JAH Jehovah

Isaiah 12:2. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song: He also is become my salvation.”

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The only other place in which the construct  LORD JEHOVAH is used is in  Isaiah 26:4.  This double title establishes Him as LORD GOD;  it is the Lord most vehement.  It is the supreme Lord. Nothing nor nor one is above Him. His power is absolute.

After the Jews who come through the seven  years of the Great Tribulation have endured and turned completely back to the LORD GOD, they finally, with the rest of the world, find that He alone is salvation; He alone is strength; and He alone is the song, or the joy, the worship, the praise.

Worship in the Millenial Kingdom

Isaiah 12:1. “And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise Thee: though Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, and Thou comfortedst me.”

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This short chapter describes how we will worship Messiah, Jehovah, when He reigns over the whole earth from Jerusalem.

In that day: Always refers to end times Millenium. Jesus Christ, Messiah, is in complete control.

O Lord, I will praise Thee:  ALL the people, not just the Jews who are restored to their land, will praise Messiah.

Thou was angry with me:  The anger of God has been poured out, the Antichrist is defeated, and Israel is restored. While it is true that all people will honor Messiah, the Jews in particular will have more reason to rejoice as they acknowledge the righteous anger of God.

Thine anger is turned away: The time of retribution is past.

Thou comfortedst me:  Israel is restored  and reconciled to God. Peace is established.

Geographical Changes

Isaiah 11:15-16. “And the  Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea: and with His mighty wind shall He shake His hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. And there shall be an highway for the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria: like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.”

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(Isaiah makes the comparison, in these verses, of God making a dry path through the Red Sea, like He did when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. Will it look like this?  No idea, but I liked the picture)

God will create geographical changes to accommodate the return of the remnant of Israel to their homeland. The sea between Egypt and Arabia will be destroyed, and the river Euphrates will be smitten into seven shallow brooks. From Egypt to Assyria there will be a highway for traffic.

Cross reference:  Zech. 10:11

Unification

Isaiah 11:13-14. “The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand  upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.”

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During the Millenial Reign of Messiah, Israel will achieve its full unity. There will be no more Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom. There will be not more jealousy and trouble between the two. Because they will be united, they will be able to fight off their enemies, those surrounding Israel who have for centuries been able to attack them because  of the weakness their division created.

Israel became a nation in 1948. Because there was so much animus against Israel’s independence, and restoration to its land (and still is–the attacks on Israel have never stopped)  it is difficult to find an unbiased, clear map of the nation of Israel. The one I decided to use shows how much land Ephraim had, and how much Judah claimed, prior to becoming declared a nation. You can see how easy it was for surrounding nations to attack when the Northern and Southern kingdoms were at war with each other.  Having all that land united under one flag gives today’s Israel far more power to fend off their enemies.

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Today, Israel is still fighting to defend its borders. Total peace will not come until Messiah establishes His kingdom.

Sunday Morning Coffee: I Love to Teach

My church hosts a homeschool co-op every other Friday during the school year.  They draw on church members or parents of students who may not attend our church to teach whatever is their expertise. Lots of the students are from other like-minded churches in the area.  This semester, the students are getting science, Spanish, art, gym, and literature.

This is my second year of participating.  Last year, I taught about a dozen high school students how to write a research paper.

This year, we’re doing something a little outside the box, and it’s turning out to be a lot of fun. We’re learning about nursery rhymes and fairy tales, and how they relate to the history and/or politics of their origins.  Of course, many can’t be specifically nailed down, but we’ve had a lot of fun looking things up. The students have done some outstanding writing.

The best thing about this group is that they are all willing and enthusiastic participants. There is absolutely no negative attitude or disrespect. My hat is off to the parents mostly the moms, who have homeschooled these kids and have done an outstanding job of it. Even when we have to spend some time in the dreaded grammatical  corrections that appear in their papers, they are attentive and teachable.

All of this makes my job enjoyable, satisfying, and fulfilling. Any teacher who cares about teaching knows the pleasure of that “AHA!” moment when a student “gets it” after a struggle to do so. 69ee5e2d3c99a4b1f99f0827cfde4f38

The assignment to be turned in two weeks from now involves the parables in the New Testament gospels–the stories Jesus told to help His disciples understood Who He was and what He had come to do. The Master Teacher,  Jesus used stories  that His audience understood, and with which they could identify.

I’m looking forward to what the class has to offer me on this one.

Outcasts Return

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

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Some believe that the ensign, or banner, will be the Israeli flag with the Star of David. We are not told what it will look like; only that the Jews from all around with world will be called back to Israel  under this flag.

The word outcast is used here and in several other places only of Israel, and not of Judah. There are other prophecies regarding the “outcast of Israel” in Is.56:8, Ps. 147:2, and Is. 56:1-5; Is. 27:12-13.

The four corners of the earth  is a reference to the four directions: East, west north and south (Rev. 7:1).

The Return to Israel

Isaiah 11:11.”And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.”

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The first time God gathered His people to return to Israel was in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah.

The second gathering will be different, as it will encompass every land, every nation, to which the children of Israel have spread since the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.  This will be such a gathering as has never been witnessed before.