Thoughts on the Timing of the Rapture

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:4-6)

The famous “Faith Chapter” in the book of Hebrews, begins with two Saints, Abel and Enoch as examples of faith which we are to imitate. Faith is the point, for faith is the only way to please God.

I once asked the LORD, ‘Why Faith? Why is that what you require?” I believe I received several answers in the form of scripture and impressions, from the LORD. God requires faith, because we simply cannot save ourselves. Only God can save our souls, no one can redeem themselves, therefore Faith is required, because faith glorifies God and not man.

Another reason for the requirement of faith that came to me, is that our problems began when we quit believing in the goodness of God. Adam and Eve were willing to entertain a false and degraded notion of God, that He was holding something back that would be good for the first couple. The Serpent bore false witness about the LORD, and they believed it.

The way back? It has to be faith. We must repent and believe again in the goodness of God.

The “hall of faith” begins with Abel and Enoch. One Saint who was murdered for his faith, and for bearing witness to God in a hostile world. There would be literally millions upon millions who would follow in his footsteps, being willing to let go of their life rather than deny the truth of God.

The other Saint, Enoch, was a man who lived in a kind of “end times scenario” living in the time leading up to the flood. It was a day of Apostasy, but Enoch walked with God, until God took Him home. He didn’t die , He was raptured. God took him home, to be with himself.

Faith was required of each of them.

I believe that we also live in an end-time. I have no doubt that Jesus is coming, and in our lifetime. What makes us unique is the re-emergence of the nation of Israel, in 1948, in fulfillment of the prophecies about the last of the last days. All of the prophets pre-supposed that there would be a national Israel, and a Jewish occupied city of Jerusalem, as well as a controversy over Judea, (The West bank) which would engulf the whole world.

The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zechariah 12:1-3)

Which brings us back to our two Saints at the beginning of Hebrews 11. One died, He was martyred for his witness to God. The other one did not die. He was Raptured. Both of these Saints lived by Faith and Pleased God.

I believe that this speaks to us in our generation.

No doubt. many of us will end up dying. Perhaps some of us will be given an opportunity to be martyred. We are Saints and love God, but all things being equal, unless the LORD returns, we will die, one way or another.

(Of course, Christians don’t really die, they “go to sleep”) but the real point is that Faith is the only way to please God.

But according to the scriptures, there is a unique end-times event, coming, as I hope I have pointed out in this series, called the Rapture, or “Our gathering together unto Him”, “the Episynagogue” and Jesus coming to “take us where (He)…is, unto himself”. The LORD is coming to snatch us off the earth with a swift and irresistable power”.

To participate in such an event is a rare honor among the countless Millions of Saints who believed in Jesus before us.

But whether we die, or are martyred, o whether we are raptured, the real point is that we must live our lives by Faith,which is the only way to please God.

This is why I do not enter into the countless discussions as to the timing of the Rapture. “Will The Rapture be pre- ,mid , or post Tribulation”?

Honesty, the only things I am sure about the Rapture at all are that it is:

* For God’s Saints only, and the prospect of it is a comfort.

* A Mystery revealed in the New Testament era.

* It occurs before the actual “Wrath ” of God.

* It involves the “dead in Christ” as well as “We who are alive, until the coming of the LORD”.

As far as I know, all else can only be speculation. God doesn’t want us to know the exact timing otherwise it would be clearer. I am glad there is a Rapture, and my prayer has always been that I be involved in it, while alive. But I cannot say with certainty what the timing of it is, so I don’t.

What counts is Faith in Jesus. Not dead works, but a living, vital, infectious faith. Let us have a faith which still moves us to confess and forsake our sins, to Love and seek God. To forgive and love our brothers, and a faith which moves us to share with others what God has shown to us. Is your faith alive? Do you have oil in your lamp? Are you current with God?

We Overcome the World by our faith. “This is the victory that overcometh the World…our faith”. We overcome the Spirit of antiChrist also, by our faith. So also we overcome the sins that so easily beset us, and the Coldness and soul deadening effect of this world, by our Faith.

Of course we want out of here, we can increasingly see that there is nothing in this World for we who believe, but rejection and opposition.I want Jesus to come, and Long for the Rapture. I am either going up in it, or I am gong to die, but one way or another we are leaving.

Either way, the point is Faith. So I will leave the timing of the Rapture to God, and just strive to be counted worthy to attain it, whether ded or alive.

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:35)

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God Shall Pierce Leviathan, The Coiled Serpent…Isaiah apocalypse pt 8

In that day the Lord will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent,
With His fierce and great and mighty sword,
Even Leviathan the twisted serpent;
And He will kill the dragon who lives in the sea
. ( Isaiah 27:1)

Isaiah’s Apocalypse ends in the destruction of Leviathan, the coiled or twisting Serpent.The LORD himself will slay Him with the “great and mighty Sword”.

Who is Leviathan? In this passage we are told He lives in the Sea, and that He is a coiled, or undulating Serpent. In that description we hear an echo of the beast in Revelation 13.

And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore.Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. ( Revelation 13:1)

Interestingly, Leviathan is mentioned five times in the Bible.

Yet God is my king from of old,
Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.
You divided the sea by Your strength;
You broke the heads of the sea monsters in the waters.
You crushed the heads of Leviathan;( Psalm 74:14)

In this Psalm, which commemorates the mighty works of God in the past, The Psalmist celebrates the breaking of the heads of Leviathan, after he recounted the Dividing of the Sea by the power of God. Leviathan is obviously a reference to Egypt, the SuperPower at that time in history. Only God can divide the seas, and Only God can crush Leviathan.

Leviathan is first mention in the third chapter of Job. That chapter is perhaps the darkest study of human grieving and sorrow in all of scripture. It is so dark, one could almost say it is near Nihilistic. Job is extensively cursing the very day he was born;

And Job spake, and said,

 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it. Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months. Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein. Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.

Leviathan is the actual word translated “Mourning” in vs 7. Those who are ready to “raise their Leviathan”. How fitting as you will see, that the Bible says Leviathan is raised up as a response to nihilism, and a despondent, godless mood in humanity. Where there is no faith in God, there is only faith in the State.


Job also mentions Leviathan, in fact, He does so in some depth.

Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook?
Or press down his tongue with a cord?
Can you put a rope in his nose
Or pierce his jaw with a hook?
Will he make many supplications to you,
Or will he speak to you soft words?
“Will he make a covenant with you?
Will you take him for a servant forever?
“Will you play with him as with a bird,
Or will you bind him for your maidens?
“Will the traders bargain over him?
Will they divide him among the merchants?
 “Can you fill his skin with harpoons,
Or his head with fishing spears?
 “Lay your hand on him;
Remember the battle; you will not do it again!
“Behold, your expectation is false;
Will you be laid low even at the sight of him?
“No one is so fierce that he dares to arouse him;
Who then is he that can stand before Me?
“Who has given to Me that I should repay him?
Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.
( Job 41:1-10)

This is the part of the book of Job, where God asks Job a series of questions, designed to show him how utterly disqualified He is to ever call any of God’s ways into question! The questions asked of Job, cover the whole gamut of science, as the Creator asks Job if He knows the paths in the Sea, and could he make his voice travel on Light (electricity), or does He know where the Storehouse of Snow is? Job can only sit there dumbfounded.

Then the LORD brings up Leviathan. Whatever Leviathan is, he is huge, wild, fierce and untameable . The mere sight of him is terrifying, and by the description, it seems as though God was describing some kind of a Dinosaur. Job knew what the beast was, and understood how utterly over his head these questions asked of him were.

Can you fish Him out of the waters with a hook ? Could you ring his nose and put a rope through it to lead him around? Would you put him on a leash and let your daughters play with him? Job if you so much as touch him, to do him harm, you will never forget it! But the implied response of the LORD is, “I can”. God alone can deal with Leviathan, whoever he is.

Could there be a parallel meaning to the term Leviathan?

I do not believe Jesus Christ is coming back to fight a literal reptile which is oppressing Israel. Does Job 41 have anything to say to us today?

I think so. I believe that when you combine the passage in Job, Isaiah , and the Psalms, with the book of Revelation 13, the meaning of Leviathan is plain to see.

Egypt was a Leviathan, that oppressed God’s people, and there was no one on earth who could have broken her heads, only God could do so. Rome and Babylon in turn were also Leviathans, as was the Assyrian Empire Isaiah warned Judah about.

A Leviathan is a superstate. The final superstate is forming before our very eyes, and is fierce, heartless, musclebound, and has technology which is almost “godlike” in human estimation. Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war on it?

The Superstate seems to know everything. It can “listen”to every phone conversation in the world, through its use of Algorithyms, it can zero in on any person or subject of Interest. Through technology privacy is a thing of the past.

The Beast rises from the sea, for in the Bible, the sea is a metaphor for the restless, turbulent humanity which is defiant of the only true God. “The wicked are like the raging of the Sea… there is no peace saith my God, for the wicked” .

The beast has layer after layer of Armor, no human being can stop it, or even touch it.I have heard a former NSA employee speak of the “Deep State” as having two hundred layers of depth of agencies, bureaucracies, interests, un-elected employees to ensure it’s AntiChrist agenda no matter who the people elect for President or any other office.

There is a soulless, antiChrist super state arising before our very eyes, which has learned the lessons of the Past, (Hitler, Stalin, Mao), and is armed with a superior technology which will enable it to seek control of the thoughts and deeds of everyone in the world.

It is so huge, complex and fierce, only God himself will be able to disable and destroy it.

This Superstate is proud. Those who serve it’s interests are “the Kings of the Earth and their Rulers” , the elite. They have taken their council together against the LORD and His Messiah, which is why they increasingly reveal themselves to be for everything God is against;Abortion, Homosexuality, Sexual anarchy and Perversion, elimination of private property, False Religion, in short, they are infused with the AntiChrist Spirit.

Job said this in closing, of Leviathan,

Nothing on earth is like him,
One made without fear.
He looks on everything that is high;
He is king over all the sons of pride.”
( Job 41:33-34)

This mighty Superstate is called the Beast in the book of Revelation. The Prophet Daniel called him, ” A Beast, Dreadful, unlike all the rest…”( Daniel 7) . This beast comes up out of the Sea (of turbulent humanity in it’s restless energy), to oppose and openly resist God. There will not be any human coalition or nations that will be able to stop this last beast, as we once did Hitler and Tojo.

The LORD shall come and destroy Leviathan with the very Sword of His mouth and in the Brightness of Hos coming.

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Through The Night… Isaiah’s mini Apocalypse pt 7

With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord.

 Lord, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.

 Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. O Lord our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name… Lord, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them. 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. 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. ( Isaiah 26:9-18)

The Prophet’s song takes us back into the crisis for Israel, which is the Great tribulation. The great tribulation is the night.

One of the purposes of the time of great Tribulation, is to bring Israel to repentance, which will require a total rethink of her experience over history.

The Prophet Hosea features God saying to Israel,

I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.( Hosea 5:15)

He (God) will return to them when they are brought to the point where they desire Him, and admit to their national sin, and Hosea predicts they will be brought to this “In their Affliction”, i.e. the Tribulation.

When God’s judgments become manifest, (some) of the “Inhabitants of the Earth” will finally learn “righteousness”. Judgment will wake many up, to their need for Right Standing with God, which can only be obtained through faith in Jesus. We are already seeing a restless anxiety among many, who until fairly recently, only thought in terms of this earth and its horizons.

But Isaiah’s prophetic song tells us that it won’t work that way for everyone. Some will only wax harder and more resistant.They will not learn Righteousness, even in the face of Grace and favor from God. Instead they will only double down in their resistant rebellion and sin. This culminates in some frightening verses in the book of Revelation,

And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. ( Revelation 9:20-21)

And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.( Revelation 16: 8-11)

Isaiah saw this also and warned of it. Though they refuse to see the Hand of God in the Judgements to come, (Like Pharaoh) , they will be forced to see and even acknowledge it in the end.

The enemies of God and his people have a self destructive principle working in them, they are hateful and envious at those who are His.

Isaiah see’s a chastened and repentant Israel making a series of confessions to God in the night, They admit that God himself has brought them to the place where they are at, and that through their stubbornness and rebellion , there have been “other Lords” who have ruled over them. But the true LORD, the God of Israel alone is who they now willingly ‘swear by’, (confess).

Israel takes no personal credit here, She admits that it took trouble to bring them to God, the text literally says, “We could only whisper out a prayer…” in the time of their chastening.

I believe Israel is a microcosm of the human race, and God’s dealings with her, mirror his dealings with all of us.

But Israel is special too. She has perpetually been pregnant, in labor to give birth. We learned in Genesis 3 that as a consequence of sin, nothing good comes into this fallen world without pain, blood, trouble and toil. Israel, was chosen to bring into the world the Word of God, in the face of incredible Satanic opposition. She was also in labor in the sense that for a time, the only valid worship of the one true God was centered in Jerusalem at the temple.

The greatest thing which came through Israel, and the reason for so much Opposition, is that through her came the “Seed of the woman”, destined to crush the Serpent’s head and undo the primal curse. This explains so much of Israel’s troubled and turbulent history. Every power in hell was focussed on preventing the entrance of the Messiah, and the nation formed to be the door through which he would come.

But that was two thousand years ago, and Satan failed to stop Messiah Jesus from coming and accomplishing his destiny. Yet Israel still labors and travails in pain, to give birth…

Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail. Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies. Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. (Micah 4:9-12)

What more could possibly come, beyond the scripture, the Worship and the Messiah? In what sense is Israel still in labor and travail?

Israel is in labor to bring forth the New Age of Righteousness. The problem is, that the New Age cannot commence until She is brought to the point that she confesses her national sin.

This is why the end of the Age is described by Jesus as being like unto the birth of a baby. “All of these (signs) are the beginning of Sorrows,(Birth pangs), said our LORD in Matthew 24. Jesus was drawing from Isaiah, Hosea, and the rest of the prophets, who spoke of labor pains accompanying the dawning of the new Age of Righteousness, the Millenium.

But Isaiah shows the besieged and beleaguered Remnant of Israel confess that She (Israel) has long been in labor, but after all these years, has not brought forth anything but wind. She has not delivered the nations from their paganism. When she says “…nor have the inhabitants of the World fallen”.. she is referring to “Falling” from between her knees, as in giving birth. Israel is confessing here (the remnant) that she knew she had a universal mission to deliver the nations, but did not accomplish that, as far as she could see. *

But in this song of the night, God himself consoles the repentant remnant, first with the truth of the Resurrection from the dead, and then with the assurance of a new Passover, in which the Remnant will “enter into chambers”, until the “Indignation “be past.

Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. 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.( Isaiah 26:19-20)

  • The True Israel, the Messiah Jesus, has in fact wrought the deliverance in the earth and brought New Birth to men and nations, fulfilling the true destiny of Israel.

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The City That Shall Endure…Isaiah’s Apocalypse pt 6

In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust. (Isaiah 26:1-5)I

Isaiah portrays the climax of God’s dealings with humanity in terms of two cities; the proud, God defying, City of confusion, and the City whose builder and maker is God.

The destruction of the “City of confusion” is the theme of the 24th chapter of Isaiah. Man’s long rebellion, epitomized by the construction of cities, has come under judgment and collapsed under the weight of her sins. A Shorthand name for the Humanistic project, is Babylon.

There is a long continuity in scripture and history, of the city being a place of concentrated rebellion. From the construction of the first city, in Genesis 4, Enoch (Fresh Start), unto the cities of Sodom, Gommorah, Babylon, Ninevah, Rome, and Jerusalem also, cities have epitomized man’s defiance of God. The first city was built to mitigate the effects of the sentence passed upon Cain, to be a vagabond and a wanderer, for murdering his brother.

But God answers man’s sinful and rebellious desire for the sense of control and security (without having to resort to God), of cities, with a city of his own making, the New Jerusalem. All of his pilgrims in this earth have left the city of man, in search of the Better city.

For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Hebrews 11:10)

“We have a strong city…” The city of God looks despicable and weak to worldly eyes, but it is stronger than Babylon the Great. The poor and those who know they are needy comprise it’s population, they have turned to God for forgiveness and Redemption. They have very little worldly power, (i.e. Military, Money, Media, Political Authority in this life), they only power is Truth, and the power to supplicate and intercede to God.

“…Its walls and bulwarks are Salvation…” If a fallen sinner turns to the LORD and is saved, what can anyone in the World do about it? Salvation is forever, it transcends this life. If you are saved, this life is as bad as it will ever be for you, everything afterwards is light and glory!

The only true safety and security is found in being right with God. To be at Peace with God, and set “in the right” , and to know the love and promises of God, and to be brought into the “city of refuge”that God has prepared for the repentant guilty sinner, is the definition of security itself. Truly the Psalmist spoke, that God’s lovingkindness, is better than life itself.

Who may enter the gates of that city? The Righteous nation which keeps the Truth. As the world plunges towards the final conflict called the Great tribulation, the issue will be “The Truth vs the LIE”.

The whole world comes under a delusion, a lie which damns. They wanted the lie, insisted upon it, rejected the many pleas of truth for it, and allowed themselves to be soothed by it, conditioned and trained in it, by the ‘powers that be’, by the culture, the opinion shapers, entertainers, educators and the rest of the cultural gatekeepers, which are called “The Kings of the Earth and their rulers”.

The Lie is the fantasy of a godless, new, modern world. It is more compassionate and understanding than the old world which was influenced by Christianity and the Bible. This lie touts a new global unity, a one world Government, one world economy and one world religion. It is based on the original lie of the Serpent in the Garden, that men can be as gods, knowing good and evil.

But there is a nation, (or a city) within this world, which “Keeps the Truth”. They have been allowed to see through the LIE, and they will not let go of the TRUTH as revealed by Jesus, and the Apostles and Prophets of the Bible. They have had to reject the lie, and to go against the conditioning, and seduction of the Lie, which our Satan infused culture now pumps out 24/7.

The Truth flies in the very face of the LIE of the Serpent. The Truth is the revelation that man could never be a ‘god’ but that God became a man, so that he could die for our sins to save us.

The Righteous nation, is only righteous because of the faith they have placed in their redeemer, Jesus Christ, thus they have been justified by His blood, and set at right with God. (There is still time to join them). They shall enter into the strong city, just as Noah once entered into the Ark.

But there is much anguish and mental distress in the Last days, particularly to those going against the tide. The Temptation is always there to fall apart, to give in to anxiety or to despair and depression, hence a promise from God.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3)

Fix your mind on God; on His Son, On His Word, His Promises and His love. Make sure you are with others doing the same, speak of Him with others, your mind will be calmed, and you will find that you can trust in Him no matter what comes.

Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lordhearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. ( Malachi 3:16-18)

For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust (Isaiah 26:4-5)

The “strong city” is strong because she relies upon God. Her people are humbled, they put no confidence in the flesh or in man. The Lofty city is built upon pride. Pride in man, his ways, his technology, his “evolution” and his ideals. John Lennon, Satan’s minstrel, wrote a pretty fitting anthem for it, called “Imagine”, in which he extolled the virtues of the proud city of man. But it is doomed.

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The Great Messianic Banquet… Isaiah apocalypse pt 5

And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. 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. 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. 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. (Isaiah 25:6-10)

The City of Confusion has come down into ruins, and her proud towers are but a pile of rubble, and the Host from on High, as well as the Kings of the earth, are rounded up and wait sentencing in the Pit. God has triumphed marvelously. His Right Hand, King Messiah, has gained the victory, He has executed Divine Justice, and He reigns victoriously!

It is time for the long anticipated event, the ground of all true joy and happiness for the poor and meek of the earth, the Messianic banquet.

Moses was invited, with the elders of Israel, unto a foretaste of this, in Exodus 24,

Then Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself.  Yet He did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the sons of Israel; and they saw God, and they ate and drank.( Exodus 24:8-11)

We will eat and drink with God, we will sit at table with the Messiah.

This is a major theme of the teaching and ministry of Jesus; anticipation of the great Messianic feast. When Jesus saw true faith enacted by Gentiles, strangers to the covenant, He marveled, and warned Israel, that strangers would be there at the banquet, whilst the naturally expected Israelites could be rejected from it, such as in the story of the Roman Centurian,

When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. ( Matthew 8:10-12)

This Messianic Banquet was the fervent expectation and hope of all Pious Jews and Israelites. They expected to be there, and expected that only people such as they, observant, devoted, separated and Kosher, would be there as well. This is why one of them burst out with a blessing at Jesus’ mention of the afterlife, while sitting at table with him,

… thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. (Luke 14b-15)

Then Jesus launched into the parable of the great Wedding Feast, (Luke 14) which was a warning that many of those who would be expected to make it to the Banquet, and who were sure they themselves were going, just might well fall short of it. Much of jesus’ ministry was a warning against presumption about this, much as many in America presume that they will be going to heaven.

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.( Revelation 19:6-9)

This banquet is revealed as a Wedding Feast, in the book of Revelation, the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb”. Thus the Bible begins with a wedding and ends with a wedding. Blessed are those who will sit at this supper. the Menu is choice steaks and fine Wine.

This will be the occasion of a double swallowing up of something very evil; the vail that covers and Death itself.

The text actually uses variations of the same word, in Isaiah 25 and reads thus, “He will swallow up in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people… Having swallowed up Death in Victory…”

And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.ESV

On this mountain He will swallow up the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; Berean Study Bible

And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples, Even the veil which is stretched over all nations. NASV

The vail which is swallowed up, is the separation between Heaven and Earth, the “glass darkly” which dims our vision of Spiritual things. The Goal has always been for God and man to dwell together.

Death in all of it’s forms is finally and irreversibly swallowed up through the victory of the LORD and His Messiah.

Therefore the tears of God’s saints will be wiped away by God himself. What a day! (Who do you allow to wipe away your tears? Who is that close to you?) God will be that close and that intimate on that blessed day. Even now, we know that He keeps our tears in a bottle.

Finally the reproach of Israel shall be wiped away, and she will be re-instated to her official and original dignity as Priests and Kings under God. The long night of exile will be over, the prodigal Son is restored and the ring, robe and shoes will be put upon the chosen nation.

We know what she will say on that beautiful 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.

Many centuries earlier, the High Priest of Israel had stood before a Secular Roman prefect, and denied the Kingship of God, saying “We have no King but Caesar!”. On that day the nation died (spiritually) but was kept in state, to undergo a long night of exile, wanderings, persecution, pogram and even holocaust. She was never taken out of existence, but instead she was put on display for all nations to see, as Moses warned them,

And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee.(Deuteronomy 28:37)

All of that is over now, The LORD has saved and redeemed his people, He has come to them in tender mercies, Now they rejoice with him at table.

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Praise For the Ruin of the City! … Isaiah Apocalypse pt 4

 O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.  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. Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee. For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. (Isaiah 25:1-5)

The LORD has done wonderful things! He has made a heap (of Ruins,rubble) of the vaunted “City of Man” ! Babyon is fallen, is fallen, and shall no more rise. The city which has long exalted itself, against the LORD and His Christ. She thought she was independent, and needed nothing, and she was sure that by her sorceries she would prevail. She would never be a widow or lose her children. But in one day both came upon her, on the day of the LORD.

The City of man was a heavily defended city. She employed her technology, and imagined she could achieve anything that came to mind. But there can be no defense against the LORD. Man thought He had achieved impregnability, But God shook the earth and the city of confusion fell.

This city is described as a city of foreigners (strangers). She had finally come close to undoing the “Babel effect”, and would have achieved a “one world” culture , Government and religion. Now she could make a name for herself, and build a tower and a city. She would finish the unfinished tower, with the new world wide unity. But as this Psalm of praise extols, “The city shall never be built”.

These advanced, heavily armed, and united people, laden with incredible , almost god-like technology, are now forced to admit, that the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ alone is worthy of glory, honor and all praise. “The Strong people will glorify you…”.

The “…city of terrible nations, “,(ie this refers to prowess in war), “will fear You!” After Armeggedon, the powerful war making nations of this world, who waged war without fear, and who had achieved the power to utterly obliterate their enemies, and were feared on this earth by the “inhabitants of the earth”, will be forced to concede, that they now fear God.

And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? ( Revelation 6:14-17)

The Powerful, bold, valiant, accomplished, super rich, famous and mighty men of the earth, will tremble at the prospect of “the wrath of the Lamb of God”, they will literally beg the rocks and mountains to fall on them, to conceal and possibly crush them out of existence, rather than be summonsed up to face the “Lord’s Anointed” whom they have long opposed and resisted.

There is another class of people featured in this Psalm of Praise, the poor and needy.

This is not a designation of the financially or sociologically poor, (although many of them are included in this group.). The “poor and needy” of the Bible refer to those who have come to see that they need Good and his salvation, and long for it, knowing they have no real habitation in this fallen world, but seek a “better city”. They put all of their trust in God, He is their only true resource, their only defense against the powerful and oppressive of this earth, with it’s “New World Order”.

You have been a strength to the poor.

When they were being beaten down by the propaganda and outright persecution of a world that rejects Christ and Christianity, time and again they resorted to Him who is their strength. The poor waited upon the LORD, and He “renewed their strength”.They drank from a hidden fountain, and when they were starved out by the world, they ate a hidden manna.

When the Storm ( Great Tribulation) came and beat upon them, You Oh Lord were their refuge. When the real Heat broke out on them, The LORD was their shelter and shade. This is the song of those who went through the tribulation, with God.

The ” Terrible Ones” blasted at these, like a storm, and the needy crouched besides the unmovable wall, who is the LORD himself. The foreign invaders, made a din, a terrible noise, but the LORD brought down the noise at the brightness of his coming.

The LORD is called “the branch”, the shoot that comes out of Jesse, and is called glorious in Isaiah 4.

In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.(Isaiah 4)

The Terrible ones have their own”Branch”, an AntiChrist, called “the Branch of the terrible Ones”who exalted himself above the LORD and the Knowledge of God, but He shall be brought low. Lucifer himself is called the “abominable branch” and He too is destined to be “Cast out”.

But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.( Isaiah 14)

This is the song of Victory soon to be sung by God’s redeemed remnant after the Tribulation.

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The Arrest of The Hosts From On High…Isaiah Apocalypse pt 3

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. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously. ( Isaiah 24:21-23)

Isaiah saw the day of the LORD, the final intervention of the Most High into the affairs of men in this world. The Earth is violently shaken, the earth reels as a drunkard, the city of proud defiance is brought down.It is the day of visitation for the sins that have piled to heaven. The proud and arrogant tremble in their homes, at least, the few who remain alive.

Out of the rubble, a song arises, “Glory to the Righteous One” for there is a remnant of those who had turned to God in humble faith, confessing and forsaking their sins, in a world which scoffed at the notion of repentance.

The Kings of the earth and their rulers, the experts, the wise of the Age, and the great, accomplished men of the earth, the very people who steered the culture over the abyss, are gathered together to give account for their sins;

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. ( Revelation 19:18-20)

We are told that not only will the human architects which shaped his defective and God rejecting culture be arrested, But the very Evil Spirits that empowered and inspired them also will be rounded up on that day, for their final trial and punishment before the Most High God and the Lamb.

The “Host of the High Ones” whom Isaiah saw, are the very spiritual entities Paul referred to in the sixth chapter of Ephesians, when he told us that we are “wrestling against Prinipalities, Powers, and rulers of the darkness of this age, spiritual wickedness in High places”.( Ephesians 6:10-18)

It is becoming increasingly obvious, that our cultural elite, the so called opinion shapers, teachers, educators, leadership in the major fields of Law, Medicine, Education, entertainment, and yes, even religion, including apostate Christianity, are increasingly being steeped in the Occult. Many of them are openly serving dark powers and some of them are Satanists.

As the Apostle John tells us, “The whole world lies in the Wicked One”.

A Prime example of a chief cultural leader showing signs of intercourse with the Dark World, is Bill Gates, the richest man on the planet and one of the most influential. His employment of Marina Abrimovich as one of the spokesperson for Microsoft speaks volumes.

Abrimovich is an open witch and occultist. She does performance art with blood, and has banquets featuring food formed and shaped to look like human body parts, so that the rich and famous can pretend to cannibalism.

I am beginning to see what the Prophets and Apostles warned about is true, the Powerful in this world are often led by evil Spirits. Isaiah prophesied against Lucifer as the one who “weakens the Nations”.

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

How has Lucifer weakened the nations? Evil Spirits have come from him to deceive and persuade many Kings and leaders to self destructive decisions on behalf of the Nations. Rasputin comes to mind.

Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.” (Revelation 16:13-14)

Evil Spirits undermine whole nations, using destructive philosophies, such as Humanism, Postmodernism, Existentialism, Nihilism and Relativism. Like opportunistic diseases, these philosophies have flowed into the Judeo Christian West, in the Vacuum left by the great defection from Christianity, which has been ocurring in the US and the West in general for the past 100 years.

These “Hosts from on High”, are revealed in scripture such as Daniel, who reveals the “Prince of Persia ” and the “Prince of Grecia”, fallen ‘princes’ who actually resisted Gabriel the Angelic messenger,

Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia….But I shall now return to fight against the prince of Persia; so I am going forth, and behold, the prince of Greece is about to come. ( Daniel 10:12-20)

These are the Principalities and rulers of “spiritual wickedness in High Places,” Which Paul the Apostle spoke of in Ephesians. They have been deceiving and manipulating nations and leaders for all of these centuries, to turn men away from God, and His Holy will, But Isaiah saw them rounded up , arrested, and thrown into the (bottomless pit).

The Judgment and sentencing of the demonic hierarchy will be the first official business of the Kingdom of God in the Dawning of the New Day.

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The Fall Of The City of Confusion…Isaiah Apocalypse pt 2

Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction. ( Isaiah 24:6-12)

Biblical prophecy employs a language of metaphor. For example, Tree’s are often nations, the Sea represents the unruly and tumultuous history of mankind, Beasts also can represent nations or political alliances.

A major prophetic metaphor throughout all of scripture is the portrayal of the people of God and the people of Satan as being two distinct cities, Babylon and Jerusalem.

Perhaps this is why God chose to tell us in the primal, foundational book of the Bible, Genesis, of the invention of the city. The first murderer, Cain, built the first city, to try to mitigate the sentence passed upon him by God , to wander as a vagabond, restlessly, for slaying his brother, Abel. The city was built in defiance of that sentence, Cain would not wander nor would he be alone. Rather he would build a place to blend in, settle down and start all over again! He named the city “Enoch”, after his Son. “Enoch” means “To inaugurate”, a fresh new life, (away from God).

Isaiah is employing this metaphor in this prophecy. Babylon is a geographical city state indeed, and will come under judgment, (Isaiah 13-14). Furthermore the true malicious spiritual being who has empowered and used Babylon, to resist the people of God and God himself, namely Lucifer, is addressed also in chapter 14.

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.( Isaiah 14:12-15)

Later we hear several times in scripture, the refrain, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen… Babylon the great is fallen”., ( Revelation 18:1-3, Isaiah 22:9).

In this mini apocalypse , The City of Man, is called “The city of confusion”. or “the city of emptiness”, and it’s doom is pronounced. The inhabitants of the city, are described as “Inhabitants of the earth” in Isaiah, and as “”Those who dwell on the earth” in Luke 21, and eleven places in the Revelation.

These are the ones who subscribe to the fallen values of Babylon; rebellion or ignorance of God, Love of self, a life centered around this life only with no regard or preparation for the Life to come, no fear of God, and living for pleasure and indulgence. These are the godless or the mere pretenders to godliness , who have no real fear of God, but live only for self. Another word for them in the New Testament is, “The World”.

Divine Judgment is coming rapidly upon this world, as it did in Isaiah’s day upon the World of Israel and Judah. Isaiah’s prophecies of judgment were fulfilled first in the Assyrian Invasion, which plucked up Israel’s ten tribes, and carried them away into oblivion, never to return. Judah failed to listen to Isaiah, and eventually Idolatry brought Judgment upon her also , in the form of the Destruction of the Temple and the Exile of the Babylonian Captivity.

Both had forgotten true devotion to God. A civilization of vanity and emptiness, of love of pleasure, and exploitation of people, of defection from true Worship and the pursuit of various idols had hollowed out the souls of all but a remnant. They had been warned and warned, by Isaiah, Micaiah, Hosea, Ezekiel and finally Jeremiah, but they did not pay any attention until it was too late.

Babylon has come to represent all Human opposition to God. Babylon was Babylon, so also it was and is Egypt, Rome, Mecca and New York City, indeed everywhere in the Wold that men stand together, and imagine that in their unity, they can be independent of the Biblical God, as at Babel, and decide for themselves what would be good for mankind.

Babylon can do everything (so she imagines), everything she can think of. Her science (and magical arts) give her the Dominion, she doesn’t need God. She has made religions that improve upon the one God has revealed, and by unity, Babylon seeks to create a much better Millennium, a brave new godless world, devoid of Repentance or faith in Jesus, one which elevates humanity. Babylon is man. She is humanism, and Babylon is globalism.

Does God divide the Nations? Babylon will bring them back together, so the “World will be as One” as John Lennon’s Satanic anthem, IMAGINE, promises. Does God create life? So also does Babylon. Does God make the Moral Law? Now, Babylon does.

Isaiah describes the psychology of the doomed city of man,

And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children: But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.( Isaiah 47:7-9)

In Babylon, the city of man, the place of confusion and emptiness, soon the Music will die, the “dust of death” shall settle on her once lively streets, no more lively music to distract the troubled consciences, people who do survive shall be shut up in their houses.

But out of the ruins of the fallen Babylon, a new city arises, whose builder and maker is God himself. A remnant shall be saved out of Babylon, they shall hear the voice of Jesus and even as Babylon goes down , they shall live to praise God.

They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the Lord, they shall cry aloud from the sea. Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, even the name of the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea. From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous.( Isaiah 24:14-16)

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Isaiah’s Mini Apocalypse… pt 1

Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word.( Isaiah 24:1-3)

Isaiah is one of the most quoted of all of the Hebrew Prophets, in the New Testament. His is not a chronologically written book, it is rather several compilations of sermons, prophecies, and a narrative account which are topical.

The second of these compilations, ( Isaiah 13-27) is eschatological. Isaiah is given burdens for the nations which surround Israel; Babylon, Moab, Syria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Edom, Arabia, “The Valley of Vision”, and Tyre. The predictions of these burdens came to pass in History, but only in part. Thus they are ‘double reference ” prophecies which have yet to be fully fulfilled.

The modern names of these nations are; (Babylon), Iraq, (Moab) ,Jordan, (Syria), Syria, (Egypt), Egypt, Ethiopia, (Somalia,Sudan) (Edom), Southern Jordan, Northern Saudi Arabia, (Arabia), Saudi Arabia, Emirates, Yemen, (Tyre), Southern Lebanon. The (Valley of Vision” ) refers to Jerusalem.

In Isaiah’s time, Judgment was coming to the world, and it revolved at first around the nations of the Levant. Israel would be punished for her sins, and so would all of those around her, who had also sinned grievously and were ripe for judgment. By Isaiah 24-27, the entire known world becomes embroiled in Judgment.

Once again, the end-times conflict begins in the Middle East, with the resurrection of Israel, after two thousand years of exile, and the fact that all of Israel’s near neighbors have Islam as their national religion. In my lifetime, one after another of the above mentioned nations has been punished to varying degrees for trying to make war on Israel. In spite of the element of surprise, incredibly overwhelming advantages in numbers, weaponry, equipment, and the support of the United nations, the entire Arab world has failed to prevail over the reborn State of Israel.

The whole world is going to be caught up into the vortex of judgment again, but on a level Isaiah prophesied but couldn’t possibly imagine. The LORD is angry at the nations of the World. Just judgment is coming upon this world of idolaters, God rejectors, persecutors of Christians and Jews. The blood of the millions of innocents, aborted for the sake of a “Sexual revolution”, cries out against our modern societies from the ground. The LORD has seen and will soon judge the “inhabitants of the earth”.

Look at the violence of the language Isaiah employs,

Th LORD will “turn the earth upside down” and shake it, to empty it! He uses the word “utterly”, over and over again, to emphasize the thorough purging coming to this world.

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. ( Isaiah 24:20)

The earth shall stagger, and reel, and shall collapse like a “cottage”, ( a basic temporary ‘lean to’ for field workers to rest at night, during harvest).

The Transgression lies “Heavy upon it”. We are told here that the earth has a moral sensitivity to it, it groans under outrages such as abortion, homosexuality, sexual exploitation of children and he host o other obscenities the modern world now seems to prefer over the old Judeo Christian ethos. Paul also agrees in Romans 8 when he warns us that Creation is groaning for the day of deliverance from the curse.

The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. ( Isaiah 24:4)

The earth is exhausted, we are told by the Prophet. It has lost strength, and is entering a kind of twilight. The earth is withering like a dead or dying plant.

So also are the “Haughty ” of the earth. The opinion makers, leaders, the super wealthy, the ones in control, who call the tune for culture, the so called “Kings of the Earth and their rulers”. Godlessness has exhausted them as well, they are Nihilists, they no longer love their own culture or people, they see no future, and culturally, they want to die, and want to impose their Nihilism on others.

The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.( Isaiah 24:5)

The crimes that bring Judgment as indicted by God are these,

*Transgressing the LAWS,- This has to do with ignoring and defying revealed Truth. Think of the deliberate and thorough removing of the Ten Commandments, which once graced public monuments across America. This is a public statement of rejection of the idea that Truth comes from above us, from God.

* Changing the Ordinances- An Ordinance is something which is to remain in the same form , forever. To Alter an ordinance, is a serious sin. Marriage is a good example; “For this cause shall a man lave his Father and mother and shall cleave to His wife and they shall be one flesh…”. Marriage was never supposed to be redefined or altered, it is an eternal covenant with serious sanctions on those who dare try to alter it.

* Breaking the Everlasting Covenant-This doesn’t refer to the specific covenants God made with Abraham and his seed, the Nation of Israel, and the house of David. Rather it refers to a general covenant which God enacted with all f mankind, Gentile and Jew. What part of the Bible refers gives the basic covenant between all of mankind and God? Genesis 1-11.

I have noted that nearly everything recorded in Genesis 1-11 is the basic agreement for all of humanity. Creation, Male and Female, Marriage, the family, Be fruitful and multiply, Subdue the earth, seed bearing after its own kind, eating meat, the Rainbow , Capitol punishment for murderers, 4 seasons till the end. All of it is basic teaching and agreement for all of humanity. But in my lifetime I have witnessed the ongoing and complete cultural repudiation of every bit of it, down even to the confusion of sexual roles, and the attempt to indoctrinate little children into it.

Isaiah warns a group ,called “The inhabitants of the earth”;

Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. ( Isaiah 24:17-18)

This is a technical term to refer to those who do not believe in God or who have cast off faith in God, and whose entire frame of reference, is this earth, and this Life. These are the inhabitants of the earth, as opposed to those who seek a higher purer place, “Heaven” and the “City not made with human hands”. The New testament has a similar term, “Those who dwell on the face of the earth”.

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.( Luke 21:34-36)

There is still time to repent, and to let God show you that there is something much more ultimate and satisfying than the fading joys of this life. God has prepared a home in Glory for those who hunger and thirst for something better and more lasting. You can b forgiven of your sins and reconciled to God, by simply putting your trust and faith in Jesus, who loved you and died for your sins.

More to come…

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