Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 8
The Book of Isaiah
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This chapter is going to talk about two things: the coming of Immanuel and the coming of Satan in his second to last role as the Antichrist. At the end of the Millennium, he will have another five-month period where he will be released by our Father to tempt all those that may have had a change of heart during that 1000 years. Nobody goes into the Eternity without being tested by Satan.
In the first verse, the word Moreover indicates that this chapter 8 is a continuation of chapter 7, both in subject and prophesy. It’s going to talk about the coming of the Assyrian, which is a type of Satan/Antichrist. What the Assyrian does here will also be what Satan/Antichrist will do when he appears on Mount Zion.
Our Father, in essence, is giving us a preview of what’s to come in the near future, at the end of this generation of the fig tree. Therefore, the only way that someone could ever be deceived when he appears is to not have taken the time to read His Word beforehand.
What a shame and what a waste. Daily life in this world seems to be more important than their very soul.
You know what? If you don’t believe that there’s another life after this one then just keep on keepin’ on. But if you do believe that there is something after we die, you’ve got to at least TRY to figure it out, try to figure out what is needed to be able to get into that spiritual life in the hereafter.
If you believe that there is an afterlife and you go through this life and ignore that fact, then you are lost forever. There will be no Millennium for you. There will be no eternity for you. How can you let that happen?
Isaiah 8:1 Moreover the Lord said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
That’s one of the longest names in the Bible, Mahershalalhashbaz. Quite a mouthful, isn’t it? Actually, its four different Hebrew words put together and the meaning is thus:
Maher-shalal-hash-baz -- OT:4122 Maher Shalal Chash Baz (mah-hare' shaw-lawl' khawsh baz); from OT:4118 and OT:7998 and OT:2363 and OT:957; hasting (is he [the enemy] to the) booty, swift (to the) prey; Maher-Shalal-Chash-Baz; the symbolical name of the son of Isaiah: KJV - Maher-sha-lal-bash-baz.
Root Word -- OT:4118 maher (mah-hare'); from OT:4116; properly, hurrying; hence (adverbially) in a hurry:
Root Word -- OT:7998 shalal (shaw-lawl'); from OT:7997; booty:
Root Word -- OT:2363 chuwsh (koosh); a primitive root; to hurry; figuratively, to be eager with excitement or enjoyment:
Root Word -- OT:957 baz (baz); from OT:962; plunder:
Put it all together and it means: haste to the spoil, speed to the prey. The locust army is coming and they’ll have a king over them but it won’t be Immanuel.
Maher-shalal-hash-baz, in the person of Isaiah’s son, is a prophecy which appears to have a dual fulfillment, that is to say, they predict something to take place in the near future which symbolizes something greater that will take place in the distant future.
We have an example of that in David’s son reigning on his father’s throne. The promise of our Father in 2nd Samuel 7:12-16 had elements of near prophesy fulfillment and distant prophesy fulfillment. It was looking past Solomon to the Christ of whom Solomon was just a type or a symbol.
Our Father is going to continue giving the prophesy to Isaiah but He wants Isaiah to write it down on a really big scroll, in letters that are large enough for all to see and with a man’s pen, which means that it should be written in the language of the people, not the proper language of the rich and powerful. Father wants to make sure that we all can read it and understand it.
Isaiah 8:2 And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.
Isaiah’s going to take two witnesses to ensure that there will be no cause for accusations of dishonesty after all is written down. And who was one of the witnesses? Uriah, who was an accomplice with Ahaz, in practicing idolatry. Not a very good character reference if you’re going to be a witness to some important event.
Isaiah 8:3 And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the Lord to me, Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
This prophetess, Isaiah’s second wife, could, in a sense, represent the Virgin Mary from the previous chapter 7:14, where it speaks of the coming Savior, whose name would be called Immanuel.
Remember, this prophesy has parts to be fulfilled in the near future and the distant future with our Lord as Immanuel.
The first son of Isaiah was Shear-Jashub, in chaper 7:3 and Maher-shalal-hash-baz would be his second. If you’ll remember, Hebrew names have a meaning and so it is with Shear-Jashum which means a remnant shall return and Maher-shalal-hash-baz would mean haste to the spoil and speed to the prey, as we have seen above.
Isaiah 8:4 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.
For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, would be a period of nine months from the conception in the above verse.
We’ll get into this a little deeper when we get to chapter 14 but this prophecy actually happened 20 months from the day of the prophecy and 14 months from the date of the birth of the child.
Do you know what this prophetess is? It’s a female prophet. A lot of people don’t like to admit that our Father uses women as well as men to deliver His messages. Get over it. He’ll use whomever He likes.
Isaiah 8:5 The Lord spake also unto me again, saying,
Isaiah 8:6 Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son;
This people represents both the house of Israel and the house of Judah as both rejected the Divine Shiloah.
Remember that Rezin was the king of Syria and Remaliah’s son was Pekah, king of Israel.
The waters of Shiloah allude to the origin of a spring that is southeast of Mount Zion and east of Jerusalem. It was a weak stream at its beginning, thus softly flowing. We can read of this spring in John 9:7:
John 9:7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. KJV
But it goes much deeper than just softly flowing waters and the spelling of it may suggest that it has something to do with Shiloh, the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant, kept at Shiloh from the last days of Joshua to the time of Samuel.
So, let’s dig into the Hebrew a bit.
Shiloah -- OT:7975 Shiloach (shee-lo'-akh); or (in imitation of OT:7974) Shelach (Nehemiah 3:15) (sheh'-lakh); from OT:7971; rill; Shiloach, a fountain of Jerusalem:
Root Word -- OT:7974 Shelach (sheh'-lakh); the same as OT:7973; Shelach, a postdiluvian patriarch:
Root Word -- OT:7973 shelach (sheh'-lakh); from OT:7971; a missile of attack, i.e. spear; also (figuratively) a shoot of growth; i.e. branch:
And there we finally have it: the branch. Have you ever heard of our Lord being referred to as the Branch? We’ll find reference to this right here in Isaiah 11:
Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: KJV
That Branch is Jesus Christ. A second witness is nice:
Ref: Jeremiah 33:15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. KJV
Branch -- OT:5342 netser (nay'-tser); from OT:5341 in the sense of greenness as a striking color; a shoot; figuratively, a descendant:
In those days, that Jeremiah is talking about, are the same days that we’re studying here in Isaiah. The end of days.
What it all boils down to is that Israel and Judah both have refused our Lord, in essence, our Father, in essence, Shiloah. They would rather put their faith in a heathen king of Syria and make him king over the house of Judah.
Isaiah 8:7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks:
This river, in verse 7, would be the Euphrates, a violent flow of water compared to the spring that fed the Upper Pool. This is talking about the coming of Satan/Antichrist. And when it says: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks means that the whole world will know that he is in Jerusalem. His vile lies will spread throughout the entire earth.
This puts me in mind of Revelation 12:15-17:
Ref: Revelation 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
Ref: Revelation 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
Ref: Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. KJV
These are the lies that he will spew during his five month reign in the first tribulation. The woman in verse 15 is Mother Israel. Who are the remnant of her seed? That’s you and me.
When Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. and Israel faded from the world view, those ten lost Tribes had already spread across the face of the earth and the sad part was that nobody told these people who they were. They still don't know who they are today.
They thought that they were Europeans, Englishmen, Irishmen, Canadians, and Americans because that’s where they lived but deep inside they were the remnant that would come forth in these last days and some of them would stand before the councils of Satan/Antichrist and allow the Holy Spirit to testify through them, that’s what and have the testimony of Jesus Christ means.
Satan is going to make war with us because he knows that only a few will have the seal of our Father in their brain, their mind. Simply put, they won’t believe in the lies because they know the truth, they know who he is. He’s a fake that looks exactly like the true Christ. He’s going to fool the entire world with his flood of lies.
Are you going to be fooled? Not if you keep studying our Father’s Word and if you’re reading this right now, that’s exactly what you’re doing. You are educating yourself in His Word, which is the only way that you will save your soul from the deception. Good job.
Isaiah 8:8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.
Do you know what this overflow reminds me of? Daniel 9:27 when the desolator shall come in on the wings of deception, overflowing deception:
Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The deception of Satan/Antichrist will overflow the entire world.
Isaiah 8:9 Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.
Every leader of every country on earth will associate themselves with the United Nations and form the one-world-political system and the rulers and the people in charge, their heads, will be filled with the essence of power, it will drive them almost to delirium.
But it’s only going to last for five months because it’s Satan/Antichrist that gives power to this system. Without him, you only have what exists today: chaos among different parts of the world. Chaos within certain countries and I include this country in that.
Right now there is no cohesive force that brings it all together. The United Nations is a farce, a collection of socialistic do-gooders, totally intent on being socially and politically correct, not having the power to do anything of real importance, not having the balls to take care of conflicts within member countries.
What are we to do? What are we supposed to do? Put on the gospel armor, that’s what the word gird is referring to. Gird yourself up and act like a child of God that knows the score, knows what’s happening, that can help others during this time of confusion.
What is the gospel armor?
Ref: Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ref: Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Ref: Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Ref: Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Ref: Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Pretty cool, huh?
Isaiah 8:10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
All these countries can gather together but it won’t accomplish anything. We’ve read the word Immanuel several times so far and in this verse we have the translated meaning: God is with us. Here it is from the Hebrew tongue:
Immanuel -- OT:6005 `Immanuw'el (im-maw-noo-ale'); from OT:5973 and OT:410 with a pronominal suffix inserted; with us (is) God; Immanuel, a type name of Isaiah's son:
Is our Father with you? Do you ask Him to come into your life at all? It’s not too late to do exactly that.
Isaiah 8:11 For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
Our Father spoke boldly to Isaiah. So, how were they walking?
Isaiah 8:12 Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
A confederacy is the end time one-world political system. Satan’s coalition of world leaders, all of them begging to do his bidding and probably not one of them familiar with our Father’s Word, so they will believe every lie that comes out of his mouth.
Our Father controls every movement during this tribulation, there is no need to be afraid. What was said earlier? If we trust in Him, then He will trust in us.
Confederacy -- OT:7195 qesher (keh'-sher; from OT:7194; an (unlawful) alliance:
Why is it unlawful? They’re trying to control the people of the world.
Isaiah 8:13 Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
Let Him carry your fear and let Him carry your dread. Let Him stand before you when it all comes down. Put your trust in Him and don’t worry about it. I know that that’s easier said than done. We’re human and we’re told to put our trust in something that we can’t even see. Hey, we can’t trust most of what we CAN see in this world today.
Somebody is always running a scam no matter who it is. From the President on down to that two-year old that wants another piece of that candy. Who will wait until you’re not looking and then slowly move their itty bitty grubby little hand toward the candy dish.
Stay true to our Father and He’ll take care of the rest.
Isaiah 8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Our Father is a sanctuary to all who love and obey Him but what He’s saying here is that He can also be a stumbling stone and a trap, a gin and the snare, for these same people. How can that be?
Christ Himself will be the stumbling stone because the people of the world, not being familiar with His Word, will listen and believe the lies and think that the false christ, Satan/Antichrist, is the true Messiah. Their belief in the false messiah is the stumbling stone.
Isaiah 8:15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
What did it say in Revelation 12?
Ref: Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And just so you are clear on who is being talked about here our Father gives us four of Satan’s names: Dragon. Serpent. Devil. Satan. He’s going to deceive the entire world.
The teachings of the church are making sure that the entire congregation of each church falls into the snare and gin of Satan by convincing them that they need to be the first ones taken from the field because of Matthew 24:40.
That had always been confusing to me because just the words in the verse alone doesn’t indicate which one is taken first or which one is left behind:
Matthew 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. KJV
Even in the Greek language there is no help on this verse BUT if we follow the subject, we have to go back to verse 37 where a parallel is going to be given to us:
Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
If we understand what was going on during the days of Noah, these same things will be going on when the Lord returns. So, what was going on in the days of Noah? (By the way, Noe is the Greek word for Noah.)
Matthew 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
A lot of partying was going on. That area of the world was filled with Geber, the giants. The offspring of the mating of the fallen angels with the women of Adam. They were intermingling and marrying which meant that there would be a slew more of these hybrid people walking around, with bodies and minds that were half spiritual, half flesh and blood.
Our Father could not allow that to continue.
Matthew 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
So our Father tucked Noah and his family away, safe on a large barge, really, and sent a deluge of water to destroy and drown the living creatures in that area. After the flood was over the only humans LEFT, in that area, were Noah and his family. It did not kill the entire human race worldwide.
Matthew 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
So the Geber and the sinful people were taken FIRST and Noah and his family were LEFT behind. Exactly the opposite of what is commonly taught in churches across this great country. This analogy, this parallel, has to be applied to verse 40.
In these end times, the ones taken first are those that are convinced that the fake messiah is the true Messiah and the others left will be the followers of our Lord.
If you are a preacher and you convince your congregation that they need to be the first ones taken, you are teaching them to follow the false christ instead of waiting for the true Christ.
And when Satan/Antichrist appears on Mount Zion, everyone on this earth, EXCEPT those with the seal of God in their forehead, will fall down and worship this fake, making the statement in Revelation 12:9 true: which deceiveth the whole world.
Isaiah 8:16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
You make sure that My followers, My disciples, have the truth of His Words and the seal of our Father in their minds so that no one can take that away from them.
They read. They studied. They prayed for understanding. They cared about our Father and His Word. And they received the protective hand of our Father over them. Keeping them safe throughout this whole five month tribulation.
How are you doing? Do you go to sleep at night knowing that the protective hand of our Father is over you?
The Assyrian is coming, Satan/Antichrist, make no doubt about that. It is written and it shall come to pass. He will look exactly like the true Savior and if you don’t have a good knowledge base to fall back on, you will be taken in by him.
In fact, the Antichrist will be so convincing that the seven year tribulation period has been shortened to this five months that I’ve been telling you about. It’s no longer 7 years but 5 months:
Ref: Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. KJV
And we have to go to Revelation to find out what the new length of time is going to be:
Ref: Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. KJV
And also a second witness:
Ref: Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. KJV
People get afraid when the book of Revelation is mentioned and it’s because of a lack of understanding. They’ve also been told by their preachers for over a 100 years that it’s so scary that they don’t even need to read it.
That’s your pastor covering his ass because HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND IT either. And it’s easier for them to just teach the same old traditional lies of their churches and not do the research on their own.
"Hey, I went to seminary school for six months. I know what I'm talking about."
Take the time to read Revelation on this website. I’m not the greatest teacher in the world but I have put in a great deal of time and research on my own and going to other teachers whose word I trust.
Everything that I write on this website puts my own soul on the line because I will be judged for what I write and if I mislead you in any way, I will pay the price on Judgment Day, so you can rest assured that I have full faith in the truth of what I write. That's why I document EVERYTHING from our Father's Word.
Isaiah 8:17 And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
The house of Jacob, means the natural seed of all twelve Tribes. It’s not so much that He’s hiding His face from them but that they are hiding their face from Him but He will always take them back if they repent of their ways and seek His Company.
They are ashamed, deep down inside, of how they’re living their lives because they know what His Word teaches. It’s more fun to live outside of His law than to live within it. They also know, as does every other human being on this planet, that the piper must be paid eventually. I’m 73 years old and I’ve paid the piper many, many times over.
Isaiah 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
Who’s speaking here? Isaiah. I and the children whom the Lord hath given me…who are those children that the Lord has given Isaiah? Maher-shalal-hash-baz and Shear-Jashum.
Our Father named that child Maher-shalal-hash-baz and He also named our Lord Immanuel, God with us. The sign was that in the near future He would establish a King, not a man, and He will be called Immanuel and He will dwell on Mount Zion.
Isaiah 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
When you start to poke around with the spirits of the nether world, you may get more than you bargained for. Why would anybody seek guidance and inspiration and council from some dead lost soul? An evil soul?
Yeah, they peep and mutter alright. Call themselves preachers. Anything to get the crowd to come in and give up a little cash, a little scratch, a little greenback. Put some skin in the game.
Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
And this verse continues on with that same thought. If they stand behind that lectern or some pulpit and the words that they speak come from some familiar spirit…..are you familiar with Satan?......their words are not coming from His Book.
We are the children that love and follow our Lord Jesus Christ and that makes us children of the light. Those that follow familiar spirits and Satan are children of the darkness, there is no light in them. There is no truth in them.
So, why do you go to their church? It’s a waste of time and dangerous to your soul.
Isaiah 8:21 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
Some of the faithful are going to have doubts during this five-month tribulation. They have the seal of our Father in their mind so they surely will not accept the mark of Satan to be able to buy and sell during this period.
But if you don’t prepare beforehand, you may be caught without some essentials. Stock up your pantry with canned goods and powdered goods. Keep some change around. It’s very likely that paper money will be worthless or at least considered worthless by shop owners and the like.
Europe started a monetary system, among a dozen or so countries, with the implementation of the Euro some years ago. It continues to be on rocky ground with some countries threatening to go back to their original money system.
As this one-world political system becomes more pronounced, look out for yourself. Keep some coin around. That will always be able to buy something. People trust precious metals.
But the weak and frail, in their belief of our Father, may cause them to curse Him at times and they’ll probably curse the President as well for allowing this to happen to them but it’s not his fault. It’s our Father’s Plan.
Be strong. Be prepared. He’ll see that you get through it.
Isaiah 8:22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness. KJV
Those people that have taken the mark, regardless of what form it might be in, will seem to prosper during these times and have it easier that those that didn’t take the mark, and when it looks like Jesus Christ Himself is directing everything, it will be really hard to keep the faith, that what you believed in is actually still the truth.
Some will falter, some will fall and take the mark. Be strong. Be resolute. Stay out of the darkness that will try to creep into your mind, it only creates doubt. Don’t let your faith be pushed aside by doubt.
Stay in His Word and use that to prop yourself up. He’ll take the doubt away and calm all your fears. You know what the future holds, He's giving you a heads-up here in Isaiah.
Trust in Him and He will trust in you.
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*** 12 January 2016 ***