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Trip 617:  Promise of a Redeemer—Part 3

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Isaiah 62:1 through Isaiah 63:7

Focal verse(s):  Isaiah 63:2:  “Why is Your apparel red and Your garments like the one who treads in the wine press?”

The opening verse of Isaiah 62 tell us that when Christ comes the 2nd time, righteousness and salvation will shine forth to all nations of the world.  One of the names for the New Jerusalem will be “Beulah” which means “married one”, picturing the city’s marriage to God in the new relationship of righteousness.  The song “Beulah Land” expresses this relationship very well.  The city of Jerusalem will be “praise in the earth” in that day, meaning that people throughout the world will praise God for His city and be attracted to it.  Chapter 63 opens with 2 questions that will be asked about Christ when He returns: (1) “Who is this?” (2) Why is He dressed in red clothing?”  The answer: It is the Messiah, and the reason that His clothes are stained red is from the blood of the wicked that He has to judge in the evil neighboring nation of Edom on His way.  We must constantly keep in mind that our God is a loving God but also a God of wrath and judgment for those who are wicked and refuse to repent of their sins and turn to the Lord!   When Christ comes the 2nd time, He will come in judgment of those who have not accepted Him as He establishes the eternal kingdom.  Praise the Lord for His loving kindness to those who serve Him!   Millennial note: Various Old Testament references affirm that the desert and wilderness of Palestine will someday be transformed.  This transformation will require vast quantities of water.   A newspaper item said, “Vast quantities of sweet water buried deep beneath the Sinai and the Negev deserts have been discovered by Israel geologists.   Isotope examination of the water showed that it is ancient, thus proving that the present desert area was once subject to rainfall and was inhabited.” *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 800, #3412.

 

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Trip 616:  Promise of a Redeemer—Part 2

THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Isaiah 60:10 through Isaiah 61

Focal verse(s):  Isaiah 61:1:  “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release for the prisoners”

The people from other countries who are drawn to Jerusalem to worship Christ during the Millennium will not only bring riches to the nation, but help build up the walls of Jerusalem as well.  Any nation which tries to defeat Israel during this time will be destroyed by God.  Beautiful building materials from other nations will be brought to Jerusalem for the construction of the millennial temple.  Chapter 61 opens with the 2 verses Christ quoted about Himself in Luke 4:18-19 and told the people the scripture had been fulfilled that day in their hearing!   Isaiah 61:1 also mentions all 3 persons of the Trinity: the Spirit, the Lord, and the Messiah!  The 3rd verse tells us the 3 things that God gives to the saved: (1) A garland instead of ashes; (2) Gladness instead of mourning; and (3) Praise instead of a faint spirit.  This opening section also tells us Christ’s mission to earth was to preach the Gospel, proclaim liberty to the captives, and to provide comfort for those who mourn.  This is a wonderful passage proclaiming the first coming of the Lord Jesus and stating exactly what His mission and purpose would be.  He came and lived among us and died for our sins.   Now He is with the Father waiting for the Spirit to finish working through believers until His Second Coming when He will complete His mission and reign eternally with the believers of all the ages!

 

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Trip 615:  Condemnation of Wickedness–Part 2; Promise of a Redeemer

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Isaiah 59:9 through Isaiah 60:9

Focal verse(s):  Isaiah 59:9:  “So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us.  We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.”

The sinful Israelites had become so corrupt they could not understand why God would not help them.   When a person gets so hardened by sin they become totally insensitive to the Holy Spirit.  Samson had the same problem in his life.  Remember when Delilah told him the Philistines were upon him?   Judges 16:20 says, “He awoke from his sleep and said, ‘I will go out as other times and shake myself free’, and he did not know that the Lord had left him.”   Samson was looking back on his former relationship with the Lord and was not even aware that God’s power had left him because of his sin.   This is the same condition the Israelites were in during Isaiah’s day.  Isaiah looked ahead to the time when the Messiah would return and judge the nations and Israel would once again be restored through God’s redeeming love.   Isaiah talked about the riches the people from other countries will bring to Israel in that day as they are attracted by the light of Christ to come there and worship Him.   The Reader’s Digest once contained this statement: “God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the Rights of Man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say, ‘this is my country.’”  That day is coming…the Millennium! *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 798, #3403

 

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Trip 614:  Condemnation of Wickedness

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:  __Isaiah 58:1 through Isaiah 59:8

Focal verse(s):  Isaiah 58:13-14:  “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on My holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord.

The 58th chapter of Isaiah begins the final section of the book and a contrast is made between real and fake worship of God.   The Israelites knew all the outward things to do in order to “look” religious, but inwardly they were not really worshipping God.   They fasted to gain the approval of men rather than God and their ritualism made no change in their life-style or love of their fellow men.   The bottom line was that with all their outward religious rituals, they still showed no compassion for the poor and needy…their outward religious appearance was not matched by any inward change and their deeds did not match their works.   Galatians 5:25 says “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit”.   In Isaiah 58:13, Isaiah focuses on the Sabbath.   Those who were willing to set aside that special day to honor God showed that they were serious about the Lord.   Isaiah reminded the people that despite their terrible sin, God could still save them if they would repent.  However, because of their sin, God had chosen not to hear their prayers.   Sin in our lives is like a cloud that blocks the light of God from shining on us.  The more sin in our lives, the thicker the cloud, and the less of God’s light we can receive.  Remember also that the thicker a cloud, the more of the sun’s warmth it blocks out.   That’s why when a person accumulates unconfessed sin in their lives they become spiritually “cold”!   Spend some time with the Lord right now getting caught up on your unconfessed sin.

 

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Trip 613:  Exhortation to Righteousness—Part 2

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Isaiah 57

Focal verse(s):  Isaiah 57:1:  “The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.”

Imagine having a society that was so corrupt and immoral that the godly people felt they needed to die just so they could find peace!   You know conditions are really bad when he righteous people are so frustrated with the evil in the world around them that they just want to die!   The decadence such as sorcery, prostitution, and occult practices which took place in the nation in that day was condemned.  The worship of the god Molech was often accompanied by the sacrifice of children and many of the other pagan deities who were worshipped involving sexual perversions in their rituals.   Even through all of the backsliding and rebellion against God by His people, God still promised to restore them after punishing them for their evil because they were His own chosen people.   What a loving God we have!   Those who repent and turn to God will receive pardon and forgiveness, but those who refuse to repent will be doomed to eternal damnation!   Pause right now to thank God for His loving kindness in your life.   Make a list of all the things you are thankful for that God has done for you.   The wonderful hymn by Johnson Oatman, “Count Your Blessings” was first published in 1897.  Here are the lyrics:  “When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. (Refrain): Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God has done! Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your many blessings, see what God has done. And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear? Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly, and you will keep singing as the days go by. When you look at others with their lands and gold, Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold; Count your many blessings money cannot buy [wealth can never buy] Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. So, amid the conflict whether great or small, Do not be discouraged, God is over all; Count your many blessings, angels will attend, Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.”  Count your blessings today and it will surprise you what God has done!

 

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Trip 612:  God’s Loving Kindness to Israel—Part 2; Exhortation to Righteousness

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Isaiah 56

Focal verse(s):  Isaiah55:1:  “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!   Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”

Our focal verse expresses the truth that each man who thirsts for the Word of God must come individually to Christ to receive the Lord.   Verse 3 of this same chapter says those who come to God will receive everlasting life, and the rest of the chapter shares the fact that God’s salvation is available to every man.   In the 11th verse we see that God has 2 ways of reaching men: (1) He uses men to witness to others; (2) He uses His Word, which never returns empty, but accomplishes His purpose!   Chapter 56 tells us that those non-Jews who believed in God and obeyed His laws will be saved as well.   These believing foreigners will be gathered by God along with the righteous Israelis during the millennial reign, fulfilling God’s promise to Abraham to bless all nations through his descendants.  The last part of chapter 56 is a call for the condemnation of the wicked rulers of Israel and God’s punishment upon them.  Notice in Isaiah 55:11 that God uses men to be involved in both ways He reaches the lost: (1) Through personal witnessing and (2) The study of God’s word.   We must all be individual soul winners and take an active part in Bible study in order to do our part to reach this world for Christ!

 

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Trip 611:  Fourth Servant Song of the Messiah—Part 2; God’s Loving Kindness to Israel

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Isaiah 54

Focal verse(s):  Isaiah 53:5-6: “But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

The 53rd chapter of Isaiah gives a description of Christ’s death upon the Cross for the sins of mankind.   The faithful would mourn because so few people believed the message of the Messiah.   The Messiah would not be striking in appearance and would be despised and rejected by men.  Christ would bear mankind’s iniquities upon Himself.  He would be wounded for our sins, which talks about His suffering on the Cross and He would take all the sins of the world upon Himself at that time.  This prophesy tells us that Christ would not open His mouth to complain, but would quietly submit to death, just like a lamb.  The soldiers who crucified Jesus intended to bury Him with the wicked but He was buried with the rich as verse 9 of the 53rd chapter states.  The last verse of this chapter tells of how Christ would triumph victoriously over sin.  Chapter 54 talks about God re-gathering the nation of Israel, which happened in 1947. Just as God had promised Noah,  He would never again devastate the earth by flood, so He tells Israel a time is coming (The Millennial Kingdom) when He will never again have to punish His children.  In that time God will rebuild the city using precious gems, and He will personally teach the children who will enjoy His peace and love forever.  During the Millennium, nations will be blessed if they follow the Word of God and destroyed if they rebel against the Word.

 

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