Prophecy of Isaiah, Part 6 – Isaiah 1:15-20


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Prophecy of Isaiah, Part 6 - Isaiah 1:15-20

If Ye Refuse And Rebel, Ye Shall Be Devoured With The Sword: For The Mouth of The LORD Hath Spoken It

Isa 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Isa 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
Isa 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Isa 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
Isa 1:20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Before we left on our 'Grace and Peace' tour, we had started this series of studies in the book of Isaiah. In our last study we discussed verse 10-14 of Isaiah one.

Isa 1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
Isa 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
Isa 1:12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
Isa 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
Isa 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

In that study we were reminded that Babylon the great, with all of her holidays and "appointed feasts", is "that great city wherein our Lord was crucified", and we came to understand that physical Jerusalem typifies that spirit which "spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt". It is the same as the symbol of the great harlot of Revelation chapters 17 and 18. But Jerusalem symbolizes Babylon, and the book of Revelation does not say 'Jerusalem, wherein our Lord was crucified', rather it reads "That great city... where also our Lord was crucified".

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

If we did not understand the principle of "line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little" (Isa 28:10), we would never be able to discern that "the great city... where also our Lord was crucified" is the same as "that great city... Babylon" in these verses:

Rev 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
Rev 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
Rev 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
Rev 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
Rev 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

But we do understand the principle of "line upon line, and precept upon precept, here a little and there a little", and we are given to know that this harlot is also symbolized by Jerusalem, typifying God's own called out people, because of this verse right here in Isaiah one:

Isa 1:21 How is the faithful city [Jerusalem - verse 1] become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

But how does Jerusalem being called a harlot, tell us that she is the harlot of Revelation 17? Again, our answer is "line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little", and we see another verse which tells us who this Babylon is. It was in the last study we did in this book of Isaiah:

Isa 1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

The holy spirit, by the pen of Isaiah, equates backslid Jerusalem with Sodom, and the apostle John was well acquainted with this verse, which we have already mentioned:

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

What this tells us is that all who claim to be serving God while disobeying His commandments are "Sodom and Egypt", and it is in that sense that...:

Luk 13:33 Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem ["Sodom... Egypt... Babylon", all who claim to serve God while at the same time rebelling against His commandments].

Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

...Which blatant disobedience provokes our Creator to tell us this very sad truth:

Isa 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

How many of us have begged God for mercy, just to wake up in another day of knowing that because of our unrelenting rebellion, our prayers are falling on the deaf ears of our own Creator who "will not hear"? These words are true both inwardly and individually, and they are also true outwardly and Adamically to all men. These words are true both inwardly and dispensationally. God is not mocked of His children without severe physical and spiritual consequences:

Pro 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
Pro 23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Christ was sent by His Father to save this world (Joh 3:17). In that capacity Christ is called both "the mighty God, the everlasting (Hebrew: olawm) Father" and "the almighty" just as Joseph was 'almighty... over all Egypt... except in the throne':

Gen 41:40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

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.

Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Christ comes and judges all of us, and His judgment is the just judgment of "the Almighty". It is accomplished inwardly first within His firstfruits, then through those very firstfruits, His judgment of the kingdoms of this world will be accomplished outwardly and dispensationally.

I tell the story with which some of you will identify. When my family was much younger, we were traveling somewhere when our older sons got into an argument in the back seat and were raising their voices to the point that Sandi and I could not hear each other. I told the boys to be quiet, and their pride and animosity toward each other was more than their fear of their father. So when they ignored me, I told them that if they kept disobeying that I would be forced to stop the car and spank both of them. They knew from past experience their father was a man of his word, but pride and animosity were just more than they were capable, at that age, of overcoming, so it was just a few more minutes before I was forced to stop the car and proceed to demonstrate that I was a father of my word. Nothing is more important in dealing with children than consistency and being a parent of your word. At that point both boys started protesting: "Please Daddy, we'll be quiet. Please, Daddy, please don't spank us". But it was too late. I had given my word, and I had to do what I had said I would do. Jesus Christ is our Father, and He too, is not going to fail to keep His words simply because we finally come to see what our disobedience has produced and we do not want to face the judgment which alone will teach us obedience and righteousness:

Isa 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

Jeremiah tells us the same judgment comes upon all men:

Jer 4:24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
Jer 4:25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
Jer 4:26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.
Jer 4:27 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.
Jer 4:28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.
Jer 4:29 The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.
Jer 4:30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.

All who have been crushed to powder under the "fierce anger... of the Lord", have lived out this prophecy enduring the judgment of God in this age, and this is what that fierce anger of God produces:

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments ["fierce anger"] are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Before the end of this age though, there will be an outward application to the Lord's judgments which will not be an inward application, and will only affect the remaining masses in an outward way, and we are witnessing the beginnings of sorrows outwardly. So far this month alone there have been ten mass shootings here is the U.S. alone, the latest being Thursday evening in Dallas with 5 policemen being killed and 7 other officers being wounded. There was the bombing of the Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Turkey killing 36 and the suicide bomber in Baghdad, Iraq with over 300 being killed. This is all just a few weeks after the mass murder of 50 people in Orlando, Florida, on June 12th. These are not normal times, and the worst by far is just around the corner involving much more than scattered mass shootings of four or more people. This world is on the brink of a financial calamity, while at the same time we are confronting Russia in the Ukraine and in the Baltics and China in the South China Sea. An outward judgment is already under way for the kingdoms of this world.

As with any decent "Father", Christ first gives us, His own children, His 'house rules' because, like every wise parent He knows we are immature, self-centered, "marred" humans (Jer 18:4) who will just naturally be disobedient to His commandments.

So He tells us:

Isa 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
Isa 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

But telling the first man 'Adam' to clean up his act is the same as me telling my immature children to obey my house rules or face the consequences. At times they simply cannot swallow their pride and repent, and so they must be judged and punished for their rebellious, carnal ways. It is all part of God's plan of salvation through which all men must live:

Ecc 9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.

The reason we are told "make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil..." is because, we are all spiritual Gentiles before we become spiritual Jews, and Christ calls all spiritual Gentiles 'dogs':

Mar 7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
Mar 7:27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

It has recently been pointed out to us all that dogs love to wallow in the most disgusting smelly things they can find. Dogs will wallow in the feces of other animals and enjoy every moment of doing so. The thing they love most to wallow in, and the one thing that is a greater stench than almost anything else, is a decayed and rotting carcass. Rotting flesh just smells so much better to a dog than being "washed and made clean" (Isa 1:16). The fact is that when a dog, a Gentile who is cut off from God, is given a good bath, the first thing he will do is go and wallow in the dirt, the grass, or preferably a dying rotting carcass to get the smell of 'clean' off himself.

'Make you clean' is defined here as "put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow." That is what smells good to God. The last thing a dog cares about is how he smells to his master. He just naturally thinks that things that stink the most are the things that smell the best, and the Lord Himself made dogs in that way so we, as spiritual Gentiles, can see ourselves as we are "before [His] eyes".

What, then, must be done?

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Reading the King James Version it sounds as if all we have to do is to have a little confab with God and everything will just work out, and we will be cleansed of our sins simply because we were willing to "reason together" with the Lord. But notice what we discover when we look at the Hebrew for the words, "Come now, and let us reason together":

Isa 1:18 ComeH1980 nowH4994, and let us reason togetherH3198, saithH559 the LORDH3068: thoughH518 your sinsH2399 beH1961 as scarletH8144, they shall be as whiteH3835 as snowH7950; thoughH518 they be redH119 like crimsonH8438, they shall beH1961 as woolH6785.

The Hebrew word translated 'now' is:
H4994
נָא
nâ'
naw

A primitive particle of incitement and entreaty, which may usually be rendered I pray, now or then; added mostly to verbs (in the imperative or future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjugation: - I beseech (pray) thee (you), go to, now, oh.

Here is where this word appears in the Old Testament and the various ways it is translated in the King James Version:
H4994
נא
nâ'
Total KJV Occurrences: 400
pray, 196
Gen_12:13, Gen_13:8-9 (2), Gen_18:2-4 (3), Gen_19:2, Gen_19:7-8 (2), Gen_24:2, Gen_24:12, Gen_24:14, Gen_24:17, Gen_24:23, Gen_24:43, Gen_24:45, Gen_25:30, Gen_27:3, Gen_27:19, Gen_27:21, Gen_30:14, Gen_30:27, Gen_32:11, Gen_32:29, Gen_33:10-11 (2), Gen_33:14, Gen_34:8, Gen_37:6, Gen_37:14, Gen_38:16 (2), Gen_38:25, Gen_40:8, Gen_40:14, Gen_44:18, Gen_44:33, Gen_47:4 (2), Gen_47:29 (2), Gen_48:9, Gen_50:4-5 (2), Gen_50:17, Exo_4:13, Exo_4:18, Exo_5:3, Exo_10:17, Exo_32:32, Exo_33:13, Exo_34:9, Num_10:31, Num_11:15, Num_16:8, Num_16:26, Num_20:17, Num_22:6, Num_22:16-17 (2), Num_22:19, Num_23:13, Num_23:27, Deu_3:25, Jos_2:12, Jos_7:19, Jdg_1:24, Jdg_4:19, Jdg_6:18, Jdg_6:39, Jdg_8:5, Jdg_9:2, Jdg_9:38, Jdg_10:15, Jdg_11:17, Jdg_11:19, Jdg_13:4, Jdg_13:15, Jdg_15:2, Jdg_16:6, Jdg_16:10, Jdg_16:28 (2), Jdg_19:5-6 (2), Jdg_19:8-9 (2), Jdg_19:11, Jdg_19:23, Rth_2:7, 1Sa_2:36, 1Sa_9:17-18 (2), 1Sa_10:15, 1Sa_14:29, 1Sa_15:25, 1Sa_15:30, 1Sa_16:22, 1Sa_19:2, 1Sa_20:29 (2), 1Sa_22:3, 1Sa_23:22, 1Sa_25:8, 1Sa_25:24-25 (2), 1Sa_25:28, 1Sa_26:8, 1Sa_26:11, 1Sa_26:19, 1Sa_28:8, 1Sa_28:22, 1Sa_30:7, 2Sa_1:4, 2Sa_1:9, 2Sa_13:5-6 (2), 2Sa_13:13, 2Sa_13:26, 2Sa_14:2, 2Sa_14:11-12 (2), 2Sa_14:18, 2Sa_15:7, 2Sa_15:31, 2Sa_16:9, 2Sa_18:22, 2Sa_19:37, 2Sa_24:16-17 (2), 1Ki_1:12, 1Ki_2:17, 1Ki_8:26, 1Ki_14:2, 1Ki_17:10-11 (2), 1Ki_17:21, 1Ki_19:20, 1Ki_20:7, 1Ki_20:31-32 (2), 1Ki_20:35, 1Ki_20:37, 1Ki_22:5, 1Ki_22:13, 2Ki_1:13, 2Ki_2:2, 2Ki_2:4, 2Ki_2:6, 2Ki_2:9, 2Ki_2:16, 2Ki_2:19, 2Ki_4:10, 2Ki_4:22, 2Ki_4:26, 2Ki_5:7, 2Ki_5:15, 2Ki_5:17, 2Ki_5:22, 2Ki_6:2-3 (2), 2Ki_6:17-18 (2), 2Ki_7:13, 2Ki_8:4, 2Ki_18:23, 2Ki_18:26, 1Ch_21:17, 2Ch_18:4, 2Ch_18:12, Neh_1:11, Neh_5:10-11 (2), Job_4:7, Job_6:29, Job_8:8, Job_22:22, Job_32:21, Job_33:1, Psa_119:76, Isa_5:3, Isa_29:11-12 (2), Isa_36:8, Isa_36:11, Jer_21:2, Jer_32:8, Jer_37:20 (2), Lam_1:18, Eze_33:30, Jon_1:8, Mic_3:1, Mic_3:9, Hag_2:15, Mal_1:9
now, 170
Gen_12:11, Gen_15:5, Gen_18:2-3 (2), Gen_18:21, Gen_18:27, Gen_18:31, Gen_19:2, Gen_19:8, Gen_19:19-20 (2), Gen_22:2, Gen_24:42, Gen_26:28, Gen_27:2, Gen_27:26, Gen_31:12, Gen_33:10, Gen_33:15, Gen_37:32, Gen_47:29, Gen_50:4, Gen_50:17 (2), Exo_3:3, Exo_4:6, Exo_10:11, Exo_11:2, Exo_33:13, Exo_34:9, Num_12:6, Num_12:13, Num_20:10, Deu_4:32, Jos_7:19, Jos_22:26, Jdg_6:17, Jdg_6:39, Jdg_12:6, Jdg_13:3, Jdg_14:12, Jdg_19:9, Jdg_19:24, Rth_2:2, 1Sa_9:3, 1Sa_9:6, 1Sa_14:17, 1Sa_17:15-17 (4), 1Sa_20:36, 1Sa_22:7, 1Sa_22:12, 1Sa_27:5, 2Sa_2:14, 2Sa_7:2, 2Sa_13:7, 2Sa_13:17, 2Sa_13:24-25 (2), 2Sa_13:28, 2Sa_14:2, 2Sa_14:15, 2Sa_14:17-18 (2), 2Sa_14:21, 2Sa_17:1, 2Sa_17:5, 2Sa_18:19, 2Sa_24:2, 2Sa_24:14, 1Ki_13:6, 1Ki_18:43, 1Ki_20:31, 1Ki_22:13, 2Ki_2:16, 2Ki_4:9, 2Ki_4:13, 2Ki_5:8, 2Ki_5:15, 2Ki_6:1, 2Ki_9:12 (2), 2Ki_9:34, 2Ki_18:19, 2Ki_20:3, 1Ch_21:13, 1Ch_22:5, 1Ch_29:20, Ezr_10:14, Neh_1:6, Job_1:11 (2), Job_2:5, Job_5:1, Job_12:7, Job_13:6, Job_13:18, Job_17:3, Job_17:10, Job_22:21, Job_38:2-3 (2), Job_40:7, Job_40:10, Job_40:15-16 (2), Psa_50:22, Psa_115:2, Psa_116:14, Psa_116:18, Psa_118:2-4 (3), Psa_118:25 (2), Psa_122:8, Son_3:1-2 (4), Son_7:8, Isa_1:18, Isa_5:1, Isa_7:3, Isa_7:13, Isa_19:12, Isa_36:4, Isa_38:3, Isa_47:12-13 (2), Isa_51:21, Jer_4:31, Jer_5:1, Jer_5:21, Jer_5:24, Jer_7:12-13 (2), Jer_14:10, Jer_17:15, Jer_18:11, Jer_18:13, Jer_25:5, Jer_27:18, Jer_28:7, Jer_28:15, Jer_30:6, Jer_36:15 (2), Jer_36:17, Jer_37:3, Jer_38:12, Jer_38:25, Jer_45:3, Eze_8:5, Eze_8:8, Eze_17:12, Eze_18:25, Mic_6:1, Mic_6:5, Hag_2:2, Hag_2:11, Hag_2:15, Hag_2:18, Zec_1:4, Zec_3:8, Zec_5:5, Mal_1:8, Mal_3:10
beseech, 26
Exo_33:18 (2), Num_12:11, Num_12:13, Num_14:17, Num_14:19, 1Sa_23:11, 2Sa_13:24, 2Sa_24:10, 2Ki_19:19, 1Ch_21:8, 2Ch_6:40, Job_10:8-9 (2), Job_42:4, Psa_80:14, Psa_119:108, Isa_64:9, Jer_38:4, Jer_38:20, Jer_42:2, Dan_1:12, Dan_9:16, Amo_7:2, Amo_7:5, Jon_4:3
oh, 6
Gen_18:30, Gen_18:32, Gen_19:18, Gen_19:20, Psa_7:9, Jer_44:4
go, 2
Jdg_7:3, Jer_18:11

I will give just two examples of how this word is translated in the King James Version:

Gen 47:29 And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If nowH4994 I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray theeH4994, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray theeH4994, in Egypt:

Gen 50:17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee nowH4994, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray theeH4994, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.

It is clear that the word 'now' can most often be translated as 'pray' or 'beseech' without changing the message or the thought.

So this verse so far would better be translated as "Come I pray thee..."

But now let's examine why we have "and let us reason together", five English words, to translate the one Hebrew word:
H3198
יָכַח
yâkach
yaw-kakh'

A primitive root; to be right (that is, correct); reciprocally to argue; causatively to decide, justify or convict: - appoint, argue, chasten, convince, correct (-ion), daysman, dispute, judge, maintain, plead, reason (together), rebuke, reprove (-r), surely, in any wise.

Here are the entries in the Old Testament for this Hebrew word 'yakach':
H3198
יכח
yâkach
Total KJV Occurrences: 58
reprove, 16
2Ki_19:4, Job_6:25-26 (2), Job_13:10, Job_22:4, Psa_50:8, Psa_50:21, Psa_141:5, Pro_9:8, Pro_19:25, Pro_30:6, Isa_37:3-4 (3), Jer_2:19, Hos_4:4
rebuke, 8
Lev_19:17, 1Ch_12:17, Psa_38:1 (2), Pro_9:8, Pro_24:25, Isa_2:4, Mic_4:3
reproved, 4
Gen_20:16, Gen_21:25, 1Ch_16:21, Psa_105:14
plead, 3
Job_16:21, Job_19:5, Mic_6:2
reason, 3
Job_15:2-3 (3), Isa_1:18
rebuketh, 3
Pro_9:7, Pro_28:23, Amo_5:10
reproveth, 3
Job_40:2, Pro_15:12, Isa_29:21
appointed, 2
Gen_24:14, Gen_24:44
correcteth, 2
Job_5:17, Pro_3:12
reprover, 2
Pro_25:12 (2), Eze_3:26
arguing, 1
Job_6:25
chasten, 1
2Sa_7:14
chastened, 1
Job_33:19
convinced, 1
Job_32:12
correct, 1
Psa_94:10
correction, 1
Hab_1:12
daysman, 1
Job_9:33
dispute, 1
Job_23:7
judge, 1
Gen_31:37
maintain, 1
Job_13:15
rebuked, 1
Gen_31:42
wise, 1
Lev_19:17

Here are a few of verses which demonstrate how the holy spirit uses this Hebrew word 'yakach':

Gen 31:42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked [Hebrew: yakach] thee yesternight.

Job 5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth [yakach]: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

Jer 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove [Hebrew: yakach] thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

So what the holy spirit is actually saying in Isaiah 1:18 is:

Isa 1:18 Come [I pray thee], and [receive rebuke, reproof and correction], saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. ["see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts (Jer 2:19)].

"It is an evil thing and bitter" to disobey and ignore our Creator's commandment to love our enemies, and instead encourage suicide bombers to kill our enemies. It is an evil thing and bitter to claim Christ as a prophet begotten of a virgin but deny His resurrection from the dead and that He is the Son of God. It is an evil thing and bitter to slander the apostles of our Lord, especially the apostle Paul, and still claim to believe in the Christ who called Paul into His service. But if we think that the evil of others justifies the homosexual and LBGT agenda, pornography and the murder of millions of our own children in the name of freedom of choice, we are already being brought to "see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that [His] fear is not in [us], saith the Lord GOD of hosts." Just as the kingdom of God within us is being judged so too will the kingdoms of this world be judged, and that judgment is already in progress.

The words have gone out of the mouth of our Creator, and they will not be repented of:

Isa 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
Isa 1:20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

We have all "refused and rebelled", and we have all been "devoured by the sword" of God's Word.

Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

But this, too, also has and outward, dispensational fulfillment, and we are already hearing of wars and rumors of wars on an end-time scale, and yet we are very clearly warned:

Mat 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
Mat 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Mat 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Our inward 'temple', where our old man sat as God, is "destroyed with the brightness of His coming.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

But before the thousand years can commence, there must be an outward and dispensational application to the destruction of "the throne of the beast" and the installation of God's elect over the kingdoms of this world (Rev 2:26-27, and Rev 11:15).

Rev 16:10 And the fifth agent poured out his bowl upon the throne of the beast, and its kingdom became darkened, and they gnawed their tongues from the anguish.
Rev 16:11 And they blasphemed the God of heaven from their pains and from their sores. And they did not repent of their works. (ACV)

We all first experience these words inwardly as Christ's firstfruit harvest. But there is a cataclysmic outward fulfillment of these words for the nations of this world. We will have brought in over 1,000,000 Islamic immigrants to this country by the time of our next election. That one million, along with the millions already here, are feverishly preparing for the jihad they want to bring to this nation. Those are just a part of the polarized people who hate the corruption and murders and injustices that are extant in our nation, and which are also in all the nations of the world. God has a controversy with all the nations of this world, and He is even now in the process of judging them all:

Jer 25:31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.

"All these are the beginning of sorrows" in Mat 24:8 is not a contradiction of "See that you be not troubled" in verse 6. You and I, if we are God's elect, will "lift up our heads [and] rejoice" because we know:

Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Mat 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Mat 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
Mat 24:46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

If we are sharing the "meat" of Christ's body with His household, then we will be prepared for whatever happens, whenever it happens. That 'meat' is His body, which 'body' we are:

Mat 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:

Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Luk 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

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