Friday, June 20, 2014

The Fall (Pun Intended) of 2008

And then He asked me to gather in the various scriptures He had shown me, in a sort of conversational way, and I have obeyed, even as He seemed to be separating them into three categories, as follows: 

·      To the Arrogant Who Know Not What They Do
·      There Is Hope For Those Who Know Not What They Do
·      Comfort For God’s People

To The Arrogant Who Know Not What They Do 
Wail, for the day of the Lord is at hand!  It will come as destruction from the Almighty.  Therefore, all hands will be limp, every man’s heart will melt, and they will be afraid (Isaiah 13:6-8).  I will halt the arrogance of the proud and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.  I will shake the heavens, and the earth will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah (Isaiah 13:11-19).  Everyone will wail, weeping bitterly -- his life will become burdensome to him (Isaiah 15:3-4).  And there will be desolation because you have forgotten the God of your salvation and have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold… [your] harvest will be a heap of ruins in the day of grief and desperate sorrow (Isaiah 17:9-11).

The princes have become fools; the princes are deceived; they have also deluded Egypt, those who are the mainstay of its tribes. and they have caused Egypt to err in all her work (Isaiah 19:13-14).  [Therefore] Egypt will be afraid and fear because of the waving of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which he waves over it (Isaiah 19:16).  You did not look to [your] Maker, nor did you have respect for Him who fashioned [everything] long ago (Isaiah 22:8-11).  Behold, the Lord [will make] the earth empty and make it waste, He will distort its surface and scatter abroad its inhabitants, and it shall be as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master… and the land shall be emptied and utterly plundered, for the Lord has spoken.  The haughty people of the earth will languish because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant (Isaiah 24:1-5).

It shall come to pass in that day that the Lord will punish on high the host of exalted ones and on the earth the kings of the earth.  They will be gathered together as prisoners are gathered in the pit and will be shut up in the prison; after many days they will be punished (Isaiah 24:21-22).  Because they rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High, therefore He brought down their heart with labor; they fell down, and there was none to help (Psalm 107:11-12).  Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees… Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger and the staff in whose hand is My indignation.  I will send him against an ungodly nation (Isaiah 10: 1, 5-6).  And [they] shall be trampled down under Him as straw is trampled down for the refuse heap.  He will bring down their pride (Isaiah 25:10-11).

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel nor seek the Lord (Isaiah 31:1).  You speak of having plans and power, but they are mere words (Isaiah 36:5).  They would not walk in His ways, nor were they obedient to His law.  Therefore He poured out the fury of his anger (Isaiah 42:24-25).  You have burdened Me with your sins; you have wearied Me with your iniquities (Isaiah 43:24).  Their precious things shall not profit… they shall be ashamed together (Isaiah 44: 9, 11).  I am the Lord, who frustrates the signs of the babblers and drives diviners mad; who turns wise men backward and makes their knowledge foolishness (Isaiah 44: 24-25).

Woe to him who strives with his Maker!  Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth!  Shall the clay say to him who forms it, “What are you making?”  Or shall your handiwork say, “He has no hands?”  Woe to him who says to his father, “What are you begetting?”  Or to the woman, “What have you brought forth?”  They shall be ashamed and also disgraced, all of them; they shall go in confusion together who are makers of idols (Isaiah 45:9-10;16).

Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures, who dwell securely.  In a moment, in one day, the loss of children and widowhood shall come upon you for you have trusted in your wickedness.  Trouble shall fall upon you; you will not be able to put it off, and desolation shall come upon you suddenly (Isaiah 47:8-11).

To be continued... the second category will be posted next...

This photograph is from a Facebook page called Live Life in Color.

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