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Isaiah 13:1-7
The elect were mustered for the battle of the Day of Yahweh
By Brother Mike (3-26-17; 40 minutes)
   


1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see .
2 Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles .
3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness .
4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle .
5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land .
6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty .
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt . . .


INTRODUCTION   

Most often, we, the elect, have thought that we were saved to enjoy all eternity in the new heaven and earth with our Lord, Jesus Christ, in all glory and bliss without any more suffering, sorrowing, crying, pain or death. But, have you ever considered that we were saved for battle in the Day of Yahweh, which Day we are now in? It is true! As we will discover, we, the elect, were, at least in part, saved for the battle that we are now in during Judgment Day, which began on May 21, 2011. And, this we will see more and more as we move further through these verses one by one. 


Verse 13:1

1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see

In this verse, we first read, The burden of Babylon. That is, this prophecy must do with the burden or load which has been placed upon Babylon. And, that load or burden we discover is the Day of the Lord as we read in verse 6,  

6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty .  

And, again, in verse 9,  

9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it .   

Now, Babylon, or more literally, Babel, which means confusion because this is where Yahweh caused confusion amongst the ancient people by giving them different languages (Gen. 11:1-9), became the name of the ancient capital of Babylonia, and it was the kingdom of people that Yahweh eventually employed to bring judgment against Judah and Jerusalem in 587 BC when Jerusalem was conquered and the temple was desecrated, and many of the Israelites were taken into captivity in Babylon. And, as we know, this was a type of what spiritually happened to all the Christian churches during the spiritual Great Tribulation from May 21, 1988 to May 21, 2011 when the spiritual kingdom of Babylon - Satan, his demons, and the world of unsaved humankind - were employed by Yahweh to come against and infiltrate all the Christian churches to trample truth to the ground. During this Great Tribulation, the temple was once again desecrated as Satan took up his seat of rule in all the churches, and the elect were spiritually taken into captivity in the world without a home any longer in any church. It is this spiritual Babylon - Satan, his demons, and the whole world of unsaved people - that once brought Yahweh's wrath upon His own people, that is now burdened by Yahweh's wrath upon them during the Day of the Lord, which began on May 21, 2011 and continues to the end. 

Next, The burden of Babylon, we read, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see. The word Isaiah means Yahweh has saved, and we are being told that Isaiah did see or perceive what he is about to tell us in Isaiah 13 about the wrath of Yahweh coming upon the kingdom of Babylon in the Day of the Lord. On the one hand, as we shall see, the kingdom of Babylon refers to ancient Babylon that was overcome by the Medes and Persians in 539 BC, but, on the other hand, and more pertinent to us, the kingdom of Babylon spiritually refers to the kingdom of Satan in our day, which has been being overcome in the Day of the Lord that began on May 21, 2011 and continues onto the Last Day. 


Verse 13:2
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2 Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles .    

Here, we first read, Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain. In this sentence, the word translated as high means to be bare. Therefore, our verse is better translated as Lift ye up a banner upon the bare mountain. The idea of the mountain being bare is that the mountain has no covering for its sins. And, since a mountain is symbolic of a kingdom of people in the Bible, what our verse is telling us is to raise a banner to the kingdom of people who have no covering for their sins. The banner to be raised, of course, is the gospel, Jesus Christ who can cover the sins of the people, and this covering of the sins of the people, therefore, must be referring to a time before May 21, 2011 when Yahweh was still saving through the gospel. In summary, then, when we read, Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, it is an exhortation for us to bring the gospel to the kingdom of the world before Judgment Day began on May 21, 2011. 

Now, continuing with our verse, we read, exalt the voice unto them, or, a better translation, raise the voice unto them. In our context, this must do with the bringing of the gospel to the world, and to raise the voice unto them is to proclaim the voice of the gospel to the whole world so that they might become saved, for faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Ro 10:17). So, for any of the people of the world to become saved out of the world, there must be a raising of our voices unto them, and this must be referring to before May 21, 2011 when it was still possible to become saved.   

Next, our verse states, shake the hand. Literally, it reads, wave the hand. The idea is that by waving something you are making it known to everyone, and what you are making known is your hand by waving it. The hand, if it is symbolic of anything, it is symbolic of the will, so to wave the hand is to make known the will, and, in this context, the will is to bring the gospel to the world. Therefore, when we are being exhorted to wave the hand, we are being exhorted to make known our will to bring the gospel to the world. Or, we could just simply say that we are being exhorted to make known the gospel to the world, and, of course, this was an exhortation to us before Judgment Day began on May 21, 2011 when there was still the possibility for salvation.

Now, we are given the reason as to why we were to proclaim the gospel to the elect in the world: that they may go into the gates of the nobles. Literally, the Hebrew does not exactly say this. Rather it states, and they shall enter the gates, or we could say, doorway, of the noble ones. That is, as we were faithful to make known the gospel to the world with our voices before Judgment Day on May 21, 2011, they [the elect] [entered] the doorway of the noble ones. And, since the doorway of the noble ones is Christ Himself as we read in John 10:9, 

Joh 10:9 I [Christ] am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture ,

What we are being told, then, is that as the gospel was made known to the world before May 21, 2011, the elect went into the doorway of Christ, and were saved. It is called the doorway of the noble ones because it is the doorway of the elect who each went into the door of Christ to be saved before May 21, 2011. They are called noble ones because Christ is noble of whom the elect follow, and of whom they have dwelling in them. So, what our entire verse is revealing is that as the saved elect obeyed the command to make known the gospel by their voices to the world, the unsaved elect would enter the door of the saved elect who is Jesus Christ our Lord to become saved. And, they all did enter the door who is Christ before Judgment Day of May 21, 2011 when all the elect were saved.


Verse 13:3
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3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, [even] them that rejoice in my highness .

In this verse, we first read, I have commanded my sanctified ones. Yet, more literally, it reads, I have commanded the ones being sanctified. The ones being sanctified, of course, are the elect, and we are told that Yahweh has commanded them. What does this Mean? Well, He has commanded them for whatever purpose He has for them, and in this context, we will find as we go along that He has commanded them to bring His wrath upon Babylon, the whole world, during the Day of the Lord, which began on May 21, 2011. 

Now, we read further, I have called my mighty ones for mine anger. Here, Yahweh's mighty ones are the elect; not because they are mighty or strong in themselves, but because Christ who dwells in them is mighty or strong. And, we are told that Yahweh called these mighty or strong ones for [His] anger. Since the word translated as anger can also be translated as wrath, we could say that Yahweh called His mighty or strong ones, namely His elect, for His wrath. That is, not only did Yahweh command His elect to bring wrath on what we will learn is the whole world of unsaved people during Judgment Day beginning on May 21, 2011, but He also called His elect to bring His wrath on what we will come to see is the whole world of unsaved people during Judgment Day beginning on May 21, 2011. And, how do the elect bring the wrath of Yahweh to the world ever since May 21, 2011? Why, they bring it through their message of judgment, that salvation has ended, and the whole world of unsaved people have now nothing eternal to look forward to such as eternal life in glory and bliss, but they will all perish on the Last Day in the depths of the fires of annihilation forevermore. Indeed, there is no longer any hope for salvation to any human being who was not saved by May 21, 2011, but only thoughts of destruction and what that will be like during their last moments of transition from life to eternal death in the fires of burning.  

Finally, we are told in our verse that these mighty ones, the elect, who were called for Yahweh's anger or wrath are [even] them that rejoice in my [Yahweh's] highness. Literally, it simply reads, the ones rejoicing in my majesty, and there is no word even. That is, the mighty ones, the elect, called to bring wrath are the ones rejoicing in my [Yahweh's] majesty. And, we know why they are rejoicing: it is because they have been redeemed from Yahweh's wrath through the death of their Savior, Jesus Christ. He has paid the price for their sins, and so they have no fear of death, but only the expectation of eternal life in a new heaven and earth where there is no more pain, sorrow, crying, or death, and only glory, joy, and righteousness for all eternity, amen.  


Verse 13:4

4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle .

Here, we first read, The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people. Since the word translated as mountains in the sentence, The noise of a multitude in the mountains is symbolic of kingdoms, and the word translated great in the phrase, as of a great people can be translated as many, what we are being told is that there is The noise of a multitude in the kingdoms, like as of many people. So, we are told that the multitude in the kingdoms are many people. 

Then, this multitude of many people in the kingdoms are further described as a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together. These kingdoms of nations can be no other than the elect who were saved from all the different nations of the world by May 21, 2011, and they make a tumultuous noise because they are excited and in an uproar to go to battle for Yahweh against the kingdom of Babylon, the whole world of unsaved people, in this Day of Judgment ever since May 21, 2011. 

Now, we are told just who it is that has mustered or gathered together the elect for battle during Judgment Day ever since May 21, 2011: it is the LORD, which when translated from the Hebrew is Yahweh. Yes, Yahweh has assembled together the host of the elect for battle by first saving them before May 21, 2011 through Jesus Christ, and then assembling them together to battle against the world of unsaved people as they proclaim that Yahweh's wrath has come. So, what should we, the elect, be doing in this last few days? We should be bringing Yahweh's wrath or judgment upon the whole world of unsaved people by proclaiming it. We should be making known in whatever way that we can, that eternal salvation has come to end for all those billions of people who were not saved in Jesus Christ by Judgment Day on May 21, 2011. Their only destiny is now to die forever in the normal course of their lives, or to be destroyed on the Last Day in the fires of eternal destruction. No one can any longer be saved for eternal life into eternal peace, joy, righteousness, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, but all the billions of people must die for their sins, for the wages of sin is death (Ro 6:23), and all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Ro 3:23), and are, thus, worthy of death.  

Furthermore, we should also be declaring that Satan has been conquered, and his dominion has been taken away on May 21, 2011. Nevertheless, a part of his dominion has been permitted to continue for a season and time (Dan 7:12), after which, on the Last Day, which is soon to come, he and all his demons will be destroyed along with all the billions of unsaved people who never did experience true rebirth in Jesus Christ by Judgment Day, but, instead, took pleasure in unrighteousness. These people are not only those billions in the world, but, also, the over two billion in all the Christian churches who have been deceived by the false Christ, the Antichrist who took up his seat of rule in all the churches beginning on May 21, 1988.  


Verse 13:5
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5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land

In this verse, we are first told where this army of Yahweh that He has assembled together, and which consists of all the elect from all the different nations, is from. We read, They come from a far country, from the end of heaven. This is not a physical country or land from which the elect come, but a spiritual country or land, which is why we are told that they come from a far country, from the end of heaven. Yes, when the elect had become saved before May 21, 2011, they were then all spiritually born into the spiritual kingdom of heaven, and since they are all spiritually identified with heaven, they can now be said to come from the end of heaven. And, because Yahweh, the LORD, is identified with heaven as well, He can be said to come from the end of heaven as well.  

Now, the elect who come from the end of heaven are called the weapons of His indignation. The word indignation can also be translated as anger, so the elect are the weapons of His indignation or anger. And, then we ask, His anger or indignation over what? Well, His anger or indignation toward Babylon, the whole world of Satan and his demons, and all unsaved human beings. Yes, Yahweh used the kingdom of Babylon to bring judgment in His anger against all the churches during the Great Tribulation from May 21, 1988 to May 21, 2011, but, now, Yahweh's anger is against the kingdom of Babylon for having brought judgment against His very own people, and, because of the great amount of sins that they have committed. And, the weapons or instruments of His indignation or anger are the elect. That is, ever since May 21, 2011, Yahweh has been using the elect to bring judgment against Satan, his demons, and the whole world of unsaved people through the elect's proclamation of Judgment Day: that Satan and his demons have had their dominion taken from them, and the world of unsaved people have had salvation removed from them so that they all now await nothing but eternal destruction on the soon to be revealed, Last Day. Indeed, Babylon the Great has fallen, has fallen [Rev 18:2]! Satan and all his followers, including unsaved humankind, have nothing eternal to look forward to, but death forevermore.   

Finally, in this verse, we are told that the weapons or instruments of Yahweh's indignation or wrath, namely the elect, are used to destroy the whole land. And, the whole land, of course, refers to the whole land of Babylon. But, this is not the physical land of ancient Babylon, but the spiritual land of Babylon, which includes Satan, his demons, and all the billions of unsaved human beings. This is the land of Babylon to which the weapons of Yahweh's indignation, the elect, are used to bring Yahweh's wrath by the elect's proclamation of Judgment Day ever since May 21, 2011. But, how are the elect destroying the whole land of Babylon? Well, as they make known that Satan's dominion has been taken away, and that eternal salvation is now no longer possible for anyone not saved by May 21, 2011, they are, in effect, destroying the entire kingdom of Babylon because, with salvation no longer possible for anyone, all the inhabitants of Babylon are guaranteed to eternally die either in the normal course of their lives, or on the Last Day, whichever comes first, when they will all suffer eternal destruction in the fires of burning to be annihilated for all eternity. So, in principle, the whole land of Babylon has already been destroyed, and so is now, already, without inhabitant by the Judgment Day proclamation of the elect. Indeed, the weapons of Yahweh's indignation or anger have been the elect.  


Verse 13:6
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6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty

In the previous five verses, we learned that Yahweh called and saved the elect before the Day of the LORD began on May 21, 2011 to use them during the Day of the LORD to bring His wrath upon the whole world. Now, beginning in this verse, verse 6, we begin to learn about Judgment Day, the Day of Yahweh, itself, and we read, Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand. So, the first thing we learn about Judgment Day, or the Day of the LORD, is that it is near at hand. That is, it was near at hand at the time before May 21, 2011 when the elect were still being saved as that is the context in which this verse has been set. 

Now, the first thing we read in this verse is, Howl ye. This word howl is normally associated with mourning or weeping or crying as we read in James 5:1,  

Jas 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you

And, again, in Isaiah 15:3, we read,   

Isa 15:3 In their streets they shall gird themselves with sackcloth: on the tops of their houses, and in their streets, every one shall howl, weeping abundantly .   

And, in Isaiah 65:14, we read,  

Isa 65:14 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, we could give many other examples which show howling to be associated with weeping, or mourning, or crying. Therefore, when our verse, Isaiah 13:6, says Howl ye, we know that it was saying to cry out in mourning or weeping during the time when the elect were still being saved prior to May 21, 2011. And, why were we to howl out or cry out in mourning and weeping back in those days? Well, as we read in our verse, for the Day of the LORD [was] at hand. Here, the word LORD is better translated as Yahweh because, although no one knows for sure how this Hebrew word YHWH should be pronounced; nevertheless, it is likely pronounced something close to Yahweh, and so we can translate this word as Yahweh because this is much more true to the original Hebrew text than is LORD. Furthermore, we are told in our verse that the Day of Yahweh [was] at hand. To be at hand simply means that it was near back in those days previous to May 21, 2011 when the elect were still becoming saved. So, our verse now reads,    

6 Howl ye; for the day of Yahweh is near; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty .  

Now, let's consider the sentence, it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty, and ask the question, did it come as a destruction from the Almighty on May 21, 2011? Absolutely! Because there is no longer any possibility for anyone to be saved who was not saved by May 21, 2011, Babylon, which symbolizes the whole world of unsaved people, has fallen, for it is now guaranteed that the billions of unsaved people in the world will die, so, in principle, the Day of Yahweh has already brought about eternal destruction. Although we do not yet see the destruction with our physical eyes, we do see it with our spiritual eyes as the destiny of all unsaved people has now been set. They can never be saved; they will die either in the normal course of their lives before the Last Day, or, on the Last Day in the fires of burning, whichever comes first. And, they will never waken to have eternal life, but they will be annihilated forever; never to have life again; never to experience the bliss and joy of living eternally in a place without sin, sorrow, crying, and death. 


Verse 13:7
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7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt . . .

Here, because we were told that the Day of Yahweh, Judgment Day, was near in the days leading up to May 21, 2011, and that when it came it would come as a destruction from the Almighty, we are told that all hands shall be faint, and every man's heart shall melt. Well, we already explained how the Day of Yahweh came as a destruction in the previous verse, but, now, how was it that all hands became faint, and every man's heart melted? First of all, the word translated as faint in the sentence, Therefore shall all hands be faint is more literally translated as slack. So, our verse better reads,  

7 Therefore shall all hands fall slack, and every man's heart shall melt . . . 

Now, in that the word hands symbolize the wills of people, when our verse says that all hands shall fall slack, we are being told that the wills of all people will fall slack in the Day of Yahweh. That is, no person will be able to will against, or fight against, or resist Judgment Day, but all people had no choice but to endure what had come upon them beginning on May 21, 2011, which was the removal by Yahweh of any possibility of salvation. They couldn't will against it, or fight against it, but it was as if their wills failed them and fell slack as they were useless in so far as being able to help them in the Day of Yahweh.  

Likewise, we are told that every man's heart shall melt on Judgment Day. Since a man's heart is his soul, what we are being told is that every man's soul shall melt away. That is, because every man's soul which was not saved by May 21, 2011 is now guaranteed to perish by the Last Day of the Day of Yahweh, which day began on May 21, 2011, in principle, it is now as if every man's soul has already melted away. There is no longer any possibility for redemption; there is no longer any possibility of eternal life. So, every man's heart has melted away.   


CONCLUSION  

What we have discovered in Isaiah 13:1-7, the beginning description of the burden of Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see, is that Yahweh saved and then mustered the elect together for bringing judgment upon Babylon, which is Satan, his demons, and all the unsaved in the world, beginning on May 21, 2011. Yes, the weapons of Yahweh's indignation or anger during these days are the elect. We were saved while leading up to May 21, 2011, and now we have been called to bring Yahweh's wrath on the entire world. We do this by getting the Word out, that Satan has now been conquered, and His dominion taken away. And, salvation has been removed from off the face of the earth, and, therefore, there is no longer any possibility of anyone becoming eternally saved. Indeed, Babylon has fallen, has fallen. Everyone who was not saved by the beginning of the Day of Yahweh on May 21, 2011 are now guaranteed to die forever by the Last Day of the Day of Yahweh. There is no more hope; there is no more mercy.  

The only question that I have for the elect is this: have you joined in the battle for which you were saved? Are you wondering what your purpose is during these last few days? You can know now from Isaiah 13 that your purpose is to battle against Babylon - Satan and his demons, and the whole world - by getting the message out: the Day of Yahweh has come! Judgment Day has come! Satan's dominion has been taken away, although the life of it has been allowed to continue for a season and time (Dan 7:12), and salvation has come to an end both to those who are in all the churches, and to all those in the rest of the world who were never saved by May 21, 2011. Yes, Mercy has fled away. But, the appearing of our Lord and Savior is near; even at the door. So, let each one of us be found fulfilling the purpose of Yahweh in bringing judgment against Babylon, that none of us be ashamed at His appearing. Amen! 


Now, may the LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace .

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