Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 11
The Book of Isaiah
The New Dispensation
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This new dispensation is the time of the Millennium and what a wonderful place that’s going to be for our Father’s Election. Did you know that you can be one of His Election? You may be one right now but the surety comes from having the seal of God in your forehead, which is the knowledge that the false christ comes before the true Christ in the five months at the end of THIS dispensation, this heaven/earth age.
And how do you receive that seal? It’s very simple. By studying this letter that He wrote to all of us, this Bible. Educate yourself in it, get familiar with our Father. Understand what makes Him happy and what makes Him angry.
What really upsets Him is when we worship something other than Him. In the final days that will be Satan/Antichrist, as the false messiah, but slew foot will throw a lot of obstacles in your way until then and tell you that it’s good for you. It’s up to you to decide if that’s right or not. It may be pleasurable but is it right with our Father?
That should be our baseline throughout our life: is what we’re doing blessed by our Father? Doesn’t matter what it is because if you try to enumerate each individual act, that’s going to be a mess but generally, does our Father agree with whatever it is and whenever time we’re doing it?
Remember what grandma used to tell us:
"Nothing good ever happens after midnight."
In this chapter we’re going to hear the phrases stem of Jesse and the root of Jesse, so let’s define that meaning before we get into this chapter.
The basic analogy is representing something human with something of the natural world….the tree.
Everybody knows the main parts of a tree: root system, the trunk, the limbs and the leaves. That pretty much covers it. Microsoft figured that out as well when they began naming their file system on home computers.
The root directory was always C:\. Any sub-directory was called a branch. The entire directory system was called a tree or a directory tree.
It’s quite possible that Bill Gates got the idea for his directory structures from the Scriptures, I don’t know.
But the stem of Jesse would be the trunk, his roots would be the people that came before him, starting with Adam and Eve, the beginning of the Hebrew race, and going forward TO him and anybody above Jesse, on that tree, would be a branch because branches normally grow off of the trunk or stem. That’s why Jesus Christ is called the Branch.
The root of Jesse would be the same thing. People that came after Jesse would be branches but, so far as I know, Jesus is the only person referenced by the word branch throughout Scripture.
It’s all referring to the lineage of this special race beginning with Adam and Eve and, biblically, ending with Jesus Christ. He would be at the top of this tree.
Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
And as mentioned a minute ago, Jesus Christ would be that branch and that rod would be for correcting whoever needs it.
Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
The subject, in verse 1, is Yashuah, Jesus Christ, but when we go down to verse 2 we have the word Lord. Does that mean the Lord Jesus Christ? No, because the One speaking in verse 1 is our Heavenly Father and He’s speaking about His Son Jesus Christ, the rod out of the stem of Jesse, also called the Branch, so it is our Father that will bestow these seven spirits upon Christ, His Son.
The seven spirits of Jesus Christ:
1- Spirit of the Lord.
2- Spirit of Wisdom.
3- Spirit of Understanding.
4- Spirit of Counsel.
5- Spirit of Might.
6- Spirit of Knowledge.
7- Spirit of Fear. (Reverence)
Isaiah 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
These seven spirits will cover all the aspects of human understanding that He needs to make fair and prudent judgments WITHOUT having a second witness to back Him up. Since there is no other like Him, who could He possibly depend on to give Him a fair and impartial assessment of someone else’s actions? There isn’t any. We’re all pitiful human beings.
He will judge us for what is in our hearts, not the words from our mouth that go to His ears. Words mean nothing to Him if they don’t match up with the feeling in our heart. This is where the truth of every human being lies, in our hearts.
Words are cheap.
Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
With righteousness shall he judge the poor. He will judge impartially and fairly with the poor, even though they cannot afford an expensive attorney with a long ponytail. Same thing applies to the meek of the earth.
He shall smite everyone ON THE EARTH with the correction rod of His mouth, which are His Words, which is the Bible and the breath of his lips would indicate His tongue which is always referenced as a two-edged sword of truth that cuts both ways.
Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. KJV
See how the number 7 is always used of our Father or our Lord, the number of spiritual perfection?
Isaiah 11:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
Semper Fi. Always faithful. Righteousness shall be the encircler of His thighs and faithfulness shall be the encircler of His loins.
The subject of Verses 6 through 9 will be the Millennium and how some of the conditions will be during that time.
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
The wolf and the leopard and the young lion are carnivores, flesh eating animals but here they’re not going to tear the meat of the lamb or the kid or the calf, kill it and consume it. It’s going to be peaceful. All animals will live in harmony during this time. Children will even play among them without fear of getting eaten.
Isaiah 11:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
Ever see a lion eat straw? It doesn’t really mean that, it’s an analogy, again, to show peacefulness during this time. That lion is not going to be a carnivore during the Millennium.
Isaiah 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
A child that is still nursing can play by the hole of a venomous snake and not fear getting bit and a child that’s a little older, off the bottle or teat, can put his hand right on the cockatrice living space.
The actual word cockatrice refers to a mythical bird that does not exist. In 1611 the translators could not figure out what the Hebrew word tsepha’ really meant so they used cockatrice instead. That, in itself, was a mistake because that word comes from a combination of a snake and a cock egg, which is impossible. Pure mythology.
Cockatrice -- OT:6848 tsepha` (tseh'-fah; or tsiph`oniy (tsif-o-nee'); from an unused root meaning to extrude; a viper (as thrusting out the tongue, i.e. hissing):
But not to worry, it’s simply a snake or a viper.
Isaiah 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
There will not be any murders or wars in Jerusalem, which is where His holy mountain is located and everyone will know the Scriptures during this time, whether they studied the Word in this life or not. For those folks that did study and tried to understand His letter in this life, they will be blessed, above and beyond, for their efforts, if their intentions were good.
People that studied His Word for the sole purpose of trying to disprove its validity, like the Higher Critics, will not be as fortunate. They’re going on a little trip.
Nothing goes unnoticed by our Father. And if you happen to be one of His Election, you will be a judge or a teacher during this time. That’s your only reason for being there. The others are there because they fell short in some way.
Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
In that day shall be Jesus Christ, the root of Jesse. He will be in the Millennial Temple on top of His holy Mountain, on Mount Zion. The Gentiles, which are the other nations and races of the world, other than the Hebrew race, will look for that “flag”, that ensign that represents Him and they will have a glorious rest.
Isaiah 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
All of these cities represent the four corners of the world as east, west, north and south and it means that He will gather His remnant from across the face of this earth, no matter where they are at the time. He knows where they are and He’s going to recover them.
The second time means the Second Advent, His return on the Lord’s Day. This is in contrast to His first appearance at the time of His birth.
There are already many, many people in heaven right now who lived good lives, loved our Father and overcame the wiles of Satan. These folks will not go through this Millennial period. They’ll stay right where they are.
Those that did not overcome, those that never received the truth of His Word in this life, they will be the ones that will go through this time, to be taught and disciplined.
And His remnant, who stood true to Him since day one, they will be the teachers and judges and then you have the ones that just didn’t give a crap and they are being held for judgment and no eternal life.
If people would just take the time to study this Word and allow the Holy Spirit a chance to work within them, they might begin to understand exactly what’s in store for them, how wonderful this next life can be.
Isaiah 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Here we see that the two houses are still separated. Gather them where? Together in Jerusalem, during this Millennial period. These two “houses” will not come back together in this lifetime, this dispensation.
Isaiah 11:13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
Ephraim, the house of Israel and the house of Judah will not be fighting each other any longer like they used to do when our Father separated Israel into the two houses. There’s going to be peace during this time.
Isaiah 11:14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
They shall plunder the sons of the east, the Arab nation, who continually desired to annihilate the Israelites. All of Israel’s enemies will fall before them because of our Lord.
Isaiah 11:15 And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.
This represents the second exodus. His breath being that scorching wind that will go across the river Euphrates. This river was always the dividing line between Babylon and the Children of God. They will cross over just like they did when He parted the Red Sea.
Isaiah 11:16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt. KJV
That highway was invisible to the Children but our Father could see it and all they had to do was follow His directions to stay on it. Follow that cloud with the flashes of lightning.
This highway brings to mind the shaking of the earth when He returns, spoken of in Zechariah 14:
Zechariah 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. KJV
This word cleave means to rip open:
Cleave -- OT:1234 baqa` (baw-kah'); a primitive root; to cleave; generally, to rend, break, rip or open:
He’s going to split that mountain right down the middle, half of it falling to the east and half of it falling to the west. They won’t have to climb over it, they’ll walk through it. Is this the highway that His remnant will walk through? Probably. If you’re there when this all happens you’ll know for sure because you’ll see it with your very eyes.
Man, what a time to be living in! Earth shattering events, earth shaking events, straight from the outstretched hand of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I’m running out of time, my days are short and I may be watching this happen from a different perspective or view point.
The end of this time is going to be like nothing any of us have ever seen before, it’s really going to blow our minds! And the great thing is that if you are in good standing with Him you can watch all this happen and not fear one single thing. His hand is upon you and it protects you.
And yet, for Him, our Heavenly Father, it’s just another walk in the park.
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*** 21 January 2016 ***