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Tne End of Death and Tears


24. An expository study of Isaiah, chapter 25

Isaiah praises his God

Isaiah joins the praise of the remnant, the only positive movement in chapter 24 (v.14). I am certain that I cannot be mistaken in saying that every true ministry begins with and springs from a relationship with God. This is true in the Old Testament, as well as in the New. Isaiah says, “You are my God” (v.1). Personal knowledge is required, if he is to be a representative on earth of His person, having experienced firsthand, who He is and what He can do.

His deeds are wonderful and the hand of the Lord is recognized because of the supernatural character of His works. Because they are so great, Isaiah exalts and praises Him. Praise can explode on a horizontal level to declare His wonders to human beings, as well as towards God vertically.

This first verse also shows that the marvelous works are according to plans formed in an ageless eternity. For this reason also, Isaiah must have a personal relationship with Him, in order to hear directly from God, as to His purposes. Those are the plans that must be carried out in time and men have no part in the blueprint or in the manner, in which they are done.

Dishonest Truth!


"You have had five husbands, and the one you now have
is not your husband. What you have said is true."
Did you know that there is a danger in spiritual hunger? I suppose several reasons could be given in favor of that warning, but that is not exactly my purpose in this space. Those who begin to sense their spiritual need are not necessarily ready to face the truth concerning that need. 

My friend, Gary Zabel, recently sent me a link, which I am now making available to you. It is John Piper, referring to the story about Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well. Gary felt that some of the things that Piper had to say accurately depicted someone who is a mutual acquaintance. He advised me to listen, beginning at minute 33, at least, . After listening, I agreed with his assessment. 

Paramount Paradoxes


Are there mysteries in the Bible and in the Christian life? Some try to say 'no', but I have a lot of trouble understanding that position. Perhaps I am not comprehending exactly what they are saying. I am certainly willing to concede to a good explanation. Paul said, "Great is the mystery of godliness", and it continues to be a great mystery that God should be manifested in the flesh of a human being. Paul also wrote that the natural man cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit of God, but they all must be discerned spiritually. Charles Wesley wrote, "Tis mystery all, the immortal dies." 

Wesley not only expressed a mystery, but as well a wonderful paradox... a seeming contradiction that is an exceedingly great truth of the Kingdom. Paradoxes are things we revel in, while having a terribly difficult time explaining them. They are blessed mysteries that are simply bigger than we are, but we rejoice in them and in the God, who has given them to us, understanding perfectly their significance and importance in our spiritual development. 

Please take to heart these great statements straight from the Valley of Vision. (And while we digest them, may I recommend chapter 22 from Isaiah, where I try to expound on this place, where prophets lived, saw and wrote their revelations from God:

Universal Judgment


23. An expository study of Isaiah, chapter 24

Isaiah is the spokesman for the Lord in local judgment against Jerusalem, first of all, and Judah, the southern kingdom, and then against the ten isolated tribes to the north, called Israel. He has sent the word of the Lord to Moab. Ethiopia, Egypt and Tyre. He showed the world powers of that day, Assyria and Babylon, of their coming humiliation. In effect at the same time, he was pointing toward the future empires of Greece and Rome.

A Message to all the world

This chapter calls the attention of the entire world to its coming destruction. This is a prophecy of doom that leaves no one out. It stretches beyond the nations of the Middle East and touches every continent on planet Earth. The translation of the Bible into hundreds of major languages and tribal tongues makes it possible for this message to go forth in our day to every corner of creation. Universal judgment is in the future; let every human pay attention!

Seven seals will mark man’s self-destruction, effecting one quarter of the global population (Rev.6:8). Then seven trumpets will arouse the creation to the reality of the spiritual world by the worst outpouring of demonic wrath ever experienced in world history. It will destroy one-third of the planet (Rev.8:7-12). Finally, the bowls of the wrath of God will be poured out in their fury, causing the total devastation portrayed in this chapter (Rev.chap.15-16). “The Lord will empty the earth and make it desolate, and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants” (v.1).

Judgment upon Phoenicia


I don’t know how you feel now that we have gone through a third part of the book of Isaiah, but I can truthfully affirm that I have been enriched. God’s people need to have expository teaching from the Bible. Please have your Bible at hand and open to Isaiah 23, so that you can survey the text, as I cannot take the space to put it all within the article. Be sure to follow this story through to the end. One of the great discoveries that you will make, as you reap the benefits of the Word of God, is that God’s stories have happy endings!

22. An expository study in Isaiah, chapter 23

History of Tyre

Last year we studied the prophecies of Zechariah, which were written about 200 years after those of Isaiah. I wrote that two hundred years after Zechariah’s prophecy, Alexander the Great “invaded the coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon, which received much diabolical influence, according to Ezekiel 28. Tyre considered itself invincible, because it was situated on an island and, even though Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian, was able to destroy the city on the mainland, he couldn’t arrive at the island, even though he tried for 13 years. No other enemy was able to reach it, but Alexander did, because he had a mandate from God, which was the prophecy that we are studying. He utilized the ruins that Nebuchadnezzar had left to build a causeway in the sea, which reached the island (334-332 B.C.).”

Before we look at Isaiah’s prophecy concerning Tyre, let us fill in some more details on this city’s history, quoting from a number of different sources: “Tyrian merchants were the first who ventured to navigate the Mediterranean waters; and they founded their colonies on the coasts and neighboring islands of the Aegean Sea, in Greece, on the northern coast of Africa, at Carthage and other places, in Sicily and Corisca, in Spain at Tartessus (the biblical Tarshish)”…