The Book of Isaiah

Chapter 7

Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 7 

Civil War--Judah and Israel

     In this chapter we’re going to find that there is kind of a civil war going on between the house of Judah and the house of Israel and Israel is going to bring a foreigner into the mix to try and help them defeat the house of Judah.

     Our Father is going to give them a sign about another king that will be coming soon.

     Isaiah 7:1 And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.

     Alright, let’s keep this simple…This first king is of the House of Judah:

  • Ahaz, whose father was Jotham….Jotham whose father was Uzziah, was king of the House of Judah. Remember that Uzziah was king back in the last chapter. So the king-line goes like this:

     Uzziah----> Jotham----> Ahaz. The progression is grandfather to father to son.

     Uzziah and Jotham were good kings who loved and followed our Father but Ahaz,..well, not so good.

  • The second king will be from the country of Syria:

     King Rezin.

  • The third king will be of the House of Israel:

     Pekah, whose father was Remaliah. Remaliah was NOT a king of Israel. Pekah was a king.

     So, here we have the three kings:

  • Ahaz- King of the House of Judah.

  • Rezin- King of Syria.

  • Pekah- King of the House of Israel.

     Two kings of our Father and one from a foreign land, Syria.

     Rezin and Pekah joined forces and went to war against the House of Judah, against King Ahaz, in the city of Jerusalem, but they did not prevail, they did not win.

     The plan to overtake the house of Judah was formed before Ahaz became the actual king, it was formed with Jotham and you can verify that in 2nd Kings:

     Ref: 2nd Kings 15:37 In those days the Lord began to send against Judah Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah. KJV.

     Their siege against Israel was also written in 2nd Kings:

     Ref: 2nd Kings 16:5 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him. KJV

     Just as a side note: Syria, in the Scriptures, is Aram.

    Isaiah 7: 2 And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.

     What is the House of David? It is the House of Judah. David is representative of Judah. Why is that? Well, this is the king line, Judah is the king line through which would come the Savior of the world. David was also of the king line as he was the 2nd king of the House of Judah.

     Our Father is not trying to screw around with us when He throws in the name of David, He’s probably testing us to see how much knowledge we have.

     On the other side of this coin, Ephraim, one of the Tribes of the House of Israel, is also representative of the House of Israel and the reason that Ephraim is used is because it was the largest Tribe, out of the 10, of the House of Israel.

     Let me remind everyone how these names, Judah and Israel, came to be. Our Father split the Kingdom of Israel into two smaller kingdoms after King Solomon introduced the two golden calves to the Israelites living north of Jerusalem, up in Samaria.

     He split them into the kingdom of Judah and the kingdom of Israel. It’s also proper and true that the word House can be used instead of the word kingdom, thus giving us the House of Judah and the House of Israel.

     The House of Judah and part of the Tribe of Benjamin stayed in Jerusalem while our Father caused the House of Israel, the other 10 Tribes, to migrate out of that area and into southern Russia, Europe, the British Isles, Canada and America. They became known as the Ten lost Tribes of Israel.

     Now I’m really going to confuse you by saying that the national name for both kingdoms is Israel and our Father changed Jacob’s name to Israel after they wrestled in the desert on that fateful night.

     So, as you read and study the Scriptures, keep a good look out for the word Israel and be sure you understand who it is referring to or you may be misled by the content of some verses.

     That’s why the Companion Bible is such a great bible to study from because Dr. Bullinger will point out who the Israel is that’s being spoken of in the parallel column on the right side of each page.

     Let’s go on with the verse….

     …saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.

     There’s that word Ephraim, meaning the House of Israel that we were just talking about. They’ve teamed up, Israel and the king of Syria, to defeat the House of Judah.

     You know, it’s a bad thing when your own brother goes against you and to make things worse, he brings a foreigner along with him to help him try to whip your butt.

     Isaiah 7:3 Then said the Lord unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shear-jashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field;

     A little explanation here on what was going on at this Fuller’s field at the end of the conduit:

     A person with the title fuller was one that treated new material, usually freshly-woven woolen cloth. It was cleaned and thickened (made full) by using ashes from plants after they had been burned and a variety of soil and clay, from that area, to scour and clean the cloth. To make it fuller.

     This process required plenty of water hence they were doing this treatment of new cloth where the water came out of the upper pool.

     What is the upper pool?  

     Along a trail that led from Jericho to the Mediterranean Sea was a natural spring called the Gihon Spring. Once people discovered this spring they began to stay and build nearby because of the reliable water source. The city of Jerusalem soon developed.

     A conduit, or channel, was cut into the bedrock and the water was channeled into a pool just outside the city. Some of this water was again channeled into another rock-cut pool later named the Upper Pool. It was at the outlet of this pool that these fullers would do their work on the cloth.

     This fuller’s soap is also mentioned in Jeremiah:

     Ref: Jeremiah 2:22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God. KJV

     Verse 4.

     Isaiah 7:4 And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.

     Remember that Pekah is the son of Remaliah while Rezin is the king of Syria.

     Our Father is telling Ahaz not to worry about these two because the fire has gone out on their firebrands. So let’s find out what this firebrand is all about:

  • Firebrand -- OT:181 'uwd (ood); from an unused root meaning to rake together; a poker (for turning or gathering embers): KJV - (fire-) brand.

     It’s like a stick or a poker that you pull from the fire after it begins to burn really good. A different take on this would be a branding iron used to mark cattle. This firebrand is used to mark souls. If you’ve been branded with our Father’s firebrand, you’re probably in pretty good shape with Him.

     It’s interesting that the word fainthearted, used twice in this verse, also has two different Hebrew meanings:

  • Fainthearted -- OT:3824 lebab (lay-bawb'); from OT:3823; the heart (as the most interior organ); used also like OT:3820:

  • Fainthearted -- OT:7401 rakak (raw-kak'); a primitive root; to soften (intransitively or transitively), used figuratively:

     When put together it means that Judah should not get soft-hearted, don’t start feeling sorry for Israel, just because he’s your blood brother. He’s trying to kill you! And when family goes against family, that’s called a civil war.

    Isaiah 7: 5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying,

     Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah does not mean three but just the two: Syria / King Rezin, and the son of Remaliah / Pekah.

     Isaiah 7:6 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:

     This is interesting because Tabeal means pleasing to God but it turns out that we’re talking about the son of the king of Syria. They want to set him as king over the house of Judah but our Father will not allow it. After all, we are but mere humans and we will not be able to go against His Plan, no matter how hard we try.

     This king of Syria is a type of the Antichrist to come in these last days, except that the house of Israel and the house of Judah now includes all humanity, worldwide.

     What is a type? It's the actions or thoughts of a human being that will give us insight into how another entity, coming in the future, will act or think.

     Satan is called the Assyrian, just another of the many roles that he will play in his attempt to deceive the world and, ultimately, claim possession of their souls. He was defeated in the first heaven/earth age and our Father will defeat him again at the end of this heaven/earth age.

     Our Father loves this area called Jerusalem. He loves Mount Zion as well. He will set up His eternal kingdom right there in that area.

     Now, a lot of people probably don’t believe that, they think that heaven will be in outer space somewhere. Maybe in that place in space that the scientists are so convinced that humanity originally came from.

     We, as a country, have spent trillions of dollars in space exploration, often times looking for that single cell that would indicate that life began somewhere else and that we got here by being resistant to the cosmic background temperature of minus 455 degrees Fahrenheit, in the shade, and plus 248 degrees Fahrenheit, in the sunlight.

     However, we don’t find anything ON this earth that can withstand those kind of temperatures, so why do they believe that something organic can withstand those temperature extremes OFF of this earth?

     Simply to reinforce their denial that God ever existed in the first place, I suppose.

     Isaiah 7:7 Thus saith the Lord God, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.

     IT’S NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

     Isaiah 7:8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.

     Damascus is the capitol of Syria, it was back then and still is today and, of course, Rezin was the king of Syria back then.

     What’s up with the time frame that our Father has given us? It’s a prophesy that indicates that the house of Israel will come under the captivity of the Assyrians within 65 years. Threescore being 60 years and then add the 5. This would be the captivity by the Assyrians, beginning in 722 B.C. They would then be scattered and become known as the ten lost tribes of Israel.

    Isaiah 7: 9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.

     Samaria, known as Watch Mountain, was the capitol of the Northern Kingdom or the ten lost tribes and their king was the son of Remaliah: Pekah.

     If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established. In the Hebrew this means if you won’t trust, then you won’t be trusted. If you don’t believe in our Father and trust Him then you have no foundation upon which to establish yourself. You can’t be a rock for Him while standing on quicksand.

     And establishing a king of Syria within the house of Judah is never going to happen. Our Father won’t allow it, it’s not a part of His Plan.

     Isaiah 7:10 Moreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying,

     Our Father is going to taunt Ahaz here…

     Isaiah 7:11 Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

     It’s never a good thing to ask our Father to give us a sign, something that we can see with our human eyes, a reassurance that He is going to do whatever it is that we have asked of Him. Not a good thing. Doesn’t make the words they trust Me come into His mind.

     And if you so desire, Ahaz, you can ask for this sign either from the depths of hell or from the heights of heaven. Father has given him the whole spectrum to work from. All the way from hell to heaven.

     Isaiah 7:12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord.

     ‘Ole Ahaz is not stupid. He knows the score. He’s not going to ask for ANYTHING right now, he’s not about to stick his neck out and show lack of faith to our Father. He is established and he’s not going to ruin that.

     We just got through saying that if you don’t trust, then you can’t be trusted. This is what our Father was talking about and ‘ole Ahaz passed His test with flying colors. He trusted our Father without a sign and Father knows that He can trust Ahab.

     How about you? Do you trust Him? Would you give up everything that you own today if He were to say to you: Come follow Me?

     Matthew, according to today’s standards, didn’t have much, I guess, but he had a life and he was apparently happy with it. He couldn’t have missed the things that we have today because they hadn’t been invented yet.

     But still, he willingly gave up all that he did have to follow our Lord. Now, maybe that was a pretty easy choice seeing as how the Lord STOOD RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM, whereas that won’t happen to us today and that’s where the trust comes in. We have to believe in Him even when He’s not standing right in front of us.

     I’m going to poke at you a little more….what makes you think that HE’S NOT standing right in front of us right now? Just because you can’t see Him doesn’t mean that He’s not standing right there.

     Tell you a little secret: I’ve often wondered how much we would sin if we imagined Him standing behind us all day long? Just imagine that, if you turned your head, you could see Him standing there, looking at you.

     Would you still look long and hard at that great looking butt she had as she walked by you? Would you still drive a stolen van into the front door of that jewelry store, smash the glass counter tops, and steal all that stuff?

     Yep, I think I’ve answered that one all by myself. Some people today are so stupid that they go in and rob a bank with a note passed to the teller and don’t even bother covering their face. The security cameras get a great shot of what they look like and they run out of the bank, with $200.00 and a dye pack, and they feel so good inside. And it happens all the time, not just once in a blue moon.

     Good grief, people. Some of you can't even do a good job at being stupid.

     Isaiah 7:13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?

     Who said? Ahaz said. Remember that the house of David is the same thing as saying the house of Judah. What Ahaz is saying is that they want to put a foreigner in as king over them and they don’t think that the people are going to disapprove of that, much less, our Father?

     Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

     Well, Ahaz didn’t ask for a sign so our Father is going to give them one anyway. Do you think that this would have been the same sign had Ahaz went ahead and asked for one when he had a chance? Yep, I do believe it is.

     These Words from our Father are pure prophesy and they are the sweetest words that your soul will ever hear: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. The Lord Jesus Christ, Immanuel being translated as God with us. In the flesh. Standing right behind you.

     Here for the sole purpose of dying on the cross to allow your sins to be forgiven should you believe on Him.

     Isaiah 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

     As a child, the Lord will eat the same foods as every other child in the East. Generally, a child is fed honey for their first food and then milk after that. And at the age of three it was considered to be the age when reasoning began to spread throughout the child’s mind.

     "Today, medical science does not recommend giving honey to a child because their immune system has not fully developed as of yet and they stand the chance of getting infant botulism. This is only for children under one year of age. It's rare that a child will get botulism as only about 100 babies a year, in this country, will get it and 100% usually survive."

     But I think that the Lord would have that understanding much sooner than that.

     Isaiah 7:16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.

     Within three years? They’re going to be gone, both the king of the house of Israel and the king of Syria. Why? Because the house of Israel is going into captivity by the Assyrians, and I’ll prove that when we get to chapter 14. This is what it’s been building up to.

     Isaiah 7:17 The Lord shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father's house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria.

     Days that have not come, means thaty’all ain’t never seen nothin’ like this before.” He’s going to bring them down like a swarm, this king of Assyria.

     Isaiah 7:18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.

  • Hiss -- OT:8319 sharaq (shaw-rak'); a primitive root; properly, to be shrill, i.e. to whistle or hiss (as a call or in scorn):

     Father is going to plague them with flies and bees, used figuratively for the foes or enemy of someone. Our Father is not just going to LET this happen, He’s going to CAUSE it to happen.

     Who would be the enemy of the world today? The locust army of our Father, led by Satan/Antichrist.

     If you’ve studied and read long enough you should get a feeling that Father is in control of everything from Genesis to Revelation. He’s watching, directing, making judgments, causing enemies to correct His children when they need it.

     Does He do that today? You betcha’. More on a global or worldwide scale than with individuals I would think:

     Ref: Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

     Ref: Romans 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

     Ref: Romans 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: KJV

     Need a second witness?

     Ref: Romans 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. KJV

     Whatever you do, don’t go off the deep end if Hillary becomes our next president. Our Father ordained that Obama would suit His purposes for eight years and ‘ole fat in a pantsuit may continue the degradation of this country to the point of there being no superpowers in these end times.

     By the way, where does she buy some of those clothes? A lot of them look like something a Russian peasant woman would wear. Rough and wooly with drab colors.

     Isaiah 7:19 And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.

     This army of locusts is going to be everywhere. And, of course, not literal locusts but just people deceived by Satan/Antichrist. They’re going to strip you of everything that you once thought made your soul content and happy. The traditions of men.

    Isaiah 7: 20 In the same day shall the Lord shave with a razor that is hired, namely, by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume the beard.

     As a razor is an instrument used to shave the skin clean of hair, so will the hired of the king of Assyria take Israel clean off the map. An analogy to show that after the captivity they will be dispersed by our Father and end up being as numerous as the sands of the sea, His counterpart that will form the Christian nations of Canada, England, America and south America, to name just a few:

     Genesis 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; KJV

     That prophesy given to Abraham.

     Isaiah 7:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep;

     Now, that’s not much of a herd. You’re even going to have to rent a bull from a neighbor to impregnate the cow but the point is that he has our Father with him. A young cow, two sheep and our Father.

    Isaiah 7: 22 And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.

     And with our Father’s blessings they will eat well and have Him near. How much better to be in this condition than to own all the silver in the world and be god-less?

     Isaiah 7:23 And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, it shall even be for briers and thorns.

     A thousand vines at a thousand silverlings. At that price, a vineyard that could surpass all others. One of the best vineyards a man could own.

     On the other hand, someone, without our Father, who owns a vineyard such as this will only end up with briers and thorns. Why? Because they don’t have the blessings. Our Father is not with them.

     How do you get His blessings? By doing what He asks of you. Read His Letter that he gave to us. If you’re reading this right now you’ve got a leg up on everyone else that’s wandering around looking for the truth or some spice in their religion.

     Going to this church or that church, this crackpot or that crackpot, not really looking for the truth but something that will tickle their ears. Well, they just might get tickled into the Lake of Fire, along with Satan/Antichrist.

     Isaiah 7:24 With arrows and with bows shall men come thither; because all the land shall become briers and thorns.

     They’re going to take it over and strip it of everything except the worthless.

     This locust army, that our Father allows, will strip away what little truth you may have in that little brain of yours and if you’re not knowledgeable in His Word, you won’t know if they’re telling you the truth or not. And the next thing you know you might be a soldier in Satan’s army. What a tragedy that would be.

     Isaiah 7:25 And on all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle. KJV

     There will still be a few left that will accept the truth and they’ll not be afraid. There won’t be any briers or thorns for them because when you’re armed with the truth you can plow all that junk under.

     If all we have is one cow, two sheep and our Father, who can bring us down? Nobody. And when the smoke clears we’ll be teachers and judges and spend eternity in the New Jerusalem with our Father. How great is that going to be!

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