(Isa 8:1-4)  Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz [Heb: plundering and spoiling will come quickly]. And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah. And I went unto the prophetess [i.e., my wife]; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz. For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus [Syria’s capital] and the spoil of Samaria [Israel’s capital, the northern kingdom of 10 tribes] shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.

  1. Commentary: Isaiah the prophet had two sons by his “prophetess” wife. Their first son was named Mathershalalhashbaz by the Lord which means in Hebrew “plundering and spoiling will come quickly,” and their second son was named Shear-Jashub by the Lord with the Hebrew meaning “a remnant will return.” These two names accorded to the sons of a prophet and a prophetess are a prophecy in-themselves of the beginning of great tribulation and the ending of great tribulation.
  2. Nelson’s Illusrated Bible Dictionary: Assyria = A kingdom between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers that dominated the ancient world from the ninth century to the seventh century B.C. and utterly defeated the northern kingdom of Israel [Samaria] in 722 B.C. and carried away thousands of captive Israelites.


(Isa 8:5-8)  The LORD spake also unto me again, saying, Forasmuch as this people [Judah and Israel] refuseth [Heb: spurn: abhor, despise, disdain, loathe, reject, reprobate, vile person] the waters of Shiloah [the pool of Siloam in Jerusalem where the blind see (John 9:7)] that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin [king of Syria] and Remaliah's son [king Pekah of Israel]; Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks: And he shall pass through Judah [Heb: celebrated]; he shall overflow [Heb: conquer] and go over, he shall reach even [“but only” Amplif.] to the neck [“of which Jerusalem is the head” Amplif]; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel [Heb: God with us] [Messiah].

  1. (John 9:1-7)  And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.


(Isa 8:9-15)  Associate yourselves [with foreigners], O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together [against Judah], and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us. For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not [in agreement], A confederacy, to all them [our enemies] to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary [for you]; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel [Judah and Israel], for a gin [trap] and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.


(Isa 8:16-22)  Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs [Heb: signals] and for wonders [Heb: miracles] in Israel from the LORD of hosts [1], which dwelleth in mount Zion. And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living [to seek un] to the dead [is necromancy]? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret [Heb: burst out in rage] themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward. And they [“who consult mediums and wizards” Amplif.] shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble [Heb: tribulation] and darkness [Heb: fig. misery], dimness [Heb: darkness] of anguish [Heb: distress]; and they shall be driven to darkness [Heb: gloominess].

  1. (John 14:10-12)  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words [Gk: rhema] that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works [Gk: deeds, labour]. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.


(Isa 9:1,2)  Nevertheless the dimness [Heb: distress] shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness [Heb: misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness] have seen a great light [Heb: illumination: happiness]: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined [Heb: illuminated: enlightened].


(Isa 9:3-5)  Thou [“O Lord” Amplif.] hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this [i.e., nuclear warfare] shall be with burning and fuel of fire.


(Isa 9:6,7)  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase [Heb: greatness] of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

  1. (Matt 3:10-12)  And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I [John the Baptist] indeed baptize you with water unto repentance [Gk: to think differently, reconsider]: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he [Jesus Christ] shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost [for salvation], and with fire [for purification]: Whose fan [Gk: winnowing fork] is in his hand [“The Hand Ministry” = apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher (Eph 4:11,12)], and he will throughly purge [Gk: cleanse perfectly, (specifically) winnow] his floor, and gather [Gk: assemble] his wheat into the garner [Gk: barn]; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
  2. (Mark 16:15,16)  And he [Jesus] said unto them, Go ye into all the world [Gk: kosmos; “cosmos” (universe)], and preach the gospel [of love] to every creature [man being one of many sub-categories of “creature”]. He that believeth and is baptized [Gk: make whelmed (fully wet), (immersed)] shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.