Isaiah 13 by Pastor Don
Pastor Don spoke about why we need to learn about the enemy. The enemy wants us to feel that we don’t need to know about him or even better, that he doesn’t exist. When we fall for that trick, bam he’s in. The enemy sets an ambush, and if we are not careful we can fall for his tricks. We need to look with spiritual eyes or we won’t see him coming – we need discernment. Who is the devil? What does he do? Where does he come from? As we learn about him we know that he is a defeated foe, and we can beat him with the help of the Holy Spirit.
A good general will always study the enemy and how the enemy has functioned in the past, so that he can begin to guess with intelligence what the enemy will do in the current situation. Our adversary watches us and knows our weak and strong spots, but we also know the methods that the enemy uses and we can begin to work to defeat them. We know how the enemy has tempted us in the past, and that helps us to begin to guard against him. The enemy will wait until we put our guard down and then try the same thing that worked in the past, hoping to get past our guard.
The enemy will throw the same tactics at us that worked in the past hoping to make us distracted. If he can make us FEEL, he has a hold on us and if he can get us into feeling he can best us every time. Fear and feeling misleads us.
In Isaiah 13 God speaks about destroying Babylon by the Medes. God will fight against our adversary, and the battle will be fought on the earth until the Day of the Lord. God can manipulate things on the earth and use them to fight the battles. The Authority on Earth is delegated to man. God uses the spirit of man and word of man to accomplish His will. The Jews had His Word, but they did not obey it.
Isaiah 13:1-3 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. I have commanded My sanctified ones; I have also called My mighty ones for My anger— those who rejoice in My exaltation.”
God has commanded His purified and sanctified ones. God is angry so He will send His mighty ones. Everyone is not rejoicing that God is being exalted and praised. In the Church there are some in the church that, when the praise and worship is going strong, sleep or leave the sanctuary. They will do this too if they hear a sermon that gives them a word of correction. The Holy Ghost gives instructions to help change a life. Some prefer to hold close to their delusions, not ready for deliverance until they take a full volley from what life is sending them.
Isaiah 13:4-6 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. They come from a far country, from the end of heaven— the LORD and His weapons of indignation, to destroy the whole land. Wail, for the day of the LORD is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
The church is wanting to be raptured, but they don’t know what they are raptured for. They are to be an army of people for the nations. God is gathering an army, mustering an army for battle. From the ends of Heaven will come those raptured and those on the earth who have been raised up with resurrected, heavenly bodies. This battle won’t take long because God is on our side.
The Results: Isaiah 13:7-8 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.
We become righteous through God, but before that we were ugly in our unrighteousness. There were given opportunity to reach out to God and rejected him, so we have to know that God will not force them to come to him, they have chosen what they got.
Isaiah 13:9 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.
Those who are facing this anger will be mad at God. But God is bringing judgment, and that judgment is just.
Isaiah 13:10 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.
Peter speaks about this in Acts 2 and thousands come to the Lord.
Isaiah 13:11 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.
This is aimed at the evil, the haughty, the proud that will do anything to be respected, that demand respect, but have done nothing worthy of respect.
Isaiah 13:12 I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold, a man more than the golden wedge of Ophir.
He will destroy them. Pastor Don reminded us of that gigantic tsunami that threw the axis of the earth out of place just a tiny degree, and that affected weather patterns.
Isaiah 13:13 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.
The earth will move.
Isaiah 13:14 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.
Watch – they will run fast, there will be division and racism as those return to their own lands.
Isaiah 13:15-17 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. Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who will not regard silver; and as for gold, they will not delight in it.
The Medes will be raised up to do this.
Isaiah 13:18-19 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. And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
They will be destroyed as completely as Sodom and Gomorrah.
Isaiah 13:20 It will never be inhabited, nor will it be settled from generation to generation; nor will the Arabian pitch tents there, nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there.
No one living in Babylon (Iraq) will have a future. Not even the bedouins or shepherds will pitch their tents there.
Isaiah 13:21-22 But wild beasts of the desert will lie there, and 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.
This is a huge destruction. Verse 17 is the Medes (Iran & Iraq) are enemies, not friends, and there have been grievous wars. Iran perceives the US taking over Iraq and Iran is seeking to drive us out. Iran is bent on nuclear weapons. It is possible the the Medes, Iran are destroyed with a nuclear weapon.
Seven percent of the earth’s oil reserves are in Iraq. We use Arab oil.
The Palestinian Christians are leaving Palestine, they know the Arabs are not going to fix anything.
Egypt is building a wall between Gaza and Egypt that is 40 feet deep.
God will shut down the Tigris and Euphrates, and there will be no water into Iraq. No one will be able to live there.
Jeremiah speaks of the daughter Babylon being a threshing floor at the time of her harvest. Before God brings punishment He gives the people a chance to repent.
Some comments were made on other topics and Pastor Don answered some questions.
Someone commented that one of our best positions is on our knees. If the blessings of God are not flowing, get on our knees and ask God to bless us so that the work of our hands and heart are not rejected.
Sometimes we try to push God and ask Him for information that we are not ready to deal with, it can make things worse for us. God knows the right time that we can handle information, and will give it to us then.
God requires that the leaders of the nations be ready to be corrected. Compromise with the things of God can cause us to lose our inner character. But Pastor Don cautioned that it is easy to sit where we are and speak about what the leaders should do. If we had to do the job, we may not be any better than the leadership we have. They are trying to do their best, but those in leadership can be manipulated if they do not have the character of God as their highest priority.
We were asked to look at Chapter 14 in preparation for the next Isaiah Bible study.
Someone passed around the following:
What does a week without God look like?
Praying you have a blessed week WITH God!
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