|Isaiah 61 |
1 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];
3 To give to those who mourn in Zion — beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; so that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.2
4 And they shall build the old ruins, they shall restore the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.
5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vine dressers.
6 But you shall be named the Priests of the LORD; men shall call you the Ministers of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and you shall boast in their riches.
7 Instead of your shame you shall have double honor; and instead of confusion you shall rejoice in your portion; therefore they shall possess double in their land; everlasting joy will be theirs.
8 For I the LORD love justice, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people; all who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD has blessed.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."
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1 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]; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, This is what the Lord read in the synagogue, and as he finished, he rolled up the scroll of Isaiah and sat down; and eyes of all those who were in the synagogue were fastened on him because they could hear the Spirit speaking through him; Jesus had just fulfilled the prophecy to begin the ministry that was foretold. Note! His ministry was:
There are other verses in Isaiah that speak similarly of bringing the prisoners (captives) out of darkness and out of the prison where they sit in darkness:
- to open blind eyes: The Net Bible translators wrote in Footnote 1 to this verse: "This does not refer to literal physical healing of the blind. As the next two lines suggest, this refers metonymically to freeing captives from their dark prisons where their eyes have grown unaccustomed to light."
- to release prisoners: The Net Bible translators wrote in Footnote 2 to this verse: "This does not refer to hardened, dangerous criminals, who would have been executed for their crimes in ancient Near Eastern society. This verse refers to political prisoners or victims of social injustice."
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. The translators of the Bibles and the leaders of Christianity are clueless to the gospel, clueless to sin, ignorant of darkness, ignorant of light, and ignorant of salvation; these merchants of Babylon, (those, who from their carnal minds and evil imaginations, erroneously interpret and preach the scriptures, making a living doing so), do not understand that all men are in a cursed, fallen nature — in bondage, (slaves), to sin — 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 righteousness, 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.
- I further decry those who make a living preaching the scriptures.
- The leaders of Christianity are dogs — blind, dumb, ignorant dogs; professing to know everything, they know nothing; professing to know everything, they live their lives as fools.
- They want to be sons; they recognize the scripture, "he that is born of God has no sin," but they blithely go on.
- They do everything for show.
Those who preach against perfection have a lack of earnest faith.
- These people are far from me, living in sin and teaching others the inevitability of sin until death.
- Outside the faith, they are teaching an equilibrium between good and evil.
- Those who follow the advice of these unpurified leaders, their life is like a bubble.
2 To give to those who mourn in Zion — beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; so that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. The Lord comes to those who mourn their slavery to sin, who mourn their captivity, who mourn their darkness, whose heart is broken because of the evil they have seen within it, and who are in the prison-house of sin.
God reveals unrighteousness to the spiritual man. The natural man cannot accept the things of God and cannot see the depth of unrighteousness. This is a basic function of the Holy Spirit — to convince the world of sin [unrighteousness]. The typical sect-attending Christian has no concept of sin, limiting it to murder, theft, rape; he is unaware that intolerable sin includes: adultery, pre-marital sex, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, partying... immorality, impurity, greed... evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. From the Word of the Lord within: "Every thought of man is at best a vain hiss." Sin, and all other understandings from God, have to be shown to a man by God, before a man can see sin and unrighteousness. What is to be known of God, is revealed by God within a man's heart. Rom 1:19. A man on earth will not know the depth of his slavery to sin until he goes to him; to wait on him — listen silently, with the humility of a sinner in need of his changing power — grace. Then the Lord will show him how the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the mind. Jer 17:9-10. And if when shown your sin, you regret and mourn them with resolve to change your conduct, the Lord will remove that sin from your heart. Keep listening and obeying his commands in faith, and the soul and heart are cleansed and purified.
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