Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My spirit, that they may add sin to sin:
That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at My mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
Many are walking in their own way and have become resentful of God's instructions. They don't see the need of keeping His ordinances, because they have lost touch with God Himself. Wordliness has taken over. Counsel and advice is sought outside of the Lord, with the consequences thereof. Many go back to Egypt, their old land of bondage.
Leaning on the arm of flesh has proven to be far from beneficial. Therefore, God's word warns and teaches us to put our trust in the Lord.
This is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:
Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:
Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
Nations have forsaken God's Word and have become seekers of sin and evil; lustfully endulging in all kinds of available evil through books, magazines, T.V. and Internet. They have made their own "laws", altogether fading out God Almighty from their lives. Sin is piling up high and the stench thereof is reaching the nostrils of God. The wages of sin is death.
For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.
God is telling us to go in retreat and quietness and meditate upon His word, so we may hear His voice and know His will. Instead, there is much distraction and noise all around; blaring radios and TVs; loud music in the supermarkets; noisy traffic at every street corner; people walking with headphones on etc. This all to subdue the quietness. "Fleeing upon their horses."
On top of this, social activities, TV watching and the flood of weekly news/advertising papers may occupy many a household, which will in due time replace the reading of God's word.
And therefore will the LORD wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
Nevertheless, the Lord is patient with the people, and we will praise Him for His mercies bestowed upon us. But we need to actively surrender to God and make an effort to follow after His will. All them that seek Him will be blessed.
And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
Could we be living in the time referred to in this prophecy - when the towers fall - the destruction of the World Trade Centre and Twin Towers, the tsunamis, the mudslides, volcanic eruptions, torrential rains and floods?
Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with His anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: His lips are full of indignation, and His tongue as a devouring fire:
And His breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.
And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of His arm, with the indignation of His anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.
The Lord will come down in fury, at the designated time by Him, to bring justice to them that twist His commandments; who do not pay attention to His word, nor repent of their sins.
For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.
And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will He fight with it.
For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; He hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.
* The power of God will smite the enemy with the rod of revenge.
* The infliction of His rod will be accompanied with the victory song of the redeemed, while God continues the battle with force.
* Here, Tophet is referred to as a place of eternal punishment. It was a symbol of burnt human sacrifices; the Valley of Slaughter, which was outside of Jerusalem. Thus, outside the City of God is a place of refuse; a place of torment prepared for God's enemy; a deep trench of brimstone and consuming fire stirred up by God's righteous indignation.
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The punishment and the wrath of God, as described in Isaiah and Revelation, will be upon the ungodly and scorners.
Even so, through persecution and tribulation the follower of Christ has to endure till the end. Let us walk carefully and seek the Lord with all of our hearts, while obeying His word. For the day of His appearance is nearing.
Comments on the above writing: by Dr. Stephen Hopper.
The clarification of Isaiah Chapter 30 is a very vivid picture of the times and the blind path that the people of the earth are walking. All of your writings are beautiful, but I can see the needful instruction and direction that is coming forth within your writings such as this one.
Too long has the world been coddled by long winded speeches and devious writings of love covers a continuing sinful lifestyle and that punishment is just a fantasy. The continued teaching of the false church system, mixing man's doctrine with God's Word, has lead to a complete lack of knowledge of the truth, just as evil wants it, for they seek to misdirect until the lie becomes the truth.
Noise alone has long been a tactic to confuse one's mind and to help center it on the purposes of others. The Word of God, under the shadow of evil intent, has been corrupted by so many in one book after another, under the guise of self-help books to help one better understand His Word. They say: "You don't need to read the Bible, it's confusing, read my Bible made easy."
Then there is the damage done by the self-centered noisy evangelist on T.V. seeking only money and glory for himself. Each time one falls, it allows evil the chance to show that the Christian world and lifestyle is a lie, and nothing but a fraud! This is how the world, especially the young, see us.
The constant use of sound, images and words to slowly allow the entrance of evil and it's doctrine into the every day world of all mankind. At the same time, philosophies of false doctors of various religious and academic backgrounds trying to take away the miracles of the Divine by explaining them as natural causes.
The constant and accelerated work of the anti-christian bringing their cause forth loudly, thus shouting the tune to mask the intention. The children of today celebrate the darkness and run from the light. All of the movies, music, video games, etc., falsely show evil as strong and always winning out. They hail the anti-hero, who while being demonic himself, always helps the down trodden, and becomes the hero for the good.
We should be constantly in Holy Prayer for God's direction and not be afraid to write as we are inspired, for the end is not just near but upon us. The truth speaks from your work and also reaches out to the reader.
May God continue to Bless you and guide you as you seek through Him to reach out to a dying world. A page like you have just written, has power given by God upon it, and it will help bring understanding to those who will accept it.