Mystery # 1 : The Dreadful Day of the Lord: The Day God will shake the Earth
Isaiah Ch.2 V.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.
When we take the time to marvel at anyone of the many characteristics of God, whether it be God’s Grace & Mercy, his majestic and sovereign ways, his holiness, righteousness and justness, how can we forget about God’s Immenseness? The fact that God is overwhelmingly terrifying and can do anything he wants to do at any given moment and the fact that nothing is impossible to God is truly a foreign concept to us in our mortal trappings. God is terrifying it’s just that we don’t think of him that way because we love him because he first loved us long before we were even born. It's called Predestination, we will look at it at another time. This truth of God's Unfathomable Love captivates and stirs our emotions. God is truly beyond our limited comprehension in every aspect of our knowledge base. Fear is certainly the beginning of wisdom and the beginning of all understanding and that starts with the fear of God. What we fear, we respect, what we respect we don’t take for granted, what we don’t take for granted we don’t assume and what we don’t assume we remain being sober and vigilant. We will see how that all plays a role in our relationship and attitude with God in just a little bit.
So it is with today’s Mystery of the Bible (MOB) installment, in the Book of Isaiah, a loaded book chock full of prophecy, we have a depiction of the awesome power of God’s Might once again on display. We see in this passage just how far God will go to protect Israel from it’s enemies. We see how pitiful for those who would try and attempt to hide in the rocks and crevices from God’s Impending Wrath. This is nothing new of course as we have plenty of examples in scripture that seems to parallel what we have read in Isaiah Ch.2 V.19. For instance, this parallels other accounts of the Day of the Reckoning of the Lord as found in Luke 23:30 where those attempting to flee from God will head to the mountains pleading for the very hills and mountains to cover them in order to protect them from God’s Wrath. Also Revelation 6:15 speaks of the Kings, Princes, Generals, Presidents, the rich & the mighty as well as everyone else who had good reason for never wanting to meet the Lord face to face ( because of their wicked and unrepentive sin), all hiding in both caves and in the rocks of the mountains from the Lord. In Hebrews 12:26 we read that God’s Voice has shook the Earth in the past and God promises that once more, he will not just shake the Earth, but the Heavens also. In tragic irony, those that are attempting to hide from God in the Earth, have also been the same individuals that at one time, had found there affections to be of the Earth and not of God. Now those affections could not lend a finger to assist them whatsoever. The Day of the Lord, the day the Earth will be shaken, which is depicted here by Isaiah is a time when God’s Holiness and Reverence is finally vindicated on the Earth and as the scripture says the “so called mighty men of the Earth” will cower in God’s Presence like scared little bunny rabbits.
One of God’s Greatest Interests in these passages is to startle and awaken sinners from their “slumber”, that is they who have fallen asleep in their sin and have grown complacent and comfortable in allowing sin to dominate their life. Instead God wants to challenge the defiance of these sinners and in doing so, once confronted, they will seek to hide from God. Any boldness, any fortitude they one thought they had is now completely gone as no man can stand up to God, no man can stand up to God especially on the Day of the Lord of Hosts. The Day of the Lord of Hosts is the Day of God’s Wrath and Judgment. For all those who are proud and boastful, God will make them humble and laid low before the Almighty God. Besides the proud and boastful, God also wanted to lay to waste all that the Idolaters who had built up in the vanity of their worship of false gods like Baal and Dagon. But more importantly the Day of the Lord, a phrase used 19 times in the Old Testament and 4 times in the New Testament is a series of events that depict the end of history as we know it on planet Earth. The Day of the Lord is nothing else is a time when God’s Will and Purpose for the World that he created along with his creation of man, will finally be fulfilled once and for all.
After Christ the Lord cleanses both Heaven and Earth in preparation for his eternal plans, Christ the Lord will then reign throughout the entire Earth as Lord of Lords and King of Kings and every knee shall bow and pay homage and every tongue will confess that he is Lord. Many scholars believe that the Day of the Lord to be the time that Christ the Lord returns to Earth, redeems his faithful believers and punishes those who have chosen not to believe in him. It is important to note that some of the Old Testament passages referring to the Day of the Lord speak to actual events that were once prophesied and have since come to pass. While other events clearly point to the future and have yet to be fulfilled such as the Battle of Megiddo in the Valley of Decision better known as the final War of Armageddon. A significant portion of the day of wrath has to do with God’s Wrath being poured out on an unbelieving Israel as well as an unbelieving world.Ths is a prophecy obviously yet to come, at least at the time of this writing.
This Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night and that is why Christians are told to be watchful and be ready for the coming of Christ, their redemption draws nigh. Note it is their redemption, this often gets confused with the Rapture and this is a biblical misinterpretation taken out of context. The Rapture as we will examine in an upcoming MOB segment will happen either before or in the middle of The Great Tribulation, The Time of Jacob’s Trouble but not likely after the tribulation period (as that is a seperate Rapture reserved for the Tribulation saints). The Antichrist after all declares war on the Christians and overcomes them during the Tribulation. Some might ask how can any of this happen if the Church has been raptured away already? The answer is, it is the Tribulation Saints, that the Antichrist has declared war on. God's Church will already have been raptured either before the start of the Great Tribulation or sometime after the start of it. All believers have always gone through the fires of persecution through the course of history of the Church and the Lord promised that in this life we would indeed have tribulation. However the Great Tribulation is not dealing with the type of tribulation like someone losing a job or dealing with the tragedies of life, it is about being put to death and being hated for his namesake, real persecution. That is happening today, maybe not in the Western Hemisphere, yet, but it is happening and it is coming here soon enough. In all likelihood the great falling away of the Church and the Apostasy to come of “easy believism” will separate the wheat from the chaff, the goats from the sheep and the true believer from the imposter once true persecution begins, especially here in the Western Hemisphere. In the last days we are seeing the spreading of eccumenacalism, the watering down of the Gospel and doctrines of demons on the rise.
The good news however is that the Day of the Lord is not just about judgment, it is a time of salvation. It is a time when God will deliver the remnant of Israel as it was written in Romans 11:26 that all of Israel will be saved. As well any believers on the Earth at the time shall be saved out of God’s Wrath and will instead encounter God’s Mercy and Grace. Many will lose their lives in the tribulation only to gain them back for all of eternity. The Day of the Lord is a time when the Sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. Joel 2:31 All of this happens after the Great Tribulation also known as Jacob’s Trouble as we alluded to previously. We will go into much more detail about this at a later date. The Day of the Lord is a study of contrast with 2 polar opposites at work, one of catastrophe, destruction and judgment in which the very Earth will shake terribly from the ramifications and the other being the glorious reward and salvation for believers. The Heavens and the Earth will indeed pass away and melt from the fervent heat; both the Earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. God will start fresh, with his eternal plans and the fact that he is willing to do that and turn the wrongs right (as opposed to just scrapping everything including his creation man) is perhaps the greatest mystery of the entire Bible. It's God's Nature of longsuffering and mercy.
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Mystery #2 : The New Jersualem: The soon coming future Kingdom to come
Isaiah Ch.4 V. 2 In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the front of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. 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.
The Prophet Isaiah describes the future of Jerusalem in the above passage. Jerusalem, the Holy City will have a glorious future. There will be a time in the future when there will be nothing but peace, no war, no strife. The swords will indeed be turned into plowshares on that day. Even the gentile nations will come to Jerusalem to worship God and learn from him. This will signify a great change for Jerusalem, a far cry from the state the city, was in at the time of the Prophet Isaiah. For all around him was sin and depravity of all sorts described here as the filth of the daughters of Zion. God will burn the sin away and leave Jerusalem purified and eternally known as the glorious City of Zion, where the Messiah Yeshua will rein during the Age of the Messiah. Both the kingdom of Judah and it’s capitol, Jerusalem will be included in that glory. Isaiah mentions Israel though his prophetic vision, the way God intended it to be. God revealed this vision to the Prophet, so that he would in turn communicate the meaning of this vision to the rest of the World. This indeed is a prophetic fulfillment of the last days.
One interesting question this passage does raise, is whether in fact this New Jerusalem is in fact the new Heaven and New Earth mentioned in Revelation 21:22 or if it is instead a prophetic glimpse into the glory of the millennial kingdom? All we know is that this event happens in the last days. However other scriptures do seem to indicate that these prophecies are indeed to be fulfilled when the Lord Jesus Christ comes to reign a thousand years upon the Earth (as found in Revelation 20: 1-6 and I Corinthians 15:23-28).
The Messiah will settle disputes so there will be no need for war to escalate. The Messiah will judge between actions and he will render decisions as well. All nations will live in perfect peace with no nation lifting up a sword against no other nation. As scripture says in Isaiah Ch.4 V.4, They will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against Nation, and never again will they learn war. The house of Jacob (Israel) is encouraged to walk in the Light of the Lord God. One must know Yeshua Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes the sins of the World away. This prophecy includes both the dispersed Jews who have mingled into the churches and are now part of the body of Christ albeit Messianic (Jewish believers in Messiah Jesus as defined by 1st generation and 2nd generation bloodline) and the gentiles as well. All are engrafted into the Olive Tree now since God is no respector of persons (whether they be jew, gentile or greek).
Scripture defines Jerusalem as the branch and it will flourish as it is being blessed with the fruits of the Earth. If you recall we looked at the Day of the Lord in our last MOB and we know that sinners were both destroyed and consumed. The Spirit of God’s Grace however has reformed and converted many who would’ve been otherwise doomed. The branch of Jehovah, Mighty Yahweh, is no doubt the Messiah Yeshua. Christ the Lord is the branch because of his raising up and bringing forth the fullness of the fruit of the Spirit of divine grace such as righteousness, reconciliation, peace, sanctification and eternal life. In turn those who believe in him become extended branches of the Lord, living off of the nourishment the Lord provides them with. They too bare forth fruit (fruit of the Spirit) as little branches as we continue to seek sanctification in our walk with the Lord. God, the Father is the owner of the garden and he has designated the Lord as the chief gardener and pruner of the branches of the trees that all believers are part of. Branches old and decaying and bearing no fruit are stripped away and done away with leaving only those full of sap and life, branches bearing fruit. The Lord will present his bride without spot or wrinkle to the Father, so he wants these trees to bare the essential fruit and that the entire garden including the trees in it remain healthy and full of vitality.
So here we have the ideal Jerusalem, not as it was, but as it will be in Isaiah’s prophetic vision. It is indeed what God will do “in those days” to come. When Jesus does return, before the end of the World, he will purge the Earth of evil and cleanse it. At which point, the New Jerusalem will descend from the heavenlies. This ideal Jerusalem will come from God himself, as we read in Revelation 21:2, God’s People will live on the new Earth in the New Jerusalem. Both the branch and the fruit of the land refer to the Lord and perhaps the gifts of the Spirit that bare the good fruits. Amidst the punishment and wrath of God comes the beautiful vision that God gave the Prophet Isaiah of this wondrous New Jerusalem, depicted in Revelation 21:2 And I saw heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away: and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
This new Heaven and new Earth are not duplicates, of the former Heaven and Earth. It’s possible that the new Heaven and the new Earth will be in actuality, how the Heavens and Earth were supposed to be at the time of their creation prior to the corruption created by sin and the works of evil conducted by both the fallen angels and demons. In other words, the heavens and the Earth will be restored to their natural state. We may be ultimately living in the Garden of Eden once again, but this time eating of the fruit of the Tree of life will no longer be forbidden it will be a most cherished event!
Only time will tell, when we will finally get to witness the blessing of the New Jerusalem, the city of unspeakable shimmering gold and light eternal. One thing is for sure, the Lord God Almighty’s Glory will light this temple. The gates of the temple will not shut, in fact they will never shut, for there will be so much light, that there will be no night and there will be no darkness to ever exist again. Halleluiah.
Mystery # 3 : God's Calling: A Vision of God's Holiness
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Isaiah Ch. 6 V.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.
On this edition of MOB, we take a look at Isaiah’s calling by God. It all begins with a vision of God’s Holiness. This vision initially terrifies the Prophet Isaiah (as it would anyone). The Prophet understandably felt completely inadequate and unclean in the presence of the Holy Lord. Some amazing things happen in this vision. The Lord is sitting on his throne, high and lifted up in the Heavenlies. All around him are the angels of the God, all crying out “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah was feeling inadequate and felt he had unclean lips in God’s Holy Presence so an angel flew towards him and with a hot coal that came from the alter, he then pressed it against Isaiah’s lips. The Angel lets Isaiah know that his sins are forgiven (not by the Angel but by God). The Lord asks who will serve him in ministry and the Prophet said, “Here am I, send me.” This has become almost a standard for Christian believers to follow into ministry. The idea is that God has equipped all believers with gifts to go out and become soul winners for Christ and we must have both an attitude of servitude and availability if we indeed want the Lord to get a hold off us. He has already prepared us for the mission through the boldnesss and power of the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah had a very powerful vision from God that solidified his commitment before God in service. Do we need the same today to make such a commitment? The answer is no. But we do need a perspective concerning God’s Holiness, nothing has changed. God is still on the throne, and he is still being worshiped by the seraphim’s in the heavenlies every moment of every day. When we are called, will we be available to hear the calling? Will we be available as Isaiah was to answer the calling and say, “Here am I, send me.” God most likely will not give you a vision as intense or such as Isaiah’s but look what the Prophet went on to accomplish in his lifetime, all in God’s Name and Strength.
Until we can grasp just how Holy, sovereign and full of grace and mercy God is, we cannot honor God with the proper reverence and respect and worship and praise as well as obedience that God so richly deserves. It’s not until we realize what an honor it is to serve such a Holy God in any capacity whatsoever, that we can even comprehend how special it is to serve such a glorious God as ours. To be God sent, should be the desire of all our hearts, as believers.
Mystery # 4 : Who is He? The Mystery of Isaiah 53: Suffering Servant
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.
We now begin a study in this MOB segment that is a prominent theme of the Prophet Isaiah’s ministry and that is the messianic prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah Yeshuah, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is interesting to note that the period that Isaiah lived in was during the reign of King Ahaz around 734 BC. Isaiah used this messianic prophecy not only to foretell the coming of the Lord but to challenge the King to put his faith in God during a time of crisis. So it was, the Lord agreed to offer Ahaz such a sign to build up his weak faith, as Ahaz was not trusting God. Ahaz had a strong allegiance to Assyria and that is where all his trust resided, not with God. And so we have Isaiah telling Ahaz that the Lord will give him a sign and that sign is none other than the miraculous birth of the Lord Jesus to a virgin named Mary. Even more miraculous, the Son’s Name will be Immanuel or “God with us”. Immanuel is a name found in other scripture passages and connotes the true owner of the land and the one who will vanquish Assyria. This child to be born is mentioned in the following passages, Isaiah 9:6 and 11: 1-5. Later we will look at a very well-known passage about the suffering servant that we think is applicable also to Messiah Jesus in Isaiah 52 & 53.
Now let’s turn to Isaiah 9:6 and compare what this scripture says. 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 counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Scripture goes on to say in Verse 7 that the World’s government will be one of peace that will have no end and he will take the rightful throne of the lineage of David. The Lord is the sovereign King who will bring order and Justice and Judgment to his kingdom that will last forever. In Isaiah 11:1-5 we read that from the lineage of Jesse, will come the branch (the Lord God). The Lord’s Spirit is of wisdom and understanding, counsel, might and knowledge as well as fear. The Lord is one of quick understanding and will judge with righteousness and equality. He shall smite the wicked and strike them down. He will judge the rich and the poor and meek in righteousness and justness.
As it turns out, there are over 20 messianic prophecies in the Book of Isaiah that were all fulfilled later in the New Testament. There are far too many for us to cover in this edition of MOB, so we will focus on just a couple of key indicators that point in the direction of true messianic prophecies found in the Book of Isaiah. We have to remember it was 2700 years ago approximately that Isaiah the Prophet lived in Jerusalem. He lived during the time when the Assyrian Empire had already conquered Northern Israel. Many of Isaiah’s prophecies have already come true from the event that changed the World forever, the birth of the Messiah Jesus, his life, his ministry and his death and his resurrection. Isaiah’s prophecies go further than that, however as they also describe the fulfillment of the worldwide dispersion and the worldwide persecution of the Jews as well as the more recent worldwide migration of the Jews back to Israel during the past century. Isaiah’s prophecies even include the recent re-establishment and restoration of Israel as a state, the growth of Zionism and the worldwide impact that Jews have had on the Earth both positive and negative.
But who was this Isaiah anyways? Sure he was a Prophet of God but what else? He had a wife and 2 children. The year of Isaiah’s calling which we covered in the last MOB was around 740 BC, the very year King Uzziah died. Isaiah means “Yahweh is salvation.” Isaiah’s experience in dealing with Assyrian oppression was experienced first-hand. He lived through a brutal civil war between Israel and Judah around 732 BC. If there is one theme central to the Book of Isaiah it is the theme of salvation. Taking what he knew of Israel’s fall, Isaiah made sure Hezekiah didn’t repeat Ahaz’s mistake, and he encouraged him to trust the Lord. The Lord did deliver Judah from the Assyrian army by sending a plague to destroy the Assyrian army camp (a previous MOB we covered concerning the angel of the Lord). Many consider Isaiah to be the greatest prophet of them all, as his disciples continued with his teachings long after his death. When Jesus entered the temple, whose scroll did he open up and read? It was none other than from the Book of Isaiah. Since so much of what Isaiah spoke about had to do with Jesus and the topic of salvation, Jesus was quoting from the Book of Isaiah quite often in his ministry. The Book of Isaiah was incredibly important a book for the start of the Early Church and Christianity to utilize. Christians (who were aptly named as being the original followers of Jesus) were just getting the word out about the good news and reaching a non-believing World with the message of putting their faith and trust in the Lord as well as the Lord’s Second Coming.
The Gospel of Matthew presented Jesus ministry as largely the fulfillment of the messianic prophecies found in the Book of Isaiah. In Jesus time however, the Jews of Palestine no longer spoke Hebrew at that time. We will take the Bible literally here and take it at face value on the topic of Mary being an actual virgin and not just a young woman as supported by the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. After all these two Gospels state that the Lord was born of a Virgin, for us this ends any dispute unless there are those who believe the Word of God is not God breathed inherent and 100% flawless. We at MOB, believe 100% of the scripture to be accurate and without flaw. While some can argue that some of the prophecies in the Book of Isaiah may be dealing with events that had already occurred. No one can argue however what Isaiah 53 is about. It actually begins in the latter part of Isaiah 52 and covers three areas – the exaltation of the suffering servant, the humiliation of the suffering servant and the shocking effect the suffering servant’s death had on the World. It is clear from studying the scriptures contained in Isaiah 53 that the suffering servant is a person and not the Nation of Israel (as some Jewish scholars and scribes believe since they reject the idea that Jesus was and is the Messiah). Israel is however not the suffering servant and is not the servant of the Lord either, although some passages clearly are referring to Israel and it is important to note which are of the Messiah and which are referring to Israel.
The Man of Sorrow as Isaiah 53 alludes to was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are all healed. He was in deed despised and rejected by men, he was despised and he was not recognized for who he really was and is to this day, the Messiah. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth. He was led as a lamb to a slaughter. Indeed he bore the sins of many all the while making intercession for those that transgressed against him. Now does this sound at all like Israel? Of course not, there is scripture after scripture that this backs up the Lord Jesus’s Christ’s ordeal in sacrificing his life for us at Calvary. Is this not Christ, the Prophet Isaiah is speaking of? Who else can it truly be, the answer is no one else. Perhaps though, the answer requires faith. This is the same faith that is required to receive salvation in the first place. This is after all the central theme in the Book of Isaiah, that being salvation. So it does require faith and belief to fully understand this book to the fullest, especially when dealing with the Messianic Prophecies found within it
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Mystery # 5 : The fall of Lucifer
Isaiah 14:12-15 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. 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: 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.
Both the passages we will cover today on this edition of MOB, that being Isaiah 14:12-15 and selected passages taken from Ezekiel 28, refer to both the Kings of Babylon and the Kings of Tyre. However they also refer to the spiritual power behind these kings and that is none other than Satan or formerly known as Lucifer. Today we deal with how Lucifer fell from his lofty position in the Heavenlies and came down to Earth to become the most reviled and hated name in all of the history of mankind’s recorded existence. Jesus said he saw Lucifer falling like lightening to the Earth if you recall. We can know this much, why Lucifer fell in the first place. The following comes to mind – pride, vanity, jealousy, anger and ultimately hatred and certainly a lack of reverence to his creator God. To sum it all up, he had the biggest issue of a sense of entitlement there ever could have been. He thought he should be in a position as regal as that of God and should be worshiped as such. This of course stirred the pot and rebellion took place and Lucifer fell or as we shall see was banished from Heaven.
One of the biggest questions surrounding this MOB is when did Lucifer actually fall from Heaven? We know that the angels were created before the Earth was. We know that Lucifer fell before he became Satan and before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden. Lucifer’s fall had to be sometime after the angels were created and before the temptation in the Garden of Eden. At one point Satan moved freely back and forth from the Earth and Heaven. It’s speculated that God did put a stop to that at some point and time, but no one knows. It was certainly going on at the time of Job.
It’s widely regarded that Lucifer was either the highest ranking angel in Heaven or right near the top of that list, since Michael the Archangel has a very high ranking as well. Lucifer was not content with his position despite this and he decided to organize a rebellion against the Most High in order to create a successful mutiny that he was hoping would end up with him taking God’s Throne. Lucifer indeed wanted to be God and wanted to be worshiped like God as well. Satan while very crafty really has no new tricks up his sleeve and so he used this same type of temptation (the desire to be like God with Adam and Eve) and he is using the exact same temptations today with cults, false teachers and New Age practices and blasphemous belief systems. The teachings that we are little Gods who only need to discover our true divine identity is a lie from the Serpent and is nothing more then new age "mumbo jumbo".
In actual fact, Lucifer was not fallen from Heaven; he was pushed out by God. Lucifer “the one time morning star” had now become Satan “the accuser” of the brethren. Whatever Lucifer said to the other angels to get them on his side and against God, we will never know, but we know his reason for the rebellion against God was full of lies and false promises, because that is what Satan does today. He makes nothing but false promises all based on lies. Thus he is the Father of Lies, the Devil. Whatever he said to the angels, obviously worked and he was successful in able to incite a rebellion against God that we now know as the War in Heaven. The highest crime in all of Heaven is the act of rebellion and treason against the Government of God. Let’s now take a look at some key passages in the Book of Ezekiel 28:8, 15, 17, and 19 to find out more about why Lucifer was kicked out of Heaven.
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. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings that they may 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 anymore.
In the above scriptural passages found in Ezekiel, we read about how Satan indwells and empowers the King of Tyre. What we get next is some comparatives of why this King is either empowered by or represents directly, Satan. This King being from angelic origins has a different nature then man, he came from a different realm than man, and he came from the Holy Mount of God. This “king” had received a different judgment than what man would receive. He was cast out of the Mountain of God and thrown down to Earth. If it was a mere human king he would already be on the Earth and the last statement would have been pointless to have been made. He was at one time full of wisdom, and was perfect in beauty at one time, having the seal of perfection upon him, prior to his fall. We also learn that the “king” was a created being who left the side of God and was in a perfect state at one time. In fact, Lucifer remained perfect in his ways until the sin of iniquity, which was pride in his own beauty that had overtook him and corrupted his wisdom because of his splendor.
Lucifer was so obsessed with himself, with his own beauty, intelligence, power and position that he began to desire for himself the honor and glory that only God could have, alone. Self-generated pride was indeed Lucifer’s downfall. In fact Lucifer manifest sin in the Universe pretty much for the first time with his sinful rebellion against God especially since his fall proceeded the fall of Adam and Eve. Sin originated from the free will of Lucifer, and he chose of his own fruition to rebel against the creator of all, the Lord God Almighty. God rightfully judged Lucifer by throwing him down to Earth and banishing him from his heavenly position once and for all. This judgment will be made complete at some point in the near future, when Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire along with his demonic cronies, the Antichrist and the False Prophet.
However , while Lucifer, now known as Satan was banished to Earth, it does not mean that Satan did not have any further access to Heaven or at least he did for a short time based on scriptures from Job and in Zechariah 3:1-2 where Satan is in Heaven standing at the right hand side of Joshua the high priest. The Lord rebukes Satan. In Ezekiel 28:18, we discover that Lucifer was absolutely cast out of God’s Heavenly Government and his place of authority, never to return. So while Satan has power on Earth (for a limited time to come) his reign and power in Heaven has been completely nullified.
So Satan, the accuser has been doing just that, since his departure from Heaven. Full of anger, hatred and petty jealousy, Satan seeks vengeance on the Glory of God’s Kingdom. He knows his time is short, he knows he will be ultimately thrown in the Lake of Fire, but if he can do anything at all to tarnish God’s Glory in anyway, he will pursue it relentlessly. Satan hates God’s Creation of man in his likeness and of course Satan is jealous of that as well. Our job is to avoid the wiles of the Devil, Satan that old crafty serpent until the Lord comes back to deal with him once and for all. Until then we must stay vigilant because our enemy, Satan seeks to devour us , like a hungry Lion in search of it’s prey, always stalking that prey ready to pounce on it at a moment’s notice (when the guard is down). Don’t be fooled Beloved, Satan can enter the Church and attack a believer there as well. He boldly approached the Lord and tried to mess with him directly how much more so, you and I?
Satan’s animosity and hatred knows no bounds, but greater is he that is in us, then that which is in the world. The Lord overcame the World, never forget that. We can choose to be ensnared by the Devil’s trappings or we can put on the full armor of God, that is God’s Righteousness and Holiness, stand tall in spiritual warfare against the enemy, Satan and have victory in Christ’s Name. After all it’s God’s Battle and he already won it. The demons believe and know this, they tremble at the thought of the judgment day to come. Their time is indeed short, so we know they are desperate to turn as many souls away from God’s Kingdom as possible. So be sober, stay viligent in the Word of God, fervently praying, seeking supplication and even fasting and being ready for our enemy who is encamped all around us waiting to strike. We have no fear, we can remain in boldness of the spirit for we know the one once named Lucifer is a serpent and his head has been fatally bruised by the completed work by the Lord on the cross.
Mystery # 6 : The Viper & Fiery Flying Serpents
In today’s MOB (Mystery of the Bible) we look at the viper and the fiery flying serpent. There are a number of passages that speak of the fiery flying serpent. Here are a couple of key verses. Isaiah 14:29 Do not rejoice all of you of Philistia, because the rod that struck you is broken, for out of the serpent’s roots will come a viper and it’s offspring will be a fiery flying serpent.
And let’s take a look at this additional scripture passage as well…
Isaiah 30:6 The burden against the beasts of the south. Through a land of trouble and anguish, from which came the lioness and the lion, the viper and the fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys, and their treasures on the humps of camels, to a people who shall not profit.
Fiery serpents are nothing new in the Old Testament and some of them apparently flew as strange as that may sound. Fiery serpents were mentioned a fair amount in the Books of Deuteronomy and in Numbers as well. In previous MOB’s that we have covered in the past, the Lord sent fiery serpents to bite and kill many people In Israel as a form of judgment Moses would go on to make the bronze snake on the pole (known as the Nehushtan) from a fiery serpent. The Bible mentions a most intriguing creature, a fiery flying serpent. Let’s take a look at the Hebrew words that comprise the phrase fiery flying serpent for a moment. The Hebrew word m’opheph translates into "flying" while saraph translates into "fiery snake." This apparently is not the same as the viper. This creature is the offspring of the viper. Could this creature in fact be some type of ancient flying dinosaur such as what we know today to be a Pterosaur? This creature thought to be long extinct would have had to still be alive during the time of Isaiah’s prophecy. So if we interpret Isaiah 14:29 correctly, a viper or a poisonous serpent will produce an offspring that will be a serpent that is burning (fiery) and capable of flying as well. Could the fiery word allude to poison and venom more than actual fire? If this flying reptile was truly “dragon like” it might make sense to refer to it as a fiery flying serpent, would it not?
Taking a deeper look into the scripture passages we see a potential connection of the serpentine creatures representing Assyrian monarchs. Another possible explanation is that the snake is an actual flying snake (albeit not an actual flyer but a leaper of branches and an air glider). The only problem with this analogy is that these flying snakes while real are neither poisonous nor is there anything fiery about their look or their physical characteristics. Saraph is a word that most will recognize as it is very similar to the word seraphim, a type of angelic being. Seraph is used to describe heavenly beings that fly around God's Throne in Isaiah 6 and the word comes from the root that does mean “to burn” or “to kindle”. Were these the fiery flying serpents Isaiah was referring to perhaps? Don’t forget John’s description in Revelation 4:6-8 of a six winged seraphim which seemed to be an angelic creature with a number of different animal faces. Now Isaiah did not see any faces in his vision unlike John’s Seraphim because their faces were covered by their wings. Some scholars believe that the Hebrew words seraphim nachashim should be translated into ‘fiery flying serpents” we can deduce that the seraph was indeed a reptilian snake like creature that was different from other snakes, because it could fly. Could it have been an actual Pterosaur? Until we find a fossil dating back to the specific time period that it is believed this story in Isaiah most likely happened around, we will never really know the answer. Apparently there are reports that the land of Israel and Egypt is precisely the region where the Pterosaur did originate from. Some ancient historical reports give accounts of winged serpents and small flying reptiles. Apparently a plate found to be from the time of Nimrod depicted a winged serpent. Still there are questions surrounding this Bible Mystery like, why would a seraph, pass for a Pterosaur in actual fact and still be a burning or fiery serpent?
There is only once conclusion we can draw from with any certainty here and that is, the greatness of the Creator God is once again magnified. May God the Creator be richly worshiped as he deserves to be for his wondrous creation and the magnificence of his design. For he and he alone is indeed our God of Wonders.
We are indeed late into the last days, you here everyone talk about it. There is no end of the talk ranging from talk of the New World Order, the Illuminati, the impact of the CERN project potentially opening up the abyss of hell and the speculation that some think that one of these coming years on the Day of Atonement –Yom Kippur, will undoubtedly fulfill last days prophecies. On and on it goes, talk of rounding up innocent civilians for FEMA concentration camps, the soon emerging arrival of the Antichrist and the inevitable appearance of the Mark of the Beast, the persecution of the Tribulation Saints (Professing Christians), the rise of the occult and Satanism and the Mystery Babylon religion now being worshiped on a grand international scale mostly by the ignorant youth of the world (Tomorrowland celebrations). Before we get to ahead of ourselves, how can we forget the Harpazo, greek for the catching away of the bride of Christ, the Church? The rapture of the Church could happen at any time, since we are deep into not only the End of Days but deep into the Beginning of Sorrows time frame as well.
Mystery # 7: The Wrath of God is coming to the Earth very soon!
Isaiah 24: 1, 3 Behold , the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scatterth abroad the inhabitants thereof. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled for the LORD hath spoken the word.
We strive to stay as biblically sound as possible at MOB and as such we try not to get into the world of conspiracy seekers or truth seekers as they call them today. It’s not that they are without merit as much as we only really care what God has to say about the End times and not even what we have to say here at MOB. Our job is to fall in line with scripture and study the Word of God as the Bereans did and rightfully divide the word properly. The Bible and in particular the Book of Revelation speaks of most of these things, the New World Order, Mystery Babylon and the rise of one known as Apollyon/ Apollo –Satan himself who rises from out of the Abyss.
The prophet Isaiah as well had something to say about God’s Approaching Wrath upon the Earth. God wanted to communicate a message to both Israel and the entire Earth about how and why he was going to judge it someday. That someday is fast approaching us, getting closer by the minute as the grains of sand spill out of the remaining granules in the hour glass of time. The prophetic clock is indeed winding down. In the featured scripture passage above we learn a number of things concerning the reasons that God has decided to pour his wrath out on the Earth. One of the biggest is man’s sinful pride and his vanity. Vanity comes with a price and all those treasures that some of us have built up on the Earth will be laid to waste “Thus saith the Lord.” He who wins with the most toys…wins nothing in the end. At last that is in part the message of this MOB.
Sin and Sin alone has indeed turned the World upside down. This World of ours, is a World of disappointment, it promises so much and delivers so little. Everything on this planet is ultimately empty of promise if God is not involved in the equation somewhere along the line. Sin has polluted the Earth and man has been polluted along with it. Carnality that is uncontrolled and unbridled always leads to death and that is why the planet will be made desolate, ultimately. Isaiah is indeed addressing the entire World and not just “the peculiar people” that is Israel.
There is no reason not to believe that the entire World means just that here when the World, the Earth and the land are mentioned in this passage. Yes, God does indeed plan to judge Israel of course, but also God will judge all sin in the World. All sin must be accounted for and so God’s Judgment is indeed on the whole Earth and not just part of it.
When we think of corruption in the Earth, we have to include all the evil found in sins of every sort whether it be infanticide, genocide, murder of all sorts including abortion, promiscuity & adultery, sins of sexual perversion including pornography, homosexuality, murder, deceitfulness, greed, contempt, expiermentation with drugs, blasphemy, idolatry, worship of false gods and on and on it goes. Sin is no respecter of persons, we address the sin here not the person who is sinning. It sounds cliched but it is biblical and true, God really does hate the sin but he truly loves the person behind the sin, the sinner. His will is that none should perish but that all would come to redemption through true repentance of sin and salvation provided through his son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Earth is closely resembling the days of Noah with wickedness running rampant everywhere. Once again we are seeing such wickedness in these very last days. What we are really dealing with is the signs pointing the way for the imminent start of the Great Tribulation also known as Jacob’s Trouble. This is a time when God will let evil have it’s way for a period of time, as the Antichrist and False Prophet rise to power, and cause the whole World to worship the Beast and the World slowly moves to the final War of Armageddon. Evil will wipe out evil and then the Lord will return before all flesh is completely destroyed on the planet.
We dealt with some of this in an earlier MOB in this series in Isaiah, called the Day of the Lord. On this edition of MOB we will go into more detail of what one can expect during this frightening time (only frightening if you’re not right with God or have willfully chosen to shun God from your life). We know from the passages here In Isaiah 24 that the destruction described is so severe, we know it has not happened on the Earth as of yet, it is forthcoming. Our featured verses describe a time in the near future, when God’s Wrath is going to be poured out upon the Earth. This is the exact same wrath that is referred to in Revelation 6:17 which states For the great day of his wrath is come: and who shall be able to stand? The wrath of God in the Book of Revelation is delivered through vials that the 7 angels (God’s perfect number is 7) will pour out on the Earth. As Revelation 16:1 states, And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. Part of the wrath of God is directly upon the rulers of the Earth, the high ones, the ones that rule on high and are known also as the Kings of the Earth. These are your Presidents and Prime Ministers, Kings and Queens and so forth. God will gather them all together, bind them up like caged Prisoners in the pit waiting for their sentence of judgment and wrath. Does this imply every ruler is wicked and waiting the judgment? Of course not, only God can judge the hearts and minds of any of us, but certainly there will be a good number of rulers who will be judged by God for their actions and evil conduct to others.
Those waiting to be judged are the ones who after Christ reigns on Earth with his thousand years millennial kingdom, will be finally judged at the Great White Throne of Judgment by the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. They will be visited at this time as Isaiah mentions. Also during this time of God’s Wrath on the Earth, there will be strange occurrences both in the Sun and the Moon in these days, “The Moon will be confounded, the Sun ashamed.” Chaos will seem to be the order of the day but unlike those behind the establishment of the New World Order which has as it’s premise, Chaos out of Order, (despite there claiming it to be just the opposite), God is fully in charge and he is restoring the Heavens and the Earth unto himself piece by piece.
God had granted Isaiah this vision of the Great Tribulation. What a vision it must have been for the Prophet of God to experience. The Earth would appear to be almost empty and void of life with more than one third of all humanity dying during the judgments handed down during the time of the Tribulation. Many of the animals living on the planet would also be destroyed at this time. No matter how high a ranking someone is on the Earth, whether they be a Priest or a King or anyone else for that matter, will not be protected from God’s Wrath. No one is exempt from God’s Wrath however scripture makes it clear that those with the seal of God in their foreheads will be protected (Revelation 9:4) We will cover this very intriguing MOB, the Seal of God in a future segment. We can say this much about it, it is a spiritual mark and not a literal seal. Where we differ from some others in Eschatology, we believe that the Mark of the Beast is going to be both a spiritual mark and then on top of that an actual physical satanic mark or branding of 666 (the number of an actual satanically possessed man the Bible tells us) that will identify one with the Beast system so that they can buy and sell and worship the Beast. For this ideally to happen in the physical World we believe a physical mark will accompany the spiritual Mark of the Beast.
Back to the topic of persecution, we have said it before and we will say it again, we believe scripture is very clear that the christians that are present in the time of the Great Tribulation will not be exempt from the persecution of the antichrist. Many in fact will be beheaded for the faith as scripture in the Book of Revelation reveals in Revelation 7:14 that many will die for the faith. It is up to God’s Providence after all, as to how much if any protection he will supply his elect during the time of the Great Tribulation. We know one thing concerning this, that scripture does say in Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should be no flesh be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. So what we know is this, God will supply some form of grace and mercy to the elect in some form, by shortening the suffering of the Tribulation Saints who are also part of the Body of Christ. Don’t forget beloved, that the Antichrist will overcome the Christians first, so many will die for the cause of Christ, it stands to reason. There will of course be a remnant and some will even be around to see the second coming of Christ after “those days.”
Why does there have to be judgment to begin with?, some might ask. Why is God always so angry, he doesn’t seem to be loving at all?, some skeptics say. Some only want to hear about a loving God a God that does not judge at all, the God of Love. Well God is certainly loving but as it turns out many have formed a god in their own mind of what they would like the real God to be like, and this is nothing more then Idolatry. Here is the problem that is a mortal perspective of God and not an actual representation of the true nature of God. Imagine this, if you were the one that made all the rules and everyone ignored them over and over again not for just years, not just for decades, but for centuries and centuries, wouldn’t you get a little angry as well? Only an apathetic uncaring God would not move to action or do anything. A god who didn’t care and wasn’t righteous and holy wouldn’t be angry, in fact anything would be acceptable to such a god as that. That’s not the God of the Bible. The fact of the matter is that God’s Laws have been transgressed billions of times, man has gone to great lengths to change God’s Ordinances, break all of his covenant laws, has shunned him, blasphemed him with the worship of self and false gods. Man has attempted to make a mockery of God’s Creation and has attempted to take all the glory away from God by denying his existence, by denying his power and by changing the truth of who God really is. Man has lost his fear of God, his reverence for God; he spits on the Bible, burns it and laughs at it in a rebellious tone of voice. Man has attempted to make a mockery of the Lord Jesus, his life, his death, his resurrection and has persecuted and killed many true to the faith over the ages. This level of corruption and decadence, this level of contempt and mockery and disdain for rightousness has left God with no choice but to make sure his wrath is complete, that his wrath will in fact end this poison and corruption, just like in the days of Noah, God’s Wrath will devour the Earth and put an end to the children of disobediance once and for all.
The Inhabitants of the Earth will be burned up; with very few left and still alive once it has been said and done. Scripture says that the Earth will mourn and fade away. None of this can anyone blame on God. He gave us freewill to choose good or evil but that doesn’t mean he wants what he created to go so horribly in the wrong direction. Man has brought this on himself and has no one to blame but himself. Man has poorly managed the resources God has given him, man has poorly managed the Earth and now it is dying. The oceans are dying, the rainforests are dying, we are dying, and pollution is everywhere. Whether it is by design with chemtrails or not, we are contaminating the World nevertheless that we live in moment by moment. Man has exploited the World for his own use, he has polluted it and he has corrupted it, all for his own greed. Most of man has defiled the Earth, with sin and wickedness. The Earth now has to face God’s Judgment, because God is holy and just and righteous and cannot allow this injustice to go unpunished. The Earth is temporal, but God is infinite. The Earth and the World will fade away, but God will always remain the constant.
The spirit of the age we live in now, is that of the Antichrist. There is such a lack of reverence for God or anything of God anymore in society. America did the separation of church and state and took God out of the public schools completely creating a generation of future atheists and agnostics. Man has transgressed God’s Laws and has spiritually rebuilt his Tower of Babel, once again. Man wants everything on his own terms and not God’s. Man has changed the ordinances or torah (Hebrew for law), and the overall laws of God. Man has taken the things of God and has twisted them for his own needs and purposes, such as adultery and idolatry, just to name two of the most common sins plaguing our entire World today. Both are commonly found throughout the planet. God is fed up with his words being twisted to appease the sins of man. Whether it is lying, cheating, sexual immorality (like pornography, prostitution, pedophilism, homosexuality and many other sins of the flesh that God clearly condemns in scripture), all have seen public ordinances changed to protect their wicked acts of debauchery. Those who have hidden in the World behind their secretive sins such as corrupt politicians, business men, lawyers, secret societies, corrupt and perverted priests and many, many more will now all answer to a Holy God.
Man has turned his back on God’s Covenant and not the other way around. This covenant is the everlasting covenant promised in Jeremiah 32:40 and fulfilled in Hebrews 13:20. Man has rejected so much of what has God has tried to offer him and in time has lost complete fear of God, his love of God and his heart has become hardened away from the things of God. Man has rejected God to the point, that this has led God to having no choice but to purge the Earth and the entire World of this evil corruption. God is cleaning house here beloved, he is promising not only a new Earth but a new Heaven as well. Man has indeed transgressed the Laws of God, violated the statutes of God and broken the covenant that God has desired to keep with us, his creation, we who are created in his own likeness. The fact that he was willing to create us in his own image should tell us all how much he loves us, if he was willing to do that very thing. Thus, as scripture says the only thing left to do is to take this corrupt Earth and lay it to waste. This will pretty much happen when man least expects it. He will be eating and drinking and partying and carrying on like judgment will never happen, like the Bible is just some fairy tale book and if Jesus ever did live he was just some revolutionary wanna be, certainly no son of God. Hey John Lennon said even the Beatles were bigger than God. The World scoffs that Christians are crazy and that God is dead and nothing is going to happen and then the scoffing will end just like that. Just like that, it will all start to go down, it will happen just as the Bible says it will. God’s Judgment will bring destruction everywhere. Cities will be made completely desolate, all buildings reduced to rumble, millions will die amidst the chaos and death and destruction, amidst the mayhem, many will still come to Christ.
God despite rendering his judgment will still show mercy and grace, he will still show his majesty, he will still show his glory to those who truly wish to repent of their sins and get right with him in the final hours before the Earth’s final passing and demise. The Earth will experience it all, earthquakes, tsunami’s, meteorites and other huge objects falling from the sky (possibly even asteroids). The waters will become poison, many will die and many more will wish to die as they are attacked by demonic hordes from the pit of hell and they won’t be able to die quick enough. The host of rebellious fallen angels and their demonic offspring, the cannabalistic blood craving Nephilim will destroy many a human while demonic hordes carry out their hideous plan to corrupt the Earth and demonically possess many a human to kill one another all around the World. These demons of Satan causing all this havoc will be judged at the end of the age, and imprisoned in the pit until the final rebellion at the end of the millennium (as described in Revelation 20:1-10) You can finally get a picture from God’s Perspective of the degree of corruption we are talking about here and we have only covered the tip of the iceberg. So is this to ridicolous to fathom, does this sound like an over the top Movie script to a cheap B grade horror flick? Sadly, it's all true and real and all going to happen soon enough.
Some call Isaiah’s prophecies the little Apocalypse because it deals with both the Great Tribulation and the millennial kingdom reign of Yeshua. Indeed Yahweh’s Judgment is complete and thorough and to some who may not know him well, it may seem extremely harsh and unfair that God could do the things he must do. We cannot look at the World through God’s Eyes, if we did we would see the pain and sorrow and long suffering he must sense when his children around him are willfully doing acts of evil instead of living lives of goodness. We cannot see how we look covered in the filth of our sins, because for those of us who call Christ our redeemer and our savior, the Father only sees us dressed in white robes of redemption purchased through the death and resurrection of his son, the Lord Jesus Christ. God can only be just and holy and when that means he needs to maintain that standards by wiping out evil, it’s what a holy and just God must do. It is not our place in the design of things to question our creator.
If you do not know the loving side of God’s Grace and Mercy, we encourage you to take a moment and ask God to show you, who he is and show you how much he really loves you. God hates your sin, and everyone's sin for that matter but he really and truly loves you. No sin is too big for God. He has proved how much he loves us all by providing us with a solution for our much needed redemption from our sinful state for once and for all with the supreme sacrifice and death of his only begotten son that he is so very fond of, Yeshua. Ask the Lord Jesus to make things right in your heart with him. Confess sin, repent fully and go and sin no more and be truly forgiven. The bonds of sin will break and you will be free for once and for all. Then and only then, you will both love and fear God at the same time, but for you who the Lord knows and calls his children, God’s Wrath is to be expected, respected and understood more so then feared. You will also know it is needed for all things to be restored unto God’s Glory for once and for all. Go in God's Peace and Understanding.
Mystery # 8: Spiritual Warfare : Leviathan is the king over the children of pride
Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD, With his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan that crooked Serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.
Leviathan in Isaiah 27:1 is depicted as a dragon like creature, a serpent / spirit being that inhabits the sea, a place where it has free reign to do as it pleases. Remember Revelation 12:3? There was a sign in heaven, and an enormous red dragon that has seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on it’s head. This dragon is actually leviathan, except it is no longer in the sea it is in the sky, a creature that glides swiftly through the air, the spiritual domain of none other than Satan himself.
Today we look at the mysterious Leviathan, what it is, what it isn’t. We will see why scripture is portraying the leviathan to us in the way it is doing and how this will affect Israel, the nation. It’s this edition of MOB. Let’s reason together according to the Word of God. Before we return to our featured verse in Isaiah let’s take a moment and go back to that verse in Revelation 12:3. We mentioned that this red dragon has seven heads. These heads represent world powers, not just any world powers but satanic world powers that have joined in an alliance together to fight against God and his Righteousness. The seven heads are Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome and the final Global Antichrist Kingdom. The idea that leviathan has heads is also found in the Psalms and in particular Psalm 74:14 which says, It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave him as food to the creatures of the desert.
We know that the reference of the dragon, particularly the great dragon is connected to Satan in the Book of Revelation 12:9, the great dragon is indeed the ancient serpent, the devil, Satan. Now how does Israel fit into the picture, you ask? Israel, as represented by the vineyard as we have seen from previous MOB’s has been judged by God for being unfruitful at one time. However God’s Plans for Israel, is to indeed make it very fruitful, and the nation of Israel will become a “fruitful vineyard.” God’s Plan through the ages has been to discipline and correct Israel until at last, in the very end of days, Israel will finally achieve it’s purpose that God has planned for it, all along. God is indeed watching over Israel closely. He is providing for it and caring for it. God is in fact “watering” Israel, like one waters a garden vineyard. The watering in actual fact refers to the times that God has sent both prophets and teachers to Israel to instruct and guide them unto the correct path. There will come a time when God’s Wrath (which we just covered in the last MOB) will pass and it is at that time that God’s Plan of Salvation and Redemption will be completed. Israel’s sins will be completely accounted for at one point in time, by Israel finally accepting the true Messiah Yeshua. This will not come before they accept the Antichrist first, the false Messiah that the Jews believe they have been looking for all along. A supposed peace treaty will be signed with Israel from this false Messiah a covenant that he will break half way through and make his true intentions known by declaring war on Israel. In the end, God will in fact have purified Israel and leviathan will be simply regarded as just part of that purification process.
But what of leviathan? Is that all there is to this, or is there more? Taking a look at what leviathan is, he is a sea monster, referenced by the Tanakh, the Old Testament, leviathan is actually referenced no less than six times in the Tanakh alone. Our feature passage Isaiah 27:1 speaks of Leviathan as being a crooked or wriggling serpent who will be destroyed at the end of time in the very last days. However back in the Middle Ages, leviathan was depicted solely as Satan himself, the one who would seek to endanger all of God’s Creatures by attempting to eat them as well as God’s Creation by causing great upheaval in the waters it dwelled in. One thing that separates mythology (stories of Sea Monsters) from fact, or fact from fiction, is that leviathan is also the very real name in another sense, for a demon whose history goes back to ancient days dating as far back as the creation. At times in demonology, leviathan has been referred to as the demon of envy. Leviathan was considered to be one of the 7 princes of hell (corresponding to the 7 deadly sins). Leviathan is also known for his demonic influence of spiritual pride. This demon is apparently very hard to cast out of someone when they are possessed. Believe it or not many are possessed by this very demon to this day, because this demon feeds on the sins of envy, pride and jealousy all very common sins. The Sea this demonic being lives in is not the literal sea but the water mantle above the Earth, in the Heavnly realm.
Leviathan is also a demon often called upon to halt or interfere with a deliverance or exorcism of a lesser demon or legion of weaker demons. Leviathan is the “strong man” demon that comes back to assist the weaker demons from being cast out completely out of a host body. Leviathan is a particularly dangerous and deceptive demon, often in concert with the ‘Queen of Heaven “- known also as Jezebel (which we will cover another time) this demon, has the ability to evoke ‘spiritual pride” in even a pastor or teacher of the Word of God. For example if a pastor makes a mistake in their doctrine or teachings the spiritual pride keeps them from repenting and confessing sin and changing their ways. Many who are possessed by leviathan do not have the proper discernment and often do not believe they can be influenced by demons and yet are often being manipulated by the demonic undertakings directed by leviathan without even being aware of it. Certainly some of the doctrines of demons do originate from leviathon's influence.
Job 41 is devoted to describing leviathan. The description is of no ordinary sea serpent. This creature has supernatural powers to both destroy and to mesmerize as well. Leviathan is described as the “king overall the sons of pride” and a “creature that is devoid of fear, that looks down on all that is the highest.” Leviathan is connected with the sea and there is some speculation that leviathan was the chief deity worshiped in Atlantis and that God destroyed Atlantis in judgment do to the worship of this demonic entity posing as a god.
If pride becomes a fall then leviathan cannot be far behind in the equation. The very word leviathan means "to twine" and the very serpentine nature of leviathan is to entangle and suffocate all those who end up being his victims much like a python. We know ultimately that in the end, God will punish leviathan and in fact slay this dragon beast once and for all. This writhing serpent with seven heads slithers about waiting like a boa constrictor to wrap it’s serpentine body around a believer and squeeze the life out of them slowly. Pride is a universal sin, in all of us and that is why leviathan is so very hard to stop.
The Apocryphal Book of Enoch describes the demon leviathan that dwells in the abyss of the ocean as being a large whale like sea creature. God will crush all the 7 heads of leviathan; he will slay him with his mighty sword. To God be the victory! Halleluiah!
Mystery # 9 : Covenant with death, the Agreement with hell
Isaiah 28:15, 18 Because ye have said, we have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; When the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
From the Word of God comes this great warning first to Israel and especially Jerusalem and Judah and as well this is applicable now for all nations around the World to pay head to. The warning is concerning those who are referred to as the “lovers of death” those that love to kill and order killings to be committed for the pleasure of it. This includes some but not all Military leaders and Government heads of State, leaders of all sorts, politicians and Kings and Presidents and Prime Ministers. The lovers of death are those who would make a covenant with death vs. an eternal covenant with God such as the one mentioned in the Book of Jeremiah 31:31 –The New Covenant. We will be covering this once we get into the Book of Jeremiah. This phony and false Covenant will be exposed for what it really is, lies (lies are their refuge – something they hide behind especially in matters of the occult –which by definition means secretive, laden or hidden –out of sight) and it will be disannulled, which is a legal term for termination or to cancel or make void something legal in particular. These covenant breakers are also the same ones who have made an agreement with hell itself. The Lord warns that this agreement will not stand. God’s Warning was originally intended for the wicked rulers of Jerusalem, but can nowadays be applied to many nations including the Western Hemisphere, especially the United States, the U.K and Canada.
At the time of this prophetic writing by Isaiah, the overflowing scourge referred to in V.18 was directly linked to Babylon. However in the last days, this verse now has prophetic overtones with Babylon now referring to America and the Western Continent. If Israel looks to America for protection it will indeed be making a covenant with death and an agreement with hell. The ironic thing is that the U.S is rescinding it’s previous pledge to back Israel, that backing is getting close to non-existent as it currently stands. The previous US President with Muslim heritage had clearly shown where his allegiance lies and it was neither with the Jews or the Christians. However there will come the time when the coming Antichrist will in fact sign the agreement for “peace” between Israel and the powers to be. We know that when this false peace is declared we can prepare for war in reality. Where the current US President stands remains to be seen, only time will reveal this, however the US 's existence is likened to a prophetic hour glass that will soon run out of time.
The signing of what is known as the Persian decree treaty in the seventieth week (or Seventh year of the Great Tribulation) will also be the time where God will try all the leaders of Israel and the World for that matter who have disrespected him and attempted to mock him which is all the lovers of death in fact who whether they know it or not, have made an agreement with death the devil, Satan. This agreement will be sealed initially by the Antichrist, the Beast, Satan’s representative and personal bodily manifestation on Earth and will be broken by him as well.
It is at this precise time that God becomes furious over the signed false peace covenant and warns Israel and the World that the covenant of death will be disannulled and the agreement of death, shall not stand.
In reading and meditating on Isaiah 28:15 it becomes clear that Bible prophecy has revealed that the overflowing scourge is the Antichrist himself. All those who Israel had seeked for protection will indeed betray them in the end, including yes, America. This will ultimately bring the U.S under even greater judgment (which it is already going to receive anyways- see one of our most recent MOB’s on God’s Outpouring of his wrath). Israel will turn to none other than the King of Babylon himself, the Antichrist, who they will see as their long awaited Messiah. 144,000 Virgins will be discipled by 2 witnesses sent by God, they will be marked in the forehead by God and protected. These 144,000 will lead a great turning of Jews towards the one and true Messiah, Yeshua and away from the Antichrist.
"Babylon the Great" now is the United States in contemporary times and has fully been incorporated into the overall scheme of the devil to disrupt God’s Plan of Restoration and Redemption. America will become a place of death and living hell on Earth, as will most if not all of the western hemisphere. Mass anarchy, mass rioting, mass killings, mass deaths and complete and utter chaos will be the rule every day and night nonstop during these most violent and insane times. The lovers of death and the demons that possess them will be delighted for a moment at all this senseless destruction.The Antichrist will stamp out all those that thought he was their ally and he will betray them and will turn on them and kill them all. Then when he is finally through, he too will be dealt with by God as we will learn from some upcoming MOB’s. There may be no way to avoid the nightmare ahead, but knowing your right with God at least gives you the peace to know you will end up on the right side, the winning side. In these dark times of despair the only light that is real and true and worth basking in, is the light of the Lord God Almighty.
Mystery # 10: The Hope of Israel : All Israel will be Saved
Isaiah 29: 18-20 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the terrible one is brought to naught, and the scorner is consumed, and all that wrath for iniquity are cut off.
In this edition of MOB, the Prophet Isaiah continues his prophetic messages about the future state of Israel, with a message of hope not just for Israel, but for all of God’s Elect (the Church) as well. During a time when the World was shaken from calamity after calamity and God’s Outpouring of his wrath, Israel and for that matter, God’s Elect will be preserved and saved out of being completely destroyed. The Lord will preserve the multitude of the godly and will raise up his real and true saints (Jewish or Messianic as well as Gentile believers alike) which comprise the true body of Christ and will all be engrafted into the Olive Tree of Life..
Many great things will happen, the deaf will hear and the blind shall see, the once spiritually blind and deaf will now finally be receptive to the Word of God and will finally be able to receive the truth and will only now be able to worship God in spirit and in truth. Before any of this happens however, both Israel and God’s Elect must be purified and even chastised to make them presentable before the Father without spot, wrinkle or blemish. God’s Promises to punish the wicked as well as to purify his children, rings true. God will restore the hearing to the deaf and sight to the blind. Those who survive God’s Purging will finally recognize God for who he is, the all mighty and righteous one. The Jews will recognize Yeshua as the Messiah, the one they have been waiting for all along. They will mourn for the realization they had him put to death on the cruel tree of Calvary.
They (Israel) will finally be able to embrace God for his goodness and even his compassion and mercy. The Lord giving sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf is a messianic prophecy that is fulfilled in John 9:7 and Isaiah the prophet speaks of it here as well. Scripture in the New Testament in the Book of Corinthians states the once deaf and blind Gentiles were drawn out of the darkness and into God’s Marvelous light and they “shall see and hear that which eye never saw nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of any natural man to conceive.”
God’s Plan of Restoration, where by the meek shall inherit the Earth and the first will be last begins here, with the meek increasing in their joy and the poor of the World, also rejoicing for God finally will bring justice, order, harmony and balance to the World in much desperate need of it. The terrible one, the Antichrist has been dealt with at this point (our next MOB will deal with that topic) and he can do no more harm anymore. Also, all the workers of iniquity (as we read in the last MOB – the lovers of death and lovers of sin) have also been dealt with. The Lord God has taken back what is rightfully his in the first place, this World and all of creation.
God can finally bring peace and joy to the Land of Israel. This is Israel’s blessed hope to come, for the Holy one of Israel has finally come to bring his people back. Jeremiah ch.14 V.8 states, O the hope of Israel, the savior thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to turn for a night.
The hope of Israel is indeed the Savior, the Holy one of Israel, the Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach. The time has come; an amazing event happened in 2005, beloved 108-yr-old Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri proclaimed he knew the name of the Messiah. Kaduri wrote in a note that he met the Messiah in a vision from God. His instructions were to release the note a year after his death. Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri's note was released in 2007 and revealed the Name of the Messiah to indeed be Yehoshua /Yeshua – Jesus. When Israel finally realizes this as well, the hope of the Nation will finally be realized, the veil of blindness lifted once and for all and as scripture says, all Israel shall be saved. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem beloved as scripture commands us to do and pray for God's Shalom upon it's people.
Mystery #11: The Son of Perdition : Antichrist & The Mystery of Iniquity
Isaiah 30:31 For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.
Isaiah 31:8 Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man, and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited.
These 2 verses above taken from the Book of Isaiah were referring to the Assyrian monarch at the time. These two verses also allude to a much bigger concept called the Mystery of Iniquity. The Mystery of Iniquity is a great Mystery of the Bible or MOB as we have come to know them as. While this passage was written expressively concerning Sennacherib, the Assyrian Monarch at the time, it can in a way be applied also to the Son of Perdition, the Antichrist, and the one who is known as The Assyrian. God will indeed defeat the Antichrist when the time is right and just as Sennacherib was terror stricken at the voice of the Lord in Isaiah 30:31, the Antichrist shall be terrified when the Lord Jesus Christ returns and he shall flee from the Lord who will indeed have the Sword of the Spirit in his hand, in order to vanquish his evil enemies. Just like Sennacherib’s army will be destroyed, so too will the Antichrist’s army also be destroyed.
It is Isaiah that foreshadows the coming Assyrian, the Son of Perdition in this Mystery of Mysteries, this Mystery of Iniquity. 2 Thessalonians 2:7-9 states For the Mystery of Iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked be revealed, when the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. This is a loaded couple of verses in scripture; jam packed with all types of prophetic events. Here we find that it is none other than Michael the Archangel who we will find out has gone to war with Satan and his fallen angels in Heaven and it is Michael who when stands up and signals the start of the Tribulation hour. This is on God’s Terms not Satan’s. God is simply letting Satan to be unleashed for a little time to help prepare the way for evil to be fully exposed in order to ready the World for the Lord’s Return. Michael is he that letteth and he takes himself out of the way upon casting Satan and his cronies out of Heaven and unto the Earth.
The wicked that will be revealed is of course, the Antichrist being addressed here. The Antichrist is the wicked one whose coming is after the workings of Satan himself. This Son of Perdition is the lawless one, the one without law and when we speak of lawlessness here, we are referring to God’s Laws and divine authority. The word lawless in Greek comes from the word anomia, which means “without law”. So the Laws of God will be under attack at the time of the Mystery of Iniquity, not only from the end time apostasy going on (the falling away of the pseudo or fake Laodicean church) but as well from the Antichrist whose strong spirit of rebellion will wreak havoc against the Laws of God, or at least attempt to. In fact the Antichrist will reject all laws except for his own and the ones endorsed by his One World Government. He will be deluded to the point that he will believe that he is truly God as scripture states and there will come a time where he will declare such a thing in God’s Holy Temple. The World is already set up for a One World Government and a One World Ruler, the Antichrist. Sometime during the middle of the Seven Year Tribulation period, there will indeed be a war in Heaven and Satan will be cast out of Heaven as well as his fallen angels in the Earth. This will be the 2nd great war (as Satan was cast out of Heaven once before as Lucifer rebelled against God’s Authority) in Heaven and the Book of Revelation 12: 7-9 talks about the war in Heaven and how Michael the Archangel and his angels will fight the dragon and they will be driven out of Heaven once and for all. We say once and for all because in the initial rebellion in Heaven, Lucifer lost his title and position of importance in the heavenly ranks of God and his name was changed from Lucifer to Satan but nowhere in the scriptures did it say that he was banished from the heavenlies at this point of time, even though he was sent down to Earth as punishment, he still found his way back. In fact we know there are plenty of scriptures to the contrary that speak of Satan, the accuser of men going before the Lord, like in the Book of Job, for instance. God asks Satan where he has been and he says he has been going back and forth from the Earth to Heaven. This will stop after the 2nd war in heaven is completed. Satan will only be on the Earth at that time, before he is put in chains and captivity for 1000 years during the Millennial Reign of Christ and then loosed one last time on the Earth and finally thrown in the Abyss forever and ever.
Satan, that great Dragon, the Serpent of Old, the Devil is going to be soon cast down to Earth. This will be about the time that the Earth really has some crazy and terrifying (terrifying for those that are not true believers or under God’s Sovereign Protection) things happening that are spoken of in the Book of Revelation. The fallen angels are cast down from Heaven, the pit of Hell; the Abyss is opened up and will unleash some rather horrifying demons and supernatural entities from another dimension. Is there any wonder why it becomes “hell on Earth” about this time, during the end of the Tribulation?
The Mystery of Iniquity is far more complex than just the Antichrist, however. It includes Mystery Babylon and all the mystery religions and secret societies who work behind the scenes to help Satan achieve his demonic one world government known as the New World Order. Even now, the Spirit of Antichrist has been alone in the World for a long, long time and we can see it everywhere. We see blatant worship of Satan and Baphomet in TV, Movies, Music, Sports and Politics and yes, we see it very much alive and thriving in religion. And when we say religion we are not talking about cults and the New Age, yes it is there of course, but it is very much alive in the so called “Christian churches”, especially the huge arena like Churches of today that seem more often then not to conduct rock concert like performances instead of bonafide worship to God. Churches that don’t preach about sin and repentance, churches that preach another gospel, a gospel about prosperity and riches and a sense of entitlement to possess as many material possessions as possible. Churches that preach about tolerance and that Yeshua was not really held in reverance as God or divine and that he was just a laid back, long haired radical or revolutionary. Who are these false teachers really preaching about? It certainly is not the Jesus of Nazareth, who died on the cross, rose from the dead, ascended back to Heaven where he originally came from and is going to return as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords I can assure you. The Bible warns about worshiping a god fashioned after one’s own imagination and the consequences of doing so. It is called Idoloatry and left alone and unrepented of , will give one a one way ticket to Hell when it's all said and done.
So beloved, this is why we must try the spirits, to see if they are of God, for we are to worship the Lord God in Spirit and in truth as 1 John 4: 1-3 states there have been many false prophets who have gone out into the World. We also know that there have been many, many antichrists as well in the World. Adolf Hitler of course comes to mind readily, he so desperately wanted to be the Antichrist as did the man called the most evil in the entire World, Aleister Crowley, who was so proud to be considered the Antichrist he proclaimed himself “The Beast.” Since the Apostle John’s writings in 90 AD there have even been more antichrists and false prophets, in fact it seems nowadays we are inundated with them, they are everywhere around us teaching lies and spreading deception. Without discernment, we will be tossed to and fro scripture says we will be as a wayward man. The wheat and the chaff are being separated even now as are the goats and the sheep. The true believers are being separated from the “pew warmers” who like the feel good session every Sunday but leave church unchanged and transformed by the Holy Spirit with no repentance of their sin. So they continue eating and drinking and carrying on until Christ comes like a thief in the night (not the rapture but the 2nd coming). Remember the parable of the wedding banquet, those unprepared for the Master’s return will be caught unready for what comes next. Scripture states “For many are called but few are chosen.” God will spew those lukewarm types out of his mouth for they are not hot or cold, they are lukewarm and of no use to God.
Of course another great mystery of life is concerning sin and suffering. The big question of course being, why does God allow so many “innocent” people to suffer? Why does there have to be so many wars, why does there need to be so much starvation, disease, hatred and so much bloodshed in the world? To look for the answer to this very tough question we have to look at where sin originated from and realize that man suffers from ‘total depravity” he is unable to redeem himself from his fallen state. He is fallen because God did not create him this way originally and it is not just man, it is all of the World, all of nature all of the systems of the World are all decaying and fallen because of original sin. We are born into a state of sin, none of us are truly innocent, and we are all subject to the outcomes and consequences of sin in our lives. Our natural state has been tampered with and now in our fallen state, many unfortunate and tragic circumstances, which are the consequences of sin and have taken place and will continue to do so until Christ’s Return. This is the true Mystery of Iniquity and how the Antichrist can position himself going forward. He is simply taking advantage of a World that is vulnerable and a World needing to be redeemed. New Heavens and a New Earth will be created as the old ones will pass away.
II Thessalonians 2:7 For the Mystery of Iniquity doth already work. This work has been going on since Satan decided to rebel against God. Now he is the god (the small g as sometimes referred to) of this world and he looks for those he can seduce into his web of lies and deception. No one is greater deceived then Satan himself, he knows he has already lost and he knows the final outcome of his defeat, but he continues to fight against God just the same. How deceived must the Antichrist and False Prophet be as well to join Satan in this losing battle?
Because the Antichrist is the Assyrian, does not mean he has to come from the Middle East although it makes sense if he did. The Jews must mistake him for their Messiah afterall, at least initially. Rather it seems that it is the Antichrist spirit of the Assyrian that this demonic manifestation comes forward to present himself to the World. This Antichrist will sneak unto the World scene from out of nowhere, looking like the World’s answer to poverty as well as all social injustice and war and climate control. He will seem like the answer to true peace in the World if we simply trust him. Then when he has lulled everyone into a false sense of security in thinking there is finally peace in the world, he will reveal his true demonic nature and intentions and turn on those who he thinks are his enemies and all those that he can satisfy his bloodthirsty bloodletting and demonically fueled desire to kill and destroy. In the midpoint of the tribulation is when the Antichrist will turn on Israel after being their initial protector in helping sign a peace covenant with them. He will break this peace treaty at the midpoint of the Tribulation and declare war on Israel. In this regard the Antichrist is indeed acting as the Assyrian in the Book of Isaiah, for it was at that time that Israel turned to the Assyrian for help and to protect them. He did just that until he turned on them. This is exactly what is depicted in other prophetic books in the Bible concerning the Antichrist’s deception as coming in Peace but really setting us all up for war and death and enslavement.
The Internet and book after book have been filled over and over again with speculation who the Antichrist and False prophet is. Some say because Jesus called Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him and was one of the 12 original disciples, the " son of perdition", they believe the Antichrist will be none other then Judas incarnated. The Lord did say he was a devil didn't he? The Foolish Shepherd (the Antichrist) did come from some type of background where he was considered at one time, to be one of the flock (one of the disciples?). The Word of God already has told us about the wisdom we can have concerning this Antichrist. The name of a man, whose name adds up to 666 and this is also the Mark of the Beast. We know what this Antichrist will do, we know he will do all acts of lying wonders, like bringing down fire from Heaven. Remember the scriptures are full of such accounts such as the Pharaoh’s magic men and the Baal worshipers who always were in the high places trying to bring fire down from Heaven. Satan is a counterfeiter of God and always has been and he has lying wonders taking place in the church today like unbiblical situations like being slain in the spirit and the manifestation of tongues. I know this may upset some in the Charismatic movement but we lovingly challenge you to check the Bible thoroughly with both the Hebrew and Greek texts and you will see these are not Biblical and these so called " spiritual gifts for today" have no merit to stand on; they are experiential rather than biblical occurrences and some actually now cease to even be exhibited by the Holy Spirit. Another spirit which is counterfeit is leading the way here.
The Antichrist will perform the Abomination of Desolation and will massacre so many of the Earth’s population without a blink of an eye and will make every evil tyrant before him look like a “boy scout” No one person who ever lived on the planet will even come close to what this evil demonic henchman will do, once in power. Having said all this, we should not fear a thing, God is in complete control and God will protect those that are his, none shall be plucked from his hand. We must all prepare our hearts for no one knows the hour or the day of the rapture of the church. We might be gone before the Great Tribulation begins but we must also be prepared in case we are still here on Earth for some reason when the Great Tribulation begins. If we indeed go through the Great Tribulation it will be just as all the saints have before us and those that are being persecuted and martyred for the faith around the World at this very time are experiencing persecution and even death by martyrdom in some countries. The Great Tribulation is global in stature and will come to us in the Western hemisphere. Pray, fast and prepare your hearts for what is to come next and be of good courage most of all do not have fear in your heart beloved, for Christ has conquered the world. He loves you with an everlasting love and God has always protected his own in times of trouble, now and forever.
Mystery #12 : Vengeance is God's: It's time to take God seriously
Isaiah 34: 2, 3 For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcasses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
We’ve been looking at some of the prophecies that the Lord God has given the Prophet Isaiah, and one of the most important ones, has to do with God’s Vengeance upon the nations of the Earth, and in particular all those nations who oppose the Lord. Now we know God is not a respecter of such things as persons, nations, creeds or any other man made declarations, he works on a personal level and as well as an intimate level with his creation. So obviously any individuals coming from nations at war with God certainly have as much opportunity for redemption and forgiveness as anyone else. God does not play favorites either way when it comes to applying his grace (is what we need to understand).
We have been concentrating as of late here with our MOB's in particular with the last days prophecies as they relate to both the true church of Christ (the elect / the body/ the bride) and the rest of the World. Now we learn of just what God plans to do with the rest of the World and what form of justice God intends to enforce. All the nations of the Earth or close to that almost all have fornicated or gone –a-whoring (spiritually) as the Bible likes to call it with the Whore of Babylon (Mystery Babylon) and they have succumbed to the worship of the Antichrist (Beast). They now will pay the price for their mislead ideology and idolatry. The Battle of Armageddon is shaping up.
The Book of Revelation 16:14 talks about the armies of the world all gathering together to make war with the Lord. This is the army that the Antichrist has assembled to battle God. The verse reads, and his fury upon all their armies; the armies of the kings of the earth, gathered together at Armageddon, to make war with Christ, and those that follow him. The Lord Jesus Christ will come down from the Heavens on his white horse and will slay all his enemies with the sword of the spirit which proceeds out of his mouth. How this supernaturally happens is just about impossible to know for sure other than taking the Word of God as always literally. This makes a lot more sense to think of the Lord speaking the Word of God and using that as a sword then an actual sword that be brandishes in his hand. However he did use a whip to clear out the moneychangers at the temple during his ministry, however never did he strike anyone with the whip. Nowhere is there an example of the Lord using any violence on anyone at anytime. In fact in Matthew 26:52 Yeshua makes it clear that all who use the sword die by the sword. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. V. 53 is even more telling when Jesus says the following, Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will provide me with more than twelve legions of angels?
So Yeshua makes it clear it’s the will of God that he must be captured, in order to be put to death for the sins of the World for he being God in the flesh, could so easily in the blink of an eye be whisked away by the Angels.
So then what did Jesus mean when he said sell your cloak and go buy a sword to his disciples? He was again referring to the Word of God being the true sword, that rightfully divides the Word of God and the Lord proves it in this verse, when he talks about the power of the Word of God. He is not talking about any physical weapon someone would use, it is a spirtual sword that Yeshua wants his disciples to all be armed with.
Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. That sword again is not a physical sword it is the Word of God that will divide families and loved ones and many others.
Another way to think of Yeshua using the Word of God as a sword is that it is a weapon of offense and the Word of God would be an offense against his enemies especially those demonically inspired by Satan. This prophecy from Isaiah is indeed concerning the war to end all wars, technically World War 3, but it is truly a spiritual battle between God and Satan played out like a giant and bloody chess game in the Valley of Megiddo, the Valley of Decision. Mountains of dead bodies of all of God’s Foes will be left to be pecked away by ravenous beasts and birds. This will be the violent and horrific outcome of this war. For Yahweh has finally expressed his vengeance upon the nations that have turned their back to him in defiance and the nations who have also been extremely hostile to Israel. We say Israel, not so much the entire State of Israel as much as the true chosen people of God who will come to know and worship the true Messiah Yeshuah, not the fake Zionistic New World Order types who say they are the Jews when they are nothing more than the Synagogue of Satan is disguise.
God wants all nations to bare witness to how he deals with the specific nations that have come under condemnation, so he has served notice to all nations and that’s why his judgment is complete and upon all nations of the Earth. God has so little regard for those under judgment, they do not get to have a proper burial, and they will be piled up into mountains of carcasses (much like the Jews were during the Holocaust) and they will be left to rot. The blood will be so great from the dead; it will cause soil erosion in the mountains. This is a very graphic reminder of the consequences of trying to fight against God and how futile the results will be against him.
This is a prophecy of things to come, but to God it is a finished work in a sense, it is to be completed with 100% certainty of it coming to fruition. If God orders it to be done, it truly is a done deal. To be utterly destroyed by God essentially means that these armies and these nations have been placed under a divine creed that God will see through until these nations are completely destroyed once and for all. Nations like Gog and Magog will be dealt with finally. Certain nations have completely ignored God’s Work, God’s Glory, God’s Grace and it’s these nations that will meet with condemnation from God. The Prophet Isaiah wants the nations of the World to know that Jehovah needs to be taken seriously and that God’s Wrath is something to be greatly feared and avoided at all costs. May this also serve as a warning to all of us, who willfully go against God’s Plans. God will have vengeance at an appointed time, be rest assured. Vengeance belongs to God alone, thus saith the Lord of hosts. One can fight against God if they choose to do so, but none shall win out in the end.
Mystery # 13 - The Prophecy of John the Baptist
Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
The Prophet Isaiah’s prophecy of the forerunner of Jesus Christ, John the Baptist was essential to the writers of the Gospels. Matthew made mention of it in The Book of Matthew depicting the start of John the Baptist’s ministry, in the wilderness of Judea. Mark also dealt with John the Baptist’s ministry in Mark Ch.1 as did Luke and John in their first chapters of their respective Gospels.
This prophecy of Isaiah’s is an essential part of the story of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ and this is our MOB in this edition. It is John the Baptist who introduces the idea of repentance to the people of Judea as well as telling all, he baptizes with water, but one far greater than he, will come and baptize believers with the fire of the Holy Spirit upon redemption. Everything John the Baptist was doing at the time, pointed the way of the coming of Christ, the Savior, the Light of the World. The people who heard John speak could not comprehend the prophetic message nor it's implications and for good reason, no none like the Messiah had ever made himself known to those around him as the Lord Jesus would soon do in his time of ministry on Earth. On top of that the Jews were looking for a Physical Kingdom to be set up by a conquering Messiah and not a Spirtual kingdom as proposed by Yeshua.
The time of the exile in Babylon was on the verge of completion and Yahweh was about to gather his people back to their own land just as he did once before, in taking them from the land of Egypt, to the land of promise, the Land of Milk and Honey. The Prophet Isaiah is indicating that a way should be made for the return of the people from slavery and exile back to the land they were promised by God. The way needs to be straight for it is to become the highway of God, even in the wilderness. This was the introduction of the path of rightousness.
John the Baptist was raised and nurtured in the desert and his early life was spent there in the wilderness. John began to preach in the mountains county, just east of Jerusalem. It was a sparsely inhabited place that one could easily refer to as a desert or wilderness. For it was John the Baptist himself who pointed out the first time that he laid eyes on Yeshua, to his very own followers. Soon after he would baptize the Lord at the Lord’s Request. As John indicated that he was helping prepare the way for the Messiah, the actual prophecy itself was written by the Prophet Isaiah sometime between 701-681 BC. One must never forget the importance of John pointing the way to Jesus as evident by John 1:29-34 where it is recorded that John the Baptist announced to all that would hear that Yeshua was indeed the Son of God, and he alone is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the World.
To really understand the significance of the prophecy of John the Baptist we must realize that not only did the Prophet Isaiah prophesize about John the Baptist, but John the Baptist was prefigured by the prophet Elijah as well and was promised to come by Malachi as well. Yeshua, Jesus spoke about John in a certain way that tied the prophet Elijah together with him in Matthew 11:4 as we read And if ye will receive it, this is Elias (Elijah) which was for to come. In Luke 1:17 we read that John will go before Yeshua and it will be in the power of Elijah.
In fact many thought that John the Baptist was indeed the physical return of the Prophet Elijah, since those that studied ancient Hebrew Scriptures and Old Testament passages knew about the prophecies of Isaiah and Malachi. John the Baptist of course was not the Prophet Elijah and he himself admitted that to the Priests and Levites in Jerusalem in John 1:21. However the spirit and power of Elijah was very evident in John’s life to the point that even the Lord Jesus Christ commented in Matthew 17: 12-13 that Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of Man suffer to them. Then the disciples: understood that he spoke unto them of John the Baptist.
Elijah was also like John the Baptist is a number of similar ways, including physical appearance. Both had a wild, rough, mangy, animal like appearance to them, both were fed and nurtured in the wilderness. Both had their own disciples, and both preached to Kings about their wicked ways and the need for them to repent. The prophecy in the Book of Isaiah is important as well as it helps establish the unity of authorship in the Book of Isaiah, that it was and always will be, solely Isaiah who wrote these entries and no one else.
John the Baptist was the new voice of comfort on the scene. John spoke of permanent consolation between God and Man and those in Judea were ready to hear it and act on it. John spoke with authority because he knew both God and his word intimately. God had provided John, direct revelation that came from Heaven; he voiced the Word of God from the originator, God. John did not bother preaching in the temple in Jerusalem or in the Synagogues, he preached in the wilderness, places that had very few people, places where conditions were far less than ideal. Yet, John drew crowds, big crowds; the Holy Spirit promised when God would be lifted up and proclaimed the Holy Spirit would then draw all men unto God. This is indeed what happened in John’s ministry. John won a multitude of lost souls to God’s Kingdom; John indeed prepared the way for the Lord by preaching Christ and nothing but Christ.
The Prophet Malachi, the very last Old Testament Prophet foretold of John the Baptist as well. Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall care, saith the LORD of hosts. Here Malachi is reinforcing the prophecy of Isaiah in Isaiah 40:3. John was indeed content to be a messenger of the Lord. Malachi 4; 5, 6 goes on to mention that God will send Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and terrible Day of the Lord (which we already covered in a recent MOB). Elijah will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and vice versa. Families will be restored once again, God promised towards the end of the Age.
We see how God weaves the prophetic Old Testament with the New Testament and how John the Baptist and the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ’s lives intertwine and so indeed fulfill these prophecies. In fact many believe that the identity of the two witnesses in the Book of Revelation 11:3-12 to be none other than Moshe (Moses) and Elias (Elijah). It was both Moses and Elijah who appeared with Yeshua at his transfiguration and it is predicted in Old Testament writings and Jewish Texts that Moses and Elijah would return in the future, towards the end times. Even the Old Testament seems to bare this out, as Malachi 4; 5 predicts the return of Elijah and the Jews believe that God will promise to raise up a prophet just like Moses. This can be found in Deuteronomy 18:15, 18. Lastly Elijah is one individual that has never experienced death at least that we know of, Enoch was the other. Both of the two witnesses will experience death and resurrection in the Last days to come and that is something that neither Enoch, nor Elijah has experienced (at least not recorded anywhere in scripture). Moses has died once already according to Deuteronomy 34:5
None of this is more than speculation at this point and time, the most important ‘take away” with this MOB, is that John the Baptist just as the Prophet Isaiah alluded to, just as the Prophet Malachi alluded to, did in fact point all of us in the direction of the Messiah Jesus and the Prophets of the Old Testament, woven with those in the New Testament, have synchronized prophecies that can originate from only one source, our Almighty and Supernatural and Supreme God.
Mystery # 14 : Isaiah's Challenge - the battle against false gods
Isaiah 41:23-24 Show the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together. Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of naught: an abomination is he that chooseth you.
Powerful words from the Prophet Isaiah directed towards those that he calls Israelites in particular those who have taken to idolatry. In this edition of MOB we examine the Prophet Isaiah issuing a challenge and exposing the falsehood of the “gods” of idolatry. Isaiah challenges them that if they are gods, to indeed prove that they are, by acting like gods in the first place. In fact Isaiah says either for them to do good or do evil but either way, the audience including himself should be dismayed and astonished by their works. Isaiah goes on to say because they do nothing, they are indeed an abomination to the one, true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Great I Am. No truer words were ever spoken.
The message sent from the Prophet Isaiah is directed to both the worshipers of false gods and the very idols behind them which are demonic in nature. Does this challenge sound familiar to you?
It should, if you can recall the Prophet Elijah’s very similar challenge on Mount Carmel. If you go back aways to one of our older MOB’s in 1 Kings 18:27 in particular Elijah challenged the Baal Worshipers just like the Prophet Isaiah is doing here. It was Elijah who pointed out what Isaiah is also stating that, the idols are essentially worthless and amount to nothing, since they can do nothing and are fake, they are in an essence useless to worship. Isaiah goes on to say that these fake idols can’t even do anything for those that worship them unlike the true and living God, Yahweh, they certainly cannot save or redeem ANYONE. Unlike the Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua, they cannot forgive or restore one like the Lord God Almighty can. These false gods cannot fill you up with the goodness, holiness and righteousness of the Holy Spirit, the Ruach HaKodesh, and they cannot forgive your sins or cleanse you daily in enabling you to walk in the spirit in order to not fulfill the works of the flesh. No, these false gods cannot do any of these things, but God, Jehovah can. In fact the only thing the false gods can do is one thing, deceive and fool one that they do have power and it is again the demonic forces behind them doing the actual deceiving and generate what the decieved consider to be divine power.
The very idea of coming to terms with knowing that you are god is in fact the very turning of Satan’s lie of deception, upon himself. For Satan and New Age practioners having been perpetuating this lie (that you don’t need God to know that you are actually deity in the flesh), for a very long time indeed. Many of the false religions of today including Scientology want you to believe that the divine lies inside of you and you don’t need to go outside of it; you can find all the answers you are looking for. This was what L. Ron Hubbard’s book Dianetics was all about, and it was appealing because it made man believe he could redeem himself without needing to repent of any sin before a righteous God for you yourself are that god. Again these are the lies that were started in the garden with the Serpent, telling Adam and Eve that they could be like God, knowing both good and evil, if they only ate the apple from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Today, many continue to eat the apple not realizing it is a poison apple full of lies, sin and deceit and that very same apple will eventually kill them.
The Book of Psalms indicates that the false idols are dead, inactive and powerless. We read in Psalm 115: 4-8 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them. These false gods cannot do anything other than invoke the Wrath of God. Jeremiah 10: 5 speaks also about these idols and admonishes us to not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil just like they can’t do any good.
God over and over again warns of the consequences of being involved in idol worship and the worship of false gods. The Israelites were obsessed with idolatry and were influenced by those who worshiped Molech and Baal, which we see today with Satanism, Witchcraft and other occultic worship such as those practiced by the Freemasons (at least at the 33 degree level and higher). More orthodox and mainstream religions however also are rich in idol worship of false gods including the Roman Catholics praying to statues of Mary. Inside most if not all Roman Catholic Parishes are filled with many graven images of the Lord. Where in the Bible does it say that this is tolerated by God? There is no place, it is not a practice that God ever gave his permission for any of us to be involved in and in fact, God finds it an abomination. Leviticus 26: 1 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God. Perhaps your saying that is the Old Testament, that doesn’t apply anymore for today so what about the New Testament? Sorry that is covered to with this verse and others. Acts 17:29 - Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. To think the 10 commandments (which include thous shalt not commit idolotry) have no meaning for Christians today is proposterous, it serves as very important and significant guidelines for us to follow.
We are not to have graven images of God, Jesus or anything related to Heaven period in our homes and in our possession. Kid’s books are filled with them, Bibles are filled with them, paintings are everywhere, and statues that people pray to are everywhere. Do not be deceived beloved, God will not accept your prayers when they are done in the form of idolatry, one must repent of this for this is evil to God and a stench in his nostrils. God is a jealous God, he will not have any other gods before him. God despises graven images, every single last one of them, so rid yourself of them, for demons are fooling you into thinking this is okay with God and it simply is not. How many depictions of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary have been done over and over again for centuries upon centuries? That is a lie, the Lord is not on a cross, one can say this is to remember him. God does not need you to have a statue of his crucifixion to remember what he did for you. Also Jesus is not a baby in a Manager so all those Nativity scenes you see at Christmas time are actually idolotry in action. With all prayers and supplications we are to give thanks every day for God’s Grace and Mercy. We are not giving God glory when we are not being obedient to his ordinance despite how much we want to justify it. That is why the Bible warns us over and over again, to not make graven images and for us to not participate in any form of idol worship of false gods. Anything that replaces God, it turns out is an actual form of idolatry, it can be money, sex, fame, food, sports, music, TV and movies, you name it.
Today we have many religions of the World combining both idol worship with the worship of false gods such as Islam and the worship of Allah, the worship of the Hindu Gods and on and on it goes. Many will merge and blend into one as the eccumenical World religions and become absorbed into the Mystery Babylon religion of the Antichrist and the New World Order. This deceiver will fool all those practicing false religions that the second coming and return of their spiritual leader has taken place, and they will be duped into taking the Mark of the Beast sadly enough from this false messiah. Even now the Vatican has been hard at work at uniting the World’s religions together to have complete tolerance and accept one another. It sounds so wonderful, but is it?
Jesus said that the Word of God is a sword, a “weapon” that rightfully divides the truth from lies.God demands to be worshiped in spirit and in truth, not in lies and falsehood. God does not allow tolerance that demands watering down the Word of God and for this, the World calls Fundamentalist Christians as intolerant and hateful and a danger to the Beast System. Woe to those God says that call evil good and good evil. Satan’s world is the perversion of God’s World only upside down thus the inverted cross. Instead of loving God first and thy neighbor as thyself in Satanism you just love yourself, your neighbors need to fend for themselves, because you are God and so is everyone else on the planet as well I imagine.
Make no mistake about whether praying to a statue of Mary is idol worship, it is and God finds it to be an abomination just as he does with anyone praying to any statue. Isaiah challenged the false god worshipers to astonish him and confound him and even force him if possible to acknowledge their godhead, instead they did nothing. Mary can’t do anything for you either, nor can Buddah or any other statue. In the end what we are left with is the truth and the truth has been made known to us through God’s Word if we choose to read it and believe it. God has put the definitive verse in the entire Bible before us in this next scripture passage so well known to so many. John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
We know what has been written here at times has shaken the foundations of some and at times that is the very nature of the gospel it doesn’t change the fact that it is still true. Some just don’t want to hear the truth because the implications are too uncomfortable for them to bare. But if we are to really worship God in spirit and in truth, then that is what we must do. The Word of God does say for us to reason together and this is mentioned as well by the Prophet Isaiah. The false gods did prove one thing, they are fake and false with no evidence of any divinity at all save some lying deceptions by Satan (such as demons disguised as the Virgin Mary at Fatima, statues crying bloody rivers of tears - all terribly unbiblical). Satan is trying to shield some from the truth of who God is and what God expects from us as his children. The Devil will use every form of trickery imaginable and is not finished yet by a long shot, before he is done, he (being the Antichrist) will call down fire from ‘heaven” and will come back from the dead miraculously. This is all the work of the Devil, do not be deceived beloved. Read the Book of Revelation for all the details. Satan does disguise himself as an angel of light so beware that yuo do not become deceived.
There is and only can be, one true God not many gods with different messages and different programs. Many religions insist it is there’s that is the true one. How many if any offer a complete plan of the redemption of man tracing back all the way from the dawn of civilization to our present time? God indeed is the true author and designer of the World that we have come to know and he is the Chief Architect of the concept of goodness and he alone decides if and when he will use evil for the overall purposes of bringing forth good outcomes. He does this by purging the very evil of itself from man and his creation. Satan can merely try to deceive and mimic God, but remember he is the small g of this World, and only thinks he is a god for the moment, for a season until the real and only true God shows up and sets things right, once and for all, putting away all the false gods and those who refused to repent of worshiping them. Including Satan.
Mystery # 15 : The coming of the Lord to set things right.
As we examine Isaiah Chapter 65 we see how God has a very detailed plan on how he is going to come back (the Second Coming) and set things right. God has a very distinct plan on how he plans to punish those who are willfully rebellious and unrepentive and choose wickedness over righteousness and goodness. God indeed has a plan to create a New Heaven and a New Earth and a plan to judge the nations justly for what they have done or not done with the window of grace that God has permitted.
Today, we will look at 3 key verses in the Book of Isaiah in Chapter 65 and we will concentrate in particular on God’s Faithfulness to keep his blessings intact as far as to whom to bless and under what circumstances whom to condemn. In this edition of MOB we look at the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to set things right.
God had a very specific message that he wanted to communicate to those in Israel who had become rebellious in their sins concerning the worshipping of false gods and of burning incense as well as eating pork (non-kosher) and forbidden foods going all the way back to the days of Moses and Aaron and the establishment by God of the Levitical laws concerning the preparation of meats used in the sacrifices and offerings before God. God has been provoked to wrath by such actions and he wants the Prophet Isaiah to remind these rebellious ones that they are literally playing with fire. God is very holy and (once again as we found out recently when we looked at false gods and idolatry) we can know for certain that worshiping false gods is a stench up the nostrils of God. This time in Isaiah 65:5, it is mentioned that the sins of idolatry are a smoke in God’s Nose, and a fire that burns all day. It is the adding of not just their present iniquities, but the iniquities of their fathers who did the exact same sins against God, sacrificing and burning incense in the high places (still another MOB we have covered at one time under the title of Strange Fire). God has found all of these sinful works to be blasphemous to him.
God warns us all that those that forsake him, his ways and his holy mountain (where he has made his Shekinah Glory known) will pay a very steep price if they continue to do such things. Those that truly serve God and have a true servant heart will be taken care of and the rebellious ones will remain thirsty and will be ashamed of their actions. It is the servant of the Lord that will be blessed and shall have joy in his heart. Those that rebel against God will be cursed and shall have sorrow in their heart; they will have vexation in their spirit that is an unquenchable sense of sadness and incompleteness. Unfortunately they will be slain by God as their penalty for their willful rebellion against God.
Our first key verse can be found in Isaiah 65:16, which you can read above. Those who are blessed are blessed in the knowledge of who God is and they worship God in spirit and in truth. Those who have put their full trust and faith in God, no longer have the troubles that once plagued them, they are now forgotten and they are erased from their memory. How can this person possibly be you, you might ask? Well when the Lord comes back, he will purge evil from the Earth in all of its forms and we know that God will also restore his creation to a state exactly as he intended the Heavens and the Earth to resemble from the beginning, before sin tainted God’s Plans. That means you and all believers will be given their resurrected bodies that no longer reflect death, pain and sin and all the troubles of your past life, will be wiped away as well.
Our next key verse than is Isaiah 65:17. We can know that God’s Plan of restoration involves the transformation of the Universe (which includes the Heavens and the Earth) reversing the effects of the original fall from grace that we have come to know as original sin. To get a more defined description of the New Heavens and the New Earth that God will create we can turn to the Book of Revelation Chapter 21:1-4. So how will God help us to not remember the former World we live in? In the Book of Revelation 21:4 we read 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. That means all grief; bad memories, sad memories, depression, pain, grief, sorrow and everything that was bad and negative in our lives will be made completely gone and irrelevant. The New Heavens and the New Earth will be a place of incredible joy, happiness and bliss and there will be no room for the negative to coexist with everything else that is so bright and joyful. Besides we will be too busy as we will be spending out time in paying homage to the Lord of Heaven and Earth, our God of Wonders. Those that will have the honor to rejoice in the New Jerusalem will reap the benefit of all that God has done in setting things right once and for all.
Our last key verse in Isaiah 5:23 talks about the fact that no longer will one labor in vain, for everything will be done for a purpose. Now for the first time ever, man will enjoy working with his hands, he shall enjoy planting fruit and vineyards and he will enjoy building houses. There will be no more toiling for a day’s wages for everything will be done for the Glory of the Almighty. There will be no more trouble, no more strife, no more worrying about paying bills such as your mortagage on your house or paying for your kid’s college tuition or even earning a living, those were worldly concerns. All those who are part of God’s Kingdom are counted as the seed of the blessed of the Lord and this includes their offspring as well. This is why Wordly riches just don't "cut it" in God's kingdom. In God's Kingdom the riches of God's Glory are of a Spiritual and eternal nature.
Perhaps the most striking image of all, of just how far God is going to go to making things right is what seems impossible right now in our own sin tainted World full of evil and decay. In Isaiah 65:25 we get an image of the wolf and the lamb feeding together, the wolf does not attack and eat the lamb. There is no need for that to take place anymore as that was when sin was in the World. The Lion being one of the highest predators of the food chain will no longer desire to kill, hunt or eat meat. Instead the Lion will be right beside the Bullock, which it used to eat and instead, the Lion will eat straw, right alongside the Bullock. Nature will finally be in harmony and restored to as it was in the Garden during Adam and Eve's time.
Speaking of the Garden of Eden, God does have one special promise remaining for the Serpent though, better known as the Devil, Satan or Lucifer (as the more PC name goes) and that this creature will continue to eat dust and only dust. It will remain low on its belly and in an essence; this is Christ letting us know that Satan has been put in his place once and for all. God’s Kingdom will be fully restored when Christ the Lord comes again, to take his rightful thrown and kingdom back, including his rightful place on his Holy Mountain.