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Book of Isaiah
Chapter 58-66 give God’s gracious Promises of hope. Isaiah’s powerful message of hope shines out so clearly from the reminders to the wicked. Almighty God demands contrite hearts, renewed lives and personal faith in Him from those who sincerely want salvation. If anyone is easily turned away from the LORD by His continual reminders to put away sin, then that person most likely will never be able to continue to read on to the hope that is so beautifully revealed to us in the later Passages. In the last section of Isaiah (chapters 58-66), reform and repentance is mentioned far less, while the idea of hope in God's salvation seems to throb in our heart.
This section has another interruption (or detour). In the middle of chapters 58-66 lies (Isa.63:7 to Isa.64:12) describing an Israelite’s personal confession and pleading. Before and after this, God speaks through the prophet Isaiah in different prophecies. But, this sincere pleading of a godly Israelite’s pleading is placed here, in the middle, and is like the smell of sweet incense drifting up to God in the middle of a sacrifice to Him, which can be seen as a sense of balance between God’s sovereignty and man’s will, for as God predicts the future, man pleads with the LORD to fulfill the mighty acts of redemption. It is a wonderful song of praise, cry of hope and humble confession all rolled together . . . and stands as a tribute day and night, pleading to God for help. The Israelites deserve to be abandoned, just as we do. Their sin (and ours) totally fits like a glove for God’s judgment. They are far worse than their enemies because they betray the One and Only TRUE God. These two chapters become a firm monument calling the godly ones to hope in this faithful God and to remind God there are a few who really care.
The Hope of the Contrite
Chapter 58, exposes religious sins and extolls righteousness.
Chapter 59, convinces us of His desire to help us, even when it cost Him dearly.
Chapter 60, God gives the people a tremendous vision of the future.
Chapter 61, God calls the Servant to insure the peoples’ righteousness.
Chapter 62, God explains the participation of the people in realizing the vision.
Chapter 63:1-6, God uses the Servant to bring salvation to His people.
Chapter 63:7-64, helps us understand our sin and His grace.
Chapter 65, discovering the riches of His grace.
Chapter 66, confirming and expanding their (and our) hope.
Ch.40-48: Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked. (KJV)
Ch.49-57: Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. (KJV)
Ch.58-66: Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. (KJV)
All three of these last sections end with the same idea . . . there shall be no peace, to the wicked. The Messiah brings peace, but any and all who reject Him will NEVER know peace. Turning TO idols is turning AWAY from the Messiah. As we have seen, this section has majored in a condemnation and rebuke of idolatry. Idolatry is a road that leads to Babylon. The LORD, in the Book of Isaiah, is traveling the lonely road to Calvary. BEWARE!!! ALL idolatry and witchcraft are an abomination to the LORD: (Deut.27:15; 1 Ki.11:7; 23:13; Isa.44:19; Jer.32:35; Eze.18:12; Dan.12:11; Mal.2:11; Rev.21:27)
ISAIAH 62 parallels with 1 JOHN. Isaiah 62 describes Israel as a new creation, possessing eternal life. 1 John is the Book of eternal life.
Chapter 62 continues the prophecy of the glory of the church in the last days. The prophet expresses his earnest desire for it, and his full assurance of it (vs.1), which should lie in a new name, by which she should be called, and in her being a glorious crown and diadem in the hand of the LORD (vs.3), in having her sons with her, and the LORD rejoicing over her (vs,5), in having watchmen on her walls, and such as are the LORD'S remembrances in the midst of her (vs,6), in plenty of food (vs.8), in the Coming of the Saviour, and in the gathering of elect Gentiles both to him and her (vs.10).
Theme: The Messiah’s desire for Israel; the eagerness for the Millennium; declaration for that future day.
The Messiah’s yearning for these predicted joys is before us in this chapter, and there should be a yearning in the hearts all TRUE believers for these joys. There is a danger today of believers who look for Christ’s Coming to take us out of the world, so we can get away from our problems. When people get into trouble, they want the LORD to come and get them out of their troubles, now, and that does NOT always happen! Troubles in our lives is often allowed by the LORD to check out our faith in Him,
The Ambition of the Messiah for Israel (62:1-5)
Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. (KJV)
For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest . . . for Zion‘s sake (Isa.1:8; 4:4; 10:32 37:22; 62:11; Ps.9:14; Zec.2:10; 9:9; Jn.12:15). By Zion and Jerusalem here, the Gospel church in the last days is meant, as it so often is in this book, and elsewhere Heb.12:22-24), whose glory, prosperity and safety which is a great a concern is expressed. There are those who take these words to be of God Himself. I will not hold my peace, there are various opinions as to who the person referred to here is. Some think it is Isaiah, and that the sense is, he would not stop his labor and prayers until Zion was restored, and its glory spread through all the Earth. Because of the different interpretations, it is not easy to decide the true sense. If it is the LORD God speaking, it is His solemn declaration that He was determined to deliver His people, and that He would never stop trying until the work would be accomplished. If it is Isaiah, it means that he would continue, through all opposition, in rebuking the nation for its sins, and in the general work of his prophetic office, until Zion would arise in its glory. I will not rest, I will give myself to persistent work in the promotion of this great thing (vs.7).
Until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness . . . the word righteousness here is equal to salvation, and the idea is, that the deliverance of His people would break forth as a shining light, meaning either until the church's innocence is made as clear as the brightness of the sun at noonday, and she is vindicated from the slanders and reproofs cast upon her, and open vengeance is taken on her enemies by the LORD, from whom her righteousness is, and by whom her wrongs will be righted; or until the righteousness of Christ (1 Cor.1:30), which is by imputation Zion’s righteousness, is wrought out by Him and revealed in the Gospel, and she appears to all to be clothed with it, as with the sun (Rev.12:1), which will be the case when to her shall be given to be arrayed openly with that fine linen, clean and white (Rev.19:8, 14), which is the righteousness of the saints, and will be the time of her marriage to the Lamb (Rev.19:7-8).
And the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth . . . the salvation which gives light, and is seen afar off; shall reveal her deliverance from all her enemies, and her salvation by Jesus Christ, which will be more clearly published in the Gospel ministry in the last days, and more openly seen and enjoyed in the effects of it. Christ the righteous, the Saviour of His body the church, who in His First Coming was as a burning and shining light, even like the sun, the light of the world; and whose Second Coming will be in such a glorious manner, that He shall destroy the Antichrist with the brightness of it (2 Thes.2:8-10), and is therefore very desirable.
Some reasons for this awakening voice of God:
#1. Mortals are naturally likely to be cold and indifferent.
#2. The LORD works in His own time and way.
#3. The mission to which we are called to is extremely important.
#4. Every church should spread only the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
#5. Difficulties will be great, conflicts severe and continuous.
#6. The greatest power we can use against error is to live for Christ.
#7. The TRUE Church is the only living representative of Christ in the world.
#8. We should seek to be clothed in the garments of righteousness: love, joy, holiness, humility, godliness, etc.
What the TRUE Church needs to succeed:
#1. Faith. #2. Perseverance. #3. Determined Christian effort. #4. Love. #5. Prayer. #6. Constant fellowship with the LORD. # 7. Sincere heart-felt dedication. #8. Unwavering loyalty.
The TRUE Church: http://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm
*****WHY does Zion (Jerusalem), NOT have peace today? The Word of God clearly tells us! The reason Jerusalem cannot have peace today is because she denied and rejected her Messiah. He is not with her as He should be, but instead He is seated at God's right hand longing to rule that city and Israel in righteousness. In today’s world, Jerusalem is NOT the holy city spoken so often of in the Bible. BUT . . . the LORD has indeed promised that it shall in the last days, be the holy City!
Jerusalem shall be holy some day and the zeal of Almighty God will accomplish it. Man cannot bring in the Kingdom of Christ (Millennium), and the United Nations cannot do it. That is fact! Dear one NO one can bring peace into the world but the One and Only Messiah! The very heart of the prophet Isaiah, as well as the heart of every TRUE Christian on the Earth, longs for the Coming Kingdom of Christ. All of creation and all TRUE believers are groaning in their present state as they consider the future. Many are weary of their earthly journey, and desire the fellowship they shall have in the Father's house (Jn.14:1-3).
Isaiah 62:2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. (KJV)
And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness . . . and the Gentiles shall see (Isa.11:10; 49:22:60:3, 5, 16), the innocence of her case, and the justice of her cause, and the vengeance taken on her enemies, all being so clearly before stated; as well as her justifying righteousness, which being published in the Gospel to the Gentiles, they shall see it, embrace it, and shall be justified by it (Rom.1:17).
And all kings thy glory . . . (Isa.49:7, 23; 52:15; 60:3,10-11,16), or, shall see the Glorious One, her LORD in whom she glories, and who is a glory to her, whom kings shall fall down before and worship (Ps.72:10-11), or the glorious state of the church, which shall draw the eyes of kings unto it, and who shall promote it by bringing their glory into it (Isa.60:1).
And thou shall be called by a new name . . . a name which shall be important and express the greatly improved and favored condition (vs.4). The idea is, that they would not be in a condition in which a name meaning humiliation, poverty and oppression would be appropriate, but in circumstances where a new name expressing prosperity would be altered to express their condition. On the custom of giving significant names (Isa.7:3; 8:1).
Which the mouth of the LORD shall name . . . which shall be all the more valuable because God Himself shall speak it, and which certainly shall be suitable, the LORD our righteousness, and
the LORD is there (Isa.62:4,12; Jer.33:6, 16; Eze.48:35). His Presence being in His church and His people at this time shall be remarkable. I personally think that the new name is to be given to the Gospel Church could very well be CHRISTIAN. True to Isaiah's pattern of here a little and there a little (Isa.62:10,13), the prophet here returns to the revelation regarding that new name, mentioned also in: Isaiah 56:5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. (KJV) . . . So many present-day commentators do not know what God's name for His people really is. I think that this chapter, continues the same subject which has dominated several of the preceding chapters, namely, the blessings of God under the New Covenant. The speaker is thought to be God, the Servant, or the prophet Isaiah; but no matter which is correct, the message comes from none other than Almighty God Himself, and I believe that the close connection with the preceding chapter proves this.
Isaiah 62:3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. (KJV)
Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord . . . there has been some difficulty by commentators in explaining this, because a crown or diadem was worn on the head and not held in the hand, and some have thought that the crown here could be the same as any ornament which might be either held in the hand or worn on the head; while others think that the reference is to the custom of carrying a wreath or crown in the hand on festive occasions.
And a royal diadem in the hand of thy God . . . diadem is a crown or wreath, usually set with diamonds, which encircled the head. It here means that such as was usually worn by monarchs; and the sense is, that Jerusalem would become exceedingly beautiful in the sight of God. It seems to me that this could mean that the royal diadem in the hand of thy God, could very well mean that the Gospel Church in the last days would be as God’s crown, because God desires that His glory should shine in us; and in this it is right that we should behold and have a high regard for the incredible goodness and lovingkindness of God, since we are by nature filthy and corrupted, and more repulsive than the mire of the streets, yet He enhances us in such a manner that He wishes us to be the diadem of His Kingdom.
See Special Comments for Names of the TRUE Church.
Isaiah 62:4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. (KJV)
Thou shall no more be termed Forsaken . . . this refers to the new name (vs.2) will be conferred on her. No more be called . . . Forsaken, that is, by the LORD her God, as she had seemed to be to others, and thought to be so by herself (Ps.22:1; 31:22; 77:6-9. 89:38:46; Isa.49:14), for not having as much of His gracious Presence as they desired; for their relationship and unity with Him being withheld because of their sin against Him. In the last days, things shall change in a drastic way, for the Presence of God (Gen.3:8; Ps.68:2, 8; Zep.1:7; Lk.1:19; Heb.9:24) will be clearly seen in His churches, and among His people; and they will be glad to be under His care and safekeeping (Isa.60:15; Jer.30:17-19).
Neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate . . . as the Gentile world was before the preaching of the Gospel in it; and as the land of Israel is now, and the Jewish people are today, having rejected the Messiah, and continuing in impenitence and unbelief; and as the church is, when the Gospel and ordinances are neglected, or little success is there in them. Much more shall be the children of the Desolate than of the married wife; many souls shall be born again in Zion, and many sons and daughters brought there, and brought up there, and therefore they shall not be called Desolate (Ps.149:4; Isa. 32:14-15; 49:14; 54:1, 6-7; 61:10; 62:5, Jer.3:14; 32:41; Hos.1:9-10; 2:19-20; Zep.3:17). The delight of the LORD shall be in this Gospel Church in the last days.
But thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah . . . Hepzibah means my delight is in her, and the idea is, that Almighty God would show her such favor, and that He would have so much pleasure in His people, that this name of endearment would be appropriately given to her. Dear one, Jerusalem will be the exceptional object of His delight. Hephzibah, the name of Hezekiah's wife, a type of Jerusalem (2 Ki.21:1), as Hezekiah was a type of Messiah (Isa.32:1). And thy land Beulah the symbol is taken from a female who had been divorced, and whose appropriate name was Forsaken. The LORD says here that the appropriate name from here on, would NOT be the Forsaken, but the married one, the one favored and blessed by God (Isa.54:4-6). A like symbol the church is represented as the beautiful bride of the Lamb of God (Rev.19:7; 21:2, 9). Beulah is a symbol of the land of Israel. Beulah means to be married. It is found here, only once in the Bible. Isaiah 62:4 tells of the union between the Israel and their land. In a land that was forsaken and void of life, the LORD delighted in the marriage of the people with the land. With a promised future to come in the last days, the people of Beulah Land, the land and the people became fertile once again. The LORD'S blessing fully restored Israel and for that reason, it is called Beulah Land.
For the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land is married . . . Hephzibah means my delight is in her, and indeed Christ delighted in His church from everlasting, as they were the objects of His and His Father's love. The church was chosen in Him, and given to Him as His spouse and His bride (Pro.8:31; Ps.16:3), and He delights in them as clothed with His righteousness (1 Cor.1:30), washed in His precious Blood (1 Pet.1:18-19) and adorned with the fruit of His Spirit (Jn.14:16; Gal.5:22-23). He delights in their company, delights to hear their voice and enjoys their fellowship. The coming church in the last days is the excellent in the Earth in whom is all His delight (Ps.16:3), and He shall delight in them in the hereafter, in His spiritual reign, when He will glorify and beautify them, and give them eternal approval (Isa.60:7). In the Personal reign of Christ, they shall be as a bride adorned for her husband, and His tabernacle shall be among them (Rev.21:2-3), and He will reign with them, and they with Him (2 Tim.2:12; Rev.5:10; 20:6; 22:5), during which time He will delight in them as a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle (Eph.5:27; 1 Tim.6:14; 1 Pet.1:18-19; 2 Pet.3:14), and they shall be in Heaven for all eternity (1 Pet.1:4).
*****Beulah literally means married. In Isaiah.50:1, the prophet spoke of Israel being divorced. Now she would be reunited with God, her husband by covenant (Isa.54:4-6). Jerusalem (Zion) will be called God's bride and thus have part ownership in His Kingdom. As Israel stands today, she has been Forsaken. Dear one, Forsaken is the true picture and name of Israel since their condemning a righteous Christ Jesus to the cross to die (Mat.27:11-26; Mk.15:9-14; Lk.23:13-25; Jn.1:11; 19:14-22). When we consider Israel and her land today, the very first word that comes to mind is forsaken, desolate. That is the description of the land now, but in the last days, the Coming Kingdom of Christ, Israel shall be called Hephzibah, which means delightful. It is going to be a delightful place like the Garden of Eden was. And thy land Beulah . . . the everlasting King (Jer.10:10), shall be Present to protect it, and His continual, nonstop Presence will mean comfort, joy and peace.
Isaiah 62:5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. (KJV)
For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee . . . this verse simply contains an explanation and confirmation of the above verse. As a young man, having married a virgin, he enjoys her, and lives with her in harmony and love, being delighted and satisfied with her . . . so too, those that are born in Zion in the Millennial Kingdom (Rev.20), and brought up there, shall have a close relationship with the church, and enjoy the rules and regulations of it. They shall dwell and continue with the church, and delight in her fellowship, ways and worship; and have their hearts knit together in love to her, professing the same faith, joining in the same worship, and walking with her in all the commandments and ordinances of the LORD.
And as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee . . . Christ is the LORD of His church and His people. He is Immanuel, God with us (Isa.7:14; 8:8; 9:6; Mat.1:23); and He stands as a bridegroom to them, and the church is as a bride to Him; and as such He rejoices over them with great joy, and does only good to them, and He shall rejoice over them for all of eternity, from the first moment they were promised to Him (Jn.10:27-30). I think what may be meant here is, there will be such an abundance of blessings on the church in the last days that it shall clearly reveal the joy of Christ in His people.
The Eagerness of the Millennium (62:6-7)
Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, (KJV)
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem . . . ‘I’ is either Isaiah, speaking for the LORD, or it is the LORD Himself speaking. I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem . . . this is symbolic for the watches set upon a city's wall to watch for the coming of a messenger with good tidings (Isa.52:7-10), the good news of the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon expecting the coming return from the present dispersion (Isa.21:6; Eze.3:17; 33:7). The watches in the East are announced by a loud cry, to mark the alertness of the watchmen. There are some who say these watchmen are angels, others say they are princes and civil magistrates, and others say they are mourners in Zion, but is seems to me it is most likely ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; as the prophets of the Old Testament are called watchmen (Isa.21:11; 52:8), who are to watch in all things and for the souls of men; for their good, and to guard them against that which is evil, malicious and dangerous, both in principle and practice (2 Tim.4:5). The reference is to watchmen on the walls of cities, whose job it was to keep their place and keep their eyes open. The Gospel Church in the last days is a city (Jerusalem), and a walled one; with God Himself as a wall about her; and salvation by Christ is as walls and fortifications to her; and the ministers of the Gospel are set as watchmen in the defense of her. These watchmen are not set by men, for they are placed in it by the LORD, for only He alone can make them able ministers, qualify them for watchmen, and enable them to accomplish their work; all of which is an example of the LORD’S great love for His church, and of His care of it.
Which shall never hold their peace day nor night . . . as the living creatures (Rev.4:8), which is a symbol of Gospel ministers; who are always to be employed, and to be continually preaching or praying; the two principal branches of their ministry (Acts 6:4), they are NOT to be silent, but either preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever they go or praying in private or in public for direction and assistance for success in their work; and that all the blessings of God’s grace might descend on those to whom they minister. They must preach the Truth, the Gospel, being constant in season, and out of season (2 Tim.4:2). Far too many preachers in the pulpits today do NOT teach the WHOLE Truth of God’s Word! They simply are afraid to teach about God’s wrath and Hell. They would lose their congregation and the money they bring in. These men are really not false teachers, they bring no heresies, BUT . . . they simply do NOT preach in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine, and they shall one day be judged by the Great Judge Jesus. http://www.godcannotlie.org/2_tim_ch4.htm
Ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence. . . these seem to be the words of Isaiah speaking to those who are watchmen, urging them to do their duty. Keep not silence means to be constantly employed in public preaching, prayer and praise. Keep not silence is the charge that Isaiah gives to the watchmen on behalf of the LORD, that they never prove careless or negligent.
*****Setting watchmen on walls was an ancient custom for the purpose of warning of the approach of an enemy. Here the idea is that God's prophets and ministers were like watchmen who must NOT hold their peace or give the LORD rest day or night until prophecy was completely fulfilled in the full restoration of Jerusalem and Israel back in their land. Ministers are often called watchmen. Spiritual Watchmen: (Isa.21:11; 52:8; 56:10; 62:6; Jer.6:17; 31:6; Eze.3:17; 33:7; Hab.2:1; Heb.13:17; 1 Pet.5:2).
Isaiah 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. (KJV)
And give him no rest . . . watchmen are not to let Him rest, but preach and pray continually, and if need be, wrestle with Him as Jacob did and not let him go without the blessing (Gen.32:24-30), or be persistent with Him, as the widow with the unjust judge (Lk.18:1-5); and simply be determined in prayer (Mat.7:7).
Till he establish . . . His church; which, although founded by Him, and built on the sure foundation (Isa.28:16) of His laying, upon a Rock (Mat.7:24-25; Lk.6:48), against which the gates of hell cannot prevail against it (Mat.16:18). In today’s world, the TRUE church is changing and insecure, not always in the same place, nor in the same conditions . . . BUT in the last days it shall be established on the top of Mount Zion (Ps.48:2, 125:1; Isa.24:23; Joel 2:32; Oba.1:17, 21; Mic.4:7), and will be a tabernacle that shall not be taken down (Isa.33:20); which is the LORD'S work to do, and which He has promised; so therefore may be prayed for in faith. All saints should keep praying until it happens. Isaiah 2:2-4 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. (KJV)
And till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth . . . in the last days, the TRUE Church shall be a matter of praise, for its members shall be famous throughout the world, and shall be praised by men, and the LORD shall be praised for their sakes; for the purity of Gospel doctrines and decrees; for unity in worship; for heartfelt love and affection to each other and for holiness of lifestyles. This means that the Church shall be glorious, where joy shall shine forth from it.
Isaiah 62:8 The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured: (KJV)
The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength . . . . some say his right hand means Christ, who is the Arm of the LORD, the power of God (Isa.51:9; 53:1; 62:8; Jn.12:38), by whom He made the world (Jn.1:3, 10; Eph.3:9; Col.1:16-17; Heb.1:2-3; 3:3-4; Rev.4:11), and upholds all things. By his right hand and by the arm of his strength, Isaiah mentions His right arm, because that is the symbol of the power of God; because that was appropriate to the present discourse. There is great power exhibited in his right hand and by the arm of his strength in His displaying it in salvation, and no matter what difficulties may arise, those saved shall be safe under His protection. When the LORD promises ETERNAL salvation, or ETERNAL life, He means EXACTLY that! He does not give you eternal life and then take it away when you do something wrong! Eternal = everlasting, endless, non-stop. Eternal salvation is NOT something here today and gone tomorrow! The LORD does not work like that! http://www.hisservants.org/once_saved,_always_saved_h_s.htm
Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies . . . it seems the meaning is, that He will no more give their grain (to be) food for their enemies; and that they would not be subjected to the evils of foreign invasion and conquest.
And the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast labored . . . foreigners shall no more rob thee of the fruit of thy labors (Isa.60:10-12; 65:21-22). What they worked for would be safe, and they would enjoy their labors themselves.
***** Their grain had been food for their enemies, which they had hoped would be food for themselves and their families. God is said to have given their corn to their enemies, He not only allowed it, but ordered it, to be the just punishment of their abuse of plenty and of their forsaking the LORD (Isa.1:2-8). The wine which they had worked so hard for, and which in their affliction they needed for the relief of a heavy heart, strangers drank it to gratify their lusts. This sore judgment was because of their sins (Lev.26:16; Deut.28:33). We are wise indeed if we see how uncertain our creature comforts are, and how much it is our benefit to labor for things which we can never be robbed of. John 6:27 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. (KJV) Blessings from God that no one can take away: (Jn. 3:16, 36; 6:40, 47; 10:27-30; 11:25; 17:2; Rom. 6:23; 8:31-39; Eph.1:3, 7, 13-14; 1 Jn.2:25).
Isaiah 62:9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness. (KJV)
But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD . . . meaning the wine they shall drink; having planted vineyards, gathered the grapes when ripe, and brought them to the winepress to make wine of them. They shall drink it at a proper time and place: the reference is to the priests and Levites eating and drinking holy things within the bounds of the Temple; and may indicate the converted Jews, partaking of the Gospel and Gospel ordinances in the House of God, as well as the Gentiles, all being now made priests unto God (1 Pet.2:5-9; Rev.1:6).
And they that have brought it together . . . they who have gathered in the vintage.
Shall drink it in the courts of my holiness . . . they would drink it with gratitude to the LORD in the feasts which were celebrated at the Temple (Deut.12:18; 14:23). The idea is, that the effect of TRUE religion would be to produce security and liberty, and to make people feel that all their blessings came from God; to partake of these blessings with gratitude, and to make them the occasion of praise and thanksgiving.
***** They had great distress in Isaiah’s time, they have it today and they shall have it in the time of the last days, when they shall have great losses; for their corn had been meat for their enemies, which they hoped would be meat for themselves and their families. God is said to give their corn to their enemies . . . He not only allowed it, but ordered it, to be the just punishment both of their abuse of plenty and of their forsaking the LORD (Isa.1:2-8).
Great fulness and satisfaction shall be restored to Israel in the Millennial Kingdom. Those that have worked so hard for, shall gather it and eat it, and praise the LORD. They (and we) shall thank the LORD with grateful hearts and praise Him because:
#1. God's merciful kindness in giving them plenty, and peace to enjoy it. There shall be no plague nor sickness (Rev.21:4), no more war, where enemies come and take it from them what they have worked so hard for (vs.8-9).
#2. They would gather what God so graciously provides, with care and diligence; and eat it freely with great joy. They would not bury the gifts of God's bounty (Mat.25:18), but make use of them. Dear one, there is a lesson here for us all! We must, when we have eaten and are full, thank the LORD, being grateful to Him for His abundance to us. We must serve Him freely and willingly with great joy. The greatest comfort we can have is that it gives us an opportunity of honoring God and doing right.
#3. We have the deep and earnest approval of this Promise: The LORD has sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength (vs.8), what He will do this for His people, and He confirms it by an oath, that His people, who trust in Him and His Holy Word, may have a strong consolation (Heb.6:17-18). Since there is none greater anywhere, He swears by Himself, sometimes by His being (As I live Eze.33:11), sometimes by His holiness (Ps.89:35), and here by His power, His Right Hand (which was lifted up in swearing Deut.32:40), and His Arm of His strength (vs.8). It is great comfort and satisfaction to all those who build their hopes on God's Promises to be sure that what He has promised, He is very well able to perform (Rom.4:21). It is great comfort indeed for God's people to know that His power is working for them, at His Right Hand, where our Blessed Advocate sits (1 Jn.2:1). Jesus is now at the Right Hand of God: (Mk.16:19; Lk.22:69; Acts 2:33; 7:55-56; Rom.8:34; Col.3:1; Heb.10:12; 12:2; 1 Pet.3:22).
Isaiah 62:10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. (KJV)
Go through, go through the gates . . . open them, and keep them open so people can enter in. This does not meaning the gates of Jerusalem, which those in it should open for the reception of the Jews returning from Babylon, although there may be a reference to it. This means the gates of the Gospel Church in the last days (Rev. 21:25), which shall stand open day and night, so that converts, who shall flock unto it, be they Jews or Gentiles (Isa.26:1). The watchmen were commanded to pray until this was done (vs.6-7). Isaiah said that he would not rest until it was done (vs.1). The LORD had promised this in a most solemn manner (vs.8-9), and now that Promise is about to be fulfilled, and they are commanded to leave the city and enter upon their journey to their own land (Isa.52:10-11).
Prepare ye the way of the people . . . (Isa.40:3). Clear the way for the people, this is the duty of teachers; but the Prophet speaks in general terms, and speaks to all who are active in the LORD’S work. Prepare the way for the people of the Jews, or the Gentiles, by the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones . . . level the road. Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people (Isa.57:14).
Lift up a standard for the people . . . like an army that is about to march. The Jews were about to be collected from their dispersions and restored to their own land, and the command is given that the banner might be reared so they might rally around it (Isa.11:10-11; 49:22; 59:19).
*****Something to consider: the apostle Peter stated: 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. (KJV)
Act 10:34-35 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. (KJV)
When Peter was at first unwilling to go to the house of Cornelius because he was a Gentile, God corrected Peter. The Spirit bade Peter to go, making NO distinction between Jews and Gentiles (Acts 11:7-12).
There are four definite references about NO distinction in the New Testament:
NO distinction . . . Acts 11:12
NO distinction . . . Acts 15:9
NO distinction . . . Rom.3:12
NO distinction . . . Rom.10:10-12
Announcement for That Future Day (62:11-12)
Isaiah 62:11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. (KJV)
Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world . . . Isaiah means that the LORD will cause ALL the nations to know that this is done by His command. This may be understood of Cyrus's proclamation, being directed by God (2 Chron.36:22). The word behold is used three times in this verse, to raise our attention to what is said, and as pointing out something wonderful, and to express the certainty of it.
Say ye to the daughter of Zion . . . to Jerusalem, or the church.
Behold thy salvation cometh . . . the time of it is come (Isa.56:1; 60:1); or rather, the Person that effects it is come, the Saviour (Lk.2:30).
Behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him . . . this is said that they may no longer be distressed by any doubt. When God the Saviour shall appear, He brings with Him power and His reward. These are the same words he repeats which we saw in (Isa.40:10-11). Today, we see so many fanatics who think that Almighty God has no existence, but dear one, as soon as the LORD displays His Hand, the effect will be rapid and sudden, with no turning back. 2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (KJV) . . . Peter cautions against the ignorance of scoffers, and to try to prevent it from happening to them, telling them that they would have to know this one thing, which exists in the Scripture, that being the prophecy of Christ's Coming (Ps.98:9; Dan. 7:13-14; Zec.14:4; Mat.10:23; 26:64; Mark 13:26,35; 14:62; Luke 9:26; 19:15; 21:27; John 21:22; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor. 11:26; 15:23; Heb. 9:28; 2 Pet. 3:10). Then see: Rev.19:11-21.
The scoffers' objection was that much time had come and gone since those prophecies, and He still had NOT come! The reply of the apostle is, for that which may seem to be a long time to us is a brief period with God. http://www.godcannotlie.org/2_peter_ch3.htm
Commands to God's watchmen in Isaiah 62:
#1. Keep not silence (vs.6).
#2. Give the LORD no rest till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (vs.7).
#3. Go through, go through the gates (vs.10).
#4. Prepare the way of the people (vs.10).
#5. Cast up, cast up the highway (vs.10).
#6. Gather out the stones (vs.10).
#7. Lift up a standard for the people (vs.11).
#8. Say to Zion, Behold your salvation cometh; behold His reward is with Him, and His work before Him (vs.11).
*****This announcement and command is appropriate for today’s world, as this verse clearly indicates. The salvation of Israel is large part of God's overall plan of salvation. We should present the Gospel to every Jew and to every Gentile that comes into our path! Christ Jesus is the Messiah, He is the One and Only Saviour today. Dear one, the Second Coming of Christ means the Second Coming of Christ to establish His Kingdom on Earth for these people, and when He comes, thy salvation cometh and His reward is with Him. We do NOT know when He shall come in the clouds to take the TRUE church home (1 Thes.4:13-18), but we DO know that it shall be seven years (Dan.9:27) from the time He comes in the clouds at the Rapture (1Thes.4:17) to His Personal Coming to the Earth (Zec.14:1-5; Rev.19:11-21).
Isaiah 62:12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken. (KJV)
And they shall call them, The holy people . . . for whom the way is prepared to whom the standard is lifted up (vs.10), and the proclamation made (vs.11), and who are gathered together in the Gospel Church with Christ their Saviour. These shall be called the holy people; a people sanctified, separated and set apart for God, for His service and glory. They are a special people, chosen through sanctification of the Spirit (2 Thes.2:13; 1 Pet.1:2), and to holiness here and in the hereafter, for they are made holy by the Spirit of God . . . NO one is made holy by nature, nor by their own power, but only by the grace of God, who calls them with a holy calling, so that they are truly and really holy. The character of holiness is in regards to the church and its members in the last days, when everyone that remains in Jerusalem, and every pot and vessel there, shall be holiness to the Lord (Ex.28:36; 39:30; Ps.48:1; Isa.4:3-6; 23:18; Zec.14:20).
The redeemed of the Lord . . . the blessing of redemption, is of a spiritual nature; it being the redemption of the soul from sin, Satan, the law, its curse and condemnation (Jn.3:18, 36; 8:24; Mk.16:16; Heb.2:3; 10:26-29; 12:25; 1 Jn.5:10; Pro.8:36; also Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12). Redemption is a blessing deep in the heart of God; planned by His infinite wisdom; secured in the covenant of grace; and wrought out by Christ Jesus. It is an abundant blessing containing several blessings of grace within it, and its effects and consequences are eternal. Redemption also is expressive of Christ, for He alone as the Author of the above blessings. NO one is holy by themselves, nor by their friends, nor by men, nor by angels, but ONLY by the LORD. NO one can be redeemed by themselves, nor by their friends, nor by men, nor by angels, but ONLY by the LORD! Only Jesus has the right and power to redeem, for He IS God, He is mighty and He is able to redeem them; and it is ONLY by His precious Blood (1 Pet.1:18-19) that anyone can obtain redemption. http://www.hisservants.org/is_jesus_god_h_s.htm
And thou shalt be called, Sought out . . . thou, daughter of Zion; or the Gospel Church of God, consisting of elect, redeemed, and called ones; such as are sought out of the ruins of the fall of man (Gen.2:15-17; 3:3-19), sought out among the men of the world by means of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of Christ (Rom.8:9), who knows them by name, where they are,
and will find them, all which is the fruit and result of His love for them.
A city not forsaken . . . Zion, or Jerusalem is the city of the living God (Heb.12:22), where saints (the holy and redeemed ones, vs.12) are fellow citizens, consisting of many people, and which shall not be forsaken of men, as it has been and still is yet today (Isa.60:15-16). In the last days, Jerusalem shall be filled with converts, both Jews and Gentiles; none forsaken of God, for they shall enjoy His gracious Presence (Rev.21:22-27), and wonderful fellowship with Him in His decrees. NOT one of its TRUE members shall ever be forsaken, nor the work of grace in them halted! NONE of them shall perish, but have everlasting life (Jn.3;16)! Quite the opposite shall be the result for those all who refuse to believe God and deny and reject His only begotten Son (Jn.3:16; 14:6). BEWARE!!! 2 Thes.1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (KJV)
A city not forsaken . . . Jerusalem shall no longer be invaded by any foreign enemies! Jerusalem shall no longer be abandoned to long, sad desolation periods! In the last days, the Gospel Church of God shall be the object of His lovingkindness which He shall protect and care for, both Jews and Gentiles, as they enjoy His nonstop fellowship.
10 Things the Gospel Church shall be:
#1. Righteous (vs.1)
#2. Saved (vs.1).
#3. Full of glory (vs.2).
#4. Called by a new name (vs.2).
#5. A crown of glory in hand of the LORD (vs.3).
#6. A royal diadem in the hand of thy God (vs.3).
#7. Called Hephzibah (vs.4).
#8. Called Beulah (vs.4).
#9. A praise in the earth (vs.7).
#10. Called holy people, the redeemed of the LORD, sought out, a city not forsaken (vs.12).
*****Israel cannot be called holy, today, because they are not redeemed by the precious Blood (1 Pet.1:18-19) of the only begotten Son of God (Jn.3:16).
And today, Jerusalem is an absolutely forsaken city . . . BUT . . . in the last days, things are certainly going to change for Israel, and it shall all be for the better! When God's salvation comes, his reward shall be with him. He shall transform the nation Israel and also in the physical Earth (2 Pet.3:13; Rev.21:1). The people will be called a holy people, and entrance to the Gospel Church will be greatly desired . . . NOT true today! A great day is coming, and I believe it is not too far away. http://www.hisservants.org/Books_apostacy.html
The Prophecy in Isaiah Chapter 62:
Predictions, not fulfilled:
#1. For the sake of Zion and Jerusalem I will not hold My peace, and I will not rest until their righteousness and salvation shine forth as a lamp that burns brightly (vs.1).
#2. The Gentiles will see your righteousness (vs.2).
#3. All kings will see your glory (vs.2).
#4. You will be called by a new name which Jehovah will give you (vs.2).
#5. You will be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD (vs.3).
#6. You will be a royal diadem in the hand of your God (vs.3).
#7. You will no more be termed Forsaken (vs.4).
#8. Your land will never again be termed Desolate (vs.4).
#9. You will be called Hephzibah, for the LORD delighteth in thee (vs.4).
#10. Your land will be called Beulah, for thy land shall be married (vs.4).
#11. Your sons will marry (be united with) you (vs.5).
#12. God will rejoice over you (vs.5).
#13. Watchmen of Jerusalem, will never hold their peace day or night (vs.6).
#14. I will give your corn no more to be meat for your enemies (vs.8).
#15. Strangers will take your wine for which you have labored, no more (vs.8).
#16. All who plants a crop will use it for himself and praise the LORD (vs.9).
#17. They will take corn and wine to the courts of My holiness and enjoy it there (vs.9).
#18. A smooth highway will be made for people to go to Jerusalem to worship (Isa.62:10; 11:16; 19:23; 35:8).
#19. A standard will be raised for My people to rally around (vs.10).
#20. The LORD will proclaim to the ends of the earth that the salvation of Zion has come, His reward is with Him and His work before Him (vs.11).
21. Men will call Israel The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD (vs.12).
22. Men will call Jerusalem, Sought out, A city not forsaken (vs.12).
TITLES AND NAMES OF THE TRUE CHURCH:
Assembly of the saints. Psalms 89:7
Assembly of the upright. Psalms 111:1
Body of Christ. Ephesians 1:22
Branch of God's planting. Isaiah 60:21
Bride of Christ. Revelation 21:9
Christians. Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Pet.4:16
Church of God. Acts 20:28
Church of the Living God. 1 Timothy 3:15; Heb.12:22
Church of the first-born. Hebrews 12:23
City of the Living God. Hebrews 12:22
Congregation of saints. Psalms 149:1
Congregation of the LORD'S poor. Psalms 74:19
Dove. Song 2:14; 5:2
Family in heaven and earth. Ephesians 3:15
Flock of God. Ezekiel 34:15; 1 Peter 5:2
Fold of Christ. John 10:16
General assembly of the first-born. Hebrews 12:23
Golden candlestick. Revelation 1:20
God's building. 1 Corinthians 3:9
God's husbandry. 1 Corinthians 3:9
God's heritage. Joel 3:2; 1 Peter 5:3
Habitation of God. Ephesians 2:22
Heavenly Jerusalem. Galatians 4:26; Hebrews 12:22
Holy city. Revelation 21:2
Holy Mountain. Zechariah 8:3
Holy hill. Psalms 15:1
House of God. 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 10:21
House of the God of Jacob. Isaiah 2:3
House of Christ. Hebrews 3:6
Household of God. Ephesians 2:19
Inheritance. Psalms 28:9; Isaiah 19:25; 1 Peter 1:3-5
Israel of God. Galatians 6:16
King's daughter. Psalms 45:13
Lamb's wife. Revelation 19:7; 21:9
Lot of God's inheritance. Deuteronomy 32:9
Mount Zion. Psalms 2:6; Hebrews 12:22
Mountain of the LORD'S house. Isaiah 2:2
New Jerusalem. Revelation 21:2
Pillar and ground of the truth. 1 Timothy 3:15
Sanctuary of God. Psalms 114:2; 1 Peter 2:5
Spouse of Christ. Song 4:12; 5:1
Sought out, a city not forsaken. Isaiah 62:12
Temple of God. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Temple of the Living God. 2 Corinthians 6:16
Vineyard. Jeremiah 12:10; Matthew 21:41
I bring the following from our commentary on 1 Thessalonians Chapter 1, because it applies here as well.
Time of the Second Coming to Earth
#1.Immediately after the tribulation (Mat.24:29; 25:31; Rev.6-19)
#2. Before the Millennium (Rev.19:11-21; 20:1-10)
#3. After Antichrist reigns 3 1/2 years (Rev.13:5)
#4. At the end of this age (Mat.13:38-43,47-50)
#5. After the Revived Roman Empire is established (Dan.2:44-45; 7:23-24)
#6. In the days when moral conditions will be as in the days of Lot and Noah (Gen.6:5; 13:13; 18:20-21)
#7. After the church is raptured (1 Thes.4:13-18)
#8. When Jerusalem is surrounded by armies and half the city is taken (Zec.14; Joel 3)
#9. After all of Revelation 4-19 is fulfilled.
#10. Before the Millennium (Rev.20:1-7
30 Testimonies Proving the Second Coming of Christ:
1. Enoch (Jude 1:14-15)
2. Jacob (Gen.49:10)
3. Balaam (Num.24:7,17-19)
4. Moses (Deut.4:27-31; 30:1-11; 31:29)
5. Job (Job 19:25-27)
6. David (Ps.22:26-31; 72:1-17)
7. Ethan (Ps.89:1-37)
8. An unknown psalmist (Ps.102:16)
9. Isaiah (Isa.9:6-7; 59:20; 63:1-6)
10. Jeremiah (Jer.3:14-25; 23:5-6)
11. Ezekiel (Eze.38:19-23; 39:21; 43:7)
12. Daniel (Dan.2:44-45; 7:13-27)
13. Hosea (Hos.3:4-5; 5:15; 11:9; 13:10)
14. Joel (Joel 2:1-11; 3:1-21)
15. Amos (Amos 1:2; 9:11-15)
16. Obadiah (Obad.1:15-21)
17. Micah (Mic.1:3-4; 4:1-7)
18. Zephaniah (Zep.1:7-8,14-18; 3:8-20)
19. Haggai (Hag.2:6-9,21-23)
20. Zechariah (Zec.2:10-11; 8:3-8,23; 12:1-14; 13:8-9; 14:1-21)
21. Malachi (Mal.3:2-5; 4:1-6)
22. Jesus (Mat.16:27; 19:28; 23:38-39; ch.24 & 25; 26:64; Lk.21)
23. Peter (Acts 3:20-21; 1 Pet.1:7,13; 2 Pet.1:16; 3:3-4))
24. James (Acts 15:13-18)
25. Paul (Rom.11:25-27; 1 Thes.1:7-10; 2 Thes.2:1,8-12; 1 Tim.6:14; 2 Tim.4:1,8; Tit.2:13; Heb.9:28)
26. John (Jn.14:28; Rev.1:7; 11:15; 16:15; 19:11-21; 22:20)
27. Angels (Acts 1:11; Lk.1:32-33)
28. Lord's Supper (1 Cor.11:26)
29. Lord's Prayer (Mat.6:10)
30. Jude (Jude 1:14-15, 24)
Scripture Tells How His Coming Will Be
1. As lightning (Mat.24:27)
2. With destruction (Mat.24:38-51; 25:31-46; 1 Thes.5:2; 2 Thes.1:7-10; 2:8; Jude 1:14-15; Zec.14; Rev.19:11-21)
3. Visibly (Mat.24:29-31; 2 Thes.1:7-10; Rev.1:7; 19:11-21; Zec.14)
4. In brightness and fire (2 Thes.1:7-10; 2:8; Eze.38:17-21; Mal.4:1-6)
5. In vengeance and wrath (Rev.14:14-20; 19:11-21; Jude 1:14-15)
6. With power and great glory (Mat.16:27; 24:27-31; 25:31-46)
7. With saints and angels (Zec.14:5; Mat.24:29-31; 25:31-46; 1 Thes.1:7-10; Jude 1:14)
8. With clouds (Mat.24:29-31; 26:64; Rev.1:7; Dan.7:13-14)
9. As Judge and King (Rev.19:11-21; Isa.11; Zec.14:1-5)
10. As a thief (1 Thes.5:2-4; Rev.16:15)
Comment on 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (KJV)
This is one of the clearest Scriptures in the Word of God revealing that the unsaved (unbelievers, the lost, the wicked, enemies of God) will burn in Hell forever. Many people today stupidly deny the existence of Hell. Rev. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (KJV) . . . My friend, this Passage condemns these people to Hell.
The word vengeance in 2 Thes.1:8 means a revenging punishment. In spite of today’s modern, damnable heresy (2 Pet.2:1), that a loving God would never allow anyone to suffer in the flames of Hell for eternity, 2 Thes.1:8 CLEARLY states they are wrong! The Bible, in no uncertain terms, tells us that ALL those who fail to obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ shall suffer the flames of Hell, the wrath of God's vengeance, forever. See our booklet: http://www.godcannotlie.org/booklet_a_loving_god_wouldn't_send_me_to_hell.htm
Few people today really want to hear the Truth. I used to think that IF people could only hear (or read) the Truth of God's Word they would repent. I was wrong, according to the signs of the times all over the world. Sin today compares to the world before the Flood and destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen.6:5; 13:13; 18:20-21). The Bible tells us what happened in both those cases! This is why I think the Rapture is very near. The end of this world as we know it, gets closer each day. http://www.hisservants.org/rapture,_second_coming_h_s.htm
Most people do NOT want the Truth, because their hearts are wicked (Jer.17:9). Jesus stated: Mark 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. (KJV) . . . Most religious people are ‘churchy’ but they are not TRUE Christians. They intentionally reject the Truth of God's Word, and follow man’s traditions instead (Mat.15:8-9).
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; (KJV) . . . Lost sinners have the Truth readily available, but they refuse to obey God's Word.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (KJV) . . . ALL the things of Creation clearly show that there IS a God, a triune God! SO . . . they are without excuse. They will have NO excuses on Judgment Day!
The Law of God condemns mankind (Rom.3:10,19,23). We ALL are guilty sinners, and we deserve eternal punishment (Rom.6:23; Rev.20:11-15). Many people have a hard time understanding this because instead of comparing themselves to a Holy God, they compare themselves with other sinners, and there is always someone who is a worse sinner that they are. BUT . . . IF we compare our self with God's Law, we then see that we are completely guilty. IF a man rejects the Gospel, which is the good news of Christ Jesus and His work on the cross, then he is burdened with his own sins, because they reject the atonement and redemption which Jesus made possible for anyone who was interested. Jesus died for the sins of the world (Jn.1:29; 1 Jn.2:2), and that means YOU! Why not accept salvation? It is a GIFT! It is FREE! (Eph.2:8; Rom.6:23)
If an unbeliever willingly rejects the Gospel, and dies in the midst of all those unforgiven sins, God shall take vengeance upon that person with flaming fire because of their rebellion and sinful pride. That person shall be punished in Hell for each and every sin ever committed in their lifetime, even though they were a good, moral person. I firmly believe there are different judgments in Hell, just as there are different rewards in Heaven (Lk.12:47). No two people will receive the exact same punishment in Hell, and no two people will get the exact same rewards in Heaven (or lack of rewards 1 Cor.3:13-15). It is all based on what we do in this life.
According to works: (Ps.62:12; Pro.24:12,29; Isa.59:18; Jer.21:14; 25:14; 32:19; Lam.3:64; Eze.7:8-9; 18:30; Hos.12:2; Zec.1:6; Mat.16:27; Rom.2:6; 2 Tim.4:14; Rev.2:23; 18:6; 20:12-13; 22:12).
The average person today is so hardhearted about sin that they do not see anything wrong with abortion, blasphemy, drunkenness, witchcraft, psychics, pornography, strip joints, false religion, gambling, nudity, homosexuality, fornication, etc., etc. SO . . . WHY is God going to punish the wicked with revenge? Because every time we sin, it is a sin against God (Ps.51:4). When we sin, it is always a crime against God.
If a person is not saved, he has never had his sins forgiven in Christ Jesus, and ALL, every one of those sins are piling up on their record. Rev.20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (KJV) . . . The vengeance which God will take in flaming fire upon the wicked in Hell will be punishment for their sins. If God allows suffering in this present world, then WHY would anyone be so foolish to believe that God will not allow torment in eternity?
Some people will argue over the meaning of the word “Hell” in the Scriptures; but there is no way around the plain teaching of 2 Thes.1:8, which warns of flaming fire and God's vengeful wrath against all Christ-rejecters. Hell is a literal place of flaming fire and torment.
Why is it so hard to understand the reality of a literal Hell? If a God of love will allow horrible suffering in this world, then He certainly will allow suffering in eternity. The Bible is God's Word and God warns us about the judgment to come in Hell for all Christ-rejecters (John 3:36).
The Bible has much more to say about Hell than Heaven. The wicked KNOW in their hearts that they are running from God. And they also KNOW that they are sinners. Many Christ-rejecters are in denial, changing the Truth of God into a lie in their own warped mind (Rom.1:25,28). God has forewarned that He will take out His anger in flaming fire against the wicked, punishing them forever (2 Thes.1:9), seeking vengeance against their wickedness.
EVERY PERSON shall meet their fate the day they die. Will YOU go to Heaven? OR will YOU go to Hell? There are NO other eternal destinations. Purgatory is a fairytale, made up by the Catholics. It is just a deceptive way to get people to spend money, supposedly buying indulgences, pardons . . . and making them think they can pray and pay to have a loved one removed from purgatory. RIDICULOUS! That is NOT in the Bible! If a loved one dies without having trusted Jesus, the Christ, then they are forever doomed to the Lake of Fire and they have no hope. It is too late once a person dies a physical death. Heb.9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (KJV) . . . THAT is what the Bible states! NOW is the day of salvation! (2 Cor.6:2). Do NOT put it off my friend, because tomorrow may never come for you!
Everyone has one of two options about eternity:
#1. Believe on Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and have your sins forgiven (Acts 10:43)
#2. Pay for one's own sins in Hell forever (Rev.20:15)
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV) . . . God sent His only begotten Son into the world to pay our sin debt.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV) . . . God the Father simply asks that we come to Him through His Son for salvation.
Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV) . . . Anyone who attempts to come to God apart from the Son will go to Hell forever. There is NO other way to be saved.
1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (KJV)
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. (KJV)
Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: (KJV) . . . God in His goodness has provided a Way for our redemption, and that Way is made possible only by the precious Blood of His dear Son.
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (KJV) . . . Everyone who goes to Hell CHOOSES to go there! God remains faithful in His offer to forgive. God will forgive even the vilest sinner who comes to Him by way of His dear Son, Jesus Christ.
The choice is ours, ours alone to make. Every single person must decide for themselves. What have YOU done with Jesus?
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