"Jerusalem Restored [1-15]."
"God's Controversy with the Nations. Vanity of Idols."
This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location is provided by http://www.theseason.org
This chapter will take a closer look at the plan of God for the ages, and it goes even back into the first earth age. God is speaking of a time that He would not find one of His own to raise up and lead His people. So at that time He chose a Gentile, a Persian named Cyrus. Though this is history, remember that it is a type of what shall come.
Isaiah 45:1 "Thus saith the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him, and I will loose the loins of kings; to open before him the leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;"
God is saying that it is He that will anoint Cyrus to be used as his right hand. Cyrus will do the work of returning the remnant out of Babylon, and returning them back to Jerusalem, and the land of Judah. It is God that is going to move all nations on the earth under Cyrus' control, and after Cyrus is dead and gone, the sons of Cyrus will complete what Cyrus has started. When we study the books of Ezra and Nehemiah we see how perfectly this prophecy came to pass.
There are no accidents concerning God's plan, for the nations will move and align up exactly as God said they would. Each Empire that came into being, received their power for the exact time that God allowed it to be. God allowed the Sennacherib to remain in power over Assyria for the sake of removing the house of Israel off their lands and scattering them. Then at the appointed time God gave the power of the nations over to Babylon, to punish the House of Judah for the sins they had committed. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon subdued the men of Jerusalem, and hauled them into captivity for the period of seventy years.
At the end of the seventy years, in one night Cyrus, the King of the Medo-Persian empire overthrew Babylon, and then through the prophets such as Ezra and Nehemiah, Cyrus financed and gave the authority for the Children of Israel to return to Jerusalem and Judaea, and rebuild the temple and the city gates and streets.
Isaiah 45:2 "I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:"
Just like God made the task of building Cyrus' empire, He can also make things a lot easier for you in your personal life. He can straighten out those crooked paths and ways that you follow, and break down all those bars and gates that would prevent you from doing the things He would have you do. At the same time those paths and problems that get into your way can be made more difficult, if you so choose. It is up to you as to how those ways will become. It won't be smooth all the time, because we are suppose to be able to use the common sense that God has given us, and work things out for ourselves.
Isaiah 45:3 "And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, Which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel."
Remember that this is directed to Cyrus on the historical level. God is telling him that you may worship idols now and seek the secret places, but when this is all over you will understand that there is only one God, and that is the God of Israel. This did happen and come true, for not only did Cyrus come to know the God of Israel, but he returned the Jews to Jerusalem, and picked up the bill for that expense.
Isaiah 45:4 "For Jacob My servant's sake and Israel Mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known Me."
Friend, this is written one hundred and thirty years before Cyrus was even born, and God is not only naming Cyrus, but telling exactly what Cyrus will do. Cyrus was a servant of God, appointed by God. Remember how the last chapter ended and what God said? "That saith of Cyrus, `He is My shepherd, and shall perform all My pleasure:' " God's prophecy came to pass exactly as God spoke it. Today we look back historically, and we can verify that the events came to pass exactly as spoken.
Isaiah 45:5 "I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside Me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known Me:"
God is telling Cyrus that I strengthened you and prepared you for war. Then I went with you to battle, and gave the enemy into your hands. Though you did not know Me, I am still in control. This is the exact way that it is; God is in control and it is senseless to look for lasting security in any material things of this earth. When God tells us that He will provide for us, and protect our ways He will keep His promise. Our Heavenly Father is always with us.
Isaiah 45:6 "That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside Me. I am the Lord, and there is none else."
"The rising of the sun" is from the east, and the sun sets in the west any place that you may be on the face of the earth. God is telling you that any place that you may be on this earth, He is the only security that you need. In a way this should cause some shame to His people, for it shows that God had to rely on someone from outside of Israel to fulfill the promises that He made to His own children. God used this Gentile king to make the declaration, and see to it that the remnant would return, and then He put the wealth necessary, and the power in the hands of Cyrus to see that it would be carried out.
This is the way that it has always been. God will use whom ever He chooses to perform His will. Even in these latter days, God has allowed the wealth and power to be given over into the hands of a few Kenites, and with the power and wealth of their hidden dynasties they are forming a one world system that provides the needs for His people, and at the same time is causing the plan of God to be fulfilled. Though many of the things happening today are done in secret, they are not a secret to our Heavenly Father. Though many things seem to be one way to us, God's Will is being fulfilled. This is why it is important to study His Word so that when these things happen, and then it will not be a secret to you. Nothing is going to happen but what God has already alerted his people of the event.
Isaiah 45:7 "I form the light, and create darkness: I made peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things."
This verse has been badly translated from the Hebrew text. Lets take a close look at two words here, the words "create", and "evil". The verb "create" or "bara" in the Hebrew requires the rendering "to bring about". This word has to be determined in the context of it's use.
The word "evil" is never rendered "sin", but "calamity". God brings calamity into our lives as the inevitable consequences of the sin that is committed. God is saying that if you chose to bring sin in your life, you can count on the calamity that will follow. God has not created the sin, or evil, but God has created the individuals that have turned to evil. Then when you get out of line, God provides the distress within your life to show you that you are out of line, and by that calamity you know it is time to repent and get back into line.
If you are a child of God, you will pick up on those times when you are out of the will of God, and see the distress for what it is and thank Him for it. You will get back to where you should be, and then God will straighten you path and break down those bars and gates that are in your way. However it is all up to you.
Isaiah 45:8 "Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righterousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it."
This goes even back into the world age that was. The first earth age where souls did not exist in the flesh. Our heavenly Father created the sun to give light, and the earth to give forth the life that is generated from the energy rays of the sun. Even in the most basic and earliest religious forms, they recognized the combination of father sun, and mother earth. God is telling us that it is He that created both the sun and the earth, and caused each to do what they are doing.
"Let the earth open", is in reference to Psalm 106:17. Korah is not mentioned here but he led a group to rebel against Moses, so Moses told the people to make a choice between God's ways and Korah's way. After the choice was made by the people, this is what happened.
Psalm 106:17 "The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, And covered the company of Abiram."
Friend, God has complete authority over the earth and its forces for He has created it. It can be used it for your benefit, or to be a punishment against you.
Isaiah 45:9 "Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, `What makest thou?' or thy work, `He hath no hands?' "
The point that is made here, is that you have no right in questioning God on any matters that He is doing in your life. Why would you say something to God like this, for only a fool would question God.
Isaiah 45:10 "Woe unto him that saith unto his father, `What begettest thou?' or to the woman, `What hast thou brought forth?' "
Though the thought may come to mind, questioning why you were born into one family, and not to another race, or social level. It was not your choice as to which parents that you would have, and to which embryo that your soul would enter. All races were created By God, and all flesh is created in the image of "Elohim" being the Father and the angels. The only variance to what your appearance would be is based on outside factors, such as health, diseases, and the violations of God's laws by someone in your genetic line, or lineage.
What God is saying here then is that when you end up a certain way, formed with a certain appearance, you have no right to question why God made you that way. When you repent and become one of His, you then have the right to claim all of the promises that He has promised you. God can take a broken vessel and put it back together, but it is God that makes the decision as to how it will be. It would be foolish to look to your mother and ask her why she brought you forth to look like you do.
Paul was left with a deformity after his conversion, and many think it had to do with his eyesight. Even though Paul prayed about it three times, God saw fit that it should continue. God knew what was best for Paul, and He knows what is best for you. When God formed Cyrus, He gave Cyrus a heart that would strive for victory, yet yield to the service of God's desires. God will give you that same desire if you ask Him for it.
Isaiah 45:11 "Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, "Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons, and concerning the work of My hands command ye Me."
People think they have the right to question God in the things that are done to them. Remember from a prior verse; righteousness comes down from heaven, What we get we deserve and it is righteous. Our Heavenly Father is one that would treat His sons exactly as a earthly father would, and you had better be careful when you begin to question Him.
It is proper to question Him while you are studying His Word, to understand His Will for you. When you question Him under this light, He will make it very clear to you why He does everything that He does.
Isaiah 45:12 "I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded."
This is talking about our Heavenly Father creating the stars of the heavens with his own hands, as well as the hosts or angelic being that were created in eons of time past. This time is called the first earth age. Don't let it throw you when the angels are called men or sons of God, for it is written in Genesis 1:28; "And God said, "Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish..." and so on. Flesh man is made in the image and likeness of Our Heavenly Father and His angels. That is why flesh man can eat the food of the Angels, just like the angels can eat the food that flesh man eats. Woman was not a creature of the first earth age, for all souls were in the masculine. God created woman for the age of the flesh, for that is how each soul would enter this earth age. When the souls or angels, also called the "sons of God" came to earth other then through the embryo within the womb of a woman, they were condemned and judged to death, as we read of earlier in Jude 1: 6 and 7.
Isaiah 45:13 "I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward" saith the Lord of hosts."
This is getting back to Cyrus, and God is saying that it is He that raised Cyrus up, and gave him the wealth and power to do those things. Cyrus is also going to free my people, and build my city, that we know today as Jerusalem. Cyrus did not even take as much as a reward for doing the things that he did, because He would even pay to see to it that it was completed.
Isaiah 45:14 "Thus saith the Lord, "The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, `Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God.' "
We know that Israel did come back to power as a nation and was well respected by other nations. However, this also applies to the end times, when the world will be ruled by authority from Jerusalem. In the earily times it was Cyrus that brought this into reality, and in our time God is showing us that He is in control when all the events of prophecy are coming to pass exactly as God foretold that it would. The point of establishing the final generation Jesus marked, when He said in Matthew 24:32-34 that we were to "Learn the parable of the fig tree", and that the generation that witnessed this parable come into being "would not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."
Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
God is in complete control and He will cause all the things that His prophets have prophesied to come to pass before the generation that saw the Jews return to Palestine to establish their nation of Israel have passed away. God's Word will be fulfilled as it is written, and you can count on it.
Isaiah 45:15 "Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour."
In the Hebrew text it reads, "Truly Thou are a God of wonderment, the God of Israel that works in mysterous ways." He gives God the credit as being the Savior.
Isaiah 45:16 "They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols."
God is answering those that would make their own religions, and form their own idols. God is saying that I will send them a strong delusion. If you want to be confused and trust in lies, then God is going to help you out. God does not hide anything from anybody that seeks the truth, but if people reject the truth of His Word, the God will help you stray down what ever path you chose to follow. If you want to worship a cow, then God will place that reverence of the cow within you, if you want to believe in the fly-away doctrine, they He will allow you to be so completely deceived that when Satan comes claiming to be the True Christ, you will absolutely believe it. God will confound you and bring so much confusion over you, that the truth will be hidden from you. Why? Because you have chosen by your own free will to believe that lie. God does not work in secret, but the secrecy comes through their own biblical illiteracy.
Now God is going into His basic over-all plan.
Isaiah 45:17 "But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end."
Israel shall be saved with an everlasting [eternal], and the confusion and ignorance of His Word will not be forever. In the due course of time or the appointed time, after all the events that must take place as are written in His Word, then the time of understand will come. This time of course is when our Lord Jesus Christ returns to earth at the seventh trumpet.
At this point, try to eliminate the traditions that you have formed in your mind, and concentrate on what God is saying here. Our Heavenly Father is going to tell us His reason for bring salvation to this earth, and how it shall come to pass.
Isaiah 45:18 "for thus saith the Lord That created the heavens; God Himself That formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: "I am the Lord; and there is none else."
Before we get into this verse, let's understand the Hebrew word used for "vain". In the Hebrew text the word is "tohu", and this is the same word as God gave in Genesis 1:2.
Genesis 1:2 "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."
The word "tohu" means void and without form. God is saying that He did not create the earth void and without form, but it became that way. "And the earth was" is also a phrase that we must take back to the Hebrew text, for the word "was" in the Hebrew text should read "became". In the Strong's Hebrew Dictionary, the number is 1961. "Hayah, haw-yaw', a prime root, to become, or come to pass, to cause to happen." The earth was not created "tohu" or without form and void, but became that way.
In Genesis 1:1; "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." This is a flat statement, and the purpose of His creation is given to us here in Isaiah 45:18; "He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He fored it to be inhabited:" He "established" it to give it order, and the purpose for establishing it was that it would be "inhabited." It was in that established place that the dinosaurs, and all the other creatures that are extinct today, roamed.
We can go to the poles of this earth and find tropical plants, and sharp frozen animals with butter-cups still in their mouths. The dogs that pulled the sleds can still eat the meat from those thousands of years old creatures. The earth was created from pole to pole with no ice and no desolation, but an event happened to cause the earth to become that way. God is telling you here that He is the Lord, and He created the earth perfect. So we see from this verse that something happened between Genesis 1:1, and Genesis 1:2, that the earth that was created perfect and with habitation, became a complete waste and empty of life. Even to the point of the stars and sun not existing for a certain period of time.
Some Bible preachers would have you believe that the earth is only six thousand years old, However, that age is related only to the family of Adam, the race of "ruddy" complected or white individuals that show blood in their face. That is what the word "Adam" means in the Hebrew. We know from simple scientific fact and physical evidence that this earth is millions of years old, and only God knows the actual time. Then God created all souls and placed them upon the earth, and there was a rebellion by one of those souls, that we call Satan, and one third of all the other souls followed that soul, Satan.
Satan was the one soul that was created for a purpose, and thus was created above all the rest. Ezekiel 28:12 "Son of man [Ezekiel], take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus [Satan], and say unto him, `Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty."
This is his purpose: Ezekiel 28:14 "Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire."
Satan was created to care for the Altar of God and be before the throne of God.
Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.".
It was after the iniquity came to Satan that the destruction came to this earth. When Satan's pride overtook him, and he thought himself better then God, one third of the angels or souls follow him in the rebellion. This is what is referred to in Revelation 12:1-4. for the same order of events that happened at the end of the first earth will also happen at the end of this second earth age of the flesh. One third of the stars or Angels follow the great red dragon, and his tail drew the third part of those stars or souls of heaven.
So when this great fall of Satan came and one third of his created souls rebelled, God could either destroy this earth age, or he could destroy His children. Even in the flesh, destroying your children is pretty heavy. God chose to destroy that earth age, and all life forms that were on it, and to start over with with His plan. No one can deny the fact that this first earth existed, with the bones and tracks laid out even in stone. God even talked about the dinosaurs in Job.
Job 40:15; "Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth the grass like an ox."
Job 40:16 "Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly."
Job 40:17 "He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
God goes on to describe the "behemoth" or dinosaur, and the fact that He did exist. When so-called scholars try to say this is a description of a hippopotamus, they overlook that the given charactistics are not that of a hippo.
God told us this time when He caused the earth of become a complete void in Jeremiah 4: 19-29. It pained God to see the sin that had filled the earth and he shook the earth and caused it to become a complete ruin.
Jeremiah 4:22 "For My people is foolish, they have not known Me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge."
God's children haven't changed much from the first earth age to the age of the flesh, they refuse to pay attention to knowledge and common sense, and seek to do evil. "Sottish" in the Hebrew text is "stupid". God is saying that His children are not too bright.
Jeremiah 4:23 "I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light."
We know from Genesis 1:1, and 1:2 that the earth was made perfect and became void. From Isaiah 44:18, it was not created in vain but to be inhabited. So the time that this is looking is the period between the first earth age, and the time of Genesis 1:3, when the Spirit of God is moving over the earth to restore it to be inhabited once again. God is looking at the earth here and is just a mass of substance without any life. Even the sun and moon are absent.
Jeremiah 4:24 "I beheld the mountains, and, lo they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly."
The earth is a massive ball trembling in the universe and full of quakes.
Jeremiah 4:25 "I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, all the birds of the heavens were fled."
This verse proves that we are not talking about the flood of Noah's day, for we know that there were eight adamic souls aboard the Ark, as well as two of all the other flesh races, and the animals that were saved through the flood. Remember the raven that was set out, as well as the dove. Birds certainly did live through the destruction of Noah's flood.
Jeremiah 4:26 "I beheld, and lo, the fruitful places was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by His fierce anger."
Animals don't build cities, men build cities; house upon house and all bonded together. The first earth age had cities just as this second earth age has them. The reason we can't find them is because of the "tohu" or ruin that covered the earth.
Jeremiah 4:27 "For thus hath the Lord said, "The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end"
Even at the close of that first earth age when God looked upon the earth in it's complete destruction, God's intent was to restore the earth back to where it would be inhabited again.
Jeremiah 2:28 "For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it."
God is telling you exactly why the earth was ruin, and the heavens became black, it was because God spoke the work and it became that way. What had happened was according to the perfect plan of God. He purposed it and it came to pass.
Don't let anything dealing with the forming of this earth age shake your belief, for the doubts that come only reflect your lack of understanding of His Word. When the scientific world tries to undermine your faith with their theories, remember that they don't even follow the rules that they set up for themselves. If a lie exists and it helps to explain their theory, then they declare that lie to be true, and force the academic world to accept it. Their goal is to maintain their lie, and not understand the truth. These characters are running around with their bags of chain links, only the links are not connected, nor will they never will be. They use Lyle's theories to give a time frame for their development to take place, only their own evidence proves that there were major earth wide catastrophies in that 240 million year time requirement for their evolution theory.
They have trouble finding the remains of flesh man that goes back before the creation of flesh man six to ten thousand years ago, so they take the bone parts of apes and a monkey, and say it is of man. The part that they used today to identify early man is a fragment of the jaw of an Ape, and this is used to determine their theory. They can find many whole dinosaurs, and species of elephants and other creatures that have been extinct for tens of thousands of years, but yet not one complete specimen of just one man. I would say they have a kettle of fish that they are trying to sell someone, and most of the academic world including most Christians are buying their fishy story.
It is real sad that God had to create man in flesh, with all his weakness, However all souls are to be born of woman and innocent of what happened before. Each soul enters into this earth age and God has allowed you to have a fresh oppurtunity as to whether you chose to follow God, or follow after Satan. It is your free will to chose and for those that fail, their soul will not continue eternally. To those that choose to repent to the Father and accept God's plan for eternal salvation through the sacrifice of His son on the cross, God will give eternal life.
Isaiah 45:19 "I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, `Seek ye Me in vain:' I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right."
God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, and revealed to this seed of Jacob [Moses] His plan. God gave Moses the things that were necessary for man to live right, and have good health in their flesh bodies. We read of these things that were given in secret in the Word of God, in Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, and they were all fulfilled as Christ said, in His coming to earth. No one detail of what was written has changed from when they were given to Moses. If you break the heath laws you get sick in your body, if you break a commandment you reap the consequence of that sin.
Friend, God hasn't kept anything in the dark from those that honestly seek the truth, and will set aside their preconcieved ideas of traditions. He told us all that we need to know through His prophets, however, we need to study to find out the truths of what was written. It takes the right tools, and time to dig it out for yourself. Man's traditions are given to pacify man when he is too lazy to pay attention to God's instructions.
God has declared what righteousness is, in His Word, and He is telling you not to seek Him in vain. If you think that God is unfair in any matter, it is a declaration that you simply do not know the ways of God, or that statement would not be made. God is fair in all things, and He has given all souls the right and free will to be stupid "sottish", and they generally are.
Isaiah 45:20 "Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save."
God is asking for you and your family to come to Him and allow Him to take care of you. "Ye that are escaped of the nations" are those that have developed their own traditions, and forms of idolatry, and find pleasure in their idolatry. That goes as much for those in the back woods that worship trees and cows, as it does for those Christians that have created their forms of idolatry in traditions and doctrine that go against God's Word. God has given you free will to choose what you desire to worship, and when you make that selection along a worldly path, He will blind you to seeing the truth.
God opened up His plan of salvation, and provided the Savior as the perfect sacrifice. That is one of your choices, and it is up to you to make the choice for yourself. God sent you a letter, and you have studied that letter with understanding, or you have allowed some other man to make that choice for you.
Isaiah 45:21 "Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declare this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside Me."
God is telling you to get together and discuss His Word, take counsel with one another and seek out the truth of that ancient time. God did not create this world void and without form, but He created it good and inhabited, and this earth became a ruin. We are to talk of that time of the first earth age, for it was then that Satan rebelled, and one third of the souls fell. This earth age in the flesh came into being because of the overthrow of Satan, and God does not want you ignorant and stupid of those things. If you think God is a hateful God, then you just don't know Him, for our Heavenly Father loves all of His children, and He wants each of us to desire Him. However He leaves that up to each individual.
God is asking you, Who hath told it from that time? Of course man in all his knowledge can't give that knowledge, however God's Word does. Friend, there is no explanation to the creation, and God expects you to accept it from His Word. There is no other God in existance anywhere, and you accept that by faith, or you are not of God. God is just and He is our only Savior, and the only way to our Heavenly Father. God has a plan of Salvation and that plan goes much deeper then most teach
Isaiah 45:22 "Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else."
This is through the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ that you can be saved. Jesus said this very same thing in the New Testament. John 14:6; "Jesus saith unto him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." Those things that the world is using to prove the Bible wrong, is absolute proof that God's Word is true. Yes the plan of God goes far deeper then a few words uttered at the altar, but is the acceptance of the entire Word of God, and that plan that He formed. The same God that can take this entire world that lay in complete ruin and destruction, and reform it to the beauty that we have today, can take that life that is filled with sin, sickness and despair, and lift it to a height of victory.
God's love doesn't change, nor does His Word, and when you repent to the Father in Jesus name, and by faith accept the forgiveness that He promised that you will have, He will make a change in you. At that point you are saved, however you are still in the flesh and will sin again, and that is why we are to repent each time we fall short of His standard. You don't need to be saved all over again, but you do need to name those sins and each of them will be blotted out as if they had never been committed. There are no secrets that God kept from you, nor dark mysteries in His teaching, for everything is revealed in His plan.
Isaiah 45:23 "I have sworn by myself, the Word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear."
God can sware by no greater then Himself. The words that God has spoken through the prophets will go out and cover the entire earth, and on the first day of the Millennium age, every soul shall know the Word of God for it shall be written in their hearts or minds. All people of every race will know that Jesus Christ is God, and will bow their knee to Him. On that first day of the Millennium age, every person will swear that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
When Satan comes to earth and presents himself as the messiah, many will know him for the fake he is. Remember those blinders that God placed on those with eyes to see but they could not see nor understand? Well, those blinders will come off on the first day of the Millennium age, and all people of all races will see and understand completely all of God's Word. That is why every knee shall bow and tongue confess the glory of our Heavenly Father, and His Son our Lord Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 45:24 " `Surely,' shall one say, `in the Lord have I righteousness and strength:' even to Him shall men come; and all that are incensed against Him shall be ashamed."
The truth will hurt many, but we are still to teach it as it is written. We will receive the strength to teach and instruct by the Spirit of God. Friend, those that get mad when you try to tell them about our Lord and His love for them will be very ashamed, to the point of wanting death at the coming of our Lord and Savior. Our responsibility is to plant the seed, it is up to the Holy Spirit whether that seed grows or dies. We are to be faithful in our planting for it is God that does the saving or not. Who cares what a bunch of fuzzy heads think, we are to teach the truth, and let the chips fall where they may.
Isaiah 45:25 "In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.' "
The wisdom that our Heavenly Father speaks through His Word openly, perfectly and righteously is the truth. That is what we must teach and only that. This is to say that in the Word of God, and through the seed of Israel, Jesus Christ can we be justified. Jesus Christ gets the glory when we plant the seeds of truth, and others come to know Him.
Revelation 4:11 "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created."
Within the truth of God's Word we have the overall plan of God, His righteousness, and faithfulness to His Word. God loves His children, but He will not interfere with their free will descision to chose Him or Satan. That is for each soul to determine of our own free will. It wasn't God that caused the destruction of the earth, but it was because of the sins of Satan. Rather then destroying His children that fell, God chose to destroy that earth age, and start a fresh in this flesh age and allow each soul to be born innocent of the sin of that first age, and chose whether they would chose God or Satan.
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