The Book of Isaiah
Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 29
Jerusalem & Lebanon
Our Father is about to turn His attention to the city where all of this is going to happen. All of what is going to happen? His return to us. The Lord’s Day. The last day of this earth age in which we are currently living. Everything that we have been studying here in Isaiah, all the prophecy from our Father, is leading up to this wonderful day.
Currently, there are, as of 2016, 7.4 billion people in this world right now, and the moment that our Lord places His feet on Mount Zion, 7.4 billion people will bow a knee to Him and instantly all will be changed into their spiritual body and this is the body that we will be in for all of eternity, if that, indeed, is where we will be when the Millennium is complete.
Many will go to the right side of the gulf in Paradise because they loved the Father and the Lord and tried to live their lives according to His Commandments; some will go to the left side of the gulf because they rejected the Father and the Lord and loved the ways of Satan’s world; and some will go through the Millennium, that 1000 years of discipline and knowledge and teaching and judging.
When will this day happen? We don’t know the exact time but Father was good enough to us that He left many clues as to the season, that season being the five-month period of Satan/Antichrist, with our Lord’s return at the end of those five months. That season falls between Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, May through September.
And there is no doubt in my mind that the year would be at the end of the generation of the fig tree. From what our Father tells us we can deduce how long that generation would be by comparing it to the three primary generations listed in Scripture and they are a 40-year, a 70-year and a 120-year time period.
The generation of the fig tree, by all accounts, began in May of 1948. You might notice the correlation of this month of May with the beginning of the five-month period of the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist, which also is in May.
By use of simple mathematics, adding a 40-year generation to 1948 and we have the year 1988. Well, we are still here so that was not the year. Add a 70-year generation to 1948 and you have the year 2018. A mere two years from now. And if you add a 120-year generation to 1948, you have the year 2068, which, to me, is beyond the scope of reality.
Could it really be as simple as that? I mean, really that simple? If I’m right, nobody will remember because there will be so much going on it will make your head spin; if I’m wrong, I’ll simply be called another fool in a long list of prognosticating fools.
It won’t hurt my feelings if I am wrong because the worst that could happen is that I may have driven you into reading and studying the bible and those are my only intentions anyway.
Predictions are not a part of my forte’ but this one just seems too obvious NOT to point out.
So, let’s listen to the words of our Father...
Isaiah 29:1 Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.
Ariel is just another name for Jerusalem. The way Isaiah uses that name, it probably means “lion of God”. But it can also mean the “hearth of God” which is a fire pit and it will be used both ways in this chapter.
Jerusalem is Father’s most favorite place on earth and He made an everlasting covenant with that city in Ezekiel 16:
Ref: Ezekiel 16:8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest mine. KJV
In His description of Jerusalem, He likens that city to a young woman, from birth to womanhood, and it’s a beautiful chapter and you would do well to read it for yourselves. It will give you an insight into what love our Father is capable of bestowing on the things and the people that He loves.
It was originally settled by the Jebusites and called Jebus but when David moved there he renamed her Jerusalem and he spent most of his life there.
Who is the lion of God? Christ is that lion.
Isaiah 29:2 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel.
✡ Distress--OT:6693 tsuwq (tsook); a primitive root; to compress, i.e. (figuratively) oppress, distress:
Here, Ariel, Jerusalem, should be translated as the fire pit or the hearth of God. Father is going to do some correcting there. Put that sacrifice up on that hearth and He will consume it.
Isaiah 29:3 And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee.
Father is saying that He will come right over their walls. A mount is a ramp made of earth. It was a way of getting many soldiers over the wall of protection that surrounded many cities during that time. Instead of breaking that wall down in places and having troops go in that way, they found that a ramp, built of earth, to be a better option.
When our Father decides to come over YOUR wall, because you continually ignore and reject Him, ain’t nothing gonna stop Him.
Isaiah 29:4 And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.
It will be as though Jerusalem has been taken captive, humbled and taken down to the dust.
The voice of a familiar spirit was usually faint and shrill, as the voice of the dead was supposed to be. The sorcerers of Israel would use ventriloquism to project their voices whenever they wanted to give the illusion of communicating with the spirits. Really no need for that, the spirits of the nether world were more than happy to interact with people when asked to do so.
Figuratively speaking, it was appropriate that the retribution of Jerusalem, who consulted necromancers instead of our Father, should be made like them and it should be pretty important to you as to how our Father perceives you and your actions because this directs His emotions when punishment is appropriate.
You just had to be careful because this was and is a dangerous practice because these familiar spirits are demonic spirits, evil spirits.
During the time of the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist, these spirits will be actively working along with him. Deceiving. Making things appear to be true, that are false. Making things seem good when they are disastrous for your soul.
They will be peeping in the background, trying to substantiate the lies of Satan/Antichrist.
✡ Whisper-- OT:6850 tsaphaph (tsaw-faf'); a primitive root; to coo or chirp (as a bird): KJV - chatter, peep, whisper.
Our Father has already spoken through Isaiah about this once before in this book:
Ref: Isaiah 19:3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards. KJV
Stay with the Father, leave that other nonsense alone.
Isaiah 29:5 Moreover the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly.
✡ Strangers-- OT:2114 zuwr (zoor); a primitive root; to turn aside (especially for lodging); hence to be a foreigner, strange, profane; specifically (active participle) to commit adultery:
Father will whoosh, blow them away. That’s a lot of the enemy when they are numbered as pieces of dust. The Lord’s Day is going to be one incredible day. Should that frighten you or make you nervous?
Well, if you’re on the outside of our Father’s good graces looking in, I would think that I, for one, would be terrified. To have to deal with all that on my own, without my Father protecting me? Think about it.
Job spoke about it:
Ref: Job 21:18 They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away. KJV
All it takes is repentance on your part; forgiveness on our Father’s part, and you are like Allstate, you’re in good hands. Nothing but nothing can touch you.
Isaiah 29:6 Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.
Even a consuming fire, as Hebrews puts it:
Ref: Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire. KJV
Devouring means that our Father is going to eat their lunch:
✡ Devouring-- OT:398 'akal (aw-kal'); a primitive root; to eat (literally or figuratively):
Isaiah 29:7 And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.
Even today Israel is keeping her enemies at bay with their Iron Dome Defense System. But it doesn’t work as well as having our Father as their defense system.
Isaiah 29:8 It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.
If you go against Israel, the metaphor is that they’re going to end up empty-handed. They’re going to end up disappointed on that day because their dreams will be dissipated.
Ref: Psalms 73:20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. KJV
This word soul is nephesh:
✡ Soul--OT:5315 nephesh (neh'-fesh); from OT:5314; properly, a breathing creature, i.e. animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental):
Isaiah 29:9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.
Why? They’re in a stupor. Their brains are filled with babel. Confused.
Stay yourselves literally means to stand in astonishment. Why is it that they have no success against Israel? We know why; they don’t have our Father standing before them.
Now, listen to our Father tell us why they are so confused and in such a stupor.
Isaiah 29:10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.
They’ve had the spirit of slumber place on them. You can read about this in Romans 11:7,
Ref: Romans 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. KJV
Father is telling us that for some He has put the spirit of slumber on them. Just look around you today, go to some mall and watch the people. They have no concept of the spiritual side of their lives nor any idea of our Father’s love for His children. They walk around in a spiritual stupor.
Father closed their spiritual eyes and this is why He has told us over and over again that we NEED eyes that see and ears that hear to be able to understand the truth of His words. Not everyone has that because of this 10th verse right here.
They don’t even try, they bring it upon themselves, so don’t try to blame Him.
Isaiah 29: 11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
Have you ever heard a preacher say that the book of Revelation is sealed, it’s not to be understood but you don’t have to worry, you’re going to be taken away, you’re going to fly-away? Don’t be concerned with it? Somewhere in that void of space between your right and left ears, there has to be a decision made as to whether he's telling you the truth or not. Do you not have any spiritual discernment at all?
Apparently some do not so our Father has to protect them because He loves them. Spiritually dumber than a sack full of hammers.
You can ask our Father that this stupor be removed from you, to let the truth filter in and when you do and you do understand the truth you can alleviate all your fears by being able to understand, with clarity, the Word of God as Christ taught it.
And some people go along with their preacher and never try to read Revelation. That’s incredible. They’re letting some man tell them what or what not to read in our Father’s Word instead of reading it anyway and asking our Father to open their eyes so that they CAN understand.
You can pray for understanding and our Father will give that understanding to you. Certainly, some may need a good teacher to help them along but not necessarily everybody.
Isaiah 29:12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
Sometimes the unlearned fair no better than those with knowledge. Jeremiah wrote concerning this:
Ref: Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. KJV
And from St. John:
Ref: John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. KJV
One of the great blessings from our Father comes from the fact that if you just TRY to understand His Word, even if it’s only a verse or two, He counts it as perfect. He isn’t looking for a bunch of biblical scholars to be in heaven with Him. I mean, we’re not going to sit around and discuss the finer points of prophesy when we get there.
One of the greatest detractions from the above is that we don’t have all that much time left and you really need to find the time every day to read and learn from His Word because Satan IS a biblical scholar.
He can rattle off chapter and verse almost as well as our Father and he’s very, very good at twisting a verse just a little bit off plumb and if you haven’t studied you won’t pick up on it and then you might be put between a rock and a hard place.
It’s good to be blessed by our Father for trying but today you have to do much more than that. Today you have to learn it or Satan/Antichrist could have you jammed up in a New York minute.
Sure, you could sit down each evening with a companion bible, a Strong’s concordance, and a Smith’s bible dictionary and pour over
it until midnight but hooking up with a good teacher will increase the depth of your spiritual knowledge and speed things up a little faster.
And don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. Don’t put all your faith in a teacher and not study at all, meaning that you have to check him out on almost everything that he teaches. The time is here for you to do some serious grunt work in the Scriptures now.
A beautiful thing about the Millennium is that once we change into our spiritual bodies and go into that era everybody will know the Word from front to back, you won’t have to ask your neighbor the meaning of a particular verse, just like Jeremiah said.
Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
The traditions of men that make His Word of no account. Matthew quoted these very words from Isaiah in the New Testament:
Ref: Matthew 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
Esaias is the Greek name for Isaiah.
Ref: Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Ref: Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Mark also quoted these words:
Ref: Mark 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. KJV
They say that they love Me but their actions belie those words. Our Father doesn’t want to hear the words of men in your prayers but rather He wants to hear His Words when you pray.
Be very careful of these preachers that open their sermons with a verse or two of Scripture and then give their words, the precepts of men, for hours and hours.
Ref: John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. KJV.
In truth, not the twisted lies of some church system.
Isaiah 29:14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
His Elect won’t perish; His Elect speak with wisdom. Take a good look around you today.
It seems that every word that has come out of Hillary Clinton’s mouth for the last 40 years has been a lie. And yet the people love her. Teenage girls want to be just like her. Where is the wisdom in that?
And unless he’s just putting on a really good show before the election this November, Donald Trump has no wisdom at all bouncing around in that corporate head of his.
We read earlier in Isaiah that our rulers would have the minds of children and Clinton and Trump fit that description to the letter.
Isaiah 29:15 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
Our Father does. You cannot hide anything from Him. Nothing. There’s an old saying that goes:
“What’s done in the dark will soon come to light.”
The truth has a way of finding daylight no matter how long it takes. You can't keep it under a basket forever.
If Donald Trump has any wisdom at all he’s doing a very good job of hiding it from US. Not our Father but us.
What does that mean to hide their counsel from the Lord? They don’t want to take the path that they will HAVE to take if they listen to our Father so they ignore Him. These politicians couldn’t be making the millions of dollars that they do if they were to follow the counsel of our Father.
So they ignore Him and seek their own counsel among themselves.
“Ms. Clinton, how did you get the government of India to give you $250,000 for a 20-minute speech? Don’t they want something from you if you do become president?”
Exactly. Precisely. Father would not counsel her to do these things.
Isaiah 29:16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
He made me not? No one made me, I just existed.
The Hebrew accents of the wording requires that it be read thus:
“Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay.”
Who is the potter? Our Father and this is what it has reference to. We don’t just exist; we didn’t just come into being. We were created. Look around you, look up, down, sideways, any which way that you want to look. It was all created by our Father. You may have built some things but only using materials that He created.
Without sand there would be no concrete; without gypsum, there would be no sheetrock. Both sand and gypsum are natural components of the ground.
You don’t mock Him. He has the power to destroy you but He won’t do it in this life. You have the power to destroy yourself and He’s watching to see if you do or not. He’s given you a whole book of ways that you can use to avoid doing that. Have you any understanding of any of them? Have you even read the book? Do you know what the book is?
Isaiah 29:17 Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
A very little while. When is that? It’s the period of time from today, right now, until He returns on the Lord’s Day.
Lebanon was known for its timber; it was not known as a fruitful field. We’re turning everything upside down and it’s going to continue in these latter days. First, the Jews and their national restoration:
Ref: Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. KJV
And then the Gentiles:
Ref: Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: KJV
That fruitful field, spiritually, will always be His Elect and they will be teaching during that time:
Ref: Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. KJV
What is the first resurrection? All the people/souls that made it through this life and ended up in good standing with our Father.
What is the second death? The death of the soul. Everyone will experience the first death, the death of this flesh and blood body. The second death is the death of your soul:
Ref: Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Ref: Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. KJV
All flesh and blood will have been done away with by this time so we are certainly talking about the death of the soul. And there is no recovery from this death. No pleading, no praying, no crying or wailing is going to make things right.
It’s what you do today that will keep you away from that situation. It’s up to you, it’s your choice. You can keep drinking or doing drugs or focusing your efforts on making money or keep watching the boob-tube until it’s time to go to bed each night.
You can let someone else take responsibility for your soul but, heaven help you if you’re depending on your preacher, pastor, priest or whatever to do that chances are extremely high that they will be standing in that same line next to you and headed to the Lake of Fire also.
Or you can take time each day to read and study this letter that our Father sent to us. It’s a how-to book that teaches you how to keep your soul from experiencing this second death. Have you read it? That was a question that Jesus asked 9 times of various people:
Ref: Matthew 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures………….KJV
Isaiah 29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
When will that happen? On the very first day of the Millennium when every knee shall bow to the Lord.
Isaiah 29:19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
The humble shall increase their joy because it’s a joy and a privilege to follow and worship the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 29:20 For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:
The leaders, spiritual and political, are brought to nothing and end up completely gone. And those people that used to say:
“Do you really believe in that Bible nonsense?”
They will perish as well.
All that watch for iniquity are cut off. They didn’t amount to a hill of beans in their lifetime. Useless and worthless. Always looking for a free ride.
Isaiah 29:21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.
People that bring a false witness against someone by a simple word. And there’s not going to be any justice from our court systems either. Everything looks like confusion but our Father rides about all that human nonsense and He’s going to bring HIS JUSTICE.
Isaiah 29:22 Therefore thus saith the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale.
Jacob covers all the natural seed, all the 12 Tribes; both Houses: the House of Israel and the House of Judah.
If Abraham were around today, seeing all the false teachings and all, he would really wax pale with shame and disappointment at the degeneracy of his people today.
Isaiah 29:23 But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel.
When Abraham seeth his children…
Now we have our Father speaking. Who is this one called the Holy One of Jacob? Jesus Christ. He is of Jacob, through that bloodline.
Isaiah 29:24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine. KJV
They’re going to learn the truth and accept the truth, hopefully. But it’s still up to them, it’s their choice. Just as it is your choice today. Who are you going to accept and follow? Our Father or Satan/Antichrist?
And if they erred in spirit during this life they will come to an understanding during the Millennium.
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