The Book of Isaiah
Salvation is Near
Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 56
Our Father’s thoughts continue from the previous chapter….
Isaiah 56:1 Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
Keep ye judgment. Be fair in all that you do; don’t be prejudiced or one-sided.
My righteousness to be revealed. His righteous judgments to be made known. When will this happen? On the day that He returns. His righteousness, His fairness, judgment meted equally, based on what you have written against your name in the Book of Life.
On the day that He comes back, there will be a pre-judgment of sorts, not everybody will go to the same place in Paradise. This day will also be the first day of the Millennium and not all souls will go through that period and receive the teachings and truths of our Father either.
Some have already been lost to Satan, they will go to the left side of the gulf; some will have overcome and be called His Election and they will be judges and teachers, and also be on the right side of that gulf; and some will have fallen short and will be taught, which is the primary purpose of those thousand years.
Isaiah 56:2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
Blessed is the man that doeth this. Blessed is the man/woman that lives their life in righteousness. Not lying nor cheating nor stealing but a life that you know, in your heart, that He is proud of when He looks at you.
That keepeth the sabbath from polluting it. Keeping it holy, not polluting it in any way.
And keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Keeping both sides of the law. Years ago I probably would have used the local butcher in the meat market as an example: putting his finger on the scales as he weighs the meat to make it weigh more than it does. Today I will use the keyboard and computers and software. These are the tools of deception and corruption today.
What is the Sabbath? A particular day of the week? Sunday, to most people? In a sense, yes, but when Christ died on that cross, He became our Sabbath: He became our rest.
Ref: Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
Ref: Mark 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. KJV
Our Lord is our rest. In Him, we have that contentment, that security. And this, coupled with righteousness, as best we can, lets us sleep better at night, knowing with a surety that we are walking in step with Him and not outside the law.
Now, the next three verses, three, four and five, must be read together to achieve one conclusion: that if we abide by the contents of these three verses, that we may be called by a name. What is that name? Let’s go through the verses, one at a time, and we’ll find out.
Isaiah 56:3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
Neither let the son of the stranger. Father welcomes all peoples…
That hath joined himself to the Lord. That allows our Lord to be their Sabbath, but don’t let them say:
The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people. Let’s read of this in the book of Acts:
Ref: Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Ref: Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. KJV
They have allowed Him to become their Sabbath through His righteousness.
Neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. Eunuchs were general court administrators and by law, were not admissible into the congregation. They were overseers of the kings’ harem. Why? Well, give that a little thought and I’m sure that you’ll come up with the answer.
Isaiah 56:4 For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;
What’s said in the next verse, by our Lord, is the reward for making Him their Sabbabth...
Isaiah 56:5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. And that name will be Christ-men or Christians. There is no gender in the word Christ-men....Christ-women.
They will be called Christians. Even those eunuchs, cut off from the congregation, if they join themselves to the Lord, will be included in His house and called Christians.
What does that mean to us today? If you try, as best you can, to follow His laws and commandments; if you look to live in righteousness; you will be called a Christian.
Isaiah 56:6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;
This even includes the Kenites, those sons of Cain. If they have a change of heart and begin to follow our Lord and Savior, they too can be joined to Him and be called a Christian. Whoever wants to follow and love Him is accepted.
Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
For mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. How sad that people today will go into a building, called a church, and listen to the religious garbage preached there. Most times I come down on the preachers for doing that but the true responsibility falls on the ones that enter through the door and sit down in that pew.
I make excuses for them and say that, maybe, our Father put a cloak of innoncency over them to protect them but I think that many of them do it on purpose, with full knowledge of what they are doing.
No one forced them to drive to that building and enter in. They did it willingly and they knew what was being taught there and still they sat down and listened.
To get the respect of the community? In some cases, that’s probably true. That well-known businessman, owns the biggest furniture store in the county, and look at how religious he is, seen going to church on Sunday morning. How he must love the Lord!
Any yet he sells furniture made in China, that will fall apart in a short time, and charges three times what it's worth, to those that can barely afford food. And if they can't pay upfront, he charges extravagant usery fees, interest charges, every month.
Or the wife, following her husband with downcast eyes, because he got drunk the night before and came home and abused her, this also makes him look good in the eyes of the community.
The doors to a house of our Father are open to all, even those that do it to make themselves look like something they’re not. So righteous. So joined to the Father.
Isaiah 56:8 The Lord God which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.
Yet will I gather others to him. Sheep of a different pasture. This country spends a great deal of money sending probes and satellites into deep space, in an attempt to find another planet that could have, at one time, supported life and searching to see if that other planet could support life even today.
There is nothing in the Scriptures that says that He doesn’t have another place in the universe where He has children that He loves as well. This book, this bible, was written to US, those that inhabit THIS planet, is it possible that He has written another book for other children as well?
Well, try as we might, go ahead and spend all the money you want to, we will never find out if that theory is true or not. He won’t allow it.
Isaiah 56:9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.
Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
Nobody to give us a warning. Preachers are supposed to do that. Tell us, in advance, when and where the Antichrist will appear, but they don’t and that makes them as worthless as a dumb dog that cannot bark, while the thief pries open the back door to come in at midnight and rob us.
That preacher is robbing us as well. He’s robbing us of the opportunity to prepare ourselves, mentally and spiritually, for the greatest show on earth: the portrayal of Satan, in his role as Antichrist, as the true Messiah.
Isaiah 56:11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
And they are shepherds that cannot understand. They don’t understand the spiritual wants and needs of their own flock. It’s a job to them. The sermon comes down from on high from the church leaders or they get them off the internet, just two ways a preacher can ease his workload by not having to spend hours each week in preparation. My ex-father-in-law had his sermons written by my ex-mother-in-law.
They all look to their own way, every one for his gain. They preach for money. In some cases, it’s well-paid employment.
Isaiah 56:12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant. KJV
They stayed on a two-day drunk. Greed and partying. Looking out for our Father’s children? Not hardly.
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—28 October 2016—
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