The Book of Isaiah
The Voice From the Wilderness
Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 40
This chapter begins a new prophecy and, taking the historical chapters out that we just studied, if follows the last prophecy which began in chapter 34:1 through chapter 35:10.
Isaiah 40:1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
Repeated twice for emphasis and it’s called an epizeuxis, the same word or words being repeated with the same sense applied.
Our Father is speaking in this chapter and it concerns the future, both physically and spiritually. He’s telling them what the future holds and the comfort will come from the knowledge that the captivity will soon be over.
Isaiah 40:2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins.
He’s giving them a double blessing. Has that happened since this was written? No, it hasn’t because this is yet future.
Don't ever forget that Jerusalem is our Father's most favorite spot on earth. As human beings, we would probably choose the Grand Canyon or some other equally impressive natural feature, but He chose this spot, it's where the Millennial Temple will be and it will continue to be His center piece during the eternity, based on what we read 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
Speak ye comfortably means to speak from the heart and not just to the intellect. Speak affectionately, with soft words, comforting words.
Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
If that sounds familiar to you, it was quoted in Matthew 3:3;
Ref: Matthew 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. KJV
This was not Isaiah’s voice but one that he heard during a vision. The He mentioned here is the Lord Jesus Christ who would come, be crucified and have His kingdom rejected by His people. Two verses prior to Matthew 3:3, we will find that John the Baptist repeats those words of Isaiah:
Ref: Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, KJV
Now, there was a bit of confusion when Malachi, chapter 4:4-5 was read. Based on those verses, Israel was waiting for Elijah to re-appear before that great day known as the Lord’s Day.
When John the Baptist came out of the wilderness foretelling of the coming of our Lord, it was immediately reckoned that he was Elijah reincarnated, and indeed, some even started to believe in reincarnation soon after that.
Let’s read Malachi:
Ref: Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
Ref: Malachi 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. KJV
John the Baptist was not Elijah but he came in the spirit of Elijah. John was a type of Elijah. We can verify that in Luke 1:13-17, where the birth of John the Baptist to Zacharias and Elizabeth is foretold:
Ref: Luke 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
Ref: Luke 1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
Ref: Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
Ref: Luke 1:16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
Ref: Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. KJV
Can you imagine the look on people’s faces when John came out of the wilderness, looking like a wild man? He had nothing more than a cloth across his loins, his hair and beard was, no doubt, long and unkempt and full of twigs and stuff, perhaps he hadn’t bathed in many weeks or months.
And here he comes into town, heralding the coming of the Savior. My goodness, what a sight that must have been!
How far do you think he would get inside a church today, dressed and looking like that, carrying a message from Almighty God Himself, that the Savior was coming?
He wouldn’t have gotten past the foyer before someone or many someone’s stood in his way and politely told him to leave or they would call the cops. All those prim and proper ladies with their Sunday best on; the men in their expensive suits; the preacher with his quaffed hairdo and pearly whites.
Everything in perfect order for a human-version of a Sunday morning service. Only problem is that it’s a house of nothing, a beth-aven. Where the truth of our Father’s Word never sees the light of day and a fella attempts to come in, WITH the truth of our Father’s Word, and they run him out.
They probably wouldn’t even let him sit in the back where the underlings were told to sit.
“Well, you can’t just come in here looking like that in OUR church, buddy, so go somewhere else!”
Ref: James 2: 1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
Ref: James 2:2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
Ref: James 2:3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
Ref: James 2:4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? KJV
Isaiah 40:4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
When is this going to happen? Again, on the Lord’s Day, the first day of the Millennium. There will be no hardships there. You won’t have to work up a sweat to get from here to there. Everything will be pleasant and smooth.
Things don’t work like that in this age. Just as you’re putting one fire out, another one appears in a different area of your life. How wonderful it’s going to be with the Lord and have Him make our lives smooth and comfortable.
He paid an awesome price on the cross to give us that opportunity. Are you going to realize that and live your life accordingly or do the things of this world mean more to you?
Tune your radio to an AM channel some Saturday and all you will hear are experts telling you how to manage your money, how to retire with enough wealth that your lifestyle won’t change, how to live the good life after your years of working are over.
And that’s all well and good, but on the other hand, one would think that going to church, a preacher would tell you how to ensure your spiritual future. Never seems to happen that way, does it? In a lot of cases, all they really want is some of that money you’ve got squirreled away for your happy retirement.
“Give us a $100 and we’ll send you a statue of a dove; give us $500 and we’ll send you a statue of an eagle. Give us $10 and we’ll send you a little ‘bitty prayer cloth and we’ll even bless it ourselves!”
Such a deal! If you’re really concerned about where your soul will go at the time of your physical death, you need to take care of that yourself, don’t depend on someone else, least of all, some preacher who looks at his/her vocation as a JOB and not as saving the souls of our Father’s children.
Read and study the Bible, with understanding. Just reading the words will do you no good. I feel sorry for some of these folks that brag:
“Yeah, I’ve read the bible from front to back. Every single page.”
That’s great but what did you get out of it? You have to read it and be able to understand what it’s trying to tell you for it to make a difference in your life.
Isaiah 40:5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
And all flesh shall see it together. Every human being on this planet will see it all at the same time, or at least, within minutes of each other. When He descends from the sky in all His Shekinah glory, and places His feet on Mount Zion once again, the entire population of this earth will stand there looking at it in awe.
This could not have been PHYSICALLY possible 100 years ago. Of course, our Father could have, at any time, had the Holy Spirit place that recognition in our minds WITHOUT seeing it physically with our very own eyes but with the advent of space travel and communication satellites, GPS, digital TV cameras up-linking every nanosecond what’s happening before it, everyone has that opportunity to see it at the same time.
But you had better look fast for at that instant we will all change from these flesh and blood bodies into our spiritual bodies. What a great day that’s going to be.
When this happens we will go from the first advent into the second advent. Zechariah gives us our Lord coming in at both events. In the first advent He rode into Jerusalem on a lowly ass.
Ref: Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
In the second advent He comes on a mighty steed.
Ref: Zechariah 9:10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. KJV
Isaiah 40:6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
This is the second voice, the voice of Yahaveh.
This flesh and blood body can't do any good in and of itself. It's always looking for an easy way to do things, ways that are pleasurable to it. It's the soul and spirit that our Father places within that body, that directs it to do His work, to follow His laws.
Metaphorically speaking here…grass and flowers of the field represent human kind, meaning that we’re all going to wither and die, just like the grass and the flowers.
Isaiah 40:7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
Here, it is a simile because the grass and flower resemble the other.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
But the word of our God shall stand for ever. Don’t ever think that you’re wasting your time by reading and studying this Bible because it’s going to be with us all of our days in the flesh; all of our days in our spiritual body during the Millennium; and all of our days throughout the eternity.
This book, this Bible, the written words and thoughts of the Creator, will be with us forever.
Just because we die a physical death it doesn’t mean that the Bible is no longer of any use. The heritage that it represents, the prophets, the Apostles, the Patriarchs of the 12 tribes, all of this will be remembered and honored during both the Millennium and the eternity.
In fact, Revelation tells us that the Apostles and the Patriarchs will sit at the Throne of our Father throughout eternity:
Ref: Revelation 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, KJV
Twelve Apostles, twelve Patriarchs.
The flesh may wither and die like the grass and the flowers but His Word will never die.
Isaiah 40:9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
Specifically, Jerusalem and the cities of Judah will see it first hand as well. What is it that they will see again? The second coming of our Lord. In Jerusalem. On Mt. Zion.
Be not afraid. So many people are afraid of these coming times that they won’t even read the book of Revelation. Not because their preacher told them not to but because the symbolism scares them to death.
But if you are in good standing with our Father and you have tried to live a life based on His principles and commandments AND you have the seal of our Father in your forehead, then you have nothing to worry about.
When some preacher says:
“Well, all you have to do is believe and you’re going to heaven!”
There’s just a bit more to it than that, in this day and age, with the closing of the generation of the fig tree approaching quickly.
I don’t worry about it but I think that when it all begins to happen, at His return, I, as well as many others, will feel such excitement and exhilaration at everything that’s happening around us, that it may seem to feel like fear.
But there’s a world of difference between the feelings of dread and the feelings of excitement. And those that feel that sense of dread and foreboding, will also hear that little voice in their head telling them that they should have taken the time, they should have lived differently, they should have studied instead of partying every night, but by then if will be far too late to have any regrets.
Seeing Christ standing on that mountain in Jerusalem and then being separated from Him, almost instantly, will leave you little time to reflect on your life-decisions in this advent.
Those that have His seal in their minds will quickly get over the excitement of the time and full-fledged happiness and contentment will overwhelm them.
How can anyone turn their back on that? I sure hope that you do not.
Isaiah 40:10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
You didn’t study or read and you believed the lies of Satan. Sorry, Charlie, you’re outta here. Led your life the way that you wanted to, not the way that He wanted, didn’t you? Goodbye. You’re not going to be with us.
His strong arm will cull these folks out and separate them but they won’t be separated like His Election will be, this separation is far different. They’ll sit off to the side, and contemplate with deep sorrow, the error of their ways in this life.
His reward is with him. These rewards won’t be handed out just yet but He has them with Him. He’s ready to give them out and that will happen on the great and wonderful day of Judgment.
Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
Those that have loved Him and have overcome Satan and the world in this life, He will treat them with the tenderness of a shepherd taking care of his flock.
And when the flock moves faster, when feeding, than the new mothers with little ones can keep up with, He will slow down and wait for them. There is no hurry now. There’s nothing bad coming around the bend that you need to keep your eye on.
Here you can slow down and enjoy the warmth and love of our Lord.
The others will be blotted out of existence.
Isaiah 40:12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
In the prior verse, He was portrayed as a loving shepherd taking care of His flock, this verse shows us His power to create.
This should take you back to the book of Job where Father is dressing him down for just running his mouth:
Ref: Job 38:1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Ref: Job 38:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
Ref: Job 38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
Ref: Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
Ref: Job 38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Ref: Job 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
Ref: Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Ref: Job 38:8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
Ref: Job 38:9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
Ref:Job 38:10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
Ref: Job 38:11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
Ref: Job 38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; KJV
Look up at the sky some clear evening and just take in the expanse of the heavens. Try to pick out one or two of the planets. Mars or Saturn or Jupiter should surely be there somewhere. Here’s an easy way to differentiate between a star and one of the planets…a star will shimmer, it will twinkle, while a planet’s light will be steady, it won’t appear to vary in intensity.
Isaiah 40:13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
Our Father created it all. He needed no help from anyone. Could He create an entity that was more knowledgeable than He was? Impossible. Would He create something that would tell Him what to do? Impossible again. Satan/Lucifer thought he was but he soon found out that he wasn’t.
Isaiah 40:14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
Who taught Him in the wisdom whereby He so beautifully adjusts the places and proportions of all created things? No one.
Isaiah 40:15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
When you pour the water out of a bucket and there’s that last little drop clinging to the rim, Father says that we are smaller than that. Or when weighing gold dust on a set of scales and that one tiny little spec just won’t seem to come off, we are less than that.
In the whole scheme of His creation, we are very, very small. You know, we listen to the news and they talk about this country and that government and we worry about the global economy and all that. It really doesn’t mean that much to Him.
Surely, He recreated the surface of this earth for us to live in while in flesh and blood bodies and He gave us a beautiful planet nonetheless but it was all for us, not for Him. He’s concerned with our souls and not some government.
Isaiah 40:16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
You could take every animal that was ever born in Lebanon and offer them up all at one time for a burnt offering and it would not be enough to change anything. He never liked burnt offerings in the first place. He required us to do them ONLY to show our obedience to Him:
Ref: 1st Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. KJV
Isaiah 40:17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
The meaning of vanity today is excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities, and achievements but here it means:
✡ Vanity-- OT:8414 tohuw (to'-hoo); from an unused root meaning to lie waste; a desolation (of surface), i.e. desert; figuratively, a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain:
Remember the words without form and void from Genesis? Tohuw va Bohuw.
Nations are a worthless thing to Him. He could care less who is a member of NATO or any other global association and who is not.
HE’S CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR SOUL. He wants your soul and my soul to be in Paradise, eternity, with Him because He loves us. Oh, it’s great that we have accomplished all that we have since human existence began but when you let that pride get in your way of serving Him, you’re barking up the wrong tree. He won’t put up with it.
Isaiah 40:18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
Who would you compare Him to, indeed? Don’t even think about doing it with golden idols of calves or rams or human male body parts.
Isaiah 40:19 The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.
This is how to make an idol. Can it treat you like a shepherd could? Can it speak or move? Of course not. Could it look after you in troubled times? Of course not. This is the point of our Father asking these questions.
In my opinion, it’s a downright shame that He has to ask these questions to begin with but then, we’re a bunch of despicable, contemptable, rotten-to-the-core human beings who will do most anything for one minuscule moment of pleasure.
Isaiah 40:20 He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.
It sits in one place and CAN’T move but, although penniless, he makes sure that it’s going to last a good long time. Probably chose a hardwood that will take years to rot. All that effort for naught.
And Father asks if they are going to worship THAT and not Him?
Listen to the questions in the next verse because some of them go back into the first heaven/earth age.
Isaiah 40:21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
Hasn’t anyone told you when the beginning was? You surely never heard about it in church. I went to church six days a week from the time I was seven until I was fourteen and I never heard about it.
(For those of you that might doubt that statement, I went to a Catholic school. Morning Mass five days a week and Momma took us on Sunday.)
The phrase foundations of the earth always refers back to the first heaven/earth age. Forget about the church or other people, why haven’t you read it for yourself? Don’t you read the Bible at all?
If you understand the beginning, if you understand what happened in that first heaven/earth age, it will unravel a slew of mysteries that you will encounter throughout the Bible. These mysteries will be opened up to you, your spiritual eyes will allow you to see events that most people never knew existed.
This is called having the key of David.
And that’s a shame because it’s all written right there in that book.
“Well, I read the Bible but I just don’t understand it.”
Well, I’ll tell you what. For some reason, you found your way to this website and if you truly want to understand the Scriptures, especially the events that occurred in the first heaven/earth age, there is a lot of information about it on this site that you can read and educate yourself.
Just go to the top menu bar and look around and find something that interests you and begin there. And I’m sorry for doing this to you but from that moment on you can never say that you never had a chance to discover the truth of the Scriptures.
That chance was given to you right here on this website. You either take advantage of it or you ignore it. The decision is yours. Time is getting short so you need to decide one way or the other..... soon.
Isaiah 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
This word circle means a compass:
✡ Circle-- OT:2329 chuwg (khoog); from OT:2328; a circle: KJV - circle, circuit, compass.
The inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers. Have you ever taken a commercial flight somewhere and looked out the window and noticed that the people below you are so small that they look like ants? From where our Father sits, on this circle, we appear to be no larger than a grasshopper.
Isaiah 40:23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
Again, this word vanity is the same word as used back in verse 17. Nothingness. Worthless.
Ref: Psalms 107:40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way. KJV
If the princes and judges don’t make their decisions based on His laws they err to a great degree because many of the laws that man enacts are for the personal gain of the lawmakers themselves.
Our very Constitution was written and based on the principles found in the Scriptures but a lot of the decisions that are made today, not just from circuit court judges but from on high, from the Supreme Court, are politically and socially based and many make no sense at all.
One of the dumbest things I ever heard a politician say was when Nancy Pelosi said that we have to pass the law before we read what it says. This was concerning the health care bill known as Obamacare and her exact quote was:
“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
One piece of sound advice I received at a young age was to NEVER sign a contract without reading it first. Not as far as Nancy Pelosi was concerned because she was afraid that if the public knew what was in that bill they would riot and not stand for it.
Well, wait a minute. People don't riot in this country. The effort to get off the couch just isn't worth it.
To get around that you simply sign the bill and then tell everyone what was in it.
Isaiah 40:24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
Don’t oppose our Father, you will always lose.
Isaiah 40:25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
This is a continuance with verse 18.
Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
Not one of those stars is missing and He knows each one of them by name and you would rather whittle out a god from a piece of wood?
Our government and NASA spends a great deal of money each year in space exploration, constantly searching for signs of life on another planet, such as mars. Recently, astronomers have discovered eight exoplanets that may be able to support life as our planet does.
It’s no secret that science believes in a process known as panspermia, where individual cells may have been embedded in space material, meteors really, and this is the basis of all life on earth. If they can find another heavenly body that they can feel sure could support life, even in its most primitive form, they could prove that mankind came to this planet through this method.
At least, that’s their theory. They’re not out to prove that creation is wrong, they just don’t believe it to begin with and finding life somewhere out there would prove them to be right. But it’s a colossal waste of time and money.
When we get into the eternity I feel certain that the heavens that we looked at all of our lives will open up to us in ways that only our Father can imagine and I cannot wait for that to happen. There is so much to look forward to after this earthly life is over, it boggles my mind to see people so nonchalant about NOT wanting to find out more about the life after this.
Isaiah 40:27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Jacob is the natural seed of all twelve Tribes.
What’s being said here is that His chosen people don’t believe that He watches over them, that He essentially ignores them and their plight.
Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
He never tires and He knows all things. He doesn’t need to relax and go on a vacation. He understands everything about His Creation so when you say to yourself that He cares not for you, all you’re doing is putting on a pity party for yourself. Self-pity. Poor little ‘ole me. God doesn’t care about me.
Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Not only does He not faint, He gives power to those that DO faint.
Isaiah 40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
Without our Father’s help even a young man would run out of energy and faint.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. KJV
If you wait for His coming, if you pray and read His Word, if you live your life according to His laws, He will bless you with the spiritual strength to overcome the trials and tribulations of these end times.
Wait on Him. He won’t disappoint you.
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