Chapter 85

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(Isa 65:1-5)  I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation [Heb: Gentiles, heathens] that was not called by my name. I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people [Hebrews, Jews], which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts [1,2]; A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick [man-made edifices rather than un-tooled stone] [3]; Which remain among the graves [the demon (fallen angels - Legion) infested man of the Gadarenes: Mark 5:1-20, i.e., dwell in the memories of one’s evil past], and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels [a dual meaning: in their bowls, and in their bodies]; Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou [i.e., the Pharisees]. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day [i.e., “these” elicit a very negative response from father God].

1.      (Gen 6:5)  And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

2.      (2 Cor 10:4,5)  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down [Gk: demolition; fig. extinction: destruction] of strong holds [Gk: castles (fig. arguments)];) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

3.      (Exo 20:25,26)  And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone [Heb: something cut, i.e. dressed stone]: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it [Heb: defiled it]. Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness [without covering, and thus the exposure of one’s sin] be not discovered thereon [by God and man].


(Isa 65:6,7)  Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense [Heb: reciprocate: reward, repay], even recompense into their bosom [i.e., reward justly and very personally], Your iniquities [Heb: perversities, (moral evils): faults, sins], and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure [Heb: mete (out)] their former work into their bosom [i.e., no forgiveness].

1.      (Exo 21:23-25)  And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

2.      (John 12:48)  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words [Gk: rhema] [(revelations); fruit; Grace], hath one that judgeth him: the word [Gk: logos] [seed; Law] that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.


(Isa 65:8-10)  Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster [Heb: a bunch of grapes or other fruit] [the believing Gentile is found in the Jewish cluster] [1], and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all. And I will bring forth a seed [2] out of Jacob [the sheep], and out of Judah [the shepherds] an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there. And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.

1.      (Rom 2:28,29)  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

2.      (Psa 22:30,31)  A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness [O.T. Jews did not proselytize; N.T. Jews (us) do] unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

a.       Commentary: “A seed shall serve him” = the “Christ” generation, the fourteenth generation (or the forty-second generation if you count the names accurately) extending from Jesus Christ’s death and concurrent gift of the Holy Spirit unto the present (Mat 1:17), a spiritual generation. “Jesus” Himself is the thirteenth generation (or forty-first).


(Isa 65:11,12)  But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number. Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.


(Isa 65:13-16)  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed: Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit. And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name [1]: That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

1.      (Rev 2:17)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh [the evil thoughts (fallen angels) residing in the “strong holds” of your mind] will I give to eat of the hidden manna [i.e., revelations], and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.


THE MILLENNIUM KINGDOM (good things, righteousness)

(Isa 65:17-23)  For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind [1]. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days [2]: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.

1.      (2 Pet 3:10-14)  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved [Gk: destroyed, melted], and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent [Gk: make an effort: endeavor, labor, study] that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

2.      The Full Life Study Bible: “an infant of days” = Although death will exist in the millennial kingdom, life spans will be much longer than they are now. A one-hundred-year old person will still be considered a youth and those who die before that age will be considered accursed.


(Isa 65:24,25)  And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer [“ONENESS,” THE MIND OF CHRIST]; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock [“PEACE, ORDER, HARMONY,” LOVE REIGNS]: and dust [perhaps an allusion to the still unsaved] shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.