Isaiah 11-13 by Pastor Don Moore

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Isaiah 11-13 by Pastor Don Moore

We had so many new people attending our Bible study that Pastor Don reviewed a few of the earlier verses of chapter 11 so that everyone would be on the same page.

Sometimes the response to decisions may hit immediately, and it may take time to stop the process even though you have changed and repented.

The Holy Spirit helps us to minster and leads and guides us using the gifts of God.

Isaiah 11:1-4 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.

Without the Spirit power of the Lord we will not know to respect, honor, fear, and pursue God. When we have the Spirit we can have no fear and say and do anything required at any time.

The Lord has to terrorize them into a sensible position. Isaiah 29:13 Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,

In this passage the word “fear” means awesome respect. It is the way we fear a father, putting him in the place and position to be honored.  Honor they father and mother, the same idea is expressed with this word, fear. We don’t honor our parents because they are perfect, but because they are in a position of responsibility for us, and we need to respect the person God has placed over us. It is funny that as you get wiser as a child, so do your parents grow in wisdom in your eyes.

In Isaiah 11:2 (see above) the Lord gives us the Spirit of Wisdom  and Knowledge.  Because God has promised to provide it, we can pray for Him to give us this.

We looked at the prayer in Daniel 2:20-23 Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of You, for You have made known to us the king’s demand.

He gives wisdom and might – notice he gives wisdom to the wise. We need wisdom to know what to do, we don’t know everything.  Daniel thanked God. This is a prayer of faith, calling those things that be not as though they were. Have is past tense.

Daniel has shown knowledge and greatness, because he has absolute confidence that if it is something he needs, he can get it from God.

Daniel 2:10-11 The Chaldeans answered the king, and said, “There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter; therefore no king, lord, or ruler has ever asked such things of any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean. It is a difficult thing that the king requests, and there is no other who can tell it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.

The Chaldean sorcerers, wizards, so-called wise men, said that to know the king’s dream without being told it is an impossibility, they made the problem greater by their intellectual discourse.

The bigger you make your mountain, the harder it is to get over it. When there is no other possibility, we need to turn to God to get answers.

Daniel 2:14-16 Then with counsel and wisdom Daniel answered Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon; he answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, “Why is the decree from the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the decision known to Daniel. So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation.

Daniel asked for TIME. Time is needed to accomplish anything. The devil takes away our understanding of patience. He creates urgency about what bad things are going to happen, such as a fear we won’t meet our deadline.  Daniel asks, why is this so urgent. He knew he could get to a place where all of this could be resolved, all he needed was TIME. We usually view time as an enemy, but time is a great ally.We can be successful if we don’t rush blindly into things. He asked the king, with confidence, to give him time so that he could get the king’s interpretation.

Daniel 22:23 (see above)  He gave God thanks and praised God. If we say we are grateful and don’t give praise, we are a liar. Out of the abundance of the heart our mouth speaks.  If we can’t get past our pride to give thanks and praise the problem is ours. Calling those things that be not as though they were. Speaking it into existence.

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

Count it all joy. Praise God even if you are in a trial.

James 1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Patience develops when our faith is tested.

James 1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Lacking nothing.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

We have to get to the place where we are tested, tried, and have our faith stressed so that we realize we are not whole and complete – where we learn those things we need to work on.

God will give us, if we ask Him, wisdom liberally and without reproach. It is a fact of faith that if you ask God to give you wisdom, He will give it to you and He is faithful. We can do any difficult thing with wisdom. Wisdom requires obedience to truth and the flesh hates that. We need to recognize and obey truth. Wisdom tells us our faults, error, and stupid behavior and if we acknowledge the truth, our response to the truth has to be instantaneous, even if we do not understand it. Wisdom understands the hidden things that we can’t wrap our minds around.

James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

We need to ask in faith without doubting, and then obey the Spirit of truth. We need to make this a practice, and it does not come naturally to us.

Isaiah 11:4-6 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

This has not happened yet, wolves with lions, etc. This is an End Times Prophecy. The Garden of Eden was without violence.

Isaiah 11:7 The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

Eating habits will change.

Isaiah 11:8-9 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea

The earth will be filled with the Knowledge of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:10-11 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. 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.

In THAT DAY – future, the root of Jesse is the offspring. A remnant of His people will be gathered in, the culmination of bringing all the Jews back together.

Isaiah 11:12 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.

The dispersed will be gathered from the four corners of the earth,

Matthew 24:27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 30-31 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpetand they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Matthew 25:31-32 When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

Mark 13:27 And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.

Luke 21:27-28 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.

Daniel 12:2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.

None who are of the world will understand. The devil tells people he doesn’t exist.  The truth is he does exist and we do battle. We don’t want to be caught unawares. Pastor Don spoke about how a good boxer will watch a film of his opponent and analyze how he responds in a match so, when the boxer fights his opponent, he knows how to win the battle, and understands the moves and actions of the opponent.

Isaiah 11:12 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.

This passage also speaks of the rapture and the second coming of Christ.

Isaiah 11:13 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.

All of these are relatively close to Judah. Ephriam is the Jordanians.  Jews and 1/2 Jews, he is forgiving them even though they opposed Israel. The Jordanians were the first to form a peace agreement with Israel.

Isaiah 11:14 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.

Philistines – Palestinians

Isaiah 11:15 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.

Saudi Arabia, the Sea of Egypt, the Tigris, Euphrates is Turkey. And God will make these streams dry.

The prophecies speak of a 200 million man army, and what was once seen as an impossibility is now a possibility because China can muster up a 200 million man army.

Isaiah 11:16 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.

Assyria, the Persians.

We quickly covered a few chapters to get us to Chapter 14 where Pastor Don wanted to teach the following week. Some chapters of Isaiah we are going to sort of skim over, other chapters we will spend more time with.

Isaiah 12:1-2 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. 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.’”

A Psalm of Thanksgiving. The peoples and nations will be singing this when God shows His strength and might. All those who call on Him will be singing this Psalm of Thanksgiving.

Isaiah 12:3-5 Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 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. Sing to the LORD, for He has done excellent things; this is known in all the earth.

This will go global – all the earth.

Isaiah 12:6 Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!

Isaiah 13:1-2 The burden against Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw. Lift up a banner on the high mountain, raise your voice to them; wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of the nobles.

Babylon – the reference to high mountains is where the idols are worshipped.

Isaiah 13:3 I have commanded My sanctified ones; I have also called My mighty ones for My anger— those who rejoice in My exaltation.

Do not worry about adversity, that is how the underground church grew. God will show Himself.

Isaiah 13:4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like that of many people! A tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together! The LORD of hosts musters the army for battle.

God gathers His army for battle. The nations gather together for battle against God.

Isaiah 13:5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven— the LORD and His weapons of indignation,  to destroy the whole land.

God is gathering His army, supernatural bodies, not killed and destroyed – Jew and Gentile together to fight this battle.

Revelation 19:11-15  Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.  His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.  He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.  Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Isaiah 13:6-11 Wail, for the day of the LORD is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. Therefore all hands will be limp, every man’s heart will melt, and they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; they will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; they will be amazed at one another; their faces will be like flames. Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine. I will punish the world for its evil,  and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

Painful stuff. God will only punish those who are evil and want nothing to do with Him.

Isaiah 13:12-13 I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold, a man more than the golden wedge of Ophir.  Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger.

During a recent tsunami the axis of the earth was moved a tiny bit, and when the axis of the earth moved it caused changes in the weather. This will be even larger in the End Days.

Isaiah 13:14-16 It shall be as the hunted gazelle, and as a sheep that no man takes up; every man will turn to his own people, and everyone will flee to his own land. Everyone who is found will be thrust through, and everyone who is captured will fall by the sword. Their children also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be plundered and their wives ravished.

We are the Army of God.

Isaiah 13:17-18 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who will not regard silver; and as for gold, they will not delight in it. Also their bows will dash the young men to pieces, and they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye will not spare children.

The Medes will also attack.

Isaiah 13:19-20 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It will never be inhabited, nor will it be settled from generation to generation;  or will the Arabian pitch tents there, nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there.

This is regarding the future, Babylon will rebel against God. God will cut them no slack.

Isaiah 13:21-22 But wild beasts of the desert will lie there, ad their houses will be full of owls; ostriches will dwell there, and wild goats will caper there. The hyenas will howl in their citadels, and jackals in their pleasant palaces.  Her time is near to come, and her days will not be prolonged.

Pastor Don then gave us homework.  We are to read Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 before next week.

God is a God of love and because He loves us, He is going to destroy evil.

Praying your day is blessed.

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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