“Keep silent before Me, O Islands, and let the people renew strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together in judgment.”
The nation of Israel was rapidly approaching the last days of their habitation in the land that God had given them as their inheritance. The impending manifestation of the judgment of God was being preached unto the people by the mouth of the Lord through His servant, yet at the same time that he was speaking of the heavy hand of God against the corruption of the land, he was also proclaiming comfort and blessings from God. This address is presented in an objective manner to both they who were blind and ignorant of the work which God was doing and unto those whose hearts were drawn out and comforted in the solemnity of the sovereignty of Jehovah God. However, these events, set forth upon the stage of time by the hand of God, give a much more subjective view of the condition that every child of grace is given to see within themselves as they dwell in this habitation.
There is not one singular thing in all of God’s creation that can answer to or explain the work which God has done from the beginning for everything that exists, whether visible or invisible, has come to pass by Him, through Him and for Him (Rms. 11:36) for “without Him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). The whole of creation is the result of His handiwork and has purpose, existence and perfect actuation in the wisdom and dominion of He who inhabits eternity (Is. 57:15). He is the great King over all the earth and when He commands that all be silent, there is no power that can resist His decree or do anything but bow subservient to his Will.
God has not revealed His ways unto any son of Adam nor has He asked for any advice from the lowly creatures of His creation. Adam was not created with the ability to comprehend the mind, purpose or ways of God for the things of glory are “not lawful for man to utter” (II Cor. 12:4). Therefore the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit, neither can he know them for His judgments are unsearchable and His ways are past finding out (Rms. 11:33). And so, Yehovah God has never requested of man any permission, His wonders to perform, nor has He begged leave of any man for His will to come to pass for the Most High, “lives forever, whose dominion is eternal and His Kingdom is from generation to generation; and all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing and He does according to His will in the army of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth and none can stay His hand or say unto Him, What are you doing?” (Dan. 4:34f).
He commands that those things which pertain to the anticipated hopes (islands) of every son of Adam be speechless and deaf before Him as He shews forth His good pleasure in the daily passage of time and events. This is contrary to the nature which He placed in Adam in the garden. Adam, when confronted with his ways, accused God and blamed his bride but never acknowledged his transgression. His son, Cain, attempted to lie unto God, after slaying his brother by saying, “I do not know (where he is) am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen. 4:9); “and God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5). Thus it is that by the power of His will that all creatures and every desire of man, with all expectations and anticipation (the longing for and finally obtaining the sight of a coastline while out at sea) be completely silent and unable to speak before Him as He declares the glory of His way.
He also commands that the might and strength of the people be continually ‘altered’ and ‘changed’ as they are brought near unto judgment by His hands. He is not disclosing an alternate way of life to Edom nor is He giving any admonitions to His creatures to ‘straighten up and fly right’; He is not sending forth an invitation to all who are in need of renewed strength and He certainly is not considering the opinions, discretion and preferences of the creatures as the events of life unfold. He is unrolling the scroll of time and occurrences, which happen to every man, to give an open demonstration of His all inclusive command over everything (Ecc. 9:11). He is the Almighty Master who rules in and of Himself and as He has commanded that the whole of creation be silent before Him, so it has come to pass.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness:” (Rms. 1:18)
Man cannot bring himself unto God for he does not know who God is. He cannot comprehend the nature, majesty or magnitude of the Lord God and he certainly cannot be still and know He is God. God has commanded that he be full of labour all the days of his life (Gen.3:19) and has filled his mind with the things of this world. God has placed this testimony in His creation for all the world to see, from generation to generation, that man cannot say that he did not know nor claim ignorance before His throne; “therefore you are inexcusable, man, whosoever you are that judges, for you judge another, you condemn yourself for you that judge do the same things” (Rms. 2:1).
The universe and the time that envelopes it stand perfect and whole before the wise and master builder and there is not, nor could there ever by, one rogue element that could resist His will or function contrary to His eternal irresistible decree. His command for all to be speechless and deaf is according to the perfection of His Holiness for He is a jealous God (Ex. 34:14) who will not share His glory with another (Is. 42:8). His commandment for all to be still as He gathers them together for judgment is the manner in which He reveals Himself to all mankind. Those who have been given to do the works of their father, the Devil (Moab) come forth with the works of their hand, as produced from the fields of the earth, and demand that God accept them. They proclaim that they have kept the commandment from their youth upward (Luke 18:21) but their very proclamation betrays them. They call forth the works which they have done saying, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and in Your name have cast out devils and in Your name done many wonderful works?” (Matt. 7:22) as they promote and portray their zeal for God and piety amongst men. These are given to look like children of the kingdom, having all the proper accouterments and verbiage, but they have not the anointing of the Spirit (Matt. 25:3). They are well ready to argue their standing even before Yehovah Himself, claiming ignorance of the offense (25:44); this is the objective view of the ungodliness of man.
The subjective word is that the earthen vessel in which the incorruptible seed dwells is exactly the same for there is none righteous, no not one. The religious teachings of the world desire to present the actions and intentions of man as being sufficient to activate the cleansing power of the shed blood, whereby, Adam is cleansed and made suitable for glory. The children of hope are taught of the Spirit of Holiness that this is not how they have experienced the Anointing. Those who have been born from above and unto whom the Father has revealed Himself dwelling within are painfully aware that they are carnal, sold under sin. They are indeed without spot nor blemish before the throne of God by the shed blood of the perfect sacrifice for sin yet they are continually shown that in me, that is in my flesh, dwells no good thing. They are indeed adorned in the righteousness of the saints being justified by the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them yet, even though they may earnestly contend for the faith once delivered unto them, as the Spirit reveals the truth unto them they know the wretchedness of their ways in Adam. As the love of God shines forth in their hearts and they see the uncleanness of their ways and their abomination before God, they knowingly and willingly respond, “Behold I am vile! What shall I answer You? I will lay my hand upon my mouth for once have I spoken, but I will not answer, truly twice, but I will proceed no further” (Job. 40:3).
Though the seed of Adam is tried through temptations and adversity yet will he not learn the truth and when the seed of the Serpent is within, there is complete comfort in his labours and condition. This assurance comes from that which is seen, heard and felt by the natural man and although it may give a great pretense of piety and humility, yet it is the epitome of the arrogance of the pride of the heart of Adam wherein he is deceived. These very same temptations (for there is none but what is common unto all men) bring the children of the Kingdom unto the place of judgment where they are comforted in the surety of the sovereignty of God over all things and the immutability of His Word. Not one boasts of their standing before the Father because the truth of their wretchedness in Adam forces them to a position of prostrate before the mercy seat, in object humility completely convinced of their unworthiness to approach the throne of grace, crying out; “Be merciful unto me a sinner” (Luke 18:13). Herein is the testimony of grace and the assurance of hope to the strangers in this foreign land.
“Who raised up the righteous from the east, called him to foot, gave the nations before him and made him rule over the kings, giving as dust to his sword as driven stubble to his bow?” (41:2)
The condition of the children of Israel at this time was one of a rebellious people who had forgotten Yehovah God as the abomination approached the time of desolation. God was neither surprised by their actions nor unprepared for the course which should follow. He had ordained from the rising of the sun (translated east and referring to the beginning) that He should raise up and incite the imaginations, passions and ability of an evil man for a righteous purpose. He called this one to His footstool, where all His enemies are in subjection, and by the military, economic and political power of this Cyrus, King of Persia, God executed righteousness and judgment in the earth. He did not make Cyrus righteous, nor excuse him of his transgression in Adam, but that the Word of Yehovah should be fulfilled by the mouth of the prophet, Jeremiah, this man was placed in the position necessary to facilitate the will of God. God made him born of the right family and raised up to be king. He gave him the political and military victories to vault him into this position and at the appointed time; “Yehovah stirred up the ‘breath’ in Kowresh, king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and put it in writing, saying, Thus decrees Kowresh king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth has Yehovah God of heaven given me and He has charged me to build an house in Jerusalem, which is Judah. Who among you, all His people, Yehovah, his God be with him and let him go up” (II Chr. 36:22). He was indeed anointed of Yehovah for this purpose (Is. 45:1).
“The glory of this latter house shall be greater then the former, saith Yehovah of Hosts, and in this place shall I give peace” (Hag. 2:9)
Nearly 175 years before the type was revealed and 715 years before the fulfillment was manifested, Yehovah God gave His word to His people for comfort and assurance. He told them that even before the battle was engaged that their warfare was accomplished. He spoke peaceably to His Beloved, revealing His power, majesty and love, and said, “Behold your God” (Is. 40:9). In the midst of the confusion of the world He showed His children their frailties and weaknesses in the flesh and gave them assurance of His love through the bread of adversity and the waters of affliction. He made them mindful, as He opened their eyes to see, that this world, and all that comes forth from it, is full of labour that cannot satisfy. He showed them the cruelties and injustices of this habitation and, giving them an earnest expectation of the return unto their Father’s house, He comforts and assures them that He is in total command of all things.
He raised up the evil kings unto whom He gave the kingdoms of this world as stubble before his sword, driving them asunder by grievous bending and oppression to bring them to the time and place where Yehovah God would turn the heart of the king as He turns the rivers of water (Prov. 21:1). He then gave him the inclination to make a completely illogical proclamation and to provide for all things necessary to accomplish that which God had decreed should come to pass before the foundation of the world; “I God and none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times that are not done saying, My counsel shall stand and I will do all My pleasure” (Is. 46:9).
In the type, the ‘possessor of the furnace’ (Cyrus) gave protection and provisions unto the people to return and build the Temple of the Lord in a hostile land. They were accosted by the Jews living in the land and accused of insurrection. They were opposed by the people of the land and even betrayed by the religious leaders of their own people but the Word of the Lord was that the house was to be built and it was built. Nothing could alter that which was afore ordained and all things were part and parcel to the accomplishment of His will. As God purposed in His heart so to do, so it came to pass, all things working together for good to those that love Him, to the called, according to His purpose (Rms. 8:28).
These things were accomplished and the house stood until God destroyed it to show forth the limitations and frailties of the works of the flesh. But His word still stands fast and sure for even though David was dead and the kingdom of Solomon his son was over, yet there was one of the branch of Jesse, who was seated upon the true throne of David. This Anointed One, the elect servant of Yehovah, indeed reigned over all upon the throne of David for the thousand years from David the man until the manifestation of the King of Peace and the confirmation of the oath (Dan. 9:27). His enemies are all under His footstool for His kingdom is without end and in the fullness of time, He made Himself of no reputation and according to the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God wicked hands did take Him and crucified Him on the tree.
The fulfillment of the type was that He, Zerub-babel, (coming forth out of confusion) should bring forth the headstone, crying grace, grace unto it (Zech. 4:7) upon which, being the foundation stone of His Temple, He should build His house upon that Rock. Jesus told the Jews that when they destroyed His body, He would raise it up again in three days (John 2:19). This is the Temple of Yehovah God and when He arose from the dead, so His body arose with Him. He is the cornerstone of the foundation and no other foundation can any other lay but that which is laid, Jesus Christ the Righteous. The hearts and minds of wicked men, who had the rule over the people, were turned and deceived that they were convinced that their actions were righteous and for the good of the nation of Israel but God had raised each and everyone of them up in righteousness that they may fulfill His word to His Beloved people by the mouth of ‘he whom Yehovah has appointed’ which is the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah.
The peace of the latter house, which is the New Jerusalem, is beyond understanding by the people of the world; therefore there remains antagonism between the indigenous of the land, which is Adam, and the election according of grace. The earthen vessel still is drawn away after the needs and passions of the flesh which is a vexation to the citizens of Zion and, just as those who opposes Ezra and Nehemiah, so there is enmity of the natural man against the spiritual man within. The time of this habitation is the time of the refinement when the Refiner’s fire consumes the wood, hay and stubble that is driven before the host of the Redeemed of Yehovah as the children grow in the grace and knowledge of His will.
“Behold I will send My messenger and He shall prepare the way before Me and Yehovah, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His Temple, even the messenger of the covenant, in whom you shall delight, saith Yehovah of Hosts, and who may abide in the day of His coming and who shall stand when He shall appear? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap” (Mal. 3:1).
The Messenger of Yehovah who has the eternal salvation has sounded His trumpet, which is the voice of God. He has confirmed the word of His servant and performed the counsel of His Messengers and Jerusalem is inhabited. She is the fullness of the manifestation of the love of the Beloved for His Bride and she cannot be harmed or tainted in any way. He has shed His precious blood for the inability of His people in Adam and has cleaned that house wherein they dwell of all leaven and unto the Beloved it is granted that she be arrayed in fine linen clean and white. While she abides in the tabernacle of this dwelling He has set forth daily reminders of His love and devotion to His body as He consumes that which is indigenous to the land. He has endured the same and therefore He can be touched with the feelings of the infirmities in Adam and he has been proven by the same refiner’s fire as He has given to His people. Therefore John saw Him whose “eyes were as a flame of fire and His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace” (Rev. 1:15). He has endured everything He has ordained for His people to experience and as He was made perfect in all that he suffered so also they are proven and made complete as they endure unto the end the furnace of affliction (Heb. 5:6).
The children of the kingdom of the Israel of our God have been manifested as dwelling in the booths of the potter’s clay and they are made subject to the vanity of this existence by reason of the hope of glory. They dwell in a hostile and barren land, called the body of this death, in which there is no life, no peace and no comfort. They are reminded of the bondage of this corruption though the contradiction of inability against themselves, which causes them to groan within as they await the deliverance when the sons of God shall be manifested.
The inner man, not the outer man which is perishing, has the assurance of the power of God unto deliverance, which is the gospel proclaimed upon the mountain by the Messenger of Yehovah (Rev. 14:6). The inner man is one of the sheep of His pasture who hears His voice and follows after Him. He was blind but now he has been given eyes to see the corruption of the flesh and the ears to hear that still small voice behind them saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it, when they turn to the right or to the left’ (Is. 30:21). He walks in the light of Yehovah by faith with the fellow inhabitants of the pasture; “that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God and of the Father and of the Anointed” (Col. 2:2). These are saved by hope, which cannot be seen by the eyes of man nor understood by the carnal mind, yet they have the assurance of faith by the power of the Holy Ghost.
The children of hope are a poor and afflicted people who know their sinfulness and the unworthy condition of this habitation, yet they have the testimony of the Spirit within, from faith to faith, that “You shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake but he that endures unto the end shall be saved” (Matt. 12:22).
No man hates the child of grace more than the son of Adam wherein the incorruptible seed tabernacles. The child is taught of the Spirit to be still and keep silent as the power, might and confidence of the flesh are altered by the light of His glory. The teaching of judgment in all wisdom and spiritual understanding is the drawing nigh unto the Father as He reveals the number of man (Rev. 13:18) and the sorrow of this habitation through the Comforter, the Holy Ghost; “whom the Father shall send in MY name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26).
“I am Yehovah and besides Me there is no Savior” (Is. 43:11)
“Trust in Yehovah (the Existing One) forever, for in existing, Yehovah (I Am) is an everlasting Rock” (Is. 26:4)
The whole of creation stands silent before the power of God as He reveals the work He has done from the beginning. There is no answer that can be given unto God for His ways or argument to be offered against His work. He has interwoven all necessary means into the fabric of His creation to draw all men unto Him and His righteous judgment for He has “made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on the face of the earth and has determined the times before appointed and the bounds of their habitation, that they should seek the Lord, if carried off to feel after Him and come upon Him though He be not far from every one of us, for in Him we live and move and have our being;” (Acts 17:26f). He has separated two manner of people from the beginning, as He did the light from the dark and the dry land from the sea in creation, and by the good pleasure of His will He has assigned the wicked, as brute beasts made to be taken and destroyed (Jude 10), “who shall be punished with everlasting destruction destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (II Thes. 1:9). He has also according to His eternal love prepared a place of eternal abode for His Beloved which is the beauty of His Holiness; so shall His children ever be with Him.
Creation is established, ordered and actuated to draw all men unto Him that every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that He is Lord.
“The islands saw and feared, the ends of the earth being afraid, drew near and came” (Is. 41:5).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
April 24, 2016