A Voice in the
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Re: The Son's wrath... 'bring it on'  (Isaiah 63-64)

Who is this who comes from Edom with dyed garments..? Why is Your
clothing red..? I have trodden the winepress, I alone, and no man of
the peoples was with Me. And I will tread them in My anger, and trample
them in My fury; and their juice shall be spattered on My garments; and
I will pollute all My clothes. For the day of vengeance is in My heart,
and the year of My redeemed has come. (~Is63:1-4)

Oh, but God is a "god of love"... He would never.... "And I tread down
the peoples in My anger, and made them drunk in My fury." (vs6)

Notice that this time is the "year of [God's] redeemed". Who are these
"redeemed"? Recently we were reminded that the "Church" has been
raptured out prior to judgment, just like Lot was dragged out of Sodom
before judgment. Now, God is "benefiting" with "great good -to- the
house of Israel." (vs7) God works on the process of restoring Israel
"For He said, Surely they are My people..." (vs8)

As we read from multitude of other Scriptures, we understand that due
to Israel's rebellion against God, He scattered them to the winds.
(Jer18:17) But notice, "in all their affliction, He was not a foe.."
(Is63:9) And we have seen it recorded how He "redeemed them" out of
Egypt and from their enemies "all the days of old". But they "rebelled,
and provoked His Holy Spirit (Acts7:51), so He was turned to be their
enemy..." (vs10)

But then "His people remembered the days past of Moses.." (vs11) and
all God's wonderful works. Much like the prodigal son, slopping the
pigs, who "comes to his senses" and remembers his father's house.

And so a prayer of pleading goes up to God, "Look down from Heaven and
peer from the place of Your holiness and Your glory" (vs15)

This must be a "remnant" within Israel. (Rom11:5) Notice how the
wording changes. A few verses earlier it was "us" (vs11) in historical
retrospect. But now in their pleading "You are our Father, though
Abraham does not know us, and Israel does not acknowledge us; You,
Jehovah, are our Father, our Redeemer.." (vs16) Remember how Paul
states, "..not all those of Israel are Israel.." (Rom9:6) So the prayer
of repentance goes forth, as if to say, 'The rest of Israel does not 
acknowledge God, and thus, they don't acknowledge us. But -we- know 
God. We make our plea to You, our Father.'

The True Believers worship God "in spirit and in truth". (Jn4:24) Jesus
said this to the woman of Samaria. Most of Israel would cry out,
"Crucify Him!" Here in Isaiah, the True Worshipers of God recognize,
"We are of old; You never ruled over them (the rebels of Israel).  Your
name was never called on them." (vs19) This is as Paul recites the
matter, They -all- went through the wilderness and experienced God's 
power, and yet "..God was not pleased with MOST OF THEM." (1Cor10:1-5)
Most of them were in "unbelief". (Heb3:19)  They might have been 
-physical- descendents of Abraham, But they were not of God's Name.

And so... notice the continued prayer of Israel-of-Israel. "Oh that You
would tear the heavens and come down, that mountains would quake before
You. As the brushwood fire burns and fire causes water to boil, make
known Your name to Your foes, that nations might tremble before You."
(64:1-2)

When God's wrath is poured on the earth, the great ones of the world 
will be hiding in fear "..hide us from the face of the One sitting on 
the throne...because the great day of His wrath has come; and who is 
able to stand?" (Rev6:14-17) But when a person is called by God's name,
there is no fear. In fact, there is a sense of, "Let's get on with it!"
There are many reasons. Those having been martyred need "avenging". 
(Rev6:10)  For many I talk to, and some of my own thoughts, 'Let's get 
this filth cleaned up. Sweep the dirt up and make things clean again.' 
And also that which is prayed here, "..make known Your name to Your
foes" (vs2) God speaks much through Ezekiel...

"Then they/you shall know that I am Jehovah." (Eze6:10,7:9,11:10, etc.)

Amen!