Idols and Nations

The Book of Isaiah

Chapter 45

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     Isaiah 45:1 Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

     Father chose this man, Cyrus, even before his birth, which means that He knew the soul that He placed into this particular human being to be one that He could trust and, no doubt, was one of His set-aside ones from the first heaven/earth age, one of His Elect.

     As I’ve said many times before, those sous that stood with our Father during Satan’s attack on the Mercy Seat, the war in heaven known as the katabole’, they proved themselves back then and that allows our Father to use them in this heaven/earth age to further His Plan, no matter what that might entail.

     Cyrus must have kept in touch with the leaders of Israel while they were in captivity and when God told Him that he was to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, Cyrus opened the door for any Israelite that wanted to, to come back to that city and help in the rebuilding. He also allotted a huge sum of money so that they could buy some supplies to begin the work.

     Father will use whomever He chooses to do whatever it is that He wants done, but He will only use those souls that have proven themselves to be trustworthy so if you go through this life ignoring Him except in those times when you need Him, don’t expect Him to call on you to do too much for Him.

     You can change His attitude towards you any time that you want. Repent of your sins, pray to Him and tell Him that you love Him and want to do His will from now on, at least, as best as you can.

     That’s all He wants you to do….just to try to please Him. You’ll be amazed at how good it will make you feel inside.

     Isaiah 45:2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:

     I will break in pieces the gates of brass. Cyrus entered into Jerusalem without firing a shot. While the city was engaging in revelry on the night that Cyrus captured it, the inner gates from the street to the river had been left open.

     Now, there were walls along each side of the River Euphrates and they had gates, which, if they had been shut, would have hemmed in Cyrus and his army to where the Babylonians could have destroyed them.

     Father took care of the gates for Cyrus.

     And cut in sunder the bars of iron. Also, the gates of the palace were left open so that there was access to every part of the city, meaning that those that lived in the outskirts were taken prisoners before those in the palace ever knew it was coming.

     Father said that He was going to do this and it happened exactly that way.

     Isaiah 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

     Cyrus is going to know that He is God, that He is who He says He is. The God of Israel.

     Isaiah 45:4 For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.

     For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect. This is both Houses, Judah and Ephraim.

     I have even called thee by thy name,  means that Father named him before he was born. We read about this in the last chapter. 137 years before he was born, Father named him.

     Time doesn’t mean all that much to our Father, certainly not as much as it means to us. Time in a computer is a precious commodity. The faster that a CPU can process data the less time it takes to do the work.

     Most of us are familiar with a nanosecond which is one-billionth of a second but have you heard of a femtosecond? That’s shorter than one-quadrillionth of a second. Man, that is fast and fast saves time and time is money. Every heard that before? Time is money.

     Time is also something that we don’t have much of. We’re coming down to the spiritual wire and most people don’t even know it. Just going through their daily life, nothing special happening, got plenty of time to get most things done.

     One day, time as we know it, is going to stop. Are you going to be prepared for it? It’s gonna happen on the Lord’s Day.

     Isaiah 45:5 I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

     Father is still talking about Cyrus. He strengthened him.

     Isaiah 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.

     That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west. That’s an interesting way of saying that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, isn’t it? There is only one that can do that, make the sun appear to rise in the east and set in the west. And that One is Yahaveh.

     Why did our Father name Cyrus? He only did that three other times throughout the Scriptures:

     Isaac--- Genesis 17:19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. KJV

     Solomon—1st Chronicles 22:9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. KJV

     Josiah—1st Kings 13:2 And he cried against the altar in the word of the Lord, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the Lord; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee. KJV

     Yes, I’m aware that there were a few others who were named before their birth, such as our Lord being called Emmanuel, but the command from our Father was delivered by an angel, not Father Himself:

     Ref:  Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

     Ref:  Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

     Ref:  Matthew 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

     Ref:  Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. KJV

     Why did our Father name him Cyrus? Well, what comes up from the east? The sun and that’s what Cyrus means, the sun. Because he would accomplish things, things that our Father wanted done, he was a type of deliverer, as was our Lord.

     Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

     You might be taken aback by reading that our Father creates evil and that IS a bad translation, it should read adversity:

       Evil-- OT:7451 ra` (rah); from OT:7489; bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral): KJV - adversity, affliction, bad, calamity, displease (-ure),

     Mankind and Satan create evil, our Father does not. He can bring calamity upon certain peoples as a correction, to get their attention and to turn their heads around, make them see the light again and renew their spiritual purpose again.

    Isaiah 45:8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it.

     And let them bring forth salvation. That’s His whole purpose in creating the world as it is in this heaven/earth age, to give His children, you and I, a chance for salvation.

     You know, there’s an old saying that one bad apple will ruin the whole barrel and this holds true with what happened in the first heaven/earth age. Not every soul aligned themselves with Satan and his 7000 corrupt angels but because SOME did, ALL souls will go through this heaven/earth age. Revelation tells us that about:

  •      1/3 did follow them

  •      1/3 did not follow them

  •      1/3 probably didn't care 

     Of the 1/3 of the souls that did follow Satan I'm sure that there were some whose voice was not heard, who really didn't want to be included in that group because they did love the Lord but then it's just a general classification and the personal beliefs of each individual soul is what counts.

     It was a FEW BAD APPLES up there that changed life forever for ALL the souls in heaven. The good part is that the souls that loved Him back then will still love Him now, today, so all they’re doing is reinforcing their love.

     What was the alternative for our Father? Destroy ALL souls and maybe begin again, but He didn’t do that, He saw enough good souls among the billions, they touched His heart and this is the Plan that He put in place instead of total destruction.

     Isaiah 45:9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

     It wouldn’t be wise for the clay to say to the potter…

     “Look at your hands! Do you even know what you’re doing?”

     One good squeeze and that problem has disappeared. Reshape it, remold it. It’s not very smart to pick a fight with your Creator, the One that can destroy your very soul. I think Matthew cautioned us about that one time:

     Ref:  Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. KJV

     Only your Creator can do that.

     Isaiah 45:10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?

     This could get a little graphic here because the word begettest means to bring forth or to bear offspring:

       Begettest-- OT:3205 yalad (yaw-lad'); a primitive root; to bear young; causatively, to beget; medically, to act as midwife; specifically, to show lineage:

     Who would say to an earthly father:

     “What on earth did your seed bring forth?”

     Or to an earthly mother after she has given birth to a child:

     “That’s the best you can do?”

     The Israelites were proud of the fact that THEY were a special creation of our Father and it irked them when the Gentiles became grafted into that same branch, that same tree, as they were.

     Isaiah 45:11 Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.

     Instead of getting angry with our Father concerning what He has created and why He created it, ask Him why He did things that way that He did.

     Isaiah 45:12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

     This is our Father’s absolute declaration that He is the One that created all that we see. Now, put that up against the scientific theory that a 2-millimeter piece of space material evolved into what we see in the heavens today and choose which is more believable.

     Science contending that these bodies that we walk around in today came here as a molecule riding on the back of some asteroid from a far distant place in outer space. My oh my, if evolution can do something like that WITHOUT a purpose, think what could have happened if there was some guidance from a higher power.

     Wow, that puts us right back at the doorstep of Creationism, doesn’t it?

     No, even a fool knows deep down in his/her heart that what we see around us is no haphazard happenstance. And science is still trying to prove their theories, that’s why they keep sending space capsules into deep space to see if they can find other life forms that resemble us.

     In the event that they find no evidence of life they will look to the environment of these planets to see if they could sustain human life. My question is: why? Even if we could find a habitable planet out there beyond the Milky Way, how on earth would we transport 7.4 billion people there?

     What’s wrong with this planet that our Father created? What's wrong with this beautiful blue jewel contrasted against the pitch black of outer space?

     This plan of NASA and the science community is so absurd it almost brings me to the point of nausea. Do we really have to go this far and spend this horrendous amount of time and money just to prove that our Father really does exist?

     Regardless of mankind’s lofty ambitions regarding space travel and finding other life forms that may be out there, we are constrained by time and distance to even get there to check them out, much less bring a specimen back for testing. Whatever we do find will have been created by our Father, at any rate.

     The vastness of space keeps us constrained to this blue planet, with no chance of us living somewhere else. Something that our Father, no doubt, considered from the beginning.

     Isaiah 45:13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the Lord of hosts.

     Father is not going to give Cyrus some kind of reward for rebuilding the Temple and Jerusalem and giving His people freedom again. This is much too important to consider monetary gain or stature.

     Some could say that our Father made Cyrus do His bidding on this but don’t forget that Cyrus still has free will, he could have refused our Father at any time but he didn’t and everyone, except the Babylonians and Satan, enjoyed the victory.

     Isaiah 45:14 Thus saith the Lord, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God.

     There is no God, is not a good translation. It should read there is no OTHER God.

     The Egyptians and the Ethiopians and the Sabeans will all fall before Cyrus, there will be no resistance from them. In fact, they will recognize that Cyrus is doing the will of our Father.

     Isaiah 45:15 Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

     In a lot of cases, our Father uses other people to do His will while He remains in the background but He always tells us what He’s going to do before hand, through the prophets, so He’s really not hiding at all.

     Isaiah 45:16 They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.

     They will be confused and disgraced, those that make the idols.

     Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.

     Don’t believe in Him and worship idols and you’ll be confused and ashamed; believe in Him and you will NOT be confused or ashamed forever. What that’s saying is that following our Father will bring you eternal life, following a piece of wood will only bring embarrassment.

     Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.

     He created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited. When we begin reading Genesis 1:1 we have what may appear to some as the beginning of the creation of this earth when actually it was the re-forming of the surface of the earth from a previous state.

     Genesis 1:1 is not a record of the original creation, He didn’t create it void and desolate, it became void and desolate because our Father was beginning a new era, a new age. If He formed it to be inhabited and Genesis 1:1 was NOT that intended formation and human beings were NOT the original inhabitants, then who was?

     It was created for the angels, you and I, in spiritual bodies, sometime in the first heaven/earth age, the age before the one that we are now living in. But when Satan and his 7000 angelic followers challenged our Father for possession of the Mercy Seat, a war broke out, the katabole’.

     And when it was all said and done, Satan was condemned to a spiritual death and our Father destroyed the surface of the earth, in preparation of the coming second heaven/earth age.

     The whole secret to understanding all of this lies between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 because between these two verses there was a span of time that includes billions of years. Science has concluded that this earth is 4.5 billion years old with a margin of error of around 50 million years.

     Including that margin of error, the earth would be 4.99999999 billion years old. And the Bible agrees with that finding, it’s just that people don’t listen to the words of our Father. They’re too busy to take the time to read it and absorb it.

     But Father created it to be inhabited. The original Plan was with angels, which then evolved to souls in earthly bodies. Those of you with Companion Bibles are blessed because in the back of the book, in appendix 141, you have a very good explanation of the happenings at that time.

     And understanding the three different heaven/earth ages, as explained in 2nd Peter, chapter 3, will enlarge your concept of why we are where we are today and that will bring security to your mind.

     The Scriptures don’t say that this earth is 6000 years old, organized religion says that.

     Isaiah 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.

     Father doesn’t fill our heads with junk; He doesn’t fill our minds with lies; He doesn’t fill our hearts with hate. He speaks with truth, about things that are right and not wrong.

     Isaiah 45:20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.

     Ye that are escaped of the nations. That means the nations of Cyrus.

     Isaiah 45:21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

     Father is challenging all that worship idols to come near to Him, show Him what your idols are capable of doing. He can foretell events to come, the idols cannot.

     A just God and a Saviour. The Father and the Son.

     Isaiah 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

     Look unto Him, all the peoples of this world, look unto Him for there is none else. Idols just won’t cut it.

     Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, a just God and a Saviour, every tongue shall swear.

     When our Father swears on Himself you can bet that whatever it is, it’s going to happen just as He says it.

     Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.

        Incensed-- OT:2734 charah (khaw-raw'); a primitive root [compare OT:2787]; to glow or grow warm; figuratively (usually) to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy:

     When you lean on Him you absorb His righteousness and His strength. And all those that flare up in anger against Him, they will be ashamed and disappointed.

     Isaiah 45:25 In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. KJV

     We will all be judged and those that overcome, glory will be showered upon them.

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