Judgment and Salvation
"I was a sought by those who did not ask for Me;
I was found by those who did not seek Me.
I said, 'Here I am, here I am,'
To a nation that b was not called by My name.
c I have stretched out My hands all day long to a d rebellious people,
Who e walk in a way that is not good,
According to their own thoughts;
A people f who provoke Me to anger continually to My face;
g Who sacrifice in gardens,
And burn incense on altars of brick;
h Who sit among the graves,
And spend the night in the tombs;
i Who eat swine's flesh,
And the broth of abominable things is in their vessels;
j Who say, 'Keep to yourself,
Do not come near me,
For I am holier than you!'
These are smoke in My nostrils,
A fire that burns all the day.
"Behold, k it is written before Me:
l I will not keep silence, m but will repay -
Even repay into their bosom -
Your iniquities and n the iniquities of your fathers together,"
Says the LORD,
o "Who have burned incense on the mountains
p And blasphemed Me on the hills;
Therefore I will measure their former work into their bosom."
Thus says the LORD:
"As the new wine is found in the cluster,
And one says, 'Do not destroy it,
For q a blessing is in it,'
So will I do for My servants' sake,
That I may not destroy them r all.
I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
And from Judah an heir of My mountains;
My s elect shall inherit it,
And My servants shall dwell there.
t Sharon shall be a fold of flocks,
And u the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down,
For My people who have v sought Me.
"But you are those who forsake the LORD,
Who forget w My holy mountain,
Who prepare x a table for Gad,
And who furnish a drink offering for Meni.
Therefore I will number you for the sword,
And you shall all bow down to the slaughter;
y Because, when I called, you did not answer;
When I spoke, you did not hear,
But did evil before My eyes,
And chose that in which I do not delight."
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
"Behold, My servants shall eat,
But you shall be hungry;
Behold, My servants shall drink,
But you shall be thirsty;
Behold, My servants shall rejoice,
But you shall be ashamed;
Behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart,
But you shall cry for sorrow of heart,
And z wail for grief of spirit.
You shall leave your name a as a curse to b My chosen;
For the Lord GOD will slay you,
And c call His servants by another name;
d So that he who blesses himself in the earth
Shall bless himself in the God of truth;
And e he who swears in the earth
Shall swear by the God of truth;
Because the former troubles are forgotten,
And because they are hidden from My eyes.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
But Isaiah is very bold and says: "I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.
We have become like those of old, over whom You never ruled, Those who were never called by Your name.
But to Israel he says: "All day long I have stretched out My hands To a disobedient and contrary people.
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: "I have nourished and brought up children, And they have rebelled against Me.
Your princes are rebellious, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes, And follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.
Who gave Jacob for plunder, and Israel to the robbers? Was it not the LORD, He against whom we have sinned? For they would not walk in His ways, Nor were they obedient to His law.
They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; They have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols. But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation; I will move them to anger by a foolish nation.
For they shall be ashamed of the terebinth trees Which you have desired; And you shall be embarrassed because of the gardens Which you have chosen.
Or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
And the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you.
Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, To go to the gardens After an idol in the midst, Eating swine's flesh and the abomination and the mouse, Shall be consumed together," says the LORD.
And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?
Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, "This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.
Luke 18:9 - 12
Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
Is this not laid up in store with Me, Sealed up among My treasures?
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; A fire shall devour before Him, And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him.
And return to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom Their reproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord.
You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.
If he has not eaten on the mountains, Nor lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, Nor defiled his neighbor's wife, Nor approached a woman during her impurity.
On a lofty and high mountain You have set your bed; Even there you went up To offer sacrifice.
Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Israel, and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "In this too your fathers have blasphemed Me, by being unfaithful to Me.
When I brought them into the land concerning which I had raised My hand in an oath to give them, and they saw all the high hills and all the thick trees, there they offered their sacrifices and provoked Me with their offerings. There they also sent up their sweet aroma and poured out their drink offerings.
Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him - A grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God?
Unless the LORD of hosts Had left to us a very small remnant, We would have become like Sodom, We would have been made like Gomorrah.
Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are on the sinful kingdom, And I will destroy it from the face of the earth; Yet I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob," Says the LORD.
For surely I will command, And will sift the house of Israel among all nations, As grain is sifted in a sieve; Yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground.
And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.
The earth mourns and languishes, Lebanon is shamed and shriveled; Sharon is like a wilderness, And Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had, and they brought them to the Valley of Achor.
I will give her her vineyards from there, And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; She shall sing there, As in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.
Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices Will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.
You sat on a stately couch, with a table prepared before it, on which you had set My incense and My oil.
1 Corinthians 10:21
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons.
2 Chronicles 36:15
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"But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.
And because of them a curse shall be taken up by all the captivity of Judah who are in Babylon, saying, "The LORD make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire".
And it shall come to pass That just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, Let your hands be strong.
I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, And from Judah an heir of My mountains; My elect shall inherit it, And My servants shall dwell there.
They shall not build and another inhabit; They shall not plant and another eat; For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, And My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed.
And you shall swear, 'The LORD lives,' In truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; The nations shall bless themselves in Him, And in Him they shall glory.
You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name.
Those who worship the host of heaven on the housetops; Those who worship and swear oaths by the LORD, But who also swear by Milcom.