A Review of Isaiah 66 by Keith E Gardner Always using the King James Bible
In verse 1 the LORD poses a question.The purpose of this question is to enunciate His supremacy.However it should also make clear to all who read it that no man accepts the LORD.As the LORD says in verse 1 “where is the house that ye build unto me?”This is our Lord GOD clearly saying He needs us, for nothing.Therefore all those people who think they are coming to the LORD when they go to their church, they are only fooling themselves.The LORD will grant salvation only unto those He chooses and He chose them before the foundation of the world: Ephesians 1:3-5.For all those who believe otherwise and will not humble themselves before Him He has written 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12.
In verse 2 the LORD opens with “For all those things hath mine hand made”.He is telling us once again He is Alpha and Omega the creator and master of all things; including mankind.He continues with “but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word”.The LORD is telling us of men like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and all the prophets of the Bible.Even those of us today who fear, honor, obey and respect His word greatly.For to respect His word is to love Him and to truly love and understand Him we must be called and chosen of Him.Although those who are not His elect will not know Him they can know of Him through His word.All these who will seek Him He will have mercy on them both in this life and in their end while those who seek their own desires He will punish: Isaiah 1:16-20.Please read verses 19 and 20 then realize the called and chosen of the LORD are not given this choice; neither do we want it.However among the lost there are a few who will acknowledge the will of the LORD and a majority who will not; these verses speak of those two groups.At the cross the Christ paid for the sins of the world, 1 John 2:1-2, therefore He can offer a blessed life and a comfortable death to the lost who humble themselves before Him.
In verse 3 the LORD speaks of killing an ox being as if one slew a man, sacrificing a lamb as if one cut off a dogs neck, offering oblations is as offering swine’s blood and burning incenses is like blessing an idol.These are all pictures of the beliefs of the lost as the LORD says “Yea, they have chosen their own way, And their soul delighteth in their abominations”.These abominations are the false doctrines of the many faiths that are active today.They vary so because they have all written their own laws and they desire the LORD to accept them: Isaiah 4:1.In the law of the LORD the number seven represents completeness, or all, and the LORD very often characterizes mankind as women.So in Isaiah 4:1 all the people who attend the churches are asking the LORD, the one man, to accept their ways and throw out His own.If you finish reading Isaiah 4:1 this explanation becomes obvious; too bad for lost mankind as this will never happen.For only the LORD writes the law and He knew the criteria He would establish for salvation before the world was.So to all those who do not accept His law and write their own instead, the LORD has written Romans 9:20-23 that all men may know it is only the will of the LORD that matters.
In verse 4 the LORD says “I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them”.The LORD chooses ones delusions as He sends Satan unto them and Satan comes as embezzlement, thief, adultery, drugs and alcohol addiction, and a seemingly endless list of other vises.These are all delusions to mankind as while we are engaged in the activity it seems good, beneficial and even exciting; however the end is always disastrous.The LORD will also bring their fears upon them as HIV/AIDS; Herpes Simplex 1 or 2; Hepatitis A, B or C; Chlamydia; a slew of cancers and countless other ailments.These are not incidental or coincidental things, but very often they are a punishment from the LORD.The LORD closes this verse explaining why He brings these things to mankind and the reason is clear.He says “because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear; but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not”.This sentiment is repeated constantly throughout the entire Bible and it is clearly the reason the LORD had to die once in soul before the foundation of the world for His called and chosen “only” and then in body at the cross for “everyone”.The LORD saw this world without His salvation and recognized its urgent need: Isaiah 59:12-16.
In verse 5 the LORD is speaking to His called and chosen and He is telling us of things to come.He is enlightening us with the assurance that those who cast us from their place of worship were only doing His will.For the time has come that we are to leave those places and take the true word of the LORD unto the world until He comes: Isaiah 62:6-12.In Isaiah 62:6-7 Jerusalem is not yet a place but, it is a people.Jerusalem in these verses represents the elect of God and the LORD has set His called and chosen as watchmen who are to take His gospel unto the world until He comes.We are to gather His elect unto Him until He says we are finished.Isaiah 62:6-12 is written to the called and chosen about those elect of the LORD; the daughter of Zion: Isaiah 62:11.All the called and chosen, and the elect, are the daughters of the LORD: John 12:14-15.
In verse 6 we read “A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple”.We know from many other verses the LORD repeats Himself to drive home a point.The point here is “the city” and “the temple” are one in the site of God as they are both lost together.We also know the temple is synonymous for the church so, He is saying a voice of noise comes from the city and the same comes from the church.This is saying the city, the world, and the temple, the church, are one in every respect.The LORD is sending noise or confusion unto the temple and the world for they would not hear Him when He called as they preferred their own way, therefore, He is giving them up that they will be dammed: Jeremiah 7:8-16.The verse closes with “a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompense to His enemies”.With this phrase the meaning of the verse is solidified as the noise in the world and the church become clear.The noise is the blinding of the eyes and the deafening of the ears the LORD is bringing to these people as He speaks to them with stammering lips and another tongue: Isaiah 28:7-13.
Just as in Jeremiah 7:13 in Isaiah 28:11-13 the LORD tells us He has taken them His truth, but they would not hear.So, He will then give them up to their reprobate minds, Romans 1:28-32, as He begins to speak unto them with stammering lips and another tongue.This, unfortunately, is exactly what they want because they don’t want His truth.
In verses 7 and 8 the LORD is speaking of Zion which is used here as a representation of all the churches.He is telling us of the quick and inadequate way all the churches took a small piece of His truth and ran.They would not hear any more than the small amount the LORD initially gave mankind; consequently they don’t have truth.The LORD trains His called and chosen very often for a lifetime, Isaiah 28:9-10, while a church minister has, at best, a Phd from an inferior source.Consequently the average theologian has comparatively instantly become a scriptural guru.
Each faith trains their students to take what their faith is willing to accept from the word of God and add whatever else their faith desires.From these new additions come the multitude of faiths we have today; Judaism, Protestantism, Catholicism, the Muslim faith and a multitude of others the vast majority of which I am not aware.They all start with a small seed of truth and then blossom into whatever that particular faith wants to accept.Consequently the lost have their choice of the god they will accept which is any god but the one true God.For the one true God has given us His word, the King James Bible, and there is only one comprehension of His word as the LORD does not deal in confusion to those who truly seek Him: Revelation 22:18-21.In verse 9 the LORD puts the issue to bed with a couple questions which emphasize His view of the man derived half-bate church doctrines.
In the first clause of verse 10 we read “Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her”.Our Lord GOD here is speaking to His called and chosen as only His called and chosen will know and love the New Jerusalem.
In the second clause of the verse the LORD is still speaking to His called and chosen as it is only His called and chosen who truly mourn for the New Jerusalem and the Christ.We can also know from Isaiah 65:17-19 the New Jerusalem and the New Earth are one.Therefore the called and chosen of God will cohabit there with the LORD forever.It is only at this time the called and chosen will truly be contented, as then and only then will all things be right with our soul and body.
In verses 11 and 12 the LORD is telling us of our existence in the New Earth, the New Jerusalem.In verse 13 we see our Lord GOD has been speaking of Himself as Jerusalem as He tells us all in verse 13 He will comfort us.So, yes, there will be a New Jerusalem which the LORD will establish for His called and chosen.It will be the New Earth and He will comfort His in the New Jerusalem or the New Earth.
Verse 14 is speaking of the elation those elect of God will experience as we each truly recognize for the first time, and for evermore, the countless blessings of the LORD.We will then see and recognize His blessings unto us always and for all eternity.However those lost to the LORD will never know this joy.
In verse 15 and 16 the LORD is telling of His wrath to come.Although it says in verse 16 the LORD will plead with all flesh, please realize He is not coming begging.In this life all mankind will be presented the truth of our Lord GOD and every person will accept or reject it: 1 Kings 21:27-29 and Jeremiah 2:25-26.The LORD will have mercy toward all the lost who will acknowledge His truth and attempt to humble themselves before Him: Zephaniah 2:2-3.However those who will go their own way seeking their own desires will experience His full and complete wrath: Isaiah 10:15-19.
All who were chosen, to include the elect of God, are exempt form this as we have no choice: Matthew 4:18-20.All those elect will be called and chosen and all the chosen the LORD will claim before He brings His wrath:Isaiah 66:18-24.
In verse 17 it says “They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens”.This verse is speaking entirely of the lost.It is telling us of those who “sanctify themselves” via their own gospels ignoring the truth of the LORD.We can know from verses like Isaiah 1:8 the LORD is referring to His as the “cottage” in the vineyard, as the “lodge” in the garden of cucumbers and as the besieged city.The vineyard is the world filled with the lost and the garden of cucumbers is simply another representation of the world filled with the multitude of those lost as we are besieged because we are surrounded on all sides.In Isaiah 1:30 we once again see the LORD draw the parallel between the lost and the garden as He says “For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth and as a garden that hath no water”.In the original word of God verse 17 continues with “… one after another one in the midst” which is referring to the congregations led by the church leaders.The verse closes with “… eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD”.The LORD is making it clear that all those who take part of this will perish together.
In Isaiah 66:18 the LORD is speaking of the lost as He says “… I know their works and their thoughts”.That in the end He will gather them all and they will witness the end of time.In verse 19 the LORD is telling all of His, “those that escape of them”, to take His gospel unto the world that we will bring all of His elect from all over the world unto Him.Please notice the shift in the sequence of events as the LORD speaks of the end and then goes back to times before the end.The book of Isaiah was written before the New Testament, about 750-680 BC, and notice our Lord GOD is using the techniques many film directors and writers have only very recently begun to employ; starting with the end and going back to the beginning.This is further proof that, although only on a very low level, our minds are patterned after the mind of God: Genesis 3:22.Verse 19 closes with “and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles”.As our Lord GOD views salvation there are only two types of people in the world: saved and lost.These are the only types of man significant to God.His are the true Jews, Romans 2:25-29, and those lost to Him are the Gentiles, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5.In Romans 2:27 the LORD is telling us we, almost all of us, are born lost.Notice as the verse reads “And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfill the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?” Circumcision was a sign, Genesis 17:9-11, and if you are lost then your uncircumcision will simply fulfill the law.So put simply this is saying just as every man is born uncircumcised so is every man born lost and we will die lost unless the LORD saves us.
In verse 20 the LORD says His called and chosen shall bring “all” of their brethren, the elect, unto Him.He says “… upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my Holy Mountain Jerusalem”.In this portion of the sentence the LORD is saying His called and chosen will bring all of His elect, through His word, from every aspect of life unto Him.He closes the verse with “as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD”.The children of Israel are the called and chosen of God and the offering He allows us to bring are His elect.The vessel in which we bring our offering is clean because we don’t know who the elect are.If we knew who they were the vessel would become soiled with our pride, as the called and chosen are the vessels.If, by the will of God, He would allow us to soil the vessel He would not use us anymore.Reading the word of God with this new understanding it has become apparent that the LORD is using His called and chosen exclusively to bring all of His elect unto Him; Isaiah 42:6-7, 60:12 and 61:1 all take on a new significance when viewed in the light.
In Isaiah 1:4-20 the LORD speaks to the people of the world, all those who are not elect of Him.These are all those who, if they would take heed, He will have mercy upon them in their end as He does in their lives.However if they will not heed His word or humble themselves unto His will, although He will have mercy on them in their lives, in their end they will not have His covering: Zephaniah 2:3 and Isaiah 30:1.
Our Lord GOD will assign unto all of His the functions He will and He assures us and all those we bring unto Him eternal life.
All the called and chosen of God will worship the LORD always and we shall take great joy in it.It also seems we will be able to see those who perish in the end for all eternity even though their end has come and gone.