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Chapter 64

1``Oh that You would tear down the heavens,
that You would come down,
so that the mountains would quake before You.

{Verses 2 - 3: The 2nd Advent Characterized by Judgement}
{Verse 2: Two Analogies to Baptism of Fire}
2``As the brushwood burns . . .
as water boils in fire . . .
to make Your Name known
to Your adversaries,
so that nations will tremble at Your presence!"

{Note: The first analogy then is to the burning of wood. The second one as water boils in fire. In other words/'doctrinal communications' {dabar}, through the baptism of fire unbelievers will be burned as brushwood; unbelievers will continue to burn as water continues to boil when the heat is applied to it. This is the baptism of fire; all the unbelievers are cast out of the world into a burning fire. So the nations tremble because of this judgement.}

3``When you did wonders
  {Baptism of Fire}
we dared not hope for,
You came down
  {2nd Advent of Christ}
and mountains quaked before You.

{Verses 4-5: 2nd Advent Characterized by Blessing}
4``For from ages past,
such things had never been heard or noted.

No eye has seen Elohiym/Godhead
except You {the Lord Jesus Christ}.

[Note: Paul quoted from this verse in I Corinthians 2:9]

[Note: The point is no "created" has ever seen God the Father. The Deity in the Lord Jesus Christ makes Jesus the only member of the human race who has ever seen God the Father. He IS God and therefore He has seen God. See John 1:18; 6:46; "He has prepared for him that wait for Him."

In other words, God, whom no one has seen except Christ, has a plan for those who wait for Him {Christ} at the 2nd Advent. To wait means to keep on waiting with faith for Him (Christ). The Father is going to send the Son back to the world in the last part of the verse. This is a part of the Father's plan.

Go back to the beginning of the verse "from ages past." In other words, before the world began. The plan of God the Father existed billions of years before the world began.

So billions of years ago He (the Father) has prepared for him (the believer in the Tribulation) who keeps on waiting for Him (Christ).

There are two kinds of Jewish believers who are waiting. There are those who are holding out in Jerusalem. And they are waiting on the Jehovah/God in a sense because they are continuing to fight. They express their faith by fighting the king of the north - Zechariah 14:1-4.

The second group are those who are waiting by staying in the caves. This is the group of Matthew 24:15,16.]

{Verses 5-9: Continuation of Blessings and then Confession of Israel}
5-6``Yet You {Christ}
have met/'made intercession for' him
who would gladly do justice/righteousness
and remember You in Your ways
  {apply divine viewpoint to experience}.

You are angry,
we have sinned
  {confession of sins - rebound - I John 1:9}
and we have long been in this status quo
  {idiom - literally is 'we have been steeped in them from of old'}
and we will be delivered/saved. 6~~

For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment.
  {Doing "good deeds" outside of the filling of the Spirit
  is filth in the eyes of God}

We all do wither/fade as a leaf
and our iniquities, like the wind,
have scattered us abroad.

{Note: The Tribulational believers will be characterized by knowledge of doctrine, which they have learned in a very short time. And they will apply it to experience. The last part indicates the confession of sins and the acknowledgement that the Jews have been scattered along time and will be re-gathered at the 2nd Advent of Christ.}

{Note: All of the 'righteousnesses' of these Jews (the accumulation of centuries of good deeds) add up to filthy rags. This is described as 'wood, hay, and stubble' in the New Testament. In both the Old and the New Testaments this is talking about believers. It refers to the energy of the flesh instead of under the filling of the Holy Spirit.}

7``And there is none that calls upon My Name
that rouses himself up to take hold of You {positive volition}

For You have hidden Your face from us
  {removal of divine blessing from Israel}
and made us melt/'consumed us'
because of our inequities
  {out under 5th cycle of discipline}.

8``But now {reference to the 2nd Advent},
O Jehovah/God, You are our Father
We are the clay and You are the potter
  {Jesus Christ is the Creator in accordance with the Father's plan}
we all are the work of Your hands.

{Note: Whenever any good comes out of the clay it only comes out of the clay because the potter prepares it so that it can be made into something useful and wonderful. But the clay in itself is helpless. The principle is that these Jews are declaring at the 2nd Advent: We are helpless; You are the potter. "we all are the work of Your hand" .So the confession continues by recognizing the grace of God, that is, the deliverance, salvation, and everything else.}

9`` Don't be exceedingly angry any more,
O Jehovah, neither remember iniquity forever.

Oh, look down to Your people, to us all!

{Note: A reference to the beginning of the Millennium when all the unbelievers have been cut out through the baptism of fire and just before the covenants are fulfilled.}

{Verses 10-11: Condition of Israel at 2nd Advent. Cities First}
10``Your holy cities {plural}
have become a desert.

Zion has become a desert.

Jerusalem a desolation.

{Note: RBT says the holy cities include, first of all, Shiloh - Joshua 9:27 and; 18:1. The next one is Mizpah - 1 Samuel 7:6. Next, Nob - 1 Samuel 21:1-6. The final one is Jerusalem - 1 Chronicles 15:1;16:1. Why are they holy cities? A holy city was, first of all, the location of the tabernacle and all of the paraphernalia connected with it. The tabernacle was the location of the Shekinah Glory (a title for Jesus Christ) and everything that spoke of the person and work of Christ. So a holy city was where the tabernacle was located and, of course, later on the temple at Jerusalem. Zion refers to Israel as a whole - "Jerusalem is a desolation" - desolation means war scarred - Zechariah 14:1-3; 12:1,2.}

11``Our holy and beautiful house {Temple},
our pride,
Where our fathers praised You,
Has been consumed by fire.

And all that was dear to us is ruined
  {the paraphernalia of worship, the mercy seat and the ark}.

{Note: First of all this is a reference to the temple of Solomon. Isaiah anticipates its destruction by Nebuchadnezzar. Then the second temple, the temple of Zerubbabel (later called Herod's temple) is destroyed. Finally, the false Tribulational temple will be destroyed. So by the time Christ returns to the earth three temples will be destroyed.}

12``At such times
will You restrain Yourself, O Jehovah/God,
Will You stand idly by
and let us suffer so heavily?

{Note: In view of the confession of these things will you wait any longer? Will you keep on disciplining us? So in this desperate moment the Jehovah/God returns.}