ISAIAH SESSION 62 — ARISE! SHINE!

Text: Isaiah 60

If I were going to give today’s teaching a title, it would be this — “Arise! Shine!” Stand up! Become bright! O believer, Jesus Christ, your Redeemer has come! 

This chapter speaks of the effect of His coming, and the effect of His Holy Spirit on the hearts of all who obey His command to stay and wait (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5). Beloved, it is then that you will surely stand up, and become bright with His very light!

Some of the prophecies given to Isaiah were applicable to Judah at the time he gave them, and also looked to the future. The Lord’s words through Isaiah in this chapter clearly speak of the future, when the Redeemer would come, when He would pour out His Spirit, and when the final judgment has been completed, at the end of things. 

Surely, Cyrus, king of Persia, ordered his people to give silver, gold and other treasures to the returning exiles, for the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. But the nations did not help them rebuild. Instead, they mocked Judah, and plotted to overrun them and kill them (Nehemiah 4:1-11)! When Darius, king of Persia, issued a decree that all the nations surrounding Judah cease from attacking them and pay the full cost of the rebuilding, or they would be impaled on a timber (Ezra 6:1-12). Needless to say, they stopped, and paid the full cost for the rebuilding!

The sons and daughters of the exiles did return and multiply. But again, this passage refers to sons brought from afar, just as in Isaiah 49:18-21. So it is a prophecy of the ingathering of the peoples (non-Jews)! And beloved, that ingathering has been happening since Acts 2!

So as with Isaiah 59:20-21 and other passages in Isaiah, this chapter prophesies the coming of Christ and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, I will interpret it from a spiritual perspective. And Verses 11-22 pertain to the end times, after His final judgment is completed. 

The Lord asks you to compare yourself with His words in this chapter, just as I always compare myself with His Word. Have you stood up? Have you become bright with His very light? Have you asked Him to make you shine with His light?

Verse 1 —

The LORD continues His announcement of the coming Christ and the coming infilling of the Holy Spirit, saying —

“Arise (stand up), shine (become bright); for your light has come, and the glory (brilliance) of the LORD has risen upon you (literally, illuminates, shoots forth beams).” 

Jesus Christ, the Light of the world (John 8:12) will shoot His beams of divine light on you, so you see that He is your Savior, and then shoot them forth from you, when you obey His command to be filled with His Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). Then the Light of the world will permanently fill you with Himself, the Father, and the Spirit (John 14:23)! Then His light will shoot forth beams from you, illuminating everyone around you! 

So stand up, O believer, repent for your sin, and ask your Father in heaven to fill you with His Spirit (Luke 11:13)! Listen to Paul’s words, as he exhorted the sleeping believers at Ephesus to be filled with the Holy Spirit so Christ’s light would illuminate them and shine from them 

Ephesians 5:14 Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead,

and Christ will give you light.” (NKJV)

Verses 2-3 —

The LORD continues —

“For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep (thick) darkness the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you (again, illuminate, shoot forth beams) and His glory will appear (be seen) upon you (literally, out of you). 3 Nations will come to your light (illumination, and kings to the brightness (radiance) of your rising (shining).”

Just as Isaiah prophesied earlier of the coming light of Christ and the coming light within Spirit-filled believers —

Isaiah 9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.”

Jesus Christ was that light when He walked the earth, and now you are that light! His glory (His weighty presence) will be seen as a light that shines out from you! You will shine so brightly that all peoples will come to your illumination, and kings to the radiance of your shining! You will be His witness here, just like He promised to all who obey His command to be filled (Acts 1:8)! Oh, believer! Arise! Shine!

Verse 4 — 

The LORD says, “Lift up your eyes round about and see; they all gather together, they come to you. 

Your sons will come from afar, and your daughters will be carried in the arms.”

This passage refers to the ingathering of spiritual offspring from afar — from among non-Jews, just as Isaiah prophesies in 49:18-21. Surely, it happened when the 120 Jews who obeyed Jesus’ command were filled with His Spirit and went out to evangelize.

And it continues today with Spirit-filled believers, both Jew and non-Jew. Even to the ends of the earth, spiritual children are being born!

Verses 5-7

The  LORD continues, “Then you will see and be radiant (sparkle like a running stream), and your heart will thrill (stand in awe) and rejoice (enlarged, i.e., bursting with joy), because the abundance of the sea (a metaphor for peoples) will be turned (turned over) to you, the wealth (resources) of the nations will come to you. 6 A multitude of camels will cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah (lands established by the sons of Abraham, by his second wife); all those from Sheba (Ethiopia) will come; they will bring gold and frankincense, and will bear (proclaim) good news of the praises of the LORD . . . All the flocks of Kedar (Ishmael’s descendants, nomadic wilderness tribes) will be gathered together to you, the rams of Nebaioth (again, Ishmael’s descendants) will minister to you (serve you); they will go up with acceptance (will be acceptable) on My altar, and I shall glorify My glorious house.”

Again, Judah did not prosper in the way the LORD describes here, when they returned from exile, so this cannot refer to them, at that time. But the LORD promises that Spirit-filled believers will see all those who are gathered in, all their spiritual offspring, and will sparkle like running streams, for they are filled with streams of living water (see John 7:38)! 

The hearts (innermost beings) of Spirit-filled believers will be awestruck over all their spiritual offspring who have come to faith and are filled with the light of Christ! Their hearts will be enlarged, swelling with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1Peter 1:8)!

The abundance of the sea — a symbol of all mankind — and the wealth of the Gentiles — a symbol of all nations — will be turned over to His kingdom, as members of every tribe and tongue and nation and people believe into Jesus Christ! The multitude of camels is symbolic of spiritual bountifulness. The gold and frankincense are symbols of purity and worship, respectively.

The lands in these verses refer to Jesus Christ’s sheep from among Ishmael’s descendants, who were enemies of Israel. They will be gathered together, as they hear His words through those who carry His gospel on beautiful feet! They will become humble servants and worshipers of the Lord. In view of the Lord’s great mercy to them, they will offer themselves to the Lord on a spiritual altar, as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable, which is their spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1).

By these means, the Lord will be greatly glorified, because what He does in human hearts can only be done by Him! And His beautiful houses — those in whom He fully and permanently dwells — will be glorified, filled with His glory!

Verses 8-9 —

“Who are these who fly like a cloud and like the doves to their lattices? 9 Surely the coastlands will wait for Me; and the ships of Tarshish will come first, to bring your sons from afar, their silver and their gold with them, for the name of the LORD your God, and for the Holy One of Israel because He has glorified you. 10 Foreigners will build up your walls, and their kings will minister to you; for in My wrath I struck you, and in My favor I have had compassion on you.” 

Again, spiritual prosperity and great numbers of spiritual children will be produced by those who are filled with His light and His glory! Many will fly to them, like a cloud of birds that settle among those who love and obey the Lord! Spiritual offspring will come and glorify and praise the Lord, and proclaim His good news, for they also have been glorified by being filled with His Spirit. 

Spirit-filled non-Jews will build up each others’ walls, for they are living stones that are part of the spiritual house that the Lord is building (1Peter 2:4). Those who have been made a royal priesthood, a holy nation (1Peter 2:9) will minister to the Lord, for they have been made holy and pleasing to the Lord!

In His wrath, the Lord struck His people, and the nations, for the nations rejected Him and His own people rebelled against Him. But now, in the favorable day of the Lord announced by Jesus Christ (Luke 4:19), He has shown mercy to them by giving new, obedient hearts to those who stay and wait to be filled with His Spirit!

Verse 11-12  —

“Your gates will be open continually; they will not be closed day or night, 

so that men may bring to you the wealth (power) of the nations, with their kings led in procession. 12 For the nation and the kingdom which will not serve you will perish, and the nations will be utterly ruined.”

The gates of a city were always closed at night, to keep out animals and criminals. So, these verses pertain to the end times, when the Lord’s final judgment has been completed —

Revelation 21:25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed . . .

There will be no night, and the Lord God will be their light —

Revelation 22:5 And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

Then all who love and obey Him and shine for Him will come — all the royal priesthood, the holy nation! But as for those who have rejected Him and rebel against Him, they will perish — they will be utterly destroyed.

Verses 13-14 —

“The glory of Lebanon will come to you, the juniper, the box tree and the cypress together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary; and I shall make the place of My feet glorious. 14 The sons of those who afflicted you will come bowing to you, 

and all those who despised you will bow themselves at the soles of your feet; 

and they will call you the city of the LORD, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.”

The different kinds of wood described here are symbolic of the many nations that will be represented by Spirit-filled believers. It is because He has filled them that He says, “I will make the place of My feet glorious.” He will fill obedient believers with Himself. So they themselves will become the place of His feet, filled with His glory — that is, His Holy Spirit and His light! 

Those who had persecuted believers will then come and bow down and humble themselves before these Spirit-filled ones. They will bow themselves at their feet and call these Spirit-filled believers the city of the LORD — the place where He dwells — the spiritual Jerusalem of the Holy One of Israel, for He no longer dwells in Jerusalem, but in the hearts of Spirit-filled believers!

Verses 15-16 —

“Whereas you have been forsaken and hated with no one passing through, 

I will make you an everlasting pride, a joy from generation to generation.

16 You will also suck the milk of nations and suck the breast of kings. Then you will know (intimate knowledge, as in a marriage) that I, the LORD, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Jerusalem and Judah endured great devastation. Most of the city was impassible, even by horse (Nehemiah 2:14). The LORD had forsaken Jerusalem and Judah because His people had worshiped false gods.

It is the same today, beloved. Many believers live in utter devastation, because they worship the god of self whose root is the sin nature they were born with. But when He fills them with His Spirit, He crucifies the sin nature (Galatians 5:24) and fully indwells them. By filling them, He will make them His everlasting pride, and a joy from generation to generation — that is, He will continually rejoice over the work of His Spirit in each believer’s heart, and so will the believers whom He fills!

To suck the milk is to receive nourishment. All Spirit-filled believers — kings and people from all nations — will be the source of spiritual nourishment for Jews who have not yet believed into their Messiah and been filled with the Spirit. When the Jews partake of the spiritual nourishment brought to them, they will be filled with the Spirit and know by experience that the Lord is their Savior and Redeemer, and the Mighty One of Jacob (Israel)!

Verse 17 —

“Instead of bronze I will bring gold, and instead of iron I will bring silver, and instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stones, iron. And I will make peace your administrators and righteousness your overseers.”

Bronze is an alloy, an admixture, a combination of several metals. It is an admixture. Gold is pure when it has been refined. It is the same with iron, an admixture, versus silver, which is pure when it has been refined. Before you are filled with the Spirit, your heart is filled with an admixture — you have a form of love for the Lord, but your sin nature is alive and well. But after you are filled with the Spirit, the sin nature is crucified, and your heart is made pure! Who purifies your heart? Jesus Christ is your and my Refiner, beloved —

Malachi 3:1   “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts. 2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3 “He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.

Gold, silver, bronze and wood were the materials used to build the temple. In light of that, again recall Peter’s words —

1Peter 2:4   And coming to Him (Christ) as to a living stone (1Corinthians 10:4) which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Verse 18 —

“Violence will not be heard again in your land, nor devastation or destruction within your borders; but you will call your walls salvation, and your gates praise.”

At the end of things, after the final judgment, the new heavens and new earth will be a place of peace, and no evil will exist there. The apostle John writes —

Revelation 21:27 and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Walls of salvation and gates of praise! Those who love and obey Jesus Christ will be saved to the uttermost, and every time they open their mouths, praise comes forth!

Those who enter the kingdom of God will endlessly praise the Lord. David sings of the earthly Zion, with a prophetic view toward the heavenly city —

Psalm 9:13 Be gracious to me, O LORD; see my affliction from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death, 14  that I may tell of all Your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion (Jerusalem), I may rejoice in Your salvation.

This is a great cause to rejoice, if you love and obey the Lord! Oh, my! Tell of all His praises, praise Him to the utmost, for He has saved you and made you arise and shine with His light! Indeed, O sinning believer, lift up your head, that the King of glory may come in (see Psalm 24:7)! 

Verses 19-20 —

“No longer will you have the sun for light by day, nor for brightness will the moon give you light; but you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, and your God for your glory. 20 Your sun will no longer set, nor will your moon wane; for you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, and the days of your mourning will be over.”

This is a description of the new heavens and the new earth, as the Apostle John writes —

Revelation 21:22   I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; 26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.

Verses 21-22 — 

“Then all your people will be righteous; they will possess the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified. 22 The smallest one will become a clan, and the least one a mighty nation. I, the LORD, will hasten it (make haste to do it) in its time.” 

After the judgment of the wicked, all that will be left are those who are filled with His glory (His Spirit), whom He has made holy and righteous on the inside. Paul gives us the reason why the Lord poured out His Holy Spirit —

Ephesians 5:27 . . . that He might present her to Himself a glorious church (filled with His glory), not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish (unable to be accused). (NKJV)

Those who are filled with the Holy Spirit will be the branch of the Lord’s planting, strong oaks of righteousness who will glorify the Lord because He is the one who planted them, and He is the one who has made them righteous on the inside, as the LORD says through Isaiah — 

Isaiah 61:3b . . . So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

And they and their spiritual offspring will be a mighty (powerful and numerous) nation —

1Peter 2:9   But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

Here and now, the LORD will make haste to bring it about suddenly and quickly, if you obey the essential and absolutely necessary command of Jesus Christ to be filled with His Spirit (Acts 1:4-5), just as when the first fulfillment of the feast of Pentecost, the infilling of the Holy Spirit happened (see Acts 2:1-3).

Beloved, many of you are sleeping! So repent!Arise! Stand up! Shine! Become bright by being filled with the Holy Spirit, as Jesus Christ commands! Stand up from among the dead ones, and Christ will shine on you, and then from within you!  Do not be foolish, but recognize that the will of the Lord is that you immediately ask Him to do n you that which is described in this chapter! 

Then you will glorify Him, and your heart will swell with joy unspeakable and full of glory! Do not be foolish, but recognize that the will of the Lord is that you immediately ask Him to do in you all that is described in Isaiah 60!

Lord Jesus, may those in Your sleeping church awaken, arise, and shine! Let it be so, I pray. Amen!

THE WARRING CHURCH

[SW433] 05/30/2020 message notes by

Pastor Susan J. Wynn

“The Warring Church”

Texts: Isaiah 45:9, 64:8, etc.

A strange thing has happened to the church! O infants (1Corinthians 3:1) in today’s so-called church —  from denominational headquarters to the pews! You wage war against the One who made you! Woe to you! Your actions reveal that you do not know the Lord, for if you did, you would never wage war against Him! 

Today’s infants in the so-called church are no different than God’s rebellious people in the days of Isaiah. The Lord says —

Isaiah 45:9  “Woe to him who quarrels (wages war) with his Maker — an earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, What are you doing? Or the thing you are making say, He has no hands (with which to make me)?”

I know your heart, by your words and actions. I know your heart, because I was just like you, until I obeyed Jesus Christ’s commandments to stay and wait to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5). I waged war against the Lord, just as you are waging war against Him!

In what way do you wage war against the Lord? Both infant leaders and the infants who love their words wage war against Him in these ways —

— You brazenly remake your Maker into your image, thus creating the god of self, because you have chosen to reject the truth that you are the clay, and He is the Potter! 

  You brazenly fashion Him into your own image, because you have chosen to see yourself as wiser than Him. You say God is love, that is all He is, and so He will not punish you for your rebellion.

— You brazenly judge Him because you have chosen to believe that you have every right to judge Him, accusing Him of being unfair, believing His Word is “not for today,” declaring that His requirements are ludicrous, accusing Him of being weak and of being unresponsive to your demands! 

— You brazenly insist that the Word of God simply represents the opinions 

of the men who wrote it, and that God the Holy Spirit did not give the writers the words to write (2Timothy 3:16). Therefore, you have chosen to believe that you can change it to reflect your own opinions.

Today’s infant leaders are no different than the Pharisees whom Jesus Christ rebuked —

Matthew 15:6 . . . “And by this you invalidated (disavowed, denied) the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: 8 ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me. 9 But in vain (so as to manipulate Him) do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts (rules, sayings) of men.’”

They disavow and deny the truth of God’s Word, instead following church traditions that have sprung from the imaginations of men. They honor Him with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him. They worship Him only so they can attempt to manipulate Him. With their Bibles opened, they teach their own opinions, not the truth of the Word of God. They teach out of their own imagination —

Jeremiah 23:16  Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; they speak a vision of their own imagination, not from the mouth of the LORD. 17 “They keep saying to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said, “You will have peace”’; and as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, they say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’”

Because you wage war against Him, O infant leaders and the infants who love their words, He will wage war against you! Because you judge Him, He will judge you, unless you repent!

To wage war against God is completely contrary to the order of His creation. It is a reversal of roles, in which the creature tries to make the Creator a servant to carry out the creature’s plan. The creature even goes so far as to edit or delete those portions of the Word of God that conflict with the creature’s natural wisdom and treasured opinions. NOTE: Credit to John Oswalt, The New International Commentary on the Old Testament.

O infants! By your words and actions, you reveal that you do not believe that you are lowly clay pots that He has made! You say that He could not possibly have made you, because you simply evolved. 

You attempt to alter Him into a god who is a powerless bystander, a god who leaves you free to do and believe whatever seems good to you. Thus, you wage war against the Lord, and judge Him.

O infants, you do the same as many of God’s people in the Old Testament! You say you serve God but you do not know Him. 

The god you serve is a product of your sin nature— the god of self. You do not serve the God of the Bible. By your words and actions, you reveal that you do not love Him (John 14:24), for instead of obeying Him, you wage war against who He is and what He says!

When Judah rebelled against the Lord by serving strange gods in the land He gave them, He answered by destroying all that they trusted in and relied upon and sending them into exile in Babylon, where they served strangers in a land that was not their own —

Jeremiah 5:19 “It shall come about when they (that is, His people) say, ‘Why has the LORD our God done all these things to us?’ then you shall say to them, ‘As you have forsaken Me and served foreign (strange) gods in your land, so you will serve strangers in a land that is not yours.’”

They served strange gods in the land He gave them, so He sent them into exile in a strange land, where they were enslaved to strangers! According to your sin, He judges!

O infants, you have chosen to reject the Father and the Son and serve a strange god — the god of self. Though you sin and rebel and wage war against the Lord, you think you are destined for the kingdom of God. But unless you repent, you will not enter the kingdom of God (1Corinthians 6:10)! Why? 

By waging war against Him by worshiping the strange god called the god of self, you have chosen to separate yourself from the Lord, you have chosen to make yourself a slave to Satan, and you have chosen to be his slave in his strange kingdom. 

The Lord permits Satan to have his way with you (Luke 22:31), not wanting you to perish, but for you to come to repentance (2Peter 3:8). But if you do not repent while you are Satan’s captive, you will suffer the same judgment as Satan (Revelation 20:10, 15).

He exhorts infant leaders and infants in the pews who wage war against Him —

Isaiah 29:16 Ye turn things upside down! Shall the Potter be esteemed as clay; that the thing made should say of him that made it, He made me not; or the thing formed say of him that formed it, He hath no understanding (ability to instruct)? (ASV)

Just as the people of Judah turned things upside-down, O infant, you believe an upside-down gospel. The goal of infant leaders in the so-called church is to make Jesus Christ relevant to their infant followers. But you, O infant, are commanded by Him to stay and wait to be filled with the Holy Spirit, so you are relevant to His purpose. 

What is His purpose? He tells you, in His prayer to His Father on the night He was to be captured and sentenced to death on a cross —

John 17:20-21 “I do not ask on behalf of these (the Apostles) alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one (having His divine nature); even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

Through Jeremiah, the Lord exhorted Judah to repent and warned them of the consequences of their sin. But they did not listen. 

When the Lord’s words came to pass, and they were on the brink of being overrun by Babylon, they chose to brazenly believe they could deceive the Lord. So they lied about what was in their hearts, saying —

Isaiah 64:8  But now, O LORD, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our Potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand.

But He knew they were lying. Nothing is hidden from the eyes of Him with whom we have to do (Hebrews 4:13)! Today’s infants will do the same, trying to deceive the Lord! 

O infants, when you stand before Jesus Christ on the day of judgment, He will show you that you have chosen to wage war against Him, because you have believed the lies of infant leaders. 

You will speak words to Him that you think will keep Him from judging  and sentencing you. You will tell Him about all the good deeds you did — natural things that any kind-hearted person would do. You will tell Him you love Him. 

But He knows that you do not love Him, for you disobey Him and disbelieve Him! He knows your heart! Because you have waged war against Him, He has exiled you from His presence here and now. And if you do not repent, He will judge you in the day of judgment! Therefore, repent!

In His mercy, He announces a limited-time offer for those who repent —

Isaiah 55:6 Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. 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. 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the LORD. 8 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Repent and obey His commandments to stay and wait to be filled with the Holy Spirit! Then you will no longer wage war against Him. Instead, you will know Him in a holy, intimate way, so you will believe He is who He says He is. Your sin nature will be crucified, your heart will be purified and your heart will be filled with His love! Therefore, you will obey His Word always, and obey it gladly! (See 1John 1:3, Galatians 5:24, Acts 15:9, Romans 5:5, Romans 6:1-2.) 

Then you surely will be equipped to conduct spiritual warfare  against Satan and the lies he plants in the hearts of infant leaders and the infants they teach, in the so-called church (2Corinthians 10:5). And you will be one through whom the world will believe that the Father sent the Son!

Lord Jesus, may many infants see that they are waging war against You and the Father, and repent. Make it so, I pray. Amen.

ISAIAH SESSION 61 — HOW TO END YOUR SEPARATION FROM GOD

Text: Isaiah 59

If I were going to give today’s teaching a title, it would be this — “How to End Your Separation From God.” That is what the LORD teaches through Isaiah in this chapter, and throughout the Word of God. 

Your sin has made a separation between you and your God, O believer! But if you confess it and turn away from it, He will deliver you from it, beloved, by crucifying the sin nature in you (Galatians 5:24), and purifying your heart (Acts 15:9). Hallelujah!

In Verses 1-8, the Lord speaks through Isaiah, showing His people that their sin makes Him stand far off from them. In Verses 9-15, His people respond by agreeing with the LORD that they are sinning, and confessing that their hearts are wicked. But what strikes me is that in these verses, they do not repent!

In Verses 16-20, the LORD announces through Isaiah that He will deliver them from their sin, if they will repent. And in Verse 21, the LORD speaks directly to them, announcing the cure for their sinfulness — the coming Holy Spirit. 

Verses 1-2 

Isaiah speaks for the LORD, showing His people what separates them from their God — their sin! 

Isaiah says —

Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. 2 But your iniquities have made a separation (severing, division) between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.

It is not that he cannot hear you. It is not that He cannot reach out to you. It is not that the LORD cannot deliver you. At all times, He is fully able to hear you, and stretch out His hand from heaven to earth to deliver you. But He will not do it when you are rebelling against Him. He will not hear (give audience to) the prayers of sinners (John 9:31-33).

Here is the truth for all believers, then and now, beloved! Your sin has caused a separation between you and your God. You have refused to obey, so He will not respond to you until you repent from your heart, and ask Him to crucify your sin nature and purify your heart, by filling you with His Holy Spirit!

Verses 3-4 — 

Now, just as the LORD commands, Isaiah details the extent of their sin, saying —

For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity (twistedness); your lips have spoken falsehood (lies), your tongue mutters wickedness (evil). 4 No one sues (calls out) righteously (justly) —  to call for justice is in view — and no one pleads honestly (literally, judges according to His truth). They trust in (put their confidence in) confusion (worthless things) and speak lies; they conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.

Judah’s hands are defiled by the blood of their children whom they offer as sacrifices, burning them to death to please their false gods! Their hands, fingers, lips, and tongue are all defiled and wicked. 

They lie to the LORD, so they think, but He knows their hearts. Their tongues speak things that are perverse and twisted. 

They do not call out for justice to be done, but continually commit sin against the LORD. No one judges according to His truth. They all commit adultery by trusting in worthless things — their false gods! 

A pregnant woman goes into labor and brings forth a child, but His people are pregnant with evil, so all they can produce from themselves is the evil with which they are filled. They are inwardly twisted, so when they exert themselves as if in labor, they give birth to what is in them — twistedness.

Verses 5-6 —

Isaiah graphically speaks of how the sin of believers poisons and entraps them and everything around them —

They hatch adders’ eggs and weave the spider’s web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and from that which is crushed a snake breaks forth. 6 Their webs will not become clothing, nor will they cover themselves with their works; their works are works of iniquity, and an act of violence is in their hands.

Sin always poisons and brings death to both the sinner and to those who take in (eat) the evil they give birth to. But everyone else around them is poisoned, as well, for sinners give birth to poisonous eggs. When the innocent around them accidentally step on their eggs, adders (vipers) come out to poison them. 

Sinning believers spin spiders’ webs of deceit, but they become entangled in them. Walter Scott once wrote,“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” 

And the deceit that they spin in their webs is unable to hide the evil in their hearts. Their outwardly religious works will not cover them, because the LORD sees their hearts! He sees that behind their outward works are works of twistedness, and in their hands are violence that devastates and destroys others!

Verse 7-8 —

Isaiah concludes with the behavior of sinning believers, saying —  

Their feet run (rush) to evil, and they hasten to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity. Devastation and destruction are in their highways. 8 They do not know the way of peace, and there is no justice in their tracks; they have made their paths crooked. Whoever treads on them does not know peace.

His people rush to do evil, and hurry to offer their innocent children in the fire to their false gods, even the god of self that is worshiped in the church today! They attempt to destroy those who have done nothing against them, but are calling them to return to the LORD. God’s own people did this to God the Son whom He sent, and they do it today!

They are completely preoccupied with evil thoughts, because they are completely contaminated by their inner twistedness. As they commit wickedness, a wake of devastation and destruction follows after them, just as a boat produces a wake as it moves across the water.

All who follow them in their crooked paths do not know peace. There is no peace for the wicked, beloved (Isaiah 48:22 and 57:21)! 

I have personally seen the wake of devastation and destruction that results from unrepentant believers who ruin the lives of those to whom they do evil! I have personally witnessed the wake of devastation and destruction that results from the violation of innocent children by church members who are tares among the wheat! 

Yet when their sin is exposed, they do not repent!

In the end, the tares will be judged by the LORD —

Matthew 13:30 “Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

I have personally seen good shepherds driven away by those who are supposed to be the Lord’s sheep. I personally know many who have been so severely wounded, by such sheep, that they have given up and left ministry! 

Ah, but if those shepherds were filled with the Holy Spirit, they would keep on speaking and ministering, regardless of what they have to endure! When you are filled, you know that Christ heals all wounds and makes you steadfast, regardless of the evil around you, and even within the church (1Corinthians 15:58)! I testify it is true, for He has done it in me!

Verses 9-10 —

The LORD’s people now speak of the consequences of their sin, yet they do not repent! They say 

 Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake (reach) us; we hope for (look for, seek) light, but behold, darkness, for brightness (light), but we walk in gloom (thick darkness). 10 We grope along the wall like blind men, we grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble (fall down) at midday as in the twilight (night), among those who are vigorous we are like dead men. 11 All of us growl like bears, and moan sadly like doves. We hope for justice, but there is none, for salvation, but it is far from us.

Now God’s people confess that they are sinning against the LORD, and that they understand the consequences of their sin. They have chosen to be separated from the LORD, so they are far from His justice and righteousness. But they do not repent!

They hope for (look for, seek) light and brightness, but find only darkness (misery and destruction). They look for and seek brightness (light), but because of their sin, they walk in thick darkness.

So they grope like blind men, trying to feel out a wall that they can use as a guide. They fall down during the brightest part of the day just as they would fall down in darkness, for they have no light within them. Jesus Christ says —

John 11:9 . . . “If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 “But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”

They are not vigorous, but are like dead men. They growl and moan sadly. They look for justice from the LORD, but there will be no justice for them from Him until they repent. They look for salvation from the LORD, but it will remain far from them, until they repent.

How many have I seen and ministered to in the church, who are in the same condition! How I have prayed for them to repent and return to the Lord! Many do not heed my words that convict and also promise deliverance. 

Why do they pay no attention? They have believed the words of false teachers who have told them they can never be set free from their slavery to sin! Yet Jesus promises to do it (John 8:31-36)!

Verses 12-13 —

Now His people speak directly to the LORD, but they do not repent! It is astounding to me, though I have seen it many times, even among those who sit in the pews and preach from the pulpit. They say —

For our transgressions (rebellious acts) are multiplied (are ten thousands) before You, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions (rebellious acts) are with us, and we know our iniquities (perverse, twisted acts): 13 Transgressing (rebelling) and denying (disowning) the LORD, and turning away from our God, speaking oppression (cruelty) and revolt (rebellion) conceiving (bearing) and uttering from the heart lying words.

They know they are rebelling, and have committed sins against Him — ten thousands, which means more times than they can count. They know that their sinful acts testify against them as they stand before the LORD, who is their Judge. 

Their rebellion is with them wherever they go. They haul their cart-full of sin behind them —

Isaiah 5:18 Woe to those who drag iniquity with the cords of falsehood, and sin as if with cart ropes . . .

They know that they are doing perverse, twisted acts. They know that they are rebelling against and disowning the LORD. They know they have turned away from their God. They know their words are cruel, and that they have encouraged others to rebel against Him. They know that they give birth to and speak lies. Yet they do not repent!

Are you doing the same as God’s people in Isaiah’s day? Then repent while it is still today, and while He is still near! If you forsake your wicked ways and your evil thoughts and return to the Lord with all your heart, He will have mercy on you and pardon you (see Isaiah 55:6-7)! 

Verses 14-15a —

His people continue to speak of what they have been doing, and of the consequences of their actions, saying —

Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the street (the center square), and uprightness cannot enter. 15a Yes, truth is lacking; and he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey. 

Justice, righteousness, truth and honesty are turned away, and are far away. They have fallen down in the street, they cannot enter into ones who have unrepentant hearts filled with thick darkness. 

And those who are righteous are their prey. They are abused and mistreated by His outwardly religious people who mock them, call them liars, beat them, and drive them away (Isaiah 30:9-11). It was the same for Jesus Christ! If you are truly His witness here, beloved, expect persecution not only by the world, but by the outwardly religious (see Jesus’ warning in John 15:20-23)!

Verses 15b-16 —

Now the LORD saw, and it was displeasing in His sight that there was no justice. 16  and He saw that there was no man, and was astonished (grieved) that there was no one to intercede; then His own arm brought salvation to (literally, for)  Him, and His righteousness upheld (sustained) Him.

Who is doing no justice? His people, including many in today’s church. They have grieved Him! Though they know they are sinning and know the consequences of their sin, they have not repented! 

Evil is so pervasive in the hearts of His people that He cannot find even one person to intercede — to cause Him and His people to meet together. It was the same 150 years later, in Ezekiel’s day, when the LORD again said —

Ezekiel 22:30 “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.”

So His own arm — His power, expressed in and through Jesus Christ — has brought the salvation (freedom from the chains of sin) that all mankind needs, including those in pews and pulpits!

And His righteousness upheld Him. The righteousness of God was upheld like a banner for all to see, as God the Son hung from that cross! What did the banner say? “Sin is deadly! But I will give life to those who are dead in their sin, if they will repent and believe into Me!” Beloved, God the Father does not desire that any perish, but for all to come to repentance (2Peter 3:9)!

Verse 17 —

Isaiah now describes the LORD preparing for a battle, saying 

He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; and He put on garments of vengeance for clothing and wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.

He puts on His armor, ready to do battle, just as we are commanded to prepare for battle! With whom does the LORD prepare to go to war? Sin itself, as well as Satan and his dark forces! Paul writes that the church must put on the full armor of God, in order to defeat the same forces, for those forces continue to come against infants in Christ in today’s church (1Corinthians 3:1)!

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (NIV 1984).

You receive the full armor of God when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, as Jesus Christ commands (Acts 1:4-5). It is then that the power of sin within you is defeated, for your sin nature is crucified! It is then Satan and his kingdom have no power over you, because sin has no power over you! It is then that you can stand against those forces that try to destroy those around you!

That is His great salvation — He will save you from your past sins, reconcile to God, and then save you from the power of sin when He fills you with His Holy Spirit! 

Then death is defeated, for the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:24)! Hallelujah!

Verses 18-19 —

Isaiah speaks the LORD’s words, saying 

According to their deeds, so He will repay (reciprocate), wrath (fury) to His adversaries, recompense (give what is deserved) to His enemies; to the coastlands (i.e., to the ends of the earth) He will make recompense. 19 So they will fear (dread, be afraid of) the name of the LORD from the west and (will fear) His glory (weighty power) from the rising of the sun, for He will come like a rushing stream which the wind of the LORD drives. 

If a wake of devastation and destruction follow after you, the Lord will devastate and destroy you, unless you repent! He will repay His enemies — even believers who rebel against Him — with what they deserve.

At the end of things, the wrath of God against rebellious believers, those who entirely reject Him, and Satan will be like a stream thundering through a narrow canyon, pushed on by the wind He Himself drives (John Oswalt, New International Commentary on the Old Testament) — by His very breath!

His wrath will be lifted up like a standard to those who have stubbornly chosen to sin against the Lord, and to Satan himself and all the powers of darkness! His standard will be seen from the west and His weighty power will be seen from the east. All the earth will see His repayment to the wicked, and will be terrified! 

Verses 20-21 —

Now the LORD Himself speaks of His coming Christ and His coming Holy Spirit who will crucify the sin nature and purify their hearts, saying —  

“A Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” declares the LORD. 21“As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the LORD: “My Spirit which is upon you (literally, in you), and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart (cease) from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says the LORD, “from now and forever.” 

Surely, Christ came to Zion, to Jerusalem, and did all His Father commanded Him to do, so His repentant people will be bought back to Him. And for today’s rebellious believers, if they will repent and obey His command to be filled with His Spirit, He will make this covenant (agreement) with them — 

His Spirit who is in them, and His words which He will put in their mouths so they may carry His good news on beautiful feet, shall not cease from their mouths, or from the mouths of their spiritual offspring and the spiritual offspring of their spiritual offspring, now and forever!

I tell you the truth, when you are filled with His Spirit, He will also fill your mouth with His words! You will not be able to stop speaking about what you have seen and heard (Acts 4:10)! And God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit will permanently and fully indwell you, as Christ promises in John 14:23!Amen!

Do you see that your heart can produce nothing good, because you still sin against the Lord? Do not be like His people in this passage! Repent! You know that you are sinning, just as I did, before I was filled with the Spirit. You know why the Lord seems distant to you and why He will not hear you when you cry out to Him. Do not delay — repent while it is still today (Isaiah 55:6-7)!

Lord Jesus, I pray that the hearts of today’s believers be cut to the quick, and that they cry out in repentance! Amen!

THE SHAMED CHURCH

[SW432] 05/23/2020 message notes by

Pastor Susan J. Wynn

“The Shamed Church”

Texts: Jeremiah 8:8-12, etc.

The so-called church filled with infants is put to shame by Jesus Christ. He calls you out today! Both your behavior and your beliefs and teaching are totally contrary to the Word of God and to His commandments.You have forsaken Him and have chosen to teach and believe lies. But He promises to restore you, if you will repent and turn back to Him!

Because they are so far from the Lord, none of the infants notice that they are shamed by Him, and mocked by the world. They do not bear any resemblance to the church (called-out ones) in the Book of Acts. Their infant leaders believe and teach that very little of the Word of God is “for today,” except for their version of salvation. But their version is a lie that leaves them and the infants they teach in a wretched, sinful condition (Romans 7:24), instead of setting them free from slavery to sin (John 8:31-36)! 

The infants in today’s so-called church have only a form of godliness. Why? They have chosen to disbelieve and disobey Jesus Christ’s commandments to stay (Luke 24:49) and wait (Acts 1:4-5) to be clothed with power from on high and filled with the Holy Spirit. If they were filled with the Spirit, they would not say what they say and do what they do.

So, they have chosen to refuse to have their sin nature crucified and their hearts purified (Galatians 5:24, Act 15:9). They have chosen to refuse to be empowered to be His witnesses here (Acts 1:8). They have chosen to refuse to become ones through whom the world will believe that the Father sent the Son (John 17:21). The Lord has put them to shame, and unless they repent, He will hold them accountable for what they have chosen, in the day of judgment!

They do not trust in the Lord and do not obey Him. What do they trust in and obey? The god of self, from which the self-centered “Me gospel” springs. It is a false gospel that has become wildly popular among infant leaders and the infants in the pews. 

This false gospel teaches that Jesus Christ is required to be at the beck and call of those who decide to believe in Him. He must instantly meet every earthly desire that they have. With their words, the infant teachers form an image of the god of self, and teach infants to say, “The Lord is my Servant, and I can do what is right in my own eyes.” Therefore, He puts to shame both the infant teachers and the infants who believe them —

Isaiah 42:17 They will be turned back and be utterly put to shame, who trust in idols, who say to molten images, “You are our gods.”

It was the same among the people of God in Judah, in the days of Jeremiah. So the LORD sent Jeremiah to exhort them to repent and warn them of the consequences of their sin. 

The LORD speaks of their shame, in Jeremiah 8:8-12, which I will interpret for today’s so-called church filled with infants 

Verses 8-9 —

“How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us’ (in our possession)? But behold, the lying pen of the scribes (experts in the Law) has made it into a lie. 9 The wise men are put to shame, they are dismayed (terrified) and caught (captured); behold, they have rejected (cast away, viewed with contempt) the word of the LORD, and what kind of wisdom do they have?

Their wisdom  — The infant leaders say they are wise, and the infants they lead are quick to believe them! Both the infant leaders and the infants they lead carry their Bibles with them, but they do not obey the Word of God. They may say they possess the Word of God, but it is not written on their hearts (Jeremiah 31:33, 2Corinthians 3:3)! 

Instead, they are possessed by lying spirits. They claim that the Lord will not judge them for worshiping the god of self. But all their words are contrary to the Word of God. They judge and reject the truth of the Bible and therefore judge the Lord. Thus, they reveal that they have no wisdom at all.

Their lying pens — In the so-called church filled with infants, lies are written and spoken by those who are supposed to have the Word of the God within them and know Him intimately. Denominational leaders and professors in their seminaries, many of whom do not even believe in God, spout their own wisdom, and boast in their twisted interpretations of the Word of God. I know this from my own experience as an ordained reverend, and from a Spirit-filled seminary professor who teaches the truth, and is therefore viewed by them as “a dinosaur.”

The rejected Word of God — The Bible is judged by the supposedly wise, using their worldly perspective. Thus, the Jesus they teach is helpless to do anything more for the infants than make them feel better about themselves.

The Lord’s verdict — Just as in the days of Jeremiah, there are many infants who judge themselves to be wise. There are many infants who falsely interpret the Word of God. There are many infants who reject His Word. So, He puts them to shame by the words He has given me to speak. They should be terrified, but they have no fear of God. But He will terrify them when they stand before Him, and He will sentence them to hell.  Why? They have viewed the Word of God with contempt, and cast it away!

Verses 10-11 —

“Therefore I will give their wives to others, their fields to new owners; because from the least even to the greatest, everyone is greedy for gain (profit); from the prophet even to the priest, everyone practices deceit (everyone lies). 11 They heal the brokenness (destruction) of the daughter of My people superficially, saying, ‘Peace, peace (prosperity, favor),’ but there is no peace.”

Again, I interpret this for today’s infant-filled so-called church. They lie, reject His Word, and have no wisdom. So, the Lord will give to new owners all that infant leaders and teachers hold dear, rely upon, and trust in. Satan is the new owner. He comes to steal, kill and destroy them (John 10:10), and they have chosen to be defenseless. So, some are already overrun by him, and the rest will be overrun by him, unless they repent.

In what way have they chosen to be defenseless? From the least to the greatest — from denominational leaders to those in the pews —  everyone is greedy for money. With just a few exceptions, they teach lies that please the lusts and desires of their infant listeners. They have chosen to turn their backs on Jesus Christ, and worship the god of self.

They calm the concerns of those who begin to see that perhaps they are broken and need to repent. They say to those who the Holy Spirit is convicting, “There, there, He understands you cannot help but sin.” They say, “Once saved, always saved.” They say, “Peace, peace,” but there is no peace between the Lord and the rebellious infants in the so-called church! If they do not repent, He will judge them!

Verse 12 —

Were they ashamed because of the abomination they had done? They certainly were not ashamed, and they did not know how to blush (be ashamed). Therefore they shall fall (perish) among those who fall (perish); at the time of their punishment (when they are called to account), they shall be brought down (utterly ruined),” says the LORD.

None of the infant leaders are ashamed of their abominations — actions and words that are abhorrent and disgusting to the Lord. None blush, because they do not know how to be ashamed. But when they stand before Him and are called to explain why they lied to His people, they will perish and be utterly ruined.

What is the punishment for those who are unashamed of their words, actions and beliefs, and have abandoned the Lord?

Jeremiah 17:13  O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake You will be put to shame. Those who turn away on earth will be written down, because they have forsaken the fountain of living water, even the LORD.

Those in today’s infant-filled church who abandon Him and believe the lies they are taught will be put to shame. He has written their names down in the earth, and they will perish. Why? They have forsaken Jesus Christ, the fountain of living water (John 4:10).

And between now and the day of judgment, they live and will continue to live in a state of total spiritual lack. They will remain hungry, thirsty, and put to shame. It is His judgment upon them, while they are on the earth. The Lord says —

Isaiah 65:13  Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, My servants will eat, but you will be hungry. Behold, My servants will drink, but you will be thirsty. Behold, My servants will rejoice, but you will be put to shame.”

What is the reward for those who obey Him?

Isaiah 49:23 “Those who hopefully wait for Me (entwine themselves with Me) will not be put to shame.”

All who repent and obey Jesus Christ’s commandments to stay and wait have chosen to become entwined with Him. They will not be put to shame! 

They have entwined themselves with Him! There is no distance between Him and them, for God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit fully and permanently indwell them (John 14:23). They have exchanged their weakness for His power (Isaiah 40:31)!

Such ones will not be shamed! Instead, they will hear these words from His mouth, when they stand before Him on the day of judgment —

Matthew 25:21 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’”

As I have said in many messages, I was an infant in the so-called infant-filled church. But through two Spirit-filled pastors, I saw the truth and obeyed Jesus Christ’s  commandments to stay and wait! Now I am His witness here, and I joyously anticipate and know that I will not be put to shame when I stand before Him! 

Therefore, O infants in today’s so-called church, repent! The Lord calls  you out! I have shown you your sin, and its consequences. I exhort you, just as Paul exhorted the infants in Christ in Corinth — 

1Corinthians 15:34 Become sober-minded as you ought (literally, “awake to righteousness”), and stop sinning (do not sin); for some have no knowledge (are ignorant) of God. I speak this to your shame.

Those who rebel against God are ignorant of Him. Jesus Christ warns that in the day of judgment, infant leaders and infants in the pews will have to answer to Him for their rebellion. Because they have refused to stay and wait so they would be His witnesses here, He will put them to shame and sentence them. He judges the one who buried the talent the Lord gave him —

Matthew 25:28, 30  “Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Therefore, do as I did! If you repent, He will surely do in you what He has done in me! But if you refuse to repent, you will be judged by Him in the day of judgment, and sentenced to hell. 

Lord Jesus, You call today’s infants in Christ to repent and to turn back to you while it is still today! May they hear and act upon this exhortation and warning. Let it be so, I pray. Amen.

ISAIAH SESSION 60 — HE WILL TURN YOUR DARKNESS INTO LIGHT!

Text: Isaiah 58

If I were going to give today’s teaching a title, it would be this — “He Will Turn Your Darkness into Light!” If you “go through the motions” of worshiping the Lord, and simply tell Him you are sorry every time you sin, you cannot be a light in the world, for your heart is dark. 

But if you repent for your sin and ask the Lord to fill you with His Holy Spirit, He promises that He will transform your darkness into light that is twice as bright as the sun at noon! Again, this is a prophecy of the heart change that happens when you are filled with the Holy Spirit.

Beloved, I cannot force you to ask the Lord to change your heart, but I will teach you the truth from God’s Word and tell you what happened when He changed my heart! I can’t stop talking about what I have seen and heard (Acts 4:10)!

Isaiah announced the LORD’s words to His people —  Judah, and the remnant of northern Israel who dwelled with them. But His people did not fulfill the words in Isaiah 58. Instead, they continued to rebel against the Lord, even after they were returned from Babylonian captivity, as I have already taught you.

So who will fulfill this word? Ah! Once again, it is a prophecy that was fulfilled when Jesus Christ died and rose and ascended and poured out His Holy Spirit into all who stayed and waited (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5), and all who stay and wait even today! Since the Lord has appointed me to speak to today’s believers, I will teach Isaiah 59 from that perspective.

Verse 1 —

“Cry loudly, do not hold back (withhold, restrain); raise your voice like a trumpet, and declare to My people their transgression (rebellion) and to the house of Jacob their sins.”

The LORD commanded Isaiah to cry loudly and not hold back any of the words He had given him to speak, nor restrain his voice when he spoke them! He did not leave out a word! And he spoke them as loudly as a trumpet blast.

In Isaiah’s day, a trumpet was sounded as a warning of coming danger. He loudly warned His people of the calamity and judgment that was coming, for those who rebelled against the LORD! 

It is the same today! So, I raise my voice like a trumpet, to warn today’s infants in Christ, who rebel against the Lord because they are not yet spiritual — that is, they have not yet been filled with the Holy Spirit. Paul strongly warned the believers at Corinth —

1Corinthians 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ.

I look out from the wall upon which I am stationed as a watchman, and see that calamity is coming to you! And if you do not repent but continue to rebel against Him, He will judge you at the end of things, in the day of the Lord!

Verse 2 —

“Yet they seek Me day by day and delight (outwardly bend, submit) to know My ways, as a nation that has done righteousness and has not forsaken the ordinance (command) of their God. They ask Me for just decisions, they delight in the nearness of (drawing near to) God.” 

You have already begun to experience calamity which the Lord has brought upon you. Therefore, you seek Him every day, as if you have been doing what is right in His eyes. You outwardly submit to Him. You cry out to Him to deliver you from what you have chosen to bring upon yourself by continuing to rebel against Him.

But you are not right in His eyes, for you rebel against Him, and have disobeyed His command to repent and be filled with His Holy Spirit! So, you do not do what is right in His eyes. 

You ask Him to decide in your favor, but He will not, for you have stubbornly disobeyed Him. You outwardly draw near to Him in a worship service, but you deceive yourself, for you cannot draw near to Him. Why? Your sin has separated you from Him (Isaiah 59:1-2)!

Verses 3-4 —

(His people say) “Why have we fasted and You do not see? Why have we humbled ourselves (physically) and You do not notice?” 

(The LORD replies) “Behold, on the day of your fast you find your desire, and drive hard all your workers. 4  Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist.  You do not (You shall not) fast like today, to make your voice heard on high.”

The fast you do today is not the fast He has required, so that He would hear you and deliver you. You say that you have done all that He requires to express your grief over your calamity. You go through the motions, even by fasting (eating no food). You humble yourself outwardly, by bowing your head. You cast ashes upon your head and punish your body. 

You are desperate to have Him rescue you from the calamity you have chosen to undergo. But you have not repented for your rebellion which brought calamity upon you!

Beloved, He sees your heart. Therefore, you cannot deceive Him with your outward acts. The writer of Hebrews says —

Hebrews 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Just as with His people in the days of Isaiah, you draw near to Him with your words and honor Him with your lip service, but you have removed your heart far from Him, and your reverence is spoken by rote, simply words that you know you are supposed to say (see Isaiah 29:13).

Verse 5 —

“Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself? Is it for bowing one’s head like a reed and for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed? 

Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable (desirable) day to the LORD?”

What you are doing as a “fast” is not the fast He requires. Denying yourself food, bowing your head, throwing ashes on yourself, punishing your body to express your grief means nothing to Him. That is not the fast which He chooses. 

He mocks His people, and He does the same with you today, beloved, saying, “What? Do you call this a fast? Do you think this is desirable and pleasing to Me? Not at all! Your outward acts do not convince Me, for I see the darkness within your heart, and the sin that you are doing.”

Verses 6-7 — 

“Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed (broken, shattered) go free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, to cover him; and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”

The fast the Lord requires for both Jews and non-Jews who rebel and sin against Him begins this way — you repent from the depths of your heart and humble yourself by agreeing with Him that you are spiritually poverty-stricken, and you mourn over your spiritual poverty.

Blessed are you if you do these things (Matthew 5:3-4), Jesus Christ says! You will inherit the kingdom of heaven, and you will be comforted (literally, called near to Him)! 

When you have repented for your sin and cried out to Him to be filled with the Holy Spirit, He will do it! He will loosen the bonds of your wickedness and the yoke of sin you carry on your shoulders, by crucifying your sin nature and purifying your heart (Galatians 5:24, Acts 15:9)!

Then you will go out and speak to those who are shattered and oppressed by their own sin. You will teach them that He will undo and break the yoke of sin that is upon them, and set them free from slavery to sin (John 8:31-36), just as He did with you!

You will share the true bread of God’s Word with everyone around you. They are hungry for it, beloved! Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6). Now that is what it is to share your bread with the hungry!

Because you have been made a house where the Father, the Son and the Spirit permanently and fully dwell (John 14:23), you will show them that He will do the same in them. Then they will be His home! And because you have been clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49), you will teach them how they, too, can be clothed with His power!

Verse 8 — 

“Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery (healing, perfection) will speedily spring forth (spring up); and your righteousness will go before you (in your face). The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.”

When you are filled with the Spirit, you will become the light of the world, just as Jesus Christ prophesied over His disciples (Matthew 5:14), knowing that one day, they would wait for the promise of the Father, and would be filled with His light! 

At dawn, the sun itself is preceded by beams of light. Then, its light glows colorfully. Finally, the sun itself breaks the horizon, and is fully seen.

So it will be with His light in you. It will shine forth from you so brightly that His light in you will be seen long before you arrive to announce His great gospel of forgiveness of sin and freedom from it!

Your spiritual healing, your perfection — your deliverance from the sin nature and infilling of His Holy Spirit, God’s divine nature (2Peter 1:4), and God’s perfect love (Romans 5:5) — will speedily spring up, and be visible for all to see! 

Then His righteousness will be seen in your face, for all to see, because He has filled you with His righteousness. You are the righteousness of God, in Christ (2Corinthians 5:21), because you are filled with His righteousness!

Verses 9-10 — 

“Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;  you will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you remove the yoke from your midst (within you), the pointing of the finger (so as to judge) and speaking wickedness (evil), 10 and if you give (extend) yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light (inward illumination) will rise (shoot forth beams) in (the) darkness (misery, destruction, death) and your gloom (thick darkness) will become like midday.”

When you have repented and asked your Father in heaven to crucify your sin nature and fill you with the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13), you will call, and He will answer! You will cry out to Him when you are persecuted, and He will say, “I am with you!” 

Because He has crucified your sin nature, sin is no longer in you. So, you will not point your finger in judgment against those who are right before Him, blame the consequences of your sin on others, and speak evil.

You will extend yourself, going out to give yourself to the hungry and truly humble! You will share what He has done in you! And their darkness will be turned into light!

Your gloom — the thick inner darkness that was in your heart — will become like the light of midday (literally, doubly bright, twice as bright as the sun at noon)! His light in you will shoot forth beams into the misery, destruction and death that you see all around you.

Verse 11 —

“And the LORD will continually (continuously) guide you (lead you forth), and satisfy your desire (breathe upon you to refresh you) in scorched (dry) places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered (thoroughly watered) garden, and like a spring (fountain) of water whose waters do not fail.” 

If you have repented and been filled with Him, the Lord will continuously lead you forth. The Holy Spirit will teach you all the truth (John 14:26, 16:13). The Lord will also go before you and will be your rear guard (Isaiah 52:12), to protect you. 

He will continuously refresh you and strengthen you. He will send you out among those whose hearts are like dry, scorched deserts. They will exclaim, “This one is like a thoroughly watered garden!” 

Water will gush from you like a fountain and like a rushing, flood-stage river. Jesus proclaimed 

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.

Verse 12 — 

“Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach (break, separation), the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”
Because you are filled with His Spirit, He will use you to rebuild the ruins of those who have rebelled against the Lord. You will bring them the good news that if they repent and cry out for the Lord to crucify their sin nature and fill them with the Holy Spirit, the breach — the separation — between them and the Lord will completely rebuilt, and they will no longer be separated from the Lord. 

When they heed your words, their age-old foundations of faith, which had been destroyed by the false prophets and worship of the god of self will be raised up. Though their sin caused a breach — a break, a separation — between them and the Lord, that breach will be repaired when they heed your words. 

You will be called the restorer of the streets in which to dwell. Those who heed your words will enter onto the road you travel — the Highway of Holiness (Isaiah 35:8)! And they will dwell with the Lord, and He with them, for He will be in them!

Verses 13-14 —

“If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, and honor it, desisting from your own ways, from seeking your own pleasure and speaking your own word, 14 then you will take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; and I will feed you with the heritage (inheritance) of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” 

In the days of Isaiah, and even today, some grumble about going to the Lord’s house. But when you are filled with His Holy Spirit, you will do His pleasure, not  yours —every day! His presence will be in you, continuously! 

You will honor His true sabbath when you are filled with His Spirit! You will enter into His sabbatismos, His true sabbath of which the sabbath He established in the Old Testament was only a shadow (Hebrews 4:9), for you will rest from your attempts to earn His favor by outward works. Instead, He will continuously work in and through you (see Hebrews 4:9)! You will not speak your word, but His, and you will entwine yourself with Him!

Humble yourself before Him, and He will lift you up (James 4:10, 1Peter 5:6)! Then you will inherit the promise that Jacob inherited —  

Genesis 28:13 And behold, the LORD stood above it (a ladder reaching to heaven) and said, “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. 14 “Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Beloved, Jesus Christ is the ladder reaching to heaven, as He spoke —

John 1:51 And He  said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” 

And when you are filled with His Holy Spirit, you will bear many spiritual children who will be your spiritual descendants, and you will enter the true Promised Land of freedom from slavery to sin, and eternal life with Him, here and now, and in heaven! 

How sure are these words? The mouth of the LORD has spoken it, so it surely shall be done!

Therefore, repent! You know your heart is darkened. But He will turn your darkness into light! He did it even in my formerly darkened heart, so He will surely do it in you!

Lord Jesus, may the words You have asked me to shout be heard and obeyed by the infants in Christ in Your church! Make it so, I pray! Amen.

THE EMPTY CHURCH

[SW431] 05/16/2020 message notes by

Pastor Susan J. Wynn

“The Empty Church”

Texts: Isaiah 66:1-2, etc.

Many so-called churches have huge buildings constructed with man’s hands, according to man’s plans. Some are successful, by the world’s standards, and they boast of their success. Their buildings have people in them — some have many thousands of people — but they are all infants in Christ (1Corinthians 3:1). So, by the Lord’s standards, they are empty!

Jesus Christ does not command believers to build buildings and fill them with people. He commands believers to be people filled with the Holy Spirit! The true church is this — the ekklesia, the called-out ones, those who have obeyed Jesus Christ’s commandments to stay (Luke 24:49) and wait (Acts 1:4-5) to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Why does the Lord not live in buildings and among infants?

The LORD says —

Isaiah 66:1 Thus says the LORD, “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? 2 For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD. “But to this one I will look (regard with pleasure), to him who is humble (poor) and contrite (crushed) of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

His hand made all the things that the so-called church uses to construct buildings filled with empty people. He looks at it, and says, “This is not My house — I am not inside of those who gather there!” 

He does not regard with pleasure today’s empty infants — from denominational headquarters to the pews — who are like the infants at Laodicea, of whom I spoke in last week’s message (Revelation 3:14ff).

But He regards with pleasure those who are poor and crushed of spirit! Jesus says —

Matthew 5:3   “Blessed are the poor in spirit (spiritual beggars), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:4   “Blessed are those who mourn (over their spiritual condition), for they shall be comforted.” Surely, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, will come and fill them!

Matthew 5:5   “Blessed are the gentle (humble), for they shall inherit the earth.”

Matthew 5:6   “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied (filled).”

Blessed! Theirs is the kingdom of heaven, the Comforter will come, they shall inherit the earth, they shall be filled. If they see that they are spiritual beggars, and mourn over their spiritual condition, and humble themselves before the Lord! They shall be filled with Him! Hallelujah! I testify that it is true!

Jesus makes this promise —

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 (literally, enter him) and make (prolonged form, i.e., permanently make) Our abode with him (literally, remain in him).”

But as for the infants who refuse to obey His commandments to stay and wait, He says — 

John 14:24 “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.”

Oh, empty infants in today’s empty, so-called church! By disobeying His commandments to stay and wait, you reveal that you do not love Him!

Those who love Him obey His commandments to stay and wait. Such ones are His house, for He and the Father and the Holy Spirit enter them and permanently and fully indwell them. They are no longer empty infants! Their sin nature is crucified, so they no longer sin (Galatians 5:24). Their hearts are purified (Acts 15:9). They are the called-out ones. They are the church.

Why is the so-called church empty? 

The so-called church does not teach what I am teaching you. Instead, they teach and believe in another Jesus (2Corinthians 11:4) whom they have fashioned into their own image, one who turns a blind eye to their continued sin, saying that as they sin, His grace will increase! Not so, says Jesus Christ, in John 8:34-35! Not so, says Paul, in Romans 6:1-2!

O empty infants in today’s empty so-called church, if you continue to sin, you will not remain saved. Unless you repent, He will vomit you from His mouth! Unless you repent, He will erase your name from the book of life (Revelation 3:5)! You will lose your salvation! 

But you will not hear that from the empty infant leaders in the empty so-called church that is filled with empty infants. From denominational headquarters to the pews, the god of self is widely proclaimed! The empty infants are very pleased that nothing is required of them except to say they believe in Jesus Christ. 

But by worshiping the god of self and a false Jesus, they walk after emptiness and therefore are empty. So the Lord asks 

Jeremiah 2:5  Thus says the LORD, “What injustice did your fathers find in Me, that they went far from Me and walked after emptiness and became empty?”

What does He mean? You have treated Him unjustly, not according to what He deserves for mercifully saving you from God’s wrath and reconciling you to God! The god of self and the false Jesus you worship are emptiness! The Psalmist says this — 

Psalm 115:8 Those who make them (idols to false gods) will become like them, everyone who trusts in them.

Many empty infants in today’s empty so-called church worship themselves and seek God for what they think they deserve for deciding to believe in Him! And they trust in the church buildings and empty infant teachers who teach empty things!

Why is the so-called church empty? What you are worshiping is emptiness. Therefore, you have become what you worship! You are empty, O so-called church filled with infants!

Therefore, the Lord warns you, so-called church filled with infants —

Jeremiah 23:16  Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility (leading you astray); they speak a vision of their own imagination, not from the mouth of the LORD.”

Do not listen to such ones! Their words are contrary to the Word of God! They are not speaking the Lord’s words, but their own! They are leading you astray! Their words are from their own imagination, not from the mouth of the Lord! Their words are empty, and make you empty!

What must you do? You must offer yourself as a living sacrifice, for that is what is holy and pleasing to God (Romans 12:1)! You must see your spiritual poverty, mourn over it, and humble yourself before the Lord! You must obey Jesus Christ’s commandments to stay and wait!

Then you will be full, as Jesus Christ commands for all believers! Then you will be blessed, indeed, for He will use you greatly! Empty infants are incapable of being His witnesses! They are completely empty, instead of being full of the Holy Spirit, the Father and the Son!

But those who stay and wait to be filled with the Holy Spirit, the Father, and the Son become His witnesses (Acts 1:8). They become those through whom the world will believe that the Father sent the Son (John 17:21). 

That is your purpose, O empty ones, and that is why Jesus commands you to be filled! So, repent and be filled! 

Lord Jesus, You have given me a great and burning passion to see Your church filled with Your Holy Spirit! May many infants see their emptiness, and cry out to you today! Let it be so I pray! Amen.

ISAIAH SESSION 59 — IF YOU WILL REPENT, HE WILL HEAL YOU

Text: Isaiah 57

If I were going to give today’s teaching a title, it would be this — “If You Will Repent, He Will Heal You” Just as it was with God’s people in the days of Isaiah, it is your choice, says the Lord. If you choose to continue to rebel against Him, then He will turn away from you and let Satan sift you like wheat (Luke 22:31). If you still refuse to repent, He will judge you.

As I have been teaching you, behind every false god is the god of self, and the root of the god of self is the sin nature. But if you repent and take refuge in the Lord, asking Him to crucify your sin nature (Galatians 5:24), and purify your heart by filling you with His Holy Spirit (Acts 15:9), He will heal you and give you an inheritance beyond anything you can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). He will make you His permanent dwelling place (John 14:23), and He will make you a co-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17)!

 Verses 1-2 —

These first two verses are not in quotes in my NAS Bible, but I believe the LORD is speaking, throughout this chapter. He begins by showing you the response of the rebellious to the death of one who is one who is right in the Lord’s eyes —

“The righteous perishes and no man takes it to heart (takes care to consider it); merciful men are taken away (gathered), while no one considers (discerns) that the righteous is taken away from evil (from the face/presence of evil). 2 He shall enter into peace; they shall rest in their beds (sleep), each one walking in his uprightness.” (NKJV)

The LORD  speaks of the deaths of all who are completely His, who bear the fruit of His righteousness. Their bodies do die, but no one takes care to consider that they are gathered to the LORD, and removed from the presence of evil, for there is no evil in the kingdom of heaven. And they are with Him forever. 

The Apostle Paul wrote from a Roman prison. He  knew that to be with the Lord in heaven is far better than being here on earth, but he knew he would be on the earth for as long as there was fruitful work that the Lord wanted him to do 

Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary, for your sake.

To live is to continue to be the evidence that Christ is who He says He is. To live is to continue to be His witnesses here! But to die — to depart and to be with Christ — is very much better, because when death comes for those whose hearts are entirely His, we are gathered by Him and gathered to Him, to live with Him forever! When we die, we are instantly with Christ (2Corinthians 5:8), and forever removed from the presence of evil.

But no one takes care to consider these things, when a righteous one dies. They do not understand that death has no victory, death has no sting for the righteous (1Corinthians 15:55). No one discerns that we rest.

Paul refers to death of true believers as “falling asleep.” (See 1Corinthians 15:6, 18). But when we die, we will not sleep as we slept on earth, nor do we enter what some false teachers call “soul sleep.” We have simply finished what the Lord called us to do, and are resting at His feet forever more, worshiping and adoring the Father and the Son forever! Hallelujah!

Verses 3-6 —

Now you know what happens when the righteous die. But what happens to the wicked — that is, His rebellious people who refuse to repent? Note that the LORD is not speaking to the world, but to His people! He first describes their rebellion 

“But come here, you sons of the sorceress, you offspring of the adulterer and the harlot! 4 Whom do you ridicule? Against whom do you make a wide mouth and stick out the tongue? Are you not children of transgression, offspring of falsehood,

5 Inflaming yourselves with gods under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks? 6 Among the smooth stones of the ravine is your portion, they are your lot. Even to them you have poured out a drink offering, 

you have made a grain offering. Shall I relent (be sorry) concerning these things?”

His rebellious people are unrepentant and arrogant. They delight in ridiculing the ones the  LORD sends, thus ridiculing Him!

They obey the words of false leaders and false prophets, rebelling against Him by worshiping false gods. You become what you worship (Psalm 115:8), so they become the children of the false gods. Their spiritual “fathers” are the false prophets. They commit the same evil that their “fathers” commit — practicing witchcraft and worshiping false gods.

They have heard the truth from the LORD’s prophets who  have continually warned them not to believe the false prophets. But they have chosen to listen to the false prophets and worship false gods, mating with them.

Therefore, they have abandoned their true Husband (Isaiah 54:5) and have become prostitutes who sell their souls to whoever will speak ear-pleasing words to them. They become children of sin, and offspring of lies. It is no different today, for the god of self is worshiped in many churches!

Under every green tree — where they think the LORD cannot see them — they inflame themselves, becoming hot with passion as they perform the sexual acts that their false gods require. And in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks — where they think the LORD cannot see them — they kill their children, as burnt offerings to the false gods. 

But as I have said, you cannot hide your rebellious heart from the Lord. All things are open and laid bare before Him (see Hebrews 4:13). Do not be deceived! You cannot hide the sin you are doing, any more than His people could hide their sin, in the days of Isaiah!

Even the smooth stones of the stream are a reference to worship of the false gods that are no gods at all! They are nothing and nothingness! And those who worship them inherit nothing and nothingness. They do not receive eternal life when they die, but go to eternal punishment, for they have chosen to follow a lie.

Their drink offerings and grain offerings should be offered to the LORD, but His people give His offerings to their false gods instead of Him. So, He is not sorry for what He is about to do. He will judge them! 

Verses 7-8 —

The LORD continues to recount His rebellious peoples’ sin, saying —

“Upon a high and lofty mountain you have made your bed. You also went up there to offer sacrifice. 8 Behind the door and the doorpost you have set up your sign; indeed, far removed from Me, you have uncovered yourself, and have gone up and made your bed wide. And you have made an agreement for yourself with them (bargained with them), you have loved their bed, you have looked on their manhood (literally, hand, but the meaning here is nudity).”

These verses are a graphic description of the sexual acts they physically do for their false gods, and it is also a graphic description of what happens to them spiritually, when they worship their false gods.

On the mountains, they make their bed so as to offer sexual worship to their false gods, and to offer sacrifices to them. They hide their idols behind the door and the doorpost, where they think the LORD cannot see them. Their hearts are far removed from the LORD. 

They have stripped themselves bare and have made their bed wide, to make room for their many lovers — all of their false gods. They have stripped themselves of His salvation, casting it off like clothing. They have bargained with them, and have broken their covenant with the LORD (i.e., broken their promise to obey Him). They have gazed with pleasure at the oversized  male organs on their idols, expecting to prosper at their hands. Thus, the LORD will not prosper them.

Do you think that such things do not pertain to believers? The infants in Christ at Corinth had sex with prostitutes. So Paul said this to them —

1Corinthians 6:15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 16 Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “The two shall become one flesh.”

You become whatever you join with, beloved! The infants in Corinth became prostitutes, for they mated with prostitutes. They chose to leave their Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, at the altar.

Verses 9-10 —

The LORD continues to describe the rebellion of His people — 

“You have journeyed to the king with oil and increased your perfumes; you have sent your envoys a great distance and made them go down to Sheol. 10  “You were tired out by the length of your road,  yet you did not say, ‘It is hopeless.’ You found renewed strength, therefore you did not faint.”

The oil and perfumes were applied to make themselves attractive to their false gods who ruled them like kings. His rebellious people went to great lengths, making themselves weary from their numerous offerings, and sending messengers to their false gods, in hell, where all false gods dwell.

But though they were wearied by all of their idol worship, they did not give up. They found renewed strength within themselves, to continue in their rebellion. So they did not become weak.

The LORD mocks them by echoing His words spoken to those who entwine themselves with Him, and not with false gods —

Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. 30 Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly (utterly fall and decay), 31 Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength;  they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.

His rebellious ones had become like the youths that grow weary and tired, and like the vigorous men who utterly fall and become decayed. But all who entwine themselves with the LORD exchange their strength for His. He lifts them high, and they neither tire nor become weary, for they are in Him, and He is in them, fully and permanently (John 14:23), for they have obeyed Jesus Christ’s command to all who believe into Him (Acts 1:4-5)! 

Verses 11-12 —

The LORD questions them, saying —

“Of whom were you worried and fearful when you lied, and did not remember Me 

nor give Me a thought? Was I not silent even for a long time so you do not fear Me? 12 I will declare your righteousness and your deeds, but they will not profit you (do you any good).”

His rebellious people were certainly not afraid of punishment from the LORD, as His prophets warned them! If they were, they would have repented, as His prophets exhorted them! 

But they lied to Him, pretending to worship at His temple, though their hearts loved the beds of their false gods! He was not silent at all, as if He did not see what they were doing. Again and again, He spoke to them through His prophets. But they mocked and stuck out their tongues at them, and thus, at Him! 

The LORD scoffs at their outward acts of supposed righteousness, and their outwardly good deeds. All that they do profits them nothing, for they do not love the LORD nor worship Him in Spirit and in truth! 

Beloved, it is the same today! Are you just “going through the motions,” at your church service? Are you glad to hear the words of those who encourage you to worship the god of self ? 

Do you love to lie in their bed of lies? Do you love the world and the things of the world? Then the love of God is not in you! (See 1John 2:15.) 

Repent, O believer, and ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit, who will pour out God’s divine love into your heart, so that it overflows (Romans 5:5)!

Verses 13-14 —

The LORD continues —

When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you. But the wind will carry them all away, a breath will take them. But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess (inherit) the land, And shall inherit My holy mountain. 14 And it will be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove (heave up and cast away) every obstacle (stumbling block, idol) out of the way of My people.”” (NKJV)

It is your choice, just as it was their choice. If you follow idols, they have no ears to hear your cry (again, Psalm 115:5-8). The wind of His judgment, and His very breath will take them, and His rebellious people who worship them. 

But if you repent and return to the LORD and trust and rely on Him alone, casting your idol to yourself to the moles and the bats (Isaiah 2:20), He will give you an inheritance beyond what you can think or imagine, as I said at the beginning of this session!

If you put your trust in Him, you shall become fellow heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).You shall inherit His true Promised Land — that is, heaven — and shall inherit His holy mountain, the heavenly Jerusalem. 

And He will put heaven in your heart here and now, for God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit will fully and permanently indwell you when you obey His command and ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit (again, John 14:23, Acts 1:4-5)!

He will permanently remove the root of the god of self (the sin nature) from your heart, so you will no longer worship yourself and your own desires! He will crucify your sin nature, so sin is no longer in you! Then you will love to walk on His narrow way (Matthew 7:14)! Few find it, beloved! I pray you find it!

Verse 15 —

With whom does the LORD dwell? He tells you —

For thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy, 

“I dwell on (literally in) a high and holy place, and with (literally, dwell in) the contrite (crushed) and lowly (humble) of spirit, in order to revive (to make live) the spirit of the lowly (humble) and to revive (to make live) the heart of the contrite (broken to pieces).”

I speak to today’s rebellious infants in Christ! The LORD will make His dwelling place inside of any repentant one who obeys His command and asks Him to do it! 

If you have seen your sin and are crushed by it and broken to pieces by it, and humble yourself before the Lord, He will lift you up (1Peter 5:6)! He will fill your heart with His life when He fills you with His Spirit! 

Verses 16-17 —

The LORD promises the repentant —

1“For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would grow faint before Me, and the breath of those whom I have made. 17 Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry and struck him; I hid My face and was angry, 

and he went on turning away, in the way of his heart.”

He was angry with you and struck you. He hid His face from you. He remained very near, but you could not see Him because your sin separated you from Him (Isaiah 59:1-2). He was angry when you continued to sin against Him.

But if you repent and ask Him to fill you with Himself, He will no longer rebuke you nor be angry with you, for there will be nothing in you that would prompt His rebuke or His anger!

But if you continue to rebel against Him, you will become weaker and weaker, and your breath will fail. He will remain angry if you continue to backslide in your heart, worshiping the false god of self. It will seem to you that He has hidden Himself from you and no longer hears you, because your sin has separated you from Him. 

Certainly, this cannot refer to His people in Isaiah’s day, for they continued to rebel and were exiled, or were killed trying to escape the enemy the LORD had sent to utterly defeat them. While they were in exile, many continued to follow the false prophets who were in exile with them (Jeremiah 29:24-28)! 

Even when the His people returned from Babylon 70 years later, a few did their best to obey the Law of Moses. But most went back to their rebellion, from the moment the rebuilt walls were rebuilt and dedicated! You will see it in Nehemiah, from Chapters 5 and 13! 

Verse 18-19 — 

But if you will repent, He makes this promise —

“I have seen his ways, but I will heal him (cure him and make him whole); I will lead him (govern him) and restore comfort to him and to his mourners (console him and those who mourn over his sin) 19 creating the praise of the lips. ‘Peace, peace’ to him who is far and to him who is near, says the LORD, ‘and I will heal him.’”

If you repent, and obey His command to be filled with His Holy Spirit, He will cure you of your sin, over which I mourn! He will crucify your sin nature! His Spirit will lead you into (teach you) all the truth (John 14:25, 16:13). 

And the LORD will console you when He fills you with the Holy Spirit! Surely, both you and I will loudly and joyously praise Him together, glorifying Him for what He has done!

Peace! Peace! You will be at peace with Him, and will be filled with His peace (John 14:27, Galatians 5:22)! You will war against Him no more, for you will no longer sin against Him! It is a promise for those who are far (non-Jews) and those who are near (Jews) —

Isaiah 56:8  The Lord GOD, who gathers the dispersed of Israel, declares, “Yet others I will gather to them, to those already gathered.”

Peace! Peace! And He will heal you of your sin! Hallelujah! I’m so glad that Jesus set me free from slavery to sin (John 8:31-36), and you will be, when you repent and ask Him to do it in you!

Verses 20-21 —

But there will be no healing for those who continue to rebel against Him. He promises this to the wicked, through Isaiah 

But the wicked are like the tossing sea, for it cannot be quiet (rest), and its waters toss up refuse and mud. 21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

There will be no rest and no peace for you if you refuse to repent and continue to rebel against Him. That is also His promise. 

So, it is your choice! Choose this day whom you will serve — the god of self, or the Lord! When you are filled with His Spirit, the choice is easy! You love to serve the Lord and Him only! 

Listen to Joshua’s challenge to God’s people —

Joshua 24:15 “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Lord Jesus, may many infants in Christ, and many of the Jews who reject You, see their hearts, repent, and serve You only. Let it be so, I pray. Amen.