VBC – Sunday Evening 8-12-18
Take your bibles if you would go with me to Isaiah chapter 2 Isaiah chapter 2 you are in for a blessing because I want you to know that Jesus has it all under control. You might not know this but the god of Heaven is at work and will be at work. Look at how they achieve to in verse 1 he is talkin to the nation of Judah and the City of Jerusalem Mark that in your Bible always though who he's talkin to but here's the beautiful thing. Here's what's happening the nation of Judah, uh Israel also, but we're told he's talkin to Judah right now. They have forgotten their God. They have forgotten their purpose.
They're totally off track. They have lost the focus that the gospel was supposed to be so powerful in Jerusalem, and I'm one of the Jewish people that would have spread to the entire world. They forgotten that so in the these three chapters that were going to look at two three and four that we're going to look at today.
Here's what's going to happen. The first thing is. God's going to make it real clear things aren't over the world's not I control God's in charge and he is going to raise Jerusalem. He's going to put his Temple above all the other mountains above all the other gods. He is going to say there's only one God.
He's the real God at Jerusalem is going to become the center of the universe and then he's going to say but you guys are ready for that to get ready for that. He is going to have to clean you. You are not his people. You don't live like his people. You don't honor him like you his people so God is going to put them through a purging and he's going to shake them until they get right and can be used like that.
And then after that he's going to take a knock away everything they trust but the for the chapters are over tonight, they will have nothing they can lean on nothing they can trust. Because you can't get saved until you get to the bottom because you can't get saved to you realize you don't have the power.
You're not good enough and you can't bring it about and then the branch will show up in the branch is Jesus. That old that old stop a left there that looks like it's dead of Israel and Judah. It looks like God's plan has failed. It. Looks like God's got a clean out and start over but when he chops it down a branch will come up out of that and that branch is Jesus.
So you're in the book of Isaiah and you're looking and studying about Jesus in verse 1 you marked it. I'm sure Judah and Jerusalem. He's speaking to Judah and Jerusalem, but this sure works for us. Because we realize that God told his people he's under he's in charge. We realize that God said I still have a plan.
I'm still working. My plan. You don't have to worry things are going to happen read with me if you would Isaiah chapter 2 and verse to get in your Bible Isaiah chapter 2 and verse 2. This is the future of the house of God the Temple look at what it says and it shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the Lord's House.
Shall be established in the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills and All Nations shall flow unto it thou hear what you do get you Bible. You need a paper Bible. You need to make some notes. You need to kind of study the stuff underlined the last days in verse 2. We're in the last days by the way.
We're in those last days. The Bible said when Peterson said we're there so we've been there about two thousand years. So we're in the last of the last. Of the last days and he said in the last days, here's what God was going to do and in the Bible terms of the gods are in the mountains. It's like God's high and lifted up.
And so there's a term. It's not a literal Mountain here because this was not got that high mountains there. But the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains exalted above all the hills and I want you to last all nations. Shall flow unto It All Nations shall flow into all of a sudden and it's an interesting word.
They're gonna flow to it. It's on a top of a hill. It's on the top of a mountain you things don't flow uphill but when you got almighty God attracting he can pull people from anywhere and everywhere and they're coming to him. Look if you would at chapter 2 and verse 3, uh, Things are drastically changing in this picture and many people shall go and say come let's go to the mountain of the Lord to the house of the god of Jacob.
He will teach us and we will walk in his ways all of a sudden these Jews. That haven't been going out and telling the truth. And if you recall back over in the Book of Revelation, 144,000 young men are going to be called to care of the Gospel around the world and they're going to be getting everything ready to set up this very Kingdom.
We're talkin about they're going to go out to come on you can be taught and then it says out of Zion shall go forth. The law you saw on that out of sign all of a sudden Jerusalem will be used again. And the word of the Lord will go out of Jerusalem. The war will be over when this happens. It's the end of the person of the tribulation period were moving into the millennial Kingdom and look what it says in Chapter 2 and verse 4 and he that's Jesus shall judge among the Nations and shall rebuke many people and they will beat their swords into plowshares and their Spears into pruning hooks Nation shall not lift up sword against Nation.
Neither. Shall they learn War anymore now, that's nothing happened since I've been alive. Since I've been alive we've been in one war to another War always talkin about Ward if we're in a war we're talkin about getting out of that war so we can get another word to talk about getting out of and that's what's going on with this coming a time when Jesus Will Rule and Reign and when they will learn war no more.
This is the establishing of God's Kingdom. So you understand Jesus died on the cross. Jesus was buried Jesus ascended in rose a rose from the dead and ascended into heaven and we've been around here about 2,000 years teaching and preaching the gospel and the grace and and we are not going to get the job done as a church.
We're going to do the best job we can we won't get the job done. And Jesus is going to pull us out of the way. He's going to take us up into heaven. He's gonna wake up the nation of Israel and the nation of alistel is going to become the craziest greatest. So when enforce you've ever seen Book of Revelation 144,000 go spread across the globe people are going to be getting saved.
Jerusalem will have the temple rebuilt and God will raise the temple up so that everybody knows you don't go to Buddha. You don't go to Islam you go to Jerusalem because that's where the god of Heaven is at work and they're going to go there Evangelistic going everywhere. What I want you to take away from these first verses and you can know this God still in charge.
Can I get an amen right there the world may reject him, but he has a plan and he is working his plan and we get to know what it is and that amazing in 2018 sitting here where there's no Temple and there's no big thing about Jerusalem in the world doesn't seem to be doing a I got the book of Isaiah God's telling me what he's doing but in chapter 1 remember how many was.
He said I'm a judge sin. Well, Israel's not ready for that to happen. This was not ready for this was not ready for Jesus. It was not ready for to be the center of the world Jerusalem's not ready to be lifted up like that and they need to know it's not them and their goodness, it's God and so what's he going to do he's going to purge them he is going to prepare that they should look at chapter 2 and verse 12.
You got your Bible chapter 2 and verse 4 the day of the Lord of hosts. Shall be upon every one that's proud and lofty upon everyone that's lifted up and he shall be brought low on day of the Lord the Lord. See there's a day coming when he's gone. Say boom last days the day of the Lord Jesus Will Rule and Reign.
It's not over with him at all. And look at this proud. You believe you're somebody you believe you can do something you lift yourself up and he's talkin this right here. He's sucking the Judah here. He's talkin to Jerusalem, but I think we still got that same problem and they Buddy's gonna find out it's only Jesus.
You can only believe in Jesus and you can only trust him look at chapter 2 and verse 6 if you. God's going to judge him and he tells them why look at chapter 2 and verse 6 circle the word because in verse 6 now has forsaken. Thy people God turned his back on Jacob. Let's see right now. It appears that God's not really blessing Israel very much and it's not at work among seven and in the play of Isaiah.
He said that's what's already going on and he tells them why. Because they are replenished from the East look at that. They're looking to Eastern Asian or you know religions. They're looking to false gods. They are soothsayers. They like their Ouija board. They like their horoscopes. They like to talk to mediums and demons and and they like to do all of that and they please themselves into the children of strangers.
They're like, is there a foreigner here? That knows about another God? That's not my God tell me about the false god. I like to study religion. But God's people are never supposed to like to study religion God's people supposed to study Jesus God's people supposed to study what the word of God says, they should walk in the light chapter 2 verse 5.
Look at it old house of Jacob come let us walk in the light of the Lord but instead they're going everywhere else. So God is going to destroy their Idols. Look if you would at chapter 2 verse 17 chapter 2 and verse 17 and the Loft Enos of man shall be bowed down. And the Holiness of man shall be made law low and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day and the idols he shall utterly abolish.
Can I get you if you have your Bible open underlying Circle this the Lord alone, you do know that we tend to not believe in salvation by grace so we talk about it. We tend to somewhere get a hold of the idea since I don't cut Smoke Drink dance ago within the do since I'm better than other people.
Jesus may be holding all of a sudden. I began to think about what I do and I begin to get Hardy and proud and think I'm better than my neighbor. That's what happened with Israel. They they had God's laws that made them a special people. They felt lifted up and you know what? He says look at the verse right here.
He said the loftiness of man shall be bowed down the haughtiness. The proud arrogant actions will be brought down. And your Idols buddy? They're out of here. Just God hates Pride sad thing to say but Christians get proud. We're proud of not being like lost people. We're proud of being better than other people.
We really are kind of like the Pharisee that went to the temple and said father. I thank you. I'm not like the rest of these people. I don't do this and I don't do that. I'm better than them and I'm better than them. I mean check me out. You are lucky to have me God's like no. No, it's me and me alone.
Stop it, you're not big stuff. I am they're proud of the richest in Chapter 2 and verse 7. They're full of silver and gold. They don't know end of their treasure. No one to the horse is doing to their chariots. They worship what they make look at chapter 2 and verse 8 their land is full of Idols.
They worship the work of their hands their own fingers made their gods and that's who they're worshiping. But there's a day coming. When only the true God will be exalted verse 11 the lofty looks a man shall be humbled the haughtiness of man shall be bowed down and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
It did a wouldn't it be right for me and you to say I'm going to already exalt him. I'm going to already lift him up. I'm gonna already brag on him. I'm already going to know him and that day they'll find that their false gods are of no value. All of a sudden the world is about to be shaken and the whole world's going to go through the Great Tribulation period that you know about from other parts of your Bible.
The whole world's going to get shaken. Everybody's going to be running in saying they're going to check out Buddha and they're going to check out every other 300 million gods are going all around the world and it's their gods that are going to find out no God is able to save them. No God is able to handle this.
No. God can be trusted. Look what the Bible says the first 20 to 20 in that day. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver and gold that he made for himself to worship to the moles and the bats got to get up safe. This ain't gonna work. The flap is gonna toss it out the window because it doesn't work.
He will go to the clefts of the Rocks. He will hide among the jagged rocks. He will be afraid of the Lord for the glory of his majesty when he when God shakes the Earth terribly there's a day coming. When God's going to really come down and go to work and the tribulation period and things are going to get shaken up preparation means causing everyone to see their need you do realize what happens.
The more you're around Christianity the more you around Judaism the more you start keeping all the rules the more you start looking like a Christian on the outside though. Nothing might have changed on the inside, you know how to dress, you know how to talk, you know how to walk, you know what to say, you know what to do.
You start feeling like you're a pretty good guy. You start getting lifted up and who you are. And God needs us to realize it's not about what you can do. It's not about what your how your actions are. It's not about your money. It's not about your goodness. It's about me and so he's going to bring strong conviction and break them up and wake them up go meet Isaiah chapter 3.
Now. Next thing is going to do is equal to take away everything. They lean on you see where Psy Lean on Me and My God's first thing I lean on me and my stuff. The first thing I lean on that now God said I'm taking away everything in chapter 3 and chapter 3. He's basically going to leave them poverty-stricken.
He is going to break the bank chapter 3 verse 1 behold the Lord. The Lord of hosts does take away from Jerusalem and Judah the stay and the staff underline that the state and the staff the whole state of bread. The holes everything you need for eating and drinking God's taken it away. And he's saying and all the guys y'all look to and all the guys you think ought to save you you calling the Washington that's gonna present to come out and help you you're calling to your religious leaders asking him.
No man will help you. Look if you would at chapter 2 of our 22 cease from men whose breath is in their nostrils a man can't help you. There's not a man on a planet that can help you. There's only one that can help it is name is. Chapter 3 and verse 7 they have to admit their weakness. That's where salvation comes salvation comes when I get to the end of myself.
And I realize I can't and Only God Can and chapter 3 and verse 7 listen to me. There's chaos everywhere. This is probably tribulation period stuff the whole world's falling apart. Uh, their gods are worthless the Earth as being shaken. They're throwing their gods out the window. Now they've run out of bread.
They've run out of water. Everything's falling apart in their life. And there's this one guy who seems to always be successful. He's the guy in the church and everybody looks too and they run to his house. They say, can I get a little help look what he says in verse 7 chapter 3 verse 7 and that day shall he swear saying I will not be a Healer fry have no bread or water myself.
I have no clothes myself. So don't make me a ruler don't make me a liter. Look at it. Jerusalem is ruined Judah is Fallen. Why in the world is it so bad? It is falling slap apart because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord to provoke the eyes of his glory god is so tired. You see two thousand years ago.
They killed Jesus two thousand years ago. They chose a man over Jesus Barabbas over Jesus 2000 years ago. They chose religion over Jesus 2,000 years. He's been showing mercy and Grace and there's coming a day when he's going to say, I've had it up to here and I'll take the mower. I will shake the earth.
I will Purge you I am gonna win I will win. But to do that I'll have to take out a few you that's what he's saying here go home and read the chapters. I'll be more than happy to sit and talk with you the wicked finally get what they deserve verse 11 311 woe to the wicked it shall be ill with him for the reward of his hands shall be giving him.
You will get what you deserve. You've been getting away with it. You haven't been caught but you will be. You talkin to Judah and Jerusalem. He's talkin about future events. I still think it has a lot to say about us. I think you could see it without me telling you verse 18 here comes that phrase in that day in that day.
The Lord will take away The Bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet and they're causing in there and they're round tires like the moon. I left out these verses. But basically he lists all the stuff women were to look pretty and men were look pretty he he lists their necklaces and their their piercings and their and their other their bracelets and the things they wear around their legs and things were in a toes and they got all this stuff and he said you're losing every bit of it.
You're so focused on making yourself look pretty on the outside, but you stink on the inside. I'm going to show you that. And in chapter 4 and verse 1 it is now gotten so bad. Everybody's alone. Everybody needs help look at chapter 4 and verse 1 and that day seven women will take a hold of one man.
And they'll say look. I'll get my own food. I'll get my own clothes. I'll do whatever I need to do. I just need to be married. So seven women will take on one man because they don't want to be embarrassed that your no men for them.
Both face has fallen apart. Here's what you started with. I got one more point to finish this. Here's what you started with. Jesus said my days coming. Oh Bill my temple, I'm gonna lift it high above everything all over the world are gonna know about the glory of God and we're gonna be able to teach the world about.
But to do that I want to wipe out some of you Sinners that refuse to follow me. I might have to shake your country up. I'm gonna have to take everything away from you because as long as you trust you you can't trust me and that's what he's going to do. And now he's removed everything they can lean on there's nothing left.
They're unable. There's no money. No power no Beauty. No ability. All they have left is a need to go to God and then. Here's the beautiful thing but you gotta you gotta say you gotta see Bible Judah and Israel. They're basically going now Jerusalem is over there, but it's not this truce. Mm. It's not the drizzle that's going to be lifted up.
God still working and in a some time out here in the future and I don't know whether it starts today or tomorrow or a few Dozen Years. So now Jesus going to take us out of the way and he's going to shake this world. He's going to wake this world up and say wake up and face me and he's going to build the temple.
He's gonna Purge the nation of Israel and he's going to set up a thousand years of Kingdom on the earth chapter 4 verse 2. The branch will come forth in that day. Shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious you need to align the branch of the Lord and He will he will be beautiful and glorious and the fruit of the Earth shall be excellent and commonly beautiful.
For them that are escaped of Israel. So some you remember that Remnant in chapter one. He's always got a few out of all the crowds. He's always got some that love him and out of those that are going into the tribulation period people are going to be at Satan as things are going to be happening and out of that some are going to make it through and so he says in chapter 4 and verse 3.
And it shall come to pass that he thats left enzyme. He that remains a drizzle that guy will be called. Holy for every one of that's written among the living in Jerusalem, and he will have cleansed them. It's always God salvation is a God thing. So look, if you would at verse 4 I said for for the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters.
You should underline he washes away the filth. Hey, man, that's all I got saved. He washed away the filth. He washes away the filth and he purged the blood of Jerusalem. And how do you do it by the spirit of judgment by the spirit of burning and then God will go to work and he's going to build Jerusalem.
It's going to be magnificent. It's going to be wonderful look at chapter 4 and verse 5 the Lord will create upon every Dwelling Place of mountains and upon her assemblies a cloud and smoke by the you remember how back in the book of Exodus says they walked around they had a cloud and had a pillar of Fire.
It's that we're back to it. We're getting back to where God's with his people. We're getting back to where Jerusalem is enjoying all God meant for her to enjoy all the way back before she did wrong. There will be a verse 6 obeah Tabernacle a refuge a covert from the storm in from the rain. I need you to know who the root is before.
I close. Who's this Branch? Who's this route go with me to Romans chapter 15 and verse 12. The branch is Jesus. You're in the book of Isaiah and you're finding out about Jesus. You're in the book of Isaiah and you're finding out about Jesus. You're finding out that Gods got big plans. But to get to the big plan.
He's got to break them down and get them away from everything else so they can only look to the branch. But well that's exactly what he has for you. He has great plans for you. He wants you to enjoy eternal life. He wants you to be saved, but you can't do it. As long as you trust you. You can't do it.
As long as you trust anything else. He breaks you down and when you're broken down you can trust. Jesus look at Romans 15 12 and again, he's there Isaiah said there shall be a root of Jesse underline that a root of Jesse see the tree gets cut down see his role that magnificent plant is gone and you would think is God was going to use you.
It looks like it all fell apart. The trees cut down everything there's no Jerusalem. There's no Israel. Nothing like in the Bible days, but all of a sudden a root all of a sudden a branch comes to life the root of Jesse the father of David the king he shall reign over the Gentiles and him shall the Gentiles trust.
Look at Isaiah chapter 11 and verse 1 God setting up his kingdom on Earth Our Father which art in heaven Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come thy will be done. As it is in heaven. I want to be done that way in Earth chapter 11 verse 1 and there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse a branch shall grow out of the roots.
I know some of you have probably bought into the liberal agenda and the politics of the day and you tend to think we read the Bible and it's not really true and we're just hanging on to the old ways and we don't know. No, this is really true. But here's what the Bible said. Oh, yes. It is. And God has not given up and God has not quit and everything may look like it's falling apart.
But he already told you it was going to happen and he shall bring forth a root a stem of Jesse a branch shall grow out of his roots. Look if you would at chapter 11 and verse 2 and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him the spirit of wisdom and understanding the spirit of counsel and might. The spirit of knowledge in the fear of the Lord.
God will bring back Jesus. He came that first time to down across he's coming back the next time to settle on a throne the world won't end anytime soon. I can promise you that God has a plan that is when he sits on that Throne so crazy stuff. Just skip down to verse 6, Isaiah chapter 11 verse. If you don't read the book of Isaiah, you might think things are kind of winding down there not winding down buddy whining up things are about to take off and how they 'chopped 11 and verse 6 the wolf the lamb the leopard the kid the calf the young line the fatling the young child will lead them around the cow and the bear shall Feed The Young Ones will lie down together in lines will eat straw like the ox that's in verse 7 and the little kid will play with snakes.
And wasp and other things at won't get hurt for the Earth shall be full verse 9 of the knowledge of the Lord and the root and then that day there shall be a root of Jesse which shall stand as an enzyme assigned to the people should into that root. Shall the Gentiles seek and his rest shall be glorious.
I think I ought to say that to you in New Testament terms because I think maybe you don't know new test. How's that work here Philippians chapter 2 verse 9 every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess. See God has highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every name and every knee and every tongue meant have gotten away a long time.
It's pretty easy to think. It's just emotionalism at the church. Austin gets all excited. You know what? He's trying to keep us in the old ways. He's trying to keep us looking back to what Jesus did on the cross. Well, I'm all for keeping you looking back for the Cross by him. He still got plans out that way too.
He is still at work. He hadn't given up he hasn't lost and things are going to come around and you're going to see Great and Mighty things. So how does that apply to us? How does that apply to us in Isaiah chapter 2 and verse 5 the prophet said o House of Jacob come let us walk in the light of the Lord.
I want you to look at one other verse before I close first John 2:28. Look at this a little set of verses listen to me. Listen what I'm telling you no matter what you believe or what you think. Here's what the word of God says. Jesus is coming soon. Jesus will set up a kingdom Jesus Will Rule and Reign.
There is a millennial Kingdom coming. There is a time of great shaking going to come on the earth that's called the tribulation for. For those of us who study the Bible God's got big plans. You know what we do when we hear all that. Listen what the Bible says in first John 2:28, and now little children you all abide in him.
He saved you live in him walking him pray to him think about him abide in him and when he shall appear we may have confidence and not be ashamed not be embarrassed before his coming one day. Jesus is coming back. I want to be waiting on him. I want to be ready. I want to be living like I believed it.
Hey, man, you know if Jesus comes again, I want to be like the I Wanna Be Like The Shepherd's where would he came to first time? Jesus comes to going to be like some people knew he was coming. I want to be I want to be in him. Look at verse 29, if you know that he is righteous. You know that everyone that righteousness is born of him.
You see I'm saved and I wanted to write because he saved me verse chapter 3 verse 1. Guys, you don't have any idea what manner of love the father has bestowed upon us that he would call us. We are the sons of God. I'm talkin to the children of God this morning this afternoon the children of God you belong to him.
He saved you and guys in verse two. We don't know what's going to happen. But when he appears we will be like him for we shall see him as he is. So, you know what we do when we know what Isaiah says when we believe it verse 3 every man that's expecting to see Jesus every man that believes. He's really in charge every man that believes.
He's really coming back purifies himself every man that has this. Hope in him purifies himself because our God is pure when I was a boy we were country people we had towels you could see through we use. And we took a bath in a tub on the back porch, but when family was coming at Rich family my mom got out towels that only got Scene when visitors were there and our towels will put out and you'd have come in our house and thought man they got nice towels if we were told you touch him you're dead because we got to get ready for company to come we clean the house because we was poor white trash and we had to clean the house make it look like we were at least clean poor white trash.
Here's what you better know. Jesus is coming soon. And you're the children of God and he's still in charge. Don't be messing around Holiness. We love Jesus. We want to be pure like he's pure we want to be looking for him to come. We fully expect him to do exactly what he said.