This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location is provided by http://www.theseason.org
God warned Babylon that Cyrus will come, and with Cyrus would come correction. Cyrus was a type of Jesus Christ, as it shall be at His coming of the end of this earth age. What happened in Babylon is a warning as to how it shall be for the Babylon of the book of Revelation in the final generation. We know absolutely that Satan will be here on earth ruling over that Mystery Babylon, as Paul tells us in II Thessalonians 2:3, before the true Christ returns.
II Thessalonians 2:3 "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition."
"That day" is the day of Christ's return, and these two events must occur first. The falling away of the church, and the appearance of Satan, who is the "man of sin", and also known as "the son of perdition".
II Thessalonians 2:4 "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the Temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."
Someone that appears to be like God will come to earth, and he will be worshipped as God, and declare himself to be God, only this false christ will be Satan, the "man of sin". God revealed to us, and gave us an example in the first Babylon to warn us as to how it shall be at the coming of Satan in his role of Antichrist. If we know how it shall be, it will not be a surprise to us when the things similar to what happened in Babylon takes place before our eyes. God does not want us ignorant and helpless when the spiritual warfare of our day gets in full swing.
So God is now going to introduce us as to how this mystery Babylon of our time will be like and the doom that we shall see.
Isaiah 47:1 "Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate."
"Virgin daughter of Babylon" in the national sense means that she has been unconquered. She has never been beaten, she has won every battle that she has fought. God is getting this old daughter ready for her fall, and telling her to sit here on the ground. This virgin nation has no throne, nor place to set a king over her. It is important to understand this verse. Though the one world system is trying to be "tender and delicate" in her ways, to be "politically correct", she is still just an old spiritual harlot.
The world is being set up to do that which the one world system tells them. The system is ready to make them not only politically correct, but spiritually right according to the standards that they set forth. Remember that this virgin daughter is the political system before the arrival of Satan the Antichrist, as she primps herself and makes herself ready for her husband, who is Satan. God is warning you here of how this old virgin daughter of Babylon is going to bite the dust very shortly, and she will not be called tender and delicate anymore. Why? Satan will be here, the bridegroom ruling over her.
Friend, our Heavenly Father way is the only way that is both politically and spiritually right and correct. Our rightousness is very near to us at all times, for it is Jesus Christ. When Christ comes into your life He cleanses you.
Isaiah 47:2 "Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers."
This again is addressing Babylon, and the taking of the millstones and grinding of the meal was slave work. God is telling those that are going to be in that new world order of mystery Babylon of the end times, to get off your high horse and get ready to do a little slave work.
"Uncover thy locks, and bare the leg, uncover the thigh" is letting you know that this is talking about the harlot religions that will control things. It is talking about the harlot religion of the end times. The river is the Euphrates which has always been the separation between God's people and Babylon, which is confusion. In this verse the crossing over the rivers means that there will be no difference between the so-called Christians, and the false religion of Babylon, Why? Because most of the Christians will be in that false Religion because they just don't know the difference between the coming of the true Christ and the fake christ who is Satan.
When you think of how this will be, think of Daniel 5, where Belshazzar the king of Babylon took the vessels of the Temple of God, and made a drunken feast of those precious things of God's house.
Daniel 5:1 "Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand."
Daniel 5:2 "Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his comcubines, might drink therein."
Belshazzar took the sacred vessels which were taken from the temple of God and used them for a drunken feast that was an abomination to God. The wine 427 years later became the part of Christ's Holy Communion. Belshazzar was taking the sacred things for his heathen ritual feasts, and it became a blasphemy to God. Remember what Jesus said would take place before His return? He called it the "abomination of desolation", and the abomination will be when Satan the Antichrist stands in the holy temple in Jerusalem and declares himself to be God. He is the desolator, for the desolation comes when the entire world believes him to be God. If you don't know about the coming of Satan and his locust army of fallen angels, and think that you are going to fly away, you will be part of that desolation that Jesus spoke of.
Matthew 24:15 "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)"
This warning is to His disciples that will be living in the final days when this shall occur, and if there was such a thing as a rapture, why would Jesus warn his disciples? Of course He would not, for He expects us to be here on earth and with our gospel armor on and in place, ready to do spiritual warfare with the wicked one. Let me state it again: There is no rapture, no fly-aways, and you will be here to the end; unless you die in the flesh. At which time though you will go instantly to be with the Father that sent your soul into your embryo at conception.
Daniel 5:3 "Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them."
Daniel 5:4 "They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood and of stone."
In mockery to God they will be drunken with the wine of the Antichrist, and give praise to heathen gods. Count them, there are six of them, the number of Satan; gold, silver, brass, iron, wood and of stone. These are the things that idols are made of with the hands of men and women. Remember what we read in Isaiah 46; the god of Nebo was created from the imaginations within man's minds, while the god of Bel was what they made with their hands. These materials are what the gods of our mystery Babylon age are going to be made of .
We know that king Belshazzar's Babylonian kingdom was destroyed that night at the appointed time. The hand writting was on the wall and God provided Daniel as the interpreter for that hour. We are living in the time of the Babylon of the book of Revelation, and God is going to provide interpreters for our times also, only it will not be a handwriting on a wall. Jesus spoke of this time in Mark 13:11.
Mark 13:11 "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 in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Spirit."
This is the time that was spoken of in Acts 2, when the one hundred and twenty saints of Christ went into the streets speaking in the cloven tongue, and Peter said it was an example of what Joel spoke of that would be done in the end times.
Acts 2:14 "But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, "Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:"
Acts 2:15 "For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day."
Acts 2:16 "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;"
Acts 2:17 "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, `I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and you young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:"
Acts 2:18 "And on My servants and on My hand maidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy:"
God has a purpose for His elect, those sealed in their minds with the truth of God's Word, and that purpose is not to fly them out, but to use them to His Holy Spirit speaking through them. You study so that you are not deceived and become worthless to Him, so you can stand in that spiritual battle when satan and his fallen angels come to earth to deceive the whole world.
Isaiah 47:3 "Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man."
This verse is somewhat mixed up, for it is saying that in those days God will not set one man above another. God is not concerned about any person that is not sealed in His mind with God's Word. The deception or "nakedness that shall be uncovered" will be to everyone of every race, Christians and none Christians alike. All that is except those with the seal of God in their foreheads, or minds.
Revelation 9:4 "And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads."
The "seal of God in their foreheads", is His Word of God in their minds. They are the elect of God, those that know what is to take place, and have prepared themselves with the armor of God, which is all of God's Word. Satan's coming is no surprise to them, nor are the wonders that Satan and his angels will perform.
Though God is using physical examples to state His point, it is the spiritual application that is important. He is drawing the picture of an harlot to stir your emotions, so that you can understand our Heavenly Father's emotions. When we accept Christ by faith in His finished work on the cross, and repent of our sins to Him in Jesus name, we become the bride of God. God loves His bride, and He doesn't like it when His bride shows herself to be nothing but a whore, in the spiritual sense. He doesn't like His bride to mess around in any religious practices that go against His Word.
Remember in Isaiah 46:4 God told us that He created our souls, He carried us from the womb, and took care of you all the days of your life. God is revealing to us that He is jealous of His bride, and if you think that you can play the role of the harlot, you have another thought coming. God will take vengeance, and bring shame of those that call themselves His, and go chasing after other gods. The warning to us is that we don't give Him reason for Him to be jealous over us.
If you allow yourself to become so wrapped up in religious confusion that you never take the time to study our Heavenly Father's Word, then you are not following God, but a system. This is what the whoring around of this chapter is referring to. All of His children are part of His bride, and He doesn't regard any one with more regard than another. He becomes jealous when anyone of His bride strays off to another to worship.
Isaiah 47:4 "As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name, the Holy One of Israel."
"Redeemer" as stated here is a legal term, and should be "Kinsman Redeemer". Jesus paid a great price for the redemption of your soul. God is telling you that it is He that is speaking to you.
Isaiah 47:5 "Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called the lady of kingdoms."
The daughter of the Chaldeans is the religion of the Babylonians. This is what was referred of in Revelation 18:4-7.
Revelation 18:4 "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, My People, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
This is a warning direct from God to each of us living in this final generation; "You come out of her, My people, that ye not be partakers of her sins." God is speaking of Mystery Babylon, the religious harlot religion of the final days of this earth age. It is the religion that will lead the entire world to the Antichrist Satan, who will be worshipped as the true Christ.
Revelation 18:5 "For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities."
The tower of the sins in our generation will be far worse than the tower of Babel of Genesis 11. God destroyed and scattered that generation, and confused them with the mixing of tongues or languages. When God brings judgment on this earth age of the flesh and those that partook in this Babylonian religion, this earth age will be brought to a close. The Babel tower of our day will not be of one language, but of a singleness of mind, and a hardness of heart that will reach far into the heavens, all the way to the throne of God.
Revelation 18:6 "Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double."
When you take Satan's number [6-6-6] and double it, you have 1332, and this is when Satan's followers get their reward. This 1332 is three days shy of the 1335 spoken of by Daniel, telling us when the saints of God that have waited will get their reward. These three days are spoken of in Revelation 11:11, the time when the two witness shall lie in the streets of Jerusalem while the entire world celebrates. Then life comes back into their bodies, and the seventh trump sounds immediately. This earth age is then over.
Revelation 11:11 "And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them."
The three day party and celebration of the two witness death by Satan is over.
Revelation 11:12 "And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, "Come up hither." And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies heheld them."
Revelation 11:13 "And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven."
These men are the fallen angels that Satan brought with them, they are taken away, and the world stands by in terror [epipipto in the Greek], "a paralysing fear" for they know know who Satan is. This is the time of rejoicing for those that were not deceived by Satan's deceptions.
Revelation 11:14 "The second woe is past; and behold, the third woe cometh quickly."
Revelation 11:15 "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever."
This ends the second earth age, the age of the flesh when all souls must enter through the womb in innocence and by their own free will select whether they will follow God or Satan. Our salvation in this earth age is by faith, by believing in things we can not see by are willing to stake our very souls upon. The next earth age, of the Millennium it is not by faith, but strictly by your works.
Daniel 12:12: "Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days."
Lets return to Revelation 18:7, and view this queen, or spiritual harlot that chased after the first husband to come, Satan the Antichrist.
Revelation 18:7 "How much she hath golorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, `I sit a queen, and am on widow, and shall see no sorrow.' "
God's bride is this queen, and Israel is also a queen. We are to be a widow for Christ our husband who has died and departed from us. The bride of Christ will not sit a queen until the True Christ returns to earth, however if you "sit a queen" it means that you have taken a husband [the false christ], and share the throne with him. You are married to the wrong husband and at the return of Jesus Christ at the seventh trumpet, He will view you as a whore and not one of His bride.
In the sense that Christ died on the cross, and returned to the Father, we are a widow until He returns.
Isaiah 47:6 "I was wroth with My people, I have polluted Mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke."
Do you blame our Heavenly Father for being wroth with His people. Instead of being a faithful bride, most of them go to their own imaginations to soothe their consciences, and pick up sticks and carve out their own gods. You allow the houses, cars, jobs and all sorts of things to fill your life, rather then turning to Him. You have polluted God's inheritance: You are God's inheritance when you claim the name of Jesus Christ, and you pollute that inheritance when you follow any religious form that does not conform to the Word of God.
God is speaking to Babylon here, and he is telling them that they have drawn God's people over into their ways. God allowed them to carry out His punishment upon them, BUT "thou didst shew them no mercy". In other words, you have taxed them, you have worked them, and you have taken advantage of them at every step. Even though God is correcting His inheritance, He doesn't like it when others step in and take advantage of His people when they are at their weakest.
God allows the Kenites and others to be in a position of correcting, and when they overstep their bounds, God will take vengeance at the appointed times. God does not like it when His people are over taxed and over burdened, and there is a day of accountability coming. This even applies on an individual bases, for God will use certain people to correct you when it is needed, and when the burden gets too great, He can cause a change in their mind to lighten the load that they have on you.
Friend, God will not force Himself upon you, you have to know that He wants to carry you, and you have to ask Him for the help. God wants to protect you and defend you, but your number one defense is your ability to defend yourself in your own mind. That defense is common sense. We get that defense by studying His Word, and knowing the promises and conditions that are given there.
Isaiah 47:7 "And thou saidst, `I shall be a lady for ever:' so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it."
"I shall be a lady for ever" shows the state of confusion that this Babylonian system is in. The confusion exists because of their lack of knowledge of God's Word, and the sealing it away in their hearts or minds. God has spelled out every event and happening that shall take place before His coming, and there should be no confusion over which Christ comes first or second. The events of both comings are truly recorded in His Word, and that is why they did not remember how the latter end would come.
Every part of God's Word is so very precious, even those parts that seem to be obscure. Every verse gives support to other verses, and gives us a double witness to every promise in His Word. God wrote this book directly to you, and when you absorb those promises into your mind, you can approach the throne of God boldly and ask for His promises to be fulfilled in your life. God promised that to you.
Isaiah 47:8 "Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, `I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:' "
Here again we are taken back to Revelation 18:7, where the church states that she is not a widow, but a queen. She states it in innocence and ignorance for the church knows no better. Their traditions have taught them to take the first Christ that comes, and they follow their teachings and traditions. God uses this terminology in reference to His church being a widow for the simple fact that His Son has died and is gone from us. We sit a widow until our husband returns, and when we say we are a queen, we are stating that we have taken some other man to be the king of our lives.
In as much as God has divorced the House of Israel, the remarriage will take place upon His return. Israel also sits a widow until the sounding of the seventh trumpet. This is speaking in a spiritual sense, until the time that Christ returns. If she becomes "a queen" or "with child" before the true christ return then she has become a whore. This is what Jesus meant when he gave the warning in Matthew 24:19; "And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!"
Isaiah 47:9 "But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments."
These two things shall come upon those that are not sealed with the Word of God in their minds in full measure. "The multitude of thy sorceries, and the great abundance of thine enchantments" are the causes of their great losses of their children and widowhood. This is done through the teachings of traditions and false doctrines that have crept into their church houses and family life. The acceptance of these teachings is done when people listen to teachings without checking them out for accuracy in the Word of God.
The time that this occurs is instant, for it takes place at the coming of Satan, playing the role of the Antichrist, or "instead of christ". It happens because when Satan comes to earth the people are expecting to be gone, they have been taught that it is not important to understand the parts of the Bible that deals with the coming of the Antichrist. They have been told that the rapture or fly-away of all Christians will take place before the great tribulation takes place. They are blind to what God warned in Ezekiel 13:18-20, that in the last days people would be out hunting to cause the souls of men to fly away.
Ezekiel 13:18 "And say, `Thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! We will hunt the souls of My People, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?"
In this verse "the women" are the false prophets; the "pillows" are their false doctrine; while the "stature" is the high places they are teaching from. When they "hunt souls" they ask; "are you saved?" when the person knows nothing of what they are talking about. This is quite common in the church world today. This verse is aimed not only at the false prophets, but to those so ignorant that they would believe in their fairy-tales.
God is saying woe to those women, which is the ones that call themselves the bride of Christ. They are fabricating false prophecies [making kerchiefs] that are covering the saving hands of Our Heavenly Father. God is against those that say, "God told me to say such and such..." and then they utter their foolishness and say it came from God. We see this one-ups-man-ship constantly on television and radio today. The pillows of false divine doctrine cover over the truths of God's saving hands, and give a false security to the new born spiritual soul.
Ezekiel 13:19 "And will ye pollute Me among My People for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to My People that hear your lies.
"The barley" spoken of here is money, while the "bread" is the taking of vows for the commitment of an obligation. These false prophets or teachers are polluting the Word for all sorts of reason, popularity, money, their church budget, or even a pension or medical plan. Those souls that should not die are the ones searching the Scriptures for the truth, only they are slain when the false doctrine leads them a stray.
The lies that are taught are the false hope that is offered in their rapture theory, as well as the false peace that is offered through their one worldism, and united movements. They tell you that you need not study the Old Testament...you are going to fly away anyway.
Ezekiel 13:20 "Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; `Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly."
Have you ever wondered what God thinks of your fly-away doctrine? Here it is.
God said, Behold, wake up, I am against your false doctrines [pillows], wherewith ye hunt the souls to make them fly. Did you get that? God is against it when you go out to teach the souls of men and women and tell them anything about a false rapture doctrine. That is also called the "any moment doctrine" and it is a lie. The mark of the beast of the end times is not an electronic gadget, but what is fixed in your mind and what you believe to be true. That is the seal that is placed in your forehead, and it can be of God, or of the devil. Your knowledge and your imaginations are what you place your eternal soul in.
If you place your hope in the rapture doctrine, you are taking the "mark of the beast", for it is preparing you for the acceptance of the first christ, who is the fake. Satan is coming first at the sixth trumpet, while our Lord Jesus Christ comes in all his glory at the seventh. There is no fly-away, and there holding place in the sky for you in your flesh body. At death, your soul goes to be with the Father and your flesh body stays here on earth to decay. Outside of the death of the flesh body, all of our generation will be here to live under the rule of Satan, who is the Antichrist.
The prepration that is needed to stand in that day against Satan is the entire Word of God, from cover to cover and that is the only way to put on your whole armor of God. The warfare that we shall face is not with guns and tanks, but with words and ideas, of which Satan is an authority. Friend, without the armor of God on and in place, you're at risk. That Armor is spoken of in Ephesians 6:10-20.
When Satan comes to earth and you don't have the seal of God in your mind, you will be taken instantly, because God will turn you over to him. You will lose your widowhood instantly because you will become the bride of Satan in ignorance. Your children will be gone also because it is you that turns your own children over to the false christ.
Mark 13:12 "Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. [spiritual death]"
This is far worse then a physical death, for it is the death of their soul when they are given over to Satan the Antichrist.
Isaiah 47:10 "For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me."
Pay attention to this verse; it is mockery and irony to the greatest degree when a person claims to be "the I Am". This verse is the description of our Heavenly Father, only someone is going to come and claim all these things to himself. You guessed it, it is Satan.
Only Jesus had the right to claim the sacred name within His statements, for He was the Christ. Not only will Satan claim to be the only way, but the system that is being formed today is claiming to be the only way to the Father. God's Word is being set aside today and the enchanter [preachers] are substituting their own messages in the place of the Word of God.
Isaiah 47:11 "Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know."
This evil that comes is "calamity". When the calamity comes it is the coming of Satan. Those that follow false teachings will not know beforehand because they chose to be ignorant of the desolation that shall fall on the entire earth. This desolation is the deception that Satan and His army shall bring to make the people of the world believe him to be God. It is through the supernatural acts that he shall perform for the entire world that causes them to believe. Friend, it is going to be sudden, and over in an instant, as people flock to be by Satan's side. Satan's coming will be what the church world has been looking for, and if you are part of that system you will not hesitate for one moment to be claimed by him.
"To put it off" in the manuscripts means that your religious charmers will not be able to pray it away, or delay its coming to pass for one instant. It will happen exactly as the Word of God tells us it shall be, and at God's appointed time.
Isaiah 47:12 "Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, is so be thou mayest prevail."
God is telling you to call on the demons that you have allowed to be present in your midst, and ask them to save you. See if it profits you to pray to your false teachings.
Isaiah 47:13 "Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee."
God is telling you that if you don't want to study His Word and seek Him for counsel, then go to the false counsels of astrologers, stargazers, and other advisors and see if they can give you wise counsel. Today it is common for churches to keep up with the changes that are taking place in other churches, and there is a willingness to accept foreign ideas without checking them out in the Word of God for truthfulness. What is popular is more important to them than whether it aligns with the Word of God. God is asking you, why don't you go right to the source of the Word, rather then chasing after the fickled ideas of the religious world?
We have only one Savior, and the very word "Isaiah" means "God's Savior". His way is the only way that you can be saved, and you will do it His way, or you will go the same way as Satan. God is telling you to seek counsel from God, and that is the only counsel that His Children have. We must learn to understand it by using the right tools for ourselves, and before we accept anything as being true, it must agree with God's Word. It is only through His Word that we can find true peace of mind in thise age of the flesh.
Isaiah 47:14 "Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it."
"Stubble" is the worthless part of the crop, that has been well worked over and good only to be burned. This word "themselves" in the Hebrew text is "nephesh" and is your soul. Stubble makes a hot, popping, and quick to burn fire that is over in an instant. When the fire is out and over, there is nothing to warm by. This is talking about the burning off of stubble of a field, where when the fire is lit, it spreads fast, burns quick, and poof its over. That is how fast the world is going to be taken over at Satan's coming to earth. God is using an agricultural practice to explain exactly how the world will be given over to Satan.
Chaff and stubble amount to nothing, and those given over to false doctrine have nothing stable to allow them to hold on to when Satan comes to earth in the role of the "instead of christ". There will be no time to study, or prayers for your mind will be given over to Satan instantly. Now is the time to study and prepare, for tomorrow may be to late. People that study God's Word chapter by chapter and verse by verse are not confused over these times.
Isaiah 47:15 "Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee."
God is telling you that all those church systems will be only as good as that stubble at the coming of Satan. Those that would tie up your time and give you no time for God's Word is your idol. In these final days of this end generation there is no excuse for not at least trying to become biblically literate. The only one that can open your mind to the truth of His Word is the Holy Spirit, however it is you and your free will that must ask for the opening of your eyes.
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