March 21, 1993This is from my study in Isa 3.
There is so much going on today that I cannot cover it all in one message. It is all happening so quickly that I need to address it before something else comes along to replace the present concerns.
There have been three great traumatic events within the last year: 1) the devastating hurricane in Florida, 2) the election of Clinton, and 3) the blizzard which struck the south and east coast. (One of our men had two daughters in the snow. We had no snow here, so like a good Baptist, he made sure they understood that they were enjoying the advantages of the south. They would have done the same for him.)
These three events can be summed up into two: natural disasters and civil disasters. Both of these events call for an examination from the word of God. At this time, I will only cover the Clinton disaster. Latter I will cover the natural disasters.
I am not saying that Clinton is any better or worse than was Bush or Perot, but I believe three things make Clinton's election was one of the more significant events of the past 200 years:
1) his wife. The contrast between Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton could not have been greater. Hillary clearly stated her position, yet she elected president anyway. Obviously, we now have a woman running the United States. I have no TV, but from what I understand, even the liberal media has lamented that Hillary has to much power and control.
2) Clinton's appointees, and the posts they now fill. We now have a known drunken female for the top law enforcement post in the nation, and open, professed sodomites in all areas (including the IRS). Furthermore, women in power are not known for compassion, eg. Jezebel.
3) Clinton's election margin. From what I understand, his election was with the smallest percentage of total votes of any president to date (43%). Thus Clinton is president regardless of the fact that better than 60% of Americans claim Christianity, so obviously the hand of Divine Providence was in Clinton's election. Providence caused many Christians to vote for their own destruction, either by doing nothing or voting for sodomy and socialism. In my opinion, the Lord will honour their desire for destruction.
The meaning of all the political chaos is found in Isaiah 3. For brevity's sake, we will only use vs. 1-15. Please keep in mind that this passage is directed to God's people, not to the pagans.
Isaiah ch 2 tells us that God's people had turned from their God and were trusting in man, 2:22. Isaiah ch 3 then warns that everything which the people of God were depending upon other than the Lord God almighty, is going to be removed by God's judgment, right down to their basic support, bread and water.
Isaiah's warning was according to Moses' words in Lev 26 & Deut 28. Both Moses' and Isaiah's warnings were literally fulfilled under both the Chaldeans and Romans when Jerusalem perished in the midst of such terrible famine that women ate their own children. But the substance of Moses' & Isaiah's warning will continue to be fulfilled as long as sin reigns.
Isa 3:1, continues the thought presented in chapter 2 with the words,The Lord, the Lord (Jehovah) of hosts. Throughout his book, Isaiah uses this term to introduce the judicial acts of God. Thus, vs. 1-15 explain the Lord's judgement against His stiffnecked people.
In v. 1, the Lord takes away the very basic staff of life, bread and water. The people thought that by their own strength they had prospered, so the Lord shows that all supply comes from Him. Furthermore, this speaks of food and water storage for the hard times ahead, but their storage program did not include repentance and return to the Lord. The Lord removes their food and water.
Then in vs. 2 & 3, the Lord takes away all men who are being looked to other than the Lord. Notice two things here: 1) the ten classes of people named and 2) the order they are named. Their order is not necessarily God's order of importance, but the order is how the people place them in importance.
1. The mighty man, and the man of war: the hero and the average soldier. The people had turned from depending upon the Lord for protection from their enemies, and were now depending primarily upon their armed might. They had a powerful army, so why did they need to depend on the Lord to watch over them? (Depending on the Lord, means serving Him by obeying Him, and leaving the results in His hands.)
2. the judges: the officers appointed by the state to administer justice.
3. the prophet: this would include Isaiah's office. God's judgment against their sin would include God cutting off the speaker of His word. Nothing could be worse than the loss of God's word.
4. the prudent: prudent in this verse refers to false prophets or soothsayers, De 18:10; Isa 2:6; Isa 3:2. Hananiah (Jer 28) was a falseprophet (prudent). Thus the prudent of Isaiah 3:2 are those presenting good sounding answers, yet the answers do not include repentance and return to the law of God.
5. the ancient: the elder. This would be the heads of the families as well as the local rulers.
6. the captain: the leaders of the smallest bands of soldiers.
7. the honourable man: those whose personal appearance was accepted, welcome and regarded with honour. They were people of influence because of their wealth, age, abilities, goodness, office they held, &c.
8. the counseller: those closest to the king.
9. the cunning artificer: one who could work hard with great skill, the skilled workman, craftsman or tradesman.
10. the eloquent orator: the skilled speaker able to sway people to his will.
These people had stolen the hearts of God's people away from the Lord, so now the Lord is going to remove the these people.
V. 4. I will give children and babes... In vs. 2, 3 the Lord cut off all people who had any common sense. Now in place of folks who had common sense, He gives His idolatrous people children and babies to rule over them.
These were not literal children, but immature adults who act like children and lack good common sense. The Lord raises up people with no common sense because His people willfully turned from Him and will not turn back. They sought their guidance and protection from all other sources. So as part of God's judgment, He turns them over to those other sources which they chose over Him. Only now the those sources that His people went whoring after are filled with immature children.
V. 5. the result of their turning from God and God forsaking them to the children of v. 4, is that they will be more oppressed than they were previously. The immature adults who have been placed in authority by God will act just like rebellious children, and the results will not be pleasant.
Vs. 6, 7. All authority is broken down. The oppressive dictator (despot) is replaced by mob-rule, and the mob-rule by anarchy is in the most literal sense. In a state where all authority is gone replaced by mob-rule, all desire to rule is gone. Who wants to rule over a mob that will not be ruled? Who wants to take the 'blame' for such action?
Remember v.1? all food and water are removed. So now the people in the general society are in an extremely bad shape. In v. 6, they discover a man with a coat; because he has more than they do, they think that he should rule over them.
Furthermore, v. 6 shows us that family authority had broken down: the one with clothing is asked to rule in the family by his brother of the house of his father.
V. 7, the desire to rule is so destroyed that the one with something refuses to admit that he has anything left, therefore unqualified to rule.
V. 8, the prophet gives the reason for the complete destruction of God's people. It is because their words and actions are against the law-word of God. The Lord is glorious and holy, and the people have defiled His eyes. Hence they bring down upon themselves the Lord's wrath.
V. 9, the people of God have turned from God's law; they have become so hardened in sin that they are neither ashamed nor attempt to hid their sin. Therefore, the Lord compares them to the Sodomites.
The prophet could not be more plain spoken as he tells God's people that they brought their difficulties upon themselves by turning from God's word:for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. He tells them that their sin is as the sin of Sodomy.
V. 10, 11. These two verses go together: the Lord tells the prophet to deliver one message to one nation who is divided into two parts:
The one message: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
The one nation: God's people
The two types of people in the one nation: the righteous and the wicked,the obedient and the disobedient.
The results: it shall be well with the righteous; it shall be ill with the wicked.
The difference between the righteous and the wicked? Vs. 8, 9, their attitude and actions toward the word of God and the gods of this world.
V. 12, as a result of God's judgment against the false gods of His people, men refuse to rule, and God exalts oppressive immature children and women to rule over them.
But in v. 13, even while the Lord is judging them with women and children, He pleads with His people to return to Him.
Romans 2 tells us that there is a point of no return when the evil of a people is full and no amount of pleading will change the judgment (cf. Jer 15:1). But evidently this time has not arrived yet for these people, because He is pleading with them to return.
V. 13 is the promise of judgment, v. 14 is the pronouncement of who the judgment is against. It is against the ancients of his people, and the princes. The law established the rule of God's people through the family, rulers of tens, fifties & hundreds. God established a king and princes (1 Samuel 8); God established priests to lead them in His law; yet all of these offices were corrupted. Rather than leading the people in the paths of righteousness, the individuals in these offices were using the people for their own benefit.
vineyard... Mat. 21:33, tells us that God had given His rulers charge over His people (vineyard), but rather than rendering to God the honour and glory, they kept it for themselves. They used the people of God for their own purpose. The Lord Jesus then delivered upon them a scathing inditement and pronounced judgment upon them. The judgment against them by Rome was the most terrible thing that the world had ever seen.
V. 15, appears to explain the oppression of v. 5. The oppression of the people is compared to beating them to pieces and grinding their face into the ground. The oppressors were to be caring for the welfare of the people of God and leading them in the service of God, but they are devouring them. The Lord God of hosts, speaks of God's judgment. Thus, this section opens and closes with the promise of God's judgment.
Isaiah 3 can be summed up thusly:
God's people turned from the Lord when they turned from His law-word for their guidance. The Lord warned them over and over, yet they would not return. Oh! they continue to follow His law in areas that are convenient, but as far as continuing in it in every area, that is out.
His people were persuaded to depart from God; they replaced obedience to His law with military might, 'wise men of this world,' judges, counsellors, persuasive speakers, and they were happy with the ones they established over themselves in place of the Lord.
Part of God's judgment against their sin was placing immature children and women as rullers over them. The people were so blinded by their idolatry that they continued to follow after the women and children. As time went on, the women and children became more oppressive. The immature children were raisers of taxes (so the young men advised Rehoboam, 1 Ks. 12:12-15); they institute all kinds of oppressive measures and the people tolerate it. Why did the people tolerate the evil of the children? Part of God's judgment against them was that He blinded them to facts, lest they repent and the land be healed.
Blindness from God is part of His judgment against sin; He blinds the unrepentant sinner to what they are doing so they bring judgment upon themselves.
Now, let's cover some application for us today.
1) V. 1, no matter how much preparation one makes with food storage or even armed might, if they overlook their relationship with the Lord, their best efforts will be wasted. David said that there is no place one can hide from the Lord.
2) V. 2, notice that the Lord is also going to remove the prophet. This gives us a couple of implications:
A) a result of the turning from the Lord by the covenant people is the loss of the faithful proclamation of word of the Lord, the godly prophet is removed. If the people will not listen to the Lord, He will quit speaking. He will remove His faithful preachers.
B) the man of God can be as godly as the Lord Himself, but if the people cling to him instead of the Lord, the Lord will remove him. It is as bad to exalt a man of God to the place of God as it is to ignore him completely.
The Lord is going to cut off everything that the people have used to replace their dependance upon Himself. He will have no other gods before Him, whether those gods take the form of people or material objects.
3) V. 2, 3, people do not want to hear the word of God which requires repentance and obedience; people want to hear pleasant sounding, political answers. Answers without God are an exercise in witchcraft, ie. occultism.
The Lord through Isaiah says that if people will not listen to God's lawful speakers, the prophet, and they turn to the unlawful speaker, the soothsayer, the Lord will see that the unlawful speaker is cut off also. Every person with any good common sense will be removed from all public view. Oppressive women and children in authority cannot allow someone in the public eye which will expose their ignorance.
When we define the prudent as those who see other methods of national recovery other than evangelism and teaching the word of God, a couple of examples of the prudent come to mind: Rush Limbaugh and a vast majority of the patriot movement.
3) V. 3, Obviously, our nation is quickly loosing the skills which have been developed over hundreds of years as our skilled crafts being exported.
4) V. 4, Children and babes... If this does not describe today's congress, nothing does; it is called, "Gridlock." We are now ruled by a group of immature children who know only how to spend, raise taxes and watch out for themselves and their friends.
The Lord said to His sinful people, "OK, if these other sources appear better qualified than My word to lead and protect you and supply your needs, then I'll give you over to them. Only now, there will be fighting and bickering children in those places."
5) v. 5, notice the rise of the tyrant and the ill-mannered insolent children. Observe:
A) as God's people turned from their God's authority, their children turn from their parental authority. When the children turn from their proper authority, it is not long before society in general turns from its proper authority: the Lord God as revealed in His word.
B) When God's people act like rebellious children against Him, He gives them rebellious children as rulers. The word of God warns us over and over that only His law will protect the common people. When His law-word is not followed, the people become little more than pawns to keep the undisciplined children in power. When lusts and covetousness control the people, lust & covetousness will control the rulers.
No doubt that one of the devices of the devil is to keep people blinded to cause and effect, but the Lord permits the blindness. The reason the wicked rule is because of the wickedness of the people, but the people are unable to see this.
Many people make great professions of Christianity, yet they will not admit to the necessity of instituting the law of God into their lives or into society. The only thing that will keep the tyrant out of office is a godly people.
6) V. 6, the qualification for rule is having more than another has. Dan Pool is a good example. The man is a whoremonger, yet he remains in the place of authority, probably because he has more. The Chamber of Commerce feels qualified to rule our county because it is made up of business men. Far more often than we care to admit, money is the qualification for leadership today. They have made money, therefore they are more qualified to rule.
I have seen and heard of more than one man made a deacon in a church because he had more money than other church members. The result was nothing but trouble because he was not a godly man.
7) V. 9, God's people's continuance in things which they know displease their God is compared to sodomy. Is it any wonder that open sodomites are being placed in authority today?
God's people have rejected repentance and the word of God as the answer to the difficult straits they find themselves, so God is giving them sodomites as rulers.
8) The preachers rule over the people for the benefit of the state or they gave the people what they want to hear. Today's pulpits and air waves are filled with men (and a few women) giving the people what they want to hear. There is very good money in hiding the truth of the word of God.
9) the men of v. 7 refuse to rule because the say that they have no food or clothing. Obviously then, they feel they must work all the time.
I have found that the men who are sensible, intelligent, very capable and could handle godly rule well, are so involved in making a living that they would rather women and children rule over them than have to make personal sacrifice. It appears to me here that it is a requirement of God's law for men to be involved in these areas that have been turned over to the women and children. In fact, it is obvious that women and children in these areas is a sign of God's judgment against the men for not taking their godly responsibility in society.
10) Isaiah indicts the men for not taking their responsibility before God, and he indicts the priests for not leading God's people in the proper path. The ones who were supposed to be leading the people closer to God are not. I must say that the rule of women started in the church when men sent their wives to do the Lord's work of evangelicalism.
11) v. 10, the light in the terrible darkness. This verse holds an immursurable amount of assurance and promise. The judgment and destruction promised against the sins of the people of God is beyond my comprehension. I cannot imagine what is described here, but v. 10 is inserted right in the midst of this description. God promises His people that they will reap what they have sown: if they have sown to the wind, they will reap the whirlwind, BUT if they have sown to the Lord, they will reap His blessings, even when everything is failing around them.
[Let us speculate here for a moment. In v. 6 the situation is so bad that anyone who even appears to have anything is perceived as having some common sense; therefore, he is asked to rule over the people. In v. 7, they refuse; now in v. 10 the Lord promises to bless the ones who have been faithful to His law in the midst of the turmoil. The unrepentant are stripped of everything, the righteous are blessed and all in accord with the law of God.
What if the blessings of the Lord upon His faithful people are evident in their clothing and food? Would not this mean that the ones of v. 6 would come to the ones who have been faithful to the Lord and ask them to rule over them? Things have deteriorated so bad that anything, even the law of God, will be better than the anarchy that is taking place.
(This is what Bro Green told us about the judicial system that they are working in, 3/7/93. Things have deteriorated so bad that they are willing to try even the Lord.)]
I have not really seen a time frame for this prophecy in Isaiah, but I am sure that we will see something soon. But let's apply it for today. We are seeing some very crazy things going on today. The move toward a one world government is astounding. The US is merging with the Soviets quickly and quietly. When Bush sent the armed forces into the Middle East to protect the banker's interest, the Indpolis Star reported that the Soviets sent their ships with our battle group (8/9/90). The Soviets said they would have nothing to do with the activity over there under American leadership, but they would under the UN. It is obvious to me that the Soviets sent their ships with ours to monitor our activity. (Were we moving under the authority of the Soviets?)
Children are ruling over God's disobedient people and our only hope is to be faithful and true to His law-word in the face of all the efforts by the enemy to convince us that this is no longer necessary. Then as the judgment comes, and it will, we can depend on the Lord to do what is right. As we have remained faithful in every area to Him according to His opportunity and grace, we can expect Him to be faithful to us in the terrible times that are upon us.
He is moving to judge those who know God yet refuse to glorify Him as God, Rom 1:21.
12) V. 10, 11 the promise is to reap what we have sown. And let me add, we can only sow while the weather is good. When the storm is here, and the winds blowing everything away, sowing cannot be done.
13) there must be complete judgment against sin before righteousness can be exalted.
14) we will not continue at this point, but Isaiah's description of the women, vs. 16-26, is very interesting.
The conclusion must be that there can be no relief from this oppression without a return to the Lord as revealed to us in His total word. The children are there because of the departure. They will remain until the departure is dealt with.
But amid all the doom and gloom, the lord always gives a ray of hope, v. 10. Are we sowing fruit that we will be willing to eat in the coming years?.
Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found <04672> among you [any one] that maketh his son <01121> or his daughter <01323> to pass <05674> through the fire <0784>, [or] that useth divination <07081>, [or] an observer <06049> of times, or an enchanter <05172>, or a witch <03784>...
Isa 2:6 Therefore thou hast forsaken <05203> thy people <05971> the house <01004> of Jacob <03290>, because <03588> they be replenished <04390> from the east <06924>, and [are] soothsayers <06049> like the Philistines <06430>, and they please <05606> themselves in the children <03206> of strangers <05237>.
Isa 3:2 The mighty <01368> man, and the man <0376> of war <04421>, the judge <08199>, and the prophet <05030>, and the prudent <07080>, and the ancient <02204>,
6049 is soothsaying, or looking for answers from places other than from God's word.
7081 Divination, 7081 comes from the word prudent, 7080.
note that divination here is same word as used in Isa 2:6 for soothsayers. This connection says that the nation of God, Israel, in Isaiah was seeking for answers for their problems, answers other than repentance over their sin and retrun to their God. Thus, the nation in Isa was praticing the very thing they were warned not to pratice in Deut 18:10: using divinations.