By invitation only. Who is getting this invitation? The Gentiles. Worldwide. All of them. You and I. Our Father has His Election that proved themselves in the age that was but, this chapter is addressed to “whomever will”, whoever will believe in Him, believe that He is their Savior, in this lifetime.

     Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

     How is it possible to buy without money? How is it possible to buy something that has no price on it?

     First, you must know what the waters and the wine and the milk represent. Yep, these are representations, not literal.

     The waters represent the Living Waters, which is our Lord Jesus Christ:

     Ref: John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. KJV

     The wine represents the blood shed on that cross by our Lord Jesus Christ:

     Ref: Matthew 26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

     Ref: Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. KJV

     The milk represents grace, which gives abundance and brings prosperity.

     Without price. It doesn’t cost us anything, faith is all that’s necessary on our part, but He paid an awesome price so that we could attain it, on HIS part. We just covered chapter 53 in this book of Isaiah and the whole chapter was dedicated to our Lord and His crucifixion.

     Beaten, scourged, whipped, and spat upon. That’s the price He paid. Dragging that cross, that weighed ten times more than He, as far as He could, before Simon of Cyrene took it upon his shoulders. The loss of blood no doubt contributing to His weakness.

     His arms, pulled from the sockets of His shoulders, from the dead weight of His body when the cross was lifted and fell into the hole in the ground which held it upright.

     No other human being on earth could have done that, but He did. His mission was massive: the spiritual life of over 14-15 billion souls depended on Him being able to carry through what His Father asked of Him.

     Isaiah 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

     Spend money for that which is not bread. When you tithe 10% of your hard-earned money to a church, with a preacher that barely quotes more than two or three verses of Scripture during his/her sermon, you are throwing your money down a spiritual drain.

     The bread spoken of in this verse is the Word of God, the thoughts and feelings of Almighty God. They were written by men under the unction of the Holy Spirit. Although many of these Manuscripts were lost, many also were recovered and assembled into what we call the Holy Bible today.

     This is the ONLY book that our Father provides for us, to let us understand how we are supposed to live in these earthly bodies. The words in this book came directly from Him and without it we would all live under our own individual conception of what is right or wrong or what it takes to overcome Satan and live life in the eternity.

     And when some human being thinks that his/her words are more important than His, forty minutes of a forty-five-minute sermon containing their words and not our Father’s, you are giving your money to an organization that does not teach from our Fathers’ Word. Very dangerous.

     Many people attend church because they believe that that is as close as they can get to serving our Father. And there is precious little time during the week, what with family and jobs and other responsibilities, to find that time to give to Him.

     And when they do go, expecting to hear SOMETHING that will feed their soul, they walk away with nothing, and what’s even worse than that, what they DO hear is false, traditional teachings of church systems and religious organizations.

     Theories and doctrines that approach blasphemy, such as the rapture and the fly-away and the any-moment doctrines. The ideas of men, that our Father nor our Lord ever taught. The book of Proverbs says it quite succinctly:

     Ref: Proverbs 20:17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. KJV

     What good ever came out of a sermon whose subject is forgotten by the time you reach the parking lot to get in your car and go home? And this puts people in a real quandary. What else IS there? Where else is there to go? People shouldn’t have to play hopscotch to find a church where His Word is taught, in a way that produces substance for the soul.

     And your labour for that which satisfieth not. A lot of folks like to do work within their church, it gives them a feeling of satisfaction, of accomplishment, a feeling of contributing. But when the church itself is void of our Father, they end up with nothing in return:

     Ref: Ecclesiastes 1:8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. KJV

     It’s the work of the hands that produces fruit but when the tree itself is corrupted, so is the fruit it produces and to associate with a church such as this, WILL produce results that are not pleasing to our Father, because He said one time that even something so small as wishing them God speed may put your soul in danger:

     Ref: 2nd John:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

     Ref: 2nd John:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. KJV

     It would be far better to just stay at home and read and study on your own; give your 10% to a local charity or organization that helps battered women or something along those lines, but stay away from and disassociate yourself from a church that is a beth-aven, a church of emptiness, of nothing.

     At least, this way your soul won’t perish because of the actions and words of others.

     And eat ye that which is good. Remember what was written in the book of Revelation:

     Ref: Revelation 10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. KJV

     Father is talking about the good book, the bible. When you read it, and understand it, and you absorb it, the truth that floods your mind is so good, your soul welcomes those words into you because it knows from where those words came.

     Your earthly body may desire all the good things of this world, things that would make you really happy if you had them, but your soul doesn’t care about earthly things because it has experienced that other dimension, the spiritual, and it longs to go back there.

     So, really, you are two different entities inside yourself: one desiring the material things, the other desiring the presence of our Father once again. And that conflict within us goes on every minute of our lives.

     And when your soul sees you pick up that book and begin to read and understand it, it becomes full of joy because the chances of going back to our Father for an eternity are once again at the forefront of your life.

     It becomes bitter after you begin to study because now your life has changed to a certain degree and even people around you may give you some static about the changes they see within you.

     And let your soul delight itself in fatness. Rejoice is another good word. The life that you’ve been living may have been steeped in sin; your soul now sees the prospect of leaving that and you becoming closer to our Father and our Lord.

 

     Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

     Incline your ear, and come unto me. This whole life that we live starts out above our pay grade. We have no understanding of it; we need a teacher to tell us what to do, what the limits are and what the consequences are of not following those instructions.

     So, we must listen and read and study and learn. And when we accomplish that, what will happen? On the earthly side, we function well in society and keep ourselves out of jail. On the spiritual side, we understand how our sins can be forgiven, allowing us to gain entrance into the eternity.

     It was His blood that gives us that opportunity and we go to Him, on bended knee, asking for forgiveness….continually.

     Your soul shall live. The ultimate reward of living a life under the will of our Father and our Lord.

     And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. The covenant that our Father made with King David was that after his death, David’s death, his seed would go on and eventually bring forth Jesus Christ.

     The sure mercies of David are the mercies GIVEN to David by our Father, which in turn, will be transferred to us through Jesus Christ. Our Father always showed mercy to His people, both He and our Lord will always show mercy to us all.

     Isaiah 55:4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

     This is talking about king David here.

     Isaiah 55:5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

     A nation that thou knowest not. A nation other than Israel.

     And nations that knew not thee. Nations of the Gentiles.

     They will come to know the Holy One of Israel.

     Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

     Seek ye the Lord while he may be found. While you still have an opportunity TO find Him. Procrastination is not a good thing when you are living a life that has a termination point.

     “Yeah, I’ll get around to that religious stuff but right now my plate is just too full, I’ve got too many irons in too many fires right now."

     HE’S not going anywhere, He will always be there, waiting for us to come to Him; we are the ones that may run out of time.

     Call ye upon him while he is near. Get down on your knees and talk to Him. Maybe this is the first time that you would do such a thing but it needs to be done and it needs to be done soon.

     We are living in the end days right now, the 5th angel has already blown his trumpet, and the whole world seems to be ignoring Him. If you’ve never come to Him before, now is the time to do so.

     Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

     You may think that too much time has gone by, that your sins are too numerous and too great to be forgiven, that you are lost to Him forever and that is far from the truth.

     If you pray with sincerety and with the conviction of heart that you will change your life for Him, His mercy will flow over you.

     For he will abundantly pardon. It is not possible to come to Him with too many sins to be forgiven. There is only one sin that is unforgivable and it cannot be committed until Satan stands in Jerusalem claiming to be the son of God. You CANNOT have committed that sin today:

     Ref: Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. KJV

     During the five months of the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist, many of His Elect will be brought before Satan’s councils and when we get there we must allow the Holy Spirit to speak through us, we’re not there to speak our own words or our own opinions, it will be the words of the Holy Spirit that will come through us:

     Ref: Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. KJV

     Father doesn’t want to put that responsibility on us, to stand there and talk with or answer questions posed by Satan. This is not our fight; our war, this is between our Father and Satan. As one of His Election we are just a tool used for His divine purposes.

     And, except for murder, all sins, up to the beginning of the appearance of Satan in Jerusalem, are completely forgivable, but murder carries a caveat with it:

     Ref: 1st John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. KJV

     Why did our Father exclude murder from being TOTALLY forgiven?

     When you take the life of someone, you have taken away the opportunity for that person’s soul to prove himself/herself to our Father, to show Him that you will love and follow Him and not Satan.

     I believe that on Judgment Day, both the soul of the one who was murdered and the soul of the murderer will stand before our Father and that the soul of the one murdered will have a say in whether the murderer will go into the eternity or not.

     But all is not lost because I also believe that the soul of the one murdered will go into the Millennium and if their desire was to follow and love our Father in this life, that will show during that time and all will turn out alright.

     Our Father is a just God and will not let a human being determine the final outcome of another’s soul.

     For he will abundantly pardon. Our Father will forgive our sins over and over and over again. Habitual sin, habitual sinners.

     After our Lord and some of the Apostles had come down from that high mountain where they had received a vision of the transfiguration of Him, they asked Him how many times should they forgive someone for sins against them and He replied:

     Ref: Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

     Ref: Matthew 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. KJV

     That’s 490 times in one day! That’s a lot of forgiveness on our part, people. But if we are to be like Him, that’s what we are required to do.

     If someone is sinning against you that many times in one day, GET AWAY FROM THEM. At the very least, tell that person to CHANGE the way they live, there’s no need for this.

     Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

     Notice the introversion of the pronouns in that verse: it goes from my to your; and from your to my. This contrast is not just emphasizing holiness but vastness.

     It’s not possible to understand the way that He thinks but reading this letter to us, we can get some idea. His emotions are exactly like ours. He loves, He hates, He is jealous, He is gracious. At times, we can hurt His feelings just like ours can be hurt. We can think of Him on a more personal level by understanding this.

     I don’t think that many people understand that some of the things we do can hurt Him. Many of us sin against Him and then cringe while waiting for the punishment to follow. We don't understand that we may make Him shed tears over what we've done.

     And that's on an individual basis...what must He feel when ISIS massacres some of those that love Him?

    Many times we’re told, by preachers and other Christians, that our Lord must be our PERSONAL Savior and that irritates me a little bit because it’s become a saying, a pithy expression, rather than an understanding. It’s a Christian pronouncement that almost says:

     “I am close enough to Him that He is my PERSONAL God, you should try to achieve that as well. I’m closer to Him than you are. I have my own Savior”

     I probably shouldn't feel that way but it's just like they put themselves above the rest of us. It’s like a holier than thou kind of attitude.

     Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

     He is greater than us in all things:

     Ref: Psalms 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. KJV

     That word fear means to revere, with love and respect.

     Isaiah 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

     This is kind of like the former and the latter rain. The rain that comes in the springtime, the former rain, waters the seed and makes it begin to grow; the latter rain comes just before the harvest and it fattens up the crop, the yield.

     And that applies to us, spiritually, as well. When we begin to study His letter and we begin to know and understand Him, we have the former rain; and as we grow in His knowledge, the understanding comes more abundantly and more quickly and we become a useful tool to Him, someone that does more than sit in that pew every Sunday morning.

     Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

     When you begin to understand to the point that He can use you, He doesn’t want that knowledge back. He wants you to spread it to others and when that seed that YOU plant begins to grow because of the workings of the Holy Spirit in someone’s life, that’s when it prospers, that’s when the fruit is ready to harvest.

     That’s why He sends knowledge to you, for you to pass it on to others. Satan is trying to harvest souls as well but the truth of our Father’s Word will override anything that Satan has to say to us.

     His knowledge is not free. You don’t just put the bible under your pillow at night and expect your brain to absorb what’s in it. No, you have to put in the time, you have to work at it, you have to read and study it and then, slowly, your efforts might pay off, you might be able to give that knowledge to others and then turn it over to the Holy Spirit because your work is done.

     Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

     The entirety of His creation yearns and longs for His return because it knows that one day it will all return to that beautiful planet, as it was at the beginning of His creation of it. Mankind can't screw that up.

     There is an area in the Pacific Ocean known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Some say that it’s the size of the state of Texas, some say that it’s twice the size of the state of Texas. Regardless, it shouldn’t be there to start with.

     Some people think of it as a floating land fill but, actually, it’s billions of small pieces of plastic and other non-degradable items that are constantly moved in a circular track by the ocean currents. There is no good data on how this huge area of debris affects the marine life but it most surely does.

     But when the Millennium is over, our Father will bring this blue jewel back to its original state. The axis will no longer be tilted by 10 degrees or more; all the water that is now on the surface will revert back to the firmament that used to surround this planet. It will once again do that.

     There will be no storms or hurricanes or tornadoes any longer. No jet stream in the upper atmosphere, no holes in the ozone layer.

     It’s going to be beautiful.

     Isaiah 55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. KJV

     Fir tree. Our Father referred to Himself as a great cedar tree of Lebanon.

     Instead of the thorn. Thorns reference the wicked. There will be none of that in the Millennium or the eternity.

     Myrtle tree. A fragrant little fir tree.

     The Lord’s name will never be cut off. How wonderful it’s going to be when we finally get out of these earthly flesh and blood bodies and into that spiritual body that never gets sick, is always healthy and best of all, if you are one of His Elect, you will be able to get close to Him during both the Millennium and the eternity.

     Study and read His Word. Absorb it. Revel in it. And thank Him for His love for us. The very least we can do is try to live according to His commandments and love Him in return.

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