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Isaiah 56 – 57

Isaiah 56

The vast majority of the Ekklesia call the Sabbath holy; and then they regularly pollute it by cooking, going to restaurants and otherwise working or paying others to work on the Sabbath.

The neglect of the sanctity of the Sabbath was a major reason why God sent Israel into captivity in the past and it is a major reason why Jesus Christ will reject the latter day church of God groups and cast them into the correction of great tribulation.

We have NO zeal for the teachings and commandments of Holy Scripture and instead stand on our false traditions. We water down the scriptures on the Sabbath and we reject the scriptures in favour of the false teachings of mere mortal men.

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

We are commended to keep the judgments and all of the commandments of holy scripture; which define and are the righteousness of God in print. We are called to learn and keep the letter and the spirit and intent, of the entire body of scripture.

Isaiah 56:1 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.

Blessed are those who repent and are zealous to learn and keep all the sayings of the entire scripture; including those who are zealous for the Holy Seventh Day [Fri sunset to Sat sunset] Sabbath; commanded at creation by our Creator.

56:2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

Love and zeal for the sanctity of the Sabbath is the first step on the road to salvation for it gives us a time to learn of our Maker and a time to study his Word, often at great personal cost; it indicates to God the Father and to Jesus Christ, how much we love them.

Those who lose jobs, friends, family and physical comfort and wealth because of their zeal for God’s Sabbath; will have great blessings from God including eternal life. Those who like Esau are willing to sell the birthright of their calling for the physical pleasures of this world and who STEAL God’s time to use as they want, shall fall into great correction and if they will not repent they will fall into destruction of the spirit as well as the flesh.

Zeal for the Sabbath brings us close to God as we take the time to study and learn of him on HIS time.

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

The physical eunuch is a type of those who are ostracized because of their zeal for the Sabbath and all the holy scriptures, because they are zealous for God the Father and Christ and not for the false ways of human leaders who water down doctrine and pollute the Sabbath.

Those who are ostracized for their zeal for God will find themselves being given eternal life with many, many, others, who are also zealous and will all be a part of the Family of God.

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

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

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

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

The zealous for the teachings, commandments and Holy Sabbath shall be accepted by God the Father and shall be welcomed in the House [Temple] of God.

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

When Jesus Christ comes and gathers together the outcasts of Israel to himself, he will also gather the Gentiles to him; for all the earth shall repent and turn to zeal for all the teachings, commandments and will of God; and to a zeal for his Holy Sabbath Day!

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

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

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

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

The leaders of today’s physical nations of Israel are ignorant of the things of righteousness; and the watchmen, leaders and elders of spiritual Israel are spiritually blind; they are asleep and not giving the warning.

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

56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

The leaders of today’s spiritual Ekklesia are like greedy dogs each doing his own thing and never being satisfied with their own ways. They water down the Sabbath and the sound doctrine of Holy Scripture to try to attract more personal followers.

Their understanding is withheld because of their lack of zeal for God’s Sabbath and for living by every Word of God the Father.

56:11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

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

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

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

 

Isaiah 57

The zealous for the righteousness of God, to live by the entirety of the Holy Scriptures; are at peace with God and shall be raised up in that day.

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. 57:2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

The wicked who rely on the traditions and idolatry of men, who teach the false traditions of men and say that the doctrine and the commandments of God are a small thing; are transgressors and teachers of lies. They shall have serious correction and shall not find any peace except in repentance and turning to the righteousness of the whole Word of God.

57:3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore. 57:4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue [to argue and teach against]? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood.

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

57:5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?

Those who make and exalt idols out of the stones of the earth, their lot is to be destroyed like the stones of those idols. Those who make spiritual idols out of men and organizations shall also fall.

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

Of course not!

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

Will we commit adultery in our beds with false teachings that are not the teachings of our God, after we have made our baptismal commitment of espousal to Christ? Will we love our idols of men, corporate organizations and false doctrines more than we love our espoused Husband? Will we stand on the false traditions of men and not on every Word of God?

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

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

Have we not debased ourselves to our own destruction, by relying on the false doctrines of false teachers who lead us away from our God? Should we not LIVE by every Word of our God?

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

We have become so intoxicated with pride in how great we think we are; that we cannot see that our position is hopeless; and we will not turn to God our Father in sincere repentance to do all the Word of God (Rev 3:16-14-20).

In our pride we enjoy our life, thinking ourselves greatly spiritually blessed; not knowing how spiritually blind and wretched and devoid of the righteousness of the Word of God we are.

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

Why do we fear men and not God?

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

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

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

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

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

In the Millennial Kingdom the zealous for God shall teach the truth of the whole Word of God, making God’s ways plainly known to all people.

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

Those who are repentant and have no pride but are contrite of spirit and zealous for all the ways of God shall be revived by the Eternal.

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

Christ will not be angry forever; he shall forgive us when we are sincerely  repentant and turn to God; lest all flesh be destroyed forever.

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

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

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

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

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

Through teaching sincere repentance and by the application of his sacrifice Jesus Christ will reconcile all nations with God the Father, bringing peace between man and God the Father.

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

The unrepentant wicked shall have no rest, for they reject the peace of learning and doing the whole word of God.

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

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