Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 51

The  Call to Harken

The Book of Isaiah

Chapter 51

     Isaiah 51:1 Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

     Hearken to me. This is our Father speaking. LISTEN TO ME.

     Ye that follow after righteousness. If the checkout cashier at Walmart mistakenly gives you five dollars more when she gives you your change back, is your first impulse to hand it back to her or do you quickly calculate whether to just keep it. I mean, it’s only five dollars but it's a free cappuccino at Starbucks, isn't it?

     Or, if your employer calls you into his office about a small discrepancy in the design plans for some project, do you take the blame if it’s your fault or do you try to pass it off as something your coworker screwed up?

     One last question: do you choose to do the right thing for fear of getting caught or because it pleases our Lord, who’s standing just behind you on your left?

     So, our Father is saying: listen up, those of you that do the right thing immediately.

     Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn. And that rock, for us, is our Lord Jesus Christ:

     Ref: 1st Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. KJV

     We are of Him spiritually. Now our Father is going to use Abraham as an example for us.

     Isaiah 51:2 Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

     For I called him alone. The meaning here is, called him when he was just one. One individual, because later, when Father initiated a new covenant with him, He changed his name from Abram to Abraham and told him that he would be the father of many nations.

     Millions and millions of people.

     “Well, how can that be?”

     Through the children born to Abraham and Sarah, specifically those twelve men who would later be called the patriarchs and leaders of the twelve Tribes, would come the Messiah. Ten of those Tribes would be disseminated by the Father over the Caucasus Mountains and into Europe, the British Isles, Canada and the Americas, and they would grow in numbers almost too big to count.

     To man, they are called the ten lost Tribes of Israel, but to our Father, He knows where each and every one of them went. Father increased him tremendously. You, yourself, could have a heritage that goes back to one of those original Tribes.

     Isaiah 51:3 For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

     For the Lord shall comfort Zion. He’s going to bless us, that was His promise.

     This is a prophesy that has yet to be fulfilled and it looks forward to a time of peacefulness, joy, thanksgiving and song. To help us better understand what it will be like, He likens it to the Garden of Eden where everything there was so special. The Garden of God.

     Isaiah 51:4 Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.

     He reminds us again to LISTEN TO HIM, harken to Him. What He’s saying to us is important. Take notes to make sure that you remember and understand.

     I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people. He will make His judgments rest lightly or easily on both the Jews and the Gentiles and He will be a light of hope and love to both as well:

     Ref: Isaiah 42:6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; KJV

     Notice that the word Gentiles is used in this verse whereas the people was used in the previous verse.

     It’s going to be a time of great peace and love and contentment. We will not have felt anything close to that in this life that we lead.

     What a time to look forward to, in fact, it almost seems too good to be true, but it is true because He promises that it will be this way. I sit here and I cannot even imagine what it will be like. Peace and love, from Him to us and us to Him.

     The condition is that YOU have to seek HIM and you have to do it with righteousness. The unrighteous will not participate at all, they will be done away with before this all comes to be. And you have to seek Him early.

     If you wait until Satan arrives as the Antichrist, it will be far too late because you won’t have the spiritual foundation of knowledge to fall back on, to prop you up, to keep you standing tall.

     Yes, our Father loves us but He will not step in at the last moment and rescue anyone, He’s told us too many times what these events are going to be, when they’re going to happen, where it’s going to happen and what you must do to have His protection over you.

     You’ve got to have His seal in your mind before hand or you’re going to be lost and some might say:

     “Well, it’s been a long time coming and it hasn’t happened yet and I’m probably going to be dead before it happens anyway, so why should I worry about it?”

     What an absolutely stupid way to think and with that kind of attitude, Satan has your soul in his bag already. The reason that you need to start reading and studying TODAY is to keep Satan off your case TODAY. He’s not just sitting over there in the corner patiently waiting for his time as the Antichrist to begin.

     His spirit is active today; his demonic army is active today and they are grabbing souls left and right because people are too lazy to take care of their own souls.

     Isaiah 51:5 My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.

     My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth. That would be our Lord Jesus Christ.

     Mine arms shall judge the people. Our Father will do the judging.

     His arm is the right hand of justice. Always true, always fair.

     Isaiah 51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

     For the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment. This is looking forward to the seventh angel blowing the seventh trump, the last trump, the day that our Lord returns and the last day of this present dispensation, this second heaven/earth age.

     It’s all going to change when Christ comes:

     Ref: Matthew 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. KJV

     This time is also the first day of the Millennium and those thousand years will be spent right here on earth. The changes will be that there will no longer be anything that offends, it’s all going to be sorted out and placed respectively.

     And it’s all going to change pretty fast:

     Ref: 1st Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. KJV

     I, for one, cannot wait for that to happen. Some might say:

     “Well, when we change over I’ll probably never see my family again. How can you be happy about that?”

     No, the only thing that you’re going to lose are your earthly possessions and your earthly body. Whether you see your family again is up to you and them and how Y’all have lived your lives up to that time that He returns.

     Love and follow our Father, obey His Commandments and all of you will be on the right side of that gulf. And, if by chance, one or two of your family members have fallen short in this life, you will see them during the Millennium:

     Ref: Ezekiel 44:25 And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves.


     Ref: Ezekiel 44:26 And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days.KJV

     They will go through this period of time for teaching and learning and instruction, with a short time of temptation by Satan at the end, but you will have the opportunity to see them during that time. It will make your soul unclean for seven days and you won’t be able to get close to our Lord during that time, but you will be able to see them and help them.

     Isaiah 51:7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

     LISTEN TO ME! Father is talking to a special group of people here, those that know, morally, what is right and what is wrong. It’s called righteousness. They know what He expects of them and they DO IT. Not just when it crosses their mind, not when they feel like it, not when it’s convenient but ALL THE TIME.

     It’s a mindset. It’s how you think, believe and live your life. They carry His law in their hearts, in their minds, in their brains.

     Fear ye not the reproach of men. And when you live that way you should fear NO MAN.

     This word men is not just an ordinary human being, and there is no gender in that, it includes both men and women, and that word is Iysh but it’s enosh:

      Men-- OT:582 'enowsh (en-oshe'); from OT:605; properly, a mortal (and thus differing from the more dignified OT:120); hence, a man in general (singly or collectively):

     And when we take it back to its prime we have:

      Root Word-- OT:605 'anash (aw-nash'); a primitive root; to be frail, feeble, or (figuratively) melancholy: KJV - desperate (-ly wicked), incurable, sick, woeful.

     Men of bad character, evil men. And reproach means that these men will talk badly about you. But you don’t need to be fearful of them.

     Neither be ye afraid of their revilings. They will talk about you in a disparaging way. Hey, they’re not good people, they’re evil, but our Father tells us not to worry about them, He’ll take care of them for you. They don’t have righteousness in their hearts.

     Isaiah 51:8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

     They’re going to be done away with like a moth eating your favorite sweater and they won’t be in the eternity with us. But the ones that do love him and serve Him, hey, He will take care of them forever and if you do things right on your part, you will have salvation forever as well.

     Isn’t that a great way to live your life? Not having to be afraid of everything and worrying about everything? Sure, life is a real bummer from day one and they didn’t make up Murphy’s Law just to be doing something, stuff is still going to happen.

     But the MOST important part of us, our soul, will be guarded and protected, given the assurance that if you do love Him and follow Him, that you will partake of that eternity and that’s His promise to us.

     Generation to generation simply means forever and ever.

     Isaiah 51:9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?

     Rahab is a poetic reference to Egypt:

      Ref:  Psalms 89:10 Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm. KJV

     And the dragon is that ‘ole crocodile of the Nile River, the emblem of Egypt, cast onto many of their coins.

     What our Father is saying here is to not be afraid of men and if you love and follow Him, He will use the strength of His right arm to protect you. It seems that Israel always went to Egypt to get protection rather than going to our Father and receiving His power and protection.

     And after the Israelites went there and they let them down and mistreated them, Father always had to kick some Egyptian butt to get everything back in line again.

     Isaiah 51:10 Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?

     Art thou not it. Is this not the same Father, with the power to part the waters, and allow His children to pass through after He had ransomed them? These are the happenings of the ancient days. Is not the Father the One that did all that?

     He is.

     With Rahab and his army and chariots thundering after them, did He not protect them?

     He did.

     He’s reminding you to wake up and listen because when the time comes to end all this, He has the power to do so.

     Isaiah 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

     Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return. And they are doing that at this very moment, so if you ever wonder if there has been a prophesy fulfilled during your livetime, the return of the remnant of Israel, is one that has.

     Christ told us that this time, beginning in 1948, would be called the generation of the fig tree and He gave us that information using the parable of the fig tree:

      Ref:  Matthew 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

     Ref: Matthew 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

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

     This speaks to the last day of this earth age when He shall return to us.

     Isaiah 51:12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;

     I, even I. This is a double emphasis, leaving no doubt to the reader, that the speaker here is the Creator Himself. There is none greater than I.

     Who art thou. Who do you think you are? This is question is being asked of you and I. Who do WE think WE are?

     That thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die. You’re afraid of someone that’s going to die just like you are? Some one that doesn’t even have the power to save himself? This is our Father speaking but Christ said exactly the same thing in the book of Matthew:

     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

 

     That puts it down where the rubber meets the road, doesn’t it? The one that is capable of doing that, of course, is our heavenly Father.

     Just like the summer grass that’s going to die when autumn arrives, so there is no longevity within the human body, just like there is none with a blade of grass. Only our Father can keep both alive as long as He so chooses but with us, He makes that decision based on our actions during this lifetime.

     He never, on a whim, just decides to whack somebody, regardless of how they live.

     Isaiah 51:13 And forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?

     The oppressor is Satan and he was made just like you and I, just like the grass, just like the heavens above and the earth below and Father is asking if you think that HE is afraid or fearful of Satan? Is HE fearful of something that He created?

     He can destroy anything at any given moment. He HAS changed the face of this earth with a swipe of His hand, do you think that He has to worry about some fallen angel? Of course not.

    Father says this with a touch of irony, at any rate.

     Isaiah 51:14 The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.

     Verse 15.

     Isaiah 51:15 But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is his name.

     He IS the Lord thy God, He’s not in some pit. It’s my belief that when He parted the Red Sea that it was done in a natural way, so I think that He did it with the wind. A horizontal column of wind pushing the water aside to the left and right, from one bank to the other.

     Whose waves roared. Roaring indeed! The wind continually blowing the water up on both sides. It must have been a fearful sight for the Israelites to, not only witness, but to gather up their belongings, and those items given to them by the Egyptian people, and walk BETWEEN those roaring waters on each side of them.

     Good grief! You talk about having some faith in our Father!

     And, of course, there is evidence that this actually happened. Scientists, through much searching of ancient records to determine exactly where they might have crossed, have discovered coral-encrusted bones and parts of chariot wheels, lying on the seabed, in an area called Nuweiba, a beach on the Gulf of Aqaba.

     Isaiah 51:16 And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

     And I have put my words in thy mouth. Father put those word in the mouth of His Son, Jesus Christ.

     And say unto Zion, Thou art my people. Sadly, they never accepted Him as their Savior but just before the end of this age that we live in, many of them will accept Him as Savior. In fact, there will be 144,000 of them that will do that.

     Isaiah 51:17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.

     Awake, awake. Once more He implores us to listen.

     Thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out. These dregs are poured out because Satan/Antichrist will set up shop there and many will be deceived by his lies. They bought into the deceits of the rapture and any-moment doctrines, but you can be standing right there in the middle of it all and the shadow of His hand will protect you. Nothing will harm or touch you.

     This is the cup that our Lord wished that our Father wouldn’t have to pour out, that salvation could be offered in some other way, to not allow the destruction that this cup would bring but our Father decided to pour it out anyway:

     Ref: Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. KJV.

     This cup was poured out on the seat of Satan.

     What was in this cup? It wasn’t grandma’s chicken soup, it was Our Father’s anger.

     Isaiah 51:18 There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up.

     We’re talking about Jerusalem here….Intoxicated and confused. There is no one born among them to guide or lead them.

     Isaiah 51:19 These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee?

     What are these two things? Desolation, and destruction and famine, and the sword.

     By whom shall I comfort thee. The Words of Christ will do it.

     Isaiah 51:20 Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God.

       Bull-- OT:8377 te'ow (teh-o'); and tow' (the original form) (toh); from OT:8376; a species of antelope (probably from the white stripe on the cheek):

     The sons of Jerusalem. This is the place where it’s all going to come down. This is where the cup will be poured out.

     Ref: Lamentations 2:19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street. KJV

     It is my personal belief that we will be here when this all begins and boy, is it going to be exciting. For those folks that haven’t prepared for this time, by reading and studying and finding out what the truth really is, I think that they will be in a real pickle.

     If you don’t have the seal of our Father in your mind, the knowledge that the one standing in Jerusalem looking exactly like Christ, is a fake, an imitator, a fraud, it’s a con game that can put your soul in the Lake of Fire.

     Find someone that is knowledgeable in the Scriptures, somebody that knows the truth of His Word. If that someone is your preacher, then prod him to ramp up a deeper study of the Bible. Begin classes in the evening where it’s easy for those that work to come and learn and get educated.

     Without a sound Scriptural foundation in your mind, it will be impossible to resist believing in those lies. In fact,

     Satan/Antichrist will be so convincing that the time of his tribulation has been shortened from 3 ½ years to just 5 months because if it lasted any longer, even His Election would soon be taken in and begin believing what he is saying:

     Ref: Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. KJV

     That’s where Christ shortened the time of Satan’s tribulation. Where is it written that will tell us how long that time has been shortened to?

     Ref: Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. KJV

     Can’t get much plainer than that.

     One more thing: remember the story of the ten virgins that were going to the wedding between Christ and all of those that believed on Him? Five of them had enough oil in their lamps, the oil represents knowledge of the difference between the true and the false Messiah; the other five didn’t have enough, so they quickly ran out to get some more oil.

     Well, they got some but by the time they got back, the door had been shut, and the wedding was over. They were too late. The object is that five of them didn’t have the seal of our Father in their minds, so they went and studied and received enough truth of His Word but, by then, they had fallen victim to Satan’s lies and they were deceived.

     They didn’t have the foundation by the time that the tribulation began, and by then, it was far too late.

     Let’s read it for ourselves:

     Ref: Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

     Ref: Matthew 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

     Ref: Matthew 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

     Ref: Matthew 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

     Ref: Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

      Ref:  Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

      Ref:  Matthew 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

     Ref: Matthew 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

     Ref: Matthew 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

     Ref: Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

     Ref: Matthew 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

     Ref: Matthew 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

     Ref: Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. KJV

     There’s still time if you want to do something about it. Don’t be a lost soul.

     Isaiah 51:21 Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine:

     What are they drunken with if not wine? Babel. They’re confused. They can’t make sense out of anything.

     Isaiah 51:22 Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again:

     This is when it’s all over, when He has accomplished what it was that He wanted to accomplish. And what was that? The cleansing of all that was evil in Zion, in Jerusalem, and the world.

 

     The Millennial Temple will now be built there in Jerusalem. Do you know what that means? What building is currently resting on the old foundation of the second Temple, rebuilt by Herod? The Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine. Think about it.

          When Christ’s feet touch the ground of the Mount of Olives, that mountain will be split. You will HEAR thunder and you will FEEL something similar to an earthquake but it will be the power of Almighty God that will do the act.

     Ref: Zechariah 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. KJV

       Cleave-- OT:1234 baqa` (baw-kah'); a primitive root; to cleave; generally, to rend, break, rip or open:

     The valley created when this mountain is split will run from east to west to what once was, the east gate of the Temple, through which the morning sun would shine, but this time it will be the Shekinah glory of our Lord that will shine through.

     And that cup of wrath will be empty, it will all be over.

         Isaiah 51:23 But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over. KJV

     They will have tromped you into the mud for the last time, they will have walked on you for the last time.

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