The sole purpose of the Prophets of the Tanahk was to bring the Yisra’elites back to YHWH and His Torah, they also Prophesied of the Last Days, for the very same purpose, To bring the Yisra’elites ‘back’ to YHWH and to bring us ‘to’ YHWH and His Torah.
The ‘mission’ of a ‘shepherd’ was/is to guide his flock on the right path and take them to the best source of ‘food’, and keep them safe. He ruled with a rod and a staff, the ‘rod’ was to fight off the ‘wolves’. If a shepherd needed to ‘sternly’ guide the sheep he would use his staff, the staff was all that was needed for the sheep who knew their shepherd, a gentle nudge would suffice. Any good shepherd would never lead his sheep on a path known to be a threat, where so many are eager to steal them away.
The Prophets used the staff to guide the common people and upheld the message of promised Blessings if they would turn back to YHWH . They used the ‘rod’ when they spoke to the rulers, the sovereigns, and the priests who were poor shepherds. Their rods heard loud and clear.
The response of the people and the ‘leadership’ was the same as it is today, they were ignored, chastised, thrown out of town. The old Prophets were stoned, and even killed for their teaching of ‘Righteousness’, and it is the same for anyone who has chosen to follow the Mashiach and teach what He taught, today. No one will listen, no one will take heed.
The ONLY way to enter the Sovereign Reign of YHWH in the End; the Reign of YHWH , is in walking the Path that YHWSHA leads us on, following Him and Only Him.
The promises of Redemption and Blessings, in every Word of YHWH ’s Prophets, follows a ‘Call’ to “Return to YHWH , and He will return to you”, “Guard the Torah and obey His Commands. YHWSHA Mashiach’s message was exactly the same, in slightly different words; “Repent! Make the Way straight before YHWH ”, same message. It MUST be in that order! We must circumcise our hearts to YHWH , before He will accept us.
YHWSHA’s 1st words are His ‘Call’, the same Call as All His Prophets before Mashiach came; “Repent (Return to YHWH ), make your Way straight (righteous), before YHWH .” This ‘Way’ He later names, the Narrow Path, the path on which He leads His flock. His ‘flock’ is Remnant Yisra’el. YHWSHA is the ONLY Way to the Father.
His death did atone for sin. But, only for those who answer His Call and come to Him and Abide, Obey and ‘Stay’, in Him. For them, He atoned for their ‘past’ sins. If we, ‘Abide in Him’, we do not sin. And if we do sin ‘by mistake’ (as Torah states), He will be our Advocate, and is true to His promise of forgiveness, when we confess that sin and repent. Anyone who returns to their old ways is the dog that returns to their own vomit.
When we fulfill His command to Immerse in his Name, we are entering the same Covenant Oath as in Debarim 27-32, we circumcise our hearts to YHWH , and the flesh, if necessary, as did the Yisra’elites when they crossed the Yarden River on dry ground.
If then we transgress that Oath, we are nailing Him on the tree all over again, this time for your sin alone. And every time you sin, you personally are impaling Him, again and again, and again.
No one has the ‘FEAR’ of YHWH anymore; they are all under the delusion that He is sooo ‘merciful’ that He overlooks our sins. This is the same lie Satan told Chauah (Eve); “surely you will not die for your sin”. YHWH is Merciful, but He is also Righteous and He has told us repeatedly, He will repay according to our deeds. He has warned us that we must Guard His Torah, He has Rebuked us over and over and over again, that the people have just not understood, they have forsaken the Torah of YHWH. His ‘righteous right ruling’ requires even Him to abide by His Covenant Torah, if He says; “those who are sinning against Me, shall perish.” He will follow through with all His promises, whether they are Blessings or Curses.
Starting back with the 1st of the Major Prophets, we have Yeshayahu, and he sets the stage for the procession of all the Prophets of YHWH.
Calling Yisra’el back to YHWH comes in a number of forms. One of which is the ‘Rebuke’; any rebuke, to an individual or to a whole nation, even when they cry out; “Hear O Earth!” This is a ‘Call’ to return, to return to the Covenant Oath. As in the opening of Yeshayahu:
Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth! For YHWH has spoken, “I have reared and brought up children, but they have transgressed against Me. An ox knows its owner and a donkey its master’s crib – Yisra’el does not know, My people have not understood.” Alas, sinning nation, a people loaded with crookedness, a seed of evil-doers, sons acting corruptly! They have forsaken YHWH, they have provoked the Set-apart One of Yisra’el, they went backward.
Why should you be beaten anymore? You continue in apostasy! All the head is sick, and all the heart faints. From the sole of the foot, to the head, there is no soundness in it; wounds and bruises and open sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment. Your land is laid waste, your cities are burned with fire, strangers devour your land in your presence. And it is laid waste, as overthrown by strangers. And the daughter of Tsiyon is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a hut in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. Unless YHWH of hosts had left to us a small remnant, we would have become like Sedom, we would have been made like Amorah.
Hear the word of YHWH, you rulers of Sedom; give ear to the Torah of our Elohim, you people of Amorah! “Of what use to Me are your many slaughterings?” declares YHWH. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats. “When you come to appear before Me, who has required this from your hand, to trample My courtyards?
“Stop bringing futile offerings, incense, it is an abomination to Me. New Months, Shabaths, the calling of meetings. I am unable to bear unrighteousness and assembly. “My being hates your New Months and your appointed times, they are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. “And when you spread out your hands, I hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I do not hear. Your hands have become filled with blood.
The rebuke itself is ‘a’ Call, followed by a directive ‘Call’;
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Stop doing evil! “Learn to do good! Seek right-ruling, reprove the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Followed still by another Call, a Call of Reason, with a Blessing attached, for obeying Him. And notice the shift, from reason to a Warning Call. For, refusing brings continued and worsening Curses, Followed again by more Rebuke.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says YHWH. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. “If you submit and obey, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword,” for the mouth of YHWH has spoken.
And if the people do not act and turn back, YHWH will ‘Act”.
How the steadfast city has become a whore! I have filled it with right-ruling; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers. Your silver has become dross; your wine is mixed with water.
Your rulers are stubborn, and companions of thieves. Everyone loves bribes, and runs after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow reach them.
Therefore the Master declares, YHWH of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’el, “Ah, I shall be eased of My adversaries, and I shall be avenged of My enemies. “And I shall turn My hand against you, and shall refine your dross as with lye, and shall remove all your alloy.
And when He is finished separating the ‘Clean’ from the ‘Unclean’, and all that is left is His Remnant People:
“And I shall give back your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. After this you shall be called the city of righteousness, a steadfast city.” Tsiyon shall be redeemed with right-ruling, and her returning ones with righteousness. And the destruction of transgressors and of sinners is together, and those who forsake YHWH shall be consumed. For they shall be ashamed of the terebinth trees which you have desired. And you shall be embarrassed because of the gardens which you have chosen. For you shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fades, and as a garden that has no water. The strong shall be for tow, and his work for a spark. And both shall burn together, with no one to extinguish.
And it shall be in the latter days that the mountain of the House of YHWH is established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills. And all nations shall flow to it.
The Latter Days that are coming upon us, YHWH will judge all the nations, and every individual, in every nation. It is not only the grossly wicked that are judged, it is not just the leaders of 1000’s and 100’s and the false teachers and wolves who led the people astray that are judged, it is each and every one of the masses who are not ‘Clean’, when YHWH causes His Restoration. Mashiach taught us to always be ready, for that moment could happen before I finish this sentence. If we have swept our house ‘clean’ we must keep it ‘clean’ for His arrival.
And many peoples shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of YHWH , to the House of the Elohim of Ya’aqob, and let Him teach us His ways, and let us walk in His paths, for out of Tsiyon comes forth the Torah, and the Word of YHWH from Yerushalayim.”
And this Prophecy is repeated by Micah”
And in the latter days it shall be that the mountain of the House of YHWH is established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills. And peoples shall flow to it.
And many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of YHWH , to the House of the Elohim of Yaʽaqob, and let Him teach us His ways, and let us walk in His paths. For out of Tsiyon comes forth the Torah, and the word of YHWH from Yerushalayim.”
This is because, as Amos prophesied; in the later days, there would be a hunger for the Word of YHWH, and we are searching for His Truth, that has been hidden from us, be it by the will of YHWH as He said He would do, or by the ‘god’ of this ‘world’ that has wanted to steal away the Truth from the beginning.
So our current search is coming up empty, as Amos said it would. See Amos 8. And all we have today is ‘bad’ translations and ‘interpretations of men’ based on the lies that began with the establishment of the ‘church’. Watered down versions of the Truth that; by omission, become lies. They have defiled the Truth and teach the ‘old law’ was done away with. Killing the ‘Fear’ of YHWH.
And when there is a discovery of what was lost, the ‘Powers that be’, take control and release only what they can interpret in such a way as to support their ‘agenda’ doctrines. Anything that disagrees or proves their doctrines to be false, they will hide away or even destroy, the ‘evidence’. A good read on this subject is “The Dead Sea Scroll Deception”, by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, showing how the (mother) ‘church’ had total control of the DSS for over 40 years, and the arguments and differences between the ‘scholars’, and how they treated the Scrolls with much ‘partiality’.
So after the smoke clears following the separation of the ‘sheep’ and the ‘goats’, the sheep having the Truth and the goats being the deluded, the ‘sinners’, the ‘fallible’, ‘fleshly’ followers of false teachers, who cannot stop sinning.
And He shall judge between the nations, and shall reprove many peoples. And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither teach battle any more.
YHWH may show mercy on many because of this; that we have been, in many ways, deprived of much of the knowledge of Him. However, His Truth is still here for those who “Dig the Well” as the DSS explains; are those who, ‘diligently search’, and they specifically search; the Torah, which is the Covenant for which we all have sworn an Oath to obey.
We dig and we turn over every rock, every Word is excavated and every piece of His Word, must align with each other. If there is a contradiction, it does not line up, it was mistranslated or misinterpreted. And for those who obey YHWH’s command to ‘dig the well’, He promises, and fulfills that promise to send His Ruach to abide in us, leading us to His Truth. Truly the only Way to find His Truth is through His Ruach, as the True Emissaries of YHWSHA, taught. Which is the ‘Helper’ Mashiach sends to His Flock.
We must become detectives and follow-up on every lead, and as soon as error is revealed, leave that lead and go on to the next, investigating every source. With the Qodesh Ruach in us, we have the discernment to know what is ‘clean’ and what is ‘unclean’. We can recognise the lies, and Truth, resonates when ‘open ears’ hear it. An important aspect of this is knowing when to turn and walk away, and hear no more of anything that takes away from the FOREVER Torah. If what you are being taught does not align, 100%, with Torah, or they are attempting to ‘change’ even one precept of Torah, they are false. And since we cannot stone them any more, we turn them off, leave their presence and shun them completely. That is what Debarim 18:22 tells us to do, the word used as ‘afraid’ needs to be ‘excavated’. I leave that to you, combined with Debarim 13; is a Rule that we must know very well and need to apply with every communication with, well, basically anyone ! If we are obeying YHWH, the Torah is never to stop being discussed, if someone is speaking of what “adds to, takes away or changes Torah, that person really becomes the enemy. This is why I believe we need to take the Scripture ‘Literally’, unless it states itself that it be a parable, or vision. It is the only way to truly agree and be like-minded. Interpretations are left to a thousand different interpretations from 999 ‘men’. We are even commanded not to interpret, but it is done in every ‘version’ of the scriptures.
The lack of truth in the only sources we have to rightly translate the original Hebrew to our understanding, lends to the many ‘differing’ versions of the ‘bible’. The Concordances that we use, when you look up a Hebrew word you are presented with a list of options for its ‘meaning’. Often the words on the list can mean the exact opposite, but it is up to you to apply which ever, and usually, the ‘desired’ choice. If you want to believe that we are all going to be saved in the end, and you are looking at a list for a word that can mean, of many others, either; ‘until’ or ‘when’. So, a Scripture verse that rebukes the people for a number of transgressions against YHWH and His Torah, and ends with; “For these transgressions; …you shall not be pardoned ‘__________’ you die.” You get to choose which of these terms to ‘interpret’ into ‘your’ version of bible, do you choose ‘until’, as the smooth ‘whitewashers’ teach, to make you feel better? Or , ‘When’, indicating that we are to Fear YHWH, as He demonstrated to the Yisra’elites, in them Hearing His Voice, to teach them to Fear Him. “For your transgressions, you shall not be pardoned ‘until’ you die”, follows the desire of men to justify their hard-heartedness. On the other hand; “For your transgressions, you shall not be pardoned ‘when’ you die.” Upholds the Fear of YHWH and holds to His Word “Those who are sinning against Me, SHALL Perish”.
There are many other instances of this very same thing and it opens our eyes to see that; as YHWH promised, if you choose to believe the false teachings of ‘men’, He would send us a “Strong Delusion”, He has allowed ‘men’ to create their own ‘bible’ picking and choosing what writings were to be included in their book and which were to be deemed ‘heretical’ by the ‘church’. Any writing that upholds the Torah of YHWH and teaches the same message that Mashiach taught, was excluded. If it teaches the need for righteousness, they threw it out.
But then, we need to take into consideration about these Concordances, the fact that they were compiled and written by, and For; christians, with their false belief that the ‘old law’ is no more.
Where did these ‘scholars’ get the ‘meanings of the Hebrew’? From ‘Talmudic’ Jews, who are sworn by Talmud, to deceive all ‘gentiles’, xians are gentiles and xians hold exceptional distain by these Talmudic Jews, they are specifically commanded to lie to christians and never reveal Truth of YHWH or Torah. Although, they are also in complete Apostasy. They have rewritten the Scriptures, and even their own language, since YHWH took that away when He exiled them to Babel. And the Tanahk also was ‘canonize’ by the (by then) pagan ‘Hellenized Jews’, as they too excluded the Truth and defiled YHWH’s Word. The Search goes on!
This is another ‘Call’; “Come out of Babel, My People”, a ‘Call’ and a command. Dig the Well
Let’s start again with a Call of Reason:
O house of Yaʽaqob, come and let us walk in the light of YHWH.
And then with a more Serious Call of Rebuke, comes more Prophecy that has yet to be fulfilled.
These prophetic to us verses are trying to Call to OUR attention what is GOING to happen in the Last Days, and if we do not take heed to His Call, we are in for the following ‘Curses’. Many sound pretty familiar to me.
For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Ya’aqob, because they have been filled from the East, and practice magic like the Philistines, and they are pleased with the children of foreigners. And their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures. And their land is filled with horses, and there is no end to their chariots. And their land is filled with idols; they bow themselves to the work of their own hands, to what their own fingers have made. And the lowly bows down, and the high is humbled; therefore You do not forgive them.
Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, because of the fear of YHWH and the splendour of His excellency. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the pride of men shall be bowed down, and YHWH alone shall be exalted in that day. For YHWH of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up, so that it is brought low; and against all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up, and against all the oaks of Bashan; and against all the high mountains, and against all the hills that are lifted up; and against every lofty tower, and against every strong wall; and against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the desirable craft. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the pride of men shall be brought low. And YHWH alone shall be exalted in that day, and the idols completely pass away. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from dread of YHWH and the splendour of His excellency,when He arises to shake the earth mightily.
In that day man shall throw away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which they made, each for himself to worship, to the moles and bats, to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the crags of the rugged rocks, because of the fear of YHWH and the splendour of His excellency, when He arises to shake the earth mightily.
Cease from man, whose breath is in his nostrils, for in what is he to be reckoned upon?
For look, the Master, YHWH of hosts, is turning aside from Yerushalayim and from Yehudah the stock and the store, all the supply of bread and all the supply of water; the mighty man and the man of battle, the judge and the prophet, and the diviner and the elder; the commander of fifty and the highly respected man, and the counselor and the skilled craftsman, and the clever enchanter. “And I shall make youths their heads and children shall rule over them. And the people shall exert pressure, man on man, man on his neighbour; the young rise up against the older, and the lightly esteemed against the highly esteemed.”
When a man takes hold of his brother in the house of his father, by the garment, and say, “Come, be a chief over us, and let this ruin be under your hand,” he shall swear in that day, saying, “I am not a healer, for in my house is neither bread nor garment; do not make me a chief of the people.”
For Yerushalayim has stumbled, and Yehudah has fallen, because their tongue and their doings are against YHWH, to provoke the eyes of His esteem. The look on their faces witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sedom; they do not hide it. Woe to their being! For they have brought evil upon themselves.
“Say to the righteous it is well, for they eat the fruit of their doings.
“Woe to the wrong! evil! For the reward of his hand is done to him.
“My people! Youths exert pressure on them, and women rule over them. O My people! Your leaders lead you astray, and swallow the way of your paths.” YHWH shall stand up to plead, and is standing to judge the peoples. YHWH enters into judgment with the elders of His people and its heads, “It is you who have eaten up the vineyard, the plunder of the poor is in your houses.
“What do you mean by crushing My people and grinding the faces of the poor?” declares the Master, YHWH of hosts.
And YHWH says; “Because the daughters of Tsiyon are haughty, and walk with outstretched necks and seductive eyes, walking and mincing as they go, making a jingling with their feet, therefore YHWH shall smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Tsiyon, and YHWH expose their nakedness.”
In that day YHWH takes away the finery of the anklets, and the headbands, and the crescents, the pendants, the bracelets and the veils, the headdresses, and the leg ornaments, and the sashes, and the perfume bottles, and the amulets, the rings, and the nose jewels, the costly robes, and the cloaks, and the shawls, and the purses, the mirrors, and the fine linen, and the turbans, and the large veils.
And it shall be: Instead of a sweet fragrance, a smell of decay; and instead of a belt, a rope; and instead of well-set hair, baldness; and instead of a festal robe, a girding of sackcloth; and branding instead of loveliness. Your men shall fall by the sword, and your strength in battle. And her gates shall lament and mourn, and she, deserted, shall sit on the ground.
And all these Curses will come upon all those who refuse to answer His Call. But for those who do Return, answering His Call, they will become the set-apart ones, the ‘escaped ones’.
And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, “We shall eat our own food and wear our own clothes; only let us be called by your name, to take away our reproach.”
In that day the Branch of YHWH shall be splendid and esteemed. And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for the escaped ones of Yisra’el. And it shall be that he who is left in Tsiyon and he who remains in Yerushalayim is called set-apart, everyone who is written among the living in Yerushalayim. When YHWH has washed away the filth of the daughters of Tsiyon, and rinsed away the blood of Yerushalayim from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning, then YHWH shall create above every dwelling place of Mount Tsiyon, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night, for over all the esteem shall be a covering, and a booth for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
The escaped ones who survive are the set-apart ones who’s names are written in the Book of Life. “…washed away the filth…”; is when all the sinners perish and all that is left is ‘Remnant Yisra’el. And then we receive the real Blessings, being in His Reign. Halal U Yah !! I know I spell that differently than most, here is why:
BDB Definition: with the editing of the ‘Title’ of our Father
1) to shine
1a) (Qal) to shine (figuratively of El’s favour)
1b) (Hiphil) to flash forth light
2) to praise, boast, be boastful
2a1) to be boastful
2a2) boastful ones, boasters (participle)
2b1) to praise
2b2) to boast, make a boast
2c1) to be praised, be made praiseworthy, be commended, be worthy of praise
2d) (Hithpael) to boast, esteem, make one’s boast
2e) (Poel) to make a fool of, make into a fool
2f) (Hithpoel) to act madly, act like a madman
Do you see it here? In 2e&2f; Another example of words meaning completely opposite things. Giving even obscure ‘definitions’ to be chosen by ‘interpreters’, is exactly How bible schools perpetuate their ‘theology’. Theology teaches you how to twist the Scriptures to say whatever you want it to say; this is how we have come so very far away from YHWH’s Truth. These ‘scholars’ can come up with different ‘interpretations’ for the same verse(s), even though there is only ONE ‘right’ meaning. That was the “Thesis” we were to write for my 1st ‘theology’ class. The Thesis I wrote, opened with the word “Hogwash”, and that was the end of ‘churchianity’ for Me. I came searching for the Truth and asked that He show me the ‘stumbling blocks’. He is an Awesome Elohim!!
Can ‘Reason’ be maintained in such an ambiguous environment? Or is it the intent, and/or the Purpose, to keep His Truth in His Word, but hidden for only those with eyes to see and ears to hear, and reason that contradictions need to be excavated. Dig the Well !! If it does not align 100% with Torah, it is a contradiction.
This next rebuke comes in the form of a Parable, a parable of Curses, for their being ‘rotten’;
Please let me sing to the One I love, a song for my loved One regarding His vineyard: my loved One has a vineyard on a fertile hill. And He dug it up and cleared it of stones, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a watchtower in its midst, and also made a winepress in it. And He waited for the yielding of grapes, but it yielded rotten ones.
“And now, O inhabitant of Yerushalayim and man of Yehudah, please judge between Me and My vineyard. “What more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done in it? Why, when I waited for the yielding of grapes, did it yield rotten ones?
“And now, please let Me inform you what I am doing to My vineyard: To take away its hedge and it shall be burned; to break down its wall and it shall be trampled down; and I lay it waste; it is not pruned or dug and thornbushes and weeds shall come up; and I command the clouds not to rain on it.” For the vineyard of YHWH of hosts, is the house of Yisra’el, and the man of Yehudah, is His pleasant plant. He looked for right-ruling, but see, oppression; for righteousness, but see, weeping.
Woe to those who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is no room, and you are made to dwell alone in the midst of the land! In my hearing YHWH of hosts said, “Truly, many houses shall be a waste, big and fine ones, without inhabitant. “For ten acres of vineyard yield one bath, and a homer of seed yields one ephah.”
Woe to those who rise early in the morning pursuing strong drink, who stay up late at night, wine inflames them! And the lyre and the harp, the tambourine and flute, and wine are in their feasts; but they do not regard the deeds of YHWH, nor see the work of His hands.
Therefore my people have gone into exile, because they have no knowledge. And their esteemed men are starved, and their crowd dried up with thirst.
Therefore the grave has made itself wide and opened its mouth beyond measure. Their splendour and their crowd and their uproar, and he who is exulting within her, shall go down into it. And man is bowed down, and mortal man humbled, and the eyes of the proud are humbled.
But YHWH of hosts is exalted in judgment, and the set-apart El is set-apart in righteousness.
YHWH is saying He is a righteous Judge. Any judge, who practices right-ruling, is bound by the Law, to punish the guilty, with or without mercy, depending on the depth of their sins and their heart (kidneys). But the Judge, YHWH, will not pardon the guilty, nor will He condemn the righteous. He repays according to our ‘ways’, our actions, deeds, and our ‘words’.
Another form of Rebuke/Call, comes in the ‘Woes’ statements, scattered throughout all the Prophets testimonies. “Woe To:___”; is a Wake-up ‘Call’, to get them to think about they are doing, and STOP!!
And the lambs shall feed in their pasture, and strangers shall eat in the waste places of the fat ones. Woe to those who draw crookedness with cords of falsehood, and sin as with wagon ropes, who are saying, “Let Him hurry! Let Him hasten His work, so that we see it! And let the counsel of the Set-apart One of Yisra’el draw near and come, so that we know.”
Woe to those who Call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight! Woe to the mighty to drink wine, and brave men to mix strong drink, who declare right the wrong for a bribe, and the righteousness of the righteous they turn aside from him!
Therefore, as a tongue of fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, their root is as rottenness, and their blossom goes up like dust; because they have rejected the Torah of YHWH of hosts, and despised the Word of the Set-apart One of Yisra’el. Therefore the displeasure of YHWH has burned against His people, and He stretches out His hand against them and smites them, and the mountains tremble. And their carcass is as filth in the middle of the streets. With all this His displeasure has not turned back, and His hand is still stretched out! And He shall lift up a banner to the nations from afar, and shall whistle to them from the end of the earth. And see, they come with speed, swiftly! Not one of them is weary or stumbling, not one slumbers or sleeps. Not a belt shall be loosened on their loins, nor the thong of their sandals be broken. Their arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent; their horses’ hooves shall seem like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind. Their roar is like that of a lion, they roar like young lions. And they growl and seize prey, and slip away, with no one to rescue. And in that day they shall growl over it as with the growling of the sea. And one shall look at the earth, and see, darkness and distress! And light shall be darkened by the clouds.
And the last verse of this chapter says it all: ‘they’ are all those Yeshayahu had been describing. Even this is a ‘Call’ to turn back to YHWH. It is never too late, unless you know the Truth, and still refuse. Willful sin is Thumbing your nose at YHWH, and you end up like Esau, even with tears and a contrite heart, it is too late for them.
In the year that Sovereign Uzziyahu died, I saw YHWH sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the Heykal. Above it stood seraphim. Each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said; “Set-apart, set-apart, set-apart is YHWH of hosts; all the earth is filled with His esteem!” And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
And I said, “Woe to me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the Sovereign, YHWH of hosts.”
And one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said; “See, this has touched your lips; your crookedness is taken away, and your sin is covered.”
Even Yeshayahu was not perfect, though he was a ‘righteous’ man, he had ?some? history, of some kind of transgressions. Indicated here by his reference to ‘unclean lips’; possibly by a ‘word’, (probably, out of frustration, that the people would not listen).
But YHWH is showing here what happens when we do answer His Call and turn and circumcise your heart. YHWH ‘covers’ your ‘Past’ sins; YHWH makes you ‘Clean’.
And here is my personal ‘Favorite’ phrase in all of Scripture;
And I heard the voice of YHWH, saying, “Whom do I send, and who would go for Us?” And I said, “Here am I! Send me.” And He said, “Go, and you shall say to this people, ‘Hearing, you hear, but do not understand; and seeing, you see, but do not know.’ “Make the heart of this people fat, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and shall turn and be healed.”
These few words, made in a ‘One on one, Face to face, encounter between YHWH and Yeshayahu, establishes Yeshayahu’s future, his career, his destiny and his Faith, and it is the ‘Crux’ of this study; and really of all the Scriptures.
It is also an indication of the ‘delusion’ that YHWH sends on those who choose to walk after ‘men’ and leave ‘their first love’ (Torah/YHWH).
Then I said, “YHWH, until when?” And He answered, “Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant, and the houses are without a man, and the land is laid waste, a ruin, and YHWH has removed men far away, and the forsaken places be many in the midst of the land. But still, there is a tenth part in it, and it shall again be for a burning, like a terebinth tree and like an oak, whose stump remains when it is cut down. The set-apart seed is its stump!”
Until the smoke clears and all that is left is; His Set-apart People, the True Remnant. And they, the righteous, will replenish the earth once again, till the end of YHWSHA’s 1000 year reign and haSatan has to be released for a little while…
… ‘Thus said the Master YHWH, “It is not going to stand, nor shall it take place. “For the head of Aram is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Retsin. And within sixty-five years Ephrayim is to be broken as a people. And the head of Ephrayim is Shomeron, and the head of Shomeron is the son of Remalyahu. If you do not believe, you are not steadfast.” ’ ”
And YHWH spoke again to Ahaz, saying; “Ask a sign for yourself from YHWH, your Elohim; make deep the request or make it high.” But Ahaz said, “I do not ask nor try YHWH!” And he (Yeshayahu) said; “Hear now, O house of Dawid! Is it not enough that you weary men, that you weary my Elohim also? Therefore YHWH Himself gives you a sign: Look, the maiden conceives and gives birth to a Son, and shall call His Name Immanu’el.
Is this the ‘mindset’ of ‘man’? How can Ahaz make this statement, without the Fear of the Wrath of YHWH? “I do not ask nor ‘try’ YHWH”. Look at the ‘deeds’ of Ahaz. Passing his son through the fire, to pagan gods; Most certainly is; Trying YHWH!! Serving Ba’al, is Trying YHWH!! Ahaz was not just weak in his Faith of YHWH, he did not serve YHWH at all, he caused Yisra’el to grievously transgress against YHWH.
Is this like today when people ‘think’ they have some form of religion and therefore some undeserved, unmerited ‘grace’? this is the result of thinking without the ‘ears’ to ‘Hear’, and the ‘eyes’ to ‘SEE’ the Truth; the Truth that it is, Only those who Come to YHWSHA and Submit to Him, and ‘walk’ with Him, and then “Endure to the End, that are ‘Saved’.”
I could continue through the rest of Yeshayahu, pointing to all these ‘Calls’ that YHWH is making through His Prophet(s), and then continue working through Yirmeyahu, Yehezqel, Dani’el and all the Prophets, and this would become a large volume book. And it would sound extremely ‘repetitive’. As does the Book we are writing about. But, even in all that repetitiveness, we still do not ‘hear’ or ‘see’ what YHWH is saying.
I will leave further ‘excavation’ to you, to continue on this quest thru all the Prophets, and bring this to a close with these last few chapters of Yeshayahu.
It is really quite simple, it is an either/or proposition, we either ‘turn back to YHWH , in obedience to His commands and His Torah, submitting to becoming ‘clay’ that He will mold, ‘escaping’ and ‘Coming Out of Babel’, ‘waiting for Him’, mourning what has become of the ‘world’, hating evil and loving right-ruling (righteousness), and ‘choosing’ to become one of His ‘chosen’;
Or, in a word, Perish; “where the ‘worm’ does not die and the fire is not extinguished.” And be repulsive to all who survive.
These Prophets of YHWH , spoke the Word of YHWH . YHWH dictated and they opened their mouth and spoke His Words. Every ‘Rebuke’, in whatever form, is just a continuation of “the Blessings and Curses” of Debarim 27-32, for which is contained in “The Oath of The Covenant, and each and every one of us Must ‘Abide’ in the Covenant. As YHWSHA Mashiach; from the beginning “was the Word, the Word was with Elohim, and the Word IS Elohim”, the ‘Word’ throughout the Tanakh, is a reference to Torah, So, if we are truly ‘abiding’ in YHWSHA, and He in us, we are ‘Abiding in Torah’.
Every Call, in every form is a Call to return to YHWH , or it is a Call for gentiles to ‘enter’ His Covenant, and become ‘Yisra’el’. He uses every ‘tactic’ to try to get our attention. From ‘Reason’, and promises of Blessings, to revealing their transgressions, to a nation that had forgotten the Torah, because of poor ‘shepherding’ and hard-heartedness, to Rebuke and the promises of Curses for their refusal to submit. He used ‘Threats’ as a ‘Call’, but the ‘Fear of YHWH’ has been ‘taught’ away. The ‘god’ most follow is a ‘Designer god’ that is all ‘forgiving’ all ‘merciful’ and no matter what I do I am going to heaven. Because I said this prayer 40 years ago, kneeling before a piece of wood or stone or silver or gold. If you come out of the idolatry of religion, but refuse to obey ALL of the commands of YHWH, you have done little and it is in vain. We MUST ‘Turn’ to Be Healed!!
When we transgress His Torah, it is a choice we make, we cannot put the blame on ‘ignorance’ or never having been taught the Truth. We cannot blame false teachers and false ‘apostles’, because He warned us of all of them, and how to recognize them. He warned that if we ‘Choose’ to follow false/worthless ‘teachings of men’ that He would even assist them in this endeavor, He would send a ‘Strong Delusion’, hence ‘the ‘world’ Today, the ‘Babel’ that keeps you ‘confused’. YHWH ’s Truth is still ‘Here’, if we circumcise our hearts to YHWH and Seek His Face. Accessible only to those who have TRULY RETURNED to YHWH , with All their Heart and Nefesh (soul) and Strength. And, last and yet ‘first’ is your Mind. Circumcising your Heart to YHWH is the First step, and it is a ‘conscious’ decision that comes from the Mind, having been led to knowing the difference between what is Clean and what is Unclean.
Yeshayahu makes this very clear, to all who have the ‘ears’ to ‘hear’ and ‘eyes’ to ‘see’, (his ‘message’ from YHWH, from his beginning), in the last part of his Prophecy to us; those who are awake in the Last Days.
“I have let Myself be inquired of, not by those who asked. I was found, not by those who sought Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation not calling on My Name. I have held out My hands all day long to a stubborn people, who walk in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts; the people who provoke Me continually to My face, who slaughter in gardens, and burn incense on altars of brick, who sit among the graves, and spend the night in secret places, who eat flesh of pigs, and the broth of unclean meat is in their pots, who say, ‘Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am set-apart to you!’ These are smoke in My nostrils, a fire that burns all day.
See, it is written before Me: I am not silent, but shall repay, and I shall repay into their bosom,
your crookednesses and the crookednesses of your fathers together,” said YHWH, “who burned incense on the mountains and reproached Me on the hills. And I shall measure their former work into their bosom.”
Thus said YHWH, “As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one shall say, ‘Do not destroy it, for there is blessing in it,’ so I do for all My servants sake, not to destroy them all. And I shall bring forth a seed from Yaʽaqob, and from Yehudah, an heir of My mountains. And My chosen ones shall inherit it, and My servants dwell there. “And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the Valley of Akor a place for herds to lie down, for My people who have sought Me.
“But you are those who forsake YHWH , who forget My set-apart mountain, who prepare a table for Gad (Ba’al Gawd??), and who fill a drink offering for Meni. “And I shall allot you to the sword, and let you all bow down to the slaughter, because I Called and you did not answer, I spoke and you did not hear, and you did evil before My eyes and chose that in which I did not delight.”
This is the ‘world’ today. We have all chosen to follow whatever or ‘whoever’ allows you to believe in worthlessness and falsehood.
Therefore thus said the Master YHWH , “See, My servants eat, but you hunger; see, My servants drink, but you thirst; see, My servants rejoice, but you are put to shame; see, My servants sing for joy of heart, but you cry for sorrow of heart, and wail for breaking of spirit. And you shall leave your name as a curse to My chosen, for the Master YHWH shall put you to death, and call His servants by another name, so that he who blesses himself in the earth does bless himself in the Elohim of truth. And he who swears in the earth does swear by the Elohim of truth. Because the former distresses shall be forgotten, and because they shall be hidden from My eyes.
And Blessings for those who choose Him and become His Chosen.
For look, I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and the former shall not be remembered, nor come to heart. “But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for look, I create Yerushalayim a rejoicing, and her people a joy. “And I shall rejoice in Yerushalayim, and shall joy in My people, and let the voice of weeping no more be heard in her, nor the voice of crying. “No more is an infant from there going to live but a few days, nor an old man who does not complete his days, for the youth dies one hundred years old, but the sinner being one hundred years old shall be lightly esteemed. “And they shall build houses and inhabit them and plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit. They shall not plant and another eat. For the days of My people are going to be as the days of a tree and My chosen ones outlive the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble. For they are the seed of the blessed of YHWH and their offspring with them. And it shall be that before they call, I answer. And while they are still speaking, I hear. Wolf and lamb feed together, a lion eats straw as an ox, and dust is the snake’s food. They shall do no evil, nor destroy in all My set-apart mountain,” said YHWH.
Thus said YHWH, “The heavens are My throne, and the earth is My footstool. Where is this house that you build for Me? And where is this place of My rest? “And all these My hand have made, and all these that exist,” declares YHWH. “Yet to such a one I look: on him who is poor and bruised of spirit, and who trembles at My Word.
Here is a “Warning’ Call
But whoever slaughters the bull slays a man; whoever slaughters the lamb breaks a dog’s neck; whoever brings a grain offering; pig’s blood; whoever burns incense blesses an idol. Indeed, they have chosen their own ways, and their being delights in their abominations. I shall also choose their punishments, and bring their fears on them. Because, I Called, but no one answered, I spoke and they did not hear, and they did evil before My eyes, and chose what was displeasing to Me.”
Hear the Word of YHWH, you who tremble at His Word, “Your brothers who hate you, who cast you out for My Name’s sake, said; ‘Let YHWH be esteemed, so that we see your joy.’ But they are put to shame. A roaring sound from the city, a voice from the Heykal, the voice of YHWH, repaying His enemies! Before she labored, she gave birth; before a pain came to her, she was delivered of a male child. Who has heard the like of this? Who has seen the like of these? Is a land brought forth in one day? Is a nation born at once? For as soon as Tsiyon labored, she gave birth to her children.
“Shall I bring to birth, and not give delivery?” says YHWH. “Shall I who give delivery restrain birth?” said your Elohim. “Rejoice with Yerushalayim, and be glad with her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn for her; so that you feed, and shall be satisfied with the breast of her comforts, so that you drink deeply, and shall delight yourselves in her overflowing esteem.”
For thus said YHWH, “See, I am extending peace to her like a river, and the esteem of the gentiles like a flowing stream. And you shall feed; you shall be carried on the side, and be fondled on her knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I comfort you. And in Yerushalayim you are comforted. And you shall see, and your heart shall rejoice, and your bones flourish as tender grass. And the hand of YHWH shall be known to His servants, and His displeasure to His enemies. For look, YHWH comes with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to render His displeasure with burning, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword YHWH shall judge all flesh, and the slain of YHWH shall be many, those who set themselves apart and cleanse themselves at the gardens after ‘One’ in the midst, eating flesh of pigs and the abomination and the mouse, are snatched away, together,” declares YHWH. And I, because of their works and their imaginations, am coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My esteem.”
“And I shall set a sign among them, and shall send some of those who escape to the nations; Tarshish and Pul and Luḏ, who draw the bow, and Tubal and Yawan, the coastlands afar off who have not heard My report nor seen My esteem. And they shall declare My esteem among the gentiles. And they shall bring all your brothers as an offering to YHWH out of all the gentiles, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My set-apart mountain Yerushalayim,” declares YHWH , “as the children of Yisra’el bring an offering in a clean vessel into the House of YHWH . And from them too I shall take for priests; for Lewites,” declares YHWH. “For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make stand before Me,” declares YHWH, “so your seed and your name shall stand. And it shall be that from New Month to New Month, and from Shabath to Shabath, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” declares YHWH. “And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm shall not die and their fire not be quenched. And they shall be repulsive to all flesh!”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they shall be filled.
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete. “For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done. “Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens. “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter into the reign of the heavens.”
“The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My words shall by no means pass away.