Isaiah 56 – 57

Isaiah 56

Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia calls the seventh day Sabbath holy; and in this latter day they regularly pollute it by cooking, going to restaurants and otherwise working or paying others to work on the Sabbath.

Neglect of the sanctity of the Sabbath was a major reason why God sent Israel and Judah into captivity in the past and it is a major reason why Jesus Christ will reject most of today’s latter day Spiritual Ekklesia and cast them into the correction of great tribulation.

Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia has NO zeal for the practical application of the teachings and commandments of Holy Scripture and instead we stand on our own false traditions. We water down the scriptures on the Sabbath and we reject the scriptures in favor of the false teachings of mere mortal men.

Nehemiah 10:31 And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.

We forget that we are commended to live by every Word of Holy Scripture; which defines and is the righteousness of God in print. We are called to learn and keep both the letter and the spirit and intent of the entire body of scripture.

Isaiah 56:1 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.  56:2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

Blessed are those who repent and are zealous to learn and live by every Word of God; including those who are zealous for the Holy Seventh Day [Fri sunset to Sat sunset] Sabbath and the sanctity of the annual High Days as commanded by God. 

Love and zeal for the sanctity of the Sabbath is the first step on the road to salvation for it gives us a time to learn all about God and the way to salvation; and it indicates to God the Father and to Jesus Christ how much we love them and respect their command to set aside that time to spend with them learning of holiness.

Those who lose jobs, friends, family and physical comfort and wealth because of their zeal for God’s Sabbath will receive great blessings from God including eternal life. 

Those who like Esau are willing to sell the birthright of their calling for the physical pleasures of this world and who STEAL God’s time to use as they want, will fall into great correction; and if they will not repent they will certainly be destroyed in the spirit as well as the flesh.

Zeal for God’s Sabbath and High Days brings us close to God as we take the time to study and learn about him on HIS time.

56:3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.

The physical eunuch cannot bare fruit but those who are ostracized because of their zeal for the Sabbath and all the Holy Scriptures even though they must stand alone for a time, will bare much spiritual fruit and will become the spiritual fathers of many.

56:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; 56:5 Even unto them will I give in mine house [Family] and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

Zeal for the Sabbath is a sign of both the Mosaic and the New Covenants: Those who lack zeal for the sanctity of God’s Sabbath, lack zeal for their covenant relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ.

56:6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;

The promise is to Israel and also to the Gentiles who will be zealous to live by every Word of God and will maintain the sanctity of the holy seventh Day Sabbath [Fri sunset to Sat sunset] and the annual High Days.

56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

Those who are zealous for living by every Word of God including the Holy Sabbath of God and annual High Days, will be accepted by God the Father.

56:8 The Lord GOD, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

When Jesus Christ comes and gathers together the outcasts of Israel, he will also gather the Gentiles to God; for the whole earth will repent and turn to zealously live by every Word of God; and to a zeal for God’s Holy Sabbath Day and annual High Days!

Because today we call the Sabbath holy and then routinely pollute it; because we have no zeal for the ways of God and yet we are filled with zeal for our idols of men, false traditions and organizations which teach us to depart from zeal to live by every Word of God: We will be rejected by Jesus Christ (Rev 3:14-22) and thrust into the fiery furnace of correction.

56:9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.

The beasts of the forest and the field represent the nations of the Gentiles

56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs [Most of today’s elders and leaders in the Spiritual Ekklesia are wolves; false watch dogs and false shepherds.  Even though many may be well intentioned they are following false ways not living by every Word of God.], they cannot bark [give warning]; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber [spiritually sleeping]

The leaders of today’s physical nations of Israel are ignorant of God’s words of righteousness; and the watchmen, leaders and elders of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia are spiritually blind; they are asleep and they are not giving the warning to turn to a zeal for godliness.

Yes, they speak of prophecy but without understanding, because they will not live by every Word of God the Father and Jesus Christ. Therefore they have been given over to spiritual slumber because they have no zeal to live by every Word of God.

56:11 Yea, they are greedy dogs [evil selfish shepherds, wolves ravaging the flock instead of shepherding it] which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

The leaders of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia are like greedy wolves each doing his own thing. They water down the practical issues concerning observing the Sabbath and the sound doctrine of Holy Scripture to try to attract more personal followers.

Godly understanding is withheld from them because of their lack of zeal for the sanctity of God’s Sabbath and the annual Holy Days and their refusal to live by every Word of God the Father.

They fill themselves with the strong drink of their own arrogance and imaginations of self-importance, and become intoxicated with pride and their own ways.

They say “the end is near” to extort income, while they really believe that “My Lord delays his coming.”  This is demonstrated by their grand construction projects.

56:12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.

 

Isaiah 57

Isaiah 57:1 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. 57:2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

The zealous for the righteousness of God who are diligent to live by the entirety of the Holy Scriptures will die like all flesh, but they will be raised up to eternal life in that day and will be at peace with God forever more.

The wicked who rely on the false traditions and idolatry of men, teaching blind obedience to themselves; are transgressors and teachers of lies. They will have serious correction and they will not find any peace, except in sincere repentance and turning to the righteousness of the whole Word of God.

57:3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore. 57:4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue [to argue and teach against]? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood.  57:5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?

We follow after our idols of corporate churches, false traditions, and men who reject the ways of God the Father in heaven; leading people into falsehood and destruction.

Those that make and exalt idols of the physical things of the earth will be destroyed along with their idols.  Those who make spiritual idols out of men and organizations will likewise perish without sincere repentance.

57:6 Among the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion; they, they are thy lot: even to them hast thou poured a drink offering, thou hast offered a meat offering [to idols of stone]. Should I receive comfort in these?

Will God the Father accept an offering from the hands of unrepentant sinners?

Of course not!

57:7 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice. 57:8 Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance: for thou hast discovered [uncovered our nakedness to lovers other than our Husband] thyself to another than me [the Husband of Israel], and art gone up; thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made thee a covenant with them; thou lovedst their bed where thou sawest it.

Will we commit spiritual adultery against our God by loving idols of men and false teachings more than we love to live by every Word of our God, after we have made our baptismal commitment to live by every Word of God?

Will we love our idols of men, corporate organizations and false doctrines more than we love our Husband?  Will we stand on the false traditions of men and not on every Word of God?

How long will we pollute God’s Sabbath because mere men have said that it is good to do so?

57:9 And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell.

We approach God with the perfume of pleasant words but we have debased ourselves to our own destruction by running after the false doctrines of false teachers who lead us away from our God!  Should we not LIVE by every Word of our God?

We have become so intoxicated with pride and how great we think we are, that we cannot see that our position is hopeless; and we will not turn to God our Father in sincere repentance to live by every Word of God without severe correction (Rev 3:14-20).

57:10 Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way [we are full of ourselves, thinking ourselves great]; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.

In our pride we enjoy our lives thinking ourselves greatly spiritually blessed; not knowing how spiritually blind and wretched and devoid of the righteousness of the Word of God we are (Rev 3:15-22).

57:11 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?

Why do we fear men and not God?

57:12 I will declare thy [our own ways will not save us] righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.

The entire Word of God is righteousness!  Every Word of God was written for our instruction!

57:13 When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain [receive a place in the government of God];

Let the wicked deliver himself if he can!  The sincerely repentant and zealous for the whole Word of God shall inherit eternal life and the Kingdom of God.

57:14 And [the righteous will turn many people to live by every Word of God]  shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up [build the way by teaching the Word of God], prepare the way, take up [remove] the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.

In the Millennium and beyond, those who are zealous for God will teach the truth of the whole Word of God, making God’s ways plainly known to all people.

57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Those who are sincerely repentant and have discarded  personal pride and are contrite of spirit and zealous to live by every Word of God will be revived by the Eternal in the resurrection to eternal life.

57:16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.

God the Father and Messiah the Christ will not be angry forever; they will forgive us when we are sincerely repentant and we turn to God; lest all flesh be destroyed forever.

57:17 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on forwardly [stubbornly] in the way of his [own imaginations] heart.

Jesus Christ is angry at our lust for physical things and our own ways, he will correct us for our stubborn arrogant reliance on our own ways.

57:18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.

Christ will correct us so that we may repent and be spiritually healed and come to a complete spiritual unity with God.

57:19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.

Through sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, all nations will be reconciled with God the Father; bringing peace between mankind and God the Father.

57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

The unrepentant wicked will have no rest except in eternal death because they reject learning and living by every Word of God; which brings peace between humanity and God, and peace between all like-minded persons.

 

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