Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

     We begin this last chapter of Isaiah with the Creator reminding us that He IS the creator of all things, His Throne is in heaven, He looks down on this planet, so to speak, and He asks us what is it that we have done for Him.

     Where is the house that we built for Him, that place where He can come and rest among us?

     Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

     For all those things hath mine hand made. Even when we do build Him a house, it’s going to be made with things that He created. If we start with a concrete floor, He made the sand and the gravel and the cement that goes into it, so when we choose the materials, He wants us to know that WE didn’t create ANYTHING.

     The point that He’s making is that we have to depend on Him for everything. Everything. So, when we get the big-head and think that we can live and survive without Him, we choose to ignore Him, it’s a waste of His and our time.

     But to this man will I look. Knowing this, He’s going to look at one specific type of person and who would that be?

    Even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. He’s going to look at the people that are poor, and that doesn’t mean in a financial sense, but those that are downtrodden, one who is not free to grow in spirit, treated as a lower class of human, 2nd class citizens.

     You and I are NOT 2nd class citizens. Why? Because we love Him enough to try to educate ourselves in His Word and find out what it is that pleases Him. And when we please Him, He will certainly please us.

       Poor-- OT:6041 `aniy (aw-nee'); from OT:6031; depressed, in mind or circumstances [practically the same as OT:6035, although the margin constantly disputes this, making OT:6035 subjective and OT:6041 objective]:

        Root Word--OT:6031 `anah (aw-naw'); a primitive root [possibly rather ident. with OT:6030 through the idea of looking down or browbeating]; to depress literally or figuratively, transitive or intransitive (in various applications, as follows):

     Someone with a contrite spirit or a depressed spirit, a person who feels dejected:

       Contrite--OT:5223 nakeh (naw-keh'); smitten, i.e. (literally) maimed, or (figuratively) dejected: KJV - contrite, lame.

     And trembleth at His Word:

       Trembleth--OT:2730 chared (khaw-rade'); from OT:2729; fearful; also reverential:

     Those that reverence His Word, His Letter to us. That’s someone who, although beaten down, takes comfort in reading the Bible, receives hope by doing so.

     He’s talking about people that don't think that they know everything, people who think that they have all the answers, stiff-necked, if you will.

     He’s looking for people that He can use, who want to be used by Him.

     Isaiah 66:3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

     He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man. A sacrifice from a wicked man. He doesn’t like that.

     He that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck. Sacrificing a lamb is according to His laws because it’s a clean animal but these people think that sacrificing a dog to Him is still a good thing. It’s not!

     He gives us two more examples of things we sacrifice to Him that just shows our ignorance of Him and His laws. He abhors that kind of thing. But these people are so stupid, they’ve made up their own religious laws, and they go against what He deems to be a good law.

     Their churches are full of religious laws put together by man and they all make our Father want to throw up. It makes Him angry. He much more prefers someone who is thoughtful and reads His Word to find out exactly what it is that makes Him happy.

     Point is, get out of these churches that do things THEIR way and not our Father's way. If you do things your way, He’s not going to listen to you.

     Here’s the bottom line for this verse: you can play church all you want to and you can consider yourself to be the holiest thing that ever walked the earth but if you’re doing it man’s way, the church’s way, contrary to our Father’s way, you might as well be using pig’s blood on His altar because what you’re doing is going to be smoke in His nostrils.

     And do you know what happens when you get smoke in your eyes and nose? You’re going to sneeze to get rid of it and that’s exactly what He’s going to do. Expel you and your works with a ferocious blast of air.

     He’s the creator of all things and you are under bondage to Him no matter how you look at it. So, you either do things HIS way or you’re going to go straight to hell. It’s a fact; live with it.

     Isaiah 66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

     I also will choose their delusions. If they want to make up their own religious laws then He’ll help them along a little bit. This goes right to 2nd Thessalonians and here’s what He said:

     Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

     Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. KJV

     If some of their religious teachings are the rapture theory and the fly-away doctrine, then He’ll let them believe them, He’ll stop them from seeing the truth.

     And chose that in which I delighted not. They not only went against the things that He approved of, it made them really happy to do things which ticked Him off. The book of Romans speaks to it as well:

      Ref: Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. KJV

     People who do this sort of thing are truly stupid people. And then they run around saying:

     “Why is God dong these terrible things to me?”

     You brought it on yourself.

     Isaiah 66:5 Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word; your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.

     Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word. Those of you that enjoy reading and studying His Word, trying to pass on the truth to others, will be hated by others who do not want to hear it.

     But in the end, they will witness the joy that He brings to HIS people, those that love Him, and they will end up with a quick trip to the Lake of Fire.

     Isaiah 66:6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord that rendereth recompence to his enemies.

     That day of vengeance is coming and He’s not mad at those that love Him, He’s angry at those that deliberately go against Him and just because they THINK that they’re doing the right thing and were not, could have read His Letter and found out the truth.

     But they were too lazy to do it. Much easier to watch some ignorant preacher take their soul to hell, along with his own.

     Isaiah 66:7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

     The birth was accomplished before she went through the birthing process. That’s abnormal. It’s not the way things should work.

     Isaiah 66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

     It’s talking about a new age being brought forth, a new era. Our Lord’s feet will touch the Mount of Olives, the same place from which He ascended back to heaven to be with the Father, that mountain will split from east to west and the gates to the city will be seen and the Millennium will begin at that moment.

     Isaiah 66:9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.

     Should we live in this heaven/earth age and then suddenly have everything come to a stop? Should a woman go through nine months of pregnancy and the birth be stopped before it happens? No, of course not.

     The prophets have foretold of His coming, Christ has told us that He’s coming and it’s going to happen. Nothing is going to stop it. Our Father’s Word is true, He does not lie to us.

     What a disappointment it would be for us to have lived this life according to His wishes and then have it all come to a stop before the promised end.

     Isaiah 66:10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

     There is no rejoicing in Jerusalem or Israel today. It seems that every nation in the Middle East wants her blood on their hands. But, boy, what a difference there will be when our Lord returns and all Jerusalem’s enemies have been deal with.

     Isaiah 66:11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.

     The brightness of her glory.

     Isaiah 66:12 For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.

     This is our Father’s love coming out and it’s a little difficult to understand. This is our Father’s love brought forth and you cannot find a greater love than that of a mother for her baby. Father says that He’s going to take care of them. His people in Jerusalem.

     The center of the birth of a new age.

     Isaiah 66:13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

     What a tender way to bring this forth.

     Isaiah 66:14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the Lord shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.

     At that time there will be a separation of those that love Him and His righteous indignation toward His enemies. It’s all going to happen in one day and everybody is going to get what they deserve.

     Isaiah 66:15 For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

     Of course, we’ll all be in spiritual bodies at this time so this fire and flames are symbolic because fire is something that we can really relate to. There’s no worse an injury to the flesh and blood body than a severe burn.

     The initial burn doesn’t hurt because the nerve endings are destroyed but when the burn reaches into the deeper tissue, it’s a hurt that is indescribable.

     His enemies will pay the price but His children will receive His love.

     Isaiah 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many.

     What is the Lord’s sword? According to Revelation, it’s His tongue, which is His Word:

     Ref: Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. KJV

     It corrects and it heals.

     Isaiah 66:17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord.

     I’ll tell you what….this is pure degradation. What is this tree in the midst? It’s the tree in the Garden that Adam and Eve were told not to touch. It represented Satan.

     You cannot sanctify and purify yourself. You cannot work out your own salvation. It has to be done through the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

     Isaiah 66:18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.

     For I know their works and their thoughts. You can’t con our Father, no matter how hard you try. It’s also important to know that only He can do this, Satan cannot read your thoughts, so if you want to talk to our Father and you don’t want Satan to hear what you say, pray in your mind.

     That gives you a very big edge over Satan.

     Isaiah 66:19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.

     His Elect are going into the world and teach that Word. It is His will that all will come to know Him and come to repentance but it will not happen during this life.

     And that’s what the Millennium is for. There are tribes of people deep in the jungles of Africa that never heard of Christ or our Father or the Messiah but they will during that thousand years. They will have an opportunity for living in the eternity just like you and I have that opportunity.

     Isaiah 66:20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord.

     Yes, our Father is offended when people go against Him but He still has the patience to wait for them to have a change of mind and heart and begin to follow Him.

     Isaiah 66:21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the Lord.

     His Election will be teachers and priests and judges during that thousand years.

     Isaiah 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain.

     You will remain there forever, in the eternity. The earth will be the same as we know it to be during the Millennium but when the eternity begins and the new Jerusalem descends from the sky, that’s when the major changes will happen.

     Isaiah 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.

     Every knee will bow on that day of vengeance but not all will worship Him during the Millennium. But after the separation, brought about by the five-month tribulation of Satan, at the end of those thousand years, all that make it into the eternity WILL worship Him. There won't be any logger-heads in the eternity.

     Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. KJV

     Now, it might seem that something is wrong when the word flesh is used here because the subject has been either the Millennium or the eternity, both of which will not contain any flesh and blood bodies, but our Father is drawing a picture of Gehennah here in this verse. The garbage pit for Jerusalem.

     Spiritually speaking, those that have transgressed will be like the rotting carcasses in that garbage pit.

     Alright. That’s the book of Isaiah. Took us a while to get through it but the blessings that we will receive for doing this study will be many. You can bet that you and I are just a very few on this whole planet of 7.1 billion people that have been a part of this study and our Father loves us for doing it.

     Amen and God bless.

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