IN THAT DAY Scriptures and comments Priscilla Van Sutphin 3/13/03 Deut 32:1-43 NKJV ( The Song of Moses ) "Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 2 Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, as raindrops on the tender herb, and as showers on the grass. 3 For I proclaim the name of the LORD: ascribe greatness to our God. 4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He. 5 "They have corrupted themselves; They are not His children, because of their blemish: a perverse and crooked generation. 6 Do you thus deal with the LORD, O foolish and unwise people ? Is He not your Father, who bought you ? Has He not made you and established you ? 7 "Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will show you; Your elders, and they will tell you: 8 When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations, when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel. 9 For the LORD's portion is His people; Jacob is the place of His inheritance. 10 "He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye. 11 As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, 12 So the LORD alone led him, and there was no foreign god with him. 13 "He made him ride in the heights of the earth, that he might eat the produce of the fields; Matthew Henry's Commentary says: He did that for them which the eagle does for her nest of young ones, v. 11, 12. The similitude was touched, Ex 19:4, I bore you on eagles' wings; here it is enlarged upon. The eagle is observed to have a strong affection for her young, and to show it, not only as other creatures by protecting them and making provision for them, but by educating them and teaching them to fly. For this purpose she stirs them out of the nest where they lie dozing, flutters over them, to show them how they must use their wings, and then accustoms them to fly upon her wings till they have learnt to fly upon their own. This, by the way, is an example to parents to train up their children to business, and not to indulge them in idleness and the love of ease. God did thus by Israel; when they were in love with their slavery, and loth to leave it, God, by Moses, stirred them up to aspire after liberty, and many a time kept them from returning to the house of bondage. He carried them out of Egypt, led them into the wilderness, and now at length had led them through it. The Lord alone did lead him, he needed not any assistance, nor did he take any to be partner with him in the achievement, which was a good reason why they should serve the Lord only and no other, so much as in partnership, much less in rivalship with him. There was no strange god with him to contribute to Israel's salvation, and therefore there should be none to share in Israel's homage and adoration, Ps 81:9. III. The settling of them in a good land. This was done in part already, in the happy planting of the two tribes and a half, an earnest of what would speedily and certainly be done for the rest of the tribes. 1. They were blessed with glorious victories over their enemies (v. 13): He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that is, he brought him on with conquest, and brought him home with triumph. he rode over the high places or strong holds that were kept against him, sat in ease and honour upon the fruitful hills of Canaan. In Egypt they looked mean, and were so, in poverty and disgrace; but in Canaan they looked great, and were so, advanced and enriched; they rode in state, as a people whom the King of kings delighted to honour. ___________ He made him to draw honey from the rock, and oil from the flinty rock; 14 Curds from the cattle, and milk of the flock, with fat of lambs; and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the choicest wheat; and you drank wine, the blood of the grapes. This gets more symbolic of Jacob it says He made him draw honey from the rock...honey represents the sweetness of the Lord, His word, and the Rock is Jesus . OT:1706 debash (deb-ash'); from an unused root meaning to be gummy; honey (from its stickiness); by analogy, syrup: KJV-honey ([-comb]). OT:5553 cela` (seh'-lah); from an unused root meaning to be lofty; a craggy rock, literally or figuratively (a fortress): KJV-(ragged) rock, stone (-ny), strong hold. Then it says "and oil from the flinty rock"...again symbolic as the word for oil here is grease, olive oil, usually perfumed, then from the flinty rock Flinty: OT:2496 challamiysh (klal-law-meesh'); probably from OT:2492 (in the sense of hardness); flint: KJV-flint (-y), rock. OT:2492 chalam (khaw-lam'); a primitive root; properly, to bind firmly, i.e. (by implication) to be (causatively to make) plump; also (through the figurative sense of dumbness) to dream: KJV-(cause to) dream (-er), be in good liking, recover. Rock: OT:6697 tsuwr (tsoor); or tsur (tsoor); from OT:6696; properly, a cliff (or sharp rock, as compressed); generally, a rock or boulder; figuratively, a refuge; also an edge (as precipitous): KJV-edge, X (mighty) God (one), rock, X sharp, stone, X strength, X strong. See also OT:1049. Remember how Jacob laid his head on the rock in Genesis and then he dreamed of the ladder to heaven ? What does our head hold ? It holds our mind when our mind is stayed on the Rock Who is our refuge and on His Word. There is honey to be drawn from the sweetness and love of the Lord, which also brings everything we have need of and we get anointed - the glory is in His presence and He is the Source of everything we need. 15 "But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; you grew fat, you grew thick, you are obese ! Then he forsook God who made him, and scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation. It is a recurring theme in the old testament that when they did worship God as they should, they prospered, but then they gradually grew self-sufficient and prideful because God blessed them...and they grew satisfied, and began to neglect the Lord and become lax in obeying the Word, then they began to worship other gods. 16 They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods; with abominations they provoked Him to anger. 17 They sacrificed to demons, not to God, to gods they did not know, to new gods, new arrivals that your fathers did not fear. 18 Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, and have forgotten the God who fathered you. 19 "And when the LORD saw it, He spurned them, because of the provocation of His sons and His daughters. 20 And He said: 'I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end will be, For they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faith. 21 They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; They have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols. But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation; I will move them to anger by a foolish nation. 22 For a fire is kindled by my anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell; It shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. Thus comes the promise of provoking to jealousy by the enfolding of the Gentiles by the blood of Jesus. And He indicates moving them to anger by a foolish nation. Matthew Henry says this: “God would therefore plague them with despicable enemies, that were worthless, weak, and inconsiderable, and not deserving the name of a people, which was a great mortification to them, and aggravated the oppressions they groaned under The more base the people were that tyrannised over them the more barbarous they would be (none so insolent as a beggar on horseback), besides that it would be infamous to Israel, who had so often triumphed over great and mighty nations, to be themselves trampled upon by the weak and foolish, and to come under the curse of Canaan, who was to be a servant of servants. But God can make the weakest instrument a scourge to the strongest sinner; and those that by sin insult their might Creator are justly insulted by the meanest of their fellow-creatures. This was remarkably fulfilled in the days of the judges, when they were sometimes oppressed by the very Canaanites themselves, whom they had subdued, Judg 4:2. But the apostle applies it to the conversion of the Gentiles, who had been a people not in covenant with God, and foolish in divine things, yet were brought into the church, sorely to the grief of the Jews, who upon all occasions showed a great indignation at it, which was both their sin and their punishment, as envy always is, Rom 10:19.” IV. He had planted them in a good land, and replenished them with all good things; but now he would strip them of all their comforts, and bring them to ruin. The judgments threatened are very terrible, v. 22-25. 23 'I will heap disasters on them; I will spend My arrows upon them. 24 They shall be wasted with hunger, devoured by pestilence and bitter destruction; I will also send against them the teeth of beasts, with the poison of serpents of the dust. 25 The sword shall destroy outside; There shall be terror within for the young man and virgin, the nursing child with the man of gray hairs. 26 I would have said, "I will dash them in pieces, I will make the memory of them to cease from among men," 27 Had I not feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should misunderstand, lest they should say, "Our hand is high; and it is not the LORD who has done all this." ' 28 "For they are a nation void of counsel, nor is there any understanding in them. 29 Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end ! 30 How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had surrendered them? 31 For their rock is not like our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. 32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom And of the fields of Gomorrah; Their grapes are grapes of gall, Their clusters are bitter. 33 Their wine is the poison of serpents, and the cruel venom of cobras. 34 Is this not laid up in store with Me,sealed up among My treasures? 35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them.' 36 "For the LORD will judge His people and have compassion on His servants, when He sees that their power is gone, and there is no one remaining, bond or free. 37 He will say: 'Where are their gods, the rock in which they sought refuge? 38 Who ate the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offering? Let them rise and help you, and be your refuge. 39 'Now see that I, even I, am He, and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand. 40 For I raise My hand to heaven, and say, "As I live forever, 41 If I whet My glittering sword, and My hand takes hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to My enemies, and repay those who hate Me. 42 I will make My arrows drunk with blood, and My sword shall devour flesh, with the blood of the slain and the captives, from the heads of the leaders of the enemy." ' 43 "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people; For He will avenge the blood of His servants, and render vengeance to His adversaries; He will provide atonement for His land and His people." God is just, and it is truly a fearsome thing to behold his wrath. But remember that His judgment is His love greatly provoked to jealousy. The word for wrath in Hebrew means to set right, to make straight. To have balance in our understanding of God's just ways, we must not just know His love, but understand His justice, and what His wrath is about. His wrath is reserved for the wicked and unjust, and as we read on, for those who say they know Him but will not obey Him. Isa 2:10-22 NKJV 10 Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty. 11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. When judgment comes, it will come with such a fury. People will try to hide. All pride and haughtiness will be removed and God will be recognized in it. He will be exalted at least by those who know Him. 11 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up--And it shall be brought low 13 Upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan; In Scripture, often God refers to men or mankind as trees [ this is the meaning here. Oaks are strong trees, and cedars.] they represent those strong in their own strength. 14 Upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up; 15 Upon every high tower, and upon every fortified wall; 16 Upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all the beautiful sloops. Hills and mountains represent authority in scripture, so those authorities who do not lift up God will be judged. High towers and walls, ships and sloops are those things of man's greatness - his ideas, his creation - every system will fall. 17 The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day, Again the Lord reiterates the purpose of this judgment...that HE ALONE would be exalted. And all who stand on their pride, including any in the church who are in pretense, shall be brought low. 18 But the idols He shall utterly abolish. 19 They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily. 20 In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which they made, each for himself to worship, to the moles and bats, 21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the crags of the rugged rocks, from the terror of the LORD And the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily. Idols of man, whether they be material or any other carnal form....like lust, or pride will be destroyed in the day of the Lord's vengeance. Twice again He says He will mightily shake the earth. 22 Sever yourselves from such a man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for of what account is he? n The Lord warns us to not have anything to do with unrighteous men. I old testament He warned that if we approve of those who do evil we are aligned with them and subject to the same judgment. Isa 3-4 NKJV For behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah The stock and the store, the whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water; God warns of the judgment on His own people of famine and like Amos says, not just a famine of food, but of spiritual food: Who is our bread ? Who is our water ? Jesus is our Bread of life. The Holy Spirit our Water of lifem the Living waters. 2 The mighty man and the man of war, the judge and the prophet, and the diviner and the elder; 3 The captain of fifty and the honorable man, the counselor and the skillful artisan, and the expert enchanter. In this judgment HE is not partial. All God's ways are without partiality. Judgment comes first to the house of the LORD, then to the world. In some cases there isn't much differance. 4 "I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. 5 The people will be oppressed, every one by another and every one by his neighbor; the child will be insolent toward the elder, and the base toward the honorable." There will be such hatred in the world, and as we see it is growing in strength, it will affect every relationship. Nothing will be held sacred as the spirit of antichrist is arising in the earth. All over the earth anti-semitism is rising,violence and rebellion, & the spirit of anti-Christ is arising. 5 When a man takes hold of his brother In the house of his father, saying, "You have clothing; You be our ruler, and let these ruins be under your power," 7 In that day he will protest, saying, "I cannot cure your ills, for in my house is neither food nor clothing; Do not make me a ruler of the people." Man will not be the answer to the world's ills, even though they will try. 8 For Jerusalem stumbled, and Judah is fallen, because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, To provoke the eyes of His glory. 9 The look on their countenance witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought evil upon themselves. The church is spiritual Jerusalem and Judah - Those who say they praise Him. Perversion is the example here. They declare their pride in these identities and lifestyles, and do not hide it and God pronounces a WOE. And He says they have brought it upon themselves as they knew and had access to the Truth. 10 "Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. 11 Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him. 12 As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths." 13 The LORD stands up to plead, and stands to judge the people. 14 The LORD will enter into judgment with the elders of His people and His princes: "For you have eaten up the vineyard; The plunder of the poor is in your houses. 15 What do you mean by crushing My people And grinding the faces of the poor ? "Says the Lord GOD of hosts. It is an interesting phenomenon, that the same problems that existed when He came the first time, are here again. Much of the church hasn't God's heart for the poor. I have heard pastors rationalize the words of James as if their savior did not come into the world poor for a reason. I have heard them say preaching good news to the poor doesn't really mean the poor. "It means the poor in spirit" . By this they commit the same sin as the pharisees who didn't want to give up any of their wealth either to help the poor. And God says...YOUR LEADERS cause you to ERR, and destroy the way of your paths.... YOUR WALK ! And sadly it is so in many places. It is the rare church today that is not filled with complacency and apathy to even the needs of their own members. 16 Moreover the LORD says: "Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with outstretched necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, making a jingling with their feet, 17 Therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will uncover their secret parts." He isn't talking about only women per se here. He is talking about daughters of Zion - the local churches - having wanton eyes to the world and all it has to offer. Everything is sold, for high price. Have you ever noticed that Christian bookstores by en large sell things more expensively than the world? Maybe they don't do that other places, but here, but in Southern California they do. It is amazing. While the church markets tapes and books in the guise many times of needing money for ministry when their own people are going without paying rent or having enough food and clothing for their children. Sometimes I know the Lord weeps and weeps over this...but soon, He will judge...very soon. Meetings and conferences cater to the middle class and wealthy. I know ONE pastor who used to give the single moms, or poor free tapes and books. The gospel is SOLD to elevate ministries that are supposed to glorify JESUS, while Jesus looks on crying. I am not saying if you can afford it, you shouldn't pay for a book. But where do the poor get worship tapes? How do the poor buy books to elevate them in their studies of the word? Guess what? Jehovah's Witnesses give their books, color pictures and all FREE to whoever they convert! And on top of that, they come to THEIR home and do bible study with them to help them understand. NOW if a cult can do that, why can't the TRUE church of Jesus Christ? Are we stuck to our seats in the pews or living in 500,000 dollar homes instead of living for God. The church in America has become like the young rich man who came to Jesus...and couldn't give up his worldly belongings. 18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery: the jingling anklets, the scarves, and the crescents; 19 The pendants, the bracelets, and the veils; 20 The headdresses, the leg ornaments, and the headbands; The perfume boxes, the charms, 21 and the rings; The nose jewels, 22 the festal apparel, and the mantles; the outer garments, the purses, 23 and the mirrors; the fine linen, the turbans, and the robes . 24 And so it shall be: Instead of a sweet smell there will be a stench; Instead of a sash, a rope; Instead of well-set hair, baldness; instead of a rich robe, a girding of sackcloth; and branding instead of beauty. 25 Your men shall fall by the sword, and your mighty in the war. 26 Her gates shall lament and mourn, and she being desolate shall sit on the ground. So because we have not been our brother's keeper, because we are feign to help others and too busy building our own kingdoms, we will be destitute and smelly (homeless), and in total LACK of those things we once worshipped, unless we repent now. Whatever we idolize will be destroyed. Isaiah 4:1-6 NKJV And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, "We will eat our own food and wear our own apparel; only let us be called by your name, to take away our reproach." 2 In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious; and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing for those of Israel who have escaped. Of the seven women taking hold of one man Matthew Henry says: 1. That though Providence has so wisely ordered that, communibus annis-on an average of years, there is nearly an equal number of males and females born into the world, yet, through the devastations made by war, there should scarcely be one man in seven left alive. As there are deaths attending the bringing forth of children, which are peculiar to the woman, who was first in transgression, so, to balance that, there are deaths peculiar to men, those by the sword in the high places of the field, which perhaps devour more than child-bed does. Here it is foretold that such multitudes of men should be cut off that there should be seven women to one man. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.) 3 And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy--everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem. 4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning, 5 then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering. 6 And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain. God has been washing the filth from the daughters of Zion [the church ] and he has been bringing the spirit of burning in our midst to purge our hearts to refine us till we come forth as gold. This will escalate to an explosion of His glory in our midst. Isaiah 5:1-26 NKJV Now let me sing to my Well-beloved a song of my Beloved regarding His vineyard: My Well-beloved has a vineyard on a very fruitful hill. 2 He dug it up and cleared out its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, and also made a winepress in it; So He expected it to bring forth good grapes, but it brought forth wild grapes. 3 "And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge, please, between Me and My vineyard. 4 What more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done in it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes? 5 And now, please let Me tell you what I will do to My vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned; and break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. 6 I will lay it waste; It shall not be pruned or dug, but there shall come up briers and thorns. I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain on it." 7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are His pleasant plant. He looked for justice, but behold, oppression; For righteousness, but behold, a cry for help. Some people think the Lord will never judge the church, because the church is His, but the word clearly says that judgment comes FIRST to the house of the Lord. And in many of the in that day scriptures it talks about HIS own being judged for lack of obedience. Above it says He looked for those who render justice, but behold oppression. And so it is towards the poor here and in many places everywhere in the world with the church. Oppression, and suffering abound, and who will open their eyes and see, and who will stand up for me against the evildoers the Lord would say.. 8 Woe to those who join house to house; they add field to field, till there is no place where they may dwell alone in the midst of the land ! 9 In my hearing the LORD of hosts said, "Truly, many houses shall be desolate, great and beautiful ones, without inhabitant. 10 For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and a homer of seed shall yield one ephah." Isa 5:8-9 Matthew Henry Commentary Here is a woe to those who set their hearts upon the wealth of the world, and place their happiness in that, and increase it to themselves by indirect and unlawful means (v. 8), who join house to house and lay field to field, till there be no place, no room for anybody to live by them. If they could succeed, they would be placed alone in the midst of the earth, would monopolize possessions and preferments, and engross all profits and employments to themselves. Not that it is a sin for those who have a house and a field, of they have wherewithal, to purchase another; (1.) That they are inordinate in their desires to enrich themselves, and make it their whole care and business to raise an estate, as if they had nothing to mind, nothing to seek, nothing to do, in this world, but that. They never know when they have enough, but the more they have the more they would have; and, like the daughters of the horseleech, they cry, Give, give. They cannot enjoy what they have, nor do good with it, but are constantly contriving and studying to make it more. They must have variety of houses, a winter-house, and a summer-house, and if another man's house or field lie convenient to theirs, as Naboth's vineyard to Ahab's, they must have that too, or they cannot be easy. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.) 11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may follow intoxicating drink; who continue until night, till wine inflames them! 12 The harp and the strings, the tambourine and flute, and wine are in their feasts; but they do not regard the work of the LORD, Nor consider the operation of His hands. 12 Therefore my people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge; Their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. The thirst at the end is in reference to knowledge - knowledge of the Word of God. Many Christians, I know, do not know the word of God. Many churches teach opinion more than the word. And so people learn from their teachers who err in their pride and do not study the word for themselves, nor do they know the HEART of the Lord, because they have not taken time to get to know Him - to know the whole of the Word. 13 Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself and opened its mouth beyond measure; Their glory and their multitude and their pomp, and he who is jubilant, shall descend into it. 15 People shall be brought down, each man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled. 16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness. 17 Then the lambs shall feed in their pasture, and in the waste places of the fat ones strangers shall eat. This does not speak well for pride, vanity and arrogance. As I read the first sentence it seemed to speak of those who have the outward appearance of Christianity, but have grown puffed up in their own eyes and the Lord says their glory, their multitudes, and pomp, and jubilation will descend to hell ! Yikes ! It makes you want to be far away from any form of pride of our own opinions or in ourselves in any way. He does mention lambs feeding in their pasture so He is speaking of the children of God. 18 Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as if with a cart rope; 19 That say, "Let Him make speed and hasten His work, that we may see it; and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, that we may know it." Here He is speaking to the hypocrites who claim to love God yet follow their carnal nature. 1 John says if you love Him, you will obey Him. 20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Surely this is perversion common to the enemy to call good evil and evil good, and when I think of the bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter, I think of those who are unaware of their own bitterness and rationalize the abominable way they treat people instead of apologizing, they rationalize their behavior. 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! This is reiterated in 1 Corinthians 1. Not many wise are chosen, and God used the foolish things to confound the wise in their own opinion. He says even the despised things He uses. This shows how much He hates pride and those who disdain the less sophisticated of society. So many of us are so prideful of our intelligence, our prowess. Well God uses the meek, God uses the humble, not the haughty. 22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, 23 Who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away justice from the righteous man! Job, in the Living Bible translation I think says, when a nation turns from God, there is no justice in the land. America has surely become such in many ways, and I believe God is restoring, but it has been that justice is taken from the righteous man for a long time. Prejudice is one of those injustices. The woe for drinking wine and intoxicating drinks makes me think of the blight of alcoholism and all the sorrow it produces, the abuse in families and consequent recovery needed by its victims and how prevalent it is here, and many other places in the earth. There is so much pride in all that, it is sickening. What is worse is when it is hidden in the church, covered over and not even addressed. And the cycle continues to go on. One of the charges of the Holy Priesthood in Ezekial 44 is to teach the people good from evil. 24 Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom will ascend like dust; because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. 25 Therefore the anger of the LORD is aroused against His people; He has stretched out His hand against them And stricken them, And the hills trembled. Their carcasses were as refuse in the midst of the streets. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still. 26 He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar, and will whistle to them from the end of the earth; surely they shall come with speed, swiftly. Note it says against HIS PEOPLE ! But then He says, He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar, and will whistle to them from the end of the earth and they will come speedily assumingly to repentance. Isaiah 7:18-25 18 And it shall come to pass in that day that the LORD will whistle for the fly that is in the farthest part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. 19 They will come, and all of them will rest in the desolate valleys and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all thorns and in all pastures. 20 In the same day the Lord will shave with a hired razor, with those from beyond the River, with the king of Assyria, the head and the hair of the legs, and will also remove the beard. 21 It shall be in that day that a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep; 22 So it shall be, from the abundance of milk they give, that he will eat curds; For curds and honey everyone will eat who is left in the land. 23 It shall happen in that day, that wherever there could be a thousand vines worth a thousand shekels of silver, It will be for briers and thorns. 24 With arrows and bows men will come there, because all the land will become briers and thorns. 25 And to any hill which could be dug with the hoe, you will not go there for fear of briers and thorns; but it will become a range for oxen and a place for sheep to roam. This judgment was pronounced on the wicked Ahaz but seems relevant to end times judgment as well as we know pestilence is one of the judgments in Revelation. Matthew Henry Commentary says Summons given to the invaders (v. 18): The Lord shall whistle for the fly and the bee. See Isa 5:26. Enemies that seem as contemptible as a fly or a bee, and are as easily crushed, shall yet, when God pleases, do his work as effectually as lions and young lions. Though they are as far distant from one another as the rivers of Egypt and the land of Assyria, yet they shall punctually meet to join in this work when God commands their attendance; for, when God has work to do, he will not be at a loss for instruments to do it with. Then a man again will be so scarce, and those that have escaped judgment will eat curds and honey, which I think though literal still has a spiritual meaning of the honey that is the Lord's word and love, and the curds come from the milk of the cow; the word is also described by Paul as the milk of the word and the meat of the word. Isa 10:20 NKJV 20 And it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel, and such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, will never again depend on him who defeated them, but will depend on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. Our dependence should always be on GOD ALMIGHTY, not on man or anything else of this world. One thing God seems to be doing in those who are allowing Him to refine them is making them MORE dependent on HIM. God's kingdom works different from the world. The world says to be self-sufficient but we are to be God-dependent. Isa 10:27 NKJV It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil. The him here is the enemy. His yoke will be removed from your shoulders and neck and destroyed because of the anointing oil. God's anointing will increase, as the glory increases we will become more and more free. We go from glory to glory, and this is a MARVELOUS PROMISE for our times ! Isa 10:33-34 NKJV Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, will lop off the bough with terror; those of high stature will be hewn down, and the haughty will be humbled. 34 He will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One. Again, there is the theme of destroying the prideful, those who are certain of their own opinions and think themselves above others. Isa 11:10-16 NKJV 10 "And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; for the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious." 11 It shall come to pass in that day That the LORD shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, From Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea. 12 He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. 13 Also the envy of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not harass Ephraim. 14 But they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines toward the west; together they shall plunder the people of the East; they shall lay their hand on Edom and Moab; and the people of Ammon shall obey them. 15 The LORD will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt; with His mighty wind He will shake His fist over the River, and strike it in the seven streams, and make men cross over dry-shod. 16 There will be a highway for the remnant of His people who will be left from Assyria, as it was for Israel In the day that he came up from the land of Egypt. This speaks of the restoration of Israel; them being drawn again from the nations. The rest makes you feel sorry for the Muslim nations who oppose Israel, as they will be judged by the Lord Himself and it is a fearsome thing to be in the hands of the Almighty when you have come against His beloved. Isaiah 12:1-6 NKJV And in that day you will say: "O LORD, I will praise You; though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. 2 Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; 'For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.'" 3 Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 And in that day you will say: "Praise the LORD, call upon His name; Declare His deeds among the peoples, make mention that His name is exalted. 5 Sing to the LORD, for He has done excellent things; this is known in all the earth. 6 Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!" Hallelujah, for He will be seen upon us Is 60 says. He will be a wall of fire around us and the glory in our midst - Jer 31. Isa 19:16-21:1 In that day Egypt will be like women, and will be afraid and fear because of the waving of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which He waves over it. 17 And the land of Judah will be a terror to Egypt; everyone who makes mention of it will be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts which He has determined against it. 18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear by the LORD of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction. Matthew Henry's Commentary What they see in their own land. They shall fear (v. 16) because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of hosts, and (v. 17) because of the counsel of the Lord of hosts, which from the shaking of his hand they shall conclude he has determined against Egypt as well as Judah. For, if judgment begin at the house of God, where will it end? If this be done in the green tree, what shall be done in the dry? See here, how easily God can make those a terror to themselves that have been, not only secure, but a terror to all about them. It is but shaking his hand over them, or laying it upon some of their neighbours, and the stoutest hearts tremble immediately. 19 In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border. 20 And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them. Herein is the promise of salvation to Egypt . He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them Hallelujah ! We haven't seen anything yet ! 21 Then the LORD will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day, and will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to the LORD and perform it. 22 And the LORD will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the LORD, and He will be entreated by them and heal them. 23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. 24 In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria-- a blessing in the midst of the land, 25 whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance." The Lord told me recently, sons of Esau and sons of Jacob will sit down together. Now sitting down to eat together is something of a hospitality thing in the middle east and you do it with friends, not your enemies. Isa 22:12-25 NKJV And in that day the Lord GOD of hosts Called for weeping and for mourning, for baldness and for girding with sackcloth. 13 But instead, joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating meat and drinking wine: "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!" And it shall be as in the days of Noah everyone marrying, giving in marriage, partying, and unaware, when the Lord returnsand He will thoroughly purge His threshing floor. 14 Then it was revealed in my hearing by the LORD of hosts, "Surely for this iniquity there will be no atonement for you, even to your death," says the Lord GOD of hosts. 15 Thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: "Go, proceed to this steward, to Shebna, who is over the house, and say: 16 'What have you here, and whom have you here, that you have hewn a sepulcher here, as he who hews himself a sepulcher on high, who carves a tomb for himself in a rock? 17 Indeed, the LORD will throw you away violently, O mighty man, and will surely seize you. 18 He will surely turn violently and toss you like a ball Into a large country; there you shall die, and there your glorious chariots shall be the shame of your master's house. 19 So I will drive you out of your office, and from your position he will pull you down. 20 'Then it shall be in that day, that I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah; 21 I will clothe him with your robe and strengthen him with your belt; I will commit your responsibility into his hand. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. 22 The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; so he shall open, and no one shall shut; and he shall shut, and no one shall open. 23 I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, and he will become a glorious throne to his father's house. Some consider Eliakim a type of the apostle. Eliakim means God arising. Eliakim did not undermine Shebna, and so honored him, like David did Saul. He is not self-serving or self-promoting but GOD appoints him. 24 'They will hang on him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the posterity, all vessels of small quantity, from the cups to all the pitchers. 25 In that day,' says the LORD of hosts, 'the peg that is fastened in the secure place will be removed and be cut down and fall, and the burden that was on it will be cut off; for the LORD has spoken.'" Those that are proud ( who think they are secure from the judgments of the Lord ) will have their day with the Lord where all their security ( the peg ) will be removed and all whom they have depended on will also fall, or who have depended on them. Isa 24:21-23 NKJV It shall come to pass in that day That the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, and on the earth the kings of the earth. 22 They will be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and will be shut up in the prison; after many days they will be punished. 23 Then the moon will be disgraced and the sun ashamed; for the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before His elders, gloriously. This speaks of the day of the Lord; the moon will be disgraced in that like in Joel, it will be darkened along with the sun. Nothing can compare to the light of His glory. For He shall reign in that day, and reign gloriously, for the wicked will be destroyed, and His enemies imprisoned in the pit until the millennial reign is finished. Isa 25:6-12 NKJV And in this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all people a feast of choice pieces, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of well-refined wines on the lees. 7 And He will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. 9 And it will be said in that day: "Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation." 10 For on this mountain the hand of the LORD will rest, and Moab shall be trampled down under Him, as straw is trampled down for the refuse heap. 11 And He will spread out His hands in their midst as a swimmer reaches out to swim, and He will bring down their pride together with the trickery of their hands. 12 The fortress of the high fort of your walls He will bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, down to the dust. In that day, all the enemies of the Lord will be crushed, and even before He returns, it would say He will destroy the covering that is spread over the nations. How else can their be world revival represented by the white horse of revelation riding forth to conquer ? Isaiah 60 talks about how the glory of the Lord will be SEEN upon us. Isa 26:1-4 NKJV In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: "We have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks. 2 Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in. 3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. 4 Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength. The word for city here is: OT:5892 `iyr (eer); or (in the plural) `ar (awr); or `ayar (Judg 10:4) (aw -yar'); from OT:5782 a city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post): KJV-Ai [from margin], city, court [from margin], town. OT:5782 `uwr (oor); a primitive root [rather identical with OT:5783 through the idea of opening the eyes]; to wake (literally or figuratively): KJV-(awake (-n, up), lift up (self), X master, raise (up), stir up (self). This gives the sense of us being protected by the Lord and our eyes opened, awakened to His love for us, and He will keep us in peace, if our minds are stayed on Him...good advice for these end times. As Heidi Baker says, "God will do anything for a radical lover". He is our Source of strength. Isa 27:1-28:1 NKJV In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong, will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; and He will slay the reptile that is in the sea. Don't ya just want to go " Yeah God !!! Hallelujah !!! HE will punish Leviathan. He will slay him ! God will conquer His enemies. Leviathan is pride. See Job 41. 2 In that day sing to her, "A vineyard of red wine! 3 I, the LORD, keep it, I water it every moment; lest any hurt it, I keep it night and day. 4 Fury is not in Me. Who would set 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." The Lord keeps His vineyard in that day, He says and HE waters it and keeps it that none should hurt it. He will keep us day and night. Seems like the Lord wants to also wrestle here with any who have an issue. If you want peace, sometimes you have to wrestle like Jacob. 6 Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob; Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit. 7 Has He struck Israel as He struck those who struck him? Or has He been slain according to the slaughter of those who were slain by Him? 8 In measure, by sending it away, You contended with it. He removes it by His rough wind in the day of the east wind. 9 Therefore by this the iniquity of Jacob will be covered; and this is all the fruit of taking away his sin: when he makes all the stones of the altar like chalkstones that are beaten to dust, wooden images and incense altars shall not stand. 10 Yet the fortified city will be desolate, the habitation forsaken and left like a wilderness; there the calf will feed, and there it will lie down and consume its branches. 11 When its boughs are withered, they will be broken off; the women come and set them on fire. For it is a people of no understanding; therefore He who made them will not have mercy on them, and He who formed them will show them no favor. 12 And it shall come to pass in that day that the LORD will thresh, from the channel of the River to the Brook of Egypt; and you will be gathered one by one, O you children of Israel. The River is the largest passage of running water, and the brook the least, so the concept is from the greatest to the smallest place where the water flows ( in spiritual Israel) He will gather together His own remnant 13 So it shall be in that day: The great trumpet will be blown; they will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyria, and they who are outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem. Just like with Moses, the Lord will deliver the children of Israel who are outcasts all over the world and they will worship the Lord alone. We know that in worshiping, He comes. The Lord inhabits the praises of His people. That is our hiding place - with Him. Isa 28:5-6 NKJV In that day the LORD of hosts will be for a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty to the remnant of His people, 6 For a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and for strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate. Note he uses LORD OF HOSTS and those who are left after all the purifying and judgment , the Lord will fill with His glory and He will provide all that is needed for us. He will strengthen His warriors and and provide a spirit of justice to His prophets. Isa 29:18-30:1 NKJV In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness. 19 The humble also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice In the Holy One of Israel. 20 For the terrible one is brought to nothing, the scornful one is consumed, and all who watch for iniquity are cut off21 Who make a man an offender by a word, and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, and turn aside the just by empty words. Those who have not judged rightly, and who have mocked and oppressed instead of helping will be judged. 22 Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: "Jacob shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face now grow pale; 23 But when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst, they will hallow My name, and hallow the Holy One of Jacob, and fear the God of Israel. 24 These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding, and those who complained will learn doctrine." See the hope God gives even for those who are in the church, but lost or in error some way ? Our tendency is to judge and want to see Him judge, but His heart is in LOVE with those who are His own, and He is able to correct them and change them even when our hearts are unable to endure their sins. We always have to remember that we war NOT against flesh and blood. And that the Lord's love is unconditional. Isaiah 30:23-33 NKJV In that day your cattle will feed In large pastures. 24 Likewise the oxen and the young donkeys that work the ground will eat cured fodder, which has been winnowed with the shovel and fan. 25 There will be on every high mountain and on every high hill Rivers and streams of waters, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. Cattle and oxen, donkeys were the wealth of an agricultural society and being fed fodder that has been winnowed is rich food for them, so it symbolizes affluence. Mountains and hills refer to authorities. Rivers and streams of waters represent the continual flow of the Holy Spirit's power. Towers symbolize places of safety, security and strength. 26 Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD binds up the bruise of His people and heals the stroke of their wound. 27 Behold, the name of the LORD comes from afar, burning with His anger, and His burden is heavy; His lips are full of indignation, and His tongue like a devouring fire. 28 His breath is like an overflowing stream, which reaches up to the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of futility; and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err. 29 You shall have a song as in the night when a holy festival is kept, and gladness of heart as when one goes with a flute, to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the Mighty One of Israel. 30 The LORD will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and show the descent of His arm, with the indignation of His anger And the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, tempest, and hailstones. 31 For through the voice of the LORD Assyria will be beaten down, as He strikes with the rod. 32 And in every place where the staff of punishment passes, which the LORD lays on him, it will be with tambourines and harps; and in battles of brandishing He will fight with it. Our worship ( the tambourines and harps) will bring will bring down the punishment of God upon His enemies and release salvation in the earth. 33 For Tophet was established of old, Yes, for the king it is prepared. He has made it deep and large; its pyre is fire with much wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, kindles it. Tophet is HELL and the king it is prepared for is the king of this world - Satan. He's going down as we say when the Lord returns. Isa 31:7-9 NKJV 7 For in that day every man shall throw away his idols of silver and his idols of gold- -sin, which your own hands have made for yourselves. 8 "Then Assyria shall fall by a sword not of man, and a sword not of mankind shall devour him. But he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall become forced labor. 9 He shall cross over to his stronghold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the banner," Says the LORD, whose fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem. Every man is a lot of men and means a revival of unprecedented proportion and note the sword of the LORD is what devours the enemy a sword NOT of man. Isa 52:5-15 NKJV Now therefore, what have I here," says the LORD, "That My people are taken away for nothing? Those who rule over them Make them wail," says the LORD, "And My name is blasphemed continually every day. 6 Therefore My people shall know My name; Therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks: 'Behold, it is I.'" 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!" 8 Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye when the LORD brings back Zion. 9 Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the LORD has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem. They will see eye to eye now - that has to mean unity and the Lord it says brings back Zion. Rejoice He tells us and sing together & worship together - a second time He says this emphasizing it. 10 The LORD has made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. 11 Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her, be clean, you who bear the vessels of the LORD. 12 For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. 13 Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high. 14 Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men; 15 So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; for what had not been told them they shall see, and what they had not heard they shall consider. He is the “sprinkler”, and every nation must hear the gospel before His return. And the Lord will go before us and after us. Emmanuel - God with us to the nations. PART 2 IN THAT DAY Priscilla Van Sutphin firstname.lastname@example.org Jer 4:9-17 NKJV "And it shall come to pass in that day," says the LORD, "That the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder." 10 Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Surely You have greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, 'You shall have peace, 'Whereas the sword reaches to the heart." 11 At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, "A dry wind of the desolate heights blows in the wilderness toward the daughter of My people--Not to fan or to cleanse 12 A wind too strong for these will come for Me; now I will also speak judgment against them." 13 "Behold, he shall come up like clouds, and his chariots like a whirlwind. His horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, for we are plundered!" 14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you? 15 For a voice declares from Dan and proclaims affliction from Mount Ephraim: 16 "Make mention to the nations, yes, proclaim against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country and raise their voice against the cities of Judah. 17 Like keepers of a field they are against her all around, because she has been rebellious against Me," says the LORD. Matthew Henry says this about warnings: "God's usual method is to warn before he wounds. In these verses, accordingly, God gives notice to the Jews of the general desolation that would shortly be brought upon them by a foreign invasion. This must be declared and published in all the cities of Judah and streets of Jerusalem, that all might hear and fear, and by this loud alarm be either brought to repentance or left inexcusable. The prediction of this calamity is here given very largely, and in lively expressions, which one would think should have awakened and affected the most stupid. " Thus today, there are those who have sounded the warnings, but many still have not heard or choose not to listen. In Revelations it says even after judgments, many will shake their fist at God. Jer 30:8-17 NKJV 'For it shall come to pass in that day, ' Says the LORD of hosts, 'That I will break his yoke from your neck, and will burst your bonds; foreigners shall no more enslave them. 9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up for them. 10 'Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob,' says the LORD, 'Nor be dismayed, O Israel; For behold, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet, and no one shall make him afraid. 11 For I am with you,' says the LORD, 'to save you; though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, and will not let you go altogether unpunished.' 12 "For thus says the LORD: 'Your affliction is incurable, your wound is severe. 13 There is no one to plead your cause, that you may be bound up; you have no healing medicines. 14 All your lovers have forgotten you; they do not seek you; for I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of your iniquities, because your sins have increased. 15 Why do you cry about your affliction? Your sorrow is incurable. Because of the multitude of your iniquities, because your sins have increased, I have done these things to you. 16 'Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured; and all your adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; those who plunder you shall become plunder, and all who prey upon you I will make a prey. 17 For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,' says the LORD, 'Because they called you an outcast saying: "This is Zion; no one seeks her." ' This is about the Day of the Lord in which Jacob will be troubled, but the Lord will defend Israel and heal up their wounds. It says your lovers have forgotten you, even the U.S. seems to have turned their backs on Israel, by what has happened. Yet the Lord says because of your iniquities. I have done these things to you, yet HE, THE ALMIGHTY ONE OF ISRAEL WILL SAVE AND DELIVER THEM FROM ALL CAPTIVITY and a reiteration of an old promise to Israel. Those who devour you will be devoured. Those who plunder you shall become plunder !!! And this is also for the church..Zion...it says, because they called you an outcast saying, This is Zion, no one seeks her. That is surely true. No one wants us. But the Lord of Hosts, the Mighty One of Israel shall SAVE. This MUST happen for ISRAEL to turn to the LORD. Jer 30:18-24 NKJV 18 "Thus says the LORD: 'Behold, I will bring back the captivity of Jacob's tents, and have mercy on his dwelling places; the city shall be built upon its own mound, and the palace shall remain according to its own plan. 19 Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who make merry; I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. 20 Their children also shall be as before, and their congregation shall be established before Me; and I will punish all who oppress them. 21 Their nobles shall be from among them, and their governor shall come from their midst; then I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach Me; for who is this who pledged his heart to approach Me?' says the LORD. 22 'You shall be My people, and I will be your God.' " 23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goes forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind; It will fall violently on the head of the wicked. 24 The fierce anger of the LORD will not return until He has done it, and until He has performed the intents of His heart. In the latter days you will consider it. The whirlwind of the Lord according to Conner (Interpreting the Symbols and Types in the Bible) is a symbol of hurricanes, sweeping power, inability to resist it's power. Wind is the symbol of power of God or satan, the Breath of life. The Lord has promised vengeance on the wicked and will not relent till it is accomplished. Then it says "In the latter days you will consider it ". It is time. Jer 49:22 NKJV Behold, He shall come up and fly like the eagle, and spread His wings over Bozrah; The heart of the mighty men of Edom in that day shall be like the heart of a woman in birth pangs. Bozrah means an enclosure, a sheepfold (a city of Edom) in other words - His people will be sheltered in the shadow of His wings in that day, though we live among those in the world. He will protect us, but the heart of the mighty men of Edom [remember Edom stands for the sons of Esau] shall be like the heart of a woman in birth pangs; which means FEARFUL. Jer 50:30-32 NKJV Therefore her young men shall fall in the streets, and all her men of war shall be cut off in that day," says the LORD. 31 "Behold, I am against you, O most haughty one!" says the Lord GOD of hosts; "For your day has come, the time that I will punish you. 32 The most proud shall stumble and fall, and no one will raise him up; I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it will devour all around him." I sure don't want to be on the wrong side in this battle, do you ? That has been why the Lord has been saying come out from among them, be separated ,be in the world, but not OF IT. So that you may be sheltered in the day of His wrath, in the shadow of His wings. Ezek 29:21 NKJV 'In that day I will cause the horn of the house of Israel to spring forth, and I will open your mouth to speak in their midst. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.' A horn speaks of strength, power, and defense - like the horn of an ox or bull. He says HE will cause it to spring forth, His power through us. We, as the church are grafted into the vine and He will cause us to speak in their midst THEN they will know He says, that I am the Lord. He will pour out prophecy, as it says in Joel, and they will know it is the Lord. Ezek 38:18-23 NKJV (after the millennial reign) "And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel," says the Lord GOD, "that My fury will show in My face. 19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: 'Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, e 20 so that the fish of the sea, the birds of th heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.' 21 "I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains," says the Lord GOD. "Every man's sword will be against his brother. 22 And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD." ' His judgments are always to make known Who is really in charge, Who is the creator - His love greatly provoked to jealousy. He created us for HIMSELF, not for the world, not for the enemy, but for fellowship with Him. We are the object of His love, but like a jealous husband, He will destroy all that keeps us from Him. He is a JUST JUDGE. Lamentations says, He does not willingly afflict the sons of men. Ezek 39:11-16 NKJV ( after the millennial reign is the war of Gog & Magog) "It will come to pass in that day that I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by east of the sea; and it will obstruct travelers, because there they will bury Gog and all his multitude. Therefore they will call it the Valley of Hamon Gog. 12 For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land. 13 Indeed all the people of the land will be burying them, and they will gain renown for it on the day that I am glorified," says the Lord GOD. 14 They will set apart men regularly employed, with the help of a search party, to pass through the land and bury those bodies remaining on the ground, in order to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make a search. 15 The search party will pass through the land; and whenever anyone sees a man's bone, he shall set up a marker by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog. 16 The name of the city will also be Hamonah. Thus they shall cleanse the land." ' Hos 2:16-23 NKJV (Millenial Reign) "And it shall be, in that day, "Says the LORD, "That you will call Me 'My Husband, 'And no longer call Me 'My Master,' 17 For I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals, and they shall be remembered by their name no more. 18 In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, with the birds of the air, and with the creeping things of the ground. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, to make them lie down safely. 19 "I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; 20 I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the LORD. 21 "It shall come to pass in that day that I will answer," says the LORD; "I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth. 22 The earth shall answer with grain, with new wine, and with oil; they shall answer Jezreel. 23 Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; Then I will say to those who were not My people, 'You are My people!' and they shall say, 'You are my God!' " This is the most beautiful promise .The Bridegroom will come, and we will be betrothed to Him forever, and call Him "my husband". We will receive full righteousness, justice and lovingkindness of the Lord. He will break our chains and set us free in the twinkling of an eye we will be transformed by His glory. Jezreel means " God will sow". He will sow for Himself righteousness, lovingkindness, etc. Joel 3:18 NKJV ( NOW) And it will come to pass in that day that the mountains shall drip with new wine, the hills shall flow with milk, and all the brooks of Judah shall be flooded with water; A fountain shall flow from the house of the LORD and water the Valley of Acacias. This is an impending promise for end times. The mountains will drip with new wine, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, and His ways. He has saved the best wine for last , Jesus said, and we are the recipients of that best wine. We will be transformed and it will usher in a an apostolic age. Though the enemy will fight, a fountain of Holy Spirit power will flow from the house of the Lord and water the earth and the end times harvest will be gathered. Amos 2:14-15 NKJV Therefore flight shall perish from the swift, the strong shall not strengthen his power, nor shall the mighty deliver himself; 15 He shall not stand who handles the bow, the swift of foot shall not escape, nor shall he who rides a horse deliver himself. 16 The most courageous men of might shall flee naked in that day," Says the LORD. The judgments of the Lord are swift and sure, no one will be able to escape them, even the most courageous of men will fear in that day. God will take vengeance on the enemy of our souls Amos 8:3-14 NKJV And the songs of the temple shall be wailing in that day, "Says the Lord GOD--"Many dead bodies everywhere, they shall be thrown out in silence." 4 Hear this, you who swallow up the needy, and make the poor of the land fail, 5 Saying: "When will the New Moon be past, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may trade wheat? Making the ephah small and the shekel large, falsifying the scales by deceit, 6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals--even sell the bad wheat?" Is this true circumstance for now or what ? The greed in America is catastrophic, and the Lord says, there will be weeping and wailing for the usury: the cheating and falsifying of scales, for the disdain of the poorer of the land. Amos 8:7 The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: "Surely I will never forget any of their works. 8 Shall the land not tremble for this, and everyone mourn who dwells in it? All of it shall swell like the River, heave and subside like the River of Egypt. These last two images sure are familiar swell like the river; have we not had floods ? And the land will heave and subside like the River of Egypt. That is exactly how an earthquake is. The land heaves and it comes in waves. If you have never been in an earthquake - our swimming pool, if you looked outside during one, it looked like it was going back and forth, and the water was like waves on the sea ! We are in the end time groanings. Amos 8:9 "And it shall come to pass in that day," says the Lord GOD, "That I will make the sun go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in broad daylight; 10 I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist, and baldness on every head; I will make it like mourning for an only son, and its end like a bitter day. 11 "Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord GOD, "That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. 12 They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but shall not find it. This is the day of the Lord's vengeance on the nations. He will turn our feasts into mourning, our songs into lamentation, poverty and bitterness of soul, famine of hearing from the Lord. Remember the scripture that says, Seek Me while I may be found ? He will not be found in this day of tribulation, people will search, finally realizing their folly, but they will not find Him. 13 "In that day the fair virgins and strong young men shall faint from thirst. 14 Those who swear by the sin of Samaria, who say, 'As your god lives, O Dan! 'And, 'As the way of Beersheba lives!' They shall fall and never rise again." There will be famine and death, and who are those who swear by the sin of Samaria? Samaria was filled with idolatry to Baal. Baal worship included every form of perversion. The phallic symbol was common on the walls of their temples and places of worshipping Baal. SAMARIA During all this time it was the seat of idolatry (Isa 9:9; Jer 23:13; Ezek 16:46-55; Amos 6:1; Mic 1:1). There Ahab built a temple to Baal (1 Kings 16:32-33; cf. 2 Kings 10:35). On the other hand, it was the scene of the ministry of the prophets Elijah and Elisha (which see). Jehu broke down the temple of Baal but does not appear to have otherwise injured the city (10:18-28). (comment from bible dictionary) Obadiah 8-21 NKJV "Will I not in that day," says the LORD, "Even destroy the wise men from Edom, and understanding from the mountains of Esau? 9 Then your mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that everyone from the mountains of Esau may be cut off by slaughter. In Gen 36:8 Esau is equated with Edom as dwelling in Mt. Seir; and he is described as the father of Edom (verse 9, Hebrew). The name however is probably much older. (from International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1996 by Biblesoft) He will destroy understanding from the mountains of Esau....mountains represent authorities and Arabs are the sons of Esau. Teman was an Edomite city and one of it's roots means OT:3225 yamiyn (yaw-meen'); from OT:3231; the right hand or side (leg, eye) of a person or other object (as the stronger and more dexterous); locally, the south: KJV- + left-handed, right (hand, side), south. This gives the connotation that those who are STRONG in Edom will be dismayed so that everyone it says, from the mountains of Esau may be cut off by slaughter, and below is why... 10 "For violence against your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off forever. 11 In the day that you stood on the other side--In the day that strangers carried captive his forces, when foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem--even you were as one of them. 12 But you should not have gazed on the day of your brother in the day of his captivity; nor should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; Nor should you have spoken proudly in the day of distress. 13 You should not have entered the gate of My people in the day of their calamity. Indeed, you should not have gazed on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity. 14 You should not have stood at the crossroads to cut off those among them who escaped; nor should you have delivered up those among them who remained in the day of distress. 15 "For the day of the LORD upon all the nations is near; As you have done, it shall be done to you; your reprisal shall return upon your own head. 16 For as you drank on my holy mountain, so shall all the nations drink continually; Yes, they shall drink, and swallow, and they shall be as though they had never been. 17 "But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. 18 The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame; but the house of Esau shall be stubble; They shall kindle them and devour them, and no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau, "For the LORD has spoken. How is that for a promise? Jacob shall be a fire and Joseph a flame. Now Who is known as the Consuming FIRE? God Himself will inhabit Israel. It also says in Jeremiah, He will be a fire around us and the glory in our midst. 19 The South shall possess the mountains of Esau, and the Lowland shall possess Philistia. They shall possess the fields of Ephraim And the fields of Samaria. Benjamin shall possess Gilead. 20 And the captives of this host of the children of Israel shall possess the land of the Canaanites as far as Zarephath. The captives of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad shall possess the cities of the South. 21 Then saviors shall come to Mount Zion to judge the mountains of Esau, and the kingdom shall be the LORD's. Saviors shall come to Mount Zion. Deliverers is another word for that word in the Hebrew, shall come to judge the mountains of Esau. Interesting with what is going on now, I would say. Micah 2:4-7 NKJV In that day one shall take up a proverb against you, and lament with a bitter lamentation, saying: 'We are utterly destroyed! He has changed the heritage of my people; How He has removed it from me! To a turncoat He has divided our fields.' " 5 Therefore you will have no one to determine boundaries by lot In the assembly of the LORD. 6 "Do not prattle," you say to those who prophesy. So they shall not prophesy to you; They shall not return insult for insult. 7 You who are named the house of Jacob: "Is the Spirit of the LORD restricted? Are these His doings? Do not My words do good to him who walks uprightly? Now there is an admonition for the church. YOU who are named the house of Jacob, you who have been grafted in and supposedly want to hear the words of the Lord Almighty. Will you listen to His prophets and live? IS HIS SPIRIT RESTRICTED ? Do not, He says, MY WORDS do good to him who is upright in heart ? Trouble is, sometimes men want to hear their own words. "Vanity, much is vanity ! " Solomon would say. Are not the words of GOD life to our spirits ? Yet we take so lightly the Lord's presence in our midst. We act like He is UP THERE somewhere and not standing there in our midst when we have been worshiping, as if He is far away instead of near, in our midst. Would we be so casual if we could see Him? Mic 4:6-13NKJV "In that day," says the LORD,"I will assemble the lame ,I will gather the outcast and those whom I have afflicted; 7 I will make the lame a remnant, and the outcast a strong nation; so the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion From now on, even forever. This is one of my favorite scriptures because of the promise to those who others consider unlovely. Lame here OT:6760 tsala` (tsaw-lah'); a primitive root: probably to curve; used only as denominative from OT:6763, to limp (as if one-sided): KJV-halt. ( In the King James it says her who halteth) Sometimes if you look at the roots mentioned of the word, it gives more interesting associations OT:6763 tsela` (tsay-law'); or (feminine) tsal` ah (tsal-aw'); from OT:6760; a rib (as curved), literally (of the body) or figuratively (of a door, i.e. leaf); hence, a side, literally (of a person) or figuratively (of an object or the sky, i.e. quarter); architecturally, a (especially floor or ceiling) timber or plank (single or collective, i.e. a flooring):KJV-beam, board, chamber, corner, leaf, plank, rib, side (chamber). 6760 tsala` (tsaw-lah'); a primitive root: probably to curve; used only as denominative from OT:6763, to limp (as if one-sided):KJV-halt. This gives the connotation of someone crippled ( symbolically; mentally, physically,socially ) And the word outcast comes from: OT:5080 nadach (naw-dakh'); a primitive root; to push off; used in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively (to expel, mislead, strike, inflict, etc.): KJV-banish, bring, cast down (out), chase, compel, draw away, drive (away, out, quite), fetch a stroke, force, go away, outcast, thrust away (out), withdraw. Did you know that most people who join cults have been disillusioned by the church? They've been misunderstood or cast away. And those whom I have afflicted ...that word afflicted comes from: OT:7489 ra` a` (raw-ah'); a primitive root; properly, to spoil (literally, by breaking to pieces); figuratively, to make (or be) good for nothing, i.e. bad (physically, socially or morally): KJV-afflict, associate selves [by mistake for OT:7462], break (down, in pieces), + displease, (be, bring, do) evil (doer, entreat, man), showself friendly [by mistake for OT:7462], do harm, (do) hurt, (behaveself, deal) ill, X indeed, do mischief, punish, still, vex, (do) wicked (doer, -ly), be (deal, do) worse. OT:7462 ra` ah (raw-aw'); a primitive root; to tend a flock; i.e. pasture it; intransitively, to graze (literally or figuratively); generally to rule; by extension, to associate with (as a friend): KJV-X break, companion, keep company with, devour, eat up, evil entreat, feed, use as a friend, make friendship with, herdman, keep [sheeper]-), pastor, + shearing house, shepherd, wander, waste. So God will take those who have been cast off and unloveable, and make them a strong nation. Many whom the church has seen as useless and discardable, God values and uses as it says in 1 Corinthians chapter 1. Micah 4:7 And you, O tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, to you shall it come, even the former dominion shall come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem." The former dominion shall come to the daughter of Zion....ushering in, I believe, of Pentacost power again to the church. Micah 4:9 Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in your midst? Has your counselor perished? For pangs have seized you like a woman in labor. 10 Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in birth pangs. For now you shall go forth from the city, you shall dwell in the field, and to Babylon you shall go. There you shall be delivered; there the LORD will redeem you from the hand of your enemies. Is there no KING in your midst ? Sometimes we act like it, but the KING of Kings is in our midst and HE is mighty to save. He is our counselor. We, as the church have been in birth pangs indeed. There is still the going forth but we will be redeemed from our enemies by the hand of the Lord. 11 Now also many nations have gathered against you, who say, "Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion." 12 But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD, Nor do they understand His counsel; For He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor. 13 "Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hooves bronze; You shall beat in pieces many peoples; I will consecrate their gain to the LORD, And their substance to the Lord of the whole earth." Arise and thresh He says, Arise and thresh is a word for the church in this hour for He says, He will make our horn iron and our hooves bronze; the idea of us being His war horses in battle. In Zechariah it says...I will make you like My horse in battle. So he will make our hooves bronze and our horn iron...gives the connotation of crushing power and strength. Then He says YOU SHALL BEAT IN PIECES MANY PEOPLES. Does He mean that literally... NO ! But spiritually YES. And their gain and substance will be consecrated to the Lord. Many will come to the brightness of His glory and give to the Kingdom of God. Mic 5:10-15 NKJV "And it shall be in that day," says the LORD, "That I will cut off your horses from your midst and destroy your chariots. 11 I will cut off the cities of your land and throw down all your strongholds. 12 I will cut off sorceries from your hand, and you shall have no soothsayers. 13 Your carved images I will also cut off, and your sacred pillars from your midst; You shall no more worship the work of your hands; 14 I will pluck your wooden images from your midst; thus I will destroy your cities. 15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury on the nations that have not heard." In this case the horse has the meaning of our self -sufficiency being cut off as in some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will trust in the name of the Lord ! I will cut off SORCERIES from you hand and you will have no soothsayers ! So who wins against the drugs and witchcraft in our land ? The LORD ! HE will conquer and all the idols (carved images) will also be cut off, and all the sacred pillars; those things we trust in instead of HIM. He will execute vengeance in anger and fury He says on the nations that will not listen. Let's take China for example, as it is quickly becoming more and more of a desert. I just saw something on that, on the news the other night,on BBC world news. That is the hand of the Lord in judgment; for prosperity and abundance in crops and herds comes when a nation worships Almighty God. And although there are millions of good Christians in China, they are under terrible oppression from the leaders of China. May God bring deliverance for us all. Micah 7:11-20 NKJV In that day the decree shall go far and wide. 12 In that day they shall come to you from Assyria and the fortified cities, from the fortress to the River, from sea to sea, and mountain to mountain. 13 Yet the land shall be desolate because of those who dwell in it, and for the fruit of their deeds. 14 Shepherd Your people with Your staff, the flock of Your heritage, who dwell solitarily in a woodland, in the midst of Carmel; Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in days of old. 15 "As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them wonders." So there will be an ingathering; seas represent the multitudes of peoples and from mountain to mountain…literally and figuratively in that many in authority over nations will come to the Lord in that day. Yet it says the land will be desolate for those who choose their own way instead of the Lord. And at the end a promise that in this time, just as in old....HE WILL SHOW MANY WONDERS ! Hallelujah ! Micah 7:16 The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; They shall put their hand over their mouth; their ears shall be deaf. 17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent; they shall crawl from their holes like snakes of the earth. They shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of You. 18 Who is a God like You pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. 19 He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. 20 You will give truth to Jacob and mercy to Abraham, which You have sworn to our fathers From days of old. Zephaniah 3:11-20 NKJV In that day you shall not be shamed for any of your deeds In which you transgress against Me; for then I will take away from your midst those who rejoice in your pride, and you shall no longer be haughty In My holy mountain. 12 I will leave in your midst a meek and humble people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD. 13 The remnant of Israel shall do no unrighteousness and speak no lies, nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they shall feed their flocks and lie down, and no one shall make them afraid." 14 Sing, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O Israel ! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! 15 The LORD has taken away your judgments, He has cast out your enemy. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; You shall see disaster no more. There is a day of judgment coming when all the proud will be judged, and the Lord says" in My holy mountain" in HIS CHURCH. And what will be left will be a meek and humble people who trust in Him. They will be holy; no lying or deceit. And no one will make them afraid He says. So there is reason for rejoicing, for that day is surely at hand, and the KING OF ISRAEL will be in our midst, and we will no longer see disaster it says. There are some who deny that Jews today are Jews. Well then how could HE promise to rescue them, referencing Abraham & Jacob, if there weren’t any left especially when referring to Israel ? 16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: "Do not fear; Zion, let not your hands be weak. 17 The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." It will be as it was when the disciples walked with their King. We will be comforted and we will hear His voice more clearly, for He will sing to us and quiet us ; give us peace with His love. Renewal has been bringing that. People have had the most awesome experiences of the presence of the Lord, yet many in the church run from it, due to their own pride of not wanting to look different. What man thinks is more important to some, than God's presence, and that is very sad indeed. And it is so discomforting for those of us who want MORE of His presence. The very thing some prayed for, they have now quenched; the Most Holy Spirit in our midst. Zeph 3:18 "I will gather those who sorrow over the appointed assembly, who are among you, to whom its reproach is a burden. 19 Behold, at that time I will deal with all who afflict you; I will save the lame, and gather those who were driven out; I will appoint them for praise and fame in every land where they were put to shame. 2 At 0 that time I will bring you back, even at the time I gather you; for I will give you fame and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I return your captives before your eyes," Says the LORD. What a beautiful promise the Lord gives to those who have wept for the church, to whom its' reproach has burdened their hearts. There are so many I know who have been in this placeand the Lord says I WILL DEAL WITH THOSE WHO AFFLICT YOU. I WILL GATHER THOSE WHO'VE BEEN DRIVEN OUT OF THE ASSEMBLY. And I will give you, He says, fame and praise among the peoples of the earth when I return the captives before your eyes. We will see it. Haggai 2:23 NKJV 'In that day,' says the LORD of hosts, 'I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtiel,' says the LORD, 'and will make you as a signet ring; for I have chosen you,' says the LORD of hosts." r When Pharoah gave Joseph authority, he gave him his signet ring, thus it stands fo great authority. Zerubbabel has this meaning: OT:2216 Zerubbabel (zer-oob-baw-bel'); from OT:2215 and OT:894; descended from Babylon, OT:2215 zarab (zaw-rab'); a primitive root; to flow away: KJV-wax warm. OT:894 Babel (baw-bel'); from OT:1101; confusion; Babel (i.e. Babylon), including Babylonia and the Babylonian empire: KJV-Babel, Babylon. Then He says, He will take him who has descended from Babylon, who is already His servant with the world's values, and make him the son of Shealtiel. Shealtiel means" I have asked God." Below are the roots of Shealtiel and by connotation the intercessors ; those who require, and inquire of God. So the Lord will draw to those who are true sons of God, who seek His face, those who are in the world and make them to walk in authority. OT:7592 sha'al (shaw-al'); or sha'el (shaw-ale'); a primitive root; to inquire; by implication, to request; by extension, to demand: KJV-ask (counsel, on), beg,borrow, lay to charge, consult, demand, desire, X earnestly, enquire, + greet, obtain leave, lend, pray, request, require, + salute, X straitly, X surely, wish. OT:410 'el (ale); shortened from OT:352; strength; as adjective, mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity): Those who truly have relationship with the Lord are those He can trust to disciple those who will be harvested from the world. Zechariah 2:10-13 NKJV "Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst," says the LORD. 11 Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. 12 And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. 13 Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!" There is a day coming when the Lord will enter the church and all who serve Him, and the result will be a great harvest; many nations will be joined to the Lord in that day. And HE will dwell among us; Emmanuel, God with us. We will know that the Lord of Hosts has sent Him to me means; there will be a great display of His power and authority in the earth. The Lord will take possession of what is HIS, including Israel. BE SILENT, it says, for the Lord is aroused from heaven....Hallelujah! Zech 3:10 NKJV ' In that day,' says the LORD of hosts, 'Everyone will invite his neighbor under his vine and under his fig tree.' " We will reach out to those around us and invite them into the house of the Lord. Zech 9:16-17 NKJV The LORD their God will save them in that day, as the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, lifted like a banner over His land-- 17 For how great is its goodness and how great its beauty! Grain shall make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women. Divine restoration is coming oh people of God, and we will be made LIKE the jewels of a crown, lifted like a banner over HIS LAND. The FAVOR of the Lord will be upon us. The GLORY will be SEEN on us, and the GOODNESS of the Lord will be evident in all of us, and we will prosper. Isaiah says we will grow FAT like stall-fed calves which means fat like oily, anointed with His goodness, His love, His power. Zech 12:1 4 NKJV The burden of the word of the LORD against Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: 2 "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. 3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. 4 In that day," says the LORD, "I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. 5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, 'The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the LORD of hosts, their God.' 6 "In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place--Jerusalem. 7 "The LORD will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the ho use of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah. 8 In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the LORD before them. 9 It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. The Lord will deliver Judah first, (Judah means praise-the worshipers of God) He says, and in that day, the Lord will be the Defender of all in the house of the Lord. It says the house of David shall be LIKE GOD, like the ANGEL of the Lord, who is Jesus; therefore like JESUS! Praying Hyde, Kathryn Kuhlman, Hudson Taylor, all saw a restoration of apostolic power in the end times. That is what is being talked about here - the House of David, those who are worshippers of God, will be like the Angel of the Lord - JESUS HIMSELF. The ministry of the Lamb will go forth in the earth. 10 "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. 11 In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; 13 the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; 14 all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves. Israel is included in this promise as we are one with the vine we are grafted in together, Jew and Gentile; ONE in Yeshuah. Hallelujah ! That time is coming soon. Zechariah 13 NKJV "In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness. There is the promise of the Savior, the Lamb of God Who took away the sins of the world, the Fountain is the Lord. Part of Matthew Henry's commentary on this is: “A fountain; for there is in them an inexhaustible fullness. There is mercy enough in God, and merit enough in Christ, for - the forgiving of the greatest sins and sinners, upon gospel terms. Such were some of you, but you are washed, 1 Cor 6:11. Under the law there were a brazen laver and a brazen sea to wash in; those were but vessels, but we have a fountain to ourselves, overflowing, ever-flowing. Zech 13:2 "It shall be in that day," says the LORD of hosts, "that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered. I will also cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to depart from the land. 3 It shall come to pass that if anyone still prophesies, then his father and mother who begot him will say to him, 'You shall not live, because you have spoken lies in the name of the LORD.' And his father and mother who begot him shall thrust him through when he prophesies. 4 "And it shall be in that day that every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; they will not wear a robe of coarse hair to deceive. 5 But he will say, 'I am no prophet, I am a farmer; for a man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.' 6 "And one will say to him, 'What are these wounds between your arms?' Then he will answer, 'Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.' The prophets He is speaking about here are FALSE prophets, as He is removing the UNCLEAN, separating the profane from the divine. So those that speak out of an unclean spirit shall be cut off. Then in verse 6, it says people will ask the question, "what are these wounds between your arms? What is between the arms - the chest, the heart, and they will say, those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends - which happens to true prophets as well, but he has been speaking of the false prophets and Matthew Henry says re: Zech 13:6 “But here is another who was reduced by stripes, and so prevented the capital punishment; and he had the sense and honesty to own that they were his friends, his real friends, who thus wounded him, that they might reclaim him; for faithful are the wounds of a friend, Prov 27:6. Some good interpreters, observing how soon this comes after the mention of Christ's being pierced, think that these are the words of that great prophet, not of the false prophet spoken of before. Christ was wounded in his hands, when they were nailed to the cross, and, after his resurrection, he had the marks of these wounds; and here he tells how he came by them; he received them as a false prophet, for the chief priests called him a deceiver, and upon that account would have him crucified; but he received them in the house of his friends-the Jews, who should have been his friends; for he came to his own, and, though they were his bitter enemies, yet he was pleased to call them his friends, as he did Judas (Friend, wherefore hast thou come?) because they forwarded his sufferings for him; as he called Peter Satan-an adversary, because he dissuaded him from them. Considering what comes next, this latter explanation is the true meaning” Zech 13:7 "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, against the Man who is My Companion, "Says the LORD of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; then I will turn My hand against the little ones. 8 And it shall come to pass in all the land, "Says the LORD, "That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one- third shall be left in it: 9 I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'This is My people'; And each one will say, 'The LORD is my God.' " Again here the application again changes, as suddenly He is talking about the remnant; that two thirds are cut off and die and this is in reference to end times. And the remnant is brought through the fire and refined as silver and gold. True surrender to Jesus is accompanied by refinement, by healing and deliverance that is wrought through testings and tribulations, through suffering and loss, as well as through ministry of the body. God has HIS ways of dealing with what we hide from others of our true nature. Zechariah 14 NKJV Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, and your spoil will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. Ps 125:2-3 NKJV As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forever. 3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity. Zechariah continues... Zech 14:4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south. Herein is the prophecy of the 2nd coming of Jesus...He will stand on the Mount of Olives and it will split in two. Zech 14:5 Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, for the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the LORD my God will come, and all the saints with You. 6 It shall come to pass in that day that there will be no light; the lights will diminish. 7 It shall be one day which is known to the LORD--Neither day nor night. But at evening time it shall happen that it will be light. 8 And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur. 9 And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be--"The LORD is one," and His name one. 10 All the land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be raised up and inhabited in her place from Benjamin's Gate to the place of the First Gate and the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananeel to the king's winepresses. 11 The people shall dwell in it; and no longer shall there be utter destruction, but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. Below is something that sounds like NUCLEAR WAR - eyes dissolving in their sockets, and their tongues dissolving ? Zech 14:12 And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths. 13 It shall come to pass in that day that a great panic from the LORD will be among them. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor, and raise his hand against his neighbor's hand; 14 Judah also will fight at Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be gathered together: Gold, silver, and apparel in great abundance. 15 Such also shall be the plague on the horse and the mule, on the camel and the donkey, and on all the cattle that will be in those camps. So shall this plague be. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor and raise his hand against his neighbor sounds like they will fight against each other like at the time of Gideon, when his enemies destroyed each other. The wealth of the wicked will then come to the righteous in God. Zech 14:16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18 If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the LORD strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. Here is the millennial reign of Christ on earth as all nations will go to worship Him, and all will keep the Feast of Tabernacles...that is we will all tabernacle with God in that day. Zech 14:20 In that day "HOLINESS TO THE LORD" shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in the LORD's house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the LORD of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts. Every pot is us - we shall be holy as He is holy. There will be no Canaanites in the house of the Lord, meaning, no one who does not acknowledge Him and surrender to Jesus, will be allowed in the House of the Lord. Mal 3:1-6 NKJV "Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming, "Says the LORD of hosts. 2 "But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like launderer's soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness. Again there is the purifying theme in the Lord coming and purging His threshing floor - purifying our hearts and minds so that we can walk in righteousness, and receive His glory and do His mighty deeds. 4 "Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasant to the LORD, as in the days of old, as in former years. 5 And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien--Because they do not fear Me, "Says the LORD of hosts. 6 "For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Hallelujah! He will be a swift witness against sorcerers, adulterers, perjurors, those who commit usury and cheat the poor in wages, who cheat widows and orphans, and those who turn away an alien. May God have mercy on the United States for all of this in our nation. Mal 3:16-17 NKJV Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name. 17 "They shall be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "On the day that I make them My ." jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him 18 Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. Praise the Lord that this is coming, and that our hearts will be purged of all sin & compromise, that we could once again have true discernment in the church. There is so much lack of discernment now, but when He manifests His glory to us we will be changed. He says, on the day I make them My jewels - compare this to Isaiah 60 where it says the glory of the Lord will be SEEN upon us. Soon the Lord is coming as Bridegroom into the church and we will see ushered in, another apostolic time such as never has been seen. The greater things are coming and we will be filled with JOY inexpressible and overflowing. Mal 4:1-6 NKJV "For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up, "Says the LORD of hosts, "that will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healin g in His wings; And you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. 3 You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this, "Says the LORD of hosts. 4 "Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. 6 And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse." The ministry of the spirit of Elijah has begun, I have seen it in working with parents and their teens...the Lord coming and healing relationships and turning their hearts toward one another. We are the generation with the young children and youth that will prepare the way for the second coming. The SON is arising with healing in His wings and we will take this healing to the nations and bring in harvest, as well as to the streets of our cities. And we will be hated for His name sake by those who oppose HIM. Luke 6:23-31 NKJV 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets. 24 "But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. 25 Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. 26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets. The woes of Jesus are serious indeed and give the connotation of those satisfied with the things of this life, but apathetic to the needs of others. Unfortuneately, much of the church is in this position. We will give as long as it doesn't really cost us anything. I have been there and have been as guilty as anyone, but God wants us to be better than this...to be like HIM. We are our brothers' keeper and need to give even when it hurts. And ask for the grace to give joyfully and the last woe is a warning against the love of accolade and recognition of men. It is a false assurance at best. 27 "But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitef ully use you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. Here is the true gospel and love of God. LOVE YOUR ENEMIES how hard that is, for sometimes our enemies are those of our own households as the Lord predicted and if we can't even love them how can we love others? Bless those who curse you HE says that sure is opposite of our flesh and the world but all of life is about learning this kind of love the unconditional LOVE of the Father God. There are many who think they have the right to rub our noses in the dirt and accuse. It is often hard to do what Jesus says: Jesus says if someone hits you offer your other cheek, If someone steals from him don't withhold anything you have, GIVE TO EVERYONE WHO ASKS OF YOU! Did HE mean it? Of course He meant it. He is able to replace anything you really need. Then the golden rule as you want men to treat you, then treat them the same !!! Believe me, I am not perfect at it. I get tired and when I get tired, I get grumpy. But that is the sure test of our fruit, Jesus said to judge by the fruit in a person's life not the externals, not the gifts you see in them. In the living out of this, we all fail but JESUS loves us anyhow so can't we do that for others ? That is forbearance to put up with the weaknesses and inabilities of others. We certainly need HIS LOVE for this. HE is the source of whatever we are unable to do. So if we just ask when we don't have it to give He will help us, and supply the GRACE we need. Luke 10:8-12 NKJV 8 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. 9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.' 10 But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 11 The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.' 12 But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city. Luke 17:28-33 NKJV Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31 In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. 32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 2 Thess 1:6-10 NKJV…since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, 7 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. Notice here that those included in judgment are NOT just the wicked in the world, but those who do not OBEY the gospel of Jesus Christ. Why would He hold someone ignorant of the gospel responsible for it's obedience? Yet many think because they sit in a pew on Sunday and meet the Sabbath obligation, they will escape His judgments, when He clearly says that judgment begins in the House of the Lord. So the Lord has been preparing those who will listen for His coming into the church, and for His coming in the air, that as many as will turn to Him for healing and deliverance will be saved from the wrath to come, and be able to help bring in the end-times harvest. Father, I ask that you open the eyes of the blind. Unless You do that, none of us would be able to see our errors. Father, have mercy on those who have not been able to come from FEAR bind all the fear and pride that keeps men and women from coming to you and exposing their hearts to You Lord, Deliver us all from our fears and insecurities, from our pride and vanities, from all the sins of our flesh and lead us in paths of righteousness for Your name's sake ! In Jesus' name AMEN !