and the earth shall be utterly laid
waste and utterly pillaged; for the Lord
has said this (Vs.3). This chapter of Isaiah is a mini book of Revelation.
Throughout the Old Testament God’s future judgements are predicted ultimately
to destroy the earth and its wicked people with it. It is His final measure to
deal with the stubborn, rebellious people. When this period of grace is past,
His wrath will dominate the world and none who have rejected Him will escape.
It will be merciless, with vengeance and no turning back. We see in this
chapter, the character of His judgements, and the extent of it in verses 1-3:
The scope of His judgements will include all peoples and all class of people.
It shall be with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with
this master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with
the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so
with the debtor. No class of people will
escape with the exception of those who have accepted Him. YAHSHUA said, For it
will come upon all who live upon the face of the entire earth. But for those
who have accepted Him He gave a word of warning: Keep awake then and watch at
all times, praying that you may have the full strength and ability to escape
all these things, that will take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son
of Man (Luke 21:35-36).
(Acts 1: 6-12)
Mount of Olives is a very significant place in the prophetic pages of the
Bible. Its past in the time of Solomon was used by him for idol worship. I
Kings 11:7-8: Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abominable idol
of Moab, on the hill opposite Jerusalem, and for Moloch the abominable idol of
the Ammonites, and He did so for all of his foreign wives, who burned incense
and sacrificed to their gods. From the
distance we only see white sepulchers; nothing that shows life. Death is
written all over it. We cannot understand why that mount was used for such a
purpose, since it is located in a desirable area for all to see. In spite of
this, Mount Olivet is also a place that speaks of the future pointing to the
time of the end.
Faith is a beautiful endowment to men. It is a spiritual gift enabling actions pleasing to
our Lord YAHSHUA. In fact, the Bible says that without faith it is impossible
to please God (Heb. 11: 6a). This gift is given to those who believe that
YAHSHUA is the Son of God. It takes us places where we experience God and His
presence in the midst of tribulation and hardship. There is nothing impossible
to achieve when our faith is focused on the promises of God. “Though the earth
should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas,
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling
and tumult” (Psalm. 46:2-3), faith sustains and uplifts above all
circumstances. However, the human
tendency is to be fearful in hard times. YAHSHUA often dealt with the disciples
for their lack of faith, for even when He was physically with them, they would
fear the unknown. We are no different than they were. When the test of our faith arrives, we often
fail, and like them, we become overwhelmed even when the Word of God says, Let
be and be still and know that I am God (Psa. 46:10a).
Now a new king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph (Ex. 1:8). There is a lot to consider in this few words, for they take us to the beginning when Joseph was sold to an officer of Pharaoh as a slave. However, God was with him and through all his life in Egypt, he prospered to become second to the King. Finding favor with him, Joseph moved his family from Canaan to Egypt, where they stayed 430 years. The Israelites, after so many years in that land, prospered and never returned to Canaan. That seemed to be the story of Israel throughout history after they were taken captives to another land. Not until pressure of persecution to the point of their death, do they return home, but not all. Let’s remember Hitler’s day. How many were killed? How many are still in that land today, including the whole of Europe? What will take them to realize the way home? History has being repeating itself over and over in the lives of Israel; today they call it anti-Semitism. After the slaughter of many of their ancestors in Hitler’s day Israel has said, “Never again.” But it will not be so, until they go home.
For I know that after my death you will utterly corrupt yourselves and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days because you will do what is evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands. Moses spoke these solemn words to Israel at the end of his journey through the desert. He had seen and experienced many things from his people as he led them to the Promised Land. It grieved him to see the indifference of the people toward obedience to God. From those many years traveling together, Moses could perceive the evil hearts of the people and through a song he prophesied about Israel in the latter days. He also prophesied concerning Israel’s idolatry and departure from God after his death: But Jeshurun (Israel) grew fat and kicked. You became fat, you grew thick, you were gorged and sleek! Then he forsook God Who made him and forsook and despised the Rock of his salvation. They provoked Him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations they provoked Him to anger. They sacrificed to demons, not to God-to gods whom they knew not, to new gods lately come up, whom your fathers never knew or feared…you forgot the God Who travailed in your birth (Deut. 32:15-18).
Daniel was a young man when taken captive to the land of Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar in approximately 604 B.C. He was from a noble family. His name bears the meaning God is my judge. Through the entire time Daniel lived in that foreign land, he displayed faithfulness to God. His testimony before King Nebuchadnezzar always gave credit to God for his success in the interpretations of dreams, even before he went as far as to interpreting the dreams.
much do we know about the king of the beast- the lion? Unless, we are involved
in their lives, we do know very little. It is a well-muscled cat; when it
roars, its prey becomes paralyzed with fear, for it is loud and intimidating to
all who hears it. Its roar can be heard five miles away. The roar of a lion is
like a warning, and an announcement. With the exception of its prey, those who
hear him, run for shelter. It is a powerful cat and no one can escape its claws
when he attacks. Peter compared the devil persistence in attacking the
Christians, in a figure of speech, to that of a roaring lion when roaming
around, looking for someone to devour (I Peter 5:8). On the final moments of
its prey, the lion announces his victory over it with a loud and intimidating
voice for all to hear. The roaring of a
lion has a spiritual meaning for all to consider. There is in it a warning for
judgement we must heed to. The Prophet Amos asked the question, Will a lion
roar in the forest when he has no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den if
he has taken nothing? … The Lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God
has spoken; who can but prophesy? (Amos 3:4,8)