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Isaiah 8

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 1 Moreover the LORD said to me, "Take a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz."

 2 And I took to me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

 3 And I went to the prophetess; and she conceived, and bore a son. Then says the Lord to me, "Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.

 4 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, 'My father, and my mother,' the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria."

 5 The LORD spoke also to me again, saying,

 6 "Because this people refuses the waters of Shiloh that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son;

 7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory. He shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks.

 8 He shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.

 9 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all you of far countries. Prepare yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces; prepare yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces.

 10 Take counsel together, and it shall accomplish nothing; speak the word, and it shall not stand; for God is with us."

 11 For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,

 12 "Do not call it a conspiracy to all them to whom this people shall say, 'A conspiracy;' neither fear you their fear, nor be afraid.

 13 Have regard and keep holy the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

 14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a trap and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.1

 15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.

 16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

 17 And I will wait upon the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob. I will look [wait and hope for] him.

 18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on mount Zion.

 19 And when they shall say to you, 'Seek to those who have familiar spirits, and to wizards that peep, and that mutter.' Should not the people seek their God? Should the living look to the dead,

 20 Rather than to the law and to the testimony? If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light of the morning in them.2

 21 They shall pass through it, very distressed and hungry. It shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.

 22 And they shall look to the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness."


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1 This is a prophecy of how the Jesus would be a stumbling block and rock of offence to both houses of Israel, as well as a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Jesus was rejected by the Jews, rejected by Jerusalem; they crucified them. The Jews insisted that Pilate crucify him, saying "may his blood be on ours and our children's heads." And so it was, that the Jewish temple, nation, and people were destroyed by the Romans in 70AD.

2 If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light of the morning in them; the light has not dawned on them, which light is Christ. If the so-called prophets do not encourage people to seek God, (Note: seek God, not assume they have God by some ritual), then they have no light of the morning in them. What is this light? All men who come into the world have a small measure of light, which is the light of the Word, Jesus Christ. The light shines in darkness, chained down, quietly pleading for a man to reject his evil ways; but to be guided by light requires an additional measure of light. The additional measure Isaiah refers to as the light of the morning appearing in a man, after he has repetitively sought God, listened to Him, obeyed Him, and then have been changed by Him to become progressively pure of heart and soul; and then God causes his light to shine in a man's heart as the morning star arises in the heart; the morning star being Jesus, and his face appearing in ever increasing glory, which shows a man the glory of God. Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:12.

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