Babylon's Idols

The Book of Isaiah

Chapter 46

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     This chapter begins with the downfall of Babylon and the first two verses, gives us a picture of Cyrus’s army carrying the idols out of the city. This was done in an attempt to mollify the captured people, by letting them still pray to their gods, even though they will be taken to another land.

     In bringing down Babylon, Cyrus was to defeat Nebuchadnezzar’s offspring and to bring in the prince of Persia, which would be Cyrus himself, who would rebuild Jerusalem for our Heavenly Father, His most favorite spot on this earth.

     You can read our Father’s command to Cyrus in the book of Ezra:

     Ref:  Ezra 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

     Ref:  Ezra 1:2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. KJV

     If you read the 16th chapter of Ezekiel, you will find that our Father likens this city to a young woman. It begins at her birth and follows her through puberty and His love simply pours out.

     Isaiah 46:1 Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden to the weary beast.

     Bel is another name for Baal and, strangely enough, that word means lord. Bel or Baal was the male supreme god of the Phoenician and Canaanite nations, whereas, Ashtoreth was the female supreme god. It parallels Zeus or Jupiter of Greek and Roman mythology.

     Nebo is a well-known Chaldean god of the Babylonians and Assyrians and associated with the planet Mercury. Similar gods were the Egyptian Anubis, the Greek Hermes and the Roman Mercurius.

     They are fallen, literally. They’ve got them loaded up on carts or wagons and ready for transport.

     Isaiah 46:2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.

     In fact, they are so heavy they almost bring these beasts of burden down to their knees. The gods, which were supposed to be inside these idols, should have been able to raise themselves up and move on their own but as our Father has pointed out in the last few chapters, they can’t do anything.

     So many people today are carrying around the burden of religious junk. Traditions of some church system. Teaching things that our Father said He never told them to say. Speaking with their own tongues, their own words.

     And it has become so ingrained, generation after generation, in the minds of people, some will never believe the truth when it is given to them. The only thing that saves them is that they THINK that they’re doing what the Lord wants and that’s the reason for the Millennium. These poor souls will have ALL of the truth during that time, so there is still hope for them.

     Sadly, even after 1000 years, some will still follow Satan and walk that green mile to the Lake of Fire.

     Isaiah 46:3 Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb:

     Listen to me, our Father says! Unlike a wagon load of dead wood, our Father says that He carries us, not some wagon. If you believe in Bal or Baal or some other heathen god or idol, you have to carry that thing around, sometimes tote it in a wagon, whereas, if you believe in our Father, HE will carry YOU. Quite a difference, isn’t it?

     Remember, some of those idols were as big as trees! Visualize a 20’-30’ tree, with the bark and branches taken off and some crude image chiseled on it. What an incredible waste of time. When all you had to do was believe in our Father and His love would carry you around.

     And He carries you from the womb. Just as soon as you become an air-breathing human being, He will be there for you.

     Isaiah 46:4 And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.

     Hoar hairs. Those are strange words, aren’t they?

       Hoar-- OT:7872 seybah (say-baw'); feminine of OT:7869; old age:

       Root Word-- OT:7869 seyb (sabe); from OT:7867; old age:

       Root Word-- OT:7867 siyb (seeb); a primitive root; properly, to become aged, i.e. (by implication) to grow gray:

     Is hoar a word that is still in use today? Sure is. Some years ago I was up in the Great Smokey Mountains and a cold front came through during the night. The next morning, with temperatures in the mid 20’s, blue sky with white fluffy clouds and a light breeze, these clouds floated into and over some of the ridge tops.

     With the cloud mingled among the trees, the water droplets froze onto the trees, leaving a frost that they called hoar frost. A beautiful sight with the sun glinting off the frozen ice crystals.

     He’s going to carry us from the womb until our head is full of gray hair, in other words, our entire life in these earthly bodies. Why would anybody turn their backs on that and take up with a bunch of dead wood? Are you doing that?

     While the root word of Babylon is babel, that word meaning confusion, our Father is just the opposite:

     Ref:  1st Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. KJV

     Verse 5.

     Isaiah 46:5 To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?

     This is our Father speaking here. He’s asking if there is anything in this world or universe that can compare to Him, and of course, there isn’t. He is it.

     That’s extremely hard for most people to take in and believe but those with faith will do exactly that. We can’t see Him, can’t hear Him, but the Holy Spirit will give us the certainty of His existence, in our mind, when we go with our faith and believe in Him.

     Isaiah 46:6 They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship.

     They give this guy their gold and silver, they watch him while he makes the idol, and when complete, they fall down and worship it. Unbelievable.

     Today, people believe in the fly-away doctrine and the rapture theory and even though some of them have probably read Ezekiel 13, they still refuse to believe our Father:

     Ref:  Ezekiel 13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly. KJV

     Unbelievable. It is so plain to see and understand.

     Isaiah 46:7 They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.

     They pick this idol up, probably after it has cooled down from being molded by the goldsmith, they carry it over there, they set it down and they pray out loud to it. It doesn’t answer, it doesn’t solve their problems but, nonetheless, they’ll probably stay there till midnight, hoping that this thing will do something.

     While our Father looks down on them while shaking His head, no doubt. He’s probably thinking: what the heck is wrong with these people that I created?

     Eight automobile makers: Honda, Fiat, Chrysler, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Ferrari and Mitsubishi have recalled 12 million of their cars due to a faulty Takata airbag, which has killed 13 drivers so far, and people still keep buying those cars.

     I mean, these air bags blow up like a hand grenade, right in their faces, shredding their skin and they continue to buy these cars.

     Unbelievable.

     Isaiah 46:8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.

     Shew yourselves men. Don’t look at these idols as little children, look at them like an adult. Maybe then you’ll see the absurdity of what you’re doing.

     I get it. You don’t want to believe in our Father but this is your choice? You choose this over Him and His creation?

     Bring it again to mind. Father says to just think about this for a minute, can you do that? I mean, this bothers and hurts our Father so much that He has spent the last three chapters of this book talking about it.

     Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

     Father just said twice: I am God. Twice. If you are His child and you kick all those religious traditions of men and church to the curb; you don’t fall for all the garbage that’s in this world today…political and social correctness be damned....

     ...you know in your heart that profiling is the ONLY way to even begin to sort out potential terrorists from the rest of us, if you know that the fake messiah comes before the true Messiah; if you have the seal of our Father in your brain, He is probably so proud of you right now that He cannot wait to use you to help carry out His Plan.

     It’s not that we should look for blessings every time that we do something right but we should do whatever we can to bring the truth to those that are just downright stupid because He loves them every bit as much as He loves you and I.

     And saving just one soul from the grasp of Satan can bring forgiveness for un-repented sin and you know that we all could use some spiritual backup there because, try as we might, we may still get caught unawares:

     Ref:  James 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. KJV

     Verse 10.

     Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

     This Book, His Word, reveals to us everything that we need to know, from the first heaven/earth age up to the first day of the Millennium to the first day of the Eternity and far beyond that. All of His prophesies coming true in their own time. He councils us through this Word, what we have to do is listen and apply it in our lives.

     One prophesy that comes to mind that has been fulfilled during my lifetime is the generation of the fig tree. The last generation that will live in earthly bodies:

     Ref:  Matthew 24:34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. KJV

     When did that generation begin? In 1948. The generation when the Jews started returning to the land of their forefathers.

     Ref:  Jeremiah 24:6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. KJV

     It took many years for Jews from all over the world to begin returning to Israel. My wife had a cousin that was married to a Jew and he sold his house and moved his entire family back to Israel. This was back in the 1970’s and many of his friends were doing the same thing.

     I didn’t understand what was going on at the time, but after I began reading and studying His Word, years later, I did see the light. Israel had established her international borders, again, back in 1948 and visa’s and passports were being issued to Jews from many countries, especially Germany and Russia, allowing them to leave and go back to Israel.

     That was a monumental event but unless you understood the Scriptures that foretold that event, it was just another news story. That’s why I keep repeating that we are getting close to the end of this generation and we need to make preparations now, today, because it takes time to build a foundation based on the truth of our Father, one strong enough to withstand Satan and his lies during his five-month tribulation.

     You can’t, all of a sudden, say:

     “Yes, I believe!”

     And two days later, resist the onslaught of lies from the mouth of Satan/Antichrist for the next five months. It ain’t gonna happen. Not in a million years.

     Isaiah 46:11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

     That ravenous bird is Cyrus. He freed our Father’s people and even financed the materials used in rebuilding the Temple. It happened just the way that our Father said that it would.

     Isaiah 46:12 Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness:

     Stiff-necked would be another good word to use here.

     Isaiah 46:13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory. KJV

     The price has been paid, on the cross, for that to happen and it’s not just available to those in Israel but worldwide. To all peoples.

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