Converting The Soul

Psalms 19:7
The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple.



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Friday, November 15, 2019

Isaiah 27:11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, [and] set them on fire: for it [is] a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour.

These are truly the lost. When this happens and people realize that God is real, what God required, what Heaven is all about, it will be too late for “now [is] the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). So, what are you doing now?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Isaiah 27:9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this [is] all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.

Since “he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God” (Romans 2:28-29), then the reference of Jacob is for us in which our iniquity is purged, which is to be removed from us. Our sins are to be taken away. And these are just what the New Testament state. “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin” (1 John 3:5). “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7). So, are you thinking that you can just continue sinning until the end, or are your sins being taken away and even purged from your life?

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Isaiah 27:8 In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

When people hear the messages delivered as contained in Revelation 14:6-12, many debate with it, argue with it, fight against it. It is solid truth, but people just do not want to believe it. It is a rough message because as the wind is symbolic of the Holy Spirit (John 3:8), “he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13) and people do not like absolute truth. Further, “he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). And again, people do not want to give up all of their sinning nor live a completely righteous way of life. They even dismiss the judgment. The blast of the “east wind” is symbolic of a crisis (Genesis 41:27). That means, the Holy Spirit will be most convicting come the expected very last day crisis, which is soon to break upon us. So, do you argue against the messages for the last days from Revelation 14:6-12, or do you submit to them?

Monday, November 11, 2019

Isaiah 27:7 Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? [or] is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him?

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7). Those that smote Jesus will be resurrected to be slain again for even Jesus said, “Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:64). But even so, everyone that speaks a Word against the true Jesus will be slain. So, do you discredit His Word, the Bible, what He did, how He did it, etc.? Or, do you accept God’s Word, which is about Jesus, as it is stated?

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Isaiah 27:6 He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.

Daniel says, “Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet [that were] of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:34-35). In either case, at some point, all the wicked will be eradicated, and “the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace” (Psalms 37:11). So, are you looking forward to the new earth instead of this sinful one?

Friday, November 08, 2019

Isaiah 27:5 Or let him take hold of my strength, [that] he may make peace with me; [and] he shall make peace with me.

And how do we make peace with God? “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). It is through Jesus Christ. But remember, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). And, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). Basically, we only have peace through Jesus Christ “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). So, do you adhere to God’s Word, or do you find every excuse to discredit it?

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Isaiah 27:4 Fury [is] not in me: who would set the briers [and] thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.

This is why it is called a “strange act” (Isaiah 28:21). We hear so much of God’s love to point that even the devil is said to be forgiven, which is not true. “[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). But that is just it. If we continue to sin, which is of the flesh, there is condemnation. And that condemnation ends in a great burning. So, are you walking in the Spirit allowing “God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)?

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Isaiah 27:3 I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest [any] hurt it, I will keep it night and day.

Of course, the water is the “living water” (John 4:10) that Jesus talked of. Therefore, as we drink every moment in, even at night, we shall live a godly life. The problem is that at moments, we stop drinking and see if we can stand on our own without the living water for brief periods of time, but “let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12), and that means we sin. So, do you keep in constant connection with God in prayer, thoughts, and have frequent moments of personal Bible study?

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Isaiah 27:2 In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.

Be careful not to assume that this is alcohol. Wine in the Bible is simply the liquid of the grape. Now a vineyard is something precious to God. Isaiah chapter 5 reveals the details in which the vineyard is God’s kingdom on earth. So, do accept the red blood of Jesus Who shed His blood to save His church?

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that [is] in the sea.

The description of Jesus returning in Revelation 19:15 is “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God”, and in Revelation 19:21 is “And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9). So, clearly the devil will receive his just reward. The question is, will you be part of the followers that are slain with the sword as well because of choosing to sin instead of living a righteous life?

Friday, November 01, 2019

Isaiah 26:21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

That is because no one will be alive at the second coming to bury the dead. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). During the millennium, we are either dead on earth or alive in Heaven. So, which do you live for?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

Some falsely take this verse to refer to the secret rapture, but Jesus cautioned us to not believe such: “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” (Matthew 24:26). In reality, the second coming is when Jesus comes to take the resurrected saints (Revelation 20:6) and the translated saints (1 Corinthians 15:51-52) to Heaven. After a thousand years (Revelation 20:5), which will seem like a moment, we will return with the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2). And then the wicked are raised and “they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (Revelation 20:9). But, if a person believes in immediate Heaven and Hell, then all of these verses make no sense, hence the secret rapture theory. So, do you believe in a theory that Jesus warned against, or do you have the understanding that saints who have died are merely sleeping in Jesus and will arise at the second coming (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Isaiah 26:19 Thy dead [men] shall live, [together with] my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew [is as] the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

When Jesus comes, “Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection” (Revelation 20:6). “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life” (John 5:28-29). The word “first” implies a second. It seems that the first resurrection is the blessed one offering eternal life, so are you making plans to be part of this one if you happen to die before the second coming?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Isaiah 26:18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.

Wind is symbolic of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14) and can cause strife (Matthew 10:34). But evidently the doctrine has been unfruitful. There is no change in any lives. This is not good because supposedly the gospel “is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16). But is your life changed as an example to others because “if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17)?

Monday, October 28, 2019

Isaiah 26:17 Like as a woman with child, [that] draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, [and] crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD.

Jesus said, “A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world” (John 16:21). Basically, in the last days, “then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21). It is not going to be an easy time. Only “he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13). Are you enduring, or have you been duped into thinking you get a free exit out beforehand? “We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Isaiah 26:16 LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer [when] thy chastening [was] upon them.

Jesus says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Revelation 3:19). Not all chastening is persecution from Satan. God allows it to make pure gold of the saints. The important thing is that do you pray to God for endurance?

Friday, October 25, 2019

Isaiah 26:15 Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified: thou hadst removed [it] far [unto] all the ends of the earth.

The nation is spiritual Israel. God is not going to be saving literal Israel, as even Jesus stated that after the crucifixion, their favorite status would end (Matthew 21:19, 21:43). God is certainly not favoring any other nation on earth for all nations and kingdoms will come to an end according to Daniel 2. And the spiritual nation increases as converts enter in. Now, the outward sign of coming into His kingdom is repentance (Matthew 4:17) and keeping His law (Matthew 5:19). So, are you part of His kingdom or just pretending because you have been tricked into breaking God’s laws that governs the kingdom?

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Isaiah 26:14 [They are] dead, they shall not live; [they are] deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.

This is hell. There is no eternal burning. There is no constant wailing and gnashing of teeth. What will be eternal about hell is that it will stand forever and never be undone. And anyone that tries to remember a lost soul will not be able to for “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4). If we could remember a lost soul, eternity would be miserable. So, do you want to be one of the forgotten ones, or do you want what God promises only to the saved … eternal life?

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Isaiah 26:13 O LORD our God, [other] lords beside thee have had dominion over us: [but] by thee only will we make mention of thy name.

Ever feel oppressed? Credit card companies, mortgage companies, insurance companies, employers, governments, utility companies, even many stores, they lord it over us, exercising their dominion, but God is also Lord, except, He does not “lord” it over us. In fact, He bends over backwards to save us. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9), and never to remind us of it again. In fact, He “is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24). So, how much do you appreciate the true Lord?

Monday, October 21, 2019

Isaiah 26:12 LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.

When we are in Christ, we can have peace between each other and with God. When we are not in Christ, Jesus says, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). So, are you in Christ or outside of Christ?

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Isaiah 26:11 LORD, [when] thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: [but] they shall see, and be ashamed for [their] envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.

The lost will not understand why they are lost, especially so many Christians who will utter, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). Eventually, it will sink in, and then John sees, “fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (Revelation 20:9). So, are you a commandment breaker (worker of iniquity) or commandment keeper?

Friday, October 18, 2019

Isaiah 26:10 Let favour be shewed to the wicked, [yet] will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.

Unconverted people, called “wicked” from God’s perspective, will take advantage of being shown favor. They do not change. They are called wicked because they are. And worse yet, have such people become part of a group of upright people, and such unconverted persons will eventually deal unjustly with them. The unconverted are incapable of seeing the majesty of God. They simply see how they can advantage themselves. So, have you learned the way of righteousness, or do you take advantage of God’s mercy continuing to sin?

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments [are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Is God on your mind night and day? If not, when the world learns righteousness, that is not to be saved but to be slapped in the face with reality – they are lost.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Isaiah 26:8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of [our] soul [is] to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.

Is God in your thoughts all the day long or not?

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Isaiah 26:7 The way of the just [is] uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.

And there is safety in practicing, “Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalms 119:105). Now, is your way uprightness using God’s Word to direct in every aspect of your life?

Monday, October 14, 2019

Isaiah 26:6 The foot shall tread it down, [even] the feet of the poor, [and] the steps of the needy.

Those that were prideful (verse 5) will be brought down and walked all over by the poor and even the needy. Of course, the poor and needy are in recognition of their spiritual condition for “Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3) and “plead the cause of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:9). It is not regarding the financial status. So, are you poor in spirit, recognizing your need of being saved, or are you prideful and think you are alright as is?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Isaiah 26:5 For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, [even] to the ground; he bringeth it [even] to the dust.

Jeremiah saw it this way, “I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place [was] a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, [and] by his fierce anger” (Jeremiah 4:26). It is not safe to be in the cities with the corruption and pressures and filth. It is best to be out of the cities in sparser areas to commune with God instead of the city. Lot in Sodom is an example of city life, and see what happened there (Genesis 19:24)! He barely escaped. So, are you willing to risk salvation or the salvation of your family by remaining in the cities, or have you sought a safe haven out in the country?

Friday, October 11, 2019

Isaiah 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH [is] everlasting strength:

Trust is not just trusting in the promise of eternal life, but our life here and now is to be brought into conformity of the expectations of God preparing us to dwell with sinless angels and God Himself even if we do not understand why. “[As for] God, his way [is] perfect; the word of the LORD [is] tried: he [is] a buckler to all them that trust in him” (2 Samuel 22:31). “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass” (Psalms 37:5). So, are you committed in obeying God’s Word to the point that you even trust it to be possible?

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.

Everything we do ought to be with God in mind. Children ought to do their homework as if God is their teacher. Adults should work at a job as if God is their employer. When a decision is being made, we ought to think what Jesus would do, and choosing the least expensive way is not always the right choice. When we run an errand, we ought to have God’s protection upon us in mind. This is in addition to praying like Daniel, three times a day (Daniel 6:10). This is in addition to praying over the food (1 Timothy 4:4-5). This is in addition to personal Bible study every day (2 Timothy 2:15). So, how often is God on your mind? How often do you let anxiety run wild instead of thinking, “God’s will be done”?

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Isaiah 26:1 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will [God] appoint [for] walls and bulwarks.

This is not referring to the physical land of Judah as Jesus said, “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Matthew 21:43). Instead, at the second coming, spiritual Judah, all true Christians, will have access to the strong city, “New Jerusalem” (Revelation 3:12). The walls are not for keeping people from attacking and taking over the city, but rather salvation will keep us throughout eternity. So, will you be part of the group singing this song, or do you think a bunch of Jews in Judah will be singing it?

Monday, October 07, 2019

Isaiah 25:12 And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, [and] bring to the ground, [even] to the dust.

This reminds me of prideful Jericho in which the walls were brought down and laid low even to the ground leaving a bunch of dust in the time of Joshua. Therefore, on a personal level, again, the strong pride in people will be brought down. Those who oppose the existence of God will find out that they had been fighting against God all along. Those who oppose His way, even His commandments, will find out that God has standards revealing the rebellion in people’s hearts by using Christianity to excuse sinning. So, are you one of them, or do you “keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17)?

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Isaiah 25:11 And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth [his hands] to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.

Just as powerful as the Word spoken to bring everything into existence during the first week of creation, just as Jesus spoke in the garden, and all those with Judas “went backward, and fell to the ground” (John 18:6), so one motion of His hand can bring down pride. And the greatest sinful pride is that of thinking one is saved without the foundation in God’s Word and not bothering to search the Word to confirm that thought or challenge it. So, how prideful are you?

Friday, October 04, 2019

Isaiah 25:10 For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.

And the Bible tells us what will happen to the straw, representing the lost. “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch” (Malachi 4:1). “And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do [this], saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 4:3). This proves that there is no eternally burning hell. Eventually, the wicked shall be burned up completely for eternal life is only promised to the saved. So, do you see the mercy of God doing away with the lost instead of torturing them forever and ever and ever and …?

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Isaiah 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Will those words be upon your lips or will “mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” There are only two choices.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken [it].

John, in writing Revelations, states it this way: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4). So, are you looking forward to that day in which there will be no more persecution and every sadness is wiped away, or are you being entertained by the things of the world instead making it harder to leave these things behind and even letting go now?

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Isaiah 25:7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.

There is a covering coming upon the lost by request. “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb” (Revelation 6:16). Will that be your request, or are you seeking to be covered by Him?

Monday, September 30, 2019

Isaiah 25:6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

This is not a good celebration. Feasting on the “fat things” or the “fat of animals” is forbidden. Wine, especially alcoholic, is forbidden. The marrow of a creature is never to be eaten. And the lees are the leftover portion, that which is left sticking to the bone. All of this is symbolic because the lost are not going to have a feast. They shall be destroyed in their sins. But, do you eat any of these things today, or do you know God’s health principles (Leviticus 11) and avoid the diseases by adhering to the principles of God (Exodus 15:26)?

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Isaiah 25:5 Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; [even] the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.

Strangers are symbolic of the lost as Jesus declares, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23). The heat is in reference to their future punishment – “fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (Revelation 20:9). So, do you know Jesus of the Bible, or the made up one by so many ministers?

Friday, September 27, 2019

Isaiah 25:4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones [is] as a storm [against] the wall.

“God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalms 46:1). Is He yours?

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Isaiah 25:3 Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee.

And we are told that the best way to glorify God is that “ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's” (1 Corinthians 6:20), and “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:7), which is a call back to the Ten Commandments if studied carefully. Therefore, do not subject our bodies that are His to raunchy TV, seductive music, gluttony, alcohol, etc., which destroys the body. Now, “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:17). So, are you glorifying God by obeying God and preserving it to the best of your ability?

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Isaiah 25:2 For thou hast made of a city an heap; [of] a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

The mightiest city, even country, will be no defense against God. Spiritually, many build up a defense to claim in the day that Jesus comes. They try to mount the greatest defense. They may claim as a defense that they did not know, when they squandered every opportunity to know. They may claim that their ministers taught them wrong, but the first commandment says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3), which includes placing ministers so high. Besides, Adam and Eve tried blaming someone else and that did not go over well (Genesis 3:11-13). The bottom line is, there will be no defense. So, are you serious about your salvation or are you just taking a risk hoping an excuse will be your defense?

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Isaiah 25:1 O LORD, thou [art] my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful [things; thy] counsels of old [are] faithfulness [and] truth.

How much do you appreciate the scriptures? Do you treat them as counsels to live by? As faithful? As truth?

Monday, September 23, 2019

Isaiah 24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Now, a lot of people think that the second coming will establish Jesus’ reign on earth by this verse. But, what does “mount Zion” really mean? The Bible says, “Zion, Thou [art] my people” (Isaiah 51:16). Therefore, the Lord will reign over His people, the saved. It is a very generic reference. Now, that leaves Jerusalem as the identifier, but remember, there are two Jerusalems. There is one that we are familiar being in the land of Israel, but so many Christians forget that after the resurrection, the land of Israel was forsaken (Matthew 21:43). The physical Jew is no longer God’s favored people (Romans 2:28-29). The other Jerusalem is in Heaven for that is where “the holy city, new Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:2) resides right now. Basically, at the second coming, the saved are taken to that heavenly city. It will be relocated to earth after the millennium, but that is a lot more detail than we can prove right how in this snippet. So, which Jerusalem do you want to be part of? The earthly and be destroyed at the second coming, or the Heavenly and be taken to it?

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Isaiah 24:22 And they shall be gathered together, [as] prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.

The pit, as we already discovered, is the grave, the earth (Ezekiel 31:16). The many days is in reference to the future millennium, where there is one thousand years of days (Revelation 20:7). At this time, it will be the third coming of Christ along with “the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2). Those that will come up from the prison, the pit, the grave will eventually be destroyed forever while those on the inside of the city will experience eternal life. By your works, which shows your faith, which are you preparing to be part of?

Friday, September 20, 2019

Isaiah 24:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones [that are] on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.

When Jesus comes back, “we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17), and the rest, “then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming” (2 Thessalonians 2:8). There is no earthly kingdom. So, are you thinking about being taken to the mansions as promised (John 14:2), or still holding out for an earthly kingdom?

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Isaiah 24:20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

This is why the Bible says, “heaven and earth pass” (Matthew 5:18), “Heaven and earth shall pass away” (Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33), “it is easier for heaven and earth to pass” (Luke 16:17), “the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10), “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea” (Revelation 21:1), and “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13). So again, are you looking forward to an earthly kingdom that is not able to be established for their will be no ground to establish it upon, or do you look forward to the day in which “we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)?

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Isaiah 24:18 And it shall come to pass, [that] he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.

And this is connected with the first of the seven last plagues for it says regarding noise, “there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and [upon] them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2). The reference to falling into the pit, the grave, and trying to get out of it, is just speak that all hope is lost for that soul for “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Regarding the foundations of the earth, that too is a reference to the seven last plagues for when Jesus returns, “there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, [and] so great” (Revelation 16:18) “and every island fled away, and the mountains were not found” (Revelation 16:20). Only the saved shall endure until the end for “it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Isaiah 25:9). So, are you ready to go along with the masses into the seven last plagues and be lost, or be part of “the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12)?

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Isaiah 24:19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.

And just who is going to be living on earth after Jesus comes? No one. So, are you expecting a kingdom to be set up, or do you believe that Jesus is coming to take you to the mansions instead (John 14:2)?

Monday, September 16, 2019

Isaiah 24:17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, [are] upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

Ezekiel 32:29 says, “they shall lie with the uncircumcised, and with them that go down to the pit.” Ezekiel 31:16 says, “I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit.” Ezekiel 28:8 says, “They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of [them that are] slain in the midst of the seas.” Overall, to enter into the pit is to be lost. The only way to avoid it is to “fear” as in “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:7). So, do you “fear God”, which is to live in obedience to all that He commands?

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Isaiah 24:16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, [even] glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.

And those treacherous dealers are today’s ministers, for the most part. Most speak of keeping people in disobedience and the sheep that listen to these false preachers are not aware that Paul wrote, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16), and Jesus said, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:18-19). So, who do you listen to? A bunch of preachers convincing people they are saved by grace allowing disobedience to God, saved by faith allowing disobedience to God, and anti-works entirely and still saved to go to Heaven? Or do you listen to those that teach grace is forgiveness of past sins and empowerment to obey God’s commandments because we choose to “love God, and keep his commandments” (1 John 5:2)?

Friday, September 13, 2019

Isaiah 24:15 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, [even] the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

Fires equate to troubles and tribulations (1 Peter 1:7). May we glorify God even in those difficult times. Even among the multitude represented by the sea (Revelation 17:15), may we glorify God even among the inhabitants of this planet. So, do you do that, or do you check first of how it shall be received by the company you are with? If you are having a bad day, does Christianity stay or go out the window?

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Isaiah 24:14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.

There are always faithful who will lift up their voices, sing to the Lord, cry aloud from wherever they are. Are you one of them no matter the trials and tribulations?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Isaiah 24:13 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, [there shall be] as the shaking of an olive tree, [and] as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.

A shaking is coming so much so that it will test everyone’s faith. So, how strong is your faith? As strong as John the Baptist’s faith, who was not “A reed shaken with the wind” (Matthew 11:7)? He was firm in the faith.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Isaiah 24:12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.

“The city” refers to a specific city, which was referenced in verse 10 as the “city of confusion”, also known as “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:5). There is a specific plague for that city: “And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain” (Revelation 16:10). And Revelation 18:18 tells us regarding that city, “they saw the smoke of her burning”. This city influences the world for “all the world wondered after the beast” (Revelation 13:3). Therefore, if something is accepted nearly worldwide, question it because it is probably connected to the spiritual Babylon city, and we want to distance ourselves from such. So, do you do that, or do you just go along with whatever the world finds acceptable?

Monday, September 09, 2019

Isaiah 24:11 [There is] a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.

As Isaiah continues to address all those who thought, “eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die”, reality will come. So, do you think about the results of putting off living a Christian lifestyle, or are you careless with your life thinking tomorrow will come and it is not so important to be serious about God right now?

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Isaiah 24:10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

The main city of confusion is none other than “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:5). Every house associated with that city is none other a place of worship, evidently, a false place of worship. And by such, no man may be saved. So, are you connected with Babylon by accepting any of the false teachings not clearly defined in God’s Word, or are all of your beliefs well established from a plethora of verses?

Friday, September 06, 2019

Isaiah 24:9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

It is interesting that music and boos go together a lot, but in that day that Jesus returns, as revealed earlier, the music shall stop. The good times will be over. And the tasty alcohol will be bitter since that is probably why they were lost being under the influence thereof. It may be physically bitter, but mentally, it will most definitely be bitter. The Bible says, “Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1). Now, do you put yourself under the influence, or are you above the influence thereof?

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Isaiah 24:8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.

This truly will be when the music dies. To think, up through the 1800’s, music was not that big of a deal, but today, it is everywhere. It is in everything, including washers and dryers. The people of the world are becoming more and more blind to the spiritual matters the more the music influences, but one day it shall all cease. When that happens, will you realize your own hypnotic trance, or have you already escaped it and are ready for that day?

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Isaiah 24:7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.

If we are not connected to the true vine, we will languish or fail. As for the “new wine”, “Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart” (Hosea 4:11). To mourn is to experience death. And that is what the lost will experience. Currently, it is one big happy party with all of the different entertainments, gadgets, trends, fashions, and everything else to grasp for and experience, but it will all turn to sighing. So, why not give these things up now and get back to basics, including regular time in God’s Word?

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

What is the result of the acts performed? Is it for selfish gain or to serve others? That is what we have to evaluate and not the act itself. So, what does your heart seek after?

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Isaiah 24:6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

That matches other verses in the Bible. Referring to the lost, “fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (Revelation 20:9). “And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do [this], saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 4:3). As for the few, “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). So, are you part of the few that will be saved or the majority that will be burned up?

Monday, September 02, 2019

Isaiah 24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

To be able to break the everlasting covenant means that commandments are involved because one cannot break faith, break grace, etc. One can stop having faith; one can stop receiving grace; but we cannot break them. Jesus specifically said, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19). In fact, God “wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments” (Exodus 34:28), and are told that “if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, [but] that ye break my covenant” (Leviticus 26:15). So, are you contributing to the end time destruction by not keeping the Ten Commandments, or are you trying to tell others of the Ten Commandments and living them as a witness?

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Isaiah 24:4 The earth mourneth [and] fadeth away, the world languisheth [and] fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.

Here is more of the description of the second coming. The earth itself is going to be unrecognizable. The things of this world will fail and fade into being forgotten. The haughty people that put off knowing the truth, knowing God, knowing the Bible are also going to fail, or as stated earlier, laid waste. And none shall be alive to bury them either. This is why Jesus is not setting up an earthly kingdom but rather taking us where He made our mansions (John 14:2-3). So, are you looking to inhabit this waste place, being deceived by modern theology, or are you looking forward to the cosmic journey to Heaven, as taught by the prophets?

Friday, August 30, 2019

Isaiah 24:3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.

Now, when Jesus returns, that is what is going to happen, which makes one ask, “Just where on earth is His kingdom going to be?” Nowhere. His kingdom is in Heaven, and He will be taking us there (John 14:2-3). So, where are you planning on living after the second coming? On a desolate planet or in the heavenly Jerusalem?

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Isaiah 24:2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his 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 taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

So, it does not matter on which side of power, money, or any other status one is, when Jesus comes to lay all the lost as waste, nothing will be able to save them in that day. No one will be able to claim authority or oppression, wealth or scraping along. So, are you seeking things of the world or is the world oppressing you and you have no time for God, or are you seeking after God no matter how this world is?

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Isaiah 24:1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

This is the description of the second coming, and this happens because Jesus is not coming to set up an earthly kingdom as is popularly taught, but rather, “we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17), and “I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also” (John 14:3). Jesus takes us to the mansions and lays the rest of the inhabitants scattered and lying waste. So, are you deceived into expecting an earthly kingdom, or are you getting ready to be transported to Heaven?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Isaiah 23:18 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the LORD: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.

Jesus put it a different way: “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matthew 6:20). So, are you treasuring up things upon the earth glorifying Satan, or wisely using God’s money, which is all of it, in a manner that Heaven approves?

Monday, August 26, 2019

Isaiah 23:17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.

Again, this is a direct parallel to the antichrist, also known as the Mother of Harlots in Revelation 17:5. According Revelation 13:3, the kingdom ceased for a period of time and is now on the rebuild influencing governments, businesses, and yes, her daughters – the denominations that continue teaching her errors. So, are you caught up in the revived antichrist that is already here, or have you been deceived into thinking governments, businesses, and religions coexisting in thought is somehow acceptable to God and that antichrist is either fictitious or in the future?

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Isaiah 23:16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.

Another way of saying this is, “Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations” (Luke 16:9). In other words still, enjoy what one can of this world because this is all one is going to have to enjoy as they will not have Heaven. So, do you “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37) and do not have to worry about making friends with the world, or are you just pretending to be saved while enjoying parts of what the world has to offer keeping in mind that “Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Luke 16:13)?

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Isaiah 23:14 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for your strength is laid waste.

Again, Tarshish means "yellow jasper", which once again, we refer to Leviticus 13:30 that declares “yellow” to be associated with uncleanness while jasper is a clear stone (Revelation 21:11). All the lost who think they know better than to believe in God, believe His Word, believe in many things will find no strength when Jesus lays them waste. So, how strong is your belief?

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Isaiah 23:15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.

Today, we have a similar prophecy. Instead of Tyre, it is Babylon. It also involves harlotry, even being “THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:5). It too was forgotten for a period of time in the form of a deadly wound: “I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast” (Revelation 13:3). Now, the question is, are you part of “all the world” wondering after it?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Isaiah 23:13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, [till] the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; [and] he brought it to ruin.

Today, it is spiritual Babylon according to Revelation instead of Assyria, which is confusion, but not any confusion. God is only interested in religious confusion. Figuring out a mortgage may be confusing. Listening to politics may be confusing. But neither one impacts salvation more than doctrine. And so, by the power of “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:5), she empowers modern day Chaldeans, which equates to the daughters of Babylon – all entities teaching the same false doctrines of Babylon. And many even build wonderful edifices to the glory of God, but in the end, they will all be brought to ruin. So, are you attending one of these edifices that teach any doctrine that you want to hear as opposed to solid Bible doctrines?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Isaiah 23:12 And he said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of Zidon: arise, pass over to Chittim; there also shalt thou have no rest.

Chittim means “bruisers”. They must have been in the past the oppressors. And it is hard to rejoice during oppression even to the point of lacking rest. In the future, “the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17). So, are you expecting to be oppressed because you keep to the Ten Commandments and the testimony of Jesus Christ, or do you already oppress commandment keepers calling them legalists and other names?

Monday, August 19, 2019

Isaiah 23:11 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the LORD hath given a commandment against the merchant [city], to destroy the strong holds thereof.

All the nations are linked together, especially since 1972, through merchandizing. As one nation economy collapses, others are pulled down with it. That is why every country looks out for others and even is quick with a bail out. But soon, all the economies will collapse. Every kingdom will be shaken. Every strong regulation to prevent such from happening will collapse. So, is your trust in governments or God? Do you gamble with God’s money on the stock market or use it wisely?

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Isaiah 23:10 Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tarshish: [there is] no more strength.

Remember, Tarshish means “yellow jasper” and that Leviticus 13:30 declares “yellow” to be associated with uncleanness while jasper is a clear stone (Revelation 21:11). Tarshish is symbolic of the lost. We can see through this verse that by passing through the land as a river and not stopping means that when it comes to salvation, none are found to be able to receive it. They have no strength especially in resisting sin, much like today’s Christians are. They seem to embrace sin to “fit in” with people and not make Christianity so “stand offish”. Too bad that salvation will pass them by. So, do you participate in a little sinning to keep worldly friends hoping one day they too will become a Christian, or do you show forth the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16) to grant victory over sin presenting a better life?

Friday, August 16, 2019

Isaiah 23:9 The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, [and] to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.

As the Bible says, “Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). And all those that think they are too smart to believe in God or too smart to accept the Bible as His authority, are going to have more than a stain, more than contempt. They are going to be lost. Will you be one of them, or do you believe in God and accept the Bible as His rule for your life?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Isaiah 23:8 Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning [city], whose merchants [are] princes, whose traffickers [are] the honourable of the earth?

Interesting how Tyre is known as “a rock” mingling with merchants and traffickers, the honorable of the earth. Antichrist claims to be built upon “a rock” that of Peter but not “the Rock” Who is Christ; Revelation 18:3 states that she is using merchants of the world; Revelation 18:17 mentions trafficking or trading because of her; and such are very honorable and influential made possible by the delicacies according to Revelation 18:3. So, how supportive are you of the many merchants, especially the conglomerates, that seem to be connected with antichrist forcing the world agenda into one world?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Isaiah 23:7 [Is] this your joyous [city], whose antiquity [is] of ancient days? her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.

Symbolic language is being used to match with the symbolic imagery of the sanctuary service found in Leviticus 16:21, which says, “And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send [him] away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness.” This is where Satan ends up after the second coming, and by everyone’s personal choice to stay in sin (own feet), they will end up in the wilderness as well. So, what choices are you making? Do they point upwards to Heaven or towards hell?

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Isaiah 23:6 Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.

Tarshish means "yellow jasper". Leviticus 13:30 declares “yellow” to be associated with uncleanness. Jasper is a clear stone (Revelation 21:11). To pass over Tarshish simply means that they are unclean or unsaved. To howl in this case is to cry for being lost. Unfortunately, it will be too late. So, do you “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation” (Mark 14:38), or are you secure thinking you are guaranteed to be saved without the need to be so serious regarding temptation? By the way, if temptation does not carry the consequence of losing one’s soul despite claiming to have been saved, then it is no longer temptation, yet Jesus said to watch out for it. Could it be that a person is not guaranteed to be saved after all, and it is a daily experience?

Monday, August 12, 2019

Isaiah 23:5 As at the report concerning Egypt, [so] shall they be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.

Just as Egypt, which was devastated during the time of Moses, Tyre will face a similar result. Being on the side of atheism (Exodus 5:2) and worldliness (Exodus 16:3) of Egypt, they lost their souls. Tyre being so involved in transacting business while forgetting God faces the same result and did so at the time of Isaiah. Therefore, we may not be an atheist or worldly person, but if we are so involved in our financial wellbeing, transacting business constantly, we are then no different. So, how involved are you in seeking after the mighty dollar?

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Isaiah 23:4 Be thou ashamed, O Zidon: for the sea hath spoken, [even] the strength of the sea, saying, I travail not, nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, [nor] bring up virgins.

Zidon has no defined meaning attached to it, but remember water in the Bible is symbolic of “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15). Which means that the populace has spoken, and it is in a bragging way. “I travail not” when the Bible predicts, “when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). The populace say that they will not “bring forth children” and that is what we hear from many climate change activists. The populace refuses to nourish up young men and virgins, being virtuous women, but instead have 61 confusing genders in addition to boy and girl. Society is all mixed up. But, do you go along with society, or do you stand upon the word of God against the fact that “the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock” (Matthew 7:25)?

Friday, August 09, 2019

Isaiah 23:3 And by great waters the seed of Sihor, the harvest of the river, [is] her revenue; and she is a mart of nations.

Sihor means “dark”. The “great waters” is the sea, like the Mediterranean. Water in the Bible is symbolic of “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15). Truly, the worldly ways remain so worldly because on the worldly side are most of the people, multitudes, nations, and languages. Even the mighty dollar is a driving force for the nations even to the point of sacrificing morals. So, are you flowing with the crowd in worldliness or beating upstream against the tide of evil trying to live a godly life?

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Isaiah 23:2 Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

Zidon has no defined meaning attached to it, but to us, “be still” is the message. “Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalms 46:10). “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39). So, with these two examples of God’s power, how still are you in time of trouble? Does your anxiety get the best of you or do you have full trust in God?

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Isaiah 23:1 The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.

Tyre means “a rock”; Tarshish means "yellow jasper"; and Chittim means "bruisers". Tyre is not “the Rock”, as subsequent verses will reveal. Matthew 11:22 reveals that Tyre is a lost city. Jesus said in comparison, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid” (Matthew 5:14). So, are you a lost city or a light to the world?

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Isaiah 22:25 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that [was] upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken [it].

Jesus indeed was removed from our presence by the cross, cut down at only three and a half years of ministry, and fell into the hands of Judas, church leaders, and the Roman authority. Even Daniel stated, “Messiah be cut off” (Daniel 9:26). Jesus again will be cut off. It is called the judgment for “judgment must begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17) and once a person’s fate has been decided, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11), will no longer have access to Jesus if they are on the filthy and unjust side. Jesus will be cut off from them. “Now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). Have you repented of your sins?

Monday, August 05, 2019

Isaiah 22:24 And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.

“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17). A remnant is a small vessel, and so it shall be for “strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). So, is your belief and practice held by few or many?

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Isaiah 22:23 And I will fasten him [as] a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.

Jesus is indeed immovable. His principles stand fast. His grace is assured as well as His punishment of the guilty “Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth [generation]” (Exodus 34:7). His throne indeed is glorious for He says about Himself, “am set down with my Father in his throne” (Revelation 3:21). So, are you fastened to Jesus, or do you have some other form of Jesus in mind?

Friday, August 02, 2019

Isaiah 22:22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.

The parallel to this prophecy is found in Revelation 3:7-8, which says, “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” So, something happened in Heaven in which is where no man can prevent these actions. And that would be found in Daniel 7:13, which says, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, [one] like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.” Having the Father residing in the Most Holy Place in Heaven, there was a specific moment in time that Jesus moved from His Holy Place duties to the Most Holy Place. So, do you see how scripture connects together, or do you see it as mere fluff talk in the Bible despite using very similar language?

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Isaiah 22:21 And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.

Jesus shall “put on the garments of vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke” (Isaiah 59:17); “the government shall be upon his shoulder” (Isaiah 9:6); His “righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins” (Isaiah 11:5); and “his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). This is Jesus. Is this the Jesus you know, or do you know a false Jesus that allows sinning to continue?

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Isaiah 22:20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:

Eliakim means "God raises" or "God sets up", while Hilkiah means "my portion is Jehovah". Now with first declaring one’s portion to serve Jehovah, God can raise a person up. Even today, if a person were to be tired of sinning and choose the way of God, then God will raise that person out of the depths of sin. So, have you been raised out of your sins?

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Isaiah 22:19 And I will drive thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull thee down.

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). There is a certain pride that thinks they can stand their ground, but when the ultimate preacher, Jesus Himself shows up, they will be removed from their spot. So, are you so prideful in your belief that you are not willing to even take up the Bible to make sure you are correct, or do you have a solid foundation upon the Rock through His Word (Matthew 7:24-25)?

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Isaiah 22:17 Behold, the LORD will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee.

In this context, to cover is in burial. Remember, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:41-42). So, are you doing all you have been empowered with to avoid iniquity so that you are not brought captive to the furnace of fire?

Friday, July 26, 2019

Isaiah 22:15-16 Thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, Go, get thee unto this treasurer, [even] unto Shebna, which [is] over the house, [and say], What hast thou here? and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, [as] he that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, [and] that graveth an habitation for himself in a rock?

Shebna means "vigour". So with vigor, or excitement, or extreme concern, check with the earthly treasurer “where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal” (Matthew 6:19). Upon finding out that the finances are fleeting away, the end result is a sepulcher, a tomb, death. And the one getting rich can afford high place, yet the result is still a sepulcher, tomb, death. And instead of turning to the Rock that is Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4), he places himself into a rock to be hidden instead. So, just where do you trust your wealth? To earthly investments or Heaven?

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Isaiah 22:14 And it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Why will people die the eternal death, also known as the second death (Revelation 2:11)? Because they are holding onto iniquity. Only those that choose to allow God to remove the sinning shall live. So, on which side of sin are you? Holding onto it or letting go of it?

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Isaiah 22:13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.

“Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die” is not just a movie phrase or social phrase but a Bible one. To enjoy life in the manner that involves sinning not only is death inevitable and people just want to experience life to the fullest, but the second death, the eternal death is also guaranteed. Now, is the worldly ways of life worth throwing away eternity for, or do you count it all to be lost for the sake of having Heaven?

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Isaiah 22:12 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:

Why does God call to these people? Because according to Joel 2:17, “Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where [is] their God?” Today’s Christianity is nothing like what the Bible teaches nor what Jesus taught. Christianity is in great apostasy, especially linking up with other religions claiming we all worship the same God. I do not remember Israel saying that about Babylon, Greece, Rome, Egypt, and other nations. They are pagan; all of them! But we are not to condemn them but seek ways to pull the sincere out of apostasy. This is done through tears, sadness, shaving of the head, and wearing sackcloth, of which being bald and wearing a sack is not required, but truly weeping and mourning are. So, how much do you weep for Christians that are in name only to become converted?

Monday, July 22, 2019

Isaiah 22:11 Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.

Even today, many Christians do not acknowledge God as the Creator of all things. The best they do is to state that He caused the big bang and then evolution took over. As the verse states, it is a ditch -- a ditch that prevents a person with such thinking from obtaining eternal life. So, do you believe in God as our Creator, or just a big bang causer?

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Isaiah 22:10 And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.

Despite households giving all they can give to maintain a man-made wall, spiritually, the wall is the Ten Commandments for God has rules (Proverbs 25:28), and Jesus condemns this action by saying, “in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9). So, are you trying to build up a man-made spiritual wall defending the commandments of men, or are you obeying God’s commandments?

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Isaiah 22:9 Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool.

The City of David is now today’s church, where we are to be protected from the evils, but instead, there are breaches. Sin is just pouring into the church not only as welcoming people to stay unchanged but putting practicing sinners into church positions. Instead of the waters from Heaven, which provides life, they drink from the polluted waters beneath, poisoned by Satan. There is no washing of sin away in the messages preached from pulpits today. Jesus’ intent towards the church, the members even, is to “sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:26-27). So, are you being washed by the Word from Heaven’s waters, or are you seeking out the easy gospel that lets you in your sins?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Isaiah 22:7 And it shall come to pass, [that] thy choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.

What was once fruitful is now ready for war. Today, we have many wrapped up in the promises of a good financial future, a promising outcome, but all the while they have nothing to do personally with God because gain is their god, so in the day the Jesus reveals Himself, all that money or other sought after object will be used against the people seeking after it. Now, are you careful of what you invest your time and money into? Remember, “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matthew 6:20).

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Isaiah 22:6 And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men [and] horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.

Elam means “eternity”, while Kir means “wall”. Lamentations 3:13 speaks of God as, “He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.” And when Jesus returns beginning eternity for the saved, “the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean” (Revelation 19:14). So, are they coming to slaughter you or gather you to enter into the walls of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:12)? It comes down to following the Word of God or not (Revelation 19:13).

Monday, July 15, 2019

Isaiah 22:5 For [it is] a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord GOD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.

And what will they say to the mountains? “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb” (Revelation 6:16). Notice how beautifully the Old and New Testament compliment each other. When the world is in chaos, in the day of trouble, things breaking down, and no human solutions, with only human visions in the valley, even breaking down of the walls pointing to breaking down of the Ten Commandments, even specifically the Sabbath one by enacting a different worship (Revelation 13:12, 15, 14:9, 11), Jesus will reveal Himself causing the lost to call to the mountains. Now, are you going along with human solutions to end up talking to mountains, or are you checking if they are godly solutions?

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Isaiah 22:4 Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.

There is no comforting a parent over troubles facing their children, even death of a child, but do you have that same concern for what the devil is doing to the people all around you?

Friday, July 12, 2019

Isaiah 22:3 All thy rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers: all that are found in thee are bound together, [which] have fled from far.

Today, we call it monopolies for the economy, behind the scene policies for governments, and brainwashing of viewers and listeners by the media. These are the tactics of today that the devil is using to get people thinking they are fighting for good goal, like taking care of the planet, when in fact, they are binding themselves up to implement that which goes against God’s commandments. So, are you going along with all of the movements to be unified, or are you making sure it is a clear “Thus Saith the Lord”?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Isaiah 22:2 Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, a joyous city: thy slain [men are] not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.

They may be dead in sins. Is that your condition, or have you put off your sins by the grace and power of God?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Isaiah 22:1 The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?

A valley is a low point; therefore, the vision cannot be too extensive. Asking, “What ails them now?” means that they are having one problem after another. Even from high points, like housetops, they cannot see very far because they are still in a valley. And that is where many, many Christians are today. They either live in their own minds, live according to what movies and books popularize, or even what pastors sensationalize. But hardly any take up the clear vision from on high, the Bible, which is a cure to all that ails. Even the future is all spelled out. In fact, the closing events are now in progress seriously, especially since 2015 and are getting more and more rapid in fulfillment as we near the end of time. So, where is your vision or understanding? In a valley or on God’s mountain?

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Isaiah 21:16-17 For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail: And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken [it].

Yes, this was a specific time prophecy, and we are not going to apply the time to our day as that would be an erroneous application. Kedar means “dark”. And the dark indeed will fail. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). So, do you love light or darkness?

Monday, July 08, 2019

Isaiah 21:15 For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.

“The word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). So, are you fleeing from the sword, the Word of God, by making excuses of why you do not want to adhere to it, or are you using the sword, God’s Word, properly?

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Isaiah 21:14 The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.

Similarly, “If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee” (Proverbs 25:21-22). So, how do you treat your enemies?

Friday, July 05, 2019

Isaiah 21:13 The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.

None of the names have attached meanings. A burden is a responsibility. A forest is where there is plentifulness. The travelers are not going to call Arabia their home but are simply lodging there for the time. Today, we are but pilgrims passing through this earth with abundance of things, many of which distract from God. So, are you a pilgrim or are you getting too comfortable here?

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Isaiah 21:12 The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19). Jesus will dispel the darkness when He arrives. So, are you a watchman or in the dark?

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Isaiah 21:11 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?

Dumah means silence. Seir means hairy. According to 2 Kings 1:8, Elijah was a hairy man. According to Matthew 17:10-12, Jesus said John the Baptist was a type of Elijah. And both are examples of watchmen at the end of time. Now, in the silence of the night, that is the dark hours, despite people being oblivious to the times we live in, are you a watchmen able to discern the night hours, or are you simply sleeping?

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Isaiah 21:10 O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.

Jesus said, “the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear” (Mark 4:28). Much work goes into bringing up fruit in the knowledge of God and His truth. Where are you in the Christian experience, a blade, an ear, or the full corn?

Monday, July 01, 2019

Isaiah 21:9 And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, [with] a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.

That was a physical declaration but in the last days, there will be a world wide declaration: “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelation 14:8). And there will even be a very last day declaration: “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2). Now is the message of Revelation 14:8 where all the confusing doctrines that are unbiblical are revealed. Prayerfully, it is my hope that you have already responded or are willing to learn more, but if not, under the Mark of the Beast crisis, Revelation 18:2 will be given. It sounds similar but included is the revelation of how spiritual Babylon has embraced all religions. They teach that we can all go to Heaven serving any god we want. The fact that such is been building for a few years now reveals how close we are to the Mark of the Beast. So, have you already understood and come out of those confusing doctrines, or are you still in them but willing to study? I am willing to study with you!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Isaiah 21:8 And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:

Night and day we must “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). So, are you aware and vigilant?

Friday, June 28, 2019

Isaiah 21:7 And he saw a chariot [with] a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, [and] a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:

And we, as stated yesterday, are to be diligent and take much heed in our calling of being watchmen for “brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall” (2 Peter 1:10). And, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19). So, how diligent are you in making your election sure, and how much heed is involved in studying prophecy?

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Isaiah 21:6 For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

In actuality, all of us are to watch out for error, heresy, and whatever else is not of God and give the warning. How many parents will allow their young child reach up to a hot stove trying to grab the handle of a pot with boiling water in it will just stand by and watch what will happen? None of us, unless the parent is insane. How many of us will watch another person spike a drink with deadly poison waiting for the person whose drink it is to return to their seat to drink it will not give a warning? None of us. Then why is it that so many Christians are indifferent on spiritual matters that have eternal consequences not giving the warning? No, we will not sort out the doctrines upstairs! We are to either have Christ’s doctrine or we are lost (2 John 1:9). No, God is not indifferent if we keep a set of commandments, but we are to keep Jesus’ commandments or be lost (John 14:15, Revelation 22:14). No, we are not to just let people have their own beliefs, but we are to let our light of knowledge shine (Matthew 5:16). So, how silent or indifferent are you?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Isaiah 21:5 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, [and] anoint the shield.

We ought to prepare for battle, but “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]” (Ephesians 6:12). So, are you prepared by the Word of God to face the greatest personal battle ever with sin, Satan, and even selfishness?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Isaiah 21:4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.

Today, people seek entertainment, exotic vacation spots, partying, and much more. One day, it will all turn into fearfulness. What are those things compared to eternal life, especially when Jesus breaks through the clouds to gather His own, and it is realized that the life has been wasted away?

Monday, June 24, 2019

Isaiah 21:3 Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing [of it]; I was dismayed at the seeing [of it].

And the timing will be, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). And we are hearing a lot about “Peace and Safety” today. It started after 9/11 and now it seems to be the goal of every nation, politician, etc. So, are you going to be caught by surprise because you are unstudied, or are you considered “not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:4-5)?

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Isaiah 21:2 A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

Elam means "eternity" while Media means "middle land". Not only will the sighing cease, but for eternity, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (Revelation 7:17). This is after the destruction of the wicked and eternity begins. This is after the temporary time frame in which “they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (Revelation 20:9). Therefore, one can state that this life right now will cease, eternity will be without the presence of the wicked, while in the middle of those two time periods of occupation, there is a short period in which the wicked think they can overthrow God’s city. But the question is, will you be on the inside and protected by God or on the outside deceived by Satan?

Friday, June 21, 2019

Isaiah 21:1 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; [so] it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.

A desert represents lack of spirituality. Winds represent strife and war. And there is coming a most serious spiritual strife and spiritual war. To enter it without a strong spiritual relationship with God is going to prove to be utter failure, and everyone will be involved. “They are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14). So, how strong is your relationship with God through His Word?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Isaiah 20:6 And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such [is] our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?

And in the last days, the same question may be asked, “Who shall escape Babylon?” “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee” (Isaiah 60:2). And there is our answer. “O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me” (Psalms 7:1). So, where is your trust that you may escape in that day?

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Isaiah 20:5 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.

Our expectation is Jesus at the second coming, Who will come in glory. Converted souls from Ethiopia and Egypt, spiritually speaking, look forward to this event. “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:12) Those of Babylon will be afraid. So, are you afraid, or are you looking forward to the second coming?

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Isaiah 20:4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with [their] buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.

Today, the king is Babylon, according to Revelation. And it is a spiritual imprisonment. It is a spiritual captivity. And how are souls being led? Into nakedness, even with their buttocks uncovered. There are so many preachers that preach against obeying God’s commandments, which leads to sinning, and therefore these souls do not even know they are being led captive, into Satan’s prison. They claim to be saved by grace, saved by faith, saved once and forever more, not knowing that God never saves a single person to continue sinning. So, are you being led away, or are you, by the true grace of God with power overcoming every sin in your life?

Monday, June 17, 2019

Isaiah 20:3 And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years [for] a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;

Isaiah’s nakedness is a rebuke to us today as well. “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” (Revelation 3:17), which to be naked, like Adam and Eve, is to have sin actively in one’s life. So, is Isaiah rebuking you today because you continue to excuse sins in your life, or is it not a rebuke because by the grace of God you are eradicating all sins?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Isaiah 20:2 At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.

Amoz means “strong” while Isaiah means "Jehovah has saved". It is a rare thing to have a prophet do that which is condemned. Abraham was told to kill his son (Genesis 22:2), and now Isaiah is to become naked, which, outside of a marital relationship, is forbidden. God was showing His extreme measures that He was taking by having His prophet be such. So, how extreme does God have to be towards us personally until we wise up and live as a Christian ought to live?

Friday, June 14, 2019

Isaiah 20:1 In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;

Tartan means “field marshal, general, or commander”. Ashdod means “powerful”. Sargon means "prince of the sun”. And of course, Assyria has no meaning. The “powerful” “prince of the sun” will “marshal” his troops to war against God’s people. That is none other than Satan. The only way we can fight back is “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Submit means to obey, to choose the way of God, to live godly, yet most Christians claim to be saved and are careless. Satan loves this because those supposed Christians become easy prey. So, do you recognize Satan’s false theology and choose to handle things God’s way and do as Paul said, “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31), and as Jesus said, “let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24), or do you live however you wish to live thinking you are saved anyways?

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Isaiah 19:25 Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed [be] Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.

Converted worldly people and atheists shall be blessed. Converted ecumenical people being brought under the true God instead of they “any type of god” is the work of God’s hands. And God’s spiritual Israel, “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people” (1 Peter 2:9) shall most definitely inherit the kingdom of God. So, of which of these positive groups do you belong to, or are you still out in the world, being an unbeliever, or even thinking that all religions worship the same god?

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Isaiah 19:24 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, [even] a blessing in the midst of the land:

God indeed will welcome His church Israel, keeping in mind that today we are “not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God” (Romans 2:28-29). We are spiritual Israel. And God indeed will welcome those that used to be atheist and that used to be worldly, in fact, they have the greater testimony regarding their former life. And of course, from all of the other religions of the world who respond to the true God of the Bible, they are welcomed too. But this false unity that is happening that even allows atheists to be part of it without giving up their atheism is not of God. So, have you come out of all of that and joined spiritual Israel? Have you been born into spiritual Israel and been converted to stay in it? If not, what are you waiting for?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Isaiah 19:23 In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.

Egypt is symbolic of worldliness and atheism (per prior studies) and Assyria is connected to Babylon, which in Revelation is the last world enemy, made up primarily of religious apostates. That is because the apostasy “is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2). Therefore, worldly unconverted and even those that do not believe in God will actually serve the apostates. Will you be one of them, or are you staying true to the true God of the Bible?

Monday, June 10, 2019

Isaiah 19:22 And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal [it]: and they shall return [even] to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them.

This is not a reference to the time of Moses but it is yet future. Egypt, symbolic of worldliness and atheism, will be smitten. Those that had previously converted from their worldliness and unbelief beforehand will be healed. And when the Lord shows up, they shall be made completely whole, even being changed into immortal bodies. So, are you giving up your worldliness and your unbelief, or will you be smitten in the end?

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Isaiah 19:21 And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform [it].

Although worldly people and even atheists will one day acknowledge God, their form of offering at that point will be nothing more than a pagan form of offering. Only true conversion and not conversion from fear is acceptable to God. So, are you truly converted or are you still trying to enjoy the world and be a Christian at the same time?

Friday, June 07, 2019

Isaiah 19:20 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.

In the midst of the worldliness, a cry to be saved will not go unheeded. Jesus Himself said, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). But it is not a physical saving; it is a spiritual one. So, has Jesus saved you from your worldliness – sin (Matthew 1:21), or are you at enmity with God because you still live like the world (James 4:4)?

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Isaiah 19:19 In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD.

Placing something right in the midst of an enemy actually shows victory. So, in the midst of worldliness, in the midst of atheism also, God is going to bring out true Christianity. This simply can be done from showing true Christianity to begin with cutting through the prophecy in 2 Timothy 3:5, in which today’s Christians are just “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” And we know it is a last day prophecy because it begins with, “in the last days perilous times shall come” (2 Timothy 3:1), and then it lists all kinds of sins that are excused instead of having victory over (2 Timothy 3:2-4). Atheists and worldly people who are being turned off by the hypocrisy of today’s Christians may be turned onto the true version of Christianity when exposed to it. The important point is, are you expressing true Christianity or that fake one that allows you to continue in sinning or without regards to the keeping of God’s commandments showing that Satan has control over you instead of God?

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Isaiah 19:18 In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction.

Egypt, again, is a symbol of worldliness and even atheism, as discussed in prior posts. But when conversion happens, among the five cities or our five senses of the body, a new language, even a heavenly language is spoken. We are not talking about speaking in tongues but the foul words will be gone, speaking of worldly and unimportant things will be gone, and will be replaced with holy speech instead. Now, equating cities to the senses of the body (hear, see, touch, taste, and smell) is something that Proverbs 10:15 and other verses in Proverbs suggest. Therefore, one sense to be converted above all other senses and can determine destruction of a soul or not is hearing because hearing also means understanding. And to continue sinning despite understanding the expectations as revealed in God’s Word is destructive, but understanding and obeying the Word of God will have a positive affect on all the other senses. This principle is based upon Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he”. So, what are your thoughts and understanding like?

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Isaiah 19:17 And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined against it.

The contrast is symbolic of the last days in which all unbelievers and worldly people will be in terror while the spiritual population of Judah will not be and will also know that Jesus is coming to gather His people while destroying the wicked, hence the terror. So, are you with Judah keeping God’s commandments and His Word, or are you part of compromised, worldly Christians?

Monday, June 03, 2019

Isaiah 19:16 In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he shaketh over it.

The supposed mighty men of today who do not believe in God, who are too smart to submit to an ancient book called the Bible, will become as the weaker flesh in the day of God. This is not to pit women against men or the other way around, but generally speaking, men are typically stronger in strength as compared to women. This is not meant to be sexist. Sure, people can point to body building women of today who are much stronger than most men, but they are exceptions. So, setting sexism aside, the analogy simply is stating that the mighty men of today will not be so mighty when all is revealed from Heaven. So, are you mighty in the Word of God or opinions of men, even scientists with their supposed evidence?

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Isaiah 19:15 Neither shall there be [any] work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.

So, all that unbelief regarding God, all that worldliness and old lifestyle, none of that will continue on into eternity. The head, Satan (Genesis 3:15), and the tail, the followers, will have no influence from that point forward. They will have no effect upon the righteous. So, who are you following as “head” of your life? Satan? Yourself? Or God?

Friday, May 31, 2019

Isaiah 19:14 The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken [man] staggereth in his vomit.

Basically, “As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly” (Proverbs 26:11). People are pulled out of sin and go right back in despite the knowledge of how sin destroys. They are drunk with the desires of the world not realizing it is all vomit that they enjoy. And as for Egypt, all the theories proving that God does not exist will turn out to be err, especially when He shows up. So, does sin have control over you, or do you have control over your sins? Do the ways of society that seems to ignore or even cast away the thought that there is a God numb your mind, or do you think for yourself and know that God is true?

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Isaiah 19:13 The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are deceived; they have also seduced Egypt, [even they that are] the stay of the tribes thereof.

Zoan means “place of departures”. Noph has no meaning but that of being another name for Memphis, the capital of Egypt. And of course, Egypt is symbolic of the old life, as the Israelites craved for (Exodus 16:3) multiple times. It also represents disbelief in God as Pharaoh declared (Exodus 5:2). As regarding fools, the Bible states, “The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God” (Psalms 14:1). Even just as foolish is to disbelieve God’s Word, of which so many Christians today have been deceived into thinking for regarding the acts of Antichrist, which is really misunderstood as it is an entity since the time of the apostles (1 John 2:18), “it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered” (Daniel 8:12). And seeing God’s Word is truth (John 17:17), that is what was cast down. So, do you not believe in the one true God of the Christian faith because you accept the pluralistic gods from other faiths, or do you believe in the one true Christian God? Do accept God’s Word in the form of the Bible, or have you also cast it down to the ground (earth) by stating that mere men have written it?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Isaiah 19:12 Where [are] they? where [are] thy wise [men]? and let them tell thee now, and let them know what the LORD of hosts hath purposed upon Egypt.

In the day of Jesus’ return, “Where [is] the wise? where [is] the scribe? where [is] the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20) Lost. That is where. In fact, “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:27). So, are you wise in this world or foolish? Are you wise unto God or not?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Isaiah 19:11 Surely the princes of Zoan [are] fools, the counsel of the wise counsellors of Pharaoh is become brutish: how say ye unto Pharaoh, I [am] the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?

Zoan means “place of departures”. And in the context, we have been seeing, Jesus will say to depart even to Christians. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). Pharaoh’s brutish counsel was, “I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go” (Exodus 5:2). How sorry unbelievers will be in that day. Now, will Jesus tell you to depart from before Him because you work or have iniquity, regular sinning happening in your life by breaking even one of God’s commandments? Will Jesus count all of the wisdom, if you are an atheist, that you can muster as actually being unwise? Or will Jesus be welcoming you into the gates of Heaven?

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Isaiah 19:10 And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, all that make sluices [and] ponds for fish.

Sluices refers to wages, making a living off of fishing, in this example. The ponds would be for future wages. All of this, at the purpose of God, will be broken. Man ought not trust in their own ways, but “[As for] God, his way [is] perfect; the word of the LORD [is] tried: he [is] a buckler to all them that trust in him” (2 Samuel 22:31). So, will you “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass” (Psalms 37:5)?

Friday, May 24, 2019

Isaiah 19:9 Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave networks, shall be confounded.

All forms of employment with each having their own geniuses will be confounded. In fact, the biggest group that will be confounded will be the atheists for when Jesus shows up, there will be no denying God’s existence. But even the Christian that does not know the Bible will be confounded, especially those expecting a different type of Jesus that is not the one found in the Bible, such as the one with the secret rapture. So, what are you wise in? The ways of the world, preachers with sensationalism, or of God’s true way?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Isaiah 19:7 The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and every thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no [more].

And neither shall be those who will be lost. John the Baptist certainly was not “A reed shaken with the wind” (Matthew 11:7). Every worldly way will dry up and be no more. Remember, “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matthew 6:20). So, what do you put your effort towards?

Monday, May 20, 2019

Isaiah 19:6 And they shall turn the rivers far away; [and] the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.

With all of this water drying up, we see the application as stated yesterday morning. Waters being “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15) will cease supporting the false ministers but it will be too late as it is part of the sixth plague for when the first plague appears, all cases are decided. There will be no switching of sides. But what is happening is that billions of Christians today are believing a false gospel that permits sinning when the Bible clearly teaches “to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness” (Romans 6:16). There is no exception for “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him” (1 John 3:6). Now, during the sixth plague, these people that listened and accepted the easy gospel will realize their lost condition and cease supporting those false teachers, but it will be too late. So, how much sin do you permit in your life? Remember, “whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all” (James 2:10).

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Isaiah 19:5 And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.

Of the plagues, in Revelation 16:12 it is stated, “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” Waters symbolically represents followers of “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15). Therefore, the followers will wake up when salvation has past, so that means “now [is] the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). But remember, “he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22). So, every day do you stay in that saving relationship, or do you choose selfishness instead because preachers have taught error when it comes to salvation, like the continuance of sinning?

Friday, May 17, 2019

Isaiah 19:4 And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.

Egyptians, today’s old lifestyle of sin and unbelievers of the true God, will be handed over to the cruel lord of Satan. This is not to be confused with thinking that there is eternity in hell but rather a declaration between the living: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11). Once that declaration is made separating the living people, Satan will have total control over the filthy and unjust. God’s Spirit will have been completely removed from them. They shall be lost and commit more sinister acts. So, how will God declare you? Evidence is in living a completely righteous life by the indwelling of Jesus or not.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Isaiah 19:3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.

When Jesus returns, all the ways of the world (Egypt) will fail. All of the wisdom of psychiatrists, all of the governing intelligences, all of the educational degrees, all of the majority ruling and political correctness, etc. will all come to an end. It will not matter what the governments of the world, the religions of the world, have counseled together upon. The population will hold to their false idol worship, also known as the Mark of the Beast. They will turn to the those that could talk a good talk but, in reality, know nothing. They will turn to those that speak to the dead for answers when God said, “should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?” They will even turn to the magical ways of all the false wizardry even through Hollywood and other celebrities. God forbade these through His Word, but not everyone has to be deceived. So, are you being hypnotized by any of these, or are you staying true to God’s Word?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Isaiah 19:2 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, [and] kingdom against kingdom.

In the very end, symbolically during the sixth plague the support for antichrist and all those leaders who have fooled the populous will be gone (Revelation 16:12). In other words, those that have been deceived will turn against the deceivers. It will be like Egyptians against Egyptians. Jesus also said, “nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Matthew 24:7). The important thing is to stop listening to leaders and search God’s Word for ourselves, so that we do not receive messages only by second hand. Nothing wrong with listening to a sermon, attending church, but if we just swallow the words without verifying them, we risk being lost. So, how much do you risk?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Isaiah 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.

Between Pharaoh declaring “Who [is] the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go?”, which is atheism, and the children of Israel crying to go back to their old life in Egypt (Exodus 16:3), which is worldliness instead of godliness or God’s way, we see symbolically the second coming described as idols moving and hearts melting. In other words, all of the Christians that have returned to watching, listening, and doing whatever, especially from that of Hollywood, are going to see all of those idols torn down. Those who were confident that there is no God will have their hearts melt or fade away. In either case, these are going to be the lost souls. So, will you forsake all that is worldly? Will you believe in the true God instead of human theories?

Monday, May 13, 2019

Isaiah 18:7 In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.

No wonder Isaiah describes the second coming later on as “he put on the garments of vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke” (Isaiah 59:17). When Jesus comes back, it is not to set up some peaceful kingdom but rather “I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war” (Revelation 19:11). “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” (Revelation 19:15). And the reason for this vengeance is that “he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God” (Revelation 19:13). Basically, those that follow the Word of God, the Bible, survive, while all others will suffer His vengeance. So, all that you believe and do and think, is it established in the Word of God, or are you just basking in the possibility that you are already saved and what is in the Bible does not really matter?

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Isaiah 18:6 They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.

According to Amos 3:15, smiting is involved with the winter and summer reference and fits the context too. As for the fowls and beasts, “And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great” (Revelation 19:17-18). Overall, it is not good to be the recipient of either the smiting or the feasting of these creatures. There is only one safety, and that is to trust in God and His ways. So, which way do you trust: self or God’s?

Friday, May 10, 2019

Isaiah 18:5 For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away [and] cut down the branches.

Jesus spoke similar words: “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit” (John 15:2). So, are you being purged of your dead works so that you can show forth “living for God” works, or are you holding onto those dead, sinful activities no matter how small in your own eyes?

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Isaiah 18:4 For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, [and] like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

God investigates. No wonder the last day message states, “for the hour of his judgment is come” (Revelation 14:7) declaring that God has moved into the investigation part of judgment, but it will be undetectable. And “they were judged every man according to their works” (Revelation 20:13). So, what do you works reveal? Sinful or godly?

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Isaiah 18:3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.

So, a standard shall be established that we are not to just hear with our ears but apply by living it. Do you live up to God’s standards, or do you go along with society or worse, your feelings?

Monday, May 06, 2019

Isaiah 18:1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which [is] beyond the rivers of Ethiopia

A woe is not good, so a place of protection is not godly protection. And to be beyond the rivers of Ethiopia is certainly not to be in the land of Israel. In fact, it is to be far from the truth given to Israel. So, how far away from the truth are you, or do you abide on the correct side of the river, even in Israel?

Monday, May 06, 2019

Isaiah 18:2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, [saying], Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!

So, we see there are diplomats interacting with other nations, a large fleet that is successfully trading, great communications, and much more. Definitely rich in goods and in need of nothing, which reminds me of Revelation 3:17, which says, “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.” Could we personally be in that condition or shall we listen to Jesus say, “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see” (Revelation 3:18)?

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Isaiah 17:14 And behold at eveningtide trouble; [and] before the morning he [is] not. This [is] the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

Regarding evening, we are told “Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning” (Mark 13:35). And when it happens, which darkness always represents the evil time, the disasters, the crisis, by morning, it will be over. Will the crisis spoil you and you be robbed, or will you be part of them that will be enriched instead because you have put your faith in God instead of a pastor, friends, even family?

Friday, May 03, 2019

Isaiah 17:13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but [God] shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

This goes along with “the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth” (Revelation 11:18). So, with climate change getting bolder with calls of death to unbelievers, are you part of the agenda with its unbiblical solution forming an agreed single government and religion, or are you faithful to stand with God’s Word looking forward to deliverance when Jesus returns?

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Isaiah 17:12 Woe to the multitude of many people, [which] make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, [that] make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!

There is going to be so much panic when Jesus shows up that the noise that will be understandable is that “to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:16-17). While the vast majority today feel snug in their ways, when Jesus shows up, everything shall be revealed, and the biggest thing that will be revealed is the fact that a minority will be going to Heaven. So, are you with the multitude making noise that everything is acceptable to God, or are you actually keeping to the narrow way (Matthew 7:14)?

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Isaiah 17:10-11 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: [but] the harvest [shall be] a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

Most Christians do not forget God, at least that is what they say. Over a third attend church frequently. Many read their Bibles. Some even attend a midweek service. But what they do forget is that Jesus “shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21) and not in sin. Now, “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4), yet so many Christians have nailed the law to the cross, claimed grace and faith saves negating obeying the Ten Commandments, and overall forgetting the obedience to the law. Again, Jesus saved us from our sins and not in them. He wants us to “be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). He tells us “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). He tells us “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), and then turns around working a miracle by “His divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). You see, “the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11-12). In other words, if a person has grace, they have the power to deny all ungodliness and things of the world to live a godly life always. But today’s Christians are “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). So, do you deny the God of your salvation by continuing in sin, or do you actually have the true grace that empowers complete obedience to God?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Isaiah 17:9 In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.

When Jesus shows up, “every island fled away, and the mountains were not found” (Revelation 16:20). It is hard to imagine any cities, no matter how strong they are, will survive. That is because they will not. So, is your faith based upon human development or God’s Word?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Isaiah 17:8 And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect [that] which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.

Just like Cain not following worship instructions, the same are those that profess to be Christians, even as going as far as to do things in Jesus’ name, but it will all be for naught. It will be rejected. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). That is because “God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). People may claim the moving of the spirit, but if it is not based upon truth of God’s Word, it is not the Holy Spirit. So, do you do all kinds of things in the name of Jesus or as a Christian yet neglect the specifics of His Word, or do you conduct your life according to the principles of the Bible?

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Isaiah 17:7 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.

Everyone will recognize their Maker, even unbelievers. To the believer, “it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Isaiah 25:9). To the non-believer, “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17). Will you be standing in that day because you have been true to the Maker, or will you hide when you recognize that you have been living in disobedience to Him?

Friday, April 26, 2019

Isaiah 17:6 Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two [or] three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four [or] five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel.

So, during the shake up of Christians, there is sparsely any true fruit or grapes. This goes along with “many be called, but few chosen” (Matthew 20:16). Many people have signed onto Christianity but only a few are truly chosen. Are you one of the chosen?

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Isaiah 17:5 And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.

Rephaim refers to the giants in the land. Interestingly, “as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37), and in the time of Noah, it is said, “There were giants in the earth in those days” (Genesis 6:4). And that was not good for giants to be in the land. Therefore, the gathering ears in the valley of Rephaim means “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity” (Matthew 13:41). So, do you offend God in your disobedience, or do you live in obedience?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Isaiah 17:4 And in that day it shall come to pass, [that] the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.

That is “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). Just because a person calls themselves “Christian” does not make them one. Living the strait and narrow way of Christ is required “for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). And who are the many? Are they the unbelievers? Nope. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). It is a whole lot of Christians that call Jesus, “Lord, Lord” and have been doing miracles too! The reason they are lost is because they were still working or living in iniquity, which is sin, which the Bible says, “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). So, are you part of the thin and lean few that live according to the Ten Commandments, or do you break them and will be lost?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Isaiah 17:3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.

A fortress, being a blockage, even a bondage, will cease. The kingdom of Damascus represents a mighty enemy. Even the rest of Syria will not stand in the way, also representative of an enemy. When God frees a person from sin, the blockage, the bondage is removed, and Satan’s kingdom suffers defeat, even the strongest fallen angels suffer. Such freed people will be as children of Israel. Has Jesus freed you from the grip, the bondage, of sin and Satan with his imps, the fallen angels?

Monday, April 22, 2019

Isaiah 17:2 The cities of Aroer [are] forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make [them] afraid.

Aroer means “ruins” hence, the choice example to be forsaken. Applying Aroer to the world, “For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth” (Psalms 37:9). So, are you sinning, which marks you as an evildoer and will be cut off, or are you in obedience to the Lord and shall inherit the earth?

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Damascus was a popular trading city, the capital of Syria. Syria being a pagan nation means that Damascus represents the capital of a pagan nation and trading with the nations of the world influencing their paganism to all. Now Syria was the predecessor to Babylon and Babylon is symbolically represented in the Book of Revelation with the capital influencing the world not only in trade but in spiritual matters. “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelation 14:8). “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies” (Revelation 18:3). So, are buying into the acceptable version of religion where all people are told that we worship the same God when in reality there is but one true God? Are you literally buying into merchandise lies thinking all should comply, especially in the area of vaccines even if it goes against conscience, the area of controlled speech, especially if it is not popular truths?

Friday, April 19, 2019

Isaiah 16:14 But now the LORD hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant [shall be] very small [and] feeble.

Moab once again means "of his father", which, since they are regarded with contempt, their father is Satan. As usual, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). So, are you part of the faithful few, the remnant, or do you go along with the majority?

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Isaiah 16:13 This [is] the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning Moab since that time.

Moab once again means "of his father", which, since the whole chapter is on the lost condition means that their father is Satan. To us today, we have so many people going around saying, “Well, my God…” That is correct. That is your god but not the true God of the Bible. In the end, opinions, impressions, numbers, and other criteria are not going matter. It is going to come down to knowing and doing God’s Word. So, are you doing God’s Word, or do you go by other things outside of God’s Word claiming that you are led of God?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Isaiah 16:12 And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail.

Moab once again means "of his father". Now when one is listening to their father, the devil, there is no way a person will prevail over sin. In fact, when a person makes an excuse for one sin, it usually undermines all other areas of one’s life. So, are there any excuses in your life for sin?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Isaiah 16:11 Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirharesh.

Moab once again means "of his father" while Kirharesh means "wall of potsherds", which is “a broken piece of ceramic material”. With longing and crying for those that have listened to the father of lies, Satan, and for those that have walled themselves in with broken vessels, lives of practicing sinners, God is not happy for their destruction. In fact, Ezekiel 33:11 says it best revealing even the weeping of God for the lost, “Say unto them, [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” Now does God weep over you because you refuse to turn away from sinning, or is there “joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:10)?

Monday, April 15, 2019

Isaiah 16:10 And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in [their] presses; I have made [their vintage] shouting to cease.

Life as we know it shall come to an end. For some, it will mean a complete cessation of any life. For others, it is receiving eternal life and even a new life. Joy indeed will be gone out of the first class, but are you preparing yourself to be part of the second group where the joy will abound, all will be plentiful, much singing and shouting going on, with plenty of new wine (grape juice) to flow?

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Isaiah 16:9 Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.

Jazer again means "helped". Sibmah again means "fragrance". Heshbon again means "stronghold". And Elealeh again means "God is rising" or "God doth ascend". Though God will destroy the lost, it is not with happiness but with tears. He shall rise up and take vengeance. He has tried to help all to be saved but by choosing to continue to sin, even with the Christian title, it is as if “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me” (Matthew 15:8). And God cannot force His help upon anyone. God is a stronghold for those that live in obedience and even a sweet fragrance when the depths of His grace is understood properly, but none of that matters to those that are “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 1:4) teaching the people and believing that one is saved while sinning carelessly. So, do you accept the cheap gospel only to be considered one of the fallen in the end, or shall you stand in that day because today you stand firm upon the Word of God even “able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11) “having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13)?

Friday, April 12, 2019

Isaiah 16:8 For the fields of Heshbon languish, [and] the vine of Sibmah: the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are come [even] unto Jazer, they wandered [through] the wilderness: her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.

Heshbon means "stronghold"; Sibmah means "fragrance", and Jazer means "helped". But in this context, it looks like the stronghold is broken down, like tearing down the Ten Commandments, which helps us to see what sin is. As for the vine, Jesus said, “I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing”, but by not abiding (obeying) then such people are “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 1:4) and is not sweet smelling at all. And the One we go for help through prayer says, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination” (Proverbs 28:9), so there is no help. Is that where you are? Or do you say, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart” (Psalms 40:8)?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Isaiah 7:16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.

In another way of saying that this significant event will occur in less than twelve years, usually the age of accountability, we too face a short time before us (Revelation 12:12), and may we refuse the evil and choose the good, otherwise, we shall lose our King, King Jesus. So, what choices are you making?

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Isaiah 16:6 We have heard of the pride of Moab; [he is] very proud: [even] of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: [but] his lies [shall] not [be] so.

That is because “Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). And the worst kind of pride is when people think they are saved and refuse to study out he matter. So, how is your pride?

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Isaiah 16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.

Too many Christians overemphasize mercy where they can sin and still get to Heaven. Others, go through all kinds of “required” tasks just to appease what they think God expects, which overemphasizes judgment. David said, “I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing” (Psalms 101:1). Hosea wrote, “turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually” (Hosea 12:6). Zechariah wrote, “Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother” (Zechariah 7:9). Jesus even said, “judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Matthew 23:23). Even Paul wrote of God, “I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful” (1 Corinthians 7:25). It is a balance. Judgment requires obedience, but mercy provides forgiveness, however, it is not forgiveness to go back and being disobedient, nor is obedience to replace, God’s mercy as it cannot be earned. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2). So, do you balance judgment and mercy, or do you just think you are saved no matter what?

Monday, April 08, 2019

Isaiah 16:4 Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.

We too look forward to the day in which, “when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (Revelation 20:7-9). There is no “forever” for the oppressors, the lost. Eternal life is only promised for the saved (John 10:28). So, are you an oppressor by making light of God’s Word and His requirements, or are you a faithful saint obeying all of God’s commandments (Revelation 14:12)?

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Isaiah 16:3 Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.

Today’s Christianity does not execute judgment but rather embraces practicing sinners, which is not what Jesus did. He told sinners, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17) and “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). A shadow, being dark, is lacking in knowledge but the shadow at noonday is all but covered up with light. Basically, “ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). With the outcasts, those that wander, we are not to put them up front and make them active officers in the church, but hide them and not uncover (bewray) them. They ought to be learners in the pews. So, do you heed counsel or do you go upon feelings?

Friday, April 05, 2019

Isaiah 16:2 For it shall be, [that], as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, [so] the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.

Arnon means "rushing stream" while Moab means “of his father”. The nest is a safe place, therefore, to be cast out of the nest is to be cast out of the safe place. The safe place is with Jesus, as He once said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not!” (Matthew 23:37). What has happened is that the father, the devil, has been listened to, and he has gathered many unconverted (daughters of Moab), despite claiming to be Christian, and are as a rushing stream, where water means “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15). This rushing of peoples will go “to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17). So, are you a commandment breaker listening to the lies of Satan despising the commandment keepers, or are you a commandment keeper and are attacked spiritually from many for your beliefs?

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Isaiah 16:1 Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.

Sela means “rock”, while Zion means “God’s people”. A lamb usually typifies Christ, Who is the Rock, that went into the wilderness and tempted only to climb the mountain of Zion to claim His daughter. This is a type of call to follow the Lamb, but the rest of the chapter is going to show that such fell on deaf ears. Now, in our life, especially at times that sin is selfishly chosen, God tries to reach out also. For instance, a spouse is starting to flirt with another person who they are not married to and just then the one that they are married to calls. Now, if an attempted adultery continues, we cannot say that God failed to stop that activity. Another instance, a thief considers on robbing a general bookstore, but as they enter the store, they see one of the many displays just happens to be a Bible, which never was on display before but is now. Overall, it happens quite often if people would stop and dismiss coincidences. With God, there is no coincidence. God sends activity, symbols, and other things into our path as if to draw a line between determined sin and accidental sin. So, do you pursue the path of sin despite the actions of God, including sending a lamb?

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Isaiah 15:8 For the cry is gone round about the borders of Moab; the howling thereof unto Eglaim, and the howling thereof unto Beerelim.

Again, Moab means “of his father”. Eglaim has no known definition, though it is a city of Moab, while Beerelim means "well of God". With the crying and howling, people must be listening to the father of lies, the devil, over accepting the water of life from the well of God. So, which are you choosing?

Monday, April 01, 2019

Isaiah 15:7 Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have laid up, shall they carry away to the brook of the willows.

The application for today’s world is that all of that hard work to buy stuff and store stuff and horde stuff shall be carried away. In fact, it will all be burned up. So, how much do you value stuff?

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Isaiah 15:6 For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.

Nimrim means "limpid" (clear, translucent, see-through) or "pure". With waters symbolic of “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15), there will come a time that they will see through the lies that have been told to them, but “they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find [it]” (Amos 8:12). In other words, it will be too late to realize that what is being taught even here, though not popular, is the truth but will not be able to receive it as “God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12). Today is the day to believe the truth to be on the right side when all shall be revealed. Instead, the hay, the grass, the people will wither and fail and cease. So, will you accept these truths before it is too late since not everyone is going to Heaven – only a few (Matthew 7:14)?

Friday, March 29, 2019

Isaiah 15:5 My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives [shall flee] unto Zoar, an heifer of three years old: for by the mounting up of Luhith with weeping shall they go it up; for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction.

Again, Moab means “of his father”. Zoar means "insignificance". Luhith means "tablets". Horonaim means "two caves”. Now, by listening to the father, the devil, many Christians today have made the Ten Commandments to be insignificant claiming that to keep them is somehow displeasing to God, however, that will change in which it will be recognized that the tablets were significant but it will be too late. We are told that in the very end, the caves or also known as dens, “the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17). So, will you be able to stand in that day because it can be said of you, “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12)?

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Isaiah 15:4 And Heshbon shall cry, and Elealeh: their voice shall be heard [even] unto Jahaz: therefore the armed soldiers of Moab shall cry out; his life shall be grievous unto him.

Heshbon means "stronghold". Elealeh means "God is rising" or "God doth ascend". Jahaz or Jahazah or Jahza means "trodden down". Moab means “of his father”. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7), and it includes that at the second coming, Jesus shall rise being sent of the Father and will trodden down the lost. “The LORD [is] good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him” (Nahum 1:7). So, are we mocking God thinking we can get away with sinning, or are we trusting in Him Who says, “I am ‘keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy’” (Jude 1:24)?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Isaiah 15:3 In their streets they shall gird themselves with sackcloth: on the tops of their houses, and in their streets, every one shall howl, weeping abundantly.

Sackcloth is a symbol of repentance but notice that there is howling and weeping connected here. That means the repentance must not be acceptable. Basically, “There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you [yourselves] thrust out” (Luke 13:28). The repentance is only because they are going through the motion realizing their lost state and know it is a requirement, just like Judas did after he tossed the coins back at the Pharisees and before he hung himself. Only true repentance and sorry is acceptable by God. So, are you truly repenting of all your sins, not only sorrow but ceasing from doing them?

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Isaiah 15:1 The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, [and] brought to silence; because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste, [and] brought to silence; He is gone up to Bajith, and to Dibon, the high places, to weep: Moab shall howl over Nebo, and over Medeba: on all their heads [shall be] baldness, [and] every beard cut off.

Moab means “of his father”. Ar and Kir are cities. Bajith means "house". Dibon means "wasting". Nebo or Nabu means "prophet". Medeba means "water of rest". Now, in the context thereof, it does not appear to be a good situation. Having all of these places destroyed can mean only that the father referenced is what Jesus said, “Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44). Therefore, all who abandon Bible truth are part of spiritual Moab and shall likewise be laid waste and brought to silence. By false prophets, as predicted (Matthew 24:11), many are led to be howling in the end, weeping, and wasting. So, do you abide in the truth of God’s Word, or have you dismissed it thinking that no one really understands the Bible or that even the Bible is too ancient to be applied to us today?

Monday, March 25, 2019

Isaiah 14:32 What shall [one] then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.

What is Zion? God says, “Zion, Thou [art] my people” (Isaiah 51:16). So, to be founded of God is to be part of His people. And regarding the poor, remember, “Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:30. So, are you part of God’s people by being humble, contrite, even repentant, all of which is what poor in spirit is?

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Isaiah 14:31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, [art] dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none [shall be] alone in his appointed times.

God is represented as being in the North (Isaiah 14:13). Not only will Palestina dissolve but Peter tells us, “[Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” So, what manner of person are you?

Friday, March 22, 2019

Isaiah 14:30 And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.

God knows how to deliver His own, but for the rest, they shall be slain. Remember, “Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” So, are you the recipient of these awful treatments and shall be rescued by Christ, or will you be slain because you are dishing such out towards those that strictly adhere to God’s Word?

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Isaiah 14:28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.

Ahaz means "he has grasped", and he, at one point, was the King of Judah. He “did not [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD his God, like David his father” (2 Kings 16:2). And much of Christianity is that way today, but it too will die an unfortunate death. Much of Christianity is under the belief that sinning is allowed in one’s life and still enter Heaven. Much of Christianity thinks that just about every being on earth, non-Christian alike, will be saved. They are spiritually no different than King Ahaz. So, are you part of the “much of Christianity” group, or do you see the power Christ has given to us to be overcomers of every known sin?

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Isaiah 14:27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul [it]? and his hand [is] stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

The final events will take place even if it does not seem like it. Besides, who on earth is able to hold back the hand of God? No one. Therefore, instead of ignoring the events, ignoring godly knowledge of end time events, realizing they are going to happen, what manner of person ought we to be? Students of the Bible and repentant sinners sharing the gospel with others! So, how involved are you in these things?

Monday, March 18, 2019

Isaiah 14:26 This [is] the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this [is] the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.

A final end to all the sin, evil, persecution of the righteous, all of it is going to come to and end. God has purposed it, and by His outstretched hand, all nations shall experience it. But will that hand be gathering you unto God on that day or scattering away from Him?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Isaiah 14:25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.

Assyrian is also a reference to Babylon, in which we contend with spiritually and not physically. And regarding being put “under foot”, it is said of Jesus, “he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet” (1 Corinthians 15:25), and so it will be with spiritual Babylon in the end. But, will you be under Christ’s foot when He comes or welcomed into His hands?

Friday, March 15, 2019

Isaiah 14:24 The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, [so] shall it stand:

God is a God of His Word. Are you able to stand by your words or do you bend the truth? “And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him” (Psalms 37:40). “For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD” (Jeremiah 39:18). So, are you able to trust God’s Word?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Isaiah 14:23 I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.

That is what will happen to Babylon. Today, Babylon does not physically exist, but spiritually, according to Revelation, it is alive and well drawing many into fallen away doctrines of devils (1 Timothy 4:1). But, how solid are you in the Word of God, your only protection for “his truth [shall be thy] shield and buckler” (Psalms 91:4)?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Isaiah 14:22 For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD.

In this case, the word “remnant” simply means the rest of them, unlike what it means in Revelation 12:17, which are the people to be saved with the everlasting gospel. Babylon no longer exists and there is a prophecy stating that it will never exist again, physically (Jeremiah 51:62-64). But there is a Babylon to contend with. It is all spiritual though. “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelation 14:8). In the end, all that comprise Babylon, including the followers, will be cut off. This is why it is important to have “the love of the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:10). Now, do you have love of Bible truth, or have you cast the Bible aside?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Isaiah 14:21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.

Although everyone is judged individually, God knows that iniquity passes from the fathers “unto the third and fourth [generation]” (Exodus 20:5). Too much of life is focused upon believing, “But they are only children”, when in fact, most, if not all, will grow up to contribute to the sin problem. We have more youth, as compared to any time prior, more rebellious towards God than ever before. Some point to the sixties as being pretty rebellious, however, such rebellion was black and white. A person was either a hippie caught up in the sex, drugs, and rock and roll, or they were not. Today, even Christian youth participate in open rebellion against God even only “Having a form of godliness” (2 Timothy 3:5) and not a real godliness about them. So, are you turned off from God because God slaughters children, or do you respect God enough to take the necessary steps to prevent rebellion from ever rising a second time when all is said and done?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Isaiah 14:20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, [and] slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.

That is correct. Satan does not get buried with the people of the earth that are lost. While they are in the grave, Satan’s punishment, along with his angels, get to be confined (2 Peter 2:4) during the millennium upon this planet. The reason is because he is the one that destroyed the land, which he obtained from Adam when they sinned, and led the lost to destruction. He did this through temptation and getting people to sin and stay in sin. The worst offenders are Christians who believe God does not have the power to free a person completely from sin, therefore they keep teaching others, “No one is perfect”. So, how effective is he in your life, or again, do you “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7)?

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Isaiah 14:19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, [and as] the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.

Satan is most definitely treated differently than any being upon this earth. The coming millennium to this planet is actually Satan’s prison for 1,000 years. While all others are in the grave, Satan gets to recall 6,000 years of temptation and sin that he caused upon the human race. The questions is not about his future but ours. Are we listening to those temptations and giving into his way of sinning, or are we rejecting those things?

Friday, March 08, 2019

Isaiah 14:18 All the kings of the nations, [even] all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.

The house is the grave. And the details of this scene is revealed by John, who wrote, “And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army” (Revelation 19:17-19). So, are you following the dictates of government who legislate immorality, defends the right to sin, or do you obey God and His commandments?

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Isaiah 14:17 [That] made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; [that] opened not the house of his prisoners?

Jeremiah puts it this way, “I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place [was] a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, [and] by his fierce anger” (Jeremiah 4:26). There is no earthly kingdom that Jesus is going to set up when He returns. He is returning to take us to Heaven. So, what kingdom are you looking forward to, the fake one that is here on this planet that is about to become a wasteland, or the golden one that mansions are waiting for us (John 14:2)?

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Isaiah 14:16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, [and] consider thee, [saying, Is] this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

How sad it will be on that day in which people will not even recognize Christ when He comes. That is because they are being blinded by the exclusion of many texts that contradict their beliefs. The secret rapture, going to Heaven and Hell immediately upon death, Jesus setting up an earthly kingdom, and many others are all preparing people to reject the true Jesus when He comes. So, do you need to study further to see how these and other doctrines popularly believed are error, or do you have the truth on these subjects and are actively teaching others too?

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Isaiah 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Interestingly, Revelation 20:1-3 says about the pit, “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” All who listen to Satan by sinning will not join Satan in the pit “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). So, are you in that list, or have you overcome every known sin in that “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7)?

Monday, March 04, 2019

Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

As stated recently, the battle is not over a little valley in the middle east. The battle is over who leads the souls and sits on God’s throne! No wonder Satan said to Jesus, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Matthew 4:9). Satan wants God’s throne. He wants to rule the universe and be worshipped. And he is playing the numbers game. “They are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14). Satan, with Antichrist, and the false prophet, all are gathering numbers by declaring everyone is saved Satan’s way, with sin in their lives, and yet claiming the gift of eternal life. Satan is going to say to God, “Will you destroy all of these ‘good’ people?” And God’s reply will be, “depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23). We either are on Satan’s side by sinning, even just a little, or on God’s side Who tells us, “go, and sin no more” for “He that committeth sin is of the devil” (1 John 3:8). So, who is your leader? Satan with excuses of sinning, or God who offers divine power (2 Peter 1:3) to overcome every single sin?

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

And part 3 of looking at this verse happens to be all the “I” references. That is outright satanic selfishness and is promoted in all sports by declaring themselves or their team to be “number 1”. It is expressed in the form of competition in general, and is definitely expressed in every decision that “I” comes before everyone else. The Bible teaches, “[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3). So, do you evaluate a decision based upon how it benefits you or others?

Friday, March 01, 2019

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

From yesterday’s verse, we will focus upon the reference “the sides of the north”. Direction is important here. For surface readers, they think it is just a direction. But when Satan says that he would set up his throne and rule from the north, that is not competition with God; that is outright taking over. This next series of verses point to the specific placement of tabernacle furniture that points to God. Exodus 40:22 says, “And he put the table in the tent of the congregation, upon the side of the tabernacle northward, without the vail.” Again, Leviticus 1:11 says, “And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward before the LORD...”. And Psalms 48:2 makes it very plain, “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, [is] mount Zion, [on] the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” Again, who cares about the valley of Megiddo? When that satanic understanding of Revelation 16 and specifically the meaning of Armageddon was introduced, first by Jesuits, it was done so in the 1500’s and adopted by Protestants later in the 1800’s. The reason to point this out is because back then, war was physical. It was a believable theory because the mighty and/or smartest would win. Today, it is done by a button -- technology. No need to fly everyone to a war scene; just push the button from the war room. So, are you still convinced that the battle of Armageddon is all about a tiny valley in the Middle East that involves the whole world, or do you believe it to be the ultimate control of minds by Satan so that he sits as God by having everyone obey him by sinning?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

And in the Hebrew tongue, mount of the congregation is “har mo’ed” matching Revelation 16:16, which says, “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” The word “Armageddon” in the Greek means "the hill or city of Megiddo" but we are told to use the Hebrew Tongue instead. Who cares about a hill or city in Megiddo, especially since it will be leveled at the second coming? The whole world cannot fit there to start with and yet, we are told the whole world is involved in this conflict (Revelation 16:14). And in this age of electronics, physical war is done with buttons anyways. The real issue from before Adam and Eve was and still is, “Who will rule the universe?” Satan says he will lead the mountain of congregation, while God says that Satan is already defeated (Revelation 12:12). So, which side do you vote for by your actions? Sin for Satan or obedience for God (Romans 6:16)?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

The King James Version of the Bible is one of the few versions that identify Satan’s original name before he fell – Lucifer. With the nickname, “son of the morning”, no wonder the world is obsessed with sunrises or the sun in general. He has come to this earth and through sinful encouragements, every nation has become weakened, right down to the individuals. So, is Satan still weakening you through sin, or do you have victory through the divine power of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:3)?

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Isaiah 14:11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, [and] the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.

All of the accolades received will mean nothing once they enter the grave and the worms have their way. So, what is important to you? The acknowledgment of people, or being right with God?

Monday, February 25, 2019

Isaiah 14:10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?

So, the mighty men shall be reduced to the same level as the weak… helpless. The strong in that day will be those that seemed to have had life walk all over them because they kept the precepts of God. So, are you strong and overbearing in this world, or are you strong in the Word and living by the principles thereof?

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Isaiah 14:9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet [thee] at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, [even] all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.

This is one time that a correction ought to be made and that is, for clarification purposes, the word “hell” comes from the Hebrew word “sh'owl”, which can also be translated as the word “grave”. And so, it makes more sense to reference the dead being in the grave than to reference the place called “hell” for a number of reasons. Seeing that everyone is included with the word “dead”, both good and bad, it does not make sense that even the good go to hell. But it does make sense that good do go to the grave. And Jesus said regarding the graves then, fitting harmoniously, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:28-29). Not only is that fitting when “hell” is changed to “graves”, it certainly is fitting that it is quite a stir at Jesus’ coming. And what we did is exactly what we are supposed to do. All nuances of the Bible are worked out when we compare scripture to scripture. Now, nowhere does it state “saved” versus “lost”. It is either doing good or doing evil that determines which resurrection one will be in, therefore, doing evil while claiming to be saved is still evil. And evil does not have to be done all day long. Periodic conscious choice to do evil counts as doing evil, which synonymous with sin. So, if you were to enter the grave, how sure are you that you would come up in the resurrection of life as opposed to damnation? Is your life full of good or is it still doing evil, even sinning?

Friday, February 22, 2019

Isaiah 14:8 Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, [and] the cedars of Lebanon, [saying], Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.

This animation from what are normally quiet objects of creation sing and put their guard down because the enemies have been laid waste. The saved have been redeemed and are already singing. That will be a glorious day when no atheist, unbeliever, or worldly person will cause unrest. All unrest shall cease. But, are you one that causes unrest by looking to justify a worldly lifestyle or do you experience unrest from others because you refuse to join in their gayety, careless lifestyle?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Isaiah 14:7 The whole earth is at rest, [and] is quiet: they break forth into singing.

This earth shall indeed be at rest after the second coming. “I beheld the earth, and, lo, [it was] without form, and void; and the heavens, and they [had] no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, [there was] no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place [was] a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, [and] by his fierce anger” (Jeremiah 4:23-27). All this while John says, “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints” (Revelation 15:2-3). So, will you be joining in the singing because you know who the beast is and avoided it, the image and avoided it too, and received God’s seal instead of the mark of the beast?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Isaiah 14:6 He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, [and] none hindereth.

God will have His vengeance and none shall stop Him. Unlike in the days of Moses, there will be no one to stand to try and give the rebellious opportunity to repent. So, are you making it a daily practice to repent of all of your sins?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Isaiah 14:5 The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, [and] the sceptre of the rulers.

John reveals the scene in this manner: “And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great” (Revelation 19:17-18). Do keep in mind that any that claim that they are to obey the government in all things will also have a similar fate. So, do you test every law by the Word of God claiming “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29)?

Monday, February 18, 2019

Isaiah 14:4 That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!

Spiritual Babylon of confusing doctrines and oppressive enforcement truly will cease being such an oppressor instigated by Satan. The golden city also shall cease for, according to Revelation 17:4, “the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.” “And here [is] the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth” (Revelation 17:9). And that wisdom of seven mountains reveals the location of the richest city on earth that is controlling everything. So, as one being oppressed, are you looking forward to the day when it will all cease, but if you are part of the movement against those that “keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17), will you change your ways?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Isaiah 14:3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,

That is because prior to the second coming there is much persecution, much weeping for the lost, and even the fact that “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service” (John 16:2). So, do you even concern yourself over those in confusing beliefs?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Isaiah 14:2 And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.

Here we have very colorful language that simply states that all of our enemies shall be defeated. Specifically, Jesus “must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet” (1 Corinthians 15:25) “for the battle [is] the LORD'S” (1 Samuel 17:47). So, are you on the Lord’s side and will see the enemies defeated, or are you one of the enemies criticizing God’s Word, calling commandment keepers names, and living a careless life and not a strict one (Matthew 7:14)?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Isaiah 14:1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.

Remember, Jacob refers to his unconverted state while Israel, the same person given a new name, represents his converted state. Psalms 119:19 states, “I [am] a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me”, meaning, a stranger is without the commandments and are lost, hence why they cleave to the house of the unconverted, staying a stranger. Those living in outright sin obviously do not have the commandments, but many Christians do not have them either. They make the excuse that grace does away with the commandments, that the commandments were nailed to the cross, that they have faith instead of the commandments, and much more. But as this verse states, God chooses the converted Israel. They are the saved ones. So, are you truly converted and keep the Ten Commandments, or do you pretend to be converted, claiming to be saved while still sinning on a regular basis, participating in worldly ways, and overall, breaking the Ten Commandments?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Isaiah 13:22 And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in [their] pleasant palaces: and her time [is] near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.

Wild beasts, like a lion, a bear, a leopard (Daniel 7:4-6), represent nations. Though those empires do not exist today of Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece, they live on in one form or another, still influencing people today, especially that of Babylon and Greece. A dragon represents Satan (Revelation 12:9), therefore, the dragons in pleasant palaces are none other than leaders of nations controlled by Satan living luxuriously. And collectively with the fallen religions and specifically, many Christian denominations, they make up Babylon, described as a female (Revelation 14:8). And regarding her days not being prolonged, “for in one hour is she made desolate” (Revelation 18:19). So, do you go along with just any religion or denomination, or for that matter, whatever the government says? Or do you stand on the principles and truths in God’s Word?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Isaiah 13:21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.

In the literal city of Babylon, these are the inhabitants. Interestingly, at the second coming, Jesus said, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together” (Matthew 24:27-28). John further describes the scene by writing, “And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh” (Revelation 19:17, 21). So, which supper are you preparing for? The one where you are the main course, or the one that is served by Jesus?

Monday, February 11, 2019

Isaiah 13:20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.

This is a reference to literal Babylon in which, as of 2019, it continues to be exactly as God said it would be. Babylon has never been rebuilt nor have any pitch their tent and kept sheep there. But, of modern spiritual Babylon, the same shall happen as well because at the second coming, they will not be able to pitch their false tent or tabernacle nor continue to lead astray sheep through the false shepherds, ministers misusing God’s Word. So, are you living among spiritual Babylon, accepting unbiblical teachings, or are your beliefs solidly found in God’s Word?

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Isaiah 13:19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

And in the book of Revelation, there is something called spiritual Babylon, the collection of unbiblical doctrines held by world religions as well as most Christian denominations as they unite under one fold while retaining their individual names. The prediction is that “Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come” (Revelation 18:10). So, in what you believe, is it biblical or not?

Friday, February 08, 2019

Isaiah 13:18 [Their] bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.

When the Holy Spirit is removed from people, this is the result of society. And with abortion on demand waxing bolder and bolder, there is no pity on the fruit of the womb signaling that the Spirit is truly indeed leaving people to their own vileness. There is even talk about allowing abortion (murder) of up to 5 years old! Of course, it will be sold as mercy killing at first, but that is just how abortion started to become legal in the first place. What has our society come to? But are you part of the problem or a small voice in the solution?

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Isaiah 13:17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and [as for] gold, they shall not delight in it.

In other words, there is no buying off the enemy. The same is with the devil. There is no buying off the devil to cease the temptations to sin. The only way to face the devil is two steps: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). So, do you try to barter your way with the devil, or do you go directly to God and submit to His way of handling things?

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Isaiah 13:16 Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.

This is a very gruesome picture, not to be taken exactly literal for the second coming, but do notice who this is directed to. It is directed to the men as head of households. If the men lack in teaching their family God’s way, the children will be lost, their fortunes will amount to nothing, and even the wife will be lost. So, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:250), or have you abdicated (surrendered) your position entrusted to you by God?

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Isaiah 13:15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined [unto them] shall fall by the sword.

And John sees it this way: “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh” (Revelation 19:11-13, 15, 21). So, are you obeying the Word of God or will you be slain by the Sword?

Monday, February 04, 2019

Isaiah 13:14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.

In reality, people will indeed scatter at the second coming. “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17). Will you be able to stand?

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

Job concurs by stating that God “is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened [himself] against him, and hath prospered? Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger. Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble” (Job 9:4-6). And yet, people try to justify sinning in one form or another. God does not only love but He also hates sin (Proverbs 8:13). So, do you also hate sin, or do you justify it and will be susceptible to these things when Jesus returns?

Friday, February 01, 2019

Isaiah 13:12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

And just how precious is man? “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” (1 Peter 1:18-20). And so, how valuable do you consider yourself?

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Isaiah 13:11 And I will punish the world for [their] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

The ultimate arrogancy that conducts evil and that regards iniquity is none other than the person that claims to be saved while still sinning on a regular basis. There are going to be a whole lot of Christians surprised on that day when Jesus returns. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23). So, are you claiming to be saved while still being a worker of iniquity, a practicing sinner?

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Isaiah 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

Jesus said, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken” (Matthew 24:29). And Revelation 8:12 states, “And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.” That day is approaching. Are you ready?

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

Much later, Isaiah tells us about the change that Jesus performs in Heaven before returning to fulfill this verse. He changes from our High Priest, Whom we can go to in prayer and ask for forgiveness and He shows His tender mercy and gives us grace, into being a Leader of the armies taking vengeance upon the unrepentant. “For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke” (Isaiah 59:17). So, are you in the mode of being repentant, or does your pride show claiming to be “saved” while sinning?

Monday, January 28, 2019

Isaiah 13:8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces [shall be as] flames.

And “when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). So, are you listening to the false “peace and safety” message in which everyone seems to get along yet will result in pangs, sorrows, and more, or do you stand for truth despite what the world thinks?

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Isaiah 13:7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:

Despite being physically strong, despite having a proud heart, when the second coming happens and that person knows they are not going, they indeed will have their strength faint and hearts melt. So, are you proud and strong, or are you humble and dependent upon Christ?

Friday, January 25, 2019

Isaiah 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD [is] at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

The second coming has a two-fold purpose: “So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:49-50). Basically, when Jesus shows up, there will be two groups: the one shall go to be destroyed while the other will enter into the kingdom. Therefore, to them that are not wholly surrendered to God, the second coming shall come as destruction. Now, is that you, or have you surrendered every known sin to God and will then enter into His kingdom?

Thursday, January 24, 2019

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

This is most definitely an application of the second coming for “Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof” (Isaiah 24:1). “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war” (Revelation 19:11). “I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place [was] a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, [and] by his fierce anger. For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end” (Jeremiah 4:26-27). And why is this done? “[It is] time for [thee], LORD, to work: [for] they have made void thy law” (Psalms 119:126). “The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant” (Isaiah 24:5). So, will you be the recipient of God’s weapons because you refuse to keep all of God’s commandments, or will you simply witness the desolation all the while being protected from the fallout because you “love God, and keep his commandments” (1 John 5:2)?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Isaiah 13:4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.

And each one of us can partake in the battle spiritually on the Lord’s side through obedience to His Word (2 Thessalonians 3:14) and going forth sharing the gospel (Matthew 28:19-20). So, are you in the battle or sitting on the sidelines counted as one of the enemy?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Isaiah 13:3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, [even] them that rejoice in my highness.

Sanctified means holy. They are those that make up God’s “glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27). And of all the people on earth, even of all the Christians that God calls to be mighty, “many be called, but few chosen” (Matthew 20:16). So, are you one of the chosen being without spot of sin, without wrinkle of character, without blemish of habits? We are not talking about the past confessed sins but present lifestyle and future expectations.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Isaiah 13:2 Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.

A banner is also a type of standard and we are told to lift it higher, yet today, it seems that Christianity is lowering the standards so much so that “truth is fallen in the street” (Isaiah 59:14). We are to exalt the voice, the voice of God that is, and yet, it seems that Christianity exalts sin and worldliness by believing no one can stop sinning. The shaking of the hand is an invitation to enter into the gates of the nobles, but today, Christianity is more worried about getting along with other religions instead of inviting people into Christ’s gospel they are downplaying Jesus Christ. So, do you lift up the standards of Christianity exalting God’s voice inviting others to partake of the gospel, or do lower the standards, exalt the world, and horde the gospel message by not sharing it with others?

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Isaiah 13:1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

Amoz means “strong” while Isaiah means “"Jehovah has saved". To defeat Babylon, confusion, we need to go to Jehovah who has saved us through the cross and is strong to meet the foe. We can, through Christ’s strength, cut through religious, scientific, political, and all other areas of confusion, if we would only, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). So, do you believe in Jehovah can save, even in the time of temptation?

Friday, January 18, 2019

Isaiah 12:6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great [is] the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

One thing we ought to cry out and shout the louder is found in Matthew 20:30-31, which says, “And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, [thou] Son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, [thou] Son of David.” So, do you cry for God’s mercy, or do you just expect it?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Isaiah 12:5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this [is] known in all the earth.

The most excellent thing God has done is “loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). There are many personal things the we take for granted but ought to be sung about as well, however, do you sing to the Lord about at least that much by living the song of obedience?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Isaiah 12:4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

We that shall be saved shall indeed praise the Lord for it is “he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22). We shall indeed call upon His name as we shall see later in Isaiah. And this will be the ultimate “told you so” where we have been telling people the right path to dwell in, what the final events will be, and yet so many reject it. This is done with great sadness and of a heavy heart. There is no pride in the “told you so” but a question, “Why would you not listen?” And all of the attempts to share the truth is done to exalt Jesus and not personal pride. So, will you listen? Have you been listening? Those that do not know the messages of Revelation 14:6-12, are you willing to have personal Bible study? Just ask. Time is running out.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Interestingly, Jesus said in the presence of the Samaritan woman, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13). So, are you drinking in Jesus through His Word, or are you drinking in the world instead?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.

Many do not make God their salvation because they still try to do things their way. Such people usually state, “My God is not like that”, meaning, despite being shown a clear “Thus Saith the Lord” from the Bible that cuts across a sin, people choose to not follow “thus” and continue to enjoy their sin excusing it in some manner. And Lord Jehovah is not necessarily people’s strengths or song either for they listen to music that draws them back into the world, a contradiction in a true Christian’s life. So, is God your salvation and song, or do you have your own version of salvation while listening to the songs of the world?

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Isaiah 12:1 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

God is angry with sin. As practicing sinners, God would then be angry with us, but “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:10). So, have you repented of all of your ways ceasing from all of your sinning?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Isaiah 11:16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

That highway is not to be confused with the broad way. Seeing Jesus is the only way (John 14:6), all that are saved shall be upon the pathway that leads from Assyria, connected with Babylon, which is confusing beliefs and be going to the heavenly Israel, which is the only true path. So, are you on that pathway, or are you holding onto confusing doctrines? Remember, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9).

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Isaiah 11:15 And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make [men] go over dryshod.

We are not going to address this physically as many commentators have already weighed in upon such and the fact that the physical does not matter when God is interested in the spiritual. This do know, that Exodus 5:2 applies atheism to anything that Egypt touches, and so with the word “destroy” involved, atheism, evolution, and all that which tries to prove that God does not exist will be quite destroyed. And all of the waters will not be able to hold back in that day as it shall be dried, just like “the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared” (Revelation 16:12). So, are you caught up in any of the forms of atheism, even Christian evolution, or do you simply take God at His Word?

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Isaiah 11:14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.

Philistine means "immigrants" while Edom and Ammon have no meaning although Moab means "of his father". All of these groups were not part of Israel, and to be and immigrant means that one is not a citizen. And to enter Heaven, one must become a citizen, even a son or daughter of God for “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). So, are you an immigrant or a citizen of Heaven?

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Isaiah 11:13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.

In the world of true Christianity, such long for mainstream acceptance but know that compromise of the truth makes it no longer truth, while mainstream does everything to make life difficult and even excludes true Christianity from being accepted. But all of that changes at the second coming because true Christianity will be accepted into the kingdom, and there will be no one cut off from not being mainstream as it will be the only stream. So, which group are you part of today, the popular and accepting of everything or those that are true to God’s Word?

Monday, January 07, 2019

Isaiah 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

Jesus will definitely do that, only it is on a spiritual basis. Remember, all Christians are considered spiritual Israel as Jesus declared that literal Israel was left desolate. Those that are true to God and not part of the fake majority who have no clue what it really means to be saved, will always feel like being an outcast, even dispersed. And even Jesus revealed this as a future event. “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:31). As you see, it is not a past event but it is the second coming. So, are you part of true spiritual Israel to be gathered or not?

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Isaiah 11:11 And 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, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

Assyria is a land of confusion, synonymous with Babylon. Egypt means "land of the Copts" also defined as atheistic for Pharaoh stated “I know not the LORD” (Exodus 5:2). Pathros means "region of the south". Cush means "black". Elam means "eternity". Shinar means "country of two rivers". Hamath means "fortress". And so, God will save His few people from all the confusion of the world, even from atheism, of which the southern hemisphere was definitely in gross paganism, where black is synonymous with darkness (Proverbs 7:9), the opposite of God’s Word, which is light. He will save them for eternity It is all based upon two choices flowing upon the earth, truth and error. And no matter how fortified the darkness is, God still can save those that choose to love the truth. So, how much do you love the truth?

Friday, January 04, 2019

Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

One way the root of Jesse, the Ensign, Jesus provides rest is offering His yoke: “For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). Another, is that “the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day” (Matthew 12:8). So, will you lay off your burdens of sin taking His life of righteousness and enter into His weekly Sabbath rest?

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Isaiah 11:9 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.

On the new earth, which is Heaven relocated, everyone will know who God is. Today, many people claim that they do not know Him, and it is too hard to find out who God really is. Unfortunately, Satan has deceived them for it is easy, though it takes time and discipline, to find out who God really is. It takes acceptance of the Bible being Words of God, and it takes diligence to properly study the Bible for there is a way that is “rightly” (2 Timothy 2:15) and a whole lot of ways that are very wrong. So, are you seeking to know God holding onto the promise “seek, and ye shall find” (Matthew 7:7), or are you just risking it?

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Isaiah 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.

Unheard of on this earth, but we are to “look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13). So, are you looking forward to that time, or are you trying to get out of this earth all the enjoyment you can?

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

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

On the new earth, no animal will ever eat another. In fact, no animal ate each other before Adam and Eve sinned. It is sin that has created the bloodthirst, not only in animals but in humans as well. Tell a human to give up meat and the average American is all up in arms about it. At least remove the blood (Acts 15:20, 15:29, 21:25) and people are still arguing for blood. Do people not know that “flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood thereof, shall ye not eat” (Genesis 9:4), and that is before even the time of Abraham, in other words, it is not a Jewish thing. Basically, eating animals and their blood results in getting their diseases that they had. Mad cow is transferrable despite supposed experts and even our government saying it is not. If word got out, it would kill the meat industry. All those cancer patients, excluding tobacco induced cancer, most of them come from a meat-eating diet. So, how blood thirsty are you?

Monday, December 31, 2018

Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

What a time to be looking forward to! This is when, as God says, “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5). We are going to see creation week all over again for we are to “look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13). God says, “I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind” (Isaiah 65:17). “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain” (Isaiah 66:22). So, what are you looking forward to?

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Isaiah 11:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

Interestingly, the Bible says of the last generation, “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). Now, one may see that the word “faith” matches up, but how does “righteousness” and “commandments” match up? Well, “righteousness which is in the law” (Philippians 3:6) is one way. And “the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:4). Also, “all thy commandments [are] righteousness” (Psalms 119:172). “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7). So, will you keep righteousness as revealed in God’s commandments and be faithful?

Friday, December 28, 2018

Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

When He judges the poor, it is with the intention of “Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). When He reproves the meek, it is with the intention of “Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). So, are you poor (the opposite of proud) in spirit and meek or not?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Isaiah 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

Numerous times Jesus would say, “Do ye not yet understand”, meaning, Jesus certainly was quick in understanding, especially compared to the teachers in His day. And Jesus certainly does not deal with the seeing and hearing, for if He did, we would all be lost “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Rather, he is looking for the “pure in heart” (Matthew 5:8). That is because if the heart is right, then the thoughts and actions and even the words we speak will be right. A hypocrite puts on a good show but inwardly holds grudges, is unforgiving, thinks of evil things, etc. So, how is your heart?

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Isaiah 11:2 And 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;

The spirit of the Lord indeed rested upon Jesus as upon His baptism, “the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22). Jesus indeed has the spirit of wisdom and understanding for “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52), and one cannot give that which He has not, so He had to have understanding because “the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding”. He definitely had the counsel and might “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). As for knowledge, “Now thanks [be] unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14). And with “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13) as the definition of “fear of the Lord”, Jesus said, “I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). Now the interesting thing is that this is not simply a verse pointing to Jesus as fulfillment, rather, do you “walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6)?

Monday, December 24, 2018

Isaiah 10:34 And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.

As there is no definition for Lebanon, but there is reference to them being known for their cedar trees (1 Kings 4:33), we see that the mighty cedars along with thickets of the forest will either fall or be cut down as Christ does “rule all nations with a rod of iron” (Revelation 12:5). So, do you submit to God’s rules and stand, or do you follow society’s rules and will be cut down?

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Isaiah 10:33 Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature [shall be] hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.

“Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). And one of the most poisonous prideful things is that of believing one is all right without verifying with God’s Word. So, have you checked your character with the Bible lately?

Friday, December 21, 2018

Isaiah 10:32 As yet shall he remain at Nob that day: he shall shake his hand [against] the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.

Nob means "high place"; Zion means “my people”, and Jerusalem means “teaching of peace". Therefore, from Heaven, a very high place, God has taught His people peace for “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14) because “unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). It is not an earthly peace but rather peace that deals with the sin problem for in the physical realm, Jesus says, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). So, have you received of this peace, or do you still receive sin instead?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Isaiah 10:31 Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.

Madmenah means "dunghill", while Gebim means "cisterns". Now, when Jesus comes again, the dunghill of manmade theology will be removed. As for the cisterns, they are vessels that are used for holding water, even grain, but in this context, they are in the process of fleeing before the presence of God. Therefore, we conclude that instead of cisterns that contain the grain for making bread, a symbol of the Word, and holding water, a symbol of washing away sin, even baptism, sanctification also, “my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, [and] hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13). So, are you a broken cistern or vessel that will flee before the truth, as it is in Jesus, or are you a vessel containing the precious Word, even representing the gospel message of sanctification, a holy life?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Isaiah 10:30 Lift up thy voice, O daughter of Gallim: cause it to be heard unto Laish, O poor Anathoth.

Gallim means "springs"; Laish means "lion"; and Anathoth means "answers to prayer". Jesus, “Lion of the tribe of Juda”, is definitely an answer to prayer, especially since He promises, “the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). So, are you drinking from the well of water that Jesus provides, or do you turn to the ways of the world for solutions?

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Isaiah 10:29 They are gone over the passage: they have taken up their lodging at Geba; Ramah is afraid; Gibeah of Saul is fled.

Ramah, Geba, and Gibeah all translate into "hill". And it is where Saul met his death, a sad death, for King Saul is not only dead, but shall be lost forever. So, have you surrendered all to God making the hills your refuge, or have you not and the hills shall crush you?

Monday, December 17, 2018

Isaiah 10:28 He is come to Aiath, he is passed to Migron; at Michmash he hath laid up his carriages:

Aiath means “heap of ruins". Migron means "precipice". Michmash means "hidden". Some times we cannot see the hidden danger of doing or saying something until we are taken to the precipice of the situation in which one more motion forward will leave us in a heap of ruins. Jesus calls everyone. Step by step, people put off and keep putting off making a full surrender gambling with time. And if we do not surrender completely, we shall be left in heap of ruins. So, do you evaluate everything as pertaining to leading towards God or away from Him, or do you just carelessly live life thinking there is no impact?

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Isaiah 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

This yoke is not replaced with that of linking up with Christ, rather, the one wearing it until the end of time shall also be destroyed. So, are you given to carrying the burdens of worldly ways and will be destroyed, or have you already done what Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30)?

Friday, December 14, 2018

Isaiah 10:26 And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb: and [as] his rod [was] upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.

Gideon and his ban of 300 slaughtered the Midianites by the arm of God. Egypt was devasted by ten plagues. Seven are promised for the end of time. Will you receive those plagues, or is your trust and worship (obedience) in God?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Isaiah 10:25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.

Accepting that this prophecy applies also to the end of time means that the time period known as the mark of the beast, the image, and even the beast itself (Revelation 13), will be a little period of time. It will not last for generations. In fact, Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled” (Matthew 24:34). And even God’s anger shall not last long. Right now, we get to appeal to our High Priest, Jesus, but at some point, in the near future, “he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke” (Isaiah 59:17). Now, are you on the right side of these issues and will not receive of His anger, or are you just blindly going along with whatever your church is teaching, government is passing as laws, and society accepts?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Isaiah 10:24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.

Zion is today’s Christians while Assyrians represents the symbolic Babylon, a world of religious confusion (Revelation 17-18). Egypt, as declared in Exodus 5, represents atheism. So, despite fake Christianity everywhere and what they are physically working towards, the persecution of true Christians (Revelation 13:11-17), and atheism, with evolution running the educational system, wanting to squash everything Christian, are you afraid of the future? Though it looks pretty scary, God says to not be afraid, then we ought not be afraid.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Isaiah 10:23 For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.

In prophecy as a second witness, God says, “I will utterly consume all [things] from off the land, saith the LORD. I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD” (Zephaniah 1:2-3). So, are you living as a REMNANT person to avoid being consumed, or are you living carelessly not even worried what a REMNANT person is, which is one that keeps God’s commandments and the testimony of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:17)?

Monday, December 10, 2018

Isaiah 10:22 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, [yet] a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.

Just how many times does God have to tell us that it is just a remnant? And Israel is not literal Israel. It is what is called spiritual Israel because, as Paul declared, “he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly” (Romans 2:29). Today, such are called Christians. And only a small, few, little, tiny group will be saved, yet every Christian, even the drunk ones, think they are going to Heaven. It’s time to wake up! Time is running out. Again, according to Revelation 12:17, are you part of the remnant that obeys all Ten Commandments or not?

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Isaiah 10:21 The remnant shall return, [even] the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.

Once people see that their denomination is built upon nothing but human traditions, societal acceptance, and everything else human, people will return. The remnant will indeed return. Have you returned yet basing all of your beliefs upon the Word of God and nothing else (Revelation 12:17)?

Friday, December 07, 2018

Isaiah 10:20 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.

And according to Revelation 12:17, the modern day remnant, true Christians, are well described: “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” So, do you keep the commandments of God and keep to the testimony of Jesus Christ, which the Holy Spirit inspired as God’s Word?

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Isaiah 10:18 And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standardbearer fainteth.

If we are not lifting up the standard both in voice and action, we will be part of the consuming fire that will burn even the fruitful field, which “The field is the world” (Matthew 13:38). So, are you a standard bearer or are you tearing down the obedience to God, including make less of the importance of God’s Ten Commandments being made shorter than a requirement for God’s children?

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Isaiah 10:19 And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.

Not many people are faithful. Even a child can count up to that number for there are not many. Jesus even said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). So, are you doing and thinking like one of the few trees, or will you be cut down?

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Isaiah 10:17 And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;

And God says elsewhere, “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch” (Malachi 4:1). And when God says the word “devour”, evidently, He means it for “ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do [this], saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 4:3). And God specifically tells the devil, “Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never [shalt] thou [be] any more” (Ezekiel 28:18-19). No ceaseless ages of eternity here. So, are you avoiding being a brier or stubble?

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Isaiah 10:15 Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? [or] shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake [itself] against them that lift it up, [or] as if the staff should lift up [itself, as if it were] no wood.

John the Baptist takes this reference and states, “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire” (Matthew 3:10). If there is no fruit in one’s life towards salvation, having true repentance, then the tree, representing a person, will be cut down. So, will your tree stand or will you be hewn or cut down?

Friday, November 30, 2018

Isaiah 10:13-14 For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done [it], and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant [man]: And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs [that are] left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.

King Nebuchadnezzar had the same problem, taking credit to his own self when God is the one that “removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding” (Daniel 2:21). So, how much have you claimed as your own ability? Just remember where your abilities come form!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Isaiah 10:10-11 As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria; Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?

In other words, do we need to learn the lessons by going through them ourselves or can we learn from mistakes, even sins, others have committed? Jude 1:7 says, “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire”, and yet the world embraces sexual promiscuity in all kinds of forms. So, do you learn from others or do you need to experience things yourself?

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Isaiah 10:9 [Is] not Calno as Carchemish? [is] not Hamath as Arpad? [is] not Samaria as Damascus?

Calneh or Calno means "fortress of Anu"; Carchemish means "fortress of Chemosh"; Hamath means "fortress"; Arpad or Arphad has no meaning; Samaria means "watch mountain"; and Damascus has no meaning. Basically, we have a bit of entrenched paganism, however “the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” (2 Corinthians 10:4). So, do you believe that every worldly or pagan way that we may not even be aware of can be torn down in our lives by the power of God, or is paganism too entrenched in your life that you choose paganism instead?

Monday, November 26, 2018

Isaiah 10:8 For he saith, [Are] not my princes altogether kings?

From God’s perspective, His princes will be made kings. “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:10). So, who are you serving for God only can make us truly kings?

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Isaiah 10:7 Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but [it is] in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.

When Jesus returns, many nations will be cut off. We are individually saved, but since the whole world, that is, all nations are going to be involved in the mark of the beast (Revelation 13), no nation shall be spared. But will you be spared for resisting the mark and living for the Seal of God instead?

Friday, November 23, 2018

Isaiah 10:6 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.

In a spiritual application for our day, one application would be that of the United States. We are considered to be a Christian nation while at the same time we have one of the highest crime rates. What hypocrisy! These are the people who will try to legislate morality against God’s people. So, how firm are you in the Word of God by living God’s moral ways?

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Isaiah 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

If God can use a pagan nation to correct His people with, He certainly can use any means He desires today. In fact, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Revelation 3:19). So, are you willing to be rebuked and chastened by our loving God, or do you simply continue to live whatever life you feel like living?

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Isaiah 10:3 And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation [which] shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?

When God is the only answer and one realizes that they have not been trusting in God all along, what a lonely feeling that will be. Now, are you trusting in God by doing things His way no matter the consequences or even the understanding of why, or are you in control of your own life?

Monday, November 19, 2018

Isaiah 10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and [that] they may rob the fatherless!

The last day message is to include doing the opposite: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse” (Malachi 4:5-6). So, are you considerate towards the poor, widows, and the fatherless, or do you take advantage of them or completely ignore them?

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Isaiah 10:1 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness [which] they have prescribed;

It does not say that the citizens are to live in disobedience to the unrighteous decrees. Of course when they conflict with God’s way, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). So, when they make a law that unrighteously taxes us for no good reason but to fill their campaign coffers, we are to comply, but when they decree things that go against God, like the LGBT+ movement, we cannot support such. It does not mean to go out of our way to disturb, but like the baker, we ought to be able to say “NO” to where our conscience may be challenged. So, do you get distracted in protesting against these unrighteous laws, or do you simply continue to go about God’s business?

Friday, November 16, 2018

Isaiah 9:21 Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: [and] they together [shall be] against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand [is] stretched out still.

Today, we have forming multiple denominations and multiple religions to war against God’s true people, symbolic Judah. “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17). People either keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, or they do not. Those that do, feel the heat from the many that do not. On which side are you?

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Isaiah 9:20 And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm

So, what is satisfying then? Jesus says, “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna” (Revelation 2:17). It is the “bread of life” (John 6:48). And, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). We are not talking literal bread but the Word of God. So, how much time each day do you spend feeding upon God’s Word?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Isaiah 9:19 Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.

What is the wrath of the Lord that will darken the land? “And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God” (Revelation 15:1). It is the seven last plagues! And as for the fuel, the Bible says, “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch” (Malachi 4:1). So, are preparing to avoid the plagues and not become the fuel for the fire, or are we being careless and thinking that things are not so serious?

Monday, November 12, 2018

Isaiah 9:18 For wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up [like] the lifting up of smoke.

And when the fires are done, “And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do [this], saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 4:3). So, which life are you living? The one that will be able to walk upon the ashes after the wicked are burned up, or will you be the ashes walked upon?

Friday, November 09, 2018

Isaiah 9:16 For the leaders of this people cause [them] to err; and [they that are] led of them [are] destroyed.

Most Christians can regurgitate what a pastor preaches but they themselves do not know their Bibles. Preachers can be selective of which verses to use and even portions of verses to paint the picture they want the congregation to believe, however, that does not make it God’s Word. God’s Word uses all of the verses and whole verses. In the end, such blind sheep will be destroyed, and curse be the preacher that preaches the allowance to sin, to break God’s commandments. Jesus even said, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19). So, are you listening to a soul-destroying preacher not knowing the Bible for yourself, or are you doing what people did to Paul, “they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11)?

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Isaiah 9:15 The ancient and honourable, he [is] the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he [is] the tail.

The ancient and honorable are the ones that ought to be the leaders. The tail, unrelated to what we were using it as in the prior posts, in this case, are the ones that teach lies. That is because the followers “will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Timothy 4:3). In other words, false prophets have no power if people would stick with sound doctrine, yet, we have so many preachers today telling people that they are saved in their sins when they are not but flock to such mega churches to continue to hear those lies. So, are you listening to the older and honorable upholding the truth, or are you listening to the lies that make Christianity appear to be so easy that even one’s life no longer needs changed?

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Isaiah 9:14 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.

Modern Israel reference are the Christians today (Romans 2:28-29). And so, the head, the leadership, will be cut off as well as the tail, the followers. The same is true with the branch (the leadership) and rush (the followers). In fact, Jesus told of the coming cutting off, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). So, are you following a leader that is not biblically sound? Are you a leader that is “teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9) over the Bible? Or, do you have the “more sure word of prophecy” (2 Peter 1:19)?

Monday, November 05, 2018

Isaiah 9:13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.

Even in misery, people will not turn to God for the solution. People can be so stubborn. A person will be diagnosed with cancer through neglect on their own or even by inducement, continue the poor lifestyle, and then blame God for the situation or when the terminal finally happens, God is blamed by the survivors. Many people who overspend blame God for their poor financial situation. Name the sad situation and God either is ignored by not accepting his solution, is blamed for the situation, or both. So, do you seek the Lord of Hosts completely, or do you try to live life with yourself in control?

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Isaiah 9:12 The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand [is] stretched out still.

Syrians, meaning “highland”, matching today’s symbolic Babylon of Revelation 14 and 18 are denominations with unbiblical doctrines trying to control the government and the Philistines means "immigrants”, shall bring a wave of confusion as we are seeing fulfilling in prophecy before our very eyes. Immigrants are on the march as this is posted and they are coming up through Mexico to force potentially an unprecedented reaction from the US, and the unbiblical doctrines of just about all denominations forcing the hands of even our president to cater to them, will have serious ramifications upon our country in the days to come. The future is about to unfold, but are you ready to meet the soon and coming Jesus?

Friday, November 02, 2018

Isaiah 9:11 Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;

Rezin means “firm”. So, firm enemies may come to those that persist in sin. Those would be that which defeats us, that we cannot get around. We may react with, “Why God?” when we want our way, but if we would only realize that the difficulties we face are for the betterment of our character, all would go better. So, what is your reaction when the unexpected interrupts our own selfish ways?

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Isaiah 9:10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change [them into] cedars.

Some people are terrific at taking a curse and turning it into a blessing, but when God is the one sending the correction, that means to turn the correction into something else is to be stubborn towards God and not learning the saving lesson. Some even give God credit for the blessing when Satan is the one trying to lighten the curse of God. So, are you careful to compare the will of God in His Word with reality, or do you simply go on sight?

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Isaiah 9:9 And all the people shall know, [even] Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,

All we can say is, “Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). So, is your pride in check by being teachable, or are you so sure of yourself that you block all avenues of God, through His Spirit, that is trying to “guide you into all truth” (John 16:13)?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Isaiah 9:8 The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

God’s Word always lights up. The question is, are you a vessel to receive that Word also and light up for Christ?

Monday, October 29, 2018

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Speaking of judgment and justice, the activity of having a government and ensuring peace in the kingdom, does it make sense that practicing sinners get to go to Heaven? Of course not. A Christian claiming to be born again is just as guilty of sinning as the person committing a sin and claiming no profession of faith. In fact, there are many atheists that are far better than most Christians. Justice demands perfection of character hence why Peter wrote, “be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14), and John wrote, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not” (1 John 2:1), as well as, “He that committeth sin is of the devil” (1 John 3:8). So, are you sinning thinking grace will permit justice to be put aside, or do you by the divine power provided from on high keep God’s commandments and sin not?

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

So, when the Bible says that peace would be brought to earth, it was not physical peace but rather a proper connection with God through Jesus Christ fulfilling the original promise in Genesis 3:15, which says, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Further, notice that Jesus is also known as the “everlasting Father”, which means He always was and is NOT a created being. And the mighty God is able to work mightily in all of us in which “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). So, Who is Jesus to you?

Friday, October 26, 2018

Isaiah 9:5 For every battle of the warrior [is] with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but [this] shall be with burning [and] fuel of fire.

The fires that are coming from the mighty warrior Jesus is going to be against the wicked, and “they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do [this], saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 4:3). There is no eternal burning hell. In fact, hell does not currently burn because the location of hell is actually on the face of the earth. “And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (Revelation 20:9). So, no matter what the belief at this point regarding hell happens to be, what are you doing to make sure you are not the recipient of the fire?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Isaiah 9:4 For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.

Speaking of yoke and burden, Jesus said, “Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). That does not mean we have no work to do, but working to save souls is a much lighter work as compared to living in sin. So, are you yoked up with Christ or Satan?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Isaiah 9:3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, [and] not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, [and] as [men] rejoice when they divide the spoil.

Back in the old days, there were rich rulers and peasants. Today, many, many people are so far richer than a peasant and so numerous of a people, yet people have become so materialized and lack the holy joy of service to God. Have you been affected, blinded by goods, entertainment, and other material things and lack sharing the gospel, or do you fight your urges to enjoy the world and proclaim the gospel?

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

His light is available everyday through His Word, properly understood (2 Timothy 2:15). Isaiah 28:9-10 tells us to gather all of the verses on a subject. 1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us that God does not confuse matters, so we need to understand the meaning of all those verses without contradiction, and we must work out to the satisfaction of other verses when trying to properly understand an apparent contradiction. For instance, did Jesus really turn water into alcohol or was it just grape juice? If it were alcohol, then that would contradict other verses in the Bible that condemns the use of alcohol. So, are you receiving the great light and coming out of darkness of improper beliefs, or are you in the delusion that one can get anything they want from the Bible?

Monday, October 22, 2018

Isaiah 9:1 Nevertheless the dimness [shall] not [be] such as [was] in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict [her by] the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.

Zebulun means “exalted”; Naphtali means "wrestling"; Jordan means "descender"; and Galilee means "circuit, district". In the context of dimness, the self-exalted being, who said, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:14) is who brought the dimness. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]” (Ephesians 6:12). He causes so many to descend into the pits of hell. He works well with the nations, especially through the business circuit. So, are you falling for any of his deceivableness, caught up in life’s affairs chasing one thing after another?

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Isaiah 8:22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and [they shall be] driven to darkness.

Beholding, studying, being subject to darkness and having very little wrestling with conscience, people are driven into further darkness. So, are you quick to dismiss truth causing further darkness, or are you open to investigating God’s truth properly studied through His Word?

Friday, October 19, 2018

Isaiah 8:21 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.

Fret is the opposite of trust. As someone once said, being a Christian does not make the difficult things go away; it changes our reaction to them. So, do you fret over things, or do you trust in God?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.

Anyone that cuts up the scriptures and says that certain books do not apply to Christians, especially all of the Old Testament, do not listen to them for anything. There is no heavenly light in them, therefore, they are a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Anyone that alters the Ten Commandments, does away with the commandments, places a lesser importance upon them as compared to complete obedience, do not listen to them for anything. There is no heavenly light in them, therefore, they are a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Who are you listening to?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Isaiah 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?

Horoscopes, crystal balls, tarot cards, wigi boards, prognosticators, palm readers, watching witch movies and shows, watching movies and TV shows with spiritualism in it, celebrating Halloween, and much more, are all things that true Christians do not even play with. It is not fun and games. Not only is Satan involved, God specifically says to not go see them or even participate in them. It is outright disobedience towards God. So, are you true to God or to the world? Do you think yourself smarter than Satan, or do you take God at His Word?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Isaiah 8:17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.

God hides his face from today’s Christians as well. Speaking in tongues that is practiced today is not the work of God but of Satan. God is not blessing the churches, Satan is! How do I know? “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination” (Proverbs 28:9). However, as a commandment keeper, we can wait upon the Lord for the last day commandment keeping people are described as, “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). So, are you keeping God’s commandments and waiting on the true manifestation of God, or are you deceived into breaking God’s commandments and thinking you are blessed of God?

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Isaiah 8:16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

And in the very last days, two classes of people will exist: those that have the seal of God and those that do not, which means that they have the mark of the beast. The Bible says, “Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads” (Revelation 7:3). To be sealed is to have God’s law in the forehead or mind. So, are you being sealed with God’s law, or are you listening to the lies and breaking God’s law, therefore setting yourself up for receiving the mark of the beast, which is to break God’s law?

Friday, October 12, 2018

Isaiah 8:15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.

Today, there are so many Christians that are in that condition and do not even know it. They have been so convinced that works plays no role in salvation, when in fact, “faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17). Yet, so many continue in open sin. Many Christians live together and swap out partners just like the world and yet these Christians think they are saved. So many Christians have foul mouths and have no desire to stop and yet think they are saved. So many are into what the world has to offer and yet think they are saved despite Jesus’ prayer to not be part of the world (John 17:15) and James telling us that we are God’s enemy if we do (James 4:4). So, are you stumbling and falling into sin, being broken and snared as a result and even taken captive by the exercise of it, or have you ceased your sins by the grace of God for “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9)?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Isaiah 8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

God is to be our Rock but “whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder” (Matthew 21:44). It seems persistent sin will end up grinding a person to powder. Today, Christians are spiritual Israel (Romans 2:28-29) and we seek to be part of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 3:12), but just because we are called Christian and hope in going to Heaven does not make it so as long as sin reigns in our life. A born-again person is to “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof” (Romans 6:12). So, are you truly born-again having sin eradicated from you by the grace and power of God, or are you experiencing the stone of stumbling and rock of offence because you do allow sin in?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Isaiah 8:13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and [let] him [be] your fear, and [let] him [be] your dread.

In the last days, this very much applies because right before Jesus returns, the warning message is, “Fear God, and give glory to him” (Revelation 14:7). That means that people have no fear of God, which is quite evident in society. Now, there are many definitions regarding the word “fear”, but the Bible says, “The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil” (Proverbs 8:13). So, do you hate evil?

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Isaiah 8:12 Say ye not, A confederacy, to all [them to] whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.

Today, people are called to join unions, voting blocks, movements, etc. and the Bible says not to. Yes, unions have their place where employers work employees to death or thereabouts, but a whole lot more is given up called individual thought, godly lifestyle, encouragement to be the best one can be, and much more. So, anyone promoting joining these things, I must say, “Not!” But, are you involved with such and need to get back to God’s way of life?

Monday, October 08, 2018

Isaiah 8:11 For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Revelation 3:19). And some times certain people are not the best company. One may have to find new friends, even distance themselves from family. Remember, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37). So, who is more important to you than God?

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Isaiah 8:10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God [is] with us.

Gathering all of the world’s so-called experts will come to naught or nothing. Even speaking from the Bible, by picking out just a verse in support, will not stand the challenge of complete Bible truth. God is not in that, but God is with those that seek His counsel and His rightly divided (studied) Word (2 Timothy 2:15). So, do you go with the world’s ways, or do you go with God’s way?

Friday, October 05, 2018

Isaiah 8:9 Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.

A word to the wise, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” People who associate, which in the context means to be quite involved, with others making them partners, spouses, close friends, companions, confidants, and other close relationship terms will be broken in pieces. So, are you careful with who you associate with?

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Isaiah 8:8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach [even] to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.

Applied to our time, Babylon is definitely overflowing with the confusion, the distractions, everything that is not godly even choking people with it. Only those connected with Immanuel will be saved. So, are you wholly connected to Him, or are you influenced by the things of the world?

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Isaiah 8:7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, [even] the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks:

Interestingly, Assyria and Babylon are pretty much the same thing and both involve lots of water (Revelation 17:1), only the book of Revelation uses it symbolically, just like we read here in Isaiah. “The waters which thou sawest, …, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15). Now, just as in Isaiah, in the last days, Babylon is going to come in as an overwhelming flood of confusion. There will be many voices declaring the truth on every subject but only one voice can be true. Are you using the Word of God properly to know which voice it is?

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Isaiah 8:5-6 The LORD spake also unto me again, saying, Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son;

Shiloah has no interpreted meaning but Rezin means “firm” while Remailiah means "protected by Jehovah". Although there is no meaning to Shiloah, Genesis 49:10 says, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him [shall] the gathering of the people [be].” And that is referring to Jesus coming. And Jesus said, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). Therefore, to refuse the water of Shiloah is to refuse the water that Jesus provides. And what is that water? “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26). That means one way to refuse the water is to reject God’s Word in one form or another. Do realize that those firm in God’s Word shall be protected by Jehovah. So, do you accept the Bible as God’s Word, or do you go along with those that criticize it in one form or another?

Monday, October 01, 2018

Isaiah 8:4 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.

As the events of Assyria unfolded quickly, here in these days, prophecy is fast fulling. It may not happen in the next two years, but it is going to happen very, very soon. The world has been deceived. The last day message to come out from those deceptions are being presented. And all the riches and spoil shall turn to dust. So, will you “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matthew 6:20)?

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Isaiah 8:3 And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.

Remember, Mahershalalhashbaz means "swift is booty, speedy is prey". The enemy shall be overcome is basically the message. And we have an enemy that God has overcome for us, if we accept His victory. And that enemy is the devil and he well flees speedily at the presence of God for the Bible says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). So, do you accept Jesus’ victory by listening to Him and His ways, or do you try to resurrect the enemy in your life by listening to Satan and his suggestions to sin?

Friday, September 28, 2018

Isaiah 8:2 And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

Uriah means "Jehovah (Yahweh) is my light (flame)"; Zechariah means "Jehovah remembers"; and Jeberechiah means "Jehovah blesses". But setting that aside for a moment, this verse asks the question that Jesus asked and answered, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom [his] lord shall make ruler over his household, to give [them their] portion of meat in due season? Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing” (Luke 12:42-43). So, are you doing what God asked you to do? If so, God will be your light, remembering His covenant with you (Ezekiel 16:60), and bless you.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Isaiah 8:1 Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz.

Mahershalalhashbaz means "swift is booty, speedy is prey", but the point of this is that Isaiah is but a writer, while God is the Author (1 Corinthians 14:33). So, do you criticize the Author when critiquing the Bible, or do you realize “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16)?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Isaiah 7:25 And [on] all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle.

So, with a hoe, the land is fertile for oxen and baby cattle symbolizing those that are on God’s side will receive a pleasant reward. Again, is your life thorns and briers, or “good ground”, “which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15)?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Isaiah 7:24 With arrows and with bows shall [men] come thither; because all the land shall become briers and thorns.

Without God, the enemies are victorious. Spiritually, our greatest foe is the devil. And when our spiritual life is but briers and thorns, the devils truly shall come with arrows and bows. But it does not have to be that way for God says, “taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16), but remember, we must “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). It is our choice to have strong spiritual life or a weak one. Which do you choose?

Monday, September 24, 2018

Isaiah 7:23 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] every place shall be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, it shall [even] be for briers and thorns.

If one is not connected to Jesus, Who is the Vine (John 15:1), they shall become “withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:6). So, are you connected to Christ through His Word or just a gut feeling of living according to His will?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Isaiah 7:21-22 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep; And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk [that] they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.

Both the cow and the sheep are clean animals, a symbol referring to the church, and a symbol representing God’s promises. The land “flowing with milk and honey, which [is] the glory of all lands” (Ezekiel 20:6) is also representative of the heavenly promised land. So, are you being nourished from God, or are you feeding what the world provides?

Friday, September 21, 2018

Isaiah 7:20 In the same day shall the Lord shave with a razor that is hired, [namely], by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume the beard.

The priests were specifically told, “They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh” (Leviticus 21:5), and so for God to allow this to happen is a great rejection of them holding the position they do. In other words, all of this is happening because Israel was in apostasy and the priests may have led the people into it or permitted it to happen, just like today. It is not God’s will that we have so many different beliefs. And seeing that the vast majority of Christianity is in apostasy, God is going to allow more than shaving to happen. So, are you making sure you are not relying upon the leadership for what you believe but God’s Word?

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Isaiah 7:19 And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.

This is referring to the fly and the bee of the previous verse, and just like any insect, if there is a way in, they will find it, just like sin in our lives. Give it a little room and it will get in. Some people think watching TV is not harmful. They are even content with watching the boring but tamer content, but even so, the seed of coveting easily sets in. Watching a home improvement show encourages unnecessary spending in one’s own room. Watching food programs encourages eating, or making meals containing that which God does not approve of. So, how much of an opening do you give sin? Keep in mind, it does not need much.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Isaiah 7:18 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the LORD shall hiss for the fly that [is] in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that [is] in the land of Assyria.

To hiss or actually whistle for the fly is to call it. The same is true of the bee. Basically, God can use anyone, any group, anything to teach His people a lesson, and symbolically, it is the fly and the bee here. But, what does God permit in your life to have you wise up to obeying Him instead of self?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Isaiah 7:17 The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father's house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; [even] the king of Assyria.

And what is promised in the future is not that pleasant either: “there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time” (Daniel 12:1). Only a personal trust in God shall benefit anyone during that time. So, how is your relationship with God today? Do you personally spend at least an hour in His Word each day?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Isaiah 7:16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.

Back in the day, there was the northern and southern kings. Both were eventually dethroned. But in the last days, the world will turn to the two kings of church and state. And when Jesus returns, “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone” (Revelation 19:20). So, are you glad nation after nation are enacting religious laws, like closures on Sunday shopping, which supports church and state joining together, or do you support Jesus Christ Who did not get involved in governmental affairs?

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Isaiah 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

How is your every moment choices? Do you choose the good over the evil all of the time? If so, then you are walking perfect before the Lord just like Zacharias and Elisabeth who “were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” (Luke 1:6).

Friday, September 14, 2018

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Sure Satan has counterfeited such an occurrence, but that should bring all the more trust in God’s prediction and fulfilled event. Would anyone counterfeit something that never existed, will not exist, and does not exist? Of course not. Counterfeits are always that of the original, even if the original did not arrive yet. Of that, I am referring to the Egyptian paganism beliefs that are similar to Isaiah’s prediction of the arrival of Jesus. So, has Satan’s counterfeits distracted you? Has such a miracle seem too unbelievable? Or do you really think God walked among us via a virgin birth?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Isaiah 7:13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; [Is it] a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?

People may argue and argue with other people over resisting obedience to God’s Word, but the real person being wearied is God as He longs with much patience for submission from the hearer (2 Peter 3:9). So, do you weary God, or do people weary you as you try to share the truth with others and they resist?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Isaiah 7:12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.

People tempt the Lord all of the time. When a person is presented with Bible truth, they declare that they are fine just as they are. When people are challenged by a different doctrine, they reply that every doctrine is acceptable to God. “God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). So, how are you doing on accepting God’s truth on matters instead of your own?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Isaiah 7:10-11 Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying, “Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.”

When people do not demand a sign from God, He is willing to provide it. In fact, the demand attitude is actually in the form of, “Prove you are…” For instance, it was said, “If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him” (Matthew 27:42), and of course no such sign was given. So, are you waiting for Jesus to prove Himself to you, or are you satisfied with the fact that He is God?

Monday, September 10, 2018

Isaiah 7:9 And the head of Ephraim [is] Samaria, and the head of Samaria [is] Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.

Remaliah means "protected by Jehovah"; Samaria means “watch mountain”; and Ephraim is simply a son of Joseph, which was the son of Israel, making Ephraim an Israelite or representative of God’s church. And if the church would adhere to Jesus’ words, we too shall be protected of Jehovah. “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36). Too many Christians think all is well and the gates of Heaven await, but in reality, it actually begins the wrestling. The action of becoming a Christian brings on the devils to persuade us to give it up. Temptations for our salvation are at their highest. This is why we are told to watch for the snares of Satan and be in a prayerful relationship with God. So, are you watching and praying?

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Isaiah 7:8 For the head of Syria [is] Damascus, and the head of Damascus [is] Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.

And so it will be with today’s Christians, they will not be a people. Despite these people who “think that he doeth God service”, “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you” (John 16:2), but being on the wrong side, they shall receive the Mark of the Beast and be lost for regarding the saved, “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). So, are you going along with popular Christianity thinking commandment keepers, specifically, Sabbath keepers are fanatics, or are you one that is keeping the commandments of God?

Friday, September 07, 2018

Isaiah 7:5-7 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying, Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, [even] the son of Tabeal: Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.

So, applying this to our day since all the scriptures “are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Corinthians 10:11), the joining of church (Ephraim) and state (Syria) will not prevail against God’s people (Judah). In fact, just when it looks to be a complete devastation of God’s people, Jesus “shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:31). So, are you faithful towards staying true to God’s Word being part of Judah, or are you on board with the latest movements of the current administration (Syria) empowering Christianity (Ephraim) in government?

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Isaiah 7:4 And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.

Rezin means “firm”, while Remaliah means "protected by Jehovah". And if we are firm with the Word of God, we shall have His protection as well for “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). But we have to be quiet so as to hear “a still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12). We must not fear or be fainthearted about being godly and obeying what we are enlightened to, but let the consequences of our godly actions be in the hands of God. So, how firm are you in God’s Word, the Bible?

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Isaiah 7:3 Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field;

Ahaz means "he has grasped" while Shearjashub means "a remnant shall return". And if people would only grasp the Bible concept that justification, the forgiveness of sin, the allowance to go to Heaven is completely free and cannot be added to or taken away from by anything from us, they would understand only half the process of being saved, which is exactly where most Christians are. In fact, commandment keeping, works, righteous acts are all frowned upon when mentioned, but these are acts or fruit of sanctification, without which, we will not see God. In other words, it is one thing to be saved from the guilt of our sins, but Jesus wants us to then be saved from committing them again. He saves us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). And it seems that only those that have the proper grasp of the complete package get to go to Heaven but are also the most hated for the world “went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17). So, do you just live in justification or do you live in both justification and sanctification?

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Isaiah 7:2 And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.

Syria, a governmental reference, is confederated or joined with Ephraim, a religious reference being Joseph’s son and considered a tribe of Israel. This is a church and state union. Although for apparent good reason, the result is never good. And yet, in today’s world, the same is happening with the United States and the Evangelicals. The wind reference means that they are tossed around by it as opposed to being anchored. And the concern God has for His people who are not anchored is that such are “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness” (Ephesians 4:14). So, do you have clear Bible standing for everything you believe, or do you just go by popular Christianity?

Monday, September 03, 2018

Isaiah 7:1 And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, [that] Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.

Similarly, “And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (Revelation 20:8-9). All the masses will also go up against the New Jerusalem and will not prevail because God shall devour them with hell fire. So, whose army are you part of? Gog and Magog led by Satan or Christ under His banner?

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Isaiah 6:13 But yet in it [shall be] a tenth, and [it] shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance [is] in them, when they cast [their leaves: so] the holy seed [shall be] the substance thereof.

It is very doubtful that 10% of the human race is the ratio God foresees that will be pulled off this planet and return. The reason is because of the millions or even billions of people who lived at the time of Noah, “eight souls were saved by water” (1 Peter 3:20). Of the millions that lived at the time of Jesus, He “was seen of above five hundred brethren at once” (1 Corinthians 15:6) after the resurrection. Joshua and Caleb were the only two to leave Egypt and enter the Promised Land (Numbers 14:30). All through history far less than 10% were ever on God’s side. So, it goes to show that regarding eternal life, “few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). Are you one of the few or are you going along with the majority?

Friday, August 31, 2018

Isaiah 6:12 And the LORD have removed men far away, and [there be] a great forsaking in the midst of the land.

After the second coming, there is definitely a great forsaking … of the lost. Those that are saved, they will be taken far away… to Heaven. “In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also” (John 14:2-3). Of which are you preparing for?

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Isaiah 6:11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,

That is exactly what happens at the second coming. “I beheld, and, lo, [there was] no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place [was] a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, [and] by his fierce anger” (Jeremiah 4:25-26). So, are you preparing to be with Jesus in Heaven or among the desolation?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

To be made fat is to have the wants of the world. The ears being heavy experiencing God’s word as a drudgery. Eyes shut is to be closed to the evidence of truth. Jesus said similar words: “For this people's heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed [are] your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear” (Matthew 13:15-16). In fact, it is mentioned quite a few times in the Bible. It is not that God does not want people hearing, seeing, and living on needs instead of wants, it is that God does not want to have half converted people, people who just play Christian like so many do. In fact, there is something called the prosperity gospel that is the biggest false conversion message of all time because it promotes the world instead of giving all to God. So, are you trying to enjoy what the world has to offer while still claiming to be a Christian, or have you surrendered all to Him?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

People hear the Word of God but are deaf, and they see the Word of God but are blind. They just do not understand because the truth is foreign both by what society is like and supposed Christianity teaches. Foreign to people is the notion that “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). Real born-again Christians do not excuse or treat lightly a single sin, yet so many Christians are carelessly sinning! That is just one but very important thing as society shows even heroes being imperfect and even evil, and ministers are teaching that people will sin right up to the second coming. What lies! Jesus came to “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21) and not just remove the punishment while they continue sinning. So, are you influenced by society that seems so acceptable of everyone’s sins, makes fun of strict Christianity in the media, and influenced by false preachers teaching allowed sinning in any form, or are you hearing and seeing the plain Word of God that shows Jesus “is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24)?

Monday, August 27, 2018

Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here [am] I; send me.

If God gave a message to deliver, would you volunteer? Actually, He gave the message and is looking for volunteers. It is called Revelation 14:6-12 in which three angels represent the volunteers that go forth with specific messages right before the second coming pictured in verse 14. So, will you go with that message in your mouth, or are you being entertained by the world?

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Isaiah 6:7 And he laid [it] upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

The fiery coal took the iniquity away and purged the sin out. Do keep in mind that not only was it taken away but purged. That means Isaiah has a clean record now as if he did not sin, which is forgiveness or justification, but what else has been done is that the desire for the sin has been purged, which is sanctification. This is what is meant by Jesus “is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24). So, have you confessed and forsaken your sin to the point that you no longer desire it, or are you keeping some of it in reserve for another reason?

Friday, August 24, 2018

Isaiah 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, [which] he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

The live coal means that it is red hot from fire. Fire cleanses (Numbers 31:23). So, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12). Therefore, do you see your trials as a character cleansing fire or just as another issue to deal with?

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

God records every sin in thought and in word and in action, yet it takes Isaiah to have a face-to-face encounter with God to realize the rest of his imperfections, his sins specifically right down to the words he used. And if you think things have changed, just remember what Paul wrote, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5), and “But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). And remember what Peter wrote, “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of [his] time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God” (1 Peter 4:1-2). So, are you careful of your actions, words, and thoughts, or are you careless about them believing we can enter Heaven while still sinning?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Isaiah 6:4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

What a vision Isaiah is seeing! Just like the temple on earth was filled with smoke, so the tabernacle in Heaven is, and this is proving that there is a heavenly tabernacle. So, are you in awe towards God in His heavenly sanctuary, or do you think God just sits on His throne somewhere obscure in Heaven?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Isaiah 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, [is] the LORD of hosts: the whole earth [is] full of his glory.

Not only is He holy, but “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). So, how are you doing on that holiness part?

Monday, August 20, 2018

Isaiah 6:2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

Reverence. That is what we are to behold here. Yet, Christians go to church just as they are and even less sometimes -- Miniskirts that God calls nudity, everyday clothing that makes going to church more of time served, and much more. So, how much do you reverence God?

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

To see God on His throne is definitely a converting experience. So, how does even knowing that God is on His throne affect your life?

Friday, August 17, 2018

Isaiah 5:30 And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if [one] look unto the land, behold darkness [and] sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.

Waters symbolize “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15), so the sea represents the majority of the peoples of the earth. As they look towards the sparsely populated area of land, they will no longer see light and will be in sorrow, especially as light in God’s Word ends up going out. In other words, right now there are very few people holding and teaching the truth but the world is rejecting those messengers, however, at some point, that message will completely cease. Even Heaven will no longer be shining that light of knowledge to such worldly people. No wonder Jesus said, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). So, are you part of the many that are even Christian and doing wonderful works but are living in iniquity or sin, or are you part of the few “having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Revelation 14:6)?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Isaiah 5:29 Their roaring [shall be] like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry [it] away safe, and none shall deliver [it].

“The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world” (Matthew 13:39-40). What a fearful scene to view especially when on the wrong side. On right side, “And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe” (Revelation 14:15). Which are you aligning yourself with?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Isaiah 5:28 Whose arrows [are] sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:

Sounds like someone is ready for war. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war” (Revelation 19:11). The sharpness, even the flint, are ready to cut (Hebrews 4:12). The bow bent already is symbolic of being ready. And the whirlwind refers to speed. So, is Jesus coming back to do battle with you, or is He coming to whisk you away like He did with Elijah?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Isaiah 5:27 None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:

What a wonderful life it will be with Jesus. We will not get weary or trip and fall. There will be no need to sleep nor will our clothing wear out. But the question to you, which determines if you get to have this life or not, is: “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Isaiah 5:26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:

Some preachers try to apply this to the United States as if we are a prophetic helper of Israel. Allowing the Bible to be its own interpreter, we find in Isaiah 11:10, the same writer, stating, “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” Also, in Isaiah 11:12 it says, “And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” The ensign is the greatest of all, Jesus Himself. He is the Ensign that all look to. He ought to receive the glory – not some nation on earth. So, who is your helper?

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Isaiah 5:25 Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases [were] torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand [is] stretched out still.

Jesus said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23). And here we have many of supposed God’s people in the last days and despite their working for God, they are the spreaders of iniquity. Why? Because iniquity being sin and “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4), all churches that are teaching that the law has been done away with are spreading iniquity! If there is no law, then there is sinning going on and carelessly. There are all levels of justification for each person’s pet sins happening. And so, we have a world of practicing sinners that claim to be Christian, God’s people, shewing forth a powerless religion. The anger of the Lord is kindled against them! And so, are you a worker of iniquity or a defender of God’s commandments?

Friday, August 10, 2018

Isaiah 5:24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, [so] their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Clearly this teaches a finite hell. Hell devours and consumes. And those going to hell do not keep the commandments, which is all ten. People also going to hell are those that use every excuse to not submit to God’s Word. So, do you keep the commandments and His Word, or do you follow a church, a person, even yourself?

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Isaiah 5:23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

In today’s society, it seems we protect the guilty and make laws restricting the righteous. Homosexuality is protected and Christians refusing to bake a homosexual cake are sued. It seems that the Muslim religion gets a pass in public schools while Christianity is restricted. Taking God’s name in vain seems to be acceptable speech but doing the same with Allah would be condemned, worthy of death, etc. Meeting for any group seems acceptable in society while Christian Bible studies are being shut down. And of course, more could be added in comparison. But where do you stand? Do you accept Christianity being under attack or are you fighting for your first amendment right?

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Isaiah 5:22 Woe unto [them that are] mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

No wonder people think the Bible contradicts itself. Here we have obvious condemnation of alcohol use while people think Jesus turned water into alcoholic wine. That would be a contradiction, however, the Bible does not contradict itself. People do! Wine is a generic term used in the Bible to describe both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic version. For the Bible to not contradict itself, whenever the word “wine” appears, one must look for evidence of alcohol in the verse and if it is not there, then it is simply grape juice. Rereading the wedding feast of Cana passage, there is no hint of alcohol, therefore, Jesus turned water into grape juice. Just because most people serve alcohol at wedding feasts today does not mean Jesus contradicted the scriptures and turned water into alcohol. So, just how do you read the scriptures? Permitting alcohol because you pick and choose your verses and story understandings, or do you submit to the non-contradicting method of Bible understanding?

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Isaiah 5:21 Woe unto [them that are] wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

It is not good to think ourselves wiser than those of old. A “woe” is a bad thing. We are told: “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:7); “The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes” (Proverbs 12:15); “Mine eyes fail for thy word” (Psalms 119:82); “Mine eyes fail for thy salvation” (Psalms 119:123); “Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts” (Proverbs 21:2); “The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor” (Proverbs 22:12); “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways” (Proverbs 23:26). But so many people criticize the Bible when in reality they are but fools. Just where does one think the seed of their denomination came from? It came from the scriptures at some point. The problem is that since the call back to the word of God was made over 500 years ago, people have thought themselves smarter in this generation than such an ancient book with obvious errors. At a minimum, they believe there are translation errors sufficient to render the book invaluable to guide one’s own beliefs and life. And many more excuses are made when in fact God predicted in His Word well over 2500 years ago, “[There is] a generation [that are] pure in their own eyes, and [yet] is not washed from their filthiness. [There is] a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up” (Proverbs 30:12-13). I believe that generation is today. All sins are justified, renamed, and nothing is sinful nor does modern religion allow for choosing to give up salvation as if they are stuck with it like it or not. So, are you part of that generation, or are you in the generation rejecting all the expert opinions and trusting that God’s Word is true and accurate?

Monday, August 06, 2018

Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Today, standing for the truth is evil, while accept practicing sinners in their sins is considered good. The Bible is considered an ancient and an outdated book making light appear as darkness, while people think themselves more intelligent than such an object making darkness appearing as enlightenment. Everyone is going to Heaven is the message today and no religion is the true religion they say putting bitter as sweet, while condemning all who tell that only true Christians are correct keeping God’s commandments, believing on only Jesus, and receiving of His grace. So, are you caught up in any of the evil that appears as good, darkness that appears as light, bitter appears as sweet, or are you being told that your light is darkness, your good is evil, and your sweetness is bitter?

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Isaiah 5:19 That say, Let him make speed, [and] hasten his work, that we may see [it]: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know [it]!

Yet the Bible says of God quite the opposite of what these people are demanding: “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” (2 Peter 3:9). No wonder the last day people of God are identified with, “Here is the patience of the saints” (Revelation 14:12). So, are you demanding that the second coming happen sooner than God’s plan, or are you patient realizing God is wanting as many souls saved as possible?

Friday, August 03, 2018

Isaiah 5:18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

Society excuses sin for vanity on a regular basis. People say, “Oh, I know this TV show has foul words, shows nudity, and shows violence, but that is what real life is!” Sure, but I don’t have to feed upon real life reenactments. God certainly tells us not to: “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes” (Psalms 101:3). Society justifies the activities of the LGBQ. It justifies a bit of alcohol. It justifies just about everything, especially referring to it by other words other than sin or iniquity. They use the words: bad habits, imperfections, disease, etc. So, do you refer to sin and iniquity differently than what God refers to it as, or do you call sin by its right name?

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Isaiah 5:17 Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.

Lambs, referring to the young, while the fat ones, referring to the adults, will find nourishment even among the waste places. Spiritually, do you see opportunity for God’s Word to go forth in challenging situations, or do you see the Word of God simply reserved for church and maybe some teaching classes?

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Isaiah 5:16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.

God’s judgment is done in righteousness (2 Thessalonians 1:5). God indeed is holy, but not only that, God says, “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). When God judge, His decisions will be exalted. And His exaltation will happen when “the saints shall judge the world” (1 Corinthians 6:2), a review of the books for John wrote, “I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them” (Revelation 20:4). So, are you living a holy life, or are you simply justifying your worldly ways?

Monday, July 30, 2018

Isaiah 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

Unfortunately, “broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13) that is “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). No one likes a strict religion with commandment keeping, precept keeping, and statute keeping requirements, and yet the true gospel is just that. So, which gospel are you listening to? The one that hell has enlarged herself because many are being deceived into a false hope of being allowed to continue in sin, or the one that gives you victory over sin because there is power in the gospel?

Monday, July 30, 2018

Isaiah 5:15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:

Either we voluntarily become humble and live eternally, or we allow pride to rule only to be made humble at Christ’s coming and be lost eternally. Which do you choose?

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Isaiah 5:13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because [they have] no knowledge: and their honourable men [are] famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.

What do they lack knowledge in? “Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away” (Hosea 4:1-3). What captivity or bondage do the go into? “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (John 8:32-34). And what should they hunger and thirst for? “Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6), but evidently, they do not. So, are you in captivity to sin because you know not God’s Word and lack true hunger and thirsting for righteousness sake, or are you one “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9)?

Friday, July 27, 2018

Isaiah 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.

When a person or a people live in disobedience to God’s commandments, all the beautiful music is nothing but noise in God’s ears, especially since God wrote the commandments with His own finger. Is that all you are doing, making noise, or is it melodious even if you cannot play well?

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Isaiah 5:11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, [that] they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, [till] wine inflame them!

“Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1). And there are some serious alcoholics here, but even those that only have a beer or a glass of wine are equally unwise. There are no exceptions for little drinks to big drinkers. But spiritually speaking, there is a last day warning message which says, “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelation 14:8). Therefore, those that wake up and accept how things are because Babylon or the confusion of the world pummels them with the confusion from morning until night usually do not have time for the truth. In fact, they reject the truth in one form or another. They attack the Bible, attack the notion that there could be a single truth, attack that we are even living in the last days. So, are you drunk all day long with what the world is brainwashing everyone to believe in and have no time to discover otherwise, or have you escaped from the world?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Isaiah 5:10 Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.

When we are not in obedience to God, all the efforts put forth will yield very little. So, how much of your own effort without God are you putting into things? Or is God involved in every aspect of your life?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Isaiah 5:9 In mine ears [said] the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, [even] great and fair, without inhabitant.

Houses equating to churches these days, God says they will be desolate for all the reasons given prior, especially in lacking the true Word of God. Does your church preach the whole gospel message or just the part of promising to be saved?

Monday, July 23, 2018

Isaiah 5:8 Woe unto them that join house to house, [that] lay field to field, till [there be] no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!

Join house to house is a good description of city living, even field to field as so many farms are turned into shopping complexes for further expansion of the city life until there is no place one can run for to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. We ought to do as Daniel did and pray three times a day (Daniel 6:10), but in the city, it is hard not to get distracted with horns beeping, sirens blaring, construction happening, loud music playing, loud conversations carrying on, and general commotion overall being experienced. People literally cannot be alone with God very easily. So, are you living in the city receiving a woe from God, or are you seeking to move or even living in the country already?

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Isaiah 5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts [is] the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.

Again, we are reminded that God’s vineyard is Israel of old, but as the version of the story was an extension of this message, Jesus taught, “He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out [his] vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons” (Matthew 21:41). Therefore, Israel is no longer the vineyard, and the “other husbandmen” are the Gentiles now rendering fruit. And, with that in mind, history seems to repeat because if one looks around all of Christianity, one can see that wild grapes are bountiful once again, which means that the leaders of Christianity are no different than the husbandmen of Israel. And where judgment is spoken, oppression of such a message is expressed, especially from supporters of the LGBT+ movement as well as from those that deny any measure of overcoming one’s sins. Instead of wanting to listen to true righteousness, which is a sanctified or holy lifestyle, we have a cry, a cry of “denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). So, are you an oppressor of judgment or even a person denying God’s power to overcome sin, or are you a person warning of judgment and even encouraging a righteous lifestyle?

Friday, July 20, 2018

Isaiah 5:6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.

The rain, symbolic of the Holy Spirit, means that despite the ability to speak in tongues, the Holy Spirit is not really there for the Holy Spirit “will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13) and “will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). These things are far from today’s Christians. Basically, God has washed His hands of most of Christianity. “And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mark 4:18-19). In other words, today’s Christians are worldly and Christianizing it at the same time. No wonder the last days of Christianity are described as “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17). Does that describe you, or are you one of the few faithful living in obedience to God?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Isaiah 5:5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; [and] break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:

Now we pick up where we left off before going back to verse 2. Here we see since the people turned out wild, the protection of the hedge, which was mostly the reliance upon obeying the Ten Commandments, is taken away, even completely gone. It is eaten up by all of the false theories like: “Grace replaces the commandments”, “We’re saved by faith not the commandments”, “Jesus took it away at the cross”, etc. That wall of protection between keeping people godly from being part of the world would be trodden upon, walked all over. So, do you walk all over the Ten Commandments excusing your disobedience, or do you do as Jesus asked, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15)?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Isaiah 5:2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.

Hosea 9:10 says, “I found Israel like grapes”, so grapes are people. And with everything provided, they should have been the best grapes but they turned out wild. Why? That is what the series of verses that follows will address and had already begun addressing, but for now, are you of the best grapes “not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing” (Ephesians 5:27), or are you a wild grape still living with sin in your life?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Isaiah 5:2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.

The next item is the winepress. Jesus said, “I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come” (Luke 22:18). Therefore, a winepress produces the fruit removing all of the undesired parts, although there are nutrients in the whole grape. However, in our example, we basically are describing the purification process that happens through crisis times. “Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:3). The ultimate crisis is the Mark of the Beast. When pressed hard by the crisis, what shall be produced in us? In you? Will you survive “the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7)?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Isaiah 5:2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.

Focusing upon the tower today, Psalms 61:3 says, “For thou hast been a shelter for me, [and] a strong tower from the enemy.” Therefore, the tower is a symbol of protection, of which God’s house is supposed to be. And Jesus said, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). This church is not based upon erring human beings but Christ Himself. And as we make proper use of church, we shall have that protection. “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ.” So, why do you avoid church? And if you don’t, why do you go? Is it to strive for a perfect character?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Isaiah 5:2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.

Focusing upon the “choicest vine”, God says, “ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). God always have had a chosen people. Such people are not selected by God but rather are people who have chosen to follow God in whatever He commands. Just as a racer is a person who races, a choice or chosen person is one who has chosen God. These make up His vineyard. And so, do you make up His vineyard choosing to obey in all of His ways?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Isaiah 5:4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?

So many people are ready to blame God for how things turn out when everyone is not following the leading of the Holy Spirit that “will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13) and “will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). People have thrown out the Ten Commandments, turned to the ways of the world, and then wonder why their congregations are so worldly? God gave His Word. God gave His Commandments. God gave His Son! So, have you received God’s Word, Commandments, and His Son?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Isaiah 5:2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.

Returning to verse 2 to get another piece of Isaiah’s parable that we accidently moved away from and onto other verses, let us look at the stones. What is so bad about the stones in the vineyard? Jesus spoke a parable and said regarding sowing seed, “Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth” (Matthew 13:5). He then explained, “he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended” (Matthew 13:20-21). So, how do you receive the Word of God? Is your heart stony or has the stones been cast away?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Isaiah 5:3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.

“Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” (1 Corinthians 6:3) “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4). We truly will judge not only the vineyard, the church, but even the lost outside of the church. The standard to judge will be the Word of God. So, how versed are you in the Word of God?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Isaiah 5:2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.

Let us continue the parable focusing on each piece provided, one day at a time. Today, we will focus on the fact that God’s church (from verse 1 study) is fenced. Fences provide protection. Fences are made of different material but in Bible days, stone is the preferable material. Verse 5 states, “I [God] will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; [and] break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down”, yet, in Isaiah 58:12, we see the opposite activity: “The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.” What are they repairing? “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day…” (Isaiah 58:13), which is part of the Ten Commandments. So, why do wild grapes (fruit) appear in the church? It is because the church has lost their fencing, their hedge, the Ten Commandments. So, do you belong to a church that has no fencing, or are you part of the movement that is trying to restore the fencing?

Monday, July 09, 2018

Isaiah 5:1 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:

Here, we begin a parable that Jesus then works with when walking the earth. It begins with a vineyard. Now, “the vineyard of the LORD of hosts [is] the house of Israel” (Isaiah 5:7). Today, because we are spiritually applying the verse, it is the church “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh” (Romans 2:28). Everything is going great being on a fruitful hill. Now, knowing the end of the story, we know there are problems. Israel was well blessed but predicted by Jesus that it would be left desolate (Matthew 23:37-38), and it was in 70 A.D. when the Romans sacked Jerusalem. So, is your church well blessed but blinded to what it ought to be doing? In the end, it too will become desolate.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Isaiah 4:6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

The heat of the evils and temptation and even attacks by the worldly people should be relieved not in a physical tabernacle but a spiritual dwelling. And that dwelling of course is in God. “In God [is] my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, [and] my refuge, [is] in God” (Psalms 62:7). “Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still” (Psalms 107:28-29). How do we know that the spiritual application of the “tabernacle” is dwelling with God? Because the same words are repeated in another verse with reference to God instead of the tabernacle. “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones [is] as a storm [against] the wall” (Isaiah 25:4). So, do you tabernacle or dwell with God, or do you face these life challenges in your own strength?

Friday, July 06, 2018

Isaiah 4:5 And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory [shall be] a defence.

Today, God is leading us by that cloud, by that pillar of fire though it is not physically. Spiritually, we are being led, especially in the form of the Word of God. So, do you allow God to lead you, or are you rebellious and complaining and murmuring like the physical Israelites?

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Isaiah 4:4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.

Speaking of the Spirit of Judgment, “when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). This is what is meant to be filled with the Holy Spirit. And what does God use to judge? “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty” (James 2:10-12). It is the Ten Commandments! So, are you allowing Jesus to remove the filth from your life and are you allowing Him to lead you into complete obedience to His law, or are you living to the world claiming grace covers it all?

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Isaiah 4:3 And it shall come to pass, [that he that is] left in Zion, and [he that] remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, [even] every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:

Zion and Jerusalem are symbolic since today Zion and Jerusalem, according to Jesus, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate” (Matthew 23:37-38). Therefore, those that are truly Christian will eventually be called holy. What does the Bible say about that? “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11). So, when your name comes up in the judgment, will you be declared holy or filthy?

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Isaiah 4:2 In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth [shall be] excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

In contrast to false Christianity in the prior verse, we have the beautiful and glorious branch of the Lord in this verse. Jesus said, “every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit” (John 15:2). Therefore, the branch is the singular location for the truth for “There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). Now the reason they have escaped from Israel is because “they [are] not all Israel, which are of Israel” (Romans 9:6). In other words, just because one has the proper name does not make them automatically saved. Likewise, just because many Christians are associated with denominations not soundly founded upon the Word of God that they are lost. In fact, the vast majority of spiritual Israel today (Romans 2:29) are actually lost because they signed up just for the name when it is the heart that is important. So, are you in the group described as “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me” (Matthew 15:8)? Or are you in the group described as “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10)?

Monday, July 02, 2018

Isaiah 4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

Women are symbols of churches for Jeremiah 6:2 states that God uses a woman in symbolism and Isaiah 51:16 states that they are called “His people”, which we simply the word “church” is used today. Now, multiple churches cannot all be correct for if they were it would be one woman instead of seven. Now seven is a number of completion as in the example of a seven-day week and another as the seven millennial periods, which the last period completes the putting away of sin forever. Bread is a symbol of the Word (Matthew 4:4) and is where doctrines are revealed (2 Timothy 3:16), while apparel is representative of the righteous robes (Revelation 19:8). Therefore, all of these churches, beyond the literal seven, have their own doctrines and own righteousness and yet want to be called according to a certain person’s name. That certain person that carries the greatest attention is none other than Jesus Christ. So, the name they desire is Christian. And they seem to also what everything to be acceptable for salvation, where their reproach is gone. But that is not how it works. Only God’s true church who obey the Bible doctrines and accept His righteousness (Matthew 22:10-12), which is revealed through obedience to His commandments (1 John 3:4), shall have their reproach or sins taken away (Romans 2:13). So, are you just wearing the name Christian or are you a Christian?

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Isaiah 3:26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she [being] desolate shall sit upon the ground.

Just as the book of lamentations, written by Jeremiah after the conquest of Babylon over Judah, is filled with sadness of why people would not listen to the words of the prophet, today we have the same thing. Everything is spelled out in the Bible of what is coming and yet we have numerous people dismissing it or throwing it into the future not to be worried about today. The deception is truly remarkable as precited. “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24). So, do you dismiss the prophecies as not understandable or is set in some future time that is no concern for today, or are you alert to the events that are already happening?

Friday, June 29, 2018

Isaiah 3:25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.

Spiritually speaking, the sword is the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). The ultimate war is the “battle of that great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14). So, to fall by the sword, to fall in the final war is to be slain by the Word of God and be fighting against Jesus Christ for “I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on [his] vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh” (Revelation 19:11-21). Which side are you on? Following the Word of God or fighting against Him?

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Isaiah 3:24 And it shall come to pass, [that] instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; [and] burning instead of beauty.

People put so much trust in how they smell with all the fancy perfumes, how they dress, how their hair looks, and how beautiful they look. Taking care of one’s self is one thing, but the products that are bought today are eating up plenty of money that could be used towards the work of God if people would only be satisfied with their natural appearance. So, just how much money do you spend on your looks?

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Isaiah 3:18-23 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of [their] tinkling ornaments [about their feet], and [their] cauls, and [their] round tires like the moon, The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, The rings, and nose jewels, The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.

Peter writes it this way: “Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:3-4). Paul writes it this way: “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works” (1 Timothy 2:9-10). And Jesus said, “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? (Matthew 6:25). So, are you caught up in the various fashions, looks, moods, etc. of society, or do you live a simple life and wisely spend what God has entrusted to you?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Isaiah 3:16-17 Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing [as] they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.

Zion, referring to supposedly God’s people for the Bible says, “Zion, Thou [art] my people” (Isaiah 51:16), but I say supposedly because the description is more in line with “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). They may claim and look on the outside to be Christian, but when it comes to heart matters, Jesus says, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me” (Matthew 15:8). And what is supposed to be in the heart? “For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (Hebrews 8:10). So, is God’s Ten Commandments in your heart, or are you bolding claiming everyone is fine as they are no matter what religion they are for we are all going to Heaven?

Monday, June 25, 2018

Isaiah 3:15 What mean ye [that] ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Jesus put these words to parables. The one on the poor is as follows: “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal” (Matthew 25:41-46). And the one about beating God’s people is as follows: “But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite [his] fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 24:48-51). So, do you ignore the poor or attack God’s people, “which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17), or are you part of the righteous?

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Isaiah 3:14 The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor [is] in your houses.

The people that ought to be knowledgeable of God’s way and teach the people in right paths to dwell in are those that lead churches as pastors, higher officials, as well as any officer in a church, but “His watchmen [are] blind: they are all ignorant, they [are] all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” (Isaiah 56:10). Jesus put it this way: “What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others” (Mark 12:9). So, are you faithful in the truth of God’s Word, or have personally led or been led into doctrines of men?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Isaiah 3:13 The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.

And so when the Bible says, “at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people” (Daniel 12:1), it means judgment is declared. “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11). Which side will you be on?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Isaiah 3:11 Woe unto the wicked! [it shall be] ill [with him]: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

As we have been saying, Jesus says, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Revelation 22:12). Our current actions determine which side we are on. If we are sinning, we are wicked. If we are an overcomer, we are righteous. It does not matter if we are wearing the title Christian or not for “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). Which are you?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Isaiah 3:10 Say ye to the righteous, that [it shall be] well [with him]: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

And “let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7). And at some point, Jesus will declare “he that is righteous, let him be righteous still” (Revelation 22:11), as in, forever. “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matthew 13:43). Those that are not righteous will not be in the kingdom. So, has anyone deceived you into thinking righteous living is a method of working one’s way to Heaven and therefore you live carelessly, or do you keep God’s commandments “for all thy commandments [are] righteousness” (Psalms 119:172)?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Isaiah 3:9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide [it] not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

Despite all of the warnings, “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 1:7), people are quite blatant about their sinning. Even in the Christian church regarding all sins, hardly anyone thinks they can have complete victory. No wonder the Bible says that they would be “denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). So, are you blatant living a life with known sinning happening, or do you believe you can get the victory over every single sin?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Isaiah 3:8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings [are] against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.

What is said and what is done reveals what is in the heart. Therefore, when someone condemns the sinful activities of another and the response is, “You don’t know my heart”, then such a person is confused because “those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart” (Matthew 15:18). So, what are you saying and doing revealing the contents of your heart?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Isaiah 3:6-7 When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, [saying], Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and [let] this ruin [be] under thy hand: In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house [is] neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.

So, what does make a ruler? Wisdom. The mind prepared properly in the fear of the Lord makes a ruler. So, are you able to rule in what little influence you have over others?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Isaiah 3:5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents…” (2 Timothy 3:1-2). And this fulfillment of Isaiah, predicted also in 2 Timothy, is happening even now in the church. How do I know it is in the church? “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). Atheists certainly do not care if they have a form of godliness; only Christians care about such. Only Christians have heard that there is power over every sin yet they deny that power, hence the sappy Christianity that we have today. And so, are you attacked, even with simple rebukes, for your stance on the Word of God? If not, maybe you need to reexamine yourself to see if you are actually the oppressor.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Isaiah 3:4 And I will give children [to be] their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

Those not living up to the Word of God will be making decisions on a human level, and it will be as if children have taken the thrones, babes are ruling, and we know how successful that would be over a period of time. Not very successful. This is true in today’s spiritual world when people are exposed to the Bible truth, they turn to their pastor to work out a solution so as to stay in the error they are in, and the excuses put forth are absurd. I personally had a minister tell me that my problem is that I use too much scripture. Yes I do because that is where the evidence is located and commanded as proper understanding found in Isaiah 28:9-10. So, who do you turn to for answers, God’s Word or children and babes in leadership roles despite their degrees?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Isaiah 3:2-3 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient, The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.

These too will be taken away in which people rely upon. People look to the strong, to the fighters or defenders, even to judges and someone that can predict the future but is a false prophet, even those who practice divination (prudent) meaning all the witchcraft and spiritualism that is going on. Just because someone has gray hair does not make them wise towards God. And of course, the world lifts up certain people like those that are commanding over 50 or more people (the number of employees that catches the eye of governments), those that appear to be honorable, and of course the counsellors or psychologists that spew out the latest antibiblical ways to raise children. Just because there are talented people or those that speak well does not mean they are to be relied upon. When it comes down to it, it is a personal relationship with Jesus that matters. So, do you know Him through His Word or do you rely on these influencers and yesterday’s list of influencers to alter your perception of things pertaining to God?

Monday, June 11, 2018

Isaiah 3:1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,

The word “stay” means “supply”. So, the supply of staff, bread, and water will be cut off keeping in mind that what happened to literal Jerusalem then is symbolic of literal Christianity today. Because modern day Christianity is caught up in following error, fanciful human theories, and have gotten away from the scriptures, the preachers that people depend upon will be cut off. What spiritual feeding is provided from the Bible, though in error, will be cut off. And water, representing the Holy Spirit, shall be cut off despite all the ability to speak in tongues, which are nothing more than the gimmicks of the devil for true speaking in tongues is a real language to further the gospel because “tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not” (1 Corinthians 14:22). So, what are you relying upon: these things or the Rock through the Word?

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Isaiah 2:22 Cease ye from man, whose breath [is] in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?

When people have a choice between the Bible and their parents because they conflict, cease from the influence of the parents (Matthew 10:37). When people have a choice between the Bible and their friends because they conflict, cease from the influence of the friends. When people have a choice between the Bible and their pastor because they conflict, cease from the influence of the pastor. When people have a choice between the Bible and their denomination because they conflict, cease from the influence of the man-made denomination. When people have a choice between the Bible and themselves because they conflict, cease from listening to self and obey the Bible. So, what man are you following if it is not God through the writings of men but inspired by God?

Friday, June 08, 2018

Isaiah 2:21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

Revelation 6:15 says, “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains.” And will you be hiding from Jesus when He returns or will you be ready to go with Him?

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Isaiah 2:20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made [each one] for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;

Idols are worthless. Spending money trying to collect something is worthless. Spending money on entertainment is worthless. Using our time to simply be entertained is worthless. Spending money or time that is not necessary is worthless. So, have you realized all the worthless use of money and time in your life and cast that away to serve God instead?

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Isaiah 2:19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

Revelation 6:16-17 says similar words, “mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Will you be able to stand, or will you be hiding from the face of the Lamb?

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Isaiah 2:18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish.

Who will abolish the idols in your life? Will it be Jesus when He comes and destroys you as well because you are not letting go, or now by the grace of God and the gift of the divine power removing them from your life?

Monday, June 04, 2018

Isaiah 2:17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

There will only be two groups at the second coming. All that are proud now will utter, “mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:16-17) Certainly their pride shall be lost. And those that are righteous, they will say, “Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Isaiah 25:9). There is no pride in that statement for they acknowledge Jesus as the provider of salvation. So, which group are you preparing to be in?

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Isaiah 2:14-16 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills [that are] lifted up, And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall, And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.

What does He do upon these? “Every [one that is] proud and lofty, and upon every [one that is] lifted up; and he shall be brought low” (Isaiah 2:12). That means if someone’s ego is as high as Mount Everest, they shall be brought low. But if one’s ego is only as high as hills, much smaller than mountains yet still present, they shall be brought low as well. Even and ego only as high as a high tower, such will be brought low too. Every worldly means of security, mode of gaining wealth through trade, and all the pleasant experiences, none of them are acceptable if they are the result of pride. So, is there any ounce of pride living in you?

Friday, June 01, 2018

Isaiah 2:13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, [that are] high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

Continuing the theme of pride and the destructiveness of it, we see the mighty but stubborn oak representing those who refuse to acknowledge when they are wrong. It is one thing to be wrong and not admit it regarding secular activity, but it is another thing when it comes to God. So, are you like an oak when proven to be in error spiritually – stubborn in your ways?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Isaiah 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts [shall be] upon every [one that is] proud and lofty, and upon every [one that is] lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

God says, “These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: A proud look…” (Proverbs 6:16-17). And “Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). John the Baptist said, “every mountain and hill shall be brought low” (Luke 3:5). And God has brought people low before for the Bible says, “Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked [him] with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity” (Psalms 106:43), referring to the Israelites. So, are you living a proper humble Christian life or shall God bring you low?

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

So, all of those sports figures yelling, “We are number 1”, will all be humbled and brought down. All the celebrities that are idolized shall be humbled and brought down. All of those that simply think they are greater than others shall be brought down. All those that reject Bible truth thinking they are smarter than the Bible will be brought down. So, are you careful with your word usage like declaring how awesome you are, how great you are, how ________ you are?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Isaiah 2:10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.

“The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: [he is] my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.” (2 Samuel 22:2-3). Is He your Rock?

Monday, May 28, 2018

Isaiah 2:9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.

So, after the fact that their idols were pointed out and sins revealed they go through the motion of bowing or giving into being called upon their errors; now they humble themselves, but where were they beforehand when all of this was going on, which was listed in the prior verses? It is like stealing from a bank, repenting, and keeping the money? Shall such be forgiven? Of course not. So, are you truly repentant to the point that you have given up all of your idols in every form?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Isaiah 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:

And today, people point to magnificent structures that are built, which is a form of idol worship. In fact, many buildings contain statues and objects that God considers idols in and out of those buildings. The land today is also filled with idol worship of celebrities, sports figures, and musicians. The works of the hands are promoted in commercials frequently and telling people that they have to have the latest and greatest version. So, do you show off the works you have accomplished and are attracted to idols of one form or another, or do you reject the idols of the land and simply go about life in a non bragging manner?

Friday, May 25, 2018

Isaiah 2:7 Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither [is there any] end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither [is there any] end of their chariots:

As it was then, so it is today. Silver and gold are frequently pushed as investments. People are massing sums of money for retirement. My retirement plan is to be walking the streets of gold soon. They buy up real estate to flip a profit. Instead of horses, they have numerous cars when one or two would suffice. And of course, they are not satisfied with the common chariot or car, they must have a luxury car. So, are you focused upon wealth gain or funding the gospel?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Isaiah 2:6 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and [are] soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.

So, what type of Christian are you? Are you one that goes along with the parts of Christianity that does not cross that which is pleasing to you? Did you know that many Christians have their own list of allowances for sin and they range quite widely? Does it make sense that God would make a way to allow sin in your life and then blame it on grace? Sin is made to be pleasurable, but like Moses, we ought to be “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:25). So, will you be forsaken over your personal pleasures or are you a true disciple of Christ and are fully disciplined, even living as Jesus said, “deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24)?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Isaiah 2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

And Jesus said, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). So, do you accept God’s invitation to walk in the light, even continuously?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Isaiah 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Jesus said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Revelation 3:19). Therefore, the many that are rebuked respond positively because they are part of those that will live throughout eternity without war between each other, between nations, or any faction. So, do you repent, which is to also cease from, your sins?

Monday, May 21, 2018

Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Revelation 22:17 says, “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” There is the invitation made by the bride, which is the church. The specific messages of invitation are found in Revelation 14:6-12. If we are just playing Christian and not taking those messages seriously, we are fooling ourselves. So, how seriously are you taking the invitation?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, [that] the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

Revelation 22:1-2 says similarly, “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.” So, are you preparing to be drawn unto this mountain, even the city of God?

Friday, May 18, 2018

Isaiah 2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

Unlike any other writer, Bible writers saw things. It is called visions. God showed what to write about. It was not a personal experience. It was a revelation. So, how do you treat the scriptures? Like any ordinary book or with God being the Author (1 Corinthians 14:33)?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Isaiah 1:31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench [them].

A tow is but a strand of flax, which has no strength of resistance. And again, all of these items are describing weakness and doom in the end for those that live a life of sin. Keep in mind that a life of sin is one that does not have victory over sin. It is not a daily and hourly committing of sin as it is a regular habit. Committing adultery every 3 months is a life of sin. So, how is your life? Are you excusing sin in your life?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Isaiah 1:30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

Neither are fruitful: the oak is dried up and the garden is also dried up. How is your spiritual life?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Isaiah 1:29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.

The oak is symbolic of strength (Amos 2:9) while the gardens are used for nourishment (Song of Solomon 6:11). Depending upon earthly things is going to be a fatal mistake. Now there is nothing wrong with having a garden today or using oak wood to build with. These are mere symbols representing the conditions of things. And so, do you depend upon earthly strength where spiritual strength ought to be and depend upon earthly nourishment when spiritual ought to be our feeding?

Monday, May 14, 2018

Isaiah 1:28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners [shall be] together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.

With the definition of sin and transgression as “sin is the transgression of the law”, then it makes sense that the Ten Commandments are still required for a proper relationship with God. So, are you facing destruction and even potential of being consumed because you live in disobedience to the commandments?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Isaiah 1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

“Zion, Thou [art] my people” (Isaiah 51:16). Therefore, God’s people are redeemed with judgment and converts with righteousness. “And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us” (Deuteronomy 6:25). “Thy righteousness [is] an everlasting righteousness, and thy law [is] the truth” (Psalms 119:142). “All thy commandments [are] righteousness” (Psalms 119:172). “For Christ [is] the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Romans 10:4), which the word “end” means “result” seeing that the law does not make one righteous but reveals what a righteous life is and with everyone “short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), we need Christ’s righteousness to forgive us of our sins. And then instead of doing away with the law, “the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:4). As for the judgment part, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty” (James 2:10-12). “Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments” (Nehemiah 9:13). “Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18). With the Bible and basically the Bible alone, we see that God’s judgments are in addition to the Ten Commandments and that the commandments are the revelation of righteousness with grace for the honest soul who has failed in complete obedience to them. Keeping the judgments and keeping the righteous laws are a revelation of faith in which if we are breaking them, it reveals the lack of faith. At no time do judgment keeping and commandment keeping earn Heaven as it is a gift from God, but obedience is a result of accepting that gift. So, are you keeping God’s commandments and His judgments?

Friday, May 11, 2018

Isaiah 1:26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.

Ultimately, “ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes” (Matthew 19:28), and “I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them” (Revelation 20:4). And as for the city of righteousness and the faithful city, when has ever a city been such here on earth? Never! And there never will be, however, Revelation 20:9 states that the saints are in the “beloved city”, which “the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem” (Revelation 3:12). In regards to the saints, “the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” (Revelation 19:8). So, are you living a life that represents a person that will be granted to sit on the thrones to judge and be in the New Jerusalem?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Isaiah 1:25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:

I do not know about you but I pray that the dross shall be purged away from my life. I pray that the inferior metal of tin would be eradicated from my life and allow God to do what He says He will do: “I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir” (Isaiah 13:12). So, is God removing such worldly things from your life making you most precious?

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Isaiah 1:24 Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:

As a result of the apostasy, God does take action. In the latter days, the action is stated by God as, “I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:16). So, are you obeying all that God commands or following the church crowd into apostasy?

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Isaiah 1:23 Thy princes [are] rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

Remember, when it comes to application to our lives today, “rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23). As for thieves, souls are stolen by contributing to the loss of salvation for Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly” (John 10:10). People’s morals can be bought and sold, maybe not with real money, but for acceptance. And there is no regard for those that have no relationship with the Father of Heaven. There is no regard for those that have been separated from their husband, Jesus Christ, through sin. So, what is your heart like towards learning new truths? Do you spread lies about the Bible explaining away the requirement for obedience? Are you fickle with your duty to Christ depending upon the circumstances? Do you have any sympathy for those who are without God in their lives?

Monday, May 07, 2018

Isaiah 1:22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water.

Precious metals that are not burned in the fire but have become dross is a loss of faith (1 Peter 1:7). Wine is doctrine (Matthew 9:17), and to have it mixed with water is watered down doctrines. And that pretty much describes Christianity at large, which are in apostasy. They have lost faith in the power to overcome sin (2 Peter 1:3), and they have gone as far as to create doctrines that embraces sin. So, are you caught up in any of this nonsense, or do you believe that “the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16)?

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Isaiah 1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

And there is no surprise for the principle in Hosea was broken. “Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood” (Hosea 4:1-2). Are you surprised at the murder rate compared to that of the 1800’s and 1700’s?

Friday, May 04, 2018

Isaiah 1:20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].

So, all those that refuse to willingly obey will be considered rebels and will be devoured with the sword. And nothing changes in the New Testament as Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”, and Revelation 19:15 says, “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” So, do you use any excuse, even an apparent godly one to live in disobedience?

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Isaiah 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land

God says, “if there be first a willing mind, [it is] accepted according to that a man hath, [and] not according to that he hath not” (2 Corinthians 8:12). He also says, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16) Therefore, we see a big consistency with God between the Old and New Testament since God says, “I [am] the LORD, I change not” (Malachi 3:6). So, this notion that the Old Testament was about obeying the commandments but no so much in the New is utter nonsense. Now, are you willing to give God your mind and willing to obey Him?

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

What an unbelievable gift God is willing to give us. This happens “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). So, what are you waiting for, or do you like your sins too much?

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

These are noble character traits to have. Do you have them?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Isaiah 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

This is God’s desire for all of us. 1 Kings 15:26 says, “And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin”, which equates the word “evil” and “sin” together. Then the Bible defines sin as, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Therefore, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). So, do you live in commandments of God, are you still not washed, clean, have put away the evil yet?

Friday, April 27, 2018

Isaiah 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

And God explicitly states, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination” (Proverbs 28:9). So, are your prayers, your offerings, your godly activity considered an abomination to God because you are excusing sin in your life?

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Isaiah 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear [them].

So, while they were sinning, celebrating the plan of salvation in keeping their feast days from Passover (the death of Jesus) to the Feast of Tabernacles or Harvest (Second Coming), it was a mockery, much like how many Christians today celebrate grace and faith permitting sin. No wonder the Bible says that unconverted ministers or as the Bible calls them, “ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 1:4). How do I know many ministers are actually ungodly? It is because godly men do not sin. “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). So, do you mock God by claiming grace while still sinning without repentance?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Isaiah 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; [it is] iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

God is not telling them to stop all of these practices but rather the vain activity of doing so. In other words, today God would say, “Stop with the vain attendance of going to church, giving your tithes and offerings, and participating in the communion service.” It is all vain while we are living in known sin without the desire to overcome. So, are you going through the motions of worshipping God in vain or in “Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24)?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Isaiah 1:12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?

To go before God with a sacrifice while living in disobedience is an abomination to God. So, do you sacrifice to God while living in complete obedience, not excusing sin in your life?

Monday, April 23, 2018

Isaiah 1:11 To what purpose [is] the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

Interestingly, this was asked many years prior: “Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22). So, do you live in obedience, or do you have a long list of sacrifices you perform for God instead?

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Isaiah 1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

Now, keep in mind that by this time, Sodom and Gomorrah have already been destroyed. Then why reference them? “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 1:7). “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:28-30). Therefore, since Jesus says that the last days will be like Sodom and Gomorrah that means God’s Word should be submitted to as well as His law, and yet most Christians do not take God’s Word literally nor do they keep all of God’s Ten Commandments. But do you keep God’s Word and His commandments?

Friday, April 20, 2018

Isaiah 1:9 Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, [and] we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

This is true in every generation that only a remnant shall be saved yet there are almost two billion Christians all believing that eternal life will be there’s. How can this be so when Jesus said, “strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14), and that many of the Christians will actually be lost because “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). The main issue seems to be over iniquity or sinning, and the Bible is quite clear that “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Therefore, it makes logical sense that the Ten Commandments are stilling binding since “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19). In fact, the description of “the remnant of her seed,” is that “which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17). Additionally, “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). So, are you a true Christian living by the commandments of God, or are you a worker of iniquity despite using Jesus’ name to do works with?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Isaiah 1:8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.

Cucumbers is not a bad thing to eat, but it was part of the reminiscence of the Israelites towards their old slave life in Egypt: “We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick” (Numbers 11:5). And this is the attitude most Christians have today. They do not transform their lives as they ought (Romans 12:2). Zion, God’s supposed people (Isaiah 51:16), are fake because they are sitting in the results of their sinfulness, a besieged city. So, are you a fake Christian living in sin claiming to be saved, or a real Christian living in obedience?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Isaiah 1:7 Your country [is] desolate, your cities [are] burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and [it is] desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

How did this happen? “Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood” (Hosea 4:1-2). Our country is about to repeat history because we are not listening to the Word of God, in fact, we have removed the Word of God. So, how much time do you spend in God’s Word each day?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Isaiah 1:6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head [there is] no soundness in it; [but] wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

That is an obvious description of leprosy, and that is what sin is like. Just when we think sin is localized, it is actually completely body destroying. People who smoke may think about lung cancer, but in reality, it causes one to lose their taste buds, develop throat cancer, lose their sense of smell, weakens the immune system, and much more. So, what are you doing sinful that you do not think affects the whole body?

Monday, April 16, 2018

Isaiah 1:5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

When we are not thinking straight, as in thinking selfishly, when the whole heart is faint, as in not having enough love towards God, we revolt more and more against God through sinning. Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37), and “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). There is the heart expectation, but too often we think of how enjoyable that sin would be, and our hearts grow faint with our sick minds and revolt by partaking in the sin. So, why should we be struck down by sin anymore when “if there be first a willing mind, [it is] accepted according to that a man hath, [and] not according to that he hath not” (2 Corinthians 8:12)? God will provide the means for us to resist sin and Satan even if we doubt that we can overcome the temptations. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). So, are you submitting to God? Or are you submitting to being stricken by the devil through sin?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Isaiah 1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.

For scripture to be more applicable for our day than when it was first written (1 Corinthians 10:11), Israel is actually Christians today. And are Christians sinning? “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4), and “whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin” (1 John 3:9). However, Christians, especially born-again Christians, seem to be careless when it comes to the law for they think it has been done away with. No wonder the people today are laden with iniquity and teach others to break it as well, therefore becoming a seed of evildoers. The children are also corrupt in their ways, being taught to break God’s Ten Commandments. They have changed the gospel message into something that is completely in a different path forsaking the Lord and are provoking Him to anger. And each one of them have this initial experience of commitment at first and then backslide. Is this your experience, or do you see beyond these things and live in obedience to God’s commandments?

Friday, April 13, 2018

Isaiah 1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: [but] Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

Why does God say this? It is because of their poor representation of godliness and their lack of trust. The history reveals how often they murmured and complained when challenged and fell into idolatry, like many Christians do today. They are just as guilty of murmuring and complaining when any restriction is placed upon them, hence why people flock to the feel-good gospel. And their idols of the worldliness are blinding them. So, do you actually know the God of the Bible, or are you believing in a false God or human created God?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Isaiah 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

How much time do you give to listening to God? Do you actually hear, as in, obey what He says? Or are you part of the rebels?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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.

We begin a new book and that is the Book of Isaiah, of whom we see clearly that Isaiah is a prophet because of the visions he received for God declared, “If there be a prophet among you, [I] the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, [and] will speak unto him in a dream” (Numbers 12:6). Our focus is upon Judah, as opposed to Israel or the northern kingdoms. And we see that Isaiah is the prophet during four kingly reigns. So, do you understand how God operates with visions and dreams, or do you just cast such content as mere impression no different than any other book writer?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hosea 14:9 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.

Who will understand? “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5). Those who are in the light. Why do the prudent know them? “Wisdom dwell with prudence” (Proverbs 8:12); “The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way” (Proverbs 14:8); “The wise in heart shall be called prudent” (Proverbs 16:21); “The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge” (Proverbs 18:15); and “A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself” (Proverbs 22:3). So, are you prudent walking in the ways of God, or are you walking in the ways of humans or even yourself?

Monday, April 09, 2018

Hosea 14:8 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.

And again, we see a coming back to God after the descriptive backsliding in prior verses and chapters. Ephraim was to be fruitful, but instead, ended up squandering time away, but now any and every idol has been discarded and they have become fruitful once again. So, what on earth absorbs your attention that ought to be forsaken so you too can win souls for Christ?

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Hosea 14:7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive [as] the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof [shall be] as the wine of Lebanon.

When we obey God’s commands, we have His protection, which is to dwell under His shadow. We shall be revived because while sinning, we are dead. And the scent, being pleasant in this case, is descriptive of acceptance for “a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God” (Philippians 4:18). So, are you truly accepted of God pleasing, or do you just think you are accepted of God while pleasing yourself?

Friday, April 06, 2018

Hosea 14:6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

Here are the effects of complete repentance and then obedience always to God. Everything will be pleasant. Notice all of the senses mentioned that will be restored. Smell, sight, and in a sense, touch. So, are you completely God’s, or are you trying to enjoy the world pretending to be God’s?

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Hosea 14:5 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.

So, God shall come upon Israel, the converted, like dew. Spiritually, the Bible calls it the early rain. This is what helps germinate a soul in the sanctification process, in which, “first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear” (Mark 4:28), but in this case, it is as beautiful as the lily, which is surrounded by muck and mud and garbage yet is able to dig deep for the nutrients necessary to present such a beautiful character. Deuteronomy 3:25 speaks of Lebanon as part of the “goodly mountain” in which is known for its cedar trees (Ezra 3:7). The act of casting forth is digging deep while casting off is to toss away. So, do you dig deep into God’s Word to have your character become what it ought to become?

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Hosea 14:4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.

When we repent, which is to stop sinning and hate sin, God is willing to forgive and even heal us of our backsliding. The healing may be instant or it may be over time. Ultimately, we shall all be healed of every sin at the second coming for we shall “have right to the tree of life” (Revelation 22:14) in which “the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2). So, will you cease your backsliding ways and accept God’s love of forgiveness and healing?

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Hosea 14:3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, [Ye are] our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.

Asshur is a different wording for Assyria, which is connected to Babylon. And spiritual Babylon (doctrinal confusion) in the last day, no matter what they do to appease God as they think they are doing, will not be able to save themselves for “sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). And the reason they shall not ride upon horses is because Jesus will knock them off their horses when He comes. “I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great” (Revelation 19:17-18). And doing all kinds of works by one’s own strength thinking that they are working for Jesus shall be met with disappointing words. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). And why do the fatherless find mercy? That is because “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27). So, are you in doctrinal confusion where you make the Bible contradict itself, or do you submit to the proper understanding of the Bible?

Monday, April 02, 2018

Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive [us] graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.

Please note that our God, Who changes not (Malachi 3:6) and is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8), takes our iniquity, which is the act of sinning, away. And if such is away, then “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). But, we also receive “the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7). Basically, we have both justification (cleansing) and sanctification (holiness) stated here, and it is stated in both the Old and New Testament quite frequently. Why so many Christians simply live in justification only is beyond me because we are to “Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14), which means, if we have no sanctification in addition to justification, we do not get eternal life. So, have you taken all of the words of the Bible, turned in obedience to the Lord, asking Him to help cause a cessation of sinning, and be cleansed of all unrighteousness?

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Hosea 14:1 O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.

This reminds me of Ezekiel 33:11, which says, “Say unto them, [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” Today, we are spiritual Israel “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh” (Romans 2:28). So, as a spiritual Jew, have you fallen into sin? If so, do not claim that you are already “saved” because the God that states that He “change not” (Malachi 3:6) says that when we fall into iniquity and do not repent, we shall die the eternal death. So, will you return unto the Lord your God and cease your sinning?

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hosea 13:16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

Samaria means “watch mountain”, and with God upset with them, evidently, they were not watchers, just like many Christians today. There are so many different doctrines today with hardly anyone uses the standard, the Bible, and if they do, they do not follow the main rule in Isaiah 28:9-10. Therefore, all flavors of doctrines are allowed, but God says that desolation and death is the future. So, are you listening to Jesus’ words of, “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is” (Mark 13:33), or have you also thrown away the standard?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Hosea 13:15 Though he be fruitful among [his] brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.

Just because one looks like they are successful, if it is not for the glory of God, it will be all swept away. Jesus said, “So [is] he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:21). So, how much effort do you put towards gaining things that will eventually be blown away?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

1 Corinthians 15:54-57 puts it this way: “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory? The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law. But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” “This [is] the first resurrection. Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:5-6). So, are you prepared if you enter the grave to come up in the first resurrection, or are you careless and indifferent risking the second death?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Hosea 13:13 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him: he [is] an unwise son; for he should not stay long in [the place of] the breaking forth of children.

Why are the sorrows coming upon such a woman in the last days? “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). There is false security in earthly peace and safety. And here is the warning so that we are not like an unwise son. “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:4-5). So, do you have false sympathy for the efforts of bolstering a false peace, or do you see end time events happening even now?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Hosea 13:12 The iniquity of Ephraim [is] bound up; his sin [is] hid.

Do we realize that “my sins are not hid from thee” (Psalms 69:5). “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). So, are you trying to hide your sins, or do you confess your sins because He will “forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Hosea 13:11 I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took [him] away in my wrath.

God gave literal Israel a king being King Saul, but this is what God said about the situation: “They have rejected me, that I should not reign over them” (1 Samuel 8:7). Did you know the same is true of Christians today? Yes, God places true shepherds or pastors in the church, but whenever a lay person is shown the truth of God from the Bible that contradicts what their pastor teaches and that lay person says, “That’s not what my pastor teaches” and continues to believe their pastor, God is just as angry and will take them away in His wrath, which is “the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God” (Revelation 15:1). And when it comes to the antichrist, it is not an anti-Christian military force, but rather it is he “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 that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). In other words, this verse in Hosea is symbolic of placing the antichrist above the Bible, which is “called God” or God’s Word. So, do you place a king or pastor or anyone above the Bible, or do you seek an “It is written” (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10)?

Friday, March 23, 2018

Hosea 13:10 I will be thy king: where [is any other] that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes?

When it comes to God, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). So, who saves you? Yourself? Parents? Pastor? A denomination? Popular belief? Or God?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Hosea 13:9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me [is] thine help.

Even though we may have self-destructed, Jesus is willing to forgive and even heal many of the wounds. So, will you turn away from all of your destructive ways and confess your sins to Jesus, Who “is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hosea 13:7-8 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe [them]: I will meet them as a bear [that is] bereaved [of her whelps], and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.

This is not by chance that God uses these three symbols of lion, bear, and leopard, as well as the implied fourth one that devours like a lion but is a wild beast. The implication is important because Daniel sees these four beasts as nations. “And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first [was] like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it. And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and [it had] three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it [was] diverse from all the beasts that [were] before it; and it had ten horns.” (Daniel 7:3-7). On top of that, John describes the antichrist as, “a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority” (Revelation 13:1-2). The point is, when God says He will act like these beasts, He means that He shall remove His protection from the lost and allow Babylon (lion), Medeo-Persia (bear), Greece (leopard), and Rome (the wild, devouring beast) to do as they please. Of course, today, all of them are past, however, John’s conglomerate beast made up from those first four beasts is still a threat, and if we are not careful, we may fall prey to it. So, how diligent are you in studying God’s Word? Enough to make the connection between Hosea, Daniel, and John?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hosea 13:6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me.

What a contrast with yesterday on the same theme but opposite view. Instead of a crisis relationship, it seems when all goes well, Revelation 3:17 really becomes fulfilled. “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.” And what is the solution? “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see” (Revelation 3:18). So, if your relationship is not as strong as it ought, will you accept God’s counsel?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Hosea 13:5 I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

How close do you get to God during a crisis? That seems to be when people experience God the most. But change from the crisis to a life of abundance and the relationship changes. “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” (Revelation 3:17). It is to these that He will say, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). Again, there is that reference from God about “knowing”. Now, those rich in all kinds of good deeds but not dealing with sin in their own lives, even going as far as to teach others to sin by claiming that grace annuls the obedience to the law, are the ones that God says this to. So, will you make sure that you do not just have a crisis relationship with God?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Hosea 13:4 Yet I [am] the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for [there is] no saviour beside me.

Spiritually applied today, God first knew each of us in our worldly, unbelieving ways. Despite the world declaring what God is (and I do mean “what”), even many preachers who contradict each other about Who God is, even our parents who may have taught us as well who God is, we need to discover the true God from His Word for there is no other God or version of God that offers eternal life, saving us from our sins as the true God of Heaven. The world tries to define what God is as if man created such because of this innate desire to worship something. Many preachers teach that grace covers not only confessed sin but all sins, even the ones that we do not want to give up, but if we do not realize that the true God of the Bible does not provide that type of cheap grace, we will be lost for knowing a different God. Likewise, many children just attend the same church or denomination because that was what they were taught by their parents, but there is no salvation in a denomination. There is only salvation in knowing the true God. Therefore, do you know the true God personally?

Friday, March 16, 2018

Hosea 13:3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff [that] is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.

So, those that hold onto idols, that sin more and more as verse 2 stated, they will basically fade away into nothingness according to verse 3. They will be lost, and the lost do not receive eternal life is the point of this verse. So, are you excusing sin in your life taking the risk of being one of these objects that will fade away into nothingness, not even burning eternally, or do you “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7)?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hosea 13:2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, [and] idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.

In Christianity, some do have idols calling them Peter, Mary, and the other apostles, and even kiss thos statues, but outside of that, we do not normally form physical idols nor kiss calves. What people have done is created idols of preachers or even themselves according to their own understanding instead of the Bible understanding. If a message from a preacher agrees with them, they accept it based upon their own standard, but all this does is allow people to sin more and more and more. When a preacher goes light on sin, people usually flock to them. If someone likes to hear about certain sins, there is a flavor of a pastor out there somewhere that meets their needs. But being off of God’s standard does not save anyone, and that includes the nice feeling of once saved, always saved. That just permits more sinning. If there is a sin in the Bible that they do not want to deal with, they simple say, “I’m already saved.” Of course, they will tell that they have given certain things up to be a Christian, but usually it is the list that they did not care for anyways. So, are you a Christian given into sinning and making excuses to continue therein, or are you one that searches the scriptures to live by God’s standard?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hosea 13:1 When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.

The fruitful Ephraim misused God’s fruits and gifts. Ephraim, symbolic of Christians today, tremble, are afraid to speak the truth. To exalt oneself is the opposite of exalting God. Many churches exalt members because of a false use of speaking in tongues. This is not a good thing. And so, showing others of like faith how great they are in what they are doing, which is not to uplift God’s truth but may be warm and loving inviting practicing sinners to stay practicing but fill up the pews, these same Christians offend God holding onto their idols. They have become the walking dead. So, has your Christian faith died trying to fit into the world and enjoy the world? Do you tremble at the thought of sharing the true gospel with others? Do you show yourself how Christian you are because you exaggerate your love for people who do not want to change or think you have some great gift of God? Or do you tell the truth without regard to consequence and reject the world?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hosea 12:14 Ephraim provoked [him] to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return unto him.

What is meant by “shall he leave his blood upon him”? Ezekiel 3:20 says, “Again, When a righteous [man] doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.” Blood represents unconfessed sin since Jesus’ blood wipes out sin, and here we see that failure to give warning to others and if they die in their sins, we are now held accountable for them and will lose salvation as well. And what does it meant for “Reproach shall return unto him”? Hebrews 11:26 says, “Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” When Jesus shows up, we do not want to be rejected, reproached. So, are you like Ephraim provoking God by retaining your sins and not caring for the salvation of others, or have you surrendered them all to Him and are warning others?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hosea 12:13 And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.

Moses was the prophet to bring Israel out of Egypt, and Joshua was the prophet to lead Israel into the Promised Land. Jesus is the prophet (John 6:14) that leads us out of our old life (Egypt), and the resurrected Jesus is also the One Who preserves us, that is, to keep us from sinning. “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24). So, will you submit to Jesus’ leading, or will you choose another path that has no promise of eternal life?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hosea 12:12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept [sheep].

Unconverted Jacob fled while converted Jacob, Israel, served for a wife and kept sheep. Jesus basically did the same thing, where the church is His wife (Revelation 22:17). And Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). So, do you follow Jesus being kept by Him, or do you do your own thing?

Friday, March 09, 2018

Hosea 12:11 [Is there] iniquity [in] Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars [are] as heaps in the furrows of the fields.

Remember Hosea 6:8 says, “The land was filled with violence. Gilead was ‘a city of them that work iniquity,’ and was ‘polluted with blood’, so yes, there is iniquity and vanity. And as for the sacrifice of bullocks in Gilgal, King Saul impatiently did the sacrifice making the worship vain instead of a blessing. And the altars being as heaps in furrows of the fields means that instead of altars built on high, they are considered in gullies of the field, basically, rejected. So, does Jesus say to you, “in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9), or do you acknowledge that “God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24)?

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Hosea 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

All of the prophets, which are the writers of the Bible, are to speak to us. So, do they speak to you to the point of submitting to God completely?

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Hosea 12:9 And I [that am] the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.

God should be recognized in our life from the time of our worldliness all the way to dwelling in tabernacles. In other words, Jesus calls us out of our worldly ways and leads us on the narrow path to dwell with Him throughout eternity as the feast description and the statement “solemn feast” are a recognition of the feast the celebrates the second coming. So, has God brought you out of your worldly ways, cleaning you up, preparing you to dwell with holy beings including God Himself, or do you believe you can be saved while still sinning?

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Hosea 12:8 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: [in] all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that [were] sin.

“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” (Revelation 3:17). So, are you distracted by the things of the world, or are you able to see your sins and forsake them by the grace of God?

Monday, March 05, 2018

Hosea 12:7 [He is] a merchant, the balances of deceit [are] in his hand: he loveth to oppress.

“A false balance [is] abomination to the LORD: but a just weight [is] his delight” (Proverbs 11:1). And what is oppressive about Jacob, which is symbolic of a backslidden church today? It is that people will listen to anyone pulling one verse to build a case upon how the “love” of God accepts all practicing sinners without requiring any change while those that have a plethora of verses to share in an opposite view are silenced and are not to be heard. What is the reason for this deceitful use of the balances? Merchandising. Today’s church is not built on a solid Bible foundation, but like merchants, they are rather built upon pew numbers, collection plate amounts, and other material items. And they love to oppress or silence the truth speakers because with the truth squashed more people feel at ease to bring their sins into the church filling up the pews, collection plates, etc. So, do go along with the oppression by condemning those with a strict adherence to the Word, or are you one of those that they oppress for speaking and saying, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20)?

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Hosea 12:6 Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.

Again, another verse that rejects the notion of “once saved, always saved”. The word continually means to do it every day. We are to keep God’s mercy in mind and share His mercy towards others by being merciful to them (Matthew 18:23-35). We are to keep in mind of God’s judgment and practice judging the fruit of others (Matthew 7:20) to help set people from their sin and not to condemn. And finally, all that we do ought to be based upon the soon coming of Jesus (Matthew 24:44-51). So, are you doing these things?

Friday, March 02, 2018

Hosea 12:5 Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD [is] his memorial.

Is God your memorial, or are people, jobs, way of life, etc. your memorial?

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Hosea 12:4 Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him [in] Bethel, and there he spake with us;

This is what God wants from all of us, except for backsliders, it is not there. It is called repentance, which is a sorrow for sinning and a desire to sin no more, which “once saved, always saved” smacks God in the face with. Jesus went about preaching, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). The apostles taught “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). When we are “born again”, we do not know everything, and God knows that so He winks at it, but as we learn what sin is more fully, we need to repent of our ways. That is why Jacob wept. That is why Jacob wanted to prevail with God. He wanted forgiveness. He realized that “the wages of sin [is] death” (Romans 6:23). So, do you ask for forgiveness whenever you sin? If not, those sins remain and you are considered a backslider and will be lost. Paul died daily (1 Corinthians 15:31) and not ever casting up to God, “I was saved when you knocked me off my horse!”

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hosea 12:3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:

The “He” refers to Jacob in verse 2. The actual account of Rebekah’s delivery is found in Genesis 25:24-26, which says, “And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, [there were] twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel”. Jacob means a person who supplants (Genesis 27:36) or circumvents, and that truly is what Jacob did, but when the second half of the verse became fulfilled, he was known as Israel. The name change symbolized Jacob’s conversion, and in most cases, when God refers to Israel as a nation by the name Jacob, it usually means a time of backsliding into the old ways. And seeing that in the prior verse, God is ready to punish Jacob, that understanding is very fitting. Now backsliding is not dealing with an “oops” moment or a serious struggle to overcome. Backsliding is one that justifies their lifestyle of sinning while still thinking they are saved, much like the “once saved, always saved” Christians. Most of them live a life of sin figuring that they are saved, which then means, are you backsliding and still call yourself a Christian, or are you making daily progress in your life to live the holy life that God wants us to live here and now (1 Peter 1:15-16)?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hosea 12:2 The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.

Again, to apply this to us as Paul states in 1 Corinthians 10:11, this needs to be looked at spiritually and not literally for we are Abraham’s seed (Galatians 3:29), which is spiritually speaking. And God shall punish all the children of Jacob or Israel, which are called Christians today, according to their doings or works for Jesus says, “behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Revelation 22:12). So, what do your actions reveal about your belief? Does it show that you believe in Jesus who can deliver from sin or keep you sinning?

Monday, February 26, 2018

Hosea 12:1 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.

Now despite having been doubly blessed with the Ten Commandments and the Spirit of Prophecy inspiring the Word of God (Revelation 12:17), these are given over to feed on wind, specifically, they are “children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14). Unfortunately, it shall be to their destruction like the east wind (Genesis 41:60). To chase after these false doctrines, more and more lies have to be devised to maintain the belief, for instance, those who believed the parable of the rich man and Lazarus proves life immediately after death have now moved onto another lie after learning that it truly was a parable not meant to institute a doctrine but a lesson of seeing how God sees people instead of how man sees people. What is really sad, is that God’s people entrusted with the truth but have turned away from it have actually turned to the spiritual Assyrians or Babylonians, which is confusion. On top of that, the Spirit represented as the oil is stolen away by atheism and worldliness of spiritual Egypt. What a sad state we are in, but do know this, we are saved individually. So, are you going along with all of this, or do you stand firm on the Word of God and keep God’s commandments?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Hosea 11:12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints.

And who are the saints? “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). Therefore, Ephraim, being doubly blessed by the Ten Commandments and the Spirit of Prophecy that inspired the Word, was given over to lying. And we see it time and time again through biblical history from Aaron to the crucifixion of Christ. The people are lied to and since the people are unwilling to search things out for themselves despite Jesus saying to do so (John 5:39), they end up being deceived. That is why in the end only the “very elect”, the well-studied, will see and not be deceived (Matthew 24:24) for “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5). Israel, in which “God prevails”, is one that is not guiltless either. God only prevails where He is invited, and so when Israel “plays the harlot”, she too has to devise deceit to fool the people. And look today to all the denominations that used to protest against the main church who have doctrines contrary to the Bible. All the congregations are being lied to saying that the mother church has changed when she has not! Over time, they too decided to hold onto unbiblical teachings making it so easy to return to “THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:5). The Protestants, the daughter harlots, those that “pervert the gospel” (Galatians 1:7), have returned and unified and will be part of those that “make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17). So, will you be like spiritual Judah being faithful keeping the commandments as well as the Word of God, or are you like Ephraim and Israel, symbols of being called as God’s people but are not, even today being called Christian but not truly practicing it?

Friday, February 23, 2018

Hosea 11:11 They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, saith the LORD.

This shows that God’s people are not all located in Israel, spiritually speaking. Therefore, God makes a plea at the end of time. “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4). God does not want any of His people to remain in Egypt or atheism; He does not want any to remain in Assyria, also known as Babylon, which is the confusing Christian denominations. So, will you come into God’s complete truth?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hosea 11:10 They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west.

The faithful remnant will walk (obey) after the Lord. Now, the only side that seems to tremble is Satan’s for “the devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19). So, on which side are you? One that obeys God completely or one that excuse away obedience?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hosea 11:9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I [am] God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.

Why does God not destroy Ephraim? Because God said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes” (Genesis 18:26). Therefore, God does not destroy the church for within is more than fifty righteous, there is “the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17). So, are you part of the remnant or part of the problem?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hosea 11:8 How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? [how] shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? [how] shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.

Ephraim represents the well blessed spiritually for fruitful purposes and when God endows such with the greatest treasures of them all, it is hard to give them up, but as Christians, we have been given God’s Word and the Ten Commandments (Revelation 12:17) and yet, so very few obey it. God is going to be quite sad when He says, “depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23). And Israel, representing God’s chosen, who have backslidden and backslidden, and backslidden much like many Christians today, where they have been called into a new life yet are enjoying the old life as if they never really left. Admah, meaning “red earth”, is one of the cities destroyed along with Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 10:19, Genesis 19:29). Zeboim, meaning “gazelles”, also was a city destroyed along with Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 14:2). And as the verse ends, we definitely see heart break. So, will you break God’s heart by living a life to just past the time away on this planet without regards to sharing the gospel? Will you break God’s heart through backsliding into the ways of the world? Will you bring God to the point that He will have to destroy you? Or do you realize “ye are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19), “ye are bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20)?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hosea 11:7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt [him].

People make every excuse to continue sinning. They just seem bent on sinning, and the Christian church is just growing worldlier every single day. The church is to blame for all of the immorality. When the vast majority are stating that they do not need to keep the commandments, society does not either, and they murder, cheat, lie, steal, commit adultery, etc. And yet the Christian calls upon the Most High, “T-h-a-n-k Y-o-u J-e-s-u-s!” What hypocrisy! Not even God shall exalt them. In fact, He will say, “depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23), which iniquity is sin. This is the same group that addresses Jesus as, “Lord, Lord” and even “prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” (Matthew 7:21-22) So, are you backsliding excusing allowance for sin in your life, or are you serious and being the overcomer that God states 8 times in Revelation alone (Revelation 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:26, 3:5, 3:12, 3:21, 21:7)?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hosea 11:6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour [them], because of their own counsels.

Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the SWORD is the Word of God. Compared to human counsel, it will cut down the branches and gather them for the burning in which John saw the future and stated, “fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (Revelation 20:9). So, what do you follow? God’s Word or human reasoning?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hosea 11:4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.

The single Man that God used to draw us unto Him is Jesus. God also has used many humans over the ages: they are called prophets. And Jesus said, “Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). He also promises, “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it]” (Isaiah 58:13-14). So, will you listen to Jesus? Will you listen to His prophets? Do you want the yoke of this world lifted off of you? Do you want to be fed by Him?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hosea 11:3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.

Ephraim, the second son of Joseph, was told of Israel (Jacob) regarding the older son Manasseh, “truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations” (Genesis 48:19). So, Ephraim was to be greater than Manasseh and become a large number of Israelites. And applying it generally, God spoke to the masses of Israel by prophets and other means, yet they would not listen, and lost salvation over it, especially by crucifying the Savior, much like today. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). That is because “many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5). Another way of saying, “I am Christ” is to say, “I am Christian”. Just because a minister declares to be a Christians does not make one so. In addition to false Christian teachers, “many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:11). Therefore, just because the majority of Christians believe in a certain matter does not make it true. A future antichrist, as so many believe in, is not true. The church being raptured away, as so many believe, is not true. Sunday being the Lord’s Day, as so many believe, is not true. Spirits and souls going to Heaven mostly but a few to hell, as so many believe, is not true. The protestant reformation being done, as so many believe, is not true. What other falsehoods do the vast majority of Christians believe in yet is a lie?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hosea 11:2 [As] they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

Baalim, also known as Baal, is associated with sun worship according to 2 Kings 23:5. Interestingly, applying this verse in our day as directed in 1 Corinthians 10:11, an image is soon to be erected, not a physical image of course, but the Bible says, “they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live” (Revelation 13:14), which is a church and state relationship according to Daniel 7:24 being “diverse” or different from all other state run countries as well as 2 Thessalonians 2:4 “shewing himself that he is God”. Now along with the church and state uniting, this country “causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:16-17), where this mark is associated with “worship” according to Revelation 14:11 if read carefully. Seeing that God also has a mark or Seal according to Revelation 7:3, and the word “seal” and “sign” are synonyms according to Romans 4:11, we then see that “Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it [is] a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that [ye] may know that I [am] the LORD that doth sanctify you” (Exodus 31:13). Therefore, since worshiping God on His Sabbath day is God’s Seal, that means the antichrist has his day of worship as the mark being revealed in this verse of this mini-study by reference to Baalim or Baal being sun worship. The only form of sun worship openly practiced in grand numbers is that of accepting Sunday as the “Lord’s day” when it is not. So, will you keep Sunday in honor of Baal and eventually be marked, or will you keep God’s seventh day Sabbath in respect towards God and be sealed even today into truth (Ephesians 1:13)?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Hosea 11:1 When Israel [was] a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

That is because as a child, one is newly converted. Usually a new born-again Christian is on fire for God. Israel represents God’s people, while Egypt is one’s old life (Exodus 16:3). We are to come out of that life, “our old man is crucified” (Romans 6:6). And a lot of born-again Christians will clean up their life right away, but the question now is, are you still that on fire, born-again Christian, or has time caused you to retreat a bit back into Egypt, your old life?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hosea 10:15 So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great wickedness: in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.

Bethel, which is supposed to be the “house of God” but is not for it is doing wickedness by playing the harlot, apostatizing even, to them the king of Israel shall be cut off. Now the ultimate King of Israel is Jesus, but this is not Jesus because Jesus will not be cut off, so it represents the leadership. Just like Ahab, even Solomon at a period of time, led Israel into idol worship, likewise, leadership today in the church is leading astray many souls into sinning. No wonder in the end the church is going to be cruel to true followers of Christ who “love God, and keep his commandments” (1 John 5:2). “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service” (John 16:2). The morning is actually representative of Jesus. “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men [must be] just, ruling in the fear of God. And [he shall be] as the light of the morning, [when] the sun riseth, [even] a morning without clouds; [as] the tender grass [springing] out of the earth by clear shining after rain” (2 Samuel 23:3-4). So, will Jesus cut you off because you are following wickedness, which is any embracing of sin no matter how small, or will He appear bright and glorious to your soul?

Friday, February 09, 2018

Hosea 10:14 Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Betharbel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon [her] children.

Shalman means “fire worshipper”, and Betharbel means “house of God’s ambush”. You can already see the combination of things happening, but those devil worshippers who are bent on going to the fires of hell will not be able to ambush God for the Bible declares, “And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:9-10). And there shall indeed be an uprising or tumult, because John “saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war” (Revelation 19:11). With Jesus winning the battle, who do you server? Sin and Satan or righteousness and God?

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for [it is] time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

“He that doeth righteousness is righteous” (1 John 3:7). Reap of His forgiveness, His mercy. Be patient with yourself, but grow in grace and “make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof]” (Romans 13:14). And seeing the Lord wants to pour out the latter rain upon the righteous, are you truly seeking the Lord today and every day?

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Hosea 10:11 And Ephraim [is as] an heifer [that is] taught, [and] loveth to tread out [the corn]; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, [and] Jacob shall break his clods.

When Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29), it identified that if we do not yoke up with Christ, our yoke is hard and the burden is heavy. When we disregard the Christian mission to take the gospel to the world (Matthew 28:19-20), we look inwardly and partake of the world. By doing so, we complicate life so much so that we feel like someone is riding our backs, that we are drudgingly plowing through each day, and even to feel like we are just digging, digging, digging. Ephraim, Judah, and Jacob, also known as Israel, are all various forms of pointing to God’s people in one form or another. God is not pointing to the Atheist, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, etc. Ephraim is to be fruitful in winning souls. Judah is to be praising God. Jacob means supplanter or one who cheats another, but his name was changed to Israel at of conversion (Genesis 32:28). Evidently by referring to Israel as Jacob, backsliding is going on. Modernly, many Christians are not even actively trying to take the gospel to the world, even in their own neighborhoods, so how can they be fruitful? They cannot. Instead of praising God, most Christians praise Satan by the worldliness that they partake in. And backsliding is exactly what Christians have done. Are you one of them?

Monday, February 05, 2018

Hosea 10:10 [It is] in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows.

Revelation 3:19 says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Revelation 12:17 says, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Psalms 119:105 says, “Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” And along any pathway there are two furrows or ditches. One is liberalism and the other is legalism. Liberalism allows sin while legalism earns Heaven through merit. Heaven has been earned. It has been earned by Jesus, but now that it has been earned, He wants to fit us up to dwell with holy beings. But, if we think, “I don’t have to keep the commandments because of grace”, then we bind ourselves with liberalism. If we think we have to keep the commandments to be saved, we bind ourselves with legalism. So, are you in either ditch or are you on the straight and narrow path?

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Hosea 10:9 O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them.

Gibeah, referenced in the book of Judges, shows that the sin of Gibeah ranged from shortly after Joshua’s day to the present moment. That was a lot of days, but notice that when they went to battle against the children of iniquity, they did not overtake them. This is much like Christians today. The United States is so corrupt with violence, crime, disrespect, and much more. How can one of the most Christian nations on earth be so vile? Living in sin while trying to convert those in iniquity, which is sin, is powerless. In other words, to tell a non-Christian to be a Christian when Christianity shows no power to stop sinning, no power to live in obedience, converts no one. No wonder Christianity is becoming endangered in the United States. But how is it with you? Do you believe in “the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16) and “are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation” (1 Peter 1:5)?

Friday, February 02, 2018

Hosea 10:8 The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.

Aven, meaning “wealth” or “wickedness” and of course Israel, a reference to God’s people, is basically pointing to the worldliness that has come into the Christian church. Jesus’ parable sheds some light on the matter that matches this statement. “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22). And the closing scenes are sad ones where John saw the future. “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17). So, have you left go or placed in God’s hands all of the material items in your trust?

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Hosea 10:7 [As for] Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water.

Those that are to be watching, the meaning of Samaria, her leader would be cut off? And is that not the case with leadership. “They [are] all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” (Isaiah 56:10). And have you ever seen foam upon water? It separates from the water. It does not mix in, nor become united, but it stays on the surface. And this is how many in leadership feel, which is, they cannot be challenged. They are above the people, in which water is symbolic of such (Revelation 17:15). But being separate, they will be blown away. So, are you trusting in leadership, or are you studying the Word of God for yourself?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hosea 10:6 It shall be also carried unto Assyria [for] a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.

Assyria, also known later as Babylon, is the land of confusion today, revealed by John. The king of Babylon is none other than antichrist (Revelation 17:5). Ephraim or Christians today, using the fruitfulness given to them of God, on poor, selfish decisions instead of godly ones. In other words, they saw the requirements, for instance, in the Ten Commandments regarding murder, “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13). They knew of the counsel given by the Spirit of Prophecy, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes” (Psalms 101:3). And yet, these well blessed Christians given the Word and the Commandments justify watching murder show after murder show on TV. And who is giving this thirst to the world? “For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy” (Revelation 16:6) is how antichrist is referenced. Israel ought to be ashamed at the counsel given out. The leadership should not have advised that Halloween movies of blood and guts is what Psalms 101 is about but cop shows are alright. And that is just murder. Can you imagine the weakened counsel that is justified by modern day spiritual Israel practiced by spiritual Ephraim on all other matters? And, where do you stand in your own personal relationship with the Word of God and the Commandments?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hosea 10:5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Bethaven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests thereof [that] rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it.

Samaria, which means “watch mountain”, shall fear because the calves of the “house of vanity”, which is what Bethaven means. Therefore, instead of watching according to God’s holy mountain, they were engulfed in vanity, much like today. There are so many Christians caught up in watching sports, TV, movies, etc., which all of it is used as a distraction from our mission. As a true Christian, we have the responsibility to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). But try to pull people from TV and such and people mourn over not being able to enjoy their idol. And worst, all of the pastors that were involved in promoting sports and such shall be affected as it departs. But realize this, those that are attached to such as it burns at the end of time shall burn with it, so are willing to give it up today while there is opportunity?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hosea 10:4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.

Hemlock is a poisonous plant. Applied to Christians today, People speaking false words are those “certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:4). God’s covenant involves the Ten Commandments being written in our hearts (Hebrews 10:16), so then these ministers make a different one, such as preaching that grace replaces the need to keep God’s commandments. And this results in poisoning the field, which “The field is the world” (Matthew 13:38). So, are you listening to the poisonous message that you do not need to keep the commandments of God?

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hosea 10:3 For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?

When one does not fear God or even think God exists, respect for leadership, be it a king or president, also suffers. It has been proven time and time again. Therefore, the only solution such people in position have is force. And believe it or not, this country is headed in the same direction. Atheism is growing so quickly; each Christian seems to believe in their own version of God not fearing the God of the Bible; and overall, our country is in chaos, hence the disrespect for the office of presidency. “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon” (Revelation 13:11). This is the United States in prophecy in which John never saw a buffalo before and yet described our national beast perfectly. We were founded upon lamb like or Christian principles, but we will become more and more dragon like as time goes on and less and less of true Christian principles. So, are you one that supports cleaning up the disrespect and out of control people of America by force, or do you look for other means for a solution, like encouraging fellow Christian to actually be Christian?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Hosea 10:2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.

Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). Christians who think they can enjoy the world and still be saved are in for a rude awakening when Jesus comes (Matthew 7:21-23). Not only will they be found faulty, but be accused rightfully of being those “that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23). All their spiritual altars will be broken down, but so will their images, in fact, one particular image is dealt in a certain manner. The future says that they will “make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live” (Revelation 13:14). Then God will send forth His angels carrying the seven last plagues. “The first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and [upon] them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2). So, are you serving a divided relationship with God? Are you involved in setting up the image of the beast by worshipping it? Or are you consecrated wholly to God and warning people to not worship the image, which is now forming?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hosea 10:1 Israel [is] an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.

Israel, representative of today’s spiritual Israel, is an empty vine. That means Israel is not connected to the Vine, Jesus (John 15:1). And Jesus said, “As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me” (John 15:4). Therefore, spiritual Israel, despite even assembling for church, have left the connection with Jesus. And we know what empty means. It means an invitation for the devils. “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth [it] empty, swept, and garnished” (Matthew 12:43-44). So, now that the house is filled with devils posing as Christians, the fruit of their labors such as erecting altars and making goodly images is not acceptable to God. It may appear to be godly, but it is not, as we will see later in chapter 10. But for now, are you personally connected to Christ, which says, “I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5), or are you acting independently of Jesus, as He also said, “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned”?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hosea 9:17 My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.

Amos puts it this way in Amos 8:11-12, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find [it].” It is all because when they had opportunity to hear God’s truth, they had cast it aside. Now, are you casting it aside, or are you part of the group trying to share it while time permits?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hosea 9:16 Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay [even] the beloved [fruit] of their womb.

So, fruitful Ephraim will not be so fruitful. Oh, the church will see baptisms (fruit) today, but what type of fruit are they? In the end, the bad fruit will be slain. “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 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. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:16-20). So, what fruit are you, and if you are bringing fruit (souls) into the church, what fruit are they?

Monday, January 22, 2018

Hosea 9:15 All their wickedness [is] in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes [are] revolters.

What happened in Gilgal? “And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal” (1 Samuel 11:15). And by this act, what did the people actually do towards God? “They have rejected me, that I should not reign over them” (1 Samuel 8:7). No wonder God hated what they did. And when people reject God, of course He shall drive them out of His house, out of His church. And if one thinks that God will always love people, remember what Jesus said, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). Even the leaders or princes are revolters or rebellious. So, do you listen to these rebellious leaders putting down the Ten Commandments and following along to join them in the rebellion, even rejecting God as ruler, or do you submit to God and His will?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Hosea 9:14 Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

It is simply a way to say, “Let not sin multiply” for the womb and feeding of an infant with breast milk is representative of the original command: “Be fruitful, and multiply” (Genesis 1:28). So, those in wickedness, it is being asked that they not multiply. That is like today. Sin seems to be everywhere and more and more are being born to continue the spread. It is not like that a Christian husband and wife can guarantee a Christian child. No one is born saved. But are you a responsible person trying to teach others God’s ways despite the odds?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Hosea 9:13 Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, [is] planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer.

Ephraim, again, is a doubly blessed, fruitful people. To us, we are blessed with the Ten Commandments and the Testimony of Jesus Christ, according to Revelation 12:17. Tyrus, interestingly, is used in Ezekiel 28 to compare with Satan. “Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone [was] thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou [art] the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee [so]: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou [wast] perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee” (Ezekiel 28:12-15). Notice how Satan was made perfect, just like Ephraim was planted in a pleasant place or a perfect place. There is no reason for Ephraim to bring forth the children to the murderer. Who is the murderer? Jesus said, “Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44). How is this possible today to be led to Satan inside the Christian church? Very easy. By not using what we have been doubly blessed with. By rejecting the commandments and the testimonies, which means, not to be living according to them is how we can be led to the lake of fire, which is what Satan wants. So, do you listen to preachers putting down the Ten Commandments? Do you listen to preachers taking exceptions to various parts of scripture? If so, you are being led to the murderer, Satan. If you obey them and live by them, then you are being led to Jesus.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hosea 9:12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, [that there shall] not [be] a man [left]: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!

A man does not only mean adult male. Man is anyone that lives an upright life. But as Christianity continues to go deeper into worldly ways, despite raising children, God bereaves them because they will not grow into true men and women. They failed to follow godly instruction. “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts. For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little” (Isaiah 28:9-10). As pointed out, a person could be of adult age, but if they are still drinking from the milk, they are not a real man or woman. And when God separates from such people, there is definitely a woe upon them. They are lost. So, are you a mere child, or are you a spiritual adult?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hosea 9:11 [As for] Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.

Remembering that Ephraim is a double blessed people symbolic of those doubly blessed not only with the Word of God but also with the Ten Commandments (Revelation 12:17). And when such is rejected, the glory that once was being experienced shall fly away. In order of sequence, the symbolic representation would be found in lack of people being born again (birth), which usually results from evangelistic efforts and people being baptized. Next, there would be a decrease in the number of Bible studies (womb development). With the increase of atheism, we definitely see a lack of interest of even considering knowing God. And finally, the conception, symbolic of lack of interest of even holding religious conversation. When the symbolic Ephraim turned to worldly ways and not adhere to the commandments strictly and the Word of God strictly, the result is what has been described. And if any point to an increase in any of these categories, just remember, we are working on a global basis and such may not be true overall despite the local experience. Further, the question then is, just what quality are such people who are conceived, developed, and born? From observation, very few to none are committed but are worldly. So, are you part of the worldliness, or do you adhere to God’s commandments as they are printed, and do you follow the Word of God?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hosea 9:10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: [but] they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto [that] shame; and [their] abominations were according as they loved.

Interestingly, Jesus said, “A certain [man] had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung [it]: And if it bear fruit, [well]: and if not, [then] after that thou shalt cut it down” (Luke 13:6-9). And cut it down He did after the three-year period as “the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom” (Matthew 27:51). Backing up in time, “Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel” (Numbers 25:3), in which “Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods” (Numbers 25:1-2). This is much like today with even Christians seeing nothing wrong with porn, nudity in movies, or suggestiveness on TV. So, have you spiritually joined yourself to Baalpeor, or are you keeping the TV off and ceasing going to the movies?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hosea 9:9 They have deeply corrupted [themselves], as in the days of Gibeah: [therefore] he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.

Gibeah, a hill city in Ephraim, which again, was doubly blessed in fruitfulness, which translates to how doubly blessed we are with the Word of God, even the Ten Commandments. In fact, they “keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17), which “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10). However, they evidently do not actually do it for they are corrupting God’s Word, committing iniquity, and have plenty of sins unconfessed and forsaken. This time, when God remembers those sins, it is “seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God” (Revelation 15:1). But, before such is poured out, God says, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4). Therefore, anyone teaching that you will sin up to the second coming, come out of that false theology. Anyone teaching that the Ten Commandments are not part of salvation, come out of that false theology. Anyone teaching to not take the Bible so seriously, come out of that false teaching. In fact, there is a lot more to come out of. So, have you come out of all that?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hosea 9:8 The watchman of Ephraim [was] with my God: [but] the prophet [is] a snare of a fowler in all his ways, [and] hatred in the house of his God.

It is not easy to be a watchman, especially when false prophets speak against the watchman, that they lay traps for the watchman, and that the watchman is even hated because the watchman warns of the heresies in the church, identifies what sin is and to avoid it, and all other unpopular positions. People do not want to give up their sins, and it is worse when leaders, even false teachers and prophets work against the watchman. But, “thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth” (Isaiah 21:6). “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, [which] shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence” (Isaiah 62:6). “I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me” (Ezekiel 3:17). So, are you a faithful watchman?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Hosea 9:7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know [it]: the prophet [is] a fool, the spiritual man [is] mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.

Interestingly, in the last days, the second beast of Revelation 13 is also known as “the false prophet” (Revelation 16:13). Primarily a beast represents a country, but the role that this country will perform is “to worship the first beast” (Revelation 13:12), which at its head is “that man of sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). The singular reference to this spiritual man is the label of being mad, but then one must be mad to “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 that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). That nation, that man of sin, even represented as a harlot woman, is noted of Heaven that for the multitude of her iniquity, “her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double” (Revelation 18:5-6). Her great hatred goes so far that she will “have shed the blood of saints and prophets” (Revelation 16:6). So, are you following the falsehoods of false Christianity especially centering around a singular religious figure, the man of sin? Or, do you follow all that God says through His Word?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hosea 9:6 For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant [places] for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns [shall be] in their tabernacles.

Those that do not seek the true God but make God into something of their own creation, especially one that permits sin, will suffer these things. Egypt representing atheism and an old worldly life will take such people further away from God for in compromising or justifying a little usually leads to justifying or dismissing much more. This is evident in Christianity today with evolution trying to turn the literal creation week into eons or something else other than being taken literally. It is evident that a little justification to enjoy a little of the world has justified huge allowances such as tattooing, watching any rated movie or TV program, enjoying worldly and satanic music, wearing the same type of lude clothing, and much more. Even conversations are not Christian. Memphis of the times was a city of Egypt and must have been like today’s Las Vegas. Such a living area would just bury Christians, yet, they are found there. Nettles and thorns are means of choking the Word, as Jesus said, “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22). And our tabernacles or temples today is our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19). So, just what type of unbelief in the whole Word of God do you let steal parts of the complete truth away, and what type of justification do you use to allow you to participate in some worldly ways? If none, praise the Lord! If some, please cease before you get buried.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hosea 9:5 What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD?

Well, there is one particular feast that comes to mind that is solemn and that is the Feast of Atonement. This is where every sin is confessed and forsaken by the power of God or be cut off before the second coming happens (Leviticus 23:29). “Sin”, by definition, “is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). So, that means the Ten Commandments still exist since sin is still in the world. So, are you confessing and forsaking your sins?

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Hosea 9:4 They shall not offer wine [offerings] to the LORD, neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices [shall be] unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the LORD.

Wine is doctrine and bread is the Word. As preachers do not offer the right doctrine and do not teach the right understanding of the Word of God, they are polluting and all who listen and obey them shall not enter the kingdom of God. We were warned that this would be the case, yet people are alarmed at such claims. “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5). “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:11). “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Timothy 4:3). “Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:4). Do you really need more verses to realize that the ecumenical version of God (where we all worship the same God, where doctrines do not matter, where no one has the truth) is a lie, or are you aware of these things and are standing firm on God’s Word?

Monday, January 08, 2018

Hosea 9:3 They shall not dwell in the LORD'S land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean [things] in Assyria.

So, all those that go whoring away from the true God (verse 1) will not dwell in the Lord’s land being the New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:14, Revelation 21:2), Heaven itself. Ephraim, doubly blessed returning to the worldly ways, will digest all that which Assyria or Babylon provides, which is false doctrines. This is what is prophesied for the end of time. There is a group of people that have been blessed with the knowledge of God’s Word and even the Spirit of Prophecy (Revelation 19:10) above any other group, but they have wasted this double blessing and have returned to worldly practices and are partaking of the false doctrines that all other denominations collectively are known as Babylon or confusion. Worldly Christians in general will not go to Heaven. It is a wonder what type of punishment or intensity is set for those that have been so blessed but wasted it. So, are you seeking this double blessing to live by them, or have you gone the way of Egypt or even being worldly in general?

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Hosea 9:2 The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.

By going to the world trying to mix true Christianity with worldly ways, the doctrines will no longer feed the people and it shall fail. So, are you a Christian that thinks true Christianity is too strict and needs to lighten up the rules, or do you believe truth is not able to be compromised?

Friday, January 05, 2018

Hosea 9:1 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as [other] people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.

This is sarcasm. Why would anyone rejoice going a whoring, committing adultery towards God? The end result is hell! It is an acknowledgement of even how today’s Christians are “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 1:4). Grace seems to permit “the friendship of the world” when to “be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). In other words, spiritual whoring is being a worldly Christian who thinks they are still going to Heaven. Are you such, or are you one that lives “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4)?

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Hosea 8:14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.

Israel, a reference to God’s people, but today we call them Christian. God already ended His relationship with physical Israel. This verse now applies to spiritual Israel (Romans 2:28-29). Today’s Christians have forgotten their Maker despite claiming to be saved, claiming to be praying to Him, claiming to be singing to Him. They have forgotten Him because the god they do all these things to is not the God of the Bible otherwise they would “hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28). Building these mega temples or churches means nothing to God. Judah is also a reference to Christians in a different way, and they feel impressive for what is symbolically contained in those cities -- people. What makes mega churches so mega? Preach a prosperous gospel and lighten up on sin and the church becomes packed. In the end, all of those temples and cities shall be burned right along with the mansions those preachers use as a “humble abode”. Jesus had no place to lay His head (Matthew 8:20), and these preachers have more than a bed, a bedroom, a house. They have a mansion with swimming pool, a yacht, and multiple cars of luxury. So, have you joined with these false teachers, or have you left or stayed away from these cities and temples?

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Hosea 8:13 They sacrifice flesh [for] the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat [it; but] the LORD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt.

Humans try to improve on God’s commands, especially when it comes to “sacrifice”. Cain tried to improve his, and that definitely led to iniquity. The golden calf was set up in the desert, and that was definitely a move to go back to Egypt, the old life. In our own lives, how many times do we try to offer God a different form of worship when He states that people “must worship [him] in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). And in returning to Egypt, people sometimes get on fire for God and cut all kinds of things out of their lives, but later start pulling some of those things back in, for instance, “I will not watch TV or movies” and then they try to justify, “Well, these shows aren’t so bad.” So, do you worship God in both Spirit and in truth rejecting any form of returning to your old life, or are you trying to justify dragging pieces of your old life into the new relationship with Jesus and worship God not necessarily knowing truth or in the right Spirit?

Monday, January 01, 2018

Hosea 8:12 I have written to him the great things of my law, [but] they were counted as a strange thing.

Applied to today, try mentioning the keeping of the commandments, especially the one about the Sabbath from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset and not the fake one on Sunday from midnight to midnight, and people will think it is a strange thing. Try to share that even Paul said that grace and faith does not do away with the law and people will think it is a strange thing. Show that keeping the law because we are saved is different from keeping the law to be saved and people will think it is a strange thing. So, do you think the law is a strange thing?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hosea 8:11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.

Paul spiritually applies this by stating, “Make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof]” (Romans 13:14). When people make a path way to sin for those weak moments, those weak moments tend to happen. Hiding cigarettes near by does not help overcome smoking. Stashing chocolate does not help with binging on chocolate. Watching TV programs with all theses pretty rooms in a house does not make one appreciate the apparent dull but presentable rooms in one’s own house creating coveting. Watching TV that people get angry with one another does not help keep anger under control. So, are you setting up altars of sin making provision for the flesh to give in, or are you tearing down those altars (Exodus 34:13) and ways that lead to sin?

Friday, December 29, 2017

Hosea 8:10 Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes.

This verse describes how the supposed people of God, today’s Christians for instance, turn to the nations and use or bribe or even threaten elected people to do as they ask or the possible loss of the election next time around looms over their head. They may show sympathy outwardly to these mostly highly elected officials regarding their past sins, but overall, they seek control and instead of relying upon Christ to convert hearts, they will turn to legislation instead. Although this verse would apply to the last days, it has begun. The king of princes in our country is the president. What group got him elected? Evangelicals. A lot of the legislation that is coming from the White House is appeasing the Evangelicals. If Trump ticks them off, he will not even be a contender in 2020. So, do you agree with Christianity hiring or bribing or threatening officials to enforce Christianity, or do agree with Jesus method of freedom of conscience?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Hosea 8:9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.

Assyria, also known as Babylon, is what is described in the last days. “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2). Ephraim, fruitfully blessed, but involved with lovers can mean only one thing: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). So, are you worldly and given to false Christianity that is paganism in disguise, or are you answering Jesus’ prayer, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15)?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hosea 8:8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein [is] no pleasure.

Israel, representing the church, and the Gentiles, representing the lost, shows a sad picture of especially the last days. When the church looks like the world, which it does, then the church is powerless for conversions. Oh, some Christian churches may grow, but according to statistics, Christianity is not growing. That is because there is no difference between a Christian and a worldly person. In fact, God predicted it. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:1-5). You see, the spiritual Gentiles turn away from becoming a spiritual Israelite because all of the sins that the Gentiles partake of are in the church, so why waste time going to church to socialize or giving over hard earned money for such hypocrisy? There is FaceBook for socializing, and their money is better off spent selfishly elsewhere in their minds! So, are you a worldly Christian fulfilling this prophecy, or are you a true spiritual Israelite?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.

Isaiah 41:29 says that confusion is associated with wind, therefore, they shall reap that confusion. In fact, 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 describes it this way, “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” Then when they seek for food, either there will be none or strangers will steal it. That is because they did not follow God’s principle. “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him” (Psalms 91:14). So, are you putting your love, such as the love through obeying His commandments (John 14:15)?

Monday, December 25, 2017

Hosea 8:6 For from Israel [was] it also: the workman made it; therefore it [is] not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.

Many justify images and idols today because God had Moses and the Israelites make such, including “likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above” (Exodus 20:4), such as angels, as well as “that [is] in the earth beneath” (Exodus 20:4), like the bronze serpent, but they miss the point. Those things were commanded of God. God is allowed to do what He wants, not that He is into breaking His own rules for that would defeat the purpose of rules. In some things, He has a higher purpose that is beyond us figuring out, and in this case, we could but that is not the purpose of this post. In simple terms, none of those objects were worshipped and they were kept out of sight even from the priests except for one day a year. Today’s images and idols are not commanded of God, and they are out in the public where people use them to worship with. In fact, it is often a case of giving glory to the artist or sculptor instead of God. And like the calf of Samaria as well as the one in the desert with Aaron, all idols will be destroyed. So, do you use idols to pray to God that He did not ordain, or do you simply go to Him in prayer alone without the use of idols?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Hosea 8:5 Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast [thee] off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long [will it be] ere they attain to innocency?

Samaria means “watch mountain”. The calf reference is a form of idol worship (Exodus 32:4). By worshipping idols, people are cast off from the truth. That is why God’s anger will be upon these people. How long will it be? “Of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). But they claim to be innocent. Nonsense! The message of truth is readily available like no other time before. So, are you worshipping spiritual idols, or have you come to the truth and chosen to stand separate from what the world is forming, even an image to the beast?

Friday, December 22, 2017

Hosea 8:4 They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew [it] not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.

Kings and princes do not always refer to leaders of countries but leaders in general. Even so for today, the elections of politicians are not after God’s order. Even church leaders are elected to position on popularity as opposed to godly living, teaching ability, and modeling Christ. The silver and gold usually refer to financial transactions, but according to Psalms 115:4, they apply to the works of human hands as well. Literally, human hands create idols, as in, objects to worship, but they can be any creation spiritually speaking that draws people to reverence human creations. And that is what has become the motivation both in seeking positions, politically and religiously, as well as supporters putting them into position. So, what motivates you to select any leader? Is it principle or some idol?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hosea 8:3 Israel hath cast off [the thing that is] good: the enemy shall pursue him.

Romans 7:12 says, “Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” Hebrews 6:5 says, “And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come.” So, both the law or commandments of God are good, and His Word is good. Then since Israel or the church has cast off that which is good, that means the church has stopped obeying the commandments and stopped following the Word of God. Does that not describe today’s Christianity who has nailed the commandments to the cross, claims that grace does away with the law, that those that try to obey the law are not living by faith? Does that not further describe today’s Christianity who twists scripture, if they use it at all, to fit in with their agenda? With such good cast off, “The enemy that sowed them [thoughts of casting aside the commandments and the Word] is the devil” and not only does he “as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” but relentlessly pursues. Now, are you given into such nonsense not caring about the potential consequences of casting off the good, or are you still firm in the Word and obeying all of His commandments?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Hosea 8:2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.

In the last days, many will also cry from the Christian faith saying, “We know thee”, but do they? “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23). And according to Revelation 18:5, iniquity is the same as sinning. And “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). So, do you claim to know God while transgressing His law, or do you know Him while keeping His commandments?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hosea 8:1 [Set] the trumpet to thy mouth. [He shall come] as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.

Isaiah 58:1 says, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” So, crying aloud is like a trumpet. Revelation 14:7 says, “Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” With Jesus returning in verse 14, these messages known as the Three Angels’ Messages need to be sounded to save the people that believe and obey. It does include calling people to the fact that the law of God, specifically the Ten Commandments are being transgressed. So, will you heed the sound of the trumpet, the loud cry, the call to come back into obedience to God’s law?

Monday, December 18, 2017

Hosea 7:16 They return, [but] not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this [shall be] their derision in the land of Egypt.

“Having a form of godliness” (2 Timothy 3:5) is not the same as returning unto the Most High. They may point people to Jesus, but they do it in a manner that actually leads people to hell, especially by spreading the lie that the Ten Commandments have either been changed or done away with. That sword that slays leaders of nations, the princess, will be the Word of God, for Revelation 19:11 says, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on [his] vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” And instead of living as citizens of Heaven, they are living in the land of Egypt, very symbolic of atheism (Exodus 5:2), as well as worldly lifestyles (Exodus 16:3). So, to survive and truly receive eternal life, will you continue in God’s Word and live by His commandments?

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Hosea 7:15 Though I have bound [and] strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me.

Despite God’s blessings, everyone is ready to declare all of the catastrophes are nothing more than an act of God. Do you have such an experience with God?

Friday, December 15, 2017

Hosea 7:14 And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine, [and] they rebel against me.

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). If we do not love God in this manner, then it is just formalism, which many even go to church in that mode, a sense of obligation. And then they wonder why they lack God’s blessings. That is because they are simply putting in their obligation listening to God’s Word (wheat corn that is used to make bread) and His doctrines (wine), but they are presented in such a way that does not transform the person. The person stays in their sins creating rebellion. And there are so many Christians that are fed such a weak gospel sermon after sermon. They receive no power. So, are you being fed the full Word and proper doctrines?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hosea 7:13 Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me.

So, Jesus comes to earth to set the example of overcoming Satan, dies to save us from our sins, rises to give us hope in the resurrection, and today’s preachers tell lies! These are “ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:4), even though they appear godly. The lies perpetrated are: that Jesus was not one of us, that He did not take on human flesh and “was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin” (Hebrews 4:15), that we are saved by simply being justified but do not have worry about holy living or sanctification, that His commandments have been nailed to the cross, that sin does not need to be removed from our lives, and many more. They are going to destruction, which is hell because “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). So, do you believe any of these lies?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hosea 7:12 When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard.

About the net, Matthew 13:47-50 says, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” This net shall pull down the high lofty ones as fowls of the sky and such will be powerless. And remember, only the “doers of the law shall be justified” (Romans 2:13). So, will you be gathered as the good being a just person living according to God’s law, or cast away as the bad because of continuing to live in sin?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hosea 7:11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.

According to 2 Timothy 3:6, sins are connected with being silly. Ephraim, bountiful in the knowledge of God, is more responsible to God than are those of Egypt and Assyria. Egypt, according to Exodus 5:2, describes an atheist. Assyria, some times used as a synonym for Babylon, would be all those caught in confusion. Revelation 14 and 18 describe the confusion of Babylon quite well with a call to come out in 18:4, but in this verse from Hosea, it seams that the supposed people of God that are to hold true to “the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17), defined as being “the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10), are involved in silliness or sinning. How can anyone take them seriously while they are sinning? These people go to the unchurched (Egypt), such as atheists, and invite them into, not Ephraim or God’s church, but to Babylon or Christianity that is in confusion, which includes being a follower of Christ while enjoying sin, not providing real help with the sin problem, making excuses for sinning. So, are you caught up in all this mess, or do you stay true to the commandments and the spirit of prophecy, which is the Spirit that inspired the Bible for instance?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hosea 7:10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.

“Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). So, does pride prevent you from obeying the Lord your God fully?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hosea 7:9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth [it] not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.

What makes a person a stranger as compared to those that have been bountifully blessed with the Word of God and eyesight as Ephraim (previous verse) had been blessed with? “I [am] a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me” (Psalms 119:19). It is the lack of keeping the commandments. So, those outside the church have been pressing against the church to compromise and that is exactly what has happened. Not only do we go against the Bible on the subject of homosexuality, we even ordain such people. Now gray hairs are associate with age (Proverbs 20:29). Age in the Bible is not looked about as old people, but rather, experienced, knowledgeable, and to be honored. That is what Ephraim was supposed to be or change into, but evidently, they knew not that such was their responsibility. And that is sad as today we have a number of people who are up in age and are looked upon as old fuddy duddies. Many in the church see the older people as being in the way of the new movement of the younger people, and that is not how it ought to be. No wonder God is upset with Christians today. They have compromised with the world in many areas as well as not allowing the experience of truth to be spoken by the older members of the congregation so as to have the youth avoid the same mistakes. Now, are you keeping the world from entering into your life? Are you learning from those that came before you?

Friday, December 08, 2017

Hosea 7:8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.

Jesus prayed, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15). Mixing with the people is not being kept from the evil. It is very much describing the average Christian in which if a non-Christian and Christian were to stand in judgment by another human being, without either person speaking, it would be so hard to tell them apart. Today, they wear the same Hollywood or sports advertising clothing; they eat the same junk food; in many cases, they smoke and drink alike; they watch the same TV and are entertained by the same music; they both go to the same events; and so on. The only difference is that some Christians go to church. So, what happens when a cake or bread that needs to be baked is not turned at all while in the oven? It burns. And that describes hell, where many “Christians” will unfortunately be joining with other non-Christians who will be lost. Now, are you mixing with the world, or are you being kept from the evil influences?

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Hosea 7:7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: [there is] none among them that calleth unto me.

According to a present-day application that we are to make with Old Testament scriptures according to 1 Corinthians 10:11, the governments are basically falling. They have enacted laws that go against the Bible and one that is pretty much universal, with exceptions, is protecting homosexuality. Another that is coming soon is the answer to climate change, which, according to the pope, is legislating a Sunday rest day for the earth. Momentum for such is picking up speed. When enacted, that goes against God’s commandments of the seventh day being the rest day, which in proper Bible study is the Seal of God. God is not going to be happy that governments are messing around with His seal. As a result, instead of consulting with God, they have agreed amongst themselves, where even these anti-biblical laws are upheld by immoral judges. So, who are you trusting? Immoral governments or God, in His Word?

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Hosea 7:6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.

Those whose hearts are not surrendered to Jesus will be burned as in an oven. Even now, hearts burn up the truth before it penetrates the soul. They are very much asleep to all that is happening, just like the baker who sleeps overnight, but just like Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:23-24), it burns in the morning. “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 1:7). So, how are our hearts towards God? Does it burn up everything that God tries to send our way to save us, or is ready to receive truth through His Word?

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Hosea 7:5 In the day of our king the princes have made [him] sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.

According to Revelation, the apostate church that antichrist uses is described as, “the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication” (Revelation 17:4). And in that cup, “she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelation 14:8), so that means that the princes or the rulers of the world have been drinking even from the “bottles of wine” she is giving out making God sick. At some point God will say, “Thou hast forsaken me, saith the LORD, thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting” (Jeremiah 15:6). So, are you making God sick by drinking from the wine or doctrines of antichrist? Or are you one “that abideth in the doctrine of Christ” (2 John 1:9)?

Monday, December 04, 2017

Hosea 7:4 They [are] all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, [who] ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened.

That would definitely leave a bad taste in one’s mouth. And what of today’s majority of Christians. “Hypocrites!”, Jesus would exclaim. Those living like the world without the desire to cease from the world and yet claim to be Christian, which is most of Christianity, they would be like the unfinished bread in an oven. They have not been brought to full maturity, but they basically will not be with the desires of the world. So, are you a worldly Christian that God can call an adulterer, or are you faithful to God’s commands, precepts, and statutes?

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Hosea 7:3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

Ever notice that to move up in the government requires lies, deceit, and what God calls wickedness? It is not something new; it always has been. Therefore, those government conspiracy theories, they are not just theories. God knows the truth. So, do you support such activities by voting those people into office figuring you are voting for the lesser of two evils, or do you do as Jesus did with politics, not get involved?

Friday, December 01, 2017

Hosea 7:2 And they consider not in their hearts [that] I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face.

How will you feel when you face all the deeds you have done from childhood up that you were accountable for? Have you confessed and forsaken them all? If not, what will you say to God before His face? “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). But, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). On which side are you, glossing over sins or confessing every transgression with a complete repentant heart?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hosea 7:1 When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, [and] the troop of robbers spoileth without.

Ever notice this on a personal basis? A person who chooses to go all the way with Jesus and enters into the process of being healed by avoiding that which contributed to the ailments to begin with ends up revealing the sins of family, friends, and others. If one chooses to stop drinking alcohol as the Bible condemns it (Proverbs 20:1) and true science and true doctors even reveal the injuries caused by the use thereof, everyone else that continues drinking will get defensive. They also probably do not like the fact that the true Christian has stopped drinking with them. Substitute alcohol with other things to be healed from and the same holds true, right down to what people wear, eat, do, not do, watch, listen to, etc. Some may be fruitfully blessed like Ephraim. Some may consider themselves as discerners of the Word of God like Samaria and miss the true meanings. So, are you a criticizer? Are you thinking you are blessed of God and cannot be wrong? Are you learned in a certain way with the scriptures but unable to see the true interpretations? Or, are you in the process of being healed?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Hosea 6:11 Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.

And indeed, we will be praising God (Judah’s definition) when Jesus harvests us bringing us up out of captivity at the second coming. Earth in this condition is not our home. We ought to be looking to the Heavenly home. So, do you sense your captivity or are you oblivious to what is going on?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hosea 6:10 I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there [is] the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.

Israel means “God Prevails”. Israel is also reference to God’s people. So, among God’s people, in which we refer to as either “Christians” in general or “Church” specifically today, we have a dual application. In the Christian community sits the whore of Revelation 17. Christianity has been defiled by her in drinking the wine she offers (Revelation 14:8, Revelation 17:2). The Bible calls it Babylon (Revelation 18:2). In the Church specifically, as in not all denominations but those “which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17), we have brought in the whore’s doctrines and have defiled our materials, our sermons, our church. We call it apostasy. In either case, how much time are you spending with “the testimony of Jesus Christ” so as to see through the activities of Babylon and through the apostasy specifically?

Monday, November 27, 2017

Hosea 6:9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, [so] the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.

Is it not like leadership to lead people astray? It sure is. The Pharisees led the people of Israel to yell, “Crucify Him!” (Mark 15:13) Likewise, people today crucify the truth. They rather listen to what their ministers tell them, and instead of checking things out for themselves, they automatically reject any further light, even potentially, the truth. No wonder the Bible says, “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:10). So, do you investigate things for yourself, or do you rely on others for advice?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hosea 6:8 Gilead [is] a city of them that work iniquity, [and is] polluted with blood.

Gilead means “rocky region”. Interestingly, antichrist sits on seven mountains (symbolic language of Revelation 17:9). Antichrist “think to change times and laws” (Daniel 7:25), which works this iniquity. Antichrist “have shed the blood of saints and prophets” (Revelation 16:6). So, do you go along with the changed times of God and His commandments like the day of the Sabbath or even thinking the commandments were nailed to the cross, or are you part of the people that antichrist will seek after to kill because you do uphold God’s seventh day Sabbath and His commandments?

Friday, November 24, 2017

Hosea 6:7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.

God says, “For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (Hebrews 8:10). Therefore, all of the preachers who nail the commandments to the cross, have changed a commandment or two or even three, have promoted grace and faith over the obedience to the law, and have used other excuses to break the commandments, are dealing treacherously with God! So, who are you going to listen to? God, who says to keep His commandments, or erring people, who teach to break the law?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

So how we relate to our neighbor (mercy) and how we relate to God (knowledge of Him) is more to Him than all of the sacrifices we do, more than all the offerings we can give. It is easy to throw money at something. It is easy to choose to do things that appear Christian that we are willing to do, but when it comes to needs and doing things that are more challenging, more time consuming, more involved, more of the heart, where are the true Christians? So, do you throw money at the situation or do you get involved?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hosea 6:5 Therefore have I hewed [them] by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments [are as] the light [that] goeth forth.

So, God has given us prophets, and yet, even among Christians, they are discarded as being nothing more than human and their written words contained in the Bible are ignored. There are specific things mentioned to be done and not done, and erring on either side, neglect of doing what is supposed to be done and doing things that ought not to be done, is sin. And we are told that “the wages of sin [is] death” (Romans 6:23). Therefore, God’s word does slay people. Now the judgments, even in the form of calamities, are to wake people up. Are you awake? Do you accept God’s words, the Bible? Do you listen to the prophets?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hosea 6:4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness [is] as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.

Ephraim, a fruitful child of Israel, apparently is not so fruitful towards God. Judah, whose name means “praise”, evidently has not been praising God. Much like today’s Christians. God has entrusted humans with the gospel. He has provided gifts in spreading the gospel. And yet, these talents are used selfishly. So, do you use God’s money, God given abilities, God’s time for God’s purpose, in a godly way, or do you use them for whatever you desire?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, [if] we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain unto the earth.

Who is that follows the Lord? “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). These shall receive the early or former rain of true repentance and knowledge of God (James 5:7 to provide for Mark 4:28) followed by the latter rain of sealing power (Revelation 7:4) that they shall abide in the truth (Revelation 14:4) and will not be moved.” So, do you follow Jesus in whatever He commands, denying all that you want, even personal goals in life?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Hosea 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

So what end time application can we make with this verse? God says, “One day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). Then we can say that after 2,000 years since the first coming of Christ, we shall be revived. In fact, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:52-54). And in the third period of 1,000 years, which is the coming millennium, it is said, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4). So, will you be part of the reigning ones during the millennium?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

That is true. As long as probation does not close, we may return unto the Lord. He will heal us and bind up our wounds. Physically, it may not be done instantly for we may have caused much damage while away from the Lord, but as for the spiritual relationship, it will be healed instantly. However, the longer one waits, the harder it is to return to the Lord. So, if you have strayed away, will you today return unto the Lord?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hosea 5:15 I will go [and] return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

Interesting thing is that in the last days, worldwide laws are going to be enacted to combat the calamities happening around the world (Mark 13:8-9). Climate change seems to be the attention of governments and religions together. The solution seems to be to get back to God, at least that is what is being proposed, especially since 2015. These people, especially of the religious, will be in sincere prayer regarding each step in getting back to God. Eventually, they will get to the point that all who do not go along with laws, these prayerful people “give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15). And who are the targets? “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17). So, will you be seeking God under a false pretense by joining with setting up and enforcing the spiritual image worship, for “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29), or will you stay loyal to God even when they point the finger stating, “These be the troublers”?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hosea 5:14 For I [will be] unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, [even] I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue [him].

Although Satan is usually associated as a destructive lion (1 Peter 5:8), here Jesus takes vengeance upon Ephraim, those who are to be so fruitful having so much knowledge entrusted to them, and upon Judah, who simply praise God, but today, we have too many focused upon the praising part but not the obeying part. Hence, Jesus will take vengeance upon both groups: those in Christianity that have been entrusted with the knowledge to save the world but sat on it, and the other group that is all about living under grace sinning all the way (Jude 1:4). So, which group are you in? Have you cast away the law of God? Do you know the truths of the Bible and simply horde them? Are you fully aware of the last day saving everlasting gospel of Revelation 14:6-12 and are warning everyone possible?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hosea 5:13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah [saw] his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.

Today, many Christians base their beliefs from humans just like Ephraim did in seeking the human Jareb, which means “contender”. He was contending for that which belonged to God. Today, they seek after human solutions instead of God’s ways. After being bombarded with evolutionistic theories, Christians have mostly given themselves over to doubting the creation story in Genesis, listening to “science falsely so called” (1 Timothy 6:20). So many Christians turn to the pharmacy to cure their ailments instead of natural remedies, which includes giving up the thing that is causing the problem in the first place. So many Christians believe the lie regarding vaccinations and are all for forcing children to get them. So many Christians turn to the government for solutions when God provides the answers right in His Word. And the list goes on of how Christians have turned to many unbelievers for healing in one form or another including seeking Yoga, karate, eastern meditation, and much more. So, who do you turn to in time of need, God or other humans?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hosea 5:12 Therefore [will] I [be] unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.

When people think they are all right with God but do not want to confirm it in the Word of God, then that relationship will be eaten away like a moth on clothing, like food that is overripened. So, what is your relationship with God based upon: feeling or the Bible?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hosea 5:11 Ephraim [is] oppressed [and] broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment.

Keep the commandments of God and receive oppression from the world seems to be the pattern. It started with Cain killing Abel, and it ends with “as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15). So, does loss of life scare you away from being a commandment keeping Christian, ostracization scare you, loss of family and friends scare you? Or are you willing to be part of the group that “loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11)?

Friday, November 10, 2017

Hosea 5:10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: [therefore] I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.

Today, so many look up to these mega church preachers, televangelists, and such. They have removed the protection of the Ten Commandments making them unrequired. Therefore, God shall pour out His wrath upon them, not only the preachers but the followers as well. So, are you a follower of God or a human?

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Hosea 5:8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, [and] the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud [at] Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin.

Gibeah means “hill” and in Judges 20:13, the Bible says, “Now therefore deliver [us] the men, the children of Belial, which [are] in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel”. Ramah means “hill” as well but the Bible also says, “In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping [for] her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not” (Matthew 2:18). Bethaven means “house of vanity”, and Benjamin means “son of the right hand”. Now the involvement of the cornet and trumpet, the Bible says, “Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps” (1 Chronicles 15:28). The ark contained the Ten Commandments. Now in regards to “crying aloud”, the Bible states, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isaiah 58:1). Hills are used as vantage ground to proclaim. Where there is evil and death, the Ten Commandments need uplifted. Where there is vanity going on, point out the transgressions and sins! Benjamin being the last child born to Israel (Jacob), it means that the last generation is the one that has to deal with this in the churches. And do evil and soul-destroying messages exist in the Christian churches today? Absolutely. Do the sins and transgressions need revealing? Absolutely. So, are you part of the sin problem or are you trying to help clean up the church?

Monday, November 06, 2017

Hosea 5:6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find [him]; he hath withdrawn himself from them.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23). When we do not do God’s will, when we allow iniquity in our lives or teach it, we cannot find the true God of Heaven. We become blinded. So, do you have difficulty in communicating with God, or do you live in obedience to all God commands and are able to hear His voice?

Friday, November 03, 2017

Hosea 5:5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.

Remembering that Ephraim fell by their whoredoms or worldliness, Israel and Judah ended up doing the same thing. Shall we not learn from their examples? All Christians living like the world will be lost because “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15). So, are you a worldly Christian or are you not of the world despite being in it?

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Hosea 5:4 They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms [is] in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD.

Again, whoredom is equivalent to adultery and adultery is being friends with the world (James 4:4). And while we are friends with the world, or being worldly, we cannot hear or get to know God. So, how worldly are you, or by the grace of God, have you come out of the world?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hosea 5:3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, [and] Israel is defiled.

Ephraim, a child of Joseph, so a child of Israel, who was to be fruitful (Genesis 41:52) became fruitful in teaching the ways of the world much like today’s Christians. Christians are involved in watching whatever, listening to whatever, going to places of the world to be amused, doing things of the world to simply pass time, and yet, they call themselves Christian despite the fact we never see Jesus visiting a stadium, nor being entertained through the theater, nor eating and drinking as a drunkard despite being accused of such. Today’s Christians see nothing wrong with these things. Israel on the other hand knows to avoid these things, yet a Christian form of it is permitted, which is just as defiling. They avoid the movies in general but if there is a religious theme to the movie, there is an allowance. They avoid listening to worldly music, but change the lyrics to a few Christian words, they listen to it. So, are you like Ephraim enjoying the world and not see it as sin? Are you like Israel that accepts Christianized worldliness? Or are you true to God?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hosea 5:2 And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I [have been] a rebuker of them all.

The profound make slaughter today with words. The Bible predicts it will become physical (Revelation 13:16-17). But God rebukes them all. So, whose side are you on?

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Hosea 5:1 Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment [is] toward you, because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.

Mizpah means “watchtower”, and Tabor means “mound”. Genesis 31:49 confirms this definition by stating, “And Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.” In both cases, Mispah and Tabor are places of watch care. They ought to have been used to watch and protect from the enemy, and one of the greatest enemies today is sin. Instead, the priests, which are trusted individuals, were a snare and even spread entrapments (net). They literally got in the way of reproving wrongs, as many teach today. Many in leadership push this notion that actions ought not be judged when the Bible says otherwise. Only destination and motivation are left to God, but “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). So, do you listen to such ministers today that get in the way of church discipline?

Friday, October 27, 2017

Hosea 4:19 The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.

Wind is usually a sign of crisis, for instance, “I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree” (Revelation 7:1). The wings usually are associated with flight, but evidently, she, those living in apostasy, are bound up, even so concerned about the coming crisis that she cannot take flight. And all the supposed sacrifices will amount to nothing. Even today, without consulting the Word of God, many Christians are worried about a nuclear war, immorality running amuck, atheists conquering and growing. The solution they have is forced morality, including worship. So, what concerns you and do you have God’s solution or what you think is God’s solution?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hosea 4:18 Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers [with] shame do love, Give ye.

Drink being sour is not good. In fact, "Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise" (Proverbs 20:1). Committing whoredom is again, living of the world. Yes, we are in the world, but we do not have to be of the world. When we mix Christianity and the world, that is adultery (James 4:4). So, are you drunk with the world or even living like the world, or have you separated yourself, living for Christ?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Hosea 4:17 Ephraim [is] joined to idols: let him alone.

According to 2 Chronicles 15:8, "the abominable idols" were found in "the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim". Therefore the literal reference is to be a spiritual application. People who make excuses for sinning with no desire to overcome their sins are joined, linked, connected, holding onto their spiritual idols. And again, God declares, "Let him alone!" That means that there is a point of no return if we are that blinded. So, how blind are you?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hosea 4:16 For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.

Anytime we return to the ways of the world that happens to be defined as backsliding. And in that state of backsliding, we preach a message, and it is not a good one. We preach that Jesus is NOT able to keep us from falling despite the Bible stating, "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy" (Jude 1:24). A heifer, in comparison to the lamb, is more bold and determined. A single lamb in a large place would feel all alone but fed the basics. In other words, it is back to learning the basics of having a relationship with God. And what of ourselves? Could we actually be using religious justification to perpetrate sin? Even a backslidden state? Do we need to be fed as little lambs upon the basics again?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hosea 4:15 Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, [yet] let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor swear, The LORD liveth.

Gilgal means "a wheel rolling". Bethaven means "house of vanity". Just like today where most of Christianity plays the harlot, embracing worldliness, let not the true Christians be affected. To these worldly Christians, do not get rolled up in the world. Do not participate in vanity, like sports, celebrities, worldly music and customs, etc. And even Jesus taught, "Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne" (Matthew 5:34). So, are you like Israel being worldly or avoiding the influence like Judah?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Hosea 4:14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people [that] doth not understand shall fall.

God says, "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent" (Revelation 3:19). If God is not going to punish them, then that means He has given up on them especially since He knows they are going to fall in the end. Does God do that? Yes. "God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient" (Romans 1:28). And the word "convenient" is better understood as "natural", "proper", "right". So, is it possible that God allows you to prosper in your sins knowing full well that you will not be wholly committed? Or are you wholly committed to God and are sad for those in this condition?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hosea 4:13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof [is] good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.

The acts of open sacrifice instead of secret or hidden is very similar to the blatant, false Christianity that so many have clung unto. It lets people commit whoredom, live like the world, and have family members commit adultery, making friends of the worldly, all of which is condemned (James 4:4). Those with the true sacrifice, which is obedience to God's law (1 Samuel 15:22), are hardly seen. It requires taking up one's cross after denying themselves (Matthew 16:24). So, are you a blatant, world participating Christian, or are you a committed Christian living in obedience to all that God commands?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hosea 4:12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused [them] to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.

Whoring and whoredoms is no different than what James writes. "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4). Those that try to live a Christian life while holding onto the world are going to err in judgment. They will not make the right godly decision. They are not seeking God's way because it means giving up what they are holding onto. They want eternal life the cheapest way possible. Of course when they are brought into tight situations, represented by the stocks, then they are willing to seek God, but most simply complain. "Lord, I'm a Christian. How could you let this happen to me?" It just shows that there is a difference between cheap grace Christianity and true Christianity. Which one are you?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hosea 4:11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.

The way of the world (whoredom) and the way of new doctrines (new wine) will indeed take the heart away from God. The world offers amusements, entertainment, fun, excitement while God offers Bible study, sermons, obedience. The flesh always seeks the former and sees the latter as boring. Likewise, the only new doctrine available is the one the lessens the requirements. In one form or another, the doctrines that are to be obeyed are doctrinalized away. Cheap grace is the ultimate new doctrine that goes against the heart being for God for Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15), while cheap grace nails the commandments to the cross. Even those doctrines that teach what appears to be very strict rules, like the Catholic Church, seem to allow the breaking of the commandments only to be made up by works, like saying ten Hail Mary's, which works can never do, but it does show how even what appears to be a stricter doctrine than God's rules, when honestly investigated, really are not. So, has the world and new doctrines drawn your heart away from God, or do you love Him enough to resist the world and the new doctrines?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hosea 4:10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.

Spiritually speaking, eating only a bit of God's Word to be used to twist into a different form of salvation is not going to be enough to have true salvation. Committing whoredom, which is "the friendship of the world" and "is enmity with God" (James 4:4) will not provide the increase in the end when all that is of the earth is swept away and only the saved receive the mansions (John 14:2) and walk the streets of gold (Revelation 21:21). Only those that take the whole message of the gospel will receive true salvation. Only those staying true to God and denying one's self from worldly pleasures shall see God (Matthew 16:24). So, are you eating properly? Are you keeping yourself faithful to Jesus? Or are you accepting the cheap grace message? Are you cheating on Christ by enjoying the world?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hosea 4:9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.

The reward is not a good reward. It means that they will reap what they have sown. The description, in a bit of symbolic representation, is found in Matthew 7:22-23, which says, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." So, are you following along acting like a Christian while desecrating God's law, or do you "do and teach [them]" (Matthew 5:19) as Jesus expects us to?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hosea 4:8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

Remember, if it is not God's desire, it is considered iniquity. Working for an employer to provide for the family is of God. Sitting in front of the TV after a long day of work just vegging out watching sitcoms is not of God. Reading the Bible and listening to sermons is of God. Reading worldly books is iniquity. Searching the news to compare with last day events is of God. Searching the news to get the latest gossip, check the stock market, see how the sports games are going is iniquity. Going out in nature is of God. Going to places of amusements is iniquity. So, just what is your heart set on?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hosea 4:7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: [therefore] will I change their glory into shame.

Both in population and in wealth, people have greatly increased. To have taken about 5,800 years to reach a billion people, we have in the past 200 years multiplied that by 7. Money was so hard to come by even up through the 1800's and now people throw pennies away, even change in general. They think nothing of spending money on themselves lavishly compared to the 1800's and prior. But what has also greatly increased is the sins. Soon, it will all come crashing down permanently though. "And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more" (Revelation 18:9-11). So, has the increase taken your spiritual life away through so many people we can associate with along with the material things that the merchants offer?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Removing God from society results in problems and will result in rejection of eternal life in the end. Even the ministers are rejected for having "made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition" (Matthew 15:6). And forgotten the law they have plus attacked it. And then it is a wonder why the greatest number of youth are flocking to atheism today? It is no wonder at all. It is the result of what God predicted. So, do you seek true knowledge of God and live according to His commandments?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hosea 4:5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.

So all those that pretend to be a Christian living like the world, even going as far as to get all worked up over certain sins while practicing excused sins are going to fall, be destroyed. No wonder Jesus said, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:22-23). So, how are you living? As a true disciplined Christian or one that excuses sins?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Hosea 4:4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people [are] as they that strive with the priest.

Does this mean we should not help people out of sin? Does this mean a preacher ought not talk about sin from the pulpit? Does this mean sin is no longer an issue? Of course not. As will be revealed, among the lost, it really does not matter if they reprove one another. Telling someone to stop smoking while they are a drunkard is a bit hypocritical. Telling someone to stop cheating on their taxes while they are cheating on their spouse is a bit hypocritical. Such people should not strive against another nor try to reprove another. Is that where you are at, still in sin? How can you help someone out of sin if you are still in it? Or have you taken the advice of Jesus, "first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye" (Matthew 7:5)?

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Hosea 4:3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

That is because "the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof" (Isaiah 24:1). The fowls are also done feasting and die off eventually for "I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great" (Revelation 19:17-18). The important part is not to be part of the feast of the fowls. So, are you preparing for the feast in Heaven, or are you carelessly indifferent about allowing yourself to be the main course for another feast, that of fowls?

Friday, October 06, 2017

Hosea 4:2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.

This is what goes on in schools and in society. Obviously we do not want to be committing any of these acts, but as we see predicted, once God was removed from society and the schools, it permitted the immorality to increase to the point so rapidly that students shed the blood of other students, people shed the blood of other people. We are not talking about a simple rewording of the word "kill". A lone student killing another student or even in society in general, a person killing another is one thing, but the blood touching blood, we are talking more on the level of taking sides and not caring of the bloodshed on the other. This is along the lines of rioting. The vice president of CBS being glad 58 probable Republicans were murdered in Las Vegas is an example. However, bringing God back is not the proper solution since it is predicted to swing so far to the opposite side that "they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live" (Revelation 13:14), which is the joining of church and state together. And with that then, the persecutions will return. So, are you ready for the future? Is your soul right with God?

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

Does that not describe our day today? Atheism is on the rise. Evolution is taught as if it is no longer a theory while creation or even the hint thereof is forbidden. There is hardly any mercy shown between people for everyone just assumes the other person meant to do something that clearly was an accident. So, do you seek God's truth, have mercy where you can have mercy, and seek as much knowledge of the true God and not the one generally preached of?

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Hosea 3:4-5 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and [without] teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.

Look at it from a spiritual perspective, especially as we are told to do so in 1 Corinthians 10:11, we see a reference to the deceased King David. Obviously it cannot be taken literally. The ultimate King, the ultimate Prince is none other than Jesus (1 Timothy 6:14-15, Isaiah 9:6). So when we seek His ruling hand, we are seeking to be led by God. Now in the latter days, there is going to be a call to "fear the LORD", which Revelation 14:6 says, "Fear God", which is the latter day call just before Jesus returns (Revelation 14:14). "The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth" (Proverbs 8:13). So, do you hate evil or do you make excuses for it?

Monday, October 02, 2017

Hosea 3:2 So I bought her to me for fifteen [pieces] of silver, and [for] an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:

Interestingly, Jesus used barley loaves to feed the five thousand men in addition to the uncounted children and women. Barley loaves instead of wheat loaves was what the poorer class could afford. Also, Jesus was bought for thirty pieces of silver, where fifteen is used here in this purchase, which is half of the cost for a servant (Exodus 21:32). So Hosea purchases this woman who is not even a worthy servant, in regards to cost or value, and with grain that is made into bread using the poorer class of grain. So while serving self interests instead of serving God, symbolized by not being a full servant value, and instead of having the best version of the bread or Word of God, they had the poorer version. In other words, Israel was serving the false gods and teaching for doctrines of tradition and paganism instead of the pure Word of God. And we have such happening today. How many Christians really serve God? How many Christians really accept the pure Word of God and choose the cheap grace version instead? True Christianity requires self denial and effort to know the truth. So, do you deny yourself and take up your cross (Matthew 16:24) following the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:10), or do you serve yourself and are satisfied with cheap grace?

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Hosea 3:1 Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of [her] friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.

So Hosea is to love an adulterous woman, representing the children of Israel then. Are the spiritual children of Israel any different today as compared to then? No. God loves everyone and is willing to forgive our sins, including the Christianized paganism, but He says, " turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?" (Ezekiel 33:11) We are to turn away from the paganism tha has been handed down through other gods that have been Christianized including away from Sunday as His day and back to truly His Sabbath day, away from following human traditions and back to the Word of God, away from participating in Lent and back to observing His weekly holy day, away from praying to saints and getting advice from departed ones and back to simply praying as Jesus taught us, etc. So, have you turned away from your pagan ways, or do you not see the paganism in Christianity?

Friday, September 29, 2017

Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to [them which were] not my people, Thou [art] my people; and they shall say, [Thou art] my God.

Yes, this is a reference to the gospel going to the Gentile world, but that does not have application to us directly today. As for today, anyone that leaves the world of sin, even the world of deception where one thinks they are saved but were deceived into a false hope, they truly were not God's people and at the time they did not call upon the true God. But when we learn the truth, then we become His people, and we can say, "Thou are my God!" Can you say that God is truly your God?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hosea 2:21-22 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth; And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.

Keeping in mind that Jezreel means "God sows", we then see, the heavens, containing all the host of angels along with the earth, containing all the host of humans hearing the corn, wine, and oil. The corn is not the yellow corn that one has on a comb but rather a reference to wheat, which is used in making bread, of which "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). The wine, a symbol of doctrine. Antichrist has her cup full of false wine or doctrines while Christ has the true doctrines (2 John 1:9). And the oil, the symbol of the Holy Spirit (1 Samuel 16:13). So those out of the earth that listen to the Word, accept the doctrines of Jesus Christ, and are guided by the Holy Spirit "into all truth" (John 16:13) and allowing Him to "reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment" (John 16:8) are the ones that hear what God has sown. These are God's people. So, are you one of them, or do you think the Bible is full of errors, doctrines do not matter, and make a joke of the Holy Spirit by babbling in tongues?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hosea 2:20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.

The first half is a repeat from yesterday in which Paul brings out the marriage to Christ in 2 Corinthians 11:2. Now focusing upon the second half, we are to know the Lord. And we only get to know the Lord by reading and studying His Word since none of us hold personal communication with Him today. So, do you spend significant time in God's Word since your marriage to Jesus, or are you like the people of the world and criticize the Bible?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hosea 2:19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.

Paul references this by writing, "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:2). So, do you accept the marriage with Christ, or do you still have relations with sin and Satan?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Hosea 2:18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and [with] the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.

"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' 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" (Isaiah 11:6-9). All will abide safely. Are you looking forward to the new earth when no animal nor human will harm?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Hosea 2:17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.

As stated, Baalim is a form of pagan worship, specifically involving sun or Sunday worship. So all of that paganism will be removed from those that used to follow the Mother of Harlots (Revelation 17:5) or her daughters with the same false doctrines, and in usual fashion, God says,"To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [it]" (Revelation 2:17). So, will you leave paganism alone, even that which has been Christianized but is unbiblical?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hosea 2:15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.

Hope is always given to the sinner as long as they live. Youth, in this case, does not mean age only but rather the amount of time in the faith. Do you remember what it was like to forsake Egypt, the old way of living? You ought to remember being freed from sin. That is exciting. But what happens over time is that many fall back into their old ways justifying this thing and that thing that they miss in the their old life instead of being wholly consecrated to God looking only forward. So we are to remember what it was like back then and get back that excitement that we may have lost. Will you do that?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hosea 2:16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, [that] thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.

Ishi means "man" specifically the "male" or "husband". Baali is a form of Baal, which is pagan worship of a false god, usually involving the sun worship. Therefore, since we are not mixed up with Baal worship, but seek after a husband, there is but one husband that God approves of. Paul wrote, "I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:2). And what did Christ claim? "The Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day" (Matthew 12:8). So, are you willing to forsake sun worship or Sunday worship and cling to the true Husband, the one who is Lord of the Sabbath day?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hosea 2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.

Now the whole assembly that is today's controlling harlot, even the Mother thereof (Revelation 17:5), is not going to respond to this alluring. However, God still has His people in such a place. No wonder He says, "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues" (Revelation 18:4). Please note that it is an invitation. The words are of comfort and not force. If you are under her influence, will you come out of the world and into His wilderness to learn of Him?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hosea 2:12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These [are] my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.

Revelation 18:7 brings out her, the "Mother of Harlots" (Revelation 17:5), pridefulness by stating, "How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow." And yet, "shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong [is] the Lord God who judgeth her" (Revelation 18:8). And all that live in obedience to her, shall also see the plagues and be lost. So, are you living in obedience to God's Word instead?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hosea 2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.

Baalim is a form of Baal or pagan or even sun worship, which is well practiced today. Many Christians have been deceived into thinking Sunday is the Christian Sabbath. Well, it is not. After reading Hebrews 4, we are told that the Sabbath still remains, is limited to the seventh day, has not been changed by Jesus for He would have spoken of another day, is part of the gospel, is part of having faith and grace, and is part of believing in Jesus. Instead, the main culprit behind the change finds it popular to command Sunday "and all the world wondered after the beast" (Revelation 13:3), which she loves and is no way remembering the true God. So, have you succumb to the modern form of Baalim worship, or do you stand upon the word of God and keep the true Sabbath day holy?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hosea 2:11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.

All those that go through the motion of religion but do not let religion into the heart to transform the life into Christ's character will be lost. So, do you have true religion or just a form of it?

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hosea 2:10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.

So her sin shall be exposed. Interestingly, applied to the antichrist, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition" (2 Thessalonians 2:3). So in the last days, antichrist's sins will be revealed or be made known. Interestingly again is that people do not seem to care. Look at all the children molestation cases, and yet, "all the world wondered after the beast" (Revelation 13:3). Look how they changed the Sabbath to Sunday leading people to break the Ten Commandments, and yet, "all the world wondered after the beast" (Revelation 13:3). Look how they claim to be in place of God, and yet, "all the world wondered after the beast" (Revelation 13:3). So, do you even care about the truth, or are you part of "all the world wondered after the beast" (Revelation 13:3)?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hosea 2:9 Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax [given] to cover her nakedness.

This reminds me of the description for the last church time period. "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" (Revelation 3:17). What is the solution? "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see" (Revelation 3:18). So, will you take up the counsel or stay naked?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hosea 2:8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, [which] they prepared for Baal.

So all the goods of the world are not to be misspent, yet it is. It was spent on Baal then and it is spent on Baal today. Baal, a form of paganism, is what most of Christianity practices today. Only "the very elect" (Matthew 24:24) have seen through these Christianized practices and returned back to the Bible as the standard for they are "the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness" (1 Thessalonians 5:5). So, who do you worship, the God of the Bible or Christianized paganism?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hosea 2:7 And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find [them]: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then [was it] better with me than now.

The "Mother of Harlots" (Revelation 17:5), in comparison, God "will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation" (Revelation 2:22). She will not overtake them in the sense that when she meets her demise, "the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come" (Revelation 18:9-10). She will then have no opportunity to return to Christ. This is the last apostasy of which there is no return. So, are you following the "Mother of Harlots" into apostasy or are you married to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2)?

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hosea 2:6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.

One of the reasons she shall not find her path is because only the righteous can see. "Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psalms 119:105). Which then leads us to the wall separating the harlot from the righteous, who poses false teachings. Psalms 119:101 states, "I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word" (Psalms 119:101). So the Word of God is what will keep the righteous in the path of righteousness. Proverbs 15:19 says, "The way of the slothful [man is] as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous [is] made plain." And how is the way made so plain to the righteous? Because it is laid out in God's Word. So, if you want to be kept from the effects of the harlot and her teachings and her harlot daughter's teachings, study God's Word! Will you do that?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hosea 2:5 For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give [me] my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.

The "THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 17:5) has taught her prostituting daughters shameful ways, including holding the doctrines of human invention instead of God's. Her lovers consists of "all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies" (Revelation 18:3). This relationship leaves God out of the picture for He is to provide the bread and water (Isaiah 33:16). The wool and flax are her covering (Hosea 2:9) instead of Christ's righteousness (Psalms 132:9). Oil and drink are not to be from humans either but oil is well known to represent the Holy Spirit and drink is doctrine. So instead of God guiding her religious teachings by His Holy Spirit and His doctrines, she is guided by the will of humans. So, are you falling for any of her harlot ways, or is your belief truly based upon the Word of God?

Friday, September 08, 2017

Hosea 2:4 And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they [be] the children of whoredoms.

In the last days, from "THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 17:5), God is not going to have mercy upon her children for they are teaching the same errors as the "Mother of Harlots". No wonder God calls people from all of these wrong denominations into the truth (Revelation 18:2-4) though not everyone responds positively for "with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved" (2 Thessalonians 2:10). So, do you love the truth so much so that you would be willing to leave a wrong denomination, or will you suffer the consequence of God withholding His mercy?

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Hosea 2:1 Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah.

Ammi means "nation" or "people". Ruhamah means "to love, love deeply, have mercy, be compassionate, have tender affection, have compassion". And to the brethren and sisters who are God's created people in multiple nations, ought we not to deeply love them? And to show that love, we ought to take "the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people" (Revelation 14:6). Will you do that?

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Hosea 2:2-3 Plead with your mother, plead: for she [is] not my wife, neither [am] I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts; Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst.

Similar words are spoken about "THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 17:5). "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues" (Revelation 18:2-4). "In one hour is she made desolate" (Revelation 18:19) or "as a wilderness" or "a dry land". So, have you chosen to come out of all that religious and secular confusion into the beautiful truths as is found in God's Word?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Hosea 1:11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great [shall be] the day of Jezreel.

Remember, Jezreel, which means "God sows", was the name of the first born son, like Jesus "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature" (Colossians 1:15). And sew did He the seed, and the result will be the gathering of the children of Judah, the children of Israel! Will you be one of the gathered ones?

Monday, September 04, 2017

Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, [that] in the place where it was said unto them, Ye [are] not my people, [there] it shall be said unto them, [Ye are] the sons of the living God.

How very contradictory. How can God not claim them as His people and yet identify them as sons of God? Easy. "For they [are] not all Israel, which are of Israel" (Romans 9:6). Just because someone claims to be a Christian does not make it so. And Romans 2:28-29 reveals that there is something called spiritual Jews, Israelites if you would. Therefore, counting everyone from Adam to the last people who will be translated when Jesus comes make up the sands of the sea to populate the new Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. These, who number but a few in any generation, represent the sons and daughters of the living God. Will you be one of them?

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Hosea 1:9 Then said [God], Call his name Loammi: for ye [are] not my people, and I will not be your [God].

As stated a couple of days ago, the third child born to the whore wife of the prophet Hosea would represent by name the rejection of God's people. Always God extends forgiveness upon the asking, but at this moment, God cannot condone the apostasy and is allowing the people to seek after what they lust for. If people are bent upon rebellion, then God is not invited to be their God. So all God is doing is stating a fact. Now, is there something in your life that prevents you from a total surrender to God preventing God from having a close relationship with you?

Friday, September 01, 2017

Hosea 1:8 Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.

Remember, Loruhamah means "no mercy" and was female. So after getting off of the milk, which does not mean the child was on meat, we move onto having another son. This son is not the first born son. In fact, we shall see that there is a bit of rejection. Just like Lucifer was rejected from allowing his teachings to go unchecked in Heaven, so all that he deceives are also not considered to be God's people. "The great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Revelation 12:9). So, are you truly one of God's people, or just pretending to be or not pretending to be and are really not one of His?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hosea 1:7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.

God does have a people and it is not literal Judah but spiritual. The warfare is "not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]" (Ephesians 6:12). "He shall save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). Is He saving you from your sins or are you still holding onto them?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hosea 1:6 And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And [God] said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.

As you can tell, Loruhamah means "no mercy". Interestingly, the whore of Revelation 17 and her followers will eventually receive the "wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture" (Revelation 14:10). Now, do you want to be connected with her, or will you live according to the doctrines of Christ?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hosea 1:5 And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.

As a reminder, Jezreel means "God sows" and Israel means "God prevails". If we think we can live in apostasy, that truth does not matter, God will prevail by scattering us about, but it will not be a good scattering. So, are you seeking the truth or living a lie?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hosea 1:4 And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little [while], and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.

Jezreel means "God sows". Jehu means "Jehovah is He". Israel means "God prevails". Eventually, Israel, the northern kingdoms will cease. He will sow throughout the world the dispersed of Israel for He is Jehovah and will prevail. The same shall happen in the end. Christianity in general will cease. Only this dispersing will be destruction. "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:21-23). So, will God avenge you for being mistreated as a true Christian, or will you be dispersed for being a fake Christian persecuting the true ones?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hosea 1:3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.

Gomer means "complete". Diblaim means "two cakes". Gomer is the completion of God's command to go and marry a whore, symbolic of God's people in apostasy. During this initial contact, a son is born. Interestingly, at one of the heights of apostasy or whoredoms of Israel, Jesus was born. How far in apostasy were they? They crucified the Son of God! Today, we can crucify Jesus as well with a false gospel, ignoring Jesus' commands, or even other spiritual activities such as spiritual adultery by being involved in the world (James 4:4) instead of not being of it (John 17:15). So, are you in personal whoredom by loving the things of the world, or are you truly seeking the Son of God in your life?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Hosea 1:2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, [departing] from the LORD.

Hosea's wife was representative of the spiritual adultery that God's people were doing in that day. And today, she would represent the Mother of Harlots (Revelation 17:5) and her daughters all of which is symbolic of the 42,000 different denominations containing both error and truth, even those having the truth and turning to apostasy instead. So, does Hosea's wife represent you today, or have you ceased being a spiritual harlot?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hosea 1:1 The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, [and] Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.

Hosea means "salvation"; Beeri means "my well"; Uzziah means "my strength is Jehovah"; Jotham means "Jehovah is perfect"; Ahaz means "he has grasped"; Hezekiah means "Jehovah is my strength"; Jeroboam means "the people will contend"; and Joash means "given by the Lord". So putting it together, we have a message that God's well of salvation never runs dry. He is our strength and is perfect and as we grasp a hold upon Him, He will strengthen us. The people shall contend for the faith which is given by the Lord and contend they did then as they were divided between Israel of ten tribes to the north and Judah of two tribes to the south. Much is being repeated today. Christianity is divided into 42,000 different denominations all contending for the faith. A unification is happening between many of those denominations in which the Bible tells us will end in two groups. Those who "keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17) and those who participate in going forth "to make war with" them (Revelation 12:17). On which side are you?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Joel 3:21 For I will cleanse their blood [that] I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18). How thankful are you for the cleansing? Enough to stop the continuance of sin?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Joel 3:20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

Both of these are references to God's people. And the only city to last eternally is "New Jerusalem" (Revelation 21:2). And of course Judah is where ancient Jerusalem resided so it refers to all the land of God's people. No wonder God says, "They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree [are] the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands" (Isaiah 65:22). The question is though, will you be there?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Joel 3:19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence [against] the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.

Both Egypt and Edom represent the lost. Though it may not be physical blood that is shed, it is true that blood is being shed through the symbol if Egypt, which is represented in the words of pharaoh, "I know not the LORD" (Exodus 5:2). To not know God is to be an atheist. And atheism on the march today is definitely slaying innocent blood spiritually. Edom, on the other hand, being a brother of Jacob who became Israel, would represent those that are brethren in Christ but a false one as they promote error and apostasy. We could provide great detail of all the errors that 42,000 different denominations promote, but we will simply rely upon the fact that it is not possible for all of them to be based upon the complete truth. Truth is not divided. So, are you a true Christian, or will you be desolate because you either are an atheist or not a true Christian?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Joel 3:18 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.

What a pleasant description of the "New Earth" (Isaiah 65:17)! How much do you desire to be there?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Joel 3:17 So shall ye know that I [am] the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

So after the second coming, when Jesus "gathered them", His people, "together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon" (Revelation 16:16) , we will dwell in the heavenly Zion, the holy mountain. New Jerusalem will be inhabited with only the holy with no one being a stranger there. We shall truly be united in Christ. What glorious thoughts! So, do you have any of these thoughts or are you just satisfied with life as it is?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

Certainly this ought to dispel any thought of a secret rapture. To roar is pretty poor way of sneaking people out of the earth. The Bible says about the voice, "the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first" (1 Thessalonians 4:16). For God's people, "It shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation" (Isaiah 25:9). So, are you striving to be one of God's people?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Joel 3:15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

Jesus said, "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken" (Matthew 24:29). And what is next? "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory" (Matthew 24:30). So, are you "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God" (2 Peter 3:12), or are you too busy with your own life?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision.

Does that describe you? Are you teetering between wholly committed to God and self? Are you even just thinking of becoming a Christian one day? God forbid if you are not even that far. What are you waiting for? The signs are fast fulfilling. "To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts" (Hebrews 3:15). What do you say?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Joel 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness [is] great.

Jesus said, "The harvest truly [is] plenteous, but the labourers [are] few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest" (Matthew 9:37-38). So, are you a laborer for Christ, or do you live selfishly concerned only about your own salvation if even concerned about it at all by simply buying time in life?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Joel 3:12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

And as stated earlier, Jehoshaphat means to judge and now we see it here. Interestingly, now is the judgment hour for those alive today for the Bible says, "Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come" (Revelation 14:7). If your record of your life were to come up before God today, what would the verdict be?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Joel 3:11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.

The heathen surely will gather themselves. "And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army" (Revelation 19:19). And what will the result be? "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh" (Revelation 19:20-21). So, will you be feasted upon or will you be attending the marriage supper of the lamb feast?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Joel 3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I [am] strong.

What is a spiritual sword? "The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17). A spiritual spear is used to fend off persecution (Psalms 35:3). And those weak regarding salvation is in facing temptation, but in the Lord we are strong. So, do you use the Word of God, fending off persecution for choices made, being strong in the Lord, or do you avoid the Word, cave in when verbal assaults are made against the faith, and are weak facing temptations?

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Joel 3:9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:

The warfare against the Gentiles, unbelievers, is not with physical weapons "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood" (Ephesians 6:12). It is a spiritual warfare, trying to win souls to Christ. Slaughtering anyone physically that is lost will be lost throughout eternity. So, do you look upon the lost with sympathy searching for a way to see them saved, or do you condemn them and say to yourself, "Wait until you get your just punishment"?

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Joel 3:8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken [it].

The Sabeans were a people from the land of Sheba. Remember, the Queen of Sheba was quite impressed by King Solomon and looked favorably towards Israel. Therefore, spiritually speaking, the lost sons and daughters would be placed into the hands of Judah, the saved spiritually speaking, as well as those from Sheba, allies of Israel. Sheba would represent the Gentiles that have been grafted in as Jesus said they would be. In reality, "ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet" (Malachi 4:3). That means there are but two groups, saved and lost. The lost think they have the upper hand by pushing God's people around but "Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" (Romans 12:19). So, are you being pushed around or are you doing the pushing?

Monday, August 07, 2017

Joel 3:7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:

"And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. And 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, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth" (Isaiah 11:10-12). And by what standard is used to gather the people? "Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12). God's Ten Commandments is the visible standard. So, are you part of the gathering by living the Ten Commandments or are you helping to scatter telling people you are saved by grace dismissing God's commandments?

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Joel 3:5-6 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things: The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.

This is what the world has symbolically done. They have wasted God's funds and blessings through their pagan temples: sports arenas, clubs, concerts, even stores buying to gratify self. God's people have been spiritually sold off, ignored and mistreated. All for what? To be given over to the Greeks, a world influencing and pagan empire of which is still worshipped one way or another today, including with the Olympic Games. So, have you been sold off or are you doing the selling off?

Friday, August 04, 2017

Joel 3:4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly [and] speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;

The King of Tyre or Tyrus in Ezekiel 28 symbolically refers to Satan (Ezekiel 28:14-19). Judges 10:6 brings out the paganism found in Zidon. Palestine is a land of sojourners or travelers. Therefore, with Satan's use of paganism spread throughout by travelers, He is trying to make God suffer by snatching souls from obedience to the truth. Now "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time" (Revelation 12:12), hence "speedily" will Jesus return. And in regards to retribution upon Satan's head, according to the Feast of Atonement, the cleansing of the sanctuary, "Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send [him] away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness" (Leviticus 16:21). So in the great controversy between Christ and Satan, whose side are you on? Are you following paganism or God's way?

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Joel 3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

This is how the world has been living as we get closer to the second coming. All of this is symbolic of course. The life of a young boy who could have grown up to be a preacher of truth has been stifled by the desire for a harlot, which represents apostasy as revealed in the book of Jeremiah pretty much throughout. Wine, a symbol of drunkenness of course but is also a symbol of false doctrines. If drunkenness exist, it is in the worldliness. A young girl who could have grown up to be a missionary of truth is deprived of such all for the sake of seeking after likable doctrines, feeding the mind with error. While such deprivation of truth abounds, the true people of God have lots cast against them, which are decisions of what to do with them. Eventually it will be persecution foretold in Revelation 13. So, are you living the worldly way, attending a church that teaches smooth things but containing error, or are you part of God's people, who "keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12)?

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Joel 3:1-2 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and [for] my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

Judah, Jerusalem, Israel are no longer literal terms but spiritual (Romans 9:6). Even Jehoshaphat refers to being judged. And though we are scattered around the world, we shall be gathered into "one fold" having "one shepherd" (John 10:16). And the time of this process shall begin during the judgment that takes place before the second coming "for the hour of his judgment is come" (Revelation 14:7). Interestingly, Satan's counterfeit is unification simply based upon doing what is necessary to unify, which is mostly giving up doctrines and absolute truth and turning to worldliness (2 Timothy 3:1-5). By such activity of Satan in these days, that mean God's gathering is well under way. So, who are you being gathered under, Antichrist or Jesus Christ?

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Calling out loud the name Jesus is not going to save anyone. It is representative language. To call upon the name of the Lord is a call of repentance and then obedience for even the remnant are described as, "the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17). With most Christians who simply cry the name and yet disregard the commandments, to them, the call has no effect. So, are you obedient to God's commandment or simply use Jesus' name as some magical thing?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Joel 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

"And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind" (Revelation 6:12-13). And what is the reaction of the unsaved? "Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken" (Luke 21:26). So, will that be your reaction or will who exclaim, "Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation" (Isaiah 25:9)?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Joel 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

Regarding blood, "And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead [man]: and every living soul died in the sea. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood" (Revelation 16:3-4). In regards to fire, "And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire" (Revelation 16:8). And in regards to smoke, "And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning" (Revelation 18:9). These are but a few references to what is coming. The recipients of such are on the wrong side. But are you on the right side, living in obedience to God?

Friday, July 28, 2017

Joel 2:28-29 And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

An application of this was at Pentecost when "Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all [ye] that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is [but] the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy" (Acts 2:14-18). But a greater manifestation will occur before the second coming for Joel clarifies by the use of the former and latter rain reference (Joel 2:23). But one must be in the right Spirit to be part of it for "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13), yet so many Christians have their own version of the truth, therefore, we are not ready to receive it. So, are you acknowledging what Bible truth is, or does truth not matter to you?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Joel 2:27 And ye shall know that I [am] in the midst of Israel, and [that] I [am] the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.

Can you imagine dwelling with God throughout eternity never to be ridiculed or questioned on one's belief for all shall see Him as He truly is?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Joel 2:26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

That is because "They shall build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree [are] the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands" (Isaiah 65:21-22). Are you looking forward to such a life of eternity?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

No wonder God says, "Behold, I make all things new" (Revelation 21:5). Sin has ravished everybody's bodies including the bodies of Adam and Eve. Even our mental capacities have diminished over the generations. But all of that shall be restored unto those that have chosen to obey Him instead of self. So, who are you obeying, the One that shall restore all things or the one that is fooling himself?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Joel 2:24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.

Wheat is used to make bread, which is symbolic of the Word. Wine is symbolic of doctrine. Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. Putting it all together, under the latter rain, for the recipient, there will be plenty of knowledge regarding the Word of God, understanding of doctrine, and being filled with the Holy Spirit. But if we do not desire much time in God's Word today or think that doctrines do not matter, we can forget about being filled with the Holy Spirit as well. So, do you embrace God's Word and His doctrine praying for the Holy Spirit in the form of the latter rain?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Joel 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first [month].

We need both the former rain and the latter rain. Taken two ways in the Bible, the former rain was poured out in the day of Pentecost and 3,000 souls were added to the church (Acts 2:41). In the last days, under the Mark of the Beast, the latter rain shall be poured out and many more will be joining. On a personal basis, the former rain is the born again experience; the latter rain is the sanctifying power. Without both, we shall not see God. So, won't you pray for both the early and the latter rain personally as well as being part of the latter rain movement to win the final souls to God?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Joel 2:22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.

All will be peaceful and restored come the new heavens and the new earth. Are you preparing your life today to be part of it?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Joel 2:21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

Possibly restore things in original splendor by recreation? "Behold, I make all things new" (Revelation 21:5). "I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind" (Isaiah 65:17). But only the righteous will see this. So, are you living a righteous life or a worldly even a sinful one?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Joel 2:20 But I will remove far off from you the northern [army], and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.

God's kingdom is in the north (Isaiah 14:13-14). To be driven away, regarding the lost, into a barren and desolate land, God describes as the wilderness in one of the feasts, the cleansing of the sanctuary. Satan, represented by a goat, "And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness" (Leviticus 16:22), but that wilderness of the wicked is not a place to live. Referring again to Satan, "Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial" (Isaiah 14:20). So who is in burial or dead? "And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great" (Revelation 19:17-18). The armies of God are going to slay all the lost at the second coming. Satan will not join them in death but be in the wilderness with all the corpses of the lost. There will be no one alive on this planet after Jesus returns except for Satan and his angels. Now, will you be feasted upon by the birds pushed out of Heaven into the barren land, or have you submitted your entire life to Him already and will be caught up into the clouds to be with Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:17)?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Joel 2:19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:

We will lack for nothing and will not be mistreated by the heathen as they shall not be anymore! This is the true Promised Land! Are you excited for it?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Joel 2:18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

Look what we have done to God's creation! All this is His and yet we have made a mess of things. No wonder He will be jealous. Likewise, He has witnessed the persecution of His people. The Lord cannot step in to save all of His people. That would be a violation of His own principles of free choice. If true Christians had a bubble of protection around them when they become a Christian, everyone would sign up for that protection. But instead, every persecution is recorded and will be used against those doing the persecuting come the judgment. And one day soon, Jesus will avenge His people (Luke 18:7-8). So, on which side do you reside? Making a mess of things and persecuting God's people, or trying to make things better and being persecuted?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Joel 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where [is] their God?

Prior to the return of Jesus we get a glimpse of the true church. It is not made with brick and mortar. It does not even contain pews. God's true church are souls that are weeping between the porch and the altar, weeping and praying in the closet for the apostasy described in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. It is a time in which sins are permitted because they deny the power for victory. Many turn away from God's church for its powerless stance, which is exactly why the heathen do seem to rule over the church. Even atheists ask, "Where is your God?" The true church does not want to see any lost, especially of those who grew up in the church and now have become like the world. "Spare" or "Save your people Oh God!", is the cry that goes up. So, are you part of God's church that weeps for the people caught up in these sins, or are you participating in them thinking you are fine as you are?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Joel 2:15-16 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

PART 3: So the trumpet is that which ushers in the second coming; Jesus is the bridegroom coming from the tabernacle; and the church is the bride leaving her prayer closet. Interestingly, Jesus gave warning of those that suck the breast, but evidently they will survive despite the challenge. "And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!" (Matthew 24:19) And the greatest of all assemblies and gatherings is none other than the supper in Heaven. "Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb" (Revelation 19:9). Only a holy or sanctified people will be gathered on that day. This is why before Jesus returns He declares, "he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still" (Revelation 22:11). So, will you be gathered to the solemn assembly or will you be attending another meal where you are feasted upon ("he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God" -- Revelation 19:17)?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Joel 2:15-16 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

PART 2: So in part 1, Jesus being on His way is represented by the bridegroom while His bride, the church, is coming forth from her prayer closet means that there is no more petition of prayer for lost souls to become saved souls, nor is there any Intercessor (Isaiah 59:16), therefore, "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still" (Revelation 22:11). That trumpet then is not a wakeup call to come to Jesus, but rather it is "the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed" (1 Corinthians 15:52). It is the second coming trumpet, when those that have died in a saved state come up out of the graves, which is called "the resurrection of life" (John 5:29). "Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Of course those that are alive and lost, "then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming" (2 Thessalonians 2:8), and the lost dead, well, "the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished" (Revelation 20:5). So, will you be alive and caught up on that day or at least be in the first resurrection, or are you living to be destroyed or to awake in the second resurrection?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Joel 2:15-16 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

PART 1: This is huge yet to take verse 15 alone is out of context. I do not know if you know this, Jesus is coming again. When I say He is coming again, I mean He is coming real soon. He is the Bridegroom. The parable of the Ten Virgins describes that. Paul even wrote, "I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:2). And Revelation 22:17 declares the church to be the bride. The chamber He is coming from is that of the tabernacle in Heaven where He is our Intercessor. Here is the preparation to go forth: "And he saw that [there was] no man, and wondered that [there was] no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke" (Isaiah 59:16-17). As for the woman in the closet, Jesus declared that it is our prayer closet (Matthew 6:6) in which the church at this time out to be not only praying regarding the iniquities in the world, especially the church, but should do so by weeping. So, are you weeping for souls or are you indifferent to them?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Joel 2:14 Who knoweth [if] he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; [even] a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?

A true repentant person will receive a blessing from God while continuing in sin is a curse. Will choose a blessing instead of a curse?

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Joel 2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he [is] gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

First of all, we have to have a spiritual relationship (heart) with God and not a physical one (garments). A religion of checklists for do's and do not's is legalistic and "whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men's] bones, and of all uncleanness" (Matthew 23:27). A heart motivated religion obeys from love. Though outwardly the two may appear the same, God wants the heart first and foremost. Thank God that He is so gracious and merciful even here in the Old Testament in which there is a lie floating around by popular Christianity that grace is New Testament theology while obedience to the law is Old Testament. Well, if that were so, God could not be gracious here then, but He is. Therefore, obedience to the law is expected both in the Old and the New Testaments and God's grace is available to both those of the Old Testament and those of the New. Although He is slow to anger and great kindness, in the end He shall pour out the seven last plagues as well as burn up the wicked with hell fire. Both acts are considered evil but not sinful. That is because God is the Creator and He alone is allowed to remove beings from His creation, which Hell fire shall do. Likewise, calamities of the seven last plagues are evil, but God has been trying to warn the world of how to avoid them. Again, He alone may inflict the punishment. We are not allowed to hurt God's creation. That is why it is sinful to us and not Him. So, will you surrender your heart to Him to avoid these things, but more importantly, to want to dwell with God who is so merciful and gracious beyond our deserving?

Friday, July 07, 2017

Joel 2:12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye [even] to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

Who knows how soon the second coming is, though it is very close? Who knows if we will see tomorrow. "Behold, now [is] the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2). What are you waiting for?

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Joel 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp [is] very great: for [he is] strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD [is] great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

That is an interesting question. In fact, a similar scene is found in Revelation 6:15-17, which says, "And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" By abiding in God's Word today (John 15:4-10), by standing upon His truth now (Ephesians 6:14), such people will be able to stand and abide in that day. So, will you abide? Will you stand?

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Joel 2:10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

Jesus said, "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory" (Luke 21:25-27). According to Peter, "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:16-21). So, are you calling upon the Lord each and every day so that you may be saved, or have you been duped into believing one call is sufficient?

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Joel 2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

Jesus had something to say about this. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers" (John 10:1-5). So, are you listening to the thief or thieves, or are you listening to Jesus through the Word?

Monday, July 03, 2017

Joel 2:8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and [when] they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.

Now no angel is going to fall upon the sword, but this do know that when the seven last plagues fall, "There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling" (Psalms 91:10). And why are the righteous protected? "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name" (Psalms 91:14). And to know God's name is to be sealed with God's seal for the scriptures say, "Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads" (Revelation 7:3), and "I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads" (Revelation 14:1). So, are you sealed with the Seal of God or are you preparing for the Mark of the Beast?

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Joel 2:7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:

The host of Heaven are like mighty men, trained in war, on their way, and will not break their ranks. They have a mission. At the second coming, "Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn" (Matthew 13:30). So, are you wheat or tare?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Joel 2:6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.

If one sees Jesus come in the clouds and know that He's not showing up for them, their face indeed will be pained and the life will be sucked out of them turning into blackness. In fact it is said, "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming" (2 Thessalonians 2:8). So, will Jesus cause you pain and blackness to appear when He shows up, or will you be ready to "be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump" (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Joel 2:5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

The second coming is similarly described as, "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God" (Revelation 19:11-15). That sword is the Word of God. If we are obeying it, we live eternally; if we are disobeying it, we "shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch" (Malachi 4:1). So, will you be given eternal life or burned like stubble?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Joel 2:4 The appearance of them [is] as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.

At the second coming, horses are also involved. "And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean" (Revelation 19:14). Many shall scatter before them but there will be no place to hide. To others, they will remain in their places preparing to be on their way to meet Jesus in the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4:17). So, will you be among the running ones or being caught up to meet Jesus?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Joel 2:3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land [is] as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

When Jesus returns, "Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him" (Psalms 50:3). So much for s secret coming. Are you ready now to escape that destruction or are you risking eternal life for a possible second chance, which is a false hope?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Joel 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, [even] to the years of many generations.

It certainly will be darkness and gloominess for many when Jesus comes again, so much so that they will say, "to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb" (Revelation 6:16). Will that be you or are you ready spiritually for Heaven?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for [it is] nigh at hand;

And the people who are not aware that the second coming is nigh at hand, unfortunately they are deceived. And that is taking into consideration things well beyond earthquakes and diseases. That is 50+ points of who the antichrist is, knowing the mark, and seeing in the media that such a final deception is coming upon the world even now. And those that do not care to know, that is worse than deception. That is purposeful darkness. So, in which of the three categories are you in? Are you deceived, in darkness, or blowing the warning trumpet with the light of knowledge you have?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Joel 1:20 The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

Spiritually speaking, "And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared" (Revelation 16:12). And regarding the coming of the Lord, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up" (2 Peter 3:10). So again, seeing these things will be so, "What manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness" (2 Peter 3:11)?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Joel 1:19 O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.

And at the coming of the Lord, it will burn a whole lot more in that "the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat" (2 Peter 3:12). So, "what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness" (2 Peter 3:11)?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Joel 1:18 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.

The sheep are to hear their master's voice but instead, the under shepherds, pastors, are teaching things that leave the soul desolate, in their sins. The cattle are also symbolic of the congregation (Ezekiel 34:17), and they are perplexed by the confusing doctrines. In some churches, funerals place a dead person everywhere. They are at one point looking down from Heaven, then they are awaiting the resurrection, then they are off enjoying the company of other deceased loved ones, and so on. Back and forth they go. That is perplexing. Equally perplexing is the Ten Commandments. People even know that they should be obeyed because we definitely do not want murder, adultery, lying, and stealing, just to name a few, happening in the church. At the same time, they do not want the strictness either, especially regarding the Sabbath day. So much groaning will happen when all is revealed. But are you smarter than the average pastor and church leadership, and you see through the lies, or do you just go along with everyone else?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Joel 1:17 The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

Here we continue the symbolic description of how the leadership mismanaged the converting truth so much so that souls were, and even today, are being destroyed. Sin runs wild in the churches today because they have been completely convinced that one is saved in their sins instead of from their sins, all of which was prophesied in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. So, are you rotten seed, desolate, being broken down, and withered, or are you good fruit showing that you "walk, even as he walked" (1 John 2:6), referring to Jesus?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Joel 1:16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, [yea], joy and gladness from the house of our God?

When an enemy surrounds a city, the food supply is cut off, and joy and gladness disappears from the house of God as well. When the spiritual enemy surrounds us, our daily bread, being the Word of God, seems to languish as well. In other words, we do not have a hungering for it, therefore, it too is cut off. This then steals the joy and gladness from our hearts. So, is Satan cutting the spiritual meat off in your life, or have you sought God with all of your heart?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD [is] at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

The reason is "For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke" (Isaiah 59:17). "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war" (Revelation 19:11). So, when Jesus comes taking vengeance, will you be spared because you are living as Christ expects you to live, or will you be destroyed because you have made a mockery of grace?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Joel 1:14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders [and] all the inhabitants of the land [into] the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,

This reminds me of the last day call that is happening right now. In verse 15, the Lord is coming. In Revelation 14:14, there is a picture of Jesus returning but before He returns, Revelation 14:6-12 are specific last day messages calling people to holiness, which is similar to a sanctified fast, being solemn, and seriously congregating for the Bible says, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching" (Hebrews 10:25). So, what type of life are you living? A carefree one or a serious one sensing the nearness of time?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Joel 1:13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.

Clearly what we see is that in the last days, there is a call out to the church to cease their false ways of worship and repent for it is not acceptable to God. Speaking in tongues in the church when it ought to be a real language in front of unbelievers (1 Corinthians 14:22) is a mockery of the Holy Spirit. Striking up the band with all kinds of rock music when the Psalms teach us to sing simple hymns instead is devil worship. Choosing a pagan day to worship on when clearly the command is to give God His day for even "the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath" (Luke 6:5). And overall, "turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ" (Jude 1:4) by "denying the power thereof" (2 Timothy 3:5) permitting sins to be practiced even among the leaders is an abomination. "O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance" (Matthew 3:7-8). So, are you participating in any of these things or even believing them and need to repent, or are you appalled by such display?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Joel 1:10-11 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

So, we have some husbandmen who were neglectful and not taking care of the fruit of the vineyard. Sounds much like a parable in the Bible. That parable ends with, "He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others" (Luke 20:16). Now, are you faithful with what has been placed in your hands, or will you be destroyed in the end?

Friday, June 09, 2017

Joel 1:9 The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD'S ministers, mourn.

When no sacrifice is acceptable, what else is a minister to do but mourn. But is the mourning for true repentance or just because there is failure all around? Which is it for you? Are you sad when caught in sin or repentant over the sin crucifying Jesus afresh (Hebrews 6:6)?

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Joel 1:8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

The pure church is the virgin. The husband is Jesus. "I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:2). So, do you long with a sorrowful heart for Jesus because of the sins you have committed?

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Joel 1:7 He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast [it] away; the branches thereof are made white.

This ought to remind us of the incident with a fig tree and Jesus. "And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not [yet]. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard [it]" (Mark 11:13-14). Does being unfruitful describe you, or are you bearing all good fruit for Christ sake?

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Joel 1:6 For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth [are] the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.

Babylon fits a bit when the use of lions is mentioned for even God compares Babylon to "a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it" (Daniel 7:4). In our day, Babylon incorporates all those that do not take the proper understanding of the Bible and attack the truth of it. The numbers of such Christians are without number. And they use their teeth just like Satan would, for "the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). So, are you one of these attackers of the truth or are you a defender?

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Joel 1:5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.

"Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine" (Proverbs 23:29-30). So why should they be upset when it will save them from so many problems? It is because under the influence, there is temporary feeling good sensation. So, do you live in reality, or do you look for an escape, which only complicates matters?

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Joel 1:4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.

Ever have one of those moments where a crisis hits and afterwards you try to pick up the pieces only to have a different type of crisis, and while trying to pick up the pieces from the pieces another crisis hits leaving you to pick up the pieces from the pieces of the original pieces and yet another crisis happens in which basically there is nothing left. One may actually use the phrase similar to, "Nothing like kicking a person who is already down." Life can feel that way a lot of times, but if we truly have a relationship with Christ, we can honestly say, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" (Romans 8:35) Can you honestly say those words?

Friday, June 02, 2017

Joel 1:3 Tell ye your children of it, and [let] your children [tell] their children, and their children another generation.

Could you imagine how many generations Adam was able to tell the story of the fall of mankind and the promise of salvation? We do not live as long, therefore it is our duty to instill these messages into our children, maybe grandchildren so that they can tell it to the next. So, how serious do you take the messages? Are you teaching them to the next generation and the one after?

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Joel 1:2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?

Now all of the inhabitants are addressed yet, "old men" are called to attention. Why? Could it be that they should know better. Years of experience is how we learn from mistakes, observance of others, and to be well studied. So, are you long in the faith and should know better as well?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Joel 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

Pethuel means "vision of God", while Joel means "Jehovah is God". And when we not only acknowledge Jehovah to be God but do so in our thoughts, in our words, and in our actions, we too may have visions, dreams even as we shall discover. How close of a relationship do you have with God?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Obadiah 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.

Born again Christians are to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20). Those are the saviors, the messengers. They are not THE SAVIOR, for that is reserved for Jesus. Overall, all those that are saved is because God's kingdom is just that, God's. So, are you an active person sharing the gospel or not?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Obadiah 1:20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel [shall possess] that of the Canaanites, [even] unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which [is] in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.

And so the tide turns, primarily from the release of being held captive, which in the spiritual sense, will happen at the second coming. So the children of Israel, which we are spiritual Israel, shall posses that of the Canaanites, a secular people, even unto the possession of Zarephath or refineries. This is not to say that we shall have all of their possessions but rather all the secular gain will be realized as worthless in the light of a converted and committed relationship with God. In other words, there will be no secular desire holding back our relationship with Jesus. In addition, the saints who have found peace with God (Jerusalem) will overcome atheism (the south) as well. That means all of the atheistic arguments will fall to the wayside. Basically, when Jesus shows up, there will be no atheists. They will all acknowledge that they were wrong. Now the important thing for us is to ask personally, have I overcome secular pursuits and have rejected all of the atheistic arguments against the Bible, or do you still seek after secular achievements and entertainment as well as give ear to atheistic arguments?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Obadiah 1:19 And [they of] the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and [they of] the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin [shall possess] Gilead.

The south usually refers to Egypt, which is best known for atheism (Exodus 5:2). Esau, remember, had little regard for godliness, much as predicted in the last days (2 Timothy 3:1-5) where a mere form of godliness would be displayed among Christians. Such are an easy prey for atheism. It is easy to knock off weak Christians that talk of how great it is to worship God but deny any real changing characters. The Philistines were heathens, pagans. Ephraim, despite the fruitfulness (Genesis 48:19), such would turn to drunkenness (Isaiah 28:1). Samaria was known for houses in high places (1 Kings 13:32). Again, Christians drunk with the world and even seeking for larger than necessary houses are an easy prey for paganism because of all the attractions contained therein. Benjamin means, "son of the right hand" while Gilead means "rocky region" as well as being a place for cattle (Numbers 32:1). Also, "Benjamin shall ravin [as] a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil" (Genesis 49:27). Although apparently approved of God being "son of the right hand", Benjamin represents destructiveness as well. And one thing that modern Christians are doing towards the rock even the fruit of it, is to tear down the Word of God and tear down the Ten Commandments. As you see in this one line, so much is represented by nominal Christians today, but none of us have to be such. So are you strong in the Word, obedient to the Ten Commandments, have real godliness that is exercised by the divine power to have victory over ever sin, and not be distracted by the worldly attractions?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Obadiah 1:18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be [any] remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken [it].

And this is the result of all those that are basically fake. Just because people today claim to be saved, just because today we call ourselves Christians, when Jesus said, "few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:14), He meant it. There will be a whole lot of people lost that think they are God's people. What a sad day it will be. Now, do you have a false hope or are you truly one of Christ's disciplined disciples?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Obadiah 1:17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

Please note who gets to go to Heaven. It is the house of Jacob and none else. Jacob is also known as Israel, but remember, a person "is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God" (Romans 2:28-29). We are spiritual Jews, but also notice that not every spiritual Jew or Christian gets to go. Only those that practice holiness, hence why God declares before the second coming, "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still" (Revelation 22:11). So, on which side shall you be found? Unjust and filthy or righteous and holy?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Obadiah 1:16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, [so] shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.

That is the fate of the lost eventually. It will be as if they have not been. That means all the great things that one has accomplished, all the possessions one has accumulated, all the recognition will be all for naught because it will be as if they have never been. No wonder Jesus said, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:19-21). Can you imagine never existing? If not, how should you live then?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Obadiah 1:15 For the day of the LORD [is] near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

And how shall the Lord show up? "And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" (Revelation 6:15-17) Is that how you want to see Jesus or have you turned from your heathen ways?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Obadiah 1:14 Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress.

How many Christians are ready to cut down other Christians or even delivery them to authorities? In all honesty, no one can answer that today, but under a crisis situation where food on the table, allowed to remain in one's home, etc. are all negotiable, that is when the reality of the answer will come. But even today, are ready to involve the government at a moment's disagreement?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Obadiah 1:12 But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

"Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see [it], and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him" (Proverbs 24:17-18). To rejoice over this matter is a form of pride. And "six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him" (Proverbs 6:16) with the first one in the list being "A proud look" (Proverbs 6:17). Even though they may deserve the wrath of God, we ought to weep for them because in many cases, they probably will not be saved. Sometimes the wrath of God involves death, then when that happens, we know they are lost for eternity, and it is sad that the devil inspired them so much to have called upon themselves God's wrath. So, do you rejoice when your enemies, even apostate church members suffer consequences? If so, you may want to check that attitude.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Obadiah 1:11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou [wast] as one of them.

Today, we have people in the church that know the truth but compromise, are not serious in upholding the standards, are just not strong in the faith, and when enemies, even other supposed Christians attack the truth, these weak in the faith join forces and are no different than the enemies. So, how strong are you in the faith?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Obadiah 1:10 For [thy] violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.

Remember, Jacob eventually becomes Israel. Attack Israel, which today it is spiritual Israel, and such shall be cut off. One attacks through lies and deceptions against the truth. One example is the lie that the Bible can be twisted to prove anything as well being unacceptable for guiding people today when it is the truth that sanctifies (John 17:17). A second example is the lie that the Ten Commandments are done away with when they a standard of truth (Psalms 119:142). A third example is making Jesus out to be more God than man so we cannot "walk even as He walked" (1 John 2:6) or making Him out to be so human that basically He had sinned when He is "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). So, do you attack spiritual Israel or do you abide by Jesus, the Word, and His Ten Commandments?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Obadiah 1:9 And thy mighty [men], O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.

Teman, meaning the word "south", was a descendant of Esau. So we are still in the same family. And despite how mighty people may think they are, in the end, without God, they shall be slaughtered. "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming" (2 Thessalonians 2:8). So, do you have a strong will not wholly submitted to God and will be slaughtered, or have you humbled yourself before God preparing not to be destroyed?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Obadiah 1:8 Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, even destroy the wise [men] out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?

Genesis 25:30 says, "And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red [pottage]; for I [am] faint: therefore was his name called Edom." Yes, Esau traded his birthright away for pottage, but since we are focusing upon the wise part, Esau thought he would eventually outsmart Jacob and get his birthright back. Of course that did not work out very well for Esau as Jacob retained it and received the blessing (Genesis 27:27). It was not convenient for Esau to have the birthright at the moment. Likewise, many are too wise today in their own minds. They figure that they will enjoy sinning until the end of their life, or if they see signs of Jesus soon return. Such people shall be destroyed. Even those who think they understand how to enjoy both the world for now and then salvation later, they too shall be cast out. So, are you risking salvation by putting full surrendering of it off?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Obadiah 1:7 All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee [even] to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, [and] prevailed against thee; [they that eat] thy bread have laid a wound under thee: [there is] none understanding in him.

False peace is very deceptive. When people want to lie about peace, they will lie about everything. Not a word can be trusted. Even if they seem open to receiving the bread, the Word of God, it all will be used later against us. "But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues" (Matthew 10:17). It is not that we need to stop sharing, we do have to be more perceptive in the reception of it, but even if we are duped, let us not be surprised when they turn against us. "But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you" (Matthew 10:19-20). So, how much trust do you have in God over this matter?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Obadiah 1:6 How are [the things] of Esau searched out! [how] are his hidden things sought up!

Search out Esau who was careless and sold his birthright (Genesis 25:29-34), who only became jealous of such when he realized that a double portion of the inheritance and blessings are associated with such (Genesis 27:34), and who had little interest in godliness. Described as a hairy man (Genesis 25:25) implies the focus on physical greatness as opposed to the spiritual. Those are the things hidden in the heart and revealed through God's prophets. So, do you need to confess and forsake any of those traits found in you, in your heart even?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Obadiah 1:5 If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave [some] grapes?

If they live according to Leviticus 19:10, the Bible says, "And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather [every] grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I [am] the LORD your God." Therefore, they would leave some. And of course "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy" (John 10:10). So, do you "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal" (Matthew 6:20)? Are you considerate of the poor?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Obadiah 1:4 Though thou exalt [thyself] as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

Somebody else had lofty ideas and will be brought down from such a height. "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit" (Isaiah 14:14-15). That is Lucifer or better known as Satan. So when we have lofty thoughts of ourselves, we are inspired by Satan instead of God. How much does Satan inspire you to think more of yourself than you should?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Obadiah 1:3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation [is] high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

"Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18). Pride is very strong in people. Sports brag of being number one. Actors and actresses jockey to be the best. It is encouraged in our games found in our homes. So many do not want to study the Bible in fear of being wrong, which is a type of pride as well. So, do you even joke with being prideful?

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Obadiah 1:2 Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.

When we sin, we are made small. Small is not good. Against our physical enemies, we will be weak, but worse, we shall be eternally lost. So, is sin worth it when the "big picture" is revealed?

Monday, May 08, 2017

Obadiah 1:1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.

God has the same insight regarding the activity of the devil. In fact, the Bible lays out all of the devil's plans, and yet, so many ignore it, lightly regard it, or just choose to disregard it despite knowing the truth. So, do you take heed to the warning of the devil, or are you too distracted by the comforts of this world?

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Jonah 4:10-11 Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and [also] much cattle?

Like Jonah, so many concern themselves over things they do not have control over, and that which they do, they excuse away their responsibilities. Is that what you do?

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Jonah 4:9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, [even] unto death.

That is some serious anger, but how far do you carry your anger over spilled milk, differences of opinions, clashes in society? Do you let it ruin your day?

Friday, May 05, 2017

Jonah 4:8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, [It is] better for me to die than to live.

Is that true? To die in this state means to die eternally as well. So, when life is just miserable and you think, "What's the use?", do you really wish death? "I will very gladly spend and be spent for you" (2 Corinthians 12:15).

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Jonah 4:7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

"The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD" (Job 1:21). Is that your attitude towards loss of anything in this life, or are you very much attached to things?

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Jonah 4:6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made [it] to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.

Isn't that just like us humans. We are content when all is well, but let circumstances change and it is a different story. So, are you a Christian when things go well, or are you one all of the time?

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Jonah 4:5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.

Jonah becoming a mere observer readying himself to be upset with God for not destroying the wicked is no different than people today hoping for evil people to be struck by lightning for being evil. Our desires ought to be wanting to have all be saved, even the vilest offender "for the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save [them]" (Luke 9:56). So, what is your attitude towards the allowance for the wicked to truly repent?

Monday, May 01, 2017

Jonah 4:4 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?

Are you angry or do you mock conversions of the vilest offenders? Be careful. Let us not be playing God.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Jonah 4:3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for [it is] better for me to die than to live.

Jonah did not want to be known as a false prophet because Jonah had preached the message that Nineveh would be destroyed, but Nineveh repented so they were not destroyed. In the last days, there's a risky last day message to be preached. It is found in Revelation 14:6-12. It is represented as three angels having messages. So, are you like Jonah and are afraid to learn what it means and deliver the message to others concerning yourself of what others may think?

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Jonah 4:2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, [was] not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou [art] a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

Now, is it really fair that God offers salvation to the vilest of people? Absolutely. Paul wrote, "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God" (1 Corinthians 6:11). The key is with any sinning, since it is all the same to God, that we "were" partakers but no more. So, shall we be upset with God being merciful to even us and turns away His wrath that we deserve?

Friday, April 28, 2017

Jonah 4:1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

Just like the parable of the number of workers hired at different times all getting paid the same amount, representing the reception of eternal life, much jealousy exists when comparing one sinner against another. Why should Jonah be upset? Should not salvation be available to everyone that truly repents? Of course it should. But when we compare a murderer to a rapists to a chronic liar to a person having mental coveting problems, we on the lesser end may look upon the more serious sinner as undeserving of eternal life even if they repent. That is where we make the mistakes. First, with God, all sin is sin. There are no levels with God. So smoking six million cigarettes in a life time, which is a carton a day, is just as bad as murdering six million people as Hitler did. Second, why are we trying to play God. God clearly tells us that destination of Heaven and Hell is in His possession and not ours. We only can judge fruits to see if someone needs Jesus in their lives. So, are you trying to play God?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jonah 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did [it] not.

"And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent" (Acts 17:30), and when we do truly repent, God withdraws the punishment. And the ultimate punishment or result of sin is death (Romans 6:23), the second death that is. Therefore, God is willing to remove that punishment and give us eternal life instead. So, will you repent of all of your sins?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Jonah 3:9 Who can tell [if] God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

Like the king of Nineveh, I would rather take my chances believing in God and be wrong than to risk it all working against God to find out He does exist and Heaven is real, but it will not be for me. So, are you all in for God, or are you risking the potential of eternal life for selfish reasons?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jonah 3:7-8 And he caused [it] to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that [is] in their hands.

Unfortunately in the last days, an opposite decree will be made, where they will be "saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed" (Revelation 13:14-15). But despite the reaction to the message by the whole world, would you be willing to give the last day cry (Revelation 14:6-12) anyways?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Jonah 3:6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered [him] with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

Could you imagine the president of the United States doing this? How about other world leaders? How about the pope? How about yourself?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Jonah 3:5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

Would that not be wonderful if the whole world, represented by Nineveh, would be converted with the last day gospel of Revelation 14, represented by Jonah's preaching? Of course it would. But the reality is that the world will not be converted for "all the world wondered after the beast" (Revelation 13:3), but just as Noah did, preach it anyways. So, are you involved with the last day gospel, or are you just enjoying the world?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jonah 3:4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

Although we have more than forty days left on this earth, we have a specific last day gospel message, even about a city. "And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication" (Revelation 14:8). The call is to not be influenced by the world of confusion led by an apostate set of religious beliefs, having no sound scriptural basis, all or which is symbolized by Babylon with a specific great city. That great city that John referred to was Rome, which ruled the world then and is even an influencer today uniting all confusing doctrines of all religions under her. So, do you follow her teachings or are your beliefs scripturally sound?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Jonah 3:3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey.

This is what we ought to do the first time we are commanded by God to do something or stop doing something. If we would only learn the lesson. That lesson is to obey. But what do we do instead? We try to find a reason not to obey. And after a while, we realize that God is right after all. We would save so many headaches if we would just submit the first time to God's will. So how many avoidances do you do before you finally do what God asks?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jonah 3:2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

Jesus tells us to go and do the same thing around us in our neighborhoods and to the world to preach what He has told us. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:19-20). So how active are you in doing what Jesus told you to do?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jonah 3:1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

Thank God, seriously, thank God that He brings His Word, His truth around to us more than once. It is human nature to reject a calling into the unknown. And the unknown is exactly what many Bible truths are to so many Christians. So many have been brainwashed into thinking that God is well pleased with their Sunday keeping when it was set up by human reasoning, Jesus rising on a Sunday, instead of a command of God. So many have been brainwashed into thinking people go to Heaven right away after death not realizing that such doctrine nullifies the purpose of the resurrection. So many have been brainwashed into thinking that hell is a place that tortures people throughout eternity not realizing that it negates the teaching that God is merciful and loving even when He takes out vengeance upon the lost. With so many people believing the wrong and for so long, initial exposure to the truth is usually rejected, even criticized. But then God brings it around again and again so that in the end no one can say, "But I didn't have the opportunity to know!" So, do you know? Are you accepting of the Bible doctrines instead of anti-Christ human doctrines?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jonah 2:10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry [land].

Notice that Jonah was placed into safety. The fish could have had Jonah swim to shore, but instead, right onto dry land was Jonah placed, even solid ground. It was not just the land because a lot of land around a sea or body of water is usually wet. That means the fish had to project Jonah beyond the wet area of the land, and depending upon the tide, that could be a great distance. Jesus told us to be on solid ground with our faith. And building upon solid ground means we have been "founded upon a rock" (Matthew 7:25) "and that Rock was Christ" (1 Corinthians 10:4). So, are you on solid ground or sinking sand?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay [that] that I have vowed. Salvation [is] of the LORD.

And remember, "to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams" (1 Samuel 15:22). So, is your sacrifice complete obedience to God because salvation is with Him and no one else?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Jonah 2:8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

This is like in the last days when "the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Why people would rather believe a smooth saying instead of the truth, which will determine eternal life, is beyond me. People are so careless about the matter, willing to risk it all. No wonder Jesus said, "strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:14). So, what do you listen to?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Jonah 2:7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

God's holy temple is simply a reference to where God dwells. The temple also houses the sanctuary made up of a holy place and a most holy place. In that sanctuary, "we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God" (Hebrews 4:14). Therefore, when we pray, we actually are sending our prayers to Jesus, who ministers in the temple. "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). So, will you come to the throne of grace?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Jonah 2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars [was] about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

If we would only see sin this way in which it is drowning us and imprisoning us. Until we see sin that way, we will never be able to experience God bringing our lives up out of that corruption. So, how much do you hate sin?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jonah 2:5 The waters compassed me about, [even] to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.

Once again, if we take the prophetic meaning of the flood waters, which the Bible says, "The waters which thou sawest, … are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" (Revelation 17:15), then that would apply to us in which we are surrounded by the mass of people working against us, even threatening. The depth would be the pit of this world. In other words, "[Thou], which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth" (Psalms 71:20). Depths also refers to sin (Micah 7:19). So sin can be felt like a strangling hold or crushing in. And the weeds are never good plants. They are like the thorns that choke out any spiritual thoughts (Matthew 13:7). In fact, notice the complaint is about the fact the weeds are about his head. Typically a person wrapped with weeds will find them on other parts of the body as well. So, are the unconverted pressing upon you? Is the ways of the world so deep in your soul? Are the thoughts choking out your spiritual relationship with God? Then it is high time to say the prayer of Peter, "Lord, save me" (Matthew 14:30).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Jonah 2:4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

This is a sign of a personal decision to return to God and do His will. Have you chosen to do the same?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Jonah 2:3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.

And if we take the prophetic meaning of the flood waters, which the Bible says, "The waters which thou sawest, … are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" (Revelation 17:15), then that would apply to us in which we are surrounded by the mass of people working against us, even threatening. Look what happens when a president is not liked. Look what happens when a sports team wins or loses. Just imagine, if you are not already feeling it, what happens when people take a stance to obey the Bible without compromise. It should feel like the flood waters of Jonah. So many voices drowning out our voice. It can get so bad that it will feel as if we do not exist as they just pass over us ignoring what we have to say. But will you still hold true to the Bible and voice it to others?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Jonah 2:2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, [and] thou heardest my voice.

It has always been God's policy to welcome back a repentant soul, but that is the key, repentant. "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14). Too many just ask for the forgiveness part without repenting. So, what do you ask of God, just forgiveness or forgiveness with a repentant heart?

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Jonah 2:1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,

Ever hit a low point in life? Well, Jonah was pretty low in life himself. For this creature to swim to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, that is below land level. That is physically low. But this is where running away from God can lead. For us, we may have hidden ourselves away from God through sin and hit rock bottom. The good news is, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14). Are you willing to forsake your sins and ask for forgiveness to be right with God?

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Jonah 1:17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

"We glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience" (Romans 5:3). "The trying of your faith worketh patience" (James 1:3). Most of us know how the story ends but at this moment in Jonah's life, it looked quite dismal, yet it was to work for the good of Jonah. So, do you cry, "Why me God?" or do you see challenges as being allowed of God to work patience, even perfection of character?

Friday, April 07, 2017

Jonah 1:16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.

Jonah indirectly preached the first angel's message of the last days. Why do we say that? According to Revelation 14:7, it says, "Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." Not only did they choose to "fear God", which is to "hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth" (Proverbs 8:13), but they chose to sacrifice and make vows. Today such would be to respond with "giving glory to God", which is "glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:20), so sacrifice what used to be eaten carelessly, drunk without consideration, entertained by garbage, and now live a holy life. Today such a vow would be to be ready for the judgment, which God will be using the Ten Commandments as His standard (James 2:12). And today the vow would also include worshipping Him on His Sabbath day and not Sunday as there is a quote right from Exodus 20:8-11 by saying, "made heaven, and earth, and the sea". So, are you willing to sacrifice your old life for a new one and worship Him on His holy day instead of the one Constantine enacted as law of the land in 321 A.D. and adopted by the church in 328?

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Jonah 1:15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

Instead of being cast from a ship, in the last days, "They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service" (John 16:2). Will you be willing to be cast out of the church for the sake of standing for truth, or will you have too many sympathetic ties that will lead you to compromise and back down?

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Jonah 1:14 Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.

Sometimes despite our lack of follow through with exercising godliness, people are turned to God after all, but how much better would it be if we were godly instead? It took a storm to awaken the souls on board the ship. What will happen at the end of time when the storm of crisis hits? Are you setting an example for people to inquire of you, "What would the Lord have us to do?" Or is your example one that people will turn away and seek answers themselves?

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Jonah 1:13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring [it] to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

No matter how much strength and earthly power our supporters may have in the future, nothing is going to prevent the final fulfillments of prophecy, therefore, it is best to align oneself with God and be on the winning side. So, have you made a complete surrender of all of your known sins?

Monday, April 03, 2017

Jonah 1:12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest [is] upon you.

And cast to the sea we will be in the future, but the sea will not be calm for in Bible prophecy, water represents "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" (Revelation 17:15). And though counsels and kings (leaders of nations) will hand the guilty people that are preaching the Bible truths over to the hands of the crowds, it will not appease their quest for blood. I say this because during the plagues, "they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy" (Revelation 16:6). So, are you part of the blood thirsty who wants the truth squashed because to you truth does not matter, or are you one of the defenders of the truth who will eventually be brought before the corrupt justice systems and then handed over to the people to let them have their way?

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Jonah 1:11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.

People in general are not interested in the truth; they are interested in calmness. This is why the world seeks after "Peace and safety", but "when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape" (1 Thessalonians 5:3). Such people seeking this calmness will not know what to do with the righteous, so eventually they will resort to death (Revelation 13:15). Jesus said, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword" (Matthew 10:34). So, what do you seek after? Calmness of peace or the truth in the Word, which is the sword?

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Jonah 1:10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.

Ever try running away from God? "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou [art] there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou [art there]" (Psalms 139:7-8). Bottom line… no one can. Even if one could hide in complete darkness, "Father which seeth in secret" (Matthew 6:4), "God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things" (1 John 3:20). So, are you trying to hide anything from God? Do not be a fool. You can't.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Jonah 1:9 And he said unto them, I [am] an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry [land].

This is what I love about the KJV versus any other version of the Bible. We can take the words of a verse and go searching and find expanded meanings, such as, both a call to "fear the Lord" and a reference to the fact that the true God created the dry land or earth and also the sea is found in the last day message quoted from Revelation, "Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters" (Revelation 14:7). And then we get the definition of what it means to "fear the Lord" or "Fear God": "The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth" (Proverbs 8:13). Instead, the world tolerates and even enjoys sins. Christians have no problem with foul mouth, a little nudity, and lots of violence in TV and movies along with lyrics of a song. A call to recognize and even worship Him Who made Heaven and Earth is a direct quote out of the Sabbath commandment when most Christians would rather choose Sunday, and even then the day is not dedicated to God. It is simply a day that some go to church and afterwards they do what they please, while two thirds of Christians do not even bother attending. So, are you adhering to the last day call and hating evil as well as keeping the true Sabbath all the day long?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jonah 1:7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil [is] upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

Somehow casting of lots singled Jonah out as causing the evil. This may be true in his day, but in the last days, the evil that comes upon the earth will wrongfully be pointing to those that refuse to accept the Mark of the Beast. In so doing, they will create a death decree (Revelation 13:15). But remember, "fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28). So, are you ready to accept the consequences?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jonah 1:8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil [is] upon us; What [is] thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what [is] thy country? and of what people [art] thou?

Continuing from yesterday, false accusations will be upon the children of God in the last days. We shall be blamed for the evils coming upon the earth. And when the world finishes the process of unifying to appease the god of climate change mingled with the false unification of religions offering the same solution of a day of rest, and still the "famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places" (Matthew 24:7) continue, they could end up asking the very same questions. To the occupation question, we are servants of the true God. Where have we come from? Jesus sent us. What is our country? The Heavenly kingdom of course. And what is our people? Commandment keeping Christians. Are you ready to give those answers, or will you compromise?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jonah 1:6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

Many times prayer to the true God with the unconverted around yielded a saving situation. Look at Paul regarding the one shipwreck he was involved with. Not a hair of harm was to fall upon any on board thanks to Paul being on board (Acts 27:24). We could experience the same thing. Are we praying for souls and then working for them? We may "knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both [shall be] alike good" (Ecclesiastes 11:6). Ours is not to question such but to simply go and teach. So, are you awake to your duty to teach the gospel to others?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Jonah 1:5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that [were] in the ship into the sea, to lighten [it] of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.

Like many Christians, as foretold even by Jesus in a parable regarding the Ten Virgins, the church is asleep. "While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept" (Matthew 25:5). And despite many calling themselves Christian, the same description can be said today of the mariners. Many cry to their own god but not the true God. Some pray through saints and repetitive prayers. Some pray to the god of gifts. Some seek prayer only in times of emergency. Despite being shown what the Bible says, many Christians will say, "My god is not like that." None of them have the true God. Many today even cast their wares over thinking that their physical actions will appease God especially during Lent, as more and more Christians conform to that practice in which was once only a Catholic ritual at one point. At the very least, of all the people and descriptions we have from this verse, we want to be like Jonah in which we have a connection with the true God, even though at this point Jonah was trying to run away. Do you have a connection with the true God or are you simply having a relationship with a god?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jonah 1:4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

To apply these events to our day, if we use the prophetic understanding of the use of water or sea, it means "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" (Revelation 17:15). And there is a coming tempest that will come upon us. All those that refuse to live "by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4) will, like Cain, come down upon those that do want to "keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17) for Satan will "make war with the remnant" (Revelation 12:17). But if we are fleeing from our godly duty, it will crash upon us. So are you living up to the godly duty that is expected?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Jonah 1:3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

Today, so many do not share the gospel despite being told to do so. They do not want to be looked upon weird, different, and definitely not looked upon as a Jesus freak. For those that think they share the gospel, they may drop the name of Jesus or the title of Christian here or there but by their example they are ineffective. As it is said, today's Christian is so much like the non-Christian that the only difference with some Christians is that they make an effort to attend church. All of these non-participating ways to avoid sharing the true gospel is no different than Jonah running away from his duty. The one difference between Jonah and most Christians today is that at least Jonah knew he was running away. Are you running away from your duty to warn people of the coming calamities before the second coming calling people to be ready spiritually because you have a fear of being called a fear monger or alarmist?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Jonah 1:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

In application to us today, Nineveh would represent the world. And great is the world against us. All manner of sin seems acceptable today, and to rise up against it with any messages draws various labels like bigot, some type of phobe, etc. But when God tells us, "Arise, go", we are to rise and go. And that is a standing command for all true Christians for Jesus said, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations" (Matthew 28:19). So, do you allow the socially acceptable agenda of the world to dictate whether or not you will obey the commission, or are you going forth despite the odds teaching the truth?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jonah 1:1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

Quite a few people think that Jonah was a man called to go forth with a message and failed not once but twice. In reality, Jonah was actually quite a successful prophet for the Bible shows what was done by being sent to his own nation. "He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which [was] of Gathhepher" (2 Kings 14:25). So the failure surely marred apparent success where most remember the giant fish story regarding Jonah trying to run away from his duty but nothing much about the restoration of Israel. So, are you careful not to taint your success, especially regarding a Christian walk? Or do you not care about potential marring of the holy record?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Micah 7:20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, [and] the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

That is because "All the paths of the LORD [are] mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies" (Psalms 25:10). "God shall send forth his mercy and his truth" (Psalms 57:3). "For thy mercy [is] great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds" (Psalms 57:10). "He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, [which] may preserve him" (Psalms 61:7). "But as for me, my prayer [is] unto thee, O LORD, [in] an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation" (Psalms 69:13). "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed [each other]" (Psalms 85:10). "But thou, O Lord, [art] a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth" (Psalms 86:15). "Justice and judgment [are] the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face" (Psalms 89:14). "For the LORD [is] good; his mercy [is] everlasting; and his truth [endureth] to all generations" (Psalms 100:5). "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD [men] depart from evil" (Proverbs 16:6). "Grace be with you, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love" (2 John 1:3). As you see in but a sampling of verses containing mercy and truth, it is not all about forgiveness of sins by His mercy. God also holds up truth for obedience. In fact, Jesus said, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" (John 17:17). But even from pulpits, the cry goes, "Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land" (Hosea 4:1), and even Christians live lives of "swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood" (Hosea 4:2). So, have you received the lopsided gospel of all about grace and mercy and forgiveness, or are you balanced out with the fact "they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24)?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

For Jesus to subdue our iniquities means that they are not part of us anymore. And since they are not part of us, we can walk in complete obedience and not sin for "his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness" (2 Peter 1:3). And those sins that are cast into the depths of the sea are only those that are confessed and forsaken and not those that we just continue therein. So, how powerful is God to you?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Micah 7:18 Who [is] a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth [in] mercy.

"All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), therefore, God has a right to have "the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it" (Isaiah 13:9). However, since He does delight in mercy, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9), but that is not everyone. Notice that only a remnant receives mercy. They are identified as "the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17). They keep all Ten Commandments "For not the hearers of the law [are] just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified" (Romans 2:13) keeping in mind that "by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified" (Romans 3:20). Does that sound contradictory? It is not. A person demonstrating that they intend to break the speed limit law are not going to receive grace from the judge for having broken the speed limit law in the first place. The one that is intending to obey the speed limit more than likely will be receiving the grace. Likewise, God is not going to have mercy upon us to go and break the commandments some more. He is going to have mercy upon us and then empower us to keep the commandments for He tells everyone one, "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more" (John 8:11). So, are you part of the remnant that do not live in sin or excuse it, or are you part of the sin problem?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Micah 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

John puts the reaction of the lost in this manner instead. "And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" (Revelation 6:15-17). The answer is, "Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12). So, are you keeping the commandments and won't have to fear, or are you living in disobedience and should fear?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Micah 7:16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay [their] hand upon [their] mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

So when the second coming happens, all that military might will be for naught. They won't be able to open their mouths and ears will go closed. What a confusing situation it will be for all those who believed incorrectly. It is going to be sad because it is not like they can switch sides then. "Behold, now [is] the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2). Would you want that feeling on that day? If not, won't you be open to Bible Study? Just ask.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Micah 7:15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous [things].

The word "according" is a type of reflection. As it happened in the days coming out of Egypt is how this should be understood. The focus is upon the marvelous things, like all the wonders and miracles God performed. Interestingly, it took ten plagues to pull them out of Egypt. There are seven slated as the last plagues at the end of time. Both involve plagues. So, are you impressed by the mighty hand of God in the days of Egypt that is soon to be repeated?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Micah 7:14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily [in] the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed [in] Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.

Carmel is a garden land; Bashan is fruitful; and Gilead is a rocky region. So both the unexpected places of rockiness as well as the expected fruitfulness are to be fed. Notice the fruitful result of Jesus' parable, "When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth [it] not, then cometh the wicked [one], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth [it]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty" (Matthew 13:19-23). So are you fruitful sharing the gospel and winning souls, or are you stubborn like a rocky area?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Micah 7:12 [In] that day [also] he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and [from] the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and [from] mountain to mountain.

Assyria even known as Babylon or confusion, in our day it is antichrist referring to the "he". The world at large shall come. Great multitudes of people will rise up and, "cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed" (Revelation 13:15). Will you give into such pressure, or will you stand for God even if the world turns against you?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Micah 7:13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.

And the Bible tells us specifically what their doings are. Isaiah describes the desolation with the words, "Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof" (Isaiah 24:1), and then he tells us what their doings were by writing, "The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant" (Isaiah 24:5). So, are you contributing to the problem by breaking the commandments, or are you going to be rescued from the desolation that is coming because you, as Jesus said, "hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me" (John 14:21)?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Micah 7:11 [In] the day that thy walls are to be built, [in] that day shall the decree be far removed.

The wall to be built symbolically refers to the commandments but more specifically than that the Bible says, "And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it]" (Isaiah 58:12-14). Seeing just about everyone agrees on nine of the commandments, that Sabbath one is the one in question. But as the Sabbath is built up, the decree, as some Bible versions state, that of slavery will be removed. And seeing that "sin is the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4), the slavery referred to that we have removed from us is that of living in sin for Jesus even said, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin" (John 8:32-34). So, are you helping to build up the keeping of all Ten Commandments and having slavery to sin removed from your life, or are you still living in disobedience listening to Satan's lies or are in such oppression of sin that you cannot get out of it?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Micah 7:10 Then [she that is] mine enemy shall see [it], and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

In the end, the she refers to "THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 17:5). And as for her being trodden down, "How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong [is] the Lord God who judgeth her" (Revelation 18:7-8). So will you follow her and her teaching into the plagues and eventually into hell fire, or will you reject every unbiblical practice that has infiltrated every church?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Micah 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, [and] I shall behold his righteousness.

"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent" (Revelation 3:19). Are you able to endure these things, which are intended to remove sin from one's life? But a lot of people do not like hearing a preacher preach about sin and "will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears" (2 Timothy 4:3). How do I switch from God to the preacher doing the rebuking? Because God does not do these things himself. He commands His faithful servants, "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine" (2 Timothy 4:2). All of these strong sermons, even a straight testimony, is for preparing one to stand in the judgment because if one sin remains held onto, when the sin is burned up, so is the person holding onto it. Therefore, the faithful servants lead people to the light, lead people to Christ's righteousness. Although we are saved by the righteousness of Christ "and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6), "he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God" (John 3:21). In other words, "I will shew thee my faith by my works" (James 2:18). Will you show your faith in Christ righteousness by doing only that which is righteous, or will you "obey … sin unto death" (Romans 6:16)?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Micah 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD [shall be] a light unto me.

"For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again" (Proverbs 24:16), and yet there are people ready to throw stones, kick such people when they are down. Despite the fact that we are to "go and sin no more" (John 8:11), it is not a guarantee never to sin again. It may happen. But a just man shall "confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). And when surrounded in darkness, God's light shall shine. Though we would like friends and family to socialize with, the reality is that unconverted friends and family are but darkness to us. And therefore we get our comfort from the Lord, not from humans. So, do rise up and follow God's light, or do you stay down and give into the darkness so as to be accepted?

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Micah 7:6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies [are] the men of his own house.

And we think Jesus was just predicting the future from the point He walked the earth in the flesh. He was quoting the scriptures about the future. "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law" (Matthew 10:34-35). "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law" (Luke 12:51-53). So, how close are you with unconverted relatives? If you get along well, then Christ must be hidden. If you argue a lot with the root being that you live the Bible instead of just reading it, then take comfort for Jesus saw this in your life.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

And when He shows up, "it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation" (Isaiah 25:9). Don’t you want to be part of this group? "Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city" (Revelation 22:14).

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Micah 7:5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

This type of trust is one that is above the Word of God. How many Christians listen to what their friends believe despite what they may see in the Bible? Sadly, way too many do. And how many Christians listen more to their guides or pastors over a "Thus saith the Lord"? Sadly, way too many do. And in reference to a woman (her), it is a reference to church (compare Jeremiah 6:2 to Isaiah 51:16). So how many people open their mouths in agreement with their church over what the Bible says? Sadly, way, way too many do. This is why Jesus said, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:13-14). And the "many" are wonderful Christians in appearance, but "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:21-23). Iniquity is sin. Sin is the breaking of any of God's Ten Commandments "for sin is the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4). So do you believe your fellow Christian friends that the Sabbath from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday is no longer necessary or it is now acceptable to use Sunday instead? Do you believe your minister telling you that the Sabbath has changed? Do you believe your church that the Sabbath has changed? Or do you obey God's commandments including the Sabbath despite what everyone else teaches?

Monday, March 06, 2017

Micah 7:4 The best of them [is] as a brier: the most upright [is sharper] than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen [and] thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

The best of the people described in symbolism is still a lost soul. "But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned" (Hebrews 6:8). Jesus even said, "He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful" (Matthew 13:22). So, are you among the fake Christians who put their cares in the things of the world and still claim to be saved, or have you "forsaken all" (Matthew 19:27)?

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Micah 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge [asketh] for a reward; and the great [man], he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

Leaders asking to be paid off, judges accepting bribes, all working towards evil, all wrapped up together in the agenda. Does that not describe today's politics and government? No wonder the system appears broken. There is no one anybody can trust. Then again, "put your trust in the LORD" (Psalms 4:5) through His Word. So, do you trust in the political systems of the world, or do you "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15)?

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Micah 7:2 The good [man] is perished out of the earth: and [there is] none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.

In a sense, Jesus has perished out of the earth. Sure, He rose and ascended to Heaven but in His absence, the good followers are persecuted to the point of being an endangered species. When we say good, we are talking true, not worldly Christians. All those that love the worldly music, the TV, the movies, the dance, the competitive sports, and the list goes on, all are acting the part of hunting with a net to ensnare the victim. Such people try to convince the true Christian that it is alright to participate in these things. And if such does not work, name calling is then used such as, legalists, workers of salvation, and many more inappropriate names. But then that is exactly what Jesus said would happen. "It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more [shall they call] them of his household?" (Matthew 10:25) Again, the blood is not literal murder but spiritual. False Christians try to kill the true ones. So, are you a true Christian not taken by the net or enticements, or are you the false one trying to lead and justify worldly lifestyles as allowable among Christians?

Friday, March 03, 2017

Micah 7:1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: [there is] no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.

According to Amos 8:2, summer fruit represents God's people, Israel, and today known as spiritual Israel, but we call them Christians. Do realize "they [are] not all Israel, which are of Israel" (Romans 9:6), which means for today, not everyone claiming to be Christian are really Christian. So, when Jesus comes looking for true Christians, where are the clusters of them? There are none. In fact, today it is more like one grape here, one grape there, etc. But are you one of those few grapes scattered about is the question?

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Micah 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

In a personal application, we have an idol being retained, symbolized by the statutes of Omri. The works of Ahab include being subject to church and state union and the laws they pass. How many of us do the same thing today? We may clean up our lives a bit but still retain the idols. For instance, we make allowances for what we watch on TV by saying, "It is not that bad." But it is still bad! And when it comes to the government, are we onboard with getting religious influence back into the public schools? Be careful. All such people will become desolate, lost even. And the ultimate reproach will be watching from the outside all of God's people saved in the New Jerusalem. So, won't you get rid of all your idol connections, and not get involved in the movement of unifying church and state?

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Micah 6:15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.

So using parables to apply to these short phrases realizing that this is a smack against general Christianity who claim to be saved while living in sin, they shall sow the Word but not reap, which is to win souls for Heaven. Oh they may come to church but who cares if they have the wrong theology of being saved in sin? To be anointed with oil is that of the Holy Spirit. And many speak in tongues but it is not the Holy Spirit's gift they are using for "tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not" (1 Corinthians 14:22), or it is not to be something practiced in church but outside of the church like on foreign missions. And wine or doctrine would refer to all the teaching of surface material that is acceptable among many but not deep enough to convert the soul. So, do you belong to a powerless church that doesn't teach victory over sin, misuses tongues, and teaches the milk of the Word even plain water?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Micah 6:14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down [shall be] in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and [that] which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.

Basically, everything the lost go to do, it is eventually all going to fail. In the very end, all that they trusted in, 100% will be gone. It goes as a warning to even Christians on the right path. We have to become unattached to all the things of the world, and I mean all of the things for eventually when the Mark of the Beast is enforced, which is soon to come and even now is in the works, we will not be able to depend upon money, friends to lend aid, our jobs, even our homes. This is why Jesus even said, "Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day" (Matthew 24:17-20). It is going to get ugly. Now it looks like the same results. It will all be taken. But true Christians have their hope somewhere else for "it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation" (Isaiah 25:9). True Christians make it their life dependency to know the Word of God and go about living the Word. If any Christian is dependent upon earthly means so much so that it would devastate them if it were not available, that is very dangerous because it will be taken. Using these things now is one thing, including necessities of food, shelter, and clothing. So, where is your dependency?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Micah 6:13 Therefore also will I make [thee] sick in smiting thee, in making [thee] desolate because of thy sins.

And in the last days, we call that the seven last plagues. The first one will definitely make the recipients sick. "And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and [upon] them which worshipped his image" (Revelation 16:2). Faith healers will not even be able to remove that plague at all. The second and third shall add to the misery. "And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead [man]: and every living soul died in the sea. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood" (Revelation 16:3-4). Can you imagine the stench of all the fish and other sea creatures? Now as for desolation? "And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire" (Revelation 16:8). "And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain" (Revelation 16:10). "And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up" (Revelation 16:12). "And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air;… And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, [every stone] about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great" (Revelation 16:17, 20-21). There is not going to be anything left by the end of the plagues. So, will you be part of the group that "There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling" (Psalms 91:10), or will you fall sick and become desolated?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Micah 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue [is] deceitful in their mouth.

Outside of this verse describing the politicians, staunch party followers, and the media, all these actions are condemned and is definitely not a list of people going to Heaven. "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" (Revelation 3:17). "All liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death" (Revelation 21:8). "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ" (Colossians 2:8). So, in all honesty, do you support the violent, go along with those that tell lies and use deceitfulness, or do you realize your need of Christ "to keep you from falling" (Jude 1:24)?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Micah 6:10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure [that is] abominable?

Anyone not wholly surrendered to God is considered wicked, therefore, is there any sin (wickedness), no matter how small, that is considered a treasure? People may be perfect in all areas but one or two that they do not desire a complete break from. For some, it is smoking. For others, it may be watching inappropriate material. And God forbid if there is an abominable thing among us. Some Christians will give up various food products but love that bacon, which is still condemned today as an abomination by God. Search the Bible for all the abominations and see if there is not a category that applies. So, is all wickedness and abominations cast off from you, or is there still something you are holding onto?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Micah 6:11 Shall I count [them] pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

A practical application regarding this and the prior verse is the average Christian and the worldly person or unbeliever in which both today wear the same foul clothing or revealing clothing, use the same sarcastic attitudes, eat the same foods and drink the same drinks that are not for healthy living but even body destroying or an abomination according the Word of God, watch the same filth on TV, listen to the same foul lyrics in songs, hang out at the same worldly events and places of entertainment, and do you think that God is going to judge one different from the other? God has a standard. Both shall be judged not by profession but "shall be judged by the law of liberty" (James 2:12), which the prior verse says, "For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law" (James 2:11). The standard is the Ten Commandments. "My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth" (1 John 3:18), so since both are committing sinful deeds, both shall be lost no matter how loudly the Christian claims to be saved. So, do you believe in God who tips the judgment balances in favor of the Christian despite the continuance of sinning, or do you serve a God who is just and holds everyone equally to the standards?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Micah 6:9 The LORD'S voice crieth unto the city, and [the man of] wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

"The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way" (Proverbs 14:8), as opposed to being careless. "Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding" (Proverbs 14:33), and that would be godly understanding. "Wisdom [is] before him that hath understanding" (Proverbs 17:24). "Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom" (Proverbs 23:4), and therefore it is possible to have the wisdom of the world instead of God's. So when it says we are to have wisdom so that we see God's name or character, we are definitely not talking about earthly wisdom. "Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness" (1 Corinthians 3:18-19). So what wisdom do you have? The understanding that leads to seeing God?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Micah 6:6-8 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, [and] bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, [or] with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn [for] my transgression, the fruit of my body [for] the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Many try to appease God or be in good standing with Him by giving God lots of money, volunteering to do some good thing, or something else when God requires each of us to do justly, where no injustice can be found with us. He requires us to look for the merciful way of handling things and not so much with the getting back at another person. And He requires us to lose the rebellious attitude. So, have you reached that point yet?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Micah 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.

Balak wanted Balaam to curse God's people for the children of Israel were soon to seek to conquer Moab, but Balaam at first could only speak blessings. Eventually a curse did come but it involved a whole lot of sex with the Moabite women much like Christians today are given over to the sexual explicitness of society in movies, TV, billboards, conversation, other advertisement, and yes, porn, not to mention that single Christians are just as sexually active and jumping from partner to partner as non-Christians. So when the blessings were spoken, when you even read such things in the Bible, does God's righteousness move you to doing righteousness as well?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Micah 6:4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

Today, God has lead us out of sinning, redeemed us to serve Him, and even has used modern day prophets. "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams" (Acts 2:17). Therefore, "Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21). Just avoid "many false prophets" that "shall rise, and shall deceive many" (Matthew 24:11). So, has God lead you out of sinning? Do you believe in modern day prophets?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Micah 6:3 O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.

How sad. The Bible even warns against falling into weariness. "But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing" (2 Thessalonians 3:13). "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Galatians 6:9). So what has God done that so many are weary of doing well, and the ultimate part of doing well is in obedience? God rhetorically takes on the blame. All He asks is, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). Why can most Christians not endure obedience for a long time? Remember, "he that endureth to the end shall be saved" (Matthew 10:22). So, how long can you go, by the power of God, in complete obedience before choosing to sin?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Micah 6:2 Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD'S controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.

So first, we are to hear God. Hear does not mean to have the words just go into our ears and we understand the words, but it also means that it goes into our hearts and minds transforming us, causing us to repent of our ways. Many hear what the Bible says but not so many live it, and that is the controversy. How dare so many claim to be a Christian and yet not live as such! And another way of saying strong foundation is to be stubborn, rebellious, stiffnecked even. "Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers [did], so [do] ye" (Acts 7:51). If we refuse to give up our sins and entrench ourselves even with supposed scripture in our false ways, we shall be lost. But notice He still calls the people His. That does not mean they are saved, but rather He pleads with them. "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" (Revelation 22:17). "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins" (Isaiah 58:1). It is always an invitation and never a threat. So, how do you respond to His invitation?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Micah 6:1 Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.

As usual, God allows us to plead our case, and the only thing we can plea is the blood of Jesus for "all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). In no wise can we make up for a sin, save ourselves, be good enough. It is our unworthiness that makes Jesus' worthiness all the more precious. We are guilty as charged. We "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), but "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9) and "present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy" ( Jude 1:24) therefore "to me to live [is] Christ" (Philippians 1:21) and will "walk, even as he walked" (1 John 2:6) and live in "obedience unto righteousness" (Romans 6:16). So, will you plea before the mountains and let the hills hear your confession?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Micah 5:15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.

Pretty much the heathen mock God. Some say, "If God exists, may He strike me with a bolt of lightning!" Well, in time Jesus will return to prove that He is God, but when He does return, it is not going to be pleasant for everyone because "he put on the garments of vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke" (Isaiah 59:17). And when He shows up, these heathen will cry "to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb" (Revelation 6:16). Now unfortunately many do not understand the application of heathen. Heathens definitely are people who work against God, have an atheistic mindset, may be pagan, may be Satanists, etc., but heathen also includes all Christians who will be lost for they "work iniquity" (Matthew 7:23) "teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men" (Matthew 15:9) despite calling Jesus "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?" (Matthew 7:22) So Jesus says, "in vain they do worship me" (Matthew 15:9) for iniquity are active sinners that "break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so" (Matthew 5:19). So, are you a heathen because you do not keep all ten of the commandments, or are you one of the ones "that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12)?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Micah 5:14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.

The results of the second coming puts the earth into the following state: "I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place [was] a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, [and] by his fierce anger" (Jeremiah 4:26). Groves would be the fruitful place. So, will this be your result or have you been living for God instead?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Micah 5:13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.

Many trust in images of one sort or another. In the Catholic faith, many statues are used. Some place a symbol of Saint Christopher in their car for safe traveling. Even among Protestants, many wear a cross to show they are Christian. Some reject the notion of statues and turn to paintings, called icons. Instead, "Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price" (1 Peter 3:3-4). Therefore, these objects ought not be used. If people want to profess their Christianity, be a Christian and not simply take on the name. What is your faith made up of? Idols or living it?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Micah 5:12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no [more] soothsayers:

Paralleling the evening post regarding witchcrafts plus soothsayers are also addressed, should Christians be entertained by any of it? Should they watch "Harry Potter", reruns of "Bewitched", reruns of "I dream of Jeanie", etc.? Should we be following horoscopes, getting our fortune read, watch magic acts, etc.? Why would we think it is alright to condemn the witchcraft and then say, "But it is OK if you entertain me"? That is confusion. That is what Babylon is all about in Revelation, confusion. So, are you subjecting yourself to confusion?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Micah 5:11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds

"I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place [was] a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, [and] by his fierce anger. For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end" (Jeremiah 4:26-27). These may be physical objects of cities and strongholds, but that means people are lost or destroyed at the second coming. Is that what will happen to you, or will you be with Jesus in Heaven at the time?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Micah 5:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots

And that is exactly what He will do at the second coming for the Bible says, "And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great" (Revelation 19:17-18). So, do you want be part of the main course for the birds or do you want to be part of "marriage supper of the Lamb" (Revelation 19:9)?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; …emulations

This is wanting to be what one is not, especially in trying to be another person or in a different reality. Again, if our basic needs are met, we ought to be satisfied and not try to be either something imaginary from our own thoughts or become what society even expects. This includes the pathway of going to public or private school, going to college, make a successful career, have a family, have grand children, retire and enjoy the "golden" years. So, do you let society or media influence you away from being satisfied with spreading the gospel, even if one is not able to partake in such luxury?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Micah 5:9 Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.

Jesus certainly will cut off the lost. Are you making sure you are not lost?

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Micah 5:8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

This is not a physical attack of unbelievers (Gentiles), but "the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). So, are you active among the Gentiles spreading the Word?

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Micah 5:7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.

Not by human means but godly ones is the fact that the remnant, "which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17), does exist in this world. They have shunned the worldly entertainment and influences. They have turned to serious and quantitative amount of time in God's Word and in the testimony of Jesus Christ, which "is the spirit of prophecy" (Revelation 19:10). The remnant also waits for no man. In fact, "Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation" (Isaiah 25:9). Who are you waiting upon, humans to be godly, or are you living as the remnant despite what others are like waiting upon the Lord to return?

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Micah 5:6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver [us] from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

Today, we have the worldly influence instead of the physical Assyrians to contend with bringing on the false worship, even sun worship like in the days of Nimrod, but God shall deliver us if we let Him. He can take away the desires of Hollywood, the music industry, the sports arenas, even the false teachings in Christianity like Sunday sacredness. Will you ask Him to do that for you, to take it away ("lead us not into temptation" -- Matthew 6:13)?

Monday, February 06, 2017

Micah 5:5 And this [man] shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.

Assyrians were once world rulers. Today it is spiritual Babylon, encompassing error and confusion. Jesus brings peace but people would rather listen to their own shepherd or pastor over a "Thus Saith the Lord". Do you listen to humans over the contents of the Bible or listening to the worlds' confusion dismissing the significance of the Bible?

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Micah 5:4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

The ultimate abiding is eternal life. This is only possible by feeding upon the Word daily and being strengthened by the Lord to resist the devil in the form of temptations. How is your time in God's Word and relationship with Him for strength to be an overcomer?

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Micah 5:3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time [that] she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

Although the first coming application fits the description perfectly, our intent is to be applicable for today. Another woman is described travailing. "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape" (1 Thessalonians 5:3). And regarding the remnant, the true people of Israel, spiritual Israel that is, it is said, "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17). So, are you part of God's remnant living in obedience or are you in name only calling yourself Christian but still living worldly?

Friday, February 03, 2017

Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, [though] thou be little among the thousands of Judah, [yet] out of thee shall he come forth unto me [that is] to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth [have been] from of old, from everlasting.

This is the Messiah, the Christ, Jesus. Born in Bethlehem, He is the ruler not only of the Israelites but also spiritual Israel. And the headquarters is "the holy city, new Jerusalem" (Revelation 21:2). This verse also tells us that Jesus had no beginning for He is from everlasting. Now, is He ruler in your life making you part of spiritual Israel, or do you rule your own life?

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Micah 5:1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.

Not with an actual rod of iron, but the ultimate Judge of Israel was struck on the cheek. "And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?" (Luke 22:64). Today, we can smite our Judge spiritually by making a mockery out of grace using it to keep sinning. So, do you smite Jesus or do you embrace Him?

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Micah 4:13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.

God's people are to make their strength (horn) as strong as iron; feet tried in the fire to make them like brass, and then they shall be able to go forth and beat the errors (pieces) with the truth. Those that listen and obey, their increase in souls will be consecrated to God as well as their belongings or substance. So, are you strong in the Lord and able to face the fiery trials beating back error?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Micah 4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

God said, "For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9). However, "Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary" (Psalms 77:13), which means that if we start seeing things from God's perspective, we can get some insight to God's way. We need to have a teachable spirit for we ought to be asking, "Teach me to do thy will" (Psalms 143:10). This is why we have the Bible in the first place. It is full of God's thoughts, His ways, and even His counsel. So, do you submit yourself to the Word of God, or do you have some other excuse?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Micah 4:11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.

Interestingly, these words are similar to the words spoken to Jesus. "He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God" (Matthew 27:43). People do not like hearing the truth. Those with the truth are always in the minority. Those in the majority think because of numbers they are right, and so they do not hesitate to rail on people. So, do you do any railing towards those strictly adhering to the Bible or has people railed on you for such?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Micah 4:10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go [even] to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

Babylon in the last days will be doctrinal confusion perpetrated mostly by Protestants of America who have given up the protest, where we now are even experiencing such. The people of God will have to deal with spiritual Babylon, but it is while dealing with such that we shall be delivered. So, are you part of the confusion or are you upholding Bible truth continuing the protest?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Micah 4:9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? [is there] no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.

Speaking of a woman in travail, the Bible says, "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape" (1 Thessalonians 5:3). And during that time, there will be no king, not even King of kings, Jesus. People whom they trusted for counsel will not be available. So, are you caught up in the world wide peace movement when Jesus said, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword" (Matthew 10:34)?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Micah 4:6-7 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

And here is the description of the remnant: "the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17). And "the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (Revelation 19:10). So, are you part of the remnant that keep all Ten Commandments, including the correct Sabbath day, as well as believing in modern day prophecy?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Micah 4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

Restoration will happen after the third coming when Jesus establishes the New Jerusalem on earth, for "I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband" (Revelation 21:2). And this is made possible for the watchers over the flock were faithful. Are you a faithful guardian of the truth?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Micah 4:5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

Only two sides exist. We either walk according to the true God of Heaven, as did Enoch (Genesis 5:22) and as we are commanded (1 John 2:6), or we serve other gods, which are all lumped into being a false god. We ought to be careful starting out saying, "Well, my God…" That's right. That is your god but it is not The God of Heaven. Today, the false gods include TV, music, shopping, eating, just to name a few. So, which do you server? The God of Heaven or false gods?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Micah 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make [them] afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken [it].

The phrase "under his vine and under his fig tree" is found referring to the time of Solomon in which it is a sign of prosperity. Specifically, the vine producing unfermented wine or doctrine and the fig tree a symbol of fruitfulness or fruit of the Spirit is the spiritual application, and having both is being consecrated to God. Not even Satan can make such a saint afraid. And what God has spoken, it is established. So, what doctrine do you have? What fruit do you produce?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Micah 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Figuratively speaking, on the new earth we will not learn the way of war. We will not be literally beating swords or spears as they will all melt away. But we will exercise plowing and pruning since the saved "shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them" (Isaiah 65:21). But this only takes place after the judgment. Do keep in mind, "the hour of his judgment is come" (Revelation 14:7). It is happening right now. What will the results be when your name comes up?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Is that not what we ought to do every day? Should we not as God, "Teach us your ways for us to walk in. Teach us Thy law and Thy Word to be obeyed"? Is that your prayer?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Micah 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, [that] the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

Daniel saw, "The stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth" (Daniel 2:35). God is going to relocate Heaven to this planet. The house of the Lord shall be well established at that event. And, "it shall come to pass, [that] from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD" (Isaiah 66:23), therefore people shall definitely flow unto it. But, do you want to be part of that group? Take heed to the prior verses and be a true Christian.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed [as] a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

Zion and Jerusalem represent locations of God's professed people. Unfortunately, they just profess and not live it, much like many of today's Christians. They claim to be saved by Christ but they continue to live very worldly lifestyles. If God could level the people back then for not living the lifestyle expected, how much more will He level today's Christians? "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:21-23). All those wonderful works, all for naught. So, are you guilty of being saved yet living in iniquity, sinning, and teaching others also that such is the expected way until the second coming, or do you live the Christian lifestyle avoiding worldliness?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Micah 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, [Is] not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.

This is not good. Another and more direct way of saying this is, "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" (Revelation 3:17). There is only one way to know God is with us. Jesus simply asks, "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love" (John 15:10). So do you keep God's Ten Commandments, or do you carelessly break them figuring you are saved anyways?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Micah 3:10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

Jesus put it this way, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not! " (Matthew 23:37). And we know the ultimate sin was to crucify Christ while living hypocritical lives. Unfortunately the future doesn't look so pleasant for "They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service" (John 16:2). Will you still be able to turn the cheek?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Micah 3:9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.

Equity in Bible terms means to be upright, righteous. So God has a problem with people, especially leadership, that use every excuse to attack judging and pervert righteousness. And many of those in the pews follow suit with saying, "Don't judge me!" Folks, you judge yourselves. If you are living in sin, you are judged as being a sinner in need of salvation. True Christians do not judge to condemn people but to help them to be overcomers. And then for leadership to attack obedience to the Ten Commandments is just unbelievable. So, are you one that gets irked if a sin in your life is pointed out? Do you get irked by hearing how we ought to keep the Ten Commandments? Or do you submit to God through His Word, even His true ministers?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Micah 3:7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for [there is] no answer of God.

When light is rejected and we seek God, God does not answer, but if we sense there is an answer, that leaves only one being that answers such prayers. That being wants us to think God is answering so that we continue to walk in darkness. That being is none other than Satan. Only in obeying all that God enlightens us with can we be assured that our prayers are answered by Him. So, who answers your prayers? Are you sure?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Micah 3:6 Therefore night [shall be] unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.

False prophets have no vision. They also cannot lead people into the light of the gospel. The sad reality is that so many are being brainwashed into thinking they are saved when in reality they are not. Jesus Himself stated, "Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:14). And hardly anyone wants to listen to a gospel that puts any restriction upon how one lives. The sad day of reality is described as, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:22-23). Doing all kinds of kind deeds in the name of Christ does not offset living against the Ten Commandments. And that is exactly what the false preachers of today teach: "The commandments are nailed to the cross"; "They are no longer an obligation"; "To keep them is legalistic"; "Grace does away with them"; "Faith supersedes them"; "Just believe"; and the list goes on. The truth of the matter is, "Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city" (Revelation 22:14). So, won't you keep the commandments and live?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Micah 3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

And history will be repeated "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape" (1 Thessalonians 5:3), and "they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty" (Revelation 16:14). So, are you listening to these false preachers today? Or are you listening to God through His Word?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Micah 3:4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Why does God hide His face from anyone? "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear [me]" (Psalms 66:18). "Oh Lord, I want victory over my temper and foul mouth, but let me keep my TV." God will turn a deaf ear to such a prayer. "Lord, I know I'm still holding onto my sins, but I am praying to you because my neighbor asked me to pray for him." God will turn a deaf ear to such a prayer. Answered prayer while still knowingly sinning is from the devil, otherwise, the Bible lies. And seeing that we really do not believe that the Bible lies and seeing this verse addresses crying unto the Lord while practicing sins, it does not matter how long we have been a Christian; it does not matter what the pastor of a church says; God says "I will not hear them!" So, are your prayers not being answered? Is your lifestyle hindering that prayer?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Micah 3:2-3 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.

Does this not describe these days that we live in as well as when the original prophecy was given? People hate the good and uplift the evil as being acceptable. They attack God's people, spiritually speaking, in the skin and flesh. They chop God's people up through ridicule and censor. So, are you part of the group that is dishing out the harsh treatment or are you being mistreated?

Monday, January 09, 2017

Micah 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; [Is it] not for you to know judgment?

And yet people are ignorant of the judgment on two sides. First, to help one another get ready to face the judgment, people resist by saying, "Don't judge me!" The Second is the timing where the Bible says, "the hour of his judgment is come" (Revelation 14:7) and the Feast of Atonement represents a judgment time happening before the second coming, which is the Feast of Harvest. So many errantly think the judgment happens at the second coming. So if we are not to judge one another and no one understands that God is judging now then how can this verse be fulfilled? Easy. There are a handful of people that have and are studying the truth and know that it is our responsibility to judge people by their fruits not to condemn but to offer the truth so they can be set free from their sins. Further, these enlightened ones don't care what people think for they know time is running out on the judgment time and all cases will be decided so they just move onto others that will listen. Will you listen? Are you open to knowing the single truth as taught in the scriptures so as to be ready for the judgment?

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Micah 2:12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of [the multitude of] men.

Bozrah means sheepfold. And please note that all of Jacob and all of Israel are not saved. In fact, they are in apostasy. But Jacob or better known as Israel was the only nation to be given the Ten Commandments, God's plan of salvation through the sanctuary, and much more. So as no one went off to start their own nation because of the apostasy, likewise we are not to just keep forming new denominations as people turn to apostasy. Where the truth has been deposited, the true believers will obey it while the majority continue in their unconverted ways. So, who are the remnant that are saved? "The remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17). And what are they part of? "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd" (John 10:16). So, are you part of God's one fold or do you believe it does not matter if you are in any of the 42,000 different denominations? Are you part of God's one fold or are you independently wandering the world?

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Micah 2:13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate,