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My Salvation


Isaiah 49:5 ESV   And now the LORD says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD, and my God has become my strength— 6 he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”  

The Orthodox Jewish Bible reads “that Thou mayest be My Yeshuah (Salvation)”.    

Luke 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;

30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”

Yeshuah came to be a light for all people, even to the Gentiles.  And Yeshuah, after He had risen from the dead, said:

Matthew 28:18 …  “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The Holy Spirit (Ruach haKadosh), gave the apostles and disciples the power to spread the good news on the Day of Pentecost.  Through many persecutions and trials, the faithful have spread His name, the name of Salvation, and the Light of the world.  There are believers in every land!   Even in places of severest persecution, the gospel goes on because there is Truth and Light and Love.

“Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.”  Isaiah 9:7

Do you believe the Scriptures and the words of Isaiah?   Surely, no one fits the role of Messiah but Jesus Christ!   Truly, Emmanuel, Yeshuah came to be Light, over 2000 years ago.   And He will come again and save Israel!

7 “And the LORD will give salvation to the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not surpass that of Judah. 8 On that day the LORD will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the LORD, going before them. 9 And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy,

so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced…”  Zechariah 12:7-10

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5

Yeshuah is our Salvation!

Arise! Shine!



 “Arise, go!”  He says to Jonah.  (Jonah 1:2)

Jonah runs.

So the LORD speaks the word through the heathen!

“…. sleeper? Arise….”  (Jonah 1:6)

The heathen throw Jonah into the sea and the big fish swallows him.  Jonah prays.  The LORD speaks to the fish to spit out Jonah.  

Then the LORD speaks again: “Arise, go!”  (Jonah 3:2)  

Jonah gets the message!


“Awake and sing!”   (Isaiah 26:19)

“Arise, shine!”  (Isaiah 60:1)

“Arise, sleeping one, and stand up out of the dead ones, and Christ will shine one you!”  (Ephesians 5:14)

Yes, saints, the LORD is saying, “Arise!”

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Insights from Isaiah


When I was a baby Christian, a Bible teacher was inquiring which books we would like to study. I chimed in, “Isaiah!” His comment, however, was in the negative, saying it was a lot of dry history and judgments. That was certainly not my take on the prophet. Even as young in the Lord as I was back then, the Holy Spirit had shown me some wonderful tidbits in Isaiah. It seems that every time I read that book, my spiritual adrenalin starts revving! No, this is not just a dry, historical record! It is full of wisdom for our times! And it holds prophesies of my dear Savior Jesus Christ, both as the Suffering Servant (Isa 53) and as the victorious King of Kings! (Isa 63:1-6; Rev 19:11-16)

Jesus “was, and is, and is to come” the King of Kings! This is who the Jews were anticipating, two thousand years ago. Perhaps some Jews failed to recognize Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah because they did not embrace the Scriptures that pointed to His suffering. They expected only that triumphant King who would throw off the cruel Roman yoke of oppression. Today, do many Christians make a similar mistake in overlooking that He is also the Lion of Judah? We acknowledge Him as the Lamb and the One Atonement for our sins, but do we fail to warn the lost that He will come again as the King of Kings in righteousness, judging and making war on evil? (Rev 19:11-16)


Oh, “God is love” some retort. “There’s no judgment. God couldn’t do that!” Actually, I heard something akin to this from a young seminary student recently! Yes, God is love. (1 John 4:8) But as I pointed out to him, we cannot just read the “nice” verses in Scripture and disregard the others. Evil will be judged to the desired effect that peace and goodness will reign!

Isaiah is admittedly full of judgments on nations who defy the LORD. The title given by the editors of my New King James over chapter 24 reads: “Impending Judgment on the Earth”. It states: “Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste, distorts its surface and scatters abroad its inhabitants.” (Isa 24:1) Another chapter predicts “a destruction determined even upon the whole earth.” (Isa 28:22) Gee, that sounds a lot like some chapters in Revelation! Pretty heavy stuff.

But some would relegate all that judgment to former times. Now, we are “under grace”. Yes, some of us are under the grace of God because we are IN Christ, but those outside of Christ are still under judgment. (John 3:18) (John 3:16 is so often quoted but there’s more following it!) The Good News is that God’s Door is open wide! Jesus is the Door. (John 10:7)


Isaiah’s prophecies of judgments did actually occur. If you want to study the historical battles and such, this is not that study. Those historical studies are vitally important as they confirm the Word of God and establish the veracity of Scripture. I love to read the historical and cultural footnotes that illuminate the Scriptures but the best illumination comes from the Holy Spirit! The Word of God is living! (Heb 4:12) His Word is not to be confined to ancient history. Nor is God’s Word only understandable to historians. The ancient prophecies echo down through time, as the New Testament teaches:

“Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come.” (1 Cor 10:11) I’m convinced that that passage does not intend to refer exclusively to the Books of Exodus and Numbers quoted, but points to a principle for studying the Old Testament. The Apostle Peter wrote similarly that the OT prophets were ministering to us about “the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow”! (1 Peter 1:10-13) (Please note “glories” is plural and note verse 13) The Apostle Paul also taught “whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” (Rom 15:4) (Also see: Col 2:16-17)


What then is our hope? Is it not that through everything, God is working for good? We can find that hope in story after story of Old Testament saints. Is it not that God can deliver His praying, faithful people from evil as He delivered Hezekiah (Isa 37)?

Is not our hope that in the end, God wins and evil is no more? We can find that hope in Isaiah’s judgments proclaimed against rampant evil because those many judgments came to pass and God’s will prevailed. Why do we then doubt that evil will not again be judged similarly?

Is not our hope for peace? Do not good people long for the day when “the wolf dwells with the lamb” and “they shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain”? (Isa 11:6-9) Christ is revealed in Isaiah as the Son who is also the Mighty God who is also the “Prince of Peace”! (Isa 9:6) Yet so many reject Him! Truly Christ is our hope and the purest “desire of all nations”! (Hag 2:7 KJ or NKJ) Next time you see a “Pray for Peace” bumper sticker, cry out, “Come, Lord Jesus!” He is our only hope for peace!

Surely our hope is of glories to come. “Christ in us” IS “the hope of glory!” (Col 1:27) Saints, we have much more to look forward to! “But hope that is seen is not hope.” (Rom 8:24) Yet our Blessed Hope will come! (Titus 2:13) “When He appears, we shall be like Him!” (1 John 3:2) Wow! I’m going to be like Jesus! John also wrote in that same verse, “it has not yet been revealed what we shall be”. Why? Because the full revelation of Christ Himself has not yet been revealed! But “we shall be like Him” when “we shall see Him as He is!” Again, I say, WOW!!!!! Now that’s something for which to hope! “And everyone who has this hope in him, purifies himself, just as He is pure.” (1 John 3:3)

The Book of Revelation is about, as its full title indicates, the Revelation of Jesus Christ. It contains prophesies of His Coming again when “we shall see Him as He is!” This is our hope, “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think!” (Eph 3:20) That nice song may say “I can only imagine…” but more accurately, we can’t even imagine all the wonders God has in store for us who love Him!

Now, one more point before I get back to Isaiah, for the benefit of those who think the Book of Revelation was fully fulfilled in 70 AD: please have the humility to admit that you, nor I, are not yet like Christ, even if you put us all together! Since “when He appears, we shall be like Him” hasn’t happened, then Christ is yet to come! As another song goes, “What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see!” “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

As I re-studied this book recently, what amazed me were the many similarities between Isaiah and the Book of Revelation. Why should that be amazing? Really, it’s to be expected, since many of the prophetic Scriptures are also looking far ahead to the absolute Day of the Lord! The many correlations and parallels between the two books make this very logical reasoning. Let Scripture interpret Scripture. I will be posting a chart with these many similarities. The Old Testament prophets echo through time, right up until the end, when the Alpha & Omega, the First and Last (Rev 22:13 and Isa 41:4) closes the old chapter of human history and ushers in visibly and unquestionably His Kingdom! (Heb 2:8)  We have not yet seen “every knee” bowed, but we can rest assured that we will see that Day! (Phil 2:10 and Isa 45:23) “Look up! Your redemption is nigh!”*

* from a line in my song based on Luke 21:28;