Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 65
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Here is our Father’s answer to their prayer in the previous chapter. Here He proclaims judgment upon those of Israel who deliberately turn away from Him.
Isaiah 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.
I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not. Who are these? The Gentiles and in return our Father implores them to look towards Him.
Unto a nation that was not called by my name. Father is talking about other nations besides Israel. Israel was called by His name. They were not.
Isaiah 65:2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
…unto a rebellious people. It seemed that most of His people were always turning away from Him in defiance. It would seem that they deliberately sought out false gods, idols, that could do them no good. In fact, these idols couldn’t even stand up by themselves.
They chose to follow their own paths, making up their own religions, instead of following Him.
… after their own thoughts. Look around at all the different religions that there are today. They all stemmed from one original church, set up, in part, by St. Paul, in the book of Acts but it seemed that some had different views of what our Father had to say.
They came up with better ideas than what our Father had. And they turned out to be false teachings, like the rapture theory and the fly-away doctrine. And this all came about because of Satan and his influence among them.
I have spread out my hands all the day. And what did they do when He did that? Remember Ezekiel, chapter 13? They covered His hands up with kerchiefs which, symbolically, means that they overwrote His Words with their own:
Ref: Ezekiel 13:17 Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them,
The traditional teachings of some church system, false prophesy.
Ref: Ezekiel 13:18 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? KJV
Their precious fly-away doctrine. Instead of teaching the people the words of our Father, they put together an escape route that was an absolute lie. The church fathers knew that the printed words of Revelation was going to scare a lot of people, maybe they would go to a different church where they didn’t get scared. And take their money with them, their tithe.
So, they got together and came up with a doctrine that assured the people that they wouldn’t have to go through those horrible times (?) of Revelation, one that told them that they would fly out of here long before that happened. And they changed the written Scripture of Ezekiel.
The only problem with that is, if you have the seal of God in your forehead during the tribulation period of Satan/Antichrist, which means that you know that the false messiah comes before the true Messiah, not one hair on your head will be moved out of place.
But they’ll say things like…..hey, you don’t even have to read the book of Revelation and by doing so, they sentenced many souls to the Lake of Fire at the final Judgment. Made up their own way to get to heaven, just like those that were building the tower of Babel.
These were the thoughts of men, not those of our Father. Thank God that there are people today, just like true Israel, that DO understand the truth, that CAN differentiate between false teachings of men and the true Word of our Father.
Isaiah 65:3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;
Continually, as in Deuteronomy:
Ref: Deuteronomy 32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. KJV
Father is going to cuff them on the back of their heads by sending another nation to rough them up a little bit.
That sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick. The heathen nations also built altars upon which they also offered sacrifices to their gods. These altars were made out of mud bricks so, to differentiate our Father’s altars from them, He commanded that His altars be made of hewn stone.
This also precluded the Israelites from engraving prayers on the altar because the stone was too hard to do it easily.
Gardens indicates grove worshipping, a practice that was especially vile in our Father’s eyes because it involved making a tree trunk resemble a male appendage.
Isaiah 65:4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;
Which remain among the graves. Out among the tombstones. Spiritually dead.
And lodge in the monuments. Literally, 'pass the night in hidden recesses'. They would sleep in the recesses of the monuments, trying for divine communications with the dead spirits.
Which eat swine's flesh. Putting pigs blood on the altar of our Father was an absolute abomination to Him. A slap in the face. Probably almost as bad as bringing an idol in the shape of a male penis into the Temple.
Father created the pig, swine, for one specific purpose: to eat garbage. Almost like a goat, a pig will eat anything that isn’t taller than it is. And they don’t have sweat glands, so if they take in chemicals and poisons, it remains in the body fat because there’s no way for it to be filtered out.
And broth of abominable things is in their vessels. Animals that were dedicated for sacrifice, and later eaten by the priests, were not allowed to be eaten by the people, in general, but there were times when it WAS eaten and by the time it got to them it was really horrible.
And this word abominable, with this particular meaning, is only used twice in Scripture and it means:
✡ Abominable-- OT:6292 pigguwl (pig-gool'); or piggul (pig-gool'); from an unused root meaning to stink; properly, fetid, i.e. (figuratively) unclean (ceremonially):KJV - abominable (-tion, thing).
It was a soup/stew that was absolutely putrid. How they could even eat/drink it was beyond reason, they acted like pagans.
Isaiah 65:5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.
Human beings telling the Creator that they are holier than thou? If we apply that today, there are some Christians that have that attitude within the church and without. They wouldn’t think about socializing among sinners. Don’t want to get dirty, I reckon.
Isaiah 65:6 Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,
✡ Recompense-- OT:7999 shalam (shaw-lam'); a primitive root; to be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively, to be (causatively, make) completed; by implication, to be friendly; by extension, to reciprocate (in various applications):
Recompense right into their hearts.
Isaiah 65:7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the Lord, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.
Your sins and the sins of your fathers will be combined and punished at the same time. Why? It had accumulated from age to age.
Now, don’t misinterpret this as meaning that the sins of one will be passed on to another. It’s not saying that at all. It’s the accumulation of all their sins together.
Isaiah 65:8 Thus saith the Lord, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all.
This new wine is the first fruits, those that receive that double blessing. Who are those souls? You, if you have the seal of our Father in your forehead. If you know that the false messiah comes first.
You know, many people are taught that they should be the first one taken from the field and that is a lie. The first one taken there is deceived, and although he is taken, he’s taken by Satan/Antichrist. The other one was left and told to keep on working for our Father.
That’s what we’re doing here, today. We keep telling those that will listen about the truth of our Father’s Letter to us. Not a bunch of malarkey or church traditions.
And when the Father looks down on this world, it brings a smile to His face to see folks like you and I, taking the time and making the effort to spread His gospel to others.
And, don’t get the big-head here, but that makes us one of His Election and that double blessing will be given to us during the Millennium and the Eternity. As it should, because it’s worth so much more THERE than it is here on earth.
I am prepared to forego ALL of His blessings and eat bologna sandwiches three times a day, during this time in this earthly body, if I can get DOUBLE BLESSINGS in heaven.
That I may not destroy them all. We are the ones that He will NOT destroy. WE are that cluster of grapes from which that new wine will come.
Isaiah 65:9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.
Jacob—That’s the natural seed of Israel, ALL twelve Tribes.
And mine elect shall inherit it. There it’s been spoken by our Father. His Elect. Those that He can use in this life, no matter how small the job is that He has for them. But we are still susceptible to sin, we have no special shield from that, and we can still lose our salvation, if we choose to follow the world and not Him.
Ref: Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: KJV
That’s His Election.
Isaiah 65:10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.
Sharon is a very fertile plain between Jerusalem and the Mediterranean Sea.
The Valley of Achor was a place of trouble because of the sin of Achan.
✡ Achor-- OT:5911 `Alowr (aw-kore'); from OT:5916; troubled; Akor, the name of a place in Palestine:
✡ Root Word-- OT:5916 `akar (aw-kar'); a primitive root; properly, to roil water; figuratively, to disturb or affict:
Spiritually speaking, His children, those that love Him, are going to rest in a place where everything is plentiful, there is a want for nothing. Even the former places of trouble will give them rest. No trouble or troublemakers there.
Isaiah 65:11 But ye are they that forsake the Lord, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.
Let’s understand what it is that’s being said here, He’s talking to those that DO NOT love Him:.
✡ Troop--OT:1409 gad (gawd); from OT:1464 (in the sense of distributing); fortune: -troop.
✡ Root Word--OT:1464 guwd (goode); a primitive root [akin to OT:1413]; to crowd upon, i.e. attack: KJV - invade, overcome.
Troop means Gad, and Gad is the Syrian god of fate. Instead of looking towards our Father for HIS blessings, they look to some pagan god of LUCK. It can also mean destiny.
“Oh, it’s just my destiny that I am so blessed.”
Destiny and not the blessings of our Father. Some times you can call it destiny but it might be the so-called “blessings” coming from Satan. Be careful of where your “blessings” come from. Father’s will last forever; those from Satan, or some god of luck, can be taken away as soon as Satan sees that they may not be working to his advantage.
Possibly to deceive you into thinking that those “blessings” originally came from the Father and now He has taken them away and you stand there, with no clue, as to WHY He might have taken them. It causes confusion and that’s Satan’s purpose.
If you are not following our Father, don’t expect to have a place in the plain of Sharon or the peace of mind that comes with it.
And what is this word number?
✡ Number—OT:4507 Meniy (men-ee'); from OT:4487; the Apportioner, i.e. Fate (as an idol):
Number also means fate. That’s twice in the same verse that our Father has pointed out that fortune and fate are the “blessings” of someone that doesn’t love Him.
Our Father is not a God of destiny or fate.
Isaiah 65:12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
If you don’t listen to Him, if you listen to some man instead, He will spiritually cut your legs out from under you because you’re doing things that He doesn’t approve of.
Isaiah 65:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:
There you have some blessings that didn’t come from some god of fate. And those that don’t do things His way should be ashamed of themselves. Love Him and you’ll be spiritually fed while the others will go hungry.
You’ll have drink to quench your thirst while they will be thirsty. And we’re not talking about lemonade or a cold beer, we’re talking about the Word of our Father because, in these end times, the famine will not be for lemonade and cold beer but for hearing the Word of God:
Ref: Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: KJV
One might think that in a day where there is almost a church on every corner, that everybody would be familiar with His Word, but all they’re getting are the words of some man or some church system.
Isaiah 65:14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
Wouldn’t you rather be a part of this, this that our Father has to offer, rather than gossiping about other church members?
Your soul is a distinct part of you. Your flesh and blood body, your earthly mind, was never in heaven with the Father, as your soul was, in the age that was. Father may not allow our soul to remember what went on in that age but there has to be a residual longing to get back there.
This is what brings sorrow of heart and you probably have never taken the time to figure out why it is that you feel that way. It’s your soul longing to be back in the presence of our Father. And your flesh and blood body is not taking you in that direction. It’s listening to the world and Satan instead.
Isaiah 65:15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord God shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:
And call his servants by another name. And what name was that? He told us back in chapter 62:
Ref: Isaiah 62:4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. KJV
Hephzibah. And what did Hephzibah mean? My delight is in her. And what did Beulah mean? Married. Married with our Father. You can either love Him and make Him happy or maybe you can just end up in hell.
Isaiah 65:16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
In the earth means here on earth, in this body.
Ref: Jeremiah 4:2 And thou shalt swear, The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory. KJV
And how do you bless yourself? By loving Him and doing what He expects of you.
And because they are hid from mine eyes. These troubles are not the sins committed but the calamity generated by them. But He no longer remembers them.
Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
They are hidden and not remembered. And He’s going to bring us into a new earth and a new age, and this will happen at the beginning of the Eternity, a result of the former troubles are forgotten.
Forgotten to the point of a new life begun. The only place in Scripture that these words, new heavens and a new earth are written is in Revelation, chapter 21. If you have made it here, the former sins have all been done away with.
Isaiah 65:18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
This is the way that He does business, why would you want it any other way.
Isaiah 65:19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
Father continues to speak of the beginning of the eternity. No more tears, no more sorrow, no more weeping. These former things are past away, never to return.
Never to return to a flesh and blood body. This era, this age, that because of the actions of Lucifer and those souls that followed him, our Father was forced to create. The alternative was just too hard for Him to bear: the destruction of all souls and possibly beginning with new ones.
Isaiah 65:20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
There will be no new births, no infants. And the man that was a hundred years old in this age will no longer have a life that can be counted in months and years. All souls will be young and pretty much the same age.
In all instances of angels being written about, they all appeared to be in their mid-twenties. The soul does not show exterior age because it can never die. Once we move into the eternity, death has been totally taken out of the picture.
Isaiah 65:21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
I spoke earlier about the possibility of us raising a garden in the Millennium, could this verse speak to the possibility of that happening in the eternity?
Isaiah 65:22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
There will be no enemy to take the spoils after they have conquered a nation. Whatever is yours, is yours. What ever you raise, you eat yourself.
Isaiah 65:23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.
There will be no trouble from anyone.
Isaiah 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
Father will perceive our very thoughts during that time. Just as He does today.
Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord. KJV
According to the rules of life in this time, lions do not eat straw, they eat meat nor does the prey sit down and eat with the predator.
It will be a time when all shall live together. Spiritual bodies do things that way.
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—10 December 2016—