Present in the Past

The Lord has been highlighting the Book of Isaiah to me lately. I’ve read here and there in Isaiah, but it’s been a while since I’ve read the entirety of it…and since I’ve gotten this graduated sight and hearing and understanding of the Word…well let’s just say I needed to get to it. I’ve known for about a year that there’s a LOT about the future in this book…and the present as well.

For those that don’t know, I DO NOT believe in the “rapture” as most people do. I believe that the Bride of Christ will have another “Mass Exodus” back to the promised land and there we will reside in protection and be cared for through the Tribulation…which by God’s word is actually only the last 3.5 years, or 1260 days. The first 3.5 is the time of sorrows that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 24.

Anyway…

So Isaiah 5: 8-end

Woes and Judgments

Woe to you who add house to house        (This is a Subdivision…neighborhoods!)
    and join field to field                                    (Our property is surrounded by other property)
till no space is left                                             (Every ounce of land is occupied!)
    and you live alone in the land.                  (We don’t hardly know our neighbors!)

The Lord Almighty has declared in my hearing:

“Surely the great houses will become desolate,       (People won’t be able to afford to live)
    the fine mansions left without occupants.          (There will be a LOT of vacant properties)
10 A ten-acre vineyard will produce only a bath[a] of wine;       (Famine conditions)
    a homer[b] of seed will yield only an ephah[c] of grain.”

11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning           (Coffee for those who can’t sleep)
    to run after their drinks,
who stay up late at night                                                  (booze for those to drown their stress)
    till they are inflamed with wine.
12 They have harps and lyres at their banquets,       (They party hard but…)
    pipes and timbrels and wine,
but they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord,      (They don’t care)
    no respect for the work of his hands.
13 Therefore my people will go into exile                       (Hard times a’comin)
    for lack of understanding;
those of high rank will die of hunger                (the people will be brought low and humbled)
    and the common people will be parched with thirst.     
14 Therefore Death expands its jaws,
    opening wide its mouth;
into it will descend their nobles and masses     
    with all their brawlers and revelers.
15 So people will be brought low                    (Yep, brought low and humbled)
    and everyone humbled,
    the eyes of the arrogant humbled.
16 But the Lord Almighty will be exalted by his justice,  (People will find the Lord!)
    and the holy God will be proved holy by his righteous acts.
17 Then sheep will graze as in their own pasture;     (That is His CHURCH!!)
    lambs will feed[d] among the ruins of the rich.       (We will be provided for!!)

18 Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit,  (People who try to sell false)
    and wickedness as with cart ropes,             (prosperity to those who are in desperate need)
19 to those who say, “Let God hurry;         (People who say “Jesus come quickly”)
    let him hasten his work
    so we may see it.
The plan of the Holy One of Israel—
    let it approach, let it come into view,       (Be prepared, it’s on it’s way)
    so we may know it.”

20 Woe to those who call evil good        (There will be a LOT MORE of this happening)
    and good evil,
who put darkness for light
    and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
    and sweet for bitter.

21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes    
    and clever in their own sight.

22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine  (Check your local college dorm and bars)
    and champions at mixing drinks,
23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
    but deny justice to the innocent.
24 Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw
    and as dry grass sinks down in the flames,
so their roots will decay                                        (God will bring those people down)
    and their flowers blow away like dust;
for they have rejected the law of the Lord Almighty
    and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 Therefore the Lord’s anger burns against his people;
    his hand is raised and he strikes them down.        (When you are down, you look up)
The mountains shake,
    and the dead bodies are like refuse in the streets.    

Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
    his hand is still upraised.

26 He lifts up a banner for the distant nations,        
    he whistles for those at the ends of the earth.     (Come out of her my people!)
Here they come,
    swiftly and speedily!                                                 (The LORDS ARMY!!)
27 Not one of them grows tired or stumbles,
    not one slumbers or sleeps;                                 (We have been watchful!!!)
not a belt is loosened at the waist,                         (We have TRUTH!)
    not a sandal strap is broken.                                (We have PEACE!)
28 Their arrows are sharp,                                         (Armed with the WORD)
    all their bows are strung;                                     (We are READY!)
their horses’ hooves seem like flint,                    (We spread Holy FIRE wherever we tread!)
    their chariot wheels like a whirlwind.             (We are SWIFT!)
29 Their roar is like that of the lion,                      
    they roar like young lions;
they growl as they seize their prey
    and carry it off with no one to rescue.
30 In that day they will roar over it
    like the roaring of the sea.
And if one looks at the land,                                (We WILL NOT BE SHAKEN)
    there is only darkness and distress;           
    even the sun will be darkened by clouds.

We will only see with our eyes the recompense of the wicked, nothing will touch us. Though we look across the land and see darkness and distress, we will carry this LIGHT to the world and reignite the LOVE that the Father has for us.

So many read the Word of God and see condemnation. I read it and see HOPE! This is a word for the current time! The Lord is showing us that even though there is darkness and despair, that He has given us a way out! He has given us peace to spread to the nations. It looks scary…but when you have eyes to see, the fear dissembles. It falls apart like a strawman. I see love. I see the tearing down of the people so they can find their way into the arms of the Father.

I was so incredibly encouraged by this today. I hope it encourages you ❤

Amanda 

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