As people search for an answer to all the craziness… the Bible has all the answers.
When you see what man is doing and none, if any of it looks peaceful or good… we naturally begin to seek answers to what exactly is taking place. When the news is filled with confusion, and nothing appears to be just, many turn to the church and when the church is filled with new prophetic teachings based on current events by their own anointed select ones… based on man’s understanding… disillussionment soon follows. Especially when the message is to buy tickets to a big event to hear the words of men, give your best fruit offerings and buy some merchandise to sow a seed of something??? All at a time when the world is going to hell in a hand basket.
It’s time to STOP CHILDREN, WHAT’S THAT SOUND, EVERYBODY LOOK WHAT’S GOING DOWN!
It’s time to get out your Bible and call on the Holy Spirit to lead you as you read and search the scriptures for yourself… just as the scriptures said to do. With the Holy Spirit leading, your eyes will be opened and you will see it was all written long ago and what will come of all of it is within the words of the Prophets. Isaiah speaks of the day of the Lord and he begins a great message in Isaiah chapter 24:1, “Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.” In Isaiah 24 verses 20 -21 he declares, “The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.”
He goes on to tell the signs of the events to come, these span over a length of time. All working toward the final days where he sets up his kingdom and even declares the beasts palace of foreigners shall never be built. Isaiah 25:2, “For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.”
He goes on to declare in Isaiah 25:7-10 what God shall do, “7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. 9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. 10 For in this mountain shall the hand of the Lord rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.” Now mountains in the Bible refer to government. The Lord came and gave his life for all and conquered death in victory and the promise that Jacob and Joseph will come together as one in God’s hand is upon us as spoken by Ezekiel in chapter 37.
We are coming to the point in prophecy where a great shaking is upon the earth and in Isaiah Chapter 26 he says, “16 Lord, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them. 17 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O Lord. 18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” The very same words as the Lord spoke as a sign in John 16:21, and Revelation 12:2.
Isaiah goes on to say in Chapter 26:10-21, “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
Isaiah 27:1 “In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.”
In Isaiah chapter 28 and 29 there is a woe to the crown of pride to the drunkards of Ephraim… not in alcohol but in their own words of vanity and misguidance to the people. Isaiah prophesies that they shall be trodden under feet and be a fading flower. “Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!” And the crown of glory and diadem of beauty to the residue of his people in that day will be the Lord of hosts!
All these things leading up to where we find ourselves this very day.
Isaiah 28: 7 – 13
7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.
9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
13 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
Ponder these words of Isaiah. Especially the words “whom shall he teach knowledge? The question first is who is Isaiah referring to as “He”? That is the Lord, himself. The Lord is asking who shall He teach and make to understand, “In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.” Isaiah 28:5-6
Isaiah addresses those who are weaned from the milk. That is referring to all who know the Lord and are hungary for truth… for they are needing nourishment of the truth of the Word of God. Isaiah speaks for God that His Word is precept, precept upon precept, and line upon line upon line and here a little and there a little.
There are so many lies people have been taught and as the evil becomes more and more rampant… two things happen, it all becomes more sad in a very surreal way for most have no idea where the blindness and evil deeds are taking them in the end… nor all the trouble it is causing them as they do it … the pain and anguish of sin in the flesh is awful enough and the torment many experience before they repent is punishment and harsh in and of itself. But for those who are heartless and seek only to kill, steal and destroy… even for them in the end it is sad to watch such a waste of a life… and some… who appear to have been born of Satan himself… sad to see these children of wickedness who don’t even know or care to repent.
That being said, as many now have been saying… in the end no matter what, we win. For we either go home to our Father God and the Lord… or we have victory here. Victory is ours either way. And yet, the reason most fight to stay is for others in order to help them through these terrible times and days. This is a season and as the prophet said, God does not thrash the cumin until it is no good. There is a time for all things.
14 Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. 15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: 16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. 18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. 19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report. 20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it. 21 For the Lord shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act. 22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.
Matthew Henry Commentary has explained Isaiah 28:18 in this manner:
“It was fond conceit which these scorners had, “When the overflowing scourge shall pass through our country, and others shall fall under it, yet it shall not come to us, not reach us, though it extend far, not bear us down, though it is an overflowing scourge.” It is the greatest folly imaginable for impenitent sinners to think that either in this world or the other they shall fare better than their neighbours. But what is the ground of their confidence? Why, truly, We have made lies our refuge.
Either, 1. Those things which the prophets told them would be lies and falsehood to them and would deceive, but which they themselves looked upon as substantial fences. The protection of their idols, the promises with which their false prophets soothed them, their policy, their wealth, their interest in the people; these they confided in, and not in God; nay, these they confided in against God.
Or, 2. Those things which should be lies and falsehood to the enemy, who was flagellum Dei—the scourge of God, the overflowing scourge; they would secure themselves by imposing upon the enemy with their stratagems of war, or their feigned submissions in treaties of peace. The rest of the cities of Judah were taken because they made an obstinate defence; but the rulers of Jerusalem hope to succeed better. They think themselves greater politicians than those of the country towns; they will compliment the king of Assyria with a promise to surrender their city, or to become tributaries to him, with a purpose at the same time to shake off his yoke as soon as the danger is over, not caring though they be found liars to him, as the expression is, Deut 33 29. Note, Those put a cheat upon themselves that think to gain their point by putting cheats upon those they deal with. Those that pursue their designs by trick and fraud, by mean and paltry shifts, may perhaps compass them, but cannot expect comfort in them. Honesty is the best policy. But such refuges as these are those driven to that depart from God, and throw themselves out of his protection.
II. How God, by the prophet, awakens them out of this sleep, and shows them the folly of their security.
1. He tells them upon what grounds they might be secure. He does not disturb their false confidences, till he has first shown them a firm bottom on which they may repose themselves (v. 16): Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone. This foundation is, (1.) The promises of God in general—his word, upon which he has caused his people to hope—his covenant with Abraham, that he would be a God to him and his; this is a foundation, a foundation of stone, firm and lasting, for faith to build upon; it is a tried stone, for all the saints have stayed themselves upon it and it never failed them.
(2.) The promise of Christ in particular; for to him this is expressly applied in the New Testament, 1 Pet 2 6-8. He is that stone which has become the head of the corner. The great promise of the Messiah and his kingdom, which was to begin at Jerusalem, was sufficient to make God’s people easy in the worst of times; for they knew well that till he came the sceptre should not depart from Judah. Zion shall continue while this foundation is yet to be laid there. “Thus saith the Lord Jehovah, for the comfort of those that dare not make lies their refuge, Behold, and look upon me as one that has undertaken to lay in Zion a Stone,” Jesus Christ is a foundation of God’s laying. This is the Lord’s doing. He is laid in Zion, in the church, in the holy hill. He is a tried stone, a trying stone (so some), a touch-stone, that shall distinguish between true and counterfeit. He is a precious stone, for such are the foundations of the New Jerusalem (Rev 21 19), a corner-stone, in whom the sides of the building are united, the head-stone of the corner.
And he that believes these promises, and rests upon them, shall not make haste, shall not run to and fro in a hurry, as men at their wits’ end, shall not be shifting hither and thither for his own safety, nor be driven to his feet by any terrors, as the wicked man is said to be (Job 18 11), but with a fixed heart shall quietly wait the event, saying, Welcome the will of God. He shall not make haste in his expectations, so as to anticipate the time set in the divine counsels, but, though it tarry, will wait the appointed hour, knowing that he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. He that believes will not make more haste than good speed, but be satisfied that God’s time is the best time, and wait with patience for it. The apostle from the LXX. explains this, 1 Pet 2 6. He that believes on him shall not be confounded; his expectations shall not be frustrated, but far out-done.
2. He tells them that upon the grounds which they now built on they could not be safe, but their confidences would certainly fail them (v. 17): Judgment will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet. This denotes,
(1.) The building up of his church; having laid the foundation (v. 16), he will raise the structure, as builders do, by line and plummet, Zech 4 10. Righteousness shall be the line and judgment the plummet. The church, being grounded on Christ, shall be formed and reformed by the scripture, the standing rule of judgment and righteousness. Judgment shall return unto righteousness, Ps 94 15. Or,
(2.) The punishing of the church’s enemies, against whom he will proceed in strict justice, according to the threatenings of the law. He will give them their deserts, and bring upon them the judgments they have challenged, but in wisdom too, and by an exact rule, that the tares may not be plucked up with the wheat. And when God comes thus to execute judgment,
[1.] These scornful men will be made ashamed of the vain hopes with which they had deluded themselves. First, They designed to make lies their refuge; but it will indeed prove a refuge of lies, which the hail shall sweep away, that tempest of hail spoken of v. 2. Those that make lies their refuge build upon the sand, and the building will fall when the storm comes, and bury the builder in the ruins of it. Those that make any thing their hiding place but Christ shall find that the waters will overflow it, as every shelter but the ark was over-topped and overthrown by the waters of the deluge. Such is the hope of the hypocrite; this will come of all his confidences.
Secondly, They boasted of a covenant with death, and an agreement with the grave; but it shall be disannulled, as made without his consent who has the keys and sovereign command of hell and death. Those do but delude themselves that think by any wiles to evade the judgments of God. Thirdly, They fancied that when the overflowing scourge should pass through the land it should not come near them; but the prophet tells them that then, when others were falling by the common calamity, they should not only share in it, but should be trodden down by it: “You shall be to it for a treading down; it shall triumph over you as much as over any other, and you shall become its easy prey.”
They are further told (v. 19), 1. That it shall begin with them; they shall be so far from escaping it that they shall be the first that shall fall by it: “From the time it goes forth it shall take you, as if it came on purpose to seize you.” 2. That it shall pursue them closely: “Morning by morning shall it pass over; as duly as the day returns you shall hear of some desolation or other made by it; for divine justice will follow its blow; you shall never be safe nor easy by day nor by night; there shall be a pestilence walking in darkness and a destruction wasting at noonday.” 3. That there shall be no avoiding it: “The understanding of the report of its approach shall not give you any opportunity to make your escape, for there shall be no way of escape open; but it shall be only a vexation, you shall see it coming, and not see how to help yourselves.” Or, “The very report of it at a distance will be a terror to you; what then will the thing itself be?”
Evil tidings are a terror and vexation to scorners, but he whose heart is fixed, trusting in God, is not afraid of them; whereas, when the overflowing scourge comes, then all the comforts and confidences of scorners fail them, v. 20. (1.) That in which they thought to repose themselves reaches not to the length of their expectations: The bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself upon it, so that he is forced to cramp and contract himself. (2.) That in which they thought to shelter themselves proves insufficient to answer the intention: The covering is narrower than that a man can wrap himself in it. Those that do not build upon Christ as their foundation, but rest in a righteousness of their own, will prove in the end thus to have deceived themselves; they can never be easy, safe, nor warm; the bed is too short, the covering is too narrow; like our first parents’ fig-leaves, the shame of their nakedness will still appear.
[2.] God will be glorified in the accomplishment of his counsels, v. 21. When God comes to contend with these scorners, First, He will do his work, and bring to pass his act, he will work for his own honour and glory, according to his own purpose; the work shall appear to all that see it to be the work of God as the righteous Judge of the earth. Secondly, He will do it now against his people, as formerly he did it against their enemies, by which his justice will appear to be impartial; he will now rise up against Jerusalem as, in David’s time, against the Philistines in Mount Perazim (2 Sam 5 20), and as, in Joshua’s time, against the Canaanites in the valley of Gibeon. If those that profess themselves members of God’s church by their pride and scornfulness make themselves like Philistines and Canaanites, they must expect to be dealt with as such.
Thirdly, This will be his strange work, his strange act, his foreign deed. It is work that he is backward to: he rather delights in showing mercy, and does not afflict willingly. It is work that he is not used to as to his own people; he protects and favours them. It is a strange work indeed if he turn to be their enemy and fight against them, ch. 63 10. It is a work that all the neighbours will stand amazed at (Deut 29 24), and therefore the ruins of Jerusalem are said to be an astonishment, Jer 25 18.
Lastly, We have the use and application of all this (v. 22): “Therefore be you not mockers; dare not to ridicule either the reproofs of God’s word or the approaches of his judgments.” Mocking the messengers of the Lord was Jerusalem’s measure-filling sin. The consideration of the judgments of God that are coming upon hypocritical professors should effectually silence mockers, and make them serious: “Be you not mockers, lest your bands be made strong, both the bands by which you are bound under the dominion of sin” (for there is little hope of the conversion of mockers) “and the bands by which you are bound over to the judgments of God.” God has bands of justice strong enough to hold those that break all the bonds of his law asunder and cast away all his cord from them. Let not these mockers make light of divine threatenings, for the prophet (who is one of those with whom the secret of the Lord is) assures them that the Lord God of hosts has, in his hearing, determined a consumption upon the whole earth; and can they think to escape? or shall their unbelief invalidate the threatening?
So to those who say, I won’t be here for I will be raptured. Read the scriptures for yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and see what they say to all of God’s children, for in fact the Lord’s prayer in John 17 says the exact opposite.
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Therefore, are we doing what the Lord has asked us to do? Who is teaching the opposite of what the Lord has said? Ask what purpose is that serving? And why, along with that message are the same ones preaching things that the Lord hates and has even encouraging support for Israel’s push for Zionism? Which includes building a Temple and announcing a new Messiah that is not Jesus? Now, those who preach this are not teaching precept upon precept and line upon line. For if they were they would find this is not a part of that teaching to support such things? Nor would they find that the World Council of Churches was anything Jesus taught. For that is not only in the world it is of the world and for the world. And it sits in Satan’s seat in Switzerland that is pro one world religion. The same thing these ones say they are against? Confusion? Yes it is and God is not the author of confusion.
With Israel and Gaza causing a disturbance on a global scale, and the head of the serpent in disarray in Switzerland… we are watching the prophecies being fulfilled. So as modern day prophets watch the news and give their opinions and predictions, what the Lord has said unto them… most are vain shouts no greater than MSM shouting what their script writers have said… and many are shouting from scripts the World Council of Churches have passed to them to read from the halls of their council in Geneva Switzerland. Process that and think on it long and hard.
For in Isaiah Chapter 29:10-13, it is written, “10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. 11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: 12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. 13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.”
Matthew Henry Commentary says of this:
Those that thought to hide their counsels from the Lord were said to turn things upside down (v. 16), and they intended to do it unknown to God; but God here tells them that he will turn things upside down his way; and let us see whose word shall stand, his or theirs. They disbelieve Providence: “Wait awhile,” says God, “and you shall be convinced by ocular demonstration that there is a God who governs the world, and that he governs it and orders all the changes that are in it for the good of his church.” The wonderful revolution here foretold may refer primarily to the happy settlement of the affairs of Judah and Jerusalem after the defeat of Sennacherib’s attempt, and the repose which good people then enjoyed, when they were delivered from the alarms of the sword both of war and persecution. But it may look further, to the rejection of the Jews at the first planting of the gospel (for their hypocrisy and infidelity were here foretold, v. 13) and the admission of the Gentiles into the church.
I. In general, it is a great and surprising change that is here foretold, v. 17. Lebanon, that was a forest, shall be turned into a fruitful field; and Carmel, that was a fruitful field, shall become a forest. It is a counterchange. Note, Great changes, both for the better and for the worse, are often made in a very little while. It was a sign given them of the defeat of Sennacherib that the ground should be more than ordinarily fruitful (ch. 37 30): You shall eat this year such as grows of itself; food for man shall be (as food for beasts is) the spontaneous product of the soil. Then Lebanon became a fruitful field, so fruitful that that which used to be reckoned a fruitful field in comparison with it was looked upon but as a forest. When a great harvest of souls was gathered in to Christ from among the Gentiles then the wilderness was turned into a fruitful field; and the Jewish church, that had long been a fruitful field, became a desolate and deserted forest, ch. 54 1.
II. In particular, 1. Those that were ignorant shall become intelligent, v. 18. Those that understood not this prophecy (but it was to them as a sealed book, v. 11) shall, when it is accomplished, understand it, and shall acknowledge, not only the hand of God in the event, but the voice of God in the prediction of it: The deaf shall then hear the words of the book. The fulfilling of prophecy is the best exposition of it. The poor Gentiles shall then have divine revelation brought among them; and those that sat in darkness shall see a great light, those that were blind shall see out of obscurity; for the gospel was sent to them to open their eyes, Acts 26 18. Observe, In order to the making of men fruitful in good affections and actions, the course God’s grace takes with them is to open their understandings and make them hear the words of God’s book.
2. Those that were erroneous shall become orthodox (v. 24): Those that erred in spirit, that were under mistakes and misapprehensions concerning the words of the book and the meaning of them, shall come to understanding, to a right understanding of things; the Spirit of truth shall rectify their mistakes and lead them into all truth. This should encourage us to pray for those that have erred and are deceived, that God can, and often does, bring such to understanding. Those that murmured at the truths of God as hard sayings, and loved to pick quarrels with them, shall learn the true meaning of these doctrines, and then they will be better reconciled to them. Those that erred concerning the providence of God as to public affairs, and murmured at the disposals of it, when they shall see the issue of things shall better understand them and be aware of what God was designing in all, Hos 14 9.
That being said, this is a time that the prophets, apostles, and first followers of the way of the Lord sought to see and be a part of. What then ought we to hope for and place our faith in? Faith to stand and see the promises of God to Abraham come into their full glory as the Lord God does his wonderous thing to bring about both the house of Jacob and the house of Joseph in His mighty hands as ONE PEOPLE into ONE KINGDOM OF GOD! Read Ezekiel 37.
KEEP ON PRESSING INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD! PRESS, PRESS, PRESS!