A Paraphrase of : ISAIAH 29: 1-8 Woe to David’s City
29 Woe to you, Ariel, Ariel,
the city where David settled!
Add year to year
and let your cycle of festivals go on.
2 Yet I will besiege Ariel;
she will mourn and lament,
she will be to me like an altar hearth.
3 I will encamp against you on all sides;
I will encircle you with towers
and set up my siege works against you.
4 Brought low, you will speak from the ground;
your speech will mumble out of the dust.
Your voice will come ghostlike from the earth;
out of the dust your speech will whisper.
5 But your many enemies will become like fine dust,
the ruthless hordes like blown chaff.
Suddenly, in an instant,
6 the Lord Almighty will come
with thunder and earthquake and great noise,
with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire.
7 Then the hordes of all the nations that fight against Ariel,
that attack her and her fortress and besiege her,
will be as it is with a dream,
with a vision in the night—
8 as when a hungry person dreams of eating,
but awakens hungry still;
as when a thirsty person dreams of drinking,
but awakens faint and thirsty still.
So will it be with the hordes of all the nations
that fight against Mount Zion.
LIVING IN ARIEL/AMERICA…. can be quite a challenge, and to tell you the truth it is a challenge.
Living in Ariel is no joke. Once the model country, everybody looked up to you, everybody except the ones that knew the truth. But you looked down on everybody and every country that you deemed below you. You took the power in your hands that God gave you to do as you saw fit. But Ariel, the time came and will come again that you shall be brought low. You shall no longer be an influence to others. You will become a joke and powerless. But your evil shall cause u destruction in your own lands. You will turn on each other and laugh about it, you will kill and harm each other and laugh about it. Ariel you will become MY enemy AND Your burdens will become heavy and you shall have much sorrow. And the Lord God is the only one that can bring you relief. I will have your enemies waiting in the balance to destroy you. AND I WILL LAY SEIGE AGAINST YOU. Your enemies shall rise against you AND THERE WILL BE MANY. You will be able to do nothing about it. You will be brought low and you will speak and no one will pay you any attention. The powerful voice that you once had will be un noticed now, it will be like a whisper no one hears anymore. ALL the strangers and the multitudes of the evil will pass away quickly. BUT THE LORD will come to you in thunder, earthquakes, great noise, storms and temptations with the flames of the devouring fires. All the nations will fight against you Ariel. But the fight they fight against you with all its ammunitions which will distress you, to you will be like a vision. Like when a hungry man dreams he is eating food, and in his dream he eats and gets full; but when he wakes up he is still hungry. Your soul is empty, nothing will fill it, except the Truth of God. Our souls are empty. Look at the thirsty man when he dreams in his dream he is drinking, but when he wakes up he is still faint and thirsty. His soul is hungry and wants a drink, so shall all the nations be also. THERE is nothing in the soul. But if you keep fighting against God you shall be destroyed and die with a hungry soul, a thirsty soul. But if you turn away from evil you shall have my Hand upon you again, and my protection.
THE BLINDNESS OF DISOBEDIENCE
9 Be stunned and amazed,
blind yourselves and be sightless;
be drunk, but not from wine,
stagger, but not from beer.
10 The Lord has brought over you a deep sleep:
He has sealed your eyes (the prophets);
he has covered your heads (the seers).
11 For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I can’t; it is sealed.” 12 Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I don’t know how to read.”
13 The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is based on merely human rules they have been taught.[b]
14 Therefore once more I will astound these people
with wonder upon wonder;
the wisdom of the wise will perish,
the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
15 Woe to those who go to great depths
to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their work in darkness and think,
“Who sees us? Who will know?”
16 You turn things upside down,
as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,
“You did not make me”?
Can the pot say to the potter,
“You know nothing”?
Yes we come to you in pretend worship with our mouths, we pretend to honor you with our lips, but our hearts are not in it. You have no fear for obeying the Lord anymore, because the commandments that you are taught now, today are written by men and not ME. But I will come to your rescue and deliver to you a marvelous wonder, because the wise men are not wise but have become foolish. Nobody will understand, because I shall hide the truth. Yes you try to hide your guidance from he Lord, because your works are done in the dark. You think nobody sees you, But I DO! You think nobody knows what you are doing in the dark, But I Do! BUT YOU HAVE GOTTEN THINGS TURNED AROUND, FROM THE INSIDE OUT. So I ask you, is the (God) potter the clay (humans)? Will the clay say to the potter, you did not make me. Or will the shape (humans) formed by the potter (God) say to the potter who formed me? Will you tell God He did not create you? Will you tell Him You did not make me? Will you tell God He has no understanding, and you don’t know us?
17 In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field
and the fertile field seem like a forest?
18 In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll,
and out of gloom and darkness
the eyes of the blind will see.
19 Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord;
the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20 The ruthless will vanish,
the mockers will disappear,
and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down—
21 those who with a word make someone out to be guilty,
who ensnare the defender in court
and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice.
22 Therefore this is what the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the descendants of Jacob:
“No longer will Jacob be ashamed;
no longer will their faces grow pale.
23 When they see among them their children,
the work of my hands,
they will keep my name holy;
they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob,
and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24 Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding;
those who complain will accept instruction.”
You will be whipped enough until you will cry out to God. This can also apply to a people as well as to a Nation. When you become tired of someone’s wrath being aimed at you, eventually you will get tired and figure it out. If you do not figure it out, then you have no relations with the Bible. My chosen people should know better than to let the devil entice you to stoop so low. But because you want to be like the children of satan, then you shall suffer the same fate. Wake up my children, for you know from whence you have come. No one has been to the pit or tasted it like you, you did not send yourself to the pit, but others did. You felt hell, you lived in hell on earth, but I your God did deliver you. Others have suffered and you more. Some has suffered like you, you know what is there, but yet you still lust after the world. You cannot live like the world and please me. You need to decide very soon who you will serve, me or satan. You cannot serve us both, but most of you think that you can. You are suppose to keep my name Holy, yet you do not. You are suppose to live Holy, but you do not. I have blessed you over and over, and when I say blessed you IT IS NOT MONEY ALL THE TIME. It is your joy, your health, your peace, happiness, your sane mind, being able to love one another, having a conscious that lets you know right from wrong or having good children or a good spouse and many, many more things I call blessings. A family that has stayed together, while some even prays together. That is a blessed life. Nobody wants to be poor, but the poor shall be with you always as long as there is an earth. So since I said that in My Words, then I meant it! Its always good to do better, live better (when that is said some think that means “living the good life”). What is the good life? For lots of people they have no control of financial wealth or for that matter any wealth, if that be so then everybody would be wealthy. And I MEAN EVERYBODY. Some of satan workers created ideas and plans and wrote books to make sure most living in the world, in all countries, would never see wealth, never touch wealth, and never live wealth. That is why it was foretold to you in the Bible. But remember if you a dead, what good is financial wealth? Wealth is good only because some have made you think it is, made you feel like you or nothing if you do not have it. Financial wealth have created so many problems for the poor of the world. Yes having financial wealth u can move mountains, but can it heal you if you are dying of a terminal disease? No! Can you call out to if when u really need a Savior? Can it buy you a place in Heaven? But it will buy you a place in Hell, especially if the heart is not right? How do I know? Read Matthew 19:23-24.
God does not show favoritism, because you think your country is better than another, He does not show favoritism because you have more money than another(man does), He does not show favoritism because your skin is lighter than another(man does), and He does not show favoritism because your leaders can tell a lies better than leaders from another country. He do not show favoritism just because one country has more wealth than another. He does not show favoritism TO NO ONE, OVER ANOTHER( man does). We are all the same as He is concerned. We make differences, NOT GOD. We demonstrate favoritism, NOT GOD. He loves us all. But He will show favor.. Let me remind you Favor and Favoritism is not the same thing.
FAVORITISM IS ANOTHER FORM OF DISCRIMINATION (can u find the word crime without the e and the word nation) discrimination should be labeled a form of crime, which we all know its set up so that it can be very hard to prove it. ” A Nation that discriminates has a large Crime rate! Why? Because nobody is unable to understand favoritism, favoritism is a action, a demonstration, and the one that receives seems to have a false sense of reality. (even children can see it, know it and feel it) While on the other hand the one not receiving favoritism can actually see it actually being demonstrated towards the ones receiving it. SO, therefore there is a sense of rejection that is their reality. When there is a sense of rejection being felt, the one feeling it can and will act out.
FAVOR– as defined by the Bible is a action of kindness, being demonstrated towards the one receiving it. God shows favor to the righteous. God has no favorites. He has a chosen people, which he deals with personally, he chose them but never favored them. He chose them to do the right things, and when they acted badly he sent His wrath, as a reminder of His favor and love towards them.
FAVORITISM– Is demonstrated through having a preference for someone or something. The one(s) receiving the favoritism is often considered to be the favorite. Showing a greater desire for that one, or that group. In favoritism when the groups acts badly, they are very seldom disciplined. Their sins get bigger and bigger and becomes out of control. There is very seldom any wrath.
Psalm 5:12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.
Psalm 90:17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!
Psalm 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Psalm 30:5 For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Genesis 6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Esther 2:15-18 When the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his own daughter, to go in to the king, she asked for nothing except what Hegai the king’s eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised. Now Esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her. And when Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign, the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Then the king gave a great feast for all his officials and servants; it was Esther’s feast. He also granted a remission of taxes to the provinces and gave gifts with royal generosity.
Proverbs 3:1-4 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
Psalm 102:13 You will arise and have pity on Zion; it is the time to favor her; the appointed time has come.
Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
Genesis 18:3 And said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant.
Proverbs 3:33-35 The Lord‘s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous. Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.
Proverbs 3:3-4 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
John 1:16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
Acts 7:10 And rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household.
Luke 1:30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah
2 Corinthians 9:8-9 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
2 Timothy 1:9 Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
Colossians 1:13-17 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
These are just a few, there are many more that demonstrate the favor of God and give us the meaning of Gods favor.
We Americans will never be Ariel/ Jerusalem, but today we live as they did by disobeying God and causing Gods wrath to fall upon the face of the Earth. God wants up to obey His Words and live Holy lives. But because we have to contend with daily living in an ungodly world, which can be very hard to do. But God gave us so much help to enable us to live according to His plans for our lives. The temptation is great and we give in, but nothing can keep us from trying to live righteously, if we desire to do so.
Thanks for reading this blog. May you be able to more understand the WORDS OF GOD as written in the Bible!