Isaiah overview by Pastor Don Moore

Monday, June 29, 2009

Isaiah overview by Pastor Don

We took a vote, since we finished the book of Hebrews, about what we wanted to study next.  Isaiah won out.  Pastor Don began with an overview of Isaiah, but we didn’t get too far into the book because there were some background things we needed to look at so the passages would be clearer to us. This book was written early 703-740 BC. It deals with responsibility, Jerusalem and all of Israel.  Israel got split into two kingdoms, the Northern and the Southern.

Sins of the flesh bring to the surface weakness and exposes us if our sin is not fully dealt with and it will pass on to the next generation (generational curses).  The Body of Christ has a tradition of looking for generational curses, but not all that happens to us is generational curses – often it is our flesh acting out.  It isn’t a generational curse unless there is a supernatural aspect to it.  Children observe what their parents do.  Some sin is habitual and cultural.  There are stereotypes.  Look at the fleshly things in a family – not all dysfunctional families are dysfunctional because of demonic activity – there are not enough demons to go around.

Only 1/3 of the angels fell from heaven, and our population has increased.  But no new demons are created.  There is a difference between a fallen angel and a demon.

Isaiah the prophet comes into power to prophesy to Judah.

Isaiah 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

When David was King, before Israel divided into two kingdoms, he had sexual sins and lusted, having over 1000 wives.  When David’s son, Solomon, became King he repeated the pattern – having 1400 wives – some were political and some were for sexual gratification.  This behavior violated God’s instruction.  Deuteronomy 17:16-17 But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.’  Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.

Not all of Solomon’s wives were good Jewish women.  Pagan wives caused the nation to sin.  Solomon became compromised.  As head of the house, Solomon was responsible for the authority over his home.  But it gets worse.

Solomon’s son Rehoboam – the third generation was not tied to God.  He refused to accept the counsel of the elders and this would result in a divided Kingdom.  Solomon had increased the tax burdens on the people to support his wealthy lifestyle.  He would have been three times richer than Bill Gates.  There was slavery and huge taxes.  The elders advised Rehoboam to ease the burdens on the people and they would follow him.

Pastor Don told us that even today, just as Rehoboam had a disdain for the elders, the Church has a disdain for its elders.  If someone in the church does not like the advise of an elder, they move.  Every 4.5 years many people in the church leave and go to a different church.  Some churches count new members coming in as church growth, but it really isn’t all new souls won for Christ, it is just the saints moving around

The elders told Rehoboam that his father was hard on the people and he should lighten up on them. Rehoboam went and consulted with his peers and they told him that he should increase the burdens on the people.  1 Kings 12:10-11 Then the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you should speak to this people who have spoken to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter on us’—thus you shall say to them: ‘My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist! And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!’”

This did not please the Nation Israel and the northern tribes separated themselves from Jerusalem.  Only two tribes remained with Rehoboam in Judah.  The nation split.

Isaiah was prophesying over Judah and Jerusalem.  The book of Isaiah has a high concentration of Biblical prophecy and End Times prophecy.

There is a battle between the Supernatural realm and the Biblical realm – those who hate God and those who love God.  Because of our nation’s sin, the people of God are in a minority, 84% say they are Christian, but only 4% participate in the life of the Church.  Israel was in the same situation.  There was a minority who obeyed God, but idolatry had a strong toe hold in both the Northern and the Southern Kingdoms.  There will be many Israelites martyred and hated.  Now we are seeing similar things in our own country.

We then looked at Noah so we could see how today is like it was in the time of Noah.

Genesis 6:1 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,

NOW

Genesis 6:2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

Who are these sons of God?  In Hebrew they are angels, and these angels (fallen angels) had relationships with physical people.  The Bible tells us that we have entertained angels unaware.  Angels can take on physical human form.

Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

Strive” (contention)   – abide (fellowship)

The lifespan of a man was cut down from 900 plus years to 120 years.  No one, from the time of the eating of the forbidden fruit lived to be 1000 years old.  The Bible tells us in

2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

God told Adam and Eve that in the DAY they ate the forbidden fruit they would die, and they did not live to be 1000 years old.

God had wanted man to abide with Him forever, but God did not want to strive with man forever.  In the physical, man cannot be in the presence of a Holy God.  God’s brightness and glory would kill him.

God is not bound by our sense of time.  For God a day is as 1000 years.  God is not bound by 24 hour chronos time.  In our struggles God is not looking at his watch, He is waiting for a spiritual change, then God will remove the obstacle.

One of the members of our group said, “Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional.

We then did the calculation of the 120 years and the year of jubilee – 120 X 50 = 6000.  we are coming up to a period of Jubilee – the Feast of Tabernacles and the trumpets of God are coming.  Every Jewish holiday is tied to an event in the life of Christ.  We are now approaching the 7th day, and the Father is going to come from Heaven and be with us – tabernacle with us.  We are in the 6th day – 6000 years.  Right now it is the year 5769 in Jewish time – but this is not an entirely accurate date, for the Jews left off numbers of years – such as not counting time during some periods of captivity, or when they started counting the reigns of kings.  The discrepancies make us in the 6th day, 6000 years.  And close to Jubilee.

Genesis 6:4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

These are giants.  Numbers 13:22  And they went up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

The ANAK and NEPHALIM

Numbers 13:33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

2 Peter 2:5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;

The fallen angels have been around and know stuff which is how they seem to know our stuff.

It is no accident that the two symbols of the European Union are the Tower of Babel and the woman riding the beast.

Genesis 6:4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

After the flood, the spirits (demons) were still on earth looking for bodies to inhabit.

When David went to kill Goliath he picked up five smooth stones – one for Goliath and four for Goliath’s brothers.  These fallen angels’ offspring are the source of our mythological creatures such as Hercules and Cyclops – they are related to these.

The word “dinosaur” was not used before 1840, but Behemoth and Leviathan were the terms used before then.

Genesis 6:5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

This was not the case with Enoch, Methuselah, and Noah, for they did not mate with the fallen angels.  Their bloodline was pure.

Chapter 5:29 And he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed.”

Noah was blessed by God.

Although this is not part of the Bible study, Pastor Don shared with us the hidden message in the genealogy of Noah – for there were many who had never seen that.

Genesis 5  V= verse

V3 – ADAM:  MANKIND

V3 – SETH: TURNED THE FACE TOWARD, APPOINT

V6 – ENOSH: MORTAL, GREVIOUS, SORROW, CALAMITY

V9 – CAINAN: TO LAMENT, TO MOURN

V12 – MAHALALEL: GOD WHO IS PRAISED

V15 – JARED: COMES DOWN

V18 – ENOCH: TO INSTRUCT, CONSECRATE

V21 – METHUSELAH: TO DIE, TO BE SENT FORTH AS A PROPHET

V25 – LAMECH: TO BE SMITTEN, SCOURGED

V29 – NOAH: TO GIVE REST

V32 – SHEM: RENOWN

V32 – HAM: BURNING

V32 – JAPHETH: WIDESPREAD

Just read the words in bold and from Adam to Japheth and you have the whole salvation story spelled out in the genealogy.

Genesis 6:9  This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.

When it says that Noah was a “just” man it does not mean he was perfect, just that his generations were perfect, his birth-line was pure, no nephalim or fallen angels.

Noah did not fall into the sin of Genesis 6:4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

Jude 6-8 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries.

Sins of Sodom and Gomorrah are on the earth today.  Devils cannot create life, they use a person to do it, possessing a person.

Pastor Don pointed out that no born again spirit filled Christian has ever been abducted by an alien.

2 Peter 2:4-5  For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;

The angels who sinned that Jude is talking about left their proper abode and had sexual relations with those on the earth.  They are now in chains reserved for judgment, they are not on the earth now doing what they did.  There are spirits of demons and spirits of idolatry that are still on earth affecting people, nations have angels and forces in the supernatural that affect the country. We can cast out demons with the authority that God gave us. Of those on earth at the time of Noah, only seven others (8 in all) were saved.

2 Peter 2:6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;

Sodom & Gomorrah was reduced to this kind of sexual sin – the nephalim affected the people.  If you want to find out about that, read the story of Lot (Genesis 19).

Spiritual warfare is by the grace of God and the gifts of the Spirit.  If we try to fight against demons in the natural, if we try to deal with the supernatural enemy in the natural, we will not win, we need to fight with the grace of God and the gifts of the Spirit.

2 Peter 2:7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked

Filthy conduct of the wicked.

2 Peter 2:8  (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—

Thoughts and attitudes.

2 Peter 2:9-11 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.

What are the hybrids like? God can deliver us out of temptations.

2 Peter 2:12-13 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you,

On earth they are the anak, the nephalim and rephaim.  Where do demoniac come from? Jesus called the demons and unclean spirits anakin, rephaim, etc.  They are hybrids and cannot reproduce.  They are the fallen angels’ children, when they died their spirit had no place to go – they can’t go to heaven and they can’t go to hell where the fallen angels are. They can only be on the earth looking for men to inhabit.  They don’t want to be where God is.  So if you cast them out of a person, you can’t send them to hell and they can’t go to heaven.  You can tell them to leave the room, not come back to the person they are cast out of.  A demon is not a fallen angel, it is a child of a fallen angel.  Jesus cast out the demons from the demoniac and they went into the pigs.  When the pigs died those spirits started looking for another body to possess.

Demons are small, so they oppress people in large numbers (such as a legion of them were in the demoniac).  Familiar spirits are demonic, devilish, and familiar with us and our behavior.  But there are a limited number of demons.  There were massive numbers destroyed in the flood, and now they wait until judgment day.

Not all of the fallen angels are in hell – only those who mated with humans.  In Revelation we read of principalities and powers – those are the fallen angels who still are on earth.  One day God will judge them and they too will be cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:1-2 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;

This is what will happen.

Revelation 20:3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

Revelation 20:7-8 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.

Revelation 9:1-2 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.

Star fallen from heaven (lucifer).  they are angels.

Revelation 9:4 They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

Some are sealed, some are not.

Revelation 9:6-7  In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.

Men will cry out and seek death,

Revelation 9:11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.

Abaddon means destroyer, and he will be cast into the pit with the fallen angels.

Revelation 9:12 One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.

God will let them out for a time.

Ephesians 2:1-3 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

We were once caught in this as sons of disobedience, caught in the flesh, children of wrath, people who do not do right, and it is those that are subject to the spirits of demons.

Revelation 16:13-14 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

The demons want control, and the fallen angels and demons are doing all they can do to stop God’s plan for Adam and Eve.  They oppressed and possessed to try and block God’s plan.  Judas Iscariot was one of the 12, and he opened himself up to the devil.

Isaiah 11:1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

From the day God made Adam and Eve, the demons and devils worked to try and keep Jesus from coming.  They tried and are still trying to destroy Israel.  They do not operate under polite rules of engagement, and they seek to prevent Jesus from coming again.  During the time of Noah they tried to destroy the genealogy from Adam to Jesus, but Noah and 7 others had a pure blood line.  Yet there is a Rod from the stem of Jesse (Jesus).  And we are branches – our roots are of Judaism.  Yet, although they try to destroy us, destroy the Jews, interfere with Jesus’ second coming, we know the end of the book – God wins.

Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.

What a powerful Bible study.  I pray this helps to clarify things for you as it has for me.  God is so good, and I am glad that I am on the winning team.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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