Second Sermon of Isaiah
Dr. Joe Temple


Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Isaiah, that portion of the Word of God that we are thinking about together in these lessons. We are going to consider chapters 2, 3, and 4. You will remember that we have discovered that the first six chapters of the book of Isaiah constitute sermons, songs, and testimonies which were delivered in the year of King Uzziah, and possibly in the years that Jotham was on the throne. Jotham was regent for King Uzziah part of that time.

We pointed out to you in the last lesson that we would not have you believe even for a moment that this is all that Isaiah said during those years, but these are the portions of his messages which the Holy Spirit has been pleased to record for our benefit and blessing.

We noticed the first sermon that he preached during these years, as it was recorded in the first chapter of the book of Isaiah. Then we said that you would want to notice the other sermon immediately following. That is the reason we are thinking about these chapters 2, 3, and 4. You will remember that in the original text there is no chapter division, and that would help us to see even more plainly that these chapters represent one sermon.

The way that we know that a new sermon has begun is brought to our attention when we glance at the first verse of the second chapter, where we read:

Isaiah 2

1The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

If you will glance back at the first chapter, you will read: “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem,” and then transpires the first sermon. So, here we are at the beginning of another sermon.

Defining the Last Days

I would like for you to notice, as we look at the sermon, the key phrase. It is important for us to see it, because the key phrase will suggest to us the deeper meaning of this sermon. I am convinced that a great many Bible scholars, particularly those who do not hold to the premillennial interpretation of the Scriptures, miss the point of this sermon. There are things in it which they cannot explain as being related to Isaiah's day. There are things in it which cannot be fully explained as related to the invasion of the land of Palestine by the Assyrians and the subsequent Babylonian captivity.

Since these things cannot be explained, the only other alternative they have is to say that these things should be spiritualized, and so they suggest that the words don't actually mean what they say, that they stand for a figure or as a symbol for something else. If they would be willing to recognize that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and if they would recognize this key phrase which I am going to call to your attention in a moment, I think these problems would be resolved. Notice in verse 2:

Isaiah 2

2And it shall come to pass in the last days…

Let's stop right there and not worry about the rest of the verse for the moment. Notice that phrase, “in the last days.” If we were reading this literally from the Hebrew, we would be reading it, “in the days of related to the future,” for that is the literal meaning of the phrase.

Someone may say, “Even so, that is a rather general term. Would we not consider that perhaps this sermon is related solely to the Babylonian captivity because certainly it was future as far as Isaiah was concerned.”

We would have that resolution in our mind and look for no other if it were not for the fact that this phrase, “in the last days,” is used repeatedly in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. Always it is related to those events connected with the reign of the Messiah upon the earth. Always it is a phrase connected with those events related to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. So get familiar with the phrase, “in the last days.”

Christ's Millennial Reign

There is another phrase that is very similar to this one. It pinpoints the period of time even more definitely, and that is the phrase, “in that day.” I would like for you to just look down through this chapter and the others and notice the use of that phrase. In verse 11:

Isaiah 2

11The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

That is the period of time that we are talking about, “the last days.” Now look down in verse 17:

Isaiah 2

17And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

Now, down in verse 20:

Isaiah 2

20In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;

Then in chapter 3, verse 7:

Isaiah 3

7In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.

Then down in verse 18:

Isaiah 3

18In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,

Now, down in chapter 4, verse 2:

Isaiah 4

2In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

If we look at each one of these phrases as each phrase is related to the particular verse in which it is found, there can be no doubt in our minds that we are talking about the period of time that is to come upon the earth when the Lord Jesus Christ will sit on David's throne and rule and reign for one thousand years. That becomes particularly evident when we examine the phrase in the light of a verse such as verse 2, chapter 4:

Isaiah 4

2In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

The paragraph that follows, which we will be looking at more in detail in a moment or two, describes a perfect earth in which dwelleth righteousness, and we know that it is that period of time when the Lord Jesus Christ will be on the earth because the phrase in verse 2, “the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious,” introduces to us the Lord Jesus Christ. The phrase, “the branch of the LORD,” or the “branch of Jehovah,” as it is in other portions of the Word, because you will recognize that the word LORD here has every letter capitalized, indicates that it is the English translation of the Hebrew word Jehovah . The phrase, “the branch of Jehovah,” is used four times over in the Word of God to refer to the Lord Jesus Christ in His earthly existence as He returns once again.

There is one other phrase that we would like to call to your attention to pinpoint this matter even more distinctly. This phrase is found in verse 12 of chapter 2, where we read:

Isaiah 2

12For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

You will notice the phrase, “the day of the LORD.” This too, is a phrase like the phrase, “in the last day,” that is used repeatedly in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, but this phrase is related to a very definite part of that time when the Lord Jesus Christ shall return to earth, because this phrase is related to that period of time which is to come upon the earth, known as the Tribulation , the time of Jacob's trouble, when God will judge the world. The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ will be taken out of the world at what is known as the Rapture . Then begins the Tribulation which is known as “the day of the LORD,” and then begins the millennial reign of Christ, which is included in the phrase, “in the last days,” and “in that day.”

If we were to look at this sermon as far as an outline is concerned or as far as its divisions are indicated, we would find that the sermon begins and ends with a description of Jerusalem as the center of the whole earth, both religiously and politically, during the millennial reign of Christ. Then we would discover between these two descriptions a pronouncement of judgment. It is as though Isaiah held up before the people in his day the promise of the blessing of the Lord Jesus Christ ruling and reigning upon the earth. They rejected it, and He had to pronounce judgment. Then to encourage those who were willing to accept the truth concerning the coming of the Lord, he would turn their eyes to this event again.

Jerusalem to Be the Center of the World

Let us notice, briefly, what the passage of Scripture has to say concerning the city of Jerusalem, as it someday will be, the capital of the whole world. In verse 2 of chapter 2, we read:

Isaiah 2

2And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

Let us pause for a moment and notice what we read. The first thing that attracts our attention is the phrase, “the mountain of the LORD's house.” We need an explanation, but no good Jew would need an explanation. He was familiar with that phrase. The mountain of the LORD's house was Mt. Moriah because it was the mountain upon which the temple of Israel was built.

We are told that Mt. Moriah, as Isaiah knew it, was the lowest of all the mountains. But as he looked down through the corridors of time, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he said, “The LORD's house should be established in the top of the mountain.” That wasn't anything so unusual, because that's the way it was already, but this mountain would be exalted above all the mountains surrounding it.

Put yourself in Isaiah's audience. Suppose you were listening to him preach and he said, “This mountain upon which stands the house of God is someday going to be made taller than all the mountains around it, and the LORD's house is going to be established on the top of it.” What would you think? Would you think he was a bit daft? How could this little mountain become taller than all the rest of the mountains?

You might take the position that some Bible scholars have taken, that Isaiah was not thinking literally that this mountain would be made higher than all the other mountains around it, but rather he was speaking figuratively. As far as importance is concerned, this would be the highest mountain of all the mountains because it would be the dwelling place of our Lord. I don't suppose that there would be any real reason that we would object to that, if you want to place that interpretation on it, yet if you are familiar with your Bible, such passages of Scripture as Zechariah, chapter 14, you know that when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth, the mountains in Israel are all going to be turned topsy-turvy, so to speak. Low mountains are going to become high and high mountains are going to become low, so I am of the opinion that when Isaiah was making this statement, he was speaking literally that Mt. Moriah is going to be so changed when the Lord Jesus Christ returns that it will truly be the highest of all the mountains in Jerusalem.

The Temple In Jerusalem Rebuilt

Will you notice the last statement of that second verse:

Isaiah 2

2…and all nations shall flow unto it.
3And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they earn war any more.

What is this that Isaiah is seeing in vision? He is seeing the mountain of the LORD's house established, the temple of Jerusalem rebuilt, as described in the book of Ezekiel, and he sees all the nations of the world making pilgrimages. As we will learn before we are through with the book of Isaiah, annual pilgrimages to the city of Jerusalem, for the purpose—this is a wonderful thing to me—of listening to the Lord Jesus Christ in person expound the Word of God. Won't that be wonderful? We enjoy the exposition of the Word of God today, but oh, how poorly it is expounded; how much there is lacking in it. Yet the Lord Jesus Christ will someday sit down on Mt. Moriah, and all the peoples of the earth will be able to sit at His feet, and He will expound the Word of God to them.

You remember how the two disciples, after the Resurrection, were on their way to Emmaus, and He fell in step with them and talked about His death and His Resurrection; and when they recorded the event, they said, “He opened unto them the Scriptures.” Later when they were talking about it, they said, “Did not our hearts burn within us as He expounded to us the Word of God?” This is a holy heartburn, and the people who will be living upon the earth will have the opportunity of enjoying the exposition of the Word of God at the hand of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Not only will Jerusalem be, according to this passage of Scripture, the spiritual, religious center of the world, it will also be the political center of the world. You know, we are getting to be the political center of the world, it looks like. Leaders from all over the world make annual and semi-annual pilgrimages, some of them more often than that, to Washington to hear what we think and receive what we give and go back and carry on whatever way they want to carry on, regardless of what we think about it.

That is a very, very small illustration of what is going to happen, because the city of Jerusalem is going to be the center of the world, and all the nations of the world will make their pilgrimages to Jerusalem, not only to hear the Word of God expounded, but to get the opinion of the Lord Jesus Christ about how things ought to be operated on the earth.

The Righteous Judge

If you will glance down at verse 4, you will notice:

Isaiah 2

4And he shall judge among the nations, [He will make the decisions] and He shall rebuke many people…

Literally that is, “He shall decide their disputes.” There was a time when most of us felt reasonably safe in presenting our case to a court of law and letting the court of law decide, make an opinion about the things that needed to be done. Most of us are very concerned if we have to go into a court of law now, because we are not at all sure what the outcome will be. It seems that injustice and inequity is the order of the day, but won't it be wonderful in the day that men will be living upon the earth, to be able to take all of their cases right to the Lord Himself, and say, “Lord, what do You think about this?” And He will say, “This is the way that it is,” and that is the way it will be.

Of course, you understand the net result of that, don't you? Why of course, here it is in the last part of verse 4:

Isaiah 2

4…and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

There are some benighted souls, mislead individuals, who are trying at the present time to get us to beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks. If we do, we are going to be a defenseless people at the mercy of godless men, because men have not yet stopped learning war. They are still practicing it, but when the Lord Jesus Christ comes to earth, it will be safe to beat the swords into plowshares, and the spears into pruning hooks, because there won't be any more need for the armaments. But mark what I'm saying to you, if you are misled into advocating any kind of a disarmament program, you are walking contrary to the Scriptures. That is why we need to study the prophetic Word of God.

There are many sincere people—I am convinced they are sincere—who are advocating disarmament today because they don't understand the Word of God. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Keep your swords until I come back, then you can turn them into plowshares. If you turn them in any quicker, you are going to be sorry, because you will need them before it's over.”

The Impending Judgment

This is so wonderful that in verse 5, Isaiah said:

Isaiah 2

5O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Remember, even though he was bringing a prophetic message, he was speaking to the people of his day, and he was saying, “Wouldn't it be wonderful if this could happen right now? Let us walk in the light of the LORD.” But alas, they were not willing to follow the LORD, as people are not any more willing today; and the nation of Israel, of course, was to go farther and farther away from God. So, in the paragraph which begins with verse 6 and goes all the way through chapter 3, to verse 1 of chapter 4, Isaiah pronounces the judgment of God upon the nation of Israel and consequently upon the world.

As you know, if you are familiar with your Bibles, a judgment must certainly come; there is no way to avoid it before the time of peace and righteousness will arrive. How deluded, how lacking in understanding are these individuals who want us to believe that the world is getting better and better. How benighted they are who think that somehow we are going to pull out of this downhill slide we are in. Mark what I tell you. We are not going to pull out of it. It is going to get worse. Oh, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't try to put on the brakes. Put them on. The Lord in His mercy and grace may forestall it for a period of time, but don't you think for a moment that it is going to stop inevitably.

Isaiah describes all of the things that are related to the judgment. We will not have time to look at all of them, but I do want you to notice a few of them, because we see the evidences in our nation today. No, we are not part of Israel, but remember what I said. The judgment that is to come upon the nation of Israel is going to include the whole world. You can see the earmarks. Look at verse 6:

Isaiah 2

6Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.

If we were to analyze each one of those phrases, we would find that it refers to the fact that the nation of Israel no longer got their guidance from God. They sought their guidance from all the other nations of the world. No longer did they take their stand of separation, and say, “This is what we believe, and that for which we have always stood.” But they said, “We dare not make a pronouncement without consulting the other nations of the world.”

The Application to Our Nation

I am not an isolationist, but I am grieved that our beloved country has slipped to the low ebbs that it has, to the extent that it is afraid to move without getting the approval of the rest of the world. This is an indication of the trend of the tide. Look at verse 7:

Isaiah 2

7Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots:

This verse reminds us that the country was full of wealth, and the country was well armed, well defended. It was so in Isaiah's day, when he was preaching in the days of Uzziah. It is so and will be so even in a greater way in the nation of Israel, as Ezekiel said, “They shall be dwelling in unwalled cities, in perfect safety and security.”

Here we are, if we want to make the application to our own nation. We are full of wealth, richer than we have ever been, better defended than we have ever been in all the time of our history, but look at verse 8:

Isaiah 2

8Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:

With all of the wealth we have, our land is full of idols, and we have bowed down at the shrine of materialism, worshiping the thing which we have made. If you stop to think for a moment how accurate that statement is, you will remember that we have bowed at the altar of materialism.

Because judgment is going to come inevitably, Isaiah, in verse 10, utters a warning. He says:

Isaiah 2

10Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.

If you will look down at verse 19:

Isaiah 2

19And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty…

Now down to verse 21:

Isaiah 2

21To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

Notice the last phrase of that statement, “When he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.” That is a reference to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. When the Lord Jesus Christ returns in judgment, what are the men upon the earth going to do? They are going to rush into the rocks and the caves. They are going underground because of the judgment that is going to fall.

When you have time, read chapter 6 of the book of Revelation, and refresh your mind about what we have studied in that book. You will see a great similarity between Isaiah, chapter 2, and Revelation, chapter 6, when men are going underground for fear of the judgment that is coming upon them.

If you are thinking with me, did you read about the underground shelters that were built in various parts of the country? It seems to me that we are approaching that time that is designated as the last days even more rapidly than some of us believe.

The Effectiveness of the Judgment

I'm not going to suggest to you that the judgment that God brings will not be of a supernatural nature. I am suggesting to you that I believe, as we approach the end of the age, human nature is being trained for the events of the judgment of God's hand. If you will look at verse 12 of chapter 2, you will see that that judgment will be devastating as Isaiah continues to describe it in the paragraph that continues through verse 16. When you have time to read those verses you will realize that the judgment begins upon the mountain tops and goes down the slopes through the villages and the towns into the harbors and destroys the very ships of Tarshish, which is another name for Great Britain, and in the harbors of the city of Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem is back on our map again as a nation. The navies of Great Britain are still plying the seas, and when judgment falls, judgment will be just that thorough.

Judgment will be so effective that the individuals who are living upon the earth will utterly abolish the idols that they have been worshiping in that day:

Isaiah 2

18And the idols he shall utterly abolish.

Then in verse 20:

Isaiah 2

20In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;

A figurative expression to describe their uselessness. They will have no

more use from them anymore. Isaiah interrupts his prophecy to say in verse 22:

Isaiah 2

22Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of ?

Isaiah 3

1For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.

Then he begins to point out how hopeless man is and helpless man becomes when God lifts His hand from him. In the first verse He speaks of the famine that He is going to bring upon the world. In the second verse He speaks of the dirth of leadership. It is going to be in the world, so that the individual will feel,as in verse 4, that children must be in the place of authority.

Anarchy to Come

Again, we are studying what is going to happen to Israel, but it seems to me that we have an indication, we have a straw in the wind, when we look at our own society today and the sad lack of leadership which seems to be evident. Because of that lack of leadership, in verses 5 and 6, we find that there is an anarchy when no one seems to want to take the responsibility for government in any form whatsoever.

In verse 7:

Isaiah 3

7In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.

When he said, “I will not be an healer,” he said, “I'm not going to be an arbitrator; I'm not going to be a mediator. I'm going to stay out of all these fusses. I'm going to stand clear.”

Don't you see the same thing in our nation today? Women can be attacked on our streets and crowds of people numbering twenty-five can stand by and watch the attack and do nothing about it, and the only explanation they can give is, “I don't want to be involved. I don't want to mediate this situation.” Anarchy is the order of the day where groups of people can swarm over private property and declare their will and the courts will uphold them in the declaration of that will.

This isn't Israel. This is America that I am talking about. I am trying to get you to see that we are approaching these last days, for the order of the day has already been set.

The Place of Women In Society

Then if you will glance down at verse 12, you will see that God begins to deal with a society that is out of joint. I am going to say this. I ought not to have to. I respect women tremendously, and we could not get along without them. A woman in her proper place is God's greatest gift to man, and God's greatest gift to society, but when a woman forgets the place that God has given her and tries to step out of that place, havoc is the result. I say this not in criticism of godly women, but as a recognition of the women who are out of place today: A great deal of the problems that we face today, we face because women have not taken their proper place as the Word of God teaches that they should.

That is exactly what Isaiah said in verse 12:

Isaiah 3

12As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

Then he goes on in verse 16 to say:

Isaiah 3

16Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
17Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.

When you have time to sit down with a good Bible dictionary or the Amplified version of the Old Testament, read this paragraph. You will be amazed how modern it sounds, for it describes women who have gone wild on dress, women who have adopted heathen customs of ornaments. You say, “Don't you believe in jewelry?” I believe in any kind of adorning that does not overshadow the inner adorning of the heart. It is foolish to try to limit it, but any woman who adorns herself so that when an individual looks at her, he is not sure whether she belongs to the world or to God, is making a mistake. There ought not to be any question.

I was a little bit alarmed here a few years back when they put patches on their face. They didn't quite get to a jewel in the nose, but it is coming. You don't need to be surprised when it does happen, and something else that hasn't come yet but it will come is that which is related to their mincing walk, for it was caused by them tying a chain to each leg so they wouldn't have to take too big steps and they could walk in a certain way according to the style of the hour. It is coming. Don't be surprised at anything you see, and don't blame it all on Hollywood. Say it came out of the third chapter of the book of Isaiah. It is all here and it is going to come, and Christian women need to be careful that they are not caught up in the tide. It is awfully easy to get caught up in the tide. You say, “Oh, that is legalism. You shouldn't worry about what a person does.” It is not legalism; it is a warning from the Word of God. God has said what these women with mincing walks and wanton necks are going to cause, and not by the farthest stretch of the imagination could you justify a Christian woman having a part in it. It is of the world.

Problems In Relation to Marriage

Look down at verse 25:

Isaiah 3

25Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.
26And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.

Isaiah 4

1And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

What do these verses say? “The day is coming as the end of the age approaches, when there will be far fewer marriageable men than there are marriageable women.” Statistics already indicate that. Some statistics that I read only recently indicate that already there are fewer marriageable men on the earth than there are marriageable women. Of course it is related to war somewhat. Wars take our youth, which tends to break down the marriage laws of the land, so that seven women will lay hold of one man, and say, “Marry us, and we will pay our own expenses. We won't expect you to keep up the house; we just want a husband.”

It looks like it is already beginning that trend, because we are living in a day when women don't want to stay home and keep house like they used to. They would rather work downtown and hire somebody to keep the house for them. I am not talking about women who have to work. I know that God has so arranged some of our lives that we have no choice, but I am talking about women who enter into a mutual contract where they pay as many expenses as the husband pays just so that they will have a husband's name. It is going to get worse. It is not going to just be one woman to a husband; it is going to be seven women to one man. God help him! It will be a time when there will be a real, real problem in relation to the marriage vows of the day. This is coming. You might as well watch for it.

Notice how lax our marriage laws are becoming. In the years that I have been actively engaged in regularly preaching the Word of God, I have seen the major churches of our country change their laws in relation to divorce. They used to discipline you if you got a divorce for anything save fornication. Now you can get a divorce for anything that you want to. If the law permits it, they will permit it.

The Abiding Presence of the Lord

Thank God we don't have to close this sermon on this bad note. Look at verse 2 of chapter 4, for here again we have a picture of the earth as it is going to be by and by:

Isaiah 4

2In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.
3And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:

What a day that will be, when the mark of prestige will not be the house you live in, the car you drive, or the clothes you wear, but the mark of prestige will be that everybody recognizes that you are holy unto the LORD. It will be wonderful, won't it? Now, verse 4. It can happen only:

Isaiah 4

4When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.

The fires of judgment and the fires of burning are going to start one day, and when they are through everything will be pure. You had better get prepared for the fires of judgment, because I believe with all of my heart that the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is going to feel some of the heat of that judgment before the Tribulation begins. I don't believe that the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is going to go through part of the Tribulation or all of it, but I do believe that she is going to feel the heat of the fire before it starts, and we had better get ready for it. Notice verse 5:

Isaiah 4

5And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.

We may need an explanation of this verse, but a good Jew didn't. He knew what the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night was. It was a sign of the abiding presence of God. Though I would not insist, if you want to disagree with me, that there will be a literal pillar of cloud and a literal pillar of fire, but I will insist that there will be a very definite evidence of the presence of the LORD in that day.


We close with the last verse:

Isaiah 4

6And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

You know, I am a literalist when it comes to the Word of God, and so I don't have all the problems that people who are not literalists do. For example, I am simple-minded enough to believe that if man can build a mall over three or four blocks and air-condition the whole thing so that it is the same temperature all the year around, God will have no trouble putting a covering (that is what tabernacle means) in the daytime to protect from the heat of the sun, or a covering as a refuge from the storm and from the rain. If man can do it for blocks, what's to keep God from doing it for the whole earth if He wants to? Of course, I believe in a great God. If you don't believe in a great God, then you are in for some great problems when you read the Bible.

Thank God, there is a day coming that is going to be better than the day that we are living in now.

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