1: In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2: Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3: And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4: And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 5: Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. 6: Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 8: Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. 9: And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10: Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. 11: Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12: And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. 13: But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.
1: And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it. 2: And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind. 3: Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shear-jashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field; 4: And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah. 5: Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying, 6: Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal: 7: Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass. 8: For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people. 9: And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established. 10: Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying, 11: Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. 12: But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD. 13: And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? 14: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 15: Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. 16: For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. 17: The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father's house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria. 18: And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. 19: And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes. 20: In the same day shall the Lord shave with a rasor that is hired, namely, by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume the beard. 21: And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep; 22: And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land. 23: And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, it shall even be for briers and thorns. 24: With arrows and with bows shall men come thither; because all the land shall become briers and thorns. 25: And on all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle.
1: Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Maher-shalal-hash-baz. 2: And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah. 3: And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz. 4: For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria. 5: The LORD spake also unto me again, saying, 6: Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son; 7: Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks: 8: And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel. 9: Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. 10: Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us. 11: For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, 12: Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. 13: Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. 14: And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15: And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. 16: Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. 17: And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. 18: Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. 19: And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? 20: To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. 21: And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward. 22: And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.
Today we are reading Isaiah 6, 7 & 8. In chapter 6 Isaiah states that in the year that King Uzziah died he had a clear vision of the LORD Adonai sitting on his throne in the temple. (This we later come to understand to be Christ himself in his Millennial temple. There is no throne in any previous temple) He is described as high and lifted up. There is no greater position that Christ could ever hold over this world. The train of his garments fill the temple floor and above him six seraphims each with six wings cry to each other saying Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts the whole earth is full of his glory. This is a temple with a throne from which the glory of God extends from sea to sea. (It describes a time when the glory of the Lord will fill the earth as the waters cover the sea. This can only be in the Millennial kingdom.) The temple door posts tremble at the voice of those who speak and the whole house is filled with smoke. The Prophet who in the Spirit is transported right into the future to see this amazing sight is struck with a sense of his own unworthiness. He says Woe is me, because I am undone or unworthy. Then he gives his reason because I have unclean lips and my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts. Then a seraphims flew to touch his lips with a live coal from the altar and touched him and thus covered his iniquity and cleansed him of his sin. Then the Lord said, who will I send and who will go for us? Isaiah said I am here – send me. (Isaiah’s mission was not a divine fate it was an invitation accepted.) Then The LORD commissions Isaiah to go to tell the people so that they would hear but not understand they would see by not comprehend. This was a message that would bring the judgment of God on the hearers. The message would make them lazy and blind so that they will not respond to the Lord and the Lord would convert them and they would be healed. Isaiah then asked how long this would continue and the Lord answered that it would be until the cites of Israel were totally destroyed. And all the people had forsaken the Lord. Yet a tenth of the holy seed would be secured and would return. From Chapter 7v1 – ch 12v6 Isaiah gives us a series of historical events and prophesies during the time of Ahaz. In 7v1-9 he describes the confederacy between Syria and Israel. This union will not stand v7. The Syrian invaded Israel but were unable to conquer the land. Then when the house of David heard of the confederacy they were greatly moved. Isaiah was sent by the Lord to Ahaz to warn him and to comfort him in his hour of danger, because the union will not stand. From 7v8 – 8v8 The Lord tells the king that he will intervene in the day of danger. The Lord invited Ahaz to ask for a sign but he said I will not tempt you. The Lord would give Israel a sign – A Virgin will conceive and bear a son and his name will be Immanuel. And so we think immediately of Matthew ch 1. Israel’s ultimate hopes will be in the child of Bethlehem. He will be a man of moral character. There will come a day (yet future) when the Lord will call for the flies of Egypt and the bees of Asia to come and they will come into the land. In ch 8 we have very remarkable prophesies that focus on Isaiah’s own son. Isaiah is told to write in the language of the ordinary man in the street. Isaiah is to write about his own son Maher-shalal-hash-baz. His name means, Haste, spoil, speed, prey. And his name given from the Lord was a sign of coming judgment. The Assyrian army will haste to take the spoil and with speed will fall on the nation as a prey. Then from v5-8 he describes the actual invasion. From v9 the call will go out make friends with one another because the invaders will be smashed because God is with us v10. From v11-9v7 Isaiah says that the LORD will intervene. The false confederacy will be destroyed but trust in God will be rewarded. The Lord will bring signs and wonders on the earth and all the mediums and wizards and those that mutter will cease. If they do not speak according to the word of the LORD it is because there is no light in them. Judgment will come on the false prophets.