The Book of Isaiah
Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 63
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Isaiah 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
The one asking the question here is the prophet Isaiah and he’s asking the question of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
What is this Bozrah? The word itself means fortress and it’s a city in the country of Edom. Remember Edom? That was Esau before Father changed his name to Edom. The interesting thing is that both Esau and Edom mean red.
The children and offspring of Edom became the Tribe of Edomites and they settled in a part of the world that we now, loosely, consider to be Russia. And, by the way, Russia also alludes to the color red.
But Bozrah, situated to the southeast of the Dead Sea, can also mean winepress and you have to take the word way back to its prime to see that:
✡ Bozrah-- OT:1224 Botsrah (bots-raw'); the same as OT:1223; Botsrah, a place in Edom: -Bozrah.
✡ The same as-- OT:1223 botsrah (bots-raw'); feminine from OT:1219; an enclosure, i.e. sheep fold:
✡ Root Word-- OT:1219 batsar (baw-tsar'); a primitive root; to clip off; specifically (as denominative from OT:1210) to gather grapes; also to be isolated (i.e. inaccessible by height or fortification):
So, not only can it mean fortress, it can also mean winepress and sheep lot. To receive the deeper meaning in this verse you have to take that word as far back to its root as possible because one would believe that the clothing on our Lord would be red from stomping grapes in a wine press or vat but actually it’s the blood of His enemies. Spiritually speaking, of course.
If you’ll recall, there were twin boys born to Isaac and Rebekah, named Jacob and Esau, and our Father said that within Rebekah’s womb would come the leaders of two great countries and it’s obvious that these countries would be America (Jacob) and Russia (Esau).
His clothing, here, is not red from pressing grapes, it’s from pressing the wicked on the first day of the second advent.
Isaiah 63:2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?
I think we just answered that question above.
Isaiah 63:3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
And of the people there was none with me. Those around Him were all His enemy. We can get a closer look at this from Lamentations, Jeremiah speaking…
Ref: Lamentations 1:15 The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress. KJV
When is this going to happen? On the Lord’s Day. The day of vengeance. The day that He returns to us.
Does that make you fearful? It surely shouldn’t! You are one of His children and you are demonstrating your love for Him by coming to this web site and trying to increase your knowledge of Him and His Letter to us.
Well, then, who exactly is His enemy? It’s any one that misleads His people, His children, by feeding them false doctrines of church systems. You will be able to stand right in the midst of it all and not one hair on your head will be moved out of place. That’s His promise to us.
Isaiah 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.
The time of vengeance is described as a day while the period of grace and recompense is described as a year. These are two distinct and separate periods of time with the gap in between. We studied and read of that gap back in chapter 61, where our Lord stopped reading in the synagogue because the rest of the verse was yet future.
That gap representing the difference between the first and second advent. His return will begin the second advent.
Isaiah 63:5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.
Father gets tired of those that abuse His children.
Isaiah 63:6 And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.
As it was written in verse 3, He doesn’t need any help.
Isaiah 63:7 I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
The only ones that need to worry are the wicked and the reason that His righteous indignation is riled up is because of what His enemies do to His children.
Isaiah 63:8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.
This word lie, in the Hebrew, means exactly that. Personally, I stay away from people that lie. You never know what to believe when they speak and it seems to affect our Father in a like manner, because of all the actions we humans might do or traits that we might have, the list of things that will keep us out of Paradise includes lying:
Ref: Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. KJV
The lies that truly affect our souls are the worst and they include those spoken by so-called preachers when they teach the rapture theory and fly-away doctrines.
And these lies are so horribly ingrained in the minds of people that, in some cases, it cannot be removed because great-grandma believed them, grandma believed them, momma believed them and they get taught to their children.
Thank God for the Millennium.
And the worst of the worst are the liars that publicly call themselves Christians. And when heathens and agnostics hear Christians lie, it simply proves their point that there is no god because IF they loved their God as much as they proclaim, why would they lie all the time?
Those that follow our Father with their whole heart will not lie. Their soul will not allow them to do it.
Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted is not a very good translation. The MSS really say:
In all their adversity, he was not the adverser. Christ was not their enemy; the Adversary was Satan. Our Father has never caused anyone adversity, they do it on their own.
Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.
If you turn against Him and His children, He will become your enemy. He protects His family.
Isaiah 63:11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?
Who is this, among Israel, that did this?
Isaiah 63:12 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?
Father did make an everlasting name for Himself. During the days of wandering through the desert, our Father gave great consideration to what the heathen nations thought about His dealings with the children. Many times, He corrected Israel JUST TO SHOW these heathen nations that HE WAS THEIR GOD.
Isaiah 63:13 That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble?
Like a horse in a dry desert, He parted the Sea and they walked right across.
Isaiah 63:14 As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.
The best grazing is always down in the valley. The water runoff collects there and nurtures the grass, making it rich and plentiful. This same analogy applies to our Father’s children as they came to rest in the land of milk and honey, after all those dreadful years in the wilderness.
The sameness of each day numbing their mind, the repetitious chores, toting the thousands of pounds of material that formed the Tabernacle when assembled.
If we love and follow the Father today, He will also provide the best grass for us too. It may not seem so, as we bounce off of one wall after the other in this life, but that golden gem down the road, the prospect of living for the eternity close to Him, enjoying His presence and love, makes all we put up with in this life worth while.
And I have say, even after stating the above, there are going to be things happening in that eternity that will just blow us away. We look in awe at the Grand Canyon or the Smoky Mountains on a cool morning, the fog in the valley white as snow, a hot cup of coffee in our hand, and we marvel at His works.
I truly believe that what the eternity holds for us is incomprehensible to an earthly mind.
Isaiah 63:15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?
Man, I would be very, very careful if those questions ever passed through your mind. If you don’t see His blessings in your life every day then you’re just not looking.
Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O Lord, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.
Do you think that He needed to be reminded of that? Just a little impertinent, don’t you think?
Isaiah 63:17 O Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants' sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.
Our Father has NEVER caused anyone to err. We do a pretty good job of that on our own.
Isaiah 63:18 The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.
Talking about Jerusalem here.
Isaiah 63:19 We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name. KJV
Who? Satan/Antichrist. Satan’s children, the Kenites.
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—8 December 2016—