|Isaiah 42 |
1 "Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my Elect One, [Jesus Christ] in whom my soul delights. I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
2 He will not strive nor cry out, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
4 He will not falter nor be discouraged, until he has established judgment in the earth; and the islands shall wait for his law.
5 Thus says God the LORD, he who created the heavens, and stretched them out; he who spread forth the earth, and that which comes from it; he who gives breath to the people upon it, and spirit to those who walk in it:
6 "I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you for a covenant to the people, for a light to the Gentiles,1
7 To open the blind eyes, to deliver the prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness imprisoned.2 [Until crucified, all men are imprisoned by darkness, with their spiritual eyes blind, stumbling through life like blind men groping the wall.]
8 I am the LORD, that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and I declare new things; before they spring forth I tell you of them."
10 Sing to the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it; the islands, and the inhabitants of them.
11 Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits; let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
12 Let them give glory to the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.
13 The LORD shall go forth like a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yes, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.
14 "I have held my peace for a long time; I have been still, and restrained myself. Now will I cry like a woman in labor, I will pant and gasp at once.
15 I will lay waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their vegetation; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.
16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they did not know; I will lead them in paths that they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.
17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, who trust in graven images, who say to the molten images, 'You are our gods.'
18 Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see.
19 Who is blind but my servant? Or deaf like my messenger whom I sent? Who is blind as he that is at peace with me, and blind as the LORD's servant?
20 Seeing many things, but you do not observe; opening the ears, but he does not hear."
21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake to magnify the law, and make it honorable.
22 But this is a people robbed and plundered; all of them are snared in holes, and are hidden in prison houses. They have become a prey, and none delivers; for a spoil, and none said, 'Restore.'
23 Who among you will give ear to this? Who will listen and hear for the time to come?
24 Who gave Jacob for plunder, and Israel to the robbers? Did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? For they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient to his law.
25 Therefore he has poured on him the fury of his anger, and the fierceness of battle; and it set him on fire round about, yet he did not understand; and it burned him, yet he did not lay it to heart.
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1 Jesus is to be given as a light for the Gentiles. He visited the Jews in a physical body; but to the Gentile nations, he shepherds us as the Light that enlightens all men who come into the world. We must strive to hear the Word of Christ, obey it, until he appears in our hearts as a glorious star, and we see the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus after God has caused his light to shine in our hearts. From George Fox's Doctrine:
And for the sons whom have come from far, this is witnessed; and behold, says the Lord, Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising, lift up your eyes round about you, and all that gather themselves together, they shall come to you from far; and says the Lord, arise, shine, for your light is come, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon you: behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people, but the Lord shall arise upon you, and his glory shall be seen upon you. This light the prophet [Isaiah] saw the Gentiles should come to, and kings to the brightness of your rising. And says the Lord by his prophet, is it a light thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob; take notice, and restore the preserved of Israel, take notice again; I will give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation to the ends of the earth.
2 To open the blind eyes, to deliver the prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness imprisoned. The Lord is speaking of prisoners of sin, people captive to sin, slaves to sin; people walking in darkness without the Light of God that sit in the prison of the whole earth in darkness. There is so much darkness, they are blind. This is the promise of the gospel, which all the false Christian sects deny is even possible — to become servant and prisoner of the Lord instead of a slave to sin and prisoner of Satan, to be freed from sin, to be brought out of darkness to light; and this is the exact message Paul was told to preach:
I am sending you to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness and release from their sins and a place and portion among those who are consecrated and purified by faith in Me. Acts 26:17-18.
Compare Paul's gospel to the doctrine of demons, in which the ministers of the deficit sects tell their members that they are righteous, even while they are still sinning, sin being wickedness.
He that says to the wicked, 'You are righteous;' him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him. Pro 24:24
All the pastors and ministers shall be cursed, who lied, saying that with belief in Jesus, you are righteous while still locked in sin.
In effect, the ministers of today tell their members: don't seek, don't obey, don't fear, don't strive — saying there is no need because of grace, your supposed license for immorality and excuse for remaining in sin.
Yet Paul instructed ministers thus: "Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of everyone, so that the rest also may fear." 1 Tim 5:20.
Paul also pleaded for repentance: remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.
And scripture plainly and clearly states that if you are still sinning, you have no inheritance in the kingdom of God or Christ.
It is no wonder Babylon has confused billions to remain blind to the gospel of Christ. Look at the Net Bible's appalling footnotes to this verse:
YET GOD SAYS IN ISAIAH 42:6 AND 49:7, THAT HE IS GIVING CHRIST, (the New Covenant of Light), AS A COVENANT TO THE PEOPLE, (the preserved of Israel and to the Gentiles...to the ends of the earth), not "to political prisoners or victims of social injustice;" the new covenant is announced by the gospel, and the translators are totally blind to darkness vs. light, the bondage of sin, sin vs. righteousness, the basic message of Christ to all people, and the mystery of the gospel:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor [in Spirit]; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted [who mourn due to their slavery to sin], to preach release to the captives [of sin], and recovery of sight to the [spiritually] blind, to deliver [free] those who are oppressed [in slavery to sin]. Luke 4:18
Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron because they rebelled against the words of God, and rebelled against the counsel of the most High, Therefore he depressed their heart with labor; they fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke apart their bonds. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he has broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron apart. Psa 107:10-16
He says, 'It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation to the ends of the earth.'....So that you may say to the prisoners, 'Come forth,' and to those who are in darkness, 'Be unveiled.' "They shall feed in the way, and their pastures shall be on all the high places. Isaiah 49:6,9
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound [in slavery to sin]; Isa 61:1
I have come into the world for judgment, that the blind might see; and that those who see might be made blind. John 9:39
Truly, the Lord has made blind those who are promoting and support the false gospel of instant salvation just by believing in Jesus and/or water baptism; they have been made blind to the true gospel.
For the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of those who do not believe, so that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should not shine in them. 2 Cor 4:4
The light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5
But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Mat 6:23
Who among you fears the LORD? Who obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light, trust in the name of the LORD, and stay [his mind] upon his God. Isa 50:10
And pray for me, that utterance [of the word of God] may be given [by the Spirit] to me when I begin to speak — to confidently make known the mystery of the gospel, Eph 6:19
The merchants of Babylon, (those, who from their carnal minds and evil imaginations, erroneously interpret the scriptures and make a living doing so), do not understand that all men are in a cursed, fallen nature — in bondage, (slaves), to sin, imprisoned by darkness, groping in their darkness through life like blind men, walking in darkness, cutoff from walking in the light of God that would guide them in words and deeds of righteousness — blind to what is rightousness, blind to what is light, blind to what is the gospel, and blind to what is the truth; they do not understand that every man has in them the spirit of Satan, a carnal mind that is enmity with God, and an evil imagination thinking evil thoughts continually, all which must be destroyed, killed, mortified, and crucified so that man can come out of darkness to walk and see by the light; and this must occur while man still lives on the earth so that when he dies, he is fit for the company of heaven.
From the Word of the Lord within:
The in-print Bibles have been translated by blind guides, leading billions of readers into the ditch and then to Hell; but thank God that There is Hope for All Men and Women.
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