Our Father teaches and instructs us through the actions of other people, other people being the nation of Israel and the surrounding heathen nations. In the beginning, these so-called heathen nations were comprised of the 6th day creation but as the Israelites began to grow in number and expand across the region, He used them and their actions as well.
He gave us the Ten Commandments as the basis of His law and then expounds on that by giving us examples of how other people broke or followed those laws and how He treated or dealt with them based on those transgressions or sins and how He rewarded them for following them.
Since basic human nature never changes, it allows Him to use these examples for many generations of people to come, even unto this day and beyond. The very reason the Bible is called a living document. Examples of people thousands of years ago still apply to people today.
So, plainly put, He writes this Letter one time and then you decide whether you’re going to live by it or not. It never changes nor are there amendments made to it, except by men and women who think that they are somehow smarter than He is.
And when someone does decide to make changes, they had better be careful because:
Ref: Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. KJV
You need to be very careful of these newer translations that are out there today also. A lot of the words are generalized and some of them just might be the key to understanding a particular verse or thought from our Father and you lose that ability to pick up on the deeper meaning.
They’re also socially and politically correct, to fit in with today’s watered-down and weak society. It’s bad enough that they do that to the books that our children are taught from in government schools but to do that to the book written by the Creator is playing with fire.
Dr. James Strong and his concordance of the King James bible and Dr. Bullinger and his translated Companion Bible provide anyone today with the best available study tools you can find, to really get into the meat of the Scriptures, but if all you want is an easy read late in the evening before you retire for the night, these new translations will fit the bill quite nicely.
Today, we are very close to the day of His return and prophesy throughout both Testaments informs us and makes us aware of these things to come, things we didn’t know about, but that would benefit us a great deal as these days came to fruition.
So, nothing that happens should be a surprise to us because we’ve been forewarned by the contents of these 66 books. It’s now up to us to read them, understand what they say and apply that in our daily lives. By doing so, we become informed and educated and should be able to stand confidently before Him on Judgment Day, totally secure in our salvation and our entrance into the eternity.
Those who don’t wish to take the time to read them and understand them put their souls in danger of condemnation on that day, so it’s an individual choice as to how secure we are in our spiritual future.
In the book of Revelation, we find that most of humanity will be deceived by that dragon, Satan/Antichrist, when he comes for that five months, simply because they never read or studied for themselves, they turned that responsibility over to their preacher and he never taught them anything more than the traditions of church doctrine:
Ref: Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. KJV
You don’t have to be one of them.
Alright, Isaiah, chapter 60. This chapter deals with the restoration of Israel at the Lord’s second advent and all that means is that the second advent is the return of Christ Himself.
The good and bad fig have been returning to Israel and Jerusalem for many years now and we find that the Gentile is also included in this restoration.
Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
When you begin to study, and understand the Word of our Father, spiritually, it will be as the sun rising in the morning and as your knowledge increases, each and every time you pick up that holy book, it will be as the sky turning from total darkness to dawn and then to full sunlight.
It’s a gradual thing, it doesn’t happen all at one time, but when it does, your whole life will be bathed in the light of the glory of the Lord, and Satan and his darkness will be put behind you.
Evil loves darkness. In the back-alleys of major cities, where the sun never shines, even at midday because the buildings are so tall, they won’t allow the sun’s rays to get down to the street level, there is where evil lurks.
Street gambling, prostitution, drug deals, murder, robbery, beatings…all the tools that Satan loves for us to become a part of because it takes us away from our Father. But His children, those that love Him and want to please Him, like to stand out in the sunlight, with the windows open, allowing the fresh air to blow the stench of gloom off of themselves.
Isaiah 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
The darkness shall cover the earth…that’s the deception of Satan, just like we read above in Revelation. Going to deceive the whole world.
And gross darkness the people. Notice the two different types of darkness given here. One covers the entire earth while the other covers the people and that darkness is described as gross:
✡ Gross-- OT:6205 `araphel (ar-aw-fel'); probably from OT:6201; gloom (as of a lowering sky):
✡ Root Word-- OT:6201 `araph (aw-raf'); a primitive root; to droop; hence, to drip:
Over the people, the spiritual darkness descends like a fog that droops over His children. It’s called deception.
In these latter days, evil is more pronounced than ever before. Wholesale killing of Christians in Syria by ISIS, the assassination of police officers around the country, just to name a couple of the more egregious atrocities.
I have always believed that the souls that followed Satan, Lucifer, in the age that was, are now being released by our Father, their souls being breathed into those little embryos just like all other souls for thousands of years. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the reason for the atrocities being committed around the world today.
And, in a sense, that is a good thing, because it also emphasizes the fact that the end of this time, living in these earthly bodies, is close at hand. Our Lord will NOT return UNTIL every soul that He created, that STILL resides in heaven, is placed in an earthly body and given that chance to decide who it will follow: our Father or Satan.
Isaiah 60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
When our Lord is finally here again, even the ethnic nations, the Gentiles, superficially, you and I, will come to Jerusalem, to be a part of that restoration.
Isaiah 60:4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
Lift up thine eyes round about, and see. Look around you during that time and see that this prophesy has come to pass.
You’ll be in a different body during that time but you’ll still have full memory of what happened during your lifetime in the earthly body. And what’s more, you’ll be able to remember what it is that you did back in the age that was.
Father won’t allow us to remember those actions while we’re in these present bodies but after the time allotted for us to decide is over, there is no reason to keep us in the dark any longer. Full knowledge of the past won’t influence us any longer.
By this time, which is the Millennium, by the way, the die has been cast for a lot of souls and that cannot be changed but there will be many who never heard the truth of His Word during this lifetime and they will still have a decision to make at the end of those thousand years.
Isaiah 60:5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
Sea, in prophesy, always means peoples. People from all over the world will come to Israel and Jerusalem. Why? Because the apparent savior is standing there, proclaiming to all that will listen, that he is the true, risen christ. Only problem is that he’s a fake but that won’t be seen by most people.
His deception will cover the world like darkness and it will be spiritual darkness because all that follow and worship him will be spiritually lost.
Isaiah 60:6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord.
Again, referring to Jerusalem and Israel. Many, many camels carrying merchandise.
You’ll notice that both camels and dromedaries are mentioned here. Why? Because they’re different. A camel has two humps on its back while a dromedary has but one and the dromedary is faster than the camel. Both are called ships of the desert for their ability to carry a lot of weight.
Midian was the son of Abraham by his second wife Keturah. He was the beginning of the tribe called Midianites, also known as the Arabians. Ephah was Midian’s son and they were both very prosperous.
Gold and incense are representative of prosperity so they won’t actually be there but it will be a time of great spiritual fulfillment.
Precious metals being mentioned here can also be representative of works because each work that we do is tried by fire with our Father. The analogy is that when heated to a high degree the slag is removed and only the precious metal is left so when you do a good work make sure that it’s for the right reasons.
Isaiah 60:7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.
Flocks of Kedar and rams of Nebaioth are sacrificial animals, also representative, but it shows the willingness of offering fruits from a good harvest. No animal sacrifices were necessary after the death of Christ on the cross, for His blood washed the sins of man away upon repentance, but it will be a time of joy and fullness.
People from around the world will come to Jerusalem during this five months of Satan/Antichrist because everyone will want to come and see christ, unbeknownst to them, the false christ.
Kedar, the second son of Ishmael; Nebajoth his first born. Both of whom are also Arabians.
Isaiah 60:8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?
Who are these that fly as a cloud. The ships of Tarsus, bringing commercial goods.
Isaiah is asking this as a question, in this vision, and the answer follows in the next verse.
Isaiah 60:9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
To bring thy sons from far. There’s the answer. Bringing people to Israel and Jerusalem. Family.
Giving glory to Him, the Holy One of Israel, is what it’s all about. Without Him we live empty, unfulfilled lives. Oh, we try to fill these lives with stuff, things made of the hands of men but it will all soon rot, rust, fade or stop working.
It’s not a sin to want nice things, things that bring enjoyment to us and our family, nor is it a sin to be prosperous or even wealthy, but we must put Him first over all else. When all of our time is spent making money we soon forget about Him and that makes money an idol.
And I know full well the need to work two jobs at the same time to provide for your family, sometimes three, but the driving force behind that is not to attain wealth but to put food on the table and pay the bills.
However, if you’re working two jobs to make payments on the new Lexus, you might want to think about that one, but however you work or for what end, put Him first in your mind. Begin your day with prayer; thank Him for the food you eat during the day; for the old junk car that gets you to and from those two jobs.
It takes just a little effort on your part to make our Father happy with you but whatever it is that you do, be steadfast with it. Don’t just pray when you think about it or when you’ve gotten your butt in some trouble, like not being able to make the payments on that Lexus, even with two jobs. Chances are He won’t help you on that one but pray and talk to Him every day.
Isaiah 60:10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.
But in my favour have I had mercy on thee. That’s grace. Unmerited favor. Father is going to kick our butts when we need it but after we repent and get straightened out again we get that grace. And peace of mind.
The mercy given here will be to Jerusalem because, if you will remember, Jerusalem is our Father’s most favorite spot on earth. His love for this city is put forth in the book
Isaiah 60:11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.
Therefore thy gates shall be open continually. There will be no need for defensed cities any longer. High walls of protection, strong gates open only during the daylight hours. All of that is long gone.
Everyone will be able to SEE our Lord but not all will be able to get close to Him. Those souls that go through this period of time are there for a reason: their soul is still in a mortal condition. It is still liable to die a spiritual death.
And that makes it unclean and being unclean keeps you away from our Lord and His Temple.
Even His Elect, when going to a loved one or family member during this time, will become unclean and pay a penalty of not being allowed to be close to our Lord for a period of seven days, the length of time deemed by our Lord for our souls to be cleansed.
Isaiah 60:12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
The country of Russia is continually referred to as a communist country but it’s not the people themselves that are communists, at least not the majority of the people, but the government that runs it.
Many years ago some of the people were turned to Christianity and in order for them to be baptized they had to chop holes in the ice of a lake to be able to immerse the people in the water for baptism. Wow, I wonder how many people in this country would go through that to show their love for the Father?
Isaiah 60:13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
Much of the first and second Temple in Jerusalem was made from the great cedar trees of Lebanon but spiritually, our Father compared Himself to a great cedar of Lebanon one time and Satan tried to do the same thing, comparing HIMSELF to those great cedars and our Father told him that he was nothing more than a box cedar, a little scrub tree.
Reference to our Father:
Ref: Hosea 14:8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found. KJV
Reference to Satan:
Ref: Isaiah 14:8 Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us. KJV
There will be a temple during the Millennium but not during the Eternity because our Father and our Lord will be the Temple thereof:
Ref: Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. KJV
Isaiah 60:14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
The city of the Lord being Jerusalem. This city did not have a good beginning because it was mostly pagans that inhabited it. It was first settled by the Jebusites, Jebus being the original name for it:
Ref: Joshua 15:8 And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom unto the south side of the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem: and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lieth before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the end of the valley of the giants northward: KJV
It was controlled by the Canaanites and subdued by king David who renamed it from Jebus to Jerusalem.
We can read of our Father’s love for this city in Ezekiel, chapter 16. Not only is this His most favorite place on earth, it will also be the center of His Kingdom during the Millennium and also during the Eternity. Revelation tells us about the beauty of this eternal city in chapter 21:
Ref: Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
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.
Ref: Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. KJV
This will be the place where souls will come, from across the earth, to worship Him. Of course, by this time, we will all be in our spiritual bodies and transportation to this city, from other parts of the earth, will no doubt be something that we cannot even imagine today with our earthly minds.
Isaiah 60:15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.
This is why this city is so important to the Jewish people of today, the reason that they will not allow the city to be split in two, one part given to the Jews and the other part given to the Arabs or the Islamic peoples.
Most people are ignorant of the covenant that our Father made with the twelve Tribes many centuries ago, how the land was divided up between those twelve Tribes, Jerusalem being the capitol city of the Tribe of Judah.
This was a covenant made by our Father, it was an EVERLASTING covenant, and NO MAN will break it, nor will the Jewish peoples relinquish their right to the ENTIRE CITY:
Ref: Genesis 48:4 And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession. KJV
The Jews and Islam understand all of this all too well but to the rest of the world, it’s just another ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
Isaiah 60:16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
And shalt suck: This really means to impart their vitality as a whole during this time and that means everybody, the ethnos, as well as the Jews. It means that there will be no dissention, no arguments, every one will be working together.
Isaiah 60:17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.
If we bring brass, Father will bring gold; if we bring iron, He will bring silver. We are pathetic in our offerings to Him, offering the things of this world to the One who created it all. That’s why He wants our love and not our blood sacrifices.
Officers and exactors are men/women are people of the court or law or government. Exactors are tax collectors and we’ll even like them during this time. (LOL)
Father expects us to obey the laws of the land that we live in, regardless of how unfair they might be to those of us that work our fingers to the bone at times.
You can protest and not pay your taxes but in the end all you’re going to do is to shoot yourself in the foot and if you’re going to do that, at least pick a small caliber weapon to do it, the damage to your foot won’t be near as bad.
Mark 12:17 does apply even today:
Ref: Mark 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him. KJV
This is going to be a wonderful time, much greater than anything that we have ever experienced in this life. Make sure that you’re there to enjoy it.
It really irritates me when I hear people say:
“Doooo you love Jeeesus, brother?”
It makes such a mockery of the horrible acts that He had to endure to give us the opportunity to have our sins forgiven. And, yes, I’ve read John 3:16 and I understand what it is saying but it takes so much more to keep our souls in the proper condition for that verse to be literally true.
Once you do begin to love and follow Him you have to continue to TRY to do His will and that continues for the rest of your life. You don’t get into the eternity through one verse alone. If that were true, the bible would only be one page. Nope, you have to be familiar with the ENTIRE BOOK:
Ref: Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. KJV
That means the whole book, the entire book. And the key word, again, is TRY. When you do that, He counts all our efforts, as perfect even though we are not.
Isaiah 60:18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.
And we know that our Lord Jesus Christ is our wall of protection. From what? From Satan and his dominion. Remember what happened to ‘ole Job when our Father took His wall of protection away from him? At Satan’s request?
Satan not only took away everything that he had but he killed many of his family as well. But then Father restored that wall and all that he lost plus much, much more.
We can’t make it without that wall, we have to depend on Him for that protection.
Isaiah 60:19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
During this time this earth will already have been put back in the state that it was in the age that was. The firmament will have been restored, it being all the water that is on the planet right now, placed back in that reflective layer that surrounded this globe, which also distributed the light of the sun and the moon around the entire earth, which means that all of the earth was in sunlight 24/7, not 1/2 light and 1/2 darkness as it is today.
The axis of the planet will be back to zero, no longer will we have true north and magnetic north. The land itself will be rolling, pleasant pastures with no mountains any longer. And since the water will again surround this planet there will be no oceans or gulfs or rivers or lakes. Everything will receive the water necessary for life to continue, from the dew that settles each night.
I’m not a scientist or anything like that but I do have a brain and common sense and the ability to reach conclusions and I believe that the reason that there were so many giant creatures, like the dinosaurs and such, was to eat the lush vegetation that covered most of this earth in the first heaven/earth age, to keep this earth from being one massive jungle.
And it took billions of creatures of that size to eat all that was constantly growing. You and I were in spiritual bodies back in those days and we’ll find out for sure, exactly what went on, when we return to those bodies again, at the beginning of the Millennium, when our Father will restore full memory of what we experienced back then.
We can also read in Revelation that during the eternity there will be no need for the sun or moon because the light will come from our Lord and the Father:
Ref: Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. KJV
Isaiah 60:20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
Again, Revelation 21:23 as above.
And the days of thy mourning shall be ended. We find that in Revelation as well…no more tears, no more sorrow:
Ref: Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. KJV
The restoration will be complete at this time. And, of course, this hasn’t happened as yet.
Isaiah 60:21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
All the unrighteous have gone into the Lake of Fire, at this time, so there won’t be anything to offend. It’s all going to be clean and pure. No liars any more.
Isaiah 60:22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time. KJV
All of us just one spiritual family. This short life that we lead seems to be sooooo long to a teenager and soooooo short to one whose head is covered with gray hair.
No one has a clue as to how long we existed in our spiritual bodies during the first heaven/earth age and the eternity is just that….eternal, never ending. But, if we believe the scientists, those who determine that this planet is about 4.1 billion years old, that may give us some time frame as to how long that first heaven/earth age was.
And if you compare a lifespan of less than 120 years to either end of that time spectrum that we have spent and will spend in a different body, it pales by comparison.
If people would just keep that eternal life in mind each day perhaps depression among the peoples of the world would be relieved a great deal because this life IS NOT ALL THERE IS TO IT. It’s not the beginning nor is it the end but telling that to people and getting them to understand that is like talking to a fence post.
Oh, they say that they believe, they say that they see the big picture, but how they live their lives says something entirely different.
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