Isaiah Meets Olympic Swimmers
Today’s Scripture is Isaiah 25, “O Yahweh, You are my Mighty One.
I will exalt You,
I will praise Your name,
For You have done wonderful things;
Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
2 For You have made a city a ruin,
A fortified city a ruin,
A palace of foreigners to be a city no more;
It will never be rebuilt. (Damascus? See Isa. 17:1)
3 Therefore the strong people will glorify You;
The city of the terrible [terrorist] nations will fear You.
4 For You have been a strength to the poor,
A strength to the needy in his distress,
A refuge from the storm,
A shade from the heat;
For the blast of the terrible ones [terrorists] is as a storm against the wall.
5 You will reduce the noise of aliens,
As heat in a dry place;
As heat in the shadow of a cloud,
The song of the terrible ones [terrorists] will be diminished.
6 And in this mountain (Mt. Zion, Jerusalem)
Yahweh of hosts will make for all people
A feast of choice pieces,
A feast of wines on the lees,
Of fat things full of marrow,
Of well-refined wines on the lees.
7 And He will destroy on this mountain
The surface of the covering cast over all people,
And the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death forever (1 Cor. 15:54-55),
And Sovereign Yahweh will wipe away tears from all faces (Rev. 7:14-17; 21:4);
The rebuke of His people
He will take away from all the earth;
For Yahweh has spoken.
9 And it will be said in that day:
“Behold, this is our Mighty One;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is Yahweh;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation (Yeshua: Jesus).”
10 For on this mountain (Mt. Zion, Jerusalem) the hand of Yahweh will rest,
And Moab (a perpetual enemy of Israel) shall be trampled down under Him,
As straw is trampled down for the refuse heap.
11 And He (Yahweh) will spread out His hands in their midst
As a swimmer reaches out to swim,
And He will bring down their pride
Together with the trickery of their hands.
12 The fortress of the high fort of your walls
He will bring down, lay low,
And bring to the ground, down to the dust.”
Isaiah looked far into the future and saw a time at the end of time when Israel’s and Yahweh’s enemies will be destroyed, put down, finally totally subdued. Yahweh Himself will sit at rest on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. A time of great humbling is soon coming upon the terrorists of the world. Their lies will end, their tricks will end, their arrogance will come to a final end.
As we approach the 2012 Olympic games in London, England, do not be surprised if a terrorist attack occurs during the games, maybe right at the games in London. Remember, this will be the 40th anniversary of the massacre of the Israeli athletes at the Munich Games in 1972. Yahweh blessed Abraham in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Yahweh loves Israel. Zecharia 2:8-9, “For thus says Yahweh of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. 9For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that Yahweh of hosts has sent Me.” Israel is and forever will be Yahweh’s treasured possession, Deuteronomy 7:6, “For you are a holy people to Yahweh your Mighty One; Yahweh your Mighty One has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.”
Notice the use of Yahweh’s hands in these Scriptures. Eventually, Yahweh’s hands will be at rest on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. Until that day, His hands will be raised to battle against His enemies, which are the enemies of Israel. From what I understand Yahweh speaking in Isaiah 25 today, someone is going to be humbled at the Olympic Games this summer. Maybe someone will finally beat Michael Phelps, or maybe a terrorist nation will finally meet its doom. I don’t know, I’m no prophet; Isaiah was the prophet. I’d say woe to the Moabite terrorist nations this year, though; you are about to get the beat down of your lives.
You know, swimming used to be a great recreational pastime, until someone turned it into another competition, like most recreational sports used to be. A day is coming when Yahweh will stop all competition, He will crush the last competitive spirit on this planet. Man was created for cooperation, not competition. Read the Book. Won’t that be a wonderful day when we can once again play baseball for fun, play football for fun, play basketball for fun. No scoring, no competition, no winners or losers, no more overpaid sports idols!! Can you imagine playing for pure enjoyment??? Wow, a day of humbling awaits us. The day of rest and peace is coming. Yeshua will usher in that day. It may begin at this summer’s Olympic Games. Crack! Swoosh! Splash!!
Can’t wait go swimming with Yahweh, Isaiah, and Ezekiel like in Ezekiel 47:3-12, “And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. 4Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. 5Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. 6He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.
7When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. 8Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. 9And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. 10It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. 11But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. 12Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.””
John the Revelator sums it up in 22:1-5, “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of Yahweh and of the Lamb (on Mt. Zion, Jerusalem). 2In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of Yahweh and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for Sovereign Yahweh gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”
The day of peace and light is coming, but it’s not here yet. We’re not even through with the beginnings of sorrows yet. What did Yeshua say in Luke 21:8-9, “And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them. 9But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”” That word commotions is the Greek word akatastasia, meaning instability, disorder, disturbance, confusion. Think of race and food riots, Occupy Wall Street foolishness, flash mobs, or robs. We are just now experiencing this phase of the end times. Orderly society falling apart and immorality corrupting every area of life. Things must get a lot worse, before they get better.
Every knee will be forced to bow before Yeshua someday, but He wants us to willingly humble ourselves today, repent of our sins today, get saved today. Cry out to Yeshua for salvation today, before it’s too late!! Yahweh wants us willing and obedient!! Will He find faithful servants when He returns? He wants to swim with us in the River of Life. He does not want us to drown in the sea of sin. The choice is ours to make, but make it quick. Dark days are on the horizon.
Gene Benjamin II
April 25, 2012 CE
ps My wife sent me this link, AFTER I’d made this post. Apparently, others also see the possibility of problems at the 2012 summer Olympics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6SKVTnZPYA&feature=g-all-f