Tag: Isaiah 58-62

Gates of praise!

Scripture reading for August 2nd: Isaiah 58-62

“”No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.” Isaiah 60:18-19

Song-writer Chris Tomlin sings “My Deliverer” and I love the chorus about the walls and gates of the New Jerusalem!  This chapter of Isaiah has many similarities with the vision of the Apostle John in Revelation 21.  It is exciting to see that God’s plans are firmly established and moving forward.

Today, the peoples of the earth for the most part are living in ignorance  of the Lord and His light.  It was the vision of Isaiah that as the world lay in darkness, a call to arise and shine would be given to God’s people.  (Isaiah 60:1-2)  The Glory of the Lord would rise upon the earth and nations would come to the brightness of that new dawning.  Jesus Christ came into the darkness of this world and proclaimed that He was the light of the world!  (John 8:12)  Whoever would follow Him would never walk in darkness but have the light of life!   At the end of time we will shine like the brightness of heaven and the stars!  (Daniel 12:3)

From the witness of that light of God within His church, Jesus Christ is populating the New Jerusalem.  It’s walls are salvation, protecting His people through the gift of forgiveness.  We are saved from the penalty of our sins and eternal judgment in the lake of fire and outer darkness.  It’s gates are praise!  Those who enter come singing and praising the One who gave them life and eternal light! There are no more tears, crying or pain.  Eternal light from God’s glory fills the city and it’s inhabitants!

When this will happen is not known by any man.  But the Lord tells us that in it’s time, it will be done swiftly!  We must be ready and watching!  “I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly.” (Isaiah 60:22b)  “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon. (quickly)”  (Revelation 22:20)

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Walls of salvation, gates of praise!

Scripture reading for August 1st: Isaiah 58-62

“”No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls salvation and your gates praise. The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.” Isaiah 60:18-19

There’s a newer song out that uses the thoughts of these verses of Isaiah.  Chris Tomlin sings “My Deliverer” and I love the chorus about the walls and gates of the New Jerusalem!  This passage and chapter of Isaiah have many similarities with Revelation 21 and the vision of the Apostle John.  God’s plans are firmly established and moving forward!

Our nation and world are in deep darkness.  The peoples of the earth for the most part are living in ignorance  of the Lord and His light.  As the world lay in darkness, Isaiah heard a call to arise and shine for God’s people.  (Isaiah 60:1-2)  This could refer to the rapture of the Church at the end of time.  The Glory of the Lord will rise upon the earth and nations will come to the brightness of that new dawning.  Jesus Christ proclaimed that He was the light of the world!  (John 8:12)  Whoever would follow Him would never walk in darkness but have the light of life!  At the end of time we will shine like the brightness of heaven and the stars!  (Daniel 12:3)

Jesus Christ is now populating the New Jerusalem.  It’s walls are salvation.  We are protected by God’s saving grace through the gift of forgiveness.  We are saved from the penalty of our sins and eternal judgment in the lake of fire.  It’s gates are praise!  Those who enter come singing and praising the One who gave them life and eternal light!  God is their light and they have no darkness in them!  There are no more tears, crying or pain.  Eternal light from God’s glory fills the city and it’s inhabitants!

When this will happen is not known by any man.  But the Lord tells us it will be done quickly!  We must be ready and watching!  “I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly.” (Isaiah 60:22b)  “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon. (quickly)”  (Revelation 22:20)

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Man’s Terrible Predicament

Scripture reading for August 3rd: Isaiah 58-62

Sin is man’s terrible predicament.  Sin separates us from God so that He turns His face from us and will not listen to our prayers.  (Isaiah 59:2)  Man is totally depraved and every part of him is tainted with the ravaging effects of this horrible malady.  We tend to think that we have just a little problem and that we are not so bad, especially when compared to others who are worse!  Comparing ourselves with ourselves is a worthless pursuit!

Isaiah describes man’s total separation from God.  His hands are and fingers are stained with the guilt of innocent blood.  His lips have spoken lies and evil.  His feet have carried him down crooked paths leading to murder and violence.  Man walks in total darkness and gropes along like a blind man.  He growls like a bear and moans like a dove because of his predicament.  There is no deliverance and his sins testify against him.  Man even acknowledges his  rebellion against the Lord, lies, oppression and revolt but is helpless to change or deliver himself! (Isaiah 59:3-14)

Paul the Apostle summarized this predicament in Romans 3:23;  “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Not a single man is free from sin and it’s separating effects.  All who have ever been born of woman, except for one, have this malady called sin.  The final effect of sin is death.  Death separates us from God for eternity.

Isaiah also records God’s feelings about man’s predicament.  “The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice.  He saw that there was no one, He was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so His own arm worked salvation for Him and His own righteousness sustained Him.” (Isaiah 59:15b-16)  God undertook to help man by His own “Arm”.  This “Arm” would use His own righteousness to sustain Him while He purchased salvation for man from the sentence of eternal separation from God!  Isaiah concludes this chapter with the Redeemer coming to Zion to deliver all who will repent of their sins!

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)  Jesus Christ is God’s “Arm” and He alone can deliver us from our predicament.  Those who repent of their sins and turn to Jesus will find the gift of eternal life!

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Walls of Salvation, Gates of Praise!

Scripture reading for August 3rd: Isaiah 58-62

“”No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.” Isaiah 60:18-19

There’s a newer song out that uses the thoughts of these verses of Isaiah.  Chris Tomlin sings “My Deliverer” and I love the chorus about the walls and gates of the New Jerusalem!  This passage and chapter of Isaiah have many similarities with Revelation 21 and the vision of the Apostle John and it is exciting to see that God’s plans are firmly established and moving forward.

Our nation and world are in deep darkness.  The peoples of the earth for the most part are living in ignorance  of the Lord and His light.  It was the vision of Isaiah that as the world lay in darkness, a call to arise and shine would be given to God’s people.  (Isaiah 60:1-2)  This might refer to the rapture of the Church at the end of time as well as when Jesus first appeared.  The Glory of the Lord will rise upon the earth and nations will come to the brightness of that new dawning.  Jesus Christ came into the darkness of this world and proclaimed that He is the light of the world!  (John 8:12)  Whoever will follow Him will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life!  We shine with the brightness of God’s light and reflect that light to a dark world. At the end of time we will shine like the brightness of heaven and the stars!  (Daniel 12:3)

From the witness of that light of God within His church, Jesus Christ is populating the New Jerusalem.  It’s walls are salvation.  We are protected by God’s saving grace through the gift of forgiveness.  We are saved from the penalty of our sins and eternal judgment in the lake of fire and outer darkness.  It’s gates are praise!  Those who enter come singing and praising the One who gave them life and eternal light!  God is their light and they have no darkness in them!  There are no more tears, crying or pain.  Eternal light from God’s glory fills the city and it’s inhabitants!

When this will happen is not known by any man.  But the Lord tells us that in it’s time, it will be done swiftly!  We must be ready and watching!  “I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly.” (Isaiah 60:22b)  “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon. (quickly)”  (Revelation 22:20)

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