The Book of Isaiah

Chapter 49

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The Promise of Messiah

Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 49

     This is what we’ve been waiting for. The promise of the Messiah. Cyrus was a type and now our Father is going to give us the real thing.

     Our Lord, the Messiah, is speaking here…

     Isaiah 49:1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

     Listen, O isles, though isles indicate those countries along the seacoast, this is for all peoples, all nations, all religions.

     Me. This is our Lord Jesus Christ, Yashuah, talking about His Father.

     The Lord hath called me from the womb. The word Lord, used here, is Yahaveh, our Heavenly Father:

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

     So, inserting the Divine names, the verse would read thusly:

     Listen, O isles, unto Yashuah; and hearken, ye people, from far; Yahaveh hath called Yashuah from the womb; from the bowls of my mother hath he, Yahaveh, made mention of my name.

     He made mention of my name. And it was mentioned in this very book, back in chapter 7:

     Ref:  Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. KJV

     Some might say:

     “Well, how could this be Jesus, He hasn’t even been born yet?”

     And you’re right, He hasn’t been born in an earthly body yet but that doesn’t mean that He never existed before that time. He is the Son of our Father, sent here for a different purpose, operating out of a different aspect.

     It might be difficult for some to understand the three different agencies of our Father: We have Himself, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three have a function to fulfill ONLY because we, our souls, are in flesh and blood bodies during this time. There was no need for the Savior or the Holy Spirit in the first heaven/earth age nor will it be necessary for these two other offices during the Eternity.

     In the book of 1st john we have documentation of these three offices:

     Ref:  1st John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. KJV

     Our Father controls it all, the Son gives us the opportunity of salvation, and the Holy Spirit works in our lives every day, if we allow it to happen. The Holy Spirit is the opposite of Satan’s spirit, which also works in our lives every day. If we allow it to happen.

     Remember, also, that our Lord is one of four throughout Scripture who was named, by our Father, before they were born, Cyrus being one of them.

     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

     God with us. Another witness to the three offices of our Father. Emmanuel with us; God with us.

     Isaiah 49:2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;

     And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword. Where have we read this before? Yep, Revelation:

      Ref:  Revelation 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; KJV

     And who committed St. John to write the words that He spoke? Our Lord Jesus Christ.

     Isaiah 49:3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.

     This is a bit of an error because, instead of the word Israel being transliterated, it should have been translated, because what does Israel mean? It means Prince of God, which is the Messiah.

       Israel-- OT:3478 Yisra'el (yis-raw-ale'); from OT:8280 and OT:410; he will rule as God; Jisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity: -Israel.

       Root Word--  OT:8280 sarah (saw-raw'); a primitive root; to prevail: KJV - have power (as a prince).

       From Smith’s Bible Dictionary: Israel—The Prince that prevails with God.

     Isaiah 49:4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.

     Then I said. Messiah continues to speak…

     Do you think that He has spent my strength for nought? He was OF that race of peoples and many of them even shunned Him back in those times, but not all.

     Ref: Luke 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. KJV

     Here is another example from the Gospel of John:

     Ref: John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. KJV

      Ref:  John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: KJV

     But to those that DID listen to Him and DID believe His words, He would save their souls after His Crucifixion.

     And, as He stood there before Pilot, there were some in the crowd that cried crucify Him, but they were the Kenites, many of His own did not. Today they still await His coming, saying to themselves:

     “That Man could not have been the Messiah because the true One would not have let Himself be killed by other human beings.”

     But the day will come, just before His return, when our Father will tell the four angels to hold back the four winds because there are 144,000 who will be sealed before He arrives, and THEN He will come.

     Ref: Revelation 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

     Ref: Revelation 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

     Ref: Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. KJV

     Do you remember what having that seal meant to them? It meant that they would see through the lies of Satan/Antichrist, see him for the fake that he was, and they would not fall for or believe in those lies.

     It may appear that, during this time of the first advent, that His death was for naught but it won’t be when the second advent begins with Him coming, not on a small ass but on a white steed, full of power.

     Isaiah 49:5 And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength.

     Though Israel be not gathered. That gathering together is happening right now, with the good and bad fig returning back to the homeland.

     Saith the Lord. Who is it that which saith?

       Lord-- OT:3069 Yehovih (yeh-ho-vee'); a variation of OT:3068 [used after OT:136, and pronounced by Jews as OT:430, in order to prevent the repetition of the same sound, since they elsewhere pronounce OT:3068 as OT:136]:

     Yahaveh, our Heavenly Father. And who is me? Yashuah, our Lord Jesus Christ.

     Whether they, Israel or Judah, acknowledge Him or not, the work of our Lord, Yashuah, is to do His Father’s commands but it is our Father’s wish that they do come to Him and, of course, at the first day of the Millennium, the first day of our going back into a spiritual body and casting this earthly body aside, ALL knees will bow to Him who stands triumphantly on Mount Zion.

     All souls will bow to Him, it’s just a matter of when each one decides to do it. And that’s the challenge that we all face. Do we read His Letter to us and find out exactly what it is that He is all about, and act on it through faith, or do we wait until that first day when faith no longer matters because the truth stands before our very eyes?

     We still have time to make that decision but not much. You need to act now, today, begin reading and studying His Book because if you wait until that last day it will be far too late and you will have lived this life in vain, you will have accomplished nothing, spiritually.

     Isaiah 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

     Jesus was that light to the Gentiles.

     It is a light thing means that it is too little, there is not enough honor given to Him to just raise up Jacob and Israel but it is great to include the Gentiles as well, to enlighten them as to who the Savior is and why He has come to us.

     When you preserve something, such as fruit, peaches and strawberries and such, you extend their useful life. Sit a peach on a countertop and it will begin to spoil in a few days but if you preserve it, it will last much longer.

     And when you apply that analogy to a soul, especially one that loves the Father and the Lord, it means that our Father will protect and care for you for a long period of time because you are special to Him, over and above the rest, many of whom even doubt His existence.

     But while He is protecting you, you must do your best to educate those that mock Him or that don’t believe on Him. It’s your job, your duty, to do that because we’re talking about the immortal soul of someone and if you keep what you know about the Father and our Lord to yourself, it’s like hiding a candle under a cardboard box and keeping that light contained instead of letting it go out and bring light into the lives of others.

     You possess that light, make sure that others receive it as well. It’s the job of the Holy Spirit to save souls, your job is to let them know where the light is so they can pursue it and receive preservation for themselves.

     Isaiah 49:7 Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

     Princes, kings, rulers, presidents, prime ministers. Regardless of their stature in this life, they will all fall on their knees and worship Him.

     Who is the Lord? Yahaveh, our Heavenly Father. Who is his Holy One? Yashuah, Jesus Christ, His Son.

     And he shall choose thee. How incredible is that! That the Creator of all things, with a planet full of 7.4 billion souls, should look down and choose you and me. Why would He choose us? Because out of 7.4 billion there are just a very few that desire to know Him and love Him and work for Him.

     The others aren’t all that concerned with Him or that part of their life. And those that work for Satan, those that claim to be His but are not, those that are called Kenites, they will come and worship at your feet. Why? Because you are at the feet of our Lord.

     How wonderful is that going to feel? With all the crap we had to put up with in this life, finally, there is justice. We should feel vindicated but only through His love, His suffering, His death.

     Isaiah 49:8 Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;

      Acceptable-- OT:7522 ratsown (raw-tsone'); or ratson (raw-tsone'); from OT:7521; delight (especially as shown):

      Root Word-- OT:7521 ratsah (raw-tsaw'); a primitive root; to be pleased with; specifically, to satisfy a debt:

     In an acceptable time have I heard thee. Our Father is saying that He has heard the words of His Son, Jesus Christ…what is it that He heard? Our Lord asking for His grace concerning all sinners and our Father is pleased with what He heard.

     This is quoted from 2nd Corinthians 6:2..

     Ref:  2nd Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) KJV

     And our Father’s answer is that He will preserve His Son. Preserve Him from what? From the attacks of Satan to stop the salvation of mankind by His death on the cross. That is the day of salvation, when it was possible for the Gentile to be grafted into the Tree of Life.

     Isaiah 49:9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.

      Prisoners. This is being addressed to Israel but when applied to us it means that we are the prisoners of darkness. We read of that back in chapter 42 of this same book, Isaiah:

     Ref:  Isaiah 42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. KJV

     Prisoners of darkness, is what we are, if we do not have the truth of our Father’s Word in us. And within that spiritual darkness lies Satan and his dominion, always glad that no light comes into the souls of those that he wants to capture and take into the Lake of Fire with him.

     He’s already been condemned to die; he wants to take a lot of us with him:

     Ref:  Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

     Ref:  Ezekiel 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. KJV

     When a soul is turned to ashes from within, it’s a Hebraism, a Hebrew saying, that means something is gone forever, never to return. That will surely happen to Satan’s soul because our Father has said that it would.

     It could happen to your soul as well if you don’t get up off your butt and start reading/studying the Bible, His letter to us. If you depend on someone else to save your soul, then chances are very good that you will lose it forever.

     Go forth; to them that are in darkness. That’s a command from our Father to you. If you have His light within you, it’s your duty to go to others, to help them see the same light that you do. If you don’t, if you keep it within you, you may have the blood of other souls on you and that’s not a good thing.

     Father doesn’t expect you to stand on a street corner and proclaim to all within the sound of your voice:

     “The end is near! Vengeance is mine saith the Lord!”

     And all that kind of nonsense but you can drop a seed now and again, with a friend or family member or a co-worker, and that’s all He expects you to do. He doesn’t want everybody to be an evangelist, Just speak a word here and there, now and then, when the opportunity presents itself and let the Holy Spirit take it from there.

     Isaiah 49:10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.

     This verse is quoted from another place in Scripture and it’s in Revelation:

      Ref:  Revelation 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

      Ref:  Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. KJV

     The saving grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ. He loves you whether you love Him back or not.

     Isaiah 49:11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.

     Exalted means to raise up or to be raised up. He’s going to make things easy for us and He has already accomplished that by His death on the cross. Compared to what He experienced, the way to heaven is comparatively easy for us. All we have to do is have faith in His Words.

     He never promised that life in these earthly bodies would be a bed or roses and most times we are responsible for making our life easy or hard. If you go the drug and alcohol route, you’re going to have a hard life; if you read, study and understand this Letter that He gave us, this book of instruction, things are going to be a lot easier.

     It took me many, many years to understand that because I lived the drugs and alcohol life for a good long time and one day I realized that I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired all the time. It was a struggle that I finally got through, with one failure following another, for many years.

     And then I decided to stop smoking cigarettes on top of all that, because I couldn’t walk 50’ without gasping for a breath and that was the worst trip of all. But I did it and you can do it too. Just don’t give up on yourself; keep struggling, keep trying, keep praying and talking to Him.

     He’s not going to make those addictions disappear overnight but little by little, day by day, it does get better. You have to show Him that you can do it. We could blame it all on Satan but really it’s the flesh and blood body and its desire for pleasure that hooks us.

     And that easily brings us to this nation today and the breakdown of the moral fabric. Right now over 60% of Americans are using prescription narcotics of some sort and add to that, about 8-10% are using street drugs regularly, hard core, and we’ve got almost 70% of the people using some kind of drug on a regular basis.

     With one State following another,  legalizing marijuana takes a foothold in this country as well.

     Isaiah 49:12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.

     This word Sinim is only used once throughout the Book and most scholars believe it to be China. The Arabians and other Asiatic’s called China Sin, or Tchin. In this verse it’s used to represent a country from far.

     Isaiah 49:13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

     Like I was just saying, He will have mercy on all of us that fall short. His entire creation is alive and breathing, as one complete organism.

     Isaiah 49:14 But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.

     This is Israel speaking here.

     “Oh, woe is me.”

     He didn’t forget them when they were in the Babylonian captivity and even then, they were allowed to set up and build their own synagogues and worship their God as they saw fit. It was the result of their own doing, in the first place.

     They turned away from HIM; they chose to ignore Him and worship some stupid figure that they made out of wood or gold and then they say:

     “Oh, He has forsaken us in our time of need.”

     And we pretty much do the same thing. It’s really easy for us to think that we are forgotten by Him and to some this probably brings on despair and eventually some will turn to drugs or alcohol but truthfully, we are supposed to be the one to knock on that door, to seek him and not the other way around.

     Isaiah 49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

     This is our Father responding to their cry. Even if it's possible for a woman to sometimes forget about her suckling child, our Father’s love for His people is great, He will never forget about them.

     He even told them what the time limit of their captivity would be and He promised them that He would set them up again in the land of their forefathers and it’s happening today, right before our very eyes.

     Isaiah 49:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

     I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands. In today’s terminology, we would say that we put a string around one of our fingers, to remind us NOT to forget something. Father went even further and wrote it in the skin of His hands, so that He would not forget. Of course, this is done symbolically.

     Isaiah 49:17 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.

      He will even make their enemies go away.

     Isaiah 49:18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.

     The returning of the children of Israel, the restoration promised by our Father, they will shine as ornaments around you.

     Isaiah 49:19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.

     Shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants. When they do return to the land of their forefathers, there will be millions and millions of them and the countries that absorbed them at the time of the dispersion, will be far away from their homeland.

     Isaiah 49:20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.

     The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell. What they’re saying is that there will be so many of them that the little country of Israel will not be able to hold them all.

      Strait--OT:6862 tsar (tsar); or tsar (tsawr); from OT:6887; narrow; (as a noun) a tight place (usually figuratively, i.e. trouble); also a pebble (as in OT:6864); (transitive) an opponent (as crowding):

     When our Father said that Abraham’s children will be as numerous as the stars of heaven and the sands of the sea, He was referring to the ten Tribes that were scattered around this globe thousands of years ago:

     Ref: Genesis 22:15 And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

     Ref: Genesis 22:16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

     Ref: Genesis 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

     Ref: Genesis 22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. KJV

     From the time that the captivities ended, around 750 BC, there have been almost 2800 years’ pass and that’s a lot of time for a lot of children to be born, generation to generation. And to fit all of those people within the borders of Israel is far beyond possible. That is billions and billions of souls.

     And you might want to consider this: even a spiritual body has substance, it takes up space. Although not made of flesh and blood, as are our present earthly bodies, we know that whatever substance the spiritual body IS made of, it can eat food and drink liquids just like the earthly body does.

     Ref: Genesis 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

     Ref: Genesis 19:2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

     Ref: Genesis 19:3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. KJV

     And since the Millennium and the Eternity will be spent right here on earth there is a reason that the oceans and lakes and rivers and streams will all be removed and the water thereof to be placed around this earth again, as it was in the first heaven/earth age, that it will free up huge amounts of land to give place to me that I may dwell.

     Isaiah 49:21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?

     When these peoples, these descendants of the ten lost Tribes return to their homeland, it’s going to shock some people. They have all been restored.

     Isaiah 49:22 Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.

     I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles. Father is going to lift up His hand and beckon to the Gentiles to come on in.

     You must remember that the Tribe of Judah is the only Tribe that qualifies as true Jewish heritage. The others have been mingled among the Gentiles until they can almost no longer be called Hebrews.

     Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

     Waiting for the true Messiah rather than worshipping the first to appear, which is Satan/Antichrist.

     And lick up the dust of thy feet. That may sound like a degrading act but when Christ returns ALL human beings will kneel and bow to the feet of our Savior:

     Ref: Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. KJV

     The first fruits, His Election, will be nearest to His feet because that is their rightful place.

     Isaiah 49:24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

     Unlike a mighty lion whose teeth have clenched around his prey, our Lord will take His own without any problem.

     Isaiah 49:25 But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

     It’s been spoken and so it shall be done.

     How about you? Are you one of His? Can He claim you?

     Isaiah 49:26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. KJV

     And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh. This is not literal. It alludes to internal conflict or war.

     If you believe that He is your Kinsman-Redeemer He will save you because He paid that price at the cross.

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