Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Voice From Jerusalem

Isa 66:6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompense to his enemies.

The LORD speaks from His temple in Jerusalem; He will recompense, fully pay back his enemies for their sins.

Deu 32:35 To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

When we stray from the LORD our path is slippery; we will soon fall. Yet, we must get up and by faith, continue in our walk with the LORD.

Isa 66:7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.
Isa 66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

The things of God are contrary to our ways. We seek God our way, but after years of struggling, we are broken with a sorrowful heart and suddenly the LORD sees us and we respond to his call, we are touched and changed. Through Jesus we become new creations.

Isa 66:9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.

I see in this that often God's people want things to happen before the time. They are impatient and when times of travail come, through much suffering, through much prayer, the LORD will deliver. We expect it to be quick and easy. When he comes, things Will move quickly. When Zion turns to the Lord with a whole heart there will be miraculous changes; the curses broken and freedom shall come, through Christ Jesus. Spiritual Jerusalem gives birth without pain:

Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

There is a separation of time of 2000 years in this verse of promise. It seems like a long time to us, but as nothing to the LORD; by faith it is assured. Can you see Jesus at his return? Can you see by faith that Lucifer will be bound and cast into a bottomless pit for a thousand years? This will happen as shown in the Revelation. Suddenly the tempter is removed and we live under the perfect Word of God. The Word of God will be taught, lived and honored and we shall live in peace. We wait and wait, generation after generation, by faith in the promises of God. Suddenly the curses are reversed, we live in a righteous world and Jesus is our King. At last and it will be worth it all.

Isa 66:10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:
Isa 66:11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.

The glory of Jerusalem shall be the presence of God's son. The time of the Gentile rule is over. Those Gentiles who receive the LORD shall be saved with the believing Jews.

Isa 66:12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
Isa 66:13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

The Lord is our comfort, he has given us the comforter, the Holy Spirit, but when he returns he will also be our comfort. We shall see him as he is.

Isa 66:14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.

We may suffer for a time, but it will be worth it. The Lord suffered much for us.

Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

He shall rule with an iron rod keeping the peace and He is our gentle shepherd.

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