Chapter 128




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(Isa 11:1)  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem [Heb: trunk] of Jesse [Heb: extant, David’s father /// exist, entity], and a Branch [Jesus Christ: Jer 23:5; 33:15; Zech 3:8; 6:12] shall grow out of his roots:

  1. Commentary: “his roots” = Men are trees in the Bible. Jesse’s roots; fig. our roots (our lifestyle belief-system) that clings to the earth. Our roots are separated from the born-again (justified) tree as the tree becomes (sanctification) fully born-again (glorification). My soul yet clings but my spirit doth soar.
  2. Commentary: rod = is part of the tree, but disconnected from the tree. The hard wooden rod represents our soul that upon the occasion of our death and resurrection will be fully “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom 12:2) into Spirit. At that time, our spirit will then emerge out of the tree of us, the material realm, and become fully active in the spiritual realm. Two prophetic examples are Moses’ dead rod (Exo 4:1-5) that (resurrected) performed miracles against Pharaoh in Egypt, and Aaron’s dead rod that (resurrected) “budded… and yielded almonds” (Num 17:8), although parenthetically speaking, they both seem to be the same rod, i.e., of the same Spirit.
  3. (John 15:1-6)  I [Jesus Christ] am the true vine [Gk: a vine (as coiling about a support)], and my Father [God] is the husbandman [Gk: farmer]. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away [and cast “into outer darkness” Mat 22:13; 25:30]: and every branch that beareth fruit [30 fold], he purgeth [Gk: cleanses, prunes] it, that it may bring forth more fruit [60 fold]. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit [100 fold]: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered [Gk: dried up]; and men gather them [i.e., glorified men: “and the reapers are the angels” Mat 13:39], and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.



(Isa 11:2-5)  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove [Heb: correct] with equity [fairness] for the meek [Heb: gentle] of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle [Heb: belt] of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

  1. (Rev 19:15)  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword [the Word of God], that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron [Moses’ rod transformed from wood into iron]: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
  2. (1Co 13:8-10)  Charity [Gk: agape; love, affection or benevolence: love] never faileth: but whether there be prophecies [Gk: predictions], they shall fail [Gk: to be (render) entirely idle (useless)]; whether there be tongues [Gk: languages], they shall cease [Gk: stop: come to an end]; whether there be knowledge [Gk: science], it shall vanish away [Gk: to be (render) entirely idle (useless)]. For we know in part [Gk: in piece, in portion], and we prophesy in part [having “the earnest” (2 Cor 1:22; 5:5; Eph 1:14) of the Holy Spirit]. But when that which is perfect [Gk: complete] is come [i.e., meaning the complete mind of Christ in us], then that which is in part done away [Gk: to be (render) entirely idle (useless)].
  3. (1Co 13:11-13)  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now [as a child] we see through a glass, darkly [Gk: obscurely]; but then [upon our Lord’s return] face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known [e.g., Susan Christ, William Christ, John Christ]. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
    1. (Gal 3:27)  For as many of you as have been baptized [Gk: to make whelmed (that is, fully wet)] into Christ [Gk: the anointing] have put on Christ.



(Isa 11:6-9)  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb [Heb: a young sheep], and the leopard shall lie down with the kid [Heb: a young goat]; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling [Heb: stall fed] together; and a little child shall lead [Heb: guide] them [How is that possible? Answer: in the same orderly fashion that Noah lead (guided) into the ark “all flesh, wherein is the breath of life” Gen 7:15]. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox [exemplifying a wholesale return to the pre-flood days of vegetarianism]. And the sucking [Heb: nursing] child shall play on the hole of the asp [poisonous snake], and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' [an aggressive deadly viper] den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain [Heb: a mountain or range of hills]: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea [a symbol of humanity].

  1. (Gen 7:13-16)  In the selfsame day [at the beginning of the flood] entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
  2. (Gen 9:1-4)  And God blessed Noah and his sons [at the ending of the flood], and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat [Heb: food] for you; even as the green herb [Gen 1:29] have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat .
    1. (Lev 17:14)  For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.
  3. (Gen 1:27-30)  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion [Heb: subjugate: reign, rule] over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb [Heb: grass (or any tender shoot)] [such as barley, rye, and wheat] bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat [Heb: food]. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat [Heb: food]: and it was so. [ref. Isa 11:6-9]
    1. Commentary: “and have dominion over” = to have peaceful and orderly dominion, reign, rule over someone or something, the ruler must be able to communicate to the subject. By what means did Noah communicate with the animals boarding the ark two by two?



(Isa 11:10)  And in that day [the Day of the Lord, the “thousand years” (2 Peter 3:8) Millennium] there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand [picture a vertical Tabernacle] for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

  1. (Rev 22:16)  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David [and thus Jesse], and the bright and morning star.
  2. ensign = Heb: a flag; by implication a flagstaff; generally a signal; figuratively a token: - banner, pole, sail, (en-) sign, standard ///  to gleam from afar, to be conspicuous as a signal; (through the idea of a flag as fluttering in the wind); to raise a beacon: - lift up as an ensign, standard bearer.
  3. Commentary: What or who do you suppose that “ensign” to be? Remember Gideon’s 300 warriors standing over “the host of Midian… in the valley” (Judg 7:8), each warrior standing in the bodily configuration of a cross? That is a prophetic picture of you in Christ in the Millennium!