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Gospel Brief on Isaiah Chapters 34 thru 66

Chapter 34 . . . The anger of the LORD is against ALL nations. The sword of the LORD will make a great slaughter in Edom. The land will be inhabited only by animals of the wilderness.
Isaiah 34 and 35, with their strong prophetic character introduce us to two great paths. The intensity of destruction characterizes the first path in chapter 34. The beauty of GOD’S gracious redeeming work radiates in chapter 35. They both are lifted from history and time and picture the future. The historical names are symbolic, whether it be Edom, which represent the enemies of GOD’S people, or the wilderness, to paint the hopeless scene around His righteous ones.
There are only TWO paths! The New Testament, be it in Matthew 25 or Revelation 20-22, theses also describe these two FINAL destinies of mankindEven though men would like to make more categories, as many cults try to do today, we must NOT and CANNOT tamper with GOD’S Holy Word, and we CANNOT change it! BEWARE of those who try to do so! They are satanic deceivers!
With the conclusion of chapter 33 we have seen the six WOES pronounced at that time by Isaiah. This part of the Book of Isaiah accurately concludes with an aftermath (an outcome of what would be) . . . a description of GOD’S judgments of the world which is set forth in Isaiah Chapter 34; and a conclusion . . . a description of the Millennial Kingdom, found in chapter 35.
The final world crash . . . is the Battle of Armageddon.
Judgment has been the subject all through this section. We have looked at six woes and followed a progression in the matter of prophecy. We saw Isaiah looking down through the centuries to the time of the horrific judgment that would come in the future, which the LORD Jesus called the Great Tribulation (Mat.24:21) . . . and beyond that, Isaiah also saw the Coming of the KING Messiah.
After the LORD Jesus takes the church out of the world (1 Thes.4:13-18), those who remain will go through that terrible Tribulation period, which will end with the War of Armageddon.

Chapter 35 . . . Chapter 35 portrays the other path, which is salvation. This path portrays the most beautiful places in the world and brings their presence to barren lands. Salvation is like the great changes that water can bring to a barren desert land. Death becomes life. Barrenness becomes a fertile plain. Despair becomes a great hope.
Dear one, the judgment of Almighty GOD looms over ALL the wicked (Mat.25:31-46; Rev.20:11-15). BUT, the righteous have a different kind of life and hope. They will see a totally different world, one that opposes the lake of fire (Rev.20:15). If you really consider this, it is like living in TWO different worlds. The ones under judgment surely cannot deny that they never think of Hell, while but the righteous ones (GOD’S people) look forward to the bliss of Heaven. They picture another world even though they live in the same world as the wicked (GOD’S enemies) do.
Dear one, there are many who say they are GOD’S children, but they live only partially for GOD. They compromise (cooperate) with the world.  They cheat, lie and steal. It all boils down to one thing: they simply do NOT trust GOD. We must remember they live under the threat of judgment and really try to shake the thoughts of Hell from their thoughts. Persecution might very well face the righteous ones who are not willing to give in to the wicked, but they must stand firm (endureth) to the end (Mat.10:22), which is in reality, looked at as a new beginning.  
The blessings of the Millennium, is a picture of the Kingdom of Christ.
As we come to this chapter, let us all be thankful to our GOD that the War of Armageddon is not the final end of all things. Chapter 35 is like a graceful, gentle, flowing river. There is a high sense of justice in this Chapter which ends the section on judgment. The fires of our LORD GOD’S judgment have now burned out, and His sword of justice is in its scabbard. The night of the Earth’s trouble is ended, and the dawn of Millennial pleasures (Rev.20), has come. This Chapter closes on the high plane of peace, the calm of this Chapter is in direct contrast to the storms of judgments of the previous Chapters. We can agree with the writer of the Song of Solomon, the winter is past, and the flowers appear on the earth (Song 2:11-12). Lands will be restored, and the desert blossom. The weak will be strengthened, the sick and diseased healed. Abundance shall replace lack. There shall be a Way of Holiness . . . a road leading to Zion.

Chapter 36 . . . The prophet Isaiah in this and the three following chapters (36-39), is a historian. He gives Scriptural history, as well as Scripture prophecy, all of which is given by inspiration of God (2 Tim.3:16-17), and was then given out to the people. Many of the prophecies of the previous chapters had their accomplishment in Sennacherib's invading Judah and besieging Jerusalem, and the miraculous defeat he met with there (2 Ki.19:35; Isa.37:36); and so, the story of this is here inserted, both to clarify and confirm the prophecy. The key or proof of any prophecy is that it is to be found in history . . . was it fulfilled?
Whether this story was taken from the Book of the Kings and added here, or whether it was first written by Isaiah here and then taken into the Book of Kings, is really not important, for the story is the same almost word for word! It was also such a memorable event that it is well worth repeating! So . . . it is twice recorded (2 Ki.18 & 19), and here, and there is also a brief version (2 Chron.32).
In this chapter we have, #1. The descent which the king of Assyria made upon Judah, and his success against all the defensed cities (vs.1). #2. The meeting he desired to have with Hezekiah, and the managers on both sides (vs.2-3). #3. Rabshakeh's criticizing blasphemous speech, with which he planned to frighten Hezekiah into a submission, and persuade him to surrender (vs.4-10). #4. His appeal to the people, and his attempt to persuade them to be disloyal to Hezekiah, thus forcing him to surrender (vs.11-20). #5. The report made to Hezekiah by his agents (vs.21-22).

Chapter 36 shows the full penalties of King Hezekiah and the elders’ foolish decision to persist in disobedience by trusting in Egypt. GOD exposed them. Their rebellion from Assyria’s power was good, but they still trusted in Egypt. Although some of Assyria’s accusations would not happen, most of them made GOD’S people to really consider more seriously, their relationship with the LORD God.
Chapter 36 begins the historical pause between the two main sections of prophecies of Isaiah . . . Isaiah Chapter 1 through 35, and Isaiah Chapters 40 through 66.
Isaiah Chapters 3 through 30 records the history of the invasion of Judah by Sennacherib, king of Assyria (Isa.36:1-37:35); his defeat (Isah.37:36-38), the sickness and recovery of Hezekiah (Isa.38), and his foolishness (Isa.39).
The history related here, and in the three following chapters, is for the substance of it, and is almost entirely in the same words, contained in 2 Ki.18:1 through 2 Ki. 20:21. It is rightly inserted here, to explain and confirm some of the previous prophecies. Some think it was first written by the prophet Isaiah, and from him to have been taken into the Book of Kings, to complete that history. Only our LORD knows the Truth of this matter!

Chapter 37 . . . Chapter 37 in another way shows how foolish it was for Hezekiah and the elders of Judah to trust in Egypt, because Egypt never helped them one bit. GOD saved Jerusalem in ONE night. The contrast should be a lesson to us! Chapters 36 -37 should also serve as an excellent example of how we should trust of the One and Only TRUE GOD.
This chapter contains Hezekiah's message to Isaiah, wanting him to pray for him and his people in this time of painful distress (vs.1). The comforting and encouraging answer was returned by the prophet to him (vs.6). Sennacherib’s letter to Hezekiah, trying to terrify him into the surrender of the Jerusalem to him (vs.8), which Hezekiah took before the LORD, and prayed to Him for deliverance (vs.14), upon which he received a gracious answer by the hand of the prophet Isaiah, promising safety and deliverance to him, and destruction to the king of Assyria, of which a sign was given (vs.21), and this Chapter closes with the slaughter of the Assyrian army by one lone angel, the flight of the king, and his death by the hands of his sons (vs.36).
Theme for Chapters 36 -37: Hezekiah and Assyria.
Sennacherib, king of Assyria, had come down like a flood from the north, wiping out everything in his path. He had captured every nation and city that stood in his way, or they had willingly yielded to him.
Hezekiah tears his clothes and covers himself with sackcloth. Isaiah speaks words of assurance to Hezekiah, and tells him that Rabshakeh’s blasphemy will be repaid. The Ethiopians move against Assyria. Hezekiah prays, and Isaiah further prophesies against Assyria and gives assurances that the LORD will protect Jerusalem. The angel of the LORD strikes 185,000 Assyrian soldiers dead. Sennacherib is killed by his sons back in Assyria.
He is surprised and puzzled that Hezekiah would try to resist him. He looks for some reason, thinking that Hezekiah must have some secret weapon. Rabshakeh, his representative, ridicules all known possibilities of aid. Arrogantly he demands unconditional surrender. The chapter closes with the terms and threats reported to Hezekiah.

Chapter 38 . . . Chapter 38 makes us so aware of our frailty and weaknesses. Death is an enemy over which we have no power over. Even the good king’s life was subject to death.
The city of Jerusalem still was under the threat of Assyria’s return. This reminds us how often we trust our own strength instead of acting in full obedience, trusting in GOD’S power.
This chapter gives the account of Hezekiah's sickness, recovery and thanksgiving. The sick Hezekiah is given an assurance by Isaiah that he will not die, but live another fifteen years. The shadow on a sundial goes backwards, as a sign to confirm the Promise. Hezekiah thanks the LORD for his deliverance.

Chapter 39 . . . is a very short Chapter giving us the final warning and shows that misery can be implanted in even the best of men.
Kind Hezekiah was a great man, but he fell head first into the appealing temptation of pride and success. Judah and Jerusalem’s end was just off in the distance. This chapter tells of Hezekiah's fall into sin after his miraculous recovery, and the correction he had for it. The king of Babylon sent messengers to him to congratulate him upon his recovery. Hezekiah received them with great joy, and in his foolish pride, he showed them all his treasures. Isaiah rebukes him, saying that all treasures will be taken to Babylon at a future date. Hezekiah is relieved that he himself will not see this happen.

Chapter 40 . . . Chapters 40-66 form the crown to the first section of Isaiah (Chapters 1-39) by properly preparing the reader. The three subsections of chapters 40-66 are clear. The Chapters are evenly split into three sections. These sections are outstanding because of the way they end . . .  NOT the way they begin.   
Ch.40-48: Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked. (KJV)  
Ch.49-57: Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. (KJV)   
Ch.58-66: Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. (KJV)  
This method leaves a lasting impression on our minds. The sudden and unexpected reminders of the wicked being destroyed should increase our interest in the wonderful Promises of salvation, hope and Heaven which beautifully colors each of these sections.
The surprising closing messages prove that GOD is not so busy with saving the righteous that He has forgotten the judgment of the wicked. He has NOT forgotten the wicked! Isaiah smashes today’s modern approach of GOD being a GOD of love idea . . . and letting bygones be bygones. I believe that Isaiah truly wants the repentant believers to fully enjoy their salvation . . . BUT . . . he also wants to warn the wicked that they shall indeed receive just punishment for their sins. ALL people shall be judged according to their works! BEWARE! We all must keep this in mind!  According to works: (Ps.62:12; Pro.24:12,29; Isa.59:18; Jer.21:14; 25:14; 32:19; Lam.3:64; Eze.7:8-9; 18:30; Hos.12:2; Zec.1:6; Mat.16:27; Rom.2:6; 2 Tim.4:14; Rev.2:23; 18:6; 20:12-13; 22:12).
The last three sections of Isaiah from chapter 40 to Chapter 66, each in their own special way, direct their message to GOD’S people in exile.
Chapters 40-48, deal with GOD’S gracious dealings with man. Section one (Chapters 40-48) enables the exiles to see their whole life, including their captivity, in light of their relationship with God. Isaiah clearly identifies the places in which they refuse to trust and obey their Covenant GOD, and tries to get across to them (and us) what sin really is.
Chapter 40 delights in the comforts of GOD’S people; of the forerunner and Coming of the Messiah; of His work, and the dignity of His Person; of the stupidity of making idols, and of the unfounded complaints of the people of GOD. The comforts of GOD’S people, by whom to be administered, and the matter, ground, and reason of them (vs.1). John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, is described by his work and office, and the effects of it; it delivering humiliation to some, and the exaltation of others, and in the revelation of the glory of Christ (vs.3). Then follows an order to every minister of the Gospel what he should preach and publish; the weakness and insufficiency of men to anything that is spiritually good; their fading and withering goodness, which is to be credited to the blowing of the Spirit of GOD upon it; and the firmness and constancy of the Word of GOD is declared (vs.6). The apostles of Christ in Jerusalem are especially encouraged to publish fervently the good tidings of the Gospel; to proclaim the Coming of Christ, the manner of it, and the work for which He came, and to signify His faithful discharge of His office as a Shepherd (vs.9). The dignity of His Person is set forth by His almighty power, by His infinite wisdom, and by the greatness of His majesty, in comparison of which all nations and things are as nothing (vs.12). The vanity of framing any likeness to GOD and forming idols for worship is observed (vs.18), and from the consideration of the divine power in Creation and upholding all things, the church of GOD’S people is encouraged to expect renewed strength and persevering grace, and is blamed for giving way to a distrustful and murmuring spirit (vs.26).
Theme: Comfort, a message from GOD; Creation, a revelation of GOD; consideration, a call from GOD.
Chapter 40 brings us to the final major division of the Book of Isaiah. There is a sharp contrast between the first and last sections of this Book. The first section revealed the Sovereign upon the throne, while this final section reveals our Saviour in the place of suffering. In Chapter 6 we saw the crown; in Chapter 53 we shall see the cross. The theme in the first section was the government of GOD; in this section it is the awesome grace of GOD.
Comfort ye, sets the mood and rhythm for this final section. The message from GOD is comfort rather than the judgment which we saw in the first section.
The change of subject matter has led the liberal critic to assume that because the subjects are entirely different, they say that they were written by different writers. A change of message does NOT mean a change of authorship. Yes, the message has changed but NOT the messenger. It is still Isaiah who is writing! Many authors write on subjects that are entirely different. Isaiah wrote what the Spirit of GOD determined that he should write.
Comfort, a Message from GOD (40:1-11)
Comfort ye, my people. A voice in the wilderness cries, ‘Prepare the way of the LORD.’ Every valley shall be exalted, and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our GOD stands forever. Zion and Jerusalem, who bring good tidings, are invited to tell the cities of Judah to behold their GOD. The LORD will feed his flock like a shepherd. GOD’S greatness surpasses all nations, and all idols. He brings the princes and the judges of the earth to nothing. The weak shall be strengthened.

Chapter 41 . . . These sections are outstanding because of the way they end . . .  NOT the way they begin.   
Ch.40-48: Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked. (KJV)  
Ch.49-57: Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. (KJV)   
Ch.58-66: Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. (KJV)  
If from section one they can understand their judgment is because of their sin, then they will look for relief not only in a return to their homeland but in the healing of their sins. GOD alone provides this healing. Although they are comforted about their return to Palestine, it is just a small part of the worldwide plan of healing that Almighty GOD will be providing through the gracious Servant, Christ Jesus. The Servant serves as the focus of hope in these chapters. Because of this Servant, Israel can be assured GOD has NOT forsaken them. It will be this Servant that will lead all the nations to serve GOD. Slowly the Servant is introduced. His work is not easy, but He finds strength in the LORD God.
The LORD God, by the prophet Isaiah, reveals the stupidity of those that worshipped idols. The specific instance of GOD’S care for His people Israel in raising up Cyrus to be their deliverer is a great proof both that His sovereignty is far above all idols and He has power to protect His people.
Theme: GOD overrules individuals; GOD invites Israel to trust Him; GOD overturns idols. This Chapter continues the thought of Chapter 40 in revealing the awesome greatness of our Almighty LORD. The emphasis in this Chapter is not upon GOD as Creator as much as on His just and righteous dealings with man. The awesome greatness of GOD is revealed both in Creation and human history.
GOD, by the Prophet shows the foolishness of those that worshipped idols.The main subject here is that GOD loves His children and will protect and lead them through the evil world which is oppressed and troubled with pitfalls and dangers. There is abundant comfort here for the child of GOD.
*****Confusion is the end result of idolatry or any philosophy that is anti-God or atheistic. It does NOT, nor CANNOT have any answers to the problems of life. No man-made system can ever satisfy the human heart. The answer is found in the One and Only LORD! He alone can bring great comfort, joy and peace!
Four facts about idols:
#1. They all are vanity, useless.
#2. Their works are nothing.
Special Comments  . . .  Names, Titles and Offices of our Triune GOD

74 names, titles, or offices of GOD the Father:
1. GOD (Gen. 1:1)
2. LORD (Gen. 2:4-22)
3. Most High GOD (Gen. 14:18-22)
4. The Almighty GOD (Gen. 17:1; Rev. 19:15)
5. The everlasting GOD (Gen. 21:33)
6. The GOD of Heaven (Gen. 24:3)
7. The GOD of Earth (Gen. 24:3; Rev. 11:4)
8. The LORD God of Heaven (Gen. 24:7)
9. GOD Almighty (Gen. 28:3; 43:14; 48:3)
10. The mighty GOD (Gen. 49:24)
11. The GOD of Abraham (Ex. 3:6)
12. The GOD of Isaac (Ex. 3:6)
13. The GOD of Jacob (Ex. 3:6; 2Sam. 23:1)
14. I AM (Ex. 3:14)
15. GOD of the Hebrews (Ex. 5:3; 7:16)
16. JEHOVAH; LORD JEHOVAH (Ex. 6:3; Ps. 83:18; Isa. 12:2; 26:4)
17. GOD of Israel (Ex. 24:10; 34:23)
18. Jealous (Ex. 34:14)
19. GOD of the spirits of all flesh (Num. 16:22; 27:16)
20. The GOD of Gods, LORD of lords (Dt. 10:17)
21. The eternal GOD (Dt. 33:27)
22. The living GOD (Josh. 3:10)
23. LORD God of Israel (Josh. 22:16; 24:2)
24. LORD God of Gods (Josh. 22:22)
25. Strength of Israel (1 Sam. 15:29)
26. GOD of my rock (2 Sam. 22:3)
27. The Rock (2 Sam. 22:32; Ps. 18:2, 31)
28. GOD of the rock of my salvation (2 Sam. 22:47)
29. The Rock of Israel (2 Sam. 23:3)
30. The GOD of David (2 Chr. 34:3)
31. The righteous GOD (Ps. 7:9)
32. Fortress (Ps. 18:2; 91:2)
33. Deliverer (Ps. 18:2; 91:3)
34. Strength (Ps. 18:2)
35. Buckler (Ps. 18:2; 91:4)
36. The horn of salvation (Ps. 18:2)
37. High tower (Ps. 18:2)
38. The GOD of my salvation (Ps. 18:46)
39. The GOD of glory (Ps. 29:3)
40. The GOD of truth (Ps. 31:5; Isa. 65:16)
41. JAH (Ps. 68:4)
42. The Most High (Ps. 91:1, 9)
43. The Almighty (Ps. 91:1)
44. Refuge (Ps. 91:2, 9)
45. Holy One of Israel (Isa. 30:15)
46. The glorious LORD (Isa. 33:21)
47. The Creator (Isa. 40:28)
48. LORD God of hosts (Isa. 22:5)
49. The LORD thy Saviour and Redeemer (Isa. 60:16)
50. The mighty One of Jacob (Isa. 60:16)
51. The LORD of hosts (Jer. 7:3, 21)
52. The true GOD (Jer. 10:10; Jn. 17:3)
53. The great and mighty GOD (Jer. 32:18)
54. The GOD of all flesh (Jer. 32:27)
55. Ancient of days (Dan. 7:9, 22)
56. The GOD of judgment (Mal. 2:17)
57. GOD of the living (Mk. 12:27)
58. The uncorruptible GOD (Rom. 1:23)
59. GOD of patience and consolation (Rom. 15:5)
60. The GOD of hope (Rom. 15:13)
61. The GOD of peace (Rom. 16:20)
62. GOD of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3)
63. GOD of love and peace (2 Cor. 13:11)
64. The living and true GOD (1 Th. 1:9)
65. The only wise GOD (1 Tim. 1:17)
66. The blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and LORD of Lords (1 Tim. 6:15-16)
67. The great GOD (Tit. 2:13; Rev. 19:17)
68. GOD the Judge of all (Heb. 12:23)
69. GOD the Father (1 Pet. 1:2; 2Jn. 1:3)
70. The GOD of all grace (1 Pet. 5:10)
71. The only LORD God (Jude 1:4)
72. LORD God Almighty (Rev. 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7; 21:22)
73. The LORD God omnipotent (Rev. 19:6)
74. The LORD God of the holy prophets (Rev. 22:6)

138 Names, titles, or offices of GOD the Son:
1. Seed of the woman (Gen. 3:15)
2. Jehovah (the LORD, Gen. 19:24; Ps. 110:1, 5)
3. Shiloh (Gen. 49:10)
4. The star out of Jacob (Num. 24:17)
5. Prophet (Dt. 18:15; Lk. 24:19)
6. Rock of salvation (Dt. 32:15)
7. Daysman (Job. 9:33)
8. The Anointed (Ps. 2:2)
9. The Son (Ps. 2:12; Heb. 3:6)
10. Sanctuary (Isa. 8:14)
11. Stone of stumbling (Isa. 8:14)
12. Rock of offence (Isa. 8:14)
13. Wonderful (Isa. 9:6)
14. Counsellor (Isa. 9:6)
15. The mighty GOD (Isa. 9:6)
16. The everlasting Father (Isa. 9:6)
17. The Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6)
18. Rod out of Jesse (Isa. 11:1)
19. The Branch (Isa. 11:1; Zech. 3:8; 6:12)
20. An ensign of the people (Isa. 11:10)
21. My Servant (Isa. 42:1; Mt. 12:18)
22. My elect (Isa. 42:1)
23. Polished shaft (Isa. 49:2)
24. The Redeemer (Isa. 59:20)
25. The angel of His presence (Isa. 63:9)
26. The LORD our righteousness (Jer. 23:6)  
27. Plant of renown (Eze. 34:29)
28. Messiah (Dan. 9:25; Jn. 4:25)
29. The Judge of Israel (Mic. 5:1)
30. The desire of all nations (Hag. 2:7)
31. The man that is My fellow (Zec. 13:7)
32. Refiner and purifier (Mal. 3:3)
33. Sun of righteousness (Mal. 4:2)
34. Jesus Christ (Mt. 1:1)
35. The son of Abraham (Mt. 1:1)
36. The son of David (Mt. 1:1; 9:27)
37. Christ (Mt. 1:17; 2:4)
38. Jesus (Mt. 1:21)
39. Emmanuel (GOD with us, Mt. 1:23)
40. King of the Jews (Mt. 2:2; 21:5)
41. Governor (Mt. 2:6)
42. Nazarene (Mt. 2:23)
43. The Son of GOD (Mt. 4:3)
44. Master (Mt. 8:19)
45. The Son of man (Mt. 8:20)
46. Physician (Mt. 9:12)
47. The bridegroom (Mt. 9:15)
48. The friend of sinners (Mt. 11:19)
49. The beloved (Mt. 12:18; Eph. 1:6)
50. The sower of the seed (Mt. 13:3)
51. The Son of the Highest (Lk. 1:32)
52. The horn of salvation (Lk. 1:69)
53. The dayspring (Lk. 1:78)
54. Christ the Lord (Lk. 2:11)
55. Saviour (Lk. 2:11)
56. The consolation of Israel (Lk. 2:25)
57. Salvation (Lk. 2:30)
58. Jesus of Nazareth (Lk. 4:34)
59. Holy One of GOD (Lk. 4:34)
60. The Word (Jn. 1:1-2)
61. GOD (Jn. 1:1-3; 20:28; Heb. 1:8)
62. The true Light (Jn. 1:9)
63. Only begotten Son (Jn. 1:18; 3:16)
64. Lamb of GOD (Jn. 1:29; Rev. 5:6)
65. The King of Israel (Jn. 1:49)
66. Teacher (Jn. 3:2)
67. Gift of GOD (Jn. 4:10)
68. Saviour of the world (Jn. 4:42)
69. The bread of GOD (Jn. 6:33)
70. The bread of life (Jn. 6:35,48-51)
71. Light of the world (Jn. 8:12)
72. Door of the sheep (Jn. 10:7)
73. The Good Shepherd (Jn. 10:11)
74. The way, the truth, the life (Jn. 14:6)
75. The vine (Jn. 15:1-8)
76. LORD and GOD (Jn. 20:28)
77. Holy One and Just (Acts 3:14)
78. Thy holy child Jesus (Acts 4:27)
79. A Prince and a Saviour (Acts 5:31)
80. LORD of all (Acts 10:36)
81. A propitiation (Rom. 3:25; 1Jn. 2:2)
82. Jesus Christ our LORD (Rom. 6:23)
83. The Deliverer (Rom. 11:26)
84. Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 1:2; 1 Tim. 2:5)
85. The power of GOD (1 Cor. 1:24)
86. The wisdom of GOD (1 Cor. 1:24)
87. Sanctification (1 Cor. 1:30)
88. LORD of glory (1 Cor. 2:8)
89. Our Passover (1 Cor. 5:7)
90. Spiritual Rock (1 Cor. 10:4)
91. Christ the firstfruits (1 Cor. 15:23)
92. The last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45)
93. The second man (Adam, 1 Cor. 15:45-47)
94. Image of GOD (2 Cor. 4:4)
95. Seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:29)
96. The Beloved (Eph. 1:6)
97. Chief corner stone (Eph. 2:20)
98. Head of the church (Col. 1:18)
99. Firstborn from the dead (Col. 1:18)
100. Christ Jesus our LORD (1 Tim. 1:12)
101. Mediator (1 Tim. 2:4-5)
102. The Man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5)
103. Ransom for all (1 Tim. 2:6)
104. Seed of David (2 Tim. 2:8)
105. LORD Jesus Christ our Saviour (Tit. 1:4)
106. Brightness of His glory (Heb. 1:3)
107. Express image of His person (Heb. 1:3)
108. Upholder of all things (Heb. 1:3)
109. Captain of salvation (Heb. 2:10)
110. The Apostle and High Priest of our profession (Heb. 3:1)
111. Forerunner (Heb. 6:20)
112. Minister of the sanctuary (Heb. 8:2)
113. Testator (Heb. 9:16-17)
114. Author and finisher of faith (Heb. 12:2)
115. Great shepherd of the sheep (Heb. 13:20)
116. Shepherd and Bishop of souls (1Pet. 2:25)
117. Chief Shepherd (1Pet. 5:4)
118. LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ (2Pet. 1:11)
119. Day Star (2 Pet. 1:19)
120. Advocate (1 Jn. 2:1)
121. Jesus Christ the righteous (1 Jn. 2:1)
122. Eternal life (1 Jn. 5:20)
123. Faithful witness (Rev. 1:5)
124. First begotten of the dead (Rev. 1:5)
125. Prince of the kings of earth (Rev. 1:5)
126. Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8; 21:6; 22:13)
127. The beginning and ending (Rev. 1:8)
128. The first and the last (Rev. 2:8)
129. Morning Star (Rev. 2:28)
130. The Amen (Rev. 3:14)
131. Faithful and true witness (Rev. 3:14)
132. He who created all things through the Father (Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:15-18; Rev. 3:14)
133. Lion of the tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5)
134. The Root of David (Rev. 5:5)
135. The Word of GOD (Rev. 19:13)
136. King of kings, LORD of lords (Rev. 19:16)
137. Root and offspring of David (Rev. 22:16)
138. Bright and morning star (Rev. 22:16)
Names, titles, or offices of GOD the Holy Spirit:
1. Spirit of GOD (30 Times in KJV)
2. Spirit of wisdom (Ex. 28:3; Dt. 34:9; Isa. 11:2; Eph. 1:17)
3. The Spirit (over 100 times, Num. 11:17, 25; Gal. 6:8; Jn.1:33; 7:39; 14:17; 15:26; 16:15)
4. His Spirit (Num. 11:29; Ps. 106:33; Isa. 48:16; Rom. 8:11; 1Cor. 2:10).
5. Thy Spirit (2 Ki. 2:9; Ps. 104:30; 139:7)
6. My Spirit (Isa. 42:1; Acts 2:17-18)
7. The Spirit of the LORD (30 times, Judg. 3:10; 6:34; 15:14; Lk. 4:18; 2 Cor. 3:17-18)
8. The Spirit of Elijah (2 Ki. 2:15; Lk. 1:17)
9. Thy Good Spirit (Neh. 9:20)
10. Thy free Spirit (Ps. 51:12)
11. The Spirit of judgment (Isa. 4:4; 28:6)
12. The Spirit of burning (Isa. 4:4)
13. Spirit of wisdom and understanding (Isa. 11:2)
14. Spirit of counsel and might (Isa. 11:2)
15. Spirit of knowledge and fear of the LORD (Isa. 11:2; 2 Tim. 1:7)
16. Excellent Spirit (Dan. 5:12; 6:3)
17. Spirit of grace and supplications (Zech. 12:10; Heb. 10:29)
18. The Holy Ghost (over 80 times, Mt. 1:18-20; 3:11; 12:31-32; 28:19; 1 Jn. 5:7)
19. The Spirit of your Father (Mt. 10:20)
20. The Power of the Highest (Lk. 1:35)
21. The Holy Spirit (only once, Lk. 11:13)
22. The Comforter (Jn. 14:16, 26; 15:26)
23. The Spirit of truth (Jn. 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; 1 Jn. 4:6; 5:6)
24. Spirit of Holiness (Rom. 1:4)
25. Spirit of life (Rom. 8:2)
26. Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9; 1 Pet. 1:11)
27. Spirit of adoption (Rom. 8:15)
28. Spirit of the living GOD (2 Cor. 3:3)
29. The Spirit of His Son (Gal. 4:6)
30. Holy Spirit of promise (Eph. 1:13)
31. Spirit of wisdom and revelation (Eph. 1:17)
32. Holy Spirit of GOD (Eph. 4:30)   
33. Spirit of Jesus Christ (Php. 1:19)
34. The Eternal Spirit (Heb. 9:14)
35. The Spirit of glory (1 Pet. 4:14)
36. The Spirit of prophecy (Rev. 19:10)
The Names, titles and offices of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit reveal the character, the work and separate jobs in the eternal Plan of the Almighty and Eternal GOD. GOD the Father’s role is headship; GOD the Son holds that of Creation and redemption; and GOD the Holy Spirit is the direct power of any and all operations. All three Persons of the Awesome Triune GOD work in perfect harmony in ALL things: the Creation, redemption and the eternal good of all people.

Chapter 42 . . . The Servant of the LORD . . . Christ Jesus (42:1-7). A Prophecy of the Messiah's Coming with Meekness, yet with great Power, to do His Redeeming Work.
This Chapter begins with a prophecy that concerns the Messiah, as the character of the Servant of the LORD, and His elect whom He supported, and was well pleased with. His work is pointed at, and for which He was well qualified with the Spirit without measure (vs.1), and is described by His humility and meekness (vs.2), by His gracious tenderness to weak and uninformed persons (vs.3), and by His unparalleled courage and perseverance (vs.4). Then follows His call to His work, with several parts of it, introduced by setting forth the greatness of GOD, His Father who had called Him: as the Creator of the heavens and of the Earth, and of men upon it (vs.5), who is the LORD, and whose glory is beyond description to a creature, and whose knowledge reaches to far reaching future things, which are predicted by Him (vs.8). The Gentiles are called upon to praise the LORD, and give glory to Him, partly for the above Promises concerning the Messiah (vs.10), and partly for the destruction of His enemies (vs.13), but also for His gracious regard to those who had been so spiritually blind (vs.16). The confusion of idolaters is predicted, and a warning is given to them to make use of the means of light and knowledge (vs.17), and the blindness, ignorance and stupidity of the Jews is exposed, although there was a remnant among them with whom the LORD was well pleased, for the sake of the righteousness of His Son (vs.19) . . . but as for the majority of the people (Mat.7:13-14), they would be given up to the spoilers and robbers because of their sins and disobedience, and would be the brunt of the LORD’S divine wrath and vengeance (vs.22). There is a lesson here for us all!
The prophet Isaiah, having opened his subject with the preparation for the return from captivity at Babylon, suggests that a much greater deliverance was covered under the veil of that event, proceeds to justify the power of GOD, as Creator and Disposer of all things; and His infinite knowledge, from His perfect predictions of future events, and especially of that deliverance. He goes still farther, pointing out the instrument by which He would bring about the redemption of His people the Jews from slavery . . . meaning, a great conqueror, whom He would call forth from the north and the east to carry out His orders. In this chapter Isaiah proceeds to a much greater deliverance; and quickly brings it into full view, without throwing even the slightest veil over the subject, the MessiahMatthew 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. (KJV) . . . Matthew applies it directly to Christ Jesus; nor can it with any justice or correctness be applied to any other person or character whatever!
In each Chapter Isaiah gradually works up to his utter condemnation of idolatry. We find in this Chapter that the nation Israel is called the servant of the LORD. Also, the LORD Jesus Christ is the Servant of the LORD and calls Himself so in the Gospel of Mark. He made it very clear: 
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (KJV)  . . . Matthew backs it up.
Matthew 12:17-21 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 18  Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. 19  He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. 20  A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. 21  And in his name shall the Gentiles trust. (KJV) . . . This prophecy applies to the LORD Jesus Christ.

Chapter 43 . . . Chapter 43 reveals that God is not through with the nation Israel. It is the same thing to not believe and to deny that God has a future purpose for the nation of Israel. 
Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. (KJV) . . .  God is NOT through with Israel, and He makes it quite clear in this Chapter.
This chapter brings us into the light of the Coming Kingdom of Christ and the Promise of the Holy Spirit. Chapter 44 continues the subject of chapter 43. In direct contrast, Chapter 66 closes with the darkness of the imminent Judgment Day.

Special Comments

Future Destruction of Babylon:
#1. No cry of men in ships went up when Babylon was taken by Cyrus, but weeping and wailing are predicted to happen in the last days (Rev.18:15-19).
#2. The LORD God will become the actual King of Israel at the Second Coming of Christ (Isa.43:15; 9:6-7; Dan.2:44-45; 7:13-14, 27; Zec.14:9; Lk.1:32-33; Rev.11:15).
#3. No army was destroyed by the LORD when Cyrus took Babylon, but such is predicted by fire and other means at the battle of Armageddon (Isa.43:17; Eze.38:17-21; 2 Thes.1:7-10; Rev.19).
#4. Isaiah 43:19-20 will be literally fulfilled in the Millennium when Christ comes (Isa.35:1-7; Eze.47; Zec.14:8).
#5. Israel has NOT yet shown forth GOD’S praise as predicted in Isaiah 43:21, but it shall come to pass! Count on it!
Failures of Israel:
#1. They had not called upon the LORD (Isa.43:22).
#2. They had been wearied of the LORD.
#3. They had not brought the LORD burnt offerings (Isa.43:23).
#4. They had not honored the LORD with sacrifices.
#5. They had not bought the LORD sweet cane with money (Isa.43:24; Jer.6:20).
#6. They had not filled the LORD with the fat of their sacrifices.
#7. They had served the LORD with their sins.
#8.  They had wearied the LORD with their iniquities.

Chapter 44 . . . The connection between chapters 43 and 44 is much the same as the connection between chapters 42 and 43. Chapter 42 ended with words that accused the people of Israel. Then chapter 43 began ‘But now…’, and it went on to describe the new situation. The people would soon be able to return to their own country. In the same way, chapter 43 ended with words that again accused the people of Israel. Then chapter 44 begins ‘Yet now hear…’. This phrase begins a Passage that will encourage GOD’S people. Dear one, the LORD does give hope to His people.
In this chapter the LORD comforts His people with the Promise of the outpouring of His Spirit, and the blessings of His grace upon them; the result of which would be their being fruitful, and the conversion of others, who would profess themselves the LORD'S people (vs.1). The LORD God proves His deity in opposition to all false gods; because of His eternity (Jn.1:1), His 
omniscience (Job 31:4; 34:21), and foretelling future events (vs.6), He exposes the stupidity of idol makers and the worshippers of them (vs.9), makes great Promises to remember His people: the remission of their sins and their redemption by Christ (vs.21), of which redemption from Babylon was a type; and of that, assurance is given, from the LORD'S creating all things by His power (Jn.1:3; Eph.3:9; Col.1:16-17; Heb.1-12; 3:3-4; Rev.4:11), and from His fulfilling His predictions delivered by His prophets; and from His mentioning by name the instrument of their redemption, Cyrus (vs.24), which makes way for a precise prophecy concerning him in the next Chapter.

This chapter may be divided into the following parts:
#1. The assurance that although they had sinned (Isa.43:23-28), GOD would have mercy on them, and would restore them to His favor, and to their land (Isa.44:1-5). They had nothing to fear (vs.1-2); for the LORD would bless their offspring, and they would grow and flourish like willows by the waters (vs.3-5), and there would be among them a general turning to the LORD, and they would be devoted to His service (vs.5).
#2. An argument to show that the LORD was the TRUE GOD; and a severe and most sarcastic reproof of idolatry, intended to rebuke idolaters, and to lead the people to put their confidence in the LORD (vs.6-20), NOT ridiculous idols. This argument consists of the following parts:
(a). A solemn statement by the LORD Himself, that there was NO other GOD (vs.6).
(b). A plea that only He had foretold future events, and that only He could do it (vs.7-8).
(c). A mocking statement of the manner in which idols were made, and the foolishness of men worshipping them (vs.9-20).
This Chapter gives assurance that the LORD would deliver His people from all their calamities and oppressions.  
Isaiah 44 parallels (goes along with) Acts. The prophecy of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled in the second chapter of Acts, and will have a complete fulfillment in the last days with Israel.
The present condition of Israel is, they have no peace today because they have departed from the living and TRUE God. This is not, however, their final state.
Chapter 44 continues the theme of chapter 43. While Chapter 43 closed with the dark mention of coming judgment, this Chapter moves into the light of the Coming Kingdom and the Promise of the Holy Spirit.
This Chapter brings a vivid and shocking mockery against idolatry, which is the repeated theme of this specific section. Humans seem to look for ways to turn away from the LORD God to some ridiculous idol. In today’s world, we do not have graven images, like in Isaiah’s time, but anything to which a person gives himself to and worships instead of the One and only TRUE GOD is an idol. It can be alcohol, drugs, business, a career, a person, money, possessions, pleasure, sports, sex, self-adoration, lusting for fortune and fame, etc. The high point of Isaiah’s bold passion against idolatry will come in chapter 46. There we shall have the chance to consider this sin further and see the difference between the Almighty LORD and an idol.

Special Comments . . . Prophecy Concerning Cyrus (44:28)
Isaiah 44:28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid. (KJV)
That saith of Cyrus . . . this is the first time where Cyrus is expressly named by Isaiah, although he is often referred to. He is mentioned by Isaiah only in one other place expressly by name (Isa.45:1). He is mentioned several times elsewhere in the Old Testament (2 Chron.26:22-23; Ezra 1:1-2, 7; 3:7; 4:3; 5:13, 17; Dan.1:21; 6:28; 10:1). He began his reign about 550 BC, and this prophecy was therefore delivered about 150 years before he ascended the throne. NONE but GOD Himself, or he whom GOD inspired, could have foretold something like this so long before, and name him who would deliver the Jewish people from bondage; and if this was delivered by Isaiah, it proves that he was under divine inspiration. Greek writers say the name of Cyrus means the sun. Cyrus was the celebrated king of the Medes and Persians, and was the son of Cambyses the Persian, and of Mandane, daughter of Astyages, king of the Medes (Isa.411:2).
He is my shepherd . . . a shepherd is one who leads and guides a flock, my shepherd, Cyrus is a type of Messiah (Isa.40:11; Ps.23:1; 77:20; Eze.34:23), and shepherd means by a likely and easy symbol, a ruler or leader of a people. The name servant can be applied to Moses (Ps.77:20; 78:52; Isa.43:2), and Joshua (Josh. 3:16-17). The name shepherd here is given to Cyrus because the LORD would employ him to conduct His people again to their own land. My shepherd 
indicates that Cyrus was completely under the direction of GOD, and was absolutely employed in His service.
And shall perform all my pleasure . . . in destroying the city and kingdom of Babylon; in delivering the Jewish captives; and in rebuilding Jerusalem, and the Temple.
Even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built . . . that is, the LORD says to Jerusalem. Some render this as meaning the LORD God, not Cyrus, and no doubt this is the true meaning. It was one of the things which the LORD would do . . . to say to Jerusalem that it would be rebuilt.
And to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid . . . although the Temple now lay desolate and in ruins, yet it shall be reconstructed, and its foundation shall be firmly laid. It was without a doubt under the direction of Cyrus that the city of Jerusalem was rebuilt, and that the Temple reconstructed (2 Chron.36:22-23; Ezra 1:1-3; 5:13-15; 7:27) . . . but taking everything into account, it all can be traced to GOD, who raised up Cyrus for this very purpose. That this Passage refers to Cyrus is the testimony of Josephus, and is certain from the nature of the case, since, otherwise, it is unbelievable that he would have aided the Jews in returning to their own land, and in rebuilding their city and Temple.

Cyrus, whom GOD here intended, by using his precise name about 150 years BEFORE he was born, that this might be undeniable evidence of the accuracy, certainty and exactness of GOD’S foreknowledge. This should be a convincing argument to conclude the dispute between the One and Only, True, Almighty LORD God and idols.

*****The LORD names the foreign king whose army will bring about the LORD’S perfect purpose and will. The LORD clearly reveals that He knows exactly what lies ahead in the near and far away future. King Cyrus was not born until long after Isaiah died. Cyrus made the order to rebuild the Jewish Temple about 200 years AFTER Isaiah wrote these words (Ezra 1:1-2).
The first mention of Cyrus in Scripture, chronologically speaking . . . he was named by God over 150 years BEFORE he was born, or about 200 years BEFORE he made the decree to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple (2 Chron.36:22-23; Ezra 1:1-8; 3:7; 4:3-5; 5:13-17; 6:3, 14; Isa.45:1; Dan.1:21; 6:28; 10:1).

Cyrus is the LORD’S shepherd, and shall perform all His pleasure. Five things King Cyrus, the Gentile was to do for GOD:
#1. To be a shepherd of GOD’S people, Israel (Isa.44:28).
#2. To perform GOD’S pleasure in liberating the Jews (Isa.44:28; 45:13). 
#3. To decree the rebuilding of Jerusalem (Isa.44:28; 45:13; 2 Chron.36:22-23; Ezra 1:1-3; 5:13-15; 6:3).                  
#4. To decree the rebuilding of the Temple of GOD at Jerusalem (Isa.44:28; 2 Chron.36:22-23; Ezra 5:13-15).
#5. To subdue nations (Isa.44:28; 45:1; 41:2, 25).
This is one of the many times in the Bible, where the LORD claims authority and control even over pagan princes and monarchs, and in which He says that their plans are under His direction, and made submissive to His will. It is one of the proofs that GOD presides over ALL, and that He makes the intended purposes of people obedient to Him, with their intentions being a part of the way of executing His glorious plans in regard to His people. Without a doubt, ALL the proud monarchs and conquerors of the Earth have been in some way instruments in His Holy Hand, to accomplish His will.

There are many who think that Isaiah 44:28 belongs in the next chapter, so I included it there as well in my Isaiah commentary. This is an amazing prophecy concerning Cyrus. He is named here about 200 years BEFORE he is born! He is chosen as "My shepherd." This is the only place in all the Scriptures where a pagan king is given such a title. What an honor for Cyrus!

Chapter 45 . . . ISAIAH 45 parallels with ROMANS. Isaiah 45:9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
Rom. 9:20-21 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21   Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without endRom. 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Isaiah 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none elseIsaiah 45:25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall gloryRom. 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swearRom. 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
The prophecy of Cyrus was introduced in Chapter 44, and is the main topic of this Chapter. The LORD had there introduced the name of Cyrus as he who would deliver His people from their captivity, and to restore them to their own land. This Chapter is almost entirely occupied with a report of the deliverance which would be affected through him, with an occasional reference to the more important deliverance which would be effected under the Messiah. The general subject of the Chapter is the overthrow of Babylon, the deliverance of the Jews by Cyrus, and the events resulting in that, adapted to give consolation to the friends of GOD, especially the future conversion of the Gentiles to the TRUE religion.
God had raised up Cyrus, stating the plan for what He would do for him (vs.1-8). This includes several things:
#1. God would subdue nations before him, open brass gates, and give him the treasures of kings (vs.1-3).
#2. The reason the LORD would do this would be, that He might deliver His people, and that the world might know that the GOD of Israel was the only TRUE God (vs.4-7).
#3. The joyful consequences of this event . . . so great that the heavens are represented as dropping down righteousness, and the Earth as bringing forth salvation as a result of it (vs.8).
Those who struggle with their Maker are reproved and rebuked (vs.9-10). This is probably intended to apply to the people of Babylon, or to all complainers as a whole in regard to the government of the LORD.
God vindicates Himself against the insults, slanders and objections of His enemies, and gives evidence that He IS God, and the importance of His intervention in raising up Cyrus.
#1. He spends time to reason with people, and is willing to be questioned about things relating to future events (vs.11).
#2. He had made the Earth and all things, and He had raised up Cyrus for the specific purpose of delivering His people (vs.12-13).
#3. He states the importance of His raising up Cyrus, and their deliverance, for the purpose of comforting His people (vs.14).
#4. All the worshippers of idols would be ashamed and confounded (vs.15-16).
#5. They who put their trust in GOD would never be confounded (vs.17).
GOD justifies His character; and calls on the nations of idolaters to come and compare the claims of idols with Him, in proof that He is GOD, and in proving His power of predicting future events (vs.18-21).
The Chapter closes by a call on all nations to trust in Him in view of the fact that He is the only TRUE God; and with an assurance that all should trust in Him, and that the TRUE religion would yet spread over the world (vs.22-25). This is intended to further comfort the people of GOD in their exile, and is a remarkable prophecy of the final universal popularity of the Gospel.

The LORD calls upon Cyrus to subdue nations. Cyrus and Israel will know the LORD, who formed the light and created darkness. The skies are commanded to rain down righteousness, and the Earth to bring forth salvation. Resisting the Creator is stupidity. GOD’S role as the Creator of Heaven and Earth is emphasized alongside the deliverance of Israel through Cyrus. When the LORD is revealed as the TRUE GOD, idolaters will submit and GOD’S people will be saved. The LORD has not concealed Himself, but let Himself be known. Isaiah 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. (KJV)

Chapter 46 . . . ISAIAH 46 parallels with 1 CORINTHIANS. Christ is made unto us righteousness. Isaiah 46:13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory1 Cor. 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemptionIsaiah 46 shows us the contrast between God and idols. Isaiah 46 clearly states that the wisdom of God is superior, and that an idol is NOTHING1 Cor. 8:4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one1 Cor. 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
The LORD knew the end from the beginning. A bird of prey shall be called from the East. Salvation will be placed in Zion, and glory in Israel.
There is a vital difference between TRUE religion and false religion! False religion is a dead weight (a devastating burden), for the soul to carry . . . while TRUE religion is a Living Power (Jesus) to carry the soul!
Theme: Pronouncement of judgment against idols
This Chapter contains one of the best and greatest mockery and ridicules against idolatry that is found anywhere in the Word of GOD. It opens with the announcement of defeat, especially against the idols of Babylon, which seems strange since Babylon had not yet come to the front as a world power and was not the enemy of Israel. However, Babylon was the source of all idolatry, and it is only fitting that after announcing the defeat of the idols of Babylon the prophet proceeds to denounce all idolatry with a command to Israel not to forsake the TRUE GOD.
Special Comments . . . Names of Pagan/False gods.
Name of false god        Worshipped by                       Bible Reference
Adrammelech, sun-god    Sepharvites                           2 Kings 17:31      
Amon, Amun, wind-god    Thebes in Egypt                  Jer. 46:25
Anammelech, moon-goddess  Sepharvites                      2 Kings 17:31
Asherah (Asherim) fertility-goddess  Canaan                 Judges 6:25, 26, 28, 30
Ashima                       Hammath In Syria                     2 Kings 17:30
Ashtoreth (Ashtaroth) love  Syria/Phoenicia/Canaan       1 Kings 11:5,33
Baal, main god           Syria/Phoenicia/Canaan               2 Kings 10:18-23, 25-28
Baal-Peor                 Moabites                                 Num. 25:3,5
Baalzebub                   Ekron In Philistine                  2 Kings 1:2,3, 6, 16
Bel (possibly same as Baal) Moabites/Babylonians  Isa. 46:1 Jer. 50:2, Jer. 51:44
Castor/Pollux (Twin Brothers)      Greeks                       Acts 28:11
Chemosh                  Moabites                                 1 Kings 11:7,33
Dagon, grain-god         Philistines                                1 Sam 5:2-5,7
Diana/Artemis, moon-goddess   Ephesus In Greece       Acts 19:24, 27-28, 34-35
Golden Calf               Israel                                                 Ex. 32
Jupiter/Zeus               Greek                                       Acts 14:12-13
Mercury                     Greek                                       Acts 14:12
Merodach                   Babylonians                            Jer. 50:2
Milcom                       Ammonites                                 1 Kings 11:5, 33
Molech (Moloch)         Ammonites                                  Lev. 20:2-5
Nebo, arts-god             Babylon                                   Isa. 46:1
Nehushtan                   Israel                                       2 Kings 18:4
Nergal                         Cuth                                        2 Kings 17:30
Nibhaz                         Avites                                      2 Kings 17:31
Nisroch                        Assyrians                       2 Kings 19:37; Isa. 37:38
Queen Of Heaven (Ishtar) Assyria/Babylon             Jer. 7:18; 44:17; 18,19, 25
Rimmon, weather-god      Syria                                     2 Kings 5:18
Sikkuth                           Babylonians                            Amos 5:26
Succothbenoth                 Babylonians                            2 Kings 17:30
Tammuz                         Babylonians/Samarians             Eze. 8:14
Tartak                            Avvites                                    2 Kings 17:31
FALSE GODS of idolaters:
Adonis; Adrammelechp; Amon; Apis; Ashera; Ashtoreth; Astarte; Baal; Baal-berith; Baal-peor;
calf; golden calf; Dagon; Diana; Host of heaven; Image of Jealousy; Ishtar; Malcam (Malkam, Malcham, Milkowm, Milcom); Meni; Milcom (Malcam, Malkam, Malcham, Milkowm)
Moloch (Molech, Milcom, Malcham); Moon; Nebo; Nibhaz; Nisroch; Rimmon; Satyr; Serpent; Stars; Sun; Tammuz (Dumuzi/Adonis)
Idols (false gods) to which children were sacrificed:
Adrammelech and Anammelech        2 Kings 17:31
Baal            Jer.19:4-5; 32:35
Molech        Lev.18:21; 20:2-5; 2 Kings 23:10; Jer.32:35

Chapter 47 . . . ISAIAH 47 is in contrast with 2 CORINTHIANS. Isaiah 47 speaks of the judgment of literal Babylon which is symbolic of religious Babylon, the FALSE church, and/or the FALSE BRIDE of Christ. In 2 Corinthians, we read of the taking up of the true Bride . . . 2 Cor. 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. Before the marriage of the true Bride can take place, the false bride has to be judged.
The destruction of Babylon is denounced by a beautiful selection of circumstances, in which her wealth is contrasted with her adverse condition. She is represented as a tender and delicate female reduced to the work and hopeless condition of a slave, and bereaved of every consolation (vs.1-4). And because of her cruelty, especially to GOD’S people, her pride, sexual immorality, sorceries and chants (vs.5-11), the folly of these practices are gracefully exposed by the prophet (vs,12-15). It is worthy to see that nearly all the symbols of this chapter is applied in the Book of the Revelation, (in nearly the same words), to the symbol of the familiar capital of the Chaldean empire, BABYLON THE GREAT (Rev.17:5).
This Chapter is a prophecy of the destruction of Babylon, and of the Chaldeans, and declares the causes of it. The mean, low, humiliating, and miserable condition Babylon and the Chaldeans would be brought into by the LORD, the Redeemer of His people, is described (vs.1), the causes of it are their cruelty to the Jews (vs.6), their pride, sexual immorality, and carnal security (vs.7), their sorceries and enchantments, and their trust in their own wisdom (vs.9), wherefore their destruction would come upon them suddenly, and they would not be able to put it off (vs.11), their magic art, and astrology, of which they boasted . . . but, by them they could neither foresee nor withstand their ruin, which would be of no avail unto them (vs.12),  nor to their merchants either (vs.15).

Theme: The decline and fall of Babylon
This is the third time in the Book of Isaiah (Chapters 13, 14, 31), that we have seen the prediction of the doom of Babylon. There was also a suggestion of the fall of Babylon in Chapter 46, which opened with GOD’S judgment upon the idols. The time given to this subject is amazing in view of the fact that Babylon at this time was a very small and minor kingdom. It would be almost a century before it would become a world power, although it had been in existence since the days of the Tower of Babel (Gen.10 & 11) and had influenced the world with its religion. Babylon was the fountainhead and the mother of ALL idolatry. All through the Old Testament Books of prophecy, much is said about drunkenness and idolatry. These are the two things that will bring the downfall of any nation.
There is a spiritual meaning for us today, who have nothing to do with Babylon of the past, or of the future. The Babylon of the past lies under the rubble and ruin of judgment. Its glory is reduced by the accumulated dust of the centuries. But we can see the Babylon tendency today in the political realm as represented in the United Nations. Babel was/is the place where all the political power of the world comes together, and which will finally be under the willful king, the Antichrist. We see the commercial syndicate coming to pass in the breaking down of economic barriers among the nations of Europe. We see the religious syndicate in both Rome and the World Council of Churches. We will see all of this predicted in the Coming Revived Roman Empire.
Babylon is depicted as a degraded woman, naked and uncovered. The pride and arrogance of Babylon is rebuked. The stargazers and sorcerers of Babylon will NOT be able to help.

The LORD sarcastically urges Babylon to turn to the witchcraft in which she has trusted and which has gotten her into trouble. The LORD says, you thought it was so great, why don't you trust it to get you out of trouble? All Witchcraft is SIN: (Ex.22:18; Lev.19:31; 20:6, 27; Deut.18:20; 1 Sam.15:23; 28:3, 7; 2 Ki.9:22; 21:6; 23:24; 1 Chron.10:13; 2 Chron.33:6; Isa.8:19; 19:3; 29:4; Mic.5:12; Nah.3:4; Gal.5:20)       

Chapter 48 . . . ISAIAH 48 is in contrast with GALATIANS. Believers (new creatures, Gal.6:15) and unbelievers (the old creature, 2 Cor.5:17) are contrasted in Isaiah 48. Gal. 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. . . . This shows that Christ is Abraham's TRUE Seed, the Head of the new creation, and of those that are one with Him. Isaiah 48:17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. . . . In Galatians we see that the saints tried to perfect themselves by the works of the Law, but believers are NOT under Law, but under grace (Rom.6:14); and the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in them who walk after the Spirit (Rom.8:1, 4).

The prophecy of this chapter concerns the deliverance and salvation of the Jews, and is addressed unto them; who are described by their natural descent and lineage, and by their hypocrisy in religious things (vs.1). By their stubbornness and impudence, and because they were prone to idolatry, and to give credit to idols which belonged to GOD; are the reasons why the LORD foretold all former things to them, before they came to pass (vs.3). And for the same reasons he also declared unto them what would be in the future, especially the destruction of Babylon, and their deliverance by Cyrus (vs.6). From this account of them, it would clearly seem, that it was NOT for any merits of theirs, but for His own Name's sake, for His own glory, that He chose them, purified and saved them as gold tried in the fire (vs.9). He notes His own perfections, His eternity and His being unable to change, and His power displayed in Creation, to conquer their faith in the Promise of deliverance (vs.12) and points out the deliverer, Cyrus, a type of Christ, whom He loved, called, sent and made him prosperous and successful, (vs.14). The LORD directs them to walk in His ways, with Promises of peace and prosperity (vs.17). The Chapter concludes with an urging to go out of Babylon with joy, speaking out wherever they came of their redemption, and who would be supplied with all necessaries in their return to their own land . . . but that it should be known, that there was no peace or happiness for the wicked (vs.22).

Theme: Last call to the house of Jacob; a heart-wrenching call of GOD to the remnant.
The LORD rebukes Israel for perfunctory religious observance. The LORD made sure that He was revealed rather than concealed, but Israel did not see or hear. The LORD defers His anger for His Name’s sake . . . He is the first and the last. The LORD wishes that His people had obeyed Him in the past. Exodus from Babylon intermixed with that from Egypt . . . the Rock in the wilderness flowed with water.

All three of these last sections conclude with the same idea . . . there shall be no peace, to the wickedThe Messiah brings peace, but any and all who reject Him will NEVER know peace. Turning TO any idol is turning AWAY from the Messiah. As we have seen, this section has majored in a condemnation and rebuke of idolatry. Idolatry is a road that leads to Babylon. The LORD, in the Book of Isaiah, is traveling the lonely road to Calvary. The Omnipotence and Omniscience of God
#1. He declared the former things from the beginning (vs.3,5).
#2. They went forth out of His Mouth (vs.3).
#3. He showed them to you. He did them suddenly and they came to pass (vs.4).
#4. He knew they were obstinate (vs.4).
#5. He knew their neck was an iron sinew, and their brow was brass (vs.4).
#6. Before it came to pass He showed you (vs.5).
#7. . He has showed you new and hidden things (vs.6).
#8. These new things He has created now and not from the beginning (vs.7).
#9.  He knew they would deal very treacherously (vs.8).
#10. He knew they were a transgressor from the womb (Ps.58:3).
Ways Israel Rebelled Against God . . . What about us??
#1. They were/are obstinate (vs.8).
#2. They were stiffnecked (vs.4).
#3. They were mean and hard as brass (vs.4).
#4. They were worshipers of idols (vs.5).
#5. They trusted in idols (vs.6).
#6. They were blind (vs.6).
#7. They would not hear (vs.8).
#8. They were treacherous (vs.8)..
#9. They were a transgressor from birth (vs.8; Ps.58:3).
1 Ki.11:7; 23:13; Isa.44:19; Jer.32:35; Eze.18:12; Dan.12:11; Mal.2:11; Rev.21:27) 

Chapter 49 . . . Chapters 40-66 form the crown to the first section of Isaiah (Chapters 1-39) by properly preparing the reader. The three subsections of chapters 40-66 are obvious. The Chapters are evenly split into three sections. These sections are outstanding because of the way they end . . .  NOT the way they begin.   
Ch.40-48: Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked. (KJV)  
Ch.49-57: Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. (KJV)   
Ch.58-66: Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. (KJV)  
All three of these last sections end with the same idea . . . there shall be no peace, to the wicked. The Messiah brings peace, but any and all who reject Him will NEVER know peace. Turning TO idols is turning AWAY from the Messiah. As we have seen, this section has majored in a condemnation and rebuke of idolatry. Idolatry is a road that leads to Babylon. The LORD, in the Book of Isaiah, is traveling the lonely road to Calvary. BEWARE!!! ALL idolatry and witchcraft are an abomination to the LORD: (Deut.27:15; 1 Ki.11:7; 23:13; Isa.44:19; Jer.32:35; Eze.18:12; Dan.12:11; Mal.2:11; Rev.21:27)         

ISAIAH 49 parallels with EPHESIANS. Isaiah 49 tells us that Israel will be the Bride of Christ on the Earth. Isaiah 49:18  Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth. The Book of Ephesians tells us the qualifications of the Bride of Christ. Eph. 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. The Church is the ornament of the Bride of Christ. Isaiah 49:5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strengthEph. 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Isaiah 49:25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy childrenEph. 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Chapters 49-57 show us GOD’S gracious Provision of Redemption, pointing to an effective cure for their real problems. On the outside, the exile would seem to be the offender ruining their lives. If from section one they can understand their judgment is because of their sin, then they will look for relief not only in a return to their homeland but in the healing of their sins, and only GOD alone can provide this healing. Although they are comforted by their return to their homeland, it is but a small part of the whole worldwide plan of healing. The One and Only Almighty GOD will be providing the healing through the gracious and humble Servant.
This Amazing Servant serves as the Center of Hope for ALL people in these Chapters. Because of this Servant, Israel can be assured that GOD has NOT forsaken them, nor will He ever forget them! Actually, this Humble Servant will be the One to lead ALL nations to God. The Servant’s work is far from easy, but He finds strength only in His Father and the Holy Spirit (Isa.11:2; 42:1; 62:1; Jn.3:34; 7:16; 8:26-28).
#1. He has been called to be the LORD'S Servant (vs.1-3)
#2. His work has been difficult (vs.4)
#3. He will bring salvation to both Israel and Gentiles (vs.5-6)
#4. Kings and princes will arise and worship Him (vs.7)
#1. He will become a Covenant to the people (vs.8a)
#2. He will provide restoration and comfort for the afflicted (vs.8b-13)
#1. He has not forgotten Zion, her destroyers will go away, (vs14-17)
#2. Zion will overflow with new children who come to her (vs.18-21)
#3. The nations shall bring her children, and kings and queens will foster them (vs.22-23)
#4. The LORD will contend with those who oppress Zion and her children (vs.2-25)
Theme: This is a discourse of Christ to the world; a discussion of Almighty GOD with Israel; with a temporary detour of the judgment of Israel's oppressors.
In this third and final division of the Book of Isaiah, there is a threefold division which is marked off with the words, "There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked." We have seen in the first division the comfort of JEHOVAH which comes through the Servant. Chapter 49 begins the second division, which shows us the redemption of Almighty GOD through the Suffering Servant.
This brings us to the sure revelation of the LORD Jesus Christ as the Suffering Servant of God who brings Redemption to all people. We have been moving in this disclosure from the very beginning, but at first we saw Him more as a shadow in the background, not as the Servant who brings comfort to GOD’S people. The closer we get to Chapter 53, where we have that wonderful revelation of the Cross of Christ, the clearer He will become.

Israel too, was the servant of God, but Israel had failed desperately! Now the LORD God speaks of another Servant, and that Servant is the LORD Jesus Christ. Prophetic Scriptures spoke of Israel as GOD’S servant; but the ultimate and absolute meaning is found in the Person of Christ. A classic illustration is in Hosea 11:1, where it states: When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. This was fulfilled in Christ (Mat.2:15). . . . Israel failed, but the One who came out of that nation shall succeed. 

Characteristics of Jesus in the New Testament
• Love enables us to build up and meet the needs of others without expecting anything in return.
 (Jn.10:11, 15; 13:1; 15:13; Rom.5:6-8; Eph.5:2; 1 Jn.4:7-11)        
• Joy allows us to appreciate GOD’S love and support even when our circumstances are trying and dismal. We can have joy, even when we are not happy. (Jn.15:11; 16:24, 33; 17:13; Rom.15:13; 2 Cor.1:24; Eph.5:18; Phil.1:25; 1 Thes.5:16; 1 Pet.1:8; 2 Jn.1:12)
• Peace can happen only when we surrender and yield to the Lord’s control, for He is our ultimate peace! (Jn.14:27; 16:33; 20:19, 21, 26; Col.3:15; Phil.4:7)          
• Patience is being tolerant and courageous, and accepting difficult situations without making demands and conditions. (Mat.27:14; Rom.12:12; 2 Cor.6:6; Gal.5:22; Eph.4:2; Col.1:11; 3:12;2 Tim.3:10; 4:2; Jam.1:3,12)             
• Kindness is practicing compassion and a loving attitude towards others. (Lk.6:35; 1 Co.13:4; 2 Cor.6:6; Col.3:12-13; 2 Pet.1:7)             
• Goodness reveals compassion, honesty and reliability to others (Mat.19:16; Rom.11:22; 15:14; Gal.5:22; Eph.5:9)                
• Faithfulness is standing firm in your belief and trust in the Lord (1 Thes.5:24; 2 Thes.3:3; 2 Tim.2:13; Heb.2:17; 3:2; 10:23; Rev.1:5; 19:11)
• Gentleness reveals calmness, compassion and tenderness to others (Lk.18:16; 1 Thes.2:7; 1 Tim.3:3; 2 Tim.2:24; Tit.3:2; Jam.3:17)
• Self-Control allows us to restrain ourselves in any circumstance (Rom.6:12; 1 Thes.5:22; Tit.1:8; Jam.1:19; 1 Pet.4:4; 2 Pet.5-7) Love vs hate. Peace vs variance. Joy vs strife. Longsuffering (patience) vs quick temper, wrath. Gentleness vs fierce, cruel. Goodness vs evil, immoral. Faith vs doubt, distrust. Meekness vs proud, arrogant. Temperance (self-control) vs no restraint.
• Forgivness is when we realize just how much Christ has forgiven us, which enables us to forgive things that are done to us. (Pro.19:11; Mat.6:14; 18:21-22; Mk.11:25; Lk.6:37; 11:4; 17:4)
• Humility, being humble puts to rest arrogance and removes pride. (Mat.18:4; 23:12; Jam.4:6, 10; 1 Pet.5:5-6)
• Courage is what God has given us, the strength to face any situation, trial or peril. It is the ability to react, knowing that God is in control, that He who is in me is greater than he who is against me (Jn.15:4-5, 7; 2 Cor.3:4-5; Phil.4:13; 1 Jn.4:4)
• Compassion feels the pain and trouble of others (Mat.8:7; 9:19, 36; 12:15; 14:14; 15:32; 18:12; 20:34; 23:37)               
• Avoiding anger is knowing how destructive it is, and determined to maintain a cool and serene attitude (Mat.5:22; Gal.5:20-21; Eph.4:26, 31; Col.3:8, 15; Jam.1:19-20)                  
• Harmless is not willing to deliberately hurt anyone or anything (Mat.10:16; Phil.2:15; Heb.7:26)   
• Honest is being truthful and doing what is sincere and right before God and others (Rom.12:17; 2 Cor.8:21; 13:7; Phil.4:8; 1 Pet.2:12)     
• Meekness is NOT being weak! Meekness is strength under control, which yields personal rights and expectations to God. (Ps.62:5-6; Isa.53:7; Mat.11:29; 12:19; 21:5; 26:52; 27:31; Jn.18:23; Acts 8:32; 2 Cor.10:1; Jam.5:6; 1 Pet.2:23)                     
• Mercy is demonstrating more forgiving and gracious kindness than the world requires. (Mat.9:27; 17:15; 18:26, 29; 20:31; Mk.17:13; Lk.6:36; 17:13; 18:13, 38)
• Prompt is not holding others back with our inadequacies; it is respecting the time of others and being able to act quickly when God and others call on us. (Ecc.3:1)
• Prudence is caution by applying good, reasonable and fair judgment to situations that will help in avoiding error and problems (Pro.5:2; 13:6; 16_20; 19:11; Mat.27:19; Mk.12:34; Tit.1:5)
• Security is trust and total reliance upon GOD for our daily needs. This does NOT mean and depending on the government to support you (2 Thes.3:10). If a person is able to work, he/she should work, for it is a sin to be lazy. Taking money when you well able to work is stealing from those who really need it (Pro.15:19; 21:25; 24:30; 26:16; 1 Thes.3:10). I personally believe that any able-bodied man or woman who live on government money cannot be a TRUE Christian. We are to use Christ Jesus as our model, and He certainly did NOT let the government support Him! (Mat.8:20; Lk.2:7,12,16; 8:3; 2 Cor.8:9).
• Understanding is the ability to reason and comprehend situations. (Mat.15:10; 16:12; 24:15; Mk.12:34; 13:29; Acts 13:7; 1 Cor.14:15; Eph.3:4,18; 5:17; Col.1:9; 2 Tim.2:7; Jam.3:3)   
• Virtue is an asset, an advantage, a quality which holds to the principles of moral excellence and calls us to a higher level where few people ever think to go, but as a Christian, we must go (Rom.12:9-10. Gal.5:6, 22-23; Eph.4:2, 32. Phil.2:2-4; Col.3:12-17; 1 Thes.5:15; Jam.3:17-18; 1 Pet.3:8-11; 2 Pet.1:5-8; 1 Jn.3:14-20).             
• Zealous means to maintain our passion for our faith and our call, not allowing ourselves to fall into a rut of meaningless pretense (Lk.2:49; Jn.2:17; 8:29; Rom.10:2; 2 Cor.9:2; Col.4:13; Tit.2:14; Rev.3:19)

Chapter 50 . . . Although they people are comforted about their return to Palestine, it is just a small part of the complete worldwide plan of healing that Almighty GOD will provide through His gracious and Humble Servant. The Servant serves as the Center of Hope in these Chapters. Because of this awesome Servant, Israel can be assured that GOD has not forsaken them. In reality, the Servant will lead ALL nations to serve God. Slowly this Majestic Servant is introduced. His work is not easy, but He finds strength in the LORD God.
Through the multitude of verses describing the Suffering Servant, the Israelites (and we as well), should start to realize the cost of salvation. It is easy enough to arrange for their passage back to Judah as the first section emphasized using Cyrus the Persian emperor as His servant. But, this Suffering Servant, brings GOD’S people back through sufferings which end with His death on the cross, and in this way He has become their Saviour (and ours). He died for their sins . . . and ours! What should have been OUR sufferings, became His sufferings. Do you honestly realize just what Jesus did for us? For you and for me? And because He faithfully did and does His work, He prospers and leads all those who are made righteous (justified) by Him (Rom.3:24; 5:1, 9).
God ever so patiently taught the Jews that His plan was to incorporate people all around the world. The many was to include people from all around the world . . . Jews AND Gentiles (Gal.3:26-29)! The every one in chapter 55:1 is all-encompassing. Chapter 56 assures that strangers (Gentiles) will not feel inferior or unimportant. Consider the following:
#1. Man looks for political freedom; God provides spiritual freedom in the Kingdom of GOD.
#2. Man thinks only of his own race. God helps people from EVERY tongue and race.
How great and immeasurable is GOD’S grace! Chapter 57 brings us back to the operating table. God spreads out our wickedness right before our eyes, and IF you sincerely want salvation of your soul, and long for hope of everlasting life, you must be willing to hear what the LORD has to say to you. Are you listening???
Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (KJV)
Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (KJV) . . . This is very important, because Jesus says it again!
Luke 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (KJV)
Ch.40-48: Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked. (KJV)  
Ch.49-57: Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. (KJV)   
Ch.58-66: Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. (KJV)  
All three of these last sections end with the same idea . . . there shall be no peace, to the wicked. The Messiah brings peace, but any and all who reject Him will NEVER know peace. Turning TO idols is turning AWAY from the Messiah. As we have seen, this section has majored in a condemnation and rebuke of idolatry. Idolatry is a road that leads to Babylon. The LORD, in the Book of Isaiah, is traveling the lonely road to Calvary. BEWARE!!! ALL idolatry and witchcraft are an abomination to the LORD: (Deut.27:15; 1 Ki.11:7; 23:13; Isa.44:19; Jer.32:35; Eze.18:12; Dan.12:11; Mal.2:11; Rev.21:27)         

ISAIAH 50 parallels with PHILIPPIANS. Philippians is the Book of the racer (Phil.2:16). Isaiah 50:5-7 shows Christ's suffering and purpose of heart, who set His face like a flint to win the race. Compare that with the racer in Phil. 3:7-14, and with Christ's humiliation as in Phil. 2:8. The remnant will be the actual racers in Israel. Isaiah 50:5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away backPsalm 40:6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
Heb. 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: . . . His Body was pierced, that Special, Perfect Body was for sacrifice. Phil. 2:7-8 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. . . . He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of that horrid Cross.
Isaiah Chapter 50 correctly consists of two parts:
Part #1. The first includes verses 1-3, and contains a statement of the reasons WHY the Jews had been rejected and punished. They are to be regarded as in exile in Babylon. It might be thought by some of the unbelieving Jews, that the calamities that came upon them was not proof that they were suffering under His righteous displeasure. This is to show them the real reason of their suffering: God tells them:
(a). Their sufferings were not the result of impulse on His part, as a husband often puts away his wife without any good reason (vs.1).
(b). There was a direct reason for their rejection by Him, and that reason was their sins. It was their fault, not His!
(c). It was not for lack of power on the part of GOD to save them. His Hand was not shortened, and He had abundantly shown that He had power to defend His people (vs.2-3). He was able to dry up the sea, and to make the rivers a desert, and He clothed the heavens with blackness, so He was well able, to save His people.
Part #2.  The second part of chapter 50 includes verses 4-11. This speaks of a different subject; and in respect to it, there have been many interpretations. A speaker is introduced who claims to be very qualified for office to which He was called (vs.4); who has been amply endowed by GOD for the mission on which He is sent (vs.5); who meets with opposition, but who accepts it all with meekness (vs.6); who puts His trust in GOD, and confides in Him alone (vs.7-9); and who calls on all who fear the LORD to hear Him (vs.10); and who threatens to inflict punishment on all who do not listen to Him (vs.11). This part of the Chapter has been referred, by different interpreters, to different individuals: some say it refers to the prophet Isaiah; others say it refers either to the prophet or to some other one living in exile at the time of the captivity. The more common interpretation is that it refers to the Messiah, and this is what I believe.
The Passage, if it refers to the Messiah, as I believe it does, relates above all to His humiliation and sufferings, and agrees with that in Isaiah Chapter 53, which embraces the following points:
#1. He was gifted for His work, and especially suited to comfort the afflicted and weary (vs.4).
#2. He totally obeyed GOD, and submitted to all His appointments cheerfully (vs.5).
#3. He willingly submitted with meekness to all the injuries inflicted upon Him by others, even to their deepest contempt, disrespect and ridicule (vs.6).
#4. He persisted in these terrible trials because He put His faith and trust in GOD, and believed that He could and would deliver Him (vs.7-9).
#5. He calls upon all who feared GOD to put their trust in Him, and stand firm in Him, which was a statement to the pious portion of Israel (vs.10).
#6. He warns those who trusted in themselves, and those who were seeking only their own welfare, that He, Himself would inflict a devastating punishment on them, and that they would lie down in sorrow (vs.11).
Theme: The reason for GOD’S rejection of Israel: Israel's rejection of Christ.
Israel's rejection of Christ is the real hurdle that they must get over, before there can ever be any blessing for them. He came as their Messiah; He actually was one of them. John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (KJV) . . . Christ came to His own people, the Jews, and His own people denied Him and refused to receive Him as their Messiah.
Fifteen Predictions, Fulfilled in Isaiah Ch.50:
1. Judah will be put away (vs.1).
2. No man will be able to help in the day when Judah is being put away (vs.2).
3. Only the Messiah alone has power to redeem and deliver (vs.2-3).
4. GOD has given Me (Messiah) the tongue of the learned that I may know how to help the weary (vs.4).
5. He wakens Me morning by morning to hear as the learned (vs.4).
6. He has opened My ear, and I was not rebellious, neither did I turn away (vs.5).
7. I gave My back to the smiters, and My cheeks to them that plucked out the hair (vs.6).
8. I hid not My face from shame and spitting (vs.6).
9. The LORD will help Me (vs.7, 9).
10. I will not be confounded (vs.7).
11. I have set My face like a flint (vs.7).
12. I know I will not be ashamed (vs.7).
13. He is near that justifies Me, so who will dare contend with Me (vs.8)?
14. Those that condemn Me will be destroyed (vs.9).
15. Those who do not fear the LORD or obey His Servant, who walk in darkness and in the light of their own fire, will regret it (vs.10-11).
This whole prophecy, like many others in Isaiah, was written mainly in the past tense, but it was not fulfilled until many years later. The divorce between GOD and Judah took place about 133 years after these predictions, while the events concerning the Messiah took place over 700 years later.

Chapter 51 . . . ISAIAH 51 parallels with COLOSSIANS. Colossians is the book of correction. In Isaiah 51, GOD’S chosen people are repeatedly rebuked to listen to Him and to look to Him for judgment. Isaiah 51:4-5 Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people. 5  My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trustCol. 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Col. 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: . . . Consider this wisdom: 1 Cor. 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. (KJV)
Some think that this chapter, together with Isaiah 52:1-12, is one connected portion, and it is wrong to separate them. This part of Isaiah is that of marvelous beauty, and is a most suitable introduction to the most important portion which follows, which respects the Messiah.
This is designed mainly to comfort the Jews in their exile. They are considered to be in Babylon near the end of their captivity, desperately desiring to be rescued. This Chapter is somewhat intense in its character, which is made up of different speeches of GOD and His people . . . the one encouraging the strong language of consolation, and the other is passionate pleas for their deliverance. GOD speaks to them in the language of comfort, and directs them to remember the founder of their nation, and assures them that He is well able to deliver them (vs.1-3).
#1. He speaks of them as devout, and as seeking the LORD (vs.1).
#2. They were to remember Abraham and Sarah; the quarry, so to speak, from which the nation had been hewed; they were to remember how feeble they were, and yet how GOD had made a great nation of them, and to feel assured that GOD was equally able to conduct them forward and to multiply them into a great nation (vs.1-2). http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_israel.htm
#3. A direct Promise that GOD would comfort Zion, and make it like Eden (vs.3).
GOD calls upon His people to pay attention to Him, assuring that He would extend the TRUE religion even to the Gentile world, and that His salvation would be more permanent than the heavens were (vs.4-6).
#1. He would make His religion a light to the Jewish people (vs.4), even though they were now in darkness, yet they would one day be brought into the light.
#2. He would extend it to the isles. . . to the pagan world (vs.5).
#3. It should be everlasting. The heavens would grow old and vanish, but His salvation would NOT ever be ended (vs.6).
GOD assures Israel that they have no reason to be downhearted because of the number and power of their enemies. No matter how mighty they were, they would be consumed as the moth eats up a garment, and as the worm consumes wool (vs.7-8). Always remember: One with GOD is the majority!
The people are introduced as calling upon GOD, and as begging Him to intervene as He had done in former times in their behalf (vs.9-10). In this appeal they refer to what GOD had done in former periods when He cut Rahab (Egypt) in pieces, and delivered His people, and they cry to Him to intercede in the same way, and to deliver them.
To this request, the LORD replies (vs.11-16). He assures them:
#1. His redeemed shall return with joy and triumph (vs.11).
#2. He that had made the heavens was their Comforter, and they had nothing to fear from man, or the fury of any oppressor (vs.12-13).
#3. The captive exile would be loosed, and they so desired that it would soon occur (vs.14).
#4. The LORD of hosts, who had divided the sea, was their Protector. He had given them a solemn Promise, and He had covered His people with the shadow of His Hand, and He would defend them (vs.15-16).

Chapter 51 closes with a direct address to Jerusalem, and with wonderful assurances that it would be rebuilt, and that it would be no more visited with such calamities (vs.17-23).
#1. The calamities of Jerusalem are numbered. She had drunk the cup of the fury of the LORD; she had been forsaken by those who were qualified to guide her; desolation and destruction as a result had come upon her; her sons had fainted in the streets, and had drunk of the fury of God (vs.17-20).
#2. GOD promises deliverance. She was drunken, but not with wine. GOD had taken out of her hand the cup of trembling, and she would no more drink it again. He would put that cup into the hand of those who had afflicted her, and they would now drink of it (vs.21,23).

It is impossible to read this Chapter without recognizing the fact that GOD has a future plan for Israel . . . just as He has a future plan for the church and for you and me.
The final verse of Chapter 50 finished with a warning, which might lead some to a wrong interpretation. God does NOT want us to think that Israel as a nation has been set aside permanently! That simply is NOT true! And when He speaks of Israel, He means Israel. But in the last days, Israel shall indeed be a part of the TRUE church (Gal.3:26-29).
Just as Israel has had a past rooted in a very small beginning (Gen.12:1-3), so too, Israel today is small and set aside . . . but this does not mean GOD has forsaken them. He has NOT forsaken Israel, and He never will! No matter how hard wicked people try to kill her off, they will NOT ever accomplish it. Israel is here to stay! Jeremiah 31:35-37 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: 36  If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. 37  Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD. (KJV)

Israel may seem to the world today that she is way off track, but dear one, GOD will put her back on the main track sometime in the future, and I do not think it is a distant future. With the way the world is going, it reminds me of: Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (KJV) . . . You know what GOD did then! I believe judgment is coming soon. There are so many signs pointing to this. I think that Jesus could come and take the saints home at any time in the Rapture. http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_signs_rapture.htm

In this Chapter GOD turns on the alarm to awaken those who are asleep that they might know that the eternal morning is coming soon. Romans 13:11-12 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (KJV) . . . If you do not know if you are going to Heaven, the Bible tells us that you CAN know.
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (KJV)
1 John 5:10-13 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV)

Chapter 52 . . . Consider the situation of Jerusalem today. It is a city in chaos and turmoil.
Zec. 12:2-3 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. 3 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. (KJV)
 The LORD has yet to bring His people there. GOD is saying, wake up, O Jerusalem, for I am going to make you again a great city of peace one day.

Special Comments
Even though God knew that Israel would reject the Messiah, He had to make them a genuine offer of the Kingdom, before turning to the Gentiles. This is why Jesus sent the first group of disciples only among the Jews, and why He said He was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel (Mat. 15:24) Although Paul called himself the apostle to the Gentiles (Rom.11:13), He often went to the local synagogue first when coming to a new town, out of love for His own people.
In my opinion, this was not meant to become a general principle in evangelism, although I think that some Messianic groups see it that way. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (KJV)
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (KJV) . . . We  are to Go ye therefore, to whomever we are led, no matter if they are Jews or Gentiles!
Thirty-five Predictions in Isaiah Chapters 51 & 52, not yet fulfilled:
#1. The LORD will comfort Zion (Isa.51:3).
#2. He will comfort all her waste places.
#3. He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD.
#4. Joy, gladness, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody will be found there. It is not so today.
#5. A law will proceed from Me (Isa.51:4).
#6. I will make judgment to rest for a light of the people.
#7. My righteousness is near (Isa.51:5).
#8. My salvation is gone forth.
#9. My arms will judge the people.
#10. The isles will wait upon Me.
#11. They shall trust in My arm.
#12. The heavens will vanish like smoke (Isa,51:6).
#13. The earth will wax old as a garment.
#14. Men that dwell in it will die in like manner.
#15. My salvation will be forever.
#16. My righteousness will not be abolished.
#17. The wicked will be consumed like a moth-eaten garment and like wool that is eaten by worms; but My righteousness and salvation will continue in all generations (Isa.51:7-8).
#18. The Redeemed shall return, and come with singing to Zion (Isa.51:11).
#19. Everlasting joy will be upon them.
#20. They will have joy and gladness.
#21. Sorrow and crying will flee away.
#22. I will comfort you (Isa.51:12). Not so today.
#23. The fury of the oppressor will be no more (Isa.51:13). The fury of oppressors rage!
#24. I have put My words in your mouth (Isa.51:16; 59:20-21).
#25. I have covered you in the shadow of My hand that I may say to Zion: You are My people (Isa.51:16).
#26. I have taken the cup of trembling out of your hand, even the dregs of the cup of My fury; you will no more drink of it (Isa.51:21-22).
#27. I will put it into the hands of your enemies, for them to drink of it (Isa.51:23).
#28. Henceforth the uncircumcised and the unclean will never come into Jerusalem (Isa.52:1).
#29. The captivity of Israel will be over and the people will return to Jerusalem and Zion (Isa.52:2-6).
#30. My people will know My Name in that day and understand that I have spoken to them (Isa.52:6).
#31. Missionaries will go upon the mountains bringing good tidings and publishing peace and salvation; and they will say to Zion: Your GOD reigns! (Isa.52:7).
#32. Your watchmen will sing together and see eye to eye when the LORD will bring you back to Zion (Isa.52:8).
#33. The waste places will break forth into singing because of the comfort and redemption of Jerusalem (Isa.52:9).
#34. The LORD will bare His Holy Arm before the eyes of all nations, and all the ends of the Earth will see the salvation of GOD (Isa.52:10).
#35. You will not go out with haste, for the LORD will go before you and be your rereward [rear guard] (Isa.52:11-12; Josh.6:9).

The Holy City of Jerusalem, shall be redeemed for no money. Israel’s oppressors will wail. All the ends of the Earth shall see the salvation of our GOD. When departing, the Almighty LORD will be the Rear Guard! The LORD’S Servant will be both exalted and glorified. Nations will be cleansed and astonished by Him.
The enemies of Israel will NOT escape GOD’S Judgment. Every nation that was ever devoted to anti-Semitism (hatred of Jews) has fallen: Egypt, Persia, Rome, Spain, Belgium and Germany. This Chapter should really make believers today, aware that GOD will yet choose Israel, and that the events in the Near East indicate that we are fast approaching the end times, even though no specific prophecy is being fulfilled in this hour.

Chapter 53 . . . ISAIAH 53 is in contrast with 2 THESSALONIANS. Isaiah 53 reveals Christ as the suffering Servant at His First Coming. 2 Thessalonians describes His Second Coming.
Isaiah Chapter 53 speaks of none other than Christ Jesus, and should be quite clear to every impartial reader who has ever heard or read the history of His sufferings and death. This prophecy could speak of NO one else! The Jews have tried to apply it to their sufferings in captivity; but they are wrong.

This Chapter shows us the appearance of Christ in His Human nature, His sufferings in it, and the glory that would follow.
Theme: The suffering of the Saviour; the satisfaction of the Saviour.
Those who are familiar with GOD’S Word understand that Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 give us a more vivid account of the crucifixion of Christ than can be found anywhere else in the Bible. So many people think that only the four Gospels describe the sad event of the horrifying death of the only begotten Son of GOD. But, if you examine the Gospel accounts carefully, you will soon see that only a few unrelated events connected with the Crucifixion are given and that His actual Crucifixion is passed over with reverential limitation. The Holy Spirit drew a veil of silence over the Cross of Christ, and none of the shocking details of what really happened before and when the crucifixion took place, are written down by the Gospel writers. The brutal crowd who murdered Jesus, actually sat down and watched Him suffer and die! Even they did not see everything, because GOD placed over His Son's agony the blanket of darkness. Some dramatic speakers paint with striking speech, the smallest details of what they THINK took place at the crucifixion of Christ. Artists have given us the account of His death in horrifying reality. You and I probably will never know, even in eternity, the extent of Jesus’ suffering. I believe that time was an extremely personal encounter between the Father and the Son of GOD, and was not meant for any of us to completely understand, now or ever.

The LORD for some reason has chosen me to write poems for Him. When He gives me “words” I sit down and put them on paper. I am NOT a poet. I am simply the LORD’S servant. I share all the poems He has ever given me. I bring the following poem, because it fits here.


When Jesus hung on that cross, without ev’n one friend,
Those three hours of darkness, I cannot comprehend!
‘Twas a private time, between the Father and Son,
When my sin debt was paid, and Christ’s battle was won!

There is NO way, I can comprehend Jesus’ love,
Coming to Earth to die, leaving Heaven above!
He left the comfort of Heav’n’s safety, to endure great agony,
For the likes of a nobody, like sinful me!

NO earthly mortal, this kind of love could possess,
We are filled way too much, with worldly wickedness.
We are blessed indeed, to access this kind of love,
In this evil, immoral world, of push and shove!

In those three hours of darkness, Christ took on my sins,
The devil was jubilant, he thought he would win!
But it was Christ Jesus, who had the victory,
In those three hours of darkness; that Godly mystery!

Jesus paid my full sin debt, in those dark three hours,
Ne’er did He doubt, fear, hesitate, waver or cower!
He tolerated all, that agony and pain,
Ne’er did He protest, object, grumble or complain.

The suffering that He endured, for you and for me,
Was love indescribable, that set our souls free!
Jesus’ love surpasses all, that we could ever know,
We’re privileged indeed, that on us His love does flow!

Have you e’er considered, those three hours of darkness?
When our precious Saviour, brought us such great success?
Have you thanked Him, for providing the only Way,
That we might access, Heav’n’s glorious beauty one day?
By:  His servant, Connie Kramer   Oct.5, 2014 #1359
All forsook Him: (Mat.26:31,54-56; Mk.14:27,50-52; Jn.16:32; 18:8-9; 2 Tim.4:16; Ps.38:11) Darkness: (Mat.27:45; Mk.15:25,33-34; Lk.23:44-45) Love of Christ. (Mk.10:21; Jn.10:11; 11:3; 13:1,34; 14:6,21; 15:9,13; 19:26; 20:2; Rom.5:7; 8:35-38; 2 Cor. 5:14; Gal.2:20; Eph.3:19; 5:2,25; 1 Tim.1:14; 1 Jn.3:16) Battle between Christ and Satan: Gen.3:15; The devil’s seed: (Mat.3:7, 12:34; 23:33; Jn.8:44; Acts 13:10; 1 Jn.3:8,10). Her seed: Ps.132:11; Isa.7:14; Jer.31:22; Mic.5:3; Mat.1:23,25; Lk.1:32-35,76; Gal.4:4). Gift Of God: (Mat.7:11; Jn.4:10; 6:32; Acts 8:20; 15:11; Rom.5:15,18; 6:23; 8:32; 11:29; 1 Cor.7:7; 2 Cor.9:15; Eph.2:8; 2 Tim.1:6; 1 Jn.4:9; 5:11)

That this general darkness was totally supernatural is evident that it happened at the Passover, which was celebrated ONLY at the full moon, a time in which it was impossible for the sun to be eclipsed, natural eclipses happening only at the time of the new moon.
700 years before Christ was born, Isaiah lets us see something of His suffering that we will not find anywhere else in the Bible. But some may ask, "How do you know that Isaiah is referring to the death of Christ?" That is the question that the Ethiopian eunuch asked when Philip hitchhiked a ride from him in the desert. The Ethiopian was going from Jerusalem back to his own country, and he was reading the Chapter 53 of Isaiah. We are even told the very place in the chapter (vs.7) where he was reading (Acts 8:32).

The first nine verses of Isaiah 53 will tell us about the suffering of the Saviour. The rest of the Chapter tells us about the satisfaction of the Saviour. These two subjects belong together . . . suffering and satisfaction. Suffering preceded satisfaction for the LORD Jesus, and it also does for us. Suffering always precedes satisfaction. Far too many people try to take a shortcut to happiness by trying to avoid all the trying experiences of life, but many things that happen in life make us stronger and increase our faith. Dear one, there simply is NO short cut to satisfaction (contentment, gratification, happiness).
If we are faithful to the LORD, and claim His Promises, He will equip us with the whole armor of God (Mat.6:34; 2 Cor.12:9; Phil.4:4, 7, 11, 13; Eph.6:11-13). We must remember that Jesus took NO short cuts to His satisfaction. GOD does not work that way. Jesus could have avoided the Cross and accepted the crown. That was what Satan wanted (Mat.4:1-10). But suffering always comes before satisfaction. There are various expressions about this: through trial to triumph; sunshine comes after the rain; light follows darkness; no pain, no gain; flowers come after the rain. That seems to be GOD’S way of doing things. Since it is His method, then it is the very best way. Possibly you may be sitting in the shadows of life this day; trials and temptations threaten you, problems overwhelm you, and you have tasted the bitter without the sweet. If that is where you stand right now, let me encourage you to fortify your faith by saying that you are on the same path of darkness that the LORD Jesus followed, and that it shall at last lead to light if you walk in faith with Him. Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (KJV) . . . With this in mind, let us consider Isaiah’s prophecy of the suffering Saviour.

He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. He was bruised for our iniquities…and by His stripes we are healed. We all like sheep have gone astray. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. The LORD Jesus made His soul an offering for OUR sin. The Righteous Servant shall justify many. He bore the sins of many, OUR sorrows and OUR sins were transferred to Christ in those three dark hours on the cross, and were made to be HIS sorrows. Since sin and sickness were often connected as cause and effect in Scripture (Isa.33:24; Ps.103:12; Mat. 9:2; Jn.5:14; Jam.5:15), when He accepted, so willingly and out of love for us, our guilt, He also received the divine punishment connected with it. Jesus paid OUR penalty of sin IF we believe in what He did on the cross. Have you thanked Him today? Have you ever thanked Him?

Special Comments . . . Things ONLY the Blood of Christ Can Do
1.      It remits sins (Mat. 26:28).
2.      It gives life to those who believe and trust Jesus (John 6:53).
3.      It causes us to dwell in Christ and He in us (John 6:56).
4.      It is the way by which Jesus purchased the church (Acts 20:28).
5.      It is how Jesus becomes our Atonement through faith (Rom. 3:25).
6.      It justifies us and saves us from GOD’S holy wrath (Rom. 5:1,9).
7.      It redeems us (Eph.1:7; 1 Pet.1:18-19; Rev.5:9).
8.      It brings those who were far away from GOD near to Him (Eph.2:13).
9.      It brings the forgiveness of our sins (Col. 1:14).
10.    It brings peace and reconciles us to GOD (Col. 1:20).
11.    It obtains eternal redemption for us (Heb. 9:12).
12.    It cleanses us to serve the living GOD (Heb. 9:14).
13.    It gives us boldness to enter the most holy place (Rom.5:1-2; Eph.3:12; Heb. 10:19).
14.    It speaks a better word than the blood of Abel (Heb.12:24).
15.    It sanctifies us (Heb.13:12).
16.    It makes us complete for every good work (Heb.13:20-21).
17.    It cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
18.    It bears witness in the Earth along with the Spirit and the water (1 John 5:8).
19.    It is the way by which Jesus washes us (Rev.1:5; 7:14).
20.    It is the way by which we overcome the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:11).

Have you thanked GOD for the precious Blood of Christ (1 Pet.1:19) . . . the Blood of the new covenant (Lk.22:20; Heb.12:24) . . . the Blood of the eternal covenant (Heb.13:20)?
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. (KJV) . . . Eternal life is found only in the precious Blood of Christ.

Seven Facts about Isaiah’s Prophecy:
1. The precise description of the sufferings of Christ should settle all argument with the Jews, because it proves that their ideas about Christ are wrong.
2. It was written over 700 years BEFORE the sufferings of Christ Jesus; this should settle all controversy with infidels. The description is so specific and exact as to the life, work, character and death of Christ that it could not possibly be guesswork or accidental. It has to be the fulfillment of a divine, prearranged plan.
3. The fulfillment could not have been the work of an imposter claiming to fulfill the ancient prophecy to promote his plans, for a large portion of the circumstances did not depend upon the One predicted, but grew out of the feelings and purposes of others trying to frustrate GOD’S divine plans. It would be IMPOSSIBLE for an imposter to create in his life, in every detail, to the exact coincidences regarding his experiences, work, character, and death as put forth in the prophecy.
4. No human being, even those in union with satanic powers, could have shaped the course of events connected with the fulfillment of the prophecy. There are multiple details connected with the Suffering of Messiah. No human could have fulfilled all those facts to the letter. 
5. The Passage is quoted in the New Testament several times, as if from a well-known prophecy accepted by all Israel (Mt. 8:17; Jn. 12:38; Acts 8:28-35; Rom. 10:16; 1Pet. 2:21-25).
6. The prophecy proves that it refers to a PERSON, not a nation or group of people, for there are singular personal pronouns used throughout. His visage being marred more than that of other men; His form; His personal work with men; His being called a man; His being rejected, despised, smitten, and wounded; His death; His mouth; His grave; the offering of His soul for sin; and many other details could only refer to an individual, a Person . . . the Messiah.
7. The prophecy is divided 3 ways: #1. The heart of the prophecy (Isa.52:13-15). Isaiah describes the Messiah's humiliation and exaltation, showing that as a result of His humiliation to redeem, the nations of Earth and their kings would regard Him with profound reverence. #2.  Reception of the prophecy (Isa.53:1). #3. The manifold sufferings of the Messiah. 


The Messiah:                                             Jesus of Nazareth: 
Will be born of a virgin (Isa.7:14)              He was born of a virgin (Lk.1:26-31) 
Will have a Galilean ministry (Isa. 9:1-2)   Ministry began in Galilee (Mat. 4:13-16) 
Will be Heir to David’s throne (Isa. 9:7; 11:1,10)   Given David’s throne (Lk. 1:32, 33) 
His way will be prepared (Isaiah 40:3-5)    Was announced by John the Baptist (Jn.1:19-28) 
Will be spit on and struck (Isaiah 50:6)       Was spit on and struck (Mat.26:67) 
Will be exalted (Isa. 52:13)                          Was highly exalted by God and people (Phil. 2:9-10) 
His visage marred by suffering (Isa.52:14)     Given a crown of thorns (Mk.15:15-19) 
Will make a Blood atonement (Isa.53:5)         Shed His Blood to atone for our sins (1Pet.1:2) 
Will be rejected far and wide (Isa.53:1,3)        Was accepted by just a few (Jn.12:37-41) 
Will bear our sins and sorrows (Isa.53:4-5)      Died for our sins (Rom. 4:25; 1Pet.2:24-25) 
Will be our substitute (Isa.53:6,8)                     Died in our place (Rom.5:6, 8; 2Cor.5:21) 
Paid our penalty for sin (Isa.53:7-8)                  He took on our sins (Jn.1:29; Rom. 6:10; 2Cor.5:21) 
Gentiles will seek Him (Isa.11:10)                     Gentiles came to speak to Jesus (Jn.12:20-21) 
Will be silent before His accusers (Isa.53:7)      Was silent before Herod and his court (Lk.23:9) 
Will save all who believe in Him (Isa.53:12)      Provided salvation for all who believe (Jn.3:16) 
Will die with transgressors (Isa.53:12)                Was numbered with the transgressors (Mk.15:27-28)
Will heal the brokenhearted (Isa.61:1,2)              Healed the brokenhearted (Lk. 4:18-19) 
GOD’S Spirit will rest on Him (Isa.11:2)               The Spirit of God descended on Jesus (Lk.3:22; 4:1) 
Will be buried in a rich man's tomb (Isa.53:9)     Was buried in tomb of a rich man (Mat.27:57-60)
He will judge all with righteousness (Isa.11:4-5)   He was given authority to judge (Jn.5:27; 2Tim.4:1,8) 

Five Prophecies Not Yet Fulfilled:
#1. My servant will deal prudently (on Judgment Day) (Mat.25:31-46; Jn.5:29; Rev.14:10-11; 20:10, 15; 21:8).
#2. He will be exalted and extolled, and be very high (Rom.14:11-12; Phil.2:9-11; 1 Tim.6:15; Rev.5:14; 17:14; 19:11-21).
#3. He will sprinkle many nations (Num.8:7; Eze.36:25; Mat.28:19; Acts 2:33; Tit.3:5-6; Heb.9:13-14; 10:22; 11:28; 1 Pet.1:2).
#4. Kings will shut their mouths before Him (Mat.28:18; Jn.3:31; 5:22-23; Eph.1:20-22; Phil.2:9-11; Heb.1:3; Rev.5:6-13).
#5. That which had not been told them they will see, and that which they had not heard, they will consider (Mat.13:14; Lk.3:6; Jn.1:51; Rom.15:20-21; 16:25-26; Eph.3:5-9).

Christ Jesus (Messiah) was a Man of Sorrows
He was a man of sorrows, because He carried OUR sorrows (Isa.53:3-4). He Himself, personally had NO sin, sickness, pain or suffering because of His own sins, for He had NONE! But we DO have all these in abundance; and since He came into the world to carry them for us, He had to become identified with us in our sufferings by taking them upon Himself and bearing them to His death, so that we who believe, might be free from them. Sorrow simply was a characteristic of His life, especially as He suffered before, and at the cross. He always had sorrows from the time His loving, holy, pure, sensitive, sinless and untainted life came in contact the all the sins, depravities, corruptions, sicknesses, diseases and pains of all He came in contact with. Sorrow, sorrows; grief, pain: (Isa.52:4-5; Ex.3:7; 2 Chron.6:29; Job. 33:19; Ps.32:10; 69:26; Ecc.1:18; Jer.30:15; 45:3; Lam.1:12, 18). 

Christ Bore OUR Sin
It is so stated in Isa. 53:4-5. He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows . . . He was wounded (pierced, slain physically) for our transgressions . . . bruised (spiritually) for our iniquities . . . and with His stripes we are healed (spiritually).
He was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. He did not personally experience all the sicknesses and diseases (sins), but His Soul became sick when He became an Offering for sins. He made atonement for sin and all its effects. Christ atoned for and made provision for the sickness (disease) of SIN to be healed, as well as for sin to be forgiven.
Peter confirmed the doctrine of Isaiah in stating that Christ bore the sins of all men in His body on the cross, and that by His stripes we are healed (1Pet. 2:24).
The Lives of the Prophets includes the lives of the 23 prophets. Some lives are extremely short, only the most basic information is given, while for the others there are details and stories. The main facts indicated in their lives are the followings:
Isaiah: said to be of Jerusalem, suffered martyrdom by being sawn in two by Manasseh, was buried near a place usually identified by scholars as the Pool of Siloam.
Jeremiah: said to be of Anathoth (Jer.1:1), suffered martyrdom by stoning at Tahpanhes in Ancient Egypt where he was also buried. His remains were later moved to Alexandria. Before the First Temple was destroyed, Jeremiah hid miraculously in the rock the Ark of the Covenant.
Ezekiel: said to be of Arira and to be of a priesthood family. He suffered martyrdom in the land of the Chaldeans and was buried in the grave of Shem and Arpachshad.
Daniel: said to be of the Tribe of Judah and born at Beth Horon. He is described as a man devoted to fast and prayer, and the story, full of miraculous details of Nebuchadrezzar's conversion is narrated.
Hosea: said to be of the Tribe of Issachar and born at Belemot where he was buried.
Micah: said to be of the Tribe of Ephraim. He suffered martyrdom by Jehoram and buried in his land near the cemetery of the Anakim.
Amos: said to be born in Tekoa (Amos 1:1), tortured by Amaziah (the priest of Beth-el of Amos 7:10) and martyred by the son of this one. He was buried in his birth-land.
Joel: said to be of the Tribe of Reuben, born and buried in Bethomoron.
Obadiah: said to be born in Beth-acharam in the land of Sichem.
Jonah: said to be born in the land of Kariathmos near the Greek town of Azotus. After his predication in Nineveh he went to live with his mother in Sur. He returned in Judea, died, and was buried in the cave of Kenaz.
Nahum: said to be of Elkesi (Nah.1:1), in front of Isbergabin of the Tribe of Simeon. He died in peace and was buried in his land.
Habakkuk: said to be from the land of Bethzuchar and of the Tribe of Simeon. After the fall of Jerusalem he went to live in the land of Ishmael and then returned to help the Hebrews who remained. He later went in Babylon during the Babylonian captivity where he met Daniel. He died two years before the end of the captivity and was buried in his land.
Zephaniah: said to be from the land of Sabaratha and of the Tribe of Simeon. He was buried in his land.
Haggai: said to come in Jerusalem from Babylon when he was young, and he saw the reconstruction of the Temple. He was buried near the graves of the priests (probably in the Kidron Valley).
Zechariah: said to come in Jerusalem from Babylonia when already old. He blessed both Jozadak (the father of Joshua) and Zerubbabel. He died old and was buried near Haggai.
Malachi: said to be born in Sofa. He died young and was buried with his fathers.
Nathan: said to be from Gaba. He taught the Torah to David. He died very old and was buried in his land.
Ahijah the Shilonite (1 Kings 11:29): said to be from Shiloh. He was buried near the oak of Shiloh.
Joad or Ioad referred to as the man of God in 1 Kings 13:1; said to be of Samareim and was buried as stated in 2 Kings 23:17-18.
Azariah (2 Chronicles 15:1): said to be from the land of Subatha. He was buried in his land.
Elijah the Tishbite: is said to be from the land of the Arabs, of the tribe of Aaron that was in Gilead. Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven (2 Ki.2:11).
Elisha: is said to be of Abelmaul (1 Kings 19:16) in the land of Reuben. He was buried in Samaria.
John the Baptist: beheaded by Herod for publicly accusing him of adultery, is often considered to be the last of the Old Testament prophets (Mat.14:1-12).

CLASSIFICATION OF THE PROPHETS: Prophets of the Old Testament are usually grouped as writing and oral prophets. Within these two groupings is another classification based on size, and not on content, or on the quality of inspiration. Four of the prophetic books were longer in content and therefore called “major prophets.” It does not mean the major prophets were more important or important in subject matter than the “minor prophets.”  The minor prophets simply mean shorter books, nothing more.
MAJOR WRITING PROPHETS: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel.
MINOR WRITING PROPHETS: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

Chapter 54 . . . ISAIAH 54 parallels with 1 TIMOTHY. Isaiah 54:1 O barren, thou refers to Israel under the law. Isaiah 54 shows the contrast between law and grace, the results of atonement to Israel. Isaiah 54 tells the cause of their fruitfulness and rejoicing, which is Calvary. 1 Timothy shows us Paul, a shadow and representative of Israel, in his barren condition under the law and then in his fruitfulness under grace.

As Chapter 53 is a prophecy of the humiliation and exaltation of Christ, of His sufferings and His death, and the glory that should follow; this is a prophecy of that part of His glory which tells of the prosperous estate of His Church. In reality, the Death of Christ is the life of the church and of all those who truly belong to it and therefore very correctly, after the prophet had foretold the sufferings of Christ, he foretells the success of the church, which is a big part of the glory of Christ Jesus. His glory, and the adoration and acclaim of Christ was the actual reward of His humiliation. It was a Promise to Him that He would see His seed, and this Chapter is a revelation of that Promise (Gen.22:17-17; Ps.89:3-4). It may easily be taken for granted that it has a primary reference to the welfare and prosperity of the Jewish church after their return out of Babylon, which was typical of the glorious liberty of the children of GOD, which through Christ we are brought into . . . yet it cannot be denied that it has a further and main reference to the Gospel church, into which the Gentiles were to be admitted (Gal.3:26-28).

It is here promised concerning the Christian church:
#1. Although the beginnings of it were small, it should be greatly enlarged by the accession of many to it among the Gentiles, who had been totally destitute of church privileges (vs.4-5).
#2. Although sometimes GOD might seem to withdraw from her, and hold back the signs of His favor, He would return in mercy and would not return to struggle with them anymore (vs.6-10). #3. Although for a while she was in sorrow and under oppression, she would be in time, advanced to greater honor and splendor than ever before (vs.11-12).
#4. That knowledge, righteousness and peace, would flourish and prevail (vs.13-14).
#5. That all attempts against the church would be confounded since the LORD was on her side, and she would be secured from the malice of her enemies (vs.14-17).
Theme: The regathered and restored wife of Jehovah; the rejoicing and righteous restored wife of Almighty GOD.
This is the logical (common-sense) Chapter to follow Isaiah Chapter 53, because it is the song that should always accompany salvation and the future glories of Israel. Dear one, our precious Redeemer is coming to Zion, and some day they and we, shall behold Him Face to face!

Chapter 55 . . . ISAIAH 55 parallels with 2 TIMOTHY. In Isaiah 55:11 the emphasis is upon GOD’S Word. In 2 Timothy Paul gives instructions concerning the WordIsaiah 55:11 So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it2 Tim 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus2 Tim. 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth2 Tim. 3:15-16 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Since the two previous Chapters are prophecies of Christ and His church, this speaks of His Word and Ordinances, and the nature, method and effectiveness of them. It begins with an invitation to thirsty souls (vs.1), a strong disapproval and a discouraging them for taking wrong methods (vs.2), and which is followed with an encouragement to listen to the Word of Christ, and pay attention to His ordinances; with which they are encouraged with Promises of life and covenant blessings (vs.3). Christ is prophesied of in His offices; and the conversion of the Gentiles to Him is foretold (vs.4). Men are called upon to seek the LORD, where and while He might be found; and the wicked and unrighteous persons, forsaking their ways and thoughts, are encouraged to turn to the LORD, in hopes of pardon, and in consideration of His ways and thoughts not being like theirs (vs.6), the nature and effectiveness of the Holy Word of GOD are expressed and illustrated by the symbols of rain and snow (vs.10), and the conversion of the LORD'S people, because of the Word being made effective, is predicted, the issue of which is the glory of GOD (vs.12).
Theme: Invitation to the world; the ways of God; institution of the Word of God.

The work of the Suffering Servant in Chapter 53 makes it possible for Salvation to be offered in this Chapter. In Chapter 54 the invitation was confined to Israel, while in Chapter 55 the invitation is extended to the entire world . . . Jews and Gentiles. The Gospel went first to Israel and then to the Gentiles. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (KJV)  . . . I do not think that this means that the Jew has the highest importance in today’s world, but they should not be at the bottom of importance either . . . they should be on the same level as everyone else. The Jew did receive the Gospel first in the Old Testament times (Rom.1:16; 2:9-10). On the day of Pentecost, Peter preached to an all-Jewish congregation, it seems there were no Gentiles there . . . but now the invitation goes out to the entire world, or it certainly should. This is important because there have been some religious leaders who do not have an over-all view. The work of the Suffering Servant in Chapter 53 makes it possible now for the offer of salvation to a lost world.
GOD’S invitation has yet to find its total fulfillment in Israel . . . but this invitation is not an automatic offer . . . it rests on the free will of each person who hears it. We are commanded to seek the LORD (Isa.45:22; Jer.29:13; 42:3; 50:4; Lam.3:25-26; Mat.5:6; 6:33; 7:7-12; Lk.6:21; 11:9-13; 13:24; Rom.10:13; Heb.11:6). 

The LORD invites those who are hungry to come and be richly fed. The Everlasting Covenant is talked about in terms of the sure mercies of David. The wicked will be forgiven IF they forsake their ways. The LORD’S thoughts are higher than men’s thoughts (vs.8). The LORD’S Word shall make our souls fertile. The Everlasting Covenant Scriptures: Gen.17:7; Jer.32:40; Jer.33:17; Psalm 18:50; Psalm 89:3-4, 28-29, 35-37; 2 Sam.7:11-16; 2 Sam.23:5; 1 Kings 2:45; 2 Chron.13:5.

Chapter 56 . . . ISAIAH 56 parallels with TITUS. Isaiah 56 speaks of GOD’S Rest. It is also a picture of the Millennial Rest (Rev.20). Titus tells us how to enter into GOD’S Rest. Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, We are warned in Titus, while we are resting, to do good works. 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 revealedTitus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good workTitus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto menTitus 3:14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitfulWe are to maintain (keep up) good works.
Isaiah Chapter 56 contains a prophecy of the conversion of the Gentiles, and their succession to the church, and of the corrupt state of the church afterwards, especially its rulers, which brought in men compared to wild beasts that devour. Some say that the beasts here refer to the kings of the people; by whom some understand the Chaldeans, Babylonians and other nations who spoiled the Jews, and carried them captive; but it seems to me this refers to the Romans in the last days, and the Antichrist (the Beast).


  • He will be a minor ruler which rises among the “10 horns” of the Revived Roman Empire (Daniel 7:7-8).
  • He shall be diverse from the first, and shall subdue three kings (Dan.7:8, 24; Rev.17:12).
  • In this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things, (Dan.7:8, 20; Rev.13:5).
  • He will be more stout than his fellows (Dan.7:20).
  • He will make war against the saints, and prevail against them (Dan.7:21: Rev.13:7).
  • He will be he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings (Dan.7:24).
  • He shall speak great words against the Most High (Dan.7:25; 2 Thes.2:4; Dan.11:36-38).
  • He will think to change times and laws (Dan.7:25).
  • The saints shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (Dan.7:25; 8:24).
  • He will gain worldwide power, and overthrow some of the greatest rulers (Dan.8:10).
  • He will be wise in deceitfulness (Dan.8:4,12,23).
  • He will be a king of fierce countenance, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders (Dan.8:24; 2 Thes.2:9).
  • His shrewdness shall prosper (Dan.8:25).
  • He will magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the GOD of gods (Dan.11:32).
  • He shall magnify himself above all (Dan. 8:11; 11:36-37; 2 Thes.2:4).
  • Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women (Dan.11:37).
  • In his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not (Dan.11:38; 2 Thes.2:9).
  • He shall honor this god with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things, and will lead the world into following this new god (Dan.11:39).
  • He will be a strong, successful military leader (Dan.8:9; 11:40).
  • He will overthrow many countries (especially Egypt), and invade Israel (Dan.11:41-42).
  • He will plunder the riches of Egypt (Dan.11:43).
  • He will set up his headquarters in Jerusalem (Dan.11:45, 2 Thes.2:4).
  • When he comes to his end, no one will help him (Dan.11:45).
  • He will be revealed before the Rapture (2 Thes.2:1-4).
  • His coming will be accompanied by Satanic miracles (2 Thes.2:9).
  • He will lead the world in unrighteousness (2 Thes.2:10-12).
  • He will gather the leaders of the Earth and their armies to make war against Christ (Rev.19:19).
  • He and his kingdom will be destroyed at the Coming of Jesus (Rev.19:20-21; Dan.7:26; 2 Thes.2:8).


  • Will be an alliance of four major governments, one of which is a union of four lesser governments, along with the ten kings led by the Antichrist (Dan.7:2-7; Rev.13:1-2).
  • It will be diverse from the other three (Dan.7:19).
  • Whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet (Dan.7:19).
  • This ‘Beast’ shall rise up out of the sea (Dan.7:3; Rev.13:1).
  • And upon his heads the name of blasphemy (Rev.13:1).
  • And the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority (Rev.13:2).
  • One of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed (Rev.13:3).
  • And they worshipped the Beast, saying, who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?  (Rev.13:3-4, 8).
  • And power was given unto him to continue forty and two months (Rev.13:5).
  • This kingdom’s Beast will be given power to wage war against, and to overcome GOD’S people (Rev.13:7).
  • This Beast's kingdom will in due course be given authority over all the world (Rev.13:7).
  • The number of the beast: is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six (Rev.13:18).
  • This Beast’s kingdom will gather armies together to wage war against Jesus (Rev.19:19).
  • This kingdom’s beast will be cast into Hell, along with the second beast (the false prophet) (Rev.19:20).


  • This second beast will arise sometime after the first beast, and will seem less monstrous than the first beast (Rev.13:11).
  • It will be a union of two kingdoms This second beast (person) is later identified as the False Prophet (Rev.16:13; 19:20). He is a counterfeit of GOD’S Holy Spirit. He seems to do good, he has two horns like a lamb, but is really a wolf in sheep’s clothing (Mat.7:15)! When he speaks, he gives himself away, he speaks as a dragon (Rev.13:11).
  • He shall enforce all the authority of the first beast. He shall demand that all who dwell on the Earth worship the first beast, whose alleged death-wound had been healed. (Rev.13:12).
  • He shall do seemingly astonishing miracles, like making fire come down to Earth from Heaven while everyone is watching. It will lead all unbelievers astray by cunning deception. He shall order the people to make a great statue of the first beast, who was fatally wounded and then came back to life. He will have great power from Satan, doing lying wonders and pretended miracles, by imitating the power of GOD’S Holy Spirit (Rev.13:13-14). He will imitate Elijah by bringing down “fire from Heaven” (1 K.18:38; 2 K.1:10-12).
  • By the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. This image of Antichrist (Rev.13:14), will clearly be placed in the Temple at Jerusalem (not yet built). I believe this to be the “abomination of desolation” spoken of by Daniel and Jesus (Dan.9:24-27; 12:11; Mat.24:15).
  • He had power to give life unto the image, that the image should speak (Rev.13:15).
  • And cause that as many as would not worship the image should be killed (Rev.13:15).
  • It would cause all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads (Rev.13:16).)
  • No one could buy or sell, unless he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (Rev.13:17).
  • The beast and the false prophet will be cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone,  at the Second Coming of Jesus (Rev.19:20).

Isaiah now returns to the nation of Israel and is speaking to his own people, the Jews. What we have in this chapter is not a retreat to Mount Sinai (as some think) but instead a majestic victory march into the Millennium Kingdom! It is common-sense of what has preceded. It refers mainly to Israel, but radiates out into a wide circle of global advantages and benefits . . . all of which rests on the new covenant which God has made with Israel. It will be the blessing for the Earth in the future. At the time of Isaiah, the Mosaic Law existed . . . BUT the LORD Jesus lifted that Law to the highest degree in His Sermon on the Mount; and it shall be strictly enforced in the Earth in the last days because Christ will be KING! It will be His will and it will be His Law.

The importance in this Chapter is on beliefs, morals and integrity, not on events. The emphasis is on practice, not prophecy, and all of this should impact how we live today. The study of prophecy should NOT be to entertain the curious . . . it should instead encourage holy living.
1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (KJV) . . . The study of prophecy should give us a purifying hope.
Isaiah now is looking forward into the Kingdom Age, the Millennium. The LORD Jesus is reigning as King (Ps.2; Isa.11:6-9; 35:1-10; 65:17-25; Rev.20:1-15). When our LORD lifted the Mosaic Law to the highest degree in His Sermon on the Mount, it was absolutely impossible for anyone to be saved by keeping the Law. Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.(KJV) . . . Dear one, on this basis, very few of us would escape. So . . . HOW are people going to be saved? We have a Saviour who saves us, but when He reigns as King on Earth, there will be NO hatred, NO hijacking of cars or planes, NO kidnapping, NO murder, NO stealing, NO mugging, NO sexual violence, NO drugs, NO fear of his neighbor, etc., etc. We will be able to walk in safety down any street in Jerusalem! The Earth will be a completely safe place in that day. Every man will dwell in peace under his own vine and fig tree, which means he is going to have to forget about handouts from the government! NO WORK, NO EAT! 2 Thes. 3:10-12  For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11  For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12  Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. (KJV) . . . The LORD God condemns laziness: (Pro.6:6-11; 10:4-5, 26; 12:9, 24, 27; 13:4, 23; 18:9; 19:15, 24; 20:4, 13. 21:25-26; 22:13; 23:21; 24:30-34; 26:13-16; Ecc.4:5; 10:18; Isa.56:10; Eze.16:49; Mat.20:6-7; Lk.19:20-25; Rom.12:11; 1 Tim.5:13; 2 Thes.3:10-12; Heb.6:12).

Chapter 57 . . . ISAIAH 57 parallels with PHILEMON. Isaiah 57:15 declares that GOD dwells not only in the high and holy place, but also 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. We can compare this with Onesimus in Philemon 11. Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me. 
Judah’s idolatry is like spiritual adultery. This section majors in a condemnation and rebuke of idolatry. Idolatry is a road that leads to Babylon. The LORD Jesus, in the Book of Isaiah, is traveling the sad and lonely road to Calvary. BEWARE!!! ALL idolatry and witchcraft are an abomination to the LORD: (Deut.27:15; 1 Ki.11:7; 23:13; Isa.44:19; Jer.32:35; Eze.18:12; Dan.12:11; Mal.2:11; Rev.21:27)       

Chapter 58 . . . ISAIAH 58 parallels with HEBREWS. Isaiah 58 tells us of the contrast between shadow and substance. Hebrews tells us of the types and shadows contrasted with reality (Christ Himself). Isaiah 58:13-14 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 14  Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken itHeb. 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the worldHeb. 4:9-10 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
The prophet reproves the sinners in Zion, mainly the hypocrites, to show them their wrongdoing. I think it is intended for rebuke and warning to all hypocrites (then and now), and is not to be confined to those of any one age. Some refer it primarily to those at that time when Isaiah prophesied (Isa.29:13; 33:14). Others refer it to the captives in Babylon, the wicked among them, to whom the prophet had declared there is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked (Isa.57:21).
Against the terror of the Word, they tried to shelter themselves with external routines, especially fasting, which they kept up in Babylon, and for some time after their return to their own land. Isaiah shows that their outward devotions does NOT give them peace with GOD as long as their lifestyles and speech were not as they should be. Some think this is specifically meant to be against the hypocrisy of the Jews, especially the Pharisees before and in our Saviour's time, which boasted of their fastings (Jer.14:12; Mat.6:16-18; Lk.18:12), but Christ Jesus revealed to them their many transgressions (Mat.23), much the same with those they are here charged with.

GOD ever so patiently taught the Jews that His plan was to incorporate people all around the world. The many was to include people from all around the world . . . Jews AND Gentiles! The every one in chapter 55:1 is all-encompassing. Chapter 56 precisely assures these strangers (Gentiles) not to feel inferior or unimportant. Consider the following:
#1. Man looks for political freedom; GOD provides spiritual freedom in the Kingdom of GOD.
#2. Man thinks only of his own race. GOD helps people from every tongue and race.
How great and immeasurable is GOD’S grace! Chapter 57 brings us back to where GOD spreads out OUR wickedness right before our eyes, and IF you sincerely want salvation of your soul, and want everlasting life in Heaven with the LORD, you must be willing to hear . . . and apply what the LORD has to say to you. Are you listening???
Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (KJV)
Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (KJV) . . . This is very important, because Jesus says it again!
Luke 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Chapter 58-66 give GOD’S gracious Promises of hope. Isaiah’s powerful message of hope shines out so clearly because of the warnings to the wickedAlmighty GOD demands remorseful hearts, renewed lives and personal faith in Him from those who truly want salvation. If anyone turns away from the LORD by His continual reminders to cast sin away, that person most likely will never be able to continue to read on to the hope that is so beautifully revealed to us in the later Passages of Isaiah. In the last section of Isaiah (chapters 58-66), reform and repentance is mentioned less, while the hope in GOD’S salvation rouses our heart. 

All three of these last sections end with the same idea . . . there shall be no peace, to the wicked. The Messiah brings peace, but any and all who deny and reject Him will NEVER know peace. Turning TO idols is simply turning AWAY from the Messiah. As we have seen, this section has majored in a condemnation and rebuke of idolatry. Idolatry is a road that leads to Babylon. Dear one, the LORD, in the Book of Isaiah, is traveling the lonely road to Calvary. BEWARE!!! ALL idolatry and witchcraft are an abomination to the LORD: (Deut.27:15; 1 Ki.11:7; 23:13; Isa.44:19; Jer.32:35; Eze.18:12; Dan.12:11; Mal.2:11; Rev.21:27).

Chapter 59 . . . ISAIAH 59 parallels with JAMES. Isaiah 59 describes human wickedness and GOD’S judgment. James tells us how fierce and vicious the old creature is, and also speaks of GOD’S judgment. Isaiah 59:21 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.
James 3:8-9 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
Chapter 58 declared the hypocrisy and rigid observance of rules by those who profess to be religious. Chapter 59 states the errors and false doctrines, immorality and profane, nonreligious, worldly attitudes, which shall be widespread before the Coming reign of Christ, when the latter day glory begins; which is fully described in Chapter 60.
Reasons are given for GOD’S withdrawing His awesome Presence from a professing people, which were not in lack of power and readiness in Him, but their sins and transgressions (vs.1-2), which are stated, such as murder, rapine, lies (vs.3-8), for which the judgments of GOD were upon them. They walked in darkness, groping for the wall like a blind man (vs.9-11), darkness, distress and misery, of which they were sensible, and confessing their sins and transgressions, and feeling sorrow for their wretched state and condition (vs.12-13), which displeased GOD (vs.14-15), who is represented as appearing for their salvation; moved to it by their desire of help, and the oppression of their enemies, in which He shows His power, justice, zeal, grace, and goodness (vs.16-18), the consequence of which shall be the conversion and salvation of many, owing to the effectiveness of the Spirit of the LORD, and to the Coming of the Redeemer (vs.19-20), and the chapter closes with a Promise of the continuation of the Spirit of the GOD, and the Gospel of Christ in His church, unto the end of the world (vs.21).

Chapter 59 Introduction
(Isaiah 59:1-8) Reproofs of sin and wickedness.
(Isaiah 59:9-15) Confession of sin, and lamentation for the consequences.
(Isaiah 59:16-21) Promises of deliverance.
Isaiah taught the Israelites that their sins had separated them from GOD. Isaiah prophesied of the last days, the role of the Promised Messiah, the Second Coming, and the Millennium.
You may remember that I said that the Book of Isaiah is like a Mini-Bible.

Just as the Old Testament lays emphasis more on the law, holiness and judgement of GOD, so too, that is the focus of the First Half of Isaiah. The New Testament focuses on grace and the Coming of Jesus, just as the Second Half of the Book of Isaiah does. As we draw nearer to the end of the Book of Isaiah and the prevailing theme of the last part of Isaiah, amazingly it is the same as the last part of the Holy Bible . . . meaning the conditions at the day of the LORD (Joel 2:1, 11, 31; 3:14; Zep.1:14; Lk.26-30), and the Return of Jesus Christ (Zec.14:1-4; Rev.19:11-21). That is the background for Isaiah Chapter 59.  The background is very much the last days, the time of the end and the subject is the trampling and failing of Truth leading to Jesus once again taking matters into His own Hands to bring salvation. Isaiah 59:16-21 is indeed a ‘Jesus plus nothing message’. 
Theme: Condemnation of Israel; confession of Israel; coming of the Redeemer to Israel.
This is a remarkable Chapter, that continues GOD’S charges against Israel, and He names them one by one! Their sins are what had brought about their sad state. Religion had become a cover-up for their sins, then and now. GOD refuses to hear because of their iniquities (Ps.66:18; Isa.1:15; 59:2; Eze.8:17-18; Mic.3:1-4), not because He was hard of hearing, but because of their sins. Many people today think God has a hearing problem. GOD’S hearing is A-1! The problem is with us and our disobedience to the LORD!
Israel’s sins are referred to over 30 times. Many words are used to describe their sins: iniquities, sins, defiled with blood, lies, perverseness, vanity, mischief, adder's eggs, spider's web, viper, works, violence, evil, wasting, destruction, crooked paths, darkness, transgressions, departing, oppression, revolt, conceiving, and uttering of falsehood. There are over 20 charges brought against them. A sad picture indeed!
I think in the last days, that there will be a time of national confession of sin for Israel. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem for the rejection of the Messiah (Zec.12:9-14).

Chapter 59, convinces us of His desire to help us, even though it cost Him dearly. The problem is not that the LORD’S Hand is shortened, so it cannot save. The problem is the sins of the people . . . lies, iniquity and injustice. Darkness comes, and the people growl like bears, and moan sadly like doves. In the absence of righteousness, the LORD Himself became a righteous warrior, and lifted up his standard before the enemy. The Redeemer shall come to Zion.

Chapter 60 . . . ISAIAH 60 parallels with 1 PETER. Isaiah 60:21 describes the holy nation, Israel Thy people also shall be all righteous. 1 Peter 2:9 refers to the holy nation, Israel Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people.
Isaiah 60:18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.
1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
As, in the two preceding chapters of Isaiah (58 & 59), the hypocrisy, profaneness, immorality and wickedness that would abound in the last days, even among professors of religion, are prophesied of; so, in this, a very abundant account is given of last day light and glory; of both the spiritual and personal reign of Christ, with the latter of which it closes. The light and glory of the church, in the spiritual reign, are described (vs.1), the many conversions of persons to it from all quarters, east and west especially, are prophesied of (vs.4), the great usefulness those would be of unto it, in enriching it, and building it up, and in glorifying it, is declared (vs.9), as also the subjection of enemies to it; the favors it would receive from kings, and the fame and renown of it through all nations and ages (vs.14), its riches, prosperity, peace and safety (vs.17), and the chapter concludes with an account of the more perfect state of the church in the Personal reign of Jesus Christ, when there will be a perfection of light and righteousness; and the number of GOD’S elect will be complete, and they will be all together (vs.19).
Theme: The Redeemer and Gentiles come to Jerusalem; the return of Israel to Jerusalem; Jerusalem's realization of all GOD’S Promises.
The last part of the Book of Isaiah, may be new terrain to many people, because no school of prophecy is brought up in this specific section of Scripture. Here we see the Sun of Righteousness rising upon Israel; that which Malachi said would come to pass in the last days.
When Christ comes, it will be like the sun rising into midnight darkness. In that day the nation Israel will reflect the glory light here upon the entire earth. The church, in the meantime, has gone to be with Christ (1 Thes.4:13-18). To try to make the nation Israel and the church one and the same is a study that bogs down when you get into an area like this. It is not a satisfactory interpretation, for it does not meet the range of these prophecies. I say this because it has caused so much confusion. Certain schools of Bible interpretation place little importance on prophecy because they simply neglect sections like this great Chapter in the Word of GOD.
This third and final division of the Book of Isaiah presents the Redeemer on the Cross (Ch. 53). Following that there has been a definite progress and development which speaks not of the government of GOD (as the first part of Isaiah did), but instead, the grace of GOD. The first section the Law was emphasized . . . but here it is about the grace of GOD. We find in this Chapter, as we found also in the first section . . . that there is love in Law; while in this section we also find that there is Law in love.
Chapter 60 brings us to the full display of the Millennium (1000 years). Chapter 59 closed, saying that the Redeemer will come to Zion, and as we move along in chapter 60, He has come. In the Hebrew language there is what is known as the prophetic tense . . . when GOD’S prophets go beyond the event and looks back at it as if it were history. Isaiah speaks of many future things as having already taken place. Isaiah begins: Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. We must understand that for GOD to say something is going to happen, for Him it is the same as its already having taken place. Dear one, prophecy is like a mold into which history is being poured. The LORD knows in detail, every single thing that shall ever happen, every single thing that has ever been prophesied. Chapter 60, GOD gives the people a tremendous vision of the future.

Chapter 61 . . . ISAIAH 61 parallels with 2 PETER. Isaiah 61:2 refers to the day of vengeance of our God. 2 Peter 3 speaks of Christ coming in judgment as a thief in the night2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. . . . Isaiah 61:3-11 speaks of millennial peace and blessing. 2 Peter 3:13 is a warning. 2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
In this Chapter both Christ and the church are introduced speaking, in their turns. It begins with the Words of Christ, describing His work and office; His qualifications for it; the different parts and branches of it; and the ends to be answered by it (vs.1), the restoration of the church; the feeding it by strangers; it’s being a holy priesthood; its enjoying the riches of the Gentiles; its having honor and joy, instead of shame and confusion; its prosperity in the work of the LORD, and the continuance of its spiritual offspring among the Gentiles, are prophesied of (vs.4), and then the church is represented as rejoicing in the LORD, because of her being clothed with His righteousness, so ornamental to He (vs.10), and the Chapter ends with a Promise of her righteousness and glory appearing before all the nations of the world (vs.11).

This Chapter makes a distinction between the First and Second Comings of Christ; and this
Chapter is special because the LORD Jesus opened His public ministry in Nazareth by quoting from it (Lk.4:18-19).

Chapter 62 . . . ISAIAH 62 parallels with 1 JOHN. Isaiah 62 describes Israel as a new creation, possessing eternal life. 1 John is the Book of eternal life.
Chapter 62 continues the prophecy of the glory of the church in the last days. The prophet states his earnest desire for it, and his full assurance of it (vs.1), which would lie in a new name, by which she should be called, and in her being a glorious crown and diadem in the Hand of the LORD (vs.3), in having her sons with her, and the LORD rejoicing over her (vs,5), in having watchmen on her walls, and such as are the LORD'S remembrances in the midst of her (vs,6), in plenty of food (vs.8), in the Coming of the Saviour, and in the gathering of elect Gentiles both to Him and her (vs.10).

The Messiah’s yearning for these predicted joys is before us in this Chapter, and there should be a yearning in the hearts all TRUE believers for these joys. There is a danger today of believers who look for Christ’s Coming to take us out of the world, so we can get away from our problems. When people get into trouble, they want the LORD to come and get them out of their troubles, now, and that does NOT always happen! Troubles in our lives is often allowed by the LORD to check out our faith in Him,
Zion’s righteousness shall go forth as brightness. The Gentiles shall witness its glory. The LORD loves Zion as a bridegroom loves a bride, and will protect it against enemies. Build the highway for the LORD! Zion shall be occupied with the redeemed of the LORD.

Chapter 63 . . . ISAIAH 63 parallels with 2 JOHN. Isaiah 63 describes the judgment of the false teachers and the Antichrist, and the praise and prayer of the remnant who were liberated through the Truth and learned to know Him who is love and truth. In 2 John the love in the truth is stressed, also warning against the false teachers and the Antichrist.

Chapter 63 contains a prophecy about the vengeance of Christ upon the enemies of His church in the last days, where complete salvation could be obtained for them; this being shown by the mercies of GOD to the people of Israel of old; and is concluded with the church’s prayer to Him. The reason for the vengeance of Christ on His enemies is presented by a discussion between Him and His church; and starts with a question, in which He is described by the places from where He came, by His clothing, and by the way He walked, to which He gives an answer (vs.1), then a second question is stated, about the color of His clothes; for which He gives a reason (vs.2), it being the time of His vengeance on His enemies, and of the redemption of His people (vs.4), the manner in which He performed both is observed (vs.5), and the thorough, in-depth work He would make; which the entire removal of all His enemies is decided upon (vs.6), which puts Isaiah in mind of former mercies bestowed upon Israel of old, the peculiar people (Ex.19:5; Deut.14:2; 26:18; Tit.2:14; 1 Pet.2:9), and children of God (Mat.5:9; Lk.20:36; Jn.11:52; Rom.8:16-17, 21; 9:8, 26; Gal.3:26; 1 Jn.3:10; 5:2), of whom the LORD had a great love for, whom He dealt with very tenderly, and redeeming, saving and preserving (vs.7), even though they acted ungrateful to Him, which was aggravated by the various compassionate and kind steps of Providence, in leading them through the Red Sea (Ex.14:21-22), guiding
them in the wilderness, and bringing them to rest safely in Canaan's land, for His own glory (vs.10), and Chapter 63 ends with the church's prayer to GOD, pleading for His grace and mercy; begging fellowship with Him; complaining to Him about their present case, and seeing the difference between them and their enemies (vs.15), and which prayer is continued in Chapter 64.

Isaiah Chapter 63 and Chapter 64 bring the same general subject, and many say they should not have been separated. The subject with which they are introduced is the destruction of the enemies of GOD (Isa.63:1-6), which is followed by tender expressions of confidence in Almighty GOD, and by earnest prayers on the part of His people, that He would intervene on their behalf. It seems that Isaiah sees in a vision, a magnificent conqueror, stained with the blood of His enemies, returning from Edom, and from its capital Bozrah . . . a warrior glowing with victory, unsubdued, unweakened and coming with the majesty and power of a complete takeover. Who He is, is the question; and the answer is, that He is the One and Only Holy Deliverer. Why His glorious clothes are so polluted with blood, is the next question. The reply of the Conqueror is, that He has been subduing mighty enemies; and that He went alone; for there was none that could help; and that He had trodden them down as a treader of grapes treads grapes in the wine-press to make wine. The entire image is that of a triumphant, blood-stained warrior, returning from the conquest of Idumea. Most interpreters refer to the Person as being the Messiah.
Theme: The winepress of judgment; in wrath the Saviour remembers mercy.
The content of the first six verses of this chapter is in direct contrast to the preceding section. It seems out of tune in this entire section of Isaiah, but judgment does precede the Kingdom, and this has always been the divine order of GOD.

Isaiah 53:2 describes Christ at His First Coming: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him . . . but in Chapter 63, we see power, majesty and beauty, which definitely places this Passage with His Second Coming to the Earth (Zec.14:1-5; Rev.19:11-21). The day of vengeance (Pro.6:34; Isa.34:8; 61:2; 63:4; Jer.46:10) has always been understood with Christ's Second Coming rather than His First Coming, as the LORD Himself clearly stated. I believe that the TRUE church will be removed from the Earth BEFORE the day of vengeance (Tribulation period) in an event known as the rapture (I Thes. 4:13-18, 1 Cor.15:51-53). The church shall be saved from the wrath to come (1 Thes.5:9; Rev.3:10). All through the Bible, the Tribulation is referred to by other names such as the Day of the LORD (Isa.2:12; 13:6-9; Joel 1:15; 2:1-31; 3:14; 1 Thes.5:2); trouble or tribulation (Deut.4:30; Zep.1:1); indignation (Dan.11:36), the Great Tribulation, refers to the more intense second half of the seven-year period (Mat.24:21; Rev.Ch.16 & 17); time or day of trouble (Dan.12:1; Zep.1:15); day of thy watchman (Mic.7:4), the day, the time of Jacob's trouble (Jer.30:4-7), fiery furnace of GOD’S wrath (Eze.22:17-22), days of recompense (Hos.9:7),  dreadful day of the LORD (Mal.4:5).
A basic understanding of Daniel 9:24-27 is necessary in order to understand the purpose and time of the Tribulation Period.
In the first part of this Chapter, we see the wrath of Christ compared to a winepress in His Coming Judgment. But the second part of the Chapter reveals the lovingkindness which Christ displays toward His people. Chapter 63:7-64, helps us understand our sin and His grace.

Chapter 64 . . . ISAIAH 64 parallels with 3 JOHN. Six times in the brief Letter of 3 John the word truth is emphasized. In Isaiah 64 GOD’S Truth is revealed to penitent Israel that their righteousnesses were as filthy ragsIsaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Therefore, they continued their earnest prayer; and also acknowledged and appropriated GOD as their Father and their Potter. Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand3 John describes various characteristics of people, both good and bad. 3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen GodIsaiah 64:9 Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
The prayer of the church is continued in this Chapter from Chapter 63; in which she prays for some visible display of the power and Presence of GOD, as in times past (vs.1), and the rather, since unheard of and unseen things were prepared by the LORD for His people; and it was His usual way to meet those that were truly religious (vs.4), and she acknowledges her sins and transgressions; the imperfections of her own righteousness, and remissness in duty (vs.5), pleads a relationship to GOD, and begs for His mercy (vs.8), represents the desolate condition of Judea, Zion, Jerusalem and the Temple, and prays for divine mercy (vs.10).

GOD’S control of the Universe is recognized; man's condition in the Universe confessed.
Chapter 64 continues pleading of hungry hearts for the Presence of GOD in this life's affairs. No child of GOD today can be immune to such ardent petitions. We Christians can cry with the same passionate desire, "Even so, come, LORD Jesus!" (Rev.22:20).
This is a sadly neglected section of the Word of GOD. I believe that Christ shall come in the clouds (1 Thes.4:13-18) BEFORE the Tribulation Period begins. The TRUE church will be removed from the world BEFORE the Tribulation begins. I think the following verses prove this!
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (KJV) I think GOD will take us Home at the Rapture, so we will not go through the damning Tribulation Period.
1 Thes. 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. (KJV) The wrath to come is the Tribulation Period!
1 Thes. 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, (KJV) I cannot see GOD letting His children go through the horror of the Tribulation.
Rev. 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (KJV) The hour of temptation is the Tribulation Period.

After the Tribulation Period, the LORD will then come to the Earth (Zec.14:1-5; Rev.19:11-21), to establish the His Millennial Kingdom. This is not just a guess, because we find it clearly in the Book of Isaiah. The beloved prophet has presented a very definite program of what shall happen in the future, IF we are not too stubborn to listen and accept it!

CHAPTER 65 . . . ISAIAH 65 parallels with the tiny Book of JUDE. We see both in Isaiah 65 and in Jude, the massive wickedness of religious mankind and the non-stop wickedness of Satanic forces described; also the victories of the LORD Jesus’ Second Coming.
This Chapter contains an answer to the prayer which started back in Isaiah 63:15, and continued through Chapter 64. Reasons are given by the LORD for suffering such calamities as are before mentioned to come upon Israel; especially their rejection of the Gospel as preached by Christ Jesus and His apostles, and holding to the traditions of the fathers and their own righteousness. Israel’s disobedience and rebellion are made worse by the Gentiles quick reception of the Gospel, as soon as it was preached to them (vs.1) and also their idolatry of their fathers which they continued, their impurity and breaking of the GOD’S laws (vs.3), in addition as their own pride, hypocrisy, and self-confidence (vs.5), all which was witnessed by the LORD and really provoked Him. He was determined to recompense into their bosoms their own sins, and the sins of their fathers, whose measure they filled up (vs.6), however He would have a respect to a remnant among them, in whom the true grace of GOD would be found, and who would have a name and a place in the Gospel church, and be preserved from the general destruction (vs.8). The unbelieving Jews would be punished with the sword, famine, disgrace, distress and a curse. The TRUE servants of the LORD that would not forsake Him, would have food, joy, honor and peace, committing themselves to Him and willingly serving Him (vs.11). Chapter 65 ends with Promises of a new and happy state to the Jews upon their conversion in the last days, which will be attended with great spiritual joy, with abundance of happiness, with great safety and security, and with the awesome Presence of GOD.

Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. (KJV)
Here the creation of the new heavens and the new earth seem to precede the setting up of the Millennial Kingdom. I think that the remnant has already been judged and are allowed access into the Kingdom. Others have been judged and do not enter the Kingdom (Rev.20:15). The LORD Jesus made this clear: Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (KJV) . . . The others were to be cast into the lake of fire (Mat.25:41; Rev.20:15) and would not enter the Millennial Kingdom.
After the Rapture (1 Thes.4:13-18), and during the Millennium some marvelous changes in the Earth will be made. The desert is going to blossom as the rose (Isa.27:6; 29:17; 32:15-16; 35:1-2; 55:12-13; Eze.36:35; Hos.14:5-6). I believe that at the end of the Millennial Kingdom . . . that is, at the end of the 1000 year reign of Christ on the Earth, and after that final rebellion (Rev.20:7-10), the Creation of the new heavens and new earth shall take place.  
In the new heavens and the new earth, there will no more sea (Rev.21:1), no more barren wilderness or desert (Isa.35:6; 41:18-19; 43:19-20; 51:3). It will be a new Earth, made new by our Amazing Creator! John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (KJV)
There is one world that was . . . that which was destroyed by GOD with the waters of the Flood in Noah’s day (Gen.6:5-7; 7:20-23). Today’s present day world shall be destroyed by fire (Mat.24:35; 2 Pet.3:7-12). And in the last days, there shall come into existence a new world, the new heavens and the new earth (Isa.65:17; 66:22; Heb.12:26-29; 2 Pet.3:13; Rev.21;1).  

Chapter 64 showed us the passionate prayer of Isaiah and the people pleading with the LORD to break through all barriers and come to the Earth (Isa.64:1). Chapters 65 and 66 contain GOD’S answer to that prayer. God makes it very clear that it was their sins and their unfaithfulness to Him that were are responsible for His wrath to come down on them in judgment. But since the LORD is a merciful God, their sins have not frustrated His Promises and purposes concerning the Coming Kingdom. He has preserved a remnant through which He will fulfill ALL of His prophecies and Promises. Isaiah again gives us a vision of the Kingdom and a view of the eternal position of Israel in the new heavens and new earth, which brings us to the end of the Book of Isaiah which ends with the LORD in total command and in a blaze of glory.

Blessings are promised for the true servants of the LORD, and a chastisement for false or shallow servants. GOD will create a new heaven, and a new earth, and there shall be no more weeping. They shall provide for themselves. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together.

Chapter 66 . . . ISAIAH 66 parallels with REVELATION. Isaiah 66 describes whom the LORD chooses, whom He refuses, and the blessings bestowed upon the chosen; and too, the final destination of both. It is the conclusion of GOD’S doings, even as is Revelation the conclusion of the Bible. We see the man child in: Isaiah 66:7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.(KJV) 
Rev. 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. (KJV)
We see the glorious appearing of Christ Jesus as Judge inIsaiah 66:15-16 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. (KJV)
Rev. 19:11-21 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. 19 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. 20 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. 21 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. (KJV)

Isaiah Chapter 66 speaks of the same things as Chapter 65: the rejection of the unbelieving Jews, and the respect the LORD had to them that DID believe; the Jews in the last days; the calling of the Gentiles, and the happy state of the church in the last days. The reasons the Jews were rejected was their disgraceful ideas of Almighty GOD, and their thinking that He was confined only in the Temple of Jerusalem, and that He would be pleased with only with external sacrifices, both then and at an end under the Gospel dispensation; a better Sacrifice having been offered, and a more spiritual worship (Jn.4:23-24) being set up everywhere; which designs are considered (vs.1-3), and because they were set in their ways and works, and rejecting the Gospel of Christ, they are threatened with ruin (vs.3-4), and the disciples of Christ, whom they removed and persecuted, have a promise of divine appearance for them, while
vengeance shall be taken on their enemies, their city and Temple (vs.5-6) . . . but in the last days, there will be a large and sudden change in this nation of the Jews, which is indicated by the birth of them, which will be a matter of great joy to all those who have a firm interest in Christ (vs.7-11), and what will add to the prosperity, joy and comfort of the Gospel church of Christ at this time, will be the bringing in of the fulness of the Gentiles (vs,12-14; Rom.11:25), at which time the vials of GOD’S wrath will be poured out upon the Satanic Antichrist and his followers (vs.15-17). The Chapter ends with large conversions of people of all nations, and of the union of Jews and Gentiles in one church state, which shall remain, and be undisturbed by enemies, who will all be slain, and their carcasses looked upon with contempt (vs.24).

The Creator, Ruler, Redeemer, Judge, Regenerator and Rewarder will be the LORD who shall decide the destiny of both the saved and the lost (Rev.20:15). Our prayer should be a very serious and solemn: Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done. (Mat.6:10). In Isaiah 66, Isaiah sees Christ’s Kingdom as having already come. Chapter 66, confirms and expands Israel’s (and our) hope. Heaven is the LORD’S throne, and the Earth His footstool. The LORD will look on those who are poor and of a contrite spirit. ALL empty religious rituals shall be rejected. The LORD repays His enemies. After labor pains, Zion experiences the joy of birth. The LORD will come in judgment, to judge ALL flesh. Gentiles will come to know of the LORD, and some of them will even become priests and Levites. All flesh shall worship before the LORD. For those who transgress, their corpses will be looked upon . . . their worm shall not die, nor their fire quenched.

More than any other Book in the Old Testament, Isaiah focuses on the salvation that will come through the Messiah. The Messiah will one day rule in justice and righteousness (Isa.9:7; 32:1). The reign of the Messiah will bring peace and safety to Israel (Isa.11:6-9). Through the awesome Messiah, Israel will be a light to all the nations (Isa.42:6; 55:4-5). The Messiah’s Kingdom on Earth (Isa.65-66) is the goal to which the entire Book of Isaiah points. It is during the perfect reign of the Messiah that GOD’S righteousness will be fully revealed to the world.

In a seeming paradox, the Book of Isaiah also presents the Messiah as one who will suffer. Isaiah chapter 53 vividly describes the Messiah suffering for sin (OUR sin, NOT His sins). It is through His wounds that OUR healing is attained. It is through His suffering that our iniquities are taken away. This seeming contradiction is answered in the Person of Jesus Christ. In His First Coming, Jesus was the suffering servant of Isaiah Chapter 53. In His Second Coming, Jesus will be the conquering and ruling King, the Prince of Peace (Isa.9:6).

Prophesy: As stated, Chapter 53 of Isaiah describes the Coming Messiah and the suffering He would endure in order to pay for our sins. In His control, GOD arranged every detail of the crucifixion to fulfill every prophecy of this Chapter, as well as ALL other Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. The symbols of chapter 53 is moving and prophetic and contains a complete picture of the Gospel. Jesus was despised and rejected (v. 3; Luke 13:34; John 1:10-11), stricken by GOD (v.4; Mat.27:46), and pierced for our transgressions (v. 5; John 19:34; 1 Pet.2:24). By our Master’s suffering, He paid the punishment we deserved and became for us the ultimate and perfect sacrifice (v. 5; Heb.10:10). Even though Jesus was sinless, GOD laid on Him our sin, so that we could become GOD’S righteousness in Him (2 Cor.5:21).

How can we apply the Book of Isaiah to our lives today? The Book of Isaiah presents our loving Saviour to us in unquestionable detail. He is the only Way to Heaven, the only means of obtaining the grace of GOD, the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Knowing the price that Jesus paid for us, HOW or WHY would we neglect or reject “so great a salvation”? (Heb.2:3). Dear one, we have only a few, short years on Earth to make the most important decision we will ever make . . . have YOU come to Christ and accepted the salvation only He offers. There is absolutely NO second chance after death, and eternity in Hell is a very long time.

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