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Isaiah 1:2:4**…………I (The Lord) have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me; the ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; but Israel does not know, My people do not consider. Alas, sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity, a brood of evildoers. Children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the Lord; they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel. They have turned away backward (they don’t understand).

Rebellion and corruption then as today has provoked the anger of the Lord. It is only because of the mercy the Lord has given us that we even exist at all. As a badly wounded body dies if not attended, so it is that rebellion against the Creator of the universe will cause spiritual corruption and death. Shortly after the preaching of Isaiah, Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed, most of Israel received death with the balance enslaved in Babylon for 70 years. God’s people cannot continue in evil deeds and expect rituals of the synagogues and churches to redeem them from spiritual death. Our Creator wants right behavior for the helpless, the oppressed, and the fatherless and widows (verse 17 & 23). Even today, the entire world has turned away backward and surely provoked the Holy One of Israel. They have forsaken the Lord. **John 14:23-24** Jesus (Messiah, Lamb of God) answered and said to him (a disciple). “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father (Lord God Almighty), and I will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s (God) who sent me.” ** Verse 27-30** “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  You have heard Me say to you, I am going away and coming back to you. If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, I am going to the Father, for My Father is greater that I. And not I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world (Satan, adversary of God) is coming, and he has nothing in Me.

Our one and only Father God (YHWH pronounced Yahweh or Jehovah) who looks down on all the escalating wickedness caused by Satan and his angels must be terribly distressed. Our God has sent His one and only son into the world as Messiah to save lost souls by His new covenant. The teachings and shedding of Christ’s blood as the Passover Lamb was part of God’s immense chessboard to rescue the remnant of all nations to become redeemed and acceptable to the everlasting SONS OF GOD. Sadly, teachings under guidance of Christ for the new covenant have been twisted into UNACCEPTABLE ATTEMPTED righteous behavior of mankind. Christ was critical to the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 15:6-9**…..Thus have you made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites ((appearance of religion), well did Isaiah prophesy of you saying, This people draw nigh to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me but in vain they do worship me; teaching for doctrines the commandments of men (Isaiah 29-13). Christ later foretold His second coming in Matthew 24:7-12** “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation (distress and suffering) and kill you and you will be hated by nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. THEN MANY FALSE PROPHETS WILL RISE UP AND DECIEVE MANY.  AND BECAUSE LAWLESSNESS WILL ABOUND, THE LOVE OF MANY WILL GROW COLD.**The end of the age with the second coming of the Messiah rapidly approaches with the destruction of the world’s wicked evildoers (no love for God and hatred of neighbors, immediate family, other cultures, etc.). Within 20 years after Christ Jesus ascended back to sit with His Father God, the Apostle Paul (God’s Jewish Minister to the Gentiles) described His coming in 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12**(NIV). For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one (God) who holds it back will continue to do so until he (Satan) is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord Jesus (Messiah) will overthrow with the breath of His mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders. And in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

Just as hundred dollar bills are smudged or printed only on one side and therefore counterfeit, this evil world has increasingly worshiped the God of this world (Satan) and turned away backward from the Holy One of Israel. The world has rapidly progressed into an imitation and counterfeit method of worshiping the wrong God. As God has spoken to Isaiah concerning the branch of Jesse and descendant of King David, The Messiah Christ Jesus says **Isaiah 11:4-6** …….He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. (Read about the Rider on the White Horse, the Lamb of God in Revelation 19:11-16)

When Paul preached to the Greeks in Thessalonica, he said “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first”. He advised to comfort one another with these words and to be at peace among yourselves. 1. Rejoice always. 2. Give thanks in everything for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus. 3. Abstain from every form of evil. ** May the God of peace Himself sanctify (make holy) you completely and; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)