Lift Your Voice Like A Trumpet

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIsaiah 58 begins:  “Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins.”

Many years ago, YHVH told the prophets to cry out and tell the people their sins.  This message was not to the world, it was to YHVH’s people. Today, that same message is to be proclaimed to the churches by His prophets.

Isaiah 58:2 continues:  “Yet they seek Me daily, And delight to know My ways, As a nation that did righteousness, And did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; They take delight in approaching God. 3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen? Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’

Something was obviously wrong.  The people in Isaiah’s time thought they were doing right but YHVH found fault with them.  Today, God’s people read His word because they want to seek Him and know His ways.  They try to do what Yeshua taught but they still live like the world.  Some fast to afflict their souls when they choose and others don’t.  I’m convinced that God is not pleased with all of those who claim to be Yeshua’s disciples.  This is because they are not only tolerant of lawlessness, they practice it.  They are like swine which are counterfeits of what is truly clean.

What was the problem with those who were fasting in Isaiah’s day?

Isaiah 58:3b-5 explains:  “In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, And exploit all your laborers. 4 Indeed you fast for strife and debate, And to strike with the fist of wickedness. You will not fast as you do this day, To make your voice heard on high.”

Even though they were fasting, they practiced lawlessness and fasted for all the wrong things.  They fasted for things that were in opposition to what YHVH desires.  We need to examine ourselves to see if we are doing the same kind of things.

Isaiah 58:5 continues:  “Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the Lord?”

YHVH did choose a day for man to afflict his soul. Leviticus 23:26-29 says:  “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 27 “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. 29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people.”

This is a day of fasting for YHVH’s people yet many are ignorant of this day and live it like any other.  We must not ignore this day.  To do so is to risk being cut off from YHVH’s people.  Surely to fast and repent is acceptable to YHVH as long as it is accompanied by behavior that demonstrates genuine fasting and repentance.

Isaiah 58:6-7 demonstrates this idea:  “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; ––––When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?

What happen when we live lawfully and afflict our souls?  Isaiah 58:8-12 says, “Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. 9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’  “If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, 10 If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. 11 The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. 12 Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

Are you sick?  Do you need healing?  Do you accuse others or speak wickedness?  Do you feed the poor?  Repent and live righteously!

Leviticus 23:30-32 continues the commandment for the Day of Atonement:  And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”

You see, this day of fasting or afflicting your soul is a Sabbath. Isaiah 58:13 gives us more information we should be aware of:  “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the Lord honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words, 14 Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Just like YHVH spoke to His people long ago, He is speaking to us today.  The fall appointed times (moedim) are upon us.  Yom Teruah (day of blowing, Day of Trumpets) is this coming Thursday on Tishrei 1 (September 6, 2013).  Yom HaKippurim (Day of the Atonements) will be Tishrei 10 (September 14, 2013).  The feast (chag) of Sukkot (Tabernacles) plus the Shemeni Atzeret (the 8th day) will be Tishrei 15-22 (September 19-26).  These moedim begin sundown the previous day.  Each year their dates on the Gregorian calendar are different.  This requires us to pay attention to when the proper time to celebrate the times of the moedim are.

Will you observe the moedim of YHVH?  They are not just the appointed times of the Jews; these times are for all of YHVH’s children.  They reveal the redemptive plan of YHVH for mankind.  They are rehearsals for the fulfillment of prophecy.

Repent — put away lawlessness!!!  Practice lawfulness and trust in Yeshua our Savior and Kinsman Redeemer!!

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Why The Righteous Perish

Isaiah 57:1-2 says, “The righteous perishes, And no man takes it to heart; Merciful men are taken away, While no one considers That the righteous is taken away from evil. 2 He shall enter into peace; They shall rest in their beds, Each one walking in his uprightness.”

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????As I read this today, a thought from long ago came to mind. I had been thinking about another verse in the Scriptures at the time.  I was pondering Matthew 24:37-39 which says, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”  Long ago, Noah and his immediate family were the only righteous ones on the earth.  Once Methuselah had died, all the righteous had passed away except Noah and his family.   I wondered if instead of a pre-tribulation rapture, the righteous would simply perish with the exception of the 144,000 and the two witnesses.   Scripture tells us many will be martyred but I suspected that many of the righteous will die in various ways before the tribulation so that they will escape the coming evil.  The righteous will essentially rest in peace since they have been walking lawfully.  At some point, the 144,000 will be hidden until YHVH’s wrath has past.

Eventually, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 would seem applicable:  “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

Where will everyone go once they meet the Lord in the air?  Not heaven.  That’s not exactly Scriptural.  It depends on when the resurrection takes place; it depends on whether it is before or after the Battle of Armageddon. It seems to me that if He gathers them before the battle, He will take them to a place of safety until His wrath is past.  If He gathers them after the battle, He will take them to Jerusalem where He intends to rule and reign on earth for 1,000 years.  If what He does follows the pattern of the Exodus from Egypt, the former should apply.

What about the unrighteous? In Isaiah 57, YHVH turns His attention from the righteous to the unrighteous people who are still supposedly categorized as His people.  They are rebellious; they are the sorcerers, adulterers, idolaters, and offspring of transgressions.  YHVH could not overlook these things.  These people did not fear YHVH most likely because He had not withheld His peace from them.  He said He would declare their righteousness and their works.  These must not have amounted to anything because He said these would not profit the wicked.  YHVH expected the unrighteous to cry out as a result of what He would do to them.  He told them, “When you cry out, let your collection of idols [who you trust in] deliver you.”

So that there is no question, YHVH told them that those who trust in Him will possess the land and will inherit His holy mountain.

YHVH then mentions two groups of people:

  • Contrite and humble.
  • Wicked.

Someone who is contrite shows remorse or sorrow for their sins.  YHVH will revive the heart of the contrite ones.  They were struck for their sin while they were backsliding but they will experience healing and restoration because of their repentance.

The wicked are much different.  They will not experience YHVH’s peace.

Take time to examine your life.  Are you backsliding?  Does YHVH need to deal harshly with you to discipline you in order for you to repent and to bring you back into a right relationship with Him?  What would it take to get your attention?

What are you in bondage to?  Can you let go of it by yourself or do you need to cry out for deliverance?  Do not harden your heart.  Allow the Deliverer to deliver you and the Healer to heal you so you can experience His peace.