The Prophet Addresses Pagan Pollution

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The Prophecy of Jehovah’s Mouthpiece Isaiah continues with the foretelling of immediate judgment, future glory, and the Millennial Reign…

This is a vision that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s house will be the highest of all— the most important place on earth. It will be raised above the other hills, and people from all over the world will stream there to worship. People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion; his word will go out from Jerusalem. The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore (Isaiah 2:1-4 NLT).

This Prophecy corresponds to that of another Mouthpiece of Jehovah, the Prophet Micah, who prophesied 17 years later. When Jehovah God repeats a Message, the repetition emphasizes its preciousness to Him and its importance to man. In both the Prophecies, Isaiah and Micah, the LORD reveals the character of the Kingdom He proposed to set up on the earth. In the latter, it is repeated to the nations—and this is Good News for we Messianic Gentile Believers!

Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord! For the Lord has rejected his people, the descendants of Jacob, because they have filled their land with practices from the East and with sorcerers, as the Philistines do. They have made alliances with pagans. Israel is full of silver and gold; there is no end to its treasures. Their land is full of warhorses; there is no end to its chariots. Their land is full of idols; the people worship things they have made with their own hands. So now they will be humbled, and all will be brought low— do not forgive them. 10 Crawl into caves in the rocks. Hide in the dust from the terror of the Lord and the glory of his majesty. 11 Human pride will be brought down, and human arrogance will be humbled. Only the Lord will be exalted on that day of judgment (Isaiah 2:5-11 NLT).

Instead of Judah being a “light” to the rest of the world, the world had now darkened Judah’s “light.” Instead of surrounding nations taking on Judah’s ways of Godliness, which the LORD intended, Judah had taken on the world’s ways of ungodliness. Judah desired the “practices from the East” and the “sorcerers.” Judah loved aligning herself with pagans because she loved their pagan practices and their material wealth. Judah polluted pure worship of Jehovah according to His Mandates and worshipped “things they have made with their own hands,” things from their own vain imaginations.

No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him.  And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God (Luke 16:13-15 NASB).

The over accumulation of wealth, the striking of partnerships with pagan nations, the multiplication of horses, and the making of idols were all strictly forbidden by the Mosaic Law. While outwardly loyal to the Law, they, like the Pharisees of the Messiah’s day, were private idolaters.

Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry (Col 3:5 NASB).

For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has a day of reckoning. He will punish the proud and mighty and bring down everything that is exalted. 13 He will cut down the tall cedars of Lebanon and all the mighty oaks of Bashan. 14 He will level all the high mountains and all the lofty hills. 15 He will break down every high tower and every fortified wall. 16 He will destroy all the great trading ships and every magnificent vessel. 17 Human pride will be humbled, and human arrogance will be brought down. Only the Lord will be exalted on that day of judgment (Isaiah 2:12-17 NLT).

The very nature of the Antichrist and all who follow him will be “proud and lofty.” The very nature of the Antichrist and his followers will be “pride,” but all those of the Antichrist will be brought low:

For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand (Rev 19:2 KJV).

Idols will completely disappear. 19 When the Lord rises to shake the earth, his enemies will crawl into holes in the ground. They will hide in caves in the rocks from the terror of the Lord and the glory of his majesty. 20 On that day of judgment they will abandon the gold and silver idols they made for themselves to worship. They will leave their gods to the rodents and bats, while they crawl away into caverns and hide among the jagged rocks in the cliffs. They will try to escape the terror of the Lord and the glory of his majesty as he rises to shake the earth. 22 Don’t put your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. What good are they? (Isaiah 2:18-22 NLT).

 Dependence on man is folly, but trusting in the Messiah is wisdom. As for man, he is a feeble creature of a moment, but the Messiah is an all-sufficient and eternal refuge.

For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.  One of them, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”  This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth. To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.  They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work (Titus 1:10-16 NKJV).