"Woes. Alternated with Yehovah's Glories."
This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location is provided by http://www.theseason.org
Isaiah 27 ended the seven seals of the Apocalypse of Isaiah, and with Isaiah 28 we start the seven "woes" of Isaiah. The first woe is directed to Ephraim, who represents the House of Israel, not the Jews, but the ten tribes that were scattered by the Assyrians, relocated to an area north of lake Van in Iraq. Later they uprooted and migrated through the Caucasus mountains, to settle throughout western Europe, and the Americas, as well as other places around the Word. They became know as the "Caucasians" when they lost their identity with Israel, and to this day that identity has remained with them. This House of Israel has become as numerous as the sands of the sea, and the stars of heaven, as prophesied by God through Hosea in Hosea 1:10.
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.
Isaiah 28:1 "Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are over-come with wine."
Wearing the "crown of pride" is a dangerous thing to wear, for that is the exact thing that caused Satan's fall in the first earth age. The "head of the fat valleys" is Samaria, the ancient capital of the House of Israel and it represents all the ten tribes where ever they may be in this time of the end. These are the woes that are directed to our generation, the generation that began with the planting of the shoot of the fig tree in Palestine. That shoot happened when the tiny nation of Israel was established by the United States, and England through the Balfour agreement of the United Nations in 1948.
So here in the final days you have this fading flower of Ephraim, the ten tribes, in a drunken stupor where they don't know who they are or where they came from. To most people of today of the House of Israel, they could care less.
Isaiah 28:2 "Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand."
This mighty flood that shall come down upon them is the Assyrian, another role that Satan will play in the end times with his flood of lies and deceptions. This we read of in Isaiah 14 when this person the Antichrist, along with his locust army of fallen angels will deceive those that have not learned with the Spirit of God and have [the seal of God] in their foreheads. If they have not the seal of God in their foreheads they are going to be deceived. You will know what the Word of God says about the coming of the Antichrist [the instead of Christ] and be able to identify him, or you will be taken by him thinking that he is Jesus Christ coming to take you away and save you. This of course will be done in ignorance, and the lack of understanding of what God's Word warns you against.
Satan the Antichrist is coming first before the true Christ, Jesus Christ and those that don't know any better are nothing but a bunch of Satan worshippers. This is why God is saying that He is not going to have any mercy on them. If they chose to follow the traditions promoted by men in their doctrines, they will be washed away in the flood of lies that come from the mouth of Satan in those last five months of this earth age.
Revelation 12:15 "And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood."
Revelation 12:16 "And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth."
Friend, the dragon is Satan the Antichrist and the water that is flowing from Satan's mouth are the lies and deceiving words, along with the supernatural wonders that are going to deceive all those that do not have the seal of God in their forehead. That seal is placed by the Holy Spirit of God, who gives us the ability to understand the Word of God. That is how we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear and understand so that we will not be deceived. In discussing Satan and the deception that he will bring to the earth, lets review Revelation 13:11-18 to see exactly how this deception will come.
Revelation 13:11 "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon."
This beast is the One Word System, and it will have two horns which stands for forms of power. The first is political, while the last is a religious form of Government. The dragon is Satan, who will speak like the "Lamb, Who is Christ, and Satan shall do exactly what the Word of God says he will do at this time. This dragon will present himself to those who do not know the Word of God and make them think he is Jesus but he will still be Satan, and not Christ. He will be what the Christians of today call "the Antichrist".
Revelation 13:12 "And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed."
Remember that the political one world system will lose it's power, and nations will cease to respect it, which is the deadly wound of the first head of the beast. Those same powers that were part of that political beast will also be what Satan will use to bring his religious system into power. Satan, the Antichrist will give power to this beast, who will in turn worship him for causing this to happen.
Revelation 13:13 "And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,"
Satan will razzle-dazzle all men on the face of the earth with his supernatural acts, to the point that even the Christians that are not sealed will believe Him to be Jesus Christ, the Lamb.
Revelation 13:14 "And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live."
The religious beast, and all men of the earth, except those sealed of God, will see all these miracles and be convinced this person is God, only he is a fake. Satan will create an image of himself, and then try to get all the people of the earth to worship that image. Remember what happened in Daniel chapter three when the King of Babylon created his image? The three children of Israel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego refused to bow to the image. Friend, are you ready to stand, or are you going to bow?
Revelation 13:15 "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."
God gave Satan his powers to do what he does to deceive those without the seal of God, and God also gave Satan the orders to leave those that have the seal of God in their foreheads alone. This then are those that have not the seal of God in their forehead that are deceived and are killed spiritually by the beast that Satan rules over.
Revelation 13:16 "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads:"
Once a person has bowed to Satan and his religious system, the beast, they have received the mark of the beast in their right hand, which means that they have given service to the beast. By taking the mark in their foreheads, is to be deceived in their mind that Satan is Christ, and that the beast is Jesus Christ's kingdom here on earth. These marks then are what you do for Satan, and what you think, even in ignorance that Satan is the true God.
Revelation 13:17 "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
God will allow Satan to rule the entire earth for the five month period. Though Daniel stated it would be for seven years, Jesus shortened that time to five months for the elect's sake in Revelation 9:5, 10. During that five months all the world will be part of that system, so of course they will be glad to take the number and mark of the beast. However God will provide and protect His own, the elect and those with the seal of God in their forehead.
Revelation 13:18 "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."
Friend, The key to avoiding the taking of "the mark of the beast", is to have that wisdom from the Holy Spirit of God, for that is the only place that this wisdom comes from. This number is not a number like one, two, three, and so on; but comes from an old outdated Greek word; "Stigma". It is a form of counting by the using of old worn stones, worn smooth over a long period of time. Those stones are the symbol for "the Kenites", the offspring of Satan and Eve from the Garden of Eden. It is the Kenites that are going to set up the beast, or one world political system in our generation, and it is these Kenites that will prepare the way for even Christians to accept their father Satan as the true Messiah, when in fact this Antichrist is a fake, a counterfeit.
Returning back to Isaiah 28:2 , we now understand that this flood of mighty waters are the lies and many supernatural wonders and miracles that Satan will use to deceive the people of the entire earth. You see now why it is important that we know the chronological order of the events of the latter days that we now live in. God did not want His children deceived, thus we have the warnings from His Word.
Isaiah 28:3 "The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:"
In early days the House of Israel was full of pride and drunkenness from idolatry and were overthrown by the Assyrians. This same pride and spiritual drunkenness that existed then, is also present in the Christian nations of today. They were uprooted and scattered two hundred years before the house of Judah was taken captive by Babylon.
Isaiah 28:4 "And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up."
The "fat valley" is Samaria in the Hebrew text, and represented today as the nations comprising the old House of Israel, the Christian nation. God is telling us that these nations are going to die, they are going to be the fading flower. Each of these nations, America included, will become part of that one World system, which now exists in political form. This is saying that the Assyrian, who is Satan in our generation, is going to harvest you out of season.
"Hasty fruit", means that it is the first ripe, and it is in reference to figs harvested before the summer season. They are so ready that with the first wind, they fall to the earth in a juicy splat. God is warning the Christian nations that He is going to send an enemy upon you that is going to harvest you, and eat you up because you have become ripe for the picking. It is no different from the fall of the House of Israel, that in the end generation Satan the Assyrian is returned, only he will be the "son of perdition". If you are not prepared for the supernatural acts that he shall perform in the sight of everyone, you will be harvest out of season, just a these over-ripe figs.
Jesus warned of this also in Matthew 24:
Matthew 24:20; "But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:"
Matthew 24:21 "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."
To make your flight in the winter is to be harvested out of season. It is important to have the parables of God's Word flow through your mind with understanding so that when you see the events of the end times that we are living in.
Isaiah 28:5 "In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of His People,"
To those with the seal of God in their forehead, with the knowledge of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of hosts will be worn as a crown of glory. There will always be certain ones of His people that will not have that pride that leadeth to the fall, and will humbly stand in the name of the Lord. They will care enough to make a difference where they are, and plant the seed of truth of His Word.
Isaiah 28:6 "And for a spirit of Judgment to Him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate."
These dear Christians will understand exactly what is going on around them, and remain loyal to God to the very end of this earth age. These elect will be strong and take the battle to the enemy. When the time of Satan arrives, we had better have the gospel armor on and in place to stand against the spiritual darts of the devil.
Ephesians 6:10 "Finally brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might."
That power that only comes from the Holy Spirit of God, when His Word is placed in our minds through our studying of God's Word..
Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
Our "armor" is the Word of God, and it gives us the truths and warnings that prevent us from being deceived by Satan's supernatural acts and deceiving words.
Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Though Satan will look like a man in the flesh, and his fallen angels will appear to be human, they are still in the supernatural form. They are still angels. We will be standing firm by God's Word, with the strength of the Holy Spirit of God giving us our instruction.
Mark 13:11 tells us; "But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought before hand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost [the Holy Spirit]."
Satan knows God's Word far better that you will ever know it, even to the point that he tried to tempt Jesus when He was here on earth in the flesh. The only match for Satan, the chief of all scripture lawyers, is the Holy Spirit of God, and that is why we are to all God Spirit to do the talking in that day. The battle that takes place is with words, and ideas that come straight from the Word of God, only Satan puts a twist on it to make those words a lie. Dropping a word here and changing a word there in such a manner that what you think is God's Word, is only part of the flood of lies that comes from Satan's mouth.
Ephesians 6:13 "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
This is why it is important to take on the whole armor of God, all of it from Genesis to Revelation, that you at least under stand the overall plan of God, who the Kenites are, and what the signs of the end times are. We are living in those times, and we will face those evil forces of Satan that are going to trap the whole world in their lies. Make sure that you stay in the field working, rather then being the one first taken out of season, over ripe and ignorant of God's Word.
Isaiah 28:7 "But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up in wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment."
"They" mentioned here are those of the House of Judah. It is so easy to fall away from our Lord when you wear the crown of pride. These people have turned from what is written in His Word, to men that they have held up to a level of respect above the Word of God. They are making what man says of greater importance then what God said through the prophets. Their strong drink becomes their traditions and man made doctrines.
Their traditions are not the Word of God, but they risk their entire spiritual soul on those traditions.
When you listen to and put the law of man over the law of God, you are turning to the law of precedents. The law of precedents is contrary to the law of God because it is putting the words and traditions that are formed in a man's mind over God's law. God's law is absolute and either "yea" or "nay", "yes" or "no", it does not look at shaded degrees of right or wrong and they reason away ones guilt in arguments. Before they can come up with a decision as to what is right or wrong, they have to consider what all the brethren have to say, and they never get to the absolute of what God's Word has to say about the matter. These poor blind sheep are never fed to the point that they know completely what is Biblically correct. They are all "drunk" on their own pride, the strong drink of their own man made ideas and traditions.
Isaiah 28:8 "For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean."
Do you want to know what God thinks of their ideas and traditions? This verse tells you. Have you seen a place where the night before was filled with drunks and wildness? It is filled with filth and vomit and a complete mess. This is the way the God is looking at those that allow themselves to be deceived into accepting these ways of men, without going to His Word. When you listen to man's lies, twisted truths and traditions and act on them with any respect when they go against His Word, God considers you no better then one of those drunks lying in his own vomit and filthiness.
You can see why Isaiah was not all that popular when he looked at their words and traditions, and stated what God thought of what they were partaking of in their religious forms.
Isaiah 28:9 "Whom shall He teach knowledge? and whom shall He make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts."
This is what the religionist that have been accused by Isaiah are saying about him. There is irony and mocking within this, yet some people make a religion out of this mocking. They have taken a truth, and twisted it to the point of blasphemy. It is the people are saying this about Isaiah.
Who does he think he is teaching this knowledge? These people have so much pride that they think they know everything themselves. Nobody can tell them anything anyway. They go on in irony and ask, just who does he think he is that he he can teach us doctrine anyhow? They already have the doctrines of their leaders to follow, and just who does Isaiah think he is to go against the doctrines of our shepherds. They are saying that Isaiah is treating us like a bunch of babies. He never gets into any of the other stuff, but stays on his milk of the Word.
The reason for this was that Isaiah taught chapter by chapter and verse by verse. He started from the beginning of a book and continued through line by line, and precept by precept, in his instruction. These people wanted to go off into all direction, and see what all the others had to say about the different matters. They wanted to see what Dr. so-and-so, had to say, and what the right reverend Big-mouth thought of the Word. It was to the point were they were sick and tired of what the Word of God said, chapter by chapter, and verses by verse, lets build our own beliefs from our own traditions and doctrines. They are mimicking what Isaiah was saying as to how the Word had to be taught. Listen to this.
Isaiah 28:10 "For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little and there a little:"
This is exactly how Isaiah did teach, only here it is given as mockery to Isaiah. Isaiah taught from the first word in a book, each line and precept, all the way through to the end of that book. These religious nuts were offended and treated it with anger like Isaiah was treating them like a bunch of children that could not see for themselves. Isaiah was trying to give them the more in-depth meaning of the precepts that God had given through His Word, only they wanted to put their own meaning to those precepts.
It takes a teacher that is familiar with the metaphors, idioms, and figures of speech to allow people to understand God's Word, but they don't care what it is saying. They have closed their mind to the truth, and opened it to what they want to hear. They would rather hear gossip and what brother so-and-so did to sister due-drop, then to know what God's instruction is to them, and what it takes to be blessed by God. They want all the juicy tit-bits brought out at the next deacon meeting so they can put brother so-in-so in his place. They don't seek repentance by a fallen brother, but gossip that will boost their own pride.
This is really a disgusting matter, as these prideful people are mocking a prophet of God. It is also sad that exactly what happen here twenty eight hundred years ago is exactly what is going on in many churches today. They are mocking the very Word of God by their attitudes and pride. Every line, verse and chapter is from our Heavenly Father, and to mock it, or any one that teaches it chapter by chapter is not mocking the teacher, but God Himself. This is God's Word that they are mocking, the very method that He instructed, and they are making light of it.
Isaiah 28:11 "For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people."
This is God response to these half wits that would mock God or any prophet of God. God is telling them that He is going to send the Assyrian [Satan], the instead of Christ, and they will listen to that tongue. This word "stammering lips", is # 3932 in the Hebrew text, "baffoon; a foreigners, a mockers tongue." In other words, God is going to send Satan to earth to speak to them in his lying tongue. Remember that this chapter is still dealing with the time of the end, which is our generation. Friend, if you think that chapter by chapter, and verse by verse study of God's Word is nonsense, it is time to look out, for this verse is direct at you.
God is saying you will either do it His way, or Satan's way; and when you do it that Assyrian's way you have taken his mark and his number. A "tongue" is a language, and the voice or language of the Antichrist will sound like you want it to be, for Satan will say anything and promise anything. for you to give him your very soul.
Isaiah 28:12 "To whom He said, "This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing:" yet they would not hear."
God said this through His prophets; Jeremiah [Jeremiah 6:16] and also in Isaiah [Isaiah 7:4, and 8:6]. God gave the people instruction as to how they could live a full life and be blessed by Him, and they don't want to. The desire to be deceived, and are ready to believe any one with a loud mouth that says what they want to here. He said, you could have heard the truth but you would rather mimic Me.
Isaiah 28:13 "But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upn precept; line upon line, line upon line; her a little and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken."
This verse is from the Lord God Almighty. This is how He taught it, and this is also how it should be taught today. In other words the very Word of God itself will become a stumbling block, because they don't like it the way it should be taught. A good teacher tries to catch the very emotion of God as it was given, and tries to teach it with that same emotion. That way the listener can find understanding, and the manuscripts come to life in his mind and life. When it is taught in this manner, it is to rough for many people and it offends them. They like to take their own emotions out of the messenger, rather then attack the Word. It is time to get rid of the dead wood in the bible study group, and get back to the way the Word should be taught.
Isaiah 28:14 "Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem."
God is sending this message to those fools that would mock His Word in the latter days, especially in our generation today. If you want to mock and mimic His teachers and His Word, God Himself will send you someone that you will find comfort in. This warning is sent to the people of Jerusalem because that is where this false messiah will come and rule the earth from. It is Satan, and when he comes he will be exactly as you expect Christ to be, with his supernatural powers, lying wonders to fool, if it be possible, even the elect. However, it is not possible, for we have the seal of God, the understanding by the Holy Spirit of God from His Word to know exactly who this counterfeit is.
Isaiah 28:15 "Because ye have said, "We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:"
Hebrews 2:14 tells us exactly who death is. It is Satan.
Hebrews 2:14 "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;"
When you make a covenant with death, you make a covenant with the devil, who is Satan. God is warning you not to make any covenant with death, the devil, who is the serpent who shall come to deceive all mankind shortly. When this "overflowing scourge" of lies and falsehoods comes forth out of Satan's mouth, it is sad to say but most Christians today will seek refuge and peace in the agreements that Satan will make with them. They will find refuge in their traditions and false doctrines because Satan will tell them there is peace in them.
If someone tells you that you don't need to know the Apocalypse of Isaiah [chapters 22-27]; that you don't need to know the book of Revelation, the laws of God, and the commandments are not to be follow; mark that person well for he is lying to you. To be prepared for the deception that will cover the earth, it is important to have a knowledge of it all. That is why God gave us His Word, to prepare us for what we will face in this earth age.
Isaiah 28:16 "Therefore thus saith the Lord God, "Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make hast."
This "foundation" is "a tried stone" that you can count upon. That precious corner stone, tried and true is Jesus Christ. Remember earlier in verse four that God had accused those that were filled with their pride, and and anxious to follow any wind of doctrine that came along as "hasty fruit". They were always ready to jump on to some new thing that came down the road. When those traditions and religious ideas went against God's Word, you are in trouble.
It is also interesting that God compared Himself to a Rock, a stone, just as He used a rock to compare Satan to in Isaiah 23. In the Hebrew tongue "Tyre" means rock and that is the name God gave to Satan. This precious corner stone that we have in Jesus Christ is not as that old rock of Tyre, yet the fake will appear to be the true Rock. Those that put their trust in the fake rock, Satan, will be building their life on a foundation of sand, for that is what that foundation that Satan builds in Jerusalem will be built on at Christ return.
In the victors song, to be sung by those that overcome at the return of Jesus Christ at the seventh trumpet, the "song of Moses" in Deuteronomy 32:28-33 know the difference between the true Rock and the false rock. That is why they were successful in overcoming Satan the Antichrist when the rest of the world was deceived.
Deuteronomy 32:28 For they are an nation void of counsel, Neither is there any understanding in them."
"They are a nation" is referring to the one world system of Satan and his Kenites, along with the fallen angels that will come with Satan when he comes to play the role of Antichrist. This nation, or one world system, will be the only nation to rule, only it will be the religious system in the time of the end. The only true counsel comes from God and His Word, for all understanding comes from God. As these leaders of the one world religious cry out for peace, they are drawing themselves closer to doom, damnation and destruction.
Deuteronomy 28:29 "O that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would consider their latter end!"
The methods used by scientists in determining where we are in respect to the "latter end", end of time is just opposite for what is written in the Word of God that is the plan of God. The only way to understand how the end shall come is to go to where that plan is written. This "song of Moses" is a key to the understanding of God's plan and by it, we will be overcomers of Satan and his religious beast.
Deuteronomy 28:30 "How should on chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, Except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?"
The True "Rock" is our Heavenly Father, and God is beginning to release His Word in the signs of the end times, and allow the truth of His Word come forth.
Deuteronomy 28:31 "For their rock is not as out Rock, Even our enemies themselves being judges."
Their "rock" is different because he is their father Satan. However our Rock is our Heavenly Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Rock is the firm foundation spoken of in Isaiah 28:16, that precious cornerstone. Notice that the spelling in the Word of God is with a capital letter, "Rock".
Deuteronomy 28:32 "For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: Their grapes are grapes of gall, Their clusters are bitter:"
The reason for this is that they are the serpent people. "Their" [the Kenite's] system of Sodomy is becoming more accepted as these men and women [Sodomites] bring their filth out of the closets, and parade their demon acts in public. The filthy minds of the leadership of our nation today even protects those beastly character's acts.
Deuteronomy 28:33 "Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps."
Our "wine" is the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvery. It cleanses all who seek repentance in His name; However, this bitter wine of Satan's dragons can only end in the fried minds of the those that participate in those demonic practices.
Friend, if you stand on the firm foundation that is Jesus Christ, who is the living Word, then you are never going to be hasty to pick up anything. That applies to those false religious practices, and the wicked poisons of those dragons of Satan which is the false traditions and practices that go against the Word of God. The "cruel venom of asps" is the lies and deceptions that the Kenites are setting forth today as they prepare the world to accept their father Satan, the false rock. Don't be to hasty to leave God's Word and grab for new ideas and teachings, without checking it out in God's Word.
Isaiah 28:17 "Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place."
This again goes back to the Apocalypse of Isaiah, and is also written in Ezekiel 38 and 39, that there will be hailstones the weight of a talent.
Ezekiel 38:22 "And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone."
Ezekiel 38:23 "Thus will I magnify Myself, and sanctify Myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord."
The "plummet" is called a "plumb bob" or a "plumb-line", and it is used to find a true and accurate fixed point. It is used to to express something that is fair, and upright in record. God's Word is our plumb-line that is always right on line and fair. God is always fair and righteous to you, even though he may correct you at times. However, when that correction does come in your life, then you must look in your life to see where you have strayed from that plumb-line of His Word.
Isaiah 28:18 "And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it."
When you seek Christ and the true plumb-line which is His Word, then all covenants that you have made with "death", which is to say Satan, are taken away. This is because the blood of Christ will blot them out just as if they had never existed. There is a bit of hope in this for even those that are deceived.
"Disannulled" is an expression that is used when a daughter runs away and weds themselves to someone that her father disapproves of. It is the father that annuls the license, and sets his daughter free of the marriage. This is exactly what is applied here, that in that day when the daughter of the Heavenly Father runs away with the wrong man, who is Satan, that when He [Jesus Christ] the true husband comes at the seventh trumpet, and finds that daughter already married to another, the True Father can then annul that marriage.
Satan is taken away, and the shamed bride will enter into the Millennium age and prove her loyalty to the husband, Jesus Christ for that thousand years. That shamed bride will not be allowed in the presence for that period, however she will be watched to see her faithfulness to Him for that Millennium period. That is why those that are saved in the Millennium age will be saved by their works only, which are recorded in the books that are opened on judgment day.
Revelation 20:12 "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."
The "dead" are the spiritually dead, those that were not saved by their faith in Jesus Christ, and had repented to the Father in Jesus name. They were also the ones that in ignorance worshipped Satan, the false Christ, when he came to deceive the world. When they worshipped Satan, they threw what ever crowns they did have at Satan's feet, and thus became the bride of Christ in shame.
Though the act was in ignorance, the shame is still there, and only our Heavenly Father can annul that wedding that took place with Satan. That is why the Millennium age exists, and why their salvation can only be by their "WORKS". The great white throne judgment is then at the time when that soul that married Satan, will stand before the Almighty God, and account of every last act committed in the Millennium age, and written in those books.
That "another book" that was opened has only the names of those that did not bow to Satan, they had the seal of God in their forehead, and the blood of Jesus Christ blotted out every sinful act and sin that was committed by that soul. They will stand clean and pure before the Almighty God, and enter into the eternal kingdom.
This time spoken of in Isaiah 28:17 begins the first day of the Millennium age, so in this eighteenth verse it is looking to what happens on that day to those that are standing as the shameful bride that Christ came to claim. Friend, on that day every covenant that exists between Satan and those that fell in shame will be disavowed, and every knee shall bow to the Lord Jesus Christ. Will all the people continue to be faithful to Christ through out the Millennium age? NO, but many will.
Revelation 20:7 "And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,"
Revelation 20:8 "And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea."
It is difficult to understand how these souls could go against God, and turn to Satan, the very one that caused their problem in the first place, but they will and it will be in huge numbers.
Isaiah 28:19 "From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report."
This "vexation" is a "terror" that shall come over them. God is going back here to the prior time, when He said you mocked Me and called My Word, the words for babies. He is saying that it is going to be a terror to you when you finally wake up and understand what this Word is all about. The reason for this is the fact that it would have already happened, because those souls are in the Millennium age and the age of grace, of faith and of the flesh is all over. They have already been deceived into worshipping the false Christ, and been taken in the wrong marriage through their traditions and false doctrines. This is why we are to study line upon line, precept upon precept, and chapter by chapter, so that we have the smooth flowing understanding of God's teachings.
Isaiah 28:20 "For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it."
Your refuge within your own lives is not big enough to carry you all the way to the end of your life here on earth. The bed just can not stretch to the full length of the man's life. Those coverings, or traditions and doctrines that you rely on, that go against the Word of God, just will not cover your spiritual understand all the way to the coming of the Lord. It just does not reach all the way to Christ's coming. You will be taken by another before the end of this earth age of the flesh. You will be married to another before Christ comes back to claim His virgin bride.
That is why Jesus said in Matthew 24:19 "And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!" This is speaking in a spiritual sense of them that were wed to Satan, and did not wait. You don't cover yourself with lies, and expect those lies to give you any comfort. If you don't rely upon our Father's Word you will be sticking out all over the place.
Isaiah 28:21 "For the Lord shall rise up as in mount Perazim, He shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that He may do His work, His strange work; and bring to pass His act, His strange act."
First of all, what happened on mount Perazim and in the valley of Gibeon? This is recorded in II Samuel 5:20, and Joshua 10:10.
II Samuel 5:20 "And David came to Paal-perazim, and David smote them there, and said, "The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of Water." Therefore he called the name of that place Baal-perazim."
II Samuel 5:21 "And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them."
Through David, God destroyed the Philistines, and fought the part for the tribe of Judah. However what God is saying in Isaiah 28:21 is that He is going to eliminate you instead of the enemy. God will not be mocked.
Joshua 10:9 "Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night."
Joshua 10:10 "And the Lord discomfited them before Israel; and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Beth-horon, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah."
Joshua 10:11 "And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Beth-horon, that the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: and were more that died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword."
That hailstone and terror that came on the enemy from God, is going to come on those that mock God and His Word. The thread here is to those that continue to listen to false teachers with their rapture doctrine, and teachings that go against His Word, God anger will be direct to you.
Isaiah 28:22 "Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts a consumption, even determined, upon the whole earth."
This destruction, or consumption shall come to pass, and God is saying that you can count on it. If you continue to mock His Word and those that teach it, God Himself will send a spirit of delusion, which is the spirit of slumber upon you. He will allow you to believe all the lies that Satan will pour out on the earth. That is a promise that you can count on. That is why there will be a judgment, and also why there will be a annulment that was stated in the verses above. Friend, be very careful when you mock any part of God's Word, for in your mocking of His Word you become the enemy of God.
Isaiah 28:23 "Give ye ear, and hear My voice; harken, and hear My speech."
God is telling you to listen to what He is going to tell you, and pay attention to it.
Isaiah 28:24 "Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?"
God is asking, when a man goes out to work his field, is all that he ever does, is plow his field? Of course not, that is only the first step in bring forth a crop. If you are going to plow and harrow the field, you have to plant the seed to get a crop.
Isaiah 28:25 "When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place?"
After that farmer has worked the ground well, isn't the next step to cast the light seed to plant the crop, which is for only certain types of grain? However for wheat and barley, "the appointed" means that you drill, or fix into the soil each seed, and not just cast it to the wind. The analogy is that the farmer has to do more then just one thing to get his crop, he can't just plow all the time. Then when the soil is prepared, he must also know how to plant the seed, for the specific type of grop he is going to receive.
Isaiah 28:26 "For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him."
God is using agriculture to teach us how to plant the seeds of truth from His Word. It is not enough that you plow through the Word of God to understand His Word, you must also prepare the soil, or mind that you intend to plant that seed of truth in. We must go into the language that it was written in to get the full meanings, then learn to apply those truths to real life to where people can apply it to their own lives. When you are digging for the truth, you can only go so far before you reach the point that only the Holy Spirit can give understand to what you are to study. That is why it is important to get yourself right with Him and ask for that understanding before you start to study.
Isaiah 28:27 "For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither neither is a cart wheel turned upon the cummin: but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod."
This is pointing out that you must know the type of seed that you are going to plant in the minds of other, so that you can use the proper tools or instruments that are required for the planting.
Isaiah 28:28 "Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen."
Then when the seed is planted, and the grains come forth, you agree to know how to turn that grain into something that can be eaten. Bread grains are crushed into flour, while other grains are prepared differently. There are different ways to harvest grains and there are different ways of harvesting souls. This is to say that there are different stages in a ministry, but it is to be done by the direction of His Holy Spirit. To some people you have to be very gentle, while with others you have to virtually beat it into their minds. but what tells you whether or note you were successful in your seed planting is the end product, does that person go on to produce more fruit for God? Is he telling others of God's love for them, and planting seeds of truth?
So what God is saying is that bread corn is not fit to be used as corn meal until the ground has been prepared, the seed has been planted and then you have harvested and prepared the grain to where it can be used. By knowing the right consistency of the corn meal allows you to make the perfect loaf of bread. It is the Holy Spirit that gives you the ability to know that consistency to where you can reach people. This is why Paul would teach on three levels, so that he could reach those on all the levels, what ever their ability to learn.
Isaiah 28:29 "This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts, Which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working."
What we are receiving in this Word, is His counsel. God is telling you that He does not work over what is worthless, but only that which is necessary to reach the excellence in a persons life. He does what He does to bring forth fruit for Him, so don't mock Him to where He will reject giving you His wonderful counsel.
God will absolutely not be mocked, or allow you to mock his teachers. It is from His counsel that thru wisdom can be obtained. When you are a student of God's Word, and know the prophesies from His Word, there should be no reason for failing in what every you do, for you will know exactly what is coming on the world. You will know when you are in a time of conflict, and when there is peace. You can even know when it is right to invest on the world markets, for God has revealed it to you. The key to any business is understanding the future, and that is what God has revealed to those that are willing to study His Word.
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