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THE SON WHO BECAME A SERVANT TO SAVE US!


Part 1 – The Servant


Isaiah 52:13 – Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

The Hebrew word translated as “prudently” is “sakal,” which means: “to be intelligently circumspect.” The Son of God was to walk around the things of this earth being intelligently circumspect of all things he encountered in word, action, and deed.

Luke 2:40 – And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Isaiah 42:1-4 – Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. [2] He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. [3] A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. [4] He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

Christ was not one to toot his own horn as a public figure walking in the streets, lifting himself up as some great one, determined to draw attention to himself. When the Hebrews built their homes using reeds or branches of trees, if one was seen to be bruised, the builder would not use it, and to insure that someone else would not use it by failing to spot the bruise, they would break it and cast it aside. Christ took the bruised and the imperfect that the scribes and Pharisees had rejected, and he uses them to build his kingdom. The rich and affluent Jews would simply throw away the flax wick in their olive oil lamps when they started to smoke, casting them aside as being of no value. But Christ would take those that smoked and trim them to be used to give more light. He takes that which the world rejects and trims it to his divine purposes, and he is the light that shines forth out of each one after he trims them. Christ dealt prudently with all that God gave him, and God exalted him for his work.

Isaiah 52:13 – Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

Philippians 2:6-11 – Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] 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.

Isaiah 52:14 – As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

The Hebrew word translated “astonished” is “shamem,” which means: “to stun, to make numb, to be stupefied or devastated by what is seen. “Visage” is “mareh,” which means: “the outward appearance of the thing viewed.” “Marred” is “mishchath,” which means: “disfigured.” “Form” is “toar,’ which means: “outline or shape.”

I included the meaning of all these words in order to be justified in the following statement – Christ had been hit and beaten by so many, and so many times, that he was hardly recognizable as a human.

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. (See Prophecy Update 62 in our archives for an exposition of this verse).

The following verses bear record of some of the beatings he personally absorbed for our sins that caused him to appear as the barely recognizable body of bleeding flesh on the cross.

Matthew 26:66,67 – What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. [67] Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,

John 19:1,2 – Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. [2] And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,

Matthew 27:30,31 – And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. [31] And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

And the following verses outline why he absorbed the beating, and took all our sins in his body on the cross.

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.

John 12:32 – And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

John 3:14,15 – And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: [15] That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.


     

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 153

January 2, 2004

The Son Who Became a Servant to Save us!

Part 2 – The Sprinkling Servant


In Prophecy Update Number 153, Part 1, in our Archives, I exposited to the fullest extent on Isaiah 53:13,14. I will now begin to exposit on verse 15, which involves the sprinkling of many nations by the Son of God.

Isaiah 52:13-15A – 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: [15] So shall he sprinkle many nations;

“So,” which begins verse 15, is a conclusion to the shedding of sprinkling blood that caused his body to appear as it did in verse 14. And believers in “many” nations have had their sins covered by that blood sprinkling.

In Genesis 22:18 the promise made to Abraham refers to the same Seed as Genesis 3:15, and its lineage thereafter is primarily linked back to the man Abraham through Isaac, Jacob, Judah, David, and Zerubbabel. The Seed is, of course, Jesus Christ, the suffering servant of God, whose heel bruising would include his blood sacrifice on the cross. This was shown in the sacrifice of innocent animal blood, in Genesis 3:21, to provide the temporary covering (kaphar) for sin until the Seed offered the eternal covering for it. Kaphar is the Hebrew word for “that which covers.”

Genesis 22:18 – And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Genesis 3:21 – Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

The Hebrew word for “atonement” is “kaphar,” and it entails sprinkling of the innocent blood to make atonement (a covering) for sin. The Day of Atonement, called Yom Kippur today, was the only day that the High Priest of Israel entered the Holiest of Holies behind the curtain in the Temple to sprinkle the blood on the Ark of the Covenant. Jesus, as the true High Priest of Israel, sprinkled his blood before the presence of God for all nations of the earth. And to all who will receive it as atonement for their sins, he accepts it as the eternal covering that allows them to be his children, and live in his heaven forever.

Leviticus 16:14,15,33,34 – And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times. [15] Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: [33] And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation. [34] And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the Lord commanded Moses.

The Tabernacle and Temple sacrifices were just a picture of what the only true High Priest, Jesus Christ, would do before God to obtain for us a salvation that lasts forever as his eternal act of redemption. God does not save by the shadow, figure, or type, but by the true one who cast the shadow, Jesus Christ. The shadow cast by a man has no power, but is merely a reflection of the one who casts it. We are not saved by shadows, figures, or types of Christ, but are saved personally by Christ through the sprinkling of his blood and offering of his flesh for our sins, by a new and living way.

Hebrews 9:12 – Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Hebrews 10:17-22 – And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. [18] Now where remission of these is there is no more offering for sin. [19] Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, [20] By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; [21] 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.

Before I was saved by the sprinkling of Christ’s blood as the covering for my sins, I had an EVIL CONSCIENCE continually, but after salvation I have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, and when I confess my sins, he is faithful and just to forgive my sins, and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. My baptism, like circumcision in the Old Testament, did not save me. Baptism was a figure, a shadow, a picture of what did save me, faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If he had not shed his blood in death for me, been buried with my sins in his own body, and been resurrected as my eternal intercessor in heaven, then I would still be under God’s condemnation for all my sins. Baptism is a picture, a figure, a shadow of his death, his burial, and his resurrection. Baptism in water did not save me, but it was a picture of what had saved me before I entered the baptismal waters. There were many figures of many things in the Tabernacle and Temple practices that had no ability to save, but they all pointed to the only one who could, the Seed, the Son of the living God, Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 9:9,10 – Which was a FIGURE for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; [10] Which stood only in meats and drinks, AND DIVERS WASHINGS, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

When I was saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ I received a good conscience by the indwelling presence of Christ in the new birth. My water baptism that followed was the answer of my new conscience to God, the submission of my born again spirit to the one who renewed it.

I Peter 3:21 – THE LIKE FIGURE whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the ANSWER of A GOOD CONSCIENCE toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

Webster’s Dictionary will tell you that a parenthesis is used to enclose “an additional clause placed as an explanation within an already complete sentence.” The parenthesis in I Peter 3:21 were placed where they are found to let us know it is not the baptism that saves us, but the resurrection of our Savior from the dead to hear our call for salvation.

“The like figure whereupon even baptism doth also now save us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”

One is saved by faith in a resurrected Christ, not by the figure of it pictured in water baptism. Your baptism is your figurative testimony to the world that you believe in the death, burial, and resurrection for your salvation. Salvation by the new birth puts you into the Family of God. Baptism by Scriptural immersion places you in a local, visible, assembly, a church.

Baptism does not put away “the filth of the flesh,” but after one is saved it is the “answer” of obedience to God, which shows a good conscience toward God in their obedience to his command.

It is our faith that God raised him from the dead as our living sacrifice for sin that causes us to call on his name.

Baptism is a figure of what he did for our sins, but it is not the figure that saves us, it is the one whose act is figured, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gentile assembly in Acts 10 received the Spirit before they received water baptism.

Acts 10:47,48 – Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? [48] And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Baptism is the ordinance that places us in a local church by being added to it.

Acts 2:41 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

After I received a new heart sprinkled by the blood of Christ from an evil conscience, then my new conscience led me to be immersed by a local church, and in that church, as the word is preached and taught, it washes my daily walk as I practice what the Spirit teaches me from it.

Hebrews 10:22 – 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.

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.

John 17:17 – Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

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


 

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 154

January 10, 2004

The Son Who Became a Servant to Save Us!

Part 3 – The King of Kings


In Update 153, Part 2, in our Archives, I fully exposited on Isaiah 52:13-15A, establishing the servant as being the Son of God, whose true cleansing blood was pictured by the blood sprinkling of the Old Testament priests. He has shut the mouths of kings as the King of kings, and he has brought them down to the level of all men, sinners who also must have a Savior. Kings of the earth are as unable to keep God’s standard of righteousness, seen by bring manifested in the law, as the men of lowest birth. They, along with the poorest of men, have been told of the King no one had ever seen, until he came to save all men that received him as their King. And all men, from the rank of king to beggar, from noble birth to that of a slave, have been put in a position such that they must consider him as King of kings, or reject him as the Son of the Almighty God.

Isaiah 52:13-15 – 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: [15] So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

KINGS SHALL SHUT THEIR MOUTHS AT HIM!

Romans 3:19,20 – Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. [20] Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

THAT WHICH HAD NOT BEEN TOLD THEM SHALL THEY SEE!

Romans 3:21,22 – But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; [22] Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

THAT WHICH THEY HAD NOT HEARD SHALL THEY CONSIDER!

Romans 3:23-29 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [24] 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. [29] Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

Before the death of God’s suffering servant, King Herod and the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, were put into the position of considering him as the King of Israel, and both rejected him. After his death, King Agrippa and a new Roman Governor, Festus, faced the same decision concerning him, and Agrippa was almost persuaded.

Acts 25:13,22 – And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus. [22] Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.

Acts 26:1,22-28 – Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself: [22] Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: [23] That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles. [24] And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. [25] But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. [26] For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner. [27] King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. [28] Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

THAT WHICH THEY HAD NOT HEARD SHALL THEY CONSIDER!

The kings of this earth have considered it for some 2000 years and, by and large, they, and the governments they rule, have rejected their King and his Kingdom.

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.

Today, the kings of the earth are still considering and rejecting him, and the governments of this present earth are trying to eliminate the very thought of him, and the word of God, from any sort of public display. They want to break any relationship that man has with God. A day of terrible judgment is coming for all those who do not show honor to the Father by embracing and kissing his Son on the cheek as the King and Savior of their souls.

Psalm 2:2-12 – The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, [3] Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. [4] He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. [5] Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. [6] 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.

John 5:40,41 – And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. [41] I receive not honour from men.

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 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.

    

     

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 155

January 16, 2004

The Son Who Became a Servant to Save Us!

Part 4 – Isaiah’s Report in Romans


Isaiah 52:13 to 53:1 – 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: [15] So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider. [1] WHO HATH BELIEVED OUR REPORT? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

The three verses, 13 through 15, immediately preceding verse one, are Isaiah’s report of the Messiah who would come to deliver mankind as God’s suffering Servant and Son. Isaiah’s report is what men must believe in order to be saved by God’s grace. The verses that follow to the end of chapter 53 are a continuation of the report. Both John and Paul refer to it in the New Testament.

John 12:32-38 – And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. [33] This he said, signifying what death he should die. [34] The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? [35] Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. [36] While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. [37] 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?

Romans 10:16,17 – But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, WHO HATH BELIEVED OUR REPORT? [17] So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The report is the Gospel in Isaiah. It is by putting faith in a resurrected Christ that men and woman are saved by God’s amazing grace. Christ is revealed to believers by the new birth – those who put their faith in Isaiah’s report by calling upon Jesus’ name to save them. He has ascended to where he was before, but belief in his word is the quickening power of his Spirit on this earth. Isaiah’s report begins in the last part of Isaiah 52 and continues through Isaiah 53. It is the report of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the sins of all who will believe it. In order to be saved one must believe Isaiah’s report. I am saved because I believe the Gospel found in Isaiah. I believed it, and then obeyed it by faith when I called on the name of Jesus Christ to save me.

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

God quickened my spirit when I believed the word given for that purpose.

John 6:62,63 – What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? [63] It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

I was quickened by the words of the resurrected last Adam, Jesus Christ, when I believed his word of life, and came to him.

John 5:40 – And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

I Corinthians 15:45 – And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

He drew me to him by the account given by Isaiah in his report.

John 12:32 – And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

John 14:18 – I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Romans 10:9,10,13 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Men and women go to hell “for” only one reason, as Paul makes very clear in Romans 10:16.

Romans 10:16 – But they have not all obeyed the gospel. FOR Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

They do not believe Isaiah’s report and call upon the name of Jesus to save them.

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.

 

    

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 156

January 24, 2004

The Son Who Became a Servant to Save Us!

God’s Plant of Renown Ends a Spiritual Famine – Part 5


I fully exposited on Isaiah 53:1 in Prophecy Update 155, and will now exposit on the one figured as “the arm of the Lord” in verse 1, and as a miraculous plant in verse 2.

Isaiah 53:1,2 – 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: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

“HE SHALL GROW UP BEFORE HIM AS A TENDER PLANT, AND AS A ROOT OUT OF A DRY GROUND”

It was thought impossible for a plant to grow continually out of a ground void of the slightest trace of moisture, and it was considered impossible for the dry womb of a virgin to grow a child without a male sperm. But God overshadowed the Virgin Mary, and the man-child Christ Jesus was conceived as his Son in her womb. I believe the reports found in Isaiah and Luke concerning his virgin birth.

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.

Luke 1:34,35 – Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? [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.

And the child grew up as a tender plant before God, his Father, who was well pleased with him.

Luke 2:40 – And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Matthew 3:17 – And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

After reaching manhood, and then completing a ministry for his Father among the people to whom he had been sent, they delivered him to the Gentiles, who crucified him. And for this the Son declared the Temple of his Father to be desolate, and advised Israel they would not see him again until he returned at his Second Advent.

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.

As he hung on the cross, there was darkness over all the land from noon until mid-afternoon.

Matthew 27:45 – Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

Amos wrote of this occurrence long before it happened, and for almost 2000 years Israel has continued to be spiritually desolate before the Lord. There has been a genuine famine of the word of God among them for not receiving the Son of God as their Messiah. Amos wrote almost 800 years in advance of his crucifixion what the afternoon of the day of his death would be like, and how eventually all of their many feasts would become days of mourning at a wailing wall behind their destroyed temple.

Amos 8:9-11 – And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord God, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: [10] And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. [11] Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:

But when Messiah returns at his Second Advent they will receive him as Messiah, and he will be the plant of great renown that feeds them the living word of God. The spiritual famine of the word will be ended in Israel. Jesus is the plant of renown that is a tree of life to those who are fed by his word. He will feed them his word throughout his reign.

Ezekiel 34:29-31 – And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. [30] Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord God. [31] And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.

The small church, a little flock, that followed him for more than three years, was fed with the living word of God straight from his lips.

Luke 12:32 – Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Today he has many small local churches, little flocks, and he feeds them from the written word that came from his lips, which was written as it was recollected by them as the Spirit brought it to remembrance.

John 10:16 – 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.

Romans 11:5 – Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

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

HE HATH NO FORM, NOR COMELINESS: AND WHEN WE SHALL SEE HIM, THERE IS NO BEAUTY THAT WE SHOULD DESIRE HIM.

He did not take upon himself manly beauty that would have attracted woman, nor did he take on the outer look of a mighty man to gain the approval of men. Men and women received him by what he spoke, and by a conduct that matched what he taught.

Philippians 2:7 – 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.

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.

Philippians 2:9-11 – 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.

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.

    

    

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 157

January 30, 2004

The Son Who Became A Servant to Save Us – Part 6


The horrifying Thursday homicide bus bombing in Jerusalem, near the Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s official residence, is likely to end up with a death count in excess of ten, and some three dozen having injuries in the severe to minor categories.  I believe this is the straw that broke the camel’s back.  And I strongly suspect this will result in the United States scrapping its original “Road Map to Peace Plan,” to switch over to Ariel Sharon’s “Unilateral Disengagement Peace Plan,” which I have discussed in numerous previous Prophecy Updates.  This latest homicide bombing was particularly bloody with body parts blown everywhere, and it will have far-reaching consequences in the temporary opinions of non-Arab countries concerning the building of the wall.  Lord willing, in Prophecy Update Number 157A, I will cover the consequences in detail that I am persuaded it will produce to affect the world prophetic scenario.

I have already exposited fully on Isaiah 53:1,2 in Updates 155 and 156.  I will limit this Update to an exposition of verse 3.

Isaiah 53:1-3 – 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: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. [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.

“HE IS DESPISED AND REJECTED OF MEN;”

He was despised and rejected that those he saved might be loved and accepted.  Humans crave ACCEPTANCE, and despise REJECTION.  There was great joy when we were accepted by the one we sought to marry because we loved them, and we wanted them to return our love.  It would be hard to describe a greater feeling of depression than one whose love is rejected by the ones they love, but even though Jesus was rejected by men, he loved them to such an extent that he still died for them.

Ephesians 1:6,7 – To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. [7] In whom WE HAVE redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

We should gaze attentively upon the great faith of Jesus, who had such faith in his Father’s promise of the great joy that was to follow his suffering, he endured it all, so that he could sit in heaven, as the intercessor for all who would put their faith in him to do so, for the forgiveness of all their sins.  He did not resist the taking of the life from his blood so that he might give eternal life to us.  The word translated “looking” in the following verse has the meaning “to gaze attentively on to grasp the meaning of why he did what he did.”

Hebrews 12:2-4 – 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. [4] Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

When we do gaze attentively upon the character of the man who did this out of love for us, to deliver us from the condemnation we were under because of sin, it makes it easier for us to look past our weariness to the day we will experience the eternal joy he purchased for us with his blood.

Galatians 6:9-11 – And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. [10] As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. [11] Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

The degree to which they rejected and despised him is well described in the verses that follow.

John 19:14-17 – And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! [15] But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. [16] Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. [17] And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 

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.

He could have called down myriads of angels to deliver him from the spite and rejection he received at the hands of brutal men, but he endured it all so that we might be restored to spiritual peace with his Father through the full atonement, which he made for us by his blood being poured out as the offering for our sins.

Isaiah 53:5 – But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

I Peter 2:22-25 – Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: [23] Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: [24] Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. [25] For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

He had a mission, a ministry, to finish for our salvation, and he finished it by fulfilling ALL of the law for us, and taking ALL our sins in his own body at Golgotha.

Matthew 5:17,18 – Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to FULFIL. [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.

And HE fulfilled and finished ALL of it, for ALL who would believe it, on the cross at his agony of Golgotha.

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.

Colossians 2:13-15 – And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; [14] Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; [15] And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

I Corinthians 15:57,58 – But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. [58] Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Revelation 22:12 – And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

 

       

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 158

February 7, 2004

The Son Who Became A Servant To Save Us – Part 7


Isaiah 53:3,4 – 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.

[4] SURELY HE HATH BORNE OUR GRIEFS, AND CARRIED OUR SORROWS: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

The reason Jesus Christ was acquainted with grief is that he bore our grief.   The reason he was the man of sorrows is that he carried our sorrows.  And he does the same at the present time.  Mankind labored under the heavy load of sin revealed to them by their inability to keep God’s standard of righteousness, which was manifested to them by the Law of Moses.  But Christ kept all the law without sin, and lifted God’s condemnation for sin off the backs of all who would trust in his ability to do so.

Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

There is great rest in the assurance of eternal life in our heavenly home, bought and paid for by the blood and the body sacrifice of Jesus himself.  The only thing not yet known by believers is how close they will live to him in heaven.  Probably as close as they lived to him here. 

John 14:1-3 – Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. [2] In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. [3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

There is great rest in knowing that we have safety in the Son of God, and can cast all our care on him while we face the wiles of the Devil, thereby growing spiritually in ability to resist him by the power of Christ in us.

I Peter 5:7-10 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. [8] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: [9] Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. [10] But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

The following comment that Jesus made to the first New Testament church is perhaps my favorite Scripture of comfort in the Bible.  Jesus made it to them when he was delivering them from sinking in the Sea of Galilee by a great storm.  It has gotten me through the storms of life.

Mark 6:50C – Be of good cheer: It is I; Be not afraid.

“AND WE HID AS IT WERE OUR FACES FROM HIM”

We are born with an Adamic nature that inherited the character of naturally wanting to hide from the light of God voice, of God words.

John 3:19.20 – 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. 

Genesis 3:7-13 – And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. [8] And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. [9] 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. [11] And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? [12] And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. [13] And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

They both hid from God, rather than simply admitting they had sinned against him, then repenting of it before him.  And when he did coax them to come out, the man blamed Eve, hinting that it was God’s fault because he gave him the woman, and Eve blamed the Devil.  I do not blame anyone for my inherited sinful condition.  I came out of hiding 59 years ago, repented of what I am by birth and nature, a sinner, and through myself on the mercy and grace of God in Christ Jesus.

“HE WAS DESPISED, AND WE ESTEEMED HIM NOT”

Man’s hatred and complete lack of esteem for him as the one sent by God is vividly described in the following verses of Scripture.

John 1:11 – He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Luke 22:1-6 – Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. [2] And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. [3] Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. [4] And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains how he might betray him unto them.  [5] And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. [6] And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.

Matthew 26:59,60,66,67 – Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; [60] But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, [66] What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. [67] Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,

Mark 15:9-15 – But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? [10] For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy. [11] But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them. [12] 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. [15] And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

He was rejected by both Jew and Gentile, who esteemed him not, but for those of us who believe in him for our salvation, he is loved and esteemed above all men as the living Son of God, who loved us, and gave himself for us.  We are not ashamed to confess him as our savior from our lips, knowing that God raised him from the dead, and that he lives forever as our eternal sacrifice and intercessor for all our sins.

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.

Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

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

Lifeless Islam and Judaism will honor their prophets, but not the Christ!

John 5:40,41 – And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. [41] I receive not honour from men.

 

  

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 159

(Previous Update 158C in Archives Lists All Updates)

February 15, 2004

The Son Who Became A Servant To Save Us – Part 8


Isaiah 53:5 – But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

HE WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS,

Christ was beaten and bruised by both the Jews and the Gentiles. But the deepest wounds, made by the sword, the nails, and the lash, were made by Gentiles.  It is not necessary for us to see them to believe them.

John 20:25 – The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands THE PRINT of the nails, and put my finger into THE PRINT of the nails, and thrust my hand INTO his side, I will not believe. 

Both Jew and Gentile are responsible for his wounds made by piercing. There is coming a time, in the near future, that Jewish descendants of those ancestors who delivered him to be pierced, will assemble in the wide central plain of Israel between the Galilean and Samarian Hills and, following the Battle of Armageddon, will mourn in repentance for the nation of Israel’s 2000 year rejection of its Messiah.

Zechariah 12:9-14 – And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. [10] And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom THEY HAVE PIERCED, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. [11] In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddon. [12] And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; [13] The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; [14] All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.

HE WAS BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITIES:

The bruising of Christ’s body, as a part of his crushing the bondage men were held under by the power of Satan, was pictured immediately after the fall of Adam by the promised Seed’s heel being bruised in crushing the head of the serpent, where a serpent’s power lies.

Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt BRUISE his heel.

THE CHASTISEMENT OF OUR PEACE WAS UPON HIM;

We can only have peace with God through the blood of his cross, and it reconciles us to him eternally when we are found to accept it alone as the atonement for all our sins.  He took our chastisement, our beating, our punishment for sins, that we might have peace with God.

Colossians 1:14,20 – In whom we HAVE redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: [20] And, HAVING MADE PEACE through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 

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..

AND WITH HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.

We have been eternally healed by his forgiveness of our sin condition by the scourging he received for it in his own sinless flesh.  All those failing to see themselves as being sinful, cannot believe he took their sins.  How can Christ heal them of a sin sickness they do not believe they possess?  How can one repent of what he does not believe he is guilty? 

Luke 5:30-32 – But the scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? [31] And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. [32] I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.  

Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:10 – As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

James 2:10 – For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Luke 18:13,14 – And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. [14] I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.