Chapter 56 is addressed mainly to Israel. Some believe it was given for the people of Isaiah’s day who were under the law. Others say this chapter looks forward to the millennium. In such cases, I believe that usually means both views are true.
Father, give us understanding as we read thy word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
1 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
Jesus would not come for another 700 years from when Isaiah wrote this, but from God’s perspective, that time was near to come.
2 Blessed is the man that doeth this [justice], and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;
5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;
7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
Certain Gentiles (strangers) were excluded from entering into the congregation of the LORD to the tenth generation while others were allowed after the third generation. (Deut 23:1-8) I believe this refers to the public registry that showed who the full citizens were, so to speak. It was part of the genealogy records that were kept in the temple. Anyone could become a proselyte and worship the God of Israel, but to officially become a ‘member of the congregation’ was a different matter. This is the meaning of Deuteronomy 23:1-8. (cf Neh 13:1-3, 23-25)
Likewise, eunuchs were free to worship the God of Israel under the law, but they were excluded from entry in the public registry. (Deut 23:1) That means they could not serve in the temple or in government. Maybe God gave this rule to keep Israel from making eunuchs of people who served in certain government capacities, as was the practice in the heathen nations. In any case, the law was given to show God’s high standard of righteousness. Nobody has ever been able to keep this high standard except for one Man, the Lord Jesus Christ. Under grace, however, Jesus has made the impossible possible. (Matt 19:25,26) Isaiah’s comments concerning the eunuchs and strangers show that God’s kingdom is open to everyone under the new covenant of grace.
Jesus quoted verse 7 when He cleansed the temple. (Mk 11:17) I believe this shows that Isaiah 56 was intended for those who were under the law, but will not be fulfilled until the millennium. (See paragraph at top.)
8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. [strangers]
To me, verse 8 clearly speaks of the regathering of Israel that is taking place in our day. Verse 8 also further develops the thought in verse 7, whereby strangers are welcome in God’s kingdom. (John 10:16; Rom 11:17-24)
9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.
Verse 9 is a bit cryptic. I think one possible meaning is the Gentile kingdoms, portrayed as wild beasts in Daniel’s vision (Dan 7), are going to persecute (devour) Israel.
10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
In Isaiah’s day dogs were used to guard sheep. The blind watchmen of Israel (the priests and false prophets) had no problem with the alliances that the Jews made with the Gentile kingdoms, beginning with Babylon. Of course, these alliances backfired and the Jews suffered under each of the regimes in Daniel’s vision. The future persecution from the last beast described in Daniel 7:7,8 (the New World Order) will be far worse than all the others before it.
11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.
Even though this chapter was addressed to Israel, I see an application that relates directly to the church in our day. The Bible describes an end of days conflict between the church, the bride of Christ (Rev 19:7 et al), and the false church, called the great whore (Rev 17:1). When Christianity Today, for example, writes an editorial attacking the leader of the resistance against the new world order, it does not require a degree in theology to figure out which side they are on. Blind watchmen … dumb dogs … shepherds that cannot understand. That seems to fit perfectly with what Christianity Today recently wrote about President Trump. What do I mean? I’m glad you asked. As just one small example, consider that President Trump is more pro-life than any other president the US has ever had. For example, Trump proudly addressed the annual March for Life in Washington DC, something that even Reagan wouldn’t do. Too inflammatory. That should tell you something about why the new world order hates him so much. One more example concerning recent events would be his drone strike on General Soleimani. President Trump ordered one drone strike to take out a bad guy, a man who ordered an attack on a US embassy. This, following other attacks on US bases that caused the death of an American. The new world order and their operatives in Congress had conniption fits. By contrast, President Obama ordered hundreds of drone strikes which killed over 200 civilians. One of them even killed an American. None of the people who were upset over the Soleimani strike had a problem with any of that though. Nothing wrong there. Why? Maybe because President Obama was the most pro-abortion president that the US has ever had.
But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul:
all they that hate me love death.
President Trump has been a strong supporter of the church in America. One of his first acts as president was to return the right to free speech to America’s pulpits by executive order. When preachers squander this privilege on a false gospel of prosperity, the label of greedy dogs seems to fit perfectly.
We are in a fight for our lives. The encroaching evil that is attempting to drag this planet to hell is palpable. Consider a new children’s book by Aaron Leighton that is available on Amazon and in retail bookstores, A Children’s Book of Demons. It is a manual for conjuring demons. If that does not trouble you then you are already under the spell. I would recommend you read Ezekiel 9 and then consider the matter again. The new world order elite are busy preparing compliant subjects who will embrace the full-fledged New World Order. One of the ways they do this is through vaccines with harmful adjuvants like methyl mercury, thimerosal, monosodium glutamate, and aluminum. If you haven’t heard, video has recently been released showing the top UN scientist discussing the public relations problem they have with vaccine-related deaths—something she denies in public. As a watchman, it is my duty to warn you about such things lest your children be harmed by the battery of vaccines that they are trying to force on us. The current schedule includes somewhere around 35 different vaccines, and they continue to add more. The new world order utilizes many other methods to train people to be compliant. It is up to you to do your own research. However, if you are more comfortable with the pro-vaccine propaganda; if you are more comfortable trusting the government in all things rather than listening to what the watchman is saying, you may one day find yourself in a line receiving an injectable microchip known as the mark of the beast. If you do that all will be lost, and you will be forever separated from the God who made you.
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.