SESSION 33 — WHEN HE ARISES

Text: Isaiah 33

If I were going to give today’s teaching a title, it would be, “When He Arises.” What happens when the LORD arises from His throne? Everyone will see it. Many who defy Him, including sinning believers, will tremble, knowing they will be judged. But those who love and obey Him will rejoice, for they will know that the kingdom of heaven is at hand! What good news for those who walk righteously, the ones in whom the King of kings reigns!

Verse 1 —

First, who is the destroyer in this passage? For northern Israel, it is the Assyrians, for Judah, it is Babylon, and for today, it is the one behind all evil regimes — Satan. All are equally boastful because they destroyed but were not destroyed, and were treacherous though others did not deal treacherously with them.

So they destroyed, but the LORD says that as soon as they finish destroying, they will be destroyed! And they were treacherous, but as soon as they cease to deal treacherously, others will deal treacherously with them. 

What they have done will come back onto them, at the hand of the Lord. Remember that the Assyrians were invaded by Babylon. And then Babylon was invaded by the Medo-Persians. And Satan will meet his end in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).

All earthly kings, and Satan himself, will be defeated. And it will be exactly according to the LORD’s plan. Nothing happens without His permission. And for believers in whom the King of kings reigns and in whose hearts the Father, Son and Spirit fully and permanently dwell, Satan is already defeated! The sin nature that Satan loved to manipulate is crucified, dead and buried. Hallelujah!

Verses 2-3 — 

When they repent and return to Him, God’s people cry out to Him to be gracious (stoop low, have pity) toward them. Now they wait for Him, entwining themselves with Him. So, He fills them with His Holy Spirit (32:15). Then He is their strength every morning. They no longer depend on their own strength.

He is their salvation in the time of distress! When they repent, Judah no longer relies on salvation through Assyria or Egypt. And believers who have repented and cried out for Him to purify their hearts and fill them with His Holy Spirit no longer rely on man’s ways, man’s wisdom, and the world system that defies God.

When the Lord makes a loud, rumbling noise (think of the noise of His voice in John 12:28-29), peoples (those who refuse Him) flee. When He arises from His throne (see Verse 10) lifting Himself up, He exalts Himself. How? He is seen awesome, and He is seen as One who keeps His promise to those who repent. 

Therefore nations (peoples who willfully reject Him) disperse (are scattered). When He arises, they see that His power is greater than their greatest armies and their false gods!

Verses 4-5 —

When the LORD arises, His spoils of battle are quickly gathered up by His people, as a stripping locust gathers. Men rush about quickly, like locusts, upon the spoils from His battle. 

What are the spoils which the LORD gives to us? What has Jesus Christ won for us? Salvation from the wrath of God, and reconciliation to Him! And then, freedom from slavery to sin, when we ask Him to fill us —

John 8:34   Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 “The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

Oh, quickly gather up what He has won for you! 

Zion filled with justice and righteousness! I tell you the truth, when you repent and ask your Father in heaven to fill you with His Spirit (Luke 11:13), you are filled with His justice and righteousness — His character, His nature (2Peter 1:4). 

It happens when the King of kings reigns in you (32:1). And He reigns in you when the Spirit is poured out into you (32:15). Jesus commands you to stay and wait (Luke 24:49) and wait (Acts 1:4-5)!

Verse 6 —

The LORD’s wisdom and the intimate knowledge of the LORD are the stability of those who are filled with Him. He is the strength (power) of their salvation, and they are filled with His strength (power). 

Stability! Power! They will stand, when everything that can be shaken is shaken (Hebrews 12:27), for the unshakable Christ and the Father and the Spirit indwell them fully and permanently. And the fear (reverence, awe) of the LORD is a treasure to them, and never a burden! It is a delight to revere Him, to be in awe of Him who purifies and fills!

Verses 7-9 —

Now the LORD gives Isaiah a vision of His people who have fought in their own strength, breaking their covenant with the LORD (see Verse 8). He humbles you, beloved, when you try to fight in your own strength.

Isaiah describes humbled Judah. The brave men among His people are left crying in the streets. Judah’s ambassadors of peace weep bitterly. They have not sought peace with the LORD, but with other countries who cannot save them. The highways are desolate, with no travelers upon them. 

Judah has broken their covenant with the LORD, and the effect is weakness, weeping, bitterness, and desolation. Judah has despised and rejected their own cities, which are now in ruins. And now, broken and mourning, Judah no longer regards man, whose breath is in his nostrils (Isaiah 2:22). 

May it be so in the church, Lord! Humble and break them so they mourn and no longer regard man!

All of Israel’s territories mourn and pine away. Lebanon is shamed and withers, Sharon is like a desert plain, Bashan and Carmel have lost their ability to produce fruit. Their leaves — the life source of a tree — have been shaken off.

Verses 10-12 —

When Judah is at the end of itself, the LORD will arise, says the LORD! Who will He arise against? The enemy of His people. Then He will be exalted. Then He will be lifted up. It is the same for you, O believer! When you are at the end of yourself, He will arise, and He will exalt Himself — you will see that He is not just an idea, but the God of heaven!

The enemies of Judah have not given birth to wheat that has nutritional value, but to chaff that is blown away in the wind. They have given birth to stubble, which is simply the bottom of the wheat plant, after the wheat has been harvested. It has no value, and provides no nourishment. They produce nothing of value. 

The LORD’s breath will consume His enemies like fire. Who are His enemies? The rebellious peoples — both those who reject Him and those who are His but rebel against Him — will be burned to lime. They will be like cut thorns that are consumed quickly when they are set aflame by the fires of hell. 

Verses 13-14 —

The LORD says to those who are far away (the Gentiles) and those who are near (the Jews) “Hear what I have done, and know (personally experience) My might!” NOTE: See Ephesians 2:17 for “you who were far away,” and “those who were near.”

What will be the reaction of His sinning people, and all peoples, when the LORD arises and does these things?  Sinners in Zion and in the church will be terrified. The godless (corrupt, defiled, polluted) will be seized with trembling. 

They will say, We are next! But who among us can live with the consuming (devouring) fire? Who among us can live with continual (everlasting) burnings! 

Verse 15 —

Here is a description of the one who will not burn in the day of the LORD’s judgment 

He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity (uprightly)

He who rejects unjust gain

He who shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe

He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed (plots to murder)

He who shuts his eyes from looking upon evil

Those who are righteous are those in whom the righteous King reigns. Those who are filled with His Holy Spirit are filled with His righteousness. Therefore, they will not burn in the day of His judgment.

Verse 16 —

The one who is filled with His righteousness will dwell on the heights, with the Lord. He will ascend to His holy hill —

Psalms 24:3  Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood  and has not sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive a blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

The LORD asks, does that describe you, beloved? If not, do not despair, but cry out to be filled!

His refuge will be the stronghold of rock. What is this rock? Oh, it is Jesus Christ (1Corinthians 10:4). 

And the Lord will give him his bread — he will be filled with that which satisfies, even the Holy Spirit, and his water will be sure because he is filled with the Lord’s living water!

Verses 17-19 —

O filled believer, your eyes even now see the King of kings in His beauty, and you behold the far off land of heaven. The day will come when you see Him face-to-face, and when you enter the kingdom of heaven, forever —

1Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.

You will remember the terror you lived through, before the Lord saved you and then filled you with His Spirit. Now, you no longer fear, for He has poured out His perfect love in your heart (see 1John 4:18). And He has given you His peace (John 14:27)!

You will say, Where are the ones I used to fear? Where are the deceivers? Where is he who counts deceitfully? Where is he who weighs with lying scales? Where is he who counts the towers, to determine whether a city can be overrun? All of them are gone!

You will no longer see a fierce people, a people of stammering tongue which no one understands — again, that was the sound of the Akkadian dialect spoken by Assyria and Babylon. O believer, the words of Satan, the father of lies (John 8:44), will have no effect on you — they will sound like unintelligible stammering!

Verse 20 —

Judah will behold Jerusalem, the city of their feasts unto the LORD. The land will be at peace, undisturbed and they will inhabit it.

This cannot pertain to natural Jerusalem, for they have continually been greatly disturbed. The tent of Jerusalem was folded up when Babylon destroyed it, and after the 70-year Babylonian captivity, Jerusalem and all of Judah and northern Israel were ruled by the Medo-Persians, and finally, by Rome.

Then, in 70 AD Jerusalem was completely destroyed by Rome. Even today, it is partially possessed by pagans, and is far from being undisturbed.

So this passage cannot pertain to natural Jerusalem, but must pertain to the heavenly Jerusalem, the heavenly Zion. It pertains to the realm where Jesus Christ is seated with His Father. He is the one for which the feasts are but a foreshadowing. It surely is at peace, for there is no evil there. It certainly is undisturbed. 

It surely is now and will yet be inhabited by those who are His, in even greater numbers than the myriads upon myriads and thousands upon thousands who now inhabit it. 

The heavenly Zion and heavenly Jerusalem surely will never be folded up. Its stakes will never be pulled up so as to destroy the markers of its territory. None of its tent cords will be pulled apart. It is the kingdom of heaven!

Verse 21 —

All who have repented and returned to Him, and all who are filled with His Spirit, they will see the place where the majestic LORD dwells. Jesus Christ returned there to prepare a place for those who obey Him (John 14:2-3). 

And He will be for them like a place of rivers and canals, on which no invader’s boat or oars will ever go, and on which no enemy’s mighty ship will pass. 

Indeed, Ezekiel sees the rivers, in Ezekiel 47:1-12. Go there, and read Ezekiel’s vision of the heavenly temple, and the rivers flowing from it!

Why will the majestic One be like a river, like wide canals? Because in His kingdom, Satan is defeated and the King of kings reigns. All of Satan’s vessels of war are nowhere to be seen! 

And even now, His rushing, flood-stage rivers will flow from the bellies of those who are filled with His Holy Spirit. Indeed, we find Him to be an endless source of living water!
Verse 22 —

Now, the Lord is your Judge, and He will judge in your favor. You do not fear His judgment, for you are filled with His perfect love! He has given you His law, written your heart. With King David, you cry —

Psalms 40:8  I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.”

He is your King! He rules and reigns in you. And He has saved you to the uttermost, even from your inborn sin nature (Hebrews 7:25, Galatians 5:24)!

Verse 23 —

As for the enemy’s mighty ships, the LORD says to him, “Your tackle hangs slack. It cannot hold the base of its mast firmly. It cannot spread out the sail. Your cargo will become abundant spoil, divided among the lame (humbled ones), who will take the plunder!”

If you have humbled yourself before the Lord, and cried out to Him to be filled with His Spirit, the enemy of your soul, Satan, will be plundered. You were his spoil, but now you are set free from the sin nature Satan loved to manipulate! 

He cannot escape the judgment of the Lord, because his ship’s tackle, all its ropes, winches and even its mast are weak. Its sails are now useless for escape!

Verse 24 —

Beloved, those who have repented and been filled with His Spirit will reside in the kingdom of heaven which they have inherited, for their sin nature is crucified and they no longer sin against the Lord. Paul writes this to the believers at Corinth   

1Corinthians 6:9   Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

No one in the kingdom of heaven will say, “I am sick,” for there is no sickness in the kingdom of heaven. Even now, I testify that Jesus Christ healed me of MS, and Jeff of damage to his heart from a massive heart attack. He arose, and the work of the enemy was plundered!

Those who dwell there have been forgiven for the sin they committed before their sin nature was crucified. Praise God for sending His Son to carry our sin on a cross!

Are you a citizen of the kingdom of heaven? Are you fully assured that you are His? Or have you rebelled against Him by continuing to sin against Him? 

If you have continue to rebel, cry out for the Lord to crucify your sin nature and fill you with His Holy Spirit. Then His kingdom will be set up inside of you, and you will stand before Him with clean hands and a pure heart, on the day of the Lord.

Lord Jesus, may believers hear and heed, so they and we are able to rejoice together in Your presence, forever and ever! Make it so, I pray. Amen.

FOUND WANTING

[SW405] 11/9/2019 message notes by 

Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2019

Found Wanting

Text: Daniel 5, etc.

Last Sunday, as I was praying for a lead for the next message, the Lord said, “Found Wanting.” I knew those were Daniel’s words to Belshazzar, king of Babylon, in Daniel 5, when he interpreted the Lord’s handwriting on the wall. 

Jesus Christ says it is the same with today’s church and today’s believers — they are found wanting by their Lord.

So, I will show you Belshazzar’s situation, the Lord’s handwriting on the wall, and Daniel’s interpretation. Then I will show you what it means for you.

Verses 1-4 —

Belshazzar held a great feast for 1,000 of his nobles. He was drinking wine in their presence. After he tasted the wine, he gave orders to bring the gold and silver holy vessels which his grandfather, King Nebuchadnezzar, had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem. 

Nebuchadnezzar never did such a thing, because he had quite an encounter with the Lord, as he himself described in Daniel 4:28-37. As a result, he revered the Lord, humbled himself before Him, and no longer was prideful and arrogant toward Him. So, the holy vessels were never used by Nebuchadnezzar.

But his grandson, Belshazzar, was arrogant toward the Lord. He knew about his grandfather’s encounter with the Lord (see Verse 22). He knew the holy vessels were from the temple of the Lord. He knew his grandfather had not used them to drink from. But he ordered them to be brought, in an act of arrogant defiance of the Lord.

When the vessels were brought, everyone drank from them — the king, his nobles, men, women, and even his concubines. And as they drank themselves drunk, they praised their false gods to whom they sacrificed their children.

Verses 5-6 —

But something interrupted their “party.” The fingers of a man’s hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the wall of the king’s palace. 

The drunken king saw the back of the hand that wrote on the wall. Then his face grew pale (literally, his cheerful demeanor suddenly was altered), his thoughts alarmed (terrified) him,  his hip joints (the source of his strength) went slack, and his knees began to knock together. 

He was terrified to the point where he lost all his strength, visible because his knees knocked together! Imagine the fear of those looking upon him — their arrogant, fearless king suddenly feared to such a degree that he became visibly physically weak!

Verses 7-9 —

Belshazzar wanted to know what the handwriting meant, but he could not understand it or interpret it himself. So he cried aloud for his conjurers, the Chaldeans (the professional astrologers, known as the Magi), and the diviners. Surely, they would be able to interpret it.

He promised that whoever could interpret the handwriting would be honored — clothed with purple, a necklace of gold around his neck, and be appointed as third ruler in Babylon. What a prize!

But despite the reward to whoever could interpret, none of those upon whom he depended and relied for wisdom could read or interpret the inscription on the wall.

So he became even more terrified, his demeanor became even darker. His nobles were astonished!

Verses 10-12 —

The queen heard what was going on in the banquet hall, so she entered, and told him about “a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods.”

She said that in the days of Belshazzar’s father (his grandfather, Nebuchadnezzar), illumination, insight and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him. And King Nebuchadnezzar appointed him chief over all those in whom he had relied in and depended upon for wisdom. 

She said Daniel had an excellent spirit, knowledge, insight, was able to interpret dreams, explain mysteries, and solve difficult problems. So, she said, “Let Daniel now be summoned and he will declare the interpretation.”

Verses 13-16 —

Daniel was approximately 81 years old at the time he was summoned to interpret the handwriting on the wall, per the commentaries I reviewed. He had faithfully and continually served the Lord and prayed for his captive brethren. And Belshazzar’s grandfather and father had humbled themselves before the one true God.

Belshazzar told Daniel he had heard about him, and that his own wise men and conjurers could not interpret the handwriting on the wall. He offered the same reward to Daniel as to his wise men — a purple robe, a necklace of gold, and authority as third ruler in the kingdom of Babylon.

Verses 17-21 —

Daniel refused the reward. But he said he would read the inscription and give the interpretation to the king.

But before reading and interpreting the inscription, Daniel rebuked the king. It was at the hand of the Most High God that Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom was great. Nebuchadnezzar elevated whomever he wished and humbling whomever he wished. 

Daniel reminded Belshazzar of Nebuchadnezzar’s pride and arrogance, and that he became so proud that the Lord took his glory away from him, and he was driven away from all mankind. He ate and behaved as an animal behaves and eats, until he recognized that (knew and made known that) the Most High God is the One who sets up kingdoms and their kings, just according to His will. 

Verses 22-23 —

But Daniel said Belshazzar had not humbled his heart, even though he knew all that had happened to his grandfather. Instead, he exalted himself against the Lord of heaven, drinking from that which was holy unto the Lord while praising false gods that do not hear, see or understand. 

But the God in whose hand was Belshazzar’s life-breath (soul) and all his ways, he had not glorified. Instead, he had arrogantly defied God.

Verses 24-28 —

Because Belshazzar exalted himself against the Lord and not glorified Him, the hand was sent from Him, and this inscription was written out —

MENE, MENE, TEKEL UPHARSIN (plural of PERES)

This is the interpretation, said Daniel —

MENE. MENE — God has numbered (counted, judged) your kingdom and put an end to it. (The end will be sudden and soon, for the Lord repeats “MENE” twice.)

TEKEL — You have been weighed in the scales and found deficient (wanting, failing).

PERES — Your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians (Paras, in Aramaic).

Verses 29-31 — 

Then Belshazzar gave orders, and Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold necklace was placed around his neck, and he issued a proclamation that Daniel was now third ruler in the kingdom. He recognized that Daniel’s interpretation was correct. But Belshazzar did not repent before the Lord.

That same night, Belshazzar, the king of Babylon, was slain. Indeed, his kingdom was suddenly and quickly taken away from Belshazzar and given to the Medo-Persians. Darius the Mede received the kingdom at about the age of 62, and the commentaries note that Cyrus king of Persia ruled concurrently with him until Cyrus was formally coronated as king.

Interpretation for today’s church and today’s believers 

Verses 1-4 —

Just as with Belshazzar, you have become arrogant against God your Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. How? First, you worship the god of self in your body which should be the temple of the Holy Spirit. Second, you worship the god of self in what should be Jesus Christ’s holy church (Ephesians 5:27). In the Lord’s eyes, what you are doing is an act of arrogance and defiance against Him that is just as grievous as Belshazzar’s acts.

From the pulpits to the pews, you have misrepresented the Spirit-inspired Word of God, saying that what God has called sin is no longer sin. You have called evil good and good evil.

Paul and Peter exhorted believers because they took the Word of God lightly and writing these words —

2Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

2Peter 1:20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

But you disregard their exhortations, and take the Word of God lightly — brushing it aside, discounting it, laughing it off, looking the other way, paying no attention to it, turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to it.

Why do you take His Word lightly? Because you prefer to make God into what pleases your sin nature. Thus, you have fashioned your own false god, one that pleases the god of self, whose root is your sin nature. In doing so, you dishonor the One you call Father.

Because you take the Word of God lightly, just as Belshazzar took the holy vessels from the temple lightly, you have also rejected Jesus Christ’s words and commands about the Holy Spirit, and have determined that you do not need “it.” Thus you dishonor Jesus Christ, whom you call your Lord, and insult the Holy Spirit.

As a result of your arrogant scoffing at Jesus Christ’s words and commands about the Holy Spirit, you have only a form of godliness (2Timothy 3:5) while denying its power. You refuse to seek to be holy as God is holy, and perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48, 1Peter 1:16). 

Because you take the Word of God lightly — brushing it aside, discounting it, laughing it off, looking the other way, paying no attention to it, turning a blind eye and deaf ear to it — many believers and their churches are like the five churches to whom Jesus Christ writes, in Revelation 2 & 3. He exhorts them to repent or be judged by Him!

You have relied on and trusted in man’s wisdom and man’s ways. You have used human logic, intellect and reason to explain the Lord, instead of steadfastly believing His words and obeying them. You have applied human rules to Him, and expect Him to follow them. Thus, you defy and attempt to negate the wisdom of the one true and holy God.

Your own minds have created a bloodless gospel that requires no repentance from sin. Thus, you trample on the Lord’s blood, sacrificed for you (see Hebrews 10:29). 

But because of His great mercy, the Lord warns you today, through the writer of Hebrews, so that you are not terrified like Belshazzar who saw the handwriting on the wall —

Hebrews 10:30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Verses 5-23 —

Fingers are poised to write on your walls, O church, O believer! Your wise men, philosophers, psychologists, psychiatrists, theologians, and false prophets/preachers/teachers/leaders will not be able to interpret what the fingers will write. You will see the back of the hand sent by the Lord whom you and they do not know, the Lord toward whom you have been arrogant and defiant.

You will be terror-stricken by the appearance of the hand and the words that you cannot read or interpret. You will not realize that you will not be able to understand them because you are far from the Lord.  

You will hear of believers who are filled with the Holy Spirit and are thus able to interpret such things. You will send for them, and they will tell you what I have just told you.

O church, O believer, the Lord warns that He is about to write these words on your walls — MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. 

You have been found wanting.You have exalted yourself against the Lord. You have become arrogant, boasting in your own wisdom and ways. You have exalted, relied upon, trusted in, and worshiped the god of self instead of the Lord. You have not heeded the warnings that He has sent to you again and again, through His prophets.

When the Spirit-filled believers interpret the handwriting, you will see that the church you have fashioned with your own hands and the worldly kingdom you have fashioned with your own hands is not the Lord’s church, nor His kingdom. Then you and your man-made things with which you worship the god of self will be destroyed in a moment of time, just as with Belshazzar. 

And the kingdom of heaven will be suddenly and quickly given to those who have believed the Lord’s words and obeyed His commands. It is just as Jesus Christ said to the Jewish leaders who worshiped God outwardly but were arrogant and defiant toward God the Son, whom God the Father sent —

Matthew 21:31 “ . . . Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. 32 “For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.”

But if you feel remorse, then know that today, the window of repentance is still open. Therefore —

Isaiah 55:6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

Isaiah 55:7  Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. 

Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Lord Jesus, I have spoken all the words You asked me to speak, and have not left out a word. May there be ears to hear and heed, I pray. Amen.

ISAIAH SESSION 32 — WHEN THE KING REIGNS

Text: Isaiah 32

If I were going to give today’s teaching a title, it would be, “When the King Reigns.” The LORD shows Isaiah a king, but he is not an earthly king of Judah or Israel. Why? 

After the Assyrian exile of northern Israel and then the Babylonian exile of Judah, there were no more kings in Israel, to this very day — well, except for the King of kings! His kingdom is not of this world, but is established inside of those who are filled with His Holy Spirit, after they have believed into Him. The King of kings says this —

Luke 17:20   And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within (inside) you.”

So, I will glorify the King of kings by speaking as one in whom He reigns.

But as usual, I am getting ahead of myself! Let’s look at the text, and wonder and marvel at God’s truth!

Verse 1 —

The LORD gives Isaiah a vision of a king who will reign righteously, and whose princes (children) will rule justly. The LORD our Righteousness —

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

And who are His princes (that is, the children of the King)? Oh, when the King reigns, He will be accompanied by a royal priesthood, filled with His Spirit and therefore His justness, a people for God’s own possession, so we may proclaim the excellencies of Him who brought us out of darkness and into His marvelous light (1Peter 2:9)! 

Verse 2 —

Each member of this Spirit-filled royal priesthood will be like a refuge from the wind and a shelter from the storm. We rest in the shadow of the wings of the King (Psalm 91:4)! And we invite you to do likewise, by asking your Father to fill you with His Spirit!

We are filled with rushing, flood-stage rivers of living water (John 7:37-39), as we walk about the dry country of the dying church and the dying world. And we are like the shade of a huge (glorious) rock, even the rock which is Christ, in the parched land that is the dying church and the dying world. Paul says —

1Corinthians 10:4 and all (in the wilderness wanderings of Israel) drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.

Verse 3 —

And when we encounter those who have eyes but do not spiritually see, they suddenly see! And when we encounter those who have ears but do not hear and heed the words of the Lord, they suddenly hear and heed! 

Verse 4 —

The mind (heart) of the hasty (rash, foolish) will discern the truth! They will receive discernment from the Spirit who indwells them fully. And the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak clearly! There will be no more confusion about the gospel in their speech or in their hearts. They will proclaim the gospel clearly!

Verses 5-6 —

Because filled believers have spiritual discernment, we no longer call fools (wicked persons) noble (exhibiting high moral qualities). And no longer will we speak of the rogue (mean-spirited, stingy) as generous. 

For a wicked person speaks nonsense, and his heart does wickedness. The wicked practice ungodliness and speak error against the LORD. They make hungry the hungry soul, and withhold drink from the thirsty. 

Oh, blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, we cry! Why? For they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6)!

Verses 7-8 —

Isaiah contrasts the rogue (mean-spirited) with the noble man (one who is highly moral because that one has become a partaker of the divine nature, per 2Peter 1:4).

The rogue has evil weapons. He devises wicked schemes. His desire is to destroy the afflicted (spiritually humble) with slander (words of falsehood), even though the spiritual beggar speaks justly.

Who is the father of the rogue? Listen to Jesus, and then Paul —

John 8:44 To the Jews who hated Him and wanted to kill Him — “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

2Corinthians 11:13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

But the noble man devises noble plans, and by noble plans he stands. In the original Hebrew to English, the words mean that the one who has become a partaker of the divine nature deliberates and advises correctly. And because the advice we give comes from the Holy Spirit, our advice is upright, and our wisdom will be shown to be true.

Verses 9-11 —

The LORD gives Isaiah words of warning to women (literally, adulteresses). Adulterous ones are males and females who are His, but worship other gods who are not gods at all, thus committing spiritual adultery.

The LORD says through Isaiah, “Rise up (get up from your bed of adultery), you spiritual adulteresses who are haughty and proud. Hear my voice. Give ear to my word, you complacent (careless) daughters (of Judah). 

Isaiah continues prophesying. Within a year and a few days, you will be troubled (tremble, fret), O careless ones, for the vintage is ended (shall fail) and the fruit-gathering will not come. It is a picture of famine.

Tremble, you who are haughty and proud. Be troubled, you careless. Strip, undress, and put sackcloth on your waist. You will mourn! Beat your breasts (mourn) for the pleasant (delightful) fields and the fruitful vine. 

I tell you the truth, there was no spiritual fruit in Judah, and there is little spiritual fruit in today’s church! Yet no one mourns, because they are blind to their spiritual condition, just like five of the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3.

Verses 12-14 —

What will replace the delightful fields and fruitful vines? Thorns and briars. Mourn for the joyful houses and the jubilant city (“yea” is not in the original Hebrew). There will be no joy, but only desolation and fear.

For the palace has been abandoned, the city of multitudes forsaken. Hill and watchtower have become caves (dens) forever. Wild donkeys and flocks will eat from the pastures. 

Forever! Israel remains spiritually poverty-stricken and spiritually destitute, for the Jews have not received the Messiah sent by their Father. 

Much of the church is the same, for they do not believe such things are “for today,” or have been taught that when you believe you are filled. But there is still evidence of the sin nature in them. It is a dead give-away, for when you are filled, the sin nature is crucified, beloved!

Forever! There will be no restoration until . . . 

Verses 15-16 —

Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high! Just as in Acts 2, the Spirit of the Lord will be poured out into all those who believe into Jesus Christ, and then see their spiritual poverty — that they cannot cease from sinning against the Lord —  and ask their Father in heaven for the infilling of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13)! 

Then the wilderness (the desert in them) becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field a forest! Spiritual fertility, spiritual fruit, will be borne by those in whom the Spirit dwells fully, with the Father and the Son (John 14:23)! These words are an echo of Isaiah 29:17 —

Isaiah 29:17  Is it not yet just a little while, before Lebanon will be turned into a fertile field, and the fertile field will be considered as a forest?

Then justice will dwell in the land that was once a desert, devoid of justice. Why? Spirit-filled believers, partakers of the divine nature, will dwell there! Because they dwell there, righteousness will abide (remain permanently) in the fertile field, for His righteousness remains permanently in them!

Verses 17-18 —

What will be the work (product) of righteousness? The righteousness of Christ in filled believers produces peace! It is peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7), peace in all circumstances (2Thessalonians 3:6)! It is the peace of Christ, with which He promises to fill us! Listen to His words to His disciples about the coming infilling of the Holy Spirit 

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

What will be the service (effect) of this righteousness of Christ in filled believers? Quietness (repose, even the sabbatismos of resting from our works so He works in and through us), per Hebrews 4:9-10! And the effect will be confidence (trust) forever! It is impossible to distrust Him, when He has filled you with Himself!

Then, when the Spirit is poured out, believers will live in a peaceful habitation, safe places filled with His peace, and in secure (assured) dwellings, for they will be sure He is in them, and His peace has filled them! 

And they will dwell in undisturbed (quiet) resting places, having entered His rest!

Verse 19 —

There will be a time when hailstones fall, when the Lord pours out His wrath at the end of things —

Revelation 16:21 And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each,  came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe.

The forests — all who are haughty and proud — will fall! And the city, spiritual Babylon, will be laid low in a low place (it will sink into a depression, utterly humiliated) —

Revelation 18:10 (those who loved Babylon were) standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, “Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.”

Verse 20 —

But blessed you are who sow beside all waters, who send out the foot of the ox (in order to prepare soil for planting). In those from whom living waters flow, the seed of the Word of God will be sown in soil softened by the living waters flowing from their bellies! 

And the ox is a type, a symbol, of servanthood. Spiritually blessed are those servants sent out to prepare the soil with their living water, and plant the seed of the Word of God! 

Jesus says 

Matthew 13:23 “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

What is your response to Isaiah’s glorious picture of Pentecost? Will you believe it? Will you receive it? Will you cry out to be filled, so this prophecy is fulfilled in you? 

Oh, pray this way — Your kingdom come, in me! Your will be done in me! O Lord, crucify my sin nature and fill me with Your Spirit so that I obey just as every creature in heaven obeys!

Make it so, Lord Jesus, I humbly pray. Amen!

THE RAIN HAS COME!

[SW404] 11/2/2019 message notes by 

Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2019

The Rain Has Come!

Text: Joel 2:28-29, etc.

Jesus Christ has poured out the Holy Spirit! It first happened at Pentecost in Acts 2, after Jesus Christ rose from the dead, ascended, and was glorified. But this “pouring out” did not end then. Even today, the rain of His Holy Spirit is here, to fill the hearts of every Christian who repents and obeys Him!

The LORD promised His repentant people, through Joel —

Joel 2:28  “It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29  Even on the male and female servants (literally, bondservants) I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”

When the rain of the Holy Spirit was first poured out, Peter explained to those who were nearby, watching and wondering what had happened —

Acts 2:16 “. . . this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel: 17 ‘And it shall be in the last days’ God says, ‘That I will pour forth of My spirit on all mankind;  and your sons and  your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; 18 even on my bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit and they shall prophesy.’”

The rain has come! And no one is exempt, just as with salvation. Any who have believed into Christ — men, women, old, young, even those who are male or female servants to others — will filled to overflowing, if they repent for their sin and obey His command to stay and wait (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5). 
But what is it to stay and wait for the rain that has already come? It is no different today than it was for the 120 who stayed and waited —

Acts 1:14 These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

Continual devotion to prayer! They did not go out to do any ministry until they received what the Lord had commanded them to wait for!

Jesus promised the rain of the infilling of the Holy Spirit —

John 7:37   Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

And before that, the Lord GOD, the Father, promised —

Ezekiel 36:26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”

And now, the promise is fulfilled! What did the promise of the rain of the Holy Spirit mean, for believers who stay and obey?

No more hungering and thirsting for righteousness, for you have been filled (Matthew 5:6)! 

No more sinful heart, but a pure heart, so you shall see God (Matthew 5:8)! 

Therefore, no more struggling with sin, for Jesus Christ has set you free from it (John 8:31-36)! Your sin nature is crucified (Galatians 5:24)!

No more selfish motives, but compelled by the love of Christ to speak frankly and bluntly, and to hold up the banner of Jesus to sinners, both inside and outside of the church (2Corinthians 5:14)! 

No more hiding behind locked doors for fear of persecution and death (John 20:19), but bold proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:14 and throughout the rest of the Book of Acts)! 

No more a “silent Christian,” but a Spirit-filled believer who cannot stop speaking about what you have seen and heard (Acts 4:20)!

No more barrenness, but an abundance of the fruit of the Holy Spirit continually seen in you — God’s love, God’s exceeding joy, God’s peace, God’s patience, God’s kindness (literally, character), God’s goodness, God’s faith, God’s humility, and the Spirit’s control and strength!

No more hate and anger, but the divine love of God poured out in your heart to overflowing (Romans 5:5)!

No more separation from God, but intimate fellowship with God the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ (1John 1:3).

No longer walking the way you used to walk, but walking in the same manner as Jesus walked in this world (1John 2:6).

No longer the person you were, but as Jesus Christ is, so are you in this world.(1John 4:17).

No more defaming the name of Jesus by your actions, but you are His witness here, a living representation of Him (Acts 1:8). 

This is the experience of a Spirit-filled Christian. 

But wait! What about five of the seven churches in Revelation? They were not these things, even though the rain had come!

What about the believers in Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Colossae, and the believing Jews addressed in Hebrews? They were not these things, even though the rain had come!

What about many in today’s churches? They are not these things, even though the rain has come!

How can that be? Why are they not what they should be? They have not obeyed Jesus Christ’s command to stay and wait.

Why have they not obeyed? They have listened to false teachers/preachers/leaders who say —

— You do not need “it” (the Holy Spirit’s infilling) or

— You received everything when you first believed and were baptized in water

— God understands that you cannot help but sin

— All your sins are automatically forgiven — past, present and future

— Jesus came to make your life better 

— Jesus came to do good things 

— Jesus came to find out what it is like to be us 

None of these things are true. But many believe them, and thus, they believe into another Jesus. 

When the real Jesus is presented to them, they are offended, just as many infants in Christ were offended by Paul’s rebukes. They like their sin, and want to continue in it, and/or they do not believe it is possible to be set free from sin.

And tragically, many who believe into another Jesus fall away from this false faith in another Jesus. Many continue to sin and pay the price of it — separation from the one true God and His Son, Jesus Christ. 

And just as tragically, many of their false teachers are exposed as pedophiles, homosexuals, or thieves. Many false teachers question the truth of the Word of God. Many false teachers commit suicide.

The hearts of many believers are dry instead of filled with the rain that has come! Is it only the fault of their false teachers/preachers/leaders? The Lord emphatically says, “No!”

Christians who like to hear ear-pleasing words are also to blame. But they love what they hear! But they themselves are responsible to learn the Word of God on their own, and to stay and wait for the rain that has come, so they are able to discern the true from the false.

In the days of Jeremiah, the Lord spoke this to His people — both the false teachers and those who followed them —

Jeremiah 5:31 “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule on their own authority; and My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it?”

Jesus Christ commands those who are thirsty to come to Him and drink of the rain that was coming when He was glorified — seated once again at the right hand of His Father, the position He had eternally occupied — and the living water that would pour forth from those who would be filled with the Spirit, just as I spoke earlier, from John 7:37-39, beloved!

He died and rose and ascended and was glorified! The rain has come! 

O believer, you cannot make yourself holy. Man’s wisdom and ways are from men, and are like leaky, broken cisterns — you have no living water in you, if you depend on such things. You commit two evils, says the Lord —

Jeremiah 2:13 “For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

You must stay and wait for Him to make a new cistern in you, one that does not leak — He will give you a new heart, just as the Father promised! And then, He will fill you with the rain that has come. If you try to do it yourself, you commit two evils, He says!

Tragically, many of today’s Christian missionaries and preachers who have followed false teaching go out as leaky man-made cisterns, rather than staying and waiting for the rain that has come! They have great zeal, when they first go out. But because they do not have His living water, they fail and fall and become discouraged and disillusioned. But they are only disillusioned because their “Jesus” is an illusion — another Jesus!
Many Christians do not believe Jesus when He says that it is only when you are filled with His Spirit that you can be His witness here —

Acts 1:8 . . . you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

O believer! Do you see it? The rain has come, but you have missed it! You have been falsely taught, you have loved the ear-pleasing words of your preachers/teachers/leaders. You have loved your sin! You do not know the Word of God so as to discern the true from the false! 

If you see it, then repent for committing the evils of forsaking Him and hewing your own cistern! Stay and wait for Him to fill you with the rain which has come! He will surely answer your cry!

Lord Jesus, how wonder-full You are! You will supply every need of every believer, if they will heed Your commands! Let it be so, I pray! Amen.

SESSION 31 — GOING DOWN TO EGYPT

Text: Isaiah 31

If I were going to give today’s teaching a title, it would be, “Going Down to Egypt.” Why did God’s people in Judah seek help from Egypt, who defied the God of heaven? 

Why does today’s church and why do today’s believers seek help from man’s wisdom and man’s ways, and why do they seek help from the world system that defies God? It is an issue of the heart. Through Isaiah’s prophecy, the LORD will show you Judah’s heart, and I will show you your own heart. 

Verse 1 —

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, instead of seeking the LORD for His help! “Woe” is a lamentation, a weeping. Isaiah sees what the LORD will do with Judah, who ultimately fled to Egypt to escape the Babylonian invasion (Jeremiah 43:4 and forward)!

Judah has seen the LORD’s strength and His trustworthiness. He has rescued them multiple times, even from the Assyrians, when they tried to overrun Jerusalem —

2Kings 19:32   ‘Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, “He will not come to this city or shoot an arrow there; and he will not come before it with a shield or throw up a siege ramp against it. 33 “By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he shall not come to this city,”’ declares the LORD. 34 ‘For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’”

2Kings 19:35   Then it happened that night that the angel of the LORD went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead.

So, considering all that history, why does Judah rely on Egypt for help, instead of seeking the LORD’s help? Why does Judah rely on Egypt’s horses instead of relying on the LORD? Why does Judah trust in (go quickly to) Egypt’s chariots and Egypt’s cavalry, instead of going quickly to the LORD?

It is because Judah is far from the LORD. His people are sinning against Him by worshiping false gods who are nothingness and nothing —

Psalm 115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. 5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: 6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: 7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. 8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them. 

So, they are sinning, and their sin has made a separation between Him and them (Isaiah 59:1-2). That is His judgment upon His people who sin, then and now. 

They have not repented because they love their sin. But as I taught last time, He longs to be gracious! At the sound of their cry of repentance, He will answer. 

But Judah is not looking to the Holy One of Israel, who will do what He promises if they will repent! They do not seek the LORD! They do not want to repent. Instead, they add sin to sin by trusting in Egypt, its horses, its many chariots, and its strong cavalry. 

Just as Judah would be overrun by Babylon 150 years from Isaiah’s prophecies to her, today’s church is being overrun by Satan the deceiver, and the world system that defies God. Why? They have opened their doors wide to the world system, in order to keep their doors open! The  church is full of sinning believers and leaders. They mock those He sends to exhort them to repent, and warn them of the consequences of their sin! It was the same with Isaiah, Jeremiah, and all of the Lord’s prophets!

In today’s church, sin is celebrated and sinners are elevated to high positions, just as with Judah. Therefore, entire denominations and many sinning believers are separated from the Lord by the sin they have chosen to do, just as with Judah.
And just as with Judah, today’s church adds sin to sin by seeking help from man’s ways and man’s wisdom and trusting in and following the ways of the world system that defies God!

Why do they resort to man and the world? Just like Judah, it is because they are sinning, and sin separates them from the Lord! They do not see that they are being overrun. They do not see that His anger has set them aflame —

Isaiah 42:25 So He poured out on him (Israel) the heat of His anger and the fierceness of battle; and it set him aflame all around, yet he did not recognize it; and it burned him, but he paid no attention.

The Lord longs to be gracious to the church, and to His people Israel, but He has not heard a cry of repentance from them. Therefore, they are being, and will yet be, overrun by the world system in which they have chosen to trust. 

Verse 2 —

Judah’s leaders think they are wise to seek help from Egypt. Today’s church leaders are wise in their own eyes, and have decided it is wise to seek help from man and follow the ways of the world system that defies God! 

But the LORD is also wise — far wiser than Judah and today’s church! As high as the heavens are above the earth, so are His ways higher than our ways, and His thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9)! 

And He does not retract (leave undone) His words. He has warned them that they will perish if they go down to Egypt to try to escape Babylon (Jeremiah 42:22). Because they have refused to listen, they will perish! He will arise against the house of evildoers — the house of Judah who rebels against Him! 

And He will also rise against the Egyptians to whom they have gone for help. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, will overrun Egypt and all the people of Judah will perish with the Egyptians (Jeremiah 44:12)!

Jesus Christ has told sinning believers that unless they repent, He will erase their names from the book of life (Revelation 3:5)! So indeed, He will erase their names! He will not leave His warning undone, if they refuse to repent. 

To all the sinning believers in the church who say, “Lord, Lord,” Jesus Christ will say, “I never (never ever) knew you. Depart from Me, you who do evil!” (See Matthew 7:23.) 

He will also arise against all that the church has trusted in and relied upon. For those who do not repent, their end will be the lake of fire, for their names will be erased from the book of life (see Revelation 20:15)!

Verse 3 —

The Egyptians are men and not God. Their horses are flesh and not spirit. Man’s wisdom and ways are from man and not God. Man’s strength is in his flesh only. God’s strength is Spirit and life! 

Judah trusts man instead of God, and horses for strength instead of the LORD, who has defeated enemies on their behalf for all of their history! Why? Their sin has separated them from their God! He will not hear their prayers, except if they pray a prayer of true repentance and cry out for mercy! He will hear that prayer!

The church trusts in man’s ways and wisdom, in order to draw people to the church. But these techniques are from men and women, not from God. 

The church trusts in the strength of the world system that defies God but seems so successful. They join hands with it. But the world system is not God. They can only be saved by God, not by men, and not by the world! 

Because Judah and today’s church have defied Him, the LORD will stretch out His hand to discipline and punish them. Men of the world, whom they have sought for help, will stumble. Judah and the church, who have sought man’s help, will fall. And all of them will come to an end together. They will perish! 

O church, O believer, hear the warning of the consequences of your sin!

Verses 4-5 —

For thus says the LORD to Isaiah — A young lion growls (roars) over his prey. A multitude of false shepherds is called forth to save the prey from the young lion. 

But the young lion is not terrified at their voice nor disturbed at their noise. It will be the same when the LORD of hosts! The Lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5) will come down to wage war on Mount Zion and on its hill!

Yet, if Judah repents, He will protect Jerusalem like birds who swoop around their nest in order to drive off predators and protect their young. He will protect and deliver, He will pass over it and rescue it! He will do the same for the church, if she will repent!

Verse 6 —

Therefore repent! Isaiah cries, Return to Him from whom you, the sons of Israel, have so deeply (profoundly) defected (turned away, rebelled against) — first northern Israel, and now Judah! O apostate church, O sinning believer, you have deeply defected from the Lord! Repent!

Verse 7 —

Why should you repent immediately, Judah? Because He will receive you! Cast away your idols now, which your sinful hands have made for you as a sin! 

O church! cast away the idol of self (man’s wisdom, man’s ways,) which you have made, cast away the false Jesus you have created, cast away the world system which defies God and cannot save you!

But if you do not repent, O Judah, here is what will happen in your day of judgment: You will surely stand before the Judge, Jesus Christ, and you will surely cast away your silver idols and your gold idols when you see Him. But it will be too late! 

Why should you repent immediately, O church? If you don’t, you surely will stand before Jesus Christ on the day of the Lord, and when you see Him, you surely will cast away all of your trust in man and the world system. But it will be too late! 

Verse 8 —

The king of Assyria fell by the sword of his sons (1Kings 19:37). But a sword not of man will kill the Assyrian in this prophecy. So, I see that the “Assyrian” represents Satan. 

In the day of judgment, at the end of things, the Assyrian (Satan) will fall by a sword not of man. A sword not of man will devour him. 

Because it is the sword of the Lord and not a sword of man, Satan will not escape (literally, he will be unable to flee) the sword. He will join his children, and the false prophet, and the antichrist, in the lake of fire.

Verse 9 — 

Satan’s stronghold  (fortress) will pass away into thin air. He will be afraid! And his captains, his demons, will be terrified at the sign of Satan’s demise! The LORD declares it, so it will surely happen!

The LORD’s fire is in Zion and His furnace is in Jerusalem. Surely, earthly Zion and Jerusalem were restored after 70 years of captivity in Babylon. 

But His true fire and His true furnace (both symbols of His judgment) are in the heavenly Zion and the heavenly Jerusalem. The earthly Zion and the earthly Jerusalem are only a copy of the heavenly originals.

Believer, do not think you can hide your sin from God. Do not think you can deceive the Lord!  He knows every thought you think, and every sin that you do. Repent, while it is still today! O church, stop relying on man, whose breath is in his nostrils, for why should he be esteemed (Isaiah 2:22)?

Lord, may Your church and Your people Israel hear Your words from this passage of scripture, and repent immediately. So be it. Amen.

HE SENDS THE S-O-N AND THE RAIN

[SW401] 10/26/2019 message notes by 

Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2019

“He Sends the S-o-n and the Rain”

Text: Matthew 5:43-48, etc.

The sun and the rain are blessings, according to the Word of God, and my own experience. God the Father sends both upon those who love and obey Him and His Son, and upon those who rebel against Him and neither love nor obey Him. Jesus Christ says you are a child of your Father in heaven only if you do the same. 

In what way does He send the sun and rain? Surely, He does it in the natural. But beloved your Father in heaven also wants you to see that He sent the blessing of His S-o-n, and His Son sent the rain of the Holy Spirit. The Son and the Spirit are the answer to hate and all other sins. And no one is excluded from His blessing, if they will repent and turn to God, and believe into His Son!

In the first two verses of this passage, Jesus gives all believers a command —

Matthew 5:43   “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ 44 “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be (that is, be found to be) sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

In Verse 43, Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said . . .” and then He quotes Leviticus 19:18 and the rabbis’ version of Deuteronomy 23:6. But Deuteronomy 23:6 does not say, “hate your enemy.” The rabbis had twisted that scripture from “do not seek their prosperity (of those who persecute  you)” to “hate your enemies.”

I will use the Greek-to-English, which contains many more words than my NAS Bible —

So, Jesus once again contradicts the teaching of the rabbis, for He speaks these commands  

 But I say to you, Love the enemies of you, bless those cursing you, do well to those hating you, and pray on behalf of those who are abusing you, and persecuting you, so that you may be sons (the offspring) of your Father in heaven.”

How did God the Father bless those who hate Him? He sent God the Son, Jesus Christ, to boldly and bluntly speak to all people, exposing the condition of their hearts. Then God the Son blessed them by going to a cross to take the punishment that they and all who have rebelled against God deserved, so that if they believe into Him, they will no longer be under God’s wrath, but will be reconciled to God. 

You will do the same, for when you stay and wait to be filled with the Holy Spirit, He will crucify your sin nature and purify your heart. Your sin nature is the source of hate, just as it is for all human beings. So, you die to your sin nature, and hatred and all sin dies in you. 

It is when you are filled with the Holy Spirit that you are filled with God’s perfect love. 

It is only then that you are able to love your enemies, bless them, do good to them, and pray for those who abuse and persecute you. 

It is only then that you are the offspring of your Father in heaven.

It is then that you become Jesus Christ’s witness here (Acts 1:8), a living representation of Him and of your heavenly Father. 

It is then that you walk as He walked when He was on the earth. It is then that you are as He is in this world —

1John 2:5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected (completed — because you are filled with His love), By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

1John 4:17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

You will say to me, “I cannot love my enemies. I cannot help but hate them.” 

You yourself certainly cannot remove hate from your heart, but God the Father sent His S-o-n, and His Son sent the rain of the Holy Spirit! When you are filled with His Spirit, your sin nature — the source of all hate and sin — is crucified (Galatians 5:24). You love with God’s perfect love, which has filled your heart to overflowing —

Romans 5:5 and hope does not disappoint (make us ashamed), because the love of God has been poured out (gushed out) within our hearts through (by way of) the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Given to us! But just as you had to believe into the S-o-n who was given to you in order to be saved, you must also believe and obey the Son’s command to stay and wait for the rain of the Holy Spirit!

I will give a brief testimony of how God the Father loved me — His enemy — with His perfect love. For most of the first 42 years of my life, I rejected God the Father and God the Son, even mocking them. I was a new-ager. But then, Jeff and I were invited by my friend, Debbie to a supper at her church. 

When I returned home, I told Jeff, an atheist, “Something is missing in my life, and I think it is God.” He agreed to take me to Debbie’s church (I could not drive there myself, because I had the incurable disease called progressive MS). Soon after, we believed into Jesus Christ and were saved from the wrath of God and reconciled to Him. 

Do you see it? Jeff and I were God the Father’s enemies. But He caused His S-o-n to rise upon us! We saw His Son! And three years later, on September 1, 2001, His Son blessed me by healing me of MS.

Starting in April 2001, I prayed to know the Lord intimately, crying, “I want to know you that way!”And after I was healed of MS, I prayed for the power to testify of what He had done. 

On November 1, 2001, He blessed me again, answering my prayers by sending the rain of the Holy Spirit upon me, filling me with the Holy Spirit! Jeff followed, eight days later. Then Jeff and I loved our enemies with His perfect love, for it had filled our hearts to overflowing (see Romans 5:5)!

When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, the divine love of God that has filled your heart will compel you (2Corinthians 5:14) to speak boldly and bluntly about the condition of the hearts of your listeners. You will warn them regarding their sin and its consequences, just as Jesus Christ did.

And you will proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ’s salvation for whosoever will believe into Him! And you will proclaim His power to remove hatred and all sin from their hearts! You will not be able to stop speaking of what you have seen and heard (Acts 4:20)!

In this way, you will bless your enemies. How? If they believe the message, God the S-o-n will rise upon them, and they will see the S-o-n! They will be saved and reconciled. If they hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6), Jesus Christ will send the Holy Spirit’s rain, and they will be filled with the perfect love of God! 

Do you see it? You will do to your enemies that which is truly good! But you can only do what is truly good to them if you are filled with the Holy Spirit and the perfect love of God. If you are not, you will continue to hate them, and you will not do good to them, bless them, or pray for them.

When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you will pray for those who are your enemies. You will see them through the lens of Christ. You know what He did for you and in you. So, you will pray for them to see the S-o-n and believe, and then hunger and thirst for His righteousness, so He sends the rain of the Holy Spirit, to gush out the perfect love of God into their hearts. 

Do you see it? On both the good and the evil, the Father causes the S-o-n to rise and God the Son sends the rain of His Holy Spirit to fill hearts to overflowing with His perfect love. When His perfect love is in your heart, you will do the same! 

The Father sent the Son to those who hated Him. “So send I you,” says Jesus Christ (John 20:21). But He will not send you, O believer, if you still hate your enemies. He knows you will not go to those who hate you if hate is still in your heart. You will only go to them if your sin nature, the source of hate, is destroyed and replaced with the perfect love of God. 

Verses 46-47 —

If you have only the natural human love you were born with, you will only love those who love you. You will only greet (literally, embrace) those who greet (embrace) you. You will not love those who hate you, nor will you embrace those who hate you. But Jesus Christ says You will not be found to be a child of your Father in heaven if you love only those who love you. So you will have no reward from Him. He will judge you.

Why? Even those who are cheaters love those who love them, and even those who worship false gods embrace those who are their relatives. If you do as they do, then you are no different from them. You only have natural love, not His perfect, divine love. So He will judge you as He judges them.

But if you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then you have seen and believed into His S-o-n and then have asked His Son to send the rain of His Holy Spirit. You are filled with God’s perfect, divine love. 

It is then that you love both the good and the evil with the perfect love of God. Therefore, just as Jesus Christ did, you tell them about the condition of their hearts, proclaim the way of salvation to them. And you tell them that when they are filled, they will no longer hate, and they will no longer sin against God. You do good to them — the same good as the Father and the Son did to you!

Verse 48 —

Jesus concludes with this seemly impossible command — “Therefore, you shall be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.” His command requires that you must be inwardly changed — you must be filled with God’s perfect love by being filled with His Holy Spirit!

If I was not filled with the Holy Spirit, I could not obey Jesus’ command to be perfect as my Father in heaven is perfect. I could not love with His perfect love.

But I obeyed His commands to all believers, to stay and wait (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5). He commanded these things because they are essential for all believers. 

It was then that the Father’s perfect love filled my heart. 

It was then that sin no longer dwelled in me, including the sin of hate. 

It was then that I could be what He commands me to be. 

It was then that I spoke to people everywhere about the condition of their hearts and spoke the true gospel — salvation and deliverance from the sin nature, by being filled with the Holy Spirit after they believe.

It was then that I could be perfect as my Father in heaven is perfect, because my heart was filled with His perfect, divine love! 

It was then that I was able to love my enemies, bless those who cursed me, and do good to those who hated me, and pray on behalf of those who abused me and persecuted me.

It was then that I was found to be a child of my Father in heaven.

And it is the same for you, beloved. You cannot love like that, if all you have is natural human love. You cannot be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect until your sin nature is crucified and you are filled with His Holy Spirit and His perfect love. 

What is the condition of your heart, beloved? If  you have truly been saved, it is because He has caused His S-o-n to rise on you, and you have seen Him and believed into Him. 

But do you love with your Father’s perfect love? If you do not, now is the time to repent and ask His Son to send the rain of His Spirit upon you, so you are filled with His Spirit and His love. Do it while it is still today, for the day of judgment is coming!

Lord Jesus, I pray you would open ears and hearts to hear and obey what You have asked me to speak. Let it be so, I pray. Amen.

ISAIAH SESSION 30 — HE LONGS TO BE GRACIOUS

Text: Isaiah 30:18-33

If I were going to give today’s teaching a title, it would be, “He Longs To Be Gracious.” All that stands in the way is rebellion against Him. When we cry out in repentance, He will be gracious!

He longs to be gracious to Judah, if they will repent. He longs to be gracious to all believers, if they will repent. He is waiting to hear your cry! So, for both Judah and believers, I will use the pronoun “you!”

Verse 18 —

Isaiah says of the LORD, Therefore — that is, because it is in repentance and rest (sticking to the Lord like glue) that you will be saved — He longs (adhering to) to be gracious to you (to stoop down, to have pity upon, to show mercy)! It is His great desire to adhere to you, and for you to adhere to Him! How blessed are you, if you do it!

When you repent from the heart because you see the condition of your heart and mourn over it, He will adhere you to Him! He will pierce your ear, like the master who pierces the ear of his bondservant whose debt is paid, but when offered freedom, he chooses to continue to serve his master because he loves his master (Exodus 21:5ff)! Oh, do you love your Master like that, beloved? He has paid your debt of sin. Will you now serve Him, out of love?

Therefore (because it is in repentance and rest that you will be saved), He sits on high (He is exalted, He is above you). He is waiting to have compassion on you, to show His mercy to you.

Why does the LORD forgive those who repent and stick to Him like glue? Because He is a GOD of justice. He comes to a proper verdict in all whom He judges. He will show mercy to you because you have repented from the heart. 

Do you remember from our last session? In repentance and rest you will be saved (Verse 15)! Oh, enter His rest! It is a rest from your work of trying to make yourself good. Instead, ask Him to make you good on the inside! 

It is the sabbath rest of the infilling of the Spirit (Hebrews 4:9), a rest in which you rest from your works and ask Him to work in you, and then through you! It is so very different from the natural sabbath day that the New Testament believers coined a new word to describe it — sabbatismos!

Verse 19 — 

O people in Zion, inhabitant of Jerusalem, O believer, you will weep no longer! Why? At the sound of your cry, the Lord will surely be gracious (mercifully stoop down) to you. When He hears it, He will answer you. 

He waits to hear a cry of true repentance, a cry of repentance from the heart, from you! Then He will mercifully stoop down to you! 

Will you cry out, from the depths of your being? To cry out in true repentance means you fully understand that you have defied the Lord and rebelled against Him. And you are deeply grieved by your actions toward the One who is on high, the Lord your God!

Repentance happens when you see your spiritual poverty (Matthew 5:3) and mourn (Matthew 5:4). Blessed are you if you see it and mourn, for yours is the kingdom of heaven, and He will fill you with the Comforter, His Holy Spirit!

Verses 20-21 —

The LORD has fed you the bread of privation (distress) and given you the water of oppression (prolonged, cruel treatment). You have been distressed, you have been cruelly abused by Satan. The Lord has allowed him to sift you, so you will repent (Luke 21:13)!

The Lord has shown me that Isaiah 30:18-26 points to what happens when a believer is filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus says —

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.”

And then your Teacher will be permanently in you —

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

John 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

He has allowed Satan to buffet you. But when He hears your cry of repentance, He, your Teacher, will no longer hide Himself from you, but your eyes will behold your Teacher! You will see Him clearly! 

What will happen when He teaches you? You will hear Him clearly, and obey Him because your rebellious sin nature will be crucified! Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or the left (see Deuteronomy 28:14, Joshua 23:6ff).

O, humble yourself before the Lord. beloved —

1Peter 5:6  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time . . .  

Psalms 25:9 He leads the humble in justice, and He teaches the humble His way.

You will become the Amen to the Yes of the promise of His Spirit, (2Corinthians 1:20, Acts 1:4-5), when you cry out in repentance! May you see your spiritual poverty, through these words He has asked me to speak!

Verse 22 —

And you will do acts in keeping with repentance. You will defile the graven images overlaid with silver, your molten images plated with gold. You will scatter them as an impure thing (a menstrual cloth), and say to them, “Be gone!”

What is the god that you will cast away as if it were a menstrual cloth? The god of Self, whose root is the sin nature. You have worshiped you. 

But when you have repented from the depths of your being and are filled with the Holy Spirit, the god of Self will be cast away, for you will no longer have a sin nature! Instead, you will become a partaker of the Lord’s divine nature (2Peter 1:4)!

Verses 23-24 —

You have sought natural blessings from the Lord, but He is not pleased, for you ask out of your own desires, your own lusts for earthly things. But He is pleased, indeed, when you ask for the spiritual blessing of the infilling of His Holy Spirit! It is a heavenly thing, indeed, by which you will store up for yourselves not earthly treasures, but treasures in heaven! Jesus says 

Matthew 6:19   “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal . . .”

Isaiah describes natural blessing when he prophesies that when Judah repents, the LORD will give them rain for the seed which they will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be rich and plenteous. On that day, their livestock will graze in a roomy pasture (wide space). 

But the Lord will do far more for you, O believer, now that He has come and died and risen and ascended and is glorified at the right hand of the Father! He will make you spiritually prosperous — a witness of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8), walking as He walked and being as He is (1John 2:6, 4:17)! 

Will He do it? I know He will, for He has done it in me! When will it happen? When you see your spiritual poverty, mourn over it, repent from your heart, and ask Him to fill you with Himself!

Then you will go to work in His harvest fields, where the grain heads have matured and turned white for harvest (John 4:35). He will lead you into a wide space (Psalm 119:45), where you are free from slavery to sin (John 8:31-36). And you will produce much for the kingdom of heaven!

Isaiah describes beasts of burden — oxen and donkeys — who are given the very best food, even salted fodder, which is the most nourishing for them. Again, he is describing natural blessings.

But you who carry the gospel on beautiful feet (Isaiah 52:7) will give the very best nourishment to those you encounter, food that is pure and carefully prepared — the gospel! You will be the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13).

Verse 25 — 

Remember Peter’s exhortation that if you humble yourself before the Lord, He will lift you up? When He lifts you up, you will be like a lofty mountain, like a high hill!

And from your belly will flow rushing, flood-stage rivers of living water (John 7:37-39)! When will it happen? In the day of the great slaughter of your prideful sin nature and the collapse of the tower of your pride. 

Verse 26 —

Instead of the darkness of your despair, His light will be in you! The moon is the lesser light, and the sun is the greater light (Genesis 1:16). But when you are filled with His light, you, the moon, will shine as brightly as the sun. And Jesus Christ, the Son, will shine seven times brighter than you!

When will it happen? On the day that the Lord heals your fracture (brokenness). Brokenness always results from sin. When you repent, He will heal you of your sin by crucifying your sin nature! And He will heal the bruise He has inflicted upon you in order to humble you so you repent and ask Him to fill you with His Spirit! He has brought you low so that you will look up!

Verses 27-28 — 

Isaiah gives us a vivid picture of the coming of the name of the Lord. Judgment is part of His character (His name). Therefore, when His name comes, His judgment comes! Burning is His anger, and dense is His smoke! It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31)!

His lips are filled with words of indignation, and His tongue is like a consuming fire! It is an echo of Isaiah 29:6, when He says the enemies of His people will be punished with whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a consuming fire. 

He will come in like a flood, an overflowing torrent. His judgment will reach to the neck of the enemies of His people. What will happen to His people and the people of the earth who have defied Him and rebelled against Him?  He will shake them back and forth in a sieve —

Hebrews 12:26 And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” (See Haggai 2:7.) 27 This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire.

And He will put in the jaws of those who have rebelled and defied Him a bridle that leads them to ruin. They will be led down the broad path that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13)!

Verse 29 —

And you will have songs as in the night — in the same way that songs are heard during the feasts of Israel. You will sing as you view the destruction of the sin nature in you which was manipulated by the enemy of your soul, Satan! 

And you will be filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1Peter 1:8), and rejoice and go forth to the sound of a flute (the heavenly kind), as you ascend to meet with Him, by His Spirit. Who shall ascend to the hill of the Lord? King David tells us —

Psalm 24:3   Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity (evil, idolatry), nor sworn deceitfully.

O beloved, you will have clean hands (pure works) and a pure heart, when you are filled with Him! 

Verse 30 —

Isaiah appears to speak of Assyria’s demise, in the natural. But Assyria is a type of Satan, and this clearly speaks of Satan’s demise in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10). 

The LORD will cause His voice of authority (excellent, majestic voice) to be heard, and He will cause everyone to see the descending of His arm (His power), in fierce anger and in the flame of a consuming fire, with cloudburst, downpour, and hailstones! 

Verses 31-32 —

And at the voice of the LORD, Satan will be terrified. He will be struck with the rod of God!

Every blow of the rod of the punishment of Satan which the Lord will lay on him will be accompanied by jubilant praise from His people — the sound of tambourines and lyres. And He will battle Satan, brandishing His all-powerful weapons, and He will fight with those weapons. And He never loses a battle (see Isaiah 6:1)!

Verse 33 —

For Topheth (a place of human sacrifices to the false god Molech) has already been prepared for the king of Assyria — again, a type of Satan. The LORD has made the place of his demise deep and large. It is a funeral pyre of fire, with plenty of wood. And the breath of the LORD, like a torrent of brimstone, sets it afire. That is Satan’s end, and the end of all who defy the Lord and refuse to repent! He destroys Satan with a single breath from His mouth!

This word that the Lord has given me to speak is not for the world system that defies God, but for you who believe in Jesus Christ yet still rebel and sin against Him! 

Therefore, repent from the heart! He longs to hear your cry of repentance. He will answer when He hears it. He will crucify the sin nature that caused you to rebel. He will fill you with His light and His living water, when He fills you with His Spirit! 

Do not keep Him waiting, beloved. This is a limited-time offer. Seek the Lord while He may be found —

Isaiah 55:6   Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while He is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. (KJV)

Thank You, Lord, for showing me Your mercy, when I repented. You were waiting for me to turn to You, and answered quickly, when you heard my cry! May your church and Your people Israel do likewise. So be it. Amen!