Isaiah 62 is about God’s promise to restore Jerusalem. It is always a good time to be looking at God’s promises but especially now, and especially the ones connected to his second coming.
Father, give us understanding as we read your word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
According to the Westminster Dictionary of the Bible, the etymology of Jerusalem is uncertain, but most likely means ‘foundation of peace’. Jerusalem has been leveled at least 27 different times, in some places as many as 40 times. The old city where David walked is buried 60’ or more beneath the surface in some places, ie beneath the rubble of the many sieges on the city throughout history. So the city of peace has not exactly lived up to its name, but one day Jerusalem will get a new name. The Bible says those who overcome through faith in Christ will get a new name as well. (Rev 2:17) As I look back at my life, I have not always lived up to my name either, but God is not finished with me yet; just like He is not finished with Jerusalem.
3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi–bah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
Hephzi-bah means ‘delightful’ and Beulah means ‘married’; notice how the Bible has a built-in dictionary.
God gave Israel, the Northern Kingdom, a bill of divorce (Jer 3:8), yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. Judah, the Southern Kingdom, was therefore divorced as well. Judah’s divorce, However, was of her own doing. (Isa 50:1) Nevertheless, both Israel and Judah will eventually be forgiven and joined together as one. (Ez 37; Hos 1:11)
5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
So Jerusalem will be married once again. We are commanded to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. (122:6) This is one of those commandments that has a promise attached to it: they shall prosper that love thee.
6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
7 And give him [God] no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Jesus told a parable about an unjust judge who gave in and did the right thing because a widow would not leave him alone. (Luke 18) In the verses above, Isaiah is saying that God’s watchmen will petition Him night and day for his kingdom to come.
8 The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:
9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.
In Isaiah’s day the Assyrians were stealing Judah’s resources. This was, of course, because of their disobedience so God allowed it. Verses 8, 9 promise a time when they will be freed from such persecution and the land will be dedicated to God. Before this happens, however, Israel will have to go through what Jeremiah called the time of Jacob’s trouble. We can see the day approaching as prophetic events continue to transpire. Some have called this process ‘the quickening’, because events are accelerating. The word ‘quickening’ has another meaning, however. It refers to the process of childbirth. The world is going through birth pangs, just as Jesus said it would. (Matt 24:8; cf Isaiah 13:8) Labor is not a pleasant process. It’s painful. It’s bloody. But when it is over, there is joy for a new life has been brought into the world. The contractions this world is experiencing will eventually give birth to the kingdom age. With Christ on the throne in Jerusalem, the sorrows of the past will no longer matter.
10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
Here is yet another mention of the highway that will lead from Egypt through the Holy Land and on to Assyria. (Isa 19:23) ‘Cast up’ means cast up earth to prepare the foundation for the highway. This is going to be a tremendous building project. Unlike our modern-day highways that wind up mountainsides and down through valleys, this highway will be straight and level. (Isa 40:3, 4)
11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
Again, this chapter is about the promise that God made to Jerusalem. For more than a century, things have been moving steadily towards the realization of this promise. I, for one, believe it may not be much longer before the final fulfillment.
God has made promises to us as well; ie those of us who have trusted his Son as our personal Saviour. That is what I would like to talk about: God’s promises. Just as God will keep his promise to Jerusalem, He will keep his promises to us. Like this one for example:
….Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
F B Meyer (1847-1929) said, “Though the Bible be crowded with promises from board to board [cover to cover], yet will they be inoperative until we turn them into prayer.” As long as we continue in prayer with faith in God’s promises, we shall overcome. Friends, if you find yourself sighing or crying over the things that are taking place in the world, that is a good thing, not a bad thing. In Ezekiel 9, God commanded an angel to go through Jerusalem with an inkhorn and mark those who were sighing and crying for all the abominations that were taking place in the city. The word Ezekiel used for mark is the Hebrew letter, tau. In ancient Hebrew, tau was represented by a simple cross. The angel used pen and ink to mark the foreheads of those who were signing and crying with a simple cross.
In the Revelation, John used the Greek word kharagmah for the mark of the beast. (1) It means to etch, prick, or stamp. In John’s day, slaves were pierced to mark their servitude. (Ex 21:6) I believe everyone will eventually be marked one way or the other, either with a + from God or with an implantable microchip from Satan, aka the mark of the beast. The coronavirus vaccine that Bill Gates wants to use on the world for tracking and verification via microchips looks to me like training wheels for the mark. If he gets his way it will be very difficult to participate in society without taking it. I would rather pick up cans on Market Street in San Diego for a living than take that vaccine. I doubt it will come to that though because I am trusting in God’s promises. Come quickly Lord Jesus. Amen. In his infamous Ted Talk, Gates admitted (around 5:00) that he wants to use vaccines to reduce the population. For an overview of how we got here see this interview with Dr Sherri Tenpenny. Incidentally, Microsoft (the same company that used satanist Marina Abromovic in an ad for their virtual reality goggles) recently obtained a patent for a new technology that will utilize the human body for cryptocurrency mining. The patent application number is WO/2020/060606.
In closing, this lockdown—a term that used to mean confining prisoners to their cells—is arguably the biggest hoax in the history of the world. 732 people in Los Angeles have died so far from COVID-19 (supposedly). A new USC study estimates anywhere from 221,000 to 442,000 people in LA have been infected, indicating the true CFR for COVID-19 is between 0.16% and 0.33%, not 4% or more as has been reported. Therefore, the lockdown is a total fraud, a fraud that will kill millions through starvation. Judgment day is coming for those who are responsible for this mess. That is a promise from God. So just say no to Bill Gates and his microchip vaccine, his cryptocurrency trap, his satanist-endorsed VR goggles, and anything else he wants to use to enslave you. The Bible does not say lick the devil’s boots and he will flee from you. It says Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. In verse 6, Isaiah said keep not silence. Jesus said what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. (Matt 10:27)
Father, thank You for all your precious promises, especially the one to send your Son back again to receive us, that where He is we may be also. Thank You for your promise to supply all our need according to your riches and glory by Christ Jesus. Thank You also for this opportunity to learn to trust You more. We know and believe that You are in control. We know that You are making all things new. Thank You for the promise that all things work together for good to them that love You, to them who are the called according to your purpose. Thank You Father, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
(1) According to Strong: χάραγμα (khar’-ag-mah); from the same as (5482) (χάραξ); a scratch or etching, i.e. stamp (as a badge of servitude), or sculptured figure (statue): — graven, mark. According to Thayer, it was the same word used for the mark branded upon horses.
Update 4/26/20: Press conference with Doctors Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi of Bakersfield, California confirms what I have been saying about the Wuhan virus from the very beginning: https://banned.video/watch?id=5ea4994ea881fd00808e95ad