The Book of Isaiah
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Messiah and Election
Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 61
Our Lord, the Messiah, speaking in person…
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
First off, let’s look at the words God and Lord in this verse. I don’t know if this confuses others, as it did me at one time, but I like people to know exactly who is speaking and who is being spoken about:
✡ God-- OT:3069 Yehovih (yeh-ho-vee'); a variation of OT:3068 [used after OT:136, and pronounced by Jews as OT:430, in order to prevent the repetition of the same sound, since they elsewhere pronounce OT:3068 as OT:136]:
In the description: , in order to prevent the repetition of the same sound, since they elsewhere pronounce OT:3068 as OT:136]: even the Jewish peoples had trouble with pronunciations of words with similar sounds.
This word God is our Father, Yahaveh.
✡ Lord--OT:136 'Adonay (ad-o-noy'); am emphatic form of OT:113; the Lord (used as a proper name of God only): KJV - (my) Lord.
So, both words, Lord God, refer to our Father or Yahaveh.
The other word Lord is such:
✡ Lord--OT:3068 Yehovah (yeh-ho-vaw'); from OT:1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: KJV - Jehovah, the Lord. Compare OT:3050, OT:3069.
This word Lord is ALSO Yahaveh so all three words, God, Lord and Lord refer to our Father. None of them refer to our Lord Jesus Christ, whose name, in the Hebrew, is Yahshua.
And the opening of the prison to them that are bound. Whether you realize it or not, if you are not being taught the Word of our Father in the church that you attend, if there is no cohesive teaching, complete chapters, one after another, then your soul is probably a prisoner of Satan already.
If you don’t understand and realize that the false messiah comes first, before the true Messiah, you are probably Satan’s prisoner already.
If you don’t have the seal of our Father in your brain, right now, your soul is probably a prisoner of Satan.
It is an impossibility to learn the necessary truth that our Father wants you to know by only hearing 3-4 verses once a week.
Most people like to read the gospels for themselves, and thank our Father for that, because in Mark 13, Luke 21 and Matthew 24, in these three chapters, you WILL be given the events of the end times, all seven of them, from the mouth of our Lord. You WILL at least have that much going for you.
Isaiah 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
The day of vengeance of our God. When is that day? We read of it back in Isaiah 34:8. That’s the day that He returns to us, the Lord’s Day. All the evil, the bad things and the bad people will be done away with.
The bad things, the rudiments, will be burned up and the bad people will be sorted out and placed in custody, so to speak, awaiting Judgment Day and their eventual walk into the Lake of Fire, along with Satan and the 7000 fallen angels.
You will notice that the acceptable year and the day of vengeance are two separate occasions and that is very, very important.
You may have noticed that all of verse one and part of verse two are in bold type, in the Companion Bible, which means that these words are being quoted from the New Testament, or, in the reverse sense, our Lord was quoting these Old Testament words as He was speaking in the Synagogue, in the New Testament.
Let’s go to Luke chapter 4 and find out about a gap. This is not the same gap that we learned about in Genesis chapter 1, between verses 1 and 2, which is the time of the first heaven/earth age, nor is it the gap found in Daniel 9:27. This one is different.
Ref: Luke 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
He opened the book to chapter 61 in Isaiah, the very chapter that we’re studying right now…
Ref: Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Spiritually blind. Mistreated.
Ref: Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord….
PERIOD! He didn’t finish the verse! He didn’t read and the day of vengeance of our God, as it is written in Isaiah.
He stopped when there was a comma and not a period. Why?
Ref: Luke 4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
One more verse…
Ref: Luke 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. KJV
It would be a long time from when verse 2 in Isaiah 61 was written until He would come as the Savior, standing there in Luke chapter 4, as the Savior of all mankind. To open the eyes of those that want to see the truth, to open the ears of those that were held captive, to where they could hear the salvation message from Him.
To find their spiritual way in this life without falling or stumbling and to heal the brokenhearted. This was the reason that He came to this earth. The reason that He didn’t finish the verse is because it hasn’t happened yet. It is still yet future but it will happen.
It wasn’t acceptable for Him to do it all at one time. Why? Because salvation had to take place first. The OPPORTUNITY for salvation had to take place first. He had to give those souls time to be born of a woman, to come through this life in a perishable, earthly body, to decide for themselves whether to follow Him or Satan and THEN, after following Him, to put on that indestructible spiritual body and be with Him for the rest of eternity.
What an amazing event. This is a truth that only a very few people will ever understand and you have just been given that truth. Knowing and understanding this truth, along with the knowledge that the false messiah comes five months before the true Messiah, is what makes you one of His Election. One of His set aside ones.
Many people might question why it is important to know the difference if chances are good that they will be dead and gone, long before His return. It’s important to our Father because it shows Him that you love Him enough to dig out the truths that you will never get from organized religion.
That you loved Him enough to spend the time to find out what the future holds. And if you think that you’ll be dead and gone before His return, you might well be mistaken. Beginning in 1948, when the good and bad fig began returning to Israel, brings His return closer than ever before in history.
Studying and understanding this Letter that He sent to us in never a waste of time because this Letter will be with us forever, even during the eternity, and the more time you spend, in this life, TRYING to understand it all, will give you many rewards, over and above others, during the Millennium and the eternity.
He showers His Elect with rewards because we a few in number and that makes us very special to Him. Most people today could not give a rat’s butt what this book says but you do and that makes Him love you all the more.
Do you want those rewards in this life or after we change into our spiritual bodies, when it really means something? Rewards in this life will soon fall by the wayside but rewards in the Millennium and the eternity last forever.
That day of vengeance is coming and you have placed yourself under the protection of His loving hand and nothing can touch you or hurt you during that time. That’s His promise to us and He never lies to us.
Jesus told us in the book of Luke that this day is the Scripture fulfilled, the prophecy from Isaiah 61.
Alright, continuing with verse 3 in Isaiah...
Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
Oil of joy. That’s the olive oil, the oil of our people. I’ll give you one more nugget of truth..in the Greek language, the word olive contains two of the sacred names of our Father:
✡ Olive-- NT:1636 elaia (el-ah'-yah); feminine of a presumed derivative from an obsolete primary; an olive (the tree or the fruit): KJV - olive (berry, tree).
✡ El—Our Father the Omnipotent.
✡ Yah—As having become our salvation.
How can a food product, that has two of our Father’s sacred names in it, be bad for us? It cannot. The best cooking oil on earth, as long as it’s not processed under extreme heat.
Spirit of heaviness. He’s going to remove everything that makes us unhappy, that brings us discomfort. Will that happen in this life? Nope. But it’s coming soon.
Isaiah 61:4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
Who are the they? His people.
The desolations of many generations. Not physical desolations but spiritual. The desolator. Spoken of by Daniel the prophet. Who is that? Satan.
He will take millions and millions of souls with him when he is destroyed in the Lake of Fire. He already has millions convinced that this world is all there is to life itself. Get as many toys as you can; accumulate as much wealth and power as you can; ignore our Father for as long as you can.
But you will not ignore Him on Judgment Day.
Isaiah 61:5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
It’s a time when everybody works together, this Millennium. But we will still enjoy the company and companionship of our own people, our own nation, our own heritage.
There will be no race distinction once we return back to our spiritual bodies. We will be ourselves, whatever our soul is made of. We will congregate and live among our own peoples because that’s where our heritage lies. We will even have our own rulers, our kings and queens.
Isaiah 61:6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
Priests of the Lord. One of the rewards of being one of His Election is that during this Millennium we can all be teachers and judges, through His Word. We can find that in Revelation:
Ref: Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Ref: Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.KJV
The more I find out about this time, the more I want to be there, but it takes patience. It’s not something that we should hurry before its time. And there is a lot of work that has to be done in the mean time, so we can put this waiting period to good use.
Isaiah 61:7 For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.
For your shame ye shall have double. That doesn’t sound right, does it? For our shame, we shall receive double? Well, this word shame doesn’t mean the same as we use it today:
✡ Shame-- OT:1322 bosheth (bo'-sheth); from OT:954; shame (the feeling and the condition, as well as its cause); by implication (specifically) an idol: -ashamed, confusion, greatly, (put to) shame (-ful thing).
✡ Root Word-- OT:954 buwsh (boosh); a primitive root; properly, to pale, i.e. by implication to be ashamed; also (by implication) to be disappointed or delayed:
It means disappointed or being delayed. Because we tried to do what was right, we tried to follow His Commandments, because we tried to live our lives according to His will, we have to wait until this earthly body dies before we can enter into that world.
We must wait on Him. But the wait is well worth it.
In the reference verse above, Revelation 20:6, it mentions the first resurrection. What exactly is that?
The key to this is the knowledge of the fake messiah coming first. You won’t be deceived or taken in by him when the archangel Michael releases him from heaven and sends him down here among us. Secondly, you have lived a life that pleased our Father, you did your best to follow His commandments. In other words, you spent your life showing Him that you truly loved Him.
And when that silver cord parts, this earthly body dies, there will be no need for you to be taught during the Millennium. You have some gold stars beside your name in the Book of Life.
At this point, you will either be in a place filled with pure spiritual comfort, awaiting Judgment Day, and our Father handing out to you all the rewards that you have earned or, if you are one of His Election, you might be a teacher or a judge during the Millennium.
Your soul has escaped spiritual death. You have taken part in the first resurrection.
On the other hand, if during this life, you never received the knowledge of the full truth of His Word, you pretty much ended up being taken in by the religious junk that’s taught in most churches, you didn’t know that the fake messiah was coming before the true Messiah, then you have not overcome and will go through the Millennium as a participant, to be instructed and taught.
When those thousand years are completed, Satan will be released for another five-month period and he will test you sorely and if you overcome his deception and temptations during this time, you will have made it past the second resurrection and avoided the death of your soul.
You had to go through the Millennium but you escaped the spiritual death of your soul and will spend eternity with our Father.
In a nutshell, that is the first and second resurrection.
Isaiah 61:8 For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
For I the Lord love judgment. A better word for judgment would be justice. Father loves justice and there are no gray areas where He is concerned. There will be no fancy-suited, slick-talking lawyer representing you on Judgment Day. Your actions during this life will represent you.
I hate robbery for burnt offering. Literally, it means that you can’t steal something and then offer it up to our Father for a sacrifice.
It’s also stealing the security of someone’s soul by feeding them spiritual and religious junk. False teachings of some church system instead of the truth of our Father’s Word. The rapture theory. The fly-away doctrine. The any-moment doctrine. Teachings that our Father calls an abomination.
Satan and his followers, preachers that preach for money, oooooh, they love to do that.
Isaiah 61:9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed.
These are His Elect, His Election, the Zadok. You can find them written of in Ezekiel, chapter 44:
Ref: Ezekiel 44:15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord God:
Not everyone will be able to come close to our Lord during this Millennium time. Those that are there for the teaching and discipline CERTAINLY will not be allowed to come near to Him. Why? They didn’t overcome in this lifetime.
They were deceived by Satan and/or Satan/Antichrist. For many, our Father may have put His cloak of innocency over them to protect them DURING this life for the REASON that they will be taught here at this time.
They listened to some preacher who told them that it’s all going to be ok, all you have to do is love Jesus and you’re going to go to heaven and be with Him. No need to read the Scriptures, too much time and trouble. They were too lazy to pick up the Book.
They won’t be lazy during the Millennium, that I can guarantee. They WILL learn the truth; they WILL study His Word; they WILL understand who Satan is and at the end of that time they WILL be tested by Satan and his cohorts, his dominion.
Then, and ONLY then, if they stick with our Father after those five months, will they participate in the second resurrection and go into the eternity.
I don’t know for sure but it would seem right and fair for that five-month period to SEEM like the length of this lifetime to every soul there. I don’t know how our Father will handle that but, to me and my earthly mind, that would be fair and just.
They will not be able to come near our Lord but they will be able to see Him in all His shekinah glory.
Ref: Ezekiel 44:16 They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.
✡ Charge--OT:4931 mishmereth (mish-meh'-reth); feminine of OT:4929; watch, i.e. the act (custody) or (concretely) the sentry, the post; (objectively) preservation, or (concretely) safe; (figurative) observance, i.e. (abstractly) duty, or (objectively) a usage or party: KJV - charge, keep, to be kept, office, ordinance, safeguard, ward, watch.
These are His Election. They will be allowed into the Temple and allowed to serve our Lord, to be able to touch the hem of His robe, as those that were afflicted with some malady or sickness, did when He walked among us. Their belief in Him was such that just touching His robe would be sufficient for their healing.
Here we will touch His robe as a sign of love and respect, and I, for one, will certainly welcome an opportunity to wash His feet, if given a chance.
Ref: Ezekiel 44:17 And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.
The feel of closely woven linen clothing, the cotton fabric breathing and allowing our body heat to escape and keep us cool just like it does in these bodies today.
Ref: Ezekiel 44:18 They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.
Cool, comfortable, relaxed. No tension and nothing that offends the spirit.
Ref: Ezekiel 44:19 And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments. KJV
Those on the outside of the Temple will not even be able to see the garments that are worn in the Temple. They haven’t earned the right.
Whether these linen garments are real or not, and I do believe that they will be, but they could still represent our righteous acts that we performed while in these earthly bodies:
Ref: Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. KJV
Continuing with Isaiah…
Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Christ is our bridegroom, spiritually speaking. Just like the ten virgins that were going to that wedding but only five of them had the seal of our Father in their brain, had enough truth of His Word in their minds. They went in and participated while the other five did not.
These five will probably be taught during these thousand years.
Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. KJV
Have you ever planted a seed and then watched as those two little round leaves pushed out of the soil? They had enough strength to move some smaller pieces of dirt off of themselves and they grew upward towards the light.
This is how it’s going to be during this time, even for all the nations. Everyone doing what is right, working together.
What a marvelous time that’s going to be. In the presence of our Lord, able to speak with Him and touch Him and tell Him to His face how much we love Him.
How is all this spiritual happiness and prosperity possible during the Millennium? Because all of the evil of this world is done away with, it's gone. It has not been destroyed, as yet, that will happen on Judgment Day, but the souls that created evil and turmoil in this life are held off to one side, awaiting that day.
Most of the sin committed in this life is the result of our letting this earthly body motivate us. I say "us", meaning our mind, our soul. In most cases, our soul knows right and wrong, according to the laws of our Father, but the flesh also knows the sense of pleasure that can be attained by ignoring those laws.
And flesh and blood bodies will not be in the Millennium nor the eternity, so we won't have that temptation to deal with any longer. That's why everything will be so pleasant, so heart-warming. And His Election, given the opportunity to be close to our Lord, is the icing on the cake, if I can put it in such basic and simple terms.
Our Father loves us and our Lord loves us. They both WANT and DESIRE for all of us to be there with them and everybody is given the same opportunity to make that happen.
I’m going to be there. Are you?
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