"Expostulation; God's Reasoning With Man to Bring Understanding."
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Isaiah 2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem."
This is exactly who we have in Jerusalem today, in part. This is part of the parable of the fig tree, for the people we refer to as "the Jews", are a mixture of the tribes of Judah, and Benjamin, mixed with the bad figs, called the "Kenites". These Kenites, though they are called "of Israel", they are not but of the offspring of Cain. They are of their father the Devil, yet they try to represent themselves as God's chosen people. The Kenites are not the Arabs nor the Palestinians, for the Arabs are of Abraham, and the Kenites are not. So we see here that this prophecy is concerning the time of the end when Judah has returned to Jerusalem. Friend this chapter is directed to current events of our days.
Isaiah 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."
This is prophetic, and pertains to the Savior because He is there. We can read in Revelation 21 as to how this will come to pass. On that final day of this earth age, Jesus Christ shall come to earth to establish His Millennium kingdom, and the kings and queens of the Gentile nations shall come to Jerusalem to worship.
Revelation 21:21 "And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gates was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass."
Revelation 21:22 "And I saw no Temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the Temple of it."
Revelation 21:23 "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof."
Revelation 21:24 "And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it."
"Mountains" is a word meaning "nations". However, the "mount of God" is "mount Moriah"; "Moriah" in the Hebrew tongue means "chosen by God". God chose the place. That is the place of the Temple mount to this day.
Isaiah 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."
The "house of God of Jacob" means all the natural seed, meaning both the house of Israel and the house of Judah. These people are all the tribes of Israel that came from the twelve sons of Jacob. This is speaking of the Millennium age, for Israel and Judah will not be joined in this earth age. This is speaking of the time Ezekiel wrote about in Ezekiel chapters forty to forty four. There is more prophecy in the Old Testament then in all the New Testament. Notice what is taught at this time, it is the law, and the Word of God.
Isaiah 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 pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
This is the when the true time of world peace comes into being. This statement is eternal and it also refers to when our Lord and savior Jesus Christ returns to this earth. Some get a little worried over that time when Satan is released a short season to try those that must be tested in the Millennium age, however you don't have to worry about that time, for God himself is going to destroy Satan and those that fall for him at that time. This will be the same as it will be in that great battles of Armageddon and Hamon-gog; it will be God that does the destruction of His enemies.
This is the verse that is written on the plaque at the United Nation building in New York City, and that is the stated purpose of the United Nations, However their agenda is quite the opposite. They are a political arm [power] that is trying to bring peace to the world through a new world political order, and that just will not come to pass. They are trying through their many agencies to bring the control of all the nations of the earth under their agenda, and they set the rules for all the peoples of the earth. This political power will fall shortly, and from it will come a new religious system that all the world will sign on with, and it will be Satan himself that will mount the throne in Jerusalem and declare himself God.
The time of peace is in the Millennium age, when God's Word states there will be no more war, however, the time of the one world religious system will come before the coming of Christ and the start of the Millennium age. This is the age of the flesh, and in the Millennium age there will be no person living in their flesh bodies, for we will all be changed into our incorruptible bodies at the sounding of the seventh and last trump.
I Corinthians 15:50 "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."
"Corruption" is your flesh body that is in a state of constant state of decay and aging. It is open to sickness and diseases and is limited to seventy plus years of existence. "Incorruption" on the other hand, is the body that you will receive for the Millennium age to last for the entire thousand years of the age of the kingdom of Jesus Christ, before Satan is released again.
I Corinthians 15:51 "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,"
Did you get that mystery Paul is telling us? The mystery is that a time is coming when all the people on the face of the earth will not die but their flesh bodies shall be changed. Changed not raptured!
I Corinthians 15:52 "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
Paul is telling us that when the last trumpet sounds, the seventh trumpet, all of the dead, [spiritually dead] and in their flesh bodies shall be changed instantly into their incorruptible bodies. Not only will the spiritual lost souls be changed out of their flesh bodies, but the Elect and those sealed by God in the time of the great deception will be changed also. Friend, the age of the flesh is over.
We know that this is not referring to our relatives that have passed away and their corps laid rest in the ground, for instantly upon death their souls went to be with the Lord, as recorded in Ecclesiastes 12:7 "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God Who gave it."
I Corinthians 15:53 "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."
I Corinthians 15:54 "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, "Death is swallowed up in victory."
The elect and the saved put on the incorruptible and immortal bodies at the time of the coming of Jesus Christ at the seventh trumpet, however all those that in ignorance worshipped the Antichrist Satan, and took on his name and number and worshipped the image of the beast in their flesh bodies will have to prove themselves by their work over the thousand years time of the Millennium age. Then they will be saved not by faith and grace, but by their works. Friend it is important that you know the difference between the first christ who is Satan the Antichrist, and the true Christ who is Jesus Christ, our Messiah and redeemer. Both will have supernatural powers, and both will look alike, only one is a fake and one is the real thing. If you are set up to being taken by the first, then you have already received the mark of the beast, for his coming will be in our generation. Jesus warned us of that in Matthew 24:32-34.
The generation that sees the parable of the fig tree come to pass; the generation that sees the reestablishing of the both the good and bad figs [Judah and the Kenites] back in Jerusalem, and Palestine, is the generation of the parable of the fig tree.
Matthew 24:34 "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these thing be fulfilled.
Friend, every prophecy concerning Satan the Antichrist and his one world system will be fulfilled, including the abomination of desolation, in our generation and you will witness it. Do you have the eyes to see and the understanding to know the prophecies as they take place on your television screens. You had better, or you will be deceived.
Isaiah 2:5 "O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord."
When by faith in Jesus Christ you repent of your sins in His name, you become children of the day, not night.
I Thessalonians 5:1 "But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you."
I Thessalonians 5:2 "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as the thief in the night."
Satan is that thief that comes to earth, and the elect and sealed of the Lord know exactly what to expect.
I Thessalonians 5:3 "For when they shall say, "Peace and safety;" then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."
I Thessalonians 5:4 "But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief."
I Thessalonians 5:5 "Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness."
The thief comes in the night to rob you, however when you are a child of the day you can not be robbed [deceived] out of your heritage as a son or daughter of God. When the thief, Satan, comes to earth in his disguise as the Messiah you know him for what he is; a fake. When you are aware of the events of the coming Satan, he will not deceive you, and he cannot take your inheritance from you. Do you walk in the light? The light is the truth from God's Word. That truth will guide your way.
Isaiah 2:6 "Therefore Thou hast forsaken Thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers."
This is in reference to the house of Jacob [Israel], the Christian nations and people of today. "They be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers..." is pointing to the fact that what is of God has been replaced with the heathen religious ideas and doctrines from the eastern religions. Christianity today, is being redefined as the religious leaders accept the ideas taught in eastern religious thought and make those ideas part of Christianity. From TM which is from the Hindu religion, to the idea of the precepts of psychology, which come from the twelve precepts of Buddha; we see the way of the Tao dealing with positive and negative forces, and Confucianism which develops it religion out of sayings of the Chinese philosopher, Confucius: Christianity today is taking a little from here and a little from there to form its traditions and drift away from the Word of God. God is saying through Isaiah that this is exactly as it will be in the latter days.
After time has passed with these eastern thoughts filtering into our churches, people start to believe that these religions did come from God, and they become a part of those abominations. One prime example of this is the promotion of Easter eggs at Easter time; This was the celebration of sexual orgy rites at the feast of Ishtar celebration. Somehow Christians have made this a part of Passover time, and brought in the feast of Ishtar to substitute it for the Passover time of Christ. This orgy went on in the grove of oaks, and thus comes the hunt for the eggs. They do this in ignorance, just as they use the positive thinking, the sayings of Confucius, the act of TM [transcendental meditation], and all the other ritual forms of eastern religions to make their services seem more religious. These acts are all insults to our Lord and Savior, for they are using substitutes for doing things God's way.
Isaiah 2:7 "Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots;"
Everywhere you look, all you hear and see is their prosperity. Their chariots are their buggies that you ride in, and there is no end to their chariots. Amongst the major car manufacturing companies, millions a year are cranked out, and there seems to be someone waiting to take them when they come off the assembly line. Go to an overpass of any major city at quitting time, and the streams of cars seem to have no end. Friend, do you think all that wealth, power and chariots can save them?
Isaiah 2:8 "Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:"
In the Hebrew, the word used for "idols" means "nothings". Take a look at how a Christian looks upon his new car, or home and all the little things that are done out of love for it. You worked with your fingers to get the things, and when you have them in your possession, they become an idol to you. Today it is more important to take care of your property and move on to the next better house, car or boat then to spend time in God's Word. Then take a look at that person as they drive through the neighborhood in their new chariot, or pass the shore line in their new boat. Their pride busts out all-over, and that is how they want to be remembered.
You work all your life to pay for those things of pride, and you in turn see to it that it is well taken care of, while little things of your spiritual life are allowed to drift away, and the weeds move into your spiritual side of life until your neighbors have no idea in the world that you even claim to be a Christian. In the eternity all your wealth of this flesh age will get you exactly what the word "idols" is in the Hebrew; "nothing".
When you are driving in cold weather areas and the street crews put the salt on the road, it doesn't take long to see the decaying rust eating away at your nice new car. Before long your work of worship becomes an embarrassment, and it is time to trade for a new idol, piece of nothing. Do you see what God meant in Isaiah 1:25, when He said your silver is dross if you are not careful
Isaiah 2:9 "And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not."
In other words, these men bow in degradation to their idols that they have worked for with their own hands, and those things have become the most important things to them. There is nothing wrong with having houses, cars boats, or any thing else, as long as it is from God's blessings. A rich man need never apologize for gaining wealth God's way. Through hard work and careful planning, putting God first in their life and remembering that the tithe is the Lords, the rest is for you to spend as you please to your enjoyment and needs. This is God's blessings, and you owe an apology to no one, and those asking for it show their ignorance to His Word.
However the man or woman that works all the time, twenty four hours a day to run his business and has no time for God, that is a fool. If that fool would have taken an hour out of his schedule to operate his business according to God's law, he would have time and wealth, because God would be blessing both him and his business. Those that say they can do it all themselves, just keep on huffing and puffing right into the grave.
The alternative is to turn it over to the Lord, and place God first in your life, then watch the Lord kick the rocks out of the path of your business. God's counsel is fool-proof. It take the fool out of us, and decisions based on His Word are wise decisions. The man that knows the future can succeed in any business.
Isaiah 2:10 "Enter into the rock and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty."
This "rock" is a lower case rock. If you are living and planning your life around self, that is exactly how you will be living. Jesus Christ is returning, and when He returns, you will be trying to hide from His face with shame.
When Jesus came that first time, they made fun of him, spat on him, beat and whipped Him and then nailed Jesus to the cross. When He comes the second time Jesus will come in all majesty and glory, and He will bring the wrath of Almighty God with Him to shake this old world to the point of destroying all forms of idolatry. Anything you can hold dear and set before God will be gone and done away with, even that flesh body that you take so many hours to beautify. Jesus is coming back with a rod of iron, as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, and he will avenge and rid this earth of all idolatry.
Remember from Numbers 24:21 that this is where the little Kenites like to be, hiding in nests of the rock.
Numbers 24:21 "And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, "Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock."
Numbers 24:22 "Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, Until Asshur shall carry they away captive."
Their strength is in the fact of their secrecy and hidden for view as to who they are, and where they came from. If you don't know that they are of Satan, and they are hiding in your church houses, and in the positions of power and prominence in Christian nations, they are in their strong dwelling places, in the nest of the rock.
Isaiah 2:11 "The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day."
On that first day of the Millennium age, every knee on the face of the earth shall bow to Jesus Christ, and exalt Him to His rightful position of King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Isaiah 2:12 "For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:"
When you lift up self, and pride, you push out God from His rightful position. What ever blessings you have received, it is from God and for His sake. When you get to thinking that it is by your hand and mind that the blessings come, then you are about to fall. What ever blessings you do receive in the flesh on your own accord and pride, you have done it at the expense of your own eternal life and soul. Man in the flesh simply cannot give himself eternal life, so what good is pride if it is for a fleeting moment?
The atheist doesn't believe that there is eternal life, and he is exactly right; he will not have eternal life, but I am, for God promised that if I believe on His Son Jesus Christ, and by faith repent of my sins in His name, He will give eternal life to me. That is one of His promises. When the atheist sees the supernatural of the devil coming as Antichrist, maybe many of them will wake up. However, those that call themselves Christians and are looking for the first christ to come, will be taken by the fake in deception, and in ignorance they have set their minds to taking on his name and number.
Isaiah 2:13 "And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,"
It is important that we understand that the "cedars of Lebanon" has always been symbolic for the house of Israel, those ten tribes that were strong and scattered about 722 B.C. by the Assyrians. They went through the Caucasus Mountains to settle most of western Europe, and on into the Americas and around the Word. They are know today as the "Caucasians". They were known by many different names, such as Cimmerians, Brits, Saxons, Scaythians, Sakka, but today they are known as "Caucasians". These same people are talked about in Hosea 1:10, as to what they will also be called in the latter days.
Hosea 1:10 "Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, 'Ye are not My People,' there it shall be said unto them, 'Ye are the sons of the living God'."
This is not the Jew that is talked about here for the count of the Jews are will known around the world. It is saying that "where they are" in those last days, they will be known to the world as Gentiles, and they will even call themselves Gentile, but yet they will be known as "the sons of the living God". Jesus Christ came out of the tomb, and He liveth in heaven on the right hand of the Father today. Those that call themselves "sons of the living God" call themselves "Christians". These "cedars of Lebanon" are the people of the Christian nations that are the offspring not of Judah, but of the House of Israel, the other ten tribes that were scattered by Assyria over one hundred years before Judah went into Babylon in captivity.
When the Millennium age starts, all those of the "cedars of Lebanon", the lost ten tribes which are the Christian nations are going to be corrected from their lofty high-minded positions. They have lifted themselves up to their lofty position, rather then remembering that the high position that they are in is because of God's promise to their father Abraham in a covenant over four thousand years ago. They just don't see that God is keeping His promise. Therefore they boast and think they are greater then what they are. They lose sight that it is God that gives the blessings, and it is God that can take it away.
Isaiah 2:14 "And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,"
The "high mountains" are the big and strong nations that think of themselves as superpowers of the world, while the small "hills" are the small countries that are lifted to take self pride. This even goes into the religious community and the denominations and church systems, where by the people look to the system for their salvation rather then the Heavenly Father.
Isaiah 2:15 "And upon every high tower, and upon ever fenced wall,,"
God is suppose to be our high tower and our wall, and these religious systems are presenting themselves as the means of protection and salvation. The tower of Babel after the flood of Noah's day was the tower of confusion through languages, whereby people thought they were going to build their own way to heaven. They were going to rise above the flood waters of the earth, and you just can't do that, it is just foolish to think you can.
There is only one way to salvation and that is through Jesus Christ, and going that way God becomes our wall and our tower of strength.
Isaiah 2:16 "And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures."
The "ships of Tarshish" is the world wide trade that is suppose to bring world peace and prosperity world wide. It is the commerce, industry and banking that is in control of the world nations today. The "pleasant pictures" are the things that are pleasing to the sight, and to the flesh. This is what the "new world order" is promising all those that will join with her, and sign on to her charter. It is the food to the starving, the jobs, or what ever will entice a nation and peoples to look to them for protection. All of the governments of the world have put their name to the charter at this date. That is why what ever we do as a nation to help another nation or people, the agencies of the "new world order" [the United Nations] accepts the credit.
Isaiah 2:17 "And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day."
When we observe the pride of these world leaders of religion, industry, banking and politics, we see that they take the position that there are no boundaries to their wealth and power. They use one nation against another, and when the pressure gets great in one place they hide in another. Friend, God has their number, and they are going to be forced to bow and be brought to their knees on the first day of the Millennium age. That is not far away, as the time of the last generation started way back on May 15, 1948.
It will be Christ only that shall be exalted on that first day of the Millennium age. Even the kings and rulers of this earth will bow to him, as Jesus comes to accept the authority over the entire earth. Jesus will come to bring salvation to the earth, and you will either be part of that salvation, or at the end of the Millennium age even the thought of you will nt exist in the mind of your loved ones. God is showing that there is no part of man himself that can save himself. He loves you, and wants you to be part of His eternal kingdom, only it is you that must decide for yourself.
Isaiah 2:18 "And the idols He shall utterly abolish."
God will destroy all things that man can make and put before Him.
Isaiah 2:19 "And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth."
This earth is going to get write a shaking at the sounding of the seventh trumpet. The first six trumpets and seals of Revelation are Satan's deceptions that will be brought upon the earth, Whoever the seventh trumpet will bring on the woes of God, that will shake this old earth to its very foundation. This is also New Testament. When God shakes the earth in a spiritual way, only those that are attached to Him will not be shaken. Hebrews 12:17-29 speaks of this time of the shaking, when all of God's elect and those saved will be made perfect.
Many Christians will run for the rocks at that time to hide, for they have allowed their church systems to become their protection. At the time of the Antichrist, they did what their church system told them to do, and bowed to Satan the Antichrist, and took on the name and prosperity that Satan had to offer them. A church without the teaching of the Word of God is just not a church.
Isaiah 2:20 "In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;"
The "moles and the bats" are the filth of the earth. Moles or rodents are the pests of the field, which is to say the world, and bats are the filthy pests of the house. Our heavenly Father will see to it that all those idols of all the earth are done away with forever. These things will lose their value overnight. Those things that are worshipped will be seen for what they are, they were substitutes for placing trust in rather then placing it in God. Anything that you feel is more important then God is an idol, and if you allow that thing to get between you and God, then you are worshipping it. On the day that Jesus Comes to do his shaking, the things that you thought were more important then God, you will throw away. It is nothing compared to the glory of God.
Isaiah 2:21 "To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to terrible the earth."
This is going to happen on the day of the Lord.
Isaiah 2:22 "Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils, for wherein is he to be accounted of?"
This is God's instruction you you and I today. This is asking, what can you count on man to do for you on that terrible day of the Lord. Every man and woman on the face of the earth will be running for his and her own life, for fear of the Lord. They aren't going to be thinking of you one bit.
The "breath is in his nostrils" in the Hebrew is "neshamah", and it is your soul and spirit that came from God. This is saying that at the appointed time, God can take that soul and spirit from that flesh body of your, and you become accountable to Him them. He has just told us when that time will be, for it will be at the last trumpet, at the shaking of the earth, at the return of Jesus Christ on the last day of this earth age. It was God that breathed the "breath of life", the soul, into man. The "breath of life" includes the life of the soul and the spirit that gives live to your flesh body.
This is saying that man's breath is not something that you can depend upon, because it can be gone instantly, when God's calls that soul and spirit back to Him. However it is God, the one that gave man the "breath of life" that has all the glory. Once you come to understand that all life comes from God, the air we breathe, and the Word that we study to understand Him, and every thing that we have is a blessing from God, even your health. It just doesn't matter how much wealth you have, if you do not have the Father, and your sins forgiven in Christ, you are just getting by, and holding for that final day to come. Today it is not far away.
You will never find happiness and contentment out side of God. Peace of mind comes from your understanding God's plan of the world and it gives you a surety of what is going to happen in this world. Not to make you haughty, but simply knowing that it is our Heavenly Father that regulates the events of these final days of this earth age of the flesh. God owns everything and He wants to give blessings. Those blessings will only be given to those that do things God's way. God wants your love, and not your earthy sacrifices, and when you learn what pleases God and do it then you will receive those blessings from Him.
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