Isaiah

 

Isaiah Chapter 27

 

  • Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.
  • 2 In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.
  • 3 I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.

For some reason the enemy of our souls, has hated Israel as a nation and has sought to destroy it completely. He destroys from within and lures them to sin against God so that God removes His protection and presence. That way other nations even more evil than they can come in and destroy their cities. This has happened many times throughout history. One day that crooked serpent will at last be permanently defeated but until then Israel needs to return to God with repentance and receive the Son of God that was sent to save their souls. We who believe in Jesus Christ become adopted into this good way so in some ways this applies to us as believers in Christ. 

The crooked serpent is a symbol of Satan. He comes to kill, steal and destroy. He defiles all the earth and is the father of all lies, evil, murder, deceit, adultery, lust, witchcraft, idolatry and everything else that is destroying our society. His Day of Judgment is coming. Until then God has given us a way of escape from his clutches. Our escape is Jesus Christ. Run to Him and receive victory over sin and escape the coming wrath and judgment of God. He is the only way of salvation. If there were another way, Jesus would not have had to die on a cross to pay for our sins.

  • Isaiah 27:4 Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.
  • 5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.
  • 6 He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit .

Here we see that although God was once angry with Israel for idolatry and disobedience, at this time in future prophecy, He is not angry any more. Israel at this point in time has seen their need for salvation and has turned to God. They have recognized that Jesus Christ whom their forefathers had crucified is indeed the Messiah that the builders once rejected.

Further proof of this is in Zechariah 12: 10.

  • "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."

Israel now having been made free from sin and found their way back to God begins to blossom and take root. They now fulfill their purpose since the call of Abraham to bring forth salvation to the whole world. This little despised nation will be the place from which our Lord Jesus Christ returns and rules the world.

  • Isaiah 27:7 Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him?
  • 8 In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.
  • 9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.

God will smite Israel because of sin and destroy all that is offensive. All idols are to pass away. Yet He will not destroy them entirely. His promise to Abraham will come to pass and nothing shall stop it. Their iniquity is to be purged and sin taken away. No one but Jesus Christ can do this. Rejection of Jesus leaves us in our sin whether Jew or Gentile. Jesus is the one God sent to take sin away. If we remain in sin we will be judged but if our sin is taken away by the blood of Jesus Christ, we will escape judgment and the wrath of God.

We see here in the future that Israel find out who is the savior. They discover their need to be cleansed from sin and then they receive Him as savior that same as "True Christians" do. I say that to emphasize that not all who call themselves Christian truly are Christian. A Christian is one who accepts and believes the gospel. He is one who has repented and allowed the blood of Jesus to take away their sins. He is one who loves the Lord and endeavors to follow Him from then on. He may make mistakes and even sin but he recognizes that the sin must be repented of and removed before it begins to take root and grow. To go back into sin knowingly after receiving Christ without seeing the need to repent and try to live Godly is to crucify Jesus all over again.

When we sin, are we truly sorry or are we only sorry that we were found out. True repentance is being grieved that we would offend and break the Word of God. We should not want anything in our lives that would separate us from the constant fellowship of the Lord.

We live in a feel good society that encourages "self esteem" and accepting our human traits as normal. This is really the exact opposite of the truth in the word of God. The word of God teaches that we all have sinned, we are separated from God because of that sin and we need someone other than ourselves to take that sin away and restore our relationship to God.

When we trust in Jesus to take the sin away, our dependency is now in Him not ourselves. When we trust in ourselves apart from Christ we will fall flat on our face. We need God, as individuals, as families, as churches, as cities, and as a nation.

  • Isaiah 27:10 Yet the defenced city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof.
  • 11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will show them no favour.
  • 12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.
  • 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

The enemies of Israel and all the children of God will be destroyed and cut off. The outcasts shall be gathered together in the land of Israel. All will worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem. Jerusalem will be the capital of the world. Jesus Christ will reign there. All those who believe in Him will reign with Him. At last peace will be in force over all the earth.

We see from the study of scripture that before peace comes, evil prevails which is what we see in the present time. There may come a ruler first who many will believe is the Messiah and he will promise peace and will attempt to rule the world maybe even from Jerusalem. This one will be the "false" one who comes in his own name.

John 5:43 hints of this:

  • "I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive."

We need to take heed of this. There will first come a wicked ruler who will claim to be as God sitting in the temple of God. When he first arises he will be admired as the one who can solve all problems and get the economy going good.

This is why is scares me when we admire evil leaders and do not care what they do as long as the economy is good. The economy was good in the days of Hitler but look what evil he did? Was a few good times worth it? Do we actually want to gain materially at the expense of someone else? Is it okay to lie, cheat, steal, defraud and live immorally as long as the economy is good?

This evil leader will gain support, perhaps of the whole world but his reign will turn into a terror much greater than any person before him; greater than even Hitler and Stalin. He will probably make Hitler look like a choirboy. When it looks like all is hopeless, that is when Jesus Christ comes to destroy the wicked one with the brightness of His coming and He and His people will rule forever.

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