Pamphlet #6169 Isaiah 45-1
ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain"
You "see", unless a person turns to God, to His Word,
and becomes filled with His spirit,
he or she will become nothing but a piece of dead wood
Did you know that all the things that shall come upon
this final generation of the fig tree were foretold of long ago in our
Father's Word? Jesus Christ said so Himself in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 when
His disciples came to Him and asked Him when would these
things take place and what events would transpire just prior to His return: "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things (Mark 13:23)." The fact is that the majority of prophecy contained in the Bible pertains to these last days, the time when the one third of God's children(This is speaking of the first earth age when we all lived here on earth in our celestial bodies, before God placed us here in these animal type bodies for this earth age, to teach us about LIFE AND DEATH, and how permanent the death of our soul will be!) (see Live Link) to=>> The Pre-Adamic World who were drawn away in the first earth age (Rev. 12:4) would face the abomination of desolation, the false messiah, Satan, the "instead-of-Christ". That is why, for instance, the prophet Daniel to whom Christ referred us when speaking of the abominable-one-to-come in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14, was told to close up and seal the book because the words he wrote were written for the time of the end, the last days when they would be understood by the wise. Who are the "wise"? They are those wise virgins (Christians awaiting the Bridegroom) of Matthew 25 who fill their lamps with the oil of His truth, meaning they study God's Word to seek His rich wisdom and understanding.
We also learned earlier that Isaiah, whose name remember means "Yahveh's salvation", was also told to write down his words for the time to come as a memorial, a witness for ever and ever to the fact that our Father has both warned and instructed His children not only as to what would befall them in this final generation but how they can have serenity and peace of mind in troubled times by turning to Him and trusting in His Word .Daniel 12:4
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.  Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
"For the time to come" means "for the latter day" and "for ever and ever" means "as a testimony (or witness) for ever". Dr. Bullinger correctly points out in the Companion Bible that this is a reference to the Pentateuch, such as in Exodus 17:14 where "the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book...". To that end, we could say that God's Words is "written in Stone" for it always has and shall continue to come to pass exactly as it is written. You "see", our Father's Word which is the same yesterday, today, and forever, IS a witness to the events that are happening and shall yet happen in this generation. The question is, "Have you read it with understanding", i.e. with the purpose to "hear His voice" to understand what He actually says instead of trying to make His Word fit the preconceived notions and traditions that have been impregnated in your mind from your childhood up? That is what the word "pre-conceived" means... to be pre (before hand) conceived (impregnated).Isaiah 30:8
Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
Unfortunately, the majority of God's children pretty much ignore His Word altogether and therefore they are "rebellious children" because they have forsaken His covenant and "lightly esteem the Rock of His salvation (Deut. 32:15)". In other words, they simply do not listen to their Father nor do they do what He says (see John 14:15, 21)! Therefore they are "unwise" and have none understanding and know not that God has foretold them He shall send the Assyrian (symbolic of Satan) upon the land as a rod of correction against them... to tread them down for to chastise them. Oh that they did not have to suffer this adversity and affliction... but it is for their own good because their Father dearly loves them and desires that they repent (2 Pet.3:9) and turn to Him and to His Word. And when they do, He showers them with His grace and pours out His blessings upon them! (Rev. 3:19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."
Now just before we return to our study in Isaiah 30, let us turn back briefly to chapter 10 of this great book of Isaiah and refresh our memories with the documentation that God will send the Assyrian against His people as His "rod" of correction.
How complete will the spiritual desolation be when God sends the Assyrian upon the land, that abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet? The answer to that question is where we pick up in this study of chapter 30.Isaiah 10:5-6
O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
"Till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain" and to be left "as an ensign on an hill" are expressions of lone desolation, meaning that God is going to allow the desolation to take place till His people are spiritually stripped bare and standing all alone like a bare tree on the top of a mountain or like the lone mast of ship sticking up out of the water after a shipwreck. You "see", unless a person turns to God, to His Word, and becomes filled with His spirit, he or she will become nothing but a piece of dead wood (spiritually speaking). He or she will become as an old burned out carcass just waiting for Satan's "dirty birds" to prey upon. We can find that written in both the Old and the New Testaments.Isaiah 30:17
One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.
Again, Christ has foretold us all things and He warned us about the false messiah (of whom the Assyrian was a type) and his false prophets who would come and prey upon and feast upon the spiritually dead carcasses, even the spiritually dead dry bones which our people have become (see Live Link) to=>> (Ezk. 37). And you know what else? No man will be able to save or deliver them from Satan and his vultures... because there is only One who can deliver them, even Jesus Christ!Deut. 28:25-26
The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
 And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away.
GREAT spiritual deception is coming (and even now is taking place) when the false messiah (pseudochristos) shows forth his great signs and wonders unleashing his Weapons of Mass Deception. And if you don't think he has Weapons of Mass Desolation, you are sorely deceived already! Again, it SHALL happen just as God's Word foretells us. Paul speaks of the strong deception to befall our people in 2 Thes. 2:11 "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie." It is written and so shall it be.Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Again, He told us way back in Deuteronomy and in Daniel and in Isaiah and in many other places in both the Old and New Testaments.Mat 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.
The whole world is going to believe the LIE that Jesus Christ has returned when the abomination of desolation comes and stands in the holy place claiming to be God and shows forth the great signs and wonders we just read of in verse 24. Paul again warns about this in 2 Thes. 2:3-4, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [i.e. the day of Christ's return] shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself [to the world] that he is God."Mat 24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
When the true Christ returns all you will see is a flash of light (the brilliance of His coming) and this flesh age will be over instantaneously, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:50-52).Mat 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east,and shineth even unto the west; so shallalso the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:28 For whereever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Beloved, the LORD is patient and longsuffering because He loves His children and as it is written, it is His heartfelt desire that NONE of His children perish but that ALL come to repentance and turn (return) unto Him. 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."Isaiah 30:18
And therefore will the LORD wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
You "see", there are two types of people:
(1) the man who trusts in man and the things of this world he can
see with his flesh eyes, and (2) the man who
trusts in the LORD. The former shall be cursed and become as a "dry bone"
in the desert wilderness of
Live Link to=>> Ezek. 37.
The latter shall be blessed and become a fruitful tree! Jeremiah explains these two types very eloquently:
Even though many of our people profess Christ and cry "Lord, Lord" with their lips, their hearts (which is to say their "minds") are far removed from Him. How can that be? Because they are Biblically illiterate! They have been "drawn away" from the bread of life and removed from the living water (His Word) and therefore they do NOT know the Lord. For to truly know the LORD is to know His Word. Remember we discussed this at length in Isaiah 29? Isaiah 29:13 "Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart [mind] far from me, and their fear [reverence] toward me is taught by the precept of men:". (Thus Saith The Lord) It doesn't matter what your preacher says! (What matters is "Thus Saith The Lord" not what any one else says) All their preachers know are the traditions of men taught in the seminaries and therefore; By them the churches and because of the peace and prosperity of these last days they cannot "see" their spiritual condition and how "dry and destitute" they, nor we their parishioners, really are. Rev. 3:17 "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:".Jeremiah 17:5-8
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
"The heath in the desert" means a "naked or destitute tree" standing alone in the parched dry desert, a tree who has no hope for the future because it has no "living water" by which it can thrive or even survive. Hopefully the spiritual parallel is obvious to you for this example is the exact opposite of the lush green tree in verse 8 below. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
God's elect do not participate in the spiritual famine and drought of these last days and thus they are not "careful" in the year of the drought, which means they're not "anxious nor afraid" when things become exceedingly hot (spiritually speaking) in these last days (See Amos 8:11-13). Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
And while we are on the subject of "dead" trees as opposed to "green" trees, remember that Christ taught us in Matthew 7 how that a good TREE produces good fruit, but a corrupt TREE brings forth evil fruit. The question then is, "From whom do you get your fruit... from the Tree of Life or from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?"
Did you know our Father even likens Himself to a green (living) fir (evergreen, eternal) tree?Matthew 7:17-19
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
How "wise" are you? Do you follow after the religious traditions of men or do you follow Christ, the Living Word of God? OR are you just a pew potato, believing everything your 1 verse rev. says.Hosea 14:8-9
Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.
So the point of Isaiah 30:18 begs the question, "Will you be one who waits for the LORD" and thus be one who is "blessed" or will you follow after the false messiah and the things of this world and wind up spiritually dead as one who is slain by the spiritual sword of the Assyrian? In fact you could ask yourself right now, "How are you doing? Are you a lively tree or a piece of deadwood? Do you produce fruit or are you a spiritual burden to others?" Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
Although this speaks of the time of the Millennium, the good news is that To Day, if you will turn to Him and seek Him and open the Word to hear His voice instead of stubbornly hardening your heart (mind) to the traditions of men, then He will turn unto you and pour out His blessings upon you.Isaiah 30:19
For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when He shall hear it, He will answer thee.
Of course there is going to be adversity because we have an adversary and as it is written concerning these last days, there shall be great tribulation (spiritual affliction) such as never was since the foundation of this earth age (Matthew 24:21 "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.") See also Dan. 12:1. And though* the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:
However, if Jesus Christ is your Teacher then you are never alone and you will always be able to "clearly see" the correct path to follow. It is by going to Christ and allowing the Word of God to anoint your eyes that you come to know the difference between the Holy and the profane, between the Tree of Life that bears good fruit and leads to life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil whose fruit leads to death!
And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto Him, and besought Him to touch him.
One of the first things a man or woman "sees" when touched by the Word of God are the two trees in garden, the true Christ and the false Christ! The rest are blinded according to Romans 11 and cannot discern the difference between the two Christs! Romans 11:7-8 "What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day." And He took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when He had spit on his eyes, and put His hands upon him, He asked him if he saw ought.
 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
By the way, Dr. Moffat translates Isaiah 30:20 as follows: After that He put His hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
Of course during the Millennium, if your Father has to wait that long for you, the "teaching" of His Word shall go forth into ALL the world and all His children WILL BE taught the difference between the two trees, between the Holy One and the profane one! Ezekiel 44:23-24 "And they [God's elect] shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.  And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths."Isaiah 30:20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:  And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.(King James Version)
Isaiah 30:20 Though scant and scarce may be your bread and water from the Lord, yet he your Teacher never leaves you now; you see your Teacher for yourselves,  and when you swerve to right or left, you hear a Voice behind you whispering, "This is the way, walk here." (Moffatt Bible)
Note: Words that are italicized in the King James Bible are words that are not found in the manuscripts and thus were added by the translators. However, sometimes as in the case of the word "though" in verse 20, it is erroneously added for there are no ifs, ands, or buts regarding the written fact that God SHALL SEND the adversary, the Assyrian, i.e. Satan the spurious messiah in these last days. Are you mentally and spiritually prepared for it? Most of our people and our loved ones are not.
The Word of God is the straight and narrow path. You can either listen to your Teacher now and walk in His way and be blessed or you can suffer the rod of correction and become "deadwood" and thus be taught in the Millennium by God's elect.Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
We read this same thing concerning the casting away of idols in Hosea 14:8. Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.
Note that Ephraim was the largest of the tribes of Israel and as such is used figuratively to represent the whole House of Israel, much as America today is the leading nation and is often used to represent the free world, i.e. the Christians nations of the world; but America in these past years has been going DOWN HILL fast (another sign of the end).Hosea 14:8-9
Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir Tree. From me is thy fruit found.
As for idols, they are the things you follow after, even those things that are foremost in your mind! Do you have the Word of God sealed in the forefront of your mind, i.e. in your forehead (Rev. 9:4), or are you busy thinking about the cares of this world and the false social/economic security of the New World Order?
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