God’s Loving Kindness

Isaiah 63: 7-8
I will mention the loving kindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He hath bestowed on them according to His mercies, and according to the multitude of His loving kindnesses.

For he said, Surely they are My people, children that will not lie: so He was their Saviour.

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If you look closely, you will see that the foundation for the beauty of the island is an open Bible. I like the symbolism of that. If Israel had paid more attention to the open Word of God, perhaps their restoration to Him wouldn’t have been so long in coming. Perhaps some of their suffering could have been avoided.

But now, in the Second Coming and the Millennial Kingdom, there will be nothing but praise and love for God’s care over them down through the centuries, in preserving them as a nation although they have scattered to every corner of the earth.

In this section, Messiah is predicted to mention the many past mercies of God to Israel, the people He will come to deliver from their enemies in that day.

None to Help

Isaiah 63: 5-6.

And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore Mine own arm brought salvation unto Me; and My fury, it upheld Me.

And I will tread down the people in Mine anger, and make them drunk in My fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.

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This passage makes clear that no human leader was able to rise up against AntiChrist; no one else could stand against AntiChrist and overcome him.

But He could.

God, through His Son, the Messiah,would bring Israel to its senses and save those that would submit to His program. To do this He would take the armor of righteousness and salvation, and the garments of zeal and vengeance (59:17), In the fulfillment of this saving of the nation, God will have to judge those worthy of judgment and save those worthy of salvation, as well as punish the enemies of Israel according to their deeds (59:18), This will bring about the salvation of Israel, and the fear of and glory to God’s Name in all parts of the earth (59:19).

Verse 6 describes the complete fall of the enemies of God. He will completely destroy those who would dare to stand against Him, and their power will become useless against Him. He will “bring down their strength to the earth”– a complete and total humbling of the mighty AntiChrist and all his followers.

The Day of Vengeance

Isaiah 63:2-4.

Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?

I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with Me: for I will tread them in Mine anger, and trample them in My fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon My garments, and I will stain all My raiment.

For the day of vengeance is in Mine heart, and the year of My redeemed is come.

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Of course there is no artist’s conception of things yet unseen that can give us a perfectly true picture of what this is going to look like.We know from Revelation 19 that the saints already in heaven will accompany Jesus, and that His garment will be “dipped in blood.” The Day of Vengeance here, and in 34:8;35:4; 59:17; 61:2; Jer. 51:6; 2 Th. 1:8 refers to the greatest destruction that earth has ever seen or ever will see. Multitudes will be destroyed in one day at Armageddon. Such will be necessary in order for the Year of My Redeemed to come, as stated here–the year of the full restoration of Israel to God and their deliverance from their enemies (Rom. 11:25-29).

Verse 3 tells us that He had no help from the people themselves. We’ll see more about that in verse 5.

It is impossible for us to truly visualize the carnage resulting from God’s fury over those who hated His people, Israel, as well as believers from all over the world. You may wonder how a loving God could destroy so many. What we have to remember is that, first of all, His primary attribute is holiness, not love. In His holiness, He has finally had enough of the willful rebellion of those led by Antichrist, and is ready for the waiting to be over.

Second, we have to understand to the best of our ability that the evil of Antichrist is so deep, so angry, vile, and destructive, that he had to be completely and for all eternity destroyed and restrained in order for Messiah to do His work in the coming Kingdom.

Mighty to Save

Isaiah 63:1.
Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in His apparel, travelling in the greatness of His strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

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In His descent to the earth at the Second Advent Christ will appear over Edom where Israel is being protected from the Antichrist. He will continue to descend until His feet will touch the Mount of Olives on the east of Jerusalem, in the area where the battle of Armageddon will be fought between Him and Antichrist. The description in vv. 1-6 is of the battle of Armageddon.

The Israelites will see Him in His descent to Jerusalem and will cry out, “Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord!” (Matt. 23:35-39.) They will then pray the prayer of 63: 15-64:12 by the power of the Holy Spirit upon them, and they will all be converted on that day (66:7-8; Rom 11: 25-29).

The dyed garments are explained in the next couple of verses as being colored from the blood of men at Armageddon.

Bozrah was one of the great cities of Edom and Moab.

The Messiah is the coming conqueror to fulfill this passage. He is the only One Who is Mighty to Save, and Satan, with all the demons of hell, will not be able to withstand Him when He comes to free His people for the last time.

Sunday Morning Coffee: Late!

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I went back to bed, hoping to get my back pain under control. Not working. So I got back up, and have tried to distract myself catching up with other things. And then it occurred to me that I haven’t written my Sunday post, so here I am.

I hate missing church. Never missed so much church in my life as I have this past year. Seems like the work week leaves me useless for the weekend, and I work only three days. What a wimp.

But then, last night we went to a Valentine gathering with a bunch of old friends. I sat on a metal folding chair, the kind that has no lumbar support, for a couple of hours. Found a padded bench with a padded back for the next couple of hours, but was still really stiff and uncomfortable.

The hostess of the party broke her ankle some years ago, and one thing leading to another, she’s now in a wheelchair most of the time., She’s 76, still running a huge piano studio, and has no plans to stop. She had a mild heart attack back in December, but is doing well.

There were others there last night that I know have physical aches and pains and conditions. Diabetes, hearing loss, arthritic pain, injury pain like my husband. But we had a great time, laughing together and enjoying each other’s company. Old people having fun at a party. Awesome.

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Anyway, I’ve made the decision to retire. I’ll be 72 this summer; we’ll also be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. Time is catching up with me, sapping my energy because of the pain, and I think I need to take myself out of the job before I really can’t do it any more. So I’ve asked the secretaries not to give me any new clients, and hoping that by mid- November I’ll have finished with all my present clients.

This is a very big deal, a tough decision to make. A major life event that I did not anticipate even five years ago. I thought I’d work until I could no longer sit upright in my chair. That time has come sooner than I expected.

This isn’t a particularly cheerful post, but then I’m not in a particularly cheerful mood. And here comes Terry, home from church.





Restoration Promised

Isaiah 62:10-12.

10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.

11 Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.

12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.

In 40:3, a reference is made to the way prepared for the coming of the Messiah. Here, it is the way prepared for His people.

The highway mentioned here is a literal one referred to several times before this (v. 10; 11:10,19:23; 35:8).

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The “standard” is always a rallying point around which the people can gather. Messiah, Himself will be the standard; the rallying point point of all nations. To Him they will come and to Him they will put their trust

Messiah is the salvation of all people in every corner of the earth. Not only His chosen people Israel, but also all the nations of the earth will enjoy the reward and blessing He has in store for them when they turn to Him in recognition and praise.

In that day, Israel will earn the name God’s holy people;  and Jerusalem    will enjoy the blessing and privilege of being a city everyone wants to see; of not forsaken.   

Indeed, the world will be a far different place for everyone when Jesus rules and reigns in Jerusalem, and the whole world is blessed by His presence!

Free from Oppression!

Isaiah 62:8-9.

The Lord hath sworn by His right hand, and by the arm of His strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:

But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of My holiness.

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What precious promises to a land and a people that will have gone through the Tribulation and been crushed under the heel of Antichrist! All down through history, one nation invades another and takes possession of everything that the people had labored for, but will not be allowed to enjoy.

God’s promise to Israel is that He will defeat the nations that would love to defeat Israel. No other nations, from that point to forever, would steal their hard-earned food and wine. They would enjoy the fruits of their own harvests, with no more fear of an enemy focused on destruction.