Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Power of Prayer - Isaiah 33:2-4

Power of Prayer

Isa 33:2 O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

This is the prayer of God's people to the LORD. No longer are they trusting in the might of Egypt to save them. Egypt is a type of the world. As the people of God we pray to Him, we take our needs to him.

Psa 33:20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
Psa 33:21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
Psa 33:22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

Isa 33:3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.

This probably refers to the Assyrians which were destroyed by an angel of God. A tumult means: murmur, roar, crowd, abundance, tumult, sound. The angel that protects Israel is Michael, no doubt there was great confusion amongst the Assyrians, and noise both from the voice of the angel and the cries of the enemy of God's people. (2 Ki 19:35-36)

The angels shall deliver God's people in the end times, the time of the antichrist ruler.

Dan 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Mat 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
Mat 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Isa 33:4 And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpillar: as the running to and fro of locusts shall he run upon them.

Israel would gather the spoil of the defeated Assyrian army but the greatest reward is to come; at the defeat of the antichrist and satan. Our reward will be eternal life in the love of God, being heirs with Jesus, the Son of God. We are called the sons of God, adopted into his family through faith. Will we look to the world? Or will we serve the LORD? Spoils of this life are temporary, the reward of faith in Jesus is eternal abundant life. It starts now by faith in the only way to God; faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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