Grace, mercy and love, chapter 2

5/5/17, God’s 2nd month, Iyar 9, 5777 begins at sunset today. To 4,407 “in resident churches” and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

    This age between Jesus’ ascension and His return is the latter age. As reviewed in chapter one, “God has preplanned it all.” Satan is allowed to be the god of this world until God’s set time for his demise. Since Adam and Eve’s creation and particularly in this latter age interval of time, Satan is the culprit causing divisions of all sorts. Study Matthew 24: Nations against nations, family divisions and fleshly love waxing cold will continue until Jesus’ return and Satan bound. 

       His kingdom of peace and judgment, preplanned.

      (Isaiah 11:1-4; ”A shoot will grow out of Jesse’s root stock, a bud will sprout from his roots. (See also See Jeremiah 30:9; Ezekiel 34:23-24; 37:24-25; Hosea 3:5; and Micah 5:2.) The Lord’s spirit will rest on Him – a spirit that gives extraordinary wisdom, a spirit that provides the ability to execute plans, a spirit that produces absolute loyalty to the Lord. He will take delight in obeying the Lord. He will not judge by mere appearances, or make decisions on the basis of hearsay. He will treat the poor fairly, and make right decisions for the downtrodden of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and order the wicked to be executed.” (Rod of His mouth? (Heb “and by the breath of His lips He will kill the wicked.” The “breath of His lips” refers to His speech, specifically in this context His official decrees that the wicked oppressors be eliminated from His realm.)

    (5-9; “Justice will be like a belt around His waist, integrity will be like a belt around His hips. A wolf will reside with a lamb, and a leopard will lie down with a young goat; an ox and a young lion will graze together, as a small child leads them along. A cow and a bear will graze together, their young will lie down together. A lion, like an ox, will eat straw. A baby will play over the hole of a snake; over the nest of a serpent an infant will put his hand. They will no longer injure or destroy on My entire royal mountain. For there will be universal submission to the Lord’s sovereignty, just as the waters completely cover the sea.”) (MY entire royal mountain? My entire government? 

    (Heb “in all My holy mountain.” In the most basic sense the Lord’s “holy mountain” is the mountain from which He rules over His kingdom (see Ezek 28:14, 16). Specifically it refers to Mount Zion/Jerusalem or to the entire land of Israel (see Psalms 2:6; 15:1; 43:3; Isaiah 56:7; 57:13; Ezekiel 20:40; Obadiah 16;  Zephaniah 3:11). God’s worldwide dominion. “Knowledge of the Lord?” Recognition of the Lord’s sovereignty which results in a willingness to submit to His authority.)

  Family of Jacob “Israelites - physical and spiritual, heirs with Abraham.

      (Isaiah 14:1-5; “The Lord will certainly have compassion on Jacob; ‘Israelites’ He will again choose Israel as His special people and restore them to their land. Resident foreigners will join them and unite with the family of Jacob. Nations will take them and bring them back to their own place. Then the family of Jacob will make foreigners their servants as they settle in the Lord’s land. They will make their captors captives and rule over the ones who oppressed them. When the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and anxiety, and from the hard labor which you were made to perform, you will taunt the king of Babylon with these words: “Look how the oppressor has met his end!

Hostility has ceased. The Lord has broken the club of the wicked, the scepter of rulers. It furiously struck down nations”)

    (Isaiah 14:6-8; “It ‘the “club/scepter” of the preceding line.) furiously struck down nations with unceasing blows. It angrily ruled over nations, oppressing them without restraint. (7) The whole earth rests and is quiet; they break into song. The evergreens also rejoice over your demise, as do the cedars of Lebanon, singing, ‘Since you fell asleep, no woodsman comes up to chop us down!’”

     (9-11; “Sheol below is stirred up about you, ready to meet you when you arrive. (Sheol is the proper name of the subterranean world, regarded as the land of the dead. Sometimes translated “hell” in the New Testament.) It rouses the spirits of the dead for you, all the former leaders of the earth; it makes all the former kings of the nations rise from their thrones. All of them respond to you, saying: ‘You too have become weak like us! You have become just like us! Your splendor has been brought down to Sheol, as well as the sound of your stringed instruments. You lie on a bed of maggots, with a blanket of worms over you.”

  Jesus said to His apostles, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Luke 10:18. Jesus had Isaiah prophecy about Satan and his followers demise.

    (Isa 14:12-21; “Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of the nations! You said to yourself, “I will climb up to the sky. Above the stars of El. I will set up my throne. I will rule on the mountain of assembly on the remote slopes of Zaphon. I will climb up to the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High!” (15) But you were brought down to Sheol, to the remote slopes of the pit. Those who see you stare at you, they look at you carefully, thinking: “Is this the man who shook the earth, the one who made kingdoms tremble? (17) Is this the one who made the world like a desert, who ruined its cities, and refused to free his prisoners so they could return home?” As for all the kings of the nations, all of them lie down in splendor, each in his own tomb. But you have been thrown out of your grave like a shoot that is thrown away. You lie among the slain,

among those who have been slashed by the sword, among those headed for the stones of the pit, as if you were a mangled corpse. You will not be buried with them, because you destroyed your land and killed your people. The offspring of the wicked will never be mentioned again. Prepare to execute his sons for the sins their ancestors have committed.

They must not rise up and take possession of the earth, or fill the surface of the world with cities.”)

   Persecutors of God’s people, swept away.

     (Isa 14:22-27; “I will rise up against them,” says the Lord who commands armies. “I will blot out all remembrance of Babylon and destroy all her people, including the offspring she produces,” says the Lord. “I will turn her into a place that is overrun with wild animals and covered with pools of stagnant water. I will get rid of her, just as one sweeps away dirt with a broom,” says the Lord who commands armies. The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen. (25) I will break Assyria in My land, I will trample them underfoot on My hills. Their yoke will be removed from My people,

the burden will be lifted from their shoulders. (26) This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth; My hand is ready to strike all the nations.” Indeed the Lord who commands armies has a plan, and who can possibly frustrate it? His hand is ready to strike, and who can possibly stop it?”)

  Israel’s next deliverance.

     (Isaiah 46:3-4; “Listen to Me, O family of Jacob, all you who are left from the family of Israel, you who have been carried from birth, you who have been supported from the time you left the womb. Even when you are old, I will take care of you, even when you have gray hair, I will carry you. I made you and I will support you; I will carry you and rescue you.”

    (5-7; “To whom can you compare and liken Me? Tell Me whom you think I resemble, so we can be compared! Those who empty out gold from a purse and weigh out silver on the scale hire a metalsmith, who makes it into a god. They then bow down and worship it. They put it on their shoulder and carry it; they put it in its place and it just stands there;

it does not move from its place. Even when someone cries out to it, it does not reply; it does not deliver him from his distress.”

    (8-13; “Remember this, so you can be brave! Think about it, you rebels! Remember what I accomplished in antiquity! (Think about the miracles done through Moses before your deliverance from Egypt? Think of Jesus’ miracles making aged wine from water, feeding thousands and the miracles through His apostles.) Truly I am God, I have no peer; I am God, and there is none like Me, who announces the end from the beginning and reveals beforehand what has not yet occurred, who says, ‘My plan will be realized, I will accomplish what I desire,’ who summons an eagle from the east, from a distant land, one who carries out My plan. Yes, I have decreed, yes, I will bring it to pass; I have formulated a plan, yes, I will carry it out. Listen to Me, you stubborn people, you who distance yourself from doing what is right. I am bringing My deliverance near, it is not far away; I am bringing My salvation near, it does not wait. I will save Zion; I will adorn Israel with My splendor.”)

  Jesus’ apostle Paul was privileged to know and share God the Father and God the Son’s grace, mercy, love and promises.

    (1Cor 1:3-9; “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! I always thank my God for you because of the grace of God that was given to you in Christ Jesus. For you ‘followers of Jesus’ were made rich in every way in Him, in all your speech and in every kind of knowledge – just as the testimony about Christ has been confirmed among you – so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”)

 

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