Prophecy of Isaiah – Isa 60:9-15 They Shall Call Thee, the City of the LORD, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel

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Isa 60:9-15 They Shall Call Thee, the City of the LORD, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

[Study Aired June 7, 2020]

Isa 60:9  Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
Isa 60:10  And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.
Isa 60:11  Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.
Isa 60:12  For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
Isa 60:13  The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
Isa 60:14  The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Isa 60:15  Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

This week’s study continues with the theme of our last study, revealing to us the blessings of being in the kingdom of God. Hearing about the blessing of being a citizen of that kingdom will have no present personal application if we fail to understand that these glorious promises are not to be seen only as  promises of future blessings. It is certainly true that the best is yet to come, but the Truth is that the kingdom of God is presently, at this very moment, within us, and we are at this very moment, “[seated] with [Christ] in the heavens.”

Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Rotherham’s leaves out the added italicized word ‘places’ and reads:

Eph 2:6  And raised us up together, and seated us together in the heavenlies, in Christ: (REV)

The verbs in Ephesians 2:6 are in the aorist tense, meaning they are a simple statement of fact without regard to any tense. It was Christ Himself who had earlier told us:

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

If  we are granted to know and live as a citizen of the kingdom of God in this present time, then we can claim and appreciate and enjoy all the blessings of that kingdom which we are promised to receive at the first resurrection, also known as “the redemption of the purchased possession”:

Eph 1:9  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Eph 1:10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Eph 1:12  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

There is yet to come a “dispensation of the fulness of times” in which “we should be to the praise of His glory which first trusted in Christ”. Which brings us to our first verses for today’s study:

Isa 60:9  Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
Isa 60:10  And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.
Isa 60:11  Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.
Isa 60:12  For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

“The isles” of verse 9 are the same as “the nation and kingdom… those nations” of verse 12. Here is a verse of scripture which demonstrates this Truth:

Isa 20:6  And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?

Isaiah 20:6 is speaking of the people of Israel who were looking to Egypt and Ethiopia to deliver them from the king of Assyria. Israel hardly qualifies as an island, in the sense of the modern English meaning of that word, but it fills the meaning of the Hebrew word as well as any other nation:

H339
אִי
‘ı̂y
ee
From H183; properly a habitable spot (as desirable); dry land, a coast, an island: – country, isle, island.

“The isles of the Gentiles” are therefore simply ‘the nations of the Gentiles”:

Gen 10:1  Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.

Gen 10:5  By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

All “the isles of the Gentiles”, all nations, “shall build up your walls… their kings shall minister unto you…”

Isa 60:10  And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

There are those who claim to know Christ but declare they “have never blasphemed God and [they] will never suffer His wrath”. That mindset is behind the false doctrine of a rapture, which has become a basic oracle of the doctrines of many Babylonian churches.

For that reason, I want us all to notice what the Lord says of all who truly are His people… “For in my wrath I smote you, but in my favor have I had mercy on you.”

Isa 60:10  And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

“In my wrath” is in complete accord with these verses of Romans 1 and Revelation 15:

Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Rev 15:7  And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
Rev 15:8  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

If we say we have never blasphemed God and we will never suffer His wrath, we are doing the exact same thing Job did:

Job 27:5  God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
Job 27:6  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

This is the situation to which that spirit brought Job, and this is where self-righteousness brings each of us:

Job 40:1  Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
Job 40:2  Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
Job 40:3  Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Job 40:4  Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
Job 40:5  Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.
Job 40:6  Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 40:7  Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 40:8  Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

The Lord has poured out His wrath on a very self-righteous Job as a type of us (1Co 10:6 and 11). Only after Job came to see his own righteousness as “vile” was his heart prepared to receive double from the Lord all the Lord had taken away from him in His wrath. Isaiah was well aware of this dynamic in the Lord’s ways. We cannot be blessed of the Lord until we have been humbled and brought to see our marred composition and our self-righteous condition:

Isa 60:10  And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”, and God’s wrath always precedes His mercy and His blessings… “…in My wrath I smote thee, but in My favor have I had mercy on thee”. “The sons of strangers [who] shall build up thy walls” typify the giants in our land whose destruction becomes “bread for [those whose] defence is departed [when] the Lord is with us…”

Num 14:9  Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

Isaiah 60:13 refers to one of Israel’s Gentile neighbors as one of those ‘isles… sons of strangers’ which “shall come unto thee… to beautify [and]… make… glorious… the place of my sanctuary… and the place of my feet”:

Isa 60:13  The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.

Our enemies within ourselves, within His body, and even our enemies without, become our servants and become ‘bread for us’.

The Lord’s sanctuary and the place of His feet are within His temple “which temple [we] are” if indeed He lives within us.

His throne is also within His sanctuary, and it is in the book of Revelation we are told of the Lord’s throne in His sanctuary which He is in the process of beautifying and making glorious. It is a glorious scene indeed, and it is all ours within, in “this present time” as “the earnest of our inheritance” (Eph 1:14).

Let’s take the time to look at the Lord’s throne and its glory, and see just how the scriptures speak of us and how beautiful and glorious we are to Him:

Rev 4:1  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in [our] heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
Rev 4:2  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Rev 4:3  And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
Rev 4:4  And round about the throne were four and twenty seats [Greek: thronos, thrones]: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
Rev 4:5  And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Rev 4:6  And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

This is who these four beasts and four and twenty elders represent and signify:

Rev 5:7  And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
Rev 5:8  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
Rev 5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Rev 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

This is not the first time we are told who will “reign on the earth”. This is also those whom these “four beasts and four and twenty elders” symbolize:

Rev 2:26  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the endto him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Christ has certainly ruled each of us with a rod of iron, also called “chastening and scourging” Heb 6:12). He has broken the kingdom of our old man into ‘shivers… as [He] was sent of His Father to accomplish.

It is only those who “overcome and keep my works unto the end” who will be given “power over the nations” and to be “in the midst of and round about the throne” of Christ proclaiming:

Rev 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

The fact that “one of the four beasts gives unto the seven angels the seven vials filled with the wrath of God” is what identifies these beasts as a symbol of the Lord’s elect. It was Joseph, a type of the Lord’s elect, who in type tormented his apostate ten brothers day and night in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

Gen 42:7  And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
Gen 42:8  And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
Gen 42:9  And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.
Gen 42:10  And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.
Gen 42:11  We are all one man’s sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.

Gen 42:21  And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress [God’s wrath] come upon us.
Gen 42:22  And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? Therefore, behold, also his blood is required.
Gen 42:23  And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.
Gen 42:24  And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.

That is the “torment… day and night in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb”, which “every man” must endure on his way to knowing God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent:

Rev 14:9  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
Rev 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Rev 14:11  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Rev 14:12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

That is what every man must endure. It will be endured either now in “the fiery trial which is to try you” in “this present time” (1Co 3:13 and 1Pe 4:12), or it will be endured in “the lake of fire/second death” (Rev 20:14-15), at the great white throne judgment, also called “the resurrection to judgment” (Joh 5:28-29).

The fact these next verses have been true for the past two thousand years does not make them any less relevant to our day:

2Ti 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2Ti 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
2Ti 3:14  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

After informing us, “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse” Paul tells us to “continue in the things [we] have learned…”, and he says those words of admonition under the inspiration of the holy spirit which knows we will just naturally look for and hope for things to improve in this age.

The point I am making is that “the seven angels” to whom the beast gave the seven vials, are simply another symbol for the Lord’s faithful elect. If we are going to “continue in the things [we] have learned” then we will not forget who the four beasts tell us they are. The four beasts and the four and twenty elders all say the same thing:

Rev 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priestsand we shall reign on the earth.

Now let’s look carefully at what one of the angels which had the seven last plagues who showed these things to John says about what he is sent to accomplish and who he symbolizes:

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:

He shows us what the judgment of the great whore is within us. Then after showing us the judgment of the great whore in chapters 17-18, this is what this same angel says of himself:

Rev 19:6  And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Rev 19:9  And he [the angel which showed John these things] saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

“The seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues”, as well as the four and twenty elders and the four beasts, are one and all “your fellow servant and of your brothers who have the testimony of Jesus.” They are all types and symbols of you and me if we are His elect.

This revelation of what the seven angels do and who they signify is repeated in:

Rev 21:9  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
Rev 21:10  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

It is “one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues” who is “showing [us] these things…” who shows us both the judgment of the great whore as well as “the bride the Lamb’s wife”. Notice closely we are told “he carried me away in the spirit…” in both cases. It is only “in the spirit” we can be shown “the judgment of the great whore, [or] the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”

The next chapter continues with what “one of the seven angels… in the spirit” is showing us:

Rev 22:1  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Rev 22:2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Rev 22:3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
Rev 22:4  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Rev 22:5  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Having His name in their foreheads is only promised to “[him] that overcometh” and remains faithful to the end (Rev 14:1). Read: Who Are the 144,000?

Rev 14:4  These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

Reigning with Christ is promised only to “[him] that overcometh” in “this present time”.

Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Rev 2:26  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Ruling the nations for a thousand years with Christ is not promised to the masses who are judged at the great white throne. The “great white throne” is not the name given to “the blessed and holy… first resurrection”, and ruling with Christ is not promised to those who are raised up at the great white throne. The first resurrection is called “the resurrection to life”, and the great white throne resurrection is called “the resurrection to damnation [Greek: krisis, judgment, great white throne judgment/lake of fire/second death]:

Rev 20:11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death [The “second” group to die to their old man].
Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life [whosoever was not in the “first resurrection… the resurrection to life” (Joh 5:28-29)] was cast into the lake of fire.

All judgment is for the purpose of “chastening” and correcting to “learn righteousness”. Judgment by God is not designed simply to torment for all eternity with no purpose or end in view:

1Co 11:32  But when we are judged  [whether in “this present time” (Rom 8:18) or after the thousand year reign, at the “great white throne” judgment (Rev 20:11)], we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Isa 26:8  Yeain the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.
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 [including the great white throne judgment/lake of fire/second death] are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

All ‘judgment’ by the Lord is His chastening hand in our lives.

Look at what this angel repeats to us here in the last chapter of scripture:

Rev 22:6  And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel [“…one of the seven angels”] to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
Rev 22:7  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
Rev 22:8  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
Rev 22:9  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservantand of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

This book begins and ends with the same admonition to keep what is written in this book, and it is addressed to “the seven angels…  of the seven churches”:

Rev 1:4  John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

Rev 2:1  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write…

Rev 2:8  And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write…

Rev 2:12  And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write…

Rev 2:18  And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write…

Rev 3:1  And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write…

Rev 3:7  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write…

Rev 3:14  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write…

These seven angels “keep the saying this book”, meaning they “see the Lord’s face and have His name in their foreheads… and they shall reign for ever and ever” with the Lord.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Rev 14:1  And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

This angel who showed John the judgment of the great whore, the bride the Lamb’s wife, the holy city, and the river and tree of life now reveals that he symbolizes the church through whom  the principalities and powers in our heavens must make known “the manifold wisdom of God”:

Eph 3:10  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by [Greek: dia, through] the church the manifold wisdom of God,

So it is the church, which is His body, which is signified and symbolized by the four beasts and four and twenty elders, the seven angels, the 144,000 firstfruits unto God and the Lamb, the two witnesses, the New Jerusalem, the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

Now let’s put the compilation of all these symbols of who we are in Christ together with this verse of scripture:

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

It is now very clear why this book is called “the revelation of Jesus Christ”, because it is indeed the revelation of Christ within each of us and each of us within Christ.

That revelation includes seeing ourselves first as the Lord’s wife who plays the whore:

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:

Only after we see ourselves as this great whore can we be given the next revelation we learn through this angel:

Rev 21:9  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

It is “by the church” (Eph 3:10), by “one of the angels which had the seven last plagues”, that we all learn we are first a mere beast which comes up out of the sea. Then we learn that we become a self-righteous beast which comes up out of the earth to become a self-righteous whore bearing rule over all the nations of this earth within us. Then, if we are given to “read, hear, and keep the things written [herein]” and if we are given to be judged as part of the house of God in this present time (1Pe 4:17), we will begin to experience in our lives the four horses of the first four seals. We will come to see the “souls under the altar” of the fifth seal. We will experience the fiery trial of the great earthquake, the sun becoming black and the moon becoming blood in the sixth seal. This earthquake and loss of any light is the beginning of realizing that everything we have ever believed was really nothing more than very dark lies and heresies.

Coming to that point prepares our hearts for the judgments of the seven trumpets, which culminate in and include the seven plagues which fill up the wrath of God on our old man. That is what is required to complete the destruction of Babylon the Great within us.

It is again “through the church… the pillar and ground of the Truth” the angels with the seven last plagues will show us ourselves as “the bride, the Lamb’s wife”:

Rev 21:9  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hitherI will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

We are told that the things written in this book are addressed to the seven angels of the seven churches. To understand the spiritual significance of the number seven, read the study on that number: The Significance of the Number Seven

Seven signifies completion, but it is the completion of the Lord’s judgment in particular and “the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” within the Lord’s people (1Pe 4:16 and 1Co 3:16-17). Only those being judged now are given to overcome sin and all the idols of their hearts in this present time. It is only those who overcome who are given to be priests and kings and to rule with Christ and judge this world within, in this present time, without during the thousand year reign, and then to judge angels in the lake of fire:

Mal 3:16  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance [“the book of life”] was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. [Those who are given to keep the sayings of this book]
Mal 3:17  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
Mal 3:18  Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Rev 2:26  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Rev 3:9  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

All of this was foreshadowed by these words of our study today:

Isa 60:14  The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Isa 60:15  Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

It is the judgments of the Lord and our faithfulness to those judgments which makes us so hated in “this present time”. However, according to these last two verses and all these confirming verses which are “here a little and there a little” throughout scripture, that is all about to change:

Jer 9:24  But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

Eze 39:21  And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.

Rev 14:7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is comeand worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

That is our study for today. Here are our verses for our next study where we will continue to learn the advantages of being judged in “this present time”:

Isa 60:16  Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
Isa 60:17  For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.
Isa 60:18  Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.
Isa 60:19  The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
Isa 60:20  Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
Isa 60:21  Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
Isa 60:22  A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.

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