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WARNING SIGNS November 30, 2008

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This site shows the satellite view of the nations mentioned in Isaiah 13-25. Scrolling this will help you remember the rise and fall of the nations predicted by Isaiah in the 700’s BC.

The alliance between Israel and Syria really frightened the people of Judah. The leaders of Judah were sure this conspiracy would do them in!  Instead, the Assyrian Empire arose out of the northern Tigris River Valley (think Nineveh and Jonah) to threaten Judah and to take Israel captive.  Most of the nations mentioned in these chapter 15-20 were destroyed by the Assyrians. Except Judah, whom God protected, and who possessed these written pleas from Isaiah  to turn back to God and His ways.

Next, the Babylonian Empire arose out of Southern Iraq. They were the one God used to discipline Judah and Jerusalem. Babylon became a great capital (in N. Iraq), only to be destroyed forever by repeated take-overs by the Medes (N. Iran), the Persians, and the Greeks. The Arabians never bothered to rebuild it. ( The government of Iraq today is trying to protect the ruins.) Isaiah preached all this  in the 700’s BC, predicting events occurring in 722 BC, 586 BC, 530’s BC, 04 AD, and some yet to be.

The rise and fall of these world empires serve as signposts which remind us of God’s justice. They are historical facts that validate the truthfulness of scripture. They are warning signs telling all of us that judgment and destruction are coming if one does not turn back to God and trust in His salvation.

“The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants,

Because they have transgressed the laws,

Changed the ordinance,

Broken the everlasting covenant,

Therefore the curse has devoured the earth,

And those who dwell in it are held guilty.”  (Isaiah 24:5-6)

We learn from these chapters that God is sovereign, in control. He uses whom He wishes to accomplish His purposes. God is also just. That’s what this is all about. Because being just is part of His very nature, He cannot be flippant about sin and rejection. Therefore, we need a Savior, a Rock to hide under, a righteous covering of our sins. Jesus is that Savior, the Messiah, the Christ, our rock and covering when God has to be true to himself–to His justice.

Remember, we are thinking through these pages of Isaiah, thinking about biblical principles, applying them to warm our hearts toward our compassionate God, friend, brother. Even though the earth’s judgment appears harsh to our ears today, what stands out is the mercy and compassion of God in providing a Savior and ordering world events to bring that about.

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Returning to God November 13, 2008

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Remembering that God is with us and is in control of all world powers helps us calm down when things don’t go our way–or life caves in upon us.  Remind each other of this all the time.  Our sin nature pulls against our mind, dulling our ability to remember simple Bible principles when we’re under pressure.  So when the stuffing gets knocked out of a friend, remind her that God is in control, limits evil, and is WITH and FOR His people. Go to Isaiah 7-12 for an encouraging word to share with someone else.

“Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me!

We are for signs and wonders in Israel

From the LORD of hosts,

Who dwells in Mount Zion” (Israel 8:18).

The snapshot we’re visualizing is of Isaiah standing with his two sons.  The youngest’s name was “A Remnant Shall Return.”  Judah was to keep in mind that no matter how sinful people became or how bad corruption seemed to be, especially among their leaders,  a number would always return to God in repentance and faith.

“The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob,

To the Mighty God.

For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea,

A remnant of them will return” (Isaiah 10:21-22).

That is a picture of hope and comfort for us.  When you get worried about the sin and corruption, the disregard for God, remind one another that there will always be some left who worship the true God, the Mighty One who created and creates. Think of Isaiah with his two sons and praise God come what may.

Assyria was not yet a strong world power.  (Jonah had preached to their capital city; God had granted grace to them and many had turned to Him in repentance.)  But, one day Assyria would destroy Israel and all the nations surrounding Judah and begin to invade and raid Judah. They would never take over Judah or Jerusalem even though they would raid and loot. They and their king would be judged for their ruthlessness and idolatry.

Comfort From Isaiah’s Sons

Are you worried about rising world powers?  What will happen in Iraq? (Nineveh was in Northern Iraq.)  Who will control central Asia now?  Will America just continue to slide into gross immorality? ( I was amazed that abortion was not even an issue during this last election. No one seems to care when a young mother chooses to kill her unborn child.) Let us remember that a remnant will turn to God and God is with us no matter what.  We can joyfully be refreshed and renewed and cleaned by the deep truths of our salvation in Christ Jesus.

“For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song:

He also has become my salvation.'”

Therefore with joy you will draw water

From the wells of salvation” {Isaiah 12:2-3).

 

GOD IS WITH US; HE IS IN CONTROL November 9, 2008

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Isaiah had two sons.  They were named to teach two principles.  “Speed the spoil; Hasten the booty” was the oldest son.  The principle was that Judah should not worry about whether they were invaded or not.  Instead, they were to remember that God was with them.  He limited the evil and used world powers to accomplish what He wanted to happen.  Isaiah predicted that their enemies, Syria and Israel, and Assyria would never conquer them, but a new kingdom would arise to take them over.  Their attitude should be to let it come!  God was always with His people and He never lost control of world events.  Look for this principle in Isaiah 7-12.

What are your enemies?  Joblessness?  A bad marriage?  Credit cards and credit ratings? Medical bills? Health? Aging issues? Worry over national events?  Isaiah tells you to treasure Immanuel, God with us. “Send it on; I’ll be okay because God is with me!”  Sing praises to Him because He is with you and is in control of your enemies.  In John 5:24, we are reminded that he who believes has passed from judgment to life. There is no condemnation to those who turn back to God and trust that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is sufficient to atone for their sins. They are “in Christ Jesus” and in His kingdom or and under His care, come what may (Romans 8:1).

Remember this snapshot of Isaiah with his two sons to remind you of the principle behind “Speed the Spoil; Hasten the booty.”

I hope this is your own spiritual experience already or from now on…