Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016
Chapters: Isaiah 12-14
Message: The Devil’s Final Destination
Hello My Friend,
I remember watching cartoons and even movies, they would always refer to good being an angel and bad being the devil, if you are good you get to go to heaven with the angels when you die and if you are bad you go to hell with the devil, who is just waiting there to torture you. There is an old, old movie of the Christmas Carol in which Scrooge gets a glimpse of what could happen if he did not change his ways, he is walking through these fiery hallways only to be taken to a room icy cold to be tormented there forever. I bring these up because as much as we would like to believe that God works this way, He does not, and the devil in not in hell, he is walking around the earth, he does not have horns and a tail, and he will be here until first, God casts him into prison for a thousand years, then in the lake of fire, where he will be tormented forever, and all those who are not saved will be also.
“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” - Revelation 20:10,13-15.
While salvation has been acquired through the different dispensations of time, they were often told to turn to good works if they want to keep their salvation, but that is not the case today. Salvation is only gotten by the grace of God through our faith and belief in Jesus Christ who’s work on the cross made that possible. As we read through Isaiah we get a glimpse of not only the first coming of Christ, but also of His return, reign as King, of the judgment that will take place during His reign on earth, and ultimately the destruction of the world. Chapter 12 has only six verses, but it is has nothing to do about judgment, only praise for the God, our Saviour.
“And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.” - Isaiah 12:1-4.
“make mention that his name is exalted.” Proclaim Jesus, shout His name, He is our Strength and Song, our Comforter, our Salvation. When once God was angry with us because we were covered in sin, it is now turned away and all our sins forgotten. We, who are saved, born again Christian's do not need to be afraid because we have Jesus, even if He returns right now, we will be safely carried away while all this mess happens. Right now Christian's are being targeted like never before, but we can overcome, and we will overcome because Jesus is with us. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” - Romans 8:34-37.
Now, after some prophecies concerning the Messiah, His kingdom, and judgment, here come the prophecies concerning those nations who turned on Israel, and of their destruction. You see, while God may judge His people first, He saved the most wicked for last. God begins with Babylon, whose hands the people of Judah would be delivered to for a while.
“Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles. I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness. The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle. They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land. Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt: And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.” - Isaiah 13:2-7,11,19.
“for the day of the LORD is at hand;” This goes beyond the destruction of the nation of Babylon, which already happened, this refers to Judgment Day, in which God will destroy the entire earth, Babylon being Rome, which is further talked about in the Book of Revelation. “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:” - Revelation 14:8-10.
Someone pointed out to me that Jesus does not know when He is returning, only God does and He will send Him at the appointed time. While in a sense this is true because Jesus did say He judges no one in the flesh and that His Father sent Him (John 8:14-32)), but in the same conversation He also said He and His Father are one. We will never understand how God can be both because our human reasoning to comprehend, this is something that we must believe by faith, He has always been and will always be at the right hand of God, even though He is God, and we will all stand before Him in judgment. We get an interesting insight and revelation about the one who caused the fall of man in the first place, and what He will be accountable for. Old Lucifer himself, once one of God's archangels, arrogant and proud, tried to take the throne from God, got cast out of heaven, and is bound for hell.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:” - Isaiah 14:12-17,24.
“Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell,” Perhaps one of the questions everyone who reads and studies the Bible has is why God puts the devil in prison for a thousand years while Jesus reigns at His return then lets him out to create havoc before the final judgment takes place. We can speculate as to why, but for some reason I believe that God will use that time to judge the last few, they will be no evil to corrupt them, no Holy Spirit to guide them, just Jesus to see if they will believe in Him when the devil is not there to influence them. Nevertheless, those who are saved will be safe. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” - I Thessalonians 4:16,17.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.” - Isaiah 12:6.
Today's Prayer: Jesus, thank You for choosing to become the payment to redeem me of my sins. I should be in hell for the things I have done, but You took my stripes, bore my pain, so that I do not have to. I now I can never lose my salvation, but never want to be in the mess I was in before I let You be Lord of my life, I know I could fall if I let my flesh do the walking. Lord, lead me and guide me, give me Your power to resist the devil, help me stay in Your Word, and to live it so that I can be armed and prepared for Your return. In Your name Jesus, Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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