Thursday, June 4, 2009

Vengeance and Prayers - Isaiah 63


2 Cor 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
2 Cor 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
2 Cor 2:16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Isa 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
Isa 63:2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?

Isaiah speaks of what he sees in a vision. Who is this coming from the enemies of Israel with died red apparel? Edom means red. Who is this coming from the land of "Red" in red apparel? His apparel is glorious, and he travels in the greatness of his strength. We are seeing Jesus returning as judge, destroying the enemies of God.

Rev 14:14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
Rev 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

Rev 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Isa 63:3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
Isa 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

No one knows the time but the Father, but Jesus will come to bring vengeance on the enemies of God and to establish his Millennial kingdom.

Isa 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

Jesus has given judgement and shall give judgement upon evil and he is the way of righteousness and redemption. When he comes to reign on earth, it will be bad news for those opposing him and good news for those looking for him.

Luke 21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Luke 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Isa 63:5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.

Jesus finished the work on the cross, alone. He himself brought salvation to us by his spilled blood. When he returns he will take vengeance spilling the blood of his persecutors. No wrath of God shall come upon His own people.

Isa 41:28 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.
Isa 41:29 Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion.
Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

John 16:32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

Isa 63:6 And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.

No matter what the enemy armies of the nations rely on for strength, God is greater. They will be destroyed in an instant.

Psa 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
Psa 20:8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
Psa 20:9 Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.

God's people pray

Isa 63:7 I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
Isa 63:8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.

Surely these are My people, children who will not lie: "The Hebrew word for lie contains even more than our word. It was applied to a fountain, pit or brook that contained no water any more and so disappointed the thirsty person, and to a fruit tree that no longer yielded any fruit (Habakkuk 3:17). With this one significant word, the Lord meant to say that His people will not deceive and disappoint Him." (Butlema)

Isa 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

God's love is faithful. His love sent Jesus the redeemer who took upon himself afflictions and bore our sins on the cross. Another name for angel is messenger. Jesus was no angel, but he did deliver the WORD of God to all who would hear. Jesus came from the very presence of God, for he is God the Son. Through his great love expressed; Jesus redeemed us by his blood, and he carries us. God is afflicted with His people, for He identifies with them. He will help His people who trust in Him.

What was the angel help in days of old?

Exo 14:19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:

Exo 33:14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
Exo 33:15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
Exo 33:16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.

God's people desire his presence. In days of old the angel guided them and certain men were given the Holy Spirit. Now we have the Holy Spirit with us through our salvation in Jesus. We must be careful to not grieve the Holy Spirit.

Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Eph 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;God sent an angel to guide his people through the wilderness, but they rebelled.

Isa 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

Psa 106:34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them:
Psa 106:35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.
Psa 106:36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.
Psa 106:37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
Psa 106:38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.
Psa 106:39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
Psa 106:40 Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
Psa 106:41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.
Psa 106:42 Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.
Psa 106:43 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.
Psa 106:44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:
Psa 106:45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.

The LORD is merciful and he had mercy and grace for His covenant people but he will take vengeance on those who despise him and his people.

Isa 63:11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?
Isa 63:12 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?

Isaiah speaks as the voice of his afflicted people; for Israel as a whole was called the son of God, His covenant people. He had spoken through Moses to Pharaoh when His people were afflicted.

Exo 4:22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
Exo 4:23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.

He speaks in remembrance of the days of Moses, how he had given his Spirit to Moses and been the deliverer with his glorious arm , dividing the Red Sea and the Jordan, showing himself as the Almighty God.

Isa 63:13 That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble?

Remembering how that the LORD led His people through the Red Sea on dry land by His Holy Spirit, as an horse in the wilderness who has open space to run in, they trusting him to get across safely.

Isa 63:14 As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.

Remembering how the The Holy Spirit was with them through the wilderness, giving them rest. We have this same Holy Spirit with us today, leading us, glorifying God within us and giving us rest and Peace through Jesus our savior and rest. We receive this rest through faith in God and His son, not by our doing. We remember his moving in our own lives and His great salvation.

Heb 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Heb 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Lack of faith kept Israel out of the natural promise land, even as it will keep people from entering the eternal rest in heaven with our Lord, through faith in Christ Jesus, our entrance into the eternal kingdom.

A Plea for Restoration of Israel

Isa 63:15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?

The child of God, even as Israel in Babylon, calls unto the LORD who is holy and in his glory: where is thy zeal for your people? Show yourself merciful and deliver your people. When we pray it is good to remind the LORD and ourselves of His faithfulness in the past towards His people and in our own lives. Remind him of His promises and do your part in meeting any conditions to his promises. For example: If we do not ask in prayer, humbly by faith, then how do we expect an answer? Do we have faith or is pride in the way?

Isa 63:16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.
Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants' sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.
Isa 63:18 The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.

We plea as people of Abraham, but more importantly as your people our LORD, our Father, our redeemer: thy name is everlasting. You are Almighty God; the Alpha and Omega, no beginning and no end. The prayer person reminds God that he is able to keep them from falling. He asks the LORD why he allowed Israel to fall and become of hardened hearts? We do not know God's ways, yet we see from His word that although he can keep us from falling, that he may give us over to our choices because of stubborn insistence to sin. I believe that God will not forsake His people, but as the scripture says, he may chasten his children.

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

The one in prayer asked for the return of the tribes of Israel to their promise land. Many did return from the tribes of Dan and Judah and the lost tribes of Israel will return in the end times. Twelve tribes are mentioned in Revelation, wherein 12000 of each tribe are sealed by God in their foreheads.(Rev 12:5-8) The LORD knows where His people are, both Jew and Gentile are one in Christ Jesus.

Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.\

Isa 63:19 We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name.

Isa 63:19 (NLT) LORD, why do you treat us as though we never belonged to you? Why do you act as though we had never been known as your people?

The person praying sounds like some of us, losing patience with God and wondering why he does not answer our prayer.We belong to God, but are in the midst of a people ruled by the god of this world who are not called by thy name.

2 Cor 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2 Cor 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

As the world becomes more evil, we will be hated and persecuted for our belief in God.

2 Tim 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2 Tim 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
2 Tim 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

The LORD is faithful to us as we are faithful to trust him.

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