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Isaiah 13:11-13
Yahweh makes a man more rare than pure gold
in the Day of Yahweh
By Brother Mike (4-20-17; 40 minutes)
   


11 And I will punish the world for [their] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible .
12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger .


INTRODUCTION   

In our last study , we learned that the nature of the Day of Yahweh, which began on May 21, 2011, is that there is no longer any possibility of salvation for the billions of unsaved people in the world - they are all now guaranteed to die, and, thus, become extinct for all eternity. But now, in this study, we will see how the loss of any possibility of salvation is a punishment on the unsaved of the world for their evil or iniquity, and we will see how this punishment causes the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and how it lays low the pride of the strong and mighty in the world. Then, we will discover who the man is that Yahweh makes more precious or rare than pure gold during the Day of Yahweh. And, finally, we will see what the shaking of the heavens, and the quaking of the earth out of its place symbolizes during the Day of Yahweh. May the Lord make His Word speak to our hearts, amen. 


Verse 13:11
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11 And I will punish the world for [their] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible .  

In the previous verse that we went over in our last study , we were taught that the nature of the Day of Yahweh is that eternal salvation is no longer possible. Indeed, we were shown this in that the stars of heaven, the elect and Christ; the sun, Christ; and the moon, the law of Yahweh, were no longer shining light, namely the gospel of salvation, to the world. Now, in this verse, we are being told that it is by there no longer being any possibility of salvation, which we had learned has been the case ever since the Day of Yahweh began on May 21, 2011, that Yahweh is now punishing as our verse states, the world for [their] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity. More literally, our verse reads,  

11 And I visit [appoint] on the world [their] evil, and on the wicked their iniquity [depravity] .  

But, that sounds strange! How can Yahweh visit [appoint] on the world their evil, and on the wicked their iniquity [depravity]? In other words, what our verse is saying is that Yahweh recompenses the world of the wicked, which is all the unsaved people in the world, their own evil and their own iniquity. And, this is simply a way of saying that Yahweh appoints on the world of the wicked just what their evil and iniquity deserves. And, what does their evil and iniquity deserve? Why, it deserves death, 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, so, with the coming of the Day of Yahweh, the entire world of the unsaved have been guaranteed to die. There is no longer any hope for salvation, but they had all already spiritually died in Adam, and they are all now guaranteed to physically die as well, including all babies, children, and adults, on the soon to come Last Day of the Day of Yahweh when all who are in the graves and unsaved, and all who remain and are unsaved, will be brought forth only to be burned up in the eternal flames of annihilation forever. This is their own evil and their own iniquity visited or appointed on them.  

Now, our verse continues, and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. Let's first consider the sentence, and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and ask the question, how did the removal of salvation on May 21, 2011 cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease? Well, because the proud are now all guaranteed to remain spiritually dead because there is no possibility for any of their salvations, it means they are all now guaranteed to physically die as well on the soon to come Last Day. So, May 21, 2011 marked the date when, in principle, the arrogancy of the proud met its end. By the way, who are all the proud in the world? They are one and the same as all the unsaved in the world. These are all proud because they are not willing to submit to all the teachings of the Holy Bible. They may be willing to submit to some of the teachings in the Bible, but they are not willing to submit to them all, and the reason for this is because they are proud. We read in Psalm 119,  

Ps 119:21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments .   

And, again, we read in Psalm 119, 

Ps 119:85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law .   

So, we see that the proud are those which do err from [Yahweh's] commandments, and which are not after [Yahweh's] law. And, also, Malachi speaks of the proud during the Day of Yahweh, he says,

Mal 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh [the day of Yahweh], that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch .   

Without going into details in this study, to be left without neither root nor branch means that the proud will be left without Christ. That is, they will be left without salvation during the Day of Yahweh, which is exactly what we already learned in our last study with respect to the Day of Yahweh in Isaiah 13:10. 

Finally, our verse finishes by saying, and I [Yahweh] will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. Another translation of the verb lay low is abase, and the word translated as haughtiness is simply the word pride. So, our verse can be translated,  

. . .  and I will lay low [abase] the haughtiness [the pride] of the terrible . . . 

But, who are the terrible? Well, they are the terrifying ones, the strong or mighty so that our verse can be translated,  

. . .  and I will lay low [abase] the haughtiness [the pride] of the terrible [the terrifying ones, the strong or mighty] . . .   

But, how can it be said that the pride of the strong or mighty was abased or laid low on the Day of Yahweh? We know the answer to this: the pride of the strong or mighty has been abased or laid low ever since the Day of Yahweh began on May 21, 2011 because all the unsaved people who can be considered strong or mighty in the world are now guaranteed to die with no possibility of eternal salvation. They are all now imprisoned on death row by their sin, and are awaiting their soon to come annihilation in the fires of hell on the Last Day of the Day of Yahweh. Yes, by the end of the Day of Yahweh, all the unsaved strong or mighty, or terrifying ones, will have become destroyed. And, because their destruction has all been guaranteed ever since May 21, 2011, it can be said that the destruction of the mighty or strong of the world has already taken place, for God, . . . calleth those things which be not as though they were (Ro 4:17). In other words, because the death of all the strong or mighty of the world is now so guaranteed before Yahweh, Yahweh sees it as if it has already taken place, which is how we can now say that all the unsaved in the world ever since May 21, 2011 can already be considered dead, which means that the pride of the terrible, namely the pride of the mighty or strong has now been already abased or laid low. 


Verse 13:12
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12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir .

Here, we first read, I will make a man more precious than fine gold. The word translated as a man in the sentence, I will make a man more precious than fine gold can be translated as humankind, and the word translated as fine gold simply means pure gold. Also, the verb translated as I will make precious can be translated as I will make rare because for metals to be precious, they normally must be rare. The more precious the metal becomes; the rarer it becomes. So, the first sentence of our verse can read like this:  

12 I will make humankind more rare than pure gold . . .  

Then, the second sentence of our verse reads, even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Once again, the word translated as a man in the sentence, even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir can be translated as humankind, and the term golden wedge does not exist in the Hebrew of this sentence, but simply pure gold. Therefore, our entire verse now reads,   

12 I will make humankind more rare than pure gold; even humankind than the pure gold of Ophir

Now, the question becomes, how did humankind become more rare than pure gold; even than the pure gold of Ophir during the Day of Yahweh which began on May 21, 2011? Well, the reason why humankind has now become so rare in the Day of Judgment is because all the billions of unsaved people in the world have, in principle, already been destroyed because ever since May 21, 2011, there has no longer been any possibility of eternal salvation, and they are all already spiritually dead in Adam. Therefore, all the billions of unsaved people are now guaranteed to physically die and become extinct. And, as a result, scripture looks upon them as though they are already dead because God . . . calleth those things which be not as though they were (Ro 4:17) as it is so certain that they will all die on the Last Day of the Day of Yahweh. So, in the Day of Yahweh, which we are now in, all the billions of unsaved people in the world are considered dead already, and that only leaves the remnant of the elect still alive in this Day of Yahweh. Indeed, humankind has become extremely rare and precious in the elect, and we can say that few of humankind remain (the elect), which is how Isaiah also speaks of it in the Day of Yahweh in Isaiah 24:3-6. Listen to what he says about the Day of Yahweh's wrath:    

3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word .
4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish
5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant .
6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left .  

So, in saying that few men are left during the Day of Yahweh, Yahweh is basically saying the same thing as He says in our verse of Isaiah 13:12, which reads, 

12 I will make humankind more rare than pure gold; even humankind than the pure gold of Ophir

That is, Yahweh has made humankind so rare in that He considers almost all of them already dead, that there are few men left, and these few men, of course, are the elect.   


Now, there is another way that we can look at our verse of Isaish 13:12 because it can be legitimately translated like this:  

12 I will make a man more rare than pure gold; even a man than the pure gold of Ophir

Seeing things spiritually, the man here which is made more rare than pure gold; even than the pure gold of Ophir is Christ. He has been made extremely rare in the Day of Yahweh because as we learned back in verse 10 of Isaiah 13, He is no longer shining forth the light of salvation to anyone who is unsaved. Therefore, in so far as the unsaved of the world are concerned, Christ is so rare that He cannot even be found. And, in the light of Isaiah 13:10, which we already looked at in our last study , our verse here is letting us know once again that salvation has ended as of May 21, 2011, for Christ is so rare that He cannot even be found. 

But, nevertheless, although Christ is so rare in so far as the unsaved are concerned, He is still present in the world; not to save the unsaved, but to work in and through the elect as His weapons to proclaim Judgment against the world. Yet, even in this respect, Christ is still rare because the elect in whom He dwells are so rare. So, no matter how you look at it, Christ is extremely rare, and, therefore, precious in this Day of Yahweh.  

Now, we have seen that the spiritual meaning of the noun a man in our verse is Christ. It is He who is rarer or more precious than pure gold during Judgment Day. But, if the noun a man is referring to Christ, it can also refer to an elect man who is in Christ because any given elect man is certainly extremely rare as well in this day of Yahweh's wrath; more rare than pure gold; even than the pure gold of Ophir.  

But, if Christ or an elect person can be what the noun a man represents in our verse, what does pure gold represent? When we search the scriptures, we find that the law of Yahweh is comparable to pure or fine gold. We read in Psalm 19:9,  

Psalm 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments [the law] of the LORD are true and righteous altogether .
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine [pure] gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb .  

And, again, we read in Psalm 119:72, 

Ps 119:72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver

And, in Psalm 119:127, we read, 

Ps 119:127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine [pure] gold

But, the elect themselves are also comparable to gold, or fine or pure gold. We read in Lamentations 4:2,   

La 4:2 The precious sons of Zion [the elect], comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter !  

And, in Malachi 3:3, we read, 

Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi [the elect], and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness

And, again, we read in Job 23:10,  

Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I [Job, an elect man] shall come forth as gold .  

And, we see the elect being compared to as gold in other verses as well. For instance, most of us are familiar with Zechariah 13:9 where the third part, which symbolizes the elect, are tried as gold. It reads,  

Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third part [the elect] through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God .  

And, we are familiar with 1Corinthians 3:11-15 where gold, silver, and precious stones are representative of the elect who are built upon the one foundation, Jesus Christ. It reads,   

1Cor 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ .
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones [the elect], wood, hay, stubble [the non-elect]
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day [the day of Yahweh] shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is .
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward .  
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire .  

Now, my point in all this is that pure gold, or simply gold, in the Bible can symbolize the law of Yahweh, or the elect themselves. So, when our verse says, I will make a man [Christ] more rare than pure gold; even a man [Christ] than the pure gold of Ophir, it is saying to us that during the Day of Yahweh, which we are now in, Yahweh will make Christ more rare than His law, or more rare than the elect. And, we must ask the question, Is Christ more rare today than His law? And, is Christ more rare than His elect? Certainly, we can answer the first question with a yes, for Christ is more rare or precious than His law because there are Bibles everywhere in the world like at no other time in history, but, in so far as Christ in salvation, He is no more to be found by the world, and, so, He is obviously more rare than His law. Furthermore, in so far as our second question, Is Christ more rare than His elect? I suppose we could also agree with this, since Christ Himself certainly is more rare or precious than the elect since the elect are many while Christ is but one.    

But, when we say of the man in our verse, I will make a man more rare than pure gold; even a man than the pure gold of Ophir simply refers to an elect person, does our verse also make sense when we say that an elect person is more rare than the law of Yahweh? Or, when we say that the elect person is more rare than the elect? Well, yes, on both question, for one elect person is certainly more rare in this world than is the law of Yahweh as Bibles are everywhere. And, one elect person is certainly more rare than the elect as the elect are many while an elect person is but one. Therefore, returning to our verse, I will make a man more rare than pure gold; even a man than the pure gold of Ophir, we have confirmation that the noun a man can spiritually refer to either Christ or an elect man. Yet, because an elect man can simply be referring to Christ since Christ is an elect man, the best interpretation is to see Christ as being the man more rare than pure gold; even the man who is more rare than the pure gold of Ophir.   


Verse 13:13
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13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove [quake] out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger .   

Here, we are told that on the Day of Yahweh, Yahweh will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove [quake] out of her place. So, we must ask the question, did the heavens shake, and the earth quake out of her place on May 21, 2011? Absolutely! But not literally, but figuratively. The idea of the heavens shaking and the earth quaking out of its place on the Day of Yahweh is symbolic language revealing not a physical shaking and quaking, but an expression of the anger and wrath of Yahweh. We see this type of language in various places of the Bible. For instance, we read about the Day of Yahweh in Isaiah 24, where we read,  

Isaiah 24:17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth .
18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake
19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly .  

And, again, we read of the Day of the Lord in Joel 2 where we read, 

Joe 2:10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining . . . 

And, in Joel 3, we read,    

Joe 3: 15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining .
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The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel .  

In addition, we read in Revelation 6,  

12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood ;
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind .  
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places .
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains ;  
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb :
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand ?  

So, with respect to the Day of Yahweh, we see this language of the heavens and the earth shaking or being moved out of their place repeatedly. And, the reason we see this language in the Day of Yahweh is because it is all symbolic of Yahweh's anger and wrath. For instance, we read in 2Samuel 22:8,   

2Sa 22:8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth [angry]

And, we read in Psalm 18,   

Ps 18:7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth [angry]

And, again, we read in Nahum 1, 

Nahum 1:5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein .
6 Who can stand before his indignation [wrath]? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him .   

We see, then, that the shaking of the heavens and the quaking of the earth is merely symbolism to express the anger and wrath of Yahweh, and, therefore, we read in our verse that Yahweh will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. It is because the wrath of Yahweh and His fierce anger is what is being symbolized by the shaking of the earth and the quaking of the earth out of its place. So, our verse itself tells us what is being represented by the symbolism of the heavens shaking and the earth quaking out of its place: it is the wrath of the LORD of hosts, in the day of His fierce anger. The word, here, translated as LORD is the four consonants YHWH, which we will pronounce as Yahweh even though it may be pronounced somewhat differently because nobody knows for sure what the two vowels in the word Yahweh are as the original Hebrew only revealed the four consonants YHWH without the vowels.  


CONCLUSION  

In the Day of Yahweh, which began on May 21, 2011, Yahweh is punishing all the billions of unsaved people in the world for their sins by now having removed any possibility of their salvation. This guarantees that they will all remain spiritually dead in Adam, and that they will all perish for all eternity on the Last Day of the Day of Yahweh soon to come when this world is destroyed in fire. So, we can see how the arrogancy of the proud will cease, and how the pride of the terrible (the strong or mighty) will be laid low. And, since it is now so certain that the arrogancy of the proud will cease, and that the pride of the strong or mighty will be laid low, Yahweh already considers it to have taken place ever since May 21, 2011, for God . . . calls those things which be not as though they were (Ro 4:17). That is, ever since the Day of Yahweh began on May 21, 2011, the arrogancy of the proud has ceased, and the pride of the terrible (the strong or mighty) has been laid low in the eyes of Yahweh even though we will not literally see that their arrogancy has ceased, and that their pride has been laid low until the Last Day when they will all be destroyed by fire.   

Next, we found that the noun a man in the verse, I will make a man more rare than pure gold; even a man than the pure gold of Ophir, on the first hand, refers to humankind. They have been made more rare than pure gold; even than the pure gold of Ophir in the Day of Yahweh because the only humans who are now, spiritually speaking, still alive are the remnant of humankind, namely the elect, for the rest of humankind are spiritually dead in Adam, and they are all now so guaranteed to physically die on the Last Day of the Day of Yahweh, that Yahweh already considers them dead. On the second hand, the noun a man in the verse, I will make a man more rare than pure gold; even a man than the pure gold of Ophir, refers to Christ. He has been made more rare or precious than pure gold in the Day of Yahweh because He cannot be found anywhere for salvation. Therefore, He is extremely rare or precious. He is not only more rare than His law symbolized by pure gold, but also more rare than the elect also symbolized by pure gold.   

Finally, we found that the shaking of the heavens, and the quaking of the earth out of its place on the Day of Yahweh is symbolic terminology of the wrath and anger of Yahweh. It is not to be taken literally, but to be taken spiritually. When Yahweh uses such terminology as He shakes the heavens or earth, or moves them out of their place, it is simply a word picture to express that Yahweh is fiercely angry. Yes, during the Day of Yahweh that we are now in, it is as if the heavens are shaking, and the earth is quaking out of its place in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.    


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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