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1 Keep silence before me, O islands [ iyim]; and let the people renew their strength [ko'ach]: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment [mishpat (tribunal)].
Keep silence before me O islands - a theme of the servant prophecies (Is. 40.15, 42.4, 10,12,49.1). All flesh will keep silence in that day (Is.2.22, Zech.2.13, Hk.2.20). It seems to be a summoning to a grand assize, where they will be judged. Armageddon and its aftermath is a judgment day where nations are gathered to Jerusalem and punished for their iniquities (Zech.14.1, Hbk 3.7, JoeI3.11.13). *
The Righteous Multitudinous Just One
2 Who raised up the righteous man [ [awakened the just one (Koresh, Cyrus 44:28)] from the east [mizrach], called him to His foot [raglayim], gave the nations [ Goyim ] before him, and made him rule over kings [melachim]? he gave them as the dust [aphar] to his sword [cherev], and as driven stubble [windblown kash ] to his bow [keshet].
Christ the righteous one from the East (sun's rising) subdues nations. Lit. 'Righeousness from the Sun's Rising. God raised up Cyrus from the east to topple Babylon through the drying up of the great river Euphrates and emancipate Israel from their bondage and darkness to return and build their city and temple. Antitypically, the multitudinous Christ (Rev.16.12) who will be given power over nations, and rule over kings, Judah will be his sword and bow (Zech.9.13) and with Ephraim smite their enemies. *
3 He pursued them, and passed safely [on in shalom]; even by the way [the orach (path)] that he had not gone with his feet [ his feet do not even come].
4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations [forth the dorot] from the beginning? I Yahweh (I who will be), the first [Rishon] (One), and with the last [Acharonim (last ones)] (Ones); I am He.
In this passage "the Last" is in the plural, but in Isa. 44:6. it is used in the singular, according to the formula, "Thus saith YAHWEH, king of Israel, and his (Israel's) redeemer, YAHWEH, Tz'vahoth (or, HE who will be of hosts, that is, 'COMMANDER' of them, ch. 55:4). I THE FIRST ONE and I THE LAST ONE; and without me no ELOHIM. And who as I shall proclaim, and declare it, and set it in order for me since I appointed the people of Olahm? And the things that are coming, and shall come, let them show unto them."
The "Last Ones" of the forty first chapter are comprised in the "Last One" of the forty fourth, which though expressed in the singular, clearly indicates a plurality by its association with the sentence, "and without me no Elohim" - without the Spirit which quickeneth there will be no glorified saints, for "the flesh profits nothing;" they are "the people of Olahm," destined to reign with the Christ a thousand years (Apoc. 20:6).
And here the reader is requested to bear in mind, that the titles and expressions by which the ETERNAL POWER designates himself in the scriptures of the prophets are all reproduced in the New Testament and the Apocalypse, and therein applied to Jesus and his Brethren when "perfected in spirit," or "glorified together" (Rom. 8:17). Thus, the prophetic YAHWEH ELOHIM styles Himself "the First and the Last," so doth the symbolical Son of man; YAHWEH says he is the only Rock.
Paul speaking of the Rock terms it Christ; YAHWEH styles Himself King of Israel, Christ Jesus calls himself the same; YAHWEH declares that He is a saviour, and that there is none beside Him: the Word made flesh was called Jesus, because he should save his people, or be their saviour - "I, I, YAHWEH, and there is no saviour beside me" (Isa. 43:11).
5 The isles [iyim] saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth [ketzot ha'aretz] were afraid [trembled], drew near, and came [they approached and came near].
Fear grips the Island powers (Josh.2.9-11, Pslm.91). *
6 They helped every one his neighbour [re'a]; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage [chazak!].
7 So the carpenter [charash (craftsman)] encouraged the goldsmith [tzoref], and he that smootheth with the hammer [patish] [encouraged] him that smote [strikes] the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering [of the soldering, tov hu]: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved [so that it should not topple].
Their idolatry and industry is their undoing and will avail nothing; They think they can make things secure, but nothing is fixed and every thing will be toppled. The game is up for this world. *
8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
... The truth, like its author, is light. It is not a matter of opinion, or of doubtful disputation. It is clear, certain, and demonstrable; and being light, it is not afraid of light, because in it is no darkness at all.
Believe, then, God's covenant and testimonies. This is the foundation upon which you must be built if you would be sprinkled with the blood of the covenant, without which you cannot be saved. If you believe them you have found the kingdom of God, which Jesus counsels you to seek first. You cannot fail to have found the kingdom there, for the kingdom is the grand theme of them all.
Now, the next thing you have to do, is to seek God's righteousness; that is, to ascertain what is that way appointed of God, in which men who believe his covenant and testimonies may be regarded by him as righteous and holy; for
"without holiness no man can see the Lord,"
or enter the kingdom, which is the same thing. Men have ways of righteousness; but they are none of them God's way-they are mere corruptions only of his. They tell you to believe in Jesus, and you shall be saved. It is true, you cannot be saved if you do not; but if you believe no more than what is technically termed "believing in Jesus," this credence will not save you.
But why cannot a man be saved who believes only this creed? Because he does not believe the covenant and testimonies, in other words, "the gospel of the kingdom." God has set Jesus forth as a blood-sprinkled mercy-seat for them who believe the things of the kingdom, and of his name as its Christ, and for no one else. Hence, if men reject the things of the kingdom they can no more be saved by Jesus, than those who reject Jesus, but believe all that is testified concerning the kingdom.
The belief of the gospel of the kingdom qualifies a man for being saved by the name of Jesus. This qualification must precede the salvation, or salvation is impossible; because it is written,
"He that believes not (the gospel) shall be condemned."
Jesus himself preached that gospel upon which he predicates men's salvation; therefore, it must be something else than his own personality...
As the promises pertain to Israelites (Rom. 9:4), Gentiles must become Jews before they can claim them.
Mystery of the Covenant of the Holy Land Explained
Herald of the Kingdom and Age to come, Dec 1855
The Cyrus call to Israel. Israel is the apple of God's eye (Zech.2.8) and this is the primary purpose of Yahweh (Christ) to save his people and restore them back to the land and the New Covenant as prefigured in the famous decree of Cyrus (2 Chron.36.23, Ezra l.1-4).
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy elohim: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
13 For I Yahweh thy elohim will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
V.10-I3 These words could have been spoken of Yahweh's true servant who was surrounded by his enemies who put him to death (Zech.12.10, 13.7). But this was a reassurance that Yahweh would save him (Pslm.l6), but now it applies to Israel in dispersion fighting their way back to the land (Zech.9.13-17;l0.5-12,12.6-8). They would be "a new sharp threshing instrument" to thresh the mountains (Babylon the Great).
Brother Richard Lister
Apocalyptic Messenger, July 2017
14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob [ tola'at Ya'akov], and ye men of [Yisroel]; I will help thee, saith Yahweh, and thy redeemer [Go'el ], the Holy One of Israel [Kadosh Yisroel].
Their Redeemer (Christ) Hb. Goal = thy kinsman, shall be thy Holy One (Ish Kadish). He will save them. *
When "every eye shall see him" upon these principles, it will be manifestly a time of great trouble. It is, in fact, the "time of trouble," both of Jacob and the Gentiles, out of which, however, "Jacob shall be delivered" (Jer. 30:7). Daniel declares it to be "a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation to that same time" (12:1). Israel's hopes will be at the lowest ebb; and unless another Joseph appear as in Egypt, for the salvation of his father's house, they must perish.
But the Eternal Power has provided for them a Deliverer after the type of Joseph, who at his second interview with the nation, his brethren after the flesh, will reveal himself to them in the day of affliction; and when they shall discover, as Zechariah teaches, by the wounds in his hands, that he is Yahoshaia, or Jesus, who was wounded in the house of his kindred (13:6; 12:10); and that it is to him they are indebted for deliverance from the enemy, they will mourn and be in bitterness before him, as their fathers were in Joseph's presence, whom, as they had served Jesus, they sold for a few pieces of silver.
All the tribes of the earth will howl, for the anguish of the times will be great -- Israel among the nations, as a lion among flocks of sheep; YAHWEH's battle-axe and weapons of war to break in pieces the nations, and destroy the kingdoms..."Even so, Amen."
Then "the righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked: so that a man shall say, Verily, there is a reward for the righteous: verily there is Elohim judging the earth" (Psa. 58:10,11).
Jesus and his Brethren in command of the twelve tribes of Israel, are the Sickle of the Spirit by which he cuts off the vine of the earth, and treads its clusters in the great winepress of Divine wrath. Behold them all in battle array in Apoc ch. 19:11-16! There is the Faithful and True One, the Commander of the forces, who makes war in righteousness; His brethren in arms, who are "the called, and chosen and faithful;" and their hosts, the horses they ride, and the sharp sword of their warfare.
These constitute the instrumentality symbolized in ch. 14 by the Angel of the Sickle who treads the winepress. This is evident from the fact that his mission is the same as theirs, which the reader may see by comparing verse 19 of this chapter with verse 15 of the former, where it is written "He treadeth the wine-press of the fierceness of Mighty God". Thus, those who "go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall, tread down the wicked: for they shall be ashes under the soles of their feet in the day that I shall do, saith Yahweh Tz'vaoth".
14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith Yahweh, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
V.14 Their Redeemer (Christ) Hb. Goal = thy kinsman, shall be thy Holy One (Ish Kadish). He will save them.
17 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I Yahweh will hear them, I the elohim of Israel will not forsake them.
18 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together:
20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of Yahweh hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.
v 17-20. So the faithful have suffered, cast out, yet they thirst in a dry and parched land *Pslm.63.1, Pslm.42.1,2); but whoseover shall give the least of my little-ones a cup of water (Mtt.10.42, Mtt.26.35-46).
Global famine, but God's blessings will flow forth. to the faithful and the Holy Land (v.18, 19). The seven trees of Israel take root and flourish in the deserts of Judea' and deserts across the world like the Sahara will bloom in the Kingdom Age.
Cedar, acacia, myrtle, olive, fir, pine, box and many others (Jer 31.5, Ezk.47.7,12, Amos 9.13-15). Some of these trees found use in Solomon's Temple (cedars of Lebanon, firs, pines), others (myrtle) at the Feast of Tabernacles to build booths (Zech. 1.8), pure oil in the Lampstand, speaking of the purity of the Truth in the ecclesia of God, the five wise virgins having their lamps full of oil burning brightly in the Gentile night.
Brother Richard Lister
Apocalyptic Messenger, July 2017
15 Behold [Hinei], I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth [ iron having pifiyyot (blades)]: thou shalt thresh the mountains [harim] (empires), and beat them small, and shalt make the hills [geva'ot] as chaff [motz].
'...an army of Samsons cannot but be invincible. It will be just the force the necessities of the situation demand.
These soldiers of the king of Israel will not only be the goodly horses ridden by the Saints, but they will be the long, or far reaching, sword of their Commander, and his bow and arrow, battle axe, and new sharp threshing instrument with teeth.
"I declare," saith the Spirit, "that I will render double to thee; when I have bent Judah for me, and filled the (Judah) bow with (the) Ephraim (arrow), and raised up thy sons, 0 Zion, against thy sons, 0 Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man. And YAHWEH shall be seen over and his arrow (Ephriam) shall go forth as lightning and Adonai YAHWEH shall blow the trumpet, and his arrow (Ephraim) shall go forth as the lightning: and whirlwinds of Teman" (Zech. 9:13).
16 Thou shalt fan [winnow] them, and the wind [ru'ach] shall carry them away, and the whirlwind [se'arah] shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in Yahweh, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel [Kadosh Yisroel].
Esau will have had the dominion over Jacob long enough; and the time will now have arrived to prove to mankind "that there is a God that judgeth in the earth". Esau has lived by his sword, but not righteously. He crucified the king of Israel, persecuted and killed his brethren, corrupted the faith, trod under foot the Holy City forty and two months, and poured out the blood of Jacob like water upon the ground. But they who war against Zion and her sons "shall be as nothing, as a thing of naught".
... hitherto Jacob has been under the heel of Esau, whose metallic Image stands unbroken upon its feet of iron and miry clay. The work of the Second and Third Angels is to grind to powder the various metals of which it is composed; and to do the work so effectually that no place be found for the things they represent (Dan. 2:35).
19 I will plant in the wilderness [midbar] the cedar, the shittah [acacia] tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree [etz shemen]; I will set in the desert [Aravah] the fir tree, and the pine [the cypress, and the fir], and the box tree together:
That the Holy Land is to become the Paradise of the Deity is manifest from the following testimonies, which every one acquainted with the history of Eden, in whole, or in part, knows have never yet been accomplished. Thus the Spirit saith, "Thy land, O Zion, shall no more be termed 'Desolate;' but thou shalt be called Hephzibah (that is, My Beloved is in her), and thy land Beulah (that is, Married): for YAHWEH delighteth in thee, and thy Land shall be married. For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee; and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thine Elohim rejoice over thee" (Isai. 62:4,5).
Here Zion and the Holy Land are represented as a Virgin-Bride; and the Elohim, or Messiah and his brethren in their One Spirit-Body manifestation, as the Bridegroom. This Virgin-Bride and her Bridegroom are the loving couple, whose loves are celebrated by Solomon in his "Song of Songs." The land, in its paradisaic development, is typified in his "garden enclosed," and which, as king, he styles, "my sister spouse," as already quoted. This is the literal, which is also allegorical of something more recondite, as hereafter will be shown. At present we have to do chiefly with the geo-material aspects of the subject.
When the marriage, or union, between the Sons of Zion and their King, as the Bridegroom, and the Holy Land as the virgin-bride, comes to pass, the country will become the Paradise of Yahweh, which his own right hand hath planted. Thus, the Spirit saith, "Yahweh shall comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the Garden of Yahweh; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody" (Isai. 51:3). "Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to Yahweh for a renown, for a memorial of the Olahm, which shall not be cut off" (Isai. 55:13).
...Lastly upon this point Ezekiel's testimony may be adduced; as,
"Thus saith Adonai Yahweh; in the day that I shall have cleansed you, O Israel, from all your iniquities, I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the Garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities fenced, and inhabited. Then the nations that are left round about you shall know that I, Yahweh, build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I, Yahweh, have spoken it, and I will do it" (Ezek. 36:33).
When thus converted into Paradise, the same prophet tells us that there will be "a river that can not be passed over" by wading; and that it will be formed by a confluence of "waters springing out from under the threshold of the temple eastward, from its right side, at the south of the altar" (47:1-5). He then informs us that "on the bank of the river was a great wood aitz rav, (both words in the singular number) on the one side and on the other. "The waters issue from Mount Moriah down its south side, and flow on toward the east through a vast cleft in the Mount of Olives (Zech. 14:4,8). When they have passed this valley they divide into two rivers, the one flowing through the desert and emptying into the Dead Sea; and the other into the Mediterranean: both of them abundant and never failing streams.
The effect of the eastern river upon the Dead Sea will be to heal its waters. Both streams are healing waters; for the prophet says, that "It shall be, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the two rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither; for they (of the Dead Sea) shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. And it shall be, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engeddi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the Great Sea (or Mediterranean) exceeding many.
"And by the river on the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall come up every tree for food, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be exhausted; for its months it shall yield, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for food, and the leaf thereof for healing."
v20. This is a new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness, and all flesh that survives will behold and understand that Yahweh' s Holy One (Christ) hath done this and created it, when they see the vast transformations that have been effected both by the resculpturing and relandscaping of the Middle East (Zech.l4 ) and the rest of the world purged of all its pollutions and abominations that pollute and defile it presently, by the evil hand of man who is unfit to have the stewardship of the earth. and it will be given unto those who are worthy (Pslm~2.8; Pslm 145:10-12. Pslm 96. Pslm 72, Rev.21, Rev.22), but the unclean and fearful and abominable cast out, none of them shall enter in to defile the sanctuary (Rev.21.8, 27, l Cor.6.9-10, Gal. 5.19-21, 2Thess.1,2).
21 Produce your cause, saith Yahweh; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.
Idols, false gods of the World prove impotent.
22 Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.
23 Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.
This is arrogant man invited to defend his corrupt systems - political, religious, humanistic, atheistic, evolutionist, Papish, sectarian, pagan. How will they stack up now face to face with divine power and majesty in the person of Christ and his glorious saints: in the face of the new world power manifest in Zion.
Their brash self confldence where they play god with Yahweh's creation, all their conceit of learning as they prod and poke into God's creation and manipulate this molecule and this enzyme and this protein, and they say look how clever we are, yet do not see beyond their nose end, that they are destroying the earth, and God will destroy those that, destroy or pollute the earth (Rev .11.18).
It does no matter to me whether a person reads this or not or says nothing but takes refuge in their dumbness. Dumb dogs that cannot bark. the day of reckoning is coming for all those supine world lovers and compromisers, blind leaders of the blind, apostates. Our God is a consuming fire. God is not mocked. The day of recompence will come.
24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.
Behold ye are nothing, and your work of nought (worse than a viper mgn.) This is God's estimation of the trash of this world, of its sport, of its entertainments, its depraved music, of its gadgets, of its filthiness and immorality, its social quagmire and degeneracy and perverted values, calling that which is good evil, and that which is evil good. Its science, its technology, its institutions of learning, its sin palaces; its cities, its many inventions.
Its all going to cease to be. Its all going into oblivion. The whole dross carnal serpent mind cut down and either buried in the valley of Haman Gog; or downcast into the Abyss, and bound tor a thousand years as the devil and dragon and serpent and satan to deceive the world no more until the final rebellion or Apostasy foretold in time, (Rev.20) consumed with fire from heaven.
25 I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay.
The apocalypse of Christ in the day of Wrath and Apocalypse to humble the lofty looks of man (Is.2).
26 Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? yea, there is none that sheweth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your words.
27 The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings.
Rishon le Zion = first to Zion - is the Apocalyptic Son of Man. The Man of the One will be given to Jerusalem that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace (Is. 52.7, Isa.34, Rev. 5).
28 For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word.
29 Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion.
Brother Richard Lister
Apocalyptic Messenger, July 2017