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Thursday, August 13 2015

Isaiah 56: Choosing The Right Way

"Broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction ... narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life"

The Biblical term "righteous" is based upon a choice of direction for one's life (see Which Way Is Right And Left? and Who Sits At The Right Hand Of God?). In this world, the wrong way ("way" means road i.e. highway, freeway etc) may seem as beautiful and beneficial as the right way (see the Fact Finder question below), but the wrong way, as all who travel it came, or will surely come, to know, has a dead end. It doesn't really go anywhere. It's literally the road to ruin.

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"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:13-23 KJV)

The prophet Isaiah was given to know and record an amazing amount of detail about the two greatest prophets who ever lived (see also The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets).

First, John the Baptist whose teaching was about the right way: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."

"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias [i.e. Isaiah], saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." (Matthew 3:1-3 KJV)

Isaiah knew and recorded many details of the Messiah's first coming (see What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day? and Isaiah's Prophecies Of The Crucifixion). He also recorded the yet-future fruit of the Messiah's Sacrifice, when all nations will proclaim "He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem" (see also When Zion Awakes).

"2:2 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. 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Isaiah 2:2-4 KJV)

Salvation is freely offered to everyone who truly repents and obeys the terms and conditions of Salvation (see Who Can Be Saved? and Christ Died For Repentant Sinners). Eternal life in Paradise (see The First And Last Nation) awaits all who choose the Way of the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour and Which Tree Will You Pick Fruit From?).

"56:1 Thus saith the LORD,

Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. 56:2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. 56:3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.

56:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; 56:5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. 56:6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. 56:8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

56:9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest. 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. 56:11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. 56:12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant." (Isaiah 56:1-12 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "iniquity" mean?
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This Day In History, August 13

554: Justinian's "Pragmatic Sanction" confirmed and increased the papacy's temporal power, and gave guidelines for regulating civil and ecclesiastical affairs in Rome and Italy (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1516: The Treaty of Noyon between France and Spain was signed. Francis I of France recognized Charles's claim to Naples, and Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, recognized Francis's claim to Milan.

Hernan Cortes 1521: Spanish Conquistador ("conqueror") Hernando Cortes captured and destroyed Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) after a three-month siege.

1535: French explorer Jacques Cartier discovered the St. Lawrence River.

1553: Michael Servetus was arrested by John Calvin in Geneva, Switzerland as a heretic for his (correct) belief that the Church of Rome's "Trinity" doctrine is incorrect. According to the Word of God, while the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all exist, the Holy Spirit is the power of God, not a "person" of God (see The Spirit Of Creation).

1624: Cardinal Richelieu was appointed Chief Minister of France by Louis XIII.

1704: The Battle of Blenheim during the War of the Spanish Succession. French and Bavarian forces were routed by a combined British, German and Dutch army at Blenheim, Germany. The victors lost 6,000 soldiers compared with 21,000 French and Bavarian troops.

1787: The Ottoman Empire declared war on Russia (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1788: Prussia joined the Anglo-Dutch alliance to form the Triple Alliance to prevent the spread of the Russo-Swedish War of 1788-90.

1792: King Louis XVI of France was arrested by the revolutionary National Tribunal and declared an enemy of the people.

1814: The Cape of Good Hope was formally ceded to the British by the Dutch.

1831: After witnessing a solar eclipse that he believed was "a sign from God," Nat Turner led 70 other slaves in the murder of 55 whites in Southampton County, Virginia.

1868: A powerful earthquake near Arica, Peru, killed approximately 25,000 people. An accompanying tsunami caused damage as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand.

1898: Carl Gustav Witt discovered 433 Eros, the first near-Earth asteroid to be found.

1920: During the Polish-Soviet War, the Battle of Warsaw began.

1960: The Central African Republic declared independence from France.

1961: East Germany's communist government began building the Berlin Wall after more than 3,000,000 of its citizens fled to the west. The wall snaked 103 miles (166 kilometers) around West Berlin.

1962: Representatives from the Russian Orthodox Church and Vatican City met in Metz, France. They agreed that the Russian church would have observers attending the Second Vatican Council; in return, the Roman Catholic Church agreed to not condemn Communism.

1964: The last hangings in Britain took place when two men were executed for murder at Liverpool and Manchester.

1996: Data sent back by the Galileo space probe indicated there may be water on one of Jupiter's moons, heightening the possibility it could support a primitive life form.

2008: During the South Ossetian War, Russian forces occupied the Georgian city of Gori.


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