Isaiah

 

Isaiah Chapter 33

 

  • Isaiah 33:1 Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.

This verse is actually a comfort to the oppressed. Woe is pronounced upon those that invade and oppress those that did not oppress them. Spoiling is actually taking from other countries and tribes. It is taking their provisions, livestock and even their citizens and making them slaves. God is displeased when those plunder the innocent. Even though he allowed wicked nations to plunder Israel when they left off following the Lord and served the gods of other nations, God will judge the other nations who would dare to come against Israel. The nations that were used of God to punish Israel always went beyond their bounds and sought to oppress and spoil the innocent.

This prophecy has also a future aspect. The future antichrist will attempt to destroy all Jews that at first he pretends to protect and defend. I would urge all Jewish people to beware of this person or persons. He may even now be in Middle East somewhere. He will be a person who will help the economy and promote prosperity. He will be a person of popularity. He will promise peace at last. He will lie and deceive. In reality he will be a man of war and the worst possible person ever to walk the earth. He will be worst than Hitler and Stalin put together. Beware of the person who promises to solve all problems. There is a lot of good leaders who can do all those things too so that doesn't mean that if a nation is doing well and prospering, the leader is antichrist. It doesn't take long to be able to discern who really cares about people and the nation though. The future man of sin or antichrist will pretend at first to be one of those good leaders.

In the United States in 2020 there are were governors and Congress members who were actually encouraging their citizens to protest and riot. They issued stand down orders while allowing chaos. A couple of weeks previously they condemned those that protested against the government shut downs. These protesters did not destroy property or riot. This is one way to discern who really does not care about the lives of those they represent. Their leadership is political. They want control and power. They do not really care about the safety and well being of others.

Now is the time to seek God with all the heart, soul, mind and spirit. There is now and will be deceivers. They will kill all those that attempt to oppose them. The only safety from His deception will be in God and His word.

Do not blindly follow popular leaders. Respect and serve faithful ones realizing they are not perfect and will make mistakes but do not esteem anyone higher or greater than God. Seek the Lord and hide in Him. Seek the Son Jesus Christ who brings eternal life.

Some will be killed because of faith in Jesus but then they have an eternal life that no one can take away. If you serve the antichrist for a season to save your life you will lose it forever. Be safe with Jesus Christ and His righteousness. He is eternal. The antichrist who the bible describes as the man of sin or the beast, will be destroyed forever.

Look not on the things that are temporary. The things that we trust in: The economy, houses, lands, possessions, will not last. They will pass away. Hold on to that which is eternal. We have eternal life through Jesus Christ, the way God made to escape all these things that are coming to pass. There is no other way. He is the one. The blood He shed 2000 years ago is the only thing that can take away your sins and make you fit to enter the eternal Kingdom of Heaven. If you reject this sacrifice on your behalf, you will have to pay for your own sins. The wages of sin is death eternally. It doesn't have to happen to you.

You can be saved this moment and this very hour. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you can be saved. If you hold on to your life in this earth, you will lose it, but if you deny yourself and follow Jesus Christ you will save it. Read the book of Revelation. No matter how it looks out there now, The believers in Jesus Christ will win in the end. Israel will survive. They will not cease to exist as a nation. I don't care how many armies surround it to destroy it; it will survive. The church will not take the place of Israel, we will be part of Israel by adoption but we will not take its place.

God has a plan for Israel and they will be saved. He did not make that promise to Abraham in vain. I realize that Israel does not accept Jesus Christ right now. No matter what they do and how much they reject Jesus and those that preach Jesus, after the tribulation period, they will recognize Jesus Christ and repent. God will then pardon Israel and save them from all their enemies. Those who have come to faith in Jesus the Messiah need to take heed how they deal with Israel and the Jewish people. If God spare not the natural branches, take heed that He spare not you.

He will graft Israel into the vine again. We have no right to say that the church will take the place of Israel. We have been used of God to spread the gospel because Israel rejected the gospel but that does not give any Christian a right to attack, persecute and treat the Jewish people cruelly. God has not cast away the Jewish people. They will find out who their savior is. Anti-Semitism has no place in a true child of God. Racism has no place in a true child of God. Avoid it like the plague.

  • Isaiah 33:2 O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble .

This is a prayer of people who have been oppressed. They will be delivered. Israel will be delivered and all those that trust in the true God of Israel.

  • Isaiah 33:3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.
  • 4 And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpillar: as the running to and fro of locusts shall he run upon them.

Much trouble will come at the time of the tribulation but deliverance will come.

  • Isaiah 33:5 The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
  • 6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure. 

You want to be on the winning side. Be on the Lord's side. The Lord will reign and defeat the armies of the antichrist.

  • Isaiah 33:7 Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.

Many go about trying to make peace treaties. You canít make peace with the devil. They will make a covenant with the antichrist but he will break it and turn on those whom he promised to defend.

The only safety is the fear of the Lord. If you know the Lord stay with Him no matter what, if you don't know Him, do not delay. Seek Him now.

The antichrist will regard no one. He will not honor any peace agreements. I do not believe that the great United States will be able to save anyone at this time. Jesus Christ Himself will be the salvation of Israel.

  • Isaiah 33:8 The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.
  • 9 The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.

This is what the one who promised prosperity and peace shall do, devour, kill and destroy. This will be with the power of Satan who is the wicked one who has always wanted to steal, kill and destroy. The antichrist will represent Satan and try to destroy all the holy people. He may be able to kill many but he will be cut off. Those that die in Christ will receive everlasting life but those that are on the side of this antichrist will be lost for eternity. Stay on the side of righteousness and Godliness. Jesus is our only safety.

  • Isaiah 33:10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.
  • 11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
  • 12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.
  • 13 Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
  • 14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

The enemies of the Lord who have persecuted Israel and the believers in Jesus Christ will be as chaff when it is set on fire. They will perish but physically and with eternal fire in hell.

  • Isaiah 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

The only ones to escape the judgment from the Lord are those that walk righteously, speak uprightly and despise the gain by those who gain by oppressing others. Those that refuse to take bribes and shuts their eyes from evil.

  • Isaiah 33:16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.

The faithful will see the King in His beauty. They will behold Jesus Christ when He comes and be partakers of His Kingdom.

  • Isaiah 33:17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.
  • 18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?
  • 19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.

After the enemies are destroyed the Jewish people will never have to fear again. The believers in Jesus Christ will be secure forever and no one will ever hurt them again.

  • Isaiah 33:20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.

No one will destroy the tabernacle or temple of the Lord again.

  • Isaiah 33:21 But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.

The Lord will rule forever.

  • Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.
  • 23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey.
  • 24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity .

The people will be forgiven their sin. The past rejection by Israel of Jesus Christ will be forgotten. No more war, no more oppression and no more evil. Iím looking forward to the day Jesus rules the earth.

Some may say that all these things were already fulfilled when Babylon took Israel into captivity many years ago. That is partly true. The prophecies in the bible at least many of them are fulfilled more than once. In fact they make a kind of pattern for what comes later. Some prophecies have an immediate fulfillment, a future fulfillment, at least future for their day and a latter day or future fulfillment looking at it from our direction. This pattern of prophecy will keep being fulfilled until the final end when the kingdom is delivered up to Jesus Christ and evil is destroyed forever.

Of that day we must trust the Lord to bring about in His own time. We cannot bring it about by our own abilities. Many have tried to use force to bring in the kingdom of Christ and the gospel suffers as a result because instead of spreading a gospel that will save souls, they were spreading a religion they called Christianity. We were never told by Jesus to go forth and spread religion. We have enough religion. We go forth bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ that tells each and every individual that they "must be born again" to enter into the Kingdom of God.

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