We come to the fifth of the six woes.
Isaiah 33:1 Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
✡ Spoilest-- OT:7703 shadad (shaw-dad'); a primitive root; properly, to be burly, i.e. (figuratively) powerful (passively, impregnable); by implication, to ravage:
✡ Treacherously--OT:898 bagad (baw-gad'); a primitive root; to cover (with a garment); figuratively, to act covertly; by implication, to pillage:
Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled. Woe to those that are aggressive and burley to someone when there was no cause to act that way.
And dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee. You acted covertly towards them when they were not acting that way towards you.
If this is the way that you treat others, the table will turn soon enough and they will treat you the same way as you treated them, also, without just cause.
Isaiah 33:2 O Lord, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
Isaiah prays to the Father, pointing out that they have waited for Him and that He will be their strength, referring to the physical strength of one’s arm, every morning because every morning the threat renews itself.
Ref: Lamentations 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. KJV
We have waited for thee. These are not the hasty ones that we read about in the previous chapter. Patience is ever so important when dealing with the spiritual. Father has no regard for time; it is us that regulates our lives with a clock:
Ref: 2nd Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. KJV
They wait for the true Messiah instead of being the first ones taken from the field. Those are the ones that are deceived by the spoiler, Satan/Antichrist.
Isaiah 33:3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.
Father Himself comes with the sound of rolling thunder and the enemy flees from it.
Isaiah 33:4 And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpiller: as the running to and fro of locusts shall he run upon them.
He’s going strip the Assyrian army but in the sense of Satan/Antichrist, his army is that of the locust, the caterpillar being just one stage of its development.
As the locust flits from tree to tree to consume all it can, so the followers of Satan/Antichrist will convince as many souls as possible that this fake is the true Lord.
Isaiah 33:5 The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
Jerusalem is going to receive that justice and righteousness.
Isaiah 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.
✡ Fear-- OT:3374 yir'ah (yir-aw'); feminine of OT:3373; fear (also used as infinitive); morally, reverence:
The reverence of Almighty God brings forth that knowledge and wisdom because all wisdom does come from Him:
Ref: Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Ref: Proverbs 2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. KJV
I’ve heard a lot of people say that they pray but nothing ever seems to come of it. They still repossessed the car, so God didn’t answer that prayer; grandma was 87 and she still died of cancer, so God didn’t answer that prayer; they prayed that God would get them that promotion at work but someone else got it, so God didn’t answer that prayer either.
Why is that? You probably don’t have a relationship with our Father, is the reason. Why should He bless you when the only time that He hears from you is when you want something?
And condider this as well....He's not here to make sure that we have the things that we want in this world. Certainly, He blesses the work of our hands and we can prosper from that but there's a balance between the blessings of the world and the blessings of the spiritual. What favors one over the other? I don't know so all I can suggest is to lean towards the blessings on the spiritual side and let the world take care of itself.
I would much rather have my blessings given to me on Judgment Day rather than some fancy car that won't be worth crap in a few years. Spiritual blessings or rewards last forever and ever.
So, here’s some wisdom: begin building that relationship with Him today. Don’t pray to Him, talk to Him. Don’t ask for something, tell Him what worries you the most about your life. And pretty soon you will begin to feel a closeness to Him but it has to begin with YOU. And you have to do it every day.
Repetition shows our Father that you mean business, that you really want to change and begin to follow Him. This does not, however, apply to rehearsed or written prayers. You have to talk to Him from the heart, not from a prayer written in a book 200 years ago.
Be yourself, completely, when you pray/talk to Him. He knows all about you anyway.
Mentally and spiritually you will begin to feel stability, you will be able to have a problem in your life and know that you can talk to Him about it and you’ll feel better because you know that He’s listening.
The world won’t listen to you. Probably your own family won’t listen to you. Oh yeah, they’ll act concerned and all that but, in the end, they have their own “unanswered prayers” to deal with and they sure don’t want to take on yours as well.
And when life is really beating you down, you can have the security of knowing that when you die, you will go to Paradise and not the Lake of Fire. No matter what the world does to you, it cannot take that away. Our Father guarantees that.
And that is what this life is all about. What happens to you when you die.
This is stability and strength of salvation.
Isaiah 33:7 Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
When Israel sent ambassadors to king Sennacherib he just laughed at them. What goes ‘round, comes ‘round.
Isaiah 33:8 The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.
He hath broken the covenant. Hezekiah paid Sennacherib a great deal of money to leave Israel alone. He agreed and then went back on his word and invaded Judea.
Isaiah 33:9 The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
Sharon is a plain that is very fertile but even it shall not produce anything.
Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits. They lie as desolate in summer as they do in winter.
The Assyrian causes death wherever he is. Even the earth feels it.
Isaiah 33:10 Now will I rise, saith the Lord; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.
That time will come. It’s called the Lord’s Day.
Isaiah 33:11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
Pretty graphic here. Father is saying that you’re going to burn yourself up.
Ye shall conceive chaff. You become pregnant with child and since the subject that we’re dealing with is the Assyrian, another name or type for Satan, you would be with HIS child. What does that mean? It means that you have bought into all his lies, you didn’t wait for the true Husband, and you ended up pregnant by Satan. Spiritually, of course.
Ye shall bring forth stubble. That’s worthless grass. That’s about what the lies of Satan are worth.
Your breath, as fire, shall devour you. You are going to set your own self on fire and you destroy yourself. That’s about how much sense it makes when you reject our Father and follow the false one. You’re going to end up in the Lake of Fire.
There’s a spiritual wedding going to happen between our Father and those that love Him and follow His commandments and He expects you to wait for Him. He is the forthcoming husband. But you got stupid and started believing in the lies of religion, you decided that you wanted to be the first one taken from the field and, boy, are you in for it.
Do you think that Christ didn’t teach this?
Ref: Matthew 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! KJV
St. Paul wrote about it:
Ref: 2nd Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. KJV
Same thing happened to Eve in the Garden. She bought into Satan’s lies and ended up with child, and his name was Cain. This was an actual birth, not just spiritual.
Isaiah 33:12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.
And the people shall be as the burnings of lime. When limestone is heated to temperatures around 900º Fahrenheit in a lime kiln, it is turned into quick lime. This was then mixed with mud and acted as a stabilizer when making bricks or flooring material.
To produce a fire that would yield temperatures greater than 900º F, brush of thorns and briers was used. There is no hotter fire than one in which thorns and briers are burned. It only lasts for a very short time but the fire and the heat are intense.
Of course, in the times of Isaiah, around 650 B. C., there was no technology capable of producing a fire this hot, other than using natural materials found in the desert.
What we’re being told here is that those people that reject our Father and follow the Assyrian will be burned up with an extremely hot fire. Remember the Lake of Fire?
This example is meant to trigger thoughts of what fire does to a flesh and blood body and it is a figure of speech, in that we will all be in our spiritual bodies at that time, and nothing can harm that body, except our Father Himself.
Fire has no effect on a spiritual body. It can never get sick, break a bone, grow old or die. And only our Father has the power to kill a spiritual body. And He only does that based solely on our actions and decisions we make in this life. We are the ones that decide whether He destroys our soul or not.
So, this picture of an eternal, everlasting place called Hell, with burning fire and brimstone, and people screaming in pain, is pure fiction. The word “hell”, as used throughout Scripture, is to show the degenerative effect of sin on the soul.
Isaiah 33:13 Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
Those nations that are far off and the people of Israel that are near. Acknowledge that He is our Father; that He can do whatever He chooses to do.
That’s a hard thing for humans to do, to admit weakness or inferiority to someone else. To get down on our knees and be humble.
But if you love our Father and our Lord, that’s exactly what you have to do. Of the seven deadly sins of mankind, pride is probably the worst. I know that it was for Satan because that’s what caused his downfall in the first heaven/earth age.
Isaiah 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
Fire is a common image for divine justice and you must remember that our Father is a consuming fire.
The sinners in Zion are afraid. These are the impious ones, they profane our Father and His works. And they have every right to be afraid.
You know what? Probably the most despicable person alive is the one that KNOWS the truth of our Father's Word but ignores it or plays it for money or power. The number of souls taken in by their lies probably exceeds a comprehensible number. Yes, they'll pay the price on Judgment Day but look at what they put these people/souls through, possibly for their entire lifetime.
All the good that they do may be for naught if it goes towards a lie.
You HAVE TO CHECK OUT WHAT PEOPLE TELL YOU TO SEE IF IT IS FROM GOD. And I'm not above that. You had better check me out just like you should anybody else. I will not deliberately lead you astray but a word here or a word there may give you a different view of a particular verse or subject so CHECK ME OUT.
Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Well, if you’re in good standing with our Father, you can dwell with Him. Why? Because He’s not angry with you. You make a concerted effort each day to please Him, to follow His commandments, to pray and stay close to Him. Even during the happenings of the Lord’s Day, you have nothing to fear.
He loves you in return for your efforts and He will not allow one thing to harm you. All you have to do is believe that to be true and when judgment is happening all around you, that might be hard to do.
Isaiah 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly. These are the ones that can do it. Do what? Dwell with everlasting burnings from the previous verse.
He that despiseth the gain of oppressions.
✡ Oppressions-- OT:4642 ma`ashaqqah (mah-ash-ak-kaw'); from OT:6231; oppression:
✡ Root Word-- OT:6231`ashaq (aw-shak'); a primitive root (compare OT:6229); to press upon, i.e. oppress, defraud, violate, overflow:
He’s not going to commit fraud, he’s not going to cheat people, he’s going to be honest in all his dealings with others.
That shaketh his hands from holding of bribes. You couldn’t bribe this person if you tried.
That stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil. They want nothing to do with murder or be involved in anything that goes against the laws of our Father.
Seeing and hearing are two avenues through which sin can enter the mind and body:
Ref: Psalms 119:37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. KJV
You don’t put yourself in places where the temptation to sin is staring you dead in the face. You wouldn’t go to a strip joint if you don’t want the sin of lust to enter through your eyes, would you?
Isaiah 33:16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.
✡ Munitions-- OT:4679 metsad (mets-ad'); or metsad (mets-awd'); or (feminine) metsadah (mets-aw-daw'); from OT:6679; a fastness (as a covert of ambush):
Figuratively, Father is going to hide you in the clefts of rocks, immune from an ambush by the enemy. He’s going to take care of His own. You can count on it. He will make sure that you have something to eat and drink.
Jeremiah is a good example. Even though he was being held in prison, Father made sure that he ate and drank water every day:
Ref: Jeremiah 37:21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit Jeremiah into the court of the prison, and that they should give him daily a piece of bread out of the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city were spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison. KJV
Maybe he wasn’t in the most pleasant of places, but even in hard times, Father took care of him.
The same thing applies during the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist. Whatever the mark may end up being, whatever restrictions may be put on you for buying and selling, Father will always see that you have enough to survive. But you have to do your part as well.
No doubt, an underground system will quickly develop where Christians help Christians. Bartering may be a way of obtaining needed items. Keep lots of coins, especially silver. Paper money will probably be worthless but precious metal, even if it's only silver, will buy something.
There are plenty of websites where you can buy food items that will last for years, all you need is something that will last for five months. Have faith and turn it over to the Father. He knows exactly what you will be going through.
Isaiah 33:17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.
When will our eyes be able to see the Lord? On the first day of the Millennium and at the end of that time there is a land far off that is called the eternity and it can be called land, alright, because it will be right here on Mother Earth.
Isaiah 33:18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?
Thine heart shall meditate terror. This will be done after the fact, after king Sennacherib’s assault has passed. They will think back on it and meditate on it.
Where is the scribe? The Assyrians kept a more honest record of the events than did the Egyptians. They liked to embellish and exaggerate the truth. But the question is: where are they now?
Ref: 2nd Kings 25:19 And out of the city he took an officer that was set over the men of war, and five men of them that were in the king's presence, which were found in the city, and the principal scribe of the host, which mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people of the land that were found in the city: KJV
Where is the receiver? This fella was like an accountant, he kept records on everything that was brought to him: the heads of the slain, prisoners, cattle, sheep and so on. Where is he?
Where is he that counted the towers? As standard practice, the king would send men ahead of the army to count the number of towers that were along the walls that protected the city. If there were a lot of towers, they would probably be met with tremendous strength. If there were few towers, perhaps not too strong. Again, where are they?
Isaiah 33:19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.
During the Millennium there will only be things that do not offend. No murderers, no thieves, no con artists, no liars:
Ref: Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. KJV
These won’t be there, they have already been culled out and are awaiting Judgment Day when their sentence of the second death will be laid upon them.
Isaiah 33:20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
Thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation. Boy, what a change that will be from the previous five months of Satan’s tribulation. Peacefulness and serenity. No wars, no conflicts, no killing.
However, there will be many souls there that are having their first chance at hearing the true Word of God and they will be taught but they still haven’t made it through to the eternity. Not yet. They are still in danger of succumbing to the lies of Satan.
This tabernacle is our Lord Jesus Christ. He is as strong and true during this time as He has been since creation.
Isaiah 33:21 But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
There you have it…the glorious Lord will be there. Broad rivers and streams flowing gently because of their depth of truth and knowledge but don’t look for any ships. They are a thing of the past.
A ship with oars refers to a ship of war because they were propelled by oars. Merchant ships were propelled by sails.
Isaiah 33:22 For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.
When you acknowledge Him, He will protect you. If you love Him, you will try to do His will and because of that, He will save you. You’re His child.
Isaiah 33:23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey.
We’re talking to the enemy here. Remember that old tree we read about some time ago? Standing on that hill completely stripped of its leaves and branches? Well, this is kind of the mast spoken of here.
This ship of the Assyrian, which is a type of Antichrist, is not even going to have a lanyard to pull a sail to make their ship go. It’s stopped.
The lame take the prey. Even someone that is handicapped could take the spoil from them, that’s how helpless they will be at that time. But, remember that we have had a change of bodies at this time, and there will be no lame or handicapped there. It's a figure of speech.
Isaiah 33:24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity. KJV
There won’t be any sickness because of the change of bodies, from flesh and blood to the spiritual.
What a time this is going to be. What part are you going to play? Will you even be there for the Millennium or will you have been prejudged and awaiting execution?
It’s up to you and you alone.
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--17 August 2016--
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