Archive | July 2016

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Great promise from Isaiah 54

Isaiah 54 Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)
In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with eternal mercy I will have compassion on thee, said the LORD thy Redeemer.
For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so I have sworn that I would not be wroth again with thee, nor reprehend thee.
10 For the mountains shall be removed, and the hills shall tremble; but my mercy shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be changed, said the LORD that has mercy on thee.
I found great comfort and encouragement in this, seeing that just as He swore to Noah regarding the floods, He also swears to us that His covenant of peace will be with us as things fall apart on this earth prior to His glorious return.
And then later in the chapter, we find this:
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the slaves of the LORD, and their justice from me, said the LORD.

The Patchy Fog

As I was driving to work early Tuesday morning, there was patchy fog.  In one area, it was really thick.  Once I entered that area, I could only see a short distance in front of me.  I sensed the Lord saying, “This is how it will be for you shortly.  You won’t be able to see in the distance.  You will feel as if you are in a deep fog, but child, do not fear.  I will lead you where you need to go.  I will show you the way.”
Then I came to work and start reading in Isaiah, where I left off the day before.  Here is what I saw:
Isaiah 42:16 Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)
16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will cause them to walk in paths that they have not known; I will make darkness light before them and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them and not forsake them.
I love how the Lord confirms to us His Word.  How comforting in such trying times!

Isaiah 13

This sounds like the US and ISIS:

Isaiah 13 Living Bible (TLB)

13 This is the vision God showed Isaiah (son of Amoz) concerning Babylon’s doom.

2 See the flags waving as their enemy attacks. (This reminds me of ISIS waving their flag as they drive through areas they have conquered.) Shout to them, O Israel, and wave them on as they march against Babylon to destroy the palaces of the rich and mighty. 3 I, the Lord, have set apart these armies for this task; I have called those rejoicing in their strength to do this work, to satisfy my anger. 4 Hear the tumult on the mountains! Listen as the armies march! It is the tumult and the shout of many nations. The Lord Almighty has brought them here, 5 from countries far away. They are his weapons against you, O Babylon. They carry his anger with them and will destroy your whole land.

6 Scream in terror, for the Lord’s time has come, the time for the Almighty to crush you. 7 Your arms lie paralyzed with fear; the strongest hearts melt 8 and are afraid. Fear grips you with terrible pangs, like those of a woman in labor. You look at one another, helpless, as the flames of the burning city reflect upon your pallid faces. 9 For see, the day of the Lord is coming, the terrible day of his wrath and fierce anger. The land shall be destroyed and all the sinners with it. 10 The heavens will be black above them. No light will shine from stars or sun or moon.

11 And I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sin; I will crush the arrogance of the proud man and the haughtiness of the rich. 12 Few will live when I have finished up my work.

Men will be as scarce as gold—of greater value than the gold of Ophir. 13 For I will shake the heavens in my wrath and fierce anger, and the earth will move from its place in the skies.

14 The armies of Babylon will run until exhausted, fleeing back to their own land like deer chased by dogs, wandering like sheep deserted by their shepherd. 15 Those who don’t run will be butchered. 16 Their little children will be dashed to death against the pavement right before their eyes; their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes. 17 For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off. 18 The attacking armies will have no mercy on the young people of Babylon or the babies or the children.

19 And so Babylon, the most glorious of kingdoms, the flower of Chaldean culture, will be as utterly destroyed as Sodom and Gomorrah were when God sent fire from heaven; 20 Babylon will never rise again. Generation after generation will come and go, but the land will never again be lived in.[a] The nomads will not even camp there. The shepherds won’t let their sheep stay overnight. 21 The wild animals of the desert will make it their home. The houses will be haunted by howling creatures. Ostriches will live there, and the demons will come there to dance. 22 Hyenas and jackals will den within the palaces. Babylon’s days are numbered; her time of doom will soon be here.

We’ve entered a new phase

As I was driving to work early on July 9, I was pondering the recent shootings of our precious law enforcement officers in Dallas, Texas.  As I was praying for their families, for all officers who are mourning the deaths of their comrades, and for our nation, I realized that I felt a different “feeling in the air.”  As I paused and thought about it, I got the sense the Lord was saying, “We’ve now entered a new phase.”  I knew He was telling me that life as we’ve known it will never be the same.

Let’s take a look at the events transpiring since the Dallas shootings on July 7:

  • 84 people were killed in France when a man plowed a truck into them during celebrations there.
  • BLM marches are causing disruptions in many cities as they block streets and highways with their protests.
  • There was the military coup in Turkey and our military was forced to stay on their base w/no electricity.
  • 6 police officers were shot in Baton Rouge, LA.  3 are dead, with one barely clinging to life.
  • A police officer in Milwaukee, WI was shot while sitting in his squad car.  The suspect fled the scene, then killed himself.
  • A man is holding people hostage in a Burger King in Baltimore, MD.
  • And we still have the Republican Convention starting tomorrow, where more violence and unrest is expected.
  • And that doesn’t even count the full moon we will have on Tuesday, and yes, those full moons really do cause things to get crazy!  Ask any police officer, nurse who works in the ER, or those who work with the mentally ill.

Yes, indeed.  We really have entered a new phase.  I heard a phrase several months ago and it bears repeating because I believe there is a lot of truth in it.  “Each day we have is the best day of our life from here on out.”

Friends, hold tightly to Jesus.  Put down your computer, cell phone, tablet, Netflix, and Hulu.  Pick up your bible and keep your nose in the Word of God.  A lot of confusion and deception is going to take place in the coming months.  The only way to clearly make your way through it is to learn to hear the voice of God and learn to discern the leading of our Lord.

The US, ISIS, and Isaiah 10

This sounds the US and ISIS:

Isaiah 10 Living Bible (TLB)

10 Woe to unjust judges and to those who issue unfair laws, says the Lord, so that there is no justice for the poor, the widows, and orphans. Yes, it is true that they even rob the widows and fatherless children.
Oh, what will you do when I visit you in that day when I send desolation upon you from a distant land? To whom will you turn then for your help? Where will your treasures be safe? I will not help you; you will stumble along as prisoners or lie among the slain. And even then my anger will not be satisfied, but my fist will still be poised to strike you. 5-6 Assyria is the whip of my anger; his military strength is my weapon upon this godless nation, doomed and damned; he will enslave them and plunder them and trample them like dirt beneath his feet. 7 But the king of Assyria will not know that it is I who sent him. He will merely think he is attacking my people as part of his plan to conquer the world. He will declare that every one of his princes will soon be a king, ruling a conquered land.
“We will destroy Calno just as we did Carchemish,” he will say, “and Hamath will go down before us as Arpad did; and we will destroy Samaria just as we did Damascus. 10 Yes, we have finished off many a kingdom whose idols were far greater than those in Jerusalem and Samaria, 11 so when we have defeated Samaria and her idols, we will destroy Jerusalem with hers.”
12 After the Lord has used the king of Assyria to accomplish his purpose, then he will turn upon the Assyrians and punish them too—for they are proud and haughty men.
13 They boast, “We in our own power and wisdom have won these wars. We are great and wise. By our own strength we broke down the walls and destroyed the people and carried off their treasures. 14 In our greatness we have robbed their nests of riches and gathered up kingdoms as a farmer gathers eggs, and no one can move a finger or open his mouth to peep against us!”
15 But the Lord says, “Shall the ax boast greater power than the man who uses it? Is the saw greater than the man who saws? Can a rod strike unless a hand is moving it? Can a cane walk by itself?”
16 Because of all your evil boasting, O king of Assyria, the Lord of Hosts will send a plague among your proud troops and strike them down. 17 God, the Light and Holy One of Israel, will be the fire and flame that will destroy them. In a single night he will burn those thorns and briars, the Assyrians who destroyed the land of Israel.[a]
18 Assyria’s vast army is like a glorious forest, yet it will be destroyed. The Lord will destroy them, soul and body, as when a sick man wastes away. 19 Only a few from all that mighty army will be left; so few a child could count them!
20 Then at last those left in Israel and in Judah will trust the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, instead of fearing the Assyrians. 21 A remnant of them will return to the mighty God. 22 But though Israel be now as many as the sands along the shore, yet only a few of them will be left to return at that time; God has rightly decided to destroy his people. 23 Yes, it has already been decided by the Lord God to consume them.
24 Therefore the Lord God says, “O my people in Jerusalem, don’t be afraid of the Assyrians when they oppress you just as the Egyptians did long ago. 25 It will not last very long; in a little while my anger against you will end, and then it will rise against them to destroy them.”
26 The Lord Almighty will send his angel to slay them in a mighty slaughter like the time when Gideon triumphed over Midian at the rock of Oreb or the time God drowned the Egyptian armies in the sea. 27 On that day God will end the bondage of his people. He will break the yoke of slavery off their necks and destroy it as decreed.[b]
28-29 Look, the mighty armies of Assyria are coming! Now they are at Aiath, now at Migron; they are storing some of their equipment at Michmash and crossing over the pass; they are staying overnight at Geba. Fear strikes the city of Ramah; all the people of Gibeah—the city of Saul—are running for their lives. 30 Well may you scream in terror, O people of Gallim. Shout out a warning to Laish, for the mighty army comes. O poor Anathoth, what a fate is yours! 31 There go the people of Madmenah, all fleeing, and the citizens of Gebim are preparing to run. 32 But the enemy stops at Nob for the remainder of that day. He shakes his fist at Jerusalem on Mount Zion.
33 Then, look, look! The Lord, the Lord of the armies of heaven, is chopping down the mighty tree! He is destroying all of that vast army, great and small alike, both officers and men. 34 He, the Mighty One, will cut down the enemy as a woodsman’s ax cuts down the forest trees in Lebanon.