Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 22

The Book of Isaiah

Chapter 22

Valley of Vision--Persian Invasion

 

      Alright, chapter 22. Let's see what our Father has on His mind, what are we to learn today....

     Isaiah 22:1 The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?

     This word burden is a mistranslation. It should read oracle: the oracle of the valley of vision.

     So, what is an oracle? It’s a declaration or something uttered, as in Hebrews 5:11-12..

     Ref: Hebrews 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

 

     Ref: Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. KJV

     Oracles are the entire Word of Our Father. The time for people that are knowledgeable in the Bible is right now because the end days are so close you can almost reach out and touch them. Our Father expects us to be ready and prepared to help others through this period of time.

     Sadly, they have sat in church pews for 20-30 years, until their butt goes flat, hearing the same lectures from their preacher and they are no more knowledgeable than a two-year old.

     Jesus is saying that after all that time you STILL have to be taught by a preacher that only teaches baptism and salvation and Jesus loves me. They STILL have to be hand-fed by this preacher because they cannot or will not study on their own. They’ve been fed biblical-milk this entire time.

     This strong meat means that you have progressed in your learning, beyond the point of milk, and you are really getting down to where the rubber meets the road. You’re learning more every time that you pick up the bible. Father can make teachers out of them. They can become one of His Election.

     I'm going to tell you right up front...I want to be one of His Election and during the Millennium I want to be either a priest or a judge or both. All 73 years of my life I have been a mediocre nothing in man's world, Satan's world. I can be more than that in His world.

     The really sad thing is that these people will fall to their knees at the first sight of Satan/Antichrist and give glory to the false messiah. How that will hurt the true Father is beyond measure but it puts validity to the verse that says that the Antichrist will deceive the entire world:

 

     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.

     ✡  Whole = NT:3650 holos (hol'-os); a primary word; "whole" or "all", i.e. complete (in extent, amount, time or degree), especially (neuter) as noun or adverb:

     The only exceptions to this will be our Father’s Election; and the 144,000 of all the twelve tribes which will happen just before the four angels release the four winds that ushers in the Lord’s Day.

     Back to Isaiah…

     Valley of Vision is another name for the city of Jerusalem. And gone up to the housetops means that they are watchman, they’re anticipating and watching for someone or something.

     So, what’s actually going to be happening here on the ground, in real life? Our Father is giving a prophesy to Isaiah of an impending attack on Jerusalem by King Sennacherib, in the 14th year of King Hezekiah. The mood in the city is not a happy one.

     Isaiah 22:2 Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, a joyous city: thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.

     Stirs = Outcries.

     Not all of the men are going to be killed by the sword, many will be killed by famine and hunger after the assault is over.

     But in the spiritual sense, this famine will not be for food and bread but for hearing the Word of God. And that’s not going to be restricted to just this area but it will be worldwide:

 

     Ref: Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: KJV

     Is this the reason that commercial religion is so sorry today? Did the hand of our Father send in scoundrels? If you will remember, Father once said that if His children want to believe a lie that He’ll go ahead and let them believe a lie?

 

     Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

 

     Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. KJV

     Soon there will not be any joy in Jerusalem.

     Isaiah 22:3 All thy rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers: all that are found in thee are bound together, which have fled from far.

     Their leaders, religious and political, have gotten the hell out of Dodge. And you can bet that when the common people saw their leaders leaving in a hurry, some of the joined them but they didn’t get far. The archers ran them down and bound them together. Put the cuffs on them, so to speak.

     The archers were the light brigade. They went first into battle and chased down the runners.

     Isaiah 22:4 Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.

     Deep grief does not want company. Isaiah mourns for this city, called the daughter of my people.

     Isaiah 22:5 For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord God of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.

     We have two relevant situations here. As the assault begins the crying can be heard all the way to the mountains but I think that the cry is for the mountains to fall on them, some even thinking that this is punishment from the Father for their rejection of Him.

     You can follow this correlation into the New Testament in Matthew 24:16:

 

     Ref: Matthew 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: KJV

     And once there they will pray for the mountains to fall on them to cover their embarrassment of being caught in the act of believing that the false messiah is the true Messiah.

     If you live your life without the truth of our Father in it you’re going to live a rough life and if you happen to be alive when Satan/Antichrist returns you will, no doubt, fall right into his treacherous web.

     Isaiah 22:6 And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.

     Elam, being subject to the Assyrians would be obliged to furnish troops for Sennacherib, in the form of archers riding on the chariots with the horsemen.

     Shields, normally, had a leather cover on them as they marched, to keep the embossments from becoming tarnished or scraped or have light reflect off of them. They uncovered them just before the battle began.

     Elam was the southern limit while Kir was the northern limit of the Chaldean army. The people of Elam were good with the bow and the ones from Kir were good with the sword and shield.

     Isaiah 22:7 And it shall come to pass, that thy choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.

     This gate would be the main gate into the city of Jerusalem, while there were eleven other gates as well.

     Jerusalem sits in a valley; it even sits lower than Mount Moriah or Mount Zion so the choicest valley would be the one that contained Jerusalem.

     The valley of Hinnom sits to the south of Jerusalem and if you will remember, it was the garbage pit for the city where they disposed of everything from broken chairs to dead mules and horses. It burned and smoldered 24/7 and is the reason our Lord likened it to a soul that was covered in sin.

     It’s also called the Valley of Gehennah where parents offered their infant children to the god Molech by putting them in the outstretched arms of the idol and building a fire underneath and burning them to death.

     It’s also called the Valley of Slaughter because this will be where the spiritual war of Armageddon will be fought.

     But the gate to the city will be filled with chariots, horses and fighting men.

     Isaiah 22:8 And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the armour of the house of the forest. 

     What is the covering of Judah? Sennacherib discovered all the defenses of the cities of Judea. The armour of the house of the forest is a building made of cedar from the trees of Lebanon by King Solomon. This forest is on a slope of Zion called Ophel.

     The problem here is that they are preparing for war WITHOUT asking our Father for His guidance and protection. They’re going to do it on their own.

     Pretty much the same way with people today. They are so egotistical that they think that they can handle any problem that comes their way without Father’s help and what they don’t realize is that most of the trouble that does come their way would not have shown up in the first place had they put their trust and faith in our Father.

     Would a professional boxer just stand there and let his opponent keep punching him in the face just because he can take it?

     Why would someone, who is a child of our Father, look to the forests for armor when they could place the armor of God on themselves, as it’s written in the book of Ephesians, chapter 6. That’s why your faith, which is your spiritual shield, would never allow you to be disarmed or cause you to fear.

     Our Father takes care of His own.

     Isaiah 22:9 Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool.

     What is the City of David? Jerusalem. All in all, they’re doing some things the right way. They’ve filled cisterns with water that they can use for drinking and putting out fires set by the Persians but the breaches are a different story.

     These are holes in the wall that surrounds the city for protection. But they got lazy and didn’t repair them after they opened up and now you’re staring into the eyes of the Persians, who are intent on killing you on sight, and now what are you going to do?

     Isaiah 22:10 And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.

     Well, here’s what they did. They went out and counted the number of homes in Jerusalem, no doubt, making notes on the ones that probably couldn’t be fixed up and they took these rotten timbers and used them to plug the holes in the wall. Better than nothing, I guess.

     Spiritually, what are you going to do with the breaches in your spiritual knowledge? You gonna wait until Satan/Antichrist appears in this very city and then grab your bible and start reading? Hopelessly too late. Satan/Antichrist is going to fill your head with thoughts that make you feel secure and you’re going to believe every word out of his mouth. Why?

     BECAUSE HE LOOKS, TALKS AND ACTS LIKE THE TRUE MESSIAH. THAT’S HIS DECEPTION. THAT’S HIS GAME. HE WANTS YOUR SOUL. HE’S A RAVENOUS SOUL-EATER.

     If you had read about it earlier you might have been prepared, you might have had the knowledge to call him a fake, but you didn’t do that, did you? Now you’re in quicksand up to your ears and you begin to cry out to the Lord:

     "Oh Lord, help me." 

     Even with all the love and compassion that He has within Himself He’s going to turn away from you. And you ask why?

     Don’t you remember that this life that you live is a TEST to find out if you love Satan more than you love the Father? That Satan is here to tempt you and make that decision hard to make? And you were so enthralled with the things of Satan’s world, this world, that you ignored the Father’s side of it. All you did was listen to Satan.

     Well, the test results are in and you failed miserably. And the last thing that you’re going to see is the smirk on Satan/Antichrist’s face as your head disappears into the quicksand of deception.

     Isaiah 22:11 Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.

     This word ditch may lead you to think of a moat of some sort because, in some places, there was a double wall but it really means a reservoir. And they could trap the water coming in from the old pool by building another smaller wall.

     ✡  Ditch = OT:4724 miqvah (mik-vaw'); feminine of OT:4723; a collection, i.e. (of water) a reservoir:

     And Father laments that they don’t even think of Him when they drink the water or, in the middle of the assault from the Persians, it may keep them alive for a time. They certainly didn’t think or praise Him when they armed themselves with their own weapons and not those of our Father.

     Isaiah 22:12 And in that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:

     Weeping, mourning, baldness and sackcloth were all outward signs of grief and normally the priest would tell the people when to do that but in this case our Father will use the Persians to do it. No priest necessary.

     Isaiah 22:13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.

 

     Party on, Bro! Even with the coming of the imminent slaughter, instead of getting down on their knees and praying to our Father to forgive them and then ask for His help, they have a party.

 

     Let’s eat and drink and be merry because tomorrow we will die.

     Now, you know that there had to be some, even just a few, who DID pray but it was to no avail. This wasn’t something to be prayed about on an individual level but rather on a national level but they had drifted so far away from our Father..I guess they just got fatalistic about the whole deal.

     Don’t do that to yourself. There is no set of circumstances or an accumulation of too many sins that cannot be wiped clean by the blood of our Lord. And repenting has an immediate result. Your soul is immediately washed clean of all sin, provided you repent with sincerity and love.

     Then it’s up to you to keep sin off your soul. You’re going to have to change the way that you live. Is it worth it? If, down the road, eternal life is the reward for doing so, is that enough? Apparently some don’t think so. Don’t be one of them.

     Isaiah 22:14 And it was revealed in mine ears by the Lord of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord God of hosts.

     Isaiah didn’t really HEAR our Father say anything but rather the spiritual knowledge was such that it was unchangeable, as the ear of a person is unchangeable. It’s written in concrete. It’s going to happen. And they’re going to die.

       Ear = OT:241 'ozen (o'-zen); from OT:238; broadness. i.e. (concrete) the ear (from its form in man):

     Isaiah 22:15 Thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto Shebna, which is over the house, and say,

     The treasurer had his own room in the temple and our Father told Isaiah to go over there and see him. Shebna was the comptroller of government affairs.

     Isaiah 22:16 What hast thou here? and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as he that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and that graveth an habitation for himself in a rock?

     As Isaiah gets near to Shebna he sees what he’s up to and Shebna is hewing out a sepulcher for himself, or actually, his soon-to-be dead body. The rich had their burial places high up on the rocks, the higher the more prominent they were in life.

     But ‘ole Shebna is trying to go out in style. The problem is that you can’t go to hell in style. You cannot go to hell and look good at the same time. The soul in that spiritual body is kicking and screaming because it knows that it messed up bad.

     Isaiah 22:17 Behold, the Lord will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee.

     Isaiah says to Shebna that he can do all that work on his burial place but he’s going down just like everybody else. He may leave behind a fancy burial place but he’s going just the same.

     Which brings up a good question. I wonder how many people really think that they can take something with them into the eternity? Some people are going to have disappointment come their way if they do.

     Isaiah 22:18 He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord's house.

     You will notice that that is a paronomasia or rhyming words in that verse. It’s in the Hebrew and not the English:

          Turn = OT:6801 tsanaph (tsaw-naf'); a primitive root; to wrap, i.e. roll or dress: KJV - be attired, surely, violently turn.

          Toss = OT:6802 tsenephah (tsen-ay-faw'); from OT:6801; a ball:

     Like putting a rock in a hand-held sling and swinging it around and around and around before releasing the stone. Father is not just going to make them go somewhere, He’s not just going to put them into captivity, He’s going to THROW them there and that place is probably Assyria.

     There shalt thou die. The captivity will be long enough for this generation to die off. Their descendants will not.

     Isaiah 22:19 And I will drive thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull thee down.

     ✡     Drive = OT:1920 Hadaph (haw-daf'); a prim root; to push away or down: KJV - cast away (out), drive, expel, thrust (away).

          State = OT:4673 matstsab (mats-tsawb'); from OT:5324; a fixed spot; figuratively, an office, a military post:

     Father is going to push them out of their position of power, ‘ole Shebna in particular, and put them on the same level as those that they stood over. Everybody is going to serve a different master throughout this captivity.

     Isaiah 22:20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:

     We’re coming with a new thought here. Eliakim was over the household of his father, Hilkiah and was a good man. Even our Father called him my servant Eliakim. Now he’s going to have a new position.

     Isaiah 22:21 And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.

     Man, you just can’t help seeing our Lord Jesus Christ in that verse, can you? Re-read that verse with Christ in your thoughts.

     Isaiah 22:22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.

     This should remind you of Revelation 3:10-11:

 

     Ref: Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

 

     Ref: Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. KJV

     What is that hour of temptation? It’s the five-month period of the temptation by Satan/Antichrist. And to try them means TO TEST THEM. Remember what I said earlier? Life is a test.

     What is this key of David? It simply means that you understand our Father’s Plan, you know who Satan/Antichrist is and you have knowledge from our Father’s Word. Once that door to knowledge is opened, no man can shut it again. Man cannot take that knowledge out of your brain once it’s in there.

    But you have to work, you have to study, you have to, sometimes, burn the midnight oil because your day is full of work, and taking care of the family and that’s the only time that you have for yourself and our Father.

     And when you sit quietly in that chair and you open the Bible, put our Father in your mind at the same time. Talk to Him as though He were standing in front of you. Not out loud, but in your mind. Tell Him what your problems are. Even though He already knows it pleases Him for you to trust Him enough that you will tell Him about them.

     Ask Him to open that door to understanding; ask Him for that key of David.

     Shut that door so unrighteousness can’t come in.

     Isaiah 22:23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.

     Remember, we’re not talking about Eliakim here, we’re talking about our Lord.

     Way back when there wasn’t always enough cabinet space to put everything in so a nail was used to hang stuff on. And if you didn’t pick a good strong spot, what you hung there would soon fall to the floor. That’s putting the nail in a sure place.

     The analogy here is that our Lord is our spiritual nail. He is the peg that you can hang it all on and He’s going to hold it. It will not fall to the floor.

     Isaiah 22:24 And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.

     He is the glory of His Father’s house.

     Isaiah 22:25 In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the Lord hath spoken it. KJV

     The burden that He carried for us was our sins and once the cross was brought down and the nails removed, that burden was also gone. The deed had been done. He died on that cross and now He sits at the right hand of the Father.

 

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