We live in the end-time, a time full of God’s judgments over manhood because of its many sins. This is why it is good for God’s children to learn how to be able to live in His spiritual joy in order that they might live in His joy, His strength, in spite of worldly problems. Nehemiah 8:11 says: “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Let us first read Isaiah 60:1-2:
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord (YaHWeH) is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord (YaHWeH) shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”
The Netherlands, as it were, defy God with their laws, their homo marriage and euthanasia laws, their abortion law, their attitude toward life. Isaiah 8:21-22, 9:1 speaks about these dark last days: “And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward. And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness. Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulon and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the natoins.”
The world of the last days force God to judge it. We read further in Isaiah 9:2,
“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”
When we are plunged in great social and political darkness God will shine a GREAT LIGHT of His Spirit and His Word over us, as a result of which people’s consciences will be strongly convicted of sin, and they will be converted; that is to say: the wise among us.
Let Isaiah 9 be our guide further. I will quote the next verse from the literal translation of the original Hebrew text, because the translation we have differ from it.
Isaiah 9:3, “You have multiplied the nation (a great revival took place because of God’s light of Word and Spirit), the joy You have not increased. NOW they rejoice in Your sight. They rejoice in the harvest the way one does, when the spoil is divided.”
Many will be converted because of God’s light. But there will only be spiritual joy in their hearts if they obey the three reasons, conditions, the three “FOR”s Isaiah’s prophecy mentions in the following three verses.
The first “FOR”:
Isaiah 9:4, “FOR thou hast broken the yoke of his (i.e. satan’s) burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.”
The Lord fulfilled this on Calvary. There He broke satan’s power of sin for ever. He worked an “eternal redemption” there.
Hebrews 9:12, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
We have to firmly believe in this victory over satan and, always/at all times. We should keep this in our hearts as a firm promise of God.
2 Corinthians 4:10-11: “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”
Thus, we must stay focused on Calvary! One also must BELIEVE that Jesus has the power to deliver us from all power of sin.
1 John 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.”
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By E. van den Worm