"Song of Yehovah, Parable of the Vineyard."
Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's
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Isaiah 5:1 "Now will I sing to My wellbeloved a song of My beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:"
This song is a parable that shows the doom of the husbandman. This is also described in parable of the husbandman of Luke 20:9-16. Within this parable there are eight sentences, of which seven of the sentences give the characteristics of the vineyard, and one the result. We will see the doom of the vineyard within this parable.
Isaiah 5:2 "And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes."
The Beloved took the vineyard and placed protection around it, and placed a watch tower in the midst of the vineyard. This watchtower happens to include part of the house of Judah along with the House of Israel [the other ten tribes]. The watchtower that is in the midst of the House of Israel is the king line that shall rule over this vineyard. The wine press is a vat for harvesting the grapes.
This loses quite a bit in the translation, and it is similar to the parable of the tares given in Matthew 13:17-40 by Jesus Christ. It is hard to understand this, if you do not understand what these wild grapes consisted of. The term for "wild grapes" in the Hebrew text is "beushism", from the prime "bashash". It is plural from # 8890 in the Strongs numbered Hebrew dictionary. The wild grapes are "poison berries".
God loved his vineyard and He built a fense around it and planted the finest of vines in the vineyard. He build a watchtower in the vineyard, yet when the vines gave forth its fruit, it was these the poison berries [wild grapes] that came forth instead. The husbandman, God, expect those vines to be faithful to him, and to love him, yet after all that He gave them, all they gave Him in return was poison berries, not the tasty grapes he expected. God did it all for His people, yet after all the love and attention, they still turned against Him.
Christ died on the cross and did something that you and I could not do for ourselves. He remained perfect while living His life in the flesh body, and then became our blood sacrifice. God had everything set up where all you had to do was to love Him and His Word and follow it. Yet after all He has done, even today many still produce and give back to Him only poison berries instead of the ripe fruit that He expects of us. That is all their life is, poison.
Isaiah 5:3 "And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt Me and My vineyard."
God is asking you, "Did I do My part in preparing that vineyard, or did I not?" Did I fulfill what I promised? God is asking you to judge between His truth, and what the world offers as truth.
Isaiah 5:4 "What could have been done more to My vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?"
God is asking you to look at the world today, where you are, and judge it for yourself. Can you see the lies and deceptions that are all around you, and the poison berries [wild grapes] that the world is breeding? God created the souls of man in the first earth age for His pleasure. When one third of those souls went against Him to follow Satan, God destroyed that earth age rather then those souls. So after the destruction of that first earth age, God created a new earth age the age we are now living in, and set up a plan wereby God could draw those souls back to Him.
In that plan all souls are to enter into this second age of the flesh through the embro of a woman, to be born in innocence and have the right to chose whether they would follow God or Satan. God gave man and woman free will to select their own path, whether it would be to follow the ways of God, or the ways of the world. So what God is saying in this verse is that mankind on the whole [the vines in the vineyard] have produced nothing but poison berries. You don't have to go to far in this world to find those poison berries that man is producing.
God is telling us that He has done His part in doing all that He can and will do, and now it is up to each of us to make up our minds what type of fruit we are going to produce.
Isaiah 5:5 "And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to My vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:"
When the house of Israel and the house of Judah became so infested with the poison berries of strange gods, and idolatry, God took away their protection, tore up their communities, and scattered them around the world. The Assyrians were used to break down the walls of the ten tribes to the north called the "house of Israel in 722 B.C. and about one hundred years later the Babylonians finished the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem.
However even though that wall was torn dowe, and and our people scattered, you can still have that fence built strong around you individually anytime you so choose.
Isaiah 5:6 "And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it."
When the tribes were scattered thousands of years ago, God is telling them that He is the one that will hide the truth from them. He hid their identity, and the truth of His word, and allow them to head off in all directions. We see that this has come to pass, as even today most people of the House of Isreal have no idea of their roots, and heritage. Most of the people of Israel even think of themselves as Gentiles, yet some of the people that God chooses are hungry for the Word, and thirsty for the truth and God will reveal Himself to them. Remember that in Amos 8:11 we are told that the famine is not for bread, but for the hearing of the world of God.
Isaiah 5:7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah His pleasant plant: and He looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but bohold a cry."
God is now telling you exactly what the vineyard of the Lord is, for he is going to explain the parable given above. The House of Israel are the ten nations that were scattered by Assyria over one hundred years prior to the fall of the House of Judah. After the death of king Solomon, the nation of Israel was split into two houses or nations, with a separate kingship ruling over each. Hosea 1:10 identified these ten nations of the house of Israel as the peoples and nations that call themselves after the Living God, or "Christians".
They are know today by their scattering when the Assyrians uprooted them from Palestine area, and brought them to an area in northern Iraq, where the departed through the Caucasus mountains and on throughout most of Western Europe, and on to the Americas. The name "caucasians" stuck with them which came from the event of migrations through the Caucasus mountains even to this day, and that is the reason that for centuries "caucasians" were given top priority for entering and imigrating into America. We are the tribe of Manassah, the son of Joseph, one of the two children blessed by Jacob [whose name was changed to "Israel"] to carry the blessings that God promised to Abraham.
Genesis 48:16 "The Angel Which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my Fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth."
The name of Israel and the blessing of Abraham were passed on to these two lads by the "Angel Which redeemed me from all evil" which is Jesus Christ, the son of the living God. It is God Himself that ordered the direction of the blessings for the end times to flow through through these two lads. These lads are identified in verse twenty.
Genesis 48:20 "And he blessed them that day, saying, "In thee shall Israel bless, saying, "God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh:' " and he set Ephraim before Manasseh."
We know theses two tribes today as the nations of England [Ephraim], and the United States of America [Manasseh]. How can this be? By what the rest of God's Word says about this blessing, and the people that it is applied to. Judah was given the Scepter by God, through Jacob, which is the right to rule. Remember from Genesis 48, it was Ephraim that would be the greater then Manasseh, and have the kingship sitting over her. The lineage of the Royals [Queen Elizabeth II] traces through king David and all the way back to Judah. We see also that all the Royals of the Christian nations [Norway, Sweden, Holland, and so on, including Spain] trace their royal lines through the lineage of Judah. However, England is the only continuous line that has never been broken since David sat on the throne.
Genesis 49:9 "Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
Genesis 49:10 "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be."
The House of Judah on the other hand, was comprised of the the tribes of Judah, and Benjamin, along with a small part of the tribe of Levi, and a very large mixture of oriental foreigners called "Nethinims" [Kenites]. This is made clear in Ezra 2:43-58.
So God is talking of both the Jews, which are the House of Judah, and the Christian nations which comprise the House of Israel, and He is saying that in the "last days" [from Isaiah 2:2] their rulers will have babies minds. God is saying what will come to pass in both the houses, which are separated.
Many people are changing their hearts and their lives when they come to understand His Word, and what God expects from them. Once you see the poison that this world system is putting out, you take precausion to see that this poison does not enter your home to affect your family life.
Isaiah 5:8 "Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!"
By coming together in a massive form of humanity in a very small space, mankind has brought this curse upon himself. Today we join our houses to each other in our massive cities to where many young child will grow to adulthood and not experience the freedom of the peace of country spaces. All they will know is the strife on the corner, the drug deals, the murders and all other world ills that go on around them. Every thing in their life is artifical, for their relationships of their friends, to the food they eat.
In their cities they have lost the God given sounds of a waterfalls, of birds in the wild singing, of seeing the waving of a golden rich field of grain, and all the other pleasures of God's earth. In its place is a ground of pavement, and the walls of high buildings and the sounds of confusion and noise. God is calling this a curse on them for joining house on to house. The result of this curse is the pollution of the air they breath and the water they drink, as well as the ground they walk on.
This verse eight is the first woe of six that are in this chapter, the others are in 11, 18, 20, 21, and 22. Each of these "woes" will cause you to fall out of God's will, and keep you for the blessings of God and work a hardship upon yourself.
Isaiah 5:9 " 'In Mine ears' said the Lord of hosts, "Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant."
God is saying, I hear this within Mine ears, I hear of a truth that the people are desolate of. Remember that the time spoken of here is the "end times". In other wods, the people will have no truth in them. Today most all houses in America today have a bible in them, yet those people that live in those houses have no idea in the world what is written in their bible. Their bibles keep their family records, but the houses are uninhabited as far as the truth of God's Word being filtered in. The only way you truly get the teachings of His Word and the frame of mind that our Heavenly Father has toward you is by taking the Word chapter by chapter, and verse by verse.
Isaiah 5:10 "Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah."
This is what happens when you build house upon house and field joined to field. One "acre" was the amount of Ground that one man could plow with one team of oxen. It was smaller than what we call an acre today. A "bath" is six old English gallons, or just less then two of our gallons today. So what this is saying is that out of ten acres of vines, you can only produce just over one gallon of grape juice. That is all the vineyard will produce. In a spiritual sense God is letting it be know that there will not be very many people that are chosen to attend to His vineyard. There is not many of God's elect in comparison.
A "homer" is eight to ten of what we call bushels today. The "ephah" is about three pecks measurement of today. This is saying that when you do plant your seed, you don't reap but one tenth of the seed back from that which you first planted. When you plant the seeds of truth in the minds of others, only about one tenth of those that should respond, will respond in the latter days. The vineyard is the house of Israel and the House of Judah, and the only way to produce the fruit is to do it God's way. The spiritual fruit is what comes from the responding to the hearing of God's Word. Only one tenth of those desiring to hear the truth will be given the truth of God's Word and respond to make it part of their life.
Isaiah 5:11 "Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!"
This is the second woe, and it is direct to those that never quit their drinking to where it becomes a haitual habit. A little wine for the stomach is good, but when you don't let up, it has just the opposite reaction to your system. An alcoholic will lie and steal from you to satisfy his habit, and they just can't help themselves. We have groups like the AA [alcoholics anonymous] that is not a substitute for church, but is a system to help you break the habit of relying on alcohol.
Isaiah 5:12 "And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine. are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of His hands."
What this is saying is that when you have over-indulged in the spirits of the alcohol, it is not the Lord that you look to for your help, but the so-called good times from the parties, and your feasts with its music and noise. The spirits within the bottle are not from the Holy Spirit, but evil spirits. You then use everybody that you can to get your next fix. Friend, it is just as true today as it was in Isaiah's day.
If you want to displease God and not produce fruit for the kingdom, then get yourself hooked on some substance that will draw your focus away from Him. The bottom line to all of this is; when you try to solve all of your problems, and leave God out of your life, you are headed for destruction.
Isaiah 5:13 "Therefore My People are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst."
Those that do this are headed into the captivity of the world system of foolishness and nonsense. Because the truth is dried up, there is knowledge of God's ways. It is because of the leaders that were discribed earlier as having the minds of babies, there is no honorable men to lead them. They were not mature adults, using the comon sense directed to the common law of God. That is to say, following God's suggestions as outlined in His Word. God is saying that His People are starving for truth from His Word that gives them the direction and the will to follow that path. Though most people would like to do what is right, only they just don't know what they should do.
Isaiah 5:14 "Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and there glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it."
It is by your falling away into alcohol, and many other of the drugs and things of the world that the grave [hell] has been enlarged to where it is a lot easier to find your death. This is talking about the death of the flesh and your mind. Think of all the thousands of people each year that have ended their lives because of drugs and alcohol, by auto accidents, suicides, and all the related accident that have come because of those whose minds were fried by these measures.
This also has a deeper meaning then the distruction of your flesh. When you allow the spirits of these things to slip by your mouth, and contaminate your mind and soul, then it affects your spiritual life also. It will cause your soul to reject Christ by not having the ability to repent for the sins that you have committed. This would cause your soul to slip into the Millennium age in an mortal body, and being judged at the great day of judgment by your works only. This verse is not speaking of hell fire, but the grave that will claim your flesh body, and force your enterence into an mortal body at the time of the coming of Christ at the the seventh trumpet.
This is to say that if you are spiritually dead at the end of this earth age, you will remain mortal all the way through the Millennium age before you can be tested again by Satan, when He is released a short while. The alternative is that you can come out now by listening to God rather then listening to men and their traditions.
Isaiah 5:15 "And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:"
The "mean man" [commoner] shall fall, they are those that are part of the crowd, and follow after them. At the coming of Jesus Christ, and seeing His power and glory, the might will be made nothing and the lofty will see that they have no glory and honor.
Isaiah 5:16 "But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God That is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness."
Man has absolutely nothing to do with this for is is only God that will execute His judgment on all men on the face of the earth. Remember that this is written of the end times, to those people that will see Satan, and the comming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The whole world shall see the holiness of God at this time, as He does away with all evil. On the first day of the Millennium age, every knee will bow to our heavenly Father.
Isaiah 5:17 "Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat."
In other words, what people have laid up in store on this earth will be worthless on this first day of the Millennium age. Why? Because man will no longer be in the flesh and all thins of the flesh will be done away with. If you are a doctor, your trade will be worthless for all souls will be in their incorruptable [nonaging] bodies. The lawyers will have no trade, for their wheeling and dealing with matters of sin, and the tricks they play in the courts simply can't be used. All people will have full knowledge of the truth and the desire to do it. When they don't, the Zadok will be the judge. You can take any occupation and thing that pampers the flesh and it will be worthless, for there will be no flesh. Those that are building their lives around the things of this world [the feeding lambs] will have only waste places.
However those that place their wealth in the Word of God and seek to do His will shall have everything, for that is their inheritance as part of the family of God. God will provide for His own even in this age of the flesh, when you let Him. Your inheritance starts in this flesh age, when you listen to His simple instruction. People go out an pay hundreds of dollars for worthless counsel, when the true counsel of God's Word is free.
Isaiah 5:18 "Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope."
Here is another woe, that we are facing in our end times. This is saying that they take a rope to drag sin along with them in their sinning and cheeting. A "cart rope" means that it is "sin by the cart load". Not only do they sin, but they are proud of the sins they commit, and become vain in their own conceit and vanity. God is saying, woe to you that do this".
Isaiah 5:19 "That say, 'Let Him make speed, and hasten His work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!"
Those that do their sinning and think that they can get away with their iniquity tempt God and tell Him to bring on your judgments, we want to see it. Friend, this covers many who claim to be teachers of God's Word. They carry the big tent and never get around to teaching God's Word, but starve the sheep that are in their charge. They teach their own words, rather then the Word of God. Then they to turn around and threaten God, and say "show me what you have got for me", show me your judgement.
Isaiah 5:20 "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"
Isaiah 5:21 "Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"
Isaiah 5:22 "Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:"
Isaiah 5:23 "Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!"
This is another woe that is quite common today in political correct system. They take the things relating to Satan, and call it of God, and turn the things of God into the things of Satan. Satan is darkness and God is of the light. They are taking the doctrines that are preparing the world to accept the false messiah, and calling those things of God. This is probably thet comes to earth for His second advent. The destruction that comes upon the earth is spiritual destruction that come through Satan's lies and deceitful wonders.
Revelation 9:5 "And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man."
When that time comes, if you are not sealed with the understanding of the Word of God in your mind, you will be stung by the deceptions of these locust of fallen angels that will lead you to Satan, the Antichrist. This locust army is coming after you with lies and deceptions that will fool anyone that is not versed with the Word of God, and the fact that Satan is coming before Jesus Christ, and Satan will be an imitator of the true Christ who is Jesus Christ. Satan's locust army is going to move in those last days with such a vigor, that all those that are ignorant of the signs of the times from God's Word that they will be taken instantly by into Satan's system.
Isaiah 5:23 "Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel"
Isaiah 5:23 "Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still."
Isaiah 5:23 "And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:"
Isaiah 5:23 "None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:"
In the middle of it all, here stands God's with their spiritual armor on and in place and ready to do spiritual battle with all of Satan, the Antichrist's forces. Those "sealed of God in their foreheads" will be completely immuned to what is going on around them. The battlefield of the end times is not on foreign soil, but in the minds [the foreheads] of men and woman living in their flesh bodies in the time of the end. It is a spiritual warfare that is fought with words and ideas to convince mankind that Satan is God, and if you buy that story, you have taken the mark of the beast. Satan and his realm simply cannot touch one of God's elect, and those sealed with God's Word in their minds.
Isaiah 5:28 "Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:"
When the time comes for this army of Satan to come to earth and do battle, God will release them upon the earth. Their might will be quick and overwhelming, there is no stopping them. We are talking of the deception of the end times, when the false christ desides to give his last church service.
Isaiah 5:29 "Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it."
They will carry you away to a safe place where they can rip you apart mentally. This is not referring to physical death, but a spiritual death for Satan is after you soul. Again back in Revelation 9 gives a closer view of the locust army of fallen angels.
Revelation 9:7 "And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men."
We know by this that the locust are not real locust, but this is a symbol of how they will be. Their crown were "like gold", they were fools gold, and they present themselves to be something they are not. They will be false priests, and false whatever they present themselves to be. Nothing will be real about them, for they will make themselves into what ever you want them to be. If you want to fly away with them, I'm sure they will accomodate you.
If you are a Sodomite they agree with you, for they know all about Sodomy, that is their life style. They are Satan's rotton bunch. They have the faces of men, because they are men. Mankind is made in the same image as the angels, fallen or not.
Revelation 9:8 "And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions."
These fallen angels will have "hair as the hair of women", meaning that they will be gentle as a woman, yet they will take their prey ruthlessly. They will rip away at your mind until they have destroyed your very soul. That is exactly what will happen to you when you fall for their deceptions and chase after the Antichrist.
Revelation 9:9 "And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle."
Their breastplates were that of priests, and of religious orders, however they were of iron, and not the precious stones of righteousness. Joel discusses how rapid and in swift they will cover the entire earth. When this happens the media will be right at their side. There will be order and speed to their ministry, and the world will be taken quickly.
Revelation 9:10 "And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were tings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months."
Back in verse five we saw that God allowed them to work as a scorpion moves to strike a man. When this happens the sting will paralyse him instantly, making that person completely defenseless. Again the time of these locust, or fallen angels on earth will be for five months, and at the end of the five month will be the coming of Jesus Christ to end all evil and this earth age of the flesh. Friend, there is no fly away rapture, and the only fly away will be right into Satan's arms.
Now we will see exactly who is the king over this locust army of fallen angels.
Revelation 9:11 "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon."
This is the Antichrist, and there can be no doubt who the Antichrist is. Jesus is telling us here through the pen of John. Satan is their king! In the Hebrew tongue "Abaddon" means the "destroyer", which is the same word in the Greek "Apollyon". Strongs Greek dictionary # 623 dictionary, "Apollyon" means "the destroyer, Satan".
Isaiah 5:30 "And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof."
This is the enemy of God and His children, His elect and sealed of God. There will be many of them, so many that they will spread out over the entire earth. The spiritual turbulence caused by these fallen angles of Satan's army will be as destructive as the strongest storms at sea, and when they are here the truth of God's Word will disappear of the face of the earth, except in the minds of God's elect and those sealed with the truth of His Word in their minds [foreheads]. When this happens, we are not to look to their land but to God's Word, and hold fast to the gospel that we have armed ourselves with.
We are to look to our Heavenly Father and expect our guidance from Him, for we will not go into darkness when we are in the light. God is our light in this troubled world, and in Him we can find contentment and peace of mind. When all this spiritual confusion is taking place, God will build a wall of protection around you so that no one hair on your head will be touched. You will be standing direct in the middle of Spiritual Babylon of the end times, and Satan, the king of that system simply can not touch you. Why? Because God ordered Him to keep his hands off God's elect in verse four; "but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads."
You will not need a bottle to hold fast, for you will have the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon you to bring forth boldly His Word to the world when you are brought forth in that hour. It is not your words that you speak, but the words that the Holy Spirit will place in your mouth to speak at that moment.
Mark 13:11 "But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand 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."
At that moment when you are to speak, it is not your thought that is spoken by you, but the words that will be placed in your mind for that time. Friend, you arn't even to premeditate what you shall say, for those words are special and come right from the Father through the Holy Spirit.
Satan's number is six, the number of his image is 6-6-6, and that is the number of woes that God has given us in His warnings of this chapter. Mark them well for they are six ways that Satan will entrap you into worshipping him. These six woes will take you flesh body and destroy it. Listen to the counsel of God.
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