Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 2
The Book of Isaiah
The Sin of Judah
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Isaiah 2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
We’re going to get specific here.
Isaiah 2:2 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.
Just imagine for a moment…you’re no longer in an earthly body, flesh and blood does not exist any more, and this is probably going to freak you out a little in the first place, the Lord has returned in all His glory and you look over and you see this Temple, with the Shekinah glory of our Father emanating from it.
The Temple is situated up on a rolling hill called Mount Moriah or Mount Zion, high enough so that many souls can see it at one time and from all directions, the light and colors of the rainbow coming forth…it’s going to just take your breath away with its beauty.
All nations, all souls will be drawn to it but only a select few will actually be able to get close to it, much less, go inside and minister to our Lord, but some will. They’re called His Election. You can be one of His Election, it’s not too late yet.
(You can read of this in the last eight chapters of Ezekiel, 40-48, which are dedicated to the Millennium and what will be going on during that time.)
This is the Millennial Temple, in the time of the 1000 years set aside by our Father, for those souls that never really had a chance of hearing or understanding the truth of His Word in this present life.
This Mount and this city of Jerusalem, is our Father’s most favorite place in the entire universe. He made an everlasting covenant with this geographical location and it will remain a prominent part of the Millennium and the Eternity.
Do you want to read of His love for this area and this city? Just go to Ezekiel, chapter 16 and read all 63 verses and you will hear and feel His love for this city. Today, His children and the sons of Cain fight over possession of this city.
Isaiah 2:3 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.
You don’t have to wait for the Millennium to begin to learn of His ways or how to walk in His path, that’s why He gave us the Bible, His Word. It’s all right in there and you have an opportunity today to read it and understand it. Why would you want to wait until the Millennium begins?
If you start today you can begin to build those precious works, the only thing that you can take with you when this flesh and blood body dies. Pull your head out of the pleasures of this world and put it into His Book.
Isaiah 2:4 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.
The swords and plowshares and spears and pruninghooks is a Hebraism and it only means that you won’t need weapons of war in the Millennium because there will be no war. There will only be peace.
Our Lord will judge during this time but so will His Elect. They will be the teachers and the judges during this time.
These times are spoken of in Zechariah chapter 8 as well:
Zechariah 8:22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.
All of the various peoples of the world are included in the word “nations”. They are all the different races of the world. And they will come before the Lord.
Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. KJV
Ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations means all languages, all people and they will take hold of the skirt is a sign of respect for one that they consider to be superior because the fringe and the blue ribbon was a badge of the Jew.
Surely the whole world knows that these peoples are His chosen people.
Don’t forget that the false messiah, Satan in his disguise as the true Messiah, will show himself on this same mountain before our Lord does.
Isaiah 2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.
That’s all 12 Tribes. He’s talking to everyone in Israel and Jerusalem. All His children.
Isaiah 2:6 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
They be replenished from the east really means filled from the east, filled with the superstitions from the East, Syria, and Chaldea. They like to listen to strange voices, to evil spirits and religions that are a bunch of nonsense. Kind of like people do today.
The law against soothsayers can be found in Deuteronomy:
Ref: Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
Ref: Deuteronomy 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
Ref: Deuteronomy 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. KJV
They please themselves in the children of strangers. They make alliances with them, matrimonial and national, these pagan foreigners. They please themselves with the corrupt ways of the pagans.
Isaiah 2:7 Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots:
Because of their alliance and allegiance with these nations they have taken on their ways, made replicas of their idols so that they too can worship them. They are prosperous in their dealings with them and now have plenty of gold and silver.
Our Father doesn’t like them to stock up in silver and gold:
Ref: Deuteronomy 17:17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold. KJV
The prosperity of Judah and Israel should remind you of the word Jeshurun. Good time Charlies. And doing so, they drive God out of their vocabulary and let some atheist come in and change the whole town. Just like Satan likes it.
And when the atheist takes control it’s going to be bad news because he should be run out of town, not allowed to take control. And yet, it seems that good people and Christians allow that to happen all too often now days.
I hear people say:
“How can we let that happen?”
And yet it does happen, over and over again. We don’t stand up for what we believe in anymore. We let one little atheist or Democrat rule over millions of people, without even putting up a fight.
We are the majority because we have our Father’s blessings and yet we roll over and play dead.
Their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots. Horses were not something that our Father wanted His people to get involved with. He didn’t want them using horses during warfare because when He made sure that they had the victory, He didn’t want them to say that the power of horses is what caused them to win. He wanted them to know that the power of our Father is what caused them to win.
This was important for Israel’s enemies to see also…the power of the God of Israel. Able to conquer anything on earth.
Isaiah 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:
Let’s look at the word idols:
Idols-- OT:457 'eliyl (el-eel'); apparently from OT:408; good for nothing, by anal. vain or vanity; specifically an idol: KJV - idol, no value, thing of nought.
The work of their hands turns out to be exactly that….nothing. But they take the time to carve these idols with their nimble fingers and make something that they are probably proud of. Good grief.
Do your blessings come from something made with your own hands? Nothingness.
Isaiah 2:9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.
This is really talking about bowing down before the false messiah and there is no forgiveness for that. But then they don’t think that they need forgiveness for worshipping the “true Lord”. They just don’t see the truth of it all.
Isaiah 2:10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty.
This word fear is not the word normally used when reverencing our Father. Let’s look at it:
Fear-- OT:6343 pachad (pakh'-ad); from OT:6342; a (sudden) alarm (properly, the object feared, by implication, the feeling): KJV - dread (-ful), fear, (thing) great [fear, -ly feared], terror.
Root Word--OT:6342 pachad (paw-kkad'); a primitive root; to be startled (by a sudden alarm); hence, to fear in general: KJV - be afraid, stand in awe, (be in) fear, make to shake.
This is absolutely having a fear because of suddenly understanding the truth and the embarrassment that it produces. The fear or reverance of the Lord would be this word:
Fear-- OT:3373 yare' (yaw-ray'); from OT:3372; fearing; morally, reverent:
It’s written in Revelation chapter 9 that they will pray for death to overtake them.
Ref: Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. KJV
This is not a small event, people. There’s going to be millions and millions of people feeling this shame:
Ref: Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. KJV
Is the entire world enough people to make this a monumental event? I would think so.
Does any of this affect you or I? Not by a long shot. That’s why it’s so darned important that people take care of their souls today, do the things necessary to protect it from the slaughter of Satan. And the first step to accomplishing that is to love the Lord and our Father enough that you change the way you live and start living your life according to His laws and commandments.
For some people that’s going to be harder than they wish to experience. Money, fame, power, luxury, and satisfaction with worldly life…that’s going to be too much for them to give up and give up they must if they’ve achieved all of that through devious means.
If you accumulated all that with the blessings of our Father then enjoy every bit of it.
Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
Right up to the last minute on that day there will be those that will think that they are in control and most everybody else is an underling underneath their hand of power but that won’t last very long because the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
For one split second every human knee will bow to the Shekinah Glory that surrounds the One who descends to the top of that mountain.
Isaiah 2:12 For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
Our Lord does not minimize anybody, He does not condescend anyone. We do it to ourselves BEFORE He comes. He simply deals with the situation as WE have presented it to Him. In most cases, we’ve ignored Him but He won’t ignore us, we simply have to go to Him, like a small child, and ask for His love and forgiveness.
Only His enemies will be taken down a peg or two.
**** Now, what we’re going to see in the next seven verses, is each one beginning with the word and. It’s called a polysyndeton or many ands. It’s a way of linking many minor clauses together to define importance without having a climax at the end.
Isaiah 2:13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,
The cedars of Lebanon have always been the trees of our people and our Father compared Himself to one as well.
Satan also tried to portray himself as one of these great giants but he fell short because he was nothing more than a ‘te asher, a small box cedar.
Isaiah 2:14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,
All the mighty nations and the smaller nations.
Isaiah 2:15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,
Towers are used as lookout posts and the fenced walls provided protection from the enemy. Satan is our enemy…is our Father your “wall”?
Isaiah 2:16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.
Tarshish represents commerce, commercial trade. Anything that you want to buy or sell, catering to mankind’s luxuries. Revelation spells it out pretty nice for us:
Ref: Revelation 18:17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
Ref: Revelation 18:18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
Ref: Revelation 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. KJV
All pleasant pictures means anything that is pleasing in your sight. The articles of fine art displayed in Rome and elsewhere do not show one single item from Judea or Israel. In fact, our Father made a point of keeping Israel away from the other nations that produce such pleasant pictures, as it is related to idolatry.
Deuteronomy gives us our Father’s thoughts on this subject:
Ref: Deuteronomy 4:15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:
Ref: Deuteronomy 4:16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
Ref: Deuteronomy 4:17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, KJV
Don’t dream up pretty pictures concerning the world and the things in it but keep your eye on our Father who can create fantastic things beyond the imagination of the world.
Isaiah 2:17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
Every knee shall bow.
Isaiah 2:18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish.
This goes all the way back to verse 8 where we found out that these “idols” were nothingness.
Isaiah 2:19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
Remember what Christ told the Apostles as they walked through Jerusalem? Not one stone will be left unturned.
Remember the transition of the earth from the first heaven/earth age into the second heaven/earth age
Isaiah 2:20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
Unclean animals and birds. Their idols are not worth the price of an unclean animal.
Isaiah 2:21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
Seems like we just read something similar a verse or two ago. Must be pretty important to Him if He repeats it so soon.
Isaiah 2:22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?
This word breath is the key to this verse:
Breath-- OT:5397 neshamah (nesh-aw-maw'); from OT:5395; a puff, i.e. wind, angry or vital breath, divine inspiration, intellect. or (concretely) an animal: KJV - blast, (that) breath (-eth), inspiration, soul, spirit.
Root Word-- OT:5395 nasham (naw-sham'); a primitive root; properly, to blow away, i.e. destroy: KJV - destroy.
Some people will tell you that this word breath means pneuma, which means breath of life or soul but this is a different word here. It means that if you continue to follow man or mankind, which is what cease ye from man means, you may destroy your very soul by doing so.
If you follow some man, for instance, your preacher, is he going to be responsible for the condition of your soul on Judgment Day? Fat chance of that happening. YOU will be responsible for your own soul.
Now, he may be held liable for the lies that he taught, which led you to believe whatever it is that brought you to the precipice of hell but that’s an entirely different judgment.
You need to worry about your own soul, let him figure out his own salvation, if possible. It’s there for him just like it is for every other soul created by our Father.
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*** 26 December 2015 ***