The Call to Israel-Awake
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Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
Our Father continues with the thought of listen to Me. Wake up!.
Put on thy beautiful garments. Now, some might say:
“Beautiful garments! I thought that we were in spiritual bodies during the eternity, what are these clothes all about?”
The garments or clothes that we will wear are made out of fine white linen. I don’t know if you have ever put on a shirt that was made from fine linen but it’s a comfortable feeling that you will not soon forget and will always want to feel again.
It’s soft, it breathes, it allows air to come through and if the weather is a little warm and muggy, perspiration will evaporate before the fabric becomes wet. Let’s see what Revelation has to say about it:
Ref: Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. KJV
Spiritually speaking, every act of kindness that we do in this life will become a thread of linen. And as we continue to build on the number of those acts, so do the threads, so that, eventually, these threads will be woven into a beautiful garment or robe that we will wear.
And, although we think of this as being in the spiritual, we have found out that there is substance to a spiritual body, that it would, indeed, be able to wear a garment or robe during that time.
And when the Lord comes back, on that special day, He will bring with Him the souls of those who overcame Satan during their life in an earthly body and they will already have those robes on:
Ref: Revelation 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. KJV
So, those robes will also be worn during the Millennium as well as the eternity.
O Jerusalem, the holy city. The center of our Father's operation when He is resting His feet on this terra firma. There will be a Temple in that city during the Millennium but there will not be a Temple there during the eternity. Jesus Christ will be the temple in the eternal age.
And during the eternity, this city will be more spectacular than anything we could ever imagine in our earthly human mind. Even Hollywood, with all the CGI that’s incorporated in movies these days, and some of that is truly spectacular, cannot begin to show the grandeur and brilliance of that city.
Even more astounding is that this city will descend from the heavens, already created and ready for us to dwell in:
Ref: Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. KJV
Ref: Revelation 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; KJV
Our Father gives us the slimmest of descriptive views of that place and that’s probably good; if He were to elaborate on its stunning beauty, we might easily say that it is too good to be true.
If people would just take the time, just every once in a while, to read these verses in Revelation and let the holy words just roll around in your mind for a while, let your imagination take over and mentally generate a picture of what the glory of this city will be like, we would certainly change the way we live and the way that we view the things of this world.
There is no comparison. People would change the way that they live because they would want to be there, they would want to be a part of it and the things of this world would not seem so attractive any longer.
But it seems that people are too busy to take the time to read it:
"Oh, you just don't know how busy my life is with my job and the kids and keeping the house clean and etc, etc."
Too busy to be concerned with their spiritual side, many probably not even being aware that they have a spiritual side or a soul.
And they certainly won't hear anything about this from their preacher. Many years ago I had a father-in-law who was a Baptist preacher and in the fourteen years that I knew him he never, ever, not even once, talked about what was in store for us after the Judgment, other than going to hell if we all didn't change our ways.
Just downright sad and pitiful. What's wrong with filling the people with hope, guaranteed by the Words of our Father.
Isaiah 52:2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
Shake thyself from the dust. Shake in the sense of a lion shaking his mane to rid himself of the dust on it from lying down and sleeping.
The inhabitants of Jerusalem, His people, will “shake” off the feeling of bondage, the bands that used to hobble them.
Isaiah 52:3 For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.
You sold yourselves into slavery but no money was exchanged, you became servants of your conquerors, but our Lord will redeem you without money as well. He will use His blood, shed on that cross, to do it.
Isaiah 52:4 For thus saith the Lord God, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
Father is going to give us a little history lesson…
The Assyrian would be the nation of Assyria. What is the reason that they went to sojourn there? They were going to wait out the famine in Canaan. Probably only expected to stay there for just a few years.
But they went to Egypt and were persecuted by the Assyrians.
Isaiah 52:5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the Lord, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the Lord; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.
Now therefore, what have I here. This is an occasion of our Father reasoning with Himself, which is a bit unusual. I have a mental picture of Him standing there, with His hands on His hips, and a quizzical expression on His face.
Of course, He knows exactly why Assyria is doing this but He’s presenting it to us, in this manner, for our learning, for our understanding.
They that rule over them make them to howl, really means raise a cry of exultation over them, so the howling isn’t being done by our Father’s children, but is the shriek of triumph by the Assyrians, at how they captured His people.
Father is contemplating as to what He’s going to do about all this.
Why is His name continually every day is blasphemed? They were blaspheming His Holy name in Babylon, which is the reason that He delivered them. Not because of their goodness but for His Holy name sake:
Ref: Ezekiel 20:9 But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt. KJV
Ref: Ezekiel 20:14 But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. KJV
He did it to show them that He could take them back to Him any time He chose to, to show them how powerful He was.
Isaiah 52:6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
When Father speaks to His Elect, when He speaks through His Word to all of us, He’s saying that this is what He’s going to do. He speaks to His Elect and they take it to the people, if they choose to listen, which is why the subject is listen and harken to the Lord.
Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Not some piece of carved wood or a cast image of gold or silver but our heavenly Father.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings. Can you imagine, standing far off and looking towards that mountain, and seeing the glow of His Shekinah glory, lighting up the horizon over that city, Jerusalem?
A lot of people are going to be given that opportunity in the near future.
Isaiah 52:8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.
Face to face with Almighty God. Can’t do it today, not in these earthly bodies. We’ll have to wait until He places His feet on that mountain and when that happens we’ll all be changed into our spiritual body and THEN we’ll be able to see Him face to face.
If you’re a watchman, do you know what to look for? Back then it was looking to see the dust swirling on the near horizon, that tell-tale sign of chariots and foot soldiers coming towards you but what would you look for today?
We’re in the middle of a national election for the presidency and it disgusts me to no end at the level of corruption and moral indecency we have exhibited from existing leaders and those seeking election. It seems to be a game to these people to see which one can sink into the cesspool lower than the other.
The filthy language being used, the accusations of depravity, the videos and audio tapes recording the absolute disregard, not only of women’s rights, but all of our rights. They justify it by calling it locker room talk but it goes much deeper than that.
And the ones that have done just as badly or worse, Bill Clinton, for instance, standing off to the side, accusing and pointing fingers when he was the one that had oral sex performed on him AT THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENCY IN THE OVAL OFFICE.
We have Obama speaking to the news media at how the morality of these candidates is just deplorable and the next day, THE VERY NEXT DAY, while on Air Force One, with the cabin filled with news people, he had an erection that was noticed by almost all on board, proceeded to sit sideways next to a seat, further emphasizing his aroused condition, as if to say to all:
"Hey, take a look at this, folks."
It embarrassed some of the women on board to the point that they made their way to the back of the plane to get further away of the situation playing itself out.
Absolutely disgusting. And this is all going on with the entire world watching. The leaders and candidates of this great Christian country being the laughing stock of the world.
This is what a watchman looks for today. Not dust on the horizon from the approaching enemy but the moral degradation AND DECAY of this great Christian country, being able to recognize the moral vacuum that our leaders live in.
No longer innuendo’s of bad behavior but gutter talk concerning women’s private parts and what they did to them. Perversion among the leaders of Jacob.
We’ve been studying Isaiah for some time now and we know our Father’s feelings about the people worshipping idols and the activities that went along with it: drunkenness, orgies and the like, and we have the same things happening among us today.
Israel paid a price for doing these things and America will pay as well, when our Father’s anger spills over and the punishment becomes real.
I’ve written many times that when Satan is released from heaven by the archangel Michael, to fulfill his role as the Antichrist, when the leaders of ten nations or governments come together before the deadly wound is executed, that there will NOT be a super-power nation sitting at that table and that is proven every night on the nightly news programs.
The United States is no longer THE super-power of the world; we have become the laughing stock of the world and that is exactly where Satan/Antichrist wants us to be. If this is all a part of our Father’s overall plan, then I say thank God and if it’s not, then I say God help us.
The pieces that have to be in place for the final end-time events to begin, are almost here. The fifth angel has already sounded the fifth trump...we are living in the time of the fifth trump right now.
When the sixth trumpet is blown, it will announce the arrival of Satan in his role as the Antichrist and that time period will last for only five months.
Immediately following that, the seventh angel will blow the seventh trumpet, and that will reveal our Lord descending from the sky and placing His feet on the Mount of Olives:
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 mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof 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
Things will happen very quickly so if you aren't prepared for these events, you're going to be taken by surprise and that's not good because you won't have the time to try and make sense of it all, you won't have time to figure it all out. Your mind is going to be overwhelmed with questions and since this will be happening world-wide, Satan/Antichrist will already have prepared his answers to all of your questions.
Isaiah 52:9 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
No, this hasn’t happened yet but redemption is coming and it’s coming to those that love Him and follow Him and those that try to please Him.
The Antichrist has yet to stand there in that city but it will happen and after it does that’s when the cleansing will happen.
Isaiah 52:10 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
When you make your arms bare by rolling up your sleeves it means that you are ready to go to war and when our Father does it, it means that Armageddon and Hamon-Gog are close at hand. Our Father fights those battles, not you and I, and if He’s not angry with you, what have you to fear? The answer is NOTHING.
Father handles it; He’s in control.
And all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. We read of this in the book of Luke as well:
Ref: Luke 3:6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. KJV
We’re going to be here to see it and that salvation is the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. When that seventh angel blows that seventh trumpet all knees will bow to our Lord. Some in respect; some in shock and awe.
Isaiah 52:11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.
What are unclean things referring to today? The traditions of church systems that lead His children into the arms of Satan/Antichrist.
Read and study His Word; put the truth in the memory banks of your mind and keep it there and you won’t be deceived.
Isaiah 52:12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rearward.
For ye shall not go out with haste. You’re not going to run for safety, you’re not going to run like a scared rabbit.
For the Lord will go before you. We’re going to follow Him. Slowly, deliberately.
And the God of Israel will be your rearward. He’s going to watch your “6”, nobody is going to come up behind you and surprise you.
Isaiah 52:13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
He shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. That’s our Lord Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
“This is King Messiah, who shall be higher than Abraham, more elevated than Moses, and exalted above the ministering angels”.
They were amazed when they looked at him. Scourged and beaten.
Isaiah 52:15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider. KJV
Sprinkle—to cause to leap for joy.
When Christ appears on the Mount of Olives, some will leap for joy. I hope that you are included in that group. Others, well, they didn’t believe at all and when it comes to pass they’re going to stand there with their mouths open, not uttering a word.
Maybe some didn’t know because they weren’t told; maybe some didn’t read and study; but ALL will bow on their knees when it happens.
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—17 October 2016—