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Isaiah 37-39 and Psalm 76

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Continuation from yesterday….

So when Hezekiah (The king of Judah) received the message…what did he do??  Prayed to the Lord!

Hezekiah’s Prayer

14 Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: 16 Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 17 Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God.18 “It is true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands. 19 They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. 20 Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, Lord, are the only God.”

It’s been a long time since God received the glory!

The Lord states that Sennacherib would fall and gives Hezekiah a sign to assure him that God would indeed do what he had said. The Lord would preserve a people for Himself from among Jerusalem. This would include the Davidic line of kings, as He had promised (2 Sam. 7:16)  The Lord promised Hezekiah that Sennacherib would not conquer Jerusalem, let alone attack it.

The Lord will defend Jerusalem and preserve it.  Hezekiah was rewarded for his Faith.  However, you have to remember the BIG picture:  The Lord promised an everlasting dynasty to bring a Messiah.

35 “I will defend this city and save it,
for my sake and for the sake of David my servant!”

So there was definitely no confusion about “whose” victory it was…

36 Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! 


Chapter 38 -I hope you don’t mind me sticking with all the TV analogies and it’s not confusing.  But when we get to chapter 38 think of it like this:  We just finished the above and you realize that you must have missed something 30 minutes ago (I am assuming you were looking in the kitchen for a snack)  So even though you know how the show ends you rewind the show ‘just in case” you missed something good.

And thank heavens you did rewind it or you would have missed that Hezekiah almost died earlier in the show,  but God gave him another 15 years.  The sign that this would occur was setting the shadow back 10 steps from the sun (The Sun didn’t move, just the shadow).   The shadow on the steps was used to determine the “time of day” (like a sun dial)…he was setting it back.

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Don’t miss the song Hezekiah wrote following this.  It’s amazing.  I had cut and pasted my favorite part BUT I deleted it…I would rather you do that in comments.


CHAPTER 39—YOU MADE IT!!  In the overview I talked about how this book is set up JUST LIKE THE BIBLE.  So today is the equivalency of finishing the Old Testament.

NEW KEY WORD:  BABYLON!!  This is a  short chapter BUT HUGE!!! The 3 world powers were Assyria, Egypt and Babylon.  Sooooo the son of the Babylonian king comes over to check out what is going on with the little city called Jerusalem because they were probably in shock that Assyria fell to them.  I like to think Hezekiah was not bragging on His riches BUT what the Lord has provided:

Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord Almighty: The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”

“The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.”


To Be Continued….In the meantime read Psalm 76

In this psalm of declarative praise, Asaph praised God for His power. He had destroyed the wicked and delivered the godly. Therefore the leaders of His people should follow Him faithfully.

 

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Isaiah 35-36

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(Chapter 36 is a really fun read!!)

If you are feeling “lost” on Isaiah.  I posted a “recap” video yesterday.  Scroll down to it, it might help.

Chapter 35

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  • We are currently in the Church Age (since Acts 2)
  • Then we will have the Rapture of the Church (if you believe in a Rapture (I do)but if you don’t ignore that-all good)(Thessalonians 4:13-18)
  • Then we begin a 7 year period of Tribulation
  • Then Jesus will return to earth (called the 2nd coming)  This will be the Battle of Armageddon.  Satan will be tied up (literally) for 1,000 years.
  • The 1,000 years of Peace is called the Millennial Reign
  • After 1,000 years Satan will be released and there will be one final rebellion-he will quickly be defeated
  • The final judgment will occur and a New Heaven and New Earth are created and we enter into eternity!

Chapter 36- Time to change the channel back to 701 BC.

After the Kindgom divided we have:

  • 10 tribes-North called Israel
  • 2 tribes-South called Judah

Israel is captured by Assyria

Judah will be captured by Babylon (in 150 years)  Only Judah will survive and come back to Jerusalem because there is a covenant God must honor that He will bring a King through David’s Genealogy.

 

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If you look at this map you will see Assyria is a major world power.  The King of Assyria is Sennacherib.

(The King of Judah is Hezekiah.  He was the really good king that restored the Temple!)

The other world power is Egypt.  Well, Israel is stuck in the middle.  So if world powers are going to attack each other….Israel best call on the Lord for help, right?

Chapter 36-

In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. Then the king of Assyria sent his field commander with a large army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. 

So when the Assyrian Kings went to Judah they gave a speech in verses 4-10.  In summary they said…There is no deliverance in the Lord!  Teaming up with Egypt won’t save you.  You need to surrender to us because Assyria had the authority from God to attack Jerusalem. “The Lord himself told me to march against this country and destroy it.’”

WHAT…LIES????

The Assyrian army even said “C’mon fellas…we will even give you 2000 horses”.  They instructed them to speak Aramaic so that everyone listening would understand what they were saying, even the people on the wall.  Instead, the Assyrians address them in Hebrew making sure they can understand:

13 Then the commander stood and called out in Hebrew, “Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria! 14 This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you! 15 Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’

I am unglued over this!

So now what happen???

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Fun Fact:  This story is true.  How do I know?  Because it is on your Bible.  Ha!

It is also rerecorded on a clay prism that was found in 1830 in Nineveh, dating to 701 BC

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Isaiah

Isaiah 31-34

Today is Thursday (I think).  Hang in there.  Saturday is the end of the condemnation part of Isaiah…you can do it.

31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
    who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots
    and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
    or seek help from the Lord.

Today:

31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt to the world for help,
    who rely on horses  man
who trust in the multitude of their chariots
    and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
    or seek help from the Lord.


BUT….He is always waiting for us ❤

Return, you Israelites, to the One you have so greatly revolted against. For in that day every one of you will reject the idols of silver and gold your sinful hands have made.


Ch 32-The Kingdom of Righteousness

Maybe chapters like this stick out to me because I was an adult when I became a Christian and remember what it was like to not have Christ in my life:

See, a king will reign in righteousness
    and rulers will rule with justice.
Each one will be like a shelter from the wind
    and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
    and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.

Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,
    and the ears of those who hear will listen.
The fearful heart will know and understand,
    and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
No longer will the fool be called noble
    nor the scoundrel be highly respected.

In Historical context the passage is about after the Captivity when he rescues His people, but for me:

till the Spirit is poured on us from on high,
    and the desert becomes a fertile field,
    and the fertile field seems like a forest.
16 The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert,
    his righteousness live in the fertile field.
17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;
    its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.
18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places,
    in secure homes,
    in undisturbed places of rest.


Chapter 33- Are you struggling with 2020?

Lord, be gracious to us;
    we long for you.
Be our strength every morning,
    our salvation in time of distress.


Chapter 34:

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As we read you have to picture this:  The Scriptures having 2 views.  The historical context (the captivity) and the wrath that will come on forighn nations and in the other screen: The Great Tribulation in Revelation.  So as you read you can see they apply to both:

34 Come near, you nations, and listen;
    pay attention, you peoples!
Let the earth hear, and all that is in it,
    the world, and all that comes out of it!
The Lord is angry with all nations;
    his wrath is on all their armies.
He will totally destroy[c] them,
    he will give them over to slaughter.
Their slain will be thrown out,
    their dead bodies will stink;
    the mountains will be soaked with their blood.
All the stars in the sky will be dissolved
    and the heavens rolled up like a scroll;
all the starry host will fall
    like withered leaves from the vine,
    like shriveled figs from the fig tree.

Flip over to Matthew 24 when Jesus is describing the Great Tribulation:

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

Isaiah8 For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
    a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.
Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch,
    her dust into burning sulfur;
    her land will become blazing pitch!
10 It will not be quenched night or day;
    its smoke will rise forever.

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Isaiah

Isaiah 28-30

Isaiah is divided into 2 parts.  The first section is 1-39.  The theme of the first 39 chapters is condemnation.  We have seen Isaiah bring multiple messages and warnings without any lasting repentance.  Overall, the next 8 chapters are to Judah, but he does use Israel as an example.  When he references Ephraim (since that is the largest tribe in the North, he is referring to Israel)


Isaiah gives a graphic description of how God is viewing His people.  They are “drunk” on themselves.  The materiality, their life, their politics…it is all gross to the Lord.  And the view from the people who hear Isaiah’s message is that they mock him-

“Who is it he is trying to teach?
    To whom is he explaining his message?
To children weaned from their milk,
    to those just taken from the breast?
10 For it is:
    Do this, do that,
    a rule for this, a rule for that;
    a little here, a little there.”

That is a harsh way to view God’s laws: “rule for this, rule for that”.  (And he is including the Priests in this conversation! How sad).  However, if you know any people that are not Christian that is EXACLTY how they view the Bible.

A warning of judgment that He will allow them to “fall backward” at the hands of a foreign nation.

I am enjoying the details in today’s read so hang with me.  Read this and break this down:

15 You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death,
    with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement.
When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,
    it cannot touch us,
for we have made a lie our refuge
    and falsehood our hiding place.”

I am not trying to upset anyone but just because someone is baptized, went camp, goes to church or said: “I decided”…can be a “lie of refuge”.  The Israelites believe that they can do whatever they want because of their ancestors.

Judah saw the Northern Tribe be taken by Assyria.  “That will not happen to us”…Oh it will.


However, there are many that will believe in the Covenant too.  Scripture quoted by both Peter and Paul in the New Testament:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
    a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it
    will never be stricken with panic.
17 I will make justice the measuring line
    and righteousness the plumb line;
hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie,
    and water will overflow your hiding place.

He continues with a warning and says : LISTEN TO ME!!


Chapter 29: He is directly talking to the nation of Judah referred to them as “Ariel”- (Ariel meaning Altar).  He is speaking to Jerusalem.  Jerusalem will become a blood-soaked altar by it’s surrounding nations.  BUT it will be from God’s hand-His judgment.  This will occur during the reign of Hezekiah.

NOW, let’s split this newscast screen:  We can also see the Tribulation in this read too!  This message is sealed in the scroll that only Jesus can open:

11 For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I can’t; it is sealed.” 


A scripture I want you to sit on a little is:

13 The Lord says:

“These people come near to me with their mouth
    and honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
    is based on merely human rules they have been taught.


Chapter 30:  The message continues to the Souther Tribe, Judah.  As Assyria becomes stronger and stronger Judah continues to make alliances with foreign nations like Egypt RATHER than line up with God’s Ways.  As they turn to people or ‘the world” for their protection. The Lord says:

12 Therefore this is what the Holy One of Israel says:

“Because you have rejected this message,
    relied on oppression
    and depended on deceit,
13 this sin will become for you
    like a high wall, cracked and bulging,
    that collapses suddenly, in an instant.

They are rejecting the Lord.

15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:

“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
    in quietness and trust is your strength,
    but you would have none of it.
16 You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’
    Therefore you will flee!

BUT HE WILL NEVER LEAVE THEM!!!’ BECAUSE HE LOVES US!!

18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
    therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
    Blessed are all who wait for him!

19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. 

Isaiah

Isaiah 23-27

Tyre (and Sidon)-You can find Tyre on the coast just above Israel.  Tyre was a trading city that was very wealthy and very evil.  They controlled much of the trading through the port of the Mediterranean Sea.

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These cities will fall and the event will devastate the other world powers who depend on their ports for profit.  Their evil ways will be disciplined and Isaiah warns them to flee!  Get on your boat and go to Tarshish!

Who planned this against Tyre,
    the bestower of crowns,
whose merchants are princes,
    whose traders are renowned in the earth?
The Lord Almighty planned it,
    to bring down her pride in all her splendor
    and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.

Tyre will be restored as an image of how wealth should properly be managed by God’s people.

18 Yet her profit and her earnings will be set apart for the Lord; they will not be stored up or hoarded.


The Next 4 chapters might be titled “The Apocolypse of Isaiah” or “God’s Purpose in Judgement”.

Think of it like a movie camera focused in and slowly pulled back.  It is focused on Judah, then Israel, then surrounding nations, and finally the whole world.  There is NO DOUBT you will see End Time Prophecies as you read this.  God’s universal judgment on sin and his victory over evil in the end.

I am going to pull out a few verses BUT the whole read (worth hitting “listen” at the top too) is worth hanging on every word.

The earth is defiled by its people;
    they have disobeyed the laws,
violated the statutes
    and broken the everlasting covenant.

True story BUT…

The floodgates of the heavens are opened,
    the foundations of the earth shake.
19 The earth is broken up,
    the earth is split asunder,
    the earth is violently shaken.
20 The earth reels like a drunkard,
    it sways like a hut in the wind;
so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion
    that it falls—never to rise again.

When God conquers he will open the New Heaven and the defiled earth will be gone!  (I can’t wait for Revelation!)

I basically underlined the rest of the read, but here are a few: (maybe one, is the one you need today)

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Chapter 27 ends with a Double Reference both “near’ and “far” prophecy.  The judgment of the lost and the restoration of his people from the Babylonian Captivity, and the gathering of HIs people after the apocalypse:

12 In that day the Lord will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, Israel, will be gathered up one by one. 13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.

 

 

 

 

Isaiah

Isaiah 18-22

Chapter 18.  OK, so I read it and it was like reading Japanese.  Let’s look at it:

Woe to the land of whirring wings[
    along the rivers of Cush,
which sends envoys by sea
    in papyrus boats over the water.

Go, swift messengers,
to a people tall and smooth-skinned,
to a people feared far and wide,
an aggressive nation of strange speech,
whose land is divided by rivers.

OK, Cush is modern-day Etheopia….who are the smooth-skinned people (what product are they using??) who’s male is divided by rivers???

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Ohhh it is the Egyptians!!!  That makes sense…IN my head Cleopatra had great skin!

Cush had actually conquered Egypt so we know this is another world power.  The Promised Land is surrounded by them (just like today).  Cush is now seeking an alliance with Judah to overcome Assyria.  But it is in God’s timing that any nation is destroyed…

THIS CHAPTER IS HARD.  The lesson is…God doesn’t need Cush to ally with Judah to take Assyria…this is not HIS first Rodeo.


Chapter 19- Egypt- very interesting chapter:

  • v1-4 it the collapse of the Egyptian religion and they turn on each other.  Chaos erupts. Is this about Egypt of America?
  • v5-10 the Nile stops providing for food as well as exporting goods.  The economy crashes.  Ummmm
  • v 11-15 The “intellects’  can’t fix this disaster.  Ha!
  • 16-25 we see a repeated phrase: “In that day”- this is the time that terror will overtake the county.  (Lord I hope that’s not 2021)
  • 5 cities are mentioned.  One of them is the city they would worship the Sun.  Always look for the Hope.  God’s Love.  Not just for his chosen nation but for the Gentiles too.

19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border. 20 It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them. 21 So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them.


Chapter 20- Look at the Map.  Ashdod is on the coast near Israel (and Judah).  It is in the Philistine nation.    You will see the world powers in a triangle around it.  Egypt (and Cush), Babylon, Assyria, Phoenicians. Well as they fight each other, they use Israel as the travel route.  We surly this is going to scare the bajeebees out of them so they try to make alliances.  (That was SPECIFICALLY told by in the law, that they should NOT do that).

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So if I honed in on the map you can now see the city that Assyria is coming to attack.  Ashdod. (LOL, are you ready to kill me with all these maps…at least they are not genealogies)

The Ancient Levant With Map

So what should God’s people do?  TRUST HIM!  Nope…they make the alliances as usual.  God asks Isaiah to walk naked for 3 years as a symbol of what he is going to do Egypt and Cush.   He will strip them of their world power.


Isaiah 21-

In all this, I forget how hard a task Isaiah has been called to.  (I was LITERALLY just thinking in my head…how hard it is to read Isaiah when we are on a tight schedule, as I have my feet on a coffee table with my coffee….so suck it up buttercup)

At this my body is racked with pain,
    pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;
I am staggered by what I hear,
    I am bewildered by what I see.
My heart falters,
    fear makes me tremble;
the twilight I longed for
    has become a horror to me.

The from the watchtower the message:

Look, here comes a man in a chariot
    with a team of horses.
And he gives back the answer:
    ‘Babylon has fallen, has fallen!
All the images of its gods
    lie shattered on the ground!’”

In the Double reference, who/what is Babylon??  Revelation 18:

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:

“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’
    She has become a dwelling for demons
and a haunt for every impure spirit,
    a haunt for every unclean bird,
    a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.
For all the nations have drunk
    the maddening wine of her adulteries.
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
    and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”


Chapter 21- Look at the map again.  It makes sense that Edom and Arabia are in distress since they also fall into a category of fighting for land and trade routes.  (or robbing and looting on those trade routes).  BUT they too get their answer:

16 This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end. 17 The survivors of the archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be few.” The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.

(MIc Drop!)


Chapter 22- read or re-read this chapter and stop at verse 11.  Jerusaemamm is under attack.  They have their horses, chariots, water, bows and arrows but what is the ONE thing they are not relying on?

Your choicest valleys are full of chariots,
    and horsemen are posted at the city gates.

The Lord stripped away the defenses of Judah,
    and you looked in that day
    to the weapons in the Palace of the Forest.
You saw that the walls of the City of David
    were broken through in many places;
you stored up water
    in the Lower Pool.
10 You counted the buildings in Jerusalem
    and tore down houses to strengthen the wall.
11 You built a reservoir between the two walls
    for the water of the Old Pool,
but you did not look to the One who made it,
    or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.

 

The end of the chapter- I read a ton of stuff and I am going to leave it blank.  Is it a Messianic passage is it not a Messianic passage?  Much debate.  I am going to say it is not.  It is just that Eliakim (the finance manager for king Hezekiah) will be put in a place of royalty…but he too will eventually fall with Jerusalem.

I could be totally wrong..a lot of info out there that supports me being wrong, but I really am ok with not figuring it all out.

(might be a lot of typos…not proofreading today 😂)

 

 

 

 

Isaiah

Isaiah 13-17

Chapters 13-23 are oracles against the nations.   The message was given to Israel ABOUT the fall of the surrounding nations. Today we will read 13-17.

  • Babylon
  • Assyria
  • Philistia
  • Moab
  • Damascus

Then

  • Cush
  • Egypt
  • Edom
  • Arabia

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Babylon- These prophecies are both a short term fulfillment and a long term fullfillment.  Basically, we are looking at a news show with a split-screen (Like Fox News or CNN)

Babylon is the up and coming “superpower” as a nation (one view)  However, Babylon is also symbolic of all evil, pride, oppression, or power that exalts itself against the Lord.  ( second view-Revelation 18).  This is a prophecy that we will see mixed both near and far prophecies.

Isaiah 13

(far)

See, the day of the Lord is coming
    —a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger—
to make the land desolate
    and destroy the sinners within it.

____

(Near)

Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms,
    the pride and glory of the Babylonians,
will be overthrown by God
    like Sodom and Gomorrah.


Chapter 14

Always look for the Hope.  God is compassionate for “His People” (us)  There is a return of His people

The Lord will have compassion on Jacob;
    once again he will choose Israel
    and will settle them in their own land.
Foreigners will join them
    and unite with the descendants of Jacob.

(Foreigners will join….that is referring to Gentiles…you and I are included in His Mercy!)



So if Jesus is the King of Kings.  Who is the King of Babylon??

HUGE double reference.  As we see the historical context of the fall of the Babylonian King “near reference”.  The King of Evil is Satan himself when we look at the “far” prophecy.

ARE YOU READY FOR IT!!!! THIS IS THE HISTORY OF SATAN- “Morning Star” translation is Lucifer!

12 How you have fallen from heaven,
morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.[d]
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,
to the depths of the pit.

Only Scripture interprets scripture: so where can we cross-reference this? Glad you asked:

Ezekiel 28:14.  The “near” reference is the King of Tyre.  The “far” reference is the destruction of Satan.

‘You were the seal of perfection,

    full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden,
    the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
    carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
    topaz, onyx and jasper,
    lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.[b]
Your settings and mountings[c] were made of gold;
    on the day you were created they were prepared.
14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
    for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
    you walked among the fiery stones.
15 You were blameless in your ways
    from the day you were created
    till wickedness was found in you.
16 Through your widespread trade
    you were filled with violence,
    and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
    and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
    from among the fiery stones.
17 Your heart became proud
    on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom
    because of your splendor.
So I threw you to the earth;
    I made a spectacle of you before kings.
18 By your many sins and dishonest trade
    you have desecrated your sanctuaries.
So I made a fire come out from you,
    and it consumed you,
and I reduced you to ashes on the ground
    in the sight of all who were watching.
19 All the nations who knew you
    are appalled at you;
you have come to a horrible end
    and will be no more.’”

(His end will be at the last battle in Revelation)


Ch 15-16  Moab.  Who are the Moabites?  

The Moabites were a tribe descended from Moab, the son of Lot, born of an incestuous relationship with his oldest daughter (Genesis 19). From Zoar, on the southeastern border of the Dead Sea, they gradually spread over the region on the east of Jordan.  They have been a thorn in the Hebrews side ever since.  (I would love to talk about more but this post is sooooo late).

Map of Ancient Israel (Illustration) - Ancient History Encyclopedia

In short, an enemy will come from the North and free the refugees and push them towards Edom and around towards Judah.  To take the refugees or not to take the refugees…that is the question???

Yes- why you ask?  Think if Ruth…she was a Moab (and I like her).  She gave birth to the line of David (and I like him half the time)….So they bring lambs as a tribute (how symbolic)…and a VERY cool double prophecy…

The oppressor will come to an end,
    and destruction will cease;
    the aggressor will vanish from the land.
In love a throne will be established;
    in faithfulness a man will sit on it—
    one from the house  of David—
one who in judging seeks justice
    and speeds the cause of righteousness.

Well the answer is NO-Their tribute was with empty hearts.  They were prideful and continued to worship false gods…So God’s verdict for Moab is:

But now the Lord says: “Within three years, as a servant bound by contract would count them, Moab’s splendor and all her many people will be despised, and her survivors will be very few and feeble.”


I TOLD YOU I STRUGGLE WITH ISAIAH!  THIS IS HARD.  BUT, my goal is to understand 1% more than I did last time.  So let’s keep moving forward!

Try reading this one.  When you see “In that Day” look for the double prophecy.  Historical and Future.  You can do it.  BUT the one thing I want to point out is the beauty of Repentance.  Regardless if you view it as the falling of Damascas or the final battle in Revelation…People are Saved!

In that day people will look to their Maker
    and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.
They will not look to the altars,
    the work of their hands,
and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles
    and the incense altars their fingers have made.

See Merideth…no one noticed I was 9 hours late to post!!

 

2 Chronicles · Isaiah

2 Chron 27 and Isaiah 9-12

OK, I just read 2 Chronicles and I thought “what could I say that you already don’t know”.  If I had randomly opened 2 Chron 27 on January 1 and read this short chapter most of us would say “Ummm,  what”.  You got this! But I will give you this just because I love you.


Isaiah 9-12- Now Isaiah, maybe you read and said “Yup, got it”.  If you did-you are taking over this blog! I needed help.  Let’s do this!  Let me start off by saying if we stick with the TV/Remote analogy- today is definitely split screen and they are all talking at once!  We have current time (735 BC), Messiah time, and End Times all talking at once.  I am going to keep this Simple.  But feel free to ask questions.

Chapter 9 (if you have not noticed I have a pattern of starting with verse 1)

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.

Ummm what?  Wait for it…we are about to have a “Drop Mic” moment.  When Jesus BEGINS his ministry this prophecy is fulfilled:

Matthew 4:12

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
    the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
    Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people living in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
    a light has dawned.”[f]

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Naphtali and Zebulun are 2 of the 10 tribes that formed the North.  He begins his preaching in Galilee of the Gentiles. Galilee (starts with G) that is how you are going to remember that when we say Gallilee Jesus is with the Gentiles.

Jesus came to bring Light to the Darkness!

Isaiah continues with….

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

Ok Ok…I won’t’ break down EVERY scripture…but I want to.  The rest of the chapter is a description of the Lord’s anger against the Northern Kingdom Israel.  Note the “attitude” of Israel (or should I say the complacency)…

“The bricks have fallen down,
    but WE will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
    but WE will replace them with cedars.”

Are they crazy…they said the same thing at the tower of Babel and we all know how that turned out!


Chapter 10- God uses Assyria as the instrument to discipline Israel (after 300 years of warning).But Assyria became prideful in the power God gave them.  When God is done with them, they too will witness God’s judgment on themselves. Verse 12:

12 When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes. 13 For he says:

“‘By the strength of my hand I have done this,
    and by my wisdom, because I have understanding.
I removed the boundaries of nations,
    I plundered their treasures;
    like a mighty one I subdued their kings.
14 As one reaches into a nest,
    so my hand reached for the wealth of the nations;
as people gather abandoned eggs,
    so I gathered all the countries;
not one flapped a wing,
    or opened its mouth to chirp.’”


The next section can be summed up v21:

A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob
    will return to the Mighty God.

If you don’t know what the who, what, where, when, and why of the Remnant…let me know in comments.


Chapter 11: In Chapter 4 we talked about a Messianic Passage.  We can look at this with a split-screen of the Messiah Coming…or as the 2nd Coming (Millennial period).  Both are correct.  Remember, prophecy is both Near and Far messages.  You will read these scriptures and know it is Jesus in the prophecy BUT there are scriptures about Peace and Safety that will only occur during the Millennial period.

OK, If you love me (ha!) you will look at Chapter 11 and copy and paste your favorite part in comments.  Click here.  (If you are on your phone just comment on the scripture address (number) and I will look it up.

The End.  You may Stop here.  I don’t want to make an assumption that everyone understands the Millenium (the time period following the Christ’s return).  If you need a refresher course on that I posted below.


Spoiler Alert: I am going to tell you how this Book Ends.  Chapter 11 will concentrate on the Millenial period.  For those who say “Revelation is confusing” it is not.  It actually might be one of the easiest books we read.  So here it is:

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Read Left to Right.

  • We are currently in the Church Age (since Acts 2)
  • Then we will have the Rapture of the Church (if you believe in a Rapture (I do)but if you don’t ignore that-all good)(Thessalonians 4:13-18)
  • Then we begin a 7 year period of Tribulation
  • Then Jesus will return to earth (called the 2nd coming)  This will be the Battle of Armageddon.  Satan will be tied up (literally) for 1,000 years.
  • The 1,000 years of Peace is called the Millennial Reign
  • After 1,000 years Satan will be released and there will be one final rebellion-he will quickly be defeated
  • The final judgment will occur and a New Heaven and New Earth are created and we enter into eternity!

Rememeber…if you love me….

Isaiah

Isaiah 5-8

If you did not see it, I posted an explanation last night on the captivity.  If you don’t know what the captivity is please go back and read it.  Isaiah will be hard to read if you don’t know what will eventually happen in 586 BC.  Click here or scroll down under this post.


Chapter 5- We begin with a parable.  It may actually sound familiar if you have read the New Testament.

My loved one had a vineyard
    on a fertile hillside.

The vineyard is his chosen people.  God provided all the means for them to prosper (fertile hillside).  But when the crops Israelites grew, they grew bad fruit.

What more could have been done for my vineyard
    than I have done for it?

So what is the consequence?

He takes his hand off of them.  He will not tend to them and he will allow the border to be open.  After the parable is given Isaiah shocks the audience by letting them know he is talking about them!


Verse 8 we add some more “Woes”- Beware.

v8-10-He is calling out those who accumulate- but lets them know that when the captivity happens…their mansions will be empty.

v11-17-He is talking to the “party crowd”, those that ignore God.  He specifically says in verse 13-

Therefore my people will go into exile
for lack of understanding;

v18-19-Those that are hitched to sin.  Not only do they disregard God but the defy Him, they don’t believe His warning and challenge Him to show up!  Verse 19-

“Let God hurry;
let him hasten his work
so we may see it.
The plan of the Holy One of Israel—
let it approach, let it come into view,
so we may know it.”

v20-those who think they are wiser than God

v21-to the corrupt.  He is detailed to tell them exactly what the captivity will look like.  V26-30 He tells them he will rise up nations around them, the enemies will not grow weary.  They will not break a sweat when they capture them.


Chapter 6 Isaiah’s Commission- We change the channel and it is dated for us so we know exactly when this happens.

kings for Isaiah.png

This vision occurs during the reign of Uzziah.  He sees God!

 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Isaiah immediately confesses he is unworthy to be in His presence.   Because of this God forgives him of his unclean lips and purifies Isaiah with the coal.  He then proceeds to tell him that the message you bring will fall on deaf ears.  They will ignore him.  When Isaiah asks “How long will they ignore me”? God tells him until they care put in captivity.  BUT…and don’t miss is…

And though a tenth remains in the land,
    it will again be laid waste.
But as the terebinth and oak
    leave stumps when they are cut down,
    so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.”

He preserves a remnant of people to survive!


Chapter 7- This is 700 years BEFOE the birth of Christ…Now when you read this you have to use context clues. “The line of David” is the tribe of Judah.  Ephraim is the tribe of Israel.

8:Within sixty-five years
    Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people.
The head of Ephraim is Samaria,
    and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah’s son.
If you do not stand firm in your faith,
    you will not stand at all.’”

The captivity will begin shortly for the northern tribe.  It will happen in waves, but within 65 years it will be complete destruction.

God tell Ahaz to ask for a sign, and Ahaz declines.  God gives him one anyway! (Look at your prophecy list of the Messiah)

The virgin  will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (700 years before Christ this is said)

18-25 Isaiah prophesied that Assyria will be the nation God will use for this first invasion.


In Chapter 8 Isaiah gives a description of the captivity but reminds Isaiah not to follow in Israel’s footsteps either.  It is NOT the enemy nations that will bring destruction on America Israel, it will be at the arm of the Lord to discipline their sins.  We The must not fear other nations, they must fear the Lord and obey his commands.

“Do not call conspiracy
    everything this people calls a conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
    and do not dread it.
13 The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
    he is the one you are to fear,
    he is the one you are to dread.
14 He will be a holy place;
    for both Israel and Judah he will be
a stone that causes people to stumble
    and a rock that makes them fall.
And for the people of Jerusalem he will be
    a trap and a snare.
15 Many of them will stumble;
    they will fall and be broken,
    they will be snared and captured.”


PLEASE ask questions if you are at all confused…this is hard stuff.