Isaiah

Chapter 51

"The Call to Hearken, Awake."

 

This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location is provided by http://www.theseason.org

Isaiah 51:1 "Hearken to Me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged."

God is telling you to go back to the quarry and look to see what kind of stone you are cut out of. Remember what kind of stone man was cut out of? God said in Genesis 1:26; "And God said, " Let us make man in Our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."

The divine purpose is stated here, however the divine act is not described until Genesis 2:7, 21-24. Creating man in the "image", after our likeness. This is speaking not of Yehovah, but of Elohim. This is speaking of the likeness of God and the angels. This is refering only to the outward form, and not to attributes. Let us whittle him out of that rock.

When we look back upon our ancestors, we see that the Israelites were wittled out of of pretty strong rock. Our heritage is very deep, yet today many seem to forget the values and vertures that came down generation after generation. How soon we forget our Heavenly Father that brought each of us into being.

There is another thing that we must look at here also, and that is some of us have to go back into the first earth age, where many were chosen before the foundations of this earth age. This is talked about in Ephesians 1:4:

Ephesians 1:4: "According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:"

Ephesians 1:5 "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,"

So what God determined for the souls of men from the first earth age, He carried through with in this second earth age of the flesh. Then humans would be created from the clay of the earth in the likeness and image of God and the angels which were of another form. We stated earlier that man was created to look in the exact likeness of the angels and the Father, only human beings are of a different substance. This is saying that we are pretty close kin to God Himself. It doesn't make you anything special, but it identifies where we came from.

There is only one begotten Son of God and He is Jesus Christ, yet we are all His children.

Isaiah 51:2 "Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him."

Remember that Sarah was baren and far past the age of bearing children. Even Abraham was over one hundred years old when Isaac was born, so they were both far past that time in their lives for childbearing years. Yet God chose Abraham and Sarah to bear the child Isaac. Then through many generations the Christchild would come through the offspring of Isaac. God made a covenant with Abraham, and it was through Abrahams blood line that the virgin Mary came, the mother that bear Jesus Christ. True genealogy is important when it proves the faithfulness of God to the prophesies of His Word.

Today genealogy is very important for it helps us to understand what our inheritance is, and how we individually fit into Bible prophecy. God loves all of His children and desires all to repent of their sins, and believe on Jesus Christ. It doesn't matter what race you were born into, for the blood of Christ paid the price for all sins of those that would believe on His name. God created all peoples and races as He wanted them.

Isaiah 51:3 "For the Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thansgiving, and and the voice of melody."

The Lord will comfort, or bless Zion again. There is going to be a restoration upon the earth. Places in the artic circle, and the deserts are going to bloom again like a garden. God is going to make all places of this earth like the garden of Eden. This will be a time when every one on the face of this earth will be in harmony with each other. There will not be evil people out of tune with the others around them. The Word "garden" is translated "paradise", and the two are interchangable. This is speaking of that eternal time after the judgment seat of God, and after Satan and his followers and all evil is cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 22:1 "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb."

Revelation 22:2 "In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yeilded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."

Revelation 22:3 "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him;"

Revelation 22:4 "And they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads."

In that day, we shall all know the Father and Jesus Christ, and the rock that we came from. It shall be sealed in our minds, or foreheads, and we will all be basically working for the same thing. This doesn't mean that we will be like robots, cloned from the same pattern, but we will still have our own individuality, loving our Heavenly Father, the one that created us.

There will be no one causing problems because the chief trouble maker, and all his realm will be turned to ashes, and even the thought of them will be removed from our minds. Friend, God is telling you that it is He that brings you these blessings, and He is offering them to you. God is the one that blessed Abraham, and He is also the one that sent His only begotten Son for you. Were it not for Our Messiah that God sent, we would all be in big trouble, for we all sin and come short of the glory of God.

Isaiah 51:4 "Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people."

God is telling us to listen to what He is about to say, and pay attention. The law that shall go forth, and the judgment that shall rest and give light to the people is Christ Himself. Jesus Christ is our light, and the light giver. We are the children of the light, and even when you walk in darkness, we still have the truth of God's Word in our minds, or foreheads. God is saying that not only did I bring forth my covenant, but I brought forth the Messiah.

Isaiah 51:5 "My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust."

God's righteousness is Jesus Christ, and He is our righteousness when we repent to the Father for our sins, in Jesus name. "Righteousness" means that everything He does is right, and when our sins are covered under the blood of Christ through repentance, we are made righteous not by our own righteousness, but by Christ's righteousness. God is always fair, and anytime it appears that God is unfair the problem is with our own point fo view, and lack of understanding of our Heavenly Father.

The salvation that goes forth is the salvation the comes to you upon repentance. It is the rest that we find when the burdens of the guilt of our sins is removed from our minds, and conscience. Our salvation is Jesus Christ for there is no other salvation by any means.

When "isles' are mentioned it is in reference to land from coast to coast, all around the globe. All of the people of the world are mentioned in this phrase. God is telling us that His arm will protect His own wherever you are. We have a loving Father, and what God is expressing to us is that what He does for us and to us, is because He is righteous, and loves you. God created all men for His pleasure.

Revelation 4:11 "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."

All souls were created by God, including yours; and it is for His pleasure that you even exist. Have you given Him any pleasure lately? Have you told Him that you love Him and thanked Him for the blessings He has given to you?

Isaiah 51:6 "Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

God is mearly telling us the natural order of all things. When flesh man dies and the flesh decays back to the dust, it can never to be used any more. However when we receive Jesus Christ and the salvation that our Heavenly Father offers us, our soul returns to the Father upon our death, and that soul shall never die.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God Who gave it."

Once our flesh bodies are done away with through death, the salvation of our soul lives on forever when we are in Christ.

Isaiah 51:7 "Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings."

God is telling you to pay attention and take notice of His righteousness. Give God the credit for those things in our lives where He has blessed us. God's Word is his law, and this is addressed to those who have His Word in their mind, and do not fear what men shall say about them.

This world "men" in the Hebrew text is "enosh" and means "mortal men". Don't be afraid what men in that flesh will say about you, when you worship and love the Lord. God is telling you that the flesh is not going to be around long because there is going to be a change at the coming of Jesus Christ, at the seventh trumpet. This earth age is going to pass away, and all thing shall be name new in the wink of an eye. God is telling you that all the things that He has done, and that He will do is just for those that He loves, that have become a child of His through repentance of their sins in His Son's name.

I Corinthians 15:50 "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."

The kingdom of God comes to earth when Jesus Christ returns to earth at the sounding of the final trumpet. The Kingdom of God is Jesus Christ the King and His domain. It includes everything that exists on this earth, and Paul is telling us that these flesh and blood bodies of this flesh age simply will not exist in that Millennium kingdom.

I Corinthians 15:51 "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,"

A "mystery" is something that is hid from the understanding of those trying to understand what has happened, or is going to happen. This mystery is an event that shall take place in the future of our present day. "Sleep" in the Greek text is "Koimesis", or in our English it means to be "deceased". Paul is telling us in this mystery that there is a time coming when we shall not all die, but we shall ALL BE CHANGED, not raptured but changed from one form to another. All people on the face of this earth shall be changed from their flesh bodies, which cannot inherit the [live in] the kingdom of God, into their soul, or spiritual bodies such as the angels have.

I Corinthians 15:52 "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."

This change will be quick, faster then you can wink your eye. Paul is telling us exactly when it shall take place; "at the last trumpet", the seventh trumpet. It could not be any clearer. When the seventh trumpet sounds, all the other trumpets have already sounded and those events of the previous trumpets have already sounded. That means that the two headed political and religious beasts have already been here, and the one world system of Antichrist is history. It also means that those that were not sealed with the truth of God's Word in their minds at the coming of Satan, who is the Antichrist will have already been taken by Satan as his bride. This is why it is important to repent and get into God's Word so that you will not be deceived at the coming of Satan.

When you come under the protection of our Heavenly Father, He establishes a place of safety for you. When you are within His will, then you have that peace of mind that comes only through repentance. Mortal man may damage your physical body, but only the Father can claim your soul. All of our flesh bodies were doomed from the day we were born, through the aging process, however, in Christ our souls can find peace and eternal life.

Isaiah 51:8 "For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation."

This is talking about flesh man, who is doomed through aging to death and decay. The "worm" is the maggot that eats dead flesh only, and once the soul has left the flesh body, the body is claimed by the maggots for final destruction.

However, God is telling you that through His righteousness, our souls shall live forever. That righteousness of Christ is passed on to all generations, and the same opportunites that existed in Isaiah's day, existed in Jesus day, and even to our generation at the end of this earth age. All souls will be extended the salvation of our Heavenly Father, whether in this earth age, or the Millennium age that shall follow.

God is using a rather graphic analogy here in Isaiah to let us know that man is not going to be around much longer. If you have ever looked at a sweater that the moths have gotten to, there is not much left to that garment. That garment becomes fit for nothing, and God is telling us that this is what our flesh and blood bodies are like. When our soul is in that flesh and blood body, it is also the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit when we are in Christ.

God is not showing disrespect for the flesh, but when we are through with it, and the soul has departed from that flesh body, it has no value. After God had created flesh man, and placed the soul in that flesh body, God saw the wickedness that came into the hearts of men. Because of this wickedness it grieved God that he had placed the souls in the flesh man and sought to destroy man.

Genesis 6:5 "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."

Genesis 6:6 "And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart."

"Repented" in the Hebrew text means to ascribe to God what only belongs to human and rational beings, irrational creatures, or inanimate things. Man's wickedness and idolatry was being generated in his mind, and it grieved God that it even became necessary for for flesh man. However this earth age of the flesh was necessary to place each soul in a flesh body to test them and give them a choice between God and Satan. God did not desire to eliminate one third of the souls that He had created, and that had followed Satan in that first earth age. That is why each soul must be born from above, innocent of that fall in the first earth age, and given the free will to choose for themselves God or Satan. Many today have the eyes to see and the ears to hear with understanding the Word of God.

Isaiah 51:9 "Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?"

"Rehab" is an ancient name for Egypt. The "dragon" spoken of here is the old crocodile of the Nile, who is Satan. This is telling us to wake up and put on our strength which is His Word, that we can be delivered from that old wounded dragon, who is Satan.

Isaiah 51:10 "Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?"

This is asking, aren't you the same God that opened the sea, that allow the children of Israel to pass through in their fleeing from Egypt? You know the answer to this question before you even ask it, of course He is. However God wants you to keep those things in your remembrance, for that is the commitment that He makes to all His children when they love Him. The point is not that you marvel, but that you marvel at the Lord of God that He would do such a act for those that love Him, and that He loves.

Isaiah 51:11 "Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away;"

This is speaking of after the Millennium age, when God is promising that the redeemed of the Lord will be forever with joy and gladness. In that day, Christ's kingdom shall have no end, and there shall be constant joy in their minds. The old heaven and the old earth are passed away, and the new Jerusalem has come to this same earth that we are on now. It will be completely rejuvinated. After judgment day everything that would bring tears to you in sorrow will be blotted out, and be as if it never existed.

Revelation 21:2 "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."

Revelation 21:3 "And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God."

Revelation 21:4 "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

Revelation 21:5 "And He that sat upon the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said unto me, "Write: for these words are true and faithful." "

God spoke of this time through Isaiah, and Jesus is telling you through John that you can count of it when you are a child of God. "These words are true and faithful". This tells us how much God loves you, and it will be a glorious time that has no end. Why would you risk any of the things of this world of the flesh for the eternity of bliss that God has promised to you when you are one of His?

Isaiah 51:12 "I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;"

God stated it twice for emphasis, and telling you that you can count on Him and His Word. God is asking you why would you have any fear of any man that shall die, and that includes Satan himself, or "son of man" which in the text is "mortal man", meaning any man that is made of flesh? God is asking, why would you be afraid of any man that is going back to a hole in the ground upon death? That flesh body will decay back to the elements of the earth that it is made of.

The true lasting value to any person is the soul and spirit that is within that flesh body, and not the decaying flesh house that your soul and spirit are confined to. God has placed you within that physical body for His purpose, and that is to do His work. God uses people to do His work here on earth, and that is why He expects you to prepare to do that work. That preparation comes when we study His Word for understanding. As long as God wants you in the flesh, you will stay there. He allows certain afflictions to come upon certain people and with those afflictions God will use that person to make them a stronger withness for them.

Friend, God is telling you with all your shortcomings and affliction that it is He that will look out for you while you are in this flesh body. He is the same one that created you, and the entire universe. He controls all events of history, and of the future, and He sees into the minds of your enemies. God is telling you that you can count on Him, so why are you afraid of any man in the flesh, or thing which He has created?

Isaiah 51:13 "And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?"

We are told not to forget our maker, the rock that your soul has come from. This is not talking about the womb, where the flesh body came from but the soul that was created back in that first earth age by our Heavenly Father. It is God that created the stars in the heavens, and arranged them to give us the signs and wonders of the heavens. He is the one that laid the foundation of this earth age of the flesh, whereby man could exist as we do, with all the things that keep these bodies whole. He gave us the health laws to guide our eating and living habits.

This also looks foreward to the time of the coming of Satan the Antichrist. The warning is that Satan will come doing all the things that Jesus Christ will be doing at His coming. Why? Because Satan wants to be God, and have the world worship him as God. This is what the great tribulation will be, it is a time of deception and not of destruction of physical things. The destruction is a spiritual destruction, for the war that takes place is a spiritual war. It is fought with words and ideas, and the very Word of God. Satan will take the Word of God and twist it to make it a lie, and people will believe those lies. This is why we must have on our spiritual armor, as Paul gives us in Ephesians 6:10-20.

If you are not Biblically illiterate you will know the fake messiah from the true Christ. You will know that whoever comes claiming to be Christ while you are still in your flesh body is a fake, for at Christ's coming at the seventh and final trumpet, all flesh will be changed instantly, at the wink of an eye into their soul or spiritual bodies, such as the angels have. You will know what to expect in our generation, the final generation of this earth age of the flesh, and what those events are right up to the final three and one half days before Jesus comes to end this age of the flesh, and He sets up His Millennium Kingdom.

Until that day of Christ return, God is promising us here in Isaiah that He will continue to protect His own right up to Christ's coming, and there is nothing that man can do that should cause you to fear. That is why we are to keep focused on Him.

Isaiah 51:14 "The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail."

The bread in the end times is not what you put into your mouth, but what goes into your mind. It is the Word of God. Remember what Amos wrote in Amos 8:10, 11? Amos wrote of what shall take place in our generation, and is taking place today. This is why Satan will be accepted by even Christians as the Messiah at his arrival, because they are not sealed in their minds with the truth of God's Word.

Amos 8:10 "And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day."

God is going to turn their feasts and songs of praise to Him, into the celebrations to Satan, and they will not know what they are doing because they are blinded to the truth.

Amos 8:11 "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:"

In case you missed it; "The famine is for the hearing of the Word of God".

Satan is the one that shall die in the pit, He doesn't want to but he is going to. The pit is the abyss, or hell fire. However God has said here, don't be afraid of that one that is going to the abyss. Don't be afraid of any part of Satan's realm. So with all this being said about Satan wanting to destroy your soul, God is going to identify Himself and say:

Isaiah 51:15 "But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The LORD of hosts is his name."

Back to verse one; I am the rock that you were cut from. He is the one that created all things and controls all things. The LORD of hosts is His name.

Isaiah 51:16 "And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people."

God is telling you that He will cover you with His own hand for your protection. This earth is going to be rejuvinated very shortly, and the things of evil will pass from it. The foundations of this earth is the destruction of this earth age of the flesh. The foundations of that first earth age was when it was brought to a halt, and completely done over. All matter and things of that first earth age were destroyed, and God created the second earth age of the flesh that we are living in now. In that first earth age all souls were not in flesh bodies, as in the second earth age, and at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ we will all be changed again into a new form, which is not the form of flesh man [and woman].

God is making a statement here that is possible for a man or woman in the flesh to understand. When you are in the shadow of something, it means that you are living in a time when you are walking under the Sun. Flesh man walks under the sun, for he needs the sun for his very existance. It produces the process for growing the food that he eats, and gives him the temperatures that makes his existance on earth possible. When God is telling you that He is protecting you from that Sun, it is saying that He is over our head to protect us from those things on earth that would harm us while we are living in the flesh. When you are doing the work of the Lord, the palm of God's hand is strong enough to brush aside any forces that would hinder you from doing His Work. However God does expect you to use common sense in what you do.

Isaiah 51:17 "Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out."

We are to wake up and pay attention to those things that have been poured out on the this earth, as well as the things that shall take place in our generation. This is the same cup that Christ prayed over in the garden before He went to the cross.

Matthew 26:38 "Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me."

Matthew 26:39 "And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."

Christ prayed this prayer in the garden of Gethsemane before His being turned over to the enemy, the Kenites, to be tried, beaten and crucified. He was not trying to get out of dying on the cross, and going through the suffering that He would go through, for He did that gladly. His death on the cross and every thing that was going to take place was prophecy and written over a thousand years before. The Old Testament told us that not only would the Son of Man die on the cross, but that it was for a very special purpose, and that is to defeat death and the devil.

The "cup" is the wrath of God that must be poured out on the people before His second coming, to wake them up. Whether or not this "cup of wrath" from God is against you, is determined by whether or not you feel the sting of the cup. If you are in Christ, that cup could be emptied right on your head and it would have no effect on you, because God's hand would cover you. Do you get the point of the "cup of wrath" that is spoken of here? The cup is directed to those that were not sealed in their minds, and were taken by Satan; it is the giving over to Satan even those Christians that say they love Him, but in their own ignorance of His Word, went chasing off to follow Satan the Antichrist.

Think of that faithful lady or man that sat in their church pew for many years, and were taught the traditions of men. When Satan comes to rule they simply will not have the knowledge to know the difference between the two comings; that of Satan, and that of Jesus Christ. Their pastors have taught them to get ready for the first messiah to come, and when Satan come at the sixth trump, or the whole congregation goes right into the camp of Satan, singing and joyful to be taken by the first so-called Messiah. In ignorance they have been taught man's traditions, and the doctrines of devils, instead of learning to study God's Word for themselves.

God's cup of wrath will be poured out on that faithful, yet lacking person that sought to love the Lord all His life, yet did not have enough of the oil, or truth of God's Word in his mind to allow him to be patient and wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is what disturbed Jesus on that night before the crucifixion, for He knew what the cup of God's wrath was, and exactly what was to come upon this world age. Do you see how carefully God has placed the words in His mouth, so that we can understand His protection if we "hearken" and pay attention. God's hand is protecting you and covering you now and when Satan arrives, and if God's hand is protecting you then there is nothing to fear.

Isaiah 51:18 "There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up."

God is saying that mother Israel, in all babies that the womb has brought forth, that there was not one that is perfect enough to be a sacrifice and pay the price for the sins of mankind. God would not even stop His own Son from stoping that cup from being poured out on the world. It is for that purpose that God brought forth "Emannuel, the Messiah, God with us", to pay the price for your sins and mine.

Isaiah 51:19 "These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee?"

God is saying that you can count on these two things to come upon the earth, and flesh man. The first is the desolation and destruction that shall come upon the earth, while the second is the famine that we were told would be the famine for the Word of God. Those without the Word are the ones that are going to be hurt, or ashamed. God is teling you that there is something coming upon the whole earth and there is going to be no one around to cry for you when it comes about. The destruction of our your soul at the coming of Satan, and that is far more serious then anything that can happen to these flesh bodies. Jesus saw it coming when he prayed that prayer before His crucifixion, and that is why it hurt His so deeply.

God is going to allow Satan to come to earth, and give him the authority to bring all of his fallen angels with him on that day. When that day comes, it will be too late to get ready, for instantly without the seal of God in your mind, they will sting all of mankind exactly as a scorpion striketh a man. You will be left helpless to defend yourself, and God will allow it. However if you have sealed the Word of God in your mind, Satan will have no effect upon you, for God has given him orders to leave you alone.

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."

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 a scorpion striketh a man, the man is left completely helpless to think nor to defend himself. The poison from the scorpion paralysis the man, and both the mental and central nervous system are left helpless. That is how it shall be with those that are without the seal of God in their foreheads, for they will be left helpless to defend themself against any of Satan's, or His angels' attacks upon them. Remember that this warfare is a spiritual warfare, and not in the physical realm.

If you rely on lies and traditions to see you through, then you will be taken instantly by Satan's lies and deceptions, for you have no spiritual armor for your protection.

Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

That battle is with men that look like they are flesh and blood, only it will be Satan himself along with all of his forces. He will throw all of the lies and deceptions that he knows to try to get you to believe that he is the Christ.

Ephesians 6:13 "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."

That "evil day" is when Satan is here on earth claiming to be God. That is what Jesus spoke of when He quoted Daniel, telling us to be aware of the "abomination of desolation". That time when Satan stands in the holy place and declares himself to be God, and the people of the world believe him.

When God asks you; "by whom shall I comfort thee?" You had better know, for it is Christ the Son of God that shall comfort us in that time, through His Spirit. Even though God has spoken of those things that He shall bring upon the earth for man's correction, He still reminds us that during that time, He will be there to give those that are His comfort and peace.

Because of God's faithfulness to His world in this earth age, in the Millennium age there will be many that come to follow Him that did not have the opportunity in this age of the flesh. God is going to send the famine and the sword on our generation.

Isaiah 51:20 " Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the LORD, the rebuke of thy God."

The so-called preachers of God's Word have failed, they have the power and energy to give out the Word but they are helpless in giving forth the Word of God. Why? Their traditions and doctrines have blinded them to the Word. They have eyes to see but they cannot see, they hear, but they do not understand. What is being taught is of no effect. When we look around today we see all sorts of evil taking place, and God is allowing them to do what ever they will do. The drugs and corruption reaches even the highest positions in our land and around the world, and every one just sort of apologizes for the actions and deeds of our leaders. God is in control, but He will only shadow those that are in belief and seek to be guided by His Word. The people of the world seem to be caught in the very net that they have made for themselves, just like the wild bull. Once in the net, there is only frustration.

Isaiah 51:21 "Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine:"

God is telling you to listen to Him, if you are in that drunken stupor that refuses to listen to the warnings that He has given. That drunken stupor is not with alcohol, but with the traditions and doctines that have blinded their spiritual eyes. This is talking to those that are in that condition called "slumber" in Romans 11:7, 8.

Romans 11:7 "What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded"

The election are those that have the seal of God in their foreheads, and will not be deceived by Satan.

Romans 11:8 "(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear); unto this day."

"This day" is the day of the Lord, and prior to that day many will be given the "the spirit of slumber", which is the stupor that come upon them to prevent them from understanding the truth of God's Word for their own protection. Most of these will be saved by their works out of the Millennium age, that time when all souls will be in their spiritual bodies with full understanding. They will be in the same manner of body as the angels have.

Isaiah 51:22 "Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again:"

This is the hope that we have in our salvation, that our Lord Jesus Christ will plead our case before the throne of God, when we fall short and repent of those sins. With this hope comes our peace of mind and the blessings that we get in our daily lives. This is the same cup we read of earlier that Christ prayed over before He went to the cross. Jesus knew that He was going to die on the cross, for it is written of in detail in Psalms 22, however Jesus' prayer was for those who would face satan in his role as Antichrist, and fail. They would receive the full power of the cup of wrath of our Heavenly Father.

The cup of God's wrath would not be poured out on the people then, but at the second coming of Christ at the seventh trumpet. Jesus was asking the Father, is there another way, and we know that the only way to escape the cup of God's wrath is through the blood of Christ, and the sealing of the Word of God in the minds of those that would face Him. God created man for His pleasure, and today we see that in the forefront of man's pleasure is himself and his own wants.

Isaiah 51:23 "But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over."

This is not in reference to your physical body, and the needs of that flesh body. It is talking to your eternal soul, the inner person is also called the spiritual man/woman within you. This is talking in a faith sense, and requiring you to bow down to their system, or form of idolatry. This is referring to the Kenites, and those that have attached themselves to them who are setting up this one world political and religious image.

There have been many bodies that have been given gladly for the religious freedoms that we have, and the security of our nation. However this is not in reference to those brave souls. Our service men have walked all over this world to keep the peace, and ensure our safety and that of our allies. Most every family in our land has at least one member that has given a life for our protection, and the right to read and study God's Word. The rights that we have came at a high price, paid with blood of many men and women.

This verse is directed to another form of protection that is coming upon the world today. The laws are being rewritten to cut off many of our freedoms, and many of our service men are serving a hidden one world government that they have no idea of who and what they are standing for nor protecting. However, when you are sealed with the Word of God in your mind, no matter where you are, nor how you got to where you may be, God is there protecting every last one of His own. When Satan arrives here on earth, God gave him his marching orders before He arrived, and that is to keep your hands off mine elect, those that are sealed with the whole Word of God in their foreheads, which is their minds.

This is why when Satan finally touches the two witnesses in the streets of Jerusalem, and the whole world rejoices, and the end comes in three and a half days. We have a very loving Father, and He will not allow anyone to beat on His children. This is why we can have the confidence to know that we can count on His protection.

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