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“I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir./ Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger(vv.13-14)”.
‘Therefore’ the use of adverb refers to the verse preceding. The righteous are becoming fewer as evil takes for themselves the right of way. God is concerned when wickedness increases rampantly without any check.. Malfeasance at the top as we see about us becomes ‘the new normal’, and is duly copied at administrative levels so public servants are a law unto themselves. Even if they are disgraced and their services terminated they can easily turn it into very profitable money- spinner. Book rights and interviews in news media outlets earn them richly and consequently many are tempted to follow their…

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What are the weapons of God’s indignation? Let us consider the passage from the Book of the Revelation:
“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16…

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“Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles (v.2)”.
While we study this chapter we need to understand that the burden was placed by the Lord God. Prophet Isaiah had been chosen and only that he needed to put up his shoulder to carry it. Consequently we see him raising his voice to declare the woeful prophecy against Babylon. So much so for the background.
The Spirit adds a colourful touch as raising a banner or waving a hand,- and it perfectly fits with narrative style of the Spirit. An abstract idea of anger of the Lord God is translated into a physical act. So raising a banner is synonymous with the battle cry. It is always done before the opposing army so the standard of the army to be seen…

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In the chapter 11 we had discussed how the nation of Israel would learn to live in amity with the Gentile nations.’In that day’ points to a period of time. So what shall we mean by day? Its answer begins with the v.8 “for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” It is a period where in the Lord Redeemer was Word manifest in flesh and perfected with one sacrifice all who would be saved. It is not a single day of 24 hours but the Gospel of Good News making inroads into the hearts of men. Its slow maturation can be compared to the manner a mist out of the ground to water(Ge.2:6). God had not yet send the rains so we shall see the outpouring of the Spirit as rivers of blessing that God in his mercies made…

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Overview:

The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

Rise and fall of nations make history of people. When you study them you shall see the course is all too similar to dismiss it as coincidental. History of man is the history of fallen man to whom God is an unknown quantity. History of any nation is his life writ large. What does the scripture say? “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall(1 Pe.1:24-NIV)” We have seen while going through our history how Greek civilization had flowered after Crete was destroyed by a natural calamity and even while Greece flourished as cradle of western democracy Rome like the Babylonians mentioned here, struggling to find their feet did. It was no different from the manner Great Britain ruled the waves while…

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“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(v.1).

As a contrast to this let us consider the v.1 0f Psalm 22. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”David’s cry of despair was as real as his death in the hands of his pursuers was almost certain. Was David who fleeing for his life before King Saul ever cast down? He may have given to despair but never did God let him down. His promise to him was accomplished. The Spirit inserts in the narrative of the death of Jesus on the cross and this quote coming from him tells us a vital clue. No cry of a child of God goes unanswered.David was heard and delivered from his enemies. Cries of His children go directly to the God…

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Before we get on with the study of Isaiah let us consider two passages that have direct bearing on the chapter under discussion.
Firstly we have the reference to the angel of his presence which is the Spirit of Christ given a form. The Word was with God and we also understand from the same chapter of Apostle John,”All things were made by him…(John1:1-3)” His presence is what glory of the earth would indicate. But when it did, the earth which was without form would say Amen to the divine Will.In the beginning with the fall of man the coat os skins held a spiritual meaning of the slain lamb before the worlds began. From first to last, it can be seen. For instance the sea giving up the dead which were in it (Re:13) before the Last Judgment is true to God’s Core Will. The point is that no…

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Here we shall first take up the last verse in the chapter:
“There will be a highway for the remnant of his people
that is left from Assyria,
as there was for Israel
when they came up from Egypt.(Is.16-NIV)”
There is a parallelism and using two events one is yet to take place and the other already part of the national ethos we may wonder what is the point. Israel has no interest in the matters of the Spirit; even so as there is a spiritual underpinning which they will have to confront one day. Spirit is crucial to our Christian Living.
We are dead in Christ but alive and (are) set in heavenly places(Ep.2:6). “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:(2Co.5:6)”
While we are in the body we have to attend to needs imposed on…

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“And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

Prophet Isaiah’s prediction about Immanuel came true and we see historically the nation of Israel missed the signs and also the evidence Jesus of Nazareth presented during his earthly ministry. For example consider the incident when the woman taken in adultery was brought to him. The scribes and the Pharisees were certain what the Law of Moses prescribed but Jesus did not judge her by hearsay. The spirit of wisdom in him simply saw the case as God the Spirit would see it. He asked her accusers””He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her(Jn.8:7)” The Spirit convicted them. There is a way the law puts a gloss over reality but consciousness…

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Here we shall continue with the topic of the seven lamps of fire indicating the Holy Spirit in operation.
We shall begin with the manner Jesus Christ manifested the anointing of the Spirit. At the water baptism it descended from heaven like a dove.
Water baptism signifies dying to the world and it is a sacrament since our Lord Redeemer underwent in order to fulfill all righteousness. He as the Word made flesh had no need for it really. He was sinless as the firstborn of all creation. So we may infer that he was demonstrating for the world as the firstborn from the dead what righteousness would entail for the world. (“”He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.”1 Pe.2:22). As he ‘went up straightway out of the water, and, lo the heavens were opened unto him…’. The Spirit of God descended and lighting upon…

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