In the last days the mountain of the LORD’S temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.
 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
 Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD.
[New International translation]
THE TEMPLE – (verse 2 a.):
Solomon’s Temple was built on the mountain of the Lord, Mount Moriah, highly visible to all the people of Jerusalem.
[For more on the Temple’s significance, See 2 Chronicles 3-6].
“In the last days…”
Bible prophecy is much like peeling an onion. As you peel the onion, it gets stronger the farther down you go and at the same time, each layer is significant in its own right. This certainly applies here in Isaiah. [https://theworddetective.wordpress.com/2012-03-13/peeling-an-onion:-the-many-layers-of-biblical-prophecy/.]
VERSES 2-5–“A Hymn of Hope for Zion”–
This is the looking forward to the “someday” of the LORD. In the Old Testament, the “someday…” had reference to a time of the victorious interposition by GOD for the overthrow of the foes of Israel, e.g. Isaiah 2:12. [Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary.]
Then in VERSE 6…HOPE is dashed in fragments:
Surely [LORD] You have rejected and forsaken your people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled [with customs] from the east and with soothsayers [who foretell] like the Philistines; also they strike hands and make pledges and agreements with the children of aliens. (Amplified Bible)
THE WORLD TODAY:
VERSE 6 can be talking very much of the world today, where the church has largely abandoned its people. The indifference of Christ’s teaching is diminishing as we allow, even encourage the teaching of foreign religions.
We sing songs proclaiming that we will not serve foreign gods, and society still encourages others to do so.
We have a growth in the Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Eastern and mystical worship in our society and a confusion of belief. Even church leaders talk about acceptance and incorporation of foreign worship into the worship of the One True God!
Exodus 20:3, 4 – King James Bible:
Thou shall have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Living In Today As Christians…
There will be a tomorrow, and a sense of tomorrows after that. We’ve rested on our laurels; do we really believe Christ will return for His people? Christ’s second coming becomes empty, a set of words which gives us comfort, becomes diluted, has little meaning.
THE SOMEDAY OF THE LORD – another layer of the onion revealed–
The day of the LORD will come…
JESUS has promised it… (Matthew 26)
The prophets foresee it…
The apostles affirm it…
Malachi 4:1, 2 a – NIV Bible:
“SURELY THE day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day this is coming will set them on fire,” says the LORD Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.  But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings…
Joel 2:30, 31 – AMPLIFIED:
And I will show signs and wonders in the heavens; and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.  The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood BEFORE the great and terrible day of the LORD comes.
WE NEED TO KEEP WATCH–
“What! Are you so utterly unable to stay awake and keep watch with Me…” (Matthew 26:40).
The Greek word “watch” is Gregorio; translated means: “spiritual alertness”; “be vigilant”. [i] See Footnote.
Keeping WATCH of World Events Occurring…
 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place;
 All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the birthpangs [of the intolerable anguish].
Our attention these days is being focused on the trials and problems of our own lives; the increasing interest rates, inflation, negative equity for mortgage loans, increasing personal debt in America.
I read this week in my WORD STUDY investigation, an article entitled Debt Slavery: 30 Facts About Debt In America That Will Blow Your Mind [ii] See Footnote.
“When your finances are dominated by debt, it makes it really hard to ever get ahead. Incredibly, 43 percent of all American families spend more than they earn each year. According to the Federal Reserve, median household debt in America has risen to $75,000.
MEN AND WOMEN IN THE LAND…
Across the land people are working hard in offices, factories, schools, etc., just trying to keep up…forgetting sometimes to WATCH!
Matthew 24:41, 42:
 Two women will be grinding at the hand-mill; one will be taken and one will be left.
 WATCH therefore, for you do not know in what kind of day [whether a near or remote one] your LORD is coming.
You may be sleeping in your bed, and some will be taken…and some will be left behind. These are the words of JESUS himself! We ignore them at our peril because a great and terrible day of the LORD is coming.
THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD (Isaiah 2:3):
GOD WILL JUDGE (Verse 4), and we shall have to stand before Him. The Big Question is, “in what frame of soul will we stand there?”
As the story of our lives are REVEALED, what will you be thinking?
What matters even more…the Book in Jesus’ hands, the Lamb’s Book of Life–Revelation 20:12
“And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.”
IF our names are written there, have NO FEAR…for all of our past sins, our failures will be washed away. Our past has been nailed on the Cross at Calvary. We’ll be standing in WHITE ROBES, washed in the Blood of the Lamb!
Perfection is Attainable!
Here lies the great JOY that one day we will know: PERFECT LIGHT–PERFECT PEACE–PERFECT JOY–PERFECT LOVE–in the eternal presence of GOD! Nothing can take that perfection away from us, absolutely nothing!
Do you find yourself sitting on a pile of poop these days?
“Job was stuck on his dung hill”
I’ve been reading in my devotion time in the mornings, about the life of Job. Living as I do in “dairy country”, I’m quite familiar with cow “dung.” You can see it, smell it every time one takes a walk in the morning or evening.
Job’s family had mainly been killed in tragedy. His wife was against him and his best friends could only tell him he was in this situation because…he was a terrible sinner and GOD was punishing him. FRIENDS can be that way sometimes, well-meaning as they may be.
Still… Job could say, in the middle of it all…
Job 19:23-27 – NAS Bible:
“Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! That with an iron stylus and lead they were engraved in the rock forever!
“And as for me, I know my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God; whom I myself shall behold, and whom my eyes shall not see another. My heart faints within me.”
In spite of his present circumstances, Job could confidently know and say, “I KNOW MY REDEEMER LIVES,” “IN MY FLESH I WILL SEE GOD.”
“And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, all arrayed like a bride beautified and adorned for her husband;”
Do you have the same confidence of Job? Do you know on the last day of judgement, your Redeemer lives; that you’ll see Him with your own eyes?
You can know it, right where you’re sitting. All it takes is for you to accept Jesus Christ as your LORD and Saviour. He will stand there with you… and for you as your advocate.
I know I’ll be standing there, when The Roll is Called Up Yonder for the children of God [iii] See Footnote.
Yes, our past is nailed on the Cross at Calvary, but our future is tied to the RISEN CHRIST; the RISEN CHRIST who is going to return for His bride, the Church.
JESUS is coming again…
An old hymn I used to sing every sunday morning, while the choir came from the basement of the church, into our places on the platform. It was a song written and composed by John W. Peterson:
Coming again, coming again;
Maybe morning, maybe noon, maybe evening and maybe soon!
Coming again, coming again;
O, what a wonderful day it will be,
JESUS is coming again!
But will you be ready?
Or, will you’ve been diverted into the concerns of this world? That doesn’t mean, using the cliché, “We’ve become so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly use.”
There will be a day…
When JESUS is standing with you as your ADVOCATE–claiming us as His own! So, when “the Roll is called up yonder,” will you be there? Just come to JESUS as you are, and claim Him as your own!
PHOTO CREDIT: The First Temple – Solomon’s Temple from the Jewish Virtual Library.org/…/The-Temple.html.; New Earth, New Jerusalem ONION STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY – http://www.inmagine.com; christimages.org/biblebooks/Book of Revelation.html.
[i] Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary;
[ii] Alex Jones’ INFOWARS.COM
[iii] Title for this Blog came from: Words & Music by James M. Black, 1893 cyberhymnal.org/htm/w/h/e/whenroll.htm.