Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

     If you will remember, we read something similar to this back in chapter 50:2..

     Ref: Isaiah 50:2 Wherfore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst. KJV

 

      Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened. His arm is never too short to be able to reach out or reach down to pick someone up, to raise them up, to bring them close to Him once more.

     But you have to be the one to initiate that action. You have to ask Him to do it and you have to ask when your soul is free from all sin and you do that by getting down on your knees and asking for forgiveness first.

     You don’t have to beg, you don’t have to cry out loud, or stand on a street corner and make a public show of it, you simply have to talk to Him from your heart.

     And repenting is worthless is you don’t try to stop doing that sin again, whatever that transgression might be.

     You could go out on a Saturday night and party until 3:00 in the morning, get up the next day around noon, feeling like a truck has run over you, and pray with all your heart for Him to forgive you but if you get a phone call later that afternoon, inviting you to go out again that night and you intend to do just that, then asking for forgiveness is just a waste of your time.

     Because you INTEND to do that same sin later that day. You didn’t even TRY to not repeat that sin. You had every intention of repeating that same sin and there can be no forgiveness for that.

     You didn’t resist the temptation, put before you by your friends, you just jumped on their wagon and off you went again.

     Neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. He will hear your plea for forgiveness, the problem is that you weren’t sincere when you asked for it.

     Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

     Our sins always put a wall between us and Him and not only will He leave you, He won’t even look your way when you talk to Him. You tear that wall down by sincerely repenting of your sins and then He will listen again.

     Sin not only separates us from Him, it can lead to the death of our very soul:

     Ref: Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. KJV

     Repentance is one of the most important things in our life in these earthly bodies. Christ died to give us the opportunity to get rid of all the bad things that we do, take advantage of it. Repent every day because you never know when someone or something may suddenly take your life away.

     And there you are, standing there with a surprised look on your face, your soul covered with things that you should not have done, and no way to turn back the clock and remove them.

     What a terrible situation to have put yourself in. Don’t let it happen to you.

     Isaiah 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

     If this verse is not addressed to false preachers, then I don’t know what is.

     For your hands are defiled with blood. You could say, THEIR hands are covered with blood. How does that happen? It’s the blood of the souls that they have led to Satan, by telling people that they won’t be here when that five-month tribulation begins and ends, by teaching the rapture theory.

     Your lips have spoken lies. The lies of the church, the doctrines of the church, the words of the church.

     Father never intended for this to happen but even when the Apostle Paul was setting up the church, in the book of acts, Satan was already actively sewing his seeds of corruption. Peter wrote about these things as well:

     Ref: 2nd Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. KJV

     Damnable heresies, meaning what exactly? How about the fly-away doctrine:

     Ref: Ezekiel 13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly. KJV

     Your lips have spoken lies. All coming from the pulpit. You know what, with religion being as established as it is in this country, people think that this is the proper forum to learn and be taught about our Father’s Word.

     I mean, it’s SO much easier to let somebody else do the reading and researching and the studying, I mean, it’s just sooo boring and tedius to do it ourselves, and then just pass it on to you and others while you just sit passively in that pew and listen.

     “Oh, our preacher, is just so wonderful. He really knows the bible, inside and out. And he doesn't scare us with talk about being here for the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist. He says that we're going to be gone back to Jesus before that happens.”

     Blind sheep being led down the chute to slaughter.

     Isaiah 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

     Nor any pleadeth for truth. They haven’t read the Scriptures for themselves so they have no idea what the truth really is.

     They can’t calleth for justice because you can’t accuse someone of lying or misleading you if you don’t know that it’s happening in the first place.

     They trust in vanity

       Vanity-- OT:8414 tohuw (to'-hoo); from an unused root meaning to lie waste; a desolation (of surface), i.e. desert; figuratively, a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain:

     That’s a terrible thing to say about someone but it’s true. If whoever is standing behind that podium, is speaking lies and traditional doctrine, he or she is a worthless thing. They trust in someone who is just worthless, as far as teaching the honest truth of our Father’s Word.

     On the other hand, in many cases, that’s what the people WANT to hear, they WANT to hear pleasant things being said to them. If a preacher stood up there and told them exactly like it is, taught the Words of our Father as they should, they would probably run him out at their first opportunity:

     Ref: 2nd Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

     Ref: 2nd Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. KJV

     “We don’t want to hear about being responsible for our own souls, we have enough to worry about as it is in our lives. So, tell us things that make us feel good on our way back home after the service.”

     And some of these preachers will accommodate them, they’ll tell them how good they are, how God loves them, how they can be prosperous, how our Father WANTS them to be rich, how life in this world can be sooo much better.

     Isaiah 59:5 They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

       Cocatrice--OT:6848 tsepha` (tseh'-fah; or tsiph`oniy (tsif-o-nee'); from an unused root meaning to extrude; a viper (as thrusting out the tongue, i.e. hissing):

     Cocatrice means a snake, hissing, with his tongue flicking in and out. Does the serpent in the Garden come to mind? Is a lying preacher being compared to a hissing snake too far out there to believe?

     They hatch cockatrice' eggs. Instead of crushing and killing these snakes, they coddle them, keep them warm, so they can hatch.

     Instead of firing these preachers and telling them to hit the road, they complement them on giving such a good sermon, tell him what a wonderful man of God he is. They are patting the man, on the back, for doing such a wonderful job of sending their souls to hell! Absolutely unbelievable.

     He that eateth of their eggs dieth. When you take his words and allow them into your mind and accept them as the truth, you are placing your soul in a position of being spiritually dead.

     Isaiah 59:6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

     Their webs shall not become garments. The webs of deceit, spun from behind that pulpit, will entrap you, they will not clothe you in righteousness.

     Their works are works of iniquity:

      Iniquity-- OT:205 'aven (aw-ven'); from an unused root perhaps meaning properly, to pant (hence, to exert oneself, usually in vain; to come to naught); strictly nothingness; also trouble. vanity, wickedness; specifically an idol:

     Not worth a darn thing. When you distort the words of Christ and our Father, you end up with nothing. And if you work within that church, under that preacher, whatever it is that you do, it is attributed to you, by our Father, and you end up being just as liable to die, spiritually, as he is.

     Our works are supposed to be special to us and our Father. They demonstrate how deep our love for Him actually goes. And, according to Revelation, our works are the only thing that we can take with us into the Millennium and the eternity, the exact opposite of a garment woven from a deceiving snake’s web.

     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

     Your works will not GET you into heaven but they will be rewards that will be GIVEN to you in heaven.

     Ref: Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

     Ref: Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. KJV

     Each individual good work that we do in this life, spiritually, becomes a single thread and when you have many threads, you are able to have them woven into a garment or a robe that you will wear in the eternity.

     I also believe that these works will be visible during that time, other souls will be able to see this beautiful garment that we wear and those souls with little or no works at all, will be pretty naked in the afterlife.

     And the act of violence is in their hands. Just the opposite of our good works. This word violence is not used here as we would normally use it today:

     Violence-- OT:2555 chamac (khaw-mawce'); from OT:2554; violence; by implication, wrong; by meton. unjust gain:

     It’s wrong doing or unjust gain. Certainly we can see that the works of a preacher that teaches against the Word of our Father will be committing wrong doing.

     Isaiah 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

     Their feet run to evil. Because of the worldly rewards given to them by Satan. Hey, they’ve got to get something out of all this and Satan will reward some of them very well.

     Wasting and destruction are in their paths. They leave spiritual waste and destruction in their paths, capturing and giving these souls to Satan.

     Isaiah 59:8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

     You can align yourself with these preachers and you’ll never know true peace, which only comes from following and loving our father.

     Isaiah 59:9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.

     That’s what false teachings will do to you. The only truth that matters must come from our Father. It comes from HIS wisdom, HIS truth.

     You go to these churches thinking that you’re doing the right thing and you walk out not even remembering what the subject of the sermon was. I’ve done that before. I’ve left the building and stood out in that parking lot and asked myself what that sermon was all about and I couldn’t tell you.

     Just a lot of jabbering that didn’t make much sense.

     Isaiah 59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.

     Spiritually blind as a bat, day or night.

     Isaiah 59:11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.

       Judgment-- OT:4941 mishpat (mish-pawt'); from OT:8199; properly, a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or [participant's] divine law, individual or collective), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly, justice, including a participant's right or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style:

     They look for something that will tell them right from wrong. They look for spiritual guidance. Where is our Father’s law? What does it mean to us? Who is there to tell us when we’re messing up?

     You know, even a child welcomes punishment, to a certain degree. It shows them were the limits are and when parents exercise their rights and punish a child for wrongdoing, it makes the child feel better because they know that someone cares enough about them to try to teach them right from wrong.

     Isaiah 59:12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;

     We know that we’re messing up, we know that we’re sinners. You’re the pastor, tells us how we can get back into the good graces of our Father again. And they never get that.

 

     They get spiritual mumbo-jumbo.

     Isaiah 59:13 In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

     They’re really listing their sins. They go to some beth-aven, trying to get closer to the Father and all they get are words of falsehood.

     Isaiah 59:14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

     We could really relate this to today and the candidates for the upcoming election. A country that has been so blessed by our Father has now drifted so far from Him that TV ads, from the two people vying for the office of the president, are using foul language that I won’t even write here.

     Lies, untruths, misleading statements, accusations of rape and sexual misconduct on the one hand and giving our enemies access to our most secret government documents on the other through mishandled and pilfered emails.

     This election is a garbage pit of corruption. This is how far our country and its leaders have drifted away from our Father.

     Isaiah 59:15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

     And it displeased him that there was no judgment. Even the courts have fallen into the pool of garbage. After all the evidence that has come forth against one candidate, the FBI director decided not to press charges, when there is plenty of evidence of wrongdoing.

     Isaiah 59:16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

     And wondered that there was no intercessor. There was no one that held the standard of truth and that’s when the Father sent His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ and through Him we can obtain salvation and truth.

     Isaiah 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.

     What our Father is talking about here is the gospel armor and we can read of that in Ephesians:

     Ref: Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

     Ref: Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

     Ref: Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

     Ref: Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

     Ref: Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: KJV

     Verse 18.

     Isaiah 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

     Even to all the distant shores, you’re going to reap what you sow.

     Isaiah 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.

     From the west and from the east, that’s what from the rising sun means, the east. And that standard will be Jesus Christ.

     Isaiah 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.

     This is His coming back to us, on Mount Zion, and those that have turned away from sin, He will be a welcome sight indeed.

     Isaiah 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever. KJV

     His truth will go on from generation to generation.

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