I love how chapter 65 starts out:
I was sought by those who did not ask for Me;
I was found by those who did not seek Me.
To a nation that was not called by My name.
Verses 8-10 give us a another glimpse of the restoration of the remnant of
Therefore thus says the LORD God:
“Behold, My servants shall eat,
But you shall be hungry;
Behold, My servants shall drink,
But you shall be thirsty;
Behold, My servants shall rejoice,
But you shall be ashamed;
Behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart,
But you shall cry for sorrow of heart,
And wail for grief of spirit.
Verse 15 continues with some astounding prophecy:
For the LORD God will slay you,
And call His servants by another name;
I believe this is a prophecy of how the church will treat Israel during their blindness. The reason I believe this is because it happened! The church has treated the Jews very poorly for the past two millennia. I recommend the book Our Hands are Stained With Blood, written by Michael Brown - a Messianic follower of Yeshua. It retells the tragic story of persecution of the Jews, in the name of Jesus.
|Read this and weep.|
The term Christian was introduced in Acts 11:26. To put it in context, here is Acts 11:15-26 (Peter had just had his vision in Joppa and was told to bring the good news to the Gentiles):
Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as
Then Barnabas departed for
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
|What will it look like? It is probably well beyond our imagination.|
The reference to the new heavens and new earth will come up again in chapter 66. In the New Testament, we see it in 2 Peter 3 and in Revelation 21. The Jewish people refer to it as The World To Come. I love this! It's so much more accurate than the widespread Christian paradigm of die and go to heaven.
But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create;
For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing,
And her people a joy.
I will rejoice in
And joy in My people;
The voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her,
Nor the voice of crying.
How shall we sing the Lord’s song
In a foreign land?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
Let my right hand forget its skill!
If I do not remember you,
Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth—
If I do not exalt Jerusalem
Above my chief joy.
That joy word, simcha, is very strong. It literally means to spin around with violent emotion. Like dancing!
“No more shall an infant from there live but a few days,
Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days;
But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.
Previously dead unbelievers are not resurrected for their judgment until after the thousand years, because believers are still being regenerated. The judgment of the wicked cannot happen until it’s all said and done.
They shall build houses and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not plant and another eat;
For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people,
And My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
They shall not labor in vain,
Nor bring forth children for trouble;
For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the LORD,
And their offspring with them.
“It shall come to pass
That before they call, I will answer;
And while they are still speaking, I will hear.
This sounds pretty awesome to me!
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
The lion shall eat straw like the ox,
And dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,”
Says the Lord.
LORD, may your kingdom come! Soon!
Part one of the next chapter is posted. Click