Certain Seraphs [angels] are described; and the great glory of our espoused Husband, the coming King of kings is revealed in the Temple [this is at the first calling of Isaiah and before the final destruction of the city and the Temple].
Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train [presence] filled the temple. 6:2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
The Ezekiel Temple when the whole earth is filled with the Glory of Christ.
6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 6:4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
In vision Isaiah is called by Christ and sent forth to prophesy
6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Isaiah is purified from sin and responds to become a willing servant of Christ
6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 6:7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
Isaiah the volunteer prophet is sent by Christ
6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
The people must be warned and the zealous for God who are filled with God’s Spirit will understand and respond, but the proud, lukewarm and worldly will not repent until they have been corrected. Once they are in trials they will remember the warnings and many will repent and turn to zeal for every Word of God.
6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat [proud], and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
This warning shall go out until the coming of Messiah and his deliverance. The coming two prophets are not only types of Moses and Elijah, they are a culmination and climax [the last of the prophets before Christ] of all the prophets.
6:11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 6:12 And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
Matthew 22;14 For many are called, but few are [will be] chosen.
We shall be chosen by our zeal for our LORD, to do all his will and to live by every Word of God.
Isaiah 6:13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.
Israel goes to war against Judah.
Isaiah 7:1 And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.
Syria then allies with Israel against Judah bringing fear upon Judah and Jerusalem.
7:2 And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.
Isaiah is sent to the king of Judah.
7:3 Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son [meaning “the remnant shall return” ], at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller’s field;
Isaiah delivers a message from Christ to the king of Judah.
7:4 And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin [king of Syria] with [the anger of the Syrians against Judah] Syria, and of [Pekah] the son of Remaliah [king of Israel].
The prophecy is that Judah shall be saved from Ephraim and Syria, and Ephraim shall be removed from the land in 65 years [by the Assyrians] if Ahaz will believe and trust in God.
7:5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying, 7:6 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal: 7:7 Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
7:8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people. 7:9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
Christ offers Ahaz a sign through Isaiah.
7:10 Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying, 7:11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. 7:12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.
7:13 And he [Isaiah] said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
Isaiah then prophesies of his own son Immanuel as a type of the Messiah and his physical birth. the word “conceive” used here is not consistent with the modern meaning of “conceive” which is the meeting of a sperm and an egg cell. The actual Hebrew word hereh means “to be with child, to be pregnant” and does not refer to the means by which the woman is with child.
Today one can take an egg and combine it with a sperm and then place the fertilized egg in the womb of a woman who is a third person and has nothing to do with the conception, only carrying the fertilized egg to maturity.
It was not until very recent modern times when the idea of surrogate motherhood came; that it could be understood that the Creator could be made flesh and reduced to the smallest human being and then placed inside Mary as his surrogate mother. Christ was certainly physically born of Mary and was by that fact an heir of David; yet he is not a hybrid between God and man.
The word “virgin” here which actually means “young girl,” can be translated as a young girl, with no involvement of the meaning of a virgin as we understand it. Some have used that fact to argue against the virgin birth, but the matter is made plain in the New Testament
Luke 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
In fact this prophecy is dual; first referring to a son to be born to Isaiah named Immanuel, as a fore-type and also referring to the main fulfillment in Jesus the son of the virgin Mary.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin [young girl in the fore-type as the mother of Isaiah’s son Immanuel; and a true virgin in the main fulfillment of the birth of Jesus the son of Mary] shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
The son of Isaiah was named Immanuel [God is with us; ie with Isaiah and his family], as a type that a virgin, Mary [Hebrew: Miriam] shall bear Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua; meaning Salvation]. Jesus shall know from his earliest life to choose the good and godly will of the Father, and to despise all evil and compromise with the Father’s will, nature, teachings and commandments.
Oh, how I would that we could all learn to do the same thing!
All men shall learn and do the same thing in the soon coming Kingdom of God!
7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
After the inset prophecy of the birth of Christ, the prophecy shifts from Jesus to Immanuel the son of Isaiah and Isaiah prophesies of a son of Ahaz, and Judah and the Assyrian defeat of Israel.
7:16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou [Judah] abhorrest [Syria and the ten tribes] shall be forsaken of both her kings [conquered by the Assyrians].
Isaiah says that God shall bring the Assyrians against Syria and the ten tribes.
A Prophecy of the coming of the Assyrians against Judah as well
At the end times God shall also bring the Assyrians and their allies against not only the Ten Tribes but also against Judah herself!
The next verse is dual speaking of the latter time when Judah shall also fall with Israel (Hos 5:5). Which thing has NEVER happened until the end of days.
Speaking to the king of Judah [not Israel] Isaiah declares:
7:17 The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father’s house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria
This was fulfilled in the days of Hezekiah (2 Kings 18-19, 2 Chronicles 32).
7:18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. 7:19 And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.
The hair is symbolic of strength [remember Samson] and glory [remember 1 Cor 11] and shaving the head was a traditional sign of mourning, therefore this is talking about removing the glory and strength of Judah and Israel by the Assyrians and their allies.
7:20 In the same day shall the Lord shave with a razor [bring to mourning] that is hired [hired foreign soldiers and allies] namely, [Judah and her allies were made to mourn by the Assyrians] by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume the beard.
Those left will be humbled
7:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep; 7:22 And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.
7:23 And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, it shall even be for briers and thorns. 7:24 With arrows and with bows shall men come thither; because all the land shall become briers and thorns.
7:25 And on all hills that shall be digged with the mattock [cultivated], there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle [sheep and goats].
Isaiah 8:1 Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man’s pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz. [“Hurry to spoil!” or “He has made haste to the plunder!”]
8:2 And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.
8:3 And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.
The name Maher-shalal-hash-baz is a reference to the impending plunder of Samaria and Damascus by the king of Assyria, Tiglath Pileser III (734-732 BCE).
8:4 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before [by the Assyrians] the king of Assyria.
8:5 The LORD spake also unto me again, saying, 8:6 Forasmuch as this people [Ephraim and the Ten Tribes] refuseth the waters of Shiloah [rejects the water of the Word of God] that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah’s son [Syria, symbolic of following idols of men];
God prophesies to the child Immanuel the son of Isaiah that the Assyrians are coming and that there will be no more delay.
8:7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks: 8:8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.
It is God who will in this latter day, bring the Assyrian and his allies up against Israel and Judah for the multitude of their transgressions. Even if all the people allied themselves together to resist; they shall fail, for the Assyrian is fulfilling the will of Almighty God.
In this latter day this same thing will happen again and it will not be a situation – as thought by many in the Ekklesia – where a wicked Germany is attacking a righteous America and Israel; Far from that; This is Almighty God using Germany and her allies to correct a wicked America, Judah and spiritual Israel [the Laodiceans] for the overspreading of their many abominations.
In this latter day, Babylon the Great which will include the German, Hungarian and Austrian [Assyrian] people will occupy Jerusalem for 42 months:
Revelation 11:2 . . . . and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Isaiah 8:9 Associate yourselves [ally together], O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. 8:10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
8:11 For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, 8:12 Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
Do not seek help from men, seek our God and be zealous for our Holy One; for in HIM ONLY is our help. Fear God and not man, and put your trust in the Eternal, and live by every Word of God always.
8:13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
Jesus Christ is a stumbling stone to BOTH the Houses of Israel and Judah!
The House of Israel will not accept the teachings of Jesus to live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4) even though some in the Ten Tribes give Christ lip-service and most of Judah rejects Christ outright
Nevertheless, in this end time, Jesus Christ will be a sanctuary and a refuge for all who are diligent to live by every Word of God.
8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary [for the faithfully zealous for HIM]; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem
Jesus is a snare for all those who think that simply believing in him is enough, and will not marry belief in him with the works of righteousness; which are living by every Word of God.
Brethren, Jesus Christ, who many claim to serve, has become our stumbling stone; for we have no Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God as Christ taught [Mat 4:4) us to do, and instead we equate loyalty and zeal for our false traditions, leaders and organizations to be equal to the love of God to live by God’s Word.
We have stumbled over obedience and zeal towards our espoused Husband and his Holy Father in heaven; thinking that loyalty to men is the same as loyalty to God!
8:15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
Let the disciples of Christ bind up his Testimony – the Word and Law of God – in their hearts; and wholeheartedly internalize and live by every Word of God!
8:16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
Let the faithfully zealous LEARN and KEEP every Word of God, to faithfully serve him like good servants.
As Isaiah and his family were signs and examples of godliness in Judah, those faithful to live by every Word of God are signs and examples today!
The faithful and passionately zealous to LEARN and DO all that Christ teaches and commands [which is to live by every Word of God], are signs and examples to all our brethren who are zealous for their own ways and not zealous for every Word of God.
8:17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
When we quote strange gods and false religions and the doctrines of men; Is it because the Mighty One whom we claim to follow is not known to us?
8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
If today’s leaders of the spiritual called out Ekklesia do not speak according to the teachings and commandments of God the Father and Jesus Christ; it is because they are false leaders and Christ is NOT in them!
1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. 5:20 Despise not prophesyings. 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
AWAY with false traditions! Away with idolizing men and organizations! Away with polluting the sanctity of God’s Sabbaths!
SEEK out, LEARN and EMBRACE with all our hearts, and KEEP the testimony [teachings] and every Word of God our Mighty One!
Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word [the Word of God], it is because there is no light in them.
Soon the wicked and lukewarm for every Word of God, who are zealous for corporate idols, false teachers and false traditions, shall be in great tribulation; and as they are humbled and learn that their own ways are not good, they shall repent of following the leaders and elders who led them astray, and the false gods of their corporations and false traditions shall be abhorred by them: and they shall look up in contrite repentance to their Holy One!
8:21 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward [look to the Eternal in contrite wholehearted repentance].
The lukewarm who are wicked in all their sins and idolatry, shall find no comfort in all the earth; only trouble and darkness, and anguish of flesh and spirit.
Turn to zeal to serve your God, Oh physical and spiritual Israel; be passionately faithful, loyal and obedient to HIM; for he alone is YOUR SALVATION!
NEVER blindly and without question follow men; ALWAYS TEST and PROVE all men by the Word of God and follow men ONLY as they follow Christ and live by every Word of God the Father!
Isaiah then begins to speak of darkness and trouble in multiple senses: First, of the people in captivity in those days and then also about the tribulation of these latter days; and, second he speaks of the spiritual darkness of the people at the birth and physical appearance of Christ “the great light,” and the spiritual darkness of the nations and most of the Laodicean called out spiritual Ekklesia, just before the coming of Christ to rule the nations. This will come in Chapter 9.
8:22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.