God Has Not Lost Control

GOD IS IN CONTROL
(THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY SEEM)
(PASTOR LEE JACKSON FFWC)

I) INTRODUCTION – THE OLD TESTAMENT BOOK OF ISAIAH WAS WRITTEN ABOUT 700BC, ONLY 300 YEARS AFTER THE GLORIOUS REIGN OF KIND DAVID. THE NATION WAS DIVIDED AND BOTH DIVISIONS ISRAEL AND JUDAH HAD FALLEN INTO SIN AND IDOLATRY. THE PURPOSE OF BOOK OF ISAIAH WAS TO CALL JUDAH BACK TO GOD. ISAIAH LIVED IN A DAY NOT UNLIKE OUR OWN. JEWISH SOCIETY HAD BECOME DEGRADED, SINFUL AND UNASHAMED. THEY HAD TURNED THEIR BACKS UPON GOD. ISAIAH CHAPTER 5 DESCRIBES THESE CONDITIONS ON EARTH IN JUDAH; ISAIAH CHAPTER 6 DESCRIBES A CONDITIONS IN HEAVEN AT THE SAME TIME. WHAT A CONTRAST. NO WONDER JESUS TAUGHT US TO PRAY “THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.”
II) CONDITIONS ON EARTH – JEWISH SOCIETY & WOES PRONOUNCED: ISAIAH 5:8-11; 20-25.
A) WOE TO THOSE WHO JOIN HOUSE TO HOUSE; THEY ADD FIELD TO FIELD, TILL THERE IS NO PLACE ISA 5:8
1) SIN OF COVETOUSNESS; INSATIABLE APPETITE FOR MATERIAL POSSESSIONS
2) CORNERED THE REAL ESTATE MARKET AND LEFT THE POOR WITH NO PLACE TO LIVE
3) GOD IS ANGRY RE CORPORATE & PERSONAL GREED IN AMERICA
B) WOE TO THOSE WHO DRAW INIQUITY WITH CORDS OF VANITY, AND SIN AS IF WITH A CART ROPE; ISA 5:18
1) THEY DIDN’T FALL INTO TEMPTATION OR SATAN’S SNARE
2) THEY KNOWINGLY, GLEEFULLY, PRIDE FULLY DREW SIN ONTO THEMSELVES AS YOU WOULD DRAW A CART BEHIND YOU.
C) WOE TO THOSE WHO CALL EVIL GOOD, AND GOOD EVIL; WHO PUT DARKNESS FOR LIGHT, AND LIGHT FOR DARKNESS; ISA 5:20
1) IT IS CALLED BEING POLITICALLY CORRECT.
2) SOMEONE SAID, “EVIL PREVAILS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING.”
D) WOE TO THOSE WHO ARE WISE IN THEIR OWN EYES, AND PRUDENT IN THEIR OWN SIGHT! ISA 5:21 JOB 5:13 HE TAKETH THE WISE IN THEIR OWN CRAFTINESS: AND THE COUNSEL OF THE FROWARD IS CARRIED HEADLONG.
E) WOE TO MEN MIGHTY AT DRINKING WINE, WOE TO MEN VALIANT FOR MIXING INTOXICATING DRINK, ISA 5:22
1) 1CO 6:10 NOR THIEVES, NOR COVETOUS, NOR DRUNKARDS, NOR REVILERS, NOR EXTORTIONERS, SHALL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
2) SO MANY OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE CELEBRATE HOW MUCH BEER THEY CAN CONSUME
F) WOE TO THEM WHO JUSTIFY THE WICKED FOR A BRIBE, AND TAKE AWAY JUSTICE FROM THE RIGHTEOUS MAN! ISA 5:23
G) THE SITUATION APPEARS HOPELESS; IT LOOKED LIKE GOD HAD TOTALLY LOST CONTROL – A LOT LIKE TODAY!
III) ISRAEL’S APATHY ASSURED AND HASTENED GOD’S JUDGMENT
A) THEY REJECTED THE LAW OF THE LORD OF HOSTS & DESPISED THE WORD OF THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL. ISA 5:24, 25
B) THE ANGER OF THE LORD KINDLED AGAINST HIS PEOPLE: HE HATH STRETCHED FORTH HIS HAND AGAINST THEM AND BECAME THEIR ENEMY; MANY WOULD DIE. ISA 5:25
C) GOD WOULD USE THE GODLESS ASSYRIANS AND LATER THE BABYLONIAN’S TO DESTROY THEIR CITIES. THEY WOULD BE LEFT DESOLATE.
D) GAL 6:7, 8 BE NOT DECEIVED; GOD IS NOT MOCKED: FOR WHATSOEVER A MAN SOWETH, THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP. 8 FOR HE THAT SOWETH TO HIS FLESH SHALL OF THE FLESH REAP CORRUPTION; BUT HE THAT SOWETH TO THE SPIRIT SHALL OF THE SPIRIT REAP LIFE EVERLASTING.
E) “SIN DESTROYS – JESUS SAVES.”
IV) CONDITIONS IN HEAVEN (COMPARE AND CONTRAST) TEXT: ISAIAH 6:1 – 10.
A) IN THE YEAR KING UZZIAH DIED ISAIAH SAW THE LORD SITTING UPON HIS THRONE,
HIGH AND EXALTED; THE TRAIN OF HIS ROBE FILLED THE TEMPLE
B) HE WAS (IS) GLORIFIED; HIS GLORY FILLS ALL OF HEAVEN
C) HE WAS (IS) REVERENCED & WORSHIPED BY SERAPHIMS (BURNING ONES) & ANGELIC HOSTS
D) THE WHOLE EARTH WAS (IS) FILLED WITH HIS GLORY
B) .ISAIAH WAS OVERCOME: ISA 6:5 …WOE IS ME! FOR I AM UNDONE; BECAUSE I AM A MAN OF UNCLEAN LIPS, AND I DWELL IN THE MIDST OF A PEOPLE OF UNCLEAN LIPS: FOR MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE KING, THE LORD OF HOSTS.
E) ISAIAH WAS A RIGHTEOUS MAN, A PROPHET OF GOD, BUT EVEN THE MOST RIGHTEOUS AMONG US PALE IN COMPARISON TO THE HOLINESS OF GOD.
F) ISAIAH’S RESPONSE ONE OF UTTER ANGUISH AND FEAR
G) GOD RESPONDED TO ISAIAH IN MERCY AND GRACE; HE TOUCHED ISAIAH’S LIPS WITH COALS FROM OFF THE ALTER OF HEAVEN AND CLEANSED HIM.
H) FROM THE THRONE THE QUESTION WAS ASKED: “WHO WILL GO FOR US?” ISAIAH’S LIPS CLEANSED, REPLIED “HERE AM I SEND ME.”
V) CONCLUSION – THIS VISION OF HEAVEN IS NOT UNIQUE IN SCRIPTURE. IT IS GIVEN IN EZE. 1 AND REV. 4. GOD IS FIRMLY IN CONTROL IN SPITE OF WHAT WE SEE GOING ON HERE. WHEN JESUS COMES BACK (AND HE WILL) HE WILL RETURN AS KING OF KING AND LORD OF LORDS. ON THAT DAY EVEN UNBLIEVERS WILL BECOME BELIEVERS, BUT THEN IT WILL BE TOO LATE. THE BIBLE SAYS 2CO 6:2 “…BEHOLD, NOW IS THE ACCEPTED TIME; BEHOLD, NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.” “CHRISTIANS” WHO ARE NOT REALLY SERVING CHRIST WILL BE CAUGHT LIKE DEER IN HEAD LIGHTS. LIKE THE PARABLE OF THE 5 FOOLISH VIRGINS THEY WILL NOT BE READY. THE QUESTION TODAY IS “WILL YOU BE READY?”

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