Creation Groaning – Historical Background; Micah 7, Psalm 44, The Book of Isaiah, 1-5, 65: Judgment and Salvation, Jeremiah 29: A Letter to the Exiles
American History of “Serving” and “Self-Seeking.” And the Witch Clown Rowling’s Place in this Equation? Laughable Sadomazochism Sex to self-crown to be a “Mary Magdalene” ? – Rowling Witch’s “Mid-Life Identity Crisis”?
July 4, 2013 Leave a comment
(for better writing, look up other pages of this site. i have to revise this part) By chance, i bumped into an interesting statements of US History from a website. The Website owner’s name appears to be “Terry MacKinnell” who appears to have written regarding astrology. Don’t be too critical of me citing this writing. This person, as an astrologer with apparently good understanding of American political history, wrote this piece from astrologer’s point of view. I bet well-known American historians, influential journalists or intellects must have written similar pieces of writings like this from the view of their professionalism. I just don’t dare to look for other similar writings like this from other professionals at this point, because it’s not my priority of things to do, so don’t want to spend time on it.
As an excuse to reduce criticism of citing this, I don’t know that much about astrology,except the notion that the placements of planets must influence the gravitational movements of earth, earth’s environments, like the dynamics of earth and moon, possibly the orbit / axe of earth, the circulation / movements of sea waters / waves, winds, earth temperature, the weather pattern,….the consequent impacts of these changing dynamics on human affairs, human lives like, industries, politics, societies (eg., production / sales of (i.e., seasonal) industrial goods, employments, human behavior, social political behaviors and so on). i bet scientists can better explain the impacts of Astronomical phenomenon on earth and human lives.
I am the person of least understanding of American history in this country. So, i bet so many Americans have already known this. Anyway, the below writing present the essence of current problem, as the consequence of below phenomenon.
“And, in this American historical contexts, J.K. Rowling enters the Equation, as an “Laughable, Agasping, Nonsense, Absurd Noise / Thud, International Clown, Prostitute (at That Age; that’s why called Lunatic, Magalomanic) of Money, Grotesque Sexual Behaviors, Satanic Rituals, and Unyielding Will of Age-Defying Transformation of Operations” to be A Self-Claiming “Mary Magdalene.” (it appears that Ancient “Mary Magdalene” used to be a prostitute before meeting Jesus or so? i will read wiki about her…….but i bet she didn’t commit murders, thiefs, and so on, did she?)” At least, Rowling may be proud of entering “Something Historic” Regardless of the Nature.
“If you examine the history of the USA you will notice many examples of the USA ‘serving’. The USA selflessly served liberals in Europe when it came belatedly to their rescue in the two world wars. The USA also enacted the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 which basically protected the rest of the Americas from interference from colonizing Europeans. The USA also attempted to protect China from the same marauding Europeans in the 18th century. Whenever the USA actually helps or serves it receives accolades.
When America follows its selfseeking policies (here the Correct, Accurate definition of “Self-Seeking” is important!; often it has come at the costs of American Public and Foreign Public, One of Major Reasons of Third-World’s Hatred of US) or follows the “demands of its industrial-military complex” to engage in yet another conflict it is increasingly being jeered and even ostracized.
America’s secret is not to focus upon the oscillation between isolationism (here, i have to point out that the writer used wrong word, it’s not isolationism, as time goes by. it’s much more more complete, sophisticate concept then he uses. but later let’s define it over time.) and interventionism but to orientate itself to truly helping those nations, regions and people that need help. Whenever America serves it reaps its benefits, whenever it follows its self-seeking policies (oil in Iraq) it suffers. Once America suffers enough it will retreat back to isolationism – not realizing that the problem was not its intervention in the wider world, but its self-seeking intervention.”
LISTEN TO what the LORD says: “Stand up, plead your case before the mountains: let the hills hear what you have to say. Hear, O mountains, the LORD’s accusation; listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth. For the LORD has a case against his people; he is lodging a charge against Israel.
“My people, what have I done to you?”
How have I burdened you? Answer me. I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam. My people, remember what Balak king of Moab counseled and what Balaam son of Beor answered. Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the LORD.” With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil?
“Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
“Listen! The LORD is calling to the city – and to fear your name is wisdom – Heed the rod and the One who appointed it.”
“Am I still to forget, O wicked house, your ill-gotten treasures and the short ephah, which is accursed? Shall I acquit a man with “dishonest scales” (note: The Cause of “American Economic Crises”, “Income Inequality”), with a bag of false weights? (note: false products of no value robbing huge scale of national international economic financial resources, current examples are Harry books, JK Rowling’s Theift adult Books of the Casual Vacancy, the Cuckoo’s Calling, written from Stolen informations/materials from Surveyllance Programs. these kind of products don’t have values in human lives, but suck up too much resources of almost $1 Billion from the human populations’ pockets! While the devian Cult sector causes Global Chaoses, Crises of Wars, Terrorism, Massacers.)
Her rich men are “violent”; her people are “liars” and their tongues speak
deceitfully. Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruin you because of your sins.”
You will eat but not be satisfied; your stomach will still be empty. You will store up but save nothing, because what you save I will give to the sword. You will plant but not harvest; you will press olives but not use the oil on yourselves, you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.
“You have observed the statutes of Omri and all the practices of Ahab’s house, and you have followed their traditions. Therefore I will give you over to ruin and your people to derision; you will bear the scorn of the nations.”
We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago. With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish. It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them. You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob. Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes. I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. 8 In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.
But now you have rejected and humbled us; you no longer go out with our armies. You made us retreat before the enemy, and our adversaries have plundered us. You gave us up to be devoured like sheep and have scattered us among the nations. You sold your people for a pittance, gaining nothing from their sale. You have made us a reproach to our neighbors, the scorn and derision of those around us. You have made us a byword among the nations; the peoples shake their heads at us. I live in disgrace all day long, and my face is covered with shame at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me, because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.
“All this came upon us, though we had not forgotten you; we had not been false to your covenant. Our hearts had not turned back; our feet had not strayed from your path. But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals; you covered us over with deep darkness. If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?”
“Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression? We are brought down to the dust;
our bodies cling to the ground. Rise up and help us;
rescue us because of your unfailing love.”
Isaiah 65: Judgment and Salvation
“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me.
To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’ All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations—a people who continually provoke me to my very face, offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on altars of brick; who sit among the graves and spend their nights keeping secret vigil; who eat the flesh of pigs, and whose pots hold broth of impure meat; who say, ‘Keep away; don’t come near me, for I am too sacred for you!’ Such people are smoke in my nostrils, a fire that keeps burning all day. “See, it stands written before me: I will not keep silent but will pay back in full; I will pay it back into their laps—both your sins and the sins of your ancestors,” says the Lord. “Because they burned sacrifices on the mountains and defied me on the hills, I will measure into their laps the full payment for their former deeds.”
This is what the Lord says: “As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes and people say, ‘Don’t destroy it, there is still a blessing in it,’ so will I do in behalf of my servants; I will not destroy them all.
I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah those who will possess my mountains; my chosen people will inherit them, and there will my servants live. Sharon will become a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a resting place for herds, for my people who seek me. “But as for you who forsake the Lord and forget my holy mountain, who spread a table for Fortune and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny, I will destine you for the sword, and all of you will fall in the slaughter; for I called but you did not answer, I spoke but you did not listen. You did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.” Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “My servants will eat, but you will go hungry; my servants will drink, but you will go thirsty; my servants will rejoice, but you will be put to shame. My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts, but you will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit.
15 You will leave your name for my chosen ones to use in their curses; the Sovereign Lord will put you to death, but to his servants he will give another name. Whoever invokes a blessing in the land will do so by the one true God; whoever takes an oath in the land will swear by the one true God. For the past troubles will be forgotten and hidden from my eyes.
New Heavens and a New Earth
“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years;
the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reacha hundred will be considered accursed. They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands. They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with them. Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 29: A Letter to the Exiles
This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. 2 (This was after King Jehoiachin and the queen mother, the court officials and the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen and the artisans had gone into exile from Jerusalem.) 3 He entrusted the letter to Elasah son of Shaphan and to Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. It said:
4 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7 Also,
“seek the peace and prosperity of the city”
to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” 8 Yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:
“Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. (my comment: Amazing! How God even Knew / Predicted this part of Scripture really Happening in Reality from the Ancient Time?; That’s what they have done; take my previous advises/suggestions (for his sakes) as their visions and counter / reverse-prophesied to me? Isn’t it amazing? That’s why i call psycho, not normal.) 9 They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the Lord.”
10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
15 You may say, “The Lord has raised up prophets for us in Babylon,” 16 but this is what the Lord says about the king who sits on David’s throne and all the people who remain in this city, your countrymen who did not go with you into exile— 17 yes, this is what the Lord Almighty says: “I will send the sword, famine and plague against them and I will make them like figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten. 18 I will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth, and an object of cursing and horror, of scorn and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them. 19 For they have not listened to my words,” declares the Lord, “words that I sent to them again and again by my servants the prophets. And you exiles have not listened either,” declares the Lord.
20 Therefore, hear the word of the Lord, all you exiles whom I have sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon. 21 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says about Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who are prophesying lies to you in my name: “I will hand them over to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will put them to death before your very eyes. 22 Because of them, all the exiles from Judah who are in Babylon will use this curse: ‘The Lord treat you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned in the fire.’ 23 For they have done outrageous things in Israel; they have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives, and in my name they have spoken lies—which I did not tell them to do. I know it and am a witness to it,” declares the Lord.
Message to Shemaiah
24 Tell Shemaiah the Nehelamite, 25 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You sent letters in your own name to all the people in Jerusalem, to the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, and to all the other priests. You said to Zephaniah,
26 “The Lord has appointed you priest in place of Jehoiada to be in charge of the house of the Lord; you should put any madman who acts like a prophet into the stocks and neck-irons.”
27 So why have you not reprimanded Jeremiah from Anathoth, who poses as a prophet among you? 28 He has sent this message to us in Babylon: It will be a long time. Therefore build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.’”
29 Zephaniah the priest, however, read the letter to Jeremiah the prophet. 30 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 31 “Send this message to all the exiles: ‘This is what the Lord says about Shemaiah the Nehelamite:
“Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, even though I did not send him, and has led you to believe lies, 32 this is what the Lord says: I will surely punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his descendants. He will have no one left among this people, nor will he see the good things I will do for my people, declares the Lord, because he has preached rebellion against me.”
Why James 1, 2…… ? True, Fundamental Mission is Not Just About Philanthropic Work, Advance of Gospel. It’s Fundamentally About The Beginning of The End of World, How To Stop It.
Why James 1, 2…… ?: Ultimate Goals
It seems, everybody have focused on “Pleasing, Gloryfying God’s name, and following the LORD and His Preference of Work Type, Helping the Advance of Gospel and Orphants, Underpreviliged……….
Have you ever seen the nature of Bible? Although the country divide the State and Religion/Faith, the Real Nature of Bible has been the Ancient Politics between Human races and God, either at big, macro, national levels, or small, micro, individual levels. That’s What i sensed.
And why this current incidence (that we are facing now) is huge is, it is “Literally” about the End of World. As symbolized as the 2012 Mayan Prediction, or something.
I”m not particulary interested in astrology (i have no idea of that) or fortuntelling, or anything. i have no idea of any of them. just when i read any, i tend to look at consistent patterns, common factors in different pieces of information. i just notices the patterns, which doesn’t mean that i strongly believe so, etc. I just notice the common things among them.
I said above that,
“it is “Literally“ about the End of World,” Regardless of with or without the Advance of Gospel .
It’s because “Now,” we human races are standing at the beginning of Extinction Process. This is “Larger Concept” than Christians’ Philanthropic Causes / Devotion for disadvantaged, poor, orphaned, humans.
There have been mentions of various scenarios on the end of earth. I don’t have to mention them again.
The current incidence is, fundamentally about Facing the Potential, Predictable Extinction of Human Races, Virtually the End of World for Human Race, if there are going to be no reforms, revolutions, innovations, or any fundamental changes in human affairs (including global politics, economic systems, and other related matters). The Global Conditions of Human Population, Resources, Pollution, everything are getting out of control. As endless experts have mentioned about it on and on, but few people really care about them, because they are busy with themselves, their affairs and don’t think about the global picture. And there has been nothing, few people that have done anything about them. And probably nobody will do anyhing about those impending crises in future. That’s why this incidence has happening, as a chance of changing the process, the beginning of the End. The LORD, as a young LORD, in the beginning of Learning Process, if He prefers, only focuses on Philanthropic Aspects of his Work, and ignore the impending future (short or long, nobody would not clearly know) of The End of World, it comes as sure thing. The Earth falls into Out of Sync.
It is same as, too obese people eventually die out of their obesity if they don’t control their body weight and their biology in check. Same as the Earth. And here’s the Limit of the LORD comes. If He focuses only on Philanthropic work to save disadvantaged people and advance Gospel, the world may become more humanitic, but ends anyway.
That’s why God says in the scripture of James 2: ““What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?…….faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead……You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.“
“This Incidence is about “Either Letting the Begining of the End of World Progress gradually without interruption, or Start to make Human Endeavor to stop the process and return the Earth to the Blance, through the political, economic, industrial, scientific reforms of world systems, stopping the gradual destruction of human civilization.” This is the essence of this historical incidence.
And here is where the LORD’s Mission Stands.
So, if He only goes for His Personal Preferences, Ignoring the Instructions of Bible Scriptures, He “CanNot” be trulely Himself, He “CanNot” Fulfill His True Mission. Ending up “Minimizing“ His Existence.
That’s why there is this expression in the Bible Scripture that “the Mother (or Wisdom) marries her sons on and on (to guide them into right directions)”; or in Mythology, i believe, it was Athena, who has been, will be the constant companion of “Heros.” Basically meaning that she guides different generations of “Heros” in synchronized ways, in order to achieve the Ultimate Goal of politics though constant, consistent orchestrating of the works of different heros of generations toward achieving the common goals (it needs generations, long-term periods of “balancing Acts” for how long? generations after generations……….
That’s why i have emphasized Social Vices, Social junks / Wastes like J.K. Rowling Kinds. To minimize Social Wastes and Clear Roadblocks towards achieving this Ultimate Goals.
It seems, nobody has really fathomed about what this Incidence is “Really About.”
Isaiah 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Election, SuperSandy, Aftermaths 2012
Initially posted on November 18, 2012
The 2012 Election, the Super Storm Sandy, and The Aftermath”S”
“It appears, human history repeats itself again, and again, for thousands, millions years. The beauty of sad sagas.”
Isaiah 1: A Rebellious Nation
The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
A Rebellious Nation
Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the Lord has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness—only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with olive oil. Your country is desolate, your cities burned with fire; your fields are being stripped by foreigners right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers. Daughter Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut in a cucumber field, like a city under siege. Unless the Lord Almighty had left us some survivors, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah. Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; listen to the instruction of our God, you people of Gomorrah! “The multitude of your sacrifices—what are they to me?” says the Lord. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts? Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons (wamen’s butts), Sabbaths (witch’s sabbaths) and convocations—I cannot bear your worthless assemblies. Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals I hate with all my being. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood! Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. See how the faithful city has become a prostitute! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her—but now murderers! Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water. Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow’s case does not come before them. Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: “Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes and avenge myself on my enemies. I will turn my hand against you;I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities. I will restore your leaders as in days of old, your rulers as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.” Zion will be delivered with justice, her penitent ones with righteousness. But rebels and sinners will both be broken, and those who forsake the Lord will perish. “You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks in which you have delighted; you will be disgraced because of the gardens that you have chosen. You will be like an oak with fading leaves, like a garden without water. The mighty man will become tinder and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire.”
Isaiah 2: The Mountain, Day of the Lord
The Mountain of the Lord
This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.
The Day of the Lord
You, Lord, have abandoned your people, the descendants of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and embrace pagan customs. Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots. Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made. So people will be brought low and everyone humbled—do not forgive them. Go into the rocks, hide in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty! The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low;
“The Lord alone will be exalted in that day.”
The Lord Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled), for all the cedars of Lebanon, all and lofty, and all the oaks of Bashan, for all the towering mountains and all the high hills, for every lofty tower and every fortified wall, for every trading ship and every stately vessel. The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols will totally disappear. People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth. In that day people will throw away to the moles and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship. They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth. Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?
Isaiah 3: Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah
Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah
See now, the Lord, the Lord Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support: all supplies of food and all supplies of water, the hero and the warrior, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter. “I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them.” People will oppress each other—man against man, neighbor against neighbor. The young will rise up against the old, the base against the honorable. A man will seize one of his brothers in his father’s house, and say, “You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!” But in that day he will cry out, “I have no remedy. I have no food or clothing in my house; do not make me the leader of the people.” Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the Lord, defying his glorious presence. The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves. Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done. Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. My people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path. The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people. The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty. The Lord says, “The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles. Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the Lord will make their scalps bald.” In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, the earrings and bracelets and veils, the headdresses and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, the signet rings and nose rings, the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls. Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding. Your men will fall by the sword, your warriors in battle. The gates of Zion will lament and mourn; destitute, she will sit on the ground.
Isaiah 4: The Branch of the Lord
In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, “We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!” (?)
The Branch of the Lord
In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire. Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.
Isaiah 5: The Song of the Vineyard
The Song of the Vineyard
I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit. “Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad? Now I will tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed; I will break down its wall, and it will be trampled. I will make it a wasteland, neither pruned nor cultivated, and briers and thorns will grow there. I will command the clouds not to rain on it.” The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the nation of Israel, and the people of Judah are the vines he delighted in. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress. Woes and Judgments Woe to you who add house to house and join field to field till no space is left and you live alone in the land. The Lord Almighty has declared in my hearing: “Surely the great houses will become desolate, the fine mansions left without occupants. A ten-acre vineyard will produce only a bath of wine; a homer of seed will yield only an ephah of grain.” Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine. They have harps and lyres at their banquets, pipes and timbrels and wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord, no respect for the work of his hands. Therefore my people will go into exile for lack of understanding; those of high rank will die of hunger and the common people will be parched with thirst. Therefore Death expands its jaws, opening wide its mouth; into it will descend their nobles and masses with all their brawlers and revelers. So people will be brought low and everyone humbled, the eyes of the arrogant humbled. But the Lord Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will be proved holy by his righteous acts. Then sheep will graze as in their own pasture; lambs will feed among the ruins of the rich. Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit, and wickedness as with cart ropes, to those who say, “Let God hurry; let him hasten his work so we may see it. The plan of the Holy One of Israel—let it approach, let it come into view, so we may know it.” Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent. Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust; for they have rejected the law of the Lord Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore the Lord’s anger burns against his people; his hand is raised and he strikes them down. The mountains shake, and the dead bodies are like refuse in the streets. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised. He lifts up a banner for the distant nations, he whistles for those at the ends of the earth. Here they come, swiftly and speedily! Not one of them grows tired or stumbles, not one slumbers or sleeps; not a belt is loosened at the waist, not a sandal strap is broken. Their arrows are sharp, all their bows are strung; their horses’ hooves seem like flint, their chariot wheels like a whirlwind. Their roar is like that of the lion, they roar like young lions; they growl as they seize their prey and carry it off with no one to rescue. In that day they will roar over it like the roaring of the sea. And if one looks at the land, there is only darkness and distress; even the sun will be darkened by clouds.
mass info mass info2 mass info3