April 23

Isaiah 18-22, Psalm 113

The prophet’s message is often not popular to a worldly audience. Though Isaiah has already proven himself reliable, his message was often ignored by those who did not revere God. The names of the nations are now different, but we find ourselves in a similar position. Each society establishes their own “experts”. In former days, they were often referred to as wise men. Today, we too have so called wise men on an array of topics from evolution, climate change, sexual freedom, religious tolerance, etc. To a culture without God, their words sway the masses and sound more fair than the “intolerant, exclusive, primitive” Words of God. Paul warned us of following those whom the world deems wise in 1 Corinthians 1:25-27, “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;”.

In Isaiah 21:5-9, we see the people of Babylon partying before being conquered. This was fulfilled almost 260 years later precisely as prophesied, as recorded in the book of Daniel chapter 5. In the short prophecy against Edom in chapter 21 of Isaiah, we see the common view that nothing is different, all is going along as usual. The nations in those days, like our own nation and the world now as we know it are no different. Though we don’t know the time or the hour, end time prophecies are coming together at a rapid rate. So much, that nothing else really has to occur before the Rapture and/or the beginning of the Tribulation. Peter spoke of this in 2 Peter 3:2-4, “that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “”Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” Jesus in Matthew 24 spells out for us what we are to look for in the end times. He also speaks of the suddenness of the event as we read in Matthew 24:37-39, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Jesus goes on to tell us in Matthew 24:45-51, to be faithful and wise to the end, since we don’t know when the culmination of things will occur. We may not be asked to walk naked (or in undergarments) like Isaiah did in Isaiah 20, but we are to take our stand, armed with the truth of the Word of God, remaining firm to the end. May we all one day hear the words of Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25:21, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord”.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato