Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 57
Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
This word perisheth means that the righteous have lost their way. Remember from the last chapter that the watchmen, the preachers, the supposed religious leaders, had pretty much stopped leading the people and cracked open a bottle and went on a two-day drunk:
Ref: 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
✡ Perisheth-- OT:6 'abad (aw-bad'); a primitive root; properly, to wander away, i.e. lose oneself; by implication to perish (causative, destroy):
Isaiah 57:2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.
The righteous man can get a good night’s sleep because he doesn’t have to keep looking over his shoulder to see what’s about to catch up to him. He’s done things the righteous way, our Father’s way.
I’m sure that you have probably felt that feeling of comfort when you do what’s right in a particular situation, sometimes even surprising yourself for having done so.
“Wow, how about that. I didn’t know that I had that within me. To do what was right in that situation. I was so sure that I would just follow along with the crowd and do what they do. But I didn’t and I’m glad.”
Isaiah 57:3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.
But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress. As opposed to those that are righteous. It’s saying:
“Come over here, you that thumb your nose at what’s right.”
The seed of the adulterer. That is, spiritual adultery. If the sin is against our Father, who would they be committing adultery WITH? Satan. The Antichrist.
Isaiah 57:4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,
Against whom do ye sport yourselves? Who do you mock, better said.
Against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? Laughing and mocking.
When you go to a church that spends more time speaking their own words and not the words of our Father, you are making a mockery of His death on the cross. And they act so holy, so righteous as they do it.
In the previous verse the word sorceress means to cover up:
✡ Sorceress-- OT:6049 anan (aw-nan'); a primitive root; to cover; used only as a denominative from OT:6051, to cloud over; figuratively, to act covertly, i.e. practise magic:
They cover up the truth of our Father’s Word for their own selfish use.
“Yes, we have the way to heaven right here in this church. All you have to do is show up and listen to our preacher, his words will show us how to get to heaven the easy way.”
And with a lot of smiling and laughing and back-slapping, they teach doctrines that our Father never told them to teach. It’s blasphemy:
Ref: Jeremiah 23:16 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord. KJV
Isaiah 57:5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?
Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree. This was a practice known as grove worshipping, where they would cut down a tree, trim off all the limbs and bark, and shape it into the likeness of a male penis.
And, of course, the rituals involved in that would sexually inflame them and various sexual acts would be performed, all under the influence of wine and strong drink.
They even practiced the worshipping of Molech. The fire-god of the children of Ammon, where some of the Israelites burned their own children, in human sacrifice, to this god. This is what our Father said about that:
Ref: Jeremiah 32:35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. KJV
Where would they do such abominations?
Slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks.
In the Valley of Hinnom, where a fire was built under the bronze statue of Molech and the child placed on the outstretched arms of this idol with the fire burning beneath.
Barbarianism under the guise of religion. So vile that it would make one want to vomit.
We don’t do that today. We don’t burn flesh bodies to idols. No, we just put the souls of people in peril by false teachings of some religion. It’s bad enough to take the life of someone, it’s worse to take the soul of someone.
Isaiah 57:6 Among the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion; they, they are thy lot: even to them hast thou poured a drink offering, thou hast offered a meat offering. Should I receive comfort in these?
Do you think that our Father is going to accept an offering under those conditions? And how stupid must one be to think that He would approve of this in the first place? No possible way.
Among the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion. These stones are not just the stones that one would find in a stream somewhere and we know this by the words: even to them hast thou poured a drink offering, thou hast offered a meat offering. No, these stones are idols as well, because they are offering and drink and a meat offering to them.
Should I receive comfort in these? Do they actually think that our Father is going to accept an offering made to a stone idol? Of course not.
Now, I want you to make note of something: all of the pronouns from verse six through verse 8, that pronoun being the word thy, are feminine in the Hebrew and it sets the stage for what’s coming.
Isaiah 57:7 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice.
There is a difference between THIS bed and the bed that a righteous man sleeps on. Just to be sure, let’s see what this bed is in the Hebrew:
✡ Bed-- OT:4904 mishkab (mish-kawb'); from OT:7901; a bed (figuratively, a bier); abstractly, sleep; by euphemism, carnal intercourse:
This bed was placed up on a hill, out in the open, and orgies were performed on it. Sex acts.
They were doing them down below in the groves and the woods and they’re also doing them up on the hill for all the world to see.
What about today? We have been through several months of two candidates campaigning for the presidency of this great country, this country that has been so blessed by our Father, and what are the primary accusations against each other by these two candidates?
Hillary’s husband, Bill, has been accused by almost a dozen women of RAPE. Hillary was the one, supposedly, that did the cover-ups, she verbally attacked and intimidated, berated and destroyed the lives of these women in order to keep these things secret.
Donald Trump has admitted to coming onto dozens of women without their permission or approval. He has admitted to grabbing their breasts and putting his hand between their legs and fondling them.
And every tawdry bit of it was exploited by the news media and the press. Every bit of it was used in campaign ads, one candidate against the other. This campaign wasn’t a slug-fest, it was a slut-fest.
The immoral actions of our leaders goes back 20 years or more and the closer we get to the election, the more disgusting it becomes, it that’s possible.
So, these kinds of things didn’t just happen back in the Old Testament, they are happening right before our eyes as we watch the evening news each night.
But this bed in verse 7 was not for sleeping and that’s why the feminine pronouns were used, to make sure that you understand that they’re not worshipping our Father, they’re worshipping something else entirely.
Isaiah 57:8 Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance: for thou hast discovered thyself to another than me, and art gone up; thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made thee a covenant with them; thou lovedst their bed where thou sawest it.
Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance. Ever heard of a sexual stud putting notches on his bedpost, to record his conquests there? Here, they put objects of idolatry and trinkets there.
And these doors and the posts were the very places that our Father told them to write His laws:
Ref: Deuteronomy 11:19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Ref: Deuteronomy 11:20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: KJV
Thou lovedst their bed where thou sawest it. They loved going up there and participating.
Isaiah 57:9 And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell.
And thou wentest to the king. That king would be the Antichrist.
And didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell. In search of new idols, taking themselves into the dregs of hell.
How bad can sin get? How deep into sin can we take ourselves or allow ourselves to be taken? The darkest regions of the human mind are sometimes too frightening to delve into because if we allow ourselves to commit accumulative transgressions, in the area of sexual activity, against our Father and His laws, how much deeper must we go to find the bottom?
How deep into sin can we go before we take ourselves out? Once Satan finds that niche’ in our personality, that place where our desire for erotic and forbidden pleasures exceeds our common sense, that place in the darkness that persists beyond our ability to close it up, he will work it until either he gives up or we fall beyond being able to be brought back to righteous sanity. Which means that our soul belongs to him, at this point.
Satan does not give up easily, he has plenty of time and nothing to lose, he’s going into the Lake of Fire regardless, and we can’t get him to release us on our own. Our only hope is that we go to the Father before we give up on ourselves, because He is the only one that truly has the power to bring us back from the darkness.
Sexual activity, whether we are in the spiritual or earthly body, has been the overriding source of sin against our Father since the beginning of His creation.
Eve was overcome and seduced by Lucifer in the Garden, producing a birth of twins, one fathered by Adam and the other by Satan.
The fallen angels of Genesis, 7000 in number, that left heaven or that dimension, and seduced the daughters of Israel, producing the hybrids known as Geber.
The worshipping of idols, which after extensive study in the Old Testament, was the major source of conflict between Israel and our Father and they were only following the practices of the heathen nations around them, they didn’t come up with these ideas on their own. Although they certainly COULD have and eventually WOULD have.
Some of these idols were carved into the shape of the male genitalia, some idols showing the mixing together of animals and humans due to sexual activity. The women hiding smaller versions of these idols to sexually satisfy themselves.
These are the sins that most offend our Father because they spend their time involved in these sexually perverted activities instead of worshipping Him and following His laws, and not living a righteous life that we’ve been reading about here in Isaiah.
Taking what was designed by our Father to be right and good, a way of generating an earthly body within which He could place a soul to be tested throughout their lifespan, to decide who they would love and follow, Him or Satan, and demeaning it to this level.
And when we see the number of times that this good and proper act, of creating the human race, become distorted over and over again, we can see that Satan is winning a lot of time.
This subject may be offensive to you but whenever the Word of our Father becomes too much of an embarrassment to you, maybe you should look within yourself and see if you have put yourself above the Father and what is right or wrong.
Certainly, this is not a subject that should be discussed around small children but IT IS an integral part of His Word and if we ignore talking and studying about it, might we be placing ourselves on a level ABOVE our Father? Be careful, this is dangerous territory indeed.
Isaiah 57:10 Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.
You were so convinced by your religion that you were going to heaven that you ended up in hell.
Isaiah 57:11 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?
And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared. It certainly hasn’t been our Father.
Have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not? Father is asking Himself if He has been too easy on these people. Has He let them get so far off the beaten track that they have now forgotten about Him? Should He have chastised and corrected them a little more than He has?
Isaiah 57:12 I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.
And thy works; for they shall not profit thee. Thy works shall not profit thee, more simply said. He’s NOT going to let their works profit them, He’ll see to that.
Ignoring Him and going to that church of nothing sure hasn’t profited them much.
Isaiah 57:13 When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;
When thou criest. When the troubling times come, you can sure hear them wail.
“Oh Lord, if you’ll just help me this one time I promise......”
But the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them. The word wind here is soul:
✡ Wind-- OT:7307 ruwach (roo'-akh); from OT:7306; wind; by resemblance breath, i.e. a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension, a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions):
Whose soul are we talking about here? Satan’s.
They took ointment to the wrong king, back in verse 9, they took it to Satan.
But he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, There is a way out and that’s by putting your love and trust in the Lord. On repentance, you can turn it all around and get back on the right track again.
And shall inherit my holy mountain; What mountain is He talking about? Mount Zion, or literally, all of the land. This doesn’t just apply to Israel; it applies to you and I as well.
The good fig and the bad fig are returning to the land of their fathers and we get closer and closer to that day when false religions and false preachers will be done away with and there will only be the truth of our Father to be heard across the land.
Isaiah 57:14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.
Our Father is speaking here….
Take those false preachers and all their religious nonsense and get rid of it. Stop going to those so-called churches.
What is a stumblingblock to us? It’s anything that hides the truth of our Father’s Word and it’s being done today by the teaching of false doctrine that tells the people that they don’t have to worry about these end times, they’re going to be taken away before it all begins and come back with our Lord when it’s all over.
It makes people believe a lie and that’s the stumbling block. These preachers will have a massive price to pay on Judgment Day. Maybe to some they really believe what their church teaches; maybe to others it’s just a job that doesn’t get their hands dirty. Dirty in a work-related way, not a spiritual way.
Either way, it doesn’t matter. What they teach is a lie, a stumbling block, and millions of souls believe them and are headed in the wrong direction.
Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Do you want to be there with our Father in that Holy Place? It’s called Paradise and Heaven and eternity. Everyone there will have a revived spirit because the lies and deceptions of this life will be gone, only the truth of our Father will reside there.
Isaiah 57:16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
Our Father’s anger is not to ultimately crush us, but rather to instruct us through correction. Sometimes the path we follow is the wrong path and He has to stop us and turn us around and He does that by correcting us.
And it upsets Him to be angry with us all the time, that’s why when He sees one of us that tries to do things HIS way and not OUR way, it makes Him smile and usually that person will be one of His election.
That doesn’t mean that He plays favorites with us but His election DID justify themselves in the age that was and although they still have free will in this life, meaning that they can still go against him by loving this world more than Him, for a time, but they will always come back.
Isaiah 57:17 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
He was angry with us because of our sin.
This him carries over from verse 15 and it means any of us that want to spend eternity with Him, in His hoy mountain. He was angry with us and He hid us under His hand of grace but still we went along on our own path, ignoring Him.
Isaiah 57:18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
He will do all this for us ONLY after we repent of our shortcomings.
Isaiah 57:19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him.
I create the fruit of the lips. The words of truth. If the watchmen will simply do their job and teach the truth to the people that come to them, then he will spiritually heal them by forgiving them. His righteous indignation will not last forever.
And He has a right to be wroth with us because we continue to ignore Him by listening to some back-woods preacher that speaks words from his own lips and not those of the Father.
Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
Murky waters. Clouded up with lies.
Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. KJV
Always looking behind them to see what’s catching up to them. If this is the way that you want to live your life then have at it but be warned that the outcome is not going to be very pleasant for you.
And if you ever decide to change, to bring Him back into your life, repent of your sins, He will gladly welcome you back into the fold and you can enjoy peace and prosperity once again.
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