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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 177A

June 20, 2004

An Exposition of Isaiah, Chapter 49

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed! Part 1 


Isaiah 49:3 – And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.

As prophesied, God chose from, and out of, the Seed of the man Israel, Christ Jesus, who is the ONLY man in whom he has been, and will continue to be, glorified as the One Godhead of ALL principality and power.  God is glorified in his servant Israel by the man Christ Jesus. The virgin Mary was a direct descendant, through her father Heli, of the man Israel.  Heli was in the line of the man Israel through David and Zerubbabel.

Zechariah 4:6,7 – Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. [7] Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.

Luke 1:35 – And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

I Peter 2:6,7 – Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. [7] Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

ISAIAH 49:3 – And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.

Colossians 2:9,10 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. [10] And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Philippians 2:7-11 – But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the GLORY of God the Father.

John 17:1-5 – These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: [2] As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. [3] And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. [4] I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. [5] And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

The forty-ninth chapter of Isaiah is about the Messiah of Israel, born of the Seed of Israel, as a servant of the people of Israel, who was sent to be a servant, as an Israelite, to the living God of Israel, and who now sits in heaven as the intercessor of all who will put their faith in him for salvation.

Romans 2:28,29 – For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: [29] But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

I will now begin a verse by verse exposition of Isaiah 49, which pictures Jesus of Israel as the servant of God, in whom he has been, is, and continues to be glorified by the glory generated by his Son, Messiah the Prince.  It is a message issued to all the land masses of this earth that rise above its waters as continents or islands

ISAIAH 49:1 – Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of MY NAME.

This prophecy was written some 700 years before it was fulfilled in the womb of Mary, as revealed to Joseph, her husband, and it also appears in  Isaiah 7:14.

Matthew 1:18-21 – Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. [19] Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. [20] But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. [21] And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt CALL HIS NAME JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:22,23 – Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying [23] Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

ISAIAH 49:2 – And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; (We will look at this phrase by phrase.)

(1)  “And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword”

John 12:48,49 – He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. [49] For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

Revelation 19:15,16 – And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. [16] And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

(2)  “In the shadow of his hand hath he HIDDEN me”

Colossians 2:3 -In whom ARE HID all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Ephesians 3:8-11,21 – Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; [9] And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been HID in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: [10] To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, [11] According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:  [21] Unto him be glory IN the church BY Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

I Corinthians 2:7,8,2,5 – But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the HIDDEN wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: [8] Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. [2] For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. [5] That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

I Corinthians 1:18 – For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

(3)  “And made me a polished shaft”

Isaiah 53:2A – For he shall GROW UP before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:

Luke 2:40,52 – And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. [52] And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

God made his Son into a polished shaft that will defeat all the enemies of Israel at Armageddon.

Hebrews 10:12,13 – But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; [13] From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

Micah 5:9 – Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.

(4) “In his QUIVER hath he hid me”

The Quiver was the rectangular leather pouch that hung from a leather strap either on the man’s back or on his chest, which contained the arrows for his bow, which were used as his strength against his enemies.  So, in the Old Testament times, a man who had a lot of children, such as Israel, who had 12 sons, was said to have his QUIVER full of arrows (shafts).  Each one was hidden in the womb until he came forth as a son of Israel.  It was looked upon as a real blessing to have a quiver full of arrows, a family with many sons, because the more you had, the more power you had in speaking to your enemies, and dissuading them from daring to attack you.  Most community judgments over disputes with your enemies were settled at the gate, and the more sons you had, the less likely you were to be ashamed by being poor, because of their laboring for you, or to have a judgment go against you, because of their fear of your many sons.    

Psalm 127:3-5 – Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. [4] As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. [5] Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

But God only had one begotten Son, and he hid him, until he made him in Mary, and bought him forth as his only arrow in Bethlehem.

Galatians 4:4-6 – But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, [5] To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. [6] And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

John 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

God’s One arrow was all he needed to launch.  It is still flying, and one day will be anointed as the most Holy.  It is this arrow that has all power in heaven and in earth.

Matthew 28:18 – And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Zechariah 9:14-16 – And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his ARROW shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south. [15] The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar. [16] And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.

                  

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed!  Part 2


ISAIAH 49:3 – And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.

Most of the physical descendants of the servant Israel, known today as the nation of Israel, have certainly not given God glory by failing to believe God’s Son is their Messiah.  So Israel, as a nation, has not given God glory since Christ, the Seed of Israel, was crucified, and their unbelief, as a nation, will continue until the fullness of the iniquity of this present Gentile age “be come in.”

Romans 11:32 – For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Romans 11:25 – For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

However, the Scriptures state that Christ is the Seed of the man Israel, of whom Mary was a direct descendant, and, as such, he has, is, and continues to give glory to God, which validates verse 3, because Messiah is the Seed of Israel. Therefore, God is still being glorified in his servant Israel, but only through the work of Israel’s Seed, the Messiah.

ISAIAH 49:4 – Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.

The first half of this verse echoes the sadness of the Seed of Israel when, after he had labored for more than three years following his baptism, he saw Israel’s rejection of his labors.  They simply would not hear his message to repent, and believe his Gospel.

Mark 1:14,15 – Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, [15] And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Luke 13:5-9 – I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. [6] He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. [7] Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? [8] And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: [9] And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

Messiah, as the dresser of his Father’s world vineyard, tried to get the fig tree nation of Israel, in the midst of it, to produce fruit in God’s kingdom by receiving him as the King who had brought the Kingdom, but after three years they had not received him as King Messiah.  So he asked his Father for another year to work on them to accept him and produce fruit, but about 1185 days after he was baptized, in the fourth year of his ministry, they cut him off, and then God cut them off in their condition of unbelief.

ISAIAH 49:4A – Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain.

Although Christ knew his work was about to be finished on the cross, this phrase parallels the disappointment he felt because of his rejection, as reported by Matthew.

Matthew 23:37,38 – O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! [38] Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

ISAIAH 49:4B – Yet surely my judgment is with the Lord,

Matthew 3:16,17 – And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: [17] And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

John 12:47,48 – And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. [48] He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Revelation 20:13-15 – And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. [14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. [15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

John 12:49,50 – For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. [50] And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

ISAIAH 49:4C – And my work with my God.

John 4:34 – Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

John 17:1-5 – These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: [2] As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. [3] And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. [4] I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. [5] And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

John 19:30 – When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Hebrews 7:25 – Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Ephesians 2:7 – That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 4:14-16 – Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. [15] For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. [16] Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


 

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 184

August 6, 2004

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed – Part 3


ISAIAH 49:5 – And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength.

Jesus Christ, as the direct descendant of the man Israel through the lineage of Heli, the father of Mary, took upon himself the role of a servant to God, that he might glorify his heavenly Father as Israel’s promised Seed.  It is only through him that individual Israelites are now being gathered to God, but the nation of Israel will not be gathered to him as a whole until the end of the battle of Armageddon.

“That formed me from the womb to be his SERVANT”

Luke 1:35 – And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Galatians 3:16 – Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to THY SEED, which is Christ.

Genesis 28:14 – And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in THY SEED shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Genesis 35:10 – And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.

Philippians 2:7,8 – But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of A SERVANT, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

“To bring Jacob again unto him”

Christ came to being the promised kingdom to the descendants of the man Israel, but the nation would not receive his message, John’s message, or the message of the disciples.  He could not gather Israel as a nation during his First Advent, because they refused to be brought to God through him as their Messiah.

Mark 1:14,15 – Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, [15] And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Matthew 10:5-7 – These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: [6] But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. [7] And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

John 1:11-13 – He came unto his own, and his own received him not. [12] But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: [13] Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

“Though Israel be not gathered yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength.”

Even though Israel refused to be gathered to him as its Messiah, his crucifixion and resurrection is the most glorious event that has ever occurred on this earth, and he will restore Israel to greatness following the battle of Armageddon, which ends with his Second Advent.  At this time they will receive him as their Messiah, crying out, “Blessed is that that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

Matthew 23:37-39 – O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! [38] Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. [39] For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

John 17:4,5 – I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. [5] And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

Colossians 2:9 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Luke 21:27 – And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

ISAIAH 49:6 – And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

Romans 2:28,29 – For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: [29] But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Isaiah 42:6 – I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

Luke 2:25-32 – And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. [26] And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. [27] And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, [28] Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, [29] Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: [30] For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, [31] Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; [32] A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Micah 5:3,4 – Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

Zechariah 13:9 – And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

Hebrews 8:10 – For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:


PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 185

August 13, 2004

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed – Part 4


ISAIAH 49:7A – Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers,

He was, and still is, rejected by his own nation, but this act of hatred and rejection has not been limited to the descendants of the man Israel.  The overwhelming majority of the world’s population shares this rejection of him as the savior of the world, and also the nation to whom he was sent at his First Advent.  Most of the men and women of the world today still choose to hide from him in their spiritual darkness.  There is little esteem for him among those labeled as the wise of this world.

Isaiah 53:3 – He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

The king was sent to be the ruler of all mankind from Israel, but he came as a servant to all.  He should have been elevated to kingship, but both Jew and Gentile rejected him.

Micah 5:2 – But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Mark 15:12-14 – And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? [13] And they cried out again, Crucify him. [14] Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.

Matthew 27:24,25 – When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. [25] Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

His blood has been on them for almost 2000 years by their own choice as a nation.  During that long time period many rulers of nations have been saved from their sins by faith in him and his promises.

Isaiah 49:7B – Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. 

Soon he will return, not as the sacrificial Lamb, but as the Lion of Judah, and he will rule from Israel over all the nations of the earth.

Psalm 2:6-12 – Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. [7] I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. [8] Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. [9] Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. [10] Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. [11] Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. [12] Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

To kiss the eldest Son of the Host on both cheeks was a sign of showing respect for his Father, and for him.  It was an acknowledgment of accepting him as the heir of his Father.  If you did not honor the Son, then you did not honor the Father.

John 5:21-24 – For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. [22] For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: [23] That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. [24] Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, HATH everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Soon the Son will return, and those who have put their trust in him, by believing that the Father sent him to take away their sins, will be spared from his wrath.

Isaiah 66:15,16 – For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. [16] For by fire and by his sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many.

Revelation 16:1 – And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

I Thessalonians 5:9 – For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Ephesians 1:12-14 – That we should be to the praise of his glory, who FIRST trusted in Christ. [13] In whom ye also TRUSTED, AFTER that YE HEARD the word of truth, the gospel of YOUR SALVATION: in whom also AFTER that YE BELIEVED, ye WERE SEALED with that holy Spirit of promise,   (They heard, they believed, and their souls were eternally sealed – That is TRUST)


PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 186

August 20, 2004

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed – Part 5


ISAIAH 49:8 – Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;

John the Baptist was the messenger of the Messiah, and Jesus was the Messiah, the messenger of the covenant.

Malachi 3:1 – Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

He came suddenly to his temple immediately after his baptism and temptation by the Devil, which marked the start of his ministry as Messiah of Israel, then departed into Galilee, and later returned to cleanse the temple for the first time on the first Passover of his ministry.

The event described, while Jesus was in Galilee, in the following verses from Luke, is the announcement of the fulfillment of the plan laid out in ISAIAH 49:8.

Luke 4:14-21 – And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. [15] And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. [16] And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. [17] And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, [18] The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, [19] To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. [20] And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. [21] And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

ISAIAH 49:9A – That THOU mayest SAY TO THE prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves.

According to Matthew 4:12-17, Jesus also fulfilled ISAIAH 49:9 while he was in upper Galilee. They were to come out of spiritual darkness to him as the light of God’s truth. He called to them to come out and show themselves – not to hide as Adam tried to hide from God.

Genesis 3:9,10 – And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? [10] And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Matthew 4:12-17 – Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; [13] And leaving Nazareth he came and dwelt in Capernaum which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: [14] That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, [15] The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; [16] The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. [17] From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

ISAIAH 49:9B – They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.

After they had come to him as the light that shinned into their hearts by the power of God, then he would do what he promised in 49:9B, as described in John 10.

John 10:7-11 – Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. [8] All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. [9] I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. [10] The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. [11] I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

John 10:17,18 – Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. [18] No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

John 11:25,26 – Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: [26] And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

John 10:27-30 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: [28] And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. [29] My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. [30] I and my Father are one.


PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 187

August 26, 2004

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed – Part 6


Isaiah 49:10 – They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.

I am well aware that this Scripture is normally applied to the millennial reign of Christ and, if it stood alone I would so interpret it but, in the context of the verses in which it is placed, I believe it to apply to the little group of men that followed him for more than three years, his first New Testament Church. Please read the previous Prophecy Update 186 for an exposition of why I believe this to be the case. Their spiritual hunger and thirst for his word was satisfied by him. He protected them from the harmful elements of nature while with them. He had mercy on them and led them. He guided them to the living springs of spiritual water. One can sense a fulfillment of 49:10 by him while he led his first church by breaking it down into its component phrases.

“They shall not hunger nor thirst” [49:10A]

John 4:31-34 – In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. [32] But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. [33] Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? [34] Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

John 6:26-29 – Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. [27] Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. [28] Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? [29] Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

John 4:10-14 – Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. [11] The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? [12] Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? [13] Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: [14] But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

John 6:32-36 –Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. [33] For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. [34] Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. [35] And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. [36] But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

“Neither shall the heat nor the sun smite them” [49:10B]

Psalm 121:5-8 – The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. [6] The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. [7] The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. [8] The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

“For he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them” [49:10C]

Psalm 23:1-6 – The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. [2] He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. [3] He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. [4] Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. [5] Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. [6] Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (The Tabernacle and the Temple were the house of God where his Spirit dwelled, as is each one of his local churches today.)

Ephesians 2:22 – In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

I Timothy 3:14,15 – These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: [15] But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Ephesians 5:26-27 – That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, [27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Ephesians 1:22,23 – And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, [23] Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

I Corinthians 3:9 – For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

I Peter 2:2-5 – As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby: [3] If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. [4] To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, [5] Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God BY Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 3:21 – Unto him be glory in the church BY Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.

Each local church is to be “a spiritual house, an holy priesthood,” where spiritual hunger and thirst are to be satisfied by the truths of God’s Word, and where all spiritual sacrifices are offered up through Jesus Christ, according to the truths of the New Testament.

John 1:17 – For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 4:23,24 – But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. [24] God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Ephesians 2:22 – In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Ephesians 5:30 – For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.


PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 188

September 2, 2004

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus – Part 7


Isaiah 49:3,10,11 – And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. [10] They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. [11] I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.

I have already fully exposited on verse 3 in Part 1 of this series on Isaiah 49, and verse 10 in Part 6. It would be helpful to review Parts 1 & 6 before reading Part 7.

Verse 11 is well defined by Isaiah himself nine chapters earlier. It means that he will level the way to salvation to all men by making valleys through any mountains that might act as obstructions to those others than Jews, and will lift up the depths of any valleys that block light from the Gentiles, who could not see the glorious light of Messiah shinning from over the steep rims of the valley walls.

Isaiah 40:3-5 – The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. [4] Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: [5] And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and ALL FLESH shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

John 1:11-17 – He came unto his own, and his own received him not. [12] But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: [13] Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. [14] And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. [15] John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. [16] And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. [17] For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John the Baptist was the messenger who came announcing Messiah had arrived to fulfill the Abrahamic covenant, and to bring in the promised kingdom. And Jesus Christ was the Messenger of that covenant, who came to his temple to set on its throne as David, but both the messenger and the messenger of the covenant were rejected.

Malachi 3:1 – Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

ISAIAH 49:11 – And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.

Isaiah 40:3-5 – The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. [4] Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: [5] And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

The messenger John announced him, and Christ came to remove all obstructions that might block the way of salvation to God by faith in him as the Christ, the Messiah. Luke confirms this in the following Scriptures by quoting from Isaiah 40:3-5.

Luke 3:4-9 – As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. [5] Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; [6] And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. [7] Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? [8] Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. [9] And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

What a tragedy that Israel still rejects him today, and the vast majority of Gentiles, ever growing in number, are doing the same in these twilight days of the age of the Gentiles. What a tragedy that this last generation of the Gentile age is an even worse generation of vipers than was Israel when they rejected their Messiah. They are rejecting the repeated warning of the wrath that is to come for their rejection of the same Messiah that Israel rejected. Israel, as a nation, continues in unbelief, and the Gentiles are fast approaching that same condition.

Romans 11:32,25 – For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. [25] For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

I Thessalonians 5:4 – But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.


PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 189

September 10, 2004

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed – Part 8


Isaiah 49:11,12 – And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. [12] Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.

Sinim – A remote people, from whose land the people could come to the light of Israel (Unger’s Dictionary).

I fully exposed on verse 11 in Part 7 of this series, but I will at least briefly mention it before covering verse 12.

It meant that God would level the way to salvation to all men by making valleys through mountains that might be obstructions to those other than Jews, and would lift up the depths of any valleys that could block light from Gentiles who could not see the glorious light of Messiah shinning atop the steep rims of the valley walls. John the Baptist announced the Messiah that God sent to make the way of salvation plain to Jew and to Gentile.

Isaiah 40:3-5 – The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. [4] Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: [5] And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

This prophecy was fulfilled when John came as the one chosen of God as the messenger who was to announce the messenger of the covenant, the Messiah, the man who is the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Luke 3:4-6 – As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. [5] Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; [6] And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Simeon had been promised by God that he would live to see the arrival of the Messiah who would give salvation to Israel and Simeon, as a very old man, actually held him in his arms, and gazed upon the Messiah with eyes of flesh, seeing the Christ who would be a light to the Gentiles, and the Glory of Israel.

Luke 2:28-32 – Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, [29] Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: [30] For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, [31] Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; [32] A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Jesus the Messiah has broken down the outer barrier, which did not allow the Gentiles to worship God in the court of the Israelites in the inner Temple complex.

Acts 15:7-9 – And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. [8] And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; [9] And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Ephesians 2:13-18 – But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. [14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; [15] Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; [16] And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: [17] And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. [18] For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

ISAIAH 49:12 – Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim. (See Sinim definition above).

John 10:14-16 – I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. [15] As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. [16] And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Ephesians 2:19 – Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Galatians 3:24-26 – Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. [25] But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. [26] For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

All who receive Christ as the eternal one time offering for ALL sins are set free from the condemnation of God eternally to serve him, without fear of ever being placed back under his condemnation to hell. All such believers are placed in Christ by God, and Christ comes into them by their faith in him. They are of “the household of God.”

           
      

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 190

September 17, 2004

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed – Part 9


ISAIAH 49:13 – Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

Since 70 A.D. the Israelites have been persecuted more than any other descendants of Shem. And, even today, hatred of the Jews is on the rise across the planet. But the Scriptures indicate that, at the end of this long trail of affliction and death, the earth will break forth into singing when God comforts Israel, showing mercy upon them by ending their affliction. Israel’s final affliction, and its greatest, will occur during the last 1260 days of the tribulation period. Israel will fee into the Negev, where God will bring one-third through the tribulation period, and deliver them as the Israelite remnant when Christ ends Armageddon.

Revelation 12:6 – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Zechariah 13:9 –And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

Luke 21:27 – And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Ezekiel 39:22-29 – So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward. [23] And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. [24] According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them. [25] Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; [26] After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. [27] When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; [28] Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. [29] Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.

ISAIAH 49:14 – But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.

For almost 2000 years the Jews themselves have sought to understand why it seems the God of Israel seems to forsake them in the face of persecution from their many enemies, some six million having been slaughtered in the Nazi holocaust. Israel has wandered, as a people, in spiritual darkness since 70 A.D.

Romans 11:25,32 – For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. [32] For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Soon the veil they have placed over their own eyes and hearts will be lifted, and they will be restored at the Second Advent of their Messiah.

II Corinthians 3:15-17 – But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. [16] Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. [17] Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

ISAIAH 49:14,15 – But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. [15] Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

Messiah has not utterly forsaken Israel. He tried to gather them into the kingdom by having them receive him as the king Messiah, but they refused. So, at that time, he made the temple spiritually desolate, and God has not accepted any of the sacrifices they have offered since his Son offered himself for their sins. Only those Jews, who have accepted Messiah as the living sacrifice for their sins, have been received as his children. But he made it very clear, shortly before he was arrested and crucified, that he would one day return and restore the nation to greatness, when they received him as the Blessed One coming from their God as their God.

Matthew 23:37-39 – O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! [38] Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. [39] For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.


PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 191

September 24, 2004

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed – Part 10


ISAIAH 49:15,16 – Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. [16] Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

God has not forgotten that Israel is his child, nor has he forgotten his great unconditional land grant promise to Abraham through Jacob, a land extending east from the western coastline of Israel and the River of Egypt to the west bank of the Euphrates River, southward to Kadesh in the Sinai, and northward to Hamath in Syria.

Genesis 15:18 – In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

Ezekiel 47:17 – And the border from the sea shall be Hazar-enan, the border of Damascus, and the north northward, and the border of Hamath. And this is the north side.

Ezekiel 47:19 – And the south side southward, from Tamar even to the waters of strife in Kadesh, the river to the great sea. And this is the south side southward.

And God has not forgotten his promise of a millennial temple in the midst of a vast city complex much greater than present day Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 40:2 – In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel and set me upon a very high mountain by which was as the frame of a city on the south.

Ezekiel 48:35 – It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.

The detailed narrative blueprint instructions for building the city complex and the millennial temple are laid out in Ezekiel 40 to 47, and the entrance of Christ into the temple, as the Shechinah Glory of God, is told in Chapter 43.

Ezekiel 43:4,5 – And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. [5] So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house.   

God has certainly not forgotten those promises he made to the Sons of Abraham through Jacob.  Some Jews punctured the palms of their hands to make an image of their temple and city to show zeal for them.  (Lowth)

ISAIAH 49:16 – Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

This may well be God’s way of informing them he has a greater zeal for the temple, its walls, and his city than they do, and that he has not forgotten his promise that one day Israel will possess them when Messiah dwells with them on the throne of David.

ISAIAH 49:17 – Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.

Israel will make haste to quickly rebuild the temple and city precisely as directed in Ezekiel 40 to 43 as soon as Messiah returns. The ones that overran the city some 1260 days before Armageddon, will have fled forth from Jerusalem toward the north from whence they came, and only one-sixth of them will have survived.

Ezekiel 39:2-5 – And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: [3] And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. [4] Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. [5] Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.

ISAIAH 49:18 – Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.

Israel’s enemies, that wrecked havoc on her during the tribulation period, will gather themselves together, and come up to Jerusalem to worship the Messiah of the God of Israel.  Their submission to Messiah will be to God as the beautiful ornamentation on a Jewish bride.

Isaiah 2:2-5 – And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. [3] And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. [4] And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. [5] O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.


PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 192

October 1, 2004

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed – Part 11


ISAIAH 49:19 – For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.

In 1948, God allowed Israel to take back much of the land from Dan to Beersheba, but Israel is not Israel in God’s sight until it extends from Dan to Beersheba, and has Jerusalem as its capital.  So, in 1967, he allowed it to take back its capital, Jerusalem, and all its land from Dan to Beersheba.  However, its inhabitants include a large population of Palestinians, which have caused it to be “too narrow by reason of the inhabitants,” who want the West Bank and Gaza Strip granted to them.  All the nations that have swallowed up Israel time after time since 70 A.D. are indeed “far away” in time but, inside the land from Dan to Beersheba, the Palestinians want to make Israel even narrower than it is now. We are now faced with the distant descendants of the dispersion of 70 A.D., whose forefathers are all dead by natural attrition, and Israel’s generation of today is crying out, concerning its current Palestinian population, “who hath begotten me these,” who “brought them up,” and “where have they been?”

ISAIAH 49:20,21 – The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell. [21] Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?

Israel cries out to God, all my forefathers are dead, and I have wandered “desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro” for almost 2000 years across this earth.  I was “left alone” from your presence.  So, while I was out of the land you promised me, please answer me this: “who hath begotten me these children,” “who hath brought them up” during the time I was out of the land,” and “where have they been?”  The Sheba, those born or brought into Israel since 1948, surely cry out loudly today, “The place is to strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.”  This loud cry is being heard continuously from the numerous settlements in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where the Jewish inhabitants born since 1948 demand they be allowed to stay.  This is the dilemma that Israel faces today and is trying to solve by a forced “disengagement” from the Palestinians, which will eventually lead to a false peace in Israel.  There is only one person who can bring a true lasting peace to Israel, the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  This peace will not come to the Middle East, and the rest of the world, until he returns to defeat the armies of the Antichrist at the battle of Armageddon.  He will restore Israel to greatness, and she will be the strongest nation on the earth, with Messiah sitting on the throne of David in Jerusalem.  At the present time there are some 13 million Jews on this earth, and less than half of them reside in Israel.  I do not know how many will survive the tribulation period worldwide, but two-thirds of them in Israel will perish.  Messiah will fulfill what God promised to Abraham in Genesis 15:18 when he comes at his Second Advent, which will more than satisfy the cry of the modern Jewish population, “The place is too strait for me: give place to me, that I may dwell.”

Genesis 15:18 – In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

About 1.7 to 1.9 million of the existing population in the land of Israel will survive the last 1260 days of the great tribulation period in the Negev Wilderness, returning to claim the Abrahamic land grant at the Second Advent of Messiah.

Zechariah 13:8 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Revelation 12:6 – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Zechariah 13:9 – And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

Then the Gentiles will return all Jews living outside the nation of Israel by whatever transportation survives the tribulation period, and Israel will rule under Messiah.

ISAIAH 49:22,23 – Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. [23] And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

   
  

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 193

October 8, 2004

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed – Part 12


ISAIAH 49:24 – Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

God’s answer is a resounding YES! The prey is Israel, which will be delivered from the mighty power of the antichrist’s great end time armies.  Yes, even though it has been taken captive by the lawful rules of man’s way of thinking, that is, “to the victors go the spoils,” yet God will deliver Israel from the hand of its enemies, as he declares in the next verse.

ISAIAH 49:25 – But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

The following verses attest to his taking back Israel, the prey, to deliver it from the hand of the terrible wrath of the antichrist’s armies.  The following Scriptures paint the living scenario of God’s contention with those who are contenting with Israel in the last days.

Daniel 11:45 to 12:1 –And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. [1] And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Ezekiel 38:17-23 – Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? [18] And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face. [19] For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; [20] So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. [21] And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man's sword shall be against his brother. [22] And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. [23] Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.

ISAIAH 49:26 – And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer the mighty One of Jacob.

The following Scriptures attest to the great slaughter of the enemies of Israel by God at Armageddon.

Revelation 16:16 – And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Ezekiel 39:17-23 – And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. [18] Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. [19] And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. [20] Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord God. [21] And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. [22] So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward. [23] And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.

Revelation 19:19-21 – And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. [20] And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. [21] And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

Some believe that these terrifying events are in the distant future.  But I believe they are nearer than many want to accept.  The key to how close they are is tied to when Israel finally believes it has been able to bring in a time of peace and safety for its people, but I have long believed it would be a false peace that would come in prior to 2008.

I Thessalonians 5:3,4 – For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. [4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

  

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 194

October 15, 2004

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed – Part 13


Isaiah 49:26 to 50:1 – And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. [1] Thus saith the Lord, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.

We closed Prophecy Update 193 with many Scriptures that describe the offering of human flesh and blood of those who come against Israel at the final great battle of Armageddon, one of which was Ezekiel 39:17-23.  This will be the fulfillment of Isaiah 49:26.

Ezekiel 39:17-23 – And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. [18] Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. [19] And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. [20] Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord God. [21] And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. [22] So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward.  [23] And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.

This is the same battle as described in Revelation 19:16-18 – Please compare the two accounts, written some 700 years apart by Ezekiel and John.

Revelation 19:16-18 – And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. [17] And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; [18] That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

Remembering that there were no chapter divisions in the original writings, the next verse begins to describe why God has waited so long to avenge the persecution of his chosen people.  It was because of their repeated rejection of his way as an unfaithful wife.

Isaiah 50:1A – Thus saith the Lord, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away?

God asks the children of his wife Israel to show the bill of divorcement he gave her.  But they cannot, because her children divorced him, they divorced him by their conduct toward him.  The bill of divorcement referred to in this passage is from the Law of Moses.  While it is true that God gave Israel a bill of divorcement, it is also true it was of their choosing, and not of his choice.

Deuteronomy 24:1 – When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

This ordinance was given because of the hardness of the heart of man in his carnality, but it was always God’s intent that once a man and woman were joined together as such, they were not to be put asunder by man.

Mark 10:2-9 – And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. [3] And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? [4] And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. [5] And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. [6] But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. [7] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; [8] And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. [9] What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

God left the house of his wife Israel desolate when his Son was rejected by her children, but he will receive her again unto himself through his Son when Jesus, as their Messiah, comes again as their King with his kingdom.

Matthew 23:38,39 – Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. [39] For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Isaiah 50:1B – Or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you?

Some Israelites had creditors in their lifetimes, and some put their wives in bondage to those they owed money, but God has no creditors, so he could never have used his wife Israel for such a purpose.

Isaiah 50:1C – Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves,

God did not sell them, but they sold themselves to the false gods of the many nations they patronized.  They habitually provoked God by showing their lack of love for him in disobeying his first commandment, in that they worshipped the gods of many nations upon many high hills and under the green trees of the grove.

Exodus 20:2-5 – I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. [3] Thou shalt have no other gods before me. [4] Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: [5] Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Jeremiah 2:20 – For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.

Jeremiah 3:20,21 – Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the Lord. [21] A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the Lord their God.

Isaiah 50:1D – And for your transgressions is your mother put away.

The Scriptures are quite clear that God has allowed the nation of Israel to put herself away from him spiritually to the extent she is spiritually desolate.  But he has also made it quite clear that he will restore her as a nation to his spiritual blessings when Israel repents at the return of his Son, and its Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Hosea 3:1-5 – Then said the Lord unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the Lord toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine. [2] So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley: [3] And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee. [4] For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: [5] Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.

Hosea’s act was to picture the woman Israel playing the role of a harlot to God, for which punishment would be experienced, and it has been since the destruction of the temple by Titus in 70 A.D.!  They have been the most persecuted and prosecuted people on this earth, being without a king, a prince, or formal sacrifice.  But they have not worshipped idols, and soon the Messiah will return to set on the throne of David as their King.

Matthew 23:39 – For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Ezekiel 37:21-27 – And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: [22] And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: [23] Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. [24] And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. [25] And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever. [26] Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. [27] My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

 

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 195

October 22, 2004

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed – Part 14


Isaiah 50:1-3 – Thus saith the Lord, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away. [2] Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst. [3] I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

“Wherefore” – Because they had sold themselves to evil by their iniquities, and had forced God to put away his wife Israel for their transgressions, there was no man among them he could put confidence in to lead them or to answer his call, and so God came in the Messiah, the man Christ Jesus, to reconcile men to himself by his own power and righteousness.

II Corinthians 5:18-21 – And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; [19] To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. [20] Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. [21] For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

In Isaiah 50:2A he makes it plain that his righteousness can only be imparted to us in Christ by his power.

Isaiah 50:2A – Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no POWER to deliver?   

II Corinthians 5:21 - For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God IN him.

I Corinthians 1:18 – For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the POWER of God.

I Corinthians 2:2,5 – For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. [5] That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the POWER of God.

In Isaiah 50:2B God answers his own question about whether he has POWER over the things he has created, and continues the same theme in 50:3.  His point being that since he can do all these things, surely he can be counted on to DELIVER man from his sins. 

Isaiah 50:2B-3 – Or have I no POWER to DELIVER? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst. [3] I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

In Isaiah 50:4, God shifts to the character of the man in whom he will dwell in all his fullness to DELIVER man from his sins.

Isaiah 50:4 – The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

Isaiah 53:1,2A – Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? [2] For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:

Christ was the arm of God’s power extended directly to man on this earth, and he has been revealed as such to as many as will receive him.  He clearly revealed himself as having the power of God’s arm by the many miracles he performed.

John 1:12 – But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

John 12:37-38 – But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: [38] That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?

Isaiah 50:4 – The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

God taught the man Christ Jesus as he grew up before him.  It is impossible for a root to grow out of bone dry ground.  It was also impossible for a child to be born in a virgin’s womb without a man’s seed, but God does the impossible.

Colossians 2:9 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Luke 2:40,46,47,52 – And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. [46] And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. [47] And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. [52] And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Isaiah 50:5 – The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.

“THE LORD GOD HATH OPENED MINE EAR,”

John 12:49 – For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

“AND I WAS NOT REBELLIOUS”

Philippians 2:7-13 – But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

“NEITHER TURNED AWAY BACK”

Matthew 26:39 – And he went a little farther, 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.

John 19:30 – When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (He fulfilled the Law for me)

Matthew 5:18 – For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (Fulfilled on the cross)

   

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 196

October 29, 2004

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed! – Part 15


Isaiah 50:6,7 – I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. [7] For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

[50:6A] “I GAVE MY BACK TO THE SMITERS”

Isaiah 52:13,14 – Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. [14] As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:   

Mark 15:13-15 – And they cried out again, Crucify him. [14] Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.  [15] And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had SCOURGED him, to be crucified.

[50:6B] “AND MY CHEEKS TO THEM THAT PLUCKED OFF THE HAIR”

Micah 5:1 – Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.

John 19:2,3 – And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, [3] And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they SMOTE him with their hands.

Mark 15:19 – And they SMOTE him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.

[50:6C] “I HID NOT MY FACE FROM SHAME AND SPITTING.”

Hebrews 12:2,3 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. [3] For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Matthew 27:39-43 – And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, [40] And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. [41] Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, [42] He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. [43] He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

[50:7A] “FOR THE LORD GOD WILL HELP ME;”

Philippians 2:8-11 – And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

[50:7B] “THEREFORE I SHALL NOT BE CONFOUNDED”

I Peter 2:6-8 – Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be CONFOUNDED. [7] Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, [8] And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

[50:7C] “THEREFORE HAVE I SET MY FACE LIKE A FLINT”

Mark 10:32-34 – And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, [33] Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: [34] And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

[50:7D] “I KNOW THAT I SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED”

Hebrews 11:13-16 – These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. [14] For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. [15] And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. [16] But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ASHAMED to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Hebrews 11:10 – For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

   


PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 197

November 5, 2004

SERVANT ISRAEL GLORIFIES GOD BY JESUS! – Part 16


Isaiah 50:8,9 – He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me. [9] Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.

[50:8a] “HE IS NEAR THAT JUSTIFIETH ME;”

John 8:28,29 – Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. [29] And he that sent me is WITH me: the Father hath not left me ALONE; for I do ALWAYS those things that please him.

Romans 3:24-28 – Being JUSTIFIED freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: [25] Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; [26] To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be JUST, and the JUSTIFIER of him which believeth in Jesus. [27] Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. [28] Therefore we conclude that a man is JUSTIFIED by faith without the deeds of the law.

[50:8b] “WHO WILL CONTEND WITH ME?”

Job 40:1,2 – Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said, [2] Shall he that CONTENDETH with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

Isaiah 41:11,12 – Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. [12] Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that CONTENDED with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.

[50:8c] “LET US STAND TOGETHER”

Galatians 2:20 –I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ LIVETH IN ME: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

I Corinthians 2:5 – That your faith should not STAND in the wisdom of men, BUT in the power of God.

Colossians 3:1-4 – If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. [2] Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. [3] For ye are dead, and your LIFE IS HID WITH Christ in God. [4] When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

[50:8d] “WHO IS MINE ADVERSARY?”

Luke 13:17 – And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

[50:8e] “LET HIM COME NEAR TO ME”

John 3:18-22 – He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. [20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

[50:9a] “BEHOLD, THE LORD WILL HELP ME;”

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I WILL HELP THEE; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

[50:9b] “WHO IS HE THAT SHALL CONDEMN ME?”

John 8:45-47 – And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. [46] Which of you CONVINCETH me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? [47] He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

[50:9C] “THEY ALL SHALL WAX OLD AS A GARMENT;”

Hebrews 1:10-13 – And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: [11] They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; [12] And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. [13] But to which of the angels said he at any times, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?

Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Matthew 24:35 – Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

[50:9D] “THE MOTH DOTH EAT THEM UP”

Matthew 6:19-21 – Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: [20] But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: [21] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.


SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 197B

November 10, 2004

Tectonic Chaos – Chapter 26 – The Spiritual Kingdom of Darkness


Ephesians 6:10-13 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [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. [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.

There are, in reality, two kingdoms in existence on this present earth – a  kingdom made up of flesh, blood, and other material things, in which physical eyes cannot see the small atom of which it is composed, but can see what God made by bonding them together - and there is a parallel kingdom in existence on the same planet in which spiritual beings dwell.  The occupants of the flesh and blood kingdom cannot normally see into the spiritual kingdom, but the occupants of the spiritual can see into the physical kingdom.

So, we finite earthly creatures live in the physical kingdom known as the world – but here exists around us a kingdom in which the angels of God, and those of Satan, vie constantly to spiritual  influence the ways that we think, live, and perform.  The fallen angels of Satan make up the spiritual darkness that abides in the kingdom we are not able to see.

The armor to which Paul refers is a strong faith, not in your ability to overcome the wiles of the Devil, but in the Lord’s ability to overcome him.  I am able to stand against the wiles of the Devil only when my faith is rooted and grounded in the power of Christ to deliver me from him.  My resistance to the Devil must always be through Christ.  I have often listened to teachers proclaim: “Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you” – and then suddenly launch into a two hour descant on all the things we should do and not do.  Teaching the “do’s and don’ts” is fine, but the method recommended by many of these teachers is wrong. They speak as if a man will just grit his teeth, gird up his carnal mind, and flex his physical power, then he can overcome the Devil.  That seems to be what they think is involved in submitting oneself to God as James directed the believer to do in James 4:7 – “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.”  When a person submits themselves to God through the sacrificial offering of his only begotten Son then, and only then, does he or she have the God given power to resist the Devil.

So how does a true child of God “resist the Devil?”  After salvation, the deliverance from temptation depends on the degree of spiritual growth the soul has obtained in its love for Christ, which really determines how much the soul actually desires to be delivered.  It is impossible to live above sin, but it possible to put up a better fight against it as our love for Christ increases.  When you are initially tempted, go immediately to God in prayer for deliverance – this is submission to God and resistance to the Devil.  Unless you submit to God you cannot resist the Devil.  When this happens the Devil will be fleeing from you only because God is there delivering you in answer to your prayer – and the Devil wants no part of God.  Satan does not fear you, he fears God.  He flees not from you, but from God’s power in you, which is the power of his Son Christ in you.  My major problem in life is that many times I let my fleshly desire for sin override my spiritual desire to resist – my spirit is willing, but my flesh is weak.  I “hold off” crying out to God to deliver me just long to let my flesh have a little pleasure.  However, sin has its pleasures only for a season – and God forgive me, for I have too many seasons.  “Holding off” is the opposite of “resisting” – one resists by going to God immediately for deliverance from temptation. 

The spiritual battle I have just described to you is not a battle God’s children wage against human flesh and blood that can be seen – it is a battle again the darkness in the spiritual kingdom around us.  Paul said in our text: “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.”  The Greek word used for HIGH is the word normally translated as HEAVENLY.

After Christ returns there will be human souls living in glorified bodies on this planet, and at the same time there will be souls still living on it in flesh and blood bodies throughout the entire millennial reign of Christ.  So the Scripture has flesh and blood humans mingling with glorified humans on the same planet.  Or does it?  How can salvation be by faith rather than by sight if the humans in flesh and blood bodies are constantly seeing the ones in glorified bodies they received at the first resurrection?  Salvation has always been given by grace through faith and I do not believe it will be by another system of salvation in the millennium based on sight.  If we are to have lost men and women in bodies of flesh, viewing men and women in glorified bodies throughout the millennium, then who among them would not accept Christ as Savior, seeing what he had done to the bodies of those who trusted in him from Adam to the end of the age in which we now live?  No, they will also be saved by grace through faith!  How is that possible?

As I set typing this article, there is an invisible kingdom around me filled with Satan’s fallen angels, as well as some of the angels who elected to follow God in a long past confrontation between Satan and God.  About one third of the angels chose to follow Satan, and today live in this invisible kingdom that surrounds the earth in an envelop known as the first heaven.  Some of them are reading what I am currently writing.  I cannot see them, but they, along with some of those angels that chose to follow God, observe us every day of our lives.  Satan’s angels were cast down to the first heaven because they voted him to be ruler, and consequently rode down to the earth on his political coattails, where they observe, influence, and afflict us today from a kingdom our eyes do not behold.

Revelation 12:4 – And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

I Peter 1:12 – Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

We live on an earth that has two kingdoms existing on it, a physical kingdom of flesh and blood humans, who can see, taste, touch, feel, or smell each other and all the material things of which it consists, but do not have the capacity to sense the spiritual beings and scenery by the five human senses.  However, the fallen angels of God not only have the ability to see and speak to one another in the kingdom invisible to us, they have the ability to see us and hear all that we say, as well as all the things of our physical kingdom.  In Old Testament times, and in the New Testament times prior to the completion of the New Testament, angels appeared to, and often had communications with, flesh and blood humans.  They appeared as flesh and blood men to those who actually saw them, and the Scriptures did not picture them as being women or having wings.  There is no scriptural evidence that men and women saw them after the first century, and if they do still manifest themselves as flesh and blood men, we would not be aware of it.

Hebrews 13:2 – Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

So, what do we have today on this earth?  We have two kingdoms.

(1)               A spiritual kingdom made up of Satan with his fallen angels, Gabriel with his messenger angels, and Michael with his mighty angels.  And it is a kingdom that contains both good and evil.  Sin exists in this kingdom due to the presence of the Devil and his angels.

(2)               A flesh and blood kingdom composed of saved and lost men and women.  The only good about it is Jesus living in the hearts of those who have been born from above by his Spirit.  Sin exists in this kingdom in the flesh of all man, and in the souls of the unsaved.

Now, what will we have on this earth in the millennium after the Devil and his angels are cast into the prison of the bottomless pit for a thousand years?  We will still have two kingdoms, but they will not have the same composition as the two kingdoms of today.

(1)             A kingdom made up of Christ, all his saints, and all of the angels of God.  It will have no sin in it, and all of its occupants will be fully visible and able to speak to one another.  They will also be able to see and hear all that is going on in the other kingdom, and will also be able to influence its occupants without their awareness.

(2)             A kingdom made up of saved and lost men and women.  Even those possessing saved souls will still have sin in their flesh, but the Devil and his demonic hoards will no longer be able to work on them through the flesh from the prison of the bottomless pit.  However, the 1000 year era will make one thing abundantly clear: that while the Devil and his influence on us has certainly been a real problem, the greater problem has always been our old sin nature, for which Christ paid the full price of redemption on the cross.  Just as we are unable to see the inhabitants of the great invisible kingdom around us, neither will they be able see us in the invisible kingdom existing on the same planet with them.

And Jesus Christ will be the King of kings reigning over both kingdoms.

Zechariah 14:9 –And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one

              
        

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 198

November 12, 2004

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus – Part 17


 ISAIAH 50:10 – Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.

A person who fears the Lord does not: (1) Obey the voice of his own servant, (2) Walk in darkness, or (3) Walk without God’s light.

A person who fears the Lord, and obeys the voice of Jesus, who took on the role of a servant, does not walk in spiritual darkness, but in the light of his word.

I Thessalonians 5:4,5 – But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. [5] Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

“LET HIM TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD,”   

Psalm 2:11,12 – Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. [12] Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Acts 4:12 – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

“AND STAY UPON HIS GOD.”

Hebrews 10:21-25 – And having an high priest over the house of God; [22] Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. [23] Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) [24] And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: [25] Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

ISAIAH 50:11 – Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.

In Isaiah 50:10 the point is made that many men and women are walking in darkness, but believe they are walking in light, as indicated by the statement: “that walketh in darkness, and hath no light.”

Luke 11:35 – Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.

Matthew 6:23B – If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Just as men and women of Isaiah’s day had make their own light by their own hand, by their own carnal ideas, and were walking in their man-created light, so also is the case today.  It is the case in the non-religious world, and in the religious world, substituting the concept that there is no God, or creating a type of god that suits your fancy.  They walk in the light of their own fire, and seek the short-lived sparks it produces as the pride of life.

Jude 1:11 – Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

I Timothy 6:5-11 – Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. [6] But godliness with contentment is great gain. [7] For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. [8] And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. [9] But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. [10] For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. [11] But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Those who walk in their own light, are indeed pierced through with many sorrows by their own greed and the desire for fame and fortune as they grow older, and all finally “shall lay down in sorrow” at death as indicated in Isaiah 50:11 and Luke 12:15-21.

Luke 12:15-21 – And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. [16] And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: [17] And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? [18] And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. [19] And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. [20] But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? [21] So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.