Bible Study_ISA-Chapter 26
Isaiah 26:1 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.
This city is the new Jerusalem and you can read of it in Revelation:
Ref---Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. KJV
These are the only two places where the new Jersalem is spoken of:
Ref---Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. KJV
In that day. What day is that? The Lord’s Day. This is prophesy that has yet to be fulfilled. And I will give you a list of events that will happen on that day when the Lord Jesus Christ puts His feet on top of Mount Zion:
†---The 7000 fallen angels, that came down from heaven and to this world with Satan/Antichrist 5-months earlier, will be killed.
†---This day will be the last day of this dispensation, this earthly life that we lead.
†---Every human being on this planet will instantly change from their flesh and blood body into their spiritual body.
†---Every knee of every human being on this earth will bow to the Lord Jesus Christ.
†---Human life on this planet will be gone forever. We are now in our spiritual bodies that only our Father can kill/destroy from this point forward. Never again will there be humans on this earth.
†---It will be the first day of the Millennium, the 1000 years of teaching and discipline.
†---It will be the first day that Satan will spend in the pit or abyss. He will remain there for the 1000 years. He will not be allowed to tempt or try to influence anybody during this time.
This song will be sung in the land of Judah. Where is that? It’s in Israel, it’s where Mount Zion is situated.
If you have loved and believed, if you have tried to follow His commandments, if you have walked in His path, then He will protect you as if you had walls and bulwarks built around you.
Isaiah 26:2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.
Open ye the gates of the end time will lead you into the eternity and Hebrews gives just a small glimpse of what it will look like:
Ref---Hebrews 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, KJV
Having lived our entire lives in these bodies, dealing with lies and corruption from all corners, and then to see the majesty of heaven with billions of angels, our brain just cannot comprehend it.
Salvation will God appoint. That’s the key to our entire existence; having the salvation of our soul guaranteed by the blood of our Lord on the cross. He will build a protective wall around you, spiritually, of course. Now, if you think that your life will be a bed of roses thereafter…
“Hey, I accepted the Lord Jesus as my personal Savior and now my life will change for the better and all will be splendid from this moment forward”.
What the hell have you been smoking?
No, you’ve just proclaimed to the world, this world and the nether world, that you’ve been saved and as far as Satan is concerned, you just put a target on your back. He’s going to come after you with guns a’blazin! But don’t worry, our Father will look after you.
And you, yourself, have control over Satan and his dominions, to the point that you can initiate the expulsion of them from around you by simply believing and calling on the name of our Lord and in the name of His precious blood, command them to leave and they have no choice BUT to leave you alone.
But understand this, as well. It’s not an everlasting expulsion. After some time, they will, again, work themselves into your life so be mindful of this. They can even come into your house on the back of guests or visitors or family members. You can also expel them from your home or house using this same prayer while anointing your door posts, the door jam on either side, with olive oil.
The oil doesn’t remove them but it demonstrates your faith because that’s the way our Father told us to do it.
The book of James tells us to do the same thing when someone becomes ill or sick:
Ref---James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: KJV
Just don’t become a fanatic about it, ok?
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
When this time does occur and you aren’t prepared for it, all hell is going to break loose in your mind. Some will shout:
“There he is! There is Jesus Christ! Just look at him!”
But it’s not going to be Him, it’s not going to be the true Messiah, not at the beginning.
What did our Lord tell us in Mark 13:21? Let’s read it:
Ref---Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: KJV
If you haven’t read and studied His Word, would you have been able to come up with that verse on your own? The whole world is going to be convinced that Satan/Antichrist is the true Messiah but if you haven’t kept your mind on Him throughout this life, and you do that by reading and studying His Word, you stand a very good chance of being deceived.
I know, I know, there isn’t enough time during the day or week to sit down and read and study. So what you’re trying to say is that daily life in these flesh and blood bodies is more important than your spiritual life?
"Well, let me see, now…..human life goes on about 120 years max….eternal life goes on forever…..I think eternal life is more important."
HELLO! Now start living your life as though you believe that.
So, how about this: if you go to some church every Sunday morning it probably takes you an hour or more to get ready and get dressed. Then you drive to the church, sit through an hours’ worth of religious nonsense and drive back home and change clothes.
Instead of doing that, just stay at home next Sunday, keep your PJ’s on, and spend that three hours reading and studying from a Companion Bible. You will surely put a smile on our Lord’s face if you do that and your spiritual knowledge database will begin to grow.
Isaiah 26:4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
To you and me, forever is the time from our birth to our death and Father says that He’ll give us His strength during that whole period of time.
In the Manuscripts (MSS), everlasting strength is called the Rock of Ages and our Lord is our rock but be sure that you have the right rock; Satan likes to portray himself as a rock as well. Always imitating our Lord and Father to see if he can deceive you.
Isaiah 26:5 For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust.
†---Layeth - OT:8213 shaphel (shaw-fale'); a primitive root; to depress or sink (expec. figuratively, to humiliate, intransitive or transitive):
This is not literal but in the figurative sense. They’re going to be humiliated.
All those Christians that walk around looking down their nose at everybody, thinking of themselves as higher in stature than the rest, maybe having the preacher and the Mrs. come over for dinner. They’re no better than the lowest of the rest of all humanity; they just think they are.
Preachers that tell you:
“God spoke to me today and He told me what color suit I should wear.”
What a colossal farce. Always trying to make themselves look better than everybody else.
Father is going to make them humble, take them off that pedestal, put them on the ground, maybe even make them wallow in the dust. He’s done that before, hasn’t He?
Ref---Genesis 3:14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: KJV
Humiliated. Satan hates that.
Isaiah 26:6 The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy.
Babylon is representative of all the foes and enemies of Israel. Babylon also represents Satan and his workings. Verse 6 will be the rejoicing of Israel when our Lord returns and all of Israel’s enemies will pay for the persecution they inflicted on her.
At the time of this writing, Israel is holding her own against the Arabs and the Syrians. Israel, today, is in conflict with the same enemies spoken of here in Isaiah. This bible is a living document, our Father had it written for people throughout all ages.
Isaiah 26:7 The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.
The way of the just is uprightness. If you are upright in your dealings with our Father and others around you, Father will direct your way to prosperity. Will that happen in this world as we live day to day? Certainly He will make our path flatter, meaning smoother, but that doesn’t take away any of the “normal” hardships that all humans have to go through.
Who’s going to do the weighing? The most upright. And who is that? Our Heavenly Father.
Isaiah 26:8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.
Our own lives are affected by the judgments that our Father executes on others around us, so it’s imperative that we stay close to Him, through prayer, meditation and our actions in daily life, and He will keep us foremost in His mind as He makes those decisions on others.
In other words, Father will not execute a judgment on someone else if it will adversely affect one of His close children, He may then approach it from another view point. If you could care less about our Father and the world is all that concerns you, you’re putting yourself in a very bad position all the time.
If we have daily remembrance of Him, He will have remembrance of thee.
Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
With my spirit within me will I seek thee early. If you wait until you finally realize that, somewhere in that five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist, that Satan is the fake messiah, it’s going to be too late for you. At that time, it’s probably going to be not more than a glimpse of the truth, and then his lies will overwhelm you again and it’s over.
And there’s only two paths available for you after that: you will either go into the Millennium for that 1000 years of teaching and discipline OR you will go to the left side of the gulf and writhe in mental anguish until Judgment Day.
Only our Father knows the true condition of your heart and HE will decide which path you take. The time for you to make that decision, which has been the course of your entire lifetime, is over. It’s all out of your hands from this point forward.
That’s what will I seek thee early means. Don’t wait until spiritual destruction begins to fall on your head, start doing something today.
Isaiah 26:10 Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord.
Let favour be shewed to the wicked. You can show favor to the wicked, maybe even kindness, but it won’t change how they live one bit.
Yet will he not learn righteousness. They’re not going to learn righteousness from other people around them because, in their mind, these others are just weak and lame and a good target for the con.
Isaiah 26:11 Lord, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.
When His hand is lifted up for judgment. This refers to the enemies of Israel but certainly brings Satan into it. Father cannot show Satan mercy and have him change his ways because it’s far too late for him. In Ezekiel chapter 28, it tells us that Satan will turn to ashes from within, from an internal fire.
†---Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. KJV
This is a spiritual body turning to ashes from within so we know that this is a Hebraism, a figure of speech. In one puff of smoke Satan's existence will be eradicated.
Isaiah 26:12 Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.
†---Ordain--OT:8239 shaphath (shaw-fath'); a primitive root; to locate, i.e. (generally) hang on or (figuratively) establish, reduce: KJV - bring, ordain, set on.
Ordain can also mean arrange or arranged.
†---Wrought--OT:6466 pa`al (paw-al'); a primitive root; to do or make (systematically and habitually), especially to practise: KJV - commit, [evil-] do (-er), make (-r), ordain, work (-er).
How does that apply to us today? He gives us peace of mind. We, as human beings, only fear the unknown, and when we understand what’s going to happen at the end of this life that we lead or at the end times, it takes the fear away.
I have no apprehension at either event: the end of my life or the coming of the end of times. I have total faith in what He has told all of us through His Word.
Do you want to know what true fear really is? It’s living this life and being at the mercy of Satan and his dominion WITHOUT our Father’s power behind us.
To think that all the massacre and the killing by ISIS terrorists and their followers, an event that is common almost every other day, has no recompense by anything or anyone is unthinkable. Without our Father we would all be barbarians. The strongest taking the most; the weak being killed.
That’s the way it is in the animal world. They have souls that are different than ours because they’re not required to make a choice between our Father or Satan, but only the strongest survive and the reason for it is that it perpetuates the species. The stronger carrying on into the next generation.
We are here for a divine purpose and living life on a higher plateau than animals is only provided by our Father. Without Him we would all be animals.
Isaiah 26:13 O Lord our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.
Isaiah is referring to the Canaanite oppression of Israel, bringing in their idols and taking weak Israel into those worship practices as well but it is only by our Father Himself that we return to worshipping Him.
You don’t have to pray to a carved statue of some sort to be idol worshipping. Idol worship can be most anything that takes us away from our Father.
Isaiah 26:14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.
Reading this verse will probably look as though Isaiah is just including “other lords” that have had dominion over us but the true meaning can be found in the word deceased because he is talking about the Rephaim.
†---Deceased--OT:7496 rapha' (raw-faw'); from OT:7495 in the sense of OT:7503; properly, lax, i.e. (figuratively) a ghost (as dead; in plural only): KJV - dead, deceased.
†---Rephaim--OT:7495 rapha' (raw-faw'); from OT:7495 in the sense of OT:7503; properly, lax, i.e. (figuratively) a ghost (as dead; in plural only): KJV - dead, deceased.
†---Root Word--OT:7497 rapha' (raw-faw'); or raphah (raw-faw'); from OT:7495 in the sense of invigorating; a giant:
In the early years of the Hebrew race, not the 6th day creation, but the Hebrew race, the 8th day creation, there was an attempt by Satan to destroy or infiltrate the bloodline of that race of people that were specifically created, through which the Savior/ Messiah would be born.
The war in heaven, the katabole’, was over; the surface of the earth was changed to accommodate us, the souls that would be put in temporary flesh and blood bodies to decide if they would follow Satan or our Father, a once and for all decision; the 6th day creation had been accomplished many, many years prior; and now the 8th day creation was formed of the clay and would eventually produce the Savior, Jesus Christ.
Adam and Eve were the beginning of that Hebrew race but they WERE NOT THE BEGINNING OF THE HUMAN RACE! Get that straight in your head and stop being deceived!
Satan, at this time of change, knows for a certainty, that he will never see the eternity because as the instigator of that war, he has been condemned to a spiritual death. He will never come into this world in a flesh and blood body.
He also knows the reason that our Father created the Hebrew race and he must have decided, in his own mind, that he could curtail the judgment set against him if he can only break into that perfect bloodline that was necessary for the Messiah’s birth and have another opportunity to defeat our Father.
The Scriptures don’t say exactly when this happened, only in those days. The 7000 angels that fought with Satan will leave their place in heaven and come down here and intermingle and have sexual relations with the Hebrew women.
Scripture says the daughters of Adam but no telling how many generations of children have come to be born since the time of Adam and Eve. These women became pregnant and had babies but, Lord help us, they were not your usual babies.
The angels were in spiritual bodies and the women were in flesh and blood bodies and the pregnancies produced hybrid beings that were part human and part spiritual. Many of them had full knowledge of what happened in the first heaven/earth age and that is something that our Father will not allow us to have.
These fallen angels were called Nephilim; their offspring or progeny were called giants or men or renown or, as here in Isaiah, they were called Rephaim. They were dead souls and our Father destroyed them. The 7000 Nephilim are being held in a special place called Tartarus, in chains, until Judgment Day when they will be destroyed along with Satan.
That’s why verse 14 says They are dead, they shall not live. They are spiritually dead, they are deceased, they shall not rise. These are the “other” lords or tyrants that Isaiah was talking about.
Isaiah 26:15 Thou hast increased the nation, O Lord, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified: thou hadst removed it far unto all the ends of the earth.
Increased the nation means that many have joined with it. They have enlarged Israel.
Isaiah 26:16 Lord, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them.
Talking about Israel here…
Isaiah 26:17 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O Lord.
When our Father tired of their idol worshipping and their complete neglect of Him and His commandments, He put the hammer down on them and boy, the praying and pleading started immediately.
And they didn’t just start praying, they prayed with secret speech:
†---Prayer-- OT:3908 lachash (lakh'-ash); from OT:3907; properly, a whisper, i.e. by implication, (in a good sense) a private prayer, (in a bad one) an incantation; concretely, an amulet: KJV - charmed, earring, enchantment, orator, prayer.
Isaiah 26:18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
In describing the pain that they have suffered, they relate it to the pangs of pain at childbirth and then brought forth wind.
This is a medical condition known as empneumatosis, or more commonly called pneumatosis today. Pneumatosis intestinalis is defined as gas in the bowel wall. Not gas in the bowel but gas in the bowel wall. Obviously it was pretty painful.
They have been given no remission of this pain nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen ever be allowed to live again. Who are they? The Rephaim.
Isaiah 26:19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
Again, you have to be careful when reading the English: the word dead is used three times in that verse so let’s see what they all mean:
†---1st Dead word-- OT:4191 muwth (mooth); a primitive root: to die (literally or figuratively); causatively, to kill:
†---2nd Dead word-- OT:5038 nebelah (neb-ay-law'); from OT:5034; a flabby thing, i.e. a carcase or carrion (human or bestial, often collectively); figuratively, an idol:
†---3rd Dead word-- OT:7496 rapha' (raw-faw'); from OT:7495 in the sense of OT:7503; properly, lax, i.e. (figuratively) a ghost (as dead; in plural only):
It’s talking about the dead in Christ, involving Israel and the Rephaim who will never be raised from the dead.
There are two types of death that we may encounter: the death of the flesh body only or the death of the flesh body AND the death of the soul. The death of the soul is called the second death and from that there is no return.
The Rephaim were in a body that was half spiritual and half flesh and blood so their death is unavoidable. As humans we will all experience a death of the flesh body, with the exception of those people that are alive and walking around when Christ returns. The second death, the death of the soul, depends wholly on us. We decide if that death will occur.
Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
Before this judgment on the evil takes place Father will protect His own by putting them in a safe place. Along the same lines as the Jews being told not to come out of their homes on the night that the angel of destruction obliterated the Egyptian first-born:
Ref---Exodus 12:22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
Ref---Exodus 12:23 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. KJV
Our Father always protects His own. No matter what. There is never indecision in His mind. He KNOWS who the faithful are. How? By how we act, speak and think. Nothing is ever hidden from Him.
Isaiah 26:21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. KJV
Where is His place? Heaven. Where is heaven? Anywhere the Father is.
There will come a time when the evil in this world will stop but it will take the physical death of all flesh and blood bodies to accomplish that.
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