Saturday, June 30, 2007

Genesis 13 - Lot Chooses

Lot Chooses

Gen 13:5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.

Not much is said about Abram's nephew, Lot. He just tagged along with Lot and apparently was blessed with abundance with Abram when he came out of Egypt. Abram was called, sometimes we do not want to do what we are called to do alone. So we allow someone else to come and problems arise. Moses had Aaron, who made the golden calf. Paul had Mark who was too inexperienced and he gave up for a time Abram had Lot to tag along, with second-hand faith.

Gen 13:6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
Gen 13:7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.

There was strife between the herdmen, in the presence of the Canaanites and Perizittes. When good people fight, when Christians fight and squabble before the world, it destroys the testimony and brings the name of the Lord to be blasphemed. They represented God's chosen, as we do. The devil tempts the lusts of the flesh and the pride, he manipulates and lies. Our battle is of the mind and our words; truth or lies, goodness or evil.

Gen 13:8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.

Abram sought the way of peace. Brothers are to dwell together in peace.

Eph 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
Eph 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Eph 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Gen 13:9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

Abram gave Lot the first choice. Abram humbled himself and gave favor to Lot.

Phil 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Phil 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Phil 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Phil 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Gen 13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.

Lot had been tempted in Egypt, now he sees a similar land and desires the worldly things.

Gen 13:11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.

Lot never built an altar, never sought God for himself, but given a choice of the world's best things, he chose the world best looking land. He did not consider the moral and spiritual consequences of his choice.

Preachers preach worldly prosperity to worldly people, but God has better. The true riches come by seeking him and by trusting in him. By faith, not by sight.

2 Tim 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2 Tim 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
Luke 16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
Luke 16:12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Isa 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Isa 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Isa 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Jesus speaking to the Church:

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Gen 13:12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
Gen 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

Do we pitch our tent towards Sodom? and expect the blessings of the LORD? When I was younger I was looking to buy a house. I had found one that I thought was a good one. My parents came to see it, they said, no, the surroundings are not good, it is a bad neighborhood. I did not purchase that house. We do not pitch our tents in bad places, unless the LORD leads us to do so. We are to be led by the Lord, not our own eyes.

Jer 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
Jer 17:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Jer 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Jer 17:11 As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.

Gen 13:14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
Gen 13:15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

The promise was given to Abram, not to Lot. We are to be separated unto God to receive his promises. The promises of God are for those separated unto him.

Abram was promised all the land of Canaan for himself and his seed. This promise would be repeated through his son, Isaac and his grandson Jacob. These promises belonged to Israel, not to those who lived in Palestine. Palestine has no right to the land promised to Abraham and his seed through Jacob. Jacob's name was changed to Israel. Spiritual Israel will receive the land.

Gen 13:16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

The promise continues to childless Abram and Sarah; a great number of seed, as he dust of the earth, natural seed from Abram. Seed from Ishmeal and from Isaac. Later the Lord would refer to the spiritual seed of Abram.

Gen 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore;

Stars are the spiritual seed, sand is the natural seed.

Gen 13:17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
Gen 13:18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

Mamre, means "vision", and Hebron means "communion", Abram is again in communion with God and receiving His vision for the future. We do not get vision by being as Lot, a second hand relationship, through someone else. We must build an altar and seek God ourselves, to hear from God.

Prov 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Isaiah 22 - The Burden of Jerusalem

Burden of Jerusalem

Isa 22:1 The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?

The valley of vision, Jerusalem, the place of the worship of God; a city on a hill in the midst of three valleys. What is wrong with you people, that you are mourning on your housetops?

Psa 125:2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

Isa 22:2 Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, a joyous city: thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.

What is this confusion? Is it tumult or are you joyous? Your men have not died in warfare. The men died of famine or of cowardly fear.

Jer 14:18 If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with the sword! and if I enter into the city, then behold them that are sick with famine! yea, both the prophet and the priest go about into a land that they know not.

Isa 22:3 All thy rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers: all that are found in thee are bound together, which have fled from far.

All the rulers were far away and together, without bow or arrow.

Isa 22:4 Therefore said I, Look away from me: I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.

Isaiah wept for the destruction of the daughters of Jerusalem. The men and rulers would not defend them, but they fled as cowards or died by fear or hunger.

Jerusalem was away from God and would be taken captive by Babylon. What will happen to America, that turns it's back on God?

Eaglewings Ministries

Monday, June 25, 2007

Isaiah 21 - Edom and Arabia

Edom and Arabia

Isa 21:11 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?

Dumah was another ancient name for the kingdom of Edom, in the mountainous region of Seir. The Edomites descended from Esau. What of the night, how soon shall this darkness be over?

Isa 21:12 The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come.

Light is coming, where is the good news? Jesus said of himself:

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

But night is coming again, hard things.

John 12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
John 12:36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light...

inquire ye: return, come -- Edom had forsaken God, now they are invited to come to him. They had been enemies of God and his people. Jesus calls those who have rebelled and gone there own way, those who have opposed him, to come to him.

Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Isa 21:13 The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.

Arabia would be caught in the conflict and judgment of Babylon. There are no forests in Arabia, but forests may stand for those planted of God.

Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Isa 21:14 The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.
Isa 21:15 For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.

Gen 25:15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:
Gen 25:16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.

Food and water were provided by other kindred peoples.

Isa 21:16 For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:
Isa 21:17 And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken it.

Gen 25:13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,

In one years time, the Arabs of Kedar would fall.

These are the prophecies of Isaiah.

Eaglewings Ministries

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Isaiah 21 - Babylon is Fallen

Babylon is fallen

Isa 21:5 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.
Isa 21:6 For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.
Isa 21:7 And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:
Isa 21:8 And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:
Isa 21:9 And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.
Isa 21:10 O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.

Babylon is fallen, the Medes and the Persians have taken Babylon of old. This was the report from the watchtower, but there is also a prophetic message of the future Babylon, spiritual and economic Babylon.

Rev 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
Rev 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
Rev 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
Rev 18:13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men
Rev 18:14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
Rev 18:15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
Rev 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas, that greatcity, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
Rev 18:17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
Rev 18:18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
Rev 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

Be prepared for the downfall of Babylon: the worship of false gods, the worship of things, lusts, pleasures, power and wealth. Jesus is coming again.

Rev 18:20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Genesis 12 - 13 - Learning Faith

Learning Faith

Gen 12:10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.

Abram went down into Egypt out of worry and fear. He had family and cattle to care for. We should not let fear lead us to escape into the world. He was called to Canaan, not Egypt. Suffering and trials are part of the walk of faith. Possibly the trials that come are of God to test our faith. We walk by faith and not by our feelings.

Egypt like Ur, had rivers, so they were not so dependant on rain. Of course the rivers could dry up too, in a continued drought. The worst drought is spiritual drought. Do we delight ourselves in the LORD or in the things of the world? Is the church walking in faith today? How about the enticements of the world? Sports, music, ipods, ideos, computer, shopping? What do we escape into the world for when we hunger and thirst in our hearts?

Luke 18:8 ...when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Gen 12:11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:

Abram was out of fellowship with God, he was using his human reasoning to guide him. Sarah must have been very beautiful, for she was sixty five years old, but they still had a longer life span at this time. Abram would live to be a hundred and seventy five and Sarai one hundred and twenty seven years, so she may have had the beauty of someone thirty five years old, today.

Gen 12:12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
Gen 12:13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

Abram controlled by fear again, thinks about his own safety, fearing for his own life. He wanted Sarai to lie for him; say that you are my sister, this was a half truth, for Sarai was also his half sister. His father had married another woman. Men, do we hide behind the skirts of our help meet? Do we put them in danger, perhaps spiritually, by our foolish choices?

Gen 12:14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.

His fears came to pass. Often the thing we fear will be brought before us, as with Job.

Job 3:23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?
Job 3:24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
Job 3:25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
Job 3:26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.

We are to walk by faith in God and not by fear. How often have we hid the truth, for fear of man?

Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

The Messiah would come through Sarah, not by a Gentile King. Sarai was not the one to birth the Messiah, she was not a virgin, but she was chosen to continue the line leading to the Messiah. Would God ever use a bad sinner in his plans? Yes, by grace. For the prostitute Rahab would be in the lineage as well.

Heb 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

Matthew 1:5 Shows that Rahab was the mother of Boaz who was the grandfather of king David.

Gen 12:15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.

The king took the best that was around him for himself. King Jesus chose the unlovely, the lowly, those who were not esteemed by men.

1 Cor 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
1 Cor 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1 Cor 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1 Cor 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Gen 12:16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.

Pharaoh was giving these things to Abram as a dowry. All these things were added unto Abraham, including the handmaiden Hagar, that bore him a son that would be a nation in conflict with the children of the promise. Riches from the world, may not be a blessing. They may choke the spiritual walk.

Mark 4:18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Abram's nephew Lot, was with him in Egypt, this influenced him to go towards wicked Sodom and Gomorrah.

Gen 13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.

Gen 12:17 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.

Because of the covenant with Abram, God protected Sarai. Great plagues, or great troubles came. What were they? Maybe confusion, jealousy, strife, impotence, or the presence of an angel of God? I have heard from new believers how an angel came to protect them in a miraculous way.

Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

If we want the LORD to bless us, are we keeping his promises? What must we do to be blessed?

Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

We walk by faith in God's word and do not the things of the world, or our fearful imagination. We trust God to bring us to heaven so also we must trust him daily, in all our ways.

Psa 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Prov 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Prov 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Prov 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Prov 3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Abram had leaned on his own understanding, when he went into Egypt. God did not call back His promise to Abram, because the promise depended on God, not on Abram. This is important. The covenant was made by God. Abram was chosen and was to walk by faith.

The New Covenant in Jesus' blood was also made by God who chose us. We received by faith. But even though we sometimes walk in our own thoughts, the covenant remains. For it is God who keeps us.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

That power is the Holy Spirit, that connects us to God. We received by faith, he confirmed our faith by making us adopted born again children of God. He keeps his children, but if it was not a true born again conversion, there is no salvation or covenant to keep us.

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

Gen 12:18 And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
Gen 12:19 Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.
Gen 12:20 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

The Christian’s conduct does greatly affect his credibility. Abram was learning to walk by faith, but he had failed to trust God in this decision. Do we walk in a way to bring honor and glory to our Lord? Or do we walk in our own heart? In fears, in lusts? or by His Spirit?

Out of Egypt

Gen 13:1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
Gen 13:2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
Gen 13:3 And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;
Gen 13:4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

Abram returned to where he was before going into Egypt. Abram's unbelief had taken him from his place of worship; it led him into sin, and caused him to lead others into sin. It made him more confident in his ability to lie than in the protecting power of God. It even broke apart his family for a while. Finally, even an ungodly king was rightly rebuking him.

He had material gain to show for the time in Egypt, but nothing but barrenness and weakness spiritually. Have you discovered how true this is? When you forsake the pathway of faith, when you refuse to walk in fellowship with God, when you depend upon the resources of the world to satisfy the empty hunger of the heart, these are wasted years!

Characteristics of the Life of Faith

1. Abraham's faith began when God chose him

2. God kept him even when he failed

3. The walk of faith is continual, until we are with him

4. Faith is based on the Word of God

5. The Christian walks in the revealed will of God

6. We grow in grace, Jesus is our model

7. Faith is rewarded when we are with Jesus

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Isaiah 21 - Babylon in Trevail

Babylon in Trevail

Isa 21:1 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.

The plain of Babylon was overrun with water from the Tigris and Eupratis Rivers. The invading armies would come in as whirlwinds, destroying everything in their path.

In the United States Civil war, the Union General Sherman marched through Georgia in a war of destruction. They burned the city of Atlanta and destroyed everything in their path in their march to the sea. This was as the conquest of Babylon.

Zechariah describes this kind of whirlwind.

Zec 9:14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.

Isa 21:2 A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

The Medes and the Persians would spoil the land.

Isa 21:3 Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.
Isa 21:4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.

The reaction to this destruction was as a woman travailing in birth, no escape until the time of deliverance.

This was happening to idolatrous Babylon. What of those who have faith in the living God?

Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Psa 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
Psa 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
Psa 139:9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Psa 139:10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
Psa 139:11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
Psa 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
Psa 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Babylon would have its time of trevail and so shall we. We are living in a Babylon country, that is turning to other gods. But we trust in the LORD God who loves us and we know that he will keep us. Trouble will come to all peoples. It is God that delivers us. It is Jesus who has placed us into God's kingdom. No nation will be victorious for long, if they oppose God's people. We are victorious in Jesus.

Eaglewings Ministries

Monday, June 18, 2007

Isaiah 20 - Expectations in the LORD

Expectations in the LORD

Isa 20:1 In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;

The Assyrians took the Philistine city of Ashdod.

Isa 20:2 At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
Isa 20:3 And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;

The Lord had Isaiah walk naked and barefoot for three years, to illustrate the shame of Egypt and Ethiopia that would be taken captive. Judah was not to trust in them for help, but to trust in the LORD.

Isa 20:4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.

Adam and Eve were the first to sin and to see nakedness as shame. Before this time they felt no shame.

Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Jesus was naked on the cross, bearing our shame and sins for us. Now we must remain clothed in his righteousness, by faith. We overcome sin through Jesus. Not by our works, but by his. Trusting in Him, we walk as he walked by the power of the Holy Spirit, not in ourself, but through him.

Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Isa 20:5 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.

The people of Jacob looked to Egypt and to Ethiopia for help. God had already told them not to trust in them.

Isa 19:3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.

Isa 20:6 And the inhabitant of this isleshall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?

How shall we escape? The LORD allowed Judah to be backed into a corner, caught between two mighty Empires (Egypt and Assyria), without being able to trust either one. There was no escape - except in the LORD.

Deu 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

Psa 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
Psa 62:6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

Eaglewings Ministries

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Genesis 11:26 - 12:9 - Abram hears from the LORD

Abram hears from the LORD

Gen 11:26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

Abram had two brothers.

Gen 11:27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.

Lot was Abrams nephew.

Gen 11:28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.

Lots father died in Ur.

Gen 11:29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.
Gen 11:30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.

This is important, Sarai and Abram could have no children, naturally.

Gen 11:31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.

Terah, the father of Abram was on his way to Canaan. Along with him was his grandson Lot, Abrams nephew, Abram's wife Sarai, his half sister and his wife; they came to the city of Haran.

Terah means delay.

There are thousands today who have left Ur and come to Haran and settled down there, who will die there. The word Haran means "parched," and it is indeed a parched and barren place to live. Many, like Terah, have left the world and its ways; they have joined a church. They have got religion. They live moral lives, while they sing the songs of Zion and go through the outward motions of faith. But they will never go farther than Haran. They are dying there; they are religious, but not born again. What a parched experience that is.

Gen 11:32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.

Abram's father Terah died in Haran at he age of two hundred five. No longer were people living 900 years, but they still were living longer than what God limited man's life span; to one hundred twenty years, after the flood.

Gen 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee:

The LORD had said to Abram: Leave your country, your relatives, and from your father's house, unto a land I will show you. They were headed there before they stopped to dwell in Haran. God had called him and he was to leave his land, his kin and his father's house behind.

You must no longer depend upon what you have been depending on -- the opinions, the attitudes, the philosophy in which you have been reared. These are wrong. They are based upon the lies of Satan and you must not live on this basis any longer. You must learn to accept the truth reflected in the Word of God, though it cuts right across the philosophy of this world. You must, above all, leave your father's house, that is, dependence upon yourself.

We are also called, we are to leave behind the old idols and lifestyle, denying our old Adam nature and to follow Jesus.

Mat 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Mark 10:28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
Mark 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
Mark 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Mark 10:31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

Covenant with Abram

Gen 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

1. A great nation

Not only a nation of people but a Spiritual nation of those of faith in the promises of God.

Gal 3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
Gal 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

2. blessing, make name great, be a blessing

Gal 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
Gal 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

John 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

3. bless those who bless thee, curse those who curse thee

Jesus spoke:

Mat 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

The blessings come by faith and obedience.

4. All families of the earth blessed in you, in Jesus

Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Gen 12:4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

Abram departed, he moved out, he obeyed the LORD.

Gen 12:5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

Sarai, means princess. They had arrived in the land of Canaan, with cattle, possessions, Lot and their servants.

Gen 12:6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.

Sichem, means shoulder, strength

plain: 'elown , tree, great tree, terebinth,oak, unto the oak of Moreh.

Moreh, means instruction

Abram was instructed by God. The word of God and the power of God is our strength. We walk by the word of God and the leading of God, by faith.

Psa 119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Gen 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

The LORD promised the land that Abraham walked on to his future seed. He built an altar at the place of instruction, in Moreh, which was inhabited by idolatrous Canaanites. The cursed people of Ham. An altar is a place of worship and also a place of offering a blood sacrifice for sin.

The cross of Jesus is our daily cleansing from sin.

1 Cor 15:31 ... I die daily.

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Gen 12:8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.

Bethel means, house of God and Hai means, ruin. The walk of faith is toward the things of God or toward the ruin of the flesh. We walk in the Spirit of God or in the flesh. Here he built an altar unto the LORD, and called upon His name. We hear from God and walk in the Spirit. We are continually learning in our spiritual walk. We continue to walk as pilgrims in the light of God. Our resting place is the city of God.

Heb 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Heb 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
Heb 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Gen 12:9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.

Everyone is living in one of three places -- Ur, Haran, or Canaan.

Ur is the land of death and darkness, the land into which we were born. Haran is the half-way house where we gain the outward appearance of being religious but where there is no inward reality. Canaan is the land of power and blessing, the place of the Spirit's fullness.

Where are you now and where are you going?

Eaglewings Ministries

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Isaiah 19 - Egypt and Assyria saved

Egypt and Assyria saved

Isa 19:23 In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.

In that day, refers to the end times, perhaps after Christ Jesus returns. Two enemy nations will serve the Lord together in Jerusalem, in the millenium.

Isa 19:24 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land:
Isa 19:25 Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.

All the nations that remain will come to Jesus and be under his authority. There will at last be peace on earth among all peoples for a thousand years. Assyria is modern day Iraq. In the days of old it was a cruel country, torturing it's prisoners. Jonah hated them and would not go to them to prophesy, because he wanted them destroyed, not saved. Have we enemies that we do not want to be saved? Jesus came to save that which was lost, so we should follow his example.

Mat 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Isaiah 19 - Egypt Saved

Egypt Saved

Isa 19:18 In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction.

Five cities; five is the number of grace. Grace and salvation had/will come to Egypt. The language of Canaan is Hebrew and there is a heavenly language for prayer, through the Holy Spirit.

Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The City of Destruction, was probably the City of the Sun the ancient city of Heliopolis, the Greek form of the words "the City of the Sun."

Isa 19:19 In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD.

The pillar, of course, is a reference to the pillar that Jacob erected after his vision of God at the city of Bethel. Thus the altar and the pillar are a sign of Egypt's conversion. They simply speak of a Gentile recognition of the God of Israel and the fact that Egyptians begin to worship that God.(Stedman)

Isa 19:20 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.

They will receive Jesus who sets the captives free.

2 Sam 22:2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
2 Sam 22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
2 Sam 22:4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
2 Sam 22:5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
2 Sam 22:6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;
2 Sam 22:7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

He will do the same for you and I.

Isa 19:21 And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it.
Isa 19:22 And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be entreated of them, and shall heal them.

The LORD will smite Egypt and heal it. They shall receive the Lord.

Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name and taking the Lord's supper.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Isaiah 19 -The LORD against Egypt

The LORD against Egypt

Isa 19:11 Surely the princes of Zoan are fools, the counsel of the wise counsellors of Pharaoh is become brutish: how say ye unto Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?

Psa 78:12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
Psa 78:13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.

The counsellors of Pharaoh were flatterers, who were called fools and their advice was harmful.

Psa 78:36 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.

Isa 19:12 Where are they? where are thy wise men? and let them tell thee now, and let them know what the LORD of hosts hath purposed upon Egypt.

Where are the wise men who will tell you the truth; the true prophets who will warn you?

Isa 30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:
Isa 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Isa 19:13 The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are deceived; they have also seduced Egypt, even they that are the stay of the tribes thereof.

Woe to a nation whose leaders are fools and walk not in the truth. They are inept and cruel.

Isa 19:14 The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.

They had no wisdom and the LORD gave them a spirit of confusion and drunkenness.

Prov 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Isa 19:15 Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.

No work, no commerce for the high or the lowly, for the lofty Palm or the lowly reed.

Isa 19:16 In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he shaketh over it.

Jer 51:30 The mighty men of Babylon have forborne to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwelling places; her bars are broken.

They were weak and fearful, because of the invaders.

Isa 19:17 And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined against it.

Exo 14:24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
Exo 14:25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.

Josiah defeated the king of Egypt.

2 Ki 23:29 In his days Pharaohnechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against him; and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen him.

Israel in this generation is stronger than Egypt. They have atomic weapons and a strong military. Most importantly, the LORD is with them.

Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Isaiah 19 - Drought in Egypt

Drought in Egypt

Isa 19:5 And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.

God will bring a drought to Egypt.

Isa 19:6 And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.

Brooks of defense shall be emptied; the Nile formed a barrier from their enemies. The water turned foul. The reeds that were used in making baskets and boats, would wither.

2 Ki 19:24 I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.

Isa 19:7 The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and every thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no more.

Paper is made from the papyrus plant, along the Nile, by separating it with a needle point into very thin strips as broad as possible. The choice quality comes from the center, and thence in the order of slicing. The choice quality in former times called 'hieratic' because it was devoted only to religious books. They were often rolled into scrolls. A scroll is a roll of parchment, papyrus, or paper which has been written, drawn or painted upon.

Isa 19:8 The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.

The fishing industry, will suffer and the nets could not be used, for the water would be gone.

Isa 19:9 Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave networks, shall be confounded.

Those who worked in fine linens and white cloth shall be confused.

Isa 19:10 And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, all that make sluices and ponds for fish.

Jer 50:38 A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.

Ezek 14:13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:

Industry and commerce from the river, agriculture and commerce would be upset. God will allow this time of drought for His purpose. Always seek God who has the answers for your life.

Eaglewings Ministries

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Genesis 11 - The Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel

Gen 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

They were all of the language that God gave to Adam. Languages are God given. They may have variations and new words, but the origins were with God, to communicate with him and with one another.

Gen 11:2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

Those who settled in the plain of Shinar were from Ham. This is modern day Iraq.

Gen 10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
Gen 10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
Gen 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Gen 11:3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.

The people of Ham were creative, they had no rocks to build with, so they fashioned the first bricks from the red clay. They cured them in the sun and then fired them for hardness. They had no natural cement so they used slime, or tar to use as mortar. This was used by Noah to seal the ark and was also waterproof.

Gen 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

This verse says a lot about the hearts of mankind. They wanted to build a city, a place for all to be where everything was together and convenient, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the earth. The body and soul desires others around them, and the convenient things, the arts and the pleasures of the flesh.

Let us make a tower, whose top may reach heaven: and let us make us a name. They wanted to seek spiritual things, using astronomy and the occult. They also wanted to make a name for themselves. This is the world's thinking, self, making self god.

Gen 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

They made towers, called ziggurats, which were built in a circular fashion with an ascending staircase that terminated in a shrine at the top, around which were written the signs of the zodiac. Now they were building a tower that would reach into the heavens, a religious place that was waterproof, above any flood waters. Had they forgotten that God had told them to go forth and inhabit the earth and that there would be no flood? They settled in one place, with technology and unity, making a name for themselves. Religion was always about self glory, acting as if they represented God; bringing God into the picture by mans ways. Don't call us God, we'll call you. You stay off to the side while we do our religious things.

Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

Unity is a powerful thing for good or for evil. It seems that they were interested in themselves and science and astrology and had left the true God out. This sounds familiar doesn't it? Man's wisdom and ideas instead of seeking and obeying God. What did he actually purpose or propose to do? The final answer is, to glorify himself, to be the center of things, to be the master of the universe, to be God. The LORD knows that man is incapable of this; he is a creature. He is a dependent being; he always was, and always will be. The people were one and they had one universal language, and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

Mat 17:20 ... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

God will not for long allow man to be supreme.

Remember King Herod?

Acts 12:21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.
Acts 12:22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.
Acts 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

Also God cast down king Nebuchadnezzar.

Dan 4:30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
Dan 4:31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
Dan 4:32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
Dan 4:33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.
Dan 4:34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
Dan 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
Dan 4:36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.
Dan 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
James 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Gen 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

God has been shown to be the maker of heaven and earth, the One concerned about the minutest details of creation, the Omnipotent, Omniscient God who knows everything, sees everything and is all-powerful. He is not afraid of man, he is concerned for them and their future. Technology and a sinful heart away from God can bring destruction as in our own time; high tech enough to destroy nations, but little worship of the true God. God is called to bless when we are in trouble, but mostly ignored.

Let us, the plural of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Also the angels of God. Let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. Suddenly they were unable to understand one another. Their words had no meaning for God changed their languages.

God does not want unity of the peoples and nations, he knew this was a problem with the sin nature. Yet, the world will end with nations in unity under the beast, and then destruction.

Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Rev 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Rev 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Rev 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

God wants unity of those of His Spirit. In Jesus Christ we are one.

Psa 133:1 A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Mal 2:10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Gen 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

The LORD scattered them, as was the original plan. They dwelled in caves and in woven shelters. The eskimos use the spiral building technology to construct their igloos from blocks of ice. Many peoples still are scattered with many languages. They had built a city so they would not be scattered and God came down and scattered them because they were all in one place against his will.

1 Pet 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1 Pet 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

When you no longer depend on anything in you, then God is ready to give you everything he possesses: That is the basic message of the Christian faith.

Gen 11:9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

Babel means: gate of God, a related Hebrew word: balal, means confusion.The children of Ham have the most languages. There is confusion between them. Some scholars believe that Hebrew is the closest language to the original language from Adam to Noah.

One of the rabbinical commentaries speaks of the languages:

The sacred tongue, Hebrew, was spoken by all till the generation of the Confusion of Tongues, for the world was created with the sacred tongue; but now each of the 70 angels took one nation and instructed it in a new language; but God instructed Israel in the Hebrew tongue. An Internet search showed that there are over 7000 languages and dialects. Among the one hundred islands occupied by the Melanesian race, there are no less than two hundred languages, differing from each other as much as Dutch and German. Among the North American Indians, each tribe had a separate language.

The whole account of what happened at Babel with its anti-God dictator, its organized rebellion against God, and its direct distrust of God's promise shows man hasn't gotten any better since the flood. Time, progress, government, and organization have made man better off, but not better.(Guzik)

Gen 11:10-25 From Shem to the father of Abraham

Gen 11:10 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood: Gen 11:11 And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:12 And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:
Gen 11:13 And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:14 And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:
Gen 11:15 And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:16 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:
Gen 11:17 And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:
Gen 11:19 And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:20 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:
Gen 11:21 And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:22 And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor:
Gen 11:23 And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:24 And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:
Gen 11:25 And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Isaiah 19 - Burden of Egypt

Burden of Egypt

Isa 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.

God's judgement would come to Egypt. For sure this happened in Exodus when the death angel came as a cloud killing the first born of Egypt,

Exo 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

Isa 19:2 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.

There would be rebellion and civil war within Egypt. The nation would be divided into twelve kingdoms.The kingdoms would war, one with another.

Isa 19:3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.

Egypt is a type of the world. The spirit of Egypt was worldly knowledge; worship of men and idols. Their wisdom would fail them, and they would seek the occult for wisdom and guidance, turning from human reasoning to the darkness of false idols; to charmers and seers, familiar spirits that had watched a family for generations and to wizards, that conjured up spirits and cast spells. This was and is a great sin.

Remember when Moses came to deliver Israel from Egypt, that the plagues all represented one of their false gods. God showed that he was above all of their gods, and greater than their sorceries. Goodness is greater than evil. (Exo 7-12)

Isa 19:4 And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.

Nebuchadnezzar, who first conquered and ravaged Egypt, B.C. 573, and the following year; and then, not only his successors, but Cambyses, (who invaded Egypt, B.C. 526,) the son of Cyrus, and the whole successionof Persian kings till the time of Alexander, who were in general hard masters, and grievously oppressed the country. (Treasury of Scripture Knowledge)

Isaiah 18 - Burden of Egypt

Burden of Egypt

Isa 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.

God's judgement would come to Egypt. For sure this happened in Exodus when the death angel came as a cloud killing the first born of Egypt,

Exo 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

Isa 19:2 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.

There would be rebellion and civil war within Egypt. The nation would be divided into twelve kingdoms.The kingdoms would war, one with another.

Isa 19:3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.

Egypt is a type of the world. The spirit of Egypt was worldly knowledge; worship of men and idols. Their wisdom would fail them, and they would seek the occult for wisdom and guidance, turning from human reasoning to the darkness of false idols; to charmers and seers, familiar spirits that had watched a family for generations and to wizards, that conjured up spirits and cast spells. This was and is a great sin.

Remember when Moses came to deliver Israel from Egypt, that the plagues all represented one of their false gods. God showed that he was above all of their gods, and greater than their sorceries. Goodness is greater than evil. (Exo 7-12)

Isa 19:4 And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.

Nebuchadnezzar, who first conquered and ravaged Egypt, B.C. 573, and the following year; and then, not only his successors, but Cambyses, (who invaded Egypt, B.C. 526,) the son of Cyrus, and the whole succession of Persian kings till the time of Alexander, who were in general hard masters, and grievously oppressed the country. (Treasury of Scripture Knowledge)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Isaiah 18 - Ethiopia


Isa 18:1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

Not woe, but ho, Isaiah is speaking to Ethiopia, or actually Cush.The land shadowing with wings. Shadowing also is translated as whirring or buzzing, with wings. Many flying insects, such as the dragonflies near the marshes. Another interpretation would be the many winged vessels, with sails on the rivers.

Isa 18:2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!

Ethiopia sent ambassadors in vessels of woven bulrushes, sealed with pitch. These were the children of Ham who were very inventive using natural materials. They came asking to make an alliance against Assyria.

Isa 18:3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.

All people listen to the LORD. This could be applied to Assyria or later on, at the last day battle against Jerusalem.

Isa 18:4 For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

God rests and is not concerned. He does not need the help of the Ethiopians against the Assyrians. He is well aware of world events, they unfold from the author of creation, past present and future. God knows all things.

Isa 18:5 For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.

The LORD shall prune back the Assyrian armies or in this parable, he also will destroy the invading end time armies coming against Israel.

Isa 18:6 They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.

They shall beleft to the beasts and fowls of the earth.

Rev 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
Rev 19:18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

Isa 18:7 In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.

Looking to the future, in that time, Ethiopia will present offerings to God in the temple on mount Zion. The man Simon, was an Ethiopian who carried the cross of Christ.

Mat 27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

His children later were elders in the church.

Philip ministered to an Ethiopian Eunuch, a high official, in the desert and he received Christ as Lord.

Acts 8:34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
Acts 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Acts 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

What is this chapter saying? There are many different views of who God is speaking about. My conclusion; we trust in God, not man. No power on earth can stand against God who protects his people. All will perish, but those who come to Jesus shall live forever. God is greater than the might or the thoughts of man. That is how we were created, to be dependant on Him, and to trust and to obey him.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Isaiah 17 - Whirlwind


Isa 17:12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!

Another description of a rushing army

Jer 47:1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza.
Jer 47:2 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.
Jer 47:3 At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses, at the rushing of his chariots, and at the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers shall not look back to their children for feebleness of hands;

Woe to the nations who come against Israel. He may have allowed it for a time, but they are not without sin. They too will be judged. God may use someone or something to judge his people who are far from him, but he is righteous and will not allow ungodly nations and peoples to prosper at his peoples expense.

Isreal has a special covenant with God

Deu 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
Deu 30:7 And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
Deu 30:8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.

Isa 17:13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

This applies today to Iran, Syria, Palestine, Libya, all who would come against Israel will do so in the face of almighty God. There is a wind a blowing, the wind of God is mightier then the winds of adversity. He shall be with His covenant people.

The wind of God is mightier than the rushing of men and beasts.

Isa 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!
Isa 31:2 Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.

Isa 40:24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
Isa 40:25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.

Isa 17:14 And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

God is in control. Israel of old was judged by allowing the invader to come, but God will not forget his people. No ungodly nation shall prosper for long.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Isaiah 17 - Labored in Vain

Labored in Vain

Isa 17:7 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.

In that day of the Assyrian invasion, then a man shall call upon the LORD and have respect for His might and power. When we are without help, then we seek the LORD? Why not trust him always, before the times of trouble?

Isa 17:8 And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.

Their altars to false gods have no help for them, they fall apart and are seen for what they are; a man made false hope. Their fingers carved idols and make believe god and goddesses, religious things to make them feel good, a way to feel good about sinning. The trees they worshipped could not help them. They were worshipping the creation and not the creator.

Rom 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Isa 17:9 In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.

Uppermost branches are unreachable. We have a cherry tree that is old and has grown very tall. We can see the fruit but cannot reach it. The birds, invade and feast on the uppermost branches. They also knock some on the ground.

The cities will be empty and desolate, perhaps as the cities in Japan, after the Atom bombs were dropped. They trusted in idols and man made gods, human gods. Now our country is going after false gods and idols. Only the remnant of God's people has prevented desolation in our cities.

Isa 17:10 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:
Isa 17:11 In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

They had hopes of better times, enjoying the fruit of their labor, but they forgot God. The God of their salvation allowed wrath to come in, because they did not hide in him, but left his protection and trusted in things of their own design and making.

Hag 1:5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
Hag 1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
Hag 1:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

Isa 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Isa 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Isa 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Serving God has eternal rewards.

Phil 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Isaiah 17 - Syria and Israel Judged

Syria and Israel Judged

Isa 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
Isa 17:2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
Isa 17:3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.

Their doom was prophesied earlier:

Isa 7:5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying,
Isa 7:6 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:
Isa 7:7 Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
Isa 7:8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.
Isa 7:9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.

They would be broken by the Assyrian invasion.

2 Ki 15:29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.

2 Ki 16:8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.
2 Ki 16:9 And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin.

Isa 17:4 And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.
Isa 17:5 And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
Isa 17:6 Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel.

Judgement had come to the Northern Kingdom of Israel and to Syria, who were allies against the tribe of Judah. Judah had an idolatrous king, Ahaz. He brought a foreign God to the temple in Jerusalem.

Wicked king Ahaz, was as the sin of Achan. Taking of the accursed things. (Joshua 7), and as king he polluted the holy temple of God.

2 Ki 16:2 Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD his God, like David his father.
2 Ki 16:3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel.
2 Ki 16:4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

2 Ki 16:10 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.
2 Ki 16:11 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it against king Ahaz came from Damascus.
2 Ki 16:12 And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered thereon.
2 Ki 16:13 And he burnt his burnt offering and his meat offering, and poured his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings, upon the altar.

How can God protect his covenant people, if they serve false gods? America, how do you expect good things from God if you serve idols and remove Him from your public life? God knows who are his people and He will not forsake them. We must not bring shame to His name. Keep your temple holy before the Lord.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Genesis 10 - The Nations

The Nations

Interesting to me that we have genealogies from Adam to Jesus. So we have a complete history of mankind, not million of years, but a few thousand years.This account was passed down from Abraham to Moses.

Gen 10:1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.

Shem was to be the Spiritual people. Japheth, the thinkers, the philosophers and worldly wise. Ham, the inventers, the adapters to the environment, the servants.

70 names listed,

Gen 10:2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
Gen 10:3 And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
Gen 10:4 And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
Gen 10:5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

Greeks, Thracians, Scythians. Japheth’s descendants settled for the most part in Europe and Asia Minor.

They settled in India and Europe. Gomer, Gaul or Gallic... Galatians. The Celts came from Gomer and settled in the British Isles.

Magog ...Russia

Ashkenaz, the islands of Scandanavia.

Riphath, the name Europe comes from this name.


Javan, the Greeks, The Ionions.

Nations named in the final battle of the ages

Ezek 38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
Ezek 38:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
Ezek 38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
Ezek 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Ezek 38:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
Ezek 38:7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
Ezek 38:8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
Ezek 38:9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
Ezek 38:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
Ezek 38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
Ezek 38:12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
Ezek 38:13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
Ezek 38:14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?
Ezek 38:15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:
Ezek 38:16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

Gen 10:6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.
Gen 10:7 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtechah: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.
Gen 10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
Gen 10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
Gen 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
Gen 10:11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,
Gen 10:12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.
Gen 10:13 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,
Gen 10:14 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.
Gen 10:15 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,
Gen 10:16 And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,
Gen 10:17 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
Gen 10:18 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.
Gen 10:19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.
Gen 10:20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.

Canaanites, Egyptians, Philistines, Hittites, Amorites. Ham’s descendants were settled in Canaan, Egypt, and the rest of Africa.

Mayans, Aztecs...

Cush, Egypt...Father of Nimrod. Mighty hunter...Babel...Assyria, Ninevah

Cush...So Arabia

Nimrod, great hunter. Founder of Babylon and Nineveh...Mighty before the Lord, but not pleasing to the Lord. As the mighty men before the flood; he had demonic control.

Gen 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Cain built the first city before the flood. Nimrod built the first city after the flood. Both were evil.

Nimrod the Hunter, killed wild animals and Nimrod was also a hunter of the souls of man. A type of the antichrist.

The devil hunts, the Lord invites.

The devil hunts to kill. The Lord Jesus Christ, leads and makes us fishers of men, to catch them up from the devil's bondage.

Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Mark 1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
Mark 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

The first mighty man, after the flood. Sexual depravity and perverted religion, began in Babylon. The seed of idolatry and false religions.

MRD...Marduk, drop the N from Nimrod; this god is identified with Nimrod. Queen of heaven, the wife of Marduk. The beginning of the mother and child cult, supposedly a virgin. A satanic counterfeit. Egyptians..Greek...Virgin mother and child cult. Mary worship in Catholic Church; the worship of mother and son.

Revelation...Great harlot, Babylon the great. Earthly honor by religious authority. False stature, power and prestige by religious authority.

Spiritual Babylon...Nimrod began the false gods

Rev 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Rev 14:11 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.

Rev 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
Rev 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
Rev 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
Rev 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
Rev 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
Rev 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
Land of Shinar, the Sumerians.
Canaan, Occupied Palestine, morally degraded. Demonic invasion. Sidon, city near Tyre. Heth. father of the Hittites... China. Sinites, in China...Sino.

Gen 10:21 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.
Gen 10:22 The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.
Gen 10:23 And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash.
Gen 10:24 And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber.
Gen 10:25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.
Gen 10:26 And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah,
Gen 10:27 And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,
Gen 10:28 And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,
Gen 10:29 And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.
Gen 10:30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
Gen 10:31 These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.
Gen 10:32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

Hebrews, Chaldeans, Assyrians, Persians, Syrians. Shem’s descendants were called Semites. Abraham, King David, King Solomon and Jesus descended from Shem. for Abraham or Hebrew.

Pelag, in Hebrew means division. in his days the earth was divided. Pelag means sea, in the Greek. Perhaps the earth was divided by the sea. Archipelago..first sea...Perhaps the Continents spred apart. Seas spread over lands...Lost continent of Atlantis, under the Atlantic? Americas may have been connected with European continent.

The rest of the Bible after Chapter 11, deals with the Children of Shem, the children of Abraham. From Shem came the promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The word of God through, Moses and the prophets and the Living Word from Jesus.

The Japhethites are the worldly wise. The intellectuals. The Western civiizations of Greece and Rome, the logic and systems of government. A demonic Japhite was Hitler, who said they were a pure Arian race. They tried to kill the Jews, the Shemites. Japheth tended to make slaves of the Hamites. African slaves, the Indians.

Still God's word is greater.

1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The Hamites had great inventions, like the pyramids. They are the servants, China is a Hamite nation serving the world with inventive goods. Almost everything we use came from the inventions of the children of Ham. The toned skins are from Ham.

The final chapter of earth will end with a redeemed people who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. The false religions will be destroyed. Satan has done his work to confuse God's truth, but in the end, God's truth prevails. A redeemed people will live with God forever.

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

All peoples become one in Jesus Christ. It is not race but faith in the Son of God that we are truly one people of one heart.