Lessons From Isaiah: The Holy One

 

“I have declared the future and have saved the nation in times of danger; and I have shown that I am God–when there was no strange an alien god among you; therefore you are My witnesses, says the Lord, that I am God.

Yes,  from the time of the first existence of day and from this day forth I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand.  I will work, and who can hinder or reverse it?  Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent one to Babylon, and I will bring down all of them as fugitives, with all their nobles, even the Chaldeans, into the ship over which they rejoiced.

I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.  Thus says the Lord, Who makes a way through the sea and a path through the mighty waters, Who brings forth chariot and horse, army and mighty warrior.  They lie down together, the cannot rise; they are extinguished, they are quenched like a lampwick.”Isaiah 43:12-17)

The prophet Isaiah is prophesying over the nation of Israel in this passage.  But interwoven in this prophecy is a glimpse of the Holy One’s love and commitment to not just a nation, but people as individuals–of all nationalities who call upon Him in faith.

Why does God work so tirelessly with Israel? Because He made certain promises to Abraham, their founding father.  God never breaks His promises.  Never.  God watches over the nation of Israel, He has even assigned Michael, the Archangel as their guardian angel!  Daniel 12:1 says “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people–everyone whose name is found written in the book–will be delivered.”  

The Holy One takes His Word very seriously.  His promises are sure and true.  If He said it in His Word, it can be trusted.  The whole world is watching in amazement at the turn of events surrounding Israel these days.  They are alone in the world, with few friends to stand with them.  Unfortunately, America is no longer counted among their friends.  Our government has abandoned them.  Their words say one thing, but their actions tell the true tale of their commitment to Israel.

It does not matter that the whole world has turned on them.  The Holy One of Israel will not allow them to be wiped off the planet.  Because of His promises to Abraham, Israel is forever.  They can throw every nuke in their arsenal at them, but they will not be completely destroyed.  All nations that curse Israel, and actively seek their destruction will be destroyed.

What can we as individuals take away from these great promises to the nation of Israel?  As believers we can be assured that in times of danger, He will deliver us.  He will show Himself to us as individuals–when He is number one in our lives.  When our lives revolve around Him and not our own desires.  All those who persecute us and seek our destruction, He will bring down.  Our duty is the have faith in Him and to pray for those who seek our destruction.

The Christians and the Jews worship the same great God, the Holy One of Israel.  Isn’t it a coincidence that both groups of people are being persecuted with the same level of hatred?  Could it be because the One True God–the Holy One of Israel is really the One true God?  Christians and Jews are swimming upstream against the world system–Satan’s realm.  And Satan’s days are running out swiftly.  All believers need to be praying like they never have before for the peace of Jerusalem, for the government leaders all over the world, for each other and for all those who are being persecuted.  It’s all hands on deck in these last days.

Blessings everyone…

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