(Hermitage of Mary in the Wilderness to Motherhouse September 4th, 2015)
I will reflect briefly on each section of this passage by the prophet Isaiah, focusing upon the application for us, since the Scriptures are for our Faith as Church and for Israel of old:
1 At the first time the land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephtali was lightly touched: and at the last the way of the sea beyond the Jordan of the Galilee of the Gentiles was heavily loaded.
2 The people that walked in darkness, have seen a great light: to them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen.
This speaks of Messiah’s First Advent, for the people saw a Great Light coming through the darkness, for the darkness was not able to overcome HIM who is the Light of the world!
3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, and hast not increased the joy. They shall rejoice before thee, as they that rejoice in the harvest, as conquerors rejoice after taking a prey, when they divide the spoils.
4 For the yoke of their burden, and the rod of their shoulder, and the sceptre of their oppressor thou best overcome, as in the day of Median.
5 For every violent taking of spoils, with tumult, and garment mingled with blood, shall be burnt, and be fuel for the fire.
This speaks of the people of ancient Persia (The Medo-Persian Empire of old) even as she rises again – what is past is prologue dear souls. We should never be deceived, for the LORD GOD knows the ways of the heart that lift themselves in pride against the GOD of Israel, our LORD JESUS with the Holy Trinity One GOD.
6 For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace.
7 His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of peace: he shall sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom; to establish it and strengthen it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth and forever: the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST (Yeshua HaMoshiach) is LORD and GOD – and He comes written in the volume of the Book – it is written of Him to do the will of the LORD.
Kiss the Son. Trust in Him fully. (Psalm 2)
8 The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.
9 And all the people of Ephraim shall know, and the inhabitants of Samaria that say in the pride and haughtiness of their heart:
10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with square stones: they have cut down the sycamores, but we will change them for cedars.
11 And the Lord shall set up the enemies of Rasin over him, and shall bring on his enemies in a crowd:
12 The Syrians from the east, and the Philistines from the west: and they shall devour Israel with open mouth, For all this his indignation is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
13 And the people are not returned to him who hath struck them, and have not sought after the Lord of hosts.
14 And the Lord shall destroy out of Israel the head and the tail, him that bendeth down, and him that holdeth back, in one day.
15 The aged and honourable, he is the head: and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
Dear souls, when GOD judges a nation, as He said He would to Israel in order to shake them heavily as these passages tell us – His Judgment is such that is seeks to HUMBLE the soul – instead Israel was not humbled.
Dear ones WE NEED TO BE HUMBLED AS SOULS WHO NEED GOD – AS A NATION THAT HAS GROWN PROUD AND ARROGANT – AS A WORLD SYSTEM.
Even in the face of Judgment we have said: “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with square stones: they have cut down the sycamores, but we will change them for cedars.”
“And the people are not returned to him who hath struck them, and have not sought after the Lord of hosts.”
16 And they that call this people blessed, shall cause them to err: and they that are called blessed, shall be thrown down headlong.
17 Therefore the Lord shell have no joy in their young men: neither shall he have mercy on their fatherless, and widows: for every one is a hypocrite and wicked, and every mouth hath spoken folly. For all this his indignation is not turned away, but his bend is stretched out still.
Too many keep tells us how “wonderful we are as a people” – listen: GOD says: All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD – and the wages of our sins is death – BUT, listen: the Gift (Grace) of GOD is eternal Life through Jesus Christ our LORD!
Dear ones, we cannot do anything by ourselves… we must have the True Vine and Live upon Him who is our Root.
18 For wickedness is kindled as a fire, it shall devour the brier and the thorn: and shall kindle in the thicket of the forest, and it shall be wrapped up in smoke ascending on high.
19 By the wrath of the Lord of hosts the land is troubled, and the people shall be as fuel for the fire: no man shall spare his brother.
20 And he shall turn to the right hand, and shall be hungry: and shall eat on the left hand, and shall not be filled: every one shell eat the flesh of his own arm: Manasses Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasses, and they together shall be against Juda.
21 After all these things his indignation is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
Here is the world system before us… it is facing the Judgment of the Judge Himself and we will see this – and are seeing it all around – prepare dear souls – repent, have faith in GOD and Trust in Him and follow Jesus in the Fellowship of GOD’s people (for no man is an island dear souls).
We must Love GOD and one another – for this is His Command to us as the Church.
Look up, for our Redeemer draws near – it is the “last hour.”
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that Antichrist cometh, even now there are become many Antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last hour. (I John 2: 18)
abba anthony the repentant sinner who prays for you