Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 3

The Book of Isaiah

                 Chapter 3

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The Political Ruin of Judah

     Our Father is going to cover some of the political ruin of Judah in this chapter. As with the previous chapters, He again warns us not to put our trust in man but to trust in Him and Him alone.

     Isaiah 3:1 For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,

     The stay and the staff is a figure of speech called a paronomasia or better known as rhyming words. The rhyming is in the sound, not necessarily in sense and if stay and staff don’t seem to rhyme to you, I agree, because it’s the Hebrew words that fit this figure of speech:

  • Mash’en, which is masculine and Mish’an, which is feminine. It’s one Hebrew word, just in the masculine and feminine tense.

     Our Father is going to take away the support from Judah and Jerusalem. This was fulfilled in the siege by Nebuchadnezzar, and afterward by Titus, the Roman general that destroyed the Temple and the city of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

     Spiritually, the Bread of Life has been crucified and taken away and as we read in Amos 8:11, the Word of our Father will not be found or taught in these end times:

     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.

     Considering what’s being taught in most churches today there has been a famine of His Word in this country for hundreds of years.

     Something else that I’d like to point out in this verse, are the words Lord and LORD. The type is different on both words indicating that there are two different meanings to these words:

  • Lord -- OT:3068 Yehovah (yeh-ho-vaw'); from OT:1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God:

     This is our Lord as Yahaveh. While Elohim is God as the Creator of all things, Yahaveh is the same God in covenant relation to those whom He created.

  •  LORD  -- OT:113 'adown (aw-done'); or (shortened) 'adon (aw-done'); from an unused root (meaning to rule); sovereign, i.e. controller (human or divine):

     This is our LORD as ruler IN the earth.

     Isaiah 3:2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,

     They’re all going to be cut off. Neutralized.

     Isaiah 3:3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.

     The orator was the dude that talked to the spirits, the nether world. If you wanted entertainment, this guy was it.

     Isaiah 3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

     Their rulers, the politicians, president and Congress will have the minds of children. Not capable of making a sound judgment. Does that ring your bell today?

     They take an untold number of people to put a bit of legislation together, it turns out to be so huge that it would take weeks to read, and they tell us that they have to sign it and pass it before we can understand what’s in it.

     Talk about having power over the people! They pass bills that THEY know what’s in them but they won’t let US know what’s in them until they’re passed into law and by then it’s too late.

     Isaiah 3:5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.

     The child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient In these last days before His return, children will go against their parents or grandparents, anyone who is older and wiser and appears to have some authority.

     When my momma told me something, I did it without question because if I didn’t, not only would she beat my butt but the old man would do it again when he got home from work. Today, kids call 911, lie to them about what the parent just did, and the parent goes to jail.

     Children are smart as a whip and they understand that they have more power than the parents.

     The base against the honourable. The base are those that run at the street level. Petty thieves, busting car windows just for the fun of it, gangs establishing their territory over decent hard-working people.

     It’s just disgusting how much has been taken away from the honorable, hard-working, tax-paying, God-fearing people in this country and have it given to the undeserving. The punks of this world.

     The really sad part is that these honorable, hard-working, tax-paying, God-fearing people ALLOWED it all to happen to them. They could have stood up and demanded better; they could have gone to the fire station and voted that piece of manure called a politician out of office but they were too lazy to do anything, much less get off their butt and vote.

     These are the times that we live in, people, and it’s not going to change nor is it going to get any better. There’s not enough time left. Our society is a cancer that continues to eat into the muscle tissue and the only one that’s going to make a change is Satan when he comes as the Antichrist.

     He is a part of our Father’s Plan, our Father allows Satan to come and try to deceive the people and he will certainly do that.

     Isaiah 3:6 When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand:

     They are the rich and wealthy class, they don’t want to get our hands dirty so they're going to put you in charge and make you responsible for cleaning this mess up.

     Isaiah 3:7 In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.

     This guy here in verse 7 is the fella the rich and wealthy chose to put in power in verse 6! He doesn’t want anything to do with it either. He’s saying:

 

     Don’t make ME a ruler. I don’t want to have to deal with it all either!

     Wow. Who’s in charge then? Children. We just read that in verse 5.

     Isaiah 3:8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory.

     In the end it’s all going to fall like a house of cards. And the time is ripe for the arrival of Satan/Antichrist. What is it that Daniel said that the Apostle Mark quoted in his gospel?

      Ref:  Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: KJV

     The abomination of desolation is Satan/Antichrist.

     Standing where it ought not. Where is that? Mount Zion in Jerusalem.

     Let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains. You better get out of Dodge City. You’re not going to have time to flee or get your coat or come in from the field.

     Their tongue and their doings are against the Lord. Why is that? Because the preachers are teaching church traditions that go back 2000 years or more and what they teach and preach is against what our Father wants them to teach and preach, that’s why they are against the Lord.

 

     Isaiah 3:9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

     We’re still talking about the end times but the subject has changed in verse 9. It’s talking about those who have come out of the closet concerning their sexual orientations.

     In the Hebrew, their countenance doth witness against them, is: that which may be known by their countenances. Jeremiah explains it as well:

     Ref: Jeremiah 3:3 Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed. KJV

     They are cocky to the point that the set of their face is hardened as a whore's forehead and their in-your-face attitude covers any shame they may feel inside. They not only don’t show shame for their sin, they seem proud of it.

     Kissing and fondling each other in public places like amusement parks, on street corners, and in the seedy parts of town that they frequent only after the sun sets.

     Woe be unto their soul should they not repent of their ways before a physical death because those sins, those abominations against our Father, will carry forever into the future unto Judgment Day.

     Isaiah 3:10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

     But for those souls that do their best to follow our Father and His laws and commandments, it shall be well with them. The spiritual seeds that they plant with their hands will grow and give them spiritual food for ever and ever.

     Isaiah 3:11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

     Woe to them that practice those abominable things for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

     What a lot of people don’t know or think about, and this will fall back on their preacher as well, they don’t know that on Judgment Day it can be a really great day for some. Their preachers don’t teach them that because there is no fear associated with rewards.

 

     Maybe if they KNEW that they could build rewards in this life to be given to them in the eternity they would live their lives differently.

     These wicked here in verse 11 will probably walk into the Lake of Fire, however I don’t do the judging. Those that have tried to live a good life and obey our Father in all aspects of their life will have a pile of rewards waiting for them on that Day of Judgment.

     And the best part is that they won’t be rewards of the flesh, something that can rust away or break or get stolen. Nope, these are rewards experienced by souls in spiritual bodies and those rewards will make physical rewards seem so puny. So unnecessary. So pitiful.

     While people lie, cheat and steal to get earthly goods and pleasures, they have no clue that what awaits them is so much better. Our pitiful little earthly brains cannot even imagine what those rewards might be. Perhaps a closer and longer daily walk with our Lord?

     Perchance getting the “keys” to that vehicle that Ezekiel saw, that transported our Father and His Throne? Zipping around through outer space at speeds unknown to mankind?

     Yeah, I joke but then again, you never know. We have absolutely no idea. Dream a little, we’re allowed to do that if it involves Him and His eternity.

     Isaiah 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

     The analogy here is that Judah and Jerusalem are so weak that they will be ruled by someone who is also weak….a woman. As untrue as that might be today, back in those times there was no women’s rights or equality with man.

     Again, the reference is to a Beth-Aven, a religious house of nothing. The religious leaders lead the flock with their spiritual lies and destroy the souls of those that believe them.

     Isaiah 3:13 The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.

     This word plead can also mean accuse:

  • Plead -- OT:7378 riyb (reeb); or ruwb (roob); a primitive root; properly, to toss, i.e. grapple; mostly figuratively, to wrangle, i.e. hold a controversy; (by implication) to defend:

     I don’t care if you are a believer or not; or a Christian or not; or a heathen or not; or an atheist or not; your name is written in the Book of Life. He created you and He will not forget about you.

     So, whatever you have done in this life, what remains charged against you in that Book at the time of your physical death, is what will determine your future. Unless, of course, He has put His cloak of innocence over you throughout this life to protect your dumb mass until you can get into the Millennium.

     Isaiah 3:14 The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.

     Ancients of his people are the wise, old codgers who are supposed to be filled with experience and wisdom but, like all the rest of the leaders, they collectively have ripped off the people, the public, and they live off the wealth that they have deceived you out of.

     Isaiah 3:15 What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts.

     Our Father is asking the question: why do these leaders and politicians think that they have the right to rip off His children?

     Grind the faces of the poor. They extract everything they can and they do it openly. Can you see that today? How open these politicians are? They don’t care who sees what deeds they do and they have no shame today so you can’t humiliate them into changing the way that they do things.

     It’s a common expression today that some of the unscrupulous things they do is out in the open because it’s a resume’ enhancement. Seems the more corrupt they are, the more opportunity they have for getting reelected.

     The prophet Micah said it pretty well:

     Ref: Micah 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

     That’s pretty graphic, isn’t it? Extracting a pound of flesh.

     Ref: Micah 3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron. KJV

     We’ve already studied Micah so this is a good review for you. Like hungry jackels they devour the flesh and bone. They take it all. There’s nothing left for the people to spend. Taxes and usury, interest on this and that and whatever.

     Instead of financing a loan to get that TV or washer and dryer they could save that monthly payment every month out of their paycheck and, minus the interest, pay cash for that item. Hey, when I was younger I went to the laundromat once or twice a week to do the laundry for the family. Three kids and all, it was a bunch to wash but you do it. Save that money and pay cash.

    Isaiah 3:16 Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:

     On the surface, this is addressed to the House of Zion and the people that live there. Father is saying that they play the part of a harlot and when Christ returns, the subject of the first three chapters of Isaiah, they will have believed that the false christ, standing on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, to be the true Christ and therefore have spiritually wed the wrong husband.

     Instead of waiting for the true Christ they hopped into bed with Satan/Antichrist, which makes them spiritual whores and pregnant with child, while the wrong father stands there clapping his hands together and laughing, knowing that all those souls now belong to him and not our Father.

     Just to be clear: who is this “father”? It's Satan in his role as the Antichrist.

     But the underlying references point to another and quite different subject: the abomination of human beings having sex with others of the same sex: homosexuals and lesbians.

     The key to seeing this secondary (?) subject matter lies in the word their in verse 16. And for those of you that have a Companion Bible, it has been pointed out for you and it will be easy to see, because the word their is masculine, not feminine, and often used of women that act as men, and vice versa.

       Haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go. Bear in mind, that these words were written about 2,600 years ago but if you can visualize in your mind a caricature or portrayal of a gay man walking, it would be with his left hand on his hip, his right hand up and off to the right, taking mincing steps when he walked.

     Clearly, the correlation to what was written back then to what is portrayed today is not just a coincidence. It is an in-your-face truth about a segment of our society that simply had to come out of the closet.

     And making a tinkling with their feet: they tied little bells on their feet so that they pretty much announced their coming, to alert all within earshot, to stop and look. They were proud of what they did and what they represented. Their mincing steps were the result of a small chain that was tied around each ankle, joining both feet together, creating these mincing steps.

     Isaiah 3:17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.

     Secret parts is their nakedness. Our Father is going to expose that, a great indignity to men or women.

     It seems, in verse 17, that the Lord will strike them on the top of the head and show their nakedness. Understanding the meaning of the word scab will reveal more of the truth to us:

  • Scab-- OT:5596 caphach (saw-fakh'); or saphach (Isaiah 3:17) (saw-fakh'); a primitive root; properly, to scrape out, but in certain peculiar senses (of removal or association): KJV - abiding, gather together, cleave, smite with the scab.

     Since scab means to scrape out and not to scrape off, the act involves removing something from deep within that person and many believe that it was the immune system. If you participate in those things, those acts that were going on in Sodom and Gomorrah, and it was an abomination to our Father, to the point that He destroyed both those cities and the inhabitants there of, it doesn’t take much of a stretch to fill in the blanks here in Isaiah.

     When you disobey our Father there is always a price to pay and in this case it’s conceivable that the price was AIDS. There will be no haughtiness anymore. I'm not saying that our Father gave AIDS to people as punishment for the things that they were doing but that the weakened immune system was OPEN to such things happening to people. If you want to blame genetics for this lifestyle, this is as close as you will get to establishing that as fact. But no further than this.

     Isaiah 3:18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,

     Let’s explain some words:

  • Caul-- OT:7636 shabiyc (shaw-beece'); from an unused root meaning to interweave; a netting for the hair:

  • Tires-- OT:7720 saharon (sah-har-one'); from the same as OT:5469; a round pendant for the neck: KJV - ornament, round tire like the moon.

     Their headdresses and necklaces. All the decorations to show that they were open for business.

     Isn’t it strange that you can drive down a street in a large city, probably in a part where prostitution is prevalent, and you can pick out the prostitutes just by how they dress, how they walk, how they put their makeup on and how they speak to you. Classical. Hasn’t changed in over 4000 years. 

     It's the ways of human beings. We are way too much like sheep. We try not to imitate others because we want to be different than the norm, but when many, many people start doing things out of the norm and it ends up being the same thing, we are no longer unique, we no longer stand out over others, we have now become the establishment from whom we wished to differentiate ourselves and it will take the actions of someone else, outside of this group, to begin to take that different path all over again.

     Isaiah 3:19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,

     These are the chains that I spoke about earlier, tying the feet together, producing a mincing walk that was tantamount to a heel to toe, toe to heel type of gait. They couldn’t take long steps.

     Isaiah 3:20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,

     More of the decorations are listed here but the word tablets seems out of place. It takes two Hebrew words to describe what tablets are. The first is:

  • Tablets-- 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): soul.

     And the second is:

 

  • Tablets-- OT:1004 bayith (bah'-yith); probably from OT:1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.):

  • Root Word-- OT:1129 banah (baw-naw'); a primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively):

     Put together, tablets means house of the soul or dwelling place of the soul.

     The Vulgate calls these tablets smelling-boxes and so they are, but our Father included a little extra information for those that did the deeper research. So…..where is the dwelling place of your soul? It’s within you right now but where is it going to end up? In heaven or in hell?

     If some of these folks don’t change their ways and their sexual orientation, the dwelling place is going to be hell.

     The news media is too busy focusing on the coming national election for president to spend any time on homosexuality but it used to. And when it became a national movement for some to come out and declare, publically, their sexual orientation, that was one thing.

     But they went overboard with it, they made it an in-your-face type of situation. Almost as if they were saying:

     “Yeah, I’m gay. What are you going to do about it?”

     Personally, I’m not going to do anything about it, I’ll leave that up to the Father. It’s an abomination to Him and it also stinks to high-heaven when my grandchildren have to see that sort of thing in Disney World while on vacation.

     It’s almost as though they are proud of this monstrous sin against humanity. 

     It’s just another sign of a society that has no moral code any longer, it’s just plain out-and-out heathenism. Look at what people are doing to each other today. Killing each other, running over each other multiple times, massacres at high schools, eight year olds killing babies. Where does it all stop?

     Throw in the mass migration of millions of people from the Middle East into the European countries, something that is such a large event it’s of biblical proportions today. All of this is unheard of in recent history.

     What’s going to stop it all? A five month tribulation of Satan as the Antichrist. This is just what he’s been waiting for but ultimately it’s up to our Father. It’s up to Him to decide when He wants to release him from heaven and send him back onto this earth.

     The time is ripe. Keep an eye and an ear on the Middle East this spring.

     Isaiah 3:21 The rings, and nose jewels,

     More of the fancy things that they like to pile on each other. Why? To serve our Father? To serve MAN? To follow MAN? Remember, we just studied about that a little while ago. Serving man and not our Father.

     Isaiah 3:22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,

     More words to understand:

  • Mantles-- OT:4595 ma`ataphah (mah-at-aw-faw'); from OT:5848; a cloak:

  • Root Word-- OT:5848 `ataph (aw-taf'); a primitive root; to shroud, i.e. clothe (whether transitive or reflex.); hence (from the idea of darkness) to languish:

     It used to be done in darkness but no longer. Shame is no longer a factor. They're proud of this sin.

  • Wimples-- OT:4304 mitpachath (mit-pakh'-ath); from OT:2946; a wide cloak (for a woman):

  • Root Word-- OT:2946  taphach (taw-fakh'); a primitive root; to flatten out or extend (as a tent); figuratively, to nurse a child (as promotive of growth)*; or perhaps a denom. from OT:2947, from dandling on the palms:

     Do the women feel any shame? Not really.

  • Crisping Pins-- OT:2754 chariyt (khaw-reet'); or charit (khaw-reet'); from the same as OT:2747; properly, cut out (or hollow), i.e. (by implication) a pocket:

     Properly called a little purse.

     Isaiah 3:23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.

     All these clothes to party, party, party. Our Father begins to speak of judgment for these sins:

     Isaiah 3:24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.

     I don’t care how much perfume you use, sin always has a stink, a stench to it. It gets into your nostrils and nothing makes it go away. You can try to shower it off sometimes, scrub real hard, real often, doesn't work. The only thing that does work is to get down on your knees and ask our Father for His forgiveness.

     And the blood of Christ will do exactly that. But without sincerity, without a gut wrenching determination to never repeat those abominations, nothing is forgiven. Everything remains.

     Isaiah 3:25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war. KJV

     You know what? It really doesn’t take all that much to resist temptation and sin, it really doesn’t. Our Father said that He will never allow temptation to be so strong that you cannot resist it. He will always give you a “back door” to escape through. It’s up to you to choose to go through that door.

     And therein lies the truth of the matter: it’s more fun to sin than to sit quietly somewhere and read our Father’s letter to us. It’s more fun to follow in the ways of the world than to follow our Father. Party today and pay the piper later.

     Social media will have you believe that homosexuality is a genetic problem, an imbalance, because, they will reason, why would anyone choose to live this lifestyle with the condemnation that comes with it, if it was something that they could control and stop doing to begin with?

     I mean, they continue, when did you decide to be a heterosexual? You didn't. Therefore the homosexual didn't choose either. It was just genetically there.

     If this were so then why didn't our Father, the Creator of these amazing flesh and blood bodies, tweak things and make this genetic defect go away, way back in the book of Genesis, some 6000 years ago?

     Nor can you say that it's a product of the environment. Acid rain and such. Or the food that we eat. Growth hormones and such. If these were the reasons, why were there people in Genesis that practiced these abominations? There was no industry in the time of Genesis. Therefore no acid rain and such and still they practiced homosexuality.

     Our Father would not purposefully put a genetic structure in us that would facilitate our committing these acts of homosexuallity if it was an abomination to Him to begin with. To make a statement like that is playing with spiritual dynamite.

     Isaiah 3:26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground. KJV

     She certainly won’t be sitting around calling herself a queen as in Revelation:

     Ref: Revelation 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. KJV

     Don’t let yourself get pulled down to this state of degradation, of baldness, of nakedness. Held captive with a rope around your waist.

     Our Father is telling you not to be haughty, be humble. He doesn’t like haughty. And those that are humble before Him will inherit the earth. And that had better mean a lot to you because both the Millennium and the Eternity will be spent right here on good ‘ole Mother Earth.

     Don't believe that? Wait and see.

 

 

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