He Rejoices

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 6:13 a.m. – the Lord Jesus put the song “WAIT!” in mind. Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. I read Isaiah 62 (NIV).

Her Vindication

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
till her vindication shines out like the dawn,
her salvation like a blazing torch.
…As a young man marries a young woman,
so will your Builder marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
so will your God rejoice over you.
~ Is. 62:1, 5​

All throughout the book of Isaiah we have prophecies of the Messianic era, of Jesus Christ, his life and ministry, his death and resurrection, and of his judgments upon his people and upon their enemies; of the spiritual revival of his people, of people flocking to Jesus Christ, of Christ’s return for his bride, and of his millennial kingdom reign upon the earth.

The people of God in the Messianic era are not the Jews, unless they believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Messiah. People outside of faith in Christ are not his adulterous people, so they are not the ones who are turning away from him and who he must revive, but they can be saved. Only those who believe in Jesus, but who have forsaken him in some manner, can experience his revival in their lives in him bringing them back into fellowship with him.

The Israel of today, which is true Israel, is not the physical nation, but it is the children of promise, the people of God, the Holy City, Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the church. Physical Israel today is numbered among the Gentile nations, for she is of Hagar, the slave woman. Just because they are physical descendants of Abraham does not mean they are Israel, the children of promise. When Jesus Christ died for our sins, he made the Jews and Gentiles one in Christ, so we are no longer Jew and Gentile, but we are saved or unsaved. [See Ro. 9:6b-8; Ro. 11; Gal. 3:26-29; Gal. 4:22-31; Eph. 2:14-18; Matt. 12:30]

So, Zion today is the church. All throughout the book of Isaiah is prophesied judgment against God’s people, the church, at the end of time, because of her idolatry and her spiritual adultery, her stubbornness and her rebellion, and her refusal to hear and to see what God is saying to the churches. Because the majority of the church of today, in particular the institutional church of the West, has strayed from her pure devotion to God and has gone the way of the world, she has profaned the name of Jesus. So, for the sake of God/Jesus and his name, God must visit her in divine judgment, not to destroy her, but to deliver her out of the grip of those who have deceived her so that her eyes will now be open, and her ears unstopped, and so she will see the error of her ways, will humble herself before God in repentance, and so he may revive, renew and restore her.

When the church of today is revived, renewed and restored, the people of the world will notice, the true gospel of salvation will go out from the church, and many will flock to faith in Jesus Christ. The book of Isaiah teaches this over and over again. Though I do not long for judgment, I do long to see the church revived! Amen! The Lord Jesus will take delight in his repentant ones. He rejoices over every one who repents of their sin and who turns to him in faith. He is our creator, our foundation, and the one who builds his church. Those of his who have been committing spiritual adultery, he will return to him. Many of those who now do not know Jesus Christ, including the Jews, will come to faith in Him. And, one day, when he returns, the wedding will take place, and we will be forever married to our Lord.

Posted Watchmen

I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem;
they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the Lord,
give yourselves no rest,
and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth…
~ Is. 62:6-7​

A watchman is someone God has appointed to stand guard (watch) over, and to offer to God’s people, the church, the only means of protection for their lives from all manner of evil, i.e. as is taught in God’s word – Jesus Christ and the gospel of our salvation. He or she warns of approaching danger to our spiritual lives and our walks with Christ, and helps prepare the people for spiritual battle. God makes him or her aware of what is going on within the society, the church, and the world around him or her, so that he or she can address and confront the dangers that lurk about. He or she also shows the people of God the way of holiness as taught by Christ and the apostles, and shares with the people the joys and benefits of following the Lord Jesus in submission and obedience to his instructions for our daily living. He or she teaches this in very practical and understandable ways that are relevant to what is going on within the church, our society and the world about us today, so that we can know how to apply those truths to our present day circumstances.

The watchman of God calls the people to repentance and faith (or renewed faith). He or she understands that not all who call themselves Christian actually know Jesus Christ, so he or she warns of the dangers of a false gospel message and of wolves in sheep’s clothing - mere deceivers and manipulators of truth. He or she speaks the truth concerning the true gospel of salvation, and he or she warns that unless we turn from our sins, put our trust in Christ Jesus, and walk in his ways – in the power and strength of the Spirit within us – we will die in our sins. He or she also warns the people that if they do not take heed to the words of the Lord that a judgment of God – his divine discipline – is coming, but not to destroy, but to revive and to rescue his church from deceivers and deception, so that God - the Lord Jesus - may renew and restore her to fellowship with him. The watchmen (and women) whom God appoints will not be silent day or night until God restores his adulterous people, he revives his church, and the church becomes the praise of the earth. Amen!

Although this speaks to the role of God’s watchmen and women, these instructions here are not unique only to those God has appointed to his service to do this full time. We, as followers of Jesus Christ, are all to keep watch over one another, to encourage each other in the faith, to warn of the dangers of falling away, and of false gospels, and of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Encouragement is not just a pat on the back, nor is it false flattery, nor is it always words that cheer our hearts, though I certainly enjoy the cheering. To encourage means to give people hope and confidence, but not in themselves, but in Jesus Christ, their Lord. It also involves urging people to live holy lives pleasing to God. It involves counsel, exhortation, and appeals, as well as reassurances, promises, comfort and support (help).

Pass through, pass through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people.
Build up, build up the highway!
Remove the stones.
Raise a banner for the nations.
~ Is. 62:10​

Your Savior Comes

The Lord has made proclamation
to the ends of the earth:
“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your Savior comes!
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.’”
They will be called the Holy People,
the Redeemed of the Lord;
and you will be called Sought After,
the City No Longer Deserted.
~ Is. 62:11-12​

In Isaiah 40:10 we read: “See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.” And, in Revelation 22:12 we read: “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.”

One day Jesus is coming back to this earth. He is coming to judge and he is coming to receive his bride to himself, and to bring her salvation to completion. Those who have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb will receive the reward of eternal life with God in glory. Those who refused to believe in Jesus, and who continued in their unbelief, will receive eternal punishment and eternal separation from God. In the meanwhile, we wait on our Lord and his return. We find our courage, our strength, our joy, our hope and our rest only in him. We trust in his sovereignty, believing that all things have a purpose, and that God has a plan for our lives. We also rest in the knowledge that our God is completely faithful in all that he does, he is true to his promises, and he will never leave us or forsake us. No matter what trials we may face in this life, he is there right beside us, leading and guiding our steps all the way. In his love we can find rest. Amen!

Wait! / An Original Work / February 8, 2014

Wait for your Lord. Be of courage.
Be strong, and take heart today.
God is always watching o’er you.
Trust Him with your life always.

Sing of your Lord. Praise His blessings.
Believe in His sovereignty.
He delivered you from your sin;
Gave you life eternally.

Rest in your Lord. Know His promise.
Beneath His wings rest secure.
Your God has a plan and purpose.
Let your faith in Him endure.

Trust in your Lord. He’ll not leave you,
Because He is faithfulness.
He will lead and guide; protect you.
In His love you can find rest.

Rom 2:28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical.
Rom 2:29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.