Isaiah 61 to 66
There will be a restoration of Judah and Israel. The bad will be punished and the good rewarded. They who did the best they could will be saved. Members of the Tribes of Israel will be informed who they are and what Tribe they belong to. Their Israelite Ancestry will be acknowledged. The Temple must be rebuilt and Israel restored for our own sakes. Those who were lost amongst the Gentiles will be brought back. The good amongst the Gentiles will be rewarded. Nature will change. A Resurrection of the Dead will take place.
The Book of Isaiah
Chapters 61 to 66
Chapters with Brit-Am Commentary
Summary of Individual Chapters:
The Captives will be freed (Isaiah 61:1) and the mourners of Zion comforted (61:2-3). The wasted places will be rebuilt (61:4). The land will be renewed. Strangers shall serve you and produce for you (61:5). All who see you will know that God has blessed you (61:9).
There will be a Restoration of Israel which will be centered on Jerusalem (62:1).
Jerusalem will be blessed greatly and known throughout all the earth (62:3-10).
The people of Jerusalem will be recognized as the Redeemed of God (62:11-12).
Chapter 63: A Special Person (The Messiah son of David? or son of Joseph?)
shall take revenge on Bozrah of Edom through the strength of his might (63:1-5).
He will trample down peoples (63:6).
God will do great goodness to the House of Israel (63:7).
God says these are my children who will act according to their
parentage and fulfill the task they were destined to fulfill (63:8).
God Himself suffered when HIS people were persecuted and suffered (63:9). I
srael sinned and so God turned away (63:10).
Even though they sin and turn away from HIM, HE will
remember and return to HIS people at some stage, no matter what.
WHERE IS HE THAT PUT HIS HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN HIM?
If God puts HIS spirit in us or in His prophet we can be led onto the right track (63:11).
We do not act as our forefathers would have wanted us to do and we do not merit to receive the
blessings promised to them neither do we fulfill the tasks they accepted upon themselves on our
behalf. They would be in their rights to disown us BUT even so God will not disown us.
We may not be recognized as the physical descendants of Abraham and Israel even though that is
what we feel ourselves to be and probably are. Even so God will help us (63:16).
We are the tribes of Israel. THE TRIBES OF THINE INHERITANCE. We need to feel the Divine
Presence and return (63:17).
The enemy possesses the Temple Mount and defiles it. O
UR ADVERSARIES HAVE TRODDEN DOWN THY SANCTUARY (63:18).
Israel is the People of God.
The physical descendants of the Israelites are the chosen people.
There is none other (63:19).
If only God would show Himself then nobody would doubt or rebel against Him (64:1).
[Isaiah 64:4] FOR SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD MEN HAVE NOT HEARD, NOR PERCEIVED BY THE EAR, NEITHER HATH THE EYE SEEN, O GOD, BESIDE THEE, WHAT HE HATH PREPARED FOR HIM THAT WAITETH FOR HIM.
Nobody has seen that which God has prepared for the righteous in the Afterlife. Only they who have learnt the Torah of Israel have ever received a glimpse of the Ultimate Truth.
God has hidden His face from us and we are in danger of losing.
If however we overcome and take hold of God He will save us (64:7).
God is our father. He is the potter who forms us according to His will (64:8).
God wants the cities of Israel and especially Jerusalem to be built up and inhabited with
Israelites (64:10). Our soul is afflicted
as long as the cities of Ancient Israel are not settled by Israelites. The world is not as
it should be as long as the Temple is not rebuilt (64:12).
God will return to Judah and to the lost Tribes who forgot who they were and that God was their God,
the God of Israel (65:1). God is calling us all the time (65:2). The Lost Tribes worshipped idols, in groves, and graveyards, and cults of the dead, and eat pig-meat and abominations (65:3-4). The Lost Ten Tribes and Judah together shall return (65.9). They amongst the Israelites who continue in the Druidical and similar pagan idolatrous practices of their forefathers will be punished (65:11, 13-16). Creation will be changed. Everything will be renewed (65:17). There will be a New Jerusalem and a change in human nature with people living to a very very old age (65:18-21, 65:23-25). God will be close to us (65:22).
We must give our heart to God (Isaiah 66:1). Man can give something of himself back to God (66:2). God wants righteous behavior and good intention (66:3). Someone who disregards the will of God is liable also to be disregarded when they need His help (66:4). God will take vengeance against those who disregarded Him and against those who desecrated the Temple and Temple site (66:6). Zion will be delivered suddenly (66:7). We should rejoice with Jerusalem that represents re-union and reconciliation (66:10). Through Jerusalem Israel will be comforted (66:13). Those who believed in God and the Bible and did the best they could will rejoice (66:14). People who keep pagan practices will be punished (66:17). They who from Israel and Judah were scattered amongst other nations will return (66:19). Priests and Levites will be drawn also from amongst they who return (66:21).
The Sages (Talmud, Kiddushin 70;a) said:
"When God decides to let it be known who belongs to which Tribe, he clarifies firstly who belongs to the Tribe of Levi, as it says, And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi... (Malachi 3;3)".
<<In the days of the Messianic King: When his kingdom shall be settled and all of Israel gather unto him, he shall then give the Tribal-genealogy of each one. He shall do this through Divine inspiration. As it says, HE SHALL SIT AS A REFINER AND PURIFIER (Malachi 3:3). He will purify the Tribe of Levi first.as it says, "till there be stood up a priest with Urim and with Thumim" (Ezra 2:63). He gives the genealogy of Israel only concerning which tribe each one belongs to..
(Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, The Laws of Kings, ch. 12, no.3).
Non-Israelite Gentiles will also be accepted and reconciled. All the world will worship the God of Israel whose worship will be centered on Jerusalem (66:23). There will be a Resurrection of the Dead (66:24).
Chapters with Brit-Am Commentary:
Isaiah 61 to 66
This chapter continues the last part of
the preceding chapter 60.
[Isaiah 61:1] THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD GOD IS UPON ME; BECAUSE THE LORD
HATH ANOINTED ME TO PREACH GOOD TIDINGS UNTO THE MEEK; HE HATH SENT ME TO BIND
UP THE BROKENHEARTED, TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES, AND THE OPENING OF
THE PRISON TO THEM THAT ARE BOUND;
This could be applied to those who are
in Exile especially to Judah. It could also apply to Israelites in general
following a calamity that MAY occur prior to the End Times.
[Isaiah 61:2] TO PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD, AND THE DAY OF
VENGEANCE OF OUR GOD; TO COMFORT ALL THAT MOURN;
[Isaiah 61:3] TO APPOINT UNTO THEM THAT MOURN IN ZION, TO GIVE UNTO THEM BEAUTY
FOR ASHES, THE OIL OF JOY FOR MOURNING, THE GARMENT OF PRAISE FOR THE SPIRIT OF
HEAVINESS; THAT THEY MIGHT BE CALLED TREES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, THE PLANTING OF THE
LORD, THAT HE MIGHT BE GLORIFIED.
[Isaiah 61:4] AND THEY SHALL BUILD THE OLD WASTES, THEY SHALL RAISE UP THE
FORMER DESOLATIONS, AND THEY SHALL REPAIR THE WASTE CITIES, THE DESOLATIONS OF
The Zionists in Israel have been
rebuilding the Land to a degree. There is much more to do and what is being done
could be improved upon. The over-grazing of the land by the Arabs with their
goats causes soil erosion and prevents the growth of trees. This could be
changed. More trees could be planted. A canal linking the Mediterranean with the
Dead Sea could dug and vast desalination plants set up. In Sinai there may
exist a great freshwater underground Lake. The
River in Lebanon and Lebanon on general as well as Syria and other areas all
should belong to Israel and all could be converted into very fertile healthy
[Isaiah 61:5] AND STRANGERS SHALL STAND AND FEED YOUR FLOCKS, AND THE SONS OF
THE ALIEN SHALL BE YOUR PLOWMEN AND YOUR VINEDRESSERS.
[Isaiah 61:6] BUT YE SHALL BE NAMED THE PRIESTS OF THE LORD: MEN SHALL CALL YOU
THE MINISTERS OF OUR GOD: YE SHALL EAT THE RICHES OF THE GENTILES, AND IN THEIR
GLORY SHALL YE BOAST YOURSELVES.
The Lost Ten Tribes when they return in
many respects will be the same as Judah so these prophecies probably apply to
all Israel in the End Times.
[Isaiah 61:7] FOR YOUR SHAME YE SHALL HAVE DOUBLE; AND FOR CONFUSION THEY SHALL
REJOICE IN THEIR PORTION: THEREFORE IN THEIR LAND THEY SHALL POSSESS THE DOUBLE:
EVERLASTING JOY SHALL BE UNTO THEM.
[Isaiah 61:8] FOR I THE LORD LOVE JUDGMENT, I HATE ROBBERY FOR BURNT OFFERING;
AND I WILL DIRECT THEIR WORK IN TRUTH, AND I WILL MAKE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT
[Isaiah 61:9] AND THEIR SEED SHALL BE KNOWN AMONG THE GENTILES, AND THEIR
OFFSPRING AMONG THE PEOPLE: ALL THAT SEE THEM SHALL ACKNOWLEDGE THEM, THAT THEY
ARE THE SEED WHICH THE LORD HATH BLESSED.
There were times in history when the
above prophecy was partially fulfilled both concerning Judah and "Joseph" and
the other tribes.
[Isaiah 61:10] I WILL GREATLY REJOICE IN THE LORD, MY SOUL SHALL BE JOYFUL IN
MY GOD; FOR HE HATH CLOTHED ME WITH THE GARMENTS OF SALVATION, HE HATH COVERED
ME WITH THE ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, AS A BRIDEGROOM DECKETH HIMSELF WITH
ORNAMENTS, AND AS A BRIDE ADORNETH HERSELF WITH HER JEWELS.
[Isaiah 61:11] FOR AS THE EARTH BRINGETH FORTH HER BUD, AND AS THE GARDEN
CAUSETH THE THINGS THAT ARE SOWN IN IT TO SPRING FORTH; SO THE LORD GOD WILL
CAUSE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PRAISE TO SPRING FORTH BEFORE ALL THE NATIONS.
[Isaiah 62:1] FOR ZION'S SAKE WILL I NOT HOLD MY PEACE, AND FOR JERUSALEM'S SAKE
I WILL NOT REST, UNTIL THE RIGHTEOUSNESS THEREOF GO FORTH AS BRIGHTNESS, AND THE
SALVATION THEREOF AS A LAMP THAT BURNETH.
Isaiah continues the theme
referring to the End Times and the Restoration of Israel which will be centered
[Isaiah 62:2] AND THE GENTILES SHALL SEE THY RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND ALL KINGS THY
GLORY: AND THOU SHALT BE CALLED BY A NEW NAME, WHICH THE MOUTH OF THE LORD SHALL
[Isaiah 62:3] THOU SHALT ALSO BE A CROWN OF GLORY IN THE HAND OF THE LORD, AND
A ROYAL DIADEM IN THE HAND OF THY GOD.
[Isaiah 62:4] THOU SHALT NO MORE BE TERMED FORSAKEN; NEITHER SHALL THY LAND ANY
MORE BE TERMED DESOLATE: BUT THOU SHALT BE CALLED HEPHZIBAH, AND THY LAND
BEULAH: FOR THE LORD DELIGHTETH IN THEE, AND THY LAND SHALL BE MARRIED.
[Isaiah 62:5] FOR AS A YOUNG MAN MARRIETH A VIRGIN, SO SHALL THY SONS MARRY
THEE: AND AS THE BRIDEGROOM REJOICETH OVER THE BRIDE, SO SHALL THY GOD REJOICE
[Isaiah 62:6] I HAVE SET WATCHMEN UPON THY WALLS, O JERUSALEM, WHICH SHALL
NEVER HOLD THEIR PEACE DAY NOR NIGHT: YE THAT MAKE MENTION OF THE LORD, KEEP NOT
[Isaiah 62:7] AND GIVE HIM NO REST, TILL HE ESTABLISH, AND TILL HE MAKE
JERUSALEM A PRAISE IN THE EARTH.
[Isaiah 62:8] THE LORD HATH SWORN BY HIS RIGHT HAND, AND BY THE ARM OF HIS
STRENGTH, SURELY I WILL NO MORE GIVE THY CORN TO BE MEAT FOR THINE ENEMIES; AND
THE SONS OF THE STRANGER SHALL NOT DRINK THY WINE, FOR THE WHICH THOU HAST
[Isaiah 62:9] BUT THEY THAT HAVE GATHERED IT SHALL EAT IT, AND PRAISE THE LORD;
AND THEY THAT HAVE BROUGHT IT TOGETHER SHALL DRINK IT IN THE COURTS OF MY
[Isaiah 62:10] GO THROUGH, GO THROUGH THE GATES; PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE
PEOPLE; CAST UP, CAST UP THE HIGHWAY; GATHER OUT THE STONES; LIFT UP A STANDARD
FOR THE PEOPLE.
[Isaiah 62:11] BEHOLD, THE LORD HATH PROCLAIMED UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD, SAY
YE TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, BEHOLD, THY SALVATION COMETH; BEHOLD, HIS REWARD IS
WITH HIM, AND HIS WORK BEFORE HIM.
[Isaiah 62:12] AND THEY SHALL CALL THEM, THE HOLY PEOPLE, THE REDEEMED OF THE
LORD: AND THOU SHALT BE CALLED, SOUGHT OUT, A CITY NOT FORSAKEN.
The Great Pageant
Prophecy and Reality can be likened to a great play or pageant. There exists an
overall plot interwoven with subplots. Variations on the theme are possible. For
every role exist several potential players who are suited to that role. In every
generation or at least periodically some version or other of the pageant is
played out. Even so, there exists a Classic Primary Version of the Play and
Master Players who are the most suited to their tasks and for whom the Pageant
was mainly written. Eventually there will be a Grand Finale in which it will
become apparent that everything that went beforehand was preparatory to what
[Isaiah 63:1] WHO IS THIS THAT COMETH FROM EDOM, WITH DYED GARMENTS FROM BOZRAH"
THIS THAT IS GLORIOUS IN HIS APPAREL, TRAVELLING IN THE GREATNESS OF HIS
STRENGTH" I THAT SPEAK IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, MIGHTY TO SAVE.
EDOM: Who is Edom? Rome? Germany? Europe
in general? Europe and Japan? And Elsewhere?
BOZRAH: There was a place in Jordan named
There is a place in Iraq of that name. IN ancient times
Bozrah (Batsra) was a city of Edom.
In Early Medieval Hebrew, "Bozrah"
was the name applied to Byzantium. Byzantium (Constantinople) is now known as
Istanbul. It is in Turkey. Constantine the Emperor of Rome made Christianity the
official religion of the Roman Empire. He divided the Empire into two: a Western
half based on Rome and an eastern half based on Constantinople (Byzantium). The
eastern half was Greek in language and culture. The Church in Byzantium refused
to acknowledge the authority of the Pope in Rome. Though considered in error it
was not condemned by Rome to the same degree that Protestantism later was. It
became known as the Greek Orthodox Church. This was the religion accepted by
Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, the Ukraine, Greece, and some other places. Eventually
Byzantium was conquered by the Turks. The rulers of Russia had intermarried with
the rulers of Byzantium and considered themselves the rightful successors of
Byzantium. They used the title "Czar" i.e. Caesar which title was that of the
ruler of the Roman Empire. Russia could be considered "Bozra"
OR IT COULD BE SOMEPLACE ELSE.
As mentioned, "Bazra" is the name of a city in Iraq and the center of the oil-producing region in that area of the country.
[Isaiah 63:2] WHEREFORE ART THOU RED IN THINE APPAREL, AND THY GARMENTS LIKE
HIM THAT TREADETH IN THE WINEFAT?
In Ancient Israel Grape gathers would
gather together bundles of grapes and put them in a square hole cut in rock in
the ground. They would then tread the grapes with their feet. Juice from the
grapes would run off in conduits, placed in receptacles, and be stored away to
ferment and become wine. Those who trod the grapes would have red juice
splattered all over them.
[Isaiah 63:3] I HAVE TRODDEN THE WINEPRESS ALONE; AND OF THE PEOPLE THERE WAS
NONE WITH ME: FOR I WILL TREAD THEM IN MINE ANGER, AND TRAMPLE THEM IN MY FURY;
AND THEIR BLOOD SHALL BE SPRINKLED UPON MY GARMENTS, AND I WILL STAIN ALL MY
[Isaiah 63:4] FOR THE DAY OF VENGEANCE IS IN MINE HEART, AND THE YEAR OF MY
REDEEMED IS COME.
[Isaiah 63:5] AND I LOOKED, AND THERE WAS NONE TO HELP; AND I WONDERED THAT
THERE WAS NONE TO UPHOLD: THEREFORE MINE OWN ARM BROUGHT SALVATION UNTO ME; AND
MY FURY, IT UPHELD ME.
Who is speaking?
The spirit of God entering into them and speaking through them?
[Isaiah 63:6] AND I WILL TREAD DOWN THE PEOPLE IN MINE ANGER, AND MAKE THEM
DRUNK IN MY FURY, AND I WILL BRING DOWN THEIR STRENGTH TO THE EARTH.
"THE PEOPLE": in Hebrew "amim"
[Isaiah 63:7] I WILL MENTION THE LOVINGKINDNESSES OF THE LORD, AND THE PRAISES
OF THE LORD, ACCORDING TO ALL THAT THE LORD HATH BESTOWED ON US, AND THE GREAT
GOODNESS TOWARD THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, WHICH HE HATH BESTOWED ON THEM ACCORDING
TO HIS MERCIES, AND ACCORDING TO THE MULTITUDE OF HIS LOVINGKINDNESSES.
[Isaiah 63:8] FOR HE SAID, SURELY THEY ARE MY PEOPLE, CHILDREN THAT WILL NOT
LIE: SO HE WAS THEIR SAVIOUR.
"CHILDREN THAT WILL NOT LIE" also
as saying: Children that will not do falsely i.e. they will act according to
their parentage. They will fulfill the task they were destined to fulfill.
[Isaiah 63:9] IN ALL THEIR AFFLICTION HE WAS AFFLICTED, AND THE ANGEL OF HIS
PRESENCE SAVED THEM: IN HIS LOVE AND IN HIS PITY HE REDEEMED THEM; AND HE BARE
THEM, AND CARRIED THEM ALL THE DAYS OF OLD.
"IN ALL THEIR AFFLICTION HE WAS
AFFLICTED": God Himself suffered when HIS people were persecuted and suffered.
[Isaiah 63:10] BUT THEY REBELLED, AND VEXED HIS HOLY SPIRIT: THEREFORE HE WAS
TURNED TO BE THEIR ENEMY, AND HE FOUGHT AGAINST THEM.
[Isaiah 63:11] THEN HE REMEMBERED THE DAYS OF OLD, MOSES, AND HIS PEOPLE,
SAYING, WHERE IS HE THAT BROUGHT THEM UP OUT OF THE SEA WITH THE SHEPHERD OF HIS
FLOCK? WHERE IS HE THAT PUT HIS HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN HIM?
Even though they sin and turn away from
HIM, HE will remember and return to HIS people at some stage- no matter what.
WHERE IS HE THAT PUT HIS HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN HIM? If God puts HIS spirit in us or
in His prophet we can be led onto the right track.
[Isaiah 63:12] THAT LED THEM BY THE RIGHT HAND OF MOSES WITH HIS GLORIOUS ARM,
DIVIDING THE WATER BEFORE THEM, TO MAKE HIMSELF AN EVERLASTING NAME?
[Isaiah 63:13] THAT LED THEM THROUGH THE DEEP, AS AN HORSE IN THE WILDERNESS,
THAT THEY SHOULD NOT STUMBLE?
[Isaiah 63:14] AS A BEAST GOETH DOWN INTO THE VALLEY, THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD
CAUSED HIM TO REST: SO DIDST THOU LEAD THY PEOPLE, TO MAKE THYSELF A GLORIOUS
[Isaiah 63:15] LOOK DOWN FROM HEAVEN, AND BEHOLD FROM THE HABITATION OF THY
HOLINESS AND OF THY GLORY: WHERE IS THY ZEAL AND THY STRENGTH, THE SOUNDING OF
THY BOWELS AND OF THY MERCIES TOWARD ME? ARE THEY RESTRAINED?
[Isaiah 63:16] DOUBTLESS THOU ART OUR FATHER, THOUGH ABRAHAM BE IGNORANT OF US,
AND ISRAEL ACKNOWLEDGE US NOT: THOU, O LORD, ART OUR FATHER, OUR REDEEMER; THY
NAME IS FROM EVERLASTING.
"THOUGH ABRAHAM BE IGNORANT OF US, AND
ISRAEL ACKNOWLEDGE US NOT": We do not act as our forefathers would have wanted
us to do and we do not merit to receive the blessings promised to them neither
do we fulfill the tasks they accepted upon themselves on our behalf. They would
be in their rights to disown us BUT even so God will not disown us.
Also we may not be recognized as the physical descendants of Abraham and Israel
even though that is what we feel ourselves to be and probably are. Even s, God
will help us.
God is our redeemer.
Even though we are or well may be the physical descendants of Abraham and Israel
that is not enough. We have to ask God for His mercy and forgiveness.
[Isaiah 63:17] O LORD, WHY HAST THOU MADE US TO ERR FROM THY WAYS, AND HARDENED
OUR HEART FROM THY FEAR? RETURN FOR THY SERVANTS' SAKE, THE TRIBES OF THINE
We are the tribes of Israel. We need to
feel the Divine Presence and return.
THE TRIBES OF THINE
INHERITANCE: The twelve Tribes of Israel: both "Joseph" and "Judah".
Return to acknowledge us and our Tribal ancestry.
[Isaiah 63:18] THE PEOPLE OF THY HOLINESS HAVE POSSESSED IT BUT A LITTLE WHILE:
OUR ADVERSARIES HAVE TRODDEN DOWN THY SANCTUARY.
The Holy Mountain and site of the Temple
is in the effective possession of the Muslims.
not allowed to go up there or pray there. The enemy possesses the Temple Mount
and defiles it. The Muslims dig up the temple Mount, they have a
school up there and public
lavoratories, they dig it up and
destroy remnants of the First and Second Temples. All the world backs them up in
these contemptible acts.
OUR ADVERSARIES HAVE TRODDEN DOWN THY SANCTUARY
[Isaiah 63:19] WE ARE THINE: THOU NEVER BAREST RULE OVER THEM; THEY WERE NOT
CALLED BY THY NAME.
Israel is the people of God. The
physical descendants of the Israelites are the chosen people. There is none
[Isaiah 64:1] OH THAT THOU WOULDEST REND THE HEAVENS, THAT THOU WOULDEST COME
DOWN, THAT THE MOUNTAINS MIGHT FLOW DOWN AT THY PRESENCE,
Isaiah continues his message from the
last chapter. If only God would show Himself then nobody would doubt or rebel
[Isaiah 64:2] AS WHEN THE MELTING FIRE BURNETH, THE FIRE CAUSETH THE WATERS TO
BOIL, TO MAKE THY NAME KNOWN TO THINE ADVERSARIES, THAT THE NATIONS MAY TREMBLE
AT THY PRESENCE!
[Isaiah 64:3] WHEN THOU DIDST TERRIBLE THINGS WHICH WE LOOKED NOT FOR, THOU
CAMEST DOWN, THE MOUNTAINS FLOWED DOWN AT THY PRESENCE.
[Isaiah 64:4] FOR SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD MEN HAVE NOT HEARD, NOR
PERCEIVED BY THE EAR, NEITHER HATH THE EYE SEEN, O GOD, BESIDE THEE, WHAT HE
HATH PREPARED FOR HIM THAT WAITETH FOR HIM.
as nobody has seen that which God has prepared for the righteous in the
Afterlife. Also only they who have learnt
of Israel have ever received a glimpse of the Ultimate Truth.
[Isaiah 64:5] THOU MEETEST HIM THAT REJOICETH AND WORKETH RIGHTEOUSNESS, THOSE
THAT REMEMBER THEE IN THY WAYS: BEHOLD, THOU ART WROTH; FOR WE HAVE SINNED: IN
THOSE IS CONTINUANCE, AND WE SHALL BE SAVED.
[Isaiah 64:6] BUT WE ARE ALL AS AN UNCLEAN THING, AND ALL OUR RIGHTEOUSNESSES
ARE AS FILTHY RAGS; AND WE ALL DO FADE AS A LEAF; AND OUR INIQUITIES, LIKE THE
WIND, HAVE TAKEN US AWAY.
[Isaiah 64:7] AND THERE IS NONE THAT CALLETH UPON THY NAME, THAT STIRRETH UP
HIMSELF TO TAKE HOLD OF THEE: FOR THOU HAST HID THY FACE FROM US, AND HAST
CONSUMED US, BECAUSE OF OUR INIQUITIES.
This verse tells us that God has hidden
His face from us and we are in danger of losing. If however we overcome and
"take hold" of God He will save us.
[Isaiah 64:8] BUT NOW, O LORD, THOU ART OUR FATHER; WE ARE THE CLAY, AND THOU
OUR POTTER; AND WE ALL ARE THE WORK OF THY HAND.
God is our father. He is the potter who
forms us according to His will. Every living being is created with the basic
constituency most suited to itself as it itself would want if it knew the
options and task laid upon each option.
[Isaiah 64:9] BE NOT WROTH VERY SORE, O LORD, NEITHER REMEMBER INIQUITY FOR
EVER: BEHOLD, SEE, WE BESEECH THEE, WE ARE ALL THY PEOPLE.
We have to realize all the time that we
are His people and endeavor to act accordingly.
[Isaiah 64:10] THY HOLY CITIES ARE A WILDERNESS, ZION IS A WILDERNESS,
JERUSALEM A DESOLATION.
God wants the cities of Israel and
especially Jerusalem to be built up and inhabited with Israelites.
[Isaiah 64:11] OUR HOLY AND OUR BEAUTIFUL HOUSE, WHERE OUR FATHERS PRAISED
THEE, IS BURNED UP WITH FIRE: AND ALL OUR PLEASANT THINGS ARE LAID WASTE.
The Temple is still in ruins. Every
descendant of Israel is responsible for the Temple and should strive to rebuild
[Isaiah 64:12] WILT THOU REFRAIN THYSELF FOR THESE THINGS, O LORD? WILT THOU
HOLD THY PEACE, AND AFFLICT US VERY SORE?
Even if we are not aware of it our soul
is afflicted as long as the cities of Ancient Israel are not settled by
Israelites. The world is not as it should be as long as the Temple is not
[Isaiah 65:1] I AM SOUGHT OF THEM THAT ASKED NOT FOR ME; I AM FOUND OF THEM
THAT SOUGHT ME NOT: I SAID, BEHOLD ME, BEHOLD ME, UNTO A NATION THAT WAS NOT
CALLED BY MY NAME.
Referring to the Lost Ten Tribes.
A NATION THAT WAS NOT CALLED BY MY NAME: This must mean "Joseph" i.e. the Lost
Ten Tribes since the Jews of Judah are recognized as the People of God: They may
not always act accordingly but nevertheless they are recognized as the People of
the Book whereas "Joseph" is not so recognized.
[Isaiah 65:2] I HAVE SPREAD OUT MY HANDS ALL THE DAY UNTO A REBELLIOUS PEOPLE,
WHICH WALKETH IN A WAY THAT WAS NOT GOOD, AFTER THEIR OWN THOUGHTS;
"ALL THE DAY": God is calling us all the
[Isaiah 65:3] A PEOPLE THAT PROVOKETH ME TO ANGER CONTINUALLY TO MY FACE; THAT
SACRIFICETH IN GARDENS, AND BURNETH INCENSE UPON ALTARS OF BRICK;
GARDENS, i.e. groves as the ancient
Druids used to do.
[Isaiah 65:4] WHICH REMAIN AMONG THE GRAVES, AND LODGE IN THE MONUMENTS, WHICH
EAT SWINE"S FLESH, AND BROTH OF ABOMINABLE THINGS IS IN THEIR VESSELS;
"LODGE IN THE MONUMENTS": the word
translated as "monuments" is "natzurim",
literally (perhaps) "covered up places". The word "Natzurim"
however is linked with a type of worship that once prevailed amongst the ancient
Israelites. This is connected to Christianity and indications that the prophets
foresaw that the Lost Ten Tribes would be Christians in the End Times. This is
explained in detail in our work "Ephraim", chapter nine.
[Isaiah 65:5] WHICH SAY, STAND BY THYSELF, COME NOT NEAR TO ME; FOR I AM HOLIER
THAN THOU. THESE ARE A SMOKE IN MY NOSE, A FIRE THAT BURNETH ALL THE DAY.
[Isaiah 65:6] BEHOLD, IT IS WRITTEN BEFORE ME: I WILL NOT KEEP SILENCE, BUT
WILL RECOMPENSE, EVEN RECOMPENSE INTO THEIR BOSOM,
[Isaiah 65:7] YOUR INIQUITIES, AND THE INIQUITIES OF YOUR FATHERS TOGETHER,
SAITH THE LORD, WHICH HAVE BURNED INCENSE UPON THE MOUNTAINS, AND BLASPHEMED ME
UPON THE HILLS: THEREFORE WILL I MEASURE THEIR FORMER WORK INTO THEIR
[Isaiah 65:8] THUS SAITH THE LORD, AS THE NEW WINE IS FOUND IN THE CLUSTER, AND
ONE SAITH, DESTROY IT NOT; FOR A BLESSING IS IN IT: SO WILL I DO FOR MY
SERVANTS' SAKES, THAT I MAY NOT DESTROY THEM ALL.
[Isaiah 65:9] AND I WILL BRING FORTH A SEED OUT OF JACOB, AND OUT OF JUDAH AN
INHERITOR OF MY MOUNTAINS: AND MINE ELECT SHALL INHERIT IT, AND MY SERVANTS
SHALL DWELL THERE.
"A SEED OUT OF JACOB, AND OUT OF JUDAH AN INHERITOR", i.e. the Lost Ten Tribes
and Judah together.
[Isaiah 65:10] AND SHARON SHALL BE A FOLD OF FLOCKS, AND THE VALLEY OF ACHOR A
PLACE FOR THE HERDS TO LIE DOWN IN, FOR MY PEOPLE THAT HAVE SOUGHT ME.
[Isaiah 65:11] BUT YE ARE THEY THAT FORSAKE THE LORD, THAT FORGET MY HOLY
MOUNTAIN, THAT PREPARE A TABLE FOR THAT TROOP, AND THAT FURNISH THE DRINK
OFFERING UNTO THAT NUMBER.
"THAT FORGET MY HOLY MOUNTAIN" i.e.
Israelites who abandoned the Temple in Jerusalem and everything connected with
"PREPARE A TABLE FOR THAT TROOP": The word translated as "Troop" is Gad. Gad was
the name of an Israelite Tribe. It also can mean "luck". It can also connote a
particular pagan deity. The Medieval Commentator
quotes ("Safer HaShorashim")
another authority (Rabbi Moshe Cohen) as saying that "Gad" was the name given by
the Arabs to the planet Jupiter. Gad could be
"God" and is the source of the word "god" in English.
AND THAT FURNISH THE DRINK OFFERING UNTO THAT NUMBER.
"NUMBER": in Hebrew "Mani"
which was also the name of a god, i.e. they were preparing a table for the god
"Gad" and drink for the god "Mani".
Cf. Alexander Hislop,
"The Two Babylons",
<<The name of the Lord Moon in the East seems to have been
for this appears the most natural interpretation of the Divine statement in
11, "But ye are they that forsake my holy mountain, that prepare a temple for
Gad, and that furnish the drink-offering unto
There is reason to believe that Gad refers to the sun-god, and that
in like manner designates the moon-divinity.
signifies "The Numberer,"
and it is by the changes of the moon that the months are numbered: Psalm
19, "He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun
the time of its going down." The name of the "Man of the Moon," or the god who
presided over that luminary among the Saxons, was Man" as given in the "Edda",
in the "Voluspa."
That it was the birth of the "Lord Moon" that was celebrated among our ancestors
at Christmas, we have remarkable evidence in the name that is still given in the
lowlands of Scotland to the feast on the last day of the year, which seems to be
a remnant of the old birth festival for the cakes then made are called N"-cakes,
or Birth-cakes. That name is
Hogmanay. Now, "Hog-Manai"
signifies "The feast of the
Numberer;" in other words, the
festival of Deus Lunus,
or of the man of the Moon. To show the connection between country and country,
and the inveterate endurance of old customs, it is worthy of remark that Jerome,
commenting on the very words of Isaiah already quoted, about spreading "a table
for Gad," and "pouring out a drink-offering to
observes that it "was the custom so late as his time [in the fourth century], in
all cities especially in Egypt and at Alexandria, to set tables, and furnish
them with various luxurious articles of food, and with goblets containing a
mixture of new wine, on the last day of the month and the year, and that the
people drew omens from them in respect of the fruitfulness of the year." The
Egyptian year began at a different time from ours; but this is as near as
possible (only substituting whisky for wine), the way in which
is still observed on the last day of the last month of our year in Scotland. I
do not know that any omens are drawn from anything that takes place at that
time, but everybody in the south of Scotland is personally
of the fact, that, on Hogmanay,
or the evening before New Year's day, among those who observe old customs, a
table is spread, and that while buns and other dainties are provided by those
who can afford them, oat cakes and cheese are brought forth among those who
never see oat cakes but on this occasion, and that strong drink forms an
essential article of the provision.
We see from the quote of Hislop
that the worship of Mani
amongst the Scandinavians (Edda),
Saxons and Scottish as well as amongst other peoples.
followers of Jesus were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:26) in
Before that time they had been known as Nazarenes which in the Middle East is
pronounced the same as, or at least very similarly to, "Nosairi".
In local Arabic the very name "Nosairi"
is a diminutive for Christian!
Verses in Isaiah indicate that the
exiled Israelites will be
adherents of a form of worship whose ideas
those later adopted by mainstream Christianity:
Isaiah 49:6 " ..Raise up the Tribes
of Jacob and the preserved [Hebrew: "Notseri"]
of Israel to return for I have given you as a light unto the Gentiles for my
salvation to reach unto the ends of the earth.
The word "NOTSERI"
(translated in the KJ above as "Preserved") also connotes "enclosed" or "locked
away", sometimes it is translated as "watchman"..In
the verse above "notseri
of Israel" refers to the Ten
Tribes. As indicated the name "Notseri"
hints at a form of Hebraised
semi-pagan religion which may then have been extant and from which one form of
Christianity may have developed. In Hebrew "Notsri"
was the name given to a Christian and is derived from the appellation they
called themselves in the beginning. Whatever one thinks of Christianity, this
interpretation and related expressions indicate that the Lost Ten Tribes at the
time of their return (or just before it) will be
a form of Christianity.
HEBREW VERBAL ROOTS: In Hebrew every
single word may be considered as derived from a verbal root of three letters.
All words based on the same three letters in the same order are assumed to have
a similar internal meaning. The root "n-ts-r"
is that from which the word "notsri"
meaning Christian is derived allegedly in
(Nazareth) which was considered the home-town of Jesus. It was suggested above
had previously been the name for a type of religious practice ultimately perhaps
derivable from the Lost Ten Tribes.
The above mentioned words "Nosairi",
and so on (though transliterated differently) all are based on the same Semitic
THE MEANING OF THE HEBREW ROOT "N-ts-r".
and its derivatives generally connotes preservation or guarding. The sprig
(shoot) of a young tree is called a "n-ts-r"
since it preserves and continues qualities of the parent. "N-ts-r"
may therefore be applied to an heir or descendant.
A rod will come forth from Jesse and a
(English: "branch") shall grow out of his roots (Isaiah 11:1); meaning the
future Messiah who will be a descendant of David son of Jesse.
Isaiah (ch.19) speaks of
whose name is translated as "Lucifer, son of the morning". Whoever this person
was, or will be, his image seems to be based upon that either of the King of
or of the King of Babylon. This man (i.e. "Lucifer") claimed to be like God
(Isaiah 19:13-14) yet he will be thrown out of his grave like an abominable "NeTSeR"
(English: "branch" , Isaiah 14;19)*k.
There was a god named "Netser"
worshipped by the Ancient Israelites. An inscription from about 750 BCE
concerning this god has been found east of the Jordan in what was the former
territory of Gad. Netser
is described as descending to hell. The inscription is in a mixed
dialect. It is described and translated in the book "Ephraim".
The Children of Israel in the
future will be the "NeTSeR"
"branch") of God's planting (Isaiah 60;21).
God promises that the Tribes of
Jacob (according to the context, meaning the Lost Ten Tribes in their places of
exile) will be raised up, and the "NaTSuRi"
(English: "preserved") of Israel restored; they shall
be a light to the gentiles and salvation unto the end
of the earth (Isaiah 49:6).
Isaiah, chapter 65, speaks mainly
concerning the Ten Lost Tribes.
"I was sought of them that asked
not for me; I made myself found to those who did not request me; I said, I am
here, I am here, to a people who did not call my name (Isaiah 65:1).
"I spread my hand out all day long
to a deviating people (65;2)
"...a people who were angering
me...sacrificing in the gardens and offering incense...(65:3).
"Which remain among the graves
and lodge in NoTSRim
[English (KJ): "Monuments(*l)] who eat the flesh of swine and dishes made of
[i.e. non kosher] meat..(Isaiah
Isaiah continues his
description and depicts the northern Ten
as eating bread and wine in a religious ceremony:
" ...for the sake of my
servant I will not destroy all of them (Isaiah 65;8).
"I will bring seed out of
Jacob and an inheritor of my mountains from Judah and he who is my chosen
will inherit them and my servant shall inhabit
" And you who abandoned The
LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who lay out a table for God (*) and for
fill the glass with consecrated wine
Isaiah, Chapter 66, is addressed
to, and speaks of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, the Jews of Judah, individual
Jews and Israelites whose ancestors were assimilated amongst the Gentiles, and
the Gentiles themselves.
The root "n-ts-r"
as mentioned connotes preservation and lends itself to the formation of words
that are somehow connected with each other. Amongst these words is the Hebrew "notser"
applied in the sense of "guard" or "watchman" since both are occupied with
Jeremiah (31:6) later again talks of "Notsrim"
and in this case both the
simple sense of the passage as well as the opinion of most major
commentators (e.g. Yehonathan,
etc.) says that those spoken of are the exiled of Israel. Jeremiah predicts that
these Lost Israelite "NoTSRim"
(English: "watchmen") upon the mount of Ephraim,
"Shall cry, Arise ye, and let us
go up to Zion unto the LORD our God" (Jeremiah 31:6).
The only Commentator who does not think
that this verse refers to the
returnees of Israel is Don Isaac
Abarbanel (1437-1508) who
interprets it differently. Even so, the opinion of Don
is interesting since he also suggests that the word "Notsrim"
used here refers to members of the Christian faith as it was received by the
Romans of old:
"The Prophet foresaw through
Divine Inspiration that the Roman descendants of Edom would believe [in that
faith] and therefore they would be called by name Notsrim"30.
therefore at least supports our opinion that the appellation "Notsrim"
was used by the prophets as referring to Christians.
The name "Notsrim"
and its derivatives was later applied to the
Christians who at least superficially held parallel notions.
References in Isaiah (and Jeremiah") to "Notsrim"
in connection with the Lost Israelites together with other passages also in
Isaiah (such as described religious practices, etc.) leave room to suppose
that the Lost Ten Tribes right up unto the End Times will be of a Christian
persuasion and therefore must be searched for amongst the "Christian" nations.
The fact is that the Lost Ten Tribes are amongst these peoples so why should the
prophets have not mentioned it"
[Isaiah 65:12] THEREFORE WILL I NUMBER YOU TO THE SWORD, AND YE SHALL ALL BOW
DOWN TO THE SLAUGHTER: BECAUSE WHEN I CALLED, YE DID NOT ANSWER; WHEN I SPAKE,
YE DID NOT HEAR; BUT DID EVIL BEFORE MINE EYES, AND DID CHOOSE THAT WHEREIN I
[Isaiah 65:13] THEREFORE THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD, BEHOLD, MY SERVANTS SHALL
EAT, BUT YE SHALL BE HUNGRY: BEHOLD, MY SERVANTS SHALL DRINK, BUT YE SHALL BE
THIRSTY: BEHOLD, MY SERVANTS SHALL REJOICE, BUT YE SHALL BE ASHAMED:
[Isaiah 65:14] BEHOLD, MY SERVANTS SHALL SING FOR JOY OF HEART, BUT YE SHALL
CRY FOR SORROW OF HEART, AND SHALL HOWL FOR VEXATION OF SPIRIT.
[Isaiah 65:15] AND YE SHALL LEAVE YOUR NAME FOR A CURSE UNTO MY CHOSEN: FOR THE
LORD GOD SHALL SLAY THEE, AND CALL HIS SERVANTS BY ANOTHER NAME:
[Isaiah 65:16] THAT HE WHO BLESSETH HIMSELF IN THE EARTH SHALL BLESS HIMSELF IN
THE GOD OF TRUTH; AND HE THAT SWEARETH IN THE EARTH SHALL SWEAR BY THE GOD OF
TRUTH; BECAUSE THE FORMER TROUBLES ARE FORGOTTEN, AND BECAUSE THEY ARE HID FROM
[Isaiah 65:17] FOR, BEHOLD, I CREATE NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH: AND THE
FORMER SHALL NOT BE REMEMBERED, NOR COME INTO MIND.
[Isaiah 65:18] BUT BE YE GLAD AND REJOICE FOR EVER IN THAT WHICH I CREATE: FOR,
BEHOLD, I CREATE JERUSALEM A REJOICING, AND HER PEOPLE A JOY.
[Isaiah 65:19] AND I WILL REJOICE IN JERUSALEM, AND JOY IN MY PEOPLE: AND THE
VOICE OF WEEPING SHALL BE NO MORE HEARD IN HER, NOR THE VOICE OF CRYING.
[Isaiah 65:20] THERE SHALL BE NO MORE THENCE AN INFANT OF DAYS, NOR AN OLD MAN
THAT HATH NOT FILLED HIS DAYS: FOR THE CHILD SHALL DIE AN HUNDRED YEARS OLD; BUT
THE SINNER BEING AN HUNDRED YEARS OLD SHALL BE ACCURSED.
[Isaiah 65:21] AND THEY SHALL BUILD HOUSES, AND INHABIT THEM; AND THEY SHALL
PLANT VINEYARDS, AND EAT THE FRUIT OF THEM.
[Isaiah 65:22] THEY SHALL NOT BUILD, AND ANOTHER INHABIT; THEY SHALL NOT PLANT,
AND ANOTHER EAT: FOR AS THE DAYS OF A TREE ARE THE DAYS OF MY PEOPLE, AND MINE
ELECT SHALL LONG ENJOY THE WORK OF THEIR HANDS.
[Isaiah 65:23] THEY SHALL NOT LABOUR IN VAIN, NOR BRING FORTH FOR TROUBLE; FOR
THEY ARE THE SEED OF THE BLESSED OF THE LORD, AND THEIR OFFSPRING WITH THEM.
[Isaiah 65:24] AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT BEFORE THEY CALL, I WILL ANSWER;
AND WHILE THEY ARE YET SPEAKING, I WILL HEAR.
[Isaiah 65:25] THE WOLF AND THE LAMB SHALL FEED TOGETHER, AND THE LION SHALL
EAT STRAW LIKE THE BULLOCK: AND DUST SHALL BE THE SERPENT'S MEAT. THEY SHALL NOT
HURT NOR DESTROY IN ALL MY HOLY MOUNTAIN, SAITH THE LORD.
"THE WOLF AND THE LAMB SHALL FEED
TOGETHER": Some say this is literal that the nature of man and beast will
change. Others say it is allegorical and refers to an improved state in human
[Isaiah 65:25] THE WOLF AND THE LAMB SHALL FEED TOGETHER, AND THE LION SHALL EAT
STRAW LIKE THE BULLOCK: AND DUST SHALL BE THE SERPENT'S MEAT. THEY SHALL NOT
HURT NOR DESTROY IN ALL MY HOLY MOUNTAIN, SAITH THE LORD.
"THE WOLF AND THE LAMB SHALL FEED
TOGETHER": Some say this is literal that the nature of man and beast will
change. Others say it is allegorical and refers to an improved state in human
Similarly we had a similar verse
[Isaiah 11:6] THE WOLF SHALL DWELL WITH THE LAMB, AND THE LEOPARD SHALL LIE DOWN
WITH THE KID, AND THE CALF AND THE LION AND THE FATLING TOGETHER, AND A LITTLE
CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM.
"THE WOLF SHALL DWELL WITH THE LAMB": Some take this literally. Others see it as a
metaphor meaning that things will be better and there will be peace on
earth: No more war, oppression, or violence.
It is worth quoting
(1135-1204 CE) on this passage:
[Free Translation] <<Do not imagine that in the Times of the Messiah anything of
this world will be abolished or that anything new will occur in the way of
creation. On the contrary the world will continue as it always has done. That
which it says in Isaiah
"THE WOLF AND THE LAMB SHALL FEED TOGETHER" [Isaiah 11:6] is a parable and
allegory. The truth of the matter is that Israel will be settled securely
alongside the evildoers of the world who are compared to a wolf and a leopard,
as it says,
"A WOLF OF THE EVENINGS SHALL SPOIL THEM, A LEOPARD SHALL WATCH OVER THEIR
CITIES" [Jeremiah 5:6]. Everyone of them will return to the true faith. They
will not steal or destroy but rather eat permitted food with Israel. As it
" THE LION SHALL EAT STRAW LIKE THE OX" [Isaiah 11:7]. Similarly everything
said in connection with these matters concerning the Messiah are parables. In
the Times of the Messiah it will be made known to all what subject each parable
was referring to and what was hinted about it. (Maimonides,
Torah, Laws of Kings, Chapter 12, Halachah 1).
[Isaiah 66:1] THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE HEAVEN IS MY THRONE, AND THE EARTH IS MY
FOOTSTOOL: WHERE IS THE HOUSE THAT YE BUILD UNTO ME? AND WHERE IS THE PLACE OF
God wants us to endeavor to rebuild the
Temple as numerous verses indicate BUT He does not want us to forget the major
principle: We must give our heart to God.
[Isaiah 66:2] FOR ALL THOSE THINGS HATH MINE HAND MADE, AND ALL THOSE THINGS
HAVE BEEN, SAITH THE LORD: BUT TO THIS MAN WILL I LOOK, EVEN TO HIM THAT IS POOR
AND OF A CONTRITE SPIRIT, AND TREMBLETH AT MY WORD.
God made the heavens and earth and all
that is in it. Man can remake himself, improve himself, subdue his nature and
commit himself to God as an offering: Man can thus give something of himself
back to God.
[Isaiah 66:3] HE THAT KILLETH AN OX IS AS IF HE SLEW A MAN; HE THAT SACRIFICETH
A LAMB, AS IF HE CUT OFF A DOG'S NECK; HE THAT OFFERETH AN OBLATION, AS IF HE
OFFERED SWINE'S BLOOD; HE THAT BURNETH INCENSE, AS IF HE BLESSED AN IDOL. YEA,
THEY HAVE CHOSEN THEIR OWN WAYS, AND THEIR SOUL DELIGHTETH IN THEIR
If someone offers sacrifices but does
not fear God it is as if they sinned rather than did a good deed. God wants
righteous behavior and good intention. He also wants sacrifices but righteous
behavior and good intention take priority.
[Isaiah 66:4] I ALSO WILL CHOOSE THEIR DELUSIONS, AND WILL BRING THEIR FEARS
UPON THEM; BECAUSE WHEN I CALLED, NONE DID ANSWER; WHEN I SPAKE, THEY DID NOT
HEAR: BUT THEY DID EVIL BEFORE MINE EYES, AND CHOSE THAT IN WHICH I DELIGHTED
Someone who disregards the will of God
is liable also to be disregarded when they need His help.
[Isaiah 66:5] HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD, YE THAT TREMBLE AT HIS WORD; YOUR
BRETHREN THAT HATED YOU, THAT CAST YOU OUT FOR MY NAME'S SAKE, SAID, LET THE
LORD BE GLORIFIED: BUT HE SHALL APPEAR TO YOUR JOY, AND THEY SHALL BE ASHAMED.
[Isaiah 66:6] A VOICE OF NOISE FROM THE CITY, A VOICE FROM THE TEMPLE, A VOICE
OF THE LORD THAT RENDERETH RECOMPENCE TO HIS ENEMIES.
God will take vengeance against those
who disregarded Him and against those who desecrated the Temple and Temple site.
[Isaiah 66:7] BEFORE SHE TRAVAILED, SHE BROUGHT FORTH; BEFORE HER PAIN CAME,
SHE WAS DELIVERED OF A MAN CHILD.
Zion will be delivered suddenly. There
will be no preparatory period warning of the approaching event as there is when
a woman gives birth.
[Isaiah 66:8] WHO HATH HEARD SUCH A THING? WHO HATH SEEN SUCH THINGS? SHALL THE
EARTH BE MADE TO BRING FORTH IN ONE DAY? OR SHALL A NATION BE BORN AT ONCE? FOR
AS SOON AS ZION TRAVAILED, SHE BROUGHT FORTH HER CHILDREN.
This may be referring to the return and
reconciliation with the Lost Ten Tribes and "Captive" Jews who were assimilated
amongst the nations. They will be revealed suddenly as to who they are and at
once accepted as if they had never been estranged.
[Isaiah 66:9] SHALL I BRING TO THE BIRTH, AND NOT CAUSE TO BRING FORTH" SAITH
THE LORD: SHALL I CAUSE TO BRING FORTH, AND SHUT THE WOMB? SAITH THY GOD.
Everything has a purpose. All that we do
is leading up to something. The Almighty has a PLAN and there is no reason why
at the last minute He should not complete his PURPOSE!
[Isaiah 66:10] REJOICE YE WITH JERUSALEM, AND BE GLAD WITH HER, ALL YE THAT
LOVE HER: REJOICE FOR JOY WITH HER, ALL YE THAT MOURN FOR HER:
Jerusalem represents re-union and
[Isaiah 66:11] THAT YE MAY SUCK, AND BE SATISFIED WITH THE BREASTS OF HER
CONSOLATIONS; THAT YE MAY MILK OUT, AND BE DELIGHTED WITH THE ABUNDANCE OF HER
We have to seek the good of Jerusalem
since this is the will of God and ultimately will be our good.
[Isaiah 66:12] FOR THUS SAITH THE LORD, BEHOLD, I WILL EXTEND PEACE TO HER LIKE
A RIVER, AND THE GLORY OF THE GENTILES LIKE A FLOWING STREAM: THEN SHALL YE
SUCK, YE SHALL BE BORNE UPON HER SIDES, AND BE DANDLED UPON HER KNEES.
"THE GLORY OF THE GENTILES": The word
translated here as "glory" is "kavod".
This usually means "honor" but Amos
points out that in Genesis 31;1 it means riches:
"AND HE HEARD THE WORDS OF
LABAN'S SONS, SAYING, JACOB HATH
TAKEN AWAY ALL THAT WAS OUR FATHER'S; AND OF THAT WHICH WAS OUR FATHER'S HATH HE
GOTTEN ALL THIS GLORY" [Genesis 31:1] .
"Glory" in Hebrew "kavod"
meaning wealth and riches in this case. Amos
(in the Commentary "Daat
explains the verse to mean that Jerusalem as the capital of the world will
receive the riches of the nations. This will come streaming unto her as a
[Isaiah 66:13] AS ONE WHOM HIS MOTHER COMFORTETH, SO WILL I COMFORT YOU; AND YE
SHALL BE COMFORTED IN JERUSALEM.
Through Jerusalem Israel will be
[Isaiah 66:14] AND WHEN YE SEE THIS, YOUR HEART SHALL REJOICE, AND YOUR BONES
SHALL FLOURISH LIKE AN HERB: AND THE HAND OF THE LORD SHALL BE KNOWN TOWARD HIS
SERVANTS, AND HIS INDIGNATION TOWARD HIS ENEMIES.
Those who believed in God and the Bible
and did the best they could will rejoice at the sight.
[Isaiah 66:15] FOR, BEHOLD, THE LORD WILL COME WITH FIRE, AND WITH HIS CHARIOTS
LIKE A WHIRLWIND, TO RENDER HIS ANGER WITH FURY, AND HIS REBUKE WITH FLAMES OF
[Isaiah 66:16] FOR BY FIRE AND BY HIS SWORD WILL THE LORD PLEAD WITH ALL FLESH:
AND THE SLAIN OF THE LORD SHALL BE MANY.
[Isaiah 66:17] THEY THAT SANCTIFY THEMSELVES, AND PURIFY THEMSELVES IN THE
GARDENS BEHIND ONE TREE IN THE MIDST, EATING SWINE'S FLESH, AND THE ABOMINATION,
AND THE MOUSE, SHALL BE CONSUMED TOGETHER, SAITH THE LORD.
"ONE TREE IN THE MIDST": In Hebrew it
only says: "Echad
i.e. "one transfixed" or "one crucified". The word "tree" used in the KJ
translation is not there in the Hebrew.
"THE MOUSE": in Hebrew "akbar"
which is mouse but it could also conceivably apply to porcupine or hedgehog.
These animals are still eaten by the
in Israel and the hedgehog was eaten in Scotland.
Isaiah (66;17) condemned pagan practitioners AMONGST THE EXILED ISRAELITES and
predicts that they will be rebuked: The eating of mice was practiced in the cult
of Apollo. This cult was adapted by the Greeks from the Hittites. It had
connections with the cities of
Philistia and with the Tribe of
Dan in Israel. Donald A.
MacKenzie ("Scottish Folk Lore
And Folk Life. Studies in Race, Culture, And Tradition", London & Glasgow, 1935)
traces the influence of the Apollo cult to Scotland. He reports an occasion when
the King of Alba (Scotland) forces his guests (Lugaid
and company) from Ireland to eat mice. The ingestion of the mice <takes the
place of the blood covenant which obtained in
and his men became "mouse brothers" to the king of Alba and his subjects. (MacKenzie
p.77). Isaiah linked swine with mice. In Scotland two different traditions
prevailed, one (like many of the Celts) regarded the pig as sacred while the
other considered it taboo and also usually avoided eating any of the animals
forbidden in the Mosaic Code.
Adapted from "Ephraim":
Crucifixion (a crucified god) was known to the ancient world and was an
attribute of several pagan deities4, such as
Classical Dictionary", 1788) stated that the Egyptian
was the model upon which the ritual mouse-eating cult of Apollo was based and
the same verse quoted from Isaiah mentions ritual eating of mice. Other
authorities point out that Osiris
was identified with Tammuz who was also known as Adonis. Ezekiel condemns the
women of Jerusalem for weeping for Tammuz, who (like other gods) had been
crucified and whose death and resurrection were celebrated every year.
Ezekiel 8;14: "AND HE BROUGHT ME TO THE
DOOR OF THE GATE OF THE LORD'S HOUSE, WHICH WAS TOWARDS THE NORTH; AND BEHOLD,
THERE SAT WOMEN WEEPING FOR TAMMUZ.
8;15 "AND THEN HE SAID UNTO ME, HAVE YOU
SEEN THIS, SON OF MAN" TURN YET AGAIN, AND YOU SHALL SEE GREATER ABOMINATIONS
In other words within the Land of Judah
at that time there existed a cult who worshipped a crucified god who died and
was resurrected. This cult was popular with women and had penetrated the Temple
precincts, which suggests a possible synthesis with Judaic beliefs and the
penetration of a pagan god who dies and is resurrected idea amongst more
susceptible elements of Judaic society.
What prevailed in Judah would also have held in northern Israel. Pagan gods
tended to acquire aspects of sun idols and their separate identities in the eyes
of devotees seem to have
intermerged so that one god would
become identifiable with aspects of another. The pagan world saw no problem in
synthesizing aspects of one idol with those of others. Plutarch said that Adonis
Dionysus (Bacchus) , whereas at Phoenician
Adonis was identified as Osiris5. Bacchus, Adonis, and Apollo were all said to
have been born in a cave6.
22,581) speaks of a cult of Tammuz-Adonis at Bethlehem7. Adonis (like
was depicted in some accounts as having been crucified as was
and Tammuz, though the latter two (Tammuz and
were more usually regarded as aspects of, and therefore identical with, Adonis8.
The names "Adonis" and "Iao"
are forms of appellations originally given by the Hebrews to God Himself! "Adon"
in Hebrew means, "master." The Phoenicians (Canaanites) called Tammuz "Adon."
The name is synonymous with the primary meaning of "Baal" which is, "lord."
is derived from the four-lettered name of God, which it was later forbidden to
utter since it was being misused.
and Adonis and all the rest were pagan synthetic cults that may have had Hebraic
origins or have been influenced by Hebrew practices!
[Isaiah 66:18] FOR I KNOW THEIR WORKS AND THEIR THOUGHTS: IT SHALL COME, THAT I
WILL GATHER ALL NATIONS AND TONGUES; AND THEY SHALL COME, AND SEE MY GLORY.
[Isaiah 66:19] AND I WILL SET A SIGN AMONG THEM, AND I WILL SEND THOSE THAT
ESCAPE OF THEM UNTO THE NATIONS, TO TARSHISH, PUL, AND LUD, THAT DRAW THE BOW,
TO TUBAL, AND JAVAN, TO THE ISLES AFAR OFF, THAT HAVE NOT HEARD MY FAME, NEITHER
HAVE SEEN MY GLORY; AND THEY SHALL DECLARE MY GLORY AMONG THE GENTILES.
Isaiah is referring to the exiled who
were scattered out of Judah or to the Lost Ten Tribes or to some future
scattering of Israelites. This may be seen from the context of the verses that
precede this one and those that follow.
originally Spain, and probably also Gaul and Britain. Later applied to Atlantic
area in general including North America.
some say Poland and the Ukraine. If so, the reference is to Judah many of whom
dwelt in those areas for a very long time and on the whole suffered greatly
there whilst reaching a high stage of religious and spiritual development at
- Lydia in Anatolia (present day Turkey) but one Irish account traces their
ancestors to Lydia.
"THAT DRAW THE BOW", "Moshkei-keshet"
identified by some with the Scythians. Red Indians"
an area north of Syria, also identified with areas in Russia and with Spain. The
says that Tubal
here means England but I fail to see his reasoning or the source he uses.
is Greece but descendants of
Yavan were also to be found
elsewhere. Craig White (based on ancient
other sources) identified the people of southern France as descendants of
"TO THE ISLES AFAR OFF", The British Isles"
[Isaiah 66:20] AND THEY SHALL BRING ALL YOUR BRETHREN FOR AN OFFERING UNTO THE
LORD OUT OF ALL NATIONS UPON HORSES, AND IN CHARIOTS, AND IN LITTERS, AND UPON
MULES, AND UPON SWIFT BEASTS, TO MY HOLY MOUNTAIN JERUSALEM, SAITH THE LORD, AS
THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BRING AN OFFERING IN A CLEAN VESSEL INTO THE HOUSE OF THE
[Isaiah 66:21] AND I WILL ALSO TAKE OF THEM FOR PRIESTS AND FOR LEVITES, SAITH
Abarbanel (1437-1509): <<From those Childen of Israel who will be brought from distant lands, who were immersed among the
Gentiles and intermixed with them. From these Israelites will also be taken
individuals for Priests and Levites. These will be they who [originally]
came from Priestly and Levitical families. It will not matter if they had once been sold as slaves and against
their will had become Gentiles. How will it be known what family they came from?
Doubtless it will be through Divine Inspiration as predicted by Malachi: "AND HE
SHALL SIT AS A REFINER AND PURIFIER OF SILVER: AND HE SHALL PURIFY THE SONS OF
LEVI, AND PURGE THEM AS GOLD AND SILVER, THAT THEY MAY OFFER UNTO THE LORD AN
OFFERING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS.
"THEN SHALL THE OFFERING OF JUDAH AND JERUSALEM BE PLEASANT UNTO THE LORD, AS IN
THE DAYS OF OLD, AND AS IN FORMER YEARS" : [Malachi 3:3-4].
Note the Talmud also says:
"Said Rabbi Hama
When God decides to let it be known who belongs to which Tribe, he clarifies
firstly who belongs to the Tribe of Levi, as it says, "And he shall sit as a
refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi..."
(Malachi 3;3); (Talmud,
"In the days of the Messianic King: When his kingdom shall be settled and all of
Israel gather unto him, he shall then give the Tribal-genealogy of each one. He
shall do this through Divine inspiration. As it says, HE SHALL SIT AS A REFINER
AND PURIFIER (Malachi 3:3). He will purify the Tribe of Levi
it says, "Till there be stood up a priest with
and with Thumim"
(Ezra 2;63). He gives the genealogy of Israel only concerning which tribe each
one belongs to.." (Maimonides,
Torah, The Laws of Kings, ch.
(1040-1105): << "AND I WILL ALSO TAKE OF THEM FOR PRIESTS" [Isaiah 66:21]: He
will take from the peoples who bring them [i.e. the Children of Israel] back
and from those [Israelites] who are brought back as Priests and
At present these have been forcibly assimilated amongst the Gentiles. Before me
[i.e. God] it is clear those amongst them who are Priests and Levites. I will
separate them out and they will serve before me, says God. Where did God first
speak of this" "THE SECRET THINGS BELONG UNTO THE LORD OUR GOD" [Deuteronomy
29:29] This is what is explained in the
Note: These sources are speaking from the orientation of Judah. The British and
Americans were responsible in some degree for enabling the return of Jews to the
land of Israel. They were the ones who can be described as "Gentiles" who
brought "Israel" (i.e. the Jews in this case) back and from them too will
Priests and Levites be chosen out.
[Isaiah 66:22] FOR AS THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH, WHICH I WILL MAKE,
SHALL REMAIN BEFORE ME, SAITH THE LORD, SO SHALL YOUR SEED AND YOUR NAME REMAIN.
Israel and Judah will always exist and
[Isaiah 66:23] AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT FROM ONE NEW MOON TO ANOTHER,
AND FROM ONE SABBATH TO ANOTHER, SHALL ALL FLESH COME TO WORSHIP BEFORE ME,
SAITH THE LORD.
Pesikta Rabati:abg <<"SHALL ALL FLESH COME TO WORSHIP BEFORE ME", "Even Gentiles, but not all
Gentiles; rather only those who did not oppress Israel [the Jews] will be
received by the Messiah".
[Isaiah 66:24] AND THEY SHALL GO FORTH, AND LOOK UPON THE CARCASES OF THE MEN
THAT HAVE TRANSGRESSED AGAINST ME: FOR THEIR WORM SHALL NOT DIE, NEITHER SHALL
THEIR FIRE BE QUENCHED; AND THEY SHALL BE AN ABHORRING UNTO ALL FLESH.
say that this is referring to a future punishment to befall the wicked after the
of the Dead. This is beyond our sphere.
Our Preliminary Study Of Isaiah is