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Isa 49:6b

THE PROPHET TO AMERICA

Aug 1, 1971 am


HERE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST CHAPTERS OF PROPHECY, HERE THE LORD CALLS TO THE GENTILES

  • The "Isles" of v.1 mean the coasts across the sea, the far many lands, continents afar off.
  • When you measure the continents, and look at the results - only the USA can qualify here.
  • Here God speaks of a mystery man, and the great salvation this mystery man brings to the Gentiles.

I would not want you to miss the letter God sent to you 2700 years ago!

THE PERSON OF THE MYSTERY MAN - 49:1-3

God does not tell all of His plans to the world - written in code so only the faithful can read them.

WHO IS THE MAN GOD DESCRIBES HERE, WHO IS CALLED FROM HIS MOTHER'S WOMB TO SAVE THE GENTILES? 

  • Could it be the Prophet Isaiah?  No, for he dates his call from the death of Uzziah - Jer 6:1
  • What of Jeremiah - 1:4-7, the call - but no name?  And Jeremiah ministered to Judah, not to Gentiles.
  • Or could it be the Hero of Isaiah - 9:6 - cf. Matt 1:23, and see Isa 53:12-12 - Acts 8:34 ? 35b - Jesus.

ONLY ONE MAN, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS CAN MEET THE QUALIFICATIONS DESCRIBED IN THIS CHAPTER - 2,3

  • It is only Jesus that truly glorifies God - 3b, Only Jesus that is living Word - Sword of God - 2a
  • It is Jesus that failed - as men count failure - v.4, if of Him - 4b, more so of us - I Cor 15:58.
  • Jesus came to the house of Jacob - 5b, to bring Jacob back, but they would not be gathered.

YET THE MINISTRY OF THE LORD IS GLORIOUS, AND GOD HAS GIVEN HIM TO LIGHT THE GENTILES 

  • An offer of a world-wide salvation split v5 into two great watersheds - Jacob refused, so B-
  • Note v.7 "the nation" who abhorreth is Israel, and Jesus is still hated, rejected by Israel.
  • 7b but Kings arise, Princes worship- the Western world's pomp and power has at least claimed Him.

The mystery man is Jesus - The Christ - He is faithful - and maybe He has chosen YOU - 7b

THE MISSION OF THE MYSTERY MAN - 49:8 -

The mysterious plan and purpose of God, established from before creation, now is unfolded.

IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME, GOD IS PLANNING TO HEAR US, SAVE US, PRESERVE US, AND FREE US - V.8,9

  • Men have looked to political leaders for salvation- and have been disappointed, but God opens offer-
  • The Primary application is to the nation Israel - "The People" - but it is only through Christ.
  • Spiritually the Gentiles are desolate - a moral wasteland - but through Christ - a paradise garden!

THE LORD PROVIDES FOR HIS OWN, WHOEVER THEY MIGHT BE, HE PROVIDES FOR ALL THEIR NEEDS - 9

  • The prisoners - 9a are the Jews, bound by legal traditions stronger than chains.
  • Those in darkness - the Gentile world with no light from God until Jesus - the Light of the World,
  • providing food, water, shelter, and 10b springs of living water (111. spring on Bright A. Trail -)

THE LORD WILL NOT FORGET HIS OWN, AND HE WILL CALL UNTO HIMSELF PEOPLE FROM EVERY TRIBE AND NATION

  • A clear path - v11 a way through mountains, and a highway that cannot be lost, freeway marked.
  • And people from afar - the motive of Missions - from North and West - 12a, maybe means Jews - or ?
  • Even from Sinai - China!  A few oriental "Jews" in Israel - but more in the church - saved!

v.13 Sing O Earth - Zion says the Lord has forgotten her -14, but the Lord has His people - 13b

THE PROMISES THROUGH THE MYSTERY MAN - V.22-

God has reached out to people in every continent and isle - truly world-wide - with salvation!

"I WILL LIFT UP MINE HAND TO THE GENTILES" - AND GOD HAS TRULY SENT HIS GOSPEL WORLD-WIDE!  22A

  • We are proof that the Lord has reached out to the Gentiles - Our Nation marked CHRISTIAN!
  • It is the Gentile Christian Nations - Great Britain and America - that have carried Israel back to Palestine -22b
  • But if God cut off Israel because of unbelief - what will He do to America?  It is coming.

"AND THOU SHALT KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD - 23 - THE DESIRE OF THE LORD IS FAITH

  • The primary application again is to Israel - she will recognize Him in a moment - Zech 12:1-
  • But today God is reaching to the Gentiles - US- and the signs are vivid if you will have faith.
  • The mystery still stands - you believe in Jesus Christ by faith - many evidences - still faith.

"THEY SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED THAT WAIT FOR ME."  23D - THE PROMISE OF THE LORD IS BLESSED HOPE

  • The faithful Jews have accepted Christ - but the faithless ones still wait for Kingdom of David
  • We who know Jesus recognize what the "Blessed Hope" is - Titus 2:13 the glorious appearing!
  • Those who wait patiently won't be shamed at His coming - are you looking for the coming?

The world today will not let you survive its temptations unless you are close to Jesus

DISCOVER THE MYSTERY MAN OF HISTORY - THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, OR GET READY FOR ANTI-CHRIST!

  • If you do not place faith in God's Son today and be saved - you will soon be fooled by Satan
  • With all the confusion today - the way is still clear - read the Bible - live for Jesus
  • Baptism next Sunday night - but confess Christ now - or you might be too late!