The End Time Drama
In Isaiah


ISAIAH FIVE
5:1
Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well beloved has a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:
5.2
And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the middle of it, and also made a wine press therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. 5.4
What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, why brought it forth wild grapes?
5.5
Now listen therefore; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge around it, and it shall be eaten up; I will break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:
5.6
And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor cultivated; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
5.7
For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.
5.8
Woe unto them that join house to house, that buy field after field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
5.9
In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitants.
5.10
Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.
5.11
Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
5.12
And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.
5.13
Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
5.14
Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoices, shall descend into it.
5.15
And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:
5.16
But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.
5.17
Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.
5.18
Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
5.19
That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!
5.20
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
5.21
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
5.22
Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
5.23
Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
5.24
Therefore as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
5.25
Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
5.26
And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:
5.27
None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:
5.28
Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind.
5.29
Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.
5.30
And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.
Apostate Christianity ó Wild Grapes

Christianityís mainline institutions are producing ďwild grapes". They are departing from Godís commandments and Godís ways. They are not giving God the fruits He wants ... End time events include judgments against and the final destruction of all false religions.

Matt.7.16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
7.17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
7.18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
7.19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
7.20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
7.21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Israel is likened unto a costly grape vine. God did everything He could for His people, but they rejected Him as their "husbandman" and went their own way, to do their own things. Finally God removes His hedge and fence of protection and they reap the results of sin.

The immediate application was to Israel in Isaiah's day. For they had turned from God and would soon be over run and over powered by enemies. The northern kingdom was about to fall to Assyria, and the southern kingdom would fall to Babylon. Yet the truth for today is powerful in these passages. For how much more has Christianity been cared for and cultivated by our heavenly husbandman, Christ? He Himself came, in person, into the world, into the vineyard, to provide for it's abundant growth. He offers us grace, and newness of life, He gave us His law as a wall of protection for us. We have the knowledge of His great sacrifice to provide for our salvation. He hedges us about with His love and protection. Yet if we turn from Him and knock down His wall of protecting laws. If we refuse to render to Him the fruits of righteousness, we too will be over run by Babylon and destroyed because we chose sin. Sin is deceptive.

John 15 builds upon the same theme:
John 15.1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
15.2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
15.3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
15.4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
15.5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
15.6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Christ, the Beloved of God, came to assert the claims of the Owner of the vineyard; but the people who should have known better, treated Him with marked contempt, saying, We will not have this man to rule over us.

Will we have this MAN, to rule over us? The church in this generation (especially the SDA church) has been the recipient of great privileges and blessings from God, and He expects corresponding returns.

We have been redeemed by a costly price. Only by the greatness of Christ's sacrifice can we truly understand the issues of righteousness and sin. On this earth, the earth whose soil has been moistened by the tears and blood of the Son of God, are to be brought forth the precious fruits of Paradise. In the lives of God's people are to be revealed the glory and excellence of Christ's kingdom. Through His people Christ is to manifest His character and the principles of His law.

Yet, Satan seeks to counterfeit the work of God, and he is constantly urging people to accept his distorted principles. He represents the obedient people of God as a deluded people.

How the heart of true "husbandman" aches as he sees the stubborn rebellion of a people on whom He has showered great and wonderful blessings. In Jerusalem we see a symbol of the world hardened in unbelief and rebellion, and hastening on to meet the retributive judgments of God. Christ wept over Jerusalem. The Majesty of heaven in tears! the Son of the infinite God troubled in spirit, bowed down with anguish! The scene filled all heaven with wonder. That scene reveals to us the exceeding sinfulness of sin; it shows how hard a task it is, even for Infinite Power, to save the guilty from the consequences of transgressing the law of God. Jesus, looking down to the last generation, saw the world involved in a deception similar to that which caused the destruction of Jerusalem.

The great sin of the Jews was their rejection of Christ; the great sin of the Christian world would be their rejection of the law of God, the foundation of His government in heaven and earth. The precepts of Jehovah would be despised and set at nought. Millions in bondage to sin, slaves of Satan, doomed to suffer the second death, would refuse to listen to the words of truth in their day of visitation. Terrible blindness! strange infatuation!

Revelation 17.1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come; I will show you the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
17.2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
17.3 I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
17.4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
17.5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
17.6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered greatly.
Both Revelation and Isaiah are describing the sins of the church that professes to be Godís people. Woe is pronounced on them ó destruction is their future.

1st Woe (vs. 8-10)
Woe to those who make material riches their god. Worldly people who obtain riches even if it means taking advantage of others or depriving others (with -holding tithes and offerings) are not true Christians. Woe to those who make houses and land their refuge. It will all be lost.

2nd Woe (vs.11-17)
Woe to the wine drinkers and pleasure lovers. Woe to those who devote themselves to vices. Woe to those who celebrate without seeking the approval of the Lord. They will be humbled, brought low, even to the grave.

To be drunk, means taking in a substance that distorts the reasoning powers. (Drunk with literal alcoholó intemperance, or drunk with the world óitís cares ,ambitions or pleasures and amusements, or drunk with false doctrine)

Drinking and merrymaking with little time for God leaves a person spiritually famished..

Nominal Christians may go through forms of worship but unless they are fed with the ďmeatĒ of truth they die of spiritual hunger, unless they drink of the water of life they dry up with thirst.

These are professing religious people ó a multitude of people who worship in a glorious, pompous setting, with rejoicing. Yet they will be humbled because material things are their gods, sensual satisfaction their motives and they are not filling up with the truth as found in Jesus. Spiritually they are starved. They refuse to be sanctified in righteousness.

Woe to them that celebrate.
Malachi 2.17 For they have wearied the LORD with their words. Yet they say, Wherein have we wearied him? When you say, Every one that does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

But (Malachi 3.5) God says, I will come near to you in judgment. For I am the LORD, I change not.

Is this not exactly what is now happening in our churches? Do they not now declare there is no judgment for those who believe Jesus died upon the cross? Do they not now declare an investigative judgment is foolishness? Do they not now say the outworking of God's spirit in our lives has no part in salvation? That God loves those who do evil in His sight, he will not judge them, for they believe in the sacrifice? Yet God declares He will judge.

The people are starving for righteousness. It's only when God's righteousness prevails, his lambs (His children) receive the spiritual food they need.

3rd Woe (vs. 18-19)
Woe to them who say to sin is O.K., who actually think iniquity builds up their self image, who say ďLet the Lord bring His judgment quickly, that we may know it!

These are people who think God will vindicate them in their sin.

4th Woe (vs. 20)
Woe to them who say that Godís righteous ways and laws are evil and cultureís ways (though breaking Godís commands) are good and loving. Woe to them who twist Godís Word to mean the opposite of what it says, who make righteousness seem evil and sin seem good.

5th Woe (vs.21)
Woe to those who turn to ethical rationalizationó basing our actions on what appears best rather than what God says. Getting beyond good and evil and making our moral decisions based on our own values and life style preferences. Reason is glorified above God. Absolutes are tossed aside and what is the best for society or self under present situations is held up as the ultimate standard.

6th Woe vs. (22-23)
Woe to them who are drunk with wine, who take bribes to clear the guilty and condemn the innocent. Distorted Justice. (In the last days Godís commandment keeping people will be condemned while law breakers will be called good)

Destruction will come to them to those who despise God's law! The same scene is described in Malachi

Malachi 3.18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
4.1 For, behold, the day cometh, 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.
4.2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
4.3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
4.4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant,

They have cast away the law of the Lord and despised the word of the Holy One.

Godís law is central to the last great conflict, the intellectual climate in modern Christianity would have us believe that Godís love eclipses the law, but woes ore pronounced on their reasoningóGodís law is still the standard!

1 John 3.7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
3.8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
3.9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
3.10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. Those who follow the devils lies do not win anything good, for:

1Peter 5.8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Those who reject Godís truth and Christís righteousness have no one to deliver them in the time of trouble. For them there is only darkness for they have rejected the only source of light.

Many scoff now at the thought that Babylon will will come with great force upon the world. Just like they scoffed at the prophets in Isaiah and Jeremiah's day. Isaiah was martyred for his strong words of coming destruction. Did this stop the fulfilment of his words? No the enemy did come down like a roaring lion and laid waste the cities of Israel.

The devil like a roaring lion goes about to see whom he may devour, and in the end he will rouse the religious/political powers to come in like a roaring wave upon those who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus. Let us not be caught up in any of the woes but anchored securely in Christ and His Word and Law.

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