Isaiah 34 – 36

Isaiah 34

Isaiah 34:1 Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. 34:2 For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. 34:3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.

The heavenly signs of the sixth seal. 

Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

6:15 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; 6:16 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:

6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

The LORD will come in great fury against all idolatry, false teachings, compromise with any part of the Word of God and all the evils in the earth. 

Isaiah 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved [the stars will disappear from sight due to the brightness of Christ’s appearance], and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll [the brightness of Christ will blot out the sun and the heavenly bodies will not be seen for the Glory of our Mighty One]: and all their host [meteors and comets will shower on the earth] shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

Edom [Turkey]

The LORD will pour out his fury on Turkey because they raged against Judah (Psalm 83).

34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea [Edom, Turkey], and upon the people of my curse, to judgment. 34:6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea [Turkey].

34:7 And the unicorns [properly, powerful bulls; the mighty strong ones shall fall] shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls [their strong and powerful ones shall fall]; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.

This is coming because the Turks will ally themselves with the king of the north, the New Federal Europe; and they will rejoice at the fall of Judah and Israel their brother; and take a great spoil from Judah.

34:8 For it is the day of the LORD’s vengeance, and the year of recompences [retribution] for the controversy of Zion.

For more about Turkey see: Obadiah

34:9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch [dry into muck], and the dust thereof into brimstone [fiery burning sulfur or molten rock; lava], and the land thereof shall become burning pitch [likely volcanic eruptions of lava due to immense earthquakes]. 34:10 It shall not be quenched [the fire cannot be put out and must burn out its fuel supply] night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it [the vulcanized mountainous areas of Turkey will lie waste] shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever [until the present earth is burned up and a new earth is created].

This seems to speak of the tectonic and volcanic nature of Turkey.

34:11 But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness. 34:12 They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing. 34:13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons [jackals], and a court for owls.

34:14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr [wild goat] shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. 34:15 There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.

After Christ comes the devastated areas of Turkey will become the lair of birds and wild beasts.

None of these words shall fail; in the Kingdom of God, Esau will be kept low because of his wickedness against his brother and for despising his birthright.

Many in the today’s spiritual brotherhood also despise the birthright of their calling by failing to have any zeal to live by every Word of God.  We willingly follow others astray having no regard for the birthright of our calling.

We would rather have our own ways or idolize the men and organizations that teach us to be lukewarm and without zeal for living by every Word of God. We are zealous for our idols of men and organizations, exalting them above our baptismal commitment of espousal to Jesus Christ as our ONLY Husband and our ONLY MEDIATOR with God the Father in heaven!

Remember the end of Esau, who despised his birthright and sold it for a temporary physical pleasure; instead of fighting for it with all his strength.

34:16 Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.

FIGHT every temptation to compromise with our love for God the Father and our espoused Husband and reject any compromise of our loyalty [obedience] to live by every Word of God; by running to their open arms!  Be zealous for God’s ways and seek him in sincere repentance!

34:17 And he hath cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided [given this fate to them] it unto them [Edom, major parts of Turkey] by line: they [the devastated mountainous wastes of Turkey will be for the wild creatures] shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they [the wild beasts will] dwell therein.

Isaiah 35

The wondrous Kingdom of God described!

Isaiah 35:1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. 35:2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.

Exhort and encourage the people to an enthusiastic zeal for the Lord God of Abraham and Jacob, who will deliver his zealously faithful people!

35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. 35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

Those who are being persecuted by the proud:  Be Strong in a wholehearted zeal to live by every Word of God!

35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 35:6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

Jesus Christ IS coming and he will deliver all repentant humanity.

35:7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

The parched drought stricken land will become filled with pools of water; and the spiritually parched will be filled with the waters of salvation [the Holy Spirit of God]!

35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean [sinner] shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those [who sincerely repent]: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

The way will be opened for all those who seek to come to God and the way of Salvation will be offered to all peoples (Joel 2:28)!

Deliverance is at hand for the sincerely repentant who seek out the Eternal and commit themselves in baptism to diligently learn and live by every Word of God!  May God speed the day that godliness fills the earth!

35:9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Isaiah 36

God provides an example of his deliverance in the history of Judah so as to encourage all those who put their trust in God.

Isaiah 36:1 Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and took them.

After defeating the ten tribes of Israel, Sennacherib overflowed the countryside of Judea during the reign of Hezekiah and laid siege to Jerusalem  (See 2 Kings beginning in 18:13).

36:2 And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem unto king Hezekiah with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller’s field.

After conquering the defenses of Judah, field marshal Rabshakeh is sent by Nebuchadnezzar to demand the surrender of Jerusalem

36:3 Then came forth unto him Eliakim, Hilkiah’s son, which was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph’s son, the recorder.

Three officials of Judah are sent to hear Rabshakeh’s proposal.

36:4 And Rabshakeh said unto them, Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? 36:5 I say, sayest thou, (but they are but vain words) I have counsel and strength for war: now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me? 36:6 Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him.

Rabshakeh explains that Egypt cannot save Jerusalem which is the truth as Isaiah had prophesied.

36:7 But if thou say to me,We trust in the LORD our God: is it not he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and said to Judah and to Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar?

Hezekiah had destroyed all the high place of idol worship and commanded the people to worship YHVH [God the Father and Jesus Christ] only.  Rabshakeh confuses the Eternal with the idols and false gods that Hezekiah had destroyed.

36:8 Now therefore give pledges, I pray thee, to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them.  36:9 How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? 36:10 And am I now come up without the LORD against this land to destroy it? the LORD said unto me, Go up against this land, and destroy it.

Rabshakeh says that it is God who has told him to destroy Jerusalem and Judah.

36:11 Then said Eliakim and Shebna and Joah unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, unto thy servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and speak not to us in the Jews’ language, in the ears of the people that are on the wall.

Rabshakeh had been shouting up to the wall of the city where the Jews are listening to all his words, and Eliakim asked him to stop speaking in the language of the Jews and to keep his words private.

36:12 But Rabshakeh said, Hath my master sent me to thy master and to thee to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?

Rabshakeh refused, for his purpose was to dishearten the inhabitants of Jerusalem. He warns them of the sore famine that the siege will bring.

36:13 Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews’ language, and said, Hear ye the words of the great king, the king of Assyria.  36:14 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you.

Rabshakeh then warns the people to abandon resistance to the king of Assyria. Then Rabshakeh makes a huge mistake; telling the people NOT to trust in God

36:15 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us: this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.

36:16 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me: and eat ye every one of his vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his own cistern; 36:17 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards.

Rabshakeh compares YHVH [the family name of God the Father and Jesus Christ] to the other false gods of the nations.

36:18 Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, the LORD will deliver us. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 36:19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim? and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand? 36:20 Who are they among all the gods of these lands, that have delivered their land out of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?

36:21 But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king’s commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

36:22 Then came Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, that was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder [the scribe], to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.

Brethren, this is an example for us today! We should not be dismayed by our troubles, fears and trials! We should trust in our God who is Mighty to Save!

We should not allow trials and fears or temptations to sin, to separate us from zeal for our God; we should not allow our fears and supposed needs to entice us to water down any part of the Word of God for safety, pleasure or gain; when such things will quickly fade away while the anger of our Mighty One will burn hot against any apostasy towards worldliness.

Let us ALWAYS be zealous for the sound doctrine of every Word of God and hide ourselves in the arms of the ROCK of our Salvation!

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