Isaiah 65:17 Never Mind

Isaiah 65:17 (KJV)
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Today is September 11, 2020. Nineteen years ago, this morning, our country was savagely attacked. Muslim hijackers commandeered four United Airline jets. They crashed one into each of the World Trade Towers in New York City, one into the Pentagon.  A fourth, believed to be headed for the White House, was overtaken by passengers and crashed into a Pennsylvania field, costing the lives of all aboard, but sparing the lives untold others. 

The situation on planet earth has not improved in those nineteen years. Currently we experience a worldwide pandemic, made worse by the political manipulation of unsavory leadership, riots in the major cities of our country, compounded by liberal leadership unwilling to stop them, and wildfires all over the West coast, many of which have been deliberately started by self-professing anarchists. 

All of that will, one day, be removed from us. God has promised new heavens and a new earth where these things do not happen. He has further promised to remove the memory of these events from our minds. 

Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus. 

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Isaiah 65:17 Never Mind

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Isaiah 63:4 This Year

Isaiah 63:4 (KJV)
For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

What a day this will be, when my Jesus I shall see. 

I spend a great deal of time praying for the Lord to return. These days that return seems even more imminent. 

  • The COVID19 virus has crippled the world
  • Civil Unrest is rampant with organizations like Black Lives Matter
  • Government officials are actually calling for the complete dismantling of the American government and, this week
  • Wildfires coupled with very high winds are devastating the West Coast from Washington to Southern California 

I do not believe we have reached the climax of it, but 2020 seems like “the year of my redeemed is come.”

Even so come quickly, Lord Jesus

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Isaiah 63:4 This Year

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Isaiah 61:3 For the Righteousness of God

Isaiah 61:3 (KJV)
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

God has appointed the following for those who mourn in Zion:

  • Beauty for ashes
  • Joy for mourning 
  • Praise for heaviness 

One would be hard-pressed to find where God lifts up those who have found reason in this world to rejoice. He, however, avows constantly to take note of and compensate those who see the failing of this world. 

That they might be called trees of righteousness 
They stand for the righteousness God has imparted to them and they are known for it. This is all of the Lord and it, therefore, glorifies Him. 

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Isaiah 61:3 For the Righteousness of God

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Isaiah 59:21 Regardless of Us

Isaiah 59:21 (KJV)
As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

Though the subject is Israel, I believe the context and timing is that of the present church era. 

People from west to east will fear the Lord
Vs 19

The Redeemer shall come to Zion
Vs 20

God’s Spirit upon those who turn from their transgressions 
Vs 21

This covenant is more than a “contract” two persons enter into. It is accepted by most Bible students to be such as the one God made with Abram whereby the duty was all upon God; Abram was in a deep sleep. In other words, it is the unconditional promise of God. It is what He covenants to do regardless of us. 

It should be noted, however,  that the “us” would only be those who have turned from our transgressions to Him. 

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Isaiah 59:21 Regardless of Us

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Isaiah 57:1-2 The Evil Which Is To Come

Isaiah 57:1-2 (KJV)
The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. 
He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

The evil which is to come. 

One of our great problems today is that we fail to consider this evil which is to come. The near fulfillment of this passage would certainly be the Babylonian captivity. But there have been many evil days since:

  • The desecration of the Temple
  • The Roman occupation 
  • The ottoman invasion
  • The Dark Ages against Christians
  • World War II

There is an evil in the world today, perhaps not as evil as some in the past, but difficult for we, who have lived so delicately for so long. 

There is a much worse evil that is yet to come. 

When a righteous man (having the righteousness of Christ) passes from this earth, his body is laid to rest, his soul walks in uprightness in eternal places and he has been delivered from the evil to come. 

Rejoice in this. 

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Isaiah 57:1-2 The Evil Which Is To Come

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Isaiah 55:2 God’s Invitation

Isaiah 55:2 (KJV)
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

I take this passage to be akin to the disparity between works and grace. Most of the Christian world indeed, most religion, is an attempt to buy favor with God. Some may not use actual money, most may not call the higher power God, but it is nonetheless their effort. 

Whether in their minds it be:

  • Kismit
  • Karma or a form of
  • Deity

Either consciously or subconsciously they wish to earn the pleasure of that power and thus gain good fortune and happiness in the hereafter.

God simply asks them, “Why do you buy what isn’t the real thing?” He invites them, He invites you and me, to hear Him. He has for us that which is good, delightful, and fulfilling. We merely must accept it. 

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Isaiah 55:2 God’s Invitation

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Isaiah 54:14 This Righteousness

Isaiah 54:14 (KJV)
In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

No question, Isaiah 53 is the Crucifixion of Jesus. Chapter 54 clearly teaches about the inclusion of the Gentiles into God’s plan (which was always God’s plan). Verses 11-17 are especially helpful. I encourage everyone to read them with care and earnest. 

God tells us in our passage that we are established in righteousness. That righteousness, we know, is not our own but gifted us through Jesus Christ. 

This righteousness strengthens us in times of oppression
Through this righteousness, we are often prevented from going through certain types of trouble. But there are seasons when such trouble looks for the righteous. 

This righteousness will deliver is from fear
Things happen. They are happening right now. Though the world lives in fear and would love to put us in fear, in Christ we have nothing to fear. 

This righteousness keeps terror from us
We know we have the victory. It is so sure that even death has no sting. 

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Isaiah 54:14 This Righteousness

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Isaiah 51:22 Is The God Thy God?

Isaiah 51:22 (KJV)
Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again:

Much has been made of all the names of God:

  • Jehovah Nissi – The Lord our banner
  • Jehovah Jireh – The Lord will provide
  • Jehovah Raphi – The Lord our healer

Etc.

I have never been one to use those terms as I do not read or speak Hebrew and I am convinced that God preserved His Word perfectly in the King James Version English. I have a lifetime worth of valuable study and reflection just in this book!

I found two names for God, and a defining characteristic, in this verse. 

  • Thy Lord the LORD and
  • Thy God that pleadeth the cause of His people

Within these two titles we have three of the root Hebrew names of God:

  • Adoni
  • Jehovah and
  • Elohim

The name that got my attention in this reading is, Thy Lord the LORD

  • He is my Lord. 
  • The very God. 
  • The One who rules all
  • The Lord who commands the winds and parts the seas
  • The LORD is my Lord. 

The title puts the possessive before the power of God. It is a key truth that God is much more than THE God. He is THY God. Cyrus knew He is the God. Did he also know Him as his God? This is the chief question of mankind. Believing in God does not make Him your God. If He is not your God personally then He pleads with you to be saved. He doesn’t plead your cause for you. 

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Isaiah 51:22 Is The God Thy God?

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Isaiah 50:2 We Are Not Yet Ready For Reviving

Isaiah 50:2 (KJV)
Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.

I am by no means a prophet. I cannot say what our future holds. But I do believe that our time of trial is not yet through. I have no idea what will happen at the upcoming elections. I doubt that they will be the salvation so many seem to hope for. 

One of the indicators, in my mind, that we are not yet ready for God to intervene on our behalf, is that it does not seem to me that we have turned to God. We still hear Christians complaining that these grievances shouldn’t happen in America. America is still a part of this fallen world. Though our form of government has provided many years of comparative peace, it is not perfect, and it is more influenced by the prince of the power of the air than most Christians are willing to admit. 

Another indicator that we are not ready for reviving is that our response to our grievances has been to urge Christians to “stand” together. Stand with North Valley Baptist Church. Stand with Grace Community Church. I understand, I think, what they mean, and I do not mean to be critical, but it’s the wrong posture. We must instead prostrate ourselves together. 

Instead of appealing to our national history, our godly heritage, our sense of patriotism, our Constitution or even our brothers and sisters in the Lord, today, as much as any time in Christian history we need to appeal to the Lord. 

I doubt we are ready for reviving until all other hope is removed. Only then will we really see that God’s hand is not shortened at all and that He alone has the power to redeem. 

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Isaiah 50:2 We Are Not Yet Ready For Reviving

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Isaiah 43:24-25 God Alone

Isaiah 43:24-25 (KJV)
Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

God’s declaration of verse twenty five is made even more striking in view of verse twenty four (and previous). God promises to blot out their transgressions in the middle of these great transgressions. It is not that there are no consequences, by the way.  Be sure to take a look at verse twenty eight. 

Here is the truth. It is God and He alone who blots out our transgressions so that He will not remember our sins. 

  • It is no graven image
  • It is no religious process 
  • It is no act of good that we do 

He alone blots out our transgressions and He does it for His own sake. He does it through the sacrifice He alone has made, the Cross of Jesus Christ. 

He does not remember our sins because He does remember the Cross. 

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Isaiah 43:24-25 God Alone

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