Isaiah

Chapter 6

"The Voice From the Temple."

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

It is important to have your own personal communication with your Heavenly Father. This is why Christ would say when asked a question, "It is written!" Friend, it is written in His Word, everything that he desires us to know. God wrote to you through the prophets of the Old Testament, and those instructions are even more important to us today then when they were written. Many of those prophecies were written to the final generation that lives on the earth in this flesh age, and we are living in that generation.

Remember in the Isaiah 2:2 God told Isaiah to write to directly to our generation, to those living in the "last days". Then in the fifth chapter of Isaiah much of it was directed to the day of the Lord, and on into the Millennium age. This is what prophecy is all about, God letting His people know ahead of time what to expect in the times that they live. Our Heavenly Father never changes, He is the same yesterday, as He is today, and will be tomorrow; He never changes. What has happened before will happen again, as stated in His Word, so what He has to say is always important.

Man has always wanted a man in the flesh to be their king, only God wanted to be the King of His people. God wanted to have the respect and the dignity that was due Him, because He was our Father. However man refused to accept it God's way, and cried out to Him for a fleshly King, on that they could see and touch, and would be exactly like Him. So we will see in this sixth chapter that God will play a little game with them and compare Himself with the kings that they have chosen to rule over them.

Isaiah 6:1 "In the year that king Uzziah died I was also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple."

Old king Uzziah died from leprosy, and God is comparing this old leprous king with the glorious King, the King of the hosts of heaven that are present in verse five. God is asking to compare the almighty with a frail, old man in his decayed fleshly form. You never know what kind of king you get, when that king is in the flesh, the one may be good, but the next bad. However God is telling us to see Him as a King that sits eternally on His throne, and never changes. God is telling you to always keep your eye on our Father and not man.

That is why we go to the Scripture, for God has revealed all things and given all instructions to us and they are written down. When you seek guidance then go to the Scripture, go to the wisdom of God for your help, and not to the wisdom of man.

Now God is going to compare His throne to this earthy throne of man's fleshly kings.

Isaiah 6:2 "Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered this face, and with twain he covered his feet and with twain he did fly."

Above the throne of God in heaven, stood the seraphims. With the six wings, two wings covered their face as a sign of humility, two of the wings were to cover their feet as a sign of respect, and two wings were given to flying, which was the sign of praising God. So here we have these "seraphims", which is to say, "the burning ones", that are in the realm of the zoan, or zoa, that are the protectors or ministers of God while He is on the throne. Here they are all praising God, showing Him respect, and in all humility. We can tell that because they are covering their face, their feet that they are in the image of man, and not some big bird. The point to understand here, is what they were doing. The were showing their love and respect for our Heavenly Father.

Isaiah 6:3 "And one cried unto another, and said, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory."

There is the triune cry, three times for emphasis, the threefold blessings of Numbers 6:24-26:

Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:" [24] "The Lord make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:" [25] "The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give the peace." [26]

God's glory and blessings cover the entire earth, if you would only recognize His Glory. God doesn't leave any of His children out, but His children leave God out of their lives. Why would anyone place their spiritual and earthly outcome to an earthly man or king, when you can have a Father and King like this? It is up to you to allow God to take care of your needs. When you follow Him, you have the right to ask for His blessings and favors in your life.

Isaiah 6:4 "And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke."

The very "foundation of the threshold" moved at the voice of God, and the place was filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 6:5 "Then said I, "Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a People of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts."

When Isaiah stood and looked on this heavenly scene, he saw himself for what flesh man is. Man in the flesh is unclean, and when Isaiah watch what was taking place before him, he felt worthless. When one comes in the presence of the supernatural, they feel helpless and see the frailty that man in the flesh is. Coming in the presence of the supernatural can make one very humble, Isaiah is saying I know that I am a man and I don't feel I belong in the presence of the supernatural in the flesh.

Isaiah 6:6 "Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:"

In the Hebrew text it says that this seraphim "ran", not "flew" to Isaiah. The tongs were "tweezers", or "snuffers" like you would remove hot coals from a fireplace. Notice that the coal that the seraphim took, came from the altar of God.

Isaiah 6:7 "And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, "Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged."

The word "purged" in the Hebrew text is "atoned for". In other words, it is God that atones for sin, and it is His atoning power that makes us as near perfect as we can get while in the flesh. It seems that we always continue to fall and need to go back to Him for repentance. It is through our confession of those sins in repentance that we are forgiven and our sins atoned for.

The coal here was placed on Isaiah's very lips, because he was going to speak. So we can see that this is not talking about an actual burning coal of fire that would come from a fire place. This however is as close as Isaiah could come to explaining what had happened in this vision he is revealing to us. God is a consuming fire, and the seraphims are the burning ones that carry out God's orders. They are the pure ones, and our heavenly Father's burning fire can do away with sin and evil, and spiritual wickedness the same as fire can cleanse melt silver, and separate the impurities from it.

When you feel the warmth of the Holy Spirit it means that the coal of fire has touched you. Maybe not to the degree that it did to Isaiah, but His Spirit can touch you and have an effect on your life. When God's Spirit touches you, it does not destroy you when you are one of His, for His Spirit is to help us.

Isaiah 6:8 "Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then said I, "Here am I; send me."

Once Isaiah had been touched by the burning coal, been filled with the Holy Spirit of the living God, he was willing and able to go forth with the mission that God had for him. Isaiah felt good about it, and naturally anyone will feel good about doing the work that the Holy Spirit has led them to do for our Father.

We should be willing to do what ever the task that God anoints us, and directs us to do. There are many different gifts that are given, and all are not given the same gifts, but as members of the many membered body of Christ, we work together to get the work done. Some plant the seed, and others nurture it, while still other will be part of the harvest. All are necessary to do that small part and be ready to say to God; "Here am I Lord, send me. This is a personal matter for only you can do the work that God has placed you in; you will either be faithful to the calling, and you will turn your back on Him when God asks, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?

Isaiah 6:9 "And He said, "Go, and tell this People, 'Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.' "

These people that Isaiah is going to minister to has eyes to see, but they cannot see, and they have ears to hear, but they cannot hear and perceive what is told to them. Their spiritual eyes and ears are closed to the Word of God. They cannot see the simplicity of the Word of God.

How many people could understand that this sixth chapter of Isaiah is God going all out to compare Himself with an earthly king? How many would have the eyes to see that, yet once it is explained and the eyes are opened to the truth, it seems so simple that even a child can understand. Then we can see that our Heavenly Father emotions coming to the surface, and we get an entirely different picture then when our eyes were closed to the truth.

We see that even though the people could not understand, God told Isaiah to go and speak to the people anyway.

Isaiah 6:10 "Make the heart of this People fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed."

Remember that this is written to those living in the last days. There is a false messiah coming to earth and all those that are awakened to the actuality of this fact will not have that opportunity to be taught in the Millennium age, if they know the truth and fall in this flesh age. If they had the knowledge of what they are doing, and could see Satan for the false Christ that he is, and then worshipped him and took on his name and number there would be no hope for them at the coming of Christ. When there is no knowledge in ignorance, there is no sin unto the death of their soul and spirit. God is showing His love for us in this verse. We see that Jesus Christ taught the same thing in Matthew 13:10; when the disciples asked Him, "Why speakest Thou unto them in parables?"

Matthew 13:11 "He answered and said unto them, "Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." It isn't meant that all people are suppose to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.

It is important to understand that just because God sends the spirit of slumber on a person, it is not for hate, but for God love and protection of that person. It is all part of God's compassion and mercy that God gives, and in the right time and place God will reveal Himself and His mysteries to that person. To many that time is in the Millennium age, when they are in their incorruptible with full knowledge of the truth, and faith is not required of them. Why? Because Jesus Christ is here on earth, and the acceptance is not by faith for there is nothing left requiring faith. It is all known in the minds of every one.

Mathew 13:13 "Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand."

Matthew 13:14 "And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias [Isaiah] which saith, 'By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:"

Matthew 13:15 "For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."

When the proper time comes, God will open their eyes and they will see and the will hear, however it will be at a time when they will be capable of standing against the fiery darts that Satan will throw against them.

Isaiah 6:11 "Then said I, "Lord, how long?" And He answered, "Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,"

Isaiah asked God, how long will it be until all this comes to pass? If you are a student of the Word of God, you understand that this time and place is what Jesus Christ was referring to in Mark 13:14 concerning the final generation. "But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it [he] ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains."

The "desolation" as written in the text in Daniel reads "desolator", and not desolation, and the man of destruction is Satan in the role of Antichrist. Satan is coming to earth very shortly to set up his world wide religious system by deceiving the peoples of the earth. Jesus is quoting from Daniel 9:27, whereby the subject of the verse is Satan coming as the desolator comes on the wings of deception to deceive the people of the earth in this earth age. This coming of Satan is prior to the coming of Jesus Christ, and at the time of this desolation there will be a famine for the hearing of the Word of God.

So the clue to Isaiah 6:11 is the word "desolate".

Isaiah 6:12 "And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land."

"The great forsaking in the midst of the land" is when the people are forsaking the true messiah and are taken in by the desolator, Satan the Antichrist. This is going to happen and our generation will witness it coming to pass. Are you aware of what God's Word has to say about this time with understanding, or are you relying on what the world religious systems desires you to know? If you have eyes to see and ears to hear and understand the simplicity of His Word, Satan's coming will not take you by surprise.

Isaiah 6:13 "But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof."

You can cut the tree down and use the whole tree, but unless you pull the root up, that tree will sprout up again, over and over. God is telling Isaiah that there will always be a remnant that will be here that is rooted and knows the truth regardless what Satan and the world does to eliminate the truth of God's Word. Every generation down through the centuries of time had a remnant that knew the truth, however when the time of the end comes there shall also be that remnant that shall stand up against Satan and his religious system. That remnant is called the elect, and they will speak the Word of God, even though people will not have the eyes to see and the ears to hear and understand what they are saying.

The Word must be taught and the warning must be given because the time is coming after the time of deception where by that teaching will be understood. Though the stupor, and spirit of slumber comes over the people of the earth, at the time of Christ's return, that stupor will be lifted, and shame will follow and show mankind the evil that they have done. They will then be taught in the Millennium age and shown the love of God.

The biggest insult that you can give God is not to study the letter that He has given to you. Then after people turn their back on His Word, they wonder why God hasn't blessed them. Most people today don't know the book of Genesis from the book of Revelation, in fact in a survey taken, and people were asked where the ten commandments were written, and most of the people in the survey said in the constitution. It is an insult to God.

"The substance thereof" is the elect themselves that give forth the "holy seed", which is the truths from the Word of God. If you have eyes to see and ears to hear and understand there is no excuse for you not to follow the true king, for you will be accountable for what you do and say in that day. It was God's desire from the very beginning that man and woman would follow Him, rather then something else that He had created for Himself, or for our enjoyment. God desires that we worship only Him, only mankind has lost focus as to who God is, and now can only focus on the creation; on things they can see and touch, and they have turned their backs to His Word.

So God is telling us in this chapter that down through the years, there will always be part of the root of the remnant that know the truth of His Word, even when it appears that all truth has dried up. Then in the final generation the Holy Spirit will speak through that remnant that will be faithful to Him.

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