 Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.
Lev_25:13 In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession.
Not just double the joy “but everlasting joy” will return to this people!
Why? Because the Lord loves to make wrong become right!
*****Isa 61:8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Judgment is the act of determining the truth from falsehood!
God, by His own words, loves to do this!
God loves those who do right!
With sin in our lives we do not know right from wrong so God gave us His technical manual (the Bible) on the truth of right and wrong, with examples to teach us the truth of righteousness!
God loves “justice”!
God loves “justice” in Himself!
God loves all those who make a practice of “justice”.
Robbery then, is all things gotten by injustice!
Robbery then, is all things practiced with injustice even when that thing is offered to God for a personal sacrifice!
Jer 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
Jer 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
God has much patience and He has no problem in teaching us the truth, even when this world denies His truth!
Psa 25:8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
Psa 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
Psa 25:10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
The one thing that God insists on is that once we know the truth then we are to abide in that truth!
Jer 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
One day this world will realize that it is the family of God who are truly blessed!
*****Isa 61:9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.
We should understand that to be adopted into the family of God places a marker on each of us.
When you call yourself a Christian the entire world will look at you and the things you do, to see if you match up to what they think a Christian should be.
Remember it is not what “they think” it is what “we know” but we should still be an example of Christ and it noticeable
They will test you many times.
They will try to take advantage of your commitment at times.
Those neighbors will see if you regular in your Church attendance.
They will also watch the activities that go on around your home.
If we are truly a Christian, (like Christ Jesus) it will be noticeable.
It is a fact that a Christian should be noticeable in a crowd, in a good way!
God has said many times that the little nation of Israel is His chosen people but in truth it is those who are Christian who are God’s chosen people!
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.
Gal 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
Gal 6:17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
Today the Christian may be looked at as being a bunch of “do gooders” but one day soon God’s people will be honored!
All the world will honor the blessings of Israel!
Zec 8:13 And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.
All the world will honor the blessings of 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.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
These are not just things God says, these are things that God promises, this is His covenant!
All people in this world will acknowledge the blessings that God has bestowed upon His people!
We do not have to wait to rejoice at that time, we can rejoice now!
*****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.
We have already seen that we are in a war and we must be dressed prepared for war!
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
The day is soon coming when we can exchange our garments of war.
We will wear salvation as a garment! Remember our salvation comes by the “blood of our Savior!
We will wear righeousness as a robe! Remember we had no righeousness of our own, we wear the righteousness of our Savior!
The Bridegroom in this Scripture is the Lord Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest.
The Bride of course is the Church, the Spouse to her wonderful Husband!
The Apostle Paul wrote these words:
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.
We do not have anything to do under our own power, except to believe.
We do not have anything to purchase for our salvation.
We not have any work to do before our salvation, but plenty afterwards!
All these things are in the power of the Lord to accomplish!
*****Isa 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
It is the Word of God that is the seed that will spring up to new life in the garden of salvation.
It is mankind that is the soil where God’s Word must be sown.
It is the Church God has chosen to be the “sower” of His seed.
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who is the arm of the sower.
It is the Holy Spirit that is the power of salvation and eternal life!
Just as sure as His seed germinates, God will bring “redemption” to those who grow in the Lord!
Psa 85:9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
Psa 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Psa 85:11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Psa 85:12 Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
Psa 85:13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.
God has given us only one job to do and then we are to enjoy His blessings until we reach our Heavenly home!
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
When the Messiah returns, for He has certainly come to spring forth His salvation message, He will bring great blessings to those who love Him!